Book Review: Church. – Stylo Fantome

synopsis singleA broken girl.

An unusual boy.

A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.

Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.

She would kill for him to love her.

He just wants to kill.

Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.

Fuse, meet match.

 


Double Warning 

  1. This is a psychological thriller. If you have triggers – This story will touch on a lot of them.
  2. The language in my review will be very colorful.

My Thoughts 2I don´t remember when I first saw this book. I can´t even recall who recommended this read. All I know is that I was ready and prepared to read some weird, screwed up romance- Something I really REALLY wanted because I´ve been so fed up with the same ´ol, same ´ol, goody goody romance novels. It was time for me to read something with grip.

 

I did NOT expect `Church.`( Church. #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome ( and I´ve read some really crazy shit in my lifetime ). And I SO WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK! I SO SO SO SO….

Church.

Let me start out by saying the writing wasn´t my cup of tea. I appreciate all narrative point of views but I´m not necessarily a fan of narrative hopping. While the majority of the story is told in third person narrative the author slips a few chapters, first person main character POVs, into the mix.

This can be great for a story but I felt it didn´t work well for this type of read. A thriller needs to be thrilling. A thriller can hardly create a thrill when a reader is in on all the clues. Which brings me to my next issue-

The story was slightly predictable. That´s another thing I don´t appreciate and I fully blame this on the multiple narrative POVs.

As for the characters….

To be perfectly honest, I find it a shame that I disliked both characters so much because Emma is a great character on her own and Church is fantastic in his own right. But as a couple? Down right hideous. Young adults acting like little turds who don´t have a life.

The genius sociopath and the damaged for life, obsessive beauty. Their thoughts were disturbing. Their time spent together was disturbing. Their plans, how they treated other people and each other… It felt like a bomb exploded in the Church. universe and I was the one who tried to make sense of everything.

“Tell me why you´re the way you are.”

“Hmm, I´ve been abused beyond anyone´s wildest dreams.”

“Wow. That´s fascinating. Now my turn! I´ve been abused, too!”

“Jee wizz! Let´s go and make some random person miserable.. just for the heck of it!”

( Note: The above was not taken from the book. It is not the dialogue.)

To make this rant short: I didn´t like `Church.` Dear sweet baby Jesus… I almost hate the story because of the hatred it carried. Hell, there was so much hatred to pass around and make a reader´s life misrable. Then that ending…. I better not get into that because I´m afraid I might choke on my cornflakes

Bah. I´m going to let my inner 85 year old out and say: My life is too short to waste it on reading about characters who´re bored little shits.


 

Would I recommend this read? The 85 yr old in me says: “Not in this lifetime.”. 36 yr old me says… “Nope.”.

Would I reread this book? Definitely not. I´ve also decided I won´t be reading the second installment.


 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not the style I prefer to see on a book cover )

The Story – 1 star ( I´m actually surprised I didn´t DNF this book.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Lots and lots of potential for both MCs. But somehow they turne out horrible and… bla.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly pissed off.

2 stars


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Book Series Review: Consequences #1-#4, Aleatha Romig

Book Series

Consequences

Books

Consequences ( #1 ), Behind His Eyes: Consequences ( #1.5 )  Tony´s POV,
Truth ( #2 ), Behind His Eyes: Truth ( #2.5 ) Tony´s POV
Convicted ( #3 ), Revealed: The Missing Years ( #4 )  Tony´s POV

Author

Aleatha Romig

Genre

Dark, Romance, Adult Fiction

 

 

 

synopsis book 1

Consequences ( Consequences #1 )

 

Every action has consequences.

Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she’s there, but it’s been made abundantly clear–she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.

Learn the rules to survive.

Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality–every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he’s a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you’re told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.

Captivate the captor.

To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire’s beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

My Thoughts 2

An exceptional read that´ll leave a reader confused, stunned, irritated, repulsed and in awe. When I read this book ( which was back in 2013 ) I had no clue what I was getting myself into. Mental abuse is the head theme and I never, not in all the years I´ve been reading, have ever read such a proper mind – fuck romance. Yes, romance. Hard to believe after having read Tony and Claire´s story, that this series is a romance. And somewhere hidden between the mind games, abuse and controlling behavior, there is flick of romance. It´s subtle and, quite frankly, fucked up beyond words, but it´s there.

