Addison Cain-Strangeways

So, Addison is back with a sorta new novella. This is one that showed up in another anthology last year or maybe the year before. But it has been extended and tweaked up a bit, and well, the tentacle dick is always worth a reread. I have a lot of things to say about Strangeways, so buckle yourself in and see what I have to say, shall we?

Over the generations, male birth numbers have gone done, and what males are born are generally dead by 40. It’s considered the duty of every guy out there to get out and spread his seed far and wide, and women are supposed to be all happy and shit, yeah, whatever dude. Emily has worked really hard over the years to not end up as one of the women who is going to be left as a single mom. She has a brother who is nearing 40 who is married and has kids and who Emily is trying to help support. Pretty much everything she makes that doesn’t go to feed or house her goes to her brother and his family.

She is a waitress at a nice restaurant, and one day, Phi shows up. As she leaves, he’s there, and she ends up taking him home, and fucks him silly, even though he’s an alien. And it’s pretty awesome, because he has the magical cock that does all kinds of cool things. It changes shape, it moves around, and there are yummy tentacles at the base. No knots, but tentacles that tickle all the good places has to be great. Anyway, Phi pays lots of attention to Emily, and all things are good.

This story, when I first read it, seemed very un-Addison like. It’s pretty sweet, has a very nice happy ending, and all sorts of good things happen.

But…

Then I reread it. If you want to read my new opinion, you will have to read under the picture, because that’s where they are all going to be.

I really do like this story and I do like it from both of the POVs I have on it, and which one I have can change from day to day, so that will give me a lot of rereading fun.

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So, here’s how I’ve changed my mind. If you look at the story, there’s a pretty deep level of dark going on, I think. I mean, Phi and his species are all doing this mind control thing, and the majority of the women that they are mating have been basically brainwashed into it. Plus, the aliens have used their powers to make the whole world feel very well disposed to them instead of afraid, like they might otherwise have been.

That makes me wonder if the guys are actually in love with the women that they are mating or if they have just picked a woman who they like and then brainwashed her into liking him so he can fuck her. And the women, of course, think that they are all head over heels, because of this whole urge thing, but do they ever develop real feelings about the aliens they have mated too?

And Emily, being who she is, does she decide that she’s going to just love him because it’s easier than fighting against him, does she actually catch the feelz, or is it a whole Stockholm kind of thing?

Like I said, I reread it and my perspective changed on it. I’ll have to go back and reread the original and see if I can pick up those things in the first one or if it is just in the extended version.

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

2019 Round Up-Top Ugly Cry Books

I don’t know if there are going to be 10 or not, so this is probably just going to be a 1 part post. For me, an ugly cry book is different from a book that makes me cry. There are some books that will give me tears because there is something sad going on, a break up, a death, so on and so forth. Generally, they last for a couple of minutes, and they are just tears running down my face. An ugly cry is just that, really ugly. Full on tears, snot running out of my nose, sobs, the whole 9 yards. These are the reads that make my husband ask me if I’m OK. He’s learned to accept the answer that it’s just an ugly cry book. So, here are some of the books that made me ugly cry this year. There are some that I’ve already mentioned on other lists that gave me ugly cries, Nicky James’ Long Way Home and Eva Dresden’s Broken, so they are just getting Honorable Mentions here. So, let’s get on with the ones that made it, shall we?

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Nicolina Martin-Redemption

Redemption is part of Nicolina’s Russo Saga, and is its own Duet with Absolution. (Expect to see that one show up tomorrow or Wednesday.) Anyway, no matter what the title says, there isn’t a lot of redemption going on in this book. This is the story of Christian and Kerry. Kerry is just a nice, sweet woman who happened to be working at a childcare center where a mobster’s son went. When she asked him a question, he sent Christian after her. When we first met Christian, in an earlier book, I really liked him. I didn’t by the end of this book. In fact, I downright fucking hated him. When Nicolina read my GR review on in, she asked me what my ugly cry moments were, and there were moments, not just a moment. Because it is a duet, it is a cliffhanger, but the second one is already out, so there’s that.

Addison Cain-Ravaged Captive

Ravaged Captive is the 4th book in Addison’s Wren’s Song books. They are Omegaverse and RH. All of the books have made me cry, but this one really made me cry because everything started to really fall apart. Caspian, Toby, and Kieran are at each other’s throat, Wren has been tossed out and thought dead, and the doll is in the way. I think that it was the addition of the doll that really got to me. I expect that the next one will also give me an ugly cry. Sooooooon.

