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#Review ~ Under a Dom’s Care ~ Sam Crescent

Under a Dom’s Care (Extreme 2)

Jake messed up and broke the rules at club, Extreme. He’s paid the price but the punishment still stands, and he cannot touch a sub within the club. One night out with his friend and he meets the raven haired beauty of his dreams.

Isabella is a librarian and a virgin. She’s tired of her friends nagging her and so, she sets out a plan. The first man to hold her interest is the man she’s going to lose her virginity to.

Big mistake!

No matter how much chemistry was between them, losing her cherry against a brick wall was not the stuff of fairytales. There was no way she’d be giving herself to a man any time soon.

However, Jake refuses to step down. He’s got a reputation to uphold and he refuses to let her go until he shows her what it really means to be under a Dom’s care.

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Diana’s Review:

5 Hearts and 4 Flames

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.   I can honestly say that I felt happy throughout this entire reading experience.

Jake is very likeable and believably wants to do the right thing.   He is very Dominant and openly honest all throughout.  In fact all of the characters in this book are refreshingly honest with themselves and each other.  Even though we are reading a book with it’s setting surrounding the BDSM club Extreme, you cannot feel offended by this book.  It is tastefully sensual and there is a wonderful HEA ending.

Bella is a somewhat mousy librarian at first.  A virgin at 23, of course, but it fits this woman better than most that I have read.  Bella doesn’t need men in her life.  Extremely enlightened in a modern world.   The fun lies in what Bella wants and what her very Dominant male, Jake, wants.  At first they do not seem to be in sync.  Bella is not naïve or unfamiliar with BDSM world, but has no real time experience.  Jake just simply put is gob smacked by Bella.

Totally recommend this read to most over 18.   5 stars on Amazon, and Goodreads and 5 hearts with 4 flames on SSLY but only because the sex could have been more scorching and edgy but that is not what this story needed.

hearts 51Flames 4SSLY recommended read

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Review- The Black Door by Charlotte Howard

theblackdoorImogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?

 

Diana’s Review

When Imogen get the boss’s attention with her ad campaign photo for Wicked Ways. . . She does not realize how much her life is going to change.   I don’t know if it was the author’s intention but there was so much parody of real life in Imogen’s life.  Married but separated and nearing a major mid-life crisis of her own, with 4 kids, a soon to be x and a job of less than 1 year that she really, really needs.  All that stress gets to you, you blow up at the boss and end up in an escalating comedy Shakespeare would have been proud of. . .

I am sure other reviewers will reveal spoilers but I will not.   It is too good a story to spoil.  Well, maybe you need to have been there but it was humorous with a heavy dose of hot.   I liked this one a lot.

hearts 51Flames 4

 

 

SSLY recommended read

Review- the Payment Series- Cassandra Carr

 

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*****NOW WITH BRAND NEW SECOND EDITION OF BOOK 2, POSSESSED*****

Catrina Carter is in over her head. Way over her head. She’s in debt and, short of bankruptcy, which wouldn’t happen fast enough to pay the creditors nipping at her heels, Catrina has few choices. Eviction is coming any day, and even though she traded in her great car for a “more affordable” model, it’s about to be repossessed too. Catrina goes to Debt Management Associates, or DMA, for help.

The cost for DMA’s help is something she never thought she could pay, but out of options, Catrina agrees to serve a man who pays her debt in full, and begins training in how to please him. Jared. Her new benefactor. He is tasked with helping Catrina get her life back on track, in addition to taking his pleasure with her and ordering her to oblige friends, colleagues, and even total strangers sexually on his whim.

When Catrina leaves the DMA program after her one year term of service, will she be able to keep the lessons Jared literally spanked into her topmost in her mind, or will old habits rear their designer heads?

NOTE: The Payment Series is a serial. They are best read in order and are not really standalone stories.

WARNING: This series contains material some readers might find objectionable. If dark erotica themes bother you, please do not purchase this series.

Diana’s Review

I read this book free for an honest review.   So here it is.  Overall, I love the books.   In fact, I found it difficult to put down.  But it challenged the limits of my tolerances at some points, especially the couple scenes at the biker bar.   Luckily I love a challenge.

I could not imagine what kind of desperation would send me to this organization to get bailed out of severe financial problems.  As I read this story, I could feel Catrina Carter’s desperation.   I could read in the story her acceptance of this voluntary form of punishment and reform.   I also came to believe that for her it was a last ditch desperate move and not necessarily the right move, but  . . . I actually couldn’t think of something else that would help her reign in her spending.   The 3rd of the 3 books Boxed Set is definitely the best.  And much of what I felt from Catrina’s character seemed to be true.   I do not want to provide any kind of spoilers in my review though I am sure there are others who will.

****Please be warned and don’t be stupid**** this book is not for the sensitive soul or the soul that needs a true HEA with flowers and boxes of candy.   There is sexual degradation used as punishment.   Spanking, anal sex, sex with multiple strangers in a public setting.  Don’t buy this book just to turn around and bash the author because you cannot handle the subject matter.    This is my civic conscience speaking to you.   Make no mistake I liked this series.   It brings you in and messes with your emotions and spits you out at the end in a masterful way.