Opinions on this story go way apart. There´s hardly anyone I know who think this book is “just okay”. It´s a Love or Hate type of read and everyone has a strong opinion regarding `Consequences `. consequences

I admit- I found this book hard to take in. The Heroine made a minor mistake and she paid for her slip dearly under the hands of Tony, the Hero. His motives weren´t clear and that made him come across as an unforgiving POS who deserved a boiling hot oil bath twice a day. Claire adjusted to her new life, accepting whatever Tony handed her, and it wasn´t pretty ( or it was pretty but it felt disgusting ).

This is a slow burn story. Even the little mind fucks are slow and add up even slower. That´s exactly what makes this a captivating read. It´s a train wreck you can´t look away from.

NOTE: Although `Consequences` has been categorized as Erotica, it is not an erotica read. There is a little sex involved but the main focus is on the story.

The downside I fought through: Repetitive words. When you´re invested in a story and you get one word thrown at you all the time. That´s something I can´t stand. I´m sure there are synonyms for the word “compartmentalize”.  Why not aim to use a synonym instead of over-using one word?

The book ends with a big bang. No, wait. The end actually feels more like a hard slap across your face. I didn´t know what to feel or what to think when I finished book one. To be honest- I didn´t even know if I liked the story or not. A massive cliffhanger.

The end, alone, deserves 5 stars.


 

synopsis book 2

Truth ( Consequences #2 )

Claire survived the consequences. 

Through strength and compartmentalization, Claire Nichols captivated her captor. Though Anthony Rawlings thought he taught Claire to behave, his domination became desire, and his obsession morphed into love. Or was it? When her choices pushed Anthony’s relentless vendetta too far, Claire barely survived the consequences. 

Discover the truth.

Now, armed with new information and more questions than answers, Claire works to uncover the truth behind the dangerous game at play. As she begins anew, she must decide whom she can truly trust, especially with a new set of players on the move.

New set of rules.

With everything to lose and a manipulative game master controlling the board, Claire and Tony duel by a new set of rules. When thrust together once again, can they learn to trust each other to overcome new dangers? Or will this be Tony’s second attempt at domination? Can Claire resist the man she’d never before been able to resist? Hatred and love. Deception and truth. Old habits and new beginnings. As this real-life game of chess plays out, past sins will come to light and new secrets will be revealed. With so much riding on each move, the stakes have never been higher.

My Thoughts 2

The word “compartmentalization” is even in the synopsis. Wonderful. * eye roll *
Claire and Tony´s story continues, only this time it´s a little less nerve wrecking and a lot more exciting.

In `Truth` we get a truth, but not THE truth. consequences 2

But do we want the truth after reading `Consequences`?

As it says in the synopsis- It´s a real life game of chess and it turned out that Tony wasn´t the only one good at the game. Claire survived the consequences but she also learned from them.

What I liked most about this book ( because second installments are always deeper and exciting ) is how well-balanced everything is. Secrets surface, heart stopping events happen, a love I never thought would blossom blossomed, more characters were introduced… The story undergoes a major shift. A reader has time to appreciate new shock moments and still focus on everything else because the pace was… perfect. Plus the romance pushes through in this one, which I really enjoyed. Knowing what happened in book #1 and then seeing a relationship ( even if it´s toxic ) unfold is… weird, in an oddly positive way.

The downside: Again… compartmentalization.

I would definitely say this is the best book of the whole series because it has more action. More nail bite worthy events. More scenes that call for loud shoutings and yelling because the characters made a wrong move on the real life chess board.

This book deserves 5 stars.


synopsis book 3

Convicted ( Consequences #3 )

Stick to your convictions.

Against all odds, Claire and Tony have found their way back to one another, but it doesn’t mean a happy ever after. Not even close. Just when they seemed to have it all—love, respect, and the promise of a family—the game master exposes the truth and Claire’s world once again unravels. With old convictions wavering and past transgressions coming to light, the cards have changed and luck is not in the deck for Claire and Tony.

Abandon all assumptions.

Lost in a constant nightmare, who will save Claire from her past? From herself? Everyone has a hand to play, and now they’re playing for keeps. Everything known to be true is questioned. Motives are explained. The past is once again unearthed, and this time, secrets lurk between dreams and reality, between the past and the present.

