Book Review · Dark · Sci-Fi

MACHINERY OF DESIRE BOX SET

Just over two years ago I kept seeing a particular book mentioned on Facebook. It was called Acquired Possession and was by the author Cari Silverwood. Turned out I’d already read a book of hers, but one written under the pen name Wren Tirrell – and I’d been most disappointed to find that was the one and only book by that ‘author’. I loved the humour, the twists, and the engaging writing.

So getting back to Possession, once I was aware of the book and had read the blurb I was both interested and intrigued. I was a little worried that it might be one of those ‘instantly in love with the alien’ books OR might be too dark for my taste. So I did what any self respecting book whore would and used the ‘send me a sample’ option. OK the book doesn’t cost a huge amount of money but none of us like to waste what money we have. Anyway, as soon as I reached the end of said sample I immediately, and without any shadow of a doubt nor hesitation, hit the ‘buy now’ button on my kindle.

Then I sat and read the whole book in one sitting.

It was so good I pre-ordered Claimed Possession (The Machinery of Desire #2) before I’d even finished it. I then joined the authors group on Facebook and bought the rest of the series as they were released, including the no-longer-available Alphas and Aliens anthology where a short story from the world was included.

I’m here to share the amazing news that this series is available as a box set, including all 5 stories at a knock down price. The series is perfect for those who love well written sci-fi, dubious consent, naughtily steamy kinkiness and fantastic characters who you don’t forget.


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On Aerthe freedom is a lie.

Wrenched from their beds and into another world, three earth women and one man find themselves in an alien, violence-infested land.

Powered by old tech and carrying the captive humans, the immense landships of the Mekkers grind on track and wheel across the countryside. Fern, Gio, and Emery are property and must learn to kneel and beg, to open their legs, and to stifle their shame. Pleasure will be their reward.

Even if fated to fall in love, these women fight to the last.

Their weapons will be guns and words, or bots from the tiniest in size to giant war machines, though sometimes running away works best. Only Sawyer, ex-soldier, will never bow, for being the master beckons to him and drums through his blood.
With everyone at war with everyone else, the planet seems ready to implode. Can humans be the healing catalyst?

The journey to peace on Aerthe will be paved with the dead, as well as the screams of women climaxing in the hands, ropes, and chains of their masters. 


“… the wonderful, strange, demented, naughty and twisted things that have been dreamt up and included, all just roll together into an amazing read.”


“So many scenes are laced with darkly sexual undertones, occasionally outright blatantly delicious ones.”


“I was on edge until the last sentence faded.”


ALL FIVE BOOKS IN THE SERIES IN ONE BOXSET.

350,000 words from NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Cari Silverwood.
Featuring Acquired Possession, Claimed Possession, Branded Possession, Exquisite Possession, and the novella, Fated Possession.


This is a very graphic and carnal story for those who love the fantasy of being taken by an alien warrior.

WARNING: Contains alien butt.

ACQUIRED POSSESSION REVIEW – 5+ stars

Firstly it didn’t feel that dark of a read, possibly because of the sci-fi/alien world aspect of the book. There was no where near as much ‘punishment’ or cruelty as I expected and instead I found this to be a very erotic but also action-packed read.

Emery came across as a tough cookie, with plenty of spirit and determination, I loved her character. Mako was also incredibly well written, his internal musings allowed us to see that actually he was a fairly decent ‘man’, despite his sadistic leanings. We only learn some very important facts about the Strathe, the Mekkers and Aerthe as we progress further into the story, but this is also very necessary for the plot to work.

This isn’t a conventional romance in any sense of the word, and not just because of it being set on an alien planet. But the chemistry and the connection between Emery and Mako is believable and works, and so much of it is in the small kindnesses that Mako shows to Emery (even when he doesn’t always mean to).

This book had me gripped from start to finish, it even had me fall in love with a small mechanical child’s toy! The writing is excellent, the plot is literally out of this world and not your typical ‘snatched by the alien’ story, the pace kept me turning pages as quick as I could and the whole book was just so easy to read.

Claimed Possession Review – 5 stars

This book had a different feel to Acquired Possession, whilst still being as captivating and well written. A large part of this is due to it being mostly written from the hero, Sawyer’s, POV but also because it is set in the Scav ‘part’ of Aether. I’m also pleased that this was the case, as now I’m wondering both what will happen in Book 3 and when it will be out as I’m desperate for more of this world.

It was interesting to ‘see’ the male perspective on all the dubious consent and dominance ‘stuff’ and it involved my emotions in a very different way to Emery’s story. I still felt the emotions and empathised with both characters, but I usually ‘connect’ more to the female character just because it is easier to put myself in her shoes. That in no way affected my enjoyment of the book, it was still full of action, had amazing pace and was incredibly steamy and it allowed this story to take us more into the world of Aether and its people.

