REVIEW – Dystopian Futuristic Romance // The Heir by Elin Peer

The Heir
(Men of the North #14)
by Elin Peer

The thing I most appreciated about The Heir was that this is enemies-to-lovers romance didn’t have any unnecessary, or forced, angst. What it did have was natural conflict, plenty of passion and an engaging plot. The chemistry between Thor and Linea was scorching, and I loved how they fought their feelings, convinced they shared a mutual dislike of one another.

These protagonists were well rounded, believable and easy to connect with and I soon found myself invested in their emerging relationship and feelings for one another. The dynamics of their upbringing gave the story extra depth and meaning. Whilst both have a Motlander mother and N’man father (I loved the NoMo’s moniker) each has been raised in a very different culture. However they still had plenty of common ground, and more similarities than even they perhaps realised.

I would have preferred it had the relationship timeline been a little longer, or we had seen more of them thinking about (obsessing over?) one another in the period between the beach encounter and the trip to France. Whilst I wouldn’t call it insta-love, things did feel a smidgen rushed. However the setting of the International Summit restricted the time period available, so I understand why the author made the choices she did.

Information about previous couples, and the opportunity to catch up with them, was cleverly woven into the story. There was also careful laying of groundwork for the final, and much anticipated, book featuring Freya and Victor.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Science Fiction Romance


The strongest crush can turn into the deepest resentment.

As a young girl, I had a massive crush on Thor Aurelius, the future ruler of the Northlands. That crush died nine years ago when he ridiculed and humiliated me to my very core. Now I resent his arrogant personality and avoid him at all costs.

When Thor disappears to get away from the intense pressure of being the heir to the Northlands, his father asks Linea to use her tracking skills and deliver an ultimatum to his heir.

Linea knows Thor will be furious and blame her as the messenger. She’ll have to face him anyway and prove to herself that she’s no longer a young, infatuated girl, but a strong and unapologetic woman who owns the quirkiness he once ridiculed her for. Problem is that the last time she saw the large and angry Nman, Thor threatened to spank her if she came back. He wouldn’t though… or would he?

REVIEW – Sci-fi Space Opera // Galactic Search and Rescue by Carol Van Natta

Galactic Search and Rescue
Central Galactic Concordance Novella 
by Carol Van Natta

Unusually for me I hadn’t read the blurb before launching into this book.  However it is pretty much guaranteed that a Carol Van Natta book will engaging, fast paced and well written and this one was no exception to that rule.  The author’s world building is very solid, enhanced with believable advanced technology and made colourful with political intrigue.

Taz and Rylando have a rescue mission to complete, lives to save, peril to overcome and innocents to protect.  Great writing soon had me caught up in a plot that twists, turns and has an unexpected sting towards the end.  I quickly found myself warming to Taz, she is an incredibly likeable and well rounded character.  Rylando was also easy to warm to and I very much enjoyed reading their story.

The romance, in this, is very low key with most of the “falling in love” aspects occurring off page.  The adventure – or should that be near catastrophe? – in this story is a vehicle that allows each character to realise the true depth of feelings they already have for the other protagonist.  For me this felt more like a sci-fi adventure with a subtle hint of romance swirled on the top just to add colour to the final product.

Whilst the story can be read stand alone, you are missing out on some wonderful stories if you don’t read the whole series!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dystopian Science Fiction


When an earthquake shakes up a nearby world, can two star-crossed rescuers save an entire community… and each other?

Experienced rescuer Subcaptain Taz Correa hides her wounded heart. A telekinetic tech-whiz recently transferred to the worst Galactic Search and Rescue unit in the galaxy, she’d hoped after her string of epically bad breakups she’d have a fresh start. But when she can’t fight her feelings for her new teammate, she’s terrified her secret affection will show and cost both their careers.

Subcaptain Rylando Dalroinn’s telepathic connection to animals used to be everything. But he has no idea how to admit his growing attraction to Taz, especially as it’s completely against the rules. And when they’re sent as a team of two to help a devastated town, he knows he can’t afford to let his heart’s desire distract him from their dangerous mission.

