To celebrate Pride Month I am joining in with A Little But A Lot and their weekly meme of naming six items that fit that weeks prompt.
Last week I shared 6 LGBTQ+ books, this week I’ll be featuring some of the characters from those books, along with a few others.
Character – Eroan Ilanea An elf assassin who falls for the ultimate enemy – a dragon prince. This pair face prejudice of a different kind, given that the Elves and Dragons are enemies. That said, Prince Lysander’s sexual preferences are a not always well kept secret since dragons are expected to mate and produce young.
Character – Trey A messenger elf turned assassin, who at the end of the war returns to his wandering ways. Trey was a lover, not a fighter, sharing his love in brief encounters during his travels. He was the man who first opened Eroan’s eyes to his own sexuality and a key player throughout the series.
Character – Fran Fran doesn’t appear on the cover of the books, but she is a main character in the series. Whilst it is inferred that she and Caleb have been intimate, Fran shares her bed based on attraction, not gender.
Character – Cole McClish A man truly learning to let go and love, held back by societies prejudices and judgements. Cole and Owen will steal, break and then remake your heart in this full-of-feels contemporary romance.
Character – Jamie Teller Coming out of the closet is tough enough. Discovering you are in the closet and then leaving it, on top of being a well known sports star, is even harder. Jamie’s sexuality leads to him becoming the victim of a hate crime, though a victim he most certainly isn’t.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a meme hosted by A Little But A Lot. May’s theme has been series, with this week’s prompt being favourite characters from series. I think I could populate this list repeatedly just for one author. So I’m going to spin it differently and choose six characters for six series.
1 The Messenger Chronicles by Pippa DaCosta
So the six characters to love in this series are:
1 – Kesh The only female protagonist in the series, the Wraithmaker, a slave to the fae. With her ability to blend tec with magic, she is determined to be more than a pawn in someone else’s game. I adored Kesh, I laughed with her, I cried for her and loved alongside her. She isn’t perfect by a long shot but she loves her men fiercely and loyally.
2 – Kellee The sheriff, the last Vakaru and all around good guy. Kellee stole my heart, even though he was tough on Kesh he loved her just as hard. The moment he pinned his shiny sheriff’s star to Kesh was one of many moments that had me sobbing.
3 – Talen A my Talen was an enigma at times, but he was always Kesh’s biggest fan. A fae with a mystery, a pilot and the gentleness to Kellee’s hard edges. This man made me laugh and cry in equal measure.
4 – Sota An AI and, for a long time, Kesh’s only friend. Sota undergoes some dramatic changes during the course of the series, but what never changes is his sarcastic sense of humour. So often, when this book had tears of misery and pain pouring down my cheeks, Sota would make fun of one of the other guys and pull me from the depths of my despair.
5 – Arran I won’t say too much about this guy, because there are just so many spoilers around him, his history and his story. He is a source of strength and love for Kesh, and someone to whom she feels she owes a debt.
6 – Sirius An autumn fae, a guardian, an man hiding so many secrets, one of which is his love for the Wraithmaker. He sacrifices much for Kesh, annoys the hell out of Kellee and often seems more like the bad guy.
2 The Veil and Chaos Rises Series by Pippa DaCosta
1 – Muse A half demon who grew up in the netherworld, surviving abuse, torment and horrors beyond belief. She just wants to be left in peace, but that isn’t going to happen.
2 – Akil The Prince of Greed, a power from the netherworld, deceitful, manipulative, not to be trusted but oh so sexy. He claims he isn’t good, says he can’t love anyone, but his actions and deeds say something very different indeed.
3 – Stefan Maybe he’s the good guy of the story, maybe not. He keeps his own secrets close to his chest, and a trip to the netherworld results in a very different man.
4 – Li’el The Prince of Pride, who appears in a spin off series (Chaos Rises) and proves to be just as slippery a fish as his brethren Akil. I totally fell in love with this guy.
