Erin Bedford-Death in Her Eyes

This is the first Erin Bedford book that I’ve read, but since I really enjoyed this one, it won’t be the last one, especially since Death in Her Eyes is the first book in a new series, and I’m pretty sure that I love Elle, and I know I need to find out more.

We meet Elle when she opens her door to a police officer who has come to tell her that her mother has died in a car accident. Elle doesn’t act too shocked, but that’s only because she knew that this day was coming. You see, Elle has always been able to see death. When she touches someone, at least the first time, she sees how they are going to die. She might not see the exact date of when they will die, unless the person is by a clock or calendar, but she can generally come up with a pretty good time frame. She’s known for many years how her mother is going to die, and knew it had to be coming close by certain signs. She tried to change it, but her mother wouldn’t let her. So, she calls everyone and starts setting up the funeral and all. Everyone, that is, except for her deadbeat dad.

At the funeral, she’s staring off at a tree, when she notices the shadows seem to expand and someone steps out of the shadows. When she has a better look, it turns out that it’s her father. Who she really didn’t want to see, and definitely didn’t invite to the funeral. It turns out that he is there for a very specific reason, and he takes her away and drops her at the Fallon Academy for the Gifted. It turns out that she’s a Nephilim, a child of an angel and a human, and she’s there to be trained and to be kept safe.

I like Elle. I think that she has been dealt a hard hand. I mean everyone except her best friend thinks that she’s a weirdo and she tries really hard to never touch anyone because when she touches them, death. I can’t imagine how firm the walls she has to shove all that stuff behind has to be. I mean, imagine all the people you see and touch during the day. Well, except for when we are in the middle of a lockdown because of the plague. Think about how many people you might accidentally bump into a year ago, just as  you were talking around each day. And every time you brush past that person, or accidentally touch their hand as you are getting your food at the restaurant, or any of those things, you see how they die. It’s no wonder than Elle is inured to death. She’d have to be, just to keep herself in any kind of sane.

This series looks like it’s going to be a slow burn. There are a couple of guys who Elle might end up with, but there is no real romance in this one. We are getting a lot of story in here, and that’s all good with me.

I cannot wait to see what is going to happen next.

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I want to know more about Cass. I think that Dahlia deserved what happened, because she kept pushing.

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

Golden Angel-Chasing Her Lion

Chasing Her Lion is the last book in Golden’s Big Bad Bunnies series. I was happy to read it, but sad to see it. I’ve seen the end of too many series in the past few months, and I get a little teary upset, because I love the characters and the world. The BBB are joyful to read, and the books are funny. It’s fun to try and catch all the various geekdoms and easter eggs that Golden drops in them.

This is Bailey’s story. She’s the Beast of Caerbannog, the last of the Bunson children, and her bunny/bear/turtle is a real beast. Truly. She’s a bloodthirsty little thing, and no one will ever see her coming, except as a white blur. She’s hoping to find her fated mate, like Bethany and Brice did, but she’s been in a relationship with Kasim for a while now, and they are getting closer and closer. In fact, she’s ready to move on to the next level. But at a mating reception, on her way to the ranch fountain, things change. She smells something so wonderful. The best smell ever in the whole wide world. Her fated mate. Which, incidentally, isn’t Kasim, who is standing next to her. She walks up to the man, who stares at her and runs away. Meanwhile, Kasim has seen her see her fated mate, and asks Steele to send him on a mission, so he does. Far away. To a place Kasim never wanted to be, his hometown.

Kasim is so in love with Bailey, and has been waiting for her for so long, but now, when he’s right about to make his move, she meets her mate. He can’t stand to be there and watch the woman he loves more than anything have the life she always wanted with her fated mate. She was always so convinced that she would have one, and apparently, she did. Kasim wants her to be happy, but that doesn’t mean that he can stand to be there.

Kasim has been incredibly patient with Bailey and all the stuff that she’s done since the Bunsons were rescued. I mean, she sowed a whooooole lot of wild oats, been incredibly brash, bold, and impulsive, and been more than a little bit fixated on the idea of fated mates. But, it’s been totally worth it to him, because Bailey is Bailey, and all that he wants. I really do like Kasim a lot. He understands Bailey perfectly, I think, and even more than she does herself.

