Grace Goodwin-Her Rogue Mates

Grace Goodwin is making her very first appearance here on my humble little blog, but not her first appearance in my library. I have everything that she has available on Amazon. A friend of mine turned me onto her books early this year, and I’ve bought every one as soon as they have come out.

Her Rogue Mates is part of Grace’s Interstellar Brides universe. There are several series in that universe, and HRM is the first book of the newest one. We were introduced to this particular world in the most recent book of the series, His Virgin Bride, where the hero and heroine have to go to Rogue 5, a wretched hive of scum and villainy.

Rogue 5 is run by a bunch of different legions. The legions are factions, some are sorta loosely allied with each other, others are mortal enemies. Styx is one of the leaders of a legion, the Styx Legion. Blade is his strong right hand. They decided long ago that they were going to share a mate when they found her. That way she would always be protected and loved. One day, when they are on Transport Station: Zenith, Styx meets Harper in a bar, and knows that he’s found their woman.

Harper is a human who has decided that she is going to help the Coalition with their fight against the Hive in her own way. Instead of signing up for the Bride program or joining Earth’s military to fight, she’s going to use her medical training. She’s an ER nurse and used to working in high-stress situations, so she signs up for the MedRec. They go in after the battles and triage the wounded and transport them to better facilities where they can get treatment for their wounds. It’s an exhausting job, but one she loves, and one she’s done for almost two years. One day, after losing a member of her team, she’s in a bar trying to drown her sorrows, when she sees Styx and follows him into the hallway for a little rough and tumble. When Blade joins them, she’s right on board with that idea too.

OK, it’s time for those who don’t want spoiled to part ways. This book is kinky in that it’s a menage, but it doesn’t have much in the way that the other books I’ve reviewed do. It does have a lot of really hot sex. Really, hot sex. It also has conspiracies, mysteries, and assassination attempts, so it’s an engrossing tale, all around. Grace is a mandatory 1-click for me, and if I could pre-order her books, I would. She’s created a very well-written universe. It’s defined enough that you know what it is, but loose enough that she can easily add in more aliens, worlds, stories, what have you, without crushing it. I look forward to books out of this universe for some time to come.

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After Harper is attacked on a mission, they rush her off to Rogue 5, where they know that they can keep her safe. They are a lethal team, in every sense of the word, and she is their mate.

I love that Blade and Styx make it obvious to their captains and enforcers that she is their mate, no matter what. They do that even before they do the whole claiming bite thing because they are that sure, which is awesome. I love the way that she proves that she is claiming them at the end. It was quite a statement, and not only claimed Styx and Blade, but the whole legion too, which was even more impressive.

I know that there are more traitors than the ones they found, I’m personally suspicious of the member of her team that disappeared right before the attack. Maybe he just got grabbed first, but it feels hinky to me. And I really hate the nasty spymaster doctor. I keep waiting for him to die.

OK, that’s it for this book, other than to say that Amazon is a dick, since they have blocked this from coming out on Kindle on release day for some damn reason. Next week, we have all new and exciting books to talk about. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Lili Zander & Lee Savino-Draekon Heart

Welcome to the first blog post of the day. Later on this evening, you’ll be getting the newest addition to the Blacklight series. But for right now, you’re getting Draekon Heart, the third book in the Exiled to the Prison Planet series.

Before we get started, I just have to say that I get a little bit of a giggle every time I see Lili Zander’s name (yes, I know it’s a pen name for Tara Crescent), because the last name Zander is in my family history not too far back. Well, enough of that little digression, back to the hot dragons and tough women.

Quick reminder on the back story. The Zorahn were talking 10 women to their planet, basically to act as guinea pigs for science. One of the Zorahn on the ship sabotaged it and they crashed on the prison planet where the Draekon are exiled. Draekon are a mutation of the Zorhan, and can shift into dragons when they find and claim their mates. Draekon always mate in pairs, so the series is a MFM menage series.

When the ship crashed, the women got separated. Some of them went with the main group of exiles. Well, I say main, but I mean main as in the exile group that we’ve focused on so far. Some of the other women were kidnapped by another exile group, which we haven’t seen anything of, until now. Backstory over.

