Review //\\ The Velvet Collar

The Velvet Collar (Pony Tales #9/Velvet Lies #3)

I don’t think even in my wildest dreams I could have ever imagined such a conclusion to this series. Was it a little OTT? At times yes, but in a wonderful way that just made you smile, or cringe, wince and take panicky breathes. I loved this book, I loved this series, so much so that a little part of me wants to take a few minutes to mourn it’s end.


If you haven’t read this series, and you love a good kinky romantic suspense, with a fair dollop of wit and humour, then I do highly recommend it.  Ms Mandara’s mind is incredibly devious, twisted and sinisterly kinky. I wanted Kyle and Michael to face some retribution, but that??!!! My word it takes the word revenge to a WHOLE new level. They deserved it, maybe, no definitely, but I’m with Mark, someone else can make that decision.


We get some seriously erotic times again, before the story takes a darker turn and we get some breathe play scenes that would have been scorching had it been consensual, or even had it been at Leyland’s hands.  (I missed him sooo much. He really, really needs his own book!)  However since it was Kyle at the helm, things were never going to go well. Yes, I’m starting to think Laurel’s idea’s weren’t so horrific after all.


A part of me would have liked to see some consequences for Albrecht, given that they knowingly had unwilling participants there. Michael being the owner felt like a little bit of a lose end BUT I loved this too much for it to matter, in the end. I know this book has been out a while, but could we have a bonus epilogue of Michael’s downfall, and some tormenting of him and Kyle? Pretty please??? 😉😁


The writing is excellent, the plot rattles along at an almost break neck speed, though not so fast that you get left behind. It slows nicely for all the important parts (yes I do mean the sexy times) so that we can enjoy the delightful torment that Mark inflicts on Jennifer. Whilst the previously mentioned OTT parts of the story enable a somewhat easy resolution – though not easy from Mark and Jenny’s point of view, more from an author side of things – I felt it fitted well with the whole larger than life feel of the book. Anything else would have felt far too tame, boring and uninspired.


I’m hoping the final “Beautiful” book won’t be too much longer because I’m not planning on re-reading #1, reading #2 (which I already own) and I know I’ll be desperate for the ending, once I do.

Title – The Velvet Collar
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – BDSM Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44639143-the-velvet-collar

I made a bet with my newlywed submissive wife. I told her that if she could behave herself impeccably for a week, she could wear the trousers for a day. That included being able to dominate me. The bet was almost guaranteed to be impossible to achieve, and yet somehow she did it. It looks like I’m in for a fun night, doesn’t it?
If that wasn’t bad enough, Kyle has been spotted near our home. It scares me. I can feel the net closing in, and I’m still no closer to unravelling the pieces. We need to figure out what Redcliff wants, and fast. In order to do this, I’m going to have to talk to my mother-in-law, who still isn’t speaking to me. I have no idea what her problem is. She tried to kill me, not the other way around…

Review //\\ The Velvet Caress

The Velvet Caress by C.P. Mandara

I’m currently re-reading/completing the Pony Tales series and I don’t know why I only gave this four stars last time because I adored every moment of this book. It’s a lot less steamy and erotic than the previous books though we do get one heck of a sensuous scene towards the end. The reason for the cooler feel is because this book really allows us to know and fall totally in lust love with Mark. Oh my word he totally and utterly earned his redemption here. I would have loved being a fly on the wall of Sophia’s dungeon!


The story moves on at a good pace, with more intrigue thrown into the mix, more peril, a life-threatening danger for Mark, and an unexpected visitor. I adored Leyland, he wasn’t quite the butt-hole I judged him to be in The Ties That Bind. We saw glimpses of a less bad man in The Velvet Chair but in this we see a man who is as devious as Mark, but who doesn’t take himself as seriously. The scenes of him with Marianna were delightful and one day I’d rather like Ms Mandara to consider giving them a book of their own.


I utterly enjoyed every single word, line, paragraph and chapter. Totally recommend this series to those who enjoy BDSM accompanied by a good story and can’t wait to read The Velvet Collar, though will be sad to have to say goodbye to Mark and Jennifer.

Title – The Velvet Caress
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – Erotic Romantic Suspense
Goodreads –
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36115207-the-velvet-caress

When one lie is shattered, another begins.
My wife is on her deathbed and I’ve barely been married a day. The poison she took was meant for me. I should be the one lying in a hospital bed looking as though each moment might be my last. The guilt I feel is indescribable.

