// REVIEW \\ Sin & Lightning

Sin & Lightning
(Demigod of San Francisco #5)
by K.F. Breene

This left me on such a high that I can’t wait to start the next book – though I’m equally gutted that it’s the last one in the series. I’m not sure if I’m ready to let Lexi, Kieran, Bria, the Six, Daisy and Mordecai go just yet. I was captivated from the first line to the last, sneaking reads in any spare moment I had and reading late into the night to finish it. Of course I instantly regretted not taking my time to savour each moment, regretted not stretching the reading experience out as long as possible. I could live in this world, would live in this world given half a chance.

“Just wait until you consent to taking those cats around with you.” Harding murmured, finally looking away. “You’ll take strange to a whole new level. Death on a pale horse is for losers – give me a cat lady in her pajamas any day. You can ride next to Poseidon’s Demigod on his goldfish steed.”

The complexities of the plot and the sudden twists held me spellbound, every single reveal was totally plausible but I never found myself guessing them because is a master of misdirection, having me look in totally the wrong direction. Lexi’s realisation regarding the “shadow man” at the end was a real shocker, as was the unexpected pronouncement/promise by Magnus. Every mention of Jack still breaks my heart a little and I’m still holding out for some kind of miracle on that one.


I really felt the love between Kieran and Lexi in this one, it was shown in so many little ways. Subtle hints, small gestures, passing touches all built a picture of utter devotion. My favourite scenes were always those that included Daisy and Mordecai, the latter was a little sidelined and I needed more of him, but this pair light up every scene they are in. We also get to meet some great new characters and some heinous villains, all of whom add depth and richness to the story.

“Stop talking or no more phone,” I said through clenched teeth.
“I’m already on phone restriction.”
“Then no more allowance. No more money. Or nice things.”
“Just tell her you’ll pick out her clothes for a week – that’ll shut her up,” Mordecai said.
Dylan looked slightly bewildered. We could derail anyone.

Fast paced, exciting and jam packed with a tumultuous range of emotions I don’t think this book could have been any better.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Urban Fantasy

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49291451-sin-lightning

One thing has become incredibly clear to Alexis and Kieran, if they hope to last in the arena of Demigods, they’ll need a more robust defense team.
They must take two incredibly dangerous journeys, seeking the prized talents other Demigods would kill for. Except, there is a reason other Demigods don’t have these magical workers–they are as ruthless as they are dangerous, and the last thing they want is to be on a Demigod’s team.
If that isn’t enough, Alexis has received an invitation from Demigod Lydia, the only Hades Demigod who hasn’t openly declared war. She’s talking like they could be allies, but those of Hades cannot be trusted. A trap is just as likely as a handshake. Still, it’s a chance they must take.

Any one of these trips could be their last, but to back down would be the most dangerous of all.

// REVIEW \\ Sin & Spirit

Sin & Spirit
(Demigod of San Francisco #4)
by K.F. Breene

Sometimes you just don’t know whether you want to hug an author or punch them!


I’ve just re-read this, in preparation for reading books #5 and 6. I have to say that everything I wrote in my last review is totally true still. The only thing I could clearly recall was the “consequences” of Jack’s actions during the big fight scene. And it still gutted me even though I was totally prepared for the heartbreak. An amazing book and an even more amazing series.


Original Review –
Not only does K.F. Breene crow bar a humongous amount of plot, funnies, smexy time, action and adventure into this book, she also throws a huge side serving of heart break into it too. It’s one of those books that you shouldn’t start reading just before bedtime, because there is NO WAY you will be able to put it down after only reading a few chapters. No sir-ee, once started this book will sink it’s claws into you so deeply that you won’t want to put it back down until you have read and savoured every single word.


Kieran, Alexis, Daisy, Mordecai and all the other amazing characters that inhabit this world, both real and spirit based are all absolutely amazing. There are so many different people and each one has their own distinct and unique voice in the book. Some are likeable, others immensely loveable, whilst a handful are vile and despicable beings but they all have depth and personality by the bucket full.


