Haven Handel-Princess of the Pack

Haven Handel is a pen name for Shanna Handel. She’s writing paranormal romance under this name. Of course, just because she’s writing in a new genre with a new pen name doesn’t mean that she got rid of the spanking and domestic discipline that go along with her other books.

In Princess of the Pack, we meet a new cast of characters. There’s Cassandra and Deo, her husband, and all of his family. Deo’s family are interesting, but we’ll get to them later. Right now all you need to know is that they are Greek and they all look like they stepped down off Mount Olympus.

So, Cassandra and Deo have been married for 10 years. In fact, the story starts out the day before their 10th wedding anniversary. However, in the past few months, their marriage hasn’t been good. They have been fighting and arguing and just pulling away from each other, in general. During a big argument that night, Cassandra tells Deo that she is leaving. It’s that exact point in time when everything changes. Deo tells her to go to his office, tells her to get undressed, and then takes her over his knee, after she laughed in his face, which meant she got spanked even worse.

The next day she goes to work late, so she wouldn’t have to sit down at her meeting, and tells her friend Cynthia what happens. Then she goes out to lunch with her friend Andrew, when Deo shows up. Bye-bye Andrew. When she gets back from lunch, another Greek god looking dude, Baal, is waiting in her office and tells her that Deo sent her and she needs to leave.

OK, this is a good place to mention all the names of the hot guys. Whenever anyone meets them, they always tell the new person what their name is and what it means. Deo means godlike. Baal is short for Balthazar, meaning protect the king, he’s Deo’s couisn. Alekos is Deo’s brother, and his name means defender of mankind. Draco, another cousin, means the dragon. Xander, yet another relative, means protector. Then there was Cassandra, who was an unheeded prophetess.

Here is where the paranormal bit comes in. When Baal and Draco get Cassandra to Deo at the castle, he starts to tell her what’s the what. Turns out he and his family are shifters who have to fight against dark spirits. They are all wolves, but Draco has a second, more powerful, form. Gee, guess what it is? Not that we see it in this book, but we will, I’m sure.

Alright, here’s where you choose which path to follow, my little ducklings. There is spanking and romance. Not so much sex, and not a whole lot of bad language. Shanna/Haven writes rather tame stories, sex-wise, but very entertaining otherwise, so I’m not complaining in any way. I enjoy reading them. Shanna came up with a good premise in this and an interesting way to turn the people into wolves, which is a way I’ve not heard of before, and I’ve read a lot of paranormal and UF, so that was exciting.

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OK, so here’s how they become shifters. You know, in most stories, they are bitten or they are born to be a shifter. In this one, Deo’s family was cursed many, many, many years ago. Now, when the men make a sacred vow, whoosh, the curse activates and they turn into shifters. Until they do that vow, they have no clue what’s going. So, when Deo married Cassandra, he made that vow, and he found out about the curse and was able to turn into a wolf.

There are always dark spirits around, but they multiply when vows and promises get broken, and they like to attack a lot more people when that happens.

I like that Cassandra stays a strong woman even after her husband starts with his domestic discipline. She’s a high powered lawyer outside of their marriage and is pretty Alpha herself, so Shanna did really well not letting that part of Cassandra disappear. Sadly, it earns her a lot of punishment, but you know, this happens. But, Cassandra also gets to be a BAMF and a kickass fighter, which is good.

Outside of telling you to go check this out, I think I’ve said quite enough. It’s a fairly short story, which is amazing that I was able to talk this much about it, and it’s a great start to a new series in an interesting world.

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Callie Hart-Mr. North

I’ve read some other Callie Hart books, so when I got the chance to get an ARC of Mr. North so that I could read and review it, it was a no-brainer. I’m really glad that I did. It was a great story and it hit a lot of my happy buttons. It was twisty and turny, it was a helluva roller coaster ride, and it was kinky af. It was also full of suspense, well-written, and kept me guessing. All good things.

So, to the story. Beth is a law student at Columbia University. She’s just about to graduate and take the bar exam. She’s broke, dealing with a lot of student loans, and may have to move in with the brother she doesn’t necessarily like. That’s when her friend Thalia drops an opportunity in her lap. Thalia is running a company which lets people hire others to come and be their companion for a while. Get your brains out of the fucking gutter, not that kind of companion. The person that Thalia wants Beth to see is just looking for a chess opponent and someone to talk to. In return, she’ll get $6k for it, which for a starving student, is a helluva lot of money. The man who is hiring is named Raphael North, and he’s one of the richest people in the country.

