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Seeds of Fear (#5 Hot Blood Series) – Book review, part 1/2

Finally, I get to continue my reading challenge Project Hot Blood. I’ve already read four books of the 13-book-series, and you can read my previous reviews and some info about the reading project here. Let’s begin on book 5, Seeds of Fear. Spoilers kept to the minimum.

Scream Queen
Ronald Kelly
The premises of the story was actually great. There you have your regular stalker-loner type who happens to be a huge horror movie fan, the good old creature features. So the build-up was brilliant when the reader got to follow this guy on his little road trip to… I guess make his dreams come true. There was a twist in the end, that would have been a brilliant one only if the execution would have been better. There wasn’t enough words left for the twist, and that fact alone made this into only a 5/10 story instead of a masterpiece.
Length: 17 pages
Level of Sex: 2 Mostly masturbation, sex scene pretty contained.  
My rating: 5 out of 10 

Hideyhole
Billie Sue Mosiman
Another stalker-story, quite disturbing this one. I know the problem with short stories is that they never have enough pages to get the back story out. But I think it’s not very responsible of the author to open such a big can of worms but then leave it half way. The ending was rushed and I expected a completely different path that the story would take, and the actual ending was the lamest I could think of. I still gave this a higher rating than the first story, cos the beginning was pretty entertaining.
Length: 23 pages
Level of Sex: 3 Dirty violent sex, but still vanilla.
My rating: 6 out of 10 

High Concept
J. N. Williamson
So I’m just going to go ahead and ignore the huge plot hole that you can actually just go and make someone into a porn star just like that. Story in short, a quite slimey porn producer tried to seduce a giant woman to join the industry for obvious novelty reasons. It sounded like a shitty thing to do, but did that actually warrant the amount of violence in the end of the story? I don’t think so. But by the time this lengthy short story ended, I didn’t even care anymore.
Length: 21 pages
Level of Sex: 2 Long but tame sex scene, I expected more of a story about the porn industry.
My rating: 4 out of 10 

Just a Phone Call Away
John F. D. Taff
Now that’s what I’m talking about. This story is one of those why I absolutely looooove The Hot Blood series. Basically, it’s a simple story about a woman who was being fired by her boss/fuckbuddy then decided to start a phone sex hotline operating from her house. All went well until an especially kinky customer called her and that changed her life. Being kinky myself, I do understand the pleasure she must be felt, but she was also a cautionary tale of why safe kink requires a sane mind.
Length: 21 pages
Level of Sex: 5 Only masturbation, but because this included some hardcore kinky shit, therefore the fiver.
My rating: 9 out of 10 

Black and White and Bed All Over
James Crawford
This is soooo strange. And not in a good way? So there are these Animates that can be anything and they do movies? I’m not sure. They are like creatures from your imagination? I’m not sure. And because they are kinda like the product of the imagination, only the imagination being their only limit? I’m not sure. So many big questions unanswered. Just a bizarre idea not really fully explored. Then the author threw in some absurd sex scenes, not the acts themselves, but the surrounding? I’m not sure. Simply put, I didn’t like it. 😀
Length: 16 pages
Level of Sex: 3 Strange, bizarre and absurd, but still, it was just sex.
My rating: 5 out of 10 

Handyman
Jeff Gelb
Jeff Gelb the editor of The Hot Blood series always write a story himself in every book, sometimes they are good, sometimes they are mediocre. Handyman belonged to the latter group, unfortunately. It’s about this neat trick a man tries on a woman in bar, sounded something straight from Barney Stinson’s playbook. The guy introducing himself as a Handyman, providing lonely sex-hungry women with sex with no attachment, no disease, no worries. Just good old fucking.
Length: 10 pages
Level of Sex: 3 Good old fucking.
My rating: 6 out of 10 

Airhead
Michael Newton
A story about a wannabe rapist and his sex doll that he uses as practice before the real deal. I know, some sick shit. Though it did take a strange turn in the end, but this time it was done right. “I Spit On Your Grave” style but weirder. The ending was a blast nonetheless. 😀 I’m a sick fuck, so I actually wanted it to prolong the ending, that’s why this is only an eight and not higher.
Length: 13 pages
Level of Sex: 5 Everything you can imagine, they got it here. A little kinky too.
My rating: 8 out of 10 

Five Seconds
J. L. Comeau
This is a peculiar little one. Going into a crazy person’s head is a real treat for horror fans, and the lady of the hour is one cray cray gal. I love how she revealed her history, her part and her true nature bit by bit. It’s a short one, I wished it was better. I was having a great time in her head.
Length: 8 pages
Level of Sex: 2 Not very detailed but the images that popped up in my head were nonetheless creepy as fuck.
My rating: 7 out of 10 

Sympathy Call
Michael Garrett
Like the story above, it’s one of those that revealed itself slowly. Okay, from the beginning, it was already hella creepy, but it just got worse and worse as the story went on. Basically, it’s about this man who went to his old girlfriend’s parents house, because the ex girlfriend died in an accident. So the whole point of the visit was to reminisce together with the girl’s parents. So, a strange premise already. But I didn’t think it would go so far, and the ending was all kinds of awesome.
Length: 13 pages
Level of Sex: 5 Wasn’t really detailed, thank fuck for that. But a fiver for how freaking disturbing it was. 
My rating: 9 out of 10 

Overeaters Ominous
Stephen R. George
Although I think it’s a little excessively done for the reader to really really despise the husband, so we wouldn’t feel any sympathy for him. And that what the wife did was completely justified. This has some serious WTF moments which I loved. The ending was a little bittersweet even, guess everything does come with a price.
Length: 17 pages
Level of Sex: 2 Not much sex, just a blowjob. But there was one little nasty thing… so a two it is.
My rating: 7 out of 10 

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Great day! So this one took a while to get out. But I hope you like this collection of mini reviews. Part two on next Nerdy Thursday. Until then, stay nerdy. 😛

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