Measha Stone-Beast

We’re back to another adult fairy tale and another version of Beauty and the Beast. This is a very, very kinky version of the story. Walt would be spinning in his grave if he even thought that his company would have anything to do with this. Although, the way that the House of Mouse is taking over the entertainment industry, I expect that they’ll have a porn department in the not-so-distant future. Can you imagine what that Disneyland would be like to play at? LOL. I would be down for that. But, that’s not getting us to Measha’s latest release, Beast.

Ellie’s dad is a wastrel. He gambles money he doesn’t have and then gets in deep to loan sharks and bookies. She does everything she can to dig him out, including selling off her mother’s jewelry, but it never works. So, when Ash Titon’s men come into their cafe and drag her father away, she knows that she has to do something. What she does is go to Ash’s house and offer herself in her father’s place as a way to pay off his debts.

Ash is amused when he is bearded in his lair by the little spitfire that is Ellie. She says that she will do whatever she has to and whatever she can to pay off her father’s debt. Ash is concerned and not sure about it until she passes the test he sets her, which includes his fingers in her bits in front of her father. There’s just something about her and the way that she stood and took it that attracted him to her. Over her father’s complaints, he decides that he will keep her.

When Ash’s cousin questions what he is going to do with her, he tells her to put her in a room next to his. All he knows at this point is that he’s going to keep her, even though there is a suggestion that he might take her to The Annex and sell her. Nope, he’s going to keep her and play with her.

OK, you know how it goes. This book has some dark aspects to it, including dubcon and a lot of BDSM. I like those parts, but they aren’t everyone’s tisane, so be aware of that going in. There is also a great story that goes along with that, so you aren’t just getting the sexy sexy parts. There are a lot of plots in place, and it can be hard to figure out what’s going on before Measha wants you to know everything, and even then, she has surprises in store for us. She’s a tricksy, tricksy author. Yay! That’s what makes us keep going back to our favorite authors, right? Anyway, this is a great one, and it’s definitely going to be part of my adult fairy tale collection.

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I never liked Ellie’s father. I thought that he was a scummy scumbag. I mean, what kind of man lets his daughter dig him out of trouble and offer herself up for him? I mean, he didn’t argue all that hard when she did it. Jerk.

Ash spent a long time being a conundrum to me. It took him some time to figure out exactly what he wanted and what he was going to have to do to. Luckily, he was able to get his head out of his arse, but Ellie should definitely have smacked him around a little bit.

OK, that’s all for this one. Hit up Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

My Top Ten Part 1

Everyone should have a top ten list. I actually have several. This one is my Top Ten darkest and most fucked up things I’ve read. The list changes around some and the order changes around. Number one is currently number one, but the order of other four in my top five can change around, depending on which one I’ve read recently. This post is going to be the five top stories. Next Tuesday will be part two with stories 6-10.

The Life of Anna

Seriously, when I say that LoA by Marissa Honeycutt is dark and fucked up, I might be understating it. The trigger warnings may need to have trigger warnings. I’ve talked to other people who read dark books and they rank this as their darkest read ever and considering some of the books we talk about, that’s saying a whole lot.

LoA takes place in an alternate universe. It’s still Earth┬ábut there are magical Immortals. Anna is part Immortal. The world is basically run by the BDSM version of the Masons. Two very, very, very bad men take advantage of Anna from a very young age. That’s because they know what she is and what she will be able to do at some point. They want to be able to control her and use her powers. There is one pretty good man who does what he can to save her. There is a lot of sex. There is some BDSM. There is also a lot of brutality towards Anna. It is a very intense read. I cried through huge swaths of it, and I had to take a break to read something else in the middle. The complete story is on KU, or you can buy the serialized version. But trust me when I say that it is dark, intense, sometimes brutal, and can be triggering. Marissa Honeycutt published a companion novella called Abandoned Grace, about Devin, the main bad guy in LoA, and I just found out today that she has a new one coming out on August 24! It’s in the same world, but not about Anna. It’s called Master of My Body: Finding Sabrina. I’ve already 1 clicked.

