Sue Lyndon-Claiming Their Slave

Sue Lyndon writes a lot of sci-fi/fantasy based romance. She also writes MFM menage stories. Claiming Their Slave is a fantasy based MFM story. I would also put it in the fated mates category, because the Banded Men generally get some kind of sign that a woman is supposed to be their mate. CTS is the third book in the Barbarian Mates series, and yes, they are all very hot.

The way that this series works is that the heroes are twin brothers from a species called the Banded Men. They are like humans, but generally bigger and tougher, etc. The Banded Men twins have one of the light and one of the dark. The light twin is diurnal and the dark twin is nocturnal. The reason behind that is that their shared mate and children will never be unprotected. If one set of twins has a brother die, then he will join with unmated twins who are his brothers, if he has any, and all three will share a mate.

Anyway, the world in this series is roughly medieval-ish. Humans are relegated to villages that are widely separated by huge forests that are filled with terrible beasts. Humans used to be much more spread out, but as the forests started to magically grow, they all banded into smaller villages and they are far enough apart that the villages generally aren’t in contact with each other. Now that all the background is taken care of, it’s time to move to the review of the actual story.

Ava is a young woman who was born into slavery. Before she was even born, her father was executed for breaking the law and her mother was sold into slavery while she was pregnant with Ava. In this village, if you are born into slavery, you will always be a slave and so will your children. There are very, very rare occasions when a slave may be taken to wife, but that’s generally when the guy can afford to bribe the Elders to allow it. The guys can also have more than one wife.

So, Ava has been packing a bag with supplies and leaving it under her bed for a long time. She keeps telling herself that she is going to escape, when she gets the courage. Every day, she looks at the meadow of daisies in between her village and the woods and dreams of crossing that meadow and escaping into the woods. Part of what holds her back are the stories of the beasts that are in the forest.

One day, her master tells her that two of his son’s slaves have escaped. He searches her room and finds her bag of supplies. He asks her if she knew about the slaves who were going to run away, and then his son shows up and they decide to sell her at a slave auction.

Jaxon, a Banded light twin, is out on a trade mission and checking out how far the human villages in the area have spread out. He doesn’t want them to come too near his home. Generally, he does everything he can to make sure that he avoids human villages, but this day, something draws him to this particular village. He follows the noise and finds Ava, standing on the auction block. There is a creepy-ass old guy who is trying to bid on her, but Jaxon triples the bid and wins.

Jaxon leads Ava through the field of daisies that she’s looked at and dreamed of for years. As they walk through the field, she gathers an armful of daisies. When Jaxon asks her why, she tells him that the largest, most beautiful daisies grow right in the center and she’s never been allowed to go get them before.

When they get to the camp, Jaxon makes her promise that she will not try to escape. However, she has no plan to continue a slave, and she doesn’t know that Jaxon has planned to free her, keep her as a servant, and pay her. So, when he goes into the tent, she runs away. He tracks her down, brings her back, and spanks her. That’s when he realizes that he’s not going to be able to keep her as a servant, but that he wants to keep her as his mate.

Meanwhile, back at the old homestead, Wolfe, his twin, keeps dreaming of Ava, which lets him know that she is probably their mate. However, neither brother is aware of what the other feels at this point, so Jaxon does what he can to hold himself apart from her.

OK, now’s the time to separate. Spoilers will be coming. The Banded Men stories, while there is spanking and hot sex, are pretty sweet stories, overall. The men truly love and cherish their women and want to protect them, even if that means that they spank their mates when necessary. If you like spanking stories but you don’t want to get into anything dark, then Sue Lyndon’s Barbarian Mates series is a good choice.

 

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This is a lovely story, and very sweet. Wolfe and Jaxon take note of Ava’s concerns and make sure that they listen to them and do what they can to make her feel better.

I love their parents, and their mom is just awesome. I thought she was going to smack Jaxon when he told his parents that she was a slave. Of course, they managed to figure out that Jaxon meant to keep her as mate, even though Ava didn’t know it. I did get mad at Jaxon at holding that away from her, which left her unsettled, and wasn’t fair to her.

The battle scene was pretty interesting. I would’ve liked to know for sure who the humans were, more than just assuming that they were from Ava’s village and after the gold and jewels that Jaxon used to pay for Ava.