As Taz works with Rylando and his unusual squad of trained animal helpers to free a desperate group of citizens, she puts her life on the line to protect her partner’s beloved creatures. But when Rylando realizes the people he’s rescuing are more than just innocent victims, he’ll have to throw out the rulebook to save them both.

Can love—and a clever crew of animals—guide the couple out of the rubble and into a future together?

Galactic Search and Rescue is a pulse-pounding story in the Central Galactic Concordance space opera series. If you like lovers in denial, edge-of-your-seat twists and turns, and intriguing psychic powers, then you’ll adore Carol Van Natta’s thrilling tale.

Note: Galactic Search and Rescue first appeared in the limited-edition Pets in Space 5 science fiction romance anthology. The standalone version has been expanded from the original.

REVIEW – Romantic Suspense // Disciplined by Sansa Rayne

(The Masters, #2)
by Sansa Rayne

Whilst I couldn’t quite give this the full 5 stars it was still a really good read and a great second instalment to the trilogy. I wasn’t quite sure where the plot would take us and I have to say that the author managed to surprise me more than once with her twists and turns.

Back in New York, back to her job, but things are most certainly NOT back to normal for Kate. She and Ingram have to tread a very rocky path as it is, and at least one of the Masters seems determined to throw obstacles in their way. Kate starts to question where her loyalties should lie and whether she is trusting foolishly. For me this gave more credibility to the story and was something I very much appreciated.

Ingram’s method of encouraging Kate to submit to the Masters’ instructions were a nice touch, but the execution of that was a little less convincing. It felt more like him indulging his kinks and fetishes rather than strengthening her resolve and ability to “play along”.

Personally it felt as though the first half lacked pace, with too much kink/sex and too little suspense for my tastes. I just needed the a little more forward movement on the plot, though I’m sure plenty of others loved all the steamy sex scenes. During their scene at the club Kate wasn’t given a safeword / gesture, given that she was firmly gagged and with no idea of what would transpire during the scene, I was left feeling a little uncomfortable.

Once that pace picked up I was hooked and really didn’t want to put the book down. In fact I didn’t until I’d completed the book, and I loved every frustrating setback, every shocking twist and even that nasty cliff-hanger ending. Book #3 can’t drop on my kindle soon enough!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Romantic Suspense


They let me live… but I’ll never be free.
I bought my way out of hell. I paid with my soul. From now on, they control me. Wherever I go, whatever I do, they’ll know. One wrong move and they’ll kill me… or worse.
Ingram swears he’ll free me from the Masters, but he needs time. Until then, I must obey without question. Instinct tells me to resist. I can’t ignore it forever.
Ingram’s love sustains me. His discipline gives me strength. But he needs my help as much as I need his. A specter from his past seeks revenge. Cunning and merciless, Ingram’s enemy has started a war.
And I’m the one caught in the middle.

If you’re a dark romance fan, Disciplined will grip you from start to finish. Grab a copy now and take a ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more!

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REVIEW – Contemporary Romance // Black Light: Wanted by Maren Smith

Black Light: Wanted
(Black Light Series Book 22) 
by Maren Smith

She needed to tell him no, for her own sake and survival.
And yet, what finally came pouring out of her was very different.
“I’d like that very much.”
She wasn’t just playing with fire.

She was dousing herself in gasoline first.

This is a touching story of two damaged individuals, one broken in body the other in mind. Together they form a connection, a bond, that brings about their healing, though the journey is a difficult one and there are many bumps on the path to happiness. It took no effort whatsoever to read, in fact I simply flew through the pages and was surprised when I found I had neared the end of this.

From the very first moment he appears in the book I loved Marcus, with all his sexy dominance and tough love attitude. My heart went out to Anna, so broken, despairing and unable to function or to think for herself. Not only had she reached rock bottom she had sunk into the very bedrock below. Yet somehow this damaged young woman turns out to be the cure for a Dom who has lost all his hope. Watching them both find their way back to who they truly are and what they wanted, needed, to be was so heart warming.