The clock is ticking.

Time is running out on Claire…on Tony…on their happy ever after. When the final cards are played, will their unconventional love trump the opposition?

In the end, some will discover their bets were too high, and all will learn the most crucial lesson—there are always consequences for the truth.

 

My Thoughts 2

Against all odds, my ass. They should never have met in the first place.
`Convicted` ( #3 ) is my least favorite from the series as it has major time leaps.Consequences 3

Past, present, future. All three crammed into one book. Add a side story that´s connected to the actual story and you´ll find yourself spending your nights trying to keep up. I´m not a fan of time leaps because they usually don´t add value to a story ( for me ). Unfortunately, these time laps from the past to present, from present to future and back, do play a significant role in this story. You have to pay attention or else you´ll be forced to go back and reread. Then all the characters! Damn. In the end I decided to name every sub character Michael, because it was easier.

The story finds an end. But did I like how things ended? Most certainly not! Some characters were in jail, someone ended up in a mental facility, and others tried to screw others over.

This book felt like a glorified rat race.

3 stars


Informative Note

Before we continue with reviews for books #1.5, #2.5 and #4  it´s probably good to know that all three books are from Tony´s POV. All three have been published after books #1,#2 and #3 and have been read in the same order ( first books #1, #2, #3 then books #1.5, #2.5 and #4. Readers can read the books according to reading order, #1, #1.5, #2, #2.5, etc )

 

synopsis 1.5

Behind His Eyes: Consequences ( #1.5 )

What was Tony thinking? 

Control? Acquisition? Domination? Love? Behind His Eyes – Consequences explores significant scenes as well as behind-the-scenes moments from the first book of the Consequencesseries. 

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the mind of the man who thought he set the rules and delivered the consequences. 

From the beginning. 

Anthony Rawlings has the perfect world: money, influence, and power. Everything in his life is and has always been planned, executed, and predicted… until Claire. How long can he deny what is right before him? Experience the rare opportunity to see this esteemed man’s world change, from behind his eyes. 

It is always darkest before the light. 

Through significant scenes, experience the dark journey into the mind of the man who believes that he controls everything yet controls nothing. Share his thoughts as glitches are overcome and accidents are survived. 

For the avid reader of the Consequences series, it is recommended that this companion be read after Consequences, Truth, Convicted, and Revealed for more insight into the man who: 

“Once upon a time, she signed a napkin that he knew was a contract. As an esteemed businessman, he forgot one very important rule. He forgot to read the fine print. It wasn’t an acquisition to own another person as he’d previously assumed. It was an agreement to acquire a soul.” — Aleatha Romig, Convicted

 

My Thoughts 2

I usually stay far away from additional POVs because, most of the time, they never add any quality to a story. It´s just a ” what he / she / the neighbor thought”.

So, why did I decide to read ` Behind His Eyes: Consequences`? My ex- co – blogger urged me to read it. This book wasn´t your typical POV swap. So, I trusted her and she did not disappoint. Or, the author did not disappoint. behind his eyes

Throughout the first 3 books I kept asking myself ( and the book ) ” What the hell is wrong with that guy?”. Well, in `Behind His Eyes` my question was answered. He wasn´t just a sick bastard. He was a sick bastard who was on a mission. When a powerful, influential man has an idea then you can bet his ideas are well structured and thought through.

Of course, the story is the same except for Tony. A reader gets the chance to see what goes on in that beautiful twisted head of his. And I can tell you- It was worth it. I can´t say I fully understood his screwed mind – set but it truly was entertaining. Personally, I would have killed the bastard… but I´m just a reader. And Tony isn`t real ( Thank God for that ).

5 stars

 


synopsis 2.5

Behind His Eyes: Truth ( Consequences # 2.5 )

 

Truth is relative.

By delivering the consequences, Anthony has proven he is a man of his word. With one promise complete, he must face the truth of his emotions regarding Claire Nichols. Is it too late? Can a man who had never been forgiven accept forgiveness? Can that man forgive? 

Not a total re-write, this companion explores the thoughts of the man who discovers that the truth is not always what it seems. 

Secrets exposed.

