Maddie Taylor-Tough Love: Mandy’s Take Charge Daddy

Maddie Taylor writes some great stories. I have read and reread her Primaran Mates series, several times, and I think I like it more every time I read it. Today though, we aren’t out in space, we are right here on Earth with Mandy’s Take Charge Daddy. I didn’t forget the Tough Love part, because that’s really the series name. There are a couple of other books in this set too. And while I can’t speak for the other books, I can say, for this one at least, I don’t necessarily think that the love in this one is all that tough. But, I’m not going contradict Maddie. 🙂

Amanda and her husband Aiden are still newlyweds. They’ve been married for just about a year. He’s her Dom, and she’s his sub. They are not quite weekend players, but not quite lifestylers either. But, Amanda thought that it was working well for them. Right up until Aiden set up a special night in a theme room at their club, and all she could say about the sex and the scene was that it was nice. Whoops. No man wants to hear that his woman thinks that their sex was nice. No Dom wants to hear that their sub thought a great scene was just nice.

Aiden loves his wife so much, and he thought that maybe there was something wrong, but when Amanda says that their scene was nice, it’s confirmed. He knows that there is something wrong, and he tells Amanda that they need to talk, which of course, freaks her out. But, what he wants to tell her is that he thinks that they should try something new. It’s something that he thinks she needs and something that he thinks will help their relationship and help her find a submission that’s right for her. So, he’s going to be her Daddy.

I love how Amanda and Aiden interact and how Daddy and Mandy interact. There really is a whole different vibe in between the two of them, but not in a bad way or anything. It’s not that they are two different couples, it’s more that they are different sides of a coin, maybe. You need to have both faces to make up the coin, and it’s one whole thing. I dunno, maybe I’m stretching and trying to make some kind of metaphor where there isn’t one, but that’s how I saw it.

And here’s the reason that I don’t think tough love fits this one. I tend to think of tough love as a, well, tougher thing. Like tough love being when you take away all your child’s privileges when they are messing up and need to get their heads right.  Aiden didn’t give Mandy any ultimatums, didn’t force her to do anything, and went out of his way to make sure that she understood his thinking and why he thought this would work for them. He also made sure that he had her consent for their trial period and reminded her that she could end things if she needed to. See, for me, that’s not tough love, but like I said, I’m not going to contradict Maddie. At least, I’m not trying to or anything. It’s my perception of everything, I guess. Does that make sense?

Either way, I think that this a beautiful story about vulnerability, love, trust, and finding the person who understands you and your needs most in the world. And about finding the person who gives you want you need, which isn’t always what you want, and may not even be something that you consciously know or understand.

On a side note, Mandy gave me that fuck I’m old feeling. I grew up listening to heavy metal. Motley Crue, Kiss, Metallica, Poison, you know, heavy metal. So, when Amanda says that she listened to heavy metal as a teenager, and she mentions Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, I was just like fuuuuuuuck my life. That’s the music that my 23 year old son listens to. Of course, Mandy is 29, so she’s not that much older than my son.

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I love that no matter what age Mandy is when they are doing their weekend, when she pushes Aiden, he doesn’t push back. He just enforces her boundaries. He’s patient with her, even when he knows that she’s pushing on purpose. She’s being vulnerable, and that’s hard, and she doesn’t even realize she’s testing him. Finding out that he’s not going to leave her or get angry with her helped her settle into her self.

OK, that’s all I have to say today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Opposition

Today, we’re going to NYC and visiting Club Verge again with Jane Henry. We’re going to see some Opposition, and it’s going to be really interesting.

Cora is a good friend of Chandra and Giada, both of whom are submissives, and we’ve seen them both in other Club Verge books. Go check them out. She also works at Marla’s bookstore. Marla is a sub, but she doesn’t have a permanent Dom. I’m going to say that it’s probably yet, not never. I expect that we will see her featured soon enough. Cora also is a bartender at Verge, because Marla and Chandra got her the job. She needs to have as many jobs as she can get because she’s in college, and she’s the guardian of her two younger sibs, her sister Bailey who is 14, and Ben, who is 10. She is working all the hours of the day, and is fucking broke and exhausted.

