Zoe Blake-Defying Him

I am always down for Zoe Blake and her particular flavors of darkness. She always brings us a fun treat to read, one where we can enjoy the story and enjoy the sex. She’s done it again with Defying Him.

Unlike her last couple books, we aren’t getting a dark Daddy Dom. This time we get a hot man in a Marine uniform. Which, yes please. Have you ever seen those boys in the full get up? OMG, lick them like a lollipop. OK, where were we?

So, Phoebe is an investigative journalist. She specializes in going undercover and getting her story. She’s damn good at it. When she gets to work, her boss tells her that he has a new job for her. There are have been some strange murders at a military acadmy, and she is the perfect person to go in and find out what’s going on. Her boss thinks that the Navy may be hiding something, and he wants to know for sure. He sets her up an ID as an associate professor in English and sends her in.

Michael is the new commandant of the academy. It’s his job to find out what is going on at the school. No one else has been able to pin down the murderer and he’s going to improve the security. When his secretary, who doesn’t really approve of him, sends in the new English professor, Michael immediately tries to send her home. He’s trying to scare her off because she looks just like the other women who were murdered, sadly, Phoebe is not the type to be intimidated easily.

The first chapter of this book is awesomely creepy as fuck. How many of you remember the 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming For You chant that came out of Nightmare of Elm Street? Yeah, that scared the piss out of me when I was young, but it really set the atmosphere. That’s what this chapter does. It totally sets the scene of the entire book. This is a suspense/murder mystery/thriller/erotic romance kind of thing. And it’s really good. It isn’t a real instlove, so much as instalust that builds quick.


The killer was creepy. The reasoning behind it was just creepier.

I got a little mad at Phoebe’s boss for sending her into a situation that was very dangerous, since she looked just like the other victims. However, she probably would’ve have done it even if she hadn’t waited until she got there to see the victims’ pix. She’s stubborn that way.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!


Fawn Bailey-Blood Red Rose

Fawn Bailey may sound like a new author to me, but you would be wrong. She’s actually a pen name for Isabella Starling. Isa, who already writes some stuff that leans towards the dark, decided that she needed a nom de plume for the really dark stuff. And so, we get Blood Red Rose. Now, BRR says that it’s the first book in the series. And it is, technically. But, there is a prequel called Blush Pink Rose. It’s free on Zon, so you have no reason to not grab it and read it. You’ll get a little bit more backstory about Harlow and Thorn. It’s not a prereq to read it before you get to BRR, but you’ll appreciate having spent the time reading it.

So, on to BRR.

Harlow is an 18-year-old young woman who has spent years training in ballet. She just had a very successful night as the Sugar Plum Fairy and is busy hanging out with the rest of the company and thinking about all the offers that will be coming her way. It’s her biggest goal in life to be a principal with a Russian ballet company, so when she hears that they wanted to talk to her, she gets mad at Madame, who didn’t let them talk to her.

Along with all the many bouquets of flowers she gets, she gets one single rose. When Harlow goes to leave, she can’t leave that one behind, so she picks it up to take it with her and gets stabbed on a thorn.

Thorn has been waiting and watching Harlow. He knows that she’s his, he just has to wait for the perfect time, and that time is now. He could send his men to get her, but this is one job that he wants to do on his own. He really doesn’t want to let anyone else touch her, even though he’s going to have to at some point. He’s pleased to see that she brought the flower that he sent her with her. He drugs her and takes her to The Mansion so that she can be trained the way that he wants.

OK, here we go. You know the routine by now. If you don’t like to not have a nice neat ending until you get to the next book, this may be a series you want to wait to read. I didn’t see it as a cliffhanger, but not everything is wrapped up super neat in a bow either. That doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t always need to have an HEA or even an HFN. The story does lean towards the dark, we get noncon and capture and sexual training, so yeah, definitely in the darker side of things. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking to see how the next books are going to come out. There are plots and subplots and machinations. It’s going to be interesting.


