Review ~ Family Business by Brett Williams

Title: Family Business  
Series: Can be read as a stand alone
Author: Brett Williams
Genre: Horror, Dark
Pages: 286
Heat Level: No rating. This is not a romance.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Unable to convince her husband they are ready to become parents, Erika decides to buy a puppy. She heads into rural Missouri on a day trip, following up on a lead in the classifieds, and gets more than she bargained for.

After the death of her mother, Bobbie Jean finds herself living with her aunt and uncle in the backwoods of Missouri.
But her relatives have a dark secret.
The family business.

Authors recommended reading order: FAMILY BUSINESS, LUCIFER’S CHILDREN, LUCIFER’S WHORE (just a side story, can be read before or after LIVE BAIT), FAMILY BUSINESS: LIVE BAIT.

 

 

 

 

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Right off the bat I would like to give a warning to readers. If you’re looking for something safe, familiar or a happy ending, then this book probably isn’t for you. If you have triggers with extreme violence, torture, rape, animal neglect, dog fighting and one (not graphic but it was intentional) baby death, then you should approach with caution. You have been warned. On the flip side, if you have an open mind, a strong stomach and love a twisted tale that will immediately pull you in, give you hope and then crush your dreams, you should totally give this book a try. You will not regret it.

This is the first time I’ve read Bret Williams and most definitely not the last. When I found out he was a local author, I had to stalk him and his books to see what they were all about. I really enjoy reading books that are set in or around my area. Family Business didn’t specifically say where this was located, just in the “backwoods of Missouri” and that sounds like it could be the deepest and darkest part of the Ozark area, or at least that is what I imagined.

The story starts innocently enough, with Erika planning on surprising her husband, Stephen, with a new puppy. While driving to a breeder in the rural backwoods Missouri, Erika has some internal warning alarms going off but ignores them because she really wants a puppy. While trying to decide on just the right pup to bring home, Erika is met with a surprise herself and things take a very dark and disturbing turn.

 

 

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Meet the hillbillies who are running the family business. We have Levi, business owner and father of Jake and Bub. Bobbie Jean, Levi’s niece, has lived with them since her mother passed away. Have you seen Deliverance? Or The Hills Have Eyes? Well, here you go.

 

 

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The only part that kind of got on my nerves was an early section with a ton of rape. Yes, it’s necessary for the story progression but let’s move on, I get it. For a minute, it really felt like the story wasn’t progressing but it eventually did. Another thing that shocked me (actually there was a ton of things that shocked me) was the ending and how abruptly it ended. It feels like a cliffhanger, but the more I think about it, the more I feel like it’s not really a cliffhanger. Are there questions I need answered, yes and hopefully I’ll get those answered in the other books.

 

 

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Since I bought the audio version of this book, I need to comment on Joe Hempel’s performance. Wow! He has a smooth and hypnotizing voice. He does character voices effortlessly and I could easily distinguish who was talking by the accent he used. He seemed to really enjoy what he was reading.

Overall, this book is dark, twisted, brutal, uncompromising and disturbing. Family Business made me cringe, laugh and cry. Fantastic writing, world building and character development. I would recommend this book to horror fans, but please do read the warning and read at your own risk. I gave this 5 stars because the overall story and the audio narrator were so amazing. Bravo!

OH! P.s… Stephen… you are a motherfucker! I hope karma catches up to your ass. Bitch!

P.S.S. If you want to know what happens to the baby then read this part. This is a true spoiler alert. Do not read this if you don’t want to know what happens. (These women are being bread like dogs and there is one part where a newborn baby is shot. The baby is killed because he was born deformed and for revenge. The death is not detailed and it does not dwell on it, but it is in there.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brett Williams is the author of High Octane Damnation, Family Business and From Murky Depths. A member of both the Romance Writers of America and Horror Writers Association, this multi-genre author writes horror, crime, erotica, and anything else he damn well pleases. His short stories have appeared in Thuglit, Delirium Books’ Horrorwired Vol. 1, and Fifty Shades of Decay, to name a few. He lives in Kansas with Eddie Blue, a Jack Russell terrier.

 

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Review ~ Held by Kimberly A. Bettes

Title: Held
Series: Held #1
Author: Kimberly A. Bettes
Genre: Horror
Pages: 326
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Nicole Lee, a young wife and new mother, steps out of the mall, squinting against the glare of the midday sun, completely unaware that her life is about to change forever.