As past sins and motivations are revealed, Behind His Eyes Truth explores the recurring questions: What was Tony thinking? Who can he trust? Through significant scenes and behind-the-scenes moments, learn how Tony’s well-designed existence is incomplete. 
The acquisition of a soul. 

Experience the journey into the mind of the man who slowly realizes that there is more to life than money and power. Witness his thoughts as his control is not only challenged but lost, and as he comes to terms with the new truth. 

 

My Thoughts 2

Again, same story only told from Tony´s view. There´s not much I can say that I haven´t said before. `Behind His Eyes: Truth` is a great story, weird characters, confusing and frustrating.behind his eyes truth

Tony does have a “I found Jesus” moment and thankfully, that lasts. He´s still a calculating bastard, even if his actions are more explained and his twisted mind slows a little.

4 stars


 

synopsis 4

Revealed: The Missing Years ( Consequences #4 )

The unexpected fourth novel of the Consequences series, REVEALED: The Missing Years is…

Readers saw what happened on that fateful afternoon at the Rawlings Estate and heard about the aftermath. This fourth novel of the series is told through the men in Claire Nichols’ life and fills in the gap of time that was only previously mentioned. Like dominoes falling in a line, Revealed allows readers to experience the shocking repercussions one by one, and witness their effect on everyone in the game.  

Share the struggle as Anthony Rawlings fights for what is his as the crashing consequences of his past threatens to change his world forever. Join Harrison Baldwin as he discovers the truth that threatens his beliefs, and John Vandersol as he come to terms with his revelations. Witness as Phillip Roach decides with whom his loyalties lie, and Brent Simmons demonstrates the meaning of friendship—no matter the cost. 

Readers of this series survived the Consequences, learned the Truth, and know who was Convicted, but that is not all. Do not assume that Tony and Claire’s story is complete, because beyond the conclusion of Convicted there is more to be REVEALED

 

My Thoughts 2

I wasn´t too keen on having the missing years revealed. Yet, I still found myself reading the last book in the series. Why? Beats me. Maybe because I thought I´d find closure? I guess I´ll never find the energy to want to find that one out.

I wouldn´t say `Revealed: The Missing Years ( #4 ) was a complete waste of my time but in the end… I felt that I didn´t need it.

3 stars.

 



 

Would I recommend this series? Yes and no. Yes, because it´s really gripping and will evoke all sorts of emotions from a reader, no matter if they´re positive or negative. A reader will feel. No, because this series does have strong triggering topics. Mental and physical abuse are the loudest themes. And this is coming from someone who has a high tolerance level regarding these themes. To be read with caution.

Would I reread this book? No. As much as I liked feeling every available emotion known to mankind, I cannot find the energy to have another go with this series. It´s mentally exhausting and I just want to kill the Hero.


The Covers – 3 stars.

The covers aren´t for me. Especially the covers for #1.5, #2.5 and #4. Those eyes look a little creepy and feel out of place. I think the author would have been better off changing color themes.

 

The Story – 5 stars.

How to keep this short and sweet? This is one fucked up mental job romance that´s worth reading. I never thought I´d find myself saying I fully enjoyed a screwed and twisted romance like this one.

The Characters – 4 stars.

Aside from Tony being a brilliant mastermind with major issues I found Claire to be just as multi – faceted. Some of the additional characters could have stayed away from the big picture, though.

My emotional state after finishing this series- Exhausted. Pooped. Emotionally drained.

 

This series can be found online or in a bookstore near you!

 

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Book Review: Up In The Air (Tetralogy) by R. K. Lilley

before and after

Published back in 2012, the `Up In The Air´tetralogy by author R. K. Lilley celebrated a great success and was announced “One of the hottest erotica novels available” and earned glowing praises from book bloggers across the globe.

That was back in 2012.

Since then the trilogy grew into a tetralogy, leaving a reader with 4 wonderful books about Bianca and James´ relationship. Their very steamy and sexy relationship.

I belonged to the lucky “Lusting after the highly dominant James Cavendish” parade back then… But what about now? After 6 years and 1 reread, do I still feel the same as I once did? Let´s find out! Before & After reviews for book #1 – #4


 

synopsis book 1 In Flight ( Up In The Air: Book 1 )

R. K. Lilley

 

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it. 

