Felicity Brandon-Goldie’s Surrender

I have never loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears more than I have when I read Goldie’s Surrender. Felicity has done really well with Goldie and her 3 dominant bear shifter boys. The story is great and the sex? Well, I had to fan my computer off while writing this blog just in memory of the story.

Goldie is the quintessential rich girl. Her daddy is a huge developer who is trying to raze the forest so he can develop it. He’s always given her everything she wants, but never any boundaries, discipline, time, or love. She spends most of her time with Harry the servant at the house. One day, Harry tells her to stay out of the forest. The forest is wild and mysterious. Of course, that means that she’s going to go right out into the forest, wild and mysterious be damned. Goldie likes the great outdoors, she used to go out and hike and took survival courses and everything, so she figures she’ll just go out there for a hike while she’s there and while the forest is still there.

Goldie wakes up early the next morning and is off on her hike. She leaves Harry a nice little note telling him that she had left early to go hang out with some friends. And off she traipses into the woods. (I may need to watch that movie again, the songs are in my head now.) She sets a waypoint on her GPS so she can find her car when she’s done and goes for a lovely hike. Except, she doesn’t get a signal in the forest and she gets terribly lost and ends up spending the night out in the wild.

Logan, Ethan, and Heath are three brothers who live deep in the forest and take care of the woods. And oh yeah, they’re bears. Logan is the oldest and is the Alpha of the bunch. Ethan is the middle child and has some real issues with Logan. They love each other, but they also butt heads a lot. Ethan doesn’t always want to do what Logan says. He wants to be in charge and make the decisions. Or at least he thinks he might want to. Mostly he just has anger issues and doesn’t want to have someone telling him what to do. Heath is the baby of the group. He’s also the most mellow of the three brothers. He often acts as the peacemaker and helps to keep things working smoothly between his brothers. On this particular morning, he is making a nice soup for them to eat when they get home from working on reinforcing a waterway.

When Goldie wakes up with bugs crawling all over her, she is understandably a little upset. She’s lost, her phone’s dead, and she’s cold and hungry. So she wanders off to see if she can find someone to help her. Instead, she finds a cozy cottage in the woods where there are three chairs, three bedrooms, and a lovely pot of soup bubbling away on the stove.

OK, so since we’ve all heard the story of the 3 bears, so we know basically what happens next. But, I’ll bet the version you heard as a kid didn’t include Goldie getting spanked or screwed into next week. The interactions between the brothers read as really realistic of siblings. (I’m 16 months older than my brother, and he was totally Ethan.) It’s a great dynamic there. Goldie and the brothers really worked well. Since each brother had their own strengths, they all met different needs, so it worked really well. I love this fairy tale and want Felicity to write many, many more.

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Goldie was a brat and she did have issues with being a brat. She’s a likable brat though, so not too bad. I didn’t like Ethan all the time. He’s kind of a dickbag sometimes. He does manage to pull his head out of his ass, but it takes a lot of time for it to happen.

I love how each guy does something particular for Goldie, in the form of meeting needs. Logan is safety, Heath is the soothing, calming one, and Ethan is the one who scares her, first in the wrong way, but then in the best ways.

Everyone loves each other, which is good and there’s a very nice HEA, since it is a fairy tale. We all know that they have HEAs.

Hold onto this lovely, light RH/menage dearies, because we are going to be rolling in the dark again next week, and you may need Felicity and Goldie to get you through. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Julia Sykes-War of Hearts

Julia Sykes writes some very, very steamy books. The books have a good story to go along with all that steam too, so that’s all good. War of Hearts fits really well into the rest of her books, so I was really happy that I got to read it.

Ashlyn is a Harvard student who does everything she can to get her father’s approval. She studies hard, keeps her head down, and generally stays out of trouble. Her only real bit of rebellion against her dad is that she is getting an art history degree instead of a psych degree like her dad wanted. While she is still working hard at school, she’s having a really hard time personally. A few weeks ago, a man named Marco came and told her boyfriend Joseph that he had to leave and go home. She is heartbroken and is trying to just get through life without Joseph.

