Can’t Wait Wednesday

#Can’t Wait Wednesday
The Proposal by Kitty Thomas

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

I’ve just returned back to work full time, at the same time as life has thrown a few curve balls, so blogging has taken a back seat. However a serendipitous email today has provided the perfect book to feature on Can’t Wait Wednesday.

THE PROPOSAL
Release Day: October 7th 2020 (still tentative release date.)

Blurb:
I got in over my head.
I bit off more than I could chew.
And now my fate is sealed to the most ruthless man I know.
Two hundred and fifty guests. They think they know what’s happening today. But they don’t have a clue.
My wedding day. But it’s so much more than that.

Review //\\ Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Pleasure House #1) by Kitty Thomas

Scorching hot and satisfyingly twisted

Her panties were soaked again. She wasn’t in the best position to make a rational decision. Most people weren’t when they were that horny, or they wouldn’t make half the stupid sexual choices they made.

Despite guessing the twist from the off (since there’s plenty of foreshadowing), I still absolutely loved this book. The richness and enjoyment of watching, of experiencing, Vivian’s battles with her submission was quite simply captivating. Added to that the excitement of wondering just how the twist would play out, how Vivian would react to the revelation had me on edge too. This is very much a story of forced submission, if that doesn’t float your particular boat then this might not be for you. Vivian, however, is a very repressed submissive though, so her conflict comes much less from what she is subjected to and much more from allowing herself to accept her feelings and desires.


As is so very common in a Kitty Thomas book, this is unusual in that there isn’t a clear “hero” character, nor is there a traditional HEA. Not really a HFN. In fact I think we need a new acronym of KVOHEAWTHGWSN – “Kitty’s Version Of Happy Ever After Where The Heroine Gets What She Needs.” I found my feelings of Michael, Gabe, Lyndsay and Anton very much reflected how Vivian felt about them, because we only have her perspective, her feelings and emotions to guide us on both characters and events. It’s capture/rape fantasy at it’s finest, a smorgasbord of everything our lusting little hearts and minds could desire. Those who don’t have these kind of fantasies, or who are as in denial about it as Vivian is, might feel that this is abuse, that it is degrading and criminal. As Vivian learnt, there should be no guilt or embarrassment in admitting and indulging in those baser desires, however “wrong” society tells us they are.


In terms of captive romances this was not as harsh or violent as some. Gabe, Anton and Lyndsay might torment and punish Vivian, but no more than one would expect from a consensual BDSM relationship. That line of consent is incredibly smudged and blurry, it is crossed but at the same time it isn’t crossed. Vivian may have had options but they were very much a Hobson’s choice of between the devil and the deep blue sea. What is clear is that her “true” self is fully onboard, but social conditioning and moral obligations hold her back.


The sex scenes are scorching hot, kinky and depraved, and even when she was punished the men made sure she was never scared. This quote here nicely sums up the feel, the ethos one could say, of the book.

“I’m not going to hurt you. That’s not the point of this exercise. I’m training you to like this, not be terrified of it for the rest of your life.”

Lindsay Smith, Guilty Pleasures

Talk about killing with kindness, though this was more breaking down inhibitions and repression with pleasure and orgasms. I’ve now got a complete hankering to read the next book in this series… but then I do find Kitty Thomas’ work to be utterly addictive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Guilty Pleasures
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9922980-guilty-pleasures

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

Book Tour & Review

The Game Maker

by Kitty Thomas

A dark contemporary standalone romance

Blurb:

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me.

Someone else did.

And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me.

Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.

We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.

“Kitty Thomas is a one-click author for me!” Anna Zaires, NYT Bestselling Author of TWIST ME.

Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.

Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths (view spoiler) ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

Giveaway – Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70f5e72b19/


Buy links:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon CA:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-game-maker/id1521046746
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-game-maker-kitty-thomas/1137247853?ean=2940162897200
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-game-maker
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kitty_Thomas_The_Game_Maker?id=x4vtDwAAQBAJ
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1030040

Excerpts from THE GAME MAKER (c) Kitty Thomas 2020
Used with permission.


He doesn’t repeat his request, just continues to watch me. After a few minutes, he stands and walks across the cell. This is the first time he’s been this close. I flinch when he reaches me.

He ignores my reaction and sits on the ground beside me, but he doesn’t make any attempt to touch me. Instead, he sighs and says, “Starvation is a bad way to die.”

“I know,” I say.

“I don’t think you do.”

