Let's get straight to the point: this is a BDSM type erotic novella, which is normally not really my thing, but I liked the premise of this story - board games, Scrabble, playing with words, communication...mind games. It sounded like an interesting twist to the genre/theme, and since it's only a novella and not a full-length novel, I decided to read it. I'm still not sure if that was a good decision or not...
I was thinking a lot before posting this review. It's always hard when an author reaches out to you, trusts you with their work... but you can't honestly provide a positive review. I considered not posting it at first, but that didn't feel right either. For one, my loyalty is with the readers first, and they deserve to know what they get themselves into. I also wouldn't feel like it would be fair with the authors and books that I choose myself and give a bad rating for. In the end, I double-checked my review policy, and I did say there that there were definitely gonna be a review, either good or bad... and that decided it for me. Now, this is the first erotica book I've written a review for since I started my blog, and I want to emphasize that though it might seem like it's out of my usual reading habits, this in no way influenced my opinion badly. I've read erotica before in my life, and I do think it can be written well. This book, on the other hand...
I've seen so many reviews of this book I can't even count! It seems like everybody has been reading 'Little Darlings', Melanie Golding's debut novel. I had no idea this was gonna be such a hit when I requested it months ago, but now I'm very happy I did (and got approved), because now I feel like I'm part of the conversation! 😀 This book really has a unique touch added to its thrillery-horrory basics, and though because I had to stop reading it several times because life was happening, I enjoyed it very much and it sucked me in right away every time I got back to it.
These days I've been longing for a light, heartwarming read, and so I sat down with my mounting TBR and was looking for a book that had to potential of satisfying this criteria and I should've read anyway. I came up with 'The Magic Touch', and I'm so glad it turned out this way! It really was the right book to pick up!
I know a lot of you have already read this book (especially since in Australia - where it's also set - it was published earlier this year) and if I can believe Goodreads, many of you want to read it in the (near?) future. I only saw very few bad ratings/reviews, everybody seems to be liking it, so I was very excited to get to it myself!
I'm so excited to be involved in this huge, never-before-on-Earth-happened book blog tour! When Dave first asked me if I thought it was possible or not (he asked many, and though most people loved the idea, of course there were a couple of non-believers, as always), I immediately became very jumpy! Enthusiasm is not beginning to describe what I felt... yeah, it was about to be a long shot. But it was so worth a try, and I'm so glad we're doing it! And after all, so many people, so many bloggers have got on board! My heart is full, guys. This is such a great community we have here! But enough about the tour... let's talk about the book in question! After all, that is what this is all about.
Last week my blog was one of the many stops on the 'The Saxon Wolves' tour, and as I said then, the story seemed to form a unity with the sequel (not so much because of a cliffhanger, but because it's basically one story arc), and that made me want to read it forward right away. So... that's what I did! Here's my review of the sequel, 'The Saxon Plague'!