Showing posts from November, 2014

Review: Grease Monkey

Grease Monkey by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This series (Drunk Monkeys) is seriously addictive, especially with current affairs popping up Ebola patients in the States. Sometimes fiction and reality become hard to distinguish.

In GREASE MONKEY, as the title implies, the main female character is a mechanic. Dolce Quinn is in Los Angeles where the Kite virus infection is spiraling out of control. The US government is keeping a lid on it. Dolce is going to get out of LA only after she finds her friends. Unfortunately, the latest riot is right where her friends are working.

GREASE MONKEY is a darker story than the previous ones in the series. Dolce experiences more loss in a horrendous manner than the previous females. When she's matched up with Roscoe and Niner, this ménage is wild. Wild because it doesn't seem as if the three will be able to get along, let alone close enough to experience "sexy time". Yet Ms. Dalton does her usual trick and somehow makes t…

Review: The Viper

The Viper by Kele Moon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The spin-off series from Battered Hearts, Untamed Hearts is finally here!

Staying with the rough and tough mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, Marcos Rivera is a fighter from the gang-filled Florida area. He believes coming to Garnet is his chance to get out of the gang-related headaches. He wants to go straight but it is so hard to do. Unfortunately, his chance is blown when he hits a car. The driver of the car is Katie Foster. She lets the police know it isn't Marcos' fault yet no one will believe her. For the first time, she feels something more for a guy and she won't let this bad boy get away.

Ms. Moon brings two very different characters together in this romance. It's an enjoyable read because the characters are so engaging. Marcos is a gentleman and in another setting, a reader can see how he could have been. Stuck in an environment where there are little choices except to work for a chop shop is hard. Ms. Moon shows ho…

Review: Vices

Vices by Nash Summers

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Intrigue, enhanced super solders and rough sex are all rolled up into this futuristic suspense.

Conspiracy theorists will enjoy this m/m story as it covers underhanded dealings, espionage and government assignations. Jones is an orphan picked up when he was young by the government. Over the years, he's been physically changed into a killing machine. As part of an elite force, he and his team are the enforcers who put down dissensions so that the world can be a better and safer place. Yet the world doesn't seem to get any better. It's only become worse.

Ms. Summers creates a world filled with tangled webs. Who is friend and who is foe is hard to discern. For Jones who isn't the brightest bulb, he is constantly in the dark. It doesn't help he is strung out on drugs to keep him sane. In this dysfunctional world, there are plots within plots within plots. The only constants for Jones are his best friend and the stone cold k…

Review: Burn for Me

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I eagerly awaited this new series.  There have been hints of more romance.  Maybe even sex.  Yes... SEX!  Well, there was a little sex.  It was glossed over which was okay for me.  I don't read Ilona Andrews for sex.  I read them for a heroine who is doing her best to survive.  She is the one the entire family depends upon.  Authors Ilona Andrews does not disappoint.  This new series is going to be one I will love and read over and over again.  I've read it at least six times within the first 3 days after I downloaded onto my kindle on the release day.  Considering I was stuck in Brazil on a business trip, I'd say this is dedication.

Our new "Kate" is Nevada Baylor.  She has a power which no one is privy to except her immediate family, and for good reason.  Our new "Curran" is Mad Rogan.  Oh boy, I love Rogan.  He's powerful, dominating and well prepared. 

Nevada is put in a position which is a l…

Review: Black Widow

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After making a statement with killing one of the most feared underworld bosses, one would think the underworld would leave Gin Blanco alone. Not so. There are still plenty trying to kill Gin. The most concerning one is Mab Monroe's daughter, Madeline. She's here to avenge her mother's death. Or at least that is how it looks like on the surface. Madeline is a sly snake laying in the grass. She attacks Gin on all fronts - through her friends and family.

