Loki Renard-Pure Evil

Loki is once more taking us into the House of Vitali. The only family where the pre-requisite to join is the fact that you REALLY don’t want to join and where attempting to kill other members of the family is to be expected. The House of Vitali is so dysfunctional that it makes Norman Bates suggest that you might want to check yourself and Joan Crawford all of a sudden says that wire hangers aren’t all that bad.

In Pure Evil, Angelo is separated from his beloved boys. He has to go deal with stupid little legal challenges from the LEOs and he has to stay in the city so that he can keep going to court. Meanwhile, Mark and Bobby have to stay in a safe, hidden location. Mark because he is a disgraced FBI agent and Bobby because, well, he’s Bobby. Angelo left Mark in charge because if he left Bobby in charge, there probably wouldn’t be anything left to come back to. Bobby is smart, but he’s also impulsive and vicious. He really needs to not be unsupervised, ever. None of this would be an insurmountable problem except for the fact that one day, Angelo doesn’t contact Mark to let him know he’s done with court and he didn’t take his car home. Someone has grabbed Angelo.

Damien is a mercenary. He’s been hired to kill Angelo, but it’s obvious that he has a personal axe to grind. He keeps telling Angelo that he’s going to do terrible things to him, but Angelo, being Angelo, isn’t fazed at all.

OK, that’s all the synopsis I’m going to give you because A) it’s pretty short and 2) I don’t want to take any of the journey away from you. Angelo is so devious that he makes Machiavelli look like a piker. He makes Twizzlers jealous. Have you ever seen a double threaded screw? Yeah, that’s not as twisty and devious as Angelo is. He has plans, more plans, backup plans, backup backup plans, and then some really good ideas as to where he’s going to go next. This book has twists, turns, swerves, and corkscrews. Each of those twists has all its own twists and turns. I mean, seriously, it’s like those stairs by MC Escher. I was left with more questions than I started with. I have no clue who knew what and when, other than the fact that I’m pretty sure Angelo knew everything all the time, I mean, he’s Angelo. This book is dark. Each of the Vitali books have gotten darker and darker. This isn’t the darkest thing I’ve ever read, but it was dark enough that I looked at the husband and was like shit, damn, fuck. Just damn. I am going to reread it this weekend to see if I can answer some of my questions.

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Seriously, my biggest question is how much did Mark know and when did he know it? That’s all I really want to know. And of course, Loki isn’t going to tell us, which means I’m just going to have to guess.

I did like seeing a softer side of Bobby. It was really interesting to see.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Go read all of them. Seriously. Happy reading!

 

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Loki Renard-Shamefully Shared

Loki Renard has brought us another shameful book, Shamefully Shared. I am completely unashamed to say that I loved reading every single dirty word of it. I love Loki’s work and her various worlds. My Loki Renard collection on my Kindle just keeps growing by leaps and bounds, and with books like Shared, it’s not hard to see why, now is it?

Lacey is a journalist. She likes to get the big stories. Three years ago, she was abducted by a Venezuelan militia group, accused of being a spy, and tortured. There was an elite military group that was there for another reason, and they decided to rescue her, even though she wasn’t a direct part of their mission. She promised the guys that she wouldn’t say anything about them, since they were a very, very secret group. But, when she gets home, she writes a story about her time and outs the guys. I mean, she’s a journalist, right? She believes in a good story and that people have the right to have information, and all. The problem is that her story gets them dishonorably discharged and disgraced.

Flash forward, and Lacey is in trouble again. This time, she and several other journalists have been digging into a huge story of high-level corruption. Over the past few months, most of the other journalists have died. One of them managed to end up streaming his death to a file-sharing site that they were all using. So when Lacey gets home and finds that there are guys in her house, she knows what’s coming. So, she calls the only person she can think of to keep her safe, Chase.

Chase is the only one of the guys who saved her who ever answered the phone when she called to apologize. So, when she calls for a rescue, he tells Rex, Brian, Col, and Max what happened and that he’s going to get her. After an argument, they all go out to rescue her.

