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.

Anthology-Masters of the Castle: Witness Protection Program

Maren Smith has a Castle. And she has packed her Castle full of Doms and subs. And occasionally, other naughty authors. Masters of the Castle: Witness Protection Program is one of those times. There are 8 stories, by 10 authors, including Maren herself. They all happen within the same time frame, all ending with a bang. The set up for this anthology is that the Master Marshall, the owner and Master of Masters of the Castle, a BDSM resort, has a cousin named Grace. Grace witnessed a murder by a creepy-ass mobster. He wants to kill her and she’s refusing to get police protection. So he figures the best way to keep her safe is to bring her to the Castle and protect her there. And now we get 8 stories surrounding the people trying to keep her safe or hunt down Carmen, the creepy-ass mobster.

While there are 8 stories, I only got to read 5 of them early. Gee, I guess that means I’m going to have to go and buy the book so I can read the other stories. Damn, life is hard. Make me read a book. And as I got them as individual ARCs, you’re getting my reviews in the order in which I read them, which may or may not be the order they are in the book.

Golden Angel-Freeing Fawn

Fawn is a cat burglar, and a darn good one, which is good, because she has been doing jobs for the Mob in order to pay off her father’s debt. Now, the Don wants her do to one last job, but it doesn’t involve stealing anything. Unless you call killing someone stealing something. And to do that, she’s going to have to pretend to be a sub.

Dane is a LEO who has been trying to get Carmen for forever. Now he’s at the Castle because he knows that where Grace is, Carmen is going to follow. He’s a Dom, so posing as a Master of the Castle so that he can keep searching shouldn’t be that much of a problem. But then, he gets paired with Fawn.

OK, Fawn is just cute, while she hasn’t tried anything BDSM-ish before, she has at least read some books, looked at some sites, and tried a toy or two. And she and Master D are super hot together. I loved watching them try to do their missions while they were both trying to keep the other safe and from knowing they were sneaking around.

Tabitha Black-Tempting Tasha

All the stories use alliteration in the title, but Tabitha Black has to take a step further, just to add in a little extra alliteration. I bet Tabitha is that one kid at school who always blew the curve too. LOL.

Tasha’s brother owes Carmen a butt-load of money, because her brother likes to gamble and Carmen is a loan shark. So when her brother disappears, she knows that it’s Carmen’s fault. When she sees him getting on a plane, she buys a ticket and follows him across the country, right to the Castle, where she ends up hired as a Little Maid.

Master Eamon is one of the Dungeon Masters. When the dungeon gets trashed, he needs someone from housekeeping to come clean. Instead, he gets Tasha, as a Little Maid. She pings his radar as a little off, but he’s willing to work with it.

It’s one thing to be a total newbie, it’s a completely different thing to walk into the Castle without even knowing what happens there. I felt a little sorry for Tasha because she wasn’t even a babe in the woods. It’s more like she was a bunny in a lion enclosure, but she doesn’t even know what lions are, so she doesn’t know what could happen.

Allysa Hart & Rayanna Jamison-Taming Teri

Teri and Nick have been partners in the police department. Teri is also part of a K-9 team, with Champ. On top of being partners on the bomb squad, Teri and Nate have also been best friends and lovers, although the intimate part of their relationship is currently not happening.

When their captain tells them that they have to go over to the Castle to help find Carmen, Teri, who is very independent and strong, is ready to Nope the fuck out of going to the fuck fortress. Nick, on the other hand, he’s all over this idea. He’s always wanted to go to the Castle, and now going undercover at the Castle with Teri as his sub? That’s pretty much perfect. She doesn’t know that he’s a Dom, or how he feels about her. That’s OK, he doesn’t really know how she feels about him.

OK, I have to admit that I really didn’t like Teri at the beginning. She’s really judgemental and looks down on anyone who has a kinky bone in or on their body. Even when she discovers that she likes it when Nick spanks her or when she submits, she wants to be judgemental about people who like it. It does get better and I do start to like her. But, if you ask me, Champ is the real star of the story. Puppy! Alright, I guess Teri and Nick aren’t all that bad after all. I will say that I was surprised to not get a Little story out of these two because, well, they are who they are. That’s not a complaint though, I’m happy to get any story out of these two because I love reading their work.

