Ava Sinclair-Big Daddy

For some reason, I really enjoy reading DD/lg and age play stories lately. So, when Ava Sinclair, who has written some beautiful books in this genre comes out with a new one, I have to be all over that. Big Daddy is her newest entry into the genre, and I thought it was a great story.

Jill is a hot mess. She drinks to the point of blacking out on a regular basis. She has burned through job and job after job. Her best friend and roommate has reached her breaking point.

One day, Jill wakes up at home, but she doesn’t remember what happened and how she got back home. All she knows is that she is home, her clothes are neatly folded, and she’s pretty sure she didn’t have sex. She tells her roommate that she doesn’t feel well and doesn’t want to go out. Her roommate gets pissed off at her because she’s once again gotten drunk to the point of blacking out. She tells Jill that she is sick of all the drinking and that she’s not going to carry Jill again is she somehow blows her job. Jill needs to suck it up and straighten up. One way to do that is for Jill to do really well at this huge presentation.

When she gets to work on Monday, Max Iver is there. He gives all the women at the office the screaming thigh sweats. He’s hot, he’s rich, and he’s the perfect daddy. Everyone wants to be his friend. Her presentation is for him.

Max went to a PR agency to get a new ad blitz for his company. He wants something that will attract younger people. Jill has worked really hard on a presentation that she thinks will work for him. Sadly, it’s not what he wants and he tells her so. When Max tells Jill that, she goes off on a tear and ends up getting fired.

As she’s walking out the door and to her car, she gets a message on her phone. A video of her, boozily answering questions. She also gets a message telling her to be in a certain place at a certain time. When she gets there, Max is there and he tells her that she needs a Daddy and he makes her an offer. She can come live with him and he will take care of her, including helping her to get her life back under control.

OK, now it’s time to choose your own adventure. I’m going to go one way, you can go the other, or you can follow me, it depends on you. Max is a good Daddy and he does take really good care of Jill. He spanks her as necessary and rewards her as necessary. One of my favorite things about Max and Jill is that they both push each other to be better and do better. You don’t always see that, but it made me really like their relationship because that’s the way a real relationship works. It’s a lovely relationship, in my opinion.

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Just a warning, if you don’t want spoilers, definitely pass the next paragraph up.

One way in which Jill pushes Max to do better is that she pushes him to meet with estranged family. There is a lot of pain surrounding family in Max’s life and he really doesn’t want to handle it, but Jill makes him do it and it’s better for everyone involved. It fit in really well with the story for her to do that and for him to listen to her. It wouldn’t work in every story, but it does here.

I love that Max pushes Jill to be more responsible and that she is able to talk to people in her past who she may have hurt and is able to apologize and tell them that they were right to do what they did. That takes a lot of emotional maturity and not everyone can get to that point, no matter how old they are, so for Jill to go from where she was to that point is pretty amazing.

OK, that’s all I have to do for today. Go check out all Ava Sinclair’s book and find out why I like to read them so much. See you next week! Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Maggie Ryan-Daddy Commands

Maggie Ryan has written some utterly delicious stories. I enjoy reading her stuff. She’s shown up in several anthologies I’ve read and/or own. I also have several of her books in my library. So, today, she had a new one drop, Daddy Commands. And it’s as good as I expect anything I read of Maggie’s. (almost put the wrong book link on there! Yikes! Good thing I always double-check.)

I’m betting that with a title like Daddy Commands that you can tell that it’s a DD/lg book. Although, it’s not the most Daddy Dom book I’ve ever read. In the book, it’s explained that Hannah calls Brett Daddy because as a Major in the Army, he gets called Sir all the time and Daddy would be something special that’s just theirs. I think that makes a lot of sense and it does make the Daddy term have more meaning. When you are called Sir all the time by people around you, I would expect it would lose its impact.

