Colleen Hoover tries her hand at a psychological thriller and she succeeds! Although very different from what she has written before, readers will recColleen Hoover tries her hand at a psychological thriller and she succeeds! Although very different from what she has written before, readers will recognize her signature style of alternating timeframes. Suspenseful, highly disturbing, a little bit gothic, and very sexual, this CoHo book is not for kids, folks. Verity brings the twists and turns, and it plays with your head as it leads you down a one-way street with a dead end.
I repeat, very disturbing, but also very good. Well-done!
Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[death of children, premeditated murder of child, spontaneous attempted murder of child, mother's hatred of child(ren), child abuse, neglect, miscarriage, self-attempted abortion, disgust with pregnancy, murder of the disabled (hide spoiler)]
My favorite quote: “...because the things lurking around inside the mind can be just as dangerous as tangible threats.”...more
“People make what they need for themselves. If there's something you need, something you really have to have – not just want to but have to, you'll
“People make what they need for themselves. If there's something you need, something you really have to have – not just want to but have to, you'll find a way to get it.”
Feminism artfully entwines with speculative science fiction in this story of epic role reversal. Environmental consequences have led to a change in the human genome. All females have what people are calling “the power” in which they are able to harness an electricity of sorts in the palm of their hands. Have women finally been provided a natural defense against violence or have women been gifted the ultimate weapon to set the world on fire? Either way, this book is an exploration of power in its rawest form. Told through four points of view, every factor is covered: gender, socioeconomic background, family systems, crime, politics, religion, media...you name it, author Naomi Alderman dissects it in this book. In my opinion, The Power does not present a storyline to follow for entertainment, because it's so much more than that. Yes, it's creative and well-developed and surprisingly poetic, but I think ultimately its purpose is to make the reader think. In a world where the hunter and prey violently shift roles, Alderman is not advocating for a sadistic manhunt, but she uses said manhunt to show that power can be abused no matter what gender/demographic holds it. The pendulum will always swing from one extreme to another, but at some point we all must allow it to rest at a respectful balance, and that is what Alderman is advocating for. Read The Power, watch the pendulum swing and destroy and violate all over again. Decide what world you want to live in and build it. Wake it up in those around you. That is power. I loved this book.
My favorite quote: “However complicated you think it is, everything is always more complicated than that.”...more
“I finally realized that it’s possible to love within a space that sometimes holds nothing but emptiness… or nothing but darkness. After all, we all
“I finally realized that it’s possible to love within a space that sometimes holds nothing but emptiness… or nothing but darkness. After all, we all have darkness within us. Some of us more than others.”
T.M. Frazier is one of my go-to authors when I'm in the mood for dark romance. She writes ruthless but vulnerable characters who survive any and every bad thing the evil in this world can dish out. As soon as 17-year-old Abby thinks life is dealing her a break, it all comes crashing down on her again in the worst way. She's a survivor both physically and emotionally though, and how she handles the end result is beautiful.
In The Dark Light of Day, no knight in shining armor comes to save the day. There is no good guy. But when you have experienced what bad men (and women) are capable of then you'll take the lesser evil and love it forever. This was another winning piece from T.M. Frazier.
My favorite quote: “Even though life hands you a big pile of shit, you don’t have to roll around in it and make shit angels.”...more
Dark, complex, dysfunctionally protective, isolated, painful... I was not prepared for the content in this book. The descriptive writing style and diaDark, complex, dysfunctionally protective, isolated, painful... I was not prepared for the content in this book. The descriptive writing style and dialogue transported me to the culture and setting of a disturbed man preparing his daughter for any and every bad thing while living off the grid. Multiple degrees of varying [unromanticized] abuses are featured while we learn how these characters function, and how victimization can alter one's thought process. Please review the following spoiler if you are a reader who may benefit from trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[adult-on-child emotional/physical/sexual abuse, parent/child incest (not romanticized), kidnapping (hide spoiler)]. Surprisingly, there is some integrated hope to show all is not lost, and that healing is a process with an obtainable beginning. This book won't be for everyone but I liked it overall.
My favorite quote: "It's an awful thing to say, but it's easier to let go and be split in half than it is to try and hold on, suffering and not knowing what is going to happen. That is courage. Taking your own fucking life in your own fucking hands when that is the hardest thing you can do. No one thinks of it. Everyone thinks they'd do the right thing, but that's not true. They don't understand how scary it is. How hard it is. No one understands unless they've been there."...more
Tyrant is the second installment in T.M. Frazier's MC (motorcycle club) romance series titled King. Tyrant is a direct continuation of the first book:Tyrant is the second installment in T.M. Frazier's MC (motorcycle club) romance series titled King. Tyrant is a direct continuation of the first book: King as that story ended on a pretty significant cliffhanger. In Tyrant, readers get all their lingering questions answered as well as a few more surprises. I made a note in my review of King that it wasn't as dark as I expected it to be but Tyrant definitely made up for it. With that said, please be prepared for graphic violence. And no, it's not romanticized. You won't like the characters who are inflicting the violence and you aren't supposed to. Overall, Tyrant is an engaging (if not a little over-the-top) installment in a series that I plan to continue.
My favorite quote: “...family can mean so many different things. Just because we aren’t together, doesn’t mean we can’t be a family. Family is what you make it, what you want it to be.”
