A truly crazy story

Crazy Broken Love
by Jennifer Bene

REVIEW – 5 STARS 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Even more amazing than the original

The core of this story was originally released as Cocoon, in the Just Breathe anthology. It has been reworked, tidied up and given an extended epilogue to boot. I LOVED this story in it’s original format and this version is even better.

Deep, profound, thought provoking, intense and empowering, this is a book that doesn’t leave you when you’ve finished reading it. You think about it a little bit, and then some more, and then a LOT more after that. After contemplating and pondering on this WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC AND AMAZING story, it struck me just how unwittingly judgemental and bigoted we can be.

The heroine suffers from an OCD disorder that, at times, leaves her teetering on the edge of sanity. I found myself waiting for a white knight to rescue her from this and ‘cure’ her. Yep I judged her as needing to be changed in some way and my word has it made me hang my head in shame. Because what Amy needs, what all people in this situation need, is to be accepted for who they are and understood.

Amy doesn’t need ‘fixing’. Just because she doesn’t fit our societal preconceived notions of ‘normal’ does not mean that she isn’t perfect just exactly how she is. Thankfully she did find a knight in shining armour to save her, he saved her from the judgement and narrow-mindedness that stops us accepting others just as they are. Colton saw how imperfectly perfect Amy was, and matched it with his own wonderful imperfections.

This is a Jennifer Bene book, so of course there is a touch of darkness to be had. There is a frisson of fear and threat to be powered through, bad (misguided?) actions that are done with the best of intentions. Contained within the pages is a truly fantastic love story that touched both my heart and my mind, that spoke to me in a way few romance stories do. That left it’s gentle touch on my heart and soul. Bravo Ms Bene.

Without order, without the rules, she’ll go mad.

Amy has issues, but she’s organized her life in such a way that the Noise will never reach her again. No one understands it, understands her, except for the one who writes her messages with perfectly counted words.

Equilibre, whose name is French for balance, made up of nine letters. Three times three.

And he wants her.

Forever.


Note: This book discusses OCD and may trigger some readers. Please read with self-care in mind.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Book Review – Torn Apart

A retelling of The Little Mermaid with a dark twist you won’t want to miss…

Torn Apart  by Aria Adams is OUT NOW!!

MY REVIEW —— “A fun retelling of The Little Mermaid


This wasn’t quite as dark as some of Aria Adam’s other work, there is some dubious and non-consent, thought it is viewed in flashback and doesn’t involve the hero. The story flows nicely and has quite a sweet feel to it at times, particularly scenes with Eric and Aylia together.

Eric is a very easy to love hero, and whilst Aylia was quite naive and gullible at times her ‘training’, or perhaps I should call it brain washing, made her actions feel quite reasonable. Kept in captivity, isolated from interacting with other sentient beings (other than two fish who were also similarly isolated) and manipulated by a truly evil being, Aylia didn’t stand a chance at recognising what was truth and what was lies. Eric is totally her knight protector in shining armour!

It has a slow burn feel but it is well worth the wait for the heat to ignite! The ending is scorching hot. My personal preference would have been to have more of Eric’s point of view, particularly earlier in the book. This would have helped me ‘connect’ to him a little quicker, to understand his feelings and emotions. However I still enjoyed the story and look forward to reading more work by the author.



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BLURB

“I was an enslaved mermaid. Now I have legs. And my master is coming for me.”

Taken as a child. Trained underwater. Lied to and manipulated. Aylia escapes by accident, but once she glimpses the surface world, she never wants to go back. Although she cannot speak, Prince Edward falls for her, and swears to protect her. But when her evil master returns, how can Edward disentangle Aylia from the dark wizard’s clutches?


This 40,000-word novel is a dark fairytale retelling of The Little Mermaid. The heroine has an unreliable point of view. The hero cannot always save her. And the villain is very evil. If you don’t like your HEAs to come easily, this series is for you.

Formerly published as Grim Mermaid, this version has been vastly expanded and re-written.

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About Aria Adams
Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.

Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple Number One bestselling books in the US and worldwide.

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ABSOLUTION

Will Gina and Leo finally get their chance at love?

