Monday, March 30, 2015

Review: Crash & Burn


Crash & Burn
Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is the end? Say it ain't so! It is and Ms. Roux takes a reader through an adrenaline pumping rollercoaster ride. Ty and Zane have been targeted for a while now. The Colombia cartel is biding its time to destroy them. Is Ty or Zane the target? And is it really the cartel after them? Who is friend and who is foe? This story is one complete FUBAR mess. With the remaining Sidewinders brought in to help clear Zane and Ty's name, all hell breaks loose.

This is a book filled with disappointments. Critical people who Ty and Zane cared for are not who they seem. It seems this dynamic duo are to be disappointed by betrayal after betrayal. Even Nick is forced to experience a low in his life where he is sorely disappointed. This book should be called Napalm not Crash and Burn. All their bridges are not just burned with a bit of fire, the guys use Napalm to burn it down. The sheer amount of destruction in this book is mind boggling. I'm exhausted just reading through the constant fight and flight scenes. There is no downtime in this story. Or what little downtime is allowed only begets a bigger fuck up. These guys are crazy and running on fumes. Even the sex is hyped up with fighting rough sex.

For a team of men who are special forces, they seem to be riding the special short bus in this book. Everything that can go wrong goes wrong. The high body count of collateral damage is astounding. It's as if Ms. Roux brings this series to an end with "Burn them, BURN THEM ALL!" After a couple of deaths, I'm numb with shock. I don't even know what to say as characters die off and one I would never guess would be hurt is brutally damaged beyond repair.

The loose threads from the previous books are now forcefully tied up and it's a bit jarring. I feel a bit anally violated and I'm not sure if I should complain or moan with pleasure. I love Ty and Zane and I've been following this series closely. I love seeing them in action. I love their chemistry. I love their wacky families and I specifically love Ty's grandpa with his shovel. It's just at one point, I want to beg for mercy and ask Ms. Roux to just let me lay down and rest for a bit while I catch my breath and make sense of it all. Because my world is turned upside down and I don't really like it. I also don't like what is revealed about Ty and Zane's dark ops they have completed over the years. My horror mirror's Ty's disbelief and pain. This book is brutal and yet I can't rate it anything less than a four because I thoroughly enjoyed it even as I cried in sorrow and loss. Ms. Roux brings a fiery action packed end to this series. For those who love shoot 'em and blow 'em up movies, this book is for you. Diehard Ty and Zane fans will enjoy this last hurrah which includes a little "Brick & Mortar" Easter egg. Recommended for m/m romance lovers who love fast and furious action and boys playing with bombs.

* A surprise arc provided by Riptide Publishing*



View all my reviews

Crash and Burn Blog Hop ~ Farewell to Ty and Zane





Hello and thank you for joining me as I bid a fond farewell to Ty and Zane on the Crash & Burn virtual tour! For the next five days, join me on my virtual stops to help me say goodbye to the Cut & Run series with cut scenes, playlists, behind the scenes looks at the process of writing this last book, and a peek at the original plan for the series and the twists and turns it took on its journey to the end.

Did I mention the prizes? I have incredible prizes for two winners; a go-bag put together by one B. Tyler Grady. Each bag has over $370 worth of goodies in it. For more detail on the contents, you can click the link at the end of this post! Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing to win one of these bags. Entries close at midnight, Eastern Time, on April 4, and winners will be announced on April 6th. Contest is valid worldwide.

Blurb:

It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.
There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.


Read it!
When I received the arc yesterday, I immediately read it.  It is a delicious ending for Ty and Zane.  Here's my review.  It's one not to miss!


About Abigail Roux

Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year.

Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.


If you care to follow me more closely, you can find me on TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr.


Follow this link to find detailed info on the go-bag prizes, but make sure you comment here to enter! The Book Nein blog tour prizes: Ty’s go bag!

Thanks for stopping by! You can follow the entire tour by going to Riptide Publishing.






Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review: Mob Mistress


Mob Mistress
Mob Mistress by Renee Rose

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Those who loves Soprano, The Bossman Series, is a kinky version of it with less killing and just as much family politics. Lexi is a tight spot. No matter what she does, she can't seem to get out from under her debt. When her best friend jokes about being a mistress to a rich man, Lexi is horrified and laughs it off. When Lexi is kicked out of her apartment due to missing rent too many times, her best friend takes matter into her own hands. Lexi is introduced to Bobby Manghini at a night club. Embarrassed, Lexi wants to hide in shame, only to find herself charmed by his old school gentleman ways.

