Sara Fields-Fever

Fever is the last book in Sara’s Omegaverse series, the Omegaborn. This series followed three incredibly strong Omegas, but none as strong as Nikki. I don’t think anything that happened in this book could’ve happened without Nikki, because it needed someone her strength and grit to drive it.

So, after the events in Triss’ book, where the Omegas broke out of the sanctuary, the city has taken all of the Omegas that showed up during that whole episode and shoved them into the already terrible sanctuary. There already wasn’t enough support or infrastructure in place for the Omegas who were there, and now the women are in terrible shape. There are thousands of more women, there isn’t enough food, the guards are even worse, and altogther, life totally fucking sucks. Nikki is trying to figure out how to help the women under her leadership, but isn’t sure as to what to do. Then, in walks in Ellie, an Omega who escaped, her Alpha, 3 other Alphas, and a Beta.

The tribes and Alphas outside the walls have called a Central Gathering. It’s basically their version of a parliament. They are trying to figure out what to do about the imbalance that the city has caused when they banished all kinds of Alphas who have no clue how life outside the walls is lived, and who have caused massive amounts of problems. Finally, it’s decided that they are going to help out all the Omegas in the sanctuary because they’ve heard how terrible it is there. They call for 3 volunteers to go and help train the Omegas. Ethan, Viktor, and Alaric are the 3 guys who decide to go help, each for their own reason.

Ethan was banished from the city for helping an Omega who was being assualted by a guard. Alaric is an adrenaline junkie who is bored, even with all the new Alphas that the city kicked out. Viktor has always lived in the wild, but he’s into smuggling, and has connections in the city.  One of Viktor’s connections is a Beta named Demiyan, who already does all he can to help the Omegas. His mother was an Omega, and she went through hell, so he has a soft spot for the women. 

When Nikki sees the guys, she’s not happy, because she doesn’t want to have her place taken over without so much as a by your leave. She’s lived nearly her entire life in the sanctuary and has worked really hard to become who she is. But she just knows that these guys are going to make trouble.

Well, they are, of course. Because, well you know, Omegas and Alphas, and high emotion.

I really like Nikki. She has had a lot of trauma in her life. She’s worked really hard to be something else than “just” an Omega. She wants more for her people, and she’s going to do everything she can in order to do that. She’s already shown that, and she only shows that more in this book.

I like the guys, mostly. We don’t see much from Ethan, other than in the very beginning, which is where we learn about his motivation. He’s not a non-entity, we just don’t see as much from his perspective. We see a lot from Demiyan’s perspective. And I have to admit, he did some things that I REALLY didn’t like, one big thing in particular. I understand why he chose to do it, and I can understand why he thought that it was necessary to do, but I still don’t like it, and it made me really mad. Of course, I think that he might’ve redeemed himself from that action. Alaric and Viktor are like Ethan, in that we don’t get a whole lot of their story either. I think that it would probably be hard to keep up all those POVs and all the action in the story, and there’s a lot of action in the story. I think that Sara did really well the way that she did it.

Back in the first book, I thought that the real villain in the book was the city, and the last one just reinforced that, and this one was like yup. I was right. Yay for me!

I love all the allies that show up in the course of the book.

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I love the big, personal, final battle on the walls. And the wolf is sooooooo cooool!

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

 

Anthology-Bite Me

So, several of the usual suspects, plus a couple new ones, have gotten together and given us 9 lovely vampire stories. Bite Me has stories from Addison Cain, Zoe Blake, Alta Hensley, Myra Danvers, Eris Adderly, Livia Bourne, Sara Fields, Anita Gray, and Cassandra Faye. Cassandra Faye may sound like a totally new person, but that is Jennifer Bene’s new pen name for her more paranormal stuff.

As with any anthology that includes these ladies, there is dark and then there is DARK. That’s one of the nice things about anthologies, if you ask me, you are going to get a wide variety of darkness plus different takes on the subject. All the stories are about vampires, but there are 9 different ideas. The stories also vary in length. Some of them are prologues to new series, which I am dying for. So, with all that being said, let’s dive in, shall we?

