Nico and Rain’s story is one super hot read, with an action packed plot and two very likeable main characters. One heck of a dominant alpha-male, Nico is determined to protect his woman at all costs. Rain is also a strong character, I sometimes felt her choices were not thought through properly BUT given the situation (her sister missing and she is held captive) then I’m not sure I’d be any more rational either! Their chemistry is so sizzling hot I’m surprised my kindle didn’t melt, and I loved that Rain was so confident in her own sexuality.
As the blurb says, this is an over-the-top romance, not in a ridiculous “roll-your-eyes” way, but in a low angst, fun to read way. Whilst Filthy Deal contains some darker themes, including sex-trafficking and murder, we don’t witness any of it in intense detail and the events happen to secondary characters. It isn’t darkly gritty like some mafia stories, it isn’t full of emotional turmoil like many a romantic suspense, it’s a wonderfully written piece of escapism when you just want to enjoy a hot read about a sexy couple. It’s a classy, well written erotic romance that takes the time to also have a good plot.
Whilst I love me a dark, difficult, full-of-feels read I also enjoy something lighter, something less taxing on my emotions and psyche. This book (in fact this whole series) is perfect for those times and I’m happy to recommend it to anyone who wants a quick(ish) hot, steamy but still well written read.
A Las Vegas Mafia Romance
Let’s make a deal… She saw something she should not have. That happens when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time. And when you meet the wrong man—me. Her sister’s gone now, and her own life is in danger. Not my problem I say… But she was so… different. So I made a deal to help. And my deal was just as filthy as you’d think.
This hot, over-the-top romance includes sexy mafia hitmen with a penchant for pursuing and protecting the women who give them a run for their money. If you love outrageously naughty stories as a way to indulge your not-so-secret bad girl side, this is for you.
The Anti-Hero Chronicles series can be read in any order:
Set in an omegaverse world that is low technology and contains magic (though we don’t experience that aspect in this book) the novella focuses hugely on the two main characters Roclan and Nyan.
I really liked both characters, and the author managed to include some important personal growth for Roclan. Not easy to achieve in a novella. The pair definitely had intense chemistry and overall this felt fairly consensual, so I wouldn’t classify it as dark. It’s a very good book to either try this as a new author or to sample what the MF Omegaverse worlds have to offer, without falling into the darkness of many other books in the genre.
There were times when I would have liked, in fact needed, to be experiencing the other MC’s point of view. Characters made some important decisions and we only saw those as observers, rather than experiencing those decisions via thoughts and feelings. It led to a feel of tell rather than show at times but that is a typical weakness of novellas, there just isn’t the time to tell a complex story, build character depth and convince us of a forever love.
Compulsion is well written and, as I’ve already said, an enjoyable read. I do recommend it if you’re a fan of this author and if you’re looking for a quick, steamy, low angst omegaverse read.
This is a new-to-me author, but I’m glad that I took a chance on reading Allure. The setting is somewhat middle ages, possibly in a dystopian Earth future or based on some other planet. I found it difficult to place in a sub-genre or trope, though it felt more fantasy than paranormal.
I enjoyed the story, finding the plot easy to follow and liking the main characters. Whilst the idea of the heroine (or hero) being an ‘outsider’ is not new the world the author created, along with the detail of the heroine’s resistance to allure and subsequent issues, made this feel quite an unusual read. The writing is good, the story entertaining and the relationship between Cassian and Inara ultimately being very believable.
It may have been me, but at the beginning the story did feel a little directionless. I appreciated that the author didn’t do a huge information dump to world build, but I did find myself waiting for something to happen. Personally I would have liked this time to have been spent building the connection between Inara and Cassian. I’m not a fan of insta-anything, so the fact that their physical relationship went from 0 to 60 in the blink of an eye felt a little jarring.
I quite liked that the book didn’t portray virginity as a feminine virtue BUT how this juxtaposed with women being very much the voiceless submissive in any relationship perhaps could have done with being elaborated on a little more. Some really innovative world building but it just needed developing/expanding on a little more to help me understand why sex was ok but then they had to be SO submissive.