Re-read: June 2018 So, so good! Listened to the audiobook version this time around and I absolutely loved all the delicious accents. Story and performaRe-read: June 2018 So, so good! Listened to the audiobook version this time around and I absolutely loved all the delicious accents. Story and performance are perfection!
My favorite quote: “Not all problems are meant to be solved,” she said. “Some are meant to be endured. All too often we learn more from living with the question than we ever would from the answer.”
Original review: March 2018 OMG...so good! So, so good!! The Chateau is the ninth installment in Tiffany Reisz's deliciously complex BDSM/erotica series titled: Original Sinners. It is a prequel of sorts that centers on fan-favorite: Kingsley at the young age of twenty-four years old. In my opinion, readers may benefit most from reading The Chateau in series order (along with Christmas novella: The Scent of Winter...sigh), but stay tuned for reading order recommendations from Ms. Reisz herself. The recommended series order at present is: The Red Years: 1) The Siren 2) The Angel 3) The Prince 4) The Mistress The White Years: 5) The Saint 6) The King 7) The Virgin 8) The Queen
The Chateau is an erotic thriller that offers twists, surprising revelations, agonizing choices, exhalations of painful satisfaction, breathtaking perspectives on the beauty of a BDSM relationship, and Ms. Reisz's personal love note/sequel to Story of O. In an interview with Ms. Reisz (located in the ARC edition), she describes The Chateau as "James Bond with blow jobs, BDSM, and an angst-ridden bisexual hero still in love with his ex-boyfriend." ...and yes, that about sums it up.
Tastefully fun, engaging, erotic, beautiful, palpable, and a total mindf*ck, Tiffany Reisz's The Chateau will take you captive and you will never want to be let go.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of The Chateau. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Tiffany Reisz Publisher: 8th Circle Press, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Genres: Mystery & Thrillers , Romance Pub Date: June 5, 2018
August 2017: OMG!! Tiffany Reisz just described this book in a reply to a fan's "ask the author" post!
"THE CHATEAU - May 29, 2018 (erotic adventure novel, 24 year-old Kingsley goes undercover in a French sex cult)"
How delicious is that! Where's that one-click button!?!...more
Captive Prince is the first installment in C.S. Pacat's medieval/fantasy, dark m/m romance trilogy titled Captive Prince. I think the formal genre isCaptive Prince is the first installment in C.S. Pacat's medieval/fantasy, dark m/m romance trilogy titled Captive Prince. I think the formal genre is fantasy but I personally thought the setting felt very medieval even though Ms. Pacat incorporated imaginary-named courts and kingdoms within her world building. None of that really matters in this book though. This story is absolutely about the characters. The main characters are Laurent: Prince of Vere and Damen: Prince of Akielos. Damen has been pronounced deceased by his brother who wanted the throne for himself and he was gifted to Laurent as a desirable but anonymous bed slave in a gesture of good will...you know, knocking out two birds with one stone. The two kingdoms are not friendly, there is a lot of negative history and grudges, and let's just say if Laurent knew who Damen really was, things would get way uglier than they already are. Afterall, breaking in a new and very dominant slave is ugly enough. Interesting huh?
Captive Prince develops these characters beautifully along with showing their thought processes through frustrating but impressive manipulation and political strategy. There are strong themes in this book that are not for everyone but the characters each remain surprisingly vulnerable in their own way. I have my own theory that Laurent's unnecessary ruthlessness comes from a very sad place: (view spoiler)[I'm pretty sure that pre-pubescent Nicaise replaced Laurent as the King's play thing. A history of child sexual abuse perpetrated by one's uncle/King would explain a lot and would also explain Laurent's surprising tolerance for Nicaise in general (hide spoiler)]. I will definitely continue this series to find out, and to also see what happens with Damen's identity. Secrets can't stay buried forever.
Note: After hearing so much buzz about this trilogy, I expected the content to be much darker and sexual than it was. Like I noted above, there are themes that are hard to stomach...you know what is going on behind closed doors and it's a stomach-turning thought...but the straightforward content doesn't force any images on you. Sometimes imagination can be far worse than words on the page though. Keep that in mind and if you need trigger warnings click this spoiler: (view spoiler)[m/m rape, sexual slavery, pedophilia (hide spoiler)].
My favorite quote: "To abuse someone who cannot resist—isn’t that monstrous?”...more
Spiders in the Grove is the seventh installment in J.A. Redmerski's dark romance/thriller series: In the Company of Killers. This installment picks upSpiders in the Grove is the seventh installment in J.A. Redmerski's dark romance/thriller series: In the Company of Killers. This installment picks up right where the sixth book leaves off... and if you are reading these books as they are released, you will very likely need a recap by skimming over Behind the Hands That Kill or reviewing your ebook highlights or reading some spoilery reviews. We have waited a LONG time for this continuation.
Spiders in the Grove primarily follows Izabel's POV as she voluntarily puts herself back in Mexico's hellhole: the Ruiz compound. She has grown so much throughout this series and has absolutely proven herself to be grade A badass. She has learned from the best to do whatever it takes to get her personal mission accomplished.
"Because the job isn't about money for me - it's about vengeance. And bloodshed. It's about being a voice for those whose voices were stolen from them. And there is no shortage of people who deserve to die, that's for sure."
Redmerski also incorporated POV's from other familiar characters (Fredrik, Niklas, The Red Lotus, Nora, Victor) in small increments throughout the novel which provided revelations, character support, and emotional suspense, but she again leaves her loyal readers half collapsed on the floor in dire need of the next installment...because that ending (and the serial killer revelation!!!! I knew it!!!).