Anna Wineheart-The Pretense

Anna is one of my favorite MM Omegaverse authors, and I’m lucky enough to be able to ARC her books. All of her books have some strong emotions in them, but The Pretense was just loaded with it. It’s a second chance, pretend boyfriend kind of story. It can be read as a standalone, but if you read all the Men of Meadowfall books in order, you’ll enjoy it more. They are all interconnected. There is one very particular moment that gave me a seriously ugly cry. There are some other spaces where I got teary, but this one particular scene was so hard, so heartbreaking that it really stuck with me, and made me ugly cry hard.

India R. Adams-Blue Waters

Blue Waters wasn’t published this year, but this was the year that I read it, so it counts to me, and since it’s my blog, that’s all that matters. This is the first of the Tainted Waters series that feature Whitney, Link, and Crash. All of the books in the series have made me full on ugly cry, but I’m just going to go with the first one here. It’s not a very long book, but it is very intense. Everything builds on the things before, but you do get a second to catch your breath in between. The entire series is worth reading. I don’t know that I would recommend reading them back-to-back, because of the intensity, but I would definitely recommend reading them.

B.B. Blaque-FTW

FTW doesn’t mean for the win here. It’s outlaw MC slang that means Fuck the World, and that is pretty much what happens here. This is the 3rd book in BB’s Masters MC series, and it is dark. I fell in love with Colt, Tuesday, Kash, and Barely when I read their books the first time, and I was really looking forward to this one. Let’s just say that it wasn’t a happy book. There were terrible, terrible things that happened, and I was devastated. BB will have GFY, Go Fuck Yourself, out soon, and I can’t wait.

OK, there they are, the Top 5 ugly cry books from this year.

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2019 Round Up: Top 10 Darkest Reads Pt. 1

So, we’re just days away from having another year under our belt. I’ve read another 800 books. I’ve written a few more blogs. Life has been in an uproar, it has been calm, it has been happy and sad. So, with a few more days left in the year, I thought that I would start my yearly round up. This blog is going to be part one of the top 10 darkest reads I read this year. They are going to be in no particular order, just however they happen to come to me.

Before I get started, I want to mention that I’m going to be giving away books and gift cards in my group, Slip in Between the Pages tomorrow and Christmas, so come check it out! And now, on to the books.

Addison Cain-Immaculate

Immaculate first showed up as a short story in Twisted Sacrament, and damn, was that twisted, and this won’t be the only story to show up on this list from that anthology. Anyway, when Addison got the rights back, she brought it out on its own. It takes place in the Vatican during the Renaissance. Our main character is a lovely young lady named Lady Agnese who has been kept pure and virginal so that she can serve God. It’s a very disturbing story because the story could absolutely have happened.

Jennifer Bene & Shane Starett-Jasmine

Jasmine was Shane’s second book and a co-write with Jennifer, who shows up on the blog all the time. I have a feeling Shane will too, as long as he likes me. đŸ™‚ Jasmine is a woman who has been trapped by a man who says that she’s his wife, and she will obey him. The problem is that she really isn’t. The book was twisty turny, and packed full of places where if one small thing had happened differently, the entire book would’ve been different.

Jennifer Bene-Reign of Ruin

Reign of Ruin was another book that came out of Twisted Sacrament. RoR is what happens when Handmaid’s Tale meets the Apocalypse. I am going to flat out say that it scared the shit out of me. Handmaid’s Tale is hands down one of the scariest books I’ve ever read, because I can see how it can happen. I could see RoR happening too. I really did love the book though, even being scared by it. I would really love to see more of this world.

Eva Dresden-Broken

Broken really flat out broke me. Eva wrote a very dark MF Omegaverse, and Quinn really got the shit end of the stick. I mean, the stick was dipped into the shittiest, nastiest, most disgusting shit that you have ever seen, and then it was handed to her. And that was the good days. She ends up stuck in hell, and doesn’t see any chance of her hell getting better. And she’s right. I really felt for Quinn, a lot. The second book has come out, and I’m eagerly awaiting the 3rd.

Myra Danvers-Delirium

Delirium may not be as dark as some of the others on this, but it is pretty fucked up. There is a whole lot of action in here, and a whole lot more dark humor. I figured it was going to be a space opera, which it was, but it was a space opera plus. It was a twisty ride, and Iris just made it better. She’s in that category of crazy heroine who is fucking chaos embodied. She will take a disaster and make it even worse. And laugh while she’s doing it. I like that about her.

So, there’s the first 5 of my Top Ten dark books of 2019. Check back tomorrow to see what comes next.

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Addison Cain-A Night by My Fire

A Night by My Fire was originally in an anthology, if I recall correctly, and I think it was one about heroes, but don’t quote me on that. It’s been a while, and I’m feeling too damn lazy to pull up my Kindle and look. It’s not available anyway, so it’s neither here nor there. Anyhow, Addison has given it to us now, so Merry Christmas to us!

