Zoe Blake-Bad Babygirls

Zoe is giving us a set of dark and dirty Daddies. The Bad Babygirls are a set of three stories, The Con Artist, The Thief, and The Expert. There is also a prologue called The HackerThat story originally appeared in the anthology Daddy’s Demands as Daughter #13.

The only one of these books that’s a standalone is The Hacker. The other three are more or less a serial and must be read in order. If you don’t, you aren’t going to understand what’s going on. There’s an overarching storyline that runs through the three of them. Each book does focus on a different couple, but the other people show up in the other books.

I’m basically going to treat the 3 books as one large book for this review, just because it’s going to be easier for me, I think.

So, Piper is the con artist, Lyla is the thief, and the expert is Quinn, whose particular expertise lies in customizing guns. They are old friends who have gotten up to some very, very bad things. They all met in high school, and hung around with Quinn’s sister Julie, and another friend named Mary. However, things happened with Julie, and Mary fell away from them. But the three of them are thick as thieves.

Our couples are Piper and Ethan, Lyla and Roman, and Quinn and Ryder. Ethan and Roman are partners in a huge construction company, as well as huge crimelords. Ryder is the top assassin in the world.

Ethan and Roman have a problem, and they need Piper to fix it. She’s not only a top con artist, she’s also an excellent forger of art. So, Ethan manages to drag her into it, and then ends up being her Daddy. When something happens, Lyla has information that Ethan needs, so Roman says that he will go get it out of her. That turns out to be so awesome, mostly because she stabs him and then smacks him in the head with a brick. More things happen, and Roman and Ethan make a stupid mistake, which causes Ryder to grab Quinn, and sort of threaten our boys. Which, frankly, I would’ve done too.

Love my synopsis? I think it’s kind of perfect. Or, at least, sort of mostly. Really, I’m not giving anything away, because we all know that things are going to happen, lol.

I like Piper, Quinn, and Lyla. I think that Lyla is my favorite. I’m not a fashionista like she is, by any way, shape, or means, but she’s totally kickass. I mean, all the ladies are pretty much kickass, but seriously, Lyla beats Roman up. Of course, he spanks her for it, but she still hit him in the head with a fucking brick. She is also one of the reasons that The Hacker is tied into these books. I’ll get into that in another minute.

I liked Quinn. When you look at her or talk to her, you don’t get the whole kind of mad genius vibe she has going on, but she really does have that happening, and it’s kind of interesting. I think she might be one of those people who wants to go out and try something just to see if she can create it. I do think that Ryder is perfect for her though. And for more than the fact that they can have lively discussions about ammo and weapons.

For me, Piper was the weakest of the bunch. I liked her, but not as much as I liked Lyla and Quinn. I don’t know why or what it is about her, but there it is.

As for the guys, I never really warmed up to Ethan. I mean, like not at all. In fact, at the beginning I downright disliked him. As the books progressed, I stopped disliking him as much, but I never really liked him. And as to why I like Ryder and Roman and not Ethan? I dunno. There’s just that chemistry, you know? You either do or you don’t. Ethan also made me madder than the other two did at times. And it’s not like he did really did anything different to what Ryder and Roman did, or anything. In fact, Ryder could be said to have been stricter or harder, and definitely more stalkery, than Ethan, but you know what, there you are. Of all the guys, I think that Ryder is my favorite.

OK, for The Hacker, here’s how it ties in. Devon, the hacker and #13, and Reid, her Daddy, and the Father of the Compound, where she was trained, and BTW, so was Lyla. They get pulled into the job that Ethan and Piper are doing. They are also there at the end of the series.

That’s all for today. No spoilers today. Go check out all 4 of these great books, especially if you like the dark Daddies that Zoe writes. Happy reading!

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Measha Stone-Training His Pet

This weekend, Measha decided to put a surprise release out. Training His Pet is the 6th book in her Owned and Protected series. This can be read as a standalone, but it is part of an interconnected series. All the heroes of the books know each other.

