Zoe Blake-Bad Babygirls

Zoe is giving us a set of dark and dirty Daddies. The Bad Babygirls are a set of three stories, The Con Artist, The Thief, and The Expert. There is also a prologue called The HackerThat story originally appeared in the anthology Daddy’s Demands as Daughter #13.

The only one of these books that’s a standalone is The Hacker. The other three are more or less a serial and must be read in order. If you don’t, you aren’t going to understand what’s going on. There’s an overarching storyline that runs through the three of them. Each book does focus on a different couple, but the other people show up in the other books.

I’m basically going to treat the 3 books as one large book for this review, just because it’s going to be easier for me, I think.

So, Piper is the con artist, Lyla is the thief, and the expert is Quinn, whose particular expertise lies in customizing guns. They are old friends who have gotten up to some very, very bad things. They all met in high school, and hung around with Quinn’s sister Julie, and another friend named Mary. However, things happened with Julie, and Mary fell away from them. But the three of them are thick as thieves.

Our couples are Piper and Ethan, Lyla and Roman, and Quinn and Ryder. Ethan and Roman are partners in a huge construction company, as well as huge crimelords. Ryder is the top assassin in the world.

Ethan and Roman have a problem, and they need Piper to fix it. She’s not only a top con artist, she’s also an excellent forger of art. So, Ethan manages to drag her into it, and then ends up being her Daddy. When something happens, Lyla has information that Ethan needs, so Roman says that he will go get it out of her. That turns out to be so awesome, mostly because she stabs him and then smacks him in the head with a brick. More things happen, and Roman and Ethan make a stupid mistake, which causes Ryder to grab Quinn, and sort of threaten our boys. Which, frankly, I would’ve done too.

Love my synopsis? I think it’s kind of perfect. Or, at least, sort of mostly. Really, I’m not giving anything away, because we all know that things are going to happen, lol.

I like Piper, Quinn, and Lyla. I think that Lyla is my favorite. I’m not a fashionista like she is, by any way, shape, or means, but she’s totally kickass. I mean, all the ladies are pretty much kickass, but seriously, Lyla beats Roman up. Of course, he spanks her for it, but she still hit him in the head with a fucking brick. She is also one of the reasons that The Hacker is tied into these books. I’ll get into that in another minute.

I liked Quinn. When you look at her or talk to her, you don’t get the whole kind of mad genius vibe she has going on, but she really does have that happening, and it’s kind of interesting. I think she might be one of those people who wants to go out and try something just to see if she can create it. I do think that Ryder is perfect for her though. And for more than the fact that they can have lively discussions about ammo and weapons.

For me, Piper was the weakest of the bunch. I liked her, but not as much as I liked Lyla and Quinn. I don’t know why or what it is about her, but there it is.

As for the guys, I never really warmed up to Ethan. I mean, like not at all. In fact, at the beginning I downright disliked him. As the books progressed, I stopped disliking him as much, but I never really liked him. And as to why I like Ryder and Roman and not Ethan? I dunno. There’s just that chemistry, you know? You either do or you don’t. Ethan also made me madder than the other two did at times. And it’s not like he did really did anything different to what Ryder and Roman did, or anything. In fact, Ryder could be said to have been stricter or harder, and definitely more stalkery, than Ethan, but you know what, there you are. Of all the guys, I think that Ryder is my favorite.

OK, for The Hacker, here’s how it ties in. Devon, the hacker and #13, and Reid, her Daddy, and the Father of the Compound, where she was trained, and BTW, so was Lyla. They get pulled into the job that Ethan and Piper are doing. They are also there at the end of the series.

That’s all for today. No spoilers today. Go check out all 4 of these great books, especially if you like the dark Daddies that Zoe writes. Happy reading!

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Laura Taylor-Redemption of a Slave

Well, you know how a couple of weeks ago I said that most MM Omegaverse was on the lighter side and didn’t have the dub/noncon that you see in MF Omegaverse? Redemption of a Slave by Laura Taylor is one of the exceptions to that. I wish I could remember who recommended this to me and where, because I totally want to thank that person. This book really knocked me out. There are things about it that have been stuck in my head since I read it.

