Jane Henry-Deliverance

I love reading Jane Henry’s books. And this one, Deliverance, is the first book in a new series, so yay for that! Similar to the Boston Doms series that Jane wrote with Maisy Archer, this the New York Doms series. Jane is writing this one solo though. Still great to read.

Diana is a single mother of a son who is autistic. She’s been single for a long time, with a few breaks for relationships that just don’t work. In fact, a failed relationship is what brings Diana to us. She and her friend Beatrice are out trying to drown Diana’s sorrows in a lot of tequila. When she sees a silver Maserati, she wants to key it because she’s sure it’s her ex’s. Except, whoops. It’s not. Turns out it belongs to a huge hunk of Dom named Tobias.

Tobias is a part owner of a BDSM club called Verge. One night when he walks outside of his club, he sees two drunk women, one of whom is keying his very, very expensive car. When he confronts Diana about it, he notices that she’s pretty much drunk as a skunk. He takes her back in to Verge, into his office. She is pretty apologetic about it and is starting to feel pretty bad about what she was meaning to do. She swears to Tobias that she will pay him back, she’ll just give him her insurance info and be on her way. When he tells her that her insurance isn’t going to cover her vandalism. Diana keeps checking her phone and tells Tobias that she has to leave. If her son wakes up and she’s not home, he’ll be very upset and could meltdown.

Except, there’s a problem. Tobias gets a bright red flashing light on his desk and a phone call from a cop friend of his. There’s been a horrific attack on a woman and it’s associated with his club. So Verge is on lockdown and Tobias has to go out to the rest of the club to deal with it, which means that Diana is going out with him. That’s when she manages to earn her first spanking.

Alright, you know what time it is. I really enjoyed this book, as I have everything else of Jane’s that I’ve read. Lots of great spanking and great sex. She also has a great story going on around it. There are a lot of stories going on within the book and a lot of relationships being built. That is something that could really get out of hand and overwhelm the other elements of the story, so it works out really well. I really loved the positive representation of an autistic kid in a story. There are a lot of stereotypes about people who are autistic, so seeing a positive and realistic example out there is important. It’s also important to get the realistic example of single moms who are dealing with kids with special needs. This is a great story, all around, and I am looking forward to the next one and to see if who I think the next couple is going to be is actually the next couple.

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FTR, I’m pretty sure Zach and Beatrice are the next couple to show up. Of course, watch Jane pull someone else out of her house altogether, just to prove me wrong. LOL.

I would love to see Tobias adopt Chad, but I’m not sure that his dad would ever let go, even if he doesn’t really have much to do with Chad. I know his kind. He’s just a prick and always going to be a prick and Chad will never be enough for him because he just doesn’t want to understand who his own son is. Dickhead.

Anyhow, that’s all for today. I’m going to go plan my weekend reading now. Happy reading!

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Jane Henry-Aldric

Jane Henry has shown up here with her filthy grown-up fairy tales. But today, we’re looking at her backlog and at a dark, dangerous, and sexy scifi romance called Aldric. As a note, she’ll be showing up tomorrow too, when we revisit the Black Light for Valentine’s Day. Mark that on your calendar.

R-482 is a woman from the planet of Freanoss. When the New Dawn came, all the scholars went to Freanoss. They value conformity, regularity, uniformity, and progress. The people all wear the same clothes, don’t really eat, don’t reproduce sexually, don’t do anything messy. R-482 has been sent from Freanoss to Avalere to act as a spy. She’s been told that the people from Avalere are stealing valuable resources from Freanoss. She’s supposed to get the information about what the people of Avalere are planning and then report to her government so that they can stop the Avalerians from continuing to steal.

When she comes through the portal, she changes out of her uniform white clothes and into a tunic so that she looks more like the women of Avalere. She sees a group of laughing women, and figures that she’ll blend in with those women. It seems to be working, right up until she figures out that the group of women are headed into a circle right in front of a bunch of tattooed warriors. So, R-482 decides to try to get away.

