Kay Elle Parker-Black Light: Branded

Kay Elle has carried over a story from the latest Black Light Roulette in Branded. We first met Ava and Master Finnegan back in February, where, among other things, Ava ended up getting fisted. Now, we get the rest of the story. (and yes, I hear Paul Harvey’s voice in my head when I say that. And yes, I know I just totally dated myself, so what, I’m old.)

I don’t normally give content warnings, but I will on this one. There is a lot of talk about cutting and self-harm. If this is something that you have had issues with, please take that under consideration. Read safely and responsibly.

At the end of their night at Black Light East, Finn takes Ava back to his hotel. His plan is for them to spend several hours together, talking, eating, getting to know each other, before he had to fly back out to Montana and back to his ranch. Well, that’s not precisely what happened. Well, they got to know each other much better, Biblically, at least. Bow chicka, bow wow. Finn tells Ava that he really wants her to come to his ranch with him, but he’ll be back in 2 weeks to get her, if she wants to come with him. He wants to make sure that she’s spent plenty of time thinking her decision over.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Ava is now in Montana, learning how to be a rancher. Finn’s ranch is huge, 80k acres, 20k head of cattle, all kind of things going on. She promised him that she would stay within sight of the house, keep her phone with her, and stay out of the pastures unless she has someone with her. Right now, she’s sitting in her favorite spot, where she should be enjoying the beautiful scenery, but her brain is busy. You see, Ava had a very… difficult childhood. Now, she has her father in her brain all the time, and when she is scared, worried, stressed, things seem to be going wrong, so on and so forth, she hears his voice saying horrible things. The only thing that has made her survive that is that she cuts. She promised Finn that she would try to not cut, but right now the voices are so, so, so, so loud that she just jumps on her horse and takes off.

Meanwhile, Finn is trying to run his mega huge ranch and be Ava’s significant other and be her Dom, and try to make his life work the way that he wants it to. It’s his busy season too, all the cows are calfing, which means he needs to be on top of things. Then he calls Ava to see if she got his message about dinner and an early bedtime. When she doesn’t answer, he starts to worry. When she still doesn’t answer, he has to go figure out where she is, and well, things don’t go well.

OK, I like Ava. I’ve been Ava. I am a recovering cutter, and I can really relate to her when she wants to cut and the fight to not do it. I think that Ava does really well at fighting things off as long as she does. She has a lovely heart and she really cares a lot about Finn, the ranch, the horses, and the cows. She wants to be better. There’s one scene, with a baby cow, that I’m just so impressed with her strength and fierceness. It shows that she’s not weak, even if her brain tells her that she is. Here’s the thing about mental illness, it lies. It wiggles into your brain and finds the cracks and lies to you. Lies. LIES. But the lies sound so convincing. It’s hard to beat them.

I like Finn. He’s a really stand up guy. He wants to do the best by all the people in his life and he wants to make sure that all the animals on his ranch are cared for. He does really well with Ava and trying to figure out what he can do to help her. I really like that he realises that he can’t handle everything on his own and that he needs to do some things differently.

I want to give Kay major props for handling the self-harm issues in this book the way that she does. She doesn’t glamorise it or make it look cool. It’s not an easy line to walk, and she did it so well.

UGH on Thomas. Kill him by fire. I thought that he might’ve had inside help from someone else, but I guess not.

Lulu is super cute.

OK, that’s all for this one! Go read it! Happy reading!

Kay Elle Parker-Dance For Me

So, Kay Elle Parker gave us a wonderful new book today. It’s called Dance For Me, and it’s the start of a new series, Club Avalon, about a BDSM club and the D-types who inhabit the club.

So, we start with Boadicea. Her best friend, Liam, works at Club Avalon, and he wants her to come perform at the stage. She’s a dancer, and Braun Fitzpatrick, the club’s owner, wants to have someone perform at the bar/social area, to entertain the members a couple of nights a week. Bodie could really use the job, she’s so far down on her luck that being flat broke would be an improvement. (Not that I’ve ever been there or anything.) But, sex club and deviancy. She has some serious issues with sex, and the whole idea of BDSM is just so foreign to her. (She has some serious issues subscriptions, and the idea of BDSM is not a good thing for her at this particular time.) So she is talking to her friend Liam, and he says something that is really insulting to her, and she walked away, even with the big amount of money that she’s being offered.