So, the world in this one was really interesting. This particular book takes place in 1800s France. The way that the world works is that people are born as male or female, but they exist in a kind of limbo until they start to differentiate as Alpha, Beta, or Omega. That usually happens around the age of 15 or so. I don’t know how they can tell when it comes to women, but we get a pretty good look at how they can tell when it comes to the guys. Basically, the guy walks in, drops trou, and has his cock measured weekly, for about 2 months. If his cocks grows significantly, then he’s an Alpha. If there is no kind of growth at all, then Omega, especially if there is some lubrication going on. In a lot of the MM books I’ve read, Omegas still have a good size cock. In this one, Dante’s cock is only about 3 inches, which they say is pretty good for an Omega.

Once you differentiate as an Omega, you are basically disherited and kicked out of the family. You get sent to special schools where you learn how to please the Alphas or Betas who are going to fuck you. Then you end up as a slave. You can end up in a household or a brothel. If you end up in a household, you are going to have domestic type chores, as well as being an available hole. There are different levels of service there. You can be a housemate, who is open to any Alpha or Beta in the household, as well as any guests. You could be a personal Omega, which means that an Alpha has bought you to be their own personal plaything. You could be a breeder, which is exactly what it sounds like, and you are only bred by the head of the household or the designated breeding Alpha. Or, and this is perishingly rare, you can end up as a bonded Omega.

So, here’s how our story works. Dante was a breeding Omega of a Spanish nobleman, and gave birth 3 times. On his last heat, he didn’t get pregnant and since his last two children were girls, his master decides to sell him on. Instead of doing it himself, he sends a lackey out to do it. On the trip to France, the lackey lets the sailors have at him.

Several months later, Dante has been sold a couple of times, and he gets treated worse every time. He has been brutalized, doesn’t get into the sex at all, and the beautiful, pampered breeding slave has now been beaten and scarred. Then comes Antoine.

Antoine has been adopted by the Calvet family, and is the heir to the estate. The whole inheritance rules and set up around Alphas is really odd, because of the way that the differentiation works. Anyway, his father has decided that he’s old enough to have his own personal Omega and takes him to the market. Antoine’s father tells him to check into the certified Omegas, but instead, he sees Dante, and there just something about him. Even brutalized and nearly feral as he is, there’s just something that draws him to Dante. Antoine thinks that he can work with Dante, if he’s treated with kindness and with common decency, then Dante will be… tamed, for lack of a better word.

There is a lot of learning that goes on on both sides here. One of the things that really got me and which has really stayed with me and think is where Antoine and Dante have a discussion about the fact that Antoine always made sure that the Omegas he was with got off. Dante tells Antoine that it’s a biological function. The knot presses on a bundle of nerves which causes a male Omega to come. So, maybe he came because he liked it or maybe he came because of biological function and he was just well-trained in making sure the Alpha is happy. There are a lot of other things like that in the book, and which still get me.

I think that this is a fantastic story. I’m going to definitely be buying more of Laura’s work and reading them, because the world she created was very detailed, and really felt authentic. I wonder how much research she did into France of that period to get the feel she did.

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I felt so sorry for Dante as particular things come out. It just broke my heart.

I also find the whole separation of Alpha/Omega in certain things to be important.

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

 

Addison Cain-Ravaged Captive

I’m sure it comes as no surprise to anyone that I have another Omegaverse book on the blog today, especially since Addison just had one come out this weekend. Well, that and I warned you guys. LOL. I have the newest book from Ivy Chapman on the hook for later today, and a post about mpreg coming up soon. But first, Wren and Ravaged Captive.

As a reminder, Wren’s Song is a serial. That means the books cannot be read as standalones. This is book #4, but if you don’t read books 1-3, you are going to be totally lost. I know that a lot of people like to wait until the entire series is out before they start a serial like this, but I have no clue how many more books Addison is going to write for Wren, and I don’t think that Addison would tell us anyway. She’s a sadistic tease like that. Also, because of the nature of serials, there may be spoilers for books 1-3 in this, but as always, I will try really hard not to spoil anything. You have been warned.

When last we saw our intrepid heroine, she was with Caspian and Toby, but Kieran wasn’t around, until all of a sudden he was. And he wasn’t alone.

All Caspian knows is that the person that Kieran brought around is upsetting Wren, and he isn’t going to have any of that. When that whole situation has been handled, it’s time for Kieran to have his time with Wren, and he’s going to have it. He’s going to take her to the big room and do all the things to her. Well, the things that probably won’t get him killed by Caspian and/or Toby.

I have to admit, I hate one of the guys in each book, and it varies from book to book. Last book I liked Kieran. This time I pretty much hate Kieran and he can fuck right off into a deep dark hole, and he can make sure he doesn’t go alone.

