Cari Silverwood-Claimed Possession

Cari Silverwood is becoming a frequent flyer here on In Between the Pages. I spend a lot of time in her books and her worlds. There are a lot of reasons for that. One is that I think Cari is an excellent worldbuilder. It’s easy to get involved in her worlds and characters. And the Machinery of Desire series is no different. I got dragged into the world and it wouldn’t let me go.

Claimed Possession is the second book in this series, and wow. It packs a punch. There are so many things to unpack in this book. I mean, you get the whole human slave in a slave world series, then you get the dark alpha hero/anti-hero and his journey, and then you get the heroine’s journey. I see layers, and I love layers.

OK, so let’s just jump right in here. Here we are, back on Aerthe. Aerthe is an Earth-like planet. There are three groups of people who live on Aerthe, the Mekkers, the Grounders, and the Scavs.

The Mekkers live in huge landships called the Swathe. There are a few swathes, each made up of more than one ship. They never stop moving, harvesting and mining as they move. The Mekkers are not native to Aerthe, and she hates them. Aerthe generates magic, and when the Mekkers stay in one place for too long, Aerthe gets after them. The Mekkers arranged the portal for the humans to be brought through. The portal shines the humans up real pretty when they come through. Their hair and nails are kinda glowy, so it’s quite obvious that they are humans. In the first book, the Mekkers ruled that humans are property.

Grounders and Scavs are both native to Aerthe. Grounders are settled into villages and other communities. Scavs are nomads, formed into groups led by the strongest leader, and they can and will challenge the leader for leadership. The Scavs tend to be pretty wild and will raid Grounder settlements and take/sell slaves. They also go scavenge through old cities that were destroyed in the war between the Mekkers and the people of Aerthe, back in the day.

When Emery, Fern, Sawyer and the other humans were brought through the portal, they were sent to different places. Emery was given to a master in Acquired Possession. (Right now only 99 cents on ‘zon, go grab it) Sawyer was given as a slave to the Grounders. So, let’s catch up with Sawyer.

When the book opens, Sawyer is in a caravan with a bunch of other slaves. He wants to escape, because of course he does. The caravan stops so that everyone can take a rest break. When the slaves are let out, Aribelle, the caravan owner’s niece happens to walk by. Sawyer, being a big of a dicklord, takes a piss at her feet and hits her shoes. He manages to get a key away from a guard so that he can escape, but Ari sees it and tells the guard. Then she orders Sawyer to be castrated. Right after she says that all hell breaks loose. Scavs are attacking. Sawyer drags Ari down and under a wagon and saves her. When the raid is over, Sawyer comes out and tries to get in good with the Scavs and tells them that Ari is his. The Scavs tell him that he will have to wait to talk to their leader.

You all know the routine now. I’m about to put a pretty picture up, and after that you get all the spoilery goodness. Sawyer is a very imperfect hero. He’s got some serious anger problems with more than a little desire for vengeance. That gets taken out on Ari, who both does and doesn’t like it. I think he may have gone a little far sometimes, but I totally get his point of view on it. He does question himself at times, and tries to figure out where morality on Earth and morality on Aerthe should lie and how he can live with both of them. There is some spectacular sex. There are spankings and more. There is a bloody cock. There is also a hard won HEA. This story is a great journey, not just for Sawyer and Ari, but also for JI, a recurring character. Like I said, layers on layers, so awesome. Cari is devious that way.

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If you came down here, then you must not be too worried about any spoilers I may drop from my fingertips.

OMG, the bloody cock scene. I got to read it in Cari’s group before I read the ARC and oh my fucking shit, it was hot. I mean, Ari didn’t like blood, Sawyer rubbed blood on his cock and made her suck it. It’s so wrong, and yet so completely right, and very much hot.

I like that Sawyer starts to realize that he cares for Ari, and that what he wants to do to her has gone past revenge, like it started out, and into he wanted her to be his forever. The fact that he freed Ari and then wooed her was really impressive to me. It let Ari have her own journey from an angry forced slave to a willing and eager submissive who wanted to belong to Sawyer.

And JI? I cannot wait to see what Cari is going to do with him. I liked him when we met him in AP, but he was basically a child, really. In CP, he’s a teenager and then adult. Now he’s a very, very devious, sneaky, and tricksy adult. With a cock.