The emotion in this book was less in their love story and more about their healing. Anna had already been through so much that we didn’t need any artificially generated angst. It would be easy to assume Anna had latched onto Marcus as a Dom in an “any port in a storm” way. However the scenes at Black Light made it clear that it was the man, not the Dom, who was her anchor. I would have liked to be more convinced that Anna was more independent, more in control of her own life and not just allowing another Dom to run it for her. The timeline jumps, whilst clearly stated, also didn’t help in showing the pair of them building a connection. It fell more into tell than show a few times.

The most emotional scene for me was the reunion between Cynthia and Anna, I didn’t realise how much I needed to see that happen. In fact I would have appreciated more scenes of Anna with other people, especially fellow submissives as well as the other coterie girls. There wasn’t a lot of BDSM play in this, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for the story. Don’t worry though, it still has plenty of hot moments to enjoy!

Whilst this is a stand alone book reading the previous 3 stories, which feature the other three victims of Ethan’s coterie, allows one to build a much deeper understanding of why Anna is the way she is. In Black Light: Brave Anna doesn’t come across all that well, but here we truly get to see the wonderful and caring submissive who just wanted to be wanted and would do anything for her Dom’s approval. TL:DR This is a lovely romance that rounds off this series-within-a-series perfectly.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Erotica BDSM Romance


He had her the longest… he hurt her the most…

Anna “Pony” Mitchell should be dead. Abandoned by her Menagerie sisters and shot by the only man she’s ever loved, now the hospital has declared her “unfit.” She has thirty days to prove them wrong or spend the rest of her life hospitalized.

He lost his leg, his job… and almost his life.

Marcus Hawke knows he’s not much good to anyone anymore, but when an old friend calls in a favor, he doesn’t say no. It’s been years since he’s deprogrammed anyone this badly wounded, but for every inch of progress she gains, he soon realizes he’s got bigger problems. It doesn’t matter what lies he tells himself, she isn’t just a job anymore.

He wants her…

But after all she’s been through, she deserves better than what a half-man can give.

She wants him…

But after all he’s been through, he’s made it clear he’ll never be her dom.

For two people at rock bottom, there’s only one choice left to make: Do they help each other heal… or drown?

REVIEW – Fantasy Omegaverse Romance // Trained For Their Pleasure by L.V. Lane

Trained For Their Pleasure
(Omega Prey Book 5)
by L.V. Lane

Whilst this is book #5 of a series, I found it very easy to read stand-alone. I perhaps didn’t get the fullest picture of the setting, but Ms Lane does a very adequate job of world-building and so I never felt lost, confused or baffled.

Trained For Their Pleasure follows a lot of the common tropes found in omegaverse stories, but it also throws the whole thing on it’s head by featuring a beta as the heroine. And no, she isn’t secretly an omega but who presents late/has been supressed. I loved how the author handled this, how Hazel’s mates prepared her, her responses to Alpha behaviour along with the advice of a visiting omega. I so hope this heralds the opening of a gateway for more books with beta protagonists. In true OV style, there are some elements of Jack claiming his mate that verge on dub-con. However Hazel not only accepted her fate but enjoyed and relished every single moment of it, which lessened what could otherwise have been a very dark moment.

Whilst there is a fair amount of sexual activity in this story – and let’s face it, we don’t expect anything else from the genre – there is also a lot of meaty plot to balance the story. There are strong hints at a future ménage for some side characters – and I can see that being quite a stormy journey. However, back to the book at hand. I found all three characters likable and endearing. Jack was quite introspective, calm and settled with the mantle of power he wore, whilst Finn was charming, playful and suave. Best of all was Hazel, who delighted in keeping her Alpha’s on their toes and who, despite her diminutive size, more than held her own with them.

