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.

Top Five… Books I’m Looking Forward To Reading In May

This is a meme hosted by Devouring Books, I’ve made my own topic up this week as time zone differences mean that I’m having to write and schedule the post before May’s topics have been posted.

Since it’s the start of a new month the obvious choice is to highlight 5 books that I will be reading this month, most of which will be new releases!

1. Clockwork Stalker 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.
 

2. Treachery by Lily White

Ninth Circle.
Treachery.
Also known as Tanner Caine.

He is a temptation with cold, dark eyes.
A man with a seductive smirk and a body built for pure sin.
The linchpin of a group of wealthy bad boys known as the Inferno.
A dark presence that repels as much as he attracts, Tanner is the poisoned apple I want to bite even when I know it will destroy me.
Our story started in college, but I ran from him so far I believed I was safe.

I should have known he’d find me eventually.
I should have known that nobody escapes.
He has me in his sights again with an offer I can’t pass up.
I know better than to make a deal with the Devil.
Not unless I’m willing to pay his sensual price…

3. Winter’s Arrow by Lexi C Foss

True love is a myth.
A trick.
A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her.
I should know. My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne.
But they failed.
I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too.
Who needs dwarves when you have wolves?
Who needs blades when you have arrows?
My name used to be Snow. Now they call me Winter. And I will destroy them all.
A Dark Snow White Retelling.

4. The Break-Up Artist by Lila Monroe

I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way. My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem.
Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig.

Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex.
Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him.
I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit. Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy.

Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me. But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?

5. Ballistic by Aria Michaels

It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything.
When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time.
Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?

Top 5 …. Books Under 300 Pages



Top 5 books under 300 pages


Devouring Books books hold a weekly Saturday meme based on your top 5 of a category. Pop over to their site and see what it’s all about! This week’s task is to feature 5 books under 300 pages, which should actually be fairly easy for me as I read a lot of indie published work, which tends to be shorter. As most of those are ebooks it does mean I’ll have to rely on the page count accuracy of Goodreads and Amazon – so wish me luck on that one!

Oh and thank goodness I have a “better than 5 stars” shelf on Goodreads too! 😂


1. Delirium (Atom and Evil #1) by Myra Danvers


“We’ll never be done, you and I.” He pushed off her desk. Closed the distance between them with prowling steps, clenched fists, and oh, so much determination. “Too much unfinished business to ever call it over.” He stopped a few steps away from uncomfortably close. Braced his palm on the wall behind her head, forearm brushing the side of her throat. “’Sides”—he licked his lips, glanced down her shirt—“we never got our hate fuck, baby girl.”

Iris knows he’ll come.
He’ll come lookin’ for what she stole, what she refused to give up when everything went to hell.
Won’t find it, of course.
There’s nothing left but a pipe full o’the good stuff and the dregs of the past that refuse to die.


I’m anxiously but patiently waiting for book 2 in this series. When it does come out I’ll need to do a re-read of this one, which won’t be a hard-ship because this gritty, adventure filled, sci-fi, sort-of-romance was easily one of my top reads of 2019.

2. Silenced by Leddy Harper


As a young child, Killian Foster survives the unimaginable. Silenced and scarred, he keeps to himself, spending his time with his notebook in the woods behind his aunt’s house.
Until Rylee Anderson…

When Rylee spots Killian hopping over a fence next door, she follows him, unprepared for the boy she’d find—or the relationship that would unfold over the next seven years.
Or the silence that would follow.

Fighting between the hate of his past and the promise of his future, Killian must make choices—ones that would affect more than himself. Choices that would test the lines of right and wrong. Decisions that could break the bond of the only love Killian knew.

Hate or love.
Revenge or forgiveness.
Silence or his voice.



I read this back in 2017, and whilst that might not sound all that long ago it was one heck of a lot of books ago. Somewhere in the very, very high hundreds ago. Yet I still remember the impact this book had on my. I would have included The Boy and His Ribbon by Pepper Winters for the same reason, sadly that book IS over 300 pages, so I had to leave it out this time.

