Loki Renard-Seeded

Seeded is a fun and filthy little story. It takes in the far future, one where the history is even crazier than our present. It’s a RH/menage kind of story, and there are definitely some interesting goings-on.

So, Lyra has worked really, really, really hard to get her job. She orbits the earth in a shuttle, doing all kinds of surveillance and such like. Then, she sees an anomaly out in space, so, being the curious sort, she goes off to investigate it. And that’s when everything changes.

You see, the mysterious anomaly is a spaceship called Virility. The crew of the Virility is all about breeding. They are out to inseminate as many species as possible. The goal is to make an ideal species that is a mix of everyone. And not only are they out there inseminating species, they are also inseminating space itself. Lots of fucking going on here.

They haven’t kept any of the women, at least until Lyra. Then again, none of the other women have tried to crash their ship right into the Virility. Talon, the captain of the ship, sees something about her and decides that he is going to keep her. But, of course it ain’t that easy. Lyra is bound and determined to get back to Earth, and she’s going to do everything she can to get there, including sabotaging things. Doing that brings her to the attention of Shank, the disciplinarian of the ship, and she gets punished for her transgressions. Then she meets Luca, who looks pretty human, and they become very friendly. Very, very friendly, if you catch what I’m pitching.

There is some fantastic fucking going on in this story. There’s also a chunk of humor in here. I spent some time just laughing my ass off. There were also times that were really sad. I did have tears going on when I read it.

I like that each guy met a need in Lyra, and she met a need each of the guys had. It is a really good relationship for everyone. I definitely think that she should be the captain of the ship though. It was pretty funny when she kept telling Talon that. And Major Tom? I’m a huge Bowie fan, so I had Space Oddity in my head after meeting that.

This is not one of Loki’s darker reads, but it is definitely worth it.

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The void monster thingie is really fascinating. And so is Lyra’s solution.

I don’t know whether I like before Lyra or after Lyra most. There are definitely differences and similarities in there.

OK, that’s all for today! Go check it out and happy reading!

Vanessa Vale-Their Rebellious Bride

I’ve read other Vanessa Vale books, but I think this is the first one I’ve put on here. Their Rebellious Bride is one of her Bridgewater books. There are 2 or 3 series that happen in and around Bridgewater. I think this is the 1st book in the 3rd series. This one is set in the Old West, as is one of the others, while the 3rd series is set in modern days. They all take place in Montana, in the same area, and they all involve what is called a Bridgewater marriage, which is a MFM marriage.

This one is about Jonah, James, and Tennessee. Tennessee is friends with James’ little sister, Abigail. When Tennie got in trouble, Abigail went to the rescue, and being a good big brother, James went to her rescue, along with Abigail’s two husbands. He also called in his neighbor and good friend, Jonah, because he’s planning on marrying Tennessee and he wants to do it Bridgewater style, for reasons, and Jonah is the only person he trusts to do it with.

Tennessee went to finishing school with Abigail, and on her first day, she first set eyes on James, and dreamt about him ever since. It didn’t matter anyway because her father had plans for her, and those plans involved marrying a rich man and keeping her father in gambling money. But that fell through, spectacularly. When she’s rescued by James, he informs her that he will be marrying her. She’s not having that, so she makes a big burly guy think that James is going to hurt her, which lets her run away and gets James knocked the fuck out and a black eye. Luckily, Jonah gets there, and they track down Tennessee, pick her up, stick her on a horse, and head out to James’ ranch and a priest.

I like Tennessee. She’s got spunk and sass. I think that she is going to lead her men on a merry chase through their marriage. I also think that she is pretty smart and confident in herself. She knows what she can do and she is willing to show people what she can do.  I don’t know how actually rebellious she is versus how independent she is and how she’s learned that she shouldn’t trust people.

James and Jonah, hmmm… I think that I like them both. I think that James had a few periods of feeling a little too sorry for himself for something that was completely random, but other than that, I liked him. I think that Jonah was a very honorable man. He did something that a lot of men wouldn’t have done, and he did it without complaining about his lot.

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I really don’t like Jonah’s son at first, but he did start to redeem himself. I’m betting that we will see him in a future book.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Happy reading!

Maddie Taylor-Tough Love 3: Disappointing Her Daddies

Today we have the last of Maddie’s Tough Love series, Disappointing Her Daddies. If, when you are reading this story, you look at it and think, hmmmmm, this seems familiar, you would be right. A shorter version of this appeared in the anthology, Daddy’s Demands. The anthology is no longer available and the rights have reverted back to the authors, so we’re starting to see some of the stories coming out as standalones.

Like with the first book in the series, I don’t necessarily think that Tough Love is quite the right word for this particular book, but I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong either. I’ll leave it up to you for your interpretation of it. I think it’s one of those subjective things.