It’s a bit too late to realise I’m in love with Jennifer. I’ve screwed the poor girl over so many times she can barely stand to look at me. Every time I come near her she flinches, and I can hardly blame her. All I know is that I need to make this right. I owe her that much.
I used to be good at delivering the impossible, but this time I’m not so sure. The odds are not stacked in my favour.
Losing isn’t going to be an option, though. If I lose her, I lose everything…

Review //\\ The Velvet Chair

The Velvet Chair (Pony Tales #7, Velvet Lies #1)

Wow, just wow. How had I read this before and not left glowing reviews everywhere? Shame on me.


That said I think I enjoyed it even more this time, particularly since I’ve just completed a re-read of the first 6 Pony Tales books. You can read this without reading those, but you will definitely enjoy this more if you understand what happened in books 5 and 6 at the very least.


This is an amazing mix of salacious kink and damn good story. I got so many feels from this book (get your dirty mind out of the gutter! Oh alright I did get those kind too 😉). There are times when you want to step into the pages, give Jennifer a great big hug, and throat punch all those POS’s around her. Other times when you are jealous of the orgasm train she is riding and some where you want to high five and celebrate with her. For a good chunk of the book I also wanted to be able to enter their world just so I could punch Mark’s teeth out, or lights out, or both at the same time.


However , just as I decided that red hot poker enemas and entrail removal through small orifices sounded reasonable the damn man went and got a conscience. Then I had to admit how much I like the sexy devil. Admittedly the man has some many reasons to be annoyed, though if he just got his head out of his behind he would realise that the numbers don’t add up. Still after what happened in book #6 he’s bound to be more than a little perturbed and unsettled by current events. He needs to remember who the true enemy is though.


Talking of Michael, we get a couple of glimpses of that obnoxious streak of excrement, just enough to know that trouble is in store for someone. And chances are poor Jennifer will pay the price somehow. I totally loved seeing Leyland Forbes again, and again he is on Jennifer’s side – even if as he takes great delight in her sexual torment.


It ends on a thumping cliff-hanger but since all the books are out now that should no longer be a problem for those who hate them. I’m going to be diving straight into the next book, because (a) why not and (b) Jennifer and Mark! 

Title – The Velvet Chair
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – BDSM/ Erotic Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34199364-the-velvet-chair

“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”

My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.

Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lapdog.

I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.

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.

Review //\\ Bound in Sacrifice

This was a pleasant and fairly quick read that held my attention from start to finish. This is a great book for those who love a darker tale but do not enjoy dub-con and non-con in their story. It is a very lose retelling of Beauty and the Beast, though the Beast seemed to start of all evil and threatening but very quickly morphed into a pussy cat.


My personal preference would have been for a little more conflict between Master B and his little lamb. Rosabelle took to the whole submissive life too easily, quickly embracing and accepting the new experiences thrown her way. That said they were very tame and we didn’t get much detail. Don’t expect highly detailed or boundary pushing BDSM play – a light flogging and an outdoor adventure with a rose was as audacious as it got. At the very end we get the heroine reminiscing on a punishment scene – had the author included this in ‘real time’ in the book it would have added some needed depth and emotion. There were a lot of great plot idea’s but they didn’t feed into the story and help drive the plot or develop character depth. They could have been cut out of the story without altering it’s feel or flow.


The writing, pace and flow are very good and create a very easy to read insta-love story. In terms of La Tour itself, this book very much stayed in “Le Cote Debutant” side of the club, along with the other newbies and tourists, never straying into the “Avace” side. 

Title – Bound in Sacrifie
Author – Murphy Wallace
Genre – BDSM Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52259902-bound-in-sacrifice

Once upon a time, a scorned Queen opened a box, unleashing horrible evil on the world’s heroes.
Instead of gallantry and chivalry, they now possessed much more perverse traits.
They’ve fallen victim to their darkest and most deviant desires.
This is one of their stories…

A regular at my club racked up a large debt that he couldn’t afford, so I sent my men to collect. Instead of delivering the money I was owed, they brought me her. Unable to fulfill her father’s debt, I told her he would pay for it with his life. When she begged to trade her father’s life for her own, I was intrigued. But she couldn’t hide the shiver of fear cloaked beneath the façade of strength and bravery she tried to portray.

