Natasha Knight-Taken

Oh, ducklings, my sweet and precious ducklings, Natasha Knight has taken us on a roller coaster in Taken. One word of warning before I proceed, Taken is part of a duet, so it ends in a cliffie. The second part will be out in 2 weeks, so it’s not like Natasha is making us wait for a long time for the resolution. So, if you are interested in this one but you don’t like cliffies, wait a couple more weeks. Now, on to the review.

The Willows and the Scarfonis have a centuries-old relationship. That’s not a good thing here. For centuries, the Willows have always had quadruplet daughters and the Scarfonis have had sons. It used to be that they had 4 sons, but now they only have 3. Well, they still have 4 sons, but one son in each generation dies. Anyhow, once every generation, when the Willow daughters turn 21, the Scarfoni sons go and reap one of the daughters. They choose one, and keep her for 3 years, each brother getting their year with her, from oldest to youngest. The 3 sisters who don’t get chosen go on with their lives, get married, and one of them has quadruplet daughters, and the cycle begins again. The Willow Girl, the one that the Scarfonis choose, doesn’t always fare well. Their life expectancy after their 3 years is rather short, with a number of them committing suicide. There is one who seemed to survive her 3 years of service well, and that is Helena, the great-aunt of this generation’s Willow daughters.

Helena is also the name of one of the current generation of daughters. She actually looks like her great-aunt Helena. She’s dark to her sisters’ light. They are golden dolls, but Helena has dark hair, with a silver stripe. Ever since her 16th birthday, when her mother told her and her sisters what was happening, Helena has hoped that she wouldn’t be the one chosen. In fact, she went and got rid of her virginity, just so that she could knock herself out of the running.

Sebastian, Ethan, and Gregory as this generation’s Scarfoni sons. Along with Lucinda, who is Ethan and Gregory’s mother and Sebastian’s step-mother, they have come to the library at the Willow estate where the 4 women are standing in transparent shifts and on blocks so that they can be chosen. Helena has had to be bound and gagged while she is standing there with her shift that has a smear of blood on it, marking her non-virginal state. Sebastian is the one who gets to choose which of the 4 women standing in front of him is to be this generation’s Willow Girl, and by all rights, it should be one of the golden girls, but that would make our story really short now, wouldn’t it? Of course, Helena is the one that Sebastian wants.

There’s a lot going on in this book. I don’t know if I like Sebastian. I mean, sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. That’s OK, that’s how Helena feels about him too. She likes parts of him and she likes what he makes her feel, but she really basically just hates him. He’s told her that he wants to break her, she’s told him that he might have her body but can’t have her soul. There are things going on with Sebastian that we don’t understand or have access to, as of yet. I hope we find them in the next book. I’m interested in them. Helena, I like her a lot. She’s strong and fragile, broken and whole, all at the same time. She has to keep being rebellious because that’s the only way that she can be, the only way she can survive. Ethan and Lucinda deserve to burn in hellfire and lava, or to be cast into the center of a sun. I hate them, a lot. Gregory is… an unknown. I’m looking forward to finding out more about him too.

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Aunt Helena’s ring, OMG, I love her ring, and especially love how she got it. But yeah, I agree, Auntie Helena didn’t come back all that sane. But, you gotta wonder, what exactly happened to her to make her do what she did? It had to have been bad.

I’m kind of thinking that maybe Sebastian’s mom didn’t commit suicide, maybe she was helped along by someone near and dear to her. That person seems like they would do that to me.

And fuck, that ending. Ugh.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. I may not survive the wait. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Brute

Oh, my chickadees. Nine-foot tall alien? Check. Cock as big around as your wrist? Check. Rebellious heroine who has no plans of submitting any time soon? Double check. Definitely sounds like Loki Renard has written a new book. And Brute is filllllthy. Soooooo filthy. Like take 3 showers and still feel hot and bothered filthy.

So here’s our story. It’s far in the future and Earth is nearly depopulated. Things are crumbling, the infrastructure doesn’t really exist much anymore, and humans are leaving the world as they can, because there just isn’t much left on Earth. However, Pyxel isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. She’s got a horde of stuff that she is saving, as part of Earth’s history. But, there is one chip that she’s currently selling. She needs the money to make sure that she can maintain her stuff.

Crash and Farti are traders. They’ve spent months and months on the way to Earth so that they can get this truly valuable chip that Pyxel is selling. When Crash, who is ginormous and keeps Farti safe, goes out to meet the seller, he sees that Pyxel’s leg is hurt and he wants to take her back to his ship to fix it. That’s when he realizes several things, including the fact that Pyxel really likes it when he punishes her.

