Author: Steve Merrifield
I found this book to be written ok, but I disliked the character of Martin. He was a flat character. He disappointed me in the end. His choices were poorly chosen and weak. I deleted this free book.
Well this is certainly a book of two halves, the first sets up the story and introduces the characters and prepares the reader for a story of obsession, adultery and a possible Pretty Woman style rescue. Then the second half comes along and turns the entire story upside and throws the reader into a maelstrom of gore and terror (although the obsession does stay too). I don’t want to say much more than that but the truth behind Ebony and Ivory’s existence and the power they wield is terrifying in
Ivory tells the tale of an artist and art teacher named Martin Roberts. Martin is having a midlife crisis, he doesn’t feel satisfied with his family and doesn’t feel inspired to paint anymore. Then one rainy night his life changes when he accidentally hits a teenage girl with his car. Even though the girl should have died in the horrific crash, she survives. She is no ordinary teenager, her skin and hair are pure white, her eyes are black as coal and she is mute. Martin sits with the girl until
Ivory is an engrossing story of a man obsessed. Although it starts out strong, it’s not without its faults. When I got to about 88%, the story took a strange turn. Now don’t get me wrong, I love supernatural horror stories. You allow your mind to shift past the “that could never feasibly happen” and take everything given to you in believable stride. But the big secret plot twist is fragmented and incomplete as best. When dealing with the supernatural you expect that there are questions without a
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. [Contains spoilers] I had read reviews about the slow pace, that it only picked up towards the end. This is true, but is not necessarily a flaw, more a matter of taste. I was happy to follow events in a slow-burn way, but it won’t suit the impatient.
The novel is a strange mix. On the one hand there is some good writing, convincing detail (“shoved it whole into his mouth and gnashed bitterly at it, swallowing with self-loathing”), good use of painting as analogy/theme, professional plotting, and
I believe that the best thing you can say about the first story you read by, to you, an unknown author is that it made you want to read author’s other works. That was certainly the case with J. Rocci’s Ivory. The blurb very accurately describes the story, but it’s the characterization, especially of protagonist Bradley, and writing where this novella shines.
From the beginning, it is obvious that Bradley is a deeply unhappy man. He deals with familial expectations in a passive-aggressive and self
I have to congratulate J. Rocci for a great book. The story was well developed and the characters were built like normal people with normal problems. I loved the character William Windham III, and the lesson we learn from his life. Brad is a character who arouses sympathy but at some moments in the history his behavior is quite shameful. I understand he is in a difficult situation trying to satisfy everyone but the way he treats his girlfriend is rude to say the least. Brad’s mother and brother
Ivory is one of the few J Rocci books I hadn’t read yet, so I was glad for the excuse to finally read it. I enjoyed it, but not as much as I expected. The relationship ramp-up was slow, which was nice, but I’d have liked to have seen more of it in real time rather than just being told they’ve spent time together over the past several months. But the book would have needed to be longer for that.
Another issue of length: it ends rather abruptly when they finally get together. There’s an epilogue ye
3.5 stars. Good short m/m romance about an oncologist who’s been trying to be the person his family expects him to be, even though it’s killing him.
It is better than 2 stars but not enough for 3.
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