Sorcha Black-The Sharp Edge of Bliss

So, Sorcha Black is back. And she’s back in spectacular style with The Sharp Edge of Bliss. Sorcha classifies this as an enemy to lovers book, and it’s MMF. I’ll definitely agree to the MMF, but I’m not quite as sure on the enemy to lovers. I’m going to say that it’s probably the closest description, so I guess I’ll agree.

Here’s our story. Star is a young woman whose uncle uses her as payment. If he owes someone money or a favor, Star is going to pay it back. She’s been doing this for more years than she should’ve ought’ve been, but her uncle basically owns her and she has to pay him back for everything she owes him.

Today, she’s being dropped off in front of Mr. Rathburn’s house. She’s not sure how long she’s going to be there, she just knows that her uncle told her that Rathburn is her boss right now, and she has to do whatever he says. So, she walks into his office, expects that she’s about to be told to strip off, but she’s in for a huge surprise. Rathburn tells his associate, Otis, to go get the boy.

In walks an angel, or at least someone who looks like an angel, Blaise. Star is told that she’s there for him, and whatever he wants her to do, she will. Only, Blaise isn’t happy. He doesn’t want her, he wants Rathburn. But that’s not happening. Nope, Star’s there to make him happy, no matter what Blaise really wants. Rathburn has spoken, and really, don’t fuck with Avery Rathburn. You will not like the results.

This story is all told from Star’s POV. I don’t think that it would’ve worked if we went back and forth in perspectives. I think her innocence (which yeah, I know it’s odd to call a sex worker innocent, but she really has this whole childlike innocence going on) and naivete really let us see Blaise and Avery the way that they really are. She sees things that they don’t see about themselves. She’s also had to learn how to read people, for her own safety, and that gives her more insight too. I think that for as worldly and experienced Blaise and Avery are, Star is better at reading people than they are.

I would periodically get angry at Blaise and Avery because they would just assume that Star would know or understand something, even though she kept telling them that she didn’t quite get whatever. They just didn’t have the same experience set that she had, and it’s hard to understand her experiences when it’s not anything that they’ve ever had to deal with. I mean, they do try, but they just don’t quite get it, and it’s frustrating to me.

I really enjoyed watching Star grow into her power and become the strong person that she is.

I love Sorcha, and I love the way that she writes MMF. I’m going to have to go read about Sev again this weekend.

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I was happy with what Star did to some unpleasant people.

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

Cari Silverwood-Cyn

Cari has finally released the last book in her Beast Horde series with Cyn. I was totally ready for this book, and I’m not sad for the wait, not like it was a horribly long wait. But this was definitely worth every single second that I had to wait for the ARC.

Now, before I get started, I want to remind people that there are likely to be spoilers in this review for the first two books because of the way that Cari wrote them. So, if you’ve been waiting for Cyn to come out before you read the rest of the books, this is the time to do it, but wait until you read them before you go on with this. If you get spoiled after this, well, I warned you.

So, when we left our intrepid trio, Willow was gone and we learned more about where the beasters came from. The original beasters got dwarf, fae, or gargoyle DNA mixed into their system. The Maelstrom beasters, like Cyn, come from trolls and demons. Can you guess what kind of DNA that Cyn got? If you guessed demon, you get a flaming ovation. It’s like a standing ovation, but with flaming hands instead. Cyn, Rutger, Vargr, and their remaining beaster party decide that they need to go talk to the War tribe, because well, their name speaks for itself, doesn’t it? This is when we start to find out exactly how awesome Big Daddy is, and it really is.

Meanwhile, we have the Ghoul Lord Avidex who is up to no good at all, and who is doing nasty things. He’s also plotting and planning, and making interesting decisions. And maybe, just maybe, some things that he didn’t see happening may happen. It’s just one of those things that we have to watch and see.

So, Cyn has always been a fascinating and badass character. I mean, look at some of the things that she’s done in the last two books. She’s just gone out and fought and killed as necessary. There’s also the fact that she really doesn’t know much about herself before waking up and being the only person to come back from the GL. I, personally, have theories about who she was before she was changed with the nanites, but Cari didn’t ask me. I think that her explanation of Cyn’s history works, it’s just not my personal theory, but it’s her world, so it’s her canon, so…

Anyway, yeah, Cyn has been badass and fascinating, but I have to admit there were times that she was a little scary in this one. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who thinks that too. I know that Vargr does at times. I’m not sure about Rutger though. He keeps his counsel a little more and I’ve always had a harder time reading him and his feelings.

