Aria Adams-Violated

Violated is the second book in a series which started with a book called The Last Rancher, but is now called Hunted. It is a standalone, but it has a connection to things that happened in Hunted, so reading Hunted will help you understand the world better, but you don’t have to. It is a scifi book that takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. In this world, the majority of the world live in huge cities, with the rest of the world being some kind of wasteland or wilderness outside. There are still people who live in the outside, some who thrive, some who don’t. Each city has its own culture. This book takes place in an area that is associated with the city of Telona, and then the city of Novara.

Telona keeps its people on the edge of starvation and barely awake. The city is pretty much a totalitarianism, and conformity is safest. People are encouraged to not make any connections to other people, because connections can cause strife. Of course, connections will give people something to care about. The people of Telona are lied to and believe that the world outside is a total nuclear wasteland, which is why there are no resources to have enough food.

Novara, on the other hand, is pretty much the land of plenty. They have all kinds of vending machines where you can get anything that you need or want. All you have to do is go and choose what you want out of the vending machine. No money needed or anything. Novara is obsessed with sports. Any kind of sports. That’s what they do.

And so, with some background into the world, let us get into the story, yes?

Isla is a 20 year old young woman from Telona. She was an orphan and raised by machines in an orphanage where she was placed as pretty much a newborn. Her parents weren’t around for a very good reason. They didn’t have permission to have her. In Telona, you have to have a breeding permit. If you don’t have one, you are killed and your baby taken away from you. When Isla turns 18, she’s taken from the orphanage to a breeding farm, where she is put into a chair, completely sedated, and artificially inseminated until she is pregnant. She spends the next two years of her life asleep for the most part, and either pregnant or in the process of getting so. She has already had two babies.

Adam is the last doctor in the world. He was a traveling doctor with his brother, but his brother went missing 2 years ago. Adam tried to carry on in his stead, but he was taken by the people who run Telona and imprisoned in the breeding farm to take care of the sedated and possibly brain-dead women who are forcibly impregnated and then cut open to take their child. One day, as he’s caring for the women, he notices that Isla’s IV site needs to be changed, so he takes out the IV and gets ready to switch it to the other side. He leaves her alone without the sedation for a little while, because he believes that she’s brain dead. When he gets back, she’s able to talk to him. He changes out her IV, but it doesn’t take immediately. Isla saw how he stopped the drip, so she stopped it herself and tried to escape.

The guards bring her to Adam, and he says that he will train her to obey, and lies to tell them that she’s pregnant. Isla isn’t valuable in and of herself, but her offspring is. Adam can’t show any kind of kindness to Isla, but he immediately starts plotting to get them out of the breeding farm.

OK, it’s that time. This book handles some dark themes. It’s really good. I enjoyed it a lot, but I enjoy everything written by Katie Douglas, who is using Aria Adams as a pen name. Isla is a fascinating character, at once an adult and a small child. I really enjoyed watching her grow through the whole book.

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OMG, Telona sounds like a total nightmare. I mean, I wouldn’t want to live there at all. Thinking that the glorious leader can read your mind? Terrifying and scary. I’m not entirely sure that Novara is a whole lot better, especially after Hunted, but at least the people aren’t being purposely starved.

I cheered for Isla when she conquered her fear and was able to leave the hotel room. Being in Novara had to be so scary for her, especially since her entire life had been so controlled and she had never done anything that she hadn’t been told to. It took Adam a long time to figure that out. When you’ve been free your entire life, it’s hard to figure out what it’s like to have never been free, I should think.

Anyway, that’s all for today. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series. I enjoy scifi and post apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. Happy reading!

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Jane Henry-Deliverance

I love reading Jane Henry’s books. And this one, Deliverance, is the first book in a new series, so yay for that! Similar to the Boston Doms series that Jane wrote with Maisy Archer, this the New York Doms series. Jane is writing this one solo though. Still great to read.

Diana is a single mother of a son who is autistic. She’s been single for a long time, with a few breaks for relationships that just don’t work. In fact, a failed relationship is what brings Diana to us. She and her friend Beatrice are out trying to drown Diana’s sorrows in a lot of tequila. When she sees a silver Maserati, she wants to key it because she’s sure it’s her ex’s. Except, whoops. It’s not. Turns out it belongs to a huge hunk of Dom named Tobias.

Tobias is a part owner of a BDSM club called Verge. One night when he walks outside of his club, he sees two drunk women, one of whom is keying his very, very expensive car. When he confronts Diana about it, he notices that she’s pretty much drunk as a skunk. He takes her back in to Verge, into his office. She is pretty apologetic about it and is starting to feel pretty bad about what she was meaning to do. She swears to Tobias that she will pay him back, she’ll just give him her insurance info and be on her way. When he tells her that her insurance isn’t going to cover her vandalism. Diana keeps checking her phone and tells Tobias that she has to leave. If her son wakes up and she’s not home, he’ll be very upset and could meltdown.

