BEYOND SCANDAL by Brenda Joyce

PUBLISHER: Avon, 10/1995
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: England, 1856
SERIES: St. Georges, #1
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: B

FROM PUBLISHER: Adoring and innocent, Anne Stewart was seduced by Dominick Saint Georges, Viscount Lyons, then brazenly abandoned on their wedding night. Now four years have passed, and England's most mysterious lord has returned to Waverly Hall.

Anne can never forgive Dominick for the shame he caused her. She is determined to resist his advances and ignore the gossip and speculations surrounding them, but shocking revelations and deadly intrigues are drawing her ever closer to her enigmatic husband, to whom she dares not surrender again - his secretive stranger who holds the key to her survival and her heart.


MY THOUGHTS: What an emotional rollercoaster Anne and Dom are on. The story seemed like it spanned just a few months. Anne is from America and is twenty-one. She went to live with relatives in England when she was eleven. She has blue eyes and black hair. She's loved Dom since she first met him when she was an adolescent and is very hurt that he's abandoned her for four years, the entire length of their marriage. I have no idea why he did that to her. Dom is twenty-eight, has golden hair and golden eyes. I got a little tired of them not getting along and the misunderstandings. That alone was a bit boring. What was very interesting was the mysterious things that were happening to Anne. Several people had a grudge against her and they were leaving cryptic clues for her alone to let her know they were behind the scary incidents.

Anne is too passive. Dom is alright except for the fact that he has two illegitimate children by his mistress of five years. It's unclear if he had that mistress, or any others, while married to Anne. I'm assuming he did. Adding those kids to the story was unappealing to me and didn't really serve a purpose.

The cousins Anne's lived with since she was eleven, Felicity and her brother Patrick, were a disturbed pair and I enjoyed them in the story. I didn't really like Dom's mother, Clarisse, too much. She's a bitter, jealous woman, same as Felicity.

Things got a bit convoluted toward the end when Dom found out about his paternity and who's behind the shenanigans.



PLEASURABLE BARGAINS (Eden's Pleasure/Antonia's Bargain) by Kate Pearce

pleasurable bargainsPUBLISHING INFO: Ellora's Cave, 6/2007
GENRE: Historical Erotic Romance
SETTING: England, 1815 & 1816
SERIES: House of Pleasure
MY GRADE: A/B

* This book contains two previously published e-books

EDEN'S PLEASURE- Eight years ago, after a summer of sexual dalliance with Gervase Harcourt and his twin brother Gideon, Eden was forced into marriage. Now widowed and twenty six, she is eager to enjoy her freedom and explore her deepest sexual desires. When she crosses paths with the delectable Harcourt twins again, they offer to make amends for their part in her miserable marriage by fulfilling her sexual fantasies. They introduce her to Madame Desiree's House of Pleasure where any erotic dream can become a reality. She also learns love has its darker side and that for Gideon, not all the fantasies played out at Madame Desiree's are pleasurable. As Eden explores her sensuality she realizes her heart still belongs to Gervase. But is she more than just a sexual plaything to him? Forced to consider another unwanted marriage and convinced that her barren state is why Gervase hasn't offered to marry her, Eden flees from Gervase and the sensual web he's spun around her. But Gervase has learned his own lessons at Madame Desiree's... Originally published in 2005. House of Pleasure book #0.5

MY THOUGHTS: I really liked this. The story was only 88 pages and oddly enough it didn't seem that condensed. Needless to say the story was mostly sex (and it was hot! hot! hot!) but it did have a plotline. Eden was married to an abusive elderly man and had a horrible marriage. She's always been in love with Gervase and is finally free to marry him. His father doesn't want them to because she may be barren but they do anyway. I never felt that they were in love. The twins are twenty-nine, blond and blue-eyed. Eden's got black hair and green eyes.

I felt this short story was more about Gideon than Gervase. Gideon's married to Caroline, a masochistic woman and he just can't deal with it. They have a bad, sexless marriage but he can't divorce her because she'd blackmail him over a secret of his that she knows. I would have liked for this story to have been longer. I find Caroline interesting and would have liked to know more about her and her background.

I grade this story an A.

ANTONIA'S BARGAIN- This book is the stand-alone sequel to Eden's Pleasure. Since the suicide of his first wife, Gideon has avoided emotional interactions with women in favor of less emotionally draining liaisons with men. When he unmasks "Anthony" Maxwell and finds he is, in fact, Antonia, he is still sexually intrigued enough to want to bed her. A reluctant heiress, Antonia knows she has to marry but she intends to do it on her own terms her wealth in return for a husband-free bed. Gideon offers to help her infiltrate the world of the ton dressed as a man so she can see her potential suitors in their natural habitat. In return, she agrees to allow him to teach her every trick in his sexual repertoire as long as he doesn't take her virginity. Her fear of marriage and pregnancy is a puzzling barrier that Gideon, despite his exceptional skills, finds difficult to penetrate. As they become more scandalously intimate, he has to decide whether to help Antonia face her fears or walk away from the only woman he believes he could ever love. Originally published in 2007. House of Pleasure book # 1.5

MY THOUGHTS: This 126 page sequel wasn't as good as I'd hoped. I find Antonia's not wanting to get married or have sex because of her parent's bad marriage silly and odd. I don't find her and Gideon's 'love' believable at all. I like both characters though I like Gideon more, probably because I know more about him. They have the suicide of someone close to them in common.

I wasn't impressed with the sex scenes, which was mostly oral sex. I'm not sure why Gideon wanted to marry her. I didn't sense a love connection. I also didn't like Antonia dressing like a boy.

This story gets a B from me.


ARE YOU IN THE HOUSE ALONE? by Richard Peck

are you in the house alonePUBLISHING INFO: Viking Juvenile, 11/1976
REISSUED: 2000, Puffin Books
GENRE: YA Contemporary Suspense
SETTING: Connecticut, USA
MY GRADE: B

FROM PUBLISHER: Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack thereof) from bestselling author Richard Peck.




MY THOUGHTS/SPOILERS: I'd never heard of this book before, not until last year when I watched the 9/1978 CBS made for television movie on Youtube. I finally bought the book and received it a few days ago. It's only 160 pages long and needed to be at least 100 pages longer.

The book didn't really seem dated at all. The plotline was almost completely believable. Some of the dialogue from the school's guidance counselors wasn't believable, with them not believing her and also some of the comments the police officer made to her.

The notes that Phil sent Gail were explicit but they weren't detailed in the book.