3. Bass-Ackwards by Eris Adderly


Bill Marshall might as well have been the Devil.
Christina Lee Dodd needs Friday off work. Needs. She’s up to her eyeballs in problems.
One of those problems is her boss, Bill Marshall.
And Bill Marshall is an a**hole.
The offer he makes is textbook inappropriate. An HR nightmare.
But is it wrong for her to accept?
Is it wrong for her to like it?
Bass-Ackwards is a filthy wrong-way romance where two human beings make more mistakes than you can shake a stick at.



Bill Marshall really is an a**hole. But a somehow loveable a**hole that you end up backing for the win. So much so that I quite envied Christina.

4. Acquired Possession by Cari Silverwood


The night Emery is taken she is reading emails in bed.
Aerthe, another world, the world of the Swathe, the moving cities of the Mekkers.
Blind on arrival and naked. No one touches her until the Mekkers decide humans aren’t people, and therefore can be bought and traded. The journey through the portal alters humans, shines them all pretty. Humans glimmer.
Emery’s bright hair and nails will forever mark her as alien. Her freedom is gone. Though her sight returns, she becomes a possession of House Oren.
But someone else wants to own her. The House Master, Mako, a man who uses whips and canes like most people use a knife – daily, with efficiency and casualness.
She vows to never give in.

Banned from marrying. Banned from having playing too intimately with the house possessions, Mako holds himself back.
He mustn’t. Shouldn’t. His job is to punish, to control, to keep the House in order.
But when Emery runs and takes with her a most dangerous war machine, one not seen since the Last Days of the War… Mako is the man they turn to.

To chase her down. To bring her back, lamed, dead, or mostly alive.
Warning: This is a dark kinky story. If you don’t understand where dark stories can go, this might not be for you. 


I really, really love this author’s work, and this series holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mix of old-school sci-fi, Terry Pratchett humour and dirty, filthy kink. Don’t judge it til you’ve tried it!

5. Unconventional by Isabel Love


Happily ever after—what a joke! I tried that once and ended up divorced.
Now, I only want one thing from men.
Charlie Nelson is good at giving me that one thing. Really, really good.
So good, in fact, I discovered a new side of myself.
I never knew I liked to watch until I saw his talented hands touching someone else.
I never knew I liked to be watched until I felt his searing gaze on me.
Maybe happily ever after isn’t always a white picket fence, wedding bells, and 2.5 kids.
Maybe it’s something a bit more…unconventional.


This story really was Unconventional, it also pummelled my emotions into the ground. Then stomped on them for good measure. Thankfully it had a great HEA ending to put me back together again.

REVIEW //\\ Blade


Blade (Dark Monster Fantasy #3) by Cari Silverwood




Where can I get me a Ledderick? Preferably the mollok version please.


This author claims she doesn’t intentionally include humour in her books. The sheer fact that one of the supporting characters is a sarcastic, talking sword tells you that his book is going to be great fun.


“Smorg.” He sat forward, “You have a point.”
“I always have a point, that’s the whole point of swords.”

Ledderick and Smorg, Blade by Cari Silverwood


We first met Ledderik, a cyborg assassin, in Prey , however Blade can easily be read as a stand alone, anything you need to know is included in this book. He has lost his way and signed over his body to the Last Of Life organisation, only he finds a new purpose just as his time runs out. That purpose is Thorn, a genetic disaster waiting to happen. What follows is a kinky adventure involving lots of planets,the borrowing of various alien bodies and a lot of shooting (both of guns AND other things ).


A cross between a car, a mini-tank, and a superhero accessory this four-doored scarified-pink and black fleetjer could outdistance and outgun most opposition and do it in style.

Blade, Cari Silverwood


Thorn always thought she was a S’kar, a species that would much rather avoid the whole messy business of sex. Until recently Ledderik had been a cyborg with no sexual organ. There’s a lot of fun to be had learning new things. Oh, and just better hope those hovering adbots don’t have on-board camera’s – goodness knows what they might find to film!


And damn this uniform for being so corruptible by these psionic powers of hers. Thank the gods, it only showed randomly glitching pixels. If she ever started texting on her clothes she was truly doomed.