So, with all the names, you can guess that it’s a reverse harem. Each of the guys has a very distinct personality and a very distinct relationship with Lacey. It’s really interesting to watch each relationship grow and evolve and see how each man reacts to Lacey and to everything that happens. It’s a great set of stories combined into one larger book, and it’s done pretty seamlessly. Since it’s a Loki book, expect spanking and all kinds of kinkery, and of course, a cage. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this group.

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OK, I want to know Brian and get into his workshop. He’s definitely got a flair for machinery. He’s devious and I love his devious mind.

Col. I like Col. He has a very clear view of Lacey. I think that he’s the only one who really saw through her. He watched her and knew her. He’s also right in that it will definitely take all of them to keep her happy.

Lacey would definitely run over the guys one on one. It’s not that she’s high-maintenance. She’s just very smart and very clever, and her brain is always working and trying to find the edges of the puzzle and how she can get around things.

I mostly liked the guys, there was one thing that they did that made me really mad. I understand why they did it, but I don’t like the way that they did it. It was pretty shitty.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out and read all the other books that Loki has. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Perfect Evil

Loki Renard is evil. That’s all there is to it. She is just pure evil, just ask Bobby and Mark. They will definitely tell you. Perfect Evil is the sequel to Taken Boy. You could read PE without having read TB, if you really wanted to, but you will not get near as much enjoyment from it. Knowing Angelo and Bobby’s story will help you to understand the changing dynamic when Mark gets added in.

So, here’s our story. It’s been some time since TB. Angelo and Bobby are still together. They don’t have the easiest relationship in the world, but they are making it work for them. The FBI is trying to put together a case against them, which means they are following our man and his boy around. They tried to bug everything, but Angelo is just a wee bit smarter and a helluva lot more paranoid than FBI are, so he has everything scanned for bugs constantly.

Agent Mark Locke was in the military and now he’s in the FBI. This is his first field mission. He’s gay and his teammates know it, but generally, no one is making a thing out of it. He also uses anti-anxiety medication, which he hides from his teammates, because he knows that they would rag on him about.

His team hears about a party that Bobby and Angelo will be at. The person throwing the party usually brings in some pretty boy escorts to act as man candy. So, his team figures since he’s the only gay member of the team and he’s very good looking, that Mark is going to be the one that is going in. Instead of anyone actually trying to figure out what the man candy would actually wear to such a party, they dress poor Mark up in ’80s leather boy style. That, of course, makes him stand out and not in a good way. Mark has everyone’s hands on him at some point.

Then, bullets start flying and Mark gets hit. Angelo decides that he’s going to grab him up and take Mark with him and Bobby. He’s not sure why he’s doing it, but he trusts his instincts, and his instincts say to grab this guy and take him, so he does. Angelo directs Bobby to drive them out to a house in the country.

They get there, and the fun and games get started. I’m not going to even say anything about the fun and games, except for the fact that Angelo is a right bastard with an incredibly inventive and sadistic mind. There isn’t a whole lot of safe, sane, or consensual about anything that Angelo does.

OK. You know the deal. Angelo has plans and schemes and more plans and schemes inside machinations and manipulations. I would never want to play chess with Angelo. I’m pretty sure he has already won the game we were playing and the next one and the one after that. I wondered how Bobby was going to handle having Mark around, and it was… interesting. I need more of Angelo, Bobby, and Mark so that I can watch their dynamic play out some more. Angelo may be evil, but he’s my kind of evil.

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Since it’s a short book, there isn’t a lot I want to say about spoilers. But, I just want to say that I’m pretty sure that electricity isn’t going to be someone’s friend for a while. Also, the last chapter was a very interesting chapter when it came to Angelo. Gave some me some insight into him. I need more of Angelo. All the Angelo.

So, go check it out, it’s only $2.99. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Broken by the Alien

Does it seem like I’ve had a lot of Loki Renard posts here lately? Well, there’s a very good reason for that. Loki has been ridiculously prolific lately. I’m not complaining, since that just means more books for me to read. And, I don’t know if you knew this or not, but I LOVE to read. If it came down to giving up chocolate or giving up books, I’d give up chocolate. But, since I don’t have to choose, I will eat my chocolate while reading, just like I did while reading Broken by the Alien.

Loki tends to write on the darker end of things, and this one fits in really well with the other books of hers that I’ve recently blogged. It is a scifi romance though, instead of being here on Earth.

