Measha Stone-Club Dark Lace

So, Measha has gathered up two of her stories, which both involve Club Dark Lace, and put them together into a boxset. The two books are Until Daddy and Unzoned, formerly Until You. I reviewed Until Daddy back last year, when it originally came out. I hadn’t read Unzoned until now, so this review is going to be about that book. Both books in the set take place at the same time, and they are about a pair of best friends. Jade and Carissa are best friends and so are Jamison and Garrick, who both just happen to be Doms, business owners, and part owners of Club Dark Lace.

So, here’s how Jade and Garrick’s story works. They have been BFFs since basically forever. They both are madly in love with the other, but neither one of them knows it, They are both kinky AF too, which is kinda secret. I mean, Garrick knows that about Jade, but she doesn’t know it about him, and she’s sure that he wouldn’t be interested in it.

Anyway, Carissa and Jade have just gotten memberships to Club Dark Lace. Carissa went scouting there one night, and now she and Jade are both going. Garrick is pretty sure that he knows it’s going to happen that night, due to Carissa’s recon, and he and his friend Jamison are waiting. Miss Jade is going to learn a thing or two before the end of the night.

I like the connection between Garrick and Jade. They know everything (mostly) about each other because they’ve been in each other’s lives for so long. I mean, Garrick knows when Jade is lying, because he’s observed her for so long. I think that’s mostly a good thing, but I think that it can also be a little difficult, especially at the beginning of a relationship. It can be problematical to go from such an intense and long term friendship to a more intimate relationship, and then you put any kind of kink in it, and trying to put all those things in place all at once can lead to people being a little off balance.

I think that Garrick should’ve come clean about certain things much sooner than he did. I would’ve been really angry in Jade’s place. I think that Jade should’ve stopped and thought before she jumped to certain conclusions, but I can understand why she went there.

Anyway, I’d love to see more from this particular world. I love club worlds.

Nothing under the pic today. Go check out the book and happy reading!

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Measha Stone-Training His Pet

This weekend, Measha decided to put a surprise release out. Training His Pet is the 6th book in her Owned and Protected series. This can be read as a standalone, but it is part of an interconnected series. All the heroes of the books know each other.

So, Dax was in the military. When he left he went home to Chicago and opened a club with his younger brother, Corbin. Corbin is the public face of the club, while Dax handles the security. Dax and Corbin are often at odds because Corbin is getting a little too close to a Mob family, and Dax wants to keep them out of the club altogether. On one fateful evening, Jimmy and his family are in a private room, and a journalist is trying to get into the private room. Dax sends her home and breaks up a fight.

Erika is a journalist who has been chasing after a huge story about a large crime family. She wants to have her own byline, and a story about the Mob should get her that byline. She finally gets into Velvet, a club where she knows she can find out more, but then one of the owners kicks her out. She sneaks around behind the club, just in time to see the same guy kick out some other people and to see a beat down happen.

Suddenly, Corbin calls Dax and tells him that Jimmy the Mobster is after Erika, and he needs to take her somewhere safe until the heat is off.

I really like Dax. I mean, there are a lot of times when I don’t like the hero part of the time, but except for one really stupid moment, I do like Dax. He’s dependable, steady, sturdy, protective, and incredibly loyal. He wants to make sure that anyone he thinks of as his is safe, and he will do whatever he can to do that. He does have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to his brother, but don’t we all have a blind spot like that somewhere? The thing is, though, that he’s willing to listen to other people and not just deny everything.

I like Erika. I think that she is very goal oriented and she’s one of those people who has a plan and who wants to make her goals come true. I think, though, that she sometimes lets that focus distract her or blind her from other things. I think that chasing the story is like an addiction for her. I get her wanting to get her name on a column and getting further in her career, but I just think that she has learned how to make that her drug.

And being a Measha book and one in the Owned and Protected series, you can be sure that there is all kinds of kinkery fuckery going on in it, because, well, there is allllllll kinds of kinkery fuckery. And because it’s one of the Pet books, I bet you can guess what flavor all that kinkery takes. And fucking hell, it’s hot AF.

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I never liked Corbin. Never.

