Kay Elle Parker-King of Shadows

King of Shadows is the first book in The Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker, and frankly, I would run over to Amazon and buy it before they decide to ban it. I don’t think that they will, but frankly, I didn’t think her last book deserved to be banned and it was, so what do I know? And do be aware that this is a duet, and we all know what that means.

Allianna is on the run. She spent 25 years living in the Shadow Realm as the ward/captive/prospective bride of the Lord of Shadows, Kian. But, she was able to slip into his mind and found out things that she shouldn’t’ve known, and it killed her love for him. Up until that moment, she adored him and was so looking forward to being his wife. And, the truth is, she still loves Kian, Lord of Shadows, who was there for her entire life. Who she doesn’t love is the demon, an actual demon escaped from Hell, who is living in his head. So she ran away and hid herself as well as she could. She’s living on the mortal plane, which is sort of where her heritage is. You see, she’s a half archangel and half mortal. If she hadn’t dyed her hair, she would’ve stood out because of her beautiful white blonde hair.

After 3 months away, Kian has finally come to claim his bride, so he takes her back to the Shadows, and he’s going to do a ritual for mating. Now, it doesn’t say anywhere outright, but I suspect that this marital rite thing that he wants to do is more demonic and Kian the Demon wants to do it more than Kian, Lord of Shadows does. It’s a pretty brutal sounding ritual, and Kian orders Alli to be prepared, including given some drug so that she’s pliant, not combative, and that the ordeal will be some kind of pleasurable. For a given subset of pleasure, I guess. In walks Islador, Kian’s Second, and Alli’s protector. He sacrifices himself so that Kian won’t do this ritual with Alli right now, because Isla knows that it will cause her to hate him.

I am completely torn when it comes to Kian. I mean, the Kian that we see is one I really hate. And I hate him more and more as the book goes on. This isn’t the bad guy that you love to hate or hate to love, who may have some redeeming features. No, this is the bad guy who is so unrepentantly bad that he comes up with new ways to be bad. There is no good in his actions. However, that Kian doesn’t mesh with the Kian of Alli and Isla’s memories or feelings. Also, I don’t know how much we see is Kian, Lord of Shadows vs. Kian, the demon, at least until we get to a certain point. I think that there is a possibility that I would like Kian. After all, anyone who inspired love from people like Allianna and Islador couldn’t be terrible. I can’t tell you for sure and I can’t even tell me for sure because, again, it’s hard to know who is who until a certain point in the book.

The last book of Kay’s that I put on here had one of my top heroines ever. I think that Allianna is going to join that company. She is pretty fucking awesome. She is incredibly strong, fierce, loyal, loving, and damned determined to do what needs to be done and what she thinks is right. And, oh, she may be just plain damned. I don’t know yet. I do think that all of her enemies should be wary of her, and tread very lightly. Frankly, I think that her allies should be somewhat wary of her too. There are some people who will have nothing to fear from her, but I’m 100% sure that those people are going to be incredibly few and very, very far between.

I like Islador. Not that I figured out how to say his name. Half the time when I say it, it sounds like Isildur from LOTR. The rest of the time it sounds like Ile-door. When it’s shortened to Isla, I think of Isla Fisher, and hear it in my head as Ila, with I like eye. Whatever way it’s pronounced, I really like him. He’s a good and honorable man. He really tries to do what’s best for his realm, his Lord, and his Queen, Allianna. He is very loyal to Allianna and to Kian. He’s also madly in love with Alli, and has been for pretty much ever. He won’t do anything though, since she’s bound to marry Kian, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love her and won’t do everything he can to protect her.

There is a lot of stuff that happens in this book. It’s incredibly layered, and there are so many things that go into pretty much everything that happens. If one thing were to change, it would totally change everything else. I really can’t wait to see how everything plays out and falls into place.

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I love Alli’s meeting with her father and his associates. I’m looking forward to seeing how that will affect everything.

I also love Dhur. He’s so incredibly awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say here. Go check it out, you won’t be sorry! Happy reading!

Kirsty Dallas-Blaire’s World: Beauty

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.

Beauty is, I think, my first Kirsty Dallas book, but I’m here to tell you, it won’t be my last. If she brings the dark and the emotion to every book like she did this one, she has certainly made a new fan, because damn. I know that I say that a lot of books were intense, but this one was mad intense.

So, Beauty is a young woman who was taken by a man she knows only as Virsininkas, which is apparently Lithuanian for Master. She has spent 3 years in hell with this man, and when I say hell, I truly mean hell. V and his crony Matis aren’t very nice to her at all. The book opens up to a big old sex party that gets busted up by some guys who are dressed in black tac gear with a giant red Z on the front. Beauty tries to escape, but doesn’t quite make it.

