Claire Marta & Nia Farrell-Ash

Today we have the last book in the first season of the Guarded Hearts books. And let me tell you, I think that Ash is the perfect book to wrap up the season. I think that the main thrust of the story for the last 7 books was wrapped up well enough and the hooks were laid well enough that moving on to season 2 is going to be easy and we aren’t going to want to know what happened with what thing.

We start with Ash. She’s 18 and has been staying at a safe house owned by her step-cousin, who should be the Don of his family, but since he was too young when his father died, his uncle, Ash’s step-father and all around scumbag douchecanoe, took over, and he hasn’t stepped down yet. Ash had to get away from him for a lot of reasons, one of which is the fact that he was going to trade her to a vampire. Only now, Ash has overheard one of her cousin’s guards talking to her step-father and she has to leave. So, she sneaks out and runs. For a few days she manages to hide, but then she ends up at the Citadel, where she is able to find somewhere safe to hide. While she’s there, she sees a man working at a forge. He’s her god of the forge.

Tobias is the only one of his cadre to not have a partner or a mate. He leads the cadre, protects everyone to the best of his abilities, and does everything he can to fight the battles they are in with Etienne and his ilk. He also crafts things, usually in his forge, but not always. He’s not looking for a mate. He doesn’t think that he deserves one. He had bad things happen in his past, and he’s pretty sure that it means he’ll never have a mate. Until the day that he looks up from his forge and sees a face that he’ll never forget. And he discovers that Ash is hiding on their property. He takes her up to his apartment, and has to figure out who she is, what to do with her, and what her being there means.

I really like Ash. I think that she is this real mix of worldly and naive. She’s strong and yet she’s really fragile. She is really cynical about some things, but in a lot of other things, it’s like she’s seeing everything for the first time. It’s really interesting to read, and it makes her a really good character. I think that she’s also really protective, and she will do a fuckload of shit to make sure that she can protect the people that she loves. Frankly, I think that she and Tobias are a perfect match, really.

Tobias has been a bit of a mystery during this whole series. We’ve only really seen him as this stern and paternal leader. He makes the rules, he makes sure that everyone follows the rules, he makes the hard decisions, and he does what he can to make sure that they are going to win their battle against the dark. We don’t see much in his head during the other books, so we don’t really get to know him until this one. In fact, a few times in the older books, I actually kinda didn’t like him at all. He made decisions that I didn’t like. Oh, I understood why he made some of the decisions that he did, but they didn’t make me like him. And after reading this book and getting to know more of his past, I can understand his decisions even more. I think he has spent many years being lonely and locking himself away, convincing himself that he doesn’t need a mate, so when Ash shows up, it shocks the hell out of him, and well it should. I think that he needed her, in more ways than one.

I really do think that this wrapped up this cadre’s season really well. And it did it without sacrificing Ash and Tobias’s story, which would’ve upset me. They truly deserved to have their own story.

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Sara Fields-Blush For Daddy

We’re back with another Sara book. This time she has brought Daddy along with her, and he is ready to see us any time now. Shall we talk about Blush For Daddy so that we don’t upset him?

Keri is the daughter of a mobster. Her father signed a contract for her to marry the son of another mob family so that he can get more powers. She doesn’t want to marry him. She is just barely an adult, and she has pretty much spent her entire life under her father’s thumb. So, on the day that she is tasting cakes and trying on dresses for her wedding, which is literally the next day, she tells her dad she doesn’t want to get married. Well, that doesn’t go down all that well with her old man, because he informs her that she’s expendable and she will either get married or he’ll kill her. Yeah, her dad is a perfect example of kind and loving parenting. They get home, and Keri remembers something she heard about a guy named Jaxon and how he can fix issues. Her BFF knows him and can get Keri in to see him.

