8 Dark reads for the darker days of winter

Here in Kansas the easy breezy days of summer are gone and have been replaced with sweater weather and heated blankets. When the weather changes, so do my reading habits. I like the darker, grittier books than the typical beach read. So, without further ado, I give you 7 dark readsfor the darker days of winter.

  1. Lisa Gardner’s Detective D.D. Warren series (all of them are excellent) mystery/suspense  http://amzn.to/2iWpVfn
  2. JA Redmerski’s In The Company of Killers series (assassin’s) romantic? suspense http://amzn.to/2A8qzKH
  3. The Girl in the Spider’s Web  David Lagercrantz  http://amzn.to/2xMYjf4
  4. Bry Greenwood’s All The Ugly And Wonderful Things (starts a little slow, but keep going) nontraditional romance (maybe?)  http://amzn.to/2iTEBvI
  5. Alessandra Torre’s Black Lies romance  http://amzn.to/2zZwOj4
  6. JA Huss’ Three Two One twisted romance? action  http://amzn.to/2xNhIg5
  7. E.K. Blair’s Bang Holy wow is this book twisted action suspense romance  http://amzn.to/2xNADr2
  8. CJ Roberts’ Captive in the Dark    dark romance http://amzn.to/2xOhg0Z

There you have it. 8 dark reads for cooler/winter time.

If You Dare by A.R. Torre

If You Dare by A.R. Torre
Enter a world equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades in this first, award winning erotic thriller from A.R. Torre!My life is simple, as long as I follow the rules. 1. Don't leave the apartment. 2. Never let anyone in. 3. Don't kill anyone. I've obeyed these rules for three years. But rules were made to be broken.
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I’m not sure what it is with Alessandra because I swear I can’t find a common thread in her books that makes me know that she is the author of all of them. Each book is complete unique and has a different voice, something you expect from Oscar winner actors. Hell, something maybe only 1% of those who have an Oscar can do.

I’m going to tell you that of all the books books Torre has written, The Girl in 6E is my least favorite. I don’t know why. I just wasn’t feeling it and that’s okay. Thousands of other women where, and it won several awards, and it deserved to win.

I decided to give it another go. I’m at a different spot in my mind. Who knows? I didn’t go back and read the other two books, because you can read If You Dare by A.R. Torre as a standalone, but you will find the series much more satisfying if you read all 3 of them together. Being as I’m in the book world, I kept close tabs on Torre’s work and knew what they were all about, so I went ahead and read book 3, and I enjoyed myself.

I was caught off guard how long the book was. Reading on a Kindle, I have no concept how long a book is. I just kept looking at my % thinking, crap, I haven’t gotten very far.

As for the 4 stars I’m giving the book, it’s because I knew how it was going to end. I feel let down when I know how books are going to end and they actually end that way, especially with Torre’s books. I beam with pride that she can shock the hell out of me. That is a huge selling point of her books for me. I thought for sure there was going to be this amazing plot twist. I was waiting for it. Waiting. Waiting. Then nothing. Ugh. Taps mic. Hello? Alessandra. Minus one star. Others who read the book may feel like it is a huge plot twist, but I didn’t. I’ve become really good at reading foreshadowing and picking up on hints left by authors since I read so much, so maybe it’s me?

I know if you have like the previous two books, you’re going to love the final book, If You Dare. You still get lots of crazy Deanna moments. Lots of, “did she really just do that or think that moments?” And a couple of her friends play a little bigger roles in this last book than in prior books. All-in-all, you’re going to love it, If You Dare to read it, that is.

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Alessandra Torre

Author Info:

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

 

four-stars

The Queen by Tiffany Reisz

The Queen by Tiffany Reisz
Once upon a time, Nora and Søren made a fateful deal—if he gave her everything, she would give him forever. The time has finally come to keep their promises. Out of money and out of options after her yearlong exile, Eleanor Schreiber agrees to join forces with Kingsley Edge, the king of kink. After her first taste of power as a Dominant, Eleanor buries her old submissive self and transforms into Mistress Nora, the Red Queen. With the help of a mysterious young man with a job even more illicit than her own, Nora squares off against a cunning rival in her quest to become the most respected, the most feared Dominatrix in the Underground. While new lovers and the sweet taste of freedom intoxicate Nora, she is tempted time and time again by Søren, her only love and the one man who refuses to bow to her. But when Søren accepts a new church assignment in a dangerous country, she must make an agonizing choice—will the queen keep her throne and let her lover go, or trade in her crown for Søren's collar? With a shattering final confession, the last link in the chain is forged in The Original Sinners saga. It's the closing chapter in a story of salvation, sacrifice and the multitude of scars we collect in the name of ecstasy—and love.
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I felt I had a hard time answering the question that was posed in the book: What were the two times that Eleanor almost came back to Soren? I think maybe coming back to present time for each story would have been best to differentiate between the two times Eleanor almost came back to Soren.
I would have liked to seen more current time and the end of the book being told. Although I really like how Tiffany wrapped the book up with where the characters lives landed, I just would have loved to spend more time with the current them and not with the past them.  I don’t think that my less than enthusiastic review is because I am sad that the book has ended, I just feel that it wasn’t plotted out as well as the other books. I just know I’m going to get my butt whipped for my review, but girls, I’m being honest here.