Near the end there was an incident where a female student was raped and beaten one night and Gail believes Phil did it. No reasons were given for that and no proof was brought forth.

How the film differs from the book: I think in the film they made her seventeen years old. There was no mention of her being on birth control pills. They also changed her last name from Osburne to Osborne. The woman Gail babysat for, her last name was changed from Montgomery to Hirsch. They changed her boyfriend Steve Pastorini's last name slightly to Pastorinis. She met him in the film but when the book began she'd already been dating him awhile. The movie takes place in California, not Connecticut.

I think Kathleen Beller did a pretty good acting job and didn't look too old for the part at twenty-two years old. She's now married to musician/professor Thomas Dolby (She Blinded Me With Science). Her friend Alison's acting was believable too though she didn't speak too much. Dennis Quaid, twenty-four at the time, clearly looked too old for the part. Steve was played by Scott Colomby, who was a younger-looking twenty-six at the time.

The part I mentioned earlier where a girl was raped and beaten, in the film they showed a girl getting the same anonymous note saying that she's being watched. Gail, who's into photography at school, sets up a hidden camera that's pointing to that girls locker. It snaps a photo every two seconds. Sure enough, the camera captures Phil putting another note on the same girls locker. The girl reads the note, balls it up and throws it away but there's no mention of her being raped later. I like that that was expanded on in the movie.

Near the end of the movie Phil beats up Gail in one of the empty rooms at school and is caught for it, but that doesn't happen at all in the book.

In ways each one was better than the other so I don't prefer book over movie or vice versa.


THE SPOOK LIGHTS AFFAIR by Marsha Muller and Bill Pronzini


spook lightsPUBLISHING INFO: Forge Books, 12/2013
GENRE: Fictional Historical Mystery
SETTING: California, USA, 1895
SERIES: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery, #2
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: C

FROM PUBLISHER: In 1895 San Francisco young debutantes don’t commit suicide at festive parties, particularly not under the eye of Sabina Carpenter. But Virginia St. Ives evidently did, leaping from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for the firm of Carpenter and Quincannon, Professional Detective Services.

Sabina hadn’t wanted to take the assignment, but her partner John Quincannon insisted it would serve as entrée to the city’s ultra rich and powerful. That means money, and Quincannon loves the almighty dollar. Which is why he is hunting the bandit who robbed the Wells, Fargo office of $35,000.

Working their separate cases (while Sabina holds John off with one light hand), the detectives give readers a tour of The City the way it was. From the infamous Barbary Coast to the expensive Tenderloin gaming houses and brothels frequented by wealthy men, Quincannon follows a danger-laden trail to unmask the murderous perpetrators of the Wells, Fargo robbery. Meanwhile, Sabina works her wiles on friends and relatives of the vanished debutante until the pieces of her puzzle start falling into place. But it’s an oddly disguised gent appearing out of nowhere who provides the final clue to both cases—the shrewd “crackbrain” who believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes.

MY THOUGHTS: Slight spoilers ahead. I'm so disappointed in this story. It started out so good and interesting but became too far fetched. John and Sabina own a private investigation business and like in the previous book in this series each was working on a separate case that turned out to be connected. Why couldn't they have worked cases that are unrelated in book two? My interest waned when the 'ghostly sightings' came along but that, thankfully, turned out to be something other than what we were lead to believe. I give the authors' credit for originality regarding the suicide/ghostly activity but the story just wasn't believable because of those things, IMO. I think what happened with the suicide was ridiculous and just not likely to have really happened. There was really no good reason for eighteen year old Virginia to want to do that anyway.

The whole robbery plot being connected to Virginia's case wasn't something I'd suspected. The Sherlock Holmes imposter made a very brief yet helpful appearance then went on his merry way. Not a fan of his character but since his time was so brief in the story, I didn't mind him. John is still letting it be known he's interested in Sabina but she's still not interested in him that way. A new man has come into her life so we'll have to see where that goes in the next installment.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


DEATH COMES TO LONDON by Catherine Lloyd (Kate Pearce)

deathcomestolondonPUBLISHER: Kensington, 11/14
GENRE: Historical Mystery
SETTING: England, 3/1817
SERIES: A Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #2
AUTHOR SITE:
link
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: B-

FROM PUBLISHER: A season in London promises a welcome change of pace for two friends from the village of Kurland St. Mary until murder makes a debut. With the reluctant blessings of their father, the rector of Kurland St. Mary, Lucy Harrington and her sister Anna leave home for a social season in London. At the same time, Lucy's special friend Major Robert Kurland is summoned to the city to accept a baronetcy for his wartime heroism.

Amidst the dizzying whirl of balls and formal dinners, the focus shifts from mixing and matchmaking to murder when the dowager Countess of Broughton, the mother of an old army friend of Robert, drops dead. When it's revealed she's been poisoned, Robert's former betrothed, Miss Chingford, is accused, and she in turn points a finger at Anna. To protect her sister, Lucy enlists Robert's aid in drawing out the true culprit.

But with suspects ranging from resentful rivals and embittered family members to the toast of the ton, it will take all their sleuthing skills to unmask the poisoner before more trouble is stirred up.


MY THOUGHTS: I liked this one a bit more than the previous installment. It's a plot about poison and greed. Poor Oliver. Lucy and Robert worked together to help solve the mystery surrounding three deaths. I don't dislike Robert like I did before. He worked well with Lucy. Still no chemistry between them and they definitely have a platonic friendship. I don't like the marriage proposal at all and felt it so out of place, out of the blue, and unnecessary.

The dark plot was interesting but it wasn't too surprising who the culprit was. That's never a good thing. I don't understand why some mystery writers have the killer confess all right at the end. It's so annoying and unrealistic. Another annoying thing is the reappearance of Robert's ex-fiancé. She was in this book for no good reason just as in the previous book. This book is under 300 pages and all characters were underdeveloped.

I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.



JACK'S PLAYGROUND # 33 ADULT DVD

Jack's Playground 33 Porn DVDSTUDIO: Digital Playground
RELEASED: 2007
LENGTH: 106 Minutes
BACK COVER: link
RATING: XXX
MY GRADE: B-

From DVD: Jack's Playground 33 features Digital Playground's one and only insatiable and sexy Devon. She's eager to make the music video cut and demonstrates her distinct talents on Scott Nails' throbbing cock. She has mastered the corkscrew and just about every other blowjob technique ever invented; Scott gives her his vote as he fucks her beautiful face. Jerry, on the other hand, is pushing for Devaun and Renee Richards, who get together and tag team him in a delectable sex-travaganza. Tantalizing Bree and sensual Celeste Star don't want to share the camera. They let everyone get off watching them get off. Sara Stone delivers a dynamic tryst with a sloppy wet titty fuck, more than proving her worth. Before lucky number 33 wraps, Riley Mason makes herself a prime candidate by throwing some heavy lovin' into the mix. Jack's Playground 33 is a sure-fire, sensational, cum-fest.