Is it really paranoid if someone is really out to get you? This is how Gin feels and is vindicated when a series of unfortunate events hits her loved ones. While everyone is scrambling to fight the problems Madeline's thrown in their way, Madeline goes for the kill with Gin. The first third of this book is knuckle whitening. A reader can see from far away how this is all going to go down. While Gin's loved ones reassure her that Madeline isn't doing…

Review: Otherworld Nights

Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of the Otherworld Series will appreciate and enjoy this collection. For those who don't enjoy searching through anthologies to find an author's work, Ms. Armstrong makes it easy with three collections. In this collection, there are eight short stories featuring the different characters in the Otherworld. For those who have never read this series, this is a great place to start.

In Demonology, Ms. Armstrong teases a reader with an ending unfinished. It kicks off with Adam's mother trying to figure out what is wrong with her son. Why does Adam run so hot? Why are teachers accusing him of burning things? This is a lovely start with a devoted mother who loves her son, no matter what he is.

In Stalked, it's a funny glimpse into Clay and Elena's relationship now that they are together. Clay's funny side comes out as well as Elena's ruthlessness. It just shows how far they have come when t…

Review: Rich Tapestry

Rich Tapestry by Ashe Barker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Propositioned by a stranger for a spanking can be rather frightening. For Summer Jones, it's frightening because it makes her yearn for an experience she doesn't know if it is healthy for her. New-to-me author Ms. Barker pens an erotica awakening story with sensitivity. She captures awkwardness and makes it relatable.

Summer's best friend is into BDSM. Whilst her friend is pushy about being a bottom and finds her happiness in the kinky lifestyle, Summer falls into it with her eyes wide shut. She flirts with the idea and spends a night with Daniel Riche. Daniel is the stranger years ago who offered her a spanking. Daniel is an experienced dominant who finds Summer's spunky attitude amusing. He is sure she is submissive and he pushes her hard to accept his dominance.

The BDSM in this story is interesting. Does it play out this way in real life? It can. Are there dominants like Daniel enticing newbies? Yes, there are so…

Review: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps

How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Push past the first five chapters and this book gets much better. Jeff White is a dom with little training and high demands for a submissive. Unfortunately for him, his name has already been circulated as an asshat crude dominant. Jeff is a blue collar worker with the accompanying stereotypes. He may be physically fit but he doesn't care about how dresses. He doesn't want to go to any classes to learn the skills for impact play or bondage. What he focuses on is sex, sex, sex and sex. He just wants kinky sex with a hot female willing to be spanked. Jeff believes a submissive female is to be ordered around and to suck his dick.

I won't lie. After the first two chapters, I was ready to rate this book a 1 star. I hated it. Jeff is a jerk. He's not someone I'd ever be willing to play with. His idea of BDSM is all about him and he just goes to munches to pick up a chick and c…

Review: 'Til Dragons Do Us Part

'Til Dragons Do Us Part by Lorenda Christensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dragon lovers, this is a series to read. The dragons in here aren't sweet human loving creatures. Instead, they are powerful beasts with no regard for humans. Whilst this book's title suggests it is focused on a wedding, it isn't. The wedding is merely a plot device to keep this book's different tangents tied together.

Savannah Cavenaugh is a rarity. An orphan, her only family is her adopted brother and his family. In a world controlled by dragons, humans are just barely surviving. One thing which humans want are the treasures the dragons "appropriated" from museums and art galleries. Savannah is especially suited for "recovering" the treasures as she possesses the strength of a small dragon. She is one of the rare shifters who are human and dragon. She doesn’t know where she comes from and didn't know there was anyone else like her until recently. With the new…

Review: Shattered Bonds

Shattered Bonds by Lynda Aicher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This BDSM series is a hit or miss sometimes. This one felt more like a filler for the next story. Perhaps it is because Liv is too vanilla for me to enjoy. In Shattered, the Den's privacy and livelihood is torn apart. A vengeful ex-member attacks the Den owners in a manner which exposes their private life for the public to criticize. It's a lifestyler's worst nightmare. While several of the main members are recovering in the hospital, others are trying to circle the wagons to protect the Den's destruction.

