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!

Sansa Rayne-Enslaved

I ran across Sansa when I read Erased, which totally gave me a new appreciation of straight jackets. Then I got to ARC Exalted. It’s on here somewhere. And today, I’m reviewing Enslaved by her. Enslaved is the third book in the series, which isn’t really as much of a series as it is a series of standalones that are connected, if that makes sense. There is some crossover from book to book, but the characters are secondary at best.

Quinn Harris is in trouble. She’s sitting in an interrogation room, just waiting for the police to come talk to her. You see, she assaulted a Senator’s son. She pushed him, he fell out a window. Of course, he was trying to rape her and her best friend, so she was totally justified. But, he’s now in a coma and probably in a persistent vegetative state. Can’t have happened to a nicer guy. But now, the Senator wants vengeance. First, in comes a judge to offer her a prison diversion option. She would go to Walker for a year, instead of a prison. Of course, Walker is a private prison owned by the Senator. Then the Senator comes in and tells her that he’s going to use his son being in a coma for his election for years and years. And she’s going to Walker, no matter what, because he forged her signature. And he’ll see her when he wins the election.

Reed Nolan is Lance’s, the Senator’s son, friend. He’s also a guard at Walker. And the Senator and the warden have made Quinn his especial project. He’s supposed to break her. He’s good at that. And, did I mention that he’s an unrepentant sadist?

Walker isn’t a prison diversion program. It’s the annex to Hell. The guards all beat and rape the women. Every so often, they sell the women to sponsors, or, you know, rich men who want their very own sex slave. All the guards like it, because hey, all the pussy they want, just right there. Quinn is introduced to Hell by being put in a stockade and whipped, then left. All the other women are told that if they talk to her, they will be punished, and that’s that.

I love Quinn. She’s fucking fierce. She isn’t going to go down without a fight, and she will use everything she can to fight. No matter what any of the guards or any of the other men who come there are going to do, she’s going to fight them. In fact, what she does to the Judge is fucking epic.

There are times when Nolan is just too fucking stupid to live. I wondered if he had Breathe tattooed on the inside of his eyelids. OK, he wasn’t quite that bad, but he was definitely naive and didn’t think things through. And yeah, he was definitely stupid about people. He believed Quinn about what Lance tried to do, but when she tried to point other things, he didn’t believe her. I mean, why would she be telling the truth about all these other things that he believes her on and not this one particular point? Dumbfuck. But, he does smarten up and catch a clue.

I am glad that he chose to believe her and that he started to think and act differently because of her. I feel like he grew up because Quinn pushed him.

Because I feel like warning people every now and again, just in case we have new readers, remember, anything under the picture is a spoiler. I don’t generally get too spoilery, but you have been warned.

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Oh my motherfucking god! Why would the Senator not be bent when it’s his fucking prison, the warden is his friend, the judge is his friend, and he’s making massive bank by selling women? I mean, come on Reed, use a little logical thinking here. It’s not that hard, really.

And Quinn? Oh yeah, everyone she hurts totally deserves it. Totally. And I wouldn’t feel bad about it either.

I did get mad at Jacquline for a hot minute, but then I understood the spot she was in, and the name Bitch finally made sense. Fucking Senator. He was a twatwaffle.

OK, so that’s all I have to say on this one. Check it out. Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Redemption

OK, yeah, I know I promised double for today, but I got involved in a gazillion things, and when I sat down to write this, I noticed it would be too late to write another one. So, today you get Measha, tomorrow you get Sansa, Friday you get Measha, and Saturday you get Sara.

But today, Redemption, Measha’s sweet, light, and laughter filled Christmas story. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in the Atacama. LOL. It’s darkish, dirty, and full of Measha-y goodness. And it’s the perfect amuse bouche for her book on Friday, trust me.

Celeste is on the Naughty List, in a big way. And if she doesn’t get cleared off it, she’s going to end up stuck there permanently, and then there will be an empty voice in her life and she will never be happy. But Santa, being a good, kind, and loving Santa, has people who are there to help with that. He has special elves whose only job it is to get people off the naughty list and get them back on the Nice List. Adam is one such elf.

Adam’s job, should he choose to accept it, and he does, is to take Celeste, and help her. He needs to get her off the Naughty List and get her to understand what she did that caused her to be there. So he goes off to meet Celeste, at a bar, where she’s busy drinking because she’s pretty sure that she’s going to be fired the next day. He escorts her out of the bar, and the next thing she knows, she’s naked and in a stable. Seems like Adam may be a little bit kinky.

I love how Adam doesn’t let Celeste get away with anything, no matter what she tries. He’s doing it out of such a place of caring with her. He truly wants her to be happy and he’s willing to do whatever he has to to make sure that happens, even if that means he’s going to have to strap her ass raw. And that may just be one of his options. I had a harder time with Celeste. But, that’s because of personal things on my end, not her as a character. Some of her choices are things that people close to me have done and it was really hurtful to the people involved and took a lot of work to get things straightened out. So, looking at it as me, I had a hard time with her because of that. Once I could get away from her actions and into her as a person, it was easier for me to like her.

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OK, reindeer are just so very, very cute. Especially when they have jingle bells, right?

I was mad for a minute because I thought that Adam and Celeste were going to be separated. I didn’t want that to happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it and see all the kinky goodness for yourself. Happy reading!

 

Felicity Brandon-Taken

So, in Taken, Felicity has decided to go all meta on us. I loved it. One warning, it is a serial, but the next 2 parts will be out in December and January, so Felicity isn’t going to be all that sadistic towards us. Just a little bit sadistic.

Molly Clary is an author. She’s an author who writes capture fantasy books, along with noncon/dubcon, objectification, and pet play aspects. She’s tremendously popular. So, she does as many authors do, and sets up readers’ groups on social media where she can connect with her readers and goes to signings. Her latest signing is in London, which is really far away from her home in Pennsylvania.

As she’s packing up to go back to her hotel at the end of her signing, a beautiful man comes up and asks her if it’s too late for him to get a book signed. When Molly tells him that it’s fine, he hands her a book called Amelie’s Abduction, and she signs it to Connor Reilly, a self-professed superfan.

When Molly leaves, she ends up wandering the streets of London around where the signing was so that she can find her car. Instead, what she finds is trouble. A pack of young men tries to attack her, but then Connor comes to her rescue. But only for so far. He ends up abducting her and taking her to his house, where he ties her down and chains her. And oh yeah, forces her to write their story. (See, that’s where it gets all meta)

So yes, not only has she been captured and is being held by Connor, she has to write all about it, because he is her biggest fan.

OK, this one is ridiculously hot and filthy, and it may have one of my new favorite scenes ever in it. And I say this admitting that Felicity has one of my favorite scenes ever in one of her Viking books. We get both Connor’s and Molly’s POV, but sometimes it seems to really blend together, so there are times when it seems like you are in both of their heads at the same time. There are times when it is very distinct. It works really well here. I wouldn’t suggest it for everyone or in every book, but like I said, it really did work here.

I loved watching all of the struggles and confusion that goes on in Molly’s head. It’s fascinating to see her go through trying to figure out what she should do at any given point and how she feels at any point in time. I would love to see what she’s writing, because I think that it would be a great window into her mind and how she’s feeling, even more than her POV in the book. Does that make sense? It makes sense to me, but you know how it is. Things we think make sense don’t always. I just think that seeing how she processed it through her writing would deepen our understanding of her. I also wonder what Connor thinks of her writings.

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Ok, not so many spoilers here as much as a I love the fucking end of this story. I mean, WTF. I can’t wait to read it. And fucking hell, what a cliffie.

Go check it out. Happy reading!