Mary Auclair-Touch of Ice

So, I was looking at the signup to review Mary Auclair’s Touch of Ice, and there was one thing that really drew me in. I mean, the blurb sounded great, but the fact that the heroine’s name is Endora was what tipped the balance toward reading this book. It’s a pretty serious book, but the name gave me a happy. So sue me, I watched a lot of Bewitched when I was growing up. We had like 3 channels, so we watched whatever was on. But that’s neither here nor there. Did I say that there are also dragons?

On this Earth, the world didn’t end in fire, it is ending in ice. It’s cold. And 200 years ago, it was invaded by aliens called the Delradon. Among other things, the Delradon stopped the world from being destroyed, and now they are ruling. The ruling class are the Draekon. They are matched with dragons at birth. When a Draekon is conceived, a dragon lays an egg. It takes 9 months for each of them to cook and they are linked at a soul level. They live for hundreds of years, since the dragons will share their vitality with the dragon lords. Now, with all that background, it’s time to get to the story.

In a part of the world that I’m pretty sure is French-speaking Canada, Endora lives with her gran-maman Henriette and her daughter Tallie. Tallie is very sick and the doctor says she has leukemia and she’s not got very much longer to live. He can’t do anything for her. The Delradon could at their hospital, but everyone knows that the hospital won’t help humans, and it’s a several day journey, in the cold, which is hard enough for anyone, but even harder when it’s a very ill little girl. So, in order to save her little girl, Endora is going to do something that she never thought she would. She pulls her compatibility report out so that she can go sign a mating contract with the Delradon she is genetically compatible with. She’ll get some money when she provides him with a child, but she figures that she can get some money ahead of time so that she can send some back to her grandmother so that Tallie can get better.

Lord Aldric Darragon is the High Lord of Katanie, his white dragon, Rhyll, is the strongest dragon of his generation. The stronger the dragon, the more territory the Draekon Lord can hold, and Aldric holds a lot of territory. Ten years ago, his match came through, but she refused to meet him. He went and spied on her, and he saw her with a human man and she seemed so much in love. He froze his heart so that he didn’t have to feel anything. Now she’s back and she’s ready to mate. He has her brought to his castle in a mountain, the Whispering Castle. He meets her in the throne room with Rhyll with him. Aldric wants to both impress and intimidate Endora. It kind of backfires though, when Rhyll lets Endora touch him. Normally a dragon would be dangerous to a human and would never let a human touch him. But not only did Rhyll let her touch him, he appeared to really like it. That was an incredibly rare thing to happen, and it means that Endora is his Draekarra, his Dragon Mate, the other half of his soul, basically.

There’s a lot of conflict going on in this one. You have Aldric vs. Aldric, Endora vs. Endora, Aldric vs. Endora, although that conflict isn’t as much that they are fighting each other, more than they are trying to figure out there path to each other and to the relationship that they want to have. Then there are the Knat-Kanassis. They are the definite bad guys. I really enjoyed this one, and not just because it’s full of dragons. You know how I’m a sucker for dragons. There are a lot of things going on in it, enough to keep your interest but not so much that you are overwhelmed with what is happening. The way that Mary Auclair works everything, and her dragons, is just pretty damn awesome. I’m really hoping for another story with Aldric and Endora, or at least another one in this world, if I can’t have them. I’m intrigued by it.

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I totally called the nasty-ass governess. And I knew that Wilmer was up to no good either, but at least he wasn’t as terrible as the governess.

The description of the child’s Mourning broke my heart. But it was so beautiful too. The way that the dragons were chanting and the scales of all the dragons being placed over the child and his dragon. Beautifully described. I could so see it in my mind’s eye. And the description of Endora’s dress sounds so beautiful. Sad to have something so beautiful for such a sad reason, but still.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. If you love that mix of scifi and fantasy, this is a good choice. Happy reading!

