I had the great pleasure and enjoyment to read AJ Spencer’s second book in her Submit to Darkness Series. I reviewed the first book here: https://booksandopinions.com/2014/11/18/edge-of-darkness-submit-to-darkness-book-1-aj-spencer/
One of the first things I noted about her first story was that I had it read in less than 24 hours, it was that good. This second installment, Darkness Falls, I had read in less than 8 hours.
This second book continues with Detective Natasha Stolt trying to get into the mind of the serial killer known as Grimm. Her partner, Giovanni Tagliente reveals the reason he has something to hide. Natasha finds herself being held captive by this monster of a man, only she sees something other than the horrible, un-human being the country seems to know him as.
Natasha is forced to look deep inside herself at thoughts and feelings she would rather not admit she has. Can she control the monster known as Grimm, before he truly gets 100% control of her?
This is a heart-pounding adventure, full of twists and turns, and its fair share of erotica. This is not your cookie-cutter story seeking fame on the coattails of previously released erotica stories. This series stands well on its own, and puts the others to shame!
(The first novel has a well-earned warning due to the graphic nature of the story. The same holds true here. There is descriptive violence against women and children in the most depraved sense of the word. It justly serves the story, and is necessary to the telling of it. As I said in my first review; if this is something you cannot handle, this is not the series for you.)
Violence in literature is sometimes gratuitous, but sometimes, as you note, it serves the story. Another prime example of the latter is Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian,” which is ultra-violent yet all the mayhem makes sense because it’s set in America’s ultra-violent Old West (mid-1800s).
I agree Dave. I have read stories where violence was added in like the writer was told by the editor “put in 25% violence, or it will never sell.” It never adds to the story, and really just makes it that much more difficult to read. That is certainly not the case with this story; it is 100% necessary, in order for the reader to become invested in the storyline.
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I am just sappy emotional right now with gratitude! Total Miss America moment LOL…. Seriously though, I appreciate Angela taking the time to share her thoughts on my latest book. It means a lot to me!
Looking forward to reading some of your suggested books!
Congratulations to the second book! Merry Christmas (indeed).