Amo Jones-Antichrist

OK, if you’ve read the blog for a bit, you know that I like dark and mindfucks. So when I say that this book fucked my mind over but good, trust me. And, boy howdy, is my brain still all in a tizzy over Antichrist. I often joke that I curse the name of the author when I get to the end of a book that just left me wow, but I really did say “WTF, Amo Jones, just fucking fuck you” when I read the last words in this book. My husband just looked at me with his eyebrows raised, since it seemed to come out of nowhere. But yeah.

This book does jump around in time a bit. It starts out 2 years in the future, then jumps back a few years in the past, then we get to the present time. We get flashbacks to the past throughout.

I’m going to start in the past. We start out with Meraki. She is hanging out with the guy she’s kind of dating, Luca, and her best friends, Niko, Cece, who is dating Niko, Ari, Niko’s twin brother, Jer, and Mira. They are all tight, but Meraki and Niko have a special connection. They can’t seem to stay away from each other, even as they are tied to other people. But something terrible happens, and Niko leaves.

Meraki ends up in an open relationship with Luca. We get the idea that it isn’t a perfect relationship, but she says she loves him and he says that he loves her. Meraki has no idea where Niko is. Jer moved away years ago. Ari is gone. She still has her good friends Cece and Mira. She also has her dream dance academy, and she uses it to help underprivileged kids to dance and to go somewhere with their life. Everything seems to be going OK, until all of a sudden it stops. She hears the roar of a motorcycle, and it’s Niko.

Niko, AKA Antichrist, has patched into the Seven Knights MC. He’s been in a different chapter for the last several years, but things have happened that means he has to come, and it’s an open secret that he is going to be the pres of the home chapter. He sees Meraki, and he’s as drawn to her as ever.

There is a lot that happens in this book. And there is a lot that is dark, and some that is very dark. There are some very not nice people in this, and Meraki and Niko both find themselves wrapped up in all kinds of things.

I like Meraki, overall. I think that she is very strong. She has had to be. She is also devious and secretive. I don’t think that she’s a good person or a bad person. She is just a person who is filled with flaws and foibles. It is hard to like or dislike her all the time, especially as the story unfolds and we learn more about her, her past, and her future.

You remember how I said Meraki is devious and secretive? Well, she looks like a neophyte when it comes to Niko. He holds all the secrets in the world and he will weaponize them, if necessary. He is tough to like, but I think that he likes it that way, and purposely makes himself unlikable. He is really interesting though. There is a lot going on in his head most of the time, and you can just see his brain working all the time.

Like I said. I cursed Amo’s name at the end, and if you read it, you will likely curse her too. The book is still in my head, and that ending was just… I still can’t completely define it.

OK, that’s all for this one. If you like dark and twisty, definitely go check this one out. Happy reading!

Alta Hensley-King of Spades

So, once upon a time, there was an author who came up with a shared world around the Morellis and the Constantines. And all the stories are based around interpretations of fairy tales. We’ve seen K Webster’s Cinderella story on the blog, and now we have Alta’s Alice in Wonderland themed tale, King of Spades. I will warn you that this is the first book in a trilogy, so plan accordingly.

Lyriope is the bastard daughter of Bryant Morelli, who is the head of the Morelli crime family. He fucked her mom, and Lyriope and her brother were the results of that affair. She has spent her life hidden away like a dirty little secret, and not claiming her Morelli blood at all. She hasn’t contacted the family at all and wouldn’t be in contact with them at all if it weren’t for her cousin finding her. She didn’t contact them even when it would’ve helped her out, like when she needed money to bail her mom and stepdad out of trouble, again. Instead, she went to a Russian mob family and borrowed from them. She doesn’t have the money to pay them back, and that is bad, very bad.

Now, she’s at a party surrounded by the rich and corrupt. Her cousin snuck her into a Morelli party, and Lyriope is busy hiding when Nick walks in and their eyes meet. Nick isn’t the only one to walk in who could change Lyriope’s life. A Russian mobster is there, and she’s pretty sure that she isn’t going to survive the night.