Grace Goodwin-Rogue Cyborg

Yay! More Grace Goodwin and her Interstellar Bride universe. Rogue Cyborg is a combo of two of the off-shoots of that ‘verse, Rogue 5 and the Colony. I love the folks in the Colony. I think they are getting a bum rap from their various worlds. I guess I can understand why they have put their veterans who have be partially integrated by the Hive in a safe part of space so that the Hive can’t get to them again, but until recently, their families wouldn’t even get to see them. Thank goodness that’s changing, due to Prime Niall.

So, here’s our book today. Gwen is a human woman who was a Coalition fighter. Remember, Earth is the only planet that sends women out as fighters. As a feminist, I want to say yay! Women out of the front lines of the war because they are able to go out and fight too. But, the part of me that loves these big alpha aliens wants to say that they have the right idea keeping women off the front line and protected. It doesn’t keep me from reading and enjoying the books anyway. But back to Gwen. She was captured by the Hive and has extensive integration. She’s also the only single woman on the Colony, which is something that disturbs all the males of the Colony. So, some of the knuckleheads decide they know what they are going to do. They are going to have a big tournament and fight in the Pit to decide who is going to claim her and be her mate. When Gwen finds out, she’s pretty damn pissed. So she goes down to the Pit to have it out and get their heads on straight. The thing is, with her integrations, she’s faster and stronger than all the guys on the Colony, so she walks into the Pit and starts throwing around Prillons and Atlans. They refuse to fight back because she’s female, and the Governor shows up and tells the boys that this isn’t OK, but tells Gwen she has to pick a mate immediately. If she picks a mate, he’ll let her get back out and into the fight. So she chooses. She chooses the one male who turns her crank.

Makarios is a Hyperion and Forsian hybrid from Rogue 5. He’s a smuggler who was betrayed by a traitor which got him caught by the Coalition and locked in the brig. But that wasn’t the worst of it. The worst of it is that while he was trapped in the brig, the Hive captured the ship, and he got several implants. Now he’s free of the Hive, but he’s imprisoned on the Colony. He can’t get back out into space, which is where he wants to be, he just has to exist. Since the very first time he saw Gwen, Mak has wanted her. But he’s never going to take a mate. You see, there’s a very good chance he will kill her if he mates with her completely. You see, the Hyperion part of him wants and needs to bite his bite his mate. But the Forsian part of him produces a poison that will kill the female he mates with. Gwen knew that he didn’t want to have a mate, so she chose him. The Governor’s happy, her lady bits are happy, she gets to go out and fight, and Mak gets to escape out into space.

Lately, Grace has been writing a lot of female warriors into the series, and we’re seeing a lot of women who are continuing the fight with their mates right there next to them. I’m thinking that is pretty damn awesome. But Gwen is like warrior squared or maybe even cubed. She is definitely the strongest female we’ve seen thus far, physically, and I think probably the strongest mentally as well. She’s fierce, ferocious, and a fighter. She’s not about to let anyone just choose her fate for her or turn her into a protected woman. She can protect herself, TYVM. Mak is perfect for her. He is strong enough to stand with her and he respects her strength and spirit. I love the two of them together. I really want to see so much more of these two, and they are now up in the top 3 of my fave pairings in the series.

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OK, Gwen is seriously kickass. I mean, she kills 9 Hive on her own. And not by shooting them, she rips off heads. Then she stands there, stark-ass naked and blue in the poison air. That’s just so damn impressive, even if the Hive added stuff to her, she had to have had some serious ovaries beforehand.

I’m glad that Rezzer got to handle some things. That makes me happy, especially since he’s one of my favorites.

OK, that’s all of this one. I seriously cannot recommend the entire series strongly enough. There’s sweet stories, hot stories, spanking stories, menage, and just about every other thing you can possibly want. Go check them out. The nice thing is you don’t really have to read them in too much of an order, at least the main books. I would definitely suggest reading them in order for the Colony books and the Rogue 5 books. And probably the Everian books. You know what? Ignore what I said and go read them all in order. Happy reading!

