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REVIEW: Torrid by Nikki Sloane

Explosive…

All the components of the mafia genre lie within the pages of this book……Vasilije is a ruthless Serbian mafia prince and Oksana is the daughter of a Russian boss and a woman on her own personal mission…. secrets, lies, violence and revenge are the basis for their relationship ….

The world, first created by the author in Sordid, is well described and detailed…. the family rivalries and intrigues are complicated and believable… this was a fast paced story told from the dual point of view of the two protagonists….both the characters were fascinating ….dysfunctional products of the world they have grown up in.. I was especially invested in the character development of Vasilije through the course of the book…he is ruthless, cruel and dominant but in Oksana he has met his match…

I loved the complex relationship of Oksana and Vasilije and OMG the sex between these two was dirty and erotic… I was caught up in the plot and invested in the outcome .. this was a thrilling and explosive read which was almost impossible to put down once started…This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (4/5)

If you’re looking for a hot, sexy, erotic story then look no further.

This was a fast paced story in which the main protagonists Vasilije and Oksana were a seriously dysfunctional pair there was nothing really between them at first except secrets, lies, sex and a struggle for power but then feelings came in to play and something more began to develop. Torrid was a deliciously dark steamy romance where the the sex was hot, dirty and highly erotic.

A gripping, exciting read that ticked all the boxes I normally look for in books of the mafia genre, the words just flowed along effortlessly showcasing Sloane’s impeccable writing skills and proving she can hold her own in the smut world.

4 well deserved stars out of 5.

~Cheryl (4/5)

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BLOG TOUR: Sordid – Nikki Sloane

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BUY THE BOOK THAT IS TOO DARK FOR AMAZON
SORDID by Nikki Sloane
Release Date: May 29, 2016
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Read our review here!

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Blurb:

It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

 

*WARNING. This book is meant for mature audiences and is a very dark erotic romance.

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EXCERPT:

“So, Addison, we’re both stuck here for other people.” Luka took a step toward me, and even though there was still quite a bit of space left between us, his one small step felt enormous. Like he was now twice the size he’d been a second ago.

My chest was beginning to feel warm, no doubt from the tequila. “How is it you remember my name?”

“Probably for the same reason you remember mine.”

That was incredibly doubtful, but I kept my face plain. “Calculus was that memorable for you?”

“Yeah, it was. You were there every class, staring at me.”

I inhaled sharply, mortified, and tore my gaze away. “I did not.”

“Look at me.” His firm tone made it so there was no other option but to obey. When I did, his black eyes were focused and intense. “You stared when you didn’t think I could tell, but you weren’t very good at hiding it.” I opened my mouth to deny further, but he cut me off. “I was better than you. I made sure you never noticed I was looking.”

My brain disconnected and thought ceased. “Why?”

Luka’s hands rested casually on his hips. “Because a girl like you . . .” He scrubbed a hand over his mouth. He seemed to search for the right word, but not find it, and every drawn-out second that passed made it worse. Because a girl like you . . . Isn’t good enough. Rich enough. Smart enough. A girl like you isn’t experienced enough.

“You shouldn’t be interested in a guy like me.”

“What?” I was intelligent and well spoken, and yet I couldn’t choke out more than one word at a time.

“I’m not a nice guy.”

I swallowed hard. “Well . . .” How was I supposed to respond to that? “I’m sure that’s not true.”

Luka remained like a statue. He didn’t argue or defend himself, and tension wound around us like ruthless vines.

My question was breathy. “Why did you stare at me if you weren’t interested?”

“Did I say I wasn’t interested?” He took another step, growing larger still, reaching a point where I couldn’t see anything else. Just him. “Nobody looked at me the way you did, and I liked it. It’s exactly how you’re looking at me now.”

All the air vanished from the room.

“And how’s that?” It was dizzying when he took the final step and brought us chest to chest, his mouth inches from mine. Was any of this effect from the tequila, or was it all him? His gaze traced over each inch of my face, and I could feel it etching into my skin.

“Like you want me to do bad things to you.”

Oh my God.

As he’d done, I stood motionless, neither confirming nor denying. I held my breath, waiting for him to make his move. I expected him to kiss me. Or maybe laugh in my face, although Luka didn’t seem like the type to laugh easily. He was deadly serious.

“Do you?” His question was soft and indifferent, even as it carried the weight of an enormous challenge.

Did I want him to do bad things to me? “I don’t know,” I blurted out. “Maybe.”

Luka looked just as I felt—surprised by my admission. What had I just sort of agreed to? A tremble began in the backs of my knees and moved upward when his head tipped down. His mouth lowered until his warm lips sealed over mine.

Everything was madness. My actions, the situation, and most importantly, his kiss. I spun out of control under his mouth, surrendering to it completely, even as the kiss was tame. Luka pressed his lips to mine tentatively, but when I parted my lips to gasp, he took advantage.

His tongue dipped into my mouth and was an electric jolt straight between my legs. Did I taste like tequila as he did to me, or could he also taste my lust? I had two years’ worth, and this kiss broke the dam holding it back. It poured from me, and as I spun, I latched my hands onto his shoulders to keep myself steady.

