Anthology-Dirty Daddies

So, last year, a bunch of Daddy authors got together and started a party room on FB. There’s a lot of parties, jokes, posts, and so forth in there. There’s also a pretty damn awesome anthology that came out of it. And I was the lucky one to get a full ARC of the whole Dirty Daddies anthology. Rayanna Jamison asked me if I wanted it, which I feel like was some kind of test, because, like I’m going to say no?

There are 12 stories in here by 13 authors, since Rayanna and Allysa teamed up on their story. All of the authors have written Daddy stories before, and I had read all but two of them, and they were both on my TBR. But, shall we talk about what my TBR looks like on any given day?

There are a lot of reasons that I like to read anthologies like this. One is that you get a lot of takes on the theme, and there is quite a range in here. Another is that you can get a good flavor of authors you aren’t familiar with, which in my case was Laylah Roberts and J.M. Dabney. Some of the stories in here, like Golden Angel’s Little Leigh, Pepper North’s Sylvie, and Katie Douglas’ Daddy’s Precious Little Girl belong in established worlds, while others are new stories in new worlds. And then you get Brianna Hale, who got her inspiration from a thread on FB. And Brianna? I think I read that thread too. I probably said that it would be the only way that I would exercise too. LOL.

All 12 stories are good stories and I like them all. And I would really like to have any one of these 12 Daddies, because they are so yummy and Daddy-licious. But, like with any anthology, there are going to be stories that I like more than others. Because that’s just how it is.

If you have read my blog, you can probably guess that Lindsay’s Secret by Emily Tilton is one of my favorites, because yeeeeeaahhhhh. We all know how I feel about Emily and the way that she writes about erotic humiliation, because it’s just so dirty the way that she does it. I mean the language around it. I know, I know, every time I talk about Emily, I say that, but that’s because every time I read her books, I’m struck by it. The only way for it to get hotter is to listen to an audiobook. I can’t listen to her audiobooks while I’m driving. It’s a rule. But, I liked watching Lindsay and Rick figuring things out.

J.M. Dabney’s An Odd Little Girl is another one of my favorites. They wrote a fun little story about a Daddy finding his little girl, and a little girl finding the Daddy she’s always needed, but never knew she needed. I really like Via because she really just exudes sweetness and light, and I could totally feel that. I like how Donavan accepts everything about Via, including the rest of her family. And frankly, I think her family is just ridiculously wonderful.

Aubrey Cara’s Cry for Daddy is another favorite of mine. It’s darker than the rest of the stories, but it’s not totally dark, just darker than the others. Her story is about Lily and Maximus, and how they fit together in each other’s lives and with the world in general. I felt sorry for Lily, but also I felt like she kept a core essential of who she was hidden. Maximus wasn’t the entire hardass that he wants to believe he was. Not to say he isn’t a hardass badass, but he has a soft marshmallowy center.

OK, if you want 12 smoking hot Daddies, then this is definitely the anthology that you need to get. Of course, I’m willing to fight you for several of the Daddies, and spoiler, I fight dirty. I enjoyed each and every story, and I will definitely reread the stories when I need a quick Daddy pick up.

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Aubrey Cara-Getting Dirty

So a bunch of my favorite authors have gotten together and decided that they are going to write a bunch of books around the common theme hard and dirty. Today is Aubrey’s entry. Monday we’ll have Alta Hensley’s. Without any further ado, let’s talk about Getting Dirty.

Madeline Elaine Fitzpatrick was born to be perfect. She has spent her entire life being perfect. She had to prove to her jackass of a father that she was successful and not just successful but better than him. She came from a very rich family, the kind where you go to private school from preschool until you graduate high school, then you go to an Ivy League school, date and marry the right people, and go on to raise your children in the same rarified air. From the time that she was born, that’s the world that Madeline lived in. (And does anyone else think of the children’s story Madeline when they see the heroine’s name?) Her father has told her all her life that she was better than other people and did everything he could to reinforce it. When her mother died in her teen years, her father got rid of the house in the city and moved her from her private school with all her friends, and then moved them into their lake house in a tiny little town. She went to the public school where she was stand-offish because of course she was. Even if she hadn’t grown up the way she did, moving in your last couple years of high school to a brand new school in a brand new town, and a small town at that, would be really difficult. But then she got out of town.

