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I'd glimpsed the human behind the monster. Now I couldn't go back. At a busy coffee shop in Houston, Mia meets tall, dark, hot Brandon Levine. Brandon's jade-colored eyes captivate her. His smile beguiles her. But what secrets is he hiding behind those eyes and dazzling smile? Soon she'll discover Brandon's insidious motives and truths that will shock her. And just waiI'd glimpsed the human behind the monster. Now I couldn't go back. At a busy coffee shop in Houston, Mia meets tall, dark, hot Brandon Levine. Brandon's jade-colored eyes captivate her. His smile beguiles her. But what secrets is he hiding behind those eyes and dazzling smile? Soon she'll discover Brandon's insidious motives and truths that will shock her. And just wait till she meets his brother Tyler. Themes: Stockholm syndrome, sociopathic behavior, bondage (not role-play), non-con, abduction, dark erotic thriller WARNING: This book contains controversial themes. BND is NOT for everyone. REITERATION: This book involves offensive content and isn't for everyone. I am not being condescending; I just want to warn anyone who might be triggered emotionally by non-con and dub-con. I do not want my books to upset anyone. Kindle Edition: Edition:

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boy next door Reviews

  • Lucy
    2019-05-07 05:38

    4 1/2 fucked up stars! lol This story had me enthralled from beginning to end. I know some people will not like it due to the very dark nature of it but I couldn't put it down. It was a page turner. I would classify this more as a horror story than dark erotica. Ok the main characters are....Brandon who is batshit crazy! To give you a little taste of Brandon, click on this lovely quote from him (view spoiler)[ "I want to make sure you don't go to the police. To help ensure this, I'm going to make you eat the contents of this used condom." (hide spoiler)]The female main character is Mia....poor dim witted Mia. This chick is so dumb! It's just one dumb decision after another with this girl. Now....(view spoiler)[ I am a fan of fall in love with your captor stories but in this case I just can't understand why Mia falls for Brandon. The stuff he did to her and others is just too much. At one point Mia makes a list of all the good qualities about him and I just laughed my ass off at her stupidity. I know we are supposed to think this is a case of Stockholm Syndrome but to me it comes across more as the too stupid to live syndrome. (hide spoiler)]Towards the end we are introduced to Brandon's brother...Tyler. Tyler is also psycho. The scenes with Tyler, Mia and Brandon's cousin Alicia had me....As far as the ending goes. (view spoiler)[ I was rooting for Mia to smarten up and stay the hell away from Brandon and his fucked up family but like the true idiot she is she goes back to him. I have no doubt that sociopath Brandon will once again stop taking his meds and revert back to the psycho he truly is.(hide spoiler)]The author has a warning at the beginning of the book and this is warranted as the book has some really disturbing content. As a lover of dark fiction, I really did enjoy this book even though the characters drove me crazy & their actions disturbed me greatly. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Angie **loves angst**
    2019-04-30 01:02

    I wish I could go back in time and stop my past self from reading this book. No actually I wish I could go back and stop myself from buying this book.My biggest question is: Why the hell is this called "The Boy Next Door?" My facial expression remained like this while reading this:My thoughts while reading this:EwwwUghhhWhat the fuck!This girl is so dumb...Is he serious?OMGI cant...Please make it stop!The characters are all completely insane and should all be shipped off to a home for the mentally disturbed. There was no plot, and I was confused and disgusted most of the time. Sadly it's too late for me, but there's still time for you to save yourself from reading this literary torment masquerading as a book.Rating: 1 Bad, Bad, Bad Stars

  • ♡Meme♡Reads love♡
    2019-04-25 07:47

    Hell to the no! Need to make a book shelf that says that. This book was...I just had to be curious and see what this was all about I ve been reading a few kidnapping stories but this one was just bat sh@t insane Brandon, my first thought.. oh yeah he's what he did to Mia in the beginning had me thinkingThen what he did to the pizza girl in front of Mia I was like I was ready to kill that fool So then Mia gets away but of course comes back and he tells her finally the reason he's the way he is these are his words "I have what they call narcissistic personality disorder. Medication doesn't normally help but since I'm also bipolar, they prescribed an anti-depressant, mood stabilizer and anti-psychotic meds. I'll give you a few minutes to let that sink in." YES He Said All That but thats not all"I have one more diagnosis. They say I have antisocial personality disorder, which means I have sociopathic tendencies. Supposedly.'So basically this fools likeand likewhich means he's like And a lil bit likebut Mia when she hears all this he asked her if she was ok with it had he scared her off dumb girl says "No it's okay I'll be fine."I mean really girlThis story... oh just forget it, just no I'm done!

