Raisa Greywood-Bastard’s New Baby

So, Raisa has walked away from dark and intense for a minute and gave us some short and sassy. Not sweet though. There is some angst and drama, but it’s pretty lowkey, making Bastard’s New Baby a truly enjoyable read.

So, Jackson McKenna is running his family’s business, but he’s being forced into having to get married. The thing is, he really doesn’t want to get married. He’s pretty sure that he won’t ever be able to find the kind of woman he wants to have. You see, he’s a Dom, and he wants to have a woman who is smart and beautiful, but also is kinky AF. As he’s thinking about this, after a night of debauchery, he gets a message from his mom, which he reads while he’s driving, and he nearly runs down a woman.

Meanwhile, we have Siobahn O’Malley (pronounced shhh-vaughn). She lost her sister and brother-in-law in an accident not too long ago, and she’s now been appointed guardian to her baby nephew, Andy. Oh, and his $2mil trust fund. The problem is that she has to keep fighting for custody against Dan’s parents, because they want the trust fund, and not so much the baby. In the tiny town they are in, the inlaws have some pull, and they are managing to keep up at it. Part of the problem is that Siobahn isn’t married, and the evil cow inlaw smears her around the town, to make her look unfit. Today, Siobahn has an important job interview at McKenna, so she dresses to the nines, and gets a ride to town for her interview. As she is crossing the road, she almost gets run down by some idiot who ran a red. Sound familiar?

Jackson really truly earned his name as a bastard, because he totally was. I mean, damn. First, he almost ran Siobahn over, then he accused her of being homeless, and then he tried to apologize, while trying to blackmail her into marrying him. I wasn’t sure if I was going to actually like him for a minute. He had some serious condescension going on. I would’ve smacked the total everloving shit out of him, because he totally deserved it.

I adore Siobahn from the very first time we met her. She’s strong, fierce, protective, and very canny. She’s very smart and she doesn’t let anything slip by her. Jackson tries to put stuff over on her, and she catches him on it. He’s like, oh, I need you for this reason. She’s like newp, try again. I love that she calls him out on stuff. He needs it, because he really is a cocky bastard. He thinks that he is God’s gift to everything, and well, someone needs to tell him that he isn’t.

And Mandy, I loved watching Siobahn knock that bitch back. Mandy really did try to punch out of her weight class.

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Jackson, oh Jackson. You are kinda stupid sometimes.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-Wicked Fire

Raisa has gone back to her magical world of dragons, Sidhe, mages, and two-natured. I have been looking forward to Wicked Fire because I wanted to find out more about Drako and Morgaine, and this book let me do that, for sure.

So, for those who don’t remember, Morgaine is an ancient mage who has a hardon for the Archer family. She has done all she can to kill the entire family, down to Lily, who has 3 powerful husbands, including Myrddin, Morgaine’s old friend and teacher. Morgaine talked to a crazy dark elf named Teran and managed to get him to hold Lily prisoner. He did horrrrrible things to Lily.

For her pains, Morgaine ended up trapped in a stone, sentenced to be there until it turned into dust. She had no contact with anyone, although the king of the light elves would give her stuff every 10th anniversary. That included books, laptops, TVs, and radios. She could watch the world go by, but she couldn’t interact with it. It was a quiet existence, but not a terrible one, at least once she had the books and computer. She spent a lot of time researching and learning, which she loved. But then, there’s an earthquake, which destroys her prison. She gets picked up by a pair of elves, who tell her that the light king and the dark queen are going to give her another chance for redemption. She has to go kill Teran, who has escaped. And oh yeah, she has to do it without her magic, and if she fails, she dies. Meanwhile, she has to go from Cornwall to London in 6 hours to catch her flight. Now, Morgaine has been locked up in a stone for over a century, so trying to get from here to there is really hard for her. But, she manages to make it to New York, where she sees Lily and her husbands, who, of course, want to attack her.

So, Drako is the last dragon on Earth. He was bound to Myrddin for centuries, and now he’s bound to his many-times granddaughter, Lily. He’s a living tattoo on her back, but all he needs is a little magic, and he can be free. When Morgaine shows up, he tells Lily to free him, and he’ll handle Morgaine. After all, he doesn’t like her much either, since she killed all of his Archer descendants because Fergus wouldn’t leave his wife for her, or at least, that’s her story. So, Drako gets his freedom, and he takes Morgaine to his hoard. He says that he’s not interested in her, but he’s not about to trust her at all, because he knows that her story about having to get Teran is all bullshit. He figures that she only wants to get to Teran so that they can work together.

