Windy City Series – Measha Stone

This is a re-release of a series. Each book has been reworked, updated and improved.

Overall I would rate this series 4.25 stars.

This first and foremost is a love story of two people who chose to include a power exchange dynamic in their relationship. The BDSM element is fairly tame but still incredibly hot and very well written. In fact it was perfect for the story, their play was private and didn’t involve dungeons, clubs and other people – it was abut what was right for them. Which nicely leads me into how very real and honest the play felt, there was some negotiation but this wasn’t a Dom collaring his submissive, it was a guy who liked to be the dominant partner in a relationship but didn’t want a 24/7 thing.

I found Jessica to be an incredibly likeable character and very easy to both connect and sympathise with. She didn’t regard herself as a submissive and had never had any leanings towards a D/s relationship but found something in Royce that enabled her to explore things and give it a try. Now that leads me onto where I had one struggle with the story. Jessica and Royce had only just met when he ‘pulled’ some Dom moves on her. Nothing too extreme and all above board and consensual, so there was no issue there. However I really couldn’t understand Jessica’s actions and response at that point. I wasn’t totally convinced of her following his instructions as she did, it seemed to opposed to her frame of mind immediately before that. Later in the book we hear her musing on how she is ‘choosing’ to follow his instructions and see where things take them, to try new things. I guess I needed more of that in the first scene where her behaviour was totally out of character.

At times through the story I felt like Royce teetered on the edge of being overbearing. BUT at the end, when I reflected back, I could see how his actions could equally be interpreted as demonstrating his care of and concern for Jessica. He totally put her happiness and wellbeing before all else. Hindsight turned some of his ‘bombastic’ actions into nurturing and caring ones – clearly he wanted more control than I could have given up to him, lol! Jessica is also one closed off, stubborn woman who needed his less than gentle pushing, because that pushing was done with respect and love.

There is so much I want to say about the ‘hiccup’ and ending, but that would include spoilers. So what I will say is that their ‘reconnection’ (and that word is important) was perfect and since neither of them had behaved perfectly anything else would have felt unfair and left a bitter taste. Instead it was everything I could want and hope for.


BLURB

Royce Blandford follows a promotion to Chicago, because when he wants something- he gets it. He’s a man with determination.And after one evening with Jessica, he’s determined to claim her as his.

Jessica is perfectly content keeping relationships casual. She’d rather fall in lust than love. And one glance at Royce- she’s definitely in lust.

But Royce doesn’t kiss and bail. Jessica may try to hide behind a thick wall, but he senses the fires burning hot.

If he has to break through kiss by kiss, he will.


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Having not read the original books I can’t comment on how they have been changed. What I am able to do is recommend the well written, steamy, emotion filled and action packed story that it now is. With each story Measha cleverly explores a new issue/concern/worry that faces those entering a long term power exchange relationship.

Kelly appeared as in book #1 as one of Jessica’s friends. From the representation of her in Hidden Heart I didn’t expect to like her very much, however we really get to know her in this book AND begin to understand that her friends may not really know the current Kelly as well as they thought. However she is very impulsive, which not only gets her into trouble but also causes her lots of heartache along the way.

Kendrick was really good at guiding Kelly into her submissive role. There were times, however, that I wanted to kick his butt or shake him. He demanded Kelly always give him her words, told her how important it was that she speak to him about her concerns. That was a plus, particularly since she was new to a PE relationship. However he didn’t always share HIS feelings with her. Communication is a two way street and for someone who insisted on complete honesty, he wasn’t so forthcoming with his own emotions and reasoning. I didn’t mind that he did this – no one’s perfect and I like my characters to have human flaws and foibles. It would just have put the cherry on the icing if he’d verbally acknowledged that he could have been more open with Kelly. The significance of the bracelet and the ‘cooling off’ period being two of the main events.

Ms Stone cleverly blends the BDSM relationship with both a contemporary romance feel and a swirl of suspense. The book does have ‘play’ scenes, though these are all fairly tame and are ideal for those newer to the genre, or those not wanting too heavy a BDSM element. The punishment/discipline scenes were wonderful, I loved that it wasn’t the overused spanking scenario!

To sum up this is a well written and engaging story with two main characters that are not only likeable but also very believable. The growth of the romantic relationship, alongside the power exchange, felt very natural and was very consensual. Kendrick never felt overbearing or determined to push Kelly to do more and more, his say was final but he never assumed he knew her better than she did herself. The last half dozen or so chapters were absolutely packed, filled to the brim with both action and emotion. I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it to others.


