Chiah Wilder-Animal’s Reformation

Animal’s Reformation is the latest in Chiah’s Insurgent MC series. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read in this series so far. Overall, I enjoyed this one too.

So, Animal is a member of the Insurgents. He spends his time wenching, drinking, and riding. He has a daughter, but her mother moved away and has really kept them apart. Until the day she shows up, tells Animal that she’s done her part and her new man wants no part of her accident, and drops Lucy off with him. Of course, Animal hasn’t seen his daughter since she was a baby, and that was several years ago. He has no clue what to do, except he knows that he needs to have a house for her.

Olivia has sworn off men after walking into her boyfriend’s apartment to find some stranger bouncing on his dick and him planning a surprise 3 way with this lady. She’s especially sworn off sexy bikers. She knows way too much about bikers, since her father and brother were in a 1% MC. So when her new house is right next door to a sexy biker’s house, she does everything she can to keep their relationship on a superficial level. She wants someone nice and boring.

I overall liked Olivia. She’s pretty fierce when it comes to making sure her students get what they need, and she’s not afraid to go to bat for them. I think that she also pretty much knows what she wants, even if she doesn’t always want to listen to herself about it. I think her trying to swear off men for a little while is a good idea. I think that break in between her latest dick and Animal was good for her. She got to do stuff for herself, like buying her own home.

I think that Animal was a good dad, even before Lucy came to live with him. I mean, he sent presents, money, tried to talk to her, and tried to build a relationship with Lucy. He wasn’t all that successful, but that’s not because he didn’t try, it’s because her mother blocked all his efforts. I didn’t like her at all. He really tried really hard to build up a relationship with Lucy after she moved in with him, and that couldn’t have been easy at all. I think that Lucy was just running on anger, and I have to wonder exactly what her mother told her.

Like I said, I did overall enjoy the book. With that said, I thought that there were some places where it was a little slow. I also thought that there were a couple of little subplots that could have been lost without losing anything from the book. But, there’s still a lot of suspense, action, and passion in the story that it made up for it. Of course, as always, this is just my opinion, and your mileage may vary, but you’re here for my opinion, right?

 

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I thought that Chiah did really well at keeping everyone guessing as to who the bad guy was. I had no clue, and there were enough false leads put in there that it was tricksy.

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

The Dynamic Duo-Marry Me, Daddy

So, new month, new Daddy from the Dynamic Duo. Marry Me, Daddy was a lot of fun to read, and I loved everything that happened in it.

We have a bazillionaire named Spencer who has a month to find a suitable wife or he loses his grandfather’s company. He really doesn’t need the company, since he is super duper rich on his own, but it’s the whole principle of the matter. It’s his grandfather’s company. So he does what every self-respecting bazillionaire does, and puts up some billboards advertising for a wife. What, you never saw a billboard like that? There’s just one small glitch, because of course there is, and that’s that some copycat decided to put up their own billboard, and Spencer got all his applicants.

Meanwhile, across town, we have Anna, one of our Dirty Dozen, who loves working at the coffee shop, even though she hates coffee. She knows all her regulars, knows what they want to drink, and will stop and chat with them wherever they are. There’s a techy type who comes in a couple of times a week, gets coffee and pound cake, then sits in the corner and works on his computer. Anna doesn’t know much about him, until she sees his face and name on a billboard on her way to book club.

The next day, he comes into the coffee shop, talks to Anna, and all of a sudden, we have proposal #1.

This is a marriage of convenience story, but it almost feels like a comedy of errors a lot of the time. There are a couple of times when it seemed like the most catastrophic thing that could happen does happen. Without those mistakes, it wouldn’t be as funny, though. And really, with some of them, I have to wonder if they are truly mistakes or were they maybe a sign from the gods? Or was Jasper’s luck working in a weird way?

I like Spencer, even if his last name is ridiculous. I loved seeing how he felt when it came to the Dirty Dozen. I would think that the ladies would be overwhelming at the very best of times.

I really liked Anna, and how she all of a sudden came out of her shell. Definitely riskier than a bean burrito. She’s also very caring and rather tricksy when necessary. I like her little sneaky bits.

 

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I love everything that happens in the end. Because all the things happen.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Alta Hensley-Fallen Daughters

 

Alta Hensley has an interesting writing technique. She writes short stories that show up in various box sets, and then she either expands them or puts them in other books, using the box set as a kind of testing laboratory. There are others that she has written that have just sat on her desk. If you are like me and have read most of what Alta has written, then you will recognize most of her Fallen Daughters, either in their original form or in the form they showed up in other books. I recognized all of them, except for Fallen Daughter 3. Did that stop me from rereading all the stories? No way. I love to reread, so this was awesome for me.

