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#BookReview #DarkRomance // His Keepsake by Cari Silverwood

His Keepsake
by Cari Silverwood


I slumped into the sofa once they released me, feeling all the small hurts multiply and flare. Those waned and merged into a sea of pleasant pain, as if I were an instrument recently played by an entire orchestra.

What happens when a girl who wants to be forced is taken by a man who wants to make her obey? You get His Keepsake. This book is twisted, wrong, scorching hot, sexy, dangerous and devastating. It was impossible to guess where the story was heading, whether Emme would ever discover Grayson wasn’t the man she thought he was and how two people who wanted, needed, to eschew free choice could ever hope to find a HEA.


Despite wondering if Emme was entirely sane, I adored her character, strength, determination, and brattiness, whilst I found Grayson utterly intriguing. His morals were so twisted but, despite taking what wasn’t his, he demonstrated a protective and caring attitude towards Emme. An attitude that was evidenced by his response to the CNC party. I found myself constantly wondering where the story would take Emme, Grayson and, possibly, Axl. After all, when your only desire is to be given no choice or to allow no choice, any possible relationship is bound to be fraught with danger and disappointment, this one was no exception.

She squirmed, and I propped my booted foot on her chest. “Do you like breathing, Emme? Move again and my heel will be on your throat, instead. Do you know how fragile a throat can be?”
Threats were easy. Threats were
 nice.

The story is a strange dichotomy of scorching chemistry and excruciating terror, depraved debauchery and gentle tenderness. Lust oozes from its very pages, equalled only by the disquieting sense of wrongness. Yet nestled within the misdeeds is a strong sense of rectitude, a desire to do the wrong things for the right reasons amidst an inclination to do no permanent harm, at least not emotionally. There is also a delightful juxtaposition of snarky humour and dark misadventure that leaves the reader questioning their reading choices!


Grayson is just the right side of bad, well at least most of the time he is. He has a line he will not cross, though it’s open to negotiation. Axl is very much the bad influence in this story, with a desire to do some very bad things to our poor Emme.

“I’d return his toy dirty and slightly damaged. It was the least I could do. The chainsaw he’d borrowed last summer had ended up in the repair shop for a month.”

I shivered with delight at his relegating Emme to having no more importance than a possession, a boy’s toy.


The ending broke me a lot little, and then rather gently put me back together, before slapping my ass, calling me a dirty slut and rogering me senseless. Utter perfection.

I had put myself at his mercy and yet I knew nothing about the quality of his mercy.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Erotic Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58942577-his-keepsake

Synopsis
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
EMME
Some cravings cannot be denied. That was me with CNC. Going to clubs didn’t make me feel anything anymore. I wanted a soul-wrenching, destructive encounter with a stranger.
I wanted to be kept by someone… in a basement, or in a cage, like a bird or a treasured object?
I could pretend, couldn’t I? As long as we had a code, the beginning was SANE.
That would be fine. All good.
But when he didn’t say THE word… THAT word. I wonder if he is just messing with me?
Maybe this is a real abduction. If so, I should be scared.

HIM
Who knew that one day I would do what I had fantasized about for years? Or that my best friend would insist on joining me.
This is fun. Filthy. Darker than a grave with the hole filled in, except, she isn’t getting killed. I might keep her forever, though I’m not telling her that.
Or that I’m not the man she arranged to meet.I open my cellar door and study this precious creature I’ve caught, from her toes to those pretty, tear-filled eyes.

This story has a HEA but for some that will not be enough. There are more triggers in this dark tale than stars in the sky.




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#BookReview #RomanticSuspense #Dark // Vicious Retaliation by C.P. Mandara

Vicious Retaliation 10
Twisted, Dark and Deadly #2
by C.P. Mandara

Well… OK….Yes…….


…….What on earth did I just read?


I can only describe this as James Bond on amphetamine!



Vicious Retaliation is seriously OTT. Not just a little bit either. Massively, hugely, ginormously, utterly and totally, ridiculously pushing the boundaries. And I loved it!!!! In all reality no-one could survive what Mel put Adie through, but that’s the beauty of a book – it’s completely fictional so anything goes. So long as you’re prepared to suspend your sense of reality, then this is an absolutely fabulous read.



This book is the fourth in the Twisted, Dark and Deadly series, and it completely lives up to both of it’s titles. I knew Adie was in for a world of hurt, but the author totally managed to surprise me with the direction the story took, as well as all the little twists and turns along the way. I may choose to not forgive her for that cliff-hanger ending though! This is a series, so you do need to read the first three books (and for the FULL picture I would recommend reading the Special Agent series first as this is where we first meet Adie, Lois and James).



The book contains some pretty dark subject matter, but the humorous inner monologues and crazy quips lighten the atmosphere. I’m not quite sure how Ms Mandara can turn a torture scene into something that feels more like a moment from a rom-com AND write in such a way that you are enjoying things so much you cannot put the book down.



