Grace Goodwin-Matched and Mated

So, Matched and Mated is the 16th book in Grace’s Interstellar Brides series, and it relates back to Her Mate’s Secret Baby, the 9th book in the series. The heroine in the 9th book is Natalie, who gets matched to Trion, and for reasons brings Miranda, a friend to Trion with her.

Two years after coming to Trion, Miranda is in the 6th month of a no strings attached relationship with a hunky doctor named Brax. He is more than just a doctor though, he also does super sekrit sneaky stuff for Trion and the Coalition. She has caught feelings, but she knows that his priority is his duty for Trion. She doesn’t blame him for it, and she was the one who proposed their arrangement, but he’s made it very obvious that he’s not going to take a mate anytime soon, and she really wants someone who is going to look at her as his number 1 priority, like her friend Natalie’s mate Roark does. So, when he has to leave again for another long term mission, and then she finds out that he was in town and then left without even seeing her, she knew, feelz or not, that it was time to do something. She decides to visit the bride testing center on Trion to find her perfect mate.

Meanwhile, on Battlegroup Zakar, second in command Trist finds out that he’s getting his perfect mate, coming from Trion, which causes him a lot of surprise when he finds out that his mate Miranda is human. He’s pretty sure that she’s totally perfect, there’s just one issue. He’s a Prillon, and Prillons mate in pairs, but since he never thought that he would get a mate and his second got a better offer, he currently doesn’t have one. But that’s OK, he told Miranda that they will find one.

Then there’s Brax. Oh, that sweet idiot. He comes home and discovers that Miranda is gone. Which really pisses him off, because he had finally decided that she was his. Natalie gives him a right telling off though.

OK, Brax is a total fucking idiot. Natalie shoulda had Roark beat the everloving snot out of him. He totally deserved it. And frankly, I would’ve laughed my everloving ass off. And I think, in general, he’s a pretty good guy, but he just wasn’t all that good here, you know? I won’t go so far as to say that he was toxic in the beginning, because he really wasn’t, but he was… careless. He was careless of Miranda’s feelings and her emotions. And that is almost worse, in my opinion.

Trist is a brick house. Not the kind that you bang your head against when you are frustrated, but the kind where you go to feel safe and protected. You know that within that house, nothing can get to you, you have something at your back. And hey, putting brick house into the same meaning as the Commodores song, it works just as well. He’s steady, sturdy, protective, and has his priorities in the right place. He’s pretty much nearly everything that Miranda needs.

I like Miranda. She has learned her value and her worth. She knows what she wants, and she definitely isn’t afraid to go after it. I always love it when I see that in a book.

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I love the mixed species pairings we’re getting lately. I think it’s pretty cool, and I would totally love to see more of them.

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

The 3 Ms-Deliciously Decadent

Maddie, Morganna, and Meredith are back with some Deliciously Decadent stories. I love anything that any of them write on their own, Maddie has shown up here a lot, so you probably know that. None of the stories are co-written, but you are getting a bunch of stories gathered together by the 3 ladies, so it’s all good.

Most of these stories are pretty quick to read, like 10-15 minutes, or at least 10-15 minutes for me. There are a few, like Doctor’s Orders, by Maddie, and Creed’s Joy, by Morganna, that took me a little longer to read them. Not a whole lot longer, but some.

There are some that I would probably more consider a slice of life kind of story, because they are just quick peeks at the lives that the couples in them are living. I would Clarissa’s Stern Daddy and Lucy’s Little Weekend, both by Meredith in this category. We just get a little snippet of a larger story. It’s like someone took an hour or a day of your life and put it on a page. Both of these stories are really sweet and loving, and each shows a happy DD/lg relationship, even if Daddy isn’t necessarily all that happy right that second. There is no drama, no angst, just life.

There is one story that made me bawl my fucking eyes out, and it’s hard to do that in a really short story, and this one is. It’s another Meredith O’Reilly story, and she just wanted to kill me, I think. It’s called A Soldier’s Homecoming. On my Kindle, it runs from 58% to 62%, and took about 7 minutes for me to read. Yes, I went back and checked the percentage and the timing on it. I would tell you the page amount, but I don’t get that on most ARCs. I’m pointing out all those stats so that I can emphasize just how much emotion Meredith packed into this story.

Most of the stories are pretty contemporary, but there are a couple of scifi stories tossed in there, just for fun. You also get a nice pirate story in there as well.

All in all, this book is packed full of stories that you can read when you need a lift, or when you only have a couple of minutes, or you just want to read 3 great authors.

I wanted a picture of something that was delicious and decadent, and I think I succeeded.

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Myra Danvers-Delirium

Last week, after I blogged about Livia Bourne’s book and said that scifi was my first love, Myra got in touch with me and told me that she loved scifi and space opera too, and she had one that she thought that I’d like, and she sent me Delirium. And she was right. I loved it. I loved it so much, I think that I might reread it this weekend. If you like harder scifi, space opera, or completely deranged heroines, then this is definitely a book for you to try out.

