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The books in this category are not easy peasy stories. There can be controversial themes in them, or they can have a very odd storyline. Thing is, it can be a gamble to read them.

Wrong Girl (Wrong Girl #1), by Lauren Crossley

Wrong Girl______________________________________________

“There are roughly seven billion people in the world. Seven billion people and I’ve somehow managed to fall in love with the only person I can’t have. The only man on this earth who I can’t be with and who I should never, ever want. He’s my soul mate, my saviour and the only man I need. He’s also my sister’s fiancé.” – Samantha.

Samantha is 23 and broken. She’s always been the one and only disappointment within her superficial and judgemental family. Over the years she’s given up on the idea of pleasing them, the only one who’s ever treated her fairly is Rachel and that’s why she doesn’t mind when all of the praise and glory is bestowed upon her older and extremely beautiful sister. She has never envied Rachel before… until now.

Samantha feels something for her sister’s fiancé from the first moment that she sees him. He’s kind, gentle, unbelievably gorgeous and incredibly off-limits. She knows she shouldn’t want him but no matter what she does she can’t seem to get him out of her head. Of course all of the guilt and emotional torment that she’s dealing with is pointless because he doesn’t feel the same way about her… does he?

Zack doesn’t understand the indescribable, overwhelming connection that he feels to his fiancé’s younger sister. At first he convinces himself that he only feels sorry for her, he doesn’t understand why the family he’s marrying into treat her like an outcast. He’s determined to find out what happened to this girl to make her so introverted and distrustful but even Rachel advises him to leave well alone.

As he becomes more integrated within his fiancé’s world, Zack finds himself inextricably drawn to the extraordinary demure girl who’s about to become his sister-in-law. He can’t get her out of his head and the need to be with her compels him to seek more from her than he should ever desire.

How long can Samantha and Zack deny what they’re feeling and stay away from one another? And will he still be there for her after he discovers her dark secret, one that she’s concealed for sixteen years?

Decisions must be made and hearts will inevitably be broken when Zack is forced to make his choice. He’s always believed his attraction for Samantha to be wrong and he has come to despise himself for wanting the wrong girl but what if his own fiancé might just be the wrong girl for him?

Wrong Girl is a story about forbidden love, envy, passion and heartache, a story about two people who fall in love in the very worst of circumstances.

*** This New Adult romance novel contains mature themes, strong language, sexual citations and possible triggers regarding sexual abuse that may distress some readers. It is recommended for readers 18+ ***

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This book is seriously bad. I don’t have a thing against the theme this book treats specifically. It’s not one I enjoy particularly but once in a while, I’ll give it a try. But Wrong Girl was just wrong.

I’ll start with the writing. I wonder if the author is even English at this point. Between the typos, the grammar mistakes, the syntax and use of words that don’t even exist in the English language, the simple act of reading was work. And even the way the characters talked and described their feelings, each other and even themselves was laughable until it became just annoying.

Then there’s the build up…which is non-existent in this book. I was expecting a story about a guy who’s in love with his girlfriend, to meet someone and gradually become attracted to her. What I got was a guy who’s “in love” with his girlfriend but the moment he meets his girlfriend’s sister he can’t help but think about sleeping with her. I mean the guy hasn’t even spoken to her and he already has a connection with her. I don’t mind love/lust at first sight but this was just too much.

“My feelings for him are too powerful and terrifying.”…she says only 3% into the book

Zach and Samantha’s feelings for each other aren’t at all believable.
There was no subtlety in their relationship at all. Actually, there was no subtlety in this book period.

“I’ve only known him half an hour and my emotions are already in turmoil.”

And even in the event where the character and their feelings for each other actually felt real and believable, then, there was the fact that the characters decision making process was just wrong. I mean seriously! The guy can’t stop thinking about sleeping with his sister-in-law to be, so what solution does he come up with to put a stop to it? Avoid her? Nope. Talk to her and tell her they have to be strong and resist? Nope. Ask her to sleep with him so he can get her out of his system in order for him to go on and marry the sister he’s actually engaged to? Yep, you got it! I mean what else could he possibly do in this situation but actually sleep with his fiancée’s sister? Really, that was his ONLY choice of course!