I start to cry. It’s the first time I’ve broken down since those first moments in the cell. Supposedly, if we have sex, we’ll get food. And I want food, but then what happens? The longer I can delay this, the longer I delay the next steps in whatever sick game our captor is playing with us.

“You know what has to happen,” he says, echoing my exact thought of only minutes ago. “What’s the point of letting yourself get sicker and weaker than you need to be? You need your strength. You need to eat.”

“You mean you need to eat,” I say, unable to hide the bitterness seeping into my voice. So the nice guy act is finally ending? The gallant chivalry finally coming to an end. Everyone has a limit. And now I know his.

“I’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll be fine a lot longer than you will. Are you going to let yourself starve to death?”

I chance a look into his eyes. “What do you think would happen to you if I did?”

He shrugs. “He’d probably take another girl, bring more bait to tempt me. He wants to turn me into a monster and you…or whoever… into a whore. That’s my running theory, anyway.”

He stands and holds a hand out to me. 

“What are you doing?”

“Remember what I said about the cameras and the bathroom?”

I nod.  

He’s still holding his hand out. I try to ignore it. 

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he says.

I am so hungry. Finally, I take his hand and let him lead me into the bathroom. He guides me to sit on the edge of the tub and turns the shower on. Then he starts to undress. I tense, part of me wanting to run back into the cell.

“We’re going to take a shower, you and I,” he says calmly. “I won’t touch you in any way you don’t want. And no one will see.”

I know what he’s doing. He’s trying to make this easier for me. In the end, I’ll have to fuck him in the cell in front of the cameras so our sick mystery captor can watch. My co-captive is trying to give us some privacy and the illusion of choice at least to start, at least to let me get used to his body.

“Come on, drop the towel and get in the shower with me.”

He steps into the shower and closes the door behind him. I know he won’t hurt me. He hasn’t yet. I think I’m safe with this man, and there’s only one way to get food. I take a few slow deep breaths, wipe the stray tears off my cheeks, and take off the towel.

When I open the door, he pulls me in under the rain shower with him. His mouth moves close to my ear. His words are quiet, almost dwarfed by the sound of the water.

“I don’t know if there are listening devices in the bathroom, but if there are, the shower may give us some cover. What’s your name?”

I pull back from him and look into his eyes—really look at them. I’ve avoided his gaze so much in my time here. They’re hazel, but they seem far lighter than they are because of his tanned skin and dark hair. He’s growing the beginnings of a beard. 

“Kate,” I finally say.

Kate. That’s a pretty name. I’m Seven.”

At first I think I don’t hear him right. “Seven? Like the number?”

He chuckles. “Yes, like the number.”

“Are you from a big family? Are your siblings all named One through Six?”

“No siblings. Only child. I can be grateful they didn’t name me One, I guess.”

“Yeah, no kidding.”

Review //\\ The Game Maker

The Game Maker by Kitty Thomas

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Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.


Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level. Just as you can kill them with kindness, you can ruin with pleasure.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths getting to nice and neat an ending ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

Title – The Game Maker
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54365965-the-game-maker

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me. Someone else did.
And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me. Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.
We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.
*This is a standalone dark contemporary romance.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

I’m joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl and her meme, Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a very Happy 10th Birthday to this meme, so the floor is open for the choice of topic.

I was considering using the very first prompt ever, but my childhood was a loooong time ago, and I’m not sure I could remember all of my favourite books, so have decided to pick my favourite 10 books of the year so far.

The Velvet Chair – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/06/21/review-the-velvet-chair/
Resistance – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/05/09/review-resistance/
Myth of Omega – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/04/11/book-review-myth-of-omega-books-1-3/
Missing In Action – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/
Primal Sin – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/26/review-primal-sin/
Midnight Fae Academy 1 – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/
Destroyed – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/13/destroyed-by-eva-dresden-review/
Twilight Seeker – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/02/twilight-seeker/
The Escape Artist – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/16/the-escape-artist-by-kitty-thomas/
Sin & Spirit – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/11/sin-spirit/

Do you have a top ten to share? Let me know and I’ll come by and comment.

Top 5… Books by Debut Authors

Top 5 … Books by a Debut Author

Today’s meme is hosted by Devouring Books, and the prompt is “Books by a debut author”. Go and check their blog out and say hi, it’s always appreciated!

