Anthology-Black Light: Celebrity Roulette

It’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s the start of the 3rd season of Black Light, and as usual, we are starting it off with a Roulette anthology. This one is a little different though. Instead of being at Black Light East, we’re in LA, and instead of random drawings to match Doms and subs, we have a celebrity auction. A number of celebrities, both dominant and submissive types, put their name into the ring, and members got to bid for them. Once they get to the event and all the celebs find out who has purchased them for the night, then the subs roll for the activity. The rules of Celebrity Roulette say that they have to do the rolled activity for at least 30 minutes, and they are welcome to roll for something else after that. If they finish the night, they get a free month, if someone calls Red, everything is done. And oh yeah, no staff gets involved this year, or else. So, without further ado, let’s spin the wheel and find out where we end up, shall we?

As always, since this is an anthology, and there are 9 stories, plus the beginning and end bumpers, you are just going to get my basic impressions and feelings about each story, otherwise I’d be writing for the next 3 days, and I’d like to sleep sometime. Probably.

Guarded by Renee Rose

Scarlett A is a rock star. She’s also a sub. Once upon a time, she had a bodyguard named Lincoln, but a year ago, he ended fired. In that time, he’s learned a whole lot of new tricks, and he’s just waiting to show Scarlett. There is a lot of connection there between them, but of course, they have history. I think that Lincoln makes a great Dom for so many reasons, but one of them is that he really pays attention to Scarlett, and he has for a while. He might not say a lot, but it’s obvious how he feels about her from the very start.

Hooked by Jennifer Bene

By day a principal ballerina, by night a sub, Vanessa is the one who Wyatt really wants to win. He’s obsessed with her, but in a good way. There’s the typical Jennifer heat, but it’s not your typical Jennifer story. It’s sweet and light. It’s just so beautiful. There’s something about the way that these two connect and interact. They fit each other’s weird edges, and it’s perfect. Plus? I’m totally never going to be able to look at the ballet the same way again, because who knew toe shoes and tutus were sexy AF? The barre was just inspired.

Switched by Livia Grant

This is a first for Black Light. We have a Domme, Mistress Ice. Then there’s Nolan, the Dom who wants her, so he buys her and will submit to her for a night. I don’t know that there are a lot of Doms out there who would submit like that, even for 3 hours. Of course, I don’t know that many in person, so who knows. It was a really interesting dynamic to watch. I’ve read other Domme/sub books, and I’m pretty sure that this one was slightly unhealthy. But, Livia is mean. She’s a meanie meanie head. I need more. I need to know what the past holds.

Determined by Maren Smith

This is one that I really hope that Maren expands, because it really seems like there could be more to the story. So Maren, if you’re reading, take mercy on me and let me out of my suffering sometime in the nearish future, please and thank you? Out of a book full of some seriously hot scenes, I think that the scene between Claire and Adam is really the totally hottest one in the book. It’s just wow. I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t melt down. I figured it would’ve. I love the power struggle that goes on between Claire and Adam, which just makes the whole thing even hotter.

Pressure by Measha Stone

Michele thought about signing up for Celebrity Roulette. She had everything ready to go, but then stopped. Of course, she has that well-meaning friend who decided to submit her application for her and just not tell her. That’s how Michele ends up with Egan for the night. I felt sorry for Michele because she has such a hard time letting go and she has to try to stop her brain from thinking and worrying about if she’s doing the right thing. I can totally get that. I have the same problem, but no Egan to help me.

Savor by Maggie Ryan

Carnegie ends up with Ronan, a celebrity chef. I love her name, BTW, it’s just an awesome story behind it. They have a really sensual scene in here, and one that is really different to anything else we’ve ever seen in any of the Black Light stories. In fact, I think it’s the first scene like it I’ve seen in any BDSM book. It was hot but in a more lowkey kind of way. And fan paintbrushes? I will never look at them the same way again.

Cherished by Sue Lyndon

Once upon a time, Serena met Trenton right after she dumped her boyfriend. He held her during the countdown for NYE and kissed her on her forehead. Now she gets to bid on him. Sue gets a first for the Black Light books too. I’m not saying what it is, because I don’t want to spoil it. But it’s a great scene, and Serena really gets into it. I wonder how much she’s role-playing and how much she’s actually into the scene. Either way, I think it works perfectly. And I saw Trenton as Jason Statham the whole time in my head.

