Maren Smith-Black Light: Brave

While the Black Light books are generally standalones in the world, with a few character who may show up in various books, Brave isn’t quite a standalone. It follows a storyline that started in Roulette Redux, and then went on with Fearless. They are all related, and you don’t *have* to read the others to enjoy Brave, but you will enjoy it a lot more. There is enough of the back story that you will get the basics, but really, you should read the other two. The story in Redux is Shameless, by Maren, if that helps.

Anyway, here’s our story. We have Puppy and Pony. They are the only two left from Ethan’s Menagerie. Piggy and Kitty both managed to escape, and Ethan is in jail. At least for a little while longer. Puppy and Pony are living with Puppy’s mother, and neither are doing all that well. Puppy can’t hold a job, and Pony can’t do anything without Ethan. They go and visit him in jail, and he punishes Pony, even when Puppy screws up. One night, it gets way too much and Puppy just has to escape. She manages to get to Black Light, the exclusive BDSM club where she used to be a member, as part of Ethan’s Menagerie. She manages to walk in and sit down across from a Dom, for about a minute, before she runs far away.

Carlson, who works for Black Light, is surprised when this stranger dressed in things that no one would be seen in a kink club in just sits down at the table next to him. When she runs away, he feels like he needs to follow her because there’s just something about her.

Before we talk about Puppy and Carlson, I just want to say that Pony just makes my heart break. She is so profoundly broken. We don’t get anything from her POV, we’re just seeing her through Puppy’s POV and a little from Carlson’s, and yeah, she’s hurting so badly. Even with as broken as she is, I don’t particularly like her a lot of the time. I don’t know if the things I don’t like are part of her original personality, a reaction to her time spent under Ethan’s “care”, or the fact that she’s been abandoned by him. It could be a combination of all of the above. I don’t know if Maren is going to write a book for her, since the tag for this one is that the story ends with Puppy, so I think we’ll just have to wait and see.

And Ethan. I HATE Ethan. I hate him with the heat of 1000000 white hot suns. This book did nothing to make me like him more. In fact, it did a whole lot to make me like him even less.

I can’t miss talking about Spencer, since he does show up in here a couple of times, and we have a couple of chapters from his POV. He’s never been one of my favorite characters, at all. I understand his feelings and actions in this one, and I think that he may have made it hard for me to not like him a little more than I have in the past.

Now let’s talk about Puppy and Carlson.

Puppy, I have to give her all kinds of kudos for even making the attempt to have any kind of life after Ethan, especially since she was dealing with all kinds of things she was dealing with. I don’t think anyone was ever trying to help her after she left the hospital when she was freed from Ethan. I want to totally blame that on her mother, but that could be because I don’t like her mother, so I really want to blame all the things on her. But, Puppy has a lot of strength and a lot of bravery to even walk out of the house, I think. I mean, she knows that monsters exist in a much more visceral way than most people will ever know. I have to say that I’m really proud of her.

And on to Carlson. I mostly like him. Most of the time. I think that he is really patient with Puppy, and lets her get through things that she wouldn’t have been able to handle before. I think that there are a few times when he doesn’t handle everything as well as he could’ve, but Puppy is really a landmine, and she doesn’t even have the map for all the traps that Ethan planted in her. And Carlson, for as patient as he is, and as Dom-ly as he is, isn’t a mindreader or a psychologist, so it’s not a huge surprise that he stumbles sometimes. I think that even a trained professional would have problems with things too.

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Ha. Ethan can suck it.

OK, that’s all for today. I heartily recommend all of the Black Light books. Happy reading!

Anthology-Black Light: Roulette War

We just had Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for the annual Roulette book from Black Light. Black Light: Roulette War is the 4th Roulette book, and the start of a new Black Light season. The first two books took place at the only Black Light at the time, the original in DC. Last year’s book took place in Black Light West, and featured celebrities. This one takes place in both clubs.

Now, I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC, and I was so thrilled to read it. I mean, the Roulette books are always great and always kink AF. But do you know what those mean authors did? They didn’t tell us ARC readers who won! How mean is that? LOL. I mean, really, when it comes down to it, we’re the real winners, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

So, here’s how the story goes. Spencer, the DM for BL East, is at BL West with his wife, Klara. While they are there, Spencer decides to start some shit with Elijah, the DM at BL West. Now, we all know that shit-talking happens, especially among friends and co-workers, which Spencer and Elijah are. But sometimes it gets way out of control, which happened here. Spencer, who can get a little over sometimes, got a little over, and it escalated to the point where the guys are arguing over who is going to have the best ever Roulette. They finally get to a point where they place a bet on it, with Chase and Jaxon acting as judges. (Which pisses them off for reasons.)

