Pitch Dark by Alex Grayson & A.M. Wilson

Pitch Dark

Pitch Dark by Alex Grayson & A.M. Wilson

One girl disappeared. After fifteen years, her cold lifeless body was found on the damp forest floor. Not an inch of her was unmarked by the horrors she endured. Alone, malnourished, abused in horrific ways; this was how she died.

One girl was found walking the streets, covered in dirt and scars. She had no memory of who she was, where she came from, or what happened to her. Even though the marks on her body attested to years of heinous abuse, her strength shone through at every turn.

Revenge and justice were sworn.

Years of searching brought up nothing but dead ends. Detective Niko James was too late to save his childhood friend, but he vows not to let down another.

The clock is ticking and the trail is pitch dark.

*This book contains dark triggers.*

This book is one that will stay with me for awhile. I don’t normally go for dark romance, and I would honestly consider this book to be more of a suspense, than romance. But there is definitely dark, very graphic content. The reason this book worked for me is because it isn’t all darkness the entire time. The chapters alternate back and forth between past and present, and different viewpoints. I think that’s essential for this story because otherwise, the pitch darkness would be all-consuming.

I was reading a few other reviews about this book because I love seeing how other bloggers and readers interpret something. One thing I read a lot was that Niko needs anger management. He might, but for whatever reason, I aligned with his character and his anger. I did find the scenes where he was so angry to be a little repetitive, but at the same time, he deserved to be angry. I could see where every time he thought of Aislin, he would get riled up again.

This book has a lot of heartbreak, despair, and hopelessness in it. But at the same time, we see the characters showing their strength and perseverance. One scene that really stuck out to me was one of the darker ones. Our victim, while being tortured, has miraculously found ways to cope. Not cope with what’s happening, but just a way to get through it. It’s not pretty, it’s not sugar-coated. But in this terrible circumstance, she’s found a way to get herself through it.

The authors should be proud of the work they did on this story. It pulled at my emotions, and while I didn’t want to put it down, I also felt like I needed a break from it. This story was one of those that I would read a bit, stop and digest, and then go back in. If you enjoy dark romance, or suspense in general, I think you would enjoy this story from Alex Grayson and A.M. Wilson.




Becoming Blue by Angie Brashears


Becoming Blue by Angie Brashears

Every single thing I’ve been taught not to do…I just did.

Talk to a stranger? Check

Get in a car with a stranger? Check

Go to a second location? Check

Go into a stranger’s house? Check

Take candy from a stranger? Check

If this is a kidnapping, it’s the kindest one I’ve ever heard of.

I’m living a fat girl fantasy. Snatched from a Weight Watcher meeting by a powdered-donut eating stranger, was by far the most exciting thing that had ever happened to me. Who knew I didn’t need to make appointments or attend meetings to have someone to talk to. A Friend. Two Friends. A dark, intense stranger. Secrets.

Everything I ever wanted, and something’s I didn’t. Not every tasty treat is for eating.

To each his own….right?

Mature theme, sexual content, may contain triggers…you’ve been warned

Let me start by saying this is not your average love story. This book deals with some darker themes, along with some fetishes that are definitely beyond what we normally hear about.

Our story starts with Sara, no H, at a weight loss meeting. Sara attends these meetings but nothing ever clicks for her. But at this particular meeting, she meets Sasha, who has decided to rescue Sara and simultaneously recruit her to join Chubby Chasers.

I know this is the debut book for Angie Brashears and I have to applaud her for taking this book in directions that I don’t think many debut authors would want to go in. Just being up front, this book won’t be for everyone. And even for myself, it took me a bit to warm up to the story line. The one thing I really liked about that is as the reader is warming up to new ways of thinking, so is Sara. She’s also learning to change her way of thinking and opening her mind to new possibilities.

Chubby Chasers is basically a web cam service. The women who work there might partake in other fetishes for their client, such as BDSM, but it can also include feeding. That’s where Javier aka Javi comes in. He’s primarily the resident handyman around the house. But as our story continues, his relationship with Sara grows. Sara’s “stage” name is Blue. The thing about Javi is that he’s a feeder…and he’s got a darker side. One that Blue has no idea about.

For a debut novel, this book is fantastic. The author seamlessly introduces to this cast of characters, all while keeping the story going in one direction. The story does handle topics that I can honestly say I’ve not read before. Even though they may be topics that one isn’t comfortable thinking about, the story is extremely refreshing in the fact that its something different.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I loved seeing a debut novel written so well. Furthermore, I admire the courage and bravery that it takes to not play by the “romance rules” and to push an idea that isn’t the norm.

*This book is the first in a series. The second and third books are out now**