You can find out in the next book in LK Shaw’s Doms of Club Eden series, Absolution … it’s OUT NOW!!

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BLURB:

“Please, don’t leave me here.”

Those were the last, tearful words Gina Castillo spoke to me thirteen years ago. It killed me to go, but I was getting sucked further and further into a criminal lifestyle. I wanted more for myself. For her. So I left for the Army, knowing she’d be better off without me. Now I’m back: a better, stronger man, and Gina has grown into a beautiful woman. One who despises me. Soon I discover that all the truths I thought I left behind had been lies, and that my leaving caused nothing but heartache and destruction. Now I have to find a way to earn the forgiveness of the woman I’m coming to love.When my boss, and fellow Dominant, assigns me to be the bodyguard to a submissive, every protective instinct inside me rises. Especially when it turns out to be Gina I’m protecting. There’s nothing I won’t do for her, including destroy the enemy who threatens us both.

*This book contains sensitive subject matter that may be difficult for some readers.

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About LK Shaw
LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and author by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with erotic romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.

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Sinister Fairy Tale Collection #3

Sacrifice (Sinister Fairy Tale Collection)
by N. Isabelle Blanco

Release: November 7, 2019 (released early)
Genre: Dark Romance Fairy Tales
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46258935-sacrifice

Review

Whilst this is nominally set in the author’s Ryze world, unlike those books it very much read as a stand alone story. It’s more greek mythology than true fairytale but this story is far too good to ever hold a tiny little detail like that against it. Especially since the world building allows even those pretty ignorant of greek mythology (that’s me by the way) to understand who is who and what their history is.

Talking of history, Meg and Kles have it in spades and it’s not the good type. Certainly not after Kles abandoned her for fame, glory and godhood. A move he almost immediately regretted but by then it was far too late. Never once did I begrudge Meg her anger and hatred of Kles, he might not have known just what was going to happen to her but he didn’t choose her either. However not only has he regretted that choice for almost as long as Meg has, the more he learns about what happened to her, the more torn up about it he is.

I loved both these characters though I rather dislike the fates (or should that be author?) who made them endure so much pain, heartache and suffering as they battled the trials set before them.

Despite being very slow burn, the story fairly crackles with heat and the chemistry between this pair. The sexual tension oozes out of every scene and there is just so much action, adventure and story that I, for one, really didn’t miss the reduced ‘bedroom’ action.

This book is ideal for those who love a real action packed fantasy/mythology based romance, a good angry second-chance story, a well written and highly entertaining book. The series has proved to be a fantastic way to discover new authors, I can happily recommend all three books released thus far.

Blurb:

Releasing as part of the 2019 Sinister Fairy Tales Collection and part of the Dark Paranormal Ryze Series, but can be read as a Standalone!

Megara

We all know the story.

How it ended.

He survived and conquered each task.

Became the hero of all heroes.

And in the end he became a legend.

What no one told you is that I was there. I was helping him . . . and when he ascended, I was left behind to rot.

Herakles never knew I sold my soul for his success—he didn’t need to. Had I been enough on my own, he would’ve chosen to stay.

Instead, he rose to full glory.

I was dragged straight to Hades.

Beaten.

Violated.

Broken.

Eventually, mutated.

I lost track of him for nearly three millennia, but I’ve found him.

I will kill him.

He chose to become a god; I was forced to become a nightmare.

Now it’s time for us to meet again.

Herakles

I abandoned my family mere moments before the Greek pantheon fell.

‘Till this day the whispers accuse me.

Had I been there, perhaps they could’ve been saved.

But I no longer gave a fuck.

Funny how vanity can blind a male to what really matters.

It took less than a year on Olympus before I began searching for her again.

I never found her.

Now, two-in-a-half-thousand years later, here I am.

Alone.

Empty.

An immortal ghost, simply getting by.

I should’ve never left her.

The only thing I had was hoping the last of her mortal days, wherever she ended up, were happy . . .

Joke’s on me.

A darkened, twisted version of my female returns, demanding my head for every one of my sins.

And she shall have it.

But first, I’m saving her from her curse.

