Aria Adams-Her Raven Mates

Her Raven Mates appears in the box set Fated Mates. Full disclosure, this is the only one of the stories in the set that I’ve read so far, but since I now own the book, I’ll be getting to the rest of the stories at some point, I’m sure. There are a lot of them, and they will be a welcome change when I need something quick and easy to read.

Eileen is living under a curse. She has been cursed to be a swan 23.5 hours a day. And that 30 minutes when she gets to be human aren’t at the same time from day to day, so she can’t even plan to have any kind of life. Her mother tells her that this is the only way to keep her safe.

Vir, Bran, and Morwain are brothers. They are also raven shifters who are currently cursed. They are ravens by day and men by night. They are trying to track down the evil warlock who cast this curse on them so that they can get back to their normal lives of being private investigators. But it’s not easy, and their enemy keeps finding them.

I will have to admit that as soon as I found out that the heroine’s name was Eileen, I was hoping for just one Come On, Eileen moment. What can I say, I’m a child of the 80s, and I remember so much 80s music. And Aria didn’t disappoint me. There is a spot when one of the guys says it, and it made me happy.

The novella is pretty short and a nice quick read. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Because it’s short, you get a lot of insta-everything and not a lot of background, but that’s just fine, Aria makes it work really well.

I love that the guys all have Celtic-ish name and are ravens, mostly because there are raven stories in Celtic mythology. Frankly, I think ravens show up in most mythology somewhere, somehow. They are gorgeous birds and wicked smart. Why wouldn’t you put them in your mythology?

Anyway, go check out the entire set, especially if you are into fated mate romances. No spoilers today, it’s too short a story.

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Sara Fields-Frantic

Today we have another Omegaverse, by Sara Fields this time. But, before I talk about Frantic, I want to clarify something that I said in Friday’s blog, because I got a question about it. If you want to skip the clarification, go for it, and go to the section marked with ***.

I’ve taken to calling myself an Omegaverse junkie. I’ve read all of the MF on Amazon, I think. There may be a couple of books that just came out that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve read a good chunk of the MM there, as well as reading more on AO3, especially since I’ve found out that I can download the stories I like and send them to my Kindle. So, here’s the section that got the question. “This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.” And here’s the question that I got. “- Is the MF a mistake or oddity? I don’t understand why it’s so different from MM Omegaverse.

Short answer is that MM tends to be lighter and more consensual from the very beginning. Not in all of them, there are always going to be outliers. But, they tend to be more traditionally “romantic”. So, when you are comparing them to the MF, which tend to be darker, more dub/noncon, you notice a real difference. Probably the difference between the two mostly leads back to Addison Cain, who is a dub/noncon, dark romance author, and thus writes what she likes. Again, I’ll emphasize that Addison didn’t create Omegaverse, and there were probably MF stories before she wrote them, but none for sale on Amazon. The authors who are now writing MF followed in Addison’s footsteps and write them in the same way. For some good examples of MM, non-shifter, mpreg Omegaverse, that will let you see the differences between the two of them, check out Piper Scott’s His Command series or her Single Dad’s Support Group series. The SDSG is a spinoff of the His Command books. I have read all her books, and she writes both shifter and non-shifter. I hope that clarifies it some. If not, send me questions, and I’ll continue to answer them to the best of my ability and within my opinions.

*** OK, back to Sara.

Frantic is the second book in her Omegaverse RH series. It is a sequel, but not a serial. Having read the first book will help you to understand what Triss is in trouble for, but you don’t have to have read it to get this story. There’s enough explanation in this one for you to get the basic idea as to what happened.

We open with Triss entering her first estrous. She’s been staked outside the city, away from the suppressants so that it will happen. So, she’s just desperate to be fucked. She’s begging the Betas who are in charge of her punishment to please fuck her. The people of the city are standing on the walls watching her, laughing at her begging and being punished. Then, all of a sudden, 3 Alphas appear from out of the wilds and decide that they are going to fight over her. Triss, in all her desperate horny horniness, sidetracks them by begging them all to fuck her. That’s how she meets her Alphas, Garret, Lothgar, and Ravick. Two of them are from the wilds, one is from the city. They fuck her stupid in front of the city, and then they are all knocked out.