BLURB

Kelly has been waiting for her knight in shining armor to ride in on his white horse and rescue her from her ordinary life. But he’s taking his sweet time. Taking matters into her own hands, she dives into a world she’s unprepared for.

Kendrick has never seen a woman more impulsive than Kelly. She wants everything, and she wants it now. And damn if he doesn’t want to be the one to give it to her.

But there’s more at play here than boy meets girl. Bad men linger in the shadows where fears are hidden and doubts hover.

Can they pull together to secure a future or will the darkness tear them apart?


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Another well written instalment in this group of friends lives

Alex and Alyssa are both strong and determined characters who have one heck of a battle to find their form of a D/s relationship, as well as to overcome the baggage life throws at them. I very much enjoyed their story, especially the fact that Alex wasn’t all perfect and infallible, though personally I might have made him grovel a LOT more than Alyssa did. However that might just have led to cutting my nose of to spite my face!

I love how these books blend ‘real life’ alongside both the developing relationship of the couple AND the BDSM relationship. You end up feeling as though you should be out with the group of friends each Friday night, being an emotional support when needed and offering advice. Whilst each book is stand alone, I would advice reading them in order just to gain the maximum understanding and enjoyment.

The BDSM is fairly low key and only in the bedroom, so this is suitable for those new to the genre, those who don’t like too much BDSM play or those who enjoy any level of kink in their books. It’s well written, with great characters and an engaging plot and I’m more than happy to recommend it.

BLURB

Alyssa Sanders spent her childhood raising her mother, but that’s all behind her now. She’s on her way to Chicago for a fresh start. No stranger to bad luck, she’s keeping her expectations low.What she’s not expecting is to find her severely dominant, extremely attractive boss is also the son of a close friend.

Alex Trebelli would do anything for his father, so when he’s asked to escort an old friend’s daughter to dinner he doesn’t hesitate to agree. Except she isn’t the small town, young woman his father described. She’s all grown up, full of beauty and curves, with a submissive nature begging his dominant side to emerge.

Alyssa’s never been good at relationships. But Alex is easy to be with, even when he’s being overprotective and bossy. So when he tells her he wants more than friendship can she put aside her fears of failures and give them a real try?


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My favourite of the series yet. (These books have been rewritten/updated and re-released in October 2019)

After all the rules she’d broken, all the things she’d done wrong that day, he was trying to soothe her worries? Where had this man come from?
Despite being a real hard ass, strict and ‘mean’ Dom, I think Bradley came across as the most caring, patient and committed of the men in this series so far. So many times his words and actions not only supported Erin but reassured both her and the reader of just how consensual the relationship was, and how Erin held all the power via her safe words.

The next half hour would be trying for her, but she wouldn’t be alone, he would be with her every step of the way
I even loved that we were told his stern voice and demeanour was not anger but rather his way to elicit and facilitate Erin’s submissive mind set. It made a character, who could easily have been unpleasant and overbearing, an absolutely divine man who you couldn’t help but warm too.

Whilst I didn’t mind that Erin made mistakes – particularly since she is a newbie sub – I did get a little exasperated that it seemed to be the same ‘not talking’ mistake again and again. However without it we (a) wouldn’t have had a story and it (b) felt very ‘real’ and natural, particularly given the ‘dynamic’ of her only other serious relationship.

Whilst there are several detailed BDSM scenes, including a couple of punishment scenes, there was plenty of story to balance these out. I never felt like there was an excess of sex scenes and didn’t find myself skimming them either. The chemistry between Erin and Bradley was palpable, they had an intensity to their relationship that was easy to believe in.

I very much recommend this book to those who enjoy a well written BDSM romance.

BLURB

As a devoted fiance with a house in the ‘burbs and friends she trusts with her life, Erin Stamper is living the dream. Until she finds the dream was just that, when her fiance announces he’s in love with another woman, shattering her entire world.

Just when she’s about to be crushed beneath the weight of the pain, she’s delivered another blow. A new BDSM club has opened in the city- and one of her own friends is the owner.

With so much sudden turmoil in her life, Erin decides to stop being the practical, dependable, and vanilla person she has always been and looks to explore this new world.

Dominant Bradley Sorenson promises to show her everything she wants to see, and more. But just as she begins to find contentment in her true self, she receives a letter which starts a chain of blackmail that could ultimately end her new relationship.

