Heartaches: Bad Boy Vibes by H.M. Irwing
Review by Lauren1
Anna Simmons is a broken soul searching for meaning in her life when she meets Rafe, the man with a fractured soul. Anna happens to be what he needed, but never expected. Between the mysterious blurb and the beautiful couple on the cover of H.M. Irwing’s book, Heartaches: Bad Boy Vibes, I thought I had selected a perfect romance book to read during the rainy weather we’re having. It is classified in various women’s literature genres on Amazon. I was ready to dive into a brooding tale of love and heartache.
This isn’t your typical romance. The obese protagonist, Anna Simmons (she seems to be about 17 or 18 years of age) lives in a lavish home with her recently widowed mother and her older step brother, Brian. They are a highly dysfunctional family. Her bizarre lusty relationship with her incredibly hot boyfriend, Matt, is the ball that gets this disturbing story of blackmail and abuse rolling.
The sun does not shine much in Heartaches: Bad Boy Vibes. It’s dark. Addiction to rape and/or it’s perpetrators is a hard row to hoe, but this story goes there – graphically – as two victims find one another. These two broken, abused souls recognize the pain in one another’s eyes and consequently help each other find justice and true love.
Phrasing of sentences and a variety of unusual words leads me to believe the writer is Australian. Among others, terms like ‘doona’ for bedspread and ‘mum’ for mother were present. The terminology felt old-world at times with phrases such as: “…he knew what he was on about and left it to him,” and “…pain in the arse.” I found redundancies in the author’s eloquent and descriptive writing style like; “His pace picked up in speed.” Sixteen references to Rafael’s eyes as ‘chocolates’ was superfluous, but the slow and steady suspenseful beginning kept me reading – even through the grammar errors. I wanted to know how Anna’s life was going to take a turn for the better.
This book is not classified as erotica, but it should be. Very little information is available about H.M. Irwing. I am curious about the gender, background and mind of the creator of this fictitious drama that, I assure you, is not scrumptious romantic reading. Subjects such as sexual slavery, sexual humiliation and masochism are present as well as murder. There are approximately sixty-three uses of the f-bomb along with at least fifty vulgar anatomical references.
If erotica is your preferred genre of reading and you don’t mind delving into verbal, physical and sexual abuse and a lack of professional editing, then this book is for you. A reclassification of the X-rated content of this tale is in order. Personally, I felt duped as I hadn’t expected pornography and the vulgarities that accompany it.
There is no ‘The End’ to this story. We are notified that part 2 of this story is coming on 12/12. I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.