Sophie Kisker-Nectar of the Gods: Owned

I adore Sophie Kisker’s work. I read and reread them regularly. I always eagerly await her next book, because I know it’s going to be great. That’s how I knew I was going to love Owned. Owned is the first book in her new series, Nectar of the Gods. Protip, check out Alien Alphas for a short story that takes place in this world. Trust me on this.

Anyway, Owned. This book takes place on Anteros. When this planet has quakes in a particular island chain, there are quick flashes of light. Those flashes of light are actually portals back to Earth. When the men can get to those portals quickly enough, they reach in and grab the first human woman they see. The Anterrin men value human women for just one thing. When a human orgasms, she produces what Anterrins call nectar. This nectar is addictive to Anterrin men and produces a feeling of calmness and euphoria. So, they want more and more human women, because supply. Nectar has completely reworked the Anterrin economy and society. There are bars where people can sip the nectar straight from the source, where women spend hours and hours and hours on end having forced orgasms. Then, there are different, more special kinds of nectar slaves.

Tressa is a human woman who is just about to be free from her douchebag ex-husband. She has just signed the divorce papers and is off to celebrate washing that man right out of her hair. That is, right until a bright light rips into place before her and a copper-colored hand reaches out to grab her and drag her into the light. Next thing she knows, she’s in on her knees, bent over in a cage with her arms secured behind her, plugs in both her pussy and her ass, and is gagged. When she’s drug off the transport she’s in, she’s put in a warehouse with a whole lot of women in the same state. Someone comes along and forces all the women to orgasm. When it’s Tressa’s turn, after she orgasms, some fingers are shoved into her pussy and she can hear people discussing her. Then, she’s picked up and shoved into a corner by herself. Sometime later, a man comes and tastes her the same way, closes her cage and walks away.

Joram, who was working in the warehouse, has a suspicion that Tressa is something special. His sister was trained to grade nectar slaves and he was there when she was training and he tasted the various types of nectar as well. When he finds out that Tressa is going to be disposed of, he knows that he has to figure out a way to save her, after all, if he’s right, she’s worth a whole lot of money. He manages to save her and take her home.

Keilat is Joram’s twin brother. All Anterrin men are born as twins and they share a mate. When he finds out what Joram has done he’s somewhat shocked, but when Joram explains that he thinks that he’s found a gola’a slave, Keilat is willing to listen.

A gola’a slave is the most precious kind of nectar slave. However, they don’t get to orgasm because it will ruin the taste. So, once Tressa has been found to be a gola’a slave, she is stuck with being on edge, all the time, and having to be given tea which will send her into a period where she is nothing but needy and drippy.

If you don’t like BDSM, avoid this one, because all the letters come into play here, in all kinds of ways. Keilat and Joram are very much her Masters, and they do punish her. There are cages, cuffs, collars, and alien roses. But, if this is your kind of thing, and it’s obviously mine, then go read it and reread it and maybe read it again. I loved the story and the world as well as the characters, most of the time. Joram is a real dick at times, but I can’t go into the book to kick his ass, so it’s a good thing he finally stops. The world-building is fabulous, Sophie has come up with a pretty complete world, and while I don’t think I’d want to live there, I don’t mind visiting it.

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When I say that Joram is a real dick, I mean it. I mean, at one point he gives Tressa the tea, but he made it a lot stronger than he should’ve done, which meant that Tressa was screaming in need for longer than she should’ve otherwise done. She tried to claw the chastity belt thing that she had to wear because of how horny she was. Joram only sees her as a source of nectar and an exotic pet, not as a sentient being. Luckily Keilat is there to balance him out.

And can we talk about the crazy king? If I thought that Joram was a dick, the king is a psycho, and not a nice, warm, fuzzy kind of psycho. He does not nice things and we will all love to hate him.

I can’t wait to see where Sophie is going to go with this series because I know it’s only going to get better from this point. It’s going to be totally awesome.

I’m not going to say anything more about this book because I’ve said a lot and I’m trying not to be that person. So, go over to King Zon and grab it for yourself and see what you think. Happy reading!

Natalie Bennett-Savages

I’ve read some other Natalie Bennett and really enjoyed them, so I thought that I knew what I was in for. I knew that what I was going to get something dark, raw, and gritty. Savages exceeded everything I was expecting. Like I said, I thought I knew what I was in for and thought that I was prepared. But, it’s intense and dark from the very start and will knock you 10 feet away and leave your shoes and socks knocked off right where you stood. Savages did just that. It savaged me and left me raw and needing more immediately.

Calista has grown up in her father’s pseudo-religious cult. She’s done whatever her father has wanted, no matter what it was, just hoping that he would approve of her. On what may be the worst day of her young life, she sees a woman she thought of as a friend being killed in a horrible way. After that, she’s dragged out by her own brothers to be taken out. Miraculously, she manages to survive what they do to her and then drags herself away. Years later, she’s still surviving.

Roman has been the leader of the Savages. He has something against Cali’s father, and he goes out of his way to make the man’s life as terrible as possible. He may not be able to strike directly at him, but he can take bites around the edges. When something happens and he’s put face-to-face with Cali, the world they are both living in starts to implode and make huge changes in the both of them.

This book. Man. This book is really explosive. Everyone is holding back major secrets. I mean considering what we do learn about them, you know that the secrets have to be huge. The chemistry between Rome and Cali is unlike anything you may have ever seen before. I don’t think that there is anything that can explain it. The rawness and grittiness of this book also can’t be explained. I love raw, dark, dirty, and gritty, and I reveled in this book, even as it scoured me raw. I can’t wait for book 2.