We get the stories of 4 couples from each of the clubs. You can judge which one is the hottest for yourself, and which one you think should be the winner. Then you can find out which one the authors thought should win, andI’ll never tell. Ever.

Black Light East

Renee Rose-Prelude

Renee’s story is all about Ravil and Lucy, Master R and Lady Luck. He’s a member of the bratva, she’s a lawyer. She’s all about control, but she’s the sub today, and Ravil isn’t about to give her any control. The thing that I really liked about Renee’s story is that we get to see how much Ravil’s plan is to get inside Lucy’s head, and how quickly he does that. It’s like there is a trapdoor only he has. And it looks like Prelude is the perfect name for this one, and I’m really happy about that.

Eris Adderly-Breathless

This is Eris’ intro into the BL world, (other than the fact that all the covers are hers) and damn, did she hit the road running. Breath play really isn’t my kink at all, it’s a personal hard limit, but the way that Eris wrote about it? Holeeee fuck. And the latex with the gloves? Woooooowwwwww. Violet and Anson were one of my favorite characters.  That put everything over the top. Eris writes kink in such a good way. And she didn’t step back from Anson’s issues while she was writing him, and I thought that was interesting. (Also, can you find the Lit easter egg?)

Kay Elle Parker-Burn

Kay Elle s another newbie to BL. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen me review some of her stuff, and I’m absolutely in love with her books, so I was glad to see her here. I’m hoping that this means she’ll get to do a full book at some point. This is the story of Finn and Ava. I really adore Ava. She’s been through so much, but she was really strong, and Finn challenged her in just the right way. And the fisting and the trust? Wow.

Golden Angel-Inflamed

Golden wrote a full length BL Daddy book last year, and in that book we met Elliot. He gets to play with Lisa, who is excited to play with him, but he’s not all that excited to play with her. He thinks she’s manipulative. They have an incredibly hot scene. And by hot, I mean seriously hot. He sets her on fire. Fire flogging is a thing. Fantastic. I thought the way that Lisa chose her hard limits was hilarious. One of their scenes is something that lives in my head, so yeah, that was so hot.

Black Light West

And now, just as the event at Black Light East is ending, we’re gearing up for Black Light West to get started.

Jennifer Bene-Wicked

Jennifer is one of the original BL writers and is a total staple in Roulette. Her story gives us Pierce and Baby, whose real name is Tori. Tori is a little and Pierce is totally not a Daddy. He’s pretty fucking hardcore, and he really loves humiliation, so the fact that they rolled that works for him. I’m telling you, Roulette makes for interesting play partners and scenes. That scene is hot, but the face fucking that happens is just amazing. I always look forward to Jennifer’s stories because of the touches like that.

Sue Lyndon-Trained

Sue wrote a fun little story with Daddy Xavier and his Dolly, Rachel. Their first roll was pet play, and she made an adorable kitten. You know, one of the things I really liked about Sue’s story is that it is very sweet and it is truly lovely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sexy AF and Rachel and Xavier have a great connection, it’s just also low angst and low drama, just the perfect touch for the book.

Measha Stone-Unexpected

Measha’s story has Jack and Quinn. Quinn is new to LA and is looking for new people to play with, so Roulette. Where she gets Jack, and oh yeah, diaper play. Which is totally not what she wants. Jack is actually perfect for her. I love how he gets into her head so much and how she teaches Quinn so much about herself.

Livia Grant-Facade

Livia finishes out this year’s Roulette with her story about Sean and Stephanie AKA Karly Starr, former porn star. Stephanie has come to Black Light because she wants someone who will fuck her silly, without playing any of those silly BDSM games, but she signed up for Roulette, and Sean is going to make her play. These are two words I never thought that I would say on this blog: spontaneous fisting. And the breath play? Siiiiiigggghhhhh. I think that Facade is a really great title for this one.

OK, there you go. Eight fantastically kinky stories by 8 fantastic authors. When you read the book and get to find out who the winner is, you get some great 3 way sex with Emma, Jax, and Chase. Yay!

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Roulette, a whole year from now. I’d love to see an Mm, Fm, or Ff couple in the upcoming season some time, but I’ll be perfectly happy however the authors end up writing their books, so it’s all good.

