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June 24, 2015

Loved It: Maldeamores (Lovesick) by Mara White

Series: Heightsbound Prequel
Format: Mobi
Release Date: June 22, 2015
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Taboo

Maldeamores (Lovesick)
Lucky and Belén’s Story
A Heightsbound Prequel

Belén: I’ve loved Luciano ever since I can remember, desired him before I even knew what it meant. He’s always been the only man in my life—my constant protector, and his rejection only intensifies my need.

Luciano: I’ve never known a love more fierce than the one I feel for Belén. But I force myself to deny her no matter how much it hurts.

Our love is a sickness and both of us are infected.

Because there’s no cure for being from the same family

***Warning***
This novel contains graphic sex scenes, including: incest, F/F, and ménage, M/M/F. Some drug use and violence.




I've read several of Mara White's books so I sort of know what I am getting myself into: lots of mind and heart fuckery. That said, I was still unprepared for what awaits me in MALDEAMORES.

This is a Heightsbound prequel so I expected dysfunctional love, MWhite is fond of writing romantic tropes straight out of a psychiatrist's office. MALDEAMORES takes on incest, kissing cousins to be exact, an I won't be surprised if some of you stops reading at this point. I'm aware that this novel is not intended for everyone, it does require a lot of tolerance mixed with morbid curiosity to get through Belen and Luciano's starcrossed love story. As for me, it's the tragedy of these two's situation that kept me reading. 

Admittedly, there were a lot of scenes that made me uncomfortable, I even skimmed and skipped some of the more intimate sections. I believe I'm a daring reader, and I love to push my boundaries, and MALDEAMORES is one of those tale that stretched it a little bit more.

MALDEAMORES was mostly told from Belen's POV, and to be fair, Belen and Lucky fought hard to keep their forbidden feelings for each other at bay. MWhite didn't romanticize or sprinkle fairy dust on this desperate tale, she didn't give these two a convenient out either. It was hard all the way, MALDEAMORES stank with desperation and bitter with unrequited love, HEA is impossible from the start. 

MWhite stretched and pushed me with this tale. I guess this is one of those novels that had me separating my feelings for the story and the writing. Belen and Lucky have my sympathies, and though I feel bad for their situation, I can't support it either. That said, I applaud MWhite for writing this knowing that it's going to be somewhat controversial, and is sure to raise discussion. The story didn't feel cheap though, and it wasn't written in a dark perverted way. MALDEAMORES might not be for everyone, still it's a love story, even if it's an unconventional one.





Now that Luciano lives in the same building, he comes over all the time. Both he and Titi have a key, and I have one to their apartment that I keep on my key chain.


Our front door opens while I’m sitting at the dining room table doing homework. I look up, expecting to see Mami coming in with the groceries, but instead it’s Luciano and he doesn’t look good.


His lip is swollen and bleedinghis eye took a punch too, and it’s almost closed from the pressure. He’s hurt and it startles me. I stand up and my pen rolls to the floor, but I stay silent, waiting for him to say something first.


"I didn’t think you’d be home," he says. His face is totally straight, lacking any emotion.
"The library was closed for a special event. Was there a fight? Are you okay? You’re bleeding."
He nods and says nothing.


"Let me get you some ice," I say, running to the kitchen.


I put ice in a bowl and run a clean towel under water, then grab some gauze and peroxide from the bathroom and take it all to the living room where he’s sitting.


Kneeling down beside him, I put ice cubes in the wet towel and lift it to his face. I ask permission with my eyes and Luciano gives me a quick nod. He winces from either the cold or the pressure and I put my hand on his chest to calm him. It’s an automatic gesture.
"Does it hurt?" I ask him.


He shakes his head.


His chest feels solid under his T-shirt and touching it does strange things to my body. I try to focus on the task in front of me.


"Titi will kill you," I say, pulling my mind away from his hard chest. "You should try to stay out of fights," I add, resisting the urge to wrap my arms around him or crawl into his lap. Luciano is, and has always been, the only man in my life. I look to him for reassurance all the time, even though we’re almost the same age.


I dab at the gash under his eye that is bleeding the most.


"Easier said than done," he says, and then grabs my wrist hard. I stare at the juncture where his hand meets my arm. His knuckles are white and my skin under his grip is turning bright pink.
My lips immediately part and my stomach fills with unease. I can always read Luciano, but right now I can’t tell what’s happening. He has sweat on his brow and there’s dirt smudged on his face and his arm. He doesn’t release my hand.


"Luciano, you’re scaring me."