Joseph has been moping around Marco’s house. He came home because he had to because of family politics, but he was much happier living in Cambridge and being a bartender where he could be with Ashlyn. He knows that he did the right thing to keep Ashlyn safe, but that doesn’t make his decision any easier.

Marco is Joseph’s best friend. They are close enough that they nearly brothers. They’ve shared just about everything in the past, including women. Marco is tired of Joseph moping around, so he does something about it. One day, he goes and tells Joseph that he has a surprise. Marco leads Joseph into his bedroom where a drugged Ashlyn is laying. Marco tells Joseph that he has had Ashlyn under surveillance to keep her safe and that their enemies have been nosing around her, so he brought her to the house to keep her safe, and oh yeah, now Joseph can stop moping around like someone has ripped out his heart because here’s Ashlyn.

When Ashlyn wakes up, she sees Joseph and is so happy to see him. Then she sees Marco. She’s terrified of Marco because he looks scary and he lays out some hard truths for her. Ashlyn keeps clinging to Joseph so that she doesn’t have to interact with Marco, and avoids Marco every chance she gets. That’s not always as easy as she might wish since she’s sleeping in his room, in his bed. She isn’t always as successful as she would wish, and avoiding him gets even harder when she finds his sketchbook where he’s drawn pictures of her that she can’t get out of her mind.

Alrighty, you know what’s going to happen now. I really like the interaction between everyone in this book, as separate couples and as the full menage. Both Joseph and Marco offer something to Ashlyn that meets separate needs that she has. She manages to meet both of their needs, so it’s a win/win/win all around. The external drama gets kind of scary at times, and it balances out the sweetness of the relationship that the three of them create quite well.

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Marco makes a really good Daddy, and takes really good care of Ashlyn. I think that Joseph is more of a medium size M instead of a full capital M. He’s dominant to Ashlyn, but Marco is the one who ultimately controls everything when it comes to their sex life, at least. Marco and Joseph don’t have any sexual interaction, but that doesn’t mean that Joseph still isn’t getting Dom’ed. That’s just my opinion on the matter, so if you have a different take, I’d be more than happy to hear about it, please and thank you. I’m always happy to see what other people have to say about the books I read.

I didn’t quite see the end happening the way that it did, but I’m not going to say that I don’t like it. I do quite like it, and it was unexpected, so that was good.

OK, that’s all I have to say about WoH. There is a prequel to it that’s free, so go check it out for some backstory. We’ve got a couple busy days, so buckle up, buttercup. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Cora Brent-Turn Available Now

Turn

Gentry Generations: Book Two
by Cora Brent
Publication Date: January 12, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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CASSIE
I’m determined to leave my mistakes in the past.
These days I’m back in school, I’m surrounded by my wonderful, crazy family and I’m working for my dad.
Then Curtis Mulligan happens.
A supposedly reformed gang member from the rundown prison town where my folks grew up, Curtis looks like he was built for mayhem.
We have nothing in common.
If he hadn’t taken a job working for my father, our paths wouldn’t even cross.
But I can’t admit that menacing mix of ink and muscle has flipped a switch inside of me.
It’s an impulse I’m determined to ignore.
However, when Curtis turns out to be much more than he seems and steps between me and a bad situation, I wind up owing him a hell of a favor.
And I can’t think of anything but paying him back…

CURTIS
I should have been dead a dozen times over but somehow I’m still here.
I’m grateful for the chance to keep my head down and act like a regular citizen. Screwing up isn’t an option and getting naked with the boss’s daughter is no way to thank the man for a job.
Besides, sweet, clueless Cassie Gentry isn’t the kind of girl I’m used to entertaining myself with. I had planned to keep my hands off even if she begged for it.
But that was before I realized Cassie is much more than a pretty face.
She just might be the girl who can turn me around for good…

