Katie Douglas-Bound to the Highlanders

Dear Katie Douglas, can I move to Glenaesh? I promise that I have no problem with 2 gorgeous Highlanders wanting to be my husband. I’d even be willing to sign up for a sexy Londoner. I promise that I will take good care of them.

So, as you may be able to guess, we’re looking at Bound to the Highlanders by Katie Douglas today. This is the second book in her menage series that takes place in Victorian era Scotland, in a small Highland village called Glenaesh. The village is near the sea, so there are a lot of fishermen. There are also a lot of hunters. These are both very dangerous occupations. Because of that, the people in this village have developed a tradition of 2 men marrying one woman. That way, if something happens to one of them, then the other will be able to take care of their wife and any children.

Glenaesh is close to the spirit world, and the way that the marriages are made is that on Midsummer’s Eve they have a huge dance. Everyone shows up. Towards the end of the evening, the children all leave and the magic starts. People are drawn into the circle to dance and their spirits are bound together with the other people in their marriage. That’s what happened in Fiona, William, and Graham.

Fiona’s family came from the village but her parents moved to London and away from the village and looked down on the traditions. But her parents are now dead, so she moved to her aunt and uncle’s house. Her aunt explained the traditions of the village to her. After being there a month, her aunt also talked her into going to the dance. Fiona was told that as long as she didn’t go into the circle, it would be fine. She’s all fine with that, since she just sent Martin a letter in London, inviting him there and hoping that he would ask her to marry him.

William is a hunter. He’s considered a little weird in the area. He’s quiet and stays out in the woods as much as possible. He has a little house out there. He has a sad family history and he doesn’t want a wife because of that. So when Fiona, slightly under the influence, talks to him, he is surprised.

Graham is the go-to man in the village. He fixes anything that breaks down, and in his spare time, he invents things. He hasn’t really wanted a wife either. But what the 3 of them doesn’t mean a whole lot when it comes time to dance. The music draws them into the circle and the dance ties them together. Only, Fiona also feels a tendril that goes out from where they are down and away toward London. Makes you wonder about other people, now doesn’t it?

Oh, William made me so mad at first. OK, so did Fiona and Graham. Yeah, none of them expected this thing to happen, but he walked away from it. I get that neither of the men wanted a wife let alone one that they had to share, but I don’t get why they didn’t at least expect that it could happen, considering the village’s traditions. But, I’m glad that Fiona got some time with both William and Graham before anyone else may or may not have shown up and gotten involved.

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Oh, when Martin showed up, I got mad at Fiona for leaving with him, but I have a feeling that he wasn’t going to give her a whole lot of choice in it. OTOH, marrying him in a church and having married Graham and William in the circle means all bases are covered. Pretty sure that no one else is going to be able to walk into that marriage at all. LOL.

I’m looking forward to finding out about the wolves, because I know that there is something. I didn’t miss the little bit about Fiona seeing the wolf change from a wolf to a man who looked like Frazer for a moment. So, we’re going to have to see about that, won’t we?

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. You should definitely go and read this one. Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Arabella’s Taming

For some odd reason, every time I thought about this book, I wanted to called it Taming Arabella, which means that I had to check to make sure that I had it right about 14 times. I wouldn’t want to send out the wrong title. So, as of right now, it’s all present and correct. LOL.

Anyway, back to Arabella’s Taming. Golden Angel writes all kinds of stuff from dark, under her other pen name, Dark Angel, to funny and sexy, like her Big Bad Bunnies series. OMG, if you haven’t read that, then you really need to go read those books, because they are really so funny and hot. She’s also written a series of historical domestic disciplines called the Bridal Discipline books. The books are all interconnected and feature a group of friends and relatives who all end up married to each other, in some way or other. They include 2 sets of brothers, close female friends, a step-mother and her step-daughter. It all works out. Arabella is the last one of the group to get married, and the last book in the series.