Fallen Daughter #1

This one got tested out in Daddy’s Demands, and then found its way into one of the Top Shelf books, the one with Roman and Cheri, to be precise. I loved it in both its forms, and it’s still as fucking hot the second time around. Or third time. However many, it’s still ridiculously hot.

Fallen Daughter #2

This one first showed up in an anthology called The Dark Forest, which is a collection of adult fairy tales. Alta’s was a take on Sleeping Beauty. A very, very dirty version of Sleeping Beauty. I know that it showed up in another book, in parts at least, but my brain fails me right now, so I don’t remember which one it was. I loved the way that our heroine was given her gifts, and how they really did help her in her captivity.

Fallen Daughter #3

This was the only one of the stories that I haven’t read before. I will say that I haven’t read every single thing that Alta has written, so it may be in one of the books that I haven’t read yet. I really liked it though. It was a pretty sweet little story, which kind of makes it not Alta’s usual fare, but it is just a lovely little story, and left me very happy.

Fallen Daughters #4 & #5

There is a reason that I am combining these two. It’s because they were together in a book called No White Knight, and it was one of the first things that I read by Alta. #4 was known as Pallid Slave, and it disturbed me on a couple of levels. Disturbing good, though. OK, I have to get a smidge personal here. I have lost 2 brothers, one 31 years ago, one 16 years ago. There really isn’t a mark of that loss that shows everyone that you have lost someone you loved so much. That can be both a blessing and a curse. You don’t have to worry about anyone giving you sympathy when it’s overwhelming. Then again, you have to tell them that you are grieving when it gets too much, and that can be really hard to do. In Pallid Slave, there really is a very visible outward sign of mourning, which I think is more of a curse than a blessing in this case, but I found it to be a really interesting way to handle it. #5 was called a Hero in Disguise, and frankly, it could be ripped right out of today’s headlines, and that’s what makes it so fucking disturbing to me.

Fallen Daughter #6

This one first showed up in Twisted Sacraments. If you read those stories, you know that there is no happy in any of them, and it’s no different with Alta’s story. Frankly, I’m pretty sure that the world is going to end in a plague, and so any stories that have some kind of plague in them play right into that fear. And then you put the coocoo for cocoa puffs bits in there, and yup. I’m properly worried.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve read these stories in any form before, they are definitely worth a reread.

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Kay Elle Parker-Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the second part of the Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker. See my review for King of Shadows here.

There are likely to be spoilers from the first one in this review, since it was a duet, and it was left on a cliffhanger. We all know that’s just the nature of the beast, but we also know that I will do everything possible in order to keep that from happening. But, you have been warned, and if you get spoiled, I’m sorry, but you were warned.

So, we left pregnant Allianna after she has lost both Kian and Islador. The one to a demon, the other because he was trying to save her. Now, Lucifer is doing his damnedest to turn her into his queen. He wants her and her child, plus any other children she may bear, so that he’ll have heirs. Luci may be bound and determined to have her, but Allianna is even more bound and determined to not have him, and one of the reasons is that she’s pretty sure she can’t be touched again, let alone ever have sex again. However, Luci left her a surprise.

Isla wakes up in Alli’s bathtub. While only short time has happened in the Shadows, it was an endless time in Hell, and Isla was tortured. He’s not quite the same person he was before. That’s OK, Alli isn’t exactly the same person she was before either, and now she’s even more because she’s the queen. She is doing all she can to hold her world together and to rule while she’s falling apart inside. She has Dhur there to help her and to protect and care for her, and now she has Islador who will help her. The problem is she also has Lucifer who likes to pop in now and again and pretty much be a douchelord. All this is making Alli just fall apart inside, which she tries really hard to hide, but not so well.

Meanwhile, Kian is being tortured, until Isla makes a deal with Lucifer, and he is put into a “safe” place for a few months. I don’t know what the agreement was, but it was something. But Luci has his plans for Kian too.

I kinda like and hate Lucifer at the same time. The thing is you can’t trust him further than you can throw him, because hello, Prince of Lies, original Fallen Angel. But, you can trust in the fact that you can’t trust him. It’s hard to know if he is lying or telling the truth, because again, Prince of Lies. But not every word out of his mouth is a lie. It would be easier if it were. He will always tell the truth if it will hurt more, but he may not be telling all the truth, or the absolute truth. And he does it all in such a charming way. Right until his charm fails and his monstrousness shines through.

Kian and Isla try to do their best by Allianna, but it ain’t always possible. And she is strong-willed enough that she’s going to fight hard to find out any secrets that they are keeping from her and keep them from packing her in cotton wool. In fact, I think it would be utterly impossible to pack her away and keep her safe.