So, Jaxon. Well, he’s a very powerful man and he’s a helluva fixer. He’s also a Daddy, and he likes nothing more than to spank naughty little girls’ bottoms. He will help people, but there is always some kind of price. Lovely teenage Keri shows up and tells him what’s happening. She tells him that her dad hurt her and that he told her that he would kill her. Keri also told Jaxon that she talked to her fiance, whom she has never really met, and that he made some terrible threats. Jaxon leaves, to make some phone calls, and then comes back to tell Keri that part of what she said was a lie, and he was going to spank her for lying. And oh yeah, she’d be calling him Daddy while he did it. Which did happen, but then Keri ran.

This book doesn’t happen all at the same time. There are some gaps in between the encounters that Keri and Jaxon have. I think that it works really well that way, becauseKeri really did need time to mature and grow up. She was able to go out and make something of herself and to get experience in the world which she wouldn’t have been able to get under her father or as a married woman.

I like Keri most of the time. I understand the anger and pride she has over what is going on. I also get the urge to lie to Jaxon when she’s asking for help. The more that she can show that terrible things are happening, the more pathetic she makes herself look, the more in need she looks, and the more likely she is to get the help. Tell the truth, it’s something that we’ve all done in the past. We make ourselves look more targeted or more hurt or more whatever so that we can get the help we are asking for. It’s kind of human nature, so I’m not going to blame her for acting like that. She wasn’t doing it to be malicious, really.

I think, in general, that Keri is a pretty strong person. She has gone through a whole lot of crap, just in growing up with her father, and she did fight through that to go on to make something of herself.

I think Jaxon is a really interesting guy. He’s powerful, smart, devious, and deviant af. He has some really interesting ideas, and he has no problem putting any of them into play. Most of them are pretty much hot AF too.

Nothing under the picture today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Top MM Books of 2020 Pt. 2

OK, we’re back with the second part of my best MM books of 2020. I have 2 books and 1 series of 6 books on this part of the list. And yeah, the entire series belongs on this list. It’s amazing. Remember, these are in no particular order. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Nikole Knight-Fire & Brimstone Scrolls

When I first got the ARC for Revelations, the first book, it said that it was a RH, but I think that it is more like a poly series instead. It’s 4 guys, Riley, Noel, Jairus, and Gideon. Well, it’s Riley and his 3 guardian angels, but it turns into a relationship. It’s a slow burn series, and I mean seriously slow burn. I don’t think that there is any sex stuff until late in the 2nd book, and normally I’m not a fan of such a slow burn, but the story in this one really dragged me in. It is an intense series, with a lot of horrible things that happen to the main characters, and I mean terrible, terrible, terrible things. There are discussions of previous abuse and sexual assault. The series totally broke my heart at times, but the end totally made it worth everything. Honestly, I can’t even say how much I love this series. One really awesome thing is that we get a character is on the asexual spectrum, and we get to see how the relationship works there.

Gianni Holmes-Fable’s Foes

This is a gay MC Daddy poly book, with age play. Yeah. It may sound like something that shouldn’t work. I mean, you jam all kinds of tropes into one book, and it could get messy. And I’ve seen it happen. But it didn’t here. We have Fable, who is a Little, and who has to hide himself for so many reasons. Then he gets kidnapped. He gets rescued by bikers, because they were there to rescue someone else. Booker and Zak are two of the bikers, and they had been in a relationship of sorts, but they aren’t so much right now. But they are all attracted to each other. Part of the reason I like this one is that we get to see a main character who has something called Klinefelter syndrome, which gives him XXY instead of XY. He’s not trans, but he does have certain issues that go with it, and we get to see the effects of his disorder on his sex life.

Susan Hawke-Rules to Ignore

This is the 7th and last book in Susi’s Davey’s Rules series, and it’s Davey’s story. We kept waiting for this one to come out and it was well worth the wait. The whole series is a Daddy series, and the rules part comes from the rules that Davey sets for his Daddy. I think by the end of book 6, there are 90 some rules. Then we get to Davey’s book, and everything changes. We get to see Davey learning a lot more about himself than he had in the past, in a good way. We also get to see a non-traditional Daddy/boy relationship, and one that is pretty awesome.

