Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10!

I’m joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl and her meme, Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a very Happy 10th Birthday to this meme, so the floor is open for the choice of topic.

I was considering using the very first prompt ever, but my childhood was a loooong time ago, and I’m not sure I could remember all of my favourite books, so have decided to pick my favourite 10 books of the year so far.

The Velvet Chair – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/06/21/review-the-velvet-chair/
Resistance – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/05/09/review-resistance/
Myth of Omega – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/04/11/book-review-myth-of-omega-books-1-3/
Missing In Action – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/
Primal Sin – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/26/review-primal-sin/
Midnight Fae Academy 1 – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/
Destroyed – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/13/destroyed-by-eva-dresden-review/
Twilight Seeker – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/02/twilight-seeker/
The Escape Artist – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/16/the-escape-artist-by-kitty-thomas/
Sin & Spirit – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/01/11/sin-spirit/

Do you have a top ten to share? Let me know and I’ll come by and comment.

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

Top 5… Books With A One Word Title

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six For Sunday


Six For Sunday… Favourite Series


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


1. Machinery of Desire by Cari Silverwood

Genre – Dark Science Fiction Romance

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

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


2. Demigods of San Francisco by KF Breene

Genre – Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy Romance

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

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


3 Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Genre – Steampunk / Science Fiction

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

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


4. The Sanctuary Series by Robert J Crane

Genre – Epic Fantasy

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

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


5. The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta

Genre – Reverse Harem Space Fantasy

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

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


6 The Thalia Series by Jennifer Bene

Genre – Dark Romantic Suspense/ BDSM Romance

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

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


Six For Sunday


Six Book Series you can’t wait to get into
or Series you’re dying to read


Six For Sunday is a meme hosted each week by A Little But A Lot. May’s theme is series, with the prompt this week being a series you are looking forward to reading or want to get into.


There are so many I could choose for this. I have The Fellowship of the RingThe Two Towers and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tokien sat unread on my bookshelves, along with Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay Trilogy. However as a HUGE advocate of indie authors, I’m going to feature some of the back lists that I have on my radar but haven’t yet succeeded in reading.


The shameful truth about my list is that I actually own many of the books mentioned, and have done for some considerable time. On a positive note I HAVE started making headway through clearing books from my “bought-it-so-read-it” list. So at least things are now moving in the right direction!


Due to their obsession with censorship, Amazon banned the individual books of Marissa Honeycut’s Life of Anna series it does, however, still sell the ‘box set’ book. They also refuse to sell the first book of Lily White’s Masters series, that book is available on Smashwords and the author’s website.


Soul Eater by Pippa DaCosta

Genre – Urban Fantasy/Mytholgy

“They call me devil, liar, thief. In whispers, they call me Soul Eater. They’re right. I’m all those things—and more.”
Kicked out of the underworld and cursed to walk this earth for all eternity, Ace Dante finds solace in helping others avoid the wrath of the gods.
But when warrior-bitch, Queen of Cats, and Ace’s ex-wife, Bastet, hires him to stop whoever is slaughtering her blessed women, Ace is caught between two of the most powerful deities to have ever existed: Isis and Osiris.
The once-revered gods aren’t dead.
They’re back.
And Ace is in their way.
Welcome to a New York where the ancient gods roam.
Dark, action-packed urban fantasy for fans of Richard Kadrey, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne and Ilona Andrews.


Soul Eater complete series reading order:
Hidden Blade, #1
Witches’ Bane, #2
See No Evil, #3
Scorpion Trap, #4
Serpent’s Game, #5
Edge of Forever, #6


Demon Days & Vampire Nights by KF Breene

Genre – PNR

Supernatural Bounty Hunter isn’t the sort of thing you see on LinkedIn. But with a rare type of magic like mine, I don’t have many options.
So dangerous or not, the job is mine. And it was going fine, until an old as sin vampire stole my mark, and with it, my pay day.
Knowing I’m poor and desperate, he has offered me a job. I’ll have to work by his side to help solve a top secret case.
Everyone knows not to trust vampires. Especially a hot elder vampire. But without any other jobs coming up, I’m stuck. As I uncover a web of lies and treachery, revealing an enemy I didn’t know existed, the truth of my identity is threatened. I might make it out alive, only to end up in a gilded cage.


The Warrior Chronicles by KF Breene

Genre – Fantasy Romance

It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.
Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.
It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey.

But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.
War is coming. The only choice becomes: Which side do you choose?


The Life of Anna by Marissa Honeycut

Genre – Dark Romance/ Erotic Horror

A dark, twisted, depraved story of hope and love.
Anna’s entire life was planned out before she was born. Her entire purpose is to serve those in control and be the perfect tool to control everyone around them. One man will seek to take her unique gifts into himself and become both the source of power and the hand that wields it.
But Anna has a vision of a man. A man whom her Master is determined to discover and destroy. A man who will change Anna’s life forever.
The Life of Anna follows the naive and innocent Anna as she enters a dark world of greed, politics, and an evil puppet master who pulls the strings to her world. And beyond.
Readers be warned, for this journey is not for the faint of heart. You are about to venture into a world of dark plots, sinister villains, and deeply erotic taboo encounters.

Are you brave enough to enter the Life of Anna?


Masters Series by Lily White

Genre – Dark Romance/ Dark Erotica

I am a Master.
You must know this fact to understand my story.
I capture women.

I break them down.
And I rebuild them.
If they are lucky, they are sold into the professional hands of another Master. If they are less fortunate, they are buried beneath the ground, never to be thought of again.
I lust for the control, I demand absolute submission and my body yearns to warp the minds of those I train.
Power is the only thing I’ll ever need and I am addicted to the feeling of ultimate control.
I am wealthy, good-looking, educated and charming.
And I am – in no way – a good man.
I do not want love.
I do not want kindness.
She thought she could change me by giving me the two things I knew I never wanted.
She was wrong.


Indebted Series by Pepper Winters

Genre – Dark Romance/ Dark Erotica

 “I own you. I have the piece of paper to prove it. It’s undeniable and unbreakable. You belong to me until you’ve paid off your debts.”  Nila Weaver’s family is indebted. Being the first born daughter, her life is forfeit to the first born son of the Hawks to pay for sins of ancestors past. The dark ages might have come and gone, but debts never leave. She has no choice in the matter.  She is no longer free. Jethro Hawk receives Nila as an inheritance present on his twenty-ninth birthday. Her life is his until she’s paid off a debt that’s centuries old. He can do what he likes with her—nothing is out of bounds—she has to obey.  There are no rules. Only payments.