I’ll sacrifice every ounce of my sanity left to free her . . . right before I let her end me once and for all.  

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Author Bio:

N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I.Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. 

That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else.

Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

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Venom (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by Dee Garcia
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Cold Queen (Sinister Fairy Tales Collection) by K Webster
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COVER REVEAL – SEXY AS SIN

🔥🔥 HOT COVER REVEAL🔥🔥

Sexy as Sin is book 2 in Julie Kriss’s Filthy Rich series about four guys who run a successful venture capital company… They’re rich, they’re dirty, and they get tamed one by one! Sexy as Sin is Dane and Ava’s story! 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Second chances burn hotter

The assignment should be a fashion stylist’s dream. Dane Scotland—brilliant programmer, millionaire, partner in my brother’s company—is going to a big-money meeting, and he needs to look the part.

The problem? Dane doesn’t want a makeover. He’s grumpy and reclusive, and his wardrobe consists of two pairs of old jeans. He doesn’t want me anywhere near him.

Did I mention that he’s my brother’s best friend? And that no one knows exactly what Dane and I got up to ten years ago?

The nerd I knew is gone—Dane ditched his glasses and bulked up. Now he’s six-foot-plus of hot genius, but I can be professional. I can definitely keep my hands off him. Again.

But when he looks at me like he used to, like no one else ever has, the only thing I want is to lose control.

Dane and I gave each other our first taste of heartbreak. Are we destined for another round?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Julie loves reading and writing hot, sexy romances with awesome alpha heroes. Her favorite things are books, coffee, her perfect cat, and her husband, not necessarily in that order. She’s a writing addict who is always hard at work on her next steamy romance.

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COVER REVEAL – Goddess Isles #1

ONCE A MYTH (Book One of Goddess Isles)


Dark Romance

Coming early 2020 with a release every month thereafter.

Five books in the series.


“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”

There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.

There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”


Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirrelled away to an island at dawn, delivered to a man even darkness won’t touch, she’s bound by a contract.

Four men.

Four fantasies.

Four pieces of her soul.

Sullivan Sinclair is the giver of fantasies. Any wish, any desire—he is the master at quenching even the filthiest appetites. His private paradise and perfectly trained goddesses are there for one purpose: to ensure every guest is extremely well satisfied.

He bought her.

He trapped her.

She belongs to him.


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About the Author:
Pepper Winters is a multiple New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today International Bestseller.
After chasing her dreams to become a full-time writer, Pepper has earned recognition with awards for best Dark Romance, best BDSM Series, and best Hero. She’s a multiple #1 iBooks bestseller, along with #1 in Erotic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, and Erotica Thriller.


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Dark Paranormal Romance

Earlier this year I came across a series of books by a new-to-me author. They were a scorching hot mix of shifter/paranormal and spanking/domestic discipline romance. The heroines in Delta James’ Wayward Mates series are all strong, determined women who know their own minds, enjoy their mates dominance and endure the spankings they get because they know the sex that follows is mind blowing. Plus they love their fated mates.

In the last few books of the series we discover the heroines are no where near as well behaved as their mates believe them to be. Not happy to sit safely in the background whilst the men deal with turbulence in their patriarchal society, the women have been planning and plotting their own moves behind the scenes.

The series reached a natural end but both the readers and author weren’t quite ready to say goodbye to this world yet. So what emerged was a new series, set in a dystopian future where technology has disappeared and life is lived more like it was in medieval times. The first book was Warlord, which I’ve reviewed on here previously. The next book, Overlord is the focus of this post. The really great news is that future books are also in the pipeline.

OVERLORD by Delta James

Please be aware this is a DARK romance, which means it contains some elements of dubious/non-consent

Overlord is the follow up to Warlord, it can be read stand alone but I would suggest reading the books in order to gain maximum enjoyment. Sloan and Gareth’s story isn’t always easy – as the blurb states “Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.”  However it is full of passion, which is bound to happen when two very strong and determined characters lock horns. I thoroughly enjoyed their story and couldn’t read it fast enough.

