K. Webster-The Day She Cried

There are a lot of books that when I’m reviewing I can write funny things. This is not one of them. This is going to be a serious blog.

Before I get into it, The Day She Cried does have some subject matter that could be triggering to some people, including self-harm and suicide. Please be aware of that and read responsibly. As a recovering cutter, I’m going to say that the way K handled it was excellent. It didn’t glamorize the subject, nor did it shame people who self-harm. As an aside, if you are self-harming or feeling suicidal, please find help. There are resources out there that you can take advantage of. In the US, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. I am always open to talk as well. I’m going to put the rest of the blog behind a jump, just to give people extra protection if they don’t want to read this.

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Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Prize

Renee and Lee are at it again. Once again they have pulled us into their world of hot Alpha shifters and the women who are their mates. This time, we are getting the story of Carlos and Sedona. A good chunk of Alpha’s Prize takes place at the same time as Alpha’s Danger does. If you can cast your mind back to that story, you’ll remember that it’s about Garrett and his mate Amber, who also happens to be psychic. When Garrett’s sister Sedona goes missing, he takes Amber to Mexico to try to find her.

Still casting your mind back, remember that Sedona was kidnapped by a shifter on the Mexican beach. She was then sold to another group who dragged her to their home. That group was the Monte Lobo pack. Fun fact, Monte Lobo means Wolf Mountain in Spanish, which you may or may not already have known, so maybe less of a fun fact, but whatevs.

Those pendejos were el consejo of the Monte Lobo pack. They are a council of elders and have been ruling the pack while Carlos has been in the US going to school. Those fuckwads are led by Don Santiago, who is also a relative of Carlos. They are very not nice guys and have been running the pack for their own glory and benefit. When Carlos comes home from college after graduation, they use him as a puppet Alpha. He wants to make changes, but el consejo keeps putting him off. Fun fact #2, in the FB groups, the question was asked whether or not it was bad to want Carlos to kill the council. The overwhelming answer to that question was that it wasn’t bad to want that to happen.

The council has locked Sedona in a cell. Not only is she naked, she’s chained to a bed. The council brings Carlos down to see the wonderful prize they secured for him. Then they locked him in the cell with her. So, here we have a hot Alpha male and a hot Alpha female who just happens to be fertile, and it’s the full moon when shifters tend to be really randy anyway. The pendejos want for Carlos to impregnate Sedona at the very least. The Monte Lobo pack is severely inbred, and they need the new blood. If Carlos doesn’t make Sedona his mate, then the council wants her to be a broodmare for everyone. Brood wolf? If Carlos does claim Sedona, that’s almost as good, the council thinks he can just keep her pregnant.

So, we know that Garrett and his dad rushed to rescue Sedona. What we didn’t know until this book is that Carlos sent Juanito to set her free so that she could go to her family. He felt bad what the council did to her, even if he doesn’t feel bad about mating her. So, he lets her go. I think he was also doing it for the good of his pack since Garrett and her dad’s packs would’ve ripped the Monte Lobo pack to bits and pieces and then pissed on the bits and pieces.

OK, so this is where we separate if you want to stay spoiler-free. I love this series, and each one is better than the last. Renee and Lee write some spectacular scenes apart, but when you put the two of them together, they must egg each other on, because the scenes are even hotter. This book has one of the sexiest sex scenes I’ve read and considering that you guys know what I read, that’s saying something. This one is a bit darker than the other books, in my opinion, mostly because of the fact that it deals with the capture of Sedona. There is some very hot spanking and punishment. In fact, I wonder if I could borrow Carlos for a few hours, because hot. I’m looking forward to the next book, which involves Amber’s friend and a member of Garrett’s pack. Promises to be good, and with a heroine named Foxfire, I’m betting colorful too.

