// REVIEW \\ Tricked by Claire Thompson

Tricked
by Claire Thompson

I’ll start my review by repeating the warning on the blurb – this is NOT a romance, it is a dark, erotic suspense. A story that totally captivated me and that I read in one sitting!


Callie was more than a little naive, but I won’t judge her initial choices and actions because one needs to remember that she was the victim here. She didn’t go out looking to be abducted, raped and kept as a sex slave. The fault totally lies with her captor, Damon, who lied and manipulated an innocent young woman for his own nefarious desires. How dark you find this will depend on how affected you are by non-consensual acts, it’s also a very subjective description. The hope and determination Callie fostered within herself kept this from feeling overly hopeless or black.


I loved the honesty of Callie’s responses, her silent, and very barbed, responses to Damon proved what a brave and resilient young woman she was. She chose her battles and actions wisely, she used her common sense to keep herself as safe and sane as was possible in such harrowing circumstances. I want to say Damon was pure evil, but that would be untrue. He was unbalanced, he was bad, but he did have some moments of decency. His childhood recollections/flashbacks and the way his father treated him did offer some insight into how his psyche had become so twisted and corrupt but ultimately his selfish nature had him making the wrong choices.


As this is most definitely not a romance of any shape, size or description, I would class the ending as HEA. However it is a very positive ending, one filled with hope and possibility. Go on, be brave and give this a try.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre – Dark Erotic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56217037-tricked
Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PXD4FJP/

She dreams of a dark Master who claims her as his captive. Until the fantasy becomes all too real…

Callie is an innocent, her head filled with submissive ideas of a strong, sexy guy taking full control. When she connects online with a kindred spirit on an adults-only chat site, she shares all her secret abduction fantasies. They agree to meet for dinner, but when Callie arrives, it’s not her new friend Diana who is waiting for her, but the dark, sexy Master of her dreams… or is he her worst nightmare?

Warning: This Dark Obsessions novel is an edgy captive tale. Read only if you dare… 

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// REVIEW \\ … TEMP/sub Books 1 & 2

Forbidden Fantasies
(TEMP/sub #1)
by Lauren E. Rico

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I thought I had grown bored with captive romances, Forbidden Fantasies proved me wrong.

TL:DR – I loved this book, highly recommend it and am already reading book 2!

Every now and then I can’t resist the offer of an arc book from a totally new-to-me author. Forbidden Fantasies was one such book, in fact the author kindly sent me the first two books. Which only ratched my stress levels up because ‘What if I didn’t like the first book? Would I have to force myself to read both? How would I kindly let the author know I didn’t enjoy her work? Well I need not have pondered on any of those questions because once I got into the book, I got really into it and read it virtually in one sitting.

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At times it was almost easy to forget that this was a dark read, because in many ways Alison is treated quite well, and kept in the lap of luxury. However just as I would feel comfortable with the situation, the author would throw in a little twist, or a little reminder that all of this was taking place without Alison’s consent. Well, her being on the island and “owned” by her Master is without her consent, other aspects she does seem to agree to, though given the circumstances you are constantly aware of it being dub-con rather than full consent. You also get a feel of Stockholm Syndrome at times.

I did feel as though Alison would, should?, have been more worried about her company (I did!), since she was so very hands on in the running of it. However given how much she IS having to deal with, it’s not totally unbelievable that she just didn’t have the mental strength to add that to her list of woes and worries. I did also question why such a high profile, rich and powerful woman would be targeted, though her lack of close friends and family could mean that no-one would really cause a ruckus for her to be found. Yes, the author didn’t overtly explain away my questions but the world she created did allow me to find my own reasons.

For such an erotic read, there were surprisingly few sex scenes. Part of what made this such a compelling, and unusual, read was that they mainly focused on Alison’s pleasure and sexual fulfillment, which certainly led to a very hot story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656321-forbidden-fantasies

Alison Armitage has more responsibility than God. At least, that’s what it feels like some days as she manages her multi-billion-dollar business. She’d give just about anything to NOT be in charge. Just for a little while. Just behind the closed doors of her incredibly expensive and incredibly lonely apartment.
​One night after one too many cocktails, she stumbles upon a chat room for people like her—dominant in their everyday lives, looking to be dominated. Just a little bit. Titillated, she explores further and soon finds herself with a very exclusive invitation to participate in a very unique ‘experiential’ resort. A place where people can come to live out their fantasies in an immersive environment, for a short term period. Where all guests have been carefully vetted and all “play” is consensual—and closely monitored for safety.
Too late, Alison discovers that the sexy world of her fantasies is a long way from the reality she now faces. And the only thing keeping her on the right side of safety and sanity is the dark and brooding man she’s been made to call “Master.”
The problem is, she’s not so sure which side is the “right” side anymore. 

