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- Print Length: 271 pages
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- Publisher: Mayhem Erotica Publishing (August 13, 2013)
- Publication Date: August 13, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EKLM6VG
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,369 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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To start with and probably most importantly, it's never said but I'm gonna have to assume that Casey has some sort of preternatural power of super-empathy, because nothing in the book makes any sense otherwise. If she doesn't then she just fell in love with a man who, in their single 30 minute interaction, forced her to jack him off in front of a crowd while calling her a whole slew of horrible names. She in turn told him he was a beautiful, sweet man. (WTF!?) So unless she can magically see through his behaviours, to his kernel of true-self she is either really, really stupid or masochistic.
What's more, her main strength seems to be in her ability to accept any verbal abuse thrown at her with aplomb and willingly offer up, "anything you need, baby." Now, I get that this is supposed to show how much she loves Kel and maybe how brave she is. But what it mostly says to me is that she must be one of those women who is so desperate for a man that she will do, become and take anything without complaint. It makes me wonder if she really has any sense of self herself. And while we kind of find out what warped Kel (and I say kind of because it's not a complete explanation) we don't really find out what whacked Casey out. Which suggests that we're not supposed to see her behaviour as inappropriate. (WTF!?) We do get a little of her sob story, but I couldn't see how it would result in her willingness to accept Kel's shit (and it is shit) so openly.
I did really like her ability to banter though. She didn't have Kel's foul language, but she had no problem slinging a one-shot back at him on occasion. This verbal sparring between the two of them was by far the best part of the book. And it's good.
Kel in turn swung wildly from angst, clingy teenager to angry, dangerous alpha man with a tenuous grasp on sanity and back again, over and over. Now I'll give you that when he was in his charming, boyish charm phase he was about as cute as they come. In these moments I really loved him. I even kinda liked his weird clingy, needy side. It was creepy as hell, but still kinda cute. Unfortunately his angry instability was truly scary and his inability to go two sentences without calling Casey some foul name often curled my toes...and not in a good way.
The thing is though, even though his language was deplorable and Casey didn't deserve to be called all the names she did, it generally just boiled down to a whole heck of a lot of dirty talk. Because the actual sex was pretty clean. It never actually crossed into abusive, as his verbal description would suggest. Plus, even as he was playing Mr. Dominance he never failed to worship Casey and be honest about how much he needed/wanted her, which made it quite obvious that all of the mastery he held in their sexual relation was given to him by her. I found this dynamic darned sexy.
This book is in desperate need of a little world building. It's set in 2023, so I accept that there should have been some social evolution and scientific advancements. But the reader isn't ever told what these might be. Everyone did seem to accept the whole 'a secret organisation experimented on me and is currently hunting me' with awe-inspiring ease. Not a single person raised an eyebrow at the fact that Kel had some strange sensory issue going on and apparently displayed regular feats of strength on stage, not to mention some truly horrific social skills.
I also have to wonder if another thing that isn't said, but must be true, is that people are...I don't know, educated in their sleep or something. I mean Kel was apparently kept in a cage with a filthy, blood stained mattress and little else. So if his basic hygiene wasn't worth taking into consideration I can't imagine his education was either. But somehow he was a genius--able to create mysterious genetic cures and micro technologies. How did he learn these skills?
I think the best way to describe this book is what happily ever after would look like if two damaged nymphomaniacs found each-other. The actual sic-fi aspect of the story is a...well, a Hot Mess. It's never explained what the secret organisation was actually trying to accomplish with Kel, for example, or what the mysterious 'serum' does to a person, or how the cure reverses it, or why Kel needs touch, or what will happen if he goes without it, or why it hurts, or why he treats women so badly. But the sex is a lot of fun, and for all their many faults, Kel and Casey are too.
Casey, our heroine, was fantastic. She was smart, kind, comforting, and strong. She was a total good girl. Yes, she had her own dark secrets from her past and has struggled and made herself better but she is the complete opposite of our hero. Kel, our hero...well, he shows us his tender side (see below), his gorgeous and built, and very confident (see below). He has been tortured and believes his first true-love (he doesn't call her that) has been killed by him. Damaged soul doesn't even begin to cover him. The smex scenes were the best part of the whole book. They were erotic and raunchy and absolutely perfect. Even the tender love-making between Casey and Kel caused my pulse to race. Kel is also extremely protective of Casey (and his son he thought was dead) and it is beautiful to see such a damaged person care about someone else so much. Overall, this was a graphic and raw book that had a lot of potential and I will try the next book by this author, just to see if the writing gets better. I loved the surprise pregnancy thrown in as well (see below).
What Didn't Work For Me:
Kel is Bad A**...to the point I almost wanted to choke him out. Seriously. CHOKE. HIM. OUT. And not in a dominatrix way, but in an I-can't-believe-you-said-that-you-total-douche-bag-she's-too-good-for-you kind of way. He cries way too much (once would be fine but he seems to have constant tear-duct leaks during the course of the book). The way he talks to the heroine, well, that's just not cool, no matter how understanding Casey seems to be. Had a man talked to me that way outside of smex, trust me, he's gonna be on the ground crying like a little girl. The plot would've been very good had it not been so choppy. It didn't quite flow and smoothly as I like and a little more back-story would have been helpful in understanding Kel. This had almost a futuristic feel to it, which wasn't bad but it seemed to ride a fine line between futuristic and contemporary that leaves you slightly confused.
The heroine is without ovaries at the beginning of this book but because of an experimental serum injected into her, he ovaries grow back. She gets pregnant (to her, and my, delight) This gives you the feeling this book takes place more in the future than the present, especially with the advanced healing properties, and accelerated aging. END SPOILERS***
Would I Recommend This Book:
Possibly, to the right person who didn't mind this type of raw and gritty read.
Final Star Rating:
3 of 5 stars
There were times that I assumed certain things just to be proven wrong in time, yet nothing was explained to me! I'm sorry but if I explained in detail what I'm talking about they would be major spoilers & I don't want to upset anyone.
Without giving too much away,.....I assumed that the h had some kind of "special" power or at least some 6th sense. Hmmmm, no. That isn't true. Yet it was never clearly explained WHY she said some of the things she said to the Hero or did some of the things she did for the Hero. It never gave any explanation as to why the H & h were so drawn to each other. Am I to believe that she just somehow knew the right things (completely bizarre things because of the REASON the Hero had these issues, which the h didn't know about in the first place!) to say and do with the devastated broken Hero?? The hero's issues were so original and far fetched that without the h having some kind of power or connection with the H she just would NOT have known to say and do the things she did.
Yes, I know it's fiction, I know fantasy isn't always based on reality BUT if you're going to write out your own reality please EXPLAIN IT. I have no problem with unrealistic scenarios and plot lines, but the author has to explain them to me. That's the only way I can enjoy it. :(
I wasn't going to review this but I felt I should give a warning that there are so many confusing unexplained things in this book. That isn't even my opinion, it's a FACT. I KNOW there are readers out there that will feel the way I do.
Another reviewer expressed perfectly my own thoughts about this book in her review. She was much better spoken than me. :/
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