Raph was in the public eye for many years, but in the last 5 years, he’s rarely seen. There are all kinds of rumors about him, like that he actually died in a car crash, his board hired doubles to stand in at meetings and a zillion others. Raph is looking for someone to come talk to him and play chess with him at his home. He doesn’t want anything else (or does he). He just has one requirement. He doesn’t want any blondes, so it’s a good thing that Beth is a brunette.

Thalia sets up the first meeting, and off Beth goes to meet Raph and play chess. There are a lot of things that Thalia tells Beth, including don’t beat him at chess. Well, that one didn’t last for very long. She has a game with him and then meets his friend Paxton, who obviously dislikes her. He dislikes her so much he tried to buy her off.

Alright, time to go our separate ways. Seriously, the sex scenes, most of them, are kinky. Very good kinky. There are some really sad bits, some really angry bits, some bits where I wanted to curse at various characters, and times when my heart was in my throat. While there was a very satisfying HEA, the journey to get there was nearly heartbreaking. It’s on special for $0.99 right now as well as being on KU, so go catch it while you can.

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OMG, can we just talk about THE CHAIR for a minute? You know the one I mean. That’s just fucking awesome. I mean, who doesn’t want a custom made fucking chair that’s made to their precise dimensions, can be put into a variety of positions, and has buttloads of tiedown points? It’s good to be a billionaire.

While most of the twists kept me guessing, I did guess that Raph has problems with leaving the house, but that’s because I live with an agoraphobic, so I recognized it from various things that Thalia said. I didn’t guess why he had problems leaving the house, but it made sense.

I really, really intensely disliked Beth’s brother from the very start, and I’m so glad that my first impression of him was correct. He was all into the whole I have a penis and I am right syndrome, if you ask me. Or he could’ve just been a douchelord. Or both. I’m willing to go with both.

OK, I think that I’ve had my say on this one. If I keep going on, I’ll let spill everything. If you want to talk to me about it, you know where to find me. We have all kinds of good books coming up, so watch this space. I won’t be blogging on Thanksgiving, but I have good stuff leading up to the day and after. My version of Black Friday features Sara Fields. Meanwhile, happy reading!

PS, if you are looking for one of the most mindfucking books you’ll ever read, check out Crowned By Hate.

Candace Blevins-Leashed & An Elegant Weapon

Today we have a two-fer from Candace Blevins. I’ve been following on of her stories on Radish for a while now, and if you like paranormal and kink, Slave is a good choice. It’s got sex in just about every combination and power dynamic you can think of, set against a backdrop of a Fae court. Go check it out. Also, some of her books were up on Wattpad last I checked, so check that out too.

Today, though, we are talking about Leashed and An Elegant Weapon. They are part of her Dark Underbelly series and are directly connected. I suspect that you could read An Elegant Weapon without having read Leashed, but you would get much more enjoyment reading Leashed and then An Elegant Weapon. Talking about the one really won’t spoil the other in any significant way, so there should be no problem with me talking about them both.

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So, let’s jump right in with Leashed, shall we? This is primarily an M/m book, when it comes down to relationships and sex. There are just a few sex scenes, and they aren’t as graphic as you may see in some other books, but they are really hot, I think that it’s mostly because of the connection and caring that you see between Spencer and Abbott.

Abbott is a master vampire who had to take the area of Maryland as his own, adding to his already vast territory. This leads to a lot of problems, including the fact that there are dozens of blood-bound werewolves, many of whome don’t have the ability to control their inner wolves on their own. That means that Abbott has to figure out a way to help them with that. One way is that he binds them to himself. That’s what he does with Spencer.

Spencer was taken as a child and brought into his former Master’s house. There he was turned into a werewolf and trained as a sex slave and one who could take a lot of pain. Because he was a werewolf, he could be used hard and fed from and then forced to change and heal. When Abbott takes him into his house, he is drawn to Spencer. He wants to be with Spencer, but the problem is that Spencer is bound to him and he quite literally can’t tell him no.

However, something happens that changes their whole relationship.