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When you read the book, you’ll get the reference to mangos. I don’t even like mangos all that much, and that particular scene made me want to get to know mangos better, because dayum. I may or may not have gone back to reread it. Hell, who are we kidding, we all know what that means. You’ll probably want to go back and reread it too. Pro tip: highlight it which will make it much easier to find.

I suspected Santiago of being the dickhole that he was, but I didn’t think he was as big a dickhole as he was until he turned out to be. OK, strange sentence, but you get the point. I expect he’ll be back through in books to come. I mean, he has to be, right?

I love that Carlos worked hard to not just jump on Sedona and make her decisions for her when he found her in Europe. Of course, he had to follow her there, but still. He did let her go out and make her decisions and live her life, which she’s never been able to do. Even when they are together in Europe, he works hard on wooing versus going all cave-Alpha on her. But, he does use the fire he gets from her to clean house, which is yay.

OK, that’s all I have for today. Everyone go out and buy some mangos, just in case you feel inspired after you read this one. Tomorrow, we have a Jaye Peaches book, To Hold You. Meanwhile, happy reading!

 

Amelia Smarts-Justice For Elsie

Amelia first introduced us to Wyatt and Elsie in her story in Hero Undercover. Normally I would have an Amazon link here for you to look at, the book has been pulled and all the rights returned to the authors so that they can expand their stories, and I say hallelujah for that! Otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten this great story or the other ones I know are coming.

Anyway, back to Wyatt and Elsie. We don’t want to leave Elsie waiting too long, or Wyatt may have something to say to us.

So, Justice for Elsie starts out at Elsie’s father’s funeral. He saved up all his life to buy a ranch, and when he got the chance, he went to Virginia City and found the perfect piece of land to start his ranch on. The only problem was that it was right next to the Xanders, as nasty a family as ever existed. They did all kinds of things like rustling cattle from Elsie and her father and damning up a stream that ran through both ranches and making Elsie and her father have to take the cattle clear to the other side of their ranch where there was a well. By the time the law came to make the Xanders take down the dam, Elsie’s dad had died. To rub salt into the wound, the Xanders showed up at the funeral, acting like nothing had happened. That was more than Elsie could handle, so she started hatching a plan to get back at them and make her ranch grow. Her plan? Rustling the Xanders’ cattle.

The way she planned on doing it involved rebranding the Xander cattle. Their brand was an X, and hers was an ∞. She figured out a way that she could turn the x into , and allow her to sell the cattle.

Wyatt was a cowboy who has spent his years working on various ranches. When his right shoulder gets hurt, he figures it will just go away. When it doesn’t, his boss fires him and shafts him out of 2 weeks wages. His girl runs away and straight into the arms of another man. If only his horse had left him, we would’ve had the perfect mix for a country song. Luckily, Wyatt was able to keep his horse and his saddle, otherwise he probably wouldn’t have made it to Virginia City and Elsie.

On his way to VC, he decides that he wants to change his career, and being a lawman sounds pretty good right about now, so he walks into the sheriff’s office and asks for a job. Sheriff tells Wyatt that he’s looking for someone who can lie through his teeth and go undercover at Elsie’s ranch to figure out what’s going on. Wyatt tells the sheriff that he’s got the right man for the job.

Meanwhile, Elsie’s ranch hands are telling her that it’s been long enough, and it’s time for them to shut it down. She doesn’t really want to, but she really doesn’t want to keep it going. She decides that she needs a strong husband that can help her and keep her safe, so she follows the example of her friends, and writes out an ad for a mail-order groom.

