Top 5… Books with Morally Grey Characters

Top 5 Books With Morally Grey Characters

Top 5 is a weekly meme hosted by Devouring Books – do visit them as a thank you for running it! It’s a great way to find even more gems to add to your TBR mountain.

There are three simple rules –

  • Share your top 5 books of the current topic– these can be books that you want to read, have read and loved, have read and hated, you can do it any way you want.
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  • Tag 5 people.

Morally grey characters are my favourite type of antihero (or heroine), narrowing the list down to just 5 will be a tough call! A dark romance isn’t dark without at least one character with questionable ethics. And if there’s one think I love it’s a romance that is wrong in all the right ways.

1 – Ryke, Branded Possession by Cari Silverwood

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

Title – Branded Possession (Machinery of Desire #3)
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – Erotic Science Fiction Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39668394-branded-possession

Humans are precious on Aerthe.
Except for Gio.

Gio has killed. Now she is to be broken by Ryke, the King’s Own Lawgiver, a hooded, scarred man who exterminates people as if they were insects underfoot.
She will pay for her sins with her body, spill her secrets, and sob out her misery on Ryke’s spears.
The man has his ways. Though he reserves special treatment for his females, no one has ever escaped being broken. Clinging to hope, Gio prays she can still save her people.
But is there more to Ryke than torturer extraordinaire? Does a heart hide beneath the cold exterior?

Deep in the Underdeck of the royal landship, Ryke and his new toy, Gio, will wrestle with secrets from his past and maybe, just maybe, discover a way for his despicable people to salvage what’s left of themselves and find peace on Aerthe.
Inspired by the Gor series by John Norman

2. Sophia, Bedroom Hymns by Morgan Reeves

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 one of my 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.

Title – Bedroom Hymns
Author – Morgan Reeves
Genre – Erotic Romance
Goodreads – 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.

3. Synek AND Iris, Syn by London Miller

Syn is one of the most violent, crazy and messed-up of heroes, but at the same time you just can’t resist him. I totally bought into his character and loved him. I felt the background on how Iris had become a bounty hunter was a little vague, but I still really liked her, she was a strong, independent and no-nonsense woman. Syn and Iris worked so well as a couple. They had enough in common to understand each other, whilst being different enough that together they formed a perfect whole.

Title – Syn (Den of Mercenaries #6)
Author – London Miller
Genre – Organised Crime/Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38100623-syn

ONE NIGHT WAS ALL HE WANTED …
Synek ‘Syn’ Jøsson has never been anything more than a jaded, broken man trying not to lose himself in his darker urges, but sometimes, the need to do something reckless proves too strong.

ONE NIGHT WAS ALL SHE NEEDED …
Every job brings Iris Adler one step closer to the vengeance she swore against the men that murdered her father, so when she‘s tasked with finding a man that’s as terrifying as he is tempting, she refuses to back down.
ONE NIGHT WAS MORE THAN THEY BARGAINED FOR …
Two broken people searching for a way out of the darkness.
One impossible relationship they never saw coming.
Nothing proves more complicated than love in all the wrong places. 

4. Toby, Fools Paradise by Lilliana Anderson

Toby is the oldest brother in a family of career criminals. It’s the life the brothers were born into and they have never had a choice about it. I had been a little in love with Toby since we first saw his hidden heartache in Fool Me Twice, Book #1 of the series. In each successive book we’ve caught glimpses of a man who constantly puts his family before his own happiness. So this book was going to go one of two ways……… I was going to be broken in the best possible way, or I was going to be hugely disappointed. Thankfully I loved it.

Title – Fool’s Paradise (Cartwright Brothers #5)
Author – Lilliana Anderson
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42248462-fool-s-paradise

My job had a very specific goal: I found people who didn’t want to be found and delivered them to whoever employed me. After that, well, I tried not to think about what happened while I spent my money on things that made me happy. Resorts, men…I lived life by the seat of my pants because I never knew where I’d be the next week, or who I’d be looking for.
When the head of a lesser-known criminal family hired me to find her son, I wasn’t sure what I was walking into. I had his photo, so I knew the man was hot with a capital H. But I expected the usual agitated scumbag I normally went after. Not some guy running a fishing charter and looking like he didn’t have a care in the world.

I might have been curious. I might have gotten a little too close. I might have done a lot of things I shouldn’t have. Things that could get me killed this time. But hey, life wasn’t always about making the right choices. It was about making good ones.
And Toby Cartwright was a great choice.