Silly girl, you don’t know what you’ve gotten yourself into.
I’m going to snuff out your pride and stomp on your courage.


My father was a good man with strong values, who put his family above everything else. We weren’t perfect, but we were happy. Then, Mom died and took our happiness with her. Dad quickly got caught in a downward spiral that spun our world into chaos. The warm, caring man that I knew from my childhood was replaced with a complete stranger.

It sucked the light from my world. Now, I feel I will pay greatly for his transgressions. 

REVIEW //\\ Reveal: Scorpio & Harlan

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Reveal: Scorpio & Harlan by Lilia Moon




Scorpio and Harlan’s story was engaging, quite sweet at times and super hot. It was a really easy, pleasant and light read, with a little bit of angst and a lot of steam.


Whilst I liked Scorpio and Harlan, I never really felt like I got to know them deeply. It’s not that they were one dimensional but I felt like we only skimmed the surface of them. I didn’t really care for all the “edge” references, I still couldn’t say with 100% certainty if it meant something good, something bad or just pushing boundaries. In fact there was too much talking in code and I think that was part of what prevented me from connecting with these particular characters.


That said, the story flows really well, the kink scenes, the negotiations, the actions and reactions felt very natural and real. I love the banter, the humour and the support between not only Harlan and Scorpio but also with their friends. It added a fullness to the story.


Things progressed quite rapidly between Harlan and Scorpio and it did feel very insta-love, which is somewhat of a soft limit for me. However I enjoyed them as a couple, and loved how they connected as much more than Dom and sub.




Title – Reveal: Scorpio & Harlan (Fettered #2)
Author – Lilia Moon
Genre – BDSM/ Erotic Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32394852-reveal

Scorpio is a retired punk-rock singer and the baddest wedding logistics coordinator in the biz. She knows what she wants – and edges aren’t it. They make you bleed.
Harlan’s the big, tough floor manager of Fettered, Seattle’s best BDSM club. Which isn’t anything Scorpio wants, because tats-and-leather bad boys are all about the edges, and she’s done with those.
Except she’s having trouble saying no, and it’s not the tats and leather getting in her way. It’s the glimpses of what lives underneath.
And maybe inside herself, too.



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.

Review // Fear’s Whisper


Fear’s Whisper (Club Risque #2) by Poppy Flynn



Sorry, Jake needed to grovel so much more, but I still really enjoyed this!


There is just something so warm, soft and comfortable about this author’s voice. Not bland, not boring, not *meh*, more of a soft kiss and a gentle caress, with a bit of hair pulling to add a frisson of excitement. As with book 1 I felt that the female character underwent a LOT of personal growth, and really grew in this story. Charlotte was a strong character and I loved how she made things work for her and be on her terms.


We do get a fair amount of internal monologue, more so for the heroines, but I never found it boring, pointless or trite. Every time we experience the heroine thinking through the situation she was in, mulling over her options, reflecting on her reactions we really got to know her intimately. It also meant that I understood her responses to a situation, the whys and wherefores of a decision, so rather than her appearing weak willed or like a doormat we saw the bravery in her choices and she felt more like a warrior than a wimp.


Her chemistry with Jake was off the charts, the heat between them was enough to give me a sunburn! What I find unusual, but in a refreshing way, are the number of scenes where the couple aren’t together. Whilst this runs the risk of not convincing us of their connection – because how do a couple fall in love if they’re apart more than together? – clever use of conversations, clear representation of passion and emotion, all round great writing never left me in any doubt of Jake and Charlotte’s bond.


Yet again this was a book I didn’t want to put down, it just drew me in and was so very enjoyable., engaging me on an emotional level too. My only criticism is how easily things were resolved, in fact we don’t really get to see that part. In this situation I not only needed to see Jake grovel but also to earn back Charlotte’s trust. And after his crappy behaviour towards her, which was sort of semi understandable but also showed a complete lack of trust and respect for Charlotte, I needed more than the declaration of love that I got. I also felt it ignored the fact that the hadn’t opened up to her in the same way she had for him. It made the relationship feel a little one sided and I felt as though she had invested more into the relationship. I needed to see Jake work to repair the damage he had caused and to earn his forgiveness.


Overall this felt like quite a small thing in a story where 99.9% felt perfect, so I would still happily recommend the book. And when I’ve cleared my arc backlist (oops) I will definitely be reading the next books too – especially Micah’s because *swoon*.





