Golden Angel-Chasing Her Lion

Chasing Her Lion is the last book in Golden’s Big Bad Bunnies series. I was happy to read it, but sad to see it. I’ve seen the end of too many series in the past few months, and I get a little teary upset, because I love the characters and the world. The BBB are joyful to read, and the books are funny. It’s fun to try and catch all the various geekdoms and easter eggs that Golden drops in them.

This is Bailey’s story. She’s the Beast of Caerbannog, the last of the Bunson children, and her bunny/bear/turtle is a real beast. Truly. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing, and no one will ever see her coming, except as a white blur. She’s hoping to find her fated mate, like Bethany and Brice did, but she’s been in a relationship with Kasim for a while now, and they are getting closer and closer. In fact, she’s ready to move on to the next level. But at a mating reception, on her way to the ranch fountain, things change. She smells something so wonderful. The best smell ever in the whole wide world. Her fated mate. Which, incidentally, isn’t Kasim, who is standing next to her. She walks up to the man, who stares at her and runs away. Meanwhile, Kasim has seen her see her fated mate, and asks Steele to send him on a mission, so he does. Far away. To a place Kasim never wanted to be, his hometown.

Kasim is so in love with Bailey, and has been waiting for her for so long, but now, when he’s right about to make his move, she meets her mate. He can’t stand to be there and watch the woman he loves more than anything have the life she always wanted with her fated mate. She was always so convinced that she would have one, and apparently, she did. Kasim wants her to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that he can stand to be there.

Kasim has been incredibly patient with Bailey and all the stuff that she’s done since the Bunsons were rescued. I mean, she sowed a whooooole lot of wild oats, been incredibly brash, bold, and impulsive, and been more than a little bit fixated on the idea of fated mates. But, it’s been totally worth it to him, because Bailey is Bailey, and all that he wants. I really do like Kasim a lot. He understands Bailey perfectly, I think, and even more than she does herself.

Bailey is a fun person, but I think that she’s a little bit, ok a lotta bit, impulsive, and doesn’t always think through the consequences of her actions. I think part of it is that she spent so much of her younger years in the labs of The Company, but I think she allowed that to be an excuse, and she needed to grow up a little bit. I think that Kasim is really good for her.

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I love when the challenge comes, and everyone tries to warn off the challenger. Not because they are afraid for the challengee, but because they already know what will happen.

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

 

Anthology-Black Light: Roulette War

We just had Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for the annual Roulette book from Black Light. Black Light: Roulette War is the 4th Roulette book, and the start of a new Black Light season. The first two books took place at the only Black Light at the time, the original in DC. Last year’s book took place in Black Light West, and featured celebrities. This one takes place in both clubs.

Now, I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC, and I was so thrilled to read it. I mean, the Roulette books are always great and always kink AF. But do you know what those mean authors did? They didn’t tell us ARC readers who won! How mean is that? LOL. I mean, really, when it comes down to it, we’re the real winners, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

So, here’s how the story goes. Spencer, the DM for BL East, is at BL West with his wife, Klara. While they are there, Spencer decides to start some shit with Elijah, the DM at BL West. Now, we all know that shit-talking happens, especially among friends and co-workers, which Spencer and Elijah are. But sometimes it gets way out of control, which happened here. Spencer, who can get a little over sometimes, got a little over, and it escalated to the point where the guys are arguing over who is going to have the best ever Roulette. They finally get to a point where they place a bet on it, with Chase and Jaxon acting as judges. (Which pisses them off for reasons.)

We get the stories of 4 couples from each of the clubs. You can judge which one is the hottest for yourself, and which one you think should be the winner. Then you can find out which one the authors thought should win, andI’ll never tell. Ever.

Black Light East

Renee Rose-Prelude

Renee’s story is all about Ravil and Lucy, Master R and Lady Luck. He’s a member of the bratva, she’s a lawyer. She’s all about control, but she’s the sub today, and Ravil isn’t about to give her any control. The thing that I really liked about Renee’s story is that we get to see how much Ravil’s plan is to get inside Lucy’s head, and how quickly he does that. It’s like there is a trapdoor only he has. And it looks like Prelude is the perfect name for this one, and I’m really happy about that.