OK, here’s the story, morning glory. Hannah and Brett have been married a year. Brett is a Major in the Army, Hannah is an Army wife. She has jumped into that life with both feet. She’s joined every committee, signed up for every everything, and managed to end up either doing everything on her own or doing all the work anyway. She has a whole bunch of things that are in various levels of doneness. Her house and husband are starting to fall by the wayside. She’s stressed out to the max. Hannah goes to Brett, says oh hey, dear, can you help me? He’s all like yeah, babe, I can totally help you.

Together, they come up with an agreement and enter into a Domestic Discipline relationship. That means that Brett will set out rules and establish consequences. There are also other things when it comes to sex. They also set up a Maintenance Night. Those are nights that happen on the same night each week. Brett will give Hannah a spanking every week, whether or not she’s earned it, to help keep everything working out well.

Anyway, that agreement starts on their anniversary, which happens to be a Friday, which happens to also be their Maintenance Night. When they are out for their wedding anniversary dinner, Hannah is disrespectful to Brett and he tells her to take off her panties. (Hawt, right?) She keeps going and he reminds her of their agreement, and she keeps digging a hole. When they get in the car, Hannah thinks that she’s figured it out, Brett’s just playing a super-sexy game with her. Except… Whoops, he wasn’t. And she figured that out pretty damn quick.

The next morning, she figured out that he was going to make her exercise every day. And I mean, who increases their runs by a 1/2 mile a day? Well, a Major in the Special Forces I guess. Anyway, he got her up and running and exercising daily, and blowjobs if she wasn’t ready on time, so win/win for him?

OK, you know what time it is. I loved Brett and Hannah. He really cared about her so much, and he really wanted her to be all that she could be (in the Arrrmy) (am I the only one who remembers that commercial?), and he pushed her to do that and supported her in her choices. Brett also helped her figure out what she could and couldn’t do and helped her figure out how to delegate and how to see how her actions made others feel. You could tell that everything he did came from a place of very deep love for Hannah. You can see why Hannah is doing all that she is. She’s trying to support Brett and help his career. She figures if she’s the PERFECT ARMY WIFE ™, it will help Brett get further in his career. But… Great story, some fantastic sex scenes, great romance and relationship, and strong characters. Go check it out.

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The whole garden store and gardening adventure is just super cute, super romantic, and in the Garden of Eden, super hot. I swear to heaven, I will NEVER look at zucchini the same way again. Ever.

I have friends who ran a mudder run. I know from them how hard they are, so the fact that Hannah managed to run one with her friends and with Brett is pretty cool. I love how she handled some of the obstacles. I actually laughed loudly about it. My husband asked why, and he just rolled his eyes when I told him why. He’s a silly man. I also loved that Hannah decided to do that on her own, without Brett pushing her, and that she wanted to surprise him with it. The fact that he had helped her get her life more under control let her make friends who could help her with getting ready and the confidence to know that she could. I loved that. You won’t see me on one of those runs, and if you do see me running, be scared because it’s the end of the world, but good for Hannah!

OK, that’s all for today. Really, go read this book. It’s a good book and you will like it.

Jane Henry-Dungeon Daddy

The Rapunzel story is near and dear to my heart. Now, you may be asking yourself, why does Clara like that story so much? the answer is simple, I have hair that’s almost long enough to sit on. My goal is to eventually have hair that’s down to my knees. I love having long hair. I’ve had long hair most of my life. But, that’s neither here nor there, it just explains why I love the story of Rapunzel. So, when I heard that Jane was going to do one of her filthy fairy tales with Rapunzel as the heroine? I was alllll for it. So, let’s head down to the dungeon and meet Daddy, shall we?

Our main characters in Dungeon Daddy are Rae and Ryder. The book starts out with our villain talking to a man who needs a loan and who signs his first born child as the collateral for his loan. Then we flash forward to that man and his wife fleeing along with their baby daughter.

