Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway – Monster by Francette Phal

Posted by Ing on 26 March, 2014 // ★★ 11 Comments ★★

Title: Monster
Author: Francette Phal
Genre: Contemporary / Interracial Romance
Release Date: March 11, 2014


Accidental Gold digger.

Circumstance forced Eden Mercer to sell herself to Dominic Armstrong for half a million dollars and in return she is to play the dutiful wife in public and submit to him completely behind closed doors.

The Tyrant.

Dominic is Ruthless, manipulative and sadistic but Eden is determined not to break under his cruelty. But how does one persevere when in the clutches of a Monster?

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*** This book was provided by the author for an honest review.  No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. ***

My Thoughts:
Dominic Armstrong is rich and ruthless. He’s not use to being denied things and when he first sees Eden Mercer he knew he had to have her. When his step-brother tries to horn in on Eden, as well Dominic puts a stop to it right away and offers Eden a position as his mistress. Eden counteroffers and throws the marriage gauntlet down at Dominic, never expecting him to actually accept. Eden was in debt and barely keeping her head above waters working two jobs so when Dominic agrees she warily jumps in with both feet. Fast forward 4 years later and Eden and Dominic are still married. Eden knew the start to their marriage wasn’t ideal but she had hoped that over time mutual respect and maybe love would grow but instead she’s lived with a man who shows her little respect and treats her like a blow up doll. Dominic doesn’t have much use for his pretty little wife outside of the bedroom. He figures his money and all the jewels he has showered her with keeps her happy. So when Eden takes off and goes missing for a year he is enraged and surprised at the same time. For him he never expected Eden to leave. When Eden comes back into his life, he is shocked by the changes in her. The gold digger he took her for was no where in site and the person before him intrigues him and challenges him. Will Eden and Dominic be able to move past their misunderstandings and less then idealic beginnings to find something they least expected? Love?

I was really excited to get my hands on Monster after reading the synopsis. Accidental gold digger and tyrant…yes please. From the synopsis and the title itself I was expecting this to be a dark read.  I love my dark reads so I couldn’t wait to dive into this book. It turned out this was not a dark read at all IMO. Which was fine by me cause I ended up adoring and devouring the story of Eden & Dominic in one sitting. This book read a like a Harlequin romance for me.  This is not a bad thing because I love Harlequin romances and still read them. There was definitely ALOT of angst in this one. 

I enjoyed Dominic’s overbearing and domineering ways. I loved every moment of it. I knew there was a reason for his mistrust of Eden and wow it was a big one. It absolutely broke my heart to know what he went through. That kind of stuff would mess with anyone’s mind and heart. His character was very well developed. We got a really good picture of what makes him tick and why he is the way he is with Eden at first. For me I never really saw Dominic as a monster. I just saw someone who has had to deal with a lot and puts a wall up to protect himself. His journey to discovering his faults and realizing what an ass he was, was fun to watch. I absolutely hands down loved his character.

Eden was a strong heroine. I liked that she did all she could to protect herself. I cheered her on when she put Dominic in his place and didn’t let him off the hook for his past transgression. She wasn’t a walking doormat and kept to her guns. She was a pretty well rounded character. 

The pacing of the book was good. I wish there had been more moments between Dominic and Eden.  I thought too much time was spent with them apart. Too much of her at her job at the bar. I was expecting a bit more sexy times. There wasn’t enough “them time” IMO. With Dominic’s alpha traits I would have love more scenes with him being all bossy in the bedroom after Eden was back:) Also the description of Eden’s skin color and eye color was overused so much. That kind of got repetitive. 

Over all I really adored their story. I can’t wait to read more from this author. There was a sneak peek at her next book in the back and boy I’m excited. One of the secondary characters from this book is the hero in that one. I wasn’t expecting him to get a story but I am pleasantly surprised and can’t wait. I give my seal of approval for this one. 🙂

Monster – Excerpt
****Warning the following excerpt is for 18+ only****

“Soon, sweetie, I promise,” he soothed. She moaned softly as he licked her ear, dropped soft warm kisses across her shoulder blades, he moved down her back, a wet tongue and hot mouth traced and kissed each vertebrae, making a slow and steady progress down her spine. It was a torturous progression that boiled the blood in Eden’s veins as she waited in bated anticipation. Breath stilled in her lungs, eyes widening when he drew apart her butt cheeks and ran his tongue down the wet crevice, from clit to the puckered rosebud of her hole and back again. It was undoubtedly one of the most erotic things he’d ever done to her body, and Eden didn’t know how to breathe properly. She gripped the sheets beneath her hands and bit down hard on her bottom lip to keep from screaming.

It was like a shot of adrenaline straight into her vein. It was blood vessels dilating, her heart galloping uncontrollably in her chest, it was gasping for breath when the air she drew in wasn’t enough. He owned her body, ate it like sun ripened peaches and drank the flowing juices of her weeping womanhood with his rapacious tongue. There were fingers there, slipping between the folds to dive deep into her blistering heat, while his thumb worked at her puckered hole, his wicked, wicked mouth showing Eden exactly how very little she knew her of own body. There was nothing but the explicitness of this act, the hyper awareness that made her feel like each inch of her body was struck by lightning, that killed her and gave her life all in one electrifying jolt. He was merciless and perfect, inviting her to shove her hips back and ride his face.

Death was imminent, sweet cataclysmic death seduced her into the gaping, welcoming arms of her orgasm. She plummeted, shattered into delicious little pieces on his tongue and fingers. Recuperating wasn’t in the stars for her as he gripped her hips and plunged into her depths in one long stroke. Pulling her arms and folding them at the small of her back, he held them there with one large hand as he sank in deeper, so deep that it hurt so good. Ass high in the air, face down in the sheets, Eden was at his complete mercy, filled to absolute capacity with his cock, and she whimpered, the vulnerability of her position giving her a sweet high.

“I’m going to beat this pussy, Eden, and you’re going to scream my name.”
And she did, a promise made completely true as he fucked her like a porn star. She screamed like the world was falling, his repeated strike against her G-spot making her see stars. It was too damn much, his jarring thrusts so deep that she could taste him, spurred her fall and she orgasmed on every inch of his cock.

*About Francette*

Francette lives in Massachusetts with her amazingly supportive husband of ten years and her darling two year old son. Reading amazing books has led her to writing and she’s dabbled in fan-fiction before self-publishing her own works. She’s constantly thinking up new stories to write and does her best work when music is playing in the background. Romance is where she’s most comfortable but she hopes to one day venture in mystery novels. She has a weakness for coffee ice cream, tropical fruits and a good glass of wine.
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