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!

 

Nicole Blanchard & K Webster-The Uncertain Scientist

We’re back in K and Nicole’s scifi romance world, with just a few Morts and the few human women that they have managed to come across. The Uncertain Scientist is Jareth, Sayer, and Grace’s book. And I think that it is the best one to date. It’s an amazing book with so much love, anger, sadness, yelling, passion, and information. I have to admit that in my head, Jareth totally looks like Jareth the Goblin King, with huge bulge and sexy David Bowie voice. Don’t burst my dream, OK? I would probably cry if you did, and no one wants to see a poor book blogger cry, now do they?

So, Grace is one of the human women that the Morts have been keeping in cryosleep. They have decided to wake her up. Only, she’s not all that happy. You see, she’s pregnant. With Sayer’s child. Without her permission. And did I mention she’s a virgin who has never wanted children or even a relationship? Yeah, she’s not a happy camper right now. And she makes sure that Sayer knows it. And that everyone else knows it too.

Meanwhile, Sayer and Jareth aren’t all that happy either. You see, they’ve been mates for years. They’ve been keeping it secret because they don’t think that the other Morts will understand. It’s not something that has happened before. But Jareth and Sayer both keep telling each other that this isn’t going to break them apart. They are excited about the new mortling being born, but Sayer and Jareth don’t want to break up. Jareth is pretty sure it’s going to happen, Sayer keeps telling him that it’s not. But then, as is her way, that bitch Mother Nature gets involved, and things happen.

I love the whole MMF-ness of this book. But it’s more than just the whole MMF aspect. There’s a lot of emotion in this one. Sayer is angry. Jareth is angry. Grace is angry. The other human women are angry. There is a whole lot of fucking anger here. And I’m not going to say it’s not justified on all sides, because it really is. There is a lot of stuff in here to be angry about. There’s also a whole lot of sadness going on in here. The way that Jareth and Sayer feel about each other and how they think that they are going to end up breaking up, especially after the pheromones get to work. Or how Grace thinks she had to do certain things for certain reasons.

I also love the acceptance in this one. There are some places where things that could be awkward or uncomfortable, but instead, there’s a whole lot of just easy acceptance. That was pretty awesome.

I’m really looking forward to seeing how the information we got in this book works out in the next one. I’m also looking forward to seeing what happens with Hadrian.

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OMG, when Grace got on the ship I thought I was going to just die. My heart was breaking.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out! Happy reading!

K Webster-Wicked Lies Boys Tell

Wicked Lies Boys Tell is the latest K. Webster book. She tends to write in a cycle, and at a certain point in the cycle, we get these really intense, emotional books. This is one of them. Lies is a very emotional and intimate book. It’s a new adult, friends to enemies to lovers, coming of age kind of thing.

So, the heroes of our story are Penn and Copeland. They are next door neighbors, and were best friends for years and years and years. They had a falling out 2 years ago, when they were 16, and they have spent the last 2 years apart. Copeland is furious with Penn, and pretty much hates him. Penn wishes that they could be friends again, and basically punishes himself by watching Cope. So, what happened? Well, Penn, who knows that he’s gay and has known that he’s gay for a long time, kissed Cope one night when they both drunk.

So, up to present day. Cope is angry at the world, especially Penn. He misses his best friend too. But, he has a girlfriend, one who is a total bitch may I add, and he’s doing everything he can to ignore any feelings he may ever have. Penn is the toast of the school, but he’s slowly falling apart.

One night, they both end up at the same party. And it’s a party where Penn gets into a fight and ends up breaking his golden football hand. Cope rescues him, takes him to the ER, and they get his hand casted. And this presents a problem. Penn’s dad is a huge fucking prick who is abusive toward him and his mom. He counts on Penn to reflect well back on him, and Penn no longer being a big football start doesn’t reflect well at all. Penn knows that he’s going to have a lot of problems with his dad, and his coach, who is also a prick. Luckily, Copeland has decided that he’s going to be in Penn’s life again.

