Nora Phoenix-Slow Hand

Slow Hand is the first Nora Phoenix book I’ve reviewed here, I believe. She’s an MM author, and often writes a lot more than just 2 Ms. She writes Omegaverse as well as regular. She has contemporary and some post-apocalyptic stories too. This one is one of her contemporary stories. It’s the 4th book in a series, but it’s standalone enough that you aren’t going to miss anything if you haven’t read the others. This one is an Mmm, and it deals with some past abuse on the case of the subs. We don’t see any of the abuse, but they do talk about it. It’s also a Daddy book, in a couple of different ways.

So, Master Ford gets a call from his friend, who owns a club. He was contacted by a mutual friend, who is a cop and a Dom. He has rescued 2 young men who had been kept captive by a complete sadist and monster who claimed to be a master, but wasn’t any kind of Dom at all. He was just an abusive monster. Jathan and Thierry have gone through terrible, terrible things. They are fragile, both physically and emotionally. Ford doesn’t know what he’s going to do with them, but he already feels protective about them.

Thierry doesn’t speak. He is able to speak, physically, but it feels like the words get caught in his throat when he tries to talk. They are just trapped. Jathan, on the other hand, has no problem with speaking. He’s angry at the world, and especially Thierry. He has no problem telling everyone how unhappy he is.

I really like Ford. He is endlessly patient, in a situation that he was thrust into, without any kind of rule book. He made mistakes, because who isn’t in that situation, but he also admitted that he made mistakes, apologized and did what he could to make it better. Everyone had a lot of stuff they had to work through. Ford was trying to deal with his changing Dom tendencies and the way that his life is changing, and trying to handle the vastly different needs of Jathan and Thierry. They both have some needs that are the same, but they are also both traumatized by different things, and need different levels of D/s.

Thierry is a sweet, sweet boy. He was really just a light. I was so sad that he had gone through what he did. No one deserves to be treated that way, but when it is just someone who is as precious and innocent as Theirry is, it’s even worse, I think. I mean, don’t get me wrong, he’s a filthy little boy, but he’s also just sweet and innocent, if you know what I mean.

Jathan has such a tough shell. And it’s really no wonder why. I mean, the horrible stuff that has happened really just hurt him so much. But, he’s also got a really good heart, and a marshmallowy center. He has so much love to give, and it’s great to watch his healing journey.

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I love how J&T connect and reconnect.

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

 

Golden Angel-Chasing Her Lion

Chasing Her Lion is the last book in Golden’s Big Bad Bunnies series. I was happy to read it, but sad to see it. I’ve seen the end of too many series in the past few months, and I get a little teary upset, because I love the characters and the world. The BBB are joyful to read, and the books are funny. It’s fun to try and catch all the various geekdoms and easter eggs that Golden drops in them.

This is Bailey’s story. She’s the Beast of Caerbannog, the last of the Bunson children, and her bunny/bear/turtle is a real beast. Truly. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing, and no one will ever see her coming, except as a white blur. She’s hoping to find her fated mate, like Bethany and Brice did, but she’s been in a relationship with Kasim for a while now, and they are getting closer and closer. In fact, she’s ready to move on to the next level. But at a mating reception, on her way to the ranch fountain, things change. She smells something so wonderful. The best smell ever in the whole wide world. Her fated mate. Which, incidentally, isn’t Kasim, who is standing next to her. She walks up to the man, who stares at her and runs away. Meanwhile, Kasim has seen her see her fated mate, and asks Steele to send him on a mission, so he does. Far away. To a place Kasim never wanted to be, his hometown.

Kasim is so in love with Bailey, and has been waiting for her for so long, but now, when he’s right about to make his move, she meets her mate. He can’t stand to be there and watch the woman he loves more than anything have the life she always wanted with her fated mate. She was always so convinced that she would have one, and apparently, she did. Kasim wants her to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that he can stand to be there.

Kasim has been incredibly patient with Bailey and all the stuff that she’s done since the Bunsons were rescued. I mean, she sowed a whooooole lot of wild oats, been incredibly brash, bold, and impulsive, and been more than a little bit fixated on the idea of fated mates. But, it’s been totally worth it to him, because Bailey is Bailey, and all that he wants. I really do like Kasim a lot. He understands Bailey perfectly, I think, and even more than she does herself.

