Series Review: Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed by Selena Kitt

January 22, 2015 Review 0

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Flowers in the Attic meets American Horror Story: Asylum meets Eyes Wide Shut meets Peyton Place and Mad Men.

This edgy, page-turning saga isn’t just a new adult/mature young adult trilogy, it’s an enthralling reading experience, a non-stop roller coaster ride of emotion that will keep you on the edge of your seat, giving you cliffhanger after cliffhanger until the final, jaw-dropping climax.

You will be on pins and needles as Selena Kitt plays cat and mouse with you, the reader. You’ll find yourself asking—am I reading a romance? A coming-of-age tale of sexual awakening in the puritanical, repressed late 1950’s? A commentary on the power and corruption in the Catholic Church?

Yes, yes, and yes! The mystery and secrets revealed in this new Selena Kitt Classic will have you praying for forgiveness before it’s all over, but in the end, will restore your faith in the triumph of the human spirit and the overwhelming power of love.

“Lead us not into temptation…”

What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s father?

Leah is a good, Catholic girl, and she and Erica have been best friends since their first communion. Sure, Erica’s father is handsome and charming, but Leah spends so much time at the Nolan’s—just Erica and her famous, photographer father now, since Erica’s mother died—that she’s practically part of the family.

Both girls have led privileged, sheltered lives and are on the “good girl” track at St. Mary Magdalene’s Preparatory College, Leah pursuing her love of dance and Erica sating her endless curiosity as editor of the newspaper. Neither of them could have ever imagined that one fateful discovery will not only push the boundaries of their strict, repressive upbringing, but the bonds of their friendship as well.

Leah certainly never could have imagined finding herself torn between her best friend and her best friend’s father. Sure, Leah’s mother had always talked about Mr. Nolan as “a catch,” but Leah herself had never thought of him as anything other than just Erica’s dad—until the girls discover something darkly erotic under Mr. Nolan’s bed, a deep, shameful secret that will not only lead them into temptation, but will deliver them into a far greater revelation than any of them could ever have imagined.

An author I follow asked readers to post the most fucked up books they’d ever read. As I was scrolling through the list of books one title caught my interest, Under Mr. Nolan’s Bed (the incest version). I was like WHOA! I have to look that up. Now, I know you don’t know me personally, but I am always on the look out for books that push boundaries. Whether they are bloody, or otherwise. I want books that make me uncomfortable. So yes, I do read books that have incest in them. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzma and Flowers in the Attic are two of my all time favorite books. I also grew up reading everything V.C. Andrews. So incest in fiction isn’t something that really bothers me. I guess.

So anyway off to Amazon I went to find Under Mr. Nolan’s bed, only to discover the incest version was only available via paperback from the author. I also saw that there were about three different versions of this book out there, and each one had little tweaks. So I poured over reviews, and read blurbs. Anything I could find that would help me decide which version to buy. Finally I choose the boxed set because it was three books in one. Plus it was set in the 50’s and sounded like something I would enjoy. So I finally one-clicked, and dove right in.

How can I say this delicately. The first book is porn. I mean it’s classier than porn of course, it’s erotica. But the pages are literally dripping in sex. There is a story under the sex, if you can make it through all the sex. It was well written though, so I kept going. And going. And going. I made it through book one in about a day. And thank goodness it wasn’t a day where my daughter had school and I had to read in the library (long story) because Temptation contains lots of blush/flush worthy scenes. It’s definitely not something you want to be caught reading.

Maybe I’d been desensitized, but Book 2: Confession seemed to turn the plot way up, and the sex down a little bit. It’s still there and it’s still well written and scorching. I found myself clicking through the pages and getting drawn deeper and deeper into the world Ms. Kitt had created for Leah, Erica, and Mr. Nolan. It was dark, it was twisted and it was sexy. What was not to love?

Book 3: was the perfect conclusion. Everything seemed to come full circle, and I was happy with the ending.

So…about that incest. It was taken out of the first book, and is not really present in this version either. Honestly, this series is great, and worth a read if you love taboo/forbidden romances.  It’s not what you’d expect. The dynamic between these characters is complex, and deep. There are some real connections beside the bodily ones being made.

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