Sawyers battles with his base desires, Scav expectations and his own morals turned him from what could have been a despicable individual into quite an attractive, and definitely one heck of a sexy, anti-hero. Despite the dubious consent aspects, and even at the start when he was still very angry, his scruples led him to protect and take care of Ari. I loved those moments, when he wasn’t conscious of his actions, where he would hold her close to him for comfort. 

We had enough of Ari’s viewpoint to know she is an intelligent, feisty, caring and deep down brave woman. She is also a little naive and a lot confused by the lust she has for Sawyer and his treatment of her. That treatment and Sawyer’s behaviour was depraved at times but somehow, given the setting, it felt acceptable, especially as he often battled with his conscience or drew a line where the Scav wouldn’t have. This along with JI’s emotional/mental growth raised some deep questions on how the thoughts and actions of society – or a lack of morals by those in charge, can affect our own behaviours. To my mind it posed similar warnings to those raised by The Lord of the Flies. 

There were so many unexpected twists in this story that it kept me gripped. That ending – it came out of nowhere for me, but it was perfect for the relationship Sawyer truly wanted with Ari. JI’s ending was even twistier – and send disturbing shiver’s down my back., he (it?) is no longer the person that Emery knew and cared for. 

I can’t even begin to guess where this story is heading but I know I can’t wait for the next book.

Fated Possession – 5 stars

This is a quick but engaging, hot and fantastic story from the Machinery of Desire series. Whilst it can be read as a standalone, and indeed Cari managed to briefly fill in the important details of this world, having read the other books will really enhance this story. (Book 1 world builds and Book 2 has Sassik as a side character).

I know it’s a short story but there was no way I was putting this down and going to sleep – it had me gripped. Blue was such a strong heroine, never giving up or giving in and I’d love to see more of her. Sassik was as honourable a man as you are going to find on Aerthe and I’d love a Sassik of my own. The characters spoke to me, drew me in and made me love every moment of this book.

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Branded Possession – 5 Stars

This is my favourite book of the series so far. I just loved the mind games and manipulation by both parties, though Gio was too caring to ever succumb to doing anything truly bad or evil. Ryke on the other hand did bad things for good reasons, or just because he wanted to. I could happily live in this book, I wanted it to never end. The detailed world building, the tiny little touches that seem insignificant at first but that will prove to be important later, the wonderful, strange, demented, naughty and twisted things that have been dreamt up and included, all just roll together into an amazing read.

If this was a contemporary romance, based on Earth with Ryke as a human, I would consider him morally depraved and somewhat evil. He carries an air of menace and dark about him, exploiting the attraction between Gio and himself in order to manipulate her. However, since this is based in another universe I really liked him instead. I’d run screaming in the opposite direction if I met Ryke, but my word he did some hot things to Gio.

Gio is absolutely amazing, her mind was a constant whirl of plans, worries, analysis and pushing crap into boxes to ignore forever or to examine later. I adored her mental debates with herself, and how honest she was in these. She was so scarily rational. So rational, in fact, that it didn’t take her long to accept what Ryke did because, well damn, she enjoyed it. 

You can really feel the plot building in this story, with lots of political and Aerthe machinations occurring as sub-plots. Towards the end these almost pull us away from Gio and Ryke, but those final scenes make it clear that this was (I think) deliberate by the author, reflecting Gio’s feelings of being adrift and purposeless, perhaps of abandonment too. Whilst there is a scene that suggests the title refers to Gio, it could equally refer to Ryke and his marked role as the KOL (King’s Own Lawgiver), the belief that he is the prophet or even the Dekkers with their blue etchings from their livelihoods, or following Aerthe’s manipulation of them. That is the wonder of Cari Silverwood’s writing. She opens so many doors for your mind to travel through, scattering little breadcrumbs to lead you on the most fantastical of journey’s. It doesn’t harm that she writes damn good kinky scenes too.

If you ever join this authors facebook group DON’T LET ON WHAT SCARES YOU. She is more sadistic than Ryke and merrily wove mechanical 8-legged creepy-bots and claustrophobia inducing headgear into the story, just to torment her readers (evil woman, lol). However her brief homage to The Hitchhiker’s Guide made me forgive her. Well that and all the really good naughty stuff in here.

Exquisite Possession – 4.5 stars

Fast paced, filthy, funny, frenzied and fabulous. An exciting, humorous and often thought provoking conclusion to this epic series.

I’m probably (OK definitely) going to take a while to get to the crux of this review, so I’m going to lay down now how much I LOVED this book, how gripping the story was, how fabulous the characters were, how hot the sex was and how sad I am that the series has ended. Whilst this can be read as JI and Fern’s stand alone story, reading the series will give you a better understanding of where all the other characters fit, along with how and why certain events happen. 

I fuck therefore I am. He would rewrite Emery’s ideas on what made a self-aware AI.

