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If You Dare by A.R. TorreSynopsis.

Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited new novel from A. R. Torre, author of the award winning erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E.

The rules are the same. I can’t open the door. I can’t leave. I can’t kill anyone.

The only difference is, I don’t set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.

That’s the going term for murder.

This is the FINAL book in the Deanna Madden series, see my reviews of The Girl In 6E (book 1) and Do Not Disturb (book 2).

The Good Bits.

There’s an actual mystery in this third installment of the Deanna Madden series vs. just fighting killing urges. It’s not an essential component that thrillers also be mysteries, but as someone who enjoys the thrill of guessing whodunit, it was great. And as Deanna struggled to figure it out I bounced between thinking it was her and thinking it was someone else. The book does suspense well.

The ending to the novel was not at all what I expected. I was thrilled to see the story go that way and felt happy with the way things turned out.

Sour Grapes.

The love interest, Jeremy started to drive me crazy. I had never been a big fan of him, but he was even more judging and unyielding in this final book. He essentially fetishized Deanna and then got disappointed when she didn’t immediately change everything she is to suit what he wanted from her.

One of the things about these books that I found the most interesting was Deanna’s relationships with her webcamming clients and learning about all the fetishes. But in this novel, there was almost none of that. It got cut back to occasionally mentioning that she had been working, and that’s all.

And on top of that, there were a few scenes and comments that I found to be discriminatory and stereotyped, on top of being unnecessary. In the beginning, Deanna describes the first date she went on with a boy that wanted to talk about American’s Next Top Model, and a host of other stereotypes traits of gay men. And there was no reason for it. Then, when being questioned by the police, Deanna invents an accomplice for a crime who is ‘a black guy.’ Like, is that necessary? Because all black men are just casually hanging around, ready to commit a crime.

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The Last Bite.

There were some entertaining parts, but mostly I finished the novel and thought “what was the point of this?” That being said, I was pleased with how the story ended on an empowering note.

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