No condoms were used

SCENE 1: Renee and Devaun are sitting on the sofa and the cameraman, Jack, is talking to them. Jerry walks over to them. They all strip, Jerry sits down and they take turns blowing him. Renee straddles his face, facing the wall, and Devaun blows him. Renee gets on his dick. Davaun gets between his legs and licks his balls. He pulls out of Renee, Devaun blows him, and he puts his dick back in Renee. Devaun sucks him again then gets on him, reverse cowgirl, while Renee straddles his face while facing the wall. Renee gets between their legs, licks his balls and rubs Devaun's clit, then sucks him off a bit.

Both girls kneel on the sofa, facing the back. Jerry fucks Devaun for a minute then Renee. He pulls out and has Devaun suck him for a minute then continues to fuck Renee. Devaun lays back and rubs her clit hard and fast then Jerry has her suck his dick now and then when he pulls out of Renee. Jerry fucks Devaun from behind while she's facing the back of sofa. Renee lays back across the back of the sofa and Devaun eats her pussy while getting pounded from behind. They sit and lay back against the sofa, Jerry fucking Renee and Devaun rubbing her own clit furiously. He pulls out and fucks Devaun, then Renee. Devaun's laying back against the sofa arm, rubbing her clit. He comes in Devaun's mouth, she lets it drip into Renee's mouth then Renee lets it drip back into Devaun's mouth.

Renee's British. She's cute with small natural breasts. Devaun's real cute in the video and has very small breasts and a tiny strip of pubic hair, bald labia

SCENE 2: Juliana's talking to cameraman Jack about what she'd have to do to be in one of his videos, asks him what he likes. She strips down, lays back, legs spread, and fingers herself with two fingers and rubs her clit. She gets on her knees and elbows and fingers herself. She gets into various positions, ass up. I got bored and didn't finish her scene. She has breast implants and a little strip of public hair and bald labia.

SCENE 3: Riley is asking Tommy and cameraman Jack what she has to do to be in their music video. They persuade her to take off her clothes, Jack snapping photos of her as she takes off each piece. She blows Tommy as he's sitting on the sofa. Reverse cowgirl on sofa for awhile. She's naked except for white knee socks and black schoolgirl shoes. Cowgirl position until he comes on her face and in her mouth. She swallows it then wipes some come off her leg and licks it off her finger.

Riley has small breasts and no pubes at all.

SCENE 4: My man Jerry (be still my heart) is sitting on yet another sofa asking Jack about being in his music video. Down the stairs walks his 'girlfriend' Sara. Jerry unbuttons her shirt and she asks what that has to do with being in a music video. Jerry sucks her left nipple and Jack squeezes her right breast. Jerry tells her to suck his dick, so she does for awhile then he titty fucks her. He lays back on sofa and she blows him then titty fucks her some more. She lays back on sofa, he fucks her while holding her right leg up. She blows him then more titty fucking. Reverse cowgirl, then she blows him. Doggie position, more titty fucking. He comes on her face. His mouth was gaped open pretty much the whole time and he was sweating like crazy.

Sara's thin with huge natural breasts and bald labia.

SCENE 5: Celeste is playing pool and Jack asks her to strip so he can see how she is in front of the camera. She leans back against the table and rubs her clit. She leans over the pool table, reaches between her legs and fingers herself.

SCENE 6: Devon's laying on the bed. Jack asks her what she's been up to lately. She tells him she's horny, takes off her shorts, spreads her legs, rubs her pussy, then Scott goes over to her. They 69 on the bed, reverse cowgirl, then she turns sideways, the cowgirl. Spoon next, then she jerks him with both hands at once until he comes between her breasts. Devon's pussy was completely bald.

MY THOUGHTS: This was alright. Too much time was wasted by talking to Jack at the beginning of each scene. Two scenes were wasted on solo masturbation.

My favorite was the scene with Riley, second favorite was the Jerry/Sara scene. Devon was the only one with implants, thankfully. The two masturbation scenes were my least favorite.

This came from my personal collection.
    

THE MIDWIFE'S TALE: A MYSTERY by Sam Thomas

midwifePUB. INFO: Minotaur Books, 1/2013
GENRE: Historical Mystery
SETTING: England, 1644
NARRATION: First person
SERIES: A Midwife Mystery, #1
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: C-

FROM PUBLISHER: It is 1644, and Parliament’s armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels’ hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget’s friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who’s far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha’s past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city’s most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther’s murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.

MY THOUGHTS: I found this to be very boring and it took me forever to finish because of it. Extreme boredom set in at the halfway point of a book that's only 310 pages.

Bridget is thirty years old, twice widowed, and has lost her two children. Other than that we didn't get any background on her, the main character. I didn't find her to be that likeable either. I did like her maid, Martha, but found it pointless to add in the stuff involving her brother. It just detracted from the main mystery of who poisoned Esther's husband, Stephen. It isn't anyone I suspected so I give the author credit for not making it so obvious.

There were too many characters, most of which were unnecessary, and too many murders, and I just didn't care about any of it. It wasn't interesting or suspenseful like I was hoping. I don't think Bridget is interesting enough to carry a series.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


SUDDEN TERROR: The True Story of California's Most Infamous Sexual Predator, The East Area Rapist, AKA The Original Night Stalker by Larry Crompton

PUBLISHING INFO: AuthorHouse, 8/2010
GENRE: Nonfiction/True Crime
FORMAT: Hardcover, Paperback, E-Book
CRIMESPAN: California, USA, 1970's-1980's
PURCHASE: AuthorHouse, Amazon
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: This book is based on the actual case of the East Area Rapist, later also known as the Original Night Stalker, a masked man who terrorized California communities for ten years; 1976 through 1986, and possibly to this day.

Because I was not involved in the initial rape investigations, they are written from hundreds of reports, notes, memos, newspaper clippings, conversations and interviews with those who were involved.

