Loki Renard-Shamefully Broken

I’ve got a favorite author of mine today, Loki Renard. This is her first appearance here, and she’ll be back tomorrow with the next book in this grouping. I’m not sure that I would call them a series, or at least not yet, maybe a duet? Tomorrow’s book isn’t really a direct sequel to today’s book, but they are tightly connected, and they take place at the same time. So, let’s talk Shamefully Broken.

Elliot’s family is old money. She has been coddled and indulged all her life. No one has ever told her no and whatever she wants, she gets. She’s always been relatively good and followed all the rules though, except for that one time on her 18th birthday, which is now the reason that she hates Mason.

Elliot also has an older brother, Aiden, who she loves. The problem with Aiden is that he had the exact same neglectful parents and indulgent upbringing. In Aiden, it manifested in him turning into a junkie. Eventually, his parents cut him off, which meant that he moved to other things, like dealing and pimping. That got him into all kinds of trouble. Trouble that Ellie wants to get him out of. To do that, she has to go to her brother’s friend and the man she hates above all others, Mason.

Mason was always that poor friend, but with a lot of hard work, a whole lot, he has managed to amass a huge fortune and run several large companies. He and Aiden aren’t as friendly as they used to be, but Ellie is hoping that Mason will still be fond enough of her brother to pay off his debts and help get him out of trouble.

When Ellie gets to his company, she shoves her way into Mason’s office and asks him for his help. Well, I say ask… Mason tells her that he will be willing to help Aiden, but in return, he wants one thing. Her. He wants her to do everything and anything he tells her to do. She will be completely and utterly his. Ellie refuses and slams out of his office.

What Ellie doesn’t know at the point in time is that her brother has gotten into a fight with the Mob and they are going after her. Mason tries to warn her but she hangs up on him. He follows her and saves her at the very last minute.

OK, you know the way that it goes. Mason is very Dom-ly. VERY. He pissed me off a few times, but that’s kind of typical in books like this. I like the Dom-ly type sometimes and I hate it sometimes. I personally like that. It tends to make the character more real to me. It lets me get into the story more. Anyway, I think that Mason ignored some of Ellie’s feelings a little more than I would’ve liked. She kind of got thrown into the complete deep end. Mason is also a very stern and strict disciplinarian. Ellie has to walk a very, very fine line. Now, Ellie. I like her most of the time. She’s a strong, fierce, loyal, and stubborn character. Just because she submits to Mason at any given time doesn’t mean that she isn’t all of those things. Submission isn’t weakness. That said, when she gets into her entitled mindset, I kind of wanted to spank her myself. Overall though, I think that she’s a great character and that Mason is the right man for her. She needed someone who could handle all that fire inside her and that’s what Mason does for her. We get a glimpse of Aiden in this book but we’ll learn more about him tomorrow.


I personally have a thing about cages. Having read a whole lot of Loki’s books, I’m pretty sure that she does too. I can think of some other books where they have shown up. I always think that they are pretty hot, and it’s no different in this one. The whole idea of being caged up in a bedroom like that? I need a fan to cool me off.

OK, that’s all I have to say today, but I’ll probably talk a little more about this tomorrow too. Loki has all kinds of books out there to read, so go check her out on Amazon and find one that works for you and enjoy yourself. Happy reading!


Raisa Greywood-Wicked Deception

You know how I love to help out new and new-ish authors, right? If the author has done the hard work to write the words and been vulnerable enough to hit that publish button on Amazon, I’m going to do what I can to help them out. (Sidenote, leave reviews on Goodreads and Amazon for authors you like.) What does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, I’m more than happy to introduce you to Raisa Greywood, a new-ish author who is just getting started. Today, we’re talking about the first book in her Wicked Magic series, Wicked Deception.

So, WD starts out like a fairly typical Victorian-era romance. You have the young lady who is swept off her feet by a handsome lord who whisks her away to a life of wealth, comfort, and hot sex. But, that would be deceptive. Here’s what really happens.

Elizabeth is the daughter of a knight and has spent most of her life living in genteel poverty that’s slowly becoming more poverty and less genteel. She runs the house, avoids her father who is a prick, and tries to keep up on her own interests. She’s a very smart young woman, who reads Newton and Darwin. She’s also very much WYSIWYG. She’s blunt, honest, and not tactful at all. She’s terrible at small talk. She’s loyal to her friends, even though they probably want to strangle her on a frequent basis. I like her. If I were her friend, I would want to strangle her. She’s also determined, strong, and stubborn.