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Each book in the series has brought something new to the story of Aerthe and it’s inhabitants. Each tale has opened our eyes to a new facet of what life is like for its people. They’ve also contained some downright filthy and perverted sex scenes, and boy are they wonderful to read. Now normally I’d be bleating on about the amazing world building skills of the author, but in Exquisite Possession she took things in a different direction. We had a story that looked inwards at what makes us human and what constitutes a good or a bad person, rather than focusing on the outwards.

Still learning how to human … Some days he seemed a cross between her perfect Dom and a teenager.

JI/Osta was a mechanoid, a sentient robot for want of a better description. He took over a ‘human’ body (or technically a Scav body) in Book 2 of the series. Fern is a human, dragged through time and space, otherwise known as a portal, to become a blood slave to the Mekkers. Only Fern stabbed the judge who ruled that they weren’t ‘sentient’ enough to have rights and ended up being ejected from their landship broken, battered, bruised and close to death. So it’s fair to say that both characters come with a fair bit of baggage.

The first part of this book focuses on JI and his battles with the fantasies he has about Fern. Fantasies that include pain, humiliation and domination. Fantasies that just perhaps Fern might have too. 

With a thrill to top what already had grabbed his balls … he realized Fern could be his experiment. His little experiment on sex.
Little being more due to her size compared to his, not to what was possible. Because there was 
everything. Possibilities seemed endless. He, an ex-mech with control of a girl.


JI goes through a lot of soul searching, but it never felt too introspective or naval gazing. Usually because CS would always drop in some of her wonderful humour when things started getting a little too serious.

This was much more of a love story than any of the other books, possibly with the exception of Blue and Sassik’s story. It still retained dark edges and some very extremely kinky play, some of which involved the surgical implantation of blunt spikes around a part of JI’s anatomy. However JI was always far too caring to ever truly be a bad man, and given Fern’s traumatic past he was the perfect hero for both her and us. That didn’t stop him from using the connection both he and Fern had with the mechlings to his own benefit. 

“Is a part of you still Osta? The thinking part of you?”
“No. I’m not him at all. I told you that.”
He wanted to ask her if that would scare her more than she could bear but didn’t dare to. Because the answer might scare him.

The second part of the story is more ‘traditional’ sci-fi action, if being strung up naked on the nose cone of a war ship, your body pierced by countless wires, could ever be considered traditional. Like all truly great books, lots of strands and easter egg clues all wove together to bring a very satisfying ending to this amazing series.

Did I also mention that there is a lot of very hot, kinky and lust filled sex?


Book Review · Domestic Discipline · Shifter

WARLORD

WARLORD: A Dark Shifter Romance by Delta James

Warlord is a darker read, with non-consensual punishments, so reader caution is advised. It is set in a dystopian future, the same one as Virgin Tribute but this is set in the UK and focuses on wolf shifters. There are also links to the Wayward Mates series, though you absolutely don’t need to have read any other books to enjoy this one.

I really enjoyed this book, since the setting is dystopian/paranormal I can let go of societal norms and accept the patriarchal structure of the society. My modern brain doesn’t always agree with it but since the fiction isn’t mimicking ‘real life’ it is something I can live with. 

I adored Rowan, she is a feisty no nonsense heroine, raised to be a warrior and unwilling to bow to any man. Alaric is all alpha and determined to master his naughty mate. He is prepared to deliver non-consensual spankings and beltings when he feels she has misbehaved, and doesn’t mind displaying Rowan’s punished behind to his men. Conversely he also holds her in high esteem and takes great care to otherwise ensure her comfort and happiness.

Two such strong and powerful alphas are bound to clash, and their passion is scorching hot. I’m not really sure how Delta James managed it but she took me from wanting Rowan to kick Alaric’s butt, to being pleased with the relationship that unfolded. 

The story flows smoothly, the plot and pace combining perfectly to hold my attention throughout. By the end, I not only liked but also respected both main characters. I’m also hoping that we might get both Sloan and Arielle’s stories sometime in the future. If you enjoyed either the Wayward Mates series, Virgin Tribute, or like darker edged domestic discipline books, then I am only to happy to recommend this book to you.

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He conquered her. Now he will claim her.

When Rowan inherited control of her pack upon her father’s death, she vowed never to marry, and many a suitor has since been sent home disappointed. But Alaric of Ravenscar is no suitor…

He is a warlord, never defeated in battle, and he has come to take what he wants. He means to conquer not just Rowan’s lands, but her beautiful virgin body as well, and her efforts to defy him merely result in her being mounted and claimed with her well-spanked bare bottom still burning.

Soon Alaric will mark her as his mate, but first she will be thoroughly and shamefully mastered.


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

BDSM · Book Review · Romantic Suspense

LOST IN YOU by Lexi Blake

MY REVIEW – 5 STARS

Quite simply I loved this.

