Alta Hensley & Zoe Blake-Red & the Wolves

Alta and Zoe have released Red and the Wolves, the second book of their 3 RH dark romance fairy tales. These are not fairy tales to read to your children. In fact, you might not even want to read them around your children. The steam rising off your Kindle might cause them some concern.

So, are you can probably guess, Red is the reimaging of Little Red Riding Hood. Only when the Big Bad Wolf wants to eat Red, he’s not thinking about dinner. And it’s more like Big Bad Wolves, 5 of them, and they all have designs on Red.

The village where Red is born and grows up is surrounded by a tall wall and thick forest. In that forest, there are 5 magical wolves. Back in the day, 500 years ago, the village elders used magic to create the wolves from some of the villagers. They were needed so that they could fight the darkness that threatened everyone. Every so often, the Blood Moon rises, and when the Blood Moon rises, the village sacrifices a villager to the wolves.

Red’s grandmother is a village elder. Too bad it had never been any kind of bonus for her. Her grandmother, the evil old hag, hated Red’s father and since her mother died at birth, it fell on the hag to raise Red. She made sure that not only did Red know how worthless to everyone she is, she also made sure that the village made her an outcast. It doesn’t help that Red stands out because of her very red hair either.

When the Blood Moon rises, the elders say that it’s time for a sacrifice. All the other sacrifices have been chosen from the oldest unmarried males in each household. This time, the hag manages to push through a change, it’s the oldest unmarried person from each household. In this case, Red would be in the group and is the only woman there. And we can guess what’s going to happen, otherwise, this would’ve been a really short book.

Red gets turned out of the village and is left to the tender mercies of the wolves, named Canis, Beo, Grimm, Rood, and Helm. Or, are they men?

OK, it’s time. I love, love, love the names of the guys. I picked up some of the references with the names, but I don’t know if all of them have some kind of significance. I love the books that do that. I love the books that don’t. I love the books. I just think it adds in an extra layer of fun to have various names of characters referring back to other things. Red is a very strong character and is willing to stand up for what she believes in, in my opinion. She doesn’t always listen well, but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? The guys are very strict and very intense. There is some heavy dubcon going on here, IMO, at least at first. The book is swelteringly hot, with all the good stuff going on. Each of the guys has a distinct personality, and it’s interesting to get to know them. We also get a peek at Snow White and her guys.

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I love that Red wants to let the people of her village know the truth. The guys deserve to have the truth known. After all, theirs was the true sacrifice.

I wonder if they were to have babies, would they be able to shift back and forth from human to wolf? That would be such an awesome start to a werewolf legend.

OK, go check this one out. Happy reading!

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Alta Hensley & Zoe Blake-Snow and the Seven Huntsmen

Alta and Zoe both write books that I enjoy reading. I’ve reviewed several of them here, and reviewed others on my GR and Zon page. The stories that they write on their own are dark, sexy, and hot. This one? This one raises the bar. Putting Alta and Zoe together means that we ended up with something hot, filthy, obscene, dark, and so sizzling hot, my Kindle burnt my fingers while I was reading it. I loved every single dirty word of it.

As you can guess, Snow and the Seven Huntsmen is a new take on Snow White. Only, there are no dwarves here. Instead, our dear Snow has 7 large and dominant alpha huntsmen that she has to deal with. Seven very, very large huntsmen with appropriately large spears. I mean, they can’t fight off the bad guys if their spears aren’t large enough, right?

So, the evil queen has locked Snow away in the dungeon after the death of her father. Snow has had no human contact for years and years. Her food gets shoved in through the door so she sees no one and no one sees her. No one talks to her, nothing. So when she hears voices one day, she knows that they are coming to kill her. She decides that she will escape out her window because there is nowhere else that she can go. However, that doesn’t stop these huge men from grabbing her and taking her away with them.

Snow is convinced that they are going to kill her, especially when they talk about having to have the heart in a box to send to the queen. Turns out that they are going to take the heart of a boar and put it in the box and tell the queen that it’s Snow’s heart. They have other plans for Snow, and they involve her very much alive and very much naked. When she tries to run away, the huntsmen find her and tell her that there’s no way she can escape from them, after all, they are huntsmen.