My 5 books are not featured in any particular order, but they are all books that I have read and enjoyed. One of the authors is hugely successful, most publish independently and there still seems to be a stigma around that. Which is a shame because those that assume no self-published author is worth reading are missing out on some amazing books.

The very last book is iconic within the dark romance/dark erotica world, it was my introduction to this sub-genre/trope as indeed it has been for many others. What I really love about these indie authors is their approachability, their friendliness, the way the truly do care for their readers. Yes they need to keep up sales and it pays them to do the whole social media bit, but so many, in fact it seems to me the majority of them, go above and beyond that. Interacting with their audience on a much deeper level than that of just author and reader.

So without any further ado, here is my selection for the Top 5.

Broken by Eva Dresden

Genre: Dark Paranormal/Omegaverse Romance

Street smart, stubborn, and struggling.
Quinn Ivers scrapes by one day at a time in a world where Omegas are viewed as less than nothing and are subject to the whims of others. Slinging drinks in a nightclub with a wicked reputation, she just wants to make it to the next day. Her world is rife with an array of dangers, but it’s hers and she answers to no one.
Until Tobias Kahler appears and ruins everything, including her.
The man who owns the city has set his eyes on the waitress, and he won’t be denied. Merciless and without remorse, he’ll do anything to make her his and keep her by his side for a purpose Quinn could never have guessed at.
Even when broken, she will fight to keep her sanity and herself alive, enduring whatever evils are thrown at her.
For the spark of hope buried under all the pain, she’ll do a lot more than that.

Harry Potter and the Chamber or Secrets by JK Rowling

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possible be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself! 

Ravenous Innocence by Myra Danvers

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

“I can give you everything,” he whispered, smiling through the lie. All I had to do was kneel…
The Caledonian forces come armed, yet offer peace. Spouting claims that they can deliver a new era—one of luxury and ease—they think to seduce. They promise our countries will thrive together, that they will save us from ourselves in exchange for Tritan’s secrets, our expertise in the mystical arts of wielding ki. Partner with warmongers unaccustomed to being refused, or fall beneath their boots.
These conquerors fool no one.
They seek to leash my people and claim our priestesses for their own sick uses.
But I will not kneel.
Especially not to him.
Captain Asher Rawlings.
Powerful… Elite… Relentless… He’s been tasked to hunt me down and dress me in chains—a mission he relishes, for with one taste of my lips, he hungers for my submission above all else…
In an instant, the deadly secret I’ve been keeping for years is exposed to his attention. He knows what I am, what I might be capable of, and he’s drawn to my fire… my ki…
With a kiss, he feeds me whispers of a coddled life kneeling at his precious feet, his offer nothing more than the life of a cherished pet.

But he won’t have me or my ki, for his betrayal has given me strength even he didn’t expect.
Only one thing is certain— he’ll either put me on my knees, or I’ll kill them all.

Take Me Break Me by Cari Silverwood

Genre: Dark/BDSM Romance

Jodie is scraping the barrel trying to stay afloat. An idea arrives that could rescue her finances and bring her together in a kinky way with a man she never gave up on. She’s terrified and fascinated, and tempted as hell.
Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?
But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?

Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Genre: Dark Erotica/Romance

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.
Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.

New Release // Perfection


PERFECTION

standalone dark contemporary romance

by: Kitty Thomas


Everyone thought I was married to the perfect man. But if Conall Walsh were perfect, I wouldn’t have killed him.

I thought I got away with it until I received an anonymous note at the ballet company I dance for:

You were a very bad girl. If you don’t want me to report what I know about last night, meet me at the old opera house after rehearsal. I will tell you the price of my silence when you arrive. If you speak of this or bring anyone with you… no deal.

But his price isn’t money. It’s me.


THIS IS A STANDALONE contemporary dark romance.



“A hot dark story with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfection lives up to its name!”

Anna Zaires, New York Times bestselling author of TWIST ME


“So raw, sexy, and twisted, I couldn’t stop reading. The combination of mystery, fear, and eroticism is what Kitty Thomas does best.”

Annabel Joseph, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of MERCY


Read my review of Perfection here.



LINKS:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086R4Y35X/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086R4Y35X/
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086R4Y35X/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B086R4Y35X/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perfection-kitty-thomas/1136707702
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/perfection-42
Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/perfection/id1504151283?ls=1
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kitty_Thomas_Perfection
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1014226


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Teaser

“Please what?” he asks, his voice hard again. And I can feel his distance from me. He’s too far away for me to touch even if I reached out. And I want to reach out. I want to beg for him. I want to crawl.