I think I only trust Thorn and Harlow in this book. Maybe. I know what their motivations are. I know what Ellis’s was, but there are other players who are moving around. I won’t say one of them is a queen, but there are at least 2 pawns on the board. One pawn’s motivation is kind of clear, but I can’t wait to see if what they want comes through clearer.

I think we’re in for quite the ride with the rest of the series. I enjoyed it a lot and knowing Isa’s books, I’m guessing that we are going to get deep into people’s minds.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!

Natalie Bennett-Deviants

So, a few weeks back I reviewed Savages by Natalie Bennett. OMG, a serious mindfuck of a crazy book. Loved it. Left us on a cliffhanger. Today, we have book two in the Badlands series, Deviants. And yeah, it works really well as the sequel to Savages. If you haven’t read book 1, immediately stop reading this blog, go read these books and then come back. I’m going to put a jump here so that if you haven’t read the first book, I’m not spoiling it for you. Trust me, if you like dark books, this one will make you happy, go read it.

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Anita Gray-Blai2e

Blaire is one of those books that everyone in my section of the dark romance reader community has read. When people ask for recommendations, Blaire always makes it onto that list. Anita kind of kept us hanging for number 2, but she’s not leaving us hanging anymore. Now we have Blai2e.

I’m not going to lie to you about this one. It pretty much devastated me in many places. I ugly cried for the last 20 minutes of the book. There’s just so much to it, and wow. I mean wow. Anita opened up a support/spoilers group for those of us who got to read it early, and there have been some discussions in there about this book. The points we discuss won’t be brought up in this review at any point, because I don’t want to leave any spoilers here, even behind the spoilers picture. You’ll just have to wait until you can read it and then you can join us there and join the conversation.

Talking about Blai2e will likely spoil parts of Blaire for you, so if you haven’t read the first one, go read it right now. Then read Blai2e. Then come back here and we can talk some more. I’m going to be nice here and put the rest of this post behind a jump, and then I’ll do like I usually do.

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Charity B.-Candy Coated Chaos

Oh my ducklings. My poor sweet ducklings. I read two books that completely turned me around and twisted me up this week. One was Blai2e, the other was Candy Coated Chaos by Charity B.

Before I get into my review, I want to say that this one is dark. It has some issues that may trigger people and may bother others. Make sure that you read the blurb on this as well as the trigger warnings that Charity put there. Heed them. Read responsibly.

I also want to say that a part of the proceeds of the sales of this book will be donated to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an organization that helps with self-harm, addiction, and suicide. The story of how they got their name is awesome, and they do fantastic work. I’ve followed their work for years and donated when I could.

When you read this, you might wonder why I didn’t put this in my BDSM category since there are some activities in here that people who practice BDSM might use. I debated it, I really did. But, finally, I decided that it just wasn’t the right place for it, in my POV. Your mileage may vary.

Now that we’ve gotten through all that, it’s time to actually dig into the book. I bet you thought that I was never going to get there.  But I have, and here we are.

Alexander, owner of Vulture Theaters, is a real cocksman. He’s a one and done kind of guy. He likes women, he just likes them once. One day, as he’s fucking around in his office, a knock comes on the door. He goes to answer the door and there is a petite young woman sucking on a lollie at the door. She looks at the nameplate and realizes that Alex isn’t the right person, and she quickly moves along to the next door until she finds one with the right nameplate.

Alex is somewhat fascinated with the fey-like young woman that he saw. When he gets the chance, he asks her out for a date. He asks Tavin to meet at a bar. When she gets there, she seems slightly less vivacious than she had before, but then suddenly she changes and gives him a huge kiss and then they go dancing. On the way to his house, they see a carnival. Tavin tells Alexander that she’s never been to a carnival, so of course, they have to go.

Alexander is fascinated with watching Tavin at the carnival. She acts like everything she sees, touches, and experiences is brand new and is magical. That makes Alex look at everything different and lets them have an amazing time. When they are done, they head to Alex’s house for fun and games of a more adult nature. Alex, who prides himself on never coming before a woman does, manages to miss getting Tavin to come. When he wakes up, Tavin’s gone. He figured that he would’ve fucked her out of his system, but it didn’t work that way. Because of course not.