  • ❃**✿【Yasmine】✿**❃
    2019-04-25 03:37

    'Boy Next Door' is an intense violent read with aspects of horror.I feel the need to warn you, if you don't like violent scenes then you may want to click on my spoiler so that you know what you're letting yourself in for...So please note that this book includes descriptions and scenes that involve; (view spoiler)[Kidnapping, heavy violence against females, heavy mental health issues, incest, sadistic rapes, forced pregnancy, under-age sex and a physically forced abortion. (hide spoiler)]BLURB: 18 year old beauty and coffee shop worker, Mia, is approached by a handsome customer after her car breaks down outside the shop. He offers her a ride. Though she is unsure, she accepts. He's obviously rich, handsome, used to getting what he wants. After she realises he's not taking her home, terror sweeps over her, he acts strange, he's intense but sweet at the same time.'His name was Brandon, a twenty-five-year-old medical school student. This really impressed me, though I couldn't imagine a doctor with a scythe tattoo.'Soon she's running for her life, but is captured, she gets to experience the sexually sadistic side of Brandon. Afterwards he brings her to his home. In order to make Mia understand his actions, he reveals to her that he has a heart defect.“What if someone said you only had so many months to live, what would you do?”“I'd spend every second doing the things I’ve always wanted.”And what does Brandon want? He wants a wife, a family, a happily ever after. But he believes in a twisted version of love.'Memories of his threats mingled paradoxically with loving kisses.'He's obsessed with sex, especially the non-consent and violent kind.“If you get me arrested, I’ll do a lot worse after I get out. I'll rape you ten times, force you to eat cum every time I jack off... then I’ll piss on you and then I’ll kill you.”The story turns into a twisted romance, Mia is deluded and experiencing Stockholm Syndrome, she believes that her survival depends on her obeying him. She discovers more about Brandon, he has some sort of conscience, he's also deluded, has a massive ego, easily angered, disrespects women, is incredibly devious, and obsessive with sex and love.“You want me to, don't you? You want me to be your dark knight in shining armour. Mia, my sweet, your wish is my command.”And that's just the first half of the book.- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Brandon isn't you're typical kidnapper, he's a spoilt egoistical jock with heavy mental health issues, and it is implied that he is a serial rapist. I really wouldn't call this a 'dark erotica', it's got some consensual sex in it, but the non-consensual scenes aren't heavily made up to arouse.This book kept me on edge and desperate to know what happens next. It was filled full of violence and goings on.What was it about Brandon? He was written soooo goddamn evil, but then, we get tiny glimpses of the real him underneath, the one you want to love and understand.I would like the title and the book cover to match up what's truly inside this book.All in all, I enjoyed it, it was a roller-coaster ride in hell, I did wish the end turned out differently, though I was satisfied with it. I will try more of the authors books.If you're wondering the clinical terms for what is the matter with Brandon:(view spoiler)[“I have – what they call – narcissistic personality disorder.... I'm also bipolar..”“I told my doctor that porn featuring rape arouses me...”“They say I have antisocial personality disorder, which means I have sociopathic tendencies. Supposedly.” (hide spoiler)]

  • Alex
    2019-04-28 06:38

    My fear of him waltzed with tentative love for him. Love?? After only 6 days of captivity? Yeah, it's a DNF at 17% for me.

  • Katie
    2019-05-20 02:41

    And to think I was on such a good streak here with reading amazing books...What can I say about this book other than "WHAT THE HELL DID I JUST READ?!"Hated the characters...all of them were as bat-shit crazy as the next...The writing was good...but the story itself was just so not anything I want to be reading EVER again. I felt like the author just tried to fit as much taboo shit as she could into this book and it just DIDN'T WORK...not for me at least.Maybe this book was just TOO fucked up for me to handle...

  • Jamie ♡♡ submits to books ♡♡
    2019-04-27 08:57

    ☆☆☆☆ 4.5 Brandon Stars ☆☆☆☆Never talk to strangers. Never accept a ride from strangers. Never take candy from strangers. Never, never, never. Miah is young and naive. She has lived a less than ideal life. Her father left her mom and her, her mother so heart broken commits suicide.Just existing in her life, Miah comes face to face with Mr. Gorgeous. Brandon is rich and knows how to sweet talk a girl. When he sees what he wants, he goes after it and Miah, is what he wants.Miah is handed a little car trouble and Brandon comes to the resue.Accepting Brandon's help is about to turn Miah's into a captivating hell. The things Brandon does to Miah is beyond the barriers of love and adoration. Obsession!!! Brandon's obsession forms love for not only him but for Miah as well. "Brandon, you're the only one who can make or break me. I don't know whether to be afraid of you, or just love you and let you love me. But I know I need to obey you. My survival depends on it. A piece of humanity lies somewhere inside your heart. I know this and it brings me comfort."But one man's obsession brings so many other forms of heartbreak. Miah is left with more than a shattered heart, she must fight for life of two people.As the two are reunited, things can only stay heart warming for so long before the sociopath rears he ugly head."Seriously, Mia. Don't try this shit a second time. I won't be giving you a third chance. If you ever, ever warn me about leaving and taking my son with you—Christ." His head swayed in frustration. "The next time I'll take a razor to your throat."The turn this book takes is a whole new tale of a family full of dysfunction. Beyond the words of comprehension, Miah's life us once again slammed head on.How this book ends the way it does is beyond anything I expected.This book is a tale of Stockholm Syndrome at its finest.Brandon is a dispicable human being that fights for forgiveness. He needs the woman he loves to forgive....but is that possible?!?!Emma Clark.....amazingly crazy....I LOVED IT....thank you!!

