Release Blitz, Reviews

Dark Deception by Zoe Blake

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Synopsis

She wants him dead.

Mirage is a master jewel thief but tonight she is an assassin.

~*~

His life was ruined by her lies.

Now he will make her pay.

He will have her on her knees, begging for forgiveness.

It’s time she learned why they call him, Paine.

AUTHOR NOTE: This book is edgy, dark and dirty. If the possibility of having your boundaries tested does not appeal to you, then please do not purchase.

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Review

Background
I found a few teasers of this in a blogger e-mail and despite having a pretty full January, decided I had to add it to my reading schedule. I love dark, and I can be a big fan of erotica when the mood strikes.

Cover
It’s a good image and nice colours, although I’m not a fan of the text and, having read the book, I don’t think it’s particularly relevant to the plot, either. It’s pretty average, in my opinion, with nothing particularly extraordinary or striking.

Writing
It wasn’t bad. There were too many sentence fragments and not enough vocative commas for my liking (and the odd typo, but I was reading an ARC so I have to trust these will be picked up before publication and they will not affect this review). I found the plot, although interesting and with a lot of potential, was rushed in favour of the erotica. There was no true suspense, and due to how short this manuscript was, nothing was developed at all. This was highly disappointing to me, as with a little more consideration, this could have been a highly original, erotic romp full of suspense, but instead, it fell flat. I mean, it was hardly dark, either. Yes, there was some dubious consent involved, but it was so light it can’t be described as pushing boundaries. The most erotic sex scene was the first anal scene, which was done better and with more thought, in my opinion, than the others.

Characters
Again, a good foundation but severely lacking in development. Mirage was too quick to believe Paine about her relationship with Dev, too quick to accept it despite her claims of loving him (which led to the entire revenge plot to begin with…). Complete with insta-love and a too-alpha alpha, this just didn’t do it for me and I found no depth to their relationship beyond a good sex life at all.

Conclusion
A disappointing romp with an original premise, which would have benefitted from more development and a longer manuscript.

~Evelyn (2/5)

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