Jennifer Bene & Yolanda Olson-Scorched

Yolanda gave us the original Inferno books, and really, they are excellently disturbing books. She opened up the world to a whole lot of authors, which is what has given us the second round of Inferno World books. And she has teamed up with Jennifer to give us Scorched. Now, you have to be familiar with the Inferno books to understand everything that is going on in this one. At the very, very least you should read Burned before this one, but I personally recommend going back to the beginning and reading the original Inferno series, which is Sparks, Inferno, Cinere, and Embers. Do be aware that these are all dark, twisted, taboo, and all fucked up, so if you don’t like those things, these are not the books for you. However, I do like all those things, so here we go.

Scorched focuses on two groups of people. We have Richter and Skylar, and then we have Bryden and his bounteous brood.

Richter is fixated on making sure that Skylar is a good wife to him and to finding his sister Cleo. Their father took her away many years ago, and he wants to find her. He wants to bring her back home so he can love her the way that he should. It’s just been him and Skylar since the old man died, like 10 years ago. And it’s not like they are very old, early 20s, so they have been dealing with life on their own for a long time and from a young age. Richter finally finds out where his sister is and goes to bring her home, but he finds a huge surprise instead.

What he finds is Bryden, his much older brother. Their father dropped Cleo off at his house years ago and told him to raise her, which he did. Cleo has settled into the family, including calling Bryden Daddy and loving everyone equally. When Richter shows up, she’s upset because she doesn’t recognize him and he’s very aggressive and wants to take her away. Bryden’s house is relatively calm, he doesn’t allow hitting, yelling, disrespect, or any of that kind of stuff, so Richter’s aggressiveness is offputting, at the very least.

Bryden runs his house and his family based on what his father laid out, but he does it with love. His house seems much more friendly than his father ever had a hand in, and everyone truly does seem to love each other.

I want to say that this is one of the biggest mindfucks I’ve ever read, but I think that goes without saying. And considering some of Yolanda’s books have been mindfucks from the very, very, very first word, that’s gotta be saying something.

I both like and vehemently dislike Richter. Don’t ask me how it works, because, well, it does. I think he’s trying very hard to live up to the standards that his dad set up, but it just isn’t there. I think that the dad in his head is both better and worse than the real man had been. So I felt sorry for him for that. But he had choices he could make.

Bryden was really interesting, and I think that I liked him, mostly. He seems like such a kind and loving man.

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Family Meeting!

And that last chapter totally broke me.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Measha Stone-Simmer

Oh my beloveds, are you ready for the dark? I really hope so, because Simmer is dark, very dark, omfg what did I just read dark. This book is part of the Inferno world based on Yolanda Olson’s books. And yeah, dark.

We have Papa, Nicolette, Elijah, and Mark. They live in a homestead far away from everyone else. And they are all happy with that. At least, as long as Papa is happy. When Papa isn’t happy, well, then things go badly for everyone.

Papa wants to make sure that everyone is doing the things that they should, in the way that they should. He wants to make sure that Nicolette grows up to be a good woman, and that Elijah and Mark know how to be good men.

And really, that’s about all that I’m going to say about this because it is a really short read, and if I say too much about anything, then I might spoil it, and I don’t want to do that.

Do be aware that this is very dark, and it is very taboo. If you don’t like dark and taboo, you really should skip this one, because you won’t be happy. Read responsibly.

This definitely fits in with the rest of the Inferno world. If you aren’t wondering, at least a little bit, what you’ve read when you are done reading and if there might be a little something wrong with you because you liked it, then, well, I don’t know what to say. Because I do love these books, and I do wonder WTF I just read, and if there is something that is just a little bit wrong with me. I also want to know what’s going on in the author’s head.

OK, so I’m done with this one now. Go check it out!

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Nicolina Martin-Commanding Casey

Nicolina has written a fanfuckingtastic enemies to lovers story in Commanding Casey. It was a great book with a hateful hero who I really loved to hate. And I mean that seriously.