Addison Cain-Cathedral

If you remember When the Darkness Wins, you might remember Pearl and Catacombs. Addison also released it as a standalone. Well, Cathedral is about Jade, Darius and Pearl’s daughter. I feel sorry for Jade. Having Darius as a father can’t have been easy at all. She’s nothing but a pawn in the hands of her father.

I was really excited to see this one come out, because I’ve been dying for more of that story and that world since I read Catacombs a million years ago. Or at least a few months back, whatever. Of course, Addison being the tease she is, there’s more to the story that we don’t know yet. But I’m sure we will, sooooooon. 

Zoe Blake-Till the End of Time

Zoe went back to the 1400s, and the most well-known vampire, Vlad Tepes, Voivode of Wallachia, Son of Dracul, aka Dracula. Only this origin story doesn’t start with the Impaler. It starts with his wife, Mirella. It also spans a lot of years.

I love how much research that Zoe had to have put into this one to get the true flavor of 1400s Romania. You get a real feel for Mirella and the whole geopolitical situation of the day. A whole lot of historical fact was wound into this story as well as the fiction, and it makes for a really rich story.

Alta Hensley-Master of Ceremonies

You know, I’ve often thought that a traveling carnival is a good place for supernaturals to hide, and apparently Alta did too. Cirque Romani’s MC, Valian, is more than meets the eye, and the Cirque’s audience is perfect to feed all his various hungers. Ada is his mortal assistant who madly loves him.

I really, really, really want more of this story. I mean, like sell my son’s soul for more of this story. I’d offer to sell mine, but that’s assuming that I still have one. There’s so much that happens here, and I want to see how all the events play out.

Myra Danvers-Enthralled

Myra, who is now one of my favorite authors, has given us a prequel to this. I can’t tell you exactly when it’s set, but I’m guessing mid-1800s. Axton is a new vampire, who follows his Dark Queen, his Night Princess, his Dam, Selma.

One of the things that I like about this is Myra’s language. She uses all kinds of euphemisms for various genitalia and sexual acts. It could sound silly in other places, but it really works well in this story. On top of that, I think that Myra also did a really good job of drawing us in and getting us involved in Axton’s feelings.

Eris Adderly-V Is For Vampire

Eris’s story is a prequel too. And being Eris, she gives us a totally different take on vampires. Her vampires in a couple of hundred years in the future. It’s also a genetic thing with them. You either carry the gene or you don’t. If you have the gene, you live in the underground as a vampire. If you don’t, you’re a normal and you live on the surface. November is 22V positive and a gate guard, keeping her people underground and normals aboveground.

I really like the whole futuristic dystopic world that Eris has created. I’m not quite sure that I could call it post-apocalyptic, but maybe post-apocalyptic adjacent? I’m really looking forward to what is going to happen with this, because it looks like there are some major, major changes coming.

Livia Bourne-Blinding Salvation

This is another prequel, and I may have to start counting down the days to this one. Hopefully, Livia hasn’t been taking too many lessons from Addison and won’t be a sadist. Lily was abducted to become food to Armand, a trapped vampire. But, you know, it’s never quite that interesting.

I really like Lily and Armand. Lily is very smart and very canny. I think that she is going to be really good for Armand. I like him too. I want to see more of how his mind works, because I think that he’s good and sneaky, and really creative when it comes to revenge.

Sara Fields-The Devil’s Game

Sara likes to play with us, I think. She gives us the story of Cain and Ruby. They are both strong, in their own ways, doing their own things, but then, they meet up, and sparks fly. They are fantastic together.

I wonder if there is going to be more of this. I hope so, I would really like there to be more. I think that Ruby and Cain play off each other really well. I like the whole premise of the story, and it plays back to some of the old vampire origin myths, which was always fun.

Anita Gray-To My End

Oh, this is definitely an Anita story. There’s probably a mindfuck in there somewhere. We have a Hunter named Sonny who is chasing down the Potentials and has to kill them. Then we have Vi, who doesn’t know exactly how special she is. But she sure knows how sexy new guy in town Sonny is.