REVIEW //\\ Resistance

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Resistance (The 1000 Revolution #6) by Pippa DaCosta



My body is a hollow shell where my heart and soul used to reside before it was cruelly ripped to shreds by the talented Ms Pippa DaCosta.


Resistance can NOT be read as a stand-alone story. At the very least you need to read book #5, though to be honest even that might not be enough and why would you want to deprive yourself of four other books of Caleb filled deliciousness?


There were a great many things about Caleb Shepperd I liked,
and none of them were logical.

One, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta


Oh One, when will you finally get to be free? Please don’t let it be out there amongst the stars, on your own. And Caleb, life really has dealt you a crappy hand but despite it all there is still a really good guy underneath all the tarnish and bluster. And the rest of the guys all deserve their own little slice of peace and happiness.


After my reluctant nod, Fran piloted the ungainly Starkiller to the shuttle’s coordinates with all the skill and finesse i’d expect of an ex-fleet commander, although I’d never tell her that. Her ego was already big enough for the both of us.

Caleb, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta


Beware, once you step aboard the Starkiller you are in for one heck of a bumpy ride. Up becomes down, left becomes right and enemies become, well, if not quite friends at least temporary allies. This book gave me all the feels, every single damn one, including several that were not welcome, not at all (#passmethekleenex, #uglycry).


Whilst previous work by the author may have inferred intimacy between characters, this was much less subtle in its honesty. Whilst there are no very intimately graphic scenes, we are aware that some characters may get to bump their uglies.


This kiss was nothing but a meeting of mouths and tongue, but it didn’t feel like nothing. It felt like safety, and comfort, and warmth. It felt like home.

One, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta


The ending left me spinning alone out there, amongst the stars, in the black. I’m fairly certain it’s obvious from my random mumblings that this story has left me with one HUGE book hangover, and I’m still not quite sure how I’m going to process it. 


Count the stars…


Listen… I need you to know… you saved me in all the little ways. There ain’t no power in the nine strong enough to stop me from saving you back.

Caleb, Resistance by Pippa DaCosta




This book left me senses a-reeling, heart shattered and emotions pummelled. I simply had no words, no words at all, for a while and could only express my thoughts and feelings via gifs. I’ve included that here because – hey it wasn’t easy given the fragile state of my mind at the time. So for the more visual learners amongst you here is my 0riginal review that I posted, whilst I cobbled together my broken psyche.


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We will pause here for a while, rocking quietly in our corner, possibly sucking our thumb and definitely sobbing into a handkerchief.


Yes the author did THAT author thing. I should have seen it coming, she’d dropped enough hints on her FB page but I stupidly didn’t think she would be so cruel!


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Yeah. I just can’t at the moment, but you DO need to read this and join my in my strange mix of misery and joy. I’m still not sure if I’ll ever forgive the author though.


“This shit is why you always kill the bad guy.”
Wanted dead or alive by the law and every criminal this side of the jump gates, there’s only one place Caleb and his crew can hide:
Jotunheim.
All the crap in the Nine systems washes up there.
With their rustbucket tugship Starkiller about to cough its last space-mile and credits scarce, raiding a few scrappers rigs is a last resort. Scrappers are hard bastards, but then so is Caleb.
Stealing from the bad guys should be easy, if Caleb’s crew can get their shit together. The pressure is on. Trust is a joke. And then there’s One. New and improved but just like her old self? Or not…
One says there’s a revolution brewing, and she’d know.
Synthetics move among us, their strings pulled by a mad man. The Nine Systems teeters on the edge of a war it can’t see coming, and Caleb’s crew might be all that stands in its way.
Sometimes it takes bad guys to kill bad guys, and if Caleb’s crew have learned anything together, it’s how to be bad.


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.

Six For Sunday


Books from your TBR that you predict will be 5*


Today I’m joining in with #SixForSunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot. The topic this week is to find 6 books on my TBR that I predict will be a 5 star read. Since my TBR list is currently standing at 705 books I had plenty to choose from 😂.


1. Once A Myth
(Goddess Isles #1)
by Pepper Winters


“There was a boy once. A boy who wasn’t strong enough to save me when I was taken.”

“There was a girl once. A girl called Tess Snow who sat with me in the dark waiting to be sold.”

“There was an owner once. An owner who bought me, entrapped me, and made me his unwilling goddess.”

Eleanor Grace is a naïve dreamer. Trusting and young, she believes her book-loving boyfriend can save her when her freedom is snatched and sold. Squirreled away to an island at midnight, delivered to a man even darkness won’t touch, she’s bound by a contract.

Four men.
Four fantasies.
Four pieces of her soul.

Sullivan Sinclair is the giver of fantasies. Any wish, any desire—he is the master at quenching even the filthiest appetites. His private paradise and perfectly trained goddesses are there for one purpose: to ensure every guest is extremely well satisfied.

He bought her.
He trapped her.
She belongs to him.


I’ve heard great things from my Goodreads friends about this book, great things indeed. It’s a dark romance series by a very popular indie author. I’ve not read any of her truly dark work before, though I do have the Indebted series on my ereader and I’m looking forward to reading them all.



2. Witches’ Bane
(Soul Eater #2)
by Pippa DaCosta


I didn’t earn the name Godkiller, but in three days I’ll own it.

Witches are disappearing all over New York, and Ace Dante couldn’t care less. Until one holds his friend at gunpoint, demanding Ace take the job.

The witch produces his girlfriend’s severed arm, bearing an unusual hieroglyph, and Ace starts to care a whole lot more. He recognizes that mark. It’s connected to Ace in ways he doesn’t yet understand. But why is it on a dead witch’s arm?


Missing witches and severed arms aren’t Ace’s only problems. With a new name around his neck—Godkiller—Ace has a promise to uphold. He has three days to kill the god, Thoth. Or risk Osiris’ wrath. The last time he defied Osiris, he earned a curse that crippled his life and turned him into Osiris’ puppet for eternity.

This time, Osiris won’t be as lenient. Ace must kill Thoth. An impossible task. It takes a god to kill a god, and Ace is just a washed-up mercenary. Isn’t he?

As the spells are cast and the truth is revealed, Ace realizes there’s only one way out.

He must become the monster the gods fear him to be.


The Soul Eater has a new name, and now, nobody is safe. 



Having read and loved book #1 in the series, I need to finish working my way through this mythological/urban fantasy series. This author’s strong characters and twisty plots guarentee a story I will enjoy.