Can Erin fight the urge to retreat into the safety of her old life and work to liberate her heart?


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Ryder and Samantha’s story is a wonderful read. The DD/lg element is written in a way that not only makes it accessible to those not into the kink but I found it opened my eyes to the thoughts and needs behind that type of relationship. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about their style of relationship, Ms Stone portrayed it very sensitively and with great respect.

As with many of her books, there is an element of romantic suspense in Daddy’s Heart. It certainly added an edge to the story that was a nice counterpoint to the rather sweet and warm relationship developing between Ryder and Samantha.

Plot, pace, prose and characterisation are all executed to a high standard in the book. You can’t help but fall for these characters, as you fall into their world. A great conclusion to a wonderful series.

BLURB

Samantha is starting over, this time in Chicago, and she needs a place to crash when she gets there. Luckily a family friend is hooking her up with a spare room.

The catch? The room is in the apartment of an insanely hot guy. To make matters worse, he has every mannerism of a Daddy Dom that sets her imagination ablaze.

Ryder doesn’t mind giving up his spare room to help out a friend. But, his friend didn’t explain how attractive Samantha was, or how easily Ryder would become consumed with her.

She’s a friend of a friend- making her completely off limits.

But Samantha crosses the line and pulls him with her, sending them both down a new path. There’s a past catching up to her, and he’s going to be certain she stays safe.

He’ll take care of Sammy and give her everything she needs. More importantly, with his stern ways, he’ll give her everything she deserves.


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Windy City – Measha Stone

I will be reviewing this title in a few days – in fact I plan on featuring the whole series, so stay tuned!

Releasing today is

Daddy’s Heart (Windy City Series)
by Measha Stone

Release: November 5, 2019

Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48481261-daddy-s-heart

Blurb:

Samantha is starting over, this time in Chicago, and she needs a place to crash when she gets there. Luckily a family friend is hooking her up with a spare room. 

The catch? The room is in the apartment of an insanely hot guy. To make matters worse, he has every mannerism of a Daddy Dom that sets her imagination ablaze.

Ryder doesn’t mind giving up his spare room to help out a friend. But, his friend didn’t explain how attractive Samantha was, or how easily Ryder would become consumed with her. 

She’s a friend of a friend- making her completely off limits.

But Samantha crosses the line and pulls him with her, sending them both down a new path. There’s a past catching up to her, and he’s going to be certain she stays safe. 

He’ll take care of Sammy and give her everything she needs. More importantly, with his stern ways, he’ll give her everything she deserves.

Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited):

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Amazon AU: https://amzn.to/2C8NEiC

Also Available

Hidden Heart: https://amzn.to/2J7q4XB

Secured Heart: https://amzn.to/33ByHkX

Indebted Heart: https://amzn.to/2IRzeas

Liberated Heart: https://amzn.to/33xhN6L

Author Bio:

Measha Stone is an international bestselling author of erotic romance. She’s had #1 top-selling books in BDSM, and suspense. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children, who are just as creative and crazy as her. Her vanilla writing has been published in numerous literary magazines, but she’s found her passion in erotic romance.

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CLUB DARK LACE

UNZONED & UNTIL DADDY by Measha Stone – 4 stars

Unzoned

This book slots nicely alongside Until Daddy , featuring the same mix of characters but this book focuses on Jade and Garrick. It’s a fairly quick read, it took me around an hour. It lacks a little in emotional depth and story development for my tastes BUT that is to be expected in a read this short. It certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment of what is a great little read.

In many ways this is quite light on the BDSM aspect, though it isn’t lacking in the heat level. I liked both Garrick and Jade and, whilst she maybe made foolish choices, I could understand her worries and panic. Garrick has been an anchor in her life for so long and the thought of losing him would be worrying.

This, along with Until Daddy , make an wonderful ‘duet’ to read and I do recommend them.


Until Daddy 

A woman so used to losing out in love and the man who needs to convince her to stay

There has been a new epilogue added and a gentle polish up of the story. I can’t pinpoint anything specifically that has changed, since its over a year since I read the original version. What I do know is that I felt much more of a connection to both Carissa and Jamison this time around. I also was much more convinced about their feelings for one another, boy was I emotionally invested this time around.