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Spiders in the Grove. I had to take off one star because (view spoiler)[no one, not even Izzy, could really infiltrate a compound while being handed a salary and love interest as effortlessly as her character did (hide spoiler)], but hey, it's fiction and it allowed the story to progress so I can't really fault it all that much. It was just distractingly unrealistic. Another thing that was unrealistic but I ate the f*ck up was our girl's bloodbath at the end.
"...semi-automatic clutched in my hand, no shoes on my feet, dress stained with blood."
Hell yeah! If you haven't yet tested your toes in J.A. Redmerski's dark, blood-filled waters, get on it. Seriously, it's an awesome series! Note: In the Company of Killers absolutely must be read in order! Have fun ;)
My favorite quote: “I have realized that love always finds a way, and that no amount of training in the world can ever prepare one for it; no one can avoid it; it truly is the most powerful force in life; the Great Destroyer.”
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Dirty Souls is the second installment in Karina Halle's dark romance duology: Sins Duet. The first installment: Black Hearts ended on a "to be continuDirty Souls is the second installment in Karina Halle's dark romance duology: Sins Duet. The first installment: Black Hearts ended on a "to be continued" and this one picks up right where the first one leaves off. This continuation is definitely deserving of its own book though...Ms. Halle wasn't just out to make a few extra bucks by splitting up the story. Dirty Souls takes the main characters from the setting of Violet's sheltered life in San Francisco and throws them head first into Javier's clutches in Mexico. Our complicated Javier has become quite the villain/madman but a few moments of young Javi shine through now and then which was nice to see.
While Black Hearts primarily develops the romance between these characters, Dirty Souls is chock-full of action and suspense, and is darker than Black Hearts in my opinion due to the extreme events that take place. The next generation of Bernal's and McQueen's are forced to grow by leaps and bounds in this second installment and they are no longer the son and daughter but the man and woman they were destined to become. This duet was such a treat and is a must read for fans of Ms. Halle's The Artists Trilogy as Javier and Ellie have quite the reunion. I'll just let you use your imagination whether that's a good or bad thing...
Thank you so much Ms. Halle for sharing more of this world with us through Sins Duet. It was over all too soon unfortunately but it just prompts me to do a re-read from the very beginning, and that makes me very happy!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes I think there’s a big black hole in the middle of everyone’s hearts. It’s something we’re born with. We go through our lives trying to find ways to fill it. But we never take a moment to stick our fingers in, to really examine the mess at our core. If we did, if we were brave enough, we would find out who we really are. What we’re really capable of. We would learn there are angels and devils inside each one of us, battling every fucking day. No one is exempt, though they like to pretend they are.”
Note: In my opinion, this duology can be read apart from the other related series as Ms. Halle provides enough pertinent information to allow everything to make sense. But...if you haven't read Ms. Halle's other stuff, I strongly encourage you to fit them all in to your already overflowing TBR list. The Artists Trilogy prompted me to put Karina Halle on my automatic one-click list and Sins Duet just confirms she should stay there. Check it out!...more
Damn! When Karina Halle said this was the darkest book she has ever written she wasn't joking!! Kidnapping, interrogation, torture, drugs, murder, rap
Damn! When Karina Halle said this was the darkest book she has ever written she wasn't joking!! Kidnapping, interrogation, torture, drugs, murder, rape, the taking off of body parts... yeah, it was intense. Ms. Halle went to dark places in this world of Mexican drug cartels and I will never again question why she took a time out and explored contemporary romance for a while. Dark is definitely where her true talent lies but Ms. Halle can't live there and after reading this I would never ask her to.
Dirty Promises was serious sh#t but it was freakin' amazing. I could not wait to get back to this book every time I had to put it down. This was the violent, sorrowful, vengeful, but epic fight for power that the books in the Dirty Angels Trilogy have been individually leading up to. The fact that I loved this book in particular so much made me feel just as dirty and bloodstained as these characters. If you enjoy Karina Halle's writing, specifically her darker writing, you seriously need to get on this trilogy. Now!
My favorite quote: "The desert demanded our respect, and in return, it would clear your head and remind you how damn insignificant you really were."
Black Hearts is the first installment in Karina Halle's dark romance duology: Sins Duet. This duology is the second spin-off of Ms. Halle's The ArtistBlack Hearts is the first installment in Karina Halle's dark romance duology: Sins Duet. This duology is the second spin-off of Ms. Halle's The Artists Trilogy, and the romance features the children of The Artists Trilogy main characters. Confused? Let me lay it out for you...
Sins Duet (Spin-off, published 2017) #1-Black Hearts #2-Dirty Souls Main characters: Violet McQueen (Ellie and Camden's daughter), Vicente Bernal (Javier and Luisa's son)
I was first introduced to the amazing Karina Halle when I read The Artists Trilogy in 2013. Spin-offs are sometimes eyeroll-worthy but not these ones. Reading a romance between these amazing characters' college-aged children in Black Hearts felt like a completely different experience and it worked. Ellie, Camden, and Javier all have significant roles in this book but it is clear that this duet does not belong to them...it belongs to the next generation of McQueens and Bernals and they can hold their own. Black Hearts is nostalgic, complex, mysterious, both innocent and ruthless, and sexy as hell with romance that pushes the envelope. It is not an open-and-closed story though. It ends on a "to be continued" but I didn't find it an over-the-top cliffhanger. Nevertheless, I am so excited to finish the story when the second part releases next week!
