Sara Fields-Mastered

Here we are back on a futuristic Earth that has been invaded and devastated by the Vakarrans, thanks to Sara Fields. Mastered is the second book of this series, and I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go after this one. I think some really interesting things will be happening.

Alaina Stryke, sister to rebel Kira Stryke from our first book, is now in charge of leading their rebellious little band. Kira had gone to her command center to make sure that no Vakarrans were around while Alaina and their two younger sisters moved the rest of the group on to another hidden area. They have to stay hidden because the women would be taken by the Vakarrans and turned into breeders and sex slaves and then men will just be slaves. But when Kira doesn’t come back, Alaina fears the worst.

She decides that she will go to the command center to see what she will find. When she gets there, she discovers that there is a lone Vakarran near one of Kira’s traps, so she’s going to capture him and make him tell her where her sister is so that she can be rescued. Davvan is the youngest member of the second battalion. Alaina gets him trapped in a pit and then goes to talk to him. He tells her that he can’t get her any info on her sister and that he can’t communicate with any Vakarrans. As she goes to shoot him, she feels a gun held up to her own head. Turns out that Davvan is devious and the tables have been turned on her.

The rest of Davvan’s team has arrived and they are going to make this human woman pay, because she’s a human woman and she’s a slave. On top of that, she had the audacity to consider killing a Vakarran. Ryder, Morgn, and Aarom have to all give shit to Davven about it first, but she’s well fucked and punished by the time they drag her into the nearby training facility.

OK, everyone may want to think of the Vakarrans as bad guys, not all of them are. Her guys save a human from another Vakarran who was whipping the shit out of her. Whipping her enough that it was probably going to leave marks. So really, the Vakarrans are like anyone else. There are some that are dicks and that let the power they have go to their heads. There are others who are decent guys, like Kira’s guys and like our current 4. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to tie up Alaina, spank her until her ass is a bright cherry red, and then fuck her senseless. They just aren’t going to harm her. However, they are worried about her being harmed, because their new commander will want to take her and keep her and will probably kill her. Even though he technically can’t because they have a claim on her, that won’t stop him. He’s an asshole and a nasty piece of work who is a political appointee because he’s part of the old boys’ network.

I really liked Alaina, and to quote the movie Slither, “Bitch is hardcore.” She is fierce. She’s a warrior and she has a huge heart. I liked all her guys, for different reasons. I think that Aarom is my favorite though. He’s a little softer, maybe, than other Vakarrans we’ve seen. Not saying he won’t punish Alaina when she needs it, but he is also her emotional support and her friend as well as her lover. I liked that a lot.

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I really liked the ending. I’m eager to see what changes are going to come in the series because of the choices that the guys made. It was a pretty bold choice.

I loved that Alaina handled certain things on her own. I knew that she was walking into a trap, but that she did what she did made me really happy. And the fact that other women were taken out of that situation because of her decisions is a good thing. And if the women had to be rescued by Vakarrans, it’s a good thing it was these guys.

I’m really looking forward to the next book and to see where Sara’s going to go with it. I’m wondering if there may be a small rebellion starting in the Vakarran ranks because of Kira and Alaina. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Go check these books out and tell me what you think. Happy reading!

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Jane Henry-Conviction

We’re back in NYC and at Verge, the best BDSM club in town with Jane Henry today. I really enjoy this series and all the folks we’ve met in this world so far. But, I’m pretty sure that Zoe is going to be my favorite. So, let’s talk about Conviction, shall we?

We open to a big party. Zack and Bea eloped, but they’ve decided that it’s high time they celebrate their marriage. Zoe is out drinking and dancing and having a good old time. She’s Zack’s old partner in the NYPD, and she and Bea have become good friends. Brax, who’s Zack’s best friend and works as a dungeon master at Verge, is watching her. Zack warns him off because Zoe has a lot of baggage and it wouldn’t be good. He doesn’t care. She’s hot and he wants to get to know her.

When Zoe sees that Brax is looking at her, she seems surprised, but then he comes over to see her and they start dancing. Bea catches her eye and tries to warn her off, but Zoe ignores the phone ringing. Bea does track her down before she and Brax leave and tells her that she doesn’t think that Zoe and Brax would work well together because he’s into things she isn’t. That doesn’t deter Zoe. In fact, I’m pretty sure it made her more eager to go after Brax.

The next morning, it seems like they are going their separate ways, never to see each other again. But of course, if that actually happened, we wouldn’t have a book, now would we? It turns out that Zoe is keeping secrets, and Brax gets wrapped up in them as a PI and her protector.

