Speak of the Devil by Britney King

Speak of the Devil by Britney King

2FD2BFD6-AB38-425E-B71F-689D4B4C7AAAI want to give a big thank you to the author herself, Ms. Britney King, for sending me a free copy of her latest novel Speak of the Devil.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In the upscale suburb where Vanessa Bolton lives, she’s your average suburban housewife.

She does her grocery shopping on Tuesday, Thursday mornings are reserved for Pilates, Sundays for church. At home, she’s an impeccable housekeeper and a mother with a mediocre track record.

But in discreet hotel rooms throughout the city, she can be whatever you want her to be–provided you can afford the hourly fee.

In the rapidly expanding cult to which she belongs, Vanessa has been assigned the role of a “Siren”–a recruiter trained to use seduction to elicit compliance from her marks.

Vanessa’s latest assignment–an unsuspecting chemist merely looking for something without strings–proves to be her toughest yet. Unwilling to neatly slide into the roles society has prescribed for them, the two collide in a sensual and savage affair that threatens not only their own lives but also those they seek to protect most.

My Review:

I had to really stew after reading this book before writing this review because I wasn’t sure what I though of it. I have read the first two books in the New Hope series and really enjoyed both of them. I found them to be clever, satirical and quite funny at times in a dry humor type of way. To me, Speak of the Devil has taken this series for a turn towards the dark side. I felt like this novel had a little less of a plot than the others, and more inner dialogue.  I also found Vanessa’s situation to be a little more dire and depressing that the women from the other books.

However, now that I have had some time to think it over, I think that the change I noticed in this novel might be for the best if this series is to continue. If that was in fact Ms. King’s goal, then the New Hope series has a very dark and disturbing future, and I mean that in the best way possible. I was left thinking of the quote “All good things must come to an end”. The first two books in the series let the reader decide for themselves what they think of the cultish New Hope Church. But now, it is quite clear that this church will only lead it’s followers to steep downfall. Overall, I think I am going to give this one 3.5 stars, but I am looking forward to where this series goes from here.

 

The Social Affair by Britney King

The Social Affair by Britney King

2E3C6E9D-D63C-48CE-A686-3C95A1022837A very fast read, The Social Affair takes a satirical look at our tech obsessed society and how things online are not always what they seem.

Each chapter alternates between two different characters: Josie and Izzy.  Josie is married to a powerful man, Grant.  A plastic surgeon, Grant is able to provide a life of luxury for his family and Josie is all to happy to post picture after picture of their seemingly fairy tale life to her Instalook page. Izzy is a broke, single, coffee shop employee who spends all of her time obsessing over Josie’s Instalook account and spends all her money trying to emulate her. To put it simply: Izzy wants Josie’s life, husband and all.

I read this novel very quickly, I really couldn’t put it down.  Each character seemed to sink lower and lower as the story moved on and I couldn’t wait to find out how they were all going to effect and hurt each other. I thought the obsession with social media  was so spot on and took a raw look at what things are capable of escalating to if we let them.

The Social Affair is the first in a series, the second is called The Replacement Wife.  I actually read both titles, but not in order. I would recommend reading them in order, but it is not absolutely necessary.  Some of the characters overlap but I was able to enjoy reading the first book second and nothing was ruined for me. I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars and I really hope a book three is in the works!

The Replacement Wife by Britney King

The Replacement Wife by Britney King

A5E17252-2654-4B79-8DF7-95D48183604ECongratulations to Britney King on the publication of The Replacement Wife and a big thanks to her for having me along for the ride on the blog tour for this modern novel!

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Widower Tom Anderson is a savant with more affinity for numbers than people.  Problem is, one is a lonely number. Thankfully, he solved for X by finding the perfect woman. It wasn’t easy. Tom is very specific. He has to be. 
Having checked ‘find trophy wife’ off his list, life was moving along swimmingly. Until that perfect woman let it slip—she has a past. One she kept hidden, almost perfectly.

Sure, she lied—she fudged the numbers. Most women do. 

Now, Tom has buyers’ remorse and according to cult rules only two options: get rid of her—or single-handedly erase her past. 

She’s a liar. But she does keep house well. And she makes a mean lasagna. 

My Review:

This novel really blew me away.  I wasn’t exactly sure what I should expect going into The Replacement Wife as this was the first novel I have read by Britney King but I was pleasantly surprised. Knowing that the novel is satirical, I thought perhaps it would be on the darker, more serious side.  While it is definitely sinister, there is a funny and quick-witted sense of humor in King’s writing that makes it hard to put down.  It is just so readable!

None of the characters are likeable, but that’s the point. There are a number of metaphors and issues about modern times that can be found between the pages of The Replacement Wife. From gender inequality to the fake lives presented on social media, this novel said what others aren’t brave enough to say.

The exclusive church/cult setting really added a suspense factor, and the mind games everyone played with each other made this very psychological.  I honestly think this book could have been a little longer, there were parts that I wish had gotten a little more explanation and other parts seemed rushed. But the ended was so twisted and I was kicking myself for not seeing it coming!  I feel like King left things open for a sequel and if there is one, I will be all over it!  I rate this one 4 out of 5 stars.