Felicity Brandon-Goldie’s Surrender

I have never loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears more than I have when I read Goldie’s Surrender. Felicity has done really well with Goldie and her 3 dominant bear shifter boys. The story is great and the sex? Well, I had to fan my computer off while writing this blog just in memory of the story.

Goldie is the quintessential rich girl. Her daddy is a huge developer who is trying to raze the forest so he can develop it. He’s always given her everything she wants, but never any boundaries, discipline, time, or love. She spends most of her time with Harry the servant at the house. One day, Harry tells her to stay out of the forest. The forest is wild and mysterious. Of course, that means that she’s going to go right out into the forest, wild and mysterious be damned. Goldie likes the great outdoors, she used to go out and hike and took survival courses and everything, so she figures she’ll just go out there for a hike while she’s there and while the forest is still there.

Goldie wakes up early the next morning and is off on her hike. She leaves Harry a nice little note telling him that she had left early to go hang out with some friends. And off she traipses into the woods. (I may need to watch that movie again, the songs are in my head now.) She sets a waypoint on her GPS so she can find her car when she’s done and goes for a lovely hike. Except, she doesn’t get a signal in the forest and she gets terribly lost and ends up spending the night out in the wild.

Logan, Ethan, and Heath are three brothers who live deep in the forest and take care of the woods. And oh yeah, they’re bears. Logan is the oldest and is the Alpha of the bunch. Ethan is the middle child and has some real issues with Logan. They love each other, but they also butt heads a lot. Ethan doesn’t always want to do what Logan says. He wants to be in charge and make the decisions. Or at least he thinks he might want to. Mostly he just has anger issues and doesn’t want to have someone telling him what to do. Heath is the baby of the group. He’s also the most mellow of the three brothers. He often acts as the peacemaker and helps to keep things working smoothly between his brothers. On this particular morning, he is making a nice soup for them to eat when they get home from working on reinforcing a waterway.

When Goldie wakes up with bugs crawling all over her, she is understandably a little upset. She’s lost, her phone’s dead, and she’s cold and hungry. So she wanders off to see if she can find someone to help her. Instead, she finds a cozy cottage in the woods where there are three chairs, three bedrooms, and a lovely pot of soup bubbling away on the stove.

OK, so since we’ve all heard the story of the 3 bears, so we know basically what happens next. But, I’ll bet the version you heard as a kid didn’t include Goldie getting spanked or screwed into next week. The interactions between the brothers read as really realistic of siblings. (I’m 16 months older than my brother, and he was totally Ethan.) It’s a great dynamic there. Goldie and the brothers really worked well. Since each brother had their own strengths, they all met different needs, so it worked really well. I love this fairy tale and want Felicity to write many, many more.

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Goldie was a brat and she did have issues with being a brat. She’s a likable brat though, so not too bad. I didn’t like Ethan all the time. He’s kind of a dickbag sometimes. He does manage to pull his head out of his ass, but it takes a lot of time for it to happen.

I love how each guy does something particular for Goldie, in the form of meeting needs. Logan is safety, Heath is the soothing, calming one, and Ethan is the one who scares her, first in the wrong way, but then in the best ways.

Everyone loves each other, which is good and there’s a very nice HEA, since it is a fairy tale. We all know that they have HEAs.

Hold onto this lovely, light RH/menage dearies, because we are going to be rolling in the dark again next week, and you may need Felicity and Goldie to get you through. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Natasha Knight-Captive Beauty

Natasha Knight writes a lot of mafia based dark romances, and Captive Beauty falls in that category. It’s also in another fun category, adult versions of fairy tales. In this case, we get a very twisted version of Beauty and the Beast, with some mafia bits, with no Gaston or singing.

Priscilla Hawking has a big brother whom she loves and whom she is very protective of, Jones. One day, she’s headed over to his house when they are both grabbed. Apparently, Jones has been a bad boy, and someone is out to get their money out of him. They are blindfolded and dragged away. When they get to where they are going, the men are going to beat everloving hell out of Jones on the orders of their boss. Cilla can’t have that. She wants her brother to be OK. She tells the boss that if he doesn’t hurt or kill Jones, she will trade herself to him for 30 days and he can do whatever he wants to her.

Killian Black is an interesting man. His parents died when he was a teenager, and his uncle took over the guardianship of him and his little sister. He went to jail for murdering his uncle a few days after his younger sister died. He got out after only 4 years, a much shorter time than he was supposed to be there. Now, he’s a rich, secretive man who rubs elbows with the mafia, lives in the underworld, and owns a very successful gentlemen’s club. He’s intrigued enough by Cill and her offer to take her up on it and to leave her brother undamaged, or at least as undamaged as he was when she made the offer.