“I’ve felt guilty about it all day but we don’t have a choice, we both know we need to do this…I realize we can’t back out”

At this point I just hoped this was a joke because even though characters in books can do bad things and make bad decisions, I have never ever read a book where the characters saw logic in actually cheating on someone in order to make things better.

And then, there’s the fact that not one, and I’m serious when I say not one single character in this book is likable. They feel fake, wrong, they make no sense at all and I just couldn’t connect to any of them.

“I’m torn between what I know is right and my intense attraction towards him.”

… Well, let’s just say she wasn’t “torn” very long. Samantha was weak, annoying and with no loyalty to anyone. I mean, her sister is the only person in her family to care about her and what does she do to thank her? Well sleep with her husband to be of course! Zach was a horny jerk with no morals. Sam’s mother was the incarnation of the Wicked Witch, and it goes on and on with the other characters in this book.

Everything about this book was wrong. I stopped at the 50% mark because reading about Zach and Sam having sex almost made me puke and I just couldn’t keep on reading. I’m actually impressed I read so far into the story. It was excruciating to read this book. That’s why I decided to cut my loses and stop wasting my time.

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Thicker Than Blood, by Madeline Sheehan and Claire C. Riley

Thicker Than Blood______________________________________________

A true friendship never dies.

Leisel and Evelyn lost everything. Husbands. Families. Friends. Lives that made sense. All they had left was each other, and a friendship that could withstand anything…

Even an apocalypse.

Until one fateful night, the marginal safety they’d come to rely on comes to a vicious and brutal end. With the help of Alex & Jami, both unlikely allies, Leisel and Evelyn are able to escape their shattered sanctuary only to find themselves face-to-face with a much altered, much crueler life where they have to find the way—and the will—to stay alive in a world they no longer recognize.

Traveling across a broken and infection-ridden country; the road-weary group are pitted against endless violence, improbable circumstances, and the ultimate loss.
Everything comes at a price—especially safety, the cost of which could very well strip them of the one thing they’ve tried so hard to cling to: their humanity.

Yet along with all the trials they’re forced to endure, there’s also hope in the form of love. Having loved Leisel from afar, Alex attempts to put the pieces of her fractured heart back together.

But in such a savage world, is there room for love?

In a place of nightmares-made-reality, where the living should be feared far more than the dead, an unbreakable friendship and a love amongst all odds can mean the difference between life and death.

There are friends…

And then there are Leisel and Evelyn. ______________________________________________

Okay, so, if I had to define this book in a word, I’d say intense. Like reeeeeeeally intense!

I really enjoyed it though. Of course, it’s not really what you’d call a feel good novel, what with all the people dying or killing each other or trying to rape women. But I still enjoyed reading this book. I was really engaged in it from the start.

“But when it did, when the first American fell to his knees, the government was ill prepared for the fallout and the sickness spread like wildfire.”

I really enjoyed the prologue that set the mood and the atmosphere of the whole book. I thought the way the epidemic and the end of the world as we know it was really well described and I almost felt like a documentary or a historic novel. And then comes chapter one. We get pretty quickly into the thick of the matter since the book opens when Leisel just killed the man she was forced to marry. 

It took me more time than usual to read this book (10 days to be exact), but it was so dense I felt like I had just ran for an hour every time I picked it up. But mostly, it was because some of the things that happen in the story are so awful and sometimes disturbing that I had a hard time keeping on reading. Sometimes, I was afraid to read the next line, especially when the scene depicted was a difficult and sexual one.

“We should have learned by now that nothing was ever easy in this world. Yet, like children, we remained forever hopeful, optimistic that just once something would go right for us.”

