Brianna Hale-Control Freak

I don’t normally give content warnings on here, but I will on this one. Control Freak¬†talks about anorexia and disordered eating fairly extensively. I know that talking or reading about certain things can trigger people who are dealing with that problem. If you have problems with disordered eating, please take this under consideration before you read this book. Brianna handles it really well and isn’t glorifying it or wallowing in it, but I just need you to be aware. Please read responsibly and make sure you are OK.

Now, on to the book.

Stian is a museum curator who has just driven away his latest assistant. One who was nice enough to use his key to carve the words control freak into the side of his car. He’s been working really hard to set up a Greek exhibit in his museum, but now he has to go to a modern art show. He really hates modern art, but being the top dog at the museum means he gets all kinds of invites. Plus, the artist thinks they are friends, so, you know, he’s kind of got to do it. While he’s there, he sees a young woman nearly fall down the stairs and yells at her.

Lacey is there at her father’s showing because, well, he’s her father. She also helped him out by writing up all the catalog descriptions. She starts being upset because there are so many people there, more than she can handle, so she searches her purse for her affirmations that she uses to help deal with the anxiety from her anorexia, and nearly falls down the stairs. Her father suggests that she goes to see this museum dude that he knows needs an assistant so that she can get a job over the summer. And the rest, of course, is history.

Stian is a control freak. He’s also a perfectionist. He wants everyone to work hard and do their best possible work. But the thing is, he doesn’t expect anything from anyone that he doesn’t expect from himself, and he works really hard and he does expect the best from himself. But, not all his assistants can do that or even get that. Which is why Lacey is pretty perfect for him. She is a pleaser. And she has a great eye for detail. That makes her perfect on all kinds of levels for a bossy, Dom-ly type.

I really like Lacey. And I can really relate to her. I don’t have any eating disorders, but I do fight mental illness. It’s hard to fight that little voice or not so little voice inside your head. There are times when it really just too loud to get away from. But, I think that she’s really brave and a lot stronger than she thinks she is. Strong doesn’t mean never failing. Strong means failing and getting your ass up and trying again. And really, that’s what Lacey does. Like I said, I really like her.

Stian might be a perfectionist and a control freak, but he really is a good and caring man. He deeply cares for Lacey, and he shows that in so many little ways, as well as some big ones. But he takes the time to research anorexia and makes sure that he puts the things that he learned into effect so that he doesn’t cause Lacey any problems. I mean, doing things like policing his language may not seem like a huge thing to do, but it’s those little things that mean everything. He is also occasionally an idiot, but everyone is at some point, so I won’t complain about it too much.

There are times when this book is really intense, but it isn’t dark or anything. There are some times I cried, because, well, there are.

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I don’t have anything that I want to put down here, really.

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

Myra Danvers-Delirium

Last week, after I blogged about Livia Bourne’s book and said that scifi was my first love, Myra got in touch with me and told me that she loved scifi and space opera too, and she had one that she thought that I’d like, and she sent me Delirium. And she was right. I loved it. I loved it so much, I think that I might reread it this weekend. If you like harder scifi, space opera, or completely deranged heroines, then this is definitely a book for you to try out.

Iris has spent many years as a space cargo transport pilot. She has her ship, her androids, and her opium, which she grows on her ship. She pays off people so that she can fly under the radar, and she’s very happy being alone. As long as she has her opium and is high, she’s perfectly happy. This is who she is in the After, and it’s good. There’s just one thing that causes her problems, and that is Big Evil, who is floating around somewhere. She’s trying very hard to avoid him, but that’s OK, she has some very shocking plans around for him if he shows up.

You see, Iris isn’t just a junkie pilot. She’s also a Mech. That means that she can McGuyver anything, with even less than McGuyver would need. She could probably make a death ray out of nothing but a chewing gum wrapper and scotch tape. She wouldn’t even need duct tape for that. She’s also a little bit crazy. And by little bit, I mean full-on sociopath with little to no morals and ethics. I love her. I wouldn’t want to be around her, because the amount of chaos that surrounds her, even when she’s asleep, is at an epically high level. I mean, I can’t even describe the chaos when she’s not trying. When she does try, stand the fuck back. I mean allllll the way back.