There are some quite deep messages within this book around how we judge others and how it is easy to abuse power, and as a result abuse those who are weaker than us. Cassian and Inara are both very different to the norm, but it is easier for Cassian given the patriarchal nature of their society. I loved that he didn’t want to change Inara in any way but that he wanted to forge a partnership with her, you could genuinely sense his respect for Inara.
Inara has never felt the ethereal pleasure of a man’s allure, a manifestation of will that rewards submission. Casting aside the collar of her youth, she attends her long-awaited blossoming ceremony longing to partake in her overdue rite of womanhood. But when she experiences allure for the first time, the celebration spirals into a waking nightmare.
Sensing a need to end his string of flings and take a wife, Sir Cassian sets his sights on the kind and beautiful Inara. A knight reputed for his skills in combat as much as his charm, he will do whatever he must to ensure Inara picks him as her suitor. When she flees her blossoming, inexplicably terrified, he seizes the opportunity to help her – and claim her. Unable to avoid the sinister effect allure has on her, Inara agrees to pose as Cassian’s new beau. At first hesitant to reveal the whole truth, she submits to his discipline, unleashing the bliss she’s always craved. However, divulging her dark discovery thrusts them into a conflict that will test their commitment to each other and their entire world.
When Inara learns there may be a way for her not to suffer from allure, Cassian vows to find the answer. Yet their search draws the attention of those intent on stifling the truth, no matter who they have to kill. Pursued by zealous assassins, Inara must choose: hide who she is to protect her love, or fight to expose the secret of allure… For a dark romantic adventure you can’t put down, buy Allure today!
Publisher’s note: “Allure” is a dark, romantic thriller with erotic content, no cliffhangers, no cheating and a HEA. It contains material some may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
A retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a dark twist you won’t want to miss…
Eternal Nightmare by Aria Adams is OUT NOW!!
Eternal Nightmare is a well written and entertaining read, a dark and twisty retelling of Sleeping Beauty, with a dash of Romeo and Juliet for good measure. I did struggle with the flashback/flashforward aspect at first as I hadn’t had chance to develop an understanding of the world and it’s characters. This left me feeling a little confused and lost at times though once I’d reached about 20%, and had experienced enough of Lucy in the past, I felt the story coming together more.
Whilst Lucy’s passiveness occasionally irritated me I did still find it fitted both her upbringing and character. As the book progresses we do see her growing more of a backbone, which was great. I love to see characters grow and develop.
Even though there were times when I really didn’t understand what was happening, particularly in the ‘present’ dream scenes, I still found the story engaging. I also felt that it was a deliberate technique employed by the author. Not only does it mean we don’t get an unwieldy information dump, it allowed me to appreciate Lucy’s own sense of confusion, frustration and weariness. Details and clues are slowly drip fed to us at a perfect pace, not too quick so as to bombard and not so slow that boredom or irritation sets in.
There were a few occasions when I felt the pace could have been a little quicker, but that might just have been me wanting to get to the HEA, which was great by the way!
“I sleep forever. Dream after dream. Tormented by them. I never get to awaken.”
Lucy has slept for a hundred years. Everyone she ever knew is dead. Her kingdom is in decay. She doesn’t have anything to wake up for, but it has to be better than the nightmares, doesn’t it? Every time she thinks she’s opened her eyes, another nightmare begins. Endless horror. Can anyone help her?
This is a dark fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. The heroine is asleep. The hero can’t save her. The villain is long-gone, but her legacy lives on. If you don’t like your HEAs to come easily, this series is for you.
Aria is an author of dark erotic romance that dances on the boundary between horror and romance. Her heroes are not always immediately obvious, and neither are the villains. Her books often have elements of horror, and the characters at the end of a story are forever changed by the events that befell them. But she always makes sure there’s a happy ending, even if the characters have to work for it.
Aria also writes the warm fuzzy romance stuff as Katie Douglas, where she has had USA Today and multiple Number One bestselling books in the US and worldwide.