I think that Caspian and Toby are changing, and changing for the better, maybe. It’s not like they are ever going to be good guys, but maybe they aren’t as rough as they have been in the past. They are still going to be dominant assholes, I mean, that’s just who they are, and no amount of Wren or any kind of bond that may or may not be there is going to change that. But, I think that she is going to round over some of those edges.

I don’t know what’s going on with Kieran. I don’t think he knows what’s going on with him. I think that I may be able to get a read on him in one second, but then something completely different happens, and I have no clue what’s going on. I don’t know what kind of bond exists between Kieran and Wren, if they even have one, or if they will ever be able to have one. I think of the three of them, Kieran is the most significantly broken, and all the king’s horses and all the king’s men aren’t ever going to be able to put him back together again. I mean, we all know that Caspian and Toby are broken and ain’t quite right, but I think they are less broken.

I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next. I can only tell you it’s going to be sooooooooon. Addison never tells us when release day happens, until it happens, so I guess we’re just going to have to be happy with that answer.

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The Doll. We hatez her, we do.

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

Natalie Bennett-The Dahlia Saga 1 & 2: Malice & Obscene

Malice and Obscene are both rereleases of previous books. The original books were both duets, and are now consolidated. It’s been a while since I read the original books, so there may be some additional material, but I’m not sure. Malice (which was almost released as Macabre) was the Mercy books, and Obscene was the Obscene duet. Anyway, Natalie finally got Amazon to agree to release the books out of review and now we can read them.

Malice is the story of Julian and Morganna. Julian’s family is really rich, and basically owns the town. They also own the Chateau Dahlia. That’s not really talked about in town, and those who do know what happens at the Dahlia don’t talk about it. They enjoy what happens, and more importantly, they value their lives. Julian’s family would do terrible, terrible things to anyone who had loose lips. And they would probably take them to the Dahlia to do it. Anyway, Julian is about to take over the Dahlia, but he needs an heir. He’s become fixated on Morganna.

Morganna is a broken young woman who happens to live in town. She used to be better before her sister disappeared, but since then, she’s been very, very broken. And then Julian walks into her life, and starts to court her. Well, courting is just such an interesting word. Then she wakes up in Julian’s bed and finds out they are about to get married.

Neither Julian or Morganna are in the realm of sane. They aren’t even next door neighbors to sanity. I don’t think they are even in the same zip code. But even as they are removed from sanity, their respective crazinesses are far removed from each other too. I almost want to say that they have a folie a deux going on, but I don’t think that’s quite right.

Julian has a missing piece inside. I don’t know if it’s a soul, a heart, or what, but there’s definitely something not there. I think Morganna had that piece at some point, but it got pounded out of her. Like with other Dahlia books I’ve reviewed here, I have to wonder, at least when it comes to Julian, is how much comes down to nature vs. nurture. I find that whole argument to be really interesting, and it’s a hard one to come up with truly objective evidence on, because, well, it’s extremely unethical and seriously illegal to do that kind of research. But I have to wonder if Julian would be the kind of person he is if he was raised in any other way.

Malice is one of those books that as I’m reading and enjoying it, I’m slightly worried about what it says about me. There are places where it’s pretty uncomfortable, definitely disturbing, and dark AF. But, I still enjoyed the story.

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Obscene is the story of Mason and Katie.

Mason is another member of the family that owns and runs the Dahlia. He’s now of age to find a wife, and he’s set on Katie. He’s been set on Katie for many years, and has been watching her. I mean, seriously, like cameras in her bedroom kind of watching her. Katie has been totally oblivious to his observation, and goes about her life, working as a waitress at a diner, trying to stay away from her overbearing mother, and trying to just get through her life. Then she wakes up in Julian’s bed. Seems like a pattern, doesn’t it?

Mason is closer to sane than Julian is. And honestly, I can’t tell you the reason why. He too grew up around the Chateau Dahlia. And he also does terrible things. And I do mean terrible. But he just seems much more in touch with that part of his psyche that could be considered sane, at least in my opinion.

Katie is fractured, but I don’t think she’s a broken as Morganna started out. Or maybe she’s more and she manages to handle what’s happening better and is able to be put back together in a new way better. Plus, Mason does things a lot differently than Julian does, which would explain why there are differences between Morganna and Katie.