*TURN is the latest book set in the Gentry world from USA Today and NYT Bestselling author Cora Brent. May be read as a stand alone.*

 About Cora Brent

Cora Brent was born in a cold climate and escaped as soon as it was legally possible. Now, she lives in the desert with her husband, two kids and a prickly pear cactus she has affectionately named ‘Spot’. Cora’s closet is filled with boxes of unfinished stories that date back her 1980’s childhood and all her life she has dreamed of being an author.  Amazingly, she is now a New York Times and USA Today bestselling writer of contemporary romance and begs not to be awakened from this dream.

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My Torin Is Live!

My Torin

by K. Webster

Publication Date: January 9, 2018

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Psychological Romance

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I’m a freak, a misfit, an odd end.

Abandoned and unloved.

But my happiness is so close I can taste it.

Until he shows up.

Gorgeous, expensive, and all man.

Sad brown eyes and a brilliant smile.

And he wants me to go with him.

His intentions are hidden.

His motives are unclear.

Yet, I leave with him because there’s no happiness here.

What he promises feels too good to be true…

A castle. A fortune. And horses too.

It’s too easy.

Nothing in my life has ever been easy.

What’s the catch?

There’s always a catch.

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Mr. North is live!

I’ll be blogging this one later this afternoon, so be sure to watch this space!

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Law student Beth Dreymon is out of money and struggling hard. If she wants to finish her degree, she’s going to have to earn some money and fast. When she learns of an exciting opportunity—playing chess with New York’s most elusive billionaire—the offer sounds too good to be true. Reassured the offer is legit, Beth gets her game face on and prepares to geek out…

Only, when she steps foot into Raphael North’s luxurious penthouse, the rulebook goes flying out of the floor-to-ceiling windows. North is beautiful and damaged—a terrible temptation—and he has his sights set on winning Beth over. He’s just a job, though. A job Beth needs in order to make ends meet. If she plans on making her life in New York work, she needs to keep her eye on the prize. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, however, and it isn’t long before Beth finds herself entangled in Raphael’s world of dark desire.

Captor.

Curator.

Lover.

Enigma.

Beth should run from the devastatingly attractive blue-eyed devil, but Mr North has other ideas…and he’s about to make his next move.

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Raphael North stands on the other side of the abnormally thick glass. He’s dressed in a plain dark blue t-shirt, and a pair of washed out blue jeans. His feet are completely bare. His hair is even darker than it was in his picture, if that’s at all possible. Almost curly, too. It’s then that I realize it’s wet—he must have just gotten out of the shower. There are small dark patches on his t-shirt where water has obviously soaked through the material.

He turns those startling vivid green eyes on me and I’m breathless all over again. It feels like I’m tumbling over some steep cliff face, a weightless sensation turning my stomach over as I fall. Inside, I’m back to wanting to flee the building. Externally, I’m praying to deities of faiths and religions all over the world that I don’t look like I’m about to slump in an unconscious mess on the floor right in front of him. My top lip begins to twitch—something that only happens when I’m really, really anxious. Without thinking, I press my fingertips to my mouth, as if I can put a halt to the twitching by touch alone. A strange look passes over Raphael’s face. A slight movement at the corner of his mouth. I can’t decide if it’s displeasure or amusement. Either way, the reaction is fleeting, barely noticeable at all, and then his face is a blank mask again. He places his hand on a curved silver handle on the other side of the door, and then pulls it toward him, opening it. There are no barriers now. Nothing standing between myself and a man whispered and gossiped about by an entire city. Screw that, an entire nation. I’m in an enviable position right now, but I’d gladly thank the universe if the ground opened up and swallowed me whole.

The first words Raphael North speaks to me will haunt me until the day I die. He angles his head ever so slightly to one side, then says, “Your toenail polish is chipped, Ms. Dreymon.”

