K. Webster-Triple Threat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EJ Frost-Blood Yellow

Today, we’re discussing the long awaited 2nd book in EJ’s Demonsongs series, Blood Yellow. I was so excited to see this one, and now I’m back in the same place with the 3rd book. Of course, I need Gabe’s Girl first, but at least that’s on Vella, so I can read it that way. Just as a warning, there will be spoilers for the last book, because the action picks up basically from where it left off. Well, 3 months later, but not a whole lot happened in that time. So, let’s get to it.

Tsara has spent the last 3 months feeling all kinds of not good ways. She banished Jou, which she felt was necessary, but then spent some really bad days after that. She’s just now starting to come out of it, but things are still not good. To compound it, the therians and vampires have called her in to act as a mediator. Toby, a therian who she was friendly with, has been killed, and in nasty ways. He was partially devoured. The shifters think it’s the vamps, the vamps say it’s not them. Both sides don’t want to go to war, so they are depending on Tsara to find the culprit. She really doesn’t want to. She just wants to go home, take care of her sick salamander, and live her life. Maybe she’ll dream about Jou, maybe she won’t. And the worst thing about that? She doesn’t know if she does or doesn’t want to dream about him.

Outside of all that, she’s about to meet a cousin she never knew. Her Romany grandmother kept her away from half of her family after Tsara’s parents died, and this cousin is on her mother’s side. It’s a new thing for Tsara, since she doesn’t really have any living family around her. It turns out that they’ve been only a little apart this whole time, and Tsara thinks that she could get to like this cousin. She also has best friends who are telling her that she could call her ex, Jou, so that she can get closure or maybe get back together.

I think that Jou and Tsara have even more chemistry this time around than they did before. I think that they are both more comfortable with who they are in themselves and who the other one is. A lot of the things that were problems for them before just aren’t this time around. Jou and Tsara have each grown in the time that they have been apart. That time wasn’t necessarily all that nice, especially for Jou, but growth did happen. They are both more accepting of each other, I think too.

When it comes to Jou, I think that he is giving a lot more than he did before. He’s willing to listen to Tsara more, and take her concerns into account, at least more than he did before, IMO. I think that’s good. I mean, he’s still pretty damned set on certain things, but he’s more willing to give Tsara time and to listen to her side of the story and her thoughts, and then take those things into account. He’s also more likely to actually talk. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a lot of spicy bedroom, backyard, bathroom, alley, kitchen, etc, action, but that’s not just all it is.

I think that Tsara spent the time apart from Jou realizing the difference in having him there and having him not. When Jou isn’t there, her life is dull, cold, dusty, and just not it. Jou brings color and life to her life and makes her feel all the good things. On her part, she’s also taking more time to listen to Jou, to figure out what he wants, and what is going on in his life. And OMG, is there ever a lot of it.

I really can’t wait for the next book. The end of this one dropped my jaw.

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

BB Blaque-Southern Ballz

This is the 3rd book in BB’s Royal Bastards MC contribution to the Royal Bastards shared world. Her chapter is in NYC and is called the Rotten Apple. Southern Ballz takes place in Brooklyn, which is the only borough that isn’t part of the Rotten Apple chapter. That’s because it had recently been Malevolent MC territory, and Red Hook, the national prez for the Malevolent has ceeded it over to the RBMC. This is the story of Blitz, who is currently the acting prez for Brooklyn.

Blitz was a Malovent who was traded to the RBMC for FOCUS, who is now a Malevolent. Blitz was in the Marines with FOCUS and Bishop. He has PTSD. He’s done a lot to treat it, but he still is dealing with nightmares and being triggered. Blitz is usually OK now, but only because of all the work he’s put in and all the things he does to control it, like chew gum and make sure that no women spend the night with him. He has a routine that he follows. He wakes up, goes for a run, hits the weights, and then goes to the local VFW for a couple of drinks, and a chance to talk to Ronnie, the sweet waitress there.

Ronnie really looks forward to seeing Blitz when he comes in. She has a thing for him, but she doesn’t know that he has decided that she is too sweet and innocent for him, so he sees her strictly as a friend. That’s OK, Ronnie has a secret that Blitz doesn’t know. She has a rockstar secret identity. As Vixen, she is the bassist and lead singer for a band called Vixen’s Kiss. And they’ve just been booked to play a gig at the RBMC Brooklyn chapter’s open house. She has plans for Blitz.

On the night of the open house, Vixen’s Kiss keeps playing Ballroom Blitz until someone points that out to Blitz and he takes a look at the singer of the band and realizes that Vixen is Ronnie. And let’s just say that serious sparks start to fly.