There are so many things that I’m dying to know and that I’m hoping that book two answers. And no, I’m not going to really tell you what all those things are. I’ll be more than happy to tell you if you PM me about it, but that’s as far as I am going to go with it. Suffice it to say, I expect anyone else who’s reading these books to want to know all the same things that I do.

Rome is super intense, and I really want to know more of his backstory. Then again, if I know more about him, will it ruin him for me. I dunno. There’s always a fine line authors have to work with there. How much can they show us about any character without taking that character’s power away? Does taking a dark protagonist like Rome and showing him split open and spilling his secrets make him more dark or less dark?

OK, that’s all that I have to say about Savages, other than go out and buy it as quickly as you can. I don’t normally mention what I’m listening to when I’m writing a blog, but today it seems appropriate to mention that I wrote this to David Bowie’s Blackstar. It was his goodbye album and it fits this for me. So, I’m off to prepare myself to share other things with you. Meanwhile, happy reading!

 

Natasha Knight-Captive Beauty

Natasha Knight writes a lot of mafia based dark romances, and Captive Beauty falls in that category. It’s also in another fun category, adult versions of fairy tales. In this case, we get a very twisted version of Beauty and the Beast, with some mafia bits, with no Gaston or singing.

Priscilla Hawking has a big brother whom she loves and whom she is very protective of, Jones. One day, she’s headed over to his house when they are both grabbed. Apparently, Jones has been a bad boy, and someone is out to get their money out of him. They are blindfolded and dragged away. When they get to where they are going, the men are going to beat everloving hell out of Jones on the orders of their boss. Cilla can’t have that. She wants her brother to be OK. She tells the boss that if he doesn’t hurt or kill Jones, she will trade herself to him for 30 days and he can do whatever he wants to her.

Killian Black is an interesting man. His parents died when he was a teenager, and his uncle took over the guardianship of him and his little sister. He went to jail for murdering his uncle a few days after his younger sister died. He got out after only 4 years, a much shorter time than he was supposed to be there. Now, he’s a rich, secretive man who rubs elbows with the mafia, lives in the underworld, and owns a very successful gentlemen’s club. He’s intrigued enough by Cill and her offer to take her up on it and to leave her brother undamaged, or at least as undamaged as he was when she made the offer.

Kill has Cill taken to his home. He has such such plans for her. When he gets to his penthouse to put them into play, she fights back against him which makes him stop.

We all know what’s going to happen here. This book is hot and sexy. The connection between Cill and Kill is intense and incredible. I love their names together, it works really well, and I have fun saying them in my head. Yeah, I know it’s weird, but please tell me that I’m not the only one who was doing that. You know that you are now since I told you about it. And… you’re welcome. Glad I could help. That connection makes everything that happens between them so much more intense. It’s almost like I could feel the heat that they generated on my own skin.

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I love looking up Beauty and the Beast pictures to use in various blog posts. There are some really cool ones out there.

Anyway, all the secrets that come out are explosive. I kind of guessed one, but the other one I didn’t guess at all. But OMG, terrible secrets. I’m glad that what ended up happening happened, at least to the one responsible. Too bad that didn’t happen much, much earlier. It should’ve. Some of the terrible things that happened throughout the book would’ve probably not happened.

I loved the way that the Kill took good care of Cill and made sure that she was OK, as well as people she loved the most. It was really good of him, and I think it totally surprised him that he would do that, but he did it.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. I’m going to go put my feet up and finish reading Peep Show. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Zoe Blake-Dark Deception

As you can tell if you’ve read my blog a lot, Zoe Blake is one of my favorite authors. She writes dark and she writes kinky, which are two of my favorite things. I like following a good tour guide into the darkness of their brains and seeing what they have to show me. This time, Zoe has decided to show us Dark Deception.

Dark Deception is one of those books that when I picked it up to read it, I had to keep reading it. There wasn’t any way of putting it down and walking away from it for awhile. I stayed up way too late at night reading it. But, that’s not a bad thing, is it? Good books are better than sleep, at least that’s what I told myself when I woke up the next morning after too little sleep.

Mirage is an extraordinary thief. She goes in and steals jewels and information as if she were a ghost and can walk through walls. She lives up to her chosen name, and disappears right before your eyes. Mirage has spent her life working for The Syndicate and stealing what they want her to steal. However, the score she’s working on right now is a personal one. She’s spent months very carefully choreographing the downfall of one man. She’s made it look like he’s betrayed their bosses. Now that she’s destroyed his reputation, she’s ready the next and final step in her plan. She’s going to kill him, sneak right into his house like the mirage that he is and blow his brains out. He killed Mira’s lover, and she wants her vengeance.

Paine has earned his name well too. He is The Syndicate’s cleaner and extraction specialist. If there’s a problem, they send him out to either make it stop being a problem or get their operative out. He’s also a hacker and a thief. He’s like the 7-11 of crime, the one-stop shop, if you need it, he can do it for you. All he knows right now is that someone has set him up, but he doesn’t know who or what. He’s just waiting for someone to show up so he can take care of it. He didn’t expect it to be Mirage.

Mirage and Paine have a short, explosive history together. When she got stuck in Turkey on a job, he was sent in to get her out. He saw her and knew that she was his. They had that one night together, and when he went out to get breakfast, she left. See, mirage.

