Deliver (Deliver #1) by Pam Godwin

Book Description:

Published: February 26, 2014

Format: E-Book

 

His name was Joshua Carter. Now it’s whatever she wants it to be.
She is a Deliverer.
She lures young men and delivers them to be sold. She delivers the strikes that enforce their obedience. She delivers the sexual training that determines their purchase price.
As long as she delivers, the arrangement that protects her family will hold.
Delivering is all she knows.
The one thing she can’t deliver is a captive from slavery.
Until him.
And her stubborn slave thinks he can deliver her…from herself.

Content warning: Graphic sex, violence, and psychological abuse. Age 18+ only.

Review –

If you’re a fan of dark romance, Deliver is definitely a book you should add to your list!!

It’s dangerous, suspenseful, very dark,  erotic, and at it’s heart, it’s a love story. I’m not going to lie though, it definitely made me uncomfortable at times but that’s kind of what you should expect from a darker romance so again, in every way, this book delivered.

Please pay attention to the content warning on the blurb though. This book is not for the faint of heart but underneath everything, it was the story of what happens when good people are put into terrible situations. It shows their true colors in the face of dangerous and sometimes deadly situations. In this case, it was about one man’s care for a woman who had stolen him from his life, violated him, subjugated him to cruelty and despite it all, he was still determined to save her from a life not that different from his new one.

When reading you thinka story about  human trafficking for sex BUT it was so much  more. There is a giant twist and it changes everything.  I didn’t think Josh and Liv had a chance in Hell but believe it or not there is a HEA. That shows what a good author Pam Godwin is. She was able to pull hope from chaos.

Very good read but very very dark. Reader BEWARE.

 

Marriage Games (Games #1) by CD Reiss

Book Description:

Published: October 22, 2016

THIRTY DAYS
That’s all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife.
Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he’ll sign her divorce papers and give her complete ownership of their company.

THIRTY DAYS
That’s how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The Dominant Master he hid when he fell in love with her five years ago.

THIRTY DAYS
She wants the business they built badly enough to go to the cottage for a month. Cut off ties to the world and do his bidding. She can submit to him with her body, but her heart will never yield.

She thinks this is his pathetic attempt to repair their marriage.

She’s wrong

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I can’t believe that this is my first experience with the writings of CD Reiss  but it definitely won’t be the last and let me tell you why.

Not only was this book filled with inferno hot, steamy sex but it was an emotional roller coaster ride of two people who spent years together and yet drift  apart.

Diana leaves Adam a note telling him that she doesn’t love him any more and he is beyond devastated. He has loved her from the moment they met.

At first, he doesn’t accept what she’s telling him and tries to get her to come back only to have her refuse him at every turn.

Some background  here would be helpful – Adam was a Dom and belonged to a sex club and owned a house where he would take submissive to break them before he met Diana. Diana, on the other hand, was prim and proper and totally vanilla and since he had never  been able to love a sub, he did not want to introduce her to the life style.

After years of marriage and working together Diana feels something is missing and that Adam’s head is somewhere else when they have sex. She’s right. Adam wants to be a Dominant again but loves Diana too much to bring that into the bedroom.

The saying goes, it takes two to tango. That’s because they spent years together without ever revealing their true selves. It’s difficult to love someone else if you’re not truly embracing yourself. With Adam’s fear of showing his dominance with Diana, he held so much of himself back. Denying his true self was his biggest mistake and once he regains the control he’s ignored for so long, he begins to feel free and euphoric. Dominant Adam was way intense and a major turn on!! ( and don’t get me started on the male narrator, Sebastian York and his dominant voice, OMG, he could have been reading a phone book and my blood still would have churned)

I didn’t care for Diana until the POV of the story switched to her and the reader saw where she was coming from. Each of them had things they weren’t sharing with the other and it was their downfall.

Adam proposes that Diana give herself over to him for 30 days and let him show her his Dominant side. He’s always believed he could never combine love with his dominant lifestyle. That is until he offers up this  deal to his soon-to-be ex-wife. Thirty days in a cottage together. Thirty days to return to his old self and hopefully in the process, fall out of love with Diana so that he can move on with his heart still relatively in one piece. 

Along the way Diana discovers that she IS a submissive and has been craving what a Dom can give her even though she didn’t know it, but Adam discovers that by breaking Diana sexually he now doesn’t love her in the same way.

The tables have turned and now Diana is the one trying to put their marriage back together and Adam is the one walking away.

The follow-up book, SEPARATION GAMES, comes out in January and I can not wait.

This book is extremely sexual, describing explicit sex and using very explicit language. Reader beware.

Five stars *****

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The Black Room: Door Four(Black Room #4)by Jasinda Wilder and Jade London

Book Description:

Published: November 18, 2016

Warning: reader discretion is highly advised. This novel contains vivid depictions, fantasies, and relationships. Mature readers only, please.

There’s nowhere he can’t find you. Nothing he won’t do to make you his. There is no pleasure he won’t give you, no fantasy he won’t make reality, no secret desire he won’t reveal.

He’s everything. He’s everywhere.