OK, that’s my top MM books of last year. Stay tuned for the next list. I think it might be motorcycle club books.

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Jane Henry & Shanna Handel-Forever My Babygirl

Shanna and Jane put out Forever my Babygirl a couple of weeks ago, and it’s a nice story to read. It’s the latest book in the Vegas Daddies books, and I think that it’s the last one. Of course, my crazy brain may be crazy and remembering things that don’t really exist. It does happen. Anyway, this story is Rawley’s story. He is the brother from the first book, so it all ties in. Of course, everyone ties in with each other in here, in one way or another.

First, we have Rawley. He was with his brother’s ex, Tiffany, until she tried to screw over his brother, and her kicked her to the curb. And, she’s a serious piece of work and quite nasty. He’s decided that he’s going to give up his playboy ways and give up women. And so he does, for a little while. But then, he decides that he’s going to go to his friend Miranda’s escort service, Sugar Daddies, and pay for one night with an escort. He’ll get his rocks off and won’t catch feelings.

Then we have Emmeline. She’s a struggling med student, and struggling is the word. Her school is all paid for and she’s in the homestretch, but it’s all the other stuff, like food and rent, that she is having problems with. Her best friend Lexi’s sister, Miranda, runs an escort agency, and Emmeline figures she can do just one night, which is all she can fit into her schedule, and then have the money that she needs, especially if she moves in with Lexi. Which is what she’s going to do, and it’s almost all good, except for the fact that Lexi is incredibly allergic to cats, which means she can’t take her old cat, Mr. Whiskers, with her.

Anyway, Emmeline goes to Miranda and begs for one night, and since Miranda had just gotten a contract for just one night, that night, she says OK. So, Emmeline goes home and gets ready for her appointment with fate, who is named Rawley in this case.

I love Emmline’s confidence in this case. She showed up at Rawley’s door in a long coat, knee high boots, and lingerie. That is some supreme confidence. And she has no problem with the whole Daddy thing and acting seductive, until she falls into the hot tub. But, Rawley is there to make things all better.

I really like how caring Rawley has. I think that he really wants the best for Emmeline, and he’d really like that to be him. But from the very start, he really is protective and caring. I think that he’s defintely a born Daddy. He seems to take to it really well.

I really, really, really hate Tiffany. Really hate her.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Livia Grant-Expecting It All

First of all, I need to say that I am starting this at 4:45 PM Eastern time, and the Sun has already been done for nearly an hour where I am. I was really tired already, and now my body thinks it’s bedtime. This has nothing to do with the story, I’m just whining. And yawning. A lot. Anyway.

So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about Livia’s newest book, Expecting It All. This is the latest book from the Passion Pit series, and is the first one that is a standalone. It’s a couple we’ve already seen and gotten to know, Derek and Rachel. He’s a Daddy and she’s his baby girl. They had been basically a 24/7 couple, but she was pregnant in the last book, and this one is all about that.

So, we start with a 8 month pregnant Rachel leaving a cab so that she can go to the Pit. She hasn’t been there in a while, and Master Derek has taken over doing the shows. Rachel is a little bit worried because she’s pretty sure their marriage is imploding. She and Derek are drifting apart, and it has been a while since any happy sexy fun time have happened, so she’s headed to the Pit to see what’s going on and to see if they can get things back to normal. But when she gets there and sees what’s happening, she ends up with a panic attack.

Derek finds out that Rachel is there and that she’s having a panic attack, and he rushes out to take care of her. Then he takes her home, and they have a talk. And it’s an actual talk, not a euphimism for a spanking. Of course, spankings do happen. Rachel and Derek both talk about what’s going on in their relationship and their fears and worries about it.

