I have always loved reading and spent my late teens/early twenties reading Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Katherine Kerr, Mercedes Lackey, Julian May, Andre Norton and Marian Zimmer Bradley, to name but a few!
Whilst science fiction and fantasy are still my go-to genres, I now prefer that they feature a romance to. Whilst I am mainly a romance reader, I do enjoy the occasional thriller and murder mystery and I DON'T always require a HEA.
I read widely across the romance genre, with omegaverse, urban fantasy and science fiction being amongst my favourite sub-genres.
I beta read for several authors and arc read for quite a few authors. However my reviews are ALWAYS warts-and-all honest, since I myself use reviews to guide my book purchases.
'm mainly a romance reader, though I do enjoy the occasional thriller or murder mystery.
Wow, I’ve not read a Raisa Greywood book before but she is very definitely on my radar now!
The Dad Bod Domsseries had really caught my eye – as an more mature reader it was great to see a set of books dealing with the impact of growing older, having kids and trying to balance everything. I decided to buy all the books, and I’m so glad I did. Henry is such a wonderful story, full of emotion, full of the truth of growing older in ANY type of sexual relationship, not just a kink one.
I have to say that at first I felt the title character was getting off lightly, that Natalie forgave his stupid action, or reaction, following her debut art show. I think I personally would have been angry for longer. However as the story progressed he acknowledge repeatedly that he had behaved stupidly and he realised how lucky he was at how forgiving Natalie was. Harry wasn’t afraid to recognise, accept and learn from his mistakes, and I loved how his sole focus was in making Natalie happy.
This was a “can’t put it down” read for me. I fell into it’s pages and lived the story. It was at times emotionally intense, ranging from lust, to anger, to sadness, to longing and everywhere in between. I wish I could unread this books, just so I could enjoy discovering its delights all over again for the first time. The mix of scorching hot sex scenes, tender moments of reconnection and a wonderful couple rebuilding their trust and relationship was perfect. I hugely recommend this to those who don’t mind power exchanges in a story and want a well written love story.
Four men… One challenge.The Dad Bod Doms are ready to put the spark back in their relationships and prove their mettle. Nearly two decades ago, Henry was at the top of his game. He had a rewarding job, a beautiful bride, and the respect due to him as a skilled dominant. But with his career over and his marriage in shambles, his life seems as empty as his basement playroom. His wife might think they’re done, but he’s not about to let her go without a fight. He’s determined to get her back — even if he has to break the law to do it.
Oh my lord I believe I may have fallen down a dark, dark rabbit hole straight into a very depraved Wonderland.
I enjoyed Take Me Break Me and Bind and Keep Me, in which both Kat and Chris have fairly minor roles. Book 2 in particular had some darker aspects, though the situation in that book happened more by accident than design. However Make Me Yours Evermore totally bypasses ANY sense of morality and dives straight in at the dark end. On a side note this book can be read stand alone.
I’m pleased I took a break between reading books 2 and 3, because my love for Klaus and Jodie might have altered my perception of this one. I might not have disapproved of Chris quite so much and found as much empathy for Kat. Chris uses the flimsiest of excuses, or at least fairly convenient circumstances, to take do something very, very bad. Only you know what they say about the best laid plans…
There might be those who find Kat too much, maybe too bitchy and belligerent (I’m always surprised by that – as though an alpha male is so wonderful a woman should be perfect at all times around him). I really, really liked her. To me her actions were those of a strong woman, determined to not be broken by the situation she finds herself in. I loved how she, along with Andreas, had more effect on Chris than he did on her.
I’ve felt recently like I’m suffering from dark-lag, no longer seeing the depravity and horror that others did. Well hot diggity dang, in this one I felt every single moment of the corrupt degeneracy of morals and the total lack of compassion or humanity demonstrated by Chris. I was shocked by the immoral and debauched desires that he not only gave free rein to, but considered his by right. I cheered every single time Kat fought back, supported every rebellion, commiserated when her libido ruled her mind. Especially since her feisty attitude led to ever more inventive punishments and humiliations. Never was a book more NSFW than this one!
Added in to all the hot kink and general steamy smexiness was an intriguing plot and some very unexpected twists. I loved every word, page and paragraph of the book, it dragged me out of a reading slump, fizzing my brain and enervating my reading mojo. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers. Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price. Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees. But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance. More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything. Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom. Sometimes there is no choice. Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.