I never know where the story will take me, I never even begin to suspect what surprised are in store and what curve balls will be thrown in my direction. I do know that I will love every moment of it, even when I hate what is happening, even when my emotions are being stomped on, because the writing is so fantastic and the story so amazing that I can’t help myself.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Urban FAntasy

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48570608-sin-spirit

Kieran has stepped up to take his place as the ruler of magical San Francisco. As his girlfriend, that unfortunately means I’m under the magnifying glass. Everything I do is noticed, from how I act to how I style my hair. Most notably, of course, is how little I know about my magic.
The Hades Demigods want me on their team, and they don’t plan to ask nicely. Kieran and I are both under fire. They will kill him to get to me, and they’ll take me by force if necessary. It is essential I learn more of my magic.
With no other options, I do what scares me the most – I summon the last Spirit Walker to help train me. Except, he’s a loose cannon with looser morals and learning spirit is treacherous. I might evade the Demigods only to be lost in spirit forever.

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// REVIEW \\ The Dom With A Safeword

The Dom with a Safeword
(Badass Brats #1)
by Cari Silverwood, Sorcha Black and Leia Shaw

Oh my, I’m not crying it’s just a bit of dust in my eye.

She bit her lip hard all the way there, trying not to cry before she was somewhere safe. With a gasp, she rushed into the room. It was empty. A flood of tears erupted, her hands unable to hold them back. Her heart fractured, grinding down into dust. She locked a stall door behind her. The sobs were too loud and she tried to quiet herself – she didn’t want to be the girl that made scenes in public restrooms. It’s okay, it’s okay, she kept telling herself, frantic to calm down before they came looking for her.

The very title hints to the quirky humour in this wonderful, BDSM-themed romance. The book focused more on the emotional and mental aspects of kink, with fairly “gentle” play in most of the sex scenes. Personally I would have liked a few more scenes of them just “being” in one another’s presence, a chance to see the relationship build and their emotions develop. Some of this was done “off page”, and it very occasionally left me playing catch-up on being convinced of the depth of their feelings. However I can’t complain about how the characters were shaped and developed through the story. I’d rather have that personal growth, which is why this still hit 5 stars.


For me, the biggest strength of this book was the realistic feel to the relationship, regardless of it being an MFf one. Something that often leaves me dissatisfied with BDSM romances is how the D/s relationship seems to be the only connection the couple have, or at least the feel that it is more important than the romantic one. The dynamic between Jude, Q and Sabrina always felt natural, always felt real and always felt believable. Each character was distinct, strong, consistent and I loved them all, imperfections included.

She’d always adored the hint of humor in his eyes, and his mouth that turned into a grin at unexpected moments. It made him a man and not just her Dom.

I really appreciated how Jude allowed the girls to be themselves, how these three were a romantic triad as much as a kink one. That being together was the priority, not protocol and calling Jude “Sir”. It felt much more like a sustainable relationship than those found in books by more popular and well-known “BDSM authors”. This was a relationship where there was no attempt to change or alter the sub to fit the Dom(me)’s desires, where the Dom didn’t claim to know the sub(s) better than they knew themselves. (I HATE that trope!!!!!!!) This ticked boxes for me I didn’t even know I had. I have to admit to having previously steered away from ff, but the scenes in this one were incredibly hot.

Q put her hands around Sabrina’s shoulders and tugged her closer. “Thank you for trying to distract Nico.” She lowered her head and kissed Sabrina. Not hard and sexual, just the kiss of a woman appreciating the one who held her heart. As quietly as the sun rising at dawn, he felt peace drift down on them. Magic.

One thing I really do have to mention is how seamlessly the author’s writing and voices blended together. I discovered partway through reading this that each wrote one character, though I still swear blind Cari Silverwood encouraged all the brattiness! I’m pretty certain Q and Sabrina personalities are very much based on the three authors themselves. The story is unlike the majority of books you could read by Ms’ Silverwood and Black. It’s very consensual and contemporary, with quite a gentle feel. That said, it’s full of the snarky humour and great writing that I’ve come to expect from this pair.


We got to see the individual dynamics of the pairs within this triad, and I loved how it never felt as though the third person were being left out. Their presence was felt emotionally and mentally even when they physically could not be present. I bought the box set, so I shall soon be jumping into the follow-up book, and will be interested in seeing how the authors deal with issue of prejudice and family expectations.

When they went out to eat, she could predict what the others would order, they picked off of each other’s plates, and there were so many inside jokes it was like they had their own language. It made her feel important, valued, loved.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic Menage Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16054193-the-dom-with-a-safeword

Late at night, on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blonde Jude. The embers of attraction between them sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own.
Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a bad-ass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.

Domming the bratty Q and mischievous Sabrina isn’t going to be easy but Jude relishes the challenge. At the end of the summer, will they find a way to stay together when everything is tearing them apart? 

