Measha Stone-Windy City

Today we’re talking about the first two books in Measha’s Windy City series. They are standalone books, but they are all about a group of friends, so they are also going to be interconnected. The first book, Hidden Heart, is about Royce and Jessica, and the second book, Secured Heart, is about Kelly and Kendrick.

So, HH. Jessica is a paralegal. She has a group of friends that she meets with every Friday, Kelly, Alex, Erin, and Jonathan. Those last two are engaged to be married, one of these days. While she’s happy for them, she’s not planning on following their example any time soon. She’s BTDT with men, and she’s no longer looking for love. Which is, of course, when Royce walks in. Pretty much literally. He’s a friend of Alex’s, who brings him to the group dinner.

Royce is immediately drawn to Jessica, but she is really not interested in finding love, so she’s not into seeing him. But, Royce being the charming person that he is, manages to charm her into seeing him. As they get together, they both realize that a D/s relationship works really well for them, even though it scares Jessica spitless.

SH is Kelly and Kendrick. Kelly is pretty envious of Jessica, mostly because she kinda had her eyes on Royce before all his eyes turned to Jessica. But since they are best friends, it’s hard for her to stay really envious for long. But what she really wants is her own man, a husband and a family. She goes out regularly trying to find him, but so far, she’s just found losers. And tonight, she just found the biggest loser of all, Ted. He invites her to a party, and then ends up drugging her. Luckily, her savior is nigh at hand.

Kendrick runs a security company, and he was being the security at the party that Kelly is at. When he sees what’s happening, he comes to her rescue. Then he tells her about a safe club to go to, and when to go, because he’ll be there being security that day too. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever see her again, and he’ll try to scare her off if he does. She’s just a poor, wee innocent woman. Except, is she?

OK, so, in HH, I really like Jessica and Royce. I think that they work really well together. I think that maybe Royce moves a little fast sometimes and kind of runs over Jessica and her worries. Of course, that may be because I’m not a D-type. I think that Jessica keeps too much inside and jumps to conclusions a little too often. I think that she guards herself really well, and I understand why she does it, but that makes her judge Royce before she should.

In SH, wow, I mean, Kelly and Kendrick are hot from the very first second. I really like them because they really are quite well-matched, kink wise, they both want the same thing, basically. Kelly has some serious impulsivity issues and she thinks that she knows certain things and makes decisions based on those things. I think Kendrick, most of the time at least, keeps in mind that she’s a newbie and handles that situation well, but, of course, there are times when everything goes kerflooey.

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In HH, I kinda guessed what would happen, I just didn’t know how it would play out.

In SH, I really hated all of Kelly’s friends for a couple of minutes. They were kinda rude. And there was a definite twist I didn’t expect.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check them out! Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Club Dark Lace

So, Measha has gathered up two of her stories, which both involve Club Dark Lace, and put them together into a boxset. The two books are Until Daddy and Unzoned, formerly Until You. I reviewed Until Daddy back last year, when it originally came out. I hadn’t read Unzoned until now, so this review is going to be about that book. Both books in the set take place at the same time, and they are about a pair of best friends. Jade and Carissa are best friends and so are Jamison and Garrick, who both just happen to be Doms, business owners, and part owners of Club Dark Lace.

So, here’s how Jade and Garrick’s story works. They have been BFFs since basically forever. They both are madly in love with the other, but neither one of them knows it, They are both kinky AF too, which is kinda secret. I mean, Garrick knows that about Jade, but she doesn’t know it about him, and she’s sure that he wouldn’t be interested in it.

Anyway, Carissa and Jade have just gotten memberships to Club Dark Lace. Carissa went scouting there one night, and now she and Jade are both going. Garrick is pretty sure that he knows it’s going to happen that night, due to Carissa’s recon, and he and his friend Jamison are waiting. Miss Jade is going to learn a thing or two before the end of the night.

I like the connection between Garrick and Jade. They know everything (mostly) about each other because they’ve been in each other’s lives for so long. I mean, Garrick knows when Jade is lying, because he’s observed her for so long. I think that’s mostly a good thing, but I think that it can also be a little difficult, especially at the beginning of a relationship. It can be problematical to go from such an intense and long term friendship to a more intimate relationship, and then you put any kind of kink in it, and trying to put all those things in place all at once can lead to people being a little off balance.

I think that Garrick should’ve come clean about certain things much sooner than he did. I would’ve been really angry in Jade’s place. I think that Jade should’ve stopped and thought before she jumped to certain conclusions, but I can understand why she went there.

Anyway, I’d love to see more from this particular world. I love club worlds.

Nothing under the pic today. Go check out the book and happy reading!

