K Webster-Koyn

Koyn is the 3rd book in the Royal Bastards MC shared world. There are going to be a whole bunch of them, and I have signed up for several. Don’t ask me how many, because I don’t remember, lol. Anyway, this is K Webster’s addition to the series, and dayum. It is intense and it is dark and by the end, I felt some kind of way about Koyn.

So, here’s our story. Ten years ago, the man now called Koyn, came home to see some bikers standing over his wife and teenage daughter. They did horrible things to the 2 most important women in his life, then killed them. As a parting gift, the guy in charge cut an X in Koyn’s face. The last thing he remembers is calling his brother, and screaming.

Now, 10 years later, the man that he was then is dead. He is now Koyn, the prez of a chapter of the Royal Bastard’s MC. And let me tell you, Royal Bastard really fits him. In fact, it might actually be a little too nice for him. For the last 10 years, he has been recruiting for his chapter, and he has amassed men who are incredibly loyal to him, and who are more than just a little fucking psycho. Koyn has been looking for revenge for all these years, and he finally got a lead, and a name, Randall Putnam.

Hadley is an 18 year old beauty queen. She ran away from her father, and is now living with her boyfriend Milk, at the clubhouse for his dad’s, Magna, MC, Roaring River. She has been in love with Milk for years. His dad and her dad did business together, and the two of them met when she was 13, and Milk has been it for her ever since. Magna, on the other hand, is gross. He’s spend the whole time she’s been at the clubhouse watching her in a not nice way. When he gets a chance, he ends up doing things to her. Of course, Milk finds out and blames her for it, because of course he does. Did I mention that Milk’s right name was Randall Putnam Jr, and Koyn has plans for him? Plans which he doesn’t go through with because when the Royal Bastards raid the clubhouse, Milk is trying to rape Hadley and has beaten her. So, Koyn just straight offs him. You see, Hadley looks a lot like Koyn’s long dead daughter. And that kinda fucks with Koyn. He feels really protective over her, but she’s upset that he killed her boyfriend, even if her boyfriend was trying to do her dirty, so he also has some anger towards her because she was fucking his enemy.

There is a lot of intense in this book. And I have to tell you that there were times I outright fucking hated Koyn. I mean, if I could’ve, I would’ve walked into the book and hit him right in his left testicle more than once. He really deserved it. I mean, I totally get why he’s mad, and I would too, but he’s so laser focused on his revenge that he doesn’t take other things into account, and he doesn’t bother to ask anything. He’s just positive that he knows what’s best and acts accordingly. And he’s brutal at times. And I mean, holy fuck, I gasped at one point because of something that happened. It was… OK, the guy deserved it, but…

Hadley. Oh, Poor Hadley. I could tell that she had some serious problems from the very beginning, but I didn’t guess what they were until much later. There were so many people who let that poor girl down. And most of them need to be dead. And dead in a very ugly way. I think, though, that Hadley is a lot stronger than she thinks she is. She might even be a lot stronger than everyone thinks that she is. She goes through a lot, and has managed to survive it all so far.

Having read most of K’s books, I can tell you that this is a very her book. Even if I didn’t know that she had written it, I would know that she had written it. There are just very particular flavors and points that are very much her style. And before you say to me, but oh, dark and intense, let me point you towards the Pretty Little Dolls books. I just haven’t had some of her darker stuff on here lately.

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OMG, her dad. Ugh.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out, and all the books. Happy reading!

2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Pt. 2

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If you missed the first part of this list, go check it out here. And now, on to the second part of the list.

AJ Sherwood-Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case

Jon’s Downright Ridiculous Shooting Case is a totally fun title, and it’s a great book. Before you read the book, you need to make sure that you read the trigger warnings, because they are hilarious. This is the TW and tags from this one.