In my opinion, this duology can be read apart from the other related series as Ms. Halle provides enough pertinent information to allow everything to make sense. But...if you haven't read Ms. Halle's other stuff, I strongly encourage you to fit them all in to your already overflowing TBR list. The Artists Trilogy prompted me to put Karina Halle on my automatic one-click list and Black Hearts just confirms she should stay on there. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “And all I wanted was just a little extra compassion. I just wanted people to be nice to me. Not because I deserved it. But because everyone does. And f@ck if it’s hard to find in this world. Empathy is rarer than diamonds.”
3/7/17: Oh the long-awaited return to Karina Halle's darker romance. Javier's son and Ellie'sdaughter. Freakin' explosive!! ...and this is just the start. Part 2 of this duolgy releases next week and I can't wait!!!
The Pain of Others is the first in a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be famThe Pain of Others is the first in a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be familiar with this character from TNT's television series: Good Behavior. The Pain of Others is the Letty Dobesh story that most closely follows the television show, specifically the first episode. However, the endings are vastly different which makes the book worth the read. When I say vastly different? Yeah...it has been a long while since a twist like that made my jaw drop to the floor. Seriously, check it out!
Absolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. OAbsolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥️
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. Only lights. That’s all it took. The push of a button. It shouldn’t have been that simple, but it was. A little more light where before there was darkness. A little more beauty where before there was emptiness. All the bad things that were there before were still there, but at least there was one more small good thing in the world."
Something Nice is an Original Sinners novella (#1.5) written by the amazing Tiffany Reisz. Since all the focal books in this series have been completeSomething Nice is an Original Sinners novella (#1.5) written by the amazing Tiffany Reisz. Since all the focal books in this series have been completed, I claw at any little tidbit that brings me back to these characters. Something Nice was a freebie Ms. Reisz gifted to subscribers of her newsletter and lucky, lucky me ❤️. Beautiful, sweet, funny, desperately sexy, a little sad, but also happy...this novella was just what I needed. I will be revisiting this little story over and over again. It's a favorite for sure.
My favorite quote: “We put each other through Hell,” Søren said. “And it was a Hell of our own making. Perhaps Paradise is of our own making too. Maybe nothing is final, even when it seems like the very end of the world.”
Ms. Torre don't be mad but I just couldn't with this book. I tried to love it. I kept reading until the end just because you wrote it. This book and mMs. Torre don't be mad but I just couldn't with this book. I tried to love it. I kept reading until the end just because you wrote it. This book and me just weren't meant to be.
It started with the epic insta-love. Maybe this is excusable within the young-adult genre and with many new-adult authors where it has come to be expected but not with thirty-something year old characters. Then the (IMO) one-dimensional characters along with the curse of telling versus showing. I was a far-away bystander to this story and I so wanted the experience of being there, front and center with all the emotions, even the dark ones.
On the positive side, I did enjoy that some sections were introduced with various definitions for the word "tight" and each one set up the theme for the events to come. I also liked that as the story flowed, snippets of the future were randomly inserted until finally the two timeframes coincided. This style added a dark mystery/suspense piece and it was another reason I continued to read even when I found the story much too slow moving and frankly boring.
Overall though, after all was said and done, Tight was just a bust for me. If you have never before read Alessandra Torre/A.R. Torre, please please don't let this review keep you from discovering what Ms. Torre is truly capable of. She's a freaking genius! Seriously check her out!
My favorite quote: "What ifs were dangerous. What ifs were terrifying."...more
Zip ties, one gallon of gas, and a lighter. Total: $ 8.52 + tax Burn, baby, burn. Or zip ties, one gallon of antifreeze, and a funnel. Total: $ 9.32
Zip ties, one gallon of gas, and a lighter. Total: $ 8.52 + tax Burn, baby, burn. Or zip ties, one gallon of antifreeze, and a funnel. Total: $ 9.32 + tax Poison, baby, poison Or zip ties, a razor, and (optional) aspirin. Total: $ 9.29 + tax Bleed, baby, bleed Or duct tape and plastic bags. Total $ 7.98 + tax Choke, baby, choke"
Oh Deanna, what are we going to do with you...
If You Dare is the third installment in A.R. Torre's dark/erotic thriller series titled Deanna Madden. I felt most connected to Deanna's character in this book for sure. She's scared and for the first time regretful - truly mortified at her actions. We get to see some of her history here: what happened to her mom and how Mike became so invested in helping her to name a few. We get to meet The uber-swoonworthy Dr. Derek OMG! And we get to witness her most inner conflict about who she is - good or evil - and what she is really capable of...the fragility Ms. Torre created in Deanna was breathtaking. The result of it all left me sad but very understanding of the direction the author chose to go in. I'm not mad at you Ms. Torre ❤️
The storyline in If You Dare alternates frequently from present to past...a recent past actually, one that Deanna can't remember. Lots of present-day consequences are in effect and Deanna is clueless. What happened??? Ms. Torre allows the reader to learn about what transpired right along with Deanna and there is certainly no immediate gratification. You have to wait for it. But it's a ride well worth taking and the suspense it creates is off the charts. Personally, this level of suspense gives me a stomachache and I'm not a huge fan of drawing it out just for the sake of it so I had to keep one star for a rainy day. But seriously, this one is a superb addition to an already amazing series. If you like adult-only dark thrillers and haven't picked up this series yet then seriously get on it! I would recommend starting at the beginning. Although Ms. Torre is generous with her backstories, there's no reason not to read them all. Check it out!!!