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Darkest Desires
(TEMP/sub #2)
by Lauren E. Rico

Book #2 had me just as captivated, if not more so, than Book #1 did!

Darkest Desires
 picks up straight from where book #1 left us and I was immediately caught up in the intensity and tension of the story. I found myself so confused with how to feel because Alison was clearly suffering from a massive dose of Stockholm Syndrome but was also the most content and happiest she had been in her entire life. Kudos to the author for her excellent mind-fritzing, because part of me wanted to be angry at what was being done to Alison, part of me was enjoying the delicious eroticism of it all and part of my wanted her to find her HEA with her mysterious “Master”.

There was some great foreshadowing, along with a good deal of misdirection and throwing in of red herrings! I constantly found myself not being sure who to trust, and totally didn’t expect some of those retrospective reveals. I “knew” what was going to happen with Marty, then I didn’t, then I did, then I gave up trying to guess because ALL my guesses were so very wrong!

I adored seeing Alison and Master’s relationship grow and develop, it was clearly not something either of them expected to happen. Their connection, their love was so incredibly easy to believe in and I totally bought into their relationship. In book 1 we saw Alison discover (rediscover?) her submissive side, in this I felt that we actually got to know the real person and that felt totally down to the confidence she gained from her Master’s loving approval. Though we also saw the strong and determined woman that runs a massive corporation and she was pretty kick-ass. Normally I prefer dual POV in a romance but the author managed to convince me of HIS feelings just as easily as she did with Alison’s.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656341-darkest-desires

Alison Armitage is a powerful woman at the top of her field. But just once, she’d like to give up control to someone else…control of her decisions, her body, her life. It was only a fantasy…until it wasn’t. Until the day she was abducted and brought to a remote island where she was trained to serve a man known to her only as Master. A man who promised to cherish her and keep her safe. A man who considered her to be his personal property.
What she never anticipated was developing feelings for the stranger with the dark, stormy eyes and commanding tone. Nor did she expect that his touch would ignite her body with a passion she thought only existed in movies and romance novels. Now, with each passing day, she falls harder and deeper for him and for this lifestyle as she finds a freedom and contentment she never imagined possible.
But no sooner has she come to terms with her new role and her new life than her world is up-ended once more, leaving her bereft, heartbroken and furious. This time, it’s Alison who has the upper hand and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants…as soon as she figures out what exactly that is. And until she can untangle fantasy from reality, she is destined to be a slave to both.

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Review //\\ Make Me Yours Evermore

Make Me Yours Evermore
by Cari Silverwood

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Oh my lord I believe I may have fallen down a dark, dark rabbit hole straight into a very depraved Wonderland.


I enjoyed Take Me Break Me and Bind and Keep Me, in which both Kat and Chris have fairly minor roles. Book 2 in particular had some darker aspects, though the situation in that book happened more by accident than design. However Make Me Yours Evermore totally bypasses ANY sense of morality and dives straight in at the dark end. On a side note this book can be read stand alone.


I’m pleased I took a break between reading books 2 and 3, because my love for Klaus and Jodie might have altered my perception of this one. I might not have disapproved of Chris quite so much and found as much empathy for Kat. Chris uses the flimsiest of excuses, or at least fairly convenient circumstances, to take do something very, very bad. Only you know what they say about the best laid plans…


There might be those who find Kat too much, maybe too bitchy and belligerent (I’m always surprised by that – as though an alpha male is so wonderful a woman should be perfect at all times around him). I really, really liked her. To me her actions were those of a strong woman, determined to not be broken by the situation she finds herself in. I loved how she, along with Andreas, had more effect on Chris than he did on her.


I’ve felt recently like I’m suffering from dark-lag, no longer seeing the depravity and horror that others did. Well hot diggity dang, in this one I felt every single moment of the corrupt degeneracy of morals and the total lack of compassion or humanity demonstrated by Chris. I was shocked by the immoral and debauched desires that he not only gave free rein to, but considered his by right. I cheered every single time Kat fought back, supported every rebellion, commiserated when her libido ruled her mind. Especially since her feisty attitude led to ever more inventive punishments and humiliations. Never was a book more NSFW than this one!