Hart was in on that raiding party and he saw a beautiful young woman who was being dragged away. Then, he finds her again when he goes to an evil man’s house to get him for his boss.

Well, since this is a dark romance, I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you that some fucked up things happen in this book. Some are very fucked up, some are poetically fucked up, and some are fucked up beautifully.

Beauty is spectacular in so many ways. She’s so profoundly broken, but I think that she’s also completely and totally whole in a whole different way. It’s a very interesting dichotomy and one that I don’t think everyone would be able to write, so well done to Kirsty for that. She is a very fascinating character that I’m intensely curious about because there is so much to her.

Hart is… I don’t want to say interesting, because I use that a lot, and I don’t think interesting is the right way to describe him anyway. Magnetic maybe, or compelling, or something similar. Whenever he is on the page, he seems larger than life and it makes him a very tangible feeling character.

The two of them together are definitely some kind of event. A hurricane or a tornado or a forest fire. One of those perfect forces of nature that is beautiful to look at, but destructive. Really, that’s the only way I think that I can describe the two of them. But honestly, so truly engrossing.

When I was reading this book, I got a flash of Beauty as kind of a demented and broken Alice in Wonderland. Not your Disney version for sure, and not even the dark video game version, but a really demented version. I think that it kind of fits.

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I can’t wait for part 2. I am so looking forward to it because there are so many things I need to know.

OK, that’s all for this one. Depending on when you are reading this, either pre-order this or go read it. Happy reading!

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!

Addison Cain-Broken Captive

Addison has finally decided to spare us our agony and #ReleasetheMeat and give us the 3rd installment of Wren’s story with Broken Captive. And oh my sweet and unholy fuck, it sure as fuck broke me. If you haven’t read the first 2 books of this series, you should probably put this review down, go read all the books, and then come back. There will be spoilers from the other 2 books in this review, that’s the nature of a serial like this where Addison tortures us with cliffies. So, you have been warned. If you follow me past the cliff and you get spoiled for books 1 & 2, you only have yourself to blame. Last chance.

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So, at the end of the last book, Wren went a little… crazy. OK, maybe more than just a little. Maybe a lot crazy. She attacked Caspian, Kieran, and Toby with a piece of rebar that had a chunk of cement on it. She was punished, badly. She was beaten, bitten, fucked, and broken. And in that time, Caspian actually mated with her, so now she’s mated to Toby and Caspian, and she’s pretty sure that Kieran hates her for sure. Toby says he loves her, but his version of love is… odd. Caspian is just Caspian and needs to die burning in a lake of hellfire covered lava.

At the start of this one, Caspian is yelling at the doctor to heal her and to keep her from being in pain, and that he doesn’t want her to have any scarring. If you didn’t know any better, you could almost believe that he was a caring man worried about his beloved mate. Almost. For a second. And… it’s over now.

Caspian tells her that all she had to do is play house with them, be good, and act like a proper Omega until her estrous, and then he’ll let her and her boys go. She’s willing to fake it until then, and she has 10 days to make Caspian believe it because one of her boys needs to be punished, and if Caspian isn’t feeling it, then her boy will be badly hurt.

Toby, meanwhile, is doing everything he can to try and make Wren feel good. He keeps building her a nest out of all the bedding right there. He knows that Omegas need to have a nest, so he keeps trying. Caspian keeps fucking Rosie right in front of her because Wren’s healing, and heaven forbid that Caspian not get his freak on. And Kieran just lectures her the entire time about how she should behave for them.

The one good thing that comes out of Caspian fucking Rosie right in front of Wren is that she informs him that Wren needs to have a clean nest, not one covered in blood and stiff with other body fluids. So, Wren gets her new nest.

At the end of the last book, I pretty much hated all the guys equally, and wanted them all to die horribly. At the end of this one, I hate Caspian more, I hate Toby a little less, and I’m kind of up in the air about Kieran. There are some things that happen that show more of Kieran than we’ve seen before, but still, he’s Kieran, and he’s still kind of an asshole. I’m not sure where I stand on Rosie. I want to like her, but I don’t know if I do. I don’t know that I hate her though. I’m just torn on her. I do want to smack the everloving shit out of Alec. He just is clueless. Of course, I think part of that is being a teenage boy and suffering from testosterone poisoning, but he’s still fucking clueless, and Wren sacrificed a lot for him and he just threw it back in her face.

And now, I’m going to have to leave us with these words, Book 4 is coming. If you ask Addison, she will probably just say sometime soon. And then do the whole evil villain laugh, while sipping on our tears, because that’s what she does.

