Book Review – Blossom In Winter by Melanie Martins.
I thought this was a fantastic dark, romance read… in the beginning. However, I felt it inconsistent and slow. The characters needed more development and so did the story, in my opinion. It’s classed as a romantic thriller so I was waiting for something to happen with maybe her best friend Emma, seeing as she liked to torture a boy or 2, but no. Or maybe there’d be some stand-off between her and Alex (the love interest) for Petra’s affections as it’s later revealed Emma seems to have feelings for her, but no. Instead, apart from at the beginning, Emma’s scenes are fleeting. I don’t even understand why Petra was best friends with her as she was a horrible person!
I couldn’t quite believe the relationship between Petra and Alex Van Dieren or that her dad came around to the idea of Petra dating and ultimately getting engaged to his best friend. The relationship just progressed too quickly!
It surprised me to find out quite late on in the book that Alex was a dom. Although it was hinted at that he had a dark sexual side and had a fetish/kink quite early on in the book, the author didn’t go into any detail until he mentioned about the girls that he had dom/sub relationships with. And this was only mentioned in passing in his narrative, it wasn’t a big revelation.
“If I recall properly, only my former subs used to beg me to f*ck their asses. Wow. I tremble at the thought that Petra might actually want to become one.” Page 388
That is well over half way through the story. There IS a contract drawn up but this is in relation to their relationship and the media (he’s a wall street businessman in his 40s, she’s just turned 18). Hmm I do wonder what a person living the sub/dom lifestyle would think to this book…
He never actually discusses this dom/sub lifestyle with her so he just comes across as controlling. Especially with him giving her rules such as not leaving the table without his permission and having to change into a nightgown when she does so. But also when he forces her to have sex with no warning at all just so he can selfishly get his rocks off! She had absolutely no idea what’s going on and is so confused and upset by it. Later, out of nowhere, Petra’s personality then changes and she goes on to be the dominatrix when she next sees him. I mean, I get her thought process, she wants to beat him at his own game and prove she’s not gonna be walked over BUT this isn’t explained. It’s just as though she’s turned into someone else. She’s also portrayed as naive yet mature but they don’t really go hand in hand and it was shocking to see her go from virgin to wanting to explore everything sexual within weeks of losing her virginity! Now, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t wanna try anal so soon after having sex for the first time!
In the end I just really struggled with this book. The dialogue was cringey at time’s, especially during the sex scenes when Petra would say, “Ahhh…” instead of the author simply stating that she groaned/moaned. I was expecting more thriller alongside the romance but it left a lot to be desired and a lot of unanswered scenes and questions! Scenes which could have lead the book into a thriller but didn’t really take off. The sub genre is more taboo (age-gap plus he’s her godfather who brought her up like she was his own) than anything else.
this book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
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The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton
Before I get on with the review, can I just say how much I ADORE this book cover! It’s so gorgeous and eye catching! I can just imagine it being front and centre in Waterstones and everyone just snatching it off the shelves!
Moving on to the review…
The Big Ohhh by Nikki Ashton is absolutely amazing, brilliant and hilarious! Such a funny read and one of the funniest books I’ve read in 2019! It had me laughing out loud at so many parts. There were also times when I’d be reading in bed and I’d have to stifle my laugh so I didn’t wake my fiancé! To balance it out, there were also more serious parts and angsty moments. Willow, the protagonist, is such a fun and quirky character. I loved her! I also loved the relationship she has with her family. Everyone was so down to earth and open about everything. They all really cracked me up! I loved seeing her new found relationship unravel with Charlie and see what disastrous sexscapades they’d get up to next. Amongst my laughing, my heart really went out to them though! That zipper moment! Oh my god! That had me howling even though I probably shouldn’t have been hahaha. They eventually got their happy ending though (pun definitely intended!) and I was so thrilled for them!
If you love a romance with laugh out loud comedy in it then this one is for you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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Dream You is told from the POV of Khwaab, the protagonist, and Ryan, her love interest. It was very clear how much in love they were with one another but were too afraid to say so. For the most part this is quite an easy read but the grammatical/spelling errors grated on me. I also had a bit of confusion when I came to the dream sequences because I didn’t always realise that Khwaab or Ryan were dreaming. For me, there was no spark to this story; nothing to keep me gripped in its claws despite it being easy enough to follow. There was no connection with the characters or their surroundings. The story was just… so, so which is a shame because the premise was promising; a forbidden love between cousins – although Ryan was actually adopted, not a blood relative. I found Khwaab to be quite immature and rude at times. This extract for example:
‘She gave me my room number but said I can’t go in there yet. Rather I should go after a few hours when the previous student leaves it for good. Can you believe it? She actually accused me of coming early!
So I also replied tartly, “Sorry I couldn’t tell the pilot to fly slowly or take halts. Nor could I have had somehow reached right in time when that student left, because I don’t know why but I didn’t get the dream about the freaking timings and plans of your so called ex-student’s going away. And you see England isn’t just a few blocks from here, for me to come walking according to your whims and fancies!”’
I just don’t get her attitude here. She would also have outbursts that didn’t make sense and there were scenes where Ryan would be talking to an imaginary Khwaab that just came across as weird and creepy.
For me, there was no substance and the story was lacking in detail. It was poorly edited and the structure needed improving. I felt like I was reading a first draft of a story. It’s such a shame because I really think this could have been amazing had it been edited and tweaks made.
The ending left us on a cliff hanger which came out of nowhere! Like, literally, nowhere! It just didn’t make sense within the story. Now, had Khwaab been shocked by the news, it would have made more sense, but she wasn’t. Or even if she had dropped the bombshell on Ryan herself as opposed to the reader finding out from her father, that would have made more sense. But no. I’m just left feeling really confused by this. Unfortunately, the book only gets 2 stars from me.
*this ebook was given in exchange for an honest review.*