- Format: Kindle Ausgabe
- Dateigröße: 651 KB
- Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 339 Seiten
- Verlag: Punctuated Publishing (16. September 2016)
- Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Sprache: Englisch
- ASIN: B01HVFXNVE
- Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
- Word Wise: Aktiviert
- Kundenrezensionen: 47 Sternebewertungen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #1.681.029 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)
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By day, a mild-mannered salesperson, wife, mother, rescuer of senior shelter dogs, happily living just north of New York City. By night, an author of sex, suspense and satire.
My background includes stints in corporate communications, marketing, travel journalism, meeting planning, public relations and real estate. I was, for a long and happy time, an award-winning magazine writer and editor. Then kids happened. And I needed to actually make money. Now they're off doing whatever it is they do (of which I have no idea since they won't friend me on Facebook) and I can spend my spare time weaving tales of debauchery and whatever else tickles my fancy.
The main thing to remember about my work is that I am NOT one of my characters. For example, as a real estate broker, I've never played Bondage Bingo in one of my empty listings or offed one of my problem clients.
But that's not to say I haven't wanted to...
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Dana Black is a successful realtor in Rock Canyon – albeit not in the same lofty stratosphere of success as her older sister, Melanie, also a realtor. Suffering from the effects of longstanding neglect by her now invalid mother, Cassandra, who has been felled by a stroke, Dana nevertheless dutifully visits her for more heaping helpings of her vitriolic abuse. Those visits are thankfully made more bearable by Lorelei Simpson, her mother’s caretaker, who has the patience and kindness of Mother Theresa, trapped in the body of a polyester-wearing Spongebob Squarepants. Adding to Dana’s very dysfunctional home front is debilitating reflux and increasing blackouts that finally send her to seek the help of a therapist. It’s about this time that local realtors are beginning to turn up dead and ever so slowly, Dana evolves as the prime suspect in these homicides. She has the alibis that could clear her name but to give an alibi would mean having to reveal her dirty little secret; that Dana uses her empty listings as rendezvous locations for her salacious BDSM games with her Dominant, Dare.
With an effective first liner like, “Bile makes for a lovely lunch.”, Barr’s story take off with a bullet, keeping you engaged until the very end. Her prose is solid, with just the right balance of description and action. Sure, there’s bondage and some kinky stuff but nothing so over-the-top that it truly shocks. The author does a great job in conveying Dana’s vulnerability, especially as the story unfolds and the reader learns about her childhood and about her earlier foray into BDSM with her previous lover. One also begins to better understand her relationship with her somewhat sadistic Dominant, Dare. If I was pitching this book, it would be along the lines of “House Hunters Gets Its Kink On a la 50 Shades of Grey”. Granted, this isn’t everyone’s kind of book but for those readers who like a little kink to spice up their whodunits, Expired Listings is the perfect read. Highly recommended!
Definitely targeted for an adult audience, Expired Listings is one of those books that have an entertaining development, mixing moments of thrill with hilarious situations, and by adding a lot of erotic scenes, the author D.M. Barr reaches different types of readers.
The story shows a hidden side of the real estate industry, or at least a side as seen by the author.
Beside all the intrigues, murders and excitement that surround her, a woman struggles with her emotions and her complicated relationships. Dana Black, a real estate agent in Rock Canyon, seems to have some unresolved issues related to her childhood, but her adult life is not much easier. Finding herself in the middle of what looks like a conspiracy, meant to blame her for the murders of some real estate agents, Dana has to find the real killer in order to drop any suspicion that could plan above her.
The book keeps the reader turning page after page, and with the succession of comic, suspense, excitement and erotism, they can never get bored.
D. M. Barr has done a great job of creating a comedy that teases an industry that is very deserving. I really enjoyed the opinions of the people in the community as they found out that the agents were being killed. It wasn’t that they were indifferent toward it, but they were actually very receptive and almost acted like cheer leaders for the murderer. The novel was well written and the author shows that she has a promising future in the genre.
I was really impressed right from the start with the opening note from the author explaining how much research and authority had been put into the work, where liberties had been taken in real estate commissions or where the author had stuck true to the BDSM world and vocabulary. It lent an immediate sense of authority to the writing so you didn't need to wonder the whole time whether the scenes and interactions could be considered normal or natural in those situations.