Jazzed by Lesley Clark

I think that this is Lesley’s first Black Light story, but I hope it won’t be her last. And it’s another one that I would love to see expanded out. Jazz is a rock star and Michael is a psychiatrist. Together, they are going to go back to school. The picture that she would’ve presented while she was sitting at a school desk was ridiculously sexy. Their whole story was really connected and really lovely.

Control by Dani Rene

Kaelin’s father, who seems like a super-prick, just sayin’, is Jed’s agent, so Jed feels that she’s off limits. She’s pretty sure that he hates her. But, when they get together, it’s definitely a match in S&M heaven. I love the chemistry that they have together. Of course, they have years of history behind them so it’s no wonder they have such a connection and such chemistry. They are another one that I would like to have more of.

And of course, as always, we have the bumpers about planning the event and the conclusion of the event, written by Livia and Jennifer. We get a little look at Emma, Chase, and Jaxon, which is always nice. I love them so much. We also get to see Madison volunteer to be the MC. And if you haven’t read a Valley Girl MCing at a bondage club auction, you are like totally missing something. I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Madison in the future.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. The nice thing about short stories is that you can work them in whenever you have time, so go check it out. Happy reading!

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B. B. Blaque-The Masters MC: FTW

I’ve reviewed other B. B. Blaque books here before, but this is the first one of the Masters MC books I’ve reviewed. The closest I’ve come is one that features Kash, but is a what if situation, not the club as a whole. FTW features the whole club and dayum, it is so fucking good. I mean, I was totally wiped out by this book. And for the record? FTW here doesn’t mean for the win, it totally means Fuck The World. Yeah.

This is the 3rd book in the Masters MC series. The first book features Colt and Tuesday, and the second is Kash and Barely. Colt and Cash are best friends, who grew up in 2 different 1%er MCs. They got out of that life and decided to start their own club. They are also Doms, and the Masters MC is all about the BDSM lifestyle. The old ladies aren’t just old ladies, but slaves. In the BDSM sense, and consensually. Tuesday is a rich girl out of NOLA who ran away from that life and fell in with some bad guys, but luckily she found Colt, and they fell madly in love. Then, her half-sister, Barely, gets taken by their no-good father, who is an enemy of Colt’s and Kash’s fathers, and he literally locks her up in a cell in the basement and pimps her out. Colt, Kash, and the guys ride to her rescue, and Barely and Kash fall madly in love. And in their case, I’m pretty sure I mean madly. Barely and Kash are extreme, but it works for them, they are both happy, and they both get their needs met. Is it what I would want? Nope, but it works for them, and that’s the important thing. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from crushing so hard on Kash. So. Hard. Then there is Serenity. She’s like Colt and Kash’s little sister. They saved her and protect her now. She’s like the heart and soul of the entire club.

So, OK, now that you know some of the basic players, let’s talk about the story. The MC wakes up to find out that their bar is burning. And not just that their bar is burning, but that some of their people have gone missing. They were supposed to be opening up. Colt, Kash, and the boys head out there to find out what’s going on, only for one of the missing people to stagger out of the woods and tell them that there is someone else back where they came from and stuck in a ditch. There are members who are beat to 7 hells and back, and people who end up stuck in the hospital in comas.

I’m sure that you can guess that there is a whole lot of revenge, considering what I’ve told you about the guys, and there really is. A whole lot of revenge.

See, here’s the thing. This is, at its heart, a love story. It’s not your typical love story with hearts, and candy, and flowers. Although, I’m pretty sure that there may be some hearts, somewhere. This is the love story of two guys who might not be good by society’s standards, but who are good by their own standards. They don’t have society’s moral code, but they have their own. And when you break those guys, who may or may not be good guys, what’s going to happen?