There were moments when I didn’t even like Gareth, but then the author cleverly wove his emotions into the story, often via his fated mate link with Sloan, totally changing my mind. Yes he could be considered dictatorial, but when we really listen via his thoughts, words and actions he truly loves, honours and respects Sloan. The author really persuaded me of his affection for and deep regard of his mate, turning him from a possible arrogant alpha-hole into a dominant alpha male.

Whilst Sloan and Gareth’s story is complete, at least for now, trouble is brewing and I’m fairly certain there will be a few more books before peace is truly restored in this dystopian/shifter world.


BLURB –

She was not asked. She was claimed.

Sloan has lived among shifters long enough to know what happens when an alpha takes a mate, but she never imagined that her turn would come to be marked and mastered. Until today…

Today Gareth of Ravenscar decided she was his, and she wasn’t given a choice in the matter.

Now, with her cheeks blushing, her bottom burning, and the evidence of his rough conquest still dripping down her bare thighs, she is beginning to understand what it truly means to be claimed.


Publisher’s Note:Overlord is a stand-alone novel set in the same world as Warlord. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

JASMINE – Jennifer Bene and Shane Starrett

Jasmine by Jennifer Bene and Shane Starrett


4.75 stars – Not to be read if you’re feeling delicate in any way!

I’m a long time fan of Jennifer Bene but have not read anything by Shane Starrett before (well other than his super witty/sarcastic posts on social media). I may need to rectify that omission fairly soon, since the book this duo has produced is pretty darn fantabulous.

It’s dark and goes there on so many occasions. If you’re wondering where there is, it’s all the way to Depravedville, via Shock-Horror Town and taking in the sights of Psycho City along the way. Because no sane person can withstand the level of dark that is “Jasmine’s” (Her) existence, we occasionally get chapters from the POV of other characters in the book. Whilst these aren’t necessarily sweetness and light, nor full of positivity, they do add texture and dimension to this sorry, sordid tale.

The parts written from “His” perspective were both chilling and somewhat heart wrenching. I found myself feeling pity for him and his severely messed up head. I’m not sure if his skewed perspective, his complete lack of understanding around his actions, his removal from all reality actually made his actions worse or a tiny bit understandable. And many may not understand or agree but I did feel sadness for him. In fact the more I read from his perspective the more my heart broke for him. Even though he was mad as a box of frogs, or perhaps BECAUSE of that, he sort of, maybe, snuck into my heart a little. His actions might have been evil but his heart was pure and in his own way he truly loved and revered Jasmine.

In many ways he became the main character for me. Other readers, those with a more normal disposition, probably hated him from the tips of his toes to the very roots of his hair. And it’s fair to say his actions WERE deplorable, unacceptable and so very damaging both mentally and physically. Yet somehow, when I ‘heard’ things through his voice, I wanted to save him. He was so broken, so damaged and so in need of help. However his actions probably meant he would never receive the help that his poor deranged mind was so desperately in need of. I struggled, really struggled with the end result of his actions. I didn’t feel he deserved those consequences, even though he did some very bad things he wasn’t a bad man, just a deluded one. Perhaps it was the only resolution that wouldn’t cause him more mental suffering, and sadly (strangely?) that is what I have to remind myself of in order to ‘deal’ with the conclusion. 

With excellent writing, great characterisation, a twisty, convoluted plot and extreme nastiness this is a must read for all those who love a very dark, gritty and hard as nails read.

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I am his obsession. His property. His Jasmine.
And he will never let me go.

Trapped in the middle of nowhere, taken by a madman, I’m forced to be his wife. Obedient, meek, righteous in the eyes of God.

But I am none of these things, and I can’t give in. No matter what he does to me, no matter how much he hurts me, I have to get out of here.

I have to escape… before I forget who I was before him.

Windy City Series – Measha Stone

This is a re-release of a series. Each book has been reworked, updated and improved.

Overall I would rate this series 4.25 stars.

This first and foremost is a love story of two people who chose to include a power exchange dynamic in their relationship. The BDSM element is fairly tame but still incredibly hot and very well written. In fact it was perfect for the story, their play was private and didn’t involve dungeons, clubs and other people – it was abut what was right for them. Which nicely leads me into how very real and honest the play felt, there was some negotiation but this wasn’t a Dom collaring his submissive, it was a guy who liked to be the dominant partner in a relationship but didn’t want a 24/7 thing.