Here’s how our story goes. We open to a woman pulling a man out of the freezing water and saving his life. Oddly, he doesn’t seem all that cooperative when she tells him that he needs to get moving or freeze. He finally starts moving and cooperating when she tells him that he either comes with her now, or she’s going to leave him to freeze to death.

She takes him to her cabin, where we find out her name is River. River doesn’t care what the guy’s name is, but we know his name is Stephen, from when we see things from his POV.

I liked River the first time I read this story way back when, and I like her more now. She is really blunt, honest, and will tell you exactly what she thinks. She isn’t going to take anything from anyone, especially not the stranger who is only alive because she pulled him out of the freezing water and dragged him out of the freezing Alaskan winter before a blizzard hit and 589632457860 feet of snow fell.

One of the things I really like about River is that she isn’t afraid to argue with Stephen, even if he does scare her a little bit. In fact, not only does she argue with him, she often wins. She has a very sharp tongue, and she’s more than willing to keep it sharp on him. She’s also not afraid to give him a few home truths. I mean, he tries to tell her she’s not all that ladylike, and she was like, no shit, as well as pointing out that he’s basically a babe in the woods right now.

Stephen takes a hot minute to warm up to. He doesn’t have much of a personality in the first bit of the book, I think. He has this whole block in his head between what he thinks the world should look like and what his world currently looks like, and that blocks his personality. When he does start to emerge from his shell, he’s abrasive, but considering, I think that’s probably the best we’re going to get.

I would love, love, love, love, love more from this world.

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Oh, that end. Damn.

OK, go check it out!

Addison Cain-Cathedral

You all know that I am sooo down for any Addison Cain book, right? I mean, jump on it up and down with both feet kind of down for it. So, when I heard that she was coming out with Cathedral, I may have squee’d, just a little bit. In a totally dignified manner, of course. This book is the extended version of story that showed up in the anthology, Bite Me, which is now no longer available.

This is the story of Jade and Malcolm. Jade is the daughter of Darius, the ancient King of Vampires in the Americas. He’s not a nice guy. In fact, he fucks with Jade’s memory on the regular, he tortures her, he says that she needs to be seeded every day so that she can get pregnant and give him a grandchild. Jade is sure that he killed her mother. For Darius, Jade is nothing more than a tool. The only thing he wants from her is grandchildren, grandchildren who will also be daywalkers, and he will also be able to use to control things, just like he uses Jade.

Malcolm is another old vampire. How old? Well, he was a Pict. The Picts were a tribe in Scotland who scared the fuck out the invading Romans. Ever hear of Hadrian’s Wall? The one that the Romans built to keep the northern barbarians out of their conquered land and the one that the Romans said it was death to go north of? Yeah, totally because of the Picts. So, when I say that Malcolm is an old vampire warrior, believe me.

Malcolm has spent every second of every day since Jade was born watching out for her. Darius put her in Malcolm’s arms, pretty much fresh from the uterus. He was banned from courting Jade, but he’s not really let that stop him. He’s done everything he can while still flying under the radar and just brushing up against the line.

Oh my, oh my, oh my. This was a serious wow. I fell in love with Jade and Malcolm way back when we first met them and I couldn’t wait to get to know them more. And I really, really, really, want more of them. Jade is in that absolutely bugfuck crazy heroine category that I like. There’s that whole fragile, vulnerable, strong, powerful, sexy vibe that Jade has. There aren’t a lot of authors who can do that really well, but it’s something that Addison seems to specialize in. Her heroines walk that really fine line, very carefully. One inch too far one way or the other, and the heroines just don’t work, and Jade works.

I was fascinated by Malcolm. At first, I thought that he might just be a typical protective, strong, dominant kind of male character, but he really isn’t. I mean, yeah, he’s that, but there’s more to him too, I think. There’s something more to him. I feel like he has a different goal, more than just to have Jade. I mean, yeah, there is that goal too, but it’s a different way, I think. There’s just a whole different feel. I’m not sure exactly how to describe it, but I feel it.

I need so much more in this world, and I am pretty sure that I know that if we were to ask if and when there would be another one, the answer would be sooooooon. So, I will be sitting and waiting to see what happens.

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I want to know what’s up with V. And I’m assuming that the woman he was with was Pearl. I guess I’ll just have to wait, patiently, to see what happens next.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Addison took it wide, so you can find it anywhere you buy your favorite ebooks. So, go check it out. Happy reading!

