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!

Ava Sinclair-A Daddy’s Lesson

Once upon a time, Ava threatened to stop writing Daddy books. I’m so glad that she didn’t. I mean, I love everything Ava writes, she’s one of my must-read authors, but there’s just something so good about her Daddy books. And it’s now different when it comes to A Daddy’s Lesson.

Amelia got caught up in a scandal at her uni. She had a professor who tapped into her submissive side and desires. When his wife found their text messages, the prof threw her under the bus, and made it out that she was the predator in the relationship. Amelia’s parents, who are all about the honor of the family name and all that, yell at her about the terrible shame she has brought upon the family. Amelia’s grandmother has summoned her to the familial estate. Since that’s the worst thing that her father can think of to do to her, he sticks her on a train and sends her off to his hated mother.

Elias is the gamekeeper at Lady Falmont’s estate. His family has been living on the estate and been the gamekeepers for several generations. He and Lady Falmont have a special connection. He is very loyal to her and would do just about anything for her. But one day, Lady Falmont summons him to the big house and tells him that her granddaughter will be coming to stay because something happened at her uni. She wants him to take her out and teach her the ways of nature.

There’s a real Red Riding Hood vibe in a lot of this. Of course, it could be because Amelia gets an honest to god red cape with a hood from her grandmother. I think that if anyone were going to eat anyone else up, it would definitely be Lady Falmont. She’s definitely tricksy, that one. She knows many things and appears to be able to read the minds of people. I think that she’s disconcerting. I really like her. I may be more than a little scared of her too. But, you know, in a totally good way.

One of the thing that I really liked about this book is that it feels like it isn’t anchored in time. We know that it’s definitely set in current times because text messages and cell phones, but once Amelia gets to the estate, it’s like she walked into a portal and into its own little world. That really fed into the whole fairy tale vibe too.

I felt so sorry for Amelia because her dad is just such a douche. In fact, I think if you look him up in the dictionary, you are going to see his face as a definition for douche. I mean, he’s just such a nasty fuck. I do feel sorry for her in general too, because she’s just so lost and so desperate for anyone to love her. That’s just such a hard place to be in, and can leave a person with a huge bull’s eye on them. But, I think that she’s also got an iron core down in her somewhere, she just has to find it so that she can use it. I think that she’s going to grow up into a formidable woman.

Elias is a good man. I really like him. He’s really a perfect Da. Calm, patient, loving, caring, solid, and stern when necessary. I love seeing the world through his eyes. He’s a very peaceful character, and I think that he’s perfect for the book. Any other kind of character wouldn’t have worked in this story.

I definitely fell in love with this story and with the characters and loved reading it.

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I loved when Amelia stood up to her father. It was impressive, and I was so proud of her being able to do it. I also loved her father’s gobsmacked reaction.

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

 

Grace Goodwin-The Commanders’ Mate

We’re back in the main IBP ‘verse with The Commanders’ Mate. And with a title like this, you know that you aren’t looking at Atlans. That’s right. Today we’re playing with the Prillons. Two hot and hunky guys? Yes, please! And, we finally get to see Commander Karter get his HEA. We’ve seen him in so many other of the books. In fact, I think, most of the others, so getting to see him as the hero of his own book is awesome. The only character I’m waiting for more is Warden Egara. Grace keeps saying good things may be in store for our beloved Warden Egara, so I’m going to keep waiting.

While this is back in the main world, this book starts out different to all the others in this world. Every one of the other main universe books starts out with the testing, and we get to get into the hotness. We don’t know which male(s) the woman is going to match with, although we can get a really good idea as to the planet based on the testing. But, that’s not how this one starts out. This one starts out with Commander Karter and a disaster.

Karter is in a different sector of space than usual and is standing on a battleship that is not his own. Not only is it not his own, it’s destroyed and there are dead bodies and blood all around. The commander is gone, and not only gone, but dead. Luckily, most of his people are far away and safe. Karter has no clue what’s happened, why the other commander sent his people away, or why the ship he’s on is destroyed. There are 3 survivors, 2 are in Regen pods, and 1 is available to talk to. The only problem is that he’s Intelligence Core, and you know how intelligence agents can be. This one is no different. Mostly.

Ronan is the IC agent. Ronan who supposedly died 5 years ago. Ronan who is Kaed Karter’s best friend and Second.

