Instafreebie

If you’re like me, odds are that your book budget is tight. Tight book budgets mean that you are always looking for good deals on books. There are a lot of sites out there that say that they have free books, but a lot of them are pirate sites. However, Instafreebie isn’t one of those sites. It is a legitimate site. They always have a good selection of free stuff to read, and they often run special promotions that you can take advantage of. For example, right now they are running horror specials in honor of Halloween, and a cyberpunk one that I’m fixing to look at. Those specials have a curated selection of books to look at. All you have to do is click claim, give it your email address, and click send. Getting it to your Kindle is super easy, just forward it to your Kindle email, assuming you have your email address set as a safe sender.

Go check them out and see if you can stretch your book budget.

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Danielle Fin-Yash

Danielle Fin is a new author to me. She doesn’t have a large catalog as of yet, but I expect that will change.

Yash is an interesting take on the aliens living on Earth kind of thing. The aliens came here a long time ago and then they left. Then in a more recent time, they came back. The various alien groups have villages where they live, generally more isolated from the humans. The humans and the aliens tend to live fairly peacefully. However, that isn’t always true.

In this book, we start with Maximus, a sergeant in the military, lands outside a small alien village, with his squad. Yash is one of the guards in the Zelenian village. While she and a recruit are talking to the humans, their village blows up. Yash and her recruit run back, but the majority of their people are dead. She is now the leader of the people of her village, and when she offers them the chance to relocated with the humans, the majority of the survivors choose to not go.

Overall, I think the premise of the story is good. I think that the characters have a good start, but could’ve used a little more fleshing out. There were times when I was confused over what was going on. I think that another round of edits and some more beta readers would have helped tighten it up, flesh out the characters, and get rid of some of the confusion that was going on. It wasn’t a bad story, and it wasn’t impossible to keep track of, so if you like scifi romance, go give it a chance. It’s a pretty light read, with some sex, and a nice HEA.

I don’t think I have much in the way of spoilers to say about it and those are all my thoughts, so I’m going to leave a nice picture here to look at. Thursday and Friday are going to get a Kit Rocha two parter. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Blaire

Anita Gray has written a compelling story about a young woman who has been conditioned to protect her master. It’s real, it’s raw, and it’s brutal. I’ve reread it several times. Check it out.

“If you like your romance dark and twisted with a side of mind fuc$ery than this is for you!!!” Amazon reviewer

BLAIRE, Part 1 in the Dark Romance Series

Buy it here: http://amzn.to/2zE3vmO
Also enrolled in KU

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Rose Devereux-Breaking Grace

I haven’t reviewed Rose Devereux here on my blog yet, though I have read some of her other books. I think I’ll probably need to rectify not having more reviews of her books on here. This one, Breaking Grace, is one that I’ve been waiting on for a while, so when I got the opportunity to read an ARC, you better believe that I jumped on it with both feet. I’m so glad that I did.

This is such a good book. It stayed with me and made me think about it for quite some time afterward. I love stories that do that. This one is intense and dark and light and gritty and hopeful all at once. I’m not even sure if I can describe how I felt after reading this book, even after several days. I came out of reading it feeling refreshed and exhausted and hopeful and sad. See why it is hard for me to explain how I feel about this book?

In the end, BG comes down to perceptions and how even a small change in perception changes everything, how Grace perceives Bram, how he perceives her, how they both perceive James, and how you perceive the villain. It reminds me of the saying that there are 3 sides to every story, yours, mine, and the truth. That’s so true when it comes to BG. So, without any further ado, let’s get into this story.

Grace is a woman in mourning. Two years prior, her fiancee was shot dead by Bram. A witness says that it was a road rage incident, that Bram was driving like a madman and James followed him to his house, confronted Bram, and was subsequently shot. She can’t let go of her mourning, and it’s tearing her apart. Bram wasn’t charged, so she tried going after him with a wrongful death suit, which didn’t go her way. She hates Bram and wants to ruin him.

Bram has no problem with admitting that he killed James. He doesn’t talk much about it because he’s protecting Grace. He’s positive that she’s a liar and knows what really happened with James’ death, but for some reason, he wants to protect her. When he sees her in court, he is drawn to her, and he can tell that she is drawn to him, like two magnets.

When the party planning company that Grace is working for has to meet with Bram’s company for events, she walks away from her job. She goes home, writes him a letter, and tries to give it to him. She goes to his company and starts to create a huge scene, eventually getting to pass the letter on to him.