This is the way that the story goes. The Rathkari have invaded Earth. They are very much into breeding. They want to do everything they can to make sure that their species continues. Each person is going to be the parent of millions, so it’s important to mate and breed. But that doesn’t mean that they are going to let humans keep doing that. No, their plan is to take all the human males off of Earth and do heaven only knows what with them. Then they take all the women of breeding age and go make happy little Rathkari babies. Either they do that through a mating bond or there are breeding facilities where women can go and just keep having babies. Women who are too old to breed are used as slave labor on Earth to produce food for the Rathkari fleets and people.

In the very intense first chapter, we meet Era. She has lost her father and brother, and her brother’s fiancee is now one of the women having Rathkari babies. Era literally has no one left on the face of the Earth. She’s of prime child-bearing years, but instead, she’s laboring in the rice paddies, planting, harvesting, and hauling huge bags of rice around. She’s hiding and trying to make it look like she’s older than she is. The fact that the Rathkari don’t treat their slaves well or feed them all that particularly well makes it even easier to sell her masquerade. But, when the overseer sees her period blood on her leg one day, he decides that she’s broken and is going to take her to the recycler, which will let her be used to nourish the fields.

That’s when Karlo shows up. He’s the superior officer in charge of the particular quadrant that Earth is in. He just happens to be doing an inspection of the fields that day and sees Era struggling with the overseer. She wants to live, so she’s trying to get him to let her go. Karlo recognizes that she’s probably of childbearing years, so he goes to save her. Era suddenly changes her mind and decides that nope, the overseer can just go toss her in the recycler if that means that she doesn’t have to go with Karlo. She quite literally would rather die than to have him save her life. But since he’s bigger than she is and much healthier, she doesn’t have a lot of choice. He takes her, straps her into the shuttle, and takes her back to his ship and his quarters. He’s planning on taking her as his mate, but first he has to get her healthy, and it turns out that she’s going to keep fighting him the whole time.

OK, it’s that time. Era hates the Rathkari, and I gotta say that I can’t blame her for that at all. If I were in her place, I would probably hate them as well. But, it also sounds like the occupation may have been mismanaged, so if things had gone better, would that have changed her feelings? I dunno. I often play what if… with books, but I don’t think this is one that I’m going to do that with. The fact is, she hates the Rathkari in general, and quite often, Karlo in particular. He doesn’t do a whole lot to endear himself to her either. Of course, they both have very different POVs so there are a lot of misunderstandings, but he doesn’t really try to get where she’s coming from. I liked Karlo, but there are times that I was really furious at him. I will say that there are times when I’m mad at Era too. Just as he doesn’t really try to get her POV, I don’t think that Era really tries to put herself in his shoes. There are just huge chasms between the two of them that are almost impossible to bridge at times. The book made me feel happy, sad, angry, stressed, and joyful, sometimes all at once. I totally loved it.

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The rope work that Karlo does is pretty damn awesome, and I would totally love that. Not entirely sure that I’d want the first punishment he does with it, though.

I was really mad at Karlo during the whole explanation that Era couldn’t get pregnant and his reaction. Of course she’s going to be angry about the whole thing, but anger is a secondary emotion, and it’s always easier to be scared than it is to be afraid or to be vulnerable or to tell him that she has some kind of feelings for him. It’s not like I expected him to read her mind, but I did expect something better out of him.

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

 

Loki Renard-Taken Boy

So, you remember the last couple of Loki Renard books that I posted, Shamefully Broken and Broken Boy? Well, Taken Boy is another one in that world. It’s related to them, but you really don’t see Ellie or Aiden or any overlapping events, except for at the very beginning.

As a refresher, let’s go over what’s been happening. In SB, Ellie went to Mason, her brother Aiden’s best friend, and asked him to help out Aiden and get him out of trouble. Mason said that he would, as long as she agreed to be his. Well, after calling him a perv, she stomped away, but when Mason saved her life, she ended up going home with him and being his. Mason arranged for Aiden to be safe.

In BB, Aiden is being protected by two of Mason’s guys. They are both Dom-ly types, and Aiden, well, he likes it a lot. He gets protected by his Daddy and his Dom, and the bad guy, Bobby Cornoli can’t get at him.

