Elin Peer is the writer of books that explore the human psyche through the medium of romance. Whilst Charlie could be considered a prequel, it is a full length story that stands in its own merits, introducing us to a host of complex and very human characters. Characters we will no doubt fall in love with and who will stay with us for a long time after the book is closed.
The thing I love most about Elin Peer’s work is just how darn unpredictable it is.
I’ve been stuck in the reading doldrums. You wouldn’t suspect from my review list because I have managed to finish a few books over the last two weeks, but you wouldn’t believe just how many books I’ve started and DNF’d. Book after book had left me struggling to connect with the characters or just plain care about what would happen next. Until I picked up Charlie, and in this I found a book that I didn’t want to put down. From the very first chapter I was totally engaged by both Liv and Charlie, desperate to know how their story would unfold.
At one point I was certain I knew what would cause friction between Charlie and Liv, I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop. Ha! Just how wrong was I, and that is the beauty of this author’s work. The journey she takes you on is never the obvious one, yet it is always absolutely the perfect one and one where I wouldn’t change a thing.
I found myself totally smitten by both main characters, so much so that I cast aside my usual issues with super speedy (though not quite insta) falling-in-love, totally embracing the speed with which this couple formed a connection. It helped that the pair had some prior history but mainly it was the fantastic writing that engaged my emotions along with my mind. There are depths and layers to this story, the unwrapping of which made this a book that will stay with me long after I read the last lines.
“This is the first book in a new series and boy does it start with a bang….”
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“My criteria for a good book is one that makes me laugh and cry. I was giggling by page 9 and hooked by page 27. Crying came later. Will reread again and again until the next one comes out.”
“Charles, the reserved, mysterious, and unattainable guy I had a major crush on in college, got tangled up with the wrong crowd. Being the heir to one of the largest business dynasties in the US made Charles a target for the narcissistic and cunning cult leader O’Brien. Now, I’m flying to Dublin to get him out. “
With degrees in both anthropology and psychology, twenty-seven-year-old Liv is convinced that she can resist being sucked into Conor O’Brien’s cult. But it’s been years since she and Charles last met; will he even remember her and will he trust her?
Charles and Liv are about to learn just how dangerous it is to go up against a possessive psychopath like Conor O’Brien.
Charlie is the first installment in Elin Peer’s contemporary romance series Cultivated, which offers suspense and drama. Like all her books, this one has a fast pace, lots of great dialogue, and it leaves you wanting more.
Elemental Fae Academy: Book Two (Elemental Fae Academy #2) by Lexi C. Foss & J.R. Thorn
Even more hot men!
Book 2 didn’t have quite the same pace and frenetic energy of book 1, though I hasten to add that it is not a criticism but purely an observation. There was less plot movement in terms of the unknown threat to the Fae world, and Claire in particular, the focus instead being on developing the male characters and their connection with our heroine. There was still plenty of action and story to go with this, but I really enjoyed seeing Vox and Sol come into their own, Cyrus learn that he couldn’t have everything his own way and Claire learn to embrace her Fae half.
To my mind the change in direction was incredibly important. So many RH books fail to build distinct male leads and never come close to convincing the reader of anything more than lust driving the protagonists actions. This took the time to deepen our understanding of three more recent additions to Claire’s harem, Cyrus, Vox and Sol. Each man had his own distinct feel, his own connection to Claire, his own issues to overcome. I really appreciated the fact that I could distinguish each of the men, loved that they had their own pet names for Claire and enjoyed seeing Claire come to terms with loving 5 men.
As we moved through the story the pace picked right back up, revealing the answer to some questions whilst adding new puzzles into the mix. Not only am I on tenterhooks for the final book but I’ve got absolutely NO IDEA of where this fantastic and enthralling story will take us next.
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Titus’s mouth captivated me.
So smooth, perfect, and delicious. My tongue craved to meet his, to engage in a sensual dance that would lead to more. But he kept the kiss slow and teasing, his lips tantalizingly tender.
