Measha Stone-Obediently Ever After

Measha’s back at the Annex again with Obediently Ever After. You know, there are a couple of worlds I wouldn’t mind living in. One is the Black Light world. Another is the world of the Annex. It seems like it could be fun, and hey, everyone gets their happy ending, in more ways than one. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, say no more. The books are generally an adult twist on a fairy tale, but I don’t think this one is, unless you really want to play with the angel/devil thing with the names of Angelica and Damien. Oh well, it doesn’t matter one way or the other, I really enjoyed the book, so that’s the important part, right?

Angel is new to the Annex, and she’s about to go to her first party. She has fibbed, a little bit, or maybe a lot of bit, about how much experience she has, but she’s sure that she will be able to stay away from the stuff that she doesn’t want to do, because she has to sign off on any contract. Her new friends try to talk her out of it, because she’s only been there for a week, but Angel needs the money, so she’s going to do it.

Damien has never been to a party at the Annex, but he’s gotten an invite, so he’s going to go. He doesn’t mind looking at some of the stuff that goes on at various play parties, but he doesn’t want to go that extreme. He is more into the domestic discipline thing, so when he spots a woman who looks like she’s straight out of a ’50’s pinup pic, he knows that she’s the one for him.

I like Angelica, mostly. I think that she was a little naive in a few places, but mostly, her heart was good and in the right place. She thought that she was doing the right thing, even if it wasn’t necessarily the right thing. I like that she tried. I think trying your best and failing is better than just not trying at all. I do like her journey.

Damien is one of those guys that I just liked from the very start. There really is no point in the story when I get mad at him. I think that he is a very steady character and one that will do a lot of good for the people he loves and who love him. He’s a good man, a strong man, and one that I just liked.

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I love that Angelica decides that she’s going to stand up for herself and start doing what she wants in her life. I applauded her for that action. Good for her.

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

Measha Stone-Red

So, Measha has come out with her latest Ever After book. These are adult retellings of fairy tales. Very adult. And with a name like Red, you know that the latest one is all about Pinocchio. OK, you got me, it’s all about Red Riding Hood.

In this story, our Little Red Riding Hood is Melinda. Melinda lost her parents when she was a child, and then went to live with her grandparents. Now, she only has her grandmother left, so when it’s time to go to dinner at her grandmother’s house, she’s always happy to go. She always looks forward to her grandmother’s cooking. But today is different. When she opens the door, there are strangers in her grandmother’s house. Strangers who say that they now own her. Apparently, her grandfather had a gambling problem, and when he hit rock bottom, he put up his granddaughter as collateral, and now they are here to collect.

Erik’s uncle was criminally stupid in a lot of ways. When he died, his will was written in such a way that Erik and his two younger brothers had to collect the 3 women he “owned” and finish the contract so that they could get the inheritance he left them. Erik needs that so that he can open his casino. Melinda is the last woman on the list, so as soon as he figures out what to do with her, he can finish the conditions on his uncle’s will, finding a wife.

Melinda isn’t going to go easily. She’s going to fight with everything she has because she wants to get back to her grandmother. If that means that she’s going to break a window to see what’s outside or mouth off to Erik and his brothers, that’s exactly what she’s going to do.

I mostly liked Melinda. I love the fire and spirit that she shows, and her stubbornness has gotten her through a lot. I do think, however, that if she had learned to bend a little earlier, things might have been easier on her. I get why she had to stand firm like she was. She didn’t want to lose who she was or herself, and it would be really easy for that to happen with Erik.

Erik is a good man, but more than once he’s a total fucking idiot. There are some times when he needs to get smacked upside the head because he loses track of what’s important and what isn’t. He’s so focused on what he wants that he misses big things that happen right in front of him.

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I understand why Erik did what he felt he had to for Melinda, but the fact is that he was doing exactly what he said everyone else had done to her. He never asked her anything or bothered to see what she wanted, he just was positive that he knew best. That made me so mad on her behalf. He was so very, very blind, and she should’ve just smacked him hard.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check out all of Measha’s fairy tales! Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Daddy Ever After

Today we have a short and hot Daddy story coming from Measha Stone. Daddy Ever After appeared in an anthology, which is no longer available. But lucky for us, Measha loves us and wanted to make sure that we have her story, so here we are.

This story takes place in the same world as Beast and Tower. They are, roughly, reworked fairy tales that surround the Annex, a service that employs submissive women and lets them contract with Dominant males. The contracts can be anything from an evening to however long. That may be how these couples start out, but it isn’t how they end up.

