Aria Adams-Bred

So, Katie Douglas got busy again under her dark nom de plume, Aria Adams. She’s given us fire, the sea, and now we’re about to get Bred.

Khloe is on a mission. She has to go fix what her stepfather has screwed up and rescue her sister. It turns out that her stepfather owes some very bad people a lot of money. So, instead of, you know, trying to come up with a reasonable way to get it so he could pay those people off, he decided to sell off 14 year old Latifah for her organs. If he signs a contract with Caden for Latifah’s kidney, then Caden will pay off the asshole’s creditors. But, Khloe has other plans. She pushes her way into the building so she can rescue her sister. Not only that, but she also works on beating up the guard. I thought it was pretty damn funny.

Caden has other plans too. He wants to have an heir. While he may be rich and powerful, that’s not something he can do himself. He needs to have someone with a working uterus help him with that. He’s thought about using surrogates, but he hasn’t seen one he liked. When he sees Khloe and her spirit, he knows that she’s the right one for him. He doesn’t want to have a relationship with her, he just wants to breed her. And, of course, for her to obey him and to punish her when she breaks the rules.

This is a short and filthy read. When Katie puts her Aria hat on, she writes some doozies, and this definitely is one. I love Khloe for a lot of reasons. She has a lot of fight in her. She’s not willing to do down easy. She is strong. She’s also mouthy, stubborn, and doesn’t necessarily know when to shut up or stop. Those can be good things, but they can also be bad things. Caden has his own code that he sticks to and has his own reasons for doing the things he does and the way in which he does them. He’s not a nice guy and many of the things he does or wants to do to Khloe aren’t all that nice either.

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Because it is short, I don’t have a lot to say down here, because pretty much anything that I could say would be more of a spoiler than I like to post. The one thing I will say is that I really like Khloe’s way of handling long-term problems.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Addison Cain-Silent Captive

Well fuck me sideways, our Soul-Devouring Dark Empress has done it again. I mean, oh holy fuck. Not that there is one damn thing holy about Silent Captive, holey maybe, but not holy. And sideways may actually be the only way that Wren doesn’t get fucked, but I make no guarantees.

Silent Captive is not a standalone. If you haven’t read Branded Captive, stop right now, go read it and Silent Captive and then come back. Don’t worry, I’ll still be here. There will probably be spoilers for Branded in here, just because that’s the nature of the beast. I work really hard at keeping them out of the blogs, you know I do, at least until after the picture, but with serials like this, it’s really hard to avoid.

Take a deep breath, we’re going in, and watch your step, it’s muddy as fuck out there.

So, we open to Wren being paraded from her sparse but spotless little apartment to the pipeworks. Caspian doesn’t want to have to wade through the mud to fuck her, so he’s taking her back to his base. All she’s allowed to take back is the stuff that Caspian, Kieran, and Toby brought to her house for her to nest in. She’s not allowed any of her own belongings. And, since none of the Alphas sign, she’s also mostly unable to communicate. If they give her pen and paper, she can write them notes, but other than that…

Caspian, Kieran, and Toby aren’t nice guys. Not nice guys at all. They think they are ddoing her a favor by putting her in “the big room”, which is where they keep the Omega of the moment until she falls from favor. Then, the Omega ends up in the pens where they are meat for anyone.

Not only are these guys not nice, they are fucking brutal. I mean, Caspian wears a coat made out of people, FFS. But Wren is going to do what she agreed to do, for her boys. She will do anything to keep them safe, even sell herself to the 3 worst Alphas around. She’s under no illusions that any of what’s going to happen is going to be good or nice. I feel so sorry for Wren. She’s doing what a mother is supposed to do, but even so, it’s pretty horrible to have to do it. They’ve already done terrible things to her, they will probably do even more now that they have her under their noses all the time.

I’m not joking about being soul destroying. A lot of what Addison writes will rip into your soul, but this one, OMFG, whatever little soul I had left is now totally destroyed. I think she eats the souls for breakfast and chases them with the tears of her readers. It was also so good. I couldn’t put the book down, and I may need to reread it, right now. How soon is too soon to reread? I dunno. But, it may be the only way I can survive until the next one.

