Ava Sinclair-King’s Bride

Today we’re going back into Ava’s Drakoryan world. And how proud of myself do you think I am that I can remember how to spell Drakoryan? Also, my Grammarly no longer recognizes Drakoryan as a misspelled word. LOL. But, I digress. Again. Like that never, ever happens. But, that doesn’t get us to King’s Bride, does it? So let us talk dragons.

Zara was taken when her village of Branlock was destroyed by the Shadowfell. They managed to take all but her sister, Isla, who has already mated with her own dragon mates. When Zara was found wandering the woods, cold and starving, nothing was able to heal her, so Isla begged for her to be sent to the witchs. However, the evil dragons had pumped Zara full of dark magic like a Trojan Horse so that they could use her to break into the stronghold.

In the great battle to try to keep the ShadowFell out of the witchs’ mountain and away from the deep and wild magic, King Vukuris died. That means that Drakoryan are currently left without a king. The four princes, Bymir, Rargi, Yrgi, and Oneg decree that they will take Zara as bride and queen. But, naming the king isn’t as easy as picking the oldest or the one who was trueborn from Vukuris versus his brothers. No. They are going to have to battle. The princes will fight to see which has the right to the first night with Zara and to be King. To the winner goes both prizes.

Each of these books gets more and more interesting. There’s just so much more going on as we build up from where we started with Sacrifice to where we are now with King’s Bride. I love that each book gives us a new happy grouping, but that we are also getting an overarching storyline. And I totally love that we aren’t getting instant happy families. There is work that has to be done for each grouping to be happy. I can’t wait to see what the next one is going to bring with all the changes that showed up in this one.

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I’m loving that Layla had twins and that one is a girl. That’s going to make some seriously interesting changes. I really love that the witches are still able to get through and tell people what’s going on. I look forward to learning more about Sabine and what she is going to do.

Poor Oneg. I both do and don’t feel sorry for him. There’s the whole he wants to be his father’s son thing going on and then the whole they are all their fathers’ sons and blood doesn’t mean all that much. I love the line that Bymir says along the lines of yes, Father treated us all as his sons, and I will treat your sons as if they are all my sons, and you will be happy that I do. I also like that Bymir was able to realize when he needed to apologize. I think that if he hadn’t done that, then Oneg wouldn’t have been able to get past his stuff.

I loved this book, just as I have loved all the Drakoryan books, and I look forward to reading new ones. Happy reading!

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Ava Sinclair-Daddy’s World

Ava thought that she was done with Daddy books, but she found that there were still some in her. Since I love her Daddy books, as well as anything else she writes, I am happy to see that she is sharing with us. Daddy’s World is a post apocalyptic, dystopian, DD/lg story. So much awesome in just one story.

So, here’s how our story goes. The Earth was hit by some asteroids, and it wiped out a lot of stuff. The majority of the people who remained went into New Bethel. New Bethel is an extremely patriachal society. Men have all the rights, and women have none. Women are severely restricted as to what they can do. I mean, it’s to the point where a woman can’t hug her own brother without her husband’s permission. It is illegal for that to happen. The women are all forced to be happy, submissive women, who only do whatever their husband wants them to. I’m sure that there are some women who are happy with that, but the one woman we see in that kind of relationship isn’t really happy. Her name is Felicia and is the twin sister of the hero of the story, Senator Roman Delaney.

In New Bethel, you have to be a homeowner in order to marry. That limits marriage to the upper classes and the ruling class, since it can be expensive to marry. A friend of Roman’s was trying to make it easier for the laboring class to own a home and marry, but he lost all his money and his home, which nullified his marriage. Roman, in his position of senator, didn’t think that was right and is more progressive. So he came up with a program called Paternas. Paternas is a way to bring rebel women from the Warrens and let men who might not otherwise have a chance to marry to marry. But first, those men become Daddies and give their future wives a chance at a childhood so that they can learn to act appropriately.

