EJ Frost-Daddy PI

EJ has a new book out, called Daddy PI. It’s obviously a DD/lg book, but that’s not all there is to it. There’s a deeper story that’s going on together with the romance part.

So, Logan is a PI. He’s been hired by a cruise line that runs BDSM speciality cruises. One of their former passengers died the evening after he got home from his cruise. The insurance company and cruise line want him to find out what’s happened, especially since there are other passengers who were on that trip who are now ill. The guy’s widow is sure that he didn’t die of food poisoning, and she’s very angry. I don’t blame her, I would probably be angry if I were her too. Anyhow, Logan is going to do everything he can to find out exactly what happened to her husband and what caused him to die.

But, he’s not doing it alone. He’s on his brand new subbie girl, Emily. She’s coming out to go on a cruise with him. She’s going to be his cover so that he can do some further investigation on the cruise ship and talk to the crew and staff, theoretically without being outed as an investigator. And hey, it’s two weeks on a BDSM cruise, and he’s a Domly type with a brand new subbie type. It’s a 2fer.

Emily is such a sweet woman. She’s a Little, and I think that she’s little most of the time, really. She’s very excited and excitable. She’s just enthusiastic about pretty much everything, and she’s pretty much willing to try most things. She does have some landmines, and Logan does trip over a couple, which causes some problems. And while I do think that she’s little most of the time, when she’s adult, she’s very smart and she manages to figure out a lot of things that end up helping Logan solve his issues.

I have to admit that I didn’t particularly care for Logan a lot of the time. There are many things that he does that I just outright don’t like, and they made me mad when he did those things or said those things. It took me a minute to deal with him. Now, I don’t have to like a main character all the time, as long as there is a character that I like and/or a story that I can get a hold of and enjoy, and both of those things are here. I can get a hold of the story and Emily. All that being said, there are times when I thought that he did some things really, really well.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing the next book, because there were some things that I didn’t get answered in this one that I want to see if they get answered in the next one.

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I wanna know what’s up with Miranda, the bitch.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Kay Elle Parker-Dance For Me

So, Kay Elle Parker gave us a wonderful new book today. It’s called Dance For Me, and it’s the start of a new series, Club Avalon, about a BDSM club and the D-types who inhabit the club.

So, we start with Boadicea. Her best friend, Liam, works at Club Avalon, and he wants her to come perform at the stage. She’s a dancer, and Braun Fitzpatrick, the club’s owner, wants to have someone perform at the bar/social area, to entertain the members a couple of nights a week. Bodie could really use the job, she’s so far down on her luck that being flat broke would be an improvement. (Not that I’ve ever been there or anything.) But, sex club and deviancy. She has some serious issues with sex, and the whole idea of BDSM is just so foreign to her. (She has some serious issues subscriptions, and the idea of BDSM is not a good thing for her at this particular time.) So she is talking to her friend Liam, and he says something that is really insulting to her, and she walked away, even with the big amount of money that she’s being offered.

A month later, she’s out dancing on the street for money, and a man comes up to talk to her, and she walks away from him. When she gets home, she discovers a huge roll of money, a bracelet, and a note that says he misses you. He meaning Liam. So, she shows up at the club, and has words with both Liam and Braun.

So, I adore the name Boadicea. If you don’t know your history, she was a queen of a tribe back in the day in England, and the Romans did her and her family dirty. Really, really fucking dirty. So, she went out and did something about it. She chased the Romans out in her section of England for a while. Sadly, though, it didn’t last.

I think the name is perfect for our Bodie. She is fierce and she fights. If someone says something that hurts her, she will fight them. If someone hurts her friend, she will go and completely fucking fight them. I mean, she won’t just read you or cuss you up one side and down the other, she will fucking break your nose. The problem is that a part of that fight is her defense mechanism. If she gets hurt, scared, threatened, whatever, she’s going to get mad and fight you. That’s a really common reaction among with people and especially people who have been through some shit. And she has been through some serious shit.

Bodie has a really sweet center, you just have to get through a whole lot of barriers, walls, minefields, and barbed wire to get there. And really, with her history, I don’t blame her for having all those barriers up. I think that she’s done really well to get herself to where she is now.