 

Anthology-Bite Me

So, several of the usual suspects, plus a couple new ones, have gotten together and given us 9 lovely vampire stories. Bite Me has stories from Addison Cain, Zoe Blake, Alta Hensley, Myra Danvers, Eris Adderly, Livia Bourne, Sara Fields, Anita Gray, and Cassandra Faye. Cassandra Faye may sound like a totally new person, but that is Jennifer Bene’s new pen name for her more paranormal stuff.

As with any anthology that includes these ladies, there is dark and then there is DARK. That’s one of the nice things about anthologies, if you ask me, you are going to get a wide variety of darkness plus different takes on the subject. All the stories are about vampires, but there are 9 different ideas. The stories also vary in length. Some of them are prologues to new series, which I am dying for. So, with all that being said, let’s dive in, shall we?

Addison Cain-Cathedral

If you remember When the Darkness Wins, you might remember Pearl and Catacombs. Addison also released it as a standalone. Well, Cathedral is about Jade, Darius and Pearl’s daughter. I feel sorry for Jade. Having Darius as a father can’t have been easy at all. She’s nothing but a pawn in the hands of her father.

I was really excited to see this one come out, because I’ve been dying for more of that story and that world since I read Catacombs a million years ago. Or at least a few months back, whatever. Of course, Addison being the tease she is, there’s more to the story that we don’t know yet. But I’m sure we will, sooooooon. 

Zoe Blake-Till the End of Time

Zoe went back to the 1400s, and the most well-known vampire, Vlad Tepes, Voivode of Wallachia, Son of Dracul, aka Dracula. Only this origin story doesn’t start with the Impaler. It starts with his wife, Mirella. It also spans a lot of years.

I love how much research that Zoe had to have put into this one to get the true flavor of 1400s Romania. You get a real feel for Mirella and the whole geopolitical situation of the day. A whole lot of historical fact was wound into this story as well as the fiction, and it makes for a really rich story.

Alta Hensley-Master of Ceremonies

You know, I’ve often thought that a traveling carnival is a good place for supernaturals to hide, and apparently Alta did too. Cirque Romani’s MC, Valian, is more than meets the eye, and the Cirque’s audience is perfect to feed all his various hungers. Ada is his mortal assistant who madly loves him.

I really, really, really want more of this story. I mean, like sell my son’s soul for more of this story. I’d offer to sell mine, but that’s assuming that I still have one. There’s so much that happens here, and I want to see how all the events play out.

Myra Danvers-Enthralled

Myra, who is now one of my favorite authors, has given us a prequel to this. I can’t tell you exactly when it’s set, but I’m guessing mid-1800s. Axton is a new vampire, who follows his Dark Queen, his Night Princess, his Dam, Selma.

One of the things that I like about this is Myra’s language. She uses all kinds of euphemisms for various genitalia and sexual acts. It could sound silly in other places, but it really works well in this story. On top of that, I think that Myra also did a really good job of drawing us in and getting us involved in Axton’s feelings.

Eris Adderly-V Is For Vampire

Eris’s story is a prequel too. And being Eris, she gives us a totally different take on vampires. Her vampires in a couple of hundred years in the future. It’s also a genetic thing with them. You either carry the gene or you don’t. If you have the gene, you live in the underground as a vampire. If you don’t, you’re a normal and you live on the surface. November is 22V positive and a gate guard, keeping her people underground and normals aboveground.

I really like the whole futuristic dystopic world that Eris has created. I’m not quite sure that I could call it post-apocalyptic, but maybe post-apocalyptic adjacent? I’m really looking forward to what is going to happen with this, because it looks like there are some major, major changes coming.

Livia Bourne-Blinding Salvation

This is another prequel, and I may have to start counting down the days to this one. Hopefully, Livia hasn’t been taking too many lessons from Addison and won’t be a sadist. Lily was abducted to become food to Armand, a trapped vampire. But, you know, it’s never quite that interesting.

I really like Lily and Armand. Lily is very smart and very canny. I think that she is going to be really good for Armand. I like him too. I want to see more of how his mind works, because I think that he’s good and sneaky, and really creative when it comes to revenge.

Sara Fields-The Devil’s Game

Sara likes to play with us, I think. She gives us the story of Cain and Ruby. They are both strong, in their own ways, doing their own things, but then, they meet up, and sparks fly. They are fantastic together.

I wonder if there is going to be more of this. I hope so, I would really like there to be more. I think that Ruby and Cain play off each other really well. I like the whole premise of the story, and it plays back to some of the old vampire origin myths, which was always fun.

