Valentine Roulette

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Blurb

Get ready to explore some of your naughtiest desires while you celebrate

Valentine’s Day with eight kinky stories from eight USA Today and international

bestselling authors! Black Light is the most exclusive BDSM club in Washington,

D.C. and for one night they’re changing the rules of play to entertain their

members with a game of chance – Valentine Roulette. Challenge and adventure

awaits as these sexy dominants spin to win their submissives, and the subs spin

to choose how they will play. Their prize if they last the night? One free month at

Black Light, and for some of our daring participants… even a chance at love.

Three hours. Four hard limits. Eight sexy stories.

Are you brave enough to spin the wheel?

 

Included in the box set:

Tamed – Livia Grant (USA Today)

Wet – Jennifer Bene (Bestselling)

Unraveled – Addison Cain (Bestselling)

Stripped – Sophie Kisker (Bestselling)

Unmasked – Lee Savino (USA Today)

Broken – Renee Rose (USA Today)

Unbroken – Maren Smith USA Today)

Bared – Measha Stone (Bestselling)

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This anthology is unlike anything I’ve read and I’ve actually been fairly conflicted on writing this review. Some aspects of this book I really loved and others just had me sort of shocked.

I am going to reference FSOG in this post and its as a baseline. Not comparing one to another but I know that for many readers, they are familiar with FSOG. With that said, this book is definitely more of a “true” BDSM in my opinion. We are seeing the characters in this anthology dabbling in things that I can honestly say I haven’t seen written about (breath play, whipping, water play, age play, etc). If you are a fan of these authors, you have probably read this work from them before, however, they are all new to me.

One of the first things I really enjoyed about this anthology is the idea to set the story in Washington D.C. I liked this because we do see so much ego in that area and so many people in powerful positions or who want to be powerful. It also added to the fact that Black Light is so exclusive and very concerned about their privacy and confidentiality. It made sense that these power players would want to be at Black Light.

Another facet I enjoyed was that this story is diverse. We see a lawyer, an actress, politician, lobbyist, bartender, and waitress all playing, among others. Everyone is also a little bit older. Again, this made sense to me. Black Light is not an inexpensive place to be at, and some of the kinks that these people are partaking in are not just something you discover on a whim, in particular regard to the Dominants. They know exactly what they are doing and how to manipulate a situation.

One thing I will say is that one story (Livia Grant) in the anthology does have a full book coming with it this spring. The reason I want to mention this is because it was the second story in the book and I was so bummed to not see the couple get some kind of closure. The other stories in this anthology aren’t like that. It makes sense to have a follow up book, it doesn’t take away the fact that I’m inpatient and just want the full story right away.

Overall, I enjoyed this read. I can say that at times, it was intense and I wanted to quit reading. And I say that as someone who is familiar with BDSM and was fairly familiar with most of the things mentioned here. But I wanted to see it through and I’m happy I did.

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A Sacred Vow by Willa Thorne

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A Sacred Vow by Willa Thorne

I swore a solemn oath that saw to the end of the Cormacs, a family of hunters that persistently sought to rid my coven’s existence.

For years we have lived in the shadows, free from hunters and the weapons of wood that could destroy us.

But the familiar scent of Cormac blood is awakening my senses. We were certain that we had ended the bloodline. Now, the vow I swore plagues my mind. The guilt I harbour buries deep. The desire and lust burns.

My pledge to my family is now a promise to protect the woman I love.
Aurelia Galligan is a descendant of the Cormac bloodline. I should drain her. I have to destroy her. But she may just end me.

**This is a forbidden vampire romance between the hunter and the hunted. The content is not suitable for readers under the age of 18.**

I believe this book started out as a standalone, but is progressing into more. I know the author could go in any direction she would like, but based on the ending of this story, we will see more Julian and Lia in the future. With that said, this book does NOT have a cliffhanger. I know some readers have certain feelings about that (myself included- I think cliffhangers suck out my soul, one cliffy at a time).

This book was really interesting to me. Our story starts with Aurelia “Lia” moving back into her grandmother’s home after she passes. Once there, she finds some odd items in a small basement closet and is intrigued by the maps and weapons she finds. Add into that a strange phone call from her estranged brother and Lia knows something weird is happening.

