Jane Henry & Maisy Archer-Boston Doms Boxset

Jane Henry and Maisy Archer have gathered up 7 of their Boston Doms books and put them in one big boxset that you can grab and read all the yummy Dom-y goodness. There is also a short story with Lucas and Gretchen in it. The story originally was in Hero Undercover.

Now, I have to say, I love reading about things that happen in Boston. It’s about a 4 hour drive for me, so it kind of seems local, you know? And I like BDSM kind of things, with hot Domly guys and strong, submissive women. So you put the two things together, and hey, boy, you’ve got a set of books that I’m more than happy to read. And read them I do and did.

Now, all the Domly types are either related or very good friends that have been tight for years. The subs are generally pretty new to the Domly types, but not necessarily, and there are some sisters mixed in there.

Really, if you take away all the BDSM stuff (please don’t), these books are all about family and what it means. They are all a large family, whether there’s a blood tie or not. The guys are all that close, so their spouses and subs become that friendly too. There’s a lot of support in there, with everyone supporting everyone else, which is awesome.

Each of the books are standalones with different couples in each story. However, there is an overarching storyline that runs through the book, but if you don’t pick them up in order, you aren’t really going to be lost since that overall storyline isn’t woven incredibly heavily throughout the story. The books from 1-7 also run several years in time, from the first to the last. There are a couple of places that overlap a little bit, but mostly, they are a separate time frame.

When it comes to the Doms, we get Daddies, Doms, and sadists. Remember, sadists aren’t necessarily bad in BDSM. The subs also come in variety of flavors including little girls and masochists. There are also a variety of tropes, you know, best friend’s little sister, older man, younger woman, virgin, so on and so forth. That means that you should have no problem finding a Boston Dom book that you like.

Our couples, in order, are Heidi and Dom. Heidi moves into a new apartment in Boston and listens to Dom-the-Dom across the way who has a new woman at his house all the time. Except the yelling she hears isn’t always from a good orgasm, sometimes it’s because the woman is getting spanked.

Then we have Hillary and Matteo. Hillary is Heidi’s younger sister and Matt is Dom’s twin brother. Dom, Matt, and Slay rescued Hillary from Marauder, an abusive man, but Hillary is still trying to find someone to be her Dom. Eventually, Matt steps into the role, but nothing sexual, mostly because his brother has made it clear that he sees Hillary as a sister and she is off limits.

Tony and Tessa are our third couple. Tony is Matt and Dom’s cousin, and Tessa works in his restaurant. He’s not really a Domly type when the book ends, but Tessa knows for sure that she’s a sub.

Slay and Alice are our first DD/lg couple. Alice works as a bartender at The Club, which is the BDSM club that everyone belongs to. Slay works and plays there too. He’s set stuff up so that Alice doesn’t come back into the club. Alice is attracted to him but so frustrated. Meanwhile, she’s very busy trying to parent her son, Charlie.

Elena and Blake are next. Elena is Slay’s little sister, she’s in her mid-20s, but Slay doesn’t want to believe she’s a grown up now. Blake is older and owns The Club. He also recently lost his wife. She ran a blog for subs. Elena and Blake manage to start chatting through that blog when he announces his wife’s death. I loved this story, how they all fell in love with each other only over text and chat.

Donnie grew up in Southie. His cousin Mikey runs their neighborhood. When his friend Pedro tells him that Mikey has his little sister Grace, Donnie has to rush over to save her. He’s loved her for years. Grace has been waiting for him for all these years. Can she accept his darkness and desire to cause pain?

Nora and Diego look like a couple that would never work. She’s Tessa’s little sister and was kidnapped by a cartel head, and Diego saved her. He’s been working undercover to take down the cartel. When his business brings him across Nora’s business, she follows him, and he becomes her Daddy.

Gretchen is an investigative journalist and a friend of Elena’s. Lucas works for Slay in his security company. Gretchen had been put under his protection once before, a few years in the past, but when she needs protection again, Lucas is there, even if she wants to slap him.

So, that’s the Boston Doms in a nutshell. I love all of the couples. I don’t think that I have a favorite couple, really, because they are all great in their own ways. So, go check out the boxset and fall in love with them all.

There’s no spoilers today, but there is a picture of Boston. At least, the stock footage site says it’s Boston.

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Ava Sinclair-Stern Daddy

Oh my ducklings, this book witnesses the end of an era. There will be no more Ava Sinclair Daddy books. This is very last one. And she’s chosen to go out with a good one. So, let’s get into Stern Daddy.

