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Review: The Nameless – Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola

the-namelessThe Nameless by Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: The Huntress #3
Genre: romantic drama
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I am a good person.
In fact, I am the best of the best. I am a saint. I made the greatest sacrifice of my life in hopes of forgiveness from my sins. I saw the light and he saved me from the darkness.
I am Nameless.
Does anyone know who I really am?

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Review

Heat: 2/5
Rating: 2/5

After a wonderfully strong start to this series, I’ve been left a little cold towards it. We’ve gone from dark erotica to a romantic drama, and I can’t help but feel like a) the trigger warnings are totally unjustified and b) this trilogy was not planned out properly. It’s meandered around pretty much everywhere, it is too fast-paced for me to feel attached to any of the characters, and there is just too much telling, not showing. I wanted to be engrossed but unfortunately I just didn’t care.

Things happened to these characters for the sake of drama, rather than any relevant contribution to the plot. The strong ending to the previous instalment was entirely glossed over and, again, ended up having absolutely no relevance to the plot at all.

This was such a strong premise, but unfortunately hasn’t quite lived up to its potential.

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Review: The Hopeless – Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola

the-hopelessThe Hopeless by Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: The Huntress #2
Genre: suspense
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I am not a good person.
In fact, I am the worst of the worst. I am a god. I give life and I taketh away. I can ruin someone at the drop of a hat and often do it for fun. Yet the world would never know. I smile for the cameras and live the privileged life. But with every vile existence comes the opportunity for redemption.
She is my Redemption.
I am the Huntress.
Society doesn’t realize how deadly I truly am.

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Review

Heat: 2/5
Rating: 3/5

I very much enjoyed the first instalment to this series, finding it a breath of fresh air with a strong-willed heroine who owned her sexuality and cold-blooded nature. It was dark, it was interesting. I was incredibly excited to finally have the opportunity to delve into this sequel.

I confess, I was slightly disappointed.

The strong start and build up of the first ended up going absolutely nowhere. Instead, we see a softer side of Ellie and there is much less focus on the darkness, the killing and the erotica, making way for personal development. Normally this is a good thing, but here it just felt completely forced to me. The novella genre is difficult as everything is ridiculously fast-paced with no time whatsoever for strong development. What made it worse for me was that there was too much telling, not enough showing, as well as skipping over the parts I personally found more interesting. It seemed highly inconsistent, a little clumsy.

The ending grasped me a lot more that the rest of the story, and has left me really intrigued by the final instalment. It will be interesting to see where this story goes – after all, it is nothing if not unpredictable.

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Out now! The Nameless – Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola

the-namelessThe Nameless by Dawn Robertson & Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: The Huntress #3
Genre: romantic drama
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I am a good person.

In fact, I am the best of the best. I am a saint. I made the greatest sacrifice of my life in hopes of forgiveness from my sins. I saw the light and he saved me from the darkness.

I am Nameless.

Does anyone know who I really am?

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Out now! The Hopeless – Kristen Hope Mazzola & Dawn Robertson

picture1The Hopeless by Kristen Hope Mazzola & Dawn Robertson
Series: The Huntress #2
Genre: dark erotica
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I am not a good person.

In fact, I am the worst of the worst. I am a god. I give life and I taketh away. I can ruin someone at the drop of a hat and often do it for fun. Yet the world would never know. I smile for the cameras and live the privileged life. But with every vile existence comes the opportunity for redemption.

She is my Redemption.

I am the Huntress.

Society doesn’t realize how deadly I truly am.

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Out now! Review: The Huntress – Kristen Hope Mazzola & Dawn Robertson

the-huntressThe Huntress by Kristen Hope Mazzola & Dawn Robertson
Series: The Huntress #1
Genre: dark erotica

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I am not a good person. In fact, I am the worst of the worst. I was dragged down into the gutter and have thrived in this seedy underbelly where I was recreated. Reborn as Eleanor McGuire, socialite and professional hitwoman. The filthiest, dirtiest, high profile pieces of shit, I end them.

I am the huntress.

Corrupt men are my prey.

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Review

Themes: BDSM, elements of taboo
Heat: ★★★★

Rating: ★★★★

I short, sharp read, I finished this first instalment in about an hour – but don’t let that put you off. It was a glorious hour of a strong (if not psychotic) woman, comfortable with her sexuality and her independence. A mistress of manipulation.

I figured only the strongest people could muster up the will to never look back, but after a while I learned it didn’t take a brave soul, but rather the kind of person who has a heart of black…”

This was a hot read, with sexual scenes involving collars and leashes, dirty talk, face fucking and group sex – most of which resulted in a certifiable one-handed book (if you’re into that kind of thing); some of which I wished had been described in a little more detail, such as the group sex scene.

Coldplay on the iHome and bubbles in my bath while I light a joint, drink a glass of wine and masturbate to the thought of the life I just took only moments ago.

If you’re after romance, there isn’t any here. This is a woman dealing with multiple men in her life – her complicated relationship with her father-figure (who, it has to be said, was my favourite), her friendships with Linc and Joseph, and couple more casual ones thrown in for good measure. It’ll be interesting to see where these relationships go in the sequels, but even if it’s nowhere, gimme more filthy sex and I’ll be happy.

Taking my face in between his hands, Theo looked down at me and pressed a gentle kiss to my lips. “You are mine,” he whispered as he slowly eased his cock inside my waiting cunt.

This was a highly enjoyable quick read. It wasn’t perfect – I wasn’t so keen on the voice, which in some ways felt like a stream of consciousness, and I really hate flashbacks (I prefer past events to be written in chapters set in the past as it makes for a more seamless read). It also could have had more detail in the assassinations to make it a little darker. But regardless of that, the concept and characters were intriguing to make me keep reading, and make me want more.