BANG by EK Blair

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AUTHOR: E.K. Blair – Author’s Website HERE

TITLE: Bang

SERIES: Black Lotus, Book 1

PAGES: 418

GENRES: Abuse, Non-Consent, Dark, Erotic, Potential Triggers, Vengeance

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ISBN/ASBN: ISBN-0578141809 (ISBN13: 9780578141800)

MY STAR RATING

3.5/5

SYNOPSIS

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.

MY REVIEW

BANG by EK Blair

This book started out really well but I felt it dragged out through the middle and didn’t always hold my attention.

Elizabeth/Nina is a very interesting character though and I needed to know what made her into the kind of woman who would lie to and marry a man she hates with all of her soul. 

ELIZABETH / NINA

What a complicated girl she is. 

For over three long years she has been leading a double life. The man she is married to and who loves her completely…is the one man she is intent on destroying.

You don’t learn exactly why she hates him to this extent until near the end of the book but this is one messed up wee soul.

Her childhood was an awful one. 

It was just her and her daddy and they were extremely close but when she was just four years old he was arrested and she went into the foster system and what happens to her there…is soul-destroying and it ruins the heart of such a young and innocent girl.

Dark…isn’t a strong enough word. The following happened when she was just ten years old and continued for years.

 

I’ve heard of sex. I know of sex. I just don’t understand what it is exactly. “On the mattress!” Carl’s voice booms, causing me to startle. In a hushed voice, Pike begs, “Please don’t be scared of me,” as he takes my hand and walks us over to the stained mattress on the floor. “Lie on your back,” he says, all his words in whispers so that only I can hear. He takes off his underwear before lying on top of me and my helpless cries fill the room. He lowers his mouth to my ear and quietly talks to me, saying, “It’s gonna be okay. Don’t even look at him. You don’t have to look at me, but please promise me you won’t look at him.” I nod my head against the side of his head so that he can feel my response. His last words to me before I lose every last piece of hope that somehow life will be okay are, “I’m so sorry, Elizabeth.”

Elizabeth and Pike form a special bond due to the horrific experiences they went through together. Without each other, I have no doubt they would both be dead. 

PIKE

Pike is a few years older than Elizabeth. He is a very messed up man as well. 

He’s gone through all of this with Elizabeth and he’s been her rock through everything. Just like she has been there for him.

They are so emotionally entwined that any kind of normal life was never going to be a reality for either of them.

He’s in love with Elizabeth even though she loves him mostly as a brother. 

They’ve put this twisted and dangerous plan together in order to destroy Bennet. He’s so frustrated because she can only come see him every few weeks until the plan is executed. 

These two were doomed from the minute they went into the system. So sad.

BENNET

I feel so bad for this guy. He has no idea that his wife despises him. 

He seems like the perfect husband too. Attentive, kind, wealthy…and trusting.

I was waiting for some dark truth to come out about him but it never did.

SEX SCENES

They were good. Some were intense and some were cold and unfeeling due to Elizabeth shutting herself off. 

When she met Declan things get hotter though because she couldn’t turn herself off at all. It also got kinky, lol.

He pins his eyes on me, and I know he can see the hunger in me when he starts fucking me even harder, refusing to stop even though he just came. His pupils are dilated black, flaring in possessive need when he hisses, “You’re mine.” “Yes.” Thrust. Thrust. “I own you.” Thrust. “Completely,” I breathe in submission. Thrust. “My property.” Thrust. “Yes,” I mewl in ecstasy as I come again, spiralling away into shrills of sensuous pleasure. He’s a beast on top of me, and when he spreads my legs wide open, pressing my knees into the mattress, he slams his hips down, burying his cock inside of me to the root. With a carnal groan, I feel a warm stream of fluid flood inside of me and spill out between our connected bodies. “Declan,” I release on a faint breath—shocked as he fills me with his urine—claiming and marking me as his in the most animalistic way. He releases my knees and quickly slips his arms under my back, holding me close before rolling us to our sides.

FINAL THOUGHTS on BANG by EK Blair

I did enjoy it but something felt a little off throughout. I liked how dark it was and I liked the story but something just didn’t sit right for me.

Have you read this one? Let me know what you think.

3.5 Stars

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