JASMINE – Jennifer Bene and Shane Starrett

Jasmine by Jennifer Bene and Shane Starrett


4.75 stars – Not to be read if you’re feeling delicate in any way!

I’m a long time fan of Jennifer Bene but have not read anything by Shane Starrett before (well other than his super witty/sarcastic posts on social media). I may need to rectify that omission fairly soon, since the book this duo has produced is pretty darn fantabulous.

It’s dark and goes there on so many occasions. If you’re wondering where there is, it’s all the way to Depravedville, via Shock-Horror Town and taking in the sights of Psycho City along the way. Because no sane person can withstand the level of dark that is “Jasmine’s” (Her) existence, we occasionally get chapters from the POV of other characters in the book. Whilst these aren’t necessarily sweetness and light, nor full of positivity, they do add texture and dimension to this sorry, sordid tale.

The parts written from “His” perspective were both chilling and somewhat heart wrenching. I found myself feeling pity for him and his severely messed up head. I’m not sure if his skewed perspective, his complete lack of understanding around his actions, his removal from all reality actually made his actions worse or a tiny bit understandable. And many may not understand or agree but I did feel sadness for him. In fact the more I read from his perspective the more my heart broke for him. Even though he was mad as a box of frogs, or perhaps BECAUSE of that, he sort of, maybe, snuck into my heart a little. His actions might have been evil but his heart was pure and in his own way he truly loved and revered Jasmine.

In many ways he became the main character for me. Other readers, those with a more normal disposition, probably hated him from the tips of his toes to the very roots of his hair. And it’s fair to say his actions WERE deplorable, unacceptable and so very damaging both mentally and physically. Yet somehow, when I ‘heard’ things through his voice, I wanted to save him. He was so broken, so damaged and so in need of help. However his actions probably meant he would never receive the help that his poor deranged mind was so desperately in need of. I struggled, really struggled with the end result of his actions. I didn’t feel he deserved those consequences, even though he did some very bad things he wasn’t a bad man, just a deluded one. Perhaps it was the only resolution that wouldn’t cause him more mental suffering, and sadly (strangely?) that is what I have to remind myself of in order to ‘deal’ with the conclusion. 

With excellent writing, great characterisation, a twisty, convoluted plot and extreme nastiness this is a must read for all those who love a very dark, gritty and hard as nails read.

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I am his obsession. His property. His Jasmine.
And he will never let me go.

Trapped in the middle of nowhere, taken by a madman, I’m forced to be his wife. Obedient, meek, righteous in the eyes of God.

But I am none of these things, and I can’t give in. No matter what he does to me, no matter how much he hurts me, I have to get out of here.

I have to escape… before I forget who I was before him.

ZETA CARTEL

Songbird (Zeta Cartel, #2)
by A.J. Adams

These books are really unusual for mafia romances but also very intriguing and captivating.

So far I’ve read read Jorge’s book (Twisted, #5) and then this. Whilst the characters, and timeline, overlap slightly I’ve not found it difficult to pick up the story and read it as a stand alone. The stories are cleverly written to avoid (too many) spoilers for other books. It barely took any time to be drawn into Songbird and I soon find myself totally engaged by both the unpredictable plot and the fantastic characters.

Whilst there are some very dark events in the book they never feel too gruesome, with either much of the detail skimmed over or the specifics given in retrospect. This always felt like a mafia story, but one that very much breaks the mould, giving the genre a whole new perspective and feel. And definitely in a good way. It definitely has moments of a ‘British’ feel to it, but not overly so, at least to my mind. Though as a Brit I’m not sure if I’m the best judge of that or not.

I adore how the inner thoughts of the main characters often had an air of narration about them. Not only did it lend a wonderful humour to the story but made both Arturo and Solitaire into very engaging, likeable and warm characters. The plot ducks, dives and weaves it’s way along whilst providing ample opportunity for Arturo and Solitaire to fall for each other, along with plenty of reasons for us, the reader, to fall for them too.

This author just writes in a way that speaks to my heart and soul and I very much recommend this book to all romance readers.