Now let’s talk about Braun. I genuinely like Braun. I think that he’s a good man, and he has a very strong protective streak, a good heart, and he honestly wants to help people. He doesn’t seem to have any kind of ulterior motive when it comes to Bodie. He just wants her because she’s her, and not just because she’s hot or anything. It’s because she’s her. And he proves that to her. I think that he does really well with navigating the boobytraps in Bodie’s brain. There was only one time when I got mad at him. I understand why he did what he did, I just thought that it was not good thing to do, or at least, not good at that way.

I love the assembled cast, Jasper, Loki, Connie, Atticus, and Liam. Liam and Bodie have known each other for 20 years, and are very best friends. Everyone else is new to her, and they are all pretty good people. I can’t forget to add in Anarchy. I’m looking forward to knowing more about her.

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I hate, hate, hate Bodie’s parents. I want to run them over with a Matilda tank. Then back up and do it again. And again. And maybe again. Then light the remains on fire, with napalm and white phosphorus. Yeah, I might not like them very much.

So, that’s it for this one. I can’t wait for the next one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Jennifer Bene-Black Light: Charmed

Today we get a twofer. We get a new Jennifer Bene and a new Black Light, all at once! Yay! We all know that I’m always down for both of those things, so combining them makes me a happy reader! So, let’s talk about Charmed.

This is the story of Logan and Cassandra. She’s a model, he’s the president of a big family company. They met at a Roulette event at Black Light West, and had a beautiful time. Then, they never saw each other again. They tried, but Cassandra is a model in high demand, and she’s working really hard to build her brand, so she takes every job she can. She’s rarely, if ever, in LA right now. She and Logan tried to get together, but they couldn’t make it work, so finally, they just fell out of contact with each other. However, Logan couldn’t get her out of his mind, so when he found out that she was doing a show at Runway West, he arranged to be there. He wanted to meet with her, and try to get her to date him.

Cassandra has thought about him, and then there he was. He asked her on a date and she turned him down. She’s pretty sure that they can’t have any kind of relationship because of her schedule and the fact that he’s tied to LA. If she’s going to be as successful as she wants, she can’t stay tied to LA, and she will have to travel all over the place. That doesn’t work well for a relationship. But, it’s December, and she’s going to be in LA for a few weeks, so maybe they can get at least get together for playdates or coffee, or you know, hot monkey sex.

I loved Cassandra. She just has this awesome free spirit, and is open to the universe and welcoming to what will come. She makes friends easily, and wants to have fun with her life, not just work hard. I mean, she will work hard too, she wants to, and she likes what she does, and she is serious about her craft and her brand. I think that she would definitely be a great person to know and to spend a lot of time with. I think that everyone who does spend time with her thinks that.

I had some problems with Logan. I liked him, but he had some daddy subscriptions issues. He really had some voices in his head that wouldn’t let him go. He doesn’t necessarily treat most people well. One of my favorite scenes with Cassandra is when she goes after Logan for the way that he is treating someone. She goes after him and makes him apologize. I was impressed by that, so much.

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I think that Logan would really benefit from the help of a good therapist.

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

 

Maren Smith-Black Light: Brave

While the Black Light books are generally standalones in the world, with a few character who may show up in various books, Brave isn’t quite a standalone. It follows a storyline that started in Roulette Redux, and then went on with Fearless. They are all related, and you don’t *have* to read the others to enjoy Brave, but you will enjoy it a lot more. There is enough of the back story that you will get the basics, but really, you should read the other two. The story in Redux is Shameless, by Maren, if that helps.

Anyway, here’s our story. We have Puppy and Pony. They are the only two left from Ethan’s Menagerie. Piggy and Kitty both managed to escape, and Ethan is in jail. At least for a little while longer. Puppy and Pony are living with Puppy’s mother, and neither are doing all that well. Puppy can’t hold a job, and Pony can’t do anything without Ethan. They go and visit him in jail, and he punishes Pony, even when Puppy screws up. One night, it gets way too much and Puppy just has to escape. She manages to get to Black Light, the exclusive BDSM club where she used to be a member, as part of Ethan’s Menagerie. She manages to walk in and sit down across from a Dom, for about a minute, before she runs far away.