OK, you know what time it is. I’m going to just go plow on. Mira nd Paine turn it up to 11 when it comes to hot, dirty, and sexy. This is the kind of book which can melt your Kindle if you aren’t real careful with it. I suggest that you make sure that it has adequate air flow around it so that you won’t have to worry about it getting too hot to touch. I love how they each recognize, respect, and admire the other’s strengths. I mean, they are both at the top of their game, and when they team up they totally top that game. That connection and respect is part of what makes them such a compelling couple. I mean, I just connected with them so much, I was sad when the book ended because I wanted to read more of their adventures. They are very, very awesome. Definitely go check this one out. You won’t regret it.

 

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The first big scene after Mira breaks into Paine’s house was just so hot. I loved every filthy word of it. I mean, just fabulous. The one thing I want to know though, is how did she manage to leave? Maybe Mira can walk through walls. She is awfully tricksy though, and a very careful planner, so of course she would have figured out lots of ways in and out. Maybe she found one that even Paine didn’t know about?

I love how everything works in this story though. They become a real partnership, no matter whatever else goes on. They do work well together, which is good, considering who they are and what they can do. I would pretty much put them up against any other pair out there, in whatever capacity they need.

OK, that’s all for today. If I go any further, I will end up totally spoiling something, and none of us want that to happen. Lots of exciting books in my schedule, so keep your eyes peeled. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Jennifer Bene-Imperfect Monster

This book. I have been waiting for this book from the very second I finished reading Monster in Hero Undercover. Monster has shown up on various of my lists, including my Top Ten darkest and fucked up reads list. Dark, yes, fucked up, yes, hot, very yes. And Imperfect Monster has lived up to the promise of Monster.

Now, I know that pretty much any time I pick up a Jennifer Bene book I’m going to get dark, and I count on that. I’ve found all those dark places in my soul that enjoy these books, and I love finding an author that lets me play in them, so finding Jennifer was like finding home. Her books feed my dark and twisted soul. So I knew that the second this book hit my Kindle, I was going to have to sit down and have a meal.

Nicky is bound and determined to take care of her baby brother. He got beat and is in the hospital, in rough shape. All he could do was tell him who did it and how much he owed. All she could do was think of ways that she could get him out of trouble. To that end, she scraped up $20K so that she could go and buy him out of trouble. So she marches up to house of Paulo Garcia, major drug dealer, with her courage screwed to the sticking place, and hollers that she is there to pay him off and get her bother out of hock. The only problem is? She’s $5K short.

Andre is the monster that Paulo keeps in his back pocket. When Paulo needs something done, and done in a nasty way, he sends in Andre. That’s not all Andre is though. He’s also an undercover agent, there to take Paulo down. He’s been under for years now, and nothing is left of him inside, or so he thinks. When he sees Nicky, some kind of glimmer pokes through all that empty numbness, and he wants to try to save her. Of course, he wants to save her for himself, because he wants her and he wants to hear her scream his name and cry, but he also has that faint glint of something that affects his behavior. He goes to Paulo and pays the extra money, thereby buying Nicky and keeping safe from everybody except for Andre, and well, Paulo if he asks. Everyone belongs to Paulo.

Alright, we’re going to make our split here. This book is dark, very dark. It’s full of noncon/dubcon goodness. It has a stubborn woman and a tortured anti-hero. I mean, that’s pretty much a recipe for a great book right there. And it baked just right, it’s a great book. It was worth all the wait I had to put in all the way from last summer to today. I got sucked into the book and twisted around and around. It’s also incredibly hot. Did I mention it was hot? Andre has done something for me from the very first time I met him, and that something has just gotten stronger with being able to read more about him. I don’t think he’s ever going to be one of those characters I’m going to forget or ignore, and I will probably hold up other dark anti-heroes to him for comparison. If you don’t like dark, avoid this one. You aren’t going to like it. If dubcon or noncon bothers you, avoid this one. If those things bother you, I can suggest a lot of other things for you to read.

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OK, I know that I’ve said that the first gun scene was hot, and it was, but I found the second one to be less so. I think it was just the situation around it. It must have been hard for Nicky to survive that and everything that followed.

I never thought that Andre was as dark as he thought he was. I can see why he would think that he was that dark and all that. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think he’s light either. I just don’t think he was a pitch black as he thought he was. Maybe a very, very, very dark gray. He had good intentions for going in and doing what he was doing, but you know what they say about good intentions and what road they pave. And all his good intentions definitely paved his road to hell. He walked through his own doing what he had to. I kind of want to beat on his handler for everything he put Andre through.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one today. It’s dark. It’s lovely, and I loved every fucking word of it. Go check it out for yourself and tell me what you think. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Alien Alphas Part 1

Alien Alphas is an anthology with 23 authors. That means that I’m going to be reviewing a lot of them. If I blogged all of them in one blog, I would get bored and so would you. I endeavor to not bore myself, and I figure if I’m bored, you’re bored. See how that works? Anyway, I’m breaking it into 2 pieces. This first blog will have all the ARCs I got for this one. The second one will be all the other stories which made me go wow. Of all 23 authors in this book, I’ve read all but two of them, so I was really excited to get this one. I was practically drooling over the book when I got it. So, here we go.

Strangeways by Addison Cain 5*

Of all the things that I have to blame Addison Cain for, turning me onto some tentacle porn is one of the weirdest. Or maybe it’s a combo between Addison and Cari Silverwood, whichever, it doesn’t matter, this story was hot. I really enjoyed it and the twists are twisty. I’m hoping that Addison gives us some more out of this universe. Well, after Consumed, and Irdesi Empire, and Alpha’s Control and a surprise that she keeps teasing us about.