Except, there’s a problem. Tobias gets a bright red flashing light on his desk and a phone call from a cop friend of his. There’s been a horrific attack on a woman and it’s associated with his club. So Verge is on lockdown and Tobias has to go out to the rest of the club to deal with it, which means that Diana is going out with him. That’s when she manages to earn her first spanking.

Alright, you know what time it is. I really enjoyed this book, as I have everything else of Jane’s that I’ve read. Lots of great spanking and great sex. She also has a great story going on around it. There are a lot of stories going on within the book and a lot of relationships being built. That is something that could really get out of hand and overwhelm the other elements of the story, so it works out really well. I really loved the positive representation of an autistic kid in a story. There are a lot of stereotypes about people who are autistic, so seeing a positive and realistic example out there is important. It’s also important to get the realistic example of single moms who are dealing with kids with special needs. This is a great story, all around, and I am looking forward to the next one and to see if who I think the next couple is going to be is actually the next couple.

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FTR, I’m pretty sure Zach and Beatrice are the next couple to show up. Of course, watch Jane pull someone else out of her house altogether, just to prove me wrong. LOL.

I would love to see Tobias adopt Chad, but I’m not sure that his dad would ever let go, even if he doesn’t really have much to do with Chad. I know his kind. He’s just a prick and always going to be a prick and Chad will never be enough for him because he just doesn’t want to understand who his own son is. Dickhead.

Anyhow, that’s all for today. I’m going to go plan my weekend reading now. Happy reading!

Charity B.-Candy Coated Chaos

Oh my ducklings. My poor sweet ducklings. I read two books that completely turned me around and twisted me up this week. One was Blai2e, the other was Candy Coated Chaos by Charity B.

Before I get into my review, I want to say that this one is dark. It has some issues that may trigger people and may bother others. Make sure that you read the blurb on this as well as the trigger warnings that Charity put there. Heed them. Read responsibly.

I also want to say that a part of the proceeds of the sales of this book will be donated to To Write Love on Her Arms, which is an organization that helps with self-harm, addiction, and suicide. The story of how they got their name is awesome, and they do fantastic work. I’ve followed their work for years and donated when I could.

When you read this, you might wonder why I didn’t put this in my BDSM category since there are some activities in here that people who practice BDSM might use. I debated it, I really did. But, finally, I decided that it just wasn’t the right place for it, in my POV. Your mileage may vary.

Now that we’ve gotten through all that, it’s time to actually dig into the book. I bet you thought that I was never going to get there.  But I have, and here we are.

Alexander, owner of Vulture Theaters, is a real cocksman. He’s a one and done kind of guy. He likes women, he just likes them once. One day, as he’s fucking around in his office, a knock comes on the door. He goes to answer the door and there is a petite young woman sucking on a lollie at the door. She looks at the nameplate and realizes that Alex isn’t the right person, and she quickly moves along to the next door until she finds one with the right nameplate.

Alex is somewhat fascinated with the fey-like young woman that he saw. When he gets the chance, he asks her out for a date. He asks Tavin to meet at a bar. When she gets there, she seems slightly less vivacious than she had before, but then suddenly she changes and gives him a huge kiss and then they go dancing. On the way to his house, they see a carnival. Tavin tells Alexander that she’s never been to a carnival, so of course, they have to go.

Alexander is fascinated with watching Tavin at the carnival. She acts like everything she sees, touches, and experiences is brand new and is magical. That makes Alex look at everything different and lets them have an amazing time. When they are done, they head to Alex’s house for fun and games of a more adult nature. Alex, who prides himself on never coming before a woman does, manages to miss getting Tavin to come. When he wakes up, Tavin’s gone. He figured that he would’ve fucked her out of his system, but it didn’t work that way. Because of course not.

Alex is finally able to track Tavin down and gets to her house just after she’s started to OD. He calls his doctor and takes her to his house to help her get better.

OK, this is that time. This story really was intense. I mean, I don’t have the words to describe how intense. It left me wrung out and emotional. We talk about books taking us on an emotional roller coaster, but this one passes up the roller coaster and goes for the tilt-a-whirl. You go up and down and spin around. I got spun around out of control, with no way to slow it down, and it just kept spinning faster and faster. When I finally got off, I was dizzy as hell, but I loved the ride. There are so many secrets on everyone’s part, but most especially Tavin’s. Alexander doesn’t always know how to handle everything he finds out, but to be fair to him, I don’t know that anyone would be able to handle the things he finds out in a completely calm manner, even if they weren’t fascinated with the person.