Though this story did show up before, it was added to a little bit, so you are going to get some new stuff in there, so yay!

Jaelynn has a plan. She’s going to go to the Annex and try to get a contract with the right man. She really wants to meet this man, because she has something for him. On her first party, she’s walking around with her escort, looking to see who is there. When her escort gets called away, she ends up wandering around, and runs into more trouble than she can handle.

Trouble’s name is Hunter. He is there looking for a woman for a weekend. He has very specific demands. One of them is that she call him Daddy. When he finds Jae wandering around with no escort, he knows he’s found a very naughty little girl.

I really like Jae. She is determined and stubborn. She has a plan, and she really wants to stick to it. However, what she isn’t is a real planner. Sure, she has a goal and she came up with a reasonable plan to get it to happen, but she didn’t really plan how to make it happen. She just saw this miraculous thing happen in her head.

Hunter may not be the best guy out there, but he is a good guy, even if he has to do some really shitty things to get along. But I think he’s really good for and with Jae. He actually gives her exactly what she needs, even if it isn’t what she wants. It’s just like the old Rolling Stones’ song.

This is a really short and sweet story. I liked it back when I first read it, and I like it just as much now. The hot and the sweet balance is perfect, which can be difficult to do. Just a great story, altogether. No spoilers today, but isn’t this a great bathtub?

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Measha Stone-Blaire’s World: Kristoff

Blaire’s World is a shared world set of 7 books. They are all based in the world that Anita Gray created with her book Blaire, but they can all be read as a standalone. There may be some mild spoilers to Blaire or Blaire 2, but you don’t have to have read those books in order to read the Blaire’s World books. They don’t have to read in any particular order. However, I highly recommend reading the Blaire books, just because I think that they are great books. Six of the books are coming out on 2/26, but Demetrius will be coming out later in the year, for personal reasons.

Kristoff, by Measha Stone, is the first of the Blaire’s World books I’m reviewing.

Magdalena is a freelance reporter who has flown over to England to research Andrei Dowidoff. She knows from her sister, Danuta, that he is a human trafficker, and she wants to get a big story. Isn’t that what every journalist wants? And it seems to be working really well, at least until some guy ends up snatching her, drugging her, and taking her away.

Andrei is not a nice guy. Well, of course, he isn’t, he’s a trafficker, among other things. After a little light torture, he decides to hand Magdalena over to his son, Kristoff, to get her ready.

This was very intense. I couldn’t put it down at all. Kristoff and Magdalena grabbed a hold of me and just wouldn’t let go. I honestly didn’t know what to make of Kristoff at the beginning, and I flip-flopped a lot on him for a while. He is a great anti-hero though. He’s one of those guys who you like but you don’t want to like him, or you hate but you don’t want to hate him, and you vaguely wonder if you should seek some help from a mental health professional for your feelings. I think, overall, that I do like him, but I don’t have to like him all the time, right?

I like Magdalena. She’s strong, stubborn, and fierce. But I sometimes found myself wishing that she would bend, just a little. Of course, if she did that, she wouldn’t be who she was. And honestly, I don’t think it would’ve been as good a book if she did every bend. And it was a helluva good book. There’s just something about Magdalena that really drew me to her. She is just such a real character if you know what I mean. She feels real.

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Just because I’m an evil bitch, I’m going to put nothing down here and not warn you about it, LOL.

Depending on when you are reading this, you should go pre-order or get this. It’s really good. Happy reading!

Anthology-Black Light: Celebrity Roulette

It’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s the start of the 3rd season of Black Light, and as usual, we are starting it off with a Roulette anthology. This one is a little different though. Instead of being at Black Light East, we’re in LA, and instead of random drawings to match Doms and subs, we have a celebrity auction. A number of celebrities, both dominant and submissive types, put their name into the ring, and members got to bid for them. Once they get to the event and all the celebs find out who has purchased them for the night, then the subs roll for the activity. The rules of Celebrity Roulette say that they have to do the rolled activity for at least 30 minutes, and they are welcome to roll for something else after that. If they finish the night, they get a free month, if someone calls Red, everything is done. And oh yeah, no staff gets involved this year, or else. So, without further ado, let’s spin the wheel and find out where we end up, shall we?

As always, since this is an anthology, and there are 9 stories, plus the beginning and end bumpers, you are just going to get my basic impressions and feelings about each story, otherwise I’d be writing for the next 3 days, and I’d like to sleep sometime. Probably.

