Natasha Knight-Giovanni

Natasha Knight writes a lot of mafia romances. She has a series about the Benedetti brothers. Giovanni is not one of those books, but it is a standalone spinoff from those books. You don’t have to have read the Benedetti books in order to know what’s going on here, and they are only side characters in this book.

Emilia is a cartel princess. Her father is dead. The head of the cartel is now her only living family, her twin brother. She’s spent the last 4 years trying to hide. She’s even gone so far as to change her name, going from Emilia, cartel princess to just plan Em, event planner for a boutique hotel. She’s doing really well staying hidden, until the night she comes home and there are 5 men in her apartment. She knows that something bad has happened, and that nothing good is going to be happening because of that.

Giovanni is way up in the Benedetti organization. He made a deal with Em’s twin brother, and he got screwed over. Now he’s out to get ahold of Alessandro, and since he knows where Emilia is, he figures that she can get him in touch with Alessandro, so he and some of his men break into her apartment and wait for her. What he doesn’t expect is a woman who has been broken and who has learned when to accept what she can’t fight while fighting when she can. Including pulling a gun on him when she gets into her kitchen and wants him out of her house.

I have to admit that I didn’t particularly care for Giovanni for huge parts of the book. When I liked him, I really liked him, but I don’t think that he listened to Emilia as much as he should’ve. I think he sometimes got a little too Alpha-y and he just made some decisions that weren’t in her best interests. However, he does redeem himself, and even when I don’t particularly care for him, he does still appear to care for Em, even when he’s being an asshole. I do like Emilia and I really enjoyed following her story. She is strong, even if she’s broken, and she’s a fighter. She may accept that there are times she can’t fight, but she does wait and watch to see what she can do and she will do that. She’s overcome a flawed past and made herself successful in her present. Altogether, I really enjoyed the story, and the like I had for Em took care of anything I may have felt for Giovanni, and I had no problems reading the book and staying in the story.

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I thought that Em was really tricksy with what she did with her dad. It took some serious guts to do that. She had ovaries of steel, for sure.

I thought the storyline with Giovanni’s dad was interesting. It would have been interesting to see more of that, I think.

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

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K. Webster-Coach Long

K. Webster, that dreamy, delicious deviant, has once again invited us to join her party bus straight to Taboo Town. Today, we’re off to visit Coach Long and his favorite track star, River. I love all these little taboo treats that K gives us. I own all of them and reread them. I recommend them to anyone who likes hot and steamy with a little dose of taboo. If you want a big dose of taboo, I have a couple of other of K’s books I can recommend.

River is new to the school. She was in trouble in her last school, and in trouble enough that her family actually left the city they were in and move to a new town. So now, in her senior year of high school, at the age of 18, she’s starting over again. That has to really suck being 18 and having to start over like that. One thing she really wants to do is run track, specifically, she wants to do the hurdles. When her guidance counselor brings her out to Coach Long, he’s grumpy, and River things it’s about her, when it really isn’t. Then she starts stretching, like “a stripper”, and all of a sudden, everyone is paying attention to her.

Everett Long is having a shitty day. In fact, he’s had a shitty few months. The woman he was engaged to left him because she was fucking another man. One he thought was a friend. One he has to see daily, because he works with him. The guidance counselor at his high school, Mr. Polk. When he sees Polk coming with this tiny young woman who has pink and purple streaks through her hair, he gets pissed off at Polk for a couple of reasons, one is that Polk stole his fiancee. The other is that he has his hands on a student. That just pisses him right the fuck off. River is mouthy to him and tells him that he’s a bully. That’s OK, he calls her a brat, as well as Emo, because she has a funky personal style.

This is a short one, even when it comes to K’s taboo treats. Those books tend to be shorter anyway, but this is one that I really wished would’ve gone on longer. I wanted more to Long and River’s story. I’m not going to complain though, because I always love to get whatever I can of her books, so it’s all good. Like all of these books, this one is a standalone, but if you are familiar with the other books, you will see some familiar faces. There are lots of really sexy things that happen in this book, because yeah, it’s a K. Webster book. Let’s just say that I will never, ever look at a whistle in the same way again.