An Elegant Weapon

So, AEW is Holly and Bran’s story. Holly’s first appearance was in Leashed.

Holly was a meth junky that Abbott found passed out in the park. He decided that he was going to take her home, get her clean, and give her a chance. She had already burnt through all her bridges with her family, and there really wasn’t much else out there. So, to Abbott’s house she goes. He puts her in Spencer’s care and gives her a schedule of things to do. However, she doesn’t really meet Spencer and Abbott’s expectations. Because of that, Abbott has another idea as to how to help her. He decides to let her spend the rest of her 6 month period with Bran.

Bran is one of Abbott’s trusted allies. He’s also sadistic and the only person in Abbott’s territory who can keep slaves. Bran has harsher methods to help Holly out than Abbott does. He also doesn’t have the same morals that Abbott does. He has no problem with forcing a bit on Holly or having noncon sex. She is going to his house as a slave, which means she’s petty much anyone’s meat.

When they get to Bran’s house, he decides that he sees something in her, as she’s fighting him. He has one of his men start training her to fight.

OK, I’m going to split off here. There will be some spoilers at the end, but I’m going to be careful about what I say, because we all know how I feel about leaving spoilers, and these books are fairly short. I enjoyed both of them. They are definitely worth hitting up King Zon and clicking on them.

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When it comes to L, there is a definite HEA, but then you get to AEW and it isn’t as clearly a romance. However, I do put it in that category, for a couple of reasons. One is that Bran and Holly are both getting their needs met in a beneficial manner and they have found a partner who works for them. The sex scenes are interesting. There are some MF scenes, but there is also F/m and M/F/m stuff going on. Holly is a sadist, as trained by Bran who is also a sadist. What she does with the slave that Bran gives her is really great. I need to see more of what she does to him.

The stories are pretty quick reads, and I’m going to have to go read the rest of the books, as well as all the other related books. I really enjoyed the books, the characters, the magical system, and the universe.

OK, that’s it for today. Got all kinds of good stuff coming up, so keep your eyes open. Meanwhile, happy reading

Anna Zaires-Obsession Mine

Holy intensity, Batman! Obsession Mine is OMG, OMG, OMG. I can’t compare it to other books I’ve read that are intense because they are each intense in their own ways. But, this will probably make it on my Top Ten intense story list, because damn.

Before I even get started, I’m going to tell you that this post is going to spoil Tormentor Mine. There are no two ways about it, that’s just what’s going to happen. If you have ever thought about reading TM, go read it right now and then come back to this post. I’ll put the rest of the post behind a jump, just to give you a chance to stay unspoiled. I’ll just say that yes, I loved TM, and yes, I love OM. They are some dark, twisted, intense stories. I mean, just the way that Peter and Sara meet is dark and twisted. Go check TM out and then come back. If you’ve read it or you’ve prepared yourself for spoilers, then let’s crack on, shall we?

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Jane Henry-Mafia Daddy

Today we are back with Jane Henry and her fairy tales for adults. Totally the best kind of fairy tales, if you ask me. She’s already done Beauty and the Beast, with Beauty’s Daddy, which was hot, and now she’s brought us Cinderella with Mafia Daddy. Yeah, I thought BD was hot, but MD was on fire. I mean, heat waves rising up off my Kindle hot. I could not put this book down if I had even wanted to, and frankly, I didn’t want to.

So, Prince Charming is really named Dante and Cinderella goes by Gabriella.

Dante is the heir apparent to the head of the Villanova crime family in Las Vegas. His father wants him to follow in his footsteps, which means that Dante needs to find a bride. There is no woman in Dante’s life and even if there was, he wouldn’t want to drag her into the shitshow that is his life. But if he doesn’t pick a bride, his father will do it for him, and Dante doesn’t want that either. After having a fight with his father over it, Dante storms off grabs his motorcycle and goes for a ride.

Gabriella is a loyal and hardworking young woman who has never even been kissed let alone been out with a man. She spends her life working every hour of the day in her family’s restaurant, for her step-mother Agatha. Before her father died, he made Gabriella promise to take care of Agatha. Gabriella and Agatha have a mutual loathing society, but unlike Agatha, Gabriella believes in loyalty and familial duty. One night, Gabriella goes out to a concert with her step-sisters, who end up stranding her. When she is trying to figure out how to get home, Prince Charming rides up on his trusty iron stallion. He loans her the use of his phone and then tells her that he would help her, all the while thinking that if she were his, he’d be taking care of her.

