Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review: Lucas (The Hunter Brothers, #1) by L.J. Dee

Lucas (The Hunter Brothers, #1)Lucas by L.J. Dee

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Overall rating: 3.6 Stars round up to 4

*****4 Hot Cobalt Blue Stars*****

Lucas... what a man! A hawt, dominant, alpha male. Yes. He is my, "new at this moment", book crush!

Lucas is the oldest of the Hunter Brothers, a no-nonsense, take the world by the balls and make it submit, smart, classy... and rich, man.

Jessica is a single mom to a 5 year old son. She and her sister live, and raise, Dexter together. She finally has a great job, and things are looking up. She "moonlights" helping out her sister at Elite as a server for private parties and it's at one of these parties that she meets Lucas. Her "Thunderbolt". Her love at first site though she'll never admit that.

While I really liked Lucas' character, Jess, drove me insane. Her wanting to be open, then shutting down. Every time Lucas tried to move forward, she'd take 3 steps back, while wondering why he didn't make her more than a 3 day a weeks lay. Jess was selfish and self centered a lot of the time.

Case in point. She, of course, wants the very best for her son, and when the very best is offered for him, she complains about how it effects her. At every turn she is whining. But, all in all, that's just Jess, and Lucas is actually able to take it and turn it to his advantage most of the time. She says "no", he finds a way to show her that "yes" is the better option.

Her back and forth, fence straddling, did get a bit old. But when it was the most important, Jess did step up and was actually there for Lucas when it counted the most, which had all sorts of redeeming qualities in my book.

The sex... OMG.. there was some really hot, sexy, sex in this book!

Lucas: "...we will be exclusive, embarking on a relationship that is underpinned by emmense trust, open communication and mutual respect."

Jessica: "It was the one part of being punished that I liked; no long drawn out apologies or self recrimimnation. It was 'wham-bam-it's over now ma'am there there was a lot to be said for it."

The Dominant/submissive aspect of the book. The author nailed it in almost all areas and I was really happy about that. Lucas was a strong Dominant that took training Jessica, and being her Dom, very seriously, while he was a Dom that normally played the submissive field, he gave Jess what he knew she needed. Exclusivity. Although it took her a while to trust that he was being faithful. Lucas was written as an upstanding Dominant and Jess as a submissive that was new to the lifestyle, and both, I felt, were written by someone that did their homework. (Thank you for that, L.J. Dee!)

Best line that made me laugh: "This was the shiny little cherry on a headfuck sundae..." I am SO going to find an opportunity to use that in conversation someday!

Most irritating overuse of a word. Flash, flashes, flashing, flashed. This descriptive term was used 37 times in this book. Flash(ing) eyes, smiles, across features, momentary, into mind, numbers, of fear, of jealousy, for a totally of 37 instances. The most overused in a phrase, "flashing eyebrows", flashing his, flashing hers, flashing his thick black brows. It's a great way to describe something, but it was just way overused.

Other than that, I really did love this story, flashing eyebrows and all! Loved Lucas and Jessica's overall relationship, enjoyed Chas, Charlie, and even Lucas's conniving little PA, Melody who wanted nothing more than to be rid of Jess and could be quite a bitch in her attempt to do so. She was the one I loved to hate!

I'm really looking forward to reading Roman and Chastity's story, and I hope to see a little of Lucas, Jess and Dex sprinkled in there too!

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Desolate Ker Dukey

Desolate: An Empathy NovelDesolate: An Empathy Novel by Ker Dukey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Overall rating: 5 Stars

*****5 Sinisterly Delicious Stars****

"I'm high on the kill. My craving's being fed; it's therapeutic, I feel alive and in need of someone more worthy of my torment."

Oh yes, Ryan is back so buckle up for a wild ride!

Ryan has been locked away in a mental institution for 18 years, and now, he's out. He's manipulated the doctors and nurses, bending them to his will, for his entire incarceration. He's a twisted puppet master, and he's just been unleashed to pick up where he left off. Only this time he's had 18 years to think about how he's going to make other's pay.

