Aria Adams-Her Raven Mates

Her Raven Mates appears in the box set Fated Mates. Full disclosure, this is the only one of the stories in the set that I’ve read so far, but since I now own the book, I’ll be getting to the rest of the stories at some point, I’m sure. There are a lot of them, and they will be a welcome change when I need something quick and easy to read.

Eileen is living under a curse. She has been cursed to be a swan 23.5 hours a day. And that 30 minutes when she gets to be human aren’t at the same time from day to day, so she can’t even plan to have any kind of life. Her mother tells her that this is the only way to keep her safe.

Vir, Bran, and Morwain are brothers. They are also raven shifters who are currently cursed. They are ravens by day and men by night. They are trying to track down the evil warlock who cast this curse on them so that they can get back to their normal lives of being private investigators. But it’s not easy, and their enemy keeps finding them.

I will have to admit that as soon as I found out that the heroine’s name was Eileen, I was hoping for just one Come On, Eileen moment. What can I say, I’m a child of the 80s, and I remember so much 80s music. And Aria didn’t disappoint me. There is a spot when one of the guys says it, and it made me happy.

The novella is pretty short and a nice quick read. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Because it’s short, you get a lot of insta-everything and not a lot of background, but that’s just fine, Aria makes it work really well.

I love that the guys all have Celtic-ish name and are ravens, mostly because there are raven stories in Celtic mythology. Frankly, I think ravens show up in most mythology somewhere, somehow. They are gorgeous birds and wicked smart. Why wouldn’t you put them in your mythology?

Anyway, go check out the entire set, especially if you are into fated mate romances. No spoilers today, it’s too short a story.

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Aria Adams-Alpha’s Kitty

From the far distant future, we are getting a new book from Aria Adams, Alpha’s Kitty. Sorry for the lack of buy link, for some reason, Amazon is so stupid right now. Hopefully, it will be up soon. We all know how they are, though. It’s supposed to be in KU, which means it’s exclusive to Zon, but if it gets offered anywhere else, I’ll make sure to update.

Anyway, Aria Adams is the dark pen name to Katie Douglas. Katie gives us sweet age play stories. Aria gives us pet play in space. And that’s what we have here.

So, thousands of years ago, humanity left Earth and went to various planets. Before that happened, there was some genetic modification happened, like splicing animal DNA and human DNA. The various subspecies all went to their own planets, and in the intervening years, the subspecies have grown very different to the main species. They are still human enough to interbreed, but they also have the characteristics of the animal. For example, kitties girls are just like your pet kitty, down to ears, tail, and fur. The bipedals who run the universe take all the various subspecies as pets/slaves.

Our little kitten has been told by her mama that it’s time for her and her sisters to go to their owners, where, if they are good kittens, they will have someone who loves them and adores them and treats them wonderfully, but bad kittens go to the bad places, so don’t be bad. But when her charcoal colored sister starts to freak out, our orange kitten knows that her sister couldn’t handle being in the bad place, so she takes the blame, and later, the punishment.

Hervé is the Alpha of his planet. He has always wanted to have a kitten of his very own, so he has sent his assistant Bertrand out to get one for him, and he comes home with our poor little orange kitten, who still has no name. When he finally sees her, he decides that he will call her Kitty. Which could, you know, be a name. Or it could just be an unimaginative name for a cat. You’ll have to figure out which way he meant it, because I don’t think that he is sure which way he means it. Anyhow, Hervé decided he wanted a kitten, and now he has a kitten of his very own that he can train and play with, however he wants.

I found the whole bipedal/pet breakdown to be fascinating. We can’t tell what it is like on other planets, since we only really see this one planet, but the masters aren’t nice at all to their pets/slaves. Even the nice ones aren’t necessarily nice, and the not nice ones are… Well, you’ll see. The bipedals all believe that the pets are subhuman and barely sentient, and need to be controlled. And because the people in charge believe that, so do the various subspecies.