Aldric is the Warrior King. He and his men are there to choose out a mate from the women being presented to them. He sees one beautiful young woman trying to get away and decides that she’s the one for him. She keeps trying to get away from him and defies him, which means he has to punish her right out where everyone can see it happen. Then he takes his little one to his rooms where he talks to her and finds out that she has no name, just a numerical designation, so he names her Carina.

I like the story. It’s an interesting premise. It’s pretty hot too. If you like kinky fuckery and Dom-ly types, this is a good book for you to read. Aldric does take good care of Carina. I don’t necessarily like him all the time. I don’t dislike him, there are just times when I care for him a little less. I think that he’s sometimes a little harsher on Carina that he could otherwise be. He knows good and well that she’s from Freanoss and that the worlds are very different and she doesn’t know the rules of Avalere. He seems to expect her to know the rules even when they aren’t laid out. OTOH, he really does take care of her, and he’s trying to train her so that she will be obedient and safe. So, I get why he does it. He’s just one of those Dom-ly types who we love and hate all at the same time.

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I think that Aldric should’ve listened more to Carina when it came to certain things and definitely used her greater knowledge on some subjects to their advantage. It would’ve avoided some conflict, I think.

I thought that the decoy was going to be more of a problem than he was. I expected a whole betrayal of Carina, but what I expected didn’t happen. I do love what Carina did after that episode though. It was pretty awesome.

OK, I’m done for today. Go check this out.

Sophie Kisker-Nectar of the Gods: Owned

I adore Sophie Kisker’s work. I read and reread them regularly. I always eagerly await her next book, because I know it’s going to be great. That’s how I knew I was going to love Owned. Owned is the first book in her new series, Nectar of the Gods. Protip, check out Alien Alphas for a short story that takes place in this world. Trust me on this.

Anyway, Owned. This book takes place on Anteros. When this planet has quakes in a particular island chain, there are quick flashes of light. Those flashes of light are actually portals back to Earth. When the men can get to those portals quickly enough, they reach in and grab the first human woman they see. The Anterrin men value human women for just one thing. When a human orgasms, she produces what Anterrins call nectar. This nectar is addictive to Anterrin men and produces a feeling of calmness and euphoria. So, they want more and more human women, because supply. Nectar has completely reworked the Anterrin economy and society. There are bars where people can sip the nectar straight from the source, where women spend hours and hours and hours on end having forced orgasms. Then, there are different, more special kinds of nectar slaves.

Tressa is a human woman who is just about to be free from her douchebag ex-husband. She has just signed the divorce papers and is off to celebrate washing that man right out of her hair. That is, right until a bright light rips into place before her and a copper-colored hand reaches out to grab her and drag her into the light. Next thing she knows, she’s in on her knees, bent over in a cage with her arms secured behind her, plugs in both her pussy and her ass, and is gagged. When she’s drug off the transport she’s in, she’s put in a warehouse with a whole lot of women in the same state. Someone comes along and forces all the women to orgasm. When it’s Tressa’s turn, after she orgasms, some fingers are shoved into her pussy and she can hear people discussing her. Then, she’s picked up and shoved into a corner by herself. Sometime later, a man comes and tastes her the same way, closes her cage and walks away.

Joram, who was working in the warehouse, has a suspicion that Tressa is something special. His sister was trained to grade nectar slaves and he was there when she was training and he tasted the various types of nectar as well. When he finds out that Tressa is going to be disposed of, he knows that he has to figure out a way to save her, after all, if he’s right, she’s worth a whole lot of money. He manages to save her and take her home.

Keilat is Joram’s twin brother. All Anterrin men are born as twins and they share a mate. When he finds out what Joram has done he’s somewhat shocked, but when Joram explains that he thinks that he’s found a gola’a slave, Keilat is willing to listen.

A gola’a slave is the most precious kind of nectar slave. However, they don’t get to orgasm because it will ruin the taste. So, once Tressa has been found to be a gola’a slave, she is stuck with being on edge, all the time, and having to be given tea which will send her into a period where she is nothing but needy and drippy.