The Warrens is a dangerous place. It’s all ruins and there are no men, and no real adults. First all the men were taken away and disposed of, and then the adults, so there were a lot of girl children left around. These young women who have grown up in the Warrens are rebels. They don’t want to live in the patriarchal society of New Bethel. Roman wants to make sure those women have a chance, versus what his enemies want to do, which is give them a long walk out of a short airlock.

Kit is one of those rebels. In fact, she’s a rebel leader. But when Roman saw her file, he knew that she was the one. She has fire, intelligence, spunk, and energy. He wants someone who is going to be strong and stand up, not just be a thin, pallid, submissive woman who is going to pretend to be happy. He wants his wife to actually be happy, and he’s pretty sure that Kit and the Paternas project will do that.

I loved Kit. She doesn’t trust anyone at all, and isn’t willing to put down her walls. She is strong, very strong. She has had to be. I thought that she’s a fabulous character, and I’m hoping we get to see more of her. I liked Roman too. I think he went into the whole thing with his eyes as open as they could be, but he did underestimate Kit somewhat. Of course, I don’t think that was because he was blinded by his upbringing or anything, I think it was more that he just didn’t realize how incredibly strong and motivated that Kit would’ve had to be. I mean, she had to survive a whole lot of crap and then she led the resistance, so she had to be smart and clever and strong. There are a lot of layers going on in this story. There’s the nice surface layer, but once you get down, you get into conspiracies. There are several conspiracies though. There are bad ones and good ones and ones we don’t know a lot about. I’m really hoping for a lot more in this series so we can track what’s going to happen.

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That first matron? She was such a bitch. I’m glad she got what was coming to her, and I wish it could’ve been even worse, because she deserved so much more.

And ugh. Felicia’s husband. What a fucking pig. Asshole. Nasty pig-fucker.

I really do want to see more of this verse to see if Roman’s plans go through. I want to find out who Jenny is. There are so many questions I need answered.

So, go check out Ava’s return to Daddy Doms. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Rebel Bride

Ava is just rocking this RH gig hard. I think her Drakoryans are my fave RH heroes. Of course, that could just be because of their magic cocks. The storyline is pretty good too, so that’s could be the reason too.

Her latest book, Rebel Bride, brings us back to their world and makes things much more intense. The books aren’t really standalones, there is an overarching storyline that spans the books, although each of the books (after the first two) focus on one particular group. Each book builds on the one before, so if you are reading these, you really want to start at the first one and go through them all. You will enjoy the books a lot more if you do.

Anyway, this book features Thera the healer and the Lords of Kri’byl, Jareo, Gyrvig, Erdorin, Yrko, and Tyri. The last two boys are twins, that’s important. Thera was a woman from one of the villages who now lives in the valley that is surrounded by the mountains where all the Drakoryan lords and their brides live. The villagers were all brought there to keep them safe from the Shadowfell. The king of the Drakoryans decided that the Lords of Kri’byl should live in the village to help out the people and  keep them safe.

So, that brings us to now, roughly. Not all the villagers are happy about living where they are. Winter has come and it is cold. Since the Shadowfell burned the harvest, there just is barely enough for the people to eat. Even the Drakorayn in their castles are rationing. None of this leads to happy conditions in the village, especially as the villagers still haven’t seen the Shadowfell, so none of them quite believe that they exist. Then you get Thera, who is… angry. She is a widow. A few years before, during a winter like this, her husband and her father had gone out hunting because the Drakoryan punished their village and they had no extra food. While they were out hunting, they died. Thera blames the Drakoryan for that. I can’t blame her for that, I probably would too.

Well, because she hates the Drakoryan, she does what she can to stir up trouble. She thinks they are all liars and that they are the enemy and they have just taken away the villagers’ free will. So, she stirs and stirs and stirs until the pot comes to a boil and boils over. The Witches decree that there is only one way to make things better. Thera is to mate with the Lords of Kri’byl.