The book is mostly in Kitty’s POV, which means we get a really strong sense of her journey in this book, and how she changes from the beginning to the end. We also get to see how she changes Hervé. I think that she makes him a much better man by the end. It’s definitely a journey to watch.

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Segue’s party? Oh my sweet shit. That was some fucked up shit right there.

OK, that’s all for this one. As soon as it’s possible to get it, go read this one. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Punished

Today we are looking at the last v of Aria Adams’ Unbreakable series, Punished. This really is the perfect book to end this series with.

Instead of just focusing on 1 couple, we are actually focusing on two. We have Kirie and Lafayette, both humans from the Stack, and then we have Harrow and Rahul. You may remember the evil Doctor Harrow from the first two books. Well, if you hated her, you’re going to be really happy.

After the happenings in the last book, Lafayette, who is one of the Controllers of the Stack, goes down to the military commander’s rooms, and finds a woman in a cage who is just staring out of a big hole in the wall, and who could possibly fall. She’s been brutalized, so he lets her out of the cage and takes her to his quarters. After a while, he finds out that her name is Kirie, that she was taken from her parents when she was 14, and 2 years later was given to Lark, where she’s been living in hell for the past 10 years. He decides that he’s going to keep her.

Dr. Harrow is the evil scientist that is behind Grande Pharma and all its terrible experiments and actions. And while she might think that she is beyond everything that could happen to her, the fact is, she really isn’t. And now, she’s about to learn that actions have consequences, and she’s about to get hers in the worst possible way. She gets tossed naked into a cell with Rahul, the last Alaxian that Grande Pharma has imprisoned. She’s going to learn some hard lessons, including things like there’s always something bigger.

Even though this is a dark romance book, and some really terrible things happen, it isn’t the darkest one in the series. In fact, I would give that title to the second book. Have you ever noticed that the 2nd book is often the darkest? Well, definitely the truth here. Even though there are some terrible things that happen in this book, I really feel like it’s hopeful overall. I know that sounds weird to say that, but the fact that Kirie is rescued in the beginning sets the hopeful tone for me. The fact that Harrow is taken out of power adds to it. There are a lot of other things that add to that tone, but I’m not going to say what they are. You’ll just have to read and find out.

I really like Lafayette. He may be the top of the heap in the Stack, but he’s amazingly human. When he finds Kirie, he doesn’t just leave her there, which he could. He doesn’t call someone else who could use a slave like her. No, he takes her into his home and cares for her. He gives her a familiar framework to work within, but does it in a much better way. He’s looking for a D/s relationship that is more equitable and healthy. He is very patient about the whole thing and doesn’t get all frustrated and start yelling.

You have to remember that Kirie has spent nearly half of her life in hell. She’s been very, very painfully trained to be and act in a particular way. While Lafayette is helping her, she still has a long way to go. You don’t get over 10+ years of conditioning in 2 seconds flat. But she’s getting there, and Lafayette is going to help her with that. I think that Kirie is very strong. I mean, think about what she’s gone through and how she’s survived it. I think she is fractured, but has somehow managed to keep herself from being completely broken.

I never liked Harrow, I mean, isn’t she the whole villain of the piece? And I still don’t particularly like her. I don’t even feel sorry for her. I think that she made her bed and now she’s going have to lay in it. And it ain’t all that particularly comfortable. I think Rahul is perfect for her. They are a match made in heaven, or hell, depending on how you look at it.

While Aria says that this is the last book in the series, I kinda hope that she writes more in this world, because I can see more stories in it.

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I like how Kirie gets her own back. I’m so proud of her.

I also like the secrets we find out about Lafayette’s background.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out the entire series, I thought it was amazing. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Defiled

Defiled is the second book in the Unbreakable series by Aria Adams. I thought that the first one was dark, but that was nothing compared to this one. This one is super dark. There is mindfucking, regular fucking, noncon, aliens, humans behaving badly, and evil mosquitoes. Of course, I tend to think all mosquitoes are evil, but at least the ones that I have to deal with every summer aren’t trying to spy on me. Nope, they just want to suck my blood and leave huge welts.

