Review //\\ Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Pleasure House #1) by Kitty Thomas

Scorching hot and satisfyingly twisted

Her panties were soaked again. She wasn’t in the best position to make a rational decision. Most people weren’t when they were that horny, or they wouldn’t make half the stupid sexual choices they made.

Despite guessing the twist from the off (since there’s plenty of foreshadowing), I still absolutely loved this book. The richness and enjoyment of watching, of experiencing, Vivian’s battles with her submission was quite simply captivating. Added to that the excitement of wondering just how the twist would play out, how Vivian would react to the revelation had me on edge too. This is very much a story of forced submission, if that doesn’t float your particular boat then this might not be for you. Vivian, however, is a very repressed submissive though, so her conflict comes much less from what she is subjected to and much more from allowing herself to accept her feelings and desires.


As is so very common in a Kitty Thomas book, this is unusual in that there isn’t a clear “hero” character, nor is there a traditional HEA. Not really a HFN. In fact I think we need a new acronym of KVOHEAWTHGWSN – “Kitty’s Version Of Happy Ever After Where The Heroine Gets What She Needs.” I found my feelings of Michael, Gabe, Lyndsay and Anton very much reflected how Vivian felt about them, because we only have her perspective, her feelings and emotions to guide us on both characters and events. It’s capture/rape fantasy at it’s finest, a smorgasbord of everything our lusting little hearts and minds could desire. Those who don’t have these kind of fantasies, or who are as in denial about it as Vivian is, might feel that this is abuse, that it is degrading and criminal. As Vivian learnt, there should be no guilt or embarrassment in admitting and indulging in those baser desires, however “wrong” society tells us they are.


In terms of captive romances this was not as harsh or violent as some. Gabe, Anton and Lyndsay might torment and punish Vivian, but no more than one would expect from a consensual BDSM relationship. That line of consent is incredibly smudged and blurry, it is crossed but at the same time it isn’t crossed. Vivian may have had options but they were very much a Hobson’s choice of between the devil and the deep blue sea. What is clear is that her “true” self is fully onboard, but social conditioning and moral obligations hold her back.


The sex scenes are scorching hot, kinky and depraved, and even when she was punished the men made sure she was never scared. This quote here nicely sums up the feel, the ethos one could say, of the book.

“I’m not going to hurt you. That’s not the point of this exercise. I’m training you to like this, not be terrified of it for the rest of your life.”

Lindsay Smith, Guilty Pleasures

Talk about killing with kindness, though this was more breaking down inhibitions and repression with pleasure and orgasms. I’ve now got a complete hankering to read the next book in this series… but then I do find Kitty Thomas’ work to be utterly addictive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Guilty Pleasures
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9922980-guilty-pleasures

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

Review //\\ Bedroom Hymns

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Bedroom Hymns by Morgan Reeves


I first read this book in 2017, it is a book that has stayed with me – no small feat when I read well over 300 books each year. I had a craving to see if memory served me well or, as has proved true of many books, if time and changing tastes would have altered my opinion of it.

I felt drained; empty. All the energy I’d mustered with Dominic had drained away, leaving me exhausted and sad. I didn’t want this to be my life. I didn’t want this to be the sum of my parts.
I needed to do something for myself. I needed to escape from this horror show that was my life and find one, shining bit of peace.
I couldn’t do this anymore.
The lies, the shame, the rage. I couldn’t stand questioning the motives of everyone around me and knowing that the only person who cared for me was me.

The re-read left me with just as much of a sense of WOW. I loved it as much this time as I did the first time. It’s so twisted! And even though I had vague recollections of how it ended I still loved every dark and messed up moment of this.


This still remains my favourite quote from the book –

“We’re all monsters,” I said flatly. “I just don’t pretend to be sane to protect your delicate sensibilities. You want to think that you saved me. That you made me this wonderful thing. That the other girls you do this to will benefit in the end. Well, I’m here as your reminder that all you create are lies. Filthy, stinking shit covered in silk and sent out into the world to build your fortune.”….
I stepped toward him and satisfaction slid through me when he backed up a step.
…..He played up what they did in his mind until he half-believed he was the shining knight he said he was.

Since my opinion hadn’t changed I felt no need to alter my original review.


This was a one sitting read. It was an “OMG I can’t put this book down” read. It was a “can I give this more than 5 stars?” read. It was a “what else has this author written because I need to read them all now” read.


Dark. Twisted. Sick. Broken. Strong. Words are swirling through my head but I just can’t put them together in a review that does justice to how amazing this book is.


Sophia is the victim of a despicable crime but throughout it all she strives to be anything but a victim. The world she was dragged into made her behave well outside the bounds of the law and societal norms but my word she is my new favourite bass-ass heroine. She is ‘da bomb’, with an steel core forged from the trials of both her childhood and her ‘training’ to be a slave.