Bailey is a fun person, but I think that she’s a little bit, ok a lotta bit, impulsive, and doesn’t always think through the consequences of her actions. I think part of it is that she spent so much of her younger years in the labs of The Company, but I think she allowed that to be an excuse, and she needed to grow up a little bit. I think that Kasim is really good for her.

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I love when the challenge comes, and everyone tries to warn off the challenger. Not because they are afraid for the challengee, but because they already know what will happen.

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

 

Lili Zander & Lee Savino- Draekon Pirate

Lili and Lee have come out with the 3rd book in their Draekon spinoff, with Draekon Pirate. These books are the ones about the original Draekons. They don’t mate in pairs, they are one on one. This is the story of Fourth and Diana.

So, Diana, and her friend Lisa, were two of the human women who had been stolen away. But instead of being tortured like all the other women we’ve seen so far, Diana and Lisa have actually been thriving. That’s because they were saved by some pirates. In the months since they were rescued, Diana has worked herself up to second in command of the ship, and Lisa is part of the bridge crew. They are happy, and they have discovered a family.

Fourth, like most of his brothers, has been sent to rescue the human women that were kidnapped. So, he pulls up to this pirate ship, disables it, walks on to it, and almost gets hit by a thrown knife that he barely catches. That’s when he finds out that the women really don’t want to leave. They are perfectly happy.

BTW? Diana is really good at throwing knives. Like scary good. She grew up in the backwoods, way off the grid. So far off the grid that those prepper nutcases are like dayum. Her father taught her how to hunt and survive, which has really helped her.

Anyway, so Fourth, who has renamed himself Mirak, is fascinated by Diana. There’s just something about her that makes him want to know more about her. And it didn’t hurt that she tried to knife him the first time she met him. And Diana can’t get Mirak out of her mind either. (I originally had mound there, which works too.)

I think that Diana is a lot of fun. There’s just something about her that I really like. She has her own serious issues, mostly spawning from the way that she grew up and the way that the adults in her family treated her, but she’s also incredibly competent, smart, strategic, and just fierce. I think that she really blossomed on the pirate ship. It really was the perfect thing for her.

Mirak really needed to figure out who he was after waking back up. I think that he was really kind of lost after waking back up and was a little bit scared of everything, even if he wasn’t going to admit to being scared of anything. Because, you know, big scary dragon.

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OMG, the horridness that came out of Mirak’s mouth. Diana should’ve shoved a knife in there. DEEP.

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

Jane Henry-Keenan

Keenan is the first book in a new series from Jane Henry. We’re in Ireland, and dealing with the clans. In this setting, the clans are basically the organized group families. In Keenan’s family, he’s the heir to the throne, so to speak. So, here’s our story.

Keenan is having a meeting with his father and their inner circle, including his father’s brother, the Father. At the meeting, the Father tells Keenan that he would find the answers he needs about a particular problem at the lighthouse. Now, the priest is a little obtuse, but he has to be, because he might be nudging the lines of confidentiality from the confessional. So, Keenan takes one of his men with him, and they go off to the lighthouse.

Caitlyn lives in the lighthouse. She’s never been anywhere but the lighthouse, in her entire life. Her father, who has been dead for the last month or so, always told her that there were people who would kill her if they knew about her, so she has always stayed in the lighthouse and stayed hidden. Which, she would be doing now, if only she could. But her father is now dead, and she’s eaten all the food in the house. In fact, it’s now been several days since she ate the last bit of food in the house. She’s searched all over the house, and there’s no money, no food, nothing. So, she decides that she needs to do something about it. First she decides that she’ll go to the shed to see if there is anything in here, and if there isn’t, then she’ll have to leave altogether, but she’s worried because she doesn’t even have shoes, and she doesn’t even know anyone there. But before that happens, some guys rush into the shed. She hits one and racks the other, and tries to get away. Too bad it doesn’t happen that way.