I found Jessica to be an incredibly likeable character and very easy to both connect and sympathise with. She didn’t regard herself as a submissive and had never had any leanings towards a D/s relationship but found something in Royce that enabled her to explore things and give it a try. Now that leads me onto where I had one struggle with the story. Jessica and Royce had only just met when he ‘pulled’ some Dom moves on her. Nothing too extreme and all above board and consensual, so there was no issue there. However I really couldn’t understand Jessica’s actions and response at that point. I wasn’t totally convinced of her following his instructions as she did, it seemed to opposed to her frame of mind immediately before that. Later in the book we hear her musing on how she is ‘choosing’ to follow his instructions and see where things take them, to try new things. I guess I needed more of that in the first scene where her behaviour was totally out of character.

At times through the story I felt like Royce teetered on the edge of being overbearing. BUT at the end, when I reflected back, I could see how his actions could equally be interpreted as demonstrating his care of and concern for Jessica. He totally put her happiness and wellbeing before all else. Hindsight turned some of his ‘bombastic’ actions into nurturing and caring ones – clearly he wanted more control than I could have given up to him, lol! Jessica is also one closed off, stubborn woman who needed his less than gentle pushing, because that pushing was done with respect and love.

There is so much I want to say about the ‘hiccup’ and ending, but that would include spoilers. So what I will say is that their ‘reconnection’ (and that word is important) was perfect and since neither of them had behaved perfectly anything else would have felt unfair and left a bitter taste. Instead it was everything I could want and hope for.


BLURB

Royce Blandford follows a promotion to Chicago, because when he wants something- he gets it. He’s a man with determination.And after one evening with Jessica, he’s determined to claim her as his.

Jessica is perfectly content keeping relationships casual. She’d rather fall in lust than love. And one glance at Royce- she’s definitely in lust.

But Royce doesn’t kiss and bail. Jessica may try to hide behind a thick wall, but he senses the fires burning hot.

If he has to break through kiss by kiss, he will.

Having not read the original books I can’t comment on how they have been changed. What I am able to do is recommend the well written, steamy, emotion filled and action packed story that it now is. With each story Measha cleverly explores a new issue/concern/worry that faces those entering a long term power exchange relationship.

Kelly appeared as in book #1 as one of Jessica’s friends. From the representation of her in Hidden Heart I didn’t expect to like her very much, however we really get to know her in this book AND begin to understand that her friends may not really know the current Kelly as well as they thought. However she is very impulsive, which not only gets her into trouble but also causes her lots of heartache along the way.

Kendrick was really good at guiding Kelly into her submissive role. There were times, however, that I wanted to kick his butt or shake him. He demanded Kelly always give him her words, told her how important it was that she speak to him about her concerns. That was a plus, particularly since she was new to a PE relationship. However he didn’t always share HIS feelings with her. Communication is a two way street and for someone who insisted on complete honesty, he wasn’t so forthcoming with his own emotions and reasoning. I didn’t mind that he did this – no one’s perfect and I like my characters to have human flaws and foibles. It would just have put the cherry on the icing if he’d verbally acknowledged that he could have been more open with Kelly. The significance of the bracelet and the ‘cooling off’ period being two of the main events.

Ms Stone cleverly blends the BDSM relationship with both a contemporary romance feel and a swirl of suspense. The book does have ‘play’ scenes, though these are all fairly tame and are ideal for those newer to the genre, or those not wanting too heavy a BDSM element. The punishment/discipline scenes were wonderful, I loved that it wasn’t the overused spanking scenario!

To sum up this is a well written and engaging story with two main characters that are not only likeable but also very believable. The growth of the romantic relationship, alongside the power exchange, felt very natural and was very consensual. Kendrick never felt overbearing or determined to push Kelly to do more and more, his say was final but he never assumed he knew her better than she did herself. The last half dozen or so chapters were absolutely packed, filled to the brim with both action and emotion. I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it to others.