I grew up with a former Marine who survived the Vietnam War, and one of his experiences is remarkably similar to one of Blitz’s. Dad had PTSD, but it wasn’t really accepted or treated back in the late 60s and 70s the way that it is now, not that the treatment is always all that great. PTSD in a loved one means that everyone is dealing with their PTSD too, and you can end up walking on tiptoe to keep everything calm and to avoid triggering people. It’s a vicious cycle, and what doesn’t trigger a person one day can turn into a massive trigger the next day. It isn’t easy for anyone. I can really feel for Blitz and Vixen and the situation that they are in.

I like Vixen/Ronnie a lot. She has a lot of guts and strength. I do think that she does jump to conclusions a lot, but I get why she does. And really, I’m not sure if conclusions is the right word, really, but she does jump off and does get angry because of certain things. And again, I get it, it’s easier to be mad than scared, and scared would’ve been an appropriate reaction sometimes. Not necessarily THE appropriate reaction but AN appropriate reaction.

I totally get Blitz too, and I have mad respect for him. He has done a lot of work to deal with this PTSD, and he is honorable within the framework of honor for his world. He is really trying to do the best for his guys and for the MC as a whole. That means interacting with a lot of people who don’t know him and may not trust him. Since he came up from GA, South Pole GA to be exact, to Brookly, he is a kinda stranger in a strange land. There is some resentment against him because FOCUS was so loved by everyone. Crucifix seems to be riding his back hard and it’s all really frustrating to Blitz, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to stop doing everything he can to make his chapter successful and to show everyone he’s a good guy.

This one isn’t as dark as some of BB’s other stories. What darkness there is surrounds Blitz’s PTSD more than anything else. While there are some outside forces at work, I feel like the biggest driving force is handling the PTSD. And that might sound like I’m downplaying everything, but PTSD at the level of Blitz’s and in someone with Blitz’s training can be a hug deal. I think that BB does a really good job of showing the effects of PTSD on everyone involved. It isn’t glamourized, it isn’t downplayed. It is just shown in all its naked truth.

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really looking forward to the next book. I’m hoping that we get a story about Tarot. Also? I’d love for Tarot and Barely to meet.

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

Anthology-Christmas at the Club

Merry Kinkmas! Today we have an anthology written by 17 authors that take place in several different worlds, and involve 17 different kink clubs. We have established groupings, new couples, Doms and Dommes, Littles and subbies, and good, clean, kinky, dirty fun. Christmas at the Club includes stories from Alta Hensley, Jennifer Bene, Samantha Cole, Pepper North, and Linzi Basset. As with any anthology that is this long, and it is long, I’m only going to mention a few. If you want to see what I thought about all the stories, you can check out my GR review.

Jennifer Bene A Not So Silent Night

This one includes the Infamous trio of Emma, Chase, and Jaxon. Chase doms Emma, and Jax doms them both. They weren’t the first MMf trio I read, but they are still my favorite. the Infamous trio is the basis of the entire Black Light series. Generally, they are written by Livia Grant, but Jennifer wrote this one, mostly because Livia has another story in here. Anyway, I was really glad to see these guys because they are always so hot. On top of being hot, we also get the real life issues of trying to be parents, trying to spend time with in laws, and trying to be the kinky fuckers that you are. I really loved the juxtaposition.

Livia Grant A Kinky Crossover

This is Livia’s story. It takes place in her Punishment Pit world, which appears to be in the same world as Black Light, as Jax has called Lukas to ask if they can come to Lukas’ Christmas party. Because of that phone call, we get to see another little bit of the trio, as well as getting to see Lukas and Tiffany. I love Tiffany’s spunk and the fact that she hasn’t lost that in the year of being married to Lukas. She also has some of my favorite lines in the entire anthology, including her answer to why she’s being punished. She tells the person asking that she’s pretty sure that the reason that she’s getting punished this time is because she married Lukas. Her entire thought stream about her clit at this point is fucking hilarious too.

Alta Hensley Villains and Champagne

This takes place in Alta’s Top Shelf series. Harley is my absolute favorite of all the Domes in that world. In fact, I need to go reread his book sometime in the very near future. I was just so happy to see him again. In this one, there’s going to be a party at the club. Harley just wants to go home to see his sub, Marlowe. Except Marlowe has just walked into the club. She really wants to go to the party. I love all the machinations that go into this story.

