2.5 star review

Review: Confessions by L.M. Mountford

**A copy of this eBook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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When Mina returns for her stepbrother’s 21st birthday, she thinks her days of lusting after him are over. Caught up in the heat and passion of the moment, she is stunned to find them back in bed together; their feelings clearly far from resolved.

 

Well, where to start? Not much in the way of printed works causes me discomfort, but this short novella had enough taboo to skate the edges of social and personal acceptability. While the author provided a disclosure related to the consensual nature of the sexual acts contained, the events that played out seemed to hedge more along the lines of rape, than consent.

For the duration of this quick reading, I am sure my face was flushed with shock. The beginning was smooth, with a nice introduction to our main character, but quickly and unseamlessly fell into a dark pit of kink. I can get over the dalliances between the step-siblings, but the brutal scenes that unfolded soon after started to cross a line I didn’t know I possessed. I am all for an enthusiastic romanticized tryst, but the gang-attack of this 20-something model was a bit much. While I understand her initial stance was one of consent, Mina’s continual second guessing was enough to make me think that she wanted to withdraw that consent, but feared for her career.

Consent obtain through threat, is sexual assault.

This is my first experience with this author’s work so I can not comment on his writing abilities much more than I have already. For a dirty afternoon, or steamy evening read this would fit the bill. If you were hoping for complex character development and a solid plot,  you won’t find it here.

 

 

 

 

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Challenge, Thoughts and Opinions

#FitReaders – Weekly Check-in January 6, 2017

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I can not quite figure out what day I want to check in, but I suspect it will be on Saturdays some time. I feel pretty good about how active I have been. Sleep is of course an ongoing issue, but getting up off my butt is feeling more natural. I even increased my daily goal from 10,000 to 15,000 steps per day. I am nerving myself up to actually DO the virtual 5K, I am certainly doing way more than that a day spread out, but somehow the idea of it is a little terrifying when put into one event.

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2017 Challenges: #TBRChallenge #FitReaders

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I will be joining this challenge again this year, probably complete with chastisement posts if I don’t follow through again. I had a lot of fun with it, though I am fairly certain my TBR grew 4 books for every one I managed to pull off it. Ceste la vie?

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I am also going to be adding a new challenge this year. I know some of my blagh this past year is from my poor health. Lack of sleep, stress, and probably most relevant has been my weight. In October 2016 I weighed at 196 pounds, I could not get up off the floor by myself. I used to be fit and active and just way more capable. SO I wanted to get back to that, I started out just tracking steps with Google Fit with my phone and went back to MyFitnessPal, moved to a basic pedometer I received for free through a work sponsored weight loss program, and a couple of weeks ago I “invested” in a FitBit Charge 2 that I got myself for Christmas knowing that I take things more seriously when I spend money on them (as I am known for being notoriously cheap). I am also one of those who does better if they put it all out there for people to look at so feel free to “friend” me on either of those services if you are using them too. I have lost 25 pounds, but that isn’t enough since the goal is to be healthier. To that end my reading is being done while walking around (safely in my own home or yard) and I am trying to exercise more. MY mantras are two fold.

  1. Never lay when I can sit, never sit when I can stand, never stand when I can walk.
  2. 16×625=10,000=6.25 minute an hour. Every little bit adds up.

Hence the challenge. I am not sure yet how often I will check in or how I will display my progress, or lack thereof, but display it I will.

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And beyond that, I am just going to try to take a go with the flow and flexible attitude, which isn’t in my nature, but something’s got to give, and I need it to NOT be my body.

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2016 in Review

We’ll just say that 2016 was not my best year, on so many metrics. It was slumpy, and frumpy, and cranky. So very cranky. And while I may not have read as many books as usual, or what felt like as many really good ones, compared to the average population I would say quite a bit of reading has been done. I read 275 books of which approximately 150 or so were not rereads.

I am going to try to highlight some of my favorites now:

I haven’t and probably won’t end up reviewing these, because the kind of gorging I just did is not conducive to thoughtful reviewing. But I just read the 8 books in Jean Johnson’s connected series Their’s Not to Reason Why and First Salik War. I first plopped book 5 of TNTRW on my TBR in 2014 with a note that I wasn’t going to start the series until the book was completed because I hate to wait, and then somehow I forgot about it. Meanwhile, a prequel trilogy was also completed before I got around to it. I picked of the first in First Salik War late on 12/27/2016 and blazed through both series even WITH family events and happenings by New Years Day 2017. Needless to say I was engrossed, and if this author ever returns to this world, so will I.

Beyond Surrender was a bittersweet end to a much loved series.

One Fell Sweep was my happy place.

Dark Deeds and Dark Minds was another world I could have happily continued to explore, but is now closed.

Archangel’s Heart

Alliance-Another series I am sad to see the end of.

The Undoing-Good quirky fun and I really need some more.

Magic Binds-the authorlords hit it out of the park as far as I am concerned.

And Warrior Wench, which is the only one that isn’t a five that I am throwing on this list, but it was just such a surprise for me that I had to include with the admonishment to gauge it by neither cover nor title.

I am not going any further, I am not speculating about the coming year, I am just going to make small goals and try to achieve them without stress.

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