 

 

 

three-half-stars

About Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz The Confessions of Marcus Stearns from the Original Sinners series

Tiffany Reisz (pronounced Rice) lives with her fiancé (a reformed book reviewer) and two cats (one good, one evil). She graduated with a B.A. in English from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and is making both her parents and her professors proud by writing BDSM erotica under her real name. She has five piercings, one tattoo, and has been arrested twice.
When not under arrest, Tiffany enjoys Latin Dance, Latin Men, and Latin Verbs. She dropped out of a conservative southern seminary in order to pursue her dream of becoming a smut peddler. Johnny Depp’s aunt was her fourth grade teacher. Her first full-length novel THE SIREN was inspired by a desire to tie up actor Jason Isaacs (on paper). She hopes someday life will imitate art (in bed).
If she couldn’t write, she would die.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace Book Review

Asking For It by Lilah Pace Book Review
“This is who I am. This is what I want. Now I need a man dangerous enough to give it to me.”

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory: Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.

Book Review

I can’t say enough good stuff about this book. With a title like, “Asking For It” one would think that the book would be dark and gritty, but when you read it, it doesn’t come off that way. Yes, it is a rape fantasy book, but it is written in a hot as hell way, not a dirty and disgusting, let’s beautify rape sort of way.
I love books where I learn some other sort of cool thing too. In this book, I learned about etching. I’m big into the arts and crafts world, and to learn more about etching as an art form was really interesting to me. If there was an actual piece of art that inspired the author, I would love to see it. I can only imagine the piece the she built up in my mind. I was in the art store the other day and came across the supplies used for etching and I had a flashback to this book. I almost bought the stuff to try myself, but I knew I had no idea where to start with carving the block.
Girls, give this book a chance. It is so hot. So freakin’ hot. If you have read Raw, it isn’t as dark or gritty as that at all. Raw was Raw. Asking for it has parameters and safe situations. It is great. If you are okay with rape fantasy, read it.

five-stars

Insidious by Aleatha Romig | New Release

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Title: Insidious (Tales From The Dark Side)

Author: Aleatha Romig

Genre: Dark, Erotic Thriller

Cover Design: Melissa Ringuette

Release Date: Oct 21st 2014

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**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only. **

Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS, the new erotic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author ALEATHA ROMIG!

When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…

“Let’s start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary.”

Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price.

Even me.

Being the wife of a mogul comes with all the perks, but being Mrs. Stewart Harrington comes with a few special requirements. I’ve learned to keep a part of myself locked away as my husband watches me submit to his needs. But the more he demands of me, the more beguiled he becomes and that’s to my advantage. So I keep fulfilling his fantasies and following his rules because he doesn’t know that what he’s playing is really my game. And winning is everything, right?

INSIDIOUS is a stand-alone novel and the first Tales from the Dark Side title by ALEATHA ROMIG.

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Meet Aleatha Romigar
Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

INSIDIOUS is Aleatha’s seventh novel. It is her first time to delve into the world of erotic thrillers. The Consequences Series, her first series has been categorized as psychological thriller and dark romance. With INSIDIOUS, Aleatha took the twists and turns of CONSEQUENCES and turned up the heat.

CONSEQUENCES, her first novel, was released August 2011, by Xlibris Publishing. Then in October of 2012, Ms. Romig re-released CONSEQUENCES as an indie author. TRUTH, the sequel, was released October 30, 2012, and CONVICTED, the third in the series, was released October 8, 2013. Unexpectedly, the fourth book of the Consequences series came to life with REVEALED: THE MISSING YEARS. It is the fourth full-length novel in the series. It explores the years in CONVICTED that previously were only mentioned, as well as a complete character glossary and timeline. REVEALED was released May 20, 2014.

INSIDIOUS, the first released book from TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be released October 21, 2014. TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE will be a series of standalone, dark, erotic thrillers guaranteed to take you on a wild, hot, and dark ride. Each novel in the series will be independent of the next. The characters from one book will never be revisited. Instead, Aleatha leaves it up to her readers to imagine how each story will end while remembering that it is the journey that is the most fun.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Brown and Miller Literary Associates.

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