Arabella has fallen in love with Thomas, whose brother is married to her good friend Gabrielle and who is good friends with her brothers Benedict and Issac. Issac has been trying to get Thomas, who is looking for a bride by the end of the London Season, to marry Arabella, but Thomas has a list of traits that he wants his bride to meet, and high-spirited, outspoken, bold, brash, and occasionally impetuous Arabella does not meet with his criteria. While yes, she’s attractive, intelligent, and able to manage his household and hostess duties, he sees all her faults and they overwhelm everything. He doesn’t want a wife he has to tame, he wants a sweet, biddable, already tamed woman as a wife. Thomas wants to come home to a nice roaring fire in the fireplace, not a bonfire outside.

Arabella has a habit of listening at keyholes because she would never know anything in any other way. Sadly, this was one of the times she decided to listen to the keyhole and she got to listen to the man she loves run her down and tell her brothers how unsuitable she is. Even worse, this Season she’s tried so very hard to be good, just so that Thomas could see how well she would suit as his bride. What she heard destroyed her and broke her heart, and made her decide that she would just be who she was and hang what Thomas thought. He didn’t want her? Fine, she didn’t want him either.

This leads to one of the biggest rakes of London, the Marquess of Hartford, to come ask her brother Issac if he could court Arabella and her agreeing to it. Arabella has decided that she no longer wants a love marriage, and marrying Hartford would be a lot of fun at least. But… is that what she really wants?

OK, I pretty much loved Arabella. She lives out loud. She enjoys herself when she can, supports and protects her friends, and is fierce and loving. She’s also a weeeeee bit impetuous and doesn’t always think ahead. As the sister of a Duke, she’s been somewhat protected by her behaviors, since no one is going to really censure her. She has also learned how to be a little manipulative and since she’s the baby of the family, she’s been relatively spoiled and no one has really reined her in. All in all, she’s an amazing character and one that I greatly liked and enjoyed reading about. Thomas is a good man, and for part of the book, I was pretty sure that was all I would be able to say about him. But, I knew that there had to be more to him than that because Golden wouldn’t do that. And he is a good man, but he has hidden depths that turned him into a truly delightful character.

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Alright, overall, Thomas was delightful, but he really had a learning curve to deal with. It seemed to me like he wasn’t always as realistic about Arabella as he should’ve been. After their wedding, I’m not sure why he wouldn’t think that she wouldn’t want to continue to go out galloping in the morning, since it was something that she’s done the whole time she was in London, excepting for when she was planning a huge Society wedding in a week. I totally supported Arabella in this one, because he was way in the wrong. However, I also agree with part of what Thomas said.

I do like that Thomas has his own lessons to learn, like when they are leaving London and he keeps arguing with Arabella about riding the day after she’s been punished. His dad had to school him there, and then Arabella did too, when they got to where they were going.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out all of Golden Angel’s Bridal Discipline books if you like historical romance. Happy reading!

Megan Michaels-The Dragon Warlords

Megan is making her first appearance here on IBtP with a trio of terrific tails. And before you say, oh Clara, you misspelled tails, trust me, I did it on purpose. The 3 books are all great with a wonderful storyline, but they also have a breakout star, the tails. OMFG, the tails.

So, these books take place on the planet Trexotera, which has dragons. Thing of those dragons as warplanes, but you know, living and breathing warplanes. When the Trexoterans go to war against other planets, they take their fire-breathing dragons and go. The warlords and Commanders also carry guns and swords. While they may fight with dragons and swords, the Trexoterans are advanced with all that scifi tech we all love. Trexotera is run by King Zorander Quinn and his Queen, Gossamer. They have 2 sons and 2 daughters and one adopted son. The sons are Drayce and Cloven, with Artemis being the adopted son. The daughters’ names are Rosary and Willow.

While the story takes place primarily on Trexotera, the planet Zelora is also important. That planet is ruled by Alastair Tempest, who has twin daughters, Satin and Thistle, and at least one son, Thunder. I’m pretty sure that there is at least one more, but I haven’t checked the first book.

