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!

Anthology-Daddy’s Demands Pt. 1

So yeah, I’ve been putting this one off, but not because I didn’t like the book, because I did and I do, but more because life is stupid and adulting is hard. The fact that adulting is hard sometimes made this the perfect set of stories for right now, because it’s 25 stories about Daddies who want to make sure that their little girls are taken care of and aren’t going to have to adult too hard. Of course, some of the Daddies are a little darker than others, or a little more strict, but considering who wrote some of these stories, are you surprised? I’m really not.

There are a lot of great things about an anthology like Daddy’s Demands. One of them is that no matter what kind of mood I’m in, there’s a story there for it. Which is nice, because I never know what kind of mood I’m going to be in from day to day. Plus, with the fact that there are 25 stories, they are pretty short, so if you have a minute to read a story and you don’t want to get dragged into something, you can find a quick story. So, if you are like me and you hate going to bed with an unfinished book, an anthology is a godsend. There’s also the fact that when you get an anthology, you get the chance to read authors that you aren’t familiar with, which is even nicer. Even with as much as I read, and as many of those authors I have read, there were still a couple of authors I wasn’t familiar with.

Of course, then you have the downside to large anthologies like this, at least for bloggers and reviewers like me. There are TWENTY-FIVE┬ástories in here. Do you know what trying to review 25 stories is like? I would get bored writing a blog post that summarized 25 stories. You would get bored reading it. My goal is to not bore my readers. I like you guys, I want to keep you around. I liked all the stories because all the authors are talented, but you know that there are always going to be some that you like more than others. That’s just the way that it is. So, what you’re going to get is a 2 part post, today and tomorrow. That way I can talk about my favorites and not burn you out or burn me out, and Daddy will be happy. ­čÖé

Renee Rose-Mafia Daddy

Renee’s story ties in with some of her other stories. You get Yuri from The Russian and the tie in from King of Diamonds. Jenna, the heroine of this one was supposed to marry Nico Tacone from KoD, and when her father’s right hand man comes to take her home, Yuri steps in to try to stop him. So, we now have definite proof that they are all part of the same universe. This is a sweet story. I know, I know, you don’t think that Renee can write sweet, but she did. I really enjoyed it, including the connections to her other stories.

Loki Renard-Daddy’s Little Captive

You know how I said some of the Daddies were a little darker and stricter than others? Yeah, Loki’s Dominic is one of them. He comes into the little restaurant where Marina works as a server on a regular basis, and when he comes in late one night and everyone else leaves, Marina just can’t. Lots of kinkery fuckery going on, including one of Loki’s trademarks, a cage. This one is under the bed though.

Jane Henry-Professor Daddy

This one ties in with Jane’s NYC Doms and Verge. Giada is a student who is getting ready to take a creative writing course from a prof that she thinks is going to be stodgy. Only Geoffry Slade is anything but stodgy. So she decides to poke the bear. I’ve been talking off and on with other Daddy authors about brats, and I’m pretty sure that Giada totally counts as a brat. I really liked her and how she thinks it’s fun to poke the bear, knowing what she’s going to get.

OK, there’ll be more tomorrow, but it’s late, and my life is still stupid, so I’m going to go to bed.

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Renee Rose-Blaze

If you’ll kindly forgive the pun, Blaze was blazing hot and fiery. Of course, it’s a Renee Rose story, so there’s some hot sex going on as well as a little bit of spanking. And just for fun, we have a firefighter who is an excellent Daddy. What can possibly be wrong with that mix? Nothing, that’s what.

Lia is very driven. She has wanted to be firefighter with FDNY for many years. She took the training, she spent summers on the Forest Service’s hotshot crews, and she’s spent the last many months fighting with FDNY to actually get hired. Now she has the job, and she’s the only woman in her firehouse. Hotshot crews, by the way, are pretty much the BAMFs of the firefighting world. They are the ones who go into forest fires, into the worst areas, and fight the fires, with very little support. I mean, these men and women are tougher than tough. That’s some seriously hard and dangerous work, even more than regular firefighting, because when you are fighting a structure fight, you are going to have medical care on hand if you get hurt. Anyway, that’s what Lia was doing. I’m not sure why FDNY wouldn’t want to hire her to be on their team. I mean, seriously. That’s a helluva recommendation, if you ask me. But, there it is.

New to her station, she’s still trying to get the guys to accept her. They are having issues. One guy outright hates her, the others just aren’t sure what to do about her, and the captain has walked in on their strip poker game and laid down the law. No fraternization, no sexual harassment, and no more strip poker games. Although, I’m willing to bet the the boys weren’t playing strip poker on their own. After Blaze, their captain, lays down the law, Lia goes to do what she does when she needs to burn off stress. She lights matches. Lia has a deep and abiding love for fire. Deep and abiding. That’s part of why she’s a firefighter.

