Kay Elle Parker-Walk For Me

This is the 4th book in Kay’s Club Avalon series. It’s also her very first Daddy book. And if anything, I think that Walk For Me shows that Kay should just write some more Daddy books, because this one was really good. So, let’s talk about Alicia and Atticus. This can be read as a standalone, there’s no real big overall storyline like in some series, but there is stuff discussed in this book that happens in previous books.

After the events in the last book, Alicia has been put into a residential facility because her mental health ain’t great, Connie has melted down and is putting herself back together, and Bodie has a high risk pregnancy that means she can’t give Lisha the care that she needs. All the Masters get together and find this facility that’s supposed to be top of the line, and Alicia will be getting all kinds of help. It’s only supposed be temporary, but events happen that made that temporary time a little longer. Now it’s been months, and no one has talked to or seen Alicia in quite some time. Atticus is done with it. He’s going to go in and talk to Alicia and tell her that she needs to at least talk to Connie.

When Atticus gets into the facility, he finds out that it isn’t anywhere near what his investigator said it was like. In fact, it is so far away from what they thought it was that it might as well be on a different planet. Alicia is laying in her own filth, has had her head shaved, can’t get to her wheelchair, and is starving. Worse, she’s accepted that she’s going to die soon, and has stopped fighting. Then in comes Atticus. He sees her, grabs her out of her bed, and puts her into her wheelchair. Then he gets mean, not to Alicia, but to everyone else. He calls the cops, the state, everyone he can call, because she isn’t the only patient there in shit shape.

Atticus takes her to his house, where he already has a space that he has remodeled for her and her needs. Then he calls everyone to let them know what has happened and starts taking care Alicia.

OK, I really didn’t like Alicia in the last book. But, that’s more about all the circumstances surrounding what was going on with Connie and how Connie’s and Lisha’s issues were feeding into each other. I know that Connie thinks that she’s Wonder Woman, but I don’t think that she had enough bandwidth to handle Lisha’s stuff then. She tried though. And she really bonded with Alicia, so that’s all good. As we learn more about Alicia in this book, I really liked her more. Frankly, I’m glad that she killed her parents, because they really, really needed to die. And for more than what we already knew. My youngest brother was a wheelchair user, and some of what we learn about Alicia’s past made me really angry, because I know how vulnerable people with disabilities can be.

I really do like her a lot more now. I do think that she really grew a lot during this book, and a lot of that is down to Atticus, but she learned her own strength in this and in her own value. I think that she might still need to have some growth, but she done good.

Atticus is such a Daddy. He wants to Daddy everyone, up to and including all the other Masters. He’s a merc in his real life, but frankly, even that could be seen as result of his Daddy-ness. I mean, seriously, he’s a Daddy. He really is a good man, even if he has to do someone bad things on occasion, and yup, he does that. I pretty much fell right in love with Atticus when we first met him.

This book really did break me at times. There are some places where it is really hard to read, and it did make me cry. But, the thing is, it put me back together too. Yeah, I cried, but then I would read how much Atticus loved Alicia and what he would say to her, and then I felt like I was all wrapped up in that love too.

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

K. Webster-Dragon

K is back with her newest RBMC book. This is a MM book. The previous 2 are MF. You don’t strictly have to read the other two before reading Dragon, but I would definitely recommend it, because you are going to have a better understanding of what is going on in this book. OTOH, if you just want to read a hot MM story that is really intense, this is definitely the one to read.

So, Cove and his twin sister were rescued in the last book. Cove has decided that he’s now going to prospect with the RBMC. It’s the only place where he feels safe now, and his older sister is already associated with the MC. Cove is gay, and there are a lot of really nice looking guys around. He sort of fools around with a guy named Nick, but that’s coming to an end. Then, there’s Dragon. Cove is pretty sure that he hates Dragon and that Dragon hates him. But, there’s just something about Dragon that keeps pulling Cove’s attention. Cove is totally aware of when Dragon is around, because there is just that draw.

Dragon has been through some seriously fucked up shit in his life. It has broken him. He is totally a different person than he was when he was a teenager, in the before times. His family thinks he’s dead, Dragon thinks that it’s better that they do, but he keeps track of them anyway. Dragon is the go to man when the RBMC needs to have some seriously fucked up shit done. He doesn’t want to have a relationship, but then there is Cove, Baby Prospect, BP. He doesn’t want to want Cove, but he’s just fascinated by him.

