Twisted by Lola Smirnova. DNF 45%
I really wanted to love this book.
From the second I read the blurb, which is incredible, I needed to read it. Amazon and the author state this is based on actual events, which was another draw for me with this book.
This is a story about a Ukraine sex worker who tells you tales of what it is like in that profession in the 90's. This book isn't for the faint-hearted. It is very graphic, raw and indeed sickening with some of the things that come up in their professions. But let's face it, we all know that that lifestyle would hold some truly shocking horror stories.
My problem with this is that for me is first, the heroine doesn't grow as a person. The story doesn't have a point to it. It is just story after story of horrific tales.
This isn't a story, there is no plot, no build up, no conclusion. I felt like I was reading a sex workers journal of many of the shocking moments she and her fellow co-workers had. Which does not float my boat.
Had this been labeled a documentary/journal, I wouldn't have looked twice at it.
* ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *
If you haven't read the complete Songs of Submission series, you need to as Coda is the Final in the series. This will contain spoilers for the other books in the series.
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I don't know, but I will try.
You see, Christine is one of those very rare authors who doesn't just write a book for you to read, she gives you a family, a book boyfriend/girlfriend, or in my case, a book hubby (BH's are reserved for extra special loves that forever live in your heart), the best of friends and a world where you don't want to leave.
So, from the bottom of my heart, I just want to say,
Thank you for the most epic world, Christine.And for my Book Hubby Jonathan(and Capo, can't forget him ;) )
Jonathan and Monica, as well as the other Drazen's and their partners, aren't just characters on paper (or screen) they are living people. Every emotion is real, it's felt. Their pain shreds Our hearts while you are reading and before you know it, you're ugly crying while cuddling up to your fav pillow (or in my case, my poor dog lol)
The sex ... It's ridiculously hot! Don't bother with panties, it's not worth it.
From the beginning we have seen it all, witnessed the chasing, their lust grow to love, the hurdles they conquered together, losses, self-discovery, highs, lows and everything in between.
Now, it's time these two get their Happily Ever After.
Sequoia Hospital has taken more than just Jonathan's old heart, It's taken a part of them both.
Her strong, fiercely protective, dominating King has lost his voice, stern hand, and his confidence in himself.
His mouthy, obedient, carefree Goddess is no longer, she's lost her love.
Coming back from death with a strangers heart has changed Jonathan. He can't seem to shake the mistrust and fear that he has of his new heart, of his borrowed time. So he treads carefully and far more gently then he or Monica is use to, throwing the dynamics out of whack.
Monica is on auto-pilot since returning home with her husband.
She no longer feels the comfort and security that his Dominance brings her which has led her to more of a caregivers position. She's taken it upon herself to make sure he is doing everything he needs from his medication and diet to his shit-shakes and exercise.
Jonathan wants a legacy to leave behind. His sudden desire for children has thrown Monica. She wants tiny red-haired Drazen's, but with the reality of them being without their father weighs heavy on her heart.
His time is limited.
She is petrified of the things she will do to keep him with her.
He is petrified of leaving her alone.
Their fear is crippling them, and their marriage is barely surviving.
Coda will take you on a journey to get these two reclaiming themselves and getting back to each other.
Through their heartache, crippling fear, gut wrenching sorrow, we watch them come through it all, bringing them out the other side, showing you just how much magic true love really has.
The King and His Goddess .... Will they survive to live Happily Ever After?
Ok, before I start with the review, I feel I have to mention this because it has been happening so much lately with erotic stories and its starting to be annoying.
Make sure your sex scenes work, please! I mean, researching would be a great idea, and fun ;)
If I'm sitting on my ass, I am not able to be rubbing it against his hard-on.
And if he has me bent over and is going to town from behind me, his balls are Not "smacking against my ass." Seriously, give it a try, I bet you find they do not smack against your's either. Just saying.
Back to the review;
This is a hot little read. I did find it a little slow to get going, but once I got maybe 7 chapters in, it picked up and moved on pretty fast.
