Fawn Bailey-Blood Red Rose

Fawn Bailey may sound like a new author to me, but you would be wrong. She’s actually a pen name for Isabella Starling. Isa, who already writes some stuff that leans towards the dark, decided that she needed a nom de plume for the really dark stuff. And so, we get Blood Red Rose. Now, BRR says that it’s the first book in the series. And it is, technically. But, there is a prequel called Blush Pink Rose. It’s free on Zon, so you have no reason to not grab it and read it. You’ll get a little bit more backstory about Harlow and Thorn. It’s not a prereq to read it before you get to BRR, but you’ll appreciate having spent the time reading it.

So, on to BRR.

Harlow is an 18-year-old young woman who has spent years training in ballet. She just had a very successful night as the Sugar Plum Fairy and is busy hanging out with the rest of the company and thinking about all the offers that will be coming her way. It’s her biggest goal in life to be a principal with a Russian ballet company, so when she hears that they wanted to talk to her, she gets mad at Madame, who didn’t let them talk to her.

Along with all the many bouquets of flowers she gets, she gets one single rose. When Harlow goes to leave, she can’t leave that one behind, so she picks it up to take it with her and gets stabbed on a thorn.

Thorn has been waiting and watching Harlow. He knows that she’s his, he just has to wait for the perfect time, and that time is now. He could send his men to get her, but this is one job that he wants to do on his own. He really doesn’t want to let anyone else touch her, even though he’s going to have to at some point. He’s pleased to see that she brought the flower that he sent her with her. He drugs her and takes her to The Mansion so that she can be trained the way that he wants.

OK, here we go. You know the routine by now. If you don’t like to not have a nice neat ending until you get to the next book, this may be a series you want to wait to read. I didn’t see it as a cliffhanger, but not everything is wrapped up super neat in a bow either. That doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t always need to have an HEA or even an HFN. The story does lean towards the dark, we get noncon and capture and sexual training, so yeah, definitely in the darker side of things. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking to see how the next books are going to come out. There are plots and subplots and machinations. It’s going to be interesting.


I think I only trust Thorn and Harlow in this book. Maybe. I know what their motivations are. I know what Ellis’s was, but there are other players who are moving around. I won’t say one of them is a queen, but there are at least 2 pawns on the board. One pawn’s motivation is kind of clear, but I can’t wait to see if what they want comes through clearer.

I think we’re in for quite the ride with the rest of the series. I enjoyed it a lot and knowing Isa’s books, I’m guessing that we are going to get deep into people’s minds.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!


Natalie Bennett-Deviants

So, a few weeks back I reviewed Savages by Natalie Bennett. OMG, a serious mindfuck of a crazy book. Loved it. Left us on a cliffhanger. Today, we have book two in the Badlands series, Deviants. And yeah, it works really well as the sequel to Savages. If you haven’t read book 1, immediately stop reading this blog, go read these books and then come back. I’m going to put a jump here so that if you haven’t read the first book, I’m not spoiling it for you. Trust me, if you like dark books, this one will make you happy, go read it.

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Charity B.-Candy Coated Chaos

Oh my ducklings. My poor sweet ducklings. I read two books that completely turned me around and twisted me up this week. One was Blai2e, the other was Candy Coated Chaos by Charity B.

Before I get into my review, I want to say that this one is dark. It has some issues that may trigger people and may bother others. Make sure that you read the blurb on this as well as the trigger warnings that Charity put there. Heed them. Read responsibly.

I also want to say that a part of the proceeds of the sales of this book will be donated to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an organization that helps with self-harm, addiction, and suicide. The story of how they got their name is awesome, and they do fantastic work. I’ve followed their work for years and donated when I could.

When you read this, you might wonder why I didn’t put this in my BDSM category since there are some activities in here that people who practice BDSM might use. I debated it, I really did. But, finally, I decided that it just wasn’t the right place for it, in my POV. Your mileage may vary.

Now that we’ve gotten through all that, it’s time to actually dig into the book. I bet you thought that I was never going to get there.  But I have, and here we are.

Alexander, owner of Vulture Theaters, is a real cocksman. He’s a one and done kind of guy. He likes women, he just likes them once. One day, as he’s fucking around in his office, a knock comes on the door. He goes to answer the door and there is a petite young woman sucking on a lollie at the door. She looks at the nameplate and realizes that Alex isn’t the right person, and she quickly moves along to the next door until she finds one with the right nameplate.