Anita Gray-To My End

Oh, this is definitely an Anita story. There’s probably a mindfuck in there somewhere. We have a Hunter named Sonny who is chasing down the Potentials and has to kill them. Then we have Vi, who doesn’t know exactly how special she is. But she sure knows how sexy new guy in town Sonny is.

You know, when I first read this one, I wanted so much for there to be more. I mean, I still do, don’t get me wrong, but I also think that the way that it ended is actually pretty much perfect. I think more story might ruin that perfectness. Does that mean I won’t read more if Anita gives it to us? Hell no. I will definitely read it. I’m sure that Anita can fix it.

Cassandra Faye-Sweet Ruin

Grace had a sexy, sexy dream. Probably a dream. Maybe a dream. Then she has a hallucination. A sexy, sexy hallucination named Nic who keeps showing up wherever she is. Sometimes he’s even dressed.

Sweet Ruin is probably the lightest story in the book. When you realize it’s a Jennifer Bene story, you might be surprised by that fact, but only if you haven’t read some of her PNR. It fits in pretty well with her books in that genre. It’s a totally different flavor to some of her other books. I loved Grace and Nic, and I think that they are really cute together.

OK, that’s all the stories and how I felt about them all. I’ve always loved a good vampire story and 9 of them is even better. Go check out the book and tell me what you think! Happy reading!

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Addison Cain-Ravaged Captive

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that I have another Omegaverse book on the blog today, especially since Addison just had one come out this weekend. Well, that and I warned you guys. LOL. I have the newest book from Ivy Chapman on the hook for later today, and a post about mpreg coming up soon. But first, Wren and Ravaged Captive.

As a reminder, Wren’s Song is a serial. That means the books cannot be read as standalones. This is book #4, but if you don’t read books 1-3, you are going to be totally lost. I know that a lot of people like to wait until the entire series is out before they start a serial like this, but I have no clue how many more books Addison is going to write for Wren, and I don’t think that Addison would tell us anyway. She’s a sadistic tease like that. Also, because of the nature of serials, there may be spoilers for books 1-3 in this, but as always, I will try really hard not to spoil anything. You have been warned.

When last we saw our intrepid heroine, she was with Caspian and Toby, but Kieran wasn’t around, until all of a sudden he was. And he wasn’t alone.

All Caspian knows is that the person that Kieran brought around is upsetting Wren, and he isn’t going to have any of that. When that whole situation has been handled, it’s time for Kieran to have his time with Wren, and he’s going to have it. He’s going to take her to the big room and do all the things to her. Well, the things that probably won’t get him killed by Caspian and/or Toby.

I have to admit, I hate one of the guys in each book, and it varies from book to book. Last book I liked Kieran. This time I pretty much hate Kieran and he can fuck right off into a deep dark hole, and he can make sure he doesn’t go alone.

I think that Caspian and Toby are changing, and changing for the better, maybe. It’s not like they are ever going to be good guys, but maybe they aren’t as rough as they have been in the past. They are still going to be dominant assholes, I mean, that’s just who they are, and no amount of Wren or any kind of bond that may or may not be there is going to change that. But, I think that she is going to round over some of those edges.

I don’t know what’s going on with Kieran. I don’t think he knows what’s going on with him. I think that I may be able to get a read on him in one second, but then something completely different happens, and I have no clue what’s going on. I don’t know what kind of bond exists between Kieran and Wren, if they even have one, or if they will ever be able to have one. I think of the three of them, Kieran is the most significantly broken, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men aren’t ever going to be able to put him back together again. I mean, we all know that Caspian and Toby are broken and ain’t quite right, but I think they are less broken.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. I can only tell you it’s going to be sooooooooon. Addison never tells us when release day happens, until it happens, so I guess we’re just going to have to be happy with that answer.

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The Doll. We hatez her, we do.

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

DCMA and Ridiculous Lawsuits

This isn’t quite a part 2 to the blog post I wrote last week. It’s more like an addendum.

Golden Angel, who is a wonderful author, already wrote one excellent blog post about this situation. It was a good overview of the situation but didn’t go really deep. There’s a lot of reasons for this. One is the fact that the whole Omegaverse thing is incredibly complex*. It’s easy for someone to claim that all the stuff from Addison’s and Zoey’s books are common. In fact, that’s part of the claim. There are tens of thousands of stories out there on fanfic sites, so for all anyone can tell, on a superficial look, there could be. So, Golden decided to disappear so that she could delve deeper, into both the lawsuit and the claims that what happens in the books are common.

Her newest blog post is deep and long. She breaks down Addison’s books and Zoey’s books by their beats, and color codes everything in a table, so it’s easy to see what’s happening at a glance. She also looks at a selection of fanfic off AO3, chosen to be similar to the books. It’s an excellent blog post that I highly recommend. And, if I were a literature prof, I would definitely give her an A.

