Anthology-Black Light: Celebrity Roulette

It’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s the start of the 3rd season of Black Light, and as usual, we are starting it off with a Roulette anthology. This one is a little different though. Instead of being at Black Light East, we’re in LA, and instead of random drawings to match Doms and subs, we have a celebrity auction. A number of celebrities, both dominant and submissive types, put their name into the ring, and members got to bid for them. Once they get to the event and all the celebs find out who has purchased them for the night, then the subs roll for the activity. The rules of Celebrity Roulette say that they have to do the rolled activity for at least 30 minutes, and they are welcome to roll for something else after that. If they finish the night, they get a free month, if someone calls Red, everything is done. And oh yeah, no staff gets involved this year, or else. So, without further ado, let’s spin the wheel and find out where we end up, shall we?

As always, since this is an anthology, and there are 9 stories, plus the beginning and end bumpers, you are just going to get my basic impressions and feelings about each story, otherwise I’d be writing for the next 3 days, and I’d like to sleep sometime. Probably.

Guarded by Renee Rose

Scarlett A is a rock star. She’s also a sub. Once upon a time, she had a bodyguard named Lincoln, but a year ago, he ended fired. In that time, he’s learned a whole lot of new tricks, and he’s just waiting to show Scarlett. There is a lot of connection there between them, but of course, they have history. I think that Lincoln makes a great Dom for so many reasons, but one of them is that he really pays attention to Scarlett, and he has for a while. He might not say a lot, but it’s obvious how he feels about her from the very start.

Hooked by Jennifer Bene

By day a principal ballerina, by night a sub, Vanessa is the one who Wyatt really wants to win. He’s obsessed with her, but in a good way. There’s the typical Jennifer heat, but it’s not your typical Jennifer story. It’s sweet and light. It’s just so beautiful. There’s something about the way that these two connect and interact. They fit each other’s weird edges, and it’s perfect. Plus? I’m totally never going to be able to look at the ballet the same way again, because who knew toe shoes and tutus were sexy AF? The barre was just inspired.

Switched by Livia Grant

This is a first for Black Light. We have a Domme, Mistress Ice. Then there’s Nolan, the Dom who wants her, so he buys her and will submit to her for a night. I don’t know that there are a lot of Doms out there who would submit like that, even for 3 hours. Of course, I don’t know that many in person, so who knows. It was a really interesting dynamic to watch. I’ve read other Domme/sub books, and I’m pretty sure that this one was slightly unhealthy. But, Livia is mean. She’s a meanie meanie head. I need more. I need to know what the past holds.

Determined by Maren Smith

This is one that I really hope that Maren expands, because it really seems like there could be more to the story. So Maren, if you’re reading, take mercy on me and let me out of my suffering sometime in the nearish future, please and thank you? Out of a book full of some seriously hot scenes, I think that the scene between Claire and Adam is really the totally hottest one in the book. It’s just wow. I’m surprised my Kindle didn’t melt down. I figured it would’ve. I love the power struggle that goes on between Claire and Adam, which just makes the whole thing even hotter.

Pressure by Measha Stone

Michele thought about signing up for Celebrity Roulette. She had everything ready to go, but then stopped. Of course, she has that well-meaning friend who decided to submit her application for her and just not tell her. That’s how Michele ends up with Egan for the night. I felt sorry for Michele because she has such a hard time letting go and she has to try to stop her brain from thinking and worrying about if she’s doing the right thing. I can totally get that. I have the same problem, but no Egan to help me.

Savor by Maggie Ryan

Carnegie ends up with Ronan, a celebrity chef. I love her name, BTW, it’s just an awesome story behind it. They have a really sensual scene in here, and one that is really different to anything else we’ve ever seen in any of the Black Light stories. In fact, I think it’s the first scene like it I’ve seen in any BDSM book. It was hot but in a more lowkey kind of way. And fan paintbrushes? I will never look at them the same way again.

Cherished by Sue Lyndon

Once upon a time, Serena met Trenton right after she dumped her boyfriend. He held her during the countdown for NYE and kissed her on her forehead. Now she gets to bid on him. Sue gets a first for the Black Light books too. I’m not saying what it is, because I don’t want to spoil it. But it’s a great scene, and Serena really gets into it. I wonder how much she’s role-playing and how much she’s actually into the scene. Either way, I think it works perfectly. And I saw Trenton as Jason Statham the whole time in my head.

Jazzed by Lesley Clark

I think that this is Lesley’s first Black Light story, but I hope it won’t be her last. And it’s another one that I would love to see expanded out. Jazz is a rock star and Michael is a psychiatrist. Together, they are going to go back to school. The picture that she would’ve presented while she was sitting at a school desk was ridiculously sexy. Their whole story was really connected and really lovely.

