Amo Jones-Antichrist

OK, if you’ve read the blog for a bit, you know that I like dark and mindfucks. So when I say that this book fucked my mind over but good, trust me. And, boy howdy, is my brain still all in a tizzy over Antichrist. I often joke that I curse the name of the author when I get to the end of a book that just left me wow, but I really did say “WTF, Amo Jones, just fucking fuck you” when I read the last words in this book. My husband just looked at me with his eyebrows raised, since it seemed to come out of nowhere. But yeah.

This book does jump around in time a bit. It starts out 2 years in the future, then jumps back a few years in the past, then we get to the present time. We get flashbacks to the past throughout.

I’m going to start in the past. We start out with Meraki. She is hanging out with the guy she’s kind of dating, Luca, and her best friends, Niko, Cece, who is dating Niko, Ari, Niko’s twin brother, Jer, and Mira. They are all tight, but Meraki and Niko have a special connection. They can’t seem to stay away from each other, even as they are tied to other people. But something terrible happens, and Niko leaves.

Meraki ends up in an open relationship with Luca. We get the idea that it isn’t a perfect relationship, but she says she loves him and he says that he loves her. Meraki has no idea where Niko is. Jer moved away years ago. Ari is gone. She still has her good friends Cece and Mira. She also has her dream dance academy, and she uses it to help underprivileged kids to dance and to go somewhere with their life. Everything seems to be going OK, until all of a sudden it stops. She hears the roar of a motorcycle, and it’s Niko.

Niko, AKA Antichrist, has patched into the Seven Knights MC. He’s been in a different chapter for the last several years, but things have happened that means he has to come, and it’s an open secret that he is going to be the pres of the home chapter. He sees Meraki, and he’s as drawn to her as ever.

There is a lot that happens in this book. And there is a lot that is dark, and some that is very dark. There are some very not nice people in this, and Meraki and Niko both find themselves wrapped up in all kinds of things.

I like Meraki, overall. I think that she is very strong. She has had to be. She is also devious and secretive. I don’t think that she’s a good person or a bad person. She is just a person who is filled with flaws and foibles. It is hard to like or dislike her all the time, especially as the story unfolds and we learn more about her, her past, and her future.

You remember how I said Meraki is devious and secretive? Well, she looks like a neophyte when it comes to Niko. He holds all the secrets in the world and he will weaponize them, if necessary. He is tough to like, but I think that he likes it that way, and purposely makes himself unlikable. He is really interesting though. There is a lot going on in his head most of the time, and you can just see his brain working all the time.

Like I said. I cursed Amo’s name at the end, and if you read it, you will likely curse her too. The book is still in my head, and that ending was just… I still can’t completely define it.

OK, that’s all for this one. If you like dark and twisty, definitely go check this one out. Happy reading!

Nikki Landis-Eternally Mine

If you have been around a while, you might have noticed that I like to read motorcycle club books. And I am basically in love with the Royal Bastards Motorcycle Club books. This is a shared world series, and several of my favorite authors are in the world. Nikki’s books are slightly different to the rest of the RBMC books, because she also brings in a supernatural aspect to the story. Her bikers have a reaper aspect, that lets them deal with the souls of bad guys. Let’s get into Eternally Mine.

So, we start with Ronin, Chris, and Laramie. Ronin and Chris are best friends, and Laramie is Chris’s little sister. Ronin and Chris are old enough to think about prospecting with an MC, and Chris has decided that they should join the Bloody Scorpions, because he fell in love with a woman who is affiliated with the club. Only, that turned out to be a mistake. It had fatal consequences.

Years later, Ronin, now known as Toad, is prospecting with the Tonopah chapter of the RBMC. He learned his lesson about the Scorpions. He’s out for vengeance. He is also watching over Laramie. He promised Chris, and besides, he loves her so much. But, he doesn’t want to get close to her. Toad thinks that she deserves more than his world. Of course, if it stayed that way, this book would be really short, right?

I like Laramie. She has a real spine of steel, I think. She knows what she wants and she has no problem telling people what she wants. When push comes to shove in the story, she stands up and tells everyone what she will be doing, and she refuses to take no for an answer. I think that she is going to be a wonderful addition to the ol’ ladies of the RBMC.

Unlike most of the guys, in this book, Toad really goes back and forth in between being called Ronin and being called Toad. While it’s not necessarily a problem, it did take me a second the first couple of times the name switched, but after that, it wasn’t an issue. I like him a lot. I think that he might be one of my fave Tonopah guys. Him and Azrael. Yeah, that’s about right.

