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┬áis 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.

Golden Angel-Hardcore Vanilla

Golden Angel, Queen of Butt Stuff, is closing out her Stronghold Doms series with Hardcore Vanilla, Jake and Sharon’s story. If you are worried about the fact that the series is closing and you’ll miss out on this world, don’t worry, Golden has a spinoff series called Masters of the Marquis. That series will have all of Olivia’s Baby Doms that we met in Tempting the Domme. I’m looking forward to this series so we can get more on the stories that were teased in this one.

Sharon and Jake are the very last two single people in their friend group. Jake doesn’t like Sharon because she’s loud, crass, tells inappropriate jokes, and likes being the center of attention. Sharon doesn’t like Jake because he’s judging her, and she has had enough of people judging her. She’s going to be herself and if Jake doesn’t like it, then fuck him.

On New Year’s Eve, not only is there a huge party for the holiday, but there’s also a huge party at Marquis for its grand opening. Everyone is partying and having a good time, Patrick and Lexie got engaged, and Sharon and Jake are getting drunk and dancing together. At midnight, when everyone else is about to kiss their special someone, Sharon and Jake both realize that they are standing next to each other, so they might as well kiss. And kiss they do. They both like it so much that they decide to go back to Jake’s house and bring in the new year with a bang. Jake isn’t sure if he’ll regret it in the morning, but he knows that he’ll regret it if he doesn’t and Sharon keeps saying that it’s the worst idea ever, but that doesn’t stop them.

When Sharon wakes up in the morning, she sneaks out and heads home, figuring that she won’t have to see Jake for a while, so no awkwardness. Except, of course, that’s when Angel decides to go into labor, they both show up at the hospital, and some awkward ensues. At least on Jake’s part. And he gets all judgy about Sharon being who she is.

I like Sharon. I’m a lot like her, except I don’t like to be the center of attention. But I cuss, I tell inappropriate jokes, and I’m loud. My dad always used to get on me to be more lady-like and speak quieter and was embarrassed by me. I finally got to the point where I had zero fucks to give about it, and decided that if he didn’t like me the way that I am, well, that was his problem, and not mine, so I totally get Sharon. I also totally get her wanting to poke and prod Jake since he is already judging her, so why not annoy her a little more and get a little more under his skin. Sharon is a bit of a brat, but not a mean one. She has a huge and loving heart, and will do anything to help her friends.

Jake. Hmmm… What can I say about Jake? He keeps going to Stronghold but swears he’s not a Dom. He can be very judgmental and dickish when it comes to Sharon. He loves his sister and his best friend Patrick, he works hard, and he seems to be a nice guy. But, just about everything about Sharon gets on his last nerve, he’s terribly attracted to her, but she’s not the kind of woman he usually dates. Then there is the whole sub thing that Sharon has going on. I do like the way that they describe what they like though. I’ve called the same kind of thing rocky road, myself, because it isn’t straight up vanilla, nor is it serious kink.

 

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I love that Olivia and Michael give Jake a smackdown. I love it even more when his mom laughs at him. You can tell that Jake just hasn’t actually tried to see why Sharon does what she is doing. And even after they agree to be fuck buddies, he doesn’t necessarily give her the benefit of the doubt at times. He’d rather just jump to the bad than try to figure out her motivation.

And with her family? I get loving your family and I get being confused when other people say that they don’t have a great relationship, but he’s all kind of dismissive of Sharon’s explanations before they get to the wedding. She tries to tell him what’s going on, but he just blows it off as Sharon being Sharon and rude.

I know it sounds like I don’t actually like Jake, but I do. At least when he’s getting out of his own way and he starts thinking.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go visit Stronghold for one last time. Happy reading!

Lee Savino & Golden Angel-Alien Captive

These two naughty authors got together to give us a really, really naughty book. Really, really, REALLY naughty. And OMFG hot. Alien Captive kept me captive from start to finish. It was almost enough to make me turn off my Kindle and put it away. But only almost. Or was it? Was it just a further reason to keep reading forever and ever, and to maybe not sleep because I was reading? I’ll never tell. You’ll just have to guess. But if I were you, I’d pay attention to what you’re reading, especially when it comes to Lee and Angel’s books.

Here’s how it goes. The Tsenturions are nearly extinct. The bad guys destroyed their planet when everyone should’ve been on planet. However, there was one ship that was not there, so they didn’t die. Now, for the past thousand years, they’ve been protecting the Jabols and fighting the Vgotha. When these guys die, their species is completely gone because they have no females. However, the Jabols have a plan for that. They have decided to take advantage of the e-reader and naughty book readers out there.

Dawn is a yoga instructor with very few connections to people. She lives alone, her family is dead, her house is the biggest connection she has, except for the mysterious e-reader she got in the mail. The e-reader that she has loaded up with all kinds of books by all kinds of authors, whose names are all mentioned in the book as her fave authors (and who I’ve all read, include Tracy St. John and her two cocked aliens). There’s also a series called the Tsenturion Trilogy. It’s a series about women who have been taken to be Tribute for the Tsenturions to help rebuild their race. Just as she finishes the series, again, there’s a huge storm and all of a sudden she sees a big flash of light.

Then she wakes up strapped to a table with an alien standing over her telling her that she has been selected to be a Tribute to the Tsenturion High Commander, Gavrill. And oh, to make sure that she’s ready for him, they’ve attached a Bride Training device which vibrates and trains her for him. Keeps her just on the edge for a very, very, very loooooong time.

