Review: Hush by E.K. Blair

Review: Hush by E.K. BlairHush by E.K. Blair
Series: Black Lotus #3
April 12, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Echo
Also by this author: Echo
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I've come to learn there is no escaping your past.

It doesn't matter what you do, it will follow like a phantom--haunting you--reminding you.

While Hush is my least favorite book of the Black Lotus series, I have to bow down a little to the big balls over there on E.K. Blair. She threw something into this finale that I don’t think many romance authors would have the moxie to pull off.

That’s a plus. A huge plus. I think “that thing that won’t be mentioned because I refuse to spoil this book for anyone” was the most fitting thing to happen in this final book.

The desperation and loneliness that Hush evoked was definitely another plus.  Sometimes you can be surrounded by people but still feel absolutely alone in your pain and misery.  This is the case for both Elizabeth and the man in her life.  I’ll be vague there for anyone who has yet to read Echo, book two.  I felt Elizabeth’s depression and her rage at the belief that no single soul ever loved her enough to just stay with her.  That’s a testament to Blair’s writing, to have my heart stutter step at several parts of this book because I can’t imagine the pain someone in her situation would be feeling.

BUT, there were some minuses too.

First off, sometimes, the thesaurus is not your BFF.  I’m all for people with big vocabularies. However, at times, it’s just too distracting. If I have to keep pausing in my read to look up a word that I think is a damn plant but is actually a color or some shit AND then I have to process what exactly is being said with that sentence…I fall out of the book’s world.  I lose the feel. I can handle that a couple of times in a book, but it happened too often in Hush for my liking. Call me simple minded, I’m okay with that. Also keep in mind though, Elizabeth only has a 9th grade education. I’m not a firm believer that reading text books later in life makes you as scholarly as she sounded at times.

Two, I really did not enjoy the epilogue. It was too child like, it threw the feel of the book off for me. Just not my thing.

Three, there were a couple of things that seemed too contrived or too easy.  The utility bill, for one.  Also, Elizabeth’s hate for certain “new characters” really, REALLY, bothered me.  Maybe that’s because of my own personal life and feelings on the subject.  Regardless, I didn’t like it. 

Sidenote: WRITING ABSOLUTELY SPOILER FREE REVIEWS IS SO DAMN HARD

If you read both Bang and Echo, you know they each have a different feel to them.  Hush is not different in that respect. It’s not as raw, not a violent, not as dark.  It focuses more on healing and moving on.  Some readers may find that strange, I found it to be a proper feel for the final book.

Reading back through the above, it kind of sounds like I disliked this one more than I liked it. That isn’t the case though.  Overall, I really enjoyed it. Didn’t love it, but really enjoyed it.  Perhaps most of my love for this book is because of that big ball move that Blair made.  It was so, so fitting and really beautiful in a totally fucked up way and I loved that she did ‘it’.  You know, that thing that I can’t mention?!?!

 

About E.K. Blair

New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody and has been noted as ‘The Queen of Dark and Twisted’. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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RERUN Reviews: Bang by E.K. Blair

RERUN Reviews: Bang by E.K. BlairBang by E.K. Blair
Series: Black Lotus #1
May 9, 2014
Genres: Dark Romance
Pages: 418
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Echo
Also by this author: Echo
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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

Rerun Reviews features reviews by Debbie, previously published on Keep Calm Read Romance or Talk Supe — and reviews by Ali previously published on GingerRead Reviews.

If, like me, you like your romance laced with all things dark and sinister…this is the book for you.  To say I was surprised by where the story of BANG went, would be an understatement.  Blair expertly took me on a wild ride from start to finish.

Vengeance is a funny thing.  It comes in two forms.  Some seek vengeance as retribution for a grievous crime against an innocent person.  Wanting to right a wrong.  Wanting for something good to come out of something bad.  Others will seek vengeance in a much more evil and twisted way.  Wanting more bad to come out of the original crime. 

Either way, you feel you are in “the right” for seeking such balance.  Even if you aren’t.  

The twisted tale of BANG is very much a story of vengeance.  A woman so desperate to cause some level of pain on the people she believes were instrumental in ruining her life.  What she will do for her vengeance has no boundaries.  