This is really a quick read, so go check it out. Happy reading!

BB Blaque-Southern Ballz

This is the 3rd book in BB’s Royal Bastards MC contribution to the Royal Bastards shared world. Her chapter is in NYC and is called the Rotten Apple. Southern Ballz takes place in Brooklyn, which is the only borough that isn’t part of the Rotten Apple chapter. That’s because it had recently been Malevolent MC territory, and Red Hook, the national prez for the Malevolent has ceeded it over to the RBMC. This is the story of Blitz, who is currently the acting prez for Brooklyn.

Blitz was a Malovent who was traded to the RBMC for FOCUS, who is now a Malevolent. Blitz was in the Marines with FOCUS and Bishop. He has PTSD. He’s done a lot to treat it, but he still is dealing with nightmares and being triggered. Blitz is usually OK now, but only because of all the work he’s put in and all the things he does to control it, like chew gum and make sure that no women spend the night with him. He has a routine that he follows. He wakes up, goes for a run, hits the weights, and then goes to the local VFW for a couple of drinks, and a chance to talk to Ronnie, the sweet waitress there.

Ronnie really looks forward to seeing Blitz when he comes in. She has a thing for him, but she doesn’t know that he has decided that she is too sweet and innocent for him, so he sees her strictly as a friend. That’s OK, Ronnie has a secret that Blitz doesn’t know. She has a rockstar secret identity. As Vixen, she is the bassist and lead singer for a band called Vixen’s Kiss. And they’ve just been booked to play a gig at the RBMC Brooklyn chapter’s open house. She has plans for Blitz.

On the night of the open house, Vixen’s Kiss keeps playing Ballroom Blitz until someone points that out to Blitz and he takes a look at the singer of the band and realizes that Vixen is Ronnie. And let’s just say that serious sparks start to fly.

I grew up with a former Marine who survived the Vietnam War, and one of his experiences is remarkably similar to one of Blitz’s. Dad had PTSD, but it wasn’t really accepted or treated back in the late 60s and 70s the way that it is now, not that the treatment is always all that great. PTSD in a loved one means that everyone is dealing with their PTSD too, and you can end up walking on tiptoe to keep everything calm and to avoid triggering people. It’s a vicious cycle, and what doesn’t trigger a person one day can turn into a massive trigger the next day. It isn’t easy for anyone. I can really feel for Blitz and Vixen and the situation that they are in.

I like Vixen/Ronnie a lot. She has a lot of guts and strength. I do think that she does jump to conclusions a lot, but I get why she does. And really, I’m not sure if conclusions is the right word, really, but she does jump off and does get angry because of certain things. And again, I get it, it’s easier to be mad than scared, and scared would’ve been an appropriate reaction sometimes. Not necessarily THE appropriate reaction but AN appropriate reaction.

I totally get Blitz too, and I have mad respect for him. He has done a lot of work to deal with this PTSD, and he is honorable within the framework of honor for his world. He is really trying to do the best for his guys and for the MC as a whole. That means interacting with a lot of people who don’t know him and may not trust him. Since he came up from GA, South Pole GA to be exact, to Brookly, he is a kinda stranger in a strange land. There is some resentment against him because FOCUS was so loved by everyone. Crucifix seems to be riding his back hard and it’s all really frustrating to Blitz, but that doesn’t mean that he’s going to stop doing everything he can to make his chapter successful and to show everyone he’s a good guy.

This one isn’t as dark as some of BB’s other stories. What darkness there is surrounds Blitz’s PTSD more than anything else. While there are some outside forces at work, I feel like the biggest driving force is handling the PTSD. And that might sound like I’m downplaying everything, but PTSD at the level of Blitz’s and in someone with Blitz’s training can be a hug deal. I think that BB does a really good job of showing the effects of PTSD on everyone involved. It isn’t glamourized, it isn’t downplayed. It is just shown in all its naked truth.

I really enjoyed this book, and I’m really looking forward to the next book. I’m hoping that we get a story about Tarot. Also? I’d love for Tarot and Barely to meet.

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

K. Webster-Dragon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nia Farrell & Claire Marta-Rory

So, hey! I’m back! I had a nice break, watched a lot of TV, read a lot of books, played some games, and got high. Living in the land of legal weed and medical weed delivery is nice. I feel more like myself, and I have more energy than I’ve had in a couple of months. My husband has gotten both his shots, my son and I have both gotten our first shots. I’ve sprinkled wildflower seeds over part of my backyard, outside my kitchen, so I can stare at them while I’m working. And I can order Vanilla Coke from the grocery store again. Now that all that’s been said, let’s talk about today’s book, shall we?