At some point, I started wondering if I wasn’t watching a Game of Thrones episode because every time I started trusting or liking someone, they ended up dead. I knew it was dumb of me to hope, but I couldn’t help myself and always ended up wanting to slap my book around for hurting the characters again and again when they had already gone through so much.

“To always having someone to rely on, a person in your corner to fight for you no matter the reason, no matter the cost. To having more than a friend, more than a sister, but a soul mate. To the hope they give us, the strength they provide us, and the unconditional love they empower us with. To best friends.”

I really enjoyed Evelyn and Leisel’s relationship and how strong it was. They really cared for each other and were looking out for each other. What really moved me was Evelyn’s attitude when Leisel and Alex started falling for each other. It could have been really easy for Evelyn to feel left out and resentful toward Leisel for finding happiness and comfort in someone else. But even if sometimes she did feel alone, she was always happy for Leisel and I really enjoyed that because it surprised me.

“Where was the humanity? Dead, I thought bitterly. Dead, like everything else.”

I really enjoyed the change in Leisel’s personality and how she grew as a character and a person. She’s really the character you expect the less from and who ends up making the biggest change while still being the one that stays true to herself. It’s so easy in their situation to forget what is right and what is wrong and to let the lines blur. Leisel always stayed “good”, at least considering the world she has to live in while getting stronger.

“It had been worth it to learn there was someone else in the world, other than just Evelyn and me who hadn’t succumbed to the corruption and the wickedness everyone else had seemed to.”

I really enjoyed the romance in the book too. It was really what helped make the book lighter with the good and tender moments that aloud Evelyn and Leisel’s friendship. The romance wasn’t overwhelmingly present in the book, but the amount there was of it gave the book a little something more.

“Everything good left in this world was going to be eventually snuffed out altogether, one by one, and not by the infected but at the hands of the selfish, greedy people who’d taken control, who’d turned a worldwide devastation into their own personal playground.”

Toward the end though I was really concerned with how things were getting and where the story was going. I knew when I started the book that there wouldn’t be a happy ending per se, but I was still concerned. Especially since I caved and started reading reviews to get an idea of what was to come. Let’s just say that it didn’t help all that much. I knew bad things were coming, I could feel it even before I took a look at the reviews, but I really didn’t want the book to end on something bad. Someone wrote in their review that the ending was bittersweet and that some would be find comfort with this ending, while others may not. Personally, I liked the ending. It was bittersweet indeed and left me not knowing if I wanted to smile or cry, but I liked it. I liked what happens to Leisel and the ray of hope she gets after so much heartache and I really liked the Evelyn was finally at peace. They both got a “happy ending” but,and I’m not going to say why I’m saying this because it would involve spoilers, it was still bittersweet.

“Whatever happens Lei, it was worth it.”

So all in all, I’d say that you should give this book a try if you think it is a story that could be for you. I know I usually enjoy zombie themed books with a little steam in it and I did enjoy this one too even though it was darker than the ones I have read in the genre before. But it is important to say that this book touches a lot of serious and heavy topics. The place and role of women in this world in truly awful and it makes for really awful scenes and situations sometimes. This book is definitely not for the weak of heart and you will most likely be shocked by the event taking place in the novel. But if you feel up for it, you should definitely give it a try.

“The infection ran so much deeper than just turning people into mindless cannibals. It destroyed people’s souls.”

This book was the first one in a series of standalones. The next book in the serie, Beneath Blood And Bone, is about one of the truly awful characters we met in this book, Eagle and a new character, Autumn. And I can’t wait to see how big bad E and savage Autumn will work out.

Insufferable Proximity (Insufferable Proximity #1), by Z. Stefani

Unsufferable Proximity______________________________________________

Someone is hell-bent on sabotaging Julian King.