Lyriope ducks into a room to not be found, and it turns out that Nick is there. Nick is powerful himself. He is an information broker and he has a popup VIP club called Wonderland. That’s where he gets all his information and he brokers agreements there. They are invite only, and very, very, very exclusive. Nick is also hot as fuck, and he intrigues Lyriope. They talk for a minute, and he tells her that he knows that she’s supposed to die tonight and why. He also tells her that he made a deal, and she’ll be safe for tonight, because he wants to fuck her before she dies.

That is an absolutely ballsy introduction, right? But it really fits Lyriope and Nick. He knows what he wants, and he’s going to do everything he can to get it. She will fight him when she can and fake it until she can make it. Lyriope may not be as strong physically as Nick, or as powerful, but she can damned well do everything she can to appear as strong as he is. Or at least as strong as possible. And she really is strong. She has spent her life having to be the one in charge and having to be strong. Her mother is a complete waste of genetic material, I don’t know that her father actually knows she’s alive, but he wouldn’t acknowledge her if he does, and her step-father is a conman who keeps expecting Lyriope to bail him and her mother out, and then dumps her like a hot turd when he does. And I do mean dumps her. After Lyriope borrows from the Russian mob to pay off his debts, he and her mother decide to just leave her high and dry and run off to somewhere warm and safe. She’s homeless and looking over her shoulder so that she doesn’t buy the farm.

I really was involved in this book so much. And it’s hot as fuck, especially when Nick and Lyriope sign the contract. Whee doggies, that was smokin.

Like I said, this is the start of a trilogy, so I cussed Alta when I got to the end. At least the next one is coming soon.

That’s all for this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

K Webster-Death Wish

Honestly, I do not know why I ever even doubt K. Every time I think that she can’t redeem a character or make me like someone, she pulls it out, and I end up liking them. Or, at least, liking them most of the time. I won’t say that I constantly adore Sparrow, Scout, and Sully, but I do like them and understand them a lot more. Death Wish was a good story, and one that I thought worked really well with the first book and Ash’s story. So, let’s talk about this one. There are likely to be spoilers for the first one, mostly because this one picks up where the last one left off, but I will try to keep them down.

So, Landry has managed to run away from her evil father with her younger sister, Della. She thought that she was getting help from a friend and was going to end up with Ford, which whom she had been creating some kind of relationship. The problem is, when she shows up at Ford’s house, she finds out that he isn’t really who he says he is. He is actually a set of triplets named Sully, Sparrow, and Scout. And they have been acting like her friend on the order of their uncle, who has ulterior motives.

Landry ends up locked in a bedroom with one of the triplets, separated from her sister, and being told that she is now all theirs, and she shouldn’t cause a fuss, because that will upset her sister. Eventually, there is a meeting in between the triplets and Landry, and they try to figure out what to do. Landry is terrified that her father will find her and Della, and what will happen when he does. So, she plots and plans about how to get away from Sparrow, Scout, and Sully. Meanwhile, they are all fixated on her, and they want to make sure that she is theirs.

The guys may all look alike and sound alike, but each of them has a very specific personality. And each personality fits a part of Landry and gives her something that she needs. I don’t think that one person with all those personality traits would’ve worked for her. I think that’s because one person couldn’t have those traits as developed as each of the triplets have them, if that makes sense. All I know is that they are good for her. And they take good care of Della too, even if she is a brat at times. And I think that Della likes to be a brat.

Landry really comes into her own in this one. She really doesn’t take a lot of stuff laying down. It took her a minute to figure things out, but as she did, she started changing herself and becoming more who she was than she had been before. I really like her. I think that she is really smart and very brave. I think that there are times that she is a little too good for the world, because of how loving her heart is. I think that’s a weird thing to say, considering everything that she has gone through in her past, but there is still that bright shine of goodness about her.

I really, really, really hate Landry’s dad. I mean, totally despise him.

OK, that’s all for this one. I still love any and everything K Webster writes. Go check this one out. Happy reading!