Lord have mercy. His voice is deep but soft. It has no hard edges, but at the same time his tone is overflowing with self-confidence and command.

I’m sorry, I…wasn’t aware of your no-shoe policy.”

About the Author

Callie Hart is a USA Today bestselling author of dark romance novels. She is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. She loves to travel, and often pens her books when she’s on the road, drawing inspiration from her often unique and wild surroundings.

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Obession Mine Is Live!

I stole her in the night. Caged her because I can’t live without her. She’s my love, my addiction, my obsession.

I will do anything to keep Sara mine.

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“You will never do this again.” My voice is low and hard as I grip her shoulders and pull back to meet her startled gaze, the fear inside me swamped by fierce determination. “You will not run from me, Sara. Ever. There’s nobody out there who can help you, no place you can hide from me. And if you try this futile stunt again, you’ll regret it—I give you my word on that. You think you know what I’m capable of, but you haven’t even scratched the surface. You have no idea of the lengths I’ll go to, ptichka, no clue what I’m willing to do to have you. You’re mine, and you’re staying mine—now and for as long as we’re both alive.”

I can feel her muscles tensing as I speak, and I know I’m scaring her. It’s not what I want, but I have to keep her from these escape attempts.

I have to keep her safe.

“Peter, please…” Her soft hazel eyes fill with tears as her palms come up to press against my chest. “Don’t do this. This isn’t love. Even you must realize that. I’m sorry for everything you’ve lost, for what George did to your family. And I know—” She swallows, holding my gaze. “I know there’s something between us, something that shouldn’t be there… something that doesn’t make any sense. You feel it, and I feel it too. But that doesn’t make this right. You can’t stalk someone into loving you, can’t intimidate her into caring. For as long as you’re keeping me here, I’m your captive, no matter what you make me say… no matter what you coerce me into. Whether I run or not, I’m not yours—and I never will be. Not like this.”

Every word she speaks is like a knife puncturing my liver. “How then?” My words come out harsh and desperate, violent in their intensity. “Tell me, Sara. How can I have you? What other way can we be together?”

Her gaze mirrors my torment. “We can’t,” she chokes out, her delicate nails scraping over my skin as her hands curl into fists against my chest. “This isn’t meant to be, Peter. We’re not meant to be. Not with the past we share—not with who and what we are.”

“No.” My rejection is visceral, instinctive. “No, you’re wrong.”

Realizing I’m gripping her shoulders with biting force, I release her and step back, then turn away to turn off the water, using the small task to regain some control. Now that I’m no longer freezing, my body is starting to respond to her nakedness, my hunger for her sharp and dark, aggravated by the volatile brew of anger and frustrated longing. If I don’t calm down, I will take her, and I will hurt her.

I will fuck her until she breaks and admits she belongs to me.

She’s crying when I turn back to face her, the tears mixing with the wetness on her cheeks. “Peter, please…” She reaches over to grip my hand, her slender fingers wrapping around my palm imploringly. “Please, just let me go. This isn’t what you want, not really. I can’t be your family. I can’t be their replacement. Can’t you see that? It’s just not meant to be. What you want is not—”

You are what I want.” Tugging my hand out of her hold, I fist it in her hair and wrap my other arm around her waist, molding her against me. She sucks in a sharp breath, her peaked nipples brushing against my chest, and my cock throbs, hard and ready against her silky stomach as I say thickly, “You, Sara, are everything I want. I don’t give a fuck about the past, or what is or isn’t meant to be. We make our own fate—we choose our own destiny—and I chose you. I don’t care if the rest of the world thinks it’s wrong, if I have to fight an army to hold on to you. I found you, I took you, and I’m keeping you—and I’m never going to set you free.”

