Cari Silverwood-Sacrificed to the Sea

So, when you go look at Sacrificed to the Sea on the mighty Amazon, you will see that it has a big orange banner for bestseller in number theory. That’s because, for some odd reason, the PTB at Zon have decided to put the book in Math. There is a warning on the blurb that guarantees this isn’t a math book, that it’s a romance. I think that’s a trip. This is a very Cari book. When I finished reading it, I just sat and stared at my kindle for quite a while. The whole book was a total WTF moment, and I totally WTFed over it.

We start with Rafaella. She is on a ship sometime hundreds of years ago, whoring herself out to the sailors in exchange for passage. Right up until there is a hurricane, then she’s bad luck, and she’s tied up and sacrificed to try to appease the sea. Instead of dying, she ends up becoming a mermaid. On top of that, Rafaella periodically has to go kill and devour a man.

Many years after her transformation, Rafaella takes Wolfgang’s lover and fucks and eats him. Of all the men she’s ever devoured, he may be the one that she actually regrets.

So, Wolfgang is a marine scientist who thinks he’s figured out the secret behind Rafaella. He comes and sits on the beach each night talking to her. Then he manages to catch her. Then, being a Cari Silverwood book, he decides to do horrible, terrible, sexy, dirty, wonderful things to her.

I don’t know whether I love to hate Wolfie or hate to love him. I do know that I’m fascinated by him. There’s just something about him that’s both hard and vulnerable. That’s a really tough line to have to walk, I think. I mean, he knows what he wants, he wants his revenge on Rafaella, and he’s very angry, rightfully so, but when he gets her, he’s pulled in and there are times that he gets really wrapped up in what he’s doing, and it seems like he loses his way and desire for revenge sometimes. He thinks of himself as a monster, and with some of the things that he does to Rafaella, yeah, I can see how he could think that.

With Rafaella, it’s different. I both like her and maybe kinda hate her. I understand why she is the way that she is. Frankly, I would probably be the same if I went through what she did. Especially since she really spent a lot of time completely alone in the sea. It’s easy to lose yourself, and she did. The reason that I kinda hate her is that she has completely lost herself too. I know, that doesn’t make any sense to anyone, but it makes sense to me. I think that she has some really hidden depths and there are things about her that she doesn’t know, and she doesn’t figure them out on her own.

I feel like this book really just scratched the surface of these characters, and I love that. It gives me a lot of room to decide how I feel about everything, and gave me room to imagine what comes next. While I wouldn’t mind another book with these characters, I am perfectly happy without one. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t line up to read one if Cari wrote it.

OK, no spoilers on this one, because, well, you really don’t want any. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Claire Marta-The Dove and The Darkness

This is the 2nd Claire Marta book of this week, as promised. The Dove and the Darkness is the 5th book in her Ceasefire series, and it covers Cassandra’s story. You have to read these in order, you can’t just jump into a book in the middle of the series and get it. There’s a whole lot going on, and you need the background to understand why Cassandra did the things that she did and why she has ended up where she is.

For those who aren’t familiar with Ceasefire, it’s a lot to try to explain. It’s a PNR. It primarily deals with Hell and various Hell and underworld dimensions. Lucifer is a main character in the first books, and is a supporting character in all the other books, including this one. So, Cassandra is an Oracle, who was raised in Hell from the time she was 6, as Lucifer’s foster daughter and her 1/2 sister is Mavi, who is Lucifer’s consort. It’s complicated.

Cassandra made some choices based on some information she got from her visions, and, well, it didn’t necessarily go well for her. When she wakes up somewhere she isn’t familiar with, she starts to worry. That’s when she finds out that she’s been taken from where she was and is now in a prison, waiting to be trained so that she can be given to the person who has bought her. And her training isn’t going to be how to sit and embroider a pretty picture. Nope, she’s going to learn to do all the sexual things out there, and if she doesn’t do it right, bad things are going to happen.