The crimes are factual. The crimes are real. While all characters and events have direct counterparts in the telling of the story, I have created some dialogue in the interest of readability. The cops in the initial rapes are not factual, their actions are. Their names and descriptions are completely fictitious. The names of the victims, witnesses and suspects are fictitious; the terror, the dialogue during the crimes, and the investigations are real.

The cops involved in the cases after I was involved are real, their names and dialogue is factual, the investigations are real.

The pain and terror may have diminished in the minds of the victims, I hope that the pain does not return. My intent is to tell the story without endangering the privacy or the dignity of the victims. They have suffered enough.


MY THOUGHTS: What a great book. I've been fascinated by the elusive, unapprehended EAR (East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker and Golden State Killer) since I first learned of him in early 2001 on an episode of MSNBC's MSNBC Investigates. This is the first of only two books that have been written on the case.

The author, a former detective on the case after EAR had been active for a few years, presents us with facts about the rapes and murders with rape victims' dialogue taken right out of police reports. There's even a list of rape/murder dates and times in chronological order in the back and a few black and white photographs of murder victims and crime scenes.

Only about thirty-two pages were about the ten murders, towards the end of the book. Some reviewers complain about that but since they're dead and can't tell you what all happened like the rape victims can, I understand why more time wasn't spent on it.

One thing I really like about true crime books is that we usually learn about other rapists/murders who were active in the area we're reading about and with this book, I learned about several from the 1970's that I want to research, including a couple of California rapists who are still on the loose: East San Diego Rapist, Car Key Rapist, Stinky Rapist, Early Morning Rapist, and Wooley, a copycat EAR rapist.

I loved the book and consider it a must-read for anyone interested in this case.

Listen to what is believed to be EAR's voice in three phone calls here.

Please watch the documentaries below before they're taken down!

Parts of the MSNBC Investigates 'Deadly Behavior' episode.

E!'s True Hollywood Story from 2009.

I.D.'s (Investigation Discovery) Dark Minds, from season 2, episode 1, from 2013.


There are several websites dedicated to this monster: Ear-ons.com (earons), Casebook of the Bedroom Killer. There's an informative discussion board dedicated to the case, earonsgsk, here. Earons has a complete listing of all EAR's crimes, link.

Here's an audio interview that Larry did with Blogtalk Radio in early 2013, I think.

Here's an excellent article Michelle McNamara (she's married to Patton Oswalt) did on EAR for L.A. Magazine.


I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.




WATCH PREMIERE EPISODE OF OUTLANDER SERIES

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The new drama series Outlander, based on the Diana Gabaldon time-travel book series, is set to premiere on premium U.S. cable network Starz August 9 but you can watch the first episode for free on the network's site.


THE ARNIFOUR AFFAIR by Gregory Harris

arniPUBLISHING INFO: Kensington, 1/2014
GENRE: Historical Mystery
SETTING: England, early 1900's
SERIES: A Colin Pendragon Mystery, #1
AUTHOR SITE: link
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: B

FROM PUBLISHER: Set against the fog-shrouded backdrop of turn-of-the-century London, Gregory Harris's new historical mystery series introduces tenacious sleuth Colin Pendragon, and a case that illuminates the darkness lurking in the heart of one of England's most noble families.

When a carriage bearing the Arnifour family crest--a vulture devouring a slaughtered lamb--arrives at the Kensington home of Colin Pendragon, it is an ominous beginning to a perplexing new case. Lady Arnifour's husband has been beaten to death and her niece, Elsbeth, left in a coma. Is the motive passion, revenge, or something even more sinister? Police suspicions have fallen on the groundskeeper and his son, yet the Earl's widow is convinced of their innocence.

Even as Colin and his partner Ethan Pruitt delve into the muddy history of the Arnifour family, a young street urchin begs their help in finding his missing sister. Ethan, regrettably familiar with London's underbelly, urges caution, yet Colin's interest is piqued. And in a search that wends from the squalid opium dens of the East End to the salons of Embassy Row, the truth about these seemingly disparate cases will prove disquieting, dangerous, and profoundly unexpected. . .

MY THOUGHTS: This was a somewhat interesting mystery novel. It certainly was a family affair, in more ways than one. I like thirty-eight year old Ethan Pruitt, the narrator, business partner and lover to Colin. They've worked together as detectives for twelve years. We don't have much backstory on either one. I really wanted to know more about Ethan since he's a recovering opium addict who grew up on the streets and that I find interesting. They're a gay couple who live together but who knows they're gay? Is that known by everyone they're close to, house servants included, or do people just assume they are? Those answers weren't given. Since this is the first in a series I feel all of that should have been established.

As for the murder itself, very interesting. All the secrets and drama that ensued near the end, ridiculous, mostly, and slightly farfetched.

There was a subplot involving a young missing girl. I was initially interested but soon became bored with it. Looking back I'm not sure what the point of adding that to a relatively short novel was.

One thing that irritated me in this novel, and this happens in most of the historical mysteries that I've read, was how one person figured who the killer(s) was/were right at the end and told everyone, then the killer(s) confessed to it all with no remorse.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


YOURS TRULY ADULT DVD WITH EXPLICIT TRAILER

Yours TrulySTUDIO: Wicked Pictures
SCREENSHOTS: link
RELEASED: 2006
LENGTH: 95 min.
RATING: XXX
MY GRADE: B

From DVD: Andy is a lonely guy. For the past year he's been committed to the same routine every day. Get up alone. Shower alone. Eat breakfast alone. Go to work. Come home, still alone. Then one morning, he receives a letter. A wave of memories come flooding back. The letter is from a former lover. A wild and sexy, funny and sweet woman who was everything he ever wanted. But shortly after they consummated their love for each other, she ran and he never saw her again. Now Andy must make a choice. To forgive her for breaking his heart or to cross his fingers that it won't happen again. In the end, they fall back together, madly (and truly) in love.

 
 
SCENE 1: Chris is in bed watching a porn that comes to life. Talon's sitting on a sofa. Roxy is kneeling on his left, blowing him. He stands up and she's kneeling, blowing him. He sits on sofa and she gets on his dick, facing him. Doggie position, then spoon position on their left sides. He comes on her face then she sucks him for a few seconds.  
 
SCENE 2: Chris is walking through the woods (why?) and stumbles upon Jasmine blowing Tony. Mika, the woman on the cover, shows up and Chris realizes she's the photographer and is taking photos of them while having sex. She lets him take photos. Tony's laying on a blanket and Jasmine's kneeling and blowing him. She licks his balls while he jerks off, then she blows him. He stands up, she kneels and blows him. He comes on her face.
 
