Book Review · Paranormal · Shifter

JAMES – S Cinders

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ – 4 Stars

Hot, action packed and exciting, this well written book will hold your attention from start to finish


James is set 20ish years after Finn . Whilst you could read it stand alone, I would recommend reading the first book so that you fully understand the background to this story. It’s not a hardship as both books are fun, hot and entertaining reads. This book totally drew me in and I found myself reading late into the night, wanting to finish it. Exhaustion won out, but I grabbed it the next morning and devoured the last few chapters STAT.


The book starts halfway through Ella and James escaping from the GMU. Alone, afraid and with Ella seriously hurt James takes a stranger up on his offer of help. That stranger and his business partner are familiar faces from book #1. Along with the help of some co-workers they teach James and Ella some of the things they need to know in life.


We then get a period of time in the book where the relationship developed between James and Ella. Given the setting they were in, and the lifestyle they were exposed to, it wasn’t surprising how quickly it evolved into a very explosive sexual situation. What follows are some incredibly hot scenes, including some BDSM play and exhibitionism. Whilst these scenes flow incredibly well, and the passion between James and Ella was very believable, after a little reflection time I see a few ‘faults in the pattern’ and have a few ‘I wish that…’ moments.


As genetically modified and highly intelligent lycans, I can sort of accept that James and Ella quickly adapted to a world they had never encountered before BUT they seemed to do it far to seamlessly and easily. And whilst the sex-club element of the story allowed for some incredibly steamy sex scenes, it felt like that was it’s only purpose. For me it didn’t actually develop the plot in any way. I liked that we had a ‘quiet’ period of time where James and Ella were free to explore their connection, but unnecessary sex scenes distracted from this.


We then get a situation that leads to a total change in the lives of many of the books characters. Personally I would have preferred LESS of a focus on James and Ella’s time at Club Lycan and more detail on the following year. Having followed the pair of them at this time, as they prepared for the trials ahead of them, would have transformed this from a very good to a truly great book. But again, that’s ‘me’ and my preference, it’s why for me this was 4 stars rather than 5. It’s still a good book, and better than many others out there.


The author has some amazing ideas and the twists and turns we got in the last quarter of the book left my head spinning. My word the pace was break-neck speed at some points, though clever writing allows you to easily keep up. Then you get to the end, which is a cliff-hanger, not a total tear your hair out cliffie, but definitely a ‘when’s the next book up?’ one.


So if you enjoy steamy, NA, paranormal, action-packed romance then this is perfect for you.

Buy Links

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QP2GBDD/
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QP2GBDD/

Blurb

Ella and James have been prisoners of a madman ever since they were stolen from their mothers at birth. They were raised in a top-secret facility and genetically modified to be the fastest, strongest, and most powerful Lycan assassins on Earth.

After escaping, they find themselves thrust into the outside world with no life experience and only one another to rely on. Suddenly, they are faced with choices they are ill-equipped to deal with: lust, alcohol, crime, and murder… to name but a few.

Publisher’s Note: This steamy fantasy shifter romance contains elements of power exchange.

Book Review · Dark · Fantasy · MM

Iron & Fire – Ariana Nash

Who needs Game of Thrones when you have this dark fantasy epic to enjoy?

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

“Afraid to get up close and personal with a dragon without sticking your sword in it?”

Lysanda, Iron & Fire

Oh Lydander and Eroan, you can stick your swords in me any day! I don’t think I’ve read such an incredibly sexy yet tortured pair. This is a classic tale of love against the divide, set against a background of war and survival. You don’t just read this book, you step into it’s pages, touch the soil of the forest, soar the air on leathery wings, hide in the ramshackle shelters, feel the heat of the fire and smell the scent of hope, despair and love.

Pippa Dacosta (Ariana Nash) is the most evil of authors, delighting in the pain and suffering of her characters. The pain, hurt and trials she put Eroan through were bad enough, but I might never forgive her for how she tortured Lysander. I’m just hoping, to quote Yoda,
“Only through fire is a strong sword forged.”
‘Cos, boy, did Lysander get thrown into the fires of hell, again and again and again.

Save him. Like he saved us. 
The seconds raced along with him and he feared, with every beat of his heart, that he was already too late.

Eroan, Fire & Iron


We get some wonderful moments between Eroan and Lysander, though boy do they fight tooth and claw to either avoid them or to get to them. Eroan in particular struggles with his feelings for and attraction to Lysander, after all his whole life has been dedicated to the destruction of dragons, not loving them.