5 – Gem Another half demon, but this one born and raised in a lab, treated like an experiment and tortured in the name of science. She was strong, determined, naive, loving and loyal.
6 – Torrent A good guy in a bad situation, but always on Gem’s side, whether she wanted him to be or not.
I featured this series a few weeks ago, under a family relationships meme. These books are SO good, I’m featuring them again as six characters from a series!
1 Matthew (& Lauren) Architect, second oldest, laid back but also a workaholic. He was delightfully sexy and was totally captivated by his sexy little schoolteacher.
2 Patrick (& Andy) Oldest sibling, controlling, demanding, moody but a force to be reckoned with in the architects firm they run. He met his match with Andy, she won’t be cowed and she loves Harry Potter so gets the thumbs up from me.
3 Sam (& Tiel) Arguably the most affected by their father’s violence and cruelty, Sam struggles to form any lasting relationships. Tiel is quirky, awkward and just so perfect for him, but this pair have a long and difficult journey to their HEA.
4 Shannon (& Will) Abused and then abandoned by their father, whilst her brothers got to train as architects at a renowned college, she had to work and pay her own way through. She loves fiercely and will do anything for those who earn that love. She also swears like a sailor. She needs a strong and determined man and finds that in Will, a Navy SEAL, and just thinking about him makes me all hot and bothered – *swoon*.
5 Erin (& Nick) Erin is the one who got away, the youngest of the siblings she doesn’t remember how cruel, how violent their father was.
5 Riley (& Alex) Throughout the series this guy is central to so much. A man-child with a man-bun and a tramp stamp, he has a love of superheroes and unexpected depths that made me see him in a whole new light. Alex starts of as a sort-of friend, she needs a date, he needs a date, so they pretend to be one another’s significant other, until passion and emotions take over.
I feel the need to point out here that Ariana Nash is an alternative pen name for Pippa DaCosta and YES out of the six series, four are by the one author!
1 Caleb Ex-AirFleet, a bad boy with an attitude and a chip on his shoulder that you could carve a house from. He is moody, sails under the radar but is loyal to a fault.
2 One An AI with a soul. If I think of One, I think of the phrase “Count the stars” and before I know it I’m blubbering again.
3 Fran On social media Caleb and Fran’s relationship description (if you could call what they have by that name) would most certainly be “it’s complicated”. You can never quite be sure whose side Fran is on, and whether she will shoot Caleb in the back. She’s a great girl though!
4 Bren Bren is Caleb’s upstanding, by-the-rule-book, AirFleet brother. Despite appearances this pair care deeply for one another and Caleb would break all the rules and face the pits of hell for Bren.
5 Turner A pirate with a hard-on for Caleb’s destruction. However this pair are unwilling allies as much as enemies. There is just something so attractive about this bad boy.
6 Fitz A relative new comer to the series, Fitz is an engineering genius but really isn’t cut out for the life of an outlaw. There’s something between her and Bren, but just what it is, well you’ll have to find out for yourself.
This is a steampunk world and whilst some characters overlap, each story can be read stand alone.
1 Claire Claire is a frankenstruct – a living being made from an amalgamation of cloned body parts. A trained assassin who might just be falling in love with her next target.
2 Theo A rich, ex-Air Corp nobleman and a Dom, Theo is just so gorgeous and irresistable. He isn’t going to be to happy though when he discovers Claire’s lies.
3 Kaysana An airship captain who loses her airship, is caught in the middle of a zombie plague and is stuck with a frankenstruct, and Kaysana doesn’t like those cloned beings. Strangely though she finds herself attracted to Sten’s dominance, and his ropes!
4 Sten A male clone not above indulging in some very dub-con activities. This guy is super dominant but equally protective and determined to keep Kaysana safe. Well safe from the Zombies, she might not be safe from him.
5 Sofia An intelligent and brilliant researcher, Sofia needs to work undercover in Byzantium but that involves pretending to be the sex slave. Pretend to be owned by the man employed to be her bodyguard. It’s the only way to keep her safe from the Emperor, but who will keep her safe from Dankyo?