Maren Smith Keeping Kaylee

This takes place in Maren’s Castle world. Kaylee is the primary female character in the story, but it really involves all the Ladies of the Castle. They all have plans, because they all feel some kind of way right now. But Kaylee is the driving force. I have to admit that I really felt for Kaylee. It’s easy to end up feeling like you are the last priority on everyone’s list. It’s a really hurtful, sad, and lonely place. I don’t blame her for her plan to get Marshall to pay more attention to her.

Golden Angel A Sassy Christmas

This one takes place in Golden’s Stronghold world. We get to see Adam and Angel struggling to keep their kinky marriage kinky or even sexy after being parents for a year. Now, if you have been a mother, you totally get Angel in this story. I’m not dissing Adam, because parents are going to get him too, and he is doing the best he can, and he does pretty good. But for me, it’s all about Angel and how she feels. I remember feeling that same way when my now very adult son was a baby. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t ready to jump back into sex at 6 weeks, and I hated being touched for a long while. I nursed a very clingy baby, for a year. I almost never had any time when people weren’t touching me, so I totally felt Angel in this one.

There are a lot of other really good stories in here. The nice thing about an anthology is that there is a little something for everyone. Some of the stories are pretty short, but some of them are longer. If you want something that you can read in a few minutes before bed, you can find one with no problem.

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

Claire Marta-The Yuletide King

The Yule season is rapidly approaching, and Claire Marta has given us an early present. The Yuletide King is a fairy tale, in the truest and most literal sense. The fae are involved in the book, so fairy tale. And it really has a fairy tale feel, in the sense that we usually use the term. There’s a lot of happiness, sadness, and angst going on.

The story starts with Lyra, who has a little bit of magic, but not a lot. Basically, she can make fireworks, and that’s it. Her village thinks that she is unlucky, and so they are going to sacrifice her to the beast, Krampus. They tie her to a stake and leave her out in the freezing cold. Willingly. They really want to ditch her.

Luckily for Lyra, Jack Frost stops by and rescues her. She’s barely alive by the time he gets her, so he takes her someplace where he knows that she will be safe, the Kingdom of King Nickalaus. Nick rescues her and takes her to warm her up and saves her life. Nick is strangely drawn to her, but he’s worried that she’s a spy.

Lyra is nursed back to health, and starts working in the castle, and makes friends. Then she’s mysteriously taken from her bed and left out in the middle of the woods at night, surrounded by wolves. Nick realizes what has happened, and rushes away to save her. After saving her, all kinds of sexy fun times happen. And Lyra becomes Nick’s mistress, much to the anger of most of the other women in the castle, especially Lady Estel, who is a massive bitch, BTW.

I really loved the feel of this story. Like I said, it feels like an old school fairy tale, something that Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm would write, but with a happier ending than you would see out of either of those groups. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I really love Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm, but if you look at the non-Disneyfied stories, they are a little gory and not necessarily a happy ending. But, I get some of the same feel from King as I do from those older stories. I don’t know if Claire purposely did that, or if it is me, or what, but there it is.

I like Lyra. She has a very sweet nature, she really wants to do what she can to help people, and she wants to be happy and have the people around her happy. She also wants to have somewhere she belongs and someone she belongs with. She thinks that maybe Nick can be that person and his kingdom that place.

Oh, Nick made me so mad sometimes. I mostly like him, but he occasionally just pisses me off to no end at all. I kinda wanted to smack him. I understand some of his actions during the book, and I can almost even understand why he did the things that pissed me off. Doesn’t mean that they didn’t piss me off. And I think that he maybe went a little further with certain things than he should’ve.

I would love to see more in this world, because I’m utterly fascinated by it.

Skye Warren-Best Kept Secret

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Raisa Greywood-Black Light: Saved

So, Saved is the extension of Raisa’s story in the latest Black Light Roulette anthology. Here’s where I’m bad and admit I haven’t read everything in the anthology yet. I own it, I just need to remember that I have it. My TBR is ridiculous. Anyway, I can tell you from experience that you can get the thrust of the story without having read Kacy and Jafari’s experience at Roulette. It would definitely be better with that backstory. Hopefully, I’ll remember to read the anthology this weekend, but who knows if my broken memory will work that long. OK, enough of that, let’s get to the story.

We have Kacy and Jafari who met at Roulette and had a connection. Their scenes were super hot, and Kacy loved every bit of it. She wakes up to a phone call to find out that she has to leave LA immediately and make it to Kentucky. There is a family problem, and she has to go rescue her younger cousin from their evil uncle. But, Kacy is broke and living in her car, and she doesn’t have the money to get there, so since she’s sneaking out, she gets into Jafari’s wallet and takes about $500. Jafari is awake, but he’s pretending to be asleep to find out what Kacy is going to do. Kacy leaves the suite they are in, and heads down to her car so that she can get to KY.