Bailey is a fun person, but I think that she’s a little bit, ok a lotta bit, impulsive, and doesn’t always think through the consequences of her actions. I think part of it is that she spent so much of her younger years in the labs of The Company, but I think she allowed that to be an excuse, and she needed to grow up a little bit. I think that Kasim is really good for her.

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I love when the challenge comes, and everyone tries to warn off the challenger. Not because they are afraid for the challengee, but because they already know what will happen.

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

 

Katie May-Blindly Indicted

Blindly Indicted is Katie May’s entry into the Paranormal Prison shared world series. This is my first Katie May book, but it isn’t going to be my last one, because I liked what she did with Nina, Blade, Damien, Bronson, Cain, Abel, and Rion.

We open with Nina escaping from the horrible place where she has been held for her entire life. Not only has she been held there, she’s been tortured. And when I say torture, I mean pretty much daily since she was a young child. And terrible things like having the skin flayed off her back. Luckily, she was able to get away from there, and now she’s running. The problem with running? She’s blind, so it doesn’t matter that she memorized the route that she and Kai came up with. But, she has a power that not many people know of. She can slide into people’s minds and use their eyes to see. It doesn’t even have to be a person, she can also slide into the eyes of animals, which is how she’s been seeing to escape. But then, something happens, and the next time she’s aware, she’s being accused of murdering someone she’s never heard of. To cut to the chase, she ends up in prison, where they stick the political prisoners, the Labyrinth.

Then we have the Labyrinth. It’s basically split into two factions. One faction is the shifters, and the other side is led by Blade, along with his lieutenants, Bronson, a shadow wolf, Damien, a mage and assassin, Cain and Abel, who are twins. Cain is a sex demon and Abel is a trickster demon. Nina gets brought to the throne room, where she is presented to Blade, and all of a sudden, Nina manages to take a look at Blade and discovers that Blade is Kai, the man who was supposed to come back and rescue her, and the first love of her life. This is a total shock to everyone involved, and things happen. And did I mention that Blade is actually a dragon? Yeah.

So, I like Nina, but she’s really naive considering everything that she’s gone through. Then again, she’s been living in a locked cell in a torture compound for her entire life, so it’s not all that surprising that she’s naive. But she’s also really smart, I think, and she has a really good heart. She also sees things in people that no one else does and she gets people to see themselves the way that she sees them. I think that she makes a lot of changes in her world without necessarily trying to, she just does.

This is a reverse harem, but most of the sexual stuff happens one on one, without the other guys around. There are a couple of times when there are two of them, but mostly, Nina has a separate relationship with each of the guys, forming the true center of the group, including Rion, who yeah, I know I haven’t mentioned much. You will just have to read to find out more about him. While Blade and his dudes have formed this inner circle of a gang, they aren’t necessarily friends or even friendly with each other. They all recognize that they are strong, and that they are all stronger together, but that doesn’t mean that they are friends. I think that Nina changes that around. She makes them more of a family group, I think.

While I enjoy RH where everyone is getting busy as a group, I also like it this way. I don’t think this particular story would’ve worked as well if they were all in one big group at once.

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I love Nina’s cat. I was very suspicious about it when he first showed up, but seems like a very nice kitty.

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

J.R. Thorn & Lexi C. Foss-Noir Reformatory

Noir Reformatory is another entry in the Nightmare Penitentiary shared world series. This one is kind of a cousin to Delinquent Demons by K Webster. We meet Novak in that one, and we see him in this one too. So, related, not a sequel.

Here’s our story today. We have Raven, who is a Noir. Think dark angel, or Nora. Nora start with white wings, but when they fall, they end up with black wings. Except for Raven, who was born with them, which is supposed to be impossible. On top of that, she’s a female, which is perishingly rare. She’s spent her life locked up, and now that she’s 18, she’s being taken to another prison. This time, it’s the Noir Reformatory, where the Noir are supposed to be reformed. Let’s just say it doesn’t quite go that way. She ends up throwing herself out of a helicopter, and flies to where a whole bunch of other Noir are flying. Which is, of course, Noir Reformatory, and shit is about to get real. And she’s the only female there. So, yeah.