I feel sorry for both guys. They are stuck between terrible rocks and even worse hard place. They both have terrible fathers who are only out for themselves and who don’t think anything of knocking their kids around. Penn’s mom is a junkie, which I don’t blame her for it, considering what her husband is like. The boys are trapped in horrible lives, and their fathers just want to make it worse and worse and worse.

Poor Penn. I mean, he took a chance and lost his best friend ever. He took a chance and boom, everything exploded in about a millisecond. It had to be so hard on him to lose everything all at once like that, especially when it comes to something like sexuality.

I was kind of mad at Cope because he didn’t really give Penn a chance to explain or anything. Yeah, I totally get why he was mad, but they had been best friends for more than a decade and he wasn’t willing to give him a chance to talk about it? I think part of that is the whole societal expectation thing. If Penn had been a girl instead of a boy, I don’t think that there would’ve been the same issue.

I loved watching the two of them together. There’s a whole great place where they are rebuilding their friendship as well as building their new relationship. It’s all familiar and different and new all at the same time. You get to see how much they were both torn apart by the things that had happened over the past couple of years.

I spent a lot of the time just close to crying because the guys were really pulling me apart, in the best way possible, if that makes sense. I don’t think that anyone else could’ve written this story. It’s a very K. Webster story, and it’s just a beautiful one.

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I can’t believe Penn’s father and what his plan was. Because damn. What a fuckhole.

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

K Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Mad Lieutenant

K and Nicole are taking us back into space and back to the lonely planet where only 10 Morts have survived the end of their world and we get to get up close and friendly with The Mad Lieutenant.

Draven has some issues. No, fuck that, he has some subscriptions. Of course, he has earned them, so I won’t give him too much of a problem about it. He is the only Mort to have survived the deadly disease that killed off nearly all his people. But it came at a price. He was locked in a containment cell for days on end, ranting and raving, and trying to claw his way out and claw his skin off. It wasn’t pretty. Not pretty at all. Because of that, he now has problems with claustrophobia, people touching him, crowds, and so many, many other things. And you know that you have problems with a lot of people when the 9 other beings who live in the world with you are more people than you want to deal with. He doesn’t get what is with all the other Morts wanting mates, because he doesn’t want one, and he’d be more than happy to let all his friends get one. Then he goes into the infirmary where the other human women are still in stasis, and one woman wakes up.

Molly has her own issues. When she wakes up and finds a strange looking male she gets a little freaked out, of course. Then they touch, and there’s a mutual freaking out, so Molly ends up singing to him. When the Commander tells her about mating, she tells him that she will mate with Draven. She and Draven come to an agreement about having each other’s back and helping to keep each other safe. But then the first human/mort baby is born, and problems ensue.

I have always had a soft spot for Draven. I think it’s because he tries really hard to be this big rough and tough Mort, and he is, really, but he’s also really fragile and vulnerable. He has been through so much, and just the mere fact that he is as functional as he is is pretty awesome, considering. Not only that, he’s figured out a way to make his issues work for him.

I like Molly. She has gumption and strength. I also thought that she was really, really brave because she kept going through everything that happened. And I know that she would probably say that she was just doing what she had to, but she still managed to handle it, and if you ask me, that shows true bravery. Plus she stands up to her fears and moves along with them. I think that Molly is one of those women that knows what needs to be done and is going to arrange everything in the world to make sure that it happens the way that it needs to. She’ll listen to you and your objections, they just don’t matter to her. She’s going to just make sure that everything goes the way she thinks they ought to. And the thing is that she does it nicely. It’s not like she barrels you over, she just nicely lets you know that it’s going to work the way that she wants. And the thing is that she’s pretty much right.

I think that Molly and Draven are really good with each other and for each other. They make a really good team and they end up working really well together. I think they may be my favorite couple right now.

I can’t wait for the next one to see how it’s going to work.

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I’m interested in the discoveries that were made in this one, and how they are going to affect the rest of the world.

The hook for the next book. OMG!

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

K Webster & Ker Dukey-Share Me

When you put these two ladies together, you get some magic. And Share Me is definitely in that magic category.

