// REVIEW \\ The Dom With A Safeword

The Dom with a Safeword
(Badass Brats #1)
by Cari Silverwood, Sorcha Black and Leia Shaw

Oh my, I’m not crying it’s just a bit of dust in my eye.

She bit her lip hard all the way there, trying not to cry before she was somewhere safe. With a gasp, she rushed into the room. It was empty. A flood of tears erupted, her hands unable to hold them back. Her heart fractured, grinding down into dust. She locked a stall door behind her. The sobs were too loud and she tried to quiet herself – she didn’t want to be the girl that made scenes in public restrooms. It’s okay, it’s okay, she kept telling herself, frantic to calm down before they came looking for her.

The very title hints to the quirky humour in this wonderful, BDSM-themed romance. The book focused more on the emotional and mental aspects of kink, with fairly “gentle” play in most of the sex scenes. Personally I would have liked a few more scenes of them just “being” in one another’s presence, a chance to see the relationship build and their emotions develop. Some of this was done “off page”, and it very occasionally left me playing catch-up on being convinced of the depth of their feelings. However I can’t complain about how the characters were shaped and developed through the story. I’d rather have that personal growth, which is why this still hit 5 stars.


For me, the biggest strength of this book was the realistic feel to the relationship, regardless of it being an MFf one. Something that often leaves me dissatisfied with BDSM romances is how the D/s relationship seems to be the only connection the couple have, or at least the feel that it is more important than the romantic one. The dynamic between Jude, Q and Sabrina always felt natural, always felt real and always felt believable. Each character was distinct, strong, consistent and I loved them all, imperfections included.

She’d always adored the hint of humor in his eyes, and his mouth that turned into a grin at unexpected moments. It made him a man and not just her Dom.

I really appreciated how Jude allowed the girls to be themselves, how these three were a romantic triad as much as a kink one. That being together was the priority, not protocol and calling Jude “Sir”. It felt much more like a sustainable relationship than those found in books by more popular and well-known “BDSM authors”. This was a relationship where there was no attempt to change or alter the sub to fit the Dom(me)’s desires, where the Dom didn’t claim to know the sub(s) better than they knew themselves. (I HATE that trope!!!!!!!) This ticked boxes for me I didn’t even know I had. I have to admit to having previously steered away from ff, but the scenes in this one were incredibly hot.

Q put her hands around Sabrina’s shoulders and tugged her closer. “Thank you for trying to distract Nico.” She lowered her head and kissed Sabrina. Not hard and sexual, just the kiss of a woman appreciating the one who held her heart. As quietly as the sun rising at dawn, he felt peace drift down on them. Magic.

One thing I really do have to mention is how seamlessly the author’s writing and voices blended together. I discovered partway through reading this that each wrote one character, though I still swear blind Cari Silverwood encouraged all the brattiness! I’m pretty certain Q and Sabrina personalities are very much based on the three authors themselves. The story is unlike the majority of books you could read by Ms’ Silverwood and Black. It’s very consensual and contemporary, with quite a gentle feel. That said, it’s full of the snarky humour and great writing that I’ve come to expect from this pair.


We got to see the individual dynamics of the pairs within this triad, and I loved how it never felt as though the third person were being left out. Their presence was felt emotionally and mentally even when they physically could not be present. I bought the box set, so I shall soon be jumping into the follow-up book, and will be interested in seeing how the authors deal with issue of prejudice and family expectations.

When they went out to eat, she could predict what the others would order, they picked off of each other’s plates, and there were so many inside jokes it was like they had their own language. It made her feel important, valued, loved.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Menage Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054193-the-dom-with-a-safeword

Late at night, on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blonde Jude. The embers of attraction between them sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own.
Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a bad-ass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.

Domming the bratty Q and mischievous Sabrina isn’t going to be easy but Jude relishes the challenge. At the end of the summer, will they find a way to stay together when everything is tearing them apart? 

// REVIEW \\ Yield by Cari Silverwood

Yield
(Pierced Hearts #5)
by Cari Silverwood

On the coffee table beside the sofa, there were stacks of books. Greedily I perused the spines, reading the titles.
“Pick one.”
My heart thumped harder. How silly, to get excited over a book or two, something that should be my right. How pitiful that I was reduced to this.

