Alta Hensley-Villains and Vodka

Alta Hensley has come out with another book in her series about Spiked Roses and it’s super duper rich owners. Villains and Vodka is all about Harley and Marlowe

So, each of the founding members has their own thing, Harley is the assassin, and he makes sure that the club stays safe because he has a scary rep. Fuck with the club and you’re fuckin with Harley. Fuck with Harley and you won’t be a worry anymore. He keeps to himself, doesn’t have anything to do with any of the lovely ladies who work at the club or go to the Tastings. He just comes to the club each night and drinks his ice-cold vodka and watches the people around him.

While Harley is watching the people, Marlowe is watching him. She has a major league lust on for him. She knows that she should probably avoid him, but she has a thing for the bad boys, and Harley is the baddest boy on two legs. Marlowe keeps trying to work at the tables that Harley frequents, but she is always stopped. But, when she finds out that Harley is coming to an upcoming Tasting, she makes sure to sign up for it and she’s going to catch his attention and make sure that the two of them end up signing a contract together.

The theme of the Tasting is Who’s Afraid of the Dark? That means that there are going to be a lot of things dark, scary, kinky, and exciting going on. Marlowe is positive that she’s not afraid of Harley’s darkness and is willing to walk that line with him.

OK, time to split up, at least temporarily. This is a dark and lovely one. There is really interesting kink and a good romance on top of that. Alta never stints on anything in her books, and she sure didn’t here. Harley may be one of my favorite bad boys ever, and I really love this book. I may want to smack Harley, but that doesn’t make him any less my favorite.

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OMG, OMG, OMG. When I say dark, I mean this leads right into the dark, but in the best way. I’m not going to talk too much about what makes the dark dark, because… Well, you just have to read it for yourself and see why.

Marlowe has her own problems and her own secrets which she’s not willing to share. She is a former cutter, so there’s that warning to anyone who may be triggered, but Alta handles it really well. She doesn’t glamorize it in any way. I like that she doesn’t shy away from it being in the book, but isn’t shaming Marlowe for what happened. That can be a really tricky thing to handle.

I loved this book. It’s going to fit right into my book rotation for those days when I need some darkness and mindfuckery. Yes, I have a collection to fit that mood. I can’t wait for the rest of the series, and I’m really excited about the upcoming story. The Dolls are going to be interesting, I think. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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JD Chambers-Only With You

JD Chambers is a debut author, and this is a great debut book. You see a lot of debut books that are clunky and the author needs help coming up with well-rounded characters and a good story. That is not the fact here.

Before I get started, I’m going to let you know that Only With You is a M/M book. If you don’t care to read M/M books, make sure you pass this one up. No judging one way or the other, we all have things we like and things we don’t. I just want to make sure that you find books that you like.

Zach is one of those cute nerdy boys who is just an overachiever. You know the kind, the one who could be really annoying, but the fact that he is shy and social awkward keeps that from happening. He went to college in 3 years, has a couple of degrees, has his own business, and loves what he does. He also has a family who I would gladly knife. His mother seems to love his cousin more than she loves Zach, but he still does everything she wants, trying to make her happy. He has no love life, and worries that he never will, especially since he has things he wants that seem wrong.

Craig is a little more mellow. Scratch that, a lot more mellow. He works at a video game store and he loves it. He acts like he has his life together, but we all know that’s just an act, right? He has his own secrets in his life that he hides behind and doesn’t let anyone get to know those issues. Ben, Zach’s roommate, works with Craig at the video game store, and on his first day, he forgot his lunch at home, which meant that Zach had to take it to him. When Zach meets Craig, he gets all tongue-tied and blushes like crazy.

One night, Craig is out with his best friend and is more than a little squiffy, and in walks Ben and Zach. He says something not quite so nice and upsets Zach. Ben makes him apologize to Zach, and then things start happening.

OK, so here we part our ways. The romance is truly lovely. It’s not really an instalove story, so we get to see all the struggles of a relationship as it just starts, including the whole is this a date kind of thing, plus the whole does he like me or not? We also get the whole is he gay or not bit of worry. Instalove stories are fun, but this is a contemporary story and true instalove with no struggles isn’t the best thing here. All those struggles, worries, and questions are so relatable. It really helps me feel like I know the boys and have been in the same kind of place. The sex is hot, and the kinky bits are smoking. I mean, wow.