Blurb: Passions pulsate. Destinies collide. Humans, angels, and demons alike are possessed with a common bind—desire. Experience exquisite and sultry seraphs, demonic witches, a hellfire phoenix, a vengeful gargoyle, ordinary humans with dark sides, vampires, werewolves, ghostly spirits, and other creatures of the night, who will whet your desire for romance and seduction. Travel with them into their worlds as they lust for love, romance, and pleasure. Will they find what they are searching for? Will you?
Find out in this twenty-plus, limited time paranormal and dark romance collection by USA Today, international bestselling, and award-winning authors.
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Held captive in a high-rise overlooking New York City since the age of twelve, she had no friends her own age, no life outside of the penthouse, and absolutely no choices of her own. But what she didn’t realize was the tower where she lost her freedom would one day become her salvation. Her prince would arrive, they would fall in love, and they would come up with a plan for her to escape so they could live happily ever after.
If only it were that easy.
Every girl dreams of her life becoming a fairy tale, even Zell, who’s knowledge of romance was simply from the books she stole from other girls at the brothel.
In a world where sex, drugs, and manipulation is solely the life she knows, the only fairy tale poor Zell would endure would be a sinister one …
Author Bio: Kimberly Knight is a USA Today Bestselling author who lives in the mountains near a lake in California with her loving husband, who is a great research assistant. Kimberly writes in a variety of genres including romantic suspense, contemporary romance, erotic romance, and paranormal romance. Her books will make you laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love before she throws you curve balls you never see coming.
When Kimberly isn’t writing, you can find her watching her favorite reality TV shows, binge-watching true crime documentaries, and going to San Francisco Giants games. She’s also a two-time desmoid tumor/cancer fighter, which has made her stronger and an inspiration to her fans.
The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
This week seems like quite an open ended and open to interpretation question, so it’s going to be interesting comparing what I thought and answered to everyone else’s answers!
I have plenty of peeves, lol. In terms of writing style, I cannot enjoy a story where I am told things instead of being shown them through thoughts, words, actions and emotions. I’m a very character driven reader, I need to feel their emotions and “hear” their reasoning. I don’t want to read that “She was happy”, I want to experience it, I want to know how that happiness felt, how it affected her mentally, physically and emotionally.
So peeve #1 is Telling not Showing.
I’m a huge fan of dark erotica/ dark romance. First of all I have an issue with “dark” being used, or rather mis-used, as a description when really the book isn’t dark at all. The male lead being in an MC, or a bit of a bad boy, or just very alpha does NOT make a book dark. Kidnapping the heroine but then treating her with kid gloves, as though she were a delicate princess, is NOT dark. At the very least a dark book should contain dubious or non-consensual sexual situations. If those situations do not impact emotionally or psychologically on the heroine then I’m unlikely to find the story to be dark either, though at least I accept the labelling.
What peeves the heck out of me is when the antihero forces the heroine into dub-con or non-con situations but no acknowledgement is made of his behaviour being wrong. I’ve read many books where the heroine is given Hobson’s choice over being stripped bare, forced into a sub/slave type role and punished for not following rules she either didn’t know about or never agreed too. I’ve enjoyed the ones where the antihero acknowledges that his actions are wrong and that he is a bad man, even if he doesn’t care. However if the author tries to make out that because the antihero told her not to try and escape her enforced captivity, somehow the punishment she receives for doing that is totally her own fault. No normal person would NOT make an escape attempt in those circumstances, should an opportunity arise.
Peeve #2 – Acknowledge when something isn’t consensual.
The final one is more to do with books that don’t exist. I acknowledge that having bought a book in a series, it doesn’t entitle me to future books from that series. I paid for the book I’ve read and (hopefully) enjoyed and that’s the transaction complete. I don’t even mind the series not ever being finished – life happens, books don’t sell, there are lots of possible reasons . What I do mind is when the author releases lots of other books and never explains why that hanging series is incomplete. Even worse is when they then go on to leave another series unfinished.
Peeve #3 – Not finishing what you started
Another peeve I have also involves duets/series and it is when there was enough story for 1 book but the author stuffed in loads of fluff and filler so that they could release it as a duet or trilogy. Or when a story is released as a series of 3 or 4 books, but when you add up the page count it was just one longer book AND would have worked as one book. I’m happy to pay £5 or £6 for a decent length ebook, authors can’t live on fresh air alone. However I don’t like paying £3 each for parts of a novel.
