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A. J. Molloy is the pseudonym of a bestselling novelist who lives in London.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006226852X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062268525
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #454,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Lovetoread (a.k.a La Lionne) on January 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Could someone please explain to me what this book is about?

I'm gonna break it down for ya quickly.

The heroine, X, is the stupidest thing I have ever had "pleasure" of reading about.

I'm not going to waste my time describing her. Here are some of her lines:
* * *
"Um..." I am flustered, stammering like a fool. Glansing at both my mom and Marcus. "Um.. Ah.. Uh..."

"Mom, this is... Marc. He's a... He's a..." Spit it out. "He's a friend, um... a friend I made here... I mean."

"Marc, I... God... I... I want... I just, I'm sorry... I... I wonder... What are you doing?"

"But Marc, but Marc... I can't... I..."

"Where? I... I... I don't... Oh, yes..." I see. Yes, I see."
* * *

Marcus: Creepy, perverse, billionaire/Mafioso, weird ass lord of the underground sex cult. The mafia element, which intrigued me at the beginning, totally confused towards the end. Was it mafia gang turned into sex cult, or sex cult became mafia?

He tells her she can't be with him unless she is initiated in to the "brotherhood" or what ever the hell that was. The whole thing got scarier by the page.

The writing: horrendous. If you haven't got that from heroine's lines, here is some more:

"We got back in his car and drove to his palazzo and then we parked by the rear door, in the dark, and we got out - and suddenly he picked me up and turned me around and threw me over the hood of the car and lifted up my dress and yanked down (blah blah blah happening) me from behind, over his beautiful Mercedes sports." - And all that happened in one f-ing sentence, and a lousy one at that!!!!

* * *
"You know, if I was vulgar, I could call you a stubborn cow."
I looked at him.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Biddy R on February 14, 2013
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I purchased this looking for erotic romance and was pretty disappointed. The romance aspect was ok, but the "erotic" writing left me cold. It seemed very clinical and almost as if the author was trying to follow a formula she/he was uncomfortable with. The storyline was promising and I found the best part of the book were the descriptions of Italian towns, customs and history. The mysteries were mysterious all right, it was a mystery to me that the "rituals" were ascribed any sort of power or significance. Weird, and leading to nothing as far as I could see, especially (spoiler alert) the sixth mystery. I found the whole book unsatisfying and difficult to engage with.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sare on January 4, 2013
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Well, after reading the positive reviews for this book and reading the sample, I decided to give this book a try. I really wish I hadn't. It was not well written. Sure, the grammar was fine but there were pages and pages of boring and endless descriptions that had no relevance to the plot at all. I found myself skimming pages at a time, finding bits of plot here and there.
The book should have focused more on the relationship between the two characters than on every little detail of every wall in every street of Italy.
Speaking of the relationship, it was totally unbelievable, the only thing more unbelievable being the "Mysteries" plot they were involved in. It started out being a little kinky and erotic but then became more and more twisted, until it just became disturbing and upsetting and ridiculous.
This author obviously has some sick fantasies - she really ought to keep them in her mind and not taint her novels with them.
I like sexy and kinky and erotic but repeated rape by strangers as part of some "noble ritual"? I think not.
What a huge waste of money and may I ask - how did this book even get published????
So many good books and authors out there having to self publish when this trite is being sold in book stores....I don't get it.
Unless rape turns you on, I would avoid this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By goblynn on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
If you liked Fifty Shades, you'll like this. If you like real erotica, move on.

I bought X based on a review, grouping this book in with well-known titles (think Story of O, the Sleeping Beauty trilogy), and figured it must be good, considering the company it kept. Boy, was I wrong. It's Fifty Shades "lite": less lengthy, slightly less creeptastic. Our heroine is a college student. (But wait, she's NOT a virgin!) Our hero is filthy rich. (But he's less insane than his Fifty Shades counterpart.) There's the expected, repeated name-dropping of famous labels (clothes, cars) and the complete, mind-blowing devotion to a man she has JUST MET, yet considers her soulmate. This girl is twenty-one, and blindly follows a veritable stranger anywhere, promising to do anything to be with/stay with/keep him. I won't go into the "plot" because...well, there's so little to tell, and if I tell you anything, you've lost the whole book. Erotic? Hardly. There's a lot of tab A/slot B going on here (the F-word is not a free pass, it's a shortcut, and NOT an erotic one). If you really want something to titillate, keep searching.

If I could return it, I would. If I could forget it ever existed, I wouldn't miss it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog on April 24, 2013
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Reviewed by Guest Reviewer/Jennifer & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

"It's one of the most unique romances I've read in a long time." ~Under the Covers

Alexandra Beckmann, also known as X, is an American graduate student working on her thesis in Naples, Italy. She's there to study the Camorra, an Italian crime organization, but also wants to take in the gritty nature of Naples, one of the most un-touristy cities in Italy. She and her Brit friend, Jessica, spy a man while having drinks in a café. He is the infamous billionaire, Lord Marcus Roscarrick, a beautiful, seductive member of the Neapolitan aristocracy. He is immediately drawn to X, and they begin a passionate affair. X is no innocent, but she's far from experienced in the realm of sexual pleasure. Marc vows to introduce her to pleasure beyond what she has ever known; to be his lover, she must enter his mysterious world, a exclusive realm of sexual ritual that has its origins in antiquity. Her indoctrination is not without danger, as Marc has a mysterious past of his own.

I had no idea what to really expect going into The Story of X. With the explosion of "billionaire BDSM dabbler meets innocent college girl" plots lately, I guess I assumed that this would be another variation on the popular theme. And it was, but I was really surprised with this one! A.J. Molloy writes in first person, which happens to be a favorite perspective of mine, so kudos for that. I don't care if it's the stamp of teen fiction, I love it! It's angsty and real and draws me in. She also has a stream of consciousness style, which makes for some interestingly long and wordy sentences, but I found that they worked and propelled the action in the story once I realized that this was purposeful . X is naïve, but likeable.
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