When the two of them get pulled together, with this seriously massive magnetic pull, it really is intense. They are really good together, and their relationship is just really intense, just the two of them together. Dragon is one of those people who has a very intense focus, and when he focuses in on Cove, it’s obvious and wow.

The overall story is a continuation of what we’ve been seeing, but ramped up times 1000. Mostly that’s because Dragon is so involved in the beginnings. In fact, he really is the beginning of the story. Or at least when the RBMC comes into it. And that’s what broke him. He really does have a huge dose of PTSD, which, well, yeah, he would.

I actually do like Dragon. Yeah, he’s more than a little fucked up, and he has a really messed up POV on life because of what happened to him as a teenager, but he is also incredibly loyal to his brothers, both the RBMC and his actual blood. He doesn’t go to see his family, because he doesn’t want his darkness to touch them, but he does keep track of them and wants to make sure that they are safe. I think that if he ever heard that his family was in trouble, he would be there to fix the problem. He probably wouldn’t let them see him, because Dragon doesn’t think that he really deserves any love or anything good in his life. But I really do like him so much. There is just something about him.

Cove may not have had the same kind of fuckedupness that Dragon does, but he does have his own issues. And again, I don’t blame him, he went through some stuff too. A good therapist would make bank dealing with this chapter. I like Cove too. He does still have a little of that new guy shine on him, which does make him a little naive sometimes, but not a whole lot. OK, naive may not be the right word. It may be more like he’s still new and is still learning the ropes, so sometimes he trips up.

Dragon is definitely my favorite of K’s RBMC books. When I was done reading it, I just kind of sat in a sort of shook silence. It was very intense and I just had to catch my breath from it. I had a hard time starting a new book until the next day, because this one was just so much in my head.

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

Nicolina Martin-Restraining Reeba

Nicolina is back with her West Coast Doms in Restraining Reeba. We met Reeba back in Sandra’s book, and now she has her own, and I’m totally here for it.

So, we have Reeba, who is working with her burlesque group and filming a documentary for Sandra. Reeba owes part of the club she’s working at, and her goal is to eventually own all of it. Right now, she’s in business with her ex, Fabian, and she doesn’t really like that part at all, but he’s a necessary evil, at least for right now.

Samuel, who is Sandra’s man, calls his buddy Ryder, trying to get him to go in and buy part of the club. Ryder isn’t here for it, but he does go and watch the show, and there is something that is totally awesome about that show. That would be the woman in charge, with electric blue hair, Reeba.

One day, when Reeba gets bitten by a spider, and ends up at the ER. When she goes into the club for rehearsal that night, it turns out that she has been having all kinds of accidents lately. If you didn’t look at them altogether, you might think that they are all coincidences, but when you look at them altogether, it shows that it’s a pattern. So, Samuel and Ryder decide that they will watch her. And well, by watch, I mean that Ryder kidnaps her.

Reeba is fucking fierce. She is independent, ambitious, talented, and driven. She sings, she dances, and she wants to own the club, and she’s going to make it happen. She’s also not worried about telling someone what she thinks. Frankly, I’m surprised that she didn’t outright gut Ryder at times. Or at least kick him in his balls. He deserved it sometimes, I think. I do like that she is so determined to do what she wants to do. But even with being as driven as she is, she is willing to listen and try to stay away from the trouble following her. It took a hot minute for it to settle in, but no one really wants to think that there are people trying to kill them. Reeba also fiercely loves, she has such a great heart. She’s just generally a good person.

When it comes to Nicolina’s heroes, I quite often dislike them at the start, and it takes me time to warm up to them, or there is a point where I really hate them. (I’m looking squarely at you, Christian.) There is only one of her heroes that I don’t like at all, but that isn’t Ryder. I like Ryder from the very beginning. There is something really broken and vulnerable about him. I mean, most of the guys in this series are broken in some way, but I think it’s closer to the surface in him than it is in other guys. I don’t know what it is. I kinda wanted to just take him home, and hug him, and love him, and pet him. I can understand where his choices are coming from, and they make sense coming from his background. I mean, they aren’t necessarily legal or anything, but they make sense.