Myra’s dedication is a thing of beauty, and that needs all the acknowledgment. And now that we have done that, let’s talk about the way that Myra describes things. Her use of descriptive language is beautiful and elegant. It really brings the story to life and pulls you in. I could practically feel the world because of the textures that she created with words. I want to say that it’s not world-building, not quite, maybe it’s world-building adjacent. I’m not saying that Myra didn’t create a rich and wonderful world, because she did, it’s just something different. I don’t think I’m explaining it well, and that’s sad. I guess that means you are going to have to go read it and find out for yourself, won’t you?

One of my favorite heroines in all the books I’ve read is Sigil from Addison Cain. I’m going to have to put Iris right there next to Sigil. And they are totally in a category of their own.

Big Evil and Daxx are definitely interesting. Daxx has no clue what he is doing. And Big Evil? Well, his name is pretty descriptive, don’t you think?

This is one of those books that I’m almost mad that I’ve read because I can never read it for the first time again.

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OMG, that poor Nanny! And the Detox Fairy. And Daxx is just stupid.

OK, go check this out. You’ll thank me. Happy reading!

 

Chiah Wilder-Animal’s Reformation

Animal’s Reformation is the latest in Chiah’s Insurgent MC series. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read in this series so far. Overall, I enjoyed this one too.

So, Animal is a member of the Insurgents. He spends his time wenching, drinking, and riding. He has a daughter, but her mother moved away and has really kept them apart. Until the day she shows up, tells Animal that she’s done her part and her new man wants no part of her accident, and drops Lucy off with him. Of course, Animal hasn’t seen his daughter since she was a baby, and that was several years ago. He has no clue what to do, except he knows that he needs to have a house for her.

Olivia has sworn off men after walking into her boyfriend’s apartment to find some stranger bouncing on his dick and him planning a surprise 3 way with this lady. She’s especially sworn off sexy bikers. She knows way too much about bikers, since her father and brother were in a 1% MC. So when her new house is right next door to a sexy biker’s house, she does everything she can to keep their relationship on a superficial level. She wants someone nice and boring.

I overall liked Olivia. She’s pretty fierce when it comes to making sure her students get what they need, and she’s not afraid to go to bat for them. I think that she also pretty much knows what she wants, even if she doesn’t always want to listen to herself about it. I think her trying to swear off men for a little while is a good idea. I think that break in between her latest dick and Animal was good for her. She got to do stuff for herself, like buying her own home.

I think that Animal was a good dad, even before Lucy came to live with him. I mean, he sent presents, money, tried to talk to her, and tried to build a relationship with Lucy. He wasn’t all that successful, but that’s not because he didn’t try, it’s because her mother blocked all his efforts. I didn’t like her at all. He really tried really hard to build up a relationship with Lucy after she moved in with him, and that couldn’t have been easy at all. I think that Lucy was just running on anger, and I have to wonder exactly what her mother told her.

Like I said, I did overall enjoy the book. With that said, I thought that there were some places where it was a little slow. I also thought that there were a couple of little subplots that could have been lost without losing anything from the book. But, there’s still a lot of suspense, action, and passion in the story that it made up for it. Of course, as always, this is just my opinion, and your mileage may vary, but you’re here for my opinion, right?

 

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I thought that Chiah did really well at keeping everyone guessing as to who the bad guy was. I had no clue, and there were enough false leads put in there that it was tricksy.

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

The Dynamic Duo-Marry Me, Daddy

So, new month, new Daddy from the Dynamic Duo. Marry Me, Daddy was a lot of fun to read, and I loved everything that happened in it.

We have a bazillionaire named Spencer who has a month to find a suitable wife or he loses his grandfather’s company. He really doesn’t need the company, since he is super duper rich on his own, but it’s the whole principle of the matter. It’s his grandfather’s company. So he does what every self-respecting bazillionaire does, and puts up some billboards advertising for a wife. What, you never saw a billboard like that? There’s just one small glitch, because of course there is, and that’s that some copycat decided to put up their own billboard, and Spencer got all his applicants.

Meanwhile, across town, we have Anna, one of our Dirty Dozen, who loves working at the coffee shop, even though she hates coffee. She knows all her regulars, knows what they want to drink, and will stop and chat with them wherever they are. There’s a techy type who comes in a couple of times a week, gets coffee and pound cake, then sits in the corner and works on his computer. Anna doesn’t know much about him, until she sees his face and name on a billboard on her way to book club.

The next day, he comes into the coffee shop, talks to Anna, and all of a sudden, we have proposal #1.

This is a marriage of convenience story, but it almost feels like a comedy of errors a lot of the time. There are a couple of times when it seemed like the most catastrophic thing that could happen does happen. Without those mistakes, it wouldn’t be as funny, though. And really, with some of them, I have to wonder if they are truly mistakes or were they maybe a sign from the gods? Or was Jasper’s luck working in a weird way?