I’ve read quite a few of the earlier Masters and Mercenaries books, but haven’t read any of The Forgotten series . Whilst there are a few minor spoilers in this book, I’m fairly certain when I go back and read them (and that is high on my TBR priority list) I will still enjoy every single moment. Ms Blake does an amazing job of making this stand-alone, allowing you to keep up with the story, without giving too many spoilers away.

Robert is one complex man, and whilst he doesn’t know who he was he definitely knows who he is now. I fell in love with immediately, fell in love with his gentleness, his caring heart, his leadership and sense of responsibility and his protectiveness of those close to him. Life has dealt this man the worst of hands yet he fails to give up or bow down, innately showing his true character.

With how much I loved Robert I should have hated Ariel, but I couldn’t. She wasn’t perfect and she did bad things for good reasons and I totally and utterly believed in her love for Robert. This couple had chemistry that sizzled and we get treated to several very hot BDSM scenes. I may even have to invest in some wooden pegs!

The suspense/intrigue aspect of this book was outstanding. The surprises, twists and turns keep you on the edge of your seat. What I really enjoyed was that some of those twists don’t play out in the way you would expect. In the way that most other authors would have developed it. I really didn’t know what was going to happen next and I was mesmerised. I was engaged by every part of this story – apart from the bit I didn’t enjoy, when the author did that ‘nasty author thing’.  It might have been necessary for the story, and I may have forgiven her, but I don’t have to be happy about it 😉

Lexi Blake is a true master at writing intense, erotic, suspenseful, BDSM stories and I cannot recommend her series highly enough. This is yet another amazing addition to it.

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“A hot, sexy mix of angst, longing, suspense and drama you don’t want to miss!” — Carly Phillips, New York Times Bestselling Author

Lost in You, an all-new sexy and action packed installment in the Masters and Mercenaries: The Forgotten Series from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake, is available now!

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Robert McClellan was forced to serve as a soldier in a war he didn’t understand. Liberated by McKay-Taggart, he struggles every day to reclaim the life he lost and do right by the men he calls his brothers, The Lost Boys. Only one thing is more important – Ariel Adisa. The gorgeous psychologist has plagued his dreams since the day they met. Even as their mission pushes him to his limits, he can’t stop thinking about taking his shot at finding a life beyond all this with her.

Ariel Adisa is a force to be reckoned with. Her performance in Toronto proved she’s more than just a brilliant mind, but Robert still acts as if she is a wilting flower who needs his protection. Joining him on the mission to Munich should be the perfect opportunity to test their skills and cement their relationship. She and Robert are an excellent match. But when a stunning secret from Robert’s past is revealed, their world is turned upside down and nothing will ever be the same again.

While they chase dark secrets across Europe, Robert and Ariel realize that the only thing worse than not knowing who you are could be discovering who you used to be…

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He led Ariel out. Down the hall he saw Dante outside the media room, a beer in his hand. He’d been turned toward the kitchen at the opposite end of the hall, as though he’d been standing there staring at it. Had he been listening to the happy couples? There was something dark in Dante that always gave him pause. Dante turned without a word and disappeared behind the doors where he would likely drink himself to sleep. It seemed to be the way he and Sasha operated. But he wasn’t thinking about that tonight. Tomorrow would be soon enough to sit everyone down and talk about the problems they were having. He would get Jax on the phone. He wasn’t leaving him out because he was in London. “Are you all right?” Ariel had stopped beside him. “Is Dante giving you trouble?” He was glad she’d been upstairs when they’d gone on their rant. “I think the pressure is starting to get to him. But we can talk about that tomorrow. I think after we get back to London we should have a big group meeting and get some things out in the open.” “They think Damon and Ian are keeping things from them?” No. He did not want to go there. He stopped in the middle of the hall and got into her personal space. She backed up against the wall and he loomed over her. It was time to move from reality to a place where they might be able to play out a few fantasies, if she was ready. “No work talk. If you want to go to sleep, I’ll kiss you now and see you in the morning. Tucker and I are in the room next to you. If you need anything I’ll be there. If you aren’t tired and you want to talk some more, we can go down to the bar and have another glass of wine with the full knowledge we don’t have to go any further than that. I’m more than willing to sit up talking to you all night long.” She tilted her head up to him. “And if I want to go to bed but not to sleep?” His heart rate ticked up, blood starting to thrum through his system as he invaded further, brushing his chest against hers. He reached for her wrists and gently brought them up and over her head, pinning her to the wall. “Then we need to make a few things clear.” She took a deep breath, her lips curling up as though she liked the way he smelled. “Me sub, you Dom. Got it.” He leaned over. “Hey, I’m trying to make sure I take care of you the way you like to be taken care of. I’ve watched you play. I don’t think your play partners realized how much you like being dominated. I think they view you as a woman who enjoys a spanking from time to time. They don’t get how much you need to know your partner is thinking about how to handle you. They don’t understand that you need to stop thinking. You need a place where you obey your partner.” “In their defense, I had no interest in sex with any of them. I was looking for a spanking, some physical play that wouldn’t lead to real intimacy. You watched me?” “I always watch you,” he admitted. “It’s why my brothers insist I’m your stalker. I watch you because I can’t not watch you when you’re in a room. If I thought for a second that it made you uncomfortable, I would make myself stop, but I think you like it.” She watched him, too, and not in a way that made him think she was wary of him. It had always been there between them—the crackle and fire of sexual chemistry. “You’re going to be a talky one, aren’t you?” she asked. And she was going to be a brat.