6 Dankyo Despite what the intelligent and independent Sofia believes, the Dominant part of Dankyo can sense the submissiveness at her core. And boy does he have fun convincing her to follow his commands and in bending her body to his desires.
Six for Sunday is a meme hosted by the incredible A Little But A Lot, this month’s focus is book series. Today is meant to focus on six series with a heartwrenching ending. I’m at heart a romance reader so I don’t do sad endings! However I think I can spin this a little and blend in some books that left me in a similar state to the image above (attributed to Destiny Blue), with mixed feelings.
I HAVE to start with the Ribbon Duet by Pepper Winters. I know I’m stretching the series idea with a duet, but both books are really long, as in looooooong, but are amazing, wonderful, outstanding etc etc. The second book, The Girl & Her Ren, is the Ultimate of Ugly Cry Books. I had to commit the supreme sin of skipping ahead and reading the last chapter. I knew, I justknew that this wasn’t going to end with the miracle I was so desperate for and the only way I survived reading this was to break it up between other books. Cheerful, happy, smiley type reads that allowed my fractured soul to knit back together, before resuming it and splintered apart again.
“What do you do when you meet your soul mate? No wait…that’s too easy. What do you do when you meet your soul mate and have to spend a lifetime loving him in secret? I’ll tell you what you do. You lie.” REN Ren was eight when he learned that love doesn’t exist—that the one person who was supposed to adore him only cared how much he was worth. His mother sold him and for two years, he lived in terror. But then…he ran. He thought he’d run on his own. Turned out, he took something of theirs by accident and it became the one thing he never wanted and the only thing he ever needed. DELLA I was young when I fell in love with him, when he switched from my world to my everything. My parents bought him for cheap labour, just like they had with many other kids, and he had the scars to prove it. At the start, he hated me, and I could understand why. For years he was my worst enemy, fiercest protector, and dearest friend. But by the end…he loved me. The only problem was, he loved me in an entirely different way to the way I loved him. And slowly, my secret drove us apart.
Books 1-3 give us this story from Mel’s point of view, book 4 and 5 retell the same story from Sawyer’s perspective, it includes scenes and events that we don’t learn of in 1-3 and extends beyond the events of book 3. You can read just 1 – 3 if you want, but despite knowing what was coming, book 4 and 5 still tore my heart out and I loved every minute of them. Book 1 and 2 are angsty but give no warning of what is to come. Technically this does have a HEA but the journey there is littered with pain and misery.
One night changed her life… Bestselling author Amelia Greyson has grown up in the music industry and isn’t the slightest bit fazed by fame or celebrities. However, when she attends a Bastards and Dangerous concert with her best friend Belle, her world shifts on its axis. Double trouble… Sawyer and Noah Weston are the front men of BAD. They’re fraternal twins and sexy as sin. When they hear the author of The O Factor is in their green room, they’re intrigued. She’s just the person they need to write their farewell story. The brothers offer Amelia the opportunity of a lifetime, which she reluctantly accepts. Three hearts… Noah is sweet and considerate, working hard to make Amelia feel at home on the road. Unfortunately, the closer they get, the more obnoxious Sawyer becomes. Sawyer is arrogant and distant and he wants Amelia, even though she’s not his for the taking. Only during stolen moments does Sawyer show her who he really is. Can Amelia maintain a safe distance from Sawyer and keep her heart intact? Or will she shatter Noah’s heart by giving hers to his brother instead?
Again this technically has a HEA but the final book definitely puts you through the wringer and the author does THAT thing, yes the one where they kill of someone you love. I’m not quite sure how I survived the fifth book – I do remember shedding copious tears though.
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 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 being invisible is no longer an option. To hunt the warfae, to stop him from destroying a thousand-year 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.
We know from the off how this is going to end, we know because this was written AFTER the Dark Necessities Trilogy where we learn about the fate of Connor’s parents. Right until the very end I was hoping for some miracle to occur, for the author to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the hat and alter destiny. Nope, #passthetissues.
