Ava Sinclair-Sins of the Father

When it comes to titles, Ava plays games. You look at a title like Sins of the Father, and it could mean one thing if you look at it from one way and it can look like something completely different if you look at it another way. I really like that a lot.

Father Dominic is just about to take over his new parish from Father Morris, who is retiring. He’s been there for a year to learn about the parish and to get some mentoring from Fr. Morris, but it’s his turn now. Part of all the stuff he has to deal with is that the church secretary will be leaving too, which means that he has to find a new one. As a favor to Father Morris, Father Dominic goes to dinner at one of the deacon’s house to meet his daughter to hire her to be the church secretary.

Carmen went to college and got a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She really wanted to stay away from her father, but jobs for people who just have a BS are few and far between. So, back to her father’s house she has to go, sadly. Her father is a jackass and tells her that she needs to work as the church’s new secretary. She tries to get the father to say he won’t hire her, but there’s just something about her, and he does hire her.

I felt so sorry for Carmen. I mean, when I say her father is a jackass, I may actually be insulting jackasses. He’s just a nasty piece of work and probably deserves to be firmly kicked in the balls. A fucking lot. I volunteer to do it. Let me borrow the kid’s steel toed boots, and I’ll be right on it. If I burst one of his testicles, so be it. Anyway, I digress. Carmen just really hurts, and I just really want to just give her a hug and a cuddle and tell her that things will get better. She just needs to have someone do that for her.

Father Dominic is a really good man. His goal in life is to take care of his flock. He just wants to be a good priest to everyone under his care, to make sure that people are safe and have everything they need. There’s just something about Carmen that draws him to her and really makes him want to make sure that she’s safe and cared for. He just wants to wrap her up in bubble wrap and a blanket.

This is a quick read, but it works as a complete story. I don’t feel like anything is missing to it or that anything was rushed through it. It is nicely wrapped up and you get a great story.

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I really, really, really hate Carmen’s father. He brings up bad feelings, and I want him to burn in hell.

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

Addison Cain-Strangeways

So, Addison is back with a sorta new novella. This is one that showed up in another anthology last year or maybe the year before. But it has been extended and tweaked up a bit, and well, the tentacle dick is always worth a reread. I have a lot of things to say about Strangeways, so buckle yourself in and see what I have to say, shall we?

Over the generations, male birth numbers have gone done, and what males are born are generally dead by 40. It’s considered the duty of every guy out there to get out and spread his seed far and wide, and women are supposed to be all happy and shit, yeah, whatever dude. Emily has worked really hard over the years to not end up as one of the women who is going to be left as a single mom. She has a brother who is nearing 40 who is married and has kids and who Emily is trying to help support. Pretty much everything she makes that doesn’t go to feed or house her goes to her brother and his family.

She is a waitress at a nice restaurant, and one day, Phi shows up. As she leaves, he’s there, and she ends up taking him home, and fucks him silly, even though he’s an alien. And it’s pretty awesome, because he has the magical cock that does all kinds of cool things. It changes shape, it moves around, and there are yummy tentacles at the base. No knots, but tentacles that tickle all the good places has to be great. Anyway, Phi pays lots of attention to Emily, and all things are good.

This story, when I first read it, seemed very un-Addison like. It’s pretty sweet, has a very nice happy ending, and all sorts of good things happen.

But…

Then I reread it. If you want to read my new opinion, you will have to read under the picture, because that’s where they are all going to be.

I really do like this story and I do like it from both of the POVs I have on it, and which one I have can change from day to day, so that will give me a lot of rereading fun.

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So, here’s how I’ve changed my mind. If you look at the story, there’s a pretty deep level of dark going on, I think. I mean, Phi and his species are all doing this mind control thing, and the majority of the women that they are mating have been basically brainwashed into it. Plus, the aliens have used their powers to make the whole world feel very well disposed to them instead of afraid, like they might otherwise have been.

That makes me wonder if the guys are actually in love with the women that they are mating or if they have just picked a woman who they like and then brainwashed her into liking him so he can fuck her. And the women, of course, think that they are all head over heels, because of this whole urge thing, but do they ever develop real feelings about the aliens they have mated too?

And Emily, being who she is, does she decide that she’s going to just love him because it’s easier than fighting against him, does she actually catch the feelz, or is it a whole Stockholm kind of thing?

Like I said, I reread it and my perspective changed on it. I’ll have to go back and reread the original and see if I can pick up those things in the first one or if it is just in the extended version.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out at your favorite bookseller. 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!

Sara Fields-Marked

Sara is back with an Omegaverse-esque book. Marked is kind of an alien version of Omegaverse. They never say the words Alpha or Omega, but Kendra does have a heat, so that’s why I’m calling it Omegaverse-esque.

