Thursday, 30 October 2014

REVIEW: This Dark Shade (Dark Stirrings #1) Author: Alex Demasi & London Beck

Title: This Dark Shade (Dark Stirrings #1)
Author: Alex Demasi & London Beck
Genre: Dark Erotica, Suspense
Publication Date: October 30 2014
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This Dark Shade is a work of dark erotica, horror and suspense, the first offering from debut authors Alex Demasi and London Beck in the Dark Stirrings series of novella collections. 

COLD, SO COLD by Alex Demasi 

What Maria needs to help her get over the loss of her husband, Sophie insists, is a trip across the world to go tramping in New Zealand's dark, bush-clad hills. But why did Sophie also insist that shy, awkward William come with them too? And when William takes it into his head to help Maria get out of her soaking clothes, she finds herself on the run, in the dark and the rain, falling into a ghostly world of unrequited passion, haunted by a dark spirit whose lust can only be sated with sex and blood, all the while learning the terrible truth that this has all happened before, and that her lost husband may not be lost, or worse, may be more lost than she could ever imagine. 

"The weight of unknown past lives hung heavy on her soul as she reached out to caress his cheek, enduring the chill of his skin beneath her fingers. She leaned closer, close enough to smell his scent of sweat and wood and smoke and tea. Close enough to kiss. She brushed her lips against his, breathing his breath, tasting his despair. Stuart pulled away and Maria gasped, the feeling of his lips on hers so real, yet so, so cold." 

RIDING HOOD by London Beck 

Hannah is hitch-hiking to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin in the hope of reconciling with her estranged childhood friend, Lacey, when she’s picked up by Paul Abner, a smoulderingly hot older man, who offers her a lift. But Hannah’s sudden violent attraction to Abner panics her, causing her to sneak away when the pair stop for gas. Only, when Hannah arrives at the cabin in the woods a day later, Abner is already there, waiting for her, and Hannah’s friend is nowhere to be found… 

"I am on the brink of pain. Of undoing. It is exquisite. His breath is warm on my neck, each exhalation a shock in the cold night air. We are two beasts, male and female, coupling in the forest. I am infused with lust. I hear his grunt in my ear, the rawness of the sound driving me wild, and the heady musk of sex overwhelming."


This book contains two short novels by Alex Demasi and London Beck, two authors completely new to me but who I definitely want to read more of.

Cold, So Cold wasn’t essentially dark, to me Instead, I would classify it as paranormal. It was extremely well written and the story line hooked me from the very beginning. Maria and William are on a hiking trip with friends, when they stray from the hut they’re staying at and end up in a truly terrifying situation. The lines between the real and 'other' realms blur and they discover how emotions can have 'far reaching' effects. This is a short tale, but suffice to say I was disappointed when it was over! William and Maria are wonderful characters and I hope there will be more from them in the future.

Riding Hood was just as gripping as the first story, but completely dark and erotic in this instance. I was completely engrossed in Hannah and Paul’s ill planned trip, Its put me off venturing out into the wilderness entirely. This was such an adult take on big, bad wolf story and the ending was so fitting. I haven't ever read a retelling if a classic tale that's so good. I can not recommend this book enough to anyone. These maybe short reads but their fantastically well written and I can't wait for more.

***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on behalf of Obsessed by Books ***

Release blitz: SONGBIRD FREED by Lisa Edward

The 3rd and final book in the Songbird Trilogy by Lisa Edward is now LIVE!!!

My name is Tara O’Connell, and I’ve always believed we control our own fate. That life is a journey with many roads, and the choices we make can shape our future.

Life has presented me with two paths and I’ve chosen one.

Was it right? Did I make the best decision?

After the uncertainty of the last twelve months, my destiny is now crystal-clear to me. I have a man I love more than words can express, a thriving business, and the best friends anyone could ask for. But just when I thought I could put the turmoil of my past behind me and move on, a life-changing phone call has rocked me to the core and turned my life upside-down once more.

To make matters worse, influences outside my control have taken hold and are shattering my perfect world.

But some things are worth fighting for.

Dreams can come true and I’ll do everything in my power to make them happen. But dreams can also be smashed into tiny pieces, and no matter how hard we fight or how hard we wish for something to be, sometimes with the hand we’ve been dealt, we can never win.

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Author Bio
While Lisa Edward has called Melbourne Australia home for her entire life, she has lived and worked in England, and travelled through most parts of Europe and the United States. She loves nothing more than spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter, or curling up into the early hours of the morning with a great novel. By day, Lisa works in the analytical IT field, so relishes the opportunity to foster her creative side through writing. Her deep appreciation for literature was nurtured from a young age, being taught to respect books and get lost in their stories. She enjoys reading honest and realistic novels that are relatable, thought provoking and leave a lasting impression. She can’t write without music playing, using the emotions from different songs to invoke that of her characters. Lisa takes inspiration from her own life experiences, the people around her and those she has met in her travels.

Other books in the series

Songbird (Book 1)

Songbird Caged (Book 2)

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