That’s where Master Soren comes into play. He’s there to train Cassandra. He’s all very Dom-ly. He is nominally under the Warden, but you get the idea that there is a lot more going on there than we are seeing. The Warden, who is a nasty ass bitch, really likes him, because he will totally Top her when she wants him to. Soren is basically in charge of the training, which is what brings Cassandra to his attention. He’s been doing this for a very long time, so he knows what he’s doing. That includes isolating her in a room by herself and giving her no other contact for days, other than sliding food in under a grate. When he comes to get her again, she’s so grateful to see him, because she gets to see someone. When Cassandra is good, she gets orgasms. When she’s bad, she gets punished. Soren really enjoys it. Cassandra definitely enjoys it, at least parts of it. There are other things that she likes about the time she spends with him.

I like Cassandra. I think that she is a lot stronger than anyone really gives her credit for. I mean, she does have all these visions, and if she’s not careful, they do overwhelm her. I mean, they do get overwhelming enough that she has hurt herself to help control everything, but she’s still dealt with these things all her life. Being raised by a demon and Lucifer, she has been really protected from a lot, but that doesn’t mean that she hasn’t had terrible things happen to her anyway. And she survived that. In this case, even as Soren is breaking her down and she is getting in deeper with him, she is still trying to be herself, and she is still fighting. I have a lot of respect for that, and I think that it’s going to do her a lot of good in the future.

Interestingly enough, I feel like I don’t have as good a grasp on Soren as I could. I think I like what we’ve seen of him, but there’s just a lot hidden when it comes to him. Even being in his head at times doesn’t necessarily give us a lot to him. But, like I said, I think that I like what we know about him. I can’t wait for the next book, to see more about him.

Before you read this, remember that this stuff may be spoilers.

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize who Soren is, where they are, and who his brother is. I wanted to dope slap myself when I got there, because duh.

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

 

Felicity Brandon-Daddy’s Game

Daddy’s Game is the last book in Jared and Sophie’s story. And I have to say, I totally adore what Felicity has done with their story and their ending. It really satisfied me in all the good ways. As this is the 3rd book in the trio, there is likely to be some spoilers. I will always try not to spoil anything, but you know it is, especially with how Felicity writes her books, where the action picks up in the new book exactly where the action ended in the last book.

So, we have Sophie trying to escape from Jared. She wants to get to her children, Billy and Lucy. When Jared stole her away, he took her from them, and she couldn’t get him to understand that she had to be with her kids. But, her escape attempt didn’t work. Jared caught her, and brought her back. And, as you might guess, Jared wasn’t best pleased that she had tried to get away from him. After all, everything he’s done has been for her, and he loves her.

So, Jared brings her home, and punishes her, because she didn’t listen. She tried to leave her Daddy’s safety, and she didn’t obey. All those things are bad things, and all those things make Jared unhappy. And making Jared unhappy is a very bad thing. Sophie finds that out because he uses some ginger on her and spanks her.

OK, here’s my thoughts on Jared. No, I still don’t like him. I think that he’s completely fucked up and his cheese done slipped cracker, left the kitchen, and is outside on the porch. I don’t think that he actually knows anything about love. I think he knows about obsession. I think he knows about possession. But love? No. He could probably find the word in the dictionary and read it, but I’m pretty sure that he wouldn’t understand it. He does understand fucking with people’s minds. He understands that part real well. He messes with Sophie’s mind so much. I think that’s his true goal. Yeah, he wants to own her entire body, but it’s more that he wants to own everything about her, especially her mind. And he’s willing to twist everything around her so that he can get into her head. I mean, he wants to get her submission, and I think that the only way he might totally get her submission is to twist her brain around so hard.

Sophie is incredibly strong, stubborn, and singleminded. She wants her kids, which means that she needs to get away from Jared. Her body may like some of what Jared is doing, but her mind doesn’t. She doesn’t want this. She tells him, but he doesn’t listen to her, not at all. So, after one unsuccessful escape attempt, she knows that she’s going to have to take her time and figure out what she needs to do. And not only is she going to have to figure out what to do, she’s also going to need to try not to actually lose herself while she’s doing it. I think that’s the hardest thing that Sophi has to do. It’s not to escape, which isn’t going to be easy. It’s going to be having to fight off Jared’s games while still looking like she’s playing his game and giving him what he wants.

I really loved this series. I loved being able to hate Jared. I kinda disliked Sophie at times, but I have to really admire her strength and determination. There’s a lot of grit in there, and I think that even with the short amount of time she was with Jared, that he knocked some of the stuff that hid that grit and made her stronger. I really like her in this one.