I can’t wait for Felix’s book. I’m kinda mad at him right now.

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

Nia Farrell & Claire Marta-Blue

Nia and Claire have just released the newest Guarded Hearts book, Blue. This is the second book in the Hell’s Fury MC books. These guys are still gargoyles, but they mate singly, instead of in pairs like the original guys. And being an MC, they are a lot freer than the original guys. So, let’s talk about Maverick and Blue. If you haven’t read these books, you will be lost when you read this, because a lot of stuff is referenced and you won’t be sure what is going on.

So, Maverick saw Blue, a wolf shifter, fighting in an underground match a few months ago, and there has just been something about her that he has been drawn to since. He can’t get her out of his mind. When his brothers have to go on a rescue mission to save the mother of another brother’s mate, Maverick goes along. He’s there to help rescue Maria, the mother, but he is also going to rescue Blue, although no one knows that except him. He’s set up a cell in the basement, next to the one that Lilith has been staying in. Maverick has done what he can to make it all nice and homey, but still, it’s a cell in the basement. He finds Blue, sedates her, and brings her to his clubhouse. Which of course, pisses off his Prez, which ends up with him getting punished by having to be a bouncer at their bar.

Meanwhile, Blue wakes up in a cell, in a strange place, with a strange man looking at her. He tells her she’s safe, but the jackals who owned her before have spent too many years mistreating her for her to trust anyone. The only good thing is that Maria, who has kind of acted like a mother to her is right there with her. There are a whole lot of bad things, primarily the fact that her twin brother, who the jackals also run as an underground fighter and pimp out as necessary, isn’t there. He wasn’t at the clubhouse when Blue and Maria were rescued, he was out on a fight. All she can think about is the physical pain she’s in and the fact that her twin isn’t there, and she needs to get him. Maverick keeps telling her that he will save her brother for her, but she doesn’t trust him. He’s another biker, after all, and bikers lie.

I think that Maverick was a little Pollyanna Sunshine about what was going to happen. I think that he was also a little naive about some things. He really did everything with a good heart and with good motives, but I don’t think that he necessarily thought about everything that was going to happen. I just don’t think that he was prepared to handle Blue’s feelings, and how everything that has happened to her in the past has formed who she is right now. I think that he kind of pushed her too much at times. Like I said, I think that he did it with all the best intentions, but you can still fuck up and cause damage with all the best intentions.

I don’t blame Blue for not trusting anyone except Maria. I wouldn’t either. She’s basically been through hell, and now she’s been “rescued”, but she’s still in a cell. I mean, she doesn’t stay there all the time, but it’s long enough. Then there’s what her wolf does and how Maverick reacts to it. I was kinda mad at her wolf part because of that, because it’s not OK. And I thought that Maverick should’ve acted differently about it.

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

Eris Adderly-The Mortal Coil

Before I start this review, I have 3 facts to tell you. 1) I love, love, love Greek mythology. 2) I’ve been playing a lot of Hades, so I knew who Asterion was before he explained himself in the book. 3) I had to live with The Mortal Coil for a couple of days before I could talk about it. I had feelings and thoughts to process about it.

So, this is the story of Perseus and Medousa. (Note, if you see familiar names spelled oddly, I’m spelling them the way that Eris did, and since she’s the Greek goddess of strife and discord, let’s go with it.) Now, in the myth, Perseus slew Medousa, and used her head to petrify the Kraken, and save Andromeda. But, that would probably be a short book if that’s what happened here.

We open with Medousa laying broken on the stairs to one of Grey Eyed Athena’s temples. She’s just been raped by Poseidon Pelagaios. She tells Poseidon that she was never his prize and she told him to stop. But, yeah, he doesn’t go for that. He did the whole you were gagging for it thing. When he leaves, Medousa curses him, whereupon Athena appears. Medousa appeals to Athena and says look what happened to me on your stairs. She wants vengeance. Medousa asks the goddess to let her turn men into stone, and the goddess agrees, but exacts a price, Medousa’s wings and immortality. (Note the second, the Gorgon sisters had wings, snake bodies from the waist down, and snakes for hair, and they can turn into a woman.)