But yeah, the sex in this story? Completely out of the galaxy. What girl doesn’t want to get with a cock that can do all the things that Phi’s equipment can do? That bitch Emily is lucky. Well, maybe lucky, but she’s still getting the good dick. I love the whole basis of this story and think that it is an interesting way to do what Phi and his brethern are trying to do.

You may think that you may not have an interest in tentacles, but really, this story will change your mind and make a believer out of you.

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Finding Sitra by Jane Henry 4.5*

OK, first thing I have to say about this story? I love the title. It’s my kind of wordplay. It can be taken in so many, many, many different ways, and once you read it, you’ll see what I mean. (Seriously, go buy this book right now. It’s only 99 pennies, what can go wrong?)

What do you do when you are a big bad space soldier and you go to a brothel only to find out that your dead best friend’s baby sister is the prostitute that you just rented? Well, you tie her down and spank her, of course! What happens when that brothel gets the shit bombed out of it? You end up with Cy and Sitra’s story.

They get their HEA, which is wonderful, but it’s not an easy thing for either of them. They both have a lot of baggage that they have to deal with, which makes it even more satisfying when they get together. So, yay for them, and yay for Jane!

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Sold to the Enemies by Sara Fields 4*

Sara Fields brings us into a whole new scifi world for her offering and I will gladly follow Sara anywhere she wants to go, please and thank you. 🙂

Aubrie was the leader of Earth’s space forces, right up until she went and attacked a much more technologically advanced force. She may have killed some of them, but her forces were devastated. The men were killed and the women were taken prisoner and dragged off by slavers. She was on the dais being sold when Edogan sees her and decides to buy her himself. After all, as the commander of the forces she attacked, he’s well within his rights to take her and punish her.

One of the things that I like about Edogan is that he’s secure enough as an Alpha to let Aubrie be the strong person she is. he also takes the time to help her figure out what’s going on with her life.

And this is what my head Aubrie looks like, mostly because I think Starbuck is very cool. So, please, let me have this without harshing it, OK?

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Fated Possession by Cari Silverwood 5*

My Cari Silverwood collection is well up into double digits. I think it’s at nearly 20. I’d have to go look. But there’s a really good reason for that. If you’ve read anything of hers, and if you haven’t why not?, you’ll understand.

This story takes place in her Machinery of Desire series. You don’t have to read the series to understand what’s going on in the story, but it does help. It happens at roughly the same time that the last book in that series happens, but doesn’t connect up with that story.

Blue is one of the humans who has been abducted and dragged to Aerthe for one thing. Her blood. Human blood has something that the Mekkers need. When she escapes, she gets caught by Scavs. Sassik is passing by and sees her and sees what’s about to happen to her and decides that he’s going to buy her. Of course, his plan is to buy long enough to find a good owner for her.

This is one of those series that I want the next book as soon as I finish the last book, so having this story to tide me over and give me another look into this world is great.

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Drakeon Rescue by Lee Savino and Lili Zander 4*

Dragons are cool. I love dragons. You love dragons. Everyone loves dragons. Flying and breathing fire, I mean, what more do you really need? So, of course my love extends out to Draekons, Lee and Lili’s alien dragon shifters.

A few months ago, Zorhans landed on Earth and gave the humans some miraculous cures. They also took 10 women back with them. Now, on the worst. day. ever. Dor gets abducted by a spaceship and dragged away.

Tin is a Draekon who has spent a year trapped in hell by evil scientists. They are testing to try to find his mate. Cro is his best friend who isn’t about to give up on finding Tin and rescuing him. When Dor gets taken to the evil scientists’ lair, she’s placed with Tin, and Cro shows up with perfect timing.

The Draekon guys are awesome. They are uber-protective and they are also willing to let Dor do what she is good at without smothering her. While this story does take place during the rest of the Draekon books, it doesn’t connect up with them in any way, shape, or form.

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Under Contract by Jaye Peaches 4.5*

Remind me never to break a contract anywhere where Jaye can see me. Or maybe, remind me to do that, if she’ll arrange someone like Brax to come get me, because damn. This story gave me the screaming thigh sweats. I mean, dayum. This story is pretty heavy on the BDSM and sex aspects, so be aware of that, and prepare appropriately.

Brax is an extraction specialist. He gets a contract and goes in and extracts women from suboptimal situations, then takes them back to his facility and rehabilitates them. Kleo’s guardian has contacted Brax to go extract Kleo from another planet, rehabilitate her (read make her submissive again), and bring her back. Kleo ran away because she doesn’t like her “guardian’s” plans for her. I wouldn’t either. What no one told Brax is that she’s a human who has been trained with some very particular skills. Skills that affect her rehab.

Brax is a super intense alpha. And dayum, his junk? Yeah, he’s got some good junk going on. I love how cherished he makes Kleo feel and how he changes how she feels about herself.

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Her Zandian Masters by Renee Rose. 5*

Horny, purple, horned aliens. The don’t have one eye, they don’t fly unless they are in a flying ship, but they do eat women. (Snerk) I love the Zandian universe. A lot. Thank you, Renee Rose.

Eslyn is one of the few Zandian women left in the entire universe. We originally met her back in one of the full length Zandian stories. She and her “mates” were left on Zandia when it was attacked, and they spent 15 long years as the only Zandians that they knew of, along with their kids. When other Zandians came to where they were, her “mates” tried to kidnap the other woman and kill the man with her. Eslyn, those men, and her young were all brought back to the royal pod for Prince Zander to judge.