Julian is a hot-shot lawyer and a natural born womanizer with an unnatural addiction to the opposite sex. He also happens to be the boss’s son, which makes him a natural target. With a Rolodex filled with scorned women, a brother who loathes him and the competitors he defeated on his way to the top; there were plenty of people that would love to see him burn. But his money was on the person he despised most, his enemy Heaven Deville.

Heaven is an aggressive, ambitious, destructively-driven lawyer who HATES Julian King. The two stubborn lawyers were currently locked in a brutal battle for the coveted partnership position at the firm; and Heaven would do ANYTHING to prevent her arch rival from winning.

When Heaven goes too far Julian gives her two options- either he turns her in OR she has to willingly sign herself over to him for the next 30 days.

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Honestly, I think this book was a joke. If I had to come up with a list of words to describe it, it would look like this: clumsy, unrealistic but somewhat entertaining.

“Your hatred is my foreplay.” – Julian King

If you get past the many many typos (you’ll notice there is even one on the cover of the book, just sayin’), the stereotypes, the over the top plot, the really laughable resolution of dilemmas, conflicts and enigmas, the delusional characters (Gosh those crazy secretaries!), the main characters who change their minds like they change underwear and end up being and acting very very differently from the characters you meet at the beginning of the book and the abrupt ending, you will be able to enjoy the book. At some point I just started rolling with it because I would not have made it to the end otherwise.

And the thing is, I enjoyed the book to a certain point. Even if the plot and characters are very obvious and clumsy, I enjoyed (I’m using this word very loosely here) myself more or less until the contract between Julian and Heaven was over. Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was somewhat entertaining.

I think the blurb depicted a story and characters that had the potential to be very controversial sexually speaking, but sadly, the end result was really….well, soft and normal. I mean, with a cover like this one…

(that was the cover at the time I bought the book)Unseffurable Proximity 2nd

and quotes like this one….

“I want you – every inch of you. I want you naked and on your knees before me, I want to stick my tongue in every orifice on your body, and I want to fuck you until you’re begging me to stop”

…I was sort of expecting something hot or at least something a little bit outrageous. So imagine my surprise when the book turned out to be very mild compared to what I was expecting. The quote I put above? Well it’s really not an indicator of what happens in this book. If I had to comment on it, I’d say it’s all talk and no action.

Julian tells Heaven he’s going to make her do the most disgusting and degrading things imaginable, but really, she keeps getting serviced by him. I swear, except for some light spanking and bondage here and there, Julian spends his time with his hand up her skirt or his head between her legs. There wasn’t even one tiny BJ in this book! So like I said, the sex turned out to be very mild (and not really original), but still somewhat entertaining.

One thing that I think some readers will have a problem with is that the characters are very one dimensional. Julian is pretty much a sex addict and a jerk and Heaven is pretty much just ambitious and stuck up.  And they both hate each other with a passion. They even end up hating loving each other. A little messed up you say? I’d have to agree on that. Want proof? Let’s take a quick look into their heads:

“He’s a cocky, egotistical, competitive, selfish, self-righteous egomaniac, and there’s nothing sexy about that.” ~ Heaven

“She was driving him insane, he couldn’t stand her, but he’d never wanted a woman in his life as badly as he wanted her right now.”~ Julian

It’s when I got to the last part of the book (approximately the 70% mark) that it became especially hard to not roll my eyes every five second. And then the ending did it. That’s what made me give this book only a 2 stars rate. It took the author about 700 pages to tell us her story but she didn’t even take the time to give it a real ending? Seriously? So yeah, that annoyed me a little.

So to sum it up the clumsy and unrealistic aspects of the story didn’t make this book unreadable for me. I found this book somewhat entertaining and it was easy to read. I think the story had potential and could have been really good. That’s why I read it but as it is, well it’s simply went really wrong somewhere along the way.
So in the end, I’m not sure I would recommend this book to anyone and after some review reading for the second book in this series, I don’t think you should give the sequel a chance either, unless you’re ready to waste a little bit of money.

