Book Review · Contemporary Romance

THE BOYFRIEND COLLECTOR 2

THE BOYFRIEND COLLECTOR, Book #2 by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes the STEAMY Part Two and conclusion of The Boyfriend Collector.

My name is Dr. Bex Hughes, and I’m in love with a woman who cannot truly love me back. Unless I help her as my patient, and that is forbidden—a taboo in the eyes of the world and the worst professional sin for a therapist.

But what else can I do? Rose was once a real-life Cinderella. Now she’s wealthy, single, and free. Except she’s convinced that love is used to hurt people, family tries to murder you for money, and no one can be trusted. It’s all she’s ever known.

So I’m bending every rule I’ve ever lived by and helping her find her way to real happiness. Only, my self-control wears thin as I hear the details of Rose’s dating adventures. Can I prove I will love her unconditionally before my jealousy shatters her trust in me forever?


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Author Bio:
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

MY REVIEW – 4 stars

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Two worlds in crisis.

Two missions that must be fulfilled by any means.

But at what price?

In a distant galaxy, under twin suns and a purple sky, a team of Earth scientists explores a jungle planet hopeful they have at last found a suitable new home for their people. Set upon by aliens they soon learn these warriors aren’t quite what they seem. They have a mission of their own and the female scientists who are remarkably like them, are much too tempting to ignore.

Whisked away to a far-off world, the Odyssey’s crew find themselves mated to these powerful men. Expected to comply with the rules of both an old-fashioned and yet surprisingly advanced society, the women struggle with their new roles by testing limits, denying their fates, and ultimately escaping.

Brought together again through an interstellar treaty, both the scientists and the warriors must face down the challenges of integrating their two differently-minded societies. Can there be a solution to the ill-fated futures of both Earth and Primaria?

Publisher’s note: This bestselling sci-fi series contains dominant aliens, capture scenes, steamy sex, and BDSM themes. If this isn’t your kind of romance, you’d probably enjoy another series more.

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A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.

Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.

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Book Review · Dark · Sci-Fi

MACHINERY OF DESIRE BOX SET

Just over two years ago I kept seeing a particular book mentioned on Facebook. It was called Acquired Possession and was by the author Cari Silverwood. Turned out I’d already read a book of hers, but one written under the pen name Wren Tirrell – and I’d been most disappointed to find that was the one and only book by that ‘author’. I loved the humour, the twists, and the engaging writing.

So getting back to Possession, once I was aware of the book and had read the blurb I was both interested and intrigued. I was a little worried that it might be one of those ‘instantly in love with the alien’ books OR might be too dark for my taste. So I did what any self respecting book whore would and used the ‘send me a sample’ option. OK the book doesn’t cost a huge amount of money but none of us like to waste what money we have. Anyway, as soon as I reached the end of said sample I immediately, and without any shadow of a doubt nor hesitation, hit the ‘buy now’ button on my kindle.

Then I sat and read the whole book in one sitting.

It was so good I pre-ordered Claimed Possession (The Machinery of Desire #2) before I’d even finished it. I then joined the authors group on Facebook and bought the rest of the series as they were released, including the no-longer-available Alphas and Aliens anthology where a short story from the world was included.

I’m here to share the amazing news that this series is available as a box set, including all 5 stories at a knock down price. The series is perfect for those who love well written sci-fi, dubious consent, naughtily steamy kinkiness and fantastic characters who you don’t forget.


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On Aerthe freedom is a lie.

Wrenched from their beds and into another world, three earth women and one man find themselves in an alien, violence-infested land.

Powered by old tech and carrying the captive humans, the immense landships of the Mekkers grind on track and wheel across the countryside. Fern, Gio, and Emery are property and must learn to kneel and beg, to open their legs, and to stifle their shame. Pleasure will be their reward.

Even if fated to fall in love, these women fight to the last.