Rory is the first book, sort of, in the 2nd season of Guarded Hearts. We first meet them in the Twisted Steel MC anthology. I haven’t read that story yet, but I just bought it, so I’ll be reading their story sometime today. I think that I was fine without having the backstory, but I think that it will just make things better to have read that.

So, Quake is a member of the Hell’s Fury MC. They are The Order of the Dragon, another cadre of gargoyles. Instead of being artisans and cloistered the way that the last set of gargoyles are, these guys are a motorcycle club. That comes along with a lot of drinking and fucking. The boys visit a strip club/brothel that is full of shifters, so they have a group of women who they aren’t keeping in the dark. One of those women is called Magenta, because of her hair color. She and Quake really hit it off well, and eventually they have some kind of relationship. But, some evil jackal shifters kidnap her and do terrible things. After that, she runs away, while Quake is away. She spent some time in rehab because she couldn’t control her shifting, and she met Sydney there. Sydney became her best friend and together they started a lingerie and sex toy business called Lady Chatterly’s Lover.

It’s now been a year. Rory, AKA Magenta, is living her best life, mostly. She is living with Syd, and her baby Quinn. She still has flashbacks to things that happened, and she still does have security on call, headed up by Guy. She is planning on living for Quinn, and to hell with everything and everyone else. Then Quake shows up. And all of a sudden, her best life ain’t all that great any more. She immediately tells him to leave her alone and calls her security so that she can be protected.

Quake is in New York with some of his brother, visiting the Order of the Phoenix when all hell breaks loose. In the wake of that, he discovers where Rory is working and goes to see her. He’s shocked to find out that she wants to have nothing to do with him. He follows her to her house and finds out that there is a man and another woman there, along with a baby. He figures that the kid is the child of the woman holding him, which would be Sydney, and that the man is the baby daddy, that would be Guy. With that “evidence” in front of his face, he decides that Rory is in some kind of triad with those two.

They manage to stay apart for a while, right up until Quinn gets kidnapped by the trusted nanny. Quake steps in with his brothers to help find Quinn.

I like Quake, but sometimes I want to just knock his head into a wall because he’s being a stupid asshole. I know that he’s trying to do his best, and he’s trying to be a good man, which he is, I think, but he just lets his assumptions get the better of him. Because he lets that happen, he sometimes makes some really huge mistakes, which is when I want to just smack him and tell him to stop, look, and use his brain. He really is a good guy. He has such a good heart, and we get to see it over and over in this. He is really loyal to his friends and his family. He’s also really strong and is willing to stand up for a lot of people.

Rory is remarkable. She has overcome a whole lot and has managed to put herself back together and build herself up. She is really strong, she’s a loving mother, and she’s a good friend. I really like her. I really admire her and think that she deserves all the good things.

I am seriously mad at Sydney and Guy. They can just fix themselves.

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

B B Blaque-Crucifixed

This is the newest Royal Bastards MC book. It’s the second one in the New York chapter. Crucifix, the male main character in this one, is a good balance to FOCUS, who was the main male character in the first book. So, let’s talk about Crucifixed, shall we?

Giovani grew up in a Catholic orphanage. While he was there, he met a lovely girl named Fiona. He and Fiona became close. Very close. He was going to be a priest, she was going to be a nun. Then Giovani got kicked out of the situation, and eventually found the RBMC and became Crucifix. He still likes to hear confessions, but he orders much different penance to those who come to him for confession. Generally it involves blowjobs and his belt. He is relatively happy, except for one thing. When he left, his Fiona, his Snaps, didn’t come with him, she went on to the convent. But every now and again, she comes to confess with Crucifix. They both get their fix from it, but the problem is, it’s hurting them both. It tears them up because they both have feelings for each other, but they can’t stay together because Fiona refuses to leave the convent.

Most of the book is from Crucifix’s POV. We get to learn a lot about him. I think that he is an intense man. I think that it’s important in this story that he’s the one who we see the most of, because it’s really his pain and rage that push the story. That’s not to say that Fiona doesn’t have some of her own, and she does, but they just don’t compare with the hurt that Crucifix has. And knowing his backstory, I don’t blame him for being angry and hurt af. I totally would’ve been too.

