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┬ástories 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. ­čÖé

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. ­čÖé 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!

Jane Henry-Island Captive

When I think about running away from home, which I do a lot, I’ll admit, I dream of going to a deserted tropical island where I can just live. Of course, I generally want to have Wifi to go with that deserted island, but I could probably live without that as long as I have a lot of books and an Adrian of my very own to stay with me. I’d be pretty happy to be an Island Captive.

So here’s our story. Once upon a time, there was a US Marshal named Nadine, whose mother had a perfectly charming nickname for her, BTW, la petite belette. I’ll give you a minute to go translate it. Nadine was very good at her job, which included doing things like hunting down fugitives and bringing them to justice. Her latest target is Adrian, who escaped from prison. He brutalized a woman, tied her up, beat her, and then strangled her. He was caught pretty much red-handed, so everyone knew he was the one who did it. But he still managed to escape from jail and is now hiding away in a foreign country.

With a lot of work and patience, Nadine and her partner have tracked him down and they are ready to take him home to face justice. She’s studied his file and looked at his picture, and now she knows him as well as she knows herself. She knows that as soon as she sees even the faintest hint of him, she will be able to get him. Which she does, but not before literally jumping on him down through a staircase. So, Nadine gets her man, and eventually gets him on a plane. Where she knocks him around just a little bit. For justice, you know. Nadine really didn’t like what he was put in jail for. Of course, Adrian was a little bit of a dick and had to just screw around with her.

On the way to the US, they come across a small problem. The plane develops a fuel leak. The pilots do what they can to get them somewhere safe, but they end up having to ditch in the ocean right outside a deserted island. Only, it wasn’t a pretty ditch. Of the 5 people aboard, only 2 come through it alive, Nadine and Adrian. And Nadine is only alive because Adrian pulled her out of the plane while she was unconscious. She woke up on the beach with a piece of shrapnel in her leg, which she managed to pull out on her own. Hard core. So, she goes to look at what she can, and sits on a rock on the beach, that turns into a rock in the ocean because the tide comes washing in, as the tide is wont to do. I’ve nearly gotten caught out by the tide before. Our tide comes in pretty fast, and if you aren’t careful, you end up on the wrong side of high and dry. I don’t know how fast it comes in on Nadine and Adrian’s island, but you still don’t want to fuck with the tide.

Meanwhile, Adrian is watching her and trying to figure out what is going on with the island. His first priority is to look around and find shelter. Then he decides that he’s going to go back and get Nadine. He doesn’t want to be left alone all the island, and she owes him anyway, and he’s going to make her pay, and pay, and pay… Well, you get the idea. So he drags her to the hut that he found, handcuffs her, strips her, fixes her wounds, and then drags her to bed with him. To sleep. This time, at least.

I think that this is probably supposed to be an enemies to lovers deal, but I have to say, the hate intimacy that goes on here is wicked fucking awesome. The interactions between Adrian and Nadine, no matter what part of the book, are just fascinating to watch. Adrian is just oh so yummy and Dom-ly, so, so Dom-ly. And twisted af. Twisted in all the right ways. Alllllll the right ways. Nadine is fierce and strong. She is intelligent and driven. The two of them are really perfect for each other. And the things that Adrian wants to do with Nadine’s hair? HAWT!

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Oh man. I’m not entirely sure that I have much to say about this one down here. Mostly I don’t have a lot of spoilers, and the things that I wanted to talk about I did up at the top.

I do have one question though. I want to know if Adrian had something to do with the leak in the plane. When the pilots announced it, he got a little smile on his face, and he had done a lot of research about islands in the area. So, did he plan it or was it just a happy accident? Well, happy for him, at least. Hmmmm, maybe I should ask Jane. She probably won’t tell me anyway. She’ll make me wonder. She’s mean like that. LOL.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out and take a tropical holiday. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Conviction

We’re back in NYC and at Verge, the best BDSM club in town with Jane Henry today. I really enjoy this series and all the folks we’ve met in this world so far. But, I’m pretty sure that Zoe is going to be my favorite. So, let’s talk about Conviction, shall we?

We open to a big party. Zack and Bea eloped, but they’ve decided that it’s high time they celebrate their marriage. Zoe is out drinking and dancing and having a good old time. She’s Zack’s old partner in the NYPD, and she and Bea have become good friends. Brax, who’s Zack’s best friend and works as a dungeon master at Verge, is watching her. Zack warns him off because Zoe has a lot of baggage and it wouldn’t be good. He doesn’t care. She’s hot and he wants to get to know her.

When Zoe sees that Brax is looking at her, she seems surprised, but then he comes over to see her and they start dancing. Bea catches her eye and tries to warn her off, but Zoe ignores the phone ringing. Bea does track her down before she and Brax leave and tells her that she doesn’t think that Zoe and Brax would work well together because he’s into things she isn’t. That doesn’t deter Zoe. In fact, I’m pretty sure it made her more eager to go after Brax.

The next morning, it seems like they are going their separate ways, never to see each other again. But of course, if that actually happened, we wouldn’t have a book, now would we? It turns out that Zoe is keeping secrets, and Brax gets wrapped up in them as a PI and her protector.

