Sara Fields-Abducted

Sara Fields should be a very familiar name to those of you who have been around for a long time. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to get to read her books early for a while now, which means I get to blog them. And today, it’s time for me to talk about Abducted, which is both a Vakarran book and a Celestial Mates book.

So, as we discussed back on Golden Angel’s latest book, the Celestial Mates series is one that’s been written by a bunch of different authors. The premise is that a human woman is matched to her perfect mate/mates by this dating agency. They promise the perfect match 99.9% of the time. How the woman gets matched to her mate depends on the author’s choice. I’ve read a couple where an extra-dimensional cherub pops in, grabs the woman (and her pet in one case) and drops her off on another planet in the future. So yeah, there’s an interesting mix of things going on with the Celestial Mates series.

Sara took advantage of her Celestial Mates book to give us another hot and sexy Vakarran reverse harem book. Yay! Those Vakarrans are sooooo hot.

Mya’s family saw the writing on the wall and saw the Vakarrans coming. They made escape plans for them, father, mother, Mya, and her younger sister, to escape. Only her father died right before they were going to leave the Earth. So it left the three females to flee together. They still escaped, but they went to the Celestial Mates space station. Mom got matched right away, but the girls were too young to get matched, so they’ve been staying on the station with other women who are waiting to be matched, taking classes, hanging out with other young women, so on and so forth. And now it’s time for Mya to get matched. She’s shown her perfect match, an alien named Prince Radock. She talks to him and gets the creeps, but the algorithm is always right.

On the good ship The Vengeance, Talor, Biran, Ejan, and Dex are exiled Vakarrans. They crossed the wrong military commander and were kicked out. Now they are out doing all kinds of things to earn some money. Talor intercepts Mya’s file when it’s getting sent to her match. He looks at her blue eyes and red hair and knows that she’s his. He’s Vakarran, he takes what he wants, and he wants Mya for him and his team. So, they zip over to the Celestial Mates station and say oh hey, we want Mya, send her on out. The PTBs at the agency said alrighty then, put her on a ship, and sent her out, where the Vakarrans promptly captured her.

I found this one to be different to the other two Vakarran books. I think it’s that Mya hadn’t lived on Earth during the Vakarran occupation and she had expected to be mated to an alien this whole time. Yeah, it was the Vakarrans who got her, but she didn’t seem to have the same amount of fear of the Vakarrans, maybe. I don’t know that that is the right way to put it, but I’m not sure it isn’t either. It can’t be that Mya had a real strong fighting spirit and was a fierce fighter, because our other heroines had the same thing and were fighters too. I think she was just more accepting of the whole situation. I really liked Mya though. There was just something about her that I was just drawn to. I like her guys too. I mean, they are fierce Vakarrans and they are all into hot, dirty, kinky, filthy sex, but I think they are also a little more relaxed than the guys we’ve seen in the other books. I look forward to seeing how this book fits in with what is going on in the main body of the series.

I just have one question. Where can I get my own Robo?

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Alright, I love that this hooked up with the last Vakarran book in the end, so I think we will probably see some more of this 5. I’m betting that Mya’s younger sister is going to end up a Vakarran bride at some point too.

OMG, Radock. Gross, right? I hope that the Celestial Mates Agency gets their computer stuff on lock down so that doesn’t happen again.

Mya knocking Bluey the fuck out was awesome. And the fact that the guys were impressed by it was better. Not that they didn’t punish her, because, well they are Vakarrans.

Go check out all the Vakarran books and all the Celestial Mates books. You won’t be sorry. Happy reading!

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Livia Grant-Complicated Love

I think that Livia Grant’s Infamous Love was my first Mmf menage. It was definitely a good one to start with, and I’m glad that I did. But, I’ve been waiting for the next part of the story to come out ever since. We’d get to see Jaxson, Chase, and Emma a little bit in the Black Light stories, and it was a nice way to check in with them, but we never got to really see their story. So Livia finally decided to take pity on us and give us their story with Complicated Love.

So, Jaxson, Emma, and Chase have decided that they are going to open Runway and Black Light West in Los Angeles, since the originals are doing so well. That means that they are currently living in a small rental house near the site where they are going to have the club while they are waiting for all the reno work to get done. As if that’s not enough of a problem, there is the fact that Jax wants to have the clubs open on an insanely tight schedule. That puts a lot of stress on everyone, mostly because that’s just a lot of work anyway. As an added bonus, Emma is very unhappy and seems to be feeling ill, but she isn’t talking to either Chase or Jaxson about it.

