Felicity Brandon-Daddy’s Little Captive

Felicity has given us a really dark Daddy book with¬†Daddy’s Little Captive. It’s a very intense story that gave me a lot of feelz. A lot of very, very complicated feelz. It took me a lot of time and some serious conversations with my husband about the book while I tried to work my way through them. I’m not going to lie to you, I had a hard time with some of this book. But, you know, that’s actually kind of a good thing, because that meant that it affected me, and isn’t that every author’s desire? To make their readers feel something or be affected by their book?

So, here’s the story. Sophie is a married woman with two children that she loves very much. But her marriage isn’t the best, part of it is that her husband works all the hours of the day, and part of it is that she and her husband have different desires. She wants some kink going on, and every time she talks to her husband about it, he keeps telling her that he just wants to have “nice” sex. In other words, no kink. No ropes. No gags. No spanking. Missionary, lights off, socks on. (I’m not trying to shame anyone who likes sex that way. You do you.) Because she isn’t getting her needs met, she signed up to a kink website, and started talking to someone named Carl. They spent a lot of time talking about what was going on in their lives and their various desires, needs, and wants.

Then one day, Sophie’s husband reminded her that the carpet cleaners were coming that day, so she should be ready. Well, she might’ve been ready for the cleaners, but she wasn’t ready for what really happened. What happened was 3 men burst into her house, drugged her, and then tied her up to her bed. Jared was the ringleader, and when she woke up, he told her that he was really Carl, and he was there for her.

This is all dark, intense, noncon, capture fun stuff. It’s all stuff that’s right in my wheelhouse, right? And it is. And I enjoyed the book, overall, but there were times when it was just too much. I don’t like Jared at all. Not one tiny bit. Right now, I don’t feel like there is any redeemable quality to him. Of course, Felicity being the excellent author that she is, she probably has turned him into something that I can like in the next book. She really does quite well with redemption arcs and giving her male characters some changes that make people like them. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens.

I am truly torn when it comes to Sophie. I can relate to her in some ways. Probably in more ways than I would like to count. But I think that she made a lot of choices weren’t necessarily the best, and I’m judging her a little bit for it, I think. Or maybe a lot of bit.

I liked the book, I hated the book, I was left with all kinds of feelings and a hangover from it. It lives in my head, and I may never get rid of Sophie and Jared.

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I really don’t think that I can put anything down here. Sorry, not sorry.

Ok, if you are into dark and noncon, then this may be something you should go check out. Happy reading!

 

Lee Savino & Golden Angel-Alien Tribute

Alien Tribute is the long awaited second book in the Tsenturion Masters series by Lee and Golden. As a quick reminder, the planet Tsentur was blown up by the Vgotha, and there are just a few (relatively) Tsenturion left. They work with the Jabol, who have hooked them up with human women so that they can rebuild their species. The way that it works is that the Jabol suck women in through a tiny wormhole, train them, and then give them to the Tsenturions. The first Tribute, Dawn, went to the High Commander. Now, we have Pareena and Bogdan’s story.

So, Bogdan is the second in command of the Tsenturion. He really doesn’t want to have Tribute. He thinks that it’s too early to bring in Tributes, because their enemy is still out there. He also has a history that no one else knows about. But, just because he doesn’t want one doesn’t mean that he’s going to not have one. When his High Commander says that his tribute is ready, he has no choice but to accept her, even if he really doesn’t want to. His plan is to not bond with her, but to train her and make sure that she’s taken care of.

Pareena, Dr. Pareena Singh to be precise, is dying of cancer. She’s been stuck in the hospital, and is at the point where her life is now measured in days, rather than in months and years. So, when she gets an ereader loaded up with all her favorite type books, she’s going to spend as much time as possible reading it, because it takes her out of her real life. Bt when she finishes one particular book, she gets a survey at the end with the suggestion to swipe right for abduction. So, you know, she does. And is pulled into a wormhole and into what she is pretty sure is a coma dream and she’s dying.

She gets trained by the Jabol and sent to Bogdan, who is pretty cold to her, at least sometimes. Other times he’s pretty damn warm to her. Which is confusing as all hell to both of them.