Sociopath: A Dark Romance, by Lime Craven

Sociopath_______________________________________________

“Passionate, frightening, intense and dangerous…get ready for a read that will leave you panting.” –Summer’s Book Blog

The name’s Aeron Lore. And you are…? Such a pleasure to meet you, sweetheart. Is that a southern accent? Gorgeous.

You f*****g bitch.

Why so surprised? I control a billion dollar fortune. I control the news. Give me five minutes and I’ll control you, too. If you could read my mind, you’d probably call me perverted. Unnatural. Manipulative. But I’ve learned to blend in, to be funny and charming. A predator in a designer suit.

I have no conscience. No shame in taking the things I want. And what I wanted was for Leontine Reeves to sell me her boutique tech firm so I could exploit the f**k out of it. Maybe exploit the f**k out of her, too, because desire haunts me in shades of scarlet, and I desire Leo most of all.

I never meant for this to be a love story. I fought it kicking and screaming, the same way Leo fought me. Now we’re bleeding into each other, making a mess. A chaos. There’s no control here. And what do monsters like me do when control leaves the building?

We attack.

WARNING: 18+. Contains abuse triggers and scenes that some may find disturbing.

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Well HOLY MIND FUCK my friends!
Of course with a title like Sociopath it’s not like you’re going in blind but still, pretty impressive.

This book was really good. It’s strength resides in the writing and the main character, Aeron freaking Lore. Lime Craven writes beautifully in this book and the narration draws you in. Aeron is a captivating character, that intrigues as much as he scares you. His mind is a thing of beauty, albeit a little frightening and unsettling to be into. I loved seeing him think and function around people. His view of the world is so unique. Being in his head and seeing the world and people through his eyes was truly fascinating even if sometimes, a little unsettling.

“I got nothing. There’s just an empty space where my fucks ought to be.”

This book goes directly into the twisted-mind-fuck section of my shelf. And this is due to Aeron’s twisted mind. It was fascinating to be in his head and his thoughts. He has no conscience, or maybe, empathy is a better word and he is very aware of the fact that he gives no fuck, whatsoever. But we’re not dealing with an evil creature here, even though he is the farthest thing from nice you could find. He is just very…self-serving I guess.
His character is really brilliant. Aeron was smart, like really really smart, handsome, like really really handsome (we’re talking dimples and bonus for me, a dirty mouth) and well, very manipulative too but likable (at least to me as a reader), and he has secrets from his past. Dark ones, that he went and still goes to great lengths to keep hidden.

“I don’t want to be a hero. Not unless it serves a purpose. I like the shadows better, where the dark things hide.”

And many times while reading, he did or said something that made me think he cared (ah, optimist that I am), but then, when you saw the reason behind his words or actions, it made me doubt everything I thought I knew about him and also what it made me feel. The only thing important to him was his personal gain. He didn’t hurt people just to hurt them and he never hurt anyone maliciously, but if he had to hurt someone in order to get something out of a situation, he did it. He just didn’t really care about people. Well much. When he does care, it looks a little bit like that:

“Oh, hello there. I’m Aeron Lore. You might recognize me from scenes such as sexually assaulting Leo, or trespassing in Leo’s apartment and assaulting her again.”

This book isn’t really a roller-coater of emotions. The pace of the story is quite slow actually. But I couldn’t put it down because I was really curious and intrigued by the story and Aeron himself as well as his view of the world. I’ll say it again, but being in his mind was fascinating, and often funny in a very sarcastic way. One thing I really enjoyed while reading was Aeron’s personal definition of certain words, for instance.

“Pain is useless without pleasure. One highlights the other, and the tension that simmers between them is the sweetest of lines to cross.”