Their weapons will be guns and words, or bots from the tiniest in size to giant war machines, though sometimes running away works best. Only Sawyer, ex-soldier, will never bow, for being the master beckons to him and drums through his blood.
With everyone at war with everyone else, the planet seems ready to implode. Can humans be the healing catalyst?

The journey to peace on Aerthe will be paved with the dead, as well as the screams of women climaxing in the hands, ropes, and chains of their masters. 


“… the wonderful, strange, demented, naughty and twisted things that have been dreamt up and included, all just roll together into an amazing read.”


“So many scenes are laced with darkly sexual undertones, occasionally outright blatantly delicious ones.”


“I was on edge until the last sentence faded.”


ALL FIVE BOOKS IN THE SERIES IN ONE BOXSET.

350,000 words from NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Cari Silverwood.
Featuring Acquired Possession, Claimed Possession, Branded Possession, Exquisite Possession, and the novella, Fated Possession.


This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being taken by an alien warrior.

WARNING: Contains alien butt.

ACQUIRED POSSESSION REVIEW – 5+ stars

Firstly it didn’t feel that dark of a read, possibly because of the sci-fi/alien world aspect of the book. There was no where near as much ‘punishment’ or cruelty as I expected and instead I found this to be a very erotic but also action-packed read.

Emery came across as a tough cookie, with plenty of spirit and determination, I loved her character. Mako was also incredibly well written, his internal musings allowed us to see that actually he was a fairly decent ‘man’, despite his sadistic leanings. We only learn some very important facts about the Strathe, the Mekkers and Aerthe as we progress further into the story, but this is also very necessary for the plot to work.

This isn’t a conventional romance in any sense of the word, and not just because of it being set on an alien planet. But the chemistry and the connection between Emery and Mako is believable and works, and so much of it is in the small kindnesses that Mako shows to Emery (even when he doesn’t always mean to).

This book had me gripped from start to finish, it even had me fall in love with a small mechanical child’s toy! The writing is excellent, the plot is literally out of this world and not your typical ‘snatched by the alien’ story, the pace kept me turning pages as quick as I could and the whole book was just so easy to read.

Claimed Possession Review – 5 stars

This book had a different feel to Acquired Possession, whilst still being as captivating and well written. A large part of this is due to it being mostly written from the hero, Sawyer’s, POV but also because it is set in the Scav ‘part’ of Aether. I’m also pleased that this was the case, as now I’m wondering both what will happen in Book 3 and when it will be out as I’m desperate for more of this world.

It was interesting to ‘see’ the male perspective on all the dubious consent and dominance ‘stuff’ and it involved my emotions in a very different way to Emery’s story. I still felt the emotions and empathised with both characters, but I usually ‘connect’ more to the female character just because it is easier to put myself in her shoes. That in no way affected my enjoyment of the book, it was still full of action, had amazing pace and was incredibly steamy and it allowed this story to take us more into the world of Aether and its people.

Sawyers battles with his base desires, Scav expectations and his own morals turned him from what could have been a despicable individual into quite an attractive, and definitely one heck of a sexy, anti-hero. Despite the dubious consent aspects, and even at the start when he was still very angry, his scruples led him to protect and take care of Ari. I loved those moments, when he wasn’t conscious of his actions, where he would hold her close to him for comfort. 

We had enough of Ari’s viewpoint to know she is an intelligent, feisty, caring and deep down brave woman. She is also a little naive and a lot confused by the lust she has for Sawyer and his treatment of her. That treatment and Sawyer’s behaviour was depraved at times but somehow, given the setting, it felt acceptable, especially as he often battled with his conscience or drew a line where the Scav wouldn’t have. This along with JI’s emotional/mental growth raised some deep questions on how the thoughts and actions of society – or a lack of morals by those in charge, can affect our own behaviours. To my mind it posed similar warnings to those raised by The Lord of the Flies. 