You know, when I first read this one, I wanted so much for there to be more. I mean, I still do, don’t get me wrong, but I also think that the way that it ended is actually pretty much perfect. I think more story might ruin that perfectness. Does that mean I won’t read more if Anita gives it to us? Hell no. I will definitely read it. I’m sure that Anita can fix it.

Cassandra Faye-Sweet Ruin

Grace had a sexy, sexy dream. Probably a dream. Maybe a dream. Then she has a hallucination. A sexy, sexy hallucination named Nic who keeps showing up wherever she is. Sometimes he’s even dressed.

Sweet Ruin is probably the lightest story in the book. When you realize it’s a Jennifer Bene story, you might be surprised by that fact, but only if you haven’t read some of her PNR. It fits in pretty well with her books in that genre. It’s a totally different flavor to some of her other books. I loved Grace and Nic, and I think that they are really cute together.

OK, that’s all the stories and how I felt about them all. I’ve always loved a good vampire story and 9 of them is even better. Go check out the book and tell me what you think! Happy reading!

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Sara Fields-Frantic

Today we have another Omegaverse, by Sara Fields this time. But, before I talk about Frantic, I want to clarify something that I said in Friday’s blog, because I got a question about it. If you want to skip the clarification, go for it, and go to the section marked with ***.

I’ve taken to calling myself an Omegaverse junkie. I’ve read all of the MF on Amazon, I think. There may be a couple of books that just came out that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve read a good chunk of the MM there, as well as reading more on AO3, especially since I’ve found out that I can download the stories I like and send them to my Kindle. So, here’s the section that got the question. “This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.” And here’s the question that I got. “- Is the MF a mistake or oddity? I don’t understand why it’s so different from MM Omegaverse.

Short answer is that MM tends to be lighter and more consensual from the very beginning. Not in all of them, there are always going to be outliers. But, they tend to be more traditionally “romantic”. So, when you are comparing them to the MF, which tend to be darker, more dub/noncon, you notice a real difference. Probably the difference between the two mostly leads back to Addison Cain, who is a dub/noncon, dark romance author, and thus writes what she likes. Again, I’ll emphasize that Addison didn’t create Omegaverse, and there were probably MF stories before she wrote them, but none for sale on Amazon. The authors who are now writing MF followed in Addison’s footsteps and write them in the same way. For some good examples of MM, non-shifter, mpreg Omegaverse, that will let you see the differences between the two of them, check out Piper Scott’s His Command series or her Single Dad’s Support Group series. The SDSG is a spinoff of the His Command books. I have read all her books, and she writes both shifter and non-shifter. I hope that clarifies it some. If not, send me questions, and I’ll continue to answer them to the best of my ability and within my opinions.

*** OK, back to Sara.

Frantic is the second book in her Omegaverse RH series. It is a sequel, but not a serial. Having read the first book will help you to understand what Triss is in trouble for, but you don’t have to have read it to get this story. There’s enough explanation in this one for you to get the basic idea as to what happened.

We open with Triss entering her first estrous. She’s been staked outside the city, away from the suppressants so that it will happen. So, she’s just desperate to be fucked. She’s begging the Betas who are in charge of her punishment to please fuck her. The people of the city are standing on the walls watching her, laughing at her begging and being punished. Then, all of a sudden, 3 Alphas appear from out of the wilds and decide that they are going to fight over her. Triss, in all her desperate horny horniness, sidetracks them by begging them all to fuck her. That’s how she meets her Alphas, Garret, Lothgar, and Ravick. Two of them are from the wilds, one is from the city. They fuck her stupid in front of the city, and then they are all knocked out.

I didn’t particularly care for Triss in the last book, but I didn’t hate or seriously dislike her. She had her place in the last book and her role to play. She had her motivations, which were pretty much as old as time. I think her punishment fit her crime, at least when it comes to being staked out in estrous waiting for an Alpha or three to come fuck her. However, the city, being the city, is never going to see it that way. Frankly, I think that they are definitely the true villain in the series. And I don’t even know that it’s just one particular person in the city, although it looks like there is one person who might want to change that, but the traditions and power structure in the city is definitely set up so that they are the bad guys. The largest dynamic, by number, is Betas, so it makes sense to me as to why they would want to make sure that they stay in charge by making sure that the suppressants continue to work. If people get their natural instincts back, the Alphas are going to take over, so keeping the traditions and power structures in place works. That’s why it works that they treat known Omegas the way that they do. And it’s not very nice. It’s a ghetto, in the original sense of the word. It just reinforces that admitting a dynamic is a bad thing to do, and pretending to be a Beta is always going to be good.