So, with all that, let’s talk about the books, shall we?

The first book is The Dragon’s Secret, and it’s Satin and Drayce’s book. Satin’s quiet, shy, and retiring sister Thistle is supposed to go and marry Drayce, prince of Trexotera. Satin decides that she’s going to take Thistle’s spot and go marry Drayce. That’s because she has always wanted to be a dragon warlord and ride a dragon. Her father wouldn’t hear of it, so her only way to do it is to take her sister’s place. When she gets to Trexotera, Drayce meets her and punishes her. Then he marries her. And we get to learn about the awesomeness that is a tail. Tails and spanking, pure awesome.

OK, the way that this works is that when a dragon feels a person is worthy, they gift the person and they are then turned into a warlord. One of the things to prove that they are a warlord is that they get a tail. Yup. A very flexible and talented tail. The warlords use their tails when it comes to sex. Pretty much anywhere the tail can go, it does. And at the end of it, there is a little barb that pops out when the tail owning person comes. It locks into their partner for a few minutes. Then there are Commanders who are warlords who have a dragon patch, which is a section of skin that looks and feels like dragon skin. Drayce is a Commander, and Satin becomes one as well.

Then we have The Warlord’s Priestess. Thistle is now on Trexotera and she has a new Daddy. Artemis rescued her and he knew as soon as he saw her that she was the one for him. Thistle was supposed to be the shy, quiet one, but Artemis has found out that she has quite a bit of fire in her, once she finds out that she has certain magics and can help out the dragons and their warlords. Thistle, Satin, and their friend and fellow warlord, Wish, manage to help when it comes to a huge confrontation in the war that Zelora started. Again, lots of spanking and fun tail sex. I’m in serious lust with the tails. I really want one. I mean, yeah. Imagine all the fun you could have with it.

Finally, we have Cloven’s Only Wish. Cloven and Wish’s relationship has gotten deeper. He’s her Dom, she’s his baby girl. Wish is strong, stubborn, has some issues with her temper, and very independent. The war with Zelora has heated up and Alistair has threatened the royal women of Trexotera, which means that they are all being kept under lock and key and heavy guard, which is difficult for all the women, but especially Wish, who has worked really hard to be the warlord that she is. The fact that their men are going off to war without them is really hard on all the women, and not good things happen.

Yeah, I know, it sounds vaguely vague in places, doesn’t it? That’s because if I go too much into any one book, I spoil the next one. Oh well, that means that you have to go buy them and read them. I wouldn’t read them as a standalone. They are all interconnected and if you miss one, you are going to miss out not only on the overall storyline but also the full story on each of the couples. Overall, I like the series, a lot. There are a few places that I don’t like, but that’s pretty typical. For example, I don’t really like Cloven much in the second book, but Megan rehabbed him and I liked him in his book. Even though I liked him in his book, there were a couple of times that he made me mad. It may sound like I’m picking on Cloven, but that’s just because I read his book yesterday, so he’s fresh in my mind. I’m hoping that there is more to come, I mean, Rosary and Willow should have their books too, don’t you think?

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OK, I just have to say that I hate Alistair. I mean, he’s a serious prick. He hates his daughters, obviously, and he’s a jealous little prick. I thought that he was going to do terrible things to Gossamer, even more terrible than having her kidnapped and thrown into his prison. I’m pretty sure he’s not altogether in between the ears, especially after he takes the dragons.

The big punishment scene in Priestess wasn’t my fave. It wasn’t that it was hot, because it was. I understand why it was done the way that it was done, and it makes sense in the book, but for me, it took away a sense of support that I thought that the women needed. Of course, that may just be me projecting how I would feel on the characters. Of course, that’s just how I feel about it, and you may like it. And that’s totally awesome. There are probably parts that I liked that you didn’t. It all works out in the end, right?