“What is this thing between us?”

“You come alive in my hands…” Lysander breathed, setting free the words he’d so long wanted to speak.

This is a story of epic proportions, the plot unfolding, twisting and morphing so that just as one obstacle is overcome another 5 arise in its place. The lies, the deceit, the pigheaded ignorance and jealousy – and that was just amongst the elves! If it hadn’t been for Seraph and Trey I’d have encouraged Eroan to find a warm cave, on a nice secluded mountainside, that he and Lysander could live out their days in. Nye needs stabbing in the eye with a sharp stick! So jealous that he refused to see the truth that was in front of his eyes. So stuck in his ways that he could never see another path. Despite Lysander showing his heart again and again.

He was fairly certain this decision would get him killed but there was nothing and no one else he’d gladly die for.

Lysander, Iron & Fire

It was much more subtle but we also started to learn more about the dragons. There were definitely breadcrumbs there, that will no doubt become glaringly obvious beacons on a second read through after the series is complete! I always suspected there was more to Carline than we had been told, but I was at least a galaxy away from guessing the actual truth. Hmm, perhaps I need to read Silk & Steel for clues I’m sure will be there. Just what are those secrets you hold so close to your chest, Akiem? What does it mean to be Emerald?

I loved every moment spent in this book, even though I had my heart and soul wrenched out and smashed to smithereens repeatedly. The next book can’t come soon enough!


He was afraid, he realized. Not of them,..not anymore. Nothing back there could hurt him. He was afraid of himself and what he was becoming – what he needed to become to survive the war to come.

Lysander, Iron & Steel


Blurb

Alliances are forged and broken, friendships shattered, and despite the odds stacked against them, two hearts collide in this explosive sequel to Silk & Steel.

From his mother’s cage to a human one, but Lysander’s captors are the least of his concerns. Rumors of a monstrous bronze dragon ripple through human camps, a dragon tearing great holes in the world as though searching for something… or someone. 

It’s just a matter of time before the bronze chief, Dokul, finds Lysander and makes good on his promises. And should he find him, Lysander knows Dokul will not be merciful.

Amidst the greatest of elven victories, Eroan failed. Failed his people, failed himself, and failed the dragon who saved him. But he will not falter. The dragonkin are in disarray, there will never be a greater opportunity to strike. Eroan Ilanea will not fail his people again. 

But when rumors of the dragon prince’s survival reach him, he must choose: Fight for his people or fight for the prince who nobody thought to save? 

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Contains adult themes, triggering content, a bisexual elf, and a gay dragon shifter.


Purchase Links –

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8KD5NL/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N8KD5NL/


Ratings

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

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

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

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

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

Book Review · Dark

Breaking Beth – Jennifer Bene

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

This. This is some dark messed-up shit. Stay away if rape, abuse and torture of the heroine would trigger you. For those of you as depraved as me – welcome!

I’m going to start by letting you know that this story was previously published in the ‘When The Dark Wins‘ anthology, and is unchanged from that version.

We first heard about Beth from conversations between Marcus and Anthony, in Security Binds Her. We also know from later books in that series there is somewhat of a positive uplift in her story. Knowing that made this much easier to read, even though it doesn’t end happily or nicely in any way, shape or form. Remember it is DARK! There is no light at the end of this tunnel, at least not yet.




You will love Beth, you will want to marry her and have her children, regardless of your gender or sexuality. You will hate Anthony with a passion, and Marcus only a little less. In fact Anthony is pretty damn scary, his lack of soul was so incredibly well portrayed. He is evil beyond comprehension, so remove from any humanity that he doesn’t fully understand why his actions with Beth aren’t working.

I absolutely LOVED this story and am so excited to know that we will be getting more of Beth’s story later this year. I will be one clicking that as soon as it’s available.

Blurb
It would take time. Time to destroy who she used to be… time for all her hope to die… time to truly make her a thing. 

But he would.

Anthony took Beth to remake her into the perfect toy for his customers. Mindless, obedient, a broken thing without complications. 

But Beth is strong.

She refuses to break, refuses to let Anthony erase her… even if that means losing in the end.


Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QC98BP1/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QC98BP1/

Book Review · Fantasy · Promotion

Insatiable Corruption – Myra Danvers

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

This is an excellent follow up to Ravenous Innocence, Book #1 of The Last Titan series.