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There are parts of this book which really hit home in a different way for me. I am a bi woman. I am mostly out unless you count my extended family. They are religious and I know how they would react, so they just don’t know. We have other family members who are gay who have never been able to bring their partners with them to family gatherings. I mean, I’m lucky enough that my partner is a man, so bringing my partner to family gatherings isn’t a problem. All that means that the way that Zach’s family treat him really affected me.

I also really related to Zach and his kinkiness that he feels like he has had to keep hidden or risked being judged again. It can be really hard hiding a part of yourself, so letting him get what he needs is so super awesome. I loved that part of the story. It was so great to see Craig’s love for Zach and his overall protectiveness for Zach. I adore these two so much.

OK, that’s all for this book. There’ll be another book later on this evening, so keep watching! Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Fierce warriors. Savage barbarians. Powerful warlords.

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Alien Alphas is a collection of panty-melting sci-fi romances featuring dominant alien heroes, penned by New York TimesUSA Today, and international bestselling authors. This decadently naughty box set includes twenty-three ALL-NEW, stand-alone novellas full of hot alien alpha males, breathless passion, and reluctant surrender. Take an exhilarating trip beyond the stars with this limited time only bundle that’s sure to leave you turning the pages late into the night.

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Publisher’s Note: The stories featured in this collection involve MF and MFM pairings. They include spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this box set.

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Livia Grant-Royalty, American Style: King of Baseball

Livia Grant has brought us a new romance. Unlike some of her other work, this one isn’t really kinky, but it is really steamy. Anyone who read Royally Mine is going to recognize this story or at least parts of it. It’s Livia’s offering in that book. However, she has expanded out the story, given us new bits and new info, and a whole new Christmas scene. So, let’s talk about Royalty, American style: King of Baseball.

Colt is a baseball player who has a long career, and he’s doing very well. He’s chasing a record when it comes to double-base hits. If he gets 94 more, he will have the record. That has been his focus lately. According to Wikipedia, which I had to use to check because my baseball terminology is rusty, a double means that runs are being driven in from 2nd and 3rd bases, and even 1st base, occasionally.

While he’s been working on that and playing in the playoffs for the Yankees, his agent ambushed him with a contract to a reality show. On this show, he’s going to go live in a house with 6 attractive women and end up choosing one of them. Think the Bachelor. However, since it’s on cable, think the Bachelor on HBO, where all the things that have been faded to black are now shown in living color. Colt isn’t very happy about that. Yeah, he’s been a playboy in the past, but this is a totally different situation, and he really doesn’t want to be on TV, but he has no choice.

Harper is a chef in need of both a job and a home. She was living with Giorgio, who was her boyfriend and her boss. That is, right up until she found him playing dip the sausage with another employee. Then, G was “nice” enough to recommend her for the job. So yeah, there’s that. Now she’s working as the chef on the show, cooking for everyone, and living on the estate in a glorious apartment. On her first night there, she makes her signature dish, a mushroom ravioli. Colt recognizes it as the dish from his favorite recipe, where she used to work and where she created it. He runs into the kitchen to meet her and gushes all over her.

Harper’s plan has been to just avoid the playboy man-whore named Colton, cook her food, get paid, and figure out the rest of her life. Should she go home to Illinois or go back to NYC and try to cook?

So, here’s where I’m going to part ways with you. I like this story. I like Colt, even though he plays for the Yankees. Boo hiss, Red Sox Nation 4-evah, yo. LOL. Actually, I grew up cheering for the Cincinnati Reds, since we lived in Indianapolis. My dad was a huge baseball fan, and all my brothers played Little League. Anyway, it’s a good story. I liked it in the original anthology, I like it more in this incarnation. The first sex scene is incredibly erotic, and I really liked it. I really want to try it sometime. This is definitely worth the money to pick it up and read it.

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Oh, I really hate Gavin, the producer. He’s a slimy little fuck. He gets his in the end, which makes me happy. Karma is a bitch, and then she bites you in the ass. I did the Nelson laugh from the Simpsons when I first read it and still did it this time too.