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OK, now we know why Caspian doesn’t want Troy to go at Wren immediately. That’s just… I want to say fucking horrifying, but I’m not sure that horrifying is the right word for it. Is there something beyond horrifying? Who would want to do that to themselves? I don’t even have the right equipment, and what Toby did to himself hurt me. As for Wren, I can’t imagine it from her side. I don’t want to imagine it from her side.

I can’t wait to see how the two biggest bits of action are going to affect the rest of the series. There’s going to be a lot to unpack there, and I’m pretty sure that Addison isn’t going to be able to fucking redeem these guys. None of them are a Shepherd.

That’s all I have to say about this one. Really, if you like noncon, Omegaverse, dark af, twisted, and soul destroying, and lots of fucking you need to go get this one. Happy reading?

Natalie Bennett-Heathens

Oh, holy fuck, y’all. Natalie Bennett is a sick and twisted individual and I so totally don’t want to get stuck in her head. That being said, I like sick and twisted individuals and I totally love what she wrote. The Badland books have been dark, intense, and definitely twisted. Heathens is definitely a worthy addition to the series and a great way to cap off this part of Natalie’s world.

Cobra is the final member of the Holy Trinity of the Savages. His friends, partners, and brothers, Romero and Grimm, have found their Queens and loves. Romero and Cali are definitely the Dark King and Queen of the Savages and have their Princess. She’s too young to be dark, light, or other, but I’m pretty sure that Adelaide isn’t going to be light and fluffy, not with her parents. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Rome and Cali, but… Grimm and Arlen aren’t quite as intense as Rome and Cali, but they sure as hell ain’t a comedic pair either. That leaves Cobra, who is obsessed with one particular woman. One who isn’t there. One who has blue hair.

Blue was traded to Vitus and the Venom as part of a way to solidify a partnership between the Savages and the Venom. Rome is going to need Vitus’ help to take down The Kingdom, Centriole, and I’d say that Rome has made a deal with the devil when it comes to Vitus, but since Romero is a Satanist and Vitus isn’t, I’m pretty sure that it’s sort of the other way around. Blue has spent her time trying to make sure that Vitus is happy. She’s not happy there, but she’s smart enough to know that she shouldn’t let that show. But that doesn’t mean that a particular Savage, one with a snake tattoo, isn’t always on her mind. There is a connection between her and Cobra, but she’s here and he’s there, and she has to deal with Vitus.

Then a mysterious woman shows up, and she seems to have a connection to Vitus too. Blue works really hard to not show any curiosity, but in her situation, curiosity can get her killed, but when the chance comes to talk to this wraith of a woman, it turns out that she’s a woman who is supposed to be safe in Centriole, not huddling in a literal prison run by Vitus, looking like hell, and shaking with withdrawals.

Then Blue is able to get back to Cobra, but not without collateral damage. And she has a lot to say to the leaders of the Savages.

OK, yeah, I really do mean holy fuck, y’all. This is dark and twisted. Cobra isn’t nice. Cobra isn’t anywhere near nice. He’s a very not nice who does even not nicer things and enjoys them. I mean, we aren’t talking about a guy who is a good guy who is doing bad things for a reason. We’re talking about a bad guy who gets off, pretty much literally, on torturing people and who tortures people for fun. I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t have a soul, I know that he has no conscience, and he has no morals. I’m relatively positive he couldn’t define moral if you asked him to. But, all that being said, within his personal boundaries and beliefs, he is pretty much doing what he thinks is right and there are no problems with him doing it. I mean, the only person who is going to take him to task is Romero, and I’m about 150% sure that Romero isn’t going to stop Cobra at all. Well, unless he wants to get in on the fun. I have loved this series, and it has gotten stuck in my head. Now that Heathens is out, I’m going to have to do a full reread.