I wonder, with Gio’s new portal skill, if more humans will be going back through the portal. I kind of hope not because I like Aerthe. I wonder what’s happened to Fern, Sawyer’s sister. Last we knew, in AP, she was stabbed and then thrown off the ship to die. But JI was able to give some of the mechlings medical training, so maybe she lived? I want to know. I need to know. I need to know more about Gio too. Obviously, she was there before Emery, Sawyer, Fern et al, so how did she get there? So many questions, so few answers.

Alrighty, I could go on and on, but then you wouldn’t need to go to Amazon and read this book, and you really need to do that. And grab AP while you’re at it since it’s on special for the next 4 days. Trust me, if you like dark, gritty, and spanky, this will do it for you.

Tomorrow we have a book from Summer Greystone, so keep an eye out for that. Meanwhile, happy reading.

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Zoe Blake-Papa’s Prey

Oh my darlings, have I got a treat for you today! By now, I’m pretty sure that we all know that I like dark and intense. And I have discovered that I enjoy reading about age play. Zoe Blake has brought us a lovely treat that is dark, intense, and full of age play. So, I present to you, Papa’s Prey.

Hopefully, I don’t have to go over my whole age play lecture today. I’m going to assume that you all remember it and if this doesn’t interest you, that you will just pass this blog post and book by. Just remember, your kink may not be my kink, but it’s all good.

Fair warning, this book is dark. It’s not the darkest I’ve ever read, but it is full of non/dub con goodness, spanking, and nurseries.

This book is set in Cornwall, England, during the Victorian era. For some reason, a lot of age play books are set in the Victorian era, which is neither here nor there, but just saying. So, let’s go on to our story.

Corinne has spent the majority of her life in a small, sheltered convent. When she turned 17, she was just about to go out to be an apprentice in Bath and get on with her life. However, while she out wandering the countryside, she was seen by a mysterious gentleman. That gentleman tracked her down and paid money to her convent so that she would be there for another 2 years, for her education. She’s sweet and innocent, and incredibly sheltered.

Lord Lucian Talon is her mysterious benefactor. What he wants, he gets, and he wants Corinne. Not only does he want her, he wants to own her, posess her, and to control every little thing having to do with her. In the 2 years he’s been waiting for her, he’s been getting his house and servants ready. He had a special room created just for her and hired new servants and made sure that they wouldn’t say anything about anything that happened in the house. When everything was ready, he went to go get his prize.

Corinne gets woken up in the middle of the night, taken out of pajamas and put into a delicate white dress. Then she’s accompanied downt to the chapel where there is a priest, the Mother Superior, and her mysterious benefactor. When she finds out that she’s about to get married, she freaks out slightly, or more than a little slightly, and Lucian throws everyone out, bends her over the altar, and spanks her bottom. Then he calls everyone back in and they get married.

When Lucian gets Corinne home, he introduces her to her nanny and takes her to the nursery. Lucian tells Corinne that she is to be his precious little toy, his treasure. He will control everything she does, she eats, she wears, everything. He will no problem with punishing her if she misbehaves, and her nanny can too. Corinne gets her first taste of his punishment and his rules when she refuses to get her enema.

OK, if you don’t want spoilers, then this is the time for us to part. I really liked this story. I got dragged into it and went right alon. I may even have had some tears in my eyes at points. I read it twice before it came out. (Have I mentioned that getting ARCs rocks?) I highlighted quite a bit of it. It’s dark, it’s intense, it is a hot mix of sexy, sexy, kinkiness. If that bothers you, pass this one up. I have some books coming up in the near future that you may like better. But, yeah, I loved it. I love Zoe’s books.

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Corinne does not adjust well at first. That’s because she didn’t have a clue as to sex or anything, and then she was very modest, having been raised in a convent. She also has problems because she is being treated as a very young child.

Lucian has a very interesting use of a camera. He wants to take pictures before he does anything with Corinne and then afterward. Since cameras are pretty new tech in this book, does this count as sexting? He has the pictures printed out and hangs them up in Corinne’s nursery.

One of the things that Lucian does that I love/hate is that he makes Corinne ask for her punishment. He tells her that he’s going to spank her, then she has to ask him Papa, please. I love the humiliation aspect of it. I would probably kind of hate it if I were her.

The original chase scene in the book is pretty exciting. I’m not a huge fan of stuffed trophy animals, but they sure work in this case.