Oh, Bogdan pisses me right the hell off sometimes. I mean, I totally get where he’s coming from and why he has made the choices that he has, but I just don’t like the way that he treats Pareena some of the time. And it’s not because he’s the whole Domly type, it’s his choices that he makes. When it comes to the D stuff, he actually rocks my world. And, I guess probably Pareena’s too.

I totally understand why Pareena wants to see this as a coma dream. I would probably want to see it that way too, because it would be much less scary. Of course, much less scary doesn’t necessarily mean all that much sometimes.¬† I really like how well she and Bogdan mesh when it comes to certain things.

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Hmmmmm, certain warriors have made… interesting choices in this. I don’t support his choices, and I’m pretty sure his bosses won’t either.

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

Nia Ferrell & Claire Marta-Morgan

This is the first book in a new series from these ladies, and I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the series. This book was really intense, both in sexy, sexy times, because those are great, as well as the interpersonal relationships between Morgan, Aiden, and Zac. But, it’s also incredibly suspenseful and the story is compelling. So, let’s talk about the first book in the Guarded Hearts series, Morgan.

Morgan is a grad student in psychology who lives with her roommate Casey, who is in the ATF. Morgan is working on her thesis about sexual surrogacy, and to that end, she is actually going to take on a client and be their sexual surrogate, and use her experiences in her thesis. And so enter Zac and Aiden.

They are members of the Order of the Phoenix, a mysterious order that fights evil. They used to be based in Notre-Dame de Paris, but, you know, fire. So now, they are in Morgan’s town, renovating an old military school/base called The Citadel. And part of their new remit is to date, mate, and procreate. The problem is that the guys make the most socially awkward person you have ever met look like Casanova. I mean, they were out at a bar and there was a woman there who they took over their knees and spanked. Whoops. Not the best thing ever, so now they have to go to therapy. They are getting sensitivity training, and they are learning how to date, which means they are going to be seeing Morgan in her professional guise. They are partners, as in a team who work together, not as in two guys who fuck each other (although I truly suspect that is coming. Or at least I hope so), and so everything they do, they do together, including sexual surrogacy therapy.

When Morgan first meets the guys, she thinks that they are a couple, which kind of makes sense, because they have been partners and friends for a long time. That kind of long term relationship can form a really tight bond that could look like a love relationship, especially if they live in the exact same apartment and share a lot of space.

This is a PNR, but it isn’t heavy on the paranormal aspect. They talk about vampires, and the guys talk a lot amongst themselves about being who they are. They call their bodies flesh robes, which is kinda awesome. We don’t really know much about the guys and what they are, really. There are hints of various things, and I made a couple of guesses before we eventually learn more, and I was kind of wrong on all counts.

I love that the fire at Notre Dame is such a huge plot point in the book, since that’s such a current event. At least, I’m assuming that’s what triggered that particular plot point. But, I thought that it was really interesting to work it into the story. I’m sure that Claire or Nia will tell me about it.

I really like Morgan, I think that she has a really good heart, even when she is fighting against herself. She truly wants to help Zac and Aiden, even before she has feelings for them. She really wants to help pretty much every person in pain that she runs into, which is why she’s going into psychology.

Zac and Aiden are good men. They have such a strong moral center, and are so earnest. There is also a real innocence about them. Maybe innocence isn’t exactly the right word, but it’s kinda close. Purity maybe. Light? A combination thereof. And even when they get all kinds of dirty and filthy and imagine what’s going on as well as having all kinds of sex, they really hold on to that particular feature, which I think would probably be really hard.

Casey is fearsome, and her book is next. I can’t wait to see how her story goes.

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Harold gave me the fucking creeps from the very first time we saw him.

I’m pretty sure that certain things aren’t quite as finished as the Order of the Phoenix thinks that they are.

I’m surprised that Casey hasn’t beaten the absolute shit out of certain people as of yet.

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

Measha Stone-Windy City

Today we’re talking about the first two books in Measha’s Windy City series. They are standalone books, but they are all about a group of friends, so they are also going to be interconnected. The first book, Hidden Heart, is about Royce and Jessica, and the second book, Secured Heart, is about Kelly and Kendrick.