Overall, I like Thera. But, there are a few times where I really don’t like her. She knew what she was doing. I’m not sure what good she thought she was going to do though. I get being angry and wanting revenge, and I think that in her place, I probably would want revenge on the people who I blamed for my husband’s death too, but there’s a difference between revenge and cutting off your nose to spite your face. I think the guys were probably a little more patient with her than I would’ve been at times. I can’t wait to see where the next one is going to take us. It’s going to be a doozy.

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I can’t wait to see how the issue with Zara and the king is going to change things. The Witches being gone is going to be interesting too.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-War Bride

We’re back in Ava Sinclair’s world of Drakoryans, those hot, hunky dragon shifters. The first two books of the series focused on Lyla and her mates, but now we’re looking at a new bride. We still have hot Alpha dragon shifters, but we have 3 of them now, but we are also in an active war situation, which is different to the last two books. Thus the name, War Bride. See how that works? LOL.

So, our heroine is Isla. In the last book, her village was destroyed by the ShadowFell and Lyla, her mates, and one of the Lords of Za’vol found her in the bottom of the well. She had jumped in there to escape the firey breath of the bad dragons, and hadn’t been able to get out, so if they hadn’t come along, she wouldn’t have lived.

They all took her back to Lyla’s castle so that Isla could be ministered to. While there, news is given that the Drakoryans will now be able to take War Brides, instead of the way that they had been doing it. The Lords of Fa’vol are the first to be given a war bride, Isla.

So, Turin, Zyvis, and Jayx are the Lords of Za’vol and they are pretty jazzed about being able to have a bride. I mean, who doesn’t want to have a mate and who doesn’t want to have a chance to have their bloodline go on? At least in these books. The boys are trying to get Isla to warm up to them because it’s time for them to seal their mating. But first, they must have their big fight so that the order in which they are with Isla for the first time.

There are a lot of really interesting things that go on in the book. One of them is we get to see more into the ways that Drakoryan families can interact, both positively and negatively. I found that to be really interesting because we don’t always see the bad side of heroes and their families, so getting to see the ugly and how it affects a lot of things was refreshing. There are lots of things that have really whetted my appetite for the next books, and hopefully, Ava won’t make us wait for very long.

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Yeah, this may look like it’s a weird thing to go with a story about dragon shifters, but trust me, when you read it, you will get it.

It’s going to be a huge change for the villagers and for the Drakoryans to have the villagers right there.

I think I know who our new grouping is going to be. If I’m right, it’s going to be explosive and I can’t wait for the fireworks to start.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go read the whole series, you won’t be sorry.

Ava Sinclair-Night of the Drakoryans

Ava Sinclair finishes off our Night of… RH grouping. She’s bringing up some more Drakoryans. Since that series is already a reverse harem, it’s not that hard to fit it right into the rest of the group. This one brings us the story of Syrene. We see her a bit in Fire Bride, talking to Lyla, so her book obviously comes before Lyla’s story. Night of the Drakoryans gives us her full story and explains why she is the way that she is in FB. Not that I’m complaining about her, I like Syrene.

So, here’s our story. Syrene lives in one of the tiny villages that is ruled by the Drakoryans, a species of dragon shifters. The Drakoryans burn the fields, limit how much the villagers can grow, and several other things. They also demand a virgin sacrifice every few years.