I knew then that any HEA would be on her terms and was not going to look like unicorns and rainbows.


There are no heroes in this book, well perhaps one or two hapless ones, where being the hero shortens their lifespan. There is Cole the disturbing and twisted leader of the trio, Jackson who likes to think his actions are actually helping the girls he ‘rescues’, Dominic with his sadistic inclinations and Detective Aaron Jacobs. I was never really sure if any of these would be the saviour of Sophia. Not that she needed anyone to save her, but what she did need was someone to love her unconditionally.


She does get that someone in the most unexpected and twisty endings to a book that I have read in ages. This plot had me from the start – and no wonder because it kicks straight in with the ‘tough stuff’. The author had a good balance between actual described scenes and implied actions. This stopped the book feeling too heavy and dark, whilst allowing it to still be gritty and intense. I may have also cried.

Like the fool I was, I realised that I was crying. The tears were hot as they slid down my face, and I choked on a sob, tightening my grip. The fear was still there. It still hovered around me like a thief in the night. But, for this one moment, I let myself feel that joy. Let myself feel that elusive love.

The book is well written, the characters had depth and I believed in them, even as I didn’t like some of them. The pace and plot had me turning pages and unable to put the book down. I definitely need to read the rest of this authors work. 

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Bedroom Hymns
Author – Morgan Reeves
Genre – Dark Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36110296-bedroom-hymns

They took me, broke me, remade me in their image. I am branded by their twisted ambitions; martyred by their greed. They ground me down until I was everything they wanted and more, and at the end I thanked them for it.
Jackson.
Dominic.
Cole.
They forced me to love them, and then they cast me aside like yesterday’s trash. But they taught me to be the best. So that’s exactly what they’ll get.
Because in the end… Revenge is sweeter than love.
And they’ll never see me coming.


Review //\\ Night Scourge

Night Scourge (Daybreaker #2) by Pippa DaCosta

Oh the twistyness, the lies, the machinations, the secrets, the plots and plans! To do good sometimes you have to run with the wolves and be a little bit bad. But tread carefully Lynher because the wolves are devious liars!


Night Scourge picks up straight where Twilight Seeker left us, with Jack and the Vampire Guard trapped in hell, the Vampire Queen temporarily defeated and the Night Station somewhere new. Lynher and Kensey’s relationship is strained, especially since Kensey doesn’t love the Station in the same way that Lynher does.


The plot is a complex tapestry, woven from many different threads. At the moment we, along with Lynher, can only see small parts of the cloth, leaving us having to guess at what pattern those missing parts hold. Lynher blunders along, making the best decisions she can based on what she knows. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that she doesn’t know a lot, since her life so far seems to be based on lies. However she continues to fight for humanity with the weapons she has and with every last ounce of strength in her body.

My gaze fell to the notebook with its inaccessible secrets, then back to the demon who belonged to me. Maybe I should have felt bad for trapping him, but it felt right. He felt right. The station had its reasons, and I trusted it more than I trusted myself.

In the first book I was very much #TeamJack but OH!, Ms DaCosta, have you managed to turn my head and my heart with the seductive incubus that is Rafe. I liked him in book #1, but I grew to love him in this book. Now I’m torn because – Jack! Not only can you not keep a good vampire down (and I do mean that good) but you might just need his help in very unexpected ways. Whilst we’re discussing those male characters I must mention Etienne, who definitely redeemed himself in this book. I had thought he might become another Nye but now I’m scared he will be an Arran or Brendan.


When she has to abandon the Station, just how far from home is Lynher? Were Angelo’s rantings a foreshadowing? The conclusion of that would be so twisted and messed up, something I most definitely wouldn’t put past Ms DaCosta!!! Or are her origins a lot more shocking? Is there a reason Kensey hosts the Day side of the Station, whilst she is most at home in the Night? Whatever the answer is, it’s definitely going to have repercussions. As will the risks she has to take, given that she only has her sense of right from wrong and her wits to rely on. Oh the risks she takes when she plays her version of the game “he loves me, he loves me not” but instead substitutes “s/he lies to me, s/he lies to me not”.


Dark things are in store for the Daybreaker before it is safe at Night. Lynher is playing a very risky game of poker and can only guess at the hand others are holding, high stakes indeed.

I couldn’t trust him. But I could use him.
But it was wrong, wasn’t it? Hadn’t I just realised how using Rafe and Etienne had been cruel? But Rafe hadn’t killed countless people. He hadn’t aided the vampire queen and managed bloodfarms. And Etienne was as much a victim as those who came through my station in need of help.
Jack was no victim. He wasn’t good. But I could use him to do good. And that surely made controlling him right?