5. Christian, Redemption by Nicolina Martin

Christian is all things bad, yet somehow through his unrelenting misery and pain, the author gives us a glimpse of who he could be. She allows us to begin to forgive the monster who made the wrong choice and begin to love the man who will do anything for those he loves. He isn’t a good or nice man, he is violent and threatening and comes very close to murdering the heroine.

Title – Redemption (Russo Saga #4)
Author – Nicolina Martin
Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense/ Mafia Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49220632-redemption

Redemption: Part one in the Savage duet.
Killing her wasn’t supposed to be complicated.
Drug Kerry Jackson and get rid of her, that was his simple task, but he screwed up everything. Unable to resist the enticing young woman, Christian seduced her and fell hard. Then it all went to hell. She beat him at his own game and disappeared without a trace. No one crossed a Russo and got away with it.
Night after night, their steamy encounters melted her will and twisted her mind. Then Christian Russo turned out to be her worst enemy. He robbed Kerry of her innocence, stole her trust, and made her life a living nightmare.

A second encounter would be fatal. For one of them. And Kerry was determined that it wasn’t going to be her.

REVIEW //\\ The Princess Tied

The Princess Tied by Cari Silverwood

Take one Princess, literally and in all senses of the word, a man who has been to hell and back, also literally-ish, add in a fluffy creature of dubious origins, a quest to save True Love, otherwise known as Xander, and some delicious kinkiness. Stir it all well, add a great story line, cook with the heat from the sexy scenes and – voila! – you have, THE PRINCESS TIED.

“He liked that worse word far too much.”

Where do I start with this? Based loosely on The Princess Bride, this is a kinky, dub-con, thigh slapping, funny adventure of the swashbuckling kind. If Monty Python, Errol Flynn and EL James produced a menage love child, it would be this. (I know MP isn’t a person but per-lease, you get the idea! 😉) In case you’re wondering, I really liked this book, which is why it got 4 stars here, but it will be 5 stars on Amazon. I’m pedantic like that.

Po shook her head and said nothing more. This adventure was feeling less organized by the hour. She liked her facts in rows and columns. She liked them organized in folders. With notes.

Floof Machines, magical doors (can you guess them all?), giant dwarfs and mechanised men join in the fun to produce a wonderful, adventurous, questing tale. The characters are somewhat stylized, deliberately so since this is a pastiche of a pastiche of the swashbuckling films of the 20’s and 30’s. These characters are also interesting, unusual, well crafted and genuine and despite being OTT they felt believable and loveable.

Making things happen, like fires, was a new thing. Many things were new, including naked men and sex.

This wouldn’t be a Cari Silverwood book if there wasn’t some dirty, filthy smut smut. And what incredibly hot and saucy sauce it is! Dabbling in the waters of dub-con, but mainly because Po is far too proper to admit to her unusual desires, there are lots of delightfully erotic scenes to indulge our baser desires. Sorry, I meant to say to indulge Prince Drakes deviant sexual preferences. Those scenes did absolutely nothing for me, no they did not. They didn’t induce hot flushes and a need to find privacy for a little one on one time.  Who shouted Liar, liar, pants on fire?  Humph, ok maybe those scenes are somewhat hot.

He walked on air with lust rampant in his veins. He took a small, careful bite of her neck then released it. She tasted of sex to him – future sex.

Whilst most of the book is written from Princess Po and John’s points of view, we do get just enough from Xander to both make him ‘real’ and to add interest to the tale. The adventure is epic, crazy and, at times, weird and I loved it all. The plot canters along, with your hands tied behind your back, oops sorry that’s Po I’m thinking of. The plot moves at a good pace, with surprises, twists and easter eggs thrown in to keep your interest. I know I’ve already mentioned the activities in Prince Drakes tent, but they’re so hot they totally deserve a second intimation. Talking of intimate, despite certain events that occur during the course of the story, the ending didn’t feel awkward, forced or contrived. In fact I was very pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything came together (#punalert).

She was sure he had an erection. Not being an expert, she had to file it under maybe.

If you’ve made it this far (TL;DR) this is a great story that I highly recommend.

Her tutors aimed to educate her in a wide range of subject, so she could rule with wisdom. Most of which, like algebra, she thought she would never use. Clocks had been quite fun, in comparison to math, autopsies, and string theory.

Title – The Princess Tied
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – MfM Fantasy Rom-Com
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53465756-the-princess-tied


“Falling in love with Xander, the has-been noble I lined up to marry, is sadly wrong.” Princess Pollianna the First, smartest royal ever.
Wrong is about to get wronger.
Square-jawed, handsome Xander gets kidnapped and his brother, John, returns from Hell. The fire in this guy’s eyes says he’s not to be messed with.
With Princess Po tied and roped over his horse, and a hand firmly clasped on her ample ass, John sets out to rescue his beloved bro, while not looking at aforesaid cute ass…or doing anything bad to it.
As he travels the roads, a ragtag band falls in around him.
True Love will light their way, except John doesn’t believe in True Love.
“As wholesome as a threesome up against a thorn-entangled wall.”