I’m starting at the end with this review because there are two possible endings to chose from. Both of them were equally wonderful and totally soul destroying. I need a third choice where everything comes up roses, rainbows and prancing unicorns rather than leave me torn between ecstatic and devastated. So I’m stomping my foot at you Cari and demanding you rewrite the book the way I want it, not how you want it. Not really, lol.

“Thank you. I love you when you’re honest. It pleases me. I want you to suck on my fingers whilst I make you come.”
Love. The word fell past me. He dared say that?

I know the author often describes Moghul as the most evil (baddest?) of her anti-heroes, but in some ways I felt Pieter pipped him at the post. Moghul was adept at staying one step removed from the truly bad and depraved stuff. I suppose that I might have had a very different view if he had been more actively involved in the sex slave business during the book, if we had seen him actively trading in innocent girls.

I’d lost my taste for ordering or performing homicide. Guess I’d never had one. With business… I’d just disconnected from what I’d told someone to do. It had been like firing an employee, necessary, nasty, but someone had to make the decisions.

Despite being a sadist with a willingness to ignore the law and any morals, Moghul generally treated Wren with the utmost care. He never really let himself go, didn’t seem to give in to his darkest most base desires, and made sure never to push Wren over her limit. His desire to keep Wren wasn’t normal, or acceptable, in fact it was more than a little sociopathic. However bound up in that very wrong action was a strong desire, a compulsion, to demand her submission but in a way that made Wren happy and content.


For a long time Wren was anything BUT this, and whilst I loved her refusal to give in, to “lose” herself, it did leave me wondering just how the story would evolve. I adored Wren with Glass, but then I also loved her with Moghul, and whilst Glass was a good man willing to do a few bad things, the bad man willing to do good things was infinitely more attractive.

Yield felt as though it delved into the minds of it’s characters a lot more, the focus was on Wren and Glass and Wren and Moghul. I loved Wren’s internal monologues, her soul searching, her pep talks and her justifications. She totally and utterly made this book for me, particularly since she was both innocent and yet complicit at the same time. Without a shadow of a doubt this is my favourite of the Pierced Hearts books.

I could be annoyed with Ms Silverwood because she offered two perfectly amazing endings but neither gave me quite what I wanted (because I’m totally selfish and wanted it all). I loved the dark ending, with the exception of what happened by the pool, just as I loved the other ending with the exception of Chris’s choice. Deciding on my preferred ending is definitely Hobson’s choice because I loved Glass and craved Moghul.

… this book had helped me to see that if I looked beyond the avalanche of his arrogance and sadism and immorality, there had existed a man who had something worthwhile to him.
I couldn’t sum up those qualities, or him, easily, couldn’t put them in a neat box and declare 
there it is, but there was something good beneath the monster.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark Erotic Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24884308-yield

The final book in the Pierced Hearts series. This can be read as a standalone book.
Wren, the rich girl with a tainted past, is on a crusade to track down her father’s murderer only to find not one, but two, bad men.
Moghul is a sadistic businessman, with a finger in every kinky enterprise he can get his hands on and a jaded view on life. When his eye turns to Wren, he realizes how dull life has been. He hasn’t tried everything after all. When they can’t say no, things might be more…interesting.
Glass is the dominating ex-SAS soldier. Each man is determined to keep Wren for himself using methods that may be illegal, immoral, or likely to make somebody feel the pain for a long, long time. If you lie down with bad men, be prepared to get up on your knees.

The ending will be the reader’s decision. Give Wren to the dark or to the light, then read the other ending if you wish to.
Mindf**ks included free. This is a dark kinky story and some readers may find it disturbing.

// REVEW \\ Midnight Fae Academy #3

Midnight Fae Academy: Book Three
(Midnight Fae Academy #3)
by Lexi C. Foss

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5 stars. Amazing. What else is there to say?