*As an example of how complex the whole Omegaverse thing is, last week, I read 3 Omegaverse books. One was Lillian Sand’s latest book, which was the last book in her newest series. I also read Susi Hawke and Crista Crown’s newest, as well as the newest from Aiden Bates. In order, they are an MF book in a series with heavy dubcon/capture themes, an MM shifter book, and an MM book. The last 2 both include male pregnancy, which is a common aspect in MM omegaverse, but there are a few that don’t have that aspect. Susi and Crista’s books have fated mates, which is often the case with shifter Omegaverse. Aiden’s book has an Alpha and Omega who are attracted to each other, and realize that there is something about the other. Some other books that fall into the same kind of category as Aiden’s book have Alphas and Omegas who are attracted by each other’s personal scents.

I could go on and on about the complexity of the Omegaverse and only brush on 1/100th of it.

Anyway, go read Golden’s newest post and get a much better understanding as to what’s going on.

 

Addison Cain, Plagiarism, and Law Suits

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I love Addison Cain’s books. I’ve actually reviewed or talked about all but one, I think. I count her as a friend. She was the first author I friended and talked to after I read Born to Be Broken and Reborn back to back, around 2 years ago now.

There are has been a lot of drama in Romancelandia, just like any other community. We had Faleena Hopkins last year, and now we have #CopyPasteCris. Faleena Hopkins is an indie author who tried to copyright the word cocky, which is a common word in romance book titles. She went after several authors, Tara Crescent being one of them. Tara has books that have the word cocky in the title, many of which predate Hopkin’s book. There is more to it, but that’s the basics. BTW, Hopkins doesn’t think a whole lot of romance readers, and that includes the ones who read her books. She thinks that her readers won’t understand that books with cocky in the title aren’t the same as her Cocker Brothers series and will buy the wrong book. Whatever.

Then, we have #CopyPasteCris. Christine Serruya is an “author”. It turns out that she took passages from something like 50 books from 30 authors. Yeah. And not just indie authors, she also took passages from Diana Gabaldon and Nora Roberts. Nora will hopefully stomp her into the ground, and she has the traditional publisher behind her to do it. Courtney Milan broke the scandal on her blog, because Serruya took huge chunks of one of her books and used them create her own story. She also submitted that book for consideration for romance awards. Stealing from Milan was stupid, she teaches intellectual property law and clerked for SCOTUS.

So, what do either of these things have to do with Addison Cain? Well, let me tell you. It may get long, so be prepared.

Way back in 2016, Addison published a book called Born to Be Bound. It is something new, at least on Amazon. It’s a MF Omegaverse, also called A/B/O. There are a lot of MM Omegaverse on Amazon at this point, but as far as I can tell, Addison is the very first MF. Her story had been on Literotica for some time prior. I don’t know how long, I didn’t read it on Lit. BtBB had two sequels, Born to Be Broken, and Reborn. When I first read the Alpha’s Claim series 2 years ago, I went looking for other MF Omegaverse, but I couldn’t find any. I found plenty of MM, and learned the joys of that and mpreg. It wasn’t for a while before I ran into Carolyn Faulkner, Nora Ashe, Cara Bristol, and later, Zoey Ellis. These days, there are a lot more people getting into the MF Omegaverse. Addison has 2 new series using the trope. Ivana B. Kinkee, Lillian Sable, M.D. Pentacles, Milana Jacks, and Sara Fields all have books and series in print or about to be released that are Omegaverse. Kay Elle Parker has an Omegaverse-adjacent story. MF Omegaverse is becoming more popular.

Now, there are people who are saying that Addison says she started it altogether. Nope, she’s never said it. What she has said is that as far as she knows, she’s the first one to publish MF Omegaverse on Amazon.

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Specifically on Amazon. I can guarantee that is what the questioner meant, because that was my comment.

That’s a huge difference between saying she was the first to write it and that she was the first one to write it on Amazon. In fact, she’s talked about seeing fanfic on An Archive of Our Own. This is a HUGE collection of fanfic, including a buttload of a/b/o. Like somewhere around 14K. Full disclosure, I have not read anything there, mostly because I have a shitload of books on my TBR piles, and partly because I don’t like reading things like that on my computer, because it makes it hard for me to do the things I need to do. One of these days, I’ll go over on my Kindle to read it that way. This is what Addison has said about the suggestion of her owning the Omegaverse. It’s from 2016.

