Book Review: What We Do In The Night ( #1) – Stylo Fantome

book description

Just five months ago, Valentine O’Dell started working at a very special kind of club – one where you can dance the night away, or live out your greatest fantasy. She’s learned to lose herself to her nights, forgetting all her day time woes as she charms every man she meets. It’s easy enough to do when she doesn’t let her feelings get involved.

Then Ari Sharapov walked in and changed everything.

Working for his father’s law firm has left Ari with very little control over his life, so when he meets Valentine for the first time, he sees a girl who is desperate for someone to take care of her. To take over her. So what he can’t get for himself in the day time, he’ll simply take for himself at night. But when power struggles lead to real feelings, who’s actually controlling whom?

Some relationships are better left in the dark.

 

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my thoughts

 

So, this is what happened: I found the author at RARE ´19 London. I took one look at the table where the author´s books were on display and immediately fell in love with a book title-

`What We Do In The Dark`.

Well, if that doesn´t get a romance reader´s heart beating then I don´t know what does. I reacted as if there was a mile-long line of greedy book lovers behind me, waiting to get their hands on this book: I´m now the proud owner of a signed paperback copy of this gem.

 

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Mine, mine, mine, mine.

 

As for my actual review: Where to start and how to finish? I don´t think I´m able to give proper thoughts on `What We Do In The Night` ( Day to Night #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome. 

 

 

WHat we do in the night

 

The Synopsis is truly a taste of what you´ll get when you read the story. A young woman pushing through life as best as she can until some special someone enters the picture- her picture- and rattles the foundations of her unconventional existence. Even if that sounds like every other romance that´s been published, it´s not. It´s better. It´s pretty much `Pretty Woman` only with a forbidden touch.

 

An enthralling romance with a creative spin I loved.

 

I don´t say this often ( mainly because it doesn´t happen often ) but `What We Do In The Dark` exceeded my expectations. The story has a slight darkness to it, which I love. It´s raunchy, it´s sexy and so full of exciting moments.  This is the type of romance where you can feel how much love was put into it.

The push and pull between the main characters, Valentine and Ari.. Their struggle to keep reality apart from fantasy was what kept my eyes glued to the pages. Having lived through their good and bad moments, and having witnessed what happened when a fantasy collided with reality was heart-stopping. You can keep up a facade for only so long until everything goes downhill.

I really can´t say much more without giving the story away. The writing was great. The pace was perfect. There was a nice balance between dialogue and details.

Personally, I can´t ask for more. This is the type of romance I could read without ever getting bored.


 

Would I recommend this book? Definitely. It´s a breath of fresh bookish air. It´s a romance with erotic elements that aren´t pushy.

Would I reread this book? I most certainly would.


 

The Cover – 4 Hearts:  It´s okay. It´s not something I´d consider a masterpiece but… Definitely fits the story to a T.

The Story – 5 Hearts:  Gotta love a well-told story.

The Characters – 5 Hearts: Oh, I loved how their relationship made so much sense even though it shouldn´t have.

My emotional state after finishing this read: Ready for more!

 

5 hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Church. – Stylo Fantome

synopsis singleA broken girl.

An unusual boy.

A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.

Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.

She would kill for him to love her.

He just wants to kill.

Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.

Fuse, meet match.

 


Double Warning 

  1. This is a psychological thriller. If you have triggers – This story will touch on a lot of them.
  2. The language in my review will be very colorful.

My Thoughts 2I don´t remember when I first saw this book. I can´t even recall who recommended this read. All I know is that I was ready and prepared to read some weird, screwed up romance- Something I really REALLY wanted because I´ve been so fed up with the same ´ol, same ´ol, goody goody romance novels. It was time for me to read something with grip.

 

I did NOT expect `Church.`( Church. #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome ( and I´ve read some really crazy shit in my lifetime ). And I SO WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK! I SO SO SO SO….

Church.

Let me start out by saying the writing wasn´t my cup of tea. I appreciate all narrative point of views but I´m not necessarily a fan of narrative hopping. While the majority of the story is told in third person narrative the author slips a few chapters, first person main character POVs, into the mix.

This can be great for a story but I felt it didn´t work well for this type of read. A thriller needs to be thrilling. A thriller can hardly create a thrill when a reader is in on all the clues. Which brings me to my next issue-

The story was slightly predictable. That´s another thing I don´t appreciate and I fully blame this on the multiple narrative POVs.

As for the characters….

To be perfectly honest, I find it a shame that I disliked both characters so much because Emma is a great character on her own and Church is fantastic in his own right. But as a couple? Down right hideous. Young adults acting like little turds who don´t have a life.

The genius sociopath and the damaged for life, obsessive beauty. Their thoughts were disturbing. Their time spent together was disturbing. Their plans, how they treated other people and each other… It felt like a bomb exploded in the Church. universe and I was the one who tried to make sense of everything.

“Tell me why you´re the way you are.”

“Hmm, I´ve been abused beyond anyone´s wildest dreams.”

“Wow. That´s fascinating. Now my turn! I´ve been abused, too!”

“Jee wizz! Let´s go and make some random person miserable.. just for the heck of it!”

( Note: The above was not taken from the book. It is not the dialogue.)

To make this rant short: I didn´t like `Church.` Dear sweet baby Jesus… I almost hate the story because of the hatred it carried. Hell, there was so much hatred to pass around and make a reader´s life misrable. Then that ending…. I better not get into that because I´m afraid I might choke on my cornflakes

Bah. I´m going to let my inner 85 year old out and say: My life is too short to waste it on reading about characters who´re bored little shits.


 

Would I recommend this read? The 85 yr old in me says: “Not in this lifetime.”. 36 yr old me says… “Nope.”.

Would I reread this book? Definitely not. I´ve also decided I won´t be reading the second installment.


 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not the style I prefer to see on a book cover )

The Story – 1 star ( I´m actually surprised I didn´t DNF this book.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Lots and lots of potential for both MCs. But somehow they turne out horrible and… bla.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly pissed off.

2 stars


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