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EXCERPT

“You’re the big boss.” She looked up at me and smiled. She was dressed in a cheap cotton shirt and jeans that should be on the burn pile, but that smile was pure gold. This girl had guts.
“I told José he was a fool to try and cheat you,” she said. “I wasn’t part of it, and I don’t work for you. I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
She’d heard about our policy protecting bystanders. Of course it doesn’t apply to anyone whose eyewitness testimony can put me in a courtroom. Well, try to put me in a courtroom. In Mexico nobody would dare accuse me, and I’ve enough resources in England to guarantee a police investigation would come to nothing, but it’s not my style to take chances. Solitaire would be going into the ground along with Escamilla.
“Mr Vazquez,” Solitaire gave me her best smile. “I don’t expect something for nothing.” She dropped her voice. “You’d like me,” she whispered. “I’ve heard about you. We’re the same.”
“Are we?”
“Yes, I can make you very happy.” She brushed my hand over her cheek and then kissed my palm. “I’m a very good girl,” she said quietly. “Unless you prefer a naughty one?”
She sucked my thumb, and I was instantly rock hard.

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SYNOPSIS

When cartel boss Arturo Vazquez discovers his girlfriend Gina is a DEA rat and his deputy Escamilla is staging a take-over, Arturo fixes his problems by killing everyone – except for Solitaire, Escamilla’s unwilling mistress. Solitaire is intelligent, tough, and shares Arturo’s interest in BDSM. Arturo falls head over heels but someone is leaking information – and the evidence point at Solitaire.

Songbird is a complete and self standing novel in the Zeta series. Warning: This bad boy dark romance contains explicit scenes of dubious consent, graphic violence and strong language. It is for adults only.

Masters of the Shadowlands

4.75 STARS

Lean on Me (Masters of the Shadowlands, #4)
by Cherise Sinclair 

Every time I read a Cherise Sinclair book (or a Lexi Blake book) I wonder why it’s been so long since I last read one. The truth is that I am in far too many arc groups – but love all those authors too much to leave any! As a result I rarely get the time to read ‘just for me’. When I do indulge myself in a free choice read (not that I don’t really have a choice with the arcs) Cherise is now top of my go-to list.

I bought this book a couple of years ago as part of a box set and could have sworn I’d read all 4 books. Colour me surprised when I started reading book 5 and discovered I’d missed one! So I jumped straight into this and loved every single moment.

Cherise has a talent for pushing your boundaries without tipping over the line into dub/non-con.  (I love those genres too but that’s not what these books are about.)  She can make you feel uncomfortable but not annoyed or disappointed, just like her amazing Dom’s do with their sassy subs.

The BDSM scenes are tasteful but still incredibly hot and didn’t overwhelm the story. Andrea and Cullen were caught in a maelstrom of emotions, fighting against either their ‘rules’ or their insecurities. There was push and pull without it seeming unnecessary or forced, instead what we get is a beautiful love story between two very strong personalities.

It was refreshing to see a submissive who needed someone strong enough to force/demand her submission. One for whom submission wasn’t always easy. Andrea wasn’t really a brat, she was a woman who struggles to give up the tight control that has been ingrained into her. Cullen is such a dreamy Master and sees Andrea in a way many others don’t.

Lean on Me is a fantastic BDSM romance and one I highly recommend.


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BLURB

Andrea wants to submit, but not to just any so-called Dom. He has to be tougher than the slum-bred bullies she grew up with. She’d given up finding a true Dom when her friend finagles her a place as a trainee in an exclusive BDSM club with the powerful Shadowlands Masters. Andrea’s thrilled…and terrified.

Forced to accept an unknown submissive into his carefully run trainee program, Master Cullen is furious. Not only is the young woman new to BDSM, but she’s unsuited to her role–armored in leather like a Domme, she’s more liable to punch a Dom than kneel. He decides to push her right back out the door. But as he ruthlessly intimidates her, punishes her, then cuddles her, he glimpses the woman inside the emotional barriers. Her utter surrender captures his heart.