So, HH. Jessica is a paralegal. She has a group of friends that she meets with every Friday, Kelly, Alex, Erin, and Jonathan. Those last two are engaged to be married, one of these days. While she’s happy for them, she’s not planning on following their example any time soon. She’s BTDT with men, and she’s no longer looking for love. Which is, of course, when Royce walks in. Pretty much literally. He’s a friend of Alex’s, who brings him to the group dinner.

Royce is immediately drawn to Jessica, but she is really not interested in finding love, so she’s not into seeing him. But, Royce being the charming person that he is, manages to charm her into seeing him. As they get together, they both realize that a D/s relationship works really well for them, even though it scares Jessica spitless.

SH is Kelly and Kendrick. Kelly is pretty envious of Jessica, mostly because she kinda had her eyes on Royce before all his eyes turned to Jessica. But since they are best friends, it’s hard for her to stay really envious for long. But what she really wants is her own man, a husband and a family. She goes out regularly trying to find him, but so far, she’s just found losers. And tonight, she just found the biggest loser of all, Ted. He invites her to a party, and then ends up drugging her. Luckily, her savior is nigh at hand.

Kendrick runs a security company, and he was being the security at the party that Kelly is at. When he sees what’s happening, he comes to her rescue. Then he tells her about a safe club to go to, and when to go, because he’ll be there being security that day too. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever see her again, and he’ll try to scare her off if he does. She’s just a poor, wee innocent woman. Except, is she?

OK, so, in HH, I really like Jessica and Royce. I think that they work really well together. I think that maybe Royce moves a little fast sometimes and kind of runs over Jessica and her worries. Of course, that may be because I’m not a D-type. I think that Jessica keeps too much inside and jumps to conclusions a little too often. I think that she guards herself really well, and I understand why she does it, but that makes her judge Royce before she should.

In SH, wow, I mean, Kelly and Kendrick are hot from the very first second. I really like them because they really are quite well-matched, kink wise, they both want the same thing, basically. Kelly has some serious impulsivity issues and she thinks that she knows certain things and makes decisions based on those things. I think Kendrick, most of the time at least, keeps in mind that she’s a newbie and handles that situation well, but, of course, there are times when everything goes kerflooey.

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In HH, I kinda guessed what would happen, I just didn’t know how it would play out.

In SH, I really hated all of Kelly’s friends for a couple of minutes. They were kinda rude. And there was a definite twist I didn’t expect.

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

Rebel West & Renee Rose-Claimed by the Zandian

We are once again back with my favorite purple horny aliens. I love this spinoff of the original Zandians as much as I loved the original books. Some of these books are RH, some aren’t. Claimed by the Zandian is one of the latter category.

So, Zina is a human slave. She is disabled because of some horrible things that her masters had done to her and now she works as a house slave. She also takes care of the young that her master gets. She’s spent the last 9 years taking care of a human little girl named Enya who is as beautiful as the day is long. Zina does everything she can to hide Enya’s beauty, because being a beautiful slave just isn’t a good thing. But it doesn’t matter what she tries, one day the master sends his henchmen to drag her away so that he can sell her. Luckily, Enya pitches enough of a fit and Zina fights enough that she gets taken along.

Meanwhile, we have Tarek. He is blind and has been since birth. But that hasn’t stopped him from doing what he can for his beloved Zandia. Dr. Daneth did all kinds of surgeries on him, and now he’s got tech in his brain that lets him “see”. Think Geordie Leforge without the visor and purple. He can use that tech to link up to the ships and navigate and pilot them. He’s the best pilot that the Zandians have. That’s why he’s part of the crew that is going out on a very special mission for Zandia, and Dr. Daneth in particular. Right now, they are going after a little girl named Enya. They are going to rescue her and bring her back to Zandia. But when they get there, it turns out that there is a human woman who has done everything she can to keep Enya safe, including attacking the Zandians, so they take her too.

Of course, having been slaves, neither Enya or Zina trust anyone. I mean can you really believe them? I sure as fuck wouldn’t. And heaven love the Zandians, but they are sometimes quite black and white and don’t get some of the difficulties of being a human in a very, very unfavorable universe. I mean, yeah, the Zandians had a hard time, but they haven’t been kept as slaves for generations upon generation. That can be hard and totally change the way that a species looks at the world and the way that an individual acts.

