BDSM · Book Review

// Review \\ Faris by Shane Starrett

Faris (Dad Bod Doms #4)
by Shane Starrett

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Loved it!

Whilst Faris is book #4 in the series, I read this one first, so I can absolutely guarantee that it can be read stand alone! It does contain one smallish spoiler for Henry’s book, but the blurb for that book also hints at it. I loved that we got both point of views in this book, and Shane Starrett is one of those male authors who CAN write a woman’s pov accurately. He can also write scorching hot, erotic scenes – I never knew dancing at a club could be so hot.

There are so many things I loved and enjoyed about this story, but the main one was how humble Faris was. Well, once he’d stopped being a complete head-up-his-backside idiot. It’s no spoiler to say that Faris and Leyla have relationship issues and they were the sort of things that happen to ALL couples as the shiney newness wears off a marriage, as the birth of children and the pressures of life distract from what is actually important.

Too often in books containing some kind of PE dynamic, when things go “wrong” somehow it’s the submissives fault. Too often the Dom is a mind reading, all seeing, all knowing, omnipotent genius. Too often I get annoyed by that (even if unintentionally) misogynistic crap. So this got a gazillion kudos points for sharing the blame equally, for having a Dom that not only made mistakes but owned up to them. Admitted them not just to himself, but to his peers and his submissive, and that was not only refreshing but it just made the whole story feel so much more honest.

I found myself believing in Layla and Faris, they were characters living a real life, facing real problems and finding real resolutions to those problems. I would easily believe it, should I be told, that the author had drawn on his own experience, or the experiences of close friends. It had such an air of authenticity about not only the problems, but their feelings, their responses and their solutions. They were both absolutely perfect in their imperfections, totally honest characters – though not always honest with one another. I adored them, even when I wanted to shake them! These were so true to life they feel more like people than book characters.

Whilst this isn’t a romance in the traditional sense of “boy meets girl” etc, it is still a beautiful love story and one where the depth of that love is so transparently obvious. Both protagonists are prepared to sacrifice their own wants and needs for the happiness of their partner, it’s just a shame they take so long to find out exactly what it is that the one DOES want. I’m fairly certain anyone who has been in a live together relationship for a few years would relate to this couple. So hooray for fishing weekends and Dom’s waking up and smelling the coffee, because it makes for one amazing, sexy and full of feels read!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic BDSM romance
Goodreads –

Four men… One challenge.
The Dad Bod Doms are ready to put the spark back in their relationships and prove their mettle.
He stalked her. Watched her. And took her for his own. Faris is domineering, possessive, and harbors a dark secret he never told anyone until her.
Leyla is sultry, seductive, and Faris’ secret is her deepest desire. They were a match made in heaven until things went to hell. Now they have one chance to salvage their love, their life, their family, their home. But it’s not going to happen in the boardroom or PTA meetings. They’re back to where it all began: in the dungeon where he’d first seen her on her knees, begging for release…

As he watched her.

BDSM · Book Review · Dark

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 –

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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Book Review · PNR

Review //\\ Eternal Sin by Ariana Nash

Eternal Sin (Primal Sin #2) by Ariana Nash

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Mikhail pulled the stars down from heaven because giving this a mere 5 was simply not adequate.

It was too much, and everything, and not enough.

It will never be enough because I want to stay with this pair forever.

Oh Severn, Oh Mikhail, what a star-crossed pair of lovers you are. The lies and secrets of demon and angel-kind have torn this pair asunder but I still cling to the hope that love, and Amii, will find a way to save this gods-fated pair. There are twists and turns in this tale, there are lies told and lies uncovered. Mikhail, not surprisingly, continues to struggle with his feelings, after all angels aren’t meant to fall in love, and definitely not with demons.

This book gave me more feels than I ever knew existed. Mikhail and Severn’s love hurts my heart in all the best possible ways. There is something quite magical about this pair, both when they are apart but even more so when they are together. Not surprising really given their divine heritage. Nothing, absolutely nothing, about this book was predictable. Even as I had only a few pages left to read I still had absolutely no idea what twist would hit me – or one of our heroes – next.

Ariana Nash’s prose took a blender to my soul, in a good way! I felt every single emotion, experienced the heartache and agony, drowned in every soul searing kiss, lusted after a dark angel and his golden haired demon, railed at the injustices that befell them. And every single time I felt a smidgeon of hope, some dire peril threatened to rip it all away again. Bravo Ms Nash you have truly left me an emotional wreck, one that will not be set to rights until Infernal Sin is published!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Eternal Sin by Ariana Nash

Genre – MM PNR/ Demons and Angels Romance
For as long as angels and demons have warred over London, battle lines have never been crossed and humans never hurt.
Now, everything has changed.
More powerful than ever, nothing can stop Mikhail’s crusade of vengeance against the demon who betrayed him.
Trapped as an angel, Severn is running out of time. To regain his true form, he must retrieve his wings, but there’s one problem: Mikhail. The guardian has Severn’s wings gruesomely displayed in the broken City of Aerie, high above London. Weak and heartsick, Severn’s power failing, he has no choice but to lie, cheat, and illusion his way back into Mikhail’s cold heart or die trying.
Destiny thought them fated mates.
Destiny was wrong.
The war and the fate of the world hinge on their shattered love. Can it be saved?

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Book Review · SFR

Review // I Am Eve

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I Am Eve by Nicolina Martin

This story is intense and so hauntingly beautiful.