Many years later, we meet Ryder. His car breaks down on in the middle of nowhere. His cell phone doesn’t work, he has no clue where he is, and doesn’t know where he’s going to get some help.  Looking around, he sees some lights off in the distance, so he starts heading that way. When he gets there, it’s a house, so he knocks on the door. He sees a figure in the window who screams and looks as if someone is pulling her away from the windows.

Rae has never left her father’s house. She’s never met anyone but her father and the few staff that he has hired. She has been totally sheltered. She’s gotten to watch some television unless her father decided to punish her, but mostly it’s just been her and all her books. Her father never touches her and doesn’t seem to even like her. She doesn’t know what he does, but she knows that he’s up to no good and people come in to see him and then never leave. Rae just does everything she can to make sure that he doesn’t punish her by taking things away from her or locking her away in her room. When she hears someone knocking at the door late one night, she’s surprised. Her father isn’t home, so no one should be there. Then, she trips and falls and screams. The next thing she knows, there’s a man climbing in her window!

Ryder manages to scale his way up to her window so that he can rescue the damsel in distress. She lets him stay overnight, but he leaves in the middle of the night, after using a phone to call for help. He left a number for her so that she can call him for help. When she does, he comes and saves her and takes her to Limits, his club.

So, this is the place where we split up. I love Ryder. OMG, I mean I will happily sit on his lap and call him Daddy any old time he wants me to. Please? He’s really, really hot. He’s really, really Dom-ly, and this story is really, really inferno-like. I mean, like you may spontaneously combust from reading this story. I know that I nearly did. There are times when it’s hard for you to figure out who the bad guys and good guys are. You do cheer and boo for the same people at various times, trying to figure out who is who. It’s a quick read so it won’t take you a long time to read it and figure out who the true ne’er-do-wells are. Go check it out.

A funny note on the name of the club. In Jane’s group, she said that she found out that the name of the club she wanted to use had already been used in another book, so she opened it up for names. There were a whole lot of suggestions, including several from yours truly. Then she picked a few and let us vote on them. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Limits but only because one of my suggestions, Conciergerie, was on the list. That’s the name of one of the prisons that de Sade was incarcerated at. I was highly amused.

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Arte Nouveau Rapunzel by Hannah Anderson.

There are beautiful things about this story. One of them is that Ryder truly does everything he can to make sure that Rae is safe and well cared for. There’s also the fact that he listens to what she wants and goes out of his way to make sure that she gets to try those things out.

The part where she hits subspace is just an awesome scene. I can totally see why Ryder wanted to keep Rae in a private room when they are playing, since that’s a really intense thing that is shared by a Dom and sub. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been told.

I love reading Jane’s stories and the fairy tales are really awesome. Go check this one out on your own and see what you think.

Rayanna Jamison-Winterland Daddies

Rayanna Jamison has given us a beautiful Christmas gift. This story is about love, forgiveness, redemption, and what it means to be a family. And oh yeah, it’s hot and sexy. What more can an avid bibliophile like me need?

Winterland Daddies takes place primarily on the Second Chance Ranch. This ranch has been the second chance for foster kids for decades. Run by a stubborn, sweet, and caring old lady named Nan, she took in and helped as many kids as she possibly could. When she couldn’t take in foster kids anymore, she turned it into a horse therapy center so that she could keep on helping all those kids who need extra love and second chances. These days, two of her former foster boys who never left, Blake and Slade, do most of the work with the horses and the kids. Nan just runs the boys’ lives. At Christmas time, all of her former foster kids and their families all come out to the ranch for a huge Christmas parties. All except one, that is. Merry, Nan’s very last foster child, fled the ranch 5 years before and hasn’t been back. Until recently, Nan, Blake, and Slade hadn’t even known where she was. When they found her, they made sure that she had an invite to the huge Christmas party because that’s Nan’s one Christmas wish.