My favorite quote: "There is no Happily Ever After because, at the end of all this, Cinderella isn’t allowed to kill the prince."
This book is full of sex, drugs, and rock&roll PSYCHOPATHS! As it has already been said, Too Late is by far Colleen Hoover's darkest book to date.This book is full of sex, drugs, and rock&roll PSYCHOPATHS! As it has already been said, Too Late is by far Colleen Hoover's darkest book to date. I wouldn't say it officially falls into the "dark" genre, but it is dark compared to the current books that feature her recognizable name. It's graphic in terms of language, sexual content, drug use, and violence, which is not the norm in your typical CoHo book. This fact in no way, shape, or form counts against Ms. Hoover in the slightest. Authors are allowed to explore outside their typical genres. I applaud her for it actually. My 3-star rating reflects only my personal enjoyment.
Insta-love and CoHo's infamous "twists" are nothing new in her books but I didn't think they worked or made sense in this one. What I did like though was the villain: Asa. Adding glimpses of his upbringing offered a complexity that I very much enjoyed. I also enjoyed the action and suspense. The violence was graphic but it was incredibly engaging in my opinion. I would support Ms. Hoover if she moved forward with adding darker stories in the future.
Note: Too Late was going to be 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4), but instead I reduced it to a flat 3 stars after finishing the book that never quite ends. Yes, most books these days have epilogues but the epilogue was more like a sequel novella (40 pages). Then there was a prologue (35 pages), then an epilogue to the epilogue (60 pages). It was too much. Maybe for readers who absolutely loved this book, it was a true bonus, but for me it started to feel like a chore. In an effort of transparency, I finished the main book and then read the first epilogue. After being surprised by the length of the (first) epilogue, I checked the length of the remaining content and decided to end it there. I had no interest in continuing.
My favorite quote: "Sometimes cancer is cured... sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes people hit their heads and die, most of the time they hit their heads and survive. And anytime you hear of a person beating the odds... that’s all they’re doing. Beating the odds. Because people never really think about how, in order to beat the odds, a lot of unfortunate deaths have to occur for that particular survival to be considered 'out of the norm."...more
Re-read: June 2018 Prepping for September’s TV adaptation. Woohoo!!!
Original review: March 2016
“If you don’t start with crazy, crazy love, the kind o
Re-read: June 2018 Prepping for September’s TV adaptation. Woohoo!!!
Original review: March 2016
“If you don’t start with crazy, crazy love, the kind of love that Van Morrison sings about, then you don’t have a shot to go the distance. Love’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
Ahh, what a romantic, lovely sentiment. Worthy of a daily mantra or a morning affirmation to keep love fresh and alive in one's heart ♥
But...as you could imagine, these words take on an entirely different tone depending on the speaker. You's main character: Joe is an interesting lad. Dark, obsessive, and disturbed, but interesting nonetheless. He has found his one true love and has totally fixated on her, and he'll be damned if he lets anything (or anyone) stand in his way. The entire book is exclusively in his perspective. Every thought, every feeling, every interaction...and it all circles back to her.
I LOVEDYou! Reading the perspective of a stalker will likely not be everyone's cup of tea, but Ms. Kepnes' writing style definitely appeals to the masses. Joe's character is so intelligently crafted. The writing adds plenty of humor and smile-worthy moments to lighten up the dark themes and the insightful POV allows the reader to connect the dots between Joe's thought process and actions. Joe has surprisingly become one of my all-time favorite characters (in terms of fascination) and You will without a doubt be a re-read for me very soon.
My favorite quote: "What a shame to be so angered by what you don't have that you treat what you do have like it's nothing."...more
The Queen is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #8 in the series as a whole and book #4 in the prequel seThe Queen is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #8 in the series as a whole and book #4 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. The Queen picks up right where the last book The Virgin leaves off and continues to offer readers flashback scenes which has come to be expected of the The White Years installments. Readers will see what happens after Søren, Kingsley, and Nora's year apart, and how Eleanor becomes Mistress Nora and earns her place as queen of the underworld.
Every book in this series makes reference to Nora and Søren's vows to each other: She promised him forever and he promised her everything. The Queen shows these two treasured characters make good on their vows to each other in their very own way. I ended The Queen on the most satisfying and beautiful sigh. If this is the finale of the series then I can honestly end it happy. Of course if it's not the end, I will be even happier because I love these books and characters so much I don't want it to stop. I'm considering making a "favorite series" shelf just so I can add this one! Thank you Tiffany Reisz for some serious quality entertainment these last few months. BTW, I loved Nora's perspective about her attachment to the characters she writes (Nora's character is an author of erotica). You can't fool us though...we know that was your little love note to your very own original sinners ♥
My favorite quote: “Romance is beautiful, it's a gesture, it's a walk in a park with a pretty girl. Romance whispers sweet nothings. Romance gives an engagement ring. Love is ugly sometimes. It crawls into a war zone to save a friend. Love tells painful truths. Love takes a bullet.”
The Virgin is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #7 in the series as a whole and book #3 in the prequel sThe Virgin is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #7 in the series as a whole and book #3 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. Some of the previous installments in this series make reference to the time when Nora left Søren. In The Virgin, Ms. Reisz offers the reader generous details about this incident. The factors that led Nora to this decision were painful to read - I didn't cry but the emotions were incredibly palpable.