Anyway, huge long post. It boils down to a great addition to a favorite series. Go check it out! Meanwhile, happy reading!

(Imagine standard ARC disclaimer here)

 

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Amelia Smarts & Jane Henry-Cowboy Daddies

Jane Henry has shown up on the blog before, with her book, Beauty’s Daddy. Amelia Smart, though, is a new one to the blog, but not to me personally. Amelia mostly writes cowboy stories, mostly historical. This particular book is not historical, it is a contemporary story featuring two sisters and two hot, alpha cowboy Daddies.

Unlike some co-written books, Cowboy Daddies comes in two parts, each one written by one author. Amelia writes part one with Abby and Clay. Jane writes part two with Daisy and Shane. Clay owns a ranch. Shane is his old friend and ranch hand. Abby and Daisy are sisters, with Abby being the older, but just a little older. Daisy turned 18 shortly before her story takes place.

As a reminder about Daddy Doms, they are a subset of age play. There is nothing incestuous and nothing wrong with it. Age play generally has the Dom being called Daddy/Mommy or some variation thereof, and the sub is a little girl/boy. The sub reverts to a younger age, while the Dom acts as their parent. There are a lot of reasons why people do age play, as many as there are people who do age play. There are also a zillion ways to do it. Each couple sets up their relationship the way that it works for them. Daddy Dom relationships, also called Daddy Dom/little girl, generally don’t have the same reversion to a younger age, but they do have a lot of the same aspects, including the sub calling the Dom Daddy. If it isn’t your kink, it isn’t your kink, and as long as everyone is of age, consenting, and no one is getting hurt (any more than they really want, at least), it’s all good. I don’t pass judgment on other peoples’ kinks, and I don’t want to have anyone pass judgment on mine.

Anyhow, now that I’m stepping off my soapbox, I’ll get to the reviews.

Abby and Clay

One day, Shane calls Clay and tells him that someone has taken Glaze, his favorite horse. Glaze has been with Clay for years and years, and he loves his horse. Clay goes to track the horse thief down and finds that someone is living in an abandoned bunkhouse on his property. He watches to see who it is, and he finds Abby.

Abby has been living in the bunkhouse for a little bit of time and she took Glaze so that she could get back and forth to town so that she can get to her job. She doesn’t have a car or a license, and it’s too far for her to walk. She doesn’t think that anyone will miss Glaze because she’s an older horse. Clay is at least glad to see that Abby has been taking good care of Glaze.

There is a very good reason that Abby is staying at the bunkhouse and not at an apartment in town. All of her money is going to Daisy so that she can get her musical education. Daisy and Abby are/were in the foster system, and no one else is going to pay for Daisy to get what she needs. Clay decides that he is going to take Abby home and he becomes her Daddy.

Daisy and Shane

After aging out of the system, Daisy has come to live with Abby and Clay. Shane lives in the farmhouse too but in a different wing. Daisy has a crush on Shane, but he doesn’t seem to notice that she’s not a little girl. She’s also been running around a little wild since she got to the house. There is a wholly inappropriate guy, Malcolm, that she’s been hanging around with. He gives her some moonshine to get her a little comfortable so that she can sing at Abby and Clay’s wedding. Shane finds her and yells at her.

After the reception, Shane gets to the house and finds Daisy completely shit-faced and Malcolm there. Malcolm is a snake and a thief. Daisy gets into a bad spot, Shane spanks her, and the story goes on from there.

OK, here’s where we separate. I’ve tried not to spoil anything, but they are both pretty short stories, so I had to be careful. They are very sweet stories, strong HEAs, and a lot of happy relationships. I don’t always read dark and scary and twisted, I even, on occasion read books that don’t even have spanking or sex in them. I just haven’t reviewed any of them here yet. If you are looking for a light, quick read, with plenty of sizzle and spark, these books are definitely for you.

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Hot cover, right? Don’t you just want to lick the chest and call him Daddy?

I never thought that I would like Daddy Dom stories. However, I really enjoy reading them. There are some definite hot scenes in age play stories (wait until I get to Zoe Blake’s new book) and Daddy stories, check out the scene with Abby’s homework.