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

 

Brianna Hale-Control Freak

I don’t normally give content warnings on here, but I will on this one. Control Freak¬†talks about anorexia and disordered eating fairly extensively. I know that talking or reading about certain things can trigger people who are dealing with that problem. If you have problems with disordered eating, please take this under consideration before you read this book. Brianna handles it really well and isn’t glorifying it or wallowing in it, but I just need you to be aware. Please read responsibly and make sure you are OK.

Now, on to the book.

Stian is a museum curator who has just driven away his latest assistant. One who was nice enough to use his key to carve the words control freak into the side of his car. He’s been working really hard to set up a Greek exhibit in his museum, but now he has to go to a modern art show. He really hates modern art, but being the top dog at the museum means he gets all kinds of invites. Plus, the artist thinks they are friends, so, you know, he’s kind of got to do it. While he’s there, he sees a young woman nearly fall down the stairs and yells at her.

Lacey is there at her father’s showing because, well, he’s her father. She also helped him out by writing up all the catalog descriptions. She starts being upset because there are so many people there, more than she can handle, so she searches her purse for her affirmations that she uses to help deal with the anxiety from her anorexia, and nearly falls down the stairs. Her father suggests that she goes to see this museum dude that he knows needs an assistant so that she can get a job over the summer. And the rest, of course, is history.

Stian is a control freak. He’s also a perfectionist. He wants everyone to work hard and do their best possible work. But the thing is, he doesn’t expect anything from anyone that he doesn’t expect from himself, and he works really hard and he does expect the best from himself. But, not all his assistants can do that or even get that. Which is why Lacey is pretty perfect for him. She is a pleaser. And she has a great eye for detail. That makes her perfect on all kinds of levels for a bossy, Dom-ly type.

I really like Lacey. And I can really relate to her. I don’t have any eating disorders, but I do fight mental illness. It’s hard to fight that little voice or not so little voice inside your head. There are times when it really just too loud to get away from. But, I think that she’s really brave and a lot stronger than she thinks she is. Strong doesn’t mean never failing. Strong means failing and getting your ass up and trying again. And really, that’s what Lacey does. Like I said, I really like her.

Stian might be a perfectionist and a control freak, but he really is a good and caring man. He deeply cares for Lacey, and he shows that in so many little ways, as well as some big ones. But he takes the time to research anorexia and makes sure that he puts the things that he learned into effect so that he doesn’t cause Lacey any problems. I mean, doing things like policing his language may not seem like a huge thing to do, but it’s those little things that mean everything. He is also occasionally an idiot, but everyone is at some point, so I won’t complain about it too much.

There are times when this book is really intense, but it isn’t dark or anything. There are some times I cried, because, well, there are.

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I don’t have anything that I want to put down here, really.

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

Katie Douglas-Take Me Hard

Katie Douglas has a thing for lemons and Arizona, I think. Or at least, that’s my working theory for right now. Mostly because Take Me Hard is the 3rd book in her Arizona Heat books, and they all take place on the Lemon Tree Ranch. See? Lemons and Arizona.

This one is about Kinsley and Clay. Clay is Lawson’s brother, from the first book, and a part owner of the ranch. He’s a total Dom, but mostly just at clubs and play parties. He’s watched his brother and his friend both find their matches, but he hasn’t yet, and he hasn’t really been looking. That is, until he quite literally hits Kinsley with a car.

Kinsley is hitchhiking her way from Alabama to Los Angeles. She has dreams of becoming an actress. She’s been good at acting in school, so surely she can get in to acting easily. She got left at the side of the road by the last jerk to pick her up, and when she saw Clay, she got desperate and decided to take matters into her own hands and jumped out in front of him. Luckily, the horse trailer behind him was empty and he was mostly able to stop fast enough to not barrel right over her. I mean, yeah, he still bumped into her, but bumping into her at 5 MPH is a helluva lot better than bumping into her at 55 MPH, and a helluva lot more survivable.

I like Kinsley a lot, but she is painfully young. She is 18, but I don’t necessarily mean chronologically young. I mean, she is that too, but that’s not what I mean here. She has a dream that she’s hooked onto and she doesn’t want to let it go, but then she doesn’t have a plan for how to get from Point A to Point B. She just kind of thinks that everything is going to happen the way that she wants. And, for me at least, that’s a very young kind of thing. But, she’s also got a very old streak. She has spent years taking care of her father because her mother really can’t, and that part of her is really just old and cynical. I do think that it’s possible for both parts to co-exist in one person. Not easily, true, but possible.