This isn’t as intense as some of BB’s other books, but even though the Masters and the RBMC exist in the same world, they have very different intensity needs, and very different paths. I mean, I’m not saying that the book isn’t intense, because it totally is, but it’s a different kind of intense, and a different kind of darkness. Of course, any book where the Bishop shows up has dark and intense in it.

I’m looking forward to seeing where Crucifix and Fi go if we get to see them in any other RBMC books that BB writes.

Nothing under the pic today. Go check it out! Happy reading!

2020 Top MC Books

I didn’t read as many MC books last year as I have in other years, which kind of surprises me, but I looked at the books I shelved on GR last year, and there was the proof, right there. Who am I to doubt GR? So, instead of a 2 part list, I’m just going to have a 1 part list that will have some of my top motorcycle books of last year.

BB Blaque-GFY

This is the 4th book in BB’s Masters MC series, and is where the Masters truly turn into the Malevolent. (my review) I love Colt and Tuesday, and Kash and Barely, and I have felt their journies so much. There were parts that were terrible and painful, and parts that were just so incredibly powerful. Plus, we get some of the hottest MMf sex with Kash, Barely, and Sundown. I love these books.

Ker Dukey-Rage

I love Ker Dukey. She has collabed with K Webster many times, and is a fantastic writer. This one was her second book in the RBMC shared world books. (My review) Rage earned his name because he was so full of rage after his wife died. This book covers a few years, and there are a lot of twists and turns. I thought that Ker put everyone through hell in this one.

OK, that’s all for this list. I know it’s a short one, but that’s the way that it goes sometimes.

Top MM Books of 2020 Pt. 2

OK, we’re back with the second part of my best MM books of 2020. I have 2 books and 1 series of 6 books on this part of the list. And yeah, the entire series belongs on this list. It’s amazing. Remember, these are in no particular order. So, let’s get to it, shall we?

Nikole Knight-Fire & Brimstone Scrolls

When I first got the ARC for Revelations, the first book, it said that it was a RH, but I think that it is more like a poly series instead. It’s 4 guys, Riley, Noel, Jairus, and Gideon. Well, it’s Riley and his 3 guardian angels, but it turns into a relationship. It’s a slow burn series, and I mean seriously slow burn. I don’t think that there is any sex stuff until late in the 2nd book, and normally I’m not a fan of such a slow burn, but the story in this one really dragged me in. It is an intense series, with a lot of horrible things that happen to the main characters, and I mean terrible, terrible, terrible things. There are discussions of previous abuse and sexual assault. The series totally broke my heart at times, but the end totally made it worth everything. Honestly, I can’t even say how much I love this series. One really awesome thing is that we get a character is on the asexual spectrum, and we get to see how the relationship works there.

Gianni Holmes-Fable’s Foes

This is a gay MC Daddy poly book, with age play. Yeah. It may sound like something that shouldn’t work. I mean, you jam all kinds of tropes into one book, and it could get messy. And I’ve seen it happen. But it didn’t here. We have Fable, who is a Little, and who has to hide himself for so many reasons. Then he gets kidnapped. He gets rescued by bikers, because they were there to rescue someone else. Booker and Zak are two of the bikers, and they had been in a relationship of sorts, but they aren’t so much right now. But they are all attracted to each other. Part of the reason I like this one is that we get to see a main character who has something called Klinefelter syndrome, which gives him XXY instead of XY. He’s not trans, but he does have certain issues that go with it, and we get to see the effects of his disorder on his sex life.

Susan Hawke-Rules to Ignore

This is the 7th and last book in Susi’s Davey’s Rules series, and it’s Davey’s story. We kept waiting for this one to come out and it was well worth the wait. The whole series is a Daddy series, and the rules part comes from the rules that Davey sets for his Daddy. I think by the end of book 6, there are 90 some rules. Then we get to Davey’s book, and everything changes. We get to see Davey learning a lot more about himself than he had in the past, in a good way. We also get to see a non-traditional Daddy/boy relationship, and one that is pretty awesome.

OK, that’s my top MM books of last year. Stay tuned for the next list. I think it might be motorcycle club books.

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Winter Travers-Six-Gun

I’ve read several other of Winter’s MC books, so I was looking forward to seeing how she handled the RBMC. I mised her first book, so I’m going to have to go back and read it, especially after reading Six-Gun. The RBMC books go from really dark to light-ish. This one is more toward the light-ish side of the line. I mean, there’s still darkness going on, it is a MC book after all, but not as much as some others. So, let’s talk about this one, shall we? Now, I will say that there are some things that they talk about in this book that happened in the first book, so I am missing bits of the story, but not enough that it ruined my enjoyment of this one.