Then there’s Lola, who I hated from the very first moment we saw her. She’s Jaxson’s assistant, and she acts like she owns him. She just walks into their house whenever, disrespects Chase and Emma, and is an all-around nasty person. I mean, I think the first time we saw her, she walked into the house, literally took the coffee cup out of Emma’s hand, filled it, and started drinking from it, all the while ignoring Chase and Emma and pushing Jaxon around. I could tell that she was into Jaxson, or at least I thought she was. Of course, he doesn’t see it, and he’s already stressed enough.

Chase gets hit on by a reporter who was his old babysitter, but he shut her down beautifully. I just laughed at that. And Emma was happy that he did it too.

Of course nothing goes smoothly because do you really want to read a book where everything goes smoothly and there are never any problems? Emma’s keeping secrets, Jaxson is stressed trying to get everything done, Chase is running around like a crazy person, and the whole relationship is just stressed. It can be hard enough to keep 2 people together and in a healthy relationship, but with three, that must be really difficult.

One of the things that I really loved about this book is the fact that it showed the day-to-day work that a relationship needs. Yay! You get your HEA! But that HEA still needs work, and we see that in this book. We also see how a healthy D/s relationship should work. Well, mostly healthy, there are some bumps, but again, no one and no relationship are perfect. I love these 3 and have from the very second that I read their first book.

 

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OK, the first thing that I need to say is I WAS RIGHT! Anyone in Livia’s group will know what I mean. Yay for me!

I really, really, really hated Lola. I mean I really hated her, but I didn’t think that she would go to the lengths that she did. That was just cruel and evil on her part. Good thing that Jaxson usually hires exceptional people.

I loved it when Emma smacked the interior decorator down. He was so out of line in so many ways, but Emma was a goddess. Go Emma!

I was so surprised that Jaxson went so far that Emma had to safeword, but the awesome thing is that we get to see that being honored and that’s just awesome.

OK, you have to go read this for yourself. It’s a wonderful book and I love them so much. Happy reading!

Jennifer Bene-Corrupt Desires

Jennifer Bene once wrote a book called Of Fog and Fire. Now, Of Fog and Fire was a great book, and one I really liked. But, Jennifer, being the perfectionist that she is, decided that it could be better. So she took down that book and gave it some reno work. The bones of the story are still basically the same, boy meets girl, boy fucks girl, boy saves girl, boy and girl take on the world. But, there are new details and the story has been fleshed out, and now we have Corrupt Desires.

Phee is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, on in this case, the bottom of the hill where the fog never dissipates. Her home is always covered in fog and never sees the light. The people who live in the fog are poor, down-trodden, and oppressed. Phee spends hours on public transportation each day so that she can go work at a diner downtown. She gets to see the sun and blue skies when she goes to work, and she loves that. Phee also has a very rich interior life. Her mother told her stories and helped her create a land of make-believe and that world still lives inside Phee, even decades later. She knows it’s not real, but she loves to look at the world her way. One day, some suits walk into the diner and sit at her section. One’s a government guy, one’s muscle, and the other one has the eyes of a sea god.

Bryant is there with his uncle, who is a high muckety-muck in the government. He’s complaining about finding women who he wants to date, when Phee, who just can’t help herself, says that he might be looking in the wrong place. And thus, their entire love story is born. Bryant gets her number and calls her, asking her out on a date. She takes him up on it the next night and they have the perfect date, which ends up in some kinky sex. (Please, it’s Jennifer Bene, did you expect anything else?) Just as they are gearing up for round two, Bryant gets a phone call that he has to handle.

So, we get the desire part of the book, what’s the corrupt part? Well, some people may think that the kinky is corrupt, but not me. What is corrupt is the government. The government of Lakehurst are up to no good. They want to get rid of the people in the fog and line their pockets. They do all kinds of terrible things, and there’s a resistance that’s out to get rid of them and fix the world. That’s all going on at the same time as Phee and Bryant’s love story and the two parts are wound together into a glorious whole.