The huntsmen, Dagr, Odin, Jerrik, Magni, Tore, Steen, and Freyr, want to keep Snow and do terrible, horrible, sexy, hot, and perverse things to her, including punishing her. That both terrifies and arouses her. And holy fuck, there are some really, really sexy punishments going on in here. Let me just say that antlers have taken on a whole new meaning for me, and I’m wondering if I can get an antler chandelier for my house.

OK, it’s that time. It may sound like the guys are only hard on Snow, and they do use her hard, but they also take good care of her. They are very caring, in their own ways. They are nice guys, and I really like them from the start. Sometimes I have to warn up to the Alpha types, since they are all oh, I know better than you, and yeah, these guys were like that, but it didn’t get on my last nerve the way it sometimes does. I think it was because of their personalities. They are very much barely civilized and that alpha ‘tude fits. If you don’t like dark and really sexy, and a large amount of dick being swung around, then avoid this one. Me? I’m wondering how soon I can go back and read it.

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These guys will do just about anything for Snow. I like that they take care of her, because yeah, it sounds like they are only rough, gruff men, but they truly value her and have her best interests at heart. They want to make sure that she is safe and sound. They even teach her how to use weapons.

I really like how Snow has a relationship with each of the guys and how each of them is so different, and they all meet some need in Snow, not necessarily sexual, but emotional. Just having someone who wants to be with her has to be a change from spending so many years locked away from all human contact.

Anyway, that’s it for today. Go over to the almighty Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Beast

We’re back to another adult fairy tale and another version of Beauty and the Beast. This is a very, very kinky version of the story. Walt would be spinning in his grave if he even thought that his company would have anything to do with this. Although, the way that the House of Mouse is taking over the entertainment industry, I expect that they’ll have a porn department in the not-so-distant future. Can you imagine what that Disneyland would be like to play at? LOL. I would be down for that. But, that’s not getting us to Measha’s latest release, Beast.

Ellie’s dad is a wastrel. He gambles money he doesn’t have and then gets in deep to loan sharks and bookies. She does everything she can to dig him out, including selling off her mother’s jewelry, but it never works. So, when Ash Titon’s men come into their cafe and drag her father away, she knows that she has to do something. What she does is go to Ash’s house and offer herself in her father’s place as a way to pay off his debts.

Ash is amused when he is bearded in his lair by the little spitfire that is Ellie. She says that she will do whatever she has to and whatever she can to pay off her father’s debt. Ash is concerned and not sure about it until she passes the test he sets her, which includes his fingers in her bits in front of her father. There’s just something about her and the way that she stood and took it that attracted him to her. Over her father’s complaints, he decides that he will keep her.

When Ash’s cousin questions what he is going to do with her, he tells her to put her in a room next to his. All he knows at this point is that he’s going to keep her, even though there is a suggestion that he might take her to The Annex and sell her. Nope, he’s going to keep her and play with her.

OK, you know how it goes. This book has some dark aspects to it, including dubcon and a lot of BDSM. I like those parts, but they aren’t everyone’s tisane, so be aware of that going in. There is also a great story that goes along with that, so you aren’t just getting the sexy sexy parts. There are a lot of plots in place, and it can be hard to figure out what’s going on before Measha wants you to know everything, and even then, she has surprises in store for us. She’s a tricksy, tricksy author. Yay! That’s what makes us keep going back to our favorite authors, right? Anyway, this is a great one, and it’s definitely going to be part of my adult fairy tale collection.

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I never liked Ellie’s father. I thought that he was a scummy scumbag. I mean, what kind of man lets his daughter dig him out of trouble and offer herself up for him? I mean, he didn’t argue all that hard when she did it. Jerk.

Ash spent a long time being a conundrum to me. It took him some time to figure out exactly what he wanted and what he was going to have to do to. Luckily, he was able to get his head out of his arse, but Ellie should definitely have smacked him around a little bit.

OK, that’s all for this one. Hit up Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

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!

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.