Book Review: Do Not Disturb by Alessandra Torre

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Deanna Madden, #2
Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

1. Don't leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don't kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.
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PURCHASE


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4.5 STARS
 
When I first met Deanna Madden in The Girl in 6E, that was when I first discovered Alessandra Torre's books and ultimately fell in love with her writing, so I was ecstatic when I found out that there would be a follow-up novel! Round 2 with this dangerous, beautiful girl did not disappoint, either! Once again, I loved that Deanna had a strong voice and a dark edge, but there was also a vulnerability to her character that was woven in seamlessly, something fragile alongside all of the jagged. 
Jeremy thought he knew the sides to her. The complex, twisted sides of this woman. The woman who tentatively responds to his kiss, as if she is afraid of breaking if pushed too far. The woman whose eyes light with fire, and who carries a dark thread of insanity, one that should make him run but only draws him closer.
We get to watch her try and control her murderous urges in this book. Beyond the "freak show", she's a young woman hoping she can one day live a normal life--a life not controlled by her past or her affliction--and hoping to be accepted as she is. (Whether it was intentional or not, it was comical when Deanna would applaud herself for accomplishing ordinary tasks, like walking across the street just to buy some ice cream.) She's a fascinating character, and her mind--although twisted--is an interesting place to be in!
Maybe the damaged are the easiest to fall in love with. She is damaged. Damaged in a strange way that has strength--a silent, don't-open-the-door, watch-your-back-in-the-dark strength.
With the first book, I said that it wasn't romance. It was mystery and suspense, through and through. This time around, Deanna and Jeremy's growing relationship gets a bigger spotlight. Their connection really deepens, even as unconventional as their love story is. But while I found their scenes incredibly sensual, I also still found myself wanting to know a little more about Jeremy himself. I needed a stronger tie to him. I wanted to view more from his side of things, to give their budding love a tiny bit more depth. However, I went into this expecting the romance to be the subplot, not the headliner, so it wasn't too much of a problem for me.
We don't love people for their traits--traits are common. We love them for their unique ability to tug at our soul, to connect us in a way that no other person can. Love is unexplainable, unpredictable, and often unreasonable.
Marcus Renza--the vile monster whose perspective we get the most of, outside of Deanna's--is the new villain of the story, yet he was a true foil for Deanna. Two dark people pitted against each other, two very different forms of evil lying caged in normal skins. Deanna, the seductive cam girl with a violent streak. Marcus, the wealthy businessman who turns out to be a brutal rapist. They're a disturbingly captivating pair. 
...caged humans, despite our upbringing, drug habits, or skin color, are all the same. We want to fuck, to eat, to live. We want freedom, we enjoy control, we want to kill.
That's not to say he toed the line between evil and likable, though. He was awful. Revolting. Disgusting. He freaked me out, actually scared me more than I'd like to admit, and had me cringing through most of his scenes... (There was a particular "demon stretching its itchy wings" line that gave me chills.) This book doesn't just give you the surface of him, from other characters' points of view. It really takes you deep into Marcus's mind. But again, it isn't about sympathizing with him. It's about building up his crazy, knowing what makes him tick and giving you--the reader--something to fear. I absolutely hated him from beginning to end, and that was important. I needed to hate him enough to feel like he deserved a punishment worse than hell, a punishment like...facing off against Deanna.
He thinks I am unaware. He thinks I am helpless. He has no idea who he is dealing with.
I loved how it all escalated. The looming threat of Marcus--juxtaposed with Deanna's quest for normalcy and her relationship with Jeremy--was an intense, nailbiting ride. I was dying to know how everyone's worlds would collide and how it would all blow up in the end! (It's been a long time since I've seriously debated skipping ahead and just finding out early...) The "action" stage had my nerves unraveling and in frays. It genuinely felt like watching a crime show or movie! 
We all live different lies.

The craftsmanship stood out once again, the Torre thrill that I've come to anticipate and love. It's in the sleek writing. The shocking characters. The layered, twist-filled plot. All of these components came together to make a darkly compelling story. If you love thrillers and shock factor, the Deanna Madden series is sinister, erotic, and completely riveting!

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MORE FROM THE DEANNA MADDEN SERIES

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Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn't touched another person in three years.

She hasn't left her apartment.

She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time.

She's doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She's the number 3 model on cams.com.

And she hasn't killed anyone for years.

But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It's uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She's convinced he's responsible for the girl's abduction - but no one will listen to her.

So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment.

And this is what happens...
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PURCHASE


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MORE FROM ALESSANDRA TORRE

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
 
A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written nine novels, four of which became #1 Erotic Bestsellers.
Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, became a breakout hit, rising to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for her erotic thriller The Girl in 6E.
From her home near the warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.