  • Jessica
    2019-05-21 05:50

    Call me crazy but i loved this book. I read the reviews about how this book was horrible and how the author must be a wakadoodle. I say screw them,before you even read the book there is a warning that tells you; if your not into this type stuff then do not read. How awesome is that. This damn book had me mentally second guessing myself, i felt like i had some of the syndromes casue i sympathised with the two main characters.What really made this book wonderful is that life is not always about fairy tales and red roses, there are some things in life that happenes and we dont always have control over it. This book portrays exactly that.This is my one warning to all readers:PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNINGS, LIST TO THE AUTHOR SHE WROTE THE DAMN BOOK,READ THE BLURB, and lastly dont critisie the book cause you are warned.p.s sorry for all the typos i was up all night finishing this book and just could not proof read(so what, you get my point).

  • Jena Crawford
    2019-04-25 01:01

    Oh shit that was some dark twisted fuckery right there!! The story of Mia and Brandon were crazy!! There is no good way to sum up this story except that I totally liked it hahaha. There wasn't much development in the characters or the story really it just jumped straight into the action, like you've already known what's going on. Not saying that that's bad!! Well if you read this book prepare yourself for some seriously dark and disturbing shit. I didn't have the feeling of love for the H like I have in other books either, maybe that's due to the under development meh anyway enjoy it really is good!! Crazy, but good!

  • Michelle ♥ The Romance Vault ♥
    2019-04-24 06:55

    I really did hate this book. It isn't dark romance, it isn't dark erotica..... Some of the tags that come up for this book quote 'erotic thriller, pyschological suspense, mystery, thriller and suspense, well the one tag that is missing that definitely needs to be there is EROTIC HORROR! I read the warning heck that's what drew me to reading it, I love a dark book, so this has nothing to do with me not be able to handle graphic and dark situations, I have read many books 'on the dark side' this is not of their calibre at all, this is often offensive and pyscotic, there's non consensual rape and there is just plain sick stuff. I'm not saying that all are going to dislike it but for those that follow what I read they will know what I mean and I know where I am coming from and from that I won't be alone in my judgement.And ok what the hell is it with the warnings non-con - dub-con here on goodreads? This is very poor warnings to those that can't work out that those mean non consensual and dubious content - felt like text writing and the author trying to keep the word count down - stupid! But my cheeky side has to come out and say this; this is DEF-CON 1 based on the darkness of content ☺This isn't a dark erotic romance, this is Stockholm Syndrome stretched to it's very limits. So many things don't sit right in the creation of this story. There is no real character building, I can't believe Mia, she really makes it impossible to like her. What she let happens because she did actually LET them happen is frustrating The story was so weak, there were many arguable situations compiled that she could have got away from but brainlessly didn't. I mean one case of being stupid and weak is when the pizza delivery came, Brandon was occupied and still she just stood there and did his bidding, why the effin hell did she not go grab the biggest thing to bash over his head! This was pretty much how the rest panned out, she let him do some horrendous stuff and watched him do some horrendous stuff and then if that's not enough she (spoiler coming)............. let Tyler do the same. Oh my god this book is just dreadful.I can't forgive the author for the scenarios depicted in this book. E.G. so imagine you haven't seen your captor for 3 - 4 months and out of the blue you get an invitation to a party from a person you've never met to a place you've never been and five seconds later you're all excited having decided your going..... I don't think so, especially in her condition.......So you go to said party and you are suddenly face to face with your captor, he's all over you saying all these disorders he's been diagnosed with and your just standing there wanting to get your rocks off with him, you then allow him as your walking past a swimming pool 5 months pregnant to literally grab you and yank you in? What the hell! Do you really think a pregnant woman is going to be squealing and laughing after that - geez it's just downright dangerous, stupid and off the frickin sane scale!Then she wants her dad to trust her 'because' as of yet she hasn't made a bad decision as of yet - oh pl-eeease!The she meets Brandon's mum and her first words ever to her are: 'It's nice to meet you Doris' I was a little taken aback by this, that she didn't call her Mrs Levine and then after 'Doris' has cooked them a fry up Doris asks Mia 'How do you like the house so far' to which Mia replies '.........., thank you for letting me stay here Mrs. Levine.' To which Doris replies 'Doris. Mrs. Levine makes me sound ancient...........' Oh call me all kinds of crazy but this is backwards! It's the little idiosyncrasies like this that leave me feeling the author hasn't put enough thought into the deliverance. If you want a dark erotic romance then go read Captive in the Dark, Seduced in the Dark, The Tied Man, The Dark Light of Day, to name but a few, all of these will give you an excellent dark erotic love story, but this book won't it is simply too way out the on the sick end of the scale there is nothing within these pages that would redeem it at all to be able to place the word 'love' in it.