So, here’s our story. Casey is a mechanic. She grew up with her father teaching her everything about cars, and she loves working on engines and putting things together to make them work. But right now, she’s on an airplane headed far, far, far away from her family in FLA. In fact, she’s headed as far away from them as she can be and still be in the US. She’s on her way to Alaska. She has a really good reason for heading to Alaska. There was a man who attacked her, she sent him to prison, and he’s getting out early. And he fucking blames HER for his actions and him ending up in prison. She knows that he is going to hurt her if he finds her, and she knows he’s been asking for her. So, Alaska and working as a mechanic on heavy equipment at an oil field.

Then we have Cole. He’s been working at this particular site for a long time. He has his reasons for hiding, and working as the best welder on the site lets him hide and not think about his past. One day, his boss tells him he has to go to the airport to go get their new mechanic, some dude named Casey. Only, when he gets to the airport, he finds that it’s not a guy named Casey, it’s a chick named Casey. He’s livid. Women do not belong on the job site, the work is too hard, they’re too weak, and there are a lot of rough men. He lays into Casey, and is an all around nasty ass fuck to her.

I REALLY didn’t like Cole for a lot of the book. He is a total fucking dickhole. Now, if you’ve read my blog for a minute, you know that I love me a good bad boy *cough*Christian*cough*, buuuutttt I had a hard time even trying to like Cole. I mean I wanted to walk into the book, give him a good working over and then castrate him. I really, really, really didn’t like him. But, he did grow on me. And as I’ve said before, I don’t have to like all the main characters, as long as I can grab ahold of at least one of them and there’s a great story behind it. While I didn’t like Cole, he was a character that I had some strong feelings about and someone that I was able to grab hold of, and the story just kept me dragging in.

Let’s talk about Casey. I think that she’s fucking fierce, strong, powerful, and brave. I mean, first of all, let’s talk about the fact that being a mechanic on the racing circuit isn’t all that easy and it’s an insanely male dominated world. The fact that she’s not only there, but accepted and respected says a lot about her. Then the fact that she got on a plane to travel thousands and thousands of miles away from home? That’s sheer guts right there. Like superhero level bravery right there. And to not back out when she discovered that she pretty much walked into purgatory? Fortifuckingtude.

The story is fucking hot. I mean, even as I wanted to choke Cole out, and not in the fun way, it’s smokin’. And that’s just the suspenseful part of it. LOL. Kidding. The sexxxy parts are definitely on fire, and the rest of it kept me tense, in the best way.

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Ugh. The point I hated Cole the most was when he made his accusations. Fuckhole.

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

Anthology-The Institute

Welcome to the Serenity Institute. Dr. Ansel Sterling started The Institute after seeing his mother suffer with her own mental illness. Now, he has created a safe place for other people to come and get treated. So, we have 6 stories written by 6 fantastic authors, 2 of whom are new to me. Without any further ado, let’s get into the stories, shall we?

Dani Rene-Echo

Dani gets the book started for us. She introduces us to Dr. Sterling and his special patient, Katya. Katya suffered a traumatic event and she broke into pieces, including one named Rose. Now Dr. Sterling is trying to treat her. So, the whole time I read this, I wondered if Katya or Rose was the real one, and what Ansel was going to do with them. Excellent. I mean, damn. This was definitely a great Dani story.

Anna Edwards-Marbh

Anna gives us Marbh, whose name means Death, and is a 500 year old assassin. She is currently locked up at Serenity because people are sure that she’s delusional. She just wants to get back to her Laird. The ending of this was spectacular. It is one of those that left me wanting and made me happy all at the same time. I often say that I would like to see more of a particular couple, but I think that this was perfectly perfect.

India R. Adams-Hostile Illusions

Vera has amnesia. She is covered with scars, but only on her left hand side. This story. OH. MY. FUCKING. GOD. That is all.

