Jane Henry-Aldric

Jane Henry has shown up here with her filthy grown-up fairy tales. But today, we’re looking at her backlog and at a dark, dangerous, and sexy scifi romance called Aldric. As a note, she’ll be showing up tomorrow too, when we revisit the Black Light for Valentine’s Day. Mark that on your calendar.

R-482 is a woman from the planet of Freanoss. When the New Dawn came, all the scholars went to Freanoss. They value conformity, regularity, uniformity, and progress. The people all wear the same clothes, don’t really eat, don’t reproduce sexually, don’t do anything messy. R-482 has been sent from Freanoss to Avalere to act as a spy. She’s been told that the people from Avalere are stealing valuable resources from Freanoss. She’s supposed to get the information about what the people of Avalere are planning and then report to her government so that they can stop the Avalerians from continuing to steal.

When she comes through the portal, she changes out of her uniform white clothes and into a tunic so that she looks more like the women of Avalere. She sees a group of laughing women, and figures that she’ll blend in with those women. It seems to be working, right up until she figures out that the group of women are headed into a circle right in front of a bunch of tattooed warriors. So, R-482 decides to try to get away.

Aldric is the Warrior King. He and his men are there to choose out a mate from the women being presented to them. He sees one beautiful young woman trying to get away and decides that she’s the one for him. She keeps trying to get away from him and defies him, which means he has to punish her right out where everyone can see it happen. Then he takes his little one to his rooms where he talks to her and finds out that she has no name, just a numerical designation, so he names her Carina.

I like the story. It’s an interesting premise. It’s pretty hot too. If you like kinky fuckery and Dom-ly types, this is a good book for you to read. Aldric does take good care of Carina. I don’t necessarily like him all the time. I don’t dislike him, there are just times when I care for him a little less. I think that he’s sometimes a little harsher on Carina that he could otherwise be. He knows good and well that she’s from Freanoss and that the worlds are very different and she doesn’t know the rules of Avalere. He seems to expect her to know the rules even when they aren’t laid out. OTOH, he really does take care of her, and he’s trying to train her so that she will be obedient and safe. So, I get why he does it. He’s just one of those Dom-ly types who we love and hate all at the same time.

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I think that Aldric should’ve listened more to Carina when it came to certain things and definitely used her greater knowledge on some subjects to their advantage. It would’ve avoided some conflict, I think.

I thought that the decoy was going to be more of a problem than he was. I expected a whole betrayal of Carina, but what I expected didn’t happen. I do love what Carina did after that episode though. It was pretty awesome.

OK, I’m done for today. Go check this out.

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Cari Silverwood-The Steamworks Chronicle

Yup, it’s another Cari Silverwood post. There are so many good reasons why I read and review so many of her books. All the books are just so good. I haven’t read one yet that I didn’t like. Cari does some of the best world building I’ve ever seen, hands down. She takes all these things, both big and little, and puts them together in a way that brings you into her worlds and lets you see, smell, taste, and feel everything going on. You are wrapped up and in the books and it’s hard to get back out into the real world sometimes.

The world of Cari’s Steamworks Chronicles is an alternate Earth. The lands are the same, with the same basic ethnic groups, but the states and countries and nations are different. For example, you get the Brito-Gallic League and the Byzantine Empire. The technology, however, is totally different. It’s all steampunk. If you aren’t familiar with steampunk, it’s an alternate Earth with technology that is stuck in approximately the Victorian era. Things run by steam, coal, or early electric batteries. Instead of airplanes, you get airships, instead of helicopters, you get gyrocopters. You get clockwork animals, creations, and oh yeah, sex toys. You get the idea. In Cari’s world, you are at something similar to modern times, give or take, but with the steampunk technology.

So, the Chronicles is a boxset that contains 3 books, Iron Dominance, Lust Plague, and Steel Dominance. They are all standalones within the same world, so you don’t have to read them all to understand any one of them. However, the two Dominances are related, so you may want to read Iron before you read Steel. Not necessary, but you get more info on the characters altogether.

