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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Review: BANG by E.K. Blair

Title: Bang
Author: E.K. Blair
Black Lotus #1
Publication Date: May 9, 2014
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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I'm not innocent.
I haven't been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was suppose to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.


I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I'm ready to take back that was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it's the heart.
**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing**
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"Nothing is real until you break down the walls and reveal the ugliness."

"What on earth did I just read?" was my first thought after finishing this book. "OMFG" was my second. Dark erotic suspense novels aren't everyone's cup of tea but I'm starting to find it's one of my guilty pleasures. I was so torn on how I'd go about rating this book to be honest. But even though Bang took me way out of my comfort zone, it's undeniable that this book was brilliantly written. I'm still reeling and in shock with how it ended though. WHAT WAS THAT CLIFFY?! Bang would make one epic revenge thriller movie. Holy smokes.

Bang is told solely in the pov of Nina (aka Elizabeth) but there are three other key players in the book. Nina had a horrible childhood. I found the flashbacks to be the most disturbing aspect of the novel. I found myself literally cringing while reading them. As a result of her traumatic past, Nina has turned off her emotions in order to get revenge. She's deceiving and conniving but I sympathized with her. Nina is the wife of Bennett who loves her dearly. He's a sweetheart and I actually found I liked him more than Declan. Declan is the only one who could make Nina feel. I kind of thought his love was like an extreme case of infatuation. I couldn't tell if either of them truly loved the other.  Lastly, there's Pike who has known, loved and protected Nina since she was young. In a way, he's her accomplice. I liked Pike at the beginning but that quickly went downhill as the story progressed. All the characters in Bang were memorable. Even after finishing this book, I couldn't stop thinking about the story, the characters and what would happen next!

I thought plot development was perfectly paced. Each chapters was like a bread crumb and I found myself zooming through Bang, striving for the next chapter just to know how Nina's plan plays out. There were a number of WTF moments in this book, but there was one in particular that I have deemed as one of the biggest in my reading history. The scene was so good, then BAM What. The. Fuck. Just. Eww..? I had to read it twice to be sure I didn't read it wrong haha. Anyway, Bang was an intense and twisted rollercoaster. You may find yourself conflicted with who's side you're on (I certainly did). But I can guarantee that it's a book you won't be able to put down once you start! E.K. Blair hit this one out of the park.

"The heart is a weapon—a self-inflicting weapon—that 
if not trained properly, can destroy a person."

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  1. I'll admit that the synopsis doesn't do anything for me, but the way you described it... *need*! I love revenge and thrillers, so yes please. ;) I'm a bit scared about those WTF moments, though. xD

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    1. Aimee, it's SO thrilling but messed up and twisted and sometimes disturbing but heart-pounding and amazing. I don't even know how to explain it lol I definitely think it's the kind of book you either hate or love.

  2. DAMN, I'm definitely convinced. Not really into erotica, but, since this is a thriller erotica suspense, I might as well give it a shot; I LOVE SUSPENSE. A great review you've written there, Jae!!

  3. Eeek this one sounds like there's a lot of dark erotica and things I may feel uncomfortable with Jae! It sounds so complex! Lovely review <3