Jennifer Bene-Mr. Cat Is Not Real

Nina is at the institute because she has hallucinations, and dangerous things have happened around her. But she’s not the one who does them, it’s always Mr. Cat. I thought that the treatments that Dr. Nickelsen gave Nina were… interesting. I do kinda think that Mr. Cat is real, though.

Murphy Wallace-Release Me

Brynn has a thing when it comes to sex. She’s what they call hypersexual. That means she likes it. A LOT. But she also blacks out sometimes, which causes her to end up at the institute, with Dr. Dick. I like Brynn, and I kind of agree with her about a doctor.

Sian B. Claven-Sanitorium

Molly’s identical twin sister, Lizzie, is a nurse at the institute, so they have permission for Molly to be treated there, since Lizzie has been taking care of Molly because of her illnesses over the years. Molly is so very sweet, and I just want her to be all kinds of happy. Sian was another new author to me, so I’ll be looking for more. The whole time I was reading this story, Metallica’s Sanitarium kept running through my head.

So, there are our 6 stories. They are all disturbing to some extent, some more than others. Some of them left me nearly destroyed. They were all fantastic though.

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Natalie Bennett-Periculum

Periculum is Natalie Bennett’s newest book. It’s the first book in a new series, and the first two books of the new series, called Devil’s Playground, are a duet, so you have a bit of a cliff at the end of this one.

So, Liliana, usually called Lana, is on a vacation with her two best friends, Gracelyn and Melantha. At the end of their trip, they hop on the shuttle with a bunch of other people so that they can go to the airport to get home. Four guys get on the shuttle too. One of them really catches Lana’s attention, and she is somehow really drawn to him.

But then, instead of ending up at the airport, the shuttle gets rerouted, and then crashes. That’s when the group gets a spooky message, and they have to try and figure out what’s going on. That’s when we actually meet the guys. The leader is Ciaran, there are twins Charon and Kyrous, and the 4th guy is Maverick. The guys kind of take over the lead, and they seem like they might maybe know a little something. I mean, there isn’t any point in time when they say they know what’s happening, it’s just a kind of air that I got from them.

Anyway, Ciaran and Lana have some chemistry, but it feels like that chemistry may be nitro and glycerin, and they butt heads a lot while they are trying to figure out what’s going on.

I’m not entirely sure that I totally like either Ciaran or Lana. I don’t dislike them, really, and I can’t really come up with any reason why I don’t particularly like them. They are both pretty sociopathic, although I think Lana has at least tried to pretend to be “normal” or have socially acceptable emotions or reactions. I’m pretty sure that Ciaran doesn’t give a flying fuck about anything acceptable or “normal”.

There is definitely something devious, evil, dark, and dangerous going on. I can’t wait to find out more about that.

There aren’t any spoilers down below, because I don’t have anything I want to put under there. So, go check it out!

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Measha Stone-Dolly

This isn’t a St. Patrick’s Day gift, so much as it’s St. Patrick’s Day nightmare. Measha’s Dolly is dark, twisted, scary at times, and so very, very good. When I finished it, I posted on FB that I was bored, and that it was Measha’s fault because she gave me a book hangover and I was just staring at everything. And that’s really the way that it was. I just sat and tried to put myself back together after reading it. Because, fuck. This really just knocked me out.

The book starts out with Dolly. She is in a basement cell, living in misery. Then Beardman comes and drags her up to the upper floor. And not nice things happen. Very not nice things. Poor Dolly.

Then Kendoll shows up. Beardman drags him down and throws him into a cell. It’s clear that Ken has been through some shit. He’s bleeding and has had his ass tattooed with a B, standing for Bossman.

I wasn’t entirely sure what was going to happen with this one. Measha has a little bit of a devious mind. OK, maybe a lot of a bit devious mind. And it’s all on display in this book. It was a fucking ride, and I loved it, but it really dragged me through some stuff. It was totally amazing.