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Yeah, trust me on that whistle scene. It is so totally and deliciously perverse and deviant, but one of those oh damn moments in a book where you know that you won’t forget that particular scene.

And Polk. Ugh. Too bad they pulled Long off of him as soon as they did. He totally deserved to have his face bashed in so very, very, very hard. And that’s not even counting what he did to Coach’s condoms. He was scum. Scum, scum, scummy scum.

That’s all I have to say on this one. I always suggest that people check out K. Webster books, and this one is no different. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Mission

Renee Rose and Lee Savino have done it again. Once again they have brought us into their shifter world and rocked our world. Today we have Alpha’s Mission, which combines a fun little espionage story along with a paranormal romance. All the good stuff. And oh yeah, there may be some really hot sex along the way.

We have met Charlie Dune before. He’s a superspy who tried to shove himself into an investigation, and then ended up helping Nash, who he knew from before. But while he was helping out Nash and the Tucson pack, he learned something about himself he never knew before. He’s a werewolf. Now, a month later, he’s trying to figure out his life. When he misses a meet with his handler Annabel Gray, he has to go meet her elsewhere, and he realizes that she smells soooooo goooooood, and he can’t control his raging trouser python around her. She sends him out on a job but he gets made and the next agent ends up dead.

Annabel Gray has been handling Charlie for a long time. That’s why when he needed help, she worked her mighty cyber skills and helped him out. Now that she’s investigating something she shouldn’t be into and it starts to come back on her, she knows that Charlie is the place to go. Not just because he owes her, but because he’s the kind of person you take on Naked and Afraid with you. He’s incredibly competent and he makes her feel safe. Plus, he’s mighty damn hot.

OK, I like Charlie, but sometimes he’s a stupid, stubborn man. He is just bound and determined to figure out things on his own and doesn’t want to ask for help. Help that would’ve made a lot of things much easier, and made things easier in his life. Of course, that would’ve caused the book to be shorter, so I guess I can forgive him so that I was able to read the book. When he isn’t being stupid and stubborn, he’s a good man. He’s fiercely loyal and protective. He’s willing to do anything it takes to make sure that Annabel is safe and happy. Anything. I like Annabel too. She’s very smart and is really good at what she does. She’s dedicated and she cares so much for her family and for Charlie. The sex is fucking hot, which goes without saying, as it’s a Renee/Lee book. The adventure part winds really well with the romance, which is always nice.

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I was surprised that it took as long as it did for Annabel to know that Charlie was a werewolf. I was surprised that she didn’t put it together when the same wolf appeared way far away from Charlie’s cabin where she originally saw him. There was only one thing that both those places have one thing in common, and that was the fact that Charlie was there. But, I suppose that if you are stressed and being chased by the CIA, not always figuring things out immediately can be forgiven.

Charlie was really stupid to not take advantage of all of his resources when he was trying to figure out the whole werewolf thing. Why would you not talk to people who are already dealing with what you are? See, stupid male.

OK, go check out the book and give it a good read. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Burned

Oh my darling children, this is not a light and happy story. This is an amazing, fiery, twisted story that I loved, but not a whole light of light and happy going on in Aria Adam’s Burned.

So, many years ago, Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author, wrote fairy tales. His fairy tales don’t really have any happy endings. Yes, he wrote The Little Mermaid, but in his story, Ariel and Eric don’t have their happily ever after. He leaves her and she turns into sea foam. Anderson also wrote a story called The Little Match Girl. Yeah, this one didn’t have a happy ending either. The way his story goes is that an innocent young girl who is out selling matches on New Year’s Eve freezes to death. As she’s slowly freezing to death, she lights all her matches, because she sees happy visions in them. In the last one, she saw her beloved grandmother, who was the only person who treated her nicely, and grandma came to take her to heaven. Only after she’s dead, do people care about this poor little match girl. Depending on how you want to look at it, there could be a happy ending, but I don’t really see it this way. Personally, I like Terry Pratchett’s version in Hogfather better. Well, now I can add in Aria’s book in there too.