In a matter of seconds, she is steeped in fear as the world she knows and the life she loves fades away.

As the panic sets in and the terror takes hold, Nicole tries to keep calm, though she’s now in a frantic fight for her life. Locked in a deadly battle of wits with a psychopath, she struggles to keep her sanity as she’s held.

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Oh… my…. goodness! This was an intense book! There are a bunch of parts that were so fucked up, I thought I was going to vomit. Actually, this entire book is fucked up. But in a good, sick, twisted, emotionally raw, scary and heart pounding way. It will for sure get your adrenaline pumping! This book will stay with me for a very long time.

 

 

“Only a monster would do something like that. I looked at him as he shocked her wound and knew I was right. Only a monster would do something like that. And his name was Ron.”

 

 

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“I’d be sure I was prepared to reap before I started sowing, if I were you, Nicole.”

 

 

If you pick up this book, just know that there are potential triggers for people. Rape, torture, necrophilia, murder, plenty of mind fucks and there is a some pregnancy torture. I’ll tell you something… I learned some life lessons in this book.

I must also check out a book that is referenced… Annie’s Revenge. Also… this author is from the Ozarks. This is only 3 hours away from me. I actually go there every summer and my uncle has a cabin there.

 

 

 

 

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Kimberly A. Bettes was born on Thanksgiving Day, 1977, completely ruining any chance her mother had at enjoying a delightful dinner. At the age of 12, Kimberly began writing poems, essays, and short stories. At 14, she began her first novel, a project that would take two years and many sleepless nights to complete. Since then, she has written more than ten novels, dozens of short stories, and hundreds of poems and essays.

She currently lurks in the Ozark Mountains of southeast Missouri with her husband and son. It’s there she terrorizes the residents of a small town with her twisted tales, most of which focus on the dark side of human nature.

In addition to writing, Kimberly is also a freelance photographer and life-long chocolate enthusiast.


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Review ~ Object D’Art by Juxian Tang

Title: Object D’Art
Series: N/A
Author: Juxian Tang
Genre: Horror
Pages: 42
Heat Level: There is sex, but I’m not rating that
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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When Danny’s mother dies, he is adopted by his uncle. Danny is allowed to enter any room of their big house – except for one…
NC-17, m/m, warning: rape, mutilation, death, cannibalism
Word count: approx. 13,900

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Well, with a warning like this…

 

 

WARNING!!! This story contains non-consensual sex, violence, abuse, mutilation, snuff and cannibalism. Read it at your own risk. I’m not responsible for your dinner finding its way back 🙂 WARNING!!!

 

 

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Thank you Jessica for the recommendation. I really enjoyed this sick and twisted tale. To be completely honest, this wasn’t as dark as I was expecting. HOWEVER, this was really dark and extremely fucked up. Going into this short story I was pretty nervous and didn’t know what to expect.

Danny, is living with his Uncle because his mother passed away and his dad has been dead for a number of years. His Uncle is very comforting and supportive. Danny is enrolled in school and doing well. A few months go by and there is this one door in the house that is never opened, the basement door. Danny asked his Uncle about it and was always told, curiosity killed the cat. Well, that made Danny even more curious about what was behind the door. Do you know what happened next? While his Uncle was at work, Danny finds his way into the basement and what he finds there is not at all what he expected.

 

 

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From this point on my heart was pretty much beating out of my chest. You know that feeling when you’re a kid and you’re doing something that you know you’re not supposed to be doing. Then someone walks in and bust you… ya. That feeling.

 

 

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This is where the fucked up shit happens. Oh my word! Humiliation, mutilation, mindfuckery, abuse and sexual violence. Let me tell you about the “snuff”. Yes, there is a section in here where a film is shown and described in detail. This short story is not for the faint of heart. The author gives a great and very true warning.

 

 

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Then… that ending. I expected death and destruction and I got something completely different.

I did have some issues with this though. This was banned because Danny is a minor and there is a couple brief moments of cringe worthy incest. Because Danny didn’t put up a fight at all, it seemed that he was trying to justify everything that was going on by saying that he fears his Uncle. I’m not really sure about that. But on the flip side, if I had walked into what Danny did, maybe I would be shocked and scared too. Also, I think this story was translated to English because there are a lot of grammar errors.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It is totally fucked up and will probably give me a bad dream or two.

