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?

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…

REVIEW – DD/lg Romance // Baby Her by Markie Morelli


Finn’s Plan Book 3:
Baby Her
by Markie Morelli


There is so much I want to say about this final book, and all of it positive.  Before I launch into it I do need to say that whilst the author gives some back story, so that you might be able to read this stand alone, but for the best reading experience I do massively recommend reading the books in order.


Despite some possible misgivings whilst reading this, ALL of those potential concerns were examined and dealt with during the course of the story.  At times I expected this to proceed along some very standard (and what to me would have been disappointing) lines, instead it actually took a surprisingly pleasant and very satisfying path.  In fact throughout the series the author has continually amazed me with how each character has grown, adapted and evolved.  I like that whilst the age play aspect is central to the book, there is still plenty of other story to round out the plot.

There was so much potential for Finn to have overwhelmed Trisha with his dominance and power.  She wasn’t “in the scene” and had no experience in domestic discipline or BDSM when she met Finn.  He had already decided he wanted a wife who would also be “his little girl” – purely in an age-play way, not a creepy way.  I’ve read too many books where the inexperienced, naïve, young woman is overwhelmed by the older, dominant male.  Where she as swept into a power exchange and does all the giving whilst he does all the taking.  I dislike those intensely so appreciated that whilst Finn never apologised to Trisha when he expected too much, he did make mental adjustments to ensure not going too far in the future.


The fact that Finn and Trisha self-reflected both on their relationship and on their own feelings was another big positive of the book.  They examined what did and didn’t work along with the why, not in overly tedious detail but through little thoughts, words and actions.  It was very refreshing to see genuine compromise from both characters, to read a power exchange story where they both gave a little on their own desires, to secure mutual happiness.   By the end of the story I genuinely felt that this was a relationship which, in real life, would survive the test of time.


This trilogy has managed to constantly surprise me because whilst it is about a very rich man finding, marrying and enjoying DD/lg play with a woman, it is also so very much more than that. I found myself both happy and satisfied with the ending and am very happy to recommend the series.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

New Adult Erotic Romance
Goodreads


Synopsis
Billionaire Finley Tremont has it all planned. He’ll find the perfect girl, marry her and they’ll live happily ever after, all while he explores his passionate desire to be a Daddy Dom.
Step by step he moves forward, creating the perfect nursery, falling in love with the adorable Trisha, and convincing her to marry him.  Trish even agrees to indulge the man she loves and let Finn try to be her daddy/husband, a stunning concession he was never certain of receiving.  He’s carefully researched every available source for information and guidance on the proper care and discipline of a little, spoken with other Daddy Doms, and is convinced he’s ready to take on this exciting and challenging new role.
On top of the world, Finn is delighted, assuring himself it would be clear sailing from here on out.  His bride is the perfect combination of naive and naughty. What could possibly go wrong at this point? Only everything!
It seems his charming little bride has some ideas of her own and despite his carefully laid out plans’ things are about to get complicated as the babying begins. Apparently, Finn is not quite as prepared as he imagined and Trisha is not as compliant as she seemed.  Their new dynamic is going to take some work if they want to merge their desires and personalities into a lasting and loving marriage.

REVIEW – Power Exchange Contemporary Romance \\ Missing Ink – E.J. Frost

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Missing Ink
(Daddy P.I. Casefiles #2.5)

by E.J. Frost

Missing Ink is a lengthy read but time simply flew by when I read it. Brenna/aka DirtyGurl had intrigued me when we saw her in Daddy PI 2.0. though I wasn’t sure if I really liked her or not, though I did love her interactions with Theo. I totally adored her in this book and am glad she didn’t end up with him, because Brenna deserved someone much more honourable than he appears to be.


This is a book of two halves, albeit with a lot of overlap between them. The first part of the story focuses mainly on Bren and Mac’s emerging relationship where, without a shadow of a doubt, EJ Frost completely and utterly convinced me of both the depth and validity of their feelings for one another. The second part focused on several story elements, with the main one being mystery/suspense based.


I totally adored both Bren and Mac, neither was perfect and both had troubled pasts. In fact, for me, Brenna’s teenage wrongs felt more understandable, with Mac’s confessions being the more disturbing in nature. That said, by the time we hear about the sins of his youth, we have learnt what a truly caring and honourable man he now is. His detailed observation of Bren’s reactions, his understanding of her needs, his desire to meet those needs helped him steal my heart.