Now, she’s a very important, very successful businesswoman. And her father had just died. Even though she and her father were pretty estranged, it’s sent her off the rails. Off the rails enough that she destroyed her office and her bosses forced her to take a leave of absence, and then she ended up having a little bit of a nervous breakdown. And during all this, she has to go back to that little town and take care of her father’s estate. And wouldn’t you know it, her car has broken down, and she has to hike to the local garage, Wallace & Sons.

Jess Wallace went to school with Madeline. He always has a crush on her, and when she walks into his garage looking like something the cat drug in, he’s thrilled to see her, but upset that she looks so much in pain. He takes her and doctors her up, bandaging her hurt ankle and her blisters. And getting her all worked up in the process. They are getting very close and then Jess’s brother Jace walks in. When Jess takes Madeline to a rental place, he asks her out on a date to a dive bar.

Jace Wallace’s first thought when he saw her was Madeline fucking Fitzpatrick. They had a history, and none of it was good. He wanted nothing to do with her rich, snobby, prissy ass, especially after she made it perfectly clear that the son of a mechanic who was going to be a mechanic wasn’t good enough for her. What made it even worse was that they were supposed to go see a movie the night before she told him that, and she stood him up. They had been friendly because they were science lab partners, but after that day, that all went kablooey. So when he walks into his favorite bar and finds out that Jess has invited Madeline there for a date? He decides that he needs to interrupt it.

Now, Jess and Jace aren’t quite twins, but there is less than a year’s difference in their age, and they might just as well be. They’ve always been close and shared a lot of things, including women, but in the recent past, things have become tense with them, which is really hard, since they share a house and all. So Madeline being around runs the risk of causing even more friction between the brothers.

I liked Jess from the first time we saw him. Jace took me a while to warm up to. He has some mighty thick walls that need to be broken down, but he can be a serious asshole too. I feel sorry for Madeline, she put so much pressure on herself and we all know what happens when something under pressure doesn’t get the release it needs. It’s not pretty. I mostly liked her, but sometimes there were things that she said that I didn’t particularly care for, but they were more things that were ingrained in her as a child and then became habit. I don’t think that she really believed them as much as they were just what she had always been taught and she hadn’t really put any work into changing her thoughts. Deprogramming ourselves from things that we learned as a child can be really hard, especially if you are still in the same kind of environment.

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OK, remember when I said that Jace was an asshole at times? Yeah, the morning, when he takes Madeline to her car, is one of his asshole minutes, as is when they are in the garage together. Totally hot asshole, but still asshole. I mean, he knew that she and Jess and gone hot and heavy at it. Of course, Jess knew that Jace had a thing for her in high school. Jess liked her back in the day too.

Plus that freaking asshole cop. I hate sniggering little people like that who are titillated by other people but who want to look down at them. He really tried to make Maddy feel like a whore. I don’t know if he did it on purpose, but…

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, as well as the rest of this theme set as they come out. Happy reading!

Aubrey Cara-The Untaming of Kat

I’ve had an Aubrey Cara book here before. It’s all about Bambi and her adventures after being abducted by aliens. Funny as all get out, as well as pretty sexy. The book is part of her Monrok world, which is what introduced me to her books. I loooovvvve the Monrok world. Anyway, while those are great science fiction, that’s not the genre we are looking at right now. Today, we’re looking The Untaming of Kat, which is a cowboy romance with some BDSM tossed in. Yummy, yummy, yummy.

Untaming is a re-release of a book called Taming Kat. Aubrey took it, updated it, brushed it off, polished it up, added in some new stuff, and gave us Untaming. I love the name title. Generally, you get titles in this genre that would be Taming.. So, Untaming in the title is pretty cool.

Kat is a native Bostonian. Since she finished college, she’s been drifting around trying to find the right path for her life. Her mother nitpicks her, her sister nitpicks her. When her friend Del invites her to TX for her wedding, Kat falls in love with it and starts working at Del’s husband’s parents’ ranch. She also has to work at a local bar, but she gets to spend a lot of time, out in the great outdoors, chasing cows and horses. She also gets to spend time doing her art. There is only one little hitch in her get along. His name is Caleb. He’s a former soldier, now come home to work on the same ranch Kat is. That wouldn’t be such a problem, if he hadn’t been a one night stand, 6 months ago, in a whole different state.

When Caleb saw Kat again at the wedding 3 months ago, it was a total surprise. But a happy one. He had been thinking of her ever since she snuck out of his hotel room after their one amazing night. She has worked really hard on ignoring him since they met up again, but she pretty much just lives in his head. When he happens to be in the bar the night something terrible happens, he gets to be back with Kat.