Guarded by Renee Rose

Scarlett A is a rock star. She’s also a sub. Once upon a time, she had a bodyguard named Lincoln, but a year ago, he ended fired. In that time, he’s learned a whole lot of new tricks, and he’s just waiting to show Scarlett. There is a lot of connection there between them, but of course, they have history. I think that Lincoln makes a great Dom for so many reasons, but one of them is that he really pays attention to Scarlett, and he has for a while. He might not say a lot, but it’s obvious how he feels about her from the very start.

Hooked by Jennifer Bene

By day a principal ballerina, by night a sub, Vanessa is the one who Wyatt really wants to win. He’s obsessed with her, but in a good way. There’s the typical Jennifer heat, but it’s not your typical Jennifer story. It’s sweet and light. It’s just so beautiful. There’s something about the way that these two connect and interact. They fit each other’s weird edges, and it’s perfect. Plus? I’m totally never going to be able to look at the ballet the same way again, because who knew toe shoes and tutus were sexy AF? The barre was just inspired.

Switched by Livia Grant

This is a first for Black Light. We have a Domme, Mistress Ice. Then there’s Nolan, the Dom who wants her, so he buys her and will submit to her for a night. I don’t know that there are a lot of Doms out there who would submit like that, even for 3 hours. Of course, I don’t know that many in person, so who knows. It was a really interesting dynamic to watch. I’ve read other Domme/sub books, and I’m pretty sure that this one was slightly unhealthy. But, Livia is mean. She’s a meanie meanie head. I need more. I need to know what the past holds.

Determined by Maren Smith

This is one that I really hope that Maren expands, because it really seems like there could be more to the story. So Maren, if you’re reading, take mercy on me and let me out of my suffering sometime in the nearish future, please and thank you? Out of a book full of some seriously hot scenes, I think that the scene between Claire and Adam is really the totally hottest one in the book. It’s just wow. I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t melt down. I figured it would’ve. I love the power struggle that goes on between Claire and Adam, which just makes the whole thing even hotter.

Pressure by Measha Stone

Michele thought about signing up for Celebrity Roulette. She had everything ready to go, but then stopped. Of course, she has that well-meaning friend who decided to submit her application for her and just not tell her. That’s how Michele ends up with Egan for the night. I felt sorry for Michele because she has such a hard time letting go and she has to try to stop her brain from thinking and worrying about if she’s doing the right thing. I can totally get that. I have the same problem, but no Egan to help me.

Savor by Maggie Ryan

Carnegie ends up with Ronan, a celebrity chef. I love her name, BTW, it’s just an awesome story behind it. They have a really sensual scene in here, and one that is really different to anything else we’ve ever seen in any of the Black Light stories. In fact, I think it’s the first scene like it I’ve seen in any BDSM book. It was hot but in a more lowkey kind of way. And fan paintbrushes? I will never look at them the same way again.

Cherished by Sue Lyndon

Once upon a time, Serena met Trenton right after she dumped her boyfriend. He held her during the countdown for NYE and kissed her on her forehead. Now she gets to bid on him. Sue gets a first for the Black Light books too. I’m not saying what it is, because I don’t want to spoil it. But it’s a great scene, and Serena really gets into it. I wonder how much she’s role-playing and how much she’s actually into the scene. Either way, I think it works perfectly. And I saw Trenton as Jason Statham the whole time in my head.

Jazzed by Lesley Clark

I think that this is Lesley’s first Black Light story, but I hope it won’t be her last. And it’s another one that I would love to see expanded out. Jazz is a rock star and Michael is a psychiatrist. Together, they are going to go back to school. The picture that she would’ve presented while she was sitting at a school desk was ridiculously sexy. Their whole story was really connected and really lovely.

Control by Dani Rene

Kaelin’s father, who seems like a super-prick, just sayin’, is Jed’s agent, so Jed feels that she’s off limits. She’s pretty sure that he hates her. But, when they get together, it’s definitely a match in S&M heaven. I love the chemistry that they have together. Of course, they have years of history behind them so it’s no wonder they have such a connection and such chemistry. They are another one that I would like to have more of.

And of course, as always, we have the bumpers about planning the event and the conclusion of the event, written by Livia and Jennifer. We get a little look at Emma, Chase, and Jaxon, which is always nice. I love them so much. We also get to see Madison volunteer to be the MC. And if you haven’t read a Valley Girl MCing at a bondage club auction, you are like totally missing something. I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Madison in the future.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. The nice thing about short stories is that you can work them in whenever you have time, so go check it out. Happy reading!