I didn’t particularly care for Triss in the last book, but I didn’t hate or seriously dislike her. She had her place in the last book and her role to play. She had her motivations, which were pretty much as old as time. I think her punishment fit her crime, at least when it comes to being staked out in estrous waiting for an Alpha or three to come fuck her. However, the city, being the city, is never going to see it that way. Frankly, I think that they are definitely the true villain in the series. And I don’t even know that it’s just one particular person in the city, although it looks like there is one person who might want to change that, but the traditions and power structure in the city is definitely set up so that they are the bad guys. The largest dynamic, by number, is Betas, so it makes sense to me as to why they would want to make sure that they stay in charge by making sure that the suppressants continue to work. If people get their natural instincts back, the Alphas are going to take over, so keeping the traditions and power structures in place works. That’s why it works that they treat known Omegas the way that they do. And it’s not very nice. It’s a ghetto, in the original sense of the word. It just reinforces that admitting a dynamic is a bad thing to do, and pretending to be a Beta is always going to be good.

Anyway, I do like Triss in this one. I don’t know that I would call her story so much a redemption storyline as more of a discovery about her and who she is under her actions. Although, there is more than a soupcon of redemption in there too. I like Garret, Ravik, and Lothar too. I think that they are going to be interesting in the world in the upcoming books.

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Nikki is interesting. I’m looking forward to learning more about her, as well as more about Ellie. I like her a lot.

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

K Webster & Ker Dukey-Share Me

When you put these two ladies together, you get some magic. And Share Me is definitely in that magic category.

This book is an RH, which means we’ve got a lot of very hunky guys with just one very lucky woman. In this book, we have Clove, along with her guys, Sebastian, Leo, Zac, and Ford. And while I don’t really want to be Clove, I wouldn’t mind filling her shoes for a hot minute.

So, Clove, at 17, lost her mother. Her father is a politician and she’s practically an accessory to him. At her mother’s funeral, when a reporter gets in her face, she gets rescued by 4 definitely hot and hunky guys. Turns out that they are her new protection detail. Seb, Leo, Zac, and Ford all served together and then they started a security agency. They are all so close that they are basically brothers.

Fast forward 6 years, and Clove is still stuck being her dad’s accessory as he’s now running for the White House. She has a boyfriend, but he’s not all that exciting. Besides, she’s deeply in love/lust with her guys. So, she takes off to dump her boyfriend and then meet her father for an “outing”. For outing, read photo op. On her way out of the cafe, some dickwad purposely aims for her with his car. Luckily, her security was top-notch and they saved her. But now her dad wants to send her to a safe house, along with the guys, so they can find out who did this and to keep it from happening again.

Seb, Leo, Ford, and Zac have all been madly wanting Clove since she was legal, and now that they are all in hiding together, and it looks like it could happen, everyone is triple horny and ready to play until their bits beg for mercy.

Being as there are 4 heroes, you can pretty much guess that there is all the sex, all the time, and you’d be right. There is a lot of sex, and it happens a whole lot. I have to say that this is pretty much filthy. And filthy in the very best kind of way. There’s some one-on-one, but most of the sex is done in groups of two or more. There’s some really dirty stuff that happens, so you might want to be prepared for a cleanup at some point.

But, even while this has all sex all the time, it’s not just all sex all the time. There is an actual plot here, which is to guarantee Clove’s safety. There’s also a budding relationship being built. While the guys have been her safe spot for 6 years, having them as her friends and security guys are different to having them as her lovers, and it’s an altogether different kind of dynamic that they have to figure out. Then you toss in some distractions, and well, you get the idea.

I like Clove. I think that she is smart and funny. I also think that she’s incredibly naive sometimes, but she was brought up in an incredibly sheltered environment so it’s not all that surprising that she is a little naive.

The guys all have their own personalities, and K and Ker did really well to make sure that they all have their own voices and that you can see their personalities clearly.

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OMG, the scene with the bear? Fucking steaming.

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

Loki Renard-Sold

Loki’s back and she’s brought us another delicious dark reverse harem book to clutch to our dark little hearts. Sold takes place in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Texas. As a side note, I’ve read several post-apocalyptic dystopian stories that take place in TX. Gotta wonder what’s going on down there, don’t ya?

So, the way that this one works is that years ago there was an Event that happened. It included war, disease, and women dying off. Now there aren’t a whole lot of women. What women there are, are kept in harems or safely locked away. Generally, it’s only the rich and powerful who are able to get to women and to breed them. Boys are turned into soldiers and such, girls are kept so that they can breed the next generation. The goal is to breed the woman as many times as possible in the hopes of getting more females, but since most babies are born males, there still just aren’t enough women to go around.

