Sara Fields-Sold to the Beasts

Here’s our 2nd blog for today. It’s all about Sara Fields’ newest book, Sold to the Beasts. This is the 4th book in the Captive Bride series, and if you remember, I’ve reviewed one of the other books in that series here, Taming Their Pet, way back in September, I think. Whenever it was, it was another great book in a series that I really enjoy. Beast is no different. I think each of her books in this series gets better and better, and considering how much I liked the first book, that’s really saying something. But, enough of that, let’s crack on, shall we?

This story is all about Michelle, Roan, and Dane.

Like the other brides, Michelle was an illegal 3rd child. Her family were notorious crime lords in LA, and they kept her hidden, right up until the point when they decided to sell off her virginity and had her tied to a bed. Luckily, the police busted in right at that moment. Unluckily, they found out her status and sent her to the training center so that she can be trained and sold to aliens as a bride.

While she’s there, Michelle gets caught up in some trouble. The warden tells her that she has the perfect situation for Michelle. She also guarantees that Michelle will have a happy relationship with mates who love her and cherish her, which is what Michelle has always wanted, a family who wants her, loves her, and makes her feel happy. I mean, who can blame her, everyone wants that, especially someone who had a shitty growing up, like Michelle.

So, after a week-long voyage, Michelle’s ship lands at the gate of a remote mansion covered in roses. She’s wearing the beautiful blue dress that she was sent and is nervously waiting to meet her mates. However, the man who meets her isn’t one of them. He’s Sir Gregory, the man who runs the house for Dane and Roan. They aren’t available to meet her.

Dane and Roan are brothers and will share a mate. They were warriors who were cursed and now live in isolation way in the far, snowy north surrounded by a forest. They are in deep mourning and the mansion is quiet.

When the brothers see Michelle and the dress that she is wearing, they get very angry. They didn’t send for her, they don’t want her, they want nothing to do with her. Poor Michelle, all she wants is a happy family, and now it’s been ripped away. Sir Gregory shows her the library, and she spends a good chunk of time hiding in the library until the brothers find out that she’s been hiding there and is slowly losing weight.

OK, this is the point where I go on and you get to decide whether or not you want to risk spoilers. I got so mad at Dane and Roan in this book. I mean, I wanted to go dope slap the both of them. If I could have figured out a way to get into the book, they would’ve had their heads smacked together just like the 3 Stooges. If you’ve read other Sara Fields books, you know that she loves to give us an HEA, and Beasts is no different. There’s a lot of spanking and hot sex. Yummmmmm. Each book I say that this is the best book of the series, and I think this one really is the best book of the series. It’s my new favorite. Definitely going to be a regular reread.

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Michelle is a lot more patient with her boys than I would’ve been. I swear, she has the patience of a saint.

One of the things I loved so much about this book is that Michelle isn’t cowed by her two men. Sarah never really writes weak women, but Michelle is the toughest, I think. I mean, she goes out and kicks some ass. Of course, there are going to be consequences, but she doesn’t hesitate to go out and do what she thinks is right for Roan and Dane. I loved that about her. I hope that she keeps her boys on their toes and that she never loses that fire.

OK, I got all kinds of feelz about this, but if I say anything else, I’m going to end up spoiling it, and you’ll miss out on this book. You don’t want to miss out, trust me.

So, tomorrow is another double, Wednesday Noir and Renee Rose, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Isabella Starling-Collaring Cinderella

We’ve got a couple of really busy days ahead of us. There are going to be some doubled up blogs. I’ll make sure one goes out early and the other goes out later in the evening so I’m not overwhelming you. Today’s first book is a surprise new book from Isabella Starling.

Isabella is finishing up her work on Peep Show. I’ve read excerpts and we’re talking 5 alarm fire here. But, she took a break to give us a new view on Cinderella. A filthy, filthy view of Cinderella. Collaring Cinderella is hot and sexy, and OMG, I just devoured it. I honestly couldn’t read it fast enough. I was sad when I couldn’t keep my eyes open last night to keep reading it.

Rafe is our Prince Maybe Charming. He is the heir to a huge fortune and a jewelry design company. His father is dying, and he wants Rafe to find a wife, settle down, make babies, and be happy. Rafe has found the woman he wants, but his father doesn’t know. So, Rafe plans a ball and makes sure our Cinderella is invited.

Ella is barely 18 and never been kissed. She lives with her terrible stepmother, Martha. Martha is Rafe’s housekeeper and works Ella like a dog. She’s terribly jealous of Ella’s youth and beauty. The second that Rafe set his eyes on Ella, he knew that she was going to be his and he was going to do everything he could to make sure that she wore his collar and his ring, no matter what.