This felt like a genuine relationship and a real couple. Their dynamic evolved organically, believably and, best of all, realistically. I adored their “real talk” times, I swooned when Mac gave Brenna a safeword for when she felt emotionally overwhelmed. Just the fact that he knew how best to treat her, but didn’t ever presume he knew better than her. The author doesn’t waste time “telling” us how much this pair cared for one another, she showed us continually through all their words, thoughts, deeds and actions. There are a wide variety of BDSM/play scenes, all of which felt integral to the plot and character growth. The sex scenes never felt superfluous, in part because they were an important part of building the D/s dynamic between Mac and Brenna.


A well rounded cast of supporting characters and their interactions with one or both of the mc’s really added depth to the story. I always feel that you only truly get to know a character when you see them in scenes with friends and work colleagues etc. I just felt this had a really good balance of intimate scenes, friends and family scenes and plot building scenes. When I reflect back there are just so many different elements to this story, so much that happened, so many different threads all carefully woven together into an amazing book.


Missing Ink can easily be read stand alone, though it’s very much worth getting to know Logan and Emily in their books! There were also some very minor little story strands that were left hanging loose. Nothing pertaining to Brenna and Mac’s relationship, but rather little segues into the plots of future books. I’m completely hooked on this series and am very much looking forward to where the series will head next. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54826710-missing-ink
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08K89RK23/


A thief.
A bad tattoo.
And a Forever-Dom to the rescue.

Michael “Mac” McNally is drifting. Finished with the Navy, finished with his marriage, Mac is sleeping on the couch of his good friend, James Logan, while he tries to figure out the rest of his life.

Brenna “DirtyGurl” Truelove is lost. Floundering after a series of not-relationships, Brenna can’t find satisfaction in scenes with one-night Doms or in Missing Ink, the tattoo business she’s worked so hard to build.

When the drifter and the lost-girl come together over a bad tattoo, can they build something that lasts among the wreckage of his marriage and her trust in Doms? And can they catch the thief before he destroys Missing Ink?

// REVIEW \\ Protecting His Brat

Protecting His Brat
by Sorcha Black

You’ve been warned by the title that this features a brat, and what a brat Deen was. However there was just something so sweet and cute, so helpless kitten about her personality, that it was only too easy to fall in love with her. Protecting His Brat is quite simply one heck of an amazing book, a well written mix of all things naughty but fun. The dynamic between Deen and Blue just made me melt whilst their journey to a HEA gave me all the feels, the story had me giggling one minute and sobbing my heart out the next.


There are so many aspects of the story that probably shouldn’t work, but somehow Sorcha Black rewrote the rules so that they did. Then again she took what could have been a fairly lightweight and kitsch trope and created a book with charm, wit and great characterisation. Aberdeen was so incredibly blinkered and naïve, yet not once did she irritate or annoy me. In fact I rather enjoyed her cheekiness and the way that she teased Blue, because there wasn’t a mean or selfish bone in her body. She used all her feminine wiles, which admittedly was mainly puppy dog eyes and teasing bratiness, to push at and pursue Blue, careening haphazardly through all his barriers and defences. Blue was all tall, dark and moody but once he succumbed to Deen’s charm(s) there was no way I could resist him in all his manly, Daddy-Dom swoon-iness.


Even the sex scenes were threaded with gentle touches of humour, as well as being rough, dirty, naughty and incredibly hot. For a very innocent little thing, Deen definitely had a very vivid imagination, along with either no sense of self preservation or an incredibly adventurous streak! The imbued sense of fun was used incredibly well to contrast with the more serious moments, adding depth in all the right places. There was also wonderful foreshadowing throughout, though my initial guess as to the attempted kidnappings was waaaaaay off the mark – turns out it wasn’t her “real” family trying to get her back!