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Anyway, from what I’ve seen and researched, it’s generally accepted that Omegaverse/A/B/O first showed up in Supernatural fanfic in 2010. It shows up a lot on AO3. There are some other fanfic sites, but I think that AO3 is the biggest and most comprehensive. It’s moved into all kinds of other fanfic, including into Japanese stuff. I’ve seen it said that it showed up in other fandoms, but most agree that it’s Supernatural. In the Omegaverse stories on AO3, you will find MM, MF, FF, FM, FF, and possibly some combinations thereof.

I have found some sources that say that it was before that and in different fandom, but there’s that.

Now, there are some things that are common in the Omegaverse. Knots on the Alpha, slick on the Omega, estrous/heat, bond/mate marks and links, growling and purring, scenting one another, and nesting are all pretty common in the trope. Not all of the books I’ve read have all of these factors, and some have them and have tweaked them a bit. No one owns these things, and as far as I know, no one has claimed they had the very, very, very first use of these.

Now that I’ve said all that, forget all about Omegaverse and who created it. This post is really about what happened next. And what has happened for the past year. I’ve known about bits and pieces of it for several months, but since Addison was keeping it quiet, I kept it quiet. Addison is now #GettingLoud and has written an excellent blog post about what’s been happening. Golden Angel also wrote an excellent post, where she goes through and breaks the books down, and is looking at writing another. Courtney Milan has talked about it on Twitter, but she doesn’t have all the pieces and is not quite informed of some of the other things, but generally, her posts aren’t terrible at it. One of the things that she got wrong is that she thought that the case was about Addison trying to claim she created the Omegaverse, doing just what Faleena did with the word cocky. But again, forget all about Omegaverse here. She also freely admits that she hasn’t read either book. Full disclosure, I have read all of Alpha’s Claim books by Addison Cain, and the first 3 books of Zoey Ellis’ Myth of Omega. I also ARCed the 3rd book, which was when I learned about what was happening.

So, what did come after? That’s the crux of the story. And what came after was plagiarism and harassment and one author whipping up ire against another. And nuisance lawsuits. BTW, there is a GoFundMe set up to help Addison with the lawyer fees from yet another set of ridiculous lawsuits by Zoey Ellis.

In January of 2018, Zoey Ellis wrote her first Omegaverse book, Crave to Conquer. It was an MF book, and it seems different to BTBB if you just throw a brief glance at it, but trust me, it’s not different. Once you get into it, you see that there is a lot of stuff that is the same. It starts with the cover art, which isn’t necessarily a big thing, because there are only so many stock photos and models out there. But then you have similar heroine names, and the barebones plot is very similar. (Golden Angel’s blog post breaks it down really well) When I read it, I thought, well huh, that’s very much like Addison Cain’s Born to Be Bound. I thought it was a little weird, but I also thought, you know, similar trope, similar conventions, similar kind of story, right? But, still, I thought yeah, wow, very similar. I was excited that there was another MF Omegaverse out there, so I looked forward to the next book anyway. Do you wanna know how I found about about CtC? It was through Addison, she was very excited to support another author. That’s how she is.

Then, readers started noticing that huh, this is A LOT like BtBB. Really a lot. And they brought it to Addison’s attention. She read it, and was like, huh, what do you know? It is a lot like BtBB. So, she did everything that you were supposed to do. Including going to her publisher and getting a DMCA takedown request for the book. Do you know what she didn’t do? She didn’t go to her fans and tell us all about it so that we could go to Zoey Ellis’ author page or her books and run them down. She didn’t say any word about anything. She didn’t say anything when Zoey and the woman who has been stalking Addison and who, incidentally, happens to be Zoey’s lawyer showed up at various events running her down and handing out business cards that could cause problems. Even now, after her post going wide, Addison hasn’t said anything bad at all about her. She still isn’t whipping us up. I’m writing this post all on my own.

I only learned about this last year, when Zoey’s book 3 came out. I ARCed it and put info about it coming out in an Omegaverse group that Addison admins. Addison deleted the post, and messaged me and let me know what was going on. Addison telling me that made an email that Zoey sent out about her ARC make sense. Her email basically said that on the recommendation of her lawyer and because of legal problems, she couldn’t send the book out until release day. I thought that was just a wee bit weird, but if you’ve signed up for ARCs or are a blogger, you know that we always have to agree that we won’t pirate it and understand that it’s the property of the author, etc, etc, etc, so I figured it was just that.