Lest you think that Lucian is a total dickbag, he does truly care for Corinne. He may not have started out to fall in love, but he did. When Corinne is sick, he is beside himself. There are times I want to smack him anyway, but that’s true for any dark hero. I like them, I hate them, I want to smack them, I want to jump them. You get how it goes.

So, I recommend this book. A lot. I will say that the age play is intense, and Lucian is very strict. The intensity may bother some people, even people who like to read dark.

Tomorrow, we have Cari Silverwood’s new book. It is another great one. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Sasha Byrne-Brothel Beauties

Don’t worry, you’re still getting the second part of the Cynthia Sax post later today, but I kinda got to finish the book first, lol. Besides, I wanted to drop a super quick post about this story that got a drop yesterday. I honestly can’t say too much about it, because it’s short, a super quick read, around 10k words or so. It only took me around 30 minutes to read it. So, on to Sasha Byrne and Brothel Beauties.

If you’ve never heard of Sasha Byrne, don’t worry, you may know her under her other name, Zoe Blake. In fact, check this space on the 10th to get a review of her upcoming release, Papa’s Prey. Very dark, very intense. (And Zoe has offered some kind of giveaway, I need to figure out what that’s going to look like, because Zoe is very cool to do that.)

There isn’t going to be a spoiler section on this, just because with as short as it is, anything I try to say about spoilers will totally spoil everything. So, just a quick synopsis and then you have to go read it yourself.

This book is a menage, and primarily a lesbian menage, although there is some Mf action. All the action takes place in a brothel. Lola, Jasmine, and Tiffany are whores. Mike is the bartender of the brothel. Tiffany is new and has stepped on some toes and needs to be schooled. So, Tiff didn’t know that she needed these lessons and she learned some things about herself along the way.

When I went to read this book, Zoe warned me it might kill me because it is so depraved. And she’s right. It killed me. Luckily, it also brought me back to life so that I can share it with you. She’s also right about it being depraved. It’s depraved, filthy, dirty, wrong, and oh, oh, oh so right. If all of those things sound like something you want to try, make sure that you have a bottle of ice water and a hanky to wipe the sweat off your brow, because you are going to need them to try to extinguish the fire under your… collar. You can read it on KU, but you only need 99 shiny pennies to keep it for your very own.

Stolen-Too Hot For Barnes and Noble

OK, so tomorrow is release date for Stolen by Addison Cain. I love this book so hard. Just so hard. I love Shepard and Claire from Alpha’s Claim, who are continuing into Alpha’s Control, which Stolen is the first book of.  (Crazy awkward sentence, right?) I love Brenya, the new Omega heroine, and really, really, really hate Jacques. Addison will have to do a lot of rehab on him for me to come even close to liking him, and I’m just betting that she won’t. I’ve read her books before.

Anyway, Stolen was banned at B&N. Totally shocking, considering some of the stuff that they have let through. Addison Cain is running a giveaway with a $100 Visa gift card as the big prize. Imagine how many books you can get for $100!

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Here’s how the giveaway works. You need to go to iBooks and buy the book there. When you have done that, you need to go fill out this form.

For more info and more ways to win, check out Addison’s post on FB.

Addison will close the contest on October 3rd and announce the winner on Facebook on October 5th, which means you should follow her. Go check it out, you know that you wanna. Addison is a lot of fun, and you can also ask to join her group, where we have loads of fun, talk about books, and look at pretty pix.

If you just can’t wait for tomorrow for Stolen to drop, check out my post about it. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Addison Cain-Stolen

Because Addison Cain and her PA, Courtney McDaniel, love me, or at least like me somewhat, and I have my awesome blog, I was able to get my hands on an ARC of Stolen really early! And now, I get to share bits and pieces of it with you! Stolen is currently available for pre-order and comes out on the 26th. If you loved the Alpha’s Claim series, you need to read this book, the first one in the Alpha’s Control series.

Seriously though, I adore the entire Alpha’s Claim series so hard. I have read it over and over and over, and can discuss it for hours. I think the series is one of the best things I’ve read, indie author, romance author, mainstream author, whoever, one of the best, hands down. Reborn is my favorite of that series. Stolen eclipses it. Addison really hit it out of the ball park. I may have called Addison evil and sadistic when I was finished reading it. I definitely cried. And then I was sad because I had finished it and had already had that brand new book feeling happen and the adrenaline let down from looking forward to it and reading it. I had all the feelz, and I think the book created more feelz just so that I could have them. I can’t wait for the next one, which will be sometime next year since Addison is finishing up a personal exapansion project.