  • J
    2019-04-29 09:05

    I'm sorry but I found no redeeming social value in this book and I'm angry at myself that I finished it. I kept waiting for something other than just titillation as the purpose behind this book that shows rape, kidnapping, abortion performed on an underage girl with a knitting needle and finally murder on a grown human with the same knitting needle. All of this I guess because, not just someone, but a number of people were seriously mentally ill. But no reason or redemption was even really attempted or offered. Wow, I wish I'd skipped this one.

  • Marcia Lazdins Hendershot
    2019-04-23 07:44

    !!!!!WOW!!!! Intense book. You have to have an open mind when reading this. If you get offended easy or have a stick up your a** do not read this book. But if you are not afraid to keep your mind open and get totally sucked into a book, if you want to read something that will make you keep turning the pages and forget to go to the bathroom, then this is the book for you!!!!WOW!!!! 4.5 solid stars!

  • Lee Anne - OMG! It's TOOOOO Cold!
    2019-05-03 07:38

    HOLY FUCK BATMAN! This is one twisted, sick, disturbing story. It’s a dark read that will leave you reeling from the implications of it all. Mia met Brandon. Mia accepted a ride from Brandon. Brandon destroyed everything Mia knew.Mia’s car wouldn’t start after work one night. Brandon happened to be there and offered her a ride home. Mia doesn’t know Brandon, but she gets in the car with him anyway. I mean, he looks like the boy next door, so he should be safe right? WRONG!Mia ends up being held captive by Brandon and he does every imaginable thing to her. OMG! I was breaking for Mia. Brandon keeps her there for weeks. He terrorizes her, rapes her. Yet, she falls in love with him. Yep. You heard it. Falls in love with him. Definitely a case of Stockholm Syndrome. But what happens when she finally gets free? Is she ever really free?I loved this story. It’s dark and twisty nature made me love it that much more. Be WARNED!!! There is kidnapping, rape, bondage (not roleplay) and Stockholm Syndrome. If any of those things offend you, DON’T READ IT! There is nothing consensual in this book, so be prepared.So, if it was full of nothing consensual, why did I love it? It’s so well written and even though Brandon is a rapist, I actually ended up feeling a bit sorry for him. Not enough to acquit him, but enough. After learning about his family, it made me feel for him. He actually does a few (NOT MANY) redeeming qualities. It was an interesting look into the mind of a psychopath.Definitely worth the read! Be remember…it’s not pretty, there are no flowers, there is no romance. It’s dark, twisted, sick and disturbing. You have been warned.

  • Karen111
    2019-05-03 03:49

    DNF at 15%. What a dud!!! This story is about Mia, who accepts a lift from a stranger who she finds intimidating to begin with. Then he kidnaps, rapes and holds her hostage. I didn't have a problem with the content. In fact, the darker the better. What I did have a problem with was how utterly stupid and defeated Mia was from very early on, and I couldn't relate to her whatsoever. I'd like to think that if I were unfortunate enough to be THAT stupid, I'd at least hate the guy on the inside, while planning my escape. And the scene with the pizza delivery girl??? Woeful and completely unbelievable. This book is all cock and no balls.

  • Willow Madison
    2019-05-21 08:40

    Too unrealistic. Not much about this worked for me. I didn't like any of the characters. Hell, I didn't even love to hate any of the characters :-/It was creative in a field of same-ol'-same-ol' but the lack of any convincing plot ploys or characters just made it more frustrating/laughable than awesome for me. Bottom line: felt too much like every dark taboo was thrown together around a core story that could've been good without all the bells/whistles.

  • Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
    2019-05-19 09:00

    Read 5 chapter and waiting no wait dying to read the full book.I loved it till now and for loving this book if anyone thing I am twisted then I am but if u are looking for a dark read this one is for u.

  • Azra tariq
    2019-05-14 02:01

    Seriously, this book had it all but in a very twisted way, from romance to obsession to kinky violent acts and mental disorders which made it all the more of a fast paced read. Never a dull moment.

