K. Webster & Ker Dukey-Vas

Ker and KWeb have decided to help me out with the ABC challenge I’m doing on Goodreads this year by making sure I had a book that started with V by giving me Vas. Well, I guess they gave it to everyone, but I’m totally going to pretend that they were thinking only of me when they hit publish. Don’t harsh my mellow, OK?

Vas is the 3rd book in the V Games series, and features, oddly enough, Vas. The featured men in each of the books is from one of the First Families of the Russian mafiya. This one focuses on the scion of the Volkov family. Well, he’s sort of a member of the Volkovs. His old man is Volkov senior, but his mother was a maid in the household and Vas didn’t know who his father was until he was much older. He did spend time around Diana (Ven) and Irina (Vlad), his two half-sisters, growing up, and now that they are all adults, they are all close, especially Diana and Vas, because of the way he helped her.

Old man Volkov has pretty much claimed Vas, since he wants to have a male heir. Even though he raised Diana and Irina to be strong, powerful women and told them that they would be able to make their own choices in life, he fucked them over, and went with Vas instead.

Vas was an underground fighter, and now he has a serious reputation in the underground circles. No one wants to take him on. He now helps to train fighters for the V Games from different families. He also goes to visit his sisters regularly, especially Irina. Why does he visit Irina a lot? Well, that’s because Darya is there. Darya is a slave that Vasiliev the elder has. There’s just something about her that draws Vas to her. And it’s not even that she spends pretty much all her time naked. He’s obsessed with her, and he wants to get her out of there somehow. However, all of his plans to get her out and make her safe become suddenly irrelevant when it turns out that she’s Vlad’s sister.

Darya was raised in a religious orphanage and then spent time in a convent before the devil man came and took her away and gave her to Vasiliev, who she calls Molokh, a demon. When it comes out that she’s Vlad’s sister (probably), he swears that he will keep her safe from his terrible, monstrous father. When Vas tells Vas that he wants access to Darya, Vlad says sure, but he will have to train a fighter for him, Alyona Voskoboynikov, a young woman who is a member of the lesser of the First Families.

So, Vas, Darya, and Alyona all go off to Moscow so that Vas can train Alyona in a safe(ish) place, and so that Darya will be safe from Molokh. And thus we go into the story.

I have to admit that I didn’t like Vas when we first met him in Vlad. I thought that he was kinda creepy, but by Ven, he had really grown on me, and by his own book, I was so excited to see it come out. I was really excited to see what Ker and K would do with him. I was also looking forward to see what would come out of the actions of the last book and what would happen to Vika. I have to say, I’m perfectly happy with the resolution of both things. I don’t like Vika, I never really have, she’s scheming, grasping, narcissistic, and thinks she’s really smarter than she actually is. She wants to think that she’s Machiavelli, when in fact she’s more like Machia, no velli, at least I think so. I like Darya. I like her a whole lot. And I’ll forever be loyal to Diana, who is Queen, but I think that Darya may actually be the strongest of all the women in this series. She goes through hell, yanked from a safe(ish) place in the convent to being a sex slave who is abused, and yet, she never loses herself. If you ask me, that makes her pretty damn strong. I think that she and Vas are going to be a serious power couple in their world, plus with the connections they have to Vlad and Ven, I think the next generation of First Families is going to rule the world.

I don’t think this one is quite as dark as the other books are, Vas and Darya’s love story is a little sweeter. However, not quite as dark and a little sweeter doesn’t mean light and super sweet.

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I have to say, I didn’t quite expect what happened to Vika, but I do think that it will work well. Vas is a pretty good guy for being who he is.

I can’t wait to see what happens with our Moscow brothers. I think that they are going to be interesting, and I think that I’m pretty happy that they never laid a hand on Darya, because that would’ve been more than a little bit weird. I do like the guys though. I think they are pretty fantastic, and I’m glad that we are going to still see them.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, and make sure that you read the other two books in the series, otherwise you won’t get this one. Happy reading!

Natalie Bennett-Crucible

International best selling author Natalie Bennett is back with the start of a new series. And it looks like it’s going to be just as dark and fucked up as some of her other books. I can’t fucking wait. It all starts with Crucible.

A crucible is a vessel in which metal ore or solid metal goes into before it’s put into a smelter so that it can get refined and melted down. When most people talk about a crucible, they are talking about a difficult trial that they have gone through, and which makes them stronger or breaks them altogether on the other side. And this is definitely a crucible for Raelynn.

Rae has left all the life she knew before to start over in the tiny town of Harmony Springs. It’s so small, I don’t even know if it has the population to be an actual town. Maybe it’s only a village, but I digress. Her parents helped her find a Tudor style home and fixed it up for her. It’s got a real retro glam feel to it, because that’s Rae’s personal aesthetic. While she doesn’t really need to work, she sees a help wanted sign at the local diner and decides to be a waitress. While she is working there, she meets the Blackwood twins, Jace and Kaiden, which totally changes her life.

The Blackwoods are THE family of Harmony Springs. Those in the know know that they are up to something, but not everyone in town knows what they like to do. Some of the people who don’t know kind of suspect that something is up with them, but no one says anything. The twins are the town heartthrobs, and they know it. Their dad saw Raelynn on her first day in town, and knew that she was the right person for his boys. And that was all she wrote. Or he wrote, or someone wrote.