“Sir, please… please… don’t stop. Please.”

I’m still holding onto the barre. My arm is aching, but I can’t bring myself to break the position he ordered me into. Mercifully, he takes that hand in his, and pulls me to stand. Then he leads me away somewhere. Off the stage… backstage… I don’t know where we’re going, but I don’t protest.

When we reach the bathroom backstage, I know that’s where we are. I feel the tile floor through my soft ballet shoes. I hear the water go on in the shower. A zipper. Clothing hitting the floor. Then he’s stripping me. First the shoes, then the leotard and tights. But the blindfold remains in place. The glass door slides open, and he pulls me into the enveloping wet warmth with him.

I know he’s seen me naked before on the screen, but realizing his closeness, feeling the hard naked length of his body pressed against mine is another thing. He’s so tall and strong. So much stronger than me. Suddenly being in this confined space with water pouring down on me, naked with a stranger—with my blackmailer—jars me out of his seductive spell.

He could rape me. He could fucking drown me. He could tilt me back and hold his hand over my mouth and just let the water take me. I panic, and then tears come. I’m so isolated from the rest of the world, from anyone who could help or hear me. Suddenly being this vulnerable with this man I don’t know scares me in a way I haven’t been scared since the note in my locker.

“Shhhh,” he says. “Shhh. You’re safe.” He pulls me into his arms, which should feel more confining, more terrifying, but I can feel his steady heartbeat against my skin, and he’s stroking my back in the most delightfully soothing way. I shouldn’t melt into him like I do. I shouldn’t feel this sense of trust flow out of me and into him. Especially not after Conall. This is a dangerous man. This is not a romantic comedy. This is something dark and disturbing and wrong.

But my brain can’t process that reality anymore because he’s being so gentle. My arms go around him, clinging to him, my head pressed against his chest, sighing like a contented house cat as he strokes the back of my neck. 

“I think that’s enough for tonight,” he says.

I want to say no. He can’t leave me wanting. Even as he says these words, the desire comes flooding back, overriding all doubts and fears. I grip him harder, as if I can stop him from pulling away.

His mouth grazes my ear. “Do you want more?”

“Yes, Sir.” I am nothing but adrenaline. Fear and desire blending together until I don’t know where one thing ends and the other begins. But I need him to keep touching me.

“Turn around and put your hands on the wall.” He doesn’t say it in the same hard way as usual. And it doesn’t come out in a growl. The command is soft, calm.

And suddenly I am soft, calm.

I do as he says, and a few moments later he’s washing me, lathering my body, the relaxing scent of lavender permeating the space.

“I’m going to remove the blindfold. Stay facing the wall, and keep your eyes closed. I really don’t want to punish you right now. Do you understand?”

“Yes, Sir.” It’s barely more than a whisper. But he hears me.

He removes the fabric from my eyes, which has miraculously mostly remained dry, since my face wasn’t in the water. Then he releases my hair from the bun. He runs his fingers through it. He shampoos my hair and washes my body, and I stand there, obeying him—my eyes closed, turned toward the shower wall, my hands flat against the tile. 

Why the hell am I doing this?

“Good girl,” he murmurs in my ear as if it’s the answer to my internal questioning.


REVIEW //\\ Perfection


PERFECTION by Kitty Thomas







Perfection is a very twisty, unusual and full of surprises read, so good I read it in virtually one sitting.


Overall I really enjoyed this story of Cassia and the mysterious man who knows her secret. I did find I had to suspend my disbelief at times, in order for the story to work, but even despite that I was totally drawn in. The blurb is deliberately vague, and to avoid spoilers I’m going to do the same thing.


I can tell you that I really liked Cassia, she was a really normal, down to earth character – murder of her husband aside. Given the situation, and I’m being deliberately vague here, I did struggle with how quickly she was attracted to her blackmailer. I wasn’t quite convinced by the speed with which she became infatuated, hence the 4 stars. That said, the chemistry was incredibly well written and it didn’t take long for me to buy into the connection. The story itself makes it harder to connect fully with the hero, as he remains very mysterious throughout most of the book Though the situation did make things more interesting and exciting too.


The middle part was less dark, but this was where we really start to build a picture of the characters, and where the story really began to unfold. I have to give credit to the author for some unexpected twists, for seeming to be heading in one direction but actually be leading us along a totally different path and for pulling out some real shocking surprises. I also found it very refreshing that the principal ballerina wasn’t portrayed as a raving bitch, instead was actually a kind and caring human being.