I would put Obscene in the dark romance category because there is love in there. I wouldn’t put Malice in there, because I think of it more as a psychological kind of thing more than a romance kind of thing. This is just how I would classify it in my head, and isn’t binding on anyone else or how they might classify or think about the books. I think it’s up to you to decide how you feel about them after you read them.

Do be aware that these books are dark and fucked up. There are some serious mindfucks going on in here, because, well, Natalie Bennett. There are mentions of suicide attempts and cutting, so if that is something that would trigger you, be aware of it. Please read responsibly.

There is no spoiler section on this one, and I have tried really, really hard to not spoil anything here. That’s all I have to say about these books. If you like the dark, check them out. I don’t know whether to wish you happy reading or not. Here, have a picture of a pretty flower.

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Trent Evans-Mate

As I was sitting and digesting Mate by Trent Evans, I came to realize that I hadn’t reviewed anything by him on my blog, and what a travesty that is. Obviously, I need to rectify that oversight. So here we are. Trent is one of the few male authors I read, romance or otherwise. I really like his books, and I like how well he writes from the woman’s perspective, which can’t be all that easy sometimes. I don’t know if it’s different than a female author writing from the male perspective, but as long as I’m getting well-rounded complete characters, I’m pretty happy and relatively easy. But I’m not cheap. Or maybe I’m cheap but not easy. I can’t ever remember.

Anyway, back to Trent and his latest science fiction erotic romance. And don’t get me wrong, erotic is the very best word here, because, well, yeah.

Selena is a very determined woman. She wanted to pilot spacecraft and that’s what she ended up doing. But, she didn’t want to have to deal with having anyone take it easy on her because she was a woman, so she did what she could to make her look a little less womanly, including strapping down her breasts and wearing loose clothing. However, her plan may have backfired at certain places and involving certain people. All of which went into making Selena feel like she might not quite fit in where she was. But now, she’s met her goal and she’s now the pilot of a research vessel that has a small crew. She and her crew are investigating a planet that they have found that have some primitive humanoids, and they are watching one of the women about to be sacrificed.

Then, they end up having to abandon ship, and Selena ends up in the hands of Malcolm.

Here’s the thing about Malcolm. For each answer Selena gets from him, she ends up with 50 more questions. And seriously, some of those questions come down to semantics. You know the kind, how do you define the word is kind of answers. Selena asks Malcolm a question, he gives her an answer that is not so much straight as it is a corkscrew, and then when she tries to get some clarification, his answer is always something like yeah, something like that, or it depends on how you look at it. The times he does give her a straight answer, I still wouldn’t really call it all that straight. I think that there is only one time when he gives her all the necessary information in an answer.

I don’t know how much he is doing it to be contrary and how much he is doing it because he and Selena don’t have concepts in common to actually have meaningful answers to her questions. Of course, it could very well be both things, because, well, that would totally fit Malcolm’s personality, I think. Even days after reading it, I’m still trying to figure things out myself. It tugs on the back of my mind.

I like Selena. I can understand her and how she feels. There’s a lot there for her to feel, and at times it’s completely overwhelming, and I understand that feeling all too well, as I expect many of us do. It makes Selena really relatable, even if we’ve never been in the situation in which Selena has found herself.

Trent’s books are heavily D/s and full of total or near total power exchanges. They can be very intense. But for all that they are intense, there are some very loving and tender moments in his books, so it’s not all fucking and spanking and sentient vines. Oh, the vines. Those vines are so wickedly awesome. And the flowers. Oh, and the vines. Did I mention the vines?

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I was less than pleased with Selena’s crewmates. They could pretty much all go straight to hell, if you ask me.

Ok, that’s all I have to say about this one. I highly recommend it, so go check it out. Happy reading!

Sara Fields-Frantic

Today we have another Omegaverse, by Sara Fields this time. But, before I talk about Frantic, I want to clarify something that I said in Friday’s blog, because I got a question about it. If you want to skip the clarification, go for it, and go to the section marked with ***.

I’ve taken to calling myself an Omegaverse junkie. I’ve read all of the MF on Amazon, I think. There may be a couple of books that just came out that I haven’t gotten to yet. I’ve read a good chunk of the MM there, as well as reading more on AO3, especially since I’ve found out that I can download the stories I like and send them to my Kindle. So, here’s the section that got the question. “This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.” And here’s the question that I got. “- Is the MF a mistake or oddity? I don’t understand why it’s so different from MM Omegaverse.

