Jennifer Bene & Yolanda Olson-Scorched

Yolanda gave us the original Inferno books, and really, they are excellently disturbing books. She opened up the world to a whole lot of authors, which is what has given us the second round of Inferno World books. And she has teamed up with Jennifer to give us Scorched. Now, you have to be familiar with the Inferno books to understand everything that is going on in this one. At the very, very least you should read Burned before this one, but I personally recommend going back to the beginning and reading the original Inferno series, which is Sparks, Inferno, Cinere, and Embers. Do be aware that these are all dark, twisted, taboo, and all fucked up, so if you don’t like those things, these are not the books for you. However, I do like all those things, so here we go.

Scorched focuses on two groups of people. We have Richter and Skylar, and then we have Bryden and his bounteous brood.

Richter is fixated on making sure that Skylar is a good wife to him and to finding his sister Cleo. Their father took her away many years ago, and he wants to find her. He wants to bring her back home so he can love her the way that he should. It’s just been him and Skylar since the old man died, like 10 years ago. And it’s not like they are very old, early 20s, so they have been dealing with life on their own for a long time and from a young age. Richter finally finds out where his sister is and goes to bring her home, but he finds a huge surprise instead.

What he finds is Bryden, his much older brother. Their father dropped Cleo off at his house years ago and told him to raise her, which he did. Cleo has settled into the family, including calling Bryden Daddy and loving everyone equally. When Richter shows up, she’s upset because she doesn’t recognize him and he’s very aggressive and wants to take her away. Bryden’s house is relatively calm, he doesn’t allow hitting, yelling, disrespect, or any of that kind of stuff, so Richter’s aggressiveness is offputting, at the very least.

Bryden runs his house and his family based on what his father laid out, but he does it with love. His house seems much more friendly than his father ever had a hand in, and everyone truly does seem to love each other.

I want to say that this is one of the biggest mindfucks I’ve ever read, but I think that goes without saying. And considering some of Yolanda’s books have been mindfucks from the very, very, very first word, that’s gotta be saying something.

I both like and vehemently dislike Richter. Don’t ask me how it works, because, well, it does. I think he’s trying very hard to live up to the standards that his dad set up, but it just isn’t there. I think that the dad in his head is both better and worse than the real man had been. So I felt sorry for him for that. But he had choices he could make.

Bryden was really interesting, and I think that I liked him, mostly. He seems like such a kind and loving man.

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Family Meeting!

And that last chapter totally broke me.

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

 

K Webster-The Free

OK, you all know how I review K’s taboo treats because I love them? Well, I love her even more fucking taboo books. And yeah, this is totally one of them. The Free is the sequel-ish to The Wild, which lasted on Amazon for about a minute before it got banned. If you want to read it, you have to go to Eden Books or K’s website to get it. With The Free, she didn’t even try with the Zon. Trust me, they would’ve totally banned it. But, this is what Eden Books is perfect for. Anyhow, back to the taboo book.

So, we have Eve, a young woman who is wandering around in the Alaskan wilderness. Her family were all off the grid, I mean, way off the grid, and they are all dead of various things, except for Eve. She has very little contact with anyone except for Reed and Devon, from The Wild, and their friend Atticus, who has been watching out over her for years and gives her fruit. One day, she comes to Reed and Devon’s house, barely alive. She’s been attacked by a bear. Luckily, Atticus is there, and he ends up taking her to his house, which is more on the grid to help fight the infections. He lives in between the town and the wild, which works better than if they were to try to take her to the hospital.

 

I really like Eve. I always have. I think that she’s strong, fierce, and not to be fucked with. She will straight out cut a bitch. When she tells you to look away, you really should. She has absolutely no social awareness, but the majority of her life has been with her family and living feral in the bush of Alaska, so there should be no surprise at all that she can’t people well. But she’s very smart, in my opinion, and quite canny. She might not be able to people well, but she knows what she needs to survive, and she’s managed to survive quite well up to this point, well, bear gashes notwithstanding. I like how Eve really is able to take care of herself and fight for what she needs.

Atticus. Well, him I have mixed feelings about. I think that he’s a little judgey mcjudgerson in the first book. Which made me think that he was a little hypocritical at times, but only at times. I think that he mostly just needs to get out of his way, and when he stops overthinking and stops getting in his own way, he isn’t.