Well I suppose I could start with how this was my favourite of the series so far (** note these are NOT standalone stories). From the opening lines I was caught hook. line and sinker. This really is one of those books you will want to read in one sitting, so don’t start it if you have important plans that you can’t get out of. Definitely don’t start it late at night, not if you want to get any sleep.


Aflora may be a captive of Zakkai, but that won’t stop her from interacting with Kols, Zeph and Shade, well when she can track that slippery guy down. The steam level of this was possibly lower, though we do get a fantastic MM scene and a real treat towards the end. However I liked that the focus was on the characters and plot, rather than the pages being filled with unnecessary sex scenes. I felt the balance was perfect in this one.


Despite his actions at the end of the last book, I really felt for Shade in this book. His constant sacrifices are enough to break even the strongest of characters and the way he negotiates through the political equivalent of a minefield is breathtaking. The double, triple and quadruple crossing made my mind spin. I still can’t work out the allegiances of some characters, I’m sure there are still plenty of surprises left in store for us. Throughout all this, even when Shade seems to betray the others, no one feels the pain more than him. Everything is done for Aflora, so you can’t help but love the guy.


We eventually start to see the bigger picture, seemingly random events and comments start to tie together. Truths are revealed, as are lies, and Shade very much is at the heart of it all, whether he wants to be or not. Aflora is both a pawn and a catalyst, but whether she can truly tie her mates together remains to be seen. The plot rattles along at break neck speed, with surprises jumping out from some very unexpected quarters. I just can’t sing the praises of this ongoing story enough. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – PNR / Reverse Harem

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53544750-midnight-fae-academy

Retribution. Reformation. Two sides of a revolution, both vying for my allegiance. Well, I pick neither side.
I’m an Earth Fae Royal bound to four Midnight Fae. My powers are growing stronger every day, and I’m tired of being a pawn in a war I don’t understand. Now that I know all the players involved and the risks at stake, I’m ready to ascend.
No more tricks. No more lies. No more deadly secrets.
My name is Aflora. Your future Queen of the Midnight Fae.
And I’m done playing your games.
Welcome to the new reign, boys. I make the rules here. And I will not bow.

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// REVIEW \\ Dirty Retaliation

Dirty Retaliation
(Twisted, Dark and Deadly)
by C.P. Mandara




Nothing less than compete surrender will do here, and I swear the guy is trying to suck out my soul via my mouth. Jesus. My mind has gone to mush.

I think I’ll leave my review in gifs because words just aren’t adequate enough to do this book justice. It is…

Aide is deliciously vile, depraved, evil and yet also incredibly sexy and immensely attractive. I both hated and loved him in equal measure. The things he dreamed up to do to both Sharkey and to Mel, well…..

Though Ms Mandara deserves a spanking for not leaving poor Lois out of the mix. James/Jake deserves everything he gets, after all he double crossed Adie, but Lois suffered enough LAST time! The book held me spellbound from start to finish. I never knew where the story was going to take me next, I didn’t even know where I wanted it to take me. But every single twist, turn and revelation was perfect and I wouldn’t change a single thing.


OK I lied, I am going to rabbit on about how absolutely fantastic this new series is. I fell in love with Aide in the Special Agent novels, though you don’t need to have read those to enjoy this series. This isn’t stand alone, you need to read Deadly Retaliation first, and this one also ends on a cliffhanger. Back to Adie, who is so damn sexy it should be illegal – in fact he probably is. Adie is not a good man, though he does have a sliver of conscience which he often ignores. Somehow, despite how bad he is, you still can’t help but adore him and his wicked sense of humour.

Thankfully, my voice returns and my anger rockets. “Does it take practice to reach the exalted state of ‘the-biggest-fucking-asshole-in-the-world’, or does it just come naturally? Tell me. I’m genuinely curious to know.”
Adie smiles. If I could knee him in the balls right now, I’d make sure they were permanently relocated to somewhere just below his chin.

