Deviant (Blood & Roses series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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What is going on with this new trend of short chapter novellas???? I must learn to pay attention to length of book before I purchase...
STOP it...just Stop!!! Wait and get a full length novel put together and then release your work. Stop trying to rake us readers over the coals by writing a bunch of short installments and charging a full length novel price...
Just to be clear... I HATE THIS TREND!! Hate...did I mention how much I HATE this installment trend??
Ok, moving on....
So, after finishing Deviant, I have discovered that it is basically Part 1. There is another part coming out but I have not been able to track down a release date...the only thing I do know is that at the abrupt end of Deviant, there is a short blurb that tells me the author hopes I am joining Zeth and Sloane for the next installment of their Deviant Journey....well... I will...Maybe.. Eventually. When all of the "installments" are released and either a box set comes out, or the price reflects what Iam buying. It really pisses me off that authors are charging what they are charging for basically 4 chapters of what could be a really good novel.
With that being said, I can't say I didnt enjoy the writing, the plot was good, it was twisted and I loved the characters. I am giving it 3 stars because I really hate the installments, and had the author waited and put all of her installments into a full length novel (or 2) this could of easily been a 4.5-5 star book...
At the time of this post the book is on sale for .99...I wish I had waited to purchase it.
Yes, I'm frustrated. Yes, I know that this review is harsh and I'm usually not one to spill this amount of anger to a review page. I've left a few comments before on this issue with a few other authors but have only left small comments voicing irritation. What has me more reactionary on this one is that the others were mundane. They were forgettable. The writing was mediocre at best and that made it easy to walk away from the pricing. This series is a good one. The writing is great and darnit.. I'm peeved that I'm not going to finish it. And I'm so, so sick of writers selling themselves short with this crap!! If this were boxed up as a set and priced accordingly then I'd happily praise the author for coming to her senses, delete this review and replace it with the glowing review I had in mind before I stumbled onto the pricing for 3-6. And then I would immediately purchase that set and happily finish this story and hope and pray that she'd done the same for the Rebel series. I would also likely include this author in my list to purchase any further novels on preorder. Until then, I'll just have to use my imagination to fill in the rest of the story.
5 stars for the story, -3 for the pricing/installment insanity.
It starts with Sloan entering a hotel to have a rendezvous with a stranger in exchange for information on her missing sister. Though she's desperate to find out what happened to Alexis, Sloan has never done anything like this. And I don't mean meet a stranger in a hotel. I mean ANYTHING. She's a 23 year old virgin. Of. Course. And she swallows her pride to find anything to do with her missing sister. Oh here we go again... Why is some innocent female always doing stuff to save a sick grandma, or pay for her uncle's liver transplant, or find her missing sister blah blah blah...
Right here I almost stopped reading...
Add on that Sloan is feeling oh so guilty for selling herself for information and not even getting it. She's judgmental of women who sleep their way to the top When she finally (sort of ) tells her best friend Pippa, all she does is regret Sloan not having the candles and roses and all the othergarbage we sell girls (and incidentally don't sell to boys as if their virginity is less important. Oh no, boys are taught to bang everything with 2 legs...and that's OK... I'm annoyed with Sloan's "oh pity me b/c I "gave away" my virginity...Oh shut up! ::eye roll::)
And then there's the mysterious stranger that is actually not an pain in the rear. He has his kinks, sure, but he's all about getting HER off...OK, score one for that reason. He's gentle and tells her to own him, or he'll own her. Well OK, now we're talking. I do, however wonder what he would have done if some woman who was secure in her own sexuality had taken him up on that offer. Most men run screaming for the hills at a confident and (sexually) liberated woman...
What he isn't is abusive or mean. And he doesn't know she's a virgin b/c she doesn't tell him. Seriously?! There's not one single virgin on this planet that doesn't speak up when the time comes, desperation or not.
When he's done he leaves the hotel, but he lingers. He doesn't want to leave (particularly since he was her first and it was LIKE THIS), and there's some internal struggle with what just happened. OK, score a point for this guy...
Aside from this, I actually identified with Zeth (his name is given later). Now I'm not a hired assassin, but I get where he's coming from in a few ways. He's definitely kinky (score point), is unapologetic about his kinks (score point), only pushes as far as his partner will allow (score point) and regrets little (score point). He might not be Mr. Innocent, but he has a huge issue with kidnapping and selling girls. THIS is why I kept reading. Kudos to the author for not being one of THOSE types of writers.
I do take points away from him for saying Sloan is not a moron for finding out he killed someone and being scared of him. He says a small percent of women wouldn't care, and they're "bleeping mental" because of it. OK, so you're not mental for killing someone, but a woman is mental if she's not afraid of you??!? Hello hypocrisy! I'm not afraid of very much in this world, thank you very much. I've seen and done too much. If I found out a man killed another to save his own life I'd be fine with it...hey, it's kill or be killed. It's not the fact of killing someone, it's WHY they did it. I'd do what I had to, too just to not die...
I've been afraid of trying new things like Sloan once upon a time, but I lived a little and now I'm much better for it. And stop saying it takes strength to be submissive. It takes nothing...nothing at all to get on your knees and say yes, and everything to stand up, look someone in the eye and say "No".
However, it does take strength to try something new, so kudos to Sloan for that (and for wearing what you know he likes b/c you actually DO want to try something new. Now THAT is courageous...)
Just b/c a woman isn't scared of someone doesn't make her mental. And just b/c a woman isn't reacting to someone "scarey" doesn't mean she isn't scared or doesn't have a sense of self preservation. . Feeling and acting on an emotion are two different things.
Not running away doesn't mean one's guard is down or that they're a "moron/unhinged". Any man (or woman for that matter) who wants you to be scared of them is weak themselves. What kind of person needs to be feared in order to feel powerful?
I do like how Sloan pushed her own boundaries and how Zeth didn't force her to do/try anything she wasn't ready to. Truth be told, I've been on both sides of this fence. I know what both sides are like, so it's nice to read about both instead of it being so one sided. It's also nice to read about a guy pushing his own boundaries. Rarely does this show up in these kinds of books. Too often it's about pushing her and he's too one dimensional. It's refreshing to read about a guy letting down his walls/guard as much as she does. I didn't like how, instead of going to the police and turning this guy in - which in turn would work toward finding her sister and busting the sex trade ring right open - she selfishly wastes time by indulging in her fantasies. Hey, it's great that she's expanding her mind, but she shouldn't be doing it at the cost of letting her sister suffer any longer than she has to.
I also don't really get the Lacey character. Perhaps I missed it, but why is she living with Zeth? What's she to him, b/c it's obvious via the text and his thoughts that she's not a girlfriend and they've never slept together. It seems she's only there as a reason to bring Zeth to the hospital where Sloan is an ER doctor. Gee, for a doctor Sloan is kind of a naive idiot...
So is Zeth really deviant with his knife play, 4-somes and ankle/wrist cuffs? Well if you're Sloan and it's your first rodeo, sure, I suppose he is LOL.... But I guess it's a matter of perspective.
There's a slight cliffhanger at the end of the book but I'm not motivated enough by this one to continue with the series...