Felicity Brandon-Goldie’s Surrender

I have never loved the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears more than I have when I read Goldie’s Surrender. Felicity has done really well with Goldie and her 3 dominant bear shifter boys. The story is great and the sex? Well, I had to fan my computer off while writing this blog just in memory of the story.

Goldie is the quintessential rich girl. Her daddy is a huge developer who is trying to raze the forest so he can develop it. He’s always given her everything she wants, but never any boundaries, discipline, time, or love. She spends most of her time with Harry the servant at the house. One day, Harry tells her to stay out of the forest. The forest is wild and mysterious. Of course, that means that she’s going to go right out into the forest, wild and mysterious be damned. Goldie likes the great outdoors, she used to go out and hike and took survival courses and everything, so she figures she’ll just go out there for a hike while she’s there and while the forest is still there.

Goldie wakes up early the next morning and is off on her hike. She leaves Harry a nice little note telling him that she had left early to go hang out with some friends. And off she traipses into the woods. (I may need to watch that movie again, the songs are in my head now.) She sets a waypoint on her GPS so she can find her car when she’s done and goes for a lovely hike. Except, she doesn’t get a signal in the forest and she gets terribly lost and ends up spending the night out in the wild.

Logan, Ethan, and Heath are three brothers who live deep in the forest and take care of the woods. And oh yeah, they’re bears. Logan is the oldest and is the Alpha of the bunch. Ethan is the middle child and has some real issues with Logan. They love each other, but they also butt heads a lot. Ethan doesn’t always want to do what Logan says. He wants to be in charge and make the decisions. Or at least he thinks he might want to. Mostly he just has anger issues and doesn’t want to have someone telling him what to do. Heath is the baby of the group. He’s also the most mellow of the three brothers. He often acts as the peacemaker and helps to keep things working smoothly between his brothers. On this particular morning, he is making a nice soup for them to eat when they get home from working on reinforcing a waterway.

When Goldie wakes up with bugs crawling all over her, she is understandably a little upset. She’s lost, her phone’s dead, and she’s cold and hungry. So she wanders off to see if she can find someone to help her. Instead, she finds a cozy cottage in the woods where there are three chairs, three bedrooms, and a lovely pot of soup bubbling away on the stove.

OK, so since we’ve all heard the story of the 3 bears, so we know basically what happens next. But, I’ll bet the version you heard as a kid didn’t include Goldie getting spanked or screwed into next week. The interactions between the brothers read as really realistic of siblings. (I’m 16 months older than my brother, and he was totally Ethan.) It’s a great dynamic there. Goldie and the brothers really worked well. Since each brother had their own strengths, they all met different needs, so it worked really well. I love this fairy tale and want Felicity to write many, many more.

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Goldie was a brat and she did have issues with being a brat. She’s a likable brat though, so not too bad. I didn’t like Ethan all the time. He’s kind of a dickbag sometimes. He does manage to pull his head out of his ass, but it takes a lot of time for it to happen.

I love how each guy does something particular for Goldie, in the form of meeting needs. Logan is safety, Heath is the soothing, calming one, and Ethan is the one who scares her, first in the wrong way, but then in the best ways.

Everyone loves each other, which is good and there’s a very nice HEA, since it is a fairy tale. We all know that they have HEAs.

Hold onto this lovely, light RH/menage dearies, because we are going to be rolling in the dark again next week, and you may need Felicity and Goldie to get you through. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Reverse Harem vs. Menage

In the next couple of months, I’m going to have some reverse harem books coming up, and since I didn’t have any books due today, I thought that I would talk about reverse harems and menages.

We all know what a harem is, right? One man has a lot of women. A reverse harem is, well the reverse. One woman with a lot of guys. One really good example of a reverse harem and a personal favorite of mine is Pearl’s Possession by Lee Savino. It’s part of the Red Petticoat series, which if you haven’t read it, then you totally should read at least Pearl, then the rest of the series. Trust me. Pearl has 5 husbands, and wooohooo, hang on for the ride.

There are several other books and RH series that I’ve read and enjoyed. Laura Jo Phillips has a whole reverse harem series called The Soul-Linked Saga. The first book is The Dracons’ Woman. They are a scifi/PNR/shifter kind of thing. I enjoy the series. Laurell K. Hamilton also writes some paranormal series that have reverse harems in them. Her Anita Blake series has reverse harem in about the last half of the series. Some people got upset with the AB books because they started out one way, but then it turned into soft-core porn and lost the core of the characters. But her Merry Gentry started out with a reverse harem and lots of sex and even more sex. LKH wove a great story into the Merry Gentry series as well as loads of men and loads of sex. I think it may be time for me to reread the series. I haven’t in a long while.