Carissa doesn’t believe in successful relationships, Jamison is determined to prove her wrong and asks for a month. The story felt like it took place over a longer time period than the one given, though it was still believable and ‘workable’. There’s is a Daddy Dom relationship, with Carissa cared for and looked after but not as a ‘little’ in the more common understanding of the word. She doesn’t colour, play with toys or go on play dates. All their interactions are as adults, just with Jamison clearly in charge and Carissa happy to call him Daddy.

This is an excellent book to pop your ‘age play cherry’ with, as it doesn’t contain scenes that would take you too far out of your comfort zone. Even the sexual scenes are more along the D/s lines with very little BDSM elements other than spanking. However the author still manages to make this feel both very steamy and kinky. 

The side stories didn’t feel so overwhelming this time, perhaps that’s due to the reworking of the story or maybe it just goes to show that current mood is a big factor in how much one enjoys a book. Maybe it was more mindset than matter, who knows? I don’t, but I do know this is a great read and I definitely recommend it!



The two main stories fit together so well, each standalone but also with overlapping characters. I also really enjoyed the exclusive bonus scene – it was beautiful and really added something extra IMO.

**Unzoned was previously released as Until You, both Unzoned and Until Daddy have been reworked**

DARK LACE, the hottest BDSM club created just for you! 
Meet up with playmates in our brand new lounge area, then head into the main dungeon or private rooms to play out your dark desires. Need a special set up? Just ask, and we’ll be sure you have everything you need. 
If you would like to know more about the owners, check out their stories! 

Unzoned

Garrick has been in Jade’s friend-zone high-school. But that’s about to change. But moving from friends to lovers is hard enough without the complications of his dominating ways and her need to submit. 

Getting this wrong could ruin everything. 
Getting it right could mean the world. 

Until Daddy 

No matter how panty-melting the chemistry, Carissa knows relationships don’t last. Being with Jamison Croft is no exception. 

Jamison doesn’t give up easily when it comes to getting what he wants. And he WANTS Carissa. Not only is she intelligent, gorgeous, and generous- she feeds every desire the Daddy Dom in him craves. 

She believed she’d never have anyone in her corner. But that was Until Daddy.


PUNISHING HER (an exclusive Club Dark Lace short story)

Susan has made a BIG mistake. HUGE- and it nearly cost her her life. Now she must face her husband, if he’ll speak to her.This isn’t how their marriage thrives. Communication. Rules. Consequences. It makes their world turn. But her actions have thrown them off course. What she needs now is his dominance, and with that will come her PUNISHMENT.

BUY LINKS
Club Dark Lace
AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WCCZDQ5/r
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WCCZDQ5/
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47563369-club-dark-lace


Unzoned

Garrick has been in the friend-zone since Jade put him there in high-school. But that’s about to change.
He’s done waiting, and he’s had his fill of women that aren’t her.
Jade had no idea going to a party would be so world-changing. That is until she sees Garrick and discovers he’s one of the club owners.
Surprises don’t stop there.
He’s done standing on the sidelines. It’s time to change zones. But moving from friends to lovers is hard enough without the complications of his dominating ways and her need to submit.
Getting this wrong could ruin everything.
Getting it right could mean the world.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WC5SV21/r
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07WC5SV21/
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47360511

Until Daddy

Carissa’s learned her lesson. No matter how panty melting the chemistry, relationships don’t last. And it won’t be any different with Jamison Croft- even if just looking at him sends tingles to all the right places.
But he’s not an easy man to shake. 
Jamison doesn’t give up easily when it comes to getting what he wants. And he WANTS Carissa. Not only is she intelligent, gorgeous, and generous- she feeds every desire the Daddy Dom in him craves. 
She may have given them an expiration date, but he’s not backing down.
And when the outside world threatens to crash down around them, he’ll show her he won’t abandon her. She believed she’d never have anyone in her corner.
But that was Until Daddy.

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07W97YMR3/
AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07W97YMR3/
GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47498181

TRAINING HIS PET

TRAINING HIS PET (Owned and Protected #6)
by Measha Stone


4.5 stars for this red hot, pet-play book

Measha Stone sure does know how to write a hot and steamy pet-play book. If you’ve read any others in the series you will know what to expect, and this is another great addition to the series. Whilst some aspects are similar to the rest of the series because – duh! – pet play, each book has it’s own romantic suspense elements, the characters have their own back stories and the issues the couples face make each book very different. 