There were so many unexpected twists in this story that it kept me gripped. That ending – it came out of nowhere for me, but it was perfect for the relationship Sawyer truly wanted with Ari. JI’s ending was even twistier – and send disturbing shiver’s down my back., he (it?) is no longer the person that Emery knew and cared for. 

I can’t even begin to guess where this story is heading but I know I can’t wait for the next book.

Fated Possession – 5 stars

This is a quick but engaging, hot and fantastic story from the Machinery of Desire series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, and indeed Cari managed to briefly fill in the important details of this world, having read the other books will really enhance this story. (Book 1 world builds and Book 2 has Sassik as a side character).

I know it’s a short story but there was no way I was putting this down and going to sleep – it had me gripped. Blue was such a strong heroine, never giving up or giving in and I’d love to see more of her. Sassik was as honourable a man as you are going to find on Aerthe and I’d love a Sassik of my own. The characters spoke to me, drew me in and made me love every moment of this book.

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Branded Possession – 5 Stars

This is my favourite book of the series so far. I just loved the mind games and manipulation by both parties, though Gio was too caring to ever succumb to doing anything truly bad or evil. Ryke on the other hand did bad things for good reasons, or just because he wanted to. I could happily live in this book, I wanted it to never end. The detailed world building, the tiny little touches that seem insignificant at first but that will prove to be important later, the wonderful, strange, demented, naughty and twisted things that have been dreamt up and included, all just roll together into an amazing read.

If this was a contemporary romance, based on Earth with Ryke as a human, I would consider him morally depraved and somewhat evil. He carries an air of menace and dark about him, exploiting the attraction between Gio and himself in order to manipulate her. However, since this is based in another universe I really liked him instead. I’d run screaming in the opposite direction if I met Ryke, but my word he did some hot things to Gio.

Gio is absolutely amazing, her mind was a constant whirl of plans, worries, analysis and pushing crap into boxes to ignore forever or to examine later. I adored her mental debates with herself, and how honest she was in these. She was so scarily rational. So rational, in fact, that it didn’t take her long to accept what Ryke did because, well damn, she enjoyed it. 

You can really feel the plot building in this story, with lots of political and Aerthe machinations occurring as sub-plots. Towards the end these almost pull us away from Gio and Ryke, but those final scenes make it clear that this was (I think) deliberate by the author, reflecting Gio’s feelings of being adrift and purposeless, perhaps of abandonment too. Whilst there is a scene that suggests the title refers to Gio, it could equally refer to Ryke and his marked role as the KOL (King’s Own Lawgiver), the belief that he is the prophet or even the Dekkers with their blue etchings from their livelihoods, or following Aerthe’s manipulation of them. That is the wonder of Cari Silverwood’s writing. She opens so many doors for your mind to travel through, scattering little breadcrumbs to lead you on the most fantastical of journey’s. It doesn’t harm that she writes damn good kinky scenes too.

If you ever join this authors facebook group DON’T LET ON WHAT SCARES YOU. She is more sadistic than Ryke and merrily wove mechanical 8-legged creepy-bots and claustrophobia inducing headgear into the story, just to torment her readers (evil woman, lol). However her brief homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide made me forgive her. Well that and all the really good naughty stuff in here.

Exquisite Possession – 4.5 stars

Fast paced, filthy, funny, frenzied and fabulous. An exciting, humorous and often thought provoking conclusion to this epic series.

I’m probably (OK definitely) going to take a while to get to the crux of this review, so I’m going to lay down now how much I LOVED this book, how gripping the story was, how fabulous the characters were, how hot the sex was and how sad I am that the series has ended. Whilst this can be read as JI and Fern’s stand alone story, reading the series will give you a better understanding of where all the other characters fit, along with how and why certain events happen. 

I fuck therefore I am. He would rewrite Emery’s ideas on what made a self-aware AI.