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I can’t even say how much I love the ending of this. I think that Jared learned some things that he needed to learn.

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

 

Kitty Thomas-The Con Artist

So, we have another Kitty Thomas book on the blog today with The Con Artist.

Here’s our story. We have Saskia. She’s a very talented artist. She used to create her own original art, but after a fire, she just hasn’t had the energy to start back up. It wasn’t like she was selling anything anyway, so now she’s a starving artist. She paints forgeries, or more accurately, she paints reproductions for people who want to have their copies of the great art. The difference between a reproduction and a forgery is basically whose signature she signs on the picture. If she signs hers, it’s a reproduction. If she signs the original artist’s, it’s a forgery. There’s more to it than that, but that’s a good basic difference.

Saskia has run into Lachlan Niche. He is a tech whiz, and is worth piles and stacks of money. He wants a particular painting by Joseph Quill. Quill had died years ago, and he specialized in nudes. This particular painting is one of his early nudes. Lachlan has tried to buy the picture more than once, but the owner isn’t selling. So he hired Saskia to make a forgery and to steal the original for him. She’s supposed to switch the paintings around, easy peasy, lemon squeezie. Except, yeah, it never is.

For one thing, Saskia isn’t any kind of art thief, no matter what she told Lachlan. And for the second thing, she’s not planning on giving him the original. She’s running the long con. Her goal is to get her own pile of money from Niche, who is sleezy and who she feels perfectly justified in stealing from, then go to a tropical island and spend the rest of her life happy and creative, painting her own art and not caring if anyone buys it.

And again, it’s not as simple as it sounds, because if it was, the book wouldn’t be all that exciting or all that dark, would it?

This is a very Kitty book. I don’t think it’s the darkest one I’ve read of hers, but it is dark. It’s like a sensual dark though, thick, and rich, and velvety, and layered, and nuanced. Does that make sense? It does to me, and that’s about the best I can explain it. Part of what makes it a very Kitty book is her “hero”, not that I would call our MMC a hero, really. She writes these men that you want to hate and hate to want and yet can’t pull yourself away from. You know how, in nature, the venomous and poisonous bugs and critters are all brightly colored and basically scream leave me alone? Well, imagine that some of her heroes are neon pink with acid green stripes. Everything is saying to stay away from them because they are dangerous, deviant, and dark. You know that they are the bad guys, but you just need to be with them, no matter what. There isn’t necessarily a whole lot of redemption arc for the guys to go through, and in some books, they get worse as the books go along, but you still can’t manage to stay away from them.

That’s not to say that her women aren’t strong or they are pushovers, because they aren’t. They are flawed, deeply flawed, often broken, and are basically just like every person out there. You can really see yourself in her women, even if you aren’t an artist or whatever, because they are so real.

Saskia got cocky, and thought that she could get away with everything she wanted, and she ended up in trouble because she found someone who had this whole dominant huge personality thing going on. He’s also more broken than she is. But even in that damage that both of them have, he does what he does for a purpose. Might not be the way that you or I would do them, but, he has his reasons.

There are some really hot scenes in books that always stick with me, and the performance art installation is one that is in my personal top 10 list, because dayum.

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The first time I read this, I wondered what went through the MMC’s head sometimes. And frankly, I still do. There’s a lot that runs through there. Fascinating though.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check out all of Kitty’s work, you won’t be sorry you did. Happy reading!

Cari Silverwood & Jennifer Bene-Mesmer

Cari and Jennifer are two of my favorite writers ever, and they have teamed up to write a very dark, downright dirty, and devilishly disturbing book called Mesmer. This book takes place in Cari’s mesmer-verse, but it can totally be read as a standalone, if you aren’t familiar with the universe.

So, here’s the story. Mesmers are men who have an extra power. They can collect women. In other words, with certain women, they can completely take control of the woman. They can make her feel lust and pleasure, or they can, you know, not. But, if that was all the mesmers wanted, it wouldn’t be so bad. What they really like to do is depraved shit, and shit that will hurt women. They like pain. They like to cause it. It’s like it feeds them.

Tomik is a mesmer. He has a life he likes. He collects women, he does terrible things to them, he disposes of them. He has a brotherhood that he hangs out with, and they all do all kinds of fucked up things.