Alex is finally able to track Tavin down and gets to her house just after she’s started to OD. He calls his doctor and takes her to his house to help her get better.

OK, this is that time. This story really was intense. I mean, I don’t have the words to describe how intense. It left me wrung out and emotional. We talk about books taking us on an emotional roller coaster, but this one passes up the roller coaster and goes for the tilt-a-whirl. You go up and down and spin around. I got spun around out of control, with no way to slow it down, and it just kept spinning faster and faster. When I finally got off, I was dizzy as hell, but I loved the ride. There are so many secrets on everyone’s part, but most especially Tavin’s. Alexander doesn’t always know how to handle everything he finds out, but to be fair to him, I don’t know that anyone would be able to handle the things he finds out in a completely calm manner, even if they weren’t fascinated with the person.


If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, then you aren’t going to be a super fan of this one. I do know that the next one is coming out in about 6 weeks, but I don’t know when 3 is coming out. I do have assurances that one of my biggest worries over the ending works out well. I’m not going to tell you what it is though, so there. I can be mean.

I’m dying to know more about the bitch Carrie in Alex’s life. I’m betting that she aborted their child, or something similar. And that the tiara that Sasha stole has something to do with that.

I’m glad that Alex was able to swallow his pride enough to contact his sister to help with Tavin. I know that couldn’t have been easy for him to do, but really, I think that was the best thing he could’ve done in the situation.

I wonder what all Tavin told Sasha. I wonder why Sasha and not Alexander. I wonder how much Sasha will tell Alexander. I wonder what kind of blowback is coming Alex’s way. I neeeeeeeed all these questions answered. I hear that I can get the ARC next month, so I only have to make it through next month. Hopefully, it can help tide me over to Blair3. (OMG guys, Blai2e next week!)

OK, that’s all I have to say today. And since I couldn’t decide which picture I wanted to use, have another picture. Meanwhile, happy reading!


Yolanda Olson-anatomy

Yolanda Olson writes some serious mindfuck books. They may be horror, they may be dark, they may be something. The only thing I can guarantee is that you are going to walk away wondering what the ever-loving fuck Yolanda has just done to you. anatomy is one of those books.  I had several WTF moments as I was reading because I wasn’t sure that I had read what I just thought I read. It seriously spun me around and wrung me out like I was in a washing machine’s spin cycle. It was just OMG. Really. It’s an amazing book, but if you can’t handle dark, darker, darkest and total mindfucks, do yourself a favor and pass this one up.

I’m not posting any spoilers, because anything I could post about the plot of the story will give things away, so I’m going to just post the blurb, and we’ll all be happy.

There’s a monster before me that’s killing everything I believe in.

A villain that sees me for what I’m worth and wants the pound of flesh I’ve offered up as repayment for my sins. The burden I carry is heavy on my shoulders, but as pieces of me are stripped away to bare the horrors within, I can feel myself becoming worthy of the pain.

I’m not a monster.

No matter how much it hurts to admit it, and no matter how terrible the truth will be when brought to light, I know that I’ll end this cleansed and whole again.

It’s what I truly want and that’s why I’m here.

The nights are long and full of torturous deviance and yet I still manage to keep a smile on my face, because while the ultimate prize at the end of this game is to claim my life, there’s a secret my tormentor doesn’t know.

If I go down, it will mean the end of both of us.

Sounds totally awesome, right?



Did you come down here just to check to see if I put anything down here? Nope, nothing. Go buy the book.

Black Light Roulette Redux

The party in this book is the kind of Valentine’s Day party I’d like to attend. Participating would be even better. But since I don’t have $2.5K/month and Black Light doesn’t exist in my world, I’ll just have to make do with the sexy books that come out of the club.