Iris has spent many years as a space cargo transport pilot. She has her ship, her androids, and her opium, which she grows on her ship. She pays off people so that she can fly under the radar, and she’s very happy being alone. As long as she has her opium and is high, she’s perfectly happy. This is who she is in the After, and it’s good. There’s just one thing that causes her problems, and that is Big Evil, who is floating around somewhere. She’s trying very hard to avoid him, but that’s OK, she has some very shocking plans around for him if he shows up.

You see, Iris isn’t just a junkie pilot. She’s also a Mech. That means that she can McGuyver anything, with even less than McGuyver would need. She could probably make a death ray out of nothing but a chewing gum wrapper and scotch tape. She wouldn’t even need duct tape for that. She’s also a little bit crazy. And by little bit, I mean full-on sociopath with little to no morals and ethics. I love her. I wouldn’t want to be around her, because the amount of chaos that surrounds her, even when she’s asleep, is at an epically high level. I mean, I can’t even describe the chaos when she’s not trying. When she does try, stand the fuck back. I mean allllll the way back.

Myra’s dedication is a thing of beauty, and that needs all the acknowledgment. And now that we have done that, let’s talk about the way that Myra describes things. Her use of descriptive language is beautiful and elegant. It really brings the story to life and pulls you in. I could practically feel the world because of the textures that she created with words. I want to say that it’s not world-building, not quite, maybe it’s world-building adjacent. I’m not saying that Myra didn’t create a rich and wonderful world, because she did, it’s just something different. I don’t think I’m explaining it well, and that’s sad. I guess that means you are going to have to go read it and find out for yourself, won’t you?

One of my favorite heroines in all the books I’ve read is Sigil from Addison Cain. I’m going to have to put Iris right there next to Sigil. And they are totally in a category of their own.

Big Evil and Daxx are definitely interesting. Daxx has no clue what he is doing. And Big Evil? Well, his name is pretty descriptive, don’t you think?

This is one of those books that I’m almost mad that I’ve read because I can never read it for the first time again.

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OMG, that poor Nanny! And the Detox Fairy. And Daxx is just stupid.

OK, go check this out. You’ll thank me. 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.

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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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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!

Trent Evans-Mate

As I was sitting and digesting Mate by Trent Evans, I came to realize that I hadn’t reviewed anything by him on my blog, and what a travesty that is. Obviously, I need to rectify that oversight. So here we are. Trent is one of the few male authors I read, romance or otherwise. I really like his books, and I like how well he writes from the woman’s perspective, which can’t be all that easy sometimes. I don’t know if it’s different than a female author writing from the male perspective, but as long as I’m getting well-rounded complete characters, I’m pretty happy and relatively easy. But I’m not cheap. Or maybe I’m cheap but not easy. I can’t ever remember.

Anyway, back to Trent and his latest science fiction erotic romance. And don’t get me wrong, erotic is the very best word here, because, well, yeah.

Selena is a very determined woman. She wanted to pilot spacecraft and that’s what she ended up doing. But, she didn’t want to have to deal with having anyone take it easy on her because she was a woman, so she did what she could to make her look a little less womanly, including strapping down her breasts and wearing loose clothing. However, her plan may have backfired at certain places and involving certain people. All of which went into making Selena feel like she might not quite fit in where she was. But now, she’s met her goal and she’s now the pilot of a research vessel that has a small crew. She and her crew are investigating a planet that they have found that have some primitive humanoids, and they are watching one of the women about to be sacrificed.

Then, they end up having to abandon ship, and Selena ends up in the hands of Malcolm.

Here’s the thing about Malcolm. For each answer Selena gets from him, she ends up with 50 more questions. And seriously, some of those questions come down to semantics. You know the kind, how do you define the word is kind of answers. Selena asks Malcolm a question, he gives her an answer that is not so much straight as it is a corkscrew, and then when she tries to get some clarification, his answer is always something like yeah, something like that, or it depends on how you look at it. The times he does give her a straight answer, I still wouldn’t really call it all that straight. I think that there is only one time when he gives her all the necessary information in an answer.

I don’t know how much he is doing it to be contrary and how much he is doing it because he and Selena don’t have concepts in common to actually have meaningful answers to her questions. Of course, it could very well be both things, because, well, that would totally fit Malcolm’s personality, I think. Even days after reading it, I’m still trying to figure things out myself. It tugs on the back of my mind.

I like Selena. I can understand her and how she feels. There’s a lot there for her to feel, and at times it’s completely overwhelming, and I understand that feeling all too well, as I expect many of us do. It makes Selena really relatable, even if we’ve never been in the situation in which Selena has found herself.

Trent’s books are heavily D/s and full of total or near total power exchanges. They can be very intense. But for all that they are intense, there are some very loving and tender moments in his books, so it’s not all fucking and spanking and sentient vines. Oh, the vines. Those vines are so wickedly awesome. And the flowers. Oh, and the vines. Did I mention the vines?

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I was less than pleased with Selena’s crewmates. They could pretty much all go straight to hell, if you ask me.

Ok, that’s all I have to say about this one. I highly recommend it, so go check it out. Happy reading!