A month later, she’s out dancing on the street for money, and a man comes up to talk to her, and she walks away from him. When she gets home, she discovers a huge roll of money, a bracelet, and a note that says he misses you. He meaning Liam. So, she shows up at the club, and has words with both Liam and Braun.

So, I adore the name Boadicea. If you don’t know your history, she was a queen of a tribe back in the day in England, and the Romans did her and her family dirty. Really, really fucking dirty. So, she went out and did something about it. She chased the Romans out in her section of England for a while. Sadly, though, it didn’t last.

I think the name is perfect for our Bodie. She is fierce and she fights. If someone says something that hurts her, she will fight them. If someone hurts her friend, she will go and completely fucking fight them. I mean, she won’t just read you or cuss you up one side and down the other, she will fucking break your nose. The problem is that a part of that fight is her defense mechanism. If she gets hurt, scared, threatened, whatever, she’s going to get mad and fight you. That’s a really common reaction among with people and especially people who have been through some shit. And she has been through some serious shit.

Bodie has a really sweet center, you just have to get through a whole lot of barriers, walls, minefields, and barbed wire to get there. And really, with her history, I don’t blame her for having all those barriers up. I think that she’s done really well to get herself to where she is now.

Now let’s talk about Braun. I genuinely like Braun. I think that he’s a good man, and he has a very strong protective streak, a good heart, and he honestly wants to help people. He doesn’t seem to have any kind of ulterior motive when it comes to Bodie. He just wants her because she’s her, and not just because she’s hot or anything. It’s because she’s her. And he proves that to her. I think that he does really well with navigating the boobytraps in Bodie’s brain. There was only one time when I got mad at him. I understand why he did what he did, I just thought that it was not good thing to do, or at least, not good at that way.

I love the assembled cast, Jasper, Loki, Connie, Atticus, and Liam. Liam and Bodie have known each other for 20 years, and are very best friends. Everyone else is new to her, and they are all pretty good people. I can’t forget to add in Anarchy. I’m looking forward to knowing more about her.

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I hate, hate, hate Bodie’s parents. I want to run them over with a Matilda tank. Then back up and do it again. And again. And maybe again. Then light the remains on fire, with napalm and white phosphorus. Yeah, I might not like them very much.

So, that’s it for this one. I can’t wait for the next one. Go check it out! Happy reading!

Anthology-Black Light: Roulette War

We just had Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time for the annual Roulette book from Black Light. Black Light: Roulette War is the 4th Roulette book, and the start of a new Black Light season. The first two books took place at the only Black Light at the time, the original in DC. Last year’s book took place in Black Light West, and featured celebrities. This one takes place in both clubs.

Now, I was lucky enough to get to read an ARC, and I was so thrilled to read it. I mean, the Roulette books are always great and always kink AF. But do you know what those mean authors did? They didn’t tell us ARC readers who won! How mean is that? LOL. I mean, really, when it comes down to it, we’re the real winners, so I guess I can’t complain too much.

So, here’s how the story goes. Spencer, the DM for BL East, is at BL West with his wife, Klara. While they are there, Spencer decides to start some shit with Elijah, the DM at BL West. Now, we all know that shit-talking happens, especially among friends and co-workers, which Spencer and Elijah are. But sometimes it gets way out of control, which happened here. Spencer, who can get a little over sometimes, got a little over, and it escalated to the point where the guys are arguing over who is going to have the best ever Roulette. They finally get to a point where they place a bet on it, with Chase and Jaxon acting as judges. (Which pisses them off for reasons.)

We get the stories of 4 couples from each of the clubs. You can judge which one is the hottest for yourself, and which one you think should be the winner. Then you can find out which one the authors thought should win, andI’ll never tell. Ever.

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Renee Rose-Prelude

Renee’s story is all about Ravil and Lucy, Master R and Lady Luck. He’s a member of the bratva, she’s a lawyer. She’s all about control, but she’s the sub today, and Ravil isn’t about to give her any control. The thing that I really liked about Renee’s story is that we get to see how much Ravil’s plan is to get inside Lucy’s head, and how quickly he does that. It’s like there is a trapdoor only he has. And it looks like Prelude is the perfect name for this one, and I’m really happy about that.