No spoilers at all today, because there just aren’t. Go read it.

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Raisa Greywood & Sinistre Ange-Blood Lust

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have I got the perfect book for this lovely fluffy day all filled with pink hearts and kisses. The book is all filled with all the HEAs that you could ever possibly want to have.

Oh wait. That’s not today’s book. Today’s book is Blood Lust from Raisa Greywood and Sinistre Ange. There is not one HEA to be found anywhere in this book. Not one. There are kisses and hearts though. So, close? I guess? There are 3 stories in this book. Sinistre and Raisa each wrote one on their own, and then they wrote one together. And holy fuck, was this anthology great. And dark. And I fucking cussed Golden and Raisa up one side and down the other when I read the last word in this book, because dammit. I’m still all wrapped up in the book, even though I’ve been through some other books since.

Sinistre-Mercy

This is Golden’s solo offering. It imagines that vampires are out of the coffin, and are citizens. Of course there are going to be people who are scared of the undead who walk among them, and there are going to be hate groups. Jillian is one of the people who is dealing with that fear.

Raisa-Claim

In Raisa’s world, humans are basically just enslaved blood slaves. The vamps are in charge, and they will buy, sell, and auction humans. This one is about Chloe, who is a precious O-Neg, and who is up for auction. She doesn’t want to be sold to yet another leach, but what can you do?

Sinistre & Raisa-Vengeance

This story starts in 550 BCE, with a dancing slave being bought by Calmarus and Amedus. The slave’s name was Lyssa, but it gets changed to Orisa. The guys have been a couple, but Orisa becomes the meat in their sandwich. And, as we’re talking about vampires, you may guess that our guys are vamps. Well, things happen, and their lives change, and we get to see some of those changes.

I’m really not spoiling anything when I say that there are no HEAs, since it’s right there in the series name, so don’t yell at me if you read it and don’t find one. If you need that HEA, this is definitely not the book for you. If you like dark, mindfucks, men who may or may not be complete assholes, and a story that is going to stick with you for a good long time, then this is the book for you.

I can’t tell you which one of these stories is my favorite, since I like them all for different reasons, and I think that each of them stands out for different reasons. I do have to say that I was kinda mad when I finished this because I would never be able to read it for the first time again, while still being happy I got to read it.

OK, no spoilers today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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B. B. Blaque-GFY

So, I hope you all are ready for what’s coming in this blog post. GFY is the latest book in B. B.’s Masters MC series. The books started with Colt and his ol’ lady Tuesday and Kash and his ol’ lady Barely. There’s also Serenity, who Kash and Colt basically raised up. There are a whole lot of side characters in there too.

Colt and Kash are best friends, who both grew up in 1% MCs. But, after years, they ended up wanting to leave the 1% lifestyle, so they created their own club, the Masters. They combined BDSM and motorcycles, with the focus being on self-control and discipline. But after the events in the last book, FTW, which doesn’t mean For The Win here, our guys have gone back to their 1% ways. I 100% understand why they did, but wow.

So, I’m not really going to give a synopsis of this book, like I’ve done with other books, because I really don’t want to spoil anything.

What I will say is that GFY, which stands for Go Fuck Yourself, picks up pretty much right were FTW left off. In fact, only like 3 or 4 weeks or so happen in between the start of one book and the end of the next. We also get POV chapters from more than just our core characters. We get deeper in the head of one character, and it’s really interesting to see what his thoughts are. We also get to see the POV of an old friend. I’m kinda hoping this means we might see more of him in the future, and maybe even another book with him?

This book is dark and intense. There is some really graphic violence in it. I mean really graphic. If you don’t like gore, there are times that may be difficult for you to read. Of course, you have to remember that these guys are now 1%ers, in the middle of a war, and are dealing with some righteous vengeance. I don’t blame them for doing what they do and doing it how they do it, considering what the revenge is for.