Eris Adderly-Breathless

This is Eris’ intro into the BL world, (other than the fact that all the covers are hers) and damn, did she hit the road running. Breath play really isn’t my kink at all, it’s a personal hard limit, but the way that Eris wrote about it? Holeeee fuck. And the latex with the gloves? Woooooowwwwww. Violet and Anson were one of my favorite characters.  That put everything over the top. Eris writes kink in such a good way. And she didn’t step back from Anson’s issues while she was writing him, and I thought that was interesting. (Also, can you find the Lit easter egg?)

Kay Elle Parker-Burn

Kay Elle s another newbie to BL. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen me review some of her stuff, and I’m absolutely in love with her books, so I was glad to see her here. I’m hoping that this means she’ll get to do a full book at some point. This is the story of Finn and Ava. I really adore Ava. She’s been through so much, but she was really strong, and Finn challenged her in just the right way. And the fisting and the trust? Wow.

Golden Angel-Inflamed

Golden wrote a full length BL Daddy book last year, and in that book we met Elliot. He gets to play with Lisa, who is excited to play with him, but he’s not all that excited to play with her. He thinks she’s manipulative. They have an incredibly hot scene. And by hot, I mean seriously hot. He sets her on fire. Fire flogging is a thing. Fantastic. I thought the way that Lisa chose her hard limits was hilarious. One of their scenes is something that lives in my head, so yeah, that was so hot.

Black Light West

And now, just as the event at Black Light East is ending, we’re gearing up for Black Light West to get started.

Jennifer Bene-Wicked

Jennifer is one of the original BL writers and is a total staple in Roulette. Her story gives us Pierce and Baby, whose real name is Tori. Tori is a little and Pierce is totally not a Daddy. He’s pretty fucking hardcore, and he really loves humiliation, so the fact that they rolled that works for him. I’m telling you, Roulette makes for interesting play partners and scenes. That scene is hot, but the face fucking that happens is just amazing. I always look forward to Jennifer’s stories because of the touches like that.

Sue Lyndon-Trained

Sue wrote a fun little story with Daddy Xavier and his Dolly, Rachel. Their first roll was pet play, and she made an adorable kitten. You know, one of the things I really liked about Sue’s story is that it is very sweet and it is truly lovely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sexy AF and Rachel and Xavier have a great connection, it’s just also low angst and low drama, just the perfect touch for the book.

Measha Stone-Unexpected

Measha’s story has Jack and Quinn. Quinn is new to LA and is looking for new people to play with, so Roulette. Where she gets Jack, and oh yeah, diaper play. Which is totally not what she wants. Jack is actually perfect for her. I love how he gets into her head so much and how she teaches Quinn so much about herself.

Livia Grant-Facade

Livia finishes out this year’s Roulette with her story about Sean and Stephanie AKA Karly Starr, former porn star. Stephanie has come to Black Light because she wants someone who will fuck her silly, without playing any of those silly BDSM games, but she signed up for Roulette, and Sean is going to make her play. These are two words I never thought that I would say on this blog: spontaneous fisting. And the breath play? Siiiiiigggghhhhh. I think that Facade is a really great title for this one.

OK, there you go. Eight fantastically kinky stories by 8 fantastic authors. When you read the book and get to find out who the winner is, you get some great 3 way sex with Emma, Jax, and Chase. Yay!

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Roulette, a whole year from now. I’d love to see an Mm, Fm, or Ff couple in the upcoming season some time, but I’ll be perfectly happy however the authors end up writing their books, so it’s all good.

Go check it out and make sure you have plenty of really cold water to cool yourself down.

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Lee Savino & Golden Angel-Alien Tribute

Alien Tribute is the long awaited second book in the Tsenturion Masters series by Lee and Golden. As a quick reminder, the planet Tsentur was blown up by the Vgotha, and there are just a few (relatively) Tsenturion left. They work with the Jabol, who have hooked them up with human women so that they can rebuild their species. The way that it works is that the Jabol suck women in through a tiny wormhole, train them, and then give them to the Tsenturions. The first Tribute, Dawn, went to the High Commander. Now, we have Pareena and Bogdan’s story.

So, Bogdan is the second in command of the Tsenturion. He really doesn’t want to have Tribute. He thinks that it’s too early to bring in Tributes, because their enemy is still out there. He also has a history that no one else knows about. But, just because he doesn’t want one doesn’t mean that he’s going to not have one. When his High Commander says that his tribute is ready, he has no choice but to accept her, even if he really doesn’t want to. His plan is to not bond with her, but to train her and make sure that she’s taken care of.

