Thursday, September 17, 2009


I've finally felt the sting of betrayal.

The first time I ever finished a book and felt 'WTF...???', I simply decided to read the author's next work and give them the benefit of the doubt. After all, the excerpt certainly caught my attention!

But 2 had me shaking my head and wondering why they felt the need to write the story? And why did the publisher feel the need to publish it?

But maybe it was just me. And for the record, I doubt I'll ever read any of that author's work again.

But now I've come up against another one. And this time while I like the story, I'm scratching my head over the way it is being published.

Again, I'm not going to mention names. I've read this author's other work and enjoyed it. The books weren't my favorites, but I kept them around. And really looked forward to her new series. But here's my issue: They are not what I would call 'books'; they are more like single chapters being marketed as books. Remember the continuing stories in magazines/newspapers? You'd read a scene or a chapter one day and then find out what happens next when the new issue was out? This is what this feels like.

Only...I don't know about you, but I've certainly proved I can knock out 8-10 pages a week while the story's 'hot' in my brain. So why is it taking so long for the author to get these out? From what I've read so far, the heroine has to endure several 'stages' of sexual encounters in order for a certain ceremony to be 'complete'. In the first 'chapter', she was introduced to three men and instructed to learn self-control (which she did, and was 'rewarded' at the end). In the second 'chapter', she had been allowed a resting period, before being returned to the men and this time she witnessed a sex act while being 'stimulated'. 'Chapter' ended with the appearance of a fourth being.

So....I have it on good authority that the 3rd and 4th 'installments' are going to be published soon. Let me guess....the mysterious being will either have sex with her or let one or more men 'enjoy' her while he watches. Will she actually have sex with one of the men? Will she form a connection with the one whose cock she will finally take inside her body? Will she be part of a threesome?

Where is the romance? Is it still to come (ha ha...)? Why wasn't this written 'all at once', instead of dragging this out?

Therein lies the betrayal. I was expecting one thing and got something totally different. The ONLY reason I'll keep reading is to see how far this drags out. But I think I'm done with this author.


Mia Watts said...

Mn. I think I know who your speaking of. Is the book marketed as romance? Some books by the author I'm thinking of are not. They are more like boundary pushes into erotic discovery without any aspect of romance.

I'm not a fan of that either. I don't understand the point.

Kenzie Michaels said...

I just checked; the genre is BDSM/Fantasy. I was led to believe it was romance. But my question still stands: If they are only 8-10 pages, why not write all the 'scenes'/chapters and put them into one actual BOOK?