Talking of enjoying things I very much enjoy all things Adie, it should be criminal for a fictional character to charm and turn a girl on as much as he manages to do. He really does prove the saying of you can’t keep a good man down, not-so-little Vlad definitely doesn’t stay down for long! Mel is such a badass and not only is as tough as Lois but she is just as nasty as Adie. I can’t wait for the moment this pair realise that what they feel for one another extends far past mere physical attraction!



If you’re looking for a fast paced, full of action, kinky read with plenty of fun and sex then I do recommend this series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

BDSM Romantic Suspense

Contains gratuitous violence, humour and sex scene

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58756113-vicious-retaliation

Synopsis
Adie
Melinda Leader is a vicious monster with a score to settle. Okay, I might have tied her down and had a little fun with her. Most chicks dig that, don’t they? Inviting a few friends over to help was probably going a bit too far. Nearly killing her probably didn’t do me any favors, and trying to slit her throat was most definitely a mistake. Oops. We can still be friends after that, right? I’m willing to live and let live. I’m a reasonable kinda guy.

Melinda
Adrien Dumortier looks very fetching shackled to my wall, especially as he’s naked. Now that I have him exactly where I want him, the fun and games can begin. How do I bring this man to his knees? Your basic run-of-the-mill torture will be too tame for this hardened criminal. I’ll need to be creative. What is the ultimate torment for a man like Adrien? I want to crush him like a fucking parasite – and I’m willing to use any method necessary to achieve my aim. Yep. Anything that fucking works has my vote.

All good men must come to an end. Bad ones, too.

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#BookReview #ContemporaryRomance // Claiming Cleo by Claire Thompson

Claiming Cleo
(Master’s Club #2)
by Claire Thompson

Having met Cleo in At His Mercy I was very much looking forward to reading her story and I wasn’t left disappointed. Claiming Cleo can very much be read standalone, though I do recommend book #1 in the series too! Whilst this features a Master/slave type relationship it didn’t feature the level of TPE I’ve witnessed in some M/s stories. Cleo retained a level of autonomy and independence and we were repeatedly reminded of how she also held the power to stop everything should she need or want to.



The main theme of this second chance story was communication and Ms Thompson demonstrated good character growth in this respect for BOTH parties involved. Whilst there were no huge surprises or twists I felt the story didn’t need them, as the focus remained purely on this couple learning to trust and commit, and for Cleo to truly let go and submit.



The backstory of each main character gave credence to their actions and the journey they took during the story felt very believable. We are treated to some incredibly hot BDSM scenes, some of the sex scenes in the second half were more vanilla but this only strengthened the story for me, since you could see a life time relationship developing. We didn’t just get told this couple had a deep connection and great chemistry, we were shown it again and again in a very believable way. A particular strength, more noticeable in that second half, was how this explored the mindset and trust of an M/s relationship.



In short this is another well written, well thought through story of romance within a kink relationship.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

BDSM Romance

Age 18+, Contains adult situations

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58601611-claiming-cleo—masters-club-series—book-2

Synopsis
Cleo’s got a secret heartbreak, one she flew across the world to forget.

Now he’s found her, and he’s determined to claim her for his own…

Cleo Chapman serves as a dedicated slave at the pleasure of the Doms at New York’s exclusive Masters Club. But even moving a continent away from the Dom who so casually rejected her isn’t enough to mend her shattered heart.

Jack Hartford spent two years coming to grips with a tragedy that left him a young widower at loose ends. Finally ready to engage in life again, his memories of Cleo draw him back to her, only to find she’s gone. Yet, no matter how he tries, he can’t put the charming, sexy girl out of his mind.

When he tracks her down, Cleo’s cool reception cuts him to the quick. The submissive passion that once burned so brightly in her soul is now barely a flicker…at least for him. Challenged and intrigued, Master Jack refuses to let anything stand in his way. But can Cleo trust that he desires more than just her submission this time? Because she wants it all—heart, body and soul.

Claiming Cleo is the second book in the Masters Club Series. Though each novel can be read as a stand-alone, reading the series order will enhance your experience.

If you enjoy powerful alpha men who aren’t afraid to take what they want, but give so much in return to the women they love, then this series is for you.

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REVIEW – Contemporary Romance // Black Light: Wanted by Maren Smith

Black Light: Wanted
(Black Light Series Book 22) 
by Maren Smith

She needed to tell him no, for her own sake and survival.
And yet, what finally came pouring out of her was very different.
“I’d like that very much.”
She wasn’t just playing with fire.

She was dousing herself in gasoline first.

This is a touching story of two damaged individuals, one broken in body the other in mind. Together they form a connection, a bond, that brings about their healing, though the journey is a difficult one and there are many bumps on the path to happiness. It took no effort whatsoever to read, in fact I simply flew through the pages and was surprised when I found I had neared the end of this.