If you don’t like BDSM, avoid this one, because all the letters come into play here, in all kinds of ways. Keilat and Joram are very much her Masters, and they do punish her. There are cages, cuffs, collars, and alien roses. But, if this is your kind of thing, and it’s obviously mine, then go read it and reread it and maybe read it again. I loved the story and the world as well as the characters, most of the time. Joram is a real dick at times, but I can’t go into the book to kick his ass, so it’s a good thing he finally stops. The world-building is fabulous, Sophie has come up with a pretty complete world, and while I don’t think I’d want to live there, I don’t mind visiting it.

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When I say that Joram is a real dick, I mean it. I mean, at one point he gives Tressa the tea, but he made it a lot stronger than he should’ve done, which meant that Tressa was screaming in need for longer than she should’ve otherwise done. She tried to claw the chastity belt thing that she had to wear because of how horny she was. Joram only sees her as a source of nectar and an exotic pet, not as a sentient being. Luckily Keilat is there to balance him out.

And can we talk about the crazy king? If I thought that Joram was a dick, the king is a psycho, and not a nice, warm, fuzzy kind of psycho. He does not nice things and we will all love to hate him.

I can’t wait to see where Sophie is going to go with this series because I know it’s only going to get better from this point. It’s going to be totally awesome.

I’m not going to say anything more about this book because I’ve said a lot and I’m trying not to be that person. So, go over to King Zon and grab it for yourself and see what you think. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Dungeon Daddy

The Rapunzel story is near and dear to my heart. Now, you may be asking yourself, why does Clara like that story so much? the answer is simple, I have hair that’s almost long enough to sit on. My goal is to eventually have hair that’s down to my knees. I love having long hair. I’ve had long hair most of my life. But, that’s neither here nor there, it just explains why I love the story of Rapunzel. So, when I heard that Jane was going to do one of her filthy fairy tales with Rapunzel as the heroine? I was alllll for it. So, let’s head down to the dungeon and meet Daddy, shall we?

Our main characters in Dungeon Daddy are Rae and Ryder. The book starts out with our villain talking to a man who needs a loan and who signs his first born child as the collateral for his loan. Then we flash forward to that man and his wife fleeing along with their baby daughter.

Many years later, we meet Ryder. His car breaks down on in the middle of nowhere. His cell phone doesn’t work, he has no clue where he is, and doesn’t know where he’s going to get some help.  Looking around, he sees some lights off in the distance, so he starts heading that way. When he gets there, it’s a house, so he knocks on the door. He sees a figure in the window who screams and looks as if someone is pulling her away from the windows.

Rae has never left her father’s house. She’s never met anyone but her father and the few staff that he has hired. She has been totally sheltered. She’s gotten to watch some television unless her father decided to punish her, but mostly it’s just been her and all her books. Her father never touches her and doesn’t seem to even like her. She doesn’t know what he does, but she knows that he’s up to no good and people come in to see him and then never leave. Rae just does everything she can to make sure that he doesn’t punish her by taking things away from her or locking her away in her room. When she hears someone knocking at the door late one night, she’s surprised. Her father isn’t home, so no one should be there. Then, she trips and falls and screams. The next thing she knows, there’s a man climbing in her window!

Ryder manages to scale his way up to her window so that he can rescue the damsel in distress. She lets him stay overnight, but he leaves in the middle of the night, after using a phone to call for help. He left a number for her so that she can call him for help. When she does, he comes and saves her and takes her to Limits, his club.

So, this is the place where we split up. I love Ryder. OMG, I mean I will happily sit on his lap and call him Daddy any old time he wants me to. Please? He’s really, really hot. He’s really, really Dom-ly, and this story is really, really inferno-like. I mean, like you may spontaneously combust from reading this story. I know that I nearly did. There are times when it’s hard for you to figure out who the bad guys and good guys are. You do cheer and boo for the same people at various times, trying to figure out who is who. It’s a quick read so it won’t take you a long time to read it and figure out who the true ne’er-do-wells are. Go check it out.

A funny note on the name of the club. In Jane’s group, she said that she found out that the name of the club she wanted to use had already been used in another book, so she opened it up for names. There were a whole lot of suggestions, including several from yours truly. Then she picked a few and let us vote on them. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Limits but only because one of my suggestions, Conciergerie, was on the list. That’s the name of one of the prisons that de Sade was incarcerated at. I was highly amused.