At an art event, she meets Julian Devereux. Both are taken with each other from the start, but for very different reasons. Julian is a vampire, and he’s primarily interested in feeding from Lia. Until he sees a particular birthmark on her shoulder. That birthmark tells Julian that Lia is a descendant from the Cormac family, a family that he has vowed to destroy.

This book gives us flashbacks into Julian’s past and I loved that the author included that. It made the story have more context, especially seeing Julian as he was in the past. Seeing him in the past helps the reader see why Julian is the way he is in present day as well.

In all honesty, Lia wasn’t my favorite character. I think for Julian and Lia’s relationship to work though, Lia needed to have the personality that she did. She was naive, innocent, foolish. As much as her character sometimes drove me a little crazy, I could see why Julian would be attracted to her. I think Lia’s character, to me, represented that youthful innocence. That was something that Julian had lost a long time ago and as we watch them interact, you can see Lia bringing Julian back to life.

I think the only thing I would have changed about this book is that I wish some of this was laid out differently, knowing there is a possibility of more books for the characters. The reason I say this is that we meet some characters and you almost wonder why. They don’t get closure and its hard to see what role they are playing overall in the story.

If you love paranormal, or are just in the mood for some quality time with a handsome vampire, then this is the book for you. I still feel this story is complete, but I admit I’m looking forward to seeing what direction the author takes the characters into next.

Undeniable: Dom & Gigi by Callie Harper

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Undeniable: Dom & Gigi by Callie Harper

Undeniable (Dom & Gigi)

Dom’s the one she couldn’t have. Gigi’s the one he couldn’t forget.
They haven’t seen each other for four years. He’s been serving in the Special Forces. She’s finished college. They’ve had time to move on. Neither one has.
Now there’s a death threat. Her family’s business has pissed off a drug cartel. Her life’s in danger.

They’re thrown together, on the run. He has to keep her safe. From everyone. Including himself.

NOTE: Undeniable is a standalone hot adult romance. It’s the fifth story in the Beg for It series—which can be read in any order—about the dominant, alpha males in the Kavanaugh family and the strong, sexy women who make them finally meet their match.

WARNING: THIS BOOK CAN START KINDLES ON FIRE! This is not a test!

Holy smokes. You guys. I can’t even with this book. I finished reading it earlier and was trying to find nice, professional ways to say how much I loved it, but I am not coming up with anything that is adequately expressing my feelings. I LOVED THIS BOOK. Insert a ton of curse words to add emphasis to my love.

I could not put this book down once I started. I found Dom and Gigi to be incredibly addicting. When we meet Gigi, she’s 18 (close to 19) and Dom is 23. They have an immediate connection, but she’s a rich girl and he’s the son of a former MC President. This story passes through time as Dom and Gigi ebb and flow through their lives. Even when they try to stay away from each other, they still have one another in the back of their mind.  On paper, they don’t seem like they would go together at all. But both of them are far more than what they seem.

One thing I cannot stop thinking about is how seamlessly Callie Harper incorporated some other genres into this book, without it taking over her story. I will say this because you learn it pretty early on, but Dom is more dominant in the bedroom. He’s also got ties to his dad’s MC. (MC is Motorcycle Club, in case you weren’t sure what it meant). I really loved how the author incorporated these aspects into the story, without making the book be a kinky billionaire or another MC book. I don’t mind those types of books or characters, but I just enjoyed seeing Dom and Gigi being able to handle different aspects of their lives, while still being (somewhat) everyday people.

The sex scenes in this book are insane. I mean, everything was getting blurry and I assume it was from my kindle starting to steam in my hands. Not because it was 4AM and I was reading some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read. Dom and Gigi have a really intense physical connection. Dom is clearly more experienced, and Gigi is still learning. What I really liked was how even when it was a sex scene, Dom is still nurturing and loving. He wants to experience these things with Gigi and she wants to experience them with him. I enjoyed seeing both characters actively interested and wanting to explore their sexual desires together.

I could go on and on and on about this book. I liked so many things about it, but if I get further into all my love for it, I’ll end up telling you the entire story. But seriously, go one click this book. Callie Harper manages to incorporate many factors into this story but does so in a harmonious and flawless way.