Features Fighting, Dwarf Giants, a Killer Bunny, Storytellers, True Love, Angsty Tortured Anti-heroes, Snooty Princesses, Rope, Monsters, and sundry Mayhem. And quite a lot of Steam.
Inspired by The Princess Bride. Written with naughty words.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It doesn’t seem two minutes have passed since I mentioned that surely we couldn’t be in June already. Now we’re well over half way through. 2020 really is the strangest year most of us will ever live through. It’s hard to believe we have been under restrictions for over three months in the UK, they are slowly being relaxed (though not always as slowly as some of us would like). Sadly too many people are behaving as though the threat were over and covid-19 no longer exists. Quick onto happier thoughts!

Thank you to Kathryn at Book Date for hosting this meme. I love joining in each week, even if I do forget to link up to her blog – Doh! For the first time in a LONG time, I’m talking years here, I have a month that isn’t overloaded with arc reads. Even more amazing is that my calendar for July holds just 3 arc reads in total. For too long I was lucky if that was the number for a week! I do know that there will probably be at least 2 or 3 more books that drop on me during the month, from the arc teams I belong to.

The Books I Read Last Week

Reading was very kind to me last week. I enjoyed all four books that I read, 2 were arcs and 2 were re-reads ready to complete the series this week, hopefully.

Currently Reading

I’m reading the two books concurrently because my mind feels like a flitting butterfly at present and it refuses to settle on one book!

Please Let Me Get These Read This Week

The first two are deadlined arcs, the other two are arcs that I really should have completed by now, but have been struggling to get too or to settle with. That is totally due to me and not the writing, I usually enjoy reading both of the authors.


So that’s my reading week. What are your plans? Are you tackling that TBR mountain? Too busy to read much (boo to whatever is making that true)? Enjoying re-reads, or searching for something new? Whatever your plans, keep safe, be happy and enjoy your books!

I can’t wait for… The Princess Tied

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by the wonderful Wishful Endings over here. It’s a chance to share a much anticipated book that is yet to be released. Do pop over and find some other waited on books.

Can’t Wait Wednesday… The Princess Tied

Title – The Princess Tied
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – Fantasy Menage Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53465756-the-princess-tied



Very loosely based on The Princess Bride, with a gorgeous cover, a stubborn princess and TWO deviant down-on-their-luck noble men (plus a few others). Cari Silverwood always delivers a hot read, smeared liberally with scorching kink, an exciting plot and a generous helping of humour.
I know without a shadow of a doubt the heroine will be fiesty, despite her submissive streak, the heroes will be just the right wrong side of depraved


“Falling in love with the has-been noble you lined up to marry is sadly wrong.” Princess Pollianna the First, smartest royal ever, Kingdom of Bitzocoin.
Wrong is about to get wronger.
After they fall in love, Xander, the square-jawed has-been, who was originally going to scam the princess, gets kidnapped. His brother, John Wickerman, returns from Hell. The fire in this guy’s eyes says he’s not to be messed with.
With Princess Po tied and roped over his horse, with hand firmly clasped on her ample ass, John sets out to rescue his beloved bro, while not looking at aforesaid cute ass… or doing anything bad to her. As he travels the roads, a ragtag band falls in around him.
True Love will light their way, except John doesn’t believe in True Love.
And sometimes it’s the wrong way, like a threesome up against a thorn-entangled wall, but hey, who’s complaining?
What has it got in it? Fighting, Fencing, Dwarf Giants, a Floof Machine with Sharp Teeth, Storytellers, True Love, Angsty Tortured Anti-heroes, Snooty Princesses, Therapy, Choices, Kink, Rope, Monsters, and sundry Mayhem. And quite a lot of Sex. 

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5 is a weekly meme hosted by Devouring Books, where each Saturday you share your Top 5 books on a given theme. The idea is to tag 5 other blogs, but I don’t seem to have much luck with tagging people from WordPress, so if you’re interested in writing your own post then consider yourself tagged!