Then, there’s Hannah. Hannah and Tomik were friends and very close as teenagers. But then, Tomik just left, and Hannah doesn’t know why. But she does know that she missed him, and when she had trouble, she did the only thing she could think of. She called Tomik for help. The problem is, she doesn’t know what Tomik is.

Tomik is really layered. I can’t tell you if I like him, hate him, hate to like him, like to hate him, want him to die by fire, or want to fuck him. Or, you know, all of the above. He starts out really kind of flat, but with Cari and Jennifer, you can bet he doesn’t stay that way. It really is fascinating to watch him and watch the changes in him and how he reacts to the world and to Hannah.

Hannah is harder for me to get a grip on. I think, though, that’s because of Tomik. I think I see bits of her popping through, but I’m never sure. It’s really interesting to watch and to find out. I know that I will be thinking about her for a while and trying to figure out who is the real Hannah and who isn’t.

I think that Cari and Jennifer egged each other on, and I’m not going to complain if they did, because that means that we ended up as the winners, because I’m telling you, this book is just totally awesome. It’s one of those that I’m mad that I’ve already read it because I’ll never be able to read it for the first time again, and I really want to.

And I don’t know who came up with the rocking horse, I just know that I will never look at them the same again.

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Greta is really interesting. I really want to know more about her. Hopefully we can find out more about her at some point.

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

 

CP Mandara-Beautiful Tears

CP Mandara is another one of those authors that I’m surprised that I haven’t featured here before. Well, I’m fixing that now, with Beautiful Tears. This is the first book in a new series of hers. It’s an enemies to lovers, revenge books. I’m also going to warn you that CP is just a litttttle bit sadistic in the way that she ends her books. They keep you riiiiiight on that edge. Right.On.The.Edge. I have, more than once, cursed CP’s name when I hit the end of her books. But does that stop me from going back and reading them again? Of course not!

So, here’s the story from this one. Harper’s life is falling apart. The man that she helped put away with a lie 5 years ago is about to get out of jail, and she knows that he’s going to come after her. She wants to get away from London to make it harder for him to find her. The problem is that she is so broke that to be flat broke would be a financial uptick for her. But, she manages to get to Nottingham, where she figures that she’ll be safe.

Meanwhile, Brandt is counting down the minutes to his release. He has plans for Miss Harper. He wants to make her pay, and pay but good. He has spent 5 years in hell, and for each and every second that he was in jail, Harper is going to suffer. After all, he’s lost his wealthy family, who now want nothing to do with him, the woman he was supposed to marry, his chance of college, and any hope of a future. If he can get Harper to confess to police that she lied and actually did the crime, then he might still get that stuff back.

Here’s the thing when it comes to CP Mandara’s work, it’s intense. She builds up layer after layer of suspense and just keeps you on the edge. You can’t wait to turn the page and get to the next part because you just need to know what’s going on. Her sex is also just as intense. She writes very kinky stories, with a capital KINKY. The sex scenes are just searing because of the intensity between her characters.

She also works dark. I’m not sure where I would put her in the spectrum of dark authors, but considering one series has a father basically selling his daughter to a pony stable and this one has the male main character kidnapping the female main character, it’s definitely on the darker end. CP also puts her characters through the wringer, physically and mentally. She doesn’t save what she does for one side or the other, all the main characters go through it.

Anyway, I can’t wait for the next part of this series. I am pretty eagerly counting down the days.

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I need to know all of Harper’s secrets. I mean, there is just so much there. I can’t wait until they all come out.

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

 

Cari Silverwood-Condemned

Cari is back with a hot, kinky scifi story. This one is a RH, and we are back with the mauleons, which means more of Cari’s addiction to HUGE cocks. Oh, and by the way, if you read the acknowledgments, don’t believe her. She’s not all sweet and innocent. She can only be egged on if she has the idea to begin with. Anyway, back to Condemned and 4 huge cocks.

