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review 2017-05-04 08:42
Two Minds: An Extreme Horror Novel - Matt Shaw,Sam West

These two authors are a match made in… well, Heaven for me!

I’ve been a fan of Matt’s for a very long time. When I stumbled across Sam’s work not very long after, the two people who introduced me to Matt said I’d enjoy Sam’s writing as well – (thank you Suzanne and Cathy!) – and they were right.
IMO, Sam West’s stories have been getting increasingly better this year, and this collaboration came at the perfect time for both of them.

Two Minds is told through the viewpoint of the two characters living the story.

The Woman – convinced the man she is talking to is responsible for her sister’s disappearance – and The Man… Who is he? Did he have anything to do with the sudden disappearance of Samantha’s sister or is he nothing more than an innocent bystander?

Only one thing is for sure… After this night, neither of them will be the same again.

I wish the ending were a little… ‘beefier’ (for lack of a better term, or perfect tongue in cheek?).  I just felt like I needed a bit more there, but that’s only one readers opinion.  I love how it was written. It’s a great style, and I bet we’ll see more authors experimenting with it. This story, (plus the little preview I had), has got me even more excited for The Devil’s Guests!! Have you been looking for something a bit more twisted than usual? The Devil’s Guests is gonna do things to you that no book has done before – trust!


Peace, Love & Necrophilia ♥

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/two-minds-50-shades-of-fucked-up-an-extreme-horror-novel-by-matt-shaw-sam-west
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text 2016-05-19 03:40
Series I Hate: part 1
Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse / Breaking Dawn - Stephanie Meyer
Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James
Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
Fallen - Lauren Kate

I'm going to make a few posts this week and next about books I can't stand.  So let's start with the basics.


part 1: Books with Abusive Male Romantic Leads


The Lux Series: This was Twilight with aliens. And the main man was a bipolar narcissus. 


Anything Cassandra Clare: Every book I ever read by this woman involves a man that treats his lady like garbage and still gets the girl. I hate it. Plus her writing is derivitive and juvenile.


Twilight: Edward isn't so much abusive as he is stalker creepy. He knows everything Bells does. That's not healthy. Plus, Bella's whole life becomes dedicated to suicide and boning a vampire. Not a good role model.


50 Shades: Do I really have to explain this one? He practically rapes Anna, he buys the seats next to her on the plane so nobody can get near her, and he stalks the crap out of her. 


Hush hush: Again, a Twilight rip-off. Patch is a soulless psycho. He only gets close to Nora to kill her. He's mean, cold and violent.


Fallen: I haven't given this book the time of day because the reviews from my trusted circle is so bad I won't even bother. A guy calls you names and is down right ugly to you, so you fall for him? What sense does that make?


To sum this up, I can't stand that young girls find these books romantic. They're terrible. And I think this sort of thing is exactly why there is such a high level of domestic violence in young couples. Because authors romanticize the abuse as men just not knowing how to express their love. It's bullshit, and it's not good for teens.

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text 2015-05-31 15:20
We Have to Take Our Clothes off / To Have a Good Time
Jinn Of Lust (A BBW Erotic Paranormal Romance) (Jinn of Lust Series Part 1) - Jill L. Sterling
Bought by the Billionbear: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance - Zoe Chant
Bearly Sane (Older Woman/Younger Man BBW Billionaire Shifter) - Holly Ardent
Stranded With the Wolf (A BBW Paranormal Romance) - Marie Mason
BBW SHIFTER: I Shifted And She Loved It BBW SHIFTER ROMANCE Short Story (BBW Romance, BBW, BBW Romance And Alpha Males, BBW BWWM, BBW Paranormal Book , BBW Series) - Rebekah Dennishire
Red and the Wolf - Anya Kelly
Cindy Eller: 50 Shades of Fairy Tales - Leigh Foxlee
Plowed by her Purrsonal Trainer (Steamy Weretiger Shifter Paranormal Romance) - Meghan Archer

Of the 8 books, short stories really, featured here I only managed to finish one.  That would be Stranded with the Wolf because it actually put some effort into developing characters.  Yet, they all have something in common.  Even if the book itself doesn't advertise it (and some do), all the books seem to have this idea of an "alpha" in common.  Now, if you read regular urban fantasy, you will be thinking that means like a leader of a pack.  Well, in these types of books, it does and it doesn't.  