The Sinner by Amanda Stevens 


I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place…


I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 


I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. 

I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

I finished this book around 5AM. Then, it took me another two hours before I could stop thinking about the story and how it ended. 

Let me first start by sayin this book is the second in a series. In my opinion, you could read this as a standalone, but I know that I will personally be going back in to read the first book because I enjoyed this one and I think it would help certain aspects of this story make a little more sense. So you don’t have to read the first book, but it might make this story more enjoyable for you. 

I absolutely loved the history in this book. Amelia Gray is a cemetery restorer, and she is in Ascension, South Carolina, restoring the Seven Gates Cemetary. Amelia Gray has certain gifts, and as she’s restoring the cemetary, she can sense she isn’t alone. This draws her to explore a little more and that’s how our story really begins. 

I don’t want to spoil this story for anyone, so I am going to purposely be more vague. 

This story kept me in constant suspense. Just when I thought I had a grasp on the story and the direction, the author tossed in another element. With that said, it wasn’t too complex that I couldn’t understand. I felt the author had a really great pace going, in terms of introducing new aspects of the story, and throwing in new facets that added more depth to the story. 

I enjoyed this story a lot. There is a lot of history imbedded into the story, and I enjoyed watching Amelia Gray using her intelligence and knowledge to gain a better understanding of the mystery and evil that was unfolding. At one point, someone who Amelia is in contact with tells her that someone close to her isn’t what they seem. I think the fact that this message keeps echoing in her mind actually added a lot to the story. The reason I say this is because we get deeper and deeper into this mystery, Amelia is finding out more and more about the other characters in the story. The author really keeps the reader on their toes all the way to the last page of this book. 

When I finally got to the end of the book, I was in complete and utter shock. I did NOT see the ending coming at all. I don’t even know if I was more shocked or spooked senseless by the ending. It was so insane. I remember just sitting awake this morning and just having to sit and think. That is how much this book threw me for a total loop. 

This was my first book from Amanda Stevens and I can’t wait to read more from her. I love a good mystery and this book is easily one of the best I have ever come across. 


Hung by Simone Sowood

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Hung by Simone Sowood

Is a man worth losing everything I’ve ever worked for?

Lawson Heywood is a cocky, dirty-talking prick with enough money to buy a small country. And a man who’s used to getting any woman he wants.

I drew him a picture.

He was so impressed, he cornered me and kissed me. My first real kiss.

With his tattoos, broad shoulders and panty-dropping brown eyes, I thought I’d melt into his arms forever.

Except I can’t get involved with him. It would make me a sell out and ruin my art career once and for all.

Lawson keeps threatening to make me his, but that’s never going to happen. No matter how much my body craves him.

*** A steamy STANDALONE contemporary romance with a hot, dominant alpha. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.***

This book is definitely an insta-love story, just to be up front. I know some readers don’t enjoy that, but for myself, I enjoy a good, fast love story. And Skye and Lawson definitely move quickly!

This story was really sweet, in all honesty. Yes, the sex was off the charts hot, but when we see Lawson really step up to the plate for Skye, that is where the story really shines. Our characters meet for the first time when Skye is Lawson’s waitress and somewhat rescues him from a date with a gold digger. They immediately have chemistry, but not just physically. When Skye assists Lawson with moving his date along, he sees her personality, and that Skye is funny and intelligent.

Then he comes back to see her again. But this time, he kisses her and causes Skye some trouble at work. In more way than one.

As much as I liked this story, there were a couple things that didn’t necessarily jive with me. I wouldn’t say I disliked them, but they did sort of make me scratch my head. The first being how quickly Skye and Lawson have sex (if you’ve read the book, you’ll understand what I mean). The reason I say this is tied into the second thing that didn’t sit right with me: Skye has this intense hatred of wealthy people. Lawson opens up to her about his past but we never find out what her issue is with wealthier people. We know Skye has had a falling out with her parents, but it wasn’t enough (in my opinion) to warrant such a strong hatred for the wealthy.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The pace moved quickly, and I found myself reading this fairly quickly. Not because I was rushing through but because it just flowed really well. It was easy to want to spend more time with Skye and Lawson. This author is new to me, but I really enjoyed her work and would be more than willing to read more books from her.

Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

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Beautiful Lies by Heather Bentley

From the couture clothes, private jets and homes around the globe, I have the best of everything. But looks can be deceiving, and in my family, deception is an art form. So, I bide my time and count the days until I’m free.

Heiress Christina Harcourt lives a life surrounded by the finest this world has to offer. Unfortunately, what she wants most can’t be bought. After losing her mother in a heinous crime, she tries her best to live the life she knows her mother would want for her. But through her family’s hurtful ways, Christina learns the only way to do that, is to leave this life far behind. Everything is going as planned, until she meets him.

Sexy, carefree CJ Whitford is a hard-working, blue collar guy who can’t get the guarded brunette out of his head. So, he takes a chance and rearranges his life to go after the girl he’s falling for. He quickly discovers that Christina’s secrets are as big as her heart. A heart so fragile that all it will take to destroy it is one more lie … his.

Isn’t this cover beautiful? I keep opening it on my iPad and just staring at it. Its stunning. I actually got a message from Heather, asking if I’d be interested in reviewing her new book. This is her debut book and I am really happy that I said yes.

We start out the story, meeting Sara who is in a small town where she works as a waitress and a bartender at night. Then the book flashes back in time…

This is where we meet Christina (aka Sara). You immediately feel for her. I think the author really captured the discomfort that Christina felt so well. I mean, as I was reading it, I could feel myself cringing along with her at certain aspects of her life. You can see why she doesn’t love her life, even with all the wealth that she has. Her family treated her horribly and tried to keep her knocked down at what seemed like every opportunity.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

I enjoyed seeing Christina’s true nature come out. A lot of the story follows Christina working in the pediatric cancer center, and how she uses her famous name and wealth to bring in more donations and make wishes come true for the kids. She does all of this as volunteer work. But she enjoys it and is well loved by everyone there.

When Christina and CJ first meet, its at a country bar, outside of town and CJ met Christina as Courtney (her fake bar name), but CJ is relentless and manages to find her at the hospital fairly quickly. I appreciated that the author let CJ find out who Christina was right away. I was pleased that the whole story wasn’t Christina parading around as Courtney and then the drama would come when CJ found out the lie.

There was very little that I disliked in this book. The one thing that kept nagging at me was whatever happened to Becca and Nicole. They were so cruel to Christina, I kept hoping for some sort of closure on that. With that said, I can also see why Christina would leave them behind and forget them. She wasn’t interested in the society life so losing those relationships really didn’t mean that much to her. Yes, she was hurt but she was smart enough to know they weren’t worth anything in the big picture of her life.

I don’t want to give out any spoilers for the story, so I don’t want to get more into the actual story than that. For a debut novel, this story was fantastic. I thought the characters had a lot of depth. The truth is, this is Christina’s story. Its really her tale that is woven through the pages; between the truths, the lies, the deceit.

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The Blogger and the Hunk by Jane Matisse

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The Blogger and the Hunk by Jane Matisse

The Blogger

Penelope Luciano, a virginal wallflower who lives the life of a hermit, has always been overlooked. But everything changes when she trades her quiet night with a book for a rare night out with her friends.

The Hunk

Jack Goodman, a confident skirt chaser, has always been a womanizer. But everything changes when he meets clumsy Penelope, and their first kiss turns into a night of passion.

When Penelope sneaks out the morning after, neither one expects to see each other again until they are thrown together in unexpected circumstances.

When pride and self-doubt get in the way, it’s up to both the blogger and the hunk to attain their equal footing and find the strength to chase what they really want.

I feel like every romance reader should read this book. You’ll find it fun and endearing, and I enjoyed the mental fantasy that went with a handsome, model-type of fellow falling for one of us mere mortals. **insert smiley face here as I’m only being humorous here**

This is the debut novel from Jane Matisse and I have to applaud her choice for her first story. The reason I say that is because this book is light, but I was still able to become emotionally attached to the characters, especially Penelope.

My blog is still fairly new, and so I’ve read a fair number of debut authors and one thing I see frequently is too many characters introduces too fast. Jane Matisse manages to avert this by placing her new characters in strategically, while still keeping the focus on Jack and Penelope.

