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.

HIS EMPIRE SERIES by Tabitha Black

RESTRAINT – 4 Stars

Gold star

I had heard good things about this series and I wasn’t disappointed.

I was fortunate to read a Tabitha Black arc a few weeks ago (Primal Possession) which I adored. I knew I had a couple of her books languishing on my kindle, so decided to bump them up my TBR list. I went into Restraint fairly ‘blind’, for some reason believing it to be a darker read. It isn’t, it’s actually a BDSM resort read, similar to the Masters of the Castle series and a darn good read too.

I liked that we didn’t have just one hero and heroine in this, we actually follow several different characters, some more than others. This allows us to participate in some very hot scenes with an established Master and his slave, George and Faye, as well as enjoy a budding romance between a Dom and a very new-to-it-all sub, Dain and Hazel. I loved the characters, found them all easy to connect with and was totally captivated by the story. 

The plot was interesting and the pace was perfect, moving the story along whilst also holding my attention. I was actually disappointed when I discovered I was almost at the end of the book, thankfully I also have book 2 on my kindle and will be diving straight into it. A definite recommend to BDSM romance lovers.


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / GOODREADS

DENIAL – 4.5 Stars

I absolutely loved this second instalment of the ‘His Empire’series. We get to see more of the characters from Book 1, lots more of Hazel and Dain, plus a new couple in dungeon monitor Cav and holiday guest Shanna. I found myself gripped from the very first page and couldn’t read the book fast enough to find out what would happen next – especially at Simeon’s ‘special’ meal!

The chemistry between the different couples is amazing, the scenes are hot, and there are plenty of interesting sub-plots too. Personally I felt the play scenes were a little limited, focusing almost solely on bondage and discipline, I would have loved a little more variety and some boundary pushing. However they are still very well written, following the precepts of RACK and SSC. T he more experienced kinksters are very good at making the newbies aware of how to play safely, of the need to negotiate, have safe-words etc. 

I’m certainly hoping that the author gets back to this series, I really need more of Simeon, his employees and guests at Nox Oasis.


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PRIMAL POSSESSION by Tabitha Black

4 STARS – ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Please sir, may I have some more?


I’m half omegaverse whore, half omegaverse snob. That is to say I’ll metaphorically drop my knickers if the book has omegaverse in the blurb but I’ll quickly pull them back up and walk away if the writing isn’t up to par. Happily Primal Possession is a super hot, darkness tinged, well written story. It has an excellent plot, some very good world building and two finely crafted main characters.


The setting of the story held all the ‘key’ features I have come to expect from an omegaverse book whilst also having a sense of individuality. There were lots of hints of life outside the palace walls that have me intrigued and wondering where the next Alphas of Sandor book will take us. This was further enhanced by the quality of secondary characters, most of whom added substance to the story rather than just merely being present. 

I loved how Ms Black took me from disliking the hero, Arius, at the start of the book to ultimately being a little in love with him by the end. He was a very imperfect hero, unafraid to admit when he had made mistakes, yet still very dominant and alpha throughout. We really got to know the man that at first seemed a monster, kudos to some amazing writing by the author to maintain his core personality whilst allowing him to mature and grow.

Saskia was a wonderful heroine, who also developed through the story. She picked her battles wisely and thankfully wasn’t prone to impulsive behaviour – I can’t abide a TSTL character. There were several moments where both characters had ‘come to Jesus’ moments, I didn’t agree with Saskia at first, on one of them, but by the end she had totally convinced me of her decision!

It just remains to say that this is omegaverse, if you hadn’t noticed, and that means lots of very hot and heavy sexual encounters with copious amounts of slick and several alpha knots. Phewy I either had several menopausal hot flushes or this book was seriously steamy, yet the scenes were neither gratuitous nor excessive.

In summary I feel this is a perfect book for dipping your toes into if you’re new to the genre, it’s also a great read for those well entrenched in the alpha/beta/omega dynamic. I also think those who love darker reads, sci-fi or even contemporary and want to find something new would all very much enjoy this.

BLURB

I never really thought I’d be captured… 

Despite being born an Omega, I refused to spend my life in a facility, waiting for a suitable Alpha to claim me as his. Instead, with the help of my family, I broke the law, hiding among the Betas, trying to live a normal life. I enjoyed five years of freedom… 

…then they caught me. 

Now I’ve been chosen by Arius, the second most powerful Alpha in Sandor. The moment my scent reached him, overcome by the rut, he had to take me. As his mate, I can have anything my heart desires – anything he has the power to give. 

The only thing I don’t have is a choice. 


Publisher’s Note: This dark MF Omegaverse romance contains elements of power exchange and explicit scenes which may trigger some readers.

GOODREADS / AMAZON US / AMAZON UK