Anyway, what’s the difference between a reverse harem and a menage? Well, menages are typically 2 men and 1 woman (or 1 man and 2 women, depending). A lot of people classify 3+ men as a reverse harem. You’ll see one of those tomorrow, by Felicity Brandon. However, my personal theory is that a woman has three orifices, so once there are more men then orifices, then you start getting into reverse harem, so I debate whether or not 3 is a reverse harem. That’s just my personal view.

I can see the point of people think that 3 is a reverse harem, and maybe my viewpoint will change as I continue to read all the lovely reverse harem books that I’ll be reading over the next few weeks and months. I’m really looking forward to reading them to see if they can change my mind.

So, those are my thoughts on menage and reverse harems. I’ve reviewed a lot of menages on this blog. I’m going to be reviewing a lot of reverse harems. I’m going to worry less about classifying them and more about reading and enjoying them because let me tell you, I’m enjoying the hell out of the ones I’m reading.

Maddie Taylor-The Renegades Reward

I love everything I have read that Maddie Taylor has written. I own several of her books, and I love the Primarian Mates series. Go check it out. But, The Renegades’ Reward isn’t part of that series, so let’s get on with that, shall we?

At almost 25, Daniella Alltryp has been sent by her father to Elzor. This planet full of blue people hasn’t been one of the places that she’s always wanted to see, but she’s spent her entire life until now isolated and she’s always wanted to travel, so she’ll take what she can get. She’s been staying with the royal family and has been wined and dined by them. She thinks it’s somewhat odd, but her father is rich, rich, rich, and very influential, so who knows. It isn’t until halfway through her trip that she finds out that she’s being considered as Prince Ivar’s bride. She definitely does not want to marry him, not one little bit. On her way to the spaceport to go home, a taxi driver clues her in and tells her that the royal men are having fertility issues and that the 4 brothers have had 10 wives between them and if the wives aren’t pregnant by the 1st anniversary, then they are offed. I mean, these guys make Henry VIII look positively sweet and cuddly. When she hears that, she’s absolutely positively positive that she wants nothing to do with Ivar. All she has to do is hang on until she turns 25 in a few days, get her trust, and be free of her father. What she didn’t count on was a big monkey wrench being tossed into her plans, and getting kidnapped by pirates.

Twin brothers Jaylin and Malik are Trilorian mercenaries. Dani’s father is holding their ship ransom. However, when he gets the ransom note for Dani, he calls Jaylin and says that he’ll sign their ship over to them and pay them if they will go rescue her. Since they are tired of dealing with Dani’s father and being stuck on Earth, they take up on his offer.

Malik is worried because he knows his older brother. Jaylin likes women, a lot. Dani looks like the kind of woman that Jaylin would like. The problem is that Jaylin and Malik’s wife died 5 years ago, and while Jaylin has moved on, Malik is mired in the grief and wants nothing to do with women. Trilorian men mate in pairs, so he’s also keeping Jaylin from finding out if there is another woman that he thinks will make a good third member of their triad. And then in walks Dani.

I think that this is a good place for us to break. If you like hot menage action, this is definitely the book for you. If you like intrigue and adventure, this is the book for you. If you like romance and love overcoming everything, then definitely the book for you. In other words, this is probably the book for you. It’s all about healing and finding love. Jaylin and Malik are really sweet to Dani, even before anything happens between the three of them. Jaylin is also devious, but only in the best ways and for the best of reasons.

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I do think it’s kind of bad of the brothers to keep going with the cyborg thing after it started with Jaylin making a joke at Malik’s expense. Dani thought so too, so I wasn’t wrong in that.

Dani’s father is a complete and utter asshole in so many different ways, but karma is also a bitch and she has something to say to Daniel Alltryp. In fact, she ends up saying quite a bit to him, and I applauded her for it.

I love the person who ends up helping out Jaylin and Malik. It’s a total surprise and a most welcome one.

See if you can find the bit towards the end that made me laugh out loud. I love easter eggs, and this was a really good one, so go Maddie!

I am all out of words to say about this that won’t completely spoil you, so check it out and see why I like it so much. Happy reading!

Julia Sykes-War of Hearts

Julia Sykes writes some very, very steamy books. The books have a good story to go along with all that steam too, so that’s all good. War of Hearts fits really well into the rest of her books, so I was really happy that I got to read it.