When she gets home, Issac (boo hiss) is waiting outside her apartment. She’s been locked out and he was sent to take her to her parents’ home. This leads to her falling apart.

Bram goes to a bar, rants to some friends, and talks about what he would like to do to Grace. He never meant for it to happen, but there are forces at work beyond his control.

OK, this is where we are going to part. Grace and Bram are so real. It’s so easy to be dragged into their story and have to stay in it until they can let you go, which may or may not be when you are done reading it. Like I said, it really stuck with me. One reason for that is that there is a part of BG that is deeply personal to me. The book would’ve been real to me as it was, but that just made it even more real to me. I could see everything in the book really happening, like Bram and Grace were my neighbors and I was watching it through my front room window. BG is currently $0.99 on Amazon, so grab it while you can.

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No one can tell who the villain is. Bram thinks it’s Grace, Grace thinks it’s him. The problem is that it’s neither. I’m not entirely sure that there is a villain, at least not in the traditional sense. There are bad people who do some bad things, but they aren’t so much in the story. Personally, my vote for villain is Issac and her dad. You can’t have one without the other, they are too wound up with the other. They are just barely around in the story at all. So, villains? Maybe. Can you have a story without a villain? That doesn’t mean there isn’t conflict. There is conflict out the ass.

Just because Bram isn’t the villain doesn’t mean that he’s necessarily a good guy. He’s done some bad, bad things. The title comes from the fact that he does literally tries to break Grace. He’s done interrogation in the past, and he’s going to use the same thing with Grace. But, it doesn’t exactly work out that way. He can be a total dick at some points, but overall, I think he’s just a guy, neither all good, nor all bad. It’s the same with Grace. She’s neither all good nor all bad. Thy are both imperfect and failable.

There is no insta-love here. In fact. there’s a lot of hate at the beginning. But, it eventually changes, bt it’s not something that happens overnight. They are attracted to each other, even if they hate each other, so that is an interesting dynamic. The chemistry between the two of them is pretty awesome, even when it has hate beams being carried along with it.

I always suspected that there was something up with James. He dies before the book begins, so it’s not like we have interaction with him, but I thought there was something wrong with him the entire time. The way that Grace talked about him just seemed too good to be true. I was pretty right on there.

Alright, if I say anything more on this book, I’ll probably never finish saying things, because it is so good. Go, read it yourself, then come back and we can talk about it more.

Tomorrow, we have Yash from Danielle Fin. I’m not sure what will be coming Thursday and Friday. If there is something you’d like to see, let me know! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Sophie Kisker-Fear and Desire

Sophie Kisker is one of my favorite authors, and she’s an all-around nifty person. Hi, Sophie! That would be why she shows up here a lot. Today, we’re talking about one of her books from her backlog. Fear and Desire used to be known as Captive of Fear and Desire, but Amazon is run by a bunch of pearl-clutching prudes, so she had to drop the Captive part. Luckily, she didn’t have to change the book, and we get a book full of non-con/dub-con goodness. F&D also shows up on my Top Ten dark and fucked up books list. I had just read it for the first time a few days before that post, I think, so this was a reread, so yay!

So, let’s just dive right into this one, shall we? Fair warning, this one is pretty dark all the way through.

Dan is an undercover Fed working on busting a human trafficking ring. There are a couple of reasons why he was chosen. One is that he’s from the area where The Farm, the group’s training facility, is based. The other is that he’s a Dom. The powers-that-be think that makes him perfect for training women to be sex slaves. The bosses don’t get the difference between consensual BDSM and forced training to be a sex slave. Pearson, the guy in charge? Is a massive douche of douchian proportions. Every time I’ve read the book, I’ve wanted to just reach my hands into the book and punch the guy and then strangle the shit out of him.

Anyway, Dan and his partner Josh, also a Dom, do what they can to help the women, including changing up the the “training” program so that the women can actually have something survivable and aren’t just beaten, raped, and broken. They both know that what’s happening to these women is going to cause psychological damage, but they are doing what they can to make it less.

Dan meets Laura for coffee on Saturday nights, after her shift on the OB ward. They were childhood friends who grew apart, but now that they live in the same area again, they’ve been getting closer and closer. One Saturday, Dan asks Laura, who doesn’t know for sure what he’s doing, if she’ll go away with him in a few weeks. What neither of them knows is that Marco, the incompetent nephew of the head of the ring, is spying on them. He’s got it out for Dan because he thinks he should be in charge.