Peeve #4 – Sell me a whole book
My final book peeve are the inconsiderate, selfish, stealing, lying, cheating scumbags who pirate books and upload them to pirate sites, or who download pirated books to read. I expect to be paid for the work I do, why would I expect an author to accept any less than I would? You wouldn’t walk into a bookstore and walk out without paying for a book, so why would any decent person not pay for an ebook?
Genre: YA Fantasy Photographer: Regina Wamba Illustrated by James Vallesteros Publication Date: September 24th, 2020 Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
A curse turned her heart to ice, but only true love can melt it.
Cyrus, the possessor demon lord is dead, but his final battle left Hawaii in turmoil. Hundreds of people are wounded, and the aftermath of a volcanic eruption has kept the survivors busy with cleanup. Schools are closed and stores are being rebuilt. Life is almost back to normal, except for Ikelia, Eli’s mother.
Eligor, Eli’s father, is still trapped inside the Keeper crystal. Ikelia is unable to free him, so she asks Davin, the head of the Chosen Knights, to travel to her past. He takes her to the moment she first became the Snow Queen in search of the clue she needs. They learn they must go to Kaneana Cave, home to a legend about a Shark Man who lures human through a smaller opening in the cave and eats them. So Davin rounds up the team. But what they find there might mean the end for Ikelia and the Chosen Knights.
Author Bio: Mary is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise. Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed. Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The story that began with The Night and the Land in the small town of Brattleboro, Vermont, then continued with a cross-country roadtrip through hell in The Trail of the Beast, reaches its cataclysmic conclusion in The Blazing Chief, coming October 12 from Back Roads Carnival Books
For untold ages, the refugees from the land of Deschemb have lived secretly beneath the surface of human society. Now modern civilization crumbles as their ancient feud boils to the surface. As chaos and brutality engulf the world, strange alien forces reshape the lands for a new beginning…for whoever survives. In the frozen Canadian wastes, the United Deschembines take shelter in an abandoned military base, under the leadership of Jesse Karn, Zane Rochester, and Sally Coscan. In the Louisiana swamps, Rob and Remelea press towards the ruins of New Orleans, for a final confrontation with Talino. In Brattleboro, Vermont, a long-forgotten doorway opens, to a land beyond living memory, where two lifelong enemies must journey as allies, to save two worlds, or destroy them.
Fighting Fate (Falling For the Unexpected, Book 2) by Teralyn Mitchell
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rae has despised Trevor from the moment she started working for one of the top law firms in the country. He’s arrogant, annoying, and a kiss a**. So why does her heart race when he’s teasing her? Trevor has made it his mission to keep Rae at a distance from the moment she started working at the firm. She’s everything he could want in a woman: smart, ambitious, and gorgeous. She’s also the distraction he does not need. What happens when one night of passion changes the dynamic of their relationship? Will they be able to get over their differences and try to make it work? Or will they continue to fight fate by choosing dreams over love? Fighting Fate is a forbidden office romance and book two in the Falling for the Unexpected series!
He thought his temptations were over, but they were only just beginning…
Until last week, Richard Martin was just another middle-aged guy. Married to a wife he loved, father to a son he adored, stuck in a dead-end job, just counting the days go by…
Then everything changed.
He made a mistake.
Now to save his marriage, he’s going to have to pay the price.
There’s just one problem, Scarlet Holmes.
She loves to play games with her staff and now, seeming very aware of his little secret, she wants to play a game.
And she always gets what she wants.
Because she just so happens to be The Boss’s Daughter.
The Boss’s Daughter is the sinfully tempting and long awaited sequel to L.M. Mountford’s debut, Sweet Temptations: The Babysitter. It can be read as a stand alone but it’s highly recommend you read Book 1. Full of tension and grippingly intense scenes, this next installment in the Sweet Temptations Series reminds every one why he has been dubbed The Lord of Lust.
A self-confessed tiger fanatic, L.M. Mountford was born and raised in England, first in the town of Bridgwater, Somerset, before later moving to the city of Gloucester where he currently resides. A fully qualified and experienced scuba diver, he has travelled across Europe and Africa diving wrecks and seeing the wonders of the world.