Ashlyn is a Harvard student who does everything she can to get her father’s approval. She studies hard, keeps her head down, and generally stays out of trouble. Her only real bit of rebellion against her dad is that she is getting an art history degree instead of a psych degree like her dad wanted. While she is still working hard at school, she’s having a really hard time personally. A few weeks ago, a man named Marco came and told her boyfriend Joseph that he had to leave and go home. She is heartbroken and is trying to just get through life without Joseph.

Joseph has been moping around Marco’s house. He came home because he had to because of family politics, but he was much happier living in Cambridge and being a bartender where he could be with Ashlyn. He knows that he did the right thing to keep Ashlyn safe, but that doesn’t make his decision any easier.

Marco is Joseph’s best friend. They are close enough that they nearly brothers. They’ve shared just about everything in the past, including women. Marco is tired of Joseph moping around, so he does something about it. One day, he goes and tells Joseph that he has a surprise. Marco leads Joseph into his bedroom where a drugged Ashlyn is laying. Marco tells Joseph that he has had Ashlyn under surveillance to keep her safe and that their enemies have been nosing around her, so he brought her to the house to keep her safe, and oh yeah, now Joseph can stop moping around like someone has ripped out his heart because here’s Ashlyn.

When Ashlyn wakes up, she sees Joseph and is so happy to see him. Then she sees Marco. She’s terrified of Marco because he looks scary and he lays out some hard truths for her. Ashlyn keeps clinging to Joseph so that she doesn’t have to interact with Marco, and avoids Marco every chance she gets. That’s not always as easy as she might wish since she’s sleeping in his room, in his bed. She isn’t always as successful as she would wish, and avoiding him gets even harder when she finds his sketchbook where he’s drawn pictures of her that she can’t get out of her mind.

Alrighty, you know what’s going to happen now. I really like the interaction between everyone in this book, as separate couples and as the full menage. Both Joseph and Marco offer something to Ashlyn that meets separate needs that she has. She manages to meet both of their needs, so it’s a win/win/win all around. The external drama gets kind of scary at times, and it balances out the sweetness of the relationship that the three of them create quite well.

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Marco makes a really good Daddy, and takes really good care of Ashlyn. I think that Joseph is more of a medium size M instead of a full capital M. He’s dominant to Ashlyn, but Marco is the one who ultimately controls everything when it comes to their sex life, at least. Marco and Joseph don’t have any sexual interaction, but that doesn’t mean that Joseph still isn’t getting Dom’ed. That’s just my opinion on the matter, so if you have a different take, I’d be more than happy to hear about it, please and thank you. I’m always happy to see what other people have to say about the books I read.

I didn’t quite see the end happening the way that it did, but I’m not going to say that I don’t like it. I do quite like it, and it was unexpected, so that was good.

OK, that’s all I have to say about WoH. There is a prequel to it that’s free, so go check it out for some backstory. We’ve got a couple busy days, so buckle up, buttercup. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Fighting For Their Mate

I love, absolutely love the Interstellar Bride series, in whatever form they show up in. I read them, reread them, recommend them, and read them some more. I stalk and stalk and stalk to find out when the next one is coming out, and talk to people about what we’d like to see happen. All of us agree that Warden Egara should get more mates. We also discuss all our favorites. I like the Atlans and Rezz, from the last book, actually, is my favorite. But, what does that have to do with today’s blog? Well, we’re talking about Fighting For Their Mate, the latest installment in the series.

With FFTM, we’re back in the main series of the universe. Chloe, who has been a part of the intelligence branch of the Coalition forces, is now back on Earth. After spending 4 years out in space, fighting the Hive, being back on Earth is just stifling. She is limited as to what she can say since she worked in intelligence and most humans don’t believe that the Hive is out there anyway. Earth is deeply isolated from the fight and most vets don’t make it back to Earth, so they have nothing right in front of their eyes to prove it’s actually happening. Chloe just can’t live like that anymore. She wants back out in space, where she was happy and where she was with people who understood. The only way she can do that now is with the Interstellar Bride Program. So, off she goes to volunteer.

Seth is a human who is deployed with the Karter group in a very busy sector of space. He is the head of a ReCon squad. We’ve met Seth a couple of times before. His sister Sarah and her mate rescued him in Mated to the Beast. In Mating Fever, a member of his squad is due to get out and she tests to be a bride, so we get another glimpse at Seth. Now it’s time for Seth’s story. For Christmas one year, Sarah gives Seth the gift of testing. She wants him to be as happy as she is. However, Seth isn’t real thrilled about the whole idea, since he doesn’t want to leave a mate and children behind if something happens. After having been captured by the Hive once, he knows that it can happen quickly. When he gets matched to a bride, he is horribly unhappy and doesn’t really want her.