On a day where her younger sister has just called because she doesn’t know what to make for dinner and the only thing in the house is a box of mac and cheese, and Cora hasn’t eaten since breakfast, a customer comes in and starts giving Cora attitude for being on the phone with “her boyfriend” instead of serving him immediately. He makes fun of the books, he’s just a general fucking prick. It’s obvious he’s rich and snooty and used to being obeyed. Once he’s gone, she brushes him off her day, and heads to Verge, where there’s a Masquerade going on.

Liam is rich and used to getting his way. He owns a very high powered Wall Street company and he’s a Dom, so yeah, more money than he knows what to do with, and no one really says no to him. So, when he decides to go to Club Verge for the night, he remembers that it’s a theme night, and dresses up as a mime. He gets there, and lo and behold, he finds Cora at the bar and signals for her to come to him. She does, and they have a little bit of fun, or a lot of bit, maybe. But she doesn’t know who he is. Yet.

OMG, I really didn’t like Liam at the beginning of the book. It took me forever and ever and ever to warm up to him. And even then, he’s definitely not my favorite of Jane’s heros, not by a long shot. I really did want to just strangle him almost every time he talked there for a while, because really, he just made me that mad. He’s a prick. I know, I know, it’s probably hard for you to get how I feel about Liam, I’m just so subtle.

I love Cora. She’s fabulous. She’s also feisty and fierce. She’s not afraid to say no to the big bad Dom, whether or not he likes it, or even whether or not she gets her ass spanked for it. She’s also not afraid to stand up to large companies in order to save what she thinks is important, like saving a botanical garden from a company that wants to destroy it and build some building. I love how she takes care of her brother and sister. She thinks that she’s doing a terrible job, but I guarantee that every parent, especially single parents who have to work every hour of the day, feel like they’re doing a terrible job. My son is nearly 24, and I’m still pretty sure that I’m doing a terrible job with him. I’m 46, and my mom is still pretty sure that she did a terrible job with me. See, what I mean.

I do think that they are good together. Cora does something for Liam that makes him human, which he needs. As for what Cora is getting out of it, she’s getting someone who lets her feel safe and can take some of the burden off her shoulders, which lets her flourish and bloom.

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I’d like to say that I thought that Liam was high handed when he handled their living spaces the way that he did, but I really can’t because it was the right thing to do, and I’m glad that he did it.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really enjoyed this, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Claire Marta & Summer Stanton-Bane

Claire Marta and Summer Stanton got together and wrote a lovely, intense book that is full of all the feelz and not more than a little bit of angst. Bane is the first book in a new PNR series (NOT PBR like I wrote first, lol). The series looks like it’s going to involve a fairly hefty dose of BDSM of all shapes and flavors. I’m not sure if the next book is going to be Mm, but this one is. There are several existing relationships, Mm, Ffm, and Fm, so I don’t know where it’s going to go, but I’m excited for the ride. There is only one single person who shows up in the book, so maybe he’ll be next?

Bane is a werewolf with one huge issue. Actually, the dude has subscriptions, but right now only one of those issues is the big problem. He can’t shift. He can’t even feel his wolf. Six months ago, he went through a horrific trauma, and by horrific, I mean HORRIFIC, and since then, he’s been left unable to shift at all. His pack and his Alpha, Liam, have tried everything they can to help him, but it’s only getting worse. So, they decide to send him to Mistress Mystic and her club for some therapy. Her club is the paranormal world’s best BDSM club, and they do some therapy, or they have in the past, and Liam has decided that this is going to be the best therapy for Bane. I am not entirely sure why Liam thinks this, Bane is pretty damn vanilla at the beginning, but one does not doubt Alphas, right? Pfft.