Raisa Greywood-Harboring Holly

Holly knows secrets. Two years ago, she saw Carmen kill her best friend, and she’s been holding that secret for two years. The only reason that she can be safe is that Carmen’s minion, Mario, let her go. Then she ran, she ran so far away. She ran both night and day. And ended up in the Castle. She’s been working there for the past 2 years as a Little Maid and scening with whoever wants her. And now, the Master in charge of the Gorean program wants her to work in that program, which is great. The only problem is that she’s pretty sure that she’s not going to be alive much longer because she saw Carmen and Mario, and now Mario has asked for her to be his kajira.

Flint has been undercover as Mario, Carmen’s right hand man, for too many years. Now he’s following Carmen to the Castle where he’s planning on killing Grace, which may be the thing that will finally let Flint arrest Carmen. Then he sees Holly, who he never thought that he would see again. He’s thought about her every day since he last saw her, and now he gets to actually be around her.

I thought that Holly was pretty amazing. She was more accepting about things, like the fact that she’s pretty sure she’s about to die, than I would’ve been. She’s submissive and she loves it. She very much know who she is and she loves it, especially in the Gorean setting. But Flint, he’s so conflicted about what his duty and what he needs to do, about what’s the right thing to do and what’s the moral thing to do, they aren’t always the same thing.

Katherine Deane and Kate Richards-Guarding Grace

And finally, we get to Grace. Grace is blind, but that hasn’t stopped her from being a witness to a murder. As she points out to Master Stephan, there are more senses than vision. When her favorite cousin, Marshall, finds out that she needs somewhere to be safe, he brings her to the Castle. In order to help keep her safe, he sets her up with a “boyfriend” and a bodyguard. Stephen is supposed to be her boyfriend, but she pretty much squashes him totally flat, and does it so lovely too. Chris, Master Nelson, was supposed to be her shadow and bodyguard, but he takes over as her Dom and “boyfriend”.

Chris was in the military and had a bad war. Now he’s back and working as a Dom at the Castle. He’s the perfect person for Master Marshall to appoint to keep his beloved cousin safe. It doesn’t hurt that she’s smart, witty, beautiful, and strong. He feels strongly protective over her and when she tells him that she’s interested in finding out more about the lifestyle and tells him that she wants him to be the one to teach her, he can’t be happier.

I love Grace. There’s just something so elegant and beautiful about her. She’s so strong and confident and she’s very open-minded, which means she’s not judging anyone for what they like. She just wants to try. Of course, she does have some problems, and Chris does get a little over much sometimes, but that’s Doms for you. It’s a perfect story though, and I loved it.

So, there you have the 5 ARCs I got from this book. Hopefully I’ll be able to get to the rest of them soon. It’s just trying to find some space and time in my TBR list. I need to stop sleeping. If I don’t sleep, I would have more time to read. Of course, I would probably end up psychotic and in a padded room with a jacket that makes me hug myself. Oh wait, that might not be too bad! Maybe they’ll let me listen to audiobooks? Go check out the whole anthology and all the rest of the books in the series. I have a couple in my TBR. Happy reading!

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Golden Angel-Arabella’s Taming

For some odd reason, every time I thought about this book, I wanted to called it Taming Arabella, which means that I had to check to make sure that I had it right about 14 times. I wouldn’t want to send out the wrong title. So, as of right now, it’s all present and correct. LOL.

Anyway, back to Arabella’s Taming. Golden Angel writes all kinds of stuff from dark, under her other pen name, Dark Angel, to funny and sexy, like her Big Bad Bunnies series. OMG, if you haven’t read that, then you really need to go read those books, because they are really so funny and hot. She’s also written a series of historical domestic disciplines called the Bridal Discipline books. The books are all interconnected and feature a group of friends and relatives who all end up married to each other, in some way or other. They include 2 sets of brothers, close female friends, a step-mother and her step-daughter. It all works out. Arabella is the last one of the group to get married, and the last book in the series.