OK, I have to say, I totally get Kat. I spend a lot of time judging myself too, so I understand why Kat does it and why she thinks that she’s not good enough. I totally get the self-sabotage thing that she has going on at times too. I’ve BTDT, got several t-shirts. It can be hard to get past that. Of course, no one has really tried Caleb’s method. I never really get mad at either of our main characters, which is kind of a change for me. I often get mad at one or the other, but neither one of them really do anything for me to be mad about. There is someone I do get mad at, but she’s not even a secondary character. Oh, scratch that, there are 2 other people who I’m mad at too, who would both be secondary characters. One of them I wanted to go in and just smack her.

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OK, Candice. She’s the one I really wanted to smack. She knew who the walking douchebag was the whole time and didn’t say anything until the very end. That’s not cool. Not cool at all. In fact, I think that she should have some serious consequences because, really. When you read it, you will understand why I think that. But, I’m pretty sure that she’s going to get something in her own book. I’m going to have to read it and be sure.

And? Aubrey has totally ruined leprechauns for me.

So, go check this one out, and then read everything else she’s written. You’ll thank me for it. Happy reading!

Aubrey Cara-Night of the Monrok

Today is another entry into the Night of… RH series. We have one more to go after this, Ava Sinclair’s book. But before we get to Ava’s book, we have Aubrey’s book.

For Aubrey’s entry into this grouping, we’re visiting her Monrok universe in Night of the Monrok. I love the Monrok. I own all the books because I love their universe and those big guys so much.

So, here’s the basic backstory on the Monrok warriors. They are genetically and cybernetically enhanced humans. As babies, the Zapex warped them, did surgery on them, and just all around treated them horribly. When the Monrok had the chance to kill the Zapexian prince who was in charge of them and escape to freedom, they did. The impetus behind their rebellion was that the Zapex had kidnapped human women and were planning on forcing the women and the Monrok to reproduce so that they would have a ready supply of babies to turn into Monrok. None of the guys wanted that to happen, so they rebelled. Now, they have been declared free by the council that rules the galaxy. Of course, that’s mostly because the council wants to have the Monrok as allies in case they need to go to war.

So, on to today’s story. It can be read as a standalone because you get enough of the history of the universe to figure out what’s going on. But, it also slides in quite well with the rest of the universe and it does expand and advance the overall storyline of all the books.

Banx, Jor, Tawn, and Ast have been a very tight unit for many, many years. They pretty much act and think as one when they are in a fight. They are good friends and brothers, even when they sometimes want to strangle each other because of whatever reason. They are currently on Ak’ba and have been told that they should go to the slave auction later that evening because there is going to be something that they would like to see.

When they get to the auction, they are amazed to see Sana. She is a veran concubine. The veran are lower-class Zapexian women and are sold as concubines. They are also seers. It’s very rare to see any Zapexian woman out and about on her own, and nearly impossible to find them being sold as slaves. When Banx first sees Sana, he knows that she is his, so he jumps on the stage, throws a bunch of money at the slavers, and carries her away, followed and guarded by his brothers. When they get to their ship, there are a bunch of Zapexian warriors waiting there, ready to fight. They want Sana back and they were willing to be stupid enough to go after a quartet of Monrok warriors.

Sana has been the concubine of a high councilor of the Zapex king. While she’s been a concubine, she’s never really been used because her master is more into the gearan, which are the male equivalent. Most veran are sterilized so that they can’t get pregnant, but some of the veran aren’t because they have special powers. Sana is one of those. Her master’s honored mate wasn’t real happy about having a veran concubine around, and when it came time to breed her, her master’s mate had Sana beaten. Pippen, Sana’s only friend, arranges to get her off planet and tells her to go to the Galactic Unity Council so that she can tell them things that she knows. He tells her to be brave and trust her fate.

The 4 Monrok guys are very similar in some things and very different in others. They each have their own personalities and their own way of doing things, especially when it comes to Sana. Banx, Tawn, and Ast are very excited to have a a mate, because they know that she is there mate. Jor, who is my favorite, by the way, isn’t as sure about it and while he’s happy to get his dick wet, he’s not so sure about Sana. He’s pretty sure that she’s going to be trouble. I’m really digging RH stories for so many reasons, but the fact that each of the men answer a need in Sana and she answers a different need in each of the men. They all show her how much they care for her, even Jor.

