Natalie Bennett-Heathens

Oh, holy fuck, y’all. Natalie Bennett is a sick and twisted individual and I so totally don’t want to get stuck in her head. That being said, I like sick and twisted individuals and I totally love what she wrote. The Badland books have been dark, intense, and definitely twisted. Heathens is definitely a worthy addition to the series and a great way to cap off this part of Natalie’s world.

Cobra is the final member of the Holy Trinity of the Savages. His friends, partners, and brothers, Romero and Grimm, have found their Queens and loves. Romero and Cali are definitely the Dark King and Queen of the Savages and have their Princess. She’s too young to be dark, light, or other, but I’m pretty sure that Adelaide isn’t going to be light and fluffy, not with her parents. Don’t get me wrong, I really like Rome and Cali, but… Grimm and Arlen aren’t quite as intense as Rome and Cali, but they sure as hell ain’t a comedic pair either. That leaves Cobra, who is obsessed with one particular woman. One who isn’t there. One who has blue hair.

Blue was traded to Vitus and the Venom as part of a way to solidify a partnership between the Savages and the Venom. Rome is going to need Vitus’ help to take down The Kingdom, Centriole, and I’d say that Rome has made a deal with the devil when it comes to Vitus, but since Romero is a Satanist and Vitus isn’t, I’m pretty sure that it’s sort of the other way around. Blue has spent her time trying to make sure that Vitus is happy. She’s not happy there, but she’s smart enough to know that she shouldn’t let that show. But that doesn’t mean that a particular Savage, one with a snake tattoo, isn’t always on her mind. There is a connection between her and Cobra, but she’s here and he’s there, and she has to deal with Vitus.

Then a mysterious woman shows up, and she seems to have a connection to Vitus too. Blue works really hard to not show any curiosity, but in her situation, curiosity can get her killed, but when the chance comes to talk to this wraith of a woman, it turns out that she’s a woman who is supposed to be safe in Centriole, not huddling in a literal prison run by Vitus, looking like hell, and shaking with withdrawals.

Then Blue is able to get back to Cobra, but not without collateral damage. And she has a lot to say to the leaders of the Savages.

OK, yeah, I really do mean holy fuck, y’all. This is dark and twisted. Cobra isn’t nice. Cobra isn’t anywhere near nice. He’s a very not nice who does even not nicer things and enjoys them. I mean, we aren’t talking about a guy who is a good guy who is doing bad things for a reason. We’re talking about a bad guy who gets off, pretty much literally, on torturing people and who tortures people for fun. I’m pretty sure that he doesn’t have a soul, I know that he has no conscience, and he has no morals. I’m relatively positive he couldn’t define moral if you asked him to. But, all that being said, within his personal boundaries and beliefs, he is pretty much doing what he thinks is right and there are no problems with him doing it. I mean, the only person who is going to take him to task is Romero, and I’m about 150% sure that Romero isn’t going to stop Cobra at all. Well, unless he wants to get in on the fun. I have loved this series, and it has gotten stuck in my head. Now that Heathens is out, I’m going to have to do a full reread.

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The description of Rome, Cali, Grimm, Cobra, and Blue’s attack on Centriole is pretty fanfuckingtastic. The way that they work together is almost like magic. I can totally see them doing it in my head. It’s not pretty, in that there is all kinds of blood and gore, but the way that they are working together is pretty, if that makes sense.

I’m looking forward to the next evolution of the series. It’s going to be all kinds of wrong. ALL KINDS. It’s going to be so awesome too. I can’t wait to read it. And Natalie, being Natalie, is going to torture us until we can get that into our hands.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go read the series. Trust me. I’d be willing to say happy reading, but, yeah…

Michael Kilman-Mimi of the Nowhere

So, one day, I’m just sitting minding my own business, stalking people on FB, you know, as one does, and Nicolina Martin says to me, hey, my friend Michael has a book that’s free on Kobo called Mimi of the Nowhere. It’s scifi, you like scifi? And when I told her that scifi was one of my first loves, she was all like hey, you wanna review it? And me being me, I was like sure, why the hell not. It’s a new book to me, it’s a new author to me, and we all know those are things that I love. So I went over to Kobo, got the book, and even better, figured out how to put it on my Kindle. Yay me! And I proceeded to read the fuck out of this book. And hey, spoiler. Mimi is still free on Kobo, and the 2nd book is currently 1/2 off, until 9/4, so rush over there and grab them.

