This is the Review. I sent the book to some readers on goodreads who said they would like to read the book and signed up for it via a link:
I have received the books from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Please also note that all of the quotations are exactly as they have appeared in the book.
Love So Menacing is a third book in the Surreal Blue Rogue Agent series by E.R. Bain and a second book that I have attempted to read. Please note the word “attempted” because while I somehow managed to finish book I, this one was a definite DNF. In all honesty, since I have found the first book a mess and already wrote the review, writing another one was not on my agenda, however, there are several things about this book that were eating at me, compelling me to get it off my chest so here we do.
To start with, the author needs to learn the difference between surreal (strange, odd, unreal, dreamlike fantastic) and ludicrous (absurd, ridiculous, prepostreous, farcical, foolish, stupid) because that is exactly what this book is. Just a small example – our “hero” Victor is able to morph in to a “ginormous” were-bear with the paws the size of Toyota Lancer (Well, since we are in a rough terrain, would Cruiser –size paws be more appropriate? No? OK, this is your fantasy ). As a were-bear, he carries his human son in his mouth and:” In a haze of loathing he swallawed the small boy”! Well, at least a bit later he manages to regurgitate him , so ” Nikolai slid out on a puddle of oozing saliva”
But even this double “Yuck” factor was not what what stopped me. It all came down to sex. I am an adult, not a prude (or at least I think I am not) and of the opinion that a well-written erotica can add a bit of spice to life. In saying that, I am also a woman and a parent, so in a field of erotic romance, for me there is one unbrakable, non-negotiable rule: any erotic interaction is to be between CONCENTING ADULTS . For me , Love So Menacing broke this cardinal rule. The first brake came when Audriana reminices about the time she tried to audition as a pole-dancer/stripper in a club in front of the owner. The scene itself is quite erotic and descriptive. What made me want to scrub my eye-balls, is that it was stated that at that time Audriana was 15 years old, and the owner 17 years old!!!! Just few chapters further we encounter a character named Lincoln in the following situation as he comes home : “ When he was able to make out the sounds of sex and familiar voices on the other side of the door, he blanched. He gritted his teeth. Raised his fist, prepared to pong up a storm at the door...... He forced himself to bring it down to his side”. And then we find out that behind that closed door that Lincoln was reluctunt to break down, HIS 15 AND 16 YEAR OLD SONS WERE HAVING ORAL AND ANAL SEX WITH THE 19 YEAR OLD NANNY! Well, at least he fired the nanny, even if his partner got in to snit becouse it was done without consulting him (the partner). And this is when I have slammed this book down never to open it again.
The availability of a self- publishing elctronic option created for me, as a reader, great opportunity as well as great pitfall. I have been fortunate enough to discover some amazing new authors whose work brought me countless hours of pleasure and whose books will always find place on my shelves- be they physical or electronic. Unfortunately, the same option removed some restrictions and filters, whicih allowed through books that should not be able to see the light of the day and for me Love So Menacing was such book.
E.R Bain, EVEN THOUGH CALLED YOUN ADULTS, 15 and 16 YEARS OLD ARE STILL CHILDREN, SO DONT YOU EVER AGAIN DARE TO SEXUALISE CHILDREN IN YOUR BOOKS AND CALL IT Salaciously Seductive ROMANCE. Don’t you ever again dare to make reader feel dirty reading one of your books as you did with me. And don’t you ever again offer me one of your books: in a writer – reader relationship, this reader wants a divorce due to the irreconcilable differences.
UPDATE: You know what is so weird. I am right now re-editing this text for an update and I am finding so many things that need to corrected: (wondering should be wandering; desert should be dessert...There are so many other things this person could have called me up on I really can't believe right now that this person read the text to begin with. They just signed up to school me directly for no reason, and that does not help others who are genuinely interested in finding new authors who like writing for this genre. And it doesn't help the cause of indie authors either.