The next thing we know, he’s kidnapped Laura and brought her to The Farm. His stated thought is that he’s doing it for Dan so that Dan has someone for him to use.

This is where we are going to part. Since I have things to say about this book, there will be spoilers. This book could be triggery in regards to rape, so be aware of that. Sophie has been careful in the way that she handled the situations, hopefully, it doesn’t trigger anyone because it is a good book. It is dark, it stays pretty dark, but when you get through that dark fucking tunnel, you do get an HEA. It’s on KU, but it’s only $0.99, so grabbing your own copy isn’t going to break the bank.

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When Laura figures out that Dan is there, she tries to run away, not to really run away but to make sure that Dan sees her. However, that means that she has to be punished, and it’s a pretty brutal one to her feet. That punishment also brings her to the attention to the big bad guy, who decides that he wants her, and he wants Dan to train her. He has very specific plans for Laura, and he wants her broken. If Dan won’t do it, then the nasty fuck nephew will. Dan is left with no choice.

Dan manages to get Laura away from the base, at least long enough to talk to her, under the guise of physical training. He explains to her what he needs to do and that it will be hard. She gives him her consent to do whatever it takes to get them both out safely. So, here’s the thing, can she truly be said to have given consent? While yes, she was willing to let him do what needed to be done, was it true consent since she really had no choice otherwise? It can’t really be consensual non-consent because that’s a voluntary thing. She would’ve entered into the relationship willingly, they would’ve discussed limits, punishments, likes, dislikes, so on and so forth. That’s not anything that could’ve happened in Dan and Laura’s situation. I suggested to Sophie back when I read this the first time, that maybe informed non-consent was a better phrase for it. Dan told her what she was going to have to live through, so she knew, but she can’t really consent, thus informed non-consent.

The last part of the Laura and Dan’s journey is terrible, just terrible, and intense. I was glad to get through it the first time and every other time, even though I knew what was coming up. I still got teary and all twitchy over it.

I think that all of Sophie’s stories are really good. I always look forward to the newest ones, and I like to reread the older ones fairly often. F&D is one that really grabbed me the first time, and it has grabbed me every subsequent rereading. Anyway, if you like dark, non/dub-con, but with an HEA, try out Sophie Kisker and check out this one.

Tomorrow, Breaking Grace by Rose Deveraux.

Because…

So, when I finished reading a couple of books that I was really looking forward to, I got in a mood. It was kind of bored, kind of melancholy, kind hungover, whatever. With all that going on, I decided that I would work on organizing my Kindle some, and create collections so I could find books when I wanted. Except for my docs. I can put them in my collections on Amazon, but it won’t synch over to my Kindle, but whatevs. Here’s what my collections look like right now. It’s still a work in progress, and I have way more that needs to be organized. And yes, by the time I’m finished, they will all be in a variety of collections, depending on subject, author, mood, whatever.

Never fear, you are still getting the Sophie Kisker post later on. I need to finish writing it.

Sue Lyndon-Punished by the Cowboy

This post was going to show up on Tuesday, but it dropped early, so I decided to post it today.

Sue Lyndon has made other appearances here on my blog. I really like her books, the menage ones, the non-menage ones, the alien ones, so on and so forth. Punished by the Cowboy is a nice, short spanking story, and just in time for your kinky Halloween read.  Because it’s a short story, this blog post isn’t going to be that long. This story did originally show up in another anthology, but Sue expanded it and gave us more hotness.

There really aren’t going to be much in the way of spoilers, because with something so short, it only takes one extra detail and the whole thing is given away. The premise is that Elizabeth and Jacob met online and they have been talking about everything under the Sun for a while. When it’s time to meet, they decide to meet at a costume party.

This is a wonderful little story, very light-hearted, even with some spanking. I enjoyed every word of this all too brief story. The only thing I wish was that it was longer, just because I was enjoying it so much. I think that it will remain on rotation on my Kindle, as a way to brighten my spirits and to use like I use pickled ginger (yum!) when I eat sushi, a tasty way to cleanse my mind.

Even though it’s short, I still have a picture for it, mostly because I love looking at pictures to find something that suits the book. Tomorrow is a Sophie Kisker story, Tuesday is the new one from Rose Deveraux, both stories that I really enjoyed reading (and rereading). Meanwhile, happy reading!

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