Pareena, Dr. Pareena Singh to be precise, is dying of cancer. She’s been stuck in the hospital, and is at the point where her life is now measured in days, rather than in months and years. So, when she gets an ereader loaded up with all her favorite type books, she’s going to spend as much time as possible reading it, because it takes her out of her real life. Bt when she finishes one particular book, she gets a survey at the end with the suggestion to swipe right for abduction. So, you know, she does. And is pulled into a wormhole and into what she is pretty sure is a coma dream and she’s dying.

She gets trained by the Jabol and sent to Bogdan, who is pretty cold to her, at least sometimes. Other times he’s pretty damn warm to her. Which is confusing as all hell to both of them.

Oh, Bogdan pisses me right the hell off sometimes. I mean, I totally get where he’s coming from and why he has made the choices that he has, but I just don’t like the way that he treats Pareena some of the time. And it’s not because he’s the whole Domly type, it’s his choices that he makes. When it comes to the D stuff, he actually rocks my world. And, I guess probably Pareena’s too.

I totally understand why Pareena wants to see this as a coma dream. I would probably want to see it that way too, because it would be much less scary. Of course, much less scary doesn’t necessarily mean all that much sometimes.  I really like how well she and Bogdan mesh when it comes to certain things.

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Hmmmmm, certain warriors have made… interesting choices in this. I don’t support his choices, and I’m pretty sure his bosses won’t either.

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

Golden Angel-Defended

The 13th book in the Black Light world is a new one for the world. We’ve brushed up against the DD/lg kink a couple of times in the Roulette books, but never a full-on Daddy book, until now, with Defended.

Here’s our story. Melody, a sweet, loving person, has been arrested because when the cops busted into the party that she was at, someone took advantage of the fact that her purse was laying around, unsupervised, and dropped some drugs into it before the cops got there. When she handed her purse over to be searched, the cops find the drugs and arrest her. Now, she’s in court, waiting to see if she’s going to end up going to jail. Luckily for Melody, Kawan Park exists.

And why is this lucky for her? Well, Kawan is a high-powered lawyer, and he’s pretty much demolishing the cop who arrested her. In fact, he demolishes the man so much that the judge drops the charges and our plucky heroine gets to go free. So, yay for Kawan!

Kawan is a new lawyer working at the firm that represents Black Light. Because of that, he gets to be a member, which is great for him, because he’s a Daddy Dom. We know this law firm because 2 of the partners, Connor and Alexander, have shown up in their own Roulette stories. In fact, Jennifer Bene wrote Alexander and Sienna’s story in the first Roulette, Wet. Fantastic story. Anyway, I digress. Kawan has just moved to DC to join their firm because he had to get away from where he was living. He had a terrible break up with a nasty woman who he thought would be his little girl forever, but Krissy just wasn’t all that nice.

So, on his first trip to Black Light, he looks up and who do you think he sees? That’s right, he sees Melody. Melody’s roommate Peggy (booooooo hisssssss) has a boyfriend named Elliot. Elliot is a Domly type, and he has brought Peggy to the club to play, and Melody came with them. It’s a celebration for Melody not going to jail. When Melody notices Kawan, she drops to the floor, trying to hide. Which causes Peggy to laugh, Elliot to get mad (at Peggy), and Kawan to get protective.

I really like Melody. She really is just a sweet person with a truly lovely soul. She just wants to make everyone happy around her. I would really love to be around her, because she just seems like she would be a joy. She’s also wicked smart. She’s a PhD in science, trying to do something about diabetes and mental health in reference to gut microbes. So, she looks at a lot of smears under microscopes. But the reason that she went into this particular field is because of her mother. So, see, sweet and loving and wanting to make everyone happy.

Kawan is a good man. He really is honorable and just a decent guy. He really wants to have a little girl that he can love and take care of and spoil senseless. And spank, but that’s kind of a given, considering he’s a Daddy. I think that he also has a little bit of a hero complex going on. Not a big one, just a little bit.

Then there is Peggy. I pretty much hate, despise, and loathe Peggy. I didn’t like her from the very first word that the woman utters. Melody spends way too much time managing her and tiptoeing around her. Peggy needs to grow the fuck up.

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I love how Melody lays the smackdown on Peggy. It was totally awesome, and I cheered for her.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check out the entire Black Light world! Happy reading!