This is a super hot instalove story. Ella had been crushing on Rafe for a long while and then Rafe sees her. It’s a dual POV, switching back and forth between Ella and Rafe. Rafe’s POV has a lot of the love and romance in it, while Ella’s POV is more about what she’s enduring and the decisions she has to make. I really liked that. Isabella did a beautiful job of making this classic come to life in a new setting and with a lot of steaminess.

So here’s the part where the path to Spoilerville starts. If you want to make sure that you have no spoilers stop reading when you hit the pic. If you are prepared, keep going. Remember that there aren’t always spoilers in the spoiler section, and you may just get my thoughts, but you are warned anyway.

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Welcome to Spoilerville.

OK, Martha. We aren’t ever supposed to like Martha. We all know the story of Cinderella and how it’s going to go, and the evil stepmother is the terrible villain. But damn, if I don’t hate Martha a whole lot. I mean, a lot. She does everything she can to make Ella doubt herself and her feelings. Every time Ella starts to feel better about herself, in comes Martha wearing her bitchy boots to stomp all over Ella. Martha is obsessive and delusional, and just ick.

Rafe and Ella are just perfect together, and I love the two epilogues. It’s a great update to the stories.

I’m not always an instalove virgin story type of person. We all know I like my noncon/dubcon goodness, but Isabella Starling is one that I always read, no matter what. She often has the virgin stories that have some dubcon goodness too. But even without that, she writes strong love stories with really, really steamy stories. Her heroes tend to have some really bitching dirty talk too, which oh hot damn, oh my my. I love me some dirty talk.

Anyway, that it for this. Later on today you are going to get the new Sara Field’s Captive Bride series, and I have feelz about this one, oh yes I do, ducklings.

Lilly Holden-Bad Boy SEAL

With all the very dark and twisted stuff I’ve been reading lately, I decided that it would be nice to intersperse some lighter, sweeter, more straight-forward romance. It’s nice to mix it up a bit. That way I don’t get burnt out on any one thing. So, to that end, I ended up signing up for 4 books from Lilly Holden, with a nice group of a former SEAL team as the good guys. The first one is Bad Boy SEAL.

Charlie left Chicago to move to a small town in Texas after her mother died. She had a cousin there, so it made sense to do it. Charlie doesn’t see her cousin much since he spends a lot of time in his office doing his computer kind of stuff. She is working as a waitress at a diner, trying to figure out to do with the rest of her life. One day, 4 big guys come into her restaurant for lunch.

Jake is a former SEAL. He now does contract work for a friend. He and his team are in BFE Texas on a job. Their mark has a cousin named Charlie who they’ve decided to use. The problem? Their intel doesn’t say that Charlie is short for Charlotte. When Jake sees her, he knows that she is meant to be his.

This is a short story. It only took me around an hour or so to read it. It’s an instalove story, with a virgin, and an HEA. Those aren’t my normal fare, but like I said, I wanted to mix it up a bit. There’s nice fun, hot, and kinky sex. It has a bit of action tossed into the mix too, which is always nice. And since there is a pretty picture here, you know this is where you get to make your choice.

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Not a big picture, but hey, he’s pretty, so we can live with it, right? That’s OK, I don’t have a lot of anything else to say, just because anything else I say about this is going to end up being a spoiler.

There are reasons why Jake and his team are targeting Charlie’s cousin and we’ll learn more about them. I think that if Jake had shared a little more with Charlie, maybe some of the conflict wouldn’t have happened, but I can get why he didn’t.

So, that’s all there is today. There isn’t anything tomorrow, because of the holiday. I may not even get on my computer. For all the USicans, have a nice Thanksgiving. For everyone else, have a nice Thursday! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Parker Sinclair-Forbidden

Today was supposed to be both Forbidden and Only, books 2.5 and 3 of the Alex Conner Chronicles, but I’m fighting my body today and it’s hard to stay focused on too much for too long. The weather is kicking my ass up here and it’s causing my body to not like me. Things will be back to normal soon and we should be back up and running again tomorrow.

OK, Forbidden is pretty short. If you remember at the end of Truth, things had happened to Alex. Forbidden is about her friend Sandra’s work thelp  her, and what Sandra has to do to get to that point.

Sandra is a strong Seer and had been working with Dana to try to find Alex, but nothing was working until Valant told her to look at her past. So, that’s exactly what she did.

We haven’t learned much about Sandra up until now, other than knowing that she’s crazy strong and was in a shitty marriage. I love getting to know more about Sandra and what made her the person she is today. She is totally awesome.

OK, that’s really about all I have to say about this story. It’s short and it moves the story forward while packing in quite a lot of info. So, no spoiler section today, but I found a picture I like, so I’m sharing it! We have all kinds of fun stuff coming up, including more and more Parker Sinclair, age play from Zoe Blake, and a Christmas anthology. I’m waiting until after Thanksgiving to read that. I have a firm no Christmas before Thanksgiving rule, so there’s that. Now, I’m going to go wrap up in my blankets and sweater and warm fuzzy socks with bears’ faces on them, and read to my black little heart’s content.