Even though it’s a love story, it’s not just a love story. It’s a dark adventure full of vengeance, violence, and malevolence. That brings up the question of whether or not Colt, Kash, Sundown, and the rest of the guys are bad guys doing bad things, good guys doing bad things, or just guys who are going what needs to be done. I know what I think of them, but I’m deeply in love with this series and these characters, so it makes it easy to know what I think. Mostly.

I got really wrapped up in this book and was turned inside out and upside down. I was in a book hangover when I was done, and had to go read something so completely other, it isn’t even funny. This whole series has been one of those series where I’m glad I got to read it, but then I’m both mad and sad that I will never get to read it for the first time again. That is, to me, pretty much the ultimate compliment that I can pay any book. B. B. creates a helluva world and you aren’t ever going to get away from it once you have walked into it.

OK, no spoilers, but I have some pretty, pretty men to look at.

Felicity Brandon-Entwined

Felicity has finished up with Molly and Connor in Entwined and the ending was everything I could’ve wished for and more. The book is intense in places, and it took me a hot minute to get handle the feelz from it. I had to decompress, and there was one point where I had to step away for a little bit. It isn’t the most intense book that I’ve ever read, nor the darkest, but there was just something about Molly and Connor’s story that hit me hard. Don’t ask me what it was, I couldn’t tell you, but there you go.

So, Molly is home in the US, staying with her parents and trying to handle being alone. As you can expect, she’s not handling it well. I mean, think about what her year has been like, first she was abducted, then she was freed, and had to deal with being stuck in England and interrogated by the cops because they thought she knew something. Then, she goes home and everyone tiptoes around her. It’s no wonder that she’s having a really shitty time. And, she misses Connor. She didn’t think that she would, but she does.

Then there’s Connor, who misses Molly desperately. Even though The Syndicate got him out of jail, that doesn’t mean that he’s not still having to hide from the cops. They would probably love to get ahold of him again. But, he wants Molly. He wants to have her back with him. He at least wants to contact her just to see if she’s OK. But, secret society, wanted man,  blah, blah, blah. Gotta stay hidden and all that. And he can’t go just jump on an airplane because see above. So, he’s kind of shit out of luck.

I pretty much hated Connor in the first book and liked him a little more in the next book, and I actually liked him quite a bit in this one. I got mad AF at him once, because he was stupid. I mean, he became Stupid McStupidpants who loves on Stupiding Way in the city of Stupidville and the state of Utter Stupidity. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why certain choices were made and certain actions were done, but I’m not entirely sure that it was completely Connor’s decision. I think that he was egged into it or coerced. I know that it seems kind of funny to think about Connor being coerced into something, but that’s just kind of the feeling I got.

Molly really does show a lot of strength at times in this book. I liked to see that for her. She really came into her own and showed her own strength.

I don’t think I have anything to say as spoilers, so enjoy this picture of London’s skyline, and the building my husband calls London’s Buttplug.

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Alta Hensley-Beasts & Bourbon

It’s been a while since we saw one of Alta’s Top Shelf books, and I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been thirsty for one. And this is the one I’ve really been wanting since all the way back to the beginning of the series. That’s because Beasts & Bourbon is basically the start of the series. Well, sort of, at least.

Way back when, like 2017, I think, there was an anthology called Royally Mine. (Sorry, it’s not available anymore.) In that series, Alta wrote the original story of Cheri and Roman, and thus introduced us to the world of Spiked Roses and Top Shelf. We’ve had 4 other books between now and then, and now we’re getting back to Cheri and Roman’s story, with it fleshed out and expanded. And yummm. It was worth the wait.

So, Roman is a bona fide prince. He has 2 older brothers, so there is very little risk of him actually taking the throne, but still. Prince. He’s done a lot of things, but he’s currently one of the 7 owners of the premier and exclusive gentlemen’s club, Spiked Roses, in NOLA. He gets to do all kinds of dark, dirty, depraved, and wonderful things there. But now, it’s time for him to marry. That means it’s time to fetch his wayward bride.