Alex is somewhat fascinated with the fey-like young woman that he saw. When he gets the chance, he asks her out for a date. He asks Tavin to meet at a bar. When she gets there, she seems slightly less vivacious than she had before, but then suddenly she changes and gives him a huge kiss and then they go dancing. On the way to his house, they see a carnival. Tavin tells Alexander that she’s never been to a carnival, so of course, they have to go.

Alexander is fascinated with watching Tavin at the carnival. She acts like everything she sees, touches, and experiences is brand new and is magical. That makes Alex look at everything different and lets them have an amazing time. When they are done, they head to Alex’s house for fun and games of a more adult nature. Alex, who prides himself on never coming before a woman does, manages to miss getting Tavin to come. When he wakes up, Tavin’s gone. He figured that he would’ve fucked her out of his system, but it didn’t work that way. Because of course not.

Alex is finally able to track Tavin down and gets to her house just after she’s started to OD. He calls his doctor and takes her to his house to help her get better.

OK, this is that time. This story really was intense. I mean, I don’t have the words to describe how intense. It left me wrung out and emotional. We talk about books taking us on an emotional roller coaster, but this one passes up the roller coaster and goes for the tilt-a-whirl. You go up and down and spin around. I got spun around out of control, with no way to slow it down, and it just kept spinning faster and faster. When I finally got off, I was dizzy as hell, but I loved the ride. There are so many secrets on everyone’s part, but most especially Tavin’s. Alexander doesn’t always know how to handle everything he finds out, but to be fair to him, I don’t know that anyone would be able to handle the things he finds out in a completely calm manner, even if they weren’t fascinated with the person.


If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, then you aren’t going to be a super fan of this one. I do know that the next one is coming out in about 6 weeks, but I don’t know when 3 is coming out. I do have assurances that one of my biggest worries over the ending works out well. I’m not going to tell you what it is though, so there. I can be mean.

I’m dying to know more about the bitch Carrie in Alex’s life. I’m betting that she aborted their child, or something similar. And that the tiara that Sasha stole has something to do with that.

I’m glad that Alex was able to swallow his pride enough to contact his sister to help with Tavin. I know that couldn’t have been easy for him to do, but really, I think that was the best thing he could’ve done in the situation.

I wonder what all Tavin told Sasha. I wonder why Sasha and not Alexander. I wonder how much Sasha will tell Alexander. I wonder what kind of blowback is coming Alex’s way. I neeeeeeeed all these questions answered. I hear that I can get the ARC next month, so I only have to make it through next month. Hopefully, it can help tide me over to Blair3. (OMG guys, Blai2e next week!)

OK, that’s all I have to say today. And since I couldn’t decide which picture I wanted to use, have another picture. Meanwhile, happy reading!



Yolanda Olson-anatomy

Yolanda Olson writes some serious mindfuck books. They may be horror, they may be dark, they may be something. The only thing I can guarantee is that you are going to walk away wondering what the ever-loving fuck Yolanda has just done to you. anatomy is one of those books.  I had several WTF moments as I was reading because I wasn’t sure that I had read what I just thought I read. It seriously spun me around and wrung me out like I was in a washing machine’s spin cycle. It was just OMG. Really. It’s an amazing book, but if you can’t handle dark, darker, darkest and total mindfucks, do yourself a favor and pass this one up.

I’m not posting any spoilers, because anything I could post about the plot of the story will give things away, so I’m going to just post the blurb, and we’ll all be happy.

There’s a monster before me that’s killing everything I believe in.

A villain that sees me for what I’m worth and wants the pound of flesh I’ve offered up as repayment for my sins. The burden I carry is heavy on my shoulders, but as pieces of me are stripped away to bare the horrors within, I can feel myself becoming worthy of the pain.

I’m not a monster.

No matter how much it hurts to admit it, and no matter how terrible the truth will be when brought to light, I know that I’ll end this cleansed and whole again.

It’s what I truly want and that’s why I’m here.

The nights are long and full of torturous deviance and yet I still manage to keep a smile on my face, because while the ultimate prize at the end of this game is to claim my life, there’s a secret my tormentor doesn’t know.

If I go down, it will mean the end of both of us.

Sounds totally awesome, right?