Meanwhile, we have Sorin, Zain, and Novak. Novak was their leader, and they all fell together. They spent decades together in another prison, and now they’re being moved to this one. They all end up standing in the arena, where Sorin sees a female, who he feels the need to protect. Because, you know, female. So he manages to help, Zain comes over to help, and Raven ends up knifing him. Novak rushes to the rescue, and ends up in a different part of the prison. Raven, Sorin, and Zain end up in a cell together. Which is interesting, to say the least.

Zain and Sorin were a couple before they made it to this prison cell, and the presence of Raven doesn’t inhibit it. In fact, I think it probably made them more active. Raven really enjoyed the show, and frankly, who’s to blame her? I would. But it also makes her feel all kinds of things.

I really like Raven. I think that she’s fierce. She’s a fighter from the bones out, and she’s not going to put up with any shit from anyone, ever. She’s had to fight for her entire life, and this isn’t any different. That’s a very, very good thing, considering where she is and what is going on there, and what is likely to happen. I don’t want to be in her way when she’s working on getting what she wants, because she’s not going to let anything get in her way. I think that the only people who can stop her are Sorin and Zain, and probably Novak.

I can’t wait to see the next book, because it’s going to be so interesting!

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Ugh, the Valkyries. And the Reformer. Double ugh on him.

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

 

K Webster-Delinquent Demons

Are you interested in a PNR RH? Well, you’re in luck, I have one today. K Webster has written a story that is part of a Paranormal Prison shared world. Delinquent Demons was a great story and one that I had a hard time putting down.

So, here’s our story. Charis is a lovely young woman whose best friend is a guy named Ribb, whose mother is dead, and who lives with her grandmother. The only thing that she has left from her father, who her mother loved very much, was a pendant that she wears every day. Charis doesn’t know who her father is, but she’s pretty sure that he was kidnapped, or he would be there with her.

Now that she’s 18, she’s decided that she’s going to get a tattoo. And not just any tattoo. No, she’s going to get the symbol on the pendant tattooed right smack dab on her chest, including her tits, which her grandma will probably kill her for. Not only is she going to get the pendant tattooed on her body, she’s actually going to incorporate it in the tattoo. The artist is supposed to melt it down and mix it into the ink that’s about to go on her body. That way, she’ll never lose it, nor will she have to worry about the dick in Unit 12 stealing it from her, because he kinda keeps trying. The problem with her tattoo is that the guy who does it is skeezy, and all kinds of things start happening.

One of the things that happens is that Charis ends up in Nightmare Prison. And yeah, as you can probably guess, any prison that’s called Nightmare Prison isn’t necessarily a place that anyone wants to go. From the second that Charis gets dragged in there, she’s sure that she doesn’t want to be there. The Warden is evil and vile. His doctor may be even eviler and vile.  And our poor, mostly innocent heroine, is stuck in prison, surrounded by demons who are mad. And not mad in the angry sense, more like we’re all mad down here.

This is when Charis ends up meeting 4 demons, Vole, Crim, Rapa, and Ulen. They all have some kind of resemblance to each other but are just different enough in appearance that it’s obvious they are individuals. You get bony bat wings, tails, horns, and all sorts of fun things. Each of the guys also has their own magical skills. However, they are all more than just a little crazy. But that’s OK, Charis is going to make them hers anyway. Or they’re going to make her theirs. Or something like that, anyway.

So, I really like Charis. She is this weird mix of worldly and naive, and it works really well. She is stubborn AF, and she is bound and determined that she will have her way. And I can really get behind that. But she’s not overly bitchy about it or anything. She’s just determined and stubborn. And really, that’s good for her. She needs to have that, because, well, she needs to have that.

I like the guys. I’m not going to say that I like one over the others, because I think that it’s really impossible to do that. I think that they each have good things and bad things and that they are all good for Charis, as well as being good as a unit.

