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- Publication Date: August 15, 2017
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The stories within these pages are breathtakingly twisted and a great way to enjoy current favorite authors and sample new ones.
It's definitely a bargain to have so much talent in one book!
I was never much a fan of anthologies as normally i find the stories can be rushed but i loved this collection of stories.
Most of these authors are new to me, i bought the book as 1, it has two of my favourite authors in it, Yolanda Olson and Elizabeth Cash and 2, the proceeds go to charity, what is not to love.
I found a few new authors to stalk too after reading their stories.
Yolanda Olson always does a great job of putting a story together piece by piece and I loved the anticipation I felt along the way as I read "Wildfire." As the truths came out, it painted Jess and Judge's reality more clearly for me and then things really began to get shocking when they started talking about what was in the backseat! The description made for a very vivid story that was quite incredible.
The final installment from Erin Trejo was a terrific ending to the anthology. It was a powerful tale of blood lust and darkness that completed things nicely.
This was a fabulous dark anthology that I truly enjoyed and recommend.
Taking You Home by Elizabeth Cash
Should have there been warning signs? Damn... You must be careful who you go home with. Marlow was a character that could have been any man you meet. Really he could be any stranger--meaning man or woman. It seemed that his way of life was learned. His parents weren’t good people. Poor Aubrey choose the wrong to get tangled in the sheets with. It seems that Marlow needs the thrill of the kill to feel whole. And Aubrey is just the latest victim among many.
The Man in the Dark by Destiny Hawkins
Arissa has a past like no other. Her brother, Jack, snapped one day and killed their mother and continued with his breakfast. Now, she is dealing with some unknown figure hiding in the shadows. It is almost little cloak and dagger. Lyla, the girl Arissa is involved with, comes back into her life and she must decide whether have her go or keep her around.
Apparently, the supposed Shadow is Arrisa. I don't know if it is some split in her personality but it is rather tragic. She ends her relationship with Lyla. So, she could keep the Shadow away. One of the victims, Camila who was currently in the basement, was trying to discuss her situation with Arissa. It didn’t work out for he apparently because the Shadow appeared and took over. When the Shadow took over, it seems Arissa had no control over her thought and/or movements. It was insane and poor Camila died in the process. The twist at the end was crazy. Lyla knew the whole time Arissa had multi-personalities. Lyla apparently developed feelings for the Shadow. The Shadow was her brother Jack… Her real brother, Jack, was actually out in society. He was never in jail but in a damn mental institution. Arissa is about to be killed by her brother. Not her alternate personality. You know what the irony is? Lyla wanted the real Jack and ended up dying by his hands. Like said before, it was crazy. However, it was well written.
Aaron’s Undoing by Reagan Hollow
There is no slow start to this story. It goes in and goes hard. Some people who have horrible break up usually change their hair, go on a trip, or maybe find a rebound. What does Aaron do instead? He takes out his frustration on an innocent victim. Midway through the story, you get a glimpse in how Aaron became such a sexual deviant. It was definitely more nurture. Not nature. Did you just say to be continued? Where is the rest? I was seriously hanging on? I want to know what is Aaron plotting out for his ex, Lacey.
Blind Capture by Virgina Johnson
This story had you working backwards. The readers gets glimpses of what the end already entailed but doesn’t get a hold of what happened fully until the story starts at the beginning. The woman within the story gets in a care with an unknown man and his driver. Seriously? Does she know the man who gave her strict instructions to get in the car. For some reason, the red flags didn’t start to pop until after she was already in the damn car. This is a definite shake your head moment. By the middle of the story, Naomi is being forced into a relationship that she neither wants or can get out of. To her, the online relationship was safer than the one she has now. There are few twist through the middle portion of the story, which did me in. It turns out that Naomi isn’t the only one. There are others who are tested just like Thorn test her and there are others who have their own set of dolls. Apparently, there is a woman by the name of Jennifer who has been treating actual woman like dolls with their own damn dollhouses. When it is all said and done, I’m hoping Naomi kicks Jennifer’s b-u-t-t. I loved the line: Love doesn’t die; people do.
Acquiring August by Erin Lee
At the beginning of the story, you see a woman who seeks out a submissive through the classified ads. In my opinion, there are somethings you should never seek out through the classified ads and sexual relationships is number one. When August, the supposed submissive, described who he is there was a use of D/S. I couldn’t figure it out while both were capitalized until later. The man was a sadist. He loved to make people suffer. August probably believes that he could control the dominant. In the middle portion of the story, it indicated August was a submissive. Yet, I don’t believe it. This is more likely I have to see it to believe it. While reading the story, I was getting the feeling that August and the woman, Gina, he met through the classifieds had some insecurities. The twist at the end of the story, I seriously didn’t see that coming. Gina straight up snapped. She killed August without any care. And even after being placed in a woman's prison, she still was trying to acquire another submissive. I totally was wrong in my assessment of August. He was a submissive but he was just trying to find something to fulfill.
