Oh my ducklings. My poor sweet ducklings. I read two books that completely turned me around and twisted me up this week. One was Blai2e, the other was Candy Coated Chaos by Charity B.
Before I get into my review, I want to say that this one is dark. It has some issues that may trigger people and may bother others. Make sure that you read the blurb on this as well as the trigger warnings that Charity put there. Heed them. Read responsibly.
I also want to say that a part of the proceeds of the sales of this book will be donated to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an organization that helps with self-harm, addiction, and suicide. The story of how they got their name is awesome, and they do fantastic work. I’ve followed their work for years and donated when I could.
When you read this, you might wonder why I didn’t put this in my BDSM category since there are some activities in here that people who practice BDSM might use. I debated it, I really did. But, finally, I decided that it just wasn’t the right place for it, in my POV. Your mileage may vary.
Now that we’ve gotten through all that, it’s time to actually dig into the book. I bet you thought that I was never going to get there. But I have, and here we are.
Alexander, owner of Vulture Theaters, is a real cocksman. He’s a one and done kind of guy. He likes women, he just likes them once. One day, as he’s fucking around in his office, a knock comes on the door. He goes to answer the door and there is a petite young woman sucking on a lollie at the door. She looks at the nameplate and realizes that Alex isn’t the right person, and she quickly moves along to the next door until she finds one with the right nameplate.
Alex is somewhat fascinated with the fey-like young woman that he saw. When he gets the chance, he asks her out for a date. He asks Tavin to meet at a bar. When she gets there, she seems slightly less vivacious than she had before, but then suddenly she changes and gives him a huge kiss and then they go dancing. On the way to his house, they see a carnival. Tavin tells Alexander that she’s never been to a carnival, so of course, they have to go.
Alexander is fascinated with watching Tavin at the carnival. She acts like everything she sees, touches, and experiences is brand new and is magical. That makes Alex look at everything different and lets them have an amazing time. When they are done, they head to Alex’s house for fun and games of a more adult nature. Alex, who prides himself on never coming before a woman does, manages to miss getting Tavin to come. When he wakes up, Tavin’s gone. He figured that he would’ve fucked her out of his system, but it didn’t work that way. Because of course not.
Alex is finally able to track Tavin down and gets to her house just after she’s started to OD. He calls his doctor and takes her to his house to help her get better.
OK, this is that time. This story really was intense. I mean, I don’t have the words to describe how intense. It left me wrung out and emotional. We talk about books taking us on an emotional roller coaster, but this one passes up the roller coaster and goes for the tilt-a-whirl. You go up and down and spin around. I got spun around out of control, with no way to slow it down, and it just kept spinning faster and faster. When I finally got off, I was dizzy as hell, but I loved the ride. There are so many secrets on everyone’s part, but most especially Tavin’s. Alexander doesn’t always know how to handle everything he finds out, but to be fair to him, I don’t know that anyone would be able to handle the things he finds out in a completely calm manner, even if they weren’t fascinated with the person.
If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, then you aren’t going to be a super fan of this one. I do know that the next one is coming out in about 6 weeks, but I don’t know when 3 is coming out. I do have assurances that one of my biggest worries over the ending works out well. I’m not going to tell you what it is though, so there. I can be mean.
I’m dying to know more about the bitch Carrie in Alex’s life. I’m betting that she aborted their child, or something similar. And that the tiara that Sasha stole has something to do with that.
I’m glad that Alex was able to swallow his pride enough to contact his sister to help with Tavin. I know that couldn’t have been easy for him to do, but really, I think that was the best thing he could’ve done in the situation.
I wonder what all Tavin told Sasha. I wonder why Sasha and not Alexander. I wonder how much Sasha will tell Alexander. I wonder what kind of blowback is coming Alex’s way. I neeeeeeeed all these questions answered. I hear that I can get the ARC next month, so I only have to make it through next month. Hopefully, it can help tide me over to Blair3. (OMG guys, Blai2e next week!)
OK, that’s all I have to say today. And since I couldn’t decide which picture I wanted to use, have another picture. Meanwhile, happy reading!