One word you will hear me talk about with the books is frankenstruct. A frankenstruct is a being that is made up of a whole lot of cloned human parts. If the person is just 1 clone, then they are obviously a person, right? So the theory is that if you take a lot of pieces of a lot of different clones and then put them together and make a person, then morally and ethically that being isn’t a person. At least, that’s how some of the governments in this world think. I think frankenstructs can get a bad rap and I think that making them be legally not a person or having an extermination order against them is despicable. Anyway.

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Claire is a frankenstruct. She looks lovely, innocent, and oh so sexy. However, what she really is is deadly. She’s bred and trained as an assassin and can kill you in about 50 different ways. Her current “master” is a scummy scumbag named Inkvine. I mean, he’s a nasty-arse piece of work. He pretty much needs to die right after he open his mouth. He’s posing as a diplomat and she’s supposed to be his arm candy so that they can get close to an enemy named Theo and off him. At least, that was the plan, until their airship got blown up.

The next thing she knows, she’s waking up buried in wreckage and she’s being told that she is one of the few survivors of the airship, and all the others were men. Lord Theo Kevonis, her rescuer, says that she can stay on his estate while all the men get sent off. There are several reasons for this. One is that she’s hurt. Another is that the doctor told Theo that she was a frankenstruct and his government will euthanise her, so keeping her on his estate is just a good idea. Then there’s the fact that Theo is incredibly taken with Claire, and thinks that she’s probably a pleasure slave, as evidenced by the fact she was wearing a lovely evening gown when they found her.

Meanwhile, Claire is trying to keep ahold of herself around Theo. She’s told him that she’s a bodyguard. She’s told him all about frankenstructs, and she’s done everything he’s asked. The problem is that he overwhelms her. No one ever taught her how to deal with feelings or how to do relationships. And even if they had, they probably wouldn’t have taught her how to handle the kinds of domination and submission and bondage sexy games that Theo wants to play with her. All she knows is that she has serious feelings for him and she doesn’t want to be an assasin anymore, and is Theo her target and can she keep him safe?

Lust Plague

This zombie plague is not your mama’s zombie plague and you sure as hell aren’t going to see it on The Walking Dead anytime soon. That’s because the zombies don’t want to just eat your brains, they want to fuck those brains out first.

There are actually various levels of plague. Some of the zombies go straight into eating, some go straight into fucking, and some do all of the above.

Captain Kaysana Onomi and her crew on Art of War are off to find out about the plague and to see if they can find a cure, because the plague is getting worse and more and more people are succumbing. And all of a sudden, so are the people on Art of War.

Kaysana is trying to meet with the frankenstruct mercs that are a temporary part of her crew. The prevailing theory is that frankenstructs are immune to the plague. Except, whoops, that’s about to be proven wrong. As she’s leaving the gym where she was meeting all the mercs minus one, her officer and the mercs are suddenly infected by the plague. Ling becomes a risen man, which means he stays smart, and he has firey eyes, and murder and rape on his mind. Kaysana is his number one target. He and the mercs tie her to a rope climbing wall and are about to have their evil way when she gets rescued by Sten.

Sten is one of the frankenstruct mercs. He doesn’t really people well, and he normally hides in the mountains with his wolf Cadrach. When the government asks for help, he decides to go, but mostly because of Kaysana. This isn’t the first time that he’s seen her and he really feels a connection. He also thinks she’s pretty drop dead sexy, because well, she is. He was late going to the meeting, but when he finally gets there, he finds Emily, the ship’s librarian being attacked by some zombies. He rescues her and helps her to escape while he’s on his way to rescue Kaysana. He gets her off the ship, and then they have their wicked way with each other.