One day, Elizabeth’s father called her down to his study where he introduces her to Richard, Earl of Shepton. She’s promptly told that she will be marrying him in the morning. She’s actually kind of happy about that because that means she’ll be getting away from her father. Still, she’s about to get married to a man who she has met for all of 5 minutes. And when he is late for their wedding the next day, she’s worried.

As soon as she can escape from her father’s house after the wedding, she does. Now, Elizabeth is an interesting character. I really did like her. But, she’s a mix of OK, I’m married now and OMG, I’m alone with a man and he’s my husband and WTF happens now? And keep in mind, they barely know each other and they’ve had to have a special license to get married so quickly.

When they eventually get to their house, there are some fun sexy times. I loved the bathtub. And things are… OK for a while. Elizabeth knows that she will probably have to share her husband with his mistress, especially when he calls her Angeline while they are having sex. Then, Angeline shows up.

Angeline is a shady, sneaky bitch. I didn’t like her at all. And when Richard was around her, he turned ugly. She fed all kinds of nasty impulses in him. But for some reason, Elizabeth liked everything that happened, appeared to be a willing participant, and did what she could to please Richard and Angeline, even when she heard a little voice in her head try to tell her all these things weren’t right.

Elizabeth’s stubbornness does serve her well, as does the strength of her character. She uses these things to her advantage when she has the chance to take charge of her own destiny. This really was a good story and I really did enjoy it. I’m dying to read the next one.


I really want Amelia’s story at some point. I’m pretty sure she’s going to grow up to a true force to be reckoned with.

I love how Elizabeth handles Angeline. It took some out of the box thinking. And I do love how she handled Richard. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t going to pass up what she wanted just because of Richard feeling guilty.

All in all, quite a good story. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Beast

We’re back to another adult fairy tale and another version of Beauty and the Beast. This is a very, very kinky version of the story. Walt would be spinning in his grave if he even thought that his company would have anything to do with this. Although, the way that the House of Mouse is taking over the entertainment industry, I expect that they’ll have a porn department in the not-so-distant future. Can you imagine what that Disneyland would be like to play at? LOL. I would be down for that. But, that’s not getting us to Measha’s latest release, Beast.

Ellie’s dad is a wastrel. He gambles money he doesn’t have and then gets in deep to loan sharks and bookies. She does everything she can to dig him out, including selling off her mother’s jewelry, but it never works. So, when Ash Titon’s men come into their cafe and drag her father away, she knows that she has to do something. What she does is go to Ash’s house and offer herself in her father’s place as a way to pay off his debts.

Ash is amused when he is bearded in his lair by the little spitfire that is Ellie. She says that she will do whatever she has to and whatever she can to pay off her father’s debt. Ash is concerned and not sure about it until she passes the test he sets her, which includes his fingers in her bits in front of her father. There’s just something about her and the way that she stood and took it that attracted him to her. Over her father’s complaints, he decides that he will keep her.

When Ash’s cousin questions what he is going to do with her, he tells her to put her in a room next to his. All he knows at this point is that he’s going to keep her, even though there is a suggestion that he might take her to The Annex and sell her. Nope, he’s going to keep her and play with her.

OK, you know how it goes. This book has some dark aspects to it, including dubcon and a lot of BDSM. I like those parts, but they aren’t everyone’s tisane, so be aware of that going in. There is also a great story that goes along with that, so you aren’t just getting the sexy sexy parts. There are a lot of plots in place, and it can be hard to figure out what’s going on before Measha wants you to know everything, and even then, she has surprises in store for us. She’s a tricksy, tricksy author. Yay! That’s what makes us keep going back to our favorite authors, right? Anyway, this is a great one, and it’s definitely going to be part of my adult fairy tale collection.


I never liked Ellie’s father. I thought that he was a scummy scumbag. I mean, what kind of man lets his daughter dig him out of trouble and offer herself up for him? I mean, he didn’t argue all that hard when she did it. Jerk.

Ash spent a long time being a conundrum to me. It took him some time to figure out exactly what he wanted and what he was going to have to do to. Luckily, he was able to get his head out of his arse, but Ellie should definitely have smacked him around a little bit.

OK, that’s all for this one. Hit up Zon and check it out. Happy reading!

A. Zavarelli-Thief

A. Zavarelli is the Queen of Boston Mafia. There are other Mafia queens too, but A. runs Boston. I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series, so when I got the chance to read the newest one? Yes, please.

