Ilona Andrews-Sapphire Flames

Sapphire Flames is the latest book in Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. While it is a continuation of the overall series, it is not a continuation of Nevada and Rogan’s story. This one is the first book that focuses on Catalina, the oldest of Nevada’s younger sisters. She is a Prime talent, but not one that most people are aware of. She is classified as a siren. In other words, she is going to draw you to love her. And you want to love her to death. Her family are all immune to her because they love her just for who she is. Turns out that there is another person who is immune to her. But don’t worry, we’ll get to him shortly.

SF takes place 3 years after Wildfire, the last Nevada/Rogan book, and there have been a lot of changes in Dallas and House Baylor. Nevada is no longer the Head of the House, but Catalina is instead. And Catalina has taken some epic lessons from Rogan’s mother, which is really good, since their 3 safe years are over now. Catalina knows that people are going to be coming for them, since they are a brand new house, and they are going to be looking for weaknesses. She doesn’t really talk about her power much because of the way it works, and her records are all sealed. To top all that off, she is trying to keep the detective agency going without ending up as a vassal house to anyone and still adhering to the rules that her parents set out back when they started out. That’s what gets them into the case that they are in right now.

And then, there is Alessandro. He is Italian and gorgeous. He was part of the trials that Catalina had to go through in order to be declared a Prime. He came to the warehouse to try and get her to go with him on a ride, which she turned down. But that doesn’t stop her younger sister and cousins teasing her about him. Of course, that’s only payback, if you ask me. They did the same thing to Nevada, so what goes around comes around, you know? Alessandro has his own motivation here, and no one knows what’s going on, including Catalina. They do like each other though, so it’s really interesting to watch.

I like Catalina. We get to see all kinds of sides to her in this. She changes a lot, depending on what needs to happen and who she needs to be at the time. She’s a chameleon, but she’s what House Baylor needs at the moment. Nevada would never be able to do the things that Catalina has to do for the House. It’s not that I think that Nevada is weak or anything, I just don’t think that she has the same core that Catalina does, which is what is going to make it possible for her to make painful decisions, and ones that might come right up to the line that her family has drawn over the years.

I am up in the air about Alessandro. There’s a lot of saying about revenge, and I think that several of them will fit in here. I’m looking forward to seeing how the thing between the two of them is going to work.

Nothing under the pic today either. Go check this one out, and in fact, read everything written by Ilona Andrews. I can’t recommend the books enough. Happy reading!

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Maddie Taylor-Tough Love 2: Daddy’s Golden Rules

OK, remember how I said that in the last Tough Love book I didn’t think that it was all that tough on the love part? Well, Maddie hauled out the tough in Daddy’s Golden Rules. There’s a lot of tough love going on here, as well as some not so tough love, because, well he is a Daddy.

So, Krista is a waitress. She’s also going to school to be a nurse. On top of that, she has a junkie mother who stole her tuition money from her, and now she’s not sure how she’s going to pay for anything. Luckily, a friend of hers from school gives her a card of a place to go waitress on the weekends. The one thing she has to know about it is that it is a kinky place, and she has to keep everything secret. Turns out that she’s going to a very exclusive island that is basically a BDSM/Kink community. The night that she is there, she’s serving drinks and hauling coats up to a bedroom to place them there. It’s on one of those trips that something life-changing happens. A money clip filled with loads of money falls on the floor out of a pocket of a coat. She sees that money clip filled with money and thinks that no one would miss just a little bit. Then she gets caught.

The man who caught her is none other than the sheriff on the island. Of course, she doesn’t know that, yet. Then there’s the judge and the lawyer who follow her in, and she’s utterly fucked. Sam, Sam, the Sheriffman tells her she’s seriously busted and that she can either go to jail or… da da duuuuuummm spend 30 days under the island’s rules. The judge agrees that it’s a good consequence, and that she’s going to need a Dom to take care of her, because her sentence is that she will be serving 30 days under a Dom who will have total control over her, and punish her as necessary. But first, a public spanking and apology.

I liked Sam, but I also didn’t like him at the same time. I mean, I totally get why he didn’t want to have a permanent sub anymore, or a babygirl, anymore. I totally understand that. And he made that pretty obvious to her right upfront, and this was nothing more than a 30 day sentence so that she won’t steal anymore, and so that she can pay her debt to society. But, for all that he told her that this wasn’t permanent, I think he forgot to tell himself. I like how he takes care of Krista and helps her out and teaches her how to work on his ranch, but I think that he doesn’t always care for her emotional state as well as he should, because he’s lying to himself.

I like Krista a lot. I also feel really sorry for her, because I’ve been in a similar situation and trying to figure out how to pay for your bills after someone has gone through and stolen all your money from you can be so overwhelming. I also totally get the temptation to do the easy thing and steal the money. It’s right there, it would be so easy to take. Krista has had a rough life, and she’s done everything she can to make it better, and I really respect her for that. She really turned herself around, right up until this point, but this is more of a blip than anything else.