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If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers, then you aren’t going to be a super fan of this one. I do know that the next one is coming out in about 6 weeks, but I don’t know when 3 is coming out. I do have assurances that one of my biggest worries over the ending works out well. I’m not going to tell you what it is though, so there. I can be mean.

I’m dying to know more about the bitch Carrie in Alex’s life. I’m betting that she aborted their child, or something similar. And that the tiara that Sasha stole has something to do with that.

I’m glad that Alex was able to swallow his pride enough to contact his sister to help with Tavin. I know that couldn’t have been easy for him to do, but really, I think that was the best thing he could’ve done in the situation.

I wonder what all Tavin told Sasha. I wonder why Sasha and not Alexander. I wonder how much Sasha will tell Alexander. I wonder what kind of blowback is coming Alex’s way. I neeeeeeeed all these questions answered. I hear that I can get the ARC next month, so I only have to make it through next month. Hopefully, it can help tide me over to Blair3. (OMG guys, Blai2e next week!)

OK, that’s all I have to say today. And since I couldn’t decide which picture I wanted to use, have another picture. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Golden Angel-Tempting the Domme

This is a first on my blog for a couple of reasons. One, it’s my first Golden Angel review. Second, it’s my first F/m book to be reviewed on here. Not my first one to read though, I’ve read a couple of others, and they all tend to be hawt.

So, Golden Angel’s Tempting the Domme. This is the latest entry into her Stronghold series. Full disclosure, I haven’t read the whole series, but I’m working my way through her back catalog under both this name and her darker name, Dark Angel.

Anyhow, Stronghold is hot BDSM club. There is a whole large group of friend who are all subs and Doms. Olivia is the Domme of the group, and the Queen of Peen. She’s now been hired to manage part of Marquis, a new, very exclusive club that is run by some of the Doms of Stronghold, plus a new friend, Luke. Luke owns a construction company and he’s a silent partner in Marquis. Olivia feels like that has made him her boss. He’s not as convinced by that fact. He keeps flirting with her and calls her Scarlet. She is fighting an attraction because she figures he’s the Dom-ly type and she doesn’t do Doms. She is in no way submissive. At. All.

So, Olivia is about to run a newbie class for subs. What she doesn’t know is that Luke is going to be in her class. Her two friends and the other partners in Marquis know. In fact, they have done everything they can to help get Luke into that class. Everyone knows how the two of them feel about each other.

When Luke walks in, Olivia is gobsmacked, but she has a plan. She puts him with one of her Baby Doms who is bi. Luke showed her though. She starts calling him Cupcake.

Oh man, the sexy is super-sexy. Great sex scenes, awesome sex scenes. What makes them even awesomer is that Golden has written a great connection between the two. They had some friendship before any kind of relationship started. I like that. That makes everything much better. Of course, there are bad things that happen, but can’t have a story without conflict, right?

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OK, Roland must die a terrible, painful, horrible death. But Olivia is awesome. Way awesome. I have fallen in love with her.

I can’t wait to see Sharon and Jake. And Nick and Avery. Because we all know they’re next, right? And Marquis is a very cool club, one I’d like to visit.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check this out and enjoy a new dynamic.

Kelly Dawson-Daddy Takes the Reins

I was lucky enough to read one of Kelly’s short stories in the Christmas anthology that I reviewed here. Daddy Takes the Reins is the first book in that series and introduces us to some of the characters in that story. So, when Kelly asked me to read and review her book, I was like oh yes, pretty please and thank you! It doesn’t hurt that they take place in my dream location of New Zealand.

This is a lovely little age play/Daddy Dom book. Bianca regresses to a Little state, but it is a relatively mild age play story, compared to some others that I’ve read and reviewed.

So, Bianca is a young woman who happens to have Tourette’s Syndrome. She has spent her life fighting against the stereotype that shows up around her disease and is always trying to prove herself. Her biggest cheerleader is her sister, Annie, who is also her best friend. The problem is that Annie is now losing the battle with cancer and won’t be around for much longer. As a side note, fuck cancer. Bianca’s dream is to be a jockey. She loves horses and just got a job working at the stables of a prestigious trainer. She was hired on as an apprentice jockey, which means that she rides horses around the track to exercise them and helps take care of the horses and stables. She doesn’t tell anyone about her Tourette’s at first but eventually tells her employer’s son, Clay, the stable foreman.

Clay is one of three brothers, the other two being Luke and Cody. They all either work at the stables or at the farm that is part of the family’s property. Clay is the stable foreman and he isn’t sure that the newest hire can hack the job, especially after he finds out that she has Tourette’s. However, when she assures him that most of her symptoms are well in the past, then he has no problem with her. In fact, he becomes impressed with her when an abused and neglected horse comes into the stable and she is the only person who can get near the horse.