Eris Adderly-Breathless

This is Eris’ intro into the BL world, (other than the fact that all the covers are hers) and damn, did she hit the road running. Breath play really isn’t my kink at all, it’s a personal hard limit, but the way that Eris wrote about it? Holeeee fuck. And the latex with the gloves? Woooooowwwwww. Violet and Anson were one of my favorite characters.  That put everything over the top. Eris writes kink in such a good way. And she didn’t step back from Anson’s issues while she was writing him, and I thought that was interesting. (Also, can you find the Lit easter egg?)

Kay Elle Parker-Burn

Kay Elle s another newbie to BL. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you’ve seen me review some of her stuff, and I’m absolutely in love with her books, so I was glad to see her here. I’m hoping that this means she’ll get to do a full book at some point. This is the story of Finn and Ava. I really adore Ava. She’s been through so much, but she was really strong, and Finn challenged her in just the right way. And the fisting and the trust? Wow.

Golden Angel-Inflamed

Golden wrote a full length BL Daddy book last year, and in that book we met Elliot. He gets to play with Lisa, who is excited to play with him, but he’s not all that excited to play with her. He thinks she’s manipulative. They have an incredibly hot scene. And by hot, I mean seriously hot. He sets her on fire. Fire flogging is a thing. Fantastic. I thought the way that Lisa chose her hard limits was hilarious. One of their scenes is something that lives in my head, so yeah, that was so hot.

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And now, just as the event at Black Light East is ending, we’re gearing up for Black Light West to get started.

Jennifer Bene-Wicked

Jennifer is one of the original BL writers and is a total staple in Roulette. Her story gives us Pierce and Baby, whose real name is Tori. Tori is a little and Pierce is totally not a Daddy. He’s pretty fucking hardcore, and he really loves humiliation, so the fact that they rolled that works for him. I’m telling you, Roulette makes for interesting play partners and scenes. That scene is hot, but the face fucking that happens is just amazing. I always look forward to Jennifer’s stories because of the touches like that.

Sue Lyndon-Trained

Sue wrote a fun little story with Daddy Xavier and his Dolly, Rachel. Their first roll was pet play, and she made an adorable kitten. You know, one of the things I really liked about Sue’s story is that it is very sweet and it is truly lovely. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still sexy AF and Rachel and Xavier have a great connection, it’s just also low angst and low drama, just the perfect touch for the book.

Measha Stone-Unexpected

Measha’s story has Jack and Quinn. Quinn is new to LA and is looking for new people to play with, so Roulette. Where she gets Jack, and oh yeah, diaper play. Which is totally not what she wants. Jack is actually perfect for her. I love how he gets into her head so much and how she teaches Quinn so much about herself.

Livia Grant-Facade

Livia finishes out this year’s Roulette with her story about Sean and Stephanie AKA Karly Starr, former porn star. Stephanie has come to Black Light because she wants someone who will fuck her silly, without playing any of those silly BDSM games, but she signed up for Roulette, and Sean is going to make her play. These are two words I never thought that I would say on this blog: spontaneous fisting. And the breath play? Siiiiiigggghhhhh. I think that Facade is a really great title for this one.

OK, there you go. Eight fantastically kinky stories by 8 fantastic authors. When you read the book and get to find out who the winner is, you get some great 3 way sex with Emma, Jax, and Chase. Yay!

I’m already looking forward to next year’s Roulette, a whole year from now. I’d love to see an Mm, Fm, or Ff couple in the upcoming season some time, but I’ll be perfectly happy however the authors end up writing their books, so it’s all good.

Go check it out and make sure you have plenty of really cold water to cool yourself down.

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2019 Round Up-Top 10 Redemption Books Pt. 2

So, we’re back to redemption books again today. I’m hoping that you liked the first part of the list, and that you’ve liked the rest of my lists. I think, after this one, that I might have just 1 or 2 lists left. We have Omegaverse books coming and a best Daddies, I think. Maybe more, if I think of any more lists to write, or if I get any suggestions of round up lists that people want. I live to please you guys. Or at least I am going to let all y’all think that.

