Natalie Bennett-Beauty and Rage

Natalie Bennett is back and this time she comes bearing a PNR for us. And because it’s a Natalie Bennett, you can be sure that Beauty and Rage is intense and that it lives up to its name. And trust me, it really is and it really does. And I’m probably going to go slightly crazy waiting for the next installment, and Natalie probably wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, Duvessa is the crown princess to the kingdom of Zenith, the kingdom that represents Spring. That is, until one fateful night when her world comes crashing down around her. She ends up Queen of Zenith in the most horrible way, and has to run for her life. She ends up in hiding, until she has to turn to help, no matter what her friends Scarlett, Jacinda, and Toby have to say about it. Toby is convinced that Reyes destroyed her kingdom, while Duvessa is sure he didn’t, because what would be the point. Sick of hiding and her people dying, Duvessa presents herself to Reyes.

Reyes is the King of Purgatory. He has plans and machinations in place, and he’s 32 steps ahead of everyone else. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Duvessa. He’s willing to do a lot to grab her and keep her and Duvessa probably isn’t going to like it. He knows a lot of things that Duvessa doesn’t know. He knows a lot of things that we don’t know.

There is a lot of paranormal stuff going on in this. You have lycans and vampires, demons and wraiths, and then you have demis, who are basically halfbreeds. The demis generally don’t have the power that their full blooded parents would have. You also have dupires, who are a genetically created race. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember them from my description, Natalie has a glossary at the front which can help you remember who is who.

There is a touch of Omegaverse going on in this, maybe. Or it’s possible that I just see it everywhere lately, since MF Omegaverse is starting to gain in popularity and I read pretty much all of it. If I haven’t read it yet, then I will be soon. That’s how that works. Anyway, there are some things that happen in this that would be familiar to anyone who reads Omegaverse. I suppose it’s also familiar, in places at least, to other shifter or PNR books, so who knows. I’m sure that Natalie does, and maybe she’ll tell us and maybe she won’t.

I like Duvessa, mostly. I think that she’s smart and canny. But, I think that she isn’t paying attention to the big picture and she’s kind of stuck at the little picture, which can make it hard for her to do what she needs to do, and there’s a lot that she’s going to need to do here, I think.

Reyes is one of those guys that I’m either going to love to hate or hate to love, I’m not sure yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. He’s very dominant, and very possessive and territorial. He’s also very much a planner. I think he might put Machiavelli to shame with how much he has planned. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

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There is going to be not a lot that I can put down here. Even if it’s my spoiler area, anything that I want to put here is more spoiler than I want to put. I think that there are a couple of things that I can say.

I want to know what memories are being hidden and who is hiding them and why they are being hidden. It seems like the person can almost see them, but not quite. So, that’s going to be interesting to watch.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Instinct

Loki is back and she’s got a scifi book for us today. It was in her scifi stuff that I first fell in love with Loki. Don’t get me wrong, I like everything she writes, but the scifi stuff is always going to be near and dear to my heart, so Instinct is seriously right in my wheelhouse.

Here’s how the story works. We’re in a far flung future where the spice must flow. Whoops, wait, sorry, no spice, wrong series. We’re still in a far distant future. I mean,  tens of thousands of years ahead of us. So far ahead of us that those people would probably look back at us the way that we look back at the Neanderthals. The people in the future have pretty gotten rid of death, so the majority of people in the current civilization live in stasis. When you don’t die, you can’t just live all those people wandering around. Sex is pretty much illegal, and reproduction definitely is. Again, when you don’t die, you don’t want to keep loading up more people.

Into this world was born Tselia. She is an explorer. She spends her life going from planet to planet, watching what’s happening on. The last time she landed on a planet, she started a little bit of a war. A little bit of a war that killed off the majority of a planet’s people. Now she’s been sent to Hades Exile, which is in the ass-end of universe, and she’s supposed to orbit around there, observing for the next 3 years. Only, that’s not quite what happened. She ended up stranded on the planet. Because of course she did.

Zion is a guardian of his village and his people. He is highly sought after by the women of his village because he is strong, virile, and pretty much all around awesome AF. But, when he sees Tselia, he knows that she’s his mate, no matter what any of the women of his village might say. And some of them really do have a whole helluva lot to say about it. Nosy bitches.

There is a lot that happens in this book. I mean, for one thing, you have a huge culture gap. Zion and Tselia’s cultures are basically 10K years apart. Think about how much the world has changed since you were a kid to now, and then multiply that by about a billion. Then you have all kinds of different traditions and such. There are some serious issues going on about that.