Then, Karter gets the news. He’s been matched and his Bride is going to be teleported to the destroyed ship any minute. Karter freaks out, in a very masculine way, of course. Roman, on the other hand, is much less freaked,

Erica is an astronomer who has decided that she’s gone looking at the stars and is ready to be among the stars. So, she goes to be matched and finds her two Prillon warriors, Ronan and Kaed. Sadly, she teleports into a triage situation, and she helps to keep the wounded calm while they are waiting to be teleported.

I love Erica. Grace’s heroines all tend to be very strong women with fierce personalities, but there’s just something about Erica that I really like. She knows who she is, she’s comfortable in her skin, and she’s very happy being her. She also knows exactly what she wants, and she isn’t afraid to ask for it, or to tell people what she wants. Needless to say, I wouldn’t want to cross her. I don’t think that she’s one of those people who will yell at you, she will just get that deadly, calm, level, maybe even vaguely polite voice that will let you know just how badly you done fucked up. Frankly, that kind of voice frightens me more than the whole yelling kind of person.

I have always liked Karter. He’s a very honorable male who does what he thinks he has to for his people and the galaxy at large. He might have to make shitty decisions, but when you are at war and you are the commander of a battlegroup, you have to make shitty decisions and send out people who you know will die. It’s a choice that I’m glad I never have to make.

Ronan, poor Ronan, I felt so sorry for him. He’s spent time basically being a ghost, and that can be so hard on someone. Luckily, there’s someone who sees him and knows him.

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I love when Lady Karter shows her mates exactly what she’s made of and exactly what she’s going to do. She put both of them to shame at that point, and they both knew it. Then, later, when she had to do something about Kaed, she went about it the right way and made everything perfect. I really, really like her.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go check it out and happy reading!

Eva Charles-Delivered

So, Eva Charles is back with Delivered, the second book in The Devil’s Duet. Because of the nature of a duet, there are likely to be spoilers in this one for the first book, Depraved. I will try to avoid them, but it isn’t always possible. You have been warned.

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So, we open up to the Gatehouse on fire. Gabrielle was there, in her rooms at the top of the hotel. Her security woke her up since the alarms didn’t go off. She and her security calmly and methodically warned the guests as they worked their way down. Gabrielle was just about to go out, when she saw Georgina’s car there. Georgie was her best friend and assistant, and she shouldn’t have been there. She was hugely pregnant, and Gabby had already been at her hours and told her to stay home that night. She has to go try to rescue her friend, but she gets rescued.

JD has just returned to town after his father’s inauguration just to find out that there are warehouses on fire, and, oh yeah, so is the Gatehouse. He rushes over there to see what’s going on, and starts searching for Gabrielle, and finds her being loaded into an ambulance. He pushes his way into the ambulance and goes with her to the hospital to stay with her, saying he’s her fiance. When Gabby comes to, she is really confused, and she keeps asking for Georgie, who sadly, didn’t make it out.

The first part of this story really tore me apart. I grieved with Gabrielle for losing her home, her livelihood, her dream, her best friend, and her best friend’s baby, on which she had pinned so many dreams all in one fell swoop. I mean, losing any one of those things would be hard, losing any two would be so difficult, but then losing everything would just destroy anyone. Then you add in other things, like secrets, guilt, depression, stress, and everything else that Gabrielle has to deal with, and seriously, the whole first half of the book is just so sad.

JD deals with everything the way that he usually does. He tries to control everything and make everything happen the way he wants. The problem is, you can’t really do that. JD has issues. This book shows more of his backstory, and you get to understand why he is the way that he is. He has to be in control. He has to try to control everything in his environs. That can be part of his personality that would’ve shown up anyway, but it can also be a way to deal with all of the everything that he has had to deal with. It’s hard to know if it’s a nature or nurture kind of thing, because it’s just impossible to see that. I’m leaning toward it being a mix of both things.

We learn so much in this book that puts things that happened in the first book in better context. I kind of look back at certain events and go ahhhhhhh. One thing that I was wrong about was that I thought that maybe Georgie was kind of stalking Gabby because she was so jealous of her, and she would’ve been able to do some of the things that had happened, but nope. I’m wrong. It happens.