The Virgin proceeds to detail what Nora's time without Søren was like and also how Kingsley chose to cope with the aftermath. Although Nora's story was an enjoyable focal point, my favorite part of The Virgin was Kingsley's chapters. I also secretly enjoyed the glimpses of Søren grieving the loss of Nora. With so much of this series focusing on the characters emotional dependency on him, it was nice to see that they have the power to equally affect him.
Overall, I liked this addition to what is quickly becoming one of my favorite series, although I enjoyed some parts more than others. Below, I broke down the scenes most memorable to me and rated them accordingly. Of course this is based on my reading experience only.
Nora's birthday present OMG!: ★★★★★ Nora's awakening as a Dom: ★★★★☆ Nora year at the the abbey: ★★★☆☆ (just wasn't a huge fan of Kyrie) Kingsley's time away: ★★★★★+ Søren's grief: ★★★★★ The wedding mystery: ★★★½☆ The kilt scene...or almost scene: ★★★★★ Total: 4.35 Stars
So sad to say I have only one more book to read in this series. If anything, I can start reading from the beginning again. These final books shed so much light on the characters and events from the past that starting over at the beginning will be a fun and insightful experience.
My favorite quote: “I love orgasms. I say a prayer of thanks to God for them every day." "You say a prayer of thanks for orgasms?" Elle asked. "Of course. I mean, they're a gift from God, right? A woman doesn't need to have an orgasm to get pregnant, right?" "Right." "So if they have nothing to do with reproduction, then why do women have them?" Kryie asked. She raised her hand and pointed a finger up at the ceiling, at the sky, where God lived. "Orgasms are God's way of saying He's sorry about periods and cramps." "Apology accepted," Elle said.”
The King is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #6 in theOMG! This book was just too much...of everything!
The King is part of Tiffany Reisz's erotica/BDSM series titled Original Sinners. It is book #6 in the series as a whole and book #2 in the prequel series distinguished as The White Years. This installment focuses on Kingsley's story. Kingsley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He might just be my favorite character in the series after reading this one. Ms. Reisz excels at building his character beautifully. He's far more complex (and generous) than I ever suspected.
Readers will visit each and every emotion on the spectrum while learning of Kingsley's experiences and motivations. His love for Søren simply cannot be measured and my heart broke for him time and time again. I was on the edge of tears so many times, but I was also on the edge of something else so many times... OK, I'm not a crude reviewer but the sex scenes in this novel were off the charts. Whether or not you are into mm, mf, mff, bdsm, and any other acronym that may apply, it really doesn't matter because the acts are so secondary to Kingsley's emotions. The scenes are beautiful, they are heart wrenching, and yes, they are orgasmic. Sorry...but they are.
The King is sexy, powerfully moving, passionate, and surprisingly very funny. Why isn't there a goodreads option for 10 stars yet???? Well-done Ms. Reisz!
My favorite quote: "It hurts coming back to life. It's a brutal, dirty business. Paddles on the chest pushing electric current into the dead heart. Doctor Frankenstein shooting lightening through his monster's corpse. Life is a force so strong, it can blow a stone off a tomb. It's never easy, resurrection. It's violent and it hurts."
Behind the Hands That Kill is the sixth installment in J.A. Redmerski's dark thriller/suspense series titled: In the Company of Killers. OMG so much hBehind the Hands That Kill is the sixth installment in J.A. Redmerski's dark thriller/suspense series titled: In the Company of Killers. OMG so much happened in this book!!! ...but in terms of progressing the storyline, very little actually happened. But maybe that's OK though. Afterall, we all know whose hands those are in the title and a little focus on Victor is never a bad thing.
Victor's character has always been so cold steel and programmed in my opinion, but pieces of that robotic exterior are cracking and I'm looking forward to seeing what that means. More and more unanswered questions are being added to the mix and A LOT of this book flashes back to the past to allow us to meet other figures who have gotten under Victor's skin, but none like Izabel. Ms. Redmerski has not only provided room to grow for the overall storyline, but also for the characters. Victor is experiencing a new vulnerability and Izabel has never been as strong as she is right now. I can't wait for the next book. She's going to kick ass all over those pages!
My favorite quote: "Maybe that is the key to surviving change: embracing it, however cumbersomely, or gracefully, one can."
Re-read: June 2018 I've been enjoying re-reads of some of my favorites this month. After recommending this title to tons of people when the ebook recenRe-read: June 2018 I've been enjoying re-reads of some of my favorites this month. After recommending this title to tons of people when the ebook recently went on sale, I had to throw it in the mix. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. Having already experiencing the shock of the storyline, I could focus on emotion. Have to admit to shedding a tear this time around. I absolutely love this book. Full 5 stars!
Original Review: October 2015 ★★★★½ A tidbit about me: I loved Gone Girl. I thought it was the best book ever when I read it. The twist in that book blew me away and I will always remember my emotional response during that reading experience. Before you ask... No, I'm not saying Pretty Girls is like Gone Girl. That comparison is used far too often with new releases and it's seriously getting old. What I am saying is that my emotional response to both stories was on a similar level. I could not put this book down and at 20 hours via audio, that's really saying something. Not...bored...once.
