Skye Warren-Survival of the Fittest

This is the first book in the newest duet from Skye Warren. If you are used to her writing, you know what that means. If you aren’t familiar with her writing, you know that it means that you are going to have your heart ripped out of your chest, stomped on, mashed into bits, and then handed back to you so that you can wait for the next one to come out.

Survival of the Fittest brings us the story of Harper and the two men who have her in their sights, Sutton and Christopher. Like other Skye books, it takes place in Tanglewood, so we get to see old friends, like Bea and Hugo, and Penny and Damon.

When Harper was 15, she flew to Boston to spend spring break with her extremely rich father and his newest wife on his yacht. She isn’t planning on getting close to this wife, because she knows that all his wives are temporary. There’ll probably be a new one next year, so why bother really paying any attention to her. This wife brings a tag-along. She has a son, who is a little holder than Harper, and already in college. In the middle of the night, Harper sneaks out and goes to sit on the railing of the yacht. Christopher follows her and asks her if she has a death wish. She tells him that she’s been sitting there for years without any problem. Of course, we all know what that means. Yup, she falls into the ocean. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to fall into the ocean around Boston in springtime. That fucker is cold. Luckily, Christopher is there, he jumps in after her, and drags her over to the swim steps on the yacht so that she can haul herself up and out of the water.

Over the years, even after their parents divorce, Harper and Christopher write letters back and forth. She even invites him to a huge art show she’s doing, all about Medusa. Then things change. Christopher is left in charge of Harper’s money until she turns 25, and there are strict proscriptions as to what the money can be used for. The money cannot be used to take care of her mother in any way, shape, or form. It can only go for Harper’s education and her immediate living expenses. This leads to years of Harper and Christopher’s cold war, until she has to go to Tanglewood to confront him. When she does, she meets Sutton, who is Christopher’s business partner. He starts hitting on her, and she’s definitely interested. But then, she’s got feelings for Christopher too, even though she’s pretty sure that she hates him.

OK,  I don’t trust Sutton as far as  I can throw him. He definitely has some kind of agenda going on. He’s just going to keep fucking with Harper and with Christopher. It’s going to be a huge fucking mess, until Skye manages to pull it all back together and makes it work out the way that it should be. I know how I want it to work out. But, at this exact point in time, I’m not sure if that’s going to be the way that it actually works out. Christopher is a good man. He’s an honorable man. I think that he does what he always thinks is the right thing in any situation, at least the right thing for everyone but him. I like Christopher, but that kind of thing makes me mad. It’s perfectly OK to be selfish sometimes and do the things that you think are right for you and fuck what may be right for someone else over what may be right for you. All I know is that I can’t wait for The Evolution of Man to get here. And pro-tip? It’s already on pre-order. And I can neither confirm nor deny that I 1-clicked that fucker.

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Damn, that ending. Fuuuuuuck. I went back to reread the last chapter just so that I was sure that I didn’t miss anything because damn. I knew that it was going to be a cliff because this isn’t my first go-round with Skye and how she likes to rip people’s hearts out. But still, it nearly killed me.

I love how fierce Harper is. But, I think that Sutton will wear that fierce right off of her. He’s not a good person, I don’t think.

Christopher is just being too fucking nice for his own good. He knows that Sutton wants Harper. And he knows Sutton, so he’s going to know what Sutton’s motivations are. I’m pretty sure that there is more than just Harper is pretty and sexy. He knows that Christopher is into Harper, so he’s trying to hurt Christopher or play some kind of game. I hope Christopher smashes him down good.

All I know is that Harper and Christopher had better end up together. I refuse to envision any other outcome.

Go check this out. You can also get the prologue for free, called Trust Fund. Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Escort

Another Skye Warren book on my blog. Is anyone surprised by this? Well, you really shouldn’t be, if you are. Skye is prolific, and I will read the fuck out of any of her books that I can. So, when the chance to read Escort came across my metaphorical desk, I jumped. Just call me Pavlov’s blogger. Show me a book, and I drool and beg. Isn’t that the way that works? Anyway, Skye Warren’s book.