An alpha apparently means a boss man who is one step removed from being a rapist (at least in the legal sense) and overcomes the woman.  It isn't seduction at all.  It isn't erotic, at least by my definition.


I know fantasies are fantasies.  That what one dreams or imagines doing (or even does in play) isn't the same as really, actually doing it.  But I have also read enough theory (feminist and otherwise) that argues (and does so very well), that rape fantasies are not so much about the woman's desires but about the man's or what a man tells (thinks, believes) a woman desires.  Reading these, even the one I finished, it's hard not to agree with that.


Before I go on, I should point out that in one area all the books stand out and that is in the use of curvy heroines, and in a few cases overweight heroines (not on the covers, however).  While this does becomes slightly problematic in terms of a "message" (such girls only get this type of guy), it does make a nice change.  Additionally, there is, in some of the stories, a feeling of fanfiction or Mary Sue.  In other words, the author is playing with an idea they wish another work had used or done.  Furthermore, the ones featured here, while not having the best writing and being somewhat dull (or more telling than showing) do not have the glaring errors in word usage and basic grammar that many others do.  There was some level editing beyond using Spellcheck.  In very few cases, the basic editing was better than that of 50 Shades.


  But the Alpha idea is quite frankly disturbing.  I know it's smut, but still.  I mean there is smut that doesn't use it the same way (I know because I've read some). Even the ones with bear and cat (solitary non-pack animals) shifters are about the alpha and the search for the mate.  For the mate, all the guy has to do is smell the girl (and in most cases the girl is far younger than the man.  The one where she wasn't, she was written as if she was).  Furthermore, in all of the books, the man is in a position of power over the girl (and yes I am using girl not woman for a reason).  This is true even of the one book where she hires him.  There is something off about such complete domination.  While the idea of a man recognizing a woman's true beauty regardless of body type is wonderful, this is undermined slightly by the fact that it is because of her smell, because of fate.  In other words, he is moved by biology more than anything else.


But okay, it's smut and we don't really want a plot that makes sense or good world building. Perhaps, but the domination thing is the problem.  It isn't just superiority in the sense of his money, his intelligence, his magical shifting, but also in his mental toughness and his wants.  At no point in any of these books did I get the sense that if the girl said no, the man would back off.  In fact, in "Red and the Wolf" she has been groomed for him.  We should just be glad he waited until she graduated college before he made the moves on her.  Not that there were that many moves before huffing and puffing.  The books aren't about a woman's desire and her sexuality but about a girl (regardless of age) who is being dominated by a man because that is what happens. Even when reading the "erotic" senses, and despite the mentioning of the girl's moans and screams in organism, it still seems to be about the man.  The girls are always very tight, even if they aren't virgins (and isn't that disturbing for another reason) and more detail is given to his being pleasured than hers.  In all the books here, the girl never, ever has any control over anything - not over what she eats, what she wears, who she loves - SHE HAS NO CONTROL.


There are books that are different, but if these are from the pile, what does that say about the pile?

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url 2015-02-22 16:12
7 Things '50 Shades' Gets Wrong About BDSM (From an Expert)
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url 2015-02-17 16:27
If Male Auteurs Directed “50 Shades Darker”

With the speculation growing that Sam Taylor-Johnson may not direct the 50 Shades of Grey sequels due to her frequent and increasingly bitter clashes with author EL James, the chances are that future directorial duties will fall to men, as was the case with the Twilight movies following Catherine Hardwicke’s success. Given the studio’s eagerness to promote the prestige of an award winning and critically adored artist like Taylor-Johnson working on their film, the chances are they’ll try to clinch a similarly acclaimed auteur for the job. I, a great lover of film, decided to take it upon myself to offer you all a glimpse into the potential directors who could bring that extra something to the material.


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