So, here’s the background of the story for those who have forgotten or didn’t read the first one. Humans are living on the planet of Alaxia. They live in a huge building that’s a 1/2 mile square and at least 42 levels high called the Stack. It’s run by Controllers and Grande Pharma. Grande Pharma are the bad guys. The very bad guys. The even worse guys. As far as the average human knows, there are no such thing as aliens, but those in charge know better. There are native Alaxians. Not many anymore, not after the humans committed an almost complete genocide. There are only about 20K left, down from 4bil. And the humans are still out to completely wipe them all out. To that end, if they capture an Alaxian, they experiment on them and torture them. Like they have done to Algers.

Sage was a scientist who worked for Grande Pharma. She didn’t do anything except really collate data that she thinks is coming from purpose created cells. But, when she overhears a conversation, she learns that things might not always be what she thought they were. It turns out that Grande Pharma is experimenting on humans. She finds out because she snuck down into the lab and saw what they were doing. It was horrific. The next thing she knows, she’s been tossed into a cell and chained up and a giant purple alien is trying to pull her away from the chains and then kills her.

That would be a really short book if it ended there, wouldn’t it? Of course, that’s not how it ends. Sage is revived and wakes up in a cell with the same giant purple alien, who fucks her with a barbed cock. Yeah, can you guess what that did to her? Luckily, he has fancy-schmancy cum that will heal.

This is a dark story. There isn’t a whole lot of light and happiness that goes on here. Sage goes through a whole lot of horrible fucking stuff. I mean, yeah. First of all, she’s being experimented on by the people that she thinks are the good guys, and she’s being experimented on by them after finding out that they were totally destroying other humans. It completely messed up her worldview. Then she’s shoved in with an alien who fucks her to death and then shoved in with him again, this time with a barbed cock. And those are some of the EASY times. Like I said, there’s not a whole lot of happy here at all.

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OMG, I felt so bad for Sage. Being stuck alone in a cell and having to deal with trying to figure out what was real and what wasn’t. Every time she thought she had a grip, it would change. Like I said, serious mindfuckery.

I can’t wait to see what happens to the next one, because it’s going to be fucking awesome, I think.

That’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!?

Aria Adams-Invaded

This really has been a big month for Aria/Katie. This is her 3rd release in a month. She’s a busy, busy, busy lady. Since this is an Aria, you know that it’s going to be dark, and boy howdy, Invaded sure did have some dark sections.

This one takes place on another planet. Earth colonized this planet, then started sending over the dregs of society. They all live in a huge complex called the Stack. The Stack is a dystopian, fascist state, the higher up you go, the richer you are and the more powerful you are. Anything below level 40 and you are exposed to radiation and basically left to rot. If you do something wrong, you face some not-very-nice consequences. That includes being given to Grande Pharma. Grande Pharma isn’t very nice. They conduct nasty experiments on people and create horrible illnesses that they unleash on the people on the lower levels. And Aspen has just been given to Grande.

After twice failing in another project, Grande has the perfect plan for Aspen. They knock her out and when she wakes up, she’s in a bloody room with an alien. An alien with a really large cock and one who is really fucking pissed. He informs her that she is his newest fucktoy and he is her Master.

Keth is one of the natives of the planet. Humans have pretty much taken away everything from Keth, including his freedom. They’ve now stuck him in a room where they try to run all kinds of psychological experiments on him. They send in women to try to spy on him, and he fucks them and kills them. Now they’ve sent in Aspen. After all, she is just expendable trash from the lower levels.

Aspen is also very stubborn, with a rebellious streak. She’s not going to bow down to Keth, no matter what. But then she realizes that he can get into her mind and control her body, so she’s going to do what he wants her to, no matter what.