Merry fled 5 years ago because she had been in relationships with both Slade and Blake. Slade was her Daddy and Blake was her Dom. Everyone was getting something that they needed from it. The problem is that the boys didn’t know about each other. When they found out, in the most disastrous way possible, they fought and told Merry she had to choose. Instead of choosing and risking the brotherhood that Slade and Blake had built, she left. She has spent the past 5 years feeling like crap and watching everything fall apart around her, no matter what she tries. When Daddy Slade shows up on her doorstep and tells her that Nan wants her at the party, what is she going to do?

Alright, you know what time it is. I’m going to go my way, you can either come with me and risk spoilers or you can stop now and remain spoiler free. Whichever you choose to do, you should hit up Amazon and read the story. Even if you read any possible spoilers from me, it’s worth reading, because there is a lot of beauty in this story. There are a lot of things that I really like about this story. I like that the Dom-ly types fully admit that they were wrong about certain things and that they made mistakes. All too often in books, you see that the Doms think that they can do no wrong so when they do something wrong, it can be hard for the sub to handle. The story also shows that all relationships need work, any HEA doesn’t just happen. I love seeing that in books like this. This story really is all about what family and love mean. Definitely, check it out.

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OK, I loved Nan from the very beginning. She ran those Dom-ly types through their paces, which was pretty funny. But then, when she gets into her history? Damn, Nan was totally awesome. I loved hearing that stuff. I want more Nan. In fact, a whole book about Nan would be great.

I really felt bad for Merry. It can be really hard to feel like you are an eternal fuck up and that you don’t deserve anything good in your life and that you are worthless. Luckily, she had a pair of loving men to drive the message home that she wasn’t a fuck up, that she deserved love, and she had infinite worth. I also sympathize about her temper. I may, occasionally, totally lose my temper and flip my shit. I know that I feel bad afterward, so I totally got that part of it. Of course, the reason that she lost her temper and I wouldn’t have felt bad about losing it in that case, but I get why she did.

OK. That’s all I have to say today. Check back next week for a steamy hot story from Measha. I mean, smokin’. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Anthology-Mischief Under the Mistletoe

As Christmas is coming (imagine Game of Thrones-esque tone), it’s time to read Christmas stories. And if they are Kinkmas stories, so much the better. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving policy, and I prefer to wait until December altogether, but here we are, it’s December and it’s 18 days until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have some Mischief Under the Mistletoe.

This anthology is packed full of 14 stories by some really talented authors. I was familiar with some of the authors prior to reading this anthology, some of them have shown up here before, but there were a few that were totally new to me. One of the totally new to me authors wrote one of my two favorite stories in the anthology, so I’m going to go looking for her stuff to see what else she has for me to read.

So, 14 stories. All but one of them have sex. All of them have spanking. Many of them have age play or DD/lg dynamics. There is one LGBT+ story. If any of those sound like they may bother you, then you may want to skip this book. I have a bunch of other Christmas books I can recommend to you. But, I do really like this book.

I’m going to mention three stories in particular, but don’t think it’s because I think that the rest of them were terrible. I enjoyed all of them. They are like precious gems, all of them are beautiful, but there are always a couple of stones that just attract your eye more than others.

One is Delia Grace’s story, The Chalet. Her’s is the aforementioned age play story with no sex. A lot of age play stories do have sex in them, because that’s the kink of the people in the story. And please remember, their kink may not be your kink, but it’s OK, and it’s nothing to do with pedophilia or having daddy problems. OK, off my soapbox. As I was saying, you see a lot of sex in those stories, but Delia’s story shows another side of the age play dynamic. It’s all about the caring and nurturing and the needing to be cared for part of the dynamic, and I loved that.

The other two stories I’ll mention after the spoiler picture. That’s because I want to make sure that I don’t spoil anything, and my comments may have more to say about the direct content of the stories. So, go grab this. It’s on KU and it’s only $0.99, so it’s not like it’s going to break the bank and get your Kinkmas spirit on.

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Alright. The other two stories I want to mention are Maren Smith’s The Doll-Maker and Marlie’s Christmas Keeper by Brandy Golden. Brandy is new to me.

