BUY THE BOOK THAT IS TOO DARK FOR AMAZON SORDID by Nikki Sloane Release Date: May 29, 2016 Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
This is a dark romance. There are triggers. These triggers did not bother me, but they may bother some readers. This is a review of a book that some may have issue with due to sensitive subjects.
Luka was an interesting character. Addison was also interesting, although possibly a little less developed than Luka, by necessity. You needed to really understand Luka in order to be able to relate to him. To even be able to begin to understand him, you have to know what makes him tick, what he is afraid of, what drives him, his insecurities, and what he ultimately needs. All of this was present in the book and it allows this to be a fully developed story. By contrast, the character development for Addison feels a little more subtle. As a reader, we see the changes and realizations that she makes with regard to Luka, but her decisions at the end of the book are similar to the ones she would have made at the beginning, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t there is really very little I can say about the book that is not going to be considered a spoiler, so this is a tough review to write.
The writing and plotting are strong. It would be easy to let the subject matter lead in this story, to not focus on the mechanics of telling a good story, but Nikki Sloane does not rely on the “darkness” of the romance, or the forbidden aspects, to keep the reader turning pages. Rather Sloane relies on a tightly constructed narrative with plot twists that keep you wondering what is going to happen next and engaging the reader in the story. There is internal dialog that allows you to get a glimpse into what Addison is thinking and feeling, and as the story progresses, it becomes clear that in order to get the full story, you need to know as a reader if what she is telling Luka is the truth, what he wants to hear, or a combination of both.
This was not an easy read; it is not a light read. There are definitely parts of it that are gritty, that are difficult to read, that do leave you a little off center, a little stunned…but this is the point. To be good, it doesn’t have to be what I would want my life to look like. I do not need to fall in love with every character in every book I read. What I need is to be able to relate to the characters, to understand them, and to be able to believe that their actions make sense for who they have been portrayed to be…and in this book, those marks were hit. I believed the character arc of both Luka and Addison and I believed that the choices they made within the story were consistent with who they were and what they were each learning about themselves.
There was a portion of the plot that I thought happened too close to the end of the book to be fully resolved in a way that I was ok with, and I actually thought it was a little unnecessary. The rest of the book was tight and well developed, but this portion, to me, was glossed over too quickly and this is the reason I did not rate it 5 stars.
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About the Author:Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn't be any happier.
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