In TB, we have Bobby’s story. Bobby is 22 and thinks that he’s on top of the world. He thinks that he’s all that and a bag of chips. The biggest problem is that he’s 22 and thinks he’s invulnerable and that he’s a bigger threat that he really is. Mason was really, really, really pissed that Bobby tried to touch Elliot. That was a major goof. And when Mason gets pissed, he gets even. In fact, he gets more than even. When it comes to his girl, he’ll go nuclear. And that’s exactly what he decided to do to Bobby.

Mason arranges for Angelo Vitalli, who really is in the Mob and who really is all that plus the giant bag of chips, to take Bobby. His job is to break Bobby, by whatever way possible, and leave him with absolutely nothing. When Angelo first sees Bobby, he gets ideas. Wicked, dirty, obscene ideas. Ideas that Bobby is going to find painful. In fact, in the first few minutes that Angelo has Bobby, he canes him but good. You would think that Bobby wouldn’t like that, but…

So, this is a pretty quick read. It’s also pretty filthy. But, filthy in such a good way. Angelo is hardcore. He’s pretty much a hardcore sadist, IMO. He likes to break men, and Bobby is actually perfect for him. Angelo is also very smart, and he puts that to work. This is a nice companion piece to the other books. It’s a standalone, so you don’t have to have read them to know what’s going on in this book. Its action is mostly isolated from the other two books, except for in the beginning.

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OK, I thought that Bobby was an asshole a good deal of the time, and he thought that he was a whole lot more than he was. I have a 22 year old son, and 22 year old young men are often assholes and think that they are more than they are. At 22, you’re still growing up. Even though Bobby has been working the streets for a while, the fact is that his brain hasn’t quite finished developing, which science says happens around age 25, so he doesn’t always make the best decisions. His whole reasoning behind going after Aiden just shows that.

There is one time when I feel really bad for Bobby. That’s after he makes a move that Angelo knew would happen. That time period made me feel sorry for him. Of course, I think that time was good for him, even if it was hard.

Ok, that’s all I have to say today. It’s only $2.99 right now on and is on KU on the Zon, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Broken Boy

On Thursday, we had Loki Renard’s Shamefully Broken with Ellie and Mason. Today, we have Broken Boy with Aiden, Steve, and Rob.

BTW, I have bouncy box giveaways for both of these books going on right now. Click these links to try your luck. Broken Boy bouncy box Shamefully Broken bouncy box. May the odds be ever in your favor.

Before I get started on my review, it’s important that I point out that this is an MMm book. You have a Daddy, and Dom, and a very, very sorry boy. It is dark romance. Not as dark as some of the stuff that I’ve read, darker than others. So let’s get into it, shall we?

Aiden has never really had to grow up. His family is old money and his parents have been rather neglectful. Until he was 5, he wasn’t sure which of the women he saw around him was his mother. He’s never had anyone tell him no, so when he started getting into drugs, there wasn’t really anyone who could stop him. Eventually, his parents cut him off, but that didn’t stop him from his habit, so he tried other things, like dealing and pimping. Then he got into a jam with a local mob boss.

His little sister, Elliot, did what she could to get him out of trouble, and went to his old friend Mason. Mason runs a security company, and he made a deal with Ellie that he would make sure that Aiden was protected. To do that, he sent out two of his best operatives, Steve and Rob.

Steve and Rob found Aiden where he had run away from rehab and secured him in a safe house where they helped him detox. Steve is very Dom-ly and didn’t really want to care for Aiden. His idea of helping Aiden to eat was to tie him up and then force him to open his mouth. Rob, on the other hand, is much more paternal. He convinces rather than forces.

Eventually, Aiden gets clean and everyone is attracted to everyone else. Rob keeps reminding Steve that Aiden is a client and that nothing should happen, but that’s often easier said than done.

OK, it’s that time. I loved these guys. I love how Steve and Rob balance each other out and how they handle Aiden. I also liked seeing the interactions between Aiden and Elliot from his point of view. That’s always an interesting thing to see. Steve did annoy me once, but that’s because something he did hit a hot button on me, so that’s a me thing, and it might not bother someone else. BB can be read as a standalone, it isn’t really a direct sequel to SB. They are connected, but you get enough of the backstory to know what’s going on with no problems. The two books do take place at the same time so I would consider them adjacent to each other more than books 1&2 in a series.