Go check it out and make sure you have plenty of really cold water to cool yourself down.

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Nicolina Martin-Her Vampire Hero

Renee Rose and Lee Savino created a world with their Bad Boy Alpha books. These books are about shifters in AZ. The books start out with werewolves, but we branch out to lions, bears, and vampires. Renee and Lee opened up their world to other writers, and Nicolina was one of the authors to jump all over that. And guess what she wrote about? Well, with a title like Her Vampire Hero, you can be sure that it’s all about unicorn shifters.

Anyway, here’s our story. We have Lou, who is a vampire who has been around for a long fucking time. He doesn’t remember anything about himself before he became a vampire. All he knows is his name is Lou. He’s been run out of Baton Rouge, because the king of Baton Rouge didn’t want another old master vamp hanging around. So Lou, who has itchy feet anyway, moves on from Louisiana to Tucson. The problem is that the asshole in Baton Rouge isn’t about to forget about him. He has Lou attacked by werecoyotes, which ends up with him being taken to the hospital as a corpse. Which, well, he kinda really is, but you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, we have Kat. She’s a doc at the hospital and happens to be working the night that Lou is brought in. Even though she’s told that he’s dead, she goes to check on him anyway. And she mourns the fact that he is dead, even though she’s never met the man before. But as she’s standing there, mourning a dead man, she notices that he has signs of life. Of course, as a doctor, she’s going to do something about it, so she pumps a whole lot of blood into him, and he ends up in ICU. Luckily for him, Lou wakes up in enough time to escape before the sun comes up. Just barely in enough time, because he ends up having to sleep in the sewer. Kat sees him escape, but he can’t really make her forget him. That, of course, leads to problems, because it wouldn’t be an exciting story if there weren’t any problems.

I like Kat. She has a very caring heart. I mean, how many people would stand there and be sad over the fact that a man she’d never even seen before came into the hospital dead? It was that caring that saved Lou in the beginning, I think. I think that caring heart also woke up a part of Lou that hadn’t been awake for a long time. I mean, yeah, he talked about having other lovers, but, there’s just something different about Kat.

I went back and forth on Lou. There are times when I really like him. There are times when I really, really didn’t like him one little bit. I think that one of the parts I disliked him at I could’ve liked him more if he hadn’t made the choices that he had made. I don’t want to blame him for what happened, because everyone involved had choices, but he’s also not completely blameless in the situation.

And ok, I lied. No unicorn shifters. Sorry.

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I have to admit that there was one point where I really wanted to smack Kat around. She did something incredibly stupid, and I just was like, my dude, really? She kinda cut off her nose to spite her face.

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

 

LK Shaw-Absolution

So, LK Shaw is making a new appearance on the blog. This one is with Absolution. This is the 7th book in her Club Eden series. This is the story of Gina and Leo.

So, these two have history. They knew each other as foster children. Leo was 5 years older than Gina. When he was 18, and she was 13, he left for the Army. She begged him to not leave her, to stay with her. But he didn’t, instead entrusting her safety to Gideon, another person in the foster system with them.

Now, years later, Gina and Leo have managed to end up in the same small town, far from where they grew up. She saw him at the BDSM club they both belong to about a year ago, and she let him know in no uncertain terms that she hates him and wants fuckall to do with him. When they are at the club at the same time, she pretty much just completely ignores him, looking through him.

Leo works for a security company that just happens to be run by Gina’s best friend’s husband/Dom. He’s taking his military training and putting it to work for him. He also boxes for fun and teaches boys how to box. It totally works out. He’s relatively happy, except he has no fucking clue why Gina hates him.

Gina works with her best friend and depends on BDSM to keep herself under control and to help fight the demons. She has plenty of demons and secrets in her past. There really is only one person (other than her therapist) who knows almost all of her history, and she really depends on that person to keep her head straight. She  has a lot of things that she is sure would make her friends look at her the wrong way or make them not like her if they told her. Gideon and the fact that he’s in prison, at least for a little while longer, and still managing to cause her problems is one of the secrets she’s keeping.

Gina has a lot of issues which has made her really want to protect herself and hide inside. I totally get that. I don’t blame her. Anyone who has been so hurt wants to be able to hide and protect themselves. That’s just human nature. It also made me really like her because of that really human aspect of her. Of course, I think there were a couple of times where I didn’t like her all that much, but that makes me feel something, so that’s good.