Fast forward many years, we have Perseus, Son of Olympos. His father is Zeus, his mother is Danae of Argos. Zeus appeared as a shower of gold, knocked up Danae, whose father locked her in a chest with her baby, and then threw them in the sea. We meet Perseus when he is fighting the Kêtos, so that he can rescue Andromeda. He can’t take her to her home, since her father is the one who had her pinned out for the Kêtos to eat. Perseus was going to take her to a friend, but the friend can’t take her. While they are the friend’s location, a man tries to rape Andromeda, but is turned to stone by the Bane of Men. Then Andromeda is invited to an island where there are no men, where she can be safe. She chooses to go to with Perseus, who decides that he’s going to take her to his mom and to the man he considers his father, Diktys.

When they get to Perseus’ home, it turns out that the king, Polydektes, has taken Danae and has held her for weeks. Perseus goes to the palace to get it, but then he finds out that Polydeketes, who probably should be named Poly-dick, isn’t going to give her up, and he’s planning on marrying her. He tells Perseus that the only way to get her back is to bring him the head of the Bane of Men, Medousa the Gorgon. As he’s walking out, Asterion runs after him. Polydektes sent Asterion to go with Perseus, so he can bring back Perseus’ dead body. We also find out that these two guys are cousins, and Asterion wants to help Perseus.

There is a lot that goes into this book, a lot that happens, and there are a lot of things that were really painful to read sometimes. While we don’t see all of Medousa’s rape, we see the end of it, and we also get to see the fall out from it, and really experience the raw emotions of Medousa afterwards. We also get to see her emotions, thoughts, and actions over the years after the rape.

Perseus is neither a bad man or a good man. He has a lot of good and some bad in him, which makes him very much just a man. I think that he’s honorable, at least by his standards of honor. I also think that in a lot of places, he’s very much a man of his times, and he doesn’t get all that introspective all that often. He’s a mercenary, he’s relatively good at it, and he wants to be seen as Perseus, not Son of Olympos, or Golden Son, or Destroyer.

I like the way that Perseus changes over the story. I think that he truly becomes a better person through his journey. He grows, a lot, and thinks about a lot of things that he experiences during the story and looks at his past through new eyes.

Medousa has a very similar journey, I think. She is extremely honorable. She has developed rules that she follows scrupulously, even when her sister Sthenno, who is more than a little bloodthirsty, urges Medousa to break all her rules. But, she won’t, because while Athena told her to rule herself after the curse was placed upon her, the only person holding Medousa to that is herself. I liked watching her questioning her mind, her actions, and her behaviors.

Like I said, I love Greek mythology, and I love how Eris handles the mythology in this book. I think that she is pretty close to the myth, but in another way, she’s really far away from it. Which sounds really weird, but it really does work. She also really makes the myths human and accessible, and gives them a real explanation vs. what the myth says, if that makes sense. For example, we get Asterion’s story. He’s the Minotaur, and we find out what really happened when he was conceived. The myth is that his mother was so enamored of a sacred bull of Poseidon that had been given to her husband, King Minos, that she gets Daedalus to make a hollow cow for her to hide in, and she entices the bull. Of course, the story is different when Asterion tells it.

I’ve always kind of had a soft spot for Medousa. I think that she got a raw deal from history. I honestly cannot tell you how much I love Eris’ take on the Medousa and Perseus story, because I think that she finally gets what she deserves. It also kind of just turns the whole myth on its head, which is always good.

If you like Greek mythology, or just love an incredibly strong female character, you need to read this book. I can’t do it justice in my review. There is just so much in the book that it would take me days and days and days to talk about it. I can say that Perseus and Medousa are going to live in my head for a good long time, and that’s a good thing.

So, go check it out! Happy reading!

This is my favorite statue of Medousa. She’s supposed to be holding Perseus’ head, as a reversal of the famous statue of Perseus holding her head. Instead, I prefer to think that she’s holding Poseidon’s head, and has gotten her vengeance against him.

Medusa With the Head of Perseus

Felicity Brandon-Doctored

This is the 3rd book in Felicity’s Men of Honor series. The series, or at least the ones with Alice, have a very heavy Alice in Wonderland vibe. Doctored is an Alice book, and her partner is Dr. Oscar Hatton, who has a hat habit, and is also known as the Mad Hatter.