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The description of Rome, Cali, Grimm, Cobra, and Blue’s attack on Centriole is pretty fanfuckingtastic. The way that they work together is almost like magic. I can totally see them doing it in my head. It’s not pretty, in that there is all kinds of blood and gore, but the way that they are working together is pretty, if that makes sense.

I’m looking forward to the next evolution of the series. It’s going to be all kinds of wrong. ALL KINDS. It’s going to be so awesome too. I can’t wait to read it. And Natalie, being Natalie, is going to torture us until we can get that into our hands.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go read the series. Trust me. I’d be willing to say happy reading, but, yeah…

Loki Renard-Scar

So, a couple of weeks ago, Loki Renard released a new book. This one pretty much decimated me. It was wonderful and terrible and brutal and tender, all at once. Honestly, I still don’t quite have all the right words to describe the feelings that Scar inspired in me.

Mary Brown has been trapped in a hospital. Well, let’s be generous and call where she is a hospital, I mean, it is in the upper story of a hospital. She doesn’t know how long she’s been there, all she knows that is that she’s nearly gone. So when a man in black stands over her and tells her that he’s there to get her out, she’s pretty sure that she’s hallucinating.

Ken Ares is a Special Forces soldier who is in between enlistments. So he took a private job. It was his job to bust Mary Brown out of the torture hospital that she’s spent untold months in. When he sees her, she’s nearly catatonic, and there isn’t a whole lot of life in her eyes. He manages to get her out, gets her to someplace sort of safe, and calls for an evac for her. He never thought he would see her again.

Fast forward to Afghanistan and a year or so later. Mary is there as an embedded journalist and Ken’s commanding officer just embedded her in the unit that he is in. He’s doing some scouting before his Special Forces team joins him. On their first mission, she doesn’t listen to him and talks to some of the women in the village and gives them some little things like soaps and shampoos. Ken yells at her, and since they are sharing quarters, spanks her, and then they have mindblowing sex. A few days later, on another mission, they go back through the area after an attack, and Mary sees one of the women she had talked to before having her soap taken from her and a man beating her. Mary jumps out of the transport they are in and goes to beat the shit out of the man. Ken totally flips out because she’s blown all kinds of things now, has her press credentials pulled, and then sends her home. She’s devastated, of course, and is pretty sure that he hates her. So when she gets to the airport in the states, and his brother Tom is there, she’s not sure what to think. She tells Tom that she’ll just leave because bad things will happen, but he brings her to his house anyway.

This isn’t the darkest thing I’ve read. It’s not even the darkest thing that I’ve read that Loki is written. But then again, it kind of is the darkest thing that I’ve read that Loki has written. I know that doesn’t make sense at all, but, like I said, this one is still defying my prodigious vocabulary in trying to define my feelings. Probably if I spoke German, I could mash a few words together to come up with the right emotion. German is good for that. I cried because of this one. When I reread it, I expect that I will cry again at the same spots, and probably for the same reasons.

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OK, I so totally didn’t expect anything about Mary’s past. That was a total shocker. But I can see why she said that she had secrets and that bad things would be happening and were coming.

I have to say that I saw the Head as Amanda Waller from the DC comics, also known as the Wall. It’s that same kind of I will bury you and not think of you after I do kind of attitude. If you saw Suicide Squad, remember where Viola Davis as Waller shoots all the FBI agents who were there to help her? Yeah, that’s the attitude. That’s who I saw the Head as, and frankly, that works really, really well.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out. I want to hear what kind of emotions it inspires in you.

TL Martin-Dancing in the Dark

Dear TL Martin, thank you for giving me my latest book hangover. Captain Morgan and I are going to retire to my bedroom to see if I can get through it.

Signed-your ever faithful book blogger.

So, OK, you may think I’m joking, but only just. Dancing in the Dark really did get to me, and I’m having problems with settling down and figuring out exactly what to read. I feel like I want to read something completely light and out of the dark romance genre, but that doesn’t feel right either. I have some new books to read that are out of the romance genre altogether, and I might just have to go with one of them. I was going to blog this yesterday, but my real life got a little crazy and I didn’t have as much time to read and blog as I thought I would. But here it is, better late than never.