Mimi is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian novel of the far future. In Mimi’s world, cities can actually walk. As in all of Manhattan was put on legs and is now walking around, trying to avoid the other cities, and trying to keep going. I almost see it as some kind of weird Baba Yaga like thing, and tried to imagine Manhattan being balanced on a pair of giant chicken legs. Left me with some interesting visuals, for sure. Inside the city, you have the Uppers, the Mids, and the Lowers. And each of those have their sub-categories as well. It’s a pretty strict class system that keeps everyone in one place pretty well. Then you have the Nowhere people. They are the people that everyone would like to forget about, the homeless, the forgotten, the despised. And our hero Mimi is one of those people.

Mimi is taking her current lover, Shannon, and showing her all the places in the Underground, and the ways to get around without anyone else knowing or seeing. Mimi knows all about these places, and more, because she’s been around for centuries upon centuries, almost as long as the city has been around. She also knows about these places because she can skim the minds of other people, which lets her know when she’s safe, when people are going to be around, and other things that she needs to know. Mimi hasn’t told Shannon her full story, even if she loves Shannon with her whole heart. Mimi is afraid to lose her, because everyone else who has learned even part of the truth has died. Mimi is pretty sure that she’s a curse to those she loves. But she does tell Shannon and takes her to the place she calls home. Shannon is totally accepting.

I feel so sorry for Mimi. She has lived for centuries, watching everything and everyone she loves die. She believes that she is the only person like herself out in all the millions of people in Manhasten. She lives lies and can’t tell her lovers everything. The last one she did, prior to Shannon, met a grisly end. I really did like this book. There is some romance, but it’s only a bit of flavoring, not the entire story. I’m really looking forward to the next one and seeing how it goes.

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The group that Mimi is now hooked up with is going to be really interesting to watch, as well as the group on the other side. I’m really looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

I’m wondering about the AI too. Is it sentient? That would be terrifying, considering that it appears to run everything.

Watching what happens with Shannon is going to be another interesting thing to pay attention to.

Go check it out on Kobo. I didn’t look to see if it’s on Amazon, but it’s pretty easy to sign up on Kobo and relatively easy to add to your device and read it there. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger King

Raisa is still a fairly new writer. This is her 5th book, unless I can’t count, which, it being Friday, is always a possibility. I’m sure if I’m wrong, she’ll tell me. 🙂 Anyway, she has a series called Shifter’s Mates, which is post-apocalyptic and dystopian, involves aliens, fated mates, abductions by hostile aliens, and shifters. That sounds like a wonderful mix, doesn’t it? I think so, I really do. Now Raisa’s given us the 2nd book in the series, The Tiger King. I reviewed The Tiger Queen back when I read it because it totally blew me away. And King kept up with that breeze.

So, to recap, Renata is a tiger shifter who is living on Earth. She’s slowly starving to death because the Earth is pretty damn destroyed. A jackal friend of hers told her to go get tested to see if she can find a Ximerian mate. Then she could go off to live on Ximera and have a new life. So, she does. When she gets ready to leave, she ends up being stolen. Her last thought before being put in stasis is don’t fuck with a tiger. I’m pretty sure the last thought in the heads of a lot of people when she woke up was oh fuck, a tiger. Eventually her mate, Rakon, finds her and “rescues” her.

And now to King. Rakon and Renata, who is seriously in my top 10 BAMF heroines, have done everything that they were supposed to do in order to seal their mating. Rakon realizes that maybe he shoulda oughta’ve listened to Renata. Because of course, he should’ve. She knows what she’s talking about, but you know how men are. But they are now mated, and she is well and truly War Mate Renata. And let me tell you, I think that the title is perfect for her. Maybe she should be the commander and Rakon should be the War Mate? Just a thought.

It turns out that there is someone playing silly buggers on Ximera and Rakon and Renata are accused of kidnapping Fengar, the First Councillor. He just rolls his eyes at that, and together with a friend of Rakon’s, they all come up with a plan to deal with who is causing these problems. That leads to an empty spot on the council, and Fengar, who is very fond of Renata, wants her to be the person to fill it, to watch out for the shifters and humans who will be coming to or are already on Ximera.

As a quick note on Fengar, he is probably my favorite side character in this series. He is tricksy and wily. He’s kind of like a chess grandmaster with a twisted sense of humor. He knows what moves you are going to make before you make them, but he’s going to have fun watching you figure them out and probably point and laugh at you along the way. But not necessarily in a mean way. And for some reason, he and Renata really like each other. I think maybe she sees him as a father figure, but I’m not 100% sure.