Anyway, here’s our story. Kendra is wandering through New York trying to find a job. Her rent is nearly due, her bills are overdue, and if she doesn’t find a job, and soon, she’s going be up shit creek and out on the street. So, she goes to a dive bar called the Salty Dog. She tries to get the bartender’s attention to see if she can get a job, but his isn’t the attention that she gets. She gets the attention of a huge dude named Silas. He decides that he’s going to pull her out of the bar over his shoulder. They get out to the alley, and she tries to attack him. Except, that doesn’t work out so well for her. Next thing she knows, he’s hauled her up to his apartment and whips her ass. Then fucks it.

The next thing Kendra knows, she wakes up at home, tucked into her very own bed, stark ass naked. She’d think that this was a dream, except she can feel every single thing that she and Silas did the night before. So, it wasn’t a dream. But weeks later, she seems to be living a nightmare of several varieties.

I like Kendra, a lot. Sheis a total badass. I mean, she tries to slice Silas’s neck the first time they meet. Then, he gives her the knife back, and she fights him again, and does pretty well too. That badassness will really serve her well in her life, I think. I think Silas is going to have his hands full when it comes to her.

I mostly like Silas. There are a couple of times when I am annoyed by him, but, other than that, he’s not bad. And he does redeem himself from when he annoyed me. So, that worked out well. I do think that he is overall going to be good for Kendra. I think that he will let her be the badass that she is and that she needs to be, but will also keep her under control as needed.

I really loved this book and what happened in it. I would really like to see more about this world. It doesn’t have to be more about Silas and Kendra, but at least more about their world.

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I wouldn’t mind more Attitude in another story. He seemed to be nice enough.

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

Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Conqueror

So, today we’re back to Lili and Lee’s Draekon world. Remember, these new books aren’t about the Draekons on the prison planet that we all know and love, and who come in pairs. These guys are the OG Draekon. The first Draekon ever to walk the universe. And they don’t need to mate in pairs. So, with that said, let’s talk about Draekon Conqueror.

Ruhan, AKA Third, found the first of the humans he was supposed to find, Amanda, and mailed her back to the rebellion, and yes, I mean that quite literally. He stuck her in a stasis pod and mailed her. But that left him free to go hunt down Lani, the other human. The two women had been together until pirates struck and the scientists who were torturing them managed to save only Amanda, leaving Lani to the pirates. They were planning on eating her, until she found out that they love storytellers. So, Lani played Scheherazade to the pirate captain, and she has survived for several weeks now. But, it’s getting close. His first mate has suggested that the captain could chop off her leg and still hear her tales.

Ruhan has signed on with the pirate ship as a mechanic. He knows that Lani is there, he just has to get her off the ship. His plan is to go in and grab her, go to an escape pod, and then take the two of them, plus his tech bot, which looks like a dog sized spider, Blue, back to his ship, on another planet. So, of course, when he goes to check on the escape pods, they are in terrible shape. So, Ruhan and Blue spend their night working on the escape pod so that when they get a chance to escape, they can. And seriously, it’s a good idea, because as soon as he gets the pod fixed, they get attacked. So, he goes and grabs Lani, and it turns out that the ship’s cook is also a Draekon, and they take him with him.

All goes well, until they get shot down over the nearest inhabited planet, and it turns out to be one that Ruhan devastated back in the day. So, whoops?

I really like Ruhan. I love his sassy, flirty attitude. He turns everything into a joke and doesn’t seem like he’s all that serious, which could probably get really annoying really fast, but the fact is, he is really serious, down deep. He’s a really good character, and I really like him a lot. That mix of flirt and sincerity is just a fun mix, and one that I really dig because I’m kinda like that too, at least at times. I love how he is so devoted to tech, and you might think that he does that so he doesn’t have to people, but he does really connect with people. I think that Blue is just so sweet too, and I think that I need more of him.

Lani is strong, brave, and very clever. I don’t know how she fell upon the idea to act like Scheherazade, but it obviously worked really well. I love how devoted she is to Ruhan, even before anything starts up with them, she just wants to be with him. She could really be traumatized by what happened, but the fact is that she is as adjusted as she is, and as enthusiastic as she is. I think that she and Ruhan are really perfect for each other.

I can’t wait for the next one. I need it now.

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Blue was incredibly brave during the attack, and I’m glad that he was around.

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

2019 Round Up-Top Omegaverse Books

We’re back to my year-end round up from last year. Today is going to be my best Omegaverse books. I’m not sure how long this list is going to be, because some of the books I would put on this list I listed elsewhere, so… We’ll just have to see, won’t we?

Tabitha Black-Primal Mate

OK, I’m not just putting Primal Mate on here because the main character is named after me, really I’m not. The reason I am putting it on here is because I really liked the way that Clara interacted with the world. She is an Omega and knows that she’s an Omega, but she tried really hard to act like an Alpha. She trained herself to do it. She learned how to walk, talk, dress, and behave like she was an Alpha, until she couldn’t. I really liked watching her character and how she reacted once she went into heat and things changed. And hey, the fact that Tabby likes me enough to put my name on one of her characters is just really fucking cool.

