CP Mandara-Beautiful Tears

CP Mandara is another one of those authors that I’m surprised that I haven’t featured here before. Well, I’m fixing that now, with Beautiful Tears. This is the first book in a new series of hers. It’s an enemies to lovers, revenge books. I’m also going to warn you that CP is just a litttttle bit sadistic in the way that she ends her books. They keep you riiiiiight on that edge. Right.On.The.Edge. I have, more than once, cursed CP’s name when I hit the end of her books. But does that stop me from going back and reading them again? Of course not!

So, here’s the story from this one. Harper’s life is falling apart. The man that she helped put away with a lie 5 years ago is about to get out of jail, and she knows that he’s going to come after her. She wants to get away from London to make it harder for him to find her. The problem is that she is so broke that to be flat broke would be a financial uptick for her. But, she manages to get to Nottingham, where she figures that she’ll be safe.

Meanwhile, Brandt is counting down the minutes to his release. He has plans for Miss Harper. He wants to make her pay, and pay but good. He has spent 5 years in hell, and for each and every second that he was in jail, Harper is going to suffer. After all, he’s lost his wealthy family, who now want nothing to do with him, the woman he was supposed to marry, his chance of college, and any hope of a future. If he can get Harper to confess to police that she lied and actually did the crime, then he might still get that stuff back.

Here’s the thing when it comes to CP Mandara’s work, it’s intense. She builds up layer after layer of suspense and just keeps you on the edge. You can’t wait to turn the page and get to the next part because you just need to know what’s going on. Her sex is also just as intense. She writes very kinky stories, with a capital KINKY. The sex scenes are just searing because of the intensity between her characters.

She also works dark. I’m not sure where I would put her in the spectrum of dark authors, but considering one series has a father basically selling his daughter to a pony stable and this one has the male main character kidnapping the female main character, it’s definitely on the darker end. CP also puts her characters through the wringer, physically and mentally. She doesn’t save what she does for one side or the other, all the main characters go through it.

Anyway, I can’t wait for the next part of this series. I am pretty eagerly counting down the days.

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I need to know all of Harper’s secrets. I mean, there is just so much there. I can’t wait until they all come out.

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

 

Alta Hensley-Caged

Alta wasn’t happy with just one surprise release in the past few days. She had to come out with two! Caged is a fun, filthy, dark, little Mafia tale, involving, guess what? That’s right, cages!

We start out at a funeral with Nayla. One of her co-workers has been killed in the line of duty of taking out one of the big Mafia families. And of course, one of those two families decides to interrupt the funeral with a little gunplay, because what funeral doesn’t need a whole lot of people getting shot. Nayla is lucky enough to survive it.

She’s a prosecutor who is after one of those two families. She has pix of the head of the family, Eddie, on her apartment’s wall because it is supposed to help her focus on her job. She stares at him a whooooole lot. I mean, like a lot a lot. Then, one day, she meets the real thing. In her apartment. Who has come to take her away. Yeah.

Meanwhile, Eddie has decided that he’s going to take Nayla. He has his reasons to do it, and he kinda doesn’t care what she has to say about it. He’s going to do what he wants.

There is a lot of fun and filthy filthy filth in this. And I love it, a lot. A lot a lot. There’s just something about the way that Eddie treats Nayla that is so twisted and kinky and hot like burning.

Overall, I really like Eddie. You wouldn’t know that he was the head of a Mafia family unless you knew that he was the head of a Mafia family. He seems like such a good man. OK, I’m not saying you can’t be a good man and a crime lord, but you get what I mean, right? Anyway, he is definitely honorable, and has very definite ideas.

I liked Nayla too. With that said, I thought that there were times that she was a little naive. I dunno, naive might not quite be the word, but I think that’s the closest that I can come to it. She’s willing to believe the good in people who might not have that good. I think that she might also have a little bit of a black and white view on life.

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I have to say, I love Eddie’s house. And his choice in dinner parties.

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

Kitty Thomas-Comfort Food

Comfort Food was the first book I read by Kitty. It was free at the time, and another author recommended it, and I thought, well, it’s free, might as well. And I definitely am glad I did.

Here’s our story. Emily is a self-help author, and does reasonably well. She has a degree in psychology and basically knows what she’s talking about. She thinks that she’s pretty aware of things that women need to do to keep themselves safe, including not leaving her drink alone. Except for the one day that she did.

