April 12, 2016

Release Day Blitz/Review - The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantome

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Happy Release Day to Stylo Fantome and her new book THE BAD ONES! Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card too - good luck! #ConnedIntoBeingBad

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Love isn't always bright and shiny.
Sometimes, it's dirty and wrong, buried six feet deep in a secret place where only wild things dare to go. Hidden behind a big black curtain that covers things no one should ever see.
Sometimes it happens between two people who should never be allowed to come together. One who is a match, and the other who just happens to be gasoline.
One strike is all it takes to burn the whole world down, and that's exactly what they plan on doing.
Even if it kills them.
warning: this book contains graphic sex, extremely brutal violence, bad language, and people repeatedly and knowingly breaking the law.


Di's Review

Story: 4.5
 Characters: 5 
Twists: 4.5 
Overall Rating: 5 Deliciously Dark Stars. 

  “Both of us. We're the bad ones. Together.”

Two dark souls connected with an invisible, twisted string, it's inevitable, it's toxic, it's all the wrong we crave. Dark Romance readers will definitely love this one. 

 The story is told from 3rd person POV. I'm not big on 3rd, but if the story is engaging and the characters are twisted, I look past it. Stylo did a fantastic job at painting the picture of two deeply disturbed individuals. I couldn't see past the amazing of this story. I think the story being told from 3rd added more mystery, I was part of Dulce and Con's game, but I didn't know the rules. It was like waiting for the Jack to pop out of the box. So, just read it even of you don't care for 3rd, I promise it's going to blow your mind regardless. We take a ride with these two, as they find themselves and all the darkness they desire. Lust and blood. 

  "So what'll it be? Exist on a higher plane from mere mortals and be crazy? Or retain some sanity and live amongst the flat people of the world?" 

 The characters were everything I want in my dark books. Deeply flawed, yet loveable. My kinda of loveable. There was never a question of wrong or right, it was if they could survive each other. And I loved their dynamic. Sexy dark with splashes of uncertainty. Would these two end up together or kill each other? Dulce and Con are going on my favorite characters list. I loved, loved, loved them.

  “We're going to kill each other, aren't we?” she whispered. “Baby ...” he sighed, his eyes fluttering shut as he moved to rest his forehead against her. “What a beautiful thing to say.” 

 The twists were like a lion stalking it's prey. What are these two going to do? What is the evil plan, I was biting my nails trying to figure out their motives. Since you're not in their head, you don't get the answers until it happens, I loved not knowing who was playing who. Were they on the same side or what. Do they have a chance in HELL of living in their darkness and loving each other in a twisted way? I was cheer leading, doing the running man and all that. Come on, I love these two, let them live twisted ever after. 

  "Some day, you'll really love me, and if it's even half as much as I love you, we'll set the world on fire.” 

 A fantastically written, dark romance. I highly recommend!

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Con finally unlocked the doors and she hefted herself into the massive vehicle. They sat in silence for a while, their breath fogging up the glass. Then he opened his mouth. “Did he touch you?” Dulcie knew he wasn't asking about the homeless man. “Not in any way that counts,” she replied, turning to look at him. His hands had moved to grip the steering wheel. “So he has touched you.” “Jared was just an experiment, I wanted to see if -” “You let him fucking touch you.” “You fucking left me!” she was suddenly screaming. He didn't even flinch, just gripped the steering wheel harder. “You fucking left me in this fucking town, without a goddamn goodbye! Without a goddamn word! God, you have no idea what it's been like. That fucking camera, all those drawings. And there's all these people, and talking, and feeling this way, and all the blackness, and I don't even know what's wrong with me, and nothing. You come back, and it's like nothing to you. Oh hey, Dulcie. Where's your sketchbook, Dulcie. Come to a party, Dulcie. Let me just fuck this chick in the woods, Dulcie. So you know what? Yeah, he fucking touched me. I let him fucking touch me. And I hated every minute of it, and I would pretend it was you, and I would hate you, and I would hate myself, and I just let it happen.” Con lunged across the seat, and absurdly, her first thought was “wow, he's really fast” before his fingers wrapped around her throat. She wasn't fazed, though, and she pushed right back, slapping him across the face. This only caused him to clench both hands around her neck and he yanked her forward, dragging her to him so their faces were only inches apart. “Stupid little Dulcie,” he whispered, his breath hot against her lips. She held onto his wrists and glared at him, but didn't try to pull away. His fingers got tighter. “So scared of the big bad wolf.” “I'm not … scared of you,” she managed to gasp out, but then his grip grew so tight he completely cut off her oxygen. “Of course you aren't scared of me. I'm not the wolf. You are.” So that's what was hiding behind the curtain. I wish you'd told me sooner, Con. We could've reveled in our darkness together. It felt like a weight was lifted off her back. She'd been pretending for so long, and she hadn't even realized it. Had conditioned herself to do it. It was easier to believe Con was the darkness, and she was simply drawn to it. Basking in his wake. But it was all a lie – she was every bit as dark as him. They were the same animal. She'd just been better at deceiving herself. And now they'd evolved into something else, into a new, higher being. Her lungs were throbbing, screaming for oxygen. She could feel her pulse pounding behind her face. Her mouth was open, but she couldn't make a sound. Black spots danced in front of her eyes, yet still they stared at each other. Recognizing each other, maybe for the first time ever. Maybe for the last time. What a way to die, looking into the face of this beautiful boy. What a gift.  

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Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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