  • Lorrie
    2019-05-03 05:52

    I have mixed feelings about this one. It was definitely interesting, to say the least. I think I'm going to have to spoiler tag the bulk of this so I don't give anything away though.(view spoiler)[So this is basically about a bunch of damaged, messed up people who do messed up things or act in messed up ways. There was not one sane, rational person in this entire book! I mean the main character, Mia, may have had rational thoughts, but her actions and words were anything but rational (except at the way beginning). Is it because of Stockholm Syndrome? Most likely, but when she chose to be with Brandon at the end, did she still have it? I'm not sure so sure.While I was super curious to find out what happened to all the characters, I can't say that I connected with any of them. I kind of expected that in hindsight since Brandon and his brother were both all kinds of fu@%ed up. But I expected to connect more with Mia. At the beginning, I felt bad for her, but as the story progressed, due to her choices (regardless of Stockholm Syndrome or not), I became disappointed in her. She put her unborn child in harm's way; she didn't put or wasn't able to put her child's well-being first. Maybe that's not fair of me to feel that way though. I don't know much about Stockholm Syndrome; I kept trying to remind myself that she was young, and that she didn't plan on getting pregnant. But I guess because she was one of the main characters, and the "good" one, the victim, I expected her to make better choices at some point. But she went back to Brandon at the very end. I felt like she was just continuing the cycle – another generation of Levines - another boy that will be all kinds of fu@%ed up too, growing up with a father like Brandon. I mean, it's not like Brandon just suffered from depression or was JUST bipolar. He was a sociopath! And off his medication he was DANGEROUS! And he went off his medication before – who’s to say he wouldn’t do it again?!? I know that Mia didn't really have anywhere to go - her stepmother didn't want her living with them...but this is where I expected her to wake the heck up, snap out of it and GET AWAY…to leave and raise her little boy somewhere far, far away. (hide spoiler)]None of these characters acted in the manner I expected them to. Everything they said, the way they acted or reacted, the things they did...this was just one of those books that made me feel weird while reading it. I just felt a bit uncomfortable I was definitely sucked into the storyline because I had NO idea what was going to happen next. Can I say I enjoyed the book? Not really. But that doesn’t mean that I didn't like the author's writing style or find the story interesting. My hat’s off to Emma Clark. This book messed with my feelings, fu@%ed with my mind, and keep me wondering what was going to happen next. It’s not going to be everybody’s cuppa. But I’ll definitely be reading more of this author’s books.

  • Toni FGMAMTC
    2019-05-21 05:48

    This book is not for the faint!  Do not read it if you need a definite good guy ending or if you can't handle rape and torture and most of all mind-fucking.  I was recommended the title by a friend that knows I love truly dark reads.Boy Next Door is probably the best, truest anti-hero book I've ever read.  Not only does it deal with all of these super taboo subjects and fetishes, but it also contains true psychological disorders.  In most dark reads, even though one of the leads starts out asshole-ish, the reader ends up being won over by later actions.  The lead changes, even though that doesn't condone everything they have done, we still forgive them.  In this book, the lead is pretty mental and probably not quite possible of true change, and many things that happen in the book are just unforgivable.  Yet...the author has totally warped me into having feelings for Brandon!  WTF!!  How did that happen?  Some of the scenes are still bothering me now.  Not all of the worst scenes involve the lead Brandon.  His whole family is pretty fucked up!toniI loved it! My mind is still melted in a pool on the floor.My review

  • Kelster
    2019-04-27 04:03

    I'm not sure what to say about this book. It was weird, violent, insane, and twisted. The writing was simplistic and the dialogue could be off the wall and unrealistic but I'm not sure if that emanated from poor writing or silly/demented ass characters. What I will say is that I was fully engaged, rarely put the book down and even when I was rolling my eyes I didn't stop reading because I wanted to know what would happen next. Sometimes events happened and moved along pretty quickly and that prevented me from experiencing the full effect of what the characters were doing or felt, etc. Because of that I understood why the h became attached but I didn't feel it so I didn't have the connection between the H and h that I would have liked. In reading this book I experienced events and actions but never emotions or attachments.

  • Betty
    2019-05-10 05:40

    What a wonderful unconventional love story. Brandon is 'the boy next door' and he definitely has a few issues. Mia is his loved interest and against all odds she falls in love with Brandon. This is defiantly a book for adults only and gets into some very controversial topics including kidnapping and rape. It is well written with a good plot and more than a few surprises. I love this author's work and look forward to more from her.

  • Sharonda
    2019-04-27 05:55

    So I just got finished reading the first 45 pages and one word comes to mind Intense!! Can't wait to read the rest of it.

  • Nikki ღ Navareus
    2019-05-20 07:37

    Well, I liked it. It was twisted and dark. Hard to stomach in some parts, but I couldn't put it down. Worth a read if you are into very dark reads.