They have a wonderful dinner, with Dante listening to every word out of Gabriella’s mouth, which leads to a delightful interlude in a hotel, where he tells her to call him Daddy.

So, since we see a picture here, we know what time it is. I wasn’t kidding about how hot I thought this story is. There’s just something about this one that pushed the buttons the right way. On top of the whole hotness and romance, there is intrigue and treachery. It’s definitely an excellent retelling of Cinderella. As you may have guessed, this is a Daddy Dom story, so there is spanking and sex. There is lots of bad language and some violence, but a perfectly wonderful HEA. It’s altogether awesome and I really can’t wait for the rest of Jane’s fairy tales.

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Christian Laboutin Cinderella slippers. Probably worth more than I’ll make this year, but aren’t they hot?

I always knew not to trust Agatha, of course, you never trust the evil step-mother, but she is really bad and really not to be trusted. Gabriella’s and Dante’s families were wound up super tight even before our heroes get their HEA. I’m glad to say that Agatha got no more than what she deserved.

Dante’s mother is pretty cool. I really liked her, especially with what she told Dante at the end of the story. He wouldn’t have been able to do what he did without her.

One of my favorite bits in the book is actually in the teaser that Jane put out. It’s when Gabriella has sneaked into the masquerade and Dante says that he doesn’t want to have to put a girl in a ball gown over his knee. I mean, that was just a wow moment. A serious wow moment.

I am really looking forward to how Jane brings the rest of the fairy tales into her version of the world.

That’s all I have to say about this book, other than go out and grab your copy today.

Tomorrow, we have the newest Anna Zaires book, Obsession Mine. This book killed me dead and I’m still trying to recover from it. Wednesday we have a pair of books from Candace Blevins, followed by a new Callie Hart. It looks to be an intense week that you don’t want to miss. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Parker Sinclair-Truth

So, we’re into book two of Parker Sinclair’s Alex Connor Chronicles. Sticking with the one word title, book two is called Truth. In book one, we got to meet Alex AKA Lex AKA Elia, an Earthen Protector and Healer. She’s super-duper powerful and has been hiding all her life, even though she didn’t really know it. The Council has been looking for her, but they don’t know who she is or what her name is, they are just looking for someone with her powers. She defeated a big bad with the help of Ryan, an Earthen Protector who was supposed to be looking for the powerful person for the Council, befriended Dana, a friend of her grandmother, and learned all kinds of secrets. We also met Justin, who is her boyfriend. There is a whole weird triangle setting up with Ryan, Justin, and Alex. I also said that I was mad at Ryan in the last review based only on the first book, but that I wasn’t going to say anything about how I felt about him in later books until I got to those reviews. So, let’s get started.

Truth starts around a month after Trust ends. Alex is off in the desert training with Dana to enhance her Protector powers. She’s got really nifty hairsticks that turn into staffs, Serenity and Chaos. I so totally want hairsticks like that, mostly because I have more than 3 feet of hair hanging down my back and IĀ use hairsticksĀ and forks pretty much daily, but none of mine turn into magical staffs. I feel cheated. Anyway, Justin is doing work in Mexico not all that far away from where Dana is training Alex, and he comes to visit frequently. During one visit, Alex gets a call that her good friend and partner Shane has been injured in an accident and she has to go back to San Diego to try to heal him. Ryan is going to be there too. That makes Justin rather unhappy.

When she gets to San Diego, she and Ryan go to heal Shane and figure out that her foster brother has been fucking with him. They manage to get him taken care of and get him healed. Once they do some healing and such on Shane, they start arguing. She is mad at secrets he didn’t tell her. He is mad because she went off without telling him and has been ignoring him for a month. But, they are still madly and wildly attracted to each other. They are like really strong magnets. You just get them somewhere near each other and they are drawn together.

We also find out that Alex’s mom isn’t as out of Alex’s life as we thought she was, and they are working with each other to find Alex’s father, who was supposed to be dead but isn’t.

