They took me, broke me, remade me in their image. I am branded by their twisted ambitions; martyred by their greed. They ground me down until I was everything they wanted and more, and at the end I thanked them for it.
They forced me to love them, and then they cast me aside like yesterday’s trash. But they taught me to be the best. So that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Because in the end…
Revenge is sweeter than love.
And they’ll never see me coming.
I was almost completely blown away by Bedroom Hymns. I loved every second of what I read, I just The intense taboo was done quite well. However, I did feel there were several storylines that were started and never fleshed out.
Bedroom Hymns passed all boundaries of polite society. Morgan Reeves set the tone of the book from the first sentence and continued to build one that darkness throughout the entirety of the book. Even the lighter moments, the scenes where love and understanding were the pinnacle, were shrouded in immorality. There nary a scene that wasn’t full of wickedness and foreboding.
The character development in this book was a little lacking, for me. Beyond knowing Sophia’s immediate motivations, it was hard to tell what drove any of the characters. Perhaps that mystery was what Ms. Reeves was going for in this novel, something more plot than character driven, but I prefer to have a better understanding of the characters about whom I’m reading. When I was finished I realized that I had no idea how any of the characters would have reacted outside of the intense situation they lived in during the book.
While I completely understood that this book and everything in it was designed to be secretive and full of misdirection, some of the storylines felt either unnecessary or unfinished. I wish that I had more closure regarding most of the secondary storylines in part two. I can appreciate what was included for how it was used to manipulate the antagonist, yet I’d have loved to have seen those threads used more effectively. I felt as if huge parts of Sophia’s persona were forgotten entirely and discarded by the time we reached the end of the book.
Overall, I was quite impressed with Morgan Reeves writing. She drew me into this world thoroughly and made me care about characters I knew quite little about. This story had the potential to blow me away completely, yet ultimately left me somewhat unsatisfied. Had the character development been a little deeper and those few storylines that seemed to have been forgotten fleshed out this could have easily been one of the best taboo books I’ve read in ages.
Morgan Reeves is the author of the Never Ever After series. When she isn’t writing, Morgan chases around two energetic minions and tries to convince her loving husband that a miniature pig would make a great pet. She is also extremely fond of iced tea and hot coffee. You can find her books on all major retail sites, and she always loves to hear from readers so feel free to send her a message through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authormorganreeves. Morgan currently lives in Raleigh, NC.