Sorcha Black-Cruel Idols

Sorcha has written a fantastic MMF story. It’s dark, intense, super sexy, and incredibly twisted. In other words, Cruel Idols is very definitely a Sorcha Black book. This is an enemies to lovers book, and I totally, totally agree with the classification. In fact, I may even suggest that there are times that there is a whole antagonistic relationship all the way through the book, even at the end. But, it totally works for this book.

So, we start with Sadie. She’s on her bike with her most treasured possession in her backpack. It’s a special book hardcover book that’s bound in leather and is written by her favorite author, Vandal Stokes. A friend of hers told her that he was living in a cottage outside their very small Canadian town. So, Sadie can’t resist getting her book signed. She knows that it’s a little stalker-y, but she doesn’t have a lot of stuff, and she scrimped and saved in order to get this book, and she really wants to get that autograph. Sadie rides up to the cottage and knocks on the door, but no one answers. She decides that she’s going to go jump in the lake that she can see in the backyard because she can do that without being a problem, so she thinks. But then, Vandal pops up and starts yelling at her. He keeps accusing her of reading his new novel and stealing it. Which she hasn’t done. They finally agree to sign a contract so that Sadie will stay at the cottage with Vandal and help edit his work, with no contract with anyone else until his book gets published.

Vandal keeps telling Sadie that he isn’t attracted to her. He also tells her that he needs to have someone babysit her sometimes, so his friend, another author, Zero, will come to stay with them. But Zero isn’t just his author friend or even just a friend. They are in a relationship, and not just that, but a kinky AF relationship, with Vandal as the Dom. Luckily, Sadie is kinky AF too.

Sadie is fascinating if you ask me. She can’t decide whether or not she likes or hates Vandal. She’s slightly surer when it comes to Zero, but even then, things aren’t as sure as they could be, especially after she realizes how Vandal feels about Zero and vice versa. She is kinky, submissive, and has an incredibly twisted brain. She really does fit in pretty well with the guys, and I think that she might actually push them in ways they wouldn’t have tried on their own. I also think that she fills a hole in the relationship that Vandal and Zero had that they weren’t aware of. I think that she makes Vandal deal with his emotions more and Zero be a little less impulsive.

Vandal is a dickhole. I understand where some of that dickhole-ishness comes from, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t part of his personality and the things that pushed that aspect just pushed it. I think that he needs to back away from his feelings about his father. They aren’t going to help him in any way, and maybe he should talk to someone about his paranoia. I’m pretty sure that Sadie will help him with that.

I think of the two guys that Zero is my favorite. I like how he can bridge between Vandal and Sadie, being what each of them needs. I’m not entirely sure that Vandal and Sadie would’ve really had any happy sexy times without him there to instigate it. I dunno, maybe there would’ve been, but I think that Zero really enables it.

I loved this book. I’ve loved everything that I’ve read of Sorcha’s, but there is just something about this one that is toe-curling and so good.

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The police! LOL. I alternately laughed and cringed at that scene.

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

 

K Webster-Campfire Chaos

Book 3 in the Hood River Hoodlums is out with Campfire Chaos. These books are not standalone books. If you haven’t read the previous books, you will not understand this one. Plus, why wouldn’t you want to read more K books? Because always read more K books. And then go buy them signed.

So, this picks up right after Little Hoodlum leaves off. There may be spoilers for the previous two books, but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. (BTW, I’m trying to type with barbecue sauce all over my fingers because I have a rack of ribs sitting beside me. So, envy me.) (Thank goodness for baby wipes)

Charlotte has been in an accident and she’s miscarried her baby. And in that accident, she hit another car, one with one of the Hoodlums in it. He’s in a coma, and she’s in the hospital. Her family are there to try to help her, and they are helping her to get clean, because Ryan has addicted her to just about everything. But he’s walked away from her, which isn’t a bad thing. When she’s home, she is having such a hard time because now that she’s sober she feels everything. Then Ryan starts in at her again. So she butchers her hair, sends him a pic, blocks him, and calls her dad so that she can go to rehab.

Then we have Cal. He’s one of the Hoodlums, but the OG Hoodlums, while they were all best friends, really broke down into 2 pairs of really best friends. Jordy and Roan are one pair, and Cal and Terrence are the other. Now T is in a coma, and Cal feels like he is missing part of his soul. And what makes it even worse is the fact that Charlotte is walking around free. He hates that. Totally hates that. And haves her even more. When he runs into her, he tells her that he is going to make her life miserable.

I really felt like Charlotte grew a whole lot during the time of this book. I was really proud of her and how she discovered her power and strength. I loved how she handled a lot of the people who tried to put her down and take that power away from her. I think that she is definitely going to be an incredibly strong woman as she gets older.

Cal is a good guy, if a little chaotic. He does have some issues with his anger and impulsivity, but overall, I think that he has a really good heart. He loves his friends and he wants to do everything he can to make sure that they are safe. Up to and including making sure that people know his name and will always remember it, no matter what. I think that he has a moral code that is slightly different than what we would have, but it works really for him.