So, in the winter of Victorian-era East End London, Eve has been chased out of the house by her father so that she can go out and sell matches to support them. She used to work at the match factory, but she started getting sick, so she left because she didn’t want to die. But her deadbeat dad still needs his booze, so out she goes to sell the matches she used to make. If she doesn’t go out, he will beat her. If she doesn’t bring home money, he will beat her. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing and freezing and she doesn’t have the right clothes or shoes, she has to go out. On this particular day, Eve has no luck. She doesn’t want to have to go home, so she goes and finds an alcove to hide and to stay the night. She’s reasonably sure that she won’t be able to survive the night.

In order to try to be warm, she lights a piece of paper that came near her on fire. She gets a little bit of fire for just a little bit and it kind of warms her up. But she knows that her dad is going to get after her for missing a match without any money. She decides to light another one, just to watch it, because why not. She’s already going to get the beating, she might as well really deserve it. Then, something happens.

A well-dressed, obviously well-to-do man comes up to her and asks her what she will do to stay warm. She tells him that she would do anything. Would she do anything that he asked her? Oh yes sir, she would do anything and everything that he asked her. Would she obey him? Yes sir, she would obey him. So he helps her up, escorts her to his carriage, and takes her home. He gives her her very own room and a servant, a full wardrobe, and a bathroom. Pretty good for a street urchin, right? All he asks is that she does everything that he wants her to do, when he wants her to do it. If he comes to her room, she’s to stop doing whatever she’s doing and see what he wants. In return, she’ll be warm, fed, and clothed. Yeah, this doesn’t sound sinister or anything, does it?

So, the sickness that Eve saw the signs of had a couple of different names. It went by phossy jaw or the blackening. Its real name is phosphorus necrosis of the jaw. The fumes from the phosphorus would break down the bones in the jaw of the people who worked in the match factories and it killed them. She had a good reason to be afraid of it.

This book had a lot of things that I loved. There were also a couple of places where I was like aw hell no. I would cut a bitch before I agreed to a couple of those things. But Eve liked them, even as they scared her, so it’s all good for her. I love Ignis’ name. I just think that is such a great name for a book about fire and fire play. And there is a lot of fire in this. Eve likes fire. Ignis likes fire. There’s a lot of fire. I like fires, but I guarantee that I don’t like fire the same way or near the same amount as these two. When I say they like fire, I mean that they LIKE fire. There is a kink called fire play and anyone who likes that kink would like this book, I think. It is very intense in a few places. It is pretty dark. I loved every single word of it.

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Eve’s first punishment with the wax? Yeah, that was pretty exciting. I really liked it. The deal with the straight razor? Yeah, I didn’t like that one near as much. That was kind of scary. Or maybe a lot of scary.

I love the wedding, or rather the wedding after the wedding. That was pretty hot and sexy.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out and give Aria Adams some love. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Abducted

Sara Fields should be a very familiar name to those of you who have been around for a long time. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to get to read her books early for a while now, which means I get to blog them. And today, it’s time for me to talk about Abducted, which is both a Vakarran book and a Celestial Mates book.

So, as we discussed back on Golden Angel’s latest book, the Celestial Mates series is one that’s been written by a bunch of different authors. The premise is that a human woman is matched to her perfect mate/mates by this dating agency. They promise the perfect match 99.9% of the time. How the woman gets matched to her mate depends on the author’s choice. I’ve read a couple where an extra-dimensional cherub pops in, grabs the woman (and her pet in one case) and drops her off on another planet in the future. So yeah, there’s an interesting mix of things going on with the Celestial Mates series.

Sara took advantage of her Celestial Mates book to give us another hot and sexy Vakarran reverse harem book. Yay! Those Vakarrans are sooooo hot.