Anna Wineheart-Gareth’s Boy

Anna released a few books this year, and I tend to reread her books too. I like the characters in them. They give me all the feelz. I’ve already had one of her books on my Top 10 list, and here’s another with Gareth’s Boy. This book is the second one in a spinoff series from the Men of Meadowfall books. This one goes on this list because of how Gareth changes his mind about Flores and how he wants to protect him. When you read this one, watch out for the carrots, snakes, and honey. Oh my. Do be aware that you will have all the feelz.

Leann Ryans-Hired for Heat

Leann took the Omegaverse and flipped it upside down. In Hired for Heat, instead of the Omegas having to be segregated, it’s the Alphas. Once a man presents as Alpha he is put into a camp and either has to work or, if he’s lucky, become a stud who helps Omega women through their heats. It is a fascinating idea and a very new way of looking at the O-verse. Leann has another book in this world, and I’m living for the series.

L.V. Lane-Taking Control

L.V. Lane’s Taking Control is another great take on the O-verse. In her world, there are more than Alphas, Betas, and Omegas, and they all have their own jobs. There are also people who don’t present at all. The reason that there are any Alphas et al in this world is because there was a virus that was released, and now everyone is at war. I am a couple of books behind in this series. I have all the books, I just need to sit down and read them. I just find this to be a really unique take on the O-verse.

Sara Fields-The Omegaborn Trilogy

I can’t really separate out Sara’s Omegaverse books out. That’s because the Omegaborn Trilogy has to be taken together, I think, as one big unit. Even though each book follows a different grouping of one Omega and several Alphas, it has a much larger story arc, and you need to read all of the books together to get the full impact of what is going on. We don’t often see a lot of Betas in the O-verse books, and I really liked what Sara did with it.

OK, that’s all my books for today. I have one more round up list coming, so stay tuned!

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Kitty Thomas-The Escape Artist

On this chilly Tuesday, or at least chilly in my area, Kitty Thomas has given us a gift to keep us nice and toasty warm. The Escape Artist is her latest book, and when you read it, you will run into some old friends. This isn’t a sequel to any other book, and you don’t have to have read any of the other books to read and understand this one, so if you haven’t, you’re all good.

So, here’s the story of Claire and Ari. (I wonder how many times I’m going to have to catch myself typing out my name instead of Claire.)

Three years ago, Claire went through hell. She was abducted and held prisoner by a nameless man who did unspeakable things to her for 43 days. She counted each and every one of them. On that last day, she barely managed to escape with her life. Her captor was coming to kill her, but she managed to get the knife away from him, and ran away. Now, three years later, she’s hiding in her apartment which she has turned into her own Fortress of Solitude. She has massive amounts of security set up so that nothing can get to her. She rarely leaves her house, and when she does, she makes hides her face as much as possible, just in case the man is out there. It hasn’t happened yet, but she might run into him.

Ari is a Dom-ly type. He’s a D type without a sub right now, because he and his last one broke up. She was a brat and liked to try and top from the bottom, and he wasn’t having that. She ran away to be a model in Paris. Even though the two of them weren’t all that great together, he is still mourning. And by mourning, read getting shitfaced. He goes out a lot to various bars, but there is one particular cafe that he often goes to for lunch. Which wouldn’t usually be a huge problem, except for the fact that Claire saw him at the cafe. And was scared shitless because he’s the man who took her for 43 days of fucking hell. So of course, she’s going to do something about it.

I feel really sorry for Claire. I mean, what she’s gone through would seriously break anyone. Then the 3 years after, and feeling like no one has noticed what had happened… If she hadn’t been pretty damn broken before that, that would’ve definitely done it. And then, once she sees Ari out there, it just gets worse. I wish that she could’ve gone to see someone who could’ve helped her with her issues, but I’m not surprised that she didn’t. There are a lot of people who don’t go through near what she does who don’t go see a professional about it, for whatever reason. So, I’m not going to blame her for not getting help. She did what she needed to do for herself, and that’s all that any of us can do, right? I think that Ari is good for her, for a lot of reasons.

Ari is an interesting character. He is extremely controlled and very disciplined. I mean, we can see that in just the way that he acts in the beginning of their story. And even more, we see that in the way that he acts as the story goes on. I wouldn’t blame him if he had lost his temper and just gone bugfuck, but he didn’t, not at all. There really is only one point where he gets really mad, but it’s not at Claire, and even then, he is very controlled. All that control and discipline is good, I think. I mean, I think it’s good in general, but when it comes to Claire, it’s definitely what she needed. And patience. Lots of patience.

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Kane really did overstep at one point, but I totally get why he did. It doesn’t excuse it, but I do get it.

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