Book Review: Eraser

This is about Eraser by Megan Keith.

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Short description:

A man with no name.
Mysterious.
Dangerous.
Brooding.
Sexy.

Once a week he frequents the bar where Mackenzie works. He orders the same drink, scotch on the rocks, and he sits back on the same lounge chair, quietly watching… waiting…

He has money – that much is obvious. He wears his tailored suits well. He smells divine, of expensive cologne, and orders his scotch from the top shelf.

He drinks alone, but he never leaves that way. With a snap of his fingers, a flick of his eyes, a glimmer of a smile, he gets the attention of the most attractive women in the bar.

This time his focus is on Mackenzie. Instead of feeling nervous Mackenzie is enthralled, intrigued… and aroused.

WARNING: This novella contains explicit sex scenes (including BDSM) and is for mature 18+ readers only.

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My review:

The subtitle read, “A Dark and Erotic Novella” so I expected something dark. Might be my past interfering but the novella wasn’t quite as dark as I imagined.

I liked the mysterious air about the man. I liked the atmosphere of the bar. There were instances where it could seem as if the bar was located any time in the distant past, present or even the future, i.e. a touch of timelessness which worked well.

There were some points where I was not sure about the man’s real feelings for Mackenzie. Did he really obsess over her, or was she just a plaything, a short-term prey? It was proven near the end that his intentions were pure and that he felt deeply for her, but it was almost added as reassurance. I would have shrugged and said, “Ok, if you say so.”

The sex scene was nicely done. The deliberate delay prolonged the girl’s desire and made it more enjoyable. That part worked.

The chemistry was present, but I never was sure if both parties felt anything “real” for each other or if it was just a hunter-and-the-hunted temporary thrill. The ending made the author‘s intention clear, but it did not feel like the most logical revelation. It was not forced, but it did not come across as that destined or sure as the male character claimed to have felt.

It was a promising story, so much built up to make it perfect, but something was lacking in-between the dialogues, the explanation of the main characters’ psychology and how the certainty of that great love was ascertained. I had begun reading this book thinking it looked like a 4-star read, but the absence of that convincing link made me scale it down.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: Lie to Me

This is about Lie to Me by Chloe Cox.

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Short description:

The man who saved her is also the man who destroyed her… or is he?

Seven years ago, I decided I wanted to be a fighter. Marcus Roma showed me how.

Six years ago, my parents died in a car accident. Marcus Roma picked me up off the ground and held me until I could stand on my own two feet.

Five years ago, I fell in love with him.

And then Marcus Roma disappeared. No warning. No explanation. Just gone.

Yesterday, he came back.

And now I have to decide who’s telling the truth, and who’s lying. Who wants something from me, and who wants…

Me.

If I guess wrong, I could lose everything. I need to think clearly. But Marcus makes that impossible. Marcus makes me weak. Marcus makes me want, in a way I’ve never felt before.

Marcus Roma will make me fall. The only question is—will he be there to catch me this time?

LIE TO ME is a new adult / adult contemporary romance novel about truth, lies, and redemption. It is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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My review:

I was fairly warned: it was a new adult romance, so I expected some juvenile things creeping in.

Ms. Cox chose to write in the first person from the points of view of both main characters. That helped me understand their way of thinking because I was, after all, literally inside their heads. But writing from two different view points and making them both convincing is a challenging task.

Harlow was a likeable girl. She thought a lot and her resolve and ideas wavered greatly (cue in the early warning of this being a new adult romance), but she certainly sounded like a girl. At a number of points throughout the novel I caught myself thinking, “Pfft, that’s too much.” but I tolerated it as the style of the novel.

For me, a lot of the indecision and flashbacks could be trimmed.

Marcus was likeable as well, but there were numerous places where I smiled and figured that those were woman-logic infused into a man’s mind. I knew that the author was female so I could be biased, but at least it was done quite well. I “could” believe that it was a guy.

The sex scenes were hot. Indecisive girl who was obviously head over heels in love and lust over the man made a very sexy read.

All in all, a good story. Emotional at some points, too sentimental for my taste, but convincing and an enjoyable read.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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Book Review: Confessions of a Sex Addict

This is about Confessions of a Sex Addict by Rachel Boleyn.

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Short description:

Lila can’t help herself — she’s addicted to sex. You’d think most men would love a sex addict for a wife, but noooo, instead of taking advantage of his amazing situation, Lila’s husband sends her to therapy so she can get some help. Except poor Lila just sits in group and can’t think about anything but the fact that she hasn’t been laid in six weeks. Her desire is raging–a hungry, wanton beast. If she doesn’t get what she wants, what she needs, she’s going to explode! And even though she’s properly turned down the advances of a handsome, potential sponsor, she can’t help herself when she meets a mysterious stranger in the parking lot who promises to show her that recovery is a waste of time.

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My review:

I know about addictions; real addictions, so the title of this book caught my attention.

Let’s start by admitting that it is real: addictions cannot be cured simply because you want to, there is a lot more to it than just mind power, so I sympathize greatly with Lila when she succumbed to the man. That part is real.

But, the title of the book was, “confessions” – plural, so I was expecting more than that scene.

I thought I would learn about Lila’s struggles – plural, her ups and downs, getting better and feeding her addictions and finally, either winning or choosing to embrace her inner demons, which did not happen. It fell short of my expectations that way.

But it was well-written. The narration was smooth, and Lila was realistically portrayed. The sex scene was hot. So, I’m giving it 3 stars.

3 out of 5 stars in my book.

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