“Trigger Warnings:
Your average cop show violence and criminals

Tags:
Companionable snark, Flirting, Kissing, Jon needs a hug, Donovan gives the best hugs, Getting together, Self-esteem issues, Explicit content, Anal Sex, Romantic Sex, Random shooting, Which Donovan isn’t happy about, Donovan is a gentleman, Sort of, Jon just makes it REALLY REALLY HARD Okay?, Bisexual character, Public displays of affection, Muscles, Communication, Healthy relationships, The fluff might kill you, Supernatural elements, Modern with Magic, Feels, All the Feels, Mostly accurate medical stuff, Multiple electronics died in the creation of this story, blame Jon”

Anyway, I would probably put this in the urban fantasy because it has a heavy paranormal side. Jon is a psychic who has some serious strong powers. He helps to solve crimes for the police and for anyone who hires the agency he works for. He is in need of an anchor, someone who can help him shield. He also needs a bodyguard, which is where Donovan comes in. This is a slow burn, but a good one. There are also 2 direct sequels, and a spinoff novella. So worth reading.

Adara Wolf-Blue Storm

Adara tends to write on the heavier end of kink and dub/noncon. Blue Storm does dabble into that side of the pool, but not as much as some of her other books. In this one, people have some basic magic, which lets them know their true names, which protects their souls. Then, there are the Nameless, who don’t have magic, and have to be bound as slaves, and named as their owners or they basically splinter into painful pieces. Blue Storm was named by his owners, and the book is about his struggle with his name and with what his owners want.

Barrie Farris-Ingenious

Ingenious is a dystopian story. The way that it works is that women have taken over the world and currently run it. Men rise and fall by the women that they marry and if they can breed children. Enter Quiggs who is a bloody genius, Einstein and DaVinci mushed up together. There is great world building in here, and the relationships between Quiggs, Max, and Beau are really interesting. I am eagerly waiting for the next book, but it is taking its own sweet time.

Susan Hawke-How Not to Tuck

How Not to Tuck is a novella in the Lovestrong series. This is the story of Larry, AKA Honey Combover, a drag queen we meet in the first book. Mama Honey is hilarious, especially when it comes to the descriptions of her tuck failing and her python. Yeah, it’s just that big and that funny. For an even better description, and one that goes on for several pages, check out How Not to Blend, the first book in the series. It’s a quick read, and one that’s just a lot of fun to read.

K Webster-The Glue

Yup, The Glue is K’s second appearance on this list. And this one isn’t technically an MM book, it’s an MMF, but I’ve decided that it counts. This is one of K’s taboo treats, starring Aidan and married couple Vale and Vaughn, one his boss, the other his professor. Like all of the other taboo treats, it’s a standalone, but it is all interconnected with other books. I loved watching Aidan figuring out who he was and what he wanted. It’s a very sexy story, and I am always looking forward to K’s new books.

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2019 Round Up-Top 10 MM Books Pt. 1

I’ve read MM for years, but this year, it seemed to ramp up even more. It ramped up enough that I’m giving it its own Top 10 list this year. Remember, these are in no particular order.

K. Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Once a year or so, K writes an amazingly, overwhelmingly emotional book that rips you apart and puts you back together. Her books My Torin and The Day She Cried fall into this category. So does Wicked Lies Boys Tell. This is a friends to enemies to lovers kind of story with some coming of age tossed in. The relationship between Penn and Cope is beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time. I will fully admit that there were times that I cried during this. K really just knows how to create characters that break me down and stick with me for a while.

Nicky James-Long Way Home

Long Way Home was beautiful and devastating. It’s the story of Gavin and Owen. They were high school sweethearts, but when they turned 18, they ended up being split up, and the story spans many years of their lives. We get to see what happens to each of them. It sounds like it could be nothing but a heartbreak, but I promise that it’s not. It really is a beautiful story. It was the first Nicky James book that I read, but not the last.