Alright, I think that I’ve said all that I want to say today. Megan’s books aren’t on KU, but they are priced reasonably. Go check them out. Happy reading!

Maggie Ryan & Shanna Handel-The Wolf’s Demand

A few months ago, I wrote a review of a book called Princess of the Pack by Haven Handel, which is a nom de plume for Shanna Handel. It was a good book that I enjoyed. It featured wolf shifters, evil spirits, and domestic discipline. It was low on the steam scale, but it was a sweet, lovely read. Well, Shanna decided to pull the book and partner with Maggie Ryan to do some reworking on it. It’s still the same basic story, but has a definite steam factor added in, and has been fleshed out.

So, let’s get into The Wolf’s Demand. Here’s our story. Cassandra and Deo Ambrosia are married. They’ve been going through a difficult stage of their marriage, and it’s been very hard and cold at their house. They are either arguing or ignoring each other. Right up until the night that Cassandra comes home and tells Deo that she’s leaving. There are all kinds of reasons that this isn’t a good thing. Deo basically says the hell you are, and takes her into his office and spanks her. She didn’t really want to leave, she just wanted to get his attention, and that was the only way she could do it. Turns out, she really, really likes him spanking her and it worked out well for them.

The next day, she walks into her law practice late, on purpose, so that she didn’t have to sit down at the partner’s meeting, after all, her ass was still tender. Her friend Cynthia asked her about it, and Cassandra told her about it. Then Cassandra goes out to lunch with Andrew, another lawyer at the practice. He has a thing for Cassandra, it’s pretty obvious. When Deo shows up where they are having lunch, Andrew tries to get all alpha male with him, but the problem is, Deo is the Alpha, and it’s hard to out-alpha the alpha. When Cassandra gets back to work, there is a strange man there who tells her that Deo sent him and that she should come with him.

Deo and his family are Greek. Their names all have special meanings, and when you meet them, they are more than happy to tell you the meanings. Deo means godlike. Balthazar, AKA Baal, means protector of the king. Draco means dragon, but also means guardian, and he’s there to protect Cassandra. Alekos, who is Deo’s little brother, means protector of mankind. And Xander means protector. Yeah, it’s important to know all those things.

So, the Ambrosia family is hiding a secret. Hundreds of years ago, back in Greece, an ancestor was cursed. They have to fight against evil and they shift into wolves. Most of the time, the evil spirits they have to fight against stay away. But, every now and again, when an Ambrosia breaks a solemn vow, like oh, telling her husband that she’s leaving, the evil spirits are able to break through. That’s what has happened here, and that’s why Deo sent Baal to pick up Cassandra from her office. Deo has Baal take Cassandra to a castle in upstate New York, where the Ambrosia family has gathered. Deo also tells Cassandra that their marriage is going to change. He knew that she was begging for him to control her and he’s going to do that know.

OK, here we go. Like I said, the basic story is the same from the original book. Or, at least the bones are. There are some changes, outside of the added sexy times scenes. There was a cheating storyline which is now gone, which I like. The storyline wasn’t as fleshed out as it could’ve been, so getting rid of it made the story better, IMO. The ending is also different, and I like the ending a lot better. I liked the original, I like the rework better.

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One of the changes I like a lot is the fact that we’re going to have a menage situation. I thought that there was a point in the original book where we were headed for a reverse harem, which would’ve been an interesting setup, but it didn’t go there, so I’m very pleased to see the menage set up in this book. We really didn’t see much of it in this book, just the setting up of it, and Cassandra agreeing to it, but the next book looks like we’ll have the full thing going on then.

So, that’s it for this one. Go hit up King Zon for it. Happy reading!

Livia Grant-Melting Silver

Livia Grant is back on the blog today, ladies and gentlemen. Today we’re looking at her backlog. Livia, along with a bunch of other authors, has created a fun little world called The Red Petticoat Saloon.