I loved how Erika struggled both with giving her submission AND with how her submission made her feel. The battle of the ‘independent career’ woman with the ‘getting off on kneeling at his feet’ pet. Most of the time Dax appreciated this conflict, and the times he didn’t were necessary to the plot. It was also good to see a dominant hero who wasn’t perfect or had it all together. Whilst the reason they had a blow up was a little cliched, Erika’s reasoning (or lack of) was nicely different from the norm. I liked that she hadn’t kept thinking how the hero would hate her if he saw it but then she ‘forgot’ to delete it (which I’ve seen used sooooo many times).


The ending of the book was pretty perfect for me, and then we had the epilogue, which was the cherry on top of the icing! I loved that epilogue and all that it implied, the support, the respect and most of all the love. Honestly it was just totally a *swoon* moment.


If you HAVEN’T read any books in this series there are two things to know. The first is that each one is a stand alone, whilst there are certain characters who appear in more than one book no ‘prior knowledge’ is required in order to enjoy this story. The second and probably most important thing is that pet play involves a certain amount of humiliation and, whilst all activities are consensual, it may push your boundaries.

I find it helps to remember that (a) both individuals are ultimately willing participants, agreeing to the activities and (b) it’s a book not a BDSM training manual, so some aspects won’t always reflect real life. There is also a (c) which is that whilst I would be saying “Hell no!” to some things Dax insists on I’m not Erika, plus it would be a pretty boring book if she refused to submit to his dominance!

So whilst Dax insisted on verbally having Erika’s agreement, there was no chat about a ‘safe word’ and only one mention of ‘hard limits’. That said, I always felt that if Erika had stood up and said ‘actually there is NO WAY I’m going to do that because….’ then Dax would have listened to her and allowed a discussion on the matter. Punishments are a separate issue, safe words are more for if one feels unsafe or at risk and not for getting out of trouble. These aspects need bearing in mind before buying this book. Otherwise go for it – it’s a great read.

GOODREADS – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46848675-training-his-pet

AMAZON US – https://www.amazon.com/Training-His-Owned-Protected-Book-ebook/dp/B07V5YXD2Z

AMAZON UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Training-His-Owned-Protected-Book-ebook/dp/B07V5YXD2Z/

BLURB

Erika Devore is known for getting the stories nobody else can, but when she ends up on the wrong side of a mob boss she suddenly finds herself in the custody of a former soldier turned security contractor who has made it his business to keep her safe whether she likes it or not.

Dax Adams is determined to protect Erika, even if that means spanking her until she is sobbing every time her reckless defiance puts her in danger. But when she discovers that the cabin he has chosen as their hideout is part of a BDSM resort, Erika’s intrigue and arousal are both obvious, and Dax decides that the best way to keep her occupied and obedient is to train her as his pet.

Though Dax gives Erika no choice in the matter, her body’s response to his bold dominance is undeniable, and soon she is kneeling naked at his feet, blushing as she is fitted with a tail for the first time, and screaming in helpless pleasure as she is brought to one desperately intense climax after another. But when it is safe for her to return home, will that bring an end to her training?

Publisher’s Note: Training His Petis a stand-alone novel which is the sixth entry in the Owned and Protected series. It includes spankings, sexual scenes, intense and humiliating punishments, and strong D/s and pet play themes. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

VALOR by Measha Stone

4.5 stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ✨

An excellent romantic suspense with a hot sauce of domination

This is definitely one of my favourite books of the Cavalieri Della Morte series. The author writes with such panache, imbuing her characters with the depth and emotion necessary to connect profoundly with them. Reading this felt like coming home, warm and relaxed, somewhere I not only was happy to be but also never wanted to leave. The story flowed through me, never needing any effort on my part to read, rather it soaked into my very being.

I adored both Dustan and Cherise, they felt so normal and believable, not to mention they had a chemistry that was electric. In many ways this felt very much like Ms Stone’s Owned & Protected series, though without the Pet Play and BDSM. There is a definite air of domination by Dustan, though Cherise, despite starting out as an introvert, is very much NOT the submissive. The scenes following where she decided to be a Bad Girl were very hot indeed! Whilst I love my BDSM stories, this was the type of relationship and power exchange that anybody can still enjoy reading about.

The twists, turns and action in the plot held my attention throughout. There are no silly scenes that stretch the imagination – it is enough for me that Dustan is an elite assassin. We don’t need, and thankfully don’t get, ridiculous scenes where he repeatedly and single-handedly battles dozens of men. Where he receives grievous injuries but still takes down a small army. It may seem odd that I’m telling you what ISN’T in the book, but I’m hoping to convey how much this story line worked.