Did you come down here just to check to see if I put anything down here? Nope, nothing. Go buy the book.


Amo Jones-The Devil’s Match

This is the newest entry into Amo’s Devil’s Own motorcycle club series. And OMG, The Devil’s Match is incredibly insane. I’ve read all the other books and I thought for sure that Raze and Millie’s story was going to be the most intense story out of the series, but I’m pretty sure that Frost and Ella’s topped it. Because, damn. Really, damn. It was intense, it went to places I really didn’t expect it to go.

We first met Ella in Razing Grace. It turns out that she’s Raze’s sister and also has ties to the Devil’s Own MC. When Raze and the MC need to make a hostage trade, she goes to the MC while Millie goes back to Raze. That’s where Ella meets Frost.

We’ve seen Frost in all the other books. He’d be the first one to tell you that he’s an outright psychopath, diagnosed with psychopathy when he was just a child, then thrown away by his family. It doesn’t really bother him, because see above psychopath. He’s loyal to his brothers and will do anything he can to make sure that they are taken care of and that no one attacks the MC. He’s done some bloody and twisted things which he’s mostly liked doing.

Ella looks sweet and innocent. She looks like she is everyone’s little sister and like she’s never done anything wrong in her life. Except, you know, she’s Raze’s sister and he and Miles raised her, so you know that she can’t be quite as sweet and innocent as she looks.

So, here we go. You know the drill. This story. I mean, wow. It turned me around and turned my mind inside out. Definite mindfuckery going on in this story, and in the best way. It covers a few years, so you get a good look at their lives over a longer time than we sometimes see in books. We also get check-ins on our other couples, which is nice to see how they are all doing, mostly. There is a lot of sex, a lot of cussing, and a lot of sex, and a lot of violence. There are all kinds of secrets and machinations that show up. Then again, it couldn’t be part of this series if there weren’t. The reveals we get almost leave more questions than they did answers. You know that means I’m counting down the moments until the next story comes out.


I have to say that I was really surprised about Ella. My other glimpses of Ella really did make me think she was sweet and innocent, so my jaw hit the floor when we see the first discussions of Ella and her true self in the very beginning of the book. It was just a damn. Makes me wonder what else Amo is hiding up her sleeves. I mean, I know it’s going to be hot, because well, Amo Jones. I know it’s going to be dark because see Amo Jones. I just can’t wait to see it. Do you think I can get a time machine to take me to the point when it comes out?

Anyway, I’m looking forward to see what’s up with Miles and Willow, because you know the two of them are going to cause some serious shit that no one is going to want to miss. I’m dying for a further glimpse into Willow’s mind. That ought to be really good.

OK, that’s all for today. We’ve got some busy days ahead of us again, with some pretty hot books, so brace yourselves, ducklings.


Natalie Bennett-Savages

I’ve read some other Natalie Bennett and really enjoyed them, so I thought that I knew what I was in for. I knew that what I was going to get something dark, raw, and gritty. Savages exceeded everything I was expecting. Like I said, I thought I knew what I was in for and thought that I was prepared. But, it’s intense and dark from the very start and will knock you 10 feet away and leave your shoes and socks knocked off right where you stood. Savages did just that. It savaged me and left me raw and needing more immediately.

Calista has grown up in her father’s pseudo-religious cult. She’s done whatever her father has wanted, no matter what it was, just hoping that he would approve of her. On what may be the worst day of her young life, she sees a woman she thought of as a friend being killed in a horrible way. After that, she’s dragged out by her own brothers to be taken out. Miraculously, she manages to survive what they do to her and then drags herself away. Years later, she’s still surviving.

Roman has been the leader of the Savages. He has something against Cali’s father, and he goes out of his way to make the man’s life as terrible as possible. He may not be able to strike directly at him, but he can take bites around the edges. When something happens and he’s put face-to-face with Cali, the world they are both living in starts to implode and make huge changes in the both of them.

This book. Man. This book is really explosive. Everyone is holding back major secrets. I mean considering what we do learn about them, you know that the secrets have to be huge. The chemistry between Rome and Cali is unlike anything you may have ever seen before. I don’t think that there is anything that can explain it. The rawness and grittiness of this book also can’t be explained. I love raw, dark, dirty, and gritty, and I reveled in this book, even as it scoured me raw. I can’t wait for book 2.