Speaking of natural, too, I thought the dialogue was perhaps one of the best parts of the book. Sometimes, it seems like authors have a really hard time capturing natural dialogue. How characters in books sometimes express themselves is not how people would express themselves if the words hadn't been considered beforehand, written down, and then proofread however many times, edited, and then published. This was a really fun book to read because I really believed all of the interactions. Dana's friendship with Endicott is enhanced by their dialogue, for instance. It feels like two friends talking normally. Even Dana's thoughts to herself felt very natural and were often very humorous. The puns--especially at the cat lady's house--were amusing, too. And, the dialogues was actually really important, especially to show the difference between Dana's relationship with Dare versus her relationship with Aiden.
The pace of the story was really great. It felt more like a movie with key details coming out throughout the course of the book instead of everything pertinent being dropped on the reader all at once. It kept me reading and the further I got into it, the less I felt I could put it down. Really fantastic.
Turns out, I do not disappoint at all as the author delivers Expired Listings in the best way. The main idea of the book is quite complicated but the author manages to make it simple and not as complex as it sounds. Throughout the book development, you could understand everything as the elements start to reveal itself one by one. It starts with the real estate industry then it goes on with another element. The author writing and story telling style blends very well, you could barely realise that you are reading the next element. The plot is strong enough with all the problems for Dana comes one by one. It just intensifies the suspense and of course, the ending of this book is really amazing.
As for characterisation themselves, I like that the author didnt divide the attention for Dare and Aidan, they were both given equal attention. Dana herself is a consistent character. She is strong from the beginning of the story which the author let us know by telling us about her family and throughout the story development, she continues being so.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to try to read a new genre or erotica book's readers, as this one offers the same but with the thicker plot.
The cover of this book, although eye catching, infers that it will be sexually explicit and it does have some erotica in it but nothing too graphic. It is heavy on the BDSM aspect but for me it was just full of information. The author definitely knows her subject matter on this, right down to the language and terminology. I have always wondered how this sort of thing works as I can’t understand why anyone would be interested in it but this book explains a lot of the psychology about it. The author does provide a warning at the beginning of the book regarding the sexual content as well as some points about how realtors work. The best part about this book is the author’s style of writing. It’s fun and easy. If it weren’t for the BDSM, it may even fall into the cozy mystery category. There’s no blood and gore, just a fun and fast-paced mystery. The characters are great and easy to keep track of even though there are quite a few of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and fully intend to look for more to read by D.M. Barr.
I read this on my ereader and it formatted very well.
I found all the characters well developed. Not one wasn't interesting.
I liked that it was based on real estate agents. I don't think I've ever read a book as that being the premise. It was a nice change of pace, and who knew how cut throw they could be!
The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is that although I loved the serial killer plot, I felt it was a little drawn out. After a while, I was ready to find out who did it. Finding out though was well worth waiting for. I didn't see it coming.
I wouldn't have minded if the author would have spent a bit more time on some of the sex scenes since she's very good at being creative. Dare and Adrian were interesting characters that were well developed.
All and all a fun read. You have mystery, who dun-nit serial killer, romance, and turmoil. I'd highly recommend this book. I wouldn't mind reading more of hers.
A detective becomes involved in the process trying to prove that Dana is not connected to the murders.
This book cannot be classified in one genre - there's criminal and mystery and some BDSM erotic scenes (in my opinion authors should stay away from anything 50 Shades related, but that's just me). The mystery remains till the very end, you won't know who the murderer.
I love the mystery part, the whole thrill with the dark parts, except maybe for the cliche erotic scenes, but otherwise this is an interesting book.
I very much liked the who-done-it mystery of this book, and even though I did figure it out before the end, there were lots of twists and possibilities thrown in there to keep one guessing for a long time and keep you turning the pages to find out.
I'm trying to put my finger on what I didn't love about the book. It was a bit kitchen sink—a little of everything thrown in. Romance, comedy, BDSM, murder mystery, real estate as a character unto itself. There were a lot of puns and clever names, which made me smile, but not laugh-out-loud. BDSM was a presence, but aside from one or two very steamy scenes, sex was more alluded to than written in graphic detail. I liked the way Dana’s history was revealed bit by bit through different literary techniques, e.g. at the therapist, through Aidan’s investigations, but then all the missing pieces were filled in in narrative by the main character all at once; it was a departure. I think, perhaps, where it fell short was in the character development and the relationships. The chemistry between Dana and Aidan didn't seem to be there, mostly on Dana's part. Dare/Reid felt like a caricature, and the mother and sister component didn’t ring true and was lacking depth.
I’d love to read more from Ms. Barr—I think with a little more editing and polish this book would have earned 5 stars, but I liked so much about it that I give it 4 stars.