You know, finding out more about Morgaine made me really like her. I didn’t like her all that much in other books, mostly because she was cast as a villain in those books. But, her story makes me look back at her actions in the other books, and say ooooohhhhh, that’s why she did this. It was shitty, but it could’ve been worse, and I totally understand it now. I really like her now. This book gave her an excellent redemption arc, but really, I think that her redemption may have started much earlier. I’m going to have to go back and reread everything all at once, just so I can doublecheck.

I have liked Drako, but there were times in this one when I got really mad at him. I don’t know how much of why I got mad at him is the fact that he isn’t just out of touch, but that he’s hundreds and hundreds of years out of touch or how much he is acting on preconceived notions. I mean, yeah, he was there with Myrddin and Lily all those many years, but he spent a lot of that time kind of sleeping, and didn’t pay as much attention as he could’ve, so he’s still working on old behaviors. I can understand why he treated Morgaine the way he did at first, but when he started seeing stuff in her that was contrary to what he thought he knew, he just decided that she was lying and didn’t believe her or do anything to actually help.

I think that a lot of people failed Morgaine from the very beginning. I totally understand why she acted the way she did in the beginning. Even with being as strong as she was, she was innocent, trusting, and vulnerable. Everything could’ve been so different if she hadn’t been failed as she was.

There was one particular part that absolutely broke my heart and left me ugly crying.

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Yan was fascinating. And I’m really hoping that we’ll get a story of Yan and Omer, because I’m pretty sure that would be totally awesome. And Feather’s story too.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-Jennifer’s Christmas Daddy

Raisa has taken a break from writing her more intense and darker books to give us a sweet little story for Christmas, Jennifer’s Christmas Daddy. We have a vet, a three legged cat, a buttload of snow, another vet, and a silly golden retriever.

So, here’s our story. Jennifer is a veterinarian in a tiny town in Vermont. It’s Christmas Eve, there is a huge snowstorm, and she’s holding down the fort at the clinic so her partner can spend the holiday with his wife and kids.

Kaden is a veteran who has just come home from Afghanistan a couple of weeks before. He’s just broken up with his girlfriend and he’s driving down a country road, when all of a sudden, his car decides to stop working, start working again, and finally he hits a tree because he almost hits a deer. Jennifer rescues him and brings him back to the clinic.

And I can’t forget to mention the whole reason that this happened was because a pair of angels in training, Miz Lulu and Devin. And I have to say, Miz Lulu is a hoot and a half. I really wouldn’t want to cross her, because I’m pretty sure that she would just give me a look and I would cry. I would love to see more stories with Miz Lulu, her Remy, and Devin. I know that we don’t see much of them in this, but still.

This is an instalove story, but it really works, especially with the length of the story. I don’t think anything else would’ve worked, and the length of this is really perfect.  I love the way that Kaden and Jennifer interact with each other. He really keeps in mind who she is and gives her what she needs without taking anything away from her. Jennifer and Kaden were definitely the nice bit of light and sweet that I needed to have.

There is some humor in here, but for me, one of the funniest things in here was Jennifer’s comment when they were comparing scars. I just could picture her saying that so deadpan in my head.

Nothing in the spoilers today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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Raisa Greywood-The Jaguar Knight

Raisa has given us the last book in her Shifter’s Mates series, The Jaguar Knight. I am terribly sad that the series is over, and I’m really hoping that Raisa gives us some short stories in this another world or maybe another series in it. I can see all kinds of other stories in there. Hint, hint. I’ll be happy either way, because I can always reread the books.

This is the conclusion of Soledad and Markon’s story. It also wraps up some other things here and there. It works really well.

So, Markon has finally caught his wayward mate and has brought her home. They enjoy one wild night of passion, and when Markon wakes up, Soledad is gone. Again. He can’t figure out what he did this time, and his jaguar ain’t talking, other than to tell him that he’s a stupid alien. When Soledad’s sibs show up, he gets told what he did, but only after her sisters and brother pretty much threaten to show him his internal organs up close and personal. Turns out that there was a 6 foot tall picture of his dead mate hanging right over the bed. The bed that she died in. The bed that he spent his first night home in Soledad in. I would’ve cut and run too.

When Markon finds Soledad again, she’s on a jungle planet and they have a talk. And you know, reconcile. Sadly, that’s not going to last for long. They are attacked, Markon is seriously, seriously, seriously hurt and Soledad is gone.