Genre – Contemporary / BDSM Romance

Charlotte and Jake keep getting thrown together. After twelve years of crushing on the hot businessman she first met as a student at university, travel journalist Charlotte is more than prepared to see how things progress, but Jake keeps getting cold feet.
When he walks away for the second time, Charlotte decides to explore the unusual lifestyle he keeps throwing up as a barrier. But because of a terrible past experience, Jake misinterprets her interest and believes she is out to scoop a news story at the expense of him and his newly acquired club.
Can she convince him of the truth or will this be the end of what was beginning to be a beautiful relationship at last?


REVIEW //\\ Fool’s Desire


Fool’s Desire (Club Risque #1) by Poppy Flynn



Wow did I seriously underestimate how much I would enjoy this book!


I’ve followed this author for a while on Facebook mainly because she’s from Wales, which is one of my favourite holiday destinations in the UK. But until yesterday I hadn’t actually gotten around to reading any of her work. There are so many authors churning out bland “BDSM romances”, as part of the FSoG bandwagon, that I no longer hold expect too much when I pick up a kinky book. So colour me both surprised and immensely pleased when this one grabbed my throat, pushed me against the wall and fired up my nerve endings with its wonderful mix of great story and hot sex.


Personally I could have stood another hot kink scene BUT that would have only happened by artificially forcing one into the story. Because this is a second-chance, we don’t actually get to see all that much of our H and h alone together. However I fully bought into their emotions and connection, the author did a fantastic job of showing us, rather than telling.


The book starts with a couple of events from ten or eleven years ago. Despite barely having met the characters, Daisy’s heartbreak really tore me up, I was devastated for her and wanted to hit Joel, not to mention Eric. What I really liked, when we finally know the full story of that night, was that Desi wasn’t considered equally to blame. Yes she made a hugely rash decisions, but an understandable one based on her age, experience in life and utter devastation. However Joel ignoring a friend’s rude behaviour, was tantamount to his condoning it, especially when his loyalties should have been with Daisy/Desi.


His actions in the ‘present’ were not always much better, but somehow the author kept me from disliking him. I still wanted to shake him, but at least I didn’t want to shoot him! What really impressed me was the huge personal growth that Desi underwent. Her mature acceptance of situations and how she moved on in a better way this time. Joel’s epiphany seemed a lot quicker, though not as easily gained. He did have Jake, Connor and Logan to frequently point out his idiocy too. Whilst some might argue that Joel didn’t grovel enough, didn’t do enough to earn Desi back, my take was that she loved him, had always loved him, why would she turn down what she had always wanted? That doesn’t make her weak, in my book, it makes her mature, willing to forgive past mistakes and not willing to cut her nose of to spite her face.


“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty…”

Theodore Roosevelt


This story certainly echoed old Teddy’s thoughts above. It was a long, hard struggle to reach that HEA, but not once did it feel contrived, repetitive or unnecessary. I was caught up from the first few lines of this book and didn’t want to put it down until I’d got to the end. Without a shadow of a doubt I will be reading the rest of this series.



As a bubbly art student, Daisy Kidde embarked on a passionate relationship that ended in tears.
Eleven years later, she has reinvented herself as the aloof finance director, Desirae Harper, but the past threatens to catch up with her and turn her quiet, reserved world upside down when her company is threatened with a takeover bid and the dominant Joel Blackwood walks back into her life.
Can she resist him or will the old Daisy return, threatening her new, quiet life?



Review //\\ Daddy P.I.


Daddy P.I. by E.J. Frost



Wow, this is quite a story and I really enjoyed it. It felt far more honest and ‘real’ than so many of it’s genre.


This is my first E.J. Frost read but it won’t be my last. In Daddy P.I. she created two amazing characters and a story that just got better and better. It’s quite a long book but not once did I get bored or put it aside (well apart from when I eventually got too tired to keep my eyes open any longer!).


There was one scene right at the very beginning that was, to paraphrase Emily, “a little icky” to read. In fact had I not promised a friend that I would read this book, it might have been enough to put me off. It’s a fairly controversial memory by the Dom, Logan, and whilst nothing really untoward happens, it will push buttons and boundaries for many. I urge you to push through this very tiny part of what is a great story. It IS pertinent to the plot and goes a long way in showing how deep a connection Emily and Logan have. When I first read it I considered contacting the author and suggesting it was too much, but it didn’t take long for me to realise just how important it actually was.