Blake and Melody play main characters in this book, along with their 17 year old daughter, Cereus. Blake finds out that Ryan has been released, but instead of telling Mel, he keeps it to himself, believing he is keeping his family safe. Blake and Mel have never told Cereus about Ryan, she doesn't even know he exists, and she thinks her mom's parents died in a car accident before she was born. As far as Blake and Mel know, Ryan doesn't even exist to her, and she doesn't exist to Ryan.

But Ryan finds out about his beautiful niece, and sets his strings in place to pull her to him. To go after her to hurt Blake and Melody. Then he meets her, through one of her mutual friends.

I'm not sick and I'm not broken.
I'm Desolate, born empty lacking a soul.
You can't fix what was never broken.

Ryan realizes that he can't harm her. He doesn't feel love, or anything like that, but he does feel *something*, and that something makes him realize that he doesn't want to hurt her. She is a lot like him, they have those same dark urges, except Cereus *does* feel love. Something Ryan doesn't have the soul to feel.

Will Cereus find out that the new hot guy that she bumped into at the mall is really her uncle? A man she never knew existed? How will she react when she finds out. Will she keep her new found secret exactly that, a secret? Or will she run, seeing him for what he is?

You'll have to read the second in the Empathy series to find out!

This is *not* a stand alone book. But if you like dark and brilliant mindfuckery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then this series is for you! Enjoy!!

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Sold by Leslie Sansom

Sold (Keeping her in the Dark)Sold by Leslie Sansom

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Writing: ★★
Story: ★★
Characters: ★★

Overall rating: 2 Stars

**2 Generous Stars**

This book has such promise, and I was excited to read it, based on the blurb. But I felt like this book went on forever, and went nowhere. It did start out pretty decent, but then it just sat there. I'm hard pressed at this point to even remember what I read.

Liam... hot and cold. Indecisive. Liam was *not* a dominant man, he was petty and spoiled and felt like he was entitled. He would punish Norah in the name of being her "Master", but wouldn't explain what it was she'd done wrong. He reminded me of a spoiled school boy who stomped his feet when he didn't get his way.

Liam was clueless. Didn't know that it was a sex slave operation, didn't know the money when to funding said operation, (thought it went to "chairty"? Really?), didn't know that the girls were kidnapped.. so really what DID Liam know? Once he found out that Norah was kidnapped, the fine upstanding citizen that he was, he kept her.

The only thing I can really say about Norah is that she was annoying. She was just as bad as Liam, running hot and cold all the time. Yup, that's about it. She was annoying.

I don't normally bring up grammar, so if I do, you'll know that it was noticeable, enough so that it really detracted from the story for me. I understand this is a self publish, which is great, but please, use some beta readers in the future.

This book...

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

A Bedtime Story by LC Moon

A Bedtime Story (The BTS Trilogy, #1)A Bedtime Story by L.C. Moon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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

Overall rating: 5 Stars

*****5 Perfectly Dark and Erotic Stars*****

  His little white lamb, who willingly penetrated the lions' den, for him. He would slaughter them all for her, would paint the world red and lay its carcass at her feet.


This story.. this beautifully twisted, sadistic, romantic, dark story. I loved it. From the first page to the last I was totally and completely captivated. I couldn't put it down, actually woke up in the middle of the night to read more of Kayne and Laura.

Kayne is in The "Organization" and they are looking for a man named Peter who took from them. Not a smart thing to do to this, or any, organization. Peter has a beautiful, sweet, and very naive sister, Laura, who Kayne and the higher ups suspect knows exactly where to find her brother.

She doesn't... well not exactly. She gets a post card from her brother ever couple of weeks since he's been on the run, it's in a code they've made up together, that only they know how to read, and only they would understand. Kayne's job is to bring Laura in for "questioning". He follows her for a couple of weeks, then meets up with her at a bar where she's gone with a friend. A place she didn't want to go to in the first place.

Next thing she knows she's with the very handsome Kayne, in his car... he is suppose to be taking her home, but he has to drop something off first. Her. With some very bad men who are intent on getting Peter's whereabouts out of her in anyway possible.

There is something about her, something that draws Kayne to her. That makes him protective of her. No explanation in his mind as to why this is even possible.