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Arte Nouveau Rapunzel by Hannah Anderson.

There are beautiful things about this story. One of them is that Ryder truly does everything he can to make sure that Rae is safe and well cared for. There’s also the fact that he listens to what she wants and goes out of his way to make sure that she gets to try those things out.

The part where she hits subspace is just an awesome scene. I can totally see why Ryder wanted to keep Rae in a private room when they are playing, since that’s a really intense thing that is shared by a Dom and sub. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been told.

I love reading Jane’s stories and the fairy tales are really awesome. Go check this one out on your own and see what you think.

Sophie Kisker-Finding Home

Odyssey

1a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
2an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest 
Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about Sophie Kisker and her work. I’ve reviewed several other of her books. This time, I’m going with the Finding Home series. Sophie has it listed as Finding Home: An Erotic Tale of Love and War. And yeah, it totally is. I wouldn’t take them as 3 separate books, because they aren’t a stand-alones, but more as one book that has been broken into 3 sections, like the Lord of the Rings. Luckily, all three books are out, so you can read them all back to back to back. Protip: Odyssey, the first one, is on sale for $0.99 today 12/17. All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited.
Finding Home takes place in Meridia. It’s a country that is broken up into several provinces. Think Canada or maybe Australia instead. Only, there really is no country-wide government, there is a committee that all the leaders belong too, but nothing like an overarching prime minister or president. Because each province is self-ruled, the laws and treatments of the people can widely vary. The rulers also tend to be hereditary, with the leader choosing one of his children or adopting someone to be an heir. Depending on the leader, you may get someone who is competent and has a competent heir, or you can get a family that runs their province into the ground and their heirs are just as incompetent and maybe tyrannical. While there are several provinces, we are mainly concerned with three of them. In the first book, we are dealing with Edwal and Alaine. In the second and third books, Orre becomes just as important.
Now, there are a lot of politics that go on in these books on top of the sexy, sexy, sex. Sophie doesn’t relate the politics back to the real world in any way, so if you don’t like politics, then you aren’t going to have to deal with the real world politics. The politics are braided in through the story with the sex and the romance. You really can’t have one part without the other. When you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
OK, back to the world of Meridia. Edwal is ruled by  Elias Palm. He is a tyrant and dictator. He has severely restricted the rights of his people. He has had houses of college professors bugged, there are security cameras on every corner, and people are encouraged to inform on each other. Palm is suspicious, paranoid, and an all-around fuckhead. Alaine is one of their neighbors and is run by Daniel Weiss. Weiss is a sane, rational person, who tries to rule his province as well as possible and keeps his people’s needs in mind. So, of course, Palm hates him. Orre is run by Benjamin Aldriss. More on him later.
Odyssey was the first book I read by Sophie. It has some intense points in it and I had a hard time with some of those places. I’ve read other intense books and even books that are arguably more intense, but there’s just something about this one that really, really got to me. Even on rereads, when I know what’s coming, the same points get to me. However, that doesn’t put me off reading the series, and I hope it doesn’t put you off it too.
So, Odyssey. Edwal decides that it’s going to invade Alaine. Mostly because Palm is a motherfucker. So he institutes a draft for every male up to the age of 50, which includes Liz Peltier’s dad. The Alaine military manages to drive the poor men of Edwal back, and they invade Liz’s town since it is closest to the border. As part of the reparations, the leaders of Alaine decide that they are going to take young women hostages for ransom. So women between the ages of 18-40 who aren’t mothers are at risk of being selected. Twenty of the wives and daughters of the most important people in that town are selected to be hostages instead of all the men being arrested. This is a relatively common practice, so no one expects it to take long. Except, no one takes Elias Palm and his nuttiness into consideration.
The women are taken to an army base, where they are actually held for weeks. During that time, Liz steps up as a leader and does what she can to help make the stay easier on everyone. Can I just say that I think Liz is a total badass? She really is, and it shows up throughout the entire series. When Palm refuses to do anything, one woman is selected to stay as a hostage slave in Chairman Weiss’s home. That means sexual slavery. And of course, I bet you can figure out who that woman is. Liz has quite a journey to go through to get through the end of the book and through the end of the series, and some seriously shitty things happen. More about it after the spoiler warning.