Added in to all the hot kink and general steamy smexiness was an intriguing plot and some very unexpected twists. I loved every word, page and paragraph of the book, it dragged me out of a reading slump, fizzing my brain and enervating my reading mojo. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark BDSM Menage Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518593-make-me-yours-evermore

This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers.
Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.
Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.
But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance. More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.
Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom. Sometimes there is no choice.
Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

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Review //\\ Bedroom Hymns

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Bedroom Hymns by Morgan Reeves


I first read this book in 2017, it is a book that has stayed with me – no small feat when I read well over 300 books each year. I had a craving to see if memory served me well or, as has proved true of many books, if time and changing tastes would have altered my opinion of it.

I felt drained; empty. All the energy I’d mustered with Dominic had drained away, leaving me exhausted and sad. I didn’t want this to be my life. I didn’t want this to be the sum of my parts.
I needed to do something for myself. I needed to escape from this horror show that was my life and find one, shining bit of peace.
I couldn’t do this anymore.
The lies, the shame, the rage. I couldn’t stand questioning the motives of everyone around me and knowing that the only person who cared for me was me.

The re-read left me with just as much of a sense of WOW. I loved it as much this time as I did the first time. It’s so twisted! And even though I had vague recollections of how it ended I still loved every dark and messed up moment of this.


This still remains my favourite quote from the book –

“We’re all monsters,” I said flatly. “I just don’t pretend to be sane to protect your delicate sensibilities. You want to think that you saved me. That you made me this wonderful thing. That the other girls you do this to will benefit in the end. Well, I’m here as your reminder that all you create are lies. Filthy, stinking shit covered in silk and sent out into the world to build your fortune.”….
I stepped toward him and satisfaction slid through me when he backed up a step.
…..He played up what they did in his mind until he half-believed he was the shining knight he said he was.

Since my opinion hadn’t changed I felt no need to alter my original review.


This was a one sitting read. It was an “OMG I can’t put this book down” read. It was a “can I give this more than 5 stars?” read. It was a “what else has this author written because I need to read them all now” read.


Dark. Twisted. Sick. Broken. Strong. Words are swirling through my head but I just can’t put them together in a review that does justice to how amazing this book is.


Sophia is the victim of a despicable crime but throughout it all she strives to be anything but a victim. The world she was dragged into made her behave well outside the bounds of the law and societal norms but my word she is my new favourite bass-ass heroine. She is ‘da bomb’, with an steel core forged from the trials of both her childhood and her ‘training’ to be a slave.


I knew then that any HEA would be on her terms and was not going to look like unicorns and rainbows.


There are no heroes in this book, well perhaps one or two hapless ones, where being the hero shortens their lifespan. There is Cole the disturbing and twisted leader of the trio, Jackson who likes to think his actions are actually helping the girls he ‘rescues’, Dominic with his sadistic inclinations and Detective Aaron Jacobs. I was never really sure if any of these would be the saviour of Sophia. Not that she needed anyone to save her, but what she did need was someone to love her unconditionally.


She does get that someone in the most unexpected and twisty endings to a book that I have read in ages. This plot had me from the start – and no wonder because it kicks straight in with the ‘tough stuff’. The author had a good balance between actual described scenes and implied actions. This stopped the book feeling too heavy and dark, whilst allowing it to still be gritty and intense. I may have also cried.

Like the fool I was, I realised that I was crying. The tears were hot as they slid down my face, and I choked on a sob, tightening my grip. The fear was still there. It still hovered around me like a thief in the night. But, for this one moment, I let myself feel that joy. Let myself feel that elusive love.

The book is well written, the characters had depth and I believed in them, even as I didn’t like some of them. The pace and plot had me turning pages and unable to put the book down. I definitely need to read the rest of this authors work. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Bedroom Hymns
Author – Morgan Reeves
Genre – Dark Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36110296-bedroom-hymns

They took me, broke me, remade me in their image. I am branded by their twisted ambitions; martyred by their greed. They ground me down until I was everything they wanted and more, and at the end I thanked them for it.
Jackson.
Dominic.
Cole.
They forced me to love them, and then they cast me aside like yesterday’s trash. But they taught me to be the best. So that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Because in the end… Revenge is sweeter than love.
And they’ll never see me coming.


Review // Inheritance (Fragile Ties #2)

Inheritance (Fragile Ties #2) by Jennifer Bene

I’ve just completed a re-read of this, ready for Redemption and loved it just as much. It’s so wrong but just feels so very right.

