Jan 4th – Jan 10th

tlc tour hostThe Raven Room by Ana Medeiros This is Book One of The Raven Room Trilogy. I read this yesterday as part of a TLC Blog Tour.  Touted as Erotic Suspense, it was big on erotica and short on suspense. Then BAM! Big-time cliffhanger at the end. This is my first foray into Erotic Suspense and the sex became too much so that I became almost desensitized to it. I may not be the right audience for the whole bondage thing. The characters did show some insight when they actually talked, lol. The suspense is very light throughout so perhaps it is featured more in parts two and three. But the ending packed a total knockout punch! Here’s what the publisher says:

A searing erotic thriller perfect for those tantalized by A.R. Torre’s Deanna Madden series… 

Anything you can imagine. Everything you crave. For the members of The Raven Room, it’s every fantasy fulfilled. But for some, that desire is a matter of life and death. 

Drawn by a need he cannot control, Julian ventures to The Raven Room, a secret and exclusive sex club in the underbelly of Chicago. It goes beyond sex. It goes beyond kink. The Raven Room is the only place where Julian finds release from the dangerous urges that threaten to destroy the successful life he’s worked so hard to build. 

When the police link the Raven Room to the death of a young woman, it threatens to expose a number of powerful people—people who would kill to stay anonymous… 

Meredith’s body can’t get enough of Julian. He has opened her sexual horizons to tempting new possibilities. But out of bed she’s an aspiring journalist, and The Raven Room is the story she’s been looking for. By writing an exposé on the club and its elite clientele, she plans to launch her career. 

As Meredith embarks on a sexual journey into the forbidden world that Julian inhabits, questions emerge, and dark appetites threaten to swallow her whole. How much can she trust the man who has laid bare her erotic nature and how much will she sacrifice in order to protect him?

I started The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe. This is a non-fiction account of mortality and Roiphe features Sendak, Sontag, Dylan Thomas, Freud and Updike. This book was also featured on PW’s The Millions most anticipated for 2016 list. I received my copy from NetGalley.

I am averaging about a book and a half a day this week and am having great fun. I will definitely do this read-a-thon again! Look for today’s update tomorrow.