Thursday, March 27, 2014

Monster by Francette Phal blog tour with review

Accidental Gold digger.
Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.
The Tyrant.
Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?

****Warning the following excerpt is for 18+ only****
“Soon, sweetie, I promise,” he soothed. She moaned softly as he licked her ear, dropped soft warm kisses across her shoulder blades, he moved down her back, a wet tongue and hot mouth traced and kissed each vertebrae, making a slow and steady progress down her spine. It was a torturous progression that boiled the blood in Eden’s veins as she waited in bated anticipation. Breath stilled in her lungs, eyes widening when he drew apart her butt cheeks and ran his tongue down the wet crevice, from clit to the puckered rosebud of her hole and back again. It was undoubtedly one of the most erotic things he’d ever done to her body, and Eden didn’t know how to breathe properly. She gripped the sheets beneath her hands and bit down hard on her bottom lip to keep from screaming.
It was like a shot of adrenaline straight into her vein. It was blood vessels dilating, her heart galloping uncontrollably in her chest, it was gasping for breath when the air she drew in wasn’t enough. He owned her body, ate it like sun ripened peaches and drank the flowing juices of her weeping womanhood with his rapacious tongue. There were fingers there, slipping between the folds to dive deep into her blistering heat, while his thumb worked at her puckered hole, his wicked, wicked mouth showing Eden exactly how very little she knew her of own body. There was nothing but the explicitness of this act, the hyper awareness that made her feel like each inch of her body was struck by lightning, that killed her and gave her life all in one electrifying jolt. He was merciless and perfect, inviting her to shove her hips back and ride his face.
Death was imminent, sweet cataclysmic death seduced her into the gaping, welcoming arms of her orgasm. She plummeted, shattered into delicious little pieces on his tongue and fingers. Recuperating wasn’t in the stars for her as he gripped her hips and plunged into her depths in one long stroke. Pulling her arms and folding them at the small of her back, he held them there with one large hand as he sank in deeper, so deep that it hurt so good. Ass high in the air, face down in the sheets, Eden was at his complete mercy, filled to absolute capacity with his cock, and she whimpered, the vulnerability of her position giving her a sweet high.
“I’m going to beat this pussy, Eden, and you’re going to scream my name.”
And she did, a promise made completely true as he fucked her like a porn star. She screamed like the world was falling, his repeated strike against her G-spot making her see stars. It was too damn much, his jarring thrusts so deep that she could taste him, spurred her fall and she orgasmed on every inch of his cock.

My Review

Monster is a standalone novel by Francette Phal. I was under the impression that it was a dark erotica, but after finishing the book I wouldn't classify it as such. Don't get me wrong, there are some rather disturbing scenes, but nothing along the lines of what i expected. I've definitely read much darker works.

Dominic Armstrong is a millionaire. He is arrogant and powerful and his presence demands attention when he walk in a room. But he also has a chip on his shoulder against the world. He doesn't take no for an answer and gets everything he wants, regardless of how he has to go about it.

Eden Mercer finds herself in debt and struggling in life after her mother passes away. Working as a stripper to get by in life, Eden finds herself in the sights of Dominic and her life was never the same. "She became Dominic's obsession, and he'd known instantly that he would own her. She'd been a rarity, an artifact, another possession he needed to add to his innumerable collection."

In exchange for a basically endless supply of money, Eden agrees to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to Dominic completely behind closed doors. That is when Eden learns the hard way that money doesn't solve all problems and it certainly cant buy happiness. After four years in a terrible marriage Eden runs...and she's hiding a secret.

A year after Eden running Dominic finds her and brings her back to the house. This is where the story really got interesting for me. Because Dominic proved over and over again what a douche he is, at this point I really questioned whether or not Francette would be able to make me like Dominic even a little bit.

When Eden agrees to stay with Dominic for six months I was thinking WTF, WHY!!!! But it was those six months of the story did it for me. I wasn't sure he would be able to redeem himself but i was proved wrong. Because even when he was an ass, the chemistry between them was undeniable. "Their marriage had started off corrupted and had only grown worse in the ensuing years, the decaying layers of lies, distrust, humiliation, animosity and resentment had poisoned the very foundation of their union, making it impossible for anything else to flourish there. The only undeniable truth between them was the uncontrollable lust that drew them together with such cataclysmic force that it nearly always maimed her not to be touched by him."

Overall, i really enjoyed the story. The two factors that prevented me from giving it a five star review were 1) the descriptions in the story were at times over done. Dominic's green eyes were mentioned too many times to count. The other factor was it is told in 3d person POV and sometimes it switched between characters without warning and I found myself having to go back and read the scenes over again.
I am looking forward to Francette's next book, Until It Hurts, which is about Carver who you will meet in Monster.
Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.

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