OK, you know the drill. I love the mail order groom stories. For one thing, it turns the whole mail order spouse trope upside down. Elsie is tough, a lot tougher than I was at 18. I don’t know that I would’ve had the balls and grit to do what she did, not at 18. At 46, yeah sure, but not back then. She’s also really caring and generous, as witnessed by the way she took care of Wyatt when he was hurting. Wyatt really did what he could to take care of her and protect her, even from herself. The two of them together is just so sweet. She’ll lead him a merry dance, for sure. Amelia writes a lovely, light story that is truly satisfying, with a strong HEA. I really enjoyed reading this story, as I have the other two in the series. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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I loved this story back when I read it in HU, and I really love the expanded version. I do have to admit that I had to ask Amelia about it because I thought that I was having serious deja vu, but she said not deja vu. In my defense, I will only say that I read a lot of books, and I haven’t always remembered the titles of books I’ve read, which wouldn’t have helped here anyway since the title is different. All of which is neither here nor there, but there it is anyway.

I really love that Elsie and Wyatt’s first interaction is for him to spank her, well, not just spank her out of the blue, she did, quite literally, ask for it, but what a way to start off a relationship with your new boss.

Elsie tried to find a mail order husband who would be strong enough to make her stop and to keep her on the straight and narrow, as well as one who would protect her from the law. The thing is, she never realized that was right under her nose, mostly because she didn’t know that Wyatt was the worst undercover deputy in the world. But, he did keep her safe from the law. She became his first priority, even if it did piss the sheriff right the fuck off.

That’s all I have for today, and look, Amelia, I got Wyatt’s name right every time! Tomorrow is a new book in Lee Savino and Renee Rose’s shifter series, so stay tuned for that! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Her Rogue Mates

Grace Goodwin is making her very first appearance here on my humble little blog, but not her first appearance in my library. I have everything that she has available on Amazon. A friend of mine turned me onto her books early this year, and I’ve bought every one as soon as they have come out.

Her Rogue Mates is part of Grace’s Interstellar Brides universe. There are several series in that universe, and HRM is the first book of the newest one. We were introduced to this particular world in the most recent book of the series, His Virgin Bride, where the hero and heroine have to go to Rogue 5, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Rogue 5 is run by a bunch of different legions. The legions are factions, some are sorta loosely allied with each other, others are mortal enemies. Styx is one of the leaders of a legion, the Styx Legion. Blade is his strong right hand. They decided long ago that they were going to share a mate when they found her. That way she would always be protected and loved. One day, when they are on Transport Station: Zenith, Styx meets Harper in a bar, and knows that he’s found their woman.

Harper is a human who has decided that she is going to help the Coalition with their fight against the Hive in her own way. Instead of signing up for the Bride program or joining Earth’s military to fight, she’s going to use her medical training. She’s an ER nurse and used to working in high-stress situations, so she signs up for the MedRec. They go in after the battles and triage the wounded and transport them to better facilities where they can get treatment for their wounds. It’s an exhausting job, but one she loves, and one she’s done for almost two years. One day, after losing a member of her team, she’s in a bar trying to drown her sorrows, when she sees Styx and follows him into the hallway for a little rough and tumble. When Blade joins them, she’s right on board with that idea too.

OK, it’s time for those who don’t want spoiled to part ways. This book is kinky in that it’s a menage, but it doesn’t have much in the way that the other books I’ve reviewed do. It does have a lot of really hot sex. Really, hot sex. It also has conspiracies, mysteries, and assassination attempts, so it’s an engrossing tale, all around. Grace is a mandatory 1-click for me, and if I could pre-order her books, I would. She’s created a very well-written universe. It’s defined enough that you know what it is, but loose enough that she can easily add in more aliens, worlds, stories, what have you, without crushing it. I look forward to books out of this universe for some time to come.

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After Harper is attacked on a mission, they rush her off to Rogue 5, where they know that they can keep her safe. They are a lethal team, in every sense of the word, and she is their mate.

I love that Blade and Styx make it obvious to their captains and enforcers that she is their mate, no matter what. They do that even before they do the whole claiming bite thing because they are that sure, which is awesome. I love the way that she proves that she is claiming them at the end. It was quite a statement, and not only claimed Styx and Blade, but the whole legion too, which was even more impressive.