SCENE 3: Chris is in bed with Faith. They're both from North Carolina. They're laying beside each other. He takes her red bra off and licks her nipples, then rubs her clit through her red underwear. He gets between her legs and eats her bald pussy and fingers it with two fingers on his left hand, then has her suck them. They kiss, he lays back and she takes his underwear off and blows him. Spoon position on their right sides. He was rubbing his dickhead on her clit. She rubs her clit hard and fast then he rubs it for her. She's laying near the foot of the bed, he's standing up, fucking her, her left leg over his right shoulder. He comes on her chest. During this, he slapped his dick a lot, as I've seen him do in other DVDs. Hmmm.
 
SCENE 4: Chris and Mika are at a restaurant. Mika asks their waitress, Jassie, if she'll have sex with a customer who's making eyes at her, Justine. They lean back facing each other and suck each other's toes. Justine eats Jassie's bald pussy and fingers her. Justine leans back and Jassie licks her way up her left leg, then sucks her right nipple, then eats Justine's bald pussy and fingers it.
 
SCENE 5: Chris goes to Mika's and spies her having sex on the sofa. Mika's on the sofa blowing Evan. He stands up on sofa and she's kneeling on it blowing him. They 69 next. Evan's laying with just his back on the floor with his ass and legs up on the sofa. Mika's standing up and sitting on his dick facing him and rubs her clit. She lays on the back of the sofa and Evan's standing up to her right, his right leg over the sofa, fucking her. Spoon position next on their left sides on the sofa. He pulls out and comes on her stomach and she rubs it around.
 
SCENE 6: Chris reads a love letter from Mika then goes over to her house. They're naked on the bed. He licks her left foot then eats her bald pussy while kneeling between her legs then fingers her. He kneels on the bed and she's laying on her stomach in front of him, blowing him. They 69, then reverse cowgirl. She lays back along the foot of the bed. He's standing up in front of her, right knee up on the bed, fucking her while holding her left leg up with both arms. He kneels by her head and comes in her mouth and she sucks the head afterward.
 
BONUS SCENE: This scene is from the DVD 'Strangers When We Meet' and stars Mika and Randy Spears. It's 13 minutes long. Randy's laying on the bed wearing dressy clothes. Mika strips him, then herself. She blows him then puts a condom on him. She rides him for a few seconds then gets on reverse cowgirl then turns around again to face him. She lays on her back, he's standing up by the side of the bed fucking her really hard while holding her left leg up with both arms. He comes on here breasts then she licks his dickhead.
 
BONUS MATERIAL: BEHIND THE SCENES-  This is 18 minutes long and is pretty boring. The only interesting thing is Roxy saying she doesn't swallow semen because it makes her stomach hurt.
 

MY THOUGHTS: This could have been better without the silly plotline. Thankfully Mika is the only one with breast implants. The other girls' have A or B cup breasts and bald pussies. Pink condoms were used throughout and there was no anal play of any kind.

My favorite scene is #3 with Chris and Faith. Second favorite is with Roxy and Talon. I've seen all four of them in other DVDs and have enjoyed those scenes. I'm not sure why but I didn't enjoy Mika's sex scenes, especially with Evan. That's probably due to some of the positions. She's pretty. Chris has this awful habit of smacking the shit out of his dick. It's disturbing.



 
 

SIMPLY SINFUL by Kate Pearce

sinfulPUBLISHING INFO: Aphrodisia, 5/2014
ORIGINAL PUB: Aphrodisia, 2008
GENRE: Fiction/Erotic Historical Romance
SETTING: England, 1817
SERIES: House of Pleasure, #2
PURCHASE: link
AUTHOR SITE: link
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: Forced to wed at a young age, Abigail Beecham is tired of living in a sexless marriage. She longs to succumb to the delicious pleasures of pure carnal lust that she has only read about. And if her husband can't satisfy her erotic needs, she's ready to find a man who can...

Peter Howard is accustomed to unusual sexual requests. His ten years as a slave in a Turkish brothel left him skilled in sensual delights. But there is little that actually arouses him--until he meets Abigail. Now he longs to tease and torment her until she cries out with pleasure. Maybe then he'll finally experience that exquisite feeling of bliss he so desperately desires...

MY THOUGHTS: Boy, did I enjoy this story, which is book two in the series. This story begins two years after the previous book ended and spans 2 1/2 years. It was about Peter and Abby's husband James more than it was about Peter and Abby. This was a bit unusual too as in it's a ménage situation that stays intact throughout the story. It's not a marriage that turns into a threesome situation that goes back to being about Peter and Abby with James not in the picture via death or divorce. He gets the girl in the end, sort of.

There are at least 16 different sex scenes with five being strictly m/m. Those are always my favorite.

Thirty-four year old brown-haired and brown-eyed James is clearly more into men than he is women, specifically his own wife of sixteen years, whom he was forced to wed at 18. She was 16. They rarely have sex together and have no children. James has trouble being sexual with his wife so he invites Peter into their bedroom to help both him and Abby find some sexual enjoyment together.

Abby has very short dark hair and is built like a 'boy', which I find to be a total turnoff for a heroine. I find her to be kinda bland too, a 'go with the flow' type of person, too agreeable.

Peter first appeared in book one, Simply Sexual, as the heroes close friend. He has blond hair and blue eyes. I think he's about 32, same age as Valentin. In this story his relationship with Valentin and Sara, from book one, continues to be rocky. Val helps him learn about his mother and his past before he was abducted and forced to work in a brothel when he was eleven. That info doesn't help his low self-esteem much. I don't normally like when past characters reappear in later books in the series but I did like hearing from Val.

Overall I really liked two of the three main characters and the entire story except right near the end when James went to search for a man from his past. I friggin' love this series.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



IMPULS'O G-SPOT VIBRATOR

 

This toy, Impuls'O, is made by a Dutch company called Shots Toys. It comes in multiple colors. I'm reviewing the purple one, UPC SH7017PUR.

MATERIAL: This is made from top of the line material- silicone. Silicone is hypoallergenic, nonporous, waterproof, and odorless (usually).

MEASUREMENTS: This has an insertable length of 4 1/2".  It's just over 1 1/4" in diameter. It weights 6.5 oz.

LUBE and MAINTENANCE: Use hot soapy water on this. Silicone is also dishwasher safe and boilable (without the bullet inserted, of course.) NEVER use silicone lube on silicone toys or they'll be ruined. You also must use water-based lube with silicone toys. Silicone toys should never directly touch other silicone toys. If they're going to be stored in a box together, wrap each one in something first, such as plastic wrap.