Anthology-Dirty Daddies

So, last year, a bunch of Daddy authors got together and started a party room on FB. There’s a lot of parties, jokes, posts, and so forth in there. There’s also a pretty damn awesome anthology that came out of it. And I was the lucky one to get a full ARC of the whole Dirty Daddies anthology. Rayanna Jamison asked me if I wanted it, which I feel like was some kind of test, because, like I’m going to say no?

There are 12 stories in here by 13 authors, since Rayanna and Allysa teamed up on their story. All of the authors have written Daddy stories before, and I had read all but two of them, and they were both on my TBR. But, shall we talk about what my TBR looks like on any given day?

There are a lot of reasons that I like to read anthologies like this. One is that you get a lot of takes on the theme, and there is quite a range in here. Another is that you can get a good flavor of authors you aren’t familiar with, which in my case was Laylah Roberts and J.M. Dabney. Some of the stories in here, like Golden Angel’s Little Leigh, Pepper North’s Sylvie, and Katie Douglas’ Daddy’s Precious Little Girl belong in established worlds, while others are new stories in new worlds. And then you get Brianna Hale, who got her inspiration from a thread on FB. And Brianna? I think I read that thread too. I probably said that it would be the only way that I would exercise too. LOL.

All 12 stories are good stories and I like them all. And I would really like to have any one of these 12 Daddies, because they are so yummy and Daddy-licious. But, like with any anthology, there are going to be stories that I like more than others. Because that’s just how it is.

If you have read my blog, you can probably guess that Lindsay’s Secret by Emily Tilton is one of my favorites, because yeeeeeaahhhhh. We all know how I feel about Emily and the way that she writes about erotic humiliation, because it’s just so dirty the way that she does it. I mean the language around it. I know, I know, every time I talk about Emily, I say that, but that’s because every time I read her books, I’m struck by it. The only way for it to get hotter is to listen to an audiobook. I can’t listen to her audiobooks while I’m driving. It’s a rule. But, I liked watching Lindsay and Rick figuring things out.

J.M. Dabney’s An Odd Little Girl is another one of my favorites. They wrote a fun little story about a Daddy finding his little girl, and a little girl finding the Daddy she’s always needed, but never knew she needed. I really like Via because she really just exudes sweetness and light, and I could totally feel that. I like how Donavan accepts everything about Via, including the rest of her family. And frankly, I think her family is just ridiculously wonderful.

Aubrey Cara’s Cry for Daddy is another favorite of mine. It’s darker than the rest of the stories, but it’s not totally dark, just darker than the others. Her story is about Lily and Maximus, and how they fit together in each other’s lives and with the world in general. I felt sorry for Lily, but also I felt like she kept a core essential of who she was hidden. Maximus wasn’t the entire hardass that he wants to believe he was. Not to say he isn’t a hardass badass, but he has a soft marshmallowy center.

OK, if you want 12 smoking hot Daddies, then this is definitely the anthology that you need to get. Of course, I’m willing to fight you for several of the Daddies, and spoiler, I fight dirty. I enjoyed each and every story, and I will definitely reread the stories when I need a quick Daddy pick up.

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Anthology-Super Daddies

So, 8 Daddy authors got together to write 7 super stories. We have Super Daddies, naughty heroines, little villains, and a Daddy Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo. Shall we dig into our stories, then?

Stella Moore-Weathering Lainey

Donovan is a Variant who has stayed under the radar, then he saves a woman from the bad guys, and ends up having to keep Lainey. He won’t tell her his name, only that she can call him Daddy. And he enforces it with his firm right hand. He tells Lainey she’s a Variant too.

I really enjoyed this story and how Lainey’s power works. I’ve always wanted to have that power myself. I thought that she and Donovan were really cute together, and I’m pretty sure I’ll never look at a rainbow the same way.

Golden Angel-Little Villain

Chaotica wants a Daddy. She thought she found one in the villain Big Daddy. Only, she found out that he really didn’t want to be her daddy when he left her for the hero Pluto. But Pluto, when he captures Chaotica, sees something in her, and he wants to see what he could find out about it.

Oh, Chaotica is just super cute. I think that she’s a total Little, from morning to night, with no ifs, ands, or buts. I mean, the first time we see her, she’s all excited about sparklies. Which, you know what, I kinda don’t blame her, sparklies are pretty awesome. And she has a stuffie collection. She should pretty much just wear a nametag that says Hi, I’m a Little. And it totally fits her, and I think that of all the Littles in this book, she’s my favorite. The name Chaotica really suits her, but in a good way.