One nice thing about A’s Mafia series is that you aren’t just dealing with the Irish (it is Boston), the Russians, the Armenians, or the Italians. You get all of the above in a pleasing melting pot of Mafia-y goodness. Is that a thing? Maybe it should be. OK, I said so, so now everyone has to go and share it.

So, Thief. This is Nikolai’s and Tanaka’s story.

Nika is a Vor, a member of the Vory, a Boston Russian mob. He’s relatively high up in their particular organization. He’s also a thief. A damn good one, not that he would brag, since it isn’t done. But, if you want something, Nika is the one to get it. He was just promoted over his father, whose ear he cut off. He has to deal with Alexi, who is his half-brother and who kind of hates him. Nika’s current goal in life is to find out what happened to his mother. His father, Sergei, told him that she was a whore and ran away with an Italian man. Nika is now in a position to find out, so he’s ready to do some investigation.

Tanaka has been raised to be a proper young woman. She’s also an Italian Mafia Princess. She knows that her only real value is as a trophy bride to her fiancee. She’s supposed to keep his house, look pretty, and turn a blind eye. However, she loves to dance. She’s trained for years and years and years until she’s become a principal ballerina with a prestigious ballet company. It’s all she’s ever wanted. She made a deal with her dad that she would be able to dance for a time before she had to go be the dutiful daughter, marry Dante, and give up ballet. But, tonight? Tonight is her big night. Her dad does his normal pre-show appearance and this time brings a scruffy looking nerf herder with him. He introduces this guy in jeans and motorcycle boots as Nikolai. Then it’s time for her to go dance. When she goes on pointe for the first time, she notices that there is something wrong with her toe shoes. When she goes to land her first jump, that something wrong turns into something very wrong, and she falls, injuring herself, and probably ending her career as a professional dancer.

There is A LOT going on in this story. It can be read as a standalone from the series if you want, but if you read Ghost first, you may enjoy it more because there is some overlap. It’s up to you. You should have no problems keeping track of the story and enjoying it either way you go. You get enough of the backstory during what’s happening. A. doesn’t lay a chapter or two of exposition and backstory on you, it comes out organically, which I tend to enjoy more. There are some aspects to this one that could be considered dubcon. I kind of fall on the side that there are some dubcon aspects, but it swiftly moves out of that category. Tanaka and Nika are explosive together, in good and bad ways. There are parts of the book when they seem to be more determined to piss the fuck out of each other instead of anything else. They do have a lot of stuff they have to work through, both with each other and on their own, and all of it makes the story both better and darker. Definitely worth going over and giving it a read.


I seriously, seriously hate Tanaka’s dad. I mean, I knew he was a piece of shit before we get more information about him. From the first word he says to her, I knew that he’s going to be a dick. I would love to say that I was a better person and didn’t think he got what he deserved. I’m not and he did. In fact, they may not have gone far enough, surprisingly.

I’m glad that Tanaka did what she did. I didn’t see it coming though. I was thinking that there was going to be something else going on with that particular subplot. I didn’t particularly care for the other person involved in that subplot. He was a dick.

OK, that’s all for this one. More to come today. Happy reading!

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.


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.

Natalie Bennett-Savages

I’ve read some other Natalie Bennett and really enjoyed them, so I thought that I knew what I was in for. I knew that what I was going to get something dark, raw, and gritty. Savages exceeded everything I was expecting. Like I said, I thought I knew what I was in for and thought that I was prepared. But, it’s intense and dark from the very start and will knock you 10 feet away and leave your shoes and socks knocked off right where you stood. Savages did just that. It savaged me and left me raw and needing more immediately.

Calista has grown up in her father’s pseudo-religious cult. She’s done whatever her father has wanted, no matter what it was, just hoping that he would approve of her. On what may be the worst day of her young life, she sees a woman she thought of as a friend being killed in a horrible way. After that, she’s dragged out by her own brothers to be taken out. Miraculously, she manages to survive what they do to her and then drags herself away. Years later, she’s still surviving.

Roman has been the leader of the Savages. He has something against Cali’s father, and he goes out of his way to make the man’s life as terrible as possible. He may not be able to strike directly at him, but he can take bites around the edges. When something happens and he’s put face-to-face with Cali, the world they are both living in starts to implode and make huge changes in the both of them.

This book. Man. This book is really explosive. Everyone is holding back major secrets. I mean considering what we do learn about them, you know that the secrets have to be huge. The chemistry between Rome and Cali is unlike anything you may have ever seen before. I don’t think that there is anything that can explain it. The rawness and grittiness of this book also can’t be explained. I love raw, dark, dirty, and gritty, and I reveled in this book, even as it scoured me raw. I can’t wait for book 2.