Clay really does do what he can to help out Abby, even after she gets into a wreck in his truck because she doesn’t know how to drive. He punishes her for it too, but that’s part of the dynamic of the story. But that punishment also means that she’s forgiven after she has taken it, and the slate is wiped clean. Isn’t that nice?

Shane takes care of Daisy the same way and helps her figure out a way to deal with the money that her creepy-ass ex-boyfriend stole from Abby and Clay’s wedding presents.

Anyway, I was lucky enough to get an ARC from these two lovely ladies, and you got my honest and entirely voluntary review. If you like cowboys, contemporary or historical, both Jane and Amelia write cowboy stories. If you like Daddies, you’re in luck too.

Tomorrow I have an ARC from Sue Lyndon, a MFM menage story. I also have stories from Cari Silverwood, Zoe Blake, Aubrey Cara, and a new to me author, LK Shaw coming up in the next few weeks. Oh, and another Blacklight story from Livia Grant and another Daddy story from Isabella Starling. So, stay tuned for those! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Ker Dukey & K. Webster-Pretty Broken Dolls

So, yesterday I posted about Pretty Broken Dolls, the last book in the Pretty Little Dolls series. Today, you are going to get my review of it. And wow, what an amazing book it was. There’s also going to be a link for the giveaway, so make sure you don’t miss that.

Now, before I get started reviewing PBD, be aware that this is the absolute last book in the series, which means that there is a lot of history that has gone into it. I will be spoiling the previous three books, just by the fact that I am talking about the 4th. I will put spoilers for PBD behind a picture, as usual, so that you don’t have to worry about those. But, if you are interested in the previous 3, I have a quick synopsis here. If they sound like something you want to read, go read them and then come back. I’ll still be here. From this point, I’m going to assume that you’ve read them or you are perfectly OK with being spoiled. This is your absolute last chance. Just warning you.

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Mary Catherine Gebhard-A Hate Story

Mary Catherine Gebhard has given us an interesting duet, Beast, and Beauty. Together, the two books make up A Hate Story. Now, while the story may be a twisted version of Beauty and the Beast, it sure as hell isn’t a fairy tale, not even of the Brothers Grimm variety. There is blood, violence, sex, more blood, more violence, and some more sex. It is a pretty dark series, but totally engrossing.

Our Beast’s name is quite literally Beast. Well, really it’s Anteros, but everyone calls him Beast. He’s the de facto head of the Pavoni Crime Family because Lucio Pavoni, the actual boss, is suffering from dementia and is slowly dying. He’s backed up by his Wolves, Big O, Little O, Pretty Boy, and Crazy A. He also has a house slave named Nikolai.

Our Beauty is Francesca, usually called Frankie. When Beast comes to her house to collect money from her father, she trades herself to him instead. So Beast takes her.

When they get on a plane to go from NJ to NYC, he tells her that when they land, she will be nothing. There will be no more Frankie, which she takes to mean that she’s going to be killed. What he means is that he’s going to sell her to The Institute because she is worth a lot of money, especially once the fact that she’s a virgin is confirmed.

Instead of warehousing her somewhere, Beast has her taken to his house, where he has had a room prepared especially for her and stocked with couture for her to wear. On her first there, he orders her to get dressed for dinner. She wanders out of her room, Beast finds her and then negates her value as a virgin. Whoops. Then he decides to keep her, which ends up costing him all sorts of money, but Beast has decided he wants to keep his Beauty, so he does.

OK, that’s the beginning of Beast. I can’t describe anything of Beauty, since if I do, then it will totally spoil Beast altogether. So that means anything I’m going to have to say is going to be under the picture.

I loved this story. They are dark. Not the darkest thing I’ve ever read, but not all pretty and light either. Beast earned his name well, and he’s quite beastly at times. Frankie spends a lot of time trying to figure out where she is, what she wants, and how she feels. It’s a long hard journey for them before they get their happy. Beast ends up on a cliffhanger, but the series ends up on an HEA? overall. Question mark is because it’s an HEA that works for Anteros and Frankie, but I don’t know how happy I would call it.

There is a lot of violence in this, it is a dark Mafia romance. There is also a lot of sex, and most of it isn’t all nice and pretty sex, there is some pretty dark and intense stuff in there. I really don’t recommend it for the faint of heart at all. Currently, both books are up on KU.

