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Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers #12)

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals—not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones.

After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can’t ignore, and he isn’t used to backing down from a confrontation—especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart.

When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love…

Review

Holding on Tighter brings the Wicked Lover’s series to an end in a spectacular way.   Shayla Black has a way of writing that makes you fall in love with each of her characters.  Jolie and Heath are no different.

I fell for Heath the minute I opened the book.  He had a wife that he loved and was the victim of a senseless act of violence.  Heath is really only going through the motions of life until he starts a job protecting Jolie.  He starts to understand that he has more love that he has to give.

Jolie is a head strong woman who knows what she wants in life.  She has a jaded view on love because of her mother’s experience.  When she meets Heath Jolie is thrown off and now is finding herself having to pave a new path for herself.

From the first chapter the story builds on itself.  From a budding relationship to protecting Jolie from history repeating itself. There are also unforgettable characters in this story.  Karis, Jolie’s sister, has an upbeat spirit and is still looking for love. Jolie has quite a unique set of employees that gives her sanity a run for her money, but she manages to keep them focused and moving towards the same goal.  On Heath’s side, he has his best friend that he hasn’t talked to for years after them both losing their wife’s in the same shooting.  We also got to know Cutter and catch up with some other characters we know well like Stone, Tyler, Logan and Hunter.

There is also a mystery to figure out.  Why someone would want to hurt Jolie and how it connects to Heath. Plus Heath has a chance to get some closure on his wife’s murder.

Holding on Tighter is a great addition to this series.  I really loved the attention to detail right down to the rules that were at the beginning of every chapter. And make sure to read the epilogue because lots of old friends show up. I am definitely going to miss this series but I am looking forward to reading what Shayla Black has in store for us next.

Holding on Tighter

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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His Undeniable Secret

By Shayla Black

Synopsis

I’m Kayla.
I’m twenty one.
I’m afraid because ever since a sudden, terrible tragedy, I’m alone in the world—except for my brother’s best friend. But now Oliver intends to move back to London.
I’m in love with him. And I have to persuade him to stay…somehow.
Maybe if I tell him I’m a virgin and show him just how far I’m willing to go to keep him, he’ll give in.
Of course, I never expected that he’d be keeping a shocking secret of his own…

Review

His Undeniable Secret is about Kayla, a girl with a huge heart that belongs to Oliver.  Oliver is a man whose best friend died and is helping his sister grieve.  Oliver also has a secret which is causing him to make the decision to go back home to London.

This novella reminds me what I love about Shayla Black.  Her writing creates emotion and passion. I loved that Kayla only had eyes for Oliver and would do anything to keep him from moving back to London.  Oliver was the perfect match for her but he was conflicted because she was his best friend’s sister.  He was also willing to give her up to keep her from entering into his world.

His Undeniable Secret is a great stand alone novella.  It left me wanting to get to know these characters better.  The only thing I wish was that this book was slightly longer so that I could find out more about them.

His Undeniable Secret

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Silent Daughter

By Stella Noir & Linnea May

Synopsis

“I am going to break you. 
I am going to free that little monster inside of you, peel off every barrier of protection – and reassemble a new you.

LIZ
Moving back home after graduating college was not the plan, but I have nowhere else to go. For now, I have to live in my family’s unpleasant company, secretly fleeing to the darkest corners of my mind when I am alone.
They are right to keep me at distance. There is obviously something wrong with me. Me, the bad seed.
I am invisible.
To everyone but him.
However, even my darkest fantasies never took me where I am now. Robbed of my freedom, my clothes and control over my decisions.
I am his captive. Confined in a gilded cage laced with pleasure.

LEONARD
I made it to the top. In a world divided into us and them, I have become one of them. This is who I am, where I belong, among the rich & powerful. I am used to getting what I want – and I know I want her from the moment I see her. Elizabeth Barrington. That quiet but strong fairy, waiting to be broken. She may not understand it herself, but her eyes are begging for me to take her.
So I will.
She didn’t think I would go this far, but here she is. Collared and chained to the bed, completely at my mercy.
Mine to keep, mine to train, mine to please.
But Liz is unlike any other sub I have trained before.
She is dangerous.

**This is a Dark Romance with themes of kidnapping, captivity & steamy BDSM scenes. Intended for audiences 18+ & not for the faint-hearted. Contains situations some readers might find objectionable.**nsert Synopsis Here

Review

Silent Daughter was one simply dark, dangerous, dirty and down right delicious read.  I could pick this up again as I was not ready to leave Leonard and Liz because I want to know their future.

One of my favourite parts of this book was the fact we get dual POV which enables you to connect to both characters as this is a highly emotional read.  The sexual BDSM scenes are highly erotic and some of the most intense I have read in a long time – truly satisfying and give you all those tingles and stomach turns you read dark romance novels for.

Silent Daughter Liz is ignored and ridiculed by her family for being different, wanting an education over an arranged marriage. The way this is written you immediately connect to her on an emotional level and could see how she could be intrigued by Leonard when she first meets him.  Leonard and Liz are outsiders in a world of money and privilege who have deep dark secret needs.