Title: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant book #4 (Stand Alone)
Author Name: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Series Name: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant
Genre: Paranormal humorous MYSTERY, with romantic elements
This is one heck of a quirky, eccentric series, great fun to read, with lots of unpredictable twists and turns (though I did guess what Nice was using to blackmail Miriam). It has it’s fingers in many genre ‘pies’ but is difficult to define as or place in any particular one. It will have you smiling with it’s irreverent humour and pop culture references, whilst also tugging at your heart strings with it’s depth of longing and melancholy.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it, Miriam was most noticeable by her absence. I needed a little more of her, when she did appear in the book she felt very removed from everything, especially Michael himself. I understand why this was (partly) necessary, but it did leave me feeling disconnected from her.
The story totally held my attention and I pretty much read this in one sitting. I’m now hugely intrigued with where the story will go next.
From New York Times Bestseller Mimi Jean Pamfiloff comes a snarky Mystery with a side dish of Romance and two sprinkles of chaos, THE LIBRARIAN’S VAMPIRE ASSISTANT, Book Four.
SHE’S MINE. BUT HAS SHE FORGOTTEN?
A crazy vampire has stolen my librarian. And if that’s not bad enough, it is my fault. Because I, too, am an ancient, deadly vampire, and it was my job to protect her. I failed.
Now, just as I have reason to hope I will get her back, the situation turns into the biggest mystery of my existence.
Apparently, this evil vampire has brainwashed her into thinking she belongs with him. I do not know how. I do not know why. But I will get to the bottom of this and win her back.
Because I am the motherf*!$%ing librarian’s vampire assistant, and she belongs to me. Or, at least she used to?
MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a New York Times bestselling author who’s sold over one million books around the world. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dreams.
Mimi lives with her Latin lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and their three spunky dragons (really, just very tiny dogs with big attitudes) Snowy, Mini, and Mack, in the vampire-unfriendly state of Arizona.
She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.
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I very much enjoyed the unusual twist on the usual bear shifter type of story. It definitely added extra depth to the story, along with the excellent suspense elements. Overall the pace drove the story along well, resulting in a very satisfying read. I really loved the feeling of destiny and fate that ran throughout the book.
I did struggle to connect with the ‘romance’ for a little while, though I very much liked both main characters. For me personally I would have preferred a little more focus on building and developing their relationship and less on spanking/discipline/sex in the first half of the book. However that is a very personal preference and one could just as easily argue that the domestic discipline aspect IS a huge part of their relationship. Just as it began to feel a little repetitive, the pace picked up, the story took off and my attention was held until the very end of the book.
As always Delta Jameswrote a wonderfully strong female in Halley and a sexy, dominant hero in Cade. By the end of the story I was very much convinced of not only their connection but also their love. Charlie and Kaye were two very good supporting characters and I also felt as though I got to know Halley’s grandmother too. The author is very good at writing characters you would love to meet and this book was no exception.
This is a domestic discipline book which contains spankings that the heroine may not like but ultimately agrees with. As this is a dark romance it does take her longer to be content with the status quo and some of the discipline is dubious consent in nature, though all sexual activity is fully consented to. The publisher does provide a warning, these should always be taken note of if you don’t enjoy seeing the heroine spanked and disciplined (some of which can seem quite severe, depending on personal likes/dislikes).
Obediently Ever After was originally a story exclusive to Ms Stone’s email list. So if you think you’ve read some of this before, that will be where you found it. However it’s not available in one complete novella and, as such, is now much easier to read.
Angelica and Damien are an interesting couple who meet on ‘Angels’ first evening working at the Annex. A series of half-truths, evasions and out-right lies leads to Angelica getting a punishment spanking. When we find out who she truly is and why she is at the Annex the plot moves at a rapid pace.
There is a good balance of scene setting, relationship building, kinky times and character interaction. I have to be honest and say that this was just far too insta-love for my tastes. Many readers love that trope, and this will be a perfect read for them, but I need to see my characters fall in love a little more slowly.
With a pretty busy plot packed into a fairly short read, I did feel the main characters lacked a little depth. This was particularly true for Damien, for me he was just a little flat. However that’s par for the course in shorter reads, you can’t have lots of story AND lots of character depth. It’s also why I avoid the majority of shorter books, however I love Ms Stones work as well as the Annex series, so reading this was a no-brainer.
If you want a ‘sweet’ (as in low angst) but steamy read, with a dash of domestic-discipline, well written and with a good story line then I very much recommend this.