In Sanctuary we are still staying in Alaine and the Weiss estate, for the most part, but this is where Orre and Benjamin Aldriss come into play. Aldriss has a daughter named Jenny. In the beginning of the book, Jenny is sitting outside of their house, having come home from college, because she needs some space. While she is sitting there, she watches her whole family be destroyed, along with everyone in the house, and even the house. She knows that she needs to find somewhere safe and everyone thinks that she’s dead. The safest place she can think of is with her father’s friend, Daniel Weiss of Alaine. She manages to get there, and she’s going to have to live as a slave there, because who’s going to think of looking for her there, and she will be protected as much as is possible. But, she can’t just pretend. She has to go through the whole training. That’s when she meets Liz, who is acting as a mentor, and who helps her get through her training. Meanwhile, back in Orre, Palm has decided that he’s going to “help” out Orre and takes over huge swathes of the country. Now on to the next book.
Refining Fire is the third and last book. In metalworking, you refine metals by subjecting them to high heat, back in the day, fire would be used in one way or another. Heating up the metal to a certain point lets all the impurities burn away. When the metal comes out of the fire, it is pure. Certain objects made of metal, like knives and swords, go through heat treatment as part of their manufacturing. The heat treatment allows them to be stronger. Both of these things are important in this book. Michael and Jenny, Liz and Ryan all four have their own issues as people and as couples, and as a group. There are all sorts of shitty things that happen in this book. I know it sounds like I’m not saying a whole lot, but I’m being careful so that I don’t overly spoil it. The main action of the book is for Jenny to be allowed to rule her family’s province and what it’s going to take to get there. There’s also a lot of discussion about what submission means when circumstances change.
Wow, this is a long post. And I know that it seems that I have kind of brushed over the second 2 books, but the thing is, if I talk too much about book 2 or 3 then I am going to spoil the books ahead of it. So, if you want more info about the books, then you need to go read them yourself. Told you, they are all on KU and you can get Odyssey at a steal today. Meanwhile, I’m going to go on and make this long post even longer when I go on to the spoiler section. This is a great series, and it should definitely get more love than it does. The story is really well-written and everything winds together so very well. All the characters, all the themes, all the everything, just braids into a cohesive whole and turns into an epic odyssey.
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OK, in O, the original slave trainer, Master Thomas, abuses Liz, after the assistant trainer, Ryan, did all he could to put her fears at rest because in Edwal, terrible things happen to sex slaves. That really makes it hard for Liz, until Daniel fires Thomas. Ryan takes over, and he changes the way that things were done. He wasn’t about forcing submission but more about guiding a woman to find her submission and be able to give it. It works really well, and you can see from the very beginning of the story that Liz and Ryan are going to end up in some sort of relationship, it’s just hard to figure out how, since they are Master and slave. Ryan is incredibly protective of her, and it shows up when Liz is attacked and actually ends up in court.
In S, Ryan is still training and Liz is really his assistant, as much as possible, because she’s a natural leader. When Jenny comes in, she has a very hard time, since she’s been to the house many times before as a guest, and her mindset is hard to switch from. Liz becomes her mentor. She helps Jenny and if Jenny fucks up, they both get punished. It may seem mean to do it that way, but it works. Michael, who is Weiss’s heir, falls head over heels with Jenny, which makes it hard on both of them, since she’s a slave and he’s her master, plus they are trying to keep her safe. And this is where some serious, serious orgasm control comes in too. Jenny is very orgasmic, so the goal is to keep her from coming without permission. She goes through training for that. Sadly, there’s a point where that gets used against her. The Palms and their followers are massive fuckwads.
In RF, oh man, I cried. Jenny and Liz are both freed and with their loves, but Liz and Ryan are trying to figure out what him being her Master and her being the slave works with her being technically free. That’s the relationship that they want, but there are going to be bumps and bruises. Jenny is busy trying to figure out how to rule her province and how to fight Edwal while trying to get her rights as a leader. At the same time, she’s trying to figure out how to be with Micheal who is now the leader of Alaine and be both a strong woman and leader and a submissive partner to Michael. Really interesting dynamics going on in the book. While they are trying to figure everything out, something happens to Jenny that sidetracks those dynamics, and causes her to have a tremendous loss. It’s at this part that I cried, and is one of the intense parts of the book. It was a rough part to get through.
It really was the book I needed to finish off the entire series. It gave me that emotional satisfaction that I look for in the end of a long series. Yeah, I felt wrung out more than once, but that just makes the happy at the end happier. I got wrung out over the past few days as I’ve read the stories again, and I needed the end and the epilogue to feel better.
I hope I didn’t lose anyone while talking about the series. I hope that Sophie likes what I wrote. I hope no one thinks that I didn’t do justice to these stories and to the characters. Go give these stories some love.