I don’t know what it is about these stories that really attracted me to them, but they did, so there it is.

Maren’s story is really sweet. I mean, a fairy coming to life in a doll for a lonely man? That was nice. Of course, the poor guy thought he was crazy, but who wouldn’t if a doll you created started to move around and talk to you? But, of course, being Christmas, everything worked out really well.

Brandy’s story is a heavy story. She has all kinds of layers in it. It’s all about grief, healing, and renewal, which I found to be completely in keeping with Christmas. Marlie has been through hell but gets pulled out to the light. It was simply beautiful.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really do recommend this anthology. I think anthologies are a great way to try out new authors and to decide if you like them or not. So, more Lilly Holden tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Zoe Blake-Daddy’s Home

Zoe Blake is spoiling us this year. Not too long ago, we got her dark age play book, Papa’s Prey. Now, we are getting her dark age play/Daddy dom book Daddy’s Home. This book is super-duper steamy and nice and dark. I mean, what more can you want in a story? Like I said, she’s totally spoiling us.

Chloe has spent the last two years in hiding from her dark and chaotic past. She lives in her uncle’s cabin off in the woods outside a small town. She stays in her cabin, minds her own business and creates beautiful jewelry. Chloe’s biggest goals in life right now are to keep her head down, stay hidden, and keep making jewelry. She may be bored, but it’s better than the alternative.

Logan has been sent to find Chloe. He’s spent a long time studying her so that he could find her. He’s searched her social media so that he can get an idea as to where she might be hiding. Logan is so obsessed with finding her, he even carries a picture of her in his wallet.

When Logan finds Chloe, he has to get something from her. He knows that she’s hiding this particular item, and he will do anything he can to find it. But more than that, he finds that Chloe herself is something that he needs. He wants to protect her, care for her, and discipline her as necessary. He wants to be her Daddy.

You know what time it is. I’m going to go my way and you can choose yours. Logan is intensely focused, but from the moment that he meets Chloe, his focus goes from the recovery of what he was sent for to keeping Chloe safe. We don’t get to know him much, other than he is seriously Alpha male, very taciturn, and very protective. I’m perfectly fine with that. He’s not the kind of hero where we need to find out every little bit of his backstory in order to like him. That mystery suits him well and makes for a better story. Chloe is a strong woman and has used that strength to try to get away from her past. Of course, being strong doesn’t mean that you don’t need a Daddy to come and take care of you. It’s totally possible to be both. I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for more from Zoe. If you like dark and kinky af stories, this is another good one for you.

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There are so many, many, many great things about this book. Too bad I’m not going to tell you most of them. Like the other two books I’ve blogged this week, there are some serious twists and turns and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone.

I can, however, tell you how much I love Logan and how well he takes care of Chloe. She really does well under his care and she’s able to grow from it.

One scene in this book gives me some of my favorite lines. Some bad guys are threatening Chloe, and they are talking about being scared of the big, fucking dude. Chloe says, “That big fucking dude is going to kill you for touching me.” See how much faith she has in her Daddy to take care of her? Knowing that he’s there to help her out lets her be feisty and feel safe. Later on, in the same scene, we get this from Chloe, “Before the bleached gangland Barbie over there slapped my face, that one kicked in the shin. What kind of schoolyard bullshit is that? You know how much it hurts to be kicked in the shin?” Those lines left me laughing out loud, and not just that LOL you tell your friends, actually laughing. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to explain to him why I was laughing. I love that entire scene and that Chloe was able to have some of her own power during that.

OK, that’s all I have to say about Daddy’s Home, other than that you should immediately visit Amazon and 1 click it. You definitely won’t be sorry that you did. We have more interesting books coming up this week, so don’t go too far. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Dani Rene-Whisper

So, a couple of weeks ago I reviewed Kneel, the first book in the Sins of Seven series by Dani Rene. Today, we’re getting into the next one with Whisper. Whisper is darker than Kneel, with some parts that made me cry. My poor husband doesn’t always know what to do when a book makes me cry. I won’t put it down, most of the time, otherwise how will I know if it comes out alright, so I just cry and he asks 14 times if I’m OK. So, let’s dive into the book, and then you can go read it and see if it makes you cry too. If it does, you totally have to tell me.