I like Tselia. I think that she’s terribly, terribly young though and very naive. She’s got some superiority issues, but I don’t think those are completely her fault so much as that’s just what she’s been taught as part of her culture. I do think she is a little bratty sometimes, and brings on a lot of her trouble.

Zion. Hmm, well, Zion. I’m not sure how I feel about him. I understand where he’s coming from sometimes, I get his POV. I just think that it might have helped if he had listened to Tselia a little. I mean, not about everything, but there were things that she was worried about and he just kind of dismissed them.

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I have to say, I love what Tselia does to Tyna. It’s pretty epic. I laughed out loud a little about it.

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

Measha Stone-Blaire’s World: Kristoff

Blaire’s World is a shared world set of 7 books. They are all based in the world that Anita Gray created with her book Blaire, but they can all be read as a standalone. There may be some mild spoilers to Blaire or Blaire 2, but you don’t have to have read those books in order to read the Blaire’s World books. They don’t have to read in any particular order. However, I highly recommend reading the Blaire books, just because I think that they are great books. Six of the books are coming out on 2/26, but Demetrius will be coming out later in the year, for personal reasons.

Kristoff, by Measha Stone, is the first of the Blaire’s World books I’m reviewing.

Magdalena is a freelance reporter who has flown over to England to research Andrei Dowidoff. She knows from her sister, Danuta, that he is a human trafficker, and she wants to get a big story. Isn’t that what every journalist wants? And it seems to be working really well, at least until some guy ends up snatching her, drugging her, and taking her away.

Andrei is not a nice guy. Well, of course, he isn’t, he’s a trafficker, among other things. After a little light torture, he decides to hand Magdalena over to his son, Kristoff, to get her ready.

This was very intense. I couldn’t put it down at all. Kristoff and Magdalena grabbed a hold of me and just wouldn’t let go. I honestly didn’t know what to make of Kristoff at the beginning, and I flip-flopped a lot on him for a while. He is a great anti-hero though. He’s one of those guys who you like but you don’t want to like him, or you hate but you don’t want to hate him, and you vaguely wonder if you should seek some help from a mental health professional for your feelings. I think, overall, that I do like him, but I don’t have to like him all the time, right?

I like Magdalena. She’s strong, stubborn, and fierce. But I sometimes found myself wishing that she would bend, just a little. Of course, if she did that, she wouldn’t be who she was. And honestly, I don’t think it would’ve been as good a book if she did every bend. And it was a helluva good book. There’s just something about Magdalena that really drew me to her. She is just such a real character if you know what I mean. She feels real.

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Just because I’m an evil bitch, I’m going to put nothing down here and not warn you about it, LOL.

Depending on when you are reading this, you should go pre-order or get this. It’s really good. Happy reading!

Addison Cain-Broken Captive

Addison has finally decided to spare us our agony and #ReleasetheMeat and give us the 3rd installment of Wren’s story with Broken Captive. And oh my sweet and unholy fuck, it sure as fuck broke me. If you haven’t read the first 2 books of this series, you should probably put this review down, go read all the books, and then come back. There will be spoilers from the other 2 books in this review, that’s the nature of a serial like this where Addison tortures us with cliffies. So, you have been warned. If you follow me past the cliff and you get spoiled for books 1 & 2, you only have yourself to blame. Last chance.

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So, at the end of the last book, Wren went a little… crazy. OK, maybe more than just a little. Maybe a lot crazy. She attacked Caspian, Kieran, and Toby with a piece of rebar that had a chunk of cement on it. She was punished, badly. She was beaten, bitten, fucked, and broken. And in that time, Caspian actually mated with her, so now she’s mated to Toby and Caspian, and she’s pretty sure that Kieran hates her for sure. Toby says he loves her, but his version of love is… odd. Caspian is just Caspian and needs to die burning in a lake of hellfire covered lava.

At the start of this one, Caspian is yelling at the doctor to heal her and to keep her from being in pain, and that he doesn’t want her to have any scarring. If you didn’t know any better, you could almost believe that he was a caring man worried about his beloved mate. Almost. For a second. And… it’s over now.

Caspian tells her that all she had to do is play house with them, be good, and act like a proper Omega until her estrous, and then he’ll let her and her boys go. She’s willing to fake it until then, and she has 10 days to make Caspian believe it because one of her boys needs to be punished, and if Caspian isn’t feeling it, then her boy will be badly hurt.

Toby, meanwhile, is doing everything he can to try and make Wren feel good. He keeps building her a nest out of all the bedding right there. He knows that Omegas need to have a nest, so he keeps trying. Caspian keeps fucking Rosie right in front of her because Wren’s healing, and heaven forbid that Caspian not get his freak on. And Kieran just lectures her the entire time about how she should behave for them.