No spoilers, but check under the pic for content warning. Not saying what the taboo is, though.

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CW: Memories of prior abuse.

K Webster-Dr. Dan

K is back to her taboo town, which means we get a great story as well as some super sexiness. I think, though, that Dr. Dan is the most intense of all the taboo treats. As always, this is a standalone, but it is interconnected with several of the other books. You don’t have to have read them all to read and enjoy this one, but you will probably get more enjoyment out of it if you do.

So, here’s the story. Lauren is 18 and trying to finish off her last year of high school. The problem is that she’s also sick, even though she’s trying really hard to deny it. She tells everyone that she has period pain, or something else, but doesn’t really ever say it’s something more serious. She’s living in a land of denial because her mother died a couple of years ago, so she’s afraid that she’s going to die if she ever finds out what is wrong.

Enter Dr. Dan, or Dr. DumDum, a drop dead daddy of a doctor. He works in the local ER, and when Lauren comes in to get treated, there’s just something about her that he’s drawn to. There’s something just so vulnerable and yet so brash about her that is enticing. He wants to do what he can to make her feel better, but she refuses to acknowledge that there’s a problem. That doesn’t stop Dan though.

Lauren’s journey is what makes this one so intense, in my opinion. Each of the stories has something that causes some drama or tension in the story, but none of them are quite like this one. I really felt for Lauren. I get being scared like that. I think that we all do, to one extent or another. We don’t want to face what’s happening because if we face it and acknowledge it, we have to deal with it, and that’s just scary as fuck, you know? It’s better to live in denial, even if it isn’t really. But if you live in denial, the bad thing is never going to happen.

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I love Daniel and Lauren’s family. And root beer floats.

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

 

Danielle James & K Webster-Like Dragonflies

Don’t bother going to Amazon for this one, my darlings, because you won’t find it there. It doesn’t exist on Amazon, because K and Danielle are taking advantage of a new romance store called Eden Books. Eden Books is really set up for the romance community as a whole, both readers and authors. It’s a great way indie authors to get exactly what they want out to their fans without worrying about what anyone else is going to think. It doesn’t matter what kind of romance you write or read, it’s pretty easy to find it on Eden Books. It’s just getting started, but there is quite a good selection there already. I supported its Kickstarter, and I am seriously excited about this.

Anyway, back to Like Dragonflies. The reason that this book went on Eden is because the book is taboo. There is pretty much no way ever that Amazon or any of the other book sites would take this one. I personally think that KWeb likes to thumb her nose at Amazon, so I’m glad that there is another place to get the taboo stories that she likes to write. But, taboo or not, it’s a fantastic story. It’s gripping and engrossing, and heartwrenching. I was drawn in and just couldn’t put it down at all.

So, the basic story is this, we have Sage who is the good girl from the right side of the tracks whose parents have given her everything. We also have Mars, the boy from so far on the wrong side of the tracks that he can’t see the tracks. His dad is a drunk and his mother died of an OD. He wants to get out the dead end world that he has found himself in, so he’s working pretty much every hour that he can and going to college.

Sage is going to college too, and it’s pretty much the only time she’s ever away from her overbearing mother. Mommy Dearest is very much the society lady. She lunches, she throws charity events, she goes places to Be Seen, and she makes Sage go with her. Sage hates them. She’d rather be in a pair of jeans and a concert tshirt painting in her room. Her beloved dad made sure that she had space and the supplies so that she could paint, and that’s the only time she doesn’t feel like a stone wall is crushing her. Then, she meets Mars at her favorite coffee shop, where he’s just gotten a job, is incredibly friendly, and he makes a dragonfly in the foam of her drink. And thus is born the theme of this story.

This was an amazing book. Seriously, it really just smacked me upside the head. I couldn’t get away from it at all. I felt like there was something so sacred and spiritual in the love between Mars and Sage. It’s truly beautiful, and something that deserves to be celebrated. I loved how they interacted and how they truly brought each other to life in a way that no one else ever had.

The story was heart wrenching and gutted me more than once. I couldn’t leave it alone and I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t get it out of my mind for a couple of days. Mars and Sage were so real and so rich and so nuanced to me. Their story left me feeling fulfilled through everything that happened. Truly, just wonderful.

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I love Sage’s dad and how he supports and loves Sage, no matter what. I don’t know why he stays with Sage’s mom, because she was just a nasty piece of work from the very beginning. I never liked her. And I liked her even less as the book went on.