He’s Deadly–A Monster. So why can’t she Stay Away? Men like Ethan Reilly should never fall in love. Dark, enigmatic and dangerous, Ethan is the perfect predator until he meets Lily Simpson, a woman passionate enough to placate him and strong enough to surrender to him. For a while Lily’s love is enough. But the darkness inside Ethan is too powerful to contain, and soon it spills into their burgeoning love affair. As he wrestles with his demons, Ethan must come to terms with who he really is, but if he does, what happens to Lily? Can any love be strong enough to survive a past as terrible as Ethan’s? And what kind of future can they forge from the ashes of his awful admission?
So this is where my first “cheat” comes in, because I refuse to believe that this is the end for a certain character, I’ve also been looking for ANY excuse to include this in a post for a while. So whilst I was sad at the possibility AND the effect on other protagonists, I refuse to have my heart broken at the moment. Now for some reason the final book, Ashes, isn’t included on the Goodreads page linked above, so you can find it here.
“I am going to break you. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. From the moment the door inside that room closes, I am not going to be Mr. Nice Guy. I am going to do everything in my power to hear you scream, and I won’t stop until I hear you beg for mercy. Do you wish to proceed on that basis?” Today my name is Lois Reeves. I have an appointment with my new boss, James Leverett, this morning because my next assignment requires that I assassinate one of the biggest gangsters in the world. This is a suicide mission that is almost guaranteed to get me killed, but I have to accept it. To refuse would mean death – and not just mine. This guy who I’m about to kill is lining up everyone I hold dear, and preparing to take them out one by one. This is every assassin’s worst nightmare, and this is the hell within which I now live.
This series has two endings to chose from. One (and my particular favourite) is very dark, non-consensual and full of triggers. The other is the more classically emotionally heartwrenching but both endings fit the theme, even if both eventually end in a HEA too. The whole series balances on a knife edge of abuse/consensual power exchange and is a very compelling read.
A warning comes with this book. It’s not a typical hearts and flowers romance. There are thorns and it’s not for the faint-of-heart. LOVE OR LEAVE Max, true to his nature, takes control right from the start. Lucy has no choice but to give in. As she fights to understand her willingness to give him everything, he pushes her for more. STAY OR GO Theirs is a journey with many a twist and turn, but isn’t love always? It’s the slow build that happens when sweet and shy meets determined and dominant. In the end, the choice is clear. Stay or go. Love or leave. Be what is needed or turn away from True Nature. This is the start of something darker. True Nature is the first book in a series that includes two alternative endings. See for yourself why fans are saying this makes all the other dark romances look like greyed out shades of fairytales.
Sometimes meme topics are a little open to interpretation. Today’s criteria from A Little But A Lot is Favourite Book 1 in a Series, please do pop over to their site to say hello, check out there list and maybe even find some new books to add to your TBR.
So I’m going to put my own spin on this, and highlight six books that are all part of their own interconnected series, and that had me 1 clicking the rest of the series.
Sasha has been different her whole life. She sees things in the shadows that no one else can see. But it isn’t until a mishap on the wrong side of town that she meets him. The Boss.
A powerful, primal being that enforces his own set of rules. Scorching hot and wickedly deadly, he takes what he wants. And he wants her. As a new world unfolds around her, Sasha discovers that not all secrets stick to the shadows. The Boss has brought out a magic in her that is centuries lost, and greatly needed. Her struggle isn’t just to stay alive. It’s also against her desire to flirt with danger.
2 Born of Water (Rise of the Fifth Order) by Autumn M Birt
Would you protect a girl whose forbidden magic condemns her to death? In the buried archives of the Temple of Dust may lie the secret to defeating the Curse, a creature which seeks to destroy 16-year old Ria for the forbidden gifts she possesses. It is from among the ranks of those who control the Curse where Ria will find her best chance of success. Only the Water Priestess Niri can save Ria from the forces that hunt her, if Niri doesn’t betray the girl first. Along with Ria comes Ty and his sister, Lavinia, both bound to defend Ria from the Church of Four Orders. However, Ty has been living a life less than honest and keeping it from his sister. To survive a journey that takes them across the breadth of their world, the four must learn to trust each other before pursuit from the Church and Ty’s troubled past find them.