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Kieran and Wren have a moment, and to me, it’s really important. I think it is to both Kieran and Wren too. I think that they are actually the only two people who see each other right now. Sure, Caspian and Toby are her mates, but I don’t think that they see the actual Wren. They see in her what they want to see, what she is showing them to make them happy so they don’t hurt her or her boys and so that they let her go, not that that’s ever going to happen. They have expectations of what they’ll see, so that’s what they see. But with Kieran? Hmmm… I’m looking forward to see how that affects things.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out, if you like dark, reverse harem, and Omegaverse. Seriously. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Defiled

Defiled is the second book in the Unbreakable series by Aria Adams. I thought that the first one was dark, but that was nothing compared to this one. This one is super dark. There is mindfucking, regular fucking, noncon, aliens, humans behaving badly, and evil mosquitoes. Of course, I tend to think all mosquitoes are evil, but at least the ones that I have to deal with every summer aren’t trying to spy on me. Nope, they just want to suck my blood and leave huge welts.

So, here’s the background of the story for those who have forgotten or didn’t read the first one. Humans are living on the planet of Alaxia. They live in a huge building that’s a 1/2 mile square and at least 42 levels high called the Stack. It’s run by Controllers and Grande Pharma. Grande Pharma are the bad guys. The very bad guys. The even worse guys. As far as the average human knows, there are no such thing as aliens, but those in charge know better. There are native Alaxians. Not many anymore, not after the humans committed an almost complete genocide. There are only about 20K left, down from 4bil. And the humans are still out to completely wipe them all out. To that end, if they capture an Alaxian, they experiment on them and torture them. Like they have done to Algers.

Sage was a scientist who worked for Grande Pharma. She didn’t do anything except really collate data that she thinks is coming from purpose created cells. But, when she overhears a conversation, she learns that things might not always be what she thought they were. It turns out that Grande Pharma is experimenting on humans. She finds out because she snuck down into the lab and saw what they were doing. It was horrific. The next thing she knows, she’s been tossed into a cell and chained up and a giant purple alien is trying to pull her away from the chains and then kills her.

That would be a really short book if it ended there, wouldn’t it? Of course, that’s not how it ends. Sage is revived and wakes up in a cell with the same giant purple alien, who fucks her with a barbed cock. Yeah, can you guess what that did to her? Luckily, he has fancy-schmancy cum that will heal.

This is a dark story. There isn’t a whole lot of light and happiness that goes on here. Sage goes through a whole lot of horrible fucking stuff. I mean, yeah. First of all, she’s being experimented on by the people that she thinks are the good guys, and she’s being experimented on by them after finding out that they were totally destroying other humans. It completely messed up her worldview. Then she’s shoved in with an alien who fucks her to death and then shoved in with him again, this time with a barbed cock. And those are some of the EASY times. Like I said, there’s not a whole lot of happy here at all.

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OMG, I felt so bad for Sage. Being stuck alone in a cell and having to deal with trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. Every time she thought she had a grip, it would change. Like I said, serious mindfuckery.

I can’t wait to see what happens to the next one, because it’s going to be fucking awesome, I think.

That’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!?

Kay Elle Parker-Monsters & Guardians

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I like the dark side of the pool. Put some noncon in there, and I’m going to jump in with both feet and not worry as to whether or not the pool is too deep for me. So far, it hasn’t been. So, when I heard about Kay Elle Parker’s newest book, Monsters & Guardians, and that it was dark and noncon-y, I said sign me up. I like her Hangman’s Haunt books, so I knew that I liked her reading. M&G is a shifter, reverse harem, dark, noncon, omegaverse-esque romance, with a fucking kickass heroine. That sounds like it could be a whole lot, and it is, but it totally works out well. You can’t take a bit of it out and have the rest of it stand. Now, as a warning, when I say noncon, I mean NONCON. There are a couple of places where it’s damn near brutal, and I will say that the title fits. You have been warned.

So, here’s how this works. Dubhlainn, Finn, Quinn, Malachi, and Cabhan are 5 brothers whose father kicked them out of their pack. Their father was the Alpha of the Galway, Ireland pack. Their family has been ruling that pack for years and years and years, but Fergus doesn’t think that the next generation is up to snuff when it comes to who will be the next Alpha. He thinks his sons are just busy fucking and knotting every female they can and that they do nothing at all. Or at least, that’s what he says. So, he kicks them out and tells them that the first one of them to come back with a bred and bonded mate will be the heir. He doesn’t care if they go out singly or as a bachelor pack, he just wants them to go and go right now.

Two years later, they are in the Western US. Raine is a hunter. She’s in high demand to help with large nuisance animals, to either get them somewhere safe or to get rid of them. But that’s just her day job. Her night job is somewhat similar, but not quite. By night, she hunts down shifters and such. It’s not common knowledge that shifters, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night exist, but she has more experience with them than she would like. So, she’s been chasing down what she’s pretty sure is a pack of wolf shifters because they’ve been killing animals all over the west. Raine also feels like she’s being watched and tracked. It isn’t until she realizes that she’s being herded that she’s being chased by the people she’s chasing. While she’s being chased down, she’s not going to go lightly. She’s going to do what she can to make sure she makes taking her expensive, especially after she hears that they are planning on mating her, and hopefully, she’ll survive it. You see, mortal women and shifters aren’t really necessary all that compatible, especially after wolf shifters try to put their knots all up in there.