The ending of the book was the real highlight for me, it is incredibly strong and those last few chapters had me gripped. It actually felt really sinister and dark at times, and definitely pushed both mine and Cassia’s buttons. Her confusion, hurt and angst were so visceral, so real that it felt like a punch to the gut.


There are elements of dubious consent, some fairly mild discipline scenes and the relationship contains elements of power exchange and mild humiliation. There is, however, a very definite HEA to soothe the soul.








Everyone thought I was married to the perfect man. But if Conall Walsh were perfect, I wouldn’t have killed him.

I thought I got away with it until I received an anonymous note at the ballet company I dance for:

You were a very bad girl. If you don’t want me to report what I know about last night, meet me at the old opera house after rehearsal. I will tell you the price of my silence when you arrive. If you speak of this or bring anyone with you… no deal.

But his price isn’t money. It’s me.

THIS BOOK IS A STANDALONE contemporary dark romance.






AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086R4Y35X/
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086R4Y35X/
B&N – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perfection-kitty-thomas/1136707702?ean=2940162687276
KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/perfection-42
GOOGLE PLAY – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kitty_Thomas_Perfection?id=V1HYDwAAQBAJ
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GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52654462-perfection



REVIEW //\\ Mafia Captive










I’m really disappointed with how low the average rating is for this book, because to my mind it takes the “captive romance” genre and twists it into something uniquely and refreshingly different.



Kitty Thomas writes complex characters in difficult situations and refuses to follow the expected conventions and ‘rules’. Perhaps that is why so many give the books low ratings, their enjoyment comes from a certain set of expectations being fulfilled, plot rules and routines being stuck to, no criticism if that is your preference. However I loved this book because it really DIDN’T stick to those preconceived notions of what happens in a captive romance book.



They do say to be careful what you ask for because you just might get it, and that’s what happened for me with this story. So often when I’m reading a dark romance I want the heroine NOT to be dripping like a leaky tap (faucet to you USA folks) in the hero’s presence. Faith was attracted to Leo, but the situation she was in, and his sadistic desires left her cold. I feel it only fair to warn you now that this does contain a lot of dubious-consent and one scene that is non-consent. It wasn’t the darkest non-con scene but it is pivotal to the story.



Leo is a good man prepared to do bad things for, at least to his mind, good reasons. So despite now owning Faith, when she reacts with the inevitable (and oh so realistic but usually missing from these books) fear and terror he, as the blurb says, keeps her almost as one would keep a pet or a piece of art. Leo is a complex man, born and raised in a mafia family but with too many morals and too good a heart to live that life. However it has left him with a darkness in his soul and a liking for the more sadistic aspects of BDSM.



I did think the abuse Faith had suffered as a child, her utter fear of ‘the belt’, would feature as an aspect later in the book. It almost felt like a loose end but, at the end of the day/book, this was a M/s relationship and really it was never going to make a difference. The ending, for some, may feel abrupt. Kitty Thomas doesn’t really go for the nice, sweet, tied-up-in-a-bow ending. She leaves us with a raw, realistic ending, one where I would argue quite ferociously that both characters are happy.



Neither has exactly what they want from a relationship, Leo felt like he compromised a lot less than Faith did, but isn’t that what life is like? And that ultimately is what I most enjoy about Kitty’s work. Whilst the original plot basis might be a slight stretch, how the characters feel and react does feel very genuine and real. I adore dark romances but so very often I can predict how the story will proceed almost blow-by-blow, or beat for beat I believe the literary version is. How much I enjoy the book is then entirely down to the quality of writing. Mafia Captive is just a breath of fresh air and the type of read that I just didn’t want to put down. I highly recommend it. 

























Without any family, Faith Jacobson faces the grim reality of Christmas alone. Walking home one night after drinks with friends, she stumbles upon a mob hit. Faith expects to be killed for what she’s seen; instead she is given to a wealthy and dangerous man tied to the Raspallo crime family. As a gift.

Leo Raspallo is beautiful, yet terrifying. But inside his home Faith is no longer alone, especially when his family arrives for the holidays, forcing her into the ruse of a fake wedding engagement. But she isn’t his beloved fiancé; she’s his captive. And he can’t be her savior while harboring dark desires of his own.









Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CF4U874/

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CF4U874/

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17737134-mafia-captive





Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.