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So, Beast can’t take over the Pavonis because he’s got trash blood. He isn’t one of the Pavonis or De Lucas, just an orphan boy that picked Lucio’s pocket back in the day, but that isn’t going to keep him from trying. But all of a sudden, there are rumors of a Pavoni Princess. Do you see where this is going? Yeah, that’s exactly where it’s going. Frankie manages to get away from Anteros, and run to Lucia, her “grandmother”. And that’s where we end Beast.

When we pick back up, Frankie’s faction and Beast’s faction are at war with each other. Well, I say Frankie’s faction, but it’s really Lucia, who is truly the biggest fucking monster in the whole story. I mean, seriously. She’s going to sell Frankie to The Institute to teach her a lesson, how much of a monster is that?

Even with a spoiler alert, I’m not going further than that because I want you to cry, just like I did. Yes, I really had tears running down my face at times during this book. There were some really, really, really sad parts. It confused my black, withered heart.

Beast starts out as a giant asshole. Well, he ends up as a giant asshole too, but he ends up as Frankie’s giant asshole, so that’s all good. I read Beast back a few months ago and just reread it again before I read Beauty. Excellent series, good reads.

So, go check them out.

If you have any suggestions, recommendations, what have you, you know where to go. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Surprise! Pretty Broken Dolls

Not content with bringing us the last book of the Pretty Dolls series, Ker Dukey and K. Webster decided that they would drop it on us yesterday, by surprise. It’s 1 year after they dropped Pretty Stolen Dolls. Fun surprise, right? I thought so! Make sure to scroll down to the end for a giveaway!

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Betrayal and rage, a festering sting.
Monster vs Master. Who will be king?
Damaged and desperate, a solution they must find,
To bring back the dolly who is one of a kind.
Disloyalty and failure will not be forgiven.
Seeking revenge, the monster is driven.
Hungry for his affection, our master has waited.
These broken dollies lives have already been fated.
The storm is upon us, the chaos raining down,
Now that the big players have come to town.
Who will come out breathing with their prize by their side?
And who will be collateral damage along for the ride?
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My books all tend to be darker romance, edge of your seat, angst filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my titles…prepare for the unexpected.

I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be through lyrics or bed time stories with my sisters growing up.

My mum would always have a book in her hand when I was young and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my own. I tend to have a darker edge to my writing. Not all love stories are made from light; some are created in darkness but are just as powerful and worth telling.

When I’m not lost in the world of characters I love spending time with my family. I’m a mum and that comes first in my life but when I do get down time I love attending music concerts or reading events with my younger sister.

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About K:

K Webster is the author of dozens of romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

You can easily find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!

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Check this space tomorrow for my review of PBD.

Eris Adderly-The Eighth House

Anyone who reads on Literotica may be familiar with The Eighth House by DeathandTaxes. Well, D&T turns out to be Eris Adderly. The funny thing is that I found her stories on Lit and her books on Amazon separately and liked them both. It wasn’t until she said something on FB about another story that I realized that they were the same person. I read this story once or twice on Lit. So OK, maybe it was more like five or six times, but who’s counting? I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for a long time and pre-ordered it as soon as I could. I’m really enjoying the differences.

Persephone is my favorite myth. We all know the story. Persephone gets taken to the Underworld to be married to Hades. Demeter goes nuts and nothing grows, famines happen, all kinds of terrible things. Persephone eats 6 pomegranate seeds, which would usually relegate her to the Underworld forever, but a compromise is met, she’ll live with Hades for 6 months of the year, and the other 6 months, she’ll live on Olympus. The 6 months she lives in the Underworld are fall and winter, spring and summer are when she comes back. There’s just something so… I don’t know. The story just speaks to me so much. So, when I found Eris’s version, I had to read it. It was like something jumped out at me and said READ. So I did.

So, here we go, The Eighth House.

We open on a beach, where Persephone has just been having an interlude with a mortal man. She’s not all that satisfied, but her lover thinks that she’s all that and a bag of chips, which of course, she totally is. I mean, goddess, right? When she leaves that guy, she heads to see Polyxene, a mortal woman who she considers a friend. She’s been visiting Polyxene off and on for many years, sometimes giving her samples of plants that are very powerful and stronger. Anyway, while she is there, Persephone asks to wear Polyxene’s ring, does some magic to it, and tells Polyxene that if the ring hasn’t changed when Persephone sees her again, she can have what’s in it.