The one good thing that comes out of Caspian fucking Rosie right in front of Wren is that she informs him that Wren needs to have a clean nest, not one covered in blood and stiff with other body fluids. So, Wren gets her new nest.

At the end of the last book, I pretty much hated all the guys equally, and wanted them all to die horribly. At the end of this one, I hate Caspian more, I hate Toby a little less, and I’m kind of up in the air about Kieran. There are some things that happen that show more of Kieran than we’ve seen before, but still, he’s Kieran, and he’s still kind of an asshole. I’m not sure where I stand on Rosie. I want to like her, but I don’t know if I do. I don’t know that I hate her though. I’m just torn on her. I do want to smack the everloving shit out of Alec. He just is clueless. Of course, I think part of that is being a teenage boy and suffering from testosterone poisoning, but he’s still fucking clueless, and Wren sacrificed a lot for him and he just threw it back in her face.

And now, I’m going to have to leave us with these words, Book 4 is coming. If you ask Addison, she will probably just say sometime soon. And then do the whole evil villain laugh, while sipping on our tears, because that’s what she does.

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Kieran and Wren have a moment, and to me, it’s really important. I think it is to both Kieran and Wren too. I think that they are actually the only two people who see each other right now. Sure, Caspian and Toby are her mates, but I don’t think that they see the actual Wren. They see in her what they want to see, what she is showing them to make them happy so they don’t hurt her or her boys and so that they let her go, not that that’s ever going to happen. They have expectations of what they’ll see, so that’s what they see. But with Kieran? Hmmm… I’m looking forward to see how that affects things.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out, if you like dark, reverse harem, and Omegaverse. Seriously. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Sold

Loki’s back and she’s brought us another delicious dark reverse harem book to clutch to our dark little hearts. Sold takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Texas. As a side note, I’ve read several post-apocalyptic dystopian stories that take place in TX. Gotta wonder what’s going on down there, don’t ya?

So, the way that this one works is that years ago there was an Event that happened. It included war, disease, and women dying off. Now there aren’t a whole lot of women. What women there are, are kept in harems or safely locked away. Generally, it’s only the rich and powerful who are able to get to women and to breed them. Boys are turned into soldiers and such, girls are kept so that they can breed the next generation. The goal is to breed the woman as many times as possible in the hopes of getting more females, but since most babies are born males, there still just aren’t enough women to go around.

Trissa is one of the wild people. She lives outside the city of Dallas, in a cabin that her father built before she was born. He kept her there and taught her how to hide and survive. Now she goes around disguised as a man, because if anyone were to know that she was a woman, things would be bad. But one day, she goes into town to sell some oranges that she “found”, and while eating some stew, her fake beard falls off, and a whole bunch of men, some of whom have never seen a woman, try and grab her. Then the Sheriff shows up and decides to sell her. Until then, he’s sticking her in with the cut men, Mattias and Elias.

Wild fits Trissa really well. She’s not civilized and she will fight everything and everyone, even when she gets spanked or strapped. She’s also really naive. I mean, her life has always been either her and her father or her alone. She has no problem saying the word fuck like it means nothing, but if you ask her, the worst cuss word ever is income tax. (As it’s coming up on tax season here, I can’t blame her for thinking that.) She calls the seven men who end up buying her by names that suits some personality or physical trait she sees in them the first time she sees them. Silver Eyes, Tattoo Face (Keanu), Pharoh (Mark), Gladiator (Alexios), Cowboy (Rick), Zen (Steve), and Nordic Man (Tore). So ok, they aren’t necessarily the most original names ever, but as she hates them, I figure they are pretty nice names. She’s not calling them parking warden or anything. I think that Trissa is pretty cunning but somewhat ignorant, which doesn’t mean that she isn’t smart. It just means that she hasn’t had the chance to learn about something in particular. I mean, she doesn’t really understand the whole mechanics of human reproduction because no one has explained it to her. She’s an extremely interesting mix of naivte, innocence, and sensuality all mixed up in one person, which can make it hard to get a good read on her.

This isn’t the darkest thing I’ve ever read by Loki, but it isn’t all lightness and happiness either.

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OK, I totally love what Trissa does to the Sheriff, because, well, yeah. He’s a fuckhead.

That’s all I have to say today. Go check this one outQ Happy reading!