I love Penny, Garret, Loden, Jace, and Tiarra. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.

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Creepy ass guy definitely got what his creepy ass deserved.

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

Nicolina Martin-Commanding Casey

Nicolina has written a fanfuckingtastic enemies to lovers story in Commanding Casey. It was a great book with a hateful hero who I really loved to hate. And I mean that seriously.

So, here’s our story. Casey is a mechanic. She grew up with her father teaching her everything about cars, and she loves working on engines and putting things together to make them work. But right now, she’s on an airplane headed far, far, far away from her family in FLA. In fact, she’s headed as far away from them as she can be and still be in the US. She’s on her way to Alaska. She has a really good reason for heading to Alaska. There was a man who attacked her, she sent him to prison, and he’s getting out early. And he fucking blames HER for his actions and him ending up in prison. She knows that he is going to hurt her if he finds her, and she knows he’s been asking for her. So, Alaska and working as a mechanic on heavy equipment at an oil field.

Then we have Cole. He’s been working at this particular site for a long time. He has his reasons for hiding, and working as the best welder on the site lets him hide and not think about his past. One day, his boss tells him he has to go to the airport to go get their new mechanic, some dude named Casey. Only, when he gets to the airport, he finds that it’s not a guy named Casey, it’s a chick named Casey. He’s livid. Women do not belong on the job site, the work is too hard, they’re too weak, and there are a lot of rough men. He lays into Casey, and is an all around nasty ass fuck to her.

I REALLY didn’t like Cole for a lot of the book. He is a total fucking dickhole. Now, if you’ve read my blog for a minute, you know that I love me a good bad boy *cough*Christian*cough*, buuuutttt I had a hard time even trying to like Cole. I mean I wanted to walk into the book, give him a good working over and then castrate him. I really, really, really didn’t like him. But, he did grow on me. And as I’ve said before, I don’t have to like all the main characters, as long as I can grab ahold of at least one of them and there’s a great story behind it. While I didn’t like Cole, he was a character that I had some strong feelings about and someone that I was able to grab hold of, and the story just kept me dragging in.

Let’s talk about Casey. I think that she’s fucking fierce, strong, powerful, and brave. I mean, first of all, let’s talk about the fact that being a mechanic on the racing circuit isn’t all that easy and it’s an insanely male dominated world. The fact that she’s not only there, but accepted and respected says a lot about her. Then the fact that she got on a plane to travel thousands and thousands of miles away from home? That’s sheer guts right there. Like superhero level bravery right there. And to not back out when she discovered that she pretty much walked into purgatory? Fortifuckingtude.

The story is fucking hot. I mean, even as I wanted to choke Cole out, and not in the fun way, it’s smokin’. And that’s just the suspenseful part of it. LOL. Kidding. The sexxxy parts are definitely on fire, and the rest of it kept me tense, in the best way.

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Ugh. The point I hated Cole the most was when he made his accusations. Fuckhole.

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

Dani Rene-Cruel War

Dani is back with another enemies to lovers book in Cruel War. It’s the first book in a new series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Dani writes a lot of books in this trope, and I think that she does them really well, so I’m perfectly happy to see another one from her. Her villains are delightful and her male main characters are just so wonderfully conflicted, dark, and twisted. Of course, that makes their redemption that much better. Her heroines are all strong, know what they want, and aren’t afraid to fight for it. So, if you ask me, that’s pretty awesome. 

Here’s the way this story works. Tynewood is a small town. It’s also an elite university. Tynewood also holds a secret society. The Gilded Sovereign was started a long time ago, and they pretty much run everything. The families are the elite of the elite. The men of the society, called Crowns, are succeeded by their oldest son. Except for Abner Lancaster who has managed to get both of his sons on board. Phillipe, his oldest, is now the head of the Sovereign. His younger son, Ares is taking the place of another member who doesn’t have a son. Abner has plans for the group now, even if he is no longer the head, because there are also going to be two other new members, Etienne and Tarian, Ares’ best friends.

Dahlia has just moved to Tynewood. Her father grew up there, but now that he’s dead, she’s gone there to live with her grandmother. Since she’s 19, she’s now starting college at Tynewood, but there’s one small problem. And his name is Ares. He just won’t leave her alone, no matter what.

Ares has a good reason for always being around Dahlia. It’s called revenge. He wants to hurt Dalia to get her back for something that happened to him. He has all kinds of plans, and his father promised that she would be his to do with as he wants. He’s looking forward to destroying her.

She is smart and isn’t willing to give up. She will fight for what she wants, whatever it is that she wants. She is not an opponent that I would want to deal with, that’s for sure. I think that she would probably walk circles around me. I think that anyone who tries to oppose her is going to get quite the shock.

I think that Ares is really just a lost little boy deep inside. He’s really, really angry, which, I really don’t blame him for. I think his father, the prick, has done what he can to feed that anger. He keeps telling Ares that he’s too volatile which I’m not necessarily going to argue with, but I think it wouldn’t be so bad if his father didn’t push him. Ares feels like he has to stand up to that challenge. Which makes him act volatile.