Here is a quick history of the story. The Men of Honor aren’t actually all that honorable. They are a huge crime network. Oscar is the doctor of the bunch, and he makes sure that everyone is as healthy as possible. Alice is an MI5 agent who was sent in to shut him down. Only Oscar and his buddy, the head of his group knew who she was when she came in, and they took her. And she became Oscar’s.

So, this one starts off some time after the first book, in which Alice was captured. She’s been the Mad Hatter’s captive, and he has kept her tied up, bound, gagged, and done all kinds of deliciously dirty things to her. She likes it, but she tries really hard not to, because she’s supposed to fight to get free of him, and she’s still trying to keep her eyes open for ways to escape, because as an MI5 agent, that’s what she’s supposed to do.

Oscar leaves her tied up, but she manages to get out, and is waiting for him when he comes back. She kicks the fuck out of him, and escapes his room, stark ass naked, whereupon the Cheshire cat helps her escape and she makes it back to MI5.

I like Alice. I do think that she has a real stubborn streak, and I think that is a good thing, at least part of the time. It has served her well in the past, and helped her get to where she is in MI5. But, I think that there are times that she isn’t helped much by the stubborn streak, but it is hard to turn that off. I do think that she also has a bit of a blind spot, at least when it comes to MI5. I want to say that she’s naïve, but I’m really not sure that naïve is the right word for it. But the flavor is there, at least.

Oscar doesn’t have the same issue, but I think that he has some blindness of his own. Or maybe some obliviousness. I think that it is going to be interesting to see what happens with him and Alice. I think there are going to be some really interesting things happening.

OK, that’s all for this one. Happy reading!

Kay Elle Parker-Talk For Me

Somehow, and this is a total tragedy, I managed to miss putting this blog post out when Talk for Me came out. I suppose I need to visit Club Avalon and throw myself on the mercy, imagined or non-existant, of the Doms. Threaten a girl with a good time, right? But this is Connie’s book, and I am very happy with it.

Connie has been trying to keep everyone as sane as possible. The past couple of years have been really hard on her group of friends, and she’s trying to help out everyone and their sister. Domme Connie has fallen by the wayside, because she had to let her two boys go, since she couldn’t give them what they needed. She has Dommed anyone in far too long, and it’s itchy inside her. On top of that, she’s carrying a secret, which isn’t making things any easier.

The thing is, Atticus knows her secret. Then again, Atticus knows EVERYTHING. He knows what Connie needs, and right now what she needs is to have someone Top her. You see, she’s a switch, and she has been keeping her subby side under wraps. She has a very good reason for that, but there it is. Atticus is going to bring her into a room and make her let go. If she doesn’t then she isn’t going to really survive.

Thane is new to town and new to Avalon. On his first visit, he saw a woman who fascinated him. Now, on this visit, he sees her again. And maybe follows her and the Dom who takes her into the other room, just a little bit. He wants to know what is going on with her, and he’d like to spend some quality time with her. In this case, following her worked out to his benefit, because Atticus has a discussion with him. Then Atticus introduces him to Connie. They are perfect for each other. They are both switches, and they can help each other meet all their needs.

I highly approve of Thane. He is really sure of who he is and he has no problem with being a switch and submitting to Connie when she needs it or having her submit to him, when necessary. He also has no problem acting as her sub in public so that no one knows her secret, if she wants him to. I like that he really sees Connie, in a way that no one else has seemed to be able to do. Not just that, he is able to get into her head and break down her walls better than anyone else has been able to do, even those who have known her for decades. I think that part of that is that he has a fresh eye and doesn’t have that long relationship, so he can really dig in.

Connie is literally my favorite character in this series, so to see her deteriorate over the past books has hurt my heart. I cried several times reading this because of how much she has gone through and is going through. She is so strong. But that is part of her problem too. She has a hard time asking for help because she wants to be strong for everyone. Connie doesn’t want to let anyone see any weakness in her. She is acting as everyone’s rock, and a crack in the rock is a problem. If she were to break down, it would be spectacular. I am so glad that Thane found her and she found Thane.

I can’t wait for the next book.