It may have felt good in the moment, but Kaysana has problems. He’s a frankenstruct and she can’t have any kind of relationship with a frankenstruct. First of all, she’s a military officer, secondly, she blames all frankestructs for her family’s deaths. But every time Sten touches her, she gets all fuzzy and all her thinking goes right out the window. They both like the games that he plays, but she’s not sure how to make it all fit in her head.

And can we just say that I will never, ever look at a hood ornament the same way, ever again. Out of 3 very, very hot books, that is seriously one of the hottest things in the whole series.

Steel Dominance

Dankyo is the head of security of House Kevonis. Normally he is only concerned with keep Theo safe. But the government has sent him off on a two part mission. The first part is that he’s supposed to help upgrade the security of the palace in the Byzantine Empire. The second part is that he’s supposed to keep Sophia White safe on her job.

Dankyo has only learned in the recent past that he really likes BDSM in lots of wonderful ways. He’s played with some people, but he’s never found the woman who he wants to be fully and completely his. So, he devotes all his time to making sure that House Kevonis and Theo is safe. He takes his job incredibly seriously.

Sophia White is a scholar. Her entire world is puzzles and patterns. They talk to her. She sees them in her head and something just clicks and all of a sudden the confusion makes sense and the puzzle is solved. She’s on her way to the Byzantine Empire to solve the biggest puzzle ever, the Clockwork Warrior. She has spent years and years studying it and she knows that she can learn all its secrets. Since the Tomb she needs to get to is in the palace harem, the only way she can get in is to be a slave. Dankyo’s slave, to be precise. Sophie has secrets too. She’s always fantasized about being taken by force by a man and being made to submit to him. Luckily, Dankyo is more than happy to help her with that.

All three books have serious secrets and conspiracies involved in them. Some of them you can see right out so you can try to figure out what’s going on, but then you get the hidden secrets and conspiracies that Cari all of a sudden drops in your lap and totally surprises you with. I mean, forget about coming out of left field, some of them seriously come out of another galaxy to all of a sudden hit you. Just totally amazing. There are layers and layers and layers.

I’ve said it before and I will definitely say it again. Cari is one of the best world builders out there. The details she puts in little throwaway things that you might not even realize are there and don’t have a huge impact on the story help you feel the entire world and turn it into something that you don’t just read but you experience and live. The world is lush and beautiful and textured and… All that translates into characters that are living and breathing and that you can nearly reach out and touch. They really are just that good.

Since they are a Cari Silverwood series, they are kinky as all fucking fuck. I mean, yeah. I need the vibrator from this book. There is all kinds of BDSM and non/dubcon. It’s all just so delicious and dark and erotic and sends little shivers down your spine in just the right way. Go check them out. The boxset is currently $1.99, so for less than a cup of coffee, you can get some books that will wake all the way up.

There is no spoiler section today, because this is long enough. You will just have to go experience these books on your own. Have a picture though.

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Isabella Starling-Peep Show

I was in Isabella’s FB group when she first saw a guy changing clothes across the way. She asked if she should write a story about him, and we all said, yes, yes, yes! And so Peep Show was born. But Peep Show became so much more than a book about voyeurism. But, we’ll get to that in a little bit.

Bebe is a trust fund baby and It Girl. When bars and clubs want to make sure they pull in the people, they hire Bebe to come and hang out at their club. The fact that she’s there and is having her picture taken there will attract a lot of people. Meanwhile, Bebe gets to drink, drug, and fuck her way through her life. We find out that she’s trying to drink, drug, and fuck away her grief and the memories of her life before. When she’s partying, she doesn’t have to remember her loss. She knows she’s fucked up, but she doesn’t really know how to stop or if she even wants to stop. One night, she comes home from her latest party and looks out the window. The man across the street is fucking a woman up against the window, and it’s all that Bebe can do to sit and watch and join in in her own way.

Miles sees the party girl across the way while he is fucking the latest woman to come through his door. The women never come back, he’s a one and done kind of guy. Once he’s done with them, he takes their picture and turns them into his art. But on this night, the beautiful young woman across the way staring at him and the woman draws his attention, especially when she starts to join in. He wants to know her, but he knows that he won’t be able. The closest he can do is to dare her to go next.