Anyway, I do like Triss in this one. I don’t know that I would call her story so much a redemption storyline as more of a discovery about her and who she is under her actions. Although, there is more than a soupcon of redemption in there too. I like Garret, Ravik, and Lothar too. I think that they are going to be interesting in the world in the upcoming books.

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Nikki is interesting. I’m looking forward to learning more about her, as well as more about Ellie. I like her a lot.

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

Sara Fields-Frenzy

So, my fave Omegaverse author dared one of my fave SFR authors to write an Omegaverse story. So, Sara took the dare and wrote Frenzy. And oh my, did she step up to the challenge. While Sara does tend to write darkish, she generally isn’t as dark as Addison, which is good, because who wants every single one of their favorite authors to write exactly like the others? I like the personal style of each and every author I read. And I really love the spin Sara puts on the Overse.

The nice thing with an alternate universe like the Omegaverse is that it isn’t real. There isn’t any specific set of rules, outside of the basics. That means that you can pretty much set up your world the way that you want it and for it to run the way that you want. I mean, sure you can do that with a lot of genres, but there are certain rules that we expect to happen in those genres, and when those things don’t happen, people get a little salty. Since the Overse is still newish, especially in more mainstream lit, there aren’t as many rules, so Sara’s books are going to be different to Addison’s books, which are going to be different to Lillian Sable’s, so forth and so on. Does that make sense? I know it did in my head, but I’m just getting over the norovirus, so my head may be all kinds of weird right now. Anyway, on to the book.

This is a post-apocalyptic and, as far as I can tell, pretty dystopian world. The dome that half of our main characters live in acknowledges the A/B/O dynamic, but they do everything they can to make sure that they aren’t ruled by it. That includes pumping suppressants into the air. The suppressants keep the hormones, pheromones, and instincts under control. In fact, it’s so under control, they don’t even really have sex anymore. It’s all clinical and medical reproduction, and not a whole lot of physicality. However, there are some people who are immune to the suppressants, and really, they are about 24 hours away from metabolizing the suppressants and all of a sudden feeling their dynamic kick in. Raven is a brilliant scientist, and she has a plan and has been spending years doing research on a better suppressant, but the one big ingredient she needs is extinct in the city. So she needs to go out into the wilds, where people’s dynamics aren’t suppressed, they are all natural and all that. Oh, the horrors. But she’s ready and has taken precautions. Except, no one ever expects the Spanish Inquistion, which in this case is a huge fiery-eyed monster and a band of raiders who killed everyone but Raven and her best friend and partner, Alix, who snatches her away and carries her off to safety.

Now, you can probably guess that Raven is an Omega and Alix is an Alpha, because it’s hard to have an Overse story without them. But, there are some pieces missing, since this is an RH story, you kinda have to have the H part, and the only person who can help out Raven when she goes into estrous right now is Alix, and unless he’s triplets that I missed, there’s a little bit of something missing.

Enter two of the wild men, Ivan and Wolfe, who smell Raven’s estrous, and decide that they will come and play.

To me, the real meat of the story here isn’t what happens with the plot, which I’m not going to run down, because it is a good story with a great plot that I enjoyed, but instead, the melding of wild and tame and how that worked. On one hand, you have Raven and Alix who have never come to grips with their biology, never had an estrous or a rut, until they are forced to have one, and it is, quite literally, a life-changing event. They don’t even have a cultural idea as to how to deal with this, because their culture suppresses all those natural urges. So, they are handling all this stuff with no practical knowledge. Then, you have Wolfe and Ivan, who have never lived in the dome and who have never had any kind of suppression, and who know who and what they are and how to control it. The thing is, when they all got together, it could’ve been really ugly, but they all figured out how to work in a way that worked for them. I love the thought that Sara puts into making that work.