Title – Night Scourge
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre– Urban Fantasy
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50570996-night-scourge

“You were raised among Dark Ones and each one wants a bite of you.”
Adrift in a strange land and with the Night Station weakening, Lynher has never felt more alone.
Guests are leaving. The Station platform is silent. And there’s nobody left to save.
So when a member of the European resistance wanders in off the street, offering a new life outside the Station, Kensey can’t refuse. But Lynher can. The Dark Ones are circling. The Station is vulnerable. Now is not the time to abandon it.
But the Station has secrets. Secrets that test Lynher’s faith in those she loves, secrets about her, about the Night Station, and about the most dangerous vampire of them all:
Jack.
Lynher cannot leave, but how can she stay when the truth is more terrifying than any monster?
“Guard your soul, dear traveler, for Night is long and the dark hungry. “

Book Tour & Review

The Game Maker

by Kitty Thomas

A dark contemporary standalone romance

Blurb:

I was too isolated. I was about to be evicted. I made a final desperate call to the man who ruined my life, but he didn’t come for me.

Someone else did.

And then there was Seven. When I first woke in the cell, I thought he was my captor, but he is a pawn, like me.

Seven is beautiful and kind. I want him so much I can barely breathe. He wants to protect me from our captor, but he can’t.

We are both locked inside a game neither of us can ever hope to win, and even though it’s wrong, I’m starting to want both men, not just the good one… the monster as well.

“Kitty Thomas is a one-click author for me!” Anna Zaires, NYT Bestselling Author of TWIST ME.

Kitty Thomas you have left me speechless.

Ok we all know that I always have plenty to say, but it has taken me a few hours to let me feelings stew and to garner my thoughts into some semblance of coherency. Just where do I start with this one? I guess that would be with the statement that I loved it!  The Game Maker is so very wrong in all the right ways, taking the over-used captive sex slave trope and giving it a whole new breath of life. I came to the dark side through  Comfort Food, it opened a door to a whole new world of temptation and titillation. That world had started to lose it’s sparkle and shine, but The Game Plan has not only refreshed my thirst but taken the trope to a whole new level.


Kate/Pretty Toy/Kitten is at the lowest point possible in her life when things take a really bad turn for her. Or do they? I guess they do at first, because her fear of what Master might do, or make her do, is overwhelming. There is a game to play and until she learns the rules, and figures out how to follow them, how can she not only stay safe but protect Seven too? It’s so difficult to tell you how I felt without spoilers! I was so in that moment there with Kate, in that cell, in the bathroom, in the dungeon. With her while she was tormented with the exquisite agony of pleasurable pain. Witnessed her own desires and emotions shatter her into a thousand sharp pieces.


I guessed one thing that happened in the book, before it happened. I think that comes from being highly suspicious of things, along with a bit of logic. Other twists and happenings I would never have guessed at. This has an ending that I’m sure some people won’t care for, though I loved it. It’s as ambiguous as you want to make it. But then again I loved the ending in Big Sky too. Broken people and sociopaths (view spoiler) ruins a dark book in my opinion.


There isn’t really any detail on how Kate fell prey to her fate. There is a very brief mention of her having been watched for a while. There is no real background on any of the main characters either, but then what does it matter when everything that went before is null and void? Kate, and I suspect both Seven and Master, were all (very?) different people before the captivity. Those people no longer exist, so knowing who they were has no influence on who they are now or on what they want. It’s a very “in the present” book and I loved it.

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Excerpts from THE GAME MAKER (c) Kitty Thomas 2020
Used with permission.


He doesn’t repeat his request, just continues to watch me. After a few minutes, he stands and walks across the cell. This is the first time he’s been this close. I flinch when he reaches me.

He ignores my reaction and sits on the ground beside me, but he doesn’t make any attempt to touch me. Instead, he sighs and says, “Starvation is a bad way to die.”

“I know,” I say.

“I don’t think you do.”

I start to cry. It’s the first time I’ve broken down since those first moments in the cell. Supposedly, if we have sex, we’ll get food. And I want food, but then what happens? The longer I can delay this, the longer I delay the next steps in whatever sick game our captor is playing with us.

“You know what has to happen,” he says, echoing my exact thought of only minutes ago. “What’s the point of letting yourself get sicker and weaker than you need to be? You need your strength. You need to eat.”

“You mean you need to eat,” I say, unable to hide the bitterness seeping into my voice. So the nice guy act is finally ending? The gallant chivalry finally coming to an end. Everyone has a limit. And now I know his.

“I’ll be fine,” he says. “I’ll be fine a lot longer than you will. Are you going to let yourself starve to death?”

I chance a look into his eyes. “What do you think would happen to you if I did?”

He shrugs. “He’d probably take another girl, bring more bait to tempt me. He wants to turn me into a monster and you…or whoever… into a whore. That’s my running theory, anyway.”

He stands and holds a hand out to me. 

“What are you doing?”

“Remember what I said about the cameras and the bathroom?”

I nod.  

He’s still holding his hand out. I try to ignore it. 

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he says.