So, you know that Brax is a Dom. But Zoe is so not a sub. I mean, NOT A SUB. If it were tattooed on her forehead, it wouldn’t be any more obvious. She’s feisty, mouthy, independent, stubborn af, damaged, and fierce. All of these things are good things, in my opinion, but you notice how submissive isn’t on that list? It’s not anything she’s ever really tried. Brax says something interesting when he and Zoe are talking about where their relationship is. She points out that she isn’t a sub. He says it’s not being about being a submissive, but of giving submission. Submitting to his Domliness doesn’t mean that she’s a sub, it means that she’s giving submission. I thought that was a really interesting point, and one that gets brought up a few times. Brax likes her feisty, and likes the fight to gain her submission to him and Zoe needs that fight and needs for him to make her submit. It works out really well for them. And it’s a change from females that we see in a lot of BDSM books, where the heroine finds out that she’s a subbie girl all along. I get where Zoe is coming from, with her history of emotional damage, not being in control can be really scary and she has to face feelings and emotions which is scary. Brax taking control releases her from those fears and lets her face everything in a safe place, which makes everything better.

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Oh, I hate Brax’s ex, but I adored when Zoe smacked her down at Devin’s art show. I just wanted to cheer for her. The fact that she was able to keep it together well enough in a place that is traumatic for her and not get all cursy in front of Devin is pretty awesome.

I love that she saved Brax and he saved her all at the same time. It was a beautiful part of the story, for all that happened during that section.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go read this one and all of Jane’s books. They are great romances, but her BDSM is so excellent. Happy reading!

Jane Henry-Safeguard

Jane has brought us the second book in her solo NYC Doms series. Safeguard features the best friends of Tobias and Diana from the first book, Zach and Beatrice. I found this book to be much more intense than the first book, and a lot more of a roller coaster.

Zach is an officer in the NYPD. He’s also a Dom. He’s been seeing Bea for several months. They go to Verge and play, they play at her house, but they’ve never been to his house. It’s working well for them though. He’s her Dom, she’s his sub, and they are both getting what they need from the relationship. That includes Zach making sure that she pays her bills, checks her mail, and that she always tells him where she is.

Bea is a yoga teacher and hairdresser. She’s blissfully happy with Zach, especially when he calls her his good girl. Then one day, while he’s at her house, he finds a stack of mail she hasn’t opened in a while. Turns out her cousin Chantilly is getting married and wants Bea to show up, and it’s next weekend. While Beatrice wants to see her cousin get married, she doesn’t want to go home, but with Zach there, hopefully it will all be fine.

There is so much that happens in this. One of them is that Bea has feelings about marriage, and between her favorite cousin getting married and her best friend Diana planning her wedding, there’s so many feelings that she’s dealing with. I kind of don’t blame her for all her feelings about marriage, and weddings, and children and all after we meet her mom. I kind of want to urge her mother to take a long walk off a short pier, she’s such a nasty, haughty bitch. I’d dread going back home too.

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OK, back to her mom. I can’t believe her mom at all. I mean, first she tosses away someone and then she uses that person to do something terrible? That’s some serious bullshit. And Judson? I didn’t trust him from the very second we met him.

I totally get Bea’s freakout. With all the stress about faking an engagement, everyone getting married, and everything else going on, a freak out was kind of imminent, I think. Zach not only made her feel safe, but he was her safe place, and when we melt down, we tend to melt down on safe people. I like Diana helping to talk her through her problems though. Everyone needs a best friend who can lay some hard truth on them when necessary.

I can’t wait for the next book, but I have no clue who it’s going to be. Maybe Brax. He gets mentioned a lot. I’ll just have to wait and read it. Darn, make me read another book.

So, go check this out, as well as the first book in the series and all of Jane’s other books. Happy reading!

Jane Henry & Maisy Archer-Hustler

Jane and Maisy are still working on giving Manhattan the same kind of treatment they gave Boston with the Boston Doms. To that end, we have the second book of the Masters of Manhattan book, Hustler. When my husband asked what I was reading, I told him the name, and he asked if Larry Flynt had helped to write it. Have I mentioned that he thinks he’s funny? And when you search it on Amazon, make sure that you put in Jane’s or Maisy’s name on there, otherwise, you will get info on the magazine.

Anyway, on to our book. Ethan was a grifter. His father was a grifter and he taught Ethan and his twin brother Elias to do the same. When they were in high school, Elias went straight and Ethan dropped out. He went on doing what his father taught him to do. Easy money and he was good at it. When he was 19, he was working with an older partner. They set up a phony investment deal and took a lot of money from a lot of people.

Haven is a lawyer in Manhattan. She’s currently defending a man named Max Pederson who was accused of killing his wife. Max told her to go see the people at Master’s Security. His best friend’s daughter Sabrina is in a relationship with one of the guys, and they have backstory and insight as to what was happening. When she gets there, she meets all but one person, Ethan. When Ethan walks into the penthouse, she looks at him and recognizes him as Tad. Nine years earlier, Tad had made her fall in love with him and used that relationship to steal all her parents’ money. So, when she sees him again, she sees red.