Susan Hawke-How to Heal

Susan Hawke is also Susi Hawke, but she writes contemporary under this name. Her first series was the Lovestrong series, and How to Heal was the last book in that series. It’s a great series, with a lot of humor and love. There is also a lot of pain, especially in this book. This is my favorite book in the series. It’s a hurt/comfort, redemption, Daddy/boy kind of book, and it works so perfectly together. Clark had been a bully in the first couple of books, but this one takes place several years later, after he has changed, but he still thinks that he has to pay a penance for what he did. His journey is a hard one, but a beautiful one. I have all these books signed, and I ARCed most of them. How to Heal is also the book I’m currently listening to in my car when I’m alone. I’ve read it at least 2xx this year.

Lucy Lennox-Wilde Love

Lucy Lennox has two main series that she’s written. They are the Made Marian and the Forever Wilde books. The two series are interconnected. Marian came first, but I read the Wilde books first and I fell in love with Grandpa and Doc, because it’s totally impossible not to. I, like all of Lucy’s readers, was desperate to find out all of their story, and thus Wilde Love was born. I own both an e and an audio copy of this. I took a mini-vacation this year and listened to this on my drive. It starts with when the guys first meet, during Vietnam while they were both serving, and runs through the current day. There are so many beautiful little moments in here and so many heartbreaking ones at the same time, and sometimes they are the same moments. This book made me just love Grandpa and Doc so much more.

Alice Winters-The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love

I laughed hysterically the whole time I read The Hitman’s Guide to Making Friends and Finding Love. Leland is a hitman, no really, a real hitman, and Jackson is the PI who is trying to help catch him. Leland is so fucking snarky and may or may not have a gun fetish. I mean, honestly, Alice writes a damn good story that keeps you interested, while letting you laugh at the most ridiculous stuff possible. I swear that Leland just has no filter at all, and it’s glorious.

Tune in for part 2 tomorrow!

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JD Hollyfield & K Webster-Conheartists

I know that I generally talk about K’s darker or more taboo stuff, but this book isn’t. This book is a romcom. A tremendously funny, laugh out loud until I can’t breathe, almost peed myself romcom. I mean, yeah, it was so fucking funny. But you could very much pick up K’s touches in it. I haven’t really reviewed any of JD’s books on here, but she works a lot with K, both in co-writing situations and in shared world series. The collabs tend to be on the lighter side. So, let’s talk about Conheartists.

Luca is a lifelong con artist. He’s good at it. but, this time around, he’s bitten off a little more than he can chew. He’s managed to piss off a mobster named Arlo Rossi. Not only has he managed to piss off Rossi, he’s also managed to get Rossi chasing him. But, Rossi isn’t the only person who is after Luca. So is Mr. Death. He has taken Luca’s sister and little niece and has called Luca and told him that he needs to be at a certain address by a certain time, and oh yeah, steal a certain person.

Francis, AKA Frannie, lives in a tiny town in New Jersey called Teterboro, which has a steady population of under a hundred people. Her mom died a couple of years ago, and her dad died many, many years ago. Her mom owned an antique store, and now Frannie owns and runs the store, along with Mabel, her much older best friend, who was also her mother’s best friend. Frannie’s other best friend is Mabel’s twin sister, Beatrice. Bea loans Frannie some totally excellent smutty books. Frannie has a dog named Chandler Bing, she’s obsessed with Lean Cuisine and Richard Simmons. I can’t blame her about being obsessed with Richard, he’s a pretty awesome guy. Frannie is incredibly sheltered, and kind of lives in her own world, in a good way.

Things are all good, until some crazy man takes an axe to her front door, and tells her she’s being kidnapped. She thinks that Mabel and Bea have set up something to give her some kind of adventure, so she talks the guy into letting her pack and taking Chandler with her.

Luca calls Frannie a little squirrel, and she totally is. There’s a joke about people with ADHD getting dis…. SQUIRREL! See, totally true. The book never says that Frannie has ADHD, so I’m not saying that’s why she is the way that she is. I’m guessing it’s more that she’s just so damn hungry for new adventures, experiences, and memories. Everything she sees is something that is new to her, and it’s easy to get distracted when that happens. But it’s that very feature that makes her so damn charming and so damn sweet. Pretty much everyone who meets her falls for her because she’s so charming, enthusiastic, bubbly, and excited. I think that Frannie could be really close to incredibly annoying, but there’s just something about her that negates that possibility.