Dorian is a Prillon warrior. The Prillons have a tradition of mating in pairs so that their mates and children are never left alone if something happens to one of them. However, he lost his cousin recently, who was going to be the primary partner in their pairing. He doesn’t think that he’ll ever have a mate. Seth gets the call about his mate arriving while he is on a shuttle being piloted by Dorian after a daring rescue. When Seth says that he wants them to send her back, Dorian gets mad, pulls him aside and asks him what’s up. When Seth spills his worries, Dorian offers to be his second. He tells Seth that he never wanted to be a primary, but he is perfectly happy being a second in a pairing. Seth decides that works out well, so off they go to meet their new mate, Chloe.

OK, so here we are, once again. You get to make some decisions as to where you are going to go. Grace’s worldbuilding is amazing. Yeah, I know I’ve said that every time I write about her books, but it’s true. The IB’verse is vast and follows some general rules. However, the rules aren’t so strict that Grace can’t work around them and make some changes whenever she wants to. This book is one of those changes. It is different to any of the other books in the ‘verse which is really nice. It both fits and doesn’t fit within the rules, which is totally awesome. I look forward to seeing how later books go. FFTM is probably tying with Rezz’s story as my fave in the whole ‘verse, if not tied, then a very, very close second.

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Yeah, I know, I don’t normally use covers, but Grace’s covers are pretty, so you’re getting this one. 🙂

Oh my, Chloe is cool af! I mean, she had a higher rank than her mates. That’s pretty awesome. I love Karter’s reaction to finding out she was on his ship and he could actually avail himself of her talent. This is one place where this book is different from the rest of them.

Seth is the first human male we see matched through the IBP, which is new and exciting, and I hope to see more of. I would also love to see more humans teaming up like Pillons or with Pillons. Seth and Dorian made a super Alpha pair, and I don’t blame Chloe for falling to her knees around them. I wanted and they are just on my Kindle. Seth is a total Dom. Wow.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. Got a new K Webster book coming up in a few days, looking forward to that. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Lee Savino-Berserkers

So, yeah, I may or may not have reviewed one or two of Lee’s books here. (Spoiler, definitely did, and more than 2). This time I’m looking at one of her series, or maybe it’s two series, or one total series with two branches. Enh, doesn’t really matter how it’s classified, it’s all about Berserkers anyway.

Way back when, the Vikings had berserker warriors. When these guys went into battle, they were in a kind of trance. They would go into battle without any kind of armor and no one was safe from them and their frenzied fury. There are stories in the various sagas of the berserkers turning into animals during the battle.

Lee has taken the stories and legends of the berserker warriors and turned it into a great set of paranormal romances.

Here’s the basic story. Many years ago, a Viking king wanted to have the best warriors possible. To do that, he had a witch cast a spell over some of his men. The spell that she cast over them turned them into wolves. They also ended up with a 3rd form, the beast. The beast is the berserker form of the Berserkers. When they are in that form, they will rage and kill everyone and everything that is in their view. As they get older, it’s easier for them to fall into being the beast. In order to fight the beast as much as possible, the Berserkers have formed warrior bonds to each other as pairs, inside the larger bonds of the pack. As a pack, they are all connected to each other and they can talk to each other inside their heads. Warriors who have bonded as brothers have a deeper bond and can talk to each other in their heads.

The Berserkers were given information by a witch that if they found a mate, they would be able to control the beast. They were also told what women to look for. The women are called spaewives.

For grins and giggles, I looked up the word spaewives as I was writing this. I wondered if Lee made up the word or not. The word is real, it comes from Scotland and primarily means a prophetess, witch, or fortune teller. Lee also describes them as hedge witches, so that works out well. Makes sense that it comes from Scotland since the stories take place in Alba, which is ancient Scotland.

At the beginning of the Berserker Saga, there are 2 packs. Each pack is ruled by bonded pair of warriors, who are the Alphas. One of the pair is more Alpha than the other. One pack is lead by Samuel and Daegan and the other is ruled by Ragnvald and Maddox. Protip: Hit that link and read the whole saga all at once because there are also bonus extras in it.