Dani Rene-A Death to Seek

It’s been a minute since I’ve had a Dani Rene book on my blog, so I think it’s time to fix that. A Death to Seek is the 3rd book in the Thornes & Roses series, and it’s the last one in this series. You could probably read this as a standalone, if you wanted. There are mentions of Finn’s brothers and their wives, which are the subjects of the first two books, but nothing that is really going to make it hard for you to get caught up in this book. Mostly any mentions of the prior couples have a small explanation around it for people who haven’t read the other two. You will, of course, enjoy this story more if you have read the other two.

I’m going to do something that I very rarely do. I’m going to give you a trigger warning about this series. Each book deals with a difficult subject, and they can be hard for people to read. The first book deals with self-injury, the second with addiction, and this one deals with suicide. Dani doesn’t glorify the subjects, but they are talked about, and they can be triggering for some people. Please be careful of yourself and read responsibly.

Finn is the youngest of the 3 Thorne brothers, but he is as broken as his other two brothers. The fact that his mother walked away from the family when he was young, which really hurt him since they were close. Then, he lost his first love in a terrible way. He was almost frozen until he met Jarred. Meeting Jarred was an amazing thing for him, because Finn woke up and realized that Jarred was everything for him.

Jarred had run away from home years before, and drifted around the country until he ended up in Thorne Haven, and was hired as a gardener by Finn’s dad. He saw all the very attractive Thorne boys, but it was Finn that caught his attention, and that was all she wrote.

Several years after Jarred and Finn started their relationship, it’s still going, but in secret. They are relatively happy in their relationship, but things are about to change. Finn’s dad has just told him that he’s about to get married. It’s an arranged marriage to a young woman named Zaria.

Zaria is just 18. Her father has just committed suicide, her mother isn’t emotionally available, and Zaria is expected to portray the perfect princess. She’s an influencer on social media, but she gets all kinds of horrible comments, and they are so hard on her. But, she just puts that all inside a little box, and tries to repress it, but it never works.

Jarred, Finn, and Zaria are all broken in different ways. They have each been abandoned in one way or another, and they are all afraid of that happening again. They all have walls, although Jarred and Finn have been together long enough that they have broken down some of those walls. Zaria is willing to work on breaking down her walls as long as they are going to work on breaking down their walls too.

There is some drama, because there is always some drama. But, there is also a lot of love, some really hot sexy times, and a lot of people growing up and figuring out who they are.

This was a great book, and it is was the perfect end to the series. It is a good series, and I do recommend it, just be careful of yourself if you might be triggered by the things that I mentioned. I’m not too proud to admit that while I read some dark, dark, dark stuff, there are things that trigger me, and I have to be careful sometimes.

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

Sophie Kisker-Freedom

Several years ago, Sophie wrote the first three books of the Finding Home series, Odyssey, Sanctuary, and Refining Fire. (Check out my review of the series) Well, now she’s decided to bless us with Freedom, the sequel to the Finding Home series. This book takes place in between the last chapter and the epilogue of Refining Fire, so we get coverage of that gap in time. Sophie does really well at putting a timeline at the head of each chapter, so you know where in time you are. Basically, it’s all about Liz’s pregnancy and how Ryan freaks out. But really, that’s just the surface of the story. There’s a lot more to it than just that.

So, the war has ended, Jenny is the chairman of her province, Ryan is acting as her assistant, and Liz is working at the POW camp with the Edwal prisoners. She has the most in-person knowledge when it comes to being kept in a prison camp, so putting her in charge is a smart idea. But that’s not all that’s going on. We find out that Liz is pregnant right at the beginning of the book. She’s thrilled, Ryan’s thrilled, everyone is thrilled. And you’d think that the story would be great from here on out, but the story would be really boring if that was the case, wouldn’t it?

From the beginning, Ryan wants to wrap Liz up in cotton wool, lock her in a padded room, and make sure nothing ever happens to her at all. That includes doing things like, oh, breathing too hard in the outdoors. Ryan wants to make Liz quit her job, which is really important to her. He wants her to basically sit, eat all the healthy food ever, and do nothing but gestate, but that doesn’t work all that well for Liz.

Now, I get wanting to take care of your pregnant wife and sub, but Ryan goes overboard. He gives her an extraordinarily early bedtime, he makes her eat healthy food, and a lot of it, and he totally coddles her. In fact, with that coddling, their D/s relationship takes a backseat. In fact, it takes such a backseat that Ryan only tries to punish her a couple of times, and stops almost immediately when it happens. So much of a backseat, that she stops calling him Master, and all of their protocols go out the window. And everything starts to crack and splinter.