Markon has the worst luck with keeping a hold on Soledad. Of course, it’s not his fault this time, but still, he doesn’t have his mate or know where she is at. He’s damned well going to find her though. And of course, the Athena and all of Soledad’s sibs are going to get in on the search too, because that’s what is going to happen. Soledad inspires loyalty, which is why the Athena will be there, and love, which is why her sibs will be there. Of course, since she is still that fucking pirate, she also inspires a lot of fear and hate, but hey, not everyone is perfect, right?

There are some very, very, very unpleasant things that happen here, and some things that make me really happy that I’m not subject to shifter justice, because, well, it sure as fuck isn’t pretty.

Markon is strong, if somewhat stupid sometimes, and I like him a lot. I like him more in this book than I did in the last one, mostly because he got his stupid head out of his stupid ass, which is what he needed. I think that all the chasing he had to do really made him get his priorities in place and get everything straight. The last time chasing her had to be the hardest one ever. I couldn’t imagine trying to find my mate after she had been ripped away from me that way. That would be pretty damn horrible.

It’s a good thing that Soledad is as strong as she is. Stubborn AF too. I think that she’s a little bit blind in this one. She jumped to a conclusion and it ends up bitting her in the ass. But, the fact that she’s so damn stubborn and strong really helped her out here.

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Can we just talk about Mikhail and Ardix for just a second? Because that was just brutal. Not saying it’s not deserved, and I don’t blame him for his actions at all, but fucking brutal, man.

I love Renata’s round-up at the end. It’s perfect.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood & Sinistre Ange-Demon Lust

Sinistre Ange is the dark pen name for Golden Angel. Just a couple of days ago, we had Golden’s latest, Chasing His Polar Bear. Well, Demon Lust is 180° from Polar Bear, and around a few corners and possibly in an entirely different universe. Ange teamed up with Sick Puppy Extraordinaire Raisa Greywood and together, they decided that Happily Ever After was really Happily Never After and people just misheard. There are 6 stories in this book, and I’ll bet you can guess what they all have in common.

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Ange starts off the book with her story of vengeance and justice. Lyana comes back to her village to find that there are a group of raiders who are destroying her village, and she ends up watching her sister being raped basically to death. Lyana wants her revenge on the raiders, so she ends up summoning a demon, Leonard, so that she can get her revenge.

OK, first of all, I had to snort a little about Leonard’s name, because who ever heard of a demon named Leonard? But for the rest of this? It actually made me think about the difference between revenge, vengeance, and justice. I don’t know if that was Ange’s goal, but that’s what happened. I really enjoyed this story, and I think I may have earned a lesson.

Raisa-The Devil’s Doorbell

A few weeks ago, this particular meme went through the FB author/reader community that I happen to participate in. Raisa saw it, and thought, hmmm… I see a story.

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And, apparently, she was right, because there is a story there. And it’s a somewhat disturbing one.

There was a huge war, and while America won, it was destroyed. Now there’s Newmerica, which is a theocracy of epic proportions. I mean, it makes Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale look like a land of orgies. Women are sinners. Their bodies are evil. You shouldn’t even touch any part of your body with your bare hands. Yeah, you get the idea. And this is how Ruth grew up. She never touched her sin cave, but that doesn’t stop her from getting into trouble.

I often say that The Handmaid’s Tale is the scariest book I have ever read, hand down. And this one takes THT one step further. Or maybe 1000 steps further, and considering how short the story is, that’s saying something. It’s a really good story and one that I really enjoyed a lot, even as it scared me just a little bit.

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This is the closest story to happy and light that we get in this one. It’s a welcome relief right in the middle of the rest of it.

Angie is dealing with something that a lot of us women have dealt with at some point. She has some dickhead who doesn’t understand foreplay and thinks that hammering at a vagina like a jackhammer is the way to go. So, she does what a lot of us have done, she fakes an orgasm to get him to go away, and makes a wish on a fallen star for one damned decent fuck.

You ever hear the saying be careful what you wish for, you might just get it? Well, considering the title of this book and what Angie wished for, do you think that she got it?

Fun story, all things considered, and some very talented body parts going in this. I mean, VERY talented. I wonder if I can find that star that Angie wished on?

Ange-We Invite You In

You know how you see in horror movies that you really shouldn’t ever read the mysterious book? Well, this story is an object lesson of why you don’t do that.

Gerry, and her friends Lee, Brandi, and Anne, are in a haunted house, and the three friends have the fun idea of summoning a demon.