She wakes up tied to a chair, blindfolded. There is no sound anywhere. Finally, a man comes in and feeds her chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers, with water. At least, he feeds her as long as she lets him touch her. If she says no or flinches, then he stops. He never says anything to her, just feeds her, unties her, and leaves her in a room with a toilet, a drain, and a biometric and coded lock on the door.

That is how Emily’s journey starts. In that room. With no interaction. With no stimulation. The only time her captor comes in the room is when she is in the far corner, as far away from the door as she can be, and even then, he only comes in long enough to slide in her trays of food, chicken noodle soup and saltines, with bottles of water, three times a day, or to slide in a bucket of water and bathing supplies.

This book is incredibly intimate, for so many reasons. It’s all from Emily’s POV, and we learn so much about her. We are in her head the whole time, and we are drawn into her journey and why she makes the choices that she does. They aren’t ever really easy choices, and they might not be the choices that I would’ve made in my life, but I’ve never been in that place, so I don’t know what I would and wouldn’t do. Even though we see in her head, and see why she is making the choices she does, I still wonder if she is doing the right thing for her or not. But isn’t that the joy of reading a book like this?

This is one that I’ve gone back to reread several times and every time I read it, I get new and different insights from it. I expect that will continue to be the case every time I read it in the future. Kitty knew what she was doing with this one. If you pick it up, be prepared for a roller coaster ride.

There’s no spoilers down below. Anyway, go pick it up, you’ll thank me. If you haven’t read anything else that Kitty Thomas has written, I can’t recommend her enough.

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Petra J. Knox & Raven Dark-Captured

Petra and Raven write a lovely dark RH series that I really enjoy, Saving Setora. So, when I heard they were starting another dark RH series, I may or may not have jumped for joy. And since there is no photographic proof one way or the other, no one will ever know. It’s the Schrodinger’s jump. But none of this has anything to do with Captured.

Captured is dark. There are no warm and fuzzies here. If you are familiar with Setora and you think you are going to get another Sheriff or Hawk, be aware that Malek, Z’pheer, and Raul make Sheriff look like a big cuddly sweetie.

Here’s how our story goes.

Danika has spent the last 4 years living in the Xandar Home for Girls. It’s supposed to be a great place for young women and give them a chance for a good life when they leave at 18. Well, tonight is Danika’s 18th birthday and she’s about to go audition for the biggest nightclub owner in her town as a singer. She’s really good at it and she is both nervous and excited. The head of the school is going with her, as well as Shelly, who is one of the employees of the school. The employees aren’t supposed to be friendly with the students, but Shelly is Danika’s best friend, so she’s going to go. And it goes splendidly. Right up until it goes splendidly wrong and Danika wakes up naked and far from home.

She wakes up with her hands cuffed and an alien man in front of her, as well as a huge fluffy pink beast that she briefly thinks of as Falcor, the luck dragon. Right until he opens his mouth and she gets a good look at his feet.

Even worse, Danika doesn’t understand a word of anything that is being spoken, and it doesn’t get any better when the other guys start showing up. She has no clue what they are saying, but it’s obvious that they understand her, so the only things she can feel right now is mad and scared.

Malek, Z’pheer, and Raul are Xandari men. They are members of the Order, and have been awarded their nayna. Their slave. And guess who it is? I’ll give you 3 guess, and the first 2 don’t count.

The men basically break down into the muscle, the leader, and the nice one. Raul is very obviously the leader. Malek is very obviously the muscle, and Z’pheer appears to be the nice one.

OK, here’s the thing. I really, really, really didn’t like any of the guys for a good chunk of the book. I disliked Malek the most, at least most of the time, and Z’pheer the least. Raul kind of floated around, depending on what was happening at any given time. But, I loved to hate them and even as I really didn’t like them, I started to kind of love them too. It wasn’t a quick process, not in any way, but it happened, and I kind of hated to love them. Do you know how hard it must be to write characters like that? I mean, I have DNFed books where I liked the male main characters more than these guys. That being said, I was so dragged into the book, and the guys were so magnetic, and the story was just so compelling, that even though I wanted to strangle them on a regular basis, I couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was such a need that it practically hurt. That’s how compelling this book was.