Short answer is that MM tends to be lighter and more consensual from the very beginning. Not in all of them, there are always going to be outliers. But, they tend to be more traditionally “romantic”. So, when you are comparing them to the MF, which tend to be darker, more dub/noncon, you notice a real difference. Probably the difference between the two mostly leads back to Addison Cain, who is a dub/noncon, dark romance author, and thus writes what she likes. Again, I’ll emphasize that Addison didn’t create Omegaverse, and there were probably MF stories before she wrote them, but none for sale on Amazon. The authors who are now writing MF followed in Addison’s footsteps and write them in the same way. For some good examples of MM, non-shifter, mpreg Omegaverse, that will let you see the differences between the two of them, check out Piper Scott’s His Command series or her Single Dad’s Support Group series. The SDSG is a spinoff of the His Command books. I have read all her books, and she writes both shifter and non-shifter. I hope that clarifies it some. If not, send me questions, and I’ll continue to answer them to the best of my ability and within my opinions.

*** OK, back to Sara.

Frantic is the second book in her Omegaverse RH series. It is a sequel, but not a serial. Having read the first book will help you to understand what Triss is in trouble for, but you don’t have to have read it to get this story. There’s enough explanation in this one for you to get the basic idea as to what happened.

We open with Triss entering her first estrous. She’s been staked outside the city, away from the suppressants so that it will happen. So, she’s just desperate to be fucked. She’s begging the Betas who are in charge of her punishment to please fuck her. The people of the city are standing on the walls watching her, laughing at her begging and being punished. Then, all of a sudden, 3 Alphas appear from out of the wilds and decide that they are going to fight over her. Triss, in all her desperate horny horniness, sidetracks them by begging them all to fuck her. That’s how she meets her Alphas, Garret, Lothgar, and Ravick. Two of them are from the wilds, one is from the city. They fuck her stupid in front of the city, and then they are all knocked out.

I didn’t particularly care for Triss in the last book, but I didn’t hate or seriously dislike her. She had her place in the last book and her role to play. She had her motivations, which were pretty much as old as time. I think her punishment fit her crime, at least when it comes to being staked out in estrous waiting for an Alpha or three to come fuck her. However, the city, being the city, is never going to see it that way. Frankly, I think that they are definitely the true villain in the series. And I don’t even know that it’s just one particular person in the city, although it looks like there is one person who might want to change that, but the traditions and power structure in the city is definitely set up so that they are the bad guys. The largest dynamic, by number, is Betas, so it makes sense to me as to why they would want to make sure that they stay in charge by making sure that the suppressants continue to work. If people get their natural instincts back, the Alphas are going to take over, so keeping the traditions and power structures in place works. That’s why it works that they treat known Omegas the way that they do. And it’s not very nice. It’s a ghetto, in the original sense of the word. It just reinforces that admitting a dynamic is a bad thing to do, and pretending to be a Beta is always going to be good.

Anyway, I do like Triss in this one. I don’t know that I would call her story so much a redemption storyline as more of a discovery about her and who she is under her actions. Although, there is more than a soupcon of redemption in there too. I like Garret, Ravik, and Lothar too. I think that they are going to be interesting in the world in the upcoming books.

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Nikki is interesting. I’m looking forward to learning more about her, as well as more about Ellie. I like her a lot.

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

Merel Pierce-Sacred Omegas: December

Today, I get to one of my favorite things when it comes to my blog. I get to introduce a very brand new author. Merel Pierce has just published her very first book. It’s the first book in a new series, called The Sacred Omegas. This book is called December. With Omega in the title, you can probably guess that this is an Omegaverse book, and it very definitely is. This one happens to be MF O-verse, which means that there is some dubon/noncon in there, and it is dark. You don’t see that as much when it comes to MM Omegaverse, which I still find to be a really interesting thing. It’s not bad, it’s not good, it’s just different, and different makes the world go ’round.

Anyway, let’s talk about December, shall we? So, the world that December lives in isn’t a very friendly world, especially if you are a woman. Even more especially if you are an Omega. December is a woman, but she doesn’t know yet that she’s an Omega. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that. Right now, what she does know is that she feels sick, in pain, and is currently in a transfer station owned by Nikolai, who is basically the prince of the city. He is high ranking Russian mob. In fact, he’s so high ranking, that he IS the Russian mob. December is just sitting there, trying to mind her own business, locked in a cage, waiting for whatever is going to happen, when she starts to feel sicker, and all of a sudden, a brutish Alpha sees her, and decides that he’s going to drag her out of the cage. And he does. By her neck.