Ellie is a do-gooder. So, of course, she wants to please her father, the Chief of police. and be as noticed as her brother, lead detective. Being a police officer is a family tradition for Ellie. So she devotes her life to being in the police force.
No one is impressed. Especially not her father.
Ellie is sick of being overlooked at work, of being alone and of being the "good girl" who doesn't take risks and leads a boring life.
She is struggling to make ends meet, her only friend has just moved away and with being recently dumped by her gay boyfriend, extremely sexually frustrated.
Life can't any get worse, right?
Ellie heads out on a secret solo mission to impress her father and get that promotion that he keeps knocking her back on, but things turn sour real fast when she finds herself at the mercy of a very dangerous and sexy wanted man.
Rich, sexy and extremely powerful.
Being the most notorious drug lord in Mexico doesn't leave room for a personal life.
You cant have friends or lovers when you can't trust anyone to be close to you.
Alejandro makes up for that with the best women money can buy, but he is bored with them.
There's no challenge having women fall at your feet for money.
When he gets a call about a cop being held captive in his warehouse, he heads out to take care of the problem.
Never in his dreams did he expect to find Ellie.
She knows being attracted to him is dangerous, He knows she is in danger being with him. But that doesn't stop the sparks from flying and panties evaporating.
Will Alejandro's desire for Ellie finally push her to let go and be the bad girl she's been dying to let loose?
You will have to read it to find out!
"It’s like fifty shades"
"So why a 3 star rating if it’s basically a few books thrown together to make one?"
It’s something we all know exists, but it’s not something that is often spoken about in the books we read. Come to think of it, I’ve not read a single book (or novella) that has postpartum depression as the main focus. I guess a lot of authors don’t want to create that kind of shit-storm in their stories.
I for one am glad it was River that wrote this story. She is an author who doesn’t shy away from the ugliness that life throws at us all; instead, she drags us through hell and then shows us that there really is happiness on the other side. Seriously this woman can write anything and it will be a 5-star #OneClick read.
In Incandescence, we fall in love with Nix for this dirty mouth, his fierce love for his woman and of course, all that hot alpha-ness that just drips from him. Kadence and her sassy mouth, no shit-taking attitude had me with a serious girl crush. In Reclaimed, we see a different side to these two.
Kadence is a newly married woman to The Nix Knight and a mother to Z and new baby, Harlow.She should be on top of the world, right? Wrong.
Kadence isn't bonding with Low and she doesn't understand why. Motherhood has dragged her into the dark depths of depression where not only does she fear she's failing as a mother and wife, but that perhaps this was a mistake.
She doesn't want to be with her daughter more than absolutely necessary, and the thought of having to be alone with Low spikes a fear so powerful, it practically leaps off the page. being When Nix forces her to look after Low on her own in a last attempt to try and bring her back, her anxiety hits rock bottom.
All too often the father's struggles are forgotten when a mother goes through postpartum depression. Thankfully, River shows just how hard it is for the husbands too. How much of a strain it places on the marriage, and how Love isn’t a fight, but something worth fighting for.
Nix loves his family fiercely. His loyalty and devotion to Kadence shine through like a beacon in this dark time.
He is falling apart. He feels like he has failed his family, failed his wife. Kadence may be there in body, but he has lost the woman he fell in love, her fire and sass have been put out and he has no idea how to get her back.She isn't the only one lost thought.
Nix has lost part of himself over the last few months while he has been treading water, keeping them both afloat.
Nix will stop at nothing to bring her back to him, to bring them both back.
In true River style, you can expect things to heat up and leave you hot and bothered. This novella may have a lot of pain and self-discovery, but as always, you are left laughing your ass off and begging for more.
Let's not forget, this is a Knights Rebels novella, meaning we get a little fix of Sy, Holly, Jesse, Beau, and Brooks.
There is always a light at the end, even if it is in the form of an alpha biker with something small and blue ;)