So we already know that Penelope and Jack have a one-night- stand. But they reconnect unexpectedly when Celeste, Penelope’s sister, is getting married and has been friends with Jack since college on the east coast. One thing that did strike me odd was that Celeste asked Jack, whom she calls Jackie, to be her maid-of-honor. I know the necessity of this request, in terms of the story, but it still kept striking me as sort of odd. Yes, I know we live in a different type of world, but I think that I never really saw Celeste and Jack have the friendship shown in the book that would have warranted that. And Celeste seemed to have a lot of friends whom she could have asked. So like I said, I understood why the author made it that way, but it still struck me a bit odd.

When Penelope hears about Jackie, she’s obviously somewhat hurt, but assumes Jackie is a girl. Then they meet, for the second time. From there, the fun really begins. Penelope isn’t thin. Now she’s not obese either. I would say her size, based on the book, is average. But this story is set in California and after having a one-night-stand with someone who normally dates tall, thin, model types, you can certainly understand where Penelope assumes Jack has no interest in her at all.

But Jack actually can’t stop thinking about Penelope and even he is somewhat confused by it. He realizes that she isn’t his normal type, but he can’t stay away. I really appreciated that Jack and Penelope can have actual conversations. The reality is that as Jack gets to know Penelope more and more, he sees her physical beauty more and more.

Another facet that sort of confused me was Celeste, in general. She’s crucial to the story but she is so far in her own world, that I sort of ended up hating her. When the book starts, she’s berating Penelope for not going out more. Then as the wedding planning continues, she sort of thinks for Penelope, instead of actually talking to her. Even Celeste’s soon-to-be husband realizes that something is brewing between Jack and Penelope, but Celeste is in a bubble.  It never struck me as the bridezilla bubble, it just seemed like she was completely self-absorbed and selfish.

For myself, I really related to Penelope. I felt like the author possibly climbed inside my mind with the way Penelope sees herself. There is a point in the book where Penelope really lets Jack have a piece of her mind. Even though I was sad to see discord between them, I was really happy that she got it off her chest, because Jack needed to hear it. Later, we see a point where Penelope’s mother is talking about her (Penelope) weight and how she needs to lose weight and fix herself up so can find a man like Celeste has. Jack actually takes the chance and steps up to defend her.

I felt this was a really crucial moment in the story. The reason being is that women, whether its mothers, grandmothers, daughters, friends, etc, want to admit, we criticize each other all the time; sometimes not even knowing we’re doing it. Its done under the guise of “helping” or “tough love”. I knew exactly how Penelope was feeling in that moment and to see Jack come to her rescue in really the best way he can was fantastic.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As I sat down to write my review, I was surprised when I realized that this was the author’s debut. Yes, there were parts that struck me a bit off, but at the same time, I was able to see why those parts were there. I’m really excited to see what Jane Matisse does next, because I truly think her work will continue to grow and advance and become more addicting that I already found it to be.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

Penelope groaned. They’d slept together again. Why did she insist on torturing herself? Although she was a teeny bit disappointed she couldn’t remember any of it.

Jack laughed at her and reached out to take her hand. “I’m just teasing. Nothing happened between us. You just snored. A lot. If getting a hangover doesn’t stop you from getting drunk again, then just keep in mind if you plan to go home with a guy, don’t drink yourself into a stupor beforehand. I thought a bear had sneaked into my apartment.” He laughed, chucking her chin and turning to the whistling kettle on the stove.

Penelope couldn’t stop the heat from taking over. She could just imagine the tomato color her face was sporting. “Does that mean you didn’t take me out of my clothes?” she managed to ask.

“I was surprised you were actually balanced enough to slide that little number off, especially with those fuck-me heels.” His eyes twinkled from above his mug of coffee.

Penelope wasn’t having any of it. “Ugh, stop. Just stop it. Be serious for once, please. No more of these double meanings and sexual innuendos. They’re getting a little annoying and the only thing I want to do right now is find my dress and get home.”

Jack just looked back at her, a serious expression on his face. “All right, truce. I’ll shut up for now. Deal?”