We need to talk about the elephant in the room for a little bit. Maybe it’s just that I’m me, but I totally see Trump in the JD’s dad as President. Of course, the fictional one is worse than the real one, so far as we know, but I was like yup, that feels familiar.

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Going through Georgie’s journals was just terrible. I was ready to kill the dude, because damn, what a scum sucking pig. My heart hurt.

And then, what happened to Zach? That may have been the thing that I thought was totally the worst, but that’s because of my personal history. My youngest brother had spina bifida and he used a wheelchair. He spent a lot of time in hospitals, and a lot of time in PT, and just the thought of poor Zach made me cry.

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

 

Measha Stone-Daddy Ever After

Today we have a short and hot Daddy story coming from Measha Stone. Daddy Ever After appeared in an anthology, which is no longer available. But lucky for us, Measha loves us and wanted to make sure that we have her story, so here we are.

This story takes place in the same world as Beast and Tower. They are, roughly, reworked fairy tales that surround the Annex, a service that employs submissive women and lets them contract with Dominant males. The contracts can be anything from an evening to however long. That may be how these couples start out, but it isn’t how they end up.

Though this story did show up before, it was added to a little bit, so you are going to get some new stuff in there, so yay!

Jaelynn has a plan. She’s going to go to the Annex and try to get a contract with the right man. She really wants to meet this man, because she has something for him. On her first party, she’s walking around with her escort, looking to see who is there. When her escort gets called away, she ends up wandering around, and runs into more trouble than she can handle.

Trouble’s name is Hunter. He is there looking for a woman for a weekend. He has very specific demands. One of them is that she call him Daddy. When he finds Jae wandering around with no escort, he knows he’s found a very naughty little girl.

I really like Jae. She is determined and stubborn. She has a plan, and she really wants to stick to it. However, what she isn’t is a real planner. Sure, she has a goal and she came up with a reasonable plan to get it to happen, but she didn’t really plan how to make it happen. She just saw this miraculous thing happen in her head.

Hunter may not be the best guy out there, but he is a good guy, even if he has to do some really shitty things to get along. But I think he’s really good for and with Jae. He actually gives her exactly what she needs, even if it isn’t what she wants. It’s just like the old Rolling Stones’ song.

This is a really short and sweet story. I liked it back when I first read it, and I like it just as much now. The hot and the sweet balance is perfect, which can be difficult to do. Just a great story, altogether. No spoilers today, but isn’t this a great bathtub?

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Katie Douglas-Tie Me Down

Katie Douglas is back with a book under her lighter name. Tie Me Down is sweet, loving, and pretty damn sexy. It’s a nice short read if you need to have something to read that’s a good steamy mood uplifter.

Alana is on the run from her BS asshat ex-boyfriend, Jimbo. She’s currently 5 months pregnant, and when she finally told him, he beat the shit out of her to try to make her lose it. So, when she got a chance, she grabbed his shitty car and left Seattle. Now she’s in Arizona and trying to deal with the horrible heat. When she tries to put some gas in her car, she ends up passing out and landing on the forecourt of the gas station.

Lawson and his brothers run the Lemon Tree Ranch. His brothers head out for the weekend on ranch business, leaving Lawson and one of their hands there. When they go to get gas, they get there just in time to see a pregnant woman collapse right in front of them. Lawson runs over to see if they can help, and he ends up loading the woman into his truck and taking her home.

Lawson is a wonderful man. He doesn’t have any ulterior motive in helping Alana. He just does it because that’s what a decent human being does. You help someone who is in trouble. He offered her a guest room for as long as she needed, and offered to help get her on her feet. And all this before he really got to know her or was really attracted to her. See, decent man. Decent man who likes to spank women, but it’s not like the two things are at odds with each other.

Alana is at what was my favorite part of my pregnancy. You aren’t tired from the first trimester and you aren’t feeling like a huge whale like in the 3rd trimester. You just have the 2nd trimester hornies. Ahhhh, how well I remember those days. But, she’s really a lost soul. She has spent too much time being run down and thrown away by her loved ones, so she’s just a little untethered from anything. Lawson turns into her rock, but in a good way. He gives her the support that she needs so that she can find herself. He doesn’t rescue her as much as give her the ability to rescue herself, I think. Either way, she really deserves to have a good man like Lawson.

