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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Review: Papa's Little Pain Princess

Papa's Little Pain Princess Papa's Little Pain Princess by Zoe Blake
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Why did this take me so long to read, I have no idea. Always a fan of Ms. Blake, this is another deliciously deviant despoiling of an innocent. Archer is a Lord of the Realm. He experiences ennui as he suffers through jaded mistresses. Even his darker desires are falling flat when played out with his actress mistress. When he catches a peeping tom during his sexual interlude with his latest mistress, Archer comes up with a new idea.

Winnie is like little orphan Annie, except the "Daddy" who takes her in wants something totally different. Specifically, Winnie no longer needs to slave over clothing and sewing by candle light. Instead, she is to be treated like a little girl by a rich Daddy. She is given clothing and food she's never had before and they are extravagant luxuries. But the price she pays may be too steep for her.

I really enjoyed the sexual shenanigans in this book. The enema, anal training, diaper play and wet nurse were all delightful. The spanking were not frequent or long enough. Well, there were several episodes of spankings, just not enough to satisfy my hunger. I liked how Winnie was taken to task. The story is just graphic enough with the sexual scenes and yet seemed too short. I enjoyed Winnie's innocence stripped away. Archer's demands were straightforward. From a character perspective, the development is light. The plot was a bit thin. It is the ageplay and the fetishes that really carry the book. This book is recommended to kinky readers who enjoy ageplay including a strict nanny, wet nurse and disciplining Daddy.

*ARC provided by Blushing Books

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review: License to Shift

License to Shift License to Shift by Kathy Lyons
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Going feral is a real danger for bear shifters. No one knows this better than Mark Robertson. He's been isolated and staying in his bear form. Despite his best intentions, he knows he will be putting his best friend in a bad situation when he goes feral. His best friend and alpha will need to put him down. When Julie Simon returns to Saginaw Michigan, Mark's bear takes a turn back towards humanity. This second book in the series can be read as a standalone. It is better read in order as a continuous thread from the first book carries on in this one.

This second book is just as fun as the first. I read this book in one reading and with great relish. Julie is a woman who loves her father and does her best to support his eccentricities. When carrying out her father's request, she crosses paths again with Mark, the man who burned up her sheets and then dropped her like yesterday's garbage. Mark is still as handsome as ever even if he is a bit reclusive. When he helps her find out about her father's crazy research on shifters, she is learns why Mark left her last time.

The characters in this book are fun. Julie is the rational level headed one. She is rooted in reality and when her world shifts, it is shattering for her. It's interesting to watch her dynamic with Mark. The reader can see how Mark slowly moves away from his animal tendencies and makes his way back to humanity. At times it seems they rub each other the wrong way. The friction helps them to force the secrets out into the open. It also adds to the sexual tension. When these two finally hit the sheets, it is primal and Mark is an animal. I like it!

From a plot perspective, the story continues on and what the readers learn is disturbing. The revenge aspect and self-loathing is sad. Whilst it is understandable how it started, the way it plays out is all too easy to see. Many times, people take the easy way out. Hating someone else and blaming them for all their troubles. Mark and Julie together make great strides in figuring out pieces to this puzzle and it keeps a reader's interest engaged and looking forward to the next book in the series. This paranormal romance is recommended for readers who like grumpy bears who turn into teddy bears.

*provided by NetGalley

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: The Dom of Peculiar Places

The Dom of Peculiar Places The Dom of Peculiar Places by James Cox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Roark is the next generation of the Outlaw MC. He knows what he wants and it is a submissive bottom with his butt up in the air, ready for a reaming. Unlike some of his generation of kids, he is focused and works for what he wants. He may be Mayhem's son but he is different in the aspect that he likes things as kinky as possible. He's a sadist bastard and he doesn't care who knows it, especially a bratty prospect, Henry.

This is the second book in the spin-off series. It can be read as a standalone. This tale can also be read independent of the original series. Still, it is recommended to read them in the order published to understand how all the different characters relate. Mr. Cox does provide a quick recap which makes it easy for new-to-this series reader to follow along.