This is a pretty quick read, with some really hot scenes in it. The first big scene between Crash and Pyxel was pretty much off the charts let’s turn this shit up to 11. Pyxel is a very stubborn character. She isn’t going to give into anyone. It has to be forced, each and every time, even when she loves whatever is about to happen. She also has a strong sense of duty and feels like she has to maintain all these treasures that her family has gathered over the years to keep the history of Earth safe. I mostly like her, but there are times when she is a real brat and she really needs her ass whipped. Good thing that Crash is there to take care of her. I like Crash. Mostly. There are a couple of times where I was a little unsure, but generally, I like him. We don’t see a lot about Farti, other than Pyxel thinking that he’s Crash’s pet.

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The queens. Euuuuwwww. Smart Pyxel dealing with it the way that she did. Strong Pyxel. Because, seriously. Euuuuwwww.

And the chip? Yeah, totally not what I was expecting.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. You know I’m going to go tell you to check out Loki’s work. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Bought

Loki Renard writes like the wind. I think that she maybe has a time machine and manages to put more hours in a day than the rest of the world has. I don’t know what it is, but she manages to put out a lot of books. And she’s just released a new one in Bought. Wouldn’t you all just freak out if I said that this was a light and fluffy one and not one of Loki’s dark stories? I don’t think that she knows how to write light and fluffy, so fear not, this is lovely and dark, and very much in much in Loki’s wheelhouse.

Casey is a brilliant programmer. That is both her greatest achievement and her greatest downfall. So when she tracks down some odd code that turns out to scrape users’ data, she decides that she needs to go to Vyper, the company who makes it, so that she can talk to Ethan, who is the CEO. Is she going to blackmail him? No. Is she going to ask him for a lot of money? No. Does she want him to hire her? No. What she wants to do is to ask him to stop. He tries to hire her, but she’s not interested. She has principles. Casey walks out of his office, gets in the elevator, gets in her car, and then is promptly pulled out of it by the police. She’s not put under arrest, she’s just locked in a room, waiting for Ethan to come. And he does, but not before he belts her with two cops holding her down. That’s OK, he makes sure she comes too.

Ethan decides that he’s going to take her home with him and keep her there. That way she can’t tell the world what’s going on and she will be safe. Meanwhile, he now has a new fucktoy, if he can just keep her under control.

I really like Casey, she is very smart. That’s also a serious problem for her. Being smart means that she thinks she figures things out and she thinks that she has things over on other people. Oh, not in a mean way, but still. She’s also a programmer, which means she tends to think in patterns and logical kinds of ways. Someone who is sneaky and who doesn’t think that way can almost always get around someone who thinks very logically. I mean, the people may both get to the same place, but where one person goes A->B->C, another person goes 2->5->B->A->K->C. They both end up in the same place, but the ono-logically thinking person is able to get around the other person because they’ve seen around the corners. But I probably digress. Ethan is a prick a good deal of the time, but he’s a prick that Casey enjoys, at least, at certain times.

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Not to be all super-paranoid, because it’s not really paranoia if they are really doing this, but if there aren’t companies doing this, I’ll kiss this venemous snake. It’s kind of creepy to think of, even when it’s happening in fiction, but when you consider that it’s very likely happening in real life, then it gets even worse, doesn’t it?

Go, read, enjoy! Happy reading!

Addison Cain-Branded Captive

Addison Cain was my first experience with Omegaverse stories, whether they were Mf or Mm. Now I read a lot of them. So, when I heard about Branded Captive, you know that I was first in line to get it. I might have had to cut a bitch to get it. Or maybe I just begged. I don’t remember. I’ve slept since then. What I haven’t forgotten is just how filthy and obscene this one is. It is sooooo wrong. So, very, very, very wrong, and yet so very, very, very right. And did I mention filthy and hot? I just want to make sure that you know that. And since it’s an Addison book, you know that it’s dark.

Wren is a Deaf Omega. Her parents have kept her pure and innocent. Her mother didn’t tell her anything about what she needed to know. So when her father sells her virginity to a big Alpha and she doesn’t meet his needs, because she doesn’t know what to do, she ends up being branded as defective and thrown away and ends up in the Warren, but not before the Alpha caused her even more pain by ripping his knot out of her.

Five years later, she’s managed to build some kind of life for herself. She has rooms that she keeps scrupulously clean and two boys who were also abandoned that she has adopted as her own. As an Omega, she’s driven by her instincts to nest and have a family, so that’s what she’s done. But when her boys disappear, she worries that she has lost them to Caspian and his syndicate. So she decides to go get them, even though she wants to stay away from Caspian. Alphas are bad and hurt people and the ones in the Warrens are even worse.

Caspian is not a nice dude. His second is Kieran and his third is Toby. They are all very not nice men. Even when they do nice things. Caspian controls everything in the Warrens and a good chunk of what’s going on above too. He wears a coat that is reputed to be made out of human skin, and I’m more than willing to believe it. When he sees what he thinks is a skinny man dragging one kid out of his area by his ear while carrying another one, he has to know what’s going on. That’s when he finds out that it’s not a skinny man, it’s a beautiful Omega.

