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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!

Kallista Dane-Chaos Born

I reviewed the first book of the Warriors of the Seven Stars on here back when it came out. The series is a reverse harem series, but Kallista is doing it in an interesting way. In each book, a new man is added in. So Chaos Born gives us the second man in Queen Melisandre’s harem.

OK, so here’s the way this story goes. A 1000 years ago, the Dark Lord was locked away by the Woman Clothed in the Sun and her mates. She went on and married King Vidos I and there was a Prophecy of Doom. A millennium later, Melisandre was born and after her father died, she became queen. Her vizier took her to see the Oracle and she found out that she was the culmination of the prophecy, The One Who Commands the Seven Stars. She was told that she would have 4 warriors by her side that she would be fighting with. In between hearing the prophecy and her first warrior, the Fire Born Drayke, a dragon shifter, Meli did what she could to train and become a warrior since she was going to have to fight.

So now, Meli and Drayke have destroyed the first item they were supposed to destroy, the Fire Flask, and it’s time to go back to the fortress and relax for a minute, before getting to the job of destroying the next one. When they get there, there is another man, one who tells Meli that he is the best warrior in all the land. Meli says that she’s a warrior and challenges him to a duel. He makes a wager, if he defeats her, she has to kneel and call him Master until sunrise. And of course, he’s going to win, because he really is the Goddess chosen warrior, and the best one ever. Meli tries to get out of their wager, but after Magnus, the warrior, thoroughly spanks her, she agrees to do what she already agreed on. But, she wants to warn Magnus that she has a lover waiting just outside who can turn into a dragon and she doesn’t want anything to happen to Magnus. That’s when she hears Drayke, who has been watching in the shadows. Magnus and Drayke are brothers of the heart, so Meli is basically fucked. And proper fucked, every which way.

I know, in book time, there isn’t a lot of time in between FB and CB, but I think the first battle has really matured Melisandre. I mean, it’s not like she wasn’t mature to begin with, but there’s a difference between knowing that you are going to have to fight and actually doing it, and doing it changes you and makes you more… mature, grave, serious, something, I don’t know. But that’s where she is now. While we see some Drayke in this story, it’s primarily Magnus’ story, so most of the interaction is with him and we get his backstory. His learning and training help Meli. Magnus and Drayke settle in well with Meli, and settle Meli in well with them. I’m really looking forward to the next book.

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OK, I totally think that Meli is going to have to sleep with the Dark Lord and claim him as one of her mates in order to defeat him. I don’t know why I think that, but there’s just something in the way that the Oracle is talking about the defeat that makes me think that’s what’s going to happen. I know we have at least 2 books to go, so I’m going to just keep reading so that I can find out.

I’m looking forward to how Magnus and Drayke are going to react to the sorcerer being added into their group. It’s one thing to share with someone you consider your brother, but to share the woman you love with a total stranger? Even if it’s something the Goddess has said must happen?

And OMG, the Vizier. When he came out with his personal story, I was like dayum, old man’s a freak! In a good way, though.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out both books. Kallista has done a great job with this world. 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!

Lee Savino-Beauty and the Lumberjacks

Lee Savino has given us a reverse harem full of lots of hot and sexy lumberjacks. Eight, to be precise. I know that I wouldn’t mind 8 lumberjacks, which could be a lot of fun. I’m pretty sure that Sierra doesn’t want to share with me though, so I’ll just have to imagine that I’m the one in Beauty and the Lumberjacks.

So, here we have Sierra, who is on the run. She was with a man in a motorcycle club, but somehow he ended up shot and she heard that they were going to blame her, so she ran. Now, weeks later, she’s at the end of her rope, the end of her money, and stuck where she is, not quite far enough out of the territory of the club so that she can’t be found. She’s resorted to having to beg the local sleazy strip club owner to let her dance, even though he’s turned her down before. She needs the money so that she can get further away. But when he doesn’t give her a chance again, she knows that she’s pretty much out of luck.

Lincoln runs a logging camp with 7 other big, burly guys. He doesn’t want to have his guys lose time all the time going down to the strip club. So, his solution is to contract a stripper to come in and spend the season with them. All they are paying her for is to dance, but if she wants to go above and beyond, well, they aren’t going to complain. But, the strip club owner turns him down. Luckily for him, Sierra overhears the owner telling Lincoln now. She runs after him and volunteers her services. Can it be volunteering if you are getting $10k? Doesn’t matter, she does it.

Lincoln is worried about the fact she looks like she’s about 12, but she proves she’s 21. She asks him to take her back to his hotel room so she can take a shower, and then she provides him with her qualifications for the job. So, he takes her back to camp where she meets Mason, Jagger, Saint, the twins Elon and Oren, and Roy and Tommy, who will be more than happy to just watch her dance.

At the heart of this book, it’s about family and relationships I think. It’s more than just hot sex, although there’s that. But it’s about what makes and family and how to make a relationship work whether there are 2 people or 9 people. I think that’s part of why I like the reverse harem books is because it’s interesting to me to watch how the relationships play out. Don’t get me wrong, I like the sex and the dark and kinky, but I also like the actual plot and working out the relationship stuff. And Lee does that really well. I love how free Sierra feels in herself and how confident she is most of the time. She likes sex and she’s not afraid to have it and not bothered by the fact that she is having it with all the guys.

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Oh Jagger. Poor sweet and idiotic Jagger. Did he not just stop to think for a minute? I felt so bad about that.

I kind of hated Mason at the beginning, but he turned into a good guy, even if they are having hate sex. I wouldn’t mind that kind of hate sex.

I love that Roy and Tommy are part of the family, even though they aren’t involved in the sex part. It just shows that there is more to making up a relationship than just sex.

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