The last time I wrote about these characters, I said that Allianna was high up in the tough, kickass heroine list? Well, this book did absolutely nothing to dispell that. She is definitely a kickass heroine, and she is there to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she ran out of bubble gum a looooooong time ago. I think that anyone who wants to go against her or her kingdom or her family should think about least 15 times, and then reconsider. And then they should probably run far, far, far, far, far away, so she can’t even find out that they were thinking about anything.

Isla and Kian are both good men who dearly love her. And Dhur is more than just a guard or anything else, he is family, and is utterly devoted to the royal family.

I would still kill for a book about Dhur, and I would love to see the next generation.

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OMG, OMG, OMG!!! The baby drama!

And the ultimate solution?

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

Ava Sinclair-Rough Riding Daddies

I have to admit that I am terrible about reading blurbs, especially when it comes to authors I am familiar with and that I like to read. So, when I heard the title Rough Riding Daddies, I expected a menage. Guess what? It’s not. Instead, it’s a story of two couples and how they are intertwined with each other and how life changes. While I would’ve been perfectly happy with a menage story, I’m happier that the story went the way that it did.

Honey and Lennox are one couple. They are in a 24/7 DD/lg relationship. And they are very happy. Lennox is a rancher and a former rodeo rider. Honey is just about to graduate college. She’s been really, really stressed, so Lennox is keeping a secret from her. They have a couple who are friends, who are also in a DD/lg relationship, Joy and Garrett. Joy helped to mentor Honey when she and Lennox were first getting into their relationship and as Honey was figuring out who she was when it came to submission. She and Joy are now BFFs. But, now Joy and Garrett have broken up, and have been for about 3 months. Lennox has known about it, but he hasn’t told Honey because her last semester has been really hard on her. He figured that he’d have time to warn her before her graduation ceremony, but sadly, that didn’t happen. What even Lennox didn’t know is that Garrett has a new girlfriend and a new babygirl.

Garrett has brought his new babygirl, Amy, to the graduation. He had no clue that Lennox hadn’t told Honey or that Joy hadn’t been in touch with her, so that she had no idea that the relationship had ended. But Garrett didn’t warn Lennox that he’d be bringing Amy, so when Honey runs up to them and only sees Amy from the back, she grabs her and calls her Joy. Oops.

As you probably can guess, Honey wasn’t a happy little girl over what was happening. And she had absolutely no problems with letting anyone know about it either. Which of course, isn’t ever a good thing.

Like I said early, this book is really about both couples and how they are entwined together. Lennox and Garrett are best friends and knew each other from the competitive rodeo circle. Lennox and Joy are responsible for introducing Honey and Garrett. Joy mentored Honey and they became good friends. See, totally entwined. But when you pull one part of that equation out and add in a new factor, things get wonky. It can be hard to cope when your support system changes and the things that you thought you knew change.

But that’s not all that this story is about. It’s also about the fear of change and how to handle that change. It’s about finding your happy and fighting for your happy. It’s also about trying to find where you belong. I know that sounds like a whole lot of stuff to be wrapped up in one book about a pair of hot Daddies, but it’s all there. And it’s all wrapped up in a good story that you can really enjoy.

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OK, frankly I think that Joy isn’t all that nice a person. I can see where Honey might’ve become good friends with her, but since then, I just don’t think she’s all that.

That’s all I have to say today. Go read the book! Happy reading!

Livia Bourne-Alpha’s Capture

If you’ve read here for a while, you know that I am an eclectic reader, and will read many genres, tropes, sub-genres, what have you. But in all that reading and in all those options, I have two true loves, and this book hits one of them. I adore science fiction. I like hard science fiction, classic science fiction, light science fiction, and of course, science fiction romance. You also know that I have a deep and abiding joy of Omegaverse. So, when Livia Bourne wrote Alpha’s Capture, I was like yaaassss! It hit all kinds of happy buttons for me. Now, while this is technically Livia Bourne’s first book, you might recognize the name Livia Grant. This is her new pen name, for books like this.

This is a serial, which means that it’s going to end up on a cliffhanger, but Livia said that she won’t leave us hanging for a long time for the next book. It’s also, at this point, a relatively slow burn in a couple of respects. One is that there isn’t a whole lot of sex yet, and the other is that the Omegaverse stuff is just ramping up. But, before you immediate cock readers out there think, oh no, just wait, I am pretty sure that there is going to be a lot of the good dick flying around in the future books, since this is an RH. So, yeah, really, all the good Alpha D going on.