Mel is a very typical Mandara heroine – strong, feisty, determined, stubborn but also more than a little messed up deep down. However she is definitely her own person and not only did I adore her but I loved, loved, loved how she and Adie interacted. Hopefully she will get a chance to kick his ass, though not too much because I have a feeling she’s going to want to keep him in one piece so that they can mutually adore one another at some point in the future. It’s going to be a long, sticky, tough, dangerous and difficult road ahead to that HEA and I am totally onboard for the entire journey.


And just one last summary gif about this book…

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark, Romantic Suspense
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55748618-dirty-retaliation
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08PVRFTSC/


I wasn’t going to hurt her.
If I were a better man, I’d just keep her chained up and then let her go – but I’m not. I’m an animal. I’m a sick and twisted beast that feeds off the fear of others and eats tears for breakfast.
Besides, kidnapping Ione was too easy.
She’s fighting me every step of the way, but she should be careful. That shit turns me on, and I can give as good as I get.
James won’t take long to come to her rescue, though. Right now, he’ll be imagining all the fucking depraved things I’m about to do to her, and that should be incentive enough for him to come running.
I can’t wait to see him on his knees, begging for my forgiveness. He’s not going to get it. He’s got until midday. If he doesn’t show, I am going to hurt her.

Dirty Retaliation is an intense dark romance suspense series. It features a bully alpha male special agent and a female assassin. They are involved in a underground world of organised crime and espionage. These books are dark and horribly twisted. You have been warned!

// REVIEW \\ Surrender

Surrender
(Pleasure House #3)
by Kitty Thomas

Just in case you get the wrong impression as you read further through this, I’m going to state now that I loved this story. I continued reading it far too late into the night and picked it up as soon as I awoke the next morning. This was 5 stars all the way, all the way, though you might not guess that from what I’m going to say later in the review.


Julie, the heroine of this tale, totally, utterly and completely made the book a winner for me. Every scene from her pov absolutely captivated me, she drew me into this story and I adored her. She coped bravely, and fiercely with all the slings and arrows life threw her way. She never bent, never broke, but forged her own, quiet path to happiness.


That total and utter enjoyment was in spite of, but confusingly also because of, what a self-centred, narcissistic p***k Gabe is. After having read 3 of the interlinked books, I fully expected to adore him and worship at his feet. Instead I frequently wanted to throat punch the selfish, self-pleasing, sack of excrement. A fantasist who liked to paint himself as the knight in shining armour, which he was very much not. The whole implied threat of ‘be my slave or you aren’t safe from Brian’, even after all his promises, proved that to be true.


Oh he generally said all the right things, mainly because he was so convinced by his own pretty lies, but he didn’t really care about the trauma Julie had been through. What he truly cared about was how it would affect his training of her, and her responses to it, or whether she would ever agree to submit. It’s rather funny because he is one of the very few Kitty Thomas heroes to actually use the ‘love’ word, but he was the one I least believed that emotion from. I know the author deliberately avoids that word in general, as her men aren’t good guys, they aren’t men who know normal emotions, except social norms, so I do wonder if this was another of her little mind f**ks for the reader to unravel and digest!


But folks, BUT, this in no way ruined my enjoyment, in fact I think it added extra layers and depth. Because I chose to view this not as all Gabe’s desires and dreams coming home to roost, but as Julie’s journey into not only surviving her time at Dmitri’s but in finding a way to live with it and live beyond it. Gabe fulfilled her needs perfectly and because she was happy and content, so I was too. I didn’t even mind that he also got all his wishes granted too. Though I’m still a little mad at him for not recognising how much Julie had needed him after their first proper session in the dungeons.


I loved how Kitty messed with my head, how she made me so angry with Gabe, made me really dislike him but also made me want him to adore and treasure Julie, because SHE deserved it. And he did adore her. And it did scramble my brains into mush. And I still want to knee him in the balls. That is as long as it wouldn’t upset Julie too much.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34688241-surrender

Note: The books in the Pleasure House world are all stand alones featuring a different couple in each book. They can be read in any order without any trouble. The listed order is the order of publication.

Julie wants Gabe Griffin like fish want water, but what she wants is sweet domestic bliss and a white picket fence. What Gabe wants is to put a collar around Julie’s throat and train her in the finer points of being his slave.