Adam is a vampire who doesn’t have a permanent sub. He is the club manager, demos, and DMs as necessary. Mystic has tapped him to be Bane’s temporary Dom, to help Bane heal so that he can get his wolf back and be himself again. Adam isn’t all that happy with the job, but he owes Mystic and they are pretty much BFFs. So, he does it. Of course, he has no clue what he’s getting himself in for.

Bane and Adam are like oil and water at the beginning. Bane, being an Alpha werewolf has a hard time with the idea of submitting. He’s a jerk and he kink-shames people, not necessarily to their faces, except to Adam, but definitely does that. He doesn’t understand BDSM, he’s not overly happy to be there, and he’s really unhappy with the particular activity that Mystic and Adam think would work for him.

I get why Bane is being a jerk, at least part of it. Submitting isn’t easy, especially when you are at the top of the heap. He’s also terribly and tragically broken, and he blames himself for it all. He holds himself responsible for the world, which isn’t easy, and he doesn’t particularly like himself. You put all that together and you get someone who is hurting so badly that he just can’t even focus. And because he hurts so badly, he’s angry. It’s easier to be angry than it is to hurt. It’s also easier to want to make other people hurt because you feel like if you can make them hurt, then you are going to hurt a little less. Of course, it never really works that way, but it feels good in the moment. When it comes to the kink-shaming thing, it’s really easy to dismiss or make fun of something that you aren’t familiar with or don’t understand, and that’s what Bane does. Of course, Adam, being his Dom, isn’t going to let him get away with that.

Adam, him I like from the very beginning. He’s a good man. He’s a patient man. He may be an exacting and stern Dom, but he is not harsh. He doesn’t want to truly break Bane. You know, break him in a never going to be fixed totally harmed kind of way, not break him in a good way and make him cry and put him back together kind of way. There is a difference. He may want to hurt Bane, but he doesn’t want to harm him. And he only wants to hurt Bane in a way that will bring both of them a lot of pleasure. Adam has his own issues too, and he’s done what he can to make his life happy and contented. I, personally, think that he’s not dealt with a lot of the issues, but that’s just my personal opinion on the matter. He’s still a good man who wants to watch out for people around him and has created a family that he loves and who love him.

One of those family members is Elias, and Adam calls him Imp, which I’m pretty sure suits him perfectly. I can’t wait to see more of him, because he’s just so damn cute. Smart too.

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I can’t stand Liam. How you gonna send someone to a BDSM club for therapy and not tell them all the truth? Liam needs to die by burning in a pit of hellfire and lava. I’d be more than happy to arrange it. And you just know that he didn’t do a damn thing to try to help Bane at all. Just the way that he acted when he showed up proved that. And that was really fucking rude too.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check this out! Happy reading!

Dani Rene-Vice

I’ve been waiting for Oliver’s story from the very first second I met him way back in book one. Dani was so mean, making us wait all the way to book 7 and Vice so that we could get his story.

Oliver trains subs but never takes one permanently. He never wants to have his own sub. He’s perfectly happy to train subs and play sadist to happy little masochists. There are two that he’s been watching, Chase and Cayleigh. Chase is Peyton’s brother and Cayleigh is Carrick’s sister. And considering that Peyton and Carrick are married, it’s a very tight group. Chase is a switch, wanting to submit to Oliver but dominate Cayleigh, so it seems like a match made in heaven. But if it were that easy, it wouldn’t be a Dani Rene book. There’s a whole lot more going on here, almost all of it having to do with Oliver.

I like Oliver, overall, but there were some times in this book that I really, really, really, really didn’t like him. There were some times when I thought that he was doing things for the wrong reason. I understand finding a release in doing certain things in a certain way, but sometimes it didn’t feel like that was what he was doing. It made me feel really uncomfortable and made me question Oliver. Of course, that’s what makes Oliver such a layered character and shows the genius of Dani. I think it must be hard for an author to make a character who is so deeply flawed, and so human in such a real way. And that’s totally Oliver. We’ve seen him in the other books, and he’s always shown one particular aspect of his personality, but we also get glimpses of the man under the facade. Think about how he helps people out, which might seem to be out of character for a sadist who doesn’t love people and doesn’t want a permanent relationship. But that’s just part of the contradiction and enigma that Oliver is for me.