3. Beyond Doubt
(O’Kane for Life #1)
by Kit Rocha


This BREN & SIX novella contains massive spoilers for the Beyond series. It is meant for existing fans of the series who want to get a glimpse of what life looks like for their favorite characters after The End. It may be confusing and unsatisfying for readers not familiar with the world and characters. If you haven’t read the series, please proceed with caution…

O’Kane for Life…

Winning a war might be enough for most people, but Bren and Six aren’t interested in kicking back to enjoy peace. Not when they finally have the time—and resources—to tackle the mess left behind in the sector they now rule.

Especially the orphaned street kids.

Six remembers how hard it is to trust. Bren remembers how hard it is to be patient. Together, they have the skills and the power to make a better world than the one they grew up in—but only if they can be honest with each other about the future they want.

Not just for Sector Three, but for themselves.



The original O’Kane series of books are spellbinding, they are a rough, tough, no holds bared, kinky dystopian smorgasbord. Once you join you are an O’Kane for life and I can’t recommend this series highly enough.



4. Last Ship Off Polaris-G
(Central Galactic Concordance #0.5)
by Carol Van Natta



A bureaucrat and an interstellar trader must overcome treachery and their broken past to save the last inhabitants of a dying planet. 

Frontier planet Polaris-Gamma is dying, afflicted by a suspiciously-timed blight that destroys all crops. Worse, the whole system is now under military quarantine by the Central Galactic Concordance to prevent the catastrophic blight from spreading. The settlers must escape—or perish.

Caught behind the blockade, independent trader Gavril Danilovich finds his interstellar trading ship commandeered in the desperate plan to escape. He tells himself that’s the only reason he stays, and not because he’s worried about the woman he walked out on two years ago—who still lives on Pol-G.

Government supply depot manager Anitra Helden races to gather the last of Pol-G’s assets. Her plan to launch a mothballed freighter off Pol-G may be crazy—but it can work, if she can talk Gavril into helping. Their precious cargo? Four thousand stranded colonists.

Can Anitra and Gavril, and their ragtag crew get past the deadly military blockade?



Whilst there are elements of romance in these books, they focus is very much on the space opera side of things. Whenever I read a book by this author I decide that I really should get through her backlist – however life has a habit of getting in the way of that plan! It’s good to remind myself of just how much I enjoy Ms Van Natta’s writing.



5. Mishca and Lauren
(Volkov Bratva #1 – 3.5)
by London Miller


Lauren was just a girl looking to make a fresh start in New York City, until she meets the man that will change everything she thought she knew. Spanning over two years, from the very beginning, until the sweet end, delve into the Volkov Bratva world and learn how it all began.

Mishca and Lauren: The Complete Collection contains the first three novels of the Volkov Bratva Series, In the Beginning, Until the End, and The Final Hour, as well as the companion novella, Time Stood Still…



London Miller seems to have created a genre all of her own. Whilst these might at first glance fall under the mafia romance genre, her plots and characters are far too complex for such a simple definition. The main male character in this is the brother to Red, who is part of the Den of Mercenaries, a series which feeds into the unparalleled Kingmaker Sage. All of them blend organised crime, romantic suspense and plot twists galore to produce a captivating series of books.



6. Ghosts of Sanctuary (Sanctuary #9)
by Robert J Crane




After a thousand years, Cyrus Davidon returns to Reikonos, only to find things are not as he has left them. Hope has fled, and things appear darker than ever. Surrounded by old friends who have come with him and meeting new allies, Cyrus must confront the dark forces that hold his home city in their grip.



This has languished on my ereader for far too long. I devoured this series when it first came out, waiting on tenterhooks for the next release. There was a wait between book #8, which concluded the original series, and this book. And whilst I would never give up my ereader, purchases do get forgotten when there is nothing physical sat on a shelf to remind you to pick them up and read them.

REVIEW //\\ The Messenger Chronicles

Happy April the first, though I don’t think many of us are particularly in the mood for April Fool’s Day. I’m still beta and arc reading at the moment so have dug through my head for a book or series that totally captured my heart, to share with you. The Messenger Chronicles, by Pippa DaCosta, is a slow burn, space fantasy reverse harem series of 5 amazing books.


The story kicks off with Shoot The Messenger, where we meet Kesh, a simple messenger, Marshall Kellee, Sota, an AI ball of fun, and also Eledan, the Dreamweaver. And when the dreamweaver is involved can anyone trust what is real or know what is imagined?



SHOOT THE MESSENGER




“Oh! What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice To Deceive”


Pippa DaCosta has woven together sci-fi and fantasy to build the richly complex world in which Kesh, Kellee and Talon reside. As the story builds we gradually learn more and more about Kesh, Kelly, the fae and tek. I preferred this to an ‘information dump’ as it added to the twisty plot, suspense and sense of unease.


The book is written first person and entirely from Kesh’s point of view. Kesh is just a simple messenger, caught up in someone else’s battle, or is she? Oh my word, this is an onion of a book, made of layer upon layer of amazing story, action, adventure and mind-blowing plot twists. The blurb really doesn’t do the book justice BUT that’s to ensure the element of surprise. And there are surprises galore in this book.


It’s one of those stories that is impossible to properly review without giving away spoilers, and I really want to avoid them so that you get the full impact of the book, like I did. If you have read other books by this author then you will know some of what to expect, but this far surpasses any of her work to date. It takes all the best elements of her previous stories, polishes them up, adds extra glitter to them and twists them into something else altogether. If you haven’t read her books (a) why not?  you’re missing some amazing stories and (b) this is really well written, drags you into the story and doesn’t let you go, leaves your head reeling in the best of ways and will have you begging and howling for Book 2 so that you can continue the story.


A standing ovation to the author for this awe-inspiring, mind-twisting, a-m-a-z-i-n-g read. I need to go and lie in a darkened corner to mull over this book and recover from the book hangover I now have.







“Lies aren’t her only weapons against the fae…”

In the Halow system, one of Earth’s three sister star systems, tek and magic—humans and the fae—are at war.

Kesh Lasota is a ghost in the machine. Invisible to tek, she’s hired by the criminal underworld to carry illegal messages through the Halow system. But when one of those messages kills its recipient, Kesh finds herself on the run with a bounty on her head and a quick-witted marshal on her tail.

Proving her innocence should be straightforward—until a warfae steals the evidence she needs. The fae haven’t been seen in Halow in over a thousand years. And this one—a brutally efficient killer able to wield tek—should not exist. But neither should Kesh.

As Kesh’s carefully crafted lie of a life crumbles around her, she knows remaining invisible is no longer an option. To hunt the fae, to stop him from destroying a thousand-year-long fragile peace, she must resurrect the horrors of her past.