I remember doing things like saying Bloody Mary and playing Stiff as a Board at slumber parties with my friends, but I’m pretty sure that none of us really ever decided that we would summon demons. I don’t know that I would have played that one. Well, maybe I would’ve. I wasn’t all that sensible as a teenager and I was willing to do all kinds of strange and interesting and impulsive stuff. Hopefully, I would’ve come out of it well.

Ange-The Monster Under the Bed

Remember when you were a kid and you were sure that there was a monster under your bed, and as long as you had all your body parts on the bed and were under the covers, nothing could get you? You likely grew out of it at some point. As you got older, you realized that there was no such things as monsters under the bed. But, what if you were wrong?

Danielle knows that there is a monster under her bed. No one ever believed her, so her parents had her committed. As long as she had a roommate she was fine. But now she’s just turned 18, and everything is going to change.

Oh my, this one got under my skin, a lot. Once, long ago, I had some issues with my head, and believed some things, and I really related to Danielle. I could really feel her emotions all the way through this short story, and it was… I don’t know what it was. It’s hard to describe. But, Danielle will live with me for a while, I think.

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Raisa originally put this up on Literotica, if I remember correctly, and one of the commenters said that she was a Sick Puppy for this story. And she wears her title proudly. I personally upped it to Sick Puppy Extraordinaire because of this book. Breathless is one of those stories that will disturb you but you just can’t help flipping the pages because you need to know what happens. I loved it when I first read it. And I love it more now.

Lucy is a surfer and she loves to be out on her board enjoying the waves. One day, she meets a great white shark, which no one really ever wants to do you know, but something scares it away. The next thing she knows, she meets some guy in the water, and he tells her to take a deep breath.

This story really is twisted and dark. Really twisted. It’s disturbing in the best way and is hard to shake off. I don’t know if I want to shake it off anyway, because it’s a really good story. Sometimes I wonder what’s in authors’ heads, but this is not one that I want to know what was going through Raisa’s head while she was writing. Did that sentence make any sense? It did to me.

This was a lovely book of some dark stories. I’m not entirely sure that they are all Happily Never Afters, but I’m not sure that they aren’t either. I think for this one that HEA/HNA is all in the mind of the beholder. Bethinker? Whatever, you know what I mean. Some of them really caused me to think while I was reading them, and a couple of them will stay in my head for a long time, I think. That is totally awesome.

That’s all for today. Go check it out. Happy reading! And enjoy this Boris Vallejo picture. If you read a lot of fantasy in the ’80s, you probably ran into a lot of Boris’ cover art. But I think that this one is perfect for this book.

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Raisa Greywood-The Jaguar Rogue

So, Raisa’s latest Shifter’s Mate book came out last week, The Jaguar Rogue. This one is the story of Soledad, who we have met in both Renata’s and Daiyu’s books, so we are at least familiar with her. But now, we are going to get up close and personal with Soledad and her mate, Markon.

Now, we’ve seen that Soledad is a fierce fighter, a pirate, swift, cunning, and ferocious. She’s also highly motivated. You see, she led her 2 younger sisters and her brother from Brazil to Atlanta so that they could go to Ximera. All three women matched to mates, but Markon, an idiot, declined his match. But then, Soledad and her sisters were separated from their brother and stolen away. When Soledad woke up, she discovered that sisters were gone. To say that this sent her and her jaguar into a rage would be putting it lightly. To say that beings were maimed, dismembered, killed, and eaten would probably be a little closer to the mark. So, she’s decided that she’s going to find her sisters and find the people who took her sisters and eat every single bit of them in revenge. After all, her mate doesn’t want her, so you know, what’s a girl to do? A little interstellar piracy and revenge sound like just the thing.

Meanwhile, Markon is off looking for Soledad. Partly because he’s been ordered to by the First and partly because he’s now become obsessed with his mate. He had a mate before, and he might not have wanted one now, but the First, being who he is, decided that Markon was going to have one, and voila. So, he’s finally gotten Soledad right where he wants her, after everyone thinks she was killed during the exodus of Earth, and he’s going to get and keep her. He has a special collar to keep her from shifting and he’s going to keep her caged, if necessary. Except, there’s one thing that he did wrong. He underestimated Soledad, badly. FTR, if you have a tricksy space pirate jaguar that you are trying to keep from running away, taking all their options away from them isn’t the best choice. But, he does get Soledad’s mating bite. Now, you see why I think that Markon was an idiot? And a huge knob? Seriously, he deserved everything that happened to him. And Soledad’s brother is now stationed on Markon’s ship, and when he found out what happened, he kind of laughed at Markon, told him he deserved it, and said that he might’ve done worse to him if Markon had actually succeeded at his plan. I totally would’ve too.

