Measha Stone-Obediently Ever After

Measha’s back at the Annex again with Obediently Ever After. You know, there are a couple of worlds I wouldn’t mind living in. One is the Black Light world. Another is the world of the Annex. It seems like it could be fun, and hey, everyone gets their happy ending, in more ways than one. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more. The books are generally an adult twist on a fairy tale, but I don’t think this one is, unless you really want to play with the angel/devil thing with the names of Angelica and Damien. Oh well, it doesn’t matter one way or the other, I really enjoyed the book, so that’s the important part, right?

Angel is new to the Annex, and she’s about to go to her first party. She has fibbed, a little bit, or maybe a lot of bit, about how much experience she has, but she’s sure that she will be able to stay away from the stuff that she doesn’t want to do, because she has to sign off on any contract. Her new friends try to talk her out of it, because she’s only been there for a week, but Angel needs the money, so she’s going to do it.

Damien has never been to a party at the Annex, but he’s gotten an invite, so he’s going to go. He doesn’t mind looking at some of the stuff that goes on at various play parties, but he doesn’t want to go that extreme. He is more into the domestic discipline thing, so when he spots a woman who looks like she’s straight out of a ’50’s pinup pic, he knows that she’s the one for him.

I like Angelica, mostly. I think that she was a little naive in a few places, but mostly, her heart was good and in the right place. She thought that she was doing the right thing, even if it wasn’t necessarily the right thing. I like that she tried. I think trying your best and failing is better than just not trying at all. I do like her journey.

Damien is one of those guys that I just liked from the very start. There really is no point in the story when I get mad at him. I think that he is a very steady character and one that will do a lot of good for the people he loves and who love him. He’s a good man, a strong man, and one that I just liked.

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I love that Angelica decides that she’s going to stand up for herself and start doing what she wants in her life. I applauded her for that action. Good for her.

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

Golden Angel-Marriage Training

Golden has given us a delicious Regency era spanking romance with Marriage Training. And I’m pretty sure that my marriage may benefit a little bit from this story, because it was pretty damn hot.

Vivian is the daughter of a country baron. Her family is rather poor, which is worrying, since she’s going to be making her debut soon. And a debut at this time is fucking expensive. There’s balls, luncheons, teas, all of which require new dresses. I mean, it’s worth it if you manage to make a good marriage, but first you have to get out there and get out in front of everyone’s faces. And Vivian is a shy, retiring, modest miss, who doesn’t relish being the center of attention. However, being the eldest daughter, she knows her duty. At her distant cousin Mary’s wedding, she meets a beautiful man outside of the retiring room. They only talk for a moment, but when he finds out her age, he tells her that he will see her in the future.

Gabriel wants a beautiful submissive wife, who will have the same kind of love that his father and step-mother have. When he goes to his good friend George’s wedding to Mary, he sees a beautiful young woman. After meeting her, he asks George about the Mrs. Cunningham’s Finishing School, which is where his Mary went.

Finishing schools are there to give young ladies a final polish and to make sure that they can run a household and be a credit to their husband. Except, Mrs. Cunningham’s school goes one further step. She has a very private curriculum for select students. She has a marriage training course, for men who want some very particular traits in their brides. It’s that course that Vivian is enrolled in, sponsored by Gabriel, as well as the rest of the classes she takes at this school.

I loved how Gabriel and Vivian are together. He’s so sweet and tender toward her, even when he’s is being all dominating and such toward her. It’s obvious when they are together, how much he loves Vivian, how much he wants to protect and cherish her. Vivian is a very sweet young woman, and you can see how much she wants to please Gabriel and make him happy. Every interaction between the two of them is beautiful, in my opinion.

This is a sweet book, filled with spanking, and romance. It’s totally possible to do that, and that’s definitely what Golden Angel does here. I would like to see more in this world, specifically Emily and Astoria.

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I love how Vivian set down Astoria the second time. It was impressive, and done in a way that I wish I could emulate. I’m not that subtle.

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

 

Katie Douglas-Tie Me Down

Katie Douglas is back with a book under her lighter name. Tie Me Down is sweet, loving, and pretty damn sexy. It’s a nice short read if you need to have something to read that’s a good steamy mood uplifter.

Alana is on the run from her BS asshat ex-boyfriend, Jimbo. She’s currently 5 months pregnant, and when she finally told him, he beat the shit out of her to try to make her lose it. So, when she got a chance, she grabbed his shitty car and left Seattle. Now she’s in Arizona and trying to deal with the horrible heat. When she tries to put some gas in her car, she ends up passing out and landing on the forecourt of the gas station.

Lawson and his brothers run the Lemon Tree Ranch. His brothers head out for the weekend on ranch business, leaving Lawson and one of their hands there. When they go to get gas, they get there just in time to see a pregnant woman collapse right in front of them. Lawson runs over to see if they can help, and he ends up loading the woman into his truck and taking her home.

Lawson is a wonderful man. He doesn’t have any ulterior motive in helping Alana. He just does it because that’s what a decent human being does. You help someone who is in trouble. He offered her a guest room for as long as she needed, and offered to help get her on her feet. And all this before he really got to know her or was really attracted to her. See, decent man. Decent man who likes to spank women, but it’s not like the two things are at odds with each other.

Alana is at what was my favorite part of my pregnancy. You aren’t tired from the first trimester and you aren’t feeling like a huge whale like in the 3rd trimester. You just have the 2nd trimester hornies. Ahhhh, how well I remember those days. But, she’s really a lost soul. She has spent too much time being run down and thrown away by her loved ones, so she’s just a little untethered from anything. Lawson turns into her rock, but in a good way. He gives her the support that she needs so that she can find herself. He doesn’t rescue her as much as give her the ability to rescue herself, I think. Either way, she really deserves to have a good man like Lawson.

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My heart seriously broke when Lawson’s bros came home, and Alana reacted the way that she did. I mean, I knew that Jimbo was a total fuck, but up to that point, I didn’t realize just exactly how much of a total fuck he was.

OK, that’s all I have to say today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

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!