Kit Rocha-Beyond-The People

Thursday was a brief overview of the world of the Beyond series. Today it’s all about the people. I’ll probably end up talking the most about the people of Sector 4, just because I love them so much. I love this series, it’s one I read, reread, and then read some more. I’ll go straight through the entire series and then the sequels and spinoffs. Yes, I am that person. I won’t talk too much about couples, just because I don’t want to give any spoilers away so it may seem like I gloss over some people. I’m also going to have to be careful because if I’m not, just this part will end up as 17 parts. I think I may just end up naming a few of the really key players. Of course, they are all key players, but… It’s so hard to write this post, you don’t even know! I mean, do I list all my favorite characters and couples? Do I list every single main character? Do I list them by books? I think that I will just list a few, and talk about more as I talk about the various stories. That’s probably the best way to do it.

Really, the characters are so good and so layered, and as each book goes on, we learn more about old friends and meet new ones. You can’t pick up the novels and read them out of order, but there are novellas that you can check out.

No discussion of the sectors can be complete without talking about Dallas O’Kane. He is the barbarian king of all he surveys. He rose up from nothing and created an empire on the back of his liquor. His real name is Declan, and he came from a ranch in TX, run by his mom. He eventually made his way to Eden and the sectors and started carving out his place. He took over leadership of 4 because he really needed to and now leads it as well as he can. He’s a responsible leader and does what he can to make the people of his sector have a good life. Dallas’ parties are legendary, for good reason. They turn into orgies. Really, the O’Kanes are into touching and affection, whether that means fucking or not, and there is A LOT of fucking, in any way that you can think of. Don’t let all that fool you though, Dallas is wicked smart and has a plan. He also has his queen, Lex.

Alexa Parrino, don’t call her that though, she will cut you, was born in Sector 2 and sold to Orchid House to be trained as a courtesan. Orchid House has always led 2, which means Cerys was the leader when Lex was there. Lex ran away as a teenager and lived on the streets of 3 as a thief. She was trained in just about every way you can manipulate a man, anatomy, politics, how to cut a bitch, all that kind of stuff. She is smart, tricksy, astute, and can read you in 10 seconds or less. She doesn’t just exude sex, she is sex. Dallas may be the power, but Lex is the finesse. Without either one, you don’t have the O’Kanes. She helped him build it up, after she got caught stealing from him. People who underestimate Lex end up with her knife being the last thing they see. I really want to be Lex if and when I ever choose to grow up.

If Dallas is the king, and Lex is the queen, then Nessa is definitely the O’Kane Princess. Nessa was born on Dallas’ family ranch, and he thinks of her as a little sister. Nessa and her grandfather followed Dallas up from TX. Nessa and her skills are vital to the O’Kanes and their success. She is the key to their fortune and is protected, sometimes a little much, by every O’Kane out there. The guys tend to run off anyone she’s interested in. She is their distiller and has been making the O’Kane booze since she was a teenager, taught by her grandfather. There are times that things have to happen to her alcohol that causes her pain. I like Nessa, mostly because there are things about her that I really connect with, in particular, her habit of trying new things until she gets bored, and then moves on. I’ve BTDT, and I’m pretty sure I may have made the t-shirt before I got bored.

Jasper and Bren are Dallas’ right and left hands. Jasper came out of the farms, having been sold to a farmer when he was a child. Jasper was given to Dallas and has been his good right hand and chief enforcer ever since. Bren is about as different to Jasper as you can get. He was Military Police in Eden, but was framed and kicked out. He is patient, careful, and methodical. If Dallas needs a sneak job or an assassin, Bren is the man to do it. He’s also really into pain, as in on Fight Nights, he lets he opponents beat on him for a while and then a willing volunteer takes her place in the cage with him.

Taken as a whole, the O’Kanes are a family, led by Lex and Dallas. Whether they came out of Eden, like Cruz, Noelle, Rachael, Bren, or out of the sectors, like Mad, Jade, and Ace, or out of other places like Jas and Six, they have all managed to come together and turn Sector 4 into a home and the O’Kanes into a family who accepts them and loves them.

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