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Kay Elle Parker-The Shadowcrown Duet

Kay is all over my round up lists this year. And there’s a good reason for that. I love the way that she writes. I’m putting her Shadowcrown duet on this list because I think that they fit really well. I can’t put one or the other of the books on this list, because the redemption arc encompasses both books. The first book in the duet is King of Shadows and the second is Queen of Shadows. These books are the story of Alliana, Kian, and Islador. Alliana’s mother was human but her father was an archangel. She was raised by Kian, the King of Shadows, and his second in charge and best friend, Islador. Kian was raising her to be his Queen. Things happen, demons show up, Lucifer gets involved, horrible, terrible things are done to Alliana, Kian and Isla both die, and Alliana becomes the queen. There are some extenuating circumstances to why Kian did what he did, but he still needs to get redemption for it, and prove himself to both Isla and Alliana. The books are dark, but fantastic.

Anna Edwards-Stolen Choices

Technically, Stolen Choices isn’t out yet. It doesn’t come out until 1/2, and I’ll have a full review on my blog about it tomorrow, but trust me when I say that this is really an excellent redemption story. It’s part of the Glacier Blood series, and it is not a standalone. You have to have read the other books in order to understand what is happening in this one, but it’s an excellent PNR.

Nikita Slater-Luna & Andres

Luna & Andres is one of the books from the Blaire’s World shared world series. These books are spun off of Anita Grey’s Blaire books. Which I’m dying for the next one. Anyway, back to L&A. Andres is a member of a Mexican cartel and Luna is his wife. They are combustive together. In this, Luna takes their kids and runs from him. Of course, she has reasons that I think are good, but still. It turns ugly. Both Luna and Andre have to go through a redemption arc in this one, for very different reasons. The majority of this book is just the two of them, which makes it very intimate and very intense.

R. Cayden-Clark’s Bully

R. Cayden writes MM romances, usually menages. Clark’s Bully is a menage. It’s part of a series of books that take place in Seattle surrounding a particular bar and comic book shop. I happen to be reading the latest one in the series right this very second. Anyway, here’s the redemption in this one. Clark and Rip went to high school together. Clark was rather obviously gay, Rip was confused. Rip’s friends bullied Clark horribly, and he stood along with them. Years later, Rip is back with his best friend/FWB, Mars. Mars meets Clark, and sparks fly, until Clark finds out he is besties with Rip. I really like Rip. He has spent a long time thinking about what he did and making changes in himself.

Jennifer Bene-Inheritance

I debated about Inheritance, because I think that if it were written by anyone other than Jennifer, I wouldn’t consider it a redemption story, but since it is her, it is. It’s the second book in the Fragile Ties series, and it’s the continuing story of David and Lianna. David kidnapped her because of her father, and did some pretty terrible things to her. Of course, she pretty much liked those terrible things, so it worked out after all. The reason I put it in this one is because David and Lianna are working hard to put together a relationship, and David is working hard to get past everything in the past. Anyway, I think that it fits well in this.

OK, that’s my Top 10 redemption books of 2019. We have reviews coming up in the next couple of days, but over the weekend, I’ll do some more round ups. Like I said, O-verse and Daddies.

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2019 Round Up-Top 10 Darkest Reads, Pt. 2

Hopefully, you’ve read the first part of this particular list, if not, go check it out here. Like any of my Top 10 lists, the books are in no particular order, because I find it really hard to put things in order like that.

Kay Elle Parker-Monsters and Guardians

Monsters and Guardians actually got banned from Amazon because of how dark and noncon-y it is. This is probably one of the most noncon-y books I’ve ever read, and considering how much I enjoy reading noncon, dark, and disturbing, that’s saying something. M&G covers a whole lot of tropes/genres. It’s RH, shifter, and omegaverse-light. And Raine, the heroine, for all the fucking hell she goes through in this one, is pretty damn kickass. One of my favorite moments is when she hits one of the guys, then apologizes to him. And as a result of talking about it here, I’m currently rereading it. The next book is what I will be rereading when I’m done with M&G.