So, Dax was in the military. When he left he went home to Chicago and opened a club with his younger brother, Corbin. Corbin is the public face of the club, while Dax handles the security. Dax and Corbin are often at odds because Corbin is getting a little too close to a Mob family, and Dax wants to keep them out of the club altogether. On one fateful evening, Jimmy and his family are in a private room, and a journalist is trying to get into the private room. Dax sends her home and breaks up a fight.

Erika is a journalist who has been chasing after a huge story about a large crime family. She wants to have her own byline, and a story about the Mob should get her that byline. She finally gets into Velvet, a club where she knows she can find out more, but then one of the owners kicks her out. She sneaks around behind the club, just in time to see the same guy kick out some other people and to see a beat down happen.

Suddenly, Corbin calls Dax and tells him that Jimmy the Mobster is after Erika, and he needs to take her somewhere safe until the heat is off.

I really like Dax. I mean, there are a lot of times when I don’t like the hero part of the time, but except for one really stupid moment, I do like Dax. He’s dependable, steady, sturdy, protective, and incredibly loyal. He wants to make sure that anyone he thinks of as his is safe, and he will do whatever he can to do that. He does have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to his brother, but don’t we all have a blind spot like that somewhere? The thing is, though, that he’s willing to listen to other people and not just deny everything.

I like Erika. I think that she is very goal oriented and she’s one of those people who has a plan and who wants to make her goals come true. I think, though, that she sometimes lets that focus distract her or blind her from other things. I think that chasing the story is like an addiction for her. I get her wanting to get her name on a column and getting further in her career, but I just think that she has learned how to make that her drug.

And being a Measha book and one in the Owned and Protected series, you can be sure that there is all kinds of kinkery fuckery going on in it, because, well, there is allllllll kinds of kinkery fuckery. And because it’s one of the Pet books, I bet you can guess what flavor all that kinkery takes. And fucking hell, it’s hot AF.

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I never liked Corbin. Never.

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

 

Grace Goodwin-Matched and Mated

So, Matched and Mated is the 16th book in Grace’s Interstellar Brides series, and it relates back to Her Mate’s Secret Baby, the 9th book in the series. The heroine in the 9th book is Natalie, who gets matched to Trion, and for reasons brings Miranda, a friend to Trion with her.

Two years after coming to Trion, Miranda is in the 6th month of a no strings attached relationship with a hunky doctor named Brax. He is more than just a doctor though, he also does super sekrit sneaky stuff for Trion and the Coalition. She has caught feelings, but she knows that his priority is his duty for Trion. She doesn’t blame him for it, and she was the one who proposed their arrangement, but he’s made it very obvious that he’s not going to take a mate anytime soon, and she really wants someone who is going to look at her as his number 1 priority, like her friend Natalie’s mate Roark does. So, when he has to leave again for another long term mission, and then she finds out that he was in town and then left without even seeing her, she knew, feelz or not, that it was time to do something. She decides to visit the bride testing center on Trion to find her perfect mate.

Meanwhile, on Battlegroup Zakar, second in command Trist finds out that he’s getting his perfect mate, coming from Trion, which causes him a lot of surprise when he finds out that his mate Miranda is human. He’s pretty sure that she’s totally perfect, there’s just one issue. He’s a Prillon, and Prillons mate in pairs, but since he never thought that he would get a mate and his second got a better offer, he currently doesn’t have one. But that’s OK, he told Miranda that they will find one.

Then there’s Brax. Oh, that sweet idiot. He comes home and discovers that Miranda is gone. Which really pisses him off, because he had finally decided that she was his. Natalie gives him a right telling off though.

OK, Brax is a total fucking idiot. Natalie shoulda had Roark beat the everloving snot out of him. He totally deserved it. And frankly, I would’ve laughed my everloving ass off. And I think, in general, he’s a pretty good guy, but he just wasn’t all that good here, you know? I won’t go so far as to say that he was toxic in the beginning, because he really wasn’t, but he was… careless. He was careless of Miranda’s feelings and her emotions. And that is almost worse, in my opinion.