I’m not sure if I hate Caspian or love him. He’s cruel and brutal, pragmatic and straight forward. If he wants, he takes. He wants Wren. He’s going to take her. He’s also going to share her when he wants, with Kieran and Toby. It doesn’t matter what Wren wants at this point. She’s going to have to just deal with whatever Caspian wants to do and suck it up. This is dark, it’s gritty, it’s filthy, and it’s Wren’s new life. There isn’t a whole lot of good and happy going on right now in her life, and frankly, I don’t know that there will be. However, I’m going to reread this book a lot and when the next ones in the series come out, I’ll read those too. I need more of this story and I need it soon. And I really hope that Caspian kicks that other Alpha’s ass up one side and down the other.

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Toby gives me the creeps. I’m not too proud to admit it. Caspian is pretty straight forward I think. Kieran may be a little softer than the other two, for all that he’s the second strongest Alpha, but I think that Toby is as bent as a pretzel. I don’t trust him around Wren.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. I cannot recommend it enough, so go check it out! Happy reading!

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Maggie Ryan & Alta Hensley-Bride to Keep

I’ve been looking forward to this one since like January. The release got pushed back for reasons, which meant I had to wait and wait and wait. But yay! It finally released today and we’re all happy. So, let’s talk about dark and sorta scary bad boys, the woman they take, and their sister in Bride to Keep, shall we

We have the 4 O’Shea brothers, Cal, Derrick, Nolan, and Rogan. (Pro-tip: always highlight the names of the guys in RH books so that you can keep them all straight.) They are connected with the Irish Mob, and they have just burned down everything that Dallas Callaghan has because he killed their parents and traumatized their beloved baby sister, Alana. Then they are off to the witch’s den so that they can confront her about their sister.

Monet is not a witch, but she is very much into natural healing, holistic healing, herbalism, and all that. She sells all of those things plus crystals and such in the tea shop she inherited from her grandmother. She knows that she’s not a witch, but the mystique and ambiance help her bottom line, so she will make people think that she’s a witch. The boys show up and warn her to stay away from Alana. They don’t want her to take advantage of their baby sister.

Alana was with her parents when their boat blew up. She was out on the waterskis while they pulled her around. When she came to after the accident, she was terribly devastated. When she woke up the next day, she was slightly less connected to the world. She was happy. She figured out a way to live in the world but not of the world. She found Monet’s shop by accident, but she kept going back because she loved it and Monet so much.

After sneaking off to see Monet again, Alana gets found out by her brothers. They come up with a plan. They’re getting ready to move to Ireland, so they’ll just kidnap Monet and take her with them so that Alana has a friend and more help to get their farm up and running.

OK, I have to say that I didn’t like the guys for a chunk of the book. I looked at my husband and told him that I thought they were dicks. But, I did love Monet and Alana, and they were more than worth getting through the boys’ prickishness and they do get better. And yeah, this is a RH romance, but that’s not all it is. There’s also the journey of friendship between Alana and Monet. Some of the stuff that Alana said just kind of sticks with you and makes you think, it’s really deep and really important. There were a couple of points where I cried. It was terribly sad and very sad. And I can almost guarantee that when I read the book again, I will cry again at those parts. But, it was a great book and the O’Shea boys won me over, so it’s all good.

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Alana! No! I do not accept this version of reality.

And those jerks. How dare they do what they did? I mean that was just a shitty thing to do after everything they’ve been through. Seriously, I liked them by that point, but I wanted to smack each and every one of them. Dicks.

OK, I loved this book. Go check it out. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Mastered

Here we are back on a futuristic Earth that has been invaded and devastated by the Vakarrans, thanks to Sara Fields. Mastered is the second book of this series, and I’m really interested to see where it’s going to go after this one. I think some really interesting things will be happening.

Alaina Stryke, sister to rebel Kira Stryke from our first book, is now in charge of leading their rebellious little band. Kira had gone to her command center to make sure that no Vakarrans were around while Alaina and their two younger sisters moved the rest of the group on to another hidden area. They have to stay hidden because the women would be taken by the Vakarrans and turned into breeders and sex slaves and then men will just be slaves. But when Kira doesn’t come back, Alaina fears the worst.

She decides that she will go to the command center to see what she will find. When she gets there, she discovers that there is a lone Vakarran near one of Kira’s traps, so she’s going to capture him and make him tell her where her sister is so that she can be rescued. Davvan is the youngest member of the second battalion. Alaina gets him trapped in a pit and then goes to talk to him. He tells her that he can’t get her any info on her sister and that he can’t communicate with any Vakarrans. As she goes to shoot him, she feels a gun held up to her own head. Turns out that Davvan is devious and the tables have been turned on her.