Livia Grant originally gave us Jax, Chase, and Emma who started and own Black Light. It’s the most exclusive, most private, and hottest sex club in Washington, D.C. People come from all over to come play in the dungeon. Last year, for Valentine’s Day, Black Light put on a Roulette event which matched random Doms and subs and random kinks. It went so well last year, that they decided to put on another event this year.

This year, they decided to open it up to more participants and open it up to M/m, F/f, and F/m couples, so everyone can play. We don’t see any of their stories, which I would’ve liked to, especially the F/m couple and Sybian orgasm torture. That would’ve been a fun show to watch.

Black Light: Roulette Redux is made up of 9 kinky authors who have gotten together to write 9 hot, sexy stories that are brought to you by the letters BDSM, the number 69, and the color pink.

We get to see a little bit of everything from our players and get to enjoy all the dark and delicious things that happen. The book starts and ends with Jax, Chase, and Emma, written by Livia Grant and Jennifer Bene. That ties each of the stories together and makes it a cohesive whole, and turns 9 stories that all take place in one 3 hour time slot into one book. One of the things that I like about these stories is that the introduction gets all the couples set up and certain events happen, and in the stories, you still see those certain events happening, but you get them from the POV of the featured couple. It really emphasizes that all these stories are happening simultaneously.

Jennifer Bene and Livia Grant-Introduction and Conclusion

We get a nice set of bookends with the intro and conclusion. The intro sets us up for the upcoming event and the conclusion wraps everything up quite nicely. Make sure that you read everything before you read the end because you there are spoilery spoilers in it and you don’t want that. Trust me on this.

Jennifer Bene-Unrestrained 5*

You know how I feel about Jennifer Bene and her stories, right? Well, I got to read this one in beta and told her how much I loved it. It was hot then, and it’s even hotter now.

Bianca is really excited about this year’s Roulette event. She wasn’t around for the previous event but has heard that it was fantastic. She’s looking for the right Dom, one who can give her what she needed, and one who can control her. Meanwhile, Silas is looking for the perfect and elusive sub. He likes to deal out pain and he wants someone who can handle the pain that he wants to give them. He’s not expecting anyone who can stand up to what he likes to do, but he’ll be happy if he can get a good scene. When they get together, will they realize what they have together?

This is a filthy story that will leave you aching on Bianca’s behalf. It was very hot and very sexy. I’d love to see more of Bianca and Silas, because I think they have so much more to show us.

Livia Grant-Brat 4.5*

Gabriella is used to getting her own way. She’s a socialite who is always in the public view and has gotten into trouble more than once. When she needs more money than she gets from her allowance, she just goes to see her “uncle”, who is the trustee of her trust fund and wheedles more money out of him. The only problem is that he’s now retired and left it to his son, Connor. Connor has resented Gabriella for years. His father was always running out to clean up Ella’s messes, and he’s not about to fall for her tricks. While she’s waiting to prove to Connor that she’s an adult, she sees an invite to a party that she decides she’s going to take and go to.

Livia is so devious with this story. I love the scenes she gives Connor and Ella, and how well they fit into the existing dynamic that the two of them already have. I thought that it worked really, really well.

Renee Rose-Forced 5*

Mariana has decided that she’s going to go visit her little sister in D.C. for V-Day. When her little sister tells her that they won’t be able to sit around and watch romcoms because she’s going to a sex club and is hoping for a good spanking. Mariana isn’t about to let her little sister go to a sex club without her, so she signs up for Redux too. Victor is standing outside waiting to go into the club when he sees a very confident woman saunter up to the entrance. He talks to her for a minute and is fascinated by her. When he rolls her name in the event, he’s quite delighted. Mari doesn’t know what she’s in for when she leaves the stage with Victor.

I loved reading Renee’s story and the three-hour tour that Mari takes in the world of BDSM. Victor was really careful with her and really did pay attention to what she needed and had no problem doing what was necessary.