Noah Bakker is the one who steps up to help keep the Den together. What he doesn't expect, is Liv Delcour becoming mixed up in this mess. It's bad enough he's been warned away by her overprotective sister, Vanessa. Vanessa is a dominatrix whose job could also be threatened by the BDSM exposure. Although, honestly, in her line of business, if people don't think she's a dominant, it w…

Review: Yakuza Courage

Yakuza Courage by H.J. Brues

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A must read follow up book to Yakuza Pride. Ms. Brues stuns the reader again with a masterful story.

In this second book, it's a flip of cultural clash. This is not a standalone book and must be read after the first one. Shigure moves his entire Yakuza group with him to Hawaii. This is to protect Kenneth from his own father. Hawaii is a place filled with Asian Pacific Islanders. This should be an easy place for the Kenneth and Shigure to settle in. Not so.

Ms. Brues does another excellent job is showing the differences between two cultures. Japanese and American culture are so far apart it is hard to find mutual ground. This is abundantly clear as Shigure's adopted Yakuza family fails to integrate into Hawaiian society. For those who have not grown up in a world where respect and "face" is integral to a person's self-worth, this story will be hard to understand. For someone who grew up in this culture, this sto…

Review: The Ingredients of Bliss

The Ingredients of Bliss by Lisabet Sarai

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When loooking for smoking hawt erotica, Ms. Sarai is a sure bet. In THE INGREDIENTS OF BLISS, TV guest chef Mei Lee Wong aka Emily is a chef battling a snobby French chef, Etienne Duvalier, on the air. Off air, Etienne is sexually submitting to Emily. For those who may be lost and feel several events in the story are missing, first read Her Secret Ingredient. This short book details how Harry and Emily fall into an erotic power exchange. It also shows how Etienne changes from arrogant domineering asshat to deferential submissive.

In this full length novel, Emily, Harry and Etienne's association evolve into a lusty ménage. Harry and Etienne have no difficulties with this new relationship status. Emily, on the other hand, is rather uneasy. She debates if she can keep it all professional when both lovers are also co-workers. She wonders if she can keep two men at the same time without it being too complicated. As they …

Review: Homecoming

Homecoming by Maggie Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Read this book now! Ms. Ryan's Hunter Ridge series is fabulous. Once can only hope it doesn't stop at just two. Ms. Ryan seems to leave the story open ended enough for more kinky installments. Lord and Lady Huntington arrive almost safely to their home. Lucy, Lady Hungting's first entrance is embarrassing as she is covered in mud and dressed like a child. For those in Lucas's employment, they find her darling, except for her new governess.

When the phrase, "getting ideas above her station", it suits Lucinda perfectly. Lucinda is employed as a governess for Lucas's three sisters. Even if one of his sisters is married off, she's still forced to take classes with Lucinda. This means Lucy must also attend classes. For Lucy, this is horrid as she already received her certificates with high marks. This is just the beginning of the conflicts between Lucinda and Lucy.

The humiliation in this story i…

Review: Base Over Apex

Base Over Apex by Kim Dare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Reading this book made me mad.

Adorable Ricky is a submissive finally ready to meet the master he's been chatting with on line.  Wearing the outfit as prescribed, he shows up to the club, ready to submit.  When Jack, the dominant who recognizes Ricky by his clothing talks to him, Ricky is in heaven.  Ricky finally found the one who can master him.

Too bad Jack is not the on-line dominant Rick is supposed to meet.  Instead, it's a case of purposeful mistaken blind date identity.  Their mutual friend, Bret, sets them up and he has a very good reason why.  The reason why is what causes me to see red.

Ricky's on line dominant is actually more common than one thinks.  Even though this is a romantic kinky story, Ms. Dare shows an element of truth for all newbie submissives playing with on-line dominants.  Do your homework.  Make sure to get references from trusted friends.  With good friends, kinky lifestyle aside, it is safer with …

Review: Yakuza Pride

Yakuza Pride by H.J. Brues

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Take a detailed tour into the Yakuza way of life. If this is how the Yakuza code is really like, I can see why it is so appealing. Ms. Brues creates a rich world showcasing both Japanese culture and gangster code of honour. I bought into it all. If this is all researched well, I have just taken an intermediate history course and loved every single second of it.