I like Spencer, even if his last name is ridiculous. I loved seeing how he felt when it came to the Dirty Dozen. I would think that the ladies would be overwhelming at the very best of times.

I really liked Anna, and how she all of a sudden came out of her shell. Definitely riskier than a bean burrito. She’s also very caring and rather tricksy when necessary. I like her little sneaky bits.

 

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I love everything that happens in the end. Because all the things happen.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Kay Elle Parker-Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the second part of the Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker. See my review for King of Shadows here.

There are likely to be spoilers from the first one in this review, since it was a duet, and it was left on a cliffhanger. We all know that’s just the nature of the beast, but we also know that I will do everything possible in order to keep that from happening. But, you have been warned, and if you get spoiled, I’m sorry, but you were warned.

So, we left pregnant Allianna after she has lost both Kian and Islador. The one to a demon, the other because he was trying to save her. Now, Lucifer is doing his damnedest to turn her into his queen. He wants her and her child, plus any other children she may bear, so that he’ll have heirs. Luci may be bound and determined to have her, but Allianna is even more bound and determined to not have him, and one of the reasons is that she’s pretty sure she can’t be touched again, let alone ever have sex again. However, Luci left her a surprise.

Isla wakes up in Alli’s bathtub. While only short time has happened in the Shadows, it was an endless time in Hell, and Isla was tortured. He’s not quite the same person he was before. That’s OK, Alli isn’t exactly the same person she was before either, and now she’s even more because she’s the queen. She is doing all she can to hold her world together and to rule while she’s falling apart inside. She has Dhur there to help her and to protect and care for her, and now she has Islador who will help her. The problem is she also has Lucifer who likes to pop in now and again and pretty much be a douchelord. All this is making Alli just fall apart inside, which she tries really hard to hide, but not so well.

Meanwhile, Kian is being tortured, until Isla makes a deal with Lucifer, and he is put into a “safe” place for a few months. I don’t know what the agreement was, but it was something. But Luci has his plans for Kian too.

I kinda like and hate Lucifer at the same time. The thing is you can’t trust him further than you can throw him, because hello, Prince of Lies, original Fallen Angel. But, you can trust in the fact that you can’t trust him. It’s hard to know if he is lying or telling the truth, because again, Prince of Lies. But not every word out of his mouth is a lie. It would be easier if it were. He will always tell the truth if it will hurt more, but he may not be telling all the truth, or the absolute truth. And he does it all in such a charming way. Right until his charm fails and his monstrousness shines through.

Kian and Isla try to do their best by Allianna, but it ain’t always possible. And she is strong-willed enough that she’s going to fight hard to find out any secrets that they are keeping from her and keep them from packing her in cotton wool. In fact, I think it would be utterly impossible to pack her away and keep her safe.

The last time I wrote about these characters, I said that Allianna was high up in the tough, kickass heroine list? Well, this book did absolutely nothing to dispell that. She is definitely a kickass heroine, and she is there to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she ran out of bubble gum a looooooong time ago. I think that anyone who wants to go against her or her kingdom or her family should think about least 15 times, and then reconsider. And then they should probably run far, far, far, far, far away, so she can’t even find out that they were thinking about anything.

Isla and Kian are both good men who dearly love her. And Dhur is more than just a guard or anything else, he is family, and is utterly devoted to the royal family.

I would still kill for a book about Dhur, and I would love to see the next generation.

Tiara

OMG, OMG, OMG!!! The baby drama!

And the ultimate solution?

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

Ava Sinclair-Rough Riding Daddies

I have to admit that I am terrible about reading blurbs, especially when it comes to authors I am familiar with and that I like to read. So, when I heard the title Rough Riding Daddies, I expected a menage. Guess what? It’s not. Instead, it’s a story of two couples and how they are intertwined with each other and how life changes. While I would’ve been perfectly happy with a menage story, I’m happier that the story went the way that it did.