Cheri, pronounced sherry not cherry, has been betrothed to Roman since they were children. She may not be a princess, yet, but she is part of the nobility. Her mother is a countess, which means her father was probably a count, but could’ve been an earl, but definitely means that she’s a Lady, at the very least. Not that we ever find out, and I’m only guessing, so take it as you want. Anyway, she felt stifled in the whole royal lifestyle, so she ran away as fast as she could. She’s been living in Costa Rica writing poetry and winning prizes. Right up until Silas Roope, His Highness’ attorney comes to drag her home so that she and Roman can get married, blackmailing her with her mother’s welfare to make sure she actually goes to NOLA.

Roman starts out as kind of a dick in the beginning of the story. To his benefit, at least he realizes it and can fix it, and doesn’t have to have his head smacked for him to see what he did. After being a dick, he gets sort of sweet until he has to be not sweet. So, for like 5 whole minutes or so. LOL. I like Cheri, but I think that a lot of her strength is bravado, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can mean that when things shift, it can take her a hot minute to figure things out and to get her footing again. OTOH, for all that I think that, I also think that she bends fairly well, more like a willow than an oak, if you know what I mean.

I understand why Roman does certain things the way that he does and that they have to be done that way. Doesn’t mean that I like them or anything, but I understand why he does them. He doesn’t necessarily like them either, but needs must when the Devil drives.

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After our last run-in with the ICB, I was hoping that we were completely done with them, but I guess we aren’t. I’m kind of mad at Roman for taking Cheri there. Like I said, I understand why he did it, but I sure as hell didn’t like it.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check out this one! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Secret

Renee Rose and Lee Savino, fresh off staring and whispering, have given us another book in their Alpha’s world. This time our focus isn’t on a wolf, we get a big ass grizzly bear and a fox in Alpha’s Secret.

Our main characters are Grizz and Jordy. We’ve met both of them before. Grizz used to work at Fight Club until the wolves found out that he was also working with the vampire King. Jordy we only met for a minute back when she was helping Foxfire and Tank. She’s paying for it now though.

So, Grizz is on a mission. And luckily the King is OK with it, at least for right now. Grizz also works as a bouncer at the vamp’s BDSM club, so he gets to see all the fun and games. He doesn’t quite understand it, but he sees those who like it really liking it. Then, he sees a beautiful little redhead submissive being beaten, and not in a fun way, but a vampire. When Grizz stops it, Benny the Leech gets all pissy about it. Later, Grizz rescues the tiny submissive from yet another evil vamp, Augustine, where he has her locked, naked and shivering, in a cage, going through sub drop. He just can’t leave her there, so he takes her back to his den.

Jordy’s family of fox shifters is paranoid, inbred, and assholes. When she helped outsiders, her family decided that she was a safety risk, so they sold her and Augustine ended up as her “Master”. He mistreated her, neglected her, and allowed her to be harmed. Then, Grizz saves her, and she, for the first time in her life, feels safe, even if he is a big, scary, growly grizzly bear who is growling and grumbling, when he isn’t purring for her.

I’ve always liked Grizz, even when it looked like he was up to something bad. Well, he was up to something and he was keeping secrets, but there was a point to it. But this book made me like him more. He is, however, a huge lying liar who lies through his lying mouth. Now, granted, he’s only really lying to himself, but he’s still a huge fucking liar. That’s ok, as Mulder always said, the truth is out there. And Jordy, AKA Kit, is more than happy to drop some gospel truth on his ass.

A lot of people would look at the submissive personality that is Kit and think that she is weak. In fact, I think that she felt that about herself for a while, but, she is a lot stronger than anyone thinks she is. Submissive doesn’t mean weak. I do think that she’s a great character and I really liked watching her journey through the book and the choices that she decides to make are really interesting and I understood where she was coming from with them.

We do get to see the Tucson pack, at least for a minute or two, and we get to spend a lot of time with the Terrific Trio, Parker, Laurie, and Declan. I really like those guys and I so want to see them get some kind of HEA. They are pretty tightly bonded, so I’m not sure how it would work, but Lee and Rose could come up with something.

I’m really interested to see what’s coming up in the series. I feel like there is more to come with Grizz and Jordy and that their story wasn’t completely told. Not like the book was unfinished, but that there was just more to come, if that makes sense.

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I really like how Grizz figures out that he’s not quite as vanilla as he thought he was and he discovered that he likes a little slap and tickle. Or ropes and spanking, you know, whatever.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out the entire series. Many of them are in audio as well, so you can listen to them if you want. Happy reading!