Luckily, Nikolai happens to be around at just the right time and in just the right place, and he sees what’s happening. He gets one good whiff of December and realizes that he has an Omega on his hands, so he rescues her from the asshat who is trying to throttle her. When he gets her to the medical center, he finds out that she has a suppressant implant. It works like those birth control implants do, only suppressants instead of contraceptives. It’s failing, and it’s making her sick. So Nikolai has it removed and decides that he’s going to make her an offer she can’t refuse. He needs an heir, she’s an Omega, it’s a match made in heaven. She owes him money, and if she gives him a baby, he’ll call it even and let her go.

Of course, it’s never that easy. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be a dark romance, and it wouldn’t have dubcon/noncon elements, would it? There are some really shitty things that happen, and some really good things, and Merel does really well at balancing things out and not burning us out.

I like December. I think that her name is so unique. She’s very canny and street smart. At one point, in the beginning of the book, Nikolai likens her to a feral animal, and I think that is a really good description of her. She’s just as likely to bite your hand as she is to let you pet her. Of course, she hasn’t ever had anyone in her life who has treated her all that well, so when she is in a place where she’s warm, has good food, and is relatively safe, but has an unknown character running around, she’s doing what she can to protect herself, which can include making herself agree to whatever the Alpha in the room wants.

December is also incredibly strong and resilient. I mean, her past would definitely grind anyone down, but I think she let it polish her and give her more strength. I think the only person who sees how incredibly strong she is is Nikolai, and I think he misses it on occasion.

Nikolai is a good man, in my opinion. He has his own code of honor and morals, and he keeps to them. They may not be mine, but they are his, and it works out for him. I think he’s also very, very focused on what needs to be done. He plays things close to the chest, and he’s a planner. I think that he’ll be good for December in the long run, just as she is good for him.

I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series. I think that Merel did a good job on this one, and she will only continue to get better as she keeps writing and publishing. I do have one tiny quibble, but that is just a me thing, not a quality thing. I think she slightly overused the word meat when it came to describing cocks, but like I said, that’s a me thing and doesn’t affect the book’s quality or even my enjoyment of it in any way. And, to be fair, meat is a good description of the cock. At least she didn’t call it a love rod or a fuck muscle or anything like that, lol.

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I hope that we see more about Dantè. What little we saw of him seemed truly intriguing. There seemed to be more there than what met the eye.

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

 

 

Sara Fields-Frenzy

So, my fave Omegaverse author dared one of my fave SFR authors to write an Omegaverse story. So, Sara took the dare and wrote Frenzy. And oh my, did she step up to the challenge. While Sara does tend to write darkish, she generally isn’t as dark as Addison, which is good, because who wants every single one of their favorite authors to write exactly like the others? I like the personal style of each and every author I read. And I really love the spin Sara puts on the Overse.

The nice thing with an alternate universe like the Omegaverse is that it isn’t real. There isn’t any specific set of rules, outside of the basics. That means that you can pretty much set up your world the way that you want it and for it to run the way that you want. I mean, sure you can do that with a lot of genres, but there are certain rules that we expect to happen in those genres, and when those things don’t happen, people get a little salty. Since the Overse is still newish, especially in more mainstream lit, there aren’t as many rules, so Sara’s books are going to be different to Addison’s books, which are going to be different to Lillian Sable’s, so forth and so on. Does that make sense? I know it did in my head, but I’m just getting over the norovirus, so my head may be all kinds of weird right now. Anyway, on to the book.

This is a post-apocalyptic and, as far as I can tell, pretty dystopian world. The dome that half of our main characters live in acknowledges the A/B/O dynamic, but they do everything they can to make sure that they aren’t ruled by it. That includes pumping suppressants into the air. The suppressants keep the hormones, pheromones, and instincts under control. In fact, it’s so under control, they don’t even really have sex anymore. It’s all clinical and medical reproduction, and not a whole lot of physicality. However, there are some people who are immune to the suppressants, and really, they are about 24 hours away from metabolizing the suppressants and all of a sudden feeling their dynamic kick in. Raven is a brilliant scientist, and she has a plan and has been spending years doing research on a better suppressant, but the one big ingredient she needs is extinct in the city. So she needs to go out into the wilds, where people’s dynamics aren’t suppressed, they are all natural and all that. Oh, the horrors. But she’s ready and has taken precautions. Except, no one ever expects the Spanish Inquistion, which in this case is a huge fiery-eyed monster and a band of raiders who killed everyone but Raven and her best friend and partner, Alix, who snatches her away and carries her off to safety.