So, Caitlyn is really smart and she’s really insightful. I think that she sees things about people that no one else has seen about them. I think that’s because she spent her entire life alone, except for her father, so no one told her that she couldn’t see that, if you know what I mean. She’s very direct, and is willing to tell people exactly what she thinks and ask them questions that she really wants to know the answer to. I like the way that she talks. It feels a lot like Jane Austen or something, because of the way that she phrases things. It gives the book a very distinctive flavor.

I mostly like Kennan. He’s a good man who has to do bad things sometimes, but there’s a good man there. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t act like a jerk, and he doesn’t do things that hurt Cait, even if he doesn’t mean to. I think that he just isn’t used to dealing with someone who has a wold view like Cait does, and a lack of understanding of the world. But, I think that she’s really good for him.

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You know, I kept putting things in here, but then I’d change my mind, so nothing here.

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

Dani Rene-The Devil’s Plaything

Dani has a new book out to get us through the quarantine. Today we have The Devil’s Plaything, which is a dark mafia book, although I would probably call it a cartel over a mafia, because it takes place in Colombia, but whatever, however.

So, here’s our story. We have Victor who is the head of the Cordero Empire. He’s not a nice guy. In fact, he’s pretty much a monster, just ask him, he’ll tell you. He likes to burn people alive, after chopping off their fingers, and feeding the person their fingers. See, not a nice guy. He’s just discovered that one of his men is stealing drugs from him and selling them to someone else. That is a major no-no. No one steals from Victor. He’s off to find the person who stole from him so that he can punish them. When he does find the person, he finds Hector, who used to work for his father as well. Then he finds something even better. He finds out that Hector has a beautiful daughter named Sofia. And guess who just became the repayment to Victor? If you guess Sofia, you would totally be right.

Sofia is a young woman who has faced death for a long time, and expects to walk along with death for a while longer. When her father doesn’t show up one day, she gets a call from her uncle, who tells her to run to a particular address, stay there until 0 dark 30, and then run. She’s supposed to get the fuck out of Colombia and never come back. Only Victor’s man catches her, and she ends up being taken to Victor, whether she wanted to go or not.

Victor is an asshole a great deal of the time. The thing is, I don’t think asshole is actually his default setting. Of course, nice guy definitely isn’t his default setting, but I think that reaching asshole is something he has to hit a button to get. And there are a couple of times when he’s not just an asshole, but he’s a huge fucking asshole who needs his ass kicked. No one is every going to do it, or tell him he can’t, but it really needed to happen. I think that he was blinded by what had happened in his past, and was transferring his experiences on to Sofia, and he made a seriously shitty choice.

I think Sofa is legit a queen. I think that she had to grow up a little too fast, and she’s definitely weary of the world, and I don’t blame her a bit for it. I would kind of be weary of the world in her case too. I think that she has a lot of strength, grit, courage, and bravery. I mean, she stands up to the man she calls Diablo, devil. Not only does she stand up to him, she defies him, she demands things from him, and she holds her own. Not all the time, for sure, but sometimes, yeah. And it’s a good thing that she has all those things, because she really needs them and she is sorely tested.

I’m looking forward to seeing if we get to see more of Javier, because I’m looking forward to his story.

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It was nice to see some old friends pop up. And I almost wanted it to turn into some kind of MMF thing, but I’m pretty sure that Victor wouldn’t be having with that. I do like Javier though.

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

 

A. F. Zoelle-Bet on Love

A. F. Zoelle is a new author to me, but I think that won’t last very long. I enjoyed Bet on Me, and I’m looking forward to the next books in the series, because I’m pretty sure that they are going to be good. There were a couple of places that I thought that this one was a tiny bit problematical, but it wasn’t anything serious, and it may have been problematical from only my viewpoint. Like I said, it wasn’t enough to cancel out my enjoyment of the books, so there’s that.

So, Rhys is in Las Vegas to marry his witch of a girlfriend, Olivia. He’s not happy, and he’s sitting on his bed with his best friend and best man, Lucien AKA Luci, talking about it. That’s when he has the best bad idea ever. What would happen if he got married to someone BEFORE he had to marry Olivia? Just walk into a wedding chapel, find an Elvis impersonator, and get married? Obviously he was just little tipsy. And Luci was just tipsy enough to go along with it.