  • Sam
    2019-05-22 04:02

    DNF @ 16%First, the tiniest gripe of all. Whole sentences were italicized for emphasis regularly, not just words. Which…pulls me out of the story, because I’m like, “Why is this whole damn sentence italicized?” Better to emphasize one word, or add dialogue tags to specify if the whole sentence is being said that vehemently. I understand--and so do most people--that things said during sex might have a certain inflection; I don't need fully italicized sentences to alert me to it. That's just my opinion.Biggest gripe: Way too much telling instead of showing. Showing is how we feel emotion as readers—not by being told, coldly and mechanically, what the character felt as briefly as possible. Oh yeah. I nodded, miserable.What do you FEEL when you read that? Nothing. Boredom, maybe. Definitely not feeling the misery though—and there’s nothing before or after that sentence to build on that feeling, and this is just one example. This is how just about every scene is. Then when there IS an instance of just the slightest amount of showing instead of telling, it’s completely wrong, colored by the omniscience of knowing what is going to happen to your character, instead of not knowing, which you wouldn’t if you are the main character. While writing terrifying scenes with people doing terrifying things to your character, especially if you’re writing in first person, you have to be able to put yourself there, as if you’re the MC, not knowing if the next moment could be your last, not knowing what this unhinged person is thinking, what they’re going to do to you. You should be afraid for your life—I should be able to tell you are afraid for your life as the reader. It has to ring true, or when I read it, I’m instantly pulled out of the story to ask myself why the MC is being so…obnoxiously omniscient, or disinterested in whether or not she’s about to be carved up like a Thanksgiving turkey. This is not realistic. In this circumstance, of course different people will react differently, but this character does not react at all when a creepy stranger pulls a switchblade on her. In fact, there’s absolutely no reaction from her, verbal or otherwise—despite this being in first person—until he eventually slices her panties open. What is her response to this? Terrified, incoherent begging? Pleading for him not to kill her/rape her/maim her? Bargaining for her life? No. Her face warms. Like when you’re embarrassed. Because now the psychopath can see her vagina? My, how embarrassing. That should definitely be your ruling emotion right now. And the expression of that emotion should definitely be limited to blushing.No. No, it should not.I just… I pretty much gave up on the book in that moment. I kept reading, because I do try to get to 30% before I decide whether or not to continue, plus I really wanted to meet his brother and see what that was all about, but… there’s no point. I feel like I'm beta-reading. In my opinion, this book needs some punching up. I get that writing in emotion doesn’t come naturally to some people, but that just means you have to consciously add it in, consciously work harder to make the scene come alive, not just leave it out altogether. The concept for this book is interesting, I was really eager to read it, but the dry, emotionless execution and the completely unrealistic characters are just more than I can handle. I don’t want to finish it, because I don’t want to give it a bad rating. I hope someday the book gets edited—I say edited, but I don’t mean for spelling and grammar, I mean creative editing. A really involved, dedicated beta maybe, with an ability to help out with scenes that need to be fleshed out, and to stop lines like “I couldn’t imagine such a cute guy being anywhere near dangerous” from being in the final manuscript (because it makes your heroine look incredibly stupid, and instantly deserving of a too-stupid-to-live shelving). The same events could transpire, just in a more believable way. Also, the flaunting of how rich he is on the first page? This is overkill. For one thing, his wealth is mostly irrelevant at this point, but if you want to introduce it, that’s fine—just introduce it with the car. Instead of having him basically be like, “Hey, I’m rich. Hey you! I’m so rich!” Specify what kind of black sports car he’s driving (a Porsche or whatever) and the reader will be intelligent enough to figure out that is an expensive car that Joe Plumber probably can’t afford. Or she can even speculate on it, but no overkill. Don’t have him refer to the neighborhood where his house is as where the “big, fancy houses” are. Especially if he isn’t joking. Furthermore, the scene where she’s (this isn’t really a spoiler since it's in the sample, but whatever)(view spoiler)[ realizing he’s not taking her home… there is NO EMOTION IN THAT SCENE. NONE. There’s no fear, there’s no… “that can’t possibly be right” or false assurances from him that there’s road work or…ANYTHING.(hide spoiler)]The scene is barebones, and it should be a lot tenser/more horrifying than it is. (And at no point up to at least 16% do I get anything from his character. Don't even get me started on the day-one "I could start to like him as a person" bullshittery when she doesn't know any more than I do and has infinitely better reasons to hate/fear him.)Also, the rape scenes have no emotion whatsoever. They’re all mechanics—what goes where and for how long. Anyone picking the book up has a general idea of how that works, but there should be feelings here to paint the picture, even if you don’t want to go too in depth with it (which is understandable, because triggers) she should be feeling something. And if she isn’t, perhaps glossing over the non-eventful rape scenes—like the second one, which could have easily been a one paragraph summation of what was happening/taking forever (since no emotions were woven in), and then pick up with the (view spoiler)[bleeding (hide spoiler)] that happens as a result. Otherwise, it can get boring, and if you’re bored reading the sample of the book, chances are, you aren’t going to buy it.If you’re thinking about reading this, download the sample. If the sample doesn’t bother you, you should be good to go—barring the triggers, I didn’t even make it to all of those, so I can’t advise you there. But if telling instead of showing bothers you, and a TSTL heroine… there’s a lot of that in this one. Read the sample to see if it’s right for you. I knew before the first chapter was over that is wasn’t going to be the right style for me.p.s. I'm also pretty sure at one point his eyes were green...but then in another scene they were cerulean. So, that was a little confusing (if it wasn't relevant to the plot, and I just didn't get to it yet).

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    2019-05-22 03:04

    This is one of those books that you will either love or hate! I was very close to hating it but eventually, I actually liked how it turned out.Mia is an ordinary girl who works at a cafe. One day she encounters a tall, handsome but broody man. Brandon Levine is a mystery from the first moment she sees him. When her car breaks down outside her work place, Brandon offers her a ride home. How dangerous can a beautiful man be?As it turns out, very dangerous. Brandon is cruel and he has issues.Abducted, abused and terrified, she tries to survive as the man she was attracted to turns out to be a monster.I think the author did a good job portraying Brandon's sickness. His psychological condition is very complicated and I think his mood swings were very realistic.My main concern with this book was Mia's behavior. She went from fearing for her life to actually loving Brandon. Clearly, her emotions were all messed up because she was obviously suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. The author, of course, warns us of that.As the story progressed and more characters entered the picture, the plot thickened even more. Danger seems to lurk behind Brandon's family as well.The writing was good. Brandon's insanity was believable. The emotions between scenes seemed a bit rushed at times, but maybe this had to do more with Brandon's condition than with the writing itself. I loved the end. Also, the title has more to do with how much a person's appearance can be deceiving. In this case, Brandon's friendly demeanor was heavily misleading and Mia was trapped because of his boy next door charisma.3.5 Stars from me.