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

My Thoughts 2

It´s not the books. It´s not even me. It´s the trend that has long passed that has turned this 2012  3 star read into a solid 2 stars. Okay. Maybe the books are the problem.

We all remember the dom / sub trend a few years back. There was hardly a book published ( or self published ) that didn´t have some crazed overly dominant Hero and a meek Heroine who always fought pitifully for her independence. This book definitely belongs in that category.In flight

`In Flight`Up In The Air: Book 1 by R.K. Lilley is a story about a billionaire who falls for a flight attendant. So, basically a romance but on a different level. And this would be a simple romance if not for the BDSM theme.

I don´t know….

In 2012 I kind of ignored the rather heavy dominant / submissive trope and just enjoyed the book. It´s an erotica / BDSM read. No biggy, right?

Well, after my recent reread I discovered a few things.

I don´t like dominant Heroes anymore. They´re full of themselves on so many levels. I´m grateful that trend passed and that my tastes have changed.

“Do this. Do that. Get naked. I´m gonna count….”  So bossy for no greater purpose other than to settle that sexual itch. To be honest- No man would ever come near me with that type of behavior.

The Hero, James Cavendish, is a kinky billionaire who has lots of answers to lots of problems. And many problems can be solved while staying in his bed. Oh, and he has nicknames kindly provided by the Heroine. Mr. Gratification, Mr. Moody, Mr. Mercurial, Mr. Incredible, Mr. BDSM…. The list is long and those are his names used as chapter titles. I remember not being too fond of him when I first read this book. Have my feelings changed after my reread? Yes. I´m now even less impressed than I was years ago.

And what happens when main characters aren´t to one´s liking? The story loses it´s appeal.

How on earth wasn´t I more appalled by his behavior? I mean- It wasn´t the sex I found appalling. The sex was okay. It was his behavior alone. And then Bianca….

Why her character was so eager to put up with someone like him is beyond me.

Still… the story felt a tiny bit unique to me back in 2012. Now? The book still carries that unique vibe but the enjoyment I used to feel is now flatter than a sheet of paper.

2 stars

 


 

synopsis book 2

Mile High ( Up In The Air: Book 2 )

R. K. Lilley

 

James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.

James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away. 

It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

 

My Thoughts 2 My reread session for book two consisted of lots of skimming as I didn´t have enough energy to put up with more James Cavendish. Seriously… Why, in all that´s pink and fluffy, is he considered to be a swoon worthy character? And why the 2.0 drama? No, scratch that… `Mile High` ( Up In The Air: Book #2 ) has drama overload. And sex. Lots and lots of Duracell bunny sex. Mile High

I didn´t realize it then but now it somehow dawned on me that James and Bianca have a dysfunctional relationship. He´s weird. She has issues. And together they seem to find a middle ground. Bianca needs to be dominated and James is just the dude to get the job done.

I´m still convinced that Mr. BDSM has too many issues and needs life long therapy ( as they all do ). And Ms. I – have – an – opinion – but – let – it- get – run – over – by – kinky – James…. She needs to just concentrate on life without James.

This book was a 2013 3 star read that has also turned into a 2 star.

2 stars

 


 

Grounded ( Up In The Air: Book #3 ) R. K. Lilley

synopsis book 3 James and Bianca’s story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy.

After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she’s tried her hardest, she can’t help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

As James and Bianca feel a growing need for each other that neither can deny, circumstances beyond their control intervene, trying to tear them apart. Amidst the ever mounting threat of a monster who wants Bianca dead, and the constant pitfalls of an indiscreet past that James can’t seem to escape, can these two passionate lovers manage to find their happily ever after?

 

My Thoughts 2 It´s definitely me that has changed as I´m pretty sure no one smuggled this series into my house just recently.

My reading experience from 6 years ago vs. my feelings now couldn´t be more drastic. I simply couldn´t

I was rereading, remember? With this one I had to quit before I could reach the end because I just couldn´t take it all anymore. Too many unnecessary details.. too much sub character involvement.. I´ve also been sexed to death by James and Bianca. Besides, I remember how the story ended. The final scene wasn´t explosive enough for me to want to reread it. grounded

`Grounded`( Up In The Air: Book 3 ) by R. K. Lilley received 3 generous stars back in 2012. Now? I´m not hesitating with a 1 star. 36-year-old me discovered that there isn´t much of a plot but there´s a whole lot of everything else that´s not informative enough.