At first too innocent, then too broken, can Julie ever surrender to the man intent on claiming her?

// REVIEW \\ Broken Dolls

Broken Dolls
(Pleasure House #2)
by Kitty Thomas

I read the fifth book of this series first, and I’m glad I did because I would have hated Lindsay too much to ever want to see him get his HEA. However enough of him, because this is Mina and Brian’s story and I loved every moment of this story about two broken souls “clinging to each other at sea on a raft that would never reach land” .


This isn’t a romance in the typical sense of the word, but this pair definitely care for one another in a very unconventional and very unique way. I’m not sure how Kitty Thomas managed it, but she totally and utterly convinced me that Mina and Brian shared a connection much deeper than romantic love. A lasting connection that didn’t make them whole, but made them able to cope with their brokenness.


Considering what we see and experience in book #1, this was a surprisingly unerotic tale, with very little sexual action and no real BDSM “play”. And I never once missed it. I was far too invested in Mina and Brian’s story, in how they would become the bandage that holds together the raw edges of the psychological wounds they both bear.


I do think this is the type of book you will love or hate, it isn’t bland enough to just be a “meh” read. It ticked all my boxes and rang all my bells, rather than pushing any buttons, so I’m firmly in the absolutely loved it camp. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23509910-broken-dolls

Mina Calloway always finds herself in the hands of the wrong master: Gentle at first, then brutally sadistic and abusive. She no longer believes it’s possible to find a man who will be gentle with her. After seeing a kink-friendly therapist for months, the doctor makes her an illicit offer she isn’t yet smart enough to refuse: “Let me find you a good master.”
Brian Sloan is a borderline sociopath with a dark and brutal past. Only taking his sadistic urges out on the women at a submissive training house allows him to sleep through the night. When Brian sees Mina, she should be ripe for the picking, but her damage is too similar to his own. Can he fight past his demons to protect the one person he considers worth saving?

// REVIEW \\ … TEMP/sub Books 1 & 2

Forbidden Fantasies
(TEMP/sub #1)
by Lauren E. Rico

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I thought I had grown bored with captive romances, Forbidden Fantasies proved me wrong.

TL:DR – I loved this book, highly recommend it and am already reading book 2!

Every now and then I can’t resist the offer of an arc book from a totally new-to-me author. Forbidden Fantasies was one such book, in fact the author kindly sent me the first two books. Which only ratched my stress levels up because ‘What if I didn’t like the first book? Would I have to force myself to read both? How would I kindly let the author know I didn’t enjoy her work? Well I need not have pondered on any of those questions because once I got into the book, I got really into it and read it virtually in one sitting.

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At times it was almost easy to forget that this was a dark read, because in many ways Alison is treated quite well, and kept in the lap of luxury. However just as I would feel comfortable with the situation, the author would throw in a little twist, or a little reminder that all of this was taking place without Alison’s consent. Well, her being on the island and “owned” by her Master is without her consent, other aspects she does seem to agree to, though given the circumstances you are constantly aware of it being dub-con rather than full consent. You also get a feel of Stockholm Syndrome at times.

I did feel as though Alison would, should?, have been more worried about her company (I did!), since she was so very hands on in the running of it. However given how much she IS having to deal with, it’s not totally unbelievable that she just didn’t have the mental strength to add that to her list of woes and worries. I did also question why such a high profile, rich and powerful woman would be targeted, though her lack of close friends and family could mean that no-one would really cause a ruckus for her to be found. Yes, the author didn’t overtly explain away my questions but the world she created did allow me to find my own reasons.