Loki Renard-Captive

Loki is so prolific. Which means that there is pretty much always either a brand new release or one just around the corner. Well, today, it’s a brand new release, Captive: A Dark Cyborg Romance.

A lot of Loki’s books have left me just speechless when I’m done reading them. This one didn’t. Instead, it left me saying fuuuuuuuuccccckkk. It totally deserved that reaction.

Lilly is a scientist. She was on a project to help build a cyborg. She saw pretty much every step of the process, from the physical body and brain being printed, to helping to make sure everything functioned the way it should. When Adam, the first cyborg, opened his eyes the first time, she was there, and they had a moment when their eyes met. It formed a connection between the two of them. When Lilly finds out that the other researchers are torturing Adam, she tries to stop it, only to find herself getting fired. They gave her a huge payoff, which was good, because she basically couldn’t work in her field anymore, so she spends the next 3 years sitting around her house, just drifting through life. Then the government men show up.

After 3 years of torture, Adam has managed to escape. But before he did, he killed all the researchers. But the government knew enough to know that Adam was fixated on Lilly and that he would go after her. They are there to take Lilly somewhere safe. She doesn’t trust them, so she says she has to go to the bathroom, grabs her purse, and runs.

Too bad she can’t avoid Adam that easily. When he catches her, he drags her out of the safe room she’s hiding in, and then carries her off to his hidden lair, where he wants to breed her and make little baby cyborgs.

One of the things I wondered when I read this book is why Loki didn’t name Lilly Eve, but then I thought that might be a little too precious. Then I thought about it some more, and decided that I liked the name Lilly for this character. Then I wondered if maybe Lilly was somehow related to Lilith, who was Adam’s first wife and the most dangerous demon and mother of demons, in Jewish mythology. And I decided that if it is, that is really cool. I also decided that if it wasn’t, it was still really cool. These are the things that go through my head when I’m reading. It doesn’t matter if I’m reading a book to be blogged or one that is a pleasure book, these are the things I think, especially if I’m reading late at night, like I did with this one.

I love Lilly. She may not always think all the consequences of her actions through, but she really commits to them. She’s smart and stubborn and she knows what she wants to do and she is more than willing to go out and do what she needs to do to get what she wants. I think Adam underestimated her a bit. There is a lot of kinkery fuckery going on along with some spanking, chains, and cages. I mean come on, it’s a Loki Renard book. There’s got to be a cage somewhere. I loved this one. I mean, I pretty much love all Loki’s books, but this one is going to be close to my heart, I think. I never really knew what was going on, and every time I thought I had a good handle on things, Loki through a twist in there. And just wow.

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Of course, there is a reason that Loki chose not to call Lilly Eve, but I had already had my thoughts before I got to that point in the book, so that did explain that. I felt so sorry for Eve, just so sorry. I mean, what the people who created her did to her was just sheer evil. They should totally burn in hell. Definitely in the lowest, deepest, burny-ist pits of hell. They deserve no better.

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

Sara Fields-Abducted

Sara Fields should be a very familiar name to those of you who have been around for a long time. That’s because I’ve been lucky enough to get to read her books early for a while now, which means I get to blog them. And today, it’s time for me to talk about Abducted, which is both a Vakarran book and a Celestial Mates book.

So, as we discussed back on Golden Angel’s latest book, the Celestial Mates series is one that’s been written by a bunch of different authors. The premise is that a human woman is matched to her perfect mate/mates by this dating agency. They promise the perfect match 99.9% of the time. How the woman gets matched to her mate depends on the author’s choice. I’ve read a couple where an extra-dimensional cherub pops in, grabs the woman (and her pet in one case) and drops her off on another planet in the future. So yeah, there’s an interesting mix of things going on with the Celestial Mates series.

Sara took advantage of her Celestial Mates book to give us another hot and sexy Vakarran reverse harem book. Yay! Those Vakarrans are sooooo hot.