Now, you can probably guess that Raven is an Omega and Alix is an Alpha, because it’s hard to have an Overse story without them. But, there are some pieces missing, since this is an RH story, you kinda have to have the H part, and the only person who can help out Raven when she goes into estrous right now is Alix, and unless he’s triplets that I missed, there’s a little bit of something missing.

Enter two of the wild men, Ivan and Wolfe, who smell Raven’s estrous, and decide that they will come and play.

To me, the real meat of the story here isn’t what happens with the plot, which I’m not going to run down, because it is a good story with a great plot that I enjoyed, but instead, the melding of wild and tame and how that worked. On one hand, you have Raven and Alix who have never come to grips with their biology, never had an estrous or a rut, until they are forced to have one, and it is, quite literally, a life-changing event. They don’t even have a cultural idea as to how to deal with this, because their culture suppresses all those natural urges. So, they are handling all this stuff with no practical knowledge. Then, you have Wolfe and Ivan, who have never lived in the dome and who have never had any kind of suppression, and who know who and what they are and how to control it. The thing is, when they all got together, it could’ve been really ugly, but they all figured out how to work in a way that worked for them. I love the thought that Sara puts into making that work.

Unlike a lot of the other MF Omegaverse that I’ve read, this isn’t noncon. I would put this at light dubcon, I think. I mean, yeah, Alix and Raven are put into a situation when this could happen, but they are also able to talk about what is going to happen before it does. So, dubcon-ish.

I can’t wait to see where Sara is going to go with her world. It’s going to focus on a new character, I know, but outside that, I have no idea.

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The albatrosses! OMG, so freaking awesome! I thought that was just so neat!

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

Petra J. Knox & Raven Dark-Captured

Petra and Raven write a lovely dark RH series that I really enjoy, Saving Setora. So, when I heard they were starting another dark RH series, I may or may not have jumped for joy. And since there is no photographic proof one way or the other, no one will ever know. It’s the Schrodinger’s jump. But none of this has anything to do with Captured.

Captured is dark. There are no warm and fuzzies here. If you are familiar with Setora and you think you are going to get another Sheriff or Hawk, be aware that Malek, Z’pheer, and Raul make Sheriff look like a big cuddly sweetie.

Here’s how our story goes.

Danika has spent the last 4 years living in the Xandar Home for Girls. It’s supposed to be a great place for young women and give them a chance for a good life when they leave at 18. Well, tonight is Danika’s 18th birthday and she’s about to go audition for the biggest nightclub owner in her town as a singer. She’s really good at it and she is both nervous and excited. The head of the school is going with her, as well as Shelly, who is one of the employees of the school. The employees aren’t supposed to be friendly with the students, but Shelly is Danika’s best friend, so she’s going to go. And it goes splendidly. Right up until it goes splendidly wrong and Danika wakes up naked and far from home.

She wakes up with her hands cuffed and an alien man in front of her, as well as a huge fluffy pink beast that she briefly thinks of as Falcor, the luck dragon. Right until he opens his mouth and she gets a good look at his feet.

Even worse, Danika doesn’t understand a word of anything that is being spoken, and it doesn’t get any better when the other guys start showing up. She has no clue what they are saying, but it’s obvious that they understand her, so the only things she can feel right now is mad and scared.

Malek, Z’pheer, and Raul are Xandari men. They are members of the Order, and have been awarded their nayna. Their slave. And guess who it is? I’ll give you 3 guess, and the first 2 don’t count.

The men basically break down into the muscle, the leader, and the nice one. Raul is very obviously the leader. Malek is very obviously the muscle, and Z’pheer appears to be the nice one.

OK, here’s the thing. I really, really, really didn’t like any of the guys for a good chunk of the book. I disliked Malek the most, at least most of the time, and Z’pheer the least. Raul kind of floated around, depending on what was happening at any given time. But, I loved to hate them and even as I really didn’t like them, I started to kind of love them too. It wasn’t a quick process, not in any way, but it happened, and I kind of hated to love them. Do you know how hard it must be to write characters like that? I mean, I have DNFed books where I liked the male main characters more than these guys. That being said, I was so dragged into the book, and the guys were so magnetic, and the story was just so compelling, that even though I wanted to strangle them on a regular basis, I couldn’t put the book down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. It was such a need that it practically hurt. That’s how compelling this book was.

