There are occasions that life throws you some scary ass pleasure- no dear friends I’m not talking 50 shades style! Robert Bryndza’s Erika Foster novels are such scary ass pleasures that I have on occasion dreamed about them! I also picked the lovely protagonist’s name for new baby born in August! Getting an ARC of Last Breath is like Christmas come early!!! Stay posted for the review and I’ll post the review of Dark Water!!! It’s chilling…
Before The Dawn by Jake Woodhouse. ARC recieved for fair review!
Before The Dawn is a great read!!!! Now normally I read the blurb of a book and the decide yeah I like the sound of that I’ll give it a go. But 4/5 don’t live up to that initial promise. But Before The Dawn more than did I’m please to say, the crimes themselves are chilling and Jaap’s investigative style is a pleasant change from the usual tortured alcoholic policeman! There is one complaint I have- it’s not really a complaint though because it’s a delayed pleasure at least for me- this is the 3rd book in a quartet! Therefore the issues of the past that continue to trouble Jaap and his girlfriend Tanya make for a slightly frustrating read- you began to feel that reading the first two would make this a much smoother read.
The only real criticism of this book is the volume of characters introduced- it is slightly overwhelming at points and meant I couldn’t read this when I was tired! As the reader you’re not certain if these characters are important and therefore need to be remembered or if they are incidental and therefore can be case aside! That said the story is really good and being set in the Netherlands really makes for a fresh change- not the moody and twisted scandy noir or the addict ridden divorcee policeman of Britain. It’s a really well written book and although I couldn’t testify to this, it seems to be well researched, as far as the Netherlands and that society!
So this book was enjoyable, the story was really engaging and kept me reading longer than I should have! It’s not five stars only because it seems to need the reader to have read the previous two books in the series- I therefore believe that if the last book in the quartet is as good as this- and of course bearing in mind I haven’t read the first two, this series could be a five star quartet! The writing is top class and Woodhouse really knows his audience, in that he knows just how to pace the story without making you feel it’s too slow and you want to give up or that it’s too fast and therefore lacking in depth! That is a talent because the genre of crime fiction is overloaded with poorly paced books with excellent stories!!
Now I’m off to buy the first two in the series and I wait very impatiently for the last in the series to see how it turns out for Jaap and Tanya!
I am a big bad blogger- I’m idle and guilty of self pity. But after what can only be described as a difficult year here I am trying again in the spirit of Robert the Bruce. Enough about me…
In a year where we have all seen the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, the beach attack in Tunisia, the bombing of the Russian airline and then the Paris massacre; amongst the countless atrocities in the Middle East. The question put to British Parliament on Wednesday was to Bomb or not to Bomb those Terrorists in Syria. I refuse to give name to this group, they are just the worst example of the human race and fly in the face of all that Islam stands for. But for the British Parliament to ask the question again; just makes me wonder what these people who want to bomb think it will do! Bombs no matter what any military person tells you, do not win a war. Boots on the ground do that!
Have the British Government learned nothing in the 14 years since 9/11, violence begets violence. We make ourselves more unsafe in the short term by bombing a country to dust along with its citizens. The sabre rattling does nothing to stop the funding of those terrorists nor does it stop the radicalisation of British Muslims. I am by no means a pacifist sometimes military action is not only the last means but should be the first resort especially in cases like Bosnia and Rwanda. Where we in Europe failed, as did the United States to respond adequately and quickly enough to stop genocide.
In the case of Syria, to stop the maniacs you need to take the fuel from them. That is money and the civil war! Assad fuels the fire by his undemocratic rule and war crimes against the opposition but while chaos reigns in Syria terrorism is a threat to us all. And money from oil, taxes, ransom, donations, selling of antiquities and robbing banks will not be completely stopped by bombs. Bombs only work in conjunction with effective ground troops and intelligence otherwise you are bombing almost blind and thats when innocence is lost. We then become the crusading anti-islam western forces. The terrorists portray us as! I wish people in Parliament put as much effort into humanitarian efforts and cutting off the money; as they do with the rush to bombing.
I am pleased my local MP voted against the bombing. But my heart breaks for those people in Syria, living in what can only be described as hell on earth made no safer by British Bombs. All we can really hope for is that Governments around the world agree on workable future for Syria, the way they joined together for bombing. That way we can all go about our daily lives free of fear of lone wolf killers stalking our streets.
Vouloir by J.D. Chase Review
So happily and thankfully I received an ARC copy of this fantastic new book from the author herself. I’ve been a fan of her writing since she introduced the world to Xander Rhodes and this new book Vouloir follows on at a slight tangent from the Rouge Passion Series. I am happy report that this new offering is actually even better than I’d hoped.
That’s a big relief on two counts; one you don’t want to have expectations knocked down, it’s deflating and two you don’t want to have say the book is not that great. However relief washed over me about 10 pages in and had me hooked and this first book in the Passion Noire Series far exceeded expectations. The market in erotic fiction has been saturated since 50 shades appeared, thankfully not all books have had such infantile themes and terrible writing. But the main issue was always why read a constant stream of the same formula rehashed. Well in this instance J. D. Chase has done something remarkable, Vouloir is fresh, new and addictive.
She has given the world La Veuve Noire, a sex therapist, come Domme, who happens to run a club for the more sexually liberated. Veuve is not a one dimensional character of a woman, in need of rescuing from a man. In fact she is revealed at a controlled pace to be much, much more than at first she appears. She is strong, powerful and she knows it; basically everything that’s been missing from the erotic fiction market.
This book is not a scene by scene account of sex in different guises, it more refined in very unpretentious way. Dean the sexy bartender from the Rouge Passion Series opens the door on this world due to his disastrous encounter with Isla in the previous series. Interestingly although a character from the other series is the entrance to this world, the other books don’t have to be read to enjoy this book. (Although I highly encourage reading them if only to bring Xander Rhodes to a wider audience!) In agreeing to help Dean; Veuve introduces the world of BDSM in a more interesting and real way than many other books in the genre have. Its shown in all its discomforting glory, but however uncomfortable it may make you feel; the writer has made aspects of the unpalatable: palatable. She uses pace with great effect; in controlling the readers knowledge of the world, using BDSM less as shock factor and more of a ‘it exists get over it’, allowing for a story to be told.
The relationships between Veuve and men are diverse, between Dean, ‘the Kid’ and Jones the ex-commando a lot of bases are covered. The point is to show that women are more than simply an prop for expressions of male sexuality. Her relationship with Jones has the most potential as its not a opposites attract mentality, its like vs like; I for one am very interested to see how a strong sexually sure man navigates a relationship with a woman who requires the ultimate in submission from him.
It goes without saying this book isn’t for the easily offended, but if you come across these types of books its a fair assumption your reading tastes are not of the Little Women variety. But this book manages through the skill of the writer to inject fresh ideas into a very saturated market of prince charming being over taken with ‘Love’ for needy women who manage to change their sexual proclivities over night. Vouloir is fresh, interesting, gripping and well written with great pace. Overall its just MORE and by that I mean it hits more than the erotic fiction mark, its a study on the motivators of human sexuality without being heavy and dull. If your anything like me it’ll get inside your head and make you think after you put it down.
I just can’t wait for the follow up: Falloir, if this offering is anything to go by it promises much. Once again i’m full of expectations and my anticipation is rising…