You know, so often when we read romance books we see the buildup of the relationship and the end of the story is their HEA, when they get together. But really, that’s the start of their HEA, we just normally don’t get to see all the ever after bits. I mean, yeah, we may get an epilogue that shows a glimpse into what’s happening, or we may see them as secondary or tertiary characters in someone else’s book. But with Rachel and Derek, we know that they got their HEA, so now we get to see the actually EA of the HEA. What I like about this is that it’s not something we see often, so when we do get to see this, I really appreciate it.

Rachel and Derek are at a big change in their relationship. Having a baby is going to drastically change any relationship, no matter what. And that’s if you are vanilla or kinky. I think that adding in a kink would make it even harder, especially one in which Mama is also a baby, like Rachel, and one where you are pretty much 24/7. That’s just a lot of change, period.

I really like that we get to see both Rachel and Derek evolve alone and together. They each grow and change as people. Then their relationship grows and changes. To me, it feels so real. I mean, this is stuff that we all go through when we are in a relationship or even when we aren’t. We all grow and change and as each of us change, our relationships change, no matter what kind of relationship it is. Even you don’t relate to the kink part of Derek and Rachel’s relationship, you can relate to the worries and concerns about how changes are going to affect their relationship and the work that it takes to keep that relationship strong and happy. So, massive kudoes to Livia for that.

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Shanna Handel & Jane Henry-Always My Babygirl

Shanna and Jane have gotten together and given us a new Daddy story. Always My Babygirl is a mostly sweet story with a woman who is trying to do everything she can to take care of her family and an obsessive man.

So, we start with Miranda. We’ve met her before. She runs the Sugar Daddies escort agency, but she doesn’t go out on any of the dates. She’s also helping her sister pay for her wedding. Because Miranda is so busy, she doesn’t always remember to eat. And today isn’t any different, so when she gets to the gym and goes to her spin class, she just doesn’t have anything left in her tank, so she passes out and falls off the bike. The next thing she knows, she’s waking up in the hospital, but she’s kinda sure that she’s dead right now. But then, she hears Gabriel Lord, and discovers she’s not dead.

Gabriel is so attracted to Miranda. He’s sooooo attractive to her that he’s obsessed. He knows everything about her. Ev.ery.thing. (well, except for one thing…) He really wants to be with her forever. For.ev.er. But they’ve never even spoken, at least until now. He goes with her to the hospital, and while he’s there, he finds out exactly what her business is, and he bribes her assistant to set it up so that Miranda has to go on a date with him.

And it’s while they are on that date, that everything starts to go pear shaped. All the things.

I like Miranda. I understand where she’s coming from as the oldest sister. You end up taking care of all the problems, and trying to make everything better. And Miranda really does do that. She’s also determined, stubborn, and driven. She’s been running her own business for years, and it’s in high demand. That doesn’t just happen out of nowhere. She has an awful lot to be proud of.

Oh Gabriel. I think that he just meant well, but I don’t think the man understands a line or boundary. Or maybe he does, but he has no problem stomping all over them. As we go through the book, we learn why he does what he does, but yeah, it borders on the creepy AF line. I do, however, think that he’s a good man, overall. He just wants to make Miranda’s life so much better.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Raisa Greywood-Treats For Lucia

Raisa listened to Daddy and brought us a sweet Halloween Daddy story. It’s part of her Holiday Daddies books, which means we have a new guardian angel as well as a new Daddy and his little girl. I really enjoyed Treats for Lucia, and I really want to see more of Serena.

We start with Serena, who is now a guardian angel, and she has dragged Gabriel into a kink club called Sinners and Saints. Personally, I love the idea of dragging an archangel into a kink club. She’s there on a mission. She needs to check on Lucia and make sure that she’s OK.

Lucia, meanwhile, is not OK. She’s so far from OK that she can’t even see it. She’s reeling from Serena’s death, and can’t manage to get herself back on level footing. In fact, she’s so bad off right now that she’s snuck some vodka into her drink, which is a very strict no-no. Luckily, Serena is there to handle it, and she manages to switch Lucia’s drink with Ryan’s, and he finds out what Lucia is doing.

