Book Reviews

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 192

Series: Stand alone

Rating: 3.5-4 stars

Review: The story evolves around a woman, Emily, who is taken after one of her author conventions. It starts off with her blindfolded and tied up in a cell. She knew she had been drugged due to how she felt and there was no other way for her to have been taken.

I was taught never to leave my drink unattended. All women know this. We do. Even if we aren’t explicitly told, it seems to come with the packaging and wiring of being a female. Just common sense in the age of the date rape drug. Expecting even the most sensitive male to truly understand any of this is like expecting a wolf to understand the finer points of being a rabbit.

There are a few things that kind of rubbed me the wrong way in this book. One: she had a chance to escape and almost did but she decided to turn around and follow the dude back to the house. Two: there were places the book went from first person to third person then back to first person. I have read books that do this but the way Thomas had written it just grates my teeth. I didn’t like it at all. It’s first person for most of the book but when Emily and the “Master” have a sexual engagement?? I really don’t have the right wording for that due to the fact that she willingly slept with him but only because she didn’t want to go back to the bare room. Anywho when they have an “engagement” it switches to third person.

I do love the psychological aspect of this whole book. It’s pretty amazing how the author captured the “Master” (the only name I have for him) conditioning Emily. The way he won’t speak to her and with us being humans, need any kind of contact to keep sane.

But when you’re in no-win situations, you have to play this imaginary game in you head, the fantasy where you beat the bad guy and escape.

The master is probably the most interesting character. The start of the second half of the book we get his point of view and a major plot twist. The way he is just fascinates me. I don’t know whether to love it or be scare of it. Maybe both.

The surrender, finally, of everything to him. The acceptance that she was now his creature, not her own, and the inexplicable peace that brought her.

My mind is still blown away by this book. I have already written a review and scraped it because it just wasn’t good enough. The way Thomas puts in the psychology aspect into how the master works is just brilliant. She amazed me at the end. I seriously thought I was going to not like this book but it actually came out on top. Just know that if you are going to read this that it is different and the master is worth the read.


Book Reviews

Broken Illusions by Dori Lavelle

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 114

Series: His Agenda #3 final book

Rating: 5 Oh My Lord stars

Review: *** Warning spoil alert if you haven’t read the first two books.***

It’s two years later, Haley has her own photography business, her own apartment, oh and she has even taken the big step with Dustin and try a relationship. She is trying her hardest to live again. Jude had destroyed so much of her. This book follows Haley as she is trying to find herself again and live a life not being scared anymore. But there is one huge problem, little things are not starting to add up. Haley starts to notice certain things aren’t right and she has a bad feeling about it. Even worse problem, Nolan is still missing.

Oh my lord this one was the best out of all of them. Seriously it had me on my toes. There were major plot twists at towards the end too. I mean I screamed “Oh shit” a few times. I recommend this series to anyone who loves dark thrillers. This one was good. I loved it more than the first two books. This is one of those books I can’t say much about or else I give the whole thing away. But I do recommend the series.


Book Reviews

Dangerous Intentions by Dori Lavelle

My edition: Kindle

Pages: 210

Series: His Agenda #2

Rating: 5 stars

Review: ***Warning: If you have not read Veiled Obsession, there are spoilers.***

In the first book, Veiled Obsession, Haley meets Jude. Jude offers her protection and safety. They end up falling in love and getting married. Everything is perfect, or so it seems…

Jude ends up being a complete psycho. At first he was a wonderful guy (who to normal people had a bunch of red flags flying) who offered to help a girl in distress then went to controlling asshole douchbaggery, then he graduated to full blown psycho. The kind of psycho you run from and don’t look back. But before you run, plan. Go where he can’t find you. For God’s sake get out of the same state that he is in.

After Jude shows his true colors Haley escapes once but Jude finds her and shows more psycho than before. Haley though finds a second chance to escape and she takes it. (YAY baby! That is a smart girl there. Don’t stay. Run past go and collect your $200 because we got ourselves a smart heroine.) She ends up hiding in a business partner’s of Jude’s car. Well that partner turned out to be her high school sweetheart Dustin. Dustin is here to save the day.

Well… until Haley can get rid of Jude then stand on her own two feet. She is standing by with “I don’t need a man!” (Again thank god for a smart heroine and one who doesn’t need a man to lean on.)

I don’t care how dangerous it gets. I will not let you stand there alone. I’ll die protecting you if I have to. I still love you, Haley. And love will not let me watch you put yourself in the line of fire.

I knew I liked Dustin. He is willing to stand by Haley no matter what. He won’t let her be hurt by anything or anyone. The only problem with this is that Haley is getting flashback to when she first met Jude. No matter how many times Dustin says he’s not Jude, Haley can’t help the feeling. (Can’t blame her) We can all tell Dustin isn’t Jude but you can never be to careful.

I loved the ending. I cheered. I also scared the crap out of Y because he thought I was crazy. I don’t care, that ending was amazeballs. Haley you are my new hero.