Control by Dani Rene

Kaelin’s father, who seems like a super-prick, just sayin’, is Jed’s agent, so Jed feels that she’s off limits. She’s pretty sure that he hates her. But, when they get together, it’s definitely a match in S&M heaven. I love the chemistry that they have together. Of course, they have years of history behind them so it’s no wonder they have such a connection and such chemistry. They are another one that I would like to have more of.

And of course, as always, we have the bumpers about planning the event and the conclusion of the event, written by Livia and Jennifer. We get a little look at Emma, Chase, and Jaxon, which is always nice. I love them so much. We also get to see Madison volunteer to be the MC. And if you haven’t read a Valley Girl MCing at a bondage club auction, you are like totally missing something. I have a feeling that we will be seeing more of Madison in the future.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. The nice thing about short stories is that you can work them in whenever you have time, so go check it out. Happy reading!

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Renee Rose-Joker’s Wild

It’s time for another Tacone book from Renee Rose with Joker’s Wild. Is it weird that I went with the 80’s game show that’s making a comeback with Snoop Dogg? Sadly, those things aren’t as sexy as Junior Tacone and Renee’s book, so I guess I’ll have to readjust my thinking again.

Santo Tacone Junior is currently the head of the Tacone family while his dad is in prison. He’s been raised to take that position and be very responsible. His 4 younger brothers think that he’s a total dick. He was taught to take that birth order thing seriously, so he does what he has to do. And he hates every second of it. When he and his brothers, Gio and Paolo, go out to have a meeting with some Russians, it turns out that they have been set as a trap. Gio gets shot and Junior gets a little crazy and kills all the Russians. They can’t take Gio to the hospital because they might get pinned to the dead Russians. So, Junior does the only thing he can do. He takes Gio to his house and gets the best nurse he could think of, Desiree.

Desiree is currently a trauma nurse at Cook County, but in the past she has worked as home health care. When Junior’s Ma needed home care, she was the one who took care of her. Junior was taken with her, but he also knows that she’s a good nurse. So, he sends out his men to go get her. He tells them to not hurt her. Of course, when they grab her, handcuff her, and pull a bag over her head, they never hurt her. Scaring the fuck out of her isn’t hurting her. Dumbass men. Of course, being a damn good nurse, Desiree walks in, looks at the situation, and takes over, and gets things going. There’s a lot of tension there between Desiree and Junior, because she’s fantasized about him for all that time. And oh fuck, are her fantasies hot.

I spent a lot of the first books thinking that Junior was a massive dickhole. Of course, he didn’t really help there, as you may remember. But, reading his book and getting a look in his head makes me actually like him, surprisingly enough. He bears a heavy weight. As the oldest kid, I can totally get that, and I don’t even have the heavy weight of a parent’s expectation on me like Junior does. I love how fierce Desiree is and how fiercely she defends him when he needs it, even from himself. It’s pretty awesome how she does that, and it’s amazing to Junior that someone actually pays attention to him and sees him. I don’t think anyone has ever seen him before, except for maybe his mother. I love how he’s romantic towards Desiree, but not in ways that you and I might think is romantic, but it works for them.

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OK, beating the shit out of Desiree’s ex and then coming and waiting for her outside of work every night so that she got into her car safely, that’s totally an example of Junior being romantic towards her. Not your typical romance, right?

I can’t wait for Alessia’s story. It ought to be interesting.

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

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Secret

Renee Rose and Lee Savino, fresh off staring and whispering, have given us another book in their Alpha’s world. This time our focus isn’t on a wolf, we get a big ass grizzly bear and a fox in Alpha’s Secret.

Our main characters are Grizz and Jordy. We’ve met both of them before. Grizz used to work at Fight Club until the wolves found out that he was also working with the vampire King. Jordy we only met for a minute back when she was helping Foxfire and Tank. She’s paying for it now though.

So, Grizz is on a mission. And luckily the King is OK with it, at least for right now. Grizz also works as a bouncer at the vamp’s BDSM club, so he gets to see all the fun and games. He doesn’t quite understand it, but he sees those who like it really liking it. Then, he sees a beautiful little redhead submissive being beaten, and not in a fun way, but a vampire. When Grizz stops it, Benny the Leech gets all pissy about it. Later, Grizz rescues the tiny submissive from yet another evil vamp, Augustine, where he has her locked, naked and shivering, in a cage, going through sub drop. He just can’t leave her there, so he takes her back to his den.