The only promise he’d ever break was the one he’d made to leave when she told him to go.
That promise they’d broken together. Tonight. But every promise he’s made on the cold tile he’d keep. He’d die to keep them, because she was his hill to die on.
His world, his future.
His everything.

I need to start by reassuring Ms Bene that all the angst, all the heartache, all the tearing at her hair, cursing at her keyboard and despairing at her first drafts was so VERY WORTH HER TIME AND EFFORT. In fact I would go so far as to say that all her suffering, all her emotion, bled into this work and made it SUCH an emotional read. Once started, it is one of those books that you just don’t want to put down until you’ve read every word. It’s way beyond the mere 5 stars available to bestow upon it.


David and Lianna are where they want and need to be, with each other. Yet everything is wrong. Instead of being left alone to rebuild her and their life, outside forces are determined to hold them back and drag them down into the corruption that both are desperately trying to claw their way out of. I need to add at this point that Inheritance isn’t a stand alone book. It’s the second in a trilogy, Destruction must be read first to fully understand David and Lianna’s tale.

Inheritance is full of power, passion, and pain. So many times it slips back into the dark waters of David’s soul, leaving marks both physical and mental on the both of them. Yet that suffering and hurt are necessary, for there lays the path to light, hope and redemption. Lianna and David continue to burn up the sheets with their explosive, and ofttimes violent, chemistry. Theirs is a raw, visceral and twisted relationship but, as two sides of the same coin, they somehow make it work.


So much happens in this book, and yet in some ways not very much at all. It is very much a tale of personal growth, of accepting who you are but also realising that you can change that individual. Realising that the past doesn’t dictate the future. Acknowledging that the sins of the father do not need to be visited upon the son. I loved every single minute of reading Inheritance, even when it made me cower away in horror. And it builds such a twisty, tangled web of love, suspicion, hope and distrust that will no doubt fray and shatter when they find their final Redemption

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Inheritance (Fragile Ties #1) by Jennifer Bene
A dark romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44646352-inheritance
David took Lianna to destroy her… and then everything got complicated.
Falling for the girl he kidnapped shouldn’t have happened. Especially not Lianna Mercier, daughter of the man he hated, and heir to a family name steeped in blood and violence.
But, now she’s his entire world, and Lianna’s is burning down around her.
David may have lit the match that set her life on fire, but all he wants now is to keep her safe. With their future on the line… can he even ask her to choose him after all he’s done?

Review //\\ Destruction (Fragile Ties #1)

Destruction (Fragile Ties #1) by Jennifer Bene

I’m obviously as messed up as Lianne to also fall for David


I have had Destruction sitting on my kindle, waiting to be read for quite some time. Life, arc reading and buying too many books has meant that I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it. However I do know the author is working on completing the second book, so I decided it was time I got myself caught up.


The title is very fitting in so many ways, including the devastation to my soul. This is a pretty dark read, with non-con (albeit it’s enjoyed, but she definitely says no), sadism, violence and what is possibly a healthy dollop of Stockholm Syndrome.


David is an antihero of the first order, doing bad things for misguided reasons. He and Lianne share some very warped but extremely hot chemistry. There are passages that make for uncomfortable reading – because you really shouldn’t be turned on by such depravity but you are. Lianne is very easy to like and connect to, their is a very natural and likeable feel to her character. I disliked David for so much of the book, but that’s because he is written to BE hated, until you don’t.


The writing held my attention, the characters interested me, whilst the plot and suspense was well paced so as to hold my attention. I was huddled in the corner of that dank, concrete cell. I was chained across that thin, worn mattress. The skill of the author put me into the middle of the story, had me screaming in the dark and crying in misery alongside Lianne.


If you’re looking for your next dark erotic read then you’ve found it here.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title – Destruction (Fragile Ties #1)
Author – Jennifer Bene
Genre – Dark Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36671520-destruction

Vengeance and destruction are all he has left.
Lianna Mercier has everything. She’s beautiful, well-educated, her father is rich, powerful — and she works for him. The perfect little princess, raised to be just like daddy.

But it’s all a lie.
A bloody, screwed up lie, and David Gethen is about to tear it all down and destroy Lianna in the process. He wants revenge, he wants to finish the plan his father started years ago — but after he takes her, after he tortures her, he begins to realize just how wrong he may have been.