Although Master Cullen is famous for his unfettered lifestyle, Andrea hopes he might be interested in her, until she discovers he’s not just a bartender–he’s a cop. Maybe he’d overlook her past brush with the law, but when another trainee accuses her of stealing money, Andrea knows she’s lost the Master she wanted with all her heart.

Make Me, Sir (Masters of the Shadowlands, #5)
by Cherise Sinclair 

Reading this has left me wanting to spend a small fortune buying all the other books Cherise Sinclair has written and then spend the next month reading them all. Sadly real life won’t let me do that but I AM determined to work my way through them as and when time and money allow.

Gabi and Marcus are really well written characters, very easy to like and with hidden depths. We also saw them both grow and learn new things about themselves. The story drew me in from the very start and I struggled to put it back down. Boring things like work and sleep got in the way of me reading this in one sitting otherwise I would have done exactly that.

Cherise’s writing is excellent, as usual, I did think I’d spotted a few typo’s but then realised it was Marcus’ colloquial way of speaking! She has an amazing ability to write in a way that puts you into the scene, even inside the character’s head at times. Her BDSM scenes work and even when the Doms push boundaries it’s done in a careful, caring and consensual way. Her Doms may spank and ‘beat’ the ass of their subs, but they also always respect them and that ethos is evident throughout the story.

We don’t just get Gabi and Marcus’ view points, which seemed a little bit strange at first, but was VERY necessary to the plot. It didn’t take me long to get into it and I loved how it allowed us to see more of Jessica and Z’s relationship without it being in the form of a twee short story or ‘extended epilogue’ type of offering.

There is a back story, the reason Gabi is at Shadowlands, that wasn’t completely finished in this book. However that in no way detracts from the enjoyment of reading this. It does leave you wanting more, but that’s true of ANY Cherise Sinclair book.

If you enjoy BDSM romance then this series, or any book from it, is a must read. Each can be read stand alone, though once you’ve read one you WILL have to read them all, so you might as well start with book #1! I hugely recommend this, hugely.


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BLURB

Her job is to make his life miserable. His job is to make her submit. Whose heart will surrender first?

Across the country, rebellious BDSM submissives are being systematically kidnapped, one from each club. When her friend falls prey to the slavers, FBI victim specialist Gabrielle volunteers to be bait in a club not yet hit: the Shadowlands.

She finds that being a bratty sub comes naturally, especially when she gets to twit the appallingly conservative Master of the trainees. But she soon discovers he’s not as stuffy as she’d thought. Or as mean. She’d expected punishment, even humiliation, but she sure never expected to fall in love with a damned lawyer.

Courtesy of a prima donna ex-wife, Marcus loathes disobedient submissives. When the club owner insists he admit an incredibly bratty trainee, he’s furious. But as he comes to know Gabrielle and sees the alluring sweetness beneath the sass, he starts to fall for her.

Unfortunately, Marcus isn’t the only one who believes the feisty redhead is a prize worth capturing. And in the world of the slaver, such treasure is worth a hefty fee.

SPECIAL AGENT BDSM #3

FLAMES by C.P. Mandara


OMG OMG OMG HOW COULD YOU LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THAT!!!

I both love and hate Ms Mandara for this book (and series). She’s like a cat toying with a mouse, but in this case it’s her writing toying with my mind!!!! Half the time I’m a little confused about what’s happening. Not in a bad ‘this author can’t write’ way but in the good ‘Oh my word I think my mind’s been blown’ way. Reading Flames is like stepping onto the wildest of roller coaster rides – if you’re British think ‘Smiler’ only twice as fast and four times as crazy.

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We get more answers but these are immediately replaced with more questions. We get some shocking revelations but they themselves lead to more unknowns. This book is less dark, more erotic than book 2, though it ends on a real nasty (in all ways) cliffhanger. I was totally mesmerised by this instalment and am pleased that book #4 has just release – though I’m already worried that I’ll be left on another nail biting cliffie because it’s only just live.

