Consequence of a Lonely Heart

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The thought arose midnight

somewhere between

the witching hours of deception

and the sparkling thighs

that rubbed away

what was left

of her common sense.

Ignoring the blanket stretch of solitude

reaching for the sweat

dripping from the threads of her hands

the thirst of her shadow

descending from the heavens like an angel

waiting for her to open herself up

so that the incarceration of her heart

can be weighed against the gold of her patience

she could not have been less wise

than to let deception

play its numbers on her skin

like melting pearls

sliding down the creases of a well-worn backbone

that she traded in for a brief moment

of Black Orchard or Issey Miyake cologne

though neither could wash away the shame

to which lust had gifted her thoughts

and the rose petals aligning the secret bath

to which she has mixed in her cup of distorted priorities

only smelled of death

in becoming another

she failed

to become herself

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#Book #Review – Ivory Dawn (The Razor’s Adventures) by P.S. Bartlett

Title: Ivory Dawn (The Razors Adventures)

Author: P.S. Bartlett

Print Length: 20 pages

Publication Date: May 15, 2015

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Language: English

ASIN: B00XQPBJ6K

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Ivory Dawn is a short story and the first book in The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Series. The prequel to Demons and Pearls, the story is about four young women living life on the banks of the Ashley River. All cousins, they are led by Ivory Shepherd who quickly emerges as the group’s leader. When the women are raided by a group of pirate men seeking to do them harm, it is apparent that these are not ordinary women. With blades and guns, they prove prepared to handle their own. However, the battle is not yet finished. Captain Christopher Barclay of Demon Sea and his men pay the women a visit and so is the beginning of The Razor Adventures.

Ivory, Miranda, Cass, and Keara have obviously been through some challenging times which have helped strengthen them in many ways. This first book serves as an introduction to the characters and opens with the attack on their farm. We then watch as the women defend themselves while protecting each other with fearlessness. As a woman who strongly believes in survival and preparation, I think it’s important for women to know how to defend themselves in any situation. I enjoyed how the author also managed to show us their soft, emotional side as they sat around the fire to ponder their now serious situation. Despite how tough, they are still women and I think it was important to show off that feminine caring side of them as well. The side that is concerned and warm as opposed to hard and cold. Bartlett highlighted this emotion well against the warmth of the fire. And as Ivory takes hold of the rum and four glasses, though the strongest of the group, I find she has probably suffered the most. It will be interesting to see what kind of pain and struggle is behind those eyes.

I’m a little behind on this series so the next adventure for me is Demons and Pearls, which I am reading next. I look forward to reading more about the women’s backstory and seeing how the adventure develops.

Ratings:

Plot Movement / Strength: 4/5

Entertainment Factor: 4/5

Characterization: 5/5

Authenticity / Believable: 4/5

Overall Rating: 4 / 5

You Can Find Ivory Dawn

The First Book in The Razor’s Adventures Series

on Amazon

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“I’m taking a fantastic voyage. Won’t you join me?” – P.S. Bartlett