Trist is a brick house. Not the kind that you bang your head against when you are frustrated, but the kind where you go to feel safe and protected. You know that within that house, nothing can get to you, you have something at your back. And hey, putting brick house into the same meaning as the Commodores song, it works just as well. He’s steady, sturdy, protective, and has his priorities in the right place. He’s pretty much nearly everything that Miranda needs.

I like Miranda. She has learned her value and her worth. She knows what she wants, and she definitely isn’t afraid to go after it. I always love it when I see that in a book.

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I love the mixed species pairings we’re getting lately. I think it’s pretty cool, and I would totally love to see more of them.

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

Kitty Thomas-Comfort Food

Comfort Food was the first book I read by Kitty. It was free at the time, and another author recommended it, and I thought, well, it’s free, might as well. And I definitely am glad I did.

Here’s our story. Emily is a self-help author, and does reasonably well. She has a degree in psychology and basically knows what she’s talking about. She thinks that she’s pretty aware of things that women need to do to keep themselves safe, including not leaving her drink alone. Except for the one day that she did.

She wakes up tied to a chair, blindfolded. There is no sound anywhere. Finally, a man comes in and feeds her chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers, with water. At least, he feeds her as long as she lets him touch her. If she says no or flinches, then he stops. He never says anything to her, just feeds her, unties her, and leaves her in a room with a toilet, a drain, and a biometric and coded lock on the door.

That is how Emily’s journey starts. In that room. With no interaction. With no stimulation. The only time her captor comes in the room is when she is in the far corner, as far away from the door as she can be, and even then, he only comes in long enough to slide in her trays of food, chicken noodle soup and saltines, with bottles of water, three times a day, or to slide in a bucket of water and bathing supplies.

This book is incredibly intimate, for so many reasons. It’s all from Emily’s POV, and we learn so much about her. We are in her head the whole time, and we are drawn into her journey and why she makes the choices that she does. They aren’t ever really easy choices, and they might not be the choices that I would’ve made in my life, but I’ve never been in that place, so I don’t know what I would and wouldn’t do. Even though we see in her head, and see why she is making the choices she does, I still wonder if she is doing the right thing for her or not. But isn’t that the joy of reading a book like this?

This is one that I’ve gone back to reread several times and every time I read it, I get new and different insights from it. I expect that will continue to be the case every time I read it in the future. Kitty knew what she was doing with this one. If you pick it up, be prepared for a roller coaster ride.

There’s no spoilers down below. Anyway, go pick it up, you’ll thank me. If you haven’t read anything else that Kitty Thomas has written, I can’t recommend her enough.

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Laura Taylor-Redemption of a Slave

Well, you know how a couple of weeks ago I said that most MM Omegaverse was on the lighter side and didn’t have the dub/noncon that you see in MF Omegaverse? Redemption of a Slave by Laura Taylor is one of the exceptions to that. I wish I could remember who recommended this to me and where, because I totally want to thank that person. This book really knocked me out. There are things about it that have been stuck in my head since I read it.

So, the world in this one was really interesting. This particular book takes place in 1800s France. The way that the world works is that people are born as male or female, but they exist in a kind of limbo until they start to differentiate as Alpha, Beta, or Omega. That usually happens around the age of 15 or so. I don’t know how they can tell when it comes to women, but we get a pretty good look at how they can tell when it comes to the guys. Basically, the guy walks in, drops trou, and has his cock measured weekly, for about 2 months. If his cocks grows significantly, then he’s an Alpha. If there is no kind of growth at all, then Omega, especially if there is some lubrication going on. In a lot of the MM books I’ve read, Omegas still have a good size cock. In this one, Dante’s cock is only about 3 inches, which they say is pretty good for an Omega.