I don’t always read the author’s notes and acknowledgments at the end, but this is one that you should definitely do it with. Isabella Starling talks about the problems that she shares with Miles. It took her a long time to write PS, but it was totally worth it. The story is amazing. There is so much depth and so many layers to it. Isa is really able to bring it to a level where everyone can relate and feel what both Bebe and Miles go through. I share some of the same issues myself and the way that Isabella wrote things was so good.

OK. Miles and Bebe are amazing, and the hotness level goes off the scale from their first encounter to their last. They connect so well even from across the street. The stories behind the both of them and what they have gone through have just made each of them stronger, but it’s also left each of them broken. Trust me, it’s possible to be both. This is one of the books that I was almost mad I finished because it meant that I never got to read it for the first time again. I love rereading books, but that first time is something magical.

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Now that I’m under the spoiler space, I can’t really think of anything that I want to put down here. Everything I wanted to say is ^^^^^^, so maybe nothin down here really. OK, maybe I do have one thing to say.

Miles and Bebe manage to fit together really well and make each other stronger and that’s awesome. Not everyone gets a partner in their lives who are so understanding of whatever mental health issues may be going on, and it’s hard enough to have those problems without having a partner who just wants to ignore it, belittle you, or just doesn’t get it. Any mental health issue isn’t going to just go away because you want it to, otherwise, there really wouldn’t be any people who have any mental illness. Trust me, we all want it to just go away. Not being able to trust your brain isn’t fun and is sometimes downright scary, so yeah, we really want it to go away.

Alright, now I have nothing more to say. I’m going to go read about dragon princes and their mate. Happy reading!

Natalie Bennett-Savages

I’ve read some other Natalie Bennett and really enjoyed them, so I thought that I knew what I was in for. I knew that what I was going to get something dark, raw, and gritty. Savages exceeded everything I was expecting. Like I said, I thought I knew what I was in for and thought that I was prepared. But, it’s intense and dark from the very start and will knock you 10 feet away and leave your shoes and socks knocked off right where you stood. Savages did just that. It savaged me and left me raw and needing more immediately.

Calista has grown up in her father’s pseudo-religious cult. She’s done whatever her father has wanted, no matter what it was, just hoping that he would approve of her. On what may be the worst day of her young life, she sees a woman she thought of as a friend being killed in a horrible way. After that, she’s dragged out by her own brothers to be taken out. Miraculously, she manages to survive what they do to her and then drags herself away. Years later, she’s still surviving.

Roman has been the leader of the Savages. He has something against Cali’s father, and he goes out of his way to make the man’s life as terrible as possible. He may not be able to strike directly at him, but he can take bites around the edges. When something happens and he’s put face-to-face with Cali, the world they are both living in starts to implode and make huge changes in the both of them.

This book. Man. This book is really explosive. Everyone is holding back major secrets. I mean considering what we do learn about them, you know that the secrets have to be huge. The chemistry between Rome and Cali is unlike anything you may have ever seen before. I don’t think that there is anything that can explain it. The rawness and grittiness of this book also can’t be explained. I love raw, dark, dirty, and gritty, and I reveled in this book, even as it scoured me raw. I can’t wait for book 2.

There are so many things that I’m dying to know and that I’m hoping that book two answers. And no, I’m not going to really tell you what all those things are. I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you PM me about it, but that’s as far as I am going to go with it. Suffice it to say, I expect anyone else who’s reading these books to want to know all the same things that I do.

Rome is super intense, and I really want to know more of his backstory. Then again, if I know more about him, will it ruin him for me. I dunno. There’s always a fine line authors have to work with there. How much can they show us about any character without taking that character’s power away? Does taking a dark protagonist like Rome and showing him split open and spilling his secrets make him more dark or less dark?