// Review \\ Deadly Dreams, K.J. Sutton

Deadly Dreams
(Fortuna Sworn #3)
by K.J. Sutton

After having stalled two-thirds of the way through, because it felt as though we really weren’t making any headway on the story, I eventually picked this back up and finished reading it. Virtually from the very page I’d left this the plot picked up and I was recaptured by this great series. So much so that I read into the early hours to finish this! Had the entire book been at this level it would have surpassed 5 stars, if more of the book had been at this level I would never have come close to DNF’ing it. I do need to thank Julie of One Book More blog, as she encouraged me to finish this and was 100% correct about that ending!


This is a long book a fair amount of which could (and maybe should) have been edited out, with no real impact on the story. There was a whole sub-plot involving Gwen and the Wild Hunt that was far too long winded for very little forward movement. Given the amount of words devoted to this, it should have driven the plot forward much more significantly. It does leave me wondering if the series should have been planned for 4 or 5 books rather than 6.


On a positive, we saw Fortuna undergo a great deal of personal growth. There were still some rash decisions, but we saw a lot more forethought, more questioning rather than simply believing, more self-awareness. Despite it being heartbreaking to read, I loved how the author handled the trauma that both Fortuna and Collith had endured. There were some beautiful moments between various characters, some incredibly tender scenes, some moving scenes, some terrifying scenes and some confuzzling ones that will no doubt become clear in future books.


I was awestruck by how a throwaway sentence in book #1, by a nameless character, suddenly held great significance. This is a complex story, one where you start unravelling a thread and suddenly have a whole layer seemingly revealed, only for another thread to add a different spin to the story. Relationships and allegiances, that in hindsight had been obvious, were revealed like a slap to the face. Hints, clues, breadcrumbs and red herrings are scattered throughout and you could drive yourself insane trying to follow and unpick them all.


The book spent far to long drifting in aimless circles with little advancement of the plot. So whilst this was not quite as good as the previous two based on the last third I WILL continue the series. I’m fairly certain, at some point, that we will discover that “Laurie” at the end isn’t Laurie, but rather is his more evil and conniving brother. I could be wrong though.


Sadly this also suffered from that very annoying trope of “let’s avoid that simple conversation that would avoid lots of angst, suffering and misconceptions”. There were too many interrupted conversations that remained unfinished, despite the opportunity to complete them. And despite the information being really important. In addition I felt there was too much needless keeping of secrets, which smacks of lazy/lacklustre writing.


This review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show… by Miriam perfectly sums up my exact thoughts and feelings around this book. Perhaps I’d been too eager for this book, had built up such great expectations that I was bound to be somewhat disappointed. However this series here, The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta, is an example of where each book has it’s own story arc, but also drives the overarching storyline too.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre – Urban Fantasy

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49419243-deadly-dreams

I pushed myself up and stumbled away. But the memory followed me like a bad feeling. It found its way through the shabby mental wall I’d erected. Within seconds, it filled my skull again.
Fortuna has made one too many sacrifices to protect the ones she loves. She no longer knows how to go about her day-to-day life like she’s normal. Like she’s not utterly destroyed. Just a glimpse of Ian O’Connell’s face causes panic attacks, and Collith isn’t much help, considering he’s fighting demons of his own.
Amongst so much inner turmoil, Fortuna’s abilities are still changing. However weak she feels, she knows she’s getting stronger. Fortuna does her best to hide it from other Fallen, because in the world of monsters, strength will get you killed. Well, that and unpredictable panic attacks. Unfortunately for Fortuna, it’s when you’re most vulnerable that enemies—new and old—like to come out of the woodwork…

TRIGGER WARNING: This novel contains scenes or themes of PTSD, rape, sex, violence, and gore.

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// REVIEW \\ Beauty and the Alpha by Liliana Carlisle

Beauty and the Alpha
by Liliana Carlisle

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The author cleverly wove the classic fairy tale together with an omegaverse setting and blended the two together really well. I’ve not read the original fairy tale, so I don’t know how dark that one goes, but this is very much on the lighter end of the spectrum, albeit the one that still has plenty of steamy sex included!


It did feel a little light on the omegaverse side of things in terms of instinct, dynamics and hierarchy. Personally I would have liked a little more focus on her nesting, the knotting, how the A/B/O dynamic is viewed within the world, but then it possibly would have lost that wonderful fairy tale feel.