I sat and read this in one go, in a non-stop, ignoring-the-world, can’t-put-it-down-until-I’ve-got-to-the-end kind of way. Yet despite all that my brain can’t formulate words adequate enough to do this book justice. I’m struggling to write a review that expresses just how much I loved this book, enjoyed it and wouldn’t change a single thing about it. Not even when those ‘things’ didn’t go the way I wanted them to!

Mila is so strong, though in her naivety? foolishness? isolation? madness? she seems to never learn from her mistakes and over estimates her own cunning. Yet I still loved her and so want to see her succeed. I was equal parts frustrated by how far she fell, yet awed by her strength and determination never to give up, give in or surrender.

At times reading this felt like swimming against the tide, BUT NOT IN A BAD WAY! Just in a ‘everything’s going down the pan’ kind of way. It was never slow or boring, never repetitive or tedious, not once, not at all. In fact there was an awful lot happening, lots of twists and turns, lots of intrigue and not knowing who to trust, virtually non-stop action in fact. And amidst all of that is Mira, fighting a seemingly unwinnable battle, and struggling in vain against her nemesis, Captain Asher Rawlings.

At times I really disliked that man, I mean really, really , disliked him. Disliked him to the point of wanting him hurt in a myriad of untold and painful ways. Yet, as with the best of antiheroes, there was the occasional tiny little glimmer of something else, something better, maybe even something close to caring

Oh and the world building – I haven’t even touched on the amazing world building within these pages. Boy oh boy, am I hooked on this series. I have absolutely no idea how it will proceed from that doozy of an ending. I do know I will be reading the next book in the series and it can’t come out soon enough for me.

Blurb

“It hurts, doesn’t it?” he whispered, letting me strain to the limit of my bonds, maintaining the distance between us with a smirk. “Being so close to what you need, yet unable to take it. Five years I went without, Mila. But don’t worry,” he whispered, flicking a lock of sopping wet hair over my shoulder. “I won’t make you wait that long. No, you can have everything you want, right now…”

It’s been five years since I watched the Goddess burn, since I rejected my sacred-bloody-calling and turned instead to the limitless potential contained in the forest. It alone sustains me, feeding those dark, forbidden urges with ancient power.

Not even he can touch me here, where my influence is absolute.

Stalemate or no, Captain Asher Rawlings is a resourceful man, and though it’s been years since he’s so much as set eyes on my face, he hasn’t given up the hunt.

He’ll never stop.

Not until my knees are sullied and my skin is marked.

But he has the one thing capable of luring me from my fortress of ancient power…
… the one thing I can’t resist…

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QCDVHDW/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QCDVHDW/

Book Review · Sci-Fi

Commander’s Price by Diana Logan

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2

This book found its way to me via an offer in a different authors newsletter. I’m glad I took advantage, otherwise I would have missed finding a great book, I’m just sad I can’t thank them for pointing bringing the book to my attention . It’s the first in a series and I have every intention of reading them all. Don’t be fooled, it starts of so spicy hot and I thought I was going to read a hot but slightly lacking in true sci-fi story. Boy was I happy to be wrong, it may start off feeling fairly light-weight but before you know it you are neck deep in intrigue, secrets and mystery.


Commander’s Price contains some really wonderful world building, it has a proper ‘science fiction’ feel to it. Whilst a couple of things were still a little ambiguous at the end of this first instalment, I’m confident this was a deliberate ploy by the author. After all neither Katy nor Grix have the full picture yet either.


Speaking of our heroine and hero, what well rounded and interesting characters they were. Occasionally Grix came across as cold, rude or unfeeling but this was a mixture of crazy circumstances and language barriers. Other times he was so incredibly sweet, not to mention incredibly sexy. He does still need a slap upside the head at the end of this book, though I’m sure he will wise up by the end of the series!


The story unfolded so well, peeling back to reveal layer upon layer and providing one heck of an interesting read. There are some wonderfully humorous touches, along with some very nerdy sci-fi pop culture references, the author definitely knows her stuff. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the next book in the series – I’m off to pre-order it now!


Blurb

He was the most gorgeous creature to ever walk into Katy’s dive bar. And he claimed he was looking for a woman. Two shots of tequila later, Katy is more than willing to accompany her new friend back to his place for a night of mind-blowing sex that proves to be out of this world.

Literally.

