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Twist Me: A Dark Romance Anthology -12 short stories

August 15, 2017 - 6:17 am No Comments

Twist Me: A Dark Romance Anthology by Elizabeth Cash, P Mattern, Destiny Hawkins, Reagan Hollow, Erin Lee, Carissa Ann Lynch, Virginia Johnson, Ermery LeeAnn, Alana Melos, Erin Trejo, Ellie Midwood and Yolanda Olson

Published on 15th August 2017

247 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

So, a lot of people know I am not keen on a regular romance story. However; when 12 female authors known for dark storytelling get together and write an anthology all in the aid of ASPCA (For us UK readers it’s a US charity American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) I knew it was a must have.

For this review, I going to pick my favourites

Taking You Home by Elizabeth Cash: Marlow has an addiction, and it involves his toys and the female bodies. Marlow has deprived himself of his addiction and this story shows just what he does to get his fix. Meeting Aubrey he gets his fix and finds a whole new high. Whilst I knew Marlow was going to get what he wanted, I could never imagine what Marlow was going to do and the ending was apt to the book cover.

The Man in the Dark by Destiny Hawkins: Arissa and Lyla were on and off lovers, Arissa was unable to make a commitment due to the man in the dark. Whilst I was reading this story I actually felt sorry for Arissa and did doubt myself of the reality of the man in the dark. A psychological story that has an ending you don’t see coming.

Blind Capture by Virginia Johnson: What starts off to be a bad day for Naomi soon gets a lot worse, but she does not know this when she meets her mystery man off the internet. What’s begins as an innocent story about a love and lust turns into something darker. A grown woman playing with “dolls” and what she does to acquire them. I loved the way Naomi went from a timid person to a fighter. One thing I could not decide whilst reading this story was who was the monster. I would love to read more about Naomi and her search.

Loves me Not by Carissa Ann Lynch: After a nasty cycling accident Sam was helped by Jack, a seller of potions. As Sam and her boyfriend Zander were having problems she wanted a love potion but did it have the right effect. The double twist at the end made this story and was it wrong that I laughed at Jack’s confession.

Wildfire by Yolanda Olson: Jess and Judge are on a road trip escaping the law, but where do they end up. This couple reminded me of Bonny and Clyde, and whilst there were both couples on the run, that is where the comparison end. This is a dark story that keeps you guessing where they are going and as you progress through the story, you get to understand how dangerous this couple is.

If you like dark horror or romance than this is the anthology for you. The intensity of the stories made this a quick read and a book that kept me gripped from the start.

2 short stories to read: Human Ouija by L Bachman and Shock of Night by P Mattern

October 1, 2016 - 4:10 pm No Comments

Human Ouija by L Bachman

Published 14th February 2016

28 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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I was lucky to win this book from the author.
We meet Oscar grieving at his wife’s grave. Although it had been 6 months the grief is still raw. On one particular visit he meets a woman and out of curiosity starts up a conversation. It turns out that she is part of a small gypsy family. After getting invited to visit her family, he finds out that all the women are psychic, which piques his interest in the supernatural.
The way this book is written, you really feel for Oscar and can understand why he seeks ways of contacting his deceased wife. From the moment he meets the gypsies, you know something is going happen, but don’t know when. This style of writing makes this book hard to put down and because this is a short story you can read this in one sitting.
One thing I do know is that I have never used a Ouija board and after reading this book I still won’t be using one.

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Shock of Night by P Mattern

Published 17th August 2015 by Booktrope Editions

37 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Meet Hallie, her permanent residence is a mental asylum, where she has been since she admitted that she saw things. She has one friend in there called Josh who sees the same things and she makes a connection with him. One of the treatments she received was electroshock, which she had every week. After one treatment she woke up in a forest, where she met Zander and finds out that she is a jumper. I’m not going to say any more as I do not want spoil this read for you. This book is well written and you are drawn into Hallie’s life as soon as you start reading. It flows really well and before you know it, it’s finished. Even though this is a short book there are still twist to the story and OMG the ending, I never saw that coming. If you have a spare ½ hour and am looking for a good story then read this book