OK, that’s all that I have to say about Savages, other than go out and buy it as quickly as you can. I don’t normally mention what I’m listening to when I’m writing a blog, but today it seems appropriate to mention that I wrote this to David Bowie’s Blackstar. It was his goodbye album and it fits this for me. So, I’m off to prepare myself to share other things with you. Meanwhile, happy reading!

 

Jane Henry-Dungeon Daddy

The Rapunzel story is near and dear to my heart. Now, you may be asking yourself, why does Clara like that story so much? the answer is simple, I have hair that’s almost long enough to sit on. My goal is to eventually have hair that’s down to my knees. I love having long hair. I’ve had long hair most of my life. But, that’s neither here nor there, it just explains why I love the story of Rapunzel. So, when I heard that Jane was going to do one of her filthy fairy tales with Rapunzel as the heroine? I was alllll for it. So, let’s head down to the dungeon and meet Daddy, shall we?

Our main characters in Dungeon Daddy are Rae and Ryder. The book starts out with our villain talking to a man who needs a loan and who signs his first born child as the collateral for his loan. Then we flash forward to that man and his wife fleeing along with their baby daughter.

Many years later, we meet Ryder. His car breaks down on in the middle of nowhere. His cell phone doesn’t work, he has no clue where he is, and doesn’t know where he’s going to get some help.  Looking around, he sees some lights off in the distance, so he starts heading that way. When he gets there, it’s a house, so he knocks on the door. He sees a figure in the window who screams and looks as if someone is pulling her away from the windows.

Rae has never left her father’s house. She’s never met anyone but her father and the few staff that he has hired. She has been totally sheltered. She’s gotten to watch some television unless her father decided to punish her, but mostly it’s just been her and all her books. Her father never touches her and doesn’t seem to even like her. She doesn’t know what he does, but she knows that he’s up to no good and people come in to see him and then never leave. Rae just does everything she can to make sure that he doesn’t punish her by taking things away from her or locking her away in her room. When she hears someone knocking at the door late one night, she’s surprised. Her father isn’t home, so no one should be there. Then, she trips and falls and screams. The next thing she knows, there’s a man climbing in her window!

Ryder manages to scale his way up to her window so that he can rescue the damsel in distress. She lets him stay overnight, but he leaves in the middle of the night, after using a phone to call for help. He left a number for her so that she can call him for help. When she does, he comes and saves her and takes her to Limits, his club.

So, this is the place where we split up. I love Ryder. OMG, I mean I will happily sit on his lap and call him Daddy any old time he wants me to. Please? He’s really, really hot. He’s really, really Dom-ly, and this story is really, really inferno-like. I mean, like you may spontaneously combust from reading this story. I know that I nearly did. There are times when it’s hard for you to figure out who the bad guys and good guys are. You do cheer and boo for the same people at various times, trying to figure out who is who. It’s a quick read so it won’t take you a long time to read it and figure out who the true ne’er-do-wells are. Go check it out.

A funny note on the name of the club. In Jane’s group, she said that she found out that the name of the club she wanted to use had already been used in another book, so she opened it up for names. There were a whole lot of suggestions, including several from yours truly. Then she picked a few and let us vote on them. Full disclosure, I didn’t vote for Limits but only because one of my suggestions, Conciergerie, was on the list. That’s the name of one of the prisons that de Sade was incarcerated at. I was highly amused.

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Arte Nouveau Rapunzel by Hannah Anderson.

There are beautiful things about this story. One of them is that Ryder truly does everything he can to make sure that Rae is safe and well cared for. There’s also the fact that he listens to what she wants and goes out of his way to make sure that she gets to try those things out.

The part where she hits subspace is just an awesome scene. I can totally see why Ryder wanted to keep Rae in a private room when they are playing, since that’s a really intense thing that is shared by a Dom and sub. Or at least, that’s what I’ve been told.

I love reading Jane’s stories and the fairy tales are really awesome. Go check this one out on your own and see what you think.