I mostly like Danika. There are a few times where the fact that she is 18 is really obvious. She has some black and white thinking, I think, which is something that you really have to grow out of, and as an adult, you learn that nothing is ever entirely black or white, but infinite shades of grey. Way more than just 50. She also builds walls. I mean walls that make the Great Wall of China look like nothing. I don’t blame her for a minute, because she’s been abducted, taken by men whose language she doesn’t speak, and had just about everything taken away from her. I’d be fucking pissed and put up walls too. I love her spirit and fire. She’s got a very strong core that keeps her going and keeps her from totally breaking. However, it does sometimes keep her from bending when bending would be easier, I think. But without that core, she wouldn’t be who she is, and we’d been looking at a different book.

There are so many things I like about this book is that it is all in Danika’s POV. We have no clue as to what is going on in the guys’ heads, nor do we know anything about them other than what Danika is able to find out. There are times when I really want to have a multi-POV, but this is not one of them. I think that a multi-POV would’ve weakened this book a lot. I really love that we find out what is going on in the world only as Danika does, and since we are seeing her filter, we only get certain things. I think that’s part of what makes this book so freaking compelling. Honestly, it truly is one of the most compelling books I’ve read in a good while, and considering some of what I’ve read in the last 6 months, that’s really saying something.

This is a standalone, but it is the first book in a series. I can’t wait to see where the series is going to go.

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Shelly, hmmm… That’s an interesting subject, now isn’t it?

I never trusted Laric. He was scummy.

I really like Danika’s wish, and how it works out.

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

Natasha Knight-Twisted

Oh my fucking god, I’ve been waiting for Twisted from the very second I finished reading Torn. The world that Natasha created for these books is just wonderful, and dark, and engrossing. I didn’t want to leave it at the end of the last book, and I didn’t want to leave it at the end of this book. I’m pretty sure that Natasha is done now, but I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this world.

So, Amelia is one of the Willow quadruplets. She was there when Sebastian Scafoni and his brothers came to choose this generation’s Willow Girl. She wasn’t chosen, her sister Helena was. But that doesn’t mean that night didn’t affect Amy badly. It did, and she can’t get away from it now. She ran away from the rest of her family, and is now hiding away in another town, and getting ready to do things she really doesn’t want to do.

Gregory was there at the Reaping, and he was supposed to get his turn with the Willow Girl, but Sebastian refused. Gregory did what he could to push Sebastian and the results weren’t what could be considered good. Now, there is a huge gulf between Sebastian and Gregory, and Gregory is pretty much broken AF.

Oh man, the chemistry between Gregory and Amelia from the very beginning is just explosive. She wants to be there, she doesn’t want to be there. She kicks him in the balls, then she feels bad about it. Gregory, OTOH, knows what he wants, and he’s obsessed with this Willow Girl. And he’s damn well going to do everything he can to get it.

I first thought that Amy was weak. I really did. Then as I started reading, I thought more about it. While I don’t think that she’s as strong as Helena was, I do think that she’s pretty strong. I think that what made me think that she was weak was because her entire life has just fallen apart, so of course, she’s going to be off-balance. But, it’s obvious that she does have a lot of strength, and she’s more than willing to fight.

I did wonder about Gregory’s reasons to do what he was doing. I don’t think even he knew what was going on and why he was doing what he was doing. Really, I think there were about 50 different levels and 100 different motivations behind every move that Gregory made. It was really interesting to watch and to watch Gregory try to figure things out for himself.

I think this is probably the last book in this world, but I really hope that Natasha goes back and checks in on it once or twice.

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Just one example of how strong Amelia actually is is what she does to her hair. Not the first time, the second time. That took some ovaries the size of basketballs. See, what I mean about strong?

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

Felicity Brandon-Tamed

Stop! If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Taken, don’t go any further until you do. This series is a serial and it has cliffhangers. The third book will be out in January, so if you don’t like to read a serial until everything comes out, then you won’t have long to wait. I, myself, don’t mind a little bit of a cliffhanger, but there’s a rumor that I’m a literary masochist. But, I’m telling you now, I can’t wait to get to the third book, because the end of this one? Wow! So, if you are ready to visit Felicity Brandon and get Tamed, then jump over the cliff with me.

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So, when we last left Molly and Connor, she was running away from him at the cabin in the woods. She was sure that she couldn’t handle anything more from Connor and that he had turned into a serious monster. So, trying to be sneaky sneaky, she got the key, grabbed a blanket, and fled into the woods starkass naked. Connor was awake, and he decided to give her a minute before he started chasing her. He did warn her that if she ran, he would chase her, and she would never be able to escape him. So, after a while, he started to chase her.