Scarlett Snow & Loxley Savage-Saphyre

Saphyre is literally the only book I’m aware of that was banned by Amazon under 2, count them 2, different names. When it got banned under Saphyre, Scarlett and Loxley put it out under Ember, with a little editing, which then got banned too. So the ladies went out and found a new place to sell it, and that’s when I was able to get a hold of it. This is dark, post-apocalyptic, disturbing, absolutely brutal in places, and dystopian. It was also fantastic. Saphyre, our heroine, is rather tricksy, and I lived for it.

Felicity Brandon-Daddy’s Little Captive

Daddy’s little Captive is the first book in Felicity’s newest trilogy. It involves Sophie, who has had a hard time with her husband, because he’s vanilla and she’s rocky road. So, she went online and was talking to people in a kink forum, which led her to meeting Jared. I had a hard time with this one, mostly because I hated Jared, a lot. It is dark and a lot of terrible things happen in the book. The second book came out a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m waiting for book 3, because Felicity is mean and left us hanging.

Brittany Cournoyer-Sinister Shadows

Sinister Shadows is the only MM book on this list. I think that I’m going to have a Top 10 MM books coming up. This one is dark, mostly because it’s a mindfuck. Duncan wakes him, doesn’t remember what’s going on, nor does he remember the man who says that he’s Duncan history. We spend the whole book trying to figure out what’s going on and who everyone actually is. I wouldn’t call it a romance so much as I would call it suspense or a mystery.

Ivy Chapman-Torn Apart

Torn Apart is a very, very dark Omegaverse story. It is seriously dystopian. It is one of those dystopian stories that make you worry about reading dystopian stories ever again. This story is about twins Seraphine (F) and Arden (M), who are both omegas in a time when there aren’t a whole lot of free omegas floating around. We get the stories of both twins, and they aren’t pretty, not at all. This one left me breathless.

OK, that’s my Top 10 darkest reads of 2019. Most of them appeared on my blog during the year, so if you want more of what I thought of them, you should be able to find the posts pretty easily.

I hope everyone had a good holiday!

 

Kay Elle Parker-Speechless

I want to say that Kay Elle’s latest book left me Speechless, but that would make for a mighty short blog post,  now wouldn’t it? It did leave me stunned in the very best kind of way. It left me wanting so much more. So.Much.More All the more, in fact. But with all the more that I want, I would be OK if there weren’t any more books in this particular world because the ending as one of those ones that is both satisfying and just a little bit of a tease, to make you want more. Our girl did gooood with that.

We open on a nearly naked woman who is only wearing a rag of a shirt and is escaping in a cold and snowy Montana winter. We don’t know yet who she is escaping from, only that she’s terrified as fuck that she will be caught. I mean, she’s so terrified of being caught, that she thinks to herself that she would rather crawl through the snow on her hands and knees to get away. It doesn’t matter where she ends up as long as she gets away. It doesn’t matter if she dies, because then she will be safe. But just as she’s on her last bit of energy, she sees a light in the woods. A light that turns out to be a bar. When she gets into the bar, she’s attacked by a whole bunch of fuckholes. Luckily, there is a knight in shining armor at the bar.

Connor is the local doctor and he’s drinking at his brother’s bar. It’s a damn good thing that he’s there too. When he sees the fuckholes going after this poor young woman who is in terrible, terrible, terrible shape, he jumps in and beats them down, with the help of his brother, Cain. Then he takes our poor young woman to his house, where his office also is. He calls his nurse, Sarah, in so that they can examine this woman and try to find out what is going on with her.

When they examine her, they ask her what her name is, and all she does is pull her shirt open and show them her chest, where she is branded with the word WHORE. Connor is like newp. He and Sarah decide that they are going to call her Jenna, because she doesn’t seem to be able to talk.

Kay Elle Parker writes really strong heroines. I mean, her heroines are way up on my kickass women list. You might not think that poor broken Jenna is on that list, but she really is a very, very, very strong woman. I think that she might be one of the strongest female characters that I have ever read. Strength comes in all kinds of forms, and Jenna is incredibly strong.

If you can’t tell, I really like her. She is so broken, so damaged, so profoundly injured, but she manages to start to heal. Yes, she had help from Connor, but no one fixes themselves alone, especially not to the depth she was. The fact is, that while Connor was there to be her support and outside strength, she had to be the one who broke through what happened to her and make the steps. I like that Jenna’s recovery happened in the way that it did. It seems like the most natural way to me.