Kill has Cill taken to his home. He has such such plans for her. When he gets to his penthouse to put them into play, she fights back against him which makes him stop.

We all know what’s going to happen here. This book is hot and sexy. The connection between Cill and Kill is intense and incredible. I love their names together, it works really well, and I have fun saying them in my head. Yeah, I know it’s weird, but please tell me that I’m not the only one who was doing that. You know that you are now since I told you about it. And… you’re welcome. Glad I could help. That connection makes everything that happens between them so much more intense. It’s almost like I could feel the heat that they generated on my own skin.

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I love looking up Beauty and the Beast pictures to use in various blog posts. There are some really cool ones out there.

Anyway, all the secrets that come out are explosive. I kind of guessed one, but the other one I didn’t guess at all. But OMG, terrible secrets. I’m glad that what ended up happening happened, at least to the one responsible. Too bad that didn’t happen much, much earlier. It should’ve. Some of the terrible things that happened throughout the book would’ve probably not happened.

I loved the way that the Kill took good care of Cill and made sure that she was OK, as well as people she loved the most. It was really good of him, and I think it totally surprised him that he would do that, but he did it.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. I’m going to go put my feet up and finish reading Peep Show. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Jane Henry-Dungeon Daddy

The Rapunzel story is near and dear to my heart. Now, you may be asking yourself, why does Clara like that story so much? the answer is simple, I have hair that’s almost long enough to sit on. My goal is to eventually have hair that’s down to my knees. I love having long hair. I’ve had long hair most of my life. But, that’s neither here nor there, it just explains why I love the story of Rapunzel. So, when I heard that Jane was going to do one of her filthy fairy tales with Rapunzel as the heroine? I was alllll for it. So, let’s head down to the dungeon and meet Daddy, shall we?

Our main characters in Dungeon Daddy are Rae and Ryder. The book starts out with our villain talking to a man who needs a loan and who signs his first born child as the collateral for his loan. Then we flash forward to that man and his wife fleeing along with their baby daughter.

Many years later, we meet Ryder. His car breaks down on in the middle of nowhere. His cell phone doesn’t work, he has no clue where he is, and doesn’t know where he’s going to get some help.  Looking around, he sees some lights off in the distance, so he starts heading that way. When he gets there, it’s a house, so he knocks on the door. He sees a figure in the window who screams and looks as if someone is pulling her away from the windows.

Rae has never left her father’s house. She’s never met anyone but her father and the few staff that he has hired. She has been totally sheltered. She’s gotten to watch some television unless her father decided to punish her, but mostly it’s just been her and all her books. Her father never touches her and doesn’t seem to even like her. She doesn’t know what he does, but she knows that he’s up to no good and people come in to see him and then never leave. Rae just does everything she can to make sure that he doesn’t punish her by taking things away from her or locking her away in her room. When she hears someone knocking at the door late one night, she’s surprised. Her father isn’t home, so no one should be there. Then, she trips and falls and screams. The next thing she knows, there’s a man climbing in her window!

Ryder manages to scale his way up to her window so that he can rescue the damsel in distress. She lets him stay overnight, but he leaves in the middle of the night, after using a phone to call for help. He left a number for her so that she can call him for help. When she does, he comes and saves her and takes her to Limits, his club.

So, this is the place where we split up. I love Ryder. OMG, I mean I will happily sit on his lap and call him Daddy any old time he wants me to. Please? He’s really, really hot. He’s really, really Dom-ly, and this story is really, really inferno-like. I mean, like you may spontaneously combust from reading this story. I know that I nearly did. There are times when it’s hard for you to figure out who the bad guys and good guys are. You do cheer and boo for the same people at various times, trying to figure out who is who. It’s a quick read so it won’t take you a long time to read it and figure out who the true ne’er-do-wells are. Go check it out.

A funny note on the name of the club. In Jane’s group, she said that she found out that the name of the club she wanted to use had already been used in another book, so she opened it up for names. There were a whole lot of suggestions, including several from yours truly. Then she picked a few and let us vote on them. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Limits but only because one of my suggestions, Conciergerie, was on the list. That’s the name of one of the prisons that de Sade was incarcerated at. I was highly amused.

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Arte Nouveau Rapunzel by Hannah Anderson.

There are beautiful things about this story. One of them is that Ryder truly does everything he can to make sure that Rae is safe and well cared for. There’s also the fact that he listens to what she wants and goes out of his way to make sure that she gets to try those things out.

The part where she hits subspace is just an awesome scene. I can totally see why Ryder wanted to keep Rae in a private room when they are playing, since that’s a really intense thing that is shared by a Dom and sub. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been told.

I love reading Jane’s stories and the fairy tales are really awesome. Go check this one out on your own and see what you think.

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.