DH is the story of Ryanna, Zorux (Surly Draekon most of the time and Sweet Draekon sometimes), and Thrax (Sexy Draekon).

By now, it’s been 3 months since the women crashed on the planet. We’ve already got 2 happy trios, but no new ones. The rainy season has ended, so it’s time to start acting on the information that Beirax gave them about the supply and Cloakship drop, and time to try and find the other women that were kidnapped.

So, we open with Beirax being sentenced to exile. The dragons are going to put him on a high plateau that he will not be able to escape from since he can’t fly. He isn’t real happy about that and he yells at Arax for wearing symbols of royalty, which, technically Arax is allowed to do, being the Firstborn and all. Arax then says that even if they are on another planet, he will uphold all the laws of their planet. That makes Zorux withdraw somewhat.

Ryanna has done everything she can to be useful and to learn all the skills that she can to survive on this planet. She’s gotten Zorux to teach her how to throw knives. Thrax and Zorux have helped her come up with a mark that she can leave so that she can be tracked when she’s out hunting. She has also done everything she possibly can do to make sure that she doesn’t fall in love with any of the Draekon, but Zorux and Thrax are both very sexy, and Thrax is a congenital flirt. Ryanna sleeps with a knife under her pillow because she was in an abusive marriage and she managed to escape, but her ex came after her. She knows that she’s on another planet and he has no way of getting to her, but that doesn’t stop her from being afraid. Fear is like that.

Anyway, Arax decides that he, Nyx, and Olivia will go looking for the other women. Dennox, Vulrux, Harper, Raiht’vi, Thrax, Zorux, and Ryanna will go to the ship, get Beirax’s tracker, and find all the Cloakship pieces. They don’t get very far before they realize that Harper is sick. Raiht’vi points out that nope, Harper isn’t sick, Harper is preggers. Vulrux, being the group’s doctor takes her home, while Dennox flies everyone to the ship and then to a base camp site and goes back to Harper.

So there we are. Ryanna, who keeps trying to think of her pants as nun’s pajamas, is left along with two Draekon who she’s been trying, rather unsuccessfully, to not fall in lust with, and Raiht’vi, who is warming up to people, slowly but surely. However, she’s got her own secrets and she’s afraid.

Before I put up my excellent Dragon of Protection, let me tell you that this series is getting better and better. Each book has increased the stakes, and this one really, really did. OMG, it really did. These are not standalone stories, you do need to read them in order to get the whole story since they do build on each other. That means you are getting a cliffhanger-ish ending for the story as a whole, but Zorux, Thrax, and Ryanna get their HEA, so that part’s all good. There is some really hot sex, because of course there is. There are a couple of places that could be triggery to people who have survived DV, but they are short and not too bad.

 

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Ryanna, while she is really attracted to both guys really wants to protect herself from being hurt again in any way. She worries about falling for them because she doesn’t figure that she is their mate because they didn’t turn into dragons the first time they saw her. In fact, they’ve all been around each other for months now and nothing has happened. And now that Harper is pregnant, Ryanna worries about bringing a child into it and then they find another woman as their mate.

Zorux is worried because he has a secret. While his tattoos show that he is a Highborn, the fact is that his father faked being a Highborn. When his mother found out, she killed him, one of Zorux’s sisters, and herself. She made Zorux promise to kill his younger siblings and then kill himself. It is the highest of the high crimes to fake your birth station. If the authorities were to find out, his siblings would die, their bondeds would die, their children and etc would die. So, when Arax said that he would enforce the laws of his world, that really scared Zorux even more.

I know I haven’t said much about Thrax, but he is a pretty mellow guy. He flirts a lot of Ryanna, doesn’t have a lot of angst in his story, and is pretty nice, all around. He was an orphan and was a pilot. When Zorux tells him his story, Thrax is pretty calm about it. He says that he’s learned that people are more than what their birth station is.

Obviously, because they get their HEA, Thrax and Zorux turn into dragons. There had to be some emotional breakthroughs to get to that point.

We find out more about Raiht’vi, but she’s still kind of mysterious. We also get a glimpse into Olivia, one of the women in the other group. Her story looks to be intense.