“Get down,” Richard snapped, not exactly pushing the girl away but urging her off of his lap and down under the desk with an insistence that brokered no argument from her. Then, heart pounding like a drum in his chest, he turned back to the screen.
The Skype video call was getting close to timing out.
Resisting the urge to glance down to the girl’s hideaway, he accepted the video call, then forced a broad smile. “Hey Al.”
His wife’s avatar minimised, and Alice’s smokey gaze met his.
“Not interrupting anything am I, Dick?” Even wrapped around an insinuation, her husky tone made his dick hard all over again.
Or maybe it was just the sight of her all dressed up in her ‘work wear’. No doubt, the sight of Alice in that tan blazer, button up blouse, and white knee-length pencil skirt, had fuelled more than a few teenage boys to lock themselves in the toilets for an extended break.
“Nah, just taking my break. How’s work?”
“Boring,” she pouted. “I seem to spend all day either marking half-term homework or giving out detentions… Errr, I hate November.”
“Aww… don’t worry love, it’ll soon be Christmas.”
She rolled her eyes. “Ha… ha… ha… Don’t remind me.”
Alice loved her work. She loved being a teacher, but there were times when the job didn’t necessarily love her. “Speaking of Christmas, you left your lunch at home, so I gave Rebecca a call and asked her to pop in with something special for you.”
Her tone was playful but the edge to her voice sent a cold shiver down his spine and he found himself glancing momentarily down at the dark space under his desk.
“Yeah… she just left.” He picked up his still wrapped sandwich and held it up for her to see.
A ghost of a smile curved the corner of her mouth and the tip of her tongue darted out to slowly moisten her plump upper lip. “Mmm… good, because I have a little surprise for you.”
Momentarily lost in all the memories of just what that tongue and mouth could do, Richard could only swallow. “Oh…”
She leaned back in her big black chair and began working on the buttons of her blouse. “I admit I was rather miffed with you over the weekend for getting in so late the other night, but I think I know a way for you to make it up to me…”
Richard couldn’t believe his eyes. “Jesus, Alice… are you mad?”
“Come on Dick, I don’t have long till my next class… mmm… one of my students might come by at any minute…” As the last button came undone, the blouse fell open to tease him with a glimpse of her breasts, full and firm and absolutely luscious, before she pressed it closed. “Whoopsie…”
“Aww… remember how we used to do this whenever one of us was working late… come on baby…” She let one corner of the garment slide down to reveal her left breast before cupping it. “Mmm… you like these baby, God I wish you were here… I’m so horny… I just want to jerk your big dick off with my tits and watch you paint them with all your yummy cum…”
Richard had to force himself to breath as he watched his wife raise her tit up to her mouth and swirl her tongue around the pebbled nipple. She knew how much he loved her tits. Knew just how to use them to drive him wild.
“Do you want me to beg for it… want me to get down on my hands and knees… and beg to see your cock…” The blouse fell open completely as Alice pushed her breasts together, making them bounce and jiggle before rolling the dusky nipples between her fingers and thumbs. “Mmm… you’re so bad. Do it, Dick, I want your cock.”
And his cock definitely wanted her.
That throaty husk of hers had him as hard as steel.
Sensation rippled up and down his length as it fought to be free of its restraints. So insistent and demanding, his white knuckled grip on the armrests of his chair was all that kept him from ripping open his chinos and giving her the show she craved.
As if being middle-aged and plagued by hallucinations since early childhood wasn’t hard enough, Vivian Rivera learns she’s actually the reincarnation of someone who wasn’t human at all. Her life spirals into a terrifying flight from Goblins, and worse, when she discovers her spiritual heritage and the enemy that pursues her beyond death.
Viv was the Queen of Chaos’ most powerful seer and favorite daughter in a previous life. Now visions invade her dreams, all pressing her to reveal the location of the Keys and begin the Reckoning.
Someone is killing the few remaining seers. Can Viv risk calling attention to herself to help open the gate and allow the Queen of Night and the King of Light to walk our world?
And to top everything else off Viv’s aunt…Fate… is matchmaking!
Author Bio: Daphne Moore has been a storyteller from her preliterate days. She writes them down now for those out of earshot. She lives in Ohio, in a small suburb, raising roses and children. She’s an aunt to a bunch of humans and two cute dogs.