JI, Exquisite Possession

Each book in the series has brought something new to the story of Aerthe and it’s inhabitants. Each tale has opened our eyes to a new facet of what life is like for its people. They’ve also contained some downright filthy and perverted sex scenes, and boy are they wonderful to read. Now normally I’d be bleating on about the amazing world building skills of the author, but in Exquisite Possession she took things in a different direction. We had a story that looked inwards at what makes us human and what constitutes a good or a bad person, rather than focusing on the outwards.

Still learning how to human … Some days he seemed a cross between her perfect Dom and a teenager.

JI/Osta was a mechanoid, a sentient robot for want of a better description. He took over a ‘human’ body (or technically a Scav body) in Book 2 of the series. Fern is a human, dragged through time and space, otherwise known as a portal, to become a blood slave to the Mekkers. Only Fern stabbed the judge who ruled that they weren’t ‘sentient’ enough to have rights and ended up being ejected from their landship broken, battered, bruised and close to death. So it’s fair to say that both characters come with a fair bit of baggage.

The first part of this book focuses on JI and his battles with the fantasies he has about Fern. Fantasies that include pain, humiliation and domination. Fantasies that just perhaps Fern might have too. 

With a thrill to top what already had grabbed his balls … he realized Fern could be his experiment. His little experiment on sex.
Little being more due to her size compared to his, not to what was possible. Because there was 
everything. Possibilities seemed endless. He, an ex-mech with control of a girl.


JI goes through a lot of soul searching, but it never felt too introspective or naval gazing. Usually because CS would always drop in some of her wonderful humour when things started getting a little too serious.

This was much more of a love story than any of the other books, possibly with the exception of Blue and Sassik’s story. It still retained dark edges and some very extremely kinky play, some of which involved the surgical implantation of blunt spikes around a part of JI’s anatomy. However JI was always far too caring to ever truly be a bad man, and given Fern’s traumatic past he was the perfect hero for both her and us. That didn’t stop him from using the connection both he and Fern had with the mechlings to his own benefit. 

“Is a part of you still Osta? The thinking part of you?”
“No. I’m not him at all. I told you that.”
He wanted to ask her if that would scare her more than she could bear but didn’t dare to. Because the answer might scare him.

The second part of the story is more ‘traditional’ sci-fi action, if being strung up naked on the nose cone of a war ship, your body pierced by countless wires, could ever be considered traditional. Like all truly great books, lots of strands and easter egg clues all wove together to bring a very satisfying ending to this amazing series.

Did I also mention that there is a lot of very hot, kinky and lust filled sex?


Book Review

THE BODY PAINTER

THE BODY PAINTER (Master of Trickery #1) by Pepper Winters

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THE BODY PAINTER (Master of Trickery #1)
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“Must be slim, able to stand for long periods of time, and be impervious to the cold.”

The headline caught my attention.

“Hours are negotiable, pay is minimal, clothing absolutely forbidden.”

The second line piqued my curiosity.

“Able to hold your bladder and tongue, refrain from opinions or suggestions, and be the perfect living canvas.”

The third made me scowl.

“Other attributes required: non-ticklish, contortionist, and obedient. Must also enjoy being studied while naked in a crowd.”

The fourth made me shudder.

“Call or email ‘YOUR SKIN, HIS CANVAS’ if interested in applying.”

The final made my heart race.

I should’ve kept scrolling past the advertisement.

I should’ve applied for the boring receptionist job at minimum wage.

I should’ve clicked on any other job where I got to keep my clothes on.

But I didn’t.

I applied.

My interview is tomorrow…

My Review – 3.75 stars

I loved this book and yet I didn’t.

Yes that makes no sense, I know.  The Body Painter is so full of beautiful imagery, powerful writing and emotion that spills from its pages into your very soul. I loved every single word that was written, really enjoying the dual point of view. All the present day is from Olin’s perspective, and makes up the majority of the book, with brief glimpses of their past from Gil’s viewpoint. For me that worked well, allowed each narrative to have it’s own voice and feel, rather than become overloaded and confusing. 