This is dark. It’s not the darkest book I’ve read, but it is dark. It has some dark scenes, including one with candles that gave me the heebie-jeebies. It also has some mindfuck going on, but for me, it’s more of a mindfuck-medium.

The story goes like this. Emmy has a sister named Frankie and a completely bug-fuck, religious zealot mother. Think the mother from Carrie, and you may get close. I think Mama may be Carrie’s mom squared. Anyway, Frankie has gone missing. Months and months ago, she came home and asked Emmy if she would leave if she had the chance to leave everything behind and find a place where you could be absolutely you. Then she disappeared, and Emmy never heard from her again. After trying to find Frankie on her own, Emmy finds a number and calls it, and ends up talking with Stella. Stella is the chief secretary to the Matthews Brothers, and she assumes that Emmy has been contacted to become a secretary.

Now, when I say secretary, think less Miss Drysdale and more Maggie Gyllenhaal in the movie. They sign a year long contract that basically signs their entire everything over to the Matthews for that time period. The secretaries can get claimed by one of the brothers, who she will then serve pretty exclusively, or she may serve all 4 brothers, Raife, Felix, Griff, and Adam. There are 3 distinct phases to the whole process, and during the meet and greet, it’s pretty obvious that there are all kinds of games being played.

I like Emmy, most of the time. Most of the time she’s very interesting and is always thinking and very goal-oriented. However, there are a few times when she totally loses the narration. However, they work well with what’s going on. Adam is interesting. There is obviously so much damage, especially since he talks about how damaged he is, but I don’t think that he’s as damaged as he thinks he is. Felix and Aubrey are characters that I want to know more about. Griff, Raife, and Stella can all just fuck off and die, if you ask me.

This is done in dual POVs, and both first person. I’ve been having a discussion with some authors on FB about this very thing. When you have 2 POVs and they are both 1st person, you have to be careful to make sure that the break in between character A and character B is very clear and you have to make sure that their voices are very distinct. I’ve read books where it is done poorly, where you have to go back and look to see who’s talking, and I found it really confusing and frustrating. I’ve also read books where it is done very well. TL Martin did it very well. It helps that each POV change happens at a chapter break, but Emmy and Adam have very distinct voices.

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The boys’ background is pretty horrific. I totally get why they are the way they are, from all the things that they weren’t through.

I didn’t really have any kind of feeling for Stella, but I didn’t like Griff or Raife from the very beginning. They were really yucky and just never got better.

OK, that’s all I have to say. I’m off to try and fix my book hangover.

Elizabeth Knox-Scarred

Elizabeth Knox gives us today’s MC book, Scarred. It’s the first book in a new series. I don’t always give trigger warnings, mostly because I tend to let y’all know if something is dark, but there are times when I think they are necessary. This is one of those times. There are graphic descriptions of domestic violence and sexual assault. If those things will trigger you, even if you like MC books, I would highly suggest that you not read this one.

Roxy has been with Rage since they were teenagers. She got together with him after her dad died. But now, after years of behing his wife and punching bag, she regrets it. His name describes him all to well and the bad boy that she thought she married has turned into a monster who just gets worse every day. There hasn’t been in a day in years that she hasn’t undergone some kind of abuse, and no one in the club really stops it, and in fact, many of them have joined in. But now she’s pregnant and hiding it from Rage. She knows she should get away but she’s also terrified that if she does get away, Rage will hunt her down, especially if she has his child. But when he beats the ever-living shit out of her by beating her with a baseball bat and leaving her nearly dead outside the clubhouse, everything changes.

