Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Target This by Lily White Review

Genre: Dark Erotica
Release Date: June 15, 2014
Author: Lily White

I’m not sure what I was thinking that day. 

It was a normal Thursday, nothing new or exciting had occurred in the morning. 

I’d risen from bed, taken a shower and brushed my teeth. I’d then jumped on the 8:05 bus that ran a short distance between my house and the county library where I worked. 

The ride took its usual 15 minutes before it left me standing fresh faced in front of a building of gothic construction that was my favorite place in the world. 

After straightening my knee length skirt, I pushed open the door that led into the interior of the library.

It was at that moment that my world would change – impossibly and forever. It was a fateful movement of wood that collided with the shoulder of a man that would alter my very existence. 

It wasn’t fear that I felt at that moment – more like the feeling of being watched. It was the feeling of knowing that danger lurks - the sensation of the hair standing on end at the back of your neck.

Looking back on a moment that happened so many months ago, I now realize that I should have listened to that feeling.

As I would later find out, the man standing in front of me referred to himself as Master Lucas…

…and I was his next target.
My Review

5 Mind-Fucking Stars. 

I have to admit that most of the books I read are in the romance genre BUT i do love a dark read every now and then to change things up. Lily White has become my go to author for such books and Target This certainly did not disappoint. I mean, when it comes with a warning like this how can you not want to read it?

Autumn Cleary is a small town, prudish librarian who pretty much keeps to herself and her best friend and co-worker MaryBeth. She enjoys the peace that her quiet town offers but that peace and quiet doesn't last long when Lucas Bates the mastermind author of erotic thriller novels moves to town.

The women in town love him and they begin to flock to the library where Autumn works hoping to catch a glimpse and maybe a little more of the man they think he is; a man like the characters he writes. Lucas doesn't want those girls that so easily throw themselves at him. He wants a fight, a challenge. He is looking for someone in particular, his muse, his next target. He found what he was looking for in Autumn.

"You are a frightened girl, alone and lost within this world, and I find that to be both attractive and promising. You are exactly what i've been looking for all this time." 

Autumn did her best to fight him off. She was absolutely disgusted by the "filth" that he writes. Aside from his good looks, she can find anything good about him and wants nothing to do with him. That doesn't stop Lucas in his pursuit. He is a man that knows what he wants and he always gets it.

"You are the woman I am after and it's only a matter of time before you seek solace within my open arms." 

And it wasn't long before that very statement came true. A series of "unfortunate accidents" left Autumn with no one to turn to and homeless. Surprisingly, it was Lucas who offered her the support she needed and a roof over her head. With her back against the wall, Autumn accepted his offer. She knew she would never be the same because nothing in this world comes for free.

"Despite my concerns with Lucas, and despite the fact that I knew this relationship meant nothing but heartache for me, I couldn't help but become addicted to the way he made me feel." 

Lily White has once again created a psychological thriller that will keep you invested in the story and guessing until the very end. "It was a testament to the skill of the writer for a reader to become lost." This book validates that statement. Target This fucks with your head and has you second guessing your sanity by the time you have finished. Even on the very last page I was thinking WTF!!!

The secondary characters are just as well developed as the primary characters and they add so much to the story. Im still in awe of Lily's ability to create characters that are so well developed and on point. I can't even imagine the amount of time she has spent researching psychology to be able to come up with the things she does. Like Lily's other books, this is dark. It's not a hearts and flowers, happy ever after type of story. I loved this book but I also know that dark reads aren't for everyone. You have been warned. This is the type of book that you need to go into with an open mind. Aside from the darkness, there is a very important underlying message through all of this: we always have a choice. 

Another brilliant, 5 star read by Lily White.

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