MY THOUGHTS: Bullets in vibrators aren't usually any good and that was the case with this. That's alright though. I bought this to use as a dildo since it looks a lot like Bandito. The bottom part where you insert the bullet is hollow, obviously, and the rest of the dildo is solid silicone. That's why the vibrations can't reach the end of the toy, where they're needed most. Bullets are almost impossible to get out of the slot you put them in so put lube on bullet before inserting it. The bullet takes three LR44 batteries and this supposedly had 10 speeds. I could only get one to work.

This is curved perfectly to achieve a G spot orgasm and I had no trouble having some. I like the loop on the end for hooking my finger in while using it. The toy is a bit cheap and wobbly feeling. It doesn't compare to the afore mentioned Bandito.

I'll have to grade this a B because it's not a good vibrator but is an excellent G spot dildo.

I purchased this toy myself.

FINDING ME: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight with Michelle Burford

michelle knightPUBLISHING INFO: Weinstein Books, 5/2014
GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir/True Crime
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken.

In Finding Me, Michelle will reveal the heartbreaking details of her story, including the thoughts and prayers that helped her find courage to endure her unimaginable circumstances and now build a life worth living. By sharing both her past and her efforts to create a future, Michelle becomes a voice for the voiceless and a powerful symbol of hope for the thousands of children and young adults who go missing every year.

MY THOUGHTS: What an ordeal Michelle went through. She suffered the most abuse of them all. Out of the three kidnapped girls, Ariel Castro hated her most, for some reason, and Amanda Berry was clearly his favorite and may not have suffered as much abuse as the other two. Michelle was raped, physically abused, and emotionally abused every day for eleven years and even had five babies beaten out of her. Hopes of seeing her son again one day seems to be the only thing that kept her alive.

She tells of her terrible childhood, her pieces of garbage parents, and her molester. She wasn't even allowed to bathe for the first eight months of her kidnapping, not once. Her hair was so filled with Ariel's semen that it was hard.

Her story is an honest one and for that, the book gets five stars from me. You can read about the kidnappings here.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


DIRTY ROCKER BOYS: Love and Lust on the Sunset Strip by Bobbie Brown With Caroline Ryder

bobbiePUBLISHING INFO: Gallery Books, 11/2013
GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A-

FROM PUBLISHER: SHE'S MY CHERRY PIE. Tastes so good, make a grown man cry.

Who could forget the sexy "Cherry Pie" girl from hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video? Bobbie Brown became a bona fide vixen for her playful role as the object of lead singer Jani Lane's desires. With her windblown peroxide mane, seductive scarlet lips, and flirtatious curves, she epitomized every man's fantasy. But the wide-eyed Louisiana beauty queen's own dreams of making it big in Los Angeles were about to be derailed by her rock-and-roll lifestyle. . . .

After her tumultuous marriage to Jani imploded, and her engagement to fast-living Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee ended in a drug haze--followed by his marriage days later to Pamela Anderson--Bobbie decided it was time Hollywood's hottest bachelors got a taste of their own medicine. Step one: get high. Step two: get even.

In a captivating, completely uncensored confessional, Bobbie explicitly recounts her encounters with some of the most famous men in Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, Mark McGrath, Dave Navarro, Sebastian Bach, Ashley Hamilton, Rob Pilatus of Milli Vanilli, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Orgy's Jay Gordon, and many more. Whose bedroom did Bobbie (literally) set on fire? No man was off limits as the fun-loving bombshell spiraled into excess, anger, and addiction.

Bobbie survived the party--barely--and her riveting, cautionary comeback tale is filled with the wildest stories of sex, drugs, and rock and roll ever told.

MY THOUGHTS: Unfiltered doesn't even begin to describe Bobbie's mouth. She's blunt and doesn't hold back much and is hilarious. The memoir flowed nicely and I really didn't want to put it down. It was a quick read, 264 pages, but it's not for everyone because of her coarse language.

Bobbie came from an abusive home (her father Bobby, for whom she's named after, was a wife beater, as was his father) in Louisiana but wasn't abused herself. She went on to be in countless dysfunctional, sometimes abusive relationships (Tommy Lee, who grabbed her by the throat in front of people). She's been on drugs most of her adult life and I don't think she's ever been to rehab. She never mentioned wanting to go. She never mentioned how she felt seeing the abuse then or how she feels about it now and if she thinks it may have to contributed to her drug use.

She detailed some of her sexual exploits with many men. The most memorable one was with Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996. He had her perform oral sex on him while wearing a condom. It tasted bad so she took it off. She said his penis was huge, 'on steroids', bigger than Tommy Lee's, and she could hardly fit it in her mouth. She said Tommy's was 'as big as a baby's arm'. Tommy's very immature, a big kid, needy, extremely jealous, and a big whoremonger. I think he's the one she said always wanted to remove her tampons for her.

She barely mentioned having a nose job at around age 19/20 'to remove the bump' and getting breast implants and having them redone. Never once mentioned that they leaked and she got really sick and has lupus now because of it (according to her). A few years ago I watched a documentary that she narrated on VH1 called Do It For the Band: The Women of the Sunset Strip and she mentioned the leakage. She failed to mention being diagnosed with trichotillomania yet mentions it in interviews. I found out about it online when I should have just read about it in her own book. That developed during 2005 during what she says is the worst relationship she's ever been in but I don't recall reading about it and I don't know who's she's talking about. How on earth can you write your memoir and leave out the most important things of all?! You can't have surgeries and barely mention them. I want details. I want to know why you had the surgeries, what it was like recovering from them and all that. What lead to wanting them? Any regrets?

The most interesting story was when her ex-husband Jani (Warrant), a crying, drunken mess at the time, confided in her about something awful that happened to him years before he was famous. Page 250:

He was nineteen when it happened. It was after a show. And older man, a major rock star, had invited Jani to hang out with him and the big guys. Jani was young, and easily impressed. Later that night, along with an accomplice, that major rock star put Jani through an ordeal he had been too ashamed to talk about until this moment. It was violent. It was ugly. It was exploitative. Jani said he had been too scared to tell anybody and had been pushing the memory under the carpet, pretending it wasn't there. Jani was a proud man and hated to think of himself as a victim. Now, finally, I understood why he had been acting like one for so many years.'
 
Bobbie did a lot of acting/modeling when she was in her early twenties, and some things since, so this book should have had a filmography.

