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Flawed By Francette Phal Review

“You are this beautiful thing I want to destroy.”Blood.
That’s the only memory he carries from a childhood he does not remember. And now it is all he knows. Blood is his life.Knox Bishop has done a lot of horrible things, all at the command of the man who holds his leash. It’s a matter of loyalty for him. Allegiance to the man who saved his life when he was a child. So he goes where he is needed and does what he is told. He tortures. He kills. He kills. He tortures. It is an unrelenting cycle that he constantly craves and can never quite satisfy.Until her.

Eighteen year old Lacey Barnes distributes her assets to fund her dreams. Medical school is the end game and she is determined to get there by any means necessary. But a family member’s careless mistake derails her plans and now she must pay a price in order to save him.She goes to Knox willingly offering him the only valuable thing she has. Herself. In doing so he allows her into his world, a world she quickly realizes is void of any light and hope for escape is utterly elusive. But escape is something she finds that she no longer wants.”He lays a path of pleasure laced agony for me to follow and I do. Stupidly I follow him down the blinding darkness of his euphoric hell.”


Silvana's Review

4.5 STARS!


Having read all of Francette Phal‘s other books and enjoyed them, I had to read this; Let me say that once again I was not disappointed. This book is well written in a thought-provoking style and one which I enjoyed immensely. Francette knows how to write real and flawed characters perfectly.

There are a few scenes in the book that touched on a sensitive subject matter, which is sadly happening in our world and didn’t gloss over it, just showed the ugly reality;  you need to read this book to know what I’m talking about,  I have read more disturbing books  but ‘Flawed’  is still not an easy story to read. KATIA, all I can say is KARMA.

While I sympathized with our heroine Lacey, I was also angry with her. I do understand her need to protect her family, but in some cases, it is best just to walk away.  It would have been best for her and for her brother just to walk away from him and let him reap the consequences of his actions. She was enabling his destructive behavior which led to Knox using that weakness against her

“You see, giving you the option of choosing between yourself and your brother presents you with the opportunity to once again put him first. Family always comes first. That’s who you are. That’s how you think. I know you, Lacey, I see how your mind works. I know the choices you’re going to make before you even make them. How? Because you’ve convinced yourself that this is what you need to function. Another sacrifice for you to make”

Our hero Knox is not someone I would ever swoon over, he is a tortured soul, dark, unemotional and cruel; A complex character that for the most part incites anger, hatred, and  horror with his actions and yet towards the end, the author was able to make me feel empathy towards him. I don’t know if Knox will ever be redeemed but I sure will take the journey with him to the end.


This book ends in one hell of a cliffhanger, one that has me salivating for the next book. I want Lacey to find peace and be happy, with or without Knox, the poor girl endured and still endures so much.

“Please don’t let them take me. I belong to you.”

“Everything I do now is for her, to protect her. She is the only one that sustains me. The only person in this world I cannot do without. She is the one person I will not share.She is mine.”

Book 2, I’m waiting

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Review: Hillary: Flesh and Blood

Hillary: Flesh and Blood
Hillary: Flesh and Blood by Angel Gelique
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WARNING: This novel contains disturbingly explicit sexual and deviant content that may be considered offensive to some readers, including rape, incest, torture and cannibalism.

The death of innocence gives birth to evil….

Thirteen year-old Hillary Greyson lived a charmed life until one ill-fated night changed everything. Hurt and betrayed by her own father, she finally confronts her mother for help, only to be turned away, criticized and blamed.

With her innocence lost, Hillary has no one to turn to until she discovers a peculiar friend, an ally she learns to trust…learns to obey.

Frustrated and angry, hurt and dejected, Hillary screams out for help, cries out for compassion.

Hillary just wants to be heard….


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Having read book 1 Hillary: Tail of the Dog (Hillary, #1) , I had certain expectations of the second novel; Let me tell you,  Hillary: Flesh and Blood (Hillary, #2)  is like nothing I’ve read before, not in terms of the horror but the intense feelings I experienced while reading. I was so engrossed and the writing was amazing, the book took hold of me and I didn’t want to stop reading; Yet I had to take breaks, just to get my breath back.

We start the book with a glimpse into the childhood of Hillary’s dad and how he met her mother, it’s not pretty; The events that follow are anything but pretty, just horrific. I kept reading thinking it cannot get any worse, I was wrong, it does.

I have to give kudos to the author, for surprising me throughout the book,I didn’t know what to expect and boy was I screaming a few times, NO!! and thinking this is just wrong.

I hated Hillary’s mother, someone in my opinion who is as big of a monster as her dad, I know she was conditioned through years of abuse to act this way, but I still couldn’t help but be revolted by her actions or lack of.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

I will read book 3, I’m eager to see how will it end, but first I’m taking a break and reading a romance; Hillary ruined me.

Do I recommend, YES, but only if you have a strong  stomach; the story line and the great writing had me hooked.