At nearly 20, Erica is looking for a job. She needs one for the money, and also as part of her internship. Her professor suggested D&G Construction, and called them to smooth her way along. As she’s standing outside psyching herself up to go in and fill in the application and get an interview, two steamy hot guys, one shirtless, walk up. Turns out that they are the D&G of the company, Daniel and Grayson. After they meet her, they both agree with each other that she would be dangerous to hire. So, of course, their office manager hires her.

Fast forward 5 years, and Erica is about to graduate with her MBA. She’s still working as the assistant to the office manager, and crushing desperately on Daniel and Grayson. Then, one night, she discovers that the guys like to play with the same woman at the same time, and they like to be called Daddy. How does she find this out? Well, she’s sitting under the desk trying to plug in a cord that she fell over, when the guys walk out the woman. After an epic meltdown, there’s some discussion about what’s going on, but first, Erica’s bitchy mom has to show up.

This is really a pretty mellow story. There is a little drama, especially when it comes to Erica’s mom. I’m not kidding about her being bitchy. There are a couple of other bits of drama that show up in the story, but really, overall, it’s a sweet read, filled with love, friendship, family, and fucking. I almost changed love for fondness, just for the pattern of it, but fondness isn’t a big enough word for the emotion shared between Erica, Daniel, and Grayson.

I like the guys. I think that they are very dedicated to their job and building their company. I also think that they are very dedicated to Erica and taking care of her. We don’t really learn much about them, since it’s all Erica’s POV, but that works for the story.

Erica is definitely a little girl inside of a competent woman. She is definitely both people, not necessarily at the same time, and D&G are really good at nurturing both sides of her. There are a couple of times where I think that she is both at the same time, but she might actually switch back and forth really quickly. Again, this is a point I’m going to let you figure out on your own. Anyway, her Daddy and her Papa are definitely good for her, in all the ways.

I will say that this one felt kind of like home to me. I grew up in Indianapolis, and my family went up to Chicago a couple of times a year for the museums and the aquarium. We would also go wading the lake, when we had a chance. I’d also like to think that everyone stopped at the great pizza place in Merrillville on their way. Of course, it may only be great in my memory, and since it’s been around 30 years since I’ve been there, it probably isn’t there anymore. But I felt like I really knew Erica, Daniel, and Grayson, since they were from my old stomping grounds.

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Oh, Mona, no Mona. I was so upset about what happened with Mona.

And the dragon lady definitely got what she deserved!

That’s all for this one. Go check out all the Tough Love books! Happy reading!

 

Lee Savino-Tamed by the Berserkers

It’s been a while since we have had the pleasure of a new Berserker book from Lee, and Tamed by the Berserkers was totally worth the wait.

Of all the Berserker books, even my all time favorite, Kidnapped by the Berserkers, none of the books have wrung me out the way that Tamed did. Seriously, Tamed totally destroyed each and every single one of my emotions and left me completely empty. Lee just absolutely killed it when it came to this book.

Sorrel is one of the spaewives who was rescued from the Abbey. She was supposed to be mated to Thorsteinn and Vik and even wore their mating marks, but they dropped her off with the unmated spaewives and then went out on a long patrol. After spending a long while there, she was found off the mountain with an empty sling and another spaewife who was unconscious and had a bloody head. Now, she’s about to go on trial for what she’s done, and she has no mates there to protect her since hers abandoned her. But, just in the very nick of time, up come Thorsteinn and Vik ready to save the day and their mate. The guys come up with a plot and life happens.

Of all the heroes in all the Berserker books, I have never outright and flat out disliked one. At least, not until Tamed. I really didn’t like Vik and Thorsteinn in the beginning, and frankly, it took me a long while to warm up to them. It did eventually happen, but it took them a lot to make me forgive them for everything they did. I think Sorrel forgave them before I did.

I really identified with Sorrel for so many reasons. One is that she never really felt like she fit in with the rest of the spaewives at the Abbey. She’d rather be out in a pair of breeches with her bow, hiking through the woods and hunting. She really feels like no one understands her and like no one is there for her. The majority of the other spaewives make fun of her, especially since her mates abandoned her, and her very few friends are either mated or just can’t be there with her all the time. I can totally relate to feeling like you don’t feel like you connect with anyone and that you don’t belong anywhere. I can also relate to feeling abandoned by the people who are supposed to love you, protect you, and keep you safe for the rest of forever. I mean, can you imagine how hard it is for Sorrel to see all of the other orphans mated off happily to their mates while hers have abandoned her? I can’t imagine how heartbreaking and gutwrenching that is. See why I don’t particularly like them at first?

I can’t wait for the next books in this series. I think the next one is Sister Juliet’s story, and that’s going to be a really interesting one to read.