Here’s our story. We have two species here, Gradonians and Trakonians. The Gradonians are the good guys, and the Trakonians are very much not. Very, very, very much not. I’d call them fuckholes, but that would probably be too nice for them. On the Gradonian side, our major players are Khalil, the captain of the Viper, Onyx and Thrash, his first and second officers, and Avincent, the med officer. They are all Alphas. Then we have Zahara, a Beta. She is the assistant to Princess Audra of the Gradonians. They are all out on the Viper because Audra was on a peacekeeping mission to a nearby system. But now they are near Trakonian space, so they have to be very careful.

Thrash, Onyx, and Avincent call Khalil up to the bridge because there is something he needs to see. They show him some crystal thingies that have just appeared on the ship, from who knows where. Avincent found some, and he’s just brought another. The problem is, no one knows what the doohickies are, because they don’t register on any scan.

Now, when I call the Trakonians the bad guys, I truly feel like I’m not giving them enough credit. They are sadistic, torturous, despicable, twisted, and pretty much straight evil. I mean these fucks are sadistic enough that the Marquis would look at them and say, yeah, you stepped over the line about 3 miles ago. And again, I might be underestimating the sheer douchebaggy sliminess that are the Trakonians. I keep trying to come up with something to compare them to or the words to describe the vileness that Livia has come up with, but I just can’t. You are going to have to go read the book to see.

I like Khalil and Zahara. I have to say, I love Khalil Khan’s name. It’s got a really lyrical quality, and it makes me think of Genghis Khan, who we all know that he would totally have been an Alpha, right? Totally off-topic, but there are millions and millions of people who are descended from Genghis because of his conquering ways. Anyhow, that’s where Khalil’s name took me, to a great warrior. I think the name Zahara flows really well with it too. Just a nice rhythm.

We really don’t know a whole lot about any of the characters at the moment, other than Zahara is brave and a bit rebellious, Khalil is strong and honorable, Onyx is smart, Thrash is tough, and Avincent is well, him. Like most serials, the first book is really just an intro, enough to get you hooked and to make you want more. Which frankly, I would without even reading it, because, well, I’m me.

I can’t wait for the next book to come out, and really, even if Livia were to release it tomorrow, it wouldn’t be soon enough for me.

Nothing below the pic today. So, go check it out, especially if you love Omegaverse. Happy reading!

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K Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Mad Lieutenant

K and Nicole are taking us back into space and back to the lonely planet where only 10 Morts have survived the end of their world and we get to get up close and friendly with The Mad Lieutenant.

Draven has some issues. No, fuck that, he has some subscriptions. Of course, he has earned them, so I won’t give him too much of a problem about it. He is the only Mort to have survived the deadly disease that killed off nearly all his people. But it came at a price. He was locked in a containment cell for days on end, ranting and raving, and trying to claw his way out and claw his skin off. It wasn’t pretty. Not pretty at all. Because of that, he now has problems with claustrophobia, people touching him, crowds, and so many, many other things. And you know that you have problems with a lot of people when the 9 other beings who live in the world with you are more people than you want to deal with. He doesn’t get what is with all the other Morts wanting mates, because he doesn’t want one, and he’d be more than happy to let all his friends get one. Then he goes into the infirmary where the other human women are still in stasis, and one woman wakes up.

Molly has her own issues. When she wakes up and finds a strange looking male she gets a little freaked out, of course. Then they touch, and there’s a mutual freaking out, so Molly ends up singing to him. When the Commander tells her about mating, she tells him that she will mate with Draven. She and Draven come to an agreement about having each other’s back and helping to keep each other safe. But then the first human/mort baby is born, and problems ensue.

I have always had a soft spot for Draven. I think it’s because he tries really hard to be this big rough and tough Mort, and he is, really, but he’s also really fragile and vulnerable. He has been through so much, and just the mere fact that he is as functional as he is is pretty awesome, considering. Not only that, he’s figured out a way to make his issues work for him.

I like Molly. She has gumption and strength. I also thought that she was really, really brave because she kept going through everything that happened. And I know that she would probably say that she was just doing what she had to, but she still managed to handle it, and if you ask me, that shows true bravery. Plus she stands up to her fears and moves along with them. I think that Molly is one of those women that knows what needs to be done and is going to arrange everything in the world to make sure that it happens the way that it needs to. She’ll listen to you and your objections, they just don’t matter to her. She’s going to just make sure that everything goes the way she thinks they ought to. And the thing is that she does it nicely. It’s not like she barrels you over, she just nicely lets you know that it’s going to work the way that she wants. And the thing is that she’s pretty much right.

I think that Molly and Draven are really good with each other and for each other. They make a really good team and they end up working really well together. I think they may be my favorite couple right now.

I can’t wait for the next one to see how it’s going to work.

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I’m interested in the discoveries that were made in this one, and how they are going to affect the rest of the world.

The hook for the next book. OMG!

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