Mya’s family saw the writing on the wall and saw the Vakarrans coming. They made escape plans for them, father, mother, Mya, and her younger sister, to escape. Only her father died right before they were going to leave the Earth. So it left the three females to flee together. They still escaped, but they went to the Celestial Mates space station. Mom got matched right away, but the girls were too young to get matched, so they’ve been staying on the station with other women who are waiting to be matched, taking classes, hanging out with other young women, so on and so forth. And now it’s time for Mya to get matched. She’s shown her perfect match, an alien named Prince Radock. She talks to him and gets the creeps, but the algorithm is always right.

On the good ship The Vengeance, Talor, Biran, Ejan, and Dex are exiled Vakarrans. They crossed the wrong military commander and were kicked out. Now they are out doing all kinds of things to earn some money. Talor intercepts Mya’s file when it’s getting sent to her match. He looks at her blue eyes and red hair and knows that she’s his. He’s Vakarran, he takes what he wants, and he wants Mya for him and his team. So, they zip over to the Celestial Mates station and say oh hey, we want Mya, send her on out. The PTBs at the agency said alrighty then, put her on a ship, and sent her out, where the Vakarrans promptly captured her.

I found this one to be different to the other two Vakarran books. I think it’s that Mya hadn’t lived on Earth during the Vakarran occupation and she had expected to be mated to an alien this whole time. Yeah, it was the Vakarrans who got her, but she didn’t seem to have the same amount of fear of the Vakarrans, maybe. I don’t know that that is the right way to put it, but I’m not sure it isn’t either. It can’t be that Mya had a real strong fighting spirit and was a fierce fighter, because our other heroines had the same thing and were fighters too. I think she was just more accepting of the whole situation. I really liked Mya though. There was just something about her that I was just drawn to. I like her guys too. I mean, they are fierce Vakarrans and they are all into hot, dirty, kinky, filthy sex, but I think they are also a little more relaxed than the guys we’ve seen in the other books. I look forward to seeing how this book fits in with what is going on in the main body of the series.

I just have one question. Where can I get my own Robo?

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Alright, I love that this hooked up with the last Vakarran book in the end, so I think we will probably see some more of this 5. I’m betting that Mya’s younger sister is going to end up a Vakarran bride at some point too.

OMG, Radock. Gross, right? I hope that the Celestial Mates Agency gets their computer stuff on lock down so that doesn’t happen again.

Mya knocking Bluey the fuck out was awesome. And the fact that the guys were impressed by it was better. Not that they didn’t punish her, because, well they are Vakarrans.

Go check out all the Vakarran books and all the Celestial Mates books. You won’t be sorry. Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-The Tiger Queen

Raisa Greywood has done it again. She wrote a book that blew me away. This book was awesome and the heroine was so fucking badass, I can’t even describe how badass she was. Better yet, The Tiger Queen is the first book in a new series, and I hear that the other heroines are going to be even more kickass. Whoohoo!

One hundred years ago, the Earth underwent some solar storms that basically destroyed everything. There’s very little food, few animals, few people. Almost everything has been destroyed. The people left on Earth are starving and slowly dying. Renata is the last of the Andreyev tigers, the royalty of tigers. She can’t find enough to eat and is slowly dying. Her friend Sendra is a very old jackal who has been telling and reading Renata stories for years. But now, she has something that she wants Renata to do. She wants her to go to the Exodus Authority and get tested so that she can get a mate. If Renata has a mate, she can leave Earth, go to Ximera, have cubs, and live. When Renata doesn’t want to do it, Sendra forces her hand.

Rakon is a Ximeran warlord and is Renata’s genetic match. He’s on his way to pick her up from Earth when he gets diverted by one of the council. The council member promises that his mate will be safe on Ximera when he gets back. What they don’t know is that Renata was kidnapped and has been taken away. She was put in stasis, and her last memory was that someone was going to pay when she got out of stasis.