He smiled, the motion knowing. “You said you wanted to wait for Exos to begin our celebrations.”
“I did,” I admitted, my thighs clenching around his.
Climbing onto his lap and straddling his thighs hadn’t been part of the plan, but his smoldering green eyes had become a beacon I couldn’t ignore.
SYNOPSIS Someone wants me dead. Worse yet, my link to Spirit is dying. Why? Because Exos has been taken by a new enemy. Now I have to rely on my other elements to find my missing link before it’s too late. Oh, and I need a guard to protect me while I learn how to defend myself. No big deal. Master the elements, find my lost Spirit, and identify the bad guy. Yeah. Easy. Except Titus is tired of playing by the rules of others. Vox just wants to be friends. Sol is pissing everyone off. And Cyrus, well, he’s a force of nature and very much in charge. I’d better solve this puzzle quickly before my heart starts making choices on my behalf. Because all these fae are beautiful, cunning, and perfect in their own ways. But how can I feel complete without my Spirit? The hunt is on, and whoever is out to hurt me and mine will pay.
Note: This is a medium burn reverse harem paranormal romance, and book two of the Elemental Fae Academy trilogy.
Whilst you don’t need to have read either of the previous trilogies to follow this story, there is some reference made to the events in those books and characters overlap. However this is the first of a three part story for Dalton and Delle (Delilah) so be aware that it ends on a cliffhanger.
Whilst not as overtly dark as some of the previous books, there was still some aspects of this story that pushed boundaries and blurred lines. Delilah is an incredibly feisty heroine, torn over her actions and the direction in which she is being pushed, resulting in some very contradictory behaviour. Whilst this could have been irritating – a heroine blowing hot, cold and everywhere in between – the author very cleverly placed us inside Delle’s head, we saw through her eyes, experienced her mindset and so ultimately understood her somewhat whiplash attitude.
Dalton walks a somewhat grey path. He follows societal norms more than his brother, consent is important to Dalton and he would never take a woman who was unwilling, but the man is still far from sweet or innocent in any capacity. I loved that he wasn’t the only one with an agenda in this story. There is no way either of these characters could be confused or replaces with any of their counterparts in the previous trilogy’s – not something that can be said of all authors.
This was just as twisty, well written and engaging as I’ve come to expect from Felicity Brandon, it had rounded characters, a well constructed plot but, best of all, it also had it’s own unique feel. The first trilogy took me from hate to love, the second took me from bafflement to understanding this has me enamoured of the hero and intrigued by the heroine – I can’t wait to see where their story goes next.
I’m obsessed with a woman who’s nothing but trouble.
She’s feisty and tempting. And she doesn’t let anything come in the way of her mission. I’ve dealt with my fair share of rule-breakers. So, Delilah isn’t what I need. But I can’t stop dreaming about having her in my arms. She might be hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy me and burn the city to the ground. There’s only one question that remains.
Is she worth the destruction that she’s about to cause?
Author Bio: Felicity Brandon is a top 100 Amazon bestselling author. She loves the darker side of romance, and writes sexy, suspenseful stories, with strong themes of bondage and submission. You’ll find her either at her laptop, at the gym, or rocking out to her favourite music.