Felicity Brandon-Tamed

Stop! If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Taken, don’t go any further until you do. This series is a serial and it has cliffhangers. The third book will be out in January, so if you don’t like to read a serial until everything comes out, then you won’t have long to wait. I, myself, don’t mind a little bit of a cliffhanger, but there’s a rumor that I’m a literary masochist. But, I’m telling you now, I can’t wait to get to the third book, because the end of this one? Wow! So, if you are ready to visit Felicity Brandon and get Tamed, then jump over the cliff with me.

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So, when we last left Molly and Connor, she was running away from him at the cabin in the woods. She was sure that she couldn’t handle anything more from Connor and that he had turned into a serious monster. So, trying to be sneaky sneaky, she got the key, grabbed a blanket, and fled into the woods starkass naked. Connor was awake, and he decided to give her a minute before he started chasing her. He did warn her that if she ran, he would chase her, and she would never be able to escape him. So, after a while, he started to chase her.

When he couldn’t find her quickly, he started freaking out, went back and got the car and headed for the road, where he was lucky to see her. Well, lucky for him. Not so lucky for Molly, who is in for some serious punishment.

That punishment includes a serious paddling, a punishment fuck, because really, what punishment is complete without getting it up the ass, and some time spent caged in the mostly dark.

There are a lot of changes in this book, not just in Molly but also in Connor. I mean, of course there are going to be changes in Molly, because when you are in the place that she is in, you are going to do everything you can to make sure that you can keep the person who is keeping your captive happy, because it’s obvious that bad things are going to happen if your captor gets mad. So, she’s going to learn to do everything he wants so that he will stay happy, as well as learn to read his moods so that she can do what she needs to do to keep him happy. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right? Uhhhh, nope. But all that makes there be serious changes in her. But, the more surprising thing is that there are also changes in Connor, changes that Molly is making in him. On top of seeing those changes, we also get to learn more about Connor. I mean, we get to know his age now, which is something more than we had before.

We are still getting the split perspective, but like in the last book, I think that there are times when the perspectives almost merge so that we are seeing both of them together, if that makes sense. I don’t think that split perspectives work for all books and I’ve read a few books in which there was a split perspective that I wished wasn’t there, but it really is a necessity for this book, and Felicity does it really well.

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OMG, the scene with Conor in the bathroom? Just wow. Says quite a bit about him and his brain, doesn’t it?

I’m looking forward to finding out more about The Syndicate. I’m pretty sure that they are going to figure pretty heavily in the next book. I can’t wait to see.

I wonder how well Molly is going to do now. I’m pretty sure nothing is going to be all that good right now.

That’s all that I have to say. If you like dark, suspenseful, and sexy, go check this one out. Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Redemption

OK, yeah, I know I promised double for today, but I got involved in a gazillion things, and when I sat down to write this, I noticed it would be too late to write another one. So, today you get Measha, tomorrow you get Sansa, Friday you get Measha, and Saturday you get Sara.

But today, Redemption, Measha’s sweet, light, and laughter filled Christmas story. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in the Atacama. LOL. It’s darkish, dirty, and full of Measha-y goodness. And it’s the perfect amuse bouche for her book on Friday, trust me.

Celeste is on the Naughty List, in a big way. And if she doesn’t get cleared off it, she’s going to end up stuck there permanently, and then there will be an empty voice in her life and she will never be happy. But Santa, being a good, kind, and loving Santa, has people who are there to help with that. He has special elves whose only job it is to get people off the naughty list and get them back on the Nice List. Adam is one such elf.

Adam’s job, should he choose to accept it, and he does, is to take Celeste, and help her. He needs to get her off the Naughty List and get her to understand what she did that caused her to be there. So he goes off to meet Celeste, at a bar, where she’s busy drinking because she’s pretty sure that she’s going to be fired the next day. He escorts her out of the bar, and the next thing she knows, she’s naked and in a stable. Seems like Adam may be a little bit kinky.

I love how Adam doesn’t let Celeste get away with anything, no matter what she tries. He’s doing it out of such a place of caring with her. He truly wants her to be happy and he’s willing to do whatever he has to to make sure that happens, even if that means he’s going to have to strap her ass raw. And that may just be one of his options. I had a harder time with Celeste. But, that’s because of personal things on my end, not her as a character. Some of her choices are things that people close to me have done and it was really hurtful to the people involved and took a lot of work to get things straightened out. So, looking at it as me, I had a hard time with her because of that. Once I could get away from her actions and into her as a person, it was easier for me to like her.

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OK, reindeer are just so very, very cute. Especially when they have jingle bells, right?

I was mad for a minute because I thought that Adam and Celeste were going to be separated. I didn’t want that to happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it and see all the kinky goodness for yourself. Happy reading!