The book is quite unusual in that we meet the pair a week into their relationship. This wasn’t an issue in any way because we still get to see Emily and Logan both grow within their relationship and the dynamic they forge together. I loved that Logan was on as much of a learning curve as his little girl, maybe more of one. He wasn’t some super know-it-all-already all powerful Dom. He made mistakes, owned them and made sure not only to NOT repeat them but also to learn and grow from them. So refreshing and yet it made him so much more likeable too.


Emily is a little, but she isn’t a colouring in and playing with dolls little, it’s more to do with the power exchange. I loved the role play scenes, it isn’t something I’ve read much of before but they were both entertaining and surprisingly hot. In fact we are treated to some really amazing, very well thought through and engaging play scenes, some public and some private. We learn each public scene is discussed and agreed upon in advance, then discussed/evaluated again afterwards. Again it gave a level or realism sadly lacking in many BDSM novels. Yet it avoided sounding preachy or like a manual, it blended seamlessly into the story and felt a natural and organic progression.


With the book being long, there are also plenty of non-play opportunities to both learn about our two protagonists, to experience their developing relationship, to see them both grow as individuals and a couple, to meet some great side characters and to enjoy a back plot too. Emily and Logan are a very easy to fall in love with and I can’t wait until the next book is out. 


Death.
Pirates.
And a Daddy Dom to the rescue.


Former Naval officer James Logan is used to being in charge, both in his personal life and his new career as a private investigator. When he’s hired to investigate the suspicious death of a passenger on an alternative lifestyle cruise, Logan swaps his gun for a flogger. All he needs is a good cover, and he knows just the sub to provide it.
Author Emily Martin is no stranger to the lifestyle; she’s a veteran of emotionally unavailable Masters and see-you-later sadists. However, Logan’s no weekend Dom, and his dedication to being her daddy could just convince Emily to give full-time power exchange another try.
But there’s no chance for a happily-ever-after with a killer at large. When the chase turns lethal, Emily must call on every ounce of courage to save her daddy.

Because a Little takes care of her daddy, too.


REVIEW //\\ Masters of the Shadowlands 1-3



Confession time here, on Monday I did a post saying what I would be reading this week, and then promptly chose to ignore those arc commitments and read the first three books in Cherise Sinclair‘s Masters of the Shadowlands series.



I think my brain just needed a switch off, a break from the mental stresses of living in a lockdown situation and trying to teach students from home when you aren’t allowed to use any type of video call, just emails and phone calls. I constantly feel as though I should be doing something more, but those students already have anxiety and mental health struggles, so school work is the LAST thing they are worrying about at the moment.

I have a TBR list of over 700 books, this is made up of
– books I’ve bought and not read
– free books I’ve gotten through either Prolific Works or Bookfunnel
– only a handful of the free books I’ve ‘purchased’ on Amazon.

By the time I’ve added all those free amazon books I’m sure the number will hit 4 digits. So why the heck am I doing re-reads when I have a mountainous TBR list? No I have no idea either but I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories again, so I’m not worrying about it 🤷‍♂️ .



Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair


Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive…is she?
Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.


So, onto my thoughts about the book and all I have to say is “wow” and “swoon” and “I’m just going to my room for 5 minutes”. Phew – do NOT read this anywhere other than the comfort of your own home and preferably somewhere with privacy. There are occasions when this book may well elicit one-handed reading.


Oh my word the words “scorching” “hot” and “sexy” do not do this story justice. I was grabbed from the start by the great writing, interesting characters and, yes I’ll admit it, amazingly hot sex scenes. In the story we have Jessica, not just a newbie to the BDSM scene but a complete innocent about it, never having even had any fantasies of that nature. A run of bad luck has her knocking on the door of Club Shadowlands and what ensues is any woman’s fantasy.


Master Z owns the club, a very experienced Dom with a hidden talent. He and Jessica are drawn to each other immediately and whilst this was a little insta for my tastes, the author did draw into the story their need to date and get to know each other on more than a carnal basis. And I have to say that for both of them, and particularly for Jessica, I 100% believed their feelings for one another.


The ending is more HFN than HEA, though this couple continue to make brief appearances in future books, so we do get to see the HEA that way. I loved that the kink in this was fairly mild. Whilst it might be a little tame if you’ve read other books, it was still extremely hot to read AND given Jessica’s complete lack of experience it was more realistic than her suddenly being tied to a St Andrew’s cross and whipped.