Dani Rene-Bound

Bound is the 5th book in Dani’s Sins of Seven series. The books are all interconnected standalones, so theoretically, you could read it alone, but why wouldn’t want you want to read them all, I mean, come on. Great stories, sexy heroes and heroines, and great happy sexy times. What more can you possibly want? Every one of the books is based on one of the Seven Deadly Sins, and it’s generally pretty easy to figure out which one you are reading about. The books also all center around the Seven Sins, this time as in a BDSM club owned and run by friends Carrick and Mason. Carrick has a wife and submissive named Peyton, who is best friends with Mason’s sub, Savannah. Read Carrick and Peyton’s story in Indulge.

Anyway, through the last 4 books, it’s always been Mason and Savvie as the perfect couple. They are so in love and so involved with each other. They are like binary stars that orbit each other and they are always aware of where the other is. Mason is always the one who smacks people around and talks sense into them and helps them get through their stupidity when they are being stupid. Savannah has been there to support people and help them feel better when the world is falling apart. They have always seemed like there is nothing that could break them apart. Buuuutttt… Well, we’d have a short book if that’s all there was to it, wouldn’t we?

We’ve never known much about how Mason and Savvie get together, but we start out 4 years in the past and learn how they got together, which is really nice. He needed a demo model at the club, and she applied. And 4 years later, they are the perfect couple. Except…

We all know that the perfect couple from the outside aren’t usually perfect from the inside, and even Mason and Savannah aren’t perfect. They are both hiding things, from themselves and from others.

I was really glad to get the backstory of Mason and Savannah as a couple and their individual backstories. Having that insight always helps us to understand the characters more, both this book and in other books. It’s really interesting to go back and look at what I know of Savvie and Mason from the other books through the eyes that have read this book. Does that sentence make sense? You know what I mean, anyway. I was sitting at the grocery store with my husband waiting for the cab to take us home while I was reading this, and there were legit tears running down my face while I was waiting. Poor husband, he was worried. I was like, no, sad part of the book. He was like ahhhh. He no longer wants me to explain why the book is sad because I have to go from the very beginning of the story, and there have been some that are very convoluted. Now I just tell him if he really wants to know, I will give him the book to read. Luckily no one else asked why I was crying. We all know how much I love a Dani Rene book, and this one is definitely no different. I truly loved it, even as I had tears running down my face. When the last 2 books come out, I’m going to binge read the entire series, which is going to be awesome.

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Oh, man, yeah, I know that I usually have some sorta spoiler-y thing down here, but I’m not all that sure what I can put down here. I think that I have one or two things that I can say.

I both like and hate Uncle Marcello. He’s fucking sneaky. He has some serious ulterior motives, I know he does. Anything he’s done, he’s had 57 reasons to do.

Cousin Alexei, I’m really hoping we see more of him because he’s complex, and he’s complex in the way that I like.

That’s all about this one, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Cari Silverwood-Exquisite Possession

Cari’s newest book is making me both really happy and really sad. Happy in that it’s a new Cari book, and that’s always a reason to be happy. Sad in that it’s the last book in the Machinery of Desire series, and I really love that series. (And more than just for the fact that there is a character named after me in the 3rd book.)(Never annoy an author, lol.) The world-building that goes on in this series is amazing, and the characters are fascinating, their evolutions make for a great story. Especially JI. So, let’s talk all about Exquisite Possession.

You really do need to have read the rest of the books before you get to this one. You can get away with not reading the rest of the series when you read the others, although I wouldn’t recommend it, but JI’s journey starts in the very first book and moves along through the rest of the series, until we finally get to EP, and JI’s book. You have to have read the entire series to get the full arc of JI’s story. If you haven’t read them yet, there are going to be spoilers in this review. Sorry.