I think Clay is really well pulled together. He knows who he is and he’s perfectly happy with being who and what he is. He’s not interested in what anyone else thinks about him, he’s just happy being Clay. He’s really grounded, and I think that’s exactly what Kinsley needs.

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I love how she describes her first experience with the riding crop.

I love how good Clay is when it comes to her mom. He’s just there, doing what needs to be done. It’s pretty awesome.

OK, that’s all from me today. Go check it and all the other books out. Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Red

So, Measha has come out with her latest Ever After book. These are adult retellings of fairy tales. Very adult. And with a name like Red, you know that the latest one is all about Pinocchio. OK, you got me, it’s all about Red Riding Hood.

In this story, our Little Red Riding Hood is Melinda. Melinda lost her parents when she was a child, and then went to live with her grandparents. Now, she only has her grandmother left, so when it’s time to go to dinner at her grandmother’s house, she’s always happy to go. She always looks forward to her grandmother’s cooking. But today is different. When she opens the door, there are strangers in her grandmother’s house. Strangers who say that they now own her. Apparently, her grandfather had a gambling problem, and when he hit rock bottom, he put up his granddaughter as collateral, and now they are here to collect.

Erik’s uncle was criminally stupid in a lot of ways. When he died, his will was written in such a way that Erik and his two younger brothers had to collect the 3 women he “owned” and finish the contract so that they could get the inheritance he left them. Erik needs that so that he can open his casino. Melinda is the last woman on the list, so as soon as he figures out what to do with her, he can finish the conditions on his uncle’s will, finding a wife.

Melinda isn’t going to go easily. She’s going to fight with everything she has because she wants to get back to her grandmother. If that means that she’s going to break a window to see what’s outside or mouth off to Erik and his brothers, that’s exactly what she’s going to do.

I mostly liked Melinda. I love the fire and spirit that she shows, and her stubbornness has gotten her through a lot. I do think, however, that if she had learned to bend a little earlier, things might have been easier on her. I get why she had to stand firm like she was. She didn’t want to lose who she was or herself, and it would be really easy for that to happen with Erik.

Erik is a good man, but more than once he’s a total fucking idiot. There are some times when he needs to get smacked upside the head because he loses track of what’s important and what isn’t. He’s so focused on what he wants that he misses big things that happen right in front of him.

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I understand why Erik did what he felt he had to for Melinda, but the fact is that he was doing exactly what he said everyone else had done to her. He never asked her anything or bothered to see what she wanted, he just was positive that he knew best. That made me so mad on her behalf. He was so very, very blind, and she should’ve just smacked him hard.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check out all of Measha’s fairy tales! Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Blood

Every. fucking. time. Every fucking time these two come out with another book in the series, I swear it’s the best one evah. Then, they write the next one. And the cycle starts all over again. I’ll bet that Alpha’s Blood is going to be hard to beat though. Now watch them make me eat my words. Because you know that they will try.

Lucius is the King of Tucson, when it comes to vampires. The centuries old vampire is the one in control of the area and he keeps all the vamps to the rules that he makes, and if they start to screw up, then he will do what needs to be done. He has something that isn’t quite an alliance with the werewolves in the area, maybe it’s more that they exist in a perpetual state of detente. Both sides recognize the authority of the other and that they both need to exist, and they will even work together toward a common goal, but in general, they really, really don’t like each other.

Lucius’ biggest curse is his sired. They all turn against them at some point. And he knows that they are up to something now. That means that he’s going to have to figure out what it is so that he can thwart it and punish the ones doing it. And for thwart, read kill. So, when he gets a sudden invite to a shifter auction, he knows that something is definitely up. Then he sees her. Selene.

Selene is the lone survivor of the massacre of her pack. She was saved from the foster system by a vampire named Xavier, who spent all her formative teen years being trained to kill Lucius, because Xavier showed her proof that he was the one who killed her pack. Now, after all the years of pain and training that she’s gone through, it’s time for the ultimate payoff. She’s standing on the stage at the shifter auction waiting to be sold, and the plan is that Lucius will buy her, because she’s perfect for him. And of course, Lucius does. Because our story would be so short otherwise.