Meanwhile, Renata isn’t all that sure she wants to be a councilor. It will mean that she has to stay in the capital, around a lot of people. Twitching tigers don’t do well around a lot of people. All she really wants to do is to go to her mate’s home, swim in the ocean, catch giant denizens of the deep, and make cubs.

I am once again impressed with Renata. I mean, she isn’t a damsel in distress, pretty much ever. She is the damsel who causes distress. I mean, even without her tiger self, she is pretty much just totally badass, but add in that tiger, and get the fuck out of the way, and don’t piss her off. Don’t fuck with anything that she considers her, and really? Probably laying down and covering yourself in steak sauce would be your best idea. I dunno, do tigers like steak sauce? Maybe just some au jus or a nice horseradish. I like Rakon. He can be an idiot sometimes, but really, who can’t? However, he pretty much recognizes who and what his mate is and is pretty much willing to let her be her without trying to hem her into anything. Of course, she would probably knock his block off if he tried to, but he doesn’t stand in between her and danger or make her live in a padded room.

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I love the bear and the tiger swimming in the ocean and catching the big old fish. I mean, how much fun was that? Neither of these ladies have been able to just let go and be themselves and have fun on a sunny beach near the ocean ever in their whole lives. They’ve always been subsisting and had to hide, so getting to just be out there in the open has to feel amazing.

I was fascinated by the history we got on shifters, and I’m looking forward to seeing how that info helps with the search for more shifters, both out in space and on Earth. I’m hoping we can see more about her family’s history as well as the history of other shifters.

So, that’s all I have to say about this one. You really, really need to read this series. The next books will be coming out in the next couple of months. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger Queen

Raisa Greywood has done it again. She wrote a book that blew me away. This book was awesome and the heroine was so fucking badass, I can’t even describe how badass she was. Better yet, The Tiger Queen is the first book in a new series, and I hear that the other heroines are going to be even more kickass. Whoohoo!

One hundred years ago, the Earth underwent some solar storms that basically destroyed everything. There’s very little food, few animals, few people. Almost everything has been destroyed. The people left on Earth are starving and slowly dying. Renata is the last of the Andreyev tigers, the royalty of tigers. She can’t find enough to eat and is slowly dying. Her friend Sendra is a very old jackal who has been telling and reading Renata stories for years. But now, she has something that she wants Renata to do. She wants her to go to the Exodus Authority and get tested so that she can get a mate. If Renata has a mate, she can leave Earth, go to Ximera, have cubs, and live. When Renata doesn’t want to do it, Sendra forces her hand.

Rakon is a Ximeran warlord and is Renata’s genetic match. He’s on his way to pick her up from Earth when he gets diverted by one of the council. The council member promises that his mate will be safe on Ximera when he gets back. What they don’t know is that Renata was kidnapped and has been taken away. She was put in stasis, and her last memory was that someone was going to pay when she got out of stasis.

When I say that Renata is a total badass, I may be underestimating how much of a badass she is. You know all the old Chuck Norris jokes about how tough he was? Well, Renata could kick Chuck Norris’ ass with one arm tied behind her back. Rakon is a strong male, which is good, because he needs to be. She needs to have someone strong to stand with her and be her partner. She would completely run over anyone else. She doesn’t really need anyone to protect her and stand in front of her. She can fight her own battles, and she certainly isn’t afraid to do it. Renata needs to have someone who will have her back and not be afraid to let her do her thing. I think that Rakon is going to be that person. Of course, he will need to have his ass kicked a couple of times, but seriously, what male doesn’t need that every now and again?

And because I love all of you, I’m going to link you to the Literotica story that got Raisa the sick puppy award. It is erotic horror. There isn’t an HEA. But it’s omfg awesome.

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OK, you don’t want to fuck with a tiger. You just don’t. They are the largest of the large cats. And when they are pissed? Yeah. Just trust me on this one. People shouldn’t have taken Renata and put her in stasis. That was definitely a wrong move on their part.

The holo suite deal was pretty cool. I would love to be able to go to somewhere like that.

I love how much Rakon’s crew accept Renata, well, the tiger may scare them a little bit at first, but they give her respect for what she did. And the High Counselor was pretty awesome and he really liked Renata a lot. I love when he had Rakon put in a cell because he made Renata cry and he was being stupid.