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When Thorsteinn and Vik told the Alphas that Sorrel wasn’t their mate? Yeah, that right there is what made me really not like them. I was only annoyed when it turned out that they left her in the unmated spaewives house, but that? That moved annoyed to dislike. The fact that they took her out and let her blow up things made me start to like them more. I saw that they actually saw her, and they were trying really hard to tame her but not break her.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of the Berserker books. I love them so much. Happy reading!

Dani Rene-Vice

I’ve been waiting for Oliver’s story from the very first second I met him way back in book one. Dani was so mean, making us wait all the way to book 7 and Vice so that we could get his story.

Oliver trains subs but never takes one permanently. He never wants to have his own sub. He’s perfectly happy to train subs and play sadist to happy little masochists. There are two that he’s been watching, Chase and Cayleigh. Chase is Peyton’s brother and Cayleigh is Carrick’s sister. And considering that Peyton and Carrick are married, it’s a very tight group. Chase is a switch, wanting to submit to Oliver but dominate Cayleigh, so it seems like a match made in heaven. But if it were that easy, it wouldn’t be a Dani Rene book. There’s a whole lot more going on here, almost all of it having to do with Oliver.

I like Oliver, overall, but there were some times in this book that I really, really, really, really didn’t like him. There were some times when I thought that he was doing things for the wrong reason. I understand finding a release in doing certain things in a certain way, but sometimes it didn’t feel like that was what he was doing. It made me feel really uncomfortable and made me question Oliver. Of course, that’s what makes Oliver such a layered character and shows the genius of Dani. I think it must be hard for an author to make a character who is so deeply flawed, and so human in such a real way. And that’s totally Oliver. We’ve seen him in the other books, and he’s always shown one particular aspect of his personality, but we also get glimpses of the man under the facade. Think about how he helps people out, which might seem to be out of character for a sadist who doesn’t love people and doesn’t want a permanent relationship. But that’s just part of the contradiction and enigma that Oliver is for me.

Chase is fierce, and fiercely loyal and loving. He knows what he wants, and he’s willing to go out and fight for it. He also knows his worth and what he is and isn’t willing to put up with. Good for him for that. That’s something that not all people ever figure out. He’s also smart and determined. I really like him. There really isn’t anything about him that I don’t like.

Vice is the end of this particular series. I’m really looking forward to what happens next, because I have a rather strong feeling that Dani is not done with these characters and this world.

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Even down here, I’m not going to talk about what made me feel somewhat uncomfortable with what Oliver was doing at times. I don’t want to influence anyone else’s feelings on it, but feel free to message about it and I’ll tell you.

OK, go check out the entire Sins of Seven series, and fall in love with everyone. Happy reading!

Jennifer Bene-Deviant Attraction

Jennifer Bene has a new release out. While it may look like a brand new book, and it sort of is, Deviant Attraction is actually a box set of 3 of Jennifer’s shorts, The Rite, Reunited, and The Invitation. There are also shorts or extended endings that go with each of the stories, so you are getting a whole lot packed into one book. Plus, have you looked at the awesome cover? I am loving it.

I read all 3 of these stories back when I first discovered Jennifer Bene, and I loved them all so very, very much. And I’m really happy to see them out in a new release so that they can get a little bit of love. I’m just going to write a little bit about each one, because they are shorter, and you know how I hate to spoil anything for anyone. I try really hard not to. I mean, if you want spoilers, feel free to message me anywhere, and I will give you all the spoilers you want, but I won’t on here. (Spoiler, Han shot first.) So, in the order in which the stories appear, let’s talk about Jennifer’s stories.

The Invitation

Cara’s roommate Meredith has always had pretty things sent to their house, so when Meredith asks Cara if she wants to make some big money that night, Cara says yes, and then goes to a party with her, to stand around, look pretty, and flirt. Only, Cara meets Saif and Grant and her party turns into something different. And so do invitations that she gets later.

This was a super hot story, and I loved everything that happened in it. Who doesn’t want to get an invitation to their fantasies? Sign me up, please. You don’t even have to give me $1500, not that I would complain.

Reunited

Megan is back to go to her 10 year high school reunion, after trying to put her life together after a disastrous marriage. But her sister, who was pushy and knew how to push Megan’s buttons, pretty much dared her to go. Then she sees Eric, who she dated in high school. They played fun games together too. Then Colby shows up, who was a player. And they decide that they need to play games together.

I need to be honest here. I have never been to any of my high school reunions. I don’t ever see myself going to any of my high school reunions, but if I had gone to high school with Colby and Eric, I would definitely have considered going. Especially if it would have included visiting the shop room to play some grown-up games. I’m all about grown-up games.