I loved this book. There are so many, many reasons for that. One is that Phee is a subby girl who knows that she’s a subby girl who likes hanky-spanky, and she’s joyously kinky. A lot of times you get the heroines who don’t know that they like being spanked or that they are submissive before they get to the hero, so they are dealing with that journey of discovery, but that’s definitely not Phee. Phee very much knows who she is and what she likes. She has no problem telling Bryant what she likes and that she wants him to give it to her. She’s just so gloriously herself. She sees herself as a queen to Bryant’s fire king, as a forest queen, as a warrior, and so many other things. But she is all those things and more, and her interior life and world doesn’t diminish from her strength and exterior life. Bryant is a good man. He really is. He tries his damnedest to do the right thing in all situations, even with the situation is pretty shitty. He wants to take care of Phee, but it’s not always as easy as he’d like for it to be. Phee is stubborn, smart, and sassy. Seriously, I love Phee, and I may want to be her when I grow up.

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OMG, I was so angry at Alex. I mean, what a scumbag. Some people, I swear. They just can’t be happy for others.

And Bryant’s uncle? I wish that Phee had been able to empty at least one more gun into him. Maybe run him over with a steamroller. Rip off his dick and fuck him with it. Am I bloodthirsty?

I love the description of the park at the end. It’s so beautiful. It was the perfect way to end the book.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. If you love Jennifer Bene, and you really should, you really need to pick this one up and check it out. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Mastered

Here we are back on a futuristic Earth that has been invaded and devastated by the Vakarrans, thanks to Sara Fields. Mastered is the second book of this series, and I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go after this one. I think some really interesting things will be happening.

Alaina Stryke, sister to rebel Kira Stryke from our first book, is now in charge of leading their rebellious little band. Kira had gone to her command center to make sure that no Vakarrans were around while Alaina and their two younger sisters moved the rest of the group on to another hidden area. They have to stay hidden because the women would be taken by the Vakarrans and turned into breeders and sex slaves and then men will just be slaves. But when Kira doesn’t come back, Alaina fears the worst.

She decides that she will go to the command center to see what she will find. When she gets there, she discovers that there is a lone Vakarran near one of Kira’s traps, so she’s going to capture him and make him tell her where her sister is so that she can be rescued. Davvan is the youngest member of the second battalion. Alaina gets him trapped in a pit and then goes to talk to him. He tells her that he can’t get her any info on her sister and that he can’t communicate with any Vakarrans. As she goes to shoot him, she feels a gun held up to her own head. Turns out that Davvan is devious and the tables have been turned on her.

The rest of Davvan’s team has arrived and they are going to make this human woman pay, because she’s a human woman and she’s a slave. On top of that, she had the audacity to consider killing a Vakarran. Ryder, Morgn, and Aarom have to all give shit to Davven about it first, but she’s well fucked and punished by the time they drag her into the nearby training facility.

OK, everyone may want to think of the Vakarrans as bad guys, not all of them are. Her guys save a human from another Vakarran who was whipping the shit out of her. Whipping her enough that it was probably going to leave marks. So really, the Vakarrans are like anyone else. There are some that are dicks and that let the power they have go to their heads. There are others who are decent guys, like Kira’s guys and like our current 4. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to tie up Alaina, spank her until her ass is a bright cherry red, and then fuck her senseless. They just aren’t going to harm her. However, they are worried about her being harmed, because their new commander will want to take her and keep her and will probably kill her. Even though he technically can’t because they have a claim on her, that won’t stop him. He’s an asshole and a nasty piece of work who is a political appointee because he’s part of the old boys’ network.

I really liked Alaina, and to quote the movie Slither, “Bitch is hardcore.” She is fierce. She’s a warrior and she has a huge heart. I liked all her guys, for different reasons. I think that Aarom is my favorite though. He’s a little softer, maybe, than other Vakarrans we’ve seen. Not saying he won’t punish Alaina when she needs it, but he is also her emotional support and her friend as well as her lover. I liked that a lot.

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I really liked the ending. I’m eager to see what changes are going to come in the series because of the choices that the guys made. It was a pretty bold choice.

I loved that Alaina handled certain things on her own. I knew that she was walking into a trap, but that she did what she did made me really happy. And the fact that other women were taken out of that situation because of her decisions is a good thing. And if the women had to be rescued by Vakarrans, it’s a good thing it was these guys.