 

 

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Review ~ The Need by S.L. Hannah

Title: The Need
Series: NA
Author: S.L. Hannah
Genre: Erotic Psychological Thriller
Pages: 184
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Stood up by her boyfriend, she goes home with a woman…

Straight-laced coed Angie has never felt daring enough to…experiment. Until tonight. The skin around Heather’s lips is soft, unlike the stubble Erik lets grow in, and the night unfolds like an erotic dream, tapping into an unexplored part of Angie’s body and mind.

But Heather’s seduction turns into a nightmare when Angie wakes up tied to the bed and is told she can’t leave. Alternately seduced and tormented by her lover-turned-captor, Angie is pulled ever deeper into a twisted world of pain-for-pleasure and voyeuristic exploits. As the stakes rise, both women give into a desire for connections neither has had, and Angie’s struggle to escape becomes a bigger dilemma: Would she leave if she could?

Winner of the Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, this erotic thriller dares to explore the darker side of our fantasies and their sometimes unintended consequences.

 

 

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SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Holy shit that was an intense and crazy ride! I do love a good psychological thriller and this one did not disappoint. This is an exciting and very well written story and I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book that makes your heart pump fast for many different reasons. This is an author you will want to keep on your radar.

The Need is a thrilling story about an insecure young woman who discovers things about herself that are brought to the surface in the most unexpected, unusual and sometimes terrifying way. This book will have you on the edge of your seat and wanting to read faster to find out what happens next. This is truly a prime example of a “page turner”.

 

 

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Angie and Heather’s characters are very well developed and interesting. To me they felt like real people and I was right there with them on their crazy journey. Thank goodness I really wasn’t but I did feel what Angie felt. I felt her anticipation, love, fear, hate and confusion about what was happening to her. Heather helped these feelings along because she is a manipulator, deceiver and in my opinion a complete psychopath. However, at times I think Heather wanted the “normal” and she saw that in Angie. She wanted and yearned for someone to love her for who she is and all her faults. She wasn’t loved by her mother and her father left when she was young. So Heather has her own self esteem and trust issues.

 

 

“We are all victims of circumstance-until we make a conscious decision not to be.

 

 

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This isn’t my first f/f book and most certainly not my last. The sex in this book is really good, terrifying, fascinating, complicated and very erotic. It’s very well done and given the circumstances of the story, nothing like I’ve read before. To me, each scene has a purpose in both Angie and Heather’s character development. There are a couple of scenes that make me wonder if Heather had set them up prior or if they really were unexpected. Example, the City Inspector and cop? Is she really that much of a mastermind manipulator?

 

 

“You don’t hate me. You chose to let me do that to you because it gave you something you needed.”

 

 

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Some of the things I questioned or didn’t understand are; Angie is supposed to be super smart and highly educated. So it surprises me that she can even consider falling in love with someone who lied and tortured her. I get that you do what you need to survive but in my opinion that is an extreme case of Stockholm syndrome and that girl needs some therapy. I also know that years of low self esteem and believing your own truths has a tremendous effect on you.

 

 

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There is also a part that confused me, but maybe I just read it wrong or something. Heather uses a phrase with the “city inspector” that calms him down and then Angie turns around and uses the exact phrase on Heather. Wouldn’t Heather recognize what Angie is doing? There is also a little bit of Heathers back story that I may have misunderstood. Again, it’s totally possible that I missed something. I thought that her mom got a new boyfriend? But then she ended up getting kicked out? Sorry people, I cannot elaborate on that question. Also, at the end of the book, what happened to the “other people” involved in the story? Was Stone Media set up like a snuff film or something? What happed to the company and all the videos? I can’t ask too many questions because I don’t want to give anything away. The ending did not go in the direction I expected which makes it much more interesting but left me with a lot of questions.

On a side note, I need to mention that every time I hear Iron Maiden… all I can think about is Bill and Ted. This really has nothing to do with the book, it’s just something that popped in my head almost every time I read it. 😀

 

 

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My overall experience of The Need is a full 5 stars, but the ending and the few things I questioned make me take it down half a star. Although that ending was not what I expected or wanted, this is not my story to tell. This is Angie and Heathers story told through the eyes of S.L. Hannah and it really is an exciting story. I highly recommend trying this out for yourself.