I’ve respected Lucius every time we’ve seen him in other books. He seems like he’s as benevolent a king as he can be. I don’t think that benevolent is quite the right word, but he’s not a complete tyrant or anything. He doesn’t necessarily rule by fear, and he does give his sired and the vampiric citizens of his kingdom free will and enough rope to hang themselves by, but he also isn’t going to let them run willy-nilly over him. He’s willing to work with other supernatural types, as necessary. He’s ruthless when he needs to be, and rather pragmatic, I think. I really enjoyed getting to know more about him and about his history. Overall, it made me respect him even more, and definitely like him a whole lot.

I like Selene. I think that she’s a fantastic character. I also think that she started out the book a little emotionally stunted, but that’s pretty natural, considering what happened to her and the fact that Xavier wasn’t there to make sure that she was emotionally mature. He just wanted a fighter and he wanted a fighter who believed in what he believed in, and that’s what he got. I like the journey and the growth that we get to see in her over the book. It’s not easy for her, and I don’t think it was ever going to be easy for her, but it was a fantastic journey to read.

I can’t wait to see what Renee and Lee come up with next. I think that Lucius and Selene, and how perfect is that name for a werewolf, are going to be really hard to beat.

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The whole electrical scene? I’m pretty sure that my Kindle melted down after that one for a little while.

Also, I think that Selene and Lucius are going to be so fucking great at their roles.

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

 

Katie Douglas-Make Me Stay

On this lovely cloudy day in Central Maine, I’m happy to bring you Katie Douglas’ newest book, Make Me Stay. This is the second book in her Arizona Heat series, and it takes place in… You guessed it, Arizona. And this particular series takes place on the Lemon Tree Ranch.

So, Harper’s been everywhere, man. She’s a perpetual wanderer. She lives in her VW van, and is perpetually on the road. When she needs money, she’ll pick up a job at a diner somewhere for a few weeks until her feet get itchy again. She’s also a member of the hit it and quit it club. She doesn’t want a relationship, she doesn’t really want to have anything to do with guys outside of their cocks. When that starts happening, it also prompts her to leave and start back on her perpetual journey to wherever it is she’s going. One night, after leaving one man, she ends up having to pull over to find somewhere to sleep. She ends up blocking the access to a ranch and since it was dark, she didn’t know that she did it.

The next morning, Barrett goes out to do his job, and finds a van blocking his way. Since he can’t get his truck in, he goes out and does his patrol on horseback. Then he decides that he will wake up whoever is in the van and get them to move their van, and oh yeah, to make them do a full day’s work to help him make up for the time he missed doing stuff on horseback instead of in his truck. He figures it’s some guy, right until Harper pops up, barely awake and even more barely dressed. He pretty much just fell for her right then and there. At least fell in lust with her. He tells her that she has to do a full day’s work, and she’s like whatevs, I’m out of here. Until she wasn’t.

I think that Barrett was kind of an asshole in the beginning, but not necessarily on purpose, if that makes sense. I think it’s more that he’s just a little bit awkward, socially, and he didn’t know how to actually handle the fact that he wanted to spank and fuck Harper, and that he doesn’t want her to leave, but not, you know, in a creepy way, even if it did reach a bit creepy there for a minute. I do think that he’s mostly a good guy, with a good heart, who has been hurt, and who hasn’t quite figured out how to get past that. He’s also pretty damn kinky.

Harper is kind of afraid of everything, I think. She didn’t have the best role models, but that happens to a lot of people and they don’t run away, but none of us react the same way. Anyway, fear became Harper’s reaction, and she was afraid of everything and she was trying to find whatever she could to fill up that hole and control her fear. Does that make sense? I think it does, at least it does to me. LOL. I think that she is pretty self-reliant and independent and I do really like her.

This book overlaps the last book, but you don’t have to have read it to be able to read this one, they are both standalones.

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I was so sad when the VW met its fate, because it meant so many things to Harper.

I also liked their first scene, it was hot!

That’s all I have to say for this one! You know where to go to find it. Happy reading!