I like Connor. He has a really good, solid core. Jenna sees him as a warrior, a knight with a sword to protect people, and I totally agree with her about that. He really is a warrior of the light. He wants to make sure that Jenna is safe, from everyone and everything. He is a Dom, and I would know that he was a Dom even if he hadn’t said that he was. It’s kind of really obvious. He’s also really good at taking care of Jenna. Of course, there are some bumps along the way, but there were always going to be. It wasn’t ever going to be easy, not with what happened.

There are a lot of side characters in here. I love Sarah and Zeke. Sarah is better than a come to Jesus meeting. I’m pretty sure a come to Sarah would be much scarier. Hadley does his best to be a good guy in a really shitty situation. Connor has two brothers, Cain and Caleb. Cain is pretty fun, but that fun facade hides a really serious core. Caleb is the town sheriff, and he’s no Andy Griffith, let me tell you. He’s a total jerkoff. I mean, damn. I think he lets a little power go to his head.

And of course, Luna. Luna is my favorite side character.

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I had a feeling about Sire and his friend, and I was right about them. I was kinda happy to find out that I was right. Sad too, because that could mean bad things in the future.

I won’t even mention Penelope’s family, because damn.

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

Kay Elle Parker-Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows is the second part of the Shadowcrown Duet by Kay Elle Parker. See my review for King of Shadows here.

There are likely to be spoilers from the first one in this review, since it was a duet, and it was left on a cliffhanger. We all know that’s just the nature of the beast, but we also know that I will do everything possible in order to keep that from happening. But, you have been warned, and if you get spoiled, I’m sorry, but you were warned.

So, we left pregnant Allianna after she has lost both Kian and Islador. The one to a demon, the other because he was trying to save her. Now, Lucifer is doing his damnedest to turn her into his queen. He wants her and her child, plus any other children she may bear, so that he’ll have heirs. Luci may be bound and determined to have her, but Allianna is even more bound and determined to not have him, and one of the reasons is that she’s pretty sure she can’t be touched again, let alone ever have sex again. However, Luci left her a surprise.

Isla wakes up in Alli’s bathtub. While only short time has happened in the Shadows, it was an endless time in Hell, and Isla was tortured. He’s not quite the same person he was before. That’s OK, Alli isn’t exactly the same person she was before either, and now she’s even more because she’s the queen. She is doing all she can to hold her world together and to rule while she’s falling apart inside. She has Dhur there to help her and to protect and care for her, and now she has Islador who will help her. The problem is she also has Lucifer who likes to pop in now and again and pretty much be a douchelord. All this is making Alli just fall apart inside, which she tries really hard to hide, but not so well.

Meanwhile, Kian is being tortured, until Isla makes a deal with Lucifer, and he is put into a “safe” place for a few months. I don’t know what the agreement was, but it was something. But Luci has his plans for Kian too.

I kinda like and hate Lucifer at the same time. The thing is you can’t trust him further than you can throw him, because hello, Prince of Lies, original Fallen Angel. But, you can trust in the fact that you can’t trust him. It’s hard to know if he is lying or telling the truth, because again, Prince of Lies. But not every word out of his mouth is a lie. It would be easier if it were. He will always tell the truth if it will hurt more, but he may not be telling all the truth, or the absolute truth. And he does it all in such a charming way. Right until his charm fails and his monstrousness shines through.

Kian and Isla try to do their best by Allianna, but it ain’t always possible. And she is strong-willed enough that she’s going to fight hard to find out any secrets that they are keeping from her and keep them from packing her in cotton wool. In fact, I think it would be utterly impossible to pack her away and keep her safe.

The last time I wrote about these characters, I said that Allianna was high up in the tough, kickass heroine list? Well, this book did absolutely nothing to dispell that. She is definitely a kickass heroine, and she is there to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and she ran out of bubble gum a looooooong time ago. I think that anyone who wants to go against her or her kingdom or her family should think about least 15 times, and then reconsider. And then they should probably run far, far, far, far, far away, so she can’t even find out that they were thinking about anything.

Isla and Kian are both good men who dearly love her. And Dhur is more than just a guard or anything else, he is family, and is utterly devoted to the royal family.

I would still kill for a book about Dhur, and I would love to see the next generation.