The thing about Cyn being a bit scary in this one is that she doesn’t even mean to be. She has reasons to do what she did, and they are very logical reasons. They make sense in the context of what happens. That doesn’t make her any less scary. Not in the least.

And before I go, I want to give a huge shout out to Little Mo. He’s the Samwise Gamgee of this world, and the series would be lesser without his character in it.

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Oh, Little Mo, how I love you.

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

Loki Renard-Seeded

Seeded is a fun and filthy little story. It takes in the far future, one where the history is even crazier than our present. It’s a RH/menage kind of story, and there are definitely some interesting goings-on.

So, Lyra has worked really, really, really hard to get her job. She orbits the earth in a shuttle, doing all kinds of surveillance and such like. Then, she sees an anomaly out in space, so, being the curious sort, she goes off to investigate it. And that’s when everything changes.

You see, the mysterious anomaly is a spaceship called Virility. The crew of the Virility is all about breeding. They are out to inseminate as many species as possible. The goal is to make an ideal species that is a mix of everyone. And not only are they out there inseminating species, they are also inseminating space itself. Lots of fucking going on here.

They haven’t kept any of the women, at least until Lyra. Then again, none of the other women have tried to crash their ship right into the Virility. Talon, the captain of the ship, sees something about her and decides that he is going to keep her. But, of course it ain’t that easy. Lyra is bound and determined to get back to Earth, and she’s going to do everything she can to get there, including sabotaging things. Doing that brings her to the attention of Shank, the disciplinarian of the ship, and she gets punished for her transgressions. Then she meets Luca, who looks pretty human, and they become very friendly. Very, very friendly, if you catch what I’m pitching.

There is some fantastic fucking going on in this story. There’s also a chunk of humor in here. I spent some time just laughing my ass off. There were also times that were really sad. I did have tears going on when I read it.

I like that each guy met a need in Lyra, and she met a need each of the guys had. It is a really good relationship for everyone. I definitely think that she should be the captain of the ship though. It was pretty funny when she kept telling Talon that. And Major Tom? I’m a huge Bowie fan, so I had Space Oddity in my head after meeting that.

This is not one of Loki’s darker reads, but it is definitely worth it.

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The void monster thingie is really fascinating. And so is Lyra’s solution.

I don’t know whether I like before Lyra or after Lyra most. There are definitely differences and similarities in there.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out and happy reading!

Vanessa Vale-Their Rebellious Bride

I’ve read other Vanessa Vale books, but I think this is the first one I’ve put on here. Their Rebellious Bride is one of her Bridgewater books. There are 2 or 3 series that happen in and around Bridgewater. I think this is the 1st book in the 3rd series. This one is set in the Old West, as is one of the others, while the 3rd series is set in modern days. They all take place in Montana, in the same area, and they all involve what is called a Bridgewater marriage, which is a MFM marriage.

This one is about Jonah, James, and Tennessee. Tennessee is friends with James’ little sister, Abigail. When Tennie got in trouble, Abigail went to the rescue, and being a good big brother, James went to her rescue, along with Abigail’s two husbands. He also called in his neighbor and good friend, Jonah, because he’s planning on marrying Tennessee and he wants to do it Bridgewater style, for reasons, and Jonah is the only person he trusts to do it with.

Tennessee went to finishing school with Abigail, and on her first day, she first set eyes on James, and dreamt about him ever since. It didn’t matter anyway because her father had plans for her, and those plans involved marrying a rich man and keeping her father in gambling money. But that fell through, spectacularly. When she’s rescued by James, he informs her that he will be marrying her. She’s not having that, so she makes a big burly guy think that James is going to hurt her, which lets her run away and gets James knocked the fuck out and a black eye. Luckily, Jonah gets there, and they track down Tennessee, pick her up, stick her on a horse, and head out to James’ ranch and a priest.

I like Tennessee. She’s got spunk and sass. I think that she is going to lead her men on a merry chase through their marriage. I also think that she is pretty smart and confident in herself. She knows what she can do and she is willing to show people what she can do.Ā  I don’t know how actually rebellious she is versus how independent she is and how she’s learned that she shouldn’t trust people.

James and Jonah, hmmm… I think that I like them both. I think that James had a few periods of feeling a little too sorry for himself for something that was completely random, but other than that, I liked him. I think that Jonah was a very honorable man. He did something that a lot of men wouldn’t have done, and he did it without complaining about his lot.

