Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: Libertine (Act 1) by Blair Lacy

Series: Libertine
Release Date: January 21, 2015
Publisher: Blair Lacy
Genre: Erotica
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★ (ish)

I wasn’t made for love.
I was made for sex.
And I must not ever forget that.
Opal has been used and abused, but is determined to turn a new chapter in her life. Escaping from her abusive ex took her all the courage she had, but when he threatens to return and torment her again, she fears for her own life ... Meeting a tall, dark and deadly stranger might just be her salvation - or will it doom her? 

Libertine is a dark romance novel with erotica and mystery elements. Provocative, dark & twisted ... a story that will play with your mind, body and soul.

Potential.  That's what this little novelette, serial...whatever it is, has. Potential.

Opal has had a rough time.  Falling in love with the wrong man, placing all her trust in him only for it to be shattered has left her a shell of what she once was.

She has nothing.  Nothing but herself.  Her body.  Which she'll sell to survive.  Survive is all she knows how to do.

It's attention, or lack there of, from a stranger that has her thinking maybe there is more life out there for her.  But when you've been beaten down so thoroughly and have little self worth left, can you trust anyone to really put you back together...make you whole...make you happy? Furthermore, what can you really offer them?

Opal is a head trip.  Which was part of the story I enjoyed.  It's dark and prosy inside her brain.  It was also just a bit of a mess.  While I understand Opal's thoughts could very well be scattered, it felt less like a character trait and more like a writing flaw.  Yet, I could still slightly feel the disfunction, the loneliness, the heartache seeping through a bit. 

I think that with the right care, Libertine could be cleaned up to be near perfection for the dark romance genre.  It's just not quite there yet.  But it has POTENTIAL! I'll eagerly wait 'for the next episode' (that's Dr. Dre you hear) in the hopes that it fulfills a little more of what I need.

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