Felicity Brandon-The Viking’s Conquest

I’ve read a few of Felicity’s books, but this is the first time that I’ve put anything of hers on the blog. When I had some nice empty space, I told her that I wanted to put something of hers up and asked what she suggested. She wanted to know if I like Vikings. Oh yeah, I like Vikings. Vikings are hot. I like Vikings so much that I married me one. So yeah, Mama like. I really like Felicity’s Vikings too.

So, on to The Viking’s Conquest.

Aurelie of Donrose is the only daughter of the king. She has two older brothers, who, along with her father, are out battling the Viking invasion. Her brother Bowen comes to her and tells her that the Vikings are going to be attacking their castle, but he can’t stay to protect the castle or her, which means it’s up to her. Luckily, Bowen taught her how to fight with a sword and she’s pretty good. That means she’s going to be OK fighting the Northmen who are coming to invade her castle. Yeah, can you see what’s going to happen here? The title probably gives you a good idea.

Prince Anders is the one leading the battle against Donrose. He’s a successful invader and is successful when it comes to fighting and taking Donrose. As he is invading the castle, he finds Aurelie fighting and decides that she’s going to be his captive. He asks one of his men, Magnus, to make sure that she gets back to the camp OK. Of course, that’s right after he stops Magnus from killing Aurelie. Anders decides that he’s going to keep Aurelie as his captive and insists that she calls him my Lofdungr, meaning my prince, which is hard for Aurelie to swallow.

You know what time it is. I’m going to go one way, you can go to the other. But some thoughts before we split. This story is totally hot and totally OMG. It’s a pretty good example of a power exchange when it comes to a D/s relationship. In a power exchange, the submissive gives their submission to their Dom, and in exchange, the Dom gives their domination, care, and protection. Notice how I say gives. A good Dom never forces or takes submission from their sub, they earn their sub’s trust and submission. How much power the Dom has over the sub is generally negotiated beforehand (not so much in this book), and can range from the Dom having control over every aspect of their life, to a more relaxed plan. To go along with the PE aspect of the story, there are a lot of BDSM punishments, some very humiliating to Aurelie and some that some people would consider seriously hardcore. But, there’s also a great romance and good historical fiction. I totally liked this story. Go check it out.

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I love how Aurelie struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants. She’s been a strong and proud person all her life and what Anders demands of her can be really hard for her, especially some of the really, really humiliating things that he has her do. However, she figures out that she likes it and maybe even needs it.

Anders, super hot and super alpha and Dom-ly, is hard for me to get a read on sometimes. Probably because I’m not a Dom-ly Viking prince type. Sometimes his thought processes elude me. The things that he does he does to teach Aurelie some kind of lesson, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily understand his choices. Of course, it doesn’t help that we never see his POV. The story is written entirely from Aurelie’s POV, which isn’t a bad thing, but we can’t see what he’s thinking. But maybe that’s also a good thing, that makes him a better character. He’s probably not one of the characters that we would want to see monologuing. This is probably one I’m going to debate for a while.

Anyway, I’m going to be reading more of her books than I already have. Spoiler alert, more Felicity will show up on my blog in the future. We have two more posts today. One from Jaye Peaches and one from Sophie Kisker. More from Sophie tomorrow too.