Unlike a lot of the other MF Omegaverse that I’ve read, this isn’t noncon. I would put this at light dubcon, I think. I mean, yeah, Alix and Raven are put into a situation when this could happen, but they are also able to talk about what is going to happen before it does. So, dubcon-ish.

I can’t wait to see where Sara is going to go with her world. It’s going to focus on a new character, I know, but outside that, I have no idea.

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The albatrosses! OMG, so freaking awesome! I thought that was just so neat!

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

Sara Fields-Consumed

Oh sweet baby fuck. Consumed was sooooooo good. And damn, just damn. Sara went to the dark side, way into the dark side, and invited us to come play with her, but she didn’t offer us cookies. Instead, she offered us Markos. I’m not sure if Markos is better than cookies. I guess it depends on the cookies.

Kassandra is an Interpol agent working deep cover. She’s pretending to be arm candy for a Mafia leader, and has been brought to a part in Mykonos, Greece, at Markos’ house. Markos isn’t her target, the Mafia dude she’s with is, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t want to take him down as well. There’s something about him that makes her curious. And we all know what curiosity did to the cat, right?

Markos’ men find Kassandra hiding in the room with all his archives. They drag her into his office and drop her in front of Markos, who then goes on to fuck Kassandra in every way possible, and maybe a few that I didn’t realize were possible yet. And that’s only after he took his belt to her ass. And that’s just the start of Markos fucking Kassandra.

Generally, when you think about Sara’s books, you don’t think about dark and twisted. Well, scratch that. Some dark and some twisted. But this is DARK and TWISTED. I was seriously so drug into the story that I could barely catch my breath sometimes, it was that engrossing. Consumed is a really good name for it, because it truly consumed me. In fact, it helped to contribute to the worst book hangover I have ever had in my life. I mean, I looked at all my books, and that’s a huuuuuuuge number of books and nothing worked right. I ended up playing a game which lets me unleash a plague on the world in order to get over it.

Markos is a devious bastard. I mean, if you look up devious in the dictionary, it has a picture of his face. And well, when you meet him, you’ll totally understand the bastard part.

Kassandra was harder for me to get a read on. I still haven’t quite decided how I feel about her. Sometimes I liked her, sometimes I felt sorry for her. Sometimes, I was outright terrified for her. I think that she was definitely in so far over her head that it wasn’t even funny.

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This was one of the most epic mindfucks I’ve ever read, from almost beginning to end, just a total mindfuck. I very honestly did not expect anything that happened, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from moment to moment.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Seriously, it’s a great read, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Subdued

The last of the Stryke sisters has finally been Subdued and they all now have their Vakarran mates and are working hard to bring down Nix and his horrible cronies. This time, it’s Kaela, and she is going to lead her men on a merry chase, but they will all enjoy the end of it.

So, all of Kaela’s sisters are gone, one after the other. She’s pretty sure that they are all with the Vakarrans, and from all the stories she’s heard of the Vakarrans over the last 10 years, she’s positive that it means that they are all suffering untold tortures, since everyone knows that the Vakarrans are evil, horrible, and do terrible things, especially to their human broodmares.

Tavik, Valdus, Caleb, and Zane are the disgraced and exiled 4th Battalion. They refused to do something terrible that Nix ordered them to do, so he exiled them. On top of that, he took Tavik’s mother and sold her into slavery. When they heard there was a human rebellion on Earth, they left their shipping business and came to Earth to see what’s what. When they get there, they meet with the 2nd and 3rd Battalions, who are mated to Kaela’s older sisters, Alaina and Danika. Kira is still out in space, under Nix’s eye with her mates. Anyway, Alaina and Danika ask the guys to go get their sister and bring her to Atlanta as well. Tavik, Valdus, Caleb and Zane are also told that Kaela can be their mate. Do you think that was her sisters that told them that or their Vakarran mates? Hmmm… I’ll let you guess.