3 Balanced on a Blades (Dragon Blood #1) Edge Lindsay Buroker
Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism – he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship – but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron — what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…
Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.
Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade — her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.
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.
5 Playing for Keeps (Neighbor From Hell #1) by RL Mathewson
Done with being the world’s biggest pushover, Haley has finally had enough and it was all thanks to her neighbor from hell. Since the day that he moved in next-door, Jason Bradford had been going out of his way to make her life a living hell, and today… Today was going to be the day that he regretted pushing her too far. The last thing that Jason expected was for his shy little neighbor to finally acknowledge his existence, but now that she had, he realized what he’d been missing. After taking her under his wing, he can’t help but notice how nicely she fits in his life. Now, the only thing left to do was to convince her that this is anything but a game.
6 Underneath It All (The Walshes #1) Kate Canterbary
One hot architect. One naughty schoolteacher. One crazy night that changes everything. Meet Lauren Halsted. It’s all the little things–the action plans, the long-kept promises–that started falling apart when my life slipped into controlled chaos. After I fell ass-over-elbow into Matthew Walsh’s arms. Meet Matthew Walsh. A rebellious streak ran through Lauren Halsted. It was fierce and unrelentingly beautiful, and woven through too many good girl layers to count, and she wasn’t letting anyone tell her what to do. Unless, of course, she was naked.
Books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation
This week’s #Six4Sunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot, is a very interesting topic – 6 books on your TBR because of someone else’s recommendation! Thankfully Cecile and Bex keep me very busy on Goodreads with their excellent reviews and recommendations of books to read. Thankfully I also created a shelf labelled “recommended by a friend” so the only challenge will be which 6 books to choose 😊.
As a phone sex operator, Annette Waincott knows how to tease to get what she wants. That is, until she teases the wrong man at a club, claiming kinky fantasies she doesn’t really have. It must have been too much vodka and his tantalizing Russian accent. Too bad he believes her. When the Russian accidentally kidnaps her twin sister as part of an ill-fated sex game, things quickly get real. In a desperate bid to free her twin, Annette offers herself to him in trade. He both terrifies and excites her, but she knows she can never trust him. The things he wants will push her to her limits and beyond. And this time, she can’t tell pretty lies and run away.
She’s not going down without a fight… Fierce and feisty, Raine knows when she’s being hunted. It’s a sixth sense, part of who she is and a parting gift from her broken past. No family, no friends, she is a true self-made woman, independent and reliant on no one but herself. Unbeknownst to her, she’s caught the attention of a bachelor pack of werewolves–five burly brothers, exiled from Ireland by their father until one of them stakes a claim on their mate and, in doing so, inherits the title of pack Alpha. They intend to take her, the vicious little redhead with murder on her mind, and make her submit to one of them before her estrus cycle runs out–few mortal women are compatible with werewolves for breeding, and time is of the essence. But Raine refuses to offer her submission, fighting for her freedom and her life, to the monsters demanding everything she has to give, everything she might have been, everything that makes her the woman she is. When the new world she finds herself trapped in becomes a battlefield of blood and fur, will her captors be her monsters or her guardians?
Chloe is a seasoned drug courier who finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Facing a lingering and painful death at the hands of the Zeta cartel, Mexico’s most brutal organised crime syndicate, she persuades their enforcer to claim her. Ex marine and dark ops expert Kyle Suarez is chief enforcer for the Zeta cartel. Ruthlessly efficient, he is feared by his enemies. When he claims Chloe, he simply expects to enjoy a well-deserved and disposable bonus. Has Chloe made a huge mistake, or will her choice prove her salvation – and his?