Honey and Lennox are one couple. They are in a 24/7 DD/lg relationship. And they are very happy. Lennox is a rancher and a former rodeo rider. Honey is just about to graduate college. She’s been really, really stressed, so Lennox is keeping a secret from her. They have a couple who are friends, who are also in a DD/lg relationship, Joy and Garrett. Joy helped to mentor Honey when she and Lennox were first getting into their relationship and as Honey was figuring out who she was when it came to submission. She and Joy are now BFFs. But, now Joy and Garrett have broken up, and have been for about 3 months. Lennox has known about it, but he hasn’t told Honey because her last semester has been really hard on her. He figured that he’d have time to warn her before her graduation ceremony, but sadly, that didn’t happen. What even Lennox didn’t know is that Garrett has a new girlfriend and a new babygirl.

Garrett has brought his new babygirl, Amy, to the graduation. He had no clue that Lennox hadn’t told Honey or that Joy hadn’t been in touch with her, so that she had no idea that the relationship had ended. But Garrett didn’t warn Lennox that he’d be bringing Amy, so when Honey runs up to them and only sees Amy from the back, she grabs her and calls her Joy. Oops.

As you probably can guess, Honey wasn’t a happy little girl over what was happening. And she had absolutely no problems with letting anyone know about it either. Which of course, isn’t ever a good thing.

Like I said early, this book is really about both couples and how they are entwined together. Lennox and Garrett are best friends and knew each other from the competitive rodeo circle. Lennox and Joy are responsible for introducing Honey and Garrett. Joy mentored Honey and they became good friends. See, totally entwined. But when you pull one part of that equation out and add in a new factor, things get wonky. It can be hard to cope when your support system changes and the things that you thought you knew change.

But that’s not all that this story is about. It’s also about the fear of change and how to handle that change. It’s about finding your happy and fighting for your happy. It’s also about trying to find where you belong. I know that sounds like a whole lot of stuff to be wrapped up in one book about a pair of hot Daddies, but it’s all there. And it’s all wrapped up in a good story that you can really enjoy.

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OK, frankly I think that Joy isn’t all that nice a person. I can see where Honey might’ve become good friends with her, but since then, I just don’t think she’s all that.

That’s all I have to say today. Go read the book! Happy reading!

K Webster & Nicole Blanchard-The Mad Lieutenant

K and Nicole are taking us back into space and back to the lonely planet where only 10 Morts have survived the end of their world and we get to get up close and friendly with The Mad Lieutenant.

Draven has some issues. No, fuck that, he has some subscriptions. Of course, he has earned them, so I won’t give him too much of a problem about it. He is the only Mort to have survived the deadly disease that killed off nearly all his people. But it came at a price. He was locked in a containment cell for days on end, ranting and raving, and trying to claw his way out and claw his skin off. It wasn’t pretty. Not pretty at all. Because of that, he now has problems with claustrophobia, people touching him, crowds, and so many, many other things. And you know that you have problems with a lot of people when the 9 other beings who live in the world with you are more people than you want to deal with. He doesn’t get what is with all the other Morts wanting mates, because he doesn’t want one, and he’d be more than happy to let all his friends get one. Then he goes into the infirmary where the other human women are still in stasis, and one woman wakes up.

Molly has her own issues. When she wakes up and finds a strange looking male she gets a little freaked out, of course. Then they touch, and there’s a mutual freaking out, so Molly ends up singing to him. When the Commander tells her about mating, she tells him that she will mate with Draven. She and Draven come to an agreement about having each other’s back and helping to keep each other safe. But then the first human/mort baby is born, and problems ensue.

I have always had a soft spot for Draven. I think it’s because he tries really hard to be this big rough and tough Mort, and he is, really, but he’s also really fragile and vulnerable. He has been through so much, and just the mere fact that he is as functional as he is is pretty awesome, considering. Not only that, he’s figured out a way to make his issues work for him.

I like Molly. She has gumption and strength. I also thought that she was really, really brave because she kept going through everything that happened. And I know that she would probably say that she was just doing what she had to, but she still managed to handle it, and if you ask me, that shows true bravery. Plus she stands up to her fears and moves along with them. I think that Molly is one of those women that knows what needs to be done and is going to arrange everything in the world to make sure that it happens the way that it needs to. She’ll listen to you and your objections, they just don’t matter to her. She’s going to just make sure that everything goes the way she thinks they ought to. And the thing is that she does it nicely. It’s not like she barrels you over, she just nicely lets you know that it’s going to work the way that she wants. And the thing is that she’s pretty much right.

I think that Molly and Draven are really good with each other and for each other. They make a really good team and they end up working really well together. I think they may be my favorite couple right now.

I can’t wait for the next one to see how it’s going to work.

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I’m interested in the discoveries that were made in this one, and how they are going to affect the rest of the world.

The hook for the next book. OMG!

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