Jordy’s family of fox shifters is paranoid, inbred, and assholes. When she helped outsiders, her family decided that she was a safety risk, so they sold her and Augustine ended up as her “Master”. He mistreated her, neglected her, and allowed her to be harmed. Then, Grizz saves her, and she, for the first time in her life, feels safe, even if he is a big, scary, growly grizzly bear who is growling and grumbling, when he isn’t purring for her.

I’ve always liked Grizz, even when it looked like he was up to something bad. Well, he was up to something and he was keeping secrets, but there was a point to it. But this book made me like him more. He is, however, a huge lying liar who lies through his lying mouth. Now, granted, he’s only really lying to himself, but he’s still a huge fucking liar. That’s ok, as Mulder always said, the truth is out there. And Jordy, AKA Kit, is more than happy to drop some gospel truth on his ass.

A lot of people would look at the submissive personality that is Kit and think that she is weak. In fact, I think that she felt that about herself for a while, but, she is a lot stronger than anyone thinks she is. Submissive doesn’t mean weak. I do think that she’s a great character and I really liked watching her journey through the book and the choices that she decides to make are really interesting and I understood where she was coming from with them.

We do get to see the Tucson pack, at least for a minute or two, and we get to spend a lot of time with the Terrific Trio, Parker, Laurie, and Declan. I really like those guys and I so want to see them get some kind of HEA. They are pretty tightly bonded, so I’m not sure how it would work, but Lee and Rose could come up with something.

I’m really interested to see what’s coming up in the series. I feel like there is more to come with Grizz and Jordy and that their story wasn’t completely told. Not like the book was unfinished, but that there was just more to come, if that makes sense.

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I really like how Grizz figures out that he’s not quite as vanilla as he thought he was and he discovered that he likes a little slap and tickle. Or ropes and spanking, you know, whatever.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out the entire series. Many of them are in audio as well, so you can listen to them if you want. Happy reading!

Renee Rose-Ace of Diamonds

Renee Rose is taking us back to Vegas and the Tacone Family with Ace of Diamonds. It’s a great addition to her Vegas Underground series.

So, this is the 3rd one in the series. While it’s a series, it’s not a serial, so you can read it without having read the other two. The couples from the others do show up in this one, but they are pretty secondary.

Pepper Heart is a popular singer. She started out as that alt-goth-rock chick back when she was 16. Now, 7 years later, her manager and her record label turned her into a pop princess and she hates it. That’s not the only thing that her manager has done. He managed to really fuck up her last album release and got her almost a million dollars in debt to the Tacone Family. So she now has to appear at the Bellissimo in Vegas in order to pay off the debt. Because heaven forbid that Hugh, the scuzzball, comes up with the money or, you know, even take the blame for his actions. Generally, this wouldn’t be a huge problem, but you see, Pepper’s voice is pretty much completely gone. She’s been touring a whole lot lately and she’s been sick, sick enough that she actually collapsed after leaving the stage and since then, her voice has just been getting worse and worse. Now, it’s so bad, she can barely talk at all, so she has to lip sync her performances.

Tony is Nico Tacone’s best friend, bodyguard, and general right hand. His job now is to deal with Pepper and collecting her debt. He wasn’t expecting anything like the real Pepper to show up. He expected some entitled, privileged twit, what he got was a lovely young woman who was so real, and had horribly painfilled eyes. But it’s when he realizes that she had to lip synch her concert that he hits the roof. And smacks her ass.

I loved Pepper. She really was sweet. She really wanted to make sure that her fans were happy, and she was more than happy to engage them so that they would have a fun time. Even when she couldn’t speak, she would do all kinds of things in order to make her fans happy. The nice thing is, she got to make her happy at the same time, which was nice. I also felt sorry for her, because it really did feel that there wasn’t anyone there to help her out. I have always liked Tony. He is an honorable man. He’s also a good man, within his particular standards of good. Are those the standards of the world in general? Nope. Do they work for him? Very much yup. He’s protective, he’s caring, he’s willing to do what needs to be done to make sure that the people he loves are safe.

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Oh, I love her trip to the punk concert with Tony, that sounded like a lot of fun, and it would totally be something that I would love to watch.

I never liked Hugh, not from the very beginning. He was such a yuck. I don’t particularly care for Pepper’s parents either, they seemed so much more concerned about what she could do for them, rather than what they could do for her.

I think, hands down, one of my favorite scenes in the whole book is when she’s out to lunch with her band and Hugh shows up. It was funny af.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all of Renee’s books. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Bane

The first rule of Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. However, that’s a rule that Renee and Lee decided needed to be broken. Well, sorta. Alpha’s Bane has nothing to do with Chuck Palahniuk or Brad Pitt, but hey, there’s still a fight club involved, so it’s all good, right?