Dark Citadel by Cherise Sinclair


After Kari breaks up with her date during Beginner’s Night at Club Shadowlands, she’s given the option to continue with an experienced dominant. Despite her steamy fantasies about BDSM, the inexperienced schoolteacher plans to simply observe. Yet under the unyielding hands of Master Dan, she not only participates, but gives him everything he asks for. There is nothing she can hide from him. Not her passion…or her love.



Continuing with my mission to re-read the Cherise Sinclair books I do own, arc commitments be damned, I’ve spent an enjoyable chunk of today re-familiarising myself with Master Dan and Kari.


I love how the author writes such wonderful, and believable characters. I do think in these first few books that the characterisation of the women is stronger than that of the men, though in part that could be due to spending the majority of the time in their heads. Whilst it’s not surprising that I feel more of a connection to Kari (and Jessica), especially as I can identify with them on a whole host of levels, I also felt that their emotions are examined in more depth.


Master Dan was still well written and had most certainly had depth. And boy does he treat Kari to some super hot play times. So much so that I may need to buy some new batteries 😉! The kink is still fairly tame, though this had significantly more exhibitionism and mild humiliation in it, which I definitely enjoyed. Even though the whole story occured over a less than a week, the amount of time Kari and Dan spent together, along with the intensity of those meetings, was enough to convince me of the connection between them.

Breaking Free by Cherise Sinclair


A sadistic husband left Beth scarred, inside and out. Only at the Shadowlands BDSM club does she feel like a woman. But her fears limit her to Doms who won’t overwhelm her–the very ones who cannot arouse her. The Master of the Shadowlands gives her an ultimatum: accept the Dom he assigns or lose her membership. The last thing Beth wants is a ruthless, powerful Dom, but that’s just what she gets.
Asked to take on a problem sub, Nolan sees the issue immediately–although truly submissive, the little redhead is too scared to relinquish control and her Doms have let her get away with it. That will change right now.
As Master Nolan takes Beth under command, compelling her submission, she’s terrified, but the experienced Dom brings her pleasure, not pain. His only demand is that she never lie to him. Under his capable hands, her body comes alive, and she begins to heal. As he pushes her limits, she learns to trust…and then to love. And she realizes he is beginning to care for her in return.

But now her cruel husband has found her, and Master Nolan discovers she’s been lying and lying and lying.


I really adored Nolan and Beth’s story. Not only is there good writing, there was plot development, character growth, time spent on showing a relationship being built and some very innovative and interesting kink scenes. The play party at Nolan’s is the definition of the word “scorching”. I’m surprised my kindle didn’t melt from the heat of those scenes.


Whilst I very much enjoyed the first two books, this definitely felt like more of a story. This is a journey whereas they were a well linked collection of hot scenes. I think I may now seriously be addicted to this series.


REVIEW //\\ Black Light: Charmed


Black Light: Charmed (Black Light #15) By Jennifer Bene


Published by Black Collar Press



Release Date:  April 20, 2020

Cover Design by: Eris Adderly

Go Live Price: 4.99

Genre: Contemporary BDSM 


He’d waited days to touch her again, and the little brat had taunted him all night with her sass, and then teased him in the car. All he wanted was to hear her whimper and moan, to feel her come again. 




Brilliant, no other words needed.


We are so used to JB writing dark stories, and this didn’t have an ounce of darkness to it but oh boy was it everything I wanted and more. The story of a lonely, broken guy who doesn’t even realise it until too late, and the smart, sassy, strong woman who lights his path to redemption. This pair captivated me with their story, it really is an “I can’t put it down” book, along with being an “it made me cry” one, too. The growth this pair go through, particularly Logan, and they way in which they support each other gave me all the feels, not to mention just how much it made me happy sigh.


And I loved, bloody loved, how the author turned things on their head in Charmed. So many tropes and cliches were upended, giving us a book that felt so very different to the norm. BDSM romances can get very ‘samey’, but she took the rule book, tore it up, scattered the pieces to the wind and created a story that will stay with me for a long time. One where the rich, older Dom didn’t really have a clue about life and it was the young, light-hearted submissive who taught him how to live and love.