The next morning, Rhys wakes up with a naked body next to him. The problem? It’s not who he expects it to be. It’s not Olivia, it’s definitely Luci. The two of them finally figure out that they are well and truly legally married. And oh, Luci is wearing Olivia’s wedding ring.

So, I read a lot of MM, and I’ve read a lot about a gay man being in love with his straight best friend, and his straight best friend finally figuring out he’s not so straight, AKA gay for you or GFY. This one is almost like that, but not quite. In fact, as I was reading it, I realized that I couldn’t really come up with a trope for it.

Here’s the thing, these guys have been best friends since pretty much birth. There was some experimenting when they were teenagers, but they managed to shove it down inside themselves (that’s what he said) for whatever reason. And in the years since, they’ve both thought that they were straight and have been with women. So, here’s the question, are they gay, bi, pan? That’s not anything that AF goes into in this one, and you know what? I like that. They aren’t trying to figure out what the label is, they are trying to figure out what the relationship is and what they are to each other. I think it works quite well.

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OMG, the scene at breakfast with Olivia and her family and the scene in the honeymoon suite had me laughing my ass off.

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

 

Katie May-Blindly Indicted

Blindly Indicted is Katie May’s entry into the Paranormal Prison shared world series. This is my first Katie May book, but it isn’t going to be my last one, because I liked what she did with Nina, Blade, Damien, Bronson, Cain, Abel, and Rion.

We open with Nina escaping from the horrible place where she has been held for her entire life. Not only has she been held there, she’s been tortured. And when I say torture, I mean pretty much daily since she was a young child. And terrible things like having the skin flayed off her back. Luckily, she was able to get away from there, and now she’s running. The problem with running? She’s blind, so it doesn’t matter that she memorized the route that she and Kai came up with. But, she has a power that not many people know of. She can slide into people’s minds and use their eyes to see. It doesn’t even have to be a person, she can also slide into the eyes of animals, which is how she’s been seeing to escape. But then, something happens, and the next time she’s aware, she’s being accused of murdering someone she’s never heard of. To cut to the chase, she ends up in prison, where they stick the political prisoners, the Labyrinth.

Then we have the Labyrinth. It’s basically split into two factions. One faction is the shifters, and the other side is led by Blade, along with his lieutenants, Bronson, a shadow wolf, Damien, a mage and assassin, Cain and Abel, who are twins. Cain is a sex demon and Abel is a trickster demon. Nina gets brought to the throne room, where she is presented to Blade, and all of a sudden, Nina manages to take a look at Blade and discovers that Blade is Kai, the man who was supposed to come back and rescue her, and the first love of her life. This is a total shock to everyone involved, and things happen. And did I mention that Blade is actually a dragon? Yeah.

So, I like Nina, but she’s really naive considering everything that she’s gone through. Then again, she’s been living in a locked cell in a torture compound for her entire life, so it’s not all that surprising that she’s naive. But she’s also really smart, I think, and she has a really good heart. She also sees things in people that no one else does and she gets people to see themselves the way that she sees them. I think that she makes a lot of changes in her world without necessarily trying to, she just does.

This is a reverse harem, but most of the sexual stuff happens one on one, without the other guys around. There are a couple of times when there are two of them, but mostly, Nina has a separate relationship with each of the guys, forming the true center of the group, including Rion, who yeah, I know I haven’t mentioned much. You will just have to read to find out more about him. While Blade and his dudes have formed this inner circle of a gang, they aren’t necessarily friends or even friendly with each other. They all recognize that they are strong, and that they are all stronger together, but that doesn’t mean that they are friends. I think that Nina changes that around. She makes them more of a family group, I think.

While I enjoy RH where everyone is getting busy as a group, I also like it this way. I don’t think this particular story would’ve worked as well if they were all in one big group at once.

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I love Nina’s cat. I was very suspicious about it when he first showed up, but seems like a very nice kitty.

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