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I’m sitting here trying to figure out what to put down here, but I’m not sure what to put here. I found the book ridiculously hot, except for when Keth made Aspen lick the blood up off the floor, but the rest? Yes, please.

That’s all I have to say today. Go check it out! It’s a quick and easy read. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-Bred

So, Katie Douglas got busy again under her dark nom de plume, Aria Adams. She’s given us fire, the sea, and now we’re about to get Bred.

Khloe is on a mission. She has to go fix what her stepfather has screwed up and rescue her sister. It turns out that her stepfather owes some very bad people a lot of money. So, instead of, you know, trying to come up with a reasonable way to get it so he could pay those people off, he decided to sell off 14 year old Latifah for her organs. If he signs a contract with Caden for Latifah’s kidney, then Caden will pay off the asshole’s creditors. But, Khloe has other plans. She pushes her way into the building so she can rescue her sister. Not only that, but she also works on beating up the guard. I thought it was pretty damn funny.

Caden has other plans too. He wants to have an heir. While he may be rich and powerful, that’s not something he can do himself. He needs to have someone with a working uterus help him with that. He’s thought about using surrogates, but he hasn’t seen one he liked. When he sees Khloe and her spirit, he knows that she’s the right one for him. He doesn’t want to have a relationship with her, he just wants to breed her. And, of course, for her to obey him and to punish her when she breaks the rules.

This is a short and filthy read. When Katie puts her Aria hat on, she writes some doozies, and this definitely is one. I love Khloe for a lot of reasons. She has a lot of fight in her. She’s not willing to do down easy. She is strong. She’s also mouthy, stubborn, and doesn’t necessarily know when to shut up or stop. Those can be good things, but they can also be bad things. Caden has his own code that he sticks to and has his own reasons for doing the things he does and the way in which he does them. He’s not a nice guy and many of the things he does or wants to do to Khloe aren’t all that nice either.

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Because it is short, I don’t have a lot to say down here, because pretty much anything that I could say would be more of a spoiler than I like to post. The one thing I will say is that I really like Khloe’s way of handling long-term problems.

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

Aria Adams-Burned

Oh my darling children, this is not a light and happy story. This is an amazing, fiery, twisted story that I loved, but not a whole light of light and happy going on in Aria Adam’s Burned.

So, many years ago, Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author, wrote fairy tales. His fairy tales don’t really have any happy endings. Yes, he wrote The Little Mermaid, but in his story, Ariel and Eric don’t have their happily ever after. He leaves her and she turns into sea foam. Anderson also wrote a story called The Little Match Girl. Yeah, this one didn’t have a happy ending either. The way his story goes is that an innocent young girl who is out selling matches on New Year’s Eve freezes to death. As she’s slowly freezing to death, she lights all her matches, because she sees happy visions in them. In the last one, she saw her beloved grandmother, who was the only person who treated her nicely, and grandma came to take her to heaven. Only after she’s dead, do people care about this poor little match girl. Depending on how you want to look at it, there could be a happy ending, but I don’t really see it this way. Personally, I like Terry Pratchett’s version in Hogfather better. Well, now I can add in Aria’s book in there too.

So, in the winter of Victorian-era East End London, Eve has been chased out of the house by her father so that she can go out and sell matches to support them. She used to work at the match factory, but she started getting sick, so she left because she didn’t want to die. But her deadbeat dad still needs his booze, so out she goes to sell the matches she used to make. If she doesn’t go out, he will beat her. If she doesn’t bring home money, he will beat her. It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing and freezing and she doesn’t have the right clothes or shoes, she has to go out. On this particular day, Eve has no luck. She doesn’t want to have to go home, so she goes and finds an alcove to hide and to stay the night. She’s reasonably sure that she won’t be able to survive the night.