I like Soledad. Of course, I’ve liked all the heroines in this series. Renata is still my number 1 fave, but Daiyu and Soledad are tied, and it’s right close. I mean, if Renata is 100, then Daiyu and Soledad are 99.999999999, so super close. All of the ladies have had some particular strength, and Soledad’s is that she’s fucking crazy. And I mean that in the best possible way. Between her and Markon, there is precious little sane. It makes them perfect for each other. I think it will also make them quite formidable. If the Council needs the people who will get their hands dirty and do the things that no one else will, Soledad and Markon will be the people to do that. Of course, if Markon tries to leave Soledad out of it, she’s going to go out, beat him to it, and then lead him on a merry chase. He’d love it and hate it and they will both love every single second of the chase, and the belting that he would give her ass.

And the part that made me laugh the hardest? The epitaph on Soledad’s memorial. Here lies that fucking pirate. May she rest in pieces.

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Seriously, Markon is so lucky that Soledad didn’t take his arm off. I would definitely’ve considered it.

I loved the idea of Soledad playing with the dragons. It sounded awful cute.

And I really want to see the jackal and the First mate. I need for that to happen.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out the whole series. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-Wicked Truth

Raisa has finally given us the second book in her Wicked Magic series. I’m really not complaining though, because it meant that we got her Shifter’s Mate series in between then and now, so it’s all good. And hey, anticipation can be good for the soul. But, now we have Wicked Truth.

I would call this an interconnected standalone. You can read it without having read the first one and you will have no problems with getting the book, but reading the first one will give you a better basis and you will understand the world even better. And besides, hey, it’s a great story, so why not read it? It’s a very hot book and you get to meet our characters from this book.

Lily Archer is known as the town whore. You see, a few months ago, the housekeeper came into her room and saw a man fleeing through Lily’s window. It wouldn’t’ve been so bad if it hadn’t been beastly hot and she hadn’t taken off her nightie and wasn’t sleeping without even a sheet covering her. Of course, the nasty housekeeper’s mind went to a nasty place, and she just assumed that Lily and the mystery man had been getting it on. The fact was, nothing had happened. The circumstances were two unconnected events that just happened to happen at the exact same time. Of course, being Victorian England, that didn’t matter much. The housekeeper spread the news around their small town, and she was totally ruined. Now her mother is trying to marry her off, but the only person that she can find is Cain, the innkeeper who is abusive, and who isn’t waiting until marriage to start beating her.

Meanwhile, we have Myrddin, Moses, and Liam. Myrddin is a good Welsh name. You and I, not being Welsh, would call him Merlin. Yes, that Merlin. These days, he goes by Michael, Duke of Denham. Moses and Liam are his long-time companions. And by long-time, I mean centuries. Not only are the companions, but they are also lovers, especially Moses and Liam. When Myrddin goes to check on Lily, he sees that the innkeeper is mistreating her. He rushes back to his house and tells the guys that he’s going to marry her. Not only is she beautiful, but she’s also a familiar, which means she can boost his magic, so marrying her and taking her away from her small town will do all kinds of things. When he shows Moses and Liam her picture, they are all on board. Myrddian is going to make them her guardians, which will give the three of them a bond, just as he and she will have a bond when they are bonded as mage and familiar.

There are a lot of things that I like about this book. Hell, I like all the things about this book, but there are things that I like more than others. One of the things that I really like is that Lily has no trouble accepting the existing relationship between Moses, Liam, and Myrrdin. Nor does she have any problem with her being part of it, or for it to continue. I love that. I mean, that would be mean to walk in and break up the relationship that has been there for centuries. And hell, 2 guys making love to each other can be truly beautiful and hot AF. I know I’m not the only woman who thinks so. There’s just something about watching that which is just amazing. So the MMMF aspect of the book is awesome.

I also love how smart Lily is. She gets everything on the first time they explain it. But not only that, she’s pretty accepting and trusting of what the guys tell her. It’s an interesting mix of innocence and wisdom, and one which I really liked.

I can’t wait to see where the next one goes.

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That epilogue. I absolutely loved it. It was totally awesome.

I kind of guessed part of the dragon stuff, but not all of it. I thought it was great though.

I love the fate of the dark elf king. It was totally evil, devious, and fantastic. He deserved every second of it. I mean, we know what he had done to Lily and he only had her for a couple of days. Can you imagine being under his thumb for centuries?

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Really, go check both books out. Happy reading!