In which emotional state does this book leave me? Frustrated. Tired. Pooped beyond words.

 

1 star


 

NOTE: I did NOT read book #4 in the Up In The Air series. As far as I´m informed `Mr. Beautiful` is just a rehash from the other books told from Hero´s POV.  POV books never make my priority list so…. mr beautiful

 

 
Now for my over – all opinion on the `Up In The Air` books.

 

The Covers: 2 – 3 stars 

The covers were never really anything overly eye catchy but they match, which is a huge bonus. At least a reader knows the books belong together. Sadly, the image quality of the paperbacks is down right cruel to the eyes. pixellated and blurry. I´m going to be honest here: If I had seen these books in a bookstore with the same horrible image quality then I would never have bought these books. I would never play money for poor quality on a cover. Then the model on the covers… On the one cover you can see that her shoes are a number or two too big for her feet. Really?

 

The Story: 2 stars

Yeah…. No. My 2012 opinion wasn´t as colorful as it is now. Right this moment I can´t seem to come up with a logical explanation as to why I enjoyed reading these books. Why I over looked so many things that usually bug the bejesus out of me. Too much sex, too much filler sex. Too many details. So little actual depth. The writing is simple and engaging but the story itself? There are way better BDSM / dom-sub books worth reading.

 

The Characters: 2 stars

I liked Bianca in book #1 and #2. She nearly killed my vibes in book #3. And James… Poor poor dominating, annoying billionaire hotel owner James just rubbed me the wrong way. He barks at Bianca while tying her up. Who barks at someone in a sexy moment? Who?! That´s many things but not sexy.

Then the sub characters…. They felt new to me during my reread, which tells me that I hadn´t paid attention to them during the first reading round. No more words needed there.

 

My emotional state BEFORE AND AFTER reading the `Up In The Air`books?

Erotica romance novels have to be written in a certain way for me to fully enjoy them. They have to have class, be tasteful and sensual and they have to make my panties change their color. Back in 2012 I remember not having a panty color change. Now, I don´t even want to think about it happening anymore. I think it´s safe to say that I don´t like this story… at all. sex

     2012 Rating                                                                               

3 stars                                  2018 Rating2 stars

 

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Review: Back To The Club ( A Swingers Story) – Ava Sterling

Synopsis

 

Four is better than two.

Bianca and Chris have been married for years with mixed results on keeping their intimacy alive. Their one spike in recent memory was going to a swingers club. They didn’t do much that visit, but it was enough to spark their curiosity, especially Bianca’s.

A year later, Bianca wants to go back, but she has to convince her husband, who prefers quiet nights at home. She pulls it off with the help of some flirting, but what Chris doesn’t realize is that Bianca intends to do far more than last time.

She wants to experience another couple.

(This explicit, 4,500 word story is intended for adult readers only.)

 

My Thoughts

Ava Sterling delivers a hot short story that´ll change the color of your panties within 10 minutes!

back to the club

I stumbled upon this read while scrolling through my WordPress reader and found a snippet I could hardly ignore. I had to read more. I demanded more!

Every romance / erotica / mature 18+ reader knows sex in books can go 2 ways.

The sex is either extremely good or extremely off-putting.

`Back To The Club` ( A Swingers Story ) by author Ava Sterling was sensual, sexy and oh so good.
And the sex was good ( emphasis on the word `good `).

 

A really well written short story about a couple wanting to keep things interesting in their marriage.

I loved it.

There´s nothing better than reading a story that has great sex in it. ( well, the type of sex I enjoy reading about ) If the sex in a story can make a reader´s vamoomoo react then I´d say the story / author has done their job well.

A slow burn, nail bite worthy scenario that leaves you begging for more!

I definitely want more.

Would I recommend this short story? Yes. I´m sure many erotica readers would appreciate the sensuality and intensity of the theme. You don´t have to be a fan of the swinger community to enjoy this read.

Would I re – read this short story? I would.

 

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s a catchy cover with great colors. Perfect for the genre.)