The Christmas scene is lovely. I like seeing the continuation of their HEA. I mean, usually that’s the end of the story, and the MCs ride off into the sunset perfectly happy. But, a real HEA takes work and negotiation, and all that stuff. We get to see some of it in the Christmas scene, and I really like that. I mean, yeah, in some places I’m perfectly happy to have the HEA be the end, but I always enjoy the rest of the story.

OK, as much as I would love to keep talking about this lovely book, I don’t want to spill anything more than I may have already done. So, I’m going to still my furious fingers of fire and start the next blog. Go grab this one and look forward to the next one, like I am now. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Clarissa Wild-Locked

A few months ago I read a story called Caged by Clarissa Wild. This book drew me in and put me through the wringer. It was a helluva ride and it left me in a book hangover for a couple of days. It was a pretty short read, but very powerful. When I found out that Clarissa was putting out a sequel, I was all over that. I knew I needed to have more about this particular world.

So, the sequel is called Locked. It’s about Cage’s older brother Lock. We learned a little bit of his history in Caged, but not much about him. Lock was able to escape from his terrible upbringing and decided that he was tired of fighting, what he really wanted to do was go out and see the world. His father would reward him with winning his fights by letting him go outside, and that was all that Lock ever wanted. Eventually, he made his way to an uncharted island where he was able to live on his own in his own way.

Juliet loves the outdoors. To that end, she became a wildlife biologist. While she loves doing lab work, she lives for getting outside in the field and getting her hands on nature. She loves the excitement of it and the chance to find new things. That’s why she is just thrilled to get the chance to go to this uncharted island, untouched by human hands. Everything was going well, right up until the point where her helicopter crashed and she was the only survivor.

You know what time it is now. While Locked is a sequel to Caged, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a direct sequel. For the majority of the book, we don’t see anything having to do with Cage and Ella. Most of it is about Lock and Jules. That means that you can read it as a standalone if you so desire, but you will probably enjoy it more if you have read Caged. I thought it was a good story, and Lock was a very sympathetic character. I tend to identify with the female characters more than males, because well, I am a female, but I got Lock a lot more than I got Jules in this one. There were points which were really heartbreaking and I was more than a little teary. So, go check it out. While you are checking it out, hit this link for a giveaway!  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5f0d889e136

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So, poor Lock. He may be physically a man, but developmentally he has had no chance at all, has he? Poor guy. I hope his father burns in the deepest, darkest, hottest firey pits of hell. Then he has this woman literally fall out of the sky at his feet, and she just doesn’t seem to get him. It has to be hard on the guy. I mean, I know it can’t have been easy on Jules, but she basically invaded his home and he tried to take care of her and she kept attacking him.

I’m looking forward to reading more about this world, and I’m hoping to get more of everyone’s stories. Go grab this one and give it a check. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Isabella Starling-Breaking Belle

Isabella Starling decided to surprise us all with another wonderful, twisted, filthy fairy tale. Now if you are thinking to yourself, “Self, didn’t Isa just write an adult fairy tale?”, you would be right, she did. Last week we got Isabella’s take on Cinderella. Today we are getting Beauty and the Beast with Breaking Belle. Isabella’s version kind of combines the Disney version and the classic story. When you’re reading it, see if you can find all the mentions that reference the Disney version. I thought it was fun to do that.

Arabelle is the only girl in her family. She has 4 older brothers who she has little to do with, and one younger brother. She’s also got a father who is in deep. He owes more money than he will ever be able to scrape up. When it comes time to be paid, he’s proper fucked.

Dom lives high in a castle with his few loyal men. He’s been hiding from his enemies while planning his revenge. However, he keeps being betrayed by his people. When it comes time to collect money from Belle’s father, Dom decides that he’s going to do it in person.

Dom gives her old man all kinds of chances to pay up and threatens him. Too bad the  man doesn’t have any money. Belle doesn’t know what to do, all she knows is that she has to keep her younger brother safe. To that end, she decides that she will volunteer to go with Dom. She figures that he will kill her, but at least her dad’s debt will be paid off and her youngest brother will be safe. However, when he sees her, other ideas pop into his head. Or, would that be heads? Why yes, I am a 12 year old.