Mya’s family saw the writing on the wall and saw the Vakarrans coming. They made escape plans for them, father, mother, Mya, and her younger sister, to escape. Only her father died right before they were going to leave the Earth. So it left the three females to flee together. They still escaped, but they went to the Celestial Mates space station. Mom got matched right away, but the girls were too young to get matched, so they’ve been staying on the station with other women who are waiting to be matched, taking classes, hanging out with other young women, so on and so forth. And now it’s time for Mya to get matched. She’s shown her perfect match, an alien named Prince Radock. She talks to him and gets the creeps, but the algorithm is always right.

On the good ship The Vengeance, Talor, Biran, Ejan, and Dex are exiled Vakarrans. They crossed the wrong military commander and were kicked out. Now they are out doing all kinds of things to earn some money. Talor intercepts Mya’s file when it’s getting sent to her match. He looks at her blue eyes and red hair and knows that she’s his. He’s Vakarran, he takes what he wants, and he wants Mya for him and his team. So, they zip over to the Celestial Mates station and say oh hey, we want Mya, send her on out. The PTBs at the agency said alrighty then, put her on a ship, and sent her out, where the Vakarrans promptly captured her.

I found this one to be different to the other two Vakarran books. I think it’s that Mya hadn’t lived on Earth during the Vakarran occupation and she had expected to be mated to an alien this whole time. Yeah, it was the Vakarrans who got her, but she didn’t seem to have the same amount of fear of the Vakarrans, maybe. I don’t know that that is the right way to put it, but I’m not sure it isn’t either. It can’t be that Mya had a real strong fighting spirit and was a fierce fighter, because our other heroines had the same thing and were fighters too. I think she was just more accepting of the whole situation. I really liked Mya though. There was just something about her that I was just drawn to. I like her guys too. I mean, they are fierce Vakarrans and they are all into hot, dirty, kinky, filthy sex, but I think they are also a little more relaxed than the guys we’ve seen in the other books. I look forward to seeing how this book fits in with what is going on in the main body of the series.

I just have one question. Where can I get my own Robo?

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Alright, I love that this hooked up with the last Vakarran book in the end, so I think we will probably see some more of this 5. I’m betting that Mya’s younger sister is going to end up a Vakarran bride at some point too.

OMG, Radock. Gross, right? I hope that the Celestial Mates Agency gets their computer stuff on lock down so that doesn’t happen again.

Mya knocking Bluey the fuck out was awesome. And the fact that the guys were impressed by it was better. Not that they didn’t punish her, because, well they are Vakarrans.

Go check out all the Vakarran books and all the Celestial Mates books. You won’t be sorry. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger Queen

Raisa Greywood has done it again. She wrote a book that blew me away. This book was awesome and the heroine was so fucking badass, I can’t even describe how badass she was. Better yet, The Tiger Queen is the first book in a new series, and I hear that the other heroines are going to be even more kickass. Whoohoo!

One hundred years ago, the Earth underwent some solar storms that basically destroyed everything. There’s very little food, few animals, few people. Almost everything has been destroyed. The people left on Earth are starving and slowly dying. Renata is the last of the Andreyev tigers, the royalty of tigers. She can’t find enough to eat and is slowly dying. Her friend Sendra is a very old jackal who has been telling and reading Renata stories for years. But now, she has something that she wants Renata to do. She wants her to go to the Exodus Authority and get tested so that she can get a mate. If Renata has a mate, she can leave Earth, go to Ximera, have cubs, and live. When Renata doesn’t want to do it, Sendra forces her hand.

Rakon is a Ximeran warlord and is Renata’s genetic match. He’s on his way to pick her up from Earth when he gets diverted by one of the council. The council member promises that his mate will be safe on Ximera when he gets back. What they don’t know is that Renata was kidnapped and has been taken away. She was put in stasis, and her last memory was that someone was going to pay when she got out of stasis.

When I say that Renata is a total badass, I may be underestimating how much of a badass she is. You know all the old Chuck Norris jokes about how tough he was? Well, Renata could kick Chuck Norris’ ass with one arm tied behind her back. Rakon is a strong male, which is good, because he needs to be. She needs to have someone strong to stand with her and be her partner. She would completely run over anyone else. She doesn’t really need anyone to protect her and stand in front of her. She can fight her own battles, and she certainly isn’t afraid to do it. Renata needs to have someone who will have her back and not be afraid to let her do her thing. I think that Rakon is going to be that person. Of course, he will need to have his ass kicked a couple of times, but seriously, what male doesn’t need that every now and again?