I’m really looking forward to the next book and to see where Sara’s going to go with it. I’m wondering if there may be a small rebellion starting in the Vakarran ranks because of Kira and Alaina. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Go check these books out and tell me what you think. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Conviction

We’re back in NYC and at Verge, the best BDSM club in town with Jane Henry today. I really enjoy this series and all the folks we’ve met in this world so far. But, I’m pretty sure that Zoe is going to be my favorite. So, let’s talk about Conviction, shall we?

We open to a big party. Zack and Bea eloped, but they’ve decided that it’s high time they celebrate their marriage. Zoe is out drinking and dancing and having a good old time. She’s Zack’s old partner in the NYPD, and she and Bea have become good friends. Brax, who’s Zack’s best friend and works as a dungeon master at Verge, is watching her. Zack warns him off because Zoe has a lot of baggage and it wouldn’t be good. He doesn’t care. She’s hot and he wants to get to know her.

When Zoe sees that Brax is looking at her, she seems surprised, but then he comes over to see her and they start dancing. Bea catches her eye and tries to warn her off, but Zoe ignores the phone ringing. Bea does track her down before she and Brax leave and tells her that she doesn’t think that Zoe and Brax would work well together because he’s into things she isn’t. That doesn’t deter Zoe. In fact, I’m pretty sure it made her more eager to go after Brax.

The next morning, it seems like they are going their separate ways, never to see each other again. But of course, if that actually happened, we wouldn’t have a book, now would we? It turns out that Zoe is keeping secrets, and Brax gets wrapped up in them as a PI and her protector.

So, you know that Brax is a Dom. But Zoe is so not a sub. I mean, NOT A SUB. If it were tattooed on her forehead, it wouldn’t be any more obvious. She’s feisty, mouthy, independent, stubborn af, damaged, and fierce. All of these things are good things, in my opinion, but you notice how submissive isn’t on that list? It’s not anything she’s ever really tried. Brax says something interesting when he and Zoe are talking about where their relationship is. She points out that she isn’t a sub. He says it’s not being about being a submissive, but of giving submission. Submitting to his Domliness doesn’t mean that she’s a sub, it means that she’s giving submission. I thought that was a really interesting point, and one that gets brought up a few times. Brax likes her feisty, and likes the fight to gain her submission to him and Zoe needs that fight and needs for him to make her submit. It works out really well for them. And it’s a change from females that we see in a lot of BDSM books, where the heroine finds out that she’s a subbie girl all along. I get where Zoe is coming from, with her history of emotional damage, not being in control can be really scary and she has to face feelings and emotions which is scary. Brax taking control releases her from those fears and lets her face everything in a safe place, which makes everything better.

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Oh, I hate Brax’s ex, but I adored when Zoe smacked her down at Devin’s art show. I just wanted to cheer for her. The fact that she was able to keep it together well enough in a place that is traumatic for her and not get all cursy in front of Devin is pretty awesome.

I love that she saved Brax and he saved her all at the same time. It was a beautiful part of the story, for all that happened during that section.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read this one and all of Jane’s books. They are great romances, but her BDSM is so excellent. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Safeguard

Jane has brought us the second book in her solo NYC Doms series. Safeguard features the best friends of Tobias and Diana from the first book, Zach and Beatrice. I found this book to be much more intense than the first book, and a lot more of a roller coaster.

Zach is an officer in the NYPD. He’s also a Dom. He’s been seeing Bea for several months. They go to Verge and play, they play at her house, but they’ve never been to his house. It’s working well for them though. He’s her Dom, she’s his sub, and they are both getting what they need from the relationship. That includes Zach making sure that she pays her bills, checks her mail, and that she always tells him where she is.

Bea is a yoga teacher and hairdresser. She’s blissfully happy with Zach, especially when he calls her his good girl. Then one day, while he’s at her house, he finds a stack of mail she hasn’t opened in a while. Turns out her cousin Chantilly is getting married and wants Bea to show up, and it’s next weekend. While Beatrice wants to see her cousin get married, she doesn’t want to go home, but with Zach there, hopefully it will all be fine.