Pretty Girls is a suspense/mystery/thriller novel written by Karin Slaughter. This story slowly spirals down to very dark places and I was surprised by how intense the reading experience was. But even when the subject became hard to read, I couldn't help but flip the pages (well in my case, keep the earbuds in). I was completely engaged, and my investment in these characters just grew stronger as the story progressed. The characters and relationship dynamics featured in this book are built perfectly which made the interactions that occurred all the more emotional (and not in an “Awww, that's sweet” kind of way!). Oh... and the audiobook!!!! Kathleen Early's narration was amazing. She really brought the emotions in this story to life for me personally. With her first terror-filled whisper, I was sold.
In an effort to write an honest review, I must note an element I could have done without, thus the 4.5 stars versus a full 5. I was going to give 4 stars but my book high just wouldn't let me knock off one whole star. (view spoiler)[The incorporation of dirty cops and a sick, violence-loving congressman was incredibly disappointing to me. I loved this book as a domestic thriller that possessed quite a bit of originality (at least compared to what I have historically read), but once the political component came into play, I felt myself start to question if my enjoyment would continue. Fortunately, this element was not heavily incorporated but I just wish Ms. Slaughter didn't feel the need to include it at all. (hide spoiler)]
If you like the genres listed for this book and can stomach some pretty disturbing mentions of violence, then check out Pretty Girls. Also, if you enjoy listening to audiobooks every now and then, consider the audio version for this one. It's phenomenal!
My favorite quote: “Why is it that we always neglect the things that matter the most?”
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The Mistress is the fourth installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. Man, I can't tell you how many WTF!!!'s went oThe Mistress is the fourth installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. Man, I can't tell you how many WTF!!!'s went on in this story. Let's just say I was a hot mess by the time it was all over.
The Mistress picks up at pretty much the exact moment The Prince leaves off, and it's a psychotic, nostalgic ride from there. Much of the novel consists of the storytelling of memories from Nora to her captor. This form of writing style was the near perfect platform to show readers just how entwined Nora, Søren, and Kingsley truly are. Wesley's importance in Nora's life is by no means minimized either. In between the visits to the past, present-day characters pull together during some suspense/thriller moments in an effort to rescue Nora. Some relationship dynamics get moved around as a result and I'm still trying to wrap my head around them. (view spoiler)[1- Seriously, why the hell is Grace playing such a big part here???? 2- I'm happy for Wesley, really I am, but I'm going to miss him and Nora!!! (hide spoiler)]
Ms. Reisz writes heartbreaking, emotional moments in The Mistress and I have to admit that I balled like a baby at one point. This installment leaves readers with a sense of hope as the characters all seem to have a renewed sense of direction in their lives. It is evident that this is by no means the ending... and thank God for that because I am so in love with this series. Ms. Reisz, you're a goddess!
My favorite quote: “Terrible and beautiful things happened to everyone. That was life. Simply life.”
The Prince is the third installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners.Nora and Wesley? Søren and Kingsley? Yes, please!
The Prince is the third installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. Lots of character and relationship background is provided in this installment with some heartfelt present-day chapters. Oh, and there's a mini-mystery thrown in! This was a great addition to a series that has me head over heels. Love it ♥
My favorite quote: "Nobody's shirt ever gets stuck in their pants. And nobody has to worry about their damn parents walking in on them. And you never have the guy raising his head and saying, 'Um, I think you're getting a yeast infection.' Wesley almost collapsed with a mix of disgust and laughter. 'What? You're telling me romance novels and erotica novels aren't one hundred percent realistic with the sex scenes? I'm shocked."
The Angel is the second installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. While the first book was all about the heroine: NThe Angel is the second installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. While the first book was all about the heroine: Nora Sutherlin, this book offers multiple point-of-views, but the one that stands out as the focal point is a new character: Michael Dimir (aka Angel).
In this installment, Ms. Reisz creates a storyline that allows readers to learn so much about the multiple main/side characters. While Nora remains my favorite among them all, she is written in a slightly different light in this book. She is immensely enjoying her sexuality during a summer assignment. Her orders are to relocate to Griffin's home for a few months and train the newest submissive: Michael (remember him?). I loved the way Nora's protectiveness shines during her time with this damaged young man. Even though Søren didn't join them, he is a focal point in a parallel storyline which allows readers to gain valuable insight into his past. Ms. Reisz ends The Angel on a tortuous cliffhanger that I CANNOT WAIT to continue! The Prince will be on my "read" list soon. So excited!!!
My favorite quote: "Love is the open wound that you hope never heals."
Re-read: March 2018 I've been desperately homesick for some fictional friends.
Original Review: September 2015 The Siren is the first installment in TiffRe-read: March 2018 I've been desperately homesick for some fictional friends.
Original Review: September 2015 The Siren is the first installment in Tiffany Reisz's dark erotica series titled: Original Sinners. This book just did it for me. I've always been a sucker for ass-kicking women in fiction, but that has historically been limited to the fantasy genres. But holy cow, Ms. Reisz created a mostly-contemporary heroine that just blew me away.
Nora Sutherlin is like two women in one...and they're both amazing! One is dominant, merciless, strong, successful, self-assured, and basically worshiped. The other is incredibly vulnerable, submissive, protective, troubled, and a bit unconfident actually. However, they both are sexy as hell and incredibly likable.