Excerpt: “So, you don’t want dessert, sir?” Delilah’s voice had taken on that soft purr again, and his cock stirred reflexively at the tone. Dalton leaned toward her. “Oh, I want dessert,” he assured her in a low tone. “In fact, I predict we’ll both be enjoying a bloody big portion.” Delilah’s eyes widened and she smiled. “Thank God,” she murmured. “I can’t wait.” He grinned, rising from his chair while she grabbed her purse and shrug. Stepping around the table, she moved toward him. “How far is to your place, sir?” Dalton’s arm snaked around her middle, drawing Delilah toward him. “Not far, beautiful. Hold on, I’ll have you there in a few minutes.” She flicked her bob back with a mischievous smile, and he led her wordlessly out of the Italian restaurant and in the direction of the elevators. The place was the usual thrum of activity for this time of the evening, and numerous people acknowledged him as they wandered past the throng. “Hey, Dalton!” He turned at the sound of his name to find Manuel striding toward them. “Hey, man,” Dalton answered, his brow arching at the way his old friend’s gaze so overtly fell over Delilah. “I was going to ask if you were stopping by the club tonight, but…” Manuel paused, smiling at the pouting expression Delilah was offering him. “It looks like you’re already taken.” Dalton laughed. “Manuel, this is my friend, Delilah.” He glanced down at her expectant face, her thoughts confirming how eager she was to know who Manuel was. “And, Delle, this is Manuel.” Manuel thrust out a large palm in her direction. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Delilah.” His gaze rose to Dalton, his brow raising as his thoughts confirmed his curiosity. Who’s the hot little redhead, Dalton? You’ve obviously been playing this card very close to your chest. Dalton bit back on a grin as he guided Delilah in the opposite direction. “Great to see you,” he called back over his shoulder. “Have a good night.” “Yeah, you too,” Manuel replied. You lucky sod. “Friend of yours?” Delilah whispered as they entered the elevator. There was only one other couple at the far end and with a nod, Dalton steered Delilah away from them. “Yes, he is,” Dalton confirmed. He was about to illustrate his point by telling Delilah about Manuel’s position within the organization, but he stopped himself. He may really like the woman, but Dalton had to face facts. She wasn’t telling him the truth, so he needed to be careful with the information he made available. Dalton gazed down at Delilah. She was glancing over her shoulder at the other couple, her attention slowly returning to him. “Are you okay?” “More than,” she answered with a lascivious grin. “This is the part of the night I’ve been looking forward to the most.” Dalton smirked. “I noticed,” he murmured. “You’ve been making those bedroom eyes at me all night.” Delilah nibbled her lower lip, pressing herself up against him. “Guilty, sir,” she said softly. “What’s my punishment?” His eyes widened at her provocative display, and at that moment, the elevator came to a pause, the chiming bell drawing both of their focus temporarily back to the sliding doors. Dalton pulled Delilah against him while the other couple left, his arm reaching to instruct the elevator to the floor they needed. “I’m glad you asked,” he brooded, ensuring he had her full attention as the doors slid closed once more. Slowly, he spun Delilah’s body around, pressing her against the cool mirrored interior. “Based on how much you enjoyed your introduction to BDSM yesterday, I thought we could play another game?” Delilah gulped, her pupils dilating. “Are you trying to frighten me, sir?” Dalton’s cock roused at her question. “No, Delilah.” His tone was low and even. “Would you like me to?”
These books are really unusual for mafia romances but also very intriguing and captivating.
So far I’ve read read Jorge’s book (Twisted, #5) and then this. Whilst the characters, and timeline, overlap slightly I’ve not found it difficult to pick up the story and read it as a stand alone. The stories are cleverly written to avoid (too many) spoilers for other books. It barely took any time to be drawn into Songbird and I soon find myself totally engaged by both the unpredictable plot and the fantastic characters.
Whilst there are some very dark events in the book they never feel too gruesome, with either much of the detail skimmed over or the specifics given in retrospect. This always felt like a mafia story, but one that very much breaks the mould, giving the genre a whole new perspective and feel. And definitely in a good way. It definitely has moments of a ‘British’ feel to it, but not overly so, at least to my mind. Though as a Brit I’m not sure if I’m the best judge of that or not.
I adore how the inner thoughts of the main characters often had an air of narration about them. Not only did it lend a wonderful humour to the story but made both Arturo and Solitaire into very engaging, likeable and warm characters. The plot ducks, dives and weaves it’s way along whilst providing ample opportunity for Arturo and Solitaire to fall for each other, along with plenty of reasons for us, the reader, to fall for them too.