The characters in this story are endearing. Lexi is the girl next door. She's pretty average in every way. She's also low maintenance which is ideal for a man who doesn't want any complications. Bobby Manghini is done with relationships. Owning a mistress is not only his kink, but it allows him to keep her in a nice and neat box. He also enjoys playing the sugar daddy part so there is no harm no foul in this set up. Lexi and Bobby both know going into it, what it is they will be getting out of it.

The conflict in this story is a bit confusing to me. I guess it's because I'm not one who was interested in marriage. Lexi knows upfront she's a highly paid whore. For her to be upset about Bobby's marital status makes no sense to me. Regardless of his marital status, he wanted and paid for a woman willing to be skull fucked and take it up the ass when he wanted it. Her feelings are irrelevant. This isn't a relationship of that kind. It's a business transaction and her reaction, I found to be rather insulting. The story makes it out for Bobby to be in the wrong. Especially when Lexi's friend explained the agreement up front, how could it be interpreted any other way?

“I know he’s sugar daddy material because his last mistress can’t get over him. She hangs out all the time hoping to run into him and wheedle her way back into his wallet. According to her, he put her in a fancy apartment and gave her cash every time they were together.”

“So basically, she was a whore.”

“Yeah... maybe. But he’s totally hot. I’d do him for a fancy apartment in a heartbeat if I were single.”(Kindle loc. 59-63)


After this conversation, how can there be any misunderstandings? When Bobby says, "open your mouth", Lexi should open it wide and start sucking. When he orders, "bend over", she need to bend over and pull her butt checks apart and be dripping wet. After a while, I am a bit disappointed with Lexi because she changes the rules on Bobby and makes him pay for it.

Now, there is nothing wrong with Lexi feeling the way she did. For her to feel wronged, that is where I'm not understanding. And this is where Lexi comes across as an immature petty bitch. She demonstrates her lack of ability to communicate like a mature human being. This is why the story became a bit of a letdown for me. I understand the need for this in order to create the conflict and bring about a happy ever after. I just didn't like it - personal preference.

The kinky parts to this story is fabulous. The way Lexi is treated really rocks my boat. Bobby is no pussy whipped dominant until near the end. He knows what he likes and he takes it. Lexi gets off of it too which makes the erotic sex appealing. Ms. Rose does an excellent job with the sex and the characters. Even if I didn’t how they behaved, it is well written. Recommended for kinky readers who fantasize about being a dirty little side piece to a sugar daddy.

*provided by NetGalley



View all my reviews

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review: Surrender's Mask


Surrender's Mask
Surrender's Mask by Vonna Harper

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars


Porn stars are frequently considered as whores because they make money having sex. When BDSM is added to the mix, it only makes people assume the worst about the BDSM porn star. Ferron Cooper considers herself to be a bondage model, even if she is filmed in bondage whilst enjoy multiple orgasms. Whatever she wants to call herself doesn't mean squat when a male fixates on her and plans for her abduction and sexual slavery.

I've read a couple of Ms. Harper's earlier non-con stories and they didn't do much for me. The reason was because she blurred the lines between non-con and romance of it so that it became conflicted and unsatisfying. In this one, it's wonderful to see how she's straddled the line and created an erotic non-con romance. Is there such a thing? Yes, there is and it's not because the female experiences Stockholm syndrome.

The BDSM scenes in this story are definitely spank-worthy. For those who fantasize about forced orgasms and bondage, this story is for you. Ferron is bound, gagged and sexually violated to the orders of her owner. This bastard is from her past, waiting for just the right time to mete his revenge out on her. Because there are two different men involved in this story, it draws the boundaries between the non-con and the erotic sexual assaults. Even the erotic sex are deliciously rough. The BDSM heat is about medium in intensity and well written. Ferron's inner dialog and her responses makes the story more enjoyable. From a non-con perspective, Ms. Harper could have upped the cruelty more and it would have made the book more guiltily arousing.

The characters, Ferron and her captor, Mayer, are both simple characters. There is a little character development to help explain why Ferron decided to go into bondage modeling. Just as the reason for Mayer's part in this kidnapping and breaking is revealed. Whilst this builds some back history, it doesn't really develop the character by showing a flaw which they overcome or somehow grow from their experiences. Still, this doesn't detract from the story since the focus is really on the depraved non-con scenes. This erotic sexual slavery is recommended for kinky readers who enjoy kidnapping fantasies.

*provided by BDSM Book Reviews



View all my reviews

Friday, March 27, 2015

Review: Half a Dose of Fury


Half a Dose of Fury
Half a Dose of Fury by Zenina Masters

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



More like half a dose of story, not half a dose of fury. Where is the rest of this story? Ms. Masters is becoming more of a tease with these books. I'm still hooked like a crack addict looking for my next hit. Yval is a shifter who is committed to the fight against slavery of shifters. She's so committed, she turns herself into a monster through magic. She doesn't care because all she wants to do is right the injustice. Even if this means her animal refuses to come out after her rather extreme body modification.