About Lexi Blake

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success. She likes to find humor in the strangest places. Lexi believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome or foursome may seem.

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Book Review · Fantasy

Elemental Fae Academy: Book One: A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance

Elemental Fae Academy by Lexi C Foss

This is one HAWT adventure that hooked me in from the very start.

This is one of those books that you just can’t read quickly enough. You are desperate to read it and find out what happens next, yet you don’t want to get to the end either. I was thoroughly captivated by every single word, falling in love with the three main characters and enjoying every moment of adventure. There wasn’t a single thing I would want to change about this book. It has dimensional main characters, emotions, reactions and feelings I could relate too, a decent amount of heat and an exciting plot. Oh and great world building – I can’t not mention the fantastic setting for this story.

In this first book of a trilogy we meet half-ling Claire and two of her future mates, Exos and Titus. Exos is Fae royalty and the strongest spirit elemental in the realm, whilst Titus is a fire elemental and a bit of a loner. Until a rather disastrous 21st birthday party, Claire never even knew her mother was a Fae, never knew her mother at all. Caught up in a whole strange new world, it takes Claire just a little while to adapt. The situation isn’t helped by the interference of malevolent outside forces and 3 bitchy college girls. Her panic and despair felt so real, I could feel my heart breaking for, and with, Claire’s. She is such an easy to like character and is a big part of what makes this a great read.

Exos was quite an unfeeling ass at first, though as we got to know him he does grow on you. The authors also cleverly and subtly wove explanations for his original aloofness into the story. Titus is very different to Exos, avoiding the usual pitfall of an RH story where the males are often interchangeable. I liked that we only met two of her harem, well technically three but only two with which she became intimate. This allowed Claire to form a believable connection and bond with the pair of them. I’m just hoping that they don’t ‘disappear’ from future books as the remaining males are introduced into the mix.

If the remaining two books are only half as good as this it will still be a fabulous series. And I need those books NOW!!!!

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My one piece of advice: Never kiss a stranger.
See, I kind of kissed this sexy man at the bar on a dare once, and it turns out he’s a Royal Fae destined to be my mate. Now I’ve been dragged to the Elemental Fae Academy to control the powers I unlocked that night.
So kissing? Yeah, that won’t happen again. Nope.
Lesson learned.

Except, I kind of kissed Titus, too. And well, now, I’m in a world of trouble. I keep burning things down, flooding dorms, and I’ve attracted the campus mean girl brigade.
This Fae Realm is a nightmare come to life. Truly.
But there are dreams here, too.
Sexy ones.
And they’re in the form of five Elemental Fae mentors. They’re supposed to help me control my powers, but who’s going to keep the elements from controlling me?

Note: This is a medium burn reverse harem paranormal romance, and book one of the Elemental Fae Academy trilogy.

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Alien · Book Review · Sci-Fi

TAMED by Kallista Dane & Kate Richards

Tamed, by Kallista Dane & Kate Richards, is my favourite of the Centauri Captives series so far.

Whilst Tamed can very much be read as a stand alone, I do think reading the two previous books (especially book 2) will enhance the experience. With each new book we learn more about the Centauri as a race, more about the corruption on Earth and also about the threat posed by the Rydek. Whilst there is good world building, and an explanation of why Xia is on-board an alien space ship, this is a shorter read (novella length), so both are limited. 

I LOVED that Xia was a warrior, unwilling to bend or kow-tow even in the face of adversity. Biding her time until the moment was right. It was so good to see a strong female remaining strong, she might submit to Joran but she was never going to be a submissive and obedient female. Joran’s thoughtful responses to Xia, and his burgeoning respect for her made this a really wonderful love story too. He was an overbearing as at first, but by the end of the book I loved them both. 

For a novella this managed to pack in plenty of action both in bed and out of it! There are some hot scenes both in Joran’s cabin and in other rooms of the spaceship not to mention some actual action and adventure segments too. I really do recommend this series, especially if you love hot dominant alpha male aliens!

PS Their skin changes colour and they have extra ‘features’ that bring great pleasure – what more could you want?