Bottom line. . . I will read more of this author’s books because I like how she tells her story.

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#Review ~ Primitive Need ~ Alicia Sparks

Primitive Need

by Alicia Sparks

Continuing the Primitive series with book 2

Blurb:
Ten years ago, Logan’s life changed when the Blackhawk helicopter he was flying went down over Afghanistan. The pain immediately hit him, intensifying and running down his arm, and when he woke up, he realized he’d become part of a military experiment complete with robotic arm and superhuman strength. After leaving the military, he returned to his hometown of Bon Teche, Louisiana to live a quiet life as the town’s sheriff, but the mayor has other plans for him.

Mayor O’Connor’s only daughter, Hadley, is blessed with powers she can’t understand or control, and the old man feasr for her life and his sanity. When he hires Logan to be her personal bodyguard, no one expects immediate sparks to fly between the two. Headstrong and spoiled, Hadley does not like being followed around by someone who watches her every move, and what she hates even more is the fact she can’t trust herself around Logan or the way he makes her feel.

Logan knows he can’t live without her, but convincing Hadley of that is next to impossible. With danger swirling all around them, Logan makes his feelings known, but Hadley has a secret which could destroy them both. As her secrets are revealed, she and Logan become entangled with the Maddux clan, a group of shape shifting tigers who want Hadley for their own purposes.

Deep in the Atchafalaya Basin, Logan is determined to protect Hadley and to satisfy her Primitive Need.

*Content Warning: Intended for 18+ Audience, may contain explicit details or scenes

 

Available at Amazon

 

Diana’s Review:
5 Hearts 3 Flames

First, let me say I read this book free for an honest review.   Second, this is book 2 in a series but I did not need to read book 1 in order to understand what was going on.

I loved the entire world that Alicia Sparks is creating.   All the characters in her book jump out of the pages with personality and three dimensional presence.  The story builds tension at just the right pace as does the relationship between Hadley and Logan.  The story is paranormal with good people, not so bad  people (maybe misguided) Maddux family,  and I suspect the very bad people, haven’t met the very bad yet.   Book 3 promises to be better.  When Kenyon Maddux little sister is causing problems and they need to find her, like now.    I am not even mad that I do not know more about this world.  Because with all good series, they should get better and better as the author builds layers upon layers of awesome to her world.  Oh did I mention the Maddux family are shifters?  I hope that is not a spoiler.

So by my thinking, I have just found another author that I will love to be reading.   That makes me very happy.  My ‘to be read’ list just got a lot longer.

hearts 51

Flames 3

Review- Severine- Jaden Sinclair

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Book 1 in the Severine Series

The year is 9045 and the Nations control almost everything in the universe. They have brought order to many planets and cultivated others, but behind closed doors they’ve raided and pillaged the planet’s resources for their own gain. She is one of the many children who have been ripped from their home for their selfish cause. Trained at a young age, she was developed into just what the Nations hoped to accomplish. A perfect weapon. But when control is lost and the weapon goes rogue, the Nations learn firsthand just what they’ve created and just what their weapon will do for her freedom and for a family she can never forget. He is sent to find her. Another trained and burned by the Nations, Byron Suthland is hired to find the weapon, only he doesn’t want to find her for them. He wants to find her for himself and bring back a woman, not a weapon. Knowing she can kill him instantly means nothing, but caring about her means everything.

Severine!

Content Warning: Intended for 18+ Audience, may contain explicit details or scenes

Diana’s Review

“The year is 9045 and the Nations control almost everything in the universe”  I am such an easy conquest of the futurist worlds created by wonderfully imaginative minds.  Just that first line alone sucked me in.   Then I am introduced to Severine-4597.  I didn’t quite understand why the number was attached to Severine’s name.   Did that mean she was the 4597th kid stolen, broken, and changed into a killer for the Nations?  Because that is what she was a killer.   Very good at her job, until one day and one little girl appeared in her gun’s scope.   You can’t keep such a strong mind locked down.   Severine as a weapon for the Nations had just broken down and they needed to terminate her.   You guessed it.   That did not happen, else why this book title.

Severine is a kick-ass, stone cold killer who now has a reason to kill that makes sense.   Bring in Byron another of the Nations creations.  His skill was as Tracker and he had been able to break away, sort of, from the Nations.   He still did “contract work” for them.  His job, track Severine so she could be brought back and if not reconditioned at least terminated.   So as you might suspect,  Byron and Severine get together in a fight that never seems to end.  A fight to save as many children as they can from their horrible fate.

This world is stark and all you see are the broken and bruised children used by the Nations and a glimpse of the Directors and the irreversibly broken “weapon” of an abusive and powerful group that controls everyone.  You do not see the larger world, possibly because the Nations kill everyone but the children they take from the planets they raid.  And the rest of the planets and their inhabitants remain clueless to all that the Nations are.