As noted in many of my reviews, erotica is not a genre I typically enjoy due to the typical "just enough story to justify the next sex scene" writing style of the particular authors I have read in the past. But Ms. Reisz keeps a quality storyline flowing and incorporates endings that have readers scrambling for the next book. The characters are layered and the relationships are incredibly complex - when you've got some strong BDSM factors going on then they have to be or it just won't work. I am a newfound fan of Tiffany Reisz and can't wait to read the rest of this series!!!
My favorite quote: "The same wind that blows us off course can turn and carry us home."
★★★★ Do Not Disturb is the second installment in A.R. Torre's (Alessandra Torre) dark/erotic thriller series titled: Deanna Madden. The first book in t★★★★½ Do Not Disturb is the second installment in A.R. Torre's (Alessandra Torre) dark/erotic thriller series titled: Deanna Madden. The first book in this series totally hooked me and I was excited to see this second one within my easy reach. Hurray for the public library!!!
Do Not Disturb is no filler sequel! It is its very own story. There is a solid romance, a scary villain, and of course the whole bottle of awesome sauce: Deanna Madden. Watching Deanna and Jeremy's romance slowly blossom was sweet and very sexy, some parts had me promptly running out to the store for a Snickers ice-cream bar and Dr. Pepper and taking a break to google tons of Jaguar F-type S images (swoon), and then I shifted to the freakin' edge of my seat when the thriller part kicked into full gear. I was glued and my stomach was a complete mess but it was great! Deanna truly loves getting her hands bloody and I'm over here like...
Needless to say, I highly recommend this series for fans of the genres listed. I can't wait to read the next one. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Hello normal, I am Deanna. Nice to make your acquaintance."
The Girl in 6E is the first installment in A.R. Torre’s dark/erotic thriller series titled: Deanna Madden. The Girl in 6E is a wild, wild ride. I canThe Girl in 6E is the first installment in A.R. Torre’s dark/erotic thriller series titled: Deanna Madden. The Girl in 6E is a wild, wild ride. I can honestly say it’s unlike any book I’ve read before. I learned much more than I ever wanted to know about the profession of CamGirls and the sexual interests of the clientele. But I loved the character building of the lead: Deanna. She’s so bad ass in an evil villainous type of way, and there's just something I love about sexy, crazy, messed up heroines!
Deanna hasn't left her apartment in three years. And no, she's not scared to go outside. She is scared for the safety of others around her. She's scared of what she might do to them. Yeah... she's dark, her daydreams are our nightmares, and they make her heart race in excitement.
But at the same time, she’s surprisingly good and innocent. The storyline is mostly about Deanna and all that contributes to her current lifestyle choices. Is never leaving your apartment and doing absolutely everything via computer considered a lifestyle? I guess so. But there is one situation that encourages her to eventually leave her apartment and that’s when the thriller part of this book begins. Notice I said thriller and not mystery- there’s no mystery here. Believe me, I kept waiting for the big twist at the end and it never came. But that’s OK, pretty much everything else made up for it! Besides, it was pretty thrilling to watch Deanna transfer her villain persona to superhero/vigilante awesomeness. You’ve got to check it out!
My favorite quote: “No one is normal. Everyone is just pretending to be normal.”
Nine Minutes is author Beth Flynn's debut novel and the first installment in her dark romance/thriller series: Nine Minutes. I honestly couldn't makeNine Minutes is author Beth Flynn's debut novel and the first installment in her dark romance/thriller series: Nine Minutes. I honestly couldn't make up my mind between 3 and 3.5 stars for this one. Ms. Flynn‘s writing style presents a fictional story that reads very much like a nonfiction account in my opinion. This is both good and bad:
Good because it immediately grabbed my attention and it felt like it could be a true story. I wouldn't be surprised at all if these events really happened and these people actually existed. Bad because it was as if the female lead Ginny is telling the reader the events surrounding her abduction and her time living with a violent motorcycle gang (written in first person), but without much in-depth internal dialogue that could have possibly sold the reader on the thought processes behind her actions (or lack thereof).
Stockhold Syndrome or not, Ginny's perspective didn't always make sense given the enormity of her situation. Also, important events felt a bit like they were randomly revisited again at varying points in the book with the characters' motives/plans being conveniently altered. Maybe this was intended to create a “twist and turn” feel, and although it caused me to do a double take at times, in the end I found myself internally questioning if the writer didn't just sit down and write this book from start to finish as thoughts came to her. I'm not a writer so maybe this is how it works, but as a reader it just felt like pieces weren't very thought out beforehand.
Despite the negatives listed, I liked this book overall and would even consider continuing the series. Nine Minutes was a story that kept the pages turning and gave me many “I can't believe that just happened!” moments. I remained engaged and looked forward to picking the book up each day, curious to see how this story would eventually cycle back around to the ending that was revealed in the prologue. These factors alone had me considering a higher rating. Nine Minutes is disturbing, dark, violent, and sad for all involved. For a first-time author who is new to the writing/publishing process, Ms. Flynn displayed tremendous effort, and it paid off for many readers as evidenced by the multiple 5-star ratings out there. If you enjoy supporting new authors who have a passion for writing and you can deal with a dark romance that is far from romantic, check out Nine Minutes.
My favorite quote: ”Priscilla Renee Celery?” I shouted. “You cannot be serious. There is no way in this world I am going to use the name Priscilla Celery.” I looked up at Grizz, who was smiling. What an awful last name – and going from a fruit to a vegetable? Forget it.”
Beth Flynn's Nine Minutes series includes the following installments: (as of November 2014) ...more