For such an erotic read, there were surprisingly few sex scenes. Part of what made this such a compelling, and unusual, read was that they mainly focused on Alison’s pleasure and sexual fulfillment, which certainly led to a very hot story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656321-forbidden-fantasies

Alison Armitage has more responsibility than God. At least, that’s what it feels like some days as she manages her multi-billion-dollar business. She’d give just about anything to NOT be in charge. Just for a little while. Just behind the closed doors of her incredibly expensive and incredibly lonely apartment.
​One night after one too many cocktails, she stumbles upon a chat room for people like her—dominant in their everyday lives, looking to be dominated. Just a little bit. Titillated, she explores further and soon finds herself with a very exclusive invitation to participate in a very unique ‘experiential’ resort. A place where people can come to live out their fantasies in an immersive environment, for a short term period. Where all guests have been carefully vetted and all “play” is consensual—and closely monitored for safety.
Too late, Alison discovers that the sexy world of her fantasies is a long way from the reality she now faces. And the only thing keeping her on the right side of safety and sanity is the dark and brooding man she’s been made to call “Master.”
The problem is, she’s not so sure which side is the “right” side anymore. 

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Darkest Desires
(TEMP/sub #2)
by Lauren E. Rico

Book #2 had me just as captivated, if not more so, than Book #1 did!

Darkest Desires
 picks up straight from where book #1 left us and I was immediately caught up in the intensity and tension of the story. I found myself so confused with how to feel because Alison was clearly suffering from a massive dose of Stockholm Syndrome but was also the most content and happiest she had been in her entire life. Kudos to the author for her excellent mind-fritzing, because part of me wanted to be angry at what was being done to Alison, part of me was enjoying the delicious eroticism of it all and part of my wanted her to find her HEA with her mysterious “Master”.

There was some great foreshadowing, along with a good deal of misdirection and throwing in of red herrings! I constantly found myself not being sure who to trust, and totally didn’t expect some of those retrospective reveals. I “knew” what was going to happen with Marty, then I didn’t, then I did, then I gave up trying to guess because ALL my guesses were so very wrong!

I adored seeing Alison and Master’s relationship grow and develop, it was clearly not something either of them expected to happen. Their connection, their love was so incredibly easy to believe in and I totally bought into their relationship. In book 1 we saw Alison discover (rediscover?) her submissive side, in this I felt that we actually got to know the real person and that felt totally down to the confidence she gained from her Master’s loving approval. Though we also saw the strong and determined woman that runs a massive corporation and she was pretty kick-ass. Normally I prefer dual POV in a romance but the author managed to convince me of HIS feelings just as easily as she did with Alison’s.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656341-darkest-desires

Alison Armitage is a powerful woman at the top of her field. But just once, she’d like to give up control to someone else…control of her decisions, her body, her life. It was only a fantasy…until it wasn’t. Until the day she was abducted and brought to a remote island where she was trained to serve a man known to her only as Master. A man who promised to cherish her and keep her safe. A man who considered her to be his personal property.
What she never anticipated was developing feelings for the stranger with the dark, stormy eyes and commanding tone. Nor did she expect that his touch would ignite her body with a passion she thought only existed in movies and romance novels. Now, with each passing day, she falls harder and deeper for him and for this lifestyle as she finds a freedom and contentment she never imagined possible.
But no sooner has she come to terms with her new role and her new life than her world is up-ended once more, leaving her bereft, heartbroken and furious. This time, it’s Alison who has the upper hand and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants…as soon as she figures out what exactly that is. And until she can untangle fantasy from reality, she is destined to be a slave to both.

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// Review \\ Deadly Retaliation by C.P. Mandara

Deadly Retaliation (Twisted, Dark and Deadly #1) by C.P. Mandara

Kaboom! Adie Dumortier is back, and he’s definitely taking prisoners.

Conversation is highly overrated, I’m allergic to feelings, and she can have whatever opinion she likes as long as she doesn’t feel the need to share it with me. Generally, she’s gagged, though, so it isn’t a big problem. Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t completely terrible, but Grey was way too normal and a bit insipid for my tastes.

If you’ve read the author’s Special Agent Novel series then it’s very likely that you will already be madly in love with Adie. In Deadly Retaliation the sense of betrayal he feels seems to have unbalanced his ego somewhat.


He’s in parts a lost little boy, looking for love, and a complete and utter bar-steward, determined to wreak revenge on those he considers to have done him wrong. How you can want to both hug and slap a hero at the same time, I’m not sure, but Adie makes me feel extremes of emotion simultaneously. I don’t think there are many of us who would turn down a night with this man – even knowing that it will leave us wrecked.