I would really love to see something with these characters that takes place another 15 or 20 years after the end of this book because I’d like to see how everyone is doing in the future.

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OK, the epilogue though. All of the epilogue. I was rolling.

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

 

Raisa Greywood & Sinistre Ange-Blood Lust

Happy Valentine’s Day! Have I got the perfect book for this lovely fluffy day all filled with pink hearts and kisses. The book is all filled with all the HEAs that you could ever possibly want to have.

Oh wait. That’s not today’s book. Today’s book is Blood Lust from Raisa Greywood and Sinistre Ange. There is not one HEA to be found anywhere in this book. Not one. There are kisses and hearts though. So, close? I guess? There are 3 stories in this book. Sinistre and Raisa each wrote one on their own, and then they wrote one together. And holy fuck, was this anthology great. And dark. And I fucking cussed Golden and Raisa up one side and down the other when I read the last word in this book, because dammit. I’m still all wrapped up in the book, even though I’ve been through some other books since.

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This is Golden’s solo offering. It imagines that vampires are out of the coffin, and are citizens. Of course there are going to be people who are scared of the undead who walk among them, and there are going to be hate groups. Jillian is one of the people who is dealing with that fear.

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In Raisa’s world, humans are basically just enslaved blood slaves. The vamps are in charge, and they will buy, sell, and auction humans. This one is about Chloe, who is a precious O-Neg, and who is up for auction. She doesn’t want to be sold to yet another leach, but what can you do?

Sinistre & Raisa-Vengeance

This story starts in 550 BCE, with a dancing slave being bought by Calmarus and Amedus. The slave’s name was Lyssa, but it gets changed to Orisa. The guys have been a couple, but Orisa becomes the meat in their sandwich. And, as we’re talking about vampires, you may guess that our guys are vamps. Well, things happen, and their lives change, and we get to see some of those changes.

I’m really not spoiling anything when I say that there are no HEAs, since it’s right there in the series name, so don’t yell at me if you read it and don’t find one. If you need that HEA, this is definitely not the book for you. If you like dark, mindfucks, men who may or may not be complete assholes, and a story that is going to stick with you for a good long time, then this is the book for you.

I can’t tell you which one of these stories is my favorite, since I like them all for different reasons, and I think that each of them stands out for different reasons. I do have to say that I was kinda mad when I finished this because I would never be able to read it for the first time again, while still being happy I got to read it.

OK, no spoilers today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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Leann Ryans-Bear’s Honor

So, Leann has written another one of her barbarian Omergaverse books. Bear’s Honor is the second one in the series, and it is an enjoyable read. Leann tends to write on the lighter end of the ‘verse, and this one fits right into her groove.

So, Rune is another of the Omegas that Raider’s people stole from their village. She is living with the other Omegas in Raider and Lyric’s house while they are trying to figure out who they are going to mate. The other unattached Omegas aren’t having any problems, but Rune is. She likes the quiet and likes to be left alone. But sadly, that doesn’t get to happen. All the Omegas have to be escorted everywhere they are going, because there are only 3 of them and a whoooooooole lot of Alphas. Plus, they don’t know the language of their new village well, if at all. Rune doesn’t think that she’s going to be anyone’s first choice, because she’s not a dainty little Omega like some of the others, so she’s perfectly happy to be by herself and away from everyone. She makes it to the healer’s house and the healer offers to train her to be the next healer.

Meanwhile, Bear, Raider’s Second, has sworn that he isn’t going to take an Omega, but then there’s Rune. There’s just something about her that really attracts him to her, but he doesn’t want the rest of the tribe to think that he’s taking advantage of being the Second by taking one of the 3 unmated Omegas, so he has sworn on his honor to not do it. Idiot.

One day, when going to the market for the healer, Rune is accosted by an Alpha who tries to drag her away to his house. He won’t listen to her when she tells him no, so she tells him that she’s chosen Bear to be her mate. Bear makes her feel safe, and she feels drawn to him, so she’s pretty sure that’s all good. Except, Bear doesn’t know, and when he’s told that by other Alphas, he denies being chosen by her, which causes problems. So, to fix it, Rune calls for an old tradition to be put back into place. It allows everyone to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt who should be mated.