Book Tour & Review

The Game Maker

by Kitty Thomas

A dark contemporary standalone romance

Blurb:

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me.

Someone else did.

And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me.

Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.

We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.

“Kitty Thomas is a one-click author for me!” Anna Zaires, NYT Bestselling Author of TWIST ME.

Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.

Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths (view spoiler) ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

Giveaway – Link: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/70f5e72b19/


Buy links:
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon CA:
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B08BYS4DTD/
Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-game-maker/id1521046746
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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-game-maker
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kitty_Thomas_The_Game_Maker?id=x4vtDwAAQBAJ
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1030040

Excerpts from THE GAME MAKER (c) Kitty Thomas 2020
Used with permission.


He doesn’t repeat his request, just continues to watch me. After a few minutes, he stands and walks across the cell. This is the first time he’s been this close. I flinch when he reaches me.

He ignores my reaction and sits on the ground beside me, but he doesn’t make any attempt to touch me. Instead, he sighs and says, “Starvation is a bad way to die.”

“I know,” I say.

“I don’t think you do.”

I start to cry. It’s the first time I’ve broken down since those first moments in the cell. Supposedly, if we have sex, we’ll get food. And I want food, but then what happens? The longer I can delay this, the longer I delay the next steps in whatever sick game our captor is playing with us.

“You know what has to happen,” he says, echoing my exact thought of only minutes ago. “What’s the point of letting yourself get sicker and weaker than you need to be? You need your strength. You need to eat.”

“You mean you need to eat,” I say, unable to hide the bitterness seeping into my voice. So the nice guy act is finally ending? The gallant chivalry finally coming to an end. Everyone has a limit. And now I know his.

“I’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll be fine a lot longer than you will. Are you going to let yourself starve to death?”

I chance a look into his eyes. “What do you think would happen to you if I did?”

He shrugs. “He’d probably take another girl, bring more bait to tempt me. He wants to turn me into a monster and you…or whoever… into a whore. That’s my running theory, anyway.”

He stands and holds a hand out to me. 

“What are you doing?”

“Remember what I said about the cameras and the bathroom?”

I nod.  

He’s still holding his hand out. I try to ignore it. 

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he says.

I am so hungry. Finally, I take his hand and let him lead me into the bathroom. He guides me to sit on the edge of the tub and turns the shower on. Then he starts to undress. I tense, part of me wanting to run back into the cell.

“We’re going to take a shower, you and I,” he says calmly. “I won’t touch you in any way you don’t want. And no one will see.”

I know what he’s doing. He’s trying to make this easier for me. In the end, I’ll have to fuck him in the cell in front of the cameras so our sick mystery captor can watch. My co-captive is trying to give us some privacy and the illusion of choice at least to start, at least to let me get used to his body.

“Come on, drop the towel and get in the shower with me.”

He steps into the shower and closes the door behind him. I know he won’t hurt me. He hasn’t yet. I think I’m safe with this man, and there’s only one way to get food. I take a few slow deep breaths, wipe the stray tears off my cheeks, and take off the towel.

When I open the door, he pulls me in under the rain shower with him. His mouth moves close to my ear. His words are quiet, almost dwarfed by the sound of the water.

“I don’t know if there are listening devices in the bathroom, but if there are, the shower may give us some cover. What’s your name?”

I pull back from him and look into his eyes—really look at them. I’ve avoided his gaze so much in my time here. They’re hazel, but they seem far lighter than they are because of his tanned skin and dark hair. He’s growing the beginnings of a beard. 

“Kate,” I finally say.

Kate. That’s a pretty name. I’m Seven.”

At first I think I don’t hear him right. “Seven? Like the number?”

He chuckles. “Yes, like the number.”

“Are you from a big family? Are your siblings all named One through Six?”

“No siblings. Only child. I can be grateful they didn’t name me One, I guess.”

“Yeah, no kidding.”

Review //\\ Cruel Idols

Cruel Idols by Sorcha Black

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That’s me banging my head for not having listened to all those people telling me I needed to read a Sorcha Black book.


Why have I left it so long to read this author’s work? I absolutely, totally and utterly loved this book, which is like Bass-Ackwards older, kinkier, more depraved brother. The really edgy one that scares you as much as he turns you on. It’s so fantastically wrong in all the right ways, full of unexpected twists and mind games that send shivers down your spine. And the emotions, oh the emotions, they slashed through my body like the sharpest of knives and caressed like the softest of lips.

