Review: The Haunted_Cassie Alexander

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Daphne Vance’s life is perfect — she’s a beautiful, devoted wife, and her husband has just bought her a vast countryside estate to start their family in.

But when her husband leaves on a business trip, it doesn’t feel like she’s alone in the mansion — she can feel eyes watching her, and hot hands trailing up her thighs. The domineering spirit of the mansion’s former owner is still present — and when she discovers her husband cheating on her, she doesn’t want to resist the Master anymore….

 

Ever read something then immediately think “wtf did I just read?” It happens to me, albeit not very often, but it does.

 

And it did with this novel.

 

Read that synopsis up there? Yeah that’s a lie. Daphne’s life isn’t perfect. We can see from page one she isn’t happy with her marriage or the changes happening in her life. Daphne is also, to put it mildly, an idiot. The author attempts to make this forgivable by using lame plot devices such as Daphne being “sheltered,” but put simply Daphne either doesn’t have a brain or doesn’t know how to use.

 

Which makes it all that more confusing when she “discovers” her husband cheating on her. I must have missed something because these “clues” that lead her to believe her husband is cheating don’t exist. Just another weak plot device the author uses to further the story that makes zero sense.

 

The sex scenes were hot at first, but there is only so many times you can read about someone getting molested by invisible hands that “set their skin on fire” before it gets old. And then comes the ménage a trois (or was it technically a foursome?) and the possession and all of sudden it’s gone from erotic to horror in the span of a few paragraphs. It was enough to get the reader whiplash.

 

I downloaded this novel because of how attractive the man on the cover is and because the synopsis genuinely sounded interesting. Oh pretty covers, how you fool me once again…

 

 

 

Harlot (Bartered Hearts #2)_ Victoria Dahl

Harlot

HE CAME HOME TO MARRY AN ANGEL…
After two years of work in the gold fields of California, Caleb Hightower has come home to marry his childhood sweetheart, Jessica Willoughby. But when he returns, Caleb learns his refined bride-to-be is now a whore. Enraged by her betrayal, he can’t reconcile this shameless woman with the sweet innocent he once deeply loved–but Caleb knows what to do with a harlot. He’s determined to get everything from her that she’s sold to other men. And he’s prepared to pay for the pleasure of his revenge.

BUT ALL HE FOUND WAS SIN…
Left penniless after her father’s death, Jess made a deal with a devil. Now she must face her childhood sweetheart, whose scorn is no match for her regret. To make amends, she’ll let Caleb quench his rage with her body. Their bargain strips them down to searing passion and naked vulnerability, and Jess can still glimpse her loving Caleb buried deep inside this rough cowboy. In the end, an unbearable truth emerges that could push them toward forgiveness…or could destroy their fragile bond forever.

Well thank you, Ms Dahl for writing the stupidest plot ever. See the synopsis above, dear reader? That is exactly what you get. A poor little white boy who gets his feelings hurt because he wasn’t the first to stick his dick in the woman he idolized. Even if I didn’t expect more depth from this novel, I at least expected some some raunchy sex scenes.

I was given neither. Not only is the story page after page about Jessica crying about her miserable life while Caleb rages about how she “betrayed” him because she didn’t give him her virginity. Give me a freakin break. She doesn’t owe you anything, asshole.

Even when Jessica finally gets the balls to tell Caleb that he is a sexist hypocritical dick, and he AGREES, he still is butt hurt and is stuck on her “betraying him.” Uh, dude, you just told her that you didn’t have a right to be mad at her…and yet she still “betrayed” you? Ugh…men.

This could all be forgivable if the sex made up for it. But it didn’t. Each sexual encounter was over before it began which Jessica not believing sex could be so good and Caleb just being angry as he has revenge sex with her.

I wish the book could have been half as good as the synopsis.

Stirred Up_S.E. Hall & Angela Graham

Stirred Up

Certain men. Certain professions. Some things are just universally sexy.

But maybe not quite this sexy…

“Lay back for me.”

A Provocative Professions stand alone with no cliffhanger.

 

Holy hell what a twist. I was not expecting it whatsoever, but damn the authors got me good. I was so caught up with Addison and her dirty little secret with her doctor that I didn’t even pay attention to the subtle hints. Brady was one hell of a distraction as well. But there wasn’t a character I didn’t like. Even Addison’s brother had redeeming qualities.

But besides the twist, the sex was hot as hell. I honestly wasn’t expecting much considering the circumstance in which I obtained this book (free in an email). I couldn’t have been more wrong! Halfway through, I was so hot and bothered, I didn’t think I was going to make it to the end. Let’s just say my panties may have been a *little* wet.