Another sexy Bliss brother fights fate but finds love in Ruby Bay
Hooked On You is the story of two people who, on the surface, seem to be complete opposites. However over the course of their story it becomes clear that both fear loss of control. Holiday’s coping mechanism is to rarely leave her home whilst Driver refuses to stay in one place for long. Whilst it is the third book in the series, it can easily be read as a stand alone story. However the whole series is wonderful and worth reading!
A chance encounter brings together this sweet hero and his Miracle Girl. An unexpected event links them in a more resolute way. However any kind of future will mean sacrifices must be made and plans must be altered. When you’ve only known someone for a few weeks, is it worth risking your entire future career in the hope of being their forever?
Amelia Wildeis a very fine author indeed. She creates characters that you can’t help but like, imbuing them with such emotion that you find yourself invested in their happiness. I really couldn’t say how she does it, but within a few pages Driver had settled himself firmly into my heart. It didn’t take much longer for Holiday to take up residence next to him. As with the two previous Bliss Brothers books, this was a ‘gentle’ read, as in heart warming rather than heart wrenching.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that the clock said twenty past midnight, then I would have finished this in one reading. The book is towards the shorter end of the novel spectrum, more of a 2 – 3 hour read, but every single page is captivating and engaging. It’s an effortless read but not a boring or mediocre one, which is actually very difficult to achieve. Again testament to the author’s skill.
She also did something a little different and a lot risky. Both Driver and Holiday have been shaped by their past. Driver felt ignored and Holiday had some traumatic event happen to her in high school. We learn this information almost in passing, in throw away comments or brief thoughts and feelings. However we never really get any detail, being left instead to fill in those blanks for ourselves. I’ve lost count of how many books build up some trauma from the MC’s past, only for it to be a huge anticlimax when the big reveal is made. So whilst it maybe felt like depth was occasionally lacking, it was much nicer not to have that *meh* moment.
So to summarise, Hooked On Youis a wonderful read, low angst but full of emotion and wonderful characters. A book I’m happy to recommend to family and friends alike.
Beautifully Brutal is the first release in the Cavalieri Della Morte series, a collection of books based loosely on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Only these ‘Knights’ are anything but just and true. They are a group of assassins and fixers who only answer to Arthur Calthorpe, and he certainly hasn’t tasked them with ‘ensuring the peace of the kingdom’.
This intriguing and fascinating idea was dreamed up by the opening author, Dani Rene and, if her book is anything to go by, this is going to be an exciting series of reads.
For me the majority of the book was a solid 4 stars, though it had a few annoying aspects that would often score a book only 2 stars. In the end I’ve compromised on 3.5 stars with the proviso that in my rating system this is still very much a positive review. On Amazon I will be leaving a rating of 4 stars.
I’ve read several other works by this author, this one ranks as the most gripping in terms of story line and pace. It teeters on the edge of darkness, with its background of murder and violence, though in and of itself I wouldn’t label it a dark romance. However it is an absolutely cracking romantic suspense and well worth reading. The mystery and intrigue is incredibly well executed, I often had no idea who to trust, who not to trust, who was good and who was a bad guy. Suspect everyone, trust no-one became my motto!
Beautifully Brutalis a better than average read, for a good chunk of the book it had me on the edge of my seat. However several little things together just kept it from becoming a great read for me.
Pacing at the end was SO quick that I actually lost track of who was where and what was happening at one point. It didn’t help that characters learnt information ‘off the page’ that we weren’t privy to until later in the story. This resulted in me having to go back and re-read part of a chapter or two, using the benefit of ‘hindsight’ to fully comprehend the whys and wherefores of some events. I want to stress that this refers to only a very small percentage of what was otherwise a riveting read.
The story is a little different in that we don’t see the falling in love part of it. Lance and Giuliana are already totally besotted with each other, so the romance aspect was more subtle. However I firmly believed in their connection and love for each other. The pair also shared an intense chemistry that lead to some very hot bedroom scenes. Whilst they don’t actually get down and dirty for quite a while, I still got the impression of a very hot and sexy story. Plus the twisty plot kept me busy, leaving my mind otherwise engaged.
