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The Scent and Other Stories: The Dark Side of Love by [Phil Slattery]

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The Scent and Other Stories: The Dark Side of Love Kindle Edition

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Length: 81 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 15 - 18
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Amazon reader Edward Z gives The Scent and Other Stories five stars and comments:

Love hurts.
August 19, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
A collection of short stories about love, relationships, and romance that are all dark, uncomfortable, and/or violent.

Most of the stories seemed more concerned with catching the mood and emotions of the characters than having much plot, but since they are very well written I still enjoyed them. The Scent does this the best, the main character is just longing to know what happened to the woman he was once with, and what would have become of them if they had stayed together.

Several of the others feature darker characters, whether it is hidden or not. Infidelity, violent acts, manipulation... The author's love of dark and twisted characters is all here, with a bit more subtlety to it.

The story Decision deals with some language that made me feel pretty uncomfortable, as one character's racism was on full display. It's a good tale of forbidden love although it pretty much goes how anyone reading it will think it goes.

The stories sometimes end abruptly so that may annoy some. Also, they aren't big on plot but focus instead on the character's thoughts and desires. But I feel they accomplish what the author set out to do.

From the Author

The inspiration for these stories comes from a wide variety of sources.  Most of them are somehow rooted in, or at least touch on, personal experience, though I usually took the  experience and, after asking myself "what if...", carried it a step or two further.

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  • File Size : 1299 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 81 pages
  • ASIN : B01N7AA1E4
  • Publisher : Phil Slattery; 1st edition (November 24, 2016)
  • Publication Date : November 24, 2016
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
  • Customer Reviews:
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