Bear really is an honorable man, but an honorable idiot. A big idiot. Everyone tells him how much of an idiot he is, and he just passes over it and tells everyone that he’s being honorable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for honor and all, but he’s one of those that take it 50 steps too far. He’s a good man though, a really good man. He does everything that he can to make sure that his people are taken care of and is very responsible. If I were Raider, Bear would absolutely be the person that I would choose to be my Second.

Then we have Rune. I like her a lot. I totally get the wanting to be left alone a lot of the time, because I’m like that too. Too many people and my brain melts down. She doesn’t think much of herself, but she’s had her brother in her ear for years telling her that she’s not worth much, so of course she doesn’t think that. I, however, think that she’s worth a lot. She’s smart and caring. She is a quick learner too, I think. She’s just an all around nice person.

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Amara is tricksy as hell, and I absolutely love her.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all of Leann’s books. If you want to try MF Omegaverse and you don’t want to walk on the dark side, even though we have cookies, then she’s a good place to start. Happy reading!

Marissa Honeycutt-Master of My Heart

Of all the dark books I’ve read, Marissa Honeycutt’s Life of Anna is still one of the darkest and bleakest I’ve ever read, even including BB Blaque’s books and When the Dark Wins. Those are on my list of darkest books, but I think LoA is still going to be #1.  The books are a serial, so I recommend reading the complete set. It’s in KU, but I also recommend buying it, especially since some of the books in the series have been banned. LoA is the only book that I have had to literally put down in the middle of it and read something else altogether. I got it on KU and even sent it back. I spent a couple of days dreaming about the book so I had to go back to KU and finish reading it. I spent a lot of time horrified about what was happening to Anna, angry for her, angry at Devin, and I cried. A lot. I mean, a lot a lot. Spoiler for LoA: The spot where I had to put it down was right before Alex and Anna got married. I don’t know why that particular spot hit my limit, but I just reached that point. That particular thing was what I dreamt about.

Marissa has brought out another series that takes place in the same world. It takes place some years after LoA. Anna is not the focus of this one, but there are some carry over characters. This series is called Finding Sabrina. The first book is Master of My Body, and the second is Master of My Heart. That’s the one we’re talking about today. Now, as a warning, Marissa is writing Sabrina as a serial, just like she did with LoA. I know that there are least 2 more books to come, but I don’t know how long in between each one. If you totally despise cliffies, then you may want to wait until Marissa puts out a complete set. I, on the other hand, may curse cliffies, but they don’t deter me. Obviously. Otherwise, I wouldn’t read about 60% of what I do read.

So, here’s the story as it stands right now. There are going to be some spoilers for MoMB, there’s really no other way to it. If you haven’t read it yet and you want to, this is your very last chance. If you read past this point and you get spoiled, you only have yourself to blame.

OK, here goes. Sabrina has woken up and realized that none of her captors are there. They are all dead, and she killed them all. Her Immortalness took over and she kind of went feral and just went on a killing spree. Frankly, I don’t blame her. After being treated like she was for 5 years, I would’ve killed everyone too. She sees Chase’s West Point ring and it helps her come back to herself. That ring and thoughts of Chase are all that have kept her as sane as she is. That and being able to dance. Sabrina ransacks the house, takes a lot of money, and finds the diamond that will drain her Immortality and let her live as a normal human. She manages to make it to her ballet company and the head guy helps her escape to Boston, which is where she’s decided that she wants to go. She wants Chase.

Meanwhile, Chase is facing the fact that he has to get married by the end of the year. He’s the heir to one of the Brotherhood’s Elders, and that means that he has to get married and start producing his own young. Richard, the Elder, tells him that he knows that Chase wants Sabrina, but they have searched in every way possible for her and there has been no trace of her at all. Now he’s off on a mission with his team to take care of a problem for the Brotherhood. He’s incommunicado except to Richard, his mother, and his best friend, Jayson. Jayson just happens to dance at the dance company in Boston where Sabrina is going to go audition. He lives with his sister Liz, and they have a spare room in their apartment.  And guess where Sabrina goes to stay? Of course, she doesn’t know that Jayson and Chase are buds when she goes to stay with him.