There are so many things that I’m dying to know and that I’m hoping that book two answers. And no, I’m not going to really tell you what all those things are. I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you PM me about it, but that’s as far as I am going to go with it. Suffice it to say, I expect anyone else who’s reading these books to want to know all the same things that I do.

Rome is super intense, and I really want to know more of his backstory. Then again, if I know more about him, will it ruin him for me. I dunno. There’s always a fine line authors have to work with there. How much can they show us about any character without taking that character’s power away? Does taking a dark protagonist like Rome and showing him split open and spilling his secrets make him more dark or less dark?

OK, that’s all that I have to say about Savages, other than go out and buy it as quickly as you can. I don’t normally mention what I’m listening to when I’m writing a blog, but today it seems appropriate to mention that I wrote this to David Bowie’s Blackstar. It was his goodbye album and it fits this for me. So, I’m off to prepare myself to share other things with you. Meanwhile, happy reading!



Iris Ann Hunter-Tragic Beauty

This is dark. And when I’m warning you that it’s dark, you know I mean it. Tragic Beauty was my first real WTF did I just read book of 2018. I mean, there are some points where I just was questioning my sanity, let alone Iris Ann Hunter’s. But, I got through it with just as much sanity as I went into it with. Probably. When I read the next part of it, I will probably wonder where my sanity went again. But, right now I’m counting down the minutes until Iris announces that she’s publishing #2.

As a side note, I really debated marking this as BDSM. There are a lot of activities that you would see in a BDSM relationship, but that’s not what this is, so I didn’t mark it that way, so just be aware.

Ava has just buried her father. He has been sick for years. At her father’s funeral, Shayne comes up to her and reminds her of their deal. She asks for a couple of days to mourn her father and put her affairs in order. He reminds her that he owns her now and that he’ll be picking her up on Saturday.

Now, Ava is a sweet and virginal young woman who has spent the last 5 years, since she was 16, trying to really avoid Shayne. He is a bully, entitled, and won’t leave her alone. She knows to run away from him is to just provoke the beast, so she just does what she can to hide from him.  That never seems to stop him though. He just is hyperfocused on her and can’t leave her alone.

Shayne is the local rich, entitled douchebag. His parents have died. His brother died. He has all the money and owns most of the town. He has the cops in his pockets. That means that he gets away with pretty much whatever he wants. No one is going to stop him from doing anything he wants. And he wants to do Ava.

Poor Ava. She’s dreading the fact that all her choices are being taken away from her and that Shayne is going to be her first. She decides that she’s going to do something about that. That’s where Gavin comes into the picture.

When Ava is broken down on the side of the road, Gavin rescues her and takes her home. They spend some time together, and he helps her lose her virginity.

OK, this is where we are going to break off. I’m sure that you can guess that it’s going to end up a love triangle. It’s kind of obvious from the blurb, right? But, yeah, this is a triangle. It’s a very sharp triangle. My heart bleeds for Ava because she stuck at the very sharp end of that triangle. This book is sometimes really hard to get through. There are some very graphic scenes, so please make sure that you are aware of that before you go in and if graphic is not your cup of tea, then pass this one up. I have other books coming up that aren’t quite as dark, so maybe wait for one of those.

tragic beauty

Shayne is half a bubble off, if you know what I mean. His cheese done slipped his cracker, fell off the table, and hit the floor, only to be carried off by a mouse. The thoughts that come into his head are just wrong, wrong, wrong. We really don’t see anything of his POV, but we can tell some of what’s going on in his head because of what we see him do. I do not like Shayne, can you tell?

Gavin. Now him I like. But he needs to have a dope slap up the back of his head sometimes because he can’t get his own head out of his ass. Luckily, he does get better, but it still took him too long, in my opinion. We do get to see some of Gavin’s POV. Another author I read said that if you see the hero’s POV it makes you empathize with him more. For a villain, she never shares his POV, for someone who is supposed to be the good guy, she shares his POV. I thought that was really interesting because I can kind of see this here. I’d like to see what other people think about it and what you all have to say about it.

Ava, poor Ava. Poor, poor Ava. I hate Shayne.

OK, I’ve had to be really careful to not spoil anything, and I think I managed. If dark isn’t your thing, stay tuned, I’ve got some not dark coming later. Meanwhile, happy reading!