I know that there are more traitors than the ones they found, I’m personally suspicious of the member of her team that disappeared right before the attack. Maybe he just got grabbed first, but it feels hinky to me. And I really hate the nasty spymaster doctor. I keep waiting for him to die.

OK, that’s it for this book, other than to say that Amazon is a dick, since they have blocked this from coming out on Kindle on release day for some damn reason. Next week, we have all new and exciting books to talk about. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Summer Graystone-Holding Skye

Today we have another new author on the blog. Summer Graystone is bringing us her book, Holding Skye. This is the first book of her’s that I’ve read, but won’t be the last. I have another of her books sitting in my TBR collection right now. Heh, maybe I’ll take some screencaps of it this weekend and show you. No sooner do I get one book read than two more pop up. It’s like the hydra. Anyway, that’s neither here nor there.

So, Holding Skye. Skye has been keeping a secret most of her life. She wants a man to tie her up, spank her, flog her, and make her come, screaming his name. (Sounds like fun, right?) She’s been holding onto that secret very, very tightly for a long time. She worries about her secret. However, one day she manages to screw her courage up to the sticking point and decides to do something about it. She walks into a BDSM club and meets Master Steve. Steve talks to her and then gives her a note with an address and a time on it.

Elijah is waiting on the other side of the door when Skye knocks on the door at the appointed time. He opens the door, not just to his home, but also to her fantasies. He tells her everything that he wants to do, gets her all hot and bothered, and tells her to come back the next day, but wait, she can’t come.

Pretty picture time. Overall, I enjoyed the story. There were a couple of small issues that I had. One is that I thought there was a secondary story line that detracted from the story. I just thought it took away from where Skye and Elijah were going. Another is that I thought that the story moved a little fast from meeting to HEA. Those are my own particular issues, and your opinion will probably differ. Other than those things, I enjoyed the story.

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When you read the book, you’ll get the chocolate reference. I read that section to my husband and told him that I love him dearly, but there’s no way I’m wasting perfectly good chocolate by rubbing it on his junk. I prefer my chocolate covered nuts to be almonds. I like reading sex scenes with food, they can be really hot, but my practical side says that chocolate and primary sex organs don’t mix. Of course, that’s just me. Go forth with choccies if that works for you.

I do have to admit, the chapter with the dream in it did confuse me. I wasn’t sure what was going on, if it was a flashback or what, until at the end when we found out it was a dream. Then it made sense, but it took me a minute.

Overall, not bad. Fairly well written, interesting premise. Nice HEA.

Tomorrow, we have Grace Goodwin’s newest book. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Cari Silverwood-Claimed Possession

Cari Silverwood is becoming a frequent flyer here on In Between the Pages. I spend a lot of time in her books and her worlds. There are a lot of reasons for that. One is that I think Cari is an excellent worldbuilder. It’s easy to get involved in her worlds and characters. And the Machinery of Desire series is no different. I got dragged into the world and it wouldn’t let me go.

Claimed Possession is the second book in this series, and wow. It packs a punch. There are so many things to unpack in this book. I mean, you get the whole human slave in a slave world series, then you get the dark alpha hero/anti-hero and his journey, and then you get the heroine’s journey. I see layers, and I love layers.

OK, so let’s just jump right in here. Here we are, back on Aerthe. Aerthe is an Earth-like planet. There are three groups of people who live on Aerthe, the Mekkers, the Grounders, and the Scavs.

The Mekkers live in huge landships called the Swathe. There are a few swathes, each made up of more than one ship. They never stop moving, harvesting and mining as they move. The Mekkers are not native to Aerthe, and she hates them. Aerthe generates magic, and when the Mekkers stay in one place for too long, Aerthe gets after them. The Mekkers arranged the portal for the humans to be brought through. The portal shines the humans up real pretty when they come through. Their hair and nails are kinda glowy, so it’s quite obvious that they are humans. In the first book, the Mekkers ruled that humans are property.