My only problem with the book is that it didn’t last forever – I don’t think I’m ready to let go of Blue and Deen quite yet. Please Ms Black, may we have some more?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre – Contemporary BDSM Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57102313-protecting-his-brat

Synopsis
Aberdeen
It’s ridiculous, but at almost twenty-two, Mother still controls what I wear and what I read. So, when my childhood bodyguard retires, of course Mother chooses his replacement without consulting me. I need someone to protect me from the kidnappers who always seem to be lurking, but huge, quiet, Mr. Köhler, with his jaw like stone and mashed nose, is not what I have in mind.
The man seems like he’s going to be dull, but the first time I get sassy with him, his intensity steals my breath.
Teasing him is the most fun I’ve ever had.

Blue
Before I can stop her, the bratty little tease I’m protecting gets under my skin…and that’s before she starts calling me Daddy. Although she tests my patience and self-control, I can’t bring myself to resign.
As the danger escalates, I’ll do anything to keep Miss Kincaid safe…but keeping her safe from me is the most difficult assignment I’ve ever had.

// REVIEW \\ Six Signs of Submission

Six Signs of Submission
by Claire Thompson

… he wanted her to succeed tonight.
He wanted to show her that submission wasn’t a trial, but a joy.

In Six Signs of Submission Claire Thompson has produced a wonderful love story where the romantic connection between the couple is just as relevant as the emerging kink one is. The book was totally captivating and I only wish it was longer, so I could have spent more time with Lainey and Cooper. I couldn’t put it down, this pair totally captured me with their delicate dance into BDSM and with how Cooper didn’t bulldoze over Lainey’s trepidation and worries because “he knew her needs better than she did” or because “he knew what she needed”. Whilst Cooper may have believed Lainey was a submissive, he took her hand and let her gently down the path of self discovery, rather than strapping her down and rushing her headlong into something she wasn’t ready for.


Whilst this contained one of my most disliked tropes, instalove, the rest of the story was just so damn brilliant that I’m going to totally overlook it. Especially as the author did such an amazing job of conveying their thoughts, feelings and emotions in such a way that I could actually buy into it. Lainey is a strong, independent woman who isn’t sure if she is submissive or not, indeed she fights against using that particular label. Cooper frequently has to work hard for Lainey’s submission, actually encouraging her NOT to pin a name on their dynamic, but rather to just be in the moment with him. I very much admired how this pair were portrayed.


I found myself frequently on tenterhooks, waiting for the moment where Lainey caved like a souffle and became a slave to her Master, because that seems to be what ALWAYS happens when the female starts off as a tough cookie. The Dom only has to lift his eyebrow and this once self-sufficient female gives up most of her personality, in order to worship at the heroes feet. So I could worship at the feet of Claire Thompson that she chose not to buy into this tired and, for me, unwelcome trope. Instead Lainey retained her strength and freedom of choice.

Reaching down, he stroked her soft cheek and tucked a tendril of hair behind her ear.
He was touched by her willingness to trust him, despite the naked vulnerability in her eyes.
Silently, he promised himself to be worthy of that trust.

Indeed she frequently used inner monologues and conversations to convey deeper messages about BDSM and the dynamic of the relationship, along with how unique it is to every couple. There was a wonderful conversation between submissives where they discussed how all of them struggle at one time or another. In fact one of them refused to be identified as a submissive, referring to herself as a sexual masochist. A term that was fully accepted by her Dom. I loved this reinforcement of how there isn’t one set way to be in a D/s or BDSM relationship, it felt very refreshing.


My first impression was that the hero was going to be an arrogant, pushy Dom. I was as wrong as could be on that score. Cooper’s thought processes were also very effectively used to show us what a responsible, caring and most of all respectful Dominant he was.

“I know this is scary for you. Letting go is scary. But it’s what you want – what we both crave.
If I’m wrong – if I’m totally off base and just being a bully, tell me that now and I’ll back off.

But he didn’t have a condom with him, and he hadn’t wanted to presume by bringing one along that morning. Nor had they discussed sex beforehand, and he didn’t feel it was gentlemanly to take advantage of her arousal in the heat of the moment.

he added softly, “Please, Lainey. Give me the gift of your submission. I promise to cherish it.
I promise to keep you safe.”
She stared at him for several more beats. He held his breath, barely daring to admit to himself how much this mattered.

And when Lainey did offer her submission it felt very much a considered decision rather than her mindlessly being led by her libido.