Monster

Remember how in my last post I said that I would be talking about Monster in this one? Well, here it is. Monster is a short from Hero Undercover. HU is an anthology by 25 authors, including Jennifer Bene and Addison Caine, who has a story in another anthology that is about to show up on this list. Now, the premise of this anthology is that there is a good guy, usually a cop, but not always, is undercover and rescues the heroine. There is often a lot of spanking involved, yum.

Anyway, telling the good guys from the bad guys isn’t always easy, especially when the good guy has been undercover for a long time. That’s what happens with Monster. Nikki walks into a situation that is way above what she can handle because she wants to save her brother. Andre wants her. Terrible things happen to Nikki.

This story just trips all my triggers in an oh, so good way. Jennifer manages to pack a whole lot of twisted shit into a little package. Everything that happens would be intense in a longer work, but in a short, you just don’t get a break from it, which is totally wow. Great story in a great anthology.

Nightmares in Wonderland

Nightmares in Wonderland is Addison Cain’s entry in The Dark Forest. DF is another anthology. In this one, several great authors get together to put their own spin on various fairy tales. Obviously, Addison took on Alice in Wonderland. OMFG, did she ever. Addison swims in the deep, dark, disturbing end of the pool right next to Jennifer Bene. In fact, it was through Addison that I found Jennifer, as well as some other dark authors like Kitty Thomas, who doesn’t show up on this list, but will show up on my blog sometime in the next few weeks.

Addison’s version of this particular story is disturbing. Deeply disturbing. Her Alice spends years unable to sleep and being basically tortured by nightly visitors. The only time she gets any peace is then the Hatter comes to visit. He guards her sleep. After years and years, her parents try to have her cured. This whole story is delightfully disturbing and dark.

Beast

This retelling of Beauty and the Beast is written by A Zavarelli. If there was going to be a movie version of this book, I’m pretty sure that Emma Watson would turn down the role of Bella. Beast is really dark. It has capture and non-con themes.

Bella won a singing contest, and her manager is trying to get into her pants. Javier was trained by her father, who is now missing. Bella rushes home to deal with what’s going on with her father, but mysterious things start happening. She gets drawings and other things start showing up. She feels like she is being watched. And of course, you can probably guess what’s happening, she is, of course, being watched, by Javi.

Poor Javier, bad things happened to him as a child and then Bella’s dad takes advantage of the poor kid that is Javier. Javi hates her father for what he did. Frankly, I don’t blame Javi one bit for that. Her dad is a massive prick.

Anyway, Javi takes Bella, locks her up, and subjects her to a lot of things. However, this book isn’t necessarily about what happens here, but it’s about the light that can come from the darkness. For a book that starts as a non-con, it ends up with an HEA. Now I need to go read it again. Can’t recommend it enough.

Dare

Dare was a book that I read because one of the FB groups I’m in had a takeover by the author, James Crow. Of all the books on my list, most of which have some mind-fuck going on, this is the most mind-fuckingest. I will never, ever play truth or dare again. I’m pretty sure that my response was along the lines of what the fuck did I just read?

I don’t even know where to start describing this book. Pretty much anything I saw about it is a spoiler. Let’s just say it’s truth or dare to the Nth degree. The end was so not what I expected at all. I spent quite some time afterwards trying to figure it out. If you read it, you’ll understand why. ┬áThere is a lot of sex, and some (well, a lot of) drug use.

Anyway, these are the top five of my Top Ten. The second half will come out next Tuesday, or maybe earlier, I don’t know yet. Also coming next week, a blog post about urban fantasy, another very favorite genre.

Reminder, Jennifer Bene is offering her book, Security Binds Her, for free on Amazon right now, until 7/15. This is a great time to grab this book and get started reading her Thalia series. The last book just came out and it is a wonderful end to the series.