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Book Review · Sci-Fi

CONDEMNED by Cari Silverwood

This is a reverse harem book for people who don’t like reverse harem!

Condemned is unlike most (any?) RH story you will have read (or not read) before and it should be top of your TBR list. Reverse Harem has been one of those ‘things’ that seems to have become huge (no pun intended) in the romance world over the last few years. I have to say unless they are part of a series, for a variety of reasons, I had rather given up on them. 

The vast majority of books in the genre have zero male character development and I have all on trying to remember which guy is currently featured or to find ANY plot in between all the sex scenes. Well Condemned turned all those preconceptions on their head. This author refused to stick to the formulaic one sex scene with each, a couple of MFM scenes and then one sex scene with all of them as the grand finale.

No this author GAVE THE BOOK A PLOT! Imagine that, she actually wrote a story with action, adventure, dastardly plots against the heroine, sweet little moments, some darn kinky sex but not too much and 4 distinct male characters who actually quite liked the heroine! How dare she?!! (That last bit is tongue in cheek)

She licked and tried not to appear happy to do so even if the taste appealed to her in the worst and most disgusting way.

I really had a soft spot for Zo (who, for a sadist, was quite tender) and Kondio… Oh also the very troubled Timin and I guess, in the end, the aloof and cold Takk wasn’t too bad either. These men all had their own distinct personalities, their foibles, strengths and weaknesses. Four battle damaged, weary Mauleons looking for some peace and quiet in which to live out the rest of their days. And all it took to mend their broken souls was one unwanted, unloved and uninhibited Huleon girl thief called Avalon. Well that and rescuing her from certain death by impalement.

We get a pregnant scythefox, a mousebot called Nibbles (who may just steal the show a little), assassins, a religious sex cult, a runaway ‘lovemaking’ machine and a strange prophecy that all add colour, texture and flavour to this wonderful story. We get salacious kinkiness, plenty of humour, a quirky plot that never fails to captivate or surprise and piercings. If you’ve ever read Terry Pratchett’s discworld and wished for something similar but naughtier, dirtier and with piercings then you will LOVE this book.

She concentrated, finding herself panting, and feeling the forced and inevitable widening of her entrance in every minute detail.
Interesting. Yes.
Definitely 
interesting.
Then he shoved 
harder.

**Condemned has the same setting as Ruled, though there is no overlap between the two stories and it can be read standalone.**

She owes them her life. She’ll pay with her body.

After she is caught trying to steal an artifact from an alien temple, Avalon is saved from a terrible fate by four veteran warriors, but the battle-scarred brutes make it clear they have no intention of setting her free. She belongs to them now, and one after the other they bring her roughly to heel, using and enjoying her beautiful body as thoroughly and as often as they please.

Though their plan to rescue her goes smoothly, Avalon remains distrustful of these alien beasts, and her efforts to escape them soon earn her a painful, humiliating punishment. Despite her shame, she cannot hide her response to their touch, and before long she is screaming with pleasure as she is brought to climax again and again by acts she’d never thought she could enjoy.

Over the coming days, Avalon’s captors become her protectors, but will they be able to keep her safe when her life is threatened by the man who sent her to steal the artifact in the first place?

Publisher’s Note: Condemned is set in the same world as Ruled, but it is a stand-alone novel. It includes spankings and rough, intense sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VLKD736/

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07VLKD736/

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47220202-condemned

EARLY PRAISE:

“Along with some very interesting side characters/creatures such as florses, a scythefox, mouse-bots, assassins, and love priests, this is a story of second chances, of healing, finding love when you least expect it, and finally a place in this world to call home.” 

Sheri Cordell

“The mauleons all have injuries…some worse than others. The camaraderie is genuine and the personalities varied. In reverse harem stories, the toughest thing is outlining the men well enough so they don’t blur together. It’s easy to see the men only as a group. But Silverwood creates four very distinct men here, also allowing Avalon time with each (and the reader) so she sees them as individuals. The relationships grow in honest ways.” 

Sierra Clothier

“a dystopian story where large tech is seriously frowned upon (kaboom!), the heroine is a thief, there’s a reverse harem, mouse bot, florses (yes, FLORSES!), and that spear! So many fun things about this story. Avalon was all sorts of snarky sass and the mauleons were hot and tragic with heavy doses of snarkiness making the story pure entertainment.” 

Leslie O’Brien

“The steam is both titillating and uncomfortable (especially for Avalon). I cannot count the number of times I had to smile like a Cheshire cat at how well this author pushes the envelope between extreme and erotic.” 

Maria Howard, (she of the ‘sweet holy titfire’ compliments 🙂
Book Review · Dystopian

FORBIDDEN LETTERS (Men of the North #0.5) by Elin Peer

Quite simply this is Elin Peer at her very best

Whilst we’ve actually seen the end of the Men of the North series, this prequel gives us some insight into how and why the Motlanders and the Northmen grew so far apart. Elin’s narrative is not only that of a love story but also a warning of how divided we can become over the simplest of issues.