The icing on the cake was that Cooper didn’t throw Lainey in at the deep end. They slowly explored BDSM, the pace realistic, the scenes sexy and hot but not extreme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a boundary pushing kink scene, but not when it’s only the second time a submissive has ever taken part in a scene. It’s unrealistic and leaves a sour taste.

Submissive training – of which this evening’s experiment was the first step, though he didn’t want to scare her away by laying it ous as such – was not about playing with a sub’s head in a particular scene to get your own rocks off.
Quite the opposite – it was a purposeful and mindful building of a new way of thinking and behaving, built slowly, with subtlety and care. With each surrender of her self-will and control, Lainey was offering him the gift of her submission. He wanted that gift to come from a place of knowledge and strength, freely given.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads ~~ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56851808-six-signs-of-submission

Genre ~~ Erotic Romance

There’s more than one way to claim a sub…
Cooper loves a challenge, whether in business or as an experienced Dom. Now, after selling his company, he’s ready for a week of the casual but intense BDSM action offered on Desire Island.
Lainey couldn’t resist the allure of the kink-friendly island when they offered her a position as their new fitness instructor. Not that she’s submissive. Sure, she’s fascinated by BDSM, but her super competitive and fiercely independent nature won’t allow her to submit to a man. That’s just not happening.
When the sexy hunk of a Dom invites her to scene, Lainey is reluctant, but her friends encourage her. And she is curious to see what all the fuss is about, even if it’ll never lead anywhere.
For Cooper, that one incendiary scene proves what he already suspected. Despite her denials, he understands Lainey better than she understands herself. And he’s going to prove there’s more than one way to claim a sub… 

// REVIEW \\ The Dom With A Safeword

The Dom with a Safeword
(Badass Brats #1)
by Cari Silverwood, Sorcha Black and Leia Shaw

Oh my, I’m not crying it’s just a bit of dust in my eye.

She bit her lip hard all the way there, trying not to cry before she was somewhere safe. With a gasp, she rushed into the room. It was empty. A flood of tears erupted, her hands unable to hold them back. Her heart fractured, grinding down into dust. She locked a stall door behind her. The sobs were too loud and she tried to quiet herself – she didn’t want to be the girl that made scenes in public restrooms. It’s okay, it’s okay, she kept telling herself, frantic to calm down before they came looking for her.

The very title hints to the quirky humour in this wonderful, BDSM-themed romance. The book focused more on the emotional and mental aspects of kink, with fairly “gentle” play in most of the sex scenes. Personally I would have liked a few more scenes of them just “being” in one another’s presence, a chance to see the relationship build and their emotions develop. Some of this was done “off page”, and it very occasionally left me playing catch-up on being convinced of the depth of their feelings. However I can’t complain about how the characters were shaped and developed through the story. I’d rather have that personal growth, which is why this still hit 5 stars.


For me, the biggest strength of this book was the realistic feel to the relationship, regardless of it being an MFf one. Something that often leaves me dissatisfied with BDSM romances is how the D/s relationship seems to be the only connection the couple have, or at least the feel that it is more important than the romantic one. The dynamic between Jude, Q and Sabrina always felt natural, always felt real and always felt believable. Each character was distinct, strong, consistent and I loved them all, imperfections included.

She’d always adored the hint of humor in his eyes, and his mouth that turned into a grin at unexpected moments. It made him a man and not just her Dom.

I really appreciated how Jude allowed the girls to be themselves, how these three were a romantic triad as much as a kink one. That being together was the priority, not protocol and calling Jude “Sir”. It felt much more like a sustainable relationship than those found in books by more popular and well-known “BDSM authors”. This was a relationship where there was no attempt to change or alter the sub to fit the Dom(me)’s desires, where the Dom didn’t claim to know the sub(s) better than they knew themselves. (I HATE that trope!!!!!!!) This ticked boxes for me I didn’t even know I had. I have to admit to having previously steered away from ff, but the scenes in this one were incredibly hot.

Q put her hands around Sabrina’s shoulders and tugged her closer. “Thank you for trying to distract Nico.” She lowered her head and kissed Sabrina. Not hard and sexual, just the kiss of a woman appreciating the one who held her heart. As quietly as the sun rising at dawn, he felt peace drift down on them. Magic.