As soon as she closes the door, Jafari jumps out of bed and reads the note she left. Then he calls Jaxson and arranges to borrow a car, and oh, by the way, have the guards grab Kacy and stick her in the car to wait for him. He’s decided that he’s going to go to KY with her. He gets Kacy to tell him what the problem is, and then he decides that they are going to fly to KY instead of drive from CA.

The story is that Kacy’s grandmother just died. She’s been taking care of Kacy’s 7 year old cousin, Macie. Macie is now in the custody of their nasty uncle, who likes little girls a little too much. Kacy is rushing there to save Macie from the uncle, lie to the court to get guardianship, and then rush back to CA, where they will both be safe. Of course, Kacy still won’t have a job, and she still won’t have a house, and when she tells Jafari all of that, he arranges for an attorney to meet them in KY, and for her to have a job working as a graphic designer for his winery and for Jaxson. And to help her find an apartment.

I like both Kacy and Jafari. I was really frustrated with both of them more than once. They are both keeping secrets from the other, they don’t talk about them, which they really should. They also don’t communicate their feelings to and about each other very well. That leads to a lot of problems, since they are both making assumptions about what the other person wants and is going to do. All that ever does is hurt yourself and hurt other people. And you might even drag someone who is totally innocent in the middle and hurt them even worse. Like I said, very frustrated with them.

Kacy is very independent and stubborn, and hearing her backstory, I understand why she is that way. It’s hard to ask for help at all, and from her background, asking anyone for help would be a terrible thing to do. She is also very loyal and has a strong protective streak. I think that she is also very loving.

I like Jafari. He has such a wonderful, caring, loving heart. He may be a sadist when it comes to play, but in the rest of his life, he is very careful with people and how he treats them. He doesn’t go out of his way to cause undue harm to people, but he will if need be.

I think that Macie is just a delight. She really just leaves a lot of joy in her wake.

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

Grace Goodwin-Claimed by the Cyborgs

Back to Grace and her Interstellar Brides. As you can tell by the title Claimed by the Cyborgs, we’re back on the Colony. And this one made me very sad sometimes. All three of the main characters, because we’re dealing with Prillons, are very broken, and I just couldn’t help pulling for them from the very beginning and wanting for their relationship to succeed. I had a real visceral need for them to get their HEA.

Like usual, we start at bride testing, with Danika getting tested. She’s a volunteer from jail. She’s only 23, but she’s spent 7 years in jail for committing a murder, and now she’s looking for something she hasn’t had, pretty much ever. She wants love, stability, safety, and a home. She doesn’t trust the program or the wardens when they say that is exactly what she is going to have, but she’ll try to hope. Danika ends up with a 99% match to a Prillon warrior, and the warden explains that means that she’s going to have 2 mates, the primary that she’s matched to, and a second that he chooses. Danika, all hopped up from her testing, thinks that’s just about alright with her. She really liked her testing.

As a side note, we didn’t have Warden Egara doing most of the testing. She’s training someone new, but we did at least get to see everyone’s favorite warden. I really want her to have a happy ending with a new warrior or warriors. I think maybe being matched to Prillons again might not be the best for her. Maybe an Atlan?

Anyway, on the Colony, we have Thomar and Varin. Thomar is Danika’s match, but he is refusing to take a bride, and it’s not because he’s a jerk or anything. He and Varin have only been at the Colony for a couple of days, and only because Dr. Sunnar is there, and he has been very successful in removing Hive implants. You see, Thomar and Varin were held by the Hive for over 2 years, and were tortured and experimented on. Among other things, the Hive implanted Thomar’s mating collars in the guys, and caused them to create a mind link. Thomar is in constant pain, and is pretty much always triggered. Varin can just barely managed to keep Thomar as stable as possible, and he helps bear Thomar’s pain, which is intense. To top it all off, Thomar really just wants to die. So the guys agree that they will refuse their bride.

When Danika hears that, she first is frustrated and kind of accepting, because she knew that this would happen. But when she learns more about Thomar and Varin, she decides fuck that, and that she’s going to fight for them. Thomar and she matched 99%, which means that they are perfect for each other, and she’s not willing to let that go. She decides that she’s going to get real up close and personal with the guys, because she is going to claim them, whether they like it or not.