Carlson, who works for Black Light, is surprised when this stranger dressed in things that no one would be seen in a kink club in just sits down at the table next to him. When she runs away, he feels like he needs to follow her because there’s just something about her.

Before we talk about Puppy and Carlson, I just want to say that Pony just makes my heart break. She is so profoundly broken. We don’t get anything from her POV, we’re just seeing her through Puppy’s POV and a little from Carlson’s, and yeah, she’s hurting so badly. Even with as broken as she is, I don’t particularly like her a lot of the time. I don’t know if the things I don’t like are part of her original personality, a reaction to her time spent under Ethan’s “care”, or the fact that she’s been abandoned by him. It could be a combination of all of the above. I don’t know if Maren is going to write a book for her, since the tag for this one is that the story ends with Puppy, so I think we’ll just have to wait and see.

And Ethan. I HATE Ethan. I hate him with the heat of 1000000 white hot suns. This book did nothing to make me like him more. In fact, it did a whole lot to make me like him even less.

I can’t miss talking about Spencer, since he does show up in here a couple of times, and we have a couple of chapters from his POV. He’s never been one of my favorite characters, at all. I understand his feelings and actions in this one, and I think that he may have made it hard for me to not like him a little more than I have in the past.

Now let’s talk about Puppy and Carlson.

Puppy, I have to give her all kinds of kudos for even making the attempt to have any kind of life after Ethan, especially since she was dealing with all kinds of things she was dealing with. I don’t think anyone was ever trying to help her after she left the hospital when she was freed from Ethan. I want to totally blame that on her mother, but that could be because I don’t like her mother, so I really want to blame all the things on her. But, Puppy has a lot of strength and a lot of bravery to even walk out of the house, I think. I mean, she knows that monsters exist in a much more visceral way than most people will ever know. I have to say that I’m really proud of her.

And on to Carlson. I mostly like him. Most of the time. I think that he is really patient with Puppy, and lets her get through things that she wouldn’t have been able to handle before. I think that there are a few times when he doesn’t handle everything as well as he could’ve, but Puppy is really a landmine, and she doesn’t even have the map for all the traps that Ethan planted in her. And Carlson, for as patient as he is, and as Dom-ly as he is, isn’t a mindreader or a psychologist, so it’s not a huge surprise that he stumbles sometimes. I think that even a trained professional would have problems with things too.

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Ha. Ethan can suck it.

OK, that’s all for today. I heartily recommend all of the Black Light books. Happy reading!

Anthology-Black Light: Roulette War

We just had Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for the annual Roulette book from Black Light. Black Light: Roulette War is the 4th Roulette book, and the start of a new Black Light season. The first two books took place at the only Black Light at the time, the original in DC. Last year’s book took place in Black Light West, and featured celebrities. This one takes place in both clubs.

Now, I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC, and I was so thrilled to read it. I mean, the Roulette books are always great and always kink AF. But do you know what those mean authors did? They didn’t tell us ARC readers who won! How mean is that? LOL. I mean, really, when it comes down to it, we’re the real winners, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

So, here’s how the story goes. Spencer, the DM for BL East, is at BL West with his wife, Klara. While they are there, Spencer decides to start some shit with Elijah, the DM at BL West. Now, we all know that shit-talking happens, especially among friends and co-workers, which Spencer and Elijah are. But sometimes it gets way out of control, which happened here. Spencer, who can get a little over sometimes, got a little over, and it escalated to the point where the guys are arguing over who is going to have the best ever Roulette. They finally get to a point where they place a bet on it, with Chase and Jaxon acting as judges. (Which pisses them off for reasons.)

We get the stories of 4 couples from each of the clubs. You can judge which one is the hottest for yourself, and which one you think should be the winner. Then you can find out which one the authors thought should win, andI’ll never tell. Ever.

Black Light East

Renee Rose-Prelude

Renee’s story is all about Ravil and Lucy, Master R and Lady Luck. He’s a member of the bratva, she’s a lawyer. She’s all about control, but she’s the sub today, and Ravil isn’t about to give her any control. The thing that I really liked about Renee’s story is that we get to see how much Ravil’s plan is to get inside Lucy’s head, and how quickly he does that. It’s like there is a trapdoor only he has. And it looks like Prelude is the perfect name for this one, and I’m really happy about that.