Luca is clever, loyal, and protective. You can tell just how much he is by the way he’s doing whatever Mr. Death wants him to do so that his sister and niece are safe. He also starts to feel that way about Frannie too. At first, he’s incredibly exasperated by her, which I can understand why he might feel that way, but it doesn’t take too long for him to change his mind and feel a totally different kind of way.

The book is primarily a dual POV, with a couple of other chapters from other POVs. We really get to know both Luca and Frannie that way. I loved getting into both of their heads. It was pretty great.

Like I said, there is so much funny in here. My husband kept asking him why I was cackling, and then I’d have to explain green ketchup, the big winner, or Dr. Death.

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I damned near laughed myself into an asthma attack during Chandler’s POV chapter. It was so perfectly funny.

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

K Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Lonely Orphan

So, Nicole and K are taking us back into space so that we can visit the morts again and see what they’ve been up to in The Lonely Orphan.

If you remember in the last book, we discovered that there were human women in a prison on another part of the planet. Not only were there human women, there were human women who were related to some of our ladies. So, off go a couple of morts to rescue sisters and daughters. But of course, it’s never that easy and there are going to be more problems than Hadrian planned.

So, here’s how this story goes. We have Hadrian, who is the youngest of the morts, raised by Breccan to be a leader, and who is madly in love with Aria, who is mated to Breccan. And Hadrian had been able to almost deal with that, right up until two morts mated with one woman. Now he’s having a hard time with it. He figures that Aria can choose to have him as a mate too. So, he’s willing to do anything that she wants, including going to rescue her sister Lyric and bringing her back to their facility.

Lyric has done everything she can to get to her sister, including taking over a prison, and getting rid of the guards, or at least putting them in the deepest, darkest hole in the prison she can find, and then pulling the hole closed over them. Now that she has a base on this planet, she’s going to do what she can to find Aria. So, when communication is opened up and two aliens tell her and the other women in the command center that they are going to kidnap the women, she knows that she’s not going to go easy. She wants her sister, and no weird looking alien is going to stop her from getting to her.

Hadrian calls Lyric a feral woman, and she really is. She’s a fierce leader, she’s determined, she’s not going to take no for an answer, and she’s going to do what she needs to do, no matter what. Hadrian really didn’t know what he got himself into when he started talking to her. He thought it was going to be a walk in the park and he was so cocky. Whoopsie. She really proved to him that maybe he shouldn’t oughta underestimate human women. I mean, Aria is no pushover, but I really think that Lyric is much stronger and fiercer than her sister is, and a better leader.

Hadrian really matures during this book. He started out really cocky, but as the events in the book went on, he really came into his own. He really stood up and learned something and proved something. I think he should really be proud of himself for what he did. I also think that Breccan should really be proud of him.

I really like this world, and I’m looking forward to seeing what is going to happen next.

 

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There is one thing that was mentioned early in the book. When the guys contact the ladies, one of them says something about oh look, more monsters. So, I wanna know what’s going on there. Plus, there’s a missing woman and child, sooo…

OK, that’s all for today! If you love a good scifi romance, this is worth it. Happy reading!

K Webster-Cold Queen

Once upon a time, back in 1844, Hans Christian Anderson, who was a little twisted, wrote a fairy tale called The Snow Queen. In his story, the evil Snow Queen kidnaps Kai, who is eventually saved by Gerda. So, you might wonder what that has to do with K Webster and Cold Queen. Well, let me tell you. Once upon a time, right here and now in 2019, K joined several other authors in writing their own version of a fairy tale. Thus, this book was born from The Snow Queen. (At least I’m 99.8% sure it’s the Snow Queen.)