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My heart seriously broke when Lawson’s bros came home, and Alana reacted the way that she did. I mean, I knew that Jimbo was a total fuck, but up to that point, I didn’t realize just exactly how much of a total fuck he was.

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

Kay Elle Parker-King of Shadows

King of Shadows is the first book in The Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker, and frankly, I would run over to Amazon and buy it before they decide to ban it. I don’t think that they will, but frankly, I didn’t think her last book deserved to be banned and it was, so what do I know? And do be aware that this is a duet, and we all know what that means.

Allianna is on the run. She spent 25 years living in the Shadow Realm as the ward/captive/prospective bride of the Lord of Shadows, Kian. But, she was able to slip into his mind and found out things that she shouldn’t’ve known, and it killed her love for him. Up until that moment, she adored him and was so looking forward to being his wife. And, the truth is, she still loves Kian, Lord of Shadows, who was there for her entire life. Who she doesn’t love is the demon, an actual demon escaped from Hell, who is living in his head. So she ran away and hid herself as well as she could. She’s living on the mortal plane, which is sort of where her heritage is. You see, she’s a half archangel and half mortal. If she hadn’t dyed her hair, she would’ve stood out because of her beautiful white blonde hair.

After 3 months away, Kian has finally come to claim his bride, so he takes her back to the Shadows, and he’s going to do a ritual for mating. Now, it doesn’t say anywhere outright, but I suspect that this marital rite thing that he wants to do is more demonic and Kian the Demon wants to do it more than Kian, Lord of Shadows does. It’s a pretty brutal sounding ritual, and Kian orders Alli to be prepared, including given some drug so that she’s pliant, not combative, and that the ordeal will be some kind of pleasurable. For a given subset of pleasure, I guess. In walks Islador, Kian’s Second, and Alli’s protector. He sacrifices himself so that Kian won’t do this ritual with Alli right now, because Isla knows that it will cause her to hate him.

I am completely torn when it comes to Kian. I mean, the Kian that we see is one I really hate. And I hate him more and more as the book goes on. This isn’t the bad guy that you love to hate or hate to love, who may have some redeeming features. No, this is the bad guy who is so unrepentantly bad that he comes up with new ways to be bad. There is no good in his actions. However, that Kian doesn’t mesh with the Kian of Alli and Isla’s memories or feelings. Also, I don’t know how much we see is Kian, Lord of Shadows vs. Kian, the demon, at least until we get to a certain point. I think that there is a possibility that I would like Kian. After all, anyone who inspired love from people like Allianna and Islador couldn’t be terrible. I can’t tell you for sure and I can’t even tell me for sure because, again, it’s hard to know who is who until a certain point in the book.

The last book of Kay’s that I put on here had one of my top heroines ever. I think that Allianna is going to join that company. She is pretty fucking awesome. She is incredibly strong, fierce, loyal, loving, and damned determined to do what needs to be done and what she thinks is right. And, oh, she may be just plain damned. I don’t know yet. I do think that all of her enemies should be wary of her, and tread very lightly. Frankly, I think that her allies should be somewhat wary of her too. There are some people who will have nothing to fear from her, but I’m 100% sure that those people are going to be incredibly few and very, very far between.

I like Islador. Not that I figured out how to say his name. Half the time when I say it, it sounds like Isildur from LOTR. The rest of the time it sounds like Ile-door. When it’s shortened to Isla, I think of Isla Fisher, and hear it in my head as Ila, with I like eye. Whatever way it’s pronounced, I really like him. He’s a good and honorable man. He really tries to do what’s best for his realm, his Lord, and his Queen, Allianna. He is very loyal to Allianna and to Kian. He’s also madly in love with Alli, and has been for pretty much ever. He won’t do anything though, since she’s bound to marry Kian, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love her and won’t do everything he can to protect her.

There is a lot of stuff that happens in this book. It’s incredibly layered, and there are so many things that go into pretty much everything that happens. If one thing were to change, it would totally change everything else. I really can’t wait to see how everything plays out and falls into place.

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I love Alli’s meeting with her father and his associates. I’m looking forward to seeing how that will affect everything.

I also love Dhur. He’s so incredibly awesome.

OK, that’s all I have to say here. Go check it out, you won’t be sorry! Happy reading!