This story takes place during the same time frame as the first book in the series. Instead of Earth, the focus is on Mars and how something is dreadfully going wrong. There is something wrong with the planet and no one knows what is happening. Worse, it has only been roughly two decades of relative peace and quiet. One would think that people enjoy the equality and safety. Unfortunately, there will always be anarchists and those who want to lord over others.

Roark and Henry uncover and foil an assassination plan and dire consequences result from it. This story seems to be meatier in plot that the first book. In addition, there is more kinky BD tone which cranks my kink into higher gear. The sparks between Roark and Henry are smoking hawt. The sex is explosive. This story moves at a fast clip and ends when it just gets good. It hooks a reader into the series and entices them to look for the next book. This m/m romance is recommended for kinky readers who like alpha males and bratty bottoms.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review: Intense Pleasure

Intense Pleasure Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome back, Ms. Leigh, oh how I have missed your delicious ménage with strong women and stubborn men. I loved this book. This book brings back fond memories of the first few books in this Bound Hearts series. This is the kind of book which pulled me into the erotic world of threesomes. Ms. Leigh knocks this one out of the park with the sexual tension, pulling of heart strings and erotic burning up sheets.

The characters in this book are awesome. I have liked Summer as she dips in and out of other books. This book featuring her is fabulous. Summer is tired of working as an agent and she is going home to find her home with a white picket fence. The Southern girl that she is, she is having a huge ball with gentlemen callers to see if they are a match for her. Because she knows the two men she wants, she can never have - Falcone and Raeg.

Falcone and Raeg have worked with Summer for years. They are brothers who enjoy sharing their a woman between them. They are exquisite lovers who do not keep a woman for long. They long to call Summer their own yet they hesitate due to their past. They do however succumb to temptation and finally devour Summer up. There are some very hot Summer nights between these three. Ms. Leigh certain delivers up blazing hot sex in this book.

The conflict of this story is heartbreaking in many senses. The plot device Ms. Leigh uses is a familiar one. It leaves a reader with dread in the pit of their stomach. The anticipation of a train wreck keeps this story on a constant edge. Whilst the love triangle is forming, work history is coming to bite all three of them on the proverbial butt. Between protecting Summer, learning a different perspective to their history and finding out that Summer is willing to move on without them, Falcone and Raeg are run ragged. What impacted me most is the intense emotions pulled from me as I experience Summer's sorrow and witnessing Falcone and Raeg's despair. Learning about the truth behind the partial facts of Summer's violation as a teen and her father's negligence is yet another tear jerker.

This story is not just one kleenex after another. It does contain humour as the dynamic between Summer and her father have her two lovers completely mystified. I have to admit, I too am a little puzzled yet more bemused. Summer's insistence on no sexual discussion around or about her father is a constant source of amusement. I love how Ms. Leigh injects humour at the right moments. This erotic suspense is highly recommended to romance lovers who enjoy ménage between three strong willed characters.

*provided by NetGalley

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: The Bear Who Loved Me

The Bear Who Loved Me The Bear Who Loved Me by Kathy Lyons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fantastic new to me author, Ms. Lyons, thrills me with this bear shifter series. If you have not read this series yet, now is a good time to pick up all three books and read them one after another. This one starts with Becca Weitz, a single "mom" raising her nephew. When her nephew is missing, she is frantic and does what she can to find him. The police are no help. Unexpected aid comes from Carl Carman. Carl is a man her nephew looks up to from his time spent in a summer camp in Carl's small town. Becca doesn't care what Carl does as long as he helps her find her nephew.

This book is sweet, funny and suspenseful. The characters are sweet and as expected, Carl is a bit gruff. He is a bear and bears can be a bit rough. The interplay between Carl and Becca is funny. What is especially funny is Becca's reaction when she learns her nephew is more than just a hairy hormonal teenage boy. Instead, he is a bear shifter and part of a larger clan, if he so choses. Becca pretty much loses her shit and goes around the bend. I liked this because so many times, authors write it as if it were perfectly understandable that shifters exist. Becca's responses are realistic and understandable. Carl trying to sooth and calm Becca down is classic.