This is the book where we continue to fall more and more in love with Lois. God I either want to be her or sleep with her, even though I’m straight and have been happily married for almost 25 years! We eventually get James and Adie POV chapters, and what an amazing pair they are. I can’t pick a side, one minute I’m #TeamJames, the next I’m #TeamAdie. Mainly though I’m #TeamLois and can’t wait to see her kick some bad guy butt.

If you think you’d enjoy a kinky, thrills and spills, suspense filled well written, fast paced story then look no further than this series.

4.75 stars

I’ve been left in the hands of a monster. He’s beaten me up, torn my flesh to ribbons, and tried to steal my soul – but even though I crave death, my body refuses to die. 

Just when I begin to think that there is no God, an angel arrives to save me. Now it’s James Leveritt against Alain Dumortier with my life riding in the balance. I’m in love with both of them, but I’ll need to kill one if I want to survive.

The stakes have never been higher. 


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Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

PRIMARIAN MATES #4

Defying the General (Primarian Mates, #4) by Maddie Taylor


I’m hoping this isn’t the last we see of Primaria, Terra Nova and their inhabitants.

If you’re looking for a well written, captivating sci-fi romance that has a fast paced and layered plot then look no further. Whilst each Primarian Mates book can be read stand alone, they are all amazing reads and you will get the best from them by reading them in order.

I’m not sure if Lana and Trask have replaced Eryn and Ram as my favourite book couple – it’s definitely a close run thing. This story will take you across the whole gamut of emotions, from love to sorrow to pain to happiness, high to low and back again. It is also so much more than just the romance aspect too. Each book has a complex story involving both the main couple, other characters and the worlds around them, plus stands that weave into the back story that runs throughout all four books.

These are long books – well over 5 hours of reading time, and I loved every single minute of them. The characters are engaging, likeable and easy to connect with, the writing draws you into the book in a way that makes you never want to leave. Whilst I was desperate to complete the book and find out what happens with Lana, Trask and the others, I also wanted it to take forever because I so loved being immersed in this amazing world Maddie Taylor has created.

I can’t recommend this fantastic series enough, though I’m hoping the fact that I’ve read all 4 books back-to-back tells you everything you need to know.


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SYNOPSIS

With one look he stirs something deep inside her. 
A single touch is all it takes for her to awaken his soul. 

She has a mission. 
He has a duty. 

He is her captor. 
She is his destiny. 

Fate draws them together, but danger and deceit will wrench them apart. Can they find their way back to one another while doing what they must to save their people? Or, will treachery keep them from claiming their happily forever after? 

PRIMARIAN MATES #3

HIS REBELLIOUS MATE by Maddie Taylor


Eryn and Ram are my new favourite book couple.

Whilst all these stories can be read stand alone, I do recommend reading the whole series, both for the story arc and the sheer wonderfulness of them. This story just had so much going on, I had wondered how we’d find out some of what happened during Eryn’s time with Ram on Primaria. I’m not going to say how we find out that story, but it was both inspired and, if not unique, at least very unusual. And it worked so incredibly well.

It felt like we had a lot more of Erin’s perspective in this book, and I absolutely adored her. The scenes following their reuniting on Earth were truly heart wrenching and even brought me to tears at times. However the book doesn’t end there, oh no, the author built a truly layered story that was full of emotion and intrigue. She wrote two amazing main characters in Ram and Eryn, and it was great to find out more about Lana and Trask too.


This series is so much better than many of the sci-fi romances out there and I highly recommend it.

4.75 stars

SYNOPSIS

Staunchly loyal Eryn Lockwood heads up security on the USIF Odyssey, an all-female research ship charged with finding a new world to call home. Her team is guarding a group of scientists exploring an uninhabited planet when they are set upon by a band of powerful alien warriors. Entranced by Eryn’s long auburn hair, fair skin, and green eyes, the fiercest of the attackers gives chase, and claims her for his own. Though passion ignites between them, she remains steadfast in her need to escape. 

To fulfill her mission and save her people, she commits an unpardonable act, something she’ll never forget…and he can never forgive. Returning to Earth, she attempts to pick up the pieces of her life, but thoughts of her gorgeous, golden-eyed alien consume her. 