You remember how I said that LoA was probably the darkest thing I’ve read? Sabrina might beat it. Sabrina has already gone through a lot. And I’m pretty sure that the darkest, most terrible stuff is yet to come. I’m going to be interested to watch and see. When the last book comes out, I’ll read all of them back to back so I can get the best idea as to which one is worse. I don’t think that we’ve seen the true villain a whole lot as of yet, so I’m going to be interested to see what’s going to happen with that.

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The fact that Sabrina is way more than even 3/4 Immortal is interesting. 15/16 maybe? 31/32? I can’t wait to see what will happen as she comes more into herself and her powers as a demi-Immortal. She’s going to make some people very, very, very strong, I think.

I think that Richard, Tom, Chase, and all his friends are going to be very good for Sabrina, especially as she sees that pretty much anything goes when it comes to sex. I liked seeing her meet the slaves at the Manor. They were very obviously happy and well cared for, which was completely opposite to what happened to her. I’d love to see her interact more with them in a casual setting. That may be a good way to bridge a gap for her, maybe.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this. If you like dark, gritty, and pitch black, then go read all Marissa’s books, especially LoA and the Finding Sabrina books.

Lee Savino-Owned by the Berserkers

Lee’s back with her Berserkers. They are a bunch of Viking and ancient Celtic warriors who were changed into wolves by magic. They have three forms, the man, the wolf, and the monster. The Berserkers walk a fine line between being sane and crazed. The monster can eat away at their sanity. Because of that, most of the Berserkers have paired up in brother bonds, to help keep their sanity intact. It wasn’t until the Alphas found their woman and found out that she was something called a spaewife that they learned that spaewives can mate with them and can control the beasts. There were originally four sisters, but then the Berserkers found out about an abbey filled with orphans who are spaewives. So, they raided the abbey and took all the orphans with them.

In Owned by the Berserkers (Berserker is a fun word to type), we get the story of another one of the orphans, Fern, and her mates, Svein and Dagg. This book flashes back and forth between the present and the past. We get to see what happened at the raid and what’s currently happening.

At the raid, Svein and Dagg discovered Fern and carried her away. They knew that she was her mate and they decided that they were going to be very careful with her and woo her before they told her. All Fern knew is that she felt safe with them and that being with them held off her visions of the skeletal monster who wanted to have her. She got to spend just a few blissful days with them before that monster, the Corpse King, decided to attack. He managed to make Svein and Dagg crazy and cause them to do things they never would otherwise.

Now, Fern lives with all the other unmated spaewives and orphans. They live in a lodge on the mountain, isolated from all the Berserkers so that they don’t cause any problems. When each of the women goes through the heat that each spaewife goes through, she is mated to the Berserkers who are their mates. The women get to see some of the already mated women from the orphanage, but other than that, they are kept under close guard.

Fern has problems though. One is that her visions of the Corpse King are coming back and they are coming back stronger. All she knows is that she was safe with Svein and Dagg. And there are wolves that are howling around the edge of the mountain. She’s been feeding them on the sly, but she finds out that they are to be driven away after a blizzard. That’s when Fern knows that she has to do something.

Fern, Dagg, and Svein are going to be my second favorite trio, after Sage, Rolf, and Thorbjornn. Fern is an incredibly strong character. She knows that she has to do something and she goes out and does it, even after she’s been warned that the wolves howling at the mountain are monsters with nothing left of their humanity and that there’s a horrible blizzard on its way. She goes out and does it anyway and nearly dies from the weather, but succeeds at her overall goal. I was sad about some things in this story, because, well, they are sad things. I was also worried about some things. But, overall, I was hopeful and knew that Fern would be successful in her goals. She was too determined to win for her to manage to fail. If you haven’t read any of the Berserker books, you could read each as a standalone, I guess, since each is a story in and of itself, but they are all part of a larger story, and you will like them more if you have read the ones before it.