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I really don’t like Jonah’s son at first, but he did start to redeem himself. I’m betting that we will see him in a future book.

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

Maddie Taylor-Tough Love 3: Disappointing Her Daddies

Today we have the last of Maddie’s Tough Love series, Disappointing Her Daddies. If, when you are reading this story, you look at it and think, hmmmmm, this seems familiar, you would be right. A shorter version of this appeared in the anthology, Daddy’s Demands. The anthology is no longer available and the rights have reverted back to the authors, so we’re starting to see some of the stories coming out as standalones.

Like with the first book in the series, I don’t necessarily think that Tough Love is quite the right word for this particular book, but I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong either. I’ll leave it up to you for your interpretation of it. I think it’s one of those subjective things.

At nearly 20, Erica is looking for a job. She needs one for the money, and also as part of her internship. Her professor suggested D&G Construction, and called them to smooth her way along. As she’s standing outside psyching herself up to go in and fill in the application and get an interview, two steamy hot guys, one shirtless, walk up. Turns out that they are the D&G of the company, Daniel and Grayson. After they meet her, they both agree with each other that she would be dangerous to hire. So, of course, their office manager hires her.

Fast forward 5 years, and Erica is about to graduate with her MBA. She’s still working as the assistant to the office manager, and crushing desperately on Daniel and Grayson. Then, one night, she discovers that the guys like to play with the same woman at the same time, and they like to be called Daddy. How does she find this out? Well, she’s sitting under the desk trying to plug in a cord that she fell over, when the guys walk out the woman. After an epic meltdown, there’s some discussion about what’s going on, but first, Erica’s bitchy mom has to show up.

This is really a pretty mellow story. There is a little drama, especially when it comes to Erica’s mom. I’m not kidding about her being bitchy. There are a couple of other bits of drama that show up in the story, but really, overall, it’s a sweet read, filled with love, friendship, family, and fucking. I almost changed love for fondness, just for the pattern of it, but fondness isn’t a big enough word for the emotion shared between Erica, Daniel, and Grayson.

I like the guys. I think that they are very dedicated to their job and building their company. I also think that they are very dedicated to Erica and taking care of her. We don’t really learn much about them, since it’s all Erica’s POV, but that works for the story.

Erica is definitely a little girl inside of a competent woman. She is definitely both people, not necessarily at the same time, and D&G are really good at nurturing both sides of her. There are a couple of times where I think that she is both at the same time, but she might actually switch back and forth really quickly. Again, this is a point I’m going to let you figure out on your own. Anyway, her Daddy and her Papa are definitely good for her, in all the ways.

I will say that this one felt kind of like home to me. I grew up in Indianapolis, and my family went up to Chicago a couple of times a year for the museums and the aquarium. We would also go wading the lake, when we had a chance. I’d also like to think that everyone stopped at the great pizza place in Merrillville on their way. Of course, it may only be great in my memory, and since it’s been around 30 years since I’ve been there, it probably isn’t there anymore. But I felt like I really knew Erica, Daniel, and Grayson, since they were from my old stomping grounds.

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Oh, Mona, no Mona. I was so upset about what happened with Mona.

And the dragon lady definitely got what she deserved!

That’s all for this one. Go check out all the Tough Love books! Happy reading!

 

Grace Goodwin-The Commanders’ Mate

We’re back in the main IBP ‘verse with The Commanders’ Mate. And with a title like this, you know that you aren’t looking at Atlans. That’s right. Today we’re playing with the Prillons. Two hot and hunky guys? Yes, please! And, we finally get to see Commander Karter get his HEA. We’ve seen him in so many other of the books. In fact, I think, most of the others, so getting to see him as the hero of his own book is awesome. The only character I’m waiting for more is Warden Egara. Grace keeps saying good things may be in store for our beloved Warden Egara, so I’m going to keep waiting.

While this is back in the main world, this book starts out different to all the others in this world. Every one of the other main universe books starts out with the testing, and we get to get into the hotness. We don’t know which male(s) the woman is going to match with, although we can get a really good idea as to the planet based on the testing. But, that’s not how this one starts out. This one starts out with Commander Karter and a disaster.

Karter is in a different sector of space than usual and is standing on a battleship that is not his own. Not only is it not his own, it’s destroyed and there are dead bodies and blood all around. The commander is gone, and not only gone, but dead. Luckily, most of his people are far away and safe. Karter has no clue what’s happened, why the other commander sent his people away, or why the ship he’s on is destroyed. There are 3 survivors, 2 are in Regen pods, and 1 is available to talk to. The only problem is that he’s Intelligence Core, and you know how intelligence agents can be. This one is no different. Mostly.