One thing I really do have to mention is how seamlessly the author’s writing and voices blended together. I discovered partway through reading this that each wrote one character, though I still swear blind Cari Silverwood encouraged all the brattiness! I’m pretty certain Q and Sabrina personalities are very much based on the three authors themselves. The story is unlike the majority of books you could read by Ms’ Silverwood and Black. It’s very consensual and contemporary, with quite a gentle feel. That said, it’s full of the snarky humour and great writing that I’ve come to expect from this pair.


We got to see the individual dynamics of the pairs within this triad, and I loved how it never felt as though the third person were being left out. Their presence was felt emotionally and mentally even when they physically could not be present. I bought the box set, so I shall soon be jumping into the follow-up book, and will be interested in seeing how the authors deal with issue of prejudice and family expectations.

When they went out to eat, she could predict what the others would order, they picked off of each other’s plates, and there were so many inside jokes it was like they had their own language. It made her feel important, valued, loved.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Menage Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054193-the-dom-with-a-safeword

Late at night, on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blonde Jude. The embers of attraction between them sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own.
Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a bad-ass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.

Domming the bratty Q and mischievous Sabrina isn’t going to be easy but Jude relishes the challenge. At the end of the summer, will they find a way to stay together when everything is tearing them apart? 

// REVIEW \\ Dirty Retaliation

Dirty Retaliation
(Twisted, Dark and Deadly)
by C.P. Mandara




Nothing less than compete surrender will do here, and I swear the guy is trying to suck out my soul via my mouth. Jesus. My mind has gone to mush.

I think I’ll leave my review in gifs because words just aren’t adequate enough to do this book justice. It is…

Aide is deliciously vile, depraved, evil and yet also incredibly sexy and immensely attractive. I both hated and loved him in equal measure. The things he dreamed up to do to both Sharkey and to Mel, well…..

Though Ms Mandara deserves a spanking for not leaving poor Lois out of the mix. James/Jake deserves everything he gets, after all he double crossed Adie, but Lois suffered enough LAST time! The book held me spellbound from start to finish. I never knew where the story was going to take me next, I didn’t even know where I wanted it to take me. But every single twist, turn and revelation was perfect and I wouldn’t change a single thing.


OK I lied, I am going to rabbit on about how absolutely fantastic this new series is. I fell in love with Aide in the Special Agent novels, though you don’t need to have read those to enjoy this series. This isn’t stand alone, you need to read Deadly Retaliation first, and this one also ends on a cliffhanger. Back to Adie, who is so damn sexy it should be illegal – in fact he probably is. Adie is not a good man, though he does have a sliver of conscience which he often ignores. Somehow, despite how bad he is, you still can’t help but adore him and his wicked sense of humour.

Thankfully, my voice returns and my anger rockets. “Does it take practice to reach the exalted state of ‘the-biggest-fucking-asshole-in-the-world’, or does it just come naturally? Tell me. I’m genuinely curious to know.”
Adie smiles. If I could knee him in the balls right now, I’d make sure they were permanently relocated to somewhere just below his chin.

Mel is a very typical Mandara heroine – strong, feisty, determined, stubborn but also more than a little messed up deep down. However she is definitely her own person and not only did I adore her but I loved, loved, loved how she and Adie interacted. Hopefully she will get a chance to kick his ass, though not too much because I have a feeling she’s going to want to keep him in one piece so that they can mutually adore one another at some point in the future. It’s going to be a long, sticky, tough, dangerous and difficult road ahead to that HEA and I am totally onboard for the entire journey.


And just one last summary gif about this book…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark, Romantic Suspense
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55748618-dirty-retaliation
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PVRFTSC/


I wasn’t going to hurt her.
If I were a better man, I’d just keep her chained up and then let her go – but I’m not. I’m an animal. I’m a sick and twisted beast that feeds off the fear of others and eats tears for breakfast.
Besides, kidnapping Ione was too easy.
She’s fighting me every step of the way, but she should be careful. That shit turns me on, and I can give as good as I get.
James won’t take long to come to her rescue, though. Right now, he’ll be imagining all the fucking depraved things I’m about to do to her, and that should be incentive enough for him to come running.
I can’t wait to see him on his knees, begging for my forgiveness. He’s not going to get it. He’s got until midday. If he doesn’t show, I am going to hurt her.