This book is really not for everybody when it comes to the steamy bits. The sex is …. you could say very peculiar. It’ll undoubtedly make some readers very uncomfortable. We’re talking edge play here my dears, just so you know what you are getting into when you pick this book. Everything is consensual, but it’s still not everybody’s kink we’re dealing with here. Aeron’s kink of choice is cutting his partner during sex. Not in a butcher way, rest assured, but we’re still talking actual cutting, about an inch or so. Both him and the heroine want it and so it makes the whole thing kind of okay when you read it. I’m not saying I was into it. If a guy comes at me with a knife while in bed and asks me of I want to play, chances are I’ll be out of the house running naked in the street screaming bloody murder. But the thing is that our heroine kind of likes it too. They both enjoyed it and so I read on, even though what they did was definitely NOT my thing at all. The first time they did it, it kind of turned me off. Anyway, you’ve been warned, there is no lovey-dovey action going on in this book, quite the opposite.

“Why aren’t you afraid of me?”

I liked that this book was a love story. A really dark and twisted one but a love story all the same. And even though it’s the book that made me, I liked asking myself the questions: “Can sociopath fall in love?” How does it ….work? What does it take for someone to be in such a relationship? Is it even possible?
It seems they actually can, but it’s in a very different way and when you read the book, you’ll see it takes a very special someone to be with one and to make it work.

This book is very different and I honestly don’t think it’s for everybody. I enjoyed reading it, really enjoyed it. I loved the writing and the characters (except Aeron’s mother ~ seriously, what a freaking bitch!) and I was never bored. I turned the pages frantically all along. But I can say right now that not everybody will love this story. It’s really a book that you have to try for yourself. But if you are a “darker” romance lover and like reads that are on the mind fuck side of things, and are in the mood or looking for something… different, then you should definitely give this book a try! I know I don’t regret it!

“Love is just a scar you can’t see.”

Hansel, Part IV (Hansel #4), by Ella James

Hansel 4_______________________________________________

THE FINAL PART IN THE DARK EROTIC FAIRY TALE…

Hansel.
Gretel.

They were captives who shared a wall, and cut a hole in it so they could hold each other’s hands. Until he killed their captor, Mother. Then he disappeared, and as the world swooped in to save the Children locked away in Mother’s house, the girl called Gretel became…lost. No breadcrumbs.

Finding Hansel, years later, is the shock of Leah McKenzie’s adult life. Finding out how far she’ll go for him – that’s no surprise.

Leah’s given Hansel – Lucas, he says it is – every piece of herself. And he’s been both cruel and kind.

What they share is dangerous.
What they feel is dark.
Their history is twisted.
Their hearts already broken.
And that’s before the secrets are revealed.

*Hansel Part 4 is the final installment in this erotic fairy tale. Full disclosure: it’s a dark read. If you don’t enjoy mind-bending stories with disturbing twists, this story may not be for you.

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I’ll be honest, I sort of expected more of this series. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, but I started it expecting more out of it.

“I hate that this is your story. I’d do anything to change it.”

The last part of Hansel and Leah’s story answered all my questions and like I thought it would, some of the revelations were definitely twisted, and then some. On that level, the book did it for me. Some of the stuff that happened to Luke and Leah you expect but some other were really surprising and made for very interesting twists in the story.

“It’s fate…Because it brought me you. You are my fate.”

But I guess what I expected more from was the connection between Luke/Hansel and Leah. I really liked their connections as kids when they were both captives of Mother and the bond they created then. And this book made it clear why their bond at the time was so strong, especially for Luke, considering his story and relationship with Mother. But the present day Luke and Leah didn’t really do it for me. I really looked forward for this bond they had when they were both captives to resurface when they saw each other again, but it never really did.

And it felt like Leah was looking for this connection she had with Luke back when they were young in the Luke she meets again ten years later but never finds it. It felt like she clung to this idea of Hansel she kept for all those years and won’t face that her Hansel has changed, or more so, is still traumatized by what he went through in the House and still feels guilty over a lot of things. He definitely left part of himself in this house.

“All you have to have is half.” she whispers.
“What?”
“You’re only half,” she murmurs, looking up into my eyes. “If you put two of us together, baby, all we need is half to make a whole.”