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About The Author

Angel Gelique


Genre: Horror, Thriller, Paranormal

I am an attorney, wife and mother from Long Island, New York. I’ve always been passionate about reading and writing. It has been my life-long dream to write a novel. Recently I stopped making excuses and finally got started. Writing a few paragraphs a day (if that!), I finally completed my first novel, “Mother,” last year. It has been an amazing, fulfilling experience.I have just completed the final book in my “Hillary” horror trilogy. Contrary to “Mother,” the “Hillary” series is quite sick, twisted and disturbing. “Hillary: Retribution” will be available on Halloween for those of you who have become curious about my little friend (or do I mean, fiend!) Hillary. I don’t know whether I’m happy or sad about no longer having to write about her, but I’m definitely looking forward to my next project!

If you ever give my books a try, I would love to receive your comments, suggestions and/or critique.Happy reading (and writing)!

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Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet Review

English_language_cover_for_Tarantula_(translation_of_French_Mygale_(novel))Richard Lafargue is an eminent plastic surgeon haunted by dirty secrets. He has an operating theatre in the basement of his chateau and keeps his partner Eve imprisoned in her bedroom, a room he has equipped with an intercom and 300-watt speakers through which he bellows orders. Eve is only allowed out to be paraded at cocktail parties and on the last Sunday of each month, when the couple visit a young woman in a mental asylum. Following these outings, Lafargue humiliates Eve by forcing her to perform lewd sexual acts with strangers while he watches through a one-way mirror.

In alternating chapters, Jonquet introduces seemingly unrelated characters – a criminal on the run after murdering a policeman, and an abducted young man who finds himself chained naked in a dark chamber, forced to endure all manner of physical torture at the hands of a mysterious stranger, whom he calls Mygale, after a type of tropical spider. All of these characters are caught in a deceitful web, waiting to meet their fate.



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I love my dark reads, I love them clever, to leave me guessing and at the end to be completely blown away by elements I didn’t foresee coming. Tarantula does that and more, what a clever short novel that packed a big punch, full of twists and turns. It sure left a big impact, the writing was skillful and engaging.

The main plot narrates the story of expert plastic surgeon, Richard Lafargue, a mysterious character who keeps a woman, Eve, captive in his home.  Richard uses Eve to perform for him with other men the lewdest acts and sometimes violent ones are committed against her,  while he watches from a one way mirror.  Lafargue keeps Eve locked up and seemingly is only satisfied when he sees her broken.  It’s revealed later on that he also has a daughter in a psychiatric hospital, whom he visits regularly;  with each visit, his pain at seeing her so unwell increases. Another subplot is of a thief and a murderer, whose path crosses later with Richard’s and Eve’s. Here’s where I will stop  talking about the plot.

I did guess one twist earlier on in the story, which added to my questions, What purpose does it serve. I kept reading, waiting for the end reveal and turning the page to reach the big climax.


‘His suffering had to be appeased, and Eve existed solely for this purpose.’

Well this book was totally unexpected, original and very cleverly narrated. I loved the ending and for that I may seek professional help, I actually had an ‘awww’ moment, the ending while unexpected,  shouldn’t inspire an ‘awww’ moment.

I’m planning now to see the movie, glad I resisted doing so before reading this.

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The Sordid Promise by Courtney Lane

20762665***Warning: Contains graphic language, frequent graphic sex, violence, and very dark themes.

***Please read the Preface (revised on 4/15/14 for clarity) before purchasing.

When physical pain allows you to escape your reality; what do you do when the pain is no longer strong enough to quiet the emotional ache?

Diouana “Nikki” returned to her hometown six months ago to tend to her sick mother. She thought she’d left her “baggage” behind her on the opposite coast, only to find that it never left her side. As her self-destructive thoughts begin to consume her, her mother — realizing Nikki’s torment — pushes Nikki to complete her last wishes.

Eric Brenton, Nikki’s new neighbor, lives in a dark, chaotic world that is easily hidden behind his model good looks and cocky demeanor. Unapologetic about his dirtier intentions, he sets his sights on Nikki with an offer to help her. But his help comes with very unorthodox conditions and a huge price.

And Eric…comes with an extensive black box warning label.



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5 Stars


An unstable heroine, a controlling hero, supporting characters with hardly any redeeming qualities, add many unexpected twists and turns and you get ‘The sordid Promise’

The Sordid Promise=== an engaging, addictive and dark novel that I couldn’t put down.

This book is one giant head trip- It’s not a book that is intended to make you believe in the power of love, love which can conquer all and bring on the redemption of flawed characters, however it is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read.

Eric is one hero who doesn’t make excuses for his actions, he was a mystery to me throughout the novel; I thought I started to know the real Eric,  I thought I could piece the puzzle that is Eric, but then the author kept throwing in one twist after the other and I was left floundering and guessing till the end.

Nikki’s feelings of despair, loss and desperation were so palpable, there were moments where I was screaming at her not to give up.

Eric and Nikki are one couple that should not work yet I wanted to work so  badly; Two imperfect people who are perfect for each other.

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The supporting characters were just as messed up as our protagonists Estelle, Tamala and Angie were some of the most annoying, conniving characters I’ve encountered, I just didn’t care for their fate and their presence one bit.

Do not read this if you’re after a light romance and a quick me up- however if you are looking for a book that will make you think and even ponder your morality, then this book is for you.


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