Wow, this is long. Bottom line? I loved the story. I love the Draekon and each book gets better and better. I can’t wait for winter for the next one! Meanwhile, happy reading!

Sasha Byrne-Brothel Beauties

Don’t worry, you’re still getting the second part of the Cynthia Sax post later today, but I kinda got to finish the book first, lol. Besides, I wanted to drop a super quick post about this story that got a drop yesterday. I honestly can’t say too much about it, because it’s short, a super quick read, around 10k words or so. It only took me around 30 minutes to read it. So, on to Sasha Byrne and Brothel Beauties.

If you’ve never heard of Sasha Byrne, don’t worry, you may know her under her other name, Zoe Blake. In fact, check this space on the 10th to get a review of her upcoming release, Papa’s Prey. Very dark, very intense. (And Zoe has offered some kind of giveaway, I need to figure out what that’s going to look like, because Zoe is very cool to do that.)

There isn’t going to be a spoiler section on this, just because with as short as it is, anything I try to say about spoilers will totally spoil everything. So, just a quick synopsis and then you have to go read it yourself.

This book is a menage, and primarily a lesbian menage, although there is some Mf action. All the action takes place in a brothel. Lola, Jasmine, and Tiffany are whores. Mike is the bartender of the brothel. Tiffany is new and has stepped on some toes and needs to be schooled. So, Tiff didn’t know that she needed these lessons and she learned some things about herself along the way.

When I went to read this book, Zoe warned me it might kill me because it is so depraved. And she’s right. It killed me. Luckily, it also brought me back to life so that I can share it with you. She’s also right about it being depraved. It’s depraved, filthy, dirty, wrong, and oh, oh, oh so right. If all of those things sound like something you want to try, make sure that you have a bottle of ice water and a hanky to wipe the sweat off your brow, because you are going to need them to try to extinguish the fire under your… collar. You can read it on KU, but you only need 99 shiny pennies to keep it for your very own.

Sue Lyndon-Claiming Their Slave

Sue Lyndon writes a lot of sci-fi/fantasy based romance. She also writes MFM menage stories. Claiming Their Slave is a fantasy based MFM story. I would also put it in the fated mates category, because the Banded Men generally get some kind of sign that a woman is supposed to be their mate. CTS is the third book in the Barbarian Mates series, and yes, they are all very hot.

The way that this series works is that the heroes are twin brothers from a species called the Banded Men. They are like humans, but generally bigger and tougher, etc. The Banded Men twins have one of the light and one of the dark. The light twin is diurnal and the dark twin is nocturnal. The reason behind that is that their shared mate and children will never be unprotected. If one set of twins has a brother die, then he will join with unmated twins who are his brothers, if he has any, and all three will share a mate.

Anyway, the world in this series is roughly medieval-ish. Humans are relegated to villages that are widely separated by huge forests that are filled with terrible beasts. Humans used to be much more spread out, but as the forests started to magically grow, they all banded into smaller villages and they are far enough apart that the villages generally aren’t in contact with each other. Now that all the background is taken care of, it’s time to move to the review of the actual story.

Ava is a young woman who was born into slavery. Before she was even born, her father was executed for breaking the law and her mother was sold into slavery while she was pregnant with Ava. In this village, if you are born into slavery, you will always be a slave and so will your children. There are very, very rare occasions when a slave may be taken to wife, but that’s generally when the guy can afford to bribe the Elders to allow it. The guys can also have more than one wife.

So, Ava has been packing a bag with supplies and leaving it under her bed for a long time. She keeps telling herself that she is going to escape, when she gets the courage. Every day, she looks at the meadow of daisies in between her village and the woods and dreams of crossing that meadow and escaping into the woods. Part of what holds her back are the stories of the beasts that are in the forest.

One day, her master tells her that two of his son’s slaves have escaped. He searches her room and finds her bag of supplies. He asks her if she knew about the slaves who were going to run away, and then his son shows up and they decide to sell her at a slave auction.

Jaxon, a Banded light twin, is out on a trade mission and checking out how far the human villages in the area have spread out. He doesn’t want them to come too near his home. Generally, he does everything he can to make sure that he avoids human villages, but this day, something draws him to this particular village. He follows the noise and finds Ava, standing on the auction block. There is a creepy-ass old guy who is trying to bid on her, but Jaxon triples the bid and wins.

