Series: The Replacement #1
Published by Rabbit Hole Press on January 27th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
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*Contains sexually explicit content and mature subject matter, including language and elements of abuse.*A gritty New Adult drama about a young woman’s self-destructive quest to find purpose, self-worth, and love in a broken world.My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.
All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.
But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.
I don’t normally review two books for one post. These books sounded too good to pass up, I couldn’t wait to read them. The first book is The Replacement, which should be read before The Prisoner. These two reads were very well written. The characters are really original, and very sexy.
The Replacement is the story of Elise, a 23 year old that has a reputation. Her reputation is well earned and she admits to being exactly what people say about her. She sleeps around, the whole town knows it. She doesn’t just sleep around, she sleeps with men who are with other women. This makes her bad. She isn’t sorry about it, except that she is. She seemed very conflicted.
“I’m Elise Duchamp, and I destroy relationships. I destroy people. Wives, girlfriends, good people. People like you. I fuck their husbands, their boyfriends, eat their food, sleep in their beds. Is that clear enough for you?”
This is a strong headed girl with no idea what love is. Her childhood views of love were very twisted. In order to protect herself from harm, she never gets attached. If a guy becomes too available, it is time for her to bail. No man has ever seen her home, and she will never settle down with just one guy. The idea of some guy getting too close is too much for her. The only man she cares about is Tim, her boss. Tim took her in when she had nowhere else to go. He is the only one who ignored the rumors and gave her a job. A job that gives her freedom to live her life exactly how she wants to. He is the only person she doesn’t want to hurt. This girl has big dreams of learning French and one day going all the way to France. This is her end goal and she won’t let anyone get in her way. No friends, no real love, just this passion to speak the language of love in the country of its origin.
Ryder is a drifter. He is so close to being a homeless vagrant I almost cringed that I fell for him, but then he has all these redeeming qualities. He lives in a tent six months of the year. A tent full of books where he lives free under the stars (sounds so romantic doesn’t it?). He is a free spirit with no ties to bind him. He does seem to have a lot of friends. Even friends that trust him enough to let him house sit for six months. He meets Elise when he goes to fix something in her apartment. He is the maintenance guy. A very sexy Mr.Fix it. So this guys is not totally without skills. The attraction is immediate. He accidentally broke her first rule by seeing her apartment. It is not her style to see a single guy but: hot guy, sexy female, they both have issues, why not?
“That’s all you are, you slut —a replacement. Sloppy seconds and an in-between quickie for every guy in this town who’s looking to fill a hole.”
Well , there is that. I think Ryder’s lifestyle had so much to do with him falling for Elise. He seemingly has nothing to lose loving the town tramp, except maybe his heart. Like she is so much better than him with her reputation. So they start off even, both with major baggage. I didn’t see him as this pure character, he has his own issues. Even when everything comes out about Elise, he still advances and tries to win her heart. Elise tries to block him at every turn. She goes back to her old ways even after he confronts her about this being the real thing. We see Elise at her lowest. She betrays a friend, breaks a lover’s heart, and turns away from the only guy that might really accept her for what she is, and sees so much more. She is like this force that destroys everything good around her.
“I’m a whore. I’m rotten to the fucking core, and if you shake this crazy fantasy you have – of me and you frolicking in the woods together, star gazing and listening to Fleetwood Mac- you’d fucking see that! You’d run in the other direction if you had any shred of sense!”
It is frustrating to read, and I couldn’t put it down. Just when I think I know what happens next, the author flips the script and adds in more drama. I didn’t even mention the sex in this book, but man oh man, it is HOT! Elise is like this sex goddess, super cool and confident. She knows all her best assets and she has no problem wielding them. Ryder is a sexy confident man, but he is not the only one with starring roles in erotica in this book. I give this read 5/5 stars. You may never get a chance to see a heroine with so much sexual confidence. Elise is like no one I have ever met.
The Prisoner’s story actually takes place at the same time as the Replacement, but it is from a totally different angle. The Prisoner is meant to be read after The Replacement. This novella tells the story of Christian. He is a man who starts sleeping with Elise before she meets Ryder. He is one of many men that Elise has sex with while they are married. They have this lusty affair and it eventually consumes Christian, to the point that he leaves his wife to pursue it. Christian is this lusty alpha male dominant. He has the perfect life and plenty of money to make her every dream come true. He can’t convince her to stay, and we know that from reading The Replacement. It was so nice to see what drove him to end his marriage. He becomes obsessed with Elise to the point of near madness.
The main reason to read this novella, other than the lusty male lead, is the smoking hot sex that takes place. Rachael Wade knows how to write a sex scene. It is like you are right there, sweating it out with them, exploring their flesh. After reading The Replacement we know this book doesn’t carry us safely to a happy ending. It does give us a glimpse into the mind of Christian. We find out exactly what drove him to pursue to the town tramp waitress when he had a happy life at home. Reading this book as a stand alone won’t make much sense unless you have read The Replacement. 5/5 stars for packing that much hotness into approx 25,000 words. Christian really needed his story to be told. Thanks Rachael, that was quite a sexy tale.
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