Kesh Lasota was a ghost. Now she’s back, and there’s only one thing she knows for certain. Nobody shoots the messenger and gets away with it.

A new space fantasy series where the guys are hot, the perils are many, and one rebel messenger holds the key to the survival of the human race.


Please note this series contains alternative relationship dynamics 




GAME OF LIES





Enter this world at your own risk, for once in you will not want to leave.


Pippa DaCosta has an extraordinary skill for building strange and wondrous new worlds. Add to that her unfailing ability to imbue such life into her characters that they become your friends, and you have a truly magnificent story. The twists and turns of Shoot the Messenger had me spellbound but I knew without a shadow of a doubt that Game of Lies would build upon that foundation and journey me to places I never even suspected could exist. And oh what a fantastical journey it is.



You really need to have read Book 1 of the Messenger Chronicles to fully understand and appreciate this part of the story. The book picks up virtually where Shoot the Messenger finished, with Kesh, Kellee and Talon aiding an escape attempt by the humans who had survived the Fae massacre of Halow. Of course where there’s Fae, there’s usually Kesh, and where she goes trouble follows.


I can’t put into words how much I loved this book. I had some reading commitments but kept finding myself sneaking back to this so that I could read more of it. It’s truly addictive, with plot twists that put a high speed roller coaster to shame. I squealed with glee at having correctly suspected the return of one character, normally being able to guess makes the book feel predictable but the panache and plot pirouettes that the author uses just added another layer of depth and intrigue to the story. The move this character took near the end of the book broke my heart just as much as it did Kesh’s, though I don’t doubt that there are reasons and solutions to this set of events.


This is one of those books where it’s difficult to say anything without giving away spoilers, but I can tell you how amazing the interactions between Kesh and Talon are and how moody and intense
are the scenes between Kesh and Kellee. Oh and Talon in that bath, I admire Kesh’s self control, I don’t think I would have resisted the temptations on offer. I love how as one secret is revealed another mystery blows in, as one problem is solved another emerges to torment Kesh. I loved how Kesh started to believe in herself and her emerging ability to trust others. I’m sure there will be plenty more agony and confusion for Kesh before the truth emerges and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.


Despite being a reverse harem the story has a minimal amount of sexual content, I can’t say I noticed any bad language either. That said it still felt pretty steamy at times and is definitely more ‘lust inducing’ than other work by this author, though I’ve always had a soft spot for Caleb. I recommend this to anyone who wants a really spell-binding story to read and doesn’t mind it being part of a series. 







The Messenger rocked your world, and now she’s back. But have her lies finally caught up with her?

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota. She survived life as a slave, survived the Dreamweaver’s touch, but surviving Marshal Kellee and the mysterious Talen is a whole other game, one she’s not sure she’s ready for.

When the three are captured by a bloodthirsty fae general sweeping through the last of Halow’s human colonies, the only weapons they have left are lies. And so Kesh must pretend to be the gladiator they all expect, while Kellee is forced to fight against her, and Talen is… Well, just who is Talen when he can command soldiers with a glance and move among the fae elite as though he belongs?

Trust doesn’t come easy for Kesh Lasota, neither does love. She must survive both, or everything she’s fought for will be lost forever, including her men.



THE NIGHTSHADE’S TOUCH





Just as things start to look up, just as Kesh and Kellee and Talen and Arran are building bridges you do that to me?!!!


GAH! Those cliff-hangers (because only Pippa DaCosta would be so cruel as to have more than one!) that you left us with. You give with one hand and then not only take with the other but hit us over the head too! The journey Kesh is taking us on is not a simple nor easy one, but it is one that is so very worth the time and effort. I read this book both wanting to know all it held in store for me, and yet not ever wanting to get to the end either.



He had probably been looking for an opportunity to hit Kellee for centuries.
Most people who knew Kellee wanted to punch him.


Oh the secrets we learn, the lies that are told, the plans that are made and remade, the trust that is given or broken. This book has layer upon layer of story that is slowly being peeled away to reveal secrets and truths you would never even have guessed at. The heat level was ramped up, as was the intrigue, mystery and peril.


Oh and Sota – he was just so funny and sarcastic!



“Duly noted. Now can we focus on the Faerie map and not Arran’s buns?”
“Is this a hypothetical question?” Sota asked.
“No!” I laughed.



This isn’t a stand alone book, it can only be understood after reading both previous books. Though be warned this series is massively addictive and so full of mind-f**ks that it has a deliciously dark edge to it too. Whilst this is a reverse-harem book, it most certainly isn’t full of sex and erotica. There are several steamy encounters but they are an organic part of the plot, enhancing the story rather than being the story.


I watched Kellee and Arran spar for strictly professional reasons.



This author’s writing continues to be amazing (and evilly twisted too), her tale held my attention from the very start to the end. You can’t read this half-heartedly, there is far to much happening and far too many Easter Eggs to find, for that. If you haven’t started the series yet, then go do it. This is my top fantasy/sci-fi read of the year.


“How come I’m here and not your entourage of Buns, Dark, and Icy?”
“Buns, Dark and Icy?” I shook my head at her wicked grin. “Never mind, I don’t want to know”…







Be careful which star you wish upon…


The unseelie–banished by Oberon long ago–are stirring awake, and there’s one name on their dark lips: Nightshade.

Kesh is beginning to settle into her role as Halow’s messenger, saving people from the fae with the help of Kellee, Talen, Arran and Sota, but if she has any hope of making her wrongs right, she must trust those around her. Without them, there is no messenger. Friends, lovers, more. But one has a secret. A secret so dark it threatens to change everything Kesh believes in. A secret that could change the fate of Faerie, Halow, and all of humanity.

When the fae abandoned the stars long-ago, they left behind more than fairytales.

They left behind their monsters.


The fae-in-space “mind-blowing” bestselling series continues in The Nightshade’s Touch, Messenger Chronicles #3



PRINCE OF DREAMS





Oh what an ever increasingly tangled web…… but who are the ones trapped in its sticky strands and who is the spider waiting to pounce on it’s captured prey?


Kesh, Kellee, Talen, Sota, Hulia, Arran, Sirius and Eledan return in this penultimate adventure of the Messenger Chronicles. Kesh, Arron and Sirius are on Faerie, playing a game of truth, dare or lie with both Oberon, King of all Faerie, and Eledan, the Prince of Dreams. Heartbreaking promises are made, truths are twisted and hearts are made and broken.