Chase is fierce, and fiercely loyal and loving. He knows what he wants, and he’s willing to go out and fight for it. He also knows his worth and what he is and isn’t willing to put up with. Good for him for that. That’s something that not all people ever figure out. He’s also smart and determined. I really like him. There really isn’t anything about him that I don’t like.

Vice is the end of this particular series. I’m really looking forward to what happens next, because I have a rather strong feeling that Dani is not done with these characters and this world.

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Even down here, I’m not going to talk about what made me feel somewhat uncomfortable with what Oliver was doing at times. I don’t want to influence anyone else’s feelings on it, but feel free to message about it and I’ll tell you.

OK, go check out the entire Sins of Seven series, and fall in love with everyone. Happy reading!

Anthology-Black Light: Celebrity Roulette

It’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s the start of the 3rd season of Black Light, and as usual, we are starting it off with a Roulette anthology. This one is a little different though. Instead of being at Black Light East, we’re in LA, and instead of random drawings to match Doms and subs, we have a celebrity auction. A number of celebrities, both dominant and submissive types, put their name into the ring, and members got to bid for them. Once they get to the event and all the celebs find out who has purchased them for the night, then the subs roll for the activity. The rules of Celebrity Roulette say that they have to do the rolled activity for at least 30 minutes, and they are welcome to roll for something else after that. If they finish the night, they get a free month, if someone calls Red, everything is done. And oh yeah, no staff gets involved this year, or else. So, without further ado, let’s spin the wheel and find out where we end up, shall we?

As always, since this is an anthology, and there are 9 stories, plus the beginning and end bumpers, you are just going to get my basic impressions and feelings about each story, otherwise I’d be writing for the next 3 days, and I’d like to sleep sometime. Probably.

Guarded by Renee Rose

Scarlett A is a rock star. She’s also a sub. Once upon a time, she had a bodyguard named Lincoln, but a year ago, he ended fired. In that time, he’s learned a whole lot of new tricks, and he’s just waiting to show Scarlett. There is a lot of connection there between them, but of course, they have history. I think that Lincoln makes a great Dom for so many reasons, but one of them is that he really pays attention to Scarlett, and he has for a while. He might not say a lot, but it’s obvious how he feels about her from the very start.

Hooked by Jennifer Bene

By day a principal ballerina, by night a sub, Vanessa is the one who Wyatt really wants to win. He’s obsessed with her, but in a good way. There’s the typical Jennifer heat, but it’s not your typical Jennifer story. It’s sweet and light. It’s just so beautiful. There’s something about the way that these two connect and interact. They fit each other’s weird edges, and it’s perfect. Plus? I’m totally never going to be able to look at the ballet the same way again, because who knew toe shoes and tutus were sexy AF? The barre was just inspired.

Switched by Livia Grant

This is a first for Black Light. We have a Domme, Mistress Ice. Then there’s Nolan, the Dom who wants her, so he buys her and will submit to her for a night. I don’t know that there are a lot of Doms out there who would submit like that, even for 3 hours. Of course, I don’t know that many in person, so who knows. It was a really interesting dynamic to watch. I’ve read other Domme/sub books, and I’m pretty sure that this one was slightly unhealthy. But, Livia is mean. She’s a meanie meanie head. I need more. I need to know what the past holds.

Determined by Maren Smith

This is one that I really hope that Maren expands, because it really seems like there could be more to the story. So Maren, if you’re reading, take mercy on me and let me out of my suffering sometime in the nearish future, please and thank you? Out of a book full of some seriously hot scenes, I think that the scene between Claire and Adam is really the totally hottest one in the book. It’s just wow. I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t melt down. I figured it would’ve. I love the power struggle that goes on between Claire and Adam, which just makes the whole thing even hotter.

