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Midnight Scent (Amour Toxique Book 1) by [Lavelle, Dori]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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*PLEASE READ: This series contains sexual content, dark themes, and violence that could trigger emotional distress in readers. *

I find the love letters in my new dorm room, left behind by a previous occupant.

They're meant for someone else, but the words speak to me. They slide off the page and wrap themselves around my body, touching me in places I never knew existed.

I'm falling in love with each word, unable to stop myself.

And I don't even know his name.

Until they tell me.

His name is Judson Devereux. They say he's toxic. Falling for him would be a mistake.

I want to believe them. I want to walk away. But the words refuse to be erased from the invisible parts of me.

I'm hooked on the scent of his poison. It's bad for me. It could kill me. But I'm in too deep.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 444 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533642524
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HP3FZT0
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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What a great start to the series and I will say I'm chomping at the bit for book two. When this arrived on my kindle, I thought I'd just read the prologue as I had a busy day ahead. HAD being the operative word as I didn't just stop at the prologue, no no no I stopped at the 'End of book one'! I was hooked and totally gutted when I got to the end.I won't go into the story too much as I wouldn't want to spoil it, but I was intrigued when I had read the blurb, and was not disappointed.

I love Ivy and I really felt for her and the life her mother expected her to lead. Her mother made a fortune from Ivy's beauty and from a young age she entered her into beauty pageants etc, this didn't stop until Ivy decided she didn't want this life anymore. She wanted to be normal, so with a promise to her dying father, she left her selfish mother and went to Uni. When she and her room mate Chelsea have to move rooms because of a flood, they find some letters left by the previous student. Disturbed - moved - turned on - distracted by the content of these letters Ivy feels compelled to do something about them. Ivy has been warned against the writer of these letters and to forget all about them. But will she? Can she?

I let you find out for yourselves. This story gave me nervous butterflies and I still have them now whilst writing this review. I really can't wait for the next installment, I do hope it won't be long!
I read this on behalf of A Book Lovers Emporium
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Reviewer's note: yes, this has a cliffhanger.

I had mixed feelings about this one. The synopsis totally intrigued me and I was unbelievably excited to start reading it, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

The storyline was strong, creepy and psychologically challenging, as we follow Ivy's descent into mutual, destructive obsession with JD. I haven't read anything like this before, so it was both refreshing and intriguing.

However, I didn't particularly find the plot twist at the climax believable; it seemed a little too melodramatic (as did several of the subplots within the narrative, such as Ivy's relationship with her mother, and her best friend's relationship). It wasn't quite in character of what JD was built up to be - cunning, deceptive and a little crazy - but I wonder where this will lead in the next instalment.

I'm no stranger to falling for unlikeable characters, but I just did not like JD in the slightest. I wasn't convinced by their chemistry, which I felt was constructed more me being told by Ivy's narrative that she felt a connection to him, rather than something I could make my own mind up about from being shown feelings and physical reactions than being told how to feel. I think I would have enjoyed this a little more had a really believed in the chemistry, connection and lust between the two, as this would have been a total mind-f*** for the reader.

Similarly, due to this lack of chemistry the eroticism I was hoping for just wasn't there, despite some explicit letters and dream scenes. I was hoping for something a little sexier, some intense lust clouding judgement, and making Ivy's actions and reactions more relatable.

An original plot hampered by a lack of chemistry, Lavelle has written a piece of intrigue filled with psychological mystery and destructive obsession. Although I did enjoy reading it, I was left feeling a little cold.
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3.5 stars.

This was the first Dori Lavelle book so I went into it not knowing what to expect. The blurb sounded like something I had never read before so it drew me in. Just be warned that this ends in a cliff hanger. The story line isn't like anything i’ve read before, I normally stay away from psychologically challenging books like this, I prefer a different genre but that doesn't mean I didn’t like it. The story line was intriguing but some things that happened with the plot twist weren’t entirely believable. I’m still not entirely sold on the chemistry between Ivy and JD, maybe this will change with the next instalment. JD is a character that you won’t want to like but you might find yourself falling for him.

This plot is really original and I liked it. I’m looking forward to see where things go.

*ARC was kindly received in exchange for an honest review*
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars 75 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot..Hot...Hot 24 March 2017
By Andra - Published on Amazon.com
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Well I must say….Ms. Lavelle has done it again!!! Another gripping story and beginning to a new series. Throughout the journey of what is Midnight Scent I was both intrigued and frightful of where the story was going. I won’t go into too many details as one needs to read this book themselves (I want to avoid any potential spoilers).

We begin this tale with Ivy trying to leave behind her previous life as a model and is studying to become an Interior Designer. Ivy discovers letters underneath her dorm room bed and begins to read them. They are so compelling that she begins to idolize the writer, Judson Devereux – a man awaiting trial for the murder of Oliver Banes, regardless of the please from her friends to leave well enough alone.

The HOT factor in this tale is beyond ……well, I just don’t have the words for it.

From this auspicious beginning, this reader could tell that the story had its hold on me. I sat down and consumed this book in one sitting…and then went back and read it again! I shall wait with baited breath for the next installment of the Amour Toxique series.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !!! 30 October 2016
By Jennifer Halloway Ong - Published on Amazon.com
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What an awesome story I can't wait to read more !!! Ivy got herself caught up with the sexy incarcerated Judson Devereux and who could blame her ! This story has it all , romance , suspense , murder and mystery . And she saved the best for last the limo scene was Hot !! I'm so excited for book 2 !!
4.0 out of 5 stars Totally taken by surprise 30 June 2017
By Angeldollxoxo - Published on Amazon.com
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This book completely took me off guard. I was not expecting any of it. I don't want to spoil anything for those who haven't read it yet, but 'OMG how crazy is this?' was what I found myself saying more than once and the cliffhanger ending really left me with my mouth hanging open because it brought me back to the first pages of the book. Over all it was a good read I just hated how naive and stupid the main character seemed to be. Looking forward to reading book 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 10 April 2017
By Jeep Girl - Published on Amazon.com
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This book literally kept me on the edge of my seat. It was creepy, thrilling, exciting and suspenseful all wrapped up in one. I couldn't put it down and read it in about 3 hours. The storyline was very realistic and believable. I just purchased the second book in the series and can't wait to get started.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this book!! 12 November 2016
By Amazon CustomerBarbara Pitcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Oh my gosh!!! I loved this book!! It gripped me from page 1 till the ending!! December can't get here soon enough for the next book! I'm so excited about this series!!

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