Avalon is a huleon. She’s a human/mauleon hybrid. And she’s being blackmailed by her uncle to go steal from the mauleons. Not only is he blackmailing her to steal, but he’s getting her to steal a royal artifact from the mauleons, and one which will probably keep the war going for right now. Everything seems to be going reasonably well, until her teammates throw a flare right at the roof that she is hiding on. It catches the roof on fire and catches the attention of the 4 mauleons who are right under the roof that she’s hiding on. And whoops, that’s not a very good thing to have happen. The next thing that Ava knows is that she’s sentenced to death, and not a very nice one. She’s to be impaled on a spear, paraded through town, and then shot in the head.

Takk, Timin, Zo, and Kondio are a squad that have been together for a long time during this war. They have been through a lot together, and they are good friends as well as teammates. Takk is their leader, and he has led them well. Now, he’s gotten them to place where they have the honor of killing this thief. Only, there’s just something about her. Something that won’t let them participate in her death. So, they decide they are going to steal the thief.

Of course, it’s never as easy as it sounds, because that wouldn’t be so fun, would it? We get to watch while Avalon plots and schemes, trying to figure out how to get away. She almost does a time or two. And I’m sure we can all guess exactly how well that went over for her, can’t we?

I like Avalon. I also feel sorry for her. She’s been abandoned by everyone who should’ve ever taken care of her. And because she’s a hybrid, she gets shit on all sides. Too mauleon for the humans, too human for the mauleons, and just ignored and mistreated by everyone around. I don’t think anyone has ever just taken care of her or try to help her. Instead, she gets jerkoffs like her uncle who force her and blackmail her into doing things. Or people who beat her so that she will become the best thief possible. She does have Nibbles, but she hasn’t had him long. And Nibbles is so very, very, very cute.

I think of Takk, Zo, Kondio, and Timin, I like Zo and Kondio the most. Of course, that may be because they warm up to Avalon first. But Zo really takes care of her and worries about her. Of course, he spanks her too, but hey, that’s all part of the taking care of her too, so it works out well. Timin took a while to warm up, but I wonder how much of that is just trying to get through all the bullshit from the war and the residuals from his injury. I think that one of my favorite non-sex scenes is when Avalon is taking care of Timin. He doesn’t really want her to, but she’s there just caring for him.

Takk took me a minute to figure out how I felt about him. I could tell that he was an honorable male and one who was just trying to do the best for his friends, but I think that he sometimes saw things in a much more black and white way than it needed to be seen. I dunno, maybe it’s just me.

Watch for Easter Eggs that Cari has planted, because she does that.

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I love ARBO. And even better, I love the full revelation we get about him, lol.

I thought it was funny that the priest were basically begging Takk to take Avalon away.

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

 

Eva Dresden-Broken

If you are in my FB group, then you know what my reaction was to reading Eva Dresden’s premier book, Broken. Not only does the title fit the book, but it also fit how I felt after reading it. It’s dark, it’s devastating, it’s delicious, and I need all of it. This is an MF Omegaverse novel, and it’s sooooooo goooooooood.

So here’s our story for today.  Quinn is an Omega who has been taking suppressants and such for years. For right now, she’s working as a dancer and server in a club. Some of the other women there take money for sex as well as dancing and serving, but she doesn’t. One night, she, along with some other women, get drafted to serve in a private room. When she starts to feel things she shouldn’t, she runs to the bathroom, but she gets followed, and things happen. So her bosses send her home so that she can regroup and recover, as well as go to the clinic to check to make sure her suppressants are OK.

On her way home, some jackasses accost her, but a guy in an expensive car stops them and offers to take her home. Seems like a nice guy, right? If only. Tobias is the man who owns the car, but wasn’t the man driving. He is uber-rich and is one of those guys you just. do. not. cross. He goes after what he wants and takes it, and he has decided that he wants Quinn. It doesn’t matter what Quinn wants as this point or pretty much ever again.

It’s hard to believe that this is Eva’s first published book on Amazon. Her writing is tight, creative, nuanced, layered, and tangible. I felt like I was inside Quinn’s head, literally, and that I was feeling everything that she was feeling. When Quinn was angry, I was angry with and for her. When Quinn hurt, I hurt. I would say when Quinn was happy, I felt happy, but… Quinn and Tobias are just so very real. I mean, yeah.