It balances on the edge of novel and novella, in terms of length, which limited how much world building the author could achieve. However she did finely craft two rich and detailed main characters who drew me into the story and made the reading experience very enjoyable. It’s not a book that will drag your emotions through the wringer, but sometimes we want a pleasant read, a warm hug of comfort and joy, and this is just the book for getting that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- PNR/Omegaverse
Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MXS8F38/

I sold my soul to the devil.
I traded my life for my father’s freedom.
Now I’m the Alpha’s prisoner, and he only wants one thing from me…
To be his mate.
But there’s more to me than meets the eye—I’ll never be the perfect Omega he expects me to be.
He’ll always be a monster in my eyes.
And if he thinks I can save him…
He couldn’t be more wrong.

Beauty and the Alpha is a non-shifter Omegaverse fairytale. It is a standalone novella with dark themes and a HEA! 

// REVIEW \\ Yield by Cari Silverwood

Yield
(Pierced Hearts #5)
by Cari Silverwood

On the coffee table beside the sofa, there were stacks of books. Greedily I perused the spines, reading the titles.
“Pick one.”
My heart thumped harder. How silly, to get excited over a book or two, something that should be my right. How pitiful that I was reduced to this.

I’m starting at the end with this review because there are two possible endings to chose from. Both of them were equally wonderful and totally soul destroying. I need a third choice where everything comes up roses, rainbows and prancing unicorns rather than leave me torn between ecstatic and devastated. So I’m stomping my foot at you Cari and demanding you rewrite the book the way I want it, not how you want it. Not really, lol.

“Thank you. I love you when you’re honest. It pleases me. I want you to suck on my fingers whilst I make you come.”
Love. The word fell past me. He dared say that?

I know the author often describes Moghul as the most evil (baddest?) of her anti-heroes, but in some ways I felt Pieter pipped him at the post. Moghul was adept at staying one step removed from the truly bad and depraved stuff. I suppose that I might have had a very different view if he had been more actively involved in the sex slave business during the book, if we had seen him actively trading in innocent girls.

I’d lost my taste for ordering or performing homicide. Guess I’d never had one. With business… I’d just disconnected from what I’d told someone to do. It had been like firing an employee, necessary, nasty, but someone had to make the decisions.

Despite being a sadist with a willingness to ignore the law and any morals, Moghul generally treated Wren with the utmost care. He never really let himself go, didn’t seem to give in to his darkest most base desires, and made sure never to push Wren over her limit. His desire to keep Wren wasn’t normal, or acceptable, in fact it was more than a little sociopathic. However bound up in that very wrong action was a strong desire, a compulsion, to demand her submission but in a way that made Wren happy and content.


For a long time Wren was anything BUT this, and whilst I loved her refusal to give in, to “lose” herself, it did leave me wondering just how the story would evolve. I adored Wren with Glass, but then I also loved her with Moghul, and whilst Glass was a good man willing to do a few bad things, the bad man willing to do good things was infinitely more attractive.

Yield felt as though it delved into the minds of it’s characters a lot more, the focus was on Wren and Glass and Wren and Moghul. I loved Wren’s internal monologues, her soul searching, her pep talks and her justifications. She totally and utterly made this book for me, particularly since she was both innocent and yet complicit at the same time. Without a shadow of a doubt this is my favourite of the Pierced Hearts books.

I could be annoyed with Ms Silverwood because she offered two perfectly amazing endings but neither gave me quite what I wanted (because I’m totally selfish and wanted it all). I loved the dark ending, with the exception of what happened by the pool, just as I loved the other ending with the exception of Chris’s choice. Deciding on my preferred ending is definitely Hobson’s choice because I loved Glass and craved Moghul.

… this book had helped me to see that if I looked beyond the avalanche of his arrogance and sadism and immorality, there had existed a man who had something worthwhile to him.
I couldn’t sum up those qualities, or him, easily, couldn’t put them in a neat box and declare 
there it is, but there was something good beneath the monster.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark Erotic Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24884308-yield

The final book in the Pierced Hearts series. This can be read as a standalone book.
Wren, the rich girl with a tainted past, is on a crusade to track down her father’s murderer only to find not one, but two, bad men.
Moghul is a sadistic businessman, with a finger in every kinky enterprise he can get his hands on and a jaded view on life. When his eye turns to Wren, he realizes how dull life has been. He hasn’t tried everything after all. When they can’t say no, things might be more…interesting.
Glass is the dominating ex-SAS soldier. Each man is determined to keep Wren for himself using methods that may be illegal, immoral, or likely to make somebody feel the pain for a long, long time. If you lie down with bad men, be prepared to get up on your knees.

