In the Books featuring Expectations: Bitter Sweet by Andrew Wilkes

Good morning and welcome to this installment of In the Books, featuring Expectations: Bitter Sweet by Andrew Wilkes.

Andrew Wilkes

About the Book: Almost dying to Orvin had afforded her some insight into her vulnerabilities. Her reliance on that little red flower and her inability to fight had been too easily exploited. Five years seemed a fair trade-off for a better toolset, and now she felt ready. Her vengeance had rested long enough, it was time to reawaken it and destroy the men that had slighted her.

My Review: First off, I have to admit that this is the first book in the series I’ve read, so I came into it with a complete ignorance of what had happened previously. While that gave me an unspoiled and unexpected viewpoint, it also took me a couple of chapters to familiarize myself with the characters. It’s no different than reading any novel, and to me, it meant that this can be read on its own as well. If nothing else, it’s a fun introduction to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next, and before. Lol

The characters were interesting and engaging. The contrast between how Sal views her friends and family and her desire to torture and kill those that wronged her is fun. I enjoyed how the author separated the two views while referencing the other. It’s not easy to do and keep the reader and characters in the moment, but it was successful here.

The sex scenes were fun, but not too extensive and remained organic, keeping the story flowing. It’s an interesting balance to achieve, and I think it was done well.

I don’t give out spoilers, but I have to say the ending surprised me. It was the one I expected the least, and for that, my hat’s off to the author. It’ll be fun to see where it goes from here.

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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