Anyone who reads Skye Warren has probably read her Endgame series or her Stripped series (Pretty When You Cry is one of my fave of her books). I love both of those series and they are connected by the fact that they are all in the same fictional town, Tanglewood. There are several other books that take place in that world, and most of them are standalones. When they are connected, it’s generally just secondary characters popping in and out of stories. For example, Damon and Penny from the Masterpiece duet show up in this book as secondary characters. Their roles could be played any person at all, but I like that it’s Damon and Penny. It just helps bring Escort alive and anchor it in the world it’s in. Each Tanglewood book just makes the town realer. I wouldn’t mind visiting Tanglewood, there are a few businesses that I wouldn’t mind checking out, but I really wouldn’t want to live there. But visiting? Totally OK. All of this leads into today’s book.

Hugo was born in Tangiers. His mother worked long hours as a hotel maid until she died when he was a teenager. He ran the streets until he was picked up at 15 by an older woman. He thought that they were desperately in love. She took his virginity and took him to America and Tanglewood. Hugo has his reasons for being there. Melissande had her reasons, mostly that she wanted to pimp him out. No quicker way to break someone’s love, right? As an adult, with lots of experience, Hugo has turned into Tanglewood’s most wanted escort. He loves women of all kinds and loves to pleasure women. Women have picked up on that and called him back time and time again. That’s made him rich enough that he doesn’t have to work, so he only does it once a week, on Saturday nights. Limiting supply that way makes demand even higher. Meanwhile, he spends his weekdays being the man of leisure, cooking, being artistic, reading, all that good stuff.

Beatrix lives in the penthouse of L’Etoile. She’s spent the past decade there and never leaves the hotel. Everything she needs is right there, or almost everything. Right now, what she needs is a man. She’s got something that she really wants to get rid of, her virginity. She’s tried to go down to the bar to find the right guy, but it hasn’t worked. So, she has decided that she’s going to go to the professional and hires Hugo. She’s disconcerted when Hugo shows up and tells her that he’s going to give her pleasure. She’s not sure that she wants pleasure, she just wants to be relieved of her burden. That’s not the way that Hugo works though. He wants to make sure Bea enjoys everything they do.

It’s that time. I love the fact that the escort in question is a male escort who is going to be the target of our story instead of a female escort. Great way to flip that right on its head. Then we have a pretty strict some POV, and that’s Hugo’s POV. We have no clue what’s going on in Bea’s head most of the time because we’re living in Hugo’s. That’s also a big switch when it comes to romance novels. That’s awesome too. It’s pretty rare, mostly because the primary readers of romance novels want to be to identify with the heroines in the book, so getting their POV is generally pretty important. But, this way worked so well. Hugo had the deeper story this time around, so it really needed to be his POV.

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Did you know that l’etoile is French for star? I knew that high school French class would come in handy sometime. Of course, since I’m coming up on 28 years since I graduated high school, I remember about 5 whole words of it.

Hugo’s hate-on almost ruined what he and Bea had. I’m glad that he was able to change himself around. Of course, I would have that fucking hate on too. I would want to do what Hugo wanted to.

Bea’s piano playing is beautiful. The whole idea of being able to establish an online prescence she did without leaving the house is awesome. The Internet has made those of us with social anxiety, agoraphobia, or other things that make it easier to do things and interact with the world.  I don’t make friends well in person, but I have good friends online that I’ve had for nearly 20 years, so that works real well for me.

OK, that’s all I have to say about Escort and Skye Warren. I seriously, seriously recommend investing in this one. I know that I say that about a lot of books, but this should really be one of those core books you have, especially if you like Skye.

Skye Warren & Annika Martin-Hostage

Skye Warren and Annika Martin have come together to write another wonderful, dark, twisted, and hot read. Hostage is the second book in the Criminal & Captives series, but it can be read as a standalone book. While it does intersect in places with the first book, you don’t need to have read it to enjoy Hostage and know what’s going on.