In order to try to be warm, she lights a piece of paper that came near her on fire. She gets a little bit of fire for just a little bit and it kind of warms her up. But she knows that her dad is going to get after her for missing a match without any money. She decides to light another one, just to watch it, because why not. She’s already going to get the beating, she might as well really deserve it. Then, something happens.

A well-dressed, obviously well-to-do man comes up to her and asks her what she will do to stay warm. She tells him that she would do anything. Would she do anything that he asked her? Oh yes sir, she would do anything and everything that he asked her. Would she obey him? Yes sir, she would obey him. So he helps her up, escorts her to his carriage, and takes her home. He gives her her very own room and a servant, a full wardrobe, and a bathroom. Pretty good for a street urchin, right? All he asks is that she does everything that he wants her to do, when he wants her to do it. If he comes to her room, she’s to stop doing whatever she’s doing and see what he wants. In return, she’ll be warm, fed, and clothed. Yeah, this doesn’t sound sinister or anything, does it?

So, the sickness that Eve saw the signs of had a couple of different names. It went by phossy jaw or the blackening. Its real name is phosphorus necrosis of the jaw. The fumes from the phosphorus would break down the bones in the jaw of the people who worked in the match factories and it killed them. She had a good reason to be afraid of it.

This book had a lot of things that I loved. There were also a couple of places where I was like aw hell no. I would cut a bitch before I agreed to a couple of those things. But Eve liked them, even as they scared her, so it’s all good for her. I love Ignis’ name. I just think that is such a great name for a book about fire and fire play. And there is a lot of fire in this. Eve likes fire. Ignis likes fire. There’s a lot of fire. I like fires, but I guarantee that I don’t like fire the same way or near the same amount as these two. When I say they like fire, I mean that they LIKE fire. There is a kink called fire play and anyone who likes that kink would like this book, I think. It is very intense in a few places. It is pretty dark. I loved every single word of it.

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Eve’s first punishment with the wax? Yeah, that was pretty exciting. I really liked it. The deal with the straight razor? Yeah, I didn’t like that one near as much. That was kind of scary. Or maybe a lot of scary.

I love the wedding, or rather the wedding after the wedding. That was pretty hot and sexy.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out and give Aria Adams some love. Happy reading!

Aria Adams-The Belle Jar

Aria Adams is a pen name for Katie Douglas. It’s the one where she writes dark stuff. And the Belle Jar is dark. It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it sure as fuck isn’t any kind of fairy tale. It’s dark, horrific in places, merely scary in others, but it has glimmers of light in it. It’s a great story and I loved it.

Marea lives in Darkholm, which isn’t a very nice kind of place to live. Her mother was burned as a witch and the people of her village keep accusing her of being a witch. The only thing that has saved Marea from being burned is the fact that her mother had the foresight to have a chastity ring inserted on Marea. This ring went into her bits, making sure that she would retain her virginity. No one could figure out how to take the ring off, and frankly, Marea is pretty happy about that, because it proves she’s still a virgin and never had sex with a demon, meaning she couldn’t be a witch. But the fact that she’s a redhead doesn’t endear her to the people in her village.

In the dark and evil woods near their village, is a castle. Every 7 years, the denizens of the castle demand a sacrifice. This year, the village has decided that it’s going to be Marea, so they bundle her into a sack and pop up onto the doorstep of the castle. When she’s taken out of the sack, she’s confronted by monsters who pop her into a bell jar and begin doing terrible things. She manages to survive that part, but more and more horrible things happen.

I loved the story. Aria managed to put a lot of different layers in it and to leave you wondering what’s going to come next. I wasn’t sure what Marea was going to do when she got stuck with horrible choices. When your choices break down into a handful of shit or a bigger handful of shit, there’s not really any good choice for you to make. I’m pretty sure that Marea would’ve been happy if handfuls of shit had been her choice.