This story is hard to classify because it is more than just m/m erotica. The world building in this book is phenomenal. I felt as if I visited Japan after reading it. I could visualize every place described. The characters in this book are richly created. What is most impressive is the intricate relationship nuances Ms. Brues uses to educate Westerns. She does it so masterfully it doesn't feel like a lecture. Instead it's a colorful painting lovingly depicted across an entire wall. The details are so clear, a reader is able to learn so much, just by examining a piece of…

Review: Rock Courtship

Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rockstar lovers will enjoy this short story in the new series Rock Kiss. In this novella, Thea, Molly's older sister falls for David. David is the gentleman drummer who wants Thea and will stop at nothing to gain her attention and affection.

This sweet romance is well done incorporating today's technology. The email memo between Thea and David are darling. David's systematic breakdown of Thea's defenses is a bit stalker-ish yet it comes across as romantic. The way Ms. Singh worded the memos, it is erotic and intellectually stimulating. For readers who are task masters the way David argues his points are well done.

This in-between book could have been short and fluffy. Instead, it's a good length book giving a good glimpse of the rock band from the outside. It also spends a good deal of time showing the bonds between the band members and exposing a bit of their dark past secrets.

The romantic tension…

Review: Clash of Wills

Clash of Wills by Britta Ashley

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Sarah made her decision to stay in the Dragon's Lair. She is the only captured female who is ever offered this opportunity and she turned it down. This is because she mistakenly believes Richard will become her owner and the two of them will be together in a life of kinky happiness. When this does not happen, she throws a temper tantrum and ends up screwing herself royally.

The first book in this series starts out promising. This second one is a letdown. The BDSM scenes are still good a kinky. They are enjoyable with the humiliation and corporal punishment. What brought this follow up book down is the plot. It's as if Ms. Ashley rushed the story and threw together several subplots which didn't mesh well together.

A trusted guard for Dragon's Lair suddenly is no longer trustworthy. This is odd and felt forced. It is used specifically to cause conflict between Richard, Julia and the Dragon Master. Is an…

Review: Disciplining the Maid

Disciplining the Maid by Zoe Blake

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ms. Black is the current go to author for delicious Victorian Ageplay. In this latest story, Lily is a slender petite maid looking for a job. She's been accosted in her previous employment. As an orphan, she possesses no safety net to fall back on when times are rough. Fortunately for her, she's hired on by Lord Stockton.

Lord Stockton is a man who will never marry. He doesn't want a vapid wife driving him to drink. Besides, his particular taste in women treated as young children or babies is not something aristocrat women will stomach easily. When Lord Stockton sees Lily, courtesy of his knowing housekeeper, he believes he's found his next mistress.

The ageplay in this story is fabulous. Lily is treated like a young child. She's also babied and taught some naught sexual acts to please her new daddy. For a young woman who's never experienced a loving and supported childhood, she doesn't …

Review: Sinful Surrender

Sinful Surrender by Houston Havens

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Astral-projection is Fay Avalon's specialty. As a spy for the underground world, Dirt Dwellers, she is determined to find the facts about the New World Moles, people living above ground's, attack on her people. The plans she finds in the hands of Logan, the leader of the ruthless New World Moles group, does not mesh with the facts as she knows it. She learns perhaps she isn't the good guy but rather the bad guy. Fay rises out of the tunnels to find out what is going on.

There are some good concepts in this story. Overall though, it was difficult for me to read. The characters are juvenile in behaviour. The ham handed plot devices make a reader either wince or roll their eyes. It's as if Ms. Havens came up with several ideas and forced them to work with each other. Let's start with the terminology first. Why are the ones who live above ground called moles? Moles are animals who live below ground al…

Review: Worth a Shot

Worth a Shot by Kim Dare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

More super fit sexy guys getting it on, what more could a m/m lover want? Whilst it helps a bit to read the first two books in this series, this book can be read as a standalone. Tony is Colby's other brother who also happens to be gay. Rather than waiting for his one and only, Tony is a bit of a player. Tony's been flirting and eying Donovan for a while. Donovan shuts him down cold.