This author just writes in a way that speaks to my heart and soul and I very much recommend this book to all romance readers.
“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts. “I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” She’d heard about our policy protecting bystanders. Of course it doesn’t apply to anyone whose eyewitness testimony can put me in a courtroom. Well, try to put me in a courtroom. In Mexico nobody would dare accuse me, and I’ve enough resources in England to guarantee a police investigation would come to nothing, but it’s not my style to take chances. Solitaire would be going into the ground along with Escamilla. “Mr Vazquez,” Solitaire gave me her best smile. “I don’t expect something for nothing.” She dropped her voice. “You’d like me,” she whispered. “I’ve heard about you. We’re the same.” “Are we?” “Yes, I can make you very happy.” She brushed my hand over her cheek and then kissed my palm. “I’m a very good girl,” she said quietly. “Unless you prefer a naughty one?” She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard.
When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.
Songbird is a complete and self standing novel in the Zeta series. Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and strong language. It is for adults only.
Don’t be put off by the Daddy Dom/ little girl theme
If you’re thinking about reading this book the chances are you are either a Golden Angel fan or love the Black Light series. If like me you love them BOTH, then you are in for one heck of a treat. The author has written a DD/lg romance that can be enjoyed by those who both love the genre and those who don’t mind BDSM but aren’t so sure if it’s their thing (either in reality or in reading material).
Melody is very much a people pleaser and does come across as a bit of a doormat at times. HOWEVER that is very much a deliberate move by the author and is integral to the plot of the book. Kawan is very definitely a Daddy Dom but has been burnt before and occasionally struggles to totally trust Melody’s motives. So we get to see both characters grow and develop as the story unfolds, and what a fantastic story it is.
Defendedis very much a contemporary romance, and is about two people with very specific needs and desires learning how to fit those into a relationship that works for them both. Melody is a newbie to the scene but knows she has certain ‘interests’, Kawan is very aware of what he needs in a relationship. I loved how he never overwhelmed Melody, he was almost over concerned that he didn’t influence her choices and decisions, and that made me love him all the more. Kawan punished where necessary but first and foremost cared for and respected Melody.
The story contains a variety of BDSM scenes, some at home and some at the Black Light club. And yes, the author didgo there with diaper play but in such a way that (a) it wasn’t difficult to read if it’s not your thing and (b) in such a way that we could understand why it can be enjoyable – even for those who aren’t ‘baby littles’. The scene almost felt educational albeit in a scorching hot ‘I hope no one is reading this over my shoulder’ kind of way.
It was a gentler read than the author’s Stronghold series, though no less enthralling. Given the power exchange dynamic I truly believe it needed that softer touch. I knew a BL book by Golden Angel would be good – but I really didn’t guess it would be this good.
For Melody Williams, her fantasy of a Daddy Dom has always been limited to the books she devours in secret. But when a trip to Black Light brings dominant men out of her imagination and into real life, Melody quickly falls for everything about this exciting new world, including a certain gorgeous lawyer on whom she has a very serious crush.
Kawan Park joined Black Light in the hopes of finding his perfect Little Girl. He never expected to meet her in the courtroom first. But once Melody is no longer off-limits as his client, he’ll stop at nothing to make her his when all bets are off at the club.
Despite their instant connection, meddling friends and the stresses of life will threaten Melody and Kawan’s happily-ever-after. Can the pair negotiate a bond that will work, or will Melody crumble under the stress of her newfound lifestyle and leave her dream Daddy undefended?
Angel is a self-described bibliophile with a “kinky” bent who loves to write stories for the characters in her head. If she didn’t get them out, she’s pretty sure she’d go just a little crazy.
She is happily married, old enough to know better but still too young to care, and a big fan of happily-ever-afters, strong heroes and heroines, and sizzling chemistry.
She believes the world is a better place when there’s a little magic in it.
Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands, #4) by Cherise Sinclair
Every time I read a Cherise Sinclair book (or a Lexi Blake book) I wonder why it’s been so long since I last read one. The truth is that I am in far too many arc groups – but love all those authors too much to leave any! As a result I rarely get the time to read ‘just for me’. When I do indulge myself in a free choice read (not that I don’t really have a choice with the arcs) Cherise is now top of my go-to list.
I bought this book a couple of years ago as part of a box set and could have sworn I’d read all 4 books. Colour me surprised when I started reading book 5 and discovered I’d missed one! So I jumped straight into this and loved every single moment.
Cherise has a talent for pushing your boundaries without tipping over the line into dub/non-con. (I love those genres too but that’s not what these books are about.) She can make you feel uncomfortable but not annoyed or disappointed, just like her amazing Dom’s do with their sassy subs.
The BDSM scenes are tasteful but still incredibly hot and didn’t overwhelm the story. Andrea and Cullen were caught in a maelstrom of emotions, fighting against either their ‘rules’ or their insecurities. There was push and pull without it seeming unnecessary or forced, instead what we get is a beautiful love story between two very strong personalities.
It was refreshing to see a submissive who needed someone strong enough to force/demand her submission. One for whom submission wasn’t always easy. Andrea wasn’t really a brat, she was a woman who struggles to give up the tight control that has been ingrained into her. Cullen is such a dreamy Master and sees Andrea in a way many others don’t.
Lean on Me is a fantastic BDSM romance and one I highly recommend.
Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. He has to be tougher than the slum-bred bullies she grew up with. She’d given up finding a true Dom when her friend finagles her a place as a trainee in an exclusive BDSM club with the powerful Shadowlands Masters. Andrea’s thrilled…and terrified.
Forced to accept an unknown submissive into his carefully run trainee program, Master Cullen is furious. Not only is the young woman new to BDSM, but she’s unsuited to her role–armored in leather like a Domme, she’s more liable to punch a Dom than kneel. He decides to push her right back out the door. But as he ruthlessly intimidates her, punishes her, then cuddles her, he glimpses the woman inside the emotional barriers. Her utter surrender captures his heart.
Although Master Cullen is famous for his unfettered lifestyle, Andrea hopes he might be interested in her, until she discovers he’s not just a bartender–he’s a cop. Maybe he’d overlook her past brush with the law, but when another trainee accuses her of stealing money, Andrea knows she’s lost the Master she wanted with all her heart.
Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands, #5) by Cherise Sinclair
Reading this has left me wanting to spend a small fortune buying all the other books Cherise Sinclair has written and then spend the next month reading them all. Sadly real life won’t let me do that but I AM determined to work my way through them as and when time and money allow.
Gabi and Marcus are really well written characters, very easy to like and with hidden depths. We also saw them both grow and learn new things about themselves. The story drew me in from the very start and I struggled to put it back down. Boring things like work and sleep got in the way of me reading this in one sitting otherwise I would have done exactly that.
Cherise’s writing is excellent, as usual, I did think I’d spotted a few typo’s but then realised it was Marcus’ colloquial way of speaking! She has an amazing ability to write in a way that puts you into the scene, even inside the character’s head at times. Her BDSM scenes work and even when the Doms push boundaries it’s done in a careful, caring and consensual way. Her Doms may spank and ‘beat’ the ass of their subs, but they also always respect them and that ethos is evident throughout the story.
We don’t just get Gabi and Marcus’ view points, which seemed a little bit strange at first, but was VERY necessary to the plot. It didn’t take me long to get into it and I loved how it allowed us to see more of Jessica and Z’s relationship without it being in the form of a twee short story or ‘extended epilogue’ type of offering.
There is a back story, the reason Gabi is at Shadowlands, that wasn’t completely finished in this book. However that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of reading this. It does leave you wanting more, but that’s true of ANY Cherise Sinclair book.
If you enjoy BDSM romance then this series, or any book from it, is a must read. Each can be read stand alone, though once you’ve read one you WILL have to read them all, so you might as well start with book #1! I hugely recommend this, hugely.