The Saloon itself lives in Culpepper Cove, and the stories take place in the gold rush years out in California. There are a few things that sold really well back in the day, one of them being the companionship of a young woman for a few hours. And the Saloon is the best place to do that. Here’s the basic backstory.

One day, back in jolly olde England, a beautiful young woman named Lady Juliette Gardner was fucking the man she thought loved her. Except, she was set up and since it was the time it was, her reputation was ruined. Eventually, she goes to live with her aunt, and then they end up in New Orleans. On the trip, Jewel got friendly with a pair of prostitutes who were going to NOLA too. After a time, Jewel, her two friends, and their cook decide to go to California.

Long story short, Jewel decides to start a brothel and call it the Red Petticoat Saloon.  The women who work there always have gem or precious metal names. They are Jewel’s Gems. They can wear red petticoats or pink petticoats. If they are wearing red petticoats, they are available to go upstairs, if they are pink, then the women are only there to serve food and drink, play cards, entertain, so on and so forth. Each story can be read as a standalone, but there are recurring characters that pop up in each book. You can jump around in the series if you want, and not get overly lost. Just make sure you read Jewel’s Gems first.

There are several authors who write the books, most of whom write spanking stuff, and you will see a mix of all kinds of subgenres, so you should have no problem finding the right book to read.

But, today, we’re looking at Livia’s book, Melting Silver. This is the story of Emelie and Charlie.

Emelie is a naive young woman who ran away from home so that she can be a singer on the big stages in San Francisco. However, the guy who lured her away is a complete and utter fucknugget. He raped and beat her and then was willing to sell her. However, Emelie’s friend helped to get her out of his grip and then she went to work at a little bar until she almost gets raped again and kills the guy who tries to rape her. Emelie has had some shitty luck up to this point. But, her luck is just about to turn because she ends up in Culpepper Cove and at the Red Petticoat Saloon.

Charlie is a player, in sorts of ways. He plays the piano at the saloon and helps to keep everyone entertained. And on Mondays, he takes a bath and plays with various Gems. He draws the line, he never kisses them and he only does oral and hands, never any penetration. He’ll also spank whichever Gem he has, but he makes sure that she likes it. He’s perfectly happy living his life, playing piano and playing with the Gems with no commitment. Then he sees Emelie, and suddenly, things change.

OK, I’m going to leave you with Emelie’s luck turning for the better and becoming a Gem named Silver. There is all kinds of stuff that happens in this book, including spankings of more than one arse, and super fun bathtimes. It’s not all beer and skittles though. You have to go through the sad parts to get to the not sad parts and without conflict in the story, how you going to have a story? But, it is great to read. All 18 books are available in KU, so you can get them quickly and easily.

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I think that Charlie should’ve told Emelie about his bathtimes with the other Gems before someone else it slip, but she should’ve told him how it made her feel before she went to Jewel and asked to be put into a red petticoat. And she definitely should’ve told everyone about everything that had happened instead of coming off as more experienced than she was. But, like I said, without these things, the story wouldn’t advance or be as good, right?

The surprise at the end is great. Loved the book.

Go check it out. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Rebel West-Night of the Zandians

This is the next entry into the Night of… RH series. Today, we get Renee Rose and her giant, purple aliens with giant… horns. Renee invited Rebel West to join her in the writing of Night of the Zandians.

So, the Zandians have had their big battle and have won the day. They now have to start to repopulate and rehab Zandia. The Fins mined the hell out of Zandia so that they could get the crystals. So, King Zander wants all the Zandians and free humans to get together, make babies, and replant Zandia. Since there aren’t all that many human women, Zander has decreed that the men must form groups of 3 or more before they can take a human mate. Then the family groups will be able to get a homestead and start doing what they can to re-green Zandia.

Riya, a human woman who was an agrislave and is now a medic, hears Zander’s orders and is terrified that what he says will mean that it’s now open season on humans. Her former masters raped and tortured her to the point where they may have done permanent physical harm to her fertility. She is terrified of being touched by a male again because of everything that she went through. But, then there’s Tarren…

Tarren is a Zandian warrior. Riya sewed up an injury on him during the fighting. He threatened to spank her because she was pulling guys off the battlefield so that they can get fixed up. While she was sewing him up, he grabbed her ass and she got off on him. Literally.