The spaewives in the first 5 books are a set of sisters. Brenna, Sabine, Muriel, and Fleur. The sisters have their books in that order. Brenna was attacked by a wolf years before and cannot really speak. Sabine has some skill as a healer.  Muriel and Fleur are twin sisters.

Alright, each sister gets their mate, but that leaves a whole lot of Berserkers without any mates. Because their Alphas are under control, the rest of the pack are more under control, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need their own mates. Luckily, or maybe not quite so luckily, in Fleur’s story, a convent full of spaewives is found, and all the Berserkers go raid it to get their own mates, which leads to the Berserker Brides series.

In Fleur’s story, we get to find out about that convent because she is chased by the grey men who are minions of the Corpse King, the uber-bad guy. He has been taking the spaewives as necessary to power him up.

The Berserker Bride storyline is all about the various Berserkers getting their brides and fighting for them. Each story has its own HEA, but they are all connected together in a broader sense. I, personally, wouldn’t read any of these books as a stand-alone, and especially not the newest one, Berserker Babies, which is a small look into the lives of the sisters and where they are standing as the fight against the big bad progresses.

I would suggest that you go read them, starting with the box set and go through the Berserker Brides. They are all pretty quick, easy reads, with some seriously hot wolf shifters. The women are all very strong characters in their own right, and nothing causes that to change. They are still strong women even when they are submitting to their mates. The majority of the books are menages, with Fleur’s book having 3 guys, and the first Berserker Bride book only having 1. I reread them fairly often when I’m looking for something that is hot, quick, and dirty. So, go check them out!

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Jaye Peaches-Sold to the Gladiators

The last couple Jay Peaches stories I’ve read were scifi stories, so it was nice to take a step back a few hundred years and step into ancient Britannia. Sold to the Gladiators takes us back to the days when Romans ruled over what’s now England and slavery was legal.

Many years before this got started, Felix was kidnapped by a neighboring tribe and sold to the Romans. He was trained to be a gladiator and was a very good one. While he was a gladiator, he trained Rufus. Rufus was a Gaul who volunteered to be a gladiator. When Felix was freed and awarded lands in Britannia, Rufus decided that he would go too. As a quick aside on the names, I congratulate Jaye on them, I got a good laugh. Felix is Latin for lucky, and he was lucky to survive being a gladiator and to get free. Rufus is described as having yellow and red hair, and Rufus means red-haired. I loved that.

Anyway, before they left, Felix visited a soothsayer. The soothsayer told him that he would have to make sacrifices to the fertility goddesses, however, since they are fertility goddesses, the sacrifice was sex and orgasms and cum. The soothsayer described the woman that he would need, including that she would have very hard nipples, a narrow waist, and wide hips, like the neck of a vase. He would have to take her a lot. And sharing here wouldn’t be a bad thing either. Enter Bethan.

Bethan is a native Briton. She was captured and sold to the Romans as a slave. Her current master is a bit of a prick and she often gets in trouble for stealing food that would otherwise go to the pigs and giving it to beggar children. One day, she happened to do that right in front of Rufus and Felix, who were there to give her master a message from the Roman emperor. Her master offers Felix the chance to punish her for theft, and he realizes that she fits the description perfectly and so buys her.

OK, so we know the drill by now. You get to decide which path to choose. I liked this story. I didn’t always like Felix, but I did always like Rufus. I like Bethan and can understand where she is coming from and why her emotions get the better of her sometimes. Her entire situation could be overwhelming, I’m sure. So, go check this out on Amazon and see how good it is for yourself.

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Felix tells Bethan that she is basically the land. As long as she is doing he job well and making sure that the land is fertile, mostly by being fucked out of her mind over an altar daily, then she’s all good and going to get loads of orgasms out of it. But if the rains don’t come or the crops fail or any of a dozen other things happen, she will be punished. In fact, that nearly happens once. That belief of Felix’s did kind of make me mad, especially since ancient peoples of that day mostly believed it was the king whose job failed if the land wasn’t fertile, but that wouldn’t work for the story, so I’m just going to set that point aside. It still made me mad though. I mean yeah, some Roman soothsayer says something and all of a sudden a Briton woman is the land? Ok, sure, whatevs ancient soothsayer.

Anyway, Felix does give Bethan to Rufus for Rufus to love and meet her emotional needs, since he has decided that he won’t ever love her, she’s just a slave and sacrifice. Protip: That never works.

I love the chemistry between the 3 of them. I love the glimpses that we get into the guys and their POVs as well as knowing what’s in Bethan’s mind. That works really well in this story.

That’s all I have to say on this one, other than go check it out.