The epilogue was absolutely wonderful, holding everything and more that I could have wished for – and some things I had hoped to see pass! It also was I truly felt the depth of the bond between Hazel, Finn and Jack. I’d bought into their physical attractions, as well as the feeling of possession that the Alpha’s had for their sweet, little beta. However this was where I was fully convinced of just how deep their feelings ran. It also left me with that wonderful “warm fuzzies” feeling of having read a great romance story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Omegaverse Erotic Romance


I’m a Beta. I’m not supposed to be with an Alpha.

But he’s taking me anyway.
Both him and his brother.
A Beta can be trained, he says.
Trained to satisfy an Alpha.
And so my training begins.

Publisher’s note: Trained For Their Pleasure is a MFM Omegaverse fantasy romance set in the Omega Prey universe.

REVIEW – Erotic Thriller // Obsession: Girl Abduction by Claire Thompson

Obsession: Girl Abducted
by Claire Thompson

This was a deliciously dark read, one where I was very quickly hooked into the story. It isn’t a romance by any stretch of the imagination, though there are definitely emotions involved, strong and believable ones too. For Alana those feelings are the result of Stockholm syndrome and brainwashing – or whatever the kink equivalent is of making the body and soul crave domination. I’m not quite sure how Claire Thompson achieved it, but I went from wanting Mark to be impaled on a rusty pitchfork, to needing him to find his HEA.

There were hints of Comfort Food, by Kitty Thomas, about this, though I am in no way suggesting it is copied from that. Obsession: Girl Abducted is very definitely it’s own book and story, they just both deal with similar themes. Despite this not delving deeply into how Mark “broke” Alana down, at least not in “real time” scenes, there were subtle hints, nudges and clues that worked together to convince me of the outcomes.

Those final chapters were heart breaking at times, so full of emotion and so poignant and beautifully written. And I simply loved the possibilities of that ending!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Dark Captive Romance

He’s her biggest fan. She doesn’t know he exists. That’s about to change…

Dark, passionate obsession drives Mark to abduct the woman of his dreams. Now that she belongs to him, he’ll teach her to submit, no matter how long it takes, no matter the cost to her sanity…

Alana resists her cruel captor at every turn, but she can’t escape the constant sexual torture and conditioning, nor the erotic pain and pleasure he forces on her… Drawn deeper into his web of total control, the outside world slowly falls away…

Then she’s faced with a choice…

Previously titled: Obsession

Erotic non-con that’s not for the faint of heart. Read only if you dare.

REVIEW – Science Fiction Romance // Hunted by Liliana Carlisle

(The Alpha Collectors #1)
Liliana Carlisle

Liliana Carlisle has managed to pack quite a lot into this novella, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The book touches on some pretty dark themes and Calum, the hero, is quite physically rough with Aria when they first meet, immediately upping the ante in this fast-paced and twisty enemies-to-lovers romance. I really enjoyed the author’s prose, the story flowed smoothly and the story very easy to read. In fact I completed it in one sitting and enjoyed every moment of it! Highly recommended if you’re looking for an omegaverse story that finds the middle path between dark and sweet!

Despite being a quicker read there was plenty of conflict between Aria and Calum, plus a good deal of heat. This couple have chemistry in spades and the sex scenes were incredibly steamy and erotic. Whilst most of the book focuses just on the two protagonists, allowing us to really get to know them, the author did add colour to the story by including a few side characters.

Speaking of our main characters, Aria/Rebecca was one tough cookie. Possibly a little naïve at times but entirely understandable given that she is only nineteen. The hero, Calum, displayed some pretty unpleasant behaviour before we really got the chance to know him, so I initially found it a little harder to warm to him. As the story progressed not only did he redeem himself but I could understand why he acted the way he did. He definitely earned himself a place in both my and Aria’s hearts.

Whilst I was left with a few questions about the how their society was structured, there was enough world building for me to work with and, since this is part one of a series, I’m sure we will find out more in future books. As it’s a fairly quick read the story could easily have been overwhelmed by too much exposition on the world, so overall I’m happy with the balance the author went for.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Omegaverse Erotic Romance

He’s coming for me.