Alison Aimes-Savage Prince

Alison has brought us an outer space alien omegaverse story with Savage Prince. This isn’t Alison’s first time here, but I think that the other book I have from her wasn’t omegaverse. This one isn’t the first book in the series, but the first one came out when I was taking a break, so I missed it. I need to go dig it up, because I want to get more of this world. I will say that I didn’t get totally lost by not reading the first book, but there are things that I had to work out as I went along, so I would definitely recommend reading them in order.

So, we start with Maxheim. He’s an Alpha Lord, the second in command in his family, and a member of the outlaw group, the Brotherhood. He and his 2 younger brothers are searching through an omega auction because they are looking for the man who stole their twin brother and sister when they were babies. Maxheim and his family thought that the twins were dead, but recently found out that they were stolen and still alive. So, off the boys go to find the asshole who stole them. As a bonus, they are also looking for the person who is responsible for killing many of the men of the various families of the Brotherhood. All of a sudden, there is a room that attracts Maxheim for some reason. He looks in the room and sees that it is covered in blood and bits of dead people. But there’s also an odd scent that calls to him.

Then we have Tess. She’s an omega and a slave. She has spent many years doing what her owner Aldar has told her to do. She does it because he has 4 young omega girls that he uses to leverage her obedience as long as her long time friend Rav. Tess has a power. She causes men to rage and kill. They touch her once, and then after that she lets loose her gift and causes all the alphas to rage, lust, and kill. They hurt themselves, they hurt others, and they don’t stop. Her owner uses her as bait. He gets members of the Brotherhood to come to bid on fucking her, lets them think that they have won a chance, and then the guards leave the room. After that happens, Tess lets loose with her power, and runs and hides in her cage while the alphas go crazy. This time, the second time she’s doing this tonight, something goes wrong, and things happen early. A massive riot starts in, and then a huge alpha comes in and rescues her. And Maxheim meets the woman who was seen in a vision about him.

I like how omegaverse books all play by the same basic rules, but how each of the authors who write them give their stories their own spin. In this world, Alison’s fated mates have bands that appear on their wrists and neck after their mating has been fulfilled.

I really like Tess. I feel really sorry for her too. She has been handed a really shitty hand. I mean, she has spent the last many years of her life a slave, and her life wasn’t all that great before tht either. She’s been abused, tortured, used, and had her mind fucked over for years. She doesn’t think that she deserves anything, and she’s pretty sure that all the nice things that Maxheim wants to do for her are just lies to trick her. And I’m not surprised about that because no one has ever tried to give it to her straight. It’s always been a trick or a lie.

Maxheim took a minute for me to warm up to. He’s very controlled at the beginning. it’s like he’s in a block of ice, and I think that he likes it that way. That control and that numbness lets him stay focused on his family and finding his twin siblings. I think that all the control and discipline that he has is not a bad thing. I mean, no one wants an out of control alpha flying around, but that control also causes problems. He likes to micromanage, and that causes problems.

I loved this book, and I’m looking forward to seeing what haoppens next, because I think it’s going to be quite interesting.

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

Skye Warren-Strict Confidence

Strict Confidence is the 2nd book in Skye’s Rochester trilogy. This is a modern day retelling of Jane Eyre, with suspense, twists, and a whole lot more sex. Plus a cute Kitten. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classic novels, so I was really excited to get into this series. And at the end of book two, I’m still really excited.

Warning, there will likely be spoilers from the first book in this review. The first book was a cliffhanger, so we’re picking up right where we were left. If you haven’t read the first one, and you want to avoid spoilers, this is the time to jump.

So, the house has burned down, Jane and Paige is in the hospital, and Beau is grumpy. Well, grumpier. He’s upset about the fire. He’s upset that Jane was hurt. He’s upset that Paige is hurt. Basically he’s just upset. It doesn’t help that the cop in charge of investigating the fire was a bully to Beau when he was a kid. And, oh, he’s also Paige’s uncle, and he fought Beau for custody of Paige. I mean, obviously he lost, but Joe isn’t a nice guy.

Joe sneaks in and tries to interview Jane, and he says some horrible things. He only stops when Beau walks in and chases him out. Turns out that he had tried to sneak in to question Paige too, but Beau’s friend Mateo was there protecting her. Beau decides that they are all leaving the hospital and takes them to the inn that he has rented. Beau is going to do everything he can to keep them safe.

