Review: A turbulent affair by Sarah Doebereiner

 Series: Standalone

Genre: LGBT (f/f), Erotica

Rating: dnf at 57%

Cover: I’m not sure about the black border, but it sure grabs your attention

Buy: Amazon

Trigger warnings: self-harm, violence

Description: They each have a secret that could destroy their relationship…

Crystal and Sylvia are best friends, each the only one the other one trusts. But they each have a dark secret, and neither one knows how to tell the other. Crystal’s secret is that she’s gay and strongly attracted to Sylvia. She wants more than friendship, but she’s afraid to destroy what they already have by letting Sylvia know. And after all, friendship is better than nothing, isn’t it? But Sylvia’s secret is more sinister. It could not only destroy their friendship, it could also hurt Crystal—in more ways than one.

Review: At the beginning I was really confused, because this book starts with the aftermath and then I wasn’t sure if that was the beginning, because then there were your usual book information. And then the start of the story. But okay.

I liked how Crystal not being really comfortable is shown instead of being told. The overall writing took me a while to get used to, because it was so abrupt.

I won’t spoil the other secret, but I liked that one, because it isn’t often you get to read something like that.

So, one might ask, why I dnf-ed this book… There is an explicit self-harming scene. I don’t think I have closed a book as fast as this one before. I’ve gotta look after myself and reading something like that… nope. That scene, even though I only read the beginning, stayed with me for days. I had a feeling right before and I really wish I would have listened to my gut.

If you’re not triggered by self harm you should check this one out, because it isn’t your usual cute f/f romance and sometimes reading something different is really nice.

Disclaimer: The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

2 replies

  1. UGH UGH UGH. I know some authors (and readers) are very much against warnings, but I’m all for them. Or at least put a note at the front of the book saying “material within may be triggering, please see end of book for more info” so you don’t spoil anyone? 😦 😦 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yeah exactly. I can’t imagine sales suffering because of this. Just give your readers the chance of an informed decision.
      But this author told me she will ask her publisher about adding a warning (it was an e-mail request, so personal contact), so I’m very happy with the outcome. And brownie points for being this understanding.


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