The Rite

Heather is a member of a bitchy witchy family. She hasn’t come into her powers yet. In order to do that, she has to perform a special rite with a man. Her cousin talks her into speed dating so that she can find the perfect guy for the ritual. But first, she has to stop and visit her friend, Rick. At speed dating, she meets Neil, and things seem to be on track.

Of all the stories in this set, this is the darkest. But, for a Jennifer Bene story, it’s really not all that dark. But, it is the perfect amount of dark for this story. And I loved it. I didn’t see where things were going on this one, but I adored how it went.

If you haven’t read any Jennifer Bene yet, and if not, why haven’t you, then this is a good way for you to get started. You will get a pretty good look at what she writes and what her stories are like. There are no spoilers, but here’s a picture of a pretty flogger. Go check this one out. Happy reading!

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Aubrey Cara-Getting Dirty

So a bunch of my favorite authors have gotten together and decided that they are going to write a bunch of books around the common theme hard and dirty. Today is Aubrey’s entry. Monday we’ll have Alta Hensley’s. Without any further ado, let’s talk about Getting Dirty.

Madeline Elaine Fitzpatrick was born to be perfect. She has spent her entire life being perfect. She had to prove to her jackass of a father that she was successful and not just successful but better than him. She came from a very rich family, the kind where you go to private school from preschool until you graduate high school, then you go to an Ivy League school, date and marry the right people, and go on to raise your children in the same rarified air. From the time that she was born, that’s the world that Madeline lived in. (And does anyone else think of the children’s story Madeline when they see the heroine’s name?) Her father has told her all her life that she was better than other people and did everything he could to reinforce it. When her mother died in her teen years, her father got rid of the house in the city and moved her from her private school with all her friends, and then moved them into their lake house in a tiny little town. She went to the public school where she was stand-offish because of course she was. Even if she hadn’t grown up the way she did, moving in your last couple years of high school to a brand new school in a brand new town, and a small town at that, would be really difficult. But then she got out of town.

Now, she’s a very important, very successful businesswoman. And her father had just died. Even though she and her father were pretty estranged, it’s sent her off the rails. Off the rails enough that she destroyed her office and her bosses forced her to take a leave of absence, and then she ended up having a little bit of a nervous breakdown. And during all this, she has to go back to that little town and take care of her father’s estate. And wouldn’t you know it, her car has broken down, and she has to hike to the local garage, Wallace & Sons.

Jess Wallace went to school with Madeline. He always has a crush on her, and when she walks into his garage looking like something the cat drug in, he’s thrilled to see her, but upset that she looks so much in pain. He takes her and doctors her up, bandaging her hurt ankle and her blisters. And getting her all worked up in the process. They are getting very close and then Jess’s brother Jace walks in. When Jess takes Madeline to a rental place, he asks her out on a date to a dive bar.

Jace Wallace’s first thought when he saw her was Madeline fucking Fitzpatrick. They had a history, and none of it was good. He wanted nothing to do with her rich, snobby, prissy ass, especially after she made it perfectly clear that the son of a mechanic who was going to be a mechanic wasn’t good enough for her. What made it even worse was that they were supposed to go see a movie the night before she told him that, and she stood him up. They had been friendly because they were science lab partners, but after that day, that all went kablooey. So when he walks into his favorite bar and finds out that Jess has invited Madeline there for a date? He decides that he needs to interrupt it.

Now, Jess and Jace aren’t quite twins, but there is less than a year’s difference in their age, and they might just as well be. They’ve always been close and shared a lot of things, including women, but in the recent past, things have become tense with them, which is really hard, since they share a house and all. So Madeline being around runs the risk of causing even more friction between the brothers.

I liked Jess from the first time we saw him. Jace took me a while to warm up to. He has some mighty thick walls that need to be broken down, but he can be a serious asshole too. I feel sorry for Madeline, she put so much pressure on herself and we all know what happens when something under pressure doesn’t get the release it needs. It’s not pretty. I mostly liked her, but sometimes there were things that she said that I didn’t particularly care for, but they were more things that were ingrained in her as a child and then became habit. I don’t think that she really believed them as much as they were just what she had always been taught and she hadn’t really put any work into changing her thoughts. Deprogramming ourselves from things that we learned as a child can be really hard, especially if you are still in the same kind of environment.

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OK, remember when I said that Jace was an asshole at times? Yeah, the morning, when he takes Madeline to her car, is one of his asshole minutes, as is when they are in the garage together. Totally hot asshole, but still asshole. I mean, he knew that she and Jess and gone hot and heavy at it. Of course, Jess knew that Jace had a thing for her in high school. Jess liked her back in the day too.

Plus that freaking asshole cop. I hate sniggering little people like that who are titillated by other people but who want to look down at them. He really tried to make Maddy feel like a whore. I don’t know if he did it on purpose, but…

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out, as well as the rest of this theme set as they come out. Happy reading!