Saturday, October 18

***REVIEW & TEASERS***This Dark Shade (Dark Stirrings #1) by Alex Demasi & London Beck

Title: This Dark Shade (Dark Stirrings #1)
Author: Alex Demasi & London Beck
Genre: Dark Erotica, Suspense
Publication Date: October 30 2014
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This Dark Shade is a work of dark erotica, horror and suspense, the first offering from debut authors Alex Demasi and London Beck in the Dark Stirrings series of novella collections.

COLD, SO COLD by Alex Demasi

What Maria needs to help her get over the loss of her husband, Sophie insists, is a trip across the world to go tramping in New Zealand's dark, bush-clad hills. But why did Sophie also insist that shy, awkward William come with them too? And when William takes it into his head to help Maria get out of her soaking clothes, she finds herself on the run, in the dark and the rain, falling into a ghostly world of unrequited passion, haunted by a dark spirit whose lust can only be sated with sex and blood, all the while learning the terrible truth that this has all happened before, and that her lost husband may not be lost, or worse, may be more lost than she could ever imagine.

"The weight of unknown past lives hung heavy on her soul as she reached out to caress his cheek, enduring the chill of his skin beneath her fingers. She leaned closer, close enough to smell his scent of sweat and wood and smoke and tea. Close enough to kiss. She brushed her lips against his, breathing his breath, tasting his despair. Stuart pulled away and Maria gasped, the feeling of his lips on hers so real, yet so, so cold."

RIDING HOOD by London Beck

Hannah is hitch-hiking to Devil’s Lake in Wisconsin in the hope of reconciling with her estranged childhood friend, Lacey, when she’s picked up by Paul Abner, a smoulderingly hot older man, who offers her a lift. But Hannah’s sudden violent attraction to Abner panics her, causing her to sneak away when the pair stop for gas. Only, when Hannah arrives at the cabin in the woods a day later, Abner is already there, waiting for her, and Hannah’s friend is nowhere to be found…

"I am on the brink of pain. Of undoing. It is exquisite. His breath is warm on my neck, each exhalation a shock in the cold night air. We are two beasts, male and female, coupling in the forest. I am infused with lust. I hear his grunt in my ear, the rawness of the sound driving me wild, and the heady musk of sex overwhelming."

My Review

First of all, these are short stories. They are not full-length novels or serials. I enjoyed both for very different reasons.

 Cold, So Cold wasn’t necessarily “dark” erotica. I would classify it as more of paranormal erotica. It was extremely well written and the story gripped me from the very beginning. Maria and William are on a hiking trip with friends, when they stray from the Conservation Department hut they’re staying at and end up in a terrifying situation. I don’t want to give too much away because it’s such a short story as it is. I was disappointed when it was over! William and Maria are wonderful characters and I’d love to read a full-length novel about them.  So, I’ll just leave you with a little teaser…

Riding Hood was just as gripping as the first story, but it was the definition of Dark Erotica. I was completely sucked into Hannah and Paul’s weekend nightmare. This was such a unique take on the big, bad wolf story and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the ending. Again, I really, really want more! Need it.

I’m officially reading anything these two write from now on.

★★☆ 4.5 Stars ☆★★

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