I can’t wait to see more of these books. Hopefully, Raisa doesn’t make us wait for long. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Ilona Andrews-Iron and Magic

Ilona Andrews is a husband and wife team, Ilona and Gordon Andrews. They write one of my all-time favorite urban fantasy series, the Kate Daniels series. The last book in that world comes out later this year. I’ve had it on pre-order for nearly a year. That’s how much I love this series. So, when they announced that they were writing a story around Hugh D’Ambray, I was excited, because it meant that we would get more of that world, but also I was interested to see how they would take one of the baddies from Kate’s world and make him likable in any way. I have an interesting relationship with Hugh. I both hate him and love him. Hate him because he wants to hurt my Kate and love him because he’s a great bad guy. Horrible things have been happening to Hugh lately, and I wanted to see how well he could manage them. Well, let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. Iron and Magic was all that I could’ve wanted and even more.

So, here’s where we start. Hugh is drinking himself to death. He’s been abandoned and all he can do is drink to try to feel better, to try to forget, to try to feel anything. The remaining leaders of his Iron Dogs track him down and tell him that he needs to man up, stop drinking, and help them. The Iron Dogs are being hunted, are hiding, running, and starving. When Hugh is sober enough to listen to them, they decide that they need a base, and one of his advisors has found one for him.

Deep in Kentucky, Elara is queen of her castle. She watches over her people to make sure that they are OK and does everything she can to keep them that way. But when Roland’s Legatus keeps trying to buy her castle, she knows that she needs an army to fight him. She doesn’t have an army, but Hugh does. Hugh doesn’t have a base, but she does. It’s a perfectly incovenient marriage made in purgatory.

When I say marriage, I speak literally. In order to bring everything together, they marry to seal the deal, just like alliances have been made over thousands of years. It doesn’t mean that they love each other or that they even like each other. As long as they are married, it’s all good.

The female characters written by Ilona Andrews are generally strong, fearsome, devious, and delicious. See Kate, Nevada, Andrea, Aunt B, etc. Let’s add Elara to that list. She is very strong, both as a character and as a magic user. She knows who she is, what she is capable of, and what she will do in order to keep her people safe. That makes her even stronger, in my opinion. She’s very smart and tends to have plans within plans. She doesn’t let her right hand know what her left hand is doing, or let Hugh know everything she knows. Elara is definitely going in my favorite female characters list.

Hugh is different from the Hugh D’Ambray we know and loathed/loved in the previous books. He’s rebuilding himself, and figuring out who he really is and what he really wants to do. Elara makes him think certain things through and figure certain things out, which I didn’t even see until Elara shoved them in Hugh’s face, and then I was like damn, how’d I miss that.

Their marriage is like a crazy monkey knife fight sometimes. It’s awesome to watch. I can’t wait to see where it is going.

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Oh so many things that I could say down in my lovely spoiler section. Hmmm… What shall I say?

I need to know more about Elara. She’s hiding so much. Who and what is she?

OMG, Erawan. That was fucking awesome. Just so fucking awesome.

Hugh and Roland. Wow!

I want to see Hugh and Kate and Curran get together and talk somehow. I think that would be epic. Especially after the epiphanies that he’s had.

OK. That’s all for this one. If you love Kate Daniels, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery books, this is a must have. Go check it out. It’s available at all the booksellers. Happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-Daddy’s World

Ava thought that she was done with Daddy books, but she found that there were still some in her. Since I love her Daddy books, as well as anything else she writes, I am happy to see that she is sharing with us. Daddy’s World is a post apocalyptic, dystopian, DD/lg story. So much awesome in just one story.

So, here’s how our story goes. The Earth was hit by some asteroids, and it wiped out a lot of stuff. The majority of the people who remained went into New Bethel. New Bethel is an extremely patriachal society. Men have all the rights, and women have none. Women are severely restricted as to what they can do. I mean, it’s to the point where a woman can’t hug her own brother without her husband’s permission. It is illegal for that to happen. The women are all forced to be happy, submissive women, who only do whatever their husband wants them to. I’m sure that there are some women who are happy with that, but the one woman we see in that kind of relationship isn’t really happy. Her name is Felicia and is the twin sister of the hero of the story, Senator Roman Delaney.