Syrene’s mother died when she was born. She saw Syrene breathe but three times before she died. Her dad did the best she could, and he married another woman. Syrene’s step-mother is the type that gives evil step-mothers a bad name. I mean, if she had decided to feed Syrene a poisoned apple, it would’ve been nicer. The evil cow has spent years upon years upon years squashing down Syrene as much as she can. She won’t give her clean clothes, she won’t get Syrene a brush to brush her hair, so it ends up looking like a bird’s nest. Since Syrene has raven colored hair, the cow calls it a raven’s nest. Anytime something happens in the village that Syrene’s half-brothers have done, the step-cow makes the villagers believe that Syrene is the one who did it, so no one in the village likes her. Her dad is worse than a limp noodle. He does nothing to protect Syrene at all, even when she’s beaten by her half-brothers. So, when Syrene is chosen for the sacrifice, instead of the normal mournful and somber situation, the village practically throws a party, after all, this worthless, terrible, nasty, horrible young woman is leaving, and their village will be happier. Her step-cow even tells her that with the extra acreage that they are going to get from Syrene being sacrificed is going to go towards getting something useful, a cow.

The only people who have the proper attitude when it comes time for her to leave are the priestesses. They are careful to prepare her and make her look beautiful and try to make her last hours in the village good ones. The only glitch happens when the evil one gets a chance to talk to her. Syrene got to have her say and make the stupid cow cry, so there’s that. As she walks to the Altar Rock, the villagers are like damn, maybe we might’ve done fucked up a little. Syrene though, she just ignores them like the queen that she is, and waits for the dragon. She’s ready for death and has accepted that it is come.

Edrys, Nyron, and Xarsi are the brothers who are the lords of Jo’lyn. It is their time to have a mate, and that mate is Syrene. Edrys is the one who goes to get here, and when she wakes up in his bed, she’s furious at them. She actually attacks him. When the guys don’t understand what’s going on with her, they call for the Oracle, who tells them all about the past and how she was treated. He doesn’t give them all the details, just that she’s been ground down, and hated, and she thinks she’s worthless. He also tells them that if they don’t bond with her immediately, the bloodline of Jo’lyn will die. To give them that chance, instead of each brother having his own night, the Oracle will turn one night into a long night. Their guests will think that it’s only been 1 night, but for Syrene and her boys, it will be 6 days. That will give them the time to figure out how to bond with her.

OK, I’ve looked at this, and realized that I’ve had a lot to say. Of course, this is all stuff that you will get in the first few chapters, so I’m not really spoiling anything. I don’t think, at least. As much as I like Lyla, and I really do, I relate more to Syrene. She’s been so profoundly neglected, abused, and devalued that she barely feels like a person. The long night gives each of the guys their chance to bond with Syrene, and they each go about it differently. And they go about it in a way which will meet a need that Syrene may not even know that she has. But in turn, she makes them better men.

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I’ve talked a lot about the story. I think more than I usually do. Mostly that’s because I relate so much to Syrene. She’s a tough, tough woman. She went through so much, but she managed to survive, and now she’s at the point where she can thrive. Having her three mates, each of whom meets something in her and makes that section of her feel better and between the three can make her whole, has given her a place to finally be the amazing person that she is. It’s a great story, and I think it works really well when it comes the rest of the Drakoryan world. The stress in this is all internal, no outside drama or pending war, just a relationship that needs to be formed. That’s something totally different.

I have to say, I love Nyron’s justice. At least, I think it’s Nyron. I’d have to get up and go check my Kindle and I left it in the other room. And his vengeance appears not to be sated any time soon. I’m bloodthirsty enough that I took great joy in that. And so did Syrene.

OK, I’ve gone on and on and one. It’s a relatively quick read, just like the rest of the series, so you should definitely go grab it so that you can read it. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Stern Daddy

Oh my ducklings, this book witnesses the end of an era. There will be no more Ava Sinclair Daddy books. This is very last one. And she’s chosen to go out with a good one. So, let’s get into Stern Daddy.

Lindsey has a relatively good job. The problem is that she has a bad habit of living beyond her means. She never really learned how to manage her money. When her father had money he would help her out, which meant that she never had to learn how to bail herself out. Now, she’s buried under her debts, close to losing her apartment, and having a hard time buying groceries. So, she’s decided to do something about that. She decided to put an ad out on Craig’s List looking for a sugar daddy. She can still look like she’s in her younger 20s and she can accentuate it if she dresses younger. She’s spent several weeks talking to Silas, a nice older man. Now, it’s time to go meet him.