All alone, it’s only a matter of time before he finds where I hide.
You can only escape the Collectors for so long.
He’ll want to break me.
Destroy me.
Leave me on my knees, gasping for air.
But there’s a fight in me he won’t expect.
I can only hope he doesn’t drag me into the darkness with him.

Hunted is the first book in The Alpha Collectors, a M/F Omegaverse Romance series. It contains a destructive Alpha, a rebellious Omega, and a guaranteed HEA.

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REVIEW – Dystopian Urban Fantasy // Natural Sorcery by Marina Ermakova

Natural Sorcery
(Jordan Sanders #2)
by Marina Ermakova

Having read the first book in the series, Terrestrial Magic, I decided to give the author another try when I saw this on NetGalley.  Terrestrial Magic had left me a little on the fence but Natural Sorcery had me captivated from start to finish. Each book has it’s own complete story and whilst I suspect you could read this stand alone I do think reading the books in order would provide the best reading experience.

Jordan felt a more balanced character in this, still flawed, still disliking social situations, still awkward and uneasy with physical contact. However I just felt as though I got to know her in this book and I found myself warming to her in a way I hadn’t previously. There is a very vague and tiny hint of romance in this, it is a minor part of the plot but I did enjoy how the relationship between Luca and Jordan evolved. In fact we saw a lot more interaction between Jordan and supporting characters, both new and old, which added texture and colour to the story.

The mystery was well written, subtle clues were given along with red herrings and even though I’d guessed somewhat at the culprit I still very much enjoyed the journey we took to resolve the problems faced. There were also plenty of unexpected plot twists and turns, along with several crises for Jordan to combat. Personally I loved her little mental conversations where she imagined what various friends or relatives would advise her to do. Her inner monologues, choices and reactions showed good personal growth and an increased self awareness, all of which made her more believable and likeable.

The prose flowed really well, the author has produced an engaging and exciting story and I look forward to reading the next book when it is released.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Post-Apocolyptic Urban Fantasy

Rome was supposed to be safe–or at least safer than 90% of the planet. That was before the local legends started using their magic to destroy the food supply.

Considered one of Rome’s experts on legends, mostly because she keeps surviving their assassination attempts, Jordan finds herself racing to find the culprits before they strike again. But legends wield powers that aren’t documented, understood, or predictable. And Jordan isn’t even a soldier. She’s just some scientist unlucky enough to stumble over the local political mess.

The chances of getting murdered by magic beyond her comprehension is disconcertingly high. But if this unknown legend goes unchecked, Rome won’t survive the next few years…and Jordan doesn’t have it in her to walk away from that.

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Promo & Review – Enemies-to-Lovers// The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary

The Belle and the Beard by Kate Canterbary is now live!

Jasper-Anne Cleary’s guide to salvaging your life when you find yourself publicly humiliated, out of work, and unemployable at 35—not to mention newly single:

1. Run away. Seriously, there’s no shame in disappearing. Go to that rustic old cottage your aunt left you. Look out for the colony of bats and the leaky roof. Oh, and the barrel-chested neighbor with shoulders like the broad side of a barn. Definitely look out for him.
2. Stop wallowing and stay busy. It doesn’t matter whether you know how to bake or fix things around the house. Do it anyway. Dust off your southern hospitality and feed that burly, bearded neighbor some pecan pie.
3. Meet new people. Chat up the grumpy man-bear, pretend to be his girlfriend when his mother puts you two on the spot, agree to go as his date to a big family party. Don’t worry—it’s only temporary.
4. Cry it out. Screwing up your life entitles you to wine, broody-moody music, and uninterrupted sobbing. 
5. Get over it all by getting under someone. Count on your fake boyfriend to deliver some very real action between the sheets. 
6. Move on. The disappearing act, the cottage, the faux beau—none of it can last forever. 