Thomar and Varian are stubborn af, but they really don’t have a patch on Danika. I honestly don’t think that they could possibly out stubborn her, no matter how hard they try. Even combined, she manages to get her way. She doesn’t push, she doesn’t cry, she doesn’t manipulate, she just says that this is the way that it’s going to be, and it is. She also does everything she can to protect her guys. And that includes facing down Helion, the head of IC, who I really, really, really hate.

Danika is a survivor and a protector. I mean, don’t get me wrong, T & V are too, but Danika has always been that, and for the majority of her very short life, she’s had to be that, and there has been no one to back her up, so when she sees Varin and Thomar, and how much they really need someone who will protect them and stand up for them, they trigger her instincts, so, she does what she needs to. I think that she may be one of my favorite Brides.

In fact, I think that this trio may be one of my favorite pairings. I mean, I love pretty much every pairing, and we all know how I feel about Atlans, but there is something about the way that these 3 very damaged and broken beings come together and make one unit that is really special, and something that I don’t think we’ve seen as much in the IBP world until now. Yeah, there’s been broken characters, but the damage in this one is so profound.

I can’t wait to see what Grace has planned for the IBP world. We learned some interesting stuff in this one, so I’m really excited.

Minette Moreau-Wicked Rage

Minette Moreau may sound like a new author to me and the blog, but she’s not. She’s actually a new pen name from Raisa Greywood. Minette is Raisa’s paranormal nom de plume, so if you go looking for the previous 2 Wicked Magic books, make sure that you are looking under the right name. But, we’re not here to talk about those books, we’re here to talk about the newest one, Wicked Rage. And check back later on this week to catch Raisa’s other release.

This is the 3rd book in the series, and it’s Rizan and Feather’s story. Feather is a half bear/half mage young woman, and Rizan is an ancient dragon, and brother to the current dragon king. And oh yeah, he’s Feather’s mate. But, he made a deal with everyone that he would let Feather go to college before they sealed their mating and their familiar bond. So far, all he really does is lurk around her to keep an eye on her. But the book starts out on Feather’s prom night, and she’s helping her best friend get ready. Feather isn’t going, for many reasons, but one of which is the fact that Rizan would do grievous bodily harm to any male touching Feather. Somehow, Rizan finds out how important prom night is as a milestone, so he surprises Feather at her house with a beautiful dress, jewelry, shoes, and a 1951 Jag. (BTW? Somehow=Feather’s parents)

That night, Feather and Rizan do alllllll the traditional prom activities, and it is magical, quite literally. Then it’s time for graduation and for Feather to leave. She’s leaving her tiny town in Arizona to go to college in England and Rizan is counting down the hours. She also suggests to Rizan that he figures out something to do while she’s at school for the next 5 years.

College isn’t all that Feather thought it would be, and there are troubles in the UK. Feather finds out about the problems, and moves to do something about it, but before she can, bad things happen.

Meanwhile, back in the US, Rizan has decided that he’s going to join the Army. He does, and joins two natured unit, headed by a kick ass tiger, who promptly kicks his dragon ass, which I loved altogether. A few weeks into training, he found out that his mate has disappeared. He goes to find her, along with a crack team.

Five years later, Feather is still missing, and Rizan is now counting down the days until his stint in the Army is done so that he can go search for her. He and his team have searched for her, but nothing yet.

I like Rizan. He’s got a really interesting journey through this. I think that the military was good for him. It knocked sense into him when no one else really had yet. Feather made some impressions on him, but Kali made more. I think that he really grew up, which yes, is weird to say about a dragon that has been alive for millennia and survived hundreds and hundreds of years in a hellscape, but that doesn’t change my opinion.

Feather is really smart, really powerful, and incredibly fierce. She has strong allies, apart from Rizan, and she did a lot in the big war. I think that some of that gave her a slightly lowered sense of personal danger. So far, between her own power and all of the powerful beings she knows and loves, there hasn’t really been anything that she can’t handle, so she feels like she can handle just about everything. Which, TBF, is also a trait of a teenager, and she’s only 18, no matter how much she’s been through and what she’s done. She just doesn’t have the same amount of life experience behind her. She has a lot of loss from the war, but there’s still a weird spot that she falls in.

Feather’s journey is a particularly painful one, and I teared up about it more than once. Raisa is occasionally mean to her characters. Well, I say occasionally… I’m not going to say that good things came out of the pain, because I think that it diminishes both the sheer level of pain she went through as well as the results thereof. I know that growth needs struggle and often pain and all, but I feel like it dishonors her suffering. Does that make sense? It does in my head, at least.

Anyway, that’s all for this one. You really should go pick it up and give it a read. Happy reading!

EJ Frost-Teddy’s Boys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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