We’re once again back with the Tucson pack, headed by Garrett with his 3 friends, including Trey. As teenagers, they were all kicked out of the Phoenix pack by Garrett’s father. Because the guys were so popular, most of the younger wolves left Phoenix to move to Tucson with Garrett. Now, the Tucson pack is thriving and it’s starting to change from a frat pack to one with mated couples. Three of the 4 leading members of the pack have now mated, leaving Trey as the only one who hasn’t. But that’s OK with Trey, at least most of the time. He’s perfectly happy running his fight club and fighting once a week.

Trey’s fight club is in neutral territory, which allows any shifter to come in and fight. It’s a good place to handle any stress or conflict you might have with another shifter, and if you like to fight, well, there’s always someone there to fight with. It’s working reasonably well for Trey and for the Tucson pack at large. There’s one problem though, because it’s neutral, vamps are starting to come to the club too.

Sheridan is Garrett’s cousin, and high up in the Phoenix pack structure, as well as high up in the business that funds that pack. Her father and uncle, who is still the Alpha, have sent her to Tucson to shut down Trey’s fight club. There have been vampire related deaths, and people are starting to get curious. Then there’s the fact that there have been federal law enforcement agencies interested in the club. So, off goes Sheridan to shut it down. However, Trey and Sheridan have some history and it complicates things.

They were each other’s first everything, and then he betrayed her. She turned around and betrayed him right back. Because of what she did, most of the Tucson pack hates her, a lot. But she’s there to do a job, and she’s going to do it.

Poor Sheridan, I feel so sorry for her. I really do. She’s got her uncle and her father on one side of her, especially her father, who want her to be one way and jam her into that particular way to be. They expect her to be the perfect pack princess and do whatever they tell her. Then, there’s the other side of Sheridan. The one that she lets out on very rare occasions when she isn’t anywhere near her pack, and then shoves back into a little box and ties it up tightly so that it can’t escape when she’s at home, being Miss Prim and Proper and doing what she’s expected to do and being who she’s expected to be. Her father is a jackass of mammoth proportions and he needs his ass kicked so hard his butt cheeks act as earmuffs. And frankly, I want to know what right the Phoenix pack thinks they have that they can come down to Tucson and shut down anything that the Tucson pack is doing? Just because Garrett’s dad is the Alpha of Phoenix doesn’t make him the boss of Garrett.

Trey’s a good man, we’ve seen that in other books. But, even good men are blithering idiots sometimes, and Trey is so guilty of that. He thinks that he’s doing the right thing for everyone, but a lot of times, what you think is the right thing is the total wrong thing. And he’s been doing that for years, which just makes things worse. He needs to have his cranio-rectal inversion forcefully cured, and Sheridan is just the woman to do that.

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Yeah, I couldn’t resist, because damn, just look at how fiiiiine Brad Pitt is. He’s proper fit.

I loved it when Sheridan took Trey down, and then when she knocked over Grizz. It shocked the shit out of everyone when she did that, but it was fucking AWESOME! Lee and Renee write some kickass heroines, and that was just great.

I also love all of Sheridan’s outfits, especially the catsuit she wears to the vampire club. And what happens in the club.

I couldn’t believe that Trey did what he did. I mean, motherfucker. To do what you did and then just run? Sheridan should’ve had his cojones for earrings.

OK, go check out the whole series, there are all sorts of hot and steamy things going on in it. Happy reading!

Rebel West & Renee Rose-Mastered by the Zandians

I love those big, purple, horny guys. I mean horned guys. Or do I? I suspect even I don’t know what I mean, which isn’t the first, last, or only time that has ever happened. Anyway, I’m a huge fan, and have been from the very first one of these books I read. I love that Renee brought Rebel West in to help take the series in a new direction after the Zandians won back Zandia. I mean, more huge, purple, horny aliens? Who can go wrong with that? So, with that, on to Mastered by the Zandians, the latest book in the series.

If you remember, now that the Zandians have freed their planet, they are working on repopulating it. But, as there are only 3 Zandian females of breeding age, that can be really slow going. Luckily, human women are infinitely compatible with the Zandians. So, they are welcoming human women who want to seek asylum on Zandia, and going out and rescuing more, when they can. After all, Zandia is the only place that humans are actually free and safe. Most of the Zandian males are mating in groups of 2 or more, because that’s how the king told them to do it.