There are going to be spoilers. I will do everything I can to keep them to a minimum, but they are going to happen. I will put anything big after a pretty picture, just for added protection. If you want to stay completely unspoiled, this is the place for you to stop. Fair warning. Go past this point, you may regret it.

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Marissa Honeycutt-Finding Sabrina

If you’ve read my blog at any point, you’ve probably seen that I like to read dark books. There are several authors who I know will write great dark romances. Marissa Honeycutt is one of them. She wrote The Life of Anna, which currently holds #1 on my Top Ten darkest most fucked up things I’ve read. And if it gets replaced, it will probably be with the Finding Sabrina books.

Marissa writes her books as serializations, and the first Finding Sabrina book just came out, Master of My Body. She will probably release it all into a boxset at the end, since that’s what she did with LoA. As a sidenote, LoA is extremely popular in the dark romance readership community. Most of the people I’m either friends with or in groups with have read it, and we, in general, tend to use LoA as a measuring stick for how dark something in particular, as we tend to rate it the darkest thing we’ve read. I could’ve waited for the boxset of Sabrina to come out, but there was just no way.

Sabrina takes place in the same world as LoA, but there hasn’t really been any cross-over, as of yet. Marissa did say that we “heard” someone from LoA in Master, but I didn’t find them. Darn, maybe I’ll have to reread it. It’s a difficult job, but I’ll force myself to do it.

Master is a little bit of back story and intro to the main characters we’re going to see in the rest of the series. We have Vamar Thilduri, who is going to be our main bad guy. He has been trapped in the Dark Place for 2000 years. He has it out for the Immortals. He has taken over the body of a young man named Damian.

Then, we have Chase Ralston, who is a West Point graduate and soldier. He is the heir of Richard, who I’m going to assume is an Elder, although it’s not quite stated outright. He is 21 when we first see him.

And finally, we have Sabrina Mansfield. She’s 16 when we first meet her, as a young ballet student who has come to a summer program in Boston. She catches Chase’s eye, and they connect. He asks her to wait for him since he’s off to training. She says that she will. Then she goes home, and seemingly falls off the face of the earth.

Ok, you know what time it is. I love this book. I can tell that I’m going to like the series. Marissa creates great worlds, and you just get sucked right into them. It’s going to be dark, my personal guess is that it will be darker than LoA. If dark bothers you, then avoid this one altogether.

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I thought that I hated Devin and Jack from LoA, and I do, I really do, but man, I despise Vamar with the passion of 1000 white-hot suns. That may actually be putting it mildly. He’s already worse than Devin was. Good sign that this is going to be dark.

Poor Sabrina. She had to spend 5 years with him, so we’re definitely going to see some trauma in her from that. I can’t wait to see what comes next. I really hope she and Chase can reconnect and get rid of Vamar altogether, but I’m expecting for her to have to go through all kinds of horrible things before that happens.

I read LoA straight through, well except for right in the middle when I needed a break and went to read Jennifer Bene’s Security Binds Her. It can be hard to read straight through like that, because it starts dark, gets darker, hits darkest, and then gets even darker than that. I’m going to like reading Sabrina a book at a time, but I can guarantee that I will read everything all at once when it comes out.

If dark, thrilling, suspenseful romance and stories strike your fancy, check out Marissa Honeycutt and Finding Sabrina. Happy reading!

Beautiful Evil: Twisted

Today’s post is all about B. B. Blaque’s newest book, Beautiful Evil: Twisted. The Beautiful Evil series is about Jordan Bishop, which starts in The Monster and ends in The Master. Some of the books are told in an episodic style, from his POV, and are being told as stories to Kash and Colt. They are bikers and show up in her Beautiful Insanity series, about their MC. Bishop teaches them how to be Doms. SNAFU is told from SNAFU’s POV and The Master is happening as we see it. Then we have Twisted. Twisted features Bishop and Kash.

Warning: This story is at times brutal, always dark, and filled with non-con and violence. I may end up talking about some, even before the spoilers, so if that isn’t your cup of tea, stop reading now. You’ve been warned.

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