So, you know that Brax is a Dom. But Zoe is so not a sub. I mean, NOT A SUB. If it were tattooed on her forehead, it wouldn’t be any more obvious. She’s feisty, mouthy, independent, stubborn af, damaged, and fierce. All of these things are good things, in my opinion, but you notice how submissive isn’t on that list? It’s not anything she’s ever really tried. Brax says something interesting when he and Zoe are talking about where their relationship is. She points out that she isn’t a sub. He says it’s not being about being a submissive, but of giving submission. Submitting to his Domliness doesn’t mean that she’s a sub, it means that she’s giving submission. I thought that was a really interesting point, and one that gets brought up a few times. Brax likes her feisty, and likes the fight to gain her submission to him and Zoe needs that fight and needs for him to make her submit. It works out really well for them. And it’s a change from females that we see in a lot of BDSM books, where the heroine finds out that she’s a subbie girl all along. I get where Zoe is coming from, with her history of emotional damage, not being in control can be really scary and she has to face feelings and emotions which is scary. Brax taking control releases her from those fears and lets her face everything in a safe place, which makes everything better.

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Oh, I hate Brax’s ex, but I adored when Zoe smacked her down at Devin’s art show. I just wanted to cheer for her. The fact that she was able to keep it together well enough in a place that is traumatic for her and not get all cursy in front of Devin is pretty awesome.

I love that she saved Brax and he saved her all at the same time. It was a beautiful part of the story, for all that happened during that section.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read this one and all of Jane’s books. They are great romances, but her BDSM is so excellent. Happy reading!

Natalie Bennett-King of Hearts

This is the second book in Natalie’s Old Money Roulette series. It’s dark, mysterious, and left me with so many more questions that I had going in. I mean, wow.

So, let’s talk about King of Hearts, shall we? Before I get into it, there’s a good chance that there are going to be spoilers for Queen of Diamonds. I don’t mean to leave them, but it is likely to happen. It’s the nature of the beast when you get book series that are set up the way that the Old Money Roulette books are. So, if you haven’t read QoD and it’s on your TBR, you may want to reconsider looking at this blog until you have read it. I will say that KoH is a big mindfuck. I mean, most things that Natalie writes end up fucking with your brain in some way or other. But this is a big one. It’s dark and there isn’t really a glimmer of light going on. So be aware of that.

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Celia Aaron-The Church

We have finally reached the last book in Celia’s Cloister series. It’s been a long, fucked up, twisted journey, and one that left me hanging at the end of the first two books. I mean, I would count down when the next one would come out as soon as I would finish the last one. I both blessed and cursed Celia’s name, usually multiple times in each book. But then we get to The Church, and damn. I was so satisfied when I got to the end of this book. It was perfect. Of course, being Celia Aaron, it wasn’t easy. Nor was it particularly nice. But, it had to be done.

And now, my precious ducklings, I have a warning for you. This review will contain spoilers for The Maiden and The Prophet. Because of the way the books have been written, with the beginning of the next book picking up immediately after the end of the previous books, spoilers are going to happen.  So, be aware of that. If you haven’t read the other books and you don’t want to be spoiled, this is the time for you to leave. If you continue on past this point and you get spoiled… Well, I warned you. Choices have consequences.

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Marissa Honeycutt-Master of My Heart

Of all the dark books I’ve read, Marissa Honeycutt’s Life of Anna is still one of the darkest and bleakest I’ve ever read, even including BB Blaque’s books and When the Dark Wins. Those are on my list of darkest books, but I think LoA is still going to be #1.  The books are a serial, so I recommend reading the complete set. It’s in KU, but I also recommend buying it, especially since some of the books in the series have been banned. LoA is the only book that I have had to literally put down in the middle of it and read something else altogether. I got it on KU and even sent it back. I spent a couple of days dreaming about the book so I had to go back to KU and finish reading it. I spent a lot of time horrified about what was happening to Anna, angry for her, angry at Devin, and I cried. A lot. I mean, a lot a lot. Spoiler for LoA: The spot where I had to put it down was right before Alex and Anna got married. I don’t know why that particular spot hit my limit, but I just reached that point. That particular thing was what I dreamt about.