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OK, the thing that really annoyed me about Steve is that he gave Aiden the silent treatment. Yeah, Aiden fucked up by trying to prank the guys, but really, that was where he was in his head at that point, a naughty tween trying to get authority figure’s attention, which is what he did. I hate the silent treatment, and the fact that he gave it to Aiden for so long and after he had Aiden had advanced their relationship just bothered me. And it set the stage for some of the next things to come.

Other than that one thing, I thought that Aiden deserved every damn thing he got, and then some. He really needs strict and he needs parental, so Steve and Rob are perfect for him. They both meet needs that Aiden has.

OK, that’s it for this one. Go check out Loki’s books and see why I love them so much.

Loki Renard-Shamefully Broken

I’ve got a favorite author of mine today, Loki Renard. This is her first appearance here, and she’ll be back tomorrow with the next book in this grouping. I’m not sure that I would call them a series, or at least not yet, maybe a duet? Tomorrow’s book isn’t really a direct sequel to today’s book, but they are tightly connected, and they take place at the same time. So, let’s talk Shamefully Broken.

Elliot’s family is old money. She has been coddled and indulged all her life. No one has ever told her no and whatever she wants, she gets. She’s always been relatively good and followed all the rules though, except for that one time on her 18th birthday, which is now the reason that she hates Mason.

Elliot also has an older brother, Aiden, who she loves. The problem with Aiden is that he had the exact same neglectful parents and indulgent upbringing. In Aiden, it manifested in him turning into a junkie. Eventually, his parents cut him off, which meant that he moved to other things, like dealing and pimping. That got him into all kinds of trouble. Trouble that Ellie wants to get him out of. To do that, she has to go to her brother’s friend and the man she hates above all others, Mason.

Mason was always that poor friend, but with a lot of hard work, a whole lot, he has managed to amass a huge fortune and run several large companies. He and Aiden aren’t as friendly as they used to be, but Ellie is hoping that Mason will still be fond enough of her brother to pay off his debts and help get him out of trouble.

When Ellie gets to his company, she shoves her way into Mason’s office and asks him for his help. Well, I say ask… Mason tells her that he will be willing to help Aiden, but in return, he wants one thing. Her. He wants her to do everything and anything he tells her to do. She will be completely and utterly his. Ellie refuses and slams out of his office.

What Ellie doesn’t know at the point in time is that her brother has gotten into a fight with the Mob and they are going after her. Mason tries to warn her but she hangs up on him. He follows her and saves her at the very last minute.

OK, you know the way that it goes. Mason is very Dom-ly. VERY. He pissed me off a few times, but that’s kind of typical in books like this. I like the Dom-ly type sometimes and I hate it sometimes. I personally like that. It tends to make the character more real to me. It lets me get into the story more. Anyway, I think that Mason ignored some of Ellie’s feelings a little more than I would’ve liked. She kind of got thrown into the complete deep end. Mason is also a very stern and strict disciplinarian. Ellie has to walk a very, very fine line. Now, Ellie. I like her most of the time. She’s a strong, fierce, loyal, and stubborn character. Just because she submits to Mason at any given time doesn’t mean that she isn’t all of those things. Submission isn’t weakness. That said, when she gets into her entitled mindset, I kind of wanted to spank her myself. Overall though, I think that she’s a great character and that Mason is the right man for her. She needed someone who could handle all that fire inside her and that’s what Mason does for her. We get a glimpse of Aiden in this book but we’ll learn more about him tomorrow.

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I personally have a thing about cages. Having read a whole lot of Loki’s books, I’m pretty sure that she does too. I can think of some other books where they have shown up. I always think that they are pretty hot, and it’s no different in this one. The whole idea of being caged up in a bedroom like that? I need a fan to cool me off.

OK, that’s all I have to say today, but I’ll probably talk a little more about this tomorrow too. Loki has all kinds of books out there to read, so go check her out on Amazon and find one that works for you and enjoy yourself. Happy reading!