I am so hungry. Finally, I take his hand and let him lead me into the bathroom. He guides me to sit on the edge of the tub and turns the shower on. Then he starts to undress. I tense, part of me wanting to run back into the cell.

“We’re going to take a shower, you and I,” he says calmly. “I won’t touch you in any way you don’t want. And no one will see.”

I know what he’s doing. He’s trying to make this easier for me. In the end, I’ll have to fuck him in the cell in front of the cameras so our sick mystery captor can watch. My co-captive is trying to give us some privacy and the illusion of choice at least to start, at least to let me get used to his body.

“Come on, drop the towel and get in the shower with me.”

He steps into the shower and closes the door behind him. I know he won’t hurt me. He hasn’t yet. I think I’m safe with this man, and there’s only one way to get food. I take a few slow deep breaths, wipe the stray tears off my cheeks, and take off the towel.

When I open the door, he pulls me in under the rain shower with him. His mouth moves close to my ear. His words are quiet, almost dwarfed by the sound of the water.

“I don’t know if there are listening devices in the bathroom, but if there are, the shower may give us some cover. What’s your name?”

I pull back from him and look into his eyes—really look at them. I’ve avoided his gaze so much in my time here. They’re hazel, but they seem far lighter than they are because of his tanned skin and dark hair. He’s growing the beginnings of a beard. 

“Kate,” I finally say.

Kate. That’s a pretty name. I’m Seven.”

At first I think I don’t hear him right. “Seven? Like the number?”

He chuckles. “Yes, like the number.”

“Are you from a big family? Are your siblings all named One through Six?”

“No siblings. Only child. I can be grateful they didn’t name me One, I guess.”

“Yeah, no kidding.”

Review //\\ Cruel Idols

Cruel Idols by Sorcha Black

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That’s me banging my head for not having listened to all those people telling me I needed to read a Sorcha Black book.


Why have I left it so long to read this author’s work? I absolutely, totally and utterly loved this book, which is like Bass-Ackwards older, kinkier, more depraved brother. The really edgy one that scares you as much as he turns you on. It’s so fantastically wrong in all the right ways, full of unexpected twists and mind games that send shivers down your spine. And the emotions, oh the emotions, they slashed through my body like the sharpest of knives and caressed like the softest of lips.

The use was fast and hard and looked horribly uncomfortable, and the vicious expression on Vandal’s face was absolutely mesmerizing.

Vandal is such a humongous asshole, and I absolutely adored him. I equally wanted to thump him too, but he is one of the best heroes I’ve read in a long, long time. Zero was the perfect foil to him, and was also amazing and utterly delightful in his own right. The ying to Vandal’s yang, the light to his darkness. Amazing writing gave us two finely crafted and distinct male characters. Their kinks blended seamlessly together, allowing them to push Sadie’s submissive boundaries whilst also supporting her. I spent a lot of the book being incredibly jealous of Sadie, though I’m not sure I would have coped with their brand of crazy as well as she did.

He had a gorgeous smile when he wasn’t being a psychopath.

At heart this is a story of consensual non-consent, though SSC and RACK went out of the window pretty early on! At times both terrifyingly believable and sensually scary, this twisted love story had me on the edge of my seat, turned on and alarmed in equal measure. I was gripped, spell-bound, enthralled and beguiled by every single word, sentence and paragraph. From the first word to the last I couldn’t put this down.

Ugh.
Why was I doing this without challenging them> Disobeying one of them was difficult enough – the double dose of dominance was overwhelming. It was also hot, which was really annoying.

Was Sadie mad for agreeing to what she did, insane in the flights of fancy her mind spun, or simply fanatical about her cruel idols? It was hard to know, but I’m pretty certain that girl was one sandwich short of a picnic. I wouldn’t say no to being her bestie though, so what does that say about me?

It was hard not to squirm, but it was easier to focus on how much I wanted him to touch me instead of dwelling on how much I wanted him to love me.

I have found myself a new favourite author to fangirl over and I really can’t recommend this book enough.

Title – Cruel Idols
Author – Sorcha Black
Genre – Menage Dark Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54417364-cruel-idols

How can my favorite author be such a suspicious alphahole?
All I wanted was an autograph, but Vandal Stokes is livid when he finds me on his property. The sketchy contract he makes me sign traps me alone with him and his gorgeous friend, Zero, for months.
While we adjust to the awkwardness, Zero volunteers to be my writing mentor and assists me with my creepy research. Vandal can’t resist getting involved, and the tension between the three of us ignites.
Our situation feeds into my most sinister fantasies.
Two against one.
Twisted games.
A dark basement.
No neighbors.
One torrid summer could very well change my life—and me—forever.

Review //\\ The Velvet Collar

The Velvet Collar (Pony Tales #9/Velvet Lies #3)

I don’t think even in my wildest dreams I could have ever imagined such a conclusion to this series. Was it a little OTT? At times yes, but in a wonderful way that just made you smile, or cringe, wince and take panicky breathes. I loved this book, I loved this series, so much so that a little part of me wants to take a few minutes to mourn it’s end.