Silas’ limo has come to pick her up, and Lindsey is a wee bit rude to the driver. Well, I say wee bit… He tries to warn her that Silas is an old fashioned kind of guy, but she just tells him to be quiet and that she’s sure his employer doesn’t want him gossiping. When she gets to the huge house, and meets an older man who she is told is Silas. So, are you seeing the set up here?

Yup, the “driver” was really Silas, and he’s not an older man, and oh yeah, since he owns the company she works at, he’s her boss. When he tells her that she’s not leaving because he’s going to teach her a lesson, she threatens to call the cops. He tells her that he knows her criminal background, so she’s blackmailed into staying.

So, here we are again. Silas was hot and cold and it’s hard on Lindsey. I can’t blame her for anything she does. Sometimes he’s a very good Daddy and is very caring, sometimes he is really kind of stand-offish. No wonder she’s so confused about how she feels and how he feels about her. He’s kind of prickish about that, and I wanted to dropkick him. But, no character is perfect and conflict makes the character and relationship grow and the story advance.

Before we go to spoilers, I want to share my fave section of this book. “An unwitting young woman blackmailed into captivity by a tall, handsome stranger who keeps her as a child? It sounds like the imaginings of some kinky romance novelist.” I laughed my ass off. I couldn’t explain what was so funny to my husband, but I laughed and laughed.

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I legit love Lindsey and how she stands up for herself. She doesn’t let Silas pawn her off. She doesn’t let him buy her off. When he talks to her about coming back, she draws lines and holds him to the boundaries that she needs. That is so awesome. So, very awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today.

Ava Sinclair-Fire Bride

Ava Sinclair has brought us back to her Drakoryan world and back to Lyla and her 4 mates, Imryth, Zelki, Drogros, and Tythos in Fire Bride.

Now, remember, in an RH, there isn’t always group sex. It’s more about the relationship that each hero has with the heroine and what needs of hers they happen to meet. Some RH books have group sex in them, not all of the ones I’ve read do. Ava’s Drakoryan books don’t have any kind of group sex. It would upset the boys too much to watch anyone else go at their bride, even if it’s a brother.

In Sacrifice, the seer had a vision that Lyla would have an important part to play in the upcoming war and that her mates shouldn’t keep any secrets from her. However, there’s a problem with that. For all that they know that they shouldn’t keep secrets from her, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t. Villages are being destroyed but they don’t want to tell Lyla that the ancient enemy is coming back. Zelki is all for letting her know what’s going on, but the other boys aren’t so sure. Drogros, as the oldest one, keeps telling them that nope, they are keeping it a secret. They are trying very hard to make sure that she’s occupied with them and with keeping her home. What they don’t know is that Lyla kind of hates it. She wants to know so many things, and she’s not like the other brides who are all into their children and their homes and their families. She can fake it well, though.

Lyla knows that something is up with her mates, they all seem just a little off, but they keep telling her everything is fine. There’s a big council meeting coming up to their house, so now she’s busy working on making sure that everything is up to the high standards required to impress everyone else. But she finds out things that show she’s being lied to.

OK, it’s that time. I really like Lyla. She isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes and to fight for what needs to happen. She’s definitely a warrior in her own right, even if she doesn’t do it the same way her mates do. They really do need her. I’m really looking forward to War Bride to advance the story so we can find out what more is going on.

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I loved that the witches needed to see Lyla and that she got to see them, even if it wasn’t normal for a Bride to show up there. It just shows how important that Lyla is in the greater scheme of things. And without her pushing and pushing, certain things wouldn’t have happened. So, yay Lyla.

The next book is going to be very interesting. I can’t wait for a continuation of the story, even if we have a different group at the forefront.

That’s all for today. Happy reading!