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The Story of X: An Erotic Tale Paperback – April 2, 2013
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A. J. Molloy is the pseudonym of a bestselling novelist who lives in London.
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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:
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"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."
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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!!!!
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"You know, if I was vulgar, I could call you a stubborn cow."
I looked at him.Read more ›
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.
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.
"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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. I'm not one who reads erotica but this novel had a terrific and moving plot. Very glad it caught my eye.Published 19 months ago by J. Kaye Smith
This book was ??? I don't even know how to describe it ! boring! Unbelievable! I guess u could say dark!! But there was no connection with the characters! Read morePublished 22 months ago by mar
It is a tastefully written novel in which the eroticism proves once again that it's the female authors are the ones who truly write the most "authentic" renditions of... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Howard B. Wescott
Ok...where do I begin?? ummm....well I guess by explaining why I actually bought this book in the first place, and that would be because it promise a dose of Italy, sex and the... Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Ana Maria Rivera Casco
Not what I figured, it's okay. A lot of history and too much detail to unwanted detail. Not a Dan, but it was okayPublished on November 14, 2013 by Dena Schibell
It reminded me of the "Davinci Code" with a touch of erotica thrown in. It was a great read. Highly recommend.Published on September 19, 2013 by Nida Young
I personally like my romance/erotica to have a good story in addition to the sex scenes, and especially to be well written. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by NJWoman
This book has been sitting on my nook for so long I'm not sure how much I paid or if it was free! I'm trying to clear out my backlog :)
Now I wish I had read it when I... Read more
not a bad book but not something that I would recommend to anyone to read just a little too erotic for me.Published on August 16, 2013 by Ruth Vance