Arabella has fallen in love with Thomas, whose brother is married to her good friend Gabrielle and who is good friends with her brothers Benedict and Issac. Issac has been trying to get Thomas, who is looking for a bride by the end of the London Season, to marry Arabella, but Thomas has a list of traits that he wants his bride to meet, and high-spirited, outspoken, bold, brash, and occasionally impetuous Arabella does not meet with his criteria. While yes, she’s attractive, intelligent, and able to manage his household and hostess duties, he sees all her faults and they overwhelm everything. He doesn’t want a wife he has to tame, he wants a sweet, biddable, already tamed woman as a wife. Thomas wants to come home to a nice roaring fire in the fireplace, not a bonfire outside.

Arabella has a habit of listening at keyholes because she would never know anything in any other way. Sadly, this was one of the times she decided to listen to the keyhole and she got to listen to the man she loves run her down and tell her brothers how unsuitable she is. Even worse, this Season she’s tried so very hard to be good, just so that Thomas could see how well she would suit as his bride. What she heard destroyed her and broke her heart, and made her decide that she would just be who she was and hang what Thomas thought. He didn’t want her? Fine, she didn’t want him either.

This leads to one of the biggest rakes of London, the Marquess of Hartford, to come ask her brother Issac if he could court Arabella and her agreeing to it. Arabella has decided that she no longer wants a love marriage, and marrying Hartford would be a lot of fun at least. But… is that what she really wants?

OK, I pretty much loved Arabella. She lives out loud. She enjoys herself when she can, supports and protects her friends, and is fierce and loving. She’s also a weeeeee bit impetuous and doesn’t always think ahead. As the sister of a Duke, she’s been somewhat protected by her behaviors, since no one is going to really censure her. She has also learned how to be a little manipulative and since she’s the baby of the family, she’s been relatively spoiled and no one has really reined her in. All in all, she’s an amazing character and one that I greatly liked and enjoyed reading about. Thomas is a good man, and for part of the book, I was pretty sure that was all I would be able to say about him. But, I knew that there had to be more to him than that because Golden wouldn’t do that. And he is a good man, but he has hidden depths that turned him into a truly delightful character.

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Alright, overall, Thomas was delightful, but he really had a learning curve to deal with. It seemed to me like he wasn’t always as realistic about Arabella as he should’ve been. After their wedding, I’m not sure why he wouldn’t think that she wouldn’t want to continue to go out galloping in the morning, since it was something that she’s done the whole time she was in London, excepting for when she was planning a huge Society wedding in a week. I totally supported Arabella in this one, because he was way in the wrong. However, I also agree with part of what Thomas said.

I do like that Thomas has his own lessons to learn, like when they are leaving London and he keeps arguing with Arabella about riding the day after she’s been punished. His dad had to school him there, and then Arabella did too, when they got to where they were going.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out all of Golden Angel’s Bridal Discipline books if you like historical romance. Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Chasing His Puma

I find it highly appropriate that we are talking about Golden Angel’s new Big Bad Bunny book on Easter. I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying to give one of the Bunsons as an Easter gift, though. That would probably turn out poorly. LOL. On the other hand, the Big Bad Bunnies work out well for some people, which we find out in Chasing His Puma.

So, here’s the story behind this world. The 5 Bunson siblings were kidnapped by a mad scientist. The scientist was trying to find a way to cure some illnesses that affect small shifters. He had lost his wife and son to one of them. Trying to find a cure sounds all well and good, right? The problem is that he was unethical, crazy, and probably sociopathic. He did it by kidnapping these siblings, killing their parents, and spending 7 years doing terrible experiments on them. By the time they were rescued, the siblings had been changed from the humans they were to bunny shifters, with just a little extra. Most of them are bear-sized bunnies. And, oh yeah, they have turtle shells under their fur. Big and bad, indeed. The one sibling that’s bunny sized is called the Beast of Caerbannog. I’m pretty sure that even the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch won’t help against her, no matter what number you count to. If you aren’t familiar with that, then you need to go watch some Monty Python. So, that’s the quick background on the BBB world. Now let’s get down to business with bunnies and pumas.