This book is an RH, which means we’ve got a lot of very hunky guys with just one very lucky woman. In this book, we have Clove, along with her guys, Sebastian, Leo, Zac, and Ford. And while I don’t really want to be Clove, I wouldn’t mind filling her shoes for a hot minute.

So, Clove, at 17, lost her mother. Her father is a politician and she’s practically an accessory to him. At her mother’s funeral, when a reporter gets in her face, she gets rescued by 4 definitely hot and hunky guys. Turns out that they are her new protection detail. Seb, Leo, Zac, and Ford all served together and then they started a security agency. They are all so close that they are basically brothers.

Fast forward 6 years, and Clove is still stuck being her dad’s accessory as he’s now running for the White House. She has a boyfriend, but he’s not all that exciting. Besides, she’s deeply in love/lust with her guys. So, she takes off to dump her boyfriend and then meet her father for an “outing”. For outing, read photo op. On her way out of the cafe, some dickwad purposely aims for her with his car. Luckily, her security was top-notch and they saved her. But now her dad wants to send her to a safe house, along with the guys, so they can find out who did this and to keep it from happening again.

Seb, Leo, Ford, and Zac have all been madly wanting Clove since she was legal, and now that they are all in hiding together, and it looks like it could happen, everyone is triple horny and ready to play until their bits beg for mercy.

Being as there are 4 heroes, you can pretty much guess that there is all the sex, all the time, and you’d be right. There is a lot of sex, and it happens a whole lot. I have to say that this is pretty much filthy. And filthy in the very best kind of way. There’s some one-on-one, but most of the sex is done in groups of two or more. There’s some really dirty stuff that happens, so you might want to be prepared for a cleanup at some point.

But, even while this has all sex all the time, it’s not just all sex all the time. There is an actual plot here, which is to guarantee Clove’s safety. There’s also a budding relationship being built. While the guys have been her safe spot for 6 years, having them as her friends and security guys are different to having them as her lovers, and it’s an altogether different kind of dynamic that they have to figure out. Then you toss in some distractions, and well, you get the idea.

I like Clove. I think that she is smart and funny. I also think that she’s incredibly naive sometimes, but she was brought up in an incredibly sheltered environment so it’s not all that surprising that she is a little naive.

The guys all have their own personalities, and K and Ker did really well to make sure that they all have their own voices and that you can see their personalities clearly.

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OMG, the scene with the bear? Fucking steaming.

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

Nicole Blanchard & K Webster-The Vanished Specialist

Nicole and KWeb are once again drawing us forward on a space adventure to the planet Mortuus, where we have the 10 remaining morts and the 5 Earth women that they rescued. So far, our count is at Breccan, the Commander who has mated with Aria, who is now the head of the sub-faction of women, of which there is only one, Emery. The Vanished Specialist is her story, along with Calix.

Calix is the researcher for the morts. He’s the one who has been trying to research the Rades, the disease that destroyed his people, so that they can have a cure, just in case. He also does all kinds of other research. He has been watching over one of the women in the cryostasis, and checking on her regularly. He calls her his little lilapetal, after a flower. But, then Aria went and woke Emery up and she locked them in the sub-factions section, and now Calix can’t get to Emery.

Emery has asthma, and it isn’t a mild little case of it or anything. It’s serious, and it’s killing her. Day by day, she lays in her bed, trying to pull in a breath, and crying. But then, Calix comes, and all of a sudden, she’s no longer in a place where she’s terrified or where things are so different, she’s safe. Calix takes her to his lab and locks them in, and tells her that he’s going to cure her. So, he takes care of her, tells her that he’s going to start running some tests, and makes sure that she uses oxygen so that she can breathe.

Then consequences start happening, because of course they do.

I like Calix. I think I like him better than I like Breccan, and I like Breccan a lot. To me, Calix seems more… I dunno if caring is the word that I want, or nurturing, but something like that. He’s not giving away any of his alpha maleness protective stuff, but there’s just a… softer aspect to Calix than Breccan. Of course, that may just be because Breccan is the commander and has to consider the good of everyone, or it could be personality. It’s kind of hard to judge at this point. Calix does have a very strong sense of duty and responsibility, to his people, and especially to his mate. I think that’s a mort trait, but it definitely strong in Calix. He’s also very smart and very driven, but in a good way.