Kesh continues her battle to free all those oppressed by Oberon and the Fae, but without Talen, Kellee and Sota, will she have the strength to resist the temptation Faerie will weave? This is fast paced, action packed, full of intrigue, lies, plots, plans, highs and some shocking lows. Oh Ms Dacosta you are a cruel author who loves to toy with your readers emotions. Not only did she do that but she eviscerated them too.


The world building is phenomenal, the planning and plotting of both the characters AND the author will leave you spellbound. I wish I could say this was a one sit reading, but with its length of well over 6 hours, and the demands of life, I couldn’t manage it in one go. That said, it most certainly held me hostage, living in my mind in between those times where I could immerse myself in this magnificent creation.


I loved getting more of Kellee’s point of view, as well as seeing that the old adage of absence and the heart was true. Though there is yet more skulduggery by Ms D when she cruelly snatches away that which he has so recently only grasped ahold of.


Added into the mix we have some very lustful and steamy scenes that totally added to the emotional impact of this tale. By the end of this I was left feeling as though the Wild Hunt had ridden roughshod over me. I’m almost scared to read the culmination of this tale, not to mention sad that the story will be coming to a hopefully (though you never know with an author who obviously has a very devious and mean streak) happy and blissful conclusion.


But as Kesh has, to her great sorrow, learnt, nothing comes that easily.







“Oh what a tangled web we weave…”


Kesh fled Faerie as a queen killer. Now she returns as the Faerie King’s secret obsession. But on Faerie, nothing is as it seems, not even Kesh herself.

With days to stop Arran’s execution and the stoic guardian, Sirius, as her constant shadow, Kesh must weave her lies deep within Faerie’s courts where magic and whispers combine and conspire. Soon, Kesh learns there is more at stake than Arran’s life. Faerie is dying. Oberon’s reign is crumbling. The time to strike against the fae is now. But with Talen and Kellee a thousand light-years away, Kesh knows she cannot succeed alone…

Beneath the courtly politics, the glittering facades, and the King’s fragile hold on his people, the Dreamweaver is locked in eternal slumber, dreaming of the day his Queen of Hearts will set him free… because he knows, Kesh has no other choice.

Kesh survived the Dreamweaver once before. Now all she has to do is control him.

But Faerie’s Dreamweaver has other ideas for the peoples’ Messenger. He knows who, and what, Kesh really is and he has every intention of using her to make all his dreams come true.

He takes your mind, makes it his, takes your soul, makes you cruel.
Dare you answer the Dreamweaver’s call?
 



HER DARK LEGION





Her Dark Legion is the final book in the series, and it just about destroyed me. You have been warned!


Discovery is worthless without the journey.


This book took me quite a long time to complete, it wasn’t because I wasn’t loving every heartbreaking and soul crushing moment of it. It wasn’t because it didn’t have me riveted by it’s amazing plot, outstanding world building and unparalleled characters. It was quite simply that I wasn’t ready, and indeed am still not ready to let go of this world and say goodbye to Kesh, Sota, Kellee, Talon, Sirius and even Eledan. The conclusion to what has been an epic tale was full of action, adventure, tragedy, manipulation and surprises.



I wanted to cry in her {Hulia’s} arms, but I somehow pushed the swell of emotion down. 

KESH, Her Dark Legion


Well Kesh, at that point you did better than me because I spent a good half of this book either finding a quiet corner to sob in or with tears streaming down my face. The emotion from each and every main character tore me apart. Again. And again. And again. I have tears welling in my eyes even now, and feel a strange mixture of both joy and sadness.


I wanted to hear his voice, one last time. I wanted to feel his touch on my face and his kiss on my lips, and I never would.


With lines like that how HOW am I meant to remain an in-charge capable adult woman? Impossible! Every single time it left me a snivelling mess. This book was everything I wanted and more. So much more. A whole universe full of stars could not shine as brightly as this story, nor would be able to bear adequate witness to do this book justice.


We could make it happen, together, just as he’d always believed. The Messenger really had made a difference.


And those guys of Kesh’s, wow did they pull out all the stops in this concluding book. There was absolutely no doubt about the depth of their feelings for her. Each of them, in their own way, worships the very ground she walks on, loves her to the stars and back and would do anything within their power for her.


“It’s all right.” His knuckles brushed my cheek, then his fingers stroked my hair, setting it right, like he needed everything to be in it’s place.
Nothing was 
all right. I was so tired of the pain, the endless battle.
His lips brushed my forehead. “He took what he thought was most precious to me…” Talen’s warm fingers captured my chin, his gaze fierce. “He was wrong.”


“Where’s your star, Kellee?”
“Right here, in my arms.”
The words broke me open, exposing everything I was and had been.


“Will you love me?” I whispered. “Not the names or the myths and legends, just me? Just Kesh?”
His dark lashes shuttered his eyes, and for a terrible second, I thought his fear had a hold of him again. Then he opened his eyes, and the man was there, his beautiful gaze soft once more.
“Always.”


I mean, talk about *swoon*. But then we had the reminders that all these men were immortal whilst Kesh, with a piece of the Pole Star inside her, was very much mortal. A fact that came very close to breaking those men on more than one occasion.


I needed that for us all, needed a moment with each of them before the moments were all gone.


These impossible males would not be mine forever, but while I had them captured in my mortal hands, I’d love them wholly and completely. No matter what happened after, we would have lived and loved. It would be enough. It had to be enough.


Thankfully there were some wonderful moments of banter and humour to lift the spirits. These usually involved Sota and Kellee, though it wasn’t exclusively their gig. And they just served to make the poignant moments even more touching.


“Hulia has a tail,” I added.
He tripped and caught himself.
“Really?”
“I haven’t seen it, but she’s intimated a few times.”
His eyes widened. “I need to see it. Do you think she can open jars with it?”
I laughed.
His expression switched toward curiosity, then he twisted to catch sight of his own ass, circling on the spot. “Do you think I could get one?”
“Aren’t you content with ten fingers?”


“If that stick were any farther up his ass, he’d be scaring crows,” Sota muttered, sauntering past us.


“You’re going to need a bodyguard who can kick fae and human ass with style and without prejudice.”
“That role’s taken, Sparky.” Kellee stretched his claws.
“With 
style, vakaru. You look like someone’s rabid hound.”


Kellee rolled his eyes. “I liked Sota better when he was a murder ball.”


His gun ports smoked. His tek eye glowed, but his mouth wore a modest smile.
“He was about to launch into a villainous monologue and ain’t nobody got time for that.”


Now whilst I’ve fallen in love with all the main characters, even going so far as to have a soft spot for the much misunderstood (IMO) Eledan, my favourite has always been Marshall Kellee. It’s just something about his wild west lawman ways and his dark good looks.