Brooke is the quintessential poor little rich girl, or at least that’s what it looks like. In reality, her parents are being swans, floating around looking serene on top of the pond while their feet are paddling furiously under the water to keep them afloat and moving along. They are in trouble financially, but in their circle, if you admit it, you are a pariah. No one will do business with you, no one will invite you to all the right parties, so on and so forth. That means that her sweet 16 party is not about her at all. It’s all about keeping up appearances and public relations. Her parents have invited hundreds of people, most of whom she has never met. Her parents have drilled poor Brooke in everyone’s names, businesses, etc. Our poor heroine doesn’t even get to enjoy her birthday. When she goes out to get some air, it gets even worse.

Standing outside where she can just be Brooke for a little while, she hears the sounds of someone getting the shit beaten out of them. She decides that she’s going to go investigate it and see what’s going on. What she finds is a young man a few years older than her beating up another man. She tries to make him stop, but instead, she gets shoved into a van, along with the beaten man, and dragged to a burnt out hulk of a house.

Stone had no intention of anyone seeing him beat the guy, least of all a beautiful 16-year-old girl. However, once she’s seen him, he has to do something, and that’s to shove her in the van so that he can take care of her later. But first, he has a job to finish. He drags the man out of the van at the house and takes care of business, after telling Brooke to stay still. He plans to take her to the river to dispose of her, but something about her changes his mind. He can’t do it. Instead, he makes up a story for her to tell the cops that has nothing to do with him.

Over the next few years, Stone randomly shows up out of nowhere, climbs into her car and tells Brooke to drive. She never knows when it’s going to happen, or where they are going to go. However, that doesn’t stop her from doing it.

This book has some seriously dark aspects in it. It also has a lot of hope and love. Woven into all that dark is a truly epic love story, which is no less than I would expect from these two ladies. There are hints of betrayal which is hard on everyone, but the results are worth it. Reading the two books back to back is going to be something epic, and definitely the way that I’m going to have to read them, every time. Because let’s face it, they are totally awesome books.

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I like that there is more closure to certain aspects of the past, but I hoped that the person involved with that would’ve been either less involved in it or done something about it prior, but at least they did something about it, so better late than never, I guess.

I think Brooke is really good for Stone. He really was like his name. Without having her around, I think that he would’ve probably turned into a real rock or broken completely apart. She brings the lightness and love that he needed to have, so it works out really well. He also gives her the strong love and affection that she needs to have, so they pair together really well.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. We have a lot coming up today and tomorrow, stay braced for everything. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Skye Warren & Annika Martin-Hostage Teaser

January 19th teaser

I never knew when he’d come to me. Only that he would.

I’d never even kissed a boy the night I met Stone. The night I saw him kill. The night he spared my life. That was only the beginning.

He turns up in my car again and again, dangerous and full of raw power. “Drive,” he tells me, and I have no choice. He’s a criminal with burning green eyes, invading my life and my dreams.

The police say he’s dangerously obsessed with me, but I’m the one who can’t stop thinking about him. Maybe it’s wrong to let him touch me. Maybe it’s wrong to touch him back. Maybe these twisted dates need to stop. Except he feels like the only real thing in my world of designer labels and mansions.

So I drive us under threat, until it’s hard to remember I don’t want to be there.

Until it’s too late to turn back.

HOSTAGE is a dangerous standalone romance by New York Times bestselling authors Skye Warren and Annika Martin. It’s set in the same world as PRISONER, but can read separately!

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33 Free Books

Everyone loves free books! Thirty-three authors have gotten together to offer up 33 free books!  The offer is good through the 12th, so check it out, especially if you like smexi romances.

The books include Born to Be Bound, the first book in Addison Cain’s Alpha’s Claim series, The Invitation by Jennifer Bene, who I love and it’s a book I enjoy, and Wicked Ways by Cari Silverwood. Cari is a new author to me, but I really enjoy her. She just put out a steampunk, dark erotica, science fiction story called Acquired Possession. (Check out my review!)

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