OK, we’re going to split off here. Remember how I said that we had the start of a really good adventure story? Well, we definitely have a great adventure series going on here. There is minimal sex, but maximal action and adventure. Most of the chapters start with journals again, which I really like. We also get information about Alex’s dreams in her journals and how they are affecting her current life. There are Dreamwalks which give us more info on the past. There is another book, as well as a novella about Sandra, Alex’s Seer friend. Those will show up sometime in the next few days, Friday probably, since this week is packed full of ARCs.

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Ryan has gone a long way to redeeming himself over where I was mad at him before. I was mad because Dana told Alex that the Council has said that Earthen Protectors and Healers should marry ordinary humans to help spread the powers since they are so important. Except Alex doesn’t give a good goddamn about what the Council says, and that’s not going to stop him from being with Alex if they want that to happen.

I’m glad to find out more about Stacy, Alex’s mom. Her history was tragic for so many, many reasons. We get a good look as to what caused her to go off the rails why she did and why she did it to protect Alex. She’s a BAMF though, and a BAMF who has a Demon who is into her.

Poor Alexander, Alex’s father. He’s been through hell, probably literally. But, we also see where he’s been popping in and out of Alex’s past.

And the end? Yeah, that’s going to make you yell WTF?!?!?!

OK, that’s all I have to say about this today. We have a really big week coming up, all kinds of ARCs, a new book from Candace Blevins, and of course, more Parker Sinclair. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Ava Sinclair-His to Corrupt

I really enjoy reading Ava Sinclair’s books and own several of them. I’m working on having all of them. She has menage, she has age play, she has dark, she has sexy, so yeah, I have her books. Today, I’m writing about her newest one, a contemporary romance, His to Corrupt.

HtC is part of her Completely His series, which is all contemporary romances full of Alpha men and the women they love. I have a soft spot for this one. That’s because it’s really easy to see myself in the role of the heroine because she has my name. See how that worked out for me?

Anyhow, to the book!

Clara is the quiet one of her friends, Macy and Lara. She doesn’t go out and party a lot, she doesn’t drink a lot, she doesn’t really date that much. She recently got out of a relationship with a rather boring, average guy. Her friends really only keep her around so that they look better by comparison. I don’t like her friends all that much. Mostly because, well, mostly because…

Anyhow, one night, her friends drag her out to a slightly illegal bar out in the bad part of town’s bad part. Her friends know that they can hook up while they are there. However, when a guy sends a drink to the table, it’s to Clara and not her friends, which kind of shocks them. Clara turns it down and fakes going to the bathroom so that she can leave. However, Gus, the nasty guy, has other ideas. The bouncer saves her and kicks her out. When things get worse, the bouncer turns out to be the owner, Jackson.

Jackson isn’t necessarily a nice guy. Afterall, he spent time in jail and he runs a tough bar that makes other tough bars look tame. He’s also not a relationship kind of guy. But when he meets Clara, there’s just something about her that he can’t refuse. After a dramatic rescue, he asks her out to dinner, which she agrees to.

OK, you know what time it is. This is a relatively quick read but packed full of all kinds of goodness. We got crazy, crazy sex, nasty people, hypocrites, and an HEA. It’s on the dark-ish side. I wouldn’t call it black, but it is gray, for sure. There is a lot of bad language and a lot of sex. Did I mention the hot sex? I highly recommend any of Ava’s books, especially if you like sexy, kinky sex.

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OK, first of all, I kind of get mad at Jackson sometimes. It seems to me that he doesn’t always take the time to listen to Clara or look at her POV. However, most of the time I’m all good when it comes to him.

I’ll tell you the ones that I’m really mad at, and that’s the hypocrites in the book, mostly all the ones at Clara’s school. They hold her to insane standards. I mean, they want her to be the Virgin Mary for a Christmas pageant since she’s so goodie good. Clara is teaching her class about The Scarlet Letter, and I think that there are some parallels between the books. Like Hester, people were ready to judge Clara without even really knowing her, and they were perfectly happy to shame her.

I also don’t like Macy. I didn’t like her at all from the very beginning since she just seemed like she wanted to keep Clara like a pet and to make her feel better about herself since all the guys came to her. And she did something really fucking nasty. Like I said, I don’t like her.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. We have some amazing stories coming up, including one in which Anna Zaires tries to kill me. Meanwhile, happy reading!