This story will leave your emotions bleeding, your heart torn into a thousand pieces. It will have you doubting your sanity and there are twists that will break you. Pepper Winters is a master of writing broken and deeply flawed characters, Olin and Gil are no exception to that.

However a star was lost because parts of this dragged, it just became a little too repetitive and irritation set in that so much centred around what we weren’t told in this story. I felt like I was watching a tumble drier throwing the same emotions around in the same pattern on an endless spin cycle. I got that Olin had been broken by Gil’s disappearance, I got that Gil had some big secret, I got that there was danger and also that this pair had explosive chemistry. I got that by 30% into the book, and by 40% and by 50%, which is when I got to skimming present day chapters, in order to feel as though I was making progress. 

It could well be me, I’ve been struggling to enjoy any of the last few books I’ve read. I’ve skipped in and out of several, putting them down and picking them back up. At some point I will give this another go and hopefully be able to change my review.

Pepper Winters

Author of Bestselling Titles: Monsters in the Dark Trilogy, Indebted Series, Pure Corruption Duology, Unseen Messages, Destroyed, Can’t Touch This, Dollar Series, & Truth and Lies Duet, Ribbon Duet.

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Book Review · Romantic Suspense

RED HERRING

RED HERRING (The Kingmaker Saga #4) by London Miller

This book, this series, this story is the epitome of fantastic writing. And that ending, oh boy will that ending send you into a spin!

Did the author have the entire story mapped out when she first started work on Red ? Did she know then that once the Den of Mercenaries series was finished that she would be writing about Karina and Uilleam? And I also have to ask how, HOW, does she keep all the events in line? How does she weave strands from each mercenaries story with strands from Karina and Uilleam’s stories and make them all fit perfectly? Not to mention just how the heck did she ever dream up such an amazing story arc?

This book dropped on my kindle and that was it for me. I had the day off work and within minutes of picking up my kindle was totally absorbed into this complex, astounding and outstanding story. The book repeats a lot of what was in the Den series, but from the point of view of the puppet masters who pulled the strings. If you’ve very recently read the WHOLE Den of Mercenaries series then you might not need to read this. However it’s been a while since I did, so this was an excellent way to remind myself of all the manipulation and scheming. Seeing it through Karina and Uilliam’s eyes also gives us a valuable insight that would otherwise be missing.

This isn’t a stand alone book, and there seems little point in talking about Karina and Uilliam as characters. If you’ve got this far in the series then you know just how amazing, twisted, manipulative, caring and broken they are. 

I cannot praise this series highly enough. I cannot recommend it enough either. This series is fast proving to be my favourite of the year and you really don’t want to miss out on it.


What goes up must always come down …

Uilleam Runehart has never faced an opponent like Karina Ashwroth—he’s certainly never had to battle against a woman that held his heart.

But if she forces his hand, he’ll have to show her why they call him the Kingmaker.

Except … Karina knows all too well why most fear him—she’s just not afraid.

She knows his strengths.

She created his weaknesses.

And in the end, she’ll show him what no other has been able to—what it means to lose …


From Romantic Suspense Author, London Miller, comes the fourth installment in the Kingmaker Saga following the man whose hubris is his weakness and the woman who will use it against him.


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Book Review · Contemporary Romance

BUILD A NERD

BUILD A NERD (AEON #2) by Wendy Smith – 4.75 stars

Wonderful characters, full of feels and just a truly great read

I can’t remember whether I liked Bridget or not in Game On , but I loved her in this. I really liked Tom too, which just goes to show male leads don’t always need to be all alpha and macho. One of my favourite things about this author’s work is how normal, everyday and real the entire story feels. You find yourself reading about a group of people who you would love to be friends with, living in a town you want to move to.

Bridget is the confident one, Tom is socially awkward but together they make a perfect pair. Their chemistry sizzled, their emotions squeeze your heart and their story will make you smile, ache and swoon in equal measure. The excellent writing just wraps you up in this story and holds you in the moment. I felt as though I could almost reach out and touch the characters. 

