Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: Undersold

Undersold by B.B. Hamel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

****4 Rich and Sweet Stars

I need to preface this review by saying that I don't normally read NA stories, but the blurb to this one caught my interest when the author, B.B. Hamel contacted me, and I looked forward to reading it, so much so that I bumped it up to my next read.

When I opened this book and started reading, I was pretty much drawn into the story right away.

It touched on so many things, softly, subtly, and a lot of the time, in a very sexy way! Oh yes, the sex was hot!

I connected with Amy and Shane right away, she was the right mixture of smart, sassy, and geeky. He was just the right mixture of mysterious, sexy, sexy dominant, and sexy rich! She's a bubbly girl who enjoys her friends... when she has time and isn't busy trying to get her app completed, off the ground, and sold. He's practically reclusive. Doesn't publically date, and is a very private person.

And then along comes Amy. She literally crashes into his world, via some very naughty sexting!

Both Shane and Amy have family problems, some that are very similar, and causes them to become closer and closer. But it's the things outside of family that pulls these two closer and closer, making for a quick, sweet, and wild ride.

Yes, this is a sweet story, and one I enjoyed reading. It put a happy in my day!

Thank you, B.B. for the opportunity to read your new book!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Secrets by Terry Towers

Secrets by Terry Towers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was offered an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Writing: ★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★

Overall rating: 4.6 (rounded up to 5 Stars)

First I need to comment on the cover of this book. HOT! Just sexy hot!

This book is written from a 3-way point of view, hard to do and keep the story from becoming too convoluted, but Terry Towers does it, and it works really well in this story.

Anastasia is a "bought bride" from the Ukraine, she came from nothing with the promise of a better life for her and her son Ura. What she was promised was very different for the abusive life she received. She was a "trophy wife", dressed in the finest, living the life of a rich wife. But behind closed doors, the man who she is married to is anything but the perfect husband. He is abusive and kinky. His sadistic ways, and his interpretation of the BDSM lifestyle leave Anastasia battered and bruised.

One night, after an altercation with her husband, Alexander, she hits him, knocking him out and scarring him, she packs light and steals $10,000 from Alexander's safe, takes Ura and runs, ending up in Maine.

In Maine, she finally finds an apartment, above a bar. Jaxson is the owner, he's ex-military and very much the gentleman that considers it his duty to take care of a woman that is obviously distressed.

The relationship that blooms between Anastasia and Jaxon is beautiful, the story isn't rushed, and it allows for an emotional connection with the characters in the story.

This is my second Terry Towers book, and it won't be my last. She truly has a gift of immersing the reader in the story.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: The Sect

The Sect
The Sect by Courtney Lane

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*****4 Total Mind Blowing Stars*****

Writing: ★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★-1/2

Overall rating: 4.1

Keyton is a woman with a terrible past with a man that wants to take away her future. She runs from a life of wealth and privilege to live, hiding in plain sight, on the mean streets of D.C.

She knew Jeff because she spent time with him every day during her lunch hours before she left home. Jeff is a homeless Vietnam Vet who becomes Keaton's protector and teacher on those streets. Jeff teaches her how to survive by making herself look like a boy and act like a mute to keep from giving herself away, how to become a pickpocket, and how to hide in plain sight even when those that are looking for her are just a few feet from her.

Keaton really had it rough at every turn in this book. She is running from her home and parents she loves to live on the streets, which she thought would be better than living where her monster of an ex-boyfriend could get to her. She is truly a lost and broken soul. This character made you want to protect her, see her protected, and shake her all at once to make her go home. But she felt that no matter how much money her family had, the monster from her past had more.

Then one day in a soup kitchen, she sees Noah, he's a handsome man, and he's looking at her. The way he looks at her elicits something in Keaton like she's never felt before. Jeff tries to warn her not to talk to them, but Keaton thinks she knows better.

Noah works for Reven, who helps the homeless by offering them "true freedom". She listens to what he has to say, but politely declines his offer. But it's too late, she is drugged and taken to "The House of Rebirth", where she finds that Reven is the leader of a "religious" cult… where "religion" is actually the worship of the narcissistic Reven and all he holds sacred, and what he holds sacred is sexual and sadistic. There is always a torturous punishment for those that do not follow Reven's rules. Some of the punishments actually made me lay the book aside to catch my breath! They could be tough to read, and Noah is the one that actually does most of the punishments.