I really like Quinn. I think that she is really strong, even as she thinks that she is weak. You have to be strong in order to survive even half as much as Quinn has survived right now. I think that she is also stubborn. I like stubborn, I think stubborn is great. I think that she might be a little tooo stubborn sometimes. And I’m telling you, I am like one of the world’s top 10 stubborn people. So, if I’m thinking that maybe she’s a little stubborn, you can take my word for it. On the other hand, that stubbornness may be all that gets her through whatever is going to start happening. I mean, the shit that she goes through during this book is pretty bad, but I have a feeling that the next book is going to make this one look like a walk in the park.

I don’t know what I feel about Tobias. There are times when he seems almost like a real human being, but then, turn the page and he’s back to being a terrible troll. When I hate him, I hate him with the passion of a thousand white hot suns. I don’t quite like him that strongly when I like him, but there are times when I do like him.

I am not joking when I said that this book broke me. When I was done reading it, I had to go read something light and fluffy just to reset my head. It helped, but Quinn and Tobias still have taken up a lot of space in my head. If you are going to read this, make sure that you have a box of tissues and maybe some wine near to hand.

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Ugh. Tobias and the name. That’s one of the times I truly hated him.

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

 

Zoe Blake-Bad Babygirls

Zoe is giving us a set of dark and dirty Daddies. The Bad Babygirls are a set of three stories, The Con Artist, The Thief, and The Expert. There is also a prologue called The HackerThat story originally appeared in the anthology Daddy’s Demands as Daughter #13.

The only one of these books that’s a standalone is The Hacker. The other three are more or less a serial and must be read in order. If you don’t, you aren’t going to understand what’s going on. There’s an overarching storyline that runs through the three of them. Each book does focus on a different couple, but the other people show up in the other books.

I’m basically going to treat the 3 books as one large book for this review, just because it’s going to be easier for me, I think.

So, Piper is the con artist, Lyla is the thief, and the expert is Quinn, whose particular expertise lies in customizing guns. They are old friends who have gotten up to some very, very bad things. They all met in high school, and hung around with Quinn’s sister Julie, and another friend named Mary. However, things happened with Julie, and Mary fell away from them. But the three of them are thick as thieves.

Our couples are Piper and Ethan, Lyla and Roman, and Quinn and Ryder. Ethan and Roman are partners in a huge construction company, as well as huge crimelords. Ryder is the top assassin in the world.

Ethan and Roman have a problem, and they need Piper to fix it. She’s not only a top con artist, she’s also an excellent forger of art. So, Ethan manages to drag her into it, and then ends up being her Daddy. When something happens, Lyla has information that Ethan needs, so Roman says that he will go get it out of her. That turns out to be so awesome, mostly because she stabs him and then smacks him in the head with a brick. More things happen, and Roman and Ethan make a stupid mistake, which causes Ryder to grab Quinn, and sort of threaten our boys. Which, frankly, I would’ve done too.

Love my synopsis? I think it’s kind of perfect. Or, at least, sort of mostly. Really, I’m not giving anything away, because we all know that things are going to happen, lol.

I like Piper, Quinn, and Lyla. I think that Lyla is my favorite. I’m not a fashionista like she is, by any way, shape, or means, but she’s totally kickass. I mean, all the ladies are pretty much kickass, but seriously, Lyla beats Roman up. Of course, he spanks her for it, but she still hit him in the head with a fucking brick. She is also one of the reasons that The Hacker is tied into these books. I’ll get into that in another minute.

I liked Quinn. When you look at her or talk to her, you don’t get the whole kind of mad genius vibe she has going on, but she really does have that happening, and it’s kind of interesting. I think she might be one of those people who wants to go out and try something just to see if she can create it. I do think that Ryder is perfect for her though. And for more than the fact that they can have lively discussions about ammo and weapons.

For me, Piper was the weakest of the bunch. I liked her, but not as much as I liked Lyla and Quinn. I don’t know why or what it is about her, but there it is.

As for the guys, I never really warmed up to Ethan. I mean, like not at all. In fact, at the beginning I downright disliked him. As the books progressed, I stopped disliking him as much, but I never really liked him. And as to why I like Ryder and Roman and not Ethan? I dunno. There’s just that chemistry, you know? You either do or you don’t. Ethan also made me madder than the other two did at times. And it’s not like he did really did anything different to what Ryder and Roman did, or anything. In fact, Ryder could be said to have been stricter or harder, and definitely more stalkery, than Ethan, but you know what, there you are. Of all the guys, I think that Ryder is my favorite.