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OMG, OMG, OMG!!! The baby drama!

And the ultimate solution?

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

Kay Elle Parker-Monsters & Guardians

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, you know that I like the dark side of the pool. Put some noncon in there, and I’m going to jump in with both feet and not worry as to whether or not the pool is too deep for me. So far, it hasn’t been. So, when I heard about Kay Elle Parker’s newest book, Monsters & Guardians, and that it was dark and noncon-y, I said sign me up. I like her Hangman’s Haunt books, so I knew that I liked her reading. M&G is a shifter, reverse harem, dark, noncon, omegaverse-esque romance, with a fucking kickass heroine. That sounds like it could be a whole lot, and it is, but it totally works out well. You can’t take a bit of it out and have the rest of it stand. Now, as a warning, when I say noncon, I mean NONCON. There are a couple of places where it’s damn near brutal, and I will say that the title fits. You have been warned.

So, here’s how this works. Dubhlainn, Finn, Quinn, Malachi, and Cabhan are 5 brothers whose father kicked them out of their pack. Their father was the Alpha of the Galway, Ireland pack. Their family has been ruling that pack for years and years and years, but Fergus doesn’t think that the next generation is up to snuff when it comes to who will be the next Alpha. He thinks his sons are just busy fucking and knotting every female they can and that they do nothing at all. Or at least, that’s what he says. So, he kicks them out and tells them that the first one of them to come back with a bred and bonded mate will be the heir. He doesn’t care if they go out singly or as a bachelor pack, he just wants them to go and go right now.

Two years later, they are in the Western US. Raine is a hunter. She’s in high demand to help with large nuisance animals, to either get them somewhere safe or to get rid of them. But that’s just her day job. Her night job is somewhat similar, but not quite. By night, she hunts down shifters and such. It’s not common knowledge that shifters, vampires, and other things that go bump in the night exist, but she has more experience with them than she would like. So, she’s been chasing down what she’s pretty sure is a pack of wolf shifters because they’ve been killing animals all over the west. Raine also feels like she’s being watched and tracked. It isn’t until she realizes that she’s being herded that she’s being chased by the people she’s chasing. While she’s being chased down, she’s not going to go lightly. She’s going to do what she can to make sure she makes taking her expensive, especially after she hears that they are planning on mating her, and hopefully, she’ll survive it. You see, mortal women and shifters aren’t really necessary all that compatible, especially after wolf shifters try to put their knots all up in there.

Raine does a pretty damn good job at making it really hard on the guys too. I mean, of the 5, she damn near incapacitates 3 of them, and none of them get away without any injury, including nearly gutting Dubhlainn and cutting two of his brothers all the way down to the bone. Quinn carries her away and then she manages to get away from him, mostly by banging him with a stick in the knee. I love the fact that she apologizes to him after she hits him in the knee but before she runs. Finally, they get her back to their house, and to the room that they had prepared for her. Basically the upper floor of a building with a huge bed, a huge wardrobe, a bathtub, and a door that locked her in. And then they tell her that they will wait for her to into heat, because it’s so close, and then they will all get busy.

Raine is definitely in my top 3 heroines. She’s a fucking battle goddess. I mean, she doesn’t make any damn thing easy on the guys, and good for her for that. Frankly, for a lot of it, they really don’t fucking deserve any damn thing to be easy on them. She is dangerous with an axe, a baton, razor blades, knives, guns, and as if that wasn’t enough, she has nails and teeth and she’s never afraid to use them. To top it off, she’s really freaking smart and cunning. She’s also very stubborn, very independent, and will build every single way that she possibly can, and then some. She is bound and determined to fight everything and everyone. I’m pretty sure that she can do it too.

I started off hating Dubh, but, that may have changed a bit. Finn and Quinn seemed like they were the nicest of all the brothers, and I think they kind of were, but I think things happened very badly with those two so it made it really hard for them to relate to Raine in any way. They both felt bad, and they damn well should’ve. I never really liked Malachi or Cabhan.

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OK, what Raine does to Fergus is evil and awesome. Totally evil and extremely fucking awesome. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. No, really.

Too bad the guys didn’t listen to Dubh. Things would’ve been easier, but the story would’ve been much shorter.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Really, go read it. Happy reading!