Jane Henry-The Bratva’s Bride

Jane Henry is back with another high ranking Bratva member. We met Demyan back in the first book, but The Bratva’s Bride is all about him. Well, him and Calina/Larissa. You’ll see the reason for the name being written like that.

So, years ago, Larissa had a mother, father, and her twin sister. But then there was a car accident and her parents were killed, her twin sister suffered brain damage, and everyone thought that Larissa had died. Her sister, Calina, is now locked up in a Russian facility so that she can be safe. When Larissa goes to visit her sister, she discovers that Calina has stolen a huge buttload of money from the Bratva. Which, yeah, not the smartest thing ever. She knows that they are going to come after her, so Larissa manages to get her out and takes her place so that she can be Calina and take her punishment.

Demyan has tracked down Calina and knows her record. He knows that she’s smart but her brain suffered damage after an accident and she has been in a locked facility because she isn’t as safe as she could be otherwise. It’s not that she’s nuts, it’s more that her brain doesn’t function in the same way that it used to, and she makes some… not wise decision. Like, oh, say, stealing a bunch of money from the Bratva. He is going to get her and she is going to pay off her debt, one way or another. His preferred way is that she pay it off under him.

I thought that the whole Larissa/Calina thing was an interesting take on the whole mistaken identity thing.  The whole identical twin thing is really a nice twist on the trope. I do like how much Larissa loves her sister. I mean, she is pretty sure that she’s about to die, and she just wants to make sure that Calina is OK. That’s her entire goal and her entire mindset.

Watching Larissa as she learned to settle into Demyan’s world was fun. She still kept expecting him to kill her, and frankly, I don’t blame her, I would’ve thought that too. And I would probably have fought against him a lot harder and a lot longer than Larissa did. But, I’m really stubborn like that and I have serious issues with authority. I would love to see another story with these two just to see how the Bratva are handling Larissa, and how she’s handling them.

I’m looking forward to seeing who is going to get bitten by the lovebug next in this universe.

Pretty, right? It’s a kokoshnik style tiara from the Russian Imperial crown jewels. Kokoshniks were part of Russian folk dress, but were generally only worn on special days and would be handed down through the generations because they were often highly decorated. I just thought it was great for this story.

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It seemed to me that Demyan was completely blindsided by the idea that Larissa was Calina’s twin sister. He did research on her, so he should’ve known about her.

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

Jane Henry-Wanted

Jane has taken us to Boston, to abandoned islands, to Manhattan, and now to Wyoming with a sexy cowboy named Jace who has no mercy in Wanted.

Freya, daughter of rich parents who has always been expected to be perfect, has just gotten stood up at the altar by a groom who was fucking one of her bridesmaids. Her prick of a father, instead of getting her out of there, makes sure that everyone knows that the party is still on, which leaves the congregation cheering. Her mother, instead of getting her out of there, tels her to go to the bathroom to “collect herself” before they go to the hall. You see, Rhett women do not cry and they do not do anything that may cause humiliation to the family, like, I dunno, being upset because her douchey fiance stood her up at the altar.  Instead, Freya calmly walks out, steals a car, and starts driving until she runs out of gas. She ends up at a small bar out in the middle of BFE, literally tearing her dress apart. And of course, that’s when Freya’s real troubles start. She sees something that she shouldnta oughta seen.

Jace Mercy is also called the Vigilante by the people of his small area. The LEOs are in the pockets of the bad guys, so nothing gets investigated or stopped. He’s taken it upon himself to stop the bad guys, but whatever means necessary. He’s stepped up even more since his fiancee was killed. He’s very quiet, and he keeps himself to himself. He owns a ranch, and is very isolated. He doesn’t own a TV, computer, or cellphone. He’s in town that night, and when Freya ends up running, she runs right towards him, right before she knocks herself the fuck out by running into a tree, so he takes her home with him.

Jace is pretty much the textbook definition of anti-hero if you ask me. He is a good man who does bad things for the right reasons. He doesn’t think of himself as a hero. He doesn’t want to be thought of as a hero. He’s just the man who is doing what needs to be done because it needs to be done. No one else is going to do it, so he’s going to make sure it gets done. I think that he has a very strict moral code, and he’s going to adhere to that code, no matter what.

Freya, poor Freya. It’s hard to realize that your life isn’t everything that you thought. I mean, she basically had everything destroyed in just one split second. She knew that her parents never really cared for her, and she was just there as a prop, but to find out that all her friends weren’t really her friends, and that what she thought of as a perfect life just wasn’t, had to have been really hard for her. Jace is right when he tells her that she has everything she wants but nothing she needs. I like watching her go through her struggles and journey to find out who she is, and getting strength from her search.