He decides that she should be rehabilitated and chooses the three men who have been guarding her to do it. Granit, Laake, and Damon have been best friends and brothers for the majority of their lives, and are almost like one organism with three bodies instead of three separate beings. It makes sense for them to share a mate.

Generally, Renee doesn’t write menage in this series, because it turns out big purple horned aliens also tend to be somewhat possessive. However, it really works in this case, and it is hot af. The guys are awesome and caring, and they go out of their way to show Eslyn how much she matters. Totally awesome.

I know this isn’t what the Zandians look like, but I love this picture anyway, so here you go.

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The Ghost in the Stars by Sophie Kisker 4.5*

This is an intro to a new universe by Sophie Kisker, and I can tell it’s going to be hot as fucking fuck. Because damn, this one was amazing. I can’t wait for more of this universe so that I can get to enjoy everything. By everything, I mean all the books and stories, of course.

Siridian is off flying in space by himself when he runs across a ship just floating around. While he waits to get permission to get in and go salvage it, he has the feeling he should just go in and do it, so he does. When he’s there, he finds a dead body and Keelie. Keelie is a human nectar slave who was abducted from a past Earth and dragged into the future to serve the men of Anteros and their addictions.

Siridian has experienced nectar slaves before and he wants nothing to do with this one. He feels guilty about things that weren’t under his control, and he wants to just get rid of her. However, he keeps having a nagging feeling in the back of his mind. Keelie keeps hearing voices and when she tries to tell Siridian about it, he just gets angry and ends up punishing her. Turns out, he should’ve listened to her.

The ideas behind this world are filthy and obscene, which are two of my favorite words when it comes to my reading material. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the ‘verse grows and expands.

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So, I had a migraine yesterday and got behind yesterday, and I’m in recovery mode today, which means I’m still a smidgeon behind. The second half of Alien Alphas will be up on Sunday, and the other blog that was supposed to get posted today will be up tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

Amo Jones-Razing Grace

Contrary to what may be popular belief about my blog, I do review more than just ARCs on my humble little blog. What does that have to do with today’s blog? Today’s blog is about a pair of books that I actually bought. The first part of the duet I got as a Christmas freebie but as soon as I read it, I knew that I had, just absolutely had, to buy the next part. It was that good, just so good. So, Razing Grace 1&2 by Amo Jones here we go. (Everyone say thank you to Tyi for introducing me to Amo.)

Before I get into it, I didn’t realize that RG was part of a larger series, The Devil’s Own. I bought the first two of the books and I’ll be reading them this weekend.

Millie is a nun. She has sisters that she loves, and at the wedding of one of them, she gets betrayed and grabbed by some very, very bad guys, and dragged down to a dungeon. She is trapped in the dungeon of one of the bases of The Army, led Kurr. She hears screams of others, smells their deaths, and is left in a cold, dark cell. Except for when THEY visit her.

They are the 6. Six men who each wear a different mask and whose faces she has never seen. All she knows are the names they go by, Executioner, Joker, King, Royal, Soulless, and Angel. Our virginal Sister Millie, who has spent her life being the very good girl and who doesn’t even cuss or drink, is told that she will be visited each night by one of the 6 to be trained, and on the 7th night, they will all have her. They won’t do anything to take her virginity though, since she’s worth more when they sell her as a virgin. She doesn’t know that part of it yet. All she knows is that they are doing things to her that she doesn’t want in her head, but her body seems to want, and each day, it breaks her a little more and makes her a little crazier.

One day, Kurr and a priest come to visit her. The priest wants her. He killed someone in front of Millie, and he wants to handle Millie. He suggests that he’s going to buy her, have fun with her, and be done with her.

Meanwhile, 000, the Executioner, whose real name is Raze, has decided that Millie is HIS. He wants her and he hates what has to happen to her, but only because it’s other guys touching her and that he can’t publicly claim her. There are too many things that he can’t control and too many plans in motion that he can’t upset.

OK, I can only gloss over the second part because to do anything else will mean that I spoil everything. And really, you don’t want me to do that. I don’t want to do that. You may come after me with some horrible thing if I spoil it, and Amo Jones might call me horrible names. So, let’s suffice it to say that Millie still has horrible shit happen to her and she is still the crazy broken person that we came to know and love in the first part. Raze is still the crazy-ass mother fucker who we met in the first one and probably came to love. Well, I came to love, at least.

This series is seriously dark and has some very serious trigger warnings. Heed them. It has heavy doses of non/dub-con, and while I am all for some dark non/dub-con goodness, with heavy doses of kink and mindfuckery, there are people out there who don’t like that kind of thing, and for whom noncon sexual activities can be triggery.

I did really love these books. I seriously couldn’t put it down while I was reading it, and stayed up way too late at night to finish it. It is compelling, well-written, intriguing, and angering. The books left me satisfied and in a book hangover. You get both Millie’s and Raze’s POVs in the books, so you have some idea of what each is thinking, even though we don’t see a whole lot of Raze’s thoughts. He’s much more a doer than a thinker. I’m fine with that. He’s one of those main characters who wouldn’t work so well if we had a window into his inner angst. So, here’s where we part. I’m going to leave you a picture of the lovely Audrey Hepburn as a nun as a spoiler space. In my head, Millie had that Audrey Hepburn-ish kind of thing, so it works well, at least for me. If you have a different pic in your head, please don’t spoil mine for me.

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Beautiful, right? Wasn’t she just graceful and elegant, and all of those things?

I love the title of the series. I am always thrilled with authors who play with words when they title a book. The title Razing Grace does that on so many levels. It’s that kind of cleverness and wit that drags me into a story and makes me want to read it before I even get into it.