From the very first moment he appears in the book I loved Marcus, with all his sexy dominance and tough love attitude. My heart went out to Anna, so broken, despairing and unable to function or to think for herself. Not only had she reached rock bottom she had sunk into the very bedrock below. Yet somehow this damaged young woman turns out to be the cure for a Dom who has lost all his hope. Watching them both find their way back to who they truly are and what they wanted, needed, to be was so heart warming.



The emotion in this book was less in their love story and more about their healing. Anna had already been through so much that we didn’t need any artificially generated angst. It would be easy to assume Anna had latched onto Marcus as a Dom in an “any port in a storm” way. However the scenes at Black Light made it clear that it was the man, not the Dom, who was her anchor. I would have liked to be more convinced that Anna was more independent, more in control of her own life and not just allowing another Dom to run it for her. The timeline jumps, whilst clearly stated, also didn’t help in showing the pair of them building a connection. It fell more into tell than show a few times.



The most emotional scene for me was the reunion between Cynthia and Anna, I didn’t realise how much I needed to see that happen. In fact I would have appreciated more scenes of Anna with other people, especially fellow submissives as well as the other coterie girls. There wasn’t a lot of BDSM play in this, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for the story. Don’t worry though, it still has plenty of hot moments to enjoy!



Whilst this is a stand alone book reading the previous 3 stories, which feature the other three victims of Ethan’s coterie, allows one to build a much deeper understanding of why Anna is the way she is. In Black Light: Brave Anna doesn’t come across all that well, but here we truly get to see the wonderful and caring submissive who just wanted to be wanted and would do anything for her Dom’s approval. TL:DR This is a lovely romance that rounds off this series-within-a-series perfectly.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Erotica BDSM Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57827726-black-light


Synopsis
He had her the longest… he hurt her the most…

Anna “Pony” Mitchell should be dead. Abandoned by her Menagerie sisters and shot by the only man she’s ever loved, now the hospital has declared her “unfit.” She has thirty days to prove them wrong or spend the rest of her life hospitalized.

He lost his leg, his job… and almost his life.

Marcus Hawke knows he’s not much good to anyone anymore, but when an old friend calls in a favor, he doesn’t say no. It’s been years since he’s deprogrammed anyone this badly wounded, but for every inch of progress she gains, he soon realizes he’s got bigger problems. It doesn’t matter what lies he tells himself, she isn’t just a job anymore.

He wants her…

But after all she’s been through, she deserves better than what a half-man can give.

She wants him…

But after all he’s been through, he’s made it clear he’ll never be her dom.


For two people at rock bottom, there’s only one choice left to make: Do they help each other heal… or drown?

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REVIEW – Contemporary Erotic Romance // At His Mercy by Claire Thompson

At His Mercy
Masters Club Series – Book 1 
by Claire Thompson

Claire Thompson sure does know how to write a scorching hot tale and At His Mercy didn’t disappoint! Not only do the BDSM scenes in this have enough heat to warm a small city, they are also powerful, intense and boundary pushing. The author clearly knows one end of a flogger from another and writes with authority on this subject, always ensuring a well rounded read.


The prose flows smoothly, and given that some of the scenes involve intense bondage the logistics of limb placement always worked well. It is a masterpiece of consensual BDSM play, well written with nicely rounded characters. I did struggle with Cameron’s weathervane behaviour, changing direction depending on which way the wind blew, though the author did account for this later in the story. I would have liked to have seen him have to work a little harder at earning Jess’ trust back, because his treatment of her was very hot and cold. He felt almost un-Dom-like a few times, but he does acknowledge this so kudos to the author for that.


For me there were times when the story lacked the emotional depth I wanted, but it didn’t prevent me from enjoying what is overall a great read.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

BDSM Erotic Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57795877-at-his-mercy—masters-club-series-book-1


Synopsis
Intense. Exclusive. Invitation only. Do you have what it takes to be a pleasure sub?

Masters Club, a private BDSM venue for serious players, is perfect for Dom Cameron Lord, who gives the kink lifestyle everything he’s got—except his heart… When he witnesses a lovely sub girl enduring a botched scene at a NYC public club, he sees her potential. She’ll make an excellent addition to the Masters Club. But as he steps closer, he recognizes her…and all bets should have been off.

Aspiring young attorney Jess Cooper gets her release at the BDSM clubs around town, where she enjoys letting her inner sub fly. There’s nothing better than to be naked and bound, a stranger in black leather behind her wielding a whip. It’s the perfect anonymous relief from a stressful workweek. Until her worlds collide when Mr. Lord, the super sexy partner at her firm, watches her from the sidelines.

Any hope that he hadn’t recognized her with her clothes off vanishes the very next day at the office. No, he doesn’t say a word about what he saw. His invitation says it all…

At His Mercy is the first book in Claire Thompson’s new BDSM Romance series—Masters Club. If you enjoy powerful alpha men who aren’t afraid to take what they want, but give so much in return to the women they fall for, then this series is for you.

Then she’s faced with a choice…