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So, the reason that Jor is my favorite is that he is so broken, but he takes the biggest chance when it comes to being with Sana. He really makes himself vulnerable, especially before she gets taken away. It’s beautiful. That breakthrough and the fact that he was willing to do something that would make him feel so vulnerable just shows to me how strong he was.

Anyway, that’s all of this one. Happy reading!

Aubrey Cara-Bambi’s Alien Abduction

The full title of this book is completely and totally awesome, I mean, just totally awesome. I love it. It’s Bambi’s Alien Abduction: Earth Girl’s Guide to Surviving an Alien Abduction. Tell me that isn’t a title that tells you what you are walking into.

So, Bambi is one of Aubrey Cara’s scifi romances. Unlike her most recent scifi romances, the Monrok series (very good series), which are more intense, especially Their Human Pets, Bambi is really light-hearted and a lot of fun along with being sexy. It takes place in the same universe as the Monrok books do, but I’m not sure that I would call it a spinoff. I would probably call it Monrok-adjacent. Of course, Aubrey may disagree with me, but that’s my opinion on the matter.

This is our introduction to Bambi, and I think it’s awesome, and I should let you meet her in her own words.

“I’m Bambi Rodriquez, daughter of a Vegas showgirl and an internationally renowned Formula One race car driver, Jose Pasto Rodriquez. To say my upbringing was unorthodox would be an understatement, but this goes far beyond drag queen nannies and rhinestone-bedazzled lunchboxes.”

So, into the story. Bambi, with her friends Briana and Brooklyn, was vacationing in France. The next thing she knows, she is waking up and being sold to aliens. The Zapex, the evil bad aliens, have decided to claim Earth, and are slowly harvesting women. They are using them for all kinds of things, including testing them to see if they are compatible with breeding for many alien species. One of those species is the Alogorians.

Oathar is the Yon Tor of Alogoria, from the planet Lehor. His population is slowly dwindling. There are several reasons for that, but one of them is the breeding cycle of the people of his plants. There are actually three different species that live on that planet, the Alogorians, who primarily live in the plains and deserts, the Angarians, who live in the oceans, and the Gyhans, who live in the forests. The Alogorians and Angarians are all male. The Gyhan are female. They have lent their wombs to the Alogorians and Angarians for many years so that each species could increase. The problem is that the Gyhans only ovulate once every 15 years, so the other two species have been alternating as to when they breed. That means that each species only gets the chance to breed every 30 years. Frankly, I think this is a pretty cool set up for needing to find breeders and not one I’ve seen before.

Another reason that the Alogorian people are dwindling is that more and more of their young and the young Gyhans are choosing to stay offworld, so aren’t coming home to breed. When Oathar’s father died, he told Oathar to find other species to breed with. Thus, Bambi.

So, Oathar pays to take Bambi from the slavers, he had paid for 3 women, but Kaihan of the Zapex (boo, hiss) requires the other two women that the slaver bought, and Bambi was the one that Oathar chose.

The first interactions between Oathar and his men and Bambi when they are on his ship are hilarious. The guys are so clueless about anything that’s going on. They were really not ready to get a human on board. But that really sets the tone of the whole book. So, now I’m going to find a pretty picture and set it up for spoilers. This book was a lot of fun. Mostly fairly light-hearted, definitely funny. The sex is hot, if somewhat maybe towards the tentacly side, but not overly so. Bambi is feisty as hell and doesn’t take a lot of shit off Oathar, and when he tries to spank her as discipline, it doesn’t work so well, as discipline anyway.

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So, really, there are so many things about this story that I like, up to and including the pussy shaped fruit. I thought that was hilarious, myself.

I liked the fact that Bambi is stronger than anyone wants to give her credit for. I mean, she throws a spear like she would a javelin and helps Oathar take out the big scary monster. When she is kidnapped, she not only knocks out the guy who takes her, she manages to save him too. She is a total badass. I love that she helps to change Oathar and makes him be a better man. I also like that she’s pretty much irreverent about everything. It’s a great way to survive and it makes things a little easier on her, I think.

I did come close to having to smack Oathar though when he made Bambi feel bad because he was worried about her pheromones controlling him. He was kind of a dick then. At least he got over that shit.

So, this is in the same universe as the Monrok, which I really like. I’m looking forward to seeing the Monrok are going to make more appearances than the just random one that has already shown up. I’m looking forward to the next books in the series, as well as more Monrok books.

Tomorrow is double header, two reviews, one in the morning and then one in the evening, so make sure that you keep your eyes open. Meanwhile, happy reading!