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Kelly has been waiting for her knight in shining armor to ride in on his white horse and rescue her from her ordinary life. But he’s taking his sweet time. Taking matters into her own hands, she dives into a world she’s unprepared for.

Kendrick has never seen a woman more impulsive than Kelly. She wants everything, and she wants it now. And damn if he doesn’t want to be the one to give it to her.

But there’s more at play here than boy meets girl. Bad men linger in the shadows where fears are hidden and doubts hover.

Can they pull together to secure a future or will the darkness tear them apart?

Another well written instalment in this group of friends lives

Alex and Alyssa are both strong and determined characters who have one heck of a battle to find their form of a D/s relationship, as well as to overcome the baggage life throws at them. I very much enjoyed their story, especially the fact that Alex wasn’t all perfect and infallible, though personally I might have made him grovel a LOT more than Alyssa did. However that might just have led to cutting my nose of to spite my face!

I love how these books blend ‘real life’ alongside both the developing relationship of the couple AND the BDSM relationship. You end up feeling as though you should be out with the group of friends each Friday night, being an emotional support when needed and offering advice. Whilst each book is stand alone, I would advice reading them in order just to gain the maximum understanding and enjoyment.

The BDSM is fairly low key and only in the bedroom, so this is suitable for those new to the genre, those who don’t like too much BDSM play or those who enjoy any level of kink in their books. It’s well written, with great characters and an engaging plot and I’m more than happy to recommend it.

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Alyssa Sanders spent her childhood raising her mother, but that’s all behind her now. She’s on her way to Chicago for a fresh start. No stranger to bad luck, she’s keeping her expectations low.What she’s not expecting is to find her severely dominant, extremely attractive boss is also the son of a close friend.

Alex Trebelli would do anything for his father, so when he’s asked to escort an old friend’s daughter to dinner he doesn’t hesitate to agree. Except she isn’t the small town, young woman his father described. She’s all grown up, full of beauty and curves, with a submissive nature begging his dominant side to emerge.

Alyssa’s never been good at relationships. But Alex is easy to be with, even when he’s being overprotective and bossy. So when he tells her he wants more than friendship can she put aside her fears of failures and give them a real try?

My favourite of the series yet. (These books have been rewritten/updated and re-released in October 2019)

After all the rules she’d broken, all the things she’d done wrong that day, he was trying to soothe her worries? Where had this man come from?
Despite being a real hard ass, strict and ‘mean’ Dom, I think Bradley came across as the most caring, patient and committed of the men in this series so far. So many times his words and actions not only supported Erin but reassured both her and the reader of just how consensual the relationship was, and how Erin held all the power via her safe words.

The next half hour would be trying for her, but she wouldn’t be alone, he would be with her every step of the way
I even loved that we were told his stern voice and demeanour was not anger but rather his way to elicit and facilitate Erin’s submissive mind set. It made a character, who could easily have been unpleasant and overbearing, an absolutely divine man who you couldn’t help but warm too.

Whilst I didn’t mind that Erin made mistakes – particularly since she is a newbie sub – I did get a little exasperated that it seemed to be the same ‘not talking’ mistake again and again. However without it we (a) wouldn’t have had a story and it (b) felt very ‘real’ and natural, particularly given the ‘dynamic’ of her only other serious relationship.

Whilst there are several detailed BDSM scenes, including a couple of punishment scenes, there was plenty of story to balance these out. I never felt like there was an excess of sex scenes and didn’t find myself skimming them either. The chemistry between Erin and Bradley was palpable, they had an intensity to their relationship that was easy to believe in.

I very much recommend this book to those who enjoy a well written BDSM romance.

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As a devoted fiance with a house in the ‘burbs and friends she trusts with her life, Erin Stamper is living the dream. Until she finds the dream was just that, when her fiance announces he’s in love with another woman, shattering her entire world.

Just when she’s about to be crushed beneath the weight of the pain, she’s delivered another blow. A new BDSM club has opened in the city- and one of her own friends is the owner.

With so much sudden turmoil in her life, Erin decides to stop being the practical, dependable, and vanilla person she has always been and looks to explore this new world.

Dominant Bradley Sorenson promises to show her everything she wants to see, and more. But just as she begins to find contentment in her true self, she receives a letter which starts a chain of blackmail that could ultimately end her new relationship.