Trissa is one of the wild people. She lives outside the city of Dallas, in a cabin that her father built before she was born. He kept her there and taught her how to hide and survive. Now she goes around disguised as a man, because if anyone were to know that she was a woman, things would be bad. But one day, she goes into town to sell some oranges that she “found”, and while eating some stew, her fake beard falls off, and a whole bunch of men, some of whom have never seen a woman, try and grab her. Then the Sheriff shows up and decides to sell her. Until then, he’s sticking her in with the cut men, Mattias and Elias.

Wild fits Trissa really well. She’s not civilized and she will fight everything and everyone, even when she gets spanked or strapped. She’s also really naive. I mean, her life has always been either her and her father or her alone. She has no problem saying the word fuck like it means nothing, but if you ask her, the worst cuss word ever is income tax. (As it’s coming up on tax season here, I can’t blame her for thinking that.) She calls the seven men who end up buying her by names that suits some personality or physical trait she sees in them the first time she sees them. Silver Eyes, Tattoo Face (Keanu), Pharoh (Mark), Gladiator (Alexios), Cowboy (Rick), Zen (Steve), and Nordic Man (Tore). So ok, they aren’t necessarily the most original names ever, but as she hates them, I figure they are pretty nice names. She’s not calling them parking warden or anything. I think that Trissa is pretty cunning but somewhat ignorant, which doesn’t mean that she isn’t smart. It just means that she hasn’t had the chance to learn about something in particular. I mean, she doesn’t really understand the whole mechanics of human reproduction because no one has explained it to her. She’s an extremely interesting mix of naivte, innocence, and sensuality all mixed up in one person, which can make it hard to get a good read on her.

This isn’t the darkest thing I’ve ever read by Loki, but it isn’t all lightness and happiness either.

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OK, I totally love what Trissa does to the Sheriff, because, well, yeah. He’s a fuckhead.

That’s all I have to say today. Go check this one outQ Happy reading!

Kay Elle Parker-Monsters & Guardians

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I like the dark side of the pool. Put some noncon in there, and I’m going to jump in with both feet and not worry as to whether or not the pool is too deep for me. So far, it hasn’t been. So, when I heard about Kay Elle Parker’s newest book, Monsters & Guardians, and that it was dark and noncon-y, I said sign me up. I like her Hangman’s Haunt books, so I knew that I liked her reading. M&G is a shifter, reverse harem, dark, noncon, omegaverse-esque romance, with a fucking kickass heroine. That sounds like it could be a whole lot, and it is, but it totally works out well. You can’t take a bit of it out and have the rest of it stand. Now, as a warning, when I say noncon, I mean NONCON. There are a couple of places where it’s damn near brutal, and I will say that the title fits. You have been warned.

So, here’s how this works. Dubhlainn, Finn, Quinn, Malachi, and Cabhan are 5 brothers whose father kicked them out of their pack. Their father was the Alpha of the Galway, Ireland pack. Their family has been ruling that pack for years and years and years, but Fergus doesn’t think that the next generation is up to snuff when it comes to who will be the next Alpha. He thinks his sons are just busy fucking and knotting every female they can and that they do nothing at all. Or at least, that’s what he says. So, he kicks them out and tells them that the first one of them to come back with a bred and bonded mate will be the heir. He doesn’t care if they go out singly or as a bachelor pack, he just wants them to go and go right now.

Two years later, they are in the Western US. Raine is a hunter. She’s in high demand to help with large nuisance animals, to either get them somewhere safe or to get rid of them. But that’s just her day job. Her night job is somewhat similar, but not quite. By night, she hunts down shifters and such. It’s not common knowledge that shifters, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night exist, but she has more experience with them than she would like. So, she’s been chasing down what she’s pretty sure is a pack of wolf shifters because they’ve been killing animals all over the west. Raine also feels like she’s being watched and tracked. It isn’t until she realizes that she’s being herded that she’s being chased by the people she’s chasing. While she’s being chased down, she’s not going to go lightly. She’s going to do what she can to make sure she makes taking her expensive, especially after she hears that they are planning on mating her, and hopefully, she’ll survive it. You see, mortal women and shifters aren’t really necessary all that compatible, especially after wolf shifters try to put their knots all up in there.

Raine does a pretty damn good job at making it really hard on the guys too. I mean, of the 5, she damn near incapacitates 3 of them, and none of them get away without any injury, including nearly gutting Dubhlainn and cutting two of his brothers all the way down to the bone. Quinn carries her away and then she manages to get away from him, mostly by banging him with a stick in the knee. I love the fact that she apologizes to him after she hits him in the knee but before she runs. Finally, they get her back to their house, and to the room that they had prepared for her. Basically the upper floor of a building with a huge bed, a huge wardrobe, a bathtub, and a door that locked her in. And then they tell her that they will wait for her to into heat, because it’s so close, and then they will all get busy.