Now, like I said, this is basically about Liz’s pregnancy and Ryan freaking out about that, but it’s actually about a lot more. Liz and Ryan both spend a lot of time thinking about who they are in their relationship and out of it. You have to remember that they have literally never known each other outside of the M/s dynamic. Ryan was one of the slave trainers when Liz was brought onto the estate as a slave. He has always been in a position of authority over her. Liz is trying to figure out if she is actually submissive or if it is something that has been conditioned into her and to figure out her identity.

Ryan is basically doing the same thing, but on the Domly side. His biggest issue is that as the Dom, he’s supposed to appear like he always knows what is going on and that he has everything under control, and right now, almost nothing is under his control, which can be a huge issue.

I didn’t realize that Freedom was the book I needed until I read it and discovered it was. I was pretty happy with the series the way that it was, and Freedom really just deepens my enjoyment of the series, because it just gives us more about Liz and Ryan. Most of the conflict in the book is about their relationship, but there is enough stuff going on outside of their relationship that we were able to get a break, catch our breath, and then go back into Liz and Ryan’s story.

If you like kinky, dark, capture sagas, check out all the Finding Home books. Sophie did a fanfuckingtastic job on the series, and I really can’t go enough into the books in just one blog post. So, check ’em out, and happy reading!

K. Webster-Triple Threat

K is back with the start of an interesting duet. Triple Threat features the identical triplets from the Cinderella books. You remember, the assholes who terrorized Ash? Yeah, that’s them. And I’m not gonna say that they aren’t still assholes.

So, after the events of last books, Scout, Sparrow, and Sully are living with their uncle and are now part of the Morelli crime family. They have to do whatever their uncle tells them to do, and some of them like that and some of them hate it. The latest thing that they have to do is to try and seduce a young woman named Landry. The catch is that the S boys have to do it as the same person. Scout, Sparrow, and Sully will all pretend to be Ford Mann, and see Landry at different places. Their goal is to make her fall in love with Ford.

Landry is the isolated princess in the tower. Her father has kept her isolated from everything. Even now, as a young adult, she doesn’t have the ability to do anything. Landry has no friends, doesn’t date, doesn’t go to college, doesn’t work, does nothing. All she really does is stay home and be perfect for her father, and try to stand in between him and her younger sister. Landry is counting down the days until Della is old enough that they can get away from their father, but she still has 12 years to wait. Their father hates Della because his wife died in childbirth with her. Della is Deaf and uses ASL to communicate, but daddy dearest isn’t happy about that.

Anyway, the books starts with dear old dad coming home from Tokyo. His company has just made a huge merger with a company in Tokyo. Now he wants to make some connections in town. He’s going to use Landry and marry her off to a scion of the family he wants to connect to. That’s what the S’s uncle hopes to derail.

Daddy dear has decided that Landry can go to college, and loosens up his control just enough to send her to college, which gives the first opening for Ford to contact her. The next Ford comes to the house to teach Della how to speech read. The 3rd Ford is actually working directly for daddy darling, and is going to try to derail things that way.

OK, remember how I said that Sparrow, Sully, and Scout were assholes before and I wasn’t going to say that they weren’t? Well, they both are and aren’t. Scout is a huge asshole, most of the time. Sparrow and Sully can kind of be assholes sometimes. They are all still tight, and they support their brothers no matter what, but they bicker and poke at each other. They are possessive and competitive with each other. But, you also get the real sense that is the 3 of them against the world, even if their uncle is right there.

Each of the guys has his own way of interacting with Landry. Even Scout, who isn’t ever supposed to really see her, does see her and interacts with her. It’s confusing to Landry, and I’m not surprised, because the silly boys don’t really talk to each other and tell each other everything about their interactions with Landry.

Landry is in a helluva spot. There is so much more going on with her dad than we know. We get some hints of stuff that is happening or that has happened. And really, I just want to do horrible things to the man. Landry has a really loving heart, especially towards her sister. She is really protective. She’s also a consummate actress, which she has had to become, and that really sucks. She walks on tiptoes around just so that she can be seen as perfect all the time. I really like her, and I’m really pulling for her.