I found this easy to read, entertaining and very much enjoyed the time I spent within its pages.

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She’ll build his confidence. He’ll make a nerd out of her yet.

Tom Jarvis is a nerd. He’s a programmer, project manager, and loves Star Trek.

Bridget Walsh spent years establishing herself in the male dominated world of construction. She loves her job, but recently had her heart broken by her long term crush. She doesn’t even know what Star Trek is.

But when opposites attract, can two people so different work?

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BDSM · Book Review · Dark · Romantic Suspense

ENEMIES TO LOVERS #1

BEAUTIFUL TEARS (Enemies to Lovers #1) by C.P. Mandara

Over on Goodreads, this is the Dark Erotica groups BOTM for August and I was only to happy to join in for this book. I very much enjoyed the story, once or twice I felt the pace slowed and that the story wasn’t moving forward as quickly as I’d like, but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. The author has written two complex characters who you shouldn’t like but somehow you do. S he doesn’t hold her punches and whilst we don’t experience some of the more horrific events as they occur, we do still get to hear about them and suffer the consequences of them.

The writing, plot and characters all combined together to produce a captivating read. There are some incredibly hot BDSM type scenes, though they do contain elements of non-consent/dubious consent. However there is no rape and only really one incident of true physical abuse. The book easily held my attention and it was really easy to read.

Whilst the book is set in the UK, it has clearly been adapted to appeal to the larger US market, neither of the protagonist names are typical of England (or the UK as a whole) but that isn’t a ‘biggie’. I did have an issue with a twist at the end, based on the fact that Brandt had served time in prison I can’t see how that trip would be possible, but since the book ends BEFORE that trip I will withhold further judgement. (Edited to add – the author discussed the book with us and yes she is aware of this and does have alternative plans!)

This was certainly good enough of a read that i will definitely be continuing with the series. I’m also happy to recommend it to others, as long as they are ok with dubious consent, non-consensual BDSM without intercourse and the blurb appeals to them!

4.25 stars

Five years ago I told a lie that would land Brandt Browning – local hero and heir to the Mentley Mill fortune – in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

I ruined his life with three small words. “He did it.” I didn’t even have to be there to testify in court. It was too easy.

But that was five years ago. And now Brandt has been released.

He’s coming for me.

This time I’m not waiting around. I’m going to run so far away that no one will ever find me. The trouble is, you can’t hide from money. Eventually Brandt will catch up with me, and when he does, he’ll want payment in blood.

I’m not strong enough to resist the pull between us. If that man gets his hands on me he’ll realise I’m still half in love with him – and that can only end in disaster.


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Book Review · Contemporary Romance

FILTHY RICH

🔥🔥 Filthy Rich by Julie Kriss is LIVE! 🔥🔥

My Review

Julie Kriss has taken the age old office romance taboo story and turned it on it’s head.

Typically in an office romance the couple first try to fight their feelings and then try to hide their romance. Not Samantha and Aiden, no because they know that it would be too much risk, a jeopardy they are not willing to take. So the game is born. A game where two ‘stranger’ hook up for a few hours of hot passion, no strings, no ties. Well written and entertaining, this is a wonderful love story that feels fresh and exciting.

The book is surprisingly slow burn, taking quite a while to reach the ‘game’. I think in part this was due to world building for the series as a whole, as well as just allowing us to get to know these two as people. One of the thing I most enjoy about this author’s work is how real her characters feel. They aren’t prepared to throw a good working relationship into the wind because of their attraction.

Even though Aiden is now richer than Croesus he came from a poor and unloving home. He is a wonderful mix of intensely private and open book. A pretty simple man who struggles to trust and doesn’t know how to let go. Life has left Samantha with a ‘piece of her jigsaw puzzle’ missing, her quest for security and safety means romance and love are too dangerous. Two believable, likeable and humanly flawed main characters who you can’t help but adore.