And the judge? He’s sneaky and funny and did I say sneaky? I laughed my ass off at him.

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I didn’t trust that damn lawyer from the very second we met him. He was slimy and skeevy.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one! Happy reading!

 

Maddie Taylor-Tough Love: Mandy’s Take Charge Daddy

Maddie Taylor writes some great stories. I have read and reread her Primaran Mates series, several times, and I think I like it more every time I read it. Today though, we aren’t out in space, we are right here on Earth with Mandy’s Take Charge Daddy. I didn’t forget the Tough Love part, because that’s really the series name. There are a couple of other books in this set too. And while I can’t speak for the other books, I can say, for this one at least, I don’t necessarily think that the love in this one is all that tough. But, I’m not going contradict Maddie. 🙂

Amanda and her husband Aiden are still newlyweds. They’ve been married for just about a year. He’s her Dom, and she’s his sub. They are not quite weekend players, but not quite lifestylers either. But, Amanda thought that it was working well for them. Right up until Aiden set up a special night in a theme room at their club, and all she could say about the sex and the scene was that it was nice. Whoops. No man wants to hear that his woman thinks that their sex was nice. No Dom wants to hear that their sub thought a great scene was just nice.

Aiden loves his wife so much, and he thought that maybe there was something wrong, but when Amanda says that their scene was nice, it’s confirmed. He knows that there is something wrong, and he tells Amanda that they need to talk, which of course, freaks her out. But, what he wants to tell her is that he thinks that they should try something new. It’s something that he thinks she needs and something that he thinks will help their relationship and help her find a submission that’s right for her. So, he’s going to be her Daddy.

I love how Amanda and Aiden interact and how Daddy and Mandy interact. There really is a whole different vibe in between the two of them, but not in a bad way or anything. It’s not that they are two different couples, it’s more that they are different sides of a coin, maybe. You need to have both faces to make up the coin, and it’s one whole thing. I dunno, maybe I’m stretching and trying to make some kind of metaphor where there isn’t one, but that’s how I saw it.

And here’s the reason that I don’t think tough love fits this one. I tend to think of tough love as a, well, tougher thing. Like tough love being when you take away all your child’s privileges when they are messing up and need to get their heads right.  Aiden didn’t give Mandy any ultimatums, didn’t force her to do anything, and went out of his way to make sure that she understood his thinking and why he thought this would work for them. He also made sure that he had her consent for their trial period and reminded her that she could end things if she needed to. See, for me, that’s not tough love, but like I said, I’m not going to contradict Maddie. At least, I’m not trying to or anything. It’s my perception of everything, I guess. Does that make sense?

Either way, I think that this a beautiful story about vulnerability, love, trust, and finding the person who understands you and your needs most in the world. And about finding the person who gives you want you need, which isn’t always what you want, and may not even be something that you consciously know or understand.

On a side note, Mandy gave me that fuck I’m old feeling. I grew up listening to heavy metal. Motley Crue, Kiss, Metallica, Poison, you know, heavy metal. So, when Amanda says that she listened to heavy metal as a teenager, and she mentions Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, I was just like fuuuuuuuck my life. That’s the music that my 23 year old son listens to. Of course, Mandy is 29, so she’s not that much older than my son.

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I love that no matter what age Mandy is when they are doing their weekend, when she pushes Aiden, he doesn’t push back. He just enforces her boundaries. He’s patient with her, even when he knows that she’s pushing on purpose. She’s being vulnerable, and that’s hard, and she doesn’t even realize she’s testing him. Finding out that he’s not going to leave her or get angry with her helped her settle into her self.

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

Allysa Hart & Rayanna Jamison-Santa Daddy

We all know that I will read the fuck out of a good Daddy book, and when it comes to Ally and Rayanna, I know that their books are going to be good. Ally’s stories tend to be on the lighter side of the street and relatively clean. Rayanna will go darker and dirtier. But when it comes to Christmas, they came together perfectly on Santa Daddy. And I will never look at candy canes the same way again.

Yule Claus has a rather famous father, and now that’s turned 39, it’s time for him to take over his father’s business. He is now going to be Santa Claus. There’s just one tiny little catch. He has to choose his Mrs. Claus from the non-believers before Christmas. Normally, that wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but Yule’s birthday is 2 weeks prior to Christmas, so he has 14 days to find the perfect woman off the non-believer list, convert her, and get her to marry him. Christmas magic means that this should be no problem, right? Well…

Luckily for Yule, there is only one woman in his age bracket on the non-believer list, and oh yeah, on the naughty list too. Her name is Crystal and she lives in Las Vegas. She thinks that Santa is made up by the toy companies and that Christmas is just a commercial holiday that has become way too much and only encourages over-consumption. (So, OK, she does have a little bit of a point there.) She’s never really celebrated Christmas and she says she’s never wanted to. So, when Yule pops into her house, literally, in full Santa regalia, she thinks he’s a crazy man who is assaulting her by spanking her.