Master Warrior Ramikin, the biggest, baddest, and most skilled fighter on Primaria, has never been bested—until now! And by the beautiful Earth woman destined to be his! Furious, he lets her go, resolved to eradicate her from his thoughts. But Eryn’s face haunts his dreams, and he lives every day yearning for what can never be.

An alliance between their worlds thrusts them back together, but not everyone is in favor of mingling their two species. When harassment by anti-integration zealots turns violent, Ram races to her rescue, but he is seconds too late. With her life hanging by a thread, the deep, mate-bond between them becomes clear. 

Is there hope for the independent, rebellious soldier and the proud warrior she betrayed? Can he bring himself to forgive her? Will they be able to put aside the past and come together to fight those who would tear them apart? And, as they accept their fate, can Eryn and Ram rekindle the spark they once shared? 


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Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

REVIEW – Tender Mercies

TENDER MERCIES by Kitty Thomas

Holy hell, this book made me uncomfortable in that way only an amazing dark read can.

Kitty Thomas’ writing is absolutely amazing in this book. She really takes you on a journey that is at times disturbing, shocking, dreadful, misguided, worrying and yet also filled with passion, tenderness and hope. In Asher and Grace she has created two individuals whose wants and needs mean they don’t fit within the bounds of what society considers ‘normal’. This is so different to the usual fayre offered by dark reads and is testament to the very twisted imagination of its creator. There’s very little actual BDSM/kink content, this is much more about the psychological aspects and power exchange, but that was fine – I really didn’t need anything more.

There are so many things ‘wrong’ with Asher and Grace’s relationship, one that in real life would probably horrify most of us. However it not only worked for them but fulfilled their deepest, darkest needs. Grace makes what is a really foolish choice, probably based more on the fact that so many others told her not to – and we all know how being told not to do something has you instantly itching to disobey. That girl really didn’t weigh up the pro’s and con’s properly, but she was so desperate to experience a total Master-slave relationship that she threw all caution, and sense, to the wind.

Months of abuse and misery have left Grace broken, possibly damaged beyond repair, but that makes her perfect for Asher, who is seeking redemption. Because Asher rescues her from deplorable and horrific circumstances he almostfeels like a hero, however the author cleverly weaves just enough grey into his character to ruin the effect. He isn’t a good man but rather a good bad man. One who is still happy to own a woman, but he also wants her, no needs her to be healthy and happy. His methods aren’t always honourable, and he sure gets turned on by things he shouldn’t, but he is perfect for Grace.

They are both quite damaged individuals, ensnared in a very unhealthy relationship but yet also perfect and so good for one another at the same time. I loved that twist towards the end, I should have guessed or at least expected it, but I was so caught up in the story it never even entered my head. I LOVED this book and it really should be a must read for all dark romance lovers.

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“Grace. That word that finally meant something again. Mercy. Favor. Good will.”

Fed up with play kink, Grace Warner moves to an island that embraces voluntary enslavement to be with a man she met online. Within hours of her arrival, everything is ripped from her, and she quickly learns play is preferable to reality.

Asher Collins has spent the past year mourning and blaming himself for the death of his slave, Darcy. When Grace catches his eye at a showing, obviously abused, he becomes obsessed with buying her and finding a way to atone for his own past sins.

REVIEWS (author blurbs):

“Kitty Thomas’s hottest book yet . . . emotionally gripping and painfully real . . . impossible to read and remain untouched.”

Annabel Joseph, author of Owning Wednesday

“Tender Mercies is a heart-rending tale that proves Prince Charming doesn’t always come charging in with a white steed . . . Sometimes it’s just a piece of paper and a platinum collar.”

Claudia D. Christian, author of Devil’s Descent II: Impure

“I have never been more invested in a piece of fiction in my life. Kitty Thomas writes with a passion and purpose so pure she makes her readers live and breathe every word.”

Emma Petersen, author of Reign of Pleasure

“An eerie and disturbing story tempered with compassion and love. I couldn’t put it down.”