Once we peeled away the layers and found the truth of Logan my heart broke for him. His upbringing had left him alone, friendless, unable to appreciate or indeed enjoy the life he had. The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem and boy did it take Logan a long time, and a huge mistake, to reach that point of acknowledgement. Yet despite him clearly being an absolute a-hole at times he was also incredibly charming and sweet. He was worth saving and Cassandra was the prefect girl to do that.


The world would definitely be a better place if we all channeled a little more Cassandra into our lives. Her whole ethos and outlook on life is amazing and I totally fell in love with her character. Even her bratty submissive side felt warm and caring! She stood her ground over things she believed in and I wish I had a fraction of her confidence and a chunk of her ability to find the joy in life.


This pair were explosive together and we are treated to some wonderful scenes of them (in all meanings of the word). I know without a shadow of a doubt that this will be hugely popular with fans of the Black Light series, it’s far to amazing too be anything else. I also happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys a captivating, full of feels, BDSM romance.


OMG I almost forgot to mention the ending – oh boy the ending. It’s so NOT JB‘s usual style but it soooo fitted the book and the characters. It’s even a little cheesy in that wonderful romance way but it was also perfect. And heartwarming. And panty melting. And more happy sigh inducing. Loved it all.





Blurb:

Cassandra is everything I’m not. Kind, warm, optimistic… happy.

If I was less of a selfish prick, I’d walk away. But I can’t.

It was supposed to be one night of fun, but ten months after Valentine Roulette he can’t get the feisty model out of his head. She’s invaded his dreams, ruined every session at Black Light, and it’s been four months since she even returned a text.

This isn’t him.

Logan Chisholm doesn’t obsess over women. 

He doesn’t replay every sweet cry he drew from their lips, doesn’t remember the way their smile changes when they laugh, but Cassandra Moreira is different.

He has to figure out if their chemistry was real… or just part of the game.

Luckily, Christmas has come early this year, because she’s back in L.A. and he’s not letting her leave again without getting a second date.

And this time he won’t take no for an answer.



Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52944578

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Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086V4KFYD

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086V4KFYD


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AISN:    B086V4KFYD

Ebook ISBN :    978-1-947559-24-0

Print ISBN :   978-1-947559-25-7

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Author Bio and Contact Info:

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“You ready for this?”
“For you to finally get started?” she purred, grinning. “Yeah, I’m ready.”
“Naughty girl,” he growled, pumping all three fingers inside her harder. Cassandra’s hands turned into fists, and he knew that was as unconscious as her toes curling. “You better start calling me ‘sir’ or I’m gonna make this hurt.”

“Promises, promises,” she said through a groan, and he pushed in all the way to the knuckle, feeling the way her body resisted, and although he knew he needed to grab a glove and the lube from his bag, he just wanted this for a minute longer. The DMs couldn’t fault him for enjoying being inside her the first time, and if Cassandra Moreira was as fantastic as she seemed to be, he promised himself it wouldn’t be the last. Not by a long shot.


Black Light Series Information:

Season One:
Infamous Love – A Black Light Prequel – https://amzn.to/2IQrasz
Black Light: Rocked – https://amzn.to/2Jd2Q3s
Black Light: Exposed – https://amzn.to/2xhyPe2
Black Light: Valentine Roulette – https://amzn.to/2Ja8pQ5
Black Light: Suspended – https://amzn.to/2KY6RpK
Black Light: Cuffed – https://amzn.to/2JeSUXj
Black Light: Rescued – https://amzn.to/2ITfLEn


Season Two:
Black Light: Roulette Redux – https://amzn.to/2ktoYZf
Complicated Love – https://amzn.to/2y8zPOK
Black Light: Suspicion – https://amzn.to/2xWYXca
Black Light: Obsessed –  https://amzn.to/2ynYaku
Black Light: Fearless – https://amzn.to/2ryTrIU
Black Light: Possession – https://amzn.to/2TnvLI2


Season Three:
Black Light: Celebrity Roulette – https://amzn.to/2Hi0kr4
Black Light: Purged – A Black Light Short –  https://amzn.to/2GDiaDe
Black Light: Defended – https://amzn.to/2kM8AqK
Black Light: Scandalized – https://amzn.to/2W4030f
Black Light: Charmed – https://amzn.to/2XEKHlY


Season Four:
Black Light: Roulette War – https://amzn.to/389aGEd
Black Light: Brave – https://amzn.to/2VMI4O0