There are so many ‘gimmicky’ genre’s out there at the moment, so many trends and fashions. Filthy Rich doesn’t need any of them because it’s a great story, with good writing and engaging characters.

BLURB

A billionaire. His assistant. And a game that could cost both their hearts

Aidan Winters. Gorgeous, brilliant, ruthless, and filthy rich. He’s known as the Man in Black, because New York’s most sought-after bachelor is icy perfection in an all-black suit.

As his executive assistant, I know his suit size, the security code to his penthouse, and the number to his private line. The only thing I don’t know is what would make him fall to his knees for a woman.

And then, one night, I discover Aidan’s sexy secret. And he discovers mine.

Now we play a very dirty game. By day, we’re all business. But by night… he’s not Aidan and I’m not me.

No emotions. No lies. Except for one.

If you think this is a story about a girl who hates her boss, think again.

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Excerpt :
He tasted like man. Like bourbon. Like pleasure. Finally. Finally. I slid my hands under his jacket and let him open my mouth. Incredibly, with the desire that was drenching both of us, he teased me, running his tongue along the inside of my lip, letting his teeth scrape my skin. His fingers pushed into my hair, his thumbs pressing just below my ears, the heat of his body radiating to mine. I ran my hands down his chest, his perfect stomach. God, he was so gorgeous.
He broke away, not moving far from my mouth. “You didn’t say yes,” he said.
I moved my hand further down, slid my fingers beneath his belt. “Yes,” I said.
His body tensed under my touch, his muscles flexing in surprise. I paused my hand. “You’re very forward,” he said.
“Do you object?”
In answer he leaned down and kissed the side of my neck, letting his teeth scrape the sensitive skin. I let out a breath and my eyes closed in bliss. Every nerve ending in my body was on fire.
“I think I can make you a little more obedient,” he said in my ear.

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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BDSM · Book Review · Domination/submission

CLUB DARK LACE

UNZONED & UNTIL DADDY by Measha Stone – 4 stars

Unzoned

This book slots nicely alongside Until Daddy , featuring the same mix of characters but this book focuses on Jade and Garrick. It’s a fairly quick read, it took me around an hour. It lacks a little in emotional depth and story development for my tastes BUT that is to be expected in a read this short. It certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of what is a great little read.

In many ways this is quite light on the BDSM aspect, though it isn’t lacking in the heat level. I liked both Garrick and Jade and, whilst she maybe made foolish choices, I could understand her worries and panic. Garrick has been an anchor in her life for so long and the thought of losing him would be worrying.

This, along with Until Daddy , make an wonderful ‘duet’ to read and I do recommend them.


Until Daddy 

A woman so used to losing out in love and the man who needs to convince her to stay

There has been a new epilogue added and a gentle polish up of the story. I can’t pinpoint anything specifically that has changed, since its over a year since I read the original version. What I do know is that I felt much more of a connection to both Carissa and Jamison this time around. I also was much more convinced about their feelings for one another, boy was I emotionally invested this time around.

Carissa doesn’t believe in successful relationships, Jamison is determined to prove her wrong and asks for a month. The story felt like it took place over a longer time period than the one given, though it was still believable and ‘workable’. There’s is a Daddy Dom relationship, with Carissa cared for and looked after but not as a ‘little’ in the more common understanding of the word. She doesn’t colour, play with toys or go on play dates. All their interactions are as adults, just with Jamison clearly in charge and Carissa happy to call him Daddy.

This is an excellent book to pop your ‘age play cherry’ with, as it doesn’t contain scenes that would take you too far out of your comfort zone. Even the sexual scenes are more along the D/s lines with very little BDSM elements other than spanking. However the author still manages to make this feel both very steamy and kinky. 

The side stories didn’t feel so overwhelming this time, perhaps that’s due to the reworking of the story or maybe it just goes to show that current mood is a big factor in how much one enjoys a book. Maybe it was more mindset than matter, who knows? I don’t, but I do know this is a great read and I definitely recommend it!