We start with Memphis. She has been staying with the Sacramento chapter of the RBMC because they rescued her from a terrible situation. Now she’s working as a bartender at a bar that the club owns. She goes from the clubhouse to the bar and back, and doesn’t do much else other than that, for lots of reasons. Six-Gun, one of the members, takes her back and forth to the club, and not only that, he stays there the whole time, staring at her. All Memphis can do is to ignore him and just pretend he doesn’t exist. It doesn’t always work, but she still tries.

Six-Gun (who Memphis eventually calls Six, so that’s what I’m going to call him from now on) is attracted to her, but it’s not just because of how pretty she is, because she is, but it’s also because of who she is. Before she was rescued, bad things happened, and after she got rescued, she stayed in her room for quite a while, and would cry and have nightmares. Six would sit outside her door all night, every night, in case she wanted to talk and in case she needed someone. Now he can’t stay away from her, but he’s willing to wait for her, no matter what.

I really like Six. He really pays attention to Memphis and what she wants, likes, and dislikes. He also is more than willing to wait to go at Memphis’ pace. I really like that he gives her that safe place and that space. It can’t necessarily be easy for him, because I think that he’s going to be so much more a man of action than someone who wants to sit back and just wait. Of course, that might actually be doing something, since he makes sure that Memphis knows that she’s in charge. Either way, I think that he was really good.

I also like Memphis. I think that she was really strong, and I like her discussion with her boss about finding herself again, and how her boss went through some shit. Finding yourself again after bad things have happened isn’t necessarily easy, and you may never again find the person you were before, but you can find bits of that person and bring them back.

Anyway, I could almost call this book comfortable and cozy, just because of the way that Memphis and Six interact, but of course, it isn’t really, I mean, MC book, right? But it is good, and I enjoyed it a lot. I enjoyed it enough that I will continue to read her RBMC books.

OK, that’s all for this one today, and nothing under the picture today. Go check out the book, as well as all of Winter’s other books. If you like hilarious women, go check out Alice in Winter’s Fallen Lords books. Trust me, she’s so much fun.

Nicole James-Club Princess

Nicole has given us a new RBMC book. I love this shared world. I like that each of the authors works within the same framework, but within that framework, we get a different take. We have some dark, we have some paranormal, we have some lighter. Club Princess is toward the lighter end of the scale. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not light, it’s just lighter than some of the others.

So, we have Lola. She truly is the princess of the Durango CO chapter. Her dad Rock is the Prez. He has scared every member of the chapter away from her, not that it stops Lola from trying. She really keeps trying. She’s also trying to get a hot muscle car that one of the brothers is holding for her. She heads out to the bank to get her money so she can get her car, and it turns out that her brother has stolen $14K from her. So, now she has to find him. And oddly, she finds out that he’s in New Orleans, but only because a friend happened to see him. She’s going to go get her money back.

Well, as you may be able to guess, when Rock finds out that Lola is gone, he gets a little, well, cranky. First, he bangs into the rooms of each of the brothers in the clubhouse, catching a few in flagrante delicto (luckily for them, none of them were with Lola), then he tracks her cell phone and discovers that she’s in New Orleans. So he calls a nomad named Memphis, who happens to be in the area.

Memphs has itchy feet. He doesn’t want to settle down. He likes living on the road as a nomad. He gets to belong to the club and have his brothers, but he doesn’t have to stay in one place. As a nomad, he’s able to take on all kinds of jobs. And when Rock calls him to bring back the wayward Lola, off he goes. He eventually catches up with Lola just as she’s getting kicked out of a truck on the side of the road, grabs her, and then heads back out to Colorado with her.

I think that Lola is brave and fiesty. I also think that she takes a lot of stuff on her shoulder that she shouldn’t have to. She shouldn’t have to try to pull her father and her brother together, but I get where she might feel like she has to. They are both idiots with hard heads, and I think that they probably butt heads a whole lot.

Memphis is a good guy, well, within his moral standards. I think that he’s an idiot at times, and he doesn’t want to try and see past living on the road. I think that being a nomad was a lot easier for him because he didn’t have to deal with anything. Then Lola came, and well, messy feelings.

OK, that’s all for this one today. Nothing under the pic on this one either. Go check it out! Happy reading!

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