Eris Adderly-Breathless

This is Eris’ intro into the BL world, (other than the fact that all the covers are hers) and damn, did she hit the road running. Breath play really isn’t my kink at all, it’s a personal hard limit, but the way that Eris wrote about it? Holeeee fuck. And the latex with the gloves? Woooooowwwwww. Violet and Anson were one of my favorite characters.  That put everything over the top. Eris writes kink in such a good way. And she didn’t step back from Anson’s issues while she was writing him, and I thought that was interesting. (Also, can you find the Lit easter egg?)

Kay Elle Parker-Burn

Kay Elle s another newbie to BL. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen me review some of her stuff, and I’m absolutely in love with her books, so I was glad to see her here. I’m hoping that this means she’ll get to do a full book at some point. This is the story of Finn and Ava. I really adore Ava. She’s been through so much, but she was really strong, and Finn challenged her in just the right way. And the fisting and the trust? Wow.

Golden Angel-Inflamed

Golden wrote a full length BL Daddy book last year, and in that book we met Elliot. He gets to play with Lisa, who is excited to play with him, but he’s not all that excited to play with her. He thinks she’s manipulative. They have an incredibly hot scene. And by hot, I mean seriously hot. He sets her on fire. Fire flogging is a thing. Fantastic. I thought the way that Lisa chose her hard limits was hilarious. One of their scenes is something that lives in my head, so yeah, that was so hot.

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And now, just as the event at Black Light East is ending, we’re gearing up for Black Light West to get started.

Jennifer Bene-Wicked

Jennifer is one of the original BL writers and is a total staple in Roulette. Her story gives us Pierce and Baby, whose real name is Tori. Tori is a little and Pierce is totally not a Daddy. He’s pretty fucking hardcore, and he really loves humiliation, so the fact that they rolled that works for him. I’m telling you, Roulette makes for interesting play partners and scenes. That scene is hot, but the face fucking that happens is just amazing. I always look forward to Jennifer’s stories because of the touches like that.

Sue Lyndon-Trained

Sue wrote a fun little story with Daddy Xavier and his Dolly, Rachel. Their first roll was pet play, and she made an adorable kitten. You know, one of the things I really liked about Sue’s story is that it is very sweet and it is truly lovely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sexy AF and Rachel and Xavier have a great connection, it’s just also low angst and low drama, just the perfect touch for the book.

Measha Stone-Unexpected

Measha’s story has Jack and Quinn. Quinn is new to LA and is looking for new people to play with, so Roulette. Where she gets Jack, and oh yeah, diaper play. Which is totally not what she wants. Jack is actually perfect for her. I love how he gets into her head so much and how she teaches Quinn so much about herself.

Livia Grant-Facade

Livia finishes out this year’s Roulette with her story about Sean and Stephanie AKA Karly Starr, former porn star. Stephanie has come to Black Light because she wants someone who will fuck her silly, without playing any of those silly BDSM games, but she signed up for Roulette, and Sean is going to make her play. These are two words I never thought that I would say on this blog: spontaneous fisting. And the breath play? Siiiiiigggghhhhh. I think that Facade is a really great title for this one.

OK, there you go. Eight fantastically kinky stories by 8 fantastic authors. When you read the book and get to find out who the winner is, you get some great 3 way sex with Emma, Jax, and Chase. Yay!

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Roulette, a whole year from now. I’d love to see an Mm, Fm, or Ff couple in the upcoming season some time, but I’ll be perfectly happy however the authors end up writing their books, so it’s all good.

Go check it out and make sure you have plenty of really cold water to cool yourself down.

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Nicolina Martin-Her Vampire Hero

Renee Rose and Lee Savino created a world with their Bad Boy Alpha books. These books are about shifters in AZ. The books start out with werewolves, but we branch out to lions, bears, and vampires. Renee and Lee opened up their world to other writers, and Nicolina was one of the authors to jump all over that. And guess what she wrote about? Well, with a title like Her Vampire Hero, you can be sure that it’s all about unicorn shifters.