Pressure by Measha Stone

Michele thought about signing up for Celebrity Roulette. She had everything ready to go, but then stopped. Of course, she has that well-meaning friend who decided to submit her application for her and just not tell her. That’s how Michele ends up with Egan for the night. I felt sorry for Michele because she has such a hard time letting go and she has to try to stop her brain from thinking and worrying about if she’s doing the right thing. I can totally get that. I have the same problem, but no Egan to help me.

Savor by Maggie Ryan

Carnegie ends up with Ronan, a celebrity chef. I love her name, BTW, it’s just an awesome story behind it. They have a really sensual scene in here, and one that is really different to anything else we’ve ever seen in any of the Black Light stories. In fact, I think it’s the first scene like it I’ve seen in any BDSM book. It was hot but in a more lowkey kind of way. And fan paintbrushes? I will never look at them the same way again.

Cherished by Sue Lyndon

Once upon a time, Serena met Trenton right after she dumped her boyfriend. He held her during the countdown for NYE and kissed her on her forehead. Now she gets to bid on him. Sue gets a first for the Black Light books too. I’m not saying what it is, because I don’t want to spoil it. But it’s a great scene, and Serena really gets into it. I wonder how much she’s role-playing and how much she’s actually into the scene. Either way, I think it works perfectly. And I saw Trenton as Jason Statham the whole time in my head.

Jazzed by Lesley Clark

I think that this is Lesley’s first Black Light story, but I hope it won’t be her last. And it’s another one that I would love to see expanded out. Jazz is a rock star and Michael is a psychiatrist. Together, they are going to go back to school. The picture that she would’ve presented while she was sitting at a school desk was ridiculously sexy. Their whole story was really connected and really lovely.

Control by Dani Rene

Kaelin’s father, who seems like a super-prick, just sayin’, is Jed’s agent, so Jed feels that she’s off limits. She’s pretty sure that he hates her. But, when they get together, it’s definitely a match in S&M heaven. I love the chemistry that they have together. Of course, they have years of history behind them so it’s no wonder they have such a connection and such chemistry. They are another one that I would like to have more of.

And of course, as always, we have the bumpers about planning the event and the conclusion of the event, written by Livia and Jennifer. We get a little look at Emma, Chase, and Jaxon, which is always nice. I love them so much. We also get to see Madison volunteer to be the MC. And if you haven’t read a Valley Girl MCing at a bondage club auction, you are like totally missing something. I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Madison in the future.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. The nice thing about short stories is that you can work them in whenever you have time, so go check it out. Happy reading!

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B. B. Blaque-The Masters MC: FTW

I’ve reviewed other B. B. Blaque books here before, but this is the first one of the Masters MC books I’ve reviewed. The closest I’ve come is one that features Kash, but is a what if situation, not the club as a whole. FTW features the whole club and dayum, it is so fucking good. I mean, I was totally wiped out by this book. And for the record? FTW here doesn’t mean for the win, it totally means Fuck The World. Yeah.

This is the 3rd book in the Masters MC series. The first book features Colt and Tuesday, and the second is Kash and Barely. Colt and Cash are best friends, who grew up in 2 different 1%er MCs. They got out of that life and decided to start their own club. They are also Doms, and the Masters MC is all about the BDSM lifestyle. The old ladies aren’t just old ladies, but slaves. In the BDSM sense, and consensually. Tuesday is a rich girl out of NOLA who ran away from that life and fell in with some bad guys, but luckily she found Colt, and they fell madly in love. Then, her half-sister, Barely, gets taken by their no-good father, who is an enemy of Colt’s and Kash’s fathers, and he literally locks her up in a cell in the basement and pimps her out. Colt, Kash, and the guys ride to her rescue, and Barely and Kash fall madly in love. And in their case, I’m pretty sure I mean madly. Barely and Kash are extreme, but it works for them, they are both happy, and they both get their needs met. Is it what I would want? Nope, but it works for them, and that’s the important thing. Of course, that doesn’t stop me from crushing so hard on Kash. So. Hard. Then there is Serenity. She’s like Colt and Kash’s little sister. They saved her and protect her now. She’s like the heart and soul of the entire club.