When he couldn’t find her quickly, he started freaking out, went back and got the car and headed for the road, where he was lucky to see her. Well, lucky for him. Not so lucky for Molly, who is in for some serious punishment.

That punishment includes a serious paddling, a punishment fuck, because really, what punishment is complete without getting it up the ass, and some time spent caged in the mostly dark.

There are a lot of changes in this book, not just in Molly but also in Connor. I mean, of course there are going to be changes in Molly, because when you are in the place that she is in, you are going to do everything you can to make sure that you can keep the person who is keeping your captive happy, because it’s obvious that bad things are going to happen if your captor gets mad. So, she’s going to learn to do everything he wants so that he will stay happy, as well as learn to read his moods so that she can do what she needs to do to keep him happy. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right? Uhhhh, nope. But all that makes there be serious changes in her. But, the more surprising thing is that there are also changes in Connor, changes that Molly is making in him. On top of seeing those changes, we also get to learn more about Connor. I mean, we get to know his age now, which is something more than we had before.

We are still getting the split perspective, but like in the last book, I think that there are times when the perspectives almost merge so that we are seeing both of them together, if that makes sense. I don’t think that split perspectives work for all books and I’ve read a few books in which there was a split perspective that I wished wasn’t there, but it really is a necessity for this book, and Felicity does it really well.

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OMG, the scene with Conor in the bathroom? Just wow. Says quite a bit about him and his brain, doesn’t it?

I’m looking forward to finding out more about The Syndicate. I’m pretty sure that they are going to figure pretty heavily in the next book. I can’t wait to see.

I wonder how well Molly is going to do now. I’m pretty sure nothing is going to be all that good right now.

That’s all that I have to say. If you like dark, suspenseful, and sexy, go check this one out. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Feral

Remember how I said that Measha’s book got caught in King ‘Zon’s foolishness last week and that she wasn’t the only one? Yeah, it hit Sara too. Her newest book, Feral, fell into the black hole too. But it’s out now and you can get this filthy little book right onto your Kindle, so life is good.

So, here we go. Cosima is a journalist. More than just that, she’s a journalist with an advanced science degree. She’s heard rumors about Echelon 67 and that there are weird experiments going on out there, and as a scientific journalist, she has a huge bump of curiosity when it comes to things like aliens, genetic experiments, and other scientific stuff. So, the fact that she managed to breach Echelon 67 and get some information was just perfect. What Cosima doesn’t realize right off is that what she did was just too easy. She doesn’t know that there are other things going on. But, then she gets caught by some soldiery types and taken to their headquarters.

After that happened, the guys are talking about various subjects when in runs a huge red male who literally slaughters everyone in pretty much the nastiest way possible, and then he turns to Cosima. He has plans for her, but not the same kind of plans as everyone else. He’s going to fuck her. Of course, it may still be fucking her to death, but he still is going to fuck her. He grabs her and starts stripping her. Then in runs another huge red male who grabs the first guy off of her, and starts to beat the crap out of him right before he grabs her and runs, runs so far away. They had to get away.

Sorry, ’80s moment.

Anyway, it turns out that guy number 2 is Axel. He is an experiment. One hundred years ago, an alien spaceship crashed on Earth, and the government has taken tech and genetic information and used it. They wanted to create super soldiers, so they tried really hard, and did a lot of experiments, and killed a lot of their experiments after torturing them. As of right now, there are only 2 left, Axel and his much, much, much crazier brother, Saleos. And Cosima is the very last human left in Echelon 67, because Saleos killed all the rest of them.

I really enjoyed reading this one. It’s pretty hot and sexy, and it’s got a nice story to it, which I always enjoy. I mean, there is nothing wrong with a hot story that’s all sex and then some, because you know that I will read the fuck out of that, but a woman can’t survive on books that are pure sex alone. She does need some story, and Sara was more than willing to put that into this story for us. I have to admit that I did feel a little sorry for Saleos. His backstory is so sad, of course, he has agency and he could make different choices, but considering what happened to him, I can see what makes it hard for him to not and how it’s much easier to just be the way that he is.

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Of course, Saleos is still nucking futz, and the way that he herds Axel and Cosima is just beyond totally insane. He had some serious subscriptions going on.

I would love to see more of Cosima and Axel.

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