Brock is one of the 3 Bunson brothers. He and his brothers have joined up with the shifter soldiers so that they can help protect the shifters in general and fight the people who turned them into what they are. On their last mission, Brock was shot in the shoulder. It was bad enough that being a shifter wouldn’t heal it enough, so Doc had to do surgery on it. After the surgery, he had to do physical therapy on it, but ended up messing it up again. Which meant that he had to go back to physical therapy, and he went with Doc. He was taciturn and Doc, Doc really isn’t. She talks a lot and believes in happily ever after.

Doc is a puma shifter. She loves all things Disney. She hates her first name and barely tolerates her middle name, so she tells everyone to call her Doc. She knows that the Bunson siblings have had troubles with her because she’s a doctor and they’ve had such terrible experiences with doctors. Most of them are fine with her, but Brock still has issues being around her. He kind of antagonizes her, but he kind of does that because he likes to poke at her too. At the mating ceremony of his brother Brady and his mate Jesse, Brock goes too far, and chases Doc off. Of course, that’s not the end of it, or this would be a super-short book, and it’s not.

When the call comes from a group of skunk shifters who are ill, Doc has to go and give them a treatment. When his sister’s fated mate, Steele, asks for volunteers to go with her, Brock says he will, which surprises everyone. That’s when things turn really interesting.

I love the Big Bad Bunnies. Golden Angel has a very quirky and snarky sense of humor. You get to see it a lot in this series. She also sticks in all kinds of easter eggs in all of the books, so when you are reading this, make sure that you are keeping your eyes open for them. The books are pretty light and sweet. I wouldn’t recommend reading them as a standalone. I mean, you could if you really wanted to, but… There are a lot of things I like about these books, but one of them is that it doesn’t place importance on fated mates. Yes, they do exist, but they are extremely rare. And, if you find someone you love and have already mated, then the fated mate bond is broken. In fact, most people aren’t really waiting for their fated mates, they are just going about meeting the person that they love and want to mate. That turns the shifter trope on its head, and I think that’s awesome.

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I can’t wait to find out what’s going on with Bailey and Kasim. I know that something is. Pretty sure they aren’t fated mates because we would’ve known already, it’s a biological imperative to seal that mating bond as soon as possible. But, there’s something. Golden will probably make us wait and wait and wait until we find out.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one, so go over and check it out. You won’t be sorry you did. Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Night of the Wild Stags

We have another Night of….¬†reverse harem story. There are several authors who got together to write that lovely little group of books, and today it’s Golden Angel’s turn. We met her on the blog not too long ago with her book Tempting the Domme. Today, though, we have a totally different genre. We’re in the world of shifters.

This book takes place in Golden’s Big Bad Bunny world. If you haven’t read those books, you totally should. I had to just because no one thinks of bunnies as big and bad, so I couldn’t figure out why they would be called big and bad. Trust me, they are, and it’s pretty awesome.

So, let’s talk about Night of the Wild Stags. With a name like that, I bet you can guess what kind of shifters that we are dealing with. Alright, you don’t have to have read anything in the Big Bad Bunny world to read this one since it’s a standalone and you will have no problem getting everything you need to know for the story. But here’s some quick backstory.¬† In this shifter world, there are all kinds of shifters, but you can kind of break them down into big species and little species. Bunnies, squirrels, and other similar things would be the little species. Then for the larger ones, you’re looking at deer, wolves, lions, etc. There are some diseases that affect shifters. In the larger species shifters, those diseases don’t cause a huge problem, but in the smaller species, they can be fatal. They have a vaccine and a cure of sorts, in a place called Lakewood, which is a shifter area. With that said, now we can talk about the book.