Once you differentiate as an Omega, you are basically disherited and kicked out of the family. You get sent to special schools where you learn how to please the Alphas or Betas who are going to fuck you. Then you end up as a slave. You can end up in a household or a brothel. If you end up in a household, you are going to have domestic type chores, as well as being an available hole. There are different levels of service there. You can be a housemate, who is open to any Alpha or Beta in the household, as well as any guests. You could be a personal Omega, which means that an Alpha has bought you to be their own personal plaything. You could be a breeder, which is exactly what it sounds like, and you are only bred by the head of the household or the designated breeding Alpha. Or, and this is perishingly rare, you can end up as a bonded Omega.

So, here’s how our story works. Dante was a breeding Omega of a Spanish nobleman, and gave birth 3 times. On his last heat, he didn’t get pregnant and since his last two children were girls, his master decides to sell him on. Instead of doing it himself, he sends a lackey out to do it. On the trip to France, the lackey lets the sailors have at him.

Several months later, Dante has been sold a couple of times, and he gets treated worse every time. He has been brutalized, doesn’t get into the sex at all, and the beautiful, pampered breeding slave has now been beaten and scarred. Then comes Antoine.

Antoine has been adopted by the Calvet family, and is the heir to the estate. The whole inheritance rules and set up around Alphas is really odd, because of the way that the differentiation works. Anyway, his father has decided that he’s old enough to have his own personal Omega and takes him to the market. Antoine’s father tells him to check into the certified Omegas, but instead, he sees Dante, and there just something about him. Even brutalized and nearly feral as he is, there’s just something that draws him to Dante. Antoine thinks that he can work with Dante, if he’s treated with kindness and with common decency, then Dante will be… tamed, for lack of a better word.

There is a lot of learning that goes on on both sides here. One of the things that really got me and which has really stayed with me and think is where Antoine and Dante have a discussion about the fact that Antoine always made sure that the Omegas he was with got off. Dante tells Antoine that it’s a biological function. The knot presses on a bundle of nerves which causes a male Omega to come. So, maybe he came because he liked it or maybe he came because of biological function and he was just well-trained in making sure the Alpha is happy. There are a lot of other things like that in the book, and which still get me.

I think that this is a fantastic story. I’m going to definitely be buying more of Laura’s work and reading them, because the world she created was very detailed, and really felt authentic. I wonder how much research she did into France of that period to get the feel she did.

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I felt so sorry for Dante as particular things come out. It just broke my heart.

I also find the whole separation of Alpha/Omega in certain things to be important.

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

 

Leann Ryans-Hired For Heat

Leann Ryans has a new Omegaverse book out, and this one has set the trope on its head, in the very best way. I love what she has done with Hired For Heat.

So, normally in MF Omegaverse books, Alphas are on top of the world, Betas are somewhere in the middle, and Omegas are prized, held to be the lowest of the low, or socked away for breeding purposes. But that’s not what is going on with this world. In this world, Betas are running the show. As soon as a male presents as an Alpha, he is taken away from his family and sent to a special school and then onto a couple of places. He could go to a work camp, or he could become a stud, which is really the best outcome for him. The camps range in quality, some of them being barely better than prisons, while there are others which are much better. Then, there are the breeding houses for the Alphas chosen to be studs.

In this society, Omega women can either lock themselves into a safe room for their heat, or they can go to a breeding house and hire a stud to tend them. The Alphas are given guards for their teeth so they can’t bite them to form a bond, and they are given contraceptives, unless the Omega wants to be bred. In the days leading up to her heat, the woman can go and look at the available studs and pick one to help her. Then, when she goes into heat, she goes back to the center, gets locked into a room, and her stud is sent into her.

There is actually one more, even better, outcome for Alphas, and that’s to find an Omega who will bond them and they can be mates. It doesn’t happen often, and every Alpha kind of dreams about it, but it does, on occasion happen.

So into this world Sandra and Austin were born. Austin was in a camp and he learned to be a carpenter. He had plans for his life. Then he went to The Haven, the best house in the city. He got in trouble on his first day there, and ended up in the restricted hall.

Sandra is a designer who works with the top builders. She designs buildings and is damn good at it. She’s never had an Alpha help her through her heat, and she’s decided that it’s just about time she should. So, she goes to The Haven, and then she sees Austin. There’s just something about him that draws her to him, no matter what the Beta woman in charge of The Haven says. She knows that he will be the perfect Alpha to tend her through her heat.

