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May 13, 2015

Loved It: With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

Series: Broken Bonds 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Recommended By: Naomi's Paranormal Palace
Genre: Erotic Thriller | BDSM
Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG, Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

Passion and lust ignite. Dark and light battle. This explosive first installment of the Broken Bonds series sets the exhilarating pace for a cat and mouse game where no one knows who’s really pulling the strings.


Yet another dark and twisted novel here at Talk Supe. I hope I'm not starting to scare you off with my choices. 

Anyways...

It was love at first sight for me and WITH VISIONS OF RED by Trisha Wolfe. That cover with the bound girl, the blood splatters, and that evocative blurb just called out to me like a lover. Again, please don't be creeped out. I'm just so desensitized by the usual sappy stuff that I find myself responding more to the extremes: romantic thrillers or the clean bubble gum romances. The ones in between hasn't been working for me much lately. 

WITH VISIONS OF RED didn't disappoint. Sadie Bonds is a kidnap-rape survivor, however she didn't walk away from that harrowing experienced unscathed. Her unforgettable ordeal screwed up her sexual appetite which explains her taste for bondage. Now a criminal profiler, Sadie's working on a serial killer case whose style is very reminiscent of Countess Bathory. The 16th century serial killer dubbed as a vampire? Yeah, that crazy bitch has a fan in our century.

So this case. The murders are bringing up some of Sadie's past traumas to the surface, setting her on edge. But it seems nobody knows Sadie's past so she bottles it up until it runneth over. As luck would have it, Sadie's case led her to Colton Reed. Magnetic and handsome, Colton is a Shibari (Japanese rope play) enthusiast/practicioner/master, just what Sadie needed. And as these two were kindred spirits, it didn't take long before they did the whole Shibari rodeo with Colton tying up Sadie like some prized livestock much to the latter's delight. 

WITH VISIONS OF RED worked for me not just because of Sadie's side of the story. Let's face it, survivor tales are fascinating. Witnessing someone try to live a normal life while the nightmare follows you in every waking moment, or is summoned by the most trivial of things, can be intimidating. Learning how someone navigates that and overcomes it is an instant draw for most people, myself included. I want to know how Sadie progressed from a victim to now a criminal profiler and how she's managing to merge these two points in her life.

The biggest hook for me here is TWolfe provides us with the killer's POV. So there's this cops-and-robbers dance going on here. The perp and Sadie doing this delicate dance filled with tension and foreboding. Then it breaks, and Sadie starts second guessing herself, her objectivity flies out of the window with the perspective of the story shifting with it. So is Sadie sleeping with the enemy? But it couldn't be Colton right? Because despite WITH VISIONS OF RED being an erotic thriller, it's still a romance and romance novels guarantees HEA. Right???

Well that's still up in the air right now. Personally I hope TWolfe swings the gauntlet sideways, not that I want Sadie to endure more than what she already had, I just want to up the ante and be kept guessing. The only thing that had me holding that 5th cauldron to my chest is the lack of forensics here. All the evidence fingering Colton as a suspect are all circumstantial. Sadie's in a bad place now and she want to be safe so paint Colton as the bad guy so she can walk away without any problem whatsoever. 

But I don't want it to be that way *whines*!

Seriously, I hope the next installment has more damning evidence to make the situation less convenient and truly a super bad situation. You can do erotic thriller half-ass, you got to go all the way in. Take no prisoners. Spare nobody. 

So TWolfe, if you're reading this, raise some hell. Make us angry. Go crazy. Be a fucking sadist, whip our asses until we bleed then give us a good bookgasm in the end. We deserve it.








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26 comments:

  1. Ho-lee shit. That cover just left me speechless. I'm soooo intrigued by this as I haven't really read much erotic thrillers, so I want to know how this is supposed to go down and judging by your review, it's a wild ride. ;D

    Came across your blog on One Curvy Blogger's! New follower via Bloglovin! :)

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. Yay! Welcome, welcome! I'll be sure to follow you too, Blessie!

      Yes, erotic thriller is a must try/read for anybody. It is wild but in a different way. In a good way!

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  2. If it weren't for your review, I don't think I'd pick this up based on the cover..I love a dark thriller on TV but that cover would scare me away...LOL After reading your review I definitely want to check this one out! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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    1. Don't be scared girl, it's not THAT bad... yet. The darkness is implied though, she hasn't gone there just yet.

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  3. Well, it looks like I need to grab this one. I don't read nearly enough of this genre, so I'm adding this to my list. Great review!

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    1. Spice up your life, Lekeisha! I know you love YA but this couldbe our little secret.

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  4. Oh wow. I haven't had any spine-tingling reads in a while. Might be worth a look-see.

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  5. Yeah, I get what you mean. I've been reading books that have "safe" premises, so to speak, and I feel like I'm ready for something that would make my imagination run wild with the possibilities. Soooo your review pretty much convinced me and I finally bought the book from Amazon ($0.99? How could I possibly pass that up???). Plus, survivor stories fascinate me, too, and I've been getting into erotica lately as well.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Yay!! I love erotica, I'm tired of the usual though. I want the daring ones, the type that breaks the mold. I hope you get to read it soon!

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  6. I saw this on Christys blog the other day and I was curious, the cover is creepy. Sounds like such an intense read. I am glad you enjoyed it. I thought she only wrote YA, guess Iw as wrong.

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    1. Oh she does? I don't think I can read her YA books now after this lol

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  7. Surprisingly, this sounds pretty intriguing. There's enough psychological lure, not to mention the curiosity about something I know nothing about, the Japanese rope thing-y. Your review is ferocious, Braine :) But I ain't scared yet :D

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  8. You tell her, Braine! I sometimes beg authors too.

    Yours is the third strongly positive review for this one and I'm feeling a stronger need to want it as a result. ;)

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  9. That cover is creeping me out

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  10. This book sounds a bit too dark and twisted for my tastes and that cover looks creepy, although the blurb also sounds slightly intriguing. I don't deal with too dark book well, so I think I'll stay away from this one. The romance sounds well done and like this is a book that keeps you guessing. Seeing the killer pov always freaks me out. Great review!

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  11. Ahh. Everyone seems to be loving this one. The cover totally pulled me in. Cliffhanger?

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    1. Sorta but not as painful as you'd expect

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  12. It has been SO long since I read good BDSM thriller. I love the serial killer aspect too, and I am excited to here about the killer's POV.

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    1. Now you have the perfect reason to revisit it!

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  13. * Insert evil laugh here* Oh I am so with you on this one! The build up has been so good and Trisha can go any way with this one! Glad you loved it! There is so much I want to know too. Great review girl!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  14. Not creepy at all, Braine! I don't like books to pretend what they aren't, so badly written edgy romances wouldn't cut it for me as well.:-) You ought to try Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland. There is no bdsm, but there is twisted Sherlock-Watson dynamics, where one of the characters is dark and obsessive and truly dangerous while the other has to step around him carefully so he wouldn't snap. It's delicious, and there are three books out in the series. I'll certainly add this book to my wish list, great review!

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