Leo is a pretty good guy, and it’s obvious that he still has the feelz for Gina, even if she hates him at the moment. I think that he was a little blind and little too trusting with the wrong people in the past, and I also think that he did something that he should’ve done a lot sooner. I don’t think he was a complete idiot or anything, and he definitely showed his caring and protective side.

All in all, I really enjoyed this one, and I had a hard time putting it down last night. I quite literally fell asleep reading it because I didn’t want to put it down.

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It’s interesting how 2 people can be 1 person, isn’t it?

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

Measha Stone-Indebted Heart

Indebted Heart is the 3rd book in Measha’s Windy City series. This is a series that centers around a friend group. So far, we’ve seen Kelly pair off with Kendrick and Jessica pair off with Royce. Now it’s Alex’s turn.

Alex is kind of the big brother of everyone in the group. He’s good friends with Jessica, Kelly, and Erin, and now their significant others. He wanted to have a little bit more with Jessica, but she wasn’t having it. He is in advertising and hates it. He is also part owner of kink club, called Top Floor. None of his friends know about it, well, except for Kendrick, who runs security for it, but he’s not telling anyone. So, he’s working 2 jobs, and living 2 lives. Then there’s his dad, Paul. He and his dad are really close, and his dad has been sick. But Paul also wants Alex to do a favor for him. He wants Alex to show around Alyssa, who he says is a daughter of a friend, who has always lived in a small town, but is now moving to Chicago.

Then there’s Alyssa. Sure, she’s lived in a relatively small town near St. Louis, but she’s not sheltered. She’s had to take care of herself for a long time, and among other things, she’s found out that she’s a sub. Her first Dom, and current friend, knows this guy named Bradley who owns and manages a kink club called Top Floor, and he arranges an interview with Alyssa to be a waitress. While she’s there interviewing, a guy rushes into the interview, and then ends up leaving.

When it’s time for Alyssa and Alex to meet, it turns out that they met at the interview. Because of course they did.

I like Alex, most of the time. I do think that there are times he’s a little hypocritical, in a do as I say and not as I do kind of way. Alyssa does call him on it, which good for her. But again, he kind of tells her that it’s OK for him but it’s not for her. See, hypocrite. There were reasons why Alyssa made the choices that she did.

Alyssa is seriously independent. She’s had to be over the years. That independence is both good and bad. She’s also stubborn AF, which is also good and bad. When you combine them, you get a woman who has to fight, no matter what. The thing is, she fights even when she knows that she shouldn’t be. Fighting is just her default. When that is your default, it’s really hard to get past it. And it’s been her default for most of her life. Alyssa was doing some hard things, and she felt that she had very good reasons to do what she did. I don’t agree with her reasons, but they were really important to her, and I can understand why she made those choices.

I love Paul, Alex’s dad. He is a good man. He’s a good man who has made mistakes, but who hasn’t? He owned his mistakes and he did what he could to make things better. To me, that is a really good man. A better man than someone who has never made any mistakes or who has never owned up to them. I think that Alex could do a whole lot worse than to grow up like his dad.

I can’t wait to see what happens with Erin. I’m betting her story is next.

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Stephen. Ugh. What a slimy bastard.

The partners in the club are jerkoffs.

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

Livia Grant-Scandalized

Livia Grant started writing the Black Light world when she wrote Infamous Love, which was Emma, Chase, and Jaxson’s original story. I fell in love with those characters the first time I read the book, and I’ve continued to love them, as well as all the new entries into this world. In Liva’s newest book, Scandalized, we get to catch up with the trio a little bit, as well as get more of Piper and Nolan’s story from the last Roulette book, and meet a new couple, Shane and Nolani. It sounds like it could be a really busy book, but it really isn’t, especially because Chase, Emma, and Jaxson are really secondary characters here.

So, Shane is a big movie star, I mean up for an Oscar kind of big movie star. He’s also a kinky fucker. A really, dirty, obscene, filthy kinky fuck. The kind of kinky where you might have to stop and take a second before you are sure that you aren’t going to have to safeword. Anyway, he’s currently staying at Runway/Black Light West in one of the suites there because his house is getting worked on, and well, hell, he’s a member and he likes to play in the dungeon. So, why the hell not? Then one way, a beautiful woman literally runs into his arms in the hall outside his suite.