The use was fast and hard and looked horribly uncomfortable, and the vicious expression on Vandal’s face was absolutely mesmerizing.

Vandal is such a humongous asshole, and I absolutely adored him. I equally wanted to thump him too, but he is one of the best heroes I’ve read in a long, long time. Zero was the perfect foil to him, and was also amazing and utterly delightful in his own right. The ying to Vandal’s yang, the light to his darkness. Amazing writing gave us two finely crafted and distinct male characters. Their kinks blended seamlessly together, allowing them to push Sadie’s submissive boundaries whilst also supporting her. I spent a lot of the book being incredibly jealous of Sadie, though I’m not sure I would have coped with their brand of crazy as well as she did.

He had a gorgeous smile when he wasn’t being a psychopath.

At heart this is a story of consensual non-consent, though SSC and RACK went out of the window pretty early on! At times both terrifyingly believable and sensually scary, this twisted love story had me on the edge of my seat, turned on and alarmed in equal measure. I was gripped, spell-bound, enthralled and beguiled by every single word, sentence and paragraph. From the first word to the last I couldn’t put this down.

Ugh.
Why was I doing this without challenging them> Disobeying one of them was difficult enough – the double dose of dominance was overwhelming. It was also hot, which was really annoying.

Was Sadie mad for agreeing to what she did, insane in the flights of fancy her mind spun, or simply fanatical about her cruel idols? It was hard to know, but I’m pretty certain that girl was one sandwich short of a picnic. I wouldn’t say no to being her bestie though, so what does that say about me?

It was hard not to squirm, but it was easier to focus on how much I wanted him to touch me instead of dwelling on how much I wanted him to love me.

I have found myself a new favourite author to fangirl over and I really can’t recommend this book enough.

Title – Cruel Idols
Author – Sorcha Black
Genre – Menage Dark Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54417364-cruel-idols

How can my favorite author be such a suspicious alphahole?
All I wanted was an autograph, but Vandal Stokes is livid when he finds me on his property. The sketchy contract he makes me sign traps me alone with him and his gorgeous friend, Zero, for months.
While we adjust to the awkwardness, Zero volunteers to be my writing mentor and assists me with my creepy research. Vandal can’t resist getting involved, and the tension between the three of us ignites.
Our situation feeds into my most sinister fantasies.
Two against one.
Twisted games.
A dark basement.
No neighbors.
One torrid summer could very well change my life—and me—forever.

Review //\\ The Game Maker

The Game Maker by Kitty Thomas

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Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.


Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level. Just as you can kill them with kindness, you can ruin with pleasure.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths getting to nice and neat an ending ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

Title – The Game Maker
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54365965-the-game-maker

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me. Someone else did.
And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me. Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.
We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.
*This is a standalone dark contemporary romance.

Review //\\ Hunted

My Rating – 3.5 Stars

When we first meet Jared (and Harper) he is a really sweet, fun and caring guy, so his later transformation was really something else. His alter-ego is definitely sinister and poor Harper most certainly comes off worse when he’s around. Jared’s slow descent into “madness” was very finely crafted, and so terrifyingly believable.


I found it easier to connect with Harper, though that isn’t surprising since Jared wasn’t always quite himself. This meant I didn’t connect with the story with as much emotional depth as I prefer, but I still really enjoyed the story. With both characters being so adorable and cute at first, I was rather puzzled as to just where things were heading, though it quickly becomes clear that not all is well. The plot then rattles along at a rapid pace, with lots of darkness, lots of twists and lots of a very bad man.


Harper remains strong throughout, and I loved her resilience during her trial in the woodland. I did wish nasty things to befall not-Jared, and I had absolutely no idea how the situation would be resolved. Needless to say it was resolved in a very satisfactory way. Hunted is a good addition to the Dirty Heroes collection and shouldn’t be missed.

Title – Hunted
Author – Cassandra Faye (Jennifer Bene)
Genre – Dark Paranormal
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52259867-hunted

“It doesn’t matter how far she runs.
This is my forest, and I always catch my prey.”

As a Loxley, I know the rules, I just never took them seriously. I only knew when I finally brought a girl here it would be special. She would be special. And Harper is… perfect. Now we’re out here, alone, and something’s gone terribly wrong.
I broke the rules, I’m losing myself, and I’m afraid she’s going to pay the price. I need to fight this. I need to protect Harper. We’re meant to be, and I know she feels the same. I don’t want to hurt her but… I have to claim her.
I have to make her mine. Before I do something I can’t take back.

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