Kate Canterbary was one of the many authors I discovered soon after I got my first e-reader. She’s one of the few who I still read to this day, a fact made even more impressive by the fact that “just” contemporary romance doesn’t feature very high on my TBR list these days.
Preservation was the final book of a wonderfully written, very salty, incredibly steamy and full of feels series based around the Walsh family. It is the story of the youngest brother, Riley, and his special someone. To truly appreciate all that is Riley, from his man-bun to his eclectic dress sense (including a propensity to not do up his flies), his love of all things super-hero and his gift of giving people nicknames, you really need to read the whole series. There was so much hype, so much expectation for his story, that I was worried it would prove to be a disappointing let down. It wasn’t, in fact it was the cherry and icing on a delicious, not-to-be-bested cake of delightful love stories.

Title – Preservation (The Walshes #7)
Author – Kate Canterbary
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31084536-preservation

Two lonely hearts.
Just once, she’d like to be someone’s first choice.
She’s strong-willed and spunky, but she’s left picking up the pieces from her ex’s lies and manipulations, and daydreaming about taking a scalpel to his scrotum.
Flying under the radar is what he does best.
He’s laid-back and loyal, but he wants the most off-limits woman in his world, and nothing will ever make that a reality.
An arrangement of mutual benefit.

Two months, four dates.
Five, if things go well.
Five at the most.
But possibly six.
Definitely no more than six dates.
Only the appearance of a romantic relationship is required, and they expect nothing more from their time together. There will be none of those benefits involved.
One wild weekend.
After waking up in bed together—very naked and even more hungover—the terms and conditions of their arrangement no longer apply. Now they’re faced with something riskier than exposing their fake relationship: letting go of the past and zipping up the future.
Some things have to fall apart before they can be put back together. 

Cari Silverwood writes in a genre all of her own. Her men range from flat out bad through to good but with devious tendencies. Her heroines are strong and smart but with a craving to submit to the delicious torment their heroes devise. Dry wit and humour are always part of the mix, along with sound world building and entertaining plots.
Blade is the story of two people travelling through space an a glorious quest, accompanied by a sentient sword who likes to chat, and can be read as a stand alone.

Title – Blade (Dark Monster Fantasy #3)
Author – Cari Silverwood
Genre – Dark Sci-Fi Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41825438-blade

When irresistible force meets irresistible girl more than sparks will fly – fur, spiky bits, and possibly tentacles.
Ledderik is a slightly homicidal cyborg and is ready to lose himself in a virtual world for the rest of his tomorrows, until he saves Thorn from death and gets sucked into the wake of her cataclysmic siren attraction.
Maybe life can be fun?
Besides, she has such a cute … tail.
One small problem, Led no longer owns his body.
Thorn has also lost everything in one day. Cross out being a starship captain or her own species, or having friends. Instead she’s been cursed with being a hurricane force sexual magnet.
She has questions.

Why is she a biohazard on most reputable planets and how can she avoid triggering an extinction event and killing every male nearby? The two of them cross the galaxy, with Led swapping from loaner body to loaner body.
He’s the one male who can resist her, and he’s upskilling.
Up against the wall? Upside down? With tentacles and DD drilling power? Led is good at what he does. Always.
Meet the hot ex-cyborg who no longer looks in the mirror, in case his latest loaner body is ugly. He has one priority – make sure the downstairs department is BIG.
Warning. This story may contain robots, cyborgs, dark naughtiness, and species that come equipped with extra wriggly bits.

If you visit here frequently, you’ll be aware that I may feature this author rather a lot. The 1000 Revolutions is one of my favourite series by her, it boths surprises and saddens me to know that it isn’t a good seller. Maybe it has too much romance for those more into sci-fi and isn’t steamy/explicit enough for the romance audience. For those of us who love both genres this is the perfect blend and truly deserves greater recognition to my mind.
Caleb Sheppard is full of bad choices, One is a malfunctioning AI, Fran can be trusted just about as far as you can throw her and far too many have a bone to pick with them.

Title – Betrayal (1000 Revolutions #1)
Author – Pippa DaCosta
Genre – Science Fiction Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35496899-betrayal

WARNING. Rated: R. Restricted. Contains space battles, killer AI, intergalactic ass-kicking. Read at own risk.
She is programmed to kill.
He’ll do anything to survive.

Ex-con Captain Caleb Shepperd believes being good is overrated. All he wants is to smuggle illegal cargo through the nine systems and live a prosperous (likely short) life on the wrong side of the law.
But there’s a problem with that plan. The priceless synthetic stowaway on his ship is a distraction he doesn’t need.
Torn between selling her and tossing her out the airlock, Shepperd fails to realize the synth is a killer, and he’s the one locked in her sights.
In a world where only one thousand synthetics were built, synthetic number One Thousand and One should not exist. She is no ordinary synth. Memories locked inside her code could bring Shepperd—and the entire nine systems—to its knees.
Captain Shepperd and the oppressive corporations are about to learn that you can’t hide from the sins of your past, especially when that past has orders to kill.