Thorn, Blade by Cari Silverwood


This is just one amazingly fun, very naughty and fast paced read. First and foremost it’s a sci-fi adventure, with an actual ‘quest’ to fulfil, a princess to rescue and I’m sure Smorg mentioned something about a ring. It’s a lot more erotic, if not down right smutty, then your traditional science fiction read and you won’t hear me complaining about that. I loved how inventive Ledderik could be. Who knew tentacles could be such fun?


With his mastery of torture, he could see this, sex, being a natural addition to his skill set. He never did anything by halves.

Ledderick, Blade by Cari Silverwood


I absolutely adored that last chapter, I was totally caught out by that little twist at the end, lol! Do I recommend this book? Only as much as sentient ships and talking swords make great partners. That’s a massive yes by the way in case you were wondering.







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.

Six For Sunday — Recent additions to your TBR



Oh my word, the TBR. That ever growing list that would take four lifetimes to ever get through. I have tried cutting right back on arc reading commitments this year in an attempt to reduce the huge backlog of books that are not only on my TBR list but are also sitting on my ereader. Books that I have paid good money for, books by authors I love, books that *may* just have been sitting on my kindle for 2, 3 or more years. Yes I am hanging my head in shame.

I have made a very, very small dent in that pile, along with clearing a huge swathe of freebie books that I’m probably never going to pick up and read. Lets face it if I downloaded it back in July of 2017 and I still haven’t read the first few lines, I’m highly unlikely to ever do so.


Sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up with the new books released by the authors I read regularly, and for most of them I’m still attempting to catch up on their back list. Then I have friends who keep recommending new books and new authors to me. Are they trying to break me? It makes me wonder just how much of a friend they are when they are gleefully adding to my TBR mountain. Though I have found some amazing reads via these recommendations so I really shouldn’t complain.


Today’s “lets join in some fun” meme is #SixForSunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot. Each week a topic is posted, this weeks is to highlight 6 recent additions to my TBR list. Maybe it will inspire me to clear the list a little, either by reading them or encouraging me to remove them completely!


Recent Addition To Your TBR List



1. Omega Awakening (The Controllers #0.5) by L.V. Lane


This cover was enough to sell me on the book, along with the fact that it’s a fairy tale retelling. It was easy to decide on adding this since I already own a few of this series, those are currently languishing on my owned-and-must-read TBR list. A list that keeps getting bigger and bigger but which I have finally started to chisel away at. I feel quite proud that I’ve read a good 6 or 7 books from it so far this year, though at that rate it will be a century or two before it’s totally cleared. Hmm, must try harder.

If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, Omegaverse is a society based on the three dynamics that exist. Alpha’s are the dominants of the society, strong, fierce, aggressive. Beta’s are the workers, sometimes referred to as drones, the ones most similar to humans. Omega’s are physically weak but are the only ones able to breed with Alphas and accept the male’s knot. Most books in the genre were with MM pregnancy stories (not my cup of tea) or dark, dubious to non-consent M/f dystopian style stories, to which I say “Yes, please”. However the genre now spans all shades from light and airy through to dark and depraved, from settings that feel contemporary through to sci-fi settings, which is where The Controllers series comes in.


Omega Awakening, a dark Cinderella Omegaverse romance…
All things must end.
I learned that lesson the day my mother died.
My step-mother was wicked.
My step-sister, spiteful.
It was a relief when I revealed as an Omega because it was a chance to escape.
But it wasn’t the end of my troubles.
What happens to Omegas is a secret.
And my troubles had just begun.
“I can save you from one monster, Verity,” Lilly had said when she accepted me into the program. “But I cannot save you from them all.”
True to her word, she saved me from my step-mother.
Then Woodrow entered my life.

And I realized he was the other monster Lilly had warned me about.




2. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


My eye was caught by a review of this, by a friend, on Goodreads. It’s not a book that would have normally caught my eye but Meggie’s summation of the book, really captured my attention and had me one-clicking before I knew it. At 99p it didn’t seem to big a risk either.

From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump start her career.


Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.



3. Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead


Recommended by the same friend as the previous book, this appealed due to her enthusiasm for how the book focused on female friendship. It clearly passes the Bechdel test and, judging by the number of reviews on Goodreads, is a very well known/popular author, though I’ve not heard of them before.


Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . 



4. Chasing Her Lion (Big Bad Bunnies, #6) by Golden Angel


Who can resist a book with the subtitle of Big Bad Bunnies? Golden Angel is a nerdy, Harry Potter loving, cos-play fan so you can imagine how quirky and irreverent her humour is. I’ve read many of this authors more contemporary work, and some darker work, written under the pen name of Sinistre Ange.



Sometimes all a lion shifter wants is a snuggly bunny to cuddle. And Kasim has been stalking his very kissable prey with the patience of a true hunter. But as the perfect moment to pounce arrives, life throws some obstacles in Kasim’s path and his hopes for something more with a certain some-bunny are dashed quite possibly forever.

The last of her siblings to find a partner, bunny shifter Bailey Bunson has been waiting for her fated mate. But when her dream of predestined love is ripped from her grasp, Bailey fears she’ll never know her own happily-ever-after. That is, until she realizes the unassuming lion shifter who’s been by her side might not be her fated mate, but is everything she’s ever wanted. Will it be too late for Bailey and Kasim?




5. Darkness: The Complete Series (Darkness #1-4) by Nora Ash


Another recommendation by a Goodreads friend, this ticks so many of my boxes that it just HAD to go on my TBR list. Nora Ash is one of the more widely known names from the world of indie publishing. A world where the books are every bit as good, if not even better, than more traditionally published stories.


Two mortal enemies rule this city – and I belong to them both

I once fawned at the supernatural beings in our city. I marveled at their powers and praised them for saving us from murderers, rapists and arsonists.
Then I met him. The city’s most prominent superhuman. Its favored hero.
He saved my life. And then… then he marked me as his pet and taught me that in St. Anthony, there are no such things as heroes.
But with his claim, he caught the attention of everything that is dark and twisted in this city. Their eyes are on me now, and one of them will stop at nothing to take what belongs to his enemy.
Especially me.

No human woman can survive two powerful beings using her body as their battleground, but my city is doomed, corruption eating away at its very core. If I want to save it, I’ll have to submit to both the men determined to own me.
Breed me.





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


The final book recently added to my TBR is different from the rest in two ways. First of all it hasn’t actually been released yet, and secondly I’ve been involved in beta reading the book. This is a gaslight paranormal tale, with some darker elements scattered throughout. There is just something so delicious about a good man who occasionally looses control of the dark and deviant side brought out by exposure to malignant energy. That his victim in this, the wonderfully kinky Willa Moriarty, quietly enjoys his debauched demands only adds to the fun.


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.

First Lines Friday



First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

I hefted Marge, my ancient, red bicycle. Her name was born of a night burdened with too many margaritas, when I’d christened her with a full can of Bundaberg rum and coke, and put a small dent in her frame. At least it hadn’t been a bottle. Walking over broken glass to get to the esky for more beers would’ve been a little crazy. Back then, soon after I’d quit university, things had been crazy.



My Romance Curse by Cari Silverwood (writing as Wren Tyrell)



Beautiful woman on the beach at sunset in Thailand.



Synopsis

A romantic comedy from New York Times Bestseller Cari Silverwood writing as Wren Tirrell.

Amy has a small flaw in her love life – her boyfriends die on her. Two, so far. With her fear of dead boyfriends, her live ones don’t last long before she dumps them.

Until the day her beloved bicycle, Marge, takes a dive into the sea at Nelly Bay. Can Lukas, her bicycle rescuer, Viking geek scientist, and man with the gymnastic finger-porn expertise be different and survive the curse?

Smitten by Amy, he sure wants to be.

Curses don’t exist. So when bad things happen, things that *might* be impossible, Lukas sees cracks opening in his rule-driven world.

With Wally the border collie by their side, key roles in a movie called Night of the Living Teddy Bears and Zombies, and a whole lot of friends with good, bad, and dirty suggestions, they’re planning to foil this curse.