So, JI was a mech. A huge one. A battle mech. Like a multi-story battle mech that would kill all the mekkers’ enemies. But, over the years, he went nearly dormant. Until he was woken up by Emery, as she took the mechlings up to the roof of the landship for them to charge up. She would tell him stories of Shakespeare and all kinds of other things. When she managed to escape, JI went with her. Eventually, his large battle form was destroyed, leaving him in his alternate mech, basically an escape capsule, a mostly man sized mech. Of course, he took his huge brain and tried to cram it all into a tiny brain, and it was driving him insane and slowly killing him. So, after meeting Sawyer and Ari and traveling with them, he learns some interesting things, and takes over a scav called Osta, who was a bigwig. Then he wanders through Ryke and Gio’s story, and learns alllll about fuckspears. Which are totally a thing, BTW. And now, he’s going for his own story.

JI/Osta is trying to find Fern, Sawyer’s sister. Back in the first book, the evil judge raped, tortured, and stabbed her, then threw her out the landship to die. Luckily, there were a lot of sun mad mechlings who had been thrown out at the same time. Even more luckily, one of them had been programmed with medical programs, and that mechling put her back together, as much as possible. The mechling couldn’t fix her hand all the way, but it was able to put staples into her stomach to fix the wound. She has managed to hook up with some grounders, and they have gone to ground in a destroyed city near the ocean where they are waiting for monster season to get some waik crystals.

That’s where JI and Aunt M find her. She’s acting as a sniper to help protect the grounders and uses mechs by linking with them so that she can see through their eyes. She ends up shooting JI, twice, which makes him not so happy. But he does see Fern which makes Mr. Happy oh so very happy. JI is now in a flesh and blood body, and he’s like a 12 year old boy learning how to masturbate for the first time. He has all these ideas, and not necessarily a lot of experience in putting them into practice. But with Fern, he wants to chain her up, fuck her face, tie her down, use some fuckspears, all the dark, filthy, deviant, and devious things you might possibly be able to think of. The nice thing is that Fern is pretty much willing to let him do all those things. She likes them. He knows this because he can pick up echoes of her feelings through his tenuous connection to the mechlings, so he always knows when he has to stop, which makes this story ridiculously filthy. I mean, he’s basically right in her brain, so not only does he get to see her physical reaction to whatever is going on, he also gets to feel what’s going on in her head.

Anyway, it’s never that easy, is it? The evil judge is working deep in the background, and he would love to get his hands back on Fern, and on JI and Aunt M. He has terrible plans that will pretty much mean life on Aerthe will no longer work the way that it does now.

As with the majority of Cari’s books, there are a lot of layers and levels in the story and in each of the characters. I mean, we literally have the Tin Man who now has a heart and who is trying to figure out what it means to be human-ish, and then we have Fern who fell down a hole into another world altogether, where everything is topsy-turvy. Of course, I’m pretty sure that if Lewis Carroll or L. Frank Baum put cocks with spikes or fuckspears in their books, they wouldn’t have been published, and they would probably have been arrested or tossed into Bedlam. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a metal man trying to figure out what it means to be human and trying to learn his own code of ethics and morals or a woman who has been tossed through the looking glass and who has to figure out what is happening on this side of the mirror. So, maybe Cari really write the perverted Alice in the Land of Oz? Hmmm… Either way, Fern and JI really do have quite a journey to take to even get to the point where they are now, and it’s not like everything is beer and skittles once they get together.

Of all the books in this particular slaveworld series, this is really the most consensual. I think that there are parts of it that are the hottest as well. I think that more consensual aspect of the story lightens up some of the story, to some extent. But, that doesn’t mean it’s light. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a Cari Silverwood story, but…

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Oh, I have so many, many things to say down here. But, most of what I want to talk about happens at the very end, so it would totally spoil things, and it would totally spoil things more than I ever choose to do.

I will say, that there were places where I got a whole Dune type feeling, and I’m pretty sure that if you’ve ever read Dune, you would be able to figure out what point I’m talking about.

I do love JI’s entire journey though. It seems like he would have been a side character, but he turns out to be so much more important than he started out in the beginning.

Fuckspears, spikes, and cages, ohhhhh myyyy. I swear to all the fucking gods of fucking that Cari gets right into my head sometimes and knows what buttons to push.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Seriously, go check out the entire Machinery of Desire series, if you haven’t yet, you won’t regret it. Happy reading!