Linden Santillian’s guide to surviving the invasion when a hell-in-heels campaign strategist moves in next door:

1. Do not engage. There is no good reason you should chop her wood, haul her boxes, or pick her apples. 
2. Do not accept gifts, especially not the homemade ones. Disconnect the doorbell, toss your phone over a bridge, hide in the basement if you must, but do not eat her pie. 
3. Do not introduce her to your friends and family. They’ll favor her over you and never let you forget it.
4. Do not intervene when she’s crying on the back porch. Ignore every desire to fix the entire world for her. By no means should you take her into your arms and memorize her peach-sweet curves. 
5. Do not take her to bed, even if it’s just to get her out of your system.
6. Do not, under any circumstances, fall in love with her.

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Oh what a well written, steamy, push-and-pull romance this is. I want to state very clearly that I really liked Jasper. So she was ballsy, closed-off and capricious – no-one is perfect! And how come it’s OK for the heroes of books to have flaws, but the heroine has to be some perfect superhuman? Gah! give me real over impossible every time.

Kate Canterbary has such a beautiful, poetic, descriptive, style of writing. Every paragraph feels like a quote worthy moment. The prose draws you in and gives you ALL the feels. I don’t form clear or distinct pictures as I read, but with this author – and this book – I am captured by the intensity of the emotions that are portrayed. You can’t read a Kate Canterbary and not feel something.

I loved the protagonists, I loved the writing, I loved the push and pull, I loved the setting. This is a fairly long read and this, in part, is where it dropped a star. I’m really torn to say this but there were some parts that didn’t really move the plot forward. The scenes were stunning in their beauty because, great writer alert, but cutting the from the final version wouldn’t have disrupted the overall story flow. However I still loved these scenes, just because of the #greatwriting and the feelings this book pulled from the depths of my soul. Because this author has me there in every moment, living the story alongside the protagonists. So it kinda hurts to have to criticise this book, but it wouldn’t be fair not to mention that I did occasionally want to press fast forward.

I haven’t read the two previous books in the (very loose) series and managed fine in understanding everything, so it’s definitely stand alone. It’s also written, as is most contemporary romance, in alternating first person, allowing us to experience the full depth of each characters feelings and their inner thoughts. And what inner thoughts they were! Wow, the heat level of this book is H-I-G-H, be careful reading it in public. People will either think you are mad as you snigger out loud or swoon, and they definitely will wonder why you are becoming so flushed.

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Review // For Better and Worse by E.B. Roshan

For Better and Worse
(Shards of Sevia #4)
by E.B. Roshan

This wasn’t like my usual reads, but it was strangely compelling. The world building was quite loose, for want of a better word. It’s a contemporary setting with a fictitious country, though there wasn’t really any detail on the cultural backgrounds of the two ethnic groups involved. It certainly captured my attention and I happily read it in one sitting.

A part of me wanted the author to have gone into more detail over how and why Preen and Rama first embarked on a relationship.  (There was a very brief intimation towards the end of the book.)  Though on reflection I like that the author didn’t direct us in this way. It allowed us to make our own decision, rather than sway our opinion. This was very much written as a story but in a nonpartisan way, there was no bias, no leading us to favour one side over the other.

There are some very powerful messages within this story, along with heartache, mystery and personal growth. I found Preen to be a strong and determined character. Yes she was sometimes the fool that rushed in where angels feared to tread, but at 18 years old she was allowed to be impulsive and naive. I liked Preen, she had made a commitment to Rama and was determined to honour that promise, regardless of the difficulties it might cause.

This is very much NOT my usual style of read, both in genre and structure. I clearly need to cast my net further as I did enjoy it. It was a poignant and hauntingly beautiful story and I will definitely read more work by this author.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

War/Military Romantic Suspense

Goodreads –

“Boris and Anna’s first baby is due any day, but the thought of raising a child in the war-torn city of Dor fills Anna with dread. Because Boris is so focused on keeping his struggling business afloat, he brushes her fears aside. When White Horse gangsters attack his illegal employee, Boris’s attempt to protect him puts his own family in danger. Will doing the right thing cost him more than he’s willing to pay? Will Boris and Anna live to see their second anniversary?”