OK, for The Hacker, here’s how it ties in. Devon, the hacker and #13, and Reid, her Daddy, and the Father of the Compound, where she was trained, and BTW, so was Lyla. They get pulled into the job that Ethan and Piper are doing. They are also there at the end of the series.

That’s all for today. No spoilers today. Go check out all 4 of these great books, especially if you like the dark Daddies that Zoe writes. Happy reading!

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Laura Taylor-Redemption of a Slave

Well, you know how a couple of weeks ago I said that most MM Omegaverse was on the lighter side and didn’t have the dub/noncon that you see in MF Omegaverse? Redemption of a Slave by Laura Taylor is one of the exceptions to that. I wish I could remember who recommended this to me and where, because I totally want to thank that person. This book really knocked me out. There are things about it that have been stuck in my head since I read it.

So, the world in this one was really interesting. This particular book takes place in 1800s France. The way that the world works is that people are born as male or female, but they exist in a kind of limbo until they start to differentiate as Alpha, Beta, or Omega. That usually happens around the age of 15 or so. I don’t know how they can tell when it comes to women, but we get a pretty good look at how they can tell when it comes to the guys. Basically, the guy walks in, drops trou, and has his cock measured weekly, for about 2 months. If his cocks grows significantly, then he’s an Alpha. If there is no kind of growth at all, then Omega, especially if there is some lubrication going on. In a lot of the MM books I’ve read, Omegas still have a good size cock. In this one, Dante’s cock is only about 3 inches, which they say is pretty good for an Omega.

Once you differentiate as an Omega, you are basically disherited and kicked out of the family. You get sent to special schools where you learn how to please the Alphas or Betas who are going to fuck you. Then you end up as a slave. You can end up in a household or a brothel. If you end up in a household, you are going to have domestic type chores, as well as being an available hole. There are different levels of service there. You can be a housemate, who is open to any Alpha or Beta in the household, as well as any guests. You could be a personal Omega, which means that an Alpha has bought you to be their own personal plaything. You could be a breeder, which is exactly what it sounds like, and you are only bred by the head of the household or the designated breeding Alpha. Or, and this is perishingly rare, you can end up as a bonded Omega.

So, here’s how our story works. Dante was a breeding Omega of a Spanish nobleman, and gave birth 3 times. On his last heat, he didn’t get pregnant and since his last two children were girls, his master decides to sell him on. Instead of doing it himself, he sends a lackey out to do it. On the trip to France, the lackey lets the sailors have at him.

Several months later, Dante has been sold a couple of times, and he gets treated worse every time. He has been brutalized, doesn’t get into the sex at all, and the beautiful, pampered breeding slave has now been beaten and scarred. Then comes Antoine.

Antoine has been adopted by the Calvet family, and is the heir to the estate. The whole inheritance rules and set up around Alphas is really odd, because of the way that the differentiation works. Anyway, his father has decided that he’s old enough to have his own personal Omega and takes him to the market. Antoine’s father tells him to check into the certified Omegas, but instead, he sees Dante, and there just something about him. Even brutalized and nearly feral as he is, there’s just something that draws him to Dante. Antoine thinks that he can work with Dante, if he’s treated with kindness and with common decency, then Dante will be… tamed, for lack of a better word.

There is a lot of learning that goes on on both sides here. One of the things that really got me and which has really stayed with me and think is where Antoine and Dante have a discussion about the fact that Antoine always made sure that the Omegas he was with got off. Dante tells Antoine that it’s a biological function. The knot presses on a bundle of nerves which causes a male Omega to come. So, maybe he came because he liked it or maybe he came because of biological function and he was just well-trained in making sure the Alpha is happy. There are a lot of other things like that in the book, and which still get me.

I think that this is a fantastic story. I’m going to definitely be buying more of Laura’s work and reading them, because the world she created was very detailed, and really felt authentic. I wonder how much research she did into France of that period to get the feel she did.

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I felt so sorry for Dante as particular things come out. It just broke my heart.

I also find the whole separation of Alpha/Omega in certain things to be important.

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