Lindsey has a relatively good job. The problem is that she has a bad habit of living beyond her means. She never really learned how to manage her money. When her father had money he would help her out, which meant that she never had to learn how to bail herself out. Now, she’s buried under her debts, close to losing her apartment, and having a hard time buying groceries. So, she’s decided to do something about that. She decided to put an ad out on Craig’s List looking for a sugar daddy. She can still look like she’s in her younger 20s and she can accentuate it if she dresses younger. She’s spent several weeks talking to Silas, a nice older man. Now, it’s time to go meet him.

Silas’ limo has come to pick her up, and Lindsey is a wee bit rude to the driver. Well, I say wee bit… He tries to warn her that Silas is an old fashioned kind of guy, but she just tells him to be quiet and that she’s sure his employer doesn’t want him gossiping. When she gets to the huge house, and meets an older man who she is told is Silas. So, are you seeing the set up here?

Yup, the “driver” was really Silas, and he’s not an older man, and oh yeah, since he owns the company she works at, he’s her boss. When he tells her that she’s not leaving because he’s going to teach her a lesson, she threatens to call the cops. He tells her that he knows her criminal background, so she’s blackmailed into staying.

So, here we are again. Silas was hot and cold and it’s hard on Lindsey. I can’t blame her for anything she does. Sometimes he’s a very good Daddy and is very caring, sometimes he is really kind of stand-offish. No wonder she’s so confused about how she feels and how he feels about her. He’s kind of prickish about that, and I wanted to dropkick him. But, no character is perfect and conflict makes the character and relationship grow and the story advance.

Before we go to spoilers, I want to share my fave section of this book. “An unwitting young woman blackmailed into captivity by a tall, handsome stranger who keeps her as a child? It sounds like the imaginings of some kinky romance novelist.” I laughed my ass off. I couldn’t explain what was so funny to my husband, but I laughed and laughed.

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I legit love Lindsey and how she stands up for herself. She doesn’t let Silas pawn her off. She doesn’t let him buy her off. When he talks to her about coming back, she draws lines and holds him to the boundaries that she needs. That is so awesome. So, very awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today.

Loki Renard-Broken Boy

On Thursday, we had Loki Renard’s Shamefully Broken with Ellie and Mason. Today, we have Broken Boy with Aiden, Steve, and Rob.

BTW, I have bouncy box giveaways for both of these books going on right now. Click these links to try your luck. Broken Boy bouncy box Shamefully Broken bouncy box. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Before I get started on my review, it’s important that I point out that this is an MMm book. You have a Daddy, and Dom, and a very, very sorry boy. It is dark romance. Not as dark as some of the stuff that I’ve read, darker than others. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Aiden has never really had to grow up. His family is old money and his parents have been rather neglectful. Until he was 5, he wasn’t sure which of the women he saw around him was his mother. He’s never had anyone tell him no, so when he started getting into drugs, there wasn’t really anyone who could stop him. Eventually, his parents cut him off, but that didn’t stop him from his habit, so he tried other things, like dealing and pimping. Then he got into a jam with a local mob boss.

His little sister, Elliot, did what she could to get him out of trouble, and went to his old friend Mason. Mason runs a security company, and he made a deal with Ellie that he would make sure that Aiden was protected. To do that, he sent out two of his best operatives, Steve and Rob.

Steve and Rob found Aiden where he had run away from rehab and secured him in a safe house where they helped him detox. Steve is very Dom-ly and didn’t really want to care for Aiden. His idea of helping Aiden to eat was to tie him up and then force him to open his mouth. Rob, on the other hand, is much more paternal. He convinces rather than forces.

Eventually, Aiden gets clean and everyone is attracted to everyone else. Rob keeps reminding Steve that Aiden is a client and that nothing should happen, but that’s often easier said than done.

OK, it’s that time. I loved these guys. I love how Steve and Rob balance each other out and how they handle Aiden. I also liked seeing the interactions between Aiden and Elliot from his point of view. That’s always an interesting thing to see. Steve did annoy me once, but that’s because something he did hit a hot button on me, so that’s a me thing, and it might not bother someone else. BB can be read as a standalone, it isn’t really a direct sequel to SB. They are connected, but you get enough of the backstory to know what’s going on with no problems. The two books do take place at the same time so I would consider them adjacent to each other more than books 1&2 in a series.