Sophie Kisker-Finding Home

Odyssey

1a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
2an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest 
Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about Sophie Kisker and her work. I’ve reviewed several other of her books. This time, I’m going with the Finding Home series. Sophie has it listed as Finding Home: An Erotic Tale of Love and War. And yeah, it totally is. I wouldn’t take them as 3 separate books, because they aren’t a stand-alones, but more as one book that has been broken into 3 sections, like the Lord of the Rings. Luckily, all three books are out, so you can read them all back to back to back. Protip: Odyssey, the first one, is on sale for $0.99 today 12/17. All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited.
Finding Home takes place in Meridia. It’s a country that is broken up into several provinces. Think Canada or maybe Australia instead. Only, there really is no country-wide government, there is a committee that all the leaders belong too, but nothing like an overarching prime minister or president. Because each province is self-ruled, the laws and treatments of the people can widely vary. The rulers also tend to be hereditary, with the leader choosing one of his children or adopting someone to be an heir. Depending on the leader, you may get someone who is competent and has a competent heir, or you can get a family that runs their province into the ground and their heirs are just as incompetent and maybe tyrannical. While there are several provinces, we are mainly concerned with three of them. In the first book, we are dealing with Edwal and Alaine. In the second and third books, Orre becomes just as important.
Now, there are a lot of politics that go on in these books on top of the sexy, sexy, sex. Sophie doesn’t relate the politics back to the real world in any way, so if you don’t like politics, then you aren’t going to have to deal with the real world politics. The politics are braided in through the story with the sex and the romance. You really can’t have one part without the other. When you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
OK, back to the world of Meridia. Edwal is ruled by  Elias Palm. He is a tyrant and dictator. He has severely restricted the rights of his people. He has had houses of college professors bugged, there are security cameras on every corner, and people are encouraged to inform on each other. Palm is suspicious, paranoid, and an all-around fuckhead. Alaine is one of their neighbors and is run by Daniel Weiss. Weiss is a sane, rational person, who tries to rule his province as well as possible and keeps his people’s needs in mind. So, of course, Palm hates him. Orre is run by Benjamin Aldriss. More on him later.
Odyssey was the first book I read by Sophie. It has some intense points in it and I had a hard time with some of those places. I’ve read other intense books and even books that are arguably more intense, but there’s just something about this one that really, really got to me. Even on rereads, when I know what’s coming, the same points get to me. However, that doesn’t put me off reading the series, and I hope it doesn’t put you off it too.
So, Odyssey. Edwal decides that it’s going to invade Alaine. Mostly because Palm is a motherfucker. So he institutes a draft for every male up to the age of 50, which includes Liz Peltier’s dad. The Alaine military manages to drive the poor men of Edwal back, and they invade Liz’s town since it is closest to the border. As part of the reparations, the leaders of Alaine decide that they are going to take young women hostages for ransom. So women between the ages of 18-40 who aren’t mothers are at risk of being selected. Twenty of the wives and daughters of the most important people in that town are selected to be hostages instead of all the men being arrested. This is a relatively common practice, so no one expects it to take long. Except, no one takes Elias Palm and his nuttiness into consideration.
The women are taken to an army base, where they are actually held for weeks. During that time, Liz steps up as a leader and does what she can to help make the stay easier on everyone. Can I just say that I think Liz is a total badass? She really is, and it shows up throughout the entire series. When Palm refuses to do anything, one woman is selected to stay as a hostage slave in Chairman Weiss’s home. That means sexual slavery. And of course, I bet you can figure out who that woman is. Liz has quite a journey to go through to get through the end of the book and through the end of the series, and some seriously shitty things happen. More about it after the spoiler warning.
In Sanctuary we are still staying in Alaine and the Weiss estate, for the most part, but this is where Orre and Benjamin Aldriss come into play. Aldriss has a daughter named Jenny. In the beginning of the book, Jenny is sitting outside of their house, having come home from college, because she needs some space. While she is sitting there, she watches her whole family be destroyed, along with everyone in the house, and even the house. She knows that she needs to find somewhere safe and everyone thinks that she’s dead. The safest place she can think of is with her father’s friend, Daniel Weiss of Alaine. She manages to get there, and she’s going to have to live as a slave there, because who’s going to think of looking for her there, and she will be protected as much as is possible. But, she can’t just pretend. She has to go through the whole training. That’s when she meets Liz, who is acting as a mentor, and who helps her get through her training. Meanwhile, back in Orre, Palm has decided that he’s going to “help” out Orre and takes over huge swathes of the country. Now on to the next book.
