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September 22, 2015

Quick Hits: With Visions of Red 2 by Trisha Wolfe + Untouchable by Ava Marsh

 

It's erotic thriller day here in Talk Supe!
I have two books for your pleasure.


WITH VISIONS OF RED 2 | Trisha Wolfe | Broken Bonds 2
BDSM Erotic Thriller | July 16, 2015 | Copy from the author via Nomi's Paranormal Palace

WITH VISIONS OF RED part 2 was tense! In part 1, Sadie and Colton left us in some sort of a cliffhanger. The serial killings are escalating and getting more provocative, and it's starting to look like Colton might be the killer.

That still remains unanswered although Colton dropped a bomb on Sadie and I am iffy about that for a couple of reasons: 1. Sadie is a profiler, her brain works a certain way when it comes to human behavior, and her passive acceptance of Colton's confession isn't consistent with her character; 2. That or Sadie is too drunk in love to know better. Which might qualify her in the TSTL category later on. I am hoping that will not be the case. 

I love how the story is coming together though, the shade being thrown at Colton, the mystery behind the Blood Count murders, the dilemma that Sadie is going through, separating her personal life with the case as she's very involved with Colton. Tricia Wolfe pulls you in to the story, and though I was ranting on my Goodreads status messages, I can't deny that I was very much into the story. Where's part 3?






UNTOUCHABLE | Ava Marsh
Thriller | Berkley | October 6, 2015Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

UNTOUCHABLE by Ava Marsh has a fascinating premise: a working girl who got caught in a deadly tangled web with some dangerous, untouchable men. Reminded me of that movie Kiss of the Dragon (2001 Jet Li, Bridget Fonda) without the martial arts and bloodbath. I liked that AMarsh kept the plot centered on the perils of prostitution: STD's, drugs, obsessive clients, rape, stranger danger, murder; versus romanticizing it and convincing the readers that it's a glamorous place. I found UNTOUCHABLE to be a fast and engaging read for the most part.

Unfortunately, UNTOUCHABLE didn't quite cross the thriller threshold for me. It lacked tension, and had a few missed opportunities to make me connect with Stella and this sordid tale better. The main conflict is Stella's escort friend got murdered and she took it upon herself to seek justice. It wasn't long before Stella discovered that she's up against powerful men and yet where's the chase? There were threats but it lacked oomph. Then there's the Stella's backstory where she used to be a forensic psychologist but bungled the case so she spiraled down and ended up being an escort. This revelation would've been better if this was revealed somewhere in the middle versus towards the end. Lastly, there's an HEA people! I wish I can be optimistic about it, but I can't suspend disbelief. Again, tension. 







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40 comments:

  1. Well at last, it's one on two books. It's great that the first one continues to be good but sorry youw ere disappointed by the second novel there.

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  2. Yay! With Visions of Red 2 was intense and fingers are pointing in many directions, yeah? I didn't think about Sadie's acceptance of what Colton confessed in that way, Braine. I may have to go back and take another look. :) I'm sorry that Untouchable didn't exactly work for you. It does have an interesting premise. Happy Tuesday!

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    1. I felt like she's trying too hard to make their relationship work so she'll believe anything to make that happen. A bit unprofessional considering he's a person of interest.

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  3. I love Trisha and excited for next part too

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  4. Oh the creepy cover, I remember that

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  5. One out of two isn't so bad. ;) Glad you had a good read thrown in there!

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  6. Awe, Untouchable looked so good, too! What a bummer. :/

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    1. Hey, don't take my word for it. A lot of people loved it, I'm one of the very few who went against the grain :D

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  7. I remember that cover for WVoR and I remember thinking, "WTF". I may even have added it to my tbr because it sounds intense. Glad to know that the second book is just as good.

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    1. Yeah, the cover has the same effect to me as Silence of the Lambs hahahaha! Morbid curiosity

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  8. Gotta try that second WVOR book ;) I don't think I'll bother with the thriller that failed to thrill, lol :)

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    1. Hahaha! Hey, I always say, don't take my word for it. It has high marks in GR, Untouchable might appeal to you more than it did me.

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  9. I have seen that Visions in Red book around and most readers are liking it. I will have to try it sometime. Sorry the second one was a flop. Oh well, it happens.

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    1. Hmm, I don't think WVoR is for you, it's too raunchy and gory. I know you're not into those.

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  10. Yeah if it's labeled thriller, it needs to be thriller.

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  11. Beside your few issues, it still sounds like it was a good story. I feel like those serial style short stories series are always a bit too short and make me eager for the next one. That would rub me a bit wrong is a characer acts out of character.

    Untouchable sounds like it had a god cocnept, but didn't quite get there. I am usually not a fan of thrillers, so I am usually happy when a book marketed as a thriller doesn't quite fit the term, but better use of the term thriller would be even better. It seems like books get marketed a bit too easily as thriller's sometimes, while suspense might be the better term.

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    1. WVoR isn't a serial, I don't know why she named both books the same name. But each installment is around 200pages?

      Well then you just might love Untouchable!

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  12. Both seem to have big potential. It's hard when a book promises some good tension and doesn't or a character acts...well, out of character. ;) But they both still sound like they fall on the engaging read side of things for you.

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    1. Untouchable wasn't so bad, I guess I was in the mood for MORE sex, danger, blood, the whole horror show

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  13. I can see why you had issues with Untouchable.

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  14. Great reviews Braine, I think the hardest thing to get around if you just can't connect with a star character. It sours almost everything then. Hey at least 1 was a winner!! :)

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    1. That is important when it comes to contemporary novels because it doesn't have a "fantasY' aspect to it that can divert the attention or drive the story.

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  15. With Visions of Red sounds interesting but I think I'll wait for Part 3, especially if the heroine is going down the TSTL route! Glad you're loving this book so far though! Too bad about Untouchable! :-/ - Amir

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    1. you'll definitely know if she goes full on TSTL

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  16. Wolfe is on my list! Maybe by the time I'm actually able to fit them in they'll all be out :D

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    1. She's churning these books fast! I love the short wait

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  17. I am so glad that you are loving WVoR too. I have no idea where it is going and am excited for book 3 too... I know she's working on it!
    A shame you didn't enjoy Untouchable.

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    1. Yes! Thanks for the gift, Naomi, I am really enjoying the series. I want to know who the killer is!!

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  18. Seriously, I need to stop putting off With Visions of Red. Sounds like such an awesome series.

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  19. Wolfe's series is on my wishlist. Too bad about Untouchable.

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    1. I hope you get to it soon, it's a great erotic thriller. Sex and serial murders, can't get any hotter than that lol... morbid I know

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  20. I really enjoy Wolfe's writing, Braine, and now I want Visions of Red right now. Untouchable sounds like the premise was really good, but maybe didn't fully deliver. It's hard when we feel unfulfilled when we finish reading.
    Have a fantastic day, Braine :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I hope you can squeeze in WVoR soon, I'm constantly in suspense!

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