The problem is that Bianca starts working very hard in between helping her sister and taking care of the horse, which causes her to have more problems with her illness. That’s when Clay decides that she needs a Daddy to take care of her and he is just the person to take on the job.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a nice bit of life and joy that I really enjoyed reading. There are some rough spots and a couple of really sad spots where I cried. But, the ending more than made up for it, and I was glad to have read it. Also, I just have to say that it’s nice to see a positive portrayal of a person with disabilities in a romance novel and not as someone to be pitied or babied. It’s also nice to see a person with disabilities in a kinky situation. Representation, yo!

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OMG, I about wanted to kill Clay at one point. When you read it, you will see why. I’ll bet you get really mad at him too. Luckily, he learns his lesson and is able to redeem himself. That saved me from having to yell at him, but it was a very close thing. I did really want to.

I, too, had a sibling die of cancer, which is why the fuck cancer bit, so I really, really felt for Bianca there. Losing a sibling, especially if you are very close, is a terrible and tragic thing.

OK, that’s all for this one today. I really enjoyed it. Go over to Amazon grab it. It’s $4.95 and on KU. Happy reading!

Heart2Heart: A Charity Anthology

I have a real treat for my MM lovers out here today. And yes, I meant in any way you want to take it. Today I’m sharing a beautiful anthology from several really talented authors who write MM romance. Heart2Heart is more than just a bunch of great stories though. It’s also a charity anthology, which means that proceeds are going to the LGBTQ+ charities of the authors’ choice. Awesome, right? So, not only are you getting a bunch of really lovely stories, you are going to help out some great charities, but stop reading this right now and go buy it.

Anyway, this book has an interesting setup. A couple of months ago, several MM authors asked for interesting and unexpected couple combinations. You know, like a sommelier and a criminal, or a lawyer and a lobsterman. Then 9 of the combinations were chosen, and the anthology was born. The premise is that all of the guys either signed up or were signed up by well-meaning friends and family for a dating app called Heart2Heart. They were running a Valentine’s Day special that offered a free dinner. The matches were supposed to be guaranteed love matches. The algorithms and coding were supposed to match you with the person who would be perfect for you. Except… It would be boring if it happened that way, wouldn’t it? There’s a glitch in the coding and the matches went all wonky. But, as this is a Valentine’s Day offering, you know that they are all HEAs, so you know that something good is going to come out of all the wonkiness.

I’m not going to review each and every one, mostly because I want you to go out and buy this book. Plus, the stories are all pretty short. There are funny stories and there are more serious stories. The one thing they all have in common is that they are full of true love and hot sex. I do have a couple of favorite combos, and I mentioned them above. You don’t think that these guys would possibly fit together, but they do, and it’s awesome. So, go check it out.

No spoilers today, but here’s a bouquet of roses. I hope that you have great plans for V-Day, no matter what you are planning on doing. Me, I celebrate 1/2-price Chocolate Day Eve on 2/14.

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Ava Sinclair-Sacrifice

We have a new Ava Sinclair book today. Ava has been spoiling us a lot lately. Today’s book is a move away from her spanko books and out into the reverse harem genre. See, I told you I had some coming through in the near future, didn’t I?

Anyway, not only do we have a RH, we also have dragon shifters, so seriously, the best of all the worlds all over, right? In Sacrifice, we have Lyla, who is a human villager. Her world is ruled by dragons. The dragons limit how much food can be grown by burning everything growable outside of the tightly proscribed fields. If the people screw up, then they are at risk of having their entire fields or village burned down. The dragons ask for one thing. They ask for a sacrifice of the most beautiful young woman in the village.

When Lyla doesn’t make it into the priestesshood, it’s obvious that she’s going to end up being the sacrifice. She gets prepared for the sacrifice and then taken to the altar and tied around the ankle to the altar so that she can’t jump off and kill herself.

Up flies the dragon. He is Lord Drogros Fra’hir, eldest son of Rymoth. He battled his brothers so that he could be the one to get her from her village and to be the one who claims her first. You see, in his people, all the brothers take one bride. So after his time with Lyla, he introduces her to his brothers, Zelki, Tythos, and Imryth, and explains to her that they are also her mates.

Each brother takes her separately. They all have different personalities and each meets some need of Lyla’s. More than that, their cocks are phenomenal. I mean, they give Lyla the GOOD D.

OK, so, good first book of a new series. I like where I see this going. I think that Lyla is going to give her boys a run for their money and I think they are going to underestimate her, but I think that overall, she will bring all kinds of good change.

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I do think the boys should pay a lot more attention to Lyla and what’s going on in her head. She’s not going to be happy with them over-protecting her in any way. She’s going to do what she’s going to do, and if they keep trying to protect her, they are going to miss that. I can’t wait to see what happens with the next one, which is already up for pre-sale and will be out next month, so watch this space.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check this one out!