Set in a dystopian near future, I Am Eve is the heartrending story of two damaged individuals. The outcast – feared, judged, tormented – and the lost one – hurt, angry, scared. A bonding of souls, a visceral fusing on the deepest of levels, forged by a loneliness that is painful to witness. I adored this lyrically poetic story of two broken halves fusing to form the most gloriously prepossessing whole.

He smells of strength and kindness, but also of a sorrow that eats at his insides and hollows him out.

Adam and Eve’s story is one of hope, of resilience, of trust and of love. They shared their screams, creating something wonderful and amazing from them. Most of the story features our two main characters together so, despite my intolerance for all things insta-love, I completely believed in the strength of their connection. I trusted the way that they completed one another and gave credence to how it soothed the bone deep ache whose existence had never been acknowledged.

As I lean in and plant a kiss on her hip, I realize that’s exactly what has happened. She has seen me. Our few short hours together have been cathartic. I’ve rarely experienced such a sense of peace with anyone.

Eve was easy to connect with, and love, from the start. She is a strong woman, despite a life filled with rejection and hate. The way she saw through her other senses was wonderful and I loved how she described in smells and emotions. Adam deliberately took longer to get to know, here is a man closed off from life, full of guilt, pain and sorrow, destructive and maybe self destructive. It takes Eve’s sightless eyes seeing him for Adam to find the man he once was, the man he wanted to be.

Or I can be who she thinks I am. The man she sees in me that I didn’t even know was still in there.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I Am Eve by Nicolina Martin

Dystopian/ Apocalyptic Romance

I survived the fall of civilization, but I didn’t live… until I met him.
Adam is not a good man. He’s a criminal. A warlord. Someone who takes without asking. He is guarded and cold. But that’s not all he is. He’s also a father. A leader. A battered soul who refuses to stop fighting.
I’m blind, but I see the real man behind the wounded, world-weary façade, and I want him more than I’ve ever wanted anything. His touch sets my skin ablaze. He fills my house with laughter and light, and then leaves me with a gift that might bring life to a dying world.
It seems our love can save… everything.

Book Review · Romantic Suspense

Review // Redemption (Fragile Ties #3)

Redemption (Fragile Ties #3) by Jennifer Bene

Damn you Ms Bene, you left me on such a floaty and wondrous ending. And I should have known better than to trust that you wanted me to be happy, but no! So I foolishly sallied forth and read the bonus scene. My advice to other readers is DON’T DO IT!, well at least for a few days. Not unless you want to have all that warm gooeyness ripped from your grasp only to be replaced with utter heartbreak and devastation.

It’s said that good things are worth waiting for and that was never more true than when referring to the conclusion to David and Lianna’s story, which is so very, very good indeed.  Redemption took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions, though it was like riding one blindfold, never sure when the next drop, twist or turn would occur. I want to say I devoured this book but at times I felt more like it devoured me, as it caught me in it’s tangled web and did with me as it pleased.

Their connection had started in the darkest of places, fueled by pain and rage, but they’d both changed. Become someone new. Evolved together, and she hoped that continued even though the Faures had a place in her life now.
Because as messed up as their story was… she didn’t want anyone else at her side.

There are a lot of new characters introduced in this book, some good, some not so good. Who to trust, who is lying, who is being honest… not only is it difficult to know, but Lianna and David struggle to agree on it. Just as things seems to be working out for them, meeting the Faures imposes untold stresses on their relationship and you just know there will be trouble ahead.

The whisper of the belt moving through the air wasn’t near enough warning for it to crash down onto that impossibly agonizing strip of skin… She cried out, tears burning her eyes as she kicked, digging her toes into the floor to try and move, but she was caught. Each blistering strike only hurt worse than the last, building on top of each other, bleeding together until her ass and thighs throbbed and she couldn’t hold the sobs back anymore.
Finally, he stopped, releasing her wrist and removing his knee from her back so he could rip her off the floor by her hair. She only made it to her knees, but he leaned down to look into her eyes.
“God, I love it when you cry for me.”

This pair have a complex relationship, rooted in all that is wrong and twisted, but from it has blossomed something that is their beautiful. The sex scenes are not sweet nor gentle, because neither of them want that. Theirs is a love that is brutal, extreme, violent and furious, all encompassing and no-holds bared. David has a darkness to his cravings, a darkness Lianna craves. They may have been softened by love but there are times when you wonder if he truly has them under control.

She wasn’t even halfway there when he slammed into her back, his arms coming around to squeeze her tight, lifting her off the floor as he laughed in her ear.
“You know I like it when you struggle, so feel free.”

I re-read Destruction and Inheritance in preparation for reading this. I wasn’t sure if it would (a) live up to the magnificence of those books and (b) just what exactly would be in store for me. It totally surpassed all my expectations. Jennifer Bene wrote a conclusion to the Fragile Ties series that was unpredictable, captivating and I quite simply couldn’t have wished for better than this.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Redemption (Fragile Ties #2) by Jennifer Bene
Genre – Romantic Suspense

“No one will tear us apart.”
Everything would be easier if he could just tie her up.
Lock her away and keep her safe.
Well… from everyone except him.
But that’s not how love works.
David chose Lianna over his hate. Every part of her.
Love of his life. Heiress to a dangerous crime family. Prior focus of all his rage and obsession,
and current focus of his… everything.
Her family is the only thing standing in their way.
But family isn’t everything, no matter what they say.
She may share their blood, but those can be fragile ties when put to the test.
In the end, it’s who we choose that matters. And he will always choose her