DNF Review: Rampant by Saskia Walker

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Possession is only half the fun…
The moment she arrives at her rented vacation cottage nestled in Scotland, Zoë Daniels feels it—an arousal so powerful she's compelled to surrender to the unusually forceful carnal desires…with nearly anyone who crosses her path. Crawford Logan, the boat builder with the wayward grin. The devilish restaurateur Cain Davot, who seems to know more about Zoë than he lets on. And even her sexy neighbor Grayson Murdoch, whose eyes delve deep into her soul as he explores every inch of her body.

Yet there's something unsettling about the way the locals watch her, something eerie about these overwhelming encounters. Zoë knows she's not quite in control of herself and begins to wonder if there's any truth to the legend of Annabel McGraw, a powerful, promiscuous eighteenth-century witch who once owned the cottage, and whose spirit t is rumored to affect anyone who stays there. Zoë doesn't t believe in anything that even hints at the occult, but t now strange visions are turning frightening…and only one man's touch can bring her back to earth.

I had high expectations and I desperately needed a good read so I looked at goodreads and found this book. Many of my blogger friends loved or at least liked it so I thought why not. I could use something sexy and finally opened my netgalley copy.

I really don't like to DNF or giving up in general but I just can't read more of this book. I have to force myself to read another few pages and I don't think I will like it more even if I do. So please consider while reading this that I only read this book up to page 150.
So here's why it's just not my kind of book:

1. I was way too confused with the beginning of the book. It had so much sex but by far not enough story or general information. I didn't really bond with the characters and they still felt like strangers when I read on. They never lost their mysterious touch- for my taste too much mystery and not enough disclosure.

2. Zoë is a business woman currently on her much needed vacation. She is usually a facts person, she believes in what she can see and prove with logic. But when she arrives in the Scottish small town she is immediately turned on, and with that I'm mean horny as hell. She is worried at first but then she puts it aside as caused by her long sex abstinence. So we have that rather tame girl now horny and all of sudden she has "mind-sex" (more about that later) with a guy and a woman and then real life sex with her sexy neighbor she just met 24 hours or less ago. She doesn't really worry about it. Just a thought here and there. It seems I'm prude but I didn't buy it at all.

3. The above mentioned mind sex was totally weird. She didn't ask for anything and is kind of forced into a vision like sex scene by the bad guy. She sees herself having sex with that guy and the post woman and in the vision she likes it. I'm not sure if I like that. Perhaps it would have been sexy if I would have liked the other 2 participants but I hate those and felt more like rape than anything else.

4. In general all the sex scenes felt like they were just there to actually have sex scenes in the book, like it is in porn you know? "Ohhh there is a sexy man lets have sex ASAP." Not something I like.

5. And I encountered a pet peeve. The bad guy calls himself he-witch and that's just ridiculous. It reminded me of he-man and I couldn't take that seriously.

The writing itself was good but the story didn't do it for me at all. For me it was too much storyless sex.

But don't judge the book only because I didn't like it. Here are some links to reviews of blogger friends who liked much more than me:
- Colette @ Buckeye Girls Read (4/5 Goodreads Rating)
- Pearl @ Pearl's World of Romance (8.5 out of 10)
- Pat @ Peace, Love & Pat (4 out of 5)
other reviews @GoodReads

To learn more about Saskia Walker and her books please visit her website here.


Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Sorry to hear you suffered with this book Susi, but reading your issues with it, I feel you're right. Based on these I wouldn't feel like I would enjoy it either.

(ps. I agree, he-witch sounds completely ridiculous! why not call hima wizard?)

Blodeuedd said...

Hihi he-witch, that is just silly.

I know what you mean about the sex, I read one where the sex seemed to be all that just to make it seem wild and sexy, and it was porn in my mind

SusiSunshine said...

@Stella This guy thinks wizard is not the right term for himself. LOL Yeah if wants to be a he-witch so badly he should.LOL

@Blodeuedd Exactly I like erotica when there is an actual story or at least some attraction.

Patti (Book Addict) said...

I didn't read this book based on the blurb. I'm glad I didn't - this doesn't sound like a book I'd enjoy.

Nice review!

Tanya said...

Sorry to hear you didn't like this one. I just added it to my TBR last week.. I might have to go back and look at it again. :(

On another note... I have a little award for you at my blog. Stop by and pick it up HERE whenever you get the chance! :P

SusiSunshine said...

@Patti Perhaps I should have spend more time reading the blurb. LOL

@Tanya It's always frustrating when you want to like a book and just can't. Thanks so much about the award. Will check it out now.

pattepoilue said...

He-witch... teehee. He-man...I'm still giggling.

SusiSunshine said...

@pattepoilue Be still Ms She-Witch....LMAO sorry you aren't but duh! I drank too much coffee today.

pattepoilue said...

Mouahahahaah I love myself a good caffeinated Susi

Lea said...

Yikes, I have this one in the stacks, somewhere. I too had picked it up based on the reviews and I liked the sound of it.

So sorry it wasn't your cuppa Susi!

Thanks for sharing..

BTW I LOVE the cover on that Inez Kelley book - it sounds good too!!

SusiSunshine said...

@Lea I hope you like this one more than me. And OMG Coming Clean is sooooo good. I loved that book. One of the best menage books ever. You really should check it out.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

I'm sorry you didn't like this one! I enjoyed it, but you're right there was a lot of info in the beginning.

SusiSunshine said...

@Colette It was a bit overwhelming. ;)

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