I really felt like they couldn’t communicate with each other, much like in book #3, and that was frustrating considering that was what got them so close to begin with. I missed this connection they had as kids and seem they couldn’t find as adults.

So even though the plot was really original and good in a very twisted way, I didn’t feel the connection between Luke and Leah as much as I would have liked and that made me feel not connected to them in the present time story they were living.

Hansel, Part III (Hansel #3), by Ella James

Hansel 3_______________________________________________

In part three of Hansel’s story…Limits are pushed, walls come down, and secrets are revealed. Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember? *This is a dark, erotic romance, and is part three in a four-part serial series.

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I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the last two. Nothing really happens in this book. Hansel/Luke and Leah spend most of the book in a car driving, and even though it’s the perfect time for them to talk and for us to learn more about the both of them, well they spend the majority of this time in the car not talking to each other.

Things started to get more interesting the moment they arrive at the motel for the night. After that night, Hansel becomes more approachable and a lot less guarded with Leah, which made things more interesting for me.

“He’s full of shit.
He thinks he can fool me?
He thinks I don’t know him?
He’s lying to himself.”

We do get to know a little bit more of Hansel’s story as a kid after he was taken by Mother. Their relationship during the time he was alone with her is definitely twisted and even though nothing is really described or said, well it gave me the creeps.

And from what we read in this book, it seems there is a little more behind Leah’s abduction than we thought.

“Leah is a fairy tale.
A princess…
I know I’m not her prince.
I’m not the happy ending for her…
The goal is not to keep my princess.
I brought her here to set her free.”

So even though I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the last two because there isn’t much action or revelations in this one, the bits we do learn and the last page of the book still left me curious to read the last part of the story and finally get the answers to my questions.

“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I wasn’t supposed to tell her, but I have to.”

Hansel, Part I (Hansel #1), by Ella James

Hansel_______________________________________________

FROM USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR ELLA JAMES…

One boy. Mother calls him Hansel.
One girl. Mother named her Gretel.
Locked in little rooms, in the mountainside mansion of a crazy woman.
Until he saws a hole into the wall dividing them.
Then at least, they have each other’s hands.

It doesn’t end well at Mother’s house.
Everything gets…broken.

Ten years later, they meet again in an exclusive Vegas sex club.
Whips.
Chains.
And most of all, a mask.
What happens to love when it gets twisted?

Fairy tales are cautionary tales, remember?_______________________________________________

I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I started this book. All I knew was that there would be elements from fairy tales and I usually like that in my contemporary books once in a while. It was a first though for me that the story was an erotica. So I was curious about the story.

And well I liked this book as far as introductionary books go. It gave just enough info on the character’s back story to make me want to know more and just enough new elements to make me want to know how Hansel and Leah reconnect in the coming books.

“It’s fucked up, I know, but I still lust for Leah.”

The story is definitely twisted and there were enough clues in this first book to let us know that some twists will be huge and a little unsettling, like for example, why does Mother kept them locked in rooms? Or why did she pick Leah in particular? How was life for Hansel and Leah during all those years apart? And why does Hansel recreated their “cells” in his sex club when they are such traumatic places from both their pasts?
So yeah, I see many many mysteries to come in this serie.

“Pretty little blondes girls. That’s what I needed. A pretty little blonde to be my Gretel.”

Because of the format (which is a format I like less and less when it comes to series) we don’t get to know Leah and Hansel a whole lot in this book, both when they were captives and when they find each other again ten years later.

“I start to cry – quiet, tired weeping – because I want to see him and I’m scared to.”

But I liked the connection between Hansel and Leah. I liked how even without knowing it is her, Hansel recognizes Leah on an instinctive level. I’m really looking forward to more of their interactions and knowing more of their past together.

This first book made me curious and willing to read more of the story.

Ps: Also, this first book for free while the other three are not. So if you’re still unsure this is for you, you can still get the first one and decide later.

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