When I say that Renata is a total badass, I may be underestimating how much of a badass she is. You know all the old Chuck Norris jokes about how tough he was? Well, Renata could kick Chuck Norris’ ass with one arm tied behind her back. Rakon is a strong male, which is good, because he needs to be. She needs to have someone strong to stand with her and be her partner. She would completely run over anyone else. She doesn’t really need anyone to protect her and stand in front of her. She can fight her own battles, and she certainly isn’t afraid to do it. Renata needs to have someone who will have her back and not be afraid to let her do her thing. I think that Rakon is going to be that person. Of course, he will need to have his ass kicked a couple of times, but seriously, what male doesn’t need that every now and again?

And because I love all of you, I’m going to link you to the Literotica story that got Raisa the sick puppy award. It is erotic horror. There isn’t an HEA. But it’s omfg awesome.

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OK, you don’t want to fuck with a tiger. You just don’t. They are the largest of the large cats. And when they are pissed? Yeah. Just trust me on this one. People shouldn’t have taken Renata and put her in stasis. That was definitely a wrong move on their part.

The holo suite deal was pretty cool. I would love to be able to go to somewhere like that.

I love how much Rakon’s crew accept Renata, well, the tiger may scare them a little bit at first, but they give her respect for what she did. And the High Counselor was pretty awesome and he really liked Renata a lot. I love when he had Rakon put in a cell because he made Renata cry and he was being stupid.

I can’t wait to see more of these books. Hopefully, Raisa doesn’t make us wait for long. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Adara Wolf-Under His Heel

I find book recommendations all over the place. Various authors, other readers, blogs, so on and so forth. I also get some from the groups I belong to on Goodreads. Two of the groups have book of the month reads. This is one of the books from one of those groups.

Under His Heel is dark. It’s noncon. It’s intense. It’s an M/m book, which not everyone likes, but I do. I will warn you that when I say dark and intense, I know of what I speak. The light in here is only lighter in comparison, and there are things which may trigger some people. Neither of our main characters are necessarily all that nice or likable, and they are very much written to be that.

So, here’s the story. Alex, who isn’t stupid but isn’t the sharpest pencil in the box and who has been manipulated by his twin brother for years, has been set up to sell his services as a bondservant. In the world in which they live, if you are in debt, you can sell your services and you end up doing whatever. For most people, for bondservant read sex slave. You write a contract that both parties sign stipulating what can and can’t be done, and then the owner pays off the servant’s wages. For Alex, his contract included that he gave up all bodily autonomy and no body mods were allowed, for a time period of 5 years.

The reason that Alex has to do this because his twin brother, Nick, has run up a gambling debt in his name, and they weren’t able to escape. Now Alex is the one who has to come up with the money, so the two of them hatched this plan. More like Nick hatched the plan and conned Alex into doing it.

Captain Tracht is a very authoritarian, strict, blunt, gives no fucks kind of guy. He’s also a pure sadist. He loves causing pain, both physical and mental. It gets him off big time, and for him, it’s even better if the person doesn’t get off on being hurt. I’m pretty sure he’s a total sociopath too. He’s also scrupulously polite and doesn’t like foul language. He runs a very tight ship, literally and figuratively. He is at the agency to get a new bondservant because the one he just returned was unsatisfactory. That guy was a masochist and he liked Tracht’s games just a little bit too much.

After a full body inspection that Tracht performs on Alex, he decides that Alex will be perfect. Alex isn’t all that excited, but he figures a 5 year contract with this guy is better than having a contract with the gangsters that own his debt. He saw one of their bondservants once, and she’s the reason that he has no body mods written into his contract.

Tracht isn’t nice. I’m relatively sure that we aren’t supposed to like him. I kinda do. The thing is that he is exactly who and what he says he is. He never says one thing and does another. He is consistent within himself. He’s a WYSIWYG system, even if he does like to play mind games with Alex. But that’s part of who he is, and he never told Alex that he would have loads of fun or that Alex wouldn’t be hurt.

