Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
A "dark erotic" book that was neither dark nor erotic. Or, perhaps if you've been exposed to nothing beyond drug store romance books, it might seem dark. However, if you've even just dabbled in fanfics, the idea of calling this 'dark' would be worthy of eye rolling. (30% into the book and the darkest thing was a woman forced to give oral sex. Is that bad? Yeah, of course. Does that count as "dark erotic"? Not in my opinion.)
In it, a prostitute is somehow taken in by a man and owned by him, though she could walk away at any time. The story was very weak and nothing was really explained. This woman had a life (poor life, but life) away from this guy, but for unexplained reasons she stayed with him instead of ever just going home. (I know that can happen, that people stay with their abusive partners, but this was never explained at all -- there were no reasons, not a single one, given in the story for her to stay.)
Somehow (again, completely unexplained, it was just stated) this girl was working with the FBI to inform on the bad guy, then another law officer (cop, this time) showed up undercover to rescue her. Blah blah, whatever. Nothing made sense and not one single character's actions seemed realistic. It wasn't dark, it wasn't erotic, and the story was completely unbelievable. It was a complete and total miss for me. That being said, at least the writing (technical) and editing were good. After the last couple books, that was a relief.
Wardogs by Greg Bear
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Nothing was wrong or bad about this book, it was just a poor match for me. I recall knowing at the time I originally uploaded it to my Kindle, but for some reason I don't recall, I wanted to give his books a chance.
The plot was interesting enough: An alien race made contact with Earth, slowly gave us tech and such, made themselves friends and allies, then the other shoe dropped: There was another alien race out there, ones hunting this first one, and they needed our help to fight them. Luckily humans are good at that.
The Marines made some new Space Marines force, and the main character was part of that. I enjoyed the story set-up, I liked hearing about the tech, but I just have no interest in reading about the military. This book was less scifi and more Marines In Space.
Universe Online - Enter the Game: Complete Edition by Ryan 'Viken' Henning
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
Ugh. I knew this book was going to be bad. The author's note (which was seriously long and full of stupid crap like his mother getting remarried and multiple paragraphs about what his new stepfather did as a profession and hobbies) had this:
I consider myself an 'okay' writer, but definitely not a great one. I don't have the learning, training, or experience to go that far. I'm just fine being an amateur author though, so that really isn't an issue. The problem comes in that I'm probably the most terrible proofreader and editor alive. Hahahaha. It takes me far longer to proofread and edit than it does actually writing the story. I don't have the knack to be a spelling or grammar Nazi.
I should have stopped reading right there. Seriously, has there ever been a more clear sign to stop reading a book? But I gave it a chance anyway.
Why, oh why, do people who don't know how to use semicolons use so many of them? This guy seemed to think they were interchangeable with commas. In addition to all the many, many grammar issues, there were logic issues like this:
The display showing the countdown. 70...80...90...95...99...100
That's quite the countDOWN.