What the hell was I doing?

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About the Author:

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

Connect with Nikki

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RELEASE BLITZ: Sordid – Nikki Sloane

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BUY THE BOOK THAT IS TOO DARK FOR AMAZON
SORDID by Nikki Sloane
Release Date: May 29, 2016
Genre: Dark Erotic Romance
Read our review here!

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Blurb:

It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

 

*WARNING. This book is meant for mature audiences and is a very dark erotic romance.

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EXCERPT:

“So, Addison, we’re both stuck here for other people.” Luka took a step toward me, and even though there was still quite a bit of space left between us, his one small step felt enormous. Like he was now twice the size he’d been a second ago.

My chest was beginning to feel warm, no doubt from the tequila. “How is it you remember my name?”

“Probably for the same reason you remember mine.”

That was incredibly doubtful, but I kept my face plain. “Calculus was that memorable for you?”

“Yeah, it was. You were there every class, staring at me.”

I inhaled sharply, mortified, and tore my gaze away. “I did not.”

“Look at me.” His firm tone made it so there was no other option but to obey. When I did, his black eyes were focused and intense. “You stared when you didn’t think I could tell, but you weren’t very good at hiding it.” I opened my mouth to deny further, but he cut me off. “I was better than you. I made sure you never noticed I was looking.”

My brain disconnected and thought ceased. “Why?”

Luka’s hands rested casually on his hips. “Because a girl like you . . .” He scrubbed a hand over his mouth. He seemed to search for the right word, but not find it, and every drawn-out second that passed made it worse. Because a girl like you . . . Isn’t good enough. Rich enough. Smart enough. A girl like you isn’t experienced enough.

“You shouldn’t be interested in a guy like me.”

“What?” I was intelligent and well spoken, and yet I couldn’t choke out more than one word at a time.

“I’m not a nice guy.”

I swallowed hard. “Well . . .” How was I supposed to respond to that? “I’m sure that’s not true.”

Luka remained like a statue. He didn’t argue or defend himself, and tension wound around us like ruthless vines.

My question was breathy. “Why did you stare at me if you weren’t interested?”

“Did I say I wasn’t interested?” He took another step, growing larger still, reaching a point where I couldn’t see anything else. Just him. “Nobody looked at me the way you did, and I liked it. It’s exactly how you’re looking at me now.”

All the air vanished from the room.

“And how’s that?” It was dizzying when he took the final step and brought us chest to chest, his mouth inches from mine. Was any of this effect from the tequila, or was it all him? His gaze traced over each inch of my face, and I could feel it etching into my skin.

“Like you want me to do bad things to you.”

Oh my God.

As he’d done, I stood motionless, neither confirming nor denying. I held my breath, waiting for him to make his move. I expected him to kiss me. Or maybe laugh in my face, although Luka didn’t seem like the type to laugh easily. He was deadly serious.

“Do you?” His question was soft and indifferent, even as it carried the weight of an enormous challenge.

Did I want him to do bad things to me? “I don’t know,” I blurted out. “Maybe.”

Luka looked just as I felt—surprised by my admission. What had I just sort of agreed to? A tremble began in the backs of my knees and moved upward when his head tipped down. His mouth lowered until his warm lips sealed over mine.

Everything was madness. My actions, the situation, and most importantly, his kiss. I spun out of control under his mouth, surrendering to it completely, even as the kiss was tame. Luka pressed his lips to mine tentatively, but when I parted my lips to gasp, he took advantage.

His tongue dipped into my mouth and was an electric jolt straight between my legs. Did I taste like tequila as he did to me, or could he also taste my lust? I had two years’ worth, and this kiss broke the dam holding it back. It poured from me, and as I spun, I latched my hands onto his shoulders to keep myself steady.

What the hell was I doing?

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About the Author:

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

Connect with Nikki

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#SordidUncensored

Today, dark erotica author Nikki Sloane has released a statement regarding her new release, Sordid. Followers of this blog will know that I gave Sordid one of the rare five star reviews for its sheer brilliance, highly erotic and dark nature. Frankly, it is one of the best books I have ever had the pleasure of reading, something which has given me a wild and intense book hangover that I’m still not over.

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I will not paraphrase Nikki’s statement, as I feel it is important for you to fully understand the struggle and impact this has had. Instead, it is here in its entirety:

I hate to write this post. I try very hard to remain positive and not complain when things go awry, but this is me fighting back tears.

As some of you may be aware, Amazon (KDP) flagged my dark erotic romance, Sordid, effectively making the book invisible on their site. When I petitioned Amazon about this, Sordid was released from the adult dungeon. Relief was short-lived. Days later, the book was banned and all preorders canceled. Amazon is the largest ebook retailer and it’s where the vast majority of my readers get their books. The decision left me gutted.

The alert I received stated I had violated their content policy. I was shocked. With dozens of ARCs already in the hands of early readers, the response for the book has been nothing short of amazing. So why does Amazon feel the book is unfit for sale? It’s tame in comparison to other titles in the genre.