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OK, the thing that really annoyed me about Steve is that he gave Aiden the silent treatment. Yeah, Aiden fucked up by trying to prank the guys, but really, that was where he was in his head at that point, a naughty tween trying to get authority figure’s attention, which is what he did. I hate the silent treatment, and the fact that he gave it to Aiden for so long and after he had Aiden had advanced their relationship just bothered me. And it set the stage for some of the next things to come.

Other than that one thing, I thought that Aiden deserved every damn thing he got, and then some. He really needs strict and he needs parental, so Steve and Rob are perfect for him. They both meet needs that Aiden has.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go check out Loki’s books and see why I love them so much.

Kelly Dawson-Daddy Takes the Reins

I was lucky enough to read one of Kelly’s short stories in the Christmas anthology that I reviewed here. Daddy Takes the Reins is the first book in that series and introduces us to some of the characters in that story. So, when Kelly asked me to read and review her book, I was like oh yes, pretty please and thank you! It doesn’t hurt that they take place in my dream location of New Zealand.

This is a lovely little age play/Daddy Dom book. Bianca regresses to a Little state, but it is a relatively mild age play story, compared to some others that I’ve read and reviewed.

So, Bianca is a young woman who happens to have Tourette’s Syndrome. She has spent her life fighting against the stereotype that shows up around her disease and is always trying to prove herself. Her biggest cheerleader is her sister, Annie, who is also her best friend. The problem is that Annie is now losing the battle with cancer and won’t be around for much longer. As a side note, fuck cancer. Bianca’s dream is to be a jockey. She loves horses and just got a job working at the stables of a prestigious trainer. She was hired on as an apprentice jockey, which means that she rides horses around the track to exercise them and helps take care of the horses and stables. She doesn’t tell anyone about her Tourette’s at first but eventually tells her employer’s son, Clay, the stable foreman.

Clay is one of three brothers, the other two being Luke and Cody. They all either work at the stables or at the farm that is part of the family’s property. Clay is the stable foreman and he isn’t sure that the newest hire can hack the job, especially after he finds out that she has Tourette’s. However, when she assures him that most of her symptoms are well in the past, then he has no problem with her. In fact, he becomes impressed with her when an abused and neglected horse comes into the stable and she is the only person who can get near the horse.

The problem is that Bianca starts working very hard in between helping her sister and taking care of the horse, which causes her to have more problems with her illness. That’s when Clay decides that she needs a Daddy to take care of her and he is just the person to take on the job.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a nice bit of life and joy that I really enjoyed reading. There are some rough spots and a couple of really sad spots where I cried. But, the ending more than made up for it, and I was glad to have read it. Also, I just have to say that it’s nice to see a positive portrayal of a person with disabilities in a romance novel and not as someone to be pitied or babied. It’s also nice to see a person with disabilities in a kinky situation. Representation, yo!

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OMG, I about wanted to kill Clay at one point. When you read it, you will see why. I’ll bet you get really mad at him too. Luckily, he learns his lesson and is able to redeem himself. That saved me from having to yell at him, but it was a very close thing. I did really want to.

I, too, had a sibling die of cancer, which is why the fuck cancer bit, so I really, really felt for Bianca there. Losing a sibling, especially if you are very close, is a terrible and tragic thing.

OK, that’s all for this one today. I really enjoyed it. Go over to Amazon grab it. It’s $4.95 and on KU. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Rugged Daddy

Ava Sinclair has once again brought us one of her big, bad, Alpha, loving, and caring Daddies. This Rugged Daddy is a mountain man who is in an isolated cabin up in the mountainy woods, complete with a bearskin rug.

Eva is on the run. She stole from her employer and is now trying to get as far away from him as possible. He creeps her out and she’s afraid of what will happen if he finds her. So, she decides that she will take to the woods to get away from him, even if it’s in the middle of winter. She’s pretty experienced as an outdoorswoman, so she should have no problem hiking out to another town a few towns away and then getting transportation out from there. It’s a great plan, right up until she falls down, hits her head, and hurts herself. She crawls into a cave and curls up into herself, shivering, cold, and disoriented. None of these things are good for survival in the middle of winter.

Zane has dedicated his life to the outdoors and protecting it. These days, he lives out in the back of beyond, with little to no human interaction. The rangers come check on him occasionally, but most of the time, he’s by himself. One day, when he’s out checking his trap lines, he sees a flash of color that shouldn’t be where it is in the middle of winter. When he goes to check it out, he finds Eva curled up in a cave. He carries her back to his cabin the woods (spoooooooky), and begins to nurse her back to health.