Katy wakes up on a spaceship halfway across the galaxy, the captive of a smoking-hot alien who claims he’s an exiled prince, and that Katy holds the key to helping him win back his throne, as long as she’s willing to pay the… COMMANDER’S PRICE

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PRLJKR8/

Ratings

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

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

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

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

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

BDSM · Book Review · Dark

In the Land of Gods and Monsters – Part Two

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More monstrously good darkness from Carmen Jenner – 5 stars

Picking up a few days after the end of “Gods & Monsters Part One”, this hits the ground running, not slowing down until you hit the end, falling over the edge of one almighty cliff-hanger. I can’t wait until the final part releases so that I can continue the tumble straight into it’s pages and complete this wonderful story.

I so really want to write an in-depth review of this book, examining all the little nuances of the story, all the surprises it holds in store, all the reveals, unanswered questions and arising suspicions. However that would mean giving away too much of the plot, it would mean revealing spoilers and it would mean you don’t go in blind. So to give you allow you the same roller coaster ride I took I’m keeping this deliberately vague. The enjoyment of this book is in not knowing what will happen to Pet, is in not knowing who the hero(es) and villains are and is in not knowing if she will ever truly find herself again.

There are some new faces added to the mix, some you will love, a few you will dislike and others you may even hate. All of them touch Pet’s life in some way, leading her to the path she eventually chooses to take. There’s not a lot more I can say, at least not without spoiling the plot, but I can tell you that I found this to be an absolutely gripping read. Once I’d picked it up I didn’t want to put it down again until it was finished. Whilst this didn’t have as much darkness from non-con and dub-con as #1 did, the mental and emotional struggles of Pet, and others, ensured it retained that sharp edge of danger.

I had only one smallish criticism, and that was based around her fiance. The word ‘cliche’ sprang to mind, I might be wrong (I’ll find out when book #3 releases) but that story line felt unnecessary and very trite. However it was all of a paragraph or two in what was otherwise an absolutely amazing follow up to the fabulous first instalment.

If you’ve read book #1 then you will definitely want to read this book. If you haven’t read the first book, and you love a dark romance, then you need to read them both. ASAP!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Blurb

Part two in the Gods and Monsters Series.

In the land of gods and monsters, she was set free.
Left, lost, forgotten.
Cast out of the only world she remembers, Pet now answers to a new name—victim.
Ares walked away without a backward glance and left her desperate for safety, desire, and the freedom she found in his cruel touch.
But in the end, Pet discovers nothing is ever free.

* In the Land of Gods and Monsters, Part Two, may contain triggers for some readers.

Ratings

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

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

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

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

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

BDSM · Contemporary Romance · Dark

DESTRUCTION – Jennifer Bene

A Dark Romance

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I’m obviously as messed up as Lianne to also fall for David

I have had Destruction sitting on my kindle, waiting to be read for quite some time.  Life, arc reading and buying too many books has meant that I just hadn’t gotten around to reading it.  However I do know the author is working on completing the second book, so I decided it was time I got myself caught up.

The title is very fitting in so many ways, including the devastation to my soul.  This is a pretty dark read, with non-con (albeit it’s enjoyed, but she definitely says no), sadism, violence and what is possibly a healthy dollop of Stockholm Syndrome.

David is an antihero of the first order, doing bad things for misguided reasons.  He and Lianne share some very warped but extremely hot chemistry.  There are passages that make for uncomfortable reading – because you really shouldn’t be turned on by such depravity but you are.  Lianne is very easy to like and connect to, their is a very natural and likeable feel to her character.  I disliked David for so much of the book, but that’s because he is written to BE hated, until you don’t.

The writing held my attention, the characters interested me, whilst the plot and suspense was well paced so as to hold my attention.  I was huddled in the corner of that dank, concrete cell. I was chained across that thin, worn mattress.  The skill of the author put me into the middle of the story, had me screaming in the dark and crying in misery alongside Lianne.

If you’re looking for your next dark erotic read then you’ve found it here.

Vengeance and destruction are all he has left.

Lianna Mercier has everything. She’s beautiful, well-educated, her father is rich, powerful — and she works for him. The perfect little princess, raised to be just like daddy.

But it’s all a lie.

A bloody, screwed up lie, and David Gethen is about to tear it all down and destroy Lianna in the process. He wants revenge, he wants to finish the plan his father started years ago — but after he takes her, after he tortures her, he begins to realize just how wrong he may have been.

Publisher’s Note: This book is a dark romance that contains intense scenes, graphic language, and capture fantasy which may be disturbing for some readers. Please choose another book if this is not your cup of tea!

Ratings

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

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

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

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

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