The ending will be the reader’s decision. Give Wren to the dark or to the light, then read the other ending if you wish to.
Mindf**ks included free. This is a dark kinky story and some readers may find it disturbing.

// REVIEW \\ The Explorer by Elin Peer

The Explorer
(Men Of The North #12)
by Elin Peer

Whilst The Explorer is a beautiful, heartwarming tale of love, it is also so much more. There is adventure, political intrigue, cultural exchange and lots of foreshadowing of exciting events that will unfold in future books.


However back to the main event, which is Aubri and Indiana’s story. Once Aubri got over her crushing self-doubt, their path to love was fairly smooth and uneventful. The same cannot be said of the rest of their life, which is where a lot of the interest and excitement is found in this book. And a welcome change it was, as a longer series like this could otherwise become repetitive. That said I still very much enjoyed the romance aspect, which was a well written and totally believable friends-to-lovers tale.


I was quite surprised when I got to the end of this for two reasons. Firstly it had flown and secondly, whilst the love aspect of their story was complete I felt that Aubri, at least, had more to tell us. I’m guessing (hoping?) that we will see her challenge the oppression she experienced in future books. There also felt like there were a few loose ends, but again I believe that these will be dealt with in Banni and Freya’s stories. I can’t wait to see how these play out, and will definitely be waiting with baited breath for the next book!


Elin Peer is a master of writing about personal growth and how humans interact with one another. Through her finely crafted future Earth, and it’s three very different cultures, she opens our eyes to injustices within our societies and our own preconceptions/bias. As an outsider it’s easy to see how each culture has some wonderful traits, but also plenty of quirks, prejudices and intolerances. It can also be a bit of a jab on one’s conscience to try and be more tolerant and accepting, which really gives the story so much extra depth. Roll on the next book as I already want and need more! 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre- Dystopian SFR
Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08N3J2Z16/

Flirting with danger is Aubri’s idea of fun.
Ever since we were children, I’ve known Aubri wasn’t like other females. She’s the daughter of Magni and Laura Aurelius, who raised her to be a fearless warrior.
Men are blinded by Aubri’s beauty, charm, and social status. Yet, at twenty-seven, no one has succeeded in making her his wife. Starving for adventure, she volunteered for the dangerous work as an Explorer in Old Europe. It’s crazy and the mortality rate alone should’ve made her think twice. But that’s the trouble with my friend; she thinks she’s immortal. My hardest job right now is protecting her from herself.
Indiana’s and Aubri’s life-long friendship is put to the test as they find themselves settling into a new life far from home. Her unpredictable and impulsive behavior drives him mad. Without the watchful eyes of her family, Aubri finally feels free to test, try, and discover.
Influenced by the Europeans’ relaxed relationship with sex, Aubri develops a fascination that puts Indiana in a difficult bind. Will he break his promise to Aubri’s father and let her explore while she can? Or will he do what no one has managed to do before: make her see reason?

// REVIEW \\ Revolutionary

Revolutionary
(Clandestine Magic, #3)
by Colleen Cowley

I read this both trying to savour every moment of this final book, whilst also being absolutely desperate to find out what happens next. I wanted to complete the story yet at the same time never finish it, because this story of Beatrice, Peter, Rosemary, Lydia, Martinelli et al has rapidly become one of my favourite series’ ever.


There was just so much that happened in this final instalment, with twist upon shock upon surprise. Not once did the pace drop, this held my attention with a firm grip and a depth of emotion that had me laughing, crying and raging in equal measure. The story had me on the figurative edge of my seat, unable to get even close to guessing what would happen next.


Colleen Cowley surpassed all my expectations with Revolutionary, it had action, it had adventure, it had love and it had battles of good verses evil on an epic scale. She created a tale that was the very essence of magical, both in storyline and in its ability to transport the reader into another world.