Ryan is a Dom. And not only is he a Dom, but he’s a Dom that Serena and Lucia trained. The ladies were partners, with Lucia being a switch. He finally finds out exactly how badly Lucia is currently doing, and he’s not going to have it. He drags her out of the club, takes her home, and tells her that either she consents to getting a spanking, or he leaves and tells the club she was drinking on the premises. Lucia decides that she will take the spanking. Later that night, Ryan finds out what Lucia has been hiding and part of why he’s had such a hard time with Serena’s death.

Serena is good. And also, a little scary. In a good way. I wouldn’t want to mess with her. I would, however, count myself lucky if she were my guardian angel. And I love how she handles the angels.

I really sympathised with Lucia. Trying to struggle with figuring out who you are and what you want is never easy. It’s even harder if you think that what you want is something wrong or abnormal, or anything like that. It is a definite struggle, and one that really seems to tear her apart. I really applaud her courage in the steps that she takes in this book.

Ryan is just a damn good man. He may worry that he’s going to screw stuff up, but he has Lucia at the center of everything he does, which means even if he does screw up, he’s going to be able to get it right again. I think that he really is going to be so good for Lucia.

OK, that’s all for this one. No spoilers today, because this is a short one. It’s a really sweet read, and was just what I needed.

Jane Henry & Shanna Handel-Be My Babygirl

Shanna and Jane have pulled together to give us a sweet Daddy story. Now, just because it was sweet doesn’t mean that it didn’t bring the steam as well, because I’m here to tell you that Be My Babygirl has plenty of steam.

Katie is a successful romance author who has written a series about cowboys, but her publisher told her that she needed to move on from cowboys, and, well, she’s been blocked ever since. When Katie turns to the interwebs in order to get some inspiration, she finds a pic of Darius, one of the most eligible men in Vegas. He owns a huge casino. Katie decides that she’ll get all dressed up and hit the casino to see if she can find more inspiration. While she’s there, she sees a huge group of women going into a buffet, she figures that there must be something going on there, and well, free food, so she follows.

Meanwhile, Darius is at home in his penthouse high above the hotel, bored and horny. He watches the line of women who walk into the buffet, and sees one who doesn’t seem to fit. He sends someone down to get her, because he’d like to the spend the evening with her. After all, she’s an escort, and that’s what she’s there for, right? And he’s going to be her Daddy for the night.

Katie is awfully sweet. She just brings a whole lot of light into the world, anyone’s world. She’s got some steel in her spine for all her sweetness, which I really liked. She’s a little innocent, but in a good way, not a bad way, or anything. Does that make any sense? It did to me. I liked her though.

Darius is a nice guy. He has a strong honorable streak too. He is a definite Daddy, and he really loves his family, or at least parts of it. He is a little hard headed at certain times, and may need to be dope slapped, but, you know, not even Daddies are perfect.

No spoilers today. It’s a quick, short, read, and it was really nice. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Measha Stone & Alta Hensley-Mafia Lullaby

Measha and Alta teamed up and gave us a really perverted, perverse, kinky, debauched, deprived, and filthy story with Mafia Lullaby.

So, we start with Ariana. She works at a bakery, lives her quiet life, and just goes about her life. One night, after working late, she goes to check her ATM and it says that her account is empty, which WTF? She should have money there, so now she has to ride the bus, so she’s sitting at the bus stop, in the dark, at night. And there are two strange men who sitting there with her. At least, until they grab her, shove her in big black car, and inject her with something.

When she wakes up, she discovers that she’ being held in a place where she’s going to be trained as a little girl and sold off to a permanent Daddy.