Her job is to make his life miserable. His job is to make her submit. Whose heart will surrender first?
Across the country, rebellious BDSM submissives are being systematically kidnapped, one from each club. When her friend falls prey to the slavers, FBI victim specialist Gabrielle volunteers to be bait in a club not yet hit: the Shadowlands.
She finds that being a bratty sub comes naturally, especially when she gets to twit the appallingly conservative Master of the trainees. But she soon discovers he’s not as stuffy as she’d thought. Or as mean. She’d expected punishment, even humiliation, but she sure never expected to fall in love with a damned lawyer.
Courtesy of a prima donna ex-wife, Marcus loathes disobedient submissives. When the club owner insists he admit an incredibly bratty trainee, he’s furious. But as he comes to know Gabrielle and sees the alluring sweetness beneath the sass, he starts to fall for her.
Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t the only one who believes the feisty redhead is a prize worth capturing. And in the world of the slaver, such treasure is worth a hefty fee.
This is an intriguing and engaging short story, well written, pacey and captivating. It’s only 15 pages so feels like a prelude, or possibly first chapter, to what promises to be a complex but fun and unusual tale. It can be difficult in such a short space of time to get a feel of a story, or potential story, but this has really whetted my appetite and I would love to read more about Henry and his mind passengers.
It’s a very quick read but well worth trying. I really REALLY hope the author turns this into a novel.
My name is Henry Jason Scott, well that’s not true I actually have a lot of names but that’s because I’m actually a lot of people all in one.
Less “Lions and tigers and bears oh my!” More “Mesmers and bottles and hooks, oh my god!”
Between Zombie Robot girls, reboots, resets, glitches, *nasty men*, evil twins and lies this is one truly dark, evil and twisted tale. Hannah most certainly isn’t in Kansas anymore and if she’s in Oz it’s not the one with nice little munchkins, a yellow brick road and Glenda, it’s that scary place with the flying monkeys and evil mind twisting wizards called mesmers.
This almost proved to much for me at first, partly because the start is deliberately disjointed but mainly because I hadn’t pulled my big girl pants up far enough. Fair warning though, I had to pull them up that far I ended up with a wedgie that’ll take me weeks to remove from between my bum cheeks. In fact I had to do that ‘skip to a couple of chapters before the end’ stuff just to assure myself that this book wouldn’t destroy my soul forever. Along with some deep breathing exercises and repeating the mantra “It’s fiction and not real life” because boy this duet’s writing has you there in the midst of the carnage and mayhem feeling every emotion and stab of the needle.
Mesmeris so much darker than The Dark Hearts trilogyand Wolfe, so much bleaker, less hopeful but thankfully not hopeless. It felt as though the authors recognised perfectly when the plot was becoming overwhelming, throwing in the tiniest speck of light to buoy your spirits and keep you afloat in their tumultuous sea of darkness.
Champagne, caviar, the head of a horse, a ballet company…..Okay, I was exaggerating but, yeah, anything. I owed her.
Hannah is a collectable, a female susceptible to the powers of a mesmer. Tomik is the mesmer who is currently pulling her strings like the puppet she has become. However the pair have history, unresolved feelings and a bond that keeps drawing Hannah back. Greta (Oh you’ll love Greta! I’m fairly certain she’s the spirit guide of Cari Silverwood herself) thinks Hannah is stupid, Greta wants to destroy Tomik, but Hannah loves him too much to allow that. The only problem is how do you truly know what you want, think and believe when you don’t have full control of your own mind?
If you’ve read any other mesmer books then Tomik, despite being our hero, is one of those really nasty ones. Happy to use and abuse for his own kicks, well that and the fact that he doesn’t have full control of his mesmer side. Oh this leads to some nastiness, it’s also made me wonder if I should get the old rocking horse out of my attic. He has an obsession with needles and making holes in Hannah, actually I think that it’s really the aforementioned author and her current fascination. He has a need to hurt her, whether she’s willing or not. But therein lies the crux of the issue – he can make her like it but then he wants her to still be Hannah.