Marissa has brought out another series that takes place in the same world. It takes place some years after LoA. Anna is not the focus of this one, but there are some carry over characters. This series is called Finding Sabrina. The first book is Master of My Body, and the second is Master of My Heart. That’s the one we’re talking about today. Now, as a warning, Marissa is writing Sabrina as a serial, just like she did with LoA. I know that there are least 2 more books to come, but I don’t know how long in between each one. If you totally despise cliffies, then you may want to wait until Marissa puts out a complete set. I, on the other hand, may curse cliffies, but they don’t deter me. Obviously. Otherwise, I wouldn’t read about 60% of what I do read.

So, here’s the story as it stands right now. There are going to be some spoilers for MoMB, there’s really no other way to it. If you haven’t read it yet and you want to, this is your very last chance. If you read past this point and you get spoiled, you only have yourself to blame.

OK, here goes. Sabrina has woken up and realized that none of her captors are there. They are all dead, and she killed them all. Her Immortalness took over and she kind of went feral and just went on a killing spree. Frankly, I don’t blame her. After being treated like she was for 5 years, I would’ve killed everyone too. She sees Chase’s West Point ring and it helps her come back to herself. That ring and thoughts of Chase are all that have kept her as sane as she is. That and being able to dance. Sabrina ransacks the house, takes a lot of money, and finds the diamond that will drain her Immortality and let her live as a normal human. She manages to make it to her ballet company and the head guy helps her escape to Boston, which is where she’s decided that she wants to go. She wants Chase.

Meanwhile, Chase is facing the fact that he has to get married by the end of the year. He’s the heir to one of the Brotherhood’s Elders, and that means that he has to get married and start producing his own young. Richard, the Elder, tells him that he knows that Chase wants Sabrina, but they have searched in every way possible for her and there has been no trace of her at all. Now he’s off on a mission with his team to take care of a problem for the Brotherhood. He’s incommunicado except to Richard, his mother, and his best friend, Jayson. Jayson just happens to dance at the dance company in Boston where Sabrina is going to go audition. He lives with his sister Liz, and they have a spare room in their apartment.  And guess where Sabrina goes to stay? Of course, she doesn’t know that Jayson and Chase are buds when she goes to stay with him.

You remember how I said that LoA was probably the darkest thing I’ve read? Sabrina might beat it. Sabrina has already gone through a lot. And I’m pretty sure that the darkest, most terrible stuff is yet to come. I’m going to be interested to watch and see. When the last book comes out, I’ll read all of them back to back so I can get the best idea as to which one is worse. I don’t think that we’ve seen the true villain a whole lot as of yet, so I’m going to be interested to see what’s going to happen with that.

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The fact that Sabrina is way more than even 3/4 Immortal is interesting. 15/16 maybe? 31/32? I can’t wait to see what will happen as she comes more into herself and her powers as a demi-Immortal. She’s going to make some people very, very, very strong, I think.

I think that Richard, Tom, Chase, and all his friends are going to be very good for Sabrina, especially as she sees that pretty much anything goes when it comes to sex. I liked seeing her meet the slaves at the Manor. They were very obviously happy and well cared for, which was completely opposite to what happened to her. I’d love to see her interact more with them in a casual setting. That may be a good way to bridge a gap for her, maybe.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this. If you like dark, gritty, and pitch black, then go read all Marissa’s books, especially LoA and the Finding Sabrina books.

Renee Rose-King of Diamonds

If it has Renee Rose’s name on it, odds are that I’ve either read it or I’m about to read it. My Renee Rose collection on my Kindle is nice and full. If it were a physical shelf, all the books would be falling off. There are a lot of reasons why I love e-books, not the least of which is that I can have 834 books on my Kindle without having to worry about them falling off my shelves. Which is neither here nor there and only sort of relates to King of Diamonds, at least in an oblique fashion, I guess.

So, here’s the story. Sondra doesn’t have the voice of reason, she has the voice of wrong. She has shitty taste in men and always ends up with the wrong one. The latest wrong one was a drug-dealing bartender who she found in bed with 3 women, none of whom she knew about. Because of that, she packed up her car and left Reno, where she had been teaching as an art history professor, and went to Las Vegas where her cousin Corey worked as a dealer in a casino. Corey told her that she could get Sondra a job as a dealer at the casino, but it turns out that the only job open at the time was in housekeeping, so that’s what Sondra took. Hopefully, she’d be able to move up, but at least it’s a job and she’ll be able to save up money to get an apartment and a replacement for the car she crashed on her first day in town.