As this is a Natalie Bennett book, you aren’t going to be surprised that there is a heavy dose of mindfuckery going on in this book. Nor should you be surprised that there is some serious darkness. Natalie can go to the horror place, and does sometimes (a lot of times?), but I don’t think that this one goes to that place, at least not at the moment. It does go to the dark place, but again, Natalie. There is a lot of tension going on and only some of it seems to be resolved at any point. Because it is a quick prequel to a new series, it is rather cliffhanger-y, but it’s going to be worth it, I do believe.

I like Rae, but I think that she’s a little naive at times. The twins are just kind of creeperish and creepy at the same time and definitely hiding every damn secret in the world. I’m looking forward to finding out more about their sister and their friends. The story is going to be so good. Again, because Natalie. I haven’t found anything of hers that I haven’t liked, as of yet.

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I have to say that the cat showing up with a tag that had my address on it would’ve had me noping right the fuck out of there. And if that didn’t do it, the picture in the mail sure as fuck would’ve. This is what I mean about me thinking that Rae was kind of naive. Eddie Murphy does a whole comedy bit about how if a black family had been in Poltergeist or Amityville Horror, they would’ve been out of there at the first sign of something paranormal. Yup, I totally agree. The first creepy ass thing that happened would see my ass out the door and waving bye-bye. I might’ve even left skid marks. Then again, if Rae had done that, it would be a totally different story, right?

I think that she should’ve broken into the shed much earlier, like the first or second day she was there, but again, see above about different story.

I have to wonder, how much are Rae’s parents involved in what’s going on? Maybe I’m just paranoid AF, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t in it up to their eyeballs.

OK, that’s all for this one. If you love Natalie Bennett, this is definitely one you are going to have to go read. 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!

Raisa Greywood-Wicked Truth

Raisa has finally given us the second book in her Wicked Magic series. I’m really not complaining though, because it meant that we got her Shifter’s Mate series in between then and now, so it’s all good. And hey, anticipation can be good for the soul. But, now we have Wicked Truth.

I would call this an interconnected standalone. You can read it without having read the first one and you will have no problems with getting the book, but reading the first one will give you a better basis and you will understand the world even better. And besides, hey, it’s a great story, so why not read it? It’s a very hot book and you get to meet our characters from this book.

Lily Archer is known as the town whore. You see, a few months ago, the housekeeper came into her room and saw a man fleeing through Lily’s window. It wouldn’t’ve been so bad if it hadn’t been beastly hot and she hadn’t taken off her nightie and wasn’t sleeping without even a sheet covering her. Of course, the nasty housekeeper’s mind went to a nasty place, and she just assumed that Lily and the mystery man had been getting it on. The fact was, nothing had happened. The circumstances were two unconnected events that just happened to happen at the exact same time. Of course, being Victorian England, that didn’t matter much. The housekeeper spread the news around their small town, and she was totally ruined. Now her mother is trying to marry her off, but the only person that she can find is Cain, the innkeeper who is abusive, and who isn’t waiting until marriage to start beating her.

Meanwhile, we have Myrddin, Moses, and Liam. Myrddin is a good Welsh name. You and I, not being Welsh, would call him Merlin. Yes, that Merlin. These days, he goes by Michael, Duke of Denham. Moses and Liam are his long-time companions. And by long-time, I mean centuries. Not only are the companions, but they are also lovers, especially Moses and Liam. When Myrddin goes to check on Lily, he sees that the innkeeper is mistreating her. He rushes back to his house and tells the guys that he’s going to marry her. Not only is she beautiful, but she’s also a familiar, which means she can boost his magic, so marrying her and taking her away from her small town will do all kinds of things. When he shows Moses and Liam her picture, they are all on board. Myrddian is going to make them her guardians, which will give the three of them a bond, just as he and she will have a bond when they are bonded as mage and familiar.

There are a lot of things that I like about this book. Hell, I like all the things about this book, but there are things that I like more than others. One of the things that I really like is that Lily has no trouble accepting the existing relationship between Moses, Liam, and Myrrdin. Nor does she have any problem with her being part of it, or for it to continue. I love that. I mean, that would be mean to walk in and break up the relationship that has been there for centuries. And hell, 2 guys making love to each other can be truly beautiful and hot AF. I know I’m not the only woman who thinks so. There’s just something about watching that which is just amazing. So the MMMF aspect of the book is awesome.

I also love how smart Lily is. She gets everything on the first time they explain it. But not only that, she’s pretty accepting and trusting of what the guys tell her. It’s an interesting mix of innocence and wisdom, and one which I really liked.

I can’t wait to see where the next one goes.

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That epilogue. I absolutely loved it. It was totally awesome.

I kind of guessed part of the dragon stuff, but not all of it. I thought it was great though.

I love the fate of the dark elf king. It was totally evil, devious, and fantastic. He deserved every second of it. I mean, we know what he had done to Lily and he only had her for a couple of days. Can you imagine being under his thumb for centuries?

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Really, go check both books 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!