Flash to the Underworld. Hades is being confronted by Aphrodite. She wants a favor from Hades, and she reminds Hades that he owes her. She tells him that her favor is that he will take Persephone and make her his. When questioned, Aphrodite tells Hades that the reason for it is that Hermes, Aphrodite’s lover, is paying too much attention to Persephone.

Demeter, Persephone’s mother, has done everything she can to keep her away from the gods on Olympos. Demeter thinks that Persephone is still a maiden and hasn’t had anything to do with any man. She treats Persephone like she is a little girl, not as if she’s a grown goddess. So, Demeter sends her dear, darling, “maiden” daughter off to Nysa to gather baskets of flowers with Artemis and Athena.

While she is there, Hades arranges for the earth to open up and for Persephone to fall into the Underworld and into his arms. He had been planning on just playing with Persephone up until that point. When he saw, smelt, and felt her, he knew that he was doomed.

Alright, here is where we split. The Eighth House is a wonderful book. Not only is a good retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth, you get a book with a great plotline, wonderful descriptions, and hot sex scenes. So, really, it’s a win/win in my view. I have put it under dark romance because there is BDSM in there, but it isn’t as dark as other books I’ve put in there. There is an HEA, which yay! I don’t always need an HEA, but it’s nice to read. Right now this book is on KU, but as always, I recommend that you buy it. You’ll want to read it over and over.

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Before I go anywhere else with this post, I need to talk about the bridge scene. I can neither confirm nor deny that I have that whooooooole scene highlighted in my Kindle for… reasons. It is one of the most mind-blowing scenes that I’ve ever read. I mean, I’ve read some really hot sex scenes, but the reason that this one really got to me what the whole trust issue between Persephone and Hades. It’s not like it was easy for her to do what she did, but that’s what makes it so amazing.

Ok, now that I have that out of the way. Hades is now one of my newest book boyfriends. He is so devoted to Persephone, even when he is trying hard to control himself and not to be. Not only that, he actually gives a fuck about his job and about the souls under his care. I love his physical description, it’s a really stark image in my head but stark in a good way, like a statue carved of ivory with ebony accents.

Persephone. Poor Persephone. Polyxene was the only one who even came close knowing her before she met Hades. At one point, during a fight she’s having with her mother towards the end of the book, she tells her mom that she’s been boning mortal males all this time and what did it say about her mother that Hades knew more about her than her own mother did. I, personally, don’t think that Demeter really likes Persephone all that much. I mean, sure, she probably loved her, but just because you love someone doesn’t mean that you actually like them all the time.

I’m really glad that I bought this one. Like I said, I had it on pre-order as long as it was possible to. I may have squeed a little bit when I found out that Eris was turning it into a book. It looks like it’s going to be the first one in a series, and I can’t wait to see what else she has coming for us!

Stolen-Too Hot For Barnes and Noble

OK, so tomorrow is release date for Stolen by Addison Cain. I love this book so hard. Just so hard. I love Shepard and Claire from Alpha’s Claim, who are continuing into Alpha’s Control, which Stolen is the first book of.  (Crazy awkward sentence, right?) I love Brenya, the new Omega heroine, and really, really, really hate Jacques. Addison will have to do a lot of rehab on him for me to come even close to liking him, and I’m just betting that she won’t. I’ve read her books before.

Anyway, Stolen was banned at B&N. Totally shocking, considering some of the stuff that they have let through. Addison Cain is running a giveaway with a $100 Visa gift card as the big prize. Imagine how many books you can get for $100!

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Here’s how the giveaway works. You need to go to iBooks and buy the book there. When you have done that, you need to go fill out this form.

For more info and more ways to win, check out Addison’s post on FB.

Addison will close the contest on October 3rd and announce the winner on Facebook on October 5th, which means you should follow her. Go check it out, you know that you wanna. Addison is a lot of fun, and you can also ask to join her group, where we have loads of fun, talk about books, and look at pretty pix.

If you just can’t wait for tomorrow for Stolen to drop, check out my post about it. Meanwhile, happy reading!