The only bad thing about this book is that it had to end. Despite the inequalities of the world, I’d love to actually spend time with Bee, Peter, their family and friends. I do hope the author has more stories in the pipeline and I don’t have to wait too long for her next book.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Alternative History/ Paranormal

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55522131-revolutionary

In this final book of the Clandestine Magic trilogy, Beatrix Harper is poised to help her sister accomplish an audacious goal. They’re on the brink of winning back a key right for typics that wizards took away—and maybe, just maybe, getting women more rights in the bargain.
But first she has to rescue Peter Blackwell, trapped in a dark-magic coma. And figure out what a former friend is plotting after nearly killing Peter and disappearing. And stay one step ahead of the vice president’s men.
What her enemies have planned is worse than she realizes. Far worse.

Praise for Subversive, Clandestine Magic #1:

“A spectacular story of magic, politics, social classes, and the uncompromising need to do what you think is right.” — Bookshelf Adventures


“I read this book in a day. I could NOT put it down.” — My Heart is Booked Blog


“What a captivating story! … Readers who enjoy fantasy stories with strong female protagonists, magical powers, intriguing political plots, and a great love story will love Subversive.” — One Book More

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// REVIEW \\ … TEMP/sub Books 1 & 2

Forbidden Fantasies
(TEMP/sub #1)
by Lauren E. Rico

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I thought I had grown bored with captive romances, Forbidden Fantasies proved me wrong.

TL:DR – I loved this book, highly recommend it and am already reading book 2!

Every now and then I can’t resist the offer of an arc book from a totally new-to-me author. Forbidden Fantasies was one such book, in fact the author kindly sent me the first two books. Which only ratched my stress levels up because ‘What if I didn’t like the first book? Would I have to force myself to read both? How would I kindly let the author know I didn’t enjoy her work? Well I need not have pondered on any of those questions because once I got into the book, I got really into it and read it virtually in one sitting.

And if you’re wondering if the rating is because this was an arc read – so were these
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At times it was almost easy to forget that this was a dark read, because in many ways Alison is treated quite well, and kept in the lap of luxury. However just as I would feel comfortable with the situation, the author would throw in a little twist, or a little reminder that all of this was taking place without Alison’s consent. Well, her being on the island and “owned” by her Master is without her consent, other aspects she does seem to agree to, though given the circumstances you are constantly aware of it being dub-con rather than full consent. You also get a feel of Stockholm Syndrome at times.

I did feel as though Alison would, should?, have been more worried about her company (I did!), since she was so very hands on in the running of it. However given how much she IS having to deal with, it’s not totally unbelievable that she just didn’t have the mental strength to add that to her list of woes and worries. I did also question why such a high profile, rich and powerful woman would be targeted, though her lack of close friends and family could mean that no-one would really cause a ruckus for her to be found. Yes, the author didn’t overtly explain away my questions but the world she created did allow me to find my own reasons.

For such an erotic read, there were surprisingly few sex scenes. Part of what made this such a compelling, and unusual, read was that they mainly focused on Alison’s pleasure and sexual fulfillment, which certainly led to a very hot story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656321-forbidden-fantasies

Alison Armitage has more responsibility than God. At least, that’s what it feels like some days as she manages her multi-billion-dollar business. She’d give just about anything to NOT be in charge. Just for a little while. Just behind the closed doors of her incredibly expensive and incredibly lonely apartment.
​One night after one too many cocktails, she stumbles upon a chat room for people like her—dominant in their everyday lives, looking to be dominated. Just a little bit. Titillated, she explores further and soon finds herself with a very exclusive invitation to participate in a very unique ‘experiential’ resort. A place where people can come to live out their fantasies in an immersive environment, for a short term period. Where all guests have been carefully vetted and all “play” is consensual—and closely monitored for safety.
Too late, Alison discovers that the sexy world of her fantasies is a long way from the reality she now faces. And the only thing keeping her on the right side of safety and sanity is the dark and brooding man she’s been made to call “Master.”
The problem is, she’s not so sure which side is the “right” side anymore. 

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Darkest Desires
(TEMP/sub #2)
by Lauren E. Rico

Book #2 had me just as captivated, if not more so, than Book #1 did!

Darkest Desires
 picks up straight from where book #1 left us and I was immediately caught up in the intensity and tension of the story. I found myself so confused with how to feel because Alison was clearly suffering from a massive dose of Stockholm Syndrome but was also the most content and happiest she had been in her entire life. Kudos to the author for her excellent mind-fritzing, because part of me wanted to be angry at what was being done to Alison, part of me was enjoying the delicious eroticism of it all and part of my wanted her to find her HEA with her mysterious “Master”.