Captain Archer has petitioned the king so that he can go and get a mate. With his friends Lanz and Domm, he’s gone to a slave auction and purchased a human woman and her daughter to be his new family. Once they get to Zandia, the females will be free, and they will be a family unit, and everyone will be super-duper happy. However, there’s one small hitch in the program. Her name is Mirelle.

Mirelle was born free. Her mother and father managed to escape slavery and ran away to Jessel, a lawless planet where there is a small human population. Her father raised her to be a freedom fighter. She’s a fierce fighter, a pretty good mechanic, and does a lot of inventing and innovating. She’s very, very smart. She also knows that the Zandians are still keeping human slaves. Or at least, she thinks that’s what’s happening. So, when Archer buys that human woman, Mirelle decides to go and rescue her. She barely gets the woman and her daughter on to her ship when she has to fight a huge Zandian male. She not only fights him, but she knocks him the fuck down, and gets away. She and the other females get on her ramshackle DIY spaceship and start to head to Jessel. However, along the way, the ship, which doesn’t have any weapons, can’t cloak, and can barely go fast at all, starts to have problems. Good thing that the Zandians followed them to get the women back, especially when pirates show up and try to capture the women. Mirelle comes in very handy then.

I think Mirelle is a different heroine than all the others we’ve seen so far. She’s a much fiercer warrior. Not to say that any of the other women weren’t fighters, because they were, but Mirelle is a warrior, which is completely different, if you ask me. It’s part of her basic makeup. When she gets put into a place where she can’t be the warrior woman that she is, she starts to have problems. I think that Lanz and Domm are good guys. They are very honorable, like all Zandians, and they are very attached to Mirelle, very quickly, but I think they didn’t necessarily think about the best way to go about handling her. They just did what all other Zandian males had done, with some success. But, those women were different to Mirelle. For one thing, they had been slaves their entire lives, which changes the way that a person thinks and acts altogether. The guys would occasionally talk about whether they were doing things the right way or not, but they had to go by what they were told to do. I do like all three main characters though, even if the guys were dense sometimes.

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I think that Mirelle should’ve been upfront with the boys about why she wanted to go to Jessel. I mean, yeah, she mentioned that her father was there, but I don’t think they really understood how much that meant to her. I also think that she had a point about trust. She was expected to trust Lanz and Domm with everything, but they didn’t trust her. I mean, yeah, they did give her some freedom, and she was allowed to train the other women and some Zandian warriors, but she isn’t really trusted by anyone.

I loved what her dad told her about her mom. Too bad Mirelle didn’t get to know her mother more.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out the entire series. It’s pretty damn awesome. Happy reading!

Renee Rose-Jack of Spades

Renee Rose has once again returned us to her version of the mafia in Vegas with Jack of Spades. It’s the second one in the series, and you can read it as a standalone, even though it has carryover from the first book. You’re getting the same family with both the hero and heroine as from the first book. Stefano is Nico’s younger brother and Corey is Sondra’s cousin, and they are as close as sisters.

So, Corey is a croupier at the Tacone family casino. She has a degree in psychology, but she likes working the floor at the casino instead. She gets to look around at all the people and figure out what’s going on with them. She comes up with her theory of the different kinds of gamblers. She’s really observant, which is what helps her figure out that there is something weird with the guy who’s playing roulette at her table. He’s trying to cheat. So she does what she’s supposed to and calls over security.

It turns out the would-be cheater is Stefano Tacone. He’s helping Nico run the casino so that he will be able to spend more time with Sondra. Stefano is looking for someone to deal at private games, and Corey fits the bill. Not only is she smart and observant, she’s also charming, and has a magnetic personality. The fact that she’s smoking hot doesn’t hurt either.

One the first night that she’s to deal at a private game, Stefano has her come early and asks her to walk the floor and asks her what she sees. Then it’s time to deal for the game. And that’s when all the bad things start to happen.

I like Corey. I think that she’s pretty awesome. She knows that she doesn’t want to be like everyone else. She’s perfectly happy working on the floor of a casino. But, she’s very walled off. I don’t blame her, considering what her past is like. I would be pretty closed off too. I really like how strong and independent that she is. I really do like how she challenges Stefano. I like him too, most of the time. Yeah, he’s all alpha dude, but he’s not overly heavy-handed like you sometimes see. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t, you know, tie her to his bed after carrying her over his shoulder to his suite, but he’s pretty good at figuring out Corey, and taking good care of her.

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I really hated Corey’s dad. He was scum of the earth. Wait, that might be insulting to the scum. Maybe he was the bacteria that feeds off whale poop. Yeah, that’s it, I think.

I think that is about all I have to say today. I really enjoyed this, so go check it out! Happy reading!