Meanwhile, somewhere else in the galaxy, Gavrill and his crew are outside of a nebula watching for the Vgotha. Then he gets the message that his Tribute is ready. After arguing with Bogdan, his second, he decides that he’s going to go get her. When they meet, she passes out because of the strength of her orgasm around him. That’s a fucking great orgasm. Then they get all hot and dirty, and Dawn is introduced to his cock, and the seela. Basically, what we’re looking at is an alien cock with a flared head, almost like a cobra, within a nest of little tentacles, with one that would hit pretty much right at her clit. Yes, please.

There is a lot of mind-blowing sex going on. Pretty much exactly mind-blowing for Dawn, who passes out a couple of times from all the orgasms. I mean, dayum. But, for all of that amazing sex and magical tentacle cocks going on, there’s so much more to this story. Remember, this is a first contact situation all around, and think of all the complications that arise whenever any two new groups meet. It’s never easy. And it’s not any easier here, especially when you walk into a situation where it’s a ship full of boys who are wanting revenge and have wanted nothing but revenge for a millennium. (That’s just a fun word to say, don’t you think?) I love Medik, the ship’s doctor. He’s a kindly sort. I just want him to say I’m a doctor, not an engineer, physicist…. But that’s because I’m a huge geek, and I would totally laugh my ass off at it. What? My first love was scifi. My first crushes were Princess Leia and Han Solo. Give me a break.

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I think that both Gavrill and Dawn needed to sit down and think about the fact that they are dealing with a different species and one with a different set of cultural norms and standards. I got really mad at Gavrill and even madder at Bogdan. I understand, mostly where B was coming from, but he has to stop and realize that things are going to be different now and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And really, isn’t a millennium of revenge enough?

The Vgotha are interesting. I’d love to find out a lot more about them. Symbiotic ships sound super awesome to me.

Well, that’s all for this one. Go check it out and if your e-reader come to your house mysteriously, watch out for the Jabol and the Tsenturions. Happy reading!

Anthology-N.E.R.D.

Wait, hang on, let me switch out of 80’s movie mode. OK, N.E.R.D., that’s what I meant. N.E.R.D. Naughty, Erotic, Romantic Doms is an anthology with 8 hot, sexy, funny, spanking stories by 7 authors. Golden Angel gets a double bite at the apple. The stories are all pretty short and the entire book is a super quick read. That means that you are going to only get my reactions to the stories, because I don’t want to spoil anything. Trust me, you don’t want me to spoil anything either.

Felicity Brandon-Zoe’s Impetus

Poor Zoe, she’s going to fail botany, but her professor decides to offer her a hand. I tell you what, if I had a professor like Neil, then I would probably have passed some of my maths classes. LOL. I would definitely think about switching my major to botany. Definitely seems to work as a good focusing method.

Jack Crosby-Of Demons and Nerds

I’ve never read a story that Jack Crosby has solo written. I’ve read a couple that he co-wrote with Jaye Elise, and they were pretty awesome, so I was really excited to read his story. Remember how I said that the stories in this book were funny? This was pretty much the funniest story. It’s very tongue-in-cheek and self-referential. I’m definitely going to be tracking down more of his stories.

Katie Douglas-The Doctor’s Companion

This is Katie’s second entry on the blog today. Hi Katie! And I think this story is my favorite story. I love long multi-colored scarves, know what celery is good for, love Jelly Babies, think fezzes are cool, and love crotchety Scottish men. In short, I am a Whovian, so I may be predisposed to like this story, but it’s all very spoofy, in the very, very best way. I have to say, if a man with a flying police box, whether it’s red or blue, comes up to me and asks me to come with him, I’m forgetting the ice cream altogether.

Rue Raven-Walking Disaster

Rue Raven is another new one to me. I’ll be tracking down more of her work, because I really enjoyed this story. I can relate to Grace. There are often disasters around me too, and I’ve done things like give myself a concussion by walking into a glass wall, and pulling my shoulder washing my hair. Yup. Graceful to a fault, that’s totally me. I totally think good structure and ADHD medicine would help Grace a lot, as well as Jake’s spankings. And I hope Gina chokes on her fake tits.

Golden Angel-Alien Online

This is Golden’s first entry in the book. You know how they say you never know who’s on the other side of the computer screen when you’re talking to them? Well, sometimes you really don’t know who’s on the other side of the screen. Let’s just say, I’m up for this kind of probing.

Sassa Daniels-Elise in Wonderland

Yeah, not everyone is into video games and comic books, and there are a lot of purists out there who are disconcerted by seeing how something they love has been changed to suit pop culture. Not that I’ve ever sat and nit-picked a movie for costuming or sword fights or anything. No really, I haven’t. And I don’t have any co-workers who are going to take me to task for it either. Although, I think Elise should’ve gotten a little pass, because the guy was asking for it.

Morganna Williams-The Mugged and the Restless

Clueless boss and focused assistant is a pretty common trope. However, Morganna kind of flips it around and turns it into something a little different. Personally, I really like Morganna’s version better than I like some of the others I’ve seen. And I think pocket protectors are completely overrated. I get why people wear them, they have a use, but still, who wants them?

Golden Angel-Cosplay Connection

Hi, my name is Clara and I went to cons when I was younger. I cosplayed back before they called it cosplay. Yeah, I’m talking OMG, 25+ years ago. Fuck, I’m old. There are no pictures of it anymore, but I used to dress up like Death from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. I rocked it. And I totally rocked the cloak I wore. Damn, I miss those days. Of course, the cons I went to weren’t all that big, and I don’t think one of them exists anymore. I don’t remember any of the cons I ever went to having speed dating, but I suppose it could’ve happened. I did have a con hookup that turned into a long-term relationship. It wasn’t as good as this one though. I would definitely have preferred Diana’s hookup.

OK, that’s what you’re getting from me about N.E.R.D. Go check the book out! Fun, quick, easy, sexy reads. Perfect for that 20 minute break.