Jaxon leads Ava through the field of daisies that she’s looked at and dreamed of for years. As they walk through the field, she gathers an armful of daisies. When Jaxon asks her why, she tells him that the largest, most beautiful daisies grow right in the center and she’s never been allowed to go get them before.

When they get to the camp, Jaxon makes her promise that she will not try to escape. However, she has no plan to continue a slave, and she doesn’t know that Jaxon has planned to free her, keep her as a servant, and pay her. So, when he goes into the tent, she runs away. He tracks her down, brings her back, and spanks her. That’s when he realizes that he’s not going to be able to keep her as a servant, but that he wants to keep her as his mate.

Meanwhile, back at the old homestead, Wolfe, his twin, keeps dreaming of Ava, which lets him know that she is probably their mate. However, neither brother is aware of what the other feels at this point, so Jaxon does what he can to hold himself apart from her.

OK, now’s the time to separate. Spoilers will be coming. The Banded Men stories, while there is spanking and hot sex, are pretty sweet stories, overall. The men truly love and cherish their women and want to protect them, even if that means that they spank their mates when necessary. If you like spanking stories but you don’t want to get into anything dark, then Sue Lyndon’s Barbarian Mates series is a good choice.

 

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This is a lovely story, and very sweet. Wolfe and Jaxon take note of Ava’s concerns and make sure that they listen to them and do what they can to make her feel better.

I love their parents, and their mom is just awesome. I thought she was going to smack Jaxon when he told his parents that she was a slave. Of course, they managed to figure out that Jaxon meant to keep her as mate, even though Ava didn’t know it. I did get mad at Jaxon at holding that away from her, which left her unsettled, and wasn’t fair to her.

The battle scene was pretty interesting. I would’ve liked to know for sure who the humans were, more than just assuming that they were from Ava’s village and after the gold and jewels that Jaxon used to pay for Ava.

Anyway, huge long post. It boils down to a great addition to a favorite series. Go check it out! Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Ker Dukey & K. Webster-Pretty Broken Dolls

So, yesterday I posted about Pretty Broken Dolls, the last book in the Pretty Little Dolls series. Today, you are going to get my review of it. And wow, what an amazing book it was. There’s also going to be a link for the giveaway, so make sure you don’t miss that.

Now, before I get started reviewing PBD, be aware that this is the absolute last book in the series, which means that there is a lot of history that has gone into it. I will be spoiling the previous three books, just by the fact that I am talking about the 4th. I will put spoilers for PBD behind a picture, as usual, so that you don’t have to worry about those. But, if you are interested in the previous 3, I have a quick synopsis here. If they sound like something you want to read, go read them and then come back. I’ll still be here. From this point, I’m going to assume that you’ve read them or you are perfectly OK with being spoiled. This is your absolute last chance. Just warning you.

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Sparrow Beckett-Dominant Bastard Duology

Sparrow Beckett is made up of the writing team of Sorcha Black and Leia Shaw. They both write under their own names as well as under Sparrow Beckett. The duology, and isn’t that just the coolest word?, contains the books Feral King and Tragic King, which just came out, and I pre-ordered it as soon as it was possible. I loved Feral King and had to read the rest of the story.

There is an extremely limited cast of characters in both books. The 3 characters you see the most of in both books are Severin, Minnow, yes that’s her real name, and Rodrigo. Sutton is in the first book, Churchill, Ilse, and their two girls Sage and Scarlett. Sage is so awesome, I want to be her when I grow up. Loic shows up at the end of the FK and is sporadically in TK. So, let’s get to the books.

In FK, we meet Minnow when she is at an interview with Sutton. Sutton is hiring her to be a caregiver for Severin. What Sutton doesn’t tell Minnow is that he is 30, so she thinks that she’ll be caring for an older man. Sutton does tell her that he is extremely isolated, stubborn, anti-social, and a huge misanthrope. Severin is an equal opportunity hater, if you aren’t part of his family, which at this point is Sutton and Church and his family, or his best friend, Rodrigo, he pretty much hates you and wants you to not even breathe the same air he does.

