Bang (Black Lotus #1), E.K Blair


Rating: 5 Seductive Mind-fucking Stars

Publisher: E.K Blair 

Genre: Het. Romance

Tags: BDSM, Erotic, Contemporary, Psychological, Dark Adult Fiction, **Trigger Warning – Child Abuse, Depraved sexually explicit acts against children, Violence,

Length: 420 Pages

Reviewer: Judy

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They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.


I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**


I’ve been known to throw 5 star ratings around, and yet not many of those have left such a lasting impression.
Not easily forgotten, this story will leave you breathless. This is the book you will tell your friends about, and you will scream when it’s over.  It’s a fine line to tread, there is much to discuss and yet I don’t want to give it all away.

Pike and Elizabeth

Ward of the State of Illinois since the age of 5, Elizabeth Archer is a survivor. I wanted to scream about the feral injustice; the inhuman, despicable acts; of a child destroyed.

I want to speak of love born out of the darkness, of a place so dirty it’s a wonder it lived long enough to survive. Pike and Elizabeth share secrets so vile they had no choice but to cling to each other. Pike protected her and was her only hope; he promised her vengeance and made a plan to do exactly that. The relationship between Pike and Elizabeth is hard core, the lengths Pike goes to in order to exact the plan border on deranged. Their life is no fairy-tale, and yet it’s the fairy-tales that keep her going, and I get that. EK Blair spoon fed the horrid details of their life in foster care. Faced with a reality such as this, how could you not want to go back and hold that child; to promise vindication, to right the wrongs?

I wanted to wrap them in a warm embrace and tell them everything is going to be alright.

When all else was lost, they cleaved to each other and took what they needed from each other to survive.

He taught me, at an early age, how to live without emotions. How to wrap that steel cage around my heart, always telling me that no one can ever hurt you if you can’t feel. So I don’t. Outside of Pike, there’s no one I’ll give that to because emotions are what make people weak.


In order to exact justice, Elizabeth becomes Nina. Sleeping with the enemy, Nina is married to Bennett Vanderwall and becomes the doting wife; envied by their peers the marriage looks legit. Waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity to bring all hell down on the man responsible for ruining her life… Bennett.

I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes on the form of me.


What’s clever about this book is the inner dialogue Elizabeth has. Almost everything she portrays is contradicted by her thoughts. That is until Declan. Sexy Scottish brogue, devilishly handsome; confident, with a body carved out of perfection. Nina meets the perfect candidate in Declan, perfect for exacting revenge on the man responsible for taking what was hers.

“So beautiful.” His accent fucks those two words. No one has ever looked at me the way he does, and it spurs awkwardness inside of me because if only he knew what this body has been through, he’d be repulsed by the sight.

Hooked, Declan falls for the charade that is Nina. But has Nina met her match? 1259910881859copyImageDeclan is not content to play with her, he wants to own her. Little does she know how deeply he will make her feel. Spinning a web of lies and deceit, her truths are there too; she lures him in, seductive and sass; she’s all attitude.

I’m tarnished and decrepit, but I’ll be damned if I ever let him or anyone else see the wretched heart that beats inside of me.

He’s dominant, arrogant, and unapologetically egotistical. He’s so sexy I wanna ride him all the way to Texas, while she’s the mistress of manipulation. It’s not long before they’re all eating out of the palm of her hand.

The adoration he exudes is palpable, and it’s a shame that its wasted on someone like me, but I’ll take it and use it to my benefit.


Declan will not allow her to escape into the depths of herself when she is with him. He sees through her walls and waits patiently for her to emerge; ready to reveal the true Nina.

Declan is brutally controlling; dominant and unapologetically so; and yet the power of their relationship as it builds is a beautiful thing. They get down and dirty and I loved every minute of it. He breaks her down, only to rebuild her; stronger and shinier than ever.

His hand grabs a fist of my hair as he shoves my face back down into the mattress.1543658190161copyImage Letting go, he widens my knees, ass up, and then he gives my pussy one last lick before he buries himself balls deep into my core, forcing me to slip forward on the bed. He quickly grabs my wrists that are stationed at the small of my back and holds them firmly with one hand while the other fists the belt. I turn my head face down in the bed, and do what I can to disengage, but his voice keeps penetrating me as he talks, forcing me to tell him that I want him, that I want this, that I like this, that it feels good. I can’t escape. I’m in the moment. I’m never in the moment, but right now I’m in the goddamn moment…“Stop fighting me” he says, as if he knows I’m trying with everything I have not to come…I break. And out of nowhere he makes a tender gesture when he laces his fingers with mine and holds my hand when I come.


If you can’t handle restraints, a little kink and devilishly delicious hanky panky in your reading, maybe stick to your Jane Austin. This book has a dark edge that’s for sure.  The heat is high on the Richter.

Have you ever wanted to hurt someone, to right a wrong? This book feeds the desire to wreak havoc; it masters in manipulating the reader into expecting just that.  What starts out as horror, morphs into love that threatens to fuck with all their plans on revenge.

But what happens is like, so much more than I expected and A TOTAL CLIFFHANGER!! Argh! (But EK Blair is about to release the next book ECHO  pretty soon! Phew!)

Can I say I’m in awe of this author? Never was I bored and the message was received loud and clear. BANG!

We all have a choice. When life deals you a shit-fest, you can choose to dwell in that hurt forever or you can rise from the ashes; dust yourself off and hunt down every last one of those fuckers who did you wrong.  What would you want to do? When she’s with Pike it’s like she is getting what she thinks she deserves; but with Declan it’s like she’s not sure life could be so generous.

Judy, Enjoy!

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To second what Kazza said, thanks for the passionate review. Your love of the book definitely shows.

Judy Richmond

Cheers guys. It’s been one of those books I think back on, relished every word; it’s so powerful. Can’t wait to see what’s next.