Because of what has happened, our groups’ personalities have changed. In fact, there was one that totally changed around, inside out, upside down, spun around, and totally around. He went to some places. In fact, I’m not entirely sure how he’s going to be able to come back from those places. I think that he’s going to have to come back from them at least somewhat, but he’s never going to be the same again. I have to wonder if he went further than even he thought he might go.

Like I said, it is intense. All the action really did leave me gasping at times. It feels really compact, like it all takes place in just a few hours. But, there are enough lulls that you aren’t stuck with all that adrenaline all the time. I mean, there have to be times for Barely and Kash to get all freaky-deeky and for Sundown to annoy the fuck out of Mama Stitch.

There are no spoilers at all. And I have tried to talk about how the book made me feel without letting anything out. If you are familiar with the series, you may be able to guess who I mean even though I don’t name names. If you aren’t, then you have so much to explore, and then you can figure out who I mean when I talk about the various characters.

I really can’t wait to see where B. B. is going to take us next, because it’s sure to be a helluva ride.

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Nicolina Martin-Capo

Capo is the 6th book in Nicolina’s Russo Saga books, and I have to tell you, I think that it is the darkest one yet. It is the story of Luciano Salvatore, who is the aforementioned capo, or head of the mafia family.

So, here’s our story. We start out with Chloe. She’s in Chicago where she has left her friend Kerry with her cousin, helping to hide Kerry from Christian, who was supposed to kill her. (Redemption and Absolution)

Fast forward 18 months, Christian has seriously gone off the rails, trying to find Kerry, and is drunk and crazy. During his crazy time, he decides that Chloe knows where she is, so he’s going to get Chloe to tell him. He beats her, mercilessly. He leaves her with a brain bleed, broken arm, broken ribs, and all manners of bruises, bumps, welts, and terrible things.

Then we have Luciano, who wants everyone to think that he’s happy, who kind of maybe thinks he’s happy, but he’s really not. He’s kind of just empty. He’s a monster, he knows he’s a monster, and he’s going to be a monster until he dies. He’s going to take women, hurt them while he fucks them, kill his enemies, and rule with an iron fist. Then, Chloe shows up. She lied to get into his house, saying that she knew where Kerry was, because she really wants to tell Luciano Salvatore off. She wants to point out what his fucknut nephew did to her, how he ruined her life, how he ruined Kerry’s life, and how it’s all Salvatore’s fault. Only, Luciano isn’t going to put up with that. Nor is he one to let an opportunity pass him by. He was just thinking that the prostitutes he’s been using don’t have any fight or spirit about them, and he wants to have a girl who will fight him but that he can train to be exactly who and what he wants. So, when already broken Chloe walks in, his cock gets hard and then he gets an idea. An awful idea. A wonderful, awful idea. He’s going to keep Chloe and break her so that she will be his little fuck doll.

He has one of his men throw her into a padded room under his bedroom, naked, unfed, soaking wet, hurting, with a damaged cast, and chained. Salvatore is going to break her, by leaving her there and basically brainwashing her.

This book does take place over a long stretch of time, and there is some overlap with Christian and Kerry’s story, but you don’t have to have read those books to read this one. It does fill up some holes though, because you are seeing things from a different POV.

I didn’t like Luci before we went into this book. I mean, really just kinda hated him a lot. And this book really didn’t help the case. I really fucking hated him during huge swaths of this book. You might think that this is a redemption book, but it’s really not. Luci doesn’t really want redeemed. He gets better, somewhat, but not redeemed, at least not in my opinion. He does go through a lot in this book, and there is a lot of upheaval in his personal life, family, and business. Those upheavals really throw him off balance, which you wouldn’t think would happen, considering who he is, but there you go. I don’t love him, but I don’t think I hate him at the end of the book. I don’t trust him so far as I can spit, but I don’t hate him.