Once upon a time, Eli was a happily married man and a happy Dom with a lovely sub. Then he found out that his wife Raquel had been keeping secrets and that she is dying. His wife keeps trying to make him promise to find someone else to love so that he will be happy. She’s just being a good sub, always thinking of her Dom and his happiness. She even goes as far as pointing out a young woman who is also in the hospital and telling him that he should go talk to her.

Giana was that young girl. She was just 17 at the time and had already lived in the antechamber of Hell. Raquel talked to her and made her promise to watch out for Eli and to take care of him.

Eventually, Gia and Eli hook up. They spend a year being friends and making each other come. Eli walks away from an 18 year old Gia, thinking that he’s too old for her and wanting her to go and have a happy life.

Fast forward 7 years, Gia changed her name from the one Eli knew her as and looks different. She spent 2 years living in the deepest, darkest pits of Hell and has come through the other side. With Carrick’s help and a good psychiatrist, she’s managed to put her life together again. And she’s found Eli. She sees him every day serving as a barista at his regular coffee shop and most nights, working as a bartender at the local BDSM club, Seven Sins, owned and run by Carrick and Mason. She’s played with different Doms and occasionally shown up on stage in various shows. She’s also watched Eli play with various subs and then heard them come back and talk about him and try to get him to play with them again.

For his part, Eli has worked very hard to not have any real sub. He may bring the subs from the clubs home, but he’s never let them into any part of his home except for a room he’s set up to entertain subs in and his playroom. He’s bound and determined not to love anyone, not since Raquel died and he walked away from Riley.

One night, at the club, he hands Gia his card and tells her that he wants to play with her after her shift and to show up at his house. They scene, everyone is happy, and he sends her home. Mostly what Eli is looking for is a little girl he can love and cherish but also tie up, spank, and make cry. Gia is looking for someone who will love her.

Gia and Eli are two profoundly broken people who have serious shards and bits and pieces. Together they are less broken and they help to hold each others’ broken bits together. But when the past comes back to haunt them, can the hold they have on each other go on?

This is where I go one way and you may choose to go the other, there are definite possibilities that you may be spoiled if you keep going with me. Dani Rene creates wonderful characters that make you really cheer for them or hate them. This is a dark book, with BDSM scenes, capture and torture, and sadness. There is also happiness and lots of secrets. There are a lot of layers that go into this story and I loved being able to find them and dig into them. It was also nice to get a peek at older characters and see old friends.

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The layers and connections in this book are delicious. Everything is tied into everything else and into everyone else. I have to admit, that there was one thing that I kind of guessed, well, not really guessed, but more like thought wouldn’t be interesting if… And it was, and it was interesting.

Poor Gia. I mean, fuck. I mean, she worked as hard as she could to get away from her past and then it found her, and it nearly destroyed her. I spent that whole section of the book crying and cried while Gia and Eli were apart. I know why Gia chose to do what she did, and I even support the idea of her taking the time to heal after what happened. That doesn’t mean that my heart didn’t break for them both, especially since Gia was bound and determined to let Eli go. I love the way that it ended though. I felt very satisfied and my tears dried up.

I really loved this book. Not just for the kinky, kinky, sexy fun, but for all the layers of the story and the rich story-telling that goes into this book. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love books that are just sex for the sake of sex, I own several of them and enjoy reading them, but I also love reading stories that have real substance to them and that make you think and feel for the characters, and this one did that.

Anyway, that’s enough for today. We have a break tomorrow and then we’re back with more Parker Sinclair and a fun week ahead of us. Meanwhile, happy reading!