Refining Fire is the third and last book. In metalworking, you refine metals by subjecting them to high heat, back in the day, fire would be used in one way or another. Heating up the metal to a certain point lets all the impurities burn away. When the metal comes out of the fire, it is pure. Certain objects made of metal, like knives and swords, go through heat treatment as part of their manufacturing. The heat treatment allows them to be stronger. Both of these things are important in this book. Michael and Jenny, Liz and Ryan all four have their own issues as people and as couples, and as a group. There are all sorts of shitty things that happen in this book. I know it sounds like I’m not saying a whole lot, but I’m being careful so that I don’t overly spoil it. The main action of the book is for Jenny to be allowed to rule her family’s province and what it’s going to take to get there. There’s also a lot of discussion about what submission means when circumstances change.
Wow, this is a long post. And I know that it seems that I have kind of brushed over the second 2 books, but the thing is, if I talk too much about book 2 or 3 then I am going to spoil the books ahead of it. So, if you want more info about the books, then you need to go read them yourself. Told you, they are all on KU and you can get Odyssey at a steal today. Meanwhile, I’m going to go on and make this long post even longer when I go on to the spoiler section. This is a great series, and it should definitely get more love than it does. The story is really well-written and everything winds together so very well. All the characters, all the themes, all the everything, just braids into a cohesive whole and turns into an epic odyssey.
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OK, in O, the original slave trainer, Master Thomas, abuses Liz, after the assistant trainer, Ryan, did all he could to put her fears at rest because in Edwal, terrible things happen to sex slaves. That really makes it hard for Liz, until Daniel fires Thomas. Ryan takes over, and he changes the way that things were done. He wasn’t about forcing submission but more about guiding a woman to find her submission and be able to give it. It works really well, and you can see from the very beginning of the story that Liz and Ryan are going to end up in some sort of relationship, it’s just hard to figure out how, since they are Master and slave. Ryan is incredibly protective of her, and it shows up when Liz is attacked and actually ends up in court.
In S, Ryan is still training and Liz is really his assistant, as much as possible, because she’s a natural leader. When Jenny comes in, she has a very hard time, since she’s been to the house many times before as a guest, and her mindset is hard to switch from. Liz becomes her mentor. She helps Jenny and if Jenny fucks up, they both get punished. It may seem mean to do it that way, but it works. Michael, who is Weiss’s heir, falls head over heels with Jenny, which makes it hard on both of them, since she’s a slave and he’s her master, plus they are trying to keep her safe. And this is where some serious, serious orgasm control comes in too. Jenny is very orgasmic, so the goal is to keep her from coming without permission. She goes through training for that. Sadly, there’s a point where that gets used against her. The Palms and their followers are massive fuckwads.
In RF, oh man, I cried. Jenny and Liz are both freed and with their loves, but Liz and Ryan are trying to figure out what him being her Master and her being the slave works with her being technically free. That’s the relationship that they want, but there are going to be bumps and bruises. Jenny is busy trying to figure out how to rule her province and how to fight Edwal while trying to get her rights as a leader. At the same time, she’s trying to figure out how to be with Micheal who is now the leader of Alaine and be both a strong woman and leader and a submissive partner to Michael. Really interesting dynamics going on in the book. While they are trying to figure everything out, something happens to Jenny that sidetracks those dynamics, and causes her to have a tremendous loss. It’s at this part that I cried, and is one of the intense parts of the book. It was a rough part to get through.
It really was the book I needed to finish off the entire series. It gave me that emotional satisfaction that I look for in the end of a long series. Yeah, I felt wrung out more than once, but that just makes the happy at the end happier. I got wrung out over the past few days as I’ve read the stories again, and I needed the end and the epilogue to feel better.
I hope I didn’t lose anyone while talking about the series. I hope that Sophie likes what I wrote. I hope no one thinks that I didn’t do justice to these stories and to the characters. Go give these stories some love.