  • Blondie
    2019-05-14 00:40

    This book is a dark psychological erotic thriller. However it has everything to make a good story.Mia is a young impressionable girl who happens to draw the attention of a disturbed young man. I think Brandon wants to be better though and I think Mia and the baby they are expecting are enough of a reason to want it enough. The real question is; is it to late for Mia to forgive the past horrors he put her through.The character development in this story is good. As the reader I got a sense of where the MCs came from and how they got to this point in their lives.

  • Nance
    2019-04-24 05:51

    12/10/13 - I really don't know what to make of this novel....really have to think on it. I'm torn on so many levels...1/2/14 - Okay, where do I begin? Well, this book was definitely a hard read. So much going on in only a seemingly short novel. Yes, some things were difficult to read. But, I wouldn’t say it was a horror story per say, with fictional monsters like vampires or zombies. But, there was a monster present, and his name was Brandon. He was just so delusional...mentally unstable. Tender one minute and volitile the next. It was tragic. It was so sad. But, when dealing with the mental stability of some individuals, they just don’t understand that what they’re doing is not normal beyond any means whatsoever. And, Brandon had his issues that were aggressively violent that brought great pain to the trusting and intelligent Mia. She works in the local coffee shop just kind of wasting time after high school in a dismal and crummy job. While wiping down the counter, she glances up at amazing blue-green eyes staring at her from across the room. They belong to a tall dark-haired smiling guy that has that celebrity-enhanced quality. With his arm muscles bulging and a noticeable scythe tattoo on display, he just permeates with confidence and power. When Mia has finished her shift and tries to start her ancient car, it of course, has a mind of its own. Shit! It won’t start! The handsome guy from the coffee shop, who introduces himself as Brandon, offers to give her a ride home. He reveals to her that it just happens to be on his way after she tells him where she lives. Does she take the ride from him or sit in this stressful situation alone? Mia, thinking that he seems nice enough, and it’s not that far a drive so what could possibly happen, decides to take him up on his offer. Mia, though, soon finds herself a victim to a horrible and physically violated situation by a mentally violent-strickened demon. What was she ever thinking by allowing this deviant freak give her a ride? Will she survive this barbaric assult and see her father again? Or will she become a fatal victim of Brandon’s continuous perverted violations?Wow! Was this hard to read. Unfortunately, horrific abuse like this does occur. I remember not too long ago reading how three young women were found in Cleveland, OH that had been kidnapped ten years ago. They had also been victims of a madman that abused them sexually as well as emotionally. One has to be an exceptionally strong individual to survive that kind of cruel and merciless sense of trauma. So, this novel was equally heartbreaking to read. Ms. Clark creates two characters that are sadly neglected. Mia just had a hard time fitting in with her family as her father has remarried and there’s no obvious love between her and her step-mother. Brandon comes from wealth, but he’s expected to carry-on the family profession after graduating from med-school. So, much is expected of him from his father, and obviously, he just can’t handle the responsibility. Brandon’s mind is slipping out of reality, and he needs to be reassured that he’s in control fully. He needs to have Mia as his prisoner to remain in that dominate commanding situation. And, Mia finds herself yielding to his authoritative ways. Can there be more to their relationship as the months go by? And, when this catastrophe is finally over, will Mia find herself not being able to forget the oftentimes tender and loving "boy next door" that held her captive and took away her sense of decency and self-worth?This novel wasn’t so much as brilliant, but nothing was held back – the emotion, the horror, the heartbreak, the sadness, and the intrigue as to how far the author will push the envelope was exposed. Looking forward to seeing what new thriller is next on the horizon for this enthralling author.