Elin Peer is a relationship coach, and that feeds into her romances, which avoid all the cliches and usual tropes of a contemporary romance. What I can rely on is reading a story where characters actually discuss their feelings and share concerns, though they are far from perfect. I also know that I will get a story filled with emotion and genuine feelings.

Title – Blue (Clashing Colors #4)
Author – Elin Peer
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33287651-blue

Am I the only one who purrs inside when I hear a deep male voice with a sexy Scottish accent?
Logan MacKay is a complicated man, scarred from a plane crash that left him gloomy and withdrawn. And yet, when we speak on the phone, the confident and flirtatious man he used to be, comes out to play. Of course, he has no idea that ‘Mary’, the stranger he flirts with on the phone, is me.

To him, I’m Faith. The too happy cheerleader who brings out his anxiety for beautiful women. It’s not that I want a relationship with him. I just want to help him past his ridiculous belief that all women find him unattractive because of his scars. Damaged people like Logan, are the whole reason I’m studying to be a psychologist. With my eternal optimism, I can fix Logan. I know I can.
If only he would stop scowling at me and say yes to my brilliant idea of taking me in as his roommate.
I’m broke and need a place to stay, and he needs help with the house chores. What could possibly go wrong?

Cassandra Faye is the paranormal/fantasy alter ego of Jennifer Bene. In Fae we get the same darkness that we have come to expect, but with magic, gods and intrigue. This story held me rapt from the beginning to the end, with a tough as nails heroine and a hero with unexpected warmth and reserve. From the world building, to the plot, pace and characterisation I loved every single moment.

Title – Fae (Daughters of Eltera #1)
Author – Cassandra Faye
Genre – Dark Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30341325-fae

Chosen. Cursed. Enslaved.
Fae just wants to live day to day. She doesn’t want to think about a future filled with another two thousand years of servitude. She doesn’t want to think about her past, or the way she failed the goddess she swore to serve forever. And she really doesn’t want to think about the men and women that suffer around her every day while she can’t protect them – no matter how hard she tries.
She’s definitely not ready when her entire world is turned upside down and the one person she would never choose to spend a minute with shows up. After millennia of suffering, is it even possible to trust someone? To let herself believe that good still exists?
Damned. Cursed. Corrupted.
Kiernan doesn’t know what he wants. After centuries of bloodshed, and war, and killing – he’s waking up, and if the things he dreams in his sleep were only nightmares that would be one thing, but they’re all real. The only light in his darkness is a girl inside a glass, and he can’t stop watching her. Her bravery fascinates him, inspires him. Her suffering is what he deserves.
Yet some part of him craves more, craves something good. But is there anything that can be done when gods have used you as pawns in their own war? Can good things come out of evil?

So that’s my top 5 – what books would you choose?

Six For Sunday


Six For Sunday… Favourite Series


Six For Sunday is hosted by A Little But A Lot, please do go and visit them! This month the prompts have been all about series, so of course we are rounding of the theme with a favourite series. I’m not sure if I can genuinely narrow it down to just six of them, so at some point I may be picking names out of a hat!


1. Machinery of Desire by Cari Silverwood

Genre – Dark Science Fiction Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/211137-the-machinery-of-desire

This series ticks so many of my boxes. First of all it satisfies my craving for really well written science fiction, with its awesome world building.
These books could NOT be transferred to an Earth setting and still work, unlike a disappointing proportion of sci-fi romance currently on the market. There are elements of both dubious and non-consensual acts, though there is no rape or abuse, just lots of boundary pushing and steaming hot kinkiness. There is a lot of political (with a small p) sub-text too, little thought provoking elements that reflect ways we could and should be improving our world.
I always think that if Terry Pratchett had been a woman and included naughty sex scenes in his books, he would have produced something similar to this.


2. Demigods of San Francisco by KF Breene

Genre – Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/245213-demigod-of-san-francisco

KF Breene is the ‘straight’ equivalent of Cari Silverwood. Both write scorching hot stories, with strong female characters, outstanding world building and humour. However whilst Ms Silverwood delights with her bondage, humiliation and submission, Ms Breene is more mainstream, with vanilla characters.


3 Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Genre – Steampunk / Science Fiction

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/66385-the-emperor-s-edge

Where as the previous two authors include sex scenes in their books, Lindsay Buroker doesn’t. That is saved for her Ruby Lionsdrake pen name. The Emperor’s Edge series is much more of a steampunk suspense, though there are some subtle elements of romance within the series. An epically slow burn and very frustrating romance that is very much in the backseat. These books are first and foremost science fiction, rather similar to Anne McCaffrey or Mercedes Lackey.