But maybe people like me aren’t supposed to be saved. Maybe I’m just destined to bear the weight of the demons that lurk among the good.


Until she meets someone that shows her a different way to live. Someone who gives her what she never had, what she never knew she needed and can bring a little light to a life full of darkness.  But the web is too well weaved to escape it that easily.

BANG is not a book for the faint of heart.  There are some extremely horrific moments in it that if they don’t make your stomach turn, you aren’t quite human.  

The heart is a weapon—a self-inflicting weapon—that if not trained properly, can destroy a person.

One thing that I truly loved about BANG is how well Blair wrote the characters.  Even the ones you should hate by the end of the book, are really difficult too.  They are not black and white people, their lines are blurred and you can’t help but sympathize with them on some level.

BANG will disturb you, rattle you, excite you, make you sweat, make you cringe, make you hot. It’s an intense read with an ending that will have you sad, livid and guessing at what is to come.  

BANG is one of my favorite reads of the year and I think it will be lingering around in my brain for months to come.  

About E.K. Blair

New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody and has been noted as ‘The Queen of Dark and Twisted’. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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Review: Echo by E.K. Blair

Review: Echo by E.K. BlairEcho by E.K. Blair
Series: Black Lotus #2
May 11, 2015
Genres: Dark Romance, Dark, Erotica
Pages: 335
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: Hush
Also by this author: Hush
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It's been said the longest echo ever measured lasted 75 seconds, but I can assure you, this will last much longer. The bang deafened the world around me, muting everything into nullity, allowing the reflection of its destruction to live far beyond its intended life.

It will follow me forever, destroying me—destroying you.

You want answers?

So do I.

I don’t think there was any other book I had been anticipating more this year, than Echo.  Bang was a book that stuck with me for so long. Maybe due to how dark and disturbing it was, maybe because the characters were so deeply, horrifically flawed. I’m not really sure, but it lingered. To say I was excited to start Echo, would be greatly underappreciating my feelings.
 
Echo will not be an easy book to review and keep it spoiler free not only for those who have yet to read it, but also those who have yet to read Bang. I’ll do my best to convey my feelings without giving away too much of the integral plot.

 

 

Nina, or Elizabeth as we’ve come to know her…is in a tailspin. A hurricane of emotions from losing everything.  Not that she ever really had a tight grip on much in life, but now she finds herself utterly alone.  Depressed, heartbroken, scared, angry and wasted – she leaves the life she’s had with no sense of purpose or direction. Just a longing to be near a dream she never believes she can reach.
 
The journey ends up bringing her face to face with the past. A past she thought was lost forever. A person she desperately wants forgiveness from. A person dead set on never giving it to her. I can’t blame this man for his feelings, I can’t blame him for most of his actions.  Some are just, some are totally cruel and some make him as equally evil and unforgivable as she is.

 

 

I can see how some readers will hate Blair for one scene in particular. It was a bitter pill to swallow.  It broke my heart. But most everything in this book broke my heart, so this felt in keeping with the theme.  These characters are brutal in their need for revenge and for pain.  Yet, they are also beautiful in the way they love unequivocally.  Despite everything they do to each other…underneath it all, it’s fueled by the love they can’t deny for each other.  They hate with such passion because they love with it as well. 
 
Echo does not have the same feel that Bang did.  It’s definitely still very dark. However, it’s much less conniving and twisted and so much more mental and emotional.  It’s not about gaining justice and revenge, it’s about healing once you are on the other side of that and facing the monster that revenge turned you into.

 

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I spent more time with tears streaming down my face while reading Echo,  than not.  That’s not a lie.  I could not help be shattered by the utter despair this book emoted.
 
After reading Echo, I realized just how underrated Blair is as an author.  Flipping through my notes, I noticed more highlighted quotes in this book than I have had for any book in such a long time.  Her words are gorgeous, even when they are completely disturbing.  She’s an extremely talented writer with a brain that scares the ever loving shit out of me.  The places she has taken this story are terrifying and I’d hate to see what inspired her. Whatever it was though, I’m thankful for it. The Black Lotus series has proven to give me more feels than I ever expected.
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About E.K. Blair

New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author, E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her books. A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody and has been noted as ‘The Queen of Dark and Twisted’. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.


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