When these two finally get together, the chemistry is good. Donovan's history is sad and it pisses me off. Fortunately, Tony also helps Donovan over his insecurities as his brother helped Noah. I'm not as enamored of Tony in comparison to his brother, Colby. This is really the reason why this story is rated a 3 star. The writing is sold. The sex is good. The characters are fine. I just didn't connect with either Tony or Donovan which makes this book just enjoyable, not memorable. My recommendation, read this book before the f…

Review: Another Six Months Later

Another Six Months Later by Kim Dare

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

3.5 stars for this book. Colby and Noah are back! Just when Noah thought Colby's life couldn't be more surreal, he attends Colby's 19th birthday party. This is where it really hits home out much Colby is loved for himself, regardless of his sexual orientation. Why can't it all be like this? Good short story for those who wanted another glimpse of this odd couple. Recommended for those who want a lick of m/m sweet goodness.

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Review: Worth Waiting For

Worth Waiting For by Kim Dare

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet new series from talented Ms. Dare. I love Ms. Dare stories because the romance in them make me feel so good. If I am a bit down, I can depend upon Ms. Dare's books to bring up me.

Ms. Dare's super power is writing characters with chemistry. In this one, the chemistry is off the charts. Colby and Noah are an unlikely pair. Their experiences in life are completely opposite. For Colby, being gay is no different than being straight. It's irrelevant because he is more than just a poster boy for an athletic gay guy. For Noah, being gay only brings him heartache and pain.

Colby is the eternal optimist. He sees the best in people. He's the guy who helps his friends all be a better person. I can't help but admire Colby and wish I was as good a person as he. I feel more like Noah, jaded, pessimistic and snarky. These two characters are so well designed, they are easily remembered.

The hear…

Review: Welcome to Serpent's Kiss

Welcome to Serpent's Kiss by Sherri Hayes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A 3.5 star book, Ms. Hayes shows her growing experience with BDSM. For those who enjoy books revolving around exclusive BDSM clubs, this is a start to a good new series. Definitely recommended for those who enjoy a medium level of kink with a woman in the lead.

Katrina Mayer is the owner of Serpent's Kiss. She's a caring business old yet a cold dominant. This story is a taste of what is to come and I'm hooked. The BDSM in this story is more than Ms. Hayes previous popular series. It also promises to have more female dominants which is fabulous. There aren't many good femdom books where the domme is loving and strict. If this first teaser is an example to how the next books will be, then femdom lovers are in for a treat.

I rated it a 3.5 star because I couldn't connect with the characters. To be fair, this is a short story so Ms. Hayes did not give me enough time to warm up to Katrina. T…

Review: Lost Howl

Lost Howl by Zenina Masters

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A shifter raised by humans can be a liability.

Amira is a wolf raised by humans and will marry a human if her body would just cooperate. Left to die when her parents were killed in front of her, Amira holds no love for shifters. The humans who found, adopted and loved her are the only family she needs. When a milestone birthday arrives, a shifter representation finds her and attempts to bring her back into the shifter fold. Amira is not going to go so easily. A life spent in hiding makes it hard for Amira to adjust to the openness of shifters.

Ms. Masters does a lovely job in setting up the conflict. Amira's parents are not blameless yet their star-crossed lover situation generates sympathy. It's a nice twist in how the actions of the lovers on the run are rationalized. Is it something I could condone? Not exactly, yet I can't say I'd be against why and how Amira's parents came together. This blurring of lines is …

Review: Safeword Arabesque

Safeword Arabesque by Candace Blevins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Buy this book now. Cassie and Frisco's story unfolds in this long ass novel. When Ms. Blevins writes a book, she gives you a full story with jam packed BDSM scenes and plot development. Cassie and Frisco are dojo buddies with Sam and Ethan from the No Safeword quartet in the Safeword series. In the last Safeword installment, Cassie is brutalized near the end. This story starts off before her incident. For those who didn't read the previous books in this series, it's still okay. This book can be read as a standalone.