Twelve men. A virgin queen. One arranged marriage. The first time I met the boys of the Zodiac Brotherhood, I was forced to my knees for the introduction. Still grieving the death of my parents, I was a child queen, a pawn in my uncle’s agenda for wealth and gain. As my guardian, he had the authority to arrange a marriage upon my eighteenth birthday. That meeting took place six years ago. Now those boys are powerful men. Twelve virile men that want to own me. And I must spend a month with each one. Bending and yielding to their desires and commands. Shedding pieces of my innocence so long as my virtue remains intact. Because they want a virgin queen after the last month concludes, and my uncle plans to auction me off to the highest bidder. Out of the twelve men, only one has my heart. And only one can claim my hand in marriage. If only it were up to me to decide.
In the world of Pure Ones, where sexual intercourse with anyone other than one’s Eternal Mate leads to a slow, painful death within thirty days, love comes with the warning label “fall at your own peril”… Rain: the Healer From the first time she beheld him, she yearned to sooth his pain and torment and nurtured a secret, selfish desire – to have him for her very own… Valerius: the Protector Despite their instant attraction, he has staunchly avoided applying to be the Healer’s Consort, haunted by the brutality and violence of his past… As the decadal Phoenix Rite draws near, as threats from their vampire nemesis intensify, Rain and Valerius must decide whether they let their histories and duties dictate their destiny or whether they risk all for a chance at everlasting love.
Two mortal enemies rule this city – and I belong to them both. I once fawned at the supernatural beings in our city. I marveled at their powers and praised them for saving us from murderers, rapists and arsonists. Then I met him. The city’s most prominent superhuman. Its favored hero. He saved my life. And then… then he marked me as his pet and taught me that in St. Anthony, there are no such things as heroes. But with his claim, he caught the attention of everything that is dark and twisted in this city. Their eyes are on me now, and one of them will stop at nothing to take what belongs to his enemy. Especially me. No human woman can survive two powerful beings using her body as their battleground, but my city is doomed, corruption eating away at its very core. If I want to save it, I’ll have to submit to both the men determined to own me. Breed me.
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 😂.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oh my word, the TBR. That ever growing list that would take four lifetimes to ever get through. I have tried cutting right back on arc reading commitments this year in an attempt to reduce the huge backlog of books that are not only on my TBR list but are also sitting on my ereader. Books that I have paid good money for, books by authors I love, books that *may* just have been sitting on my kindle for 2, 3 or more years. Yes I am hanging my head in shame.
I have made a very, very small dent in that pile, along with clearing a huge swathe of freebie books that I’m probably never going to pick up and read. Lets face it if I downloaded it back in July of 2017 and I still haven’t read the first few lines, I’m highly unlikely to ever do so.
Sometimes I feel like I can barely keep up with the new books released by the authors I read regularly, and for most of them I’m still attempting to catch up on their back list. Then I have friends who keep recommending new books and new authors to me. Are they trying to break me? It makes me wonder just how much of a friend they are when they are gleefully adding to my TBR mountain. Though I have found some amazing reads via these recommendations so I really shouldn’t complain.
Today’s “lets join in some fun” meme is #SixForSunday, hosted by A Little But a Lot. Each week a topic is posted, this weeks is to highlight 6 recent additions to my TBR list. Maybe it will inspire me to clear the list a little, either by reading them or encouraging me to remove them completely!
This cover was enough to sell me on the book, along with the fact that it’s a fairy tale retelling. It was easy to decide on adding this since I already own a few of this series, those are currently languishing on my owned-and-must-read TBR list. A list that keeps getting bigger and bigger but which I have finally started to chisel away at. I feel quite proud that I’ve read a good 6 or 7 books from it so far this year, though at that rate it will be a century or two before it’s totally cleared. Hmm, must try harder.