  • Joanne Jones
    2019-05-22 07:35

    Oh my FREAKING god!! This is one brilliant FUCKED UP book...Hmmm...............Hmmmmm...........and a even bigger HHMMMMMMMMMMM......I really don't know how to start this I am utterly flabbergasted...When looking this book up I read...I'd glimpsed the human behind the monster. Now I couldn't go back.At a busy coffee shop in Houston, Mia meets tall, dark, hot Brandon Levine. Brandon's jade-colored eyes captivate her. His smile beguiles her. But what secrets is he hiding behind those eyes and dazzling smile? Soon she'll discover Brandon's insidious motives and truths that will shock her. And just wait till she meets his brother Tyler.And I was thinking hmm ok sounds goodish, sounds like a lot of other books but then I carried on and read this....Themes: Stockholm syndrome, sociopathic behavior, bondage (not role-play), non-con, abduction, dark erotic thriller.I was like ohhh now were talking and then the warning rights there..WARNING: This book contains controversial themes. BND is NOT for everyone. REITERATION: This book involves offensive content and isn't for everyone. I am not being condescending; I just want to warn anyone who might be triggered emotionally by non-con and dub-con. I do not want my books to upset anyone. Pfft I wanted to go fucking mad because this book was awesome and stupid and brilliant and mental and just..just....MIND FUCKING MESSED UP I dunno..That's me but a woman version going mad reading this book, it was a whirlpool of emotions from happy in the beginning and then feeling like the shit is gonna hit the fan to shocked and disgusted to fucking kill me now!!!BrandonWell I can see some people are hating him and what not but I can truly say that he loved her, I ain't saying what he did was right because it wasn't but Mia was his obsession his Angel his everything and yes he was a complete and utter arsehole for what he did to her and the other chick but towards halfway through the book I started feeling like 'hmm ok, why am I starting to actually like him, his a wanker and scum on earth but I dunno man, his obsession was powerful and I felt that shit in my veins and I wanted to kill him and hug him at the same time.So everyone can hate me but hey everyone has a right to say what they want...THERE IS A WARNING FOR A REASON PEOPLE, DON'T TAKE THIS BOOK LIGHTLY, THIS IS NON STOP RAPE, NON STOP VIOLENCE, AND VERY DISTURBING SCENES THAT MADE ME WANT TO RIP MY EYES OUT!!!! PLEASE TAKE THIS WITH CAUTION...PEOPLE HAVE SUFFERED LIKE THIS FOR REAL AND IT CAN CHANGE HOW ONE FEELS...SO DON'T JUDGE EVERYONE

  • Jazzy
    2019-05-16 00:45

    The BND is certainly different and that's what makes it entertaining to a point. Reading BND is rather like watching a soap opera directed by Rob Zombie. The action starts immediately with 18 year old Mia kidnapped and raped by Brandon; who is an official card carrying whack job. Unfortunately Mia develops a bad case of Stockholm Syndrome very early on. I get the concept in theory; I don't get why it persists after Mia gains her freedom or why she willingly goes back to psycho-boy. I don't get why she "loves" him because the only reason she ever seems to give is that he is super, super HOT.BND is completely un-PC. You should only consider reading it if you are almost impossible to offend and have no triggers to hot-button issues; like rape, abuse, incest, back room knitting needle abortions...that sort of thing. Otherwise, it's a quick read with a plot that is so ridiculously ludicrous it is almost at times funny - in a very dark, sick, twisted way. Actually the story at times is so crazy and the characters somewhat under-developed that it allows the reader to maintain some emotional distance; which is really what stops the events from being downright horrifying.Brandon is diagnosed with a smorgasbord of mental illnesses and he is described as being "nice, sane, non-violent" Brandon when he is on his meds. Which makes no sense. Mental illness does not create sociopathic tendencies and sociopathic tendencies are not treated with medication. It is mentioned that is addition to his Bipolar disorder and depression and narcissistic personality disorder; that Brandon is diagnosed with Anti-social personality disorder as well. THAT will cause his socially deviant behavior and for THAT there is no successful documented treatment.In the end there is a HEA of sorts and I have a problem with that. I don't think it is implied that Brandon can really "change"; but Mia wants to believe that he can...because she loves him...because he's hot...because she has Stockholm Syndrome. But somewhere deep down, she knows what he's done, she knows what he's capable of...and she chooses to expose her child to him (her child who probably already is starting off behind the 8 ball with Brandon's share of genetics). So this is the love story of a Whack-job and an idiot.

  • Sanny
    2019-05-11 01:02

    So, I usually really like my dark reads but while story itself was alright, I had problems with the execution.This story contains many dark and twisted topics, so much in fact that it became too much to be realistic. Rape and dub-con is one thing, diverse fetishes another but why add incest on top of it? The horrendous topics felt stacked on top of each other for nothing else but the 'shocking effect'. The same problem as it came to the psychological problems: a narcissistic, bi-polar sociopath and Stockholm syndrome. Sometimes less is simply more.But my main problem with this book where the characters. There wasn't a single character that I could really feel for or into whose head I could get into. Now that might be a good thing if you are reading about Stockholm Syndrome or sociopaths but that what makes the dark and twisted tales so fascinating - the fact that some authors manage to make you empathize with the situations; they play with your head. And this book lacked that aspect completely, at least for me.In all honesty, I don't know anyone who has/had a Stockholm Syndrome but Mia's way of getting into that mindset wasn't clear for me at all. I didn't understand her first reaction in the car and I didn't understand her last reaction on the last page of the book. With Brandon, I always had the feeling that he might be 15 instead of 25 - I'm not sure if that portrayal was purposeful because of his psychological hang-ups that fore I don't know enough about his conditions but that highly prevented me from getting deeper into the story as well.Sadly this wasn't a book for me despite the initial darkness that captured my attention.