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I love the dichotomy of the castle boys and the mirror boys. It was really interesting to see. I’m not sure if it made it any easier for Marea or not. I mean, she had someplace to escape to, but when she came back to the castle, she had something terrible to deal with. I would think that each time she was able to go to the mirror, it would make coming back so much worse.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go read it, but make sure you have a comfy blankie with you while you do.

Aria Adams-Violated

Violated is the second book in a series which started with a book called The Last Rancher, but is now called Hunted. It is a standalone, but it has a connection to things that happened in Hunted, so reading Hunted will help you understand the world better, but you don’t have to. It is a scifi book that takes place in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world. In this world, the majority of the world live in huge cities, with the rest of the world being some kind of wasteland or wilderness outside. There are still people who live in the outside, some who thrive, some who don’t. Each city has its own culture. This book takes place in an area that is associated with the city of Telona, and then the city of Novara.

Telona keeps its people on the edge of starvation and barely awake. The city is pretty much a totalitarianism, and conformity is safest. People are encouraged to not make any connections to other people, because connections can cause strife. Of course, connections will give people something to care about. The people of Telona are lied to and believe that the world outside is a total nuclear wasteland, which is why there are no resources to have enough food.

Novara, on the other hand, is pretty much the land of plenty. They have all kinds of vending machines where you can get anything that you need or want. All you have to do is go and choose what you want out of the vending machine. No money needed or anything. Novara is obsessed with sports. Any kind of sports. That’s what they do.

And so, with some background into the world, let us get into the story, yes?

Isla is a 20 year old young woman from Telona. She was an orphan and raised by machines in an orphanage where she was placed as pretty much a newborn. Her parents weren’t around for a very good reason. They didn’t have permission to have her. In Telona, you have to have a breeding permit. If you don’t have one, you are killed and your baby taken away from you. When Isla turns 18, she’s taken from the orphanage to a breeding farm, where she is put into a chair, completely sedated, and artificially inseminated until she is pregnant. She spends the next two years of her life asleep for the most part, and either pregnant or in the process of getting so. She has already had two babies.

Adam is the last doctor in the world. He was a traveling doctor with his brother, but his brother went missing 2 years ago. Adam tried to carry on in his stead, but he was taken by the people who run Telona and imprisoned in the breeding farm to take care of the sedated and possibly brain-dead women who are forcibly impregnated and then cut open to take their child. One day, as he’s caring for the women, he notices that Isla’s IV site needs to be changed, so he takes out the IV and gets ready to switch it to the other side. He leaves her alone without the sedation for a little while, because he believes that she’s brain dead. When he gets back, she’s able to talk to him. He changes out her IV, but it doesn’t take immediately. Isla saw how he stopped the drip, so she stopped it herself and tried to escape.

The guards bring her to Adam, and he says that he will train her to obey, and lies to tell them that she’s pregnant. Isla isn’t valuable in and of herself, but her offspring is. Adam can’t show any kind of kindness to Isla, but he immediately starts plotting to get them out of the breeding farm.

OK, it’s that time. This book handles some dark themes. It’s really good. I enjoyed it a lot, but I enjoy everything written by Katie Douglas, who is using Aria Adams as a pen name. Isla is a fascinating character, at once an adult and a small child. I really enjoyed watching her grow through the whole book.

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OMG, Telona sounds like a total nightmare. I mean, I wouldn’t want to live there at all. Thinking that the glorious leader can read your mind? Terrifying and scary. I’m not entirely sure that Novara is a whole lot better, especially after Hunted, but at least the people aren’t being purposely starved.

I cheered for Isla when she conquered her fear and was able to leave the hotel room. Being in Novara had to be so scary for her, especially since her entire life had been so controlled and she had never done anything that she hadn’t been told to. It took Adam a long time to figure that out. When you’ve been free your entire life, it’s hard to figure out what it’s like to have never been free, I should think.

Anyway, that’s all for today. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next in this series. I enjoy scifi and post apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. Happy reading!