I like all the boys too, even Scout. There is a lot going on behind his eyes, and I can’t wait to find out more about him.

I really am dying for the next part of this duet, because the way that this one ended left me screaming.

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

Cari Silverwood-His Keepsake

Cari is back with a very edgy book. His Keepsake is all about consensual non-consent. Now, Cari’s books often walk the edge, but this one comes up to the line, jumps up and down over it, delicately crosses it, and then turns around to snort it. There are times when this book could be upsetting for people who have issues with nonconsensual sex scenes, so do be aware of it.

We start with Emme, who is kinky AF, but for whom most D/s and kink just doesn’t work. She is really into CNC, with it leaning a little more into the NC aspect than the C aspect. She wants to feel forced, to have that decision taken from her, and to have her power taken from her. So, she talks to her friend Charity and arranges for a Dom that Charity knows to abduct her for the week. Emme doesn’t know who the man is, but they have been texting back and forth so that they can set things up, including a code word he is supposed to give her when he first grabs her, so that she knows it’s him. The book opens on the night it’s supposed to happen. Charity and Emme are talking about it in a restaurant, but they don’t realize that Mr. Scott is behind them, listening to every word out of their mouth.

You see, Mr. Scott and Emme have something in common. They are both kinky AF and they both like CNC, with the emphasis on nonconsensual. He decided that he was going to follow Emme, just to make sure that some weirdo doesn’t grab her. Not because he’s interested in her, because no, that would be illegal. And if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you in the Atacama Desert.

So, Mr. Scott decides that he’s going to grab Emme. She doesn’t know if it’s the guy who is supposed to grab her or not. He tells her he isn’t, but the mindfuck is part of what Emme wants, so surely he’s just playing into that, and he’s the guy Charity arranged. At least, that’s what Emme keeps telling herself. She’s not 100% sure that she believes it though. She really wants to, because that means that she’s going to be safe, but she just can’t be sure. And if she isn’t safe, that means that this is real and not some kind of super edgy role play.

I love that good mindfuck. A good mindfuck always makes for a good read for me. It is edgy, it is dark, and while we might know what is happening because Cari is telling us, it’s easy to put ourselves into Emme’s head and see everything through her eyes and see why she feels the way that she feels. I love her struggle to understand and to try and make things fit with the facts that she may or may not have.

There are places in this book that really skirt the edges and are very twisted. I’m not kinkshaming our characters or anyone, since CNC fantasies are really prevalent, especially among women, but there are a couple of places where it feels less fantasy and more real, if you can get the difference.

This was a really great story, and there really is a lot in there to dig into. Sadly for you, I won’t go any further into any of it because I don’t want to ruin anything. And I’ve already deleted a couple of paragraphs because I think they went a little close to the line. But, if you want a kinky good time, then go check this one out. Happy reading!

Skye Warren-Best Kept Secret

This is the last book in the Rochester Trilogy. The release date for Best Kept Secret jumped around, and at one point it was supposed to come out in January, but Skye worked through what was going on in her life, and managed to release it today. I’m grateful that she managed to do that, because I’ve been waiting and waiting for this one to come out. I mean, I was counting down the days from the second I finished reading the second one. So, let’s get to this one.

Since this is a trilogy, there are going to be spoilers in this, especially since this book picks up from right where the last one left off. If you haven’t read the other books and you are interested in them, you might want to put down my review and read the books and then come back. If you get spoiled after this point, you only have yourself to blame, because you have been warned.

So, Beau has sent Jane back to Houston. He did it so that he can keep her safe, but no one is happy about it. When Jane gets home, she finds out that Emily, Paige’s dead mom, is sitting in her bedroom, waiting to talk to her. Emily says that she had to fake her death, because someone was on the boat with her and her husband. That someone shot her husband, and if she hadn’t screamed, the murderer would never have known she was there. Emily wants to get away from the murderer, so she jumps into the ocean, and hopes that she can swim to shore. Luckily, she makes it, but Emily also realizes that she has to stay hidden for her safety and Paige’s safety. As a mother, everything she does is to protect Paige.