When Minnow gets to the house, she gets to meet Severin, who is at work at his forge. He does metal work and makes Frankenbikes. He lives up, or maybe down, to his reputation. But that doesn’t stop Minnow, she keeps showing up, quietly, at the edges of his world. He has to keep fucking around with her, by doing things like knocking a fork off the table on purpose, just to see if she will pick it up, which she does, always calling him Mr. Leduc.

So, guess who the dominant bastard is in this? Yeah. And Minnow is an experienced sub who has lived in other D/s relationships. When Minnow starts to figure out what Severin wants, she lets him know that what he wants is normal, for a subset of normal, and that she’s perfectly willing to let him do what he wants. She leads him, somewhat, but Rodrigo helps him a lot more.

Before we get to Ro, let me give you some of Severin’s backstory, which explains the feral part of the story. He lived in France with his family of origin until he was 5. When he was 5, he was sent away. Not only sent away, but his mother bought a huge house in a whole new country for him to live in. He was sent there to live, without any of his family. Church’s mother was hired to take care of him, and by the time she and Church got there, Severin was feral and crazed. He has some extreme boundaries, including not liking to be touched, having an insanely overdeveloped need for control, which actually works here, and the fear that everyone in his family is going to leave him.

So, back to Rodrigo. He’s another Dom, and Severin’s best friend. He also does all Severin’s tats and piercings and is his business manager. When Ro meets Minnow, he gets happy pantsfeelings, and Severin uses Ro to help dom Minnow.

OK, so wow, this is long. I’m going to jump to TK now. There are some minor spoilers in here, but I’ll try to keep them minor and keep the big ones behind the pic. Is that like Behind the Green Door? Hmmm, good question. I’ll have to think about that one. Too much caffeine and not enough sleep means you get weird digressions like this in the middle of your reading.

Back to TK. Loic, who is Severin’s little brother, showed up at the very end of the last book. He says that their mother, Martine, is dead. A house fell on her. And then the house burned down. Ding dong, the bitch is dead.

Severin, Minnow, and Ro, who are all living in Sev’s house, are shocked that Loic showed up, but they let him stay.

Severin and Minnow are engaged and Ro is still helping Sev dom Minnow and acting as stunt cock. Loic tries to get all up in between everyone’s’ relationship which pisses off super-control freak Severin and causes him to make some real realizations about himself and his life.

So, now we come to the point where you have to make a decision. Do you want to keep reading and find out more fun spoilers and all my exciting thoughts or do you just want to get over to ‘zon and read these books? FK is currently $0.99 and TK is $2.99. They are both on KU, but trust me, you are going to want to own them.

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Severin is a breathtakingly broken man and all the layers that Sorcha and Leia put into him are amazing. I mean, he’s a really real character, if you know what I mean. You just feel for him and want him to have the best. Even when he’s being an asshole, I don’t really get mad at him like I do some other characters because he really just doesn’t understand. He’s been isolated in that house his entire life, so he never learned to people. Some of his isolation is self-imposed, but some of it is from the trauma that his mother imposed on him. Fuck, but do I want to resurrect her so that I can kill her in a more painful manner.

Minnow. I pretty much loved Minnow from the very beginning. What wasn’t there to love? She doesn’t shove herself on Severin in any way, she just lets him get used to her. There is a magnificent lightness which springs from her and practically shines off the pages.

Rodrigo is perfect for the both of them. I was so happy when they were able to get together as a triad. They are all happy. They are like cogs that mesh together and make everyone filled and happy. Especially Minnow.

I knew Loic was going to be trouble from the very start. He’s so slimy and charming, but then again, that’s what he was groomed to be from his birth, pretty, and charming, and submissive, and a people pleaser. He does it well, as well as being manipulative. He tries to break up all the relationships, but I don’t know that he’s doing it to be malicious, as much as he needs to belong to someone. As broken as Severin is, Loic is even worse.

Anyway, I love these books. They are going to be definite rereads, not just for the steaming, smoking, inferno-ish sex, which is good enough on its own, trust and believe, but for the story and the characters. I’ve said before that I don’t mind a book with a lot of fucking and that’s its only purpose, but that won’t necessarily keep me coming back again and again. I need something that’s got a story I can get my teeth into and a lot of fucking. These books deliver that.