Felicity Brandon-The Viking’s Conquest

I’ve read a few of Felicity’s books, but this is the first time that I’ve put anything of hers on the blog. When I had some nice empty space, I told her that I wanted to put something of hers up and asked what she suggested. She wanted to know if I like Vikings. Oh yeah, I like Vikings. Vikings are hot. I like Vikings so much that I married me one. So yeah, Mama like. I really like Felicity’s Vikings too.

So, on to The Viking’s Conquest.

Aurelie of Donrose is the only daughter of the king. She has two older brothers, who, along with her father, are out battling the Viking invasion. Her brother Bowen comes to her and tells her that the Vikings are going to be attacking their castle, but he can’t stay to protect the castle or her, which means it’s up to her. Luckily, Bowen taught her how to fight with a sword and she’s pretty good. That means she’s going to be OK fighting the Northmen who are coming to invade her castle. Yeah, can you see what’s going to happen here? The title probably gives you a good idea.

Prince Anders is the one leading the battle against Donrose. He’s a successful invader and is successful when it comes to fighting and taking Donrose. As he is invading the castle, he finds Aurelie fighting and decides that she’s going to be his captive. He asks one of his men, Magnus, to make sure that she gets back to the camp OK. Of course, that’s right after he stops Magnus from killing Aurelie. Anders decides that he’s going to keep Aurelie as his captive and insists that she calls him my Lofdungr, meaning my prince, which is hard for Aurelie to swallow.

You know what time it is. I’m going to go one way, you can go to the other. But some thoughts before we split. This story is totally hot and totally OMG. It’s a pretty good example of a power exchange when it comes to a D/s relationship. In a power exchange, the submissive gives their submission to their Dom, and in exchange, the Dom gives their domination, care, and protection. Notice how I say gives. A good Dom never forces or takes submission from their sub, they earn their sub’s trust and submission. How much power the Dom has over the sub is generally negotiated beforehand (not so much in this book), and can range from the Dom having control over every aspect of their life, to a more relaxed plan. To go along with the PE aspect of the story, there are a lot of BDSM punishments, some very humiliating to Aurelie and some that some people would consider seriously hardcore. But, there’s also a great romance and good historical fiction. I totally liked this story. Go check it out.

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I love how Aurelie struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants. She’s been a strong and proud person all her life and what Anders demands of her can be really hard for her, especially some of the really, really humiliating things that he has her do. However, she figures out that she likes it and maybe even needs it.

Anders, super hot and super alpha and Dom-ly, is hard for me to get a read on sometimes. Probably because I’m not a Dom-ly Viking prince type. Sometimes his thought processes elude me. The things that he does he does to teach Aurelie some kind of lesson, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily understand his choices. Of course, it doesn’t help that we never see his POV. The story is written entirely from Aurelie’s POV, which isn’t a bad thing, but we can’t see what he’s thinking. But maybe that’s also a good thing, that makes him a better character. He’s probably not one of the characters that we would want to see monologuing. This is probably one I’m going to debate for a while.

Anyway, I’m going to be reading more of her books than I already have. Spoiler alert, more Felicity will show up on my blog in the future. We have two more posts today. One from Jaye Peaches and one from Sophie Kisker. More from Sophie tomorrow too.