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Measha Stone-Redemption

OK, yeah, I know I promised double for today, but I got involved in a gazillion things, and when I sat down to write this, I noticed it would be too late to write another one. So, today you get Measha, tomorrow you get Sansa, Friday you get Measha, and Saturday you get Sara.

But today, Redemption, Measha’s sweet, light, and laughter filled Christmas story. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in the Atacama. LOL. It’s darkish, dirty, and full of Measha-y goodness. And it’s the perfect amuse bouche for her book on Friday, trust me.

Celeste is on the Naughty List, in a big way. And if she doesn’t get cleared off it, she’s going to end up stuck there permanently, and then there will be an empty voice in her life and she will never be happy. But Santa, being a good, kind, and loving Santa, has people who are there to help with that. He has special elves whose only job it is to get people off the naughty list and get them back on the Nice List. Adam is one such elf.

Adam’s job, should he choose to accept it, and he does, is to take Celeste, and help her. He needs to get her off the Naughty List and get her to understand what she did that caused her to be there. So he goes off to meet Celeste, at a bar, where she’s busy drinking because she’s pretty sure that she’s going to be fired the next day. He escorts her out of the bar, and the next thing she knows, she’s naked and in a stable. Seems like Adam may be a little bit kinky.

I love how Adam doesn’t let Celeste get away with anything, no matter what she tries. He’s doing it out of such a place of caring with her. He truly wants her to be happy and he’s willing to do whatever he has to to make sure that happens, even if that means he’s going to have to strap her ass raw. And that may just be one of his options. I had a harder time with Celeste. But, that’s because of personal things on my end, not her as a character. Some of her choices are things that people close to me have done and it was really hurtful to the people involved and took a lot of work to get things straightened out. So, looking at it as me, I had a hard time with her because of that. Once I could get away from her actions and into her as a person, it was easier for me to like her.

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OK, reindeer are just so very, very cute. Especially when they have jingle bells, right?

I was mad for a minute because I thought that Adam and Celeste were going to be separated. I didn’t want that to happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it and see all the kinky goodness for yourself. Happy reading!

 

Measha Stone-Tower

A lot of authors over the years have come up with their own spins on fairy tales. I mean, they are a pretty great framework to hang your own story on, and they’ve shown up time and again in various forms over the centuries. And with a name like Tower, I bet you can guess which fairy tale Measha decided to go with. That’s right, she decided that the Gingerbread Man would be the best choice. No. Wait, that’s not it. Let me think a moment… Oh yeah, it’s Rapunzel.

Peter Titon is Ash’s cousin. He has decided to open Tower, his own kink club. It has nothing to do with the Annex, but he’s not staying completely away from the family business, after all, he is Ash’s right hand man, and while Ash and Ellie are away on their honeymoon, Peter’s the one in charge, including dealing with the collection on bad loans.

Azalea has spent her entire life under the thumb of her mother, Bellatrix Gothel. Is that not a fabulous name for a villain? You know that it is. Anyway, she manages to escape one night and sneaks into Tower. She’s always fantasized about the kinky side of the world, and Tower is perfect. While she’s there, she catches Peter’s eye. He comes up and says something to her and then walks away. The next time he sees her, she’s running through the streets because she has to get home. He decides to help her and drives her home, noticing that she’s in a panic over the time.

The next day, Peter decides that he’s going to go on a collections run, which ends up with him at Azalea’s house. Her guard owes them money, so they are going to go get it. While they are in the house, Peter notices a locked door and doesn’t like it. That’s when he decides that he’s going to take Azalea as the missing part of the debt.

OK, Measha’s stories are always hot, but this one was pretty smoking. I think part of it is that Azalea is so into what’s going on, no matter how much she’s fighting against Peter and his orders. They are things that she’s wanted, so of course they are making her all hot and horny. I think another part of it is that Measha writes erotic humiliation so well, and it works really well here. I’m pretty sure that Azalea thinks so too. She seemed to really get into it when Peter called her slutty. I think that Peter didn’t necessarily think about everything that Azalea needed all the time, and when she called him on it, she was totally right to do so. He kind of needed a smackdown.

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I expected parts of the book, just because they are part of the Rapunzel story, but there were a few places that I was very surprised.

I love that Daniel basically hit Peter with a cluex4 a couple of times, because he totally needed it. The whole feeling sorry for himself thing wasn’t pretty.

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