The Dynamic Duo-Super Daddy

Angela gets rescued by a mysterious caped figure, just as people are trying to break into her pawnshop. He flies her off to a safe house, and leaves, just in time for the baddies to break in and try to kill Angela again. So, he decides that he will take her to his house. Brian and his house, Marshall, are bound and determined to keep her safe.

Brian was a side character in one of Ally and Ray’s other books, one in the Fantastical Daddies series. You’ll have to go read the books to see if you can find it, because yes, I am that mean. I love the whole snarky smart house in here. Marshall is a total PITA, but in a funny way.

Adaline Raine-Daddy’s Sassy Little Superhero

Caitlyn works two jobs, and still barely scrapes buy. When her boss sends her out to the worst place in town so that she can deliver a pizza, she ends up meeting the nasty mob boss and discovers that she has super strength. Then she passes out, and wakes up in a strange man’s house. Kade rescued Caitlyn, brought her to his house, and now he’s going to take care of her, whether or not she likes it.

I liked Caitlyn’s spunk. I thought that she had a lot of spirit and I think that it’s perfect for Kade. I have to admit that I really love Kade’s sister. She knew what he needed, whether it’s what he particularly wanted. I think that they are a cute couple, and I love the way that their names fit together.

Maren Smith-Daddy Shark

Doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Ommin has a secret. If he gets hit with saltwater, he gets all sharky. This becomes public knowledge when he jumps off the Golden Gate Bridge to save a jumper, and he hits the Bay. Turns out, he does that a lot. Not necessarily jumping into the Bay, but trying to save people on the bridge. Ommin is a pretty nice guy. He offers a brand new journalist an exclusive and is intrigued about her tattoo that says “Daddy’s Little”. So he goes to do some research.

This was a fun story. I mean, not only do we have a Daddy Shark, we have Liquidman, who literally turns into water. And Ommin accidentally eats one of his toes. Ooops. I like the way that Ommin takes control of the whole situation. It was pretty sweet. I also laughed about it.

RJ Gray-Daddy’s Justice

Morrigan is a forensic investigator who has been working on a serial killer case. A serial killer case in which she meets the exact victim profile. Tall, long pale blonde hair, incredibly blue eyes, athletic build. One afternoon, as she’s indulging in her favorite Daddy books, up comes a giant and two women, one of whom looks almost like her. Turns out that they are two valkyries and the Norse God Forseti, and they are going to take her with them.

I like Morrigan a lot. I like Forseti too. I don’t like Odin very much in this because he is kind of a prick about certain things in this one. I kind of felt like Morrigan never got any kind of choice on her own, but more that she got forced into choices and she just had to deal with them, like them or not. But not by Forseti, just by everyone else.

Emily Tilton-Ultragirl Powers Up

Eighteen-year-old Susan has just discovered her superpowers. She has used them to save a cute little doggie from Charlatan’s flame cycle. She’s also discovered that she is an alien, and her powers are powered by, well, sex, fucking, orgasms, and arousal. But, she’s a good, modest girl, who would never do anything wrong. Then she meets Bob, Nightprince, a member of the CPE, a superhero organization. And he discovers her secret, mostly by catching her masturbating and oh, you know, shaking the entire building as she does it, you know, as one does.

I think that Emily leveled up when she wrote this. She went from the Queen of Filth to the Empress of the Filth Galaxy. You get Emily’s delicate touch with erotic humiliation in here, which is OMFG so filthy hot. One of the hottest scenes in this entire book, hands down, is in this particular story. One a scale of 1-10, it was a 69.

This anthology was a lot of fun to read. There were just so many, many fun things about it, and so many, many filthy things about it. I  mean, what more could you want?

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Golden Angel-Marriage Training

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Golden Angel-Chasing His Honey Badger

I keep trying to say that PNR is one of my favorite things to read, but that’s kind of a lie. Pretty much everything is one of my favorite things to read, lol. But, the point is that I love to read PNR. And I love Golden Angel’s Big Bad Bunnies series. It’s really unique in some of its viewpoints and the way that it takes things. Chasing His Honey Badger continues on with the Harry Potter, Monty Python, and Disney references that run through the rest of the series.

Actual footage of Bailey Bunson.

