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!

 

Sorcha Black-The Sharp Edge of Bliss

So, Sorcha Black is back. And she’s back in spectacular style with The Sharp Edge of Bliss. Sorcha classifies this as an enemy to lovers book, and it’s MMF. I’ll definitely agree to the MMF, but I’m not quite as sure on the enemy to lovers. I’m going to say that it’s probably the closest description, so I guess I’ll agree.

Here’s our story. Star is a young woman whose uncle uses her as payment. If he owes someone money or a favor, Star is going to pay it back. She’s been doing this for more years than she should’ve ought’ve been, but her uncle basically owns her and she has to pay him back for everything she owes him.

Today, she’s being dropped off in front of Mr. Rathburn’s house. She’s not sure how long she’s going to be there, she just knows that her uncle told her that Rathburn is her boss right now, and she has to do whatever he says. So, she walks into his office, expects that she’s about to be told to strip off, but she’s in for a huge surprise. Rathburn tells his associate, Otis, to go get the boy.

In walks an angel, or at least someone who looks like an angel, Blaise. Star is told that she’s there for him, and whatever he wants her to do, she will. Only, Blaise isn’t happy. He doesn’t want her, he wants Rathburn. But that’s not happening. Nope, Star’s there to make him happy, no matter what Blaise really wants. Rathburn has spoken, and really, don’t fuck with Avery Rathburn. You will not like the results.

This story is all told from Star’s POV. I don’t think that it would’ve worked if we went back and forth in perspectives. I think her innocence (which yeah, I know it’s odd to call a sex worker innocent, but she really has this whole childlike innocence going on) and naivete really let us see Blaise and Avery the way that they really are. She sees things that they don’t see about themselves. She’s also had to learn how to read people, for her own safety, and that gives her more insight too. I think that for as worldly and experienced Blaise and Avery are, Star is better at reading people than they are.

I would periodically get angry at Blaise and Avery because they would just assume that Star would know or understand something, even though she kept telling them that she didn’t quite get whatever. They just didn’t have the same experience set that she had, and it’s hard to understand her experiences when it’s not anything that they’ve ever had to deal with. I mean, they do try, but they just don’t quite get it, and it’s frustrating to me.

I really enjoyed watching Star grow into her power and become the strong person that she is.

I love Sorcha, and I love the way that she writes MMF. I’m going to have to go read about Sev again this weekend.

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I was happy with what Star did to some unpleasant people.

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

Dani Rene-Vice

I’ve been waiting for Oliver’s story from the very first second I met him way back in book one. Dani was so mean, making us wait all the way to book 7 and Vice so that we could get his story.

Oliver trains subs but never takes one permanently. He never wants to have his own sub. He’s perfectly happy to train subs and play sadist to happy little masochists. There are two that he’s been watching, Chase and Cayleigh. Chase is Peyton’s brother and Cayleigh is Carrick’s sister. And considering that Peyton and Carrick are married, it’s a very tight group. Chase is a switch, wanting to submit to Oliver but dominate Cayleigh, so it seems like a match made in heaven. But if it were that easy, it wouldn’t be a Dani Rene book. There’s a whole lot more going on here, almost all of it having to do with Oliver.

I like Oliver, overall, but there were some times in this book that I really, really, really, really didn’t like him. There were some times when I thought that he was doing things for the wrong reason. I understand finding a release in doing certain things in a certain way, but sometimes it didn’t feel like that was what he was doing. It made me feel really uncomfortable and made me question Oliver. Of course, that’s what makes Oliver such a layered character and shows the genius of Dani. I think it must be hard for an author to make a character who is so deeply flawed, and so human in such a real way. And that’s totally Oliver. We’ve seen him in the other books, and he’s always shown one particular aspect of his personality, but we also get glimpses of the man under the facade. Think about how he helps people out, which might seem to be out of character for a sadist who doesn’t love people and doesn’t want a permanent relationship. But that’s just part of the contradiction and enigma that Oliver is for me.

Chase is fierce, and fiercely loyal and loving. He knows what he wants, and he’s willing to go out and fight for it. He also knows his worth and what he is and isn’t willing to put up with. Good for him for that. That’s something that not all people ever figure out. He’s also smart and determined. I really like him. There really isn’t anything about him that I don’t like.

Vice is the end of this particular series. I’m really looking forward to what happens next, because I have a rather strong feeling that Dani is not done with these characters and this world.

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Even down here, I’m not going to talk about what made me feel somewhat uncomfortable with what Oliver was doing at times. I don’t want to influence anyone else’s feelings on it, but feel free to message about it and I’ll tell you.

OK, go check out the entire Sins of Seven series, and fall in love with everyone. Happy reading!

K. Webster-The Glue

You know how I am when it comes to K. Webster. If it has her name on it, I will read it. I love all the worlds she creates. One of my favorites to visits and revisit is Taboo Town. And that’s where The Glue takes place.

As a reminder, these little taboo treats aren’t necessarily in any kind of order, and you can read them in any order you want to, but in this case, you are definitely going to want to read Lawn Boys before you read this one. The back of the book shows which order they were written in. And all of the characters are wound through the entire series, so you see Aiden in LB and Mr. Blakely. It’s a tiny town, and everyone knows everyone else and has their nose in everyone else’s business. My first peek into this world was Preach, which is now called Easton. And he shows up in this one too.

So here’s our story today. Aiden is 18 and in college. He’s also just about to start his job at a local coffee shop. One day, he’s drifting off through macroeconomics, texting his twin brother Anthony (from Lawn Boys), and his professor, Vaughn, notices and yells at him and wants to meet him later. Aiden is hot for teacher, because teach is hot. Then Aiden has to rush to work at his new job, where he meets Vale, and has lots of conversation heavy on innuendo. She is on a call asking someone who he’s planning on staying late with, it’s a woman isn’t it? She and Aiden do their stuff, including talking about making the business more successful, and he realizes he’s running late to his appointment with Vaughn. When he gets to Vaughn’s office, he’s on the phone talking to someone about it not being a woman he’s meeting with.

Are you catching the trend here? Yup, if you guessed it, you probably guessed it right. Aiden is attracted to both of them, they are both attracted to him. It’s a trio made in K. Webster heaven.

This is the first of the Taboo Town books to deal with a poly relationship, and it’s an MMF relationship as well. I love MMF, you don’t just see enough of it in various stories, so when it shows up and shows up done well, I’m always happy. K did it well, and I really wanted to do a happy dance, because, well, two hot guys sharing themselves with a hot chick? What’s not to happy dance about? Altogether, it’s a great story. I’m so happy for Aiden to get a story where he gets to be the star and gets to be happy. I’m thinking it’s getting close to being Dane’s turn though. He’s in everyone’s story.

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Hmmm, not too many spoilers for down here, really. I do love all the epilogues and seeing Vale, Vaughn, and Aiden all happy. They all deserve to be happy, and to be happy with their family, even if it is 2 sets of twins. Can you imagine? Two sets of twins that close in age? Yikes.

OK, go check it out, as well as all the other taboo treat stories. You’ll love them. Happy reading!