The two main stories fit together so well, each standalone but also with overlapping characters. I also really enjoyed the exclusive bonus scene – it was beautiful and really added something extra IMO.

**Unzoned was previously released as Until You, both Unzoned and Until Daddy have been reworked**

DARK LACE, the hottest BDSM club created just for you! 
Meet up with playmates in our brand new lounge area, then head into the main dungeon or private rooms to play out your dark desires. Need a special set up? Just ask, and we’ll be sure you have everything you need. 
If you would like to know more about the owners, check out their stories! 

Unzoned

Garrick has been in Jade’s friend-zone high-school. But that’s about to change. But moving from friends to lovers is hard enough without the complications of his dominating ways and her need to submit. 

Getting this wrong could ruin everything. 
Getting it right could mean the world. 

Until Daddy 

No matter how panty-melting the chemistry, Carissa knows relationships don’t last. Being with Jamison Croft is no exception. 

Jamison doesn’t give up easily when it comes to getting what he wants. And he WANTS Carissa. Not only is she intelligent, gorgeous, and generous- she feeds every desire the Daddy Dom in him craves. 

She believed she’d never have anyone in her corner. But that was Until Daddy.


PUNISHING HER (an exclusive Club Dark Lace short story)

Susan has made a BIG mistake. HUGE- and it nearly cost her her life. Now she must face her husband, if he’ll speak to her.This isn’t how their marriage thrives. Communication. Rules. Consequences. It makes their world turn. But her actions have thrown them off course. What she needs now is his dominance, and with that will come her PUNISHMENT.

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Unzoned

Garrick has been in the friend-zone since Jade put him there in high-school. But that’s about to change.
He’s done waiting, and he’s had his fill of women that aren’t her.
Jade had no idea going to a party would be so world-changing. That is until she sees Garrick and discovers he’s one of the club owners.
Surprises don’t stop there.
He’s done standing on the sidelines. It’s time to change zones. But moving from friends to lovers is hard enough without the complications of his dominating ways and her need to submit.
Getting this wrong could ruin everything.
Getting it right could mean the world.

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Until Daddy

Carissa’s learned her lesson. No matter how panty melting the chemistry, relationships don’t last. And it won’t be any different with Jamison Croft- even if just looking at him sends tingles to all the right places.
But he’s not an easy man to shake. 
Jamison doesn’t give up easily when it comes to getting what he wants. And he WANTS Carissa. Not only is she intelligent, gorgeous, and generous- she feeds every desire the Daddy Dom in him craves. 
She may have given them an expiration date, but he’s not backing down.
And when the outside world threatens to crash down around them, he’ll show her he won’t abandon her. She believed she’d never have anyone in her corner.
But that was Until Daddy.

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Alien · Domination/submission · Promotion

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BLURB:

Two worlds in crisis.

Two missions that must be fulfilled by any means.

But at what price?

In a distant galaxy, under twin suns and a purple sky, a team of Earth scientists explores a jungle planet hopeful they have at last found a suitable new home for their people. Set upon by aliens they soon learn these warriors aren’t quite what they seem. They have a mission of their own and the female scientists who are remarkably like them, are much too tempting to ignore.

Whisked away to a far-off world, the Odyssey’s crew find themselves mated to these powerful men. Expected to comply with the rules of both an old-fashioned and yet surprisingly advanced society, the women struggle with their new roles by testing limits, denying their fates, and ultimately escaping.

Brought together again through an interstellar treaty, both the scientists and the warriors must face down the challenges of integrating their two differently-minded societies. Can there be a solution to the ill-fated futures of both Earth and Primaria?

Publisher’s note: This bestselling sci-fi series contains dominant aliens, capture scenes, steamy sex, and BDSM themes. If this isn’t your kind of romance, you’d probably enjoy another series more.

About Maddie

A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.

Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.

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