Laura is such a sweet, innocent girl. I loved her through the whole story. I loved Kayne from the moment he popped up on the pages of my Kindle. The sadistic, brooding, at times very cruel, Kayne. They fit perfectly together the sadist and the innocent.

Kayne's sexual tastes run very dark. But with his "Pets", it's always consensual and only with those that really and truly enjoy his brand of torture, but, Laura isn't that type of girl. She's very much a submissive, but not a masochistic one. Kayne finds at times, he wishes she were, but more often than not, thankful that she isn't. But he does get off on humiliating his sweet Laura. Watching as her passion turns to fear and tears, only to swing wildly back to passion.

These two, it seems, love to hate to love each other. She's his devoted submissive, he's her loving Monster, and the dance the do with each other is unlike anything I've ever read before.

  He would slaughter lion and lamb alike, let their blood rain down on him to keep her coat white as snow. From hell his laughter would echo all the way to the heavens he would have secured for her.

No matter how he treats Laura, he is still protective of her. He is her Monster Master. Her Big Bad Wolf. She is his little lamb, his submissive, his beautiful captive. And he will do anything, give up anything, for her. If only she'd see him for those traits.

This book.. I can't even begin to describe the emotions I felt while reading it. I actually felt the pain in my heart at times for Laura and Kayne. This isn't your typical bedtime story with it's dark and twisted events. It's beautifully dark torture.

I didn't realize until the very end that this was meant to be a part of a trilogy. But, I'm still happy I read it, and I'm looking SOOO forward to the next chapter.

L.C. Moon... won't you read me another Bedtime Story? Soon?

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: By My Choice...: A Valentine's Day Story

By My Choice...: A Valentine's Day Story
By My Choice...: A Valentine's Day Story by Christine Blackthorn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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

Overall rating: 3.6 (rounded up to 4 Stars)

This was a quick hot read of a unique story, and despite it being so short, I still enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.

The best part of the sex scenes in this book, besides the hotness level, was that I felt the scenes were a necessary part of the story, not just written for the sake of writing sex. The sex is story driven. It worked quite well, even for a novella.

Jennifer is a human raised in a Paranormal Court, growing up with Vampires being a "normal" part of her life. Being that she is so ingrained in this life, she must also follow it's traditions. Swearing fealty to the Liege for a set period of time, (several years), which Jennifer accomplished by swearing her loyalty to a vampire who is also her best friend.

Until he sold her.

Where it takes her from there is a wild, ohhh so sexy, and at times, a dark ride. If you like those in your books, *AND* the added bonus of some sexy vamps, then this book is for you!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Review: Enslaved

Enslaved by Marissa Honeycutt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*****5 Mind Blowing Twisted Stars!*****

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

Overall rating: 4.6 (rounded up to 5 Stars)

Overall rating: 4.6 (rounded up to 5 Stars)

I don't even know where to start in this twisted tale! I love, and I do mean LOVE dark reads. The darker the better. While this one was dark, it wasn't the darkest I've read, but it was good. Really good! Also, with the author's promise of more darkness to come in the series, that makes me want to jump right in to book two!

Anna is such a sweet girl with a skewed view of the world, thanks to her "Guardians". She lost her parents in a car crash when she was 11. She went to live with her Guardian, Jack, and had contact with "Uncle Devin". These two sadistic bastards really are the epitome of psychos! From the age of 11 to 16, they treat Anna like a little princess. Showering her with love and... affection... and all the material things a little girl could want or need. She's very much loved and she loves the two men in her live more than anything.

Then Anna turns 16 and her world turns upside down. She is no longer considered their little princess, she is taken and put in the basement where she is tortured, raped, beaten, and "trained" to be the perfect submissive.

Until her 20th birthday. That's when things change again.

It's hard to tell, is she loved? Is there an ulterior motive? What are Jack and Devin up to? Who are the Germans? Why does she have visions of a man with cobalt blue eyes?

The twists and turns throughout this book kept me on the edge of my seat, shouting at characters, and feeling for Anna. I love when a book can do that to me.

Great start to what I hope will continue on to a great series read for me.

Highly recommend if you like dark and taboo!

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