This is a second chance romance. I have a personal fondness for this trope because I’m living my own second chance romance story. I don’t love all of the books written under this trope, they aren’t always done well, and sometimes there isn’t a really good reason for everything to manage to get back together. That’s not the fact here. Every second chance story I’ve ever read out of Jane or Maisy has worked really well. Everything makes sense and everything happens in sensical fashion. But more than just the second chance thing, we also have a redemption thing going on. Ethan is working to redeem himself from his background. He been doing that to some extent before he got together with the other Masters, but there were things that made him do it more, including Haven. The combination of the two tropes is a really good one in this book. I really thought that it worked well. Now, just because he’s redeeming himself doesn’t mean that he doesn’t still use those skills, he’s just using them in furtherance of justice. Justice doesn’t always mean getting the baddies arrested and put in jail though, just remember that.

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I have to say that I kind of liked the fact that Ethan volunteered to go to prison to get the info. I’m not liking that he got the shit beat out of him, but it was a sign that he was regretting what he had done and wanted to make up for his past choices. Whole lot of symbolism going on there. Love it.

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

Jane Henry and Maisy Archer-Knave

Now that Jane and Maisy have finished off their Boston Doms series, they have teamed up to bring us a new series. This one is called the Masters of Manhattan. You would think that with a name like Masters of Manhattan, there is going to be all kinds of sexy kinkery or a new club, but you would be somewhat mistaken. There is spanking and bondage, but it’s nowhere like it is in some of their other books.┬áSo, let’s find out what Knave and the Masters of Manhattan is really about, shall we?

Anson “Saint” Daly is a cat burglar, and a damn good one. He’s highly successful and he loves what he does. He’s also a bit of an adrenaline┬ájunkie, and being a good thief feeds that for him, even if he does make sure that he has a very, very well-thought out and executed plan that he always sticks too. When he gets an invitation to show up at a penthouse, he’s intrigued by it and the message, so off he goes. When he gets there, he finds out that there are several other men there to meet. Xavier, Caelen, Walker, and Ethan have all gotten the same invitation that he has. They all have their own specialties, but none of them seem to have any connection to each other. That is, until the video that was made by Eugenia Carmichael started to play.

Eugenia’s husband had died, but even though it looked like a natural death, it wasn’t one. She revealed the thing that tied these 5 men together. They had all lost someone they loved and they were all killed by the same person or persons. In Anson’s case, it was his mother. She left the men her not inconsiderable fortune and her penthouse and gave them all the information that she had so that they could track down who killed her husband and their loved ones, and make them pay.

The 5 men decided to start a security company, Masters Security Systems, Inc. On the surface, they are white hat hackers and thieves. They install and test out security systems, showing where things can get broken into or stolen, and pointing that out to their clients. However, their real purpose is to use their less legal skills and talents to find the information they need.

Tonight, they are trying to get some information from the office of a dead attorney named Fowler. He had been arrested and sentenced to prison and was killed in prison. The Masters knew that his office was going to be cleared out and he had information that they needed, so in went Anson to get it. Only, Anson didn’t get the information. What he did get was Sabrina.

Sabrina was the dead man’s daughter. She was there to pick up a picture of her and her father when someone came rushing into the office. The security guard shoved her in a closet and told her to stay quiet. Then he was killed. Whoever killed that poor man broke into her father’s safe and took all the information. So, when Anson came in, he found the dead body, an empty safe, and Sabrina. He decides that he will take her, because maybe she has some information.

When everyone gets back to the penthouse, the guys find out that she is Fowler’s daughter, but she doesn’t know what they need. But, it’s not going to be safe for her to go home, which means that she’s going to stay with them. Anson offers her his room and tells her that he will take the couch.

I’ll bet that you can tell that Anson and Sabrina are our focus couple. And you would be right. But, even though they are our focus couple, there is more than just them going on. We are also getting a lot of story┬áand conspiracy. Sabrina’s dad was killed by the same people who got the guys’ family members, so they all have a common cause. So, we are getting to see a lot about their plans, what the conspiracy is, and stuff like that. The relationship stuff and the sex scenes are peppered in there like, well, pepper in a stew. It works really well. I have a tiny inkling as to who our next couple may be, but I’m probably wrong. Maisy and Jane didn’t leave us any clue. Sneaky, tricksy authors.

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I think, maybe, just possibly, that X may be our next hero, because he does take a woman back to her house at one point. We don’t see who and I don’t know if she was just some kind of cover or what, but that’s my best guess. Now watch them both come and say oh, silly blogger, you are so, so, wrong.

Max Pederson is just gross. Gross, gross, gross. I think he needs a good smack around the earhole. Maybe Caelan can oblige? That would be really nice.

I think that Sabrina fits in really well with our guys, and is going to be like the heart of the team.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. I’m really excited to be in at the start of a new series by these ladies, so I’m really looking forward to the next books. Go check it out! Happy reading!