You know where I am and how to get ahold of me, if you want to. I’m always up for suggestions, criticisms, comments, kudos, etc. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Lee Savino-Bonded to the Berserkers

(I’m writing this part before I’ve even finished the book. I’m 70% done right now, just getting the post started. I swear I’ll finish it before I write more. It’s really good.)

So, Lee Savino has brought us a new entry to her Berserker series, Bonded to the Berserkers. There are a whole lot of books before this one. They really aren’t standalone, you do need to read the whole series before you get to this one. Luckily, they are pretty quick reads, so go get up on that.

So, I’ve finished now, so yay, back to the Berserkers.

OK, backstory of the Berserkers. The stories take place in the Viking era. The Berserkers are all Vikings or Celts who were going to go fight for a jarl, who wanted to make sure he got the best warriors possible. So, the last 100 standing he had turned into werewolves. The Berserkers had three forms, man, wolf, and beast. The beast is a mindless hybrid. While the beasts give them some awesome power in battle, the problem is that they slowly go mad from having it inside of them. The Berserkers need to have mates in order to keep them stable, but the problem is that they searched for many years with no luck and the men started to despair. Finally, they discovered that there were women who could mate with them. Those women had their own magic and were called spaewives.

The first spaewives were 4 sisters, and were the first Berserker books. Now, we have a whole abbey full of spaewives, and they are in the Berserker Brides books. I’m going to say right now that I love all of these books, including this one. It’s a good series, a nice balance of sex, violence, spanking, and plot. However, my very favorite is Kidnapped by the Berserkers. There’s so much pain in it, but it’s so beautiful. But, back to Bonded.

Bonded is the story of Laurel, Haakon, and Ulf. Note, the majority of the Bersker books are MFM menages. Laurel is the cook at the abbey, and when the Berserkers come to raid the abbey to get all the orphaned spaewives, she holds off Haakon and Ulf for a moment with pots and pans, and a huge cauldron of cabbage soup. That doesn’t stop them for very long and Haakon grabs Laurel, tosses her over his shoulder, and away they go.

Haakon and Ulf have a warrior brothers’ bond, which means they can communicate mentally, and the same woman will be the mate for both of them. Ulf went through a fire and half of his face is burned, so he thinks he’s too ugly for a mate. Haakon is the more easy going of the two.

While they are trying to get away from the Corpse King, Laurel tries to run away. Haakon has gone off to try and find a different path and Ulf scares Laurel. When she runs away, she runs to the edge of a cliff and falls over.  Haakon catches her and breaks her fall by breaking himself, badly.

Ok, so we all know what time it is. If you don’t want to risk any spoilers, then this is the place to end for you. If you haven’t taken a look at this series at any point, I recommend you do so. It’s full of very hot Alpha guys and strong women. Yes, the women end up submitting to their mates, but they aren’t weak-willed women. They are fighters and strong in their own right. The women claim their mates as much as the men do. They are lovely stories, and each one has its own HEA. The series does build from one book to the next, so I truly recommend you start from the beginning if you haven’t read it.

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Alright, now that it’s just us, I can let my hair down and talk about the good stuff.

Laurel is tough, she really is. She is willing to fight for Haakon when Ulf has to lure the Grey Men away and Haakon, still injured, is left alone. She wants to keep her men safe, just like they’ve done what they can to keep her safe. Ulf literally walks through fire for her.

Ulf did make me mad. Not at all his he’s too ugly for a mate shit, but for the fact that he dumped Laurel in the unmated women’s quarters. I just wanted to smack him for that. He does make up for it, but still, I got mad.

Lee always comes up with some hot punishments, and she didn’t miss her mark here. I loved the final punishment and the one that Ulf does with the frame. I may or may not have highlighted that section for… later use. It was nice to get a check in with some of the other spaewives. It’s not a whole huge followup, but they were friends with Laurel, so it makes sense to have a little check in.

I love Lee’s books, and I love the way she writes her characters. One of my favorite things about this book is how much of a boob man Haakon is. Literally, he talks to Laurel’s bosom at one point. He’s obsessed.

Anyway, excellent book, excellent series, can’t wait for the next one! Check it out, and happy reading!

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