Cataclysmic by Emery Leann
With the beginning started with the thoughts of Joseph who was a true narcissistic prick. He wanted control in all things. Joseph had Lyric, the woman he bought through the dark net, She believed thieve she needed his protection. That didn't make any sense. Joseph treated Lyric the way he wanted not for her own benefit but for his. He didn't want to end up in jail because he bought a person off the dark net. That cheap doesn't fly in the real world.
Now, there is another character within the story. His name is Clive. For generations, his family has tried to cleanse the world of evil. They believe that some one kills are a necessary sacrifice. He need to kill twelve evil individuals before he sacrifices himself as number thirteen. It turns out that Joseph is number twelve on Clive's list. I figured in some way Joseph had to be on the list. The ending was absolutely perfect. Clive and Lyric are together once again and get to live their lives together. Clive is still the chosen one and still has to be make the sacrifice as number thirteen but it doesn't have to be right way.
Loves Me Not by Carissa Ann Lynch
The start of this story reminded me a little of the movie love potion number nine. Jack and Sam have this chemistry which doesn't need any help through a love potion. You can tell Sam once the attention of the one she is already with. For some reason, I already want Sam to dump the guy she is already with and get with Jack.
Apparently, Sam's boyfriend was cheating on her all this time while he has been taking college classes. Ugh... Now, Sam is trying to find a counter spell to the love potion she received. It isn't working out that well for her.
By the end of the story, Sam killed her boyfriend, Zander because he wouldn't leave her alone after the love potion. It turns the feelings that Zander were feeling weren’t coming from a love potion. It is all him. Sam found this out when Jack explained his misdeed and not giving the same a love potion at all. Is it just me but did the love potion, which was spilled work on Jack?
The Girl in the Sand by P. Mattern
Marni met a man by the name of Marcellus and she entered into a sexual agreement. Now, a reader might feel they are stumbling across the next Fifty Shades Grey, which honestly I never read. Marcellus got of the two had a terrible childhood. The orphanage that he was a part of was supposed to run by religious people but they wanted to little boy and girls. When he was older, Marcellus understood the need for power. The need for power was something he had to have in and out of the bedroom. Midway through the book, the reader can see Marcellus is playing Marni. He wanted his cake and eat it too. The whole damn time Marcellus was saying that their sexual relationship is so much deeper. It was nothing but lies. He was playing field and seeing Marni's twin sister Maxi. Is it me or did Marni use her sister to get what she wanted in the end? I mean she already felt betrayed. It can be seen through the past with her Uncle and in the present concerning Marcellus. It seemed like a messed situation.
Strange Bedfellows by Alana Melos
Oh my god... This is how I'm reading the first couple of pages. For some reason, I can't help but laugh. Not at the story but because of the damn irony. The serial killer has to play the hero. So he can finish his dirty deeds in private and have no cops in the mix. Another thing, which I couldn't help but laugh, when "it" was looking for help when the disturbance outside the door went down. However, the serial killer was plain annoyed and was waiting for the disturbance to let up. He tried to shush "it".
The woman, Sean, which the serial killer saved, doesn't have a good track record with men. She seemed to get into some type of physical altercation with man and the serial killer ends up saving the day.
The serial killer, who I forgot to name as John, was wanting to bring Sean into his dark twisted world. So he plans out the kidnapping and hopes everything goes to plan with Sean. It turns out Sean was just as twisted as him and ended up dying by her hands.
The Iron Cross by Ellie Midwood
Jochen was trying to make Marguerite another conquest. I believe it is going to back fire. Jochen seems way too trusting of the devious woman. I don't believe she cared for Jochen. I believe she was just pumping him for information. By the end of the story, you see that Marguerite died to protect Jochen. She died by the hands of his father. How crazy is that?
Wildfire by Yolanda Olson
Have you ever seen a relationship, which you know will end in destruction? Well, it seems like a good example is Jess and her Judge. They are a mission. I can already see this mission going nowhere and some dying. Maybe both kicking the damn bucket. The end was absolutely awesome. I love how it moved forward in time but moved backward as well to give glimpses at what was. There was instances of foreboding but Jess and her Judge just kept on their merry way.
Dark Princess by Erin M. Trejo
Damion wants to find his equal in and out of the bedroom. He believes he found this in Raven. Damion wants Raven to understand that pain can be pleasure. She was somewhat hesitate at first but she came to enjoy it. And above, Damion found is dark princess.
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This anthology is looking very promising as I work my way through the short stories.Read more