When she finally wakes up, Eva lies to Zane about her name, because she’s afraid. He hands her some old-fashioned drawers, complete with drawers instead of panties, because that’s all he has. He tells her what’s happening and gets her story, full of omissions and half-truths. When she tries to leave, after being told it’s not safe, Zane has to take her in hand and lay down the law to her.

While Daddy Dom stories and spanking kind of go hand in hand, this one tends to be somewhat lighter on the spanking and punishment than some other stories in this genre do. They do still happen, but Zane seems to fall more on nurturing than punishing, even though he will when she does unsafe things. I really enjoyed that dynamic. I like the wide variety of DD/lg/age play stories out there and how they may all be the same dynamic but each couple handles it differently. Pretty awesome, right? Zane also listens to Eva’s worries and they work together towards a solution instead of him just unilaterally laying down the law.

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Zane’s lovely little cabin in the mountainy woods. Don’t you kinda want to be there? Imagine the fantastic view.

So, I love how Zane’s backstory and Eva’s backstory connect up and weave in and out of each other. They each have some kind of impact on each other in the past without knowing each other. That’s pretty awesome, right?

And I’m pretty sure that no one should ever underestimate the marvels of modern plumbing and coffee shops on every corner. Around here, they are all Dunkin’ Donuts, because New England runs on Dunkin’, so that’s what I imagine they see when they want to go out for coffee.

OK, that’s enough for this one. Ava has kindly gifted us with a brand new story coming out on Saturday. This one is an RH. I’ll have that one on my blog too. I’m very excited.

Julia Sykes-War of Hearts

Julia Sykes writes some very, very steamy books. The books have a good story to go along with all that steam too, so that’s all good. War of Hearts fits really well into the rest of her books, so I was really happy that I got to read it.

Ashlyn is a Harvard student who does everything she can to get her father’s approval. She studies hard, keeps her head down, and generally stays out of trouble. Her only real bit of rebellion against her dad is that she is getting an art history degree instead of a psych degree like her dad wanted. While she is still working hard at school, she’s having a really hard time personally. A few weeks ago, a man named Marco came and told her boyfriend Joseph that he had to leave and go home. She is heartbroken and is trying to just get through life without Joseph.

Joseph has been moping around Marco’s house. He came home because he had to because of family politics, but he was much happier living in Cambridge and being a bartender where he could be with Ashlyn. He knows that he did the right thing to keep Ashlyn safe, but that doesn’t make his decision any easier.

Marco is Joseph’s best friend. They are close enough that they nearly brothers. They’ve shared just about everything in the past, including women. Marco is tired of Joseph moping around, so he does something about it. One day, he goes and tells Joseph that he has a surprise. Marco leads Joseph into his bedroom where a drugged Ashlyn is laying. Marco tells Joseph that he has had Ashlyn under surveillance to keep her safe and that their enemies have been nosing around her, so he brought her to the house to keep her safe, and oh yeah, now Joseph can stop moping around like someone has ripped out his heart because here’s Ashlyn.

When Ashlyn wakes up, she sees Joseph and is so happy to see him. Then she sees Marco. She’s terrified of Marco because he looks scary and he lays out some hard truths for her. Ashlyn keeps clinging to Joseph so that she doesn’t have to interact with Marco, and avoids Marco every chance she gets. That’s not always as easy as she might wish since she’s sleeping in his room, in his bed. She isn’t always as successful as she would wish, and avoiding him gets even harder when she finds his sketchbook where he’s drawn pictures of her that she can’t get out of her mind.

Alrighty, you know what’s going to happen now. I really like the interaction between everyone in this book, as separate couples and as the full menage. Both Joseph and Marco offer something to Ashlyn that meets separate needs that she has. She manages to meet both of their needs, so it’s a win/win/win all around. The external drama gets kind of scary at times, and it balances out the sweetness of the relationship that the three of them create quite well.

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Marco makes a really good Daddy, and takes really good care of Ashlyn. I think that Joseph is more of a medium size M instead of a full capital M. He’s dominant to Ashlyn, but Marco is the one who ultimately controls everything when it comes to their sex life, at least. Marco and Joseph don’t have any sexual interaction, but that doesn’t mean that Joseph still isn’t getting Dom’ed. That’s just my opinion on the matter, so if you have a different take, I’d be more than happy to hear about it, please and thank you. I’m always happy to see what other people have to say about the books I read.

I didn’t quite see the end happening the way that it did, but I’m not going to say that I don’t like it. I do quite like it, and it was unexpected, so that was good.