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I’m looking forward to seeing how Fern’s new power is going to fit in with the rest of the story. I do love that the women are powerful and that they are actually powers in their own right, not just because they are mated to a Berserker pair. I think that’s pretty awesome.

I’m looking forward to seeing Juliet’s story. I know that Jarl has something to do with it, so it’s going to be interesting to see. She may be the first Berserker bride without a flower name. Maybe she needs to have a name change.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out both the Berserker Saga, for how the story began, and the Berserker Brides for how the story is continuing. You won’t be sorry! Happy reading!

Maggie Ryan & Shanna Handel-The Wolf’s Demand

A few months ago, I wrote a review of a book called Princess of the Pack by Haven Handel, which is a nom de plume for Shanna Handel. It was a good book that I enjoyed. It featured wolf shifters, evil spirits, and domestic discipline. It was low on the steam scale, but it was a sweet, lovely read. Well, Shanna decided to pull the book and partner with Maggie Ryan to do some reworking on it. It’s still the same basic story, but has a definite steam factor added in, and has been fleshed out.

So, let’s get into The Wolf’s Demand. Here’s our story. Cassandra and Deo Ambrosia are married. They’ve been going through a difficult stage of their marriage, and it’s been very hard and cold at their house. They are either arguing or ignoring each other. Right up until the night that Cassandra comes home and tells Deo that she’s leaving. There are all kinds of reasons that this isn’t a good thing. Deo basically says the hell you are, and takes her into his office and spanks her. She didn’t really want to leave, she just wanted to get his attention, and that was the only way she could do it. Turns out, she really, really likes him spanking her and it worked out well for them.

The next day, she walks into her law practice late, on purpose, so that she didn’t have to sit down at the partner’s meeting, after all, her ass was still tender. Her friend Cynthia asked her about it, and Cassandra told her about it. Then Cassandra goes out to lunch with Andrew, another lawyer at the practice. He has a thing for Cassandra, it’s pretty obvious. When Deo shows up where they are having lunch, Andrew tries to get all alpha male with him, but the problem is, Deo is the Alpha, and it’s hard to out-alpha the alpha. When Cassandra gets back to work, there is a strange man there who tells her that Deo sent him and that she should come with him.

Deo and his family are Greek. Their names all have special meanings, and when you meet them, they are more than happy to tell you the meanings. Deo means godlike. Balthazar, AKA Baal, means protector of the king. Draco means dragon, but also means guardian, and he’s there to protect Cassandra. Alekos, who is Deo’s little brother, means protector of mankind. And Xander means protector. Yeah, it’s important to know all those things.

So, the Ambrosia family is hiding a secret. Hundreds of years ago, back in Greece, an ancestor was cursed. They have to fight against evil and they shift into wolves. Most of the time, the evil spirits they have to fight against stay away. But, every now and again, when an Ambrosia breaks a solemn vow, like oh, telling her husband that she’s leaving, the evil spirits are able to break through. That’s what has happened here, and that’s why Deo sent Baal to pick up Cassandra from her office. Deo has Baal take Cassandra to a castle in upstate New York, where the Ambrosia family has gathered. Deo also tells Cassandra that their marriage is going to change. He knew that she was begging for him to control her and he’s going to do that know.

OK, here we go. Like I said, the basic story is the same from the original book. Or, at least the bones are. There are some changes, outside of the added sexy times scenes. There was a cheating storyline which is now gone, which I like. The storyline wasn’t as fleshed out as it could’ve been, so getting rid of it made the story better, IMO. The ending is also different, and I like the ending a lot better. I liked the original, I like the rework better.

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One of the changes I like a lot is the fact that we’re going to have a menage situation. I thought that there was a point in the original book where we were headed for a reverse harem, which would’ve been an interesting setup, but it didn’t go there, so I’m very pleased to see the menage set up in this book. We really didn’t see much of it in this book, just the setting up of it, and Cassandra agreeing to it, but the next book looks like we’ll have the full thing going on then.

So, that’s it for this one. Go hit up King Zon for it. Happy reading!