If you haven’t read this series, and you love a good kinky romantic suspense, with a fair dollop of wit and humour, then I do highly recommend it.  Ms Mandara’s mind is incredibly devious, twisted and sinisterly kinky. I wanted Kyle and Michael to face some retribution, but that??!!! My word it takes the word revenge to a WHOLE new level. They deserved it, maybe, no definitely, but I’m with Mark, someone else can make that decision.


We get some seriously erotic times again, before the story takes a darker turn and we get some breathe play scenes that would have been scorching had it been consensual, or even had it been at Leyland’s hands.  (I missed him sooo much. He really, really needs his own book!)  However since it was Kyle at the helm, things were never going to go well. Yes, I’m starting to think Laurel’s idea’s weren’t so horrific after all.


A part of me would have liked to see some consequences for Albrecht, given that they knowingly had unwilling participants there. Michael being the owner felt like a little bit of a lose end BUT I loved this too much for it to matter, in the end. I know this book has been out a while, but could we have a bonus epilogue of Michael’s downfall, and some tormenting of him and Kyle? Pretty please??? 😉😁


The writing is excellent, the plot rattles along at an almost break neck speed, though not so fast that you get left behind. It slows nicely for all the important parts (yes I do mean the sexy times) so that we can enjoy the delightful torment that Mark inflicts on Jennifer. Whilst the previously mentioned OTT parts of the story enable a somewhat easy resolution – though not easy from Mark and Jenny’s point of view, more from an author side of things – I felt it fitted well with the whole larger than life feel of the book. Anything else would have felt far too tame, boring and uninspired.


I’m hoping the final “Beautiful” book won’t be too much longer because I’m not planning on re-reading #1, reading #2 (which I already own) and I know I’ll be desperate for the ending, once I do.

Title – The Velvet Collar
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – BDSM Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44639143-the-velvet-collar

I made a bet with my newlywed submissive wife. I told her that if she could behave herself impeccably for a week, she could wear the trousers for a day. That included being able to dominate me. The bet was almost guaranteed to be impossible to achieve, and yet somehow she did it. It looks like I’m in for a fun night, doesn’t it?
If that wasn’t bad enough, Kyle has been spotted near our home. It scares me. I can feel the net closing in, and I’m still no closer to unravelling the pieces. We need to figure out what Redcliff wants, and fast. In order to do this, I’m going to have to talk to my mother-in-law, who still isn’t speaking to me. I have no idea what her problem is. She tried to kill me, not the other way around…

Review //\\ The Velvet Caress

The Velvet Caress by C.P. Mandara

I’m currently re-reading/completing the Pony Tales series and I don’t know why I only gave this four stars last time because I adored every moment of this book. It’s a lot less steamy and erotic than the previous books though we do get one heck of a sensuous scene towards the end. The reason for the cooler feel is because this book really allows us to know and fall totally in lust love with Mark. Oh my word he totally and utterly earned his redemption here. I would have loved being a fly on the wall of Sophia’s dungeon!


The story moves on at a good pace, with more intrigue thrown into the mix, more peril, a life-threatening danger for Mark, and an unexpected visitor. I adored Leyland, he wasn’t quite the butt-hole I judged him to be in The Ties That Bind. We saw glimpses of a less bad man in The Velvet Chair but in this we see a man who is as devious as Mark, but who doesn’t take himself as seriously. The scenes of him with Marianna were delightful and one day I’d rather like Ms Mandara to consider giving them a book of their own.


I utterly enjoyed every single word, line, paragraph and chapter. Totally recommend this series to those who enjoy BDSM accompanied by a good story and can’t wait to read The Velvet Collar, though will be sad to have to say goodbye to Mark and Jennifer.

Title – The Velvet Caress
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – Erotic Romantic Suspense
Goodreads –
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36115207-the-velvet-caress

When one lie is shattered, another begins.
My wife is on her deathbed and I’ve barely been married a day. The poison she took was meant for me. I should be the one lying in a hospital bed looking as though each moment might be my last. The guilt I feel is indescribable.

It’s a bit too late to realise I’m in love with Jennifer. I’ve screwed the poor girl over so many times she can barely stand to look at me. Every time I come near her she flinches, and I can hardly blame her. All I know is that I need to make this right. I owe her that much.
I used to be good at delivering the impossible, but this time I’m not so sure. The odds are not stacked in my favour.
Losing isn’t going to be an option, though. If I lose her, I lose everything…

Review //\\ The Velvet Chair

The Velvet Chair (Pony Tales #7, Velvet Lies #1)

Wow, just wow. How had I read this before and not left glowing reviews everywhere? Shame on me.


That said I think I enjoyed it even more this time, particularly since I’ve just completed a re-read of the first 6 Pony Tales books. You can read this without reading those, but you will definitely enjoy this more if you understand what happened in books 5 and 6 at the very least.


This is an amazing mix of salacious kink and damn good story. I got so many feels from this book (get your dirty mind out of the gutter! Oh alright I did get those kind too 😉). There are times when you want to step into the pages, give Jennifer a great big hug, and throat punch all those POS’s around her. Other times when you are jealous of the orgasm train she is riding and some where you want to high five and celebrate with her. For a good chunk of the book I also wanted to be able to enter their world just so I could punch Mark’s teeth out, or lights out, or both at the same time.


However , just as I decided that red hot poker enemas and entrail removal through small orifices sounded reasonable the damn man went and got a conscience. Then I had to admit how much I like the sexy devil. Admittedly the man has some many reasons to be annoyed, though if he just got his head out of his behind he would realise that the numbers don’t add up. Still after what happened in book #6 he’s bound to be more than a little perturbed and unsettled by current events. He needs to remember who the true enemy is though.


Talking of Michael, we get a couple of glimpses of that obnoxious streak of excrement, just enough to know that trouble is in store for someone. And chances are poor Jennifer will pay the price somehow. I totally loved seeing Leyland Forbes again, and again he is on Jennifer’s side – even if as he takes great delight in her sexual torment.


It ends on a thumping cliff-hanger but since all the books are out now that should no longer be a problem for those who hate them. I’m going to be diving straight into the next book, because (a) why not and (b) Jennifer and Mark! 

Title – The Velvet Chair
Author – C.P. Mandara
Genre – BDSM/ Erotic Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34199364-the-velvet-chair

“Oh, darling. You’re going to be so easy to conquer.” His finger reached under my chin and pulled my face back to meet his. “I can’t wait to strip you out of that dress and watch you crawl around my home naked. I’m going to spank that delectable ass with every damn pervertible I can find. Hairbrushes, wooden spoons, spatulas, and I might even try a damn baking sheet. That ass of yours is always going to be prettily pink and perfectly swollen while you’re under my roof.”

My name is Mark Matthews. I own half of London, and the part I don’t own, I’m working on.

Life was all going swimmingly well until Michael Redcliff entered my life, demanding that I marry his daughter. Actually, swap demand for blackmail. He’s got goods on me that I want no one else to see, so for the time being I need to be his little lapdog.

I’ll marry his daughter. I’ll give him all the status, money and power he can handle… for as long as it takes me to get a divorce. You see, I can’t renege on our little arrangement – but she can. I give her a week. One week and she’ll be screaming the place down for her legal counsel.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Review //\\ Pony Tales Book 1 – 6

The Riding School (Pony Tales #1) by C.P. Mandara

3.5 Stars
I originally read this somewhere between 3 and 4 years ago, so I’d forgotten that it’s pretty short (27 pages), but since it was a freebie I’m not complaining.


This can easily be read just as an erotic short story but if, like me, you become addicted to Jenny and Mark’s story it continues through 5 more books (8 if you count the Velvet series). One thing that stands out is that the author certainly has a way with words, despite the initial scenario requiring somewhat of a suspension of disbelief, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this boundary pushing, slightly (very?) dub-con, erotic romance.


Whilst I can imagine this type of school existing for the willing, enrolling unwilling participants and ‘selling them on’ would open them to a whole host of criminal charges, should that person ever get to contact the police. That said, this is fun erotic fiction and so, in the interests of enjoyment, I’m happy to let that little fact slide.


Despite Jenny being a selfish, spoilt individual, I kind of felt sorry for her. Particularly as it struck me that poor parenting might have been at least partly to blame. This is too light a read to worry about such deep topics (at the moment anyway). The heat level is quite very high, though the content of this book is fairly tame. I do seem to remember it getting kinkier and kinkier as the series progressed and I’m certainly going to be ‘Learning the Ropes’ next 😉!

Learning The Ropes (Pony Tales #2)

4 Starsbecause it’s brilliant but still only 37 pages
This is another titillating, naughty and down right deliciously depraved snippet of Jenny’s ongoing introduction to the life of a pony girl. Books 1 – 3 are all short stories, they would combine together to make a story somewhere between novella and novel in length. Each is a vignette, a scene of Jenny’s torment and slide into the strange world of the Albrecht Stables. She isn’t there willingly, so the entire thing is very dub-con/non-con but at the same time it isn’t overly dark. Jenny is unwilling but also very much enjoys the punishments she is subjected to. There is nothing that would cause a threat to her life, nor cause severe, permanent or lasting damage to her body.


Whilst Jenny will suffer pain, humiliation and indignities galore, she is ‘only’ subjected to BDSM style activities. I say style because we all (should) know that the tenets of BDSM are based around SSC (Safe, Sane and Consensual), RACK (Risk Aware Consensual Kink) and/or PRICK (Personal Responsibility, Informed, Consensual Kink). Jenny has NOT given any consent so this immediately goes against everything BDSM holds dear. However it IS a work of fiction and not purporting to be an instructional guide, indeed the author has a very clear disclaimer regarding that very fact, so for me this is a non-issue.


I am loving this naughty story and am now moving on to ‘Hot to Trot‘ for a little more boundary pushing fun.

Hot to Trot (Pony Tales #3)

4 Stars for 55 pages of filthy fun
Humiliation upon humiliation is heaped upon our poor heroine. Despite her being a rather petulant, spoilt and selfish individual, I do feel some sympathy for her. This is something the author does quite well. She makes her characters just imperfect enough, just the wrong side of right, so that whilst you like them, you don’t feel too much empathy or sorrow for their terrible plight! She enjoys a lot of that plight and a multitude of orgasms does sound enjoyable. However forced orgasm torture probably isn’t called torture because it’s so much fun.


We get more and more intrigue thrown in, and if I ever met Jenny’s dad I think I would castrate him with a blunt table knife before stabbing him in the eye with a rusty spoon. There are other players afoot in this game, and lots of backstabbing, not to mention tongue-stabbing – though that’s a very different activity all together.


I’m impressed with how well Jenny’s holding everything together. I’m sure I would have descended into a quivering mess of forlorn sobs or become a raving lunatic after being subjected to the same treatment. After all this is very much non-con, though very gentle non-con as there is no rape, violence or physical abuse. Being forced to train as a pony-girl does probably count as mental and emotional abuse though – even if she does enjoy some of it. Or maybe she’s just so incredibly used to getting her own way that poor Jenny’s brain can’t comprehend fully the truth of her situation. Either way it makes for a darn good, kinkily depraved, read.


I now own all 9 the books in this series, but overloading on arc commitments for the past two years means I’m very behind on finishing them. So the re-read is two-fold, firstly to remind myself of events so I can understand the books I haven’t read, second is that I read them in my pre-review on goodreads days, and not having a review on here bugs the heck out of me. This is the last and longest of the ‘short’ parts of the story, there are 3 additional full length books in Pony Tales plus the three Velvet Collar books (which in many ways can be read as a stand alone trilogy).

Named and Shamed (Pony Tales #4)

4.5 Stars for the one where Jenny is used, abused and given a new name.
Where Pony Tales 1 -3 introduced us to Albrecht stables and the erotic delights that await Jenny there, this book gives us a more rounded story. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, loved the heat factor, adored the intrigue and can not wait to find out what happens next. Not only do we have lots of delightful pony-girl training to look forward to, but there is a clearly emerging story as well. One that is clearly about more than just simple erotica. But just as Jenny was teased to the edge of orgasm (repeatedly), so are we teased, by the author, with little hints and clues and snippets of information.


This book is significantly longer than the previous three (120 pages), allowing us to learn more about Mark as well as providing us with plenty of depraved, kinky torture of the hapless Jennifer. We understand that there is more to this story than just forced pony play, with the author introducing some finely crafted elements of suspense. We aren’t seeing the whole picture yet – where would the fun be in that? But we certainly know a lot more than Jenny does.  Or should that now be P?  Thus far we have gotten to know Jenny quite intimately, on all levels 😉, every pun intended! In Named and Shamed the personality of other main players is also built on, turning them from caricatures/outlines into recognisable, distinct characters.


There were so many times I wanted to slap Mark. His arrogant head is so far up his own behind and he is so busy thinking with his not so little head, that he is missing big clues. Particularly the one that points out how annoyed Jenny gets when he treats her like she is less than human. Which is a paradox because the objectification also turns her on. Unlike Mark, she never loses her intelligence, wisely knowing which battles to fight and making the best of a bad situation by finding pleasure where she can, whilst biding her time until she can somehow escape.

A Rough Ride (Pony Tales #5)

4.5 Stars
I loved this much longer installment of the Pony Tales series. We got more gloriously kinky pony play, more dub-con deliciousness (which Jennifer enjoys immensely) along with lots more clues and hints as to what is in play behind the scenes. There was more of Mark in his ‘real’ life and some scenes of him at play with his submissives.


I will say that we still aren’t at a ‘romance’ point in the story, though there is a definite connection between Mark and Jennifer. There are scenes that some might interpret as cheating, or on the borders of it, but as there is no actual relationship/commitment between them, I don’t view it as such.


Jennifer learns some shocking truths in this book, enough almost to break her resolve. She also suffers the consequences of her naive/foolish trainer choice. Added to all that, she is subject to 48 hours of the most cruel sexual torture, humiliated beyond belief, set impossible to achieve tasks, barely fed and watered, driven to exhaustion and abused by a sadist. Despite all that she finds herself enjoying much of it and using the rest of it to keep herself angry and sane.