I love, love, love, love this take on the Omegaverse. It is, quite literally, completely unique to anything else I’ve ever read in the O-verse, MM, MF, or anything else. It’s fantastic. I mean, not only are the Alphas not in charge, they are completely locked away, and basically don’t have any rights unless they are bonded to an Omega. They are trained to be useful to Omegas, even if they have additional skills. The Betas are the ones making the rules. Omegas can be successful and powerful, but they are still fighting the stigma of their dynamic, but nothing like what the Alphas are dealing with.

I’m really looking forward to seeing more in this world, because I think that it’s ripe for all kinds of interesting stories. I think Leann is going to do just as a great a job with them too.

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OMG, the bureaucracy. That was so ridiculous, just so insane to get all that to handle something that should’ve been so much easier and much simpler, let alone much more personal and intimate.

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

PS, don’t forget about the party on Saturday! Leann will be there, giving you the chance to win ebooks!

Jessie Cooke-Finn

Jessie Cooke’s latest book is the 24th in her Skulls MC series, and the 3rd in the Phoenix Skulls section of that series. However, I kind of think of Finn as the first one in the Phoenix Skulls books, even though we’ve had the two before. I’ll get to why I think that in a bit.

So, Finn is literally a walking dead man. His death was faked to keep him safe from people he owes back in Ireland, and his current ID is that of a dead man, so really, he’s a dead man twice over. Now he’s in Phoenix, working with Beck and Jace, to build up a new chapter of their club. He’s also boozing, wenching, and fighting, and occasionally getting arrested. His father, who is also a walking dead man, has asked him to go meet a guy, for some reason, and he’s not allowed to tell anyone about it. But instead of meeting who his father wants, he ends up meeting a lovely woman who sits down at the table with him and starts introducing herself.

Caitlyn is pretty new to Phoenix. She’s shy, quiet, reserved, and has spent her life living quietly. She doesn’t have a lot of experience with guys, and has no real dating life at the moment. Her cousin Joy, though, wants that to change. So she keeps setting Caitlyn up on dates. Her latest date is supposed to be with a guy who dresses like he’s into “grunge”, so when Finn drives up on his bike and walks into the coffee shop, Caitlyn is pretty sure that’s who Joy meant, so she goes into the coffee shop, sits down, starts talking, at least right up until the guy she’s supposed to be meeting shows up and is all like WTF?

So, here’s why I think that this is the first real story for the Phoenix Skulls. The first book was really about setting up the chapter and creating the new setting. We got to meet a few new characters, but we really didn’t focus too much on one particular character, though there was a lot of Beck and Jace, because, well, Beck and Jace. Jace’s book was pretty much all his backstory, which I really loved. We didn’t know much about Jace until that one, and then we learned all about him. Made me love him even more. This book, though, is the first one that focuses on one character and takes place all in Phoenix. So, see why I think it’s the first real book of this section.

OK, back to Finn and Caitlyn. I like Finn. He has gone through so much shit in his life, just so much, and yet, he’s managed to pull himself through it and is able to thrive on the other side. I mean, he kicked heroin, and though the temptation is always going to be there, he hasn’t backslid, which can be really hard. I have to give him major props for that. I think that he’s a dick at times, which, well, pretty much anyone can be, but once he realizes that he’s being a dick, he’s able to adjust and do better.

Caitlyn is a lot stronger than her family wants to believe. I think that she’s probably stronger than even she knows, and she doesn’t learn that until she had to figure it out. I think that she is good for Finn, and she’s not going to let him get away with anything, which is exactly what Finn needs, as well as someone who supports him so well. I look forward to seeing more of them as a couple in future books.

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OMG, Finn’s dad. That son of a bitch needs to die in incredibly slow and painful ways. I’m pretty sure that there are presidents of at least 3 different MCs/chapters who want to hurt him, a lot.

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