Some of the music videos she's been in aren't mentioned online so I'll list them all:

I'm On To You by Hurricane- 1988 (pre-implants and nose job)
Cecilia by Times Two- 1989
Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Great White- 1989
House of Broken Love by Great White- 1989
It Feels So Good To Love Someone Like You by Terence Trent D'Arby- 1989
Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury by Louie Louie- 1990
Cherry Pie by Warrant- 1990

She misspoke and said model Paulina Porizkova was Czech-American when she's actually Czech-Swedish.

Here's a great interview with Screamer Magazine and one with Fuse television she did to promote the book. Here's a link to the video for Cherry Pie.

I loved the book, thought it was highly entertaining and I do recommend it.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.








PRIVATE PARTS- A creepy gem from 1972 with Trailer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069124/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

Boy, this is strange and unique. I've never seen a clear water-filled blow-up doll nor have I seen the vaginal region of one get filled with the contents of a blood-filled syringe. Have you? Of course you haven't. That was truly a WTF?! moment.

There are some unexplained things that keep this from getting high a 4/5 stars from me. I'm rating this a low 4. We find out George (John Ventantonio) is really a woman but are we to assume George is Martha's daughter, which makes him Cheryl's cousin? That's what I'm believing. If she's Martha's daughter is she her biological daughter? Earlier Martha told her niece Cheryl (Ayn Ruymen) that her late husband wasn't the father, that he was too old, (I guess she's saying he was impotent) and that there were other ways of getting pregnant or getting a baby (something to that effect).

George told Martha once that she ruined his childhood. What's that about? That seems to be more evidence that Martha is George's mother.

I wish George had had more dialogue (I like his mildly creepy voice) and there'd been less comedy toward the end with the cops' dialogue. Ayn, as Cheryl, overacted a bit. I think Lucille Benson, as aunt Martha, is a fine actress.

Best line of the film is near the end at the hotel when the cops are going to George's room and the old lady says, 'Oh, I wouldn't disturb George at this hour. He's probably still jerkin' off'. I almost died at hearing an old woman say that.

You can see a photo of a topless scene with Cheryl here.

Watch it here like I did in in October 2013 before it gets taken down.


THE MOST DANGEROUS ANIMAL OF ALL: Searching for My Father and Finding the Zodiac Killer by Gary L. Stewart With Susan D. Mustafa with Book Trailer and Documentary

zodiacPUBLISHING INFO: Harper, 5/2014
GENRE: Nonfiction/Memoir/True Crime
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A

FROM PUBLISHER: Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

For decades, the Zodiac Killer has captivated America’s imagination. His ability to evade capture while taunting authorities made him infamous. The vicious specificity of his crimes terrified Californians before the Manson murders and after, and shocked a culture enamored with the ideals of the dawning Age of Aquarius. To this day, his ciphers have baffled detectives and amateur sleuths, and his identity remains one of the twentieth century’s great unsolved mysteries.

The Most Dangerous Animal of All reveals the name of the Zodiac for the very first time. Mustafa and Stewart construct a chilling psychological profile of Stewart’s father: as a boy with disturbing fixations, a frustrated intellectual with pretensions to high culture, and an inappropriate suitor and then jilted lover unable to process his rage. At last, all the questions that have surrounded the case for almost fifty years are answered in this riveting narrative. The result is a singular work of true crime at its finest—a compelling, unbelievable true story told with the pacing of a page-turning novel—as well as a sensational and powerful memoir.


 

MY THOUGHTS: This was a fascinating memoir/true crime book about an infamous unapprehended serial killer who began killing in 1969. Like the author said, he was searching for information about his birth father, Earl Van Best, Jr., after his birth mother Judy, who's a liar that I don't like, contacted him for the first time in 2002. He researched his father, who goes by Van, as best he could, for twelve years. He found old police reports, talked to an old close friend of his, found family members, and so on. I don't know what more he could have done in order to find more information on a man who's no longer alive. I think he researched Zodiac well.

Gary presents us with handwriting samples of his father's that match up pretty well with known samples of the Zodiac's that he sent to the newspaper in San Francisco during the time of the killings. We see how this unsolved cipher that Zodiac sent spells out Gary's father's name. Zodiac's fingerprints are compared to Gary's fathers and they both have an identical scar on the same finger.

The most disappointing part of this involves current detective John Hennessey and has to do with Zodiac and Gary's DNA and the mystery as to why Hennessey severed ties with Gary. Another mysterious detective is Harold Butler, who's clearly hiding information from both Hennessey and Gary. There's clearly some sort of cover-up going on and I have no doubt that one day it'll be exposed. Gary, don't give up on having that DNA tested.

I don't get into how screwed up Van is but I will say he has all the makings of a serial killer, complete with cold, unaffectionate, unloving, cheating mother. Even if he isn't the real killer, I enjoyed reading about him.

This hardcover book has the coolest cover. The book itself has Van's mugshot printed on the front and back cover. The dust jacket is translucent red on the front and back and has all the black writing on it. The spine and flaps are almost clear. Never seen one like that before.

Below is a composite drawing of the Zodiac Killer and the other is Gary's father, Earl Van Best, Jr., in 1962, seven years before the Zodiac killings. The documentary is an old A&E one.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


Zodiac collage
 
 




SIMPLY SEXUAL by Kate Pearce (House of Pleasure # 1)

sexualPUBLISHING INFO: Aphrodisia, 4/2014
ORIGINAL PUB: Aprodisia, 2/2008
GENRE: Historical Erotic Romance
SETTING: England, 1815
SERIES: House of Pleasure, #1
AUTHOR SITE: link
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A-

FROM PUBLISHER: Sexual Satisfaction... Ten years as a sex slave in a Turkish brothel left Lord Valentin Sokorvsky with an insatiable appetite for sex. Now the time has come for him to marry, but finding a woman who can satisfy his lustful desires proves a challenge...until he meets Sara and all he can think about is having her lie under his rock-hard body, begging him to taste and touch her...

Sensual Seduction... Sara Harrison knows she should be shocked and scandalized by Lord Sokorvsky's bold advances, but instead she is secretly aroused by this sensual, seductive man. For beneath her calm and composed manner is a wanton woman who longs for a man's intimate caress. She is most willing to be educated in the art of sensuality, to receive and give pleasure and to succumb to the wild desire that knows no limits...

MY THOUGHTS: Damn, this is one explicit book. Right off the bat Sara caught Valentin in a compromising situation with a servant.