The Story – 5 stars ( Yes. There was a story and I appreciated that this short read gave some background info before diving into the nitty-gritty. And, to be honest, the story is relatable. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Authentic. Relatable. I saw where they were coming from )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Wouldn´t you like to know…* wink *

5 stars

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Book Review: The Silver Cage – Anonymous

Very Opinionated Review Without Major Spoilers

( This is not a warning. This is a matter of fact. )

 

Synopsis

A bitter, mysterious author. A young and naive journalist. A tragic past, a dark secret, and an unforgettable tale of passion and love. 

WARNING: The Silver Cage is intended for mature readers; it contains graphic sensuality and strong themes including suicide, sexual identity, and self-harm. 

— 
Anonymous is a pseudonymous international bestseller. The Silver Cord, a companion novel to The Silver Cage, will be released in the first half of 2018. – Taken from Goodreads

My Thoughts

How do I write this review without offending people?

I have 2 choices. Either not write a review at all or just go for it and accept whatever shitstorm will come my way. Just bear in mind that I am not religious, by any means, ( like- at all) but I´m relatively tolerant about religion ( until religion becomes a problem). I accept the beliefs of others ( unless they try to sell me their beliefs). But I will become an unpleasant companion when I hear / read about discrimination towards love.

I want to start off by saying that I find the warning in the synopsis completely unnecessary. There are topics in this book that don´t need warnings.  They need a spotlight brighter than any stadium light can provide.

The topics tackled in this read are painful, yes. Yet, none of those deserve to be warned about. They´ve been kept in the dark long enough. Those topics deserve to be talked about. The thing about warnings are: They give people a heads up before they read something uncomfortable. If suicide, sexual identity and self harm are topics that need a warning label then I´m slowly losing faith in humanity. Those words need just as much spotlight as the words happiness, joy and fulfillment already have.

This really aggravates me to no end because there is nothing I dislike more than people shying away from the topics mentioned above or not liking to be confronted with sexual identity. It´s sad enough people struggle with the idiocy and hypocrisy from many people.

With that being said….

`The Silver Cage`by Annonymous – A dark M/M romance that was more tragic than romantic. A tragedy that didn´t quite tug the right heart-strings. I thought I would get to read a deep emotional, ugly cry story. What I got was, indeed, emotional… I just became utterly pissed instead of sad. the silver cage

Pissed about the fact that somewhere, someone is truly suffering like these characters were.

Pissed about what religion / faith can do to people ( Because if God is picky about who he/she/it loves then he/she/it is no better than a mother picking a favorite child. I bet alot would call child service on a mother quicker than blaming God for not being the embodiment of perfection ).

Pissed that there isn´t enough tolerance in our day of age. We live in 2018. Give me a damn break.

I´m more emotionally charged that being an emotional mess.

`The Silver Cage` is not just a simple fairy-tale. It´s a punch – in –  your –  gut story that´s more real than not.

I applaud the author for the clever pen name. I applaud the author for being brave when they shouldn´t have to be. I bow before anyone who writes a story that´s about 2 men struggling to live their lives.

So why am I giving `The Silver Cage` 3 out of 5 stars? It´s not because of the story itself. I liked the story alot and think there aren´t enough stories like this one available, especially for a younger audience.

I wasn´t particularly a fan of the writing style and I felt the characters weren´t as committed as they were set out to be. I might be completely alone with my opinion * shoulder shrug * . I just think that when you struggle with something then there should be more of an inner conflict going on.

Still- I enjoyed this book and would advise anyone to read it.

`The Silver Cage` by Anonymous is an eye – opener and it sends out a deep and meaningful message. Something I completely welcome in books.

Would I recommend this book? Without a doubt, yes.

Would I reread this book? I can´t say. I probably would. It´s deep. I´d have to be in the mood for deep.

The Cover – 4 stars ( It´s simple. It´s one of those covers that stop you for a second look)

The Story – 3 stars ( While I believe it´s a good story about topics that need attention, the writing wasn´t my cup of tea.)

The Characters – 3 stars ( My heart goes out to these poor souls but… the connection between them was a bit flat for me)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Aggravated. Satisfied. I want to drown myself in wine at the thought that there are still people who aren´t accepting.

3 stars

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