If you’re unfamiliar with the genre, Omegaverse is a society based on the three dynamics that exist. Alpha’s are the dominants of the society, strong, fierce, aggressive. Beta’s are the workers, sometimes referred to as drones, the ones most similar to humans. Omega’s are physically weak but are the only ones able to breed with Alphas and accept the male’s knot. Most books in the genre were with MM pregnancy stories (not my cup of tea) or dark, dubious to non-consent M/f dystopian style stories, to which I say “Yes, please”. However the genre now spans all shades from light and airy through to dark and depraved, from settings that feel contemporary through to sci-fi settings, which is where The Controllers series comes in.
Omega Awakening, a dark Cinderella Omegaverse romance… All things must end. I learned that lesson the day my mother died. My step-mother was wicked. My step-sister, spiteful. It was a relief when I revealed as an Omega because it was a chance to escape. But it wasn’t the end of my troubles. What happens to Omegas is a secret. And my troubles had just begun. “I can save you from one monster, Verity,” Lilly had said when she accepted me into the program. “But I cannot save you from them all.” True to her word, she saved me from my step-mother. Then Woodrow entered my life. And I realized he was the other monster Lilly had warned me about.
My eye was caught by a review of this, by a friend, on Goodreads. It’s not a book that would have normally caught my eye but Meggie’s summation of the book, really captured my attention and had me one-clicking before I knew it. At 99p it didn’t seem to big a risk either.
From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump start her career. Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Recommended by the same friend as the previous book, this appealed due to her enthusiasm for how the book focused on female friendship. It clearly passes the Bechdel test and, judging by the number of reviews on Goodreads, is a very well known/popular author, though I’ve not heard of them before.
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . .
Who can resist a book with the subtitle of Big Bad Bunnies? Golden Angel is a nerdy, Harry Potter loving, cos-play fan so you can imagine how quirky and irreverent her humour is. I’ve read many of this authors more contemporary work, and some darker work, written under the pen name of Sinistre Ange.
Sometimes all a lion shifter wants is a snuggly bunny to cuddle. And Kasim has been stalking his very kissable prey with the patience of a true hunter. But as the perfect moment to pounce arrives, life throws some obstacles in Kasim’s path and his hopes for something more with a certain some-bunny are dashed quite possibly forever.
The last of her siblings to find a partner, bunny shifter Bailey Bunson has been waiting for her fated mate. But when her dream of predestined love is ripped from her grasp, Bailey fears she’ll never know her own happily-ever-after. That is, until she realizes the unassuming lion shifter who’s been by her side might not be her fated mate, but is everything she’s ever wanted. Will it be too late for Bailey and Kasim?
Another recommendation by a Goodreads friend, this ticks so many of my boxes that it just HAD to go on my TBR list. Nora Ash is one of the more widely known names from the world of indie publishing. A world where the books are every bit as good, if not even better, than more traditionally published stories.
Two mortal enemies rule this city – and I belong to them both
I once fawned at the supernatural beings in our city. I marveled at their powers and praised them for saving us from murderers, rapists and arsonists. Then I met him. The city’s most prominent superhuman. Its favored hero. He saved my life. And then… then he marked me as his pet and taught me that in St. Anthony, there are no such things as heroes. But with his claim, he caught the attention of everything that is dark and twisted in this city. Their eyes are on me now, and one of them will stop at nothing to take what belongs to his enemy. Especially me.
No human woman can survive two powerful beings using her body as their battleground, but my city is doomed, corruption eating away at its very core. If I want to save it, I’ll have to submit to both the men determined to own me. Breed me.
The final book recently added to my TBR is different from the rest in two ways. First of all it hasn’t actually been released yet, and secondly I’ve been involved in beta reading the book. This is a gaslight paranormal tale, with some darker elements scattered throughout. There is just something so delicious about a good man who occasionally looses control of the dark and deviant side brought out by exposure to malignant energy. That his victim in this, the wonderfully kinky Willa Moriarty, quietly enjoys his debauched demands only adds to the fun.
What if the storybook hero becomes the villain? She is my arch enemy’s niece. I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies. This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy. Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control.
Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty.
I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things.