Notice by K. Webster
Published by Self-published on June 6, 2017
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I didn’t notice her before…but now I do.
The shiny strands of gold in her silky brown hair.
Tiny crinkles between her eyebrows when she frowns.
Her passion for neatness.
Once I focus on her, I can’t take my eyes from my newest obsession. Ever.
I need to know everything about her.
Her past. Her present.
The way she takes her coffee.
Exactly how she smells after a spritz of perfume in the mornings.
She’s perfect in every way and I was blind.
But, God, now do I see.
I notice the organized way she arranges her clothes in her closet.
How she visits the same market each Saturday.
The sounds of her breathing as I lie beneath her bed in silence.
Violet is mine.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Notice is a dark and unusual romance. Extreme sexual themes and violence in certain scenes, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to dark themes, then this story is not for you. If you aren't into super obsessive stalkers, then this story is not for you.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Initially, I was too busy trying to find clues to allow myself to go with the flow of the story. At one point I did a word count for Notice and noted the word was used in various ways and times. At around 10% I settled in and waited for the unknown.
Well, not totally unknown. From the teasers I knew we had a stalker. One who picked one of the most feared spots for creatures of the dark to hide…under the bed. I have an inkling it may be more terrifying to have a lurker there than in the wardrobe. OK, I digress – back to what I thought about Notice.
Overall I was expecting to be more freaked by the stalker than I was. This could have something to do with the arrow spinning off my moral compass during the last dark suspense book I read. Don’t assume I am suggesting the level of darkness was low, far from it, but I think I may have become a tad desensitised.
It troubled me that Violet’s actions were not those of a woman who was trying to maintain a low profile, nor did she have the best measures in place considering the circumstances. Her behavior led me to believe that although she didn’t want to return to her horrific past, she was hoping her secret would be uncovered. I could be wrong but View Spoiler »using the same password for everything? « Hide Spoilersome of her choices were not consistent with being security conscious.
There were other situations that baffled me and how they went unnoticed. Some of the twists were predictable, but I wondered if they were meant to be because others, including the ending, I didn’t pick up at all. Grayson not noticing her until when he did was weird as well. I imagined whatever she had done the day she caught his attention must have been extremely different from their previous interactions.
The issues raised in the story were troubling, to say the least. I would dearly love to spill my thoughts here about how well they were worked into the plot. Again though, there were a few scenarios I was sure would have been picked up, especially if it involved scent or sensations. I am being deliberately evasive here because if I keep talking I am going to spoil the story for others.
Time was ticking slowly yet the plot moved fast over the 14 days the plot covered. While I struggled with some of the details, once I got into the story I was keen to continue. There was copious time spent on imagining seduction or seducing. The nature of what Violet was going through kind of killed my want for her and Grayson to get together physically. Especially after his antics which made me want to call in the cleaners!
Notice, while not the horror story I had braced myself for, was a tale I found challenging on more than one level. I wish the playlist at the end of the book had been at the beginning because I reached out for one of my own to allow me to zone out sufficiently to absorb the harrowing dark scenarios being spelled out!
3.5 Always check under the bed Stars!
About K. Webster
K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.
Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
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