 

 

Destruction Cover Reveal!

Check it out! Jennifer Bene gave us a surprise cover reveal for her new book, coming out next week! I have seen bits and pieces of this one, and I am sooooo excited for it!

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Vengeance and destruction are all he has left.

Lianna Mercier has everything. She’s beautiful, well-educated, her father is rich, powerful — and she works for him. The perfect little princess, raised to be just like daddy.

But it’s all a lie.

A bloody, fucked up lie, and David Gethen is about to tear it all down and destroy Lianna in the process. He wants revenge, he wants to finish the plan his father started years ago — but after he takes her, after he tortures her, he begins to realize just how wrong he may have been.

 

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Awesome cover art by Laura Hidalgo!

Dani Rene-Whisper

So, a couple of weeks ago I reviewed Kneel, the first book in the Sins of Seven series by Dani Rene. Today, we’re getting into the next one with Whisper. Whisper is darker than Kneel, with some parts that made me cry. My poor husband doesn’t always know what to do when a book makes me cry. I won’t put it down, most of the time, otherwise how will I know if it comes out alright, so I just cry and he asks 14 times if I’m OK. So, let’s dive into the book, and then you can go read it and see if it makes you cry too. If it does, you totally have to tell me.

Once upon a time, Eli was a happily married man and a happy Dom with a lovely sub. Then he found out that his wife Raquel had been keeping secrets and that she is dying. His wife keeps trying to make him promise to find someone else to love so that he will be happy. She’s just being a good sub, always thinking of her Dom and his happiness. She even goes as far as pointing out a young woman who is also in the hospital and telling him that he should go talk to her.

Giana was that young girl. She was just 17 at the time and had already lived in the antechamber of Hell. Raquel talked to her and made her promise to watch out for Eli and to take care of him.

Eventually, Gia and Eli hook up. They spend a year being friends and making each other come. Eli walks away from an 18 year old Gia, thinking that he’s too old for her and wanting her to go and have a happy life.

Fast forward 7 years, Gia changed her name from the one Eli knew her as and looks different. She spent 2 years living in the deepest, darkest pits of Hell and has come through the other side. With Carrick’s help and a good psychiatrist, she’s managed to put her life together again. And she’s found Eli. She sees him every day serving as a barista at his regular coffee shop and most nights, working as a bartender at the local BDSM club, Seven Sins, owned and run by Carrick and Mason. She’s played with different Doms and occasionally shown up on stage in various shows. She’s also watched Eli play with various subs and then heard them come back and talk about him and try to get him to play with them again.

For his part, Eli has worked very hard to not have any real sub. He may bring the subs from the clubs home, but he’s never let them into any part of his home except for a room he’s set up to entertain subs in and his playroom. He’s bound and determined not to love anyone, not since Raquel died and he walked away from Riley.

One night, at the club, he hands Gia his card and tells her that he wants to play with her after her shift and to show up at his house. They scene, everyone is happy, and he sends her home. Mostly what Eli is looking for is a little girl he can love and cherish but also tie up, spank, and make cry. Gia is looking for someone who will love her.

Gia and Eli are two profoundly broken people who have serious shards and bits and pieces. Together they are less broken and they help to hold each others’ broken bits together. But when the past comes back to haunt them, can the hold they have on each other go on?

This is where I go one way and you may choose to go the other, there are definite possibilities that you may be spoiled if you keep going with me. Dani Rene creates wonderful characters that make you really cheer for them or hate them. This is a dark book, with BDSM scenes, capture and torture, and sadness. There is also happiness and lots of secrets. There are a lot of layers that go into this story and I loved being able to find them and dig into them. It was also nice to get a peek at older characters and see old friends.

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The layers and connections in this book are delicious. Everything is tied into everything else and into everyone else. I have to admit, that there was one thing that I kind of guessed, well, not really guessed, but more like thought wouldn’t be interesting if… And it was, and it was interesting.

Poor Gia. I mean, fuck. I mean, she worked as hard as she could to get away from her past and then it found her, and it nearly destroyed her. I spent that whole section of the book crying and cried while Gia and Eli were apart. I know why Gia chose to do what she did, and I even support the idea of her taking the time to heal after what happened. That doesn’t mean that my heart didn’t break for them both, especially since Gia was bound and determined to let Eli go. I love the way that it ended though. I felt very satisfied and my tears dried up.

I really loved this book. Not just for the kinky, kinky, sexy fun, but for all the layers of the story and the rich story-telling that goes into this book. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love books that are just sex for the sake of sex, I own several of them and enjoy reading them, but I also love reading stories that have real substance to them and that make you think and feel for the characters, and this one did that.

Anyway, that’s enough for today. We have a break tomorrow and then we’re back with more Parker Sinclair and a fun week ahead of us. Meanwhile, happy reading!