In the second book, in the prologue, we get Raze’s POV, and when I read it, I was so scared of what was going to happen because of what happened at the end of the first book. I was both glad that it wasn’t what I thought it was and terribly saddened when I figured out what it was. However, having that be the prologue and epilogue to the book was perfect. And if you think that I’m being vague, you’re absolutely right. I’m being very vague.

The end of book one killed me, completely. The end of book two, I was right there with what happened and why it happened, and I totally support their actions. I found the way Millie handled it to be very appropriate. I would probably have done that too, in her place.

OK, that’s really all I’m going to say about these books. I have the first two in the series to read, and I’m waiting for book 2 of Crowned By Hate, which was the first book of Amo’s that I read, and which is one of the biggest mindfucks I’ve ever read, and we all know that I love to read mindfucks.

Tomorrow, we have a new Daddy Dom book, so look forward to that!

Sophie Kisker-Finding Home

Odyssey

1a long wandering or voyage usually marked by many changes of fortune
2an intellectual or spiritual wandering or quest 
Anyone who reads this blog knows how I feel about Sophie Kisker and her work. I’ve reviewed several other of her books. This time, I’m going with the Finding Home series. Sophie has it listed as Finding Home: An Erotic Tale of Love and War. And yeah, it totally is. I wouldn’t take them as 3 separate books, because they aren’t a stand-alones, but more as one book that has been broken into 3 sections, like the Lord of the Rings. Luckily, all three books are out, so you can read them all back to back to back. Protip: Odyssey, the first one, is on sale for $0.99 today 12/17. All three books are available on Kindle Unlimited.
Finding Home takes place in Meridia. It’s a country that is broken up into several provinces. Think Canada or maybe Australia instead. Only, there really is no country-wide government, there is a committee that all the leaders belong too, but nothing like an overarching prime minister or president. Because each province is self-ruled, the laws and treatments of the people can widely vary. The rulers also tend to be hereditary, with the leader choosing one of his children or adopting someone to be an heir. Depending on the leader, you may get someone who is competent and has a competent heir, or you can get a family that runs their province into the ground and their heirs are just as incompetent and maybe tyrannical. While there are several provinces, we are mainly concerned with three of them. In the first book, we are dealing with Edwal and Alaine. In the second and third books, Orre becomes just as important.
Now, there are a lot of politics that go on in these books on top of the sexy, sexy, sex. Sophie doesn’t relate the politics back to the real world in any way, so if you don’t like politics, then you aren’t going to have to deal with the real world politics. The politics are braided in through the story with the sex and the romance. You really can’t have one part without the other. When you read it, you’ll see what I mean.
OK, back to the world of Meridia. Edwal is ruled by  Elias Palm. He is a tyrant and dictator. He has severely restricted the rights of his people. He has had houses of college professors bugged, there are security cameras on every corner, and people are encouraged to inform on each other. Palm is suspicious, paranoid, and an all-around fuckhead. Alaine is one of their neighbors and is run by Daniel Weiss. Weiss is a sane, rational person, who tries to rule his province as well as possible and keeps his people’s needs in mind. So, of course, Palm hates him. Orre is run by Benjamin Aldriss. More on him later.
Odyssey was the first book I read by Sophie. It has some intense points in it and I had a hard time with some of those places. I’ve read other intense books and even books that are arguably more intense, but there’s just something about this one that really, really got to me. Even on rereads, when I know what’s coming, the same points get to me. However, that doesn’t put me off reading the series, and I hope it doesn’t put you off it too.
So, Odyssey. Edwal decides that it’s going to invade Alaine. Mostly because Palm is a motherfucker. So he institutes a draft for every male up to the age of 50, which includes Liz Peltier’s dad. The Alaine military manages to drive the poor men of Edwal back, and they invade Liz’s town since it is closest to the border. As part of the reparations, the leaders of Alaine decide that they are going to take young women hostages for ransom. So women between the ages of 18-40 who aren’t mothers are at risk of being selected. Twenty of the wives and daughters of the most important people in that town are selected to be hostages instead of all the men being arrested. This is a relatively common practice, so no one expects it to take long. Except, no one takes Elias Palm and his nuttiness into consideration.
The women are taken to an army base, where they are actually held for weeks. During that time, Liz steps up as a leader and does what she can to help make the stay easier on everyone. Can I just say that I think Liz is a total badass? She really is, and it shows up throughout the entire series. When Palm refuses to do anything, one woman is selected to stay as a hostage slave in Chairman Weiss’s home. That means sexual slavery. And of course, I bet you can figure out who that woman is. Liz has quite a journey to go through to get through the end of the book and through the end of the series, and some seriously shitty things happen. More about it after the spoiler warning.
In Sanctuary we are still staying in Alaine and the Weiss estate, for the most part, but this is where Orre and Benjamin Aldriss come into play. Aldriss has a daughter named Jenny. In the beginning of the book, Jenny is sitting outside of their house, having come home from college, because she needs some space. While she is sitting there, she watches her whole family be destroyed, along with everyone in the house, and even the house. She knows that she needs to find somewhere safe and everyone thinks that she’s dead. The safest place she can think of is with her father’s friend, Daniel Weiss of Alaine. She manages to get there, and she’s going to have to live as a slave there, because who’s going to think of looking for her there, and she will be protected as much as is possible. But, she can’t just pretend. She has to go through the whole training. That’s when she meets Liz, who is acting as a mentor, and who helps her get through her training. Meanwhile, back in Orre, Palm has decided that he’s going to “help” out Orre and takes over huge swathes of the country. Now on to the next book.
Refining Fire is the third and last book. In metalworking, you refine metals by subjecting them to high heat, back in the day, fire would be used in one way or another. Heating up the metal to a certain point lets all the impurities burn away. When the metal comes out of the fire, it is pure. Certain objects made of metal, like knives and swords, go through heat treatment as part of their manufacturing. The heat treatment allows them to be stronger. Both of these things are important in this book. Michael and Jenny, Liz and Ryan all four have their own issues as people and as couples, and as a group. There are all sorts of shitty things that happen in this book. I know it sounds like I’m not saying a whole lot, but I’m being careful so that I don’t overly spoil it. The main action of the book is for Jenny to be allowed to rule her family’s province and what it’s going to take to get there. There’s also a lot of discussion about what submission means when circumstances change.
Wow, this is a long post. And I know that it seems that I have kind of brushed over the second 2 books, but the thing is, if I talk too much about book 2 or 3 then I am going to spoil the books ahead of it. So, if you want more info about the books, then you need to go read them yourself. Told you, they are all on KU and you can get Odyssey at a steal today. Meanwhile, I’m going to go on and make this long post even longer when I go on to the spoiler section. This is a great series, and it should definitely get more love than it does. The story is really well-written and everything winds together so very well. All the characters, all the themes, all the everything, just braids into a cohesive whole and turns into an epic odyssey.
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OK, in O, the original slave trainer, Master Thomas, abuses Liz, after the assistant trainer, Ryan, did all he could to put her fears at rest because in Edwal, terrible things happen to sex slaves. That really makes it hard for Liz, until Daniel fires Thomas. Ryan takes over, and he changes the way that things were done. He wasn’t about forcing submission but more about guiding a woman to find her submission and be able to give it. It works really well, and you can see from the very beginning of the story that Liz and Ryan are going to end up in some sort of relationship, it’s just hard to figure out how, since they are Master and slave. Ryan is incredibly protective of her, and it shows up when Liz is attacked and actually ends up in court.
In S, Ryan is still training and Liz is really his assistant, as much as possible, because she’s a natural leader. When Jenny comes in, she has a very hard time, since she’s been to the house many times before as a guest, and her mindset is hard to switch from. Liz becomes her mentor. She helps Jenny and if Jenny fucks up, they both get punished. It may seem mean to do it that way, but it works. Michael, who is Weiss’s heir, falls head over heels with Jenny, which makes it hard on both of them, since she’s a slave and he’s her master, plus they are trying to keep her safe. And this is where some serious, serious orgasm control comes in too. Jenny is very orgasmic, so the goal is to keep her from coming without permission. She goes through training for that. Sadly, there’s a point where that gets used against her. The Palms and their followers are massive fuckwads.
In RF, oh man, I cried. Jenny and Liz are both freed and with their loves, but Liz and Ryan are trying to figure out what him being her Master and her being the slave works with her being technically free. That’s the relationship that they want, but there are going to be bumps and bruises. Jenny is busy trying to figure out how to rule her province and how to fight Edwal while trying to get her rights as a leader. At the same time, she’s trying to figure out how to be with Micheal who is now the leader of Alaine and be both a strong woman and leader and a submissive partner to Michael. Really interesting dynamics going on in the book. While they are trying to figure everything out, something happens to Jenny that sidetracks those dynamics, and causes her to have a tremendous loss. It’s at this part that I cried, and is one of the intense parts of the book. It was a rough part to get through.
It really was the book I needed to finish off the entire series. It gave me that emotional satisfaction that I look for in the end of a long series. Yeah, I felt wrung out more than once, but that just makes the happy at the end happier. I got wrung out over the past few days as I’ve read the stories again, and I needed the end and the epilogue to feel better.
I hope I didn’t lose anyone while talking about the series. I hope that Sophie likes what I wrote. I hope no one thinks that I didn’t do justice to these stories and to the characters. Go give these stories some love.