Kiara is a Pudu deer shifter. Her herd is very isolated and very isolationist. They all live in the same apartment building. Because there aren’t many males, each male has several “mates” and they take turns with them. Kiara sees her “mate” on Wednesday nights and it’s basically wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Kiara, who has been editing romance novels, isn’t happy and she wants more. So she runs away. While she’s on the run, she gets very sick with the Scourge. This is one of those shifter diseases. Normally it wouldn’t be a problem since she’s a deer, but there’s one small thing about Pudu deer. That’s the fact that they are teeny tiny. They are the smallest species of deer, at full grown, they are about the size of a lamb. That means that they would come under the small species, and the Scourge can be fatal to her.

Meanwhile, we have a small herd of 4 red deer stags. Red deer are pretty much the largest deer species. These 4 guys are two sets of brothers and are cousins, named Dorian, Gavin, Alec, and Riley. They are soldiers in Lakewood, but they are headed out to their cabin in the woods so that they can have a vacation. On the way there, they see a pile of clothing in the road. When they notice it move, the guys go look and find Kiara. All four of them are drawn to her. When they take her to the hospital, they all hang around her and stay in her room. When she’s starting to feel better, they invite her to go to her cabin with them so that they can take care of her.

Alright, it’s that time. I’m seriously digging the RH thing. Each guy has something that needs a specific need in Kiara, and she can have a relationship with each guy within the larger whole and with the larger whole. It’s pretty awesome how that works. They are all so good for Kiara. I really love all of them. I want Golden to write more about them.

 

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OMG, I love Kiara’s doe after her treatment. She gets cocky for sure. I also love the description of the size difference between Kiara and her mates. When they are all shifted, she can literally stand underneath them and not touch their bellies. That’s some serious size difference right there. I love it.

Sebastian got what he deserved. I wish I know what he was told, but I don’t think we ever will. He’s a scummy scummy douchecanoe.

OK, that’s all for this one. There’ll be another one later.

Golden Angel-Tempting the Domme

This is a first on my blog for a couple of reasons. One, it’s my first Golden Angel review. Second, it’s my first F/m book to be reviewed on here. Not my first one to read though, I’ve read a couple of others, and they all tend to be hawt.

So, Golden Angel’s Tempting the Domme. This is the latest entry into her Stronghold series. Full disclosure, I haven’t read the whole series, but I’m working my way through her back catalog under both this name and her darker name, Dark Angel.

Anyhow, Stronghold is hot BDSM club. There is a whole large group of friend who are all subs and Doms. Olivia is the Domme of the group, and the Queen of Peen. She’s now been hired to manage part of Marquis, a new, very exclusive club that is run by some of the Doms of Stronghold, plus a new friend, Luke. Luke owns a construction company and he’s a silent partner in Marquis. Olivia feels like that has made him her boss. He’s not as convinced by that fact. He keeps flirting with her and calls her Scarlet. She is fighting an attraction because she figures he’s the Dom-ly type and she doesn’t do Doms. She is in no way submissive. At. All.

So, Olivia is about to run a newbie class for subs. What she doesn’t know is that Luke is going to be in her class. Her two friends and the other partners in Marquis know. In fact, they have done everything they can to help get Luke into that class. Everyone knows how the two of them feel about each other.

When Luke walks in, Olivia is gobsmacked, but she has a plan. She puts him with one of her Baby Doms who is bi. Luke showed her though. She starts calling him Cupcake.

Oh man, the sexy is super-sexy. Great sex scenes, awesome sex scenes. What makes them even awesomer is that Golden has written a great connection between the two. They had some friendship before any kind of relationship started. I like that. That makes everything much better. Of course, there are bad things that happen, but can’t have a story without conflict, right?

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OK, Roland must die a terrible, painful, horrible death. But Olivia is awesome. Way awesome. I have fallen in love with her.

I can’t wait to see Sharon and Jake. And Nick and Avery. Because we all know they’re next, right? And Marquis is a very cool club, one I’d like to visit.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check this out and enjoy a new dynamic.