As Severine starts to feel the connection she has with Byron, will she act on that?  Acknowledge it at least?  I think that there may be a love story building as well.

I think this series as it develops will continue to interest me and draw me in deeper with each new book.

 

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Spotlight and review- Prophecy’s Power- Brenda Dyer

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He kidnapped her heart

For Natalie Tortelli, everything comes down to a hard-won fight. She’s survived an insane mother and a cold, indifferent foster care system. To stand apart from everyone and everything is to trust only in herself—and that suits her fine. But all that changes one night when she happens upon a handsome stranger, murdering another. To make matters worse, the killer takes her captive and claims he’s part of a vampire race that protects humans from demons. Caught in a dangerous world she doesn’t understand, Natalie has no choice but to trust in him. But her pride won’t allow her to fall for the sexy kidnapper.

She stole his soul

Soren from the Fourth Clan of vampires loves his life. With an endless supply of demons to fight, and willing women to share his bed, why wouldn’t he? Love is an emotion he cares nothing about. But the foundations of his philosophies are shaken to the core after he has to detain Natalie. She’s unlike any woman—vampire or human—he’s ever come across. When it comes time to let her go, he finds he doesn’t have the heart to release his wild and sexy captive.

The power of love binds them

Together, Soren and Natalie attempt to unravel the secrets that haunt her past—which might tie both of them to the vampire prophecy. Though their passionate relationship is more than either had expected, both hesitate to fully entrust themselves to one another. But if they don’t, death may be the only thing that unites them.

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Diana’s Review

This author has created a world where it is imperative that Vampires and Humans coexist. The survival of the world as we know it depends on it. Following the prophecy will insure it.

Soren is a 100% sexy vampire. . . unfortunately . . . he is 98% arrogant ass as well. Natalie is one tough woman who owns her own drywall company, proud of her accomplishments. She is on her own, since her mom is locked up in the crazy bin. Then she witnesses Soren doing what he does best . . and sure it looks to Natalie like he just killed someone. On top of that, Soren can’t erase her memory of what she saw or of him.

So let’s recap. . . Soren, arrogant although sexy killer. Natalie, strong willed, proud, has a crazy mom, witnesses a murder.

Soren can’t erase Natalie’s memory, that should not have been a problem. Now he is stuck with her until he can figure out what to do.

The sexual tension between Soren and Natalie picks up as Soren tries to figure out what the hell is going on. Each time Natalie tries to get away from Soren . . . well the humor is not lost on this reader. Buy this book and see what happens. I have loved both the preceding books in this series and this one by far outshines the rest. The prophecy is going to pull you in and when you get to the other side of this awesome Vampire/Human/Demon series you will be wanting more. I know I do.

PS as an aside, Brenda Dyer, I will gladly volunteer to stake Ace for you. Just say the word. . .

hearts 51Flames 4flames

 

 

SSLY recommended read

 

Double Review- Terran (Book 2 Breeder series) by Cara Bristol

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After fleeing loneliness and heartache on Terra, Tara Diehl has adjusted to male-dominated Parseon better than most vendors–until she is kidnapped by Alpha Marlix, one of the five rulers of the planet. At first she’s terrified of her tall, muscled abductor, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with a little corporal discipline. After all her methods and ploys to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.

But out of seduction and subterfuge grow a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take action that drives Parseon to the brink of civil war, and threatens not only their relationship, but also their lives.

Terran, the second book in the Breeder sci-fi series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien, and a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.

 

Cara’s Review

A quick and enjoyable read, Terran brings us back to the alien world of Parseon where a huge gap lays between social strata.  Marlix, one of the five Alpha’s, meets Tara in the Terran Bazaar and is immediately drawn to her.

This is a great read, which focuses on two very, very different people coming from very, very different societies.  The culture of Parseon is truly fascinating, and a sharp contrast to the Terrans.  I really liked both Tara and Marlix, though Marlix was an Alpha through and through!  I foresee an interesting future for these two, as they continue to have misunderstandings.

Please take a chance to read this well written book.  You don’t have to read Cara Bristol’s first book, Breeder, to understand this book, but it is also a good read, and will fill you in on more details of the Parseon society.  If you love big, hot Aliens, this book will be a win for you!

 

Diana’s Review

I love these kinds of Sci-Fi stories.   I thought this one was very cute.  I hated that the Parseon society, very misogynistic. But that is okay, because Tara proves that misogynistic excessive can be toned down and emotion turned up.

Take Marlix, Parseon Alpha, and mix with Terran feminism.   Mix well and Holy Moly.  I cannot go further without giving up way to much.  This book stirred up my anger, then my funny bone, and my holy hotness meter started rising.  If you like Science Fiction and fiction in general, you will most likely like this series.  The book I read is the second in the series, but I intend to read more.

The Alphas and the Betas do not shift but that is okay.   Terran’s (can we say earthlings) apparently have progressed to true equality.   No vampires, no ghosts, no shifters.   But let me say this again.  That is okay.   I think as this story keeps on going and growing Flames will also grow hotter.   Totally enjoyable read.

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