Anyway, here’s our story. We have Lou, who is a vampire who has been around for a long fucking time. He doesn’t remember anything about himself before he became a vampire. All he knows is his name is Lou. He’s been run out of Baton Rouge, because the king of Baton Rouge didn’t want another old master vamp hanging around. So Lou, who has itchy feet anyway, moves on from Louisiana to Tucson. The problem is that the asshole in Baton Rouge isn’t about to forget about him. He has Lou attacked by werecoyotes, which ends up with him being taken to the hospital as a corpse. Which, well, he kinda really is, but you know what I mean.

Meanwhile, we have Kat. She’s a doc at the hospital and happens to be working the night that Lou is brought in. Even though she’s told that he’s dead, she goes to check on him anyway. And she mourns the fact that he is dead, even though she’s never met the man before. But as she’s standing there, mourning a dead man, she notices that he has signs of life. Of course, as a doctor, she’s going to do something about it, so she pumps a whole lot of blood into him, and he ends up in ICU. Luckily for him, Lou wakes up in enough time to escape before the sun comes up. Just barely in enough time, because he ends up having to sleep in the sewer. Kat sees him escape, but he can’t really make her forget him. That, of course, leads to problems, because it wouldn’t be an exciting story if there weren’t any problems.

I like Kat. She has a very caring heart. I mean, how many people would stand there and be sad over the fact that a man she’d never even seen before came into the hospital dead? It was that caring that saved Lou in the beginning, I think. I think that caring heart also woke up a part of Lou that hadn’t been awake for a long time. I mean, yeah, he talked about having other lovers, but, there’s just something different about Kat.

I went back and forth on Lou. There are times when I really like him. There are times when I really, really didn’t like him one little bit. I think that one of the parts I disliked him at I could’ve liked him more if he hadn’t made the choices that he had made. I don’t want to blame him for what happened, because everyone involved had choices, but he’s also not completely blameless in the situation.

And ok, I lied. No unicorn shifters. Sorry.

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I have to admit that there was one point where I really wanted to smack Kat around. She did something incredibly stupid, and I just was like, my dude, really? She kinda cut off her nose to spite her face.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

LK Shaw-Absolution

So, LK Shaw is making a new appearance on the blog. This one is with Absolution. This is the 7th book in her Club Eden series. This is the story of Gina and Leo.

So, these two have history. They knew each other as foster children. Leo was 5 years older than Gina. When he was 18, and she was 13, he left for the Army. She begged him to not leave her, to stay with her. But he didn’t, instead entrusting her safety to Gideon, another person in the foster system with them.

Now, years later, Gina and Leo have managed to end up in the same small town, far from where they grew up. She saw him at the BDSM club they both belong to about a year ago, and she let him know in no uncertain terms that she hates him and wants fuckall to do with him. When they are at the club at the same time, she pretty much just completely ignores him, looking through him.

Leo works for a security company that just happens to be run by Gina’s best friend’s husband/Dom. He’s taking his military training and putting it to work for him. He also boxes for fun and teaches boys how to box. It totally works out. He’s relatively happy, except he has no fucking clue why Gina hates him.

Gina works with her best friend and depends on BDSM to keep herself under control and to help fight the demons. She has plenty of demons and secrets in her past. There really is only one person (other than her therapist) who knows almost all of her history, and she really depends on that person to keep her head straight. She  has a lot of things that she is sure would make her friends look at her the wrong way or make them not like her if they told her. Gideon and the fact that he’s in prison, at least for a little while longer, and still managing to cause her problems is one of the secrets she’s keeping.

Gina has a lot of issues which has made her really want to protect herself and hide inside. I totally get that. I don’t blame her. Anyone who has been so hurt wants to be able to hide and protect themselves. That’s just human nature. It also made me really like her because of that really human aspect of her. Of course, I think there were a couple of times where I didn’t like her all that much, but that makes me feel something, so that’s good.

Leo is a pretty good guy, and it’s obvious that he still has the feelz for Gina, even if she hates him at the moment. I think that he was a little blind and little too trusting with the wrong people in the past, and I also think that he did something that he should’ve done a lot sooner. I don’t think he was a complete idiot or anything, and he definitely showed his caring and protective side.

All in all, I really enjoyed this one, and I had a hard time putting it down last night. I quite literally fell asleep reading it because I didn’t want to put it down.

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It’s interesting how 2 people can be 1 person, isn’t it?

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out! Happy reading!