There is so much that happens in this. One of them is that Bea has feelings about marriage, and between her favorite cousin getting married and her best friend Diana planning her wedding, there’s so many feelings that she’s dealing with. I kind of don’t blame her for all her feelings about marriage, and weddings, and children and all after we meet her mom. I kind of want to urge her mother to take a long walk off a short pier, she’s such a nasty, haughty bitch. I’d dread going back home too.

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OK, back to her mom. I can’t believe her mom at all. I mean, first she tosses away someone and then she uses that person to do something terrible? That’s some serious bullshit. And Judson? I didn’t trust him from the very second we met him.

I totally get Bea’s freakout. With all the stress about faking an engagement, everyone getting married, and everything else going on, a freak out was kind of imminent, I think. Zach not only made her feel safe, but he was her safe place, and when we melt down, we tend to melt down on safe people. I like Diana helping to talk her through her problems though. Everyone needs a best friend who can lay some hard truth on them when necessary.

I can’t wait for the next book, but I have no clue who it’s going to be. Maybe Brax. He gets mentioned a lot. I’ll just have to wait and read it. Darn, make me read another book.

So, go check this out, as well as the first book in the series and all of Jane’s other books. Happy reading!

Emily Tilton-Theirs to Use

Back when I was looking around on Amazon for kinky dark-ish books, I think Emily Tilton’s books were some of the first ones I ran across. I’ve since worked my way through the majority of them, both by buying them and on KU. I can’t ever wait to read the next one, because I’m always in love with her worlds. Her books tend to be set in dystopian worlds of one sort or another. Some of them are scifi and take place on other worlds, some aren’t. Theirs to Use is one of the latter.

In Emily’s books, the heroines tend to be right around 18-22, with little to no sexual experience. They are also generally rather sheltered. Emily tends to emphasize shame in these girls. Shame that they are doing the things that they are doing and the things that their bodies want. Modesty is generally emphasized, especially with the books around the Institute and its particular world. Her heroines walk a real fine line between being ashamed by the degrading things that they are being told to do and the love of the way that the things make them feel. It’s a really interesting dichotomy, and I love how she does it.

Part of the way that Emily uses language fits into that too. Normally, in anything involving sex, you don’t see¬†words like penis, vagina, and anus used a lot. But, in Emily’s books, you do. The clinical language wouldn’t fit in with a lot of other author’s books, but it works really well in Emily’s work. There’s just something so hot about a guy telling his virgin bed girl that he’s now going to put his penis in her vagina because he wants to feel good. It sounds like it shouldn’t work. It sounds like it should be stilted, but it fits right into the whole forced shamed/modesty/degradation thing that Emily has going on.

In the world that this book is set in, the lenders are predatory. When Karen signs her contract for her loan, she doesn’t really pay attention to the small print. If she misses 3 payments, not three payments in a row, just three payments, she will end up in jail, and that’s exactly what happens. The particular jail that Karen ends up in has a wing that special young ladies are put in, the fuck wing. Men can come in and rent the girls for 30 minutes at a time. The girls often get spanked with paddles when they misbehave and when they don’t want to have sex with the guys and even if the guys just want to. It hasn’t happened to Karen yet, but she figures that it will soon enough. So, when two guys walk into her cell, she’s pretty sure that she knows what’s going to happen.

Joe and Pete are there on a mission. They are there on behalf of their employer, Mr. Green. They are supposed to find 3 girls that their boss and his 9 partners can buy as their own personal sex slave. Karen is one of the girls that they chose. When Green and one of his partners, Singleton, show up at the prison, they evaluate the 3 girls, but Karen is the one who they choose.

OK. This book is marked as a reverse harem, and I suppose that it could be marked that way, by a loose definition, since there are 10 guys who own her now. But, a RH generally has a relationship between each of the guys and the woman. That doesn’t particularly happen in this book, where we get a gangbang instead. It may be because of Karen’s actions, but I’m not sure that changed anything that would have happened, really. I’m not going to complain about it, since it’s a nitpicky thing, and I liked the book, so it worked out well. One way or the other, it’s a great story and one that I will definitely reread.

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I really hated Green, so I was glad to know that he was going to be out of the picture, at least most of the time. I thought that he was a real dickbag. So, there’s that. I think some of the other guys seemed OK, but we really didn’t get to see enough of them to really know them.

Anyhow, that’s all I have to say about this one. I deeply recommend that you get all of her books. Many of them are on KU. Happy reading!