There is much more to Yval which seems left unexplored. Her meeting with Drorik at the Crossroads is not fate. They work together and Drorik is interested in her, regardless of what any seer may foresee. Fortunately for them, their chemistry is hot and furious. The two rumble and tumble in the forest and in the bed. It's sexy, primal and good. Just as the reader wants to learn more, the story ends! What on earth? Especially since Ms. Masters gives an additional little nugget of knowledge about fey and shifter mating, this abrupt ending leaves a reader unsatisfied. She chucks in a new piece of information about cross species mating and runs. Does she think this will distract me?

I am eagerly looking forward to the next few books in these series. I'm even willing to wait for a longer period of time before they are published if we could have more world building and character development. I wish for more exploration of the new Crossroads. When do the Djinn finally show up for their hook up? So many questions and threads to answer and tie up. One can only hope the next few books in this series will reveal more information. Recommended for paranormal lovers who enjoy primal shifters challenging for dominance.

* Provided by Manic Readers



View all my reviews

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review: Kotori's Sacrifice


Kotori's Sacrifice
Kotori's Sacrifice by Dakota Trace

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Sacrifice brings to mind pain, martyrdom and sorrow. In Kotori's sacrifice, there is pain and sorrow. It's a clash of cultures and lack of ability to be vulnerable which breaks a couple apart. Seba Havas loves his submissive, Akira. He trains and helps heal ones who are traumatized or "damaged'. Akira's damage is more through her daddy issues and Seba just doesn't get it. Why? Because Akira is unable to trust and communicate.

Whilst race isn't something I mention in a review, it does come into play for this book. Akira's Japanese background plus her rich upbringing explains her dysfunction. It seems like an easy thing to understand and overcome yet in reality, it is hard. It pushes Seba away. Perhaps it is true that absence does make a heart grow fonder.

This is the first Ms. Trace book which is just average for me. It's a quick read and enjoyable. The BDSM is erotic and pleasurable as to be expected from Ms. Trace. Akira and Seba just didn’t have the chemistry for me, which is a first. Every book I've read of Ms. Trace, the characters are what pulls me in. I'm moved and want to know more about them. For this one, Seba comes across as a tired dominant not willing to go the extra mile and figure out what went wrong with his relationship. He keeps expecting Akira to do something she can't do and he doesn’t figure out the why. He assigns his own reason to her inability. Akira may be traumatized, but it seems to be more Daddy issues and she needs a therapist. Or perhaps it's my own bias where I feel Akira should just grow up and not let someone else's issues dictate her happiness. I'm no stranger to "broken" submissives who need fixing themes. This one just didn't work for me.

Still, the story is well written. It flows at the right pace and the conclusion is satisfying. The plot devices are amusing and worked with the story. Recommended to kinky readers who enjoy a quickie and guaranteed happily ever after.

* Provided by Manic Readers


View all my reviews

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review: Emma's Corner


Emma's Corner
Emma's Corner by Carolyn Faulkner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Dark readers who enjoy body modification through piercing and tattoos, this is a book for you. Emma is a bit of a self-centered brat who behaves as a young adult would. She's naïve and is easily snookered. When she makes a choice which completely changes her life for the worse, it's when the story become disturbingly arousing.

This is book two in the Darkness Series. One can only hope there will be more in this series and that Ms. Faulkner and Ms. Hayse keeps the intensity and non-con situations. This one is a bit different than the first one in the series and just as good. There are so many BDSM Fantasy scenes to enjoy, it's hard to select just one.

It's impressive how the two authors are able to blend their unique styles into a cohesive and smooth tale. A reader can't tell who wrote which part because each scene blends into the next. In this plot, there is a bit of stretch to it with nanobots and biochemical warfare. Since I'm a sci-fi nut, this worked well for me. The torments and sexual tortures Emma experiences at the hands of a mad-scientist is deliciously depraved. Jack Robbins, her benefactor turned captor does have ulterior motives which Emma learns a bit too late. The intense discipline Emma suffers under Jack is definitely spank-worthy for those who enjoy a sadistic non-con sexual slavery.

The ending came all too swift. I wish there were at least a few sadistic sexual scenes between Emma and her vindictive aunt. Perhaps in the next series, there will be more f/f forced lesbian play. What would really trip my trigger is if the woman sold into sexual slavery is older and suffers at the hands of a spoiled younger female. Now wouldn't that be degrading and humiliating? Recommended to non-con lovers who enjoy the dark and wicked.

*ARC provided by Blushing Books



View all my reviews