I really like Tarek and Zina’s story. One reason for that is you don’t often see characters who have physical disabilities as the main love interests romances. Renee and Rebel didn’t make their disabilities the main characteristic of the character or the most important characteristic. I truly appreciate that.

I really enjoy seeing the older couples and how they are doing.

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I think that Tarek should’ve told Zina what was happening so that she was blindsided by it. I also think that they should’ve let Zina be more involved from the beginning because it would’ve been easier on everyone, I think.

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

Anna Edwards-Second Chances

This is a spin-off from Anna’s Control series. Like she says, you don’t have to have read all the Control books to read and enjoy Second Chances, but it helps. Which I can attest to since I haven’t read them all (don’t be mad at me, Anna)(I’ve read the first one and the rest are on my neverending TBR). Anyway, the main storyline of the Control books is over, and now we’re into a new storyline.

So, here we go. This is the story of Ryan and Elena. Ryan was from the Control series, and is related to James and Sophie from that series. Elena is Amy’s best friend and runs her ballet school, and Amy is James’ wife.

Ryan is learning how to be a Dom from James and Grayson, who is Sophie’s husband. He is dealing with shit, and Domming helps him control himself, and hey, he likes it. You know, as those D-types tend to do.

Elena is busy running the ballet school. She was going to be a prima ballerina until she fell and broke her leg badly. She can still dance, but her leg isn’t as strong as it used to be, so no more top ballerina. So, she teaches and choreographs instead, and she likes it.

One night, Amy invites Elena to go to the BDSM club that Grayson owns and all the couples go to. Then in walks Ryan. And boom. Elena and Ryan meet eyes across the crowded club, and it’s lust at first sight. Lots and lots and lots of lust with a capital LUST.

There is a lot that happens in this book. I mean, you are getting Ryan’s backstory as well as his POV on certain things that happened. I think that will give a lot of added dimension to the whole story. (Now I really need to read it all.) I like getting to know Ryan through this book. I think that he is a truly good guy in this book. He has to deal with a lot of difficult shit, and he could totally cave and he doesn’t.

Elena. Hmm… I don’t know about Elena. I do think I like her most of the time. There were a few times that I didn’t like her, but I don’t know how much of that is because of what was happening in the story at the time or because of her character. Elena has to handle some serious shit in this story too, and I think, overall, that she comes through it, not necessarily easily, but she does.

Thre is a note at the end of the book that there is going to be another series starting off. I don’t know if that means that this is the first book in a new series, or if this was a transition book between the Control series and the new series. I tend to think it is transitional, because I can really see it as a bridge between what happened before and what happens next. I’m not discounting Elena and Ryan’s story, because it’s an important one, but it really felt like a bridge book to me.

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The whole Victor storyline really affected me. I’m not sure what the feelings that it gave me are, but I have feelings about it. It packed a massive punch though.

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

Merel Pierce-Yes, Alpha

Oh my dears, have I got an interesting story for you today. It’s Merel Pierce’s latest Omegaverse. It’s a little different than some of the other MF stories I’ve featured before. This one is totally consensual and it’s pretty light. Yes, Alpha is an awesome story and is a good choice for people who are wanting to get into Omegaverse but who aren’t a fan of the darker end of the trope.

So, here’s the way this one goes. Meghan has been dragged into an exclusive club by a friend from work. What Meghan doesn’t know is that it’s a very exclusive BDSM club. She’s pretty sure that she isn’t all that into it, and when some random Alpha grabs her, she tries to get away from him. In walks Daniel. He saves her from the random Alpha by telling him that she’s there as his guest. Then he takes her to watch some of the fun and games at the club, because if she leaves too early, the icky yucky Alpha might catch her. He gives her his number, and then waits for her to get back to him.

This is a super quick read, one I really liked. I like the basic premise of the story. It’s a very interesting view of the O-verse, and one I’m looking forward to seeing more of. Since this was the first in the series, I think we will definitely see more. I think that it will probably be Meghan and Daniel, at least I hope so.

OK, that’s all for today. No spoilers today, because it’s so short. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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