4. The Sanctuary Series by Robert J Crane

Genre – Epic Fantasy

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/86746-sanctuary

This series took me back to my David Eddings days. The Sanctuary series is a tale of daring do, of brave knights and evil villains. The world building is complex and captivating, I couldn’t read these books quickly enough when I first discovered them, and I remember waiting anxiously for the last few to be released so I could discover the fate of Cyrus, Vara and their friends.


5. The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta

Genre – Reverse Harem Space Fantasy

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/222402-the-messenger-chronicles

Yes I know I mention this series and author a LOT. No I’m not being sponsored, or paid, nor am I the author of these amazing stories. But this series made me weep buckets, made me swoon, made me hate, made me elated and shattered me repeatedly. I also laughed like a nutter at some of Sota’s one liners.
There is romance, because that’s what I mainly read, but it’s very slow burn and, as with Lindsay Buroker’s books, it’s secondary to the plot, mainly fade-to-black but is an integral part of the story.


6 The Thalia Series by Jennifer Bene

Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense/ BDSM Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/series/150762-thalia

I can’t do a post without including my favourite genre of dark contemporary romance, so here it is. Book 1 of this series is a very dark tale indeed. It is sprinkled with scenes that require trigger warnings of the sexual abuse kind, since Thalia is kidnapped and being trained as a submissive sex slave. I found it too dark the first time I tried reading it, but after moving to darker sci-fi/fantasy stories (which my mind strangely finds easier to accept, possibly because they feel less ‘real’) I came back to this series.
The book went from a DNF to a 5+ star read. I then completed the rest of the series which, whilst not as dark or the first book, also has it’s moments.


Bookish Friday


Bookish Friday… Animal Sidekicks.


This weeks prompt for Bookish Friday, hosted by Lauren and Georgi, is “Animal Sidekicks”. My initial thoughts were that the Famous Five was the last book I read with an animal sidekick, then I realised all those Dragons of Pern books would count too. I’m probably going to stretch the prompt so much that it will be in danger of snapping – would Rincewind’s Luggage, from The Colour of Magic, count? Maybe not but Lady Sybil’s swamp dragon’s would.



Hedwig, Harry Potter by JK Rowling

This is probably the closest choice, and most widely known choice, that will appear in my list. I loved reading the Harry Potter books and was so sad at Hedwig’s ultimate fate.




Novo and Boz, Cats of War by Carol Van Natta

Novo and Boz are genetically modified cats who help Kedron (H) and Ferra (h) in their bid to prevent a sinister plot coming to fruition. The fact that Kedron and Ferra fall in love along the way was an added bonus to this great little sci-fi novella.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44320639-cats-of-war





Tiger, Ruthless Sinner by AJ Adams

Ruthless Sinner releases today, so there will be a review on my blog tomorrow. The heroine, Spirit, is an exotic dancer who manages to upset Coop, the local organised crime’s chemist. Tiger’s love of hard wood floors and 2000 thread cotton sheets helps smooth things over and seal the deal between this quirky pair.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53410129-ruthless-sinner




Milo, Rogue Wave by Gwyn McNamee

At the start of Rogue Wave, Milo is the only ‘person’ that Cutter really has any time for. Except Milo is his dog and in this story he really is this man’s best friend. Brave, loyal, fierce, demanding and fond of treats, though whether that describes the man or dog I’ll leave for you to decide!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46034314-rogue-wave





Nibbles, Condemned by Cari Silverwood

Nibbles befriends our heroine, Avalon, whilst she ventures to complete a perilous task whilst in a foreign land. He is a mousebot and proves to be both a faithful friend and a useful ally in troubled times.
Condemned is one of the few reverse harem romances where the male characters have all had their own personality. It’s a Cari Silverwood book so you are automatically assured of great world building and a genuine sci-fi feel to the story.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52004118-condemned




Nora, Becoming His Pet by Measha Stone

If a mousebot pushed things this takes things beyond all reckoning. Nora is the heroine and this is one hot and steamy pet play book. It won’t be for every reader – I didn’t think it would be for me either, but boy oh boy Ms Stone wrote one scorching hot, erotic romance with this one.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43165562-becoming-his-pet



Review //\\ Clockwork Stalker


Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood



Step aside Benedict Cumberbatch, there is a new sexiest Sherlock Holmes on the block.


With Clockwork Stalker, Cari Silverwood has brought us a delightfully immoral, deliciously depraved, titillatingly kinky and scorchingly hot deviant tale. A Sherlock Holmes with a gloriously malevolent and sinfully corrupt side to his personality. Also a Moriarty with a succulent body, a sardonic wit and a burning desire for all the bad things that cross Sherlock’s mind.