In New Bethel, you have to be a homeowner in order to marry. That limits marriage to the upper classes and the ruling class, since it can be expensive to marry. A friend of Roman’s was trying to make it easier for the laboring class to own a home and marry, but he lost all his money and his home, which nullified his marriage. Roman, in his position of senator, didn’t think that was right and is more progressive. So he came up with a program called Paternas. Paternas is a way to bring rebel women from the Warrens and let men who might not otherwise have a chance to marry to marry. But first, those men become Daddies and give their future wives a chance at a childhood so that they can learn to act appropriately.

The Warrens is a dangerous place. It’s all ruins and there are no men, and no real adults. First all the men were taken away and disposed of, and then the adults, so there were a lot of girl children left around. These young women who have grown up in the Warrens are rebels. They don’t want to live in the patriarchal society of New Bethel. Roman wants to make sure those women have a chance, versus what his enemies want to do, which is give them a long walk out of a short airlock.

Kit is one of those rebels. In fact, she’s a rebel leader. But when Roman saw her file, he knew that she was the one. She has fire, intelligence, spunk, and energy. He wants someone who is going to be strong and stand up, not just be a thin, pallid, submissive woman who is going to pretend to be happy. He wants his wife to actually be happy, and he’s pretty sure that Kit and the Paternas project will do that.

I loved Kit. She doesn’t trust anyone at all, and isn’t willing to put down her walls. She is strong, very strong. She has had to be. I thought that she’s a fabulous character, and I’m hoping we get to see more of her. I liked Roman too. I think he went into the whole thing with his eyes as open as they could be, but he did underestimate Kit somewhat. Of course, I don’t think that was because he was blinded by his upbringing or anything, I think it was more that he just didn’t realize how incredibly strong and motivated that Kit would’ve had to be. I mean, she had to survive a whole lot of crap and then she led the resistance, so she had to be smart and clever and strong. There are a lot of layers going on in this story. There’s the nice surface layer, but once you get down, you get into conspiracies. There are several conspiracies though. There are bad ones and good ones and ones we don’t know a lot about. I’m really hoping for a lot more in this series so we can track what’s going to happen.

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That first matron? She was such a bitch. I’m glad she got what was coming to her, and I wish it could’ve been even worse, because she deserved so much more.

And ugh. Felicia’s husband. What a fucking pig. Asshole. Nasty pig-fucker.

I really do want to see more of this verse to see if Roman’s plans go through. I want to find out who Jenny is. There are so many questions I need answered.

So, go check out Ava’s return to Daddy Doms. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Savages

Loki Renard loves us. How do I know this? Because she has given us another hot and sexy story filled with 4 hunky men. Yummmmmmm.

Savages is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian RH. It takes place in a time where there is only one city, sex doesn’t really happen, and procreation is strongly discouraged. Outside of the walled city is the wilds, and in the wilds live the Savages.

Riley is 19. When she was little, her father used to go out and lead tours outside of the city walls. He and she would talk about the wilds and such. But one day he disappeared. Riley always blamed her mother for driving her father away. Now, she wants to leave and go outside the walls, but her mother keeps her medicated so that she is still and watches TV. That lasts only so long before Riley is near to exploding, stops taking her meds, and wants to go outside. So she does.

Riley packs her pink backpack with some water, some cookies, and her stuffed bunny. She’s only planning on being gone for a little while because she just wants to take a walk. She tells the guard that she’ll be back. The guard doesn’t believe a word of it.

She goes walking around, gets lost and is nearly attacked by a bear. But that isn’t the most life-changing thing. That thing is what happens when she meets the bear. She’s saved by 4 Savages, Maverick, Ice, Hans, and Stryker. They save her, Maverick is wounded, and they tell her that she is now theirs.

Riley is strong and feisty. I really like her. She wasn’t about to take anything laying down, literally. She fought hard and was bound and determined to make sure that no one, especially Ice, had a reason to look down on her or disrespect her. She wanted very much for everyone to respect her, but Ice is the one she really wants to be respectful of what she can do. I have to admit that I liked most of the guys, but Ice made me mad a lot of the time. Of course, I think part of that is because we only see the world through Riley’s head, so we don’t get to know much about her guys that she doesn’t know. I’m fine with that though. With an RH, it’s hard to get all the POVs in there and make it possible to connect with everyone.

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I knew that I didn’t trust that chief. What a scumbag. Ugh. Bastard. Of course, he got what was coming to him, so I’m happy.

I really liked when Ice explained things to Riley. It let me really understand him better and like him a lot more. I was still mad at him from before, but it worked out well.

OK, go check this out. I loved it so hard. Happy reading!