And that is only just touching on the surface of the depravity contained within this book – I’m not sure I’ll ever look at a shopping trolley/cart in the same way again. I just hope to goodness I’m not putting my fruit and veg into one that’s been used in the ways described in Mesmer. The story is sick, wrong, perverted, deviant, degenerate, debased and immoral, so if you’re looking for light and fluffy you need to step away right now. However if you enjoy falling down the rabbit hole and getting very dirty on the way down, then this is a must read book that needs to go straight to the top of your TBR list – especially as it pays homage to Dr Who.
*A ghost? A spirit guide? A magical nymph from the land through the wardrobe? I could be many things. But those would be spoilleerrrssss!*
“She wasn’t an angel, but she was his angel.”
Tomik took Hannah like he had a hundred women before her, like any other collectable that his mesmer abilities let him control utterly and completely. He wanted to dress her in wings, make her crawl to him, do things to her body that were worse than sinful… they were nightmarishly obscene.
But Hannah isn’t like any other collectable.
She’s the girl he ran away from, tried to protect… until she called him back.
Now there’s no stopping the darkness inside him, the cravings that demand he keep her all to himself — but that’s against the rules and his mesmer brothers are dangerous. Unpredictable. And how can he keep her safe when all he wants to do is make her scream?
Before love will come pain, blood, and the near destruction of her soul, and his.
NO SURRENDER – BDSM Club Series by Claire Thompson
An excellent short story
This book is free if you sign up for the author’s emails. It’s a very quick read, so there isn’t a huge amount of time to develop characters and relationships but that doesn’t detract from what is otherwise a great story. This wasn’t just a series of BDSM sex scenes strung together with a weak plot. In fact the BDSM element was very light with the focus being on their personal growth and development and establishing trust in their relationship.
I did feel as though I knew Emily really well, since the book is from her point of view, but the author also gave Harrison depth, with both of them being believable individuals. I liked that both characters were mature, and also how learning about D/s and building a relationship was approached in the book. Personally it felt as though the ‘slave training’ was rushed into, unless I was mistaken they’d only been seeing each other for a week or two. However I did like how Harrison supported Emily when she panicked during their dungeon session.
This is a lovely ‘taster’ to get an idea of the author’s writing style and the ‘world’ in which future books in the series are set.
I recommend it.
BLURB Emily craves erotic submission… Harrison will accept nothing less…
After a lifetime of keeping her secret dreams hidden, Emily’s longing for erotic submission is ignited at a BDSM photography exhibit. Harrison, watching her reaction, offers her the chance to explore that passion at a BDSM training academy. Now she just has to find the courage to submit…
I read this as part of a challenge in the Dark Erotica group. There are an awful lot of dark/BDSM books that start with the letter B but I’d really struggled with the letter N!
Personally I wouldn’t call this dark OR a romance, whilst there was technically no safe word there was always a choice. I would call it a well written, sometimes thought provoking and definitely well informed, both in physical aspects of BDSM play as well as the psychology and mental impact. There were times when Jaime struggled with her experiences, the author portrayed these incredibly well showing how she coped, as well as always reinforcing the consensual nature of events.
There is one incidence where a master steps over the line, which may be a potential trigger for some. I found it very refreshing how this was handled, with consequences that felt realistic. Indeed there were several times I felt this took a route less travelled in BDSM romance, feeling perhaps less glamorised but definitely more honest.
Jaime is in training to be a slave to, and serve, all the Masters and Mistresses of The Enclave. Most of us are conditioned to believe in and seek monogamous relationships, and to truly enjoy this story you have to let go of those preconceptions. Whilst later in the story there is a romantic element most of the story focuses on the mental acceptance of becoming a ‘slave’. Many of us would never be interested in entering a total power exchange of this kind. I certainly don’t understand the appeal that Jaime found in it but by opening my mind to the possibilities I did find her choices easier to accept.