I adored this story and, if like me, you have read the rest of the series, it was so enlightening. It shows a time when the differences between the two nations were actually much less. A missed opportunity to build bridges rather than walls. Knowing the love of two very wonderful people led to even more suspicion, distrust and a worsening of relations between the Motherlands and the North was, at times, heartbreaking. A rather chilling analogy to so much of human history where something good has been twisted into something to fear.

Forbidden Letters is a beautiful story of love across the divide but also a warning of what happens when we allow prejudice and fear to lead our decision making. Whilst it is an amazing work of fiction, it also draws some eerie and foreboding parallels to the political situation in so many countries at the moment, my own included. Yet at no point does this ever feel as though the author is trying to force her views on us, but it does open ones eyes and elicit deeper contemplation at times. It’s also one heck of an emotion packed, full of feels love story.

For some reason Devina reminded me of Christina, though she was a much ‘freer’ Motlander due to living in a different era. She had the caring-sharing ethos of the Motherlands, but was much less of a conformer to societal expectations and so much more of a free thinker. Tyton was perhaps more like Finn, a much milder N’man than some of the later protagonists. I totally and utterly fell in love with this pair, thankfully they get a much better ending than Romeo and Juliet did, even though I consider their love story to be just as wonderful as that of the star-crossed lovers.

This book took me through the gamut of emotions with a story that has carved itself a special place within my heart. I won’t quote them, because of spoilers, but some of those lines in the epilogue were like a punch to the gut. I could feel them squeezing my heart!

I really can’t recommend this book enough. The writing, the story, the pace and the characters do not disappoint but are all outstanding.

AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

BLURB

Curiosity has the ability to turn the smartest person into a reckless fool. 

“Few dared live as close to the border as us. Not even the long-standing peace treaty between our two nations could make people forget how the savage Men of the North used to hunt down and kidnap women here.”

If only Devina hadn’t been so damned curious by nature, she would have never picked up that letter thrown across the Northern wall. Now, she is horrified to see that it’s from a teenage girl who is only weeks away from being auctioned off in a bridal tournament. With no time to waste, Devina is determined to help the girl escape, even if it means putting herself in danger. 

Forbidden Letters is a stand-alone prequel to Elin Peer’s wildly popular dystopian romance series, Men of the North. 
The entire series is out, so if you like binge reading there will be no waiting for the next installment.

Get this book and see why readers are raving about the masterful dialogue and unexpected plotline.

Book Review · Dark

FALLEN (Dark Necessities Prequel) by Felicity Brandon

FIVE STARS – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Psychological, dark romance
Release: June 26, 2019
Cover Design: Eris Adderly.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45997110-fallen


This book made my feelings ricochet like a squash ball around a court

Wow, wow, wow. There were times when I almost liked Ethan, and there were times when I hated that man – especially by the end! How Ms Brandon aims to convince me that he deserves Lily is beyond my ability to imagine. I just know that he is one sexily gorgeous but very bad man.

There were a couple of occasions when I wanted to give Lily a good shake out of her naivety. However she IS only 18 and therefore I could understand these decisions. And so often it was a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea! I loved her inner strength, whilst the real life me would never agree with some of her choices, the fictional me loved every twist and turn arising from those decisions.

This book had me on the very edge of my seat for the vast majority of it, the tension is unparalleled and I don’t know how Ms Brandon managed to maintain it for so long. Honestly this is both gripping and twisted, a truly dark read that has the ability to horrify at the same time as it titillates – and in equal measures. 

Despite knowing the ultimate outcome for this couple, since both the prologue of book one AND the Dark Necessities Trilogy tell us, I’m still not sure if I want Lily to stick with Ethan or toss him aside. Ethan is an entire game of Snog, Marry and Kill all on his own. I absolutely adored some of the depraved games he forced Lily to play, probably as much if not more than she did. At the same time I hated his twisted thinking and illogical logic. So often his reasoning was UNREASONABLE and that is what makes him such a great anti-hero.

Oh Ms Brandon thank you so much for Ethan and Lily – I can not wait for the conclusion of their epic story!

Blurb:

She should have run while she had the chance…

Lily Simpson escapes, leaving her brooding captor to rot, but she’s still not free. Unable to resist the forbidden temptation Ethan Reilly offers, Lily is once again drawn back into his dangerous web of power and submission.

When they travel north, their desire blooms into something even darker—something Lily both detests and adores in equal measure. But when she learns of the fate of her best friend, everything changes. The question is, will there be a second opportunity to escape Ethan’s clutches?

Suspenseful, thought-provoking, and peppered with breathtaking scenes, this fast-paced psychological, dark romance will haunt you.