And because I love all of you, I’m going to link you to the Literotica story that got Raisa the sick puppy award. It is erotic horror. There isn’t an HEA. But it’s omfg awesome.

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OK, you don’t want to fuck with a tiger. You just don’t. They are the largest of the large cats. And when they are pissed? Yeah. Just trust me on this one. People shouldn’t have taken Renata and put her in stasis. That was definitely a wrong move on their part.

The holo suite deal was pretty cool. I would love to be able to go to somewhere like that.

I love how much Rakon’s crew accept Renata, well, the tiger may scare them a little bit at first, but they give her respect for what she did. And the High Counselor was pretty awesome and he really liked Renata a lot. I love when he had Rakon put in a cell because he made Renata cry and he was being stupid.

I can’t wait to see more of these books. Hopefully, Raisa doesn’t make us wait for long. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Livia Grant-Complicated Love

I think that Livia Grant’s Infamous Love was my first Mmf menage. It was definitely a good one to start with, and I’m glad that I did. But, I’ve been waiting for the next part of the story to come out ever since. We’d get to see Jaxson, Chase, and Emma a little bit in the Black Light stories, and it was a nice way to check in with them, but we never got to really see their story. So Livia finally decided to take pity on us and give us their story with Complicated Love.

So, Jaxson, Emma, and Chase have decided that they are going to open Runway and Black Light West in Los Angeles, since the originals are doing so well. That means that they are currently living in a small rental house near the site where they are going to have the club while they are waiting for all the reno work to get done. As if that’s not enough of a problem, there is the fact that Jax wants to have the clubs open on an insanely tight schedule. That puts a lot of stress on everyone, mostly because that’s just a lot of work anyway. As an added bonus, Emma is very unhappy and seems to be feeling ill, but she isn’t talking to either Chase or Jaxson about it.

Then there’s Lola, who I hated from the very first moment we saw her. She’s Jaxson’s assistant, and she acts like she owns him. She just walks into their house whenever, disrespects Chase and Emma, and is an all-around nasty person. I mean, I think the first time we saw her, she walked into the house, literally took the coffee cup out of Emma’s hand, filled it, and started drinking from it, all the while ignoring Chase and Emma and pushing Jaxon around. I could tell that she was into Jaxson, or at least I thought she was. Of course, he doesn’t see it, and he’s already stressed enough.

Chase gets hit on by a reporter who was his old babysitter, but he shut her down beautifully. I just laughed at that. And Emma was happy that he did it too.

Of course nothing goes smoothly because do you really want to read a book where everything goes smoothly and there are never any problems? Emma’s keeping secrets, Jaxson is stressed trying to get everything done, Chase is running around like a crazy person, and the whole relationship is just stressed. It can be hard enough to keep 2 people together and in a healthy relationship, but with three, that must be really difficult.

One of the things that I really loved about this book is the fact that it showed the day-to-day work that a relationship needs. Yay! You get your HEA! But that HEA still needs work, and we see that in this book. We also see how a healthy D/s relationship should work. Well, mostly healthy, there are some bumps, but again, no one and no relationship are perfect. I love these 3 and have from the very second that I read their first book.

 

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OK, the first thing that I need to say is I WAS RIGHT! Anyone in Livia’s group will know what I mean. Yay for me!

I really, really, really hated Lola. I mean I really hated her, but I didn’t think that she would go to the lengths that she did. That was just cruel and evil on her part. Good thing that Jaxson usually hires exceptional people.

I loved it when Emma smacked the interior decorator down. He was so out of line in so many ways, but Emma was a goddess. Go Emma!

I was so surprised that Jaxson went so far that Emma had to safeword, but the awesome thing is that we get to see that being honored and that’s just awesome.

OK, you have to go read this for yourself. It’s a wonderful book and I love them so much. Happy reading!