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‘Prey For Me’ by John Casti Review with Pine Enshrined Reviews.

A psycho-sexual thriller.

World renowned scientist Victor can’t resist his attraction to Alex, a brilliant financier – and his addiction to her touch drives him over the edge.

The two are thrust together as business partners in the risky world of London finance, complicating and raising the stakes of their personal game playing. As Alex’s behavior becomes increasingly violent, Victor suspects that she is behind sinister actions involving others in the firm.

Victor’s intellectual curiosities and desires are also piqued by this added dimension of mystery and danger.

Alex would play with his emotions like a well-played guitar. Then she would disappear.

Who will win this psychological game of sensuality and desire?

Prey For Me
by John Casti
Length: 294 pages
Publisher : X-Press, Inc (September 15, 2020)
Genre: Suspense Romance, Dark Romance, Thriller Romance, Novels, Thriller, Dark, Suspense, Romance

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Excerpt

Throw in a self-absorbed nature, prolonged absences from home and family, and a rather dominant, controlling Type A personality, and the formula for marital disaster not-so-magically appears. He wrote all of this down dutifully.

Throw in a self-absorbed nature, prolonged absences from home and family, and a rather dominant, controlling Type A personality, and the formula for marital disaster not-so-magically appears. He wrote all of this down dutifully.

When he was finished and reviewed his document, he wrote at the bottom that he seemed to have an innate inability to understand just what women wanted from him, anyway. Scrutinizing these pros and cons like a tax accountant trying to ferret out every possible deduction, Victor wondered what it all added up to. No refunds, that’s for sure, he sadly concluded.

If one could say anything about Victor’s personal relationships from this mass of conflicting signals and confusing data, it was that he would probably be well-advised in the future to stay away from conventional living arrangements like marriage, home, and family.
He just didn’t seem cut out for that kind of life.

On the other hand, logic told him that every relationship—personal, professional, family, business—has only a finite useful lifetime. Victor believed that the people who prospered in life were those having an innate sense for when a relationship had run its natural course—and were not afraid to make a change, even if there was no ready-made, new relationship waiting in the wings.

Perhaps, he thought, what happened between him and Karin was foreordained, and he just happened to have had the bad luck to be the one that got left.

After all, the a priori odds are fifty-fifty that when you enter into a relationship of any kind, you’ll be the one that gets left, he reasoned. But that was Victor the mathematician at work and not the man.

Victor wondered whether he could change some of these liabilities. Unfortunately, though, self-knowledge, he ruefully thought, is by no means a universal tool for changing who you are. And he was old enough and experienced enough to know that no relationship, marriage or otherwise, was a reform school.

After several decades of experimentation, he had come to the conclusion that intimate personal relationships were a lot like shopping for shoes. You go to the shoe store and see some design that blows you away. You just have to have it. You try it on and discover that while it looks fantastic, it simply doesn’t fit. It’s painful to walk in and no amount of stretching or after-market service is going to change that. What to do?

Well, Victor thought, all you can do is forget that shoe and look around for another design that is also attractive—but fits. You buy that one and hope for the best. And for a long time it
works just fine. Then like every relationship, even with shoes, eventually another model comes available that is even more attractive and you simply must give it a go.

This shoe-store metaphor seemed to be the story of Victor’s life, socially-speaking. Actually, thinking about his marriage to Karin in this context, he was a bit surprised it lasted as long as it did.

Consoling himself marginally with this bit of armchair philosophy, Victor leaned back in his desk chair and again stared out at the dying embers of pastel orange and pale pink on the Sangres, as they slowly merged into dark shadows of gray and black across the ski slopes, Night began to fall.

John L. Casti

One of the pioneers of complexity science and systems theory, John L. Casti, Ph.D., is Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, where he heads an initiative on Extreme Events in Human Society. He worked for many years at the Sante Fe Institute and The RAND Corporation, as well as serving on the faculties of Princeton, the University of Arizona, and New York University. A former editor of the journal Complexity, Casti has published nearly 20 volumes of academic and popular science and received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Southern California. He lives in Vienna, Austria.

I want to thank BookSirens and The X-Press, Inc for the opportunity to read this ARC for a honest and unbiased review.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Sex (* IF you call it that lol)
TYPE OF ENDING: Cliffhanger (*Not really!)

Prey for MePrey for Me by John Casti
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

When i read the blurb and a little excerpt I was excited to read this novel. Frankly, I am disappointed in it. The description of locations, food, about things happening around the main characters were so great. The romance parts not so much. It had wonderful suspenseful moments especially near the end but it did not leave me on a cliff. The passion or connection between the two was super foreshadowed and I saw everything coming. I just new this was gonna happen or that would but the ending did surprise me a little. Not what I expected. That is why it got three out of five stars.

The plot seemed far left, I wasn’t sure what to do with the main persons invention and going into such detail was a bore. Granted I am way into that stuff in real life but I don’t want to read about it, especially in a romance book. Overall, I felt like Alex could of been more projected and seeing more from her side than we did. I have so many questions left unanswered but that is alright. Maybe there is another book but I wont be picking it up.

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I like to extend on my goodreads review some – Things that could of been worked on:
Each chapter change view up! Let me see just how CRAZY Alex really was instead of Victors view until much later in the book. It started great seeing how things went in the beginning but then got bottled down, almost DNF a few times because all the extra background information which killed me. Frankly, could of done without or skimmed passed it but read it so I did not have a DNF. I hate having DNF and finishing the book really did add additional points because how things played out.

Without spoiling anything I shall end this thought here and this book would be enjoyed by others out there i’m sure but for me – I could not get passed the background jargon which I actually do & wholly understand because I do it too – Not crazy lady stuff but Stock market/Financial stuff.