There was some great foreshadowing, along with a good deal of misdirection and throwing in of red herrings! I constantly found myself not being sure who to trust, and totally didn’t expect some of those retrospective reveals. I “knew” what was going to happen with Marty, then I didn’t, then I did, then I gave up trying to guess because ALL my guesses were so very wrong!

I adored seeing Alison and Master’s relationship grow and develop, it was clearly not something either of them expected to happen. Their connection, their love was so incredibly easy to believe in and I totally bought into their relationship. In book 1 we saw Alison discover (rediscover?) her submissive side, in this I felt that we actually got to know the real person and that felt totally down to the confidence she gained from her Master’s loving approval. Though we also saw the strong and determined woman that runs a massive corporation and she was pretty kick-ass. Normally I prefer dual POV in a romance but the author managed to convince me of HIS feelings just as easily as she did with Alison’s.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre- Dark Erotic Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55656341-darkest-desires

Alison Armitage is a powerful woman at the top of her field. But just once, she’d like to give up control to someone else…control of her decisions, her body, her life. It was only a fantasy…until it wasn’t. Until the day she was abducted and brought to a remote island where she was trained to serve a man known to her only as Master. A man who promised to cherish her and keep her safe. A man who considered her to be his personal property.
What she never anticipated was developing feelings for the stranger with the dark, stormy eyes and commanding tone. Nor did she expect that his touch would ignite her body with a passion she thought only existed in movies and romance novels. Now, with each passing day, she falls harder and deeper for him and for this lifestyle as she finds a freedom and contentment she never imagined possible.
But no sooner has she come to terms with her new role and her new life than her world is up-ended once more, leaving her bereft, heartbroken and furious. This time, it’s Alison who has the upper hand and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants…as soon as she figures out what exactly that is. And until she can untangle fantasy from reality, she is destined to be a slave to both.

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// REVIEW \\ Mister Baby Daddy

Mister Baby Daddy
(Bad Boys In Love #3)
by Cassie-Ann L. Miller

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Hence forth this shall be know as “The book which pulled me out of a reading slump.”

I seem to have spent the few weeks struggling to stick with a book, and even when I have it hasn’t touched my heart and soul in the way that a great book did. Mister Baby Daddy took that poor reading streak, stomped all over it and tore it into tiny pieces with it’s great writing, amazing characters and emotional depth. Even though there is nothing particularly ground breaking or new within the plot, the quality of writing, the sheer amount of feels this book gave me, along with how much I found myself caring for both Walker and Penny, made it a wonderful read.

Whilst I wouldn’t class this as a rom-com, the author does thread humour throughout the story. She balances some very sad and difficult situations with moments of levity and fun. And did I mention just how great Penny and Walker are? It would be easy to become frustrated with the pair, but I couldn’t because the author created two very “real” people who I simply fell in love with.

It was great to catch glimpses of previous couples, and we got to know just a little bit more about Jessa, our next heroine. Based on this series so far I am really, really, REALLY looking forward to reading her and Eli’s story.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre- Friends-to-Lovers Contemporary Romance

Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53571712-mister-baby-daddy

All my life, I’ve been in love with my best friend. All my life I’ve waited for him to notice.
I’m done waiting. I’m moving on with my life…I’m having a baby.

really need to get over Walker Kingston.
My lifelong infatuation with my best friend is sort of embarrassing. The tall, broody hunk of farmer has always been my fierce protector, my constant hero, my knight in flanneled armor. But to him, I’ve never been more than a friend, the girl he saves from trouble in the middle of the night.
This whole damsel-in-distress thing is getting kind of old. I’m tired of being a burden on Walker. I’m ready to stand on my own feet.
I may never win his love but I’m ready to focus on the other things I want in my life. And what I want most? A baby.
I’ve practically got one foot inside the sperm bank when the overprotective farmer intercepts my plan. Now he says he will father my child.
Nope. Nuh-uh. Absolutely not.
I’m trying to get over the guy. So letting him be my baby daddy is low-key dysfunctional. But Walker insists it won’t affect our friendship. Plus, he has all these amazing qualities that make his offer super hard to resist. He’s strong and charming and fine as hell. And he’s the only person I really trust.
Okay. Fine. Grab the specimen cup. Off to the fertility clinic we go.
Except nothing ever goes to plan.
Now I need rescuing–again. And Walker has made it his mission to take care of my every need–again. And when the ever-grumpy cowboy introduces me to his soft, nurturing side, I’m a goner.
Well, damn. How the hell am I supposed to get over the man now?

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