On a strange note, it was all rainy and windy while I was reading this book, and there is a blizzard in the first part of the book, so every time I walked past a window, I expected a huge blizzard outside my window.

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The whip? OMG, the whip!

And Freya and the knife? Good on her!

OK, you know the drill! Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Opposition

Today, we’re going to NYC and visiting Club Verge again with Jane Henry. We’re going to see some Opposition, and it’s going to be really interesting.

Cora is a good friend of Chandra and Giada, both of whom are submissives, and we’ve seen them both in other Club Verge books. Go check them out. She also works at Marla’s bookstore. Marla is a sub, but she doesn’t have a permanent Dom. I’m going to say that it’s probably yet, not never. I expect that we will see her featured soon enough. Cora also is a bartender at Verge, because Marla and Chandra got her the job. She needs to have as many jobs as she can get because she’s in college, and she’s the guardian of her two younger sibs, her sister Bailey who is 14, and Ben, who is 10. She is working all the hours of the day, and is fucking broke and exhausted.

On a day where her younger sister has just called because she doesn’t know what to make for dinner and the only thing in the house is a box of mac and cheese, and Cora hasn’t eaten since breakfast, a customer comes in and starts giving Cora attitude for being on the phone with “her boyfriend” instead of serving him immediately. He makes fun of the books, he’s just a general fucking prick. It’s obvious he’s rich and snooty and used to being obeyed. Once he’s gone, she brushes him off her day, and heads to Verge, where there’s a Masquerade going on.

Liam is rich and used to getting his way. He owns a very high powered Wall Street company and he’s a Dom, so yeah, more money than he knows what to do with, and no one really says no to him. So, when he decides to go to Club Verge for the night, he remembers that it’s a theme night, and dresses up as a mime. He gets there, and lo and behold, he finds Cora at the bar and signals for her to come to him. She does, and they have a little bit of fun, or a lot of bit, maybe. But she doesn’t know who he is. Yet.

OMG, I really didn’t like Liam at the beginning of the book. It took me forever and ever and ever to warm up to him. And even then, he’s definitely not my favorite of Jane’s heros, not by a long shot. I really did want to just strangle him almost every time he talked there for a while, because really, he just made me that mad. He’s a prick. I know, I know, it’s probably hard for you to get how I feel about Liam, I’m just so subtle.

I love Cora. She’s fabulous. She’s also feisty and fierce. She’s not afraid to say no to the big bad Dom, whether or not he likes it, or even whether or not she gets her ass spanked for it. She’s also not afraid to stand up to large companies in order to save what she thinks is important, like saving a botanical garden from a company that wants to destroy it and build some building. I love how she takes care of her brother and sister. She thinks that she’s doing a terrible job, but I guarantee that every parent, especially single parents who have to work every hour of the day, feel like they’re doing a terrible job. My son is nearly 24, and I’m still pretty sure that I’m doing a terrible job with him. I’m 46, and my mom is still pretty sure that she did a terrible job with me. See, what I mean.

I do think that they are good together. Cora does something for Liam that makes him human, which he needs. As for what Cora is getting out of it, she’s getting someone who lets her feel safe and can take some of the burden off her shoulders, which lets her flourish and bloom.

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I’d like to say that I thought that Liam was high handed when he handled their living spaces the way that he did, but I really can’t because it was the right thing to do, and I’m glad that he did it.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really enjoyed this, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-The Bratva’s Baby

When it comes to the dark in dark romance, there’s a continuum. What’s dark for you isn’t necessarily what’s dark for me, and what I think is medium dark may be enough to curl your hair. And along that continuum, you can stick various authors, who all have their own ranges. Why am I bringing this up? Because Jane Henry wrote a dark romance that I enjoyed called The Bratva’s Baby. Is it the darkest thing I’ve ever read? Nope. Is it dark for Jane Henry? Yup. See what I mean about continuums and ranges? Jane isn’t a dark writer, and that’s perfectly OK. I like her forays into dark romance, and for me, that’s all that matters. I don’t generally get all picky about breaking down classifications, I’m more picky about finding authors I like and books I want to read, and Jane’s an author I like and I want to read her books, so it’s all good here.

OK, now that I have all that out of the way, let’s talk story, shall we? Yes, pretty please. So, Kazimir is a high ranking member of the mafiya, the Russian Mob. In fact, he’s isn’t just a high ranking member, he’s in the very, very tippy top of the high rankers. So, when he goes out into the field for a mission, you know that there has to be a good reason for it. In this case, it’s Sadie, a small town librarian, who is said to be worth millions and millions and millions.