Yule and Crystal take a journey to help her learn to enjoy the magic of Christmas and to find the joy of the holiday. Of course, that means that he’s about to become her Daddy, but hey, that works really well. I mean, what Daddy doesn’t want his little girl to love Christmas and have a good time. One of the nice things about this story is that while there is sex, it isn’t as down and dirty as it could otherwise be, and it never happens while Crystal is in Little space. I’ve seen it done both ways, and I have no preference either way, but it’s not often that you see it separated out, so it’s a very nice difference. And it’s a very definite choice to not do that, we see that decision being made. And I think that the choices about sex in this story work really well to the story’s benefit. I’m never going to turn down hot and steamy sex in a story, but this is not that book. Does any of that make sense? It does to me, at least, so hopefully I was able to translate it over to other people.

I like Yule. I think he has a sense of humor and he’s very kind and caring, which of course, you would expect Santa to be, but he’s so nurturing to and careful of Crystal, the perfect Daddy. I mostly like Crystal. There are a couple of times when I thought she was a little cynical and jaded, which made it a little hard for me to like her, but they aren’t big sections of the story.

I do believe that this will definitely join my Christmas book lineup every year.

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OK, Vixen sounds like someone I’d love to get to know. And Marcus was too funny. I love his comment about how he’s still as gay as gay can be, but he’s planning on getting back on the naughty list next year, lol.

Crystal’s letters literally made me cry. And I loved that there were tear marks on the one. It gave me a happysad.

OK, that’s all I have on this one. Seriously, do yourself a favor, and check it out. Happy reading!

Daddy’s Demands Pt. 2

So, here we are with part 2 of the fabulous anthology Daddy’s Demands. If you missed part 1, you can go back and read it here.

Here are some more of my favorites from this series. Remember, there are 25 stories in this anthology, and I recommend that you go grab it as soon as possible because I know that it won’t be for sale for forever, and these are just some of my favorites. There wasn’t one of these stories that I didn’t enjoy, which is just fantastic.

Katherine Deane-Tri-ing for Daddy

Marnie was an Olympian level runner, until she got into an accident. Jake is the first responder who helped her right after the accident and helped her even more a few years later.

OK, let me tell you why this is one of my favorite ones, and there may be some spoilarage in this, so if you want to miss any chance of spoiling, just skip down. My baby brother was born with spina bifida and used a wheelchair. What does that have to do with this story? Well, Marnie ends up going to the Paralympics and because of my brother, I had the chance to meet Paralympians, which was pretty damn awesome if you ask me. There aren’t a whole lot of romance stories that have main characters who have disabilities. I can only come up with 2 books, and if I were to look harder, I could probably come up with more, but I would have to really look. On the other hand, I can come up with dozens of just about any other kind of main character or storyline you may want. You know how people say representation matters? Well, it really does, so to this cane using woman who had a baby brother who was a wheelchair user, showing an athlete who was able to get to the Olympics after her injury, Marnie was really important. Major, major props to Katherine Deane for that. I mean, totally major props. I want to give her a gold star.

Amelia Smarts-Finding Her Place

Kayla is a college student who is just coming out of a long-term relationship and thinks that she is unlovable. She’s stuck in summer school and wants to find a job. That’s where Hudson comes in. He has a whole lot of baby birds which need fed, and he hires her to be his exotic bird feeder. You know, there are all kinds of ways that could’ve gone, right? Kayla is pretty awesome and tries to be so sneaky. Her interrogation of Charlie was hilarious. I liked this one a lot because of how Hudson helps Kayla figure out what’s going on with what she wants. Very interesting.

Lee Savino-Dueling Daddies

Evangeline is getting drunk and swearing off men. Of course, she’s doing that in front of Shane and Bear, two incredibly hot guys. When she tells them that no man has ever gotten her off, they decide to place a bet with her. They will each get 3 dates with her and see if they can get her off. It’s a sort of menage, sort of not. It’s in the same world as Lee’s Her Marine Daddy, which has a truly hot scene with a chain, and Bear is mentioned in that book. I think my favorite scene in this one happens at the wedding, and I just wanted to cheer.

Alta Hensley-Monsters of Mercy

Esme was going to rat out a very bad guy named Oz. Oz wasn’t all that happy with that idea, so he had Esme abducted and brought out to a manor where she could pay her penance. Knox is one of the Monsters of Mercy who lives and works at the manor, helping people pay their penance. I like capture dubcon fantasies and this one is definitely in this category. It is pretty filthy and we all know that I love good filthy filth. There may or may not be highlights in this story on my Kindle. Probably even Knox couldn’t get me to tell you.

OK, that’s all for this one. There are a whole bunch of great stories by a whole bunch of great authors in this book. It’s a steal to buy because, really, 25 stories? Yeah. The rights won’t stay with the publisher forever, and once they revert back to the authors, the book will be pulled, so you have to get it when you can. Go grab it, and remember, you need to do what Daddy says!

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