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Measha Stone-Training His Pet

This weekend, Measha decided to put a surprise release out. Training His Pet is the 6th book in her Owned and Protected series. This can be read as a standalone, but it is part of an interconnected series. All the heroes of the books know each other.

So, Dax was in the military. When he left he went home to Chicago and opened a club with his younger brother, Corbin. Corbin is the public face of the club, while Dax handles the security. Dax and Corbin are often at odds because Corbin is getting a little too close to a Mob family, and Dax wants to keep them out of the club altogether. On one fateful evening, Jimmy and his family are in a private room, and a journalist is trying to get into the private room. Dax sends her home and breaks up a fight.

Erika is a journalist who has been chasing after a huge story about a large crime family. She wants to have her own byline, and a story about the Mob should get her that byline. She finally gets into Velvet, a club where she knows she can find out more, but then one of the owners kicks her out. She sneaks around behind the club, just in time to see the same guy kick out some other people and to see a beat down happen.

Suddenly, Corbin calls Dax and tells him that Jimmy the Mobster is after Erika, and he needs to take her somewhere safe until the heat is off.

I really like Dax. I mean, there are a lot of times when I don’t like the hero part of the time, but except for one really stupid moment, I do like Dax. He’s dependable, steady, sturdy, protective, and incredibly loyal. He wants to make sure that anyone he thinks of as his is safe, and he will do whatever he can to do that. He does have a bit of a blind spot when it comes to his brother, but don’t we all have a blind spot like that somewhere? The thing is, though, that he’s willing to listen to other people and not just deny everything.

I like Erika. I think that she is very goal oriented and she’s one of those people who has a plan and who wants to make her goals come true. I think, though, that she sometimes lets that focus distract her or blind her from other things. I think that chasing the story is like an addiction for her. I get her wanting to get her name on a column and getting further in her career, but I just think that she has learned how to make that her drug.

And being a Measha book and one in the Owned and Protected series, you can be sure that there is all kinds of kinkery fuckery going on in it, because, well, there is allllllll kinds of kinkery fuckery. And because it’s one of the Pet books, I bet you can guess what flavor all that kinkery takes. And fucking hell, it’s hot AF.

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I never liked Corbin. Never.

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

 

Measha Stone-Valor

Valor is the 11th book in the Cavalieri Della Morte shared world, and I think that this is the last one on my blog calendar, at least I’m pretty sure it is. Measha has brought us a couple that just would not leave my head. Dustan and Cherise both insisted that there was more to the story, and wouldn’t listen to me when I told them that I had read the book and that was all there was. Dustan is a pushy, dominant asshole. Hopefully, they’ll leave me alone when I’m done with this.

Dustan is one of the CDM, and Arthur has sent him out on a new job. This job is to get rid of a guy named Antonio Merde. He’s apparently skimming off the top from his family. I had to laugh at his name, because merde is shit in French, so every time his name came up, I read it as shit. My inner 12 year old was amused. Anyway, Dustan is going to kill this guy. He’s been sitting in a bar waiting for Merde to come and do his business. He keeps to a routine, which lets Dustan know when and where he can off him. The only thing he didn’t plan on was the hot woman who walked up and sat down next to him.

Cherise, who tells Dustan her name is Cherry, is trying to break out of her shell. She has dressed herself up, given herself a fun nickname, and gone to a bar she wouldn’t normally go. And then she saw Dustan. Since she was nervous as all get out, she needed someone to shelter behind, and Dustan worked. When he walked out the back of the bar, she decided to follow. Much to her chagrin.

Dustan was both more hardcore and lighter than some of the other heroes in this world. Which, don’t ask me how that works, but that’s what I think, and it sorta works for him. He doesn’t seem as much on the dark side, if you know what I mean. Yeah, he’s an assassin, but he doesn’t seem as gritty and… Ugh, I can’t come up with the right word to describe it. I know what I mean, but I can’t make it come out of my head to the screen. That’s totally frustrating. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not your happy, fluffy, dancing assassin a la Sam Rockwell in Mr. Right. If he gets the order, he’s going to kill you. If you do him wrong, he’s going to kill you. And he’ll do it without hesitation.

Cherise was a mix too. She’s both bold and retiring, which is a really interesting juxtaposition. When she gets scared, she gets assertive, snarky, and mouthy. It’s a lot easier to be all of those things than it is to be scared. When she’s not so scared, she’s more in her head and ready to hide away. I can really relate, because snarky and mouthy is my fall back when I’m upset, scared, tired, angry, well, you get the idea. Of course, it works better for me, because Dustan isn’t telling me that bad things come to bad girls and waiting with a belt for my ass. I did like her a lot, mostly because I did relate to her so much.

One thing I did find really interesting is that Arthur barely makes any appearance in the book, and none of the other Cavalieri are in there at all.

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Bobby. Yeah.

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

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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