Sadie is very happy living in her small life, she’s a small town librarian who is happy with being alone with her books. Men make her nervous. And then one day, HE walks into her library. Kazimir wants to have information about some biographies, and he gets her to walk him back to where they are. Then he manages to take her to dinner and next thing she knows, she’s on an airplane to Russia.

I spent the first parts of the book not sure whether or not I would actually like Kazimir. Sometimes I seemed to really like him, sometimes I thought that he was a complete asshole. And to be fair, he really was a fucking asshole sometimes. I also think that he is a little naive about certain things, which is a weird thing to say about a member of the Russian mob, but he just seems to have a blindspot. I understand why he has a blindspot, I would too, in his case, but still, blindspot. Huge fucking one. I like Sadie. I think that she has spark and spirit. I also think that she might occasionally fight a little too hard for her own good, but that’s her choice and her right and I won’t take it away from her. I don’t know that I wouldn’t be the exact way in her case. I mean, she’s been abducted from her home, has been taken to a country where she doesn’t speak the language, and then she has to do things that she doesn’t want to do.

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I like Nikita and how she seems to be more loyal to Sadie than she is to Kazimir or Dimitri. Of course, I wouldn’t have any loyalty to Dimitri, but he’s a nasty fucker.

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

Loki Renard & Jane Henry-Hard Time

Loki and Jane have gotten together again and co-written another great book. Hard Time is the sequel to their last book, and it was definitely worth the wait.

Rico is an FBI agent, and he’s bound and determined to bring down the Francoise family. They are up to no good, and he’s over it. He is also just slightly obsessed with Jasmine Francoise. She’s beautiful, talented, gorgeous, and definitely into whatever her family is doing right up to her pretty eyebrows. He follows her around and pulls her over in her fancy little car every chance he gets. He’s attracted to her, and he’d love to turn her over his knee and paddle her naughty ass.

Jasmine is controlled by her father and brother. She doesn’t want to do anything that they are making her do, but her dad will hurt her if she doesn’t do anything. She’s making her plans to get away, but it isn’t always easy. Her one bright spot is when she gets to see Rico. She wants him so much, but he’s law and she’s… not. But, when push comes to shove, Rico is there to help her.

I felt so sorry for Jasmine. She’s really just put into a horrible place with her father. He’s a fucking asshole. Just a fucking asshole. Her brother isn’t necessarily better, most of the time. But, even with me feeling sorry for her, I think that she’s stronger than she thought that she was. Rico is a good guy, I mean, yeah, he’s a cop, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are good people, if you know what I mean. But, he really is a good man, and all he wants to do is be Jasmine’s Daddy and to take care of his little girl. The chemistry between the two of them is pretty explosive.

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Remember how I said that her dad was a fucking asshole? Yeah, he’s even worse than that, but that’s OK, he gets everything he deserves.

I think we may be getting a story about her brother next and it will be an MM. I hope so. That will be so awesome.

OK. That’s all for this one! Go check it out! Happy reading!

Anthology-Daddy’s Demands Pt. 1

So yeah, I’ve been putting this one off, but not because I didn’t like the book, because I did and I do, but more because life is stupid and adulting is hard. The fact that adulting is hard sometimes made this the perfect set of stories for right now, because it’s 25 stories about Daddies who want to make sure that their little girls are taken care of and aren’t going to have to adult too hard. Of course, some of the Daddies are a little darker than others, or a little more strict, but considering who wrote some of these stories, are you surprised? I’m really not.

There are a lot of great things about an anthology like Daddy’s Demands. One of them is that no matter what kind of mood I’m in, there’s a story there for it. Which is nice, because I never know what kind of mood I’m going to be in from day to day. Plus, with the fact that there are 25 stories, they are pretty short, so if you have a minute to read a story and you don’t want to get dragged into something, you can find a quick story. So, if you are like me and you hate going to bed with an unfinished book, an anthology is a godsend. There’s also the fact that when you get an anthology, you get the chance to read authors that you aren’t familiar with, which is even nicer. Even with as much as I read, and as many of those authors I have read, there were still a couple of authors I wasn’t familiar with.