Costello is her Daddy. He’s part of the Mafia family who developed a special drug called Lullaby that causes the people who take it to regress, so when they give it to the girls they have taken, the girls regress back to acting like a little girl who just wants to make her Daddy happy, and it lowers all their inhibitions. They take women who are isolated so that they can sell them. Ariana is the latest girl for him to train, and there’s just something about her. She has a fire that most girls there don’t seem to have, and there’s something that draws him to her. There may be some reasons that she seems to have that fire, but Costello isn’t sure.

I like Ariana. I think that she has a lot of strength. I think that she is very smart, and more importantly, she’s very canny. She scopes out the situation and figures out what she has to do in order to survive. I think that she is also a good actress. I don’t know if she’s always been good at acting or if it was one of those things that she learned how to do as a survival technique after she was stolen. One way or another, she managed to do it.

I liked Costello from the get-go, basically. He has a good heart. He’s not a good guy, I mean he is highly involved in human trafficking, but he’s not the absolute worst guy out there. He does at least make sure that he takes good care of his girls while he trains them, which is good, I guess. His girls are at least ready to go when their adoption day comes out.

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I do hate Nanny Nancy. She’s a fucking bitch. She needs a house to fall on her.

OK, that’s all for today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

 

Felicity Brandon-Daddy’s Game

Daddy’s Game is the last book in Jared and Sophie’s story. And I have to say, I totally adore what Felicity has done with their story and their ending. It really satisfied me in all the good ways. As this is the 3rd book in the trio, there is likely to be some spoilers. I will always try not to spoil anything, but you know it is, especially with how Felicity writes her books, where the action picks up in the new book exactly where the action ended in the last book.

So, we have Sophie trying to escape from Jared. She wants to get to her children, Billy and Lucy. When Jared stole her away, he took her from them, and she couldn’t get him to understand that she had to be with her kids. But, her escape attempt didn’t work. Jared caught her, and brought her back. And, as you might guess, Jared wasn’t best pleased that she had tried to get away from him. After all, everything he’s done has been for her, and he loves her.

So, Jared brings her home, and punishes her, because she didn’t listen. She tried to leave her Daddy’s safety, and she didn’t obey. All those things are bad things, and all those things make Jared unhappy. And making Jared unhappy is a very bad thing. Sophie finds that out because he uses some ginger on her and spanks her.

OK, here’s my thoughts on Jared. No, I still don’t like him. I think that he’s completely fucked up and his cheese done slipped cracker, left the kitchen, and is outside on the porch. I don’t think that he actually knows anything about love. I think he knows about obsession. I think he knows about possession. But love? No. He could probably find the word in the dictionary and read it, but I’m pretty sure that he wouldn’t understand it. He does understand fucking with people’s minds. He understands that part real well. He messes with Sophie’s mind so much. I think that’s his true goal. Yeah, he wants to own her entire body, but it’s more that he wants to own everything about her, especially her mind. And he’s willing to twist everything around her so that he can get into her head. I mean, he wants to get her submission, and I think that the only way he might totally get her submission is to twist her brain around so hard.

Sophie is incredibly strong, stubborn, and singleminded. She wants her kids, which means that she needs to get away from Jared. Her body may like some of what Jared is doing, but her mind doesn’t. She doesn’t want this. She tells him, but he doesn’t listen to her, not at all. So, after one unsuccessful escape attempt, she knows that she’s going to have to take her time and figure out what she needs to do. And not only is she going to have to figure out what to do, she’s also going to need to try not to actually lose herself while she’s doing it. I think that’s the hardest thing that Sophi has to do. It’s not to escape, which isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be having to fight off Jared’s games while still looking like she’s playing his game and giving him what he wants.

I really loved this series. I loved being able to hate Jared. I kinda disliked Sophie at times, but I have to really admire her strength and determination. There’s a lot of grit in there, and I think that even with the short amount of time she was with Jared, that he knocked some of the stuff that hid that grit and made her stronger. I really like her in this one.

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I can’t even say how much I love the ending of this. I think that Jared learned some things that he needed to learn.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!