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Entwined (The Dark Necessities Book #3)
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Author Bio:

Felicity Brandon is a top 100 Amazon bestselling author. She loves the darker side of romance, and writes sexy, suspenseful stories, with strong themes of bondage and submission. You’ll find her either at her laptop, at the gym, or rocking out to her favourite music. 

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Book Review · Fantasy

LAVISH DESTRUCTION by Myra Danvers

5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Bravo Myra Danvers, Lavish Destruction was everything and then some more.

The first two books of The Last Tritan series have had me excitedly on the edge of my seat, whilst also howling in frustration, snarling at shadows and bitter at all the injustices that were served up.  Lavish Destruction elicited all those familiar emotions but also, eventually, it gave me a tiny sliver of hope to temper the agony. 

The author writes with a voice that holds you spellbound. Every single scene and conversation holds a purpose, nothing is as throw away as it may first appear. The sheer brilliance of how she weaves together so many different strands and story elements is astounding. What starts as seemingly random splashes of colour and texture, gradually form into a breathtaking tapestry that warps your mind with it’s beauty and sheer stunning brilliance.

Mila is mired in a twisted web of deceit, half truths and intricate plots. An unwilling pawn in the power struggles of others, she still allows her passions to rule her and still stumbles from one catastrophe to another. In some heroines I might find this an annoying trait, but there is just something so strong and determined, yet fragile and vulnerable, about her that I can’t help but adore Mila.
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Asher continues to be somewhat of an arrogant ass, though he clearly cares for Mila, is it as a person or as a possession? Is he more interested in her power than in her? I’m not sure if he doesn’t know that for himself, he is wilfully blind to the truth or he just has his head shoved up his, well I’m sure you can guess where I mean. We do find that Asher’s position within the Elite is not as assured as first impressions gave. Add in the fact that evil forces are afoot, forces that have their own plans for Mila and Asher and you will understand the title of this book.

This is not a stand alone book, you need to have read both Ravenous Innocence and Insatiable Corruption prior to diving into the glorious depths of this tome. However all three books are absolutely amazing and will have you caught in a world of pain, mystery, despair, hope and magic. This is an amazing series and a definite must read.

GOODREADS / AMAZON US / AMAZON UK

BLURB

“It’s the fight, isn’t it? The struggle. The idea that I’ll pin you down and take what I want…” He smiled, slow and dangerous. Watching me struggle to deny him. Watching me fail

Enslaved to a man I hate, I’m bound.

All that I was is gone. Taken. Stripped away, only to feed the beast who dares to call himself my equal, while having the gall to leave me helpless to his whims. Who offers protection in place of my Goddess-given power.

Protection I didn’t need before him.

Captain Asher Rawlings is a man apart. Relentless. Driven to take and possess.

And he’s winning.

Book Review · Contemporary Romance

CRAZY ON YOU (Bliss Brothers #4) by Amelia Wilde

5 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

I’ve enjoyed this series but Charlie and Leta just blew me away.


*Swoon* just goddamn *swoon*. I thought Charlie’s book would be fun, maybe a crazy girl who turned his life upside down, but I never imagined it would make me cry. I’m a sucker for a second-chance romance, but only when the writing is good too. This book. THIS. BOOK. was so full of feels, so emotive, so…. so perfect. 

It’s on the shorter end of the novel spectrum but Crazy on You cut through all the usual fluff and filler, dragging us straight into a maelstrom of feelings and emotions and tossing your heart around as though it were in a tumble drier. On completion it left me adrift, a wreck floating on a turbulent sea, yet having loved every second of reading it.


Charlie is Mr Uptight, Upright and Organised, Leta follows ‘signs’ that the universe sends her. This pair shouldn’t work but they do, bringing the very best out of each other. Who would ever have guessed just what a dirty, bossy guy Charlie is.

Their story was believable and they were very likeable and ‘real’ characters. And then when we find out why Leta’s aunt bought the house – that shredded what little was left of my heart. Thank goodness Ms Wilde has such a talent at putting all the pieces back together again!

I highly recommend this if you like second-chance stories, well written romance or just a full of feels book.


She’s my polar opposite. My fooled-me-once. My heartbreaker.
And now she’s back in town.

The last time I saw Leta Quinn, she was driving away from me, breaking the speed limit in our residential neighborhood off-the-wall artist girlfriend and love of my life was headed for California.

The universe gave her a sign, so she went.

I don’t believe in signs. I believe in working hard at the Bliss Resort. I believe in solving the mystery that’s ruining our finances. And I believe in never, ever thinking about Leta.

It’s all going according to plan until she tackles me on the sidewalk.

It’s not a sign. It’s coincidental torture that the great love of my life is moving in down the street.

Because one look at her has me wanting the impossible: 
a happily ever after.

GOODREADS / AMAZON US / AMAZON UK