“How very nicely you behaved. You deserve a reward. Miss Moriarty, have you ever pleasured yourself as I pleasured you with my knee?”
Tersely, she shook her head, and he noted how she fought to minimise her inhalations.
“Good.” Sherlock reached out and tilted her face upward with the nudge of his knuckles under her chin. “Because you’re going to do it for me, next. I’ve seen how whores do it and am happy to instruct you.”
Her hushed 
no was delightfully horrified.

Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood


The writing, the world building, the description, the language and feel of this story held me spellbound. I was inspired to highlight phrases and passages that called to me, ending up with over 50 of them! I wanted to grab this story, squeeze it between my clutching fingers, wring every drop of filth, depravity and kink into my mouth and devour its glory in side my lecherous soul.


I wanted to be the blissfully tormented, pleasurably teased and satisfyingly sated Wilhelmina. I lusted after being the plaything of my own malignantly affected Sherlock. Oh the degradation, the humiliation, the torment, the dominance, the red-hot down and dirty sex. Yeah, I’m probably oversharing but I could totally be down for most of that. The retractor? Hmm. No!  Maybe? *shudder*.


He rose from the chair, and she had to tilt back her head to keep a proper watch on him.
Funny, but she’d forgotten how tall the man was. Lord. Make that dominating, ruthless, evil and a whole lot of other adjectives that were managing to drive her insane with lust as well as slide a modicum of fear beneath her ribs.
“Very nice. Your legs and bust are duly recorded as being magnificent.”
Well.
“Sir, I am still a lady. Whatever you make me do is not to be counted against me.”
“You lodge a protest?” He smiled. “Noted. Discarded. I plan to see more of you, every part, naked, any time I ask you, even while we work on this machine of yours. Don’t ever think otherwise.”

Wilhelmina and Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood


I’ve not even mentioned the actual story, with all its little Easter Eggs to unwrap along the way. From monkey paws to strange symbols.
Fantastic.
As always.
Brilliant, inspired and unpredictable.
But the sex… sigh. I have a hankering for some kitty ears.


Wilhelmina is unapologetically independent, snarky and revels in the acts forced upon her. Even when she protests. Even if she doesn’t mean those protests. Sherlock is dark, demanding and so, so dominant, he is grumpy, surly, closed off and icily aloof. Oh how the mighty fall! Right on top of a set of soft, pillowy bosoms in his case.


You are my Satan, my evil lust demon, and I’m sure you have invisible horns and a tail tucked away somewhere.”

Wilhelmina, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood.


Strictly speaking this is a gaslamp novel, rather than steampunk. Who knew that was a thing? It means it has more of a paranormal element, rather than the sci-fi background that steampunk arises from. The paranormal part is very minimal, based around a malignant energy force and a small event during the end battle, so even those who don’t normally read the genre should still enjoy this.


He had his excuse to punish, to defile, to violate…..
The power in this.
The sexual power.
He wanted to engrave it on his soul.
And yet, he knew she wanted this.  Her willingness made it less interesting, if anything.  Perhaps he could exceed her expectations?
Make her worry.  Fear him?

Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood










Genre – Gaslamp / Steampunk Dark Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52259695-clockwork-stalker

What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?
She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.




He rose from the chair, and she had to tilt back her head to keep a proper watch on him.
Funny, but she’d forgotten how tall the man was.  Lord.  Make that dominating, ruthless, evil and a whole lot of other adjectives that were managing to drive her insane with lust as well as slide a modicum of fear beneath her ribs.
“Very nice.  Your legs and bust are duly recorded as being magnificent.”
Well.
“Sir, I am still a lady.  Whatever you make me do is not to be counted against me.”
“You lodge a protest?”  He smiled.  “Noted.  Discarded.  I plan to see more of you, every part, naked, any time I ask you, even while we work on this machine of yours.  Don’t ever think otherwise.”

Wilhelmina and Sherlock, Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood

Top 5… Books by Debut Authors


Top 5 … Books by a Debut Author


Today’s meme is hosted by Devouring Books, and the prompt is “Books by a debut author”. Go and check their blog out and say hi, it’s always appreciated!

My 5 books are not featured in any particular order, but they are all books that I have read and enjoyed. One of the authors is hugely successful, most publish independently and there still seems to be a stigma around that. Which is a shame because those that assume no self-published author is worth reading are missing out on some amazing books.