I didn't even know what to feel about Noah. He was one I loved to hate… and really hated to even like. Noah, to me, was like an "Enforcer", a giant, pissed off, cruel, man with something… and nothing… to prove. He was a character I hated seeing come through the door of Keaton's room, and one I couldn't get enough of.

Keaton is strong, she doesn't want to lose her humanity in this place, and her strength is what keeps her in trouble most of the time. But Noah and his seductive ways are wearing her down. Tearing down her defenses. Causing her to need and want him, only so he can break her further through cruel rejection. No matter how much she tries to understand him, and figure him out, she comes up empty. No matter how much she tries to be strong and deny him, she is falling for him, craving the man, and his touch.

Even as cruel and evil as Noah is, he does still try to protect Keaton from the other horrors in The House of Rebirth, Reven, and the "Henchmen" that serve Reven. But Keaton fights him at every turn, causing harsh and cruel punishments.

There was one major thing I figured out about half way through this book, but for the most part, the twists and turns kept me guessing. I loved the darkness of this book and the twisted mindfuckery.

The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 Star book is the ending. It was a lot of information to digest about the book all at once, everything came together but I had to keep going back into the book to find things they were referring to that didn't seem important at the time.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Review: Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights

Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights
Show Me, Baby: 1001 Dark Nights by Cherise Sinclair

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★ -1/2

Overall rating: 4.1

The Master's of Shadowlands is one of my favorite "go to" BDSM Series, and Cherise Sinclair is still in the top 10 of my all time favorite authors, so I was looking forward to curling up with my Kindle and the latest Master.

I enjoyed reading about Rainie and her naughty girl ways. She was fresh and fun, but lonely. She was in the submissive training program and she was suppose to be looking for a permanent Dominant, but Rainie was more of a "play the field" type of submissive. Besides, she feels that the perfect Dominant for her just isn't really out there, not for her anyway. It's with these thoughts that she makes the decision to move away from Florida.

Master Jake is a veterinarian by trade and sexy Dominant by choice. He enjoys playing with subs, but rarely with a sub more than once. He was in a long term D/s relationship, but it failed when she left him in pursuit of her career, and it's because of this very fact that he won't take another sub.

Until Rainey walks into his clinic and into the Shadowlands Club.

The chemistry between these two is everything you'd expect from a Cherise Sinclair book.

My only complaint is that it was SO overstated, and constant that Rainie was a BBW. We understood that from the beginning, but I felt like it was shoved in our face way more than it should have been. Thus the reason for the 4 star rating.

I was hoping for some new characters to be introduced that would lead to more in this series, but as it stands, I don't know how much further this series can go, or maybe that's Ms. Sinclairs intent, that the series is wrapping up. I really hope not, and perhaps there *will* be more that comes from her great imagination!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Facade - A very dark 5 star read!

FaCade (Deception, #1)FaCade by D.H. Sidebottom

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*****4.5 WTF Stars*****

Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★-1/2

Overall rating: 4.8

"I'm so unbelievably in love with you. I can't fucking breathe until I see you some days. I feel you in me so deep we're two halves of the same soul."

Star - Poor Star, she has no memories beyond the walls of this house/prison she's in. The man she's with runs hot and cold, and she's suppose to marry him in one months time. All the evidence is there, the pictures, the flashes of memory, the feelings. She's with the man, Dante, that she is suppose to marry, but something just feels off.

Dante - What a complete psycho!! And what a *believable* psycho! Does he love her? Does he hate her? Has he completely gone insane? Was he *ever* sane?

These are all questions that can only be answered by picking up this book and taking a wild ride! It's hard to write a reveiw without spoiling anything. This book has a LOT of great twists! Each one you won't see coming.

This book ends with a MAJOR cliffhange, but fortunately, the second book in this series is out and is suppose to wrap it all up. (I haven't read it yet). You're warned by the author there is a big cliffhanger, and I can't stress that enough, so be sure you finish the book and have enough time to at least start the second one 'cause trust me you'll be sitting there stunned!