The rest of Davvan’s team has arrived and they are going to make this human woman pay, because she’s a human woman and she’s a slave. On top of that, she had the audacity to consider killing a Vakarran. Ryder, Morgn, and Aarom have to all give shit to Davven about it first, but she’s well fucked and punished by the time they drag her into the nearby training facility.

OK, everyone may want to think of the Vakarrans as bad guys, not all of them are. Her guys save a human from another Vakarran who was whipping the shit out of her. Whipping her enough that it was probably going to leave marks. So really, the Vakarrans are like anyone else. There are some that are dicks and that let the power they have go to their heads. There are others who are decent guys, like Kira’s guys and like our current 4. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t going to tie up Alaina, spank her until her ass is a bright cherry red, and then fuck her senseless. They just aren’t going to harm her. However, they are worried about her being harmed, because their new commander will want to take her and keep her and will probably kill her. Even though he technically can’t because they have a claim on her, that won’t stop him. He’s an asshole and a nasty piece of work who is a political appointee because he’s part of the old boys’ network.

I really liked Alaina, and to quote the movie Slither, “Bitch is hardcore.” She is fierce. She’s a warrior and she has a huge heart. I liked all her guys, for different reasons. I think that Aarom is my favorite though. He’s a little softer, maybe, than other Vakarrans we’ve seen. Not saying he won’t punish Alaina when she needs it, but he is also her emotional support and her friend as well as her lover. I liked that a lot.

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I really liked the ending. I’m eager to see what changes are going to come in the series because of the choices that the guys made. It was a pretty bold choice.

I loved that Alaina handled certain things on her own. I knew that she was walking into a trap, but that she did what she did made me really happy. And the fact that other women were taken out of that situation because of her decisions is a good thing. And if the women had to be rescued by Vakarrans, it’s a good thing it was these guys.

I’m really looking forward to the next book and to see where Sara’s going to go with it. I’m wondering if there may be a small rebellion starting in the Vakarran ranks because of Kira and Alaina. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it? Go check these books out and tell me what you think. Happy reading!

Cari Silverwood-Prey

Cari generally writes pretty dark dubcon stories. This one isn’t dark. Or rather, it’s a funny dark. As Cari says, this is the dark you read when you are dark’ed out and need a break. It’s the pansy dark. It’s more towards dusk than it is towards midnight. That doesn’t matter though, it’s still great.

The way this book came to be is really interesting. You see, Cari has a group on FB. We’re an interesting group. There’s an artist named Luis Royo who does some amazing work. A lot of his art involves huge giant males with smaller sexy women. Cari saw this picture and came up with a snippet that went along with it.

Then, Cari told us about story/fantasy she had. We were all like oooooh, sounds so hot. And thus, Prey was born.

So, Mila, of the very tight bodysuit with an interestingly located strap and buckle and knee high boots, is a pretty good treasure hunter. But the last hunt she went on didn’t turn out so well for her. She ended up with an illness that actually has its own instruction manual. When her sister screams for help, again, Mila would normally ignore the scream, but this time she decides not to. She’s going to go save her sister from the giant stoneshifter that she’s about to be sacrificed to.

Lord Zarblu is a giant stoneshifter. I mean, cock the size of your thigh kind of giant. He has to have a willing sacrifice every 10 years or he turns to solid stone for the next 10 years. But this sacrifice doesn’t get laid down on a table and stabbed with a stone knife. Instead, she gets laid on a table and stabbed with a stone dick. Mila’s sister has been telling Zarblu all about her, and he is intrigued.

When Mila hits his planet, she finds out that she’s going to have to fight and win all the fights to save her sister. But before she gets to the fight, she has to end up fucking a different kind of giant, who leaves her weak-kneed and all her joints a little bit loose.

There are all kinds of great things going on in this book. You have giant stone dicks that leak aphrodisiacal pre-cum, swords that are just as likely to be deadly to you as they are to be deadly to the enemy, a fairly psychotic cyborg who really likes hurting people, and an annoying twit of a sister. You get a lot of Cari’s sexy yumminess, but you also get a lot of Cari’s humor. There are a lot of outright funny places in this book. It was a lot of fun to read and it’s going to stay in my rotation for a long time.

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OK, the sword is funny. I thought it was a hilarious little bit of fun in there. And as an older sister, I can totally relate that sisters are really fucking annoying a lot of time, but sadly, blood is thicker than water, at least sometimes.

Mila’s way of winning some of her fights is kind of tricksy and could be possibly considered cheating, but my theory is that she won, so it’s all good.

That’s all I have to say about this one, so go get it and enjoy it! Happy reading!