5 STAR REVIEW: Bang by E. K. Blair

BangBANG (Black Lotus Series #1)
By E. K. Blair
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: May 2014
Format: Paperback (420 pages)
Source: OWN COPY

SUMMARY

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. (Goodreads)

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Like The Player, Bang was another book that seemed to light up my timeline on Facebook and Twitter. Every other day, I would see posts announcing the frustration over the end of the book. Then there would be the explosion of avatars announcing that the reader had been “Bang’d by E K Blair”, so when I was at the Readers Event, I found I had some money left over after buying all my must buys, so I decided to buy a Paperback copy.

So, was the hype and hysteria worth it? Did this book more than live up to the gushing reviews that were buzzing about the blogs? After a so-so start, the book kicked into high gear and I found myself being sucked right into this high octane rollercoaster ride of a book. All the warnings are more than warranted as this is not your regular erotic romance book. It is harrowing and dark to the point at times I found it difficult to read, but every harrowing detail is essential in order for you to get a proper insight into the main character, Nora’s psyche.

As you can tell from the synopsis, there is very little details on what this book is about and in a way, that is how you should go into this book. In order to preserve this and to let you, my blog readers, to experience this book as I did, I’m going to refrain from giving many details. All I shall say is that Bang is the darker and much more vindictive older sister that the TV show Revenge wishes it could be. Those familiar with the show, will have an idea of what I am on about and those who don’t, are not missing anything by not knowing what it is about.

The twist to this book is the character of Nora. She comes across as an anti-hero and for most of the book I really found myself disliking her and her reasoning for taking her revenge on the person in question. Blair leaves little breadcrumbs throughout the book, which gives you just enough on her back story and that of the other parties involved, but she never gives you the full picture. It makes it more realistic due to the fact that this story is from Nora’s point of view. You only see things through her eyes, even though I found myself questioning her time and time again.

The turning point in my feelings towards Nora came about two thirds of the way through the book. Yes, I still could see that what she was doing was wrong, but it seemed that so was Nora beginning to question her crusade. This has a lot to do with her relationship with Declan, the person she had picked out to help in this crusade, though he may not realise it. Declan seemed to reignite something that Nora thought she had lost, which was hope. It was nice to see this development and though it did little to cleanse her actions completely, it did give her some sort of redemption.

Unlike many other readers, it took me a while to warm to Declan, the object of Nora’s intentions. I don’t deny that in many ways he is everything you could want in an alpha male hero. He seems to genuinely care for Nora and his bedroom prowess is second to one. Also, I do like a dominant male in these type of books, but my respect and affection for him lessened slightly due to one incident in the book that happened after a particularly violent alteration between Nora and someone else. His actions left a slightly sour taste in my mouth and it took me a while to get back onto more neutral feelings to him. Thankfully, by the end of the book I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him and I wanted nothing more for Nora and Declan to get out of this situation.

The person who I found out to be a true enigma had to be that of Pike, a close associate of Nora. Pike has a darkness in him that he seems to hide from Nora, yet with each action he becomes the real danger to Nora. His reasons aren’t made clear, but I do have my suspicions on why he manipulates Nora the way he does. You could blame it on his upbringing, but I think his very soul was infected with a darkness that has over taken him.

The last main character in the tale is that of Bennett. For most of the book I couldn’t understand why Nora felt the way she did. Even when the real reason for her motivation was exposed, I still felt sorry for Bennett. To really understand what I am talking about, you need to read the book.

VERDICT:
Bang is an excellent example of a psychologically charged erotic thriller. Blair pulls you in and even though the events and circumstances of the book go to really dark places, you have to keep reading. This isn’t your usual dark erotic romance book, even if the cover and the blurb seem to hint at this. Nora isn’t the stereotypical lead female and Blair makes no excuses for this, but this makes her far more interesting. You become emotionally invested in her journey. This really is a book that will leave you emotionally drained but at the same time you want…. no NEED to find out what happens next.

RATING
5 star

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BUY LINKS
AMAZON UK | AMAZON US

BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
1 Bang
2 Echo

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