Tex is Rage’s best friend. He was involved with Roxy first, but then Rage decided he wanted her, so Tex stepped aside. He’s spent the years in the club trying to avoid Roxy as much as possible. He’s gone to do as many errands as he could just so he doesn’t stay around. When he’s around, Rage isn’t as bad, but Tex doesn’t know that. In fact, he doesn’t know the majority of what Rage has done to Roxy. But when he comes home to find her bleeding to death outside the clubhouse, he knows that he has to do something. He takes her to the hospital and then manages to get her away before anyone Rage can send can take her back to the club.

I felt like this was two books that got shoved into one. I think that the story would’ve been much better if it had been spread out into two stories, that way each part of what was going on would have gotten the attention that I thought that they deserved. The two parts of this book both have a very different feel, and they just don’t quite mesh as well as they could’ve. I did like the story, even with those issues. I thought Roxy was a pretty kick-ass character. She’s survived through all kinds of terrible stuff, and she’s still standing. I do think that everyone should’ve listened to her a little more than they did, but men. What are you going to do?

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I have to say, if I were in Roxy’s place, I would’ve been really pissed off at Tex and I wouldn’t have forgiven him quite as easily as she did. I mean, he knew what she was going through. He knew that Rage was going off the rails, so why he didn’t step in before, I don’t know. I would’ve been angry with him for a good while, even if I loved him.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!

Addison Cain-Branded Captive

Addison Cain was my first experience with Omegaverse stories, whether they were Mf or Mm. Now I read a lot of them. So, when I heard about Branded Captive, you know that I was first in line to get it. I might have had to cut a bitch to get it. Or maybe I just begged. I don’t remember. I’ve slept since then. What I haven’t forgotten is just how filthy and obscene this one is. It is sooooo wrong. So, very, very, very wrong, and yet so very, very, very right. And did I mention filthy and hot? I just want to make sure that you know that. And since it’s an Addison book, you know that it’s dark.

Wren is a Deaf Omega. Her parents have kept her pure and innocent. Her mother didn’t tell her anything about what she needed to know. So when her father sells her virginity to a big Alpha and she doesn’t meet his needs, because she doesn’t know what to do, she ends up being branded as defective and thrown away and ends up in the Warren, but not before the Alpha caused her even more pain by ripping his knot out of her.

Five years later, she’s managed to build some kind of life for herself. She has rooms that she keeps scrupulously clean and two boys who were also abandoned that she has adopted as her own. As an Omega, she’s driven by her instincts to nest and have a family, so that’s what she’s done. But when her boys disappear, she worries that she has lost them to Caspian and his syndicate. So she decides to go get them, even though she wants to stay away from Caspian. Alphas are bad and hurt people and the ones in the Warrens are even worse.

Caspian is not a nice dude. His second is Kieran and his third is Toby. They are all very not nice men. Even when they do nice things. Caspian controls everything in the Warrens and a good chunk of what’s going on above too. He wears a coat that is reputed to be made out of human skin, and I’m more than willing to believe it. When he sees what he thinks is a skinny man dragging one kid out of his area by his ear while carrying another one, he has to know what’s going on. That’s when he finds out that it’s not a skinny man, it’s a beautiful Omega.

I’m not sure if I hate Caspian or love him. He’s cruel and brutal, pragmatic and straight forward. If he wants, he takes. He wants Wren. He’s going to take her. He’s also going to share her when he wants, with Kieran and Toby. It doesn’t matter what Wren wants at this point. She’s going to have to just deal with whatever Caspian wants to do and suck it up. This is dark, it’s gritty, it’s filthy, and it’s Wren’s new life. There isn’t a whole lot of good and happy going on right now in her life, and frankly, I don’t know that there will be. However, I’m going to reread this book a lot and when the next ones in the series come out, I’ll read those too. I need more of this story and I need it soon. And I really hope that Caspian kicks that other Alpha’s ass up one side and down the other.

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Toby gives me the creeps. I’m not too proud to admit it. Caspian is pretty straight forward I think. Kieran may be a little softer than the other two, for all that he’s the second strongest Alpha, but I think that Toby is as bent as a pretzel. I don’t trust him around Wren.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. I cannot recommend it enough, so go check it out! Happy reading!

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