The world we are in is divided into quarters. Each quarter is named after the direction it is in. Elzira Whitestone is the Queen of Norta Icelands, Punisher of the Damned, Weathermaker, Cold Queen, dying queen. She has a younger sister named Yanna. Yanna is the only living member of her family left. She also does all kinds of searching to figure out what is killing Elzira and to try to cure her. Yanna has come up with some potions and tonics that Elzira takes every day, which are supposed to heal her, but she’s still very weak, can’t access her magic, and is probably going to die soon.

Enter Ryke Bloodsun, King of Souta Volcanoes, Truth Seeker. He’s on his way to a huge war, and he wants to marry Yanna so that he can have the support of Norta Icelands. So, he gets to their castle, tells our royal ladies what he wants to do, at which point Elzira tries to kill him. So, he does what any self-respecting warrior king would do, and he takes over. He sticks Yanna in a small room in the bottom of the castle and takes Elizra up to her room. His goal is to convince Elizra to let him marry Yanna, but of course, our cruel queen isn’t going to let him do that. And there’s just some thing about her that Ryke likes. He’s fascinated by her, and he wants to know more about her, including why she is as ill as she is.

This is a really interesting story. There was a lot going on in here. The story is just fantastic. There is adventure and intrigue, betrayal, love, hate, war, and just about everything else in between.

Ryke is brutal, intelligent, tricksy, and willing to fight for what he wants. It’s not like he lives to fight or fights to live or anything, but he will fight, he does fight, and he’s damned good at it. He’s also very, very good at finding out the truth, and he’s pretty sure that there’s a lot of truth that needs to be found out up in this joint. He’s not going to be all that nice about finding it out either. If people need to die, then they will die. He’s actually pretty practical if you ask me.

We really see two Elziras. One before Ryke and one after he has started doing what he does. It’s really interesting to me. When you meet the 2nd Elizra, you can see those echoes back in her at the beginning of the book, but she’s really just a pale shadow of herself then, almost a wraith, more than anything else. She is caring, to a point. She loves her sister, she cares about certain members of her staff, but overall, the only person she really loves at the beginning is her sister. She’s also loyal to a fault. She will do anything she can to protect her sister. I think that she’s also got some blind spots. I think that there are certain people she trusts too much, and she never questions anything those people do.

Like I said, this was a fantastic story. And there are more twisted fairy tales from other authors that will be showing up over the next few months. I’m really looking forward to them all.

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I love the name changes. I think that they are perfect.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go and check it out! Happy reading!

K Webster-Dr. Dan

K is back to her taboo town, which means we get a great story as well as some super sexiness. I think, though, that Dr. Dan is the most intense of all the taboo treats. As always, this is a standalone, but it is interconnected with several of the other books. You don’t have to have read them all to read and enjoy this one, but you will probably get more enjoyment out of it if you do.

So, here’s the story. Lauren is 18 and trying to finish off her last year of high school. The problem is that she’s also sick, even though she’s trying really hard to deny it. She tells everyone that she has period pain, or something else, but doesn’t really ever say it’s something more serious. She’s living in a land of denial because her mother died a couple of years ago, so she’s afraid that she’s going to die if she ever finds out what is wrong.

Enter Dr. Dan, or Dr. DumDum, a drop dead daddy of a doctor. He works in the local ER, and when Lauren comes in to get treated, there’s just something about her that he’s drawn to. There’s something just so vulnerable and yet so brash about her that is enticing. He wants to do what he can to make her feel better, but she refuses to acknowledge that there’s a problem. That doesn’t stop Dan though.

Lauren’s journey is what makes this one so intense, in my opinion. Each of the stories has something that causes some drama or tension in the story, but none of them are quite like this one. I really felt for Lauren. I get being scared like that. I think that we all do, to one extent or another. We don’t want to face what’s happening because if we face it and acknowledge it, we have to deal with it, and that’s just scary as fuck, you know? It’s better to live in denial, even if it isn’t really. But if you live in denial, the bad thing is never going to happen.

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I love Daniel and Lauren’s family. And root beer floats.

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