I have asthma, and have been hospitalized more than once because of it. There’s nothing like trying to suck in as much breath as possible through an opening the size of a swizzle stick. It’s terrifying. So, I really feel for Emery. Of course, when I couldn’t breathe, I was on Earth with medication that would work to stop the attack, not out in space slowly suffocating. I feel so bad for her that she feels so trapped in by all the beings at the base too. I think that she was really scared, and the fact that she couldn’t breathe well made everything worse, because if you get anxious over one thing, it starts to snowball up to more and more and more. I also think that Emery is incredibly strong and brave. She does things that she never thought that she would be able to, and she’s able to stand up for what she thinks is right.

I really enjoy this world, and I can’t wait to see what K and Nicole have for us next.

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I got so mad at Breccan in this one. I mean, I get why he did what he did, and he’s the commander so he has to make the shitty decisions, but this one really could have had some very real life or death consequences to it. Of course, he redeems himself, so I guess I won’t smack him around too much or anything.

OK, that’s all for today! Go hit up the Zon and get your copy! Happy reading!

Danielle James & K Webster-Like Dragonflies

Don’t bother going to Amazon for this one, my darlings, because you won’t find it there. It doesn’t exist on Amazon, because K and Danielle are taking advantage of a new romance store called Eden Books. Eden Books is really set up for the romance community as a whole, both readers and authors. It’s a great way indie authors to get exactly what they want out to their fans without worrying about what anyone else is going to think. It doesn’t matter what kind of romance you write or read, it’s pretty easy to find it on Eden Books. It’s just getting started, but there is quite a good selection there already. I supported its Kickstarter, and I am seriously excited about this.

Anyway, back to Like Dragonflies. The reason that this book went on Eden is because the book is taboo. There is pretty much no way ever that Amazon or any of the other book sites would take this one. I personally think that KWeb likes to thumb her nose at Amazon, so I’m glad that there is another place to get the taboo stories that she likes to write. But, taboo or not, it’s a fantastic story. It’s gripping and engrossing, and heartwrenching. I was drawn in and just couldn’t put it down at all.

So, the basic story is this, we have Sage who is the good girl from the right side of the tracks whose parents have given her everything. We also have Mars, the boy from so far on the wrong side of the tracks that he can’t see the tracks. His dad is a drunk and his mother died of an OD. He wants to get out the dead end world that he has found himself in, so he’s working pretty much every hour that he can and going to college.

Sage is going to college too, and it’s pretty much the only time she’s ever away from her overbearing mother. Mommy Dearest is very much the society lady. She lunches, she throws charity events, she goes places to Be Seen, and she makes Sage go with her. Sage hates them. She’d rather be in a pair of jeans and a concert tshirt painting in her room. Her beloved dad made sure that she had space and the supplies so that she could paint, and that’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a stone wall is crushing her. Then, she meets Mars at her favorite coffee shop, where he’s just gotten a job, is incredibly friendly, and he makes a dragonfly in the foam of her drink. And thus is born the theme of this story.

This was an amazing book. Seriously, it really just smacked me upside the head. I couldn’t get away from it at all. I felt like there was something so sacred and spiritual in the love between Mars and Sage. It’s truly beautiful, and something that deserves to be celebrated. I loved how they interacted and how they truly brought each other to life in a way that no one else ever had.

The story was heart wrenching and gutted me more than once. I couldn’t leave it alone and I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t get it out of my mind for a couple of days. Mars and Sage were so real and so rich and so nuanced to me. Their story left me feeling fulfilled through everything that happened. Truly, just wonderful.

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I love Sage’s dad and how he supports and loves Sage, no matter what. I don’t know why he stays with Sage’s mom, because she was just a nasty piece of work from the very beginning. I never liked her. And I liked her even less as the book went on.

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