Jan 18, 2014

The Dumont Diaries by Alessandra Torre

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Lust is a dangerous thing. It can make you believe things that are not real. It can seduce your mind and lead it blindfolded to the cliff that will be its demise.

What would you do if you could leave your life? Wake up one day and be someone else?

I signed the contract. I left Candace Tapers and her slutty, strip club life behind, abandoned every part of that life with one hesitant swipe of my pen.

The agreement was clear:
1. Sex
2. Photo ops
3. No romance

"I need a wife. I am not signing up for romance, or affection, or a full time job. I will not love you. I will have no use for you other than sex and photo ops."

Sex with Nathan was easy. More than easy. Panty-melting, can-never-get-enough HOT. I had begun to think that I could live this new life, showered in luxuries, orgasms, and diamonds.

Then I started tripping over secrets.

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 My rating: 
4,5 stars

My review or "How Alessandra Torre blew my mind again"

The first book by Alessandra Torre I read was Sex Love Repeat. You probably read it or heard about it. It’s the one about the woman who’s in a relationship with two men who know about each other. Well, there’s no need to say that there were quite a few flabbergasting situations in that book, and that nothing happened the way I expected it to happen. That’s one of the things that Sex Love Repeat and The Dumont Diaries have in common. Honestly, my jaw dropped so many times I had a hard time picking it up. But, I’ll get to that.

The Dumont Diaries was originally a miniseries consisting of four novellas: To Have, To Hold, Till Death, and Do Us Part, and then it was combined and published as one novel. You can find it in both versions. Novellas one and three are free, so if you aren’t sure, you can get those and see if you like it. But the real stuff begins in the second novella, reaches its peak in the third, and gets resolved in the last one.

The main characters are an unusual match. 

The heroine, Candace, is a stripper. That's not something she likes to do, but it helps pay the bills. Barely. She can’t even afford to visit her sick father. So it’s always a good night when the hero comes to the club.

And the hero, Nathan or BlueEyes, is rich. How rich? Who knows? But that's all we know about him at the beginning – that he has money. You see, he comes into the club where Candace or Candy works from time to time, and every time asks for her to perform for him privately. And every time he leaves her a generous tip. But this time that he comes, he wants more. A lot more.

That’s how the real story begins.

At the end of the first part I was curious as to what would happen to them, but I also had an idea about what that might be. A marriage of convenience is something I’ve read about before. But boy, was I wrong! Those twists that happened in parts two and three made my head spin. And I love when a book surprises me. Predictable plots are not something I’m a fan of.

My feelings towards Candace didn’t change much throughout the book. I liked her. And I also felt sorry for her. Because of Nathan. He played with my feelings. I had a lot of different opinions about him. Most of them weren’t at all favorable. To be perfectly honest, for the most part I wanted to kick his ass. Because of Candace and how he treated her.

„I owe you my happiness. I don’t think a more heartbreaking sentence has ever been said.

Now, as much as I loved how the plot progressed, I did feel that the ending should have been longer. I wish that what happened was better explained. That ending is the reason I subtracted ½ a star from my rating. I just needed more from them. After everything else was so beautifully written and the plot developed, the ending felt rushed. But, still, this was a miniseries that I very much enjoyed. I loved reading it. The author really has a way of describing even the simplest things and making them special. And after this and Sex Love Repeat I want to read the rest of the author’s books.

P.S. Did I mention that the book has a lot of very, very hot scenes? No? Well, it does. In case you were wondering.



  1. I've got book one on my list. It sounds like such a unique/different series. Glad you're enjoying them!

    1. Thank you. It was one of those books that I just couldn't put down - I had to know what came next. And I always love when I find books like that. I hope you'll like it, too. :)


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