Leonard peels away the layers of Liz, at the start this is a mind and physical game for him but it is riveting to see how the dynamic in their relationship changes over the course of the book.  Leonard frees the Silent Daughter, he enable Liz to escape from the guilded cage that is her life and encourages her to be herself and acknowledge her different needs.

Whilst I devoured the darkness, emotional and physical erotic scenes of this story, the ending provided me with romance and new beginnings and gave me the lightness of love.

Quote: He isn’t normal, and neither am I. We are perfect for each other.

Silent Daughter

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Submission is Not Enough (Masters and Mercenaries #12)

By Lexi Blake

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Synopsis

A fallen hero reborn

Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him.

A love worth fighting for

Erin Argent thought she’d lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture and conditioning at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald have done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her or the life they shared. Breaking through to him, and helping him rediscover all he lost, will be the toughest mission she’s ever faced. Luckily for Theo, Erin loves a good fight.

Their reunion under siege

Unfortunately, Hope is far from done with Theo Taggart. Obsessed with her prize experiment, she will do anything to get him back. If the only way to finally break him of his past life is to kill Erin and his son, then she’s only too happy to oblige…

Review

Submission is Not Enough has now become my personal favorite book from this series.  Lexi Blake combined humour and emotional heartache that had me laughing and crying and laughing and crying.  I love how she brought back all of the characters that we love and we got to know new characters that will find a place in our hearts.

Erin is a truly special person.  She was a tough kid that had to overcome what was lacking in her family.  She deserved to have an easy adulthood but that wasn’t in the cards for her.  It was her tenacity that won me over.  She learned so much while she thought Theo was dead and she never gives up on a fight.

Theo is a man that has literally lost everything he knows to be true.  His family hasn’t given up on him but he has no idea who he is or what it means to be a Taggart.  When he comes back from the dead he has to find himself again and relearn everything about what his family is made of.

Hope McDonald is the very definition of evil, but brilliant, mastermind.  She is obsessed with Theo and will do everything in her power to get him back.  She is definitely a person that you can just hate.

Lexi Blake put in the right mix of past and present into Submission is Not Enough.  Many times in this book we were taken to the past and learned what brought these two together.  I also loved all the humour that was injected into this story.  Ian provided a lot of humour and a lot of tough brotherly love.  This book had everything in it that makes this series so great.

Submission is Not Enough

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Mischief and The Masters (Masters of the Shadowlands #12)

By Cherise Sinclair

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Synopsis

She wants a short, sweet Master. One Master.
The two devastatingly dominant Drago cousins have other ideas.

Her life destroyed by a stalker, Uzuri Cheval starts anew in Tampa and joins the exclusive Shadowlands club. Unconvinced of her claims that she can overcome her fear of big men without help, Master Z gives her a time limit. And she is improving–until she hears the stalker is out of prison. Now her time limit is up, and the Masters will intervene, which is okay–as long as whoever helps her is short. Okay, sweet and gentle would be good, too.

But two Doms? Dangerously experienced and dauntingly powerful cousins? No way.

Having volunteered in every hellhole in the world, Dr. Alastair Drago is ready to settle down. Detective Max Drago has joined him and, once again, the cousins share everything. A house, lives, problems…and whatever submissive catches their interest. One mischievous submissive has definitely caught Alastair’s. However, having been burned by a woman, Max remains detached…until little mischief’s troubles turn deadly.

Review

Mischief and the Masters is another amazing addition to this series.  Each book builds on the last one and I love all the references to previous books in this series.

Uzuri has strength inside her that she never knew she had.  I love her character.  Once she feels comfortable with the people she’s around her true personality comes out.  She truly loves the people that she considers friends and will do anything for them.  And she also has a playful side which creates a not so little bit of mischief.

The Drago Doms are cousins that share everything.  Max has recently moved back with Alastair and they are looking for a submissive to share.  Max has an edge and a chip on shoulder that you can see coming.  He won’t have anyone that is too high maintenance.  Alastair is softer in his approach but more sadistic than his cousin.

Once the cousins start to chip through Uzuri’s walls, their chemistry is undeniable.  Master Z is a genius in his manipulative ways.  He truly has a way of seeing amazing matches within his members.

This story had many touching moments including Andrea’s wedding.  She has come so far since her book Lean on Me.  Uzuri played a great role in making sure that day was everything it should be.  And this story also had many laugh out loud moments.  Uzuri has way with arts and crafts that will have you cracking up.

Mischief and The Masters has all the elements that makes this series so great.  It has the d/s, but it also has the relationships between all the characters.  Each book shows just how much each character has grown.  The shadowkittens are the best.  There is real strength within this group of women.

Mischief and The Masters

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Raw (Raw Family #1)

By Belle Aurora

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Synopsis

***Author Note: This is not a love story. This is a story of love gone wrong.*** Growing up the way I did, you’d think I’d be more screwed up than what I actually am. Soon as I turned sixteen, I left that bump in the road I called home and took my chances on the street. Best decision I ever made. Now, at the age of twenty six, I’m educated, employed and damn good at my job. My friends have become my family. Like me, they know what it’s like to grow up unloved. But the saying is true. The world makes way for those who know where they are going. That’s me. I know where I’m going and I’ll get there eventually. On my own terms and at my own pace. But then there’s him. I feel his eyes on me. