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 –

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 –

“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.

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 –

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.

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.

REVIEW //\\ Something Twisted

Something Twisted by Ace Gray

“The world will eventually end in brimstone and fire, but I’ll still love you, Drea. You’re heaven and the religion I’ll worship to get there.”
“I love you, Niall,” she said from her spot at my feet. “Whether you’re my salvation or damnation, I don’t care as long as you’re mine.”

This was my first book by the author, and it’s now my firm intention to read more work by her!

I read this in order to lead a Book Of The Month discussion, in the Dark Erotica group. I have to say, well done to Dana for suggesting the book and to those who voted for it because this was a huge, huge hit for me. Trying a new author, especially in the dark realm of romance, always feels like a risk. I’m sure for every one book I’ve enjoyed there are a dozen that have missed the mark by a country mile. This one ticked every box for me and I found myself not wanting to put it down. It was also second-chance, which is hands down my favourite tropes ever.

The authors voice, the plot, pace and characterisation were all top notch. There was no effort involved in reading this book, well other than putting it down when it got VERY late into the night and my alarm was set for less than 6 hours later! Though I did have to forgive the use of ‘drug’ instead of ‘dragged’, but hey, no biggie. This really is an addictive read that wraps you up in it’s dark and depraved world, draws you into the lives of the damaged folk that exist there (because it could never be called living) and will keep you enthralled from the very first to the very last line.

Drea and Niall had so much history to overcome, had so much pain and sorrow weighing them down, needing to forgive and to receive forgiveness. There were moments in this story that made my heart melt, moments that shattered it into a thousand pieces, moments that made me gasp, or laugh, or cry, or swoon, sometimes more than one at the same time. This pair were never destined for a nice easy love story, and boy does the author drag us all through the depths of hell before we see any glimpses of light at the end of the tunnel.

This kiss was different than our others. Niall usually kissed me with fire enough to feel the burn but this was slow and smoldering, a little sad. The tears I’d been keeping at bay knotted in my throat. This kiss said goodbye.

The book starts off right in the deepest end of the dark pool. There are scenes of non-consensual sex and physical violence perpetrated on the heroine, some of which are witnessed, but not prevented, by the eventual hero. These were not easy to read, though Drea had been living this hell for so long that she was almost immune to it now. So it didn’t feel as emotionally harrowing as it could have. The author saved that for later when we learnt more of Drea’s reasons for leaving Niall. There were times when I disliked Niall, but he had his reasons, he suffered through his conflicted feelings and he earned his redemption at least twice. Why twice? Because this man was an insufferable idiot at times!

Whilst the second half of the book didn’t feel as dark, it was still gritty and, at times, violent. It’s difficult to go into details without giving away spoilers, but I felt that the consequences and events that followed Mac Ulster’s final manipulation of Niall were believable and hard won. There is no single handedly bringing down a whole mob family, no miraculous deal, just a whole world of misery and pain to endure. I could understand Niall’s struggle, his wanting to do right by his friends, even if it did mean he wasn’t thinking clearly on who to do right by Drea. That moment in the motel room was a huge wake up call for him and the future Drea could have faced.

This story didn’t follow the paths one would expect, right to the very end it defied expectations and gave something refreshingly different to a genre that is sometimes tired and cliched. I loved how this book didn’t pull any punches at the same time it gave us an epic story of endless love.

“I don’t thing you get to choose, Drea,” I softened.
“But I get to fight.” She smiled that same small, sorrowful smile. “And I want to fight for you.”

Goodreads –
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense

I’d spent my life as a plaything. A toy to be used by powerful and deadly men in whatever way they pleased. So I was just as surprised as anyone else that I had feelings left. Feelings that lead me to fight for true love while damning myself.
And that’s just where this story begins.
Desperate and alone I turned back to my childhood home. The first wicked place I’d known with the darkest villain among them. My stepfather. But I could weather his storm in exchange for safety. I had to.
What I didn’t expect to find was Niall McDonough. The only man I’d ever really loved had reappeared only to become one of them. Someone ruthless and cruel. He wants to ruin me. As my stepfather’s savage soldier he might just do it.
But then again, twelve years ago a fortune teller predicted I’d need just such a soldier to save both my heart and soul.

Review //\\ Midnight Fae Academy #2

Midnight Fae Academy #2 by Lexi C Foss

If you thought book 1 ended on a sucker punch of a cliff-hanger then this ending will slay you!

The story picks straight up from where book #1 ended, with Aflora in a dungeon awaiting a possible death sentence. From that moment onwards this is non-stop action, holding my attention throughout and leaving me feeling as though I were in one of these carts …


There was a LOT of foreshadowing, but much of it in Shades very shade-y way, so you think you might know something, but do you really? There are hints, half truths, puzzles and lies, trust his hard to give when the rug keeps being pulled out from under your feet.

Book 1 introduced us to most of the main players in this story, this book builds on their relationship, whilst also slowly revealing untold secrets and sinister plans. The chemistry between Aflora, Zeph, Shade and Kols is off the charts, this had the perfect balance of enough sexy times to convince me of their feelings, but not too much to overpower the story. I also loved all the small gestures, the little opportunities, that firmly cemented the depth and strength of their feelings for one another. The more I get to know these guys the more I love them, and Aflora is just down right amazing.

I really, really loved this book, I’m hoping book 3 is just as good! My heart aches and breaks for Shadow/Shade and all the terrible things he has seen and torturous decisions he has had to make. There is so much more to this loveable bad boy, than you would ever expect. Oh, and that epilogue, well …




even though all the damn clues were there!

Genre – Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

Goodreads –

I’m in purgatory.
A Midnight Fae dungeon.
All because my mates betrayed me.

Shade swears he’s innocent. Zeph promises that what he did was for my own best interest. Meanwhile, Kols isn’t apologetic in the slightest, his cocky arrogance claiming fate intervened at just the right moment.
I hate them all. Crave them, too.
And now I have to work with them to solve a millennia-old secret, one that involves my true heritage. Except our digging has awoken an ancient power and it’s threatening to destroy the Midnight Fae realm with its vengeance. If only the Academy offered courses in mediation. I could use one of those right about now.
Because as it turns out, I’m the only one with the power to stop this thing from taking over.
And I have to rely on my mates to help guide me. Welcome to Midnight Fae Academy, where the classes are useless and the male fae are all jackholes. Wish me luck.

REVIEW //\\ Resistance

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Resistance (The 1000 Revolution #6) by Pippa DaCosta

My body is a hollow shell where my heart and soul used to reside before it was cruelly ripped to shreds by the talented Ms Pippa DaCosta.

Resistance can NOT be read as a stand-alone story. At the very least you need to read book #5, though to be honest even that might not be enough and why would you want to deprive yourself of four other books of Caleb filled deliciousness?

There were a great many things about Caleb Shepperd I liked,
and none of them were logical.

One, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta

Oh One, when will you finally get to be free? Please don’t let it be out there amongst the stars, on your own. And Caleb, life really has dealt you a crappy hand but despite it all there is still a really good guy underneath all the tarnish and bluster. And the rest of the guys all deserve their own little slice of peace and happiness.

After my reluctant nod, Fran piloted the ungainly Starkiller to the shuttle’s coordinates with all the skill and finesse i’d expect of an ex-fleet commander, although I’d never tell her that. Her ego was already big enough for the both of us.

Caleb, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta

Beware, once you step aboard the Starkiller you are in for one heck of a bumpy ride. Up becomes down, left becomes right and enemies become, well, if not quite friends at least temporary allies. This book gave me all the feels, every single damn one, including several that were not welcome, not at all (#passmethekleenex, #uglycry).

Whilst previous work by the author may have inferred intimacy between characters, this was much less subtle in its honesty. Whilst there are no very intimately graphic scenes, we are aware that some characters may get to bump their uglies.

This kiss was nothing but a meeting of mouths and tongue, but it didn’t feel like nothing. It felt like safety, and comfort, and warmth. It felt like home.

One, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta

The ending left me spinning alone out there, amongst the stars, in the black. I’m fairly certain it’s obvious from my random mumblings that this story has left me with one HUGE book hangover, and I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to process it. 

Count the stars…

Listen… I need you to know… you saved me in all the little ways. There ain’t no power in the nine strong enough to stop me from saving you back.

Caleb, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta

This book left me senses a-reeling, heart shattered and emotions pummelled. I simply had no words, no words at all, for a while and could only express my thoughts and feelings via gifs. I’ve included that here because – hey it wasn’t easy given the fragile state of my mind at the time. So for the more visual learners amongst you here is my 0riginal review that I posted, whilst I cobbled together my broken psyche.

So I started out feeling all


and that quickly progressed to


as we plunged into


before suddenly hitting this moment


We will pause here for a while, rocking quietly in our corner, possibly sucking our thumb and definitely sobbing into a handkerchief.

Yes the author did THAT author thing. I should have seen it coming, she’d dropped enough hints on her FB page but I stupidly didn’t think she would be so cruel!

eventually this led to


and a bit of


to which I was 100%


and then it all went


with a bit lot more


before ending on


Yeah. I just can’t at the moment, but you DO need to read this and join my in my strange mix of misery and joy. I’m still not sure if I’ll ever forgive the author though.

“This shit is why you always kill the bad guy.”
Wanted dead or alive by the law and every criminal this side of the jump gates, there’s only one place Caleb and his crew can hide:
All the crap in the Nine systems washes up there.
With their rustbucket tugship Starkiller about to cough its last space-mile and credits scarce, raiding a few scrappers rigs is a last resort. Scrappers are hard bastards, but then so is Caleb.
Stealing from the bad guys should be easy, if Caleb’s crew can get their shit together. The pressure is on. Trust is a joke. And then there’s One. New and improved but just like her old self? Or not…
One says there’s a revolution brewing, and she’d know.
Synthetics move among us, their strings pulled by a mad man. The Nine Systems teeters on the edge of a war it can’t see coming, and Caleb’s crew might be all that stands in its way.
Sometimes it takes bad guys to kill bad guys, and if Caleb’s crew have learned anything together, it’s how to be bad.

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 //\\ Daddy P.I.

Daddy P.I. by E.J. Frost

Wow, this is quite a story and I really enjoyed it. It felt far more honest and ‘real’ than so many of it’s genre.

This is my first E.J. Frost read but it won’t be my last. In Daddy P.I. she created two amazing characters and a story that just got better and better. It’s quite a long book but not once did I get bored or put it aside (well apart from when I eventually got too tired to keep my eyes open any longer!).

There was one scene right at the very beginning that was, to paraphrase Emily, “a little icky” to read. In fact had I not promised a friend that I would read this book, it might have been enough to put me off. It’s a fairly controversial memory by the Dom, Logan, and whilst nothing really untoward happens, it will push buttons and boundaries for many. I urge you to push through this very tiny part of what is a great story. It IS pertinent to the plot and goes a long way in showing how deep a connection Emily and Logan have. When I first read it I considered contacting the author and suggesting it was too much, but it didn’t take long for me to realise just how important it actually was.

The book is quite unusual in that we meet the pair a week into their relationship. This wasn’t an issue in any way because we still get to see Emily and Logan both grow within their relationship and the dynamic they forge together. I loved that Logan was on as much of a learning curve as his little girl, maybe more of one. He wasn’t some super know-it-all-already all powerful Dom. He made mistakes, owned them and made sure not only to NOT repeat them but also to learn and grow from them. So refreshing and yet it made him so much more likeable too.

Emily is a little, but she isn’t a colouring in and playing with dolls little, it’s more to do with the power exchange. I loved the role play scenes, it isn’t something I’ve read much of before but they were both entertaining and surprisingly hot. In fact we are treated to some really amazing, very well thought through and engaging play scenes, some public and some private. We learn each public scene is discussed and agreed upon in advance, then discussed/evaluated again afterwards. Again it gave a level or realism sadly lacking in many BDSM novels. Yet it avoided sounding preachy or like a manual, it blended seamlessly into the story and felt a natural and organic progression.

With the book being long, there are also plenty of non-play opportunities to both learn about our two protagonists, to experience their developing relationship, to see them both grow as individuals and a couple, to meet some great side characters and to enjoy a back plot too. Emily and Logan are a very easy to fall in love with and I can’t wait until the next book is out. 

And a Daddy Dom to the rescue.

Former Naval officer James Logan is used to being in charge, both in his personal life and his new career as a private investigator. When he’s hired to investigate the suspicious death of a passenger on an alternative lifestyle cruise, Logan swaps his gun for a flogger. All he needs is a good cover, and he knows just the sub to provide it.
Author Emily Martin is no stranger to the lifestyle; she’s a veteran of emotionally unavailable Masters and see-you-later sadists. However, Logan’s no weekend Dom, and his dedication to being her daddy could just convince Emily to give full-time power exchange another try.
But there’s no chance for a happily-ever-after with a killer at large. When the chase turns lethal, Emily must call on every ounce of courage to save her daddy.

Because a Little takes care of her daddy, too.

Book Tour & Review //\\ TDYK

The Danger You Know by Lily White

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: April 22, 2020


You’ll judge me.
Hate me and tell me I’m wrong.
Refuse to see how my darkness is what she needs.
While I don’t particularly care about your feelings in the matter, and while I pursue her despite the wedding bells that rang for another, only I can see how she is drowning beneath mediocrity.
How many times must I remind her?
It can’t matter that I am the person who ruined her life.
The man who killed her father.
The constant shadow that watches her sleep.
The lover who prefers dirty alleyways to freshly laundered sheets
She’s mine. Always has been. 

I’m the worst thing for her, yet I’m the only salvation she knows.
He had his chance to make her happy.
He failed.
He didn’t see how she was dying inside because he couldn’t know her.
Not like I know her.
I am her stalker.
Her protector.
And the only man that can bring her back to life.

5 stalkerish stars
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Ari is going to maul your heart and stalk your senses.

~ Shabby, BookBistroBlog

This is how a dark stalker book should be written!! This was top notch!! In a league of its own!!

~ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

Probably the best stalker romance I have ever read!

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Clearing my throat, I whisper, “I’m a married woman.”
“You keep saying that, but I’m not sure I care.” A pause. “I’m not sure you care either.”
He runs a fingertip along the curve of my hip, and I jump, my throat slamming closed as I attempt to hide the reaction.
“Are you planning on having any fun tonight, Adeline? Or has your life become so boring, you’ve forgotten what it is?”
I don’t answer him, but it doesn’t stop Ari from having his fun.
Another soft slide of a fingertip, this time down the center of my nape, the secret touch hidden by the fall of my hair.
“I hope you know I plan to wrap my fist in this hair the first time I sink inside you.”
My entire body shivers, my lungs struggling to breathe as he pulls his hand away.
Voice a low croon, he asks, “Will you dance with me?”
Swallowing several times before I can answer, I lie to him. “I don’t dance.”
But it makes me remember when I used to lose myself to the beat of music, the hours I would spend happily working myself into a full body sweat, my hair wild, my heart pounding. I’d felt so free then. So unencumbered by the weight of responsibility that came with being the wife of Grant Cabot.
“I think you do,” he whispers.
“My husband doesn’t dance,” I say, my voice firmer because it makes me angry to admit it.
A soft chuckle. “Then it’s a good thing I’m not your husband.”

Author Bio:
Lily White is a romance writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series, Target This, Wishing Well, and Asylum. In addition to dark romance Lily writes contemporary romance, taboo romance, and psychological thrillers. Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

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REVIEW //\\ Black Light: Charmed

Black Light: Charmed (Black Light #15) By Jennifer Bene

Published by Black Collar Press

Release Date:  April 20, 2020

Cover Design by: Eris Adderly

Go Live Price: 4.99

Genre: Contemporary BDSM 

He’d waited days to touch her again, and the little brat had taunted him all night with her sass, and then teased him in the car. All he wanted was to hear her whimper and moan, to feel her come again. 

Brilliant, no other words needed.

We are so used to JB writing dark stories, and this didn’t have an ounce of darkness to it but oh boy was it everything I wanted and more. The story of a lonely, broken guy who doesn’t even realise it until too late, and the smart, sassy, strong woman who lights his path to redemption. This pair captivated me with their story, it really is an “I can’t put it down” book, along with being an “it made me cry” one, too. The growth this pair go through, particularly Logan, and they way in which they support each other gave me all the feels, not to mention just how much it made me happy sigh.

And I loved, bloody loved, how the author turned things on their head in Charmed. So many tropes and cliches were upended, giving us a book that felt so very different to the norm. BDSM romances can get very ‘samey’, but she took the rule book, tore it up, scattered the pieces to the wind and created a story that will stay with me for a long time. One where the rich, older Dom didn’t really have a clue about life and it was the young, light-hearted submissive who taught him how to live and love.

Once we peeled away the layers and found the truth of Logan my heart broke for him. His upbringing had left him alone, friendless, unable to appreciate or indeed enjoy the life he had. The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem and boy did it take Logan a long time, and a huge mistake, to reach that point of acknowledgement. Yet despite him clearly being an absolute a-hole at times he was also incredibly charming and sweet. He was worth saving and Cassandra was the prefect girl to do that.

The world would definitely be a better place if we all channeled a little more Cassandra into our lives. Her whole ethos and outlook on life is amazing and I totally fell in love with her character. Even her bratty submissive side felt warm and caring! She stood her ground over things she believed in and I wish I had a fraction of her confidence and a chunk of her ability to find the joy in life.

This pair were explosive together and we are treated to some wonderful scenes of them (in all meanings of the word). I know without a shadow of a doubt that this will be hugely popular with fans of the Black Light series, it’s far to amazing too be anything else. I also happily recommend it to anyone who enjoys a captivating, full of feels, BDSM romance.

OMG I almost forgot to mention the ending – oh boy the ending. It’s so NOT JB‘s usual style but it soooo fitted the book and the characters. It’s even a little cheesy in that wonderful romance way but it was also perfect. And heartwarming. And panty melting. And more happy sigh inducing. Loved it all.


Cassandra is everything I’m not. Kind, warm, optimistic… happy.

If I was less of a selfish prick, I’d walk away. But I can’t.

It was supposed to be one night of fun, but ten months after Valentine Roulette he can’t get the feisty model out of his head. She’s invaded his dreams, ruined every session at Black Light, and it’s been four months since she even returned a text.

This isn’t him.

Logan Chisholm doesn’t obsess over women. 

He doesn’t replay every sweet cry he drew from their lips, doesn’t remember the way their smile changes when they laugh, but Cassandra Moreira is different.

He has to figure out if their chemistry was real… or just part of the game.

Luckily, Christmas has come early this year, because she’s back in L.A. and he’s not letting her leave again without getting a second date.

And this time he won’t take no for an answer.


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“You ready for this?”
“For you to finally get started?” she purred, grinning. “Yeah, I’m ready.”
“Naughty girl,” he growled, pumping all three fingers inside her harder. Cassandra’s hands turned into fists, and he knew that was as unconscious as her toes curling. “You better start calling me ‘sir’ or I’m gonna make this hurt.”

“Promises, promises,” she said through a groan, and he pushed in all the way to the knuckle, feeling the way her body resisted, and although he knew he needed to grab a glove and the lube from his bag, he just wanted this for a minute longer. The DMs couldn’t fault him for enjoying being inside her the first time, and if Cassandra Moreira was as fantastic as she seemed to be, he promised himself it wouldn’t be the last. Not by a long shot.

Black Light Series Information:

Season One:
Infamous Love – A Black Light Prequel –
Black Light: Rocked –
Black Light: Exposed –
Black Light: Valentine Roulette –
Black Light: Suspended –
Black Light: Cuffed –
Black Light: Rescued –

Season Two:
Black Light: Roulette Redux –
Complicated Love –
Black Light: Suspicion –
Black Light: Obsessed –
Black Light: Fearless –
Black Light: Possession –

Season Three:
Black Light: Celebrity Roulette –
Black Light: Purged – A Black Light Short –
Black Light: Defended –
Black Light: Scandalized –
Black Light: Charmed –

Season Four:
Black Light: Roulette War –
Black Light: Brave –