While fielding concerns from my readers about their canceled preorders, my publicist and I pressed KDP through emails and phone calls, asking for clarification on what the content was so I could correct it. Ultimately, the supervisor we spoke with was adamant that KDP could not and would never elaborate, and if I had any scenes of explicit sex or violence, I had to remove them completely. Since it’s an erotic romance, I made whatever adjustments I could without impacting the overall story, and reuploaded. Six hours later Sordid was rejected.

Amazon wants to censor my book. They’ve made it clear that Sordid will not be made available for purchase as is.

There are no other changes I can make without compromising the entire story. Because of this, I’ve been left with no other alternative but to not publish my book on Amazon.

Did I sleep at all last night as I wrestled with this decision? Nope.

Did the realization that readers can’t purchase my book on their preferred retailer make me physically ill? Sure did.

Will my sales take a huge blow? Absolutely. But the idea of sacrificing my work to fit inside someone else’s judgment is so much worse. I know that I have smart readers who can decide for themselves what to read.

If you’d like to purchase my book, it will be available at all other major retailers: iBooks, Nook, Kobo, and Google, starting May 29th. If you want to purchase the title for your Kindle or in paperback, please know I am working on that, and hope to have a solution prior to release day.

Thank you so much to everyone for your support over the past two weeks. I’ve had people reach out to tell me they loved the book or wish me luck, and this kept me pushing forward when I wanted to quit.

I’d like to ask a favor. I was a naïve author who wanted to publish her first dark romance, and have learned so much in the process. There’s a lot I would do differently had I known what I do now. Please help SHARE this post so it may save another author a ton of heartache.

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Some of you may or may not know that when I am not reading and reviewing books, I am a staunch supporter, campaigner and occasional writer in support of free speech and against censorship. I am a free speech absolutist. I try not to mix politics and reading, but really there are occasions, such as this, in which I find myself unable to take a back seat and fully separate them.

One person will make very little difference, I know, but from now on, I will only be making purchases through their website if I truly have no other choice, and I urge you to do the same.

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What Amazon has done by banning Sordid is censorship, and I am disgusted. I probably shouldn’t be surprised, judging from their track record, and yet I am. What Amazon has decided is that we, adults, are unable to make decisions about what to read for ourselves. There is a clear warning on retail sites for the book about its dark content: people will not buy it and not realise its subject matter. Especially because its title is Sordid. Amazon has taken the choice away from us as to what we are mature enough and emotionally able to read. It is treating us like children, and this is highly insulting and infantalising.

I have one thing to say.

Piss off, Amazon.

You can support Nikki and purchase Sordid from the following places:

Nook: http://bit.ly/27Z7hmP
iTunes: http://apple.co/1VgRc6G
Kobo: http://bit.ly/1Z5M9VH
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1qTh0sY
All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/1TGDyFu

 

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TEASER REVEAL: Sordid – Nikki Sloane

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SORDID by Nikki Sloane

Release Date: May 29, 2016

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

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Blurb:

It took me years to find the courage to speak to Luka. He seemed exactly like me. Intelligent. Focused. Serious.

But he’s not the man I imagined.

His reality is cruel and dark. He traps me in his web, his power twisting tighter the more I struggle, until it’s hopeless. I can’t break free.

As he drags me unwillingly into his filthy world, I can’t ignore the terrifying idea circling my mind. What if I belong here with him?

 

*WARNING. This book is meant for mature audiences and is a very dark erotic romance.

Pre-Order NOW: http://amzn.to/1SyId0O

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About the Author:

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

Connect with Nikki

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Reviews

REVIEW: Sordid – Nikki Sloane

29548789Title: Sordid
Author: Nikki Sloane
Series: standalone
Genre: dark erotic romance
Page count: 119
Rating: ***** 

There are not many books which, in the first four chapters alone, I find myself completely hooked (and in need of spare underwear!). This is extremely dark, raw and brutal, and the development of the relationship between the two characters is one of the most interesting I have ever read. The confusion of Addison’s feelings, and the slow unfurling acceptance of what was happening to her, and her feelings towards Luka, despite his treatment of her, was extremely intriguing and believable. The reader goes through this process too, knowing we should be horrified at what is happening but still very much enjoying it. Perhaps too much. Luka easily makes my top three book boyfriends, which probably says a lot about my own sordid imagination!

The subplot is something of a back-burner up until the last few pages, but when it comes into fruition it is well worth the wait, with an absolutely shocking twist that brings the emotion into the book, making it one of those reads that leaves you feeling empty and exhausted.

This is not a book for the faint-hearted. It involves dubious consent, pain and humiliation in a sexual context. Yet, for those of us who very much enjoy these dark reads, Sloane has produced an absolute masterpiece. It is beautifully-written, absolutely filthy and speaks to the darkest place in the back of your mind. My one complaint is that I finished it absolutely desperate for more. It is thoughtful, thrilling, terrifying and passionate. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore their darker fantasies.