There are so many things that I’m dying to know and that I’m hoping that book two answers. And no, I’m not going to really tell you what all those things are. I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you PM me about it, but that’s as far as I am going to go with it. Suffice it to say, I expect anyone else who’s reading these books to want to know all the same things that I do.

Rome is super intense, and I really want to know more of his backstory. Then again, if I know more about him, will it ruin him for me. I dunno. There’s always a fine line authors have to work with there. How much can they show us about any character without taking that character’s power away? Does taking a dark protagonist like Rome and showing him split open and spilling his secrets make him more dark or less dark?

OK, that’s all that I have to say about Savages, other than go out and buy it as quickly as you can. I don’t normally mention what I’m listening to when I’m writing a blog, but today it seems appropriate to mention that I wrote this to David Bowie’s Blackstar. It was his goodbye album and it fits this for me. So, I’m off to prepare myself to share other things with you. Meanwhile, happy reading!


Iris Ann Hunter-Tragic Beauty

This is dark. And when I’m warning you that it’s dark, you know I mean it. Tragic Beauty was my first real WTF did I just read book of 2018. I mean, there are some points where I just was questioning my sanity, let alone Iris Ann Hunter’s. But, I got through it with just as much sanity as I went into it with. Probably. When I read the next part of it, I will probably wonder where my sanity went again. But, right now I’m counting down the minutes until Iris announces that she’s publishing #2.

As a side note, I really debated marking this as BDSM. There are a lot of activities that you would see in a BDSM relationship, but that’s not what this is, so I didn’t mark it that way, so just be aware.

Ava has just buried her father. He has been sick for years. At her father’s funeral, Shayne comes up to her and reminds her of their deal. She asks for a couple of days to mourn her father and put her affairs in order. He reminds her that he owns her now and that he’ll be picking her up on Saturday.

Now, Ava is a sweet and virginal young woman who has spent the last 5 years, since she was 16, trying to really avoid Shayne. He is a bully, entitled, and won’t leave her alone. She knows to run away from him is to just provoke the beast, so she just does what she can to hide from him.  That never seems to stop him though. He just is hyperfocused on her and can’t leave her alone.

Shayne is the local rich, entitled douchebag. His parents have died. His brother died. He has all the money and owns most of the town. He has the cops in his pockets. That means that he gets away with pretty much whatever he wants. No one is going to stop him from doing anything he wants. And he wants to do Ava.

Poor Ava. She’s dreading the fact that all her choices are being taken away from her and that Shayne is going to be her first. She decides that she’s going to do something about that. That’s where Gavin comes into the picture.

When Ava is broken down on the side of the road, Gavin rescues her and takes her home. They spend some time together, and he helps her lose her virginity.

OK, this is where we are going to break off. I’m sure that you can guess that it’s going to end up a love triangle. It’s kind of obvious from the blurb, right? But, yeah, this is a triangle. It’s a very sharp triangle. My heart bleeds for Ava because she stuck at the very sharp end of that triangle. This book is sometimes really hard to get through. There are some very graphic scenes, so please make sure that you are aware of that before you go in and if graphic is not your cup of tea, then pass this one up. I have other books coming up that aren’t quite as dark, so maybe wait for one of those.

tragic beauty

Shayne is half a bubble off, if you know what I mean. His cheese done slipped his cracker, fell off the table, and hit the floor, only to be carried off by a mouse. The thoughts that come into his head are just wrong, wrong, wrong. We really don’t see anything of his POV, but we can tell some of what’s going on in his head because of what we see him do. I do not like Shayne, can you tell?

Gavin. Now him I like. But he needs to have a dope slap up the back of his head sometimes because he can’t get his own head out of his ass. Luckily, he does get better, but it still took him too long, in my opinion. We do get to see some of Gavin’s POV. Another author I read said that if you see the hero’s POV it makes you empathize with him more. For a villain, she never shares his POV, for someone who is supposed to be the good guy, she shares his POV. I thought that was really interesting because I can kind of see this here. I’d like to see what other people think about it and what you all have to say about it.

Ava, poor Ava. Poor, poor Ava. I hate Shayne.

OK, I’ve had to be really careful to not spoil anything, and I think I managed. If dark isn’t your thing, stay tuned, I’ve got some not dark coming later. Meanwhile, happy reading!