‘The Con Artist’ by Kitty Thomas

con artistHoly cow! This book is intense.

It’s the darker side of a BDSM relationship and there is definitely no happy ending for these characters.

It’s full on that’s for sure and the book/author and most reviews carry with it a warning that this is not for the faint hearted or someone looking for a ‘fifty shades of grey’ story line. Trust me the “Master” in this story is not going to start doing flowers and romance anytime soon.

But I think that’s the point of this story there is no true hope for any of these characters and this shows what it is truly like to be owned, to be a slave and to have your soul cut away slowly.

It’s not the sexual aspects of this book that will stay with you long after you have finished it but the emotional turmoil that Saskia (‘the slave’) goes through. You watch her slowly lose her self and become an extension of Quill (‘the master’) and even Marcus to a certain extent.

Kitty Thomas has written a great book here. Yes its graphical at times but she has that amazing ability to see both the physical and emotional side of the whole thing. I will give another one of her books ago for sure. However I think I will need to read several less intense books before I tackle another one. Too much darkness and even I might starting saying ‘yes sir’.

My rating is 4/5

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‘Succubus Blues’ (Georgina Kincaid #1) by Richelle Mead

succubus bluesI want to start by saying I loved and adored the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead. So it would be safe to say I held very high hopes and standards for this series.

We begin the series by meeting Georgina, who is a succubus.

What is a succubus I hear you ask? Well it’s a female demon who can appear as a very attractive women and will seduce men in order to feed off their life energy. Thus stealing their soul for the purpose of Hell.

It’s a great premise for a story. Especially when Georgina is not enjoying her life as an immortal. She wants love and to be able to find someone to share it with, without taking their soul.

This story focuses on the fact that something is going around killing immortals. Even though you shouldn’t be able to do that. Georgina being the immortal Nancy Drew gets on the case and begins to come up with her own ideas and suspects. While doing this she is dating, dancing and trying very hard to not having feelings for Roman and the sexy writer Seth.

But this is where I got stuck with the book. It’s a really great storyline but it took me 3/4 of the book to really get into it. For the first half I was actually contemplating put this on the ‘Don’t not finish’ pile. However, I gave Richelle the benefit of the doubt and kept going.

I’m glad I did, as I felt the story picked up after that and I started to enjoy it. Towards the end I actually found myself getting more interested in the other characters in the book. Like Hugh (the Imp), Carter (the Angel) and of course Peter & Cody (vampires) and I look forward to reading more about their antics going forward.

Georgina is still not a character that I’m fully in love with yet and perhaps this is why I struggled at the start with the story. But as we progressed further into the story we learnt more about her history and how she came to be a succubus. Slowly, I’m beginning to thaw on my opinion of her. However it could still take a few books.

Seth (the writer and love interest) is a great character and I found him to be an important mortal character in a demon heavy story. He’s calm, thoughtful and has a strength that Georgina needs in her life.

Who knows if Georgina can find the relationship she is after, but I’m hooked enough to read the next book in the series.

My rating is 3.5/5