Nolani is a housekeeper at the club. She’s worked there for a while and is friends with pretty much everyone there. One day, she’s up in the suites doing the cleaning, and she hears a woman screaming and that it hurts. Now, this *is* a sex club, and the suites and rooms upstairs are open to members to use and to play with, but these screams and such don’t sound quite right. So, Nolani uses her code to get into the room, and finds a fat fuck with a broke dick fucking a woman who is tied down and crying. Nolani just stands there, in shock, while the fat fuck talks to her, and then tries to chase her and grab her. That’s when she literally runs into her huge celebrity crush, Shane Covington. And all the filthy things ensue.

Elsewhere in the world, we have Piper and Nolan. They had a relationship once upon a time, but something happened and it went away. Now, instead of being a sub, Piper has turned herself into Mistress Ice, the Ice Queen, the very powerful Domme. Nolan paid $100K for a chance to play with her at the Celebrity Roulette. Then, she got spooked, and left. Now she’s running and hiding, and not answering his phone calls, but Nolan isn’t going to let that be that. He’s going go after her and get his woman.

There is a lot of really hot, filthy, obscene sex in here. I mean, yeah, all kinds of good and kinky stuff. There’s great phone sex in here too. But more than that, there’s a lot of relationship stuff. We get to watch a new relationship being built as well as an old relationship getting put back together. We get to watch people who are at vastly different places in their lives and how they manage to work with everything. It’s really fun to watch, and sometimes really heartbreaking to watch. There was a part that was incredibly hard to read, and it made me cringe.

I can’t wait for more Black Light and to see both these couples as side characters in other people’s books.

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I wondered what Nalani was hiding, because I knew it had to be something. And wow, was it something.

I wondered if Piper and Nalani were connected, and they were. Which makes me sad.

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

Measha Stone-Windy City

Today we’re talking about the first two books in Measha’s Windy City series. They are standalone books, but they are all about a group of friends, so they are also going to be interconnected. The first book, Hidden Heart, is about Royce and Jessica, and the second book, Secured Heart, is about Kelly and Kendrick.

So, HH. Jessica is a paralegal. She has a group of friends that she meets with every Friday, Kelly, Alex, Erin, and Jonathan. Those last two are engaged to be married, one of these days. While she’s happy for them, she’s not planning on following their example any time soon. She’s BTDT with men, and she’s no longer looking for love. Which is, of course, when Royce walks in. Pretty much literally. He’s a friend of Alex’s, who brings him to the group dinner.

Royce is immediately drawn to Jessica, but she is really not interested in finding love, so she’s not into seeing him. But, Royce being the charming person that he is, manages to charm her into seeing him. As they get together, they both realize that a D/s relationship works really well for them, even though it scares Jessica spitless.

SH is Kelly and Kendrick. Kelly is pretty envious of Jessica, mostly because she kinda had her eyes on Royce before all his eyes turned to Jessica. But since they are best friends, it’s hard for her to stay really envious for long. But what she really wants is her own man, a husband and a family. She goes out regularly trying to find him, but so far, she’s just found losers. And tonight, she just found the biggest loser of all, Ted. He invites her to a party, and then ends up drugging her. Luckily, her savior is nigh at hand.

Kendrick runs a security company, and he was being the security at the party that Kelly is at. When he sees what’s happening, he comes to her rescue. Then he tells her about a safe club to go to, and when to go, because he’ll be there being security that day too. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever see her again, and he’ll try to scare her off if he does. She’s just a poor, wee innocent woman. Except, is she?

OK, so, in HH, I really like Jessica and Royce. I think that they work really well together. I think that maybe Royce moves a little fast sometimes and kind of runs over Jessica and her worries. Of course, that may be because I’m not a D-type. I think that Jessica keeps too much inside and jumps to conclusions a little too often. I think that she guards herself really well, and I understand why she does it, but that makes her judge Royce before she should.

In SH, wow, I mean, Kelly and Kendrick are hot from the very first second. I really like them because they really are quite well-matched, kink wise, they both want the same thing, basically. Kelly has some serious impulsivity issues and she thinks that she knows certain things and makes decisions based on those things. I think Kendrick, most of the time at least, keeps in mind that she’s a newbie and handles that situation well, but, of course, there are times when everything goes kerflooey.

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In HH, I kinda guessed what would happen, I just didn’t know how it would play out.

In SH, I really hated all of Kelly’s friends for a couple of minutes. They were kinda rude. And there was a definite twist I didn’t expect.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check them out! Happy reading!