My only ‘issue’ as such was that I didn’t really buy into the romance aspect of the story. There is a hero, whom we meet as the story progresses, and I totally felt their attraction and lust for one another. However there just weren’t enough one-on-one interactions/ conversations for me to believe it was anything more than a strong sexual attraction and the beginnings of building a relationship. I rather wish the ‘L’ word had not been used.
However not only did this book help me complete my alphabet challenge, it also introduced me to a new author who’s work I will be reading more of.
SYNOPSIS There is no safeword here… You signed that away…
Mark loves the rush of training novice slaves, bending them to his will as he teaches them the nuances and breathtaking power of erotic submission. There’s nothing more powerful than breaking down a would-be sub girl and molding her into a fiery, passionate and courageous submissive.
Jaime fantasizes about being bound in chains—the possession of a Master who takes what is due him, while cherishing her in return. When an offer comes to join a community that promises full immersion BDSM training, Jaime immediately accepts…but she is in no way prepared for the dark, wild ride that awaits her.
No boundaries, no refusals, no hesitation, no safeword, no…love? Don’t count on it…
No Safeword is a BDSM Club Series novel. Where erotic submission is not only accepted, but demanded.
I’ve not read many books where I don’t know what I want to say in my review of it, but this one has me floundering for some reason.
This was chosen as the Book Of The Month (BOTM) over in the Dark Erotica on Goodreads. I’m fairly certain it was the one I voted for, though that was mainly because unlike most of the options, this was a stand alone story. I don’t have issues with duets, trilogies and series’, I just didn’t want to have yet another story to keep in my head until a later date. Plus this was a new-to-me author and the whole point of joining in with the BOTM is to try new things.
So, on to the book review. There wasn’t any occasion, whilst reading this book, that I got bored or contemplated not finishing it. The plot was engaging and the characters charming, captivating and utterly crazy. However it never really engaged my emotions, so it didn’t quite hit the full 5 stars. It’s still one fantastic book that has a story unlike any other I’ve read and really should be a must read for all lovers of dark, psychological romances.
In some ways the story had everything and yet went nowhere, which isn’t actually a criticism. Whilst there isn’t a great deal that happens ‘physically’, this is very much a story about mental and personal growth, about facing ones demons, followed by understanding, accepting and loving oneself. There are some quite profound moments, the story definitely has hidden depths, though it can also be enjoyed at surface value as a tale of two crazy individuals fitting their broken pieces together to make a beautiful whole.
It was occasionally a little more tell than show for my liking, but the plot was intricate and the writing good enough that it didn’t become a problem. I would also place it towards the lighter end of the dark read spectrum, similar in intensity to a gritty mafia story, rather than plunging the true depths of darkness.
I’m surprised I haven’t heard of this author before, just how have I missed hearing of her? I will definitely be checking out more of her work now that I do know her name.
He didn’t feel love because he’d never had it, and he never felt he’d deserved it. But he did. Despite the depravity, there was good underneath. The kind you spend your whole life searching for. The kind that would see a broken woman’s scars and think they were beautiful. The kind that would never hurt an innocent person, even if it meant putting themselves through turmoil. The kind that could love me , regardless of my past. I didn’t run from him because he didn’t run from me. He was my safety. I was his safety. And all was not lost for either of us. “What if I told you there was a way for you to stop.”
You’d have to be crazy to want a killer.
I was nobody. A deranged widow.
He was a psychopath with me as his next target.
When he took me from my home, he planned to kill me. The creepy room I woke up in with flourescent lighting and an assortment of knives was evidence enough.
Then he saw my scars, and something changed.
Instead of killing me, he wants to fix me. I might be crazy, but he’s completely Unhinged.
This book is a dark romance, and thus contains dark subject matter. Reader discretion is advised.