The very last book is iconic within the dark romance/dark erotica world, it was my introduction to this sub-genre/trope as indeed it has been for many others. What I really love about these indie authors is their approachability, their friendliness, the way the truly do care for their readers. Yes they need to keep up sales and it pays them to do the whole social media bit, but so many, in fact it seems to me the majority of them, go above and beyond that. Interacting with their audience on a much deeper level than that of just author and reader.

So without any further ado, here is my selection for the Top 5.


Broken by Eva Dresden

Genre: Dark Paranormal/Omegaverse Romance

Street smart, stubborn, and struggling.
Quinn Ivers scrapes by one day at a time in a world where Omegas are viewed as less than nothing and are subject to the whims of others. Slinging drinks in a nightclub with a wicked reputation, she just wants to make it to the next day. Her world is rife with an array of dangers, but it’s hers and she answers to no one.
Until Tobias Kahler appears and ruins everything, including her.
The man who owns the city has set his eyes on the waitress, and he won’t be denied. Merciless and without remorse, he’ll do anything to make her his and keep her by his side for a purpose Quinn could never have guessed at.
Even when broken, she will fight to keep her sanity and herself alive, enduring whatever evils are thrown at her.
For the spark of hope buried under all the pain, she’ll do a lot more than that.


Harry Potter and the Chamber or Secrets by JK Rowling

Genre: YA/Fantasy

Ever since Harry Potter had come home for the summer, the Dursleys had been so mean and hideous that all Harry wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature who says that if Harry returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls’ bathroom. But then the real trouble begins – someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possible be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects… Harry Potter himself! 


Ravenous Innocence by Myra Danvers

Genre: Fantasy/Romance

“I can give you everything,” he whispered, smiling through the lie. All I had to do was kneel…
The Caledonian forces come armed, yet offer peace. Spouting claims that they can deliver a new era—one of luxury and ease—they think to seduce. They promise our countries will thrive together, that they will save us from ourselves in exchange for Tritan’s secrets, our expertise in the mystical arts of wielding ki. Partner with warmongers unaccustomed to being refused, or fall beneath their boots.
These conquerors fool no one.
They seek to leash my people and claim our priestesses for their own sick uses.
But I will not kneel.
Especially not to him.
Captain Asher Rawlings.
Powerful… Elite… Relentless… He’s been tasked to hunt me down and dress me in chains—a mission he relishes, for with one taste of my lips, he hungers for my submission above all else…
In an instant, the deadly secret I’ve been keeping for years is exposed to his attention. He knows what I am, what I might be capable of, and he’s drawn to my fire… my ki…
With a kiss, he feeds me whispers of a coddled life kneeling at his precious feet, his offer nothing more than the life of a cherished pet.

But he won’t have me or my ki, for his betrayal has given me strength even he didn’t expect.
Only one thing is certain— he’ll either put me on my knees, or I’ll kill them all.


Take Me Break Me by Cari Silverwood

Genre: Dark/BDSM Romance

Jodie is scraping the barrel trying to stay afloat. An idea arrives that could rescue her finances and bring her together in a kinky way with a man she never gave up on. She’s terrified and fascinated, and tempted as hell.
Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?
But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?


Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas

Genre: Dark Erotica/Romance

Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He’s far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.
Told in the first person from Emily’s perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.


Can’t Wait Wednesday


Can’t Wait Wednesday


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.


This is the first week I’ve joined in with this meme, and I’m featuring a book that isn’t out yet, but that I have read. I was fortunate enough to be a beta reader on the book, though completed it in chunks in between reading other books. This always leaves me wanting to do an uninterrupted read through, which I am planning on doing today (and tomorrow).

This is a gaslamp story, which is a more paranormal version of steampunk. Full steampunk didn’t fit the setting, but some degree of both wondrously impossible machinery and sinister malignant forces were needed. Part of the Dirty Heroes Collection, a series of standalone books, where each story features a fictional hero turned bad by outside forces, Clockwork Stalker features a very sexy, very dirty Sherlock Holmes. Picture Benedict Cumberbatch but with a darker, edgier, kinkier personality, a need to dominate the heroine and see her submit to his will. I don’t know about you but that just makes my spine tingle and nerves shiver with delight.



Clockwork Stalker (The Dirty Heroes Collection #7) by Cari Silverwood

What if the storybook hero becomes the villain?

She is my arch enemy’s niece.
I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies.
This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy.
Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.

Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.

I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.

Note: This is a standalone Dark Romance. 


Oh yes, I can’t wait for this delicious morsel of kinky depravity to be unleashed on the world. Cari Silverwood is an outstanding author with a refreshingly unique and captivating writing voice. I can not recommend her books highly enough, though I do advise caution if you are easily offended or like your heroines sweet and your heroes polite.