I do agree with another reviewer (on Goodreads) who was annoyed about the man-whoreish ways of the hero. Apparently being madly in love with our heroine, and desperate to know where she is, wasn’t enough to help him keep it in his pants. Thankfully we don’t experience this activity first hand (other than one kiss), but rather via his very arrogant musings on how he can get any woman he wants. It also only really lasts for the first couple of chapters too, so didn’t really impact most of the story.
Sadly the following passage slapped me in the face enough to throw me momentarily out of the story
“Insufferable?” I chuckle. “Yeah, I know. But you love it. I can’t stop thinking about how pretty your virtue looked coated all over my cock.”
Lance Knight, Beautifully Brutal
He’s referring to the blood from having taken her virginity. Just… no, really, no, just – urgh. However I’m sure this is an example of ‘it’s me, not you’ and plenty of readers will love it as much as I hated it. After all isn’t that the beauty of books, that there is something for everyone, and heck it’s easy enough to skim over parts that I don’t care for.
So in summary this was a good read with an exciting plot and decent characters. There’s too much sex and swearing for it to be anything other than an 18+ read, but if you’re OK with that then I do recommend it.
Title: Beautifully Brutal Series: Cavalieri Della Morte Author: Dani Rene Release: April 4, 2019 Genre: Romantic Suspense
TBR: http://bit.ly/BeautifullyBrutalTBR Blurb In a world ravaged with violence, I still think about the beauty who was taken from me. I’ve turned rabid in her absence. The dormant beast she had tamed is ravenous, feeding on brutality and bloodshed. I focus on the kill, until Arthur confesses his trump card, shattering every hope I had of reclaiming her. Focused on the job at hand, I step into the lion’s den, only to find nothing is as it seems. My beast hungers to be satiated. And my beauty is the only one who can feed it. A dark treacherous journey where happily ever after may be just out of reach.
Author Bio: Dani is an international bestselling author and proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA) and the Romance Writer’s of America (RWA).
A fan of dark romance that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. It’s from this passion that her writing has evolved from sweet and romantic, to dark and delicious. It’s in this world she’s found her calling, growing from strength to strength and hitting her stride.
On a daily basis, she has a few hundred characters, storylines, and ideas floating around in her head. From the feisty heroines she delivers to the dark, dominant alphas that grace the pages of her books, she promises light in a world filled with danger and darkness.
She has a healthy addiction to reading, TV series, music, tattoos, chocolate, and ice cream.
This is such a gorgeously sweet yet sexy read. Lucy was spunky and great fun, whilst Fynd, despite being such a damaged hero, was absolutely wonderful. No small wonder Lucy couldn’t resist him in this nicely written and very enjoyable sci-fi romance.
I would have liked to see more of them forming a connection, it was a little rushed for my taste. However that’s very much a personal preference and was entirely down to this being more of a novella length book, so events do happen at a fairly snappy pace. The writing, pacing and editing are all good and together with two wonderful characters and an interesting plot this is a very enjoyable read.
The alien warrior bought me. But he doesn’t want a slave. He wants me as his mate.
The brutal scars covering Fynd’s face are nothing compared to the wounds that have festered in his heart. After the bitter, public rejection by his intended mate a long time ago, he doubts any female will wish to become his…so he purchases a small human female named Lucy from a slave market. She’ll bear him a few children and he’ll provide for her in return, but he will not expect her to harbour any amount of affection for him.
How could she?
He’s a monster.
He wishes she weren’t so sweet and beautiful. He also wishes his heart didn’t fill with warmth in her presence. She’ll likely never return his affections, but he cannot let her go. Ever. A Vaxxlian warrior always mates for life.
Life hasn’t been easy for Lucy. She prays her next master will be kind, and she’s terrified when the new alien who buys her looks like an angry bull with glowing green eyes. After she attempts escape, she’s certain he’ll punish her severely. Her old master would have. But the alien warrior named Fynd kisses her instead—a shockingly tender kiss that makes her all tingly inside—and she starts to wonder if perhaps there’s more to the unsmiling alien warrior than meets the eye.
There’s a gentleness beneath his hardened exterior, but breaking his defences down won’t be easy. As far as alien warriors go, he’s as stubborn and proud as they come. Can they both find healing in one another’s arms, or will a new threat tear them apart forever?
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.