“Oh really?” he drawled in that smooth voice he liked to unleash on unsuspecting females.


Yep, that’s the guy I’m talking about. The one who only needs to quirk an eyebrow to have the panties of all females in a 20 mile radius melting. Not just the females either! We really got to see all the true depths and many facets of Kellee in Her Dark Legion.


For the first time since I’d met him, his expression was open and raw, letting me see everything on his face.
Marshall Kellee was afraid.
For Me.


The weight behind the blow was enough to topple him. His head struck the banister on the way down, knocking him out cold. Now we had ourselves cargo that didn’t argue.
“That was unnecessary,” Talen remarked.
“Probably,” I cracked my knuckles. “But it felt real good.”


Throughout all the trials and tribulations, intrigue, schemes and manipulations, Kesh continued to battle her way towards the final showdown. Weighed down with the expectations of Fairie herself, the hopes of the saru, the fears of her males, Kesh fought with everything she had. Gave everything she had, prepared to sacrifice everything for those she loved.


Outside, rain pattered on leaves, stirring up the garden’s sweet scent and Talen’s magic. He crushed me close and kissed me like he could save me. If love could save lives, ours would. Just not my life.


I climbed the steps onto the deck and planted myself between Kellee’s simmering presence and Talen’s icy stillness. We watched the fleet and the stars behind, and I wished I had more time with them, just to stand and watch and be in the moment.


Wrapping him in my arms, I held him close and listened to the beat of his immortal fae-heart, to the rhythm of his breathing, committing his soft hardness to memory. Maybe he’d listen to my heart, and hear my breathing, and he’d remember me. Perhaps, in his memories, I could live forever.


I’ve used far too many quotes and I just don’t care. I could have chosen a hundred more. There are just so many lines that punched me in the gut and tore my insides apart. These are ones that I just couldn’t leave out.


I told myself I wouldn’t cry.
And I’d failed within seconds.
This was what he’d wanted. He’d chosen this. I would respect that. I didn’t own him. I didn’t own any of them. They’d always been free to follow me, but Talen …. I’d loved his honest, gentle heart and kind words.
He’d encouraged me when I was low. He’d loved me when I thought I wasn’t worthy. He’d never hurt me and never would. Talen was a better person than any of us.


..his destiny, one I wasn’t part of , called to him. He turned away, and with every step, my heart stuttered. I wanted to call him back. When he paused, I grasped at the idea that he wouldn’t leave, as wrong as it was. He turned, tarnished gold star in hand. He looked at that star, emotion passing over his face, and then he stepped up and pinned it to my coat. Meeting my gaze, he nodded once, assured he’d done the right thing, and then he left.


The next words she muttered almost too softly to hear. “I can’t lose him as well.”
After she’d left, Sirius and Sota lingered with me in the quiet, their thoughts likely along the same lines as mine. There wasn’t enough time left to love her how we wanted.


And to finish, a quote that sums up the current state of my heart.


I almost couldn’t speak, and when I did, the words were just a whisper.
“It felt like goodbye.”







“I’ve come too far to surrender now…”

Eledan’s nightmare has been unleashed upon the worlds and with Oberon gone, only the messenger crew stand in its way.

Kellee, Talen, Sirius, Sota, and Kesh. Together, they are stronger, but there are forces on Faerie who do not want the worlds saved, forces that would see the Messenger and her crew torn apart.

Queen to Faerie’s new king, Messenger and more to the saru, lover to some and a weapon to others, but who is Kesh Lasota really? A guiding light or an unwitting puppet?

Answers are coming.

The time for lies has passed.

And Kesh will soon learn some battles can’t be won alone.

The mind-blowing Messenger Chronicles comes to its explosive conclusion in Her Dark Legion.



Twilight Seeker

Twilight Seeker (Daybreaker Book #1) by Pippa DaCosta





Amazingly, astoundingly and astonishingly awesome.

Normally I jump straight to writing a review after finishing a book, but this time I had to wait and allow my heart, soul, and mind a chance to recover. I’m not sure I know a damn sight more than I did when I started the story, but I don’t really care because I am totally hooked on this mysterious, somewhat dystopian, full of intrigue and evil plots, epic fantasy tale.

I made the mistake of starting it just before bed time. Lord alone knows what time it was when I finally allowed myself to close my kindle and attempt some sleep but it was definitely gone dark o’clock. Gripping doesn’t come close to describing how much this story held my attention. The story has buried itself into the depths of my being, the characters have carved a space in my heart and I know this story will break me into the tiniest specks of dust before it’s done.

Step aside Kesh, there’s a new heroine in town and her name is Lynher. Mistress of the many pocketed dress, Queen of the Night Station and pawn of the Dark Ones I totally fell in love with her. Then there is Just Jack, I so want to trust him but he’s a vampire overseer so, *sigh*, what’s a girl to do?

Oh the twists, the turns, the lies, the secrets, the deals and deceptions. Add into the mix a scorchingly sexy demon too and the possibilities run endless. I do believe I may have died and gone to heaven. Is it odd that I want to climb inside this world Pippa DaCosta has created and meet its inhabitants? Is it normal to want to reside in a world where humanities very existence is under threat, where humans are valued only as a food source? Is it odd to want to play with a demon by the name of Rafe, who’s wicked tongue and sparkling eyes suggest opportunities for sinful delight? Should I really be half in love with a vampire with too many secrets? If it is I don’t care, I just need more, more and so much more of this amazing new series.







You are hereby invited to attend the Night Station:

ON THE BORDER BETWEEN THE OLD WORLD AND THE NEW, THE NIGHT STATION WELCOMES YOU. IS IT BLOOD DIAMONDS YOU SEEK, FAIR TRAVELER? OR SOMETHING MORE INTIMATE, PERHAPS? COME, TAKE MY HAND AND WALK AMONG US. I’LL SHOW YOU WHERE THE VAMPIRES LAUGH, THEIR TEETH SHARP IN THE LIGHT. BEST YOU GUARD YOUR DELICATE THROAT, FOR WORSE MONSTERS PROWL THESE SHADOWS.


OUR FAIR HOSTESS, YOU SEE HER THERE? MISS LYNHER ARIS. A DREAM IN SATIN AND SILK. BEWARE THE BEAUTIFUL, DEAR TRAVELER. DIDN’T YOU KNOW? THEY SAY, BY NIGHT, SHE ENTERTAINS THE DARK ONES, BUT BY DAY, SHE LEADS THE RESISTANCE. BY DAY, SHE GOES BY ANOTHER NAME: DAYBREAKER.