As a blogger, I’ve vowed to never work with Zoey Ellis, or any other pen name she has that I might become aware of. I don’t deal with plagiarizers. On top of that, I don’t deal with bullies. In my real life, or my real life that isn’t about books, I’m a content writer. Basically, I ghostwrite blog posts for people who want to improve their SEO on their site. I’ve done this for 10 years now, and I’m fairly good at it, if I do say so myself. I’ve written thousands of articles, and hundreds of thousands of words, I expect. But, give me a keyword on anything from piezoelectrics to medical marijuana, and I can give you 400 words in about 20 minutes. In 10 years, I have never plagiarized. I run my articles through plagiarism checkers. And that’s for an article that will never appear under my name and that I will get a relatively small amount of money for. I am deeply offended by plagiarists. I get that writing fiction is different from what I write. Writing fiction is just hard, I think. That’s why I stopped trying to do NaNoWriMo. Give me blogging any day. But it should never be so hard that you have to copy someone else. Be inspired by someone, sure, but come up with your own words and worlds and ideas to go with that inspiration

OK, nearly 2000 words and 2 days and a lot of skull sweat went into this. I hope it makes sense. I hope that it hopes to clear things up for people. I hope that I remembered to clear up all the errors.

As a warning, I have heard about people trying to dox Addison and Zoe. It will not happen here. If anyone tries to post a comment with real names or addresses, I will hammer you down with my mighty Hammer of Administration.

Addison Cain-A Shot in the Dark

We are back in Addison Cain’s sweet world today with A Shot in the Dark. Don’t get used to it. I’m pretty sure that we have to wait for the next planetary alignment for anything as sweet and light as this duet was. And you know what? I’m perfectly at peace with that. I’ll just read Addison’s dark and twisted stories between now and then. And be tortured by the word Soooooon.

Since this is the second book of a duet, it picks up right where the first one left off. If you haven’t read that one, well, first why not? And second, go read it and then read this one. Be aware that there will probably be spoilers for the first book in here. It’s the nature of the beast and I will try to keep them as mild as possible. Also, if you’ve looked at the series name, A Trick of the Light, and think it looks familiar, well, you’re right. Addison took the book A Trick of the Light, and expanded and broke it down into two books. I like where Addison broke the book up because it always felt like a natural break to me. Every time I read the book, I thought that it really felt like a Book 2 kind of thing, so it really works, in my theoretically humble opinion.

So, Charlie has run away because Eli is an idiot. Personally, I think that she should’ve just busted him in the mouth. God knows Matthew wouldn’t’ve had a problem with it. He might’ve stood in line after her to do it. But, she ran away back to Chicago and off to the Drake Hotel and Radcliffe. But that’s not going to work for Matthew. Nope, he wants her home, because that’s where she belongs. So, off he goes to Chicago, dragging his little lambs behind him, to bring her home. When he does find her at the Drake, Tommy, one of Beau’s boys is there with her, and he punches Tommy smack in the mouth, and walks off with Charlie.

I really like Charlotte. I truly relate to her because I’ve felt like I didn’t fit in sometimes, I think we all have, and finding that one person who could accept us is just amazing. And that’s Matthew for her. Even though she’s found that place and that person, it doesn’t mean that it magically made Charlie fit in. There are a lot of people shoved into Charlotte, depending on where she is, what she’s doing, and who she’s with, and trying to figure out who the true Charlotte is and where she belongs isn’t an easy task, especially when she has people who love her pulling her in a lot of directions. It’s a good thing that Charlie is good and strong, isn’t it? Of course, that doesn’t always make it easier, but nothing has ever been easy for her. I think that’s why she’s so willing to fight when she has to. And she will fight hard for the people she loves, even if they don’t really want her to.

Matthew is a good man. He’s a silent man, he just doesn’t have a lot to say and he’s not going to run his mouth to run his mouth. If Matthew says something, you know it’s important. He is much more of an action kind of person. His love language is making sure that the people he loves are safe and taken care of. Like doing things like going out and buying tea for Charlie and making sure that her favorite tea is supplied to her, or teaching her how to cook, or any of those things. It can make it hard to read him, but I think, overall, it’s something that Charlie does really well. He’s also really, really solid. He’s a rock and he’s going to be there to support everyone he loves and to give them someplace to hang onto. I really like that about him. Everyone needs to have a rock to cling to when things are crazy.

Yes, this is a light and sweet Addison Cain, but that doesn’t mean that it’s lost any of the strong emotion that Addison writes. There is a lot of that, and it will reach out and grab you.

Addison always does really well with worldbuilding, but she’s not creating a world from scratch with this one, but she does really well at catching all the changes that were going on in the world during this time period. I love how she catches the perceived glamor of people like Al Capone while also getting the muck that was the reality.

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One of the most epic things I’ve read in a while is Charlie just walking through and killing people as needed, no matter what is going on to either side of her. Seriously, that as just BAMF AF.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read this, especially if you love historical romance. Happy reading!