Raine does a pretty damn good job at making it really hard on the guys too. I mean, of the 5, she damn near incapacitates 3 of them, and none of them get away without any injury, including nearly gutting Dubhlainn and cutting two of his brothers all the way down to the bone. Quinn carries her away and then she manages to get away from him, mostly by banging him with a stick in the knee. I love the fact that she apologizes to him after she hits him in the knee but before she runs. Finally, they get her back to their house, and to the room that they had prepared for her. Basically the upper floor of a building with a huge bed, a huge wardrobe, a bathtub, and a door that locked her in. And then they tell her that they will wait for her to into heat, because it’s so close, and then they will all get busy.

Raine is definitely in my top 3 heroines. She’s a fucking battle goddess. I mean, she doesn’t make any damn thing easy on the guys, and good for her for that. Frankly, for a lot of it, they really don’t fucking deserve any damn thing to be easy on them. She is dangerous with an axe, a baton, razor blades, knives, guns, and as if that wasn’t enough, she has nails and teeth and she’s never afraid to use them. To top it off, she’s really freaking smart and cunning. She’s also very stubborn, very independent, and will build every single way that she possibly can, and then some. She is bound and determined to fight everything and everyone. I’m pretty sure that she can do it too.

I started off hating Dubh, but, that may have changed a bit. Finn and Quinn seemed like they were the nicest of all the brothers, and I think they kind of were, but I think things happened very badly with those two so it made it really hard for them to relate to Raine in any way. They both felt bad, and they damn well should’ve. I never really liked Malachi or Cabhan.

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OK, what Raine does to Fergus is evil and awesome. Totally evil and extremely fucking awesome. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. No, really.

Too bad the guys didn’t listen to Dubh. Things would’ve been easier, but the story would’ve been much shorter.

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

Felicity Brandon-Tamed

Stop! If you haven’t read the first book in this series, Taken, don’t go any further until you do. This series is a serial and it has cliffhangers. The third book will be out in January, so if you don’t like to read a serial until everything comes out, then you won’t have long to wait. I, myself, don’t mind a little bit of a cliffhanger, but there’s a rumor that I’m a literary masochist. But, I’m telling you now, I can’t wait to get to the third book, because the end of this one? Wow! So, if you are ready to visit Felicity Brandon and get Tamed, then jump over the cliff with me.

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So, when we last left Molly and Connor, she was running away from him at the cabin in the woods. She was sure that she couldn’t handle anything more from Connor and that he had turned into a serious monster. So, trying to be sneaky sneaky, she got the key, grabbed a blanket, and fled into the woods starkass naked. Connor was awake, and he decided to give her a minute before he started chasing her. He did warn her that if she ran, he would chase her, and she would never be able to escape him. So, after a while, he started to chase her.

When he couldn’t find her quickly, he started freaking out, went back and got the car and headed for the road, where he was lucky to see her. Well, lucky for him. Not so lucky for Molly, who is in for some serious punishment.

That punishment includes a serious paddling, a punishment fuck, because really, what punishment is complete without getting it up the ass, and some time spent caged in the mostly dark.

There are a lot of changes in this book, not just in Molly but also in Connor. I mean, of course there are going to be changes in Molly, because when you are in the place that she is in, you are going to do everything you can to make sure that you can keep the person who is keeping your captive happy, because it’s obvious that bad things are going to happen if your captor gets mad. So, she’s going to learn to do everything he wants so that he will stay happy, as well as learn to read his moods so that she can do what she needs to do to keep him happy. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, right? Uhhhh, nope. But all that makes there be serious changes in her. But, the more surprising thing is that there are also changes in Connor, changes that Molly is making in him.¬†On top of seeing those changes, we also get to learn more about Connor. I mean, we get to know his age now, which is something more than we had before.

We are still getting the split perspective, but like in the last book, I think that there are times when the perspectives almost merge so that we are seeing both of them together, if that makes sense. I don’t think that split perspectives work for all books and I’ve read a few books in which there was a split perspective that I wished wasn’t there, but it really is a necessity for this book, and Felicity does it really well.

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OMG, the scene with Conor in the bathroom? Just wow. Says quite a bit about him and his brain, doesn’t it?

I’m looking forward to finding out more about The Syndicate. I’m pretty sure that they are going to figure pretty heavily in the next book. I can’t wait to see.

I wonder how well Molly is going to do now. I’m pretty sure nothing is going to be all that good right now.

That’s all that I have to say. If you like dark, suspenseful, and sexy, go check this one out. Happy reading!