 

 

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S.L. Hannah was born in Poland, grew up in Canada, and moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. The Need is her first erotic thriller. The manuscript won the 2013 Florida Romance Writers Golden Palm Contest for New Adult Romance, and is an adaptation of a screenplay her husband wrote about a woman struggling to free herself from her lover’s physical and emotional binds. With a summer release date of August 25, 2015, buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing…creepy as hell.” S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, CA. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world.

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Review ~ Her Master’s Teacher by Lily White

Title: Her Master’s Teacher
Series: Masters
Author: Lily White
Published Date: 10/10/14
Genres: BDSM, Dark, Erotic Romance, Favorite, Non-Con, Rape
Pages: 281
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 Flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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She caught my attention the first day I was seated in her class.

Her dark red hair fell in waves down her back and her alabaster skin appeared to sparkle under the lights of the lecture hall

I’d admired her from a distance, never speaking or doing anything to draw attention to myself.

Each day that I spent watching her in this room, I noticed how her eyes would flick up to me. She was wary of me – frightened – and she had reason to be.

Allow me to introduce myself…

My name is Holland Strong and at 21 years old, I’m the youngest Master within a society of wealthy and influential men.

Claire Elliot is my psychology professor in college – that is, at least, until I make her my first courtesan.

She believes she knows everything about how the mind works…

…and I believe I can prove her wrong.

 

 

 

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Holy FUCK! Lily is the Master! I am Her Master’s Reader… 5 beautifully broken down and rebuilt mindfuck stars!

 

 

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“I believe, and this is just my theory, that if a person is able to understand the mechanics of how Stockholm works, a person can take steps to prevent it from occurring within them if they find themselves in an abusive or captive situation.”

 

 

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I’m not really sure how to write a review worthy of this book. I guess I’ll start off by telling you to read the warning. Then after reading it; you still want to travel down the rabbit hole, then by all means… drink that fucking Kool-Aid because you’re in for an amazing trip.

 

 

“She was weary of me, frightened, and she had reason to be. I’m a trained predator; a man who has been taught the fine art of trade.”

I have no idea where to start with this and I’m just typing right now because my mind is mush. Her Master’s Teacher is the second book in the Masters series. The first book is Her Masters Courtesan and that book also blew my mind. But if you think that these two books will be the same story with different characters; you are very, very wrong. This is a complex story that will keep you guessing until the very end. How does one break an unbreakable mind?

 

 

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Holland is the youngest Master in training and he is under the careful yet sinister tutelage of Aiden, who we met in Her Master’s Courtesan. Holland is young, arrogant, strategic and has some seriously seductive good looks. Claire is Holland’s psychology professor who also happens to be a psychologist and he has his claws aimed in her direction.

 

 

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“She would beg. She would cry. She would fight for her life. Eventually, and ultimately, she would be my next courtesan.”

 

 

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Lily White is an author who stays true to her characters. The warnings are very valid and should be read before you pick her books up. When she says this is not a romance, she means this is not a romance. Its dark, twisted and there is even a moment of strange and unusual. You’ll cringe and cry and have WTF moments. If you have a hard time with rape, dubious consent and/or non-consensual, then you may want to stay away from this book. If you’re still interested then I implore you to pick up her books and give them a try. Her writing is like poetry. Every word has a purpose so pay close attention.

 

 

If you’ve read Her Masters Courtesan then you will absolutely love Her Masters Teacher. Lily’s books reach inside me and show me things I never thought I would see, read about or even happen. She is the Master at confusing my vagina. I’m running around the house screaming NO! YES! NOOO! YESSS! My mind is a ping pong match and I’m kept on the edge of my seat waiting to see which side of my mind I want to rest on.
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I can’t really say anything else about this without giving things away. I’ll just end with this… Lily White, you are the Master.

 

 

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“I am a Master. I manipulate every person, every situation and every thing. It is what I do… even Holland was not immune.”

 

 

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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. Most of the time she can be found wandering around aimlessly while her mind is stuck in some twisted power play between two characters in her head. You may recognize her in public by the confused expression, random mumbling, and occasional giggle while thinking up a scene. Lily’s favorite things in life are reading, thinking about reading, buying books for reading….and writing. Her other secret pleasure is meeting with her plot editor in public to discuss her books and watching the shocked expressions of the people around her that don’t realize she’s talking about a book. When Lily is not reading, writing, wandering or freaking out innocent bystanders, she’s sleeping.

 

 

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