The Rumor by Lesley Kara

The Rumor

The Rumor by Lesley Kara

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Rumor has it that a notorious killer, a woman who has been released from prison years after her brutal crime, is living under a new identity in Joanna’s seaside town. So who is the supposedly reformed murderer now living in their neighborhood? Suspicion falls on everyone.

As Joanna becomes obsessed with the case, her curiosity will expose her son and his father to a heartless psychopath who has killed—and may kill again. And she will learn how dangerous one rumor can become . . . and just how far she must go to protect those she loves from harm. She is going to regret the day she ever said a word…

You would think this was a fast-paced, page-turning thriller! You should be on the edge of your seat waiting with bated-breath to find out who the killer was at break-neck speed. Nope.

232 pages. That’s how long it took for it to get interesting to me.

This book was so slooooow! The story dragged on relentlessly for 232 pages! Then in the last 90 pages or so, it was page-turning and interesting. I was determined to finish this book to find out the truth. Then the ending! Plot twist!

Although categorized as a thriller, this book was only thrilling at the end. The story was not really engaging in the beginning. I had a lot of eye rolls, and I wondered about some details that the book gave, but then I had to remember this is fiction and I can’t get upset that certain details could have been misleading or just plain not true. I was also confused as to the location of the story. Looks like it takes place in the UK, but then flits back and forth mentioning cities in the USA.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much to say about this book. It was dry in the beginning, and I forced myself to finish this book. I was annoyed with the characters, especially Joanna, she was exceptionally nosy and overly emotional, and some other characters came off as “suspicious” to get the reader to think that the story was about them but it wasn’t. The ending gave a surprise, as to who the rumor was about, which I didn’t expect because I feel like it came from out of nowhere, which I guess was the point the author was trying to make. Rumors can be about anyone, and you never know what the truth really is, until you seek the truth.

Overall, it was “meh.” I give it 3 stars because of the ending.

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Our Time by Savanna Malveaux

Our Time

Our Time by Savanna Malveaux

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Erotic fiction has never been my favorite genre, but I am always willing to give it repeated chances because of the content of the stories presented. I mean, who doesn’t like a good sex scene?!

Our Time, written by Savanna Malveaux, is about Leah Davis, a successful lawyer who has realized that she can be better served as a professional madame, helping women feel empowered by giving them choices to live out their fantasies, in any manner, shape or form. Leah quits her career as a family law lawyer, and establishes a high-end “escort” type of service for the professional woman, and is starting to make a name for herself in this type of business. Written in short vignettes, the reader learns all about the services that Leah offers, and type of excursions that are provided in this new business. The services that are provided range from a simple date to a full-time live-in companion. Leah provides very specialized services, where detail matters, and the women who requests these services do, so that their fantasy can become real life.

Overall, the stories in each chapter were somewhat engaging, but the sex scenes depicted in the book, for me, bordered on “written porn,” in my opinion. Even though this book suited the overarching theme, I had a hard time connecting with the characters and/or scenes because the conversations that were had between clients and providers sounded scripted and not sensual or erotic at times. The type of writing that was seen in the book was more so on the kinky side than erotic. I had a hard time seeing the characters as believable and entertaining in their character dynamics. There wasn’t much sexual tension or build up in the scenes, as each chapter focused on a different woman and her specific needs. The chapters pretty much launched right into the sex and or service performed instead of building up the sexual tension that would hold my interest or keep me on edge waiting for more. Furthermore, the ending seemed a bit unfinished, and ended abruptly and didn’t circle back to what the problems were, or addressed any of the issues the main character Leah had. I was pretty disappointed in the anti-climatic way the book ended.

I did appreciate the author’s desire to highlight women’s needs, fantasies, and sexuality while standing up against sexual abuse and rape, but unfortunately for me, I couldn’t connect totally to the characters and sex scenes. I felt like I was observing rather than experiencing the eroticism with the characters, and didn’t feel included. The feeling of the writing being “written porn” was somewhat evident to me personally the more I read, but I’m thankful for the seriousness that the author showed for standing up against sexual abuse among women. I would recommend this book to lovers of erotic fiction, as this may be just up their alley! I would give this book a 3.5/5.

Thank you to the author Savanna Malvaeux for providing me with this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“He began to feel quite like a hero because he was protecting his wife. He moved his hands down her back to her bottom and gave it a squeeze. She leaned closer to him and gave him a kiss. With her hands, she also moved down -“

You would never think that older widows would be discussing and trading fantasy, romance and erotic stories, and neither did Nikki. Yet, when she is hired to teach a writing class, she has no idea what she’s about to get herself into. This book is multilayered from the very beginning. Although the over-arching premise may be about a young woman named Nikki who is branching out on her own looking for careers that she is happy with, when she stumbles upon a teaching class for women to learn English and writing, she decides to take a chance. However, Nikki gets more than she bargains for.

Several topics come to mind after reading this book:

– Duty to parents to pursue careers that honors the family name
– Family involvement in marriages, is there a limit or no?
– The treatment of widows or forgotten/invisible people in our society
– Child brides in India and arranged marriages
– Patriarchal relationships and the behavior/duty of the wife
– The Brothers – a gang of men who enforce the culture to the letter with no leniency
– Pursuing happiness despite your family wishes
– Tradition and what it means for the culture/life/individuals
– Honor and reputation in families
– Womanhood and claiming their own narratives and defying expectations
– Women’s bodies being policed by men/society

I really enjoyed this book and all of the erotic stories that were shared among the widows. I think that by sharing these intimate stories allowed the women to open up and share all types of feelings and suppressed emotions they had in the traditional life, and were forced into because of their culture. Many of the women could not enjoy their marriages, was unable to speak up for themselves, or were treated as second rate for a multitude of reasons.

You also saw Nikki stand up for herself, ensure that she pursued what she wanted to out of her happiness, and didn’t put up with behavior that wasn’t deserving. These stories and sharing between the women helped them all become more confident, more aggressive, more supportive of change in their favor than bowing to the patriarchal whims of the men they had married or came into contact with. The classes gave them a sense of community and belonging. They shared intimate details, that demanded trust and be a true confidant.

This book was full of drama, suspense, romance, eroticism, action, comedy, and history. I truly enjoyed this book to the fullest. I listened to the book first, and then had to buy the book and read it as well. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. This book is a 5.

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