Blaze knows about Lia’s little habit, and he wants her to stop it. She’s confusing to him. He knows that she’s off-limits, but there’s something that attracts him to her.┬á He knocks on her door, walks in, and discovers Lia out of uniform, in just a pair of panties and a shirt. She’s not out of uniform because she’s only in panties and shirt, it’s because her panties are made out of a synthetic material. So, he talks to her about her issues, and oh yeah, spanks her.

I like Lia. I get the liking fire bit. My own teenage years may have involved a lot of things burning. My family enjoys fire. I also get why she’s driven to do the things that she does. It can be really hard when you have that drive in your head and you can’t quite get it out. She’s really fierce, but she’s had to be, just to be heard, let alone to become a firefighter. I do think that her family did fail her a bit, or maybe more than a bit, but that’s my opinion. I mostly like Blaze. He’s a good guy. But even good guys who want you to call them Daddy can be stupid as hell, and that’s also a good description of Blaze. It isn’t even that he’s high-handed like some Dom-ly types get, it’s that there are things that he’s just stupid about. So, a good guy who is sometimes stupid as hell. He’s not my Daddy, I don’t have to be nice to him. LOL.

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Here’s where I think her family did Lia no favors. They knew what happened, and instead of talking about it and maybe seeing if she needed some help with her guilt or whatever, they just kind of ignored it. I can understand them wanting to just patch over the thing, but I think it just made a lot of things harder for Lia than it had to be.

Blaze’s white knight syndrome was seriously out of control. Why did he never notice it? I’m not surprised that it upset and hurt Lia so much. It would hurt anyone, but he and Lia were doing things that could be really intense and bring in all those feelings, and he wasn’t dealing with the after part the way he should because he had to go rescue every other damn person. See? Stupid as hell.

Ok, that’s all I have to say. Go check this one out as well as the rest of the Hard and Dirty books. Happy reading!

Renee Rose & Lee Savino-Alpha’s Mission

Renee Rose and Lee Savino have done it again. Once again they have brought us into their shifter world and rocked our world. Today we have Alpha’s Mission, which combines a fun little espionage story along with a paranormal romance. All the good stuff. And oh yeah, there may be some really hot sex along the way.

We have met Charlie Dune before. He’s a superspy who tried to shove himself into an investigation, and then ended up helping Nash, who he knew from before. But while he was helping out Nash and the Tucson pack, he learned something about himself he never knew before. He’s a werewolf. Now, a month later, he’s trying to figure out his life. When he misses a meet with his handler Annabel Gray, he has to go meet her elsewhere, and he realizes that she smells soooooo goooooood, and he can’t control his raging trouser python around her. She sends him out on a job but he gets made and the next agent ends up dead.

Annabel Gray has been handling Charlie for a long time. That’s why when he needed help, she worked her mighty cyber skills and helped him out. Now that she’s investigating something she shouldn’t be into and it starts to come back on her, she knows that Charlie is the place to go. Not just because he owes her, but because he’s the kind of person you take on Naked and Afraid with you. He’s incredibly competent and he makes her feel safe. Plus, he’s mighty damn hot.

OK, I like Charlie, but sometimes he’s a stupid, stubborn man. He is just bound and determined to figure out things on his own and doesn’t want to ask for help. Help that would’ve made a lot of things much easier, and made things easier in his life. Of course, that would’ve caused the book to be shorter, so I guess I can forgive him so that I was able to read the book. When he isn’t being stupid and stubborn, he’s a good man. He’s fiercely loyal and protective. He’s willing to do anything it takes to make sure that Annabel is safe and happy. Anything. I like Annabel too. She’s very smart and is really good at what she does. She’s dedicated and she cares so much for her family and for Charlie. The sex is fucking hot, which goes without saying, as it’s a Renee/Lee book. The adventure part winds really well with the romance, which is always nice.

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I was surprised that it took as long as it did for Annabel to know that Charlie was a werewolf. I was surprised that she didn’t put it together when the same wolf appeared way far away from Charlie’s cabin where she originally saw him. There was only one thing that both those places have one thing in common, and that was the fact that Charlie was there. But, I suppose that if you are stressed and being chased by the CIA, not always figuring things out immediately can be forgiven.

Charlie was really stupid to not take advantage of all of his resources when he was trying to figure out the whole werewolf thing. Why would you not talk to people who are already dealing with what you are? See, stupid male.

OK, go check out the book and give it a good read. Happy reading!