Grounders and Scavs are both native to Aerthe. Grounders are settled into villages and other communities. Scavs are nomads, formed into groups led by the strongest leader, and they can and will challenge the leader for leadership. The Scavs tend to be pretty wild and will raid Grounder settlements and take/sell slaves. They also go scavenge through old cities that were destroyed in the war between the Mekkers and the people of Aerthe, back in the day.

When Emery, Fern, Sawyer and the other humans were brought through the portal, they were sent to different places. Emery was given to a master in Acquired Possession. (Right now only 99 cents on ‘zon, go grab it) Sawyer was given as a slave to the Grounders. So, let’s catch up with Sawyer.

When the book opens, Sawyer is in a caravan with a bunch of other slaves. He wants to escape, because of course he does. The caravan stops so that everyone can take a rest break. When the slaves are let out, Aribelle, the caravan owner’s niece happens to walk by. Sawyer, being a big of a dicklord, takes a piss at her feet and hits her shoes. He manages to get a key away from a guard so that he can escape, but Ari sees it and tells the guard. Then she orders Sawyer to be castrated. Right after she says that all hell breaks loose. Scavs are attacking. Sawyer drags Ari down and under a wagon and saves her. When the raid is over, Sawyer comes out and tries to get in good with the Scavs and tells them that Ari is his. The Scavs tell him that he will have to wait to talk to their leader.

You all know the routine now. I’m about to put a pretty picture up, and after that you get all the spoilery goodness. Sawyer is a very imperfect hero. He’s got some serious anger problems with more than a little desire for vengeance. That gets taken out on Ari, who both does and doesn’t like it. I think he may have gone a little far sometimes, but I totally get his point of view on it. He does question himself at times, and tries to figure out where morality on Earth and morality on Aerthe should lie and how he can live with both of them. There is some spectacular sex. There are spankings and more. There is a bloody cock. There is also a hard won HEA. This story is a great journey, not just for Sawyer and Ari, but also for JI, a recurring character. Like I said, layers on layers, so awesome. Cari is devious that way.

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If you came down here, then you must not be too worried about any spoilers I may drop from my fingertips.

OMG, the bloody cock scene. I got to read it in Cari’s group before I read the ARC and oh my fucking shit, it was hot. I mean, Ari didn’t like blood, Sawyer rubbed blood on his cock and made her suck it. It’s so wrong, and yet so completely right, and very much hot.

I like that Sawyer starts to realize that he cares for Ari, and that what he wants to do to her has gone past revenge, like it started out, and into he wanted her to be his forever. The fact that he freed Ari and then wooed her was really impressive to me. It let Ari have her own journey from an angry forced slave to a willing and eager submissive who wanted to belong to Sawyer.

And JI? I cannot wait to see what Cari is going to do with him. I liked him when we met him in AP, but he was basically a child, really. In CP, he’s a teenager and then adult. Now he’s a very, very devious, sneaky, and tricksy adult. With a cock.

I wonder, with Gio’s new portal skill, if more humans will be going back through the portal. I kind of hope not because I like Aerthe. I wonder what’s happened to Fern, Sawyer’s sister. Last we knew, in AP, she was stabbed and then thrown off the ship to die. But JI was able to give some of the mechlings medical training, so maybe she lived? I want to know. I need to know. I need to know more about Gio too. Obviously, she was there before Emery, Sawyer, Fern et al, so how did she get there? So many questions, so few answers.

Alrighty, I could go on and on, but then you wouldn’t need to go to Amazon and read this book, and you really need to do that. And grab AP while you’re at it since it’s on special for the next 4 days. Trust me, if you like dark, gritty, and spanky, this will do it for you.

Tomorrow we have a book from Summer Greystone, so keep an eye out for that. Meanwhile, happy reading.

Zoe Blake-Papa’s Prey

Oh my darlings, have I got a treat for you today! By now, I’m pretty sure that we all know that I like dark and intense. And I have discovered that I enjoy reading about age play. Zoe Blake has brought us a lovely treat that is dark, intense, and full of age play. So, I present to you, Papa’s Prey.