I think that Beau is really hurting. I mean, he’s been hurt by pretty much everyone close to him in his whole life. His brother bullied him and competed with him, and even stole the woman he was in love with. The woman that Beau loved left him without saying anything. Now, he’s hurting, he’s positive that he’s poison, and he does what he can to protect himself by being this gruff, grumpy asshole. He tells Jane that his love is dangerous, and I can see where he thinks that’s true. I don’t necessarily think that, but I can understand why he does.

I think that Jane is really smart, incredibly compassionate, and very wise. She’s done wonders with Paige, who really needs someone who can take care of her and help her break through her trauma. I think that Jane can do that because of her experiences and just from her innate compassion. I really like Jane. I do wish that she protected her heart a little more, but I think part of that is just because she’s young.

I really can’t wait to see what happens next, because the end of this one? Oh yeah.

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

Kay Elle Parker-Cry For Me

It’s been a while since we’ve had a Kay book, so I’m quite happy to have her newest here today. Cry For Me is the second book about the Avalon club. We have Anarchy, and yes, that’s her real name, AKA Archie, a sub we met in the last book, and Master Jasper, who we also obviously met in the last book, because well, there has only been one so far, lol. As a quick reminder, at a very bad time during the last book, Archie was there for the Doms of Avalon, and rested right at Jasper’s knee. Now, we’re about 9 months out from the end of the last book.

Archie is pretty much madly in love with Master Jasper. She spends her nights at Avalon, doing her very best to be the most perfect sub ever. She follows Jasper around, watches his scenes, serves him, and hopes that he will see how perfect her submission to him is. So far, it hasn’t worked. In fact, it is so far from working that Jasper has now decided that he’s going to find her a Dom, someone who will actually see her, cherish her, and take care of her. And that’s not him. So, he talks to his friend Master Atticus to see if he will. Atticus says he’ll take care of Archie but that Jasper is a fool.

All seems to be going well, right up until Jasper tells Archie and Atticus decides to scene with her. Jasper has to leave and Archie safe words.

See, Jasper’s problem is that he’s a sadist, and he doesn’t want to hurt Anarchy. She is just too innocent for him, and he knows that as a sadist, it is too easy for him to hurt her, because he has to stay under control. So, he leaves her to Atticus, and in fact, leaves altogether for a couple of weeks, during which Archie absolutely breaks down.

OK, so, Jasper’s sadism isn’t just a kink. It’s more like a fetish. He cannot get aroused without causing someone pain. His father, curses on his name, is a terrible person, a really, really, really terrible person, and he did things to Jasper which closely tied sadism to Jasper’s soul. He likes to play really hard. And he’s good at it. And he doesn’t think that Archie can stand it, but he’s never asked her, which was his first mistake.

I like Jasper. He’s pretty seriously fucked up. Like I said, his parents are monsters. But, he’s worked really hard to get past that. He’s done everything he can to walk away from his parents and their teaching. Instead of being the perfect assassin they wanted, he’s now a landscaper. He’s funneled his sadistic needs into the world of kink, and he treats the subs he plays with really well. He has friends, close friends, and he has his found family. All in all, he’s really just a good guy. Stupid sometimes and I really wanted punch him in his left testicle several times, but that’s what makes a good character, I think. A good character makes you feel things, and Jasper made me feel.

Archie really is a joy and delight. People think that she’s this perfect submissive subbie girl, but she’s really not. I mean, yeah, she is a subbie girl, but she’s smart, sassy, sarcastic, and strong. It’s a surprise to her friends, at least some of them, I think, to find out the real her. She doesn’t like confrontation or attention all that much, but there are times when she is more than willing to stand up for the things that are important. There’s one point where her friend needs her, and Archie stands up to everyone until the world is arranged in the way that she wants it. And not just everyone, but some D-types too. I really liked that. I think that Jasper should’ve talked to her much sooner than he did, but like I said, he’s stupid sometimes.

We didn’t see much of Alicia in this book, but I’m pretty sure that I don’t like her very much. I mean, yeah, she has a shitty background too, but I think that she needs to start coming out of her shell. I have a feeling that she’s maybe hurting Connie in some way, I can’t be having that.

I am worried about Connie. She seems so tired. I hope that we get to see her being happy in the next book, because I really like her.

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