Brace yourselves, the man in the dragon boxer shorts is here, and curse-foiling is on his bucket list.

This was my introduction to Cari Silverwood, and whilst this is very different to the more dub-con genres in which she usually writes, it is still full of the snarky humour and quirky happenstance that is her trademark writing style. If you’re interested, my review of this book can be found here.

REVIEW //\\ Bind and Keep Me



Bind and Keep Me
(Pierced Hearts #2)
by Cari Silverwood




I read this without reading the blurb, so colour me surprised by where the story went. So, 4.5 Stars for this great, twisty, boundary pushing, somehow dark but not dark, dubious, yet non-consensual yet utterly consensual, rollercoaster of a read.


…shunting up and down, dipping a half-inch into me, while he kept talking in that deep and deliberate way that was as nasty as swallowing pure scotch. So good. So bad.


I was reading reviews for a book that popped up on my bookbub feed. It’s an older story so there were lots of comparisons to 50 shades. What has that got to do with this book, you ask yourself. It’s that Klaus and Jodie are every day people. Not only do they have normal jobs, heck Klaus is an accountant for Pete’s sake – no billionaires here -, they are down to earth, honest to god believable. And that includes the very drastic and unusual steps they take to solve a problem not entirely of their making.


I’ve read darker, more nasty, more horrific stories, but those books feel like stories, whereas Bind and Keep Me, well it held undertones of truth. Enough honesty that I’m wondering what might be found in Ms Silverwood’s basement. It didn’t take wild flights of fancy to picture yourself in a similar situation. Just where would you draw (or not draw) the line to protect your future with those you love?


You can’t read this book without questioning morals, whether that be of the characters, the author or yourself. I do love a book that makes you think and question, whilst simultaneously providing great entertainment. Oh and indulging in lots of dirty, kinky smut.


Klaus is a bad good man, sometimes more one than the other.



He waited. Patient as a fucking demon with a soul to harvest.


He was by parts scary, concerned, sadistic, gentle, demanding and loving. I’ve heard lots of fellow fans pick Klaus as their favourite Cari Silverwood hero and I can see why. The inner workings of his mind are fascinating, and deep down everything he does is edged with care and concern. It might also be nasty and pushing the dub-con boundaries, but it’s also understandable why others fall for his very particular brand of charm.


I’d thought I was a pillar of society. But now, I knew I was a thousand miles from that. And I wasn’t sure I cared anymore. My empathy waxed and waned with the tides of my sadistic desires.


I’d turned to the dark side. Apparently, they didn’t have cookies like someone had once told me, but they did have hot women.


There are incredible contrasts of hard and soft, dark and light, severe and gentle in the relationship. There may even be mentions of the ‘L’ word. Despite the questionable ethics and morality of it’s inception, the relationship that emerges in this book is both heartwarming and genuine. It’s also probably not totally healthy, but it’s ultimately one of choice, maybe not free choice, but choice nevertheless.


The sex scenes are mind blowingly hot. It is a kink that balances between pleasure and pain, a confusion of being unwillingly willing, all trussed up in the most carefully constructed bondage and satiated with soul crushing orgasms. And doesn’t she enjoy it all so very much.


The tiny drops welled up like water from a slow spring. Fresh and red on her paleness. Truthfully I’d exaggerated. This was a bit of a mindfuck. I’d scratched her repeatedly rather than truly cut her.

(Yeah and didn’t the author mindfuck me with that little scenario too!)



I’m going to finish with a quote that delighted the Biologist in me. If you know, you know.


Negative reinforcement. Positive reinforcement. I was a self-aware Pavlov’s dog.





This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers.

How far would you go to protect your love and your life?

When two deaths turn his world upside down, Klaus must wrestle with a problem that goes soul deep. With Jodie it was capture fantasy but now he’s made the fantasy real, dragging her along as his accomplice. No one should feel so good about something so wrong.

Maybe his soul is darker than he feared. Maybe the rules shouldn’t apply to him.





AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUFPNIA

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00EUFPNIA

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18298854-bind-and-keep-me