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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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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