Hopefully, I don’t have to go over my whole age play lecture today. I’m going to assume that you all remember it and if this doesn’t interest you, that you will just pass this blog post and book by. Just remember, your kink may not be my kink, but it’s all good.

Fair warning, this book is dark. It’s not the darkest I’ve ever read, but it is full of non/dub con goodness, spanking, and nurseries.

This book is set in Cornwall, England, during the Victorian era. For some reason, a lot of age play books are set in the Victorian era, which is neither here nor there, but just saying. So, let’s go on to our story.

Corinne has spent the majority of her life in a small, sheltered convent. When she turned 17, she was just about to go out to be an apprentice in Bath and get on with her life. However, while she out wandering the countryside, she was seen by a mysterious gentleman. That gentleman tracked her down and paid money to her convent so that she would be there for another 2 years, for her education. She’s sweet and innocent, and incredibly sheltered.

Lord Lucian Talon is her mysterious benefactor. What he wants, he gets, and he wants Corinne. Not only does he want her, he wants to own her, posess her, and to control every little thing having to do with her. In the 2 years he’s been waiting for her, he’s been getting his house and servants ready. He had a special room created just for her and hired new servants and made sure that they wouldn’t say anything about anything that happened in the house. When everything was ready, he went to go get his prize.

Corinne gets woken up in the middle of the night, taken out of pajamas and put into a delicate white dress. Then she’s accompanied downt to the chapel where there is a priest, the Mother Superior, and her mysterious benefactor. When she finds out that she’s about to get married, she freaks out slightly, or more than a little slightly, and Lucian throws everyone out, bends her over the altar, and spanks her bottom. Then he calls everyone back in and they get married.

When Lucian gets Corinne home, he introduces her to her nanny and takes her to the nursery. Lucian tells Corinne that she is to be his precious little toy, his treasure. He will control everything she does, she eats, she wears, everything. He will no problem with punishing her if she misbehaves, and her nanny can too. Corinne gets her first taste of his punishment and his rules when she refuses to get her enema.

OK, if you don’t want spoilers, then this is the time for us to part. I really liked this story. I got dragged into it and went right alon. I may even have had some tears in my eyes at points. I read it twice before it came out. (Have I mentioned that getting ARCs rocks?) I highlighted quite a bit of it. It’s dark, it’s intense, it is a hot mix of sexy, sexy, kinkiness. If that bothers you, pass this one up. I have some books coming up in the near future that you may like better. But, yeah, I loved it. I love Zoe’s books.

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Corinne does not adjust well at first. That’s because she didn’t have a clue as to sex or anything, and then she was very modest, having been raised in a convent. She also has problems because she is being treated as a very young child.

Lucian has a very interesting use of a camera. He wants to take pictures before he does anything with Corinne and then afterward. Since cameras are pretty new tech in this book, does this count as sexting? He has the pictures printed out and hangs them up in Corinne’s nursery.

One of the things that Lucian does that I love/hate is that he makes Corinne ask for her punishment. He tells her that he’s going to spank her, then she has to ask him Papa, please. I love the humiliation aspect of it. I would probably kind of hate it if I were her.

The original chase scene in the book is pretty exciting. I’m not a huge fan of stuffed trophy animals, but they sure work in this case.

Lest you think that Lucian is a total dickbag, he does truly care for Corinne. He may not have started out to fall in love, but he did. When Corinne is sick, he is beside himself. There are times I want to smack him anyway, but that’s true for any dark hero. I like them, I hate them, I want to smack them, I want to jump them. You get how it goes.

So, I recommend this book. A lot. I will say that the age play is intense, and Lucian is very strict. The intensity may bother some people, even people who like to read dark.

Tomorrow, we have Cari Silverwood’s new book. It is another great one. Meanwhile, happy reading!