So, OK, now that you know some of the basic players, let’s talk about the story. The MC wakes up to find out that their bar is burning. And not just that their bar is burning, but that some of their people have gone missing. They were supposed to be opening up. Colt, Kash, and the boys head out there to find out what’s going on, only for one of the missing people to stagger out of the woods and tell them that there is someone else back where they came from and stuck in a ditch. There are members who are beat to 7 hells and back, and people who end up stuck in the hospital in comas.

I’m sure that you can guess that there is a whole lot of revenge, considering what I’ve told you about the guys, and there really is. A whole lot of revenge.

See, here’s the thing. This is, at its heart, a love story. It’s not your typical love story with hearts, and candy, and flowers. Although, I’m pretty sure that there may be some hearts, somewhere. This is the love story of two guys who might not be good by society’s standards, but who are good by their own standards. They don’t have society’s moral code, but they have their own. And when you break those guys, who may or may not be good guys, what’s going to happen?

Even though it’s a love story, it’s not just a love story. It’s a dark adventure full of vengeance, violence, and malevolence. That brings up the question of whether or not Colt, Kash, Sundown, and the rest of the guys are bad guys doing bad things, good guys doing bad things, or just guys who are going what needs to be done. I know what I think of them, but I’m deeply in love with this series and these characters, so it makes it easy to know what I think. Mostly.

I got really wrapped up in this book and was turned inside out and upside down. I was in a book hangover when I was done, and had to go read something so completely other, it isn’t even funny. This whole series has been one of those series where I’m glad I got to read it, but then I’m both mad and sad that I will never get to read it for the first time again. That is, to me, pretty much the ultimate compliment that I can pay any book. B. B. creates a helluva world and you aren’t ever going to get away from it once you have walked into it.

OK, no spoilers, but I have some pretty, pretty men to look at.

Felicity Brandon-Entwined

Felicity has finished up with Molly and Connor in Entwined and the ending was everything I could’ve wished for and more. The book is intense in places, and it took me a hot minute to get handle the feelz from it. I had to decompress, and there was one point where I had to step away for a little bit. It isn’t the most intense book that I’ve ever read, nor the darkest, but there was just something about Molly and Connor’s story that hit me hard. Don’t ask me what it was, I couldn’t tell you, but there you go.

So, Molly is home in the US, staying with her parents and trying to handle being alone. As you can expect, she’s not handling it well. I mean, think about what her year has been like, first she was abducted, then she was freed, and had to deal with being stuck in England and interrogated by the cops because they thought she knew something. Then, she goes home and everyone tiptoes around her. It’s no wonder that she’s having a really shitty time. And, she misses Connor. She didn’t think that she would, but she does.

Then there’s Connor, who misses Molly desperately. Even though The Syndicate got him out of jail, that doesn’t mean that he’s not still having to hide from the cops. They would probably love to get ahold of him again. But, he wants Molly. He wants to have her back with him. He at least wants to contact her just to see if she’s OK. But, secret society, wanted man,  blah, blah, blah. Gotta stay hidden and all that. And he can’t go just jump on an airplane because see above. So, he’s kind of shit out of luck.

I pretty much hated Connor in the first book and liked him a little more in the next book, and I actually liked him quite a bit in this one. I got mad AF at him once, because he was stupid. I mean, he became Stupid McStupidpants who loves on Stupiding Way in the city of Stupidville and the state of Utter Stupidity. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why certain choices were made and certain actions were done, but I’m not entirely sure that it was completely Connor’s decision. I think that he was egged into it or coerced. I know that it seems kind of funny to think about Connor being coerced into something, but that’s just kind of the feeling I got.

Molly really does show a lot of strength at times in this book. I liked to see that for her. She really came into her own and showed her own strength.

I don’t think I have anything to say as spoilers, so enjoy this picture of London’s skyline, and the building my husband calls London’s Buttplug.

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