Raine is definitely in my top 3 heroines. She’s a fucking battle goddess. I mean, she doesn’t make any damn thing easy on the guys, and good for her for that. Frankly, for a lot of it, they really don’t fucking deserve any damn thing to be easy on them. She is dangerous with an axe, a baton, razor blades, knives, guns, and as if that wasn’t enough, she has nails and teeth and she’s never afraid to use them. To top it off, she’s really freaking smart and cunning. She’s also very stubborn, very independent, and will build every single way that she possibly can, and then some. She is bound and determined to fight everything and everyone. I’m pretty sure that she can do it too.

I started off hating Dubh, but, that may have changed a bit. Finn and Quinn seemed like they were the nicest of all the brothers, and I think they kind of were, but I think things happened very badly with those two so it made it really hard for them to relate to Raine in any way. They both felt bad, and they damn well should’ve. I never really liked Malachi or Cabhan.

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OK, what Raine does to Fergus is evil and awesome. Totally evil and extremely fucking awesome. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. No, really.

Too bad the guys didn’t listen to Dubh. Things would’ve been easier, but the story would’ve been much shorter.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Really, go read it. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Subdued

The last of the Stryke sisters has finally been Subdued and they all now have their Vakarran mates and are working hard to bring down Nix and his horrible cronies. This time, it’s Kaela, and she is going to lead her men on a merry chase, but they will all enjoy the end of it.

So, all of Kaela’s sisters are gone, one after the other. She’s pretty sure that they are all with the Vakarrans, and from all the stories she’s heard of the Vakarrans over the last 10 years, she’s positive that it means that they are all suffering untold tortures, since everyone knows that the Vakarrans are evil, horrible, and do terrible things, especially to their human broodmares.

Tavik, Valdus, Caleb, and Zane are the disgraced and exiled 4th Battalion. They refused to do something terrible that Nix ordered them to do, so he exiled them. On top of that, he took Tavik’s mother and sold her into slavery. When they heard there was a human rebellion on Earth, they left their shipping business and came to Earth to see what’s what. When they get there, they meet with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, who are mated to Kaela’s older sisters, Alaina and Danika. Kira is still out in space, under Nix’s eye with her mates. Anyway, Alaina and Danika ask the guys to go get their sister and bring her to Atlanta as well. Tavik, Valdus, Caleb and Zane are also told that Kaela can be their mate. Do you think that was her sisters that told them that or their Vakarran mates? Hmmm… I’ll let you guess.

Meanwhile, back in the forest, Kaela is doing what she can to lead the people that her sisters left entrusted to her. As the last Stryke, she knows that she has to do what she can to make sure that her people are safe and that the Vakarrans don’t get them. So when two of her people come and tell her that there have been Vakarrans sighted, she goes to the cameras that Kira set up and sees if she can trap them. After making a plan, she goes and traps the guys in a gravity trap. What she doesn’t know is that there is a way for them to defeat it, and they do. And then she gets her ass thoroughly spanked, because you know how those Vakarrans are.

You know, in most series you can choose your favorite book or your favorite heroine, but I really can’t do that here. Each of the sisters has something that makes her special, and they all have their fight and their spunk and their fire. I almost want to say Kaela’s my favorite, because of all the happenings in this book, but not everything that happens is solely because of Kaela. I will say that she is tough AF and it shows. She’s sneaky and knows how to wait and how to play people. She watches for her opportunities and she makes the most of them when she gets them. She doesn’t trust easily, figuring that her battalion are lying to her, but willing to go with them for the moment. And frankly, I don’t blame her on that. You have to remember that Kaela is the youngest, and the majority of her growing up years have been under Vakarran rule. It’s going to be really hard to believe anyone who invaded your world and has sold away all the men and enslaved all the women when they tell you that they are going to take you to your missing sisters.

I think that her guys are, I dunno what they are, there’s something different about them than from the other battalions. Maybe it’s because they aren’t in the military anymore or they have a much more personal reason to hate Nix, but there’s just something a little different about them. I like them.

 

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I love the way that she handles Nix and what she does with the opportunity. She never hesitates about what she has to do. See, she is totally smart and I love that.

I really hope that Sara comes back to this world at some point, but I’ll be happy to read whatever she writes.

That’s all I have to say about this today. Go check out all the Vakarran books and 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!