Fallon Blake, author of Wrapped Around Your Finger

“Intense and dark. Tender and sweet.”

Nattie Jones, author of The Street Urchin

BUILD A NERD

BUILD A NERD (AEON #2) by Wendy Smith – 4.75 stars

Wonderful characters, full of feels and just a truly great read

I can’t remember whether I liked Bridget or not in Game On , but I loved her in this. I really liked Tom too, which just goes to show male leads don’t always need to be all alpha and macho. One of my favourite things about this author’s work is how normal, everyday and real the entire story feels. You find yourself reading about a group of people who you would love to be friends with, living in a town you want to move to.

Bridget is the confident one, Tom is socially awkward but together they make a perfect pair. Their chemistry sizzled, their emotions squeeze your heart and their story will make you smile, ache and swoon in equal measure. The excellent writing just wraps you up in this story and holds you in the moment. I felt as though I could almost reach out and touch the characters. 

I found this easy to read, entertaining and very much enjoyed the time I spent within its pages.

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She’ll build his confidence. He’ll make a nerd out of her yet.

Tom Jarvis is a nerd. He’s a programmer, project manager, and loves Star Trek.

Bridget Walsh spent years establishing herself in the male dominated world of construction. She loves her job, but recently had her heart broken by her long term crush. She doesn’t even know what Star Trek is.

But when opposites attract, can two people so different work?

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INEXORABLE (Cavalieri Della Morte) by Jo-Anne Joseph

4.75 stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Arthur’s story was so very much worth waiting for…


A huge bravo to Jo-Anne Joseph – in this book she took me from really disliking Arthur to having quite a soft spot for him. The picture I’d got of Arthur, from the previous Cavalieri Della Morte books had felt a little disjointed and almost contradictory at times. Whether by pure luck or fantastic writing (and based on the rest of the book I’m plumping for the latter) this story drew all those stands together and added enough extra to build a very believable and coordinated picture of the man. Everything we had seen of him previously melded so well with the man we saw in this book.

And then there is Gaia, who I utterly and totally fell in love with. My god she was just kick-ass, tough and determined. Honestly if you don’t love her then I just can’t be friends with you, for me she made this book. Did I mention I loved her and that she was absolutely amazing?

The power battles between Gaia and Arthur were so much fun, this was one alpha guy who wasn’t going to steam-roller all over the girl. Most of the time it was a toss up as to who had who by the balls. This is the type of heroine I love to read about, but I’m fairly certain you already guessed that!

Talking of guessing, this plot has one ‘ta-da – surprise!’ moment after another, this was one abso-bloody-lutely amazing and suspense filled plot. Whilst I could see one tiny twists JUST before it was revealed, for me there was nothing trite or predictable about this plot. It was also so captivating and un-put-downable that I read it in one sitting. 

Whilst I’ve enjoyed this series, there are some books that have clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest, this is one of them. For me it had the perfect balance of action, suspense, mystery, conflict and steam and this is a book I am only too happy to recommend.

Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 20, 2019
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42971467-inexorable

Blurb:
They call me a God, Demon, Monster,
Depends on which side of me they’ve faced.
I’m cold, with an insatiable thirst for blood, lust, and money.
If you’ve got my attention,
You’re either next on my list, or about to slip into my sheets.

I’m Arthur Calthorpe, leader of the Tabella Della Morte.
I don’t trust, I own.
I don’t love, I desire.
I don’t ask, I take.
And I want Gaia.

The silver haired tyrant is a ruthless criminal,
The first time I saw him was in my mother’s bed,
But the monster has set his sights on me.
He’s relentless, and he’s found my Achilles heel.
When he offers me a bargain, I’m hard-pressed to refuse.

What lengths am I willing to go to be free of him, and how far will he go to stop me?
The trouble is those eyes and the fact that I want to know the story behind them.