Alex. Poor, poor Alex. He’s lost all over the place. He thinks that he can survive Tracht, but it’s pretty immediately obvious that he can’t. He has spent most of his life in way over his head and Tracht throws him right into the very deep end of the pool. Alex has such a hard time. Tracht is not an easy man.

Then there’s Parsons. He’s a member of the crew and he tries to be friends with Alex. I don’t like him. He’s a douche.

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I’m so glad that Alex saw through Nick, eventually. I hated Nick even before we ever saw him. He’s absolutely terrible. I mean, who does that shit to their twin brother? Alex is all about trying to protect his brother, but Nick is all about getting whatever he can out of everyone, including Alex.

Ugh. Parsons. Gods save me from people like him. He’s just such a shit. He’s judgmental, condescending, and turns into a user. The thing is, Alex could’ve really used a friend outside of Tracht, and Tracht was mostly OK with it. Luckily there was doctor’s bondservant he could talk to, but only when they were in coms range. She at least got it.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. I loved it. It left me gasping at the end. There’s a followup novella called Kidnapping. She’s also written another book called In Life, In Death. It’s totally different to Under His Heel. It was so lovely. They are all available in KU, so check them out.

Cari Silverwood-Steel

Recently, Cari gave us Prey. Today, we get Steel, the second book in the series. They aren’t directly related to each other, except for giant dick. And I mean giant dick with a capital giant.

OK, this one is oh my fucking gods of fucking good. You’ve got a nice touch of darkness, a lot of sexy, sexy, sex, not 1 but 2 enormous tools, and one feisty heroine with her trusty invisible dragon and data knife, which gets some unusual storage. Just in case you’re wondering, yes, I did love this story.

So, Baz was tortured by CESS. They ripped him to bits. Lucky for him, the cybermonks of Ommm found him. They turned him into a cyborg and put him back together. They made him all better except for one.small.thing. They gave him a substandard dick. He was told that as soon as he rescued a princess and brought her to them, he would get the dick he always wanted.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, Ember and Hoss are fighting to do their job while they are on a planet that is under attack from a hostile species. Hoss is Ember’s guard and friend. Ember is a valuable CESS employee, a principal data extractor, or prinCESS. She’s there to get some CESS data off this planet, but she’s pretty sure that it’s not going to happen because of the attacking aliens. She figures that means she can live it up in the last few¬† minutes that she can actually live. You see, not only is Ember a prinCESS, she’s also a size queen. She likes big dicks and she cannot lie, you other ladies can’t deny. And Hoss is packing a trouser anaconda, and she can’t wait to get wrapped around that. So they go sit on the roof, and get real friendly.

Baz gets a mayday message and gets to the building where Ember and Hoss are sporting, just after the main event ends. Then he rescues them, and when he finds out that Ember is prinCESS, he says that he is going to take her to the cybermonks. Ember is mostly OK with that, because she wants to see them too, to find out some information.

Alright, let’s talk about the compartment that she has to go into during their travels. I think that Baz has a whole lot of fun with it, and it could totally be uncomfortable to a reader, but I thought it was pretty fucking hot and perverted in the right ways. Or wrong ways. Or whatever.

There is a lot of fun in this book. There is a lot of really hot fucking in this book. There is a lot of wordplay, I mean, the cybermonks are named Stryng Theory, Lightnyng Files, and Erroar Code. Is that not just epically funny? There are also GIANT DICKS. Your average size queen would run scared from these things. Ember runs, but not away from them, and she’s not scared. Baz’s new tool is a lot of fun, and ummm… maybe a little scary? And we can’t forget the cute little deer.

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I never trusted the cybermonks. I knew that they were up to something from the very beginning. The aphrodisiac was tricksy. Too bad Ember didn’t get to have her revenge on them. I would’ve loved to see what she would’ve done to them. She’s wicked deadly with her data knife. And speaking of that, what the bad guys do with that? Yeah…

Alright. I love this book and this story. It’s funny, hot, dark-adjacent, and a great adventure. I can’t wait to see what happens next in this series.