OK, that’s all I have to say about WoH. There is a prequel to it that’s free, so go check it out for some backstory. We’ve got a couple busy days, so buckle up, buttercup. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Shanna Handel-Sweet Texas Love

If you are looking for a romance series that you can share with your Granny, Nana, Memaw, Grandma, or whatever you call her, then you can’t go wrong with Shanna Handel’s Sweet Texas Love books. All sex happens behind the curtain, so you don’t see it. There aren’t really any bad words. The occasional damn, but that’s it. The men are true gentlemanly cowboys and the women are strong women who love them. I would hand these to my very conservative grandmother or aunties, with no qualms. I love reading them for so many reasons.

One reason I like Shanna Handel’s books is that we are following the same people the whole time. We get to know them and love them and become invested in them. That’s really nice. Another reason is that sometimes even I need a little light in my life to help save my black soul and my even blacker heart. Shanna’s Texas Daddies help with that. All of this to say that we have two of her books today. We have Bartender Daddy, book 3, and Texas Daddy, book 4. TD is supposed to come out 1/19 or 1/20, so I don’t have a buy link for it yet, but as soon as I do, I will post it on my FB page. So, without further ado, let’s dig into our books, shall we?

First, we have Bartender Daddy. The primary couple in this book is Ray and Jessica, though we still get a hefty helping of Carrie and Wes, so if you fell in love with them in the earlier stories, you get to stay in love with them. Yay for that! I did fall in love with them.

So, we start our story with the ramp up for Ray and Jessica’s wedding. Carrie is melting down because she’s over-stressed and Jessica is being Bridezilla. Jessica is melting down because there is so much to do. Carrie gets spanked by Wes, who helps her figure everything out. Ray helps out Jessica by solving her problems on what to wear when she walks down the aisle, denim, BTW, what to eat at the reception, potluck, and who to walk her down the aisle, Wes.

We also meet Buttercup. She is Ray’s sister. His dad ran off when he was a kid. Years later, Ray’s dad met another woman, got together with her and had another family, and thus, Buttercup, whose mother loved The Princess Bride. She is to fly in on the day of the wedding, being held at Wes and Carrie’s ranch, and meet everyone. When she does get there, she is a scared, thin, hidden young woman of just 18.

OK, that’s enough for this book. Let’s jump into Texas Daddy, shall we?

TD has us jump forward 10 years in the future. We start out with Buttercup running away from someone and running to Ray for safety.  She leaves an engagement ring and takes nothing but the dress she wore to Ray and Jessica’s wedding.

When she gets to Ray and Jessica’s she spends time helping them out and taking care of their 3 boys and takes over caring for the chickens, which sounds funny, but she loves it. She also gets to see the builder, Jake, who she ends up crushing on. Which is all good, since he’s been into her for years, ever since he was was the DJ back at the wedding.

We see some Ray and Jessica in this, not as much Wes and Carrie, but some. And we get a little bit of Garrett, who is Jessica’s ex and Wes’s little brother. Jessica and Ray do get into a little more BDSM-ish stuff in this one, but not serious stuff, and no serious description of it or more than just a spanking, really.

So, here’s where we part altogether. It’s time for me to go on and have all my says when I get to the other side of the picture. Like I said, they are sweet stories, you can see the love in the stories, and the caring that these Daddies have for their little girls. I know that Shanna is writing a new series that’s connected Sweet Texas Love called Dirty Texas Love, and I suggest that you don’t let your Nana see those. Shanna has promised me that there will be sex in there.

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In TD, Wes has some mental health issues. They are very understandable, because of everything that has happened. Shanna handles that very well and very sensitively. And I’m glad that she showed it because it makes Wes more real, if you ask me.

I did kind of see Tom showing up, but maybe that’s because I expected hm too, just from what we knew of him before, so that wasn’t so much of a surprise to me, but I wasn’t all like yeah, whatever, I knew he was going to show up. I did have some hopes that things would be other than what they were, so there’s that.

I love that the couples are still madly in love. I’m coming up on my 10 year (sort of) anniversary, and it’s hard. I kind of hate my husband some times and kind of want to kick his ass sometimes. Mostly I love him, so that’s all good. Having a Daddy wouldn’t work well for me, that’s not my dynamic, but it works for them, and that’s the important thing.

OK, go check these books out. You’ll love them if you are looking for something that is light and easy and sweet. Tomorrow we are delving into the dark again, so get a break while you can. Meanwhile, happy reading!