Dani Rene-Whisper

So, a couple of weeks ago I reviewed Kneel, the first book in the Sins of Seven series by Dani Rene. Today, we’re getting into the next one with Whisper. Whisper is darker than Kneel, with some parts that made me cry. My poor husband doesn’t always know what to do when a book makes me cry. I won’t put it down, most of the time, otherwise how will I know if it comes out alright, so I just cry and he asks 14 times if I’m OK. So, let’s dive into the book, and then you can go read it and see if it makes you cry too. If it does, you totally have to tell me.

Once upon a time, Eli was a happily married man and a happy Dom with a lovely sub. Then he found out that his wife Raquel had been keeping secrets and that she is dying. His wife keeps trying to make him promise to find someone else to love so that he will be happy. She’s just being a good sub, always thinking of her Dom and his happiness. She even goes as far as pointing out a young woman who is also in the hospital and telling him that he should go talk to her.

Giana was that young girl. She was just 17 at the time and had already lived in the antechamber of Hell. Raquel talked to her and made her promise to watch out for Eli and to take care of him.

Eventually, Gia and Eli hook up. They spend a year being friends and making each other come. Eli walks away from an 18 year old Gia, thinking that he’s too old for her and wanting her to go and have a happy life.

Fast forward 7 years, Gia changed her name from the one Eli knew her as and looks different. She spent 2 years living in the deepest, darkest pits of Hell and has come through the other side. With Carrick’s help and a good psychiatrist, she’s managed to put her life together again. And she’s found Eli. She sees him every day serving as a barista at his regular coffee shop and most nights, working as a bartender at the local BDSM club, Seven Sins, owned and run by Carrick and Mason. She’s played with different Doms and occasionally shown up on stage in various shows. She’s also watched Eli play with various subs and then heard them come back and talk about him and try to get him to play with them again.

For his part, Eli has worked very hard to not have any real sub. He may bring the subs from the clubs home, but he’s never let them into any part of his home except for a room he’s set up to entertain subs in and his playroom. He’s bound and determined not to love anyone, not since Raquel died and he walked away from Riley.

One night, at the club, he hands Gia his card and tells her that he wants to play with her after her shift and to show up at his house. They scene, everyone is happy, and he sends her home. Mostly what Eli is looking for is a little girl he can love and cherish but also tie up, spank, and make cry. Gia is looking for someone who will love her.

Gia and Eli are two profoundly broken people who have serious shards and bits and pieces. Together they are less broken and they help to hold each others’ broken bits together. But when the past comes back to haunt them, can the hold they have on each other go on?

This is where I go one way and you may choose to go the other, there are definite possibilities that you may be spoiled if you keep going with me. Dani Rene creates wonderful characters that make you really cheer for them or hate them. This is a dark book, with BDSM scenes, capture and torture, and sadness. There is also happiness and lots of secrets. There are a lot of layers that go into this story and I loved being able to find them and dig into them. It was also nice to get a peek at older characters and see old friends.

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The layers and connections in this book are delicious. Everything is tied into everything else and into everyone else. I have to admit, that there was one thing that I kind of guessed, well, not really guessed, but more like thought wouldn’t be interesting if… And it was, and it was interesting.

Poor Gia. I mean, fuck. I mean, she worked as hard as she could to get away from her past and then it found her, and it nearly destroyed her. I spent that whole section of the book crying and cried while Gia and Eli were apart. I know why Gia chose to do what she did, and I even support the idea of her taking the time to heal after what happened. That doesn’t mean that my heart didn’t break for them both, especially since Gia was bound and determined to let Eli go. I love the way that it ended though. I felt very satisfied and my tears dried up.

I really loved this book. Not just for the kinky, kinky, sexy fun, but for all the layers of the story and the rich story-telling that goes into this book. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love books that are just sex for the sake of sex, I own several of them and enjoy reading them, but I also love reading stories that have real substance to them and that make you think and feel for the characters, and this one did that.

Anyway, that’s enough for today. We have a break tomorrow and then we’re back with more Parker Sinclair and a fun week ahead of us. Meanwhile, happy reading!