Whilst I was very much looking forward to reading this offering in the CDM series, I also had high expectations of it. Of course this then leaves one open to disappointment – and I’m always honest when that happens, even when I normally love the author’s work. The wonderful news is that this didn’t leave me flat or scrabbling for words, trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. This book easily stands on it’s own merits and is worth reading even if you haven’t read any of the rest of the series. In fact it is written in a way that means you DON’T need to have read any of the other books.


Valor is an 18+ book ideal for fans of the author, romantic suspense and those who love well written characters and a good plot.

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ValorTBR

Blurb:

My orders were clear.
Get in, get the job done, and get the hell out.
No loose ends, no witnesses.
It’s what I do. And I don’t fail.

Until now.

She shouldn’t have been there.
And now I have a new job.
Find and deal with Cherise Styles.


Buy Links (Kindle Unlimited)
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AU: https://amzn.to/2MGzQUE
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Author Bio
USA Today Bestselling Author Measha Stone is a lover of all things erotic and fun who writes kinky romantic suspense and dark romance novels. She won the 2018 Golden Flogger award in two categories, Best Advanced BDSM and Best Anthology. She’s hit #1 on Amazon in multiple categories in the U.S. and the U.K. When she’s not typing away on her computer, she can be found nestled up with a cup of tea and her kindle.

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OBEDIENTLY EVER AFTER by Measha Stone

A hot, fun and spicy little read – 3.5 stars

Obediently Ever After was originally a story exclusive to Ms Stone’s email list. So if you think you’ve read some of this before, that will be where you found it. However it’s not available in one complete novella and, as such, is now much easier to read.

Angelica and Damien are an interesting couple who meet on ‘Angels’ first evening working at the Annex. A series of half-truths, evasions and out-right lies leads to Angelica getting a punishment spanking. When we find out who she truly is and why she is at the Annex the plot moves at a rapid pace. 

There is a good balance of scene setting, relationship building, kinky times and character interaction. I have to be honest and say that this was just far too insta-love for my tastes. Many readers love that trope, and this will be a perfect read for them, but I need to see my characters fall in love a little more slowly. 

With a pretty busy plot packed into a fairly short read, I did feel the main characters lacked a little depth. This was particularly true for Damien, for me he was just a little flat. However that’s par for the course in shorter reads, you can’t have lots of story AND lots of character depth. It’s also why I avoid the majority of shorter books, however I love Ms Stones work as well as the Annex series, so reading this was a no-brainer.

If you want a ‘sweet’ (as in low angst) but steamy read, with a dash of domestic-discipline, well written and with a good story line then I very much recommend this.

Purchase Links

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RMJF8D5
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07RMJF8D5/

Blurb

A visit to the Annex was meant to be a night of fun. Something to relax me. Maybe I’d find a girl, maybe I wouldn’t. I had very little expectations.

Until Angelica walked into the room looking like she stepped out of a 1952’s Home and Garden Magazine. It wasn’t just the sexy domestic style that caught my eye, it was more. I was drawn to her. 

One night. A little fun. A little role play. But it wasn’t enough. I don’t think I could ever get enough of her. 

But my pretty girl lied. She hides something from me, and I won’t accept that. She’ll learn. And when it’s all over. When I’ve saved her from the demons chasing her, I’ll truly make her mine. 

And she’ll live obediently ever after.

RED – Measha Stone

5 stars – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Oh Measha Stone, you have written one heck of an anti-hero in our deliciously conflicted Erik. He is the epitome of a good man doing bad things for (in his mind at least) good reasons. And whilst Melinda might not necessarily like being owned property, he does plan on offering her choices, allowing her to make the best of a bad deal. Melinda is one fiery, fury-filled female and she isn’t afraid to tell Erik no. In fact the red-haired beauty can’t seem to help but challenge him at every turn.

As with the rest of the Ever After series, this is very loosely based on a fairy-tale. The colour of Melinda’s hair is a big clue to which one, add in Erik’s wolf medallion and her Grams to the mix and you have most of the cast of Little Red Riding Hood. Though in this one the wolf wants to eat Red in an entirely different way!


I’m also going to throw in a trigger warning that this book contains spanking, BDSM type play and a CONSENSUAL power exchange, though some may view it as more dubious consent in nature. If this type of content bothers you please don’t read it and then leave a low review – not when you knew in advance.