We’re at the last of the Bunson brothers now, Brice. All his brothers have mated, as has his sister Bethany. The only ones left are him and their baby sister, Bailey, the Bunny of Caerbannog. And Bailey says that she’s holding out for her fated mate while dating everyone possible, and hanging with Kasim, a lion shifter. But they aren’t our focus here. Today, it’s Brice and Rana.

Brice has been hanging with Eli’s group so that he can help take down The Company, while all the rest of his family are with Steele’s pack. One day, Brice sees a group of hot biker chicks in the parking lot, walks over to them because he, you know, is a guy who is catching up on his wild oats, and biker chicks are hot. As he is walking up to one of them, he realizes that she smells perfect and like all the good things ever, and that she’s his fated mate. When he walks up to her, she is pretty pissed and just doesn’t want to deal with him. Then she and her group, which are all her cousins, just leave. When Brice tells Eli what happened, Eli tells him that Rana has anosmia, which means that she has no sense of smell, which means she can’t smell if he is her fated mate or not.

Rana has been burned before. She’s had 2 other guys tell her that they were fated mate, but turned out that they weren’t. She and her cousins, all honey badger shifters, took care of them. And you don’t want to fuck with Rana and her cousins. They are smart, fierce, and vengeful. I think it’s probably righteous vengeance in most cases, but I wouldn’t want to do anything that would get me on the wrong side of them, especially if they have honey and ants around. So when this random guy came up and told her that she was his fated mate, she was both pissed and upset. She thought that he was trying to make fun of her in a very not nice way. So, she leaves with her cousins, headed towards the mountain where Steele’s pack is living so that they can visit another cousin, and she’s just going to ignore him. What she doesn’t count on is the Bunson connection.

This particular issue doesn’t come up in Brice and Rana’s story, but I think it’s adjacent to it, and it does come up in other books, but I love the way that Golden handles fated mates. In this universe, fated mates are so super incredibly rare that it’s shocking that 2 of the Bunsons have fated mates. Most shifters find someone that they love and court them and end up mating them. Once they have exchanged that mating bite, if there was a fated mate out there somewhere, that connection is broken. That can even happen if the fated person shows up 2 seconds before the bite has been exchanged, which would hopefully not happen, since the bites are generally shared during sex. The mating mark trumps all. I love that because I think, especially in shifter stories, fated mates tend to be the end all be all of the stories.

OK, here’s the reason that I think that this is adjacent to the fated mate thing. The fact that Rana can’t smell her fated mate means that she won’t know who he is if and when she meets him. She does feel a pull toward Brice, but hey, I feel a pull toward Jason Mamoa, but that doesn’t mean that I’m his fated mate or anything. Attraction is a thing. Fated mates generally have a really hard time fighting off the connection until they share the bites. I think that Rana sort of feels that, but not in the same way that Brice does, because Brice has the total package going on. So, Brice has to woo her more like a chosen mate would than just count on the biological pull of fated mates. I really love that. Golden just flips the whole fated mate thing on its head, again.

Rana and her cousins are a fucking hoot. I mean, I love them, they were just so funny. I would love to hang out with them. Not drink with them though. That’s a hard limit for me. We could totally watch Kinky Boots together, because whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.

Well, we only have Bailey left in the series, so we’ll have to see where her story goes.

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Honey badger don’t give a fuck. And Rana and her family pretty much prove that. LOL.

I love the cousins testing Brice for Rana to make sure that he is really the one. Family like that is awesome.

I also love Rana riding Brice into battle. The picture in my head was awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. The Big Bad Bunnies are awesome, so you need to check them out. Happy reading!

 

DCMA and Ridiculous Lawsuits

This isn’t quite a part 2 to the blog post I wrote last week. It’s more like an addendum.

Golden Angel, who is a wonderful author, already wrote one excellent blog post about this situation. It was a good overview of the situation but didn’t go really deep. There’s a lot of reasons for this. One is the fact that the whole Omegaverse thing is incredibly complex*. It’s easy for someone to claim that all the stuff from Addison’s and Zoey’s books are common. In fact, that’s part of the claim. There are tens of thousands of stories out there on fanfic sites, so for all anyone can tell, on a superficial look, there could be. So, Golden decided to disappear so that she could delve deeper, into both the lawsuit and the claims that what happens in the books are common.