HUSH, LET’S NOT SPEAK OF SUCH THINGS. THIS NIGHT IS MADE FOR REVELRY. STAY UNTIL THE DAWN TRAIN’S WHISTLE BREAKS THE SPELL. DRINK AND GAMBLE AND PARTAKE IN ALL THE SINS YOU WISH, FOR THERE ARE NO LAWS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLDS.


WAIT. HEED THIS, DEAR TRAVELER. DO NOT LINGER AMONG THE SHADOWS. DO NOT QUESTION THOSE WITH MAGIC IN THEIR EYES. SOME FOOLISH SOULS ARRIVE AT THE NIGHT STATION DEMANDING ANSWERS. THOSE TRAVELERS DO NOT SEE THE BREAK OF DAWN. THIS GLORIOUS STATION, POISED ON THE BORDER BETWEEN TWO WORLDS, CAUGHT BETWEEN DAY AND NIGHT, SWALLOWS THOSE IT DEEMS UNWORTHY. MYTH AND RUMOR, OF COURSE, BUT STAY IN THE LIGHT, DO NOT SUCCUMB TO SILVER WHISPERS, AND TURN AWAY FROM LOCKED DOORS.


THERE IS A HUNGER IN YOU, TRAVELER. YOU FEEL ITS SPELL? THE NIGHT STATION HAS YOU NOW. WELCOME TO THE END OF THE WORLD.


***Stay in the light, avoid locked doors, and resist silver whispers.

Meet Lynher Aris, hostess extraordinaire. By night, she entertains the Dark Ones passing through the Night Station: vampires, demons, shifters, and worse. By day, she undermines them all by working with the resistance to unravel their enslavement of the human race. But Lynher has a dark secret, and with the imminent arrival of Ghost—a vampire overlord few have seen but all fear—she must play her role as the queen of the Night Station to perfection, keeping the resistance and her secret safe, or risk losing everything, including the powerful Night Station itself.



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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.

Favourite Reads of 2019 – Part Two

So yesterday I revealed the more ‘real life’ favourite books of 2019, even if that real life was firmly fictional. Today I’m showcasing my favourite books from those worlds that definitely could only exist inside a writers ingenious mind. The sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and omegaverse worlds where the ‘normal’ rules don’t apply and pretty much anything goes. They all still fall into the romance genre, because I love me some smut, but I still see them as different and distinct categories.

Sci-Fi Romance


1. Delirium by Myra Danvers.
Iris is hands down my favourite heroine of all times. I may want to marry her, I definitely want to have her children. Sadly Myra Danvers has also struggled with writing, and life, of late, so we are still awaiting the next book in the series. However I remember the days of only knowing my favourite author had released the next book in a series when I found it in the local book shop. I’m happy to wait, and should there never be any more Iris I would still recommend this book because it is simply that good.

Read my review.


2. Deliverance and Her Dark Legion by Pippa DaCosta.
OK, so I’m cheating a lot little here, but I love both of these books for hugely different reasons and can’t even fit a cigarette paper between to separate the pair of them. Deliverance is a much awaited instalment of the 1000 Revolutions series. I totally love Caleb and One and was sooooo happy to catch up with them a little more. I wouldn’t like to say if you could read this stand alone, since I have read the rest of the books, but it was a complete segment of a story, so it’s a possibility.
Her Dark Legion was the final book in the Messenger Chronicles and you definitely need to have read the previous 4 books. This is high on my list of All Time Favourite Series’ Ever, possibly only pipped by the series written under the authors other pen name, Ariana Nash.
Her writing is phenomenal and both books are brim full of feels, have amazing characters and outstanding world building.

My reviews are here and here.


3. Virgin Tribute by Delta James.

Set in a dystopian future this is a dark tale that contains dubious consent and non-consensual power exchanges. It left me speechless and hungering for more, much more, of this world. Especially since Drake had a barbed phallus…. oh the possibilities!
This is another book that could have easily fitted into the Dark catagory, but since I was already having trouble slimming that one down the decision to place it here was an easy one to make.

My review.



Paranormal Romance


1. Happily Ever Crowned by Lexi C Foss and Anna Edwards.

“Wow. Dark, powerful, gut-wrenching, twisted, steamy and amazing. “
Lexi C Foss has the golden touch as far as I am concerned. I can’t believe I only discovered her work this year but am massively grateful that I did. Her writing holds my attention from the first line to the last, and fills me so full of feels like you wouldn’t believe.
It is subtitled as book 1 of a series and I for one can’t wait to join in with more adventures.

Review.


2. Mesmer (and the Dark Hearts Series) by Cari Silverwood.

Whilst Mesmer is a stand alone read, to fully understand and appreciate the story I would recommend having read the super dark, super amazing Dark Hearts series first. It contains a lot of world building that enhances the story in this book.
Mesmers are a group of men who can mind control susceptible women, turning them into sex (or I guess any other kind of) slave. Sadly the mesmer gene, or the power it conveys, causes most of these men to travel down the wrong path. It’s a pretty dark read (co-written by Jennifer Bene what else can you expect?), with lots of boundary pushing kink to boot.
Cari has a unique writing voice, it actually takes on its own character, Greta, in this book and is what makes her my favourite current author.

Review of Mesmer.


3. Sin & Magic by KF Breene.

Actually I should be listing this under it’s series title of Demigod of San Francisco, since the books need to be read in chronological order. Written by the the amazingly talented KF Breene, this is only one of dozens of her must read books. The word awesome was invented to describe this lady and I recommend ALL her work to you.

My review for particular book is here.


Fantasy Romance


1. Silk & Steel Series by Ariana Nash.

Ariana Nash is the brand new MM, steamier version of the author Pippa DaCosta. In the Silk & Steel series she has created a world of dragon shifters, elves and humans. It’s a dark read, very dark and all trigger warnings should be seriously heeded. The romance between natural enemies Lysander (a dragon shifter prince) and Eroan (an elf charged with destroying dragons) develops slowly over the course of the trilogy. And with all great stories the course of true love never does run smooth.
Some reviews talk about plot holes and inconsistent details, however if those reviewers had read books 1-3, they would have found that those questions were answered at some point.