I adored Erik, loved him, and he is now my favourite of the Ever After Doms. This author doesn’t do vanilla heroes, and whilst I wouldn’t classify this as a BDSM romance it does have themes of Domination and submission, along with some kinky play. Alpha to the point of aggression, though only ever in protection of Melinda.

Despite how their relationship began, the fact that Erik is very much in control and how he refers to her as ‘mine‘ – (*shiver*, I can hear him saying that even now!) – , she never felt like a mere possession. Rather Melinda was a rare and precious creature that would be protected and cherished until his last breathe.

Similarly Melinda is equally likeable, a woman tossed into an impossible situation, clinging to what little control and pride she has left. This girl has been handed a pretty rough hand by life so refuses to get scared, instead she gets angry. I loved her feisty personality, her stick-out-your-chin and fake-it-til-you-make-it attitude. Some might feel she is a little bratty, me I saw a woman standing her ground and refusing to give up.


I spent the first half of the book wanting to shake Erik, he seemed to think he was doing Melinda some huge favour and she should be grateful to him. At the end of the day, as a couple of different characters pointed out, he didn’t have to collect the three debts. Not when those ‘debts’ were repaid in the form of three blameless young women.

Melinda is the last to be collected, and once Erik has sold her, or found another way to pay off the debt against her name, he and his brothers will get their inheritance. No-one seems to care that the debt isn’t truly Melinda’s, but until those accounts are settled Erik is bound by the terms of his evil uncle’s last will and testament.

This callous disregard for right and wrong, that he tries to make better by ‘giving them a choice’, made him the sort of anti-hero that you love to hate, hate to love and are desperate to see brought to his knees by the heroine. I’m not sure when I went from disliking Erik to loving him, or how it happened either. But it did.

What truly made this into a 5 star read was that it wasn’t just the anti-hero claiming the heroine. Instead we are treated to a fantastic suspense, with lots of mystery, intrigue, shocks and despair. There is so much I’d love to tell you about this part of the story, but then I’d be spoiling things for you. However let me just say that I spend a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon reading this book (even though I had an arc book I should have been finishing).

Blurb

Collect the girl. Speak some vows. Inherit the fortune. Nowhere in the requirements did it say anything about falling in love.

Melinda thinks she’s just coming to grandma’s for dinner, but she’s wrong. She’s wrong about a lot of things. None of which is my business. 

The only business I have is to settle the open accounts on my uncle’s books, so I can collect my inheritance and move on with my life. Collecting Melinda in order to cross off her grandfather’s debt wasn’t hard, but she’s not exactly marching gracefully up to the auction block for me. 

I’m not the monster here. 

I’m not the one who sold her to my uncle, I’m just the collector. My hands are as bound as hers thanks to the whims of our families. But with her red hair, and fiery spirit, Melinda’s giving me more trouble than I anticipated. 

Good thing, I don’t run from trouble.


Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QLJNN38/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QLJNN38/

DADDY EVER AFTER

A novella by Measha Stone




A hot ‘little’ read – 4 stars

***Note*** This story first appeared in the Daddy’s Demands anthology, it’s been tidied up and, since the original book is no longer available, released separately.


Daddy Ever After is set in the Annex, that appears in both Beast and Tower. This can very much be read as a stand-alone story, though the other books are well worth reading too!

It has a very sweet feel to it, being fairly low on angst, but has plenty of heat too. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Daddy Dom book if there wasn’t some spanking, so if that offends this isn’t the book for you.

Jaelynn was very naive and on a path to her own destruction, thank goodness she had the amazing Hunter to warm her bottom and set her on the right path. This couple were just amazing together and I fell in love with both them and their story.

Since this is a fairly quick read, and I don’t want to give any of the plot away, I won’t talk about what happens. Instead I’ll just say that, whilst on paper I might have passed over this story as insta-love and a naive heroine aren’t always my thing, the wonderful writing and believable connection totally hooked me into it.

Highly recommended to all DD/lg fans, as well as anyone looking for a hot, quick and very feel good read.


It was only supposed to be a weekend contract. But Daddy had other plans. 

Weekend play dates are my stress release. Contract a girl, have some fun, get back to business. But Jaelynn isn’t like my other girls. There’s more to her; more substance, and a sensuality I can’t just ignore. She’s also a naughty girl, but I have no trouble bending her over my knee, or to my will.

She thinks she’s holding all the cards this weekend, but by the end, she’ll know who her Daddy Ever After really is.




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.