Her newest blog post is deep and long. She breaks down Addison’s books and Zoey’s books by their beats, and color codes everything in a table, so it’s easy to see what’s happening at a glance. She also looks at a selection of fanfic off AO3, chosen to be similar to the books. It’s an excellent blog post that I highly recommend. And, if I were a literature prof, I would definitely give her an A.

*As an example of how complex the whole Omegaverse thing is, last week, I read 3 Omegaverse books. One was Lillian Sand’s latest book, which was the last book in her newest series. I also read Susi Hawke and Crista Crown’s newest, as well as the newest from Aiden Bates. In order, they are an MF book in a series with heavy dubcon/capture themes, an MM shifter book, and an MM book. The last 2 both include male pregnancy, which is a common aspect in MM omegaverse, but there are a few that don’t have that aspect. Susi and Crista’s books have fated mates, which is often the case with shifter Omegaverse. Aiden’s book has an Alpha and Omega who are attracted to each other, and realize that there is something about the other. Some other books that fall into the same kind of category as Aiden’s book have Alphas and Omegas who are attracted by each other’s personal scents.

I could go on and on about the complexity of the Omegaverse and only brush on 1/100th of it.

Anyway, go read Golden’s newest post and get a much better understanding as to what’s going on.

 

Golden Angel-Chasing His Polar Bear

I love the Big Bad Bunnies series. I mean, you mix a little Harry Potter, a lot of Monty Python, and some Disney together and put all that in a series about kickass bunny shifters, and what could go wrong? In fact, this series is just so awesomely right. And Chasing His Polar Bear is the perfect addition to this series.

Did you know that polar bears are the largest land predators? Even bigger than Kodiaks. A full grown polar bear can weigh upwards of 1300 lbs. Also, did you know that the offspring of a polar bear/grizzly mix is either called a pizzly or a grolar, depending on which parent is the polar bear? And what exactly does that have to do with anything? Well, we’re talking about polar bears today, so why not toss in some random facts. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Anyway, Eli is a polar bear shifter, and is probably the biggest, baddest, Alpha-iest of all the shifters out there. That’s why he’s the boss. And he’s trying to fight against his twin brother, Aiden, who is leading all the bad guys. Aiden likes to think that he’s so super smart and smarter than everyone, which may or may not be true. One day, Eli walks in to find Sheila with a gun pointed at him.

Sheila and Eli have a few things in common. One, they are both polar bears. Two, they grew up in the same pack. And three, they both want to ruin Aiden’s plans. That’s not all that’s there though. Eli and Sheila were betrothed. When she was finally old enough to marry him, he broke off the engagement and left the pack. That left Sheila and her family in disgrace. But, Sheila was able to pick herself up, dust herself off, and become a total badass.

I love Sheila so hard. I’m not joking when I say that she’s a total badass. She is very in control of herself, and she’s not about to let anyone fuck with her. She knows what she wants, and she’s going to go out and get it, no matter what. She wants a man? Fine, she’ll find one. She wants to destroy Aiden? Fine, she’ll do what she can to destroy Aiden, singlehandedly, if possible. She’d like to enlist Eli and his bunch, because she knows that they can help her, but she’s spent a lot of time working on Aiden and she’ll do what she needs to with or without Eli’s help. She knows what’s at stake and she’ll be damned if it will happen on her watch.

I think that Sheila is very smart. I think she has to be to be a step ahead of Aiden. And she’s very tricksy. You could almost say manipulative, but she’s not really that. I tend to think of manipulative people as people who are trying to get something for themselves, and that’s not what Sheila is doing. And really, what she is doing is for the greater good, so is it manipulative? I think this is one that you are going to have to decide yourself.

Eli has a very strong sense of duty and responsibility. He is a good man, even if he has to sometimes make some really, really shitty decisions and do some bad things. But, I think when it comes to Sheila, he is so far over his head that he can’t even see the surface. He’s working with old data, and that never helps.

I love this series, and when I need something fun with some drama in it, I turn to the Big Bad Bunnies. They are funny, even in the middle of the fights. I’m really looking forward to the next book to see what happens.

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I love that Eli didn’t think that Sheila would just stay off in the sidelines and not do anything, but that she was right there in the middle of things when she needed to be. I also love that Aiden was a totally clueless fucking idiot.

OK, that’s all for this one. If you love shifters, you should totally be reading all of the Big Bad Bunny books. Happy reading!

PS, Golden Angel says that her baby totally said you should buy this one.