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Praise for the novel:
“…THIS BOOK, y’all!! It scrambled my brain, put my heart through a blender and scorched my soul. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I never could have imagined this. This bloody, vindictive, sinister and oh-so-delicious masterpiece! …” – Book Addict

“…This is a perfect end to this series, it has twists and turns, harrowing scenes that they have endured throughout their lives and moments of reflection and regret that humanised the monsters. Happiness is fleeting unless you work at it and pursue it and Arthur finds his happy in others pain. He is sinister and brutal and yet beautifully controlled and precise with each movement he makes against his enemies. …” – Obsessed by Books

Author Bio:
Jo-Anne Joseph is an indie contemporary romance author, dreamer, doer, artist with a flair for creating stories about the seemingly impossible and second chance romance. Along with a passion for writing, she is an avid reader and enjoys painting and coloring. She also has a deep love for poetry and prose. Her lifelong love affair with words started at a young age and resulted in her debut novel Infinity.

Jo-Anne is a business professional by day and also writes on a volunteer basis for on-line publication Still Standing Magazine and the website Glow in the Woods. Her articles have been republished in several newsletters.

Jo-Anne lives in Johannesburg South Africa which provides the inspiration for the settings in her novels, with her husband Brian and their beautiful son Braydon.

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VIRGIN TRIBUTE by Delta James

5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Well this was…. wow….and….that to…..and….hell yes….and really?….and…. whoa……and….yum…..and….and….yeah all of that.


OMG Ms Delta James, I loved, loved, loved your Fated Mates series but Virgin Tribute? It blew them all right out of the water. 

Feisty heroine? Tick
Beastly antihero? Tick
Fantastic world building? Tick
Virgin concubine given as payment for continuing protection? Tick
Lots and lots of claiming, mating and rutting? Tick
A barbed phallus? Tick

Wait! What? Hold on just a moment! A barbed dick? Yep, you heard me folks, a spiky member that promises untold pleasure along with that edge of pain that just enhances everything. And boy did Drake know how to use it to good effect, I may be just a little jealous of Reagan!

If i had any criticism of the book, it would be that some of the sex scenes were a little repetitive in feel. It wasn’t a big thing and it didn’t spoil my enjoyment in any way, I just wanted a little variety or just something ‘more’. However what we did get was still one very hot hot HOT read that I only put down because I was falling asleep whilst reading in the early hours and not really following the plot anymore.

I FLOVED the dynamic between Reagan and Drake, whilst there was a power exchange, with Drake firmly in charge, he still listened to and appreciated Reagan. What started as a non-consensual arrangement believably morphed into a genuine partnership. 

Reagan had me from the start when she refused to be brainwashed by or kowtow to the Elders of the Sanctuary. She chose her battles well, never giving in, never giving up and never TSTL (too stupid to live). Drake was at heart, a good man doing bad things but from the best of intentions. He is deliciously dominant but not arrogantly alpha and I absolutely adored both him and Reagan.

The epilogue was absolutely perfect and, damn you Ms James, those very last lines reduced me to tears. THEY. WERE. PERFECT.

If you love the work of Renee Rose, Lee Savino, Sara Fields, Sue Lyndon, Loki Renard or enjoyed Ruled by Cari Silverwood, then this book is perfect for you. If you like an edgy steamy sci-fi read it’s for you.

The book contains scenes of power exchange and domestic discipline. This is NOT a real world setting, so SSC and RACK do not exist here. Please don’t read this just to moan about Drake ‘beating’ and ‘abusing’ Reagan. Even Reagan herself acknowledges that he punishes her poor behaviour and isn’t beating her! Don’t let a fictional character have more sense than a real person.

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

BLURB

The beast protects us, but he demands tribute.


I was not asked. I was chosen. Every year, the creature who keeps our community safe requires a virgin as tribute, and every year she is thoroughly ravaged and then returned ruined for any other man. No one will tell me exactly what is in store for me, I only know he’s not going to be gentle.

But the elders underestimated me, and when they left me in the sacred clearing I took the chance to escape. Now the beast hunts me, and if he finds me I can only wonder what he’ll do to me…


Publisher’s Note:Virgin Tribute includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.