Nico is the scion of a Chicago mafia family. He did everything he could to get away from his family, at least to the extent he could, which included opening up a casino in Vegas. It’s as legal as he can make it, but since he took family money to open it up, he has to do some work for the family, primarily laundering money. I would expect that casinos would be a great way to launder money since they do so much cash business. Anyway… Nico is basically doing everything when it comes to running his casino and hotel. He doesn’t have any real help. He has his friend Tony, but working in the capacity that Nico needs for help isn’t Tony’s forte. Because he’s doing everything, his brain is wired all the time. He doesn’t sleep. He will go for days without sleep. When the book opens up, he hasn’t slept for 48 hours.

Now, I don’t know if you are familiar with extreme sleep deprivation, but there’s a reason that it’s used as a torture technique. Among other things, it can cause you to be really fucking paranoid. And that’s what happened to Nico. He’s working on mere hours of sleep after being up for days on end, and he’d be a little paranoid to begin with, since he grew up in a mafia family, but the lack of sleep doesn’t help. So when he comes into the bathroom and finds Sondra in there, he freaks the fuck out and scares the ever-loving piss out of her.

There’s a lot going on in this book. You have Nico’s journey. You have Sondra’s journey. You have the journey for them to come together in a way that works for both of them. Then there’s all kinds of outside drama that they have to deal with. Nico thinks that he’s terrible and the worst kind of person on two legs and that he’ll totally destroy her. He’s trapped by his family and their demands. Sondra worries that he’s a gangster and she doesn’t know if she can be with someone who has blood on his hands. She also worries that he can’t be faithful to her, and that’s one thing that is an absolute hard limit with her. Like I said, there’s a lot of things going on, but Renee manages to work it all together really well.

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Ugh, Corey’s boyfriend is such a sleazeball. I’m glad that Nico punches him. Too bad Sondra made him stop. He deserved so, so much more.

Tony is a pretty cool guy and it shows that he’s there to keep Nico grounded. Good thing that he does. I think he’d be a good friend to Sondra too.

I thought the whole contracted marriage thing was resolved rather well. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, as well as all of Renee’s other books. Happy reading!

Cari Silverwood-Prey

Cari generally writes pretty dark dubcon stories. This one isn’t dark. Or rather, it’s a funny dark. As Cari says, this is the dark you read when you are dark’ed out and need a break. It’s the pansy dark. It’s more towards dusk than it is towards midnight. That doesn’t matter though, it’s still great.

The way this book came to be is really interesting. You see, Cari has a group on FB. We’re an interesting group. There’s an artist named Luis Royo who does some amazing work. A lot of his art involves huge giant males with smaller sexy women. Cari saw this picture and came up with a snippet that went along with it.

Then, Cari told us about story/fantasy she had. We were all like oooooh, sounds so hot. And thus, Prey was born.

So, Mila, of the very tight bodysuit with an interestingly located strap and buckle and knee high boots, is a pretty good treasure hunter. But the last hunt she went on didn’t turn out so well for her. She ended up with an illness that actually has its own instruction manual. When her sister screams for help, again, Mila would normally ignore the scream, but this time she decides not to. She’s going to go save her sister from the giant stoneshifter that she’s about to be sacrificed to.

Lord Zarblu is a giant stoneshifter. I mean, cock the size of your thigh kind of giant. He has to have a willing sacrifice every 10 years or he turns to solid stone for the next 10 years. But this sacrifice doesn’t get laid down on a table and stabbed with a stone knife. Instead, she gets laid on a table and stabbed with a stone dick. Mila’s sister has been telling Zarblu all about her, and he is intrigued.

When Mila hits his planet, she finds out that she’s going to have to fight and win all the fights to save her sister. But before she gets to the fight, she has to end up fucking a different kind of giant, who leaves her weak-kneed and all her joints a little bit loose.

There are all kinds of great things going on in this book. You have giant stone dicks that leak aphrodisiacal pre-cum, swords that are just as likely to be deadly to you as they are to be deadly to the enemy, a fairly psychotic cyborg who really likes hurting people, and an annoying twit of a sister. You get a lot of Cari’s sexy yumminess, but you also get a lot of Cari’s humor. There are a lot of outright funny places in this book. It was a lot of fun to read and it’s going to stay in my rotation for a long time.

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OK, the sword is funny. I thought it was a hilarious little bit of fun in there. And as an older sister, I can totally relate that sisters are really fucking annoying a lot of time, but sadly, blood is thicker than water, at least sometimes.

Mila’s way of winning some of her fights is kind of tricksy and could be possibly considered cheating, but my theory is that she won, so it’s all good.

That’s all I have to say about this one, so go get it and enjoy it! Happy reading!