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

K Webster-Red Hot Winter

Well, K really does know how to help us get through the late winter blues and warm us up with a nice Red Hot Winter. This story originally appeared on the Read Me Romance podcast, where you can hear a new romance novella weekly. But then K added to it and filled it out a little more.

This is one of the Taboo Treats, so we’re back in my favorite town. I mean seriously, Taboo Town is filthy af. There are all kinds of secret affairs and assignations going on, and pretty much everyone is getting it on all the damn time. All of Taboo Treats are interconnected. They can all be read as standalones and you aren’t going to miss anything if you haven’t read any of the others. You will see the same events from more than one point of view because of the interconnectedness. There is no wrong order to read these books in, but K does offer a reading order, if you feel you need one. I personally just read them as they come out, and that works for me.

August was betrayed by his wife and his best friend. Those two ended up together, and may they just rot in Hell. Of course, that means that his daughter Callie is now her best friend Winter’s stepsister. Callie’s mom is all sweet as sugar to her, but makes the wicked stepmother in Cinderella look all warm and fuzzy when it comes to Winter. And the bitch is leading Winter’s dad by his dick, so he always sides with her, which ends up with him kicking Winter out of the house. Callie begs her dad to let Winter stay with him so that she has somewhere to live. August is all for it. He’s going to get his revenge on her father by making her life a living hell. I think that August may have a problem with holding a grudge since the divorce happened a couple of years ago.

I love Winter. She’s all sass and fire. She knows what she wants in her life and she’s willing to work really hard to get there. However, that doesn’t mean that she isn’t hurting too. For as sassy and firey as she is, she’s also got a gushy, marshmellowy center that is vulnerable. It’s a lot easier to have that attitude and anger and sass than it is to show that you might be hurting or that you actually do care what other people think of you or that you are vulnerable.

August can be a huge dick. I’m pretty sure he has a huge dick too, but that’s a different discussion altogether. I think that he was pretty happy to hold his anger close to his heart and cuddle it and let it fester. I’m not saying that he doesn’t have a perfect right to be bitter. I mean, after all, his best friend and his wife were fucking and then got married. I’d be pretty damn bitter, but I think he was happy to be bitter. Again, it’s easy to fall into that bitter place. Bitterness and anger are really easy emotions. It takes work to get past those things.

I’m looking forward to the next story, which I hope  is going to be Lauren, who we see a lot of in this story. I know that her story is going to be as good as all the rest of her books.

That’s all I have to say today. Go check out the book, and all the rest of the Taboo Treats. Happy reading!

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K. Webster-Enzo

Welcome back to K. Webster’s Taboo Town, population: Me. Today we’re getting to know the latest citizens of TT in Enzo.

This book is the story of Enzo, Jenna, and baby Cora. Jenna is a foster child after her mother abandoned her. She’s grown up in the system, and she’s grown up quick. She’s spent most of her 16 years in the foster system bouncing from house to house until her current foster parents bring in a banshee baby in to foster. They foisted her off on Jenna, and then decided they were getting out of the foster parent biz, but not before Jenna and baby Cora bonded tightly. Two years later, Cora and Jenna have still been bounced all over the place, but they are always together, but Jenna is about to age out of the system, and she’s planning on adopting Cora, no matter what anyone else says.

Lorenzo, AKA Enzo, is the caseworker who has just taken over Cora and Jenna’s cases. He’s drawn to Jenna, but she’s underage and one of his kids, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to help her as much as possible. Enzo knows how hard it is to be a foster child, because he was in the system too. He keeps telling Jenna to hang on, until he realizes it’s better to tell her to don’t drown and then figure out how to help her.

I love these little Taboo Treats. The stories are quick and dirty. If you only have a little bit of time to sit down and read, they can be the perfect fix for that. They are also all interconnected with each other, but you can read them as a standalone if you want. K. lists her suggested reading order, but if you don’t read them in that order, it doesn’t really matter. I’ve read them all as they’ve come out chronologically, and you don’t always realize where the book is in relation to the other books. Does that make sense? Makes sense to me.

Anyway, there are some scenes here that we’ve seen in other books, but I liked seeing them through Jenna and/or Enzo’s eyes because it brought a new depth to the scene and enhanced the story to know that I’ve seen this bit somewhere else in someone else’s story.