Ronan is the IC agent. Ronan who supposedly died 5 years ago. Ronan who is Kaed Karter’s best friend and Second.

Then, Karter gets the news. He’s been matched and his Bride is going to be teleported to the destroyed ship any minute. Karter freaks out, in a very masculine way, of course. Roman, on the other hand, is much less freaked,

Erica is an astronomer who has decided that she’s gone looking at the stars and is ready to be among the stars. So, she goes to be matched and finds her two Prillon warriors, Ronan and Kaed. Sadly, she teleports into a triage situation, and she helps to keep the wounded calm while they are waiting to be teleported.

I love Erica. Grace’s heroines all tend to be very strong women with fierce personalities, but there’s just something about Erica that I really like. She knows who she is, she’s comfortable in her skin, and she’s very happy being her. She also knows exactly what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to ask for it, or to tell people what she wants. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want to cross her. I don’t think that she’s one of those people who will yell at you, she will just get that deadly, calm, level, maybe even vaguely polite voice that will let you know just how badly you done fucked up. Frankly, that kind of voice frightens me more than the whole yelling kind of person.

I have always liked Karter. He’s a very honorable male who does what he thinks he has to for his people and the galaxy at large. He might have to make shitty decisions, but when you are at war and you are the commander of a battlegroup, you have to make shitty decisions and send out people who you know will die. It’s a choice that I’m glad I never have to make.

Ronan, poor Ronan, I felt so sorry for him. He’s spent time basically being a ghost, and that can be so hard on someone. Luckily, there’s someone who sees him and knows him.

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I love when Lady Karter shows her mates exactly what she’s made of and exactly what she’s going to do. She put both of them to shame at that point, and they both knew it. Then, later, when she had to do something about Kaed, she went about it the right way and made everything perfect. I really, really like her.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out and happy reading!

Lee Savino-Tamed by the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of a new Berserker book from Lee, and Tamed by the Berserkers was totally worth the wait.

Of all the Berserker books, even my all time favorite, Kidnapped by the Berserkers, none of the books have wrung me out the way that Tamed did. Seriously, Tamed totally destroyed each and every single one of my emotions and left me completely empty. Lee just absolutely killed it when it came to this book.

Sorrel is one of the spaewives who was rescued from the Abbey. She was supposed to be mated to Thorsteinn and Vik and even wore their mating marks, but they dropped her off with the unmated spaewives and then went out on a long patrol. After spending a long while there, she was found off the mountain with an empty sling and another spaewife who was unconscious and had a bloody head. Now, she’s about to go on trial for what she’s done, and she has no mates there to protect her since hers abandoned her. But, just in the very nick of time, up come Thorsteinn and Vik ready to save the day and their mate. The guys come up with a plot and life happens.

Of all the heroes in all the Berserker books, I have never outright and flat out disliked one. At least, not until Tamed. I really didn’t like Vik and Thorsteinn in the beginning, and frankly, it took me a long while to warm up to them. It did eventually happen, but it took them a lot to make me forgive them for everything they did. I think Sorrel forgave them before I did.

I really identified with Sorrel for so many reasons. One is that she never really felt like she fit in with the rest of the spaewives at the Abbey. She’d rather be out in a pair of breeches with her bow, hiking through the woods and hunting. She really feels like no one understands her and like no one is there for her. The majority of the other spaewives make fun of her, especially since her mates abandoned her, and her very few friends are either mated or just can’t be there with her all the time. I can totally relate to feeling like you don’t feel like you connect with anyone and that you don’t belong anywhere. I can also relate to feeling abandoned by the people who are supposed to love you, protect you, and keep you safe for the rest of forever. I mean, can you imagine how hard it is for Sorrel to see all of the other orphans mated off happily to their mates while hers have abandoned her? I can’t imagine how heartbreaking and gutwrenching that is. See why I don’t particularly like them at first?

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. I think the next one is Sister Juliet’s story, and that’s going to be a really interesting one to read.

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When Thorsteinn and Vik told the Alphas that Sorrel wasn’t their mate? Yeah, that right there is what made me really not like them. I was only annoyed when it turned out that they left her in the unmated spaewives house, but that? That moved annoyed to dislike. The fact that they took her out and let her blow up things made me start to like them more. I saw that they actually saw her, and they were trying really hard to tame her but not break her.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of the Berserker books. I love them so much. Happy reading!