He drops my wrist disdainfully and his eyes graze slowly down my body. I glance down at my own chest and suddenly remember that I took my bra off when I got in. I’m wearing a white button-down shirt, unbuttoned a little bit. My nipples are hard from the cold ice in the tea cloth. The shirt brushes over my breasts just enough to make shivers skirt up my back.







Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.


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35 comments:

  1. While I don't go out of my way to read these types of stories I did read one recently that involved a brother and sister and it broke my heart. They fought it the same way Belen and Lucky did, and there was no HEA either. Man, I still think about that book. If this is anything like that one, then I have got to get my hands on this.

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    1. IF she's talking about what I think she is, Forbidden, I adored that book even though uncomfortable and unfortunately no HEA

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    2. ;) You got it, Brandi. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma.

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  2. I am one that would be uncomfortable with this one. I am not fond of incest and weird stuff like that. I am glad that you gave it a whirl, you are braver than I.

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    1. We all have our "brave" moments. You read NA, I'm too chicken for Angst.

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  3. I like mind fuckery, but I don't like heart fuckery much, it's hard to recover from those reads, lol. I have trouble understanding all I've read before about romances including cousins, how it's incest. In France, marriage between cousins is legal. I can't say I've ever met any, but I guess it happens ? Anyway, it looks like a powerful novel !

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    1. Yes it does, even Royals until recently still intermarries. And this is definitely an intense love story.

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  4. Yikes Braine, this is not my kind of read but thanks for sharing

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  5. You are much more adventurous than me in what you read. Respect for that <3 Point being, if you were kind of uncomfortable with some of the scenes, I can only imagine how I'd be. I hate to cringe while I read, although sometimes, scenes that draw that sort of response are among the best. But now I'm curious. I already grew those hairs on my rear end and tried With Visions of Red. The cover was much scarier than the content, btw. So, to sum up, uh... maybe? You're leading me astray!!! Muah :)

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    1. Oh you've read that huh. And yes, the cover art is scarier than the actual story.

      I seek books like this. I feel desensitized with the same 'ol story, I feel numb when I read a sweet romance. So I guess I need to contrast my reads so I can appreciate both the simple and the complicated.

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  6. Yea, I can see myself skimming as well. I can deal with something so dark as this as long as it is truthful. I'm glad it was that way here. I hate it when an author tries to sell you something that you just don't find "right".

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    1. She didn't do that, the characters are well aware of how wrong their relationship is going to be if they tried to pursue it.

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  7. Now I'm all curious, what parts did you skim/skip? I'm being nosy <333

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  8. I've not read a book with an incestuous romance to it. But as these are cousins, it doesn't quite hit me that way. I've actually read a fair few of those in my historical fiction reading since marrying cousins was legal through history and not taboo.

    Not sure I want the heartwrenching ache this type story tells, though.

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    1. That crossed my mind too, I guess I'm more modern in that sense now. And if you do get the chance to read the story, you'll know that they're more than cousins.

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  9. Holy shiz! That's a lot of taboo. I honestly haven't tried anything like it, but I have to admit to being super curious. Thanks for your review. I definitely like books that can make me explore my own thoughts, like you feeling like you couldn't condone, but could sympathize.

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    1. The best way to explore that is through books. Better them than me lol

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  10. It's gret that it's still that good and I confess that I really need to try book 1 as I had it from your blog, I'm just sooooooooo late but really curious too.

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    1. Yes, read it! Oh man, I'd like to read your thoughts on that.

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  11. I have to admire an author who writes about these type of situations with depth because they happen in real life, and I'll usually give it a try. Where I draw the line is a story where women are brutally and emotionally abused to the point of me wanting to scream. Good review and kudos to the author. Hugs...www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm with you on that. I'll read incest over abuse on women no questions asked!

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  12. Sounds like the author has taken a giant leap with this book, writing something not so conventional. You have me curious about Belen and Lucky. Great review!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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  13. I would so read this. I love taboo subjects in my books. Sometimes I need something totally unexpected.

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    1. Something out of the ordinary to pique the interest and shake things up.

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  14. I've started to get really curious about taboo romances, though incestuous romances draw the line for me, but since these two are cousins, I'm kinda okay with that. Biological siblings, however, are a different story and I don't think I can stomach reading something like that. Also a parent/aunt/uncle relationship with a younger family member. *shudder* I once read a taboo romance where the heroine's stepfather forces her to have sex with him and I couldn't handle it, I skimmed through the whole thing because I was so curious on what was going to happen in the end.

    Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

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    1. I can't blame you. I can't do siblings, step-siblings or something like the uncle-niece thing too. That one sounds predatory. Cousins I can obviously take a bit.

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  15. i felt the same way when I read the step brother/sister story I read....I was happy there was a backstory that I could get into so I can totally understand how you felt about this one.

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