Emily convinces Jane to go back to Maine. Emily tells her the sad story behind her death, and then asks Jane to help her convince Beau to help her. Emily isn’t sure that Beau will believe her. Poor Emily has spent so many years in a terrible relationship, so I don’t blame her for not thinking that anyone will believe her, especially Beau. After all, she tried to get Beau to help her before, and he didn’t.

When Jane gets to Beau and Paige, she is so happy and so are they. When Paige goes to bed, Jane tells Beau the whole story, and lets him make the next move.

I really like Beau and Jane together. I think that they are quite a team. They are good on their own, but when you put them together, I think that there is very little that they can’t do. I mean, they figure things out and how to make things work, and Jane is stubborn and smart, and she knows what she wants. Beau is smart and he’s willing to give Jane anything that she wants.

I was prepared to really hate Emily at the end of the last book, but we got to know her so much more in this one, and I don’t dislike her at all. I do feel sorry for her, because she is so damaged by her past. It’s really hard to get past all that damage when you are still living in it, and have no doubts about it, she is still very much living in it because even though Rhys is dead, she hasn’t been in a place, emotionally or physically, to try and heal from all her trauma. We get a couple of chapters from her POV, which is nice. It also looks like we are going to get a book for her sometime soon, so yay!

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics. I’ve always liked the character of Jane. I think that she is really strong and independent and she’s a survivor, all things that I like very much. I really liked Skye’s reworking of it and how she fleshed out the story without drifting too far from the core story.

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

EJ Frost-Teddy’s Boys

Yes, I live! Life is interesting, to say the least. But, I never stopped reading, and I’m always around. And now I’m coming to you from my comfy bed, using my new bed tray and back pillow. I have made all kinds of comfy workspaces lately, and I’m almost done. Tomorrow I have some plants I need to switch to the hanging pots and get hung up, and some crystals to hang in the windows to make rainbows. With the dark season coming, I need the rainbows in the early morning. Anyway, that’s not what you came here for. You’re here, theoretically at least, for my reviews, and I actually have one today.

Have you tried Kindle Vella? I haven’t tried to figure it out yet, because I think I have to read it through Amazon.com and that’s just more than I tend to deal with, but I will be figuring it out this weekend. What brings this up is that today’s book, Teddy’s Boys by EJ Frost, started out on Vellaand then got put out as an ebook, and the sequel, Gabe’s Girl, will be following the same path.

So, this is a dark academy RHish. The world is a magical one, where magic is just a normal thing. I don’t know that everyone in the world has magic, but it is an important part of this world. Magic users can have the power of earth, air, water, fire, or a combination thereof. There are also fae and other magical types running around. The book primarily takes place in the US, but two of the main characters, Teddy and Charlie, are from Manchester, England, so there is a Manc dialect going on. Most of the time, the phrases are pretty explanatory, but there is a glossary in the back, just in case.

Teddy is an earth mage. She specializes in making powered gems and stones. She’s very powerful and very talented. She’s also very unlucky in her family. Her dad is a prick and so are most of her brothers. Instead, she runs her own crew and sells her work. But, her dad and uncle want her patch in Manchester and want her money. So, she ends up banished to a school in the US. Luckily, her old friend Charlie is at Bevington, so that’s where she ends up.

Charlie is super happy to have Teddy there. He’s always figured that they would end up together, and has even saved his virginity for her. She didn’t, and that does run into problems. But, they are still good friends.

Then there’s Gabe. Teddy doesn’t like bullies, one bit. One day she heard some guy getting beat up, so she popped up and made it stop. Mostly by kicking ass and not asking names. She tells Gabe that they are going to be “bezzies” and that she will always be with him. She makes sure that the guys who are beating on him, one of which is named Darwin, know it too. And they become more than just best friends. They end up boyfriend and girlfriend. Their relationship is something special, and Gabe really just gets Teddy in a way that no one else does, I think. He really sees her, and she sees him.