Will you go to him?

Step forward…

Turn the handle…

Step through into THE BLACK ROOM.

Review –

When Hannah steps into Door Four she is dressed in maids uniform of sorts and is the “new girl” in the Killian household, Yes, KILLIAN. Same name but in this door he plays an entirely different kind of man. A stern, controlling, and I believe a sexual sadist. He is hosting a poker game with ten men counting Killian and tonight they will not be playing for money. Instead, it will be strip poker but only Hannah will be losing her clothes and the man winning the hand will own that piece of clothing. The night progresses as you may expect with the drunk men groping her breasts and bare thighs. Killian never touches her. The night ends with Charlie (the blonde drifter from door three) winning the final hand.

The next night is another poker game but this time Hannah is for all intents and purposes naked and tied to a chair. When a man wins a hand he is allowed to do anything he can to her with his tongue and hands.We have it all,  Anal play, Light Bondage, F/F Scene, Oral Delight, Squirting, Stripping and Voyeurism. I’m no prude but it was a bit much. Only Killian, when he wins the final hand has actual intercourse with Hannah and the next morning tells her that she has to go. She opens the door and looks back at Killian, wishing she could stay but knowing she can’t.

Back in the BLACK ROOM she doesn’t hesitate to go to the next door hoping she will find Killian again. Door five has a huge lions head door knocker in the middle of the door and she has to pull on the ring. It takes both hands to pull it and slides open on silent hinges.

She’s now in a courtyard with archways and cobblestones and a huge castle in the distance. Once at the castle, guards tell her that “He’s expecting you” so she ascends more stairs and finds Killian on a throne like chair dressed all in white and he tells her she is a prize that he won in a battle and to tell him why he should keep her.  Cliffhanger.

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Dark Alley: Club (Dark Alley #2) by D.S. Wrights

Book Description:

Published: December 28, 2015

Discovering a new form of independence and self-confidence Alice not only decides to explore her newly granted membership to the Dark Alley Club, but also her own secret desires.
Bound to secrecy by the club rules Alice gains not only a new perspective on her life, but also her best friend’s situation.
Plus, there are still so many things to find out: Who’s King of Diamonds? Will she meet Poseidon again? And who has asked her to meet him in the Club house? One of the two, or someone else entirely?

Review –

This is the second book in the Dark Alley  series and deals with Alice/ Belladonna’s next adventures at the Dark Alley. The main focus is the change between the very normal Alice and her new persona, Belladonna. When she puts on her mask and enters ‘Dark Alley’  she becomes a very different person, a very darker person.

This trip into The Dark Alley was more adventurous than the last one, so, if you like some soft BDSM with intriguing sex scenes then this is for you.

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Bound (True Desires #1) by Sasha White

Book Description:

Published: June 14, 2016

The strongest way to be Bound, is by emotion.

Everybody has a dark side. I just never expected mine to come out in my sexuality. But in that quiet time before I drift off to sleep the images that come into my mind shock even me. You see, I’ve always been the good girl. The steady one, the responsible one, but ever since I set eyes on Joe Carson, the dreams have turned into urges… a restlessness I can’t resist.

So I don’t.

No one is more shocked than me when after putting on a private show of self love for Joe, I tell him I’ll do anything for him… and he holds me to it.

I admit it. I’m an addict.

I’m addicted to the freedom that I find in his arms…and I’m worried it might cost me the freedom from small town existence I’ve been working towards my whole life.

Review –

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There is more to Katie than meets the eye and Joe Carson is not what he seems. They are sexually drawn to each other and a semi-relationship beings. Beside the hot sex, there is a story line of theft in a casino and an ex-boyfriends’s new girlfriend. The author made everything flow perfectly.

If I had to categorize Bound, I would say that it was erotica with an HEA and by that, I mean, that there is a satisfactory emotional ending. While not a romance per se,  it has enough romantic elements to satisfy any romance lover.

This is a very steamy, edgy tale with explicit sex scenes. With lust, suspense and so much more. I couldn’t put it down and if you like this genre, you won’t either.

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

Book Description:

Published:July 31,2012

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.

Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.

Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as “total authority and an almost desperate intensity,” provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

Review –

Dare Me is the sixth  book by an American author Megan Abbott, and is centered on American cheerleading,( not just the pom-pom shaking kind) and an ambiguous death that takes place in the first few pages. The book explores themes of friendship, obsession and power. This is expressed through not only the events of the novel, but also the relationship between the protagonist, Addy Hanlon, and her best friend, Beth Cassidy.

While they might also have tans and wear glitter, those items are used as war paint: “You may have the bodies of young girls,” says a character at one point near the novel’s end, “but you have the hearts of warriors.” The girls in this book are not at all “sugar and spice and everything nice”, not by a long shot.

Besides the world of modern cheerleading there is a mystery subplot and again I am confused as to what genre to place this book. It reads like YA, but it mentions, wild keg parties, binge drinking at a house with an authority figure present, bullying, and make all of them seem like an everyday occurrence.

While I enjoyed reading this book I would not recommend it to any one under seventeen.

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