This book is dark, very dark... and it waivers between non-con and dub-con.. which is really non-con. Nothing is ever as it seems.. or is it? Yes it's *THAT* twisted! If you like dark and twisted, I highly recommend this read, but head the warning at the top of the author's blurb.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: All I Need

All I Need (Stay, #2)All I Need by Emily Goodwin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading Stay last fall, I couldn't wait for Jackson's story to come out. After some delays, and worry that the author wouldn't publish after all, I'm happy to say, it's finally here!

OMG! What a great book. Reading Jackson's story in this companion book, was, most times, heartbreaking. Realism and plausibility are Ms. Goodwin's strong suit. Most of the time, I felt like I was right there in the house with Jackson. I could feel his pain.

The writing pulled me in, made me a part of the story, it was descriptive in all the right ways. Never overly so, but enough that you could actually picture Jackson doing something as simple as brushing his hair back with his arm. Jackson's pain is real, he has no hope for anything anymore, death would be welcome...

Until Adeline.

Knowing what Jackson was doing and thinking during all those times Adeline was alone in the basement, or being otherwise abused. Knowing that he was thinking about her, falling in love with her, finally having hope. It was so insightful and at times gutwrenching.
After reading Stay, and knowing how the story would end, reading it from Jackson's point of view, was like reading it all for the first time again.

This book made me hurt so much for Jackson, and I'm still feeling the "book hangover" effects of this one. The author, and her research, made this feel more like a true story. And, sadly, I'm sure it is similar to the plight of many in sexual slavery.

Please, before you read this companion book, (even though it *can* be read as a stand alone), and if you enjoy a seriously dark, non-con, taboo story, take the time to read Stay first. You won't be sorry. You'll get Adeline's side of things, and a much more detailed ending.

Reviewers Note: Amazon has stopped selling Stay, but, at the time of this writing, it is available here, on Smashwords

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Poor Little Daddy's Girl

Poor Little Daddy's Girl (Daddy's Girls, #3)Poor Little Daddy's Girl by Normandie Alleman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*Author provided ARC in exchange for an honest review*

*****5 Panty Melting Stars!*****

Rating overview
Writing: ★★★★★
Story: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★

Overall rating: 4.3

Normandie contacted me to read this book because of the MC being called "kitten".. she knew that I wouldn't be able to resist that! She was right!

I snapped this book up and devoured it!

Charmaine is the spoiled, bratty, little rich girl, and Hunter is the level headed, hard working, middle class, (and oooh so sexy), fireman. They meet, when Charmaine sents her kitchen on fire due to neglect, and Hunter is the fireman that comes to her rescue.

Hunter is not impressed with antics and her lackadaisical attitude about things. He sees that she is a woman that needs to be taken firmly in hand, and it's his hand that he'd like to firmly take her in!

Charmaine is a little girl looking for a Daddy Dom. She likes to be the brat, whether it's just her personality, her need for attention, or both, not even she is sure.

"She could manipulate most men into doing whatever she wanted. But Hunter was different. She respected Him too much to try to manipulate him, at least not very often."

When Hunter and Charmaine come together, there are lessons for both of them to learn. But, can their relationship survive these lessons? Can Charmaine really be with someone without money? Someone that won't stand for her brattiness? Can Hunter learn to not be judgemental about people with money? Can he tame the tiger that is Charmaine? But most importantly, can they both learn to love again after a past of heartache?

This book is well written and a page turner. And the sex is hot, Hot, HOT!

I don't normally read Daddy/babygirl stories, but this is twice now that I've read them by Normandie Alleman. There isn't a lot of age play, but you get the point that they are Daddy and babygirl without it. Ms. Alleman writes about the lifestyle, of which I'm a part, with respect and well researched stories.

Some of my favorite lines from this book:

"Yeah, you're a tiger most of the time, but when I tame you, you turn in to the most adorable little kitten."

And my favorite.. mainly because I've heard it said to me before by my own Sir. *winks*

"Relax, Kitten. You know it will go easier if you do."

Thank you, Normandie for allowing me to read this book for you.

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