Tarren has two cousins, Ronan and Jax. They’ve noticed Riya too. When they find out that they need to form a group, they know that Riya is the one that they want. Riya runs and hides in the med bay, but that doesn’t stop these guys from coming to find her. Tarren, Ronan, and Jax know that they want her to be their mate, and they aren’t going to take no for an answer. They manage to convince her and their pierce her with their crystals so that she’s legally their mate. King Zander approves their application and sends them far, far away to their new homestead.

OK, so here we go. I love the Zandians. I mean, giant guys who are purple and hot? Sign me up! Doesn’t hurt that purple is my favorite color. I’ve loved everything about this series. I want it to go on and on. I love the RH thing. I do have to admit that I did wonder how the uber possessive Zandians were going to handle the RH thing, so it’s nice to see how that’s working. I’m so glad that there is a blurb in the end of this to let me know that there is going to be at least one more book. I neeeeeeed there to be more. It’s going to be fun to see how the story changes now that they are on Zandia, the war is over, and that the hard work has to start. There were parts that made me all teary. I started my morning crying over this book. But, I got through it, so it’s all good.

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I felt so sorry for Riya. Her secret weighed so heavily on her and she just couldn’t tell anyone, and she tried so hard to prove she was worth being able to stay on the planet. It was so obvious that so many people had told her that she just wasn’t worth it and she wasn’t going to believe it on her own, even if Tarren, Ronan, and Jax told her every minute of the day.

Speaking of those guys, they really fucking pissed me off when they had their little pity party instead of thinking things through. I get they were hurt, but they didn’t even try to figure out why Riya did what she did. Ugh. Men.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check this one and all the other Night of… books out on Zon. Happy reading!

Stella Moore-Cassandra’s Curse

We had Stella Moore on here not too long ago. And here she is again. However, this time, Stella has given us a different genre with a paranormal romance filled with love, romance, and spanking. So, let’s talk about Cassandra’s Curse.

This Cassandra, while Greek, has nothing to do with the Cassandra of Trojan fame, even though she was cursed too. Different woman, different curse. Our Cassandra was cursed many, many, many years ago by another immortal witch. Cassandra had stolen Iliana’s man away from her, so Iliana was going to make her pay by cursing her into an amulet until someone can manage to break the curse. Until then, she has to serve the man who owns the amulet, in whatever way he wants her to. She has been doing this for hundreds of years. Cassandra serves a man, and then is locked away in the amulet for a time, and then years later, someone else gets the amulet, and the cycle starts back over.

One day, Wyatt is wandering through an antique store, looking for the perfect present for his mom. Well, in this case the perfect present is the one she told him to pick up, a beautiful amulet from this particular shop. Wyatt haggles with the owner and buys the necklace for his mother. When he gets it to his house, he decides to take it out and look at it. Then a note falls out of the box. He reads the note, and poof, out pops Cassandra. She tells him that she’s a witch and has been cursed to the amulet and now she must serve him in whatever fashion he tells her to.

OK, it’s that time. This is a lovely story. There is some spanking, just enough to add some spice to the story. Cassandra and Wyatt work well together, and he’s good with teaching her how to handle the world that has changed since she was last out of the amulet in the 1860s. It’s an interesting story with a good premise and Stella gave me something that I really enjoyed.

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I was surprised when some of the people turned out to be the people that they were. It was a nice surprise and it worked out really well for the story.

I adore Wyatt’s mom, she’s a pretty awesome character and I’d love to see more with her, because why the hell not.

I’m hoping that we can get more stories about Wyatt and Cassandra, maybe just a quick novella catching us up on them?

Go check this out over on the Zon and tell me what you think! Happy reading!