Can Erin fight the urge to retreat into the safety of her old life and work to liberate her heart?

Ryder and Samantha’s story is a wonderful read. The DD/lg element is written in a way that not only makes it accessible to those not into the kink but I found it opened my eyes to the thoughts and needs behind that type of relationship. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about their style of relationship, Ms Stone portrayed it very sensitively and with great respect.

As with many of her books, there is an element of romantic suspense in Daddy’s Heart. It certainly added an edge to the story that was a nice counterpoint to the rather sweet and warm relationship developing between Ryder and Samantha.

Plot, pace, prose and characterisation are all executed to a high standard in the book. You can’t help but fall for these characters, as you fall into their world. A great conclusion to a wonderful series.

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Samantha is starting over, this time in Chicago, and she needs a place to crash when she gets there. Luckily a family friend is hooking her up with a spare room.

The catch? The room is in the apartment of an insanely hot guy. To make matters worse, he has every mannerism of a Daddy Dom that sets her imagination ablaze.

Ryder doesn’t mind giving up his spare room to help out a friend. But, his friend didn’t explain how attractive Samantha was, or how easily Ryder would become consumed with her.

She’s a friend of a friend- making her completely off limits.

But Samantha crosses the line and pulls him with her, sending them both down a new path. There’s a past catching up to her, and he’s going to be certain she stays safe.

He’ll take care of Sammy and give her everything she needs. More importantly, with his stern ways, he’ll give her everything she deserves.

DOMS OF CLUB EDEN

Will Gina and Leo finally get their chance at love?

You can find out in Absolution by LK Shaw … it’s OUT NOW!!

MY REVIEW – 4 stars

An enjoyable and well written romantic suspense

This was an easy to read, enjoyable and well written story that deals with some dark and difficult issues. These were very sensitively dealt with and it felt as though the author had definitely done her homework on the subject. Gina and Leo are two likeable and believable characters and I very much enjoyed their story.

I was surprised at how slow burn this was, though it fitted perfectly with the trials and tribulations Gina had suffered in the past and was going through now. Leo was the perfect strong rock in a storm to provide her a safe harbour to anchor her life too. The full plot meant that I almost missed how little ‘action’ there was in the book. I was too caught up in the wonderful story telling.

Absolution is my first foray into the world of the Doms of Club Eden and I found it easy to read as a standalone. We didn’t actually see much of the club, or any real BDSM action at all, leaving this feeling much more of a romantic suspense than anything else. It would actually be a suitable read for those who aren’t into BDSM romance, since it featured so briefly within the book and was in an ‘at home’ bedroom scene.

The writing flows smoothly and the prose is easy to follow. I never found it a struggle to follow either the action or the dialogue. I’d be happy to recommend this well written and entertaining book to others.

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“Please, don’t leave me here.”

Those were the last, tearful words Gina Castillo spoke to me thirteen years ago. It killed me to go, but I was getting sucked further and further into a criminal lifestyle. I wanted more for myself. For her. So I left for the Army, knowing she’d be better off without me. Now I’m back: a better, stronger man, and Gina has grown into a beautiful woman. One who despises me. Soon I discover that all the truths I thought I left behind had been lies, and that my leaving caused nothing but heartache and destruction. Now I have to find a way to earn the forgiveness of the woman I’m coming to love.When my boss, and fellow Dominant, assigns me to be the bodyguard to a submissive, every protective instinct inside me rises. Especially when it turns out to be Gina I’m protecting. There’s nothing I won’t do for her, including destroy the enemy who threatens us both.

*This book contains sensitive subject matter that may be difficult for some readers.

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About LK Shaw

LK Shaw is a physical therapist assistant by day and author by night. She resides in South Carolina with her high maintenance beagle mix dog, Miss P, who should probably just have her own Instagram account. An avid reader since childhood, she became hooked on historical romance novels in high school. She now reads, and loves, all romance sub-genres, with erotic romance and romantic suspense being her favorite. LK enjoys traveling and chocolate. Her books feature hot alpha heroes and the strong women they love.

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