I do love Jenna. She’s such a tough cookie. She’s so strong, but still has a wonderful soft center. She’s loyal and loving and she’s super fierce. She will be a force to be reckoned with. Enzo is a good man. He has very good reasons why he’s doing the work that he does, and I think it makes him more invested in the situation because he’s BTDT. He really cares.

On a sidenote, my son had wicked ear infections when he was little, and has had 2 sets of tubes. He had a speech delay because of how bad his ears were, so I so felt for Jenna and Cora every time she got sick.

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OK, well, the one point I really wanted to say that I liked and thought was really awesome was more spoilery than I wanted to put, so I’m not going to say anything other than I really liked that part.

It was nice seeing Sophia from Crybaby and seeing her all sassy. I love that she and Jenna became friends, because they both need it.

OK, that’s all I have to o say bout this one. Go check out all the Taboo Treats. 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!

K. Webster-Coach Long

K. Webster, that dreamy, delicious deviant, has once again invited us to join her party bus straight to Taboo Town. Today, we’re off to visit Coach Long and his favorite track star, River. I love all these little taboo treats that K gives us. I own all of them and reread them. I recommend them to anyone who likes hot and steamy with a little dose of taboo. If you want a big dose of taboo, I have a couple of other of K’s books I can recommend.

River is new to the school. She was in trouble in her last school, and in trouble enough that her family actually left the city they were in and move to a new town. So now, in her senior year of high school, at the age of 18, she’s starting over again. That has to really suck being 18 and having to start over like that. One thing she really wants to do is run track, specifically, she wants to do the hurdles. When her guidance counselor brings her out to Coach Long, he’s grumpy, and River things it’s about her, when it really isn’t. Then she starts stretching, like “a stripper”, and all of a sudden, everyone is paying attention to her.

Everett Long is having a shitty day. In fact, he’s had a shitty few months. The woman he was engaged to left him because she was fucking another man. One he thought was a friend. One he has to see daily, because he works with him. The guidance counselor at his high school, Mr. Polk. When he sees Polk coming with this tiny young woman who has pink and purple streaks through her hair, he gets pissed off at Polk for a couple of reasons, one is that Polk stole his fiancee. The other is that he has his hands on a student. That just pisses him right the fuck off. River is mouthy to him and tells him that he’s a bully. That’s OK, he calls her a brat, as well as Emo, because she has a funky personal style.

This is a short one, even when it comes to K’s taboo treats. Those books tend to be shorter anyway, but this is one that I really wished would’ve gone on longer. I wanted more to Long and River’s story. I’m not going to complain though, because I always love to get whatever I can of her books, so it’s all good. Like all of these books, this one is a standalone, but if you are familiar with the other books, you will see some familiar faces. There are lots of really sexy things that happen in this book, because yeah, it’s a K. Webster book. Let’s just say that I will never, ever look at a whistle in the same way again.

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Yeah, trust me on that whistle scene. It is so totally and deliciously perverse and deviant, but one of those oh damn moments in a book where you know that you won’t forget that particular scene.

And Polk. Ugh. Too bad they pulled Long off of him as soon as they did. He totally deserved to have his face bashed in so very, very, very hard. And that’s not even counting what he did to Coach’s condoms. He was scum. Scum, scum, scummy scum.

That’s all I have to say on this one. I always suggest that people check out K. Webster books, and this one is no different. Happy reading!

Sunniva Dee-Regretfully Yours

Sunniva Dee is another new author for me, not just for the blog. And, before we get to anything, can I just say how awesome I think the name Sunniva is? Very, very awesome. Anyhow, back to the book, Regretfully Yours.

Silvina is out at a club with her bio partner, John, and watching the bane of her existence, Gioele, on the dance floor. When John touches her after buying her a drink, Gioele rushes over and beats John down, and then takes Silvina home. Silvina and Gioele have a lot of history together. They’ve always been really tight, with an incredibly tight bond. As teenagers, that bond went from very close to romantically close. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem, except for one small, little, tiny fact. They are cousins. The family caught them when they were 16 and 17 and did everything they can to scare them into not being in love anymore. The problem is that it didn’t work out as well as they might’ve liked. While Silvina and Gioele worked hard to maintain some kind of distance, they still have that incredibly tight bond. When she moved to San Francisco to go to college, Gioele followed her.