Cassie seems to be the only one in her close group of friends who isn't kinky. This perverted lifestyle is something she doesn't understand and isn't interested in, until she sees horn dog Frisco in a club with a scantily clad man on a leash. Cassie is more than intrigued. With good friends Frisco and Sam, Cassie is shown the ropes of BDSM.

Cassie's awakening into BDSM is g…

Review: The Corporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work

The Corporate Dominatrix: Six Roles to Play to Get Your Way at Work by Lisa Robyn

My rating: 1.5 of 5 stars

This is a 1.5 star book. I didn't hate it. I didn't think it was okay either. I was intrigued by this book due to the title. As a switch who easily identifies with all six of these "play acting" roles Ms. Robyn categories, I can see her point.

First, props to Ms. Robyn for coming up with this idea. Her concept is sound. Her execution and research is what failed for me. It is obvious to one who is in the lifestyle that Ms. Robyn doesn't understand the lifestyle even at a surface level. The ones in the lifestyle didn't give her a good enough education on how BDSM works. Or Ms. Robyn didn't interpret and translate it well. Here's the thing. This isn't a fiction book. This is non-fiction. The research is going to be held at much higher level. Correlating BDSM would take more than reading the few books mentioned as references. Book…

Review: Broken Soul

Broken Soul by Faith Hunter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Finally I made the time to read this book.  I loved it.  I read it in one sitting which meant staying up until the wee hours of the night.  Or actually, just before dawn breaks if it were still summer rather than fall.

Jane is still kickass.  There are some similarities between Jane and Anita Blake.  I'm finding some parallels which are making me nervous because I love this series so much.

In Common

1. Both are kick ass heroines
2. Both are "executioners" of vampires: Jane = enforcer, Anita = executioners
3. Love triangle and "it's complicated" relationship status
4. Increasing powers with each new book
5. Increasing sex with each new book
6. Nasty European council trying to steal the territory of the more causal and modern American counterparts.
7. Both are turning more "girlie" due to their men and they aren't sure they like it.  Both have low self esteem as far as surface looks.

How it is a better var…

Review: Monkey Wrench

Monkey Wrench by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never mess with a woman who is used to being the caretaker of the family.

Stacia is burned with supporting both her older brother and her aunt. Her aunt is physically ill and her older brother just seems to never be fully there. In this pandemic stricken world, Stacia does the best she can as a mechanic in a factory. This job comes with its own issues. In a male-dominated union environment, sexual harassment is prevalent. Stacia only takes so much before she blows. When she does, it's notable.

"You're done, asshole," she [Stacia] shouted. "Hear me? Next time, I'll catch you alone and cut 'em off. You fuck with me, you are fucking with a special kind of crazy that they don't even write about in textbooks." (pg. 12)

Ms. Dalton sets the tone of this book immediately with a strong female who will not take shit from anyone. The story's plot moves along further as Reverend Silo's plans …

Review: The Sissy Sort

The Sissy Sort by P.F. Dee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a concept I enjoyed. The forced feminization is spank bank worthy. It is a slow build up and I see it is because there are several more parts to this series. I prefer to have it all in one.

The feminization part spends more time getting into Ben's head and the aftermath of a sexual humiliation. One can only hope the next book in the series is more depraved as he guilty enjoys being fucked like a sissy boi.

Ben's transformation process is lovely for those who enjoy sissification. It's cute with the chastity belts. His nickname based on how quickly he adjusts to the motions of being a sissy is also a nice touch.

Personally, the sister in this story is extraneous for me. Unless she plays a bigger part, she's just annoying. I'd have shot her and just put the rest of us out of our misery. Her entire character annoyed me. The story would have been more enjoyable without her. I did like the upper girl…