Sue Lyndon-Doctored 4.25*

Natalie discovered 5 years ago what it feels like when all your secrets are poured out to the public. When kinky pix of her show up and ruin her chances of a beauty queen title and possibly mess up her father’s political career, she decides that she’s going to hide. The only thing that made any of that bearable was Hunter Knox. He was running against her father and he was nice to her and told her that he wouldn’t use her against her father. She’s had a crush on him ever since. When she shows up at Black Light for Roulette Redux and finds out that he’s there and rolls her name, she can’t quite believe it.

I’m sure that you can guess what kind of kink they get on at least one roll. If you’ve never thought about medical play, Sue may change your mind with this. And the pump that gets pulled out? Yes, please. I need one.

Maren Smith-Shameless 5*

In the real world, there are a lot of “doms” who take advantage of subs who just want to find their place in the world. In Maren Smith’s world, there’s one too. Hadlee had the bad luck to run across one and spent months in a very bad, very abusive D/s relationship with him. When things went sideways, she called Gareth, a DM at Black Light. He came and got her and has watched out for her since. She decides to go to the Roulette event to try to get back the joy of submission. When Noah rolls her name, he decides to ask Gareth to help him with the scenes.

There is a lot in this story. There are several layers going on, which is really impressive on Maren’s part since it can be hard to pack all that stuff into a short story. She’s a tease though, and when you read it, you’ll see why she’s a tease.

Alta Hensley-Edge 4*

Once upon a time, Melinda spent a lot of time at Black Light. She ran a successful business, and was pretty happy. Then she ran away from it all and got married. Now, less than a year later, she’s divorced and decided she’s going to go back to Black Light. Dean was her Dom and when he sees that she’s playing, he arranges it so that they are partnered up. He wants answers and he’s determined to get them.

OMG, while the sex is hot here, the real part of the story is the exploration of submission and trust. That part is breathtaking and makes the entire story. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the sex, but I loved the rest of it.

Measha Stone-Confessions 4*

Dani’s beloved brother was killed in action. His friend Grayson promised to watch out for Dani. The problem is that Dani doesn’t always want Gray to watch out for her or tell her what to do, especially when he tells her to stop going to sex clubs. So, she decides to sign up for Black Light’s V-Day event. She knows that’s where Gray plays, so surely he can’t disapprove of it. Except he does when it comes to her. Gray wants Dani to go home, but she refuses. When he draws her name. he’s prepared to make sure she listens to him.

I got a real zap out of this story. Measha is very creative when it comes to her Doms and their devious plans for their subs. She’s written some of my favorite D/s stories, and she brought that to Dani and Gray.

Maggie Ryan-Surrender 4.5*

Marty is a returning player. We met her last year and we discovered that she likes to top from the bottom. She hasn’t gotten over that habit. She knows how she wants a scene to go and heaven help the Dom who doesn’t listen to her. Owen, Black Light’s rope master, has been telling her that that’s not how you treat a Dom. This night is the night when he decides that enough is enough and decides to put his money where his mouth is.

I love the scenes they do, and I love that we get to see a master shibarist at work. Too bad we don’t have pictures of his work, because that would be totally awesome. Marty takes some hard lessons, but Owen makes it worth it for her.

Jane Henry-Taken 4.5*

Della is a type A person. She’s very controlled, very regimented, and makes sure that everything is done just so. She’s also a sex columnist and has decided to try the Black Light Roulette Redux event this year. When she gets there, she sees a person she never expected. Brayden, one of the Doms, looks over the subs and recognizes Della. She’s his ex-wife. He doesn’t know whether to hope he gets her or to hope that someone else gets her. There is a lot of history between the two of them and a lot that has to be worked through.

I have a deep and abiding love of second chance stories since I was divorced and then years later remarried my ex. It’s possible to be the right person at the wrong time. This is a great second chance story, and the epilogue really made it.

These are great stories, and a good way to get ready for Valentine’s Day, no matter how you are spending it or who you are spending it with. You’re going to be able to read it any time though, and I’m planning on reading it back to back with the first anthology, and really hope that there is another one next year.