My reviews
Sealed with a Kiss (Book 0.5)
Silk & Steel (Book 1)
Iron & Fire (Book 2)
Blood & Ice (Book 3)
Lost & Found (Book 3.5)
The Black Prince (Book 4)


2. Last Titan Series by Myra Danvers.

An absolutely amazing new author sprang onto the scene this year, though she’s been on literotica for quite a while. I’ve already featured her sci-fi romance, Delirium, but such is my admiration for this author, and her work, that I’m also featuring her fantasy romance series.
Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction are the first three books of the series. I’m still not Asher’s biggest fan, but I’m slowly being persuaded by Ms Danvers that he deserves his chance with Mila, even if he has taken her power and bound her to him. The balance of power however was slowly shifting to her direction and I am eagerly awaiting more books in the series. Particularly since the writing is so amazing.

Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction.


3. Condemned by Cari Silverwood.

I do believe that I’ve already mentioned this author is my favourite. Her writing just speaks to me on a level that many others don’t. She’s like a super kinky version of Terry Pratchett, always pushing boundaries but usually making me giggle along the way.
Condemned was one of two books written she published via Stormy Nights, which meant a toning down of the darker elements she usually includes. It’s a RH kink-fest and one of the few stand alone books where the males have distinct characteristics and there is also a well developed plot. Not only did she includes the prerequisite cute and quirky bot in this story (a mouse), but her heroine is half Mauleon, a genetically-engineered leonine type species. And that right there is a huge pointer to Ms Silverwoods off-beat humour right there – the cat relying on and caring for the mouse. Oh and did I mention there are winged horses that “hop-fly”?

Review for Condemned




The final category is Omegaverse, which as been hugely popular within the MM realm, but has seen a huge growth in both the MF and dark romance tropes.

Omegaverse Romance


1. Broken by Eva Dresden.

I think this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. It’s very dark and is part of the as yet unfinished Omega’s Destruction series. Ms Dresden really does put her heroine, Quinn, through the wringer. I’m surprised she can still function after all that she has endured!
Eva’s writing has a somewhat poetic feel to it, things are often suggested or implied rather than always being blatantly and very obviously told/shown. It provides a breath of fresh air and makes this very much a must-read series. The book does end on a cliff-hanger and whilst book 2 is available (and a highly recommended read too), the final book of the series is currently still in production.

Review.


2. December (Sacred Omegas #1) by Merel Pierce.

Blending Omegaverse with a slightly dystopian feeling organised crime/mafia romance gave this book a VERY unique feel. It took me by surprise with how dark it got, things were trotting along quite nicely and then BAM! it veered straight into darksville. This book is certainly not all sweetness and light, although the acts are not perpetrated by the hero. He is a more than a bit of an alpha-hole at first, but he does treat her with respect and I found myself caring deeply for both December and Nikolai.

Review.


3. Primal Possession by Tabitha Black.

This is the very last book I’m highlighting from 2019 but it is by no means in last place in any other respect. I started of hating the hero of this book, but by the end was totally besotted by him. The author wrote a very convincing story that definitely had it’s own feel and carved it’s own spot within the omegaverse world.
It’s the first book in an interconnected series of stand alones and I’m looking forward to Ms Black releasing more of them.

Review.

Deliverance

Deliverance (The 1000 Revolution #5) by Pippa DaCosta

This book, boy this book not only entertained but tore my heart to pieces SO MANY TIMES!

I didn’t realise just how much I’d missed Caleb, One, Bren and Fran until I started reading this. Those guys just grab a hold of your heart and hold it hostage. Squeezing it every now and then to ensure you remember just how much you love them all. It left me alternately exhilarated, emotionally drained, electrified, crushed and hopeful. The writing is excellent and left me needing more.

I crouched in front of her and took her warm hand in mine.

“It’s all right. A friend of mine once told me, when you get scared, just count the stars and the fear will go away.”

One, Deliverance

How could you make me fall in love with Josie and Patrick (two side characters) and then do that? You evil author! Even if you patched my heart back up later I still don’t forgive you. The twists, the turns, the bluffs, double bluffs and is it a bluffs had me mesmerised and on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough and adored every single moment of reading this book, never wanting it to end.

“You ever see a button you just gotta press?”


“No, which is why women live longer than men,” Fran bend down and frowned.

Caleb and Fran, Deliverance

This could be read as a stand alone story, though reading the rest of the 1000 Revolution books would enhance the experience. They are also AMAZING stories and well worth reading. I simply cannot adequately put into words how brilliant this book is.

ALL THE STARS!

“Que te folle un pez.”


I had no idea what that meant, but I liked how it sounded.

Fran and Caleb, Deliverance

BLURB

“You can’t say no to a pistol in the face.” ~ Caleb

Bren’s missing with a bounty on his head, which isn’t Caleb’s problem, until Turner Candelario makes it Caleb’s problem. But why does a pirate with an ax to grind suddenly want to work with the down-and-out captain who killed his sister?

Coded messages. Abandoned mining outposts. And Fran’s keeping secrets.

The mission stinks worse than the iron mines, but what else is there to do in the Nine systems now Caleb’s trying to fly-right? Besides, Bren’s bounty looks mighty tempting.

One should be dead, but death didn’t stop her before. Chitec is gone, the Nine systems left in disarray, and in the chaos, One moves among them like a ghost, seeing what others cannot: a new malevolent force rises. A force One has encountered before. And caught in the middle of it all? Brendan Shepperd.

Chitec was just the beginning. The true 1000 Revolution begins now…

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Reading Order:

Season One:

#1 Betrayal
#2 Escape
#3 Trapped
#4 Trust

Season Two:
#5 Deliverance

Deliverance is the first book in a new season of 1000 Revolution. There are three further books planned for this second season.

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Caleb and the crew of the stolen Fortuitous are back. Vengeful pirates, bitter betrayal, gratuitous sex, missing synths, and more…

You didn’t think it was all over… Did you?

Please note: This series was previously known as Girl From Above.

Genre: sexy, dirty, science-fiction space opera


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / BOOKBUB / GOODREADS


Series REVIEWS:

“A gritty space opera adventure.” Publishers Weekly

“For fans of Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs.” BookBub reviewer

“This world is dark, the characters are twisted and I was completely hooked.” ~ Feeling Fictional

“(1000 Revolution) is what would happen if HBO made a love child between the shows Firefly and Killjoys.” ~ Smadas Book Smack

“It’s as if Blade Runner, Firefly, and Ex_Machina had a baby named the 1000 Revolution!”~ Goodreads Reviewer

“Generous helpings of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll plus the intriguing character of the post-human #1001 help this novel stand out from the crowd.” ~ Book of the Week (May 2015) scifi365.net

“Prepare yourself for some laughs, thrills, and potentially some tears.” ~ Sammie’s Book Nook

“Unique, gritty and totally awesome.” ~ Bookfever