OK, this is where we part ways. This is a pretty quick read, with some really great sex. Of course, being an Isabella Starling story, it isn’t necessarily sweet. There are some pretty dark moments in this one. I got mad on Belle and Dom’s behalf more than once. But, if Beauty and the Beast is your favorite fairy tale and you have always wanted to see what an adult version would look like, this is definitely the story for you to pick up and check out.

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OK, so the rose garden. Oh man, my heart breaks for Dom. And the way that he has his house set up with the rose garden where it is? Wow. But, I’m glad that he’s able to change his associations with that particular area.

I love all the epilogue story we get. It was nice to get that glimpse into Belle and Dom’s lives. I also liked the little reference to Collaring Cinderella. I snerked just a little bit. I was also endlessly amused by all the Disney references that I was able to pick up. I thought it was very clever on Isa’s part to get all of them in the story, but mostly not in any overt, shove it in your face kind of way.

I enjoyed the story a lot. I enjoyed the sexy, sexy sex scenes. I even liked the dark parts, even when I got mad. So, go do yourself a favor and get a fairy tale to read to yourself before bed. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Challenge

So, two of my favorite authors and frequent fliers are back. In fact, Renee Rose is such a frequent flier, this is her second appearance on my humble little blog this week. But today is all about their fourth entry in their Bad Boy Alphas shifter series. Although, since Tank is a beta could it still be part of the Alpha series? Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. Onwards and upwards.

So, Alpha’s Challenge. This story, timeline-wise, overlaps the previous 2 stories. While the action is taking place in Mexico, Tank is home in Tucson, dealing with potential loose ends. This potential loose end is named Foxfire. Great name, right?

So, Foxfire is Amber’s best friend. If we remember, Amber is Garrett’s mate, is psychic, and gets taken to Mexico with him to find his sister. But first, they have a seiously shitty first day, which Foxfire has to go save Amber from. At one point, Foxfire yells at Garrett that she doesn’t care about his Werewold gang, he had just better not hurt her best friend or else. Since she’s walking out of Amber’s house at the time and Amber knows that Garrett and his friends are actually shifters and she isn’t supposed to tell anyone, Garrett thinks that Amber told Foxfire. That means wen he has to go to Mexico, he sends Tank to talk to Foxfire.

I think that Foxfire might be my favorite heroine in this series, thus far. She walks to the beat of her own drummer. She has rainbow colored hair. She’s fiesty, and fierce, and protective. She’s also just out of a really shitty relationship. When Tank shows up, she gets all hot and bothered over him, because why not? He’s hot and the sex was crap with Benny boy. Tank talks to her and finds out that she thinks that Werewolves is the name of their motorcycle club, not that she knows they are shifters. But, just when his job could be over, he finds he can’t leave her. There’s just something about her that makes him want to stay. However, Foxfire isn’t down for that plan. She’s going to do what she can to get away. One of my favorite paragraphs in the book deals with one of her plans to get away.

“I chuckle at my own joke while Tank looks longingly at the door. Poor guy, stuck with me. I didn’t go to college, but I’ve mastered the art of annoying people.” Go ahead, tell me that’s not just a fucking awesome paragraph. Kudoes to whichever talented lady came up with that.

Anyway, this is where we are going to go our separate ways. You can read this one as a stand-alone, if you would like. You will be more enjoyment of it if you read the whole series in order though, because you will understand the background better. Each story is its own complete story, but there is an overarching story arc that each story builds on. The sex is hot, the chemistry between the two is even hotter. And I love Sunny. So, go check this one out.

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OK, there is one twist that I thought wouldn’t it be interesting if…, and then it turned out that yes, it was, and it really was interesting. Sorry, that’s all the more hint you are getting as to this particular spoiler, because I don’t want to ruin it. You will be happier if you go read it yourelf and see if you can figure it out.

Sunny is a hoot and a half, and just totally what you think of when you think hippy. And her plain talk about Tank and Foxfire’s sex life is just to die for. I wouldn’t really want to do yoga with her though.

While they get their HEA, there are some things that are really upsetting and made me a little mad and a little sad. However, Tank pulled his head out of his arse, so it’s OK and it worked out, over all. So, yay.

OK, go read the book, you’ll love it, especially if you love hot sex and hotter Alphas. We’re going to have a post on Isabella Starling’s latest story later this evening, and I have one waiting for Livia Grant’s book to go live, hopefully soon. Meanwhile, happy reading!