For the first time in my life I am madly in love with a girl, and I cannot have her. It sucks, but if my love life was a Dyson, it would be one of those top-of-the-range animal and pet hair varieties.

Whilst we have met some of the characters in a previous series, you can jump into the story here. Anything you need to know has been worked into this book, so whilst all the pertinent backstory is covered, it does mean it contain spoilers for that previous series. The book ends on a cliffhanger, though at a natural break point rather than a high octane moment. Written from multiple POV, though mainly we hear Adie’s along with a few chapters each from the women who both would like to have him under their thumb, as well as in their panties.


There is just something about Ms Mandara’s writing that resonates with my id. Her characters charm me, I find her naughty scenes a delightful mix of kink, darkness and scorching heat and there is an undercurrent of tartly sarcastic humour throughout. The pace readily held my attention, as did the amazingly creative, and crazy, plot. I absolutely, totally and utterly recommend this book.

There is a pause that’s as long as an elephant’s fart.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55442658-deadly-retaliation

My name is Adrien Dumortier. My best friend, James Leveritt, has just married the woman I love. That’s not the worst of it. She’s also pregnant with his child. To be fair, the man thinks I’m dead. He was supposed to rescue me from the clasps of my brother, but turned up ten minutes late, so had I not managed to get rid of the bomb that was strapped to my waist, I would now be dead. Thankfully, I am more resourceful than the bastard gave me credit for.
So, how do I get even with someone like that? Not face to face, that’s for sure. The man is black ops trained and knows more styles of martial arts than I know ice-cream flavors. No, I’m going to be a little underhand about this. I’m going to kidnap his sister. Then, I’m going to torture her until she’s screaming down the fucking phone and send him the video. Then, I’m going to mess with his wife.
Buckle up. It’s going to be quite a ride.

// REVIEW \\ Beautiful Torture by C.P. Mandara

Beautiful Torture
(Enemies to Lovers #2)
by C.P. Mandara

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Oh you have no idea how much I want to kill you, Harper. The good news is, I’m going to show you, as soon as I can get myself in that cosy little cell of yours.

This story is intense, dark, powerful, erotic and, at times, gut-wrenchingly emotional. Once I started reading there was absolutely no chance I was going to put this down. Not even when I was sat on a fairly busy tram on my way to work with some guy possibly reading over my shoulder and judging me for the absolute (and delightfully so) filth that I was reading. Mind you at least that embarrassment took my mind of whether he was also breathing Covid-19 germs on me.


So much happens in this book, we get to meet Gabriel, we find out about Harper’s past, Brandt has more revelations than the bible and we end on cliffhanger that I’m only bearing because the final instalment is already out! If I had to describe the book in one word I’d probably settle on depraved, but a good kind of depraved that some of us with very twisted mores seem to enjoy.


Harper is the toughest heroine, she never lost her will to protect Brandt even at the cost of her own life and sanity. She withstood batterings both physical and emotional and still came back for more. Well not so much as came back as was dragged back and locked up but – eh – semantics. Brandt really is quite a sweetie deep down, a sweetie with a sadistic streak a mile wide, but also with a good heart… somewhere.

That is, if Harper was ever planning to talk to me, and I’m not convinced that she is. The girl is a shadow of what she once was, and now I’ve seen her up close I realise she’s not in a good way. Has she been mistreated? Or was it fear that made her lose all weight? She deserves to suffer. I can tell myself that, over and over again, but it doesn’t change the fact that I care about her.

Gabriel though, Gabriel is in a league of his own and you really don’t want to be on the opposing side because he will stop at nothing to get what he wants. It’s rather quite bad news for Harper that the other side is exactly where she is. It wasn’t too bad when it was the other side of some steel bars, but Gabriel isn’t the kind of man to let that stop him, because as far as he is concerned Harper is a rival and she needs to suffer.