Of course, then you have the downside to large anthologies like this, at least for bloggers and reviewers like me. There are TWENTY-FIVE stories in here. Do you know what trying to review 25 stories is like? I would get bored writing a blog post that summarized 25 stories. You would get bored reading it. My goal is to not bore my readers. I like you guys, I want to keep you around. I liked all the stories because all the authors are talented, but you know that there are always going to be some that you like more than others. That’s just the way that it is. So, what you’re going to get is a 2 part post, today and tomorrow. That way I can talk about my favorites and not burn you out or burn me out, and Daddy will be happy. 🙂

Renee Rose-Mafia Daddy

Renee’s story ties in with some of her other stories. You get Yuri from The Russian and the tie in from King of Diamonds. Jenna, the heroine of this one was supposed to marry Nico Tacone from KoD, and when her father’s right hand man comes to take her home, Yuri steps in to try to stop him. So, we now have definite proof that they are all part of the same universe. This is a sweet story. I know, I know, you don’t think that Renee can write sweet, but she did. I really enjoyed it, including the connections to her other stories.

Loki Renard-Daddy’s Little Captive

You know how I said some of the Daddies were a little darker and stricter than others? Yeah, Loki’s Dominic is one of them. He comes into the little restaurant where Marina works as a server on a regular basis, and when he comes in late one night and everyone else leaves, Marina just can’t. Lots of kinkery fuckery going on, including one of Loki’s trademarks, a cage. This one is under the bed though.

Jane Henry-Professor Daddy

This one ties in with Jane’s NYC Doms and Verge. Giada is a student who is getting ready to take a creative writing course from a prof that she thinks is going to be stodgy. Only Geoffry Slade is anything but stodgy. So she decides to poke the bear. I’ve been talking off and on with other Daddy authors about brats, and I’m pretty sure that Giada totally counts as a brat. I really liked her and how she thinks it’s fun to poke the bear, knowing what she’s going to get.

OK, there’ll be more tomorrow, but it’s late, and my life is still stupid, so I’m going to go to bed.

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Jane Henry-Jacked Up

Jane has decided to put her stamp on the Hard n’ Dirty books, which I still think should be called the Hot n’ Dirty books, but no one consulted me. That’s OK. I’ll still read them. 🙂 It takes a lot to get me to not read a book. Jane put her personal stamp on Jacked Up and turned it into a Daddy book too. She is sooooo good at Daddy books and I’m always excited to read one of her books. So let’s get all hot and dirty, shall we?

Here’s how our story goes. Tanya is the heir to an automotive empire. Her dad deals in classic cars, and has a large collection of them. Including a 1967 Corvette Convertible L88. Which is an incredibly sexy car. I mean, yummmmmy sexy. It would look really sexy wrapped around me, but that’s neither here nor there. The problem is that Tanya’s now ex-boyfriend thought so too. Not only did he think so, he decided that he would take it for a ride and ended up crashing it. And like the annoying little twat that he was, he didn’t bother to get it taken care of. No, he left that all up to Tanya. She’s called all around to various car repair shops and found out that the only place to go is Jacked Up. And let’s just talk about that being the name of an auto repair shop. Love it!

Levi is the owner of Jacked Up and is pretty much a competitor of her dad’s. But he’s the only person in her area who can work on the Corvette, and not only that, he’s one of the best people she could possibly get to work on it, period. Tanya walks into his business, all dolled up showing lots of cleavage and legs, in a nice tight dress and fuck me daddy heels, and asks to speak to the owner. He says OK, and leaves the room. A few minutes later, he walks back into the room and tells her that he’s the owner. Whoops. She tells him her name is Felicia, and from that moment, I kept waiting for him to tell her “Bye, Felicia.” But, she tells him that her name is Felicia and she has a car that needs fixed. She shows him the damage and he tells her what it will take for him to fix it. She has to work for him for 2 weeks. You see, he figured out that Felicia isn’t her name, and when she told him who she was, he told her he didn’t want her daddy’s money.

I really liked Levi, and not only that, I liked him for the whole book. There are a lot of times when I like the Domly types, but there are parts where they annoy the living fuck out of me. This isn’t one of those times. He didn’t seem like he was running over Tanya the way that sometimes happens in these books. He still had to be in charge, but he was almost more mellow about it, if that makes sense. I like Tanya too. Although I wish she had kicked Leo’s ass because it needed to happen. I think that she was fierce. She was also unafraid of who she was and had her own power. I think that is pretty damn awesome. I would love to get another story about this one, even if it’s just a short story catching us up with them.

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See, super sexy car, right? Told you so. Don’t you wish you could drive that?

I never liked Spade from the very beginning, and Grease was another one who gave yucky vibes, so I’m glad that I wasn’t wrong about them. Too bad that Levi didn’t pound the shit out of the two of them because they so deserved it.

Is it wrong that I want a pinup calendar of Tanya on Levi’s Jag?

That’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, as well as all the other Hard n’ Dirty books. Happy reading!