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Phillipe. Hmmm… I dunno that I really trust him. I know I don’t trust Abner as far as I could spit.

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

T.L. Smith-Distorted Love

Oh my,  there are so many things I have to say about this. This is my first TL Smith book, but it sure as hell isn’t going to be my last. There’s a second book to this duet, but anything else she’s written, I’m going to go check out.

Before I get into it, Distorted Love is part of a duet, and you know how authors love to do us. If you are one of the people who hates hanging on until the next book, wait. Also, this book takes place in Australia, but it’s mostly written in American English, so USicans should have no problem with slang and such.

Saskia is in her next to last year of school. She goes to an exclusive private school, even though she lives on the wrong side of the tracks. She gets a scholarship and wears her cousin Livia’s hand-me-downs. Saskia has been crushing on Ryken Lord as long as he’s been in the same school. He’s a year older than she is and very popular. Her friend Robert urges her to go talk to him, but Saskia would rather be the wallflower, the person no one sees. When Livia asks her if she likes Ryken, Saskia tells her no.

Ryken Lord is in his last year of school, and waiting until he turns 18. When he turns 18 he’s going to take over his father’s nightclubs, while his father continues to run the seedier part of the business. He always sees Saskia, his Barbie, no matter what. Sometimes that’s all he sees. He doesn’t talk to her though.

On the first day of school, Ryken and his best friend through a huge party. Livia drags Saskia around to the party with her. Livia wants to hit on Ryken, Saskia wants to go home. When they get there, some older guy named Quinn starts talking to her. Ryken comes out and tells him to get lost. Turns out Quinn works for his dad and collects young women to be sold. Saskia, pretty young Saskia with very few familial connections, is a perfect target. Quinn tells Ryken he won’t take Saskia on one condition, Ryken has to leave her alone. If he can stay away from Saskia, Quinn will leave her alone. Ryken tells Quinn that won’t be a problem. Quinn thinks otherwise.

That’s as far as my synopsis is going to go. This is a strangers to enemies to friends to lovers to enemies to something else altogether story. It would my brain around like you would wind spaghetti with a fork. It was hard to keep track of everything as a reader but in a good way. I can’t imagine how Saskia and Ryken were able to keep track of everything. The two of them are combustible and explosive. When the two of them get together, it’s like putting det cord and plastique together. You get a huge fucking boom and a lot of heat, and everything around it gets destroyed. That’s Saskia and Ryken. The problem is, they can’t stay away from each other. They are drawn to each other like two powerful rare earth magnets. They will knock everything out of the way to get to each other. Even when they hate each other, they love each other and vice versa. The story is a total mindfuck and trying to figure out what is going on will keep you guessing and wondering. I reached the end in a huge burst of adrenaline like I had been running a race. I can’t wait for the next one.

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OMG. The end. The end of this thing. I can’t even.

I have to say, I don’t trust anything that Livia has said, so I’m thinking that the announcement is a lie. At least, that’s my opinion of the matter. I guess I’ll have to wait and see. I never really liked Livia anyway, I thought that she was bad news for Saskia and that she treated her like crap anyway. So, there’s that.

That’s all I have to say on this today. If you want to talk more about it, then you’re going to have to come find me somewhere. I’ll telll you alllllll my opinions, I swear. Happy reading!

Amelia Smarts-When He Returns

Amelia Smarts is one of the queens of cowboy spanking stories. If you’ve read any of her stories, and I highly recommend you do, you will understand why. When He Returns just shows why her stories are so good.

When he was a young teenager, Wade found himself living on the streets. His father had been arrested and he refused to say in the orphans home. So he ran away. He has been stealing food and clothes to make his way ever since. When he steals some bread one day, he gets dragged in front of the sheriff who handles him in a unique way. He takes him and ends up adopting him. The sheriff has several other children, most of whom he has also adopted in this same way.

Sadie is the sheriff’s oldest child and his biological daughter. When her mother died, she took over the running of the house, and as each child comes into the house, she turns into the mother of the house. She spends all her time taking care of everyone and everything, and so she ends up grumpy. I know I would be. So when her dad brings home yet another kid home, and one who is older than her, it turns out poorly. She and Wade are like chalk and cheese.

I totally get Sadie’s POV here. I’m the oldest of 7, and I spent a lot of years being the helper, especially after my mom went back to college. (I also have a brother named Wade, but that’s neither here nor there.) I did my years of helping out, cooking dinners, making sure the little kids were fed and dressed and all that. So I totally, totally get why Sadie is how she is. I do love this story so much, especially since I do relate so much to Sadie. I also totally get Wade, and I understand why he was the way that he was.

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I do feel sorry for Sadie, who thought that no one loved her this whole time. That has to be so painful for her. No one wants to think that their parent loves someone else more.

Wade does so well for the entire family. When he’s there, the whole family works in a way in which they don’t otherwise don’t. I think that you have to have the right mix of family for everything to work right, whether it’s the family you were born with or the one that you created or chose.

Anyway, that’s all that I have to say today. I’m looking forward to all kind of reading this weekend, and I hope you are too! Happy reading!