I mostly like Danika. There are a few times where the fact that she is 18 is really obvious. She has some black and white thinking, I think, which is something that you really have to grow out of, and as an adult, you learn that nothing is ever entirely black or white, but infinite shades of grey. Way more than just 50. She also builds walls. I mean walls that make the Great Wall of China look like nothing. I don’t blame her for a minute, because she’s been abducted, taken by men whose language she doesn’t speak, and had just about everything taken away from her. I’d be fucking pissed and put up walls too. I love her spirit and fire. She’s got a very strong core that keeps her going and keeps her from totally breaking. However, it does sometimes keep her from bending when bending would be easier, I think. But without that core, she wouldn’t be who she is, and we’d been looking at a different book.

There are so many things I like about this book is that it is all in Danika’s POV. We have no clue as to what is going on in the guys’ heads, nor do we know anything about them other than what Danika is able to find out. There are times when I really want to have a multi-POV, but this is not one of them. I think that a multi-POV would’ve weakened this book a lot. I really love that we find out what is going on in the world only as Danika does, and since we are seeing her filter, we only get certain things. I think that’s part of what makes this book so freaking compelling. Honestly, it truly is one of the most compelling books I’ve read in a good while, and considering some of what I’ve read in the last 6 months, that’s really saying something.

This is a standalone, but it is the first book in a series. I can’t wait to see where the series is going to go.

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Shelly, hmmm… That’s an interesting subject, now isn’t it?

I never trusted Laric. He was scummy.

I really like Danika’s wish, and how it works out.

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

Natalie Bennett-Beauty and Rage

Natalie Bennett is back and this time she comes bearing a PNR for us. And because it’s a Natalie Bennett, you can be sure that Beauty and Rage is intense and that it lives up to its name. And trust me, it really is and it really does. And I’m probably going to go slightly crazy waiting for the next installment, and Natalie probably wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, Duvessa is the crown princess to the kingdom of Zenith, the kingdom that represents Spring. That is, until one fateful night when her world comes crashing down around her. She ends up Queen of Zenith in the most horrible way, and has to run for her life. She ends up in hiding, until she has to turn to help, no matter what her friends Scarlett, Jacinda, and Toby have to say about it. Toby is convinced that Reyes destroyed her kingdom, while Duvessa is sure he didn’t, because what would be the point. Sick of hiding and her people dying, Duvessa presents herself to Reyes.

Reyes is the King of Purgatory. He has plans and machinations in place, and he’s 32 steps ahead of everyone else. He knows what he wants, and what he wants is Duvessa. He’s willing to do a lot to grab her and keep her and Duvessa probably isn’t going to like it. He knows a lot of things that Duvessa doesn’t know. He knows a lot of things that we don’t know.

There is a lot of paranormal stuff going on in this. You have lycans and vampires, demons and wraiths, and then you have demis, who are basically halfbreeds. The demis generally don’t have the power that their full blooded parents would have. You also have dupires, who are a genetically created race. Don’t worry, you don’t have to remember them from my description, Natalie has a glossary at the front which can help you remember who is who.

There is a touch of Omegaverse going on in this, maybe. Or it’s possible that I just see it everywhere lately, since MF Omegaverse is starting to gain in popularity and I read pretty much all of it. If I haven’t read it yet, then I will be soon. That’s how that works. Anyway, there are some things that happen in this that would be familiar to anyone who reads Omegaverse. I suppose it’s also familiar, in places at least, to other shifter or PNR books, so who knows. I’m sure that Natalie does, and maybe she’ll tell us and maybe she won’t.

I like Duvessa, mostly. I think that she’s smart and canny. But, I think that she isn’t paying attention to the big picture and she’s kind of stuck at the little picture, which can make it hard for her to do what she needs to do, and there’s a lot that she’s going to need to do here, I think.

Reyes is one of those guys that I’m either going to love to hate or hate to love, I’m not sure yet, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out. He’s very dominant, and very possessive and territorial. He’s also very much a planner. I think he might put Machiavelli to shame with how much he has planned. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

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There is going to be not a lot that I can put down here. Even if it’s my spoiler area, anything that I want to put here is more spoiler than I want to put. I think that there are a couple of things that I can say.

I want to know what memories are being hidden and who is hiding them and why they are being hidden. It seems like the person can almost see them, but not quite. So, that’s going to be interesting to watch.

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