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review 2017-08-13 17:32
Consequences - E.M. Delafield

Presently she sank into an armchair before the fire, and tried to visualize the effects of her own action. She was principally conscious of a certain amazement, that a step which seemed likely to have such far-reaching consequences should have been so largely the result of sudden impulse. She had not thought the night before of breaking off her engagement. It had all happened very quickly in a few minutes, when the sense of tension which had hung round her intercourse with Noel had suddenly seemed to reach an unbearable pitch, so that something had snapped. Was this how Important Things happened to one through life?

Consequences is one of the little-known gems that I discovered through the Persephone Books catalogue. It was published in 1919 and seems to mirror some of the author's own experiences as the book's main character "brought up according to strict late Victorian precepts, but failing to ensnare a husband, entered a convent in Belgium".


It would be inappropriate to speculate about how much of Delafield was reflected in the main character of Consequences, Alex(andra) Clare, but the descriptions of the confinement and limitations instilled in Alex by her family and social environment read like a very personal account. It is the personal voice that kept me glued to pages of this book because, lets face it, the plot was not riveting

: young girl grows up surrounded by high-Victorian values, fails at everything expected of her, joins a convent, and finally sets out to live a life of her own only to discover she is not equipped for it

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None of the characters were likeable, and even Alex was of the sort that I felt sorry for but at the same time wanted to tell to get a grip - only to realise that she was trying her best but had not been raised to ever think for herself or do anything for herself, so how could she have any chance to make do or behave or think like an independent woman?


It was such a depressing story, and yet, it was strangely gripping. 


If this has been based - even in part - on Delafield's own life and circumstances I am curious to find out more about her and how she created the life for herself that Alex so despaired over.

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review 2016-11-08 01:44
NetGalley November
The Flesh Cartel #4: Consequences - Rachel Haimowitz

*Book source ~ NetGalley


This is the continuation of Dougie and Mat’s story of how they were kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. They have begun their training with Nikolai who must mold them into the perfect submissives before they are sent off to their new Master.


It’s not the story, it’s definitely me. I’m just not interested in Dougie and Mat’s dilemma anymore. I don’t know if it’s all the psychological stuff, all the internal debate, Nikolai or it’s just not moving fast enough for me, but I’m done with this series. It’s still well-written with great characters, but apparently my tastes have changed. Don’t let my ennui put you off reading this series.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/11/flesh-cartel-consequences.html
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-24 18:46
Depraved Heart: Kay Scarpetta no. 23
Depraved Heart: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta) - Patricia Cornwell
Chaos: A Scarpetta Novel (Kay Scarpetta Mysteries) - Patricia Cornwell

 I am enjoying the arc of Kay's realizing first that Lucy is perhaps not just a sociopath, but also may be a dangerous sociopath; and Kay's exploration of how badly she spoiled Lucy and indulged Lucy's narcissism.


Kay has avoided fully acknowledging these glaring dangers with the belief that Lucy is, when it comes to her loved ones, a weapon pointing outwards from their wagon circle. But now, Kay is facing the fact that isn't true.


She has also avoided facing head-on the fact that Lucy's ravens have and will come to roost. Every selfish, dangerous thing she has done, every emotionally or physically violent act, every careless relationship...and every time Kay has fixed it all for her (special treatment in the Quantico dorms, for example)... consequences are and have been coming due all along.



coming this autumn: no. 24, Chaos

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review 2016-09-05 00:00
The Southern Gentleman: True Consequences
The Southern Gentleman: True Consequence... The Southern Gentleman: True Consequences - Sweden Reese description



Book Two starts out right where we left off in book one with Nolan and Lola being caught in a compromising position. When a damaging video tape hits the airwaves, Nolan fast tracks his and Lola's relationship to stop the bad publicity in it's tracks. Now a married couple Lola struggles with Nolan's brand of dominance and feelings of insecurity. With a force still out to get to Lola's mother through her, and external forces trying to put a wedge between Nolan and Lola, will these two settle into married life, or be split apart for good...

"But what got me hot last night, Lola, what makes me want to bury myself inside you right this minute, is the total trust you placed in me. You gave me authority over your body, and that’s sexy to me. That’s what does it for me."


I enjoyed this one just SLIGHTLY less than book one. I felt the whole "baddie" storyline got pushed aside for a whole lot of Fifty Shades of Grey type stuff. Now, I am not complaining mind you because Nolan was HOT. This was actually one of the better books I have read that deals with domestic discipline and I found it refreshing that Lola struggled with Nolan's expectations on that front. Usually in books the heroine just falls at the Doms feet with a breathy "YES SIR" That said, I also found Lola's immaturity annoying at times. Of course she is only 23, but sometimes her behavior frustrated me.

"I want to invade every part of your body, pretty girl,” he growled. “I want to unlock the secrets of your mind and conquer your will. I want to strip you down until you’re completely bared to me, totally raw, completely vulnerable, one hundred percent mine for the taking"

Nolan was a fantastic hero and I loved his devotion to the heroine. I did find his constant PUSHING PUSHING PUSHING for more a little frustrating at times. It felt like he was in hyperspeed with his and Lola's relationship, and she was still trying to come to terms with him and his wants. This caused misunderstandings, and feelings like Nolan was riding roughshod over Lola on occasion. Which in turn caused ME to say to my tablet "OMG let the girl take a breath already!"

Overall though, this was a fantastic duet with great writing, enjoying characters (for the most part). It needed a better epilogue in my opinion and there were a couple storylines I needed more closure with. l wanted a look at Nolan and Lola a bit farther into the future, but I have a feeling we may get more books in this series as it was hinted at that Nolan's brother Cash was interested in Lola's BFF. So maybe the loose ends will be tied up in those??


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review 2016-08-21 10:38
Short but very Hot
Consequences (Damon & Pete: Playing with Fire #3) - Tantalus

First things first. While I label Consequences a short story, calling this the third instalment in a serial would have been just as accurate. There are no two ways about it, if you are going to read Consequences, you’ll have to read Summer Heat and Afterfirst. Not that I think that would be a hardship, mind you. J


To say Consequences surprised me would be an understatement. This book takes the story in a direction neither Pete nor this reader expected. Then again, I’m not sure even Damon saw this coming when he set events in motion in the first book, Summer Heat.


I really don’t want to say too much about it, because the surprise I got was one of the things I really loved about this book. I’m always delighted when I think I know where a book will be taking me, only for the story to go in a different direction altogether. The first half of this instalment most definitely did that.


Of course there were also parts to this story that were exactly what I expected them to be. This is once again a very hot, sensual and sexy tale. Damon sure knows how to create explosive heat between himself and Pete, just as he is an expert at keeping both the reader and Pete guessing as to what he might be up to this time.


What I like best about the way this tale is unfolding is that despite it being an erotic tale, the two main characters are definitely taking shape, both on the page and in my imagination. They are by now far more than just two hot bodies coming together. Instalment by instalment we get to know Pete and Damon better and I have to say, I like what I’m seeing.


I’m overjoyed that the author has already started on the next chapter in Damon and Pete’s ongoing saga. I’ll impatiently wait until the moment I’ll be able to spend more time with these two sexy men.

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