The final boy is Darwin. He’s part fae and a right asshole. He’s also Gabe’s ex, and he continues to cause Gabe no end of problems, including getting him beat on. He also likes to poke and prod at Teddy. He keeps trying to get a reaction from her, he wants something from her, and she’s just not willing to give anything to him. Like I said, she doesn’t like bullies.

I will freely admit that this book made me ugly cry. It broke me, a lot. I have actually gone back twice now and reread the last couple chapters. It’s not that I missed anything, it’s that the events lived in my head and I just had to live them again. I may reread the entire thing this weekend. Like I said, it’s not that I missed anything, it’s just that Teddy, Gabe, Charlie, and Darwin (boo hiss) live in my head so much. It is not often that I do that with a book. In fact, I think that in 45 years of reading, I can only come up with maybe 5 books that I have ever done that with. The book has to have a real effect on me to get me to do that.

I can’t wait to read Gabe’s Girl. Since this book killed me right down dead, I’m hoping that Gabe’s Girl will resurrect me. According to EJ, it is supposed to be on Vella sometime after the middle of this month, which is why I need to figure out it.

Really, go read this. You won’t regret it.

Kay Elle Parker-Walk For Me

This is the 4th book in Kay’s Club Avalon series. It’s also her very first Daddy book. And if anything, I think that Walk For Me shows that Kay should just write some more Daddy books, because this one was really good. So, let’s talk about Alicia and Atticus. This can be read as a standalone, there’s no real big overall storyline like in some series, but there is stuff discussed in this book that happens in previous books.

After the events in the last book, Alicia has been put into a residential facility because her mental health ain’t great, Connie has melted down and is putting herself back together, and Bodie has a high risk pregnancy that means she can’t give Lisha the care that she needs. All the Masters get together and find this facility that’s supposed to be top of the line, and Alicia will be getting all kinds of help. It’s only supposed be temporary, but events happen that made that temporary time a little longer. Now it’s been months, and no one has talked to or seen Alicia in quite some time. Atticus is done with it. He’s going to go in and talk to Alicia and tell her that she needs to at least talk to Connie.

When Atticus gets into the facility, he finds out that it isn’t anywhere near what his investigator said it was like. In fact, it is so far away from what they thought it was that it might as well be on a different planet. Alicia is laying in her own filth, has had her head shaved, can’t get to her wheelchair, and is starving. Worse, she’s accepted that she’s going to die soon, and has stopped fighting. Then in comes Atticus. He sees her, grabs her out of her bed, and puts her into her wheelchair. Then he gets mean, not to Alicia, but to everyone else. He calls the cops, the state, everyone he can call, because she isn’t the only patient there in shit shape.

Atticus takes her to his house, where he already has a space that he has remodeled for her and her needs. Then he calls everyone to let them know what has happened and starts taking care Alicia.

OK, I really didn’t like Alicia in the last book. But, that’s more about all the circumstances surrounding what was going on with Connie and how Connie’s and Lisha’s issues were feeding into each other. I know that Connie thinks that she’s Wonder Woman, but I don’t think that she had enough bandwidth to handle Lisha’s stuff then. She tried though. And she really bonded with Alicia, so that’s all good. As we learn more about Alicia in this book, I really liked her more. Frankly, I’m glad that she killed her parents, because they really, really needed to die. And for more than what we already knew. My youngest brother was a wheelchair user, and some of what we learn about Alicia’s past made me really angry, because I know how vulnerable people with disabilities can be.

I really do like her a lot more now. I do think that she really grew a lot during this book, and a lot of that is down to Atticus, but she learned her own strength in this and in her own value. I think that she might still need to have some growth, but she done good.

Atticus is such a Daddy. He wants to Daddy everyone, up to and including all the other Masters. He’s a merc in his real life, but frankly, even that could be seen as result of his Daddy-ness. I mean, seriously, he’s a Daddy. He really is a good man, even if he has to do someone bad things on occasion, and yup, he does that. I pretty much fell right in love with Atticus when we first met him.

This book really did break me at times. There are some places where it is really hard to read, and it did make me cry. But, the thing is, it put me back together too. Yeah, I cried, but then I would read how much Atticus loved Alicia and what he would say to her, and then I felt like I was all wrapped up in that love too.

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

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