I know now that it won’t be Brandt who ends me. Our connection is too strong. Gabriel, on the other hand? He’s more than capable of it, and perhaps I’ll even enjoy myself as he extinguishes what little light is left within me. I’m not even sure I care any more. I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it’s almost a relief that it’s finally here. I just want this over with. I don’t want to live in fear any longer. I don’t want to be hungry. I don’t want to be poor. Most of all, I don’t want to be in love with someone who will never look at me the way I look at them. All other pain dulls in comparison to that one.

The sexy scenes really shouldn’t have been so erotic given the very dubiousness of their consensuality, but that’s the way (a-huh a-huh) I like it. There’s only one thing worse than being sexually tormented by a psychopath and that’s being sexually tormented by a psychopath who is so hot and sexy he’d melt your panties, if you were fortunate to be wearing any in the first place.


There were parts that made me giggle, and parts that had me wiping away a tear or two, and of course there were parts that had me hot and bothered by their sheer eroticism. The writing, plot, characterisation and pace were executed to an incredibly high standard, creating a book that held me spellbound from start to finish.

What does that leave? I can’t even strangle him with my panties because I’m not wearing any.
If I die in this cell because Brandt got one of his psychopath prison buddies to babysit me, I swear I am going to kill him. Fine. Haunt him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53451795-beautiful-torture

Harper left me to rot in jail for a crime that she committed. I was put away for five years. During that time, there was only one thing that got me through the night – the desire to get even.
It was all too easy to kidnap her. She’s now locked away in my basement awaiting her punishment. I intend to find out by any means necessary why she lied. If that means hurting her, so be it. She’s put me through more than any man should have to cope with in a lifetime, so a little payback is only fair.
If she were my only problem, life would be peachy, but my parents are giving me hell. They’re trying to force me into marriage, and wriggling out of that will be a full-time job.
I’ll get what I want, eventually. Everyone has a breaking point – and Harper will be getting close to hers shortly. That’s a promise. 

Review //\\ The Artist by Elin Peer

The Artist
(Men of the North #11)
by Elin Peer

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I believed that the Men of the North series had come to a natural end with book 10, The Pacifist. I didn’t think we needed a “next generation” series of books because I’ve been disappointed by those done by other authors in the past. Well I stand corrected because I really, really DID need The Artist after all. So much so that I’m already desperately waiting for the next book in the series


I absolutely adored Mason and Belle’s story, in fact I adored Mason and Belle full stop. Both characters were immensely likeable and their path to forever was both dotted with landmines but also filled with hope and joy. The author has created another culture, with it’s own idiosyncrasies, to bring a fresh new feel to this wonderfully warm and familiar world. It was fascinating to observing the subtle cultural changes that have evolved with the younger generation and paralleled many of the shifts in society that happen under our very noses.



Whilst this is called book #11, the main players were small children in earlier books, and I do think this could be read stand alone. The experience is enhanced by having read at least the first 5 books, where we learn so much about the two nations and their beliefs. This is wonderful love story and a great series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Speculative Fiction/ Dystopian Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53607192-the-artist

For more than four hundred years, women have ruled the world, but things are finally shifting.
My father Magni always despised the Motherlands, and I’m no fan either, but I still go to the yearly summer gatherings that started when I was sixteen. The Northlands, Motherlands, and Old Europe each sends five future leaders. The Europeans are arrogant, the Motlanders are naïve, and neither of the groups seem to understand or accept that we Northlanders are born to lead.
This year, we postponed the gathering four months, and since we’re hosting here in the Northlands, our guests were going to discover our beautiful winters. It would have been fine, if not for the un-expected snowstorm and the Europeans leaving one of their women behind. Now, we Nmen are gearing up to find Belle. I’m furious and ready to show the two delegations why they should stick to calculus and meditation and leave us real men to run the world.
I’ve watched Belle grow up over these past ten years. She is as pure and sweet as her art, and even though I can never have her, the thought of her alone and scared in the woods makes me want to kill someone.
I’m going to save her life, even if it costs me my own!



The Artist is the eleventh installment in the Men of the North series. It continues a decade after book ten ended, offering the same fast paces storytelling that you’ve come to know from Elin Peer. Cultures clash and romance stirs, as the French Colony, the Motherlands, and the Northlands all battle for control and a new balance between men and women in the world.

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