Amidst this budding relationship, there is a more sinister thread to this tale. It sets up for the next two books in the series. There is someone hunting shifters and doing terrible things to them. This part to the plot does capture my attention and I'm vested to find out what happens. This paranormal romance is recommended to readers who enjoy humour, mystery and happily ever afters.

*provided by NetGalley

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Review: A Touch of Lavender

A Touch of LavenderA Touch of Lavender by Allie Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sweet and romantic fantasy, this BDSM tale is for those who enjoy glitterkink. Jax and Lavender both belong to an exclusive BDSM club. It is the kind of club where the rich and elite go to unwind to get their kink on. In this fantasy world, they can let their inhibitions go and feel the sensations they suppress during the day.

This story is the romantic version of how real life BDSM is like. The BDSM scenes are smooth and plausible. The club is a fantasy version that I sometimes wish existed. Jax as a dominant is an alpha male who is sexy and a protoype for a perfect romantic dom. This story reads nice and easy as Ms. Quinn takes the reader into a sexual journey where once the masks comes off, reality is a bit harsh.

I'm mixed about the masks and playing with strangers. For this story, it works. Especially because Jax and Lavender know each other outside of the BDSM scene and their relationship dynamic is quite a bit different. The masks allows their inner desires to surface. Because in the work world, Lavender is the one in control. But is she really? Since Jax knows who she is both in their work and hidden private world, it would seem he holds the upper hand. Whilst she is falling in love with two seemingly different men.

The plot of this story is easy to follow and gives the story that little kick of suspense. The characters are easy to like and the BDSM club is attractive. Overall, this story is great for romance readers who want a taste of kink to their erotica. The conflicts in this story keep the pace moving and the resolution whilst expected, brings a nice closure. This charming erotica is recommended as a Gateway to BDSM story.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Honey Trap

Honey Trap Honey Trap by Fyn Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

Transgender is a hot topic in today's society. Personally I believe gender is a societal construct and people should chill out. It seems author Fyn Alexander may feel the same. I say this because I really enjoyed this book's transgender main character. Scarlet and Ronin are the same person. Ronin is truly gender fluid which I find admirable and attractive. Sometimes he dresses in pants and looks like a traditional sense of a male. Sometimes he wears dresses or pants and looks like a traditional sense of a female. I loved this about Scarlet/Ronin. This allows him to revel in the full spectrum of his personality. This fluidity is also an asset in his job. As a covert agent in the UK, Ronin can be either male or female for an assignment. Lately, it seems his boss only invites Scarlet out to play as a Honey Pot. Talk about pigeon holed at work!

I really Scarlet/Ronin in this story. His love interest, Julian, I didn't like. Or more, I didn't respect him and found Julian to be a milquetoast who makes poor decisions and even worse choices in friends. Julian drove me crazy. He may have a "good" heart as the author keeps trying to convince the reader. I am not buying it. He is a complete idiot as far as understanding the consequences of his actions. He needs someone else to pull his dumb ass out of the proverbial fire. Everything about Julian makes me want to bash him over the head and move on. Julian is not good enough for Scarlet/Ronin. And this is why the story didn't rate as high for me.

The plot of the story is great. The stunts Scarlet/Ronin need to pull in order to help Julian are quasi-believable. It is Julian's response and his naïve beliefs that burn me. The lengths Scarlet/Ronin goes to when he helps Julian are mind blowing. Ronin's help is neither appreciated nor acknowledged. Then adding in Julian's disapproval for taking a needed action to help Julian's friend, this was the last straw for me. Off with Julian's head! Even the cameo appearance of Kael from the Angel and Assassin series didn't offset Julian's foolishness. Kael's injection into this book did make me hope the author would bring Scarlet/Ronin in for a little play time between him and Angel. Alas, it is not to be.

For those who found the Daddy kink and SM in the Angel and Assassin series to be too much, then this book is for you. The sex in this story is hot only because of the transgender aspect. In addition, there are a couple of scenes where there is possible public exposure which makes the sex more illicit. If however, you are looking for the erotically hawt BDSM, this is not the book for you. This m/m erotica is recommended for suspense readers who treasure a person's insides and appreciates how unique people can be.