The writing is good, with some nice little touches of humour. The plot moves along well and this is an excellent read for when you want to indulge in a scorching hot, NSFW, filthily depraved story but also want a decent plot with it, rather than just crudeness. I’m off to read the final book now!

The Ties That Bind (Pony Tales #6)

5 Stars and saving the best until last(?)
How can a book be both wrong, funny and super sexy all at the same time? I’m not sure but Christina Mandara has certainly achieved that with The Ties That Bind. She has also produced an amazing story, full of suspense, peril, snark and heat.


Over the last few books we got to know Jenny, in this book I felt we really got to grips with knowing Mark, and I really liked what I saw. Unlike the previous five books, in this one we spend barely any time at Albrecht stables, though there was still lots of delightful kinky and perverse fun to be enjoyed, involving carousel horses and fish tanks.


There are dark elements to the story, though it doesn’t ‘feel’ dark, in part due to Jennifer’s mental attitude and fortitude throughout the books. The vast majority of the kinky sexual torment that she is subjected to would be considered at best dubious consent, and sometimes non-consensual. It is softened by the fact that Jenny thoroughly enjoys most of what she is subjected to, and further tempered by both a message from the author in the foreword and the fact that so very much of this story is fairy tale like in it’s stretching of the possible.


I found myself totally absorbed in the story, spellbound by the excellent writing, drawn in by great characters (both good and bad), mesmerised by the twisted eroticism and entranced by the chemistry between Jenny and Mark. Theirs is not a conventional relationship, in fact it is still debatable if it could be called a relationship at all. It is, however, a compelling and all encompassing connection.


With each book read my enjoyment of this series has continued to increase. I really enjoyed the first few books but I am now totally invested in this pair and can’t wait to see how their future plays out in the Velvet Lies series. Just so long as Michael Redcliffe, and a few others, get their comeuppance!

REVIEW //\\ Fortune Fae Academy #1

I could be tempted to be as cruel as the author, and give this book zero stars just because of how terrible she was for leaving the story at the point she did. How can I function, how will I ever sleep, what will I do until the next book is released?😉😂



This ends on the cruelest of cliff-hangers but even so it is 100% worth reading this book. I love Gina, Zeke and Rowan, I’m undecided on Axel and I currently loathe Seif with passion that borders on insanity. I started off with pity and sorrow for him, since the core of his quest was built on the very best of intentions, however his total disregard for anyone other than himself, his unrelenting pursuit and treatment of Axel and Gina, soon made me dislike him. A lot.


Then the hulking brute would do something nice, something that felt almost honorable, and my feelings would waver. Sadly he would then return to being that arrogant, self-centred, thoughtless posterior-hole that left me wanting to skewer him with a rusty fork. Until that man shows an inkling of empathy, emotion or care for someone other than himself he can rot in the blackest, most remote edges of the web for all I care. In fact that’s far too good a fate for him at the moment. There is a huge part of me that is kind of hoping Gina escapes him, though I’m sure by the end of the series I will have made a whole 180 flip on that and will adore the very ground Seif walks on. And won’t that just encourage the insufferable alpha.


God I love a book that makes me feel. And this had that in spades. It has sweet moments, angry moments, happy moments, anxious moments and despairing moments, all of which combined into an amazing must read story. Gina is so strong, so independent and so determined to avoid a dire fate. She is tough, resourceful and caring and you can’t help but love her. Zeke and Rowan are amazing and the perfect Beta’s for this Omega. The glimpses we got of Axel at the very beginning of the story did endear him to me, though his treatment of Rowan knocked that sideways. I need to see more of his pov in the next book to help me get a true feel for him.


The story is one roller coaster ride and it hurtled at break-neck speed from the very start of the book. It’s not even a quick read, and by the end I felt as though I’d been dragged through the mill, but in the best way possible. I will warn that this Gina and her mates don’t actually get to the Academy until almost the end of the book. There is one heck of a lot that happens before that point – and all of it is good. I may just have a slight book hangover from this unputdownable story!

Title – Fortune Fae Academy #1
Author – J.R. Thorn
Genre – Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48569055-fortune-fae-academy

I never asked to be an Omega.
I’m a Fortune Fae—I see the future. But I didn’t see this coming. My Alpha will stop at nothing to possess me and has dragged me all the way to Fortune Fae Academy to join the other wide-eyed Omegas-in-training. He believes I’ll survive–and I hope he’s right. He also believes I’ll kneel at his feet. He couldn’t be more wrong about that.
I don’t need three broody Betas and an asshat Alpha telling me what to do. When I graduate the Academy as an ascended Omega, I’m rejecting my mate-circle and getting the hell out of here.
Except there’s one slight problem. My Alpha has seen the future too… and he knows something I don’t.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.


4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.


3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.


2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.


1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Whatever he thinks is going to happen, his cruel smirk says I’m not going anywhere.