Silvina tries to separate out her life from Gioele as much as possible, wanting to date and find other men to date. Gioele tries to listen to her, but he knows that she’s the only one for him. She’s his Ina mia. He wants no one other than her, no matter what.

And oh, there’s one more tiny little thing that can affect Silvina and Gioele. They aren’t just cousins, they are also the prince and princess of a huge mob family. Generally, that’s not a huge problem, but Gioele’s father is the head of the family, and he isn’t necessarily as sane as one could hope. That means he occasionally takes turns up the cold war between his family and another family and makes it a hot war. Just like he’s about to do any.second.now.

There’s also the fact that Gioele decides he’s going to do porn, but his brother won’t let him do it at his studio, so he goes to the competitor and films an audition reel. That shit never, ever, ever turns around and bites someone in the ass.

OK, this book was different to what I expected. I expected something darker than this. It had its dark points, and some really shitty things happen in it, but overall, it’s not that dark. I do love how much Gioele takes care of Silvina, and I love his name for her, Ina mia, my Ina. It’s such a sweet, intimate name to call the person who owns your heart. The book, for all the dark parts to it, is overall sweet, and is really good. I enjoyed every word of it, and my heart was light at the end of it.

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I didn’t see the bad guy being who he was, but damn if he didn’t just go way into I’m a crazy land. The parental unit of the bad guy wasn’t far off either. I mean, they were a pair of co-dependent nutbags.

That’s all I have to say on this one. Hit up the Zon on go check it out. Happy reading!

K. Webster-Pearson

I’m sure by now you are all oh so surprised when I have a new K. Webster book on the blog. I just listen for a hint that she’s going to have a book out and then sign up for everything I can. There’s another one coming up not too long from now, too. Just enjoy the twisted mind that is K. Webster. I know I do.

Pearson is part of a 4 book set written by JD Hollyfield, Dani Rene, K. Webster, and Ker Dukey. Each book can be read as a standalone, but they are all interconnected and the characters all show up in the different books. So far, Pearson is the only one I’ve read. I have JD Hollyfield’s and Dani Rene’s, and I’ll have Ker Dukey’s when it comes out next week, so I’ll be reading them all in order, back-to-back. Oh darn, I’ll have to reread Pearson. Damn.

The very first thing you are going to see when you open this book is K’s warning. It’s got to be one of the greatest and shortest warnings I’ve read, and K has written some great ones. Basically, it says that you aren’t going to like this hero. When the writer says something like that, you should probably oughta listen.

Eric Pearson is a single dad. He’s got 4 pretty good teenage boys. He’s also part owner of Four Fathers Freight, and is doing pretty damn OK. Eric believes in getting what he wants. Or rather, he believes in taking what he wants. He sees it, he wants it, he takes it, and bedamned to anyone in his way. He will run them over, friend, enemy, innocent bystander. Right now, what he wants is the very beautiful young woman who is playing around in his swimming pool. Her name is Rowan.

Rowan is on the very verge of turning 18, has a father who treats her like a little girl, and a boyfriend. And did I mention the fact that her boyfriend, Brock, happens to be one of Eric’s sons? And that all 3 of his other sons are enamored with her? That’s not going to stop Eric though. He’s been waiting for her to turn 18 for the past 2 years, and now that she’s about to, he’s going to get her, no matter who he has to destroy to get there.

Rowan has been very aware of Eric for some time, but she’s happy being Brock’s girlfriend. They’ve gotten close and fooled around some, but never had full on sex. After her 18th birthday, where her father gave her a dollhouse, thank you very much, she sneaks next door to Brock’s and is going to get it on with him right up until his dad busts in the door. He kicks Brock out of his own room and points out to Rowan that she’s 18, Brock is 17 and if she does anything with him, she could go to jail, but he’s more than happy to punish her now. And he does.

OK, this is the time we all know is coming. I love Eric. I hate Eric. It depends on the page. He’s a fucking asshole all the time, so that part doesn’t change. He blows very hot and cold with Rowan at first, and that kind of really pisses me off. I know, what can I say. I’d still fuck him. He’s just not really a nice guy. But K writes him very well. I expect it’s hard to write an asshole as a hero. Not that I really think of him as a hero, but you get my drift.

I don’t think that I really have any spoilers on this one. It’s a pretty short read, so go check it out.

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