Dirty Retaliation is an intense dark romance suspense series. It features a bully alpha male special agent and a female assassin. They are involved in a underground world of organised crime and espionage. These books are dark and horribly twisted. You have been warned!

// REVIEW \\ Surrender

Surrender
(Pleasure House #3)
by Kitty Thomas

Just in case you get the wrong impression as you read further through this, I’m going to state now that I loved this story. I continued reading it far too late into the night and picked it up as soon as I awoke the next morning. This was 5 stars all the way, all the way, though you might not guess that from what I’m going to say later in the review.


Julie, the heroine of this tale, totally, utterly and completely made the book a winner for me. Every scene from her pov absolutely captivated me, she drew me into this story and I adored her. She coped bravely, and fiercely with all the slings and arrows life threw her way. She never bent, never broke, but forged her own, quiet path to happiness.


That total and utter enjoyment was in spite of, but confusingly also because of, what a self-centred, narcissistic p***k Gabe is. After having read 3 of the interlinked books, I fully expected to adore him and worship at his feet. Instead I frequently wanted to throat punch the selfish, self-pleasing, sack of excrement. A fantasist who liked to paint himself as the knight in shining armour, which he was very much not. The whole implied threat of ‘be my slave or you aren’t safe from Brian’, even after all his promises, proved that to be true.


Oh he generally said all the right things, mainly because he was so convinced by his own pretty lies, but he didn’t really care about the trauma Julie had been through. What he truly cared about was how it would affect his training of her, and her responses to it, or whether she would ever agree to submit. It’s rather funny because he is one of the very few Kitty Thomas heroes to actually use the ‘love’ word, but he was the one I least believed that emotion from. I know the author deliberately avoids that word in general, as her men aren’t good guys, they aren’t men who know normal emotions, except social norms, so I do wonder if this was another of her little mind f**ks for the reader to unravel and digest!


But folks, BUT, this in no way ruined my enjoyment, in fact I think it added extra layers and depth. Because I chose to view this not as all Gabe’s desires and dreams coming home to roost, but as Julie’s journey into not only surviving her time at Dmitri’s but in finding a way to live with it and live beyond it. Gabe fulfilled her needs perfectly and because she was happy and content, so I was too. I didn’t even mind that he also got all his wishes granted too. Though I’m still a little mad at him for not recognising how much Julie had needed him after their first proper session in the dungeons.


I loved how Kitty messed with my head, how she made me so angry with Gabe, made me really dislike him but also made me want him to adore and treasure Julie, because SHE deserved it. And he did adore her. And it did scramble my brains into mush. And I still want to knee him in the balls. That is as long as it wouldn’t upset Julie too much.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34688241-surrender

Note: The books in the Pleasure House world are all stand alones featuring a different couple in each book. They can be read in any order without any trouble. The listed order is the order of publication.

Julie wants Gabe Griffin like fish want water, but what she wants is sweet domestic bliss and a white picket fence. What Gabe wants is to put a collar around Julie’s throat and train her in the finer points of being his slave.

At first too innocent, then too broken, can Julie ever surrender to the man intent on claiming her?

// REVIEW \\ Broken Dolls

Broken Dolls
(Pleasure House #2)
by Kitty Thomas

I read the fifth book of this series first, and I’m glad I did because I would have hated Lindsay too much to ever want to see him get his HEA. However enough of him, because this is Mina and Brian’s story and I loved every moment of this story about two broken souls “clinging to each other at sea on a raft that would never reach land” .


This isn’t a romance in the typical sense of the word, but this pair definitely care for one another in a very unconventional and very unique way. I’m not sure how Kitty Thomas managed it, but she totally and utterly convinced me that Mina and Brian shared a connection much deeper than romantic love. A lasting connection that didn’t make them whole, but made them able to cope with their brokenness.


Considering what we see and experience in book #1, this was a surprisingly unerotic tale, with very little sexual action and no real BDSM “play”. And I never once missed it. I was far too invested in Mina and Brian’s story, in how they would become the bandage that holds together the raw edges of the psychological wounds they both bear.


I do think this is the type of book you will love or hate, it isn’t bland enough to just be a “meh” read. It ticked all my boxes and rang all my bells, rather than pushing any buttons, so I’m firmly in the absolutely loved it camp. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23509910-broken-dolls

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”
Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?