Meanwhile, back in the forest, Kaela is doing what she can to lead the people that her sisters left entrusted to her. As the last Stryke, she knows that she has to do what she can to make sure that her people are safe and that the Vakarrans don’t get them. So when two of her people come and tell her that there have been Vakarrans sighted, she goes to the cameras that Kira set up and sees if she can trap them. After making a plan, she goes and traps the guys in a gravity trap. What she doesn’t know is that there is a way for them to defeat it, and they do. And then she gets her ass thoroughly spanked, because you know how those Vakarrans are.

You know, in most series you can choose your favorite book or your favorite heroine, but I really can’t do that here. Each of the sisters has something that makes her special, and they all have their fight and their spunk and their fire. I almost want to say Kaela’s my favorite, because of all the happenings in this book, but not everything that happens is solely because of Kaela. I will say that she is tough AF and it shows. She’s sneaky and knows how to wait and how to play people. She watches for her opportunities and she makes the most of them when she gets them. She doesn’t trust easily, figuring that her battalion are lying to her, but willing to go with them for the moment. And frankly, I don’t blame her on that. You have to remember that Kaela is the youngest, and the majority of her growing up years have been under Vakarran rule. It’s going to be really hard to believe anyone who invaded your world and has sold away all the men and enslaved all the women when they tell you that they are going to take you to your missing sisters.

I think that her guys are, I dunno what they are, there’s something different about them than from the other battalions. Maybe it’s because they aren’t in the military anymore or they have a much more personal reason to hate Nix, but there’s just something a little different about them. I like them.

 

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I love the way that she handles Nix and what she does with the opportunity. She never hesitates about what she has to do. See, she is totally smart and I love that.

I really hope that Sara comes back to this world at some point, but I’ll be happy to read whatever she writes.

That’s all I have to say about this today. Go check out all the Vakarran books and happy reading!

Sara Fields-Feral

Remember how I said that Measha’s book got caught in King ‘Zon’s foolishness last week and that she wasn’t the only one? Yeah, it hit Sara too. Her newest book, Feral, fell into the black hole too. But it’s out now and you can get this filthy little book right onto your Kindle, so life is good.

So, here we go. Cosima is a journalist. More than just that, she’s a journalist with an advanced science degree. She’s heard rumors about Echelon 67 and that there are weird experiments going on out there, and as a scientific journalist, she has a huge bump of curiosity when it comes to things like aliens, genetic experiments, and other scientific stuff. So, the fact that she managed to breach Echelon 67 and get some information was just perfect. What Cosima doesn’t realize right off is that what she did was just too easy. She doesn’t know that there are other things going on. But, then she gets caught by some soldiery types and taken to their headquarters.

After that happened, the guys are talking about various subjects when in runs a huge red male who literally slaughters everyone in pretty much the nastiest way possible, and then he turns to Cosima. He has plans for her, but not the same kind of plans as everyone else. He’s going to fuck her. Of course, it may still be fucking her to death, but he still is going to fuck her. He grabs her and starts stripping her. Then in runs another huge red male who grabs the first guy off of her, and starts to beat the crap out of him right before he grabs her and runs, runs so far away. They had to get away.

Sorry, ’80s moment.

Anyway, it turns out that guy number 2 is Axel. He is an experiment. One hundred years ago, an alien spaceship crashed on Earth, and the government has taken tech and genetic information and used it. They wanted to create super soldiers, so they tried really hard, and did a lot of experiments, and killed a lot of their experiments after torturing them. As of right now, there are only 2 left, Axel and his much, much, much crazier brother, Saleos. And Cosima is the very last human left in Echelon 67, because Saleos killed all the rest of them.

I really enjoyed reading this one. It’s pretty hot and sexy, and it’s got a nice story to it, which I always enjoy. I mean, there is nothing wrong with a hot story that’s all sex and then some, because you know that I will read the fuck out of that, but a woman can’t survive on books that are pure sex alone. She does need some story, and Sara was more than willing to put that into this story for us. I have to admit that I did feel a little sorry for Saleos. His backstory is so sad, of course, he has agency and he could make different choices, but considering what happened to him, I can see what makes it hard for him to not and how it’s much easier to just be the way that he is.

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Of course, Saleos is still nucking futz, and the way that he herds Axel and Cosima is just beyond totally insane. He had some serious subscriptions going on.

I would love to see more of Cosima and Axel.

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