Chloe is just fascinating. I love her defiance and her spirit. She’s strong, stubborn, loyal, and smart. I think that she’s also more than just a little devious. She may also be a little impulsive, and if she had been a little less impulsive, she might not have ended up where she was. I think that she is very good for Luci. I’m not going to say that she’s his conscience, because I think that it’s impossible for him to actually ever have a conscience, but she is something for and to him.

I’m kinda hoping that this isn’t the last book, because we get to know Angela a little more, and I would like to see her story. I would also like to see more of what happens with Luci and Chloe.

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My favorite part of the entire book is when Chloe curses Salvatore, because, frankly, I think that her curse works.

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

K Webster-Koyn

Koyn is the 3rd book in the Royal Bastards MC shared world. There are going to be a whole bunch of them, and I have signed up for several. Don’t ask me how many, because I don’t remember, lol. Anyway, this is K Webster’s addition to the series, and dayum. It is intense and it is dark and by the end, I felt some kind of way about Koyn.

So, here’s our story. Ten years ago, the man now called Koyn, came home to see some bikers standing over his wife and teenage daughter. They did horrible things to the 2 most important women in his life, then killed them. As a parting gift, the guy in charge cut an X in Koyn’s face. The last thing he remembers is calling his brother, and screaming.

Now, 10 years later, the man that he was then is dead. He is now Koyn, the prez of a chapter of the Royal Bastard’s MC. And let me tell you, Royal Bastard really fits him. In fact, it might actually be a little too nice for him. For the last 10 years, he has been recruiting for his chapter, and he has amassed men who are incredibly loyal to him, and who are more than just a little fucking psycho. Koyn has been looking for revenge for all these years, and he finally got a lead, and a name, Randall Putnam.

Hadley is an 18 year old beauty queen. She ran away from her father, and is now living with her boyfriend Milk, at the clubhouse for his dad’s, Magna, MC, Roaring River. She has been in love with Milk for years. His dad and her dad did business together, and the two of them met when she was 13, and Milk has been it for her ever since. Magna, on the other hand, is gross. He’s spend the whole time she’s been at the clubhouse watching her in a not nice way. When he gets a chance, he ends up doing things to her. Of course, Milk finds out and blames her for it, because of course he does. Did I mention that Milk’s right name was Randall Putnam Jr, and Koyn has plans for him? Plans which he doesn’t go through with because when the Royal Bastards raid the clubhouse, Milk is trying to rape Hadley and has beaten her. So, Koyn just straight offs him. You see, Hadley looks a lot like Koyn’s long dead daughter. And that kinda fucks with Koyn. He feels really protective over her, but she’s upset that he killed her boyfriend, even if her boyfriend was trying to do her dirty, so he also has some anger towards her because she was fucking his enemy.

There is a lot of intense in this book. And I have to tell you that there were times I outright fucking hated Koyn. I mean, if I could’ve, I would’ve walked into the book and hit him right in his left testicle more than once. He really deserved it. I mean, I totally get why he’s mad, and I would too, but he’s so laser focused on his revenge that he doesn’t take other things into account, and he doesn’t bother to ask anything. He’s just positive that he knows what’s best and acts accordingly. And he’s brutal at times. And I mean, holy fuck, I gasped at one point because of something that happened. It was… OK, the guy deserved it, but…

Hadley. Oh, Poor Hadley. I could tell that she had some serious problems from the very beginning, but I didn’t guess what they were until much later. There were so many people who let that poor girl down. And most of them need to be dead. And dead in a very ugly way. I think, though, that Hadley is a lot stronger than she thinks she is. She might even be a lot stronger than everyone thinks that she is. She goes through a lot, and has managed to survive it all so far.

Having read most of K’s books, I can tell you that this is a very her book. Even if I didn’t know that she had written it, I would know that she had written it. There are just very particular flavors and points that are very much her style. And before you say to me, but oh, dark and intense, let me point you towards the Pretty Little Dolls books. I just haven’t had some of her darker stuff on here lately.

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OMG, her dad. Ugh.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out, and all the books. Happy reading!