Valentin is about thirty, with dark hair and violet eyes. He was forced into sexual slavery as a child, until he was eighteen. He was forced to have sex then with both men and women and is mostly into women now. He's become wealthy due to owning a shipping company.

His future father-in-law, John Harrison, was at that brothel and bought Valentin's and his friend Peter Howard's freedom since they were English like him. Twelve years later John is low on funds and wants Valentin to marry his younger daughter, Charlotte, but Valentin is interested in his older daughter, twenty-six year old Sara. They marry very early on, within twenty-five pages. Details of the wedding are skipped and the story goes right into their wedding night.

Sara's got dark hair and blue eyes. She's a little too passive and easy going for my taste. There was only a little bit of friction between her and Valentin throughout the story, which spans at least six months. Caroline Ingham, Valentin's jealous ex-mistress, is at the center of some of the drama.

There are at least ten sex scenes between Sara and Valentin and two or three of them involve m/m interaction between Valentin and Peter and about two threesomes with them. Words can't really express how I enjoyed those descriptive sex scenes. It was like a porn film put into words. I think I've read all but two in this series and this is the most explicit and it's certainly not for everyone. It'll leave you longing for a penis.

I really like Peter. He's very close to Valentin and when they were first given their freedom, he was addicted to and was reliant on him, as well as to opium. Peter gets his own story in the second book in this series, Simply Sinful, and I cannot wait to read it.

I was turned off by Sara getting her nipples pierced and by a few of the things that went on sexually. I didn't like rushed kidnapping story right at the very end the mystery as to who's stealing money from the company wasn't very suspenseful.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Same review here.


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INTO PASSION'S DAWN by Michele DuBarry

into passion's dawn StarPUBLISHER: Star, 1981
ISBN: 035230913X
GENRE: Historical Romance
SETTING: England, Scotland, 1802-1806
SERIES: The Loves of Angela Carlyle, #1
PURCHASE: link
MY GRADE: A-

FROM PUBLISHER:
An unselfish motive led lovely fifteen-year-old Angela Carlyle to consummate a brazen bargain in Lord Harrington's bedchamber. But the wedding night unleashed anothers conniving lust, planting the seeds of passion in Angela's breast. And thus her new life began, a tumultuous story of lost innocence and restless desire, sweeping the beautiful Angela into a world of flesh and fear. For the fire, which consumed her, could be quenched by one man alone-the man she both detested and desired.



PARTIAL SPOILER SUMMARY:
EXTREME BODICE RIPPER ALERT! Brace yourselves. I've stumbled upon the most effed up over-the-top anti-hero ever, but I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll detail the abusive stuff below.

Black-haired, light blue-eyed Angela meets the seventy-something year old Lord Percival 'Percy' Harrington at her parents home when she was ten. He's a distant cousin by marriage to her mother. Five years later, she realizes her father is running out of money so she doesn't know what else to do but write to Percy and let him know, in a roundabout way, she needs money. He visits and lets her know that if she wants money, she has to marry him. She's horrified at the thought, since she's only fifteen, and lets him know it. He's described as being tall, fat, with yellow, tobacco-stained broken teeth. She agrees to it and before the wedding, she meets his son, Scott, one day when she's outside. That's when his obsession with her begins. He's ten years her senior and has brown hair and brown eyes.

On their wedding night, she lays in bed and waits for Percy. He arrives drunk and passes out. Out of the darkness appears Scott. He tells her he drugged his father and that he's going to rape her right in the bed with him passed out. He rips her gown off, she claws his face and bites his lip. He flings her off of him, hitting her in the face in the process. He throws her on the bed, she claws his back, he calls her a bitch and ties her hands to the headboard, then rapes her. She bleeds heavily for a hour. The next morning Percy wakes up thinking they'd had sex.

Soon after that incident she finds a diary in the house that belonged to Scott's aunt Blanche. It talks about how Scott was unwanted, neglected, ignored, and she begins to feel sympathy for him but hates him with a passion at the same time. We never learn exactly what went on in his childhood. We just know that he and his father hate each other. She took the diary to him and he had the nerve to proposition her- have sex with him willingly or he'd continue to rape her. She doesn't agree to it.

His abuse towards her is off the charts from then on out. He continues to drug (more likely have a servant do it) his father every night, her too sometimes, and sneak into her bedroom through a secret underground tunnel that leads to his own house on the property and rape her.

She shot him once when she realized she'd been drugged by him. He smacked her twice, put her over his knee and whipped her until his arm hurt, then raped her. Another time Angela insults him and he calls her a bitch and slut, carries her into the ocean and drops her in, right as she was telling him she was pregnant. He rescues her then and they get in bed and have sex, her supposedly not remembering the near drowning. She's as mentally screwed up as him for saying that him doing that was partially her fault for 'goading' him into anger. Another time, Scott sneaks into her room and finds her in bed with her friend, Keith. He beats the heck out of him and smacks Angela. Now for the worst of his abuse- right after beating Keith up, he tied Angela to the bed, with Keith passed out on the floor, and began biting her all over- lips, breast, neck, nipples, everywhere! He turned her over and alternated between beating her with her quirt (short riding crop) and raping her. He heated his signet ring in the fire and branded her butt cheek with it. If ever a hero needed a bullet to the brain, it's him. At some point in the book Keith smacks and rapes Angela once too.

He kidnaps her at her wedding to Keith and takes her to Scotland. At this point, she's nineteen. She becomes pregnant again. He's trying hard to get her to marry him but she refuses. He tells her that he'll take her home to England but the children have to stay with him. She says and they begin a consentual sexual relationship with each other. She finds happiness with him and agrees to marry him and that's how the book ends.

MY THOUGHTS:
Nothing shocks me in old historicals anymore but there were several moments in this book that made my jaw drop and eyes pop. Scott is beyond disturbed. Unfortunately for the reader, we never learned what happened to him in his childhood that helped turn him into the jealous, possessive monster he became. He's really arrogant too.

Poor Angela sees herself as an 'unwilling captive of desire and revenge'. She's very spirited and feisty, not passive at all. She hates yet loves him and he won't let her break free. There are periods of consentual sex between them throughout the story. She has a sexual relationship with three men and never has sex with her elderly husband, who's not in the story much.

There was a part in here where she's kidnapped by a highwayman named Jack Newton, who's forty years old. She's about seventeen. He's not abusive while he's holding her for ransom for six weeks. They become lovers, even though they're both married. He eventually hangs for his crime. This part became boring to me once he was captured and went to trial.

I like warped romances and this one fit the bill. Same review here.