Felicity Brandon-The Viking’s Conquest

I’ve read a few of Felicity’s books, but this is the first time that I’ve put anything of hers on the blog. When I had some nice empty space, I told her that I wanted to put something of hers up and asked what she suggested. She wanted to know if I like Vikings. Oh yeah, I like Vikings. Vikings are hot. I like Vikings so much that I married me one. So yeah, Mama like. I really like Felicity’s Vikings too.

So, on to The Viking’s Conquest.

Aurelie of Donrose is the only daughter of the king. She has two older brothers, who, along with her father, are out battling the Viking invasion. Her brother Bowen comes to her and tells her that the Vikings are going to be attacking their castle, but he can’t stay to protect the castle or her, which means it’s up to her. Luckily, Bowen taught her how to fight with a sword and she’s pretty good. That means she’s going to be OK fighting the Northmen who are coming to invade her castle. Yeah, can you see what’s going to happen here? The title probably gives you a good idea.

Prince Anders is the one leading the battle against Donrose. He’s a successful invader and is successful when it comes to fighting and taking Donrose. As he is invading the castle, he finds Aurelie fighting and decides that she’s going to be his captive. He asks one of his men, Magnus, to make sure that she gets back to the camp OK. Of course, that’s right after he stops Magnus from killing Aurelie. Anders decides that he’s going to keep Aurelie as his captive and insists that she calls him my Lofdungr, meaning my prince, which is hard for Aurelie to swallow.

You know what time it is. I’m going to go one way, you can go to the other. But some thoughts before we split. This story is totally hot and totally OMG. It’s a pretty good example of a power exchange when it comes to a D/s relationship. In a power exchange, the submissive gives their submission to their Dom, and in exchange, the Dom gives their domination, care, and protection. Notice how I say gives. A good Dom never forces or takes submission from their sub, they earn their sub’s trust and submission. How much power the Dom has over the sub is generally negotiated beforehand (not so much in this book), and can range from the Dom having control over every aspect of their life, to a more relaxed plan. To go along with the PE aspect of the story, there are a lot of BDSM punishments, some very humiliating to Aurelie and some that some people would consider seriously hardcore. But, there’s also a great romance and good historical fiction. I totally liked this story. Go check it out.

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I love how Aurelie struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants. She’s been a strong and proud person all her life and what Anders demands of her can be really hard for her, especially some of the really, really humiliating things that he has her do. However, she figures out that she likes it and maybe even needs it.

Anders, super hot and super alpha and Dom-ly, is hard for me to get a read on sometimes. Probably because I’m not a Dom-ly Viking prince type. Sometimes his thought processes elude me. The things that he does he does to teach Aurelie some kind of lesson, but that doesn’t mean that I necessarily understand his choices. Of course, it doesn’t help that we never see his POV. The story is written entirely from Aurelie’s POV, which isn’t a bad thing, but we can’t see what he’s thinking. But maybe that’s also a good thing, that makes him a better character. He’s probably not one of the characters that we would want to see monologuing. This is probably one I’m going to debate for a while.

Anyway, I’m going to be reading more of her books than I already have. Spoiler alert, more Felicity will show up on my blog in the future. We have two more posts today. One from Jaye Peaches and one from Sophie Kisker. More from Sophie tomorrow too.

Measha Stone-His Captive Pet

Measha Stone has a series that is called Owned and Protected. She has just recently released the third book in the series, His Captive Pet. On a side note, the book quite literally had a title change the night it released. Poor Measha, that’s one way to torture a writer while they are waiting for their book to go live. But, it went live and we got a new story, so in the end, everything worked out the way that it was supposed to, and the whole world rejoiced.

With a title like His Captive Pet, I’ll be that you can figure out what kind of kinkery fuckery goes on in this story. And you would probably be right. There is some definite pet play in here, and it is hot. It also works really well in the story, so it’s not like something that Measha just popped into the story as gratuitous kinkery. It’s not as over-arching as some stories I’ve read, but it’s definitely there, and very definitely hot. Did I mention that it’s smokin’? Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of the story.

Aubree is a vet. She loves animals and will do just about anything she can to take care of animals and keep them safe. That includes infiltrating the Chicago’s illegal dog fights held by a big scary gang. Aubree hooked up with a guy named Luiz who calls her to let her know when there is another fight. She can’t rescue all the dogs, but she can rescue at least some of them. It’s hard on her though. She sees all those terrible things that happen to those dogs, and as a vet and animal lover, it just rips her heart out.

One night, after a fight, she goes into her neighborhood bar. She’s a regular there, but she usually only drinks Diet Coke with a lime. However, on this night, she gets bombed out of her mind. Bombed out of her mind enough that she tries to break up a bar fight. Blake, the bar’s proprietor, picks her up, slings her over his shoulder, and she promptly starts yelling that he’s stealing her. I laughed out loud at this. Woke my poor cat up.

Blake has been watching Aubree for months. He knows her habits. He knows that if she is this drunk, it was a really, really bad day. You see, Aubree’s family history includes a drunken father who killed her mother and a stranger in a drunk driving accident. When Blake finds out that Aubree went to a dogfight, he promises to strap her ass the next time it happens, even if she isn’t his. (Not for lack of desire on his part)

When something happens and Aubree gets blamed, Blake knows that he has to do something about it, no matter what Aubree thinks or wants. Aubree is very stubborn and doesn’t want his help because it’s all up to her to fix everything, or so she thinks. Blake is the perfect combo of asshole and patient man and uber Dom-ly. They are perfect for each other.

So, here we are. It’s that time in the blog again. You get to decide where you go. No matter what you decide, this book is definitely worth the money you are going to spend on it. There is spanking, whipping, strapping, fucking, and butt plugs with puppy dog tails. There is also a really cute puppy dog. A real puppy. There is also a great story to go along with all of the sex and kink. I do love this series, and it has had frequent rereads. The stories can be read as stand-alones or you can read them in order. Each book is complete in itself, but the stories are linked together so you can get info about previous characters in following books.

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So, yeah. There isn’t really anything about this book that I don’t like, except for the bad guy. Then again, you aren’t really supposed to like the bad guy in this book. He’s a massive prick of epic proportions. Then again, he’s the head of a gang, so what are we supposed to think about him, right?

I love each and every one of the sex scenes in this book. Measha writes hard, kinky, filthy, obscene sex scenes in the very best ways. The whole book sucks you right in. The plot and story are the yummy chocolate cake while the sexy sex is the decadent chocolate ganache icing on the cake. Either one is really good on its own, but when you combine the two you get sheer perfection. OK, now I really need to have some chocolate cake. Wonder if I can talk my husband into making me some.

I think that Greg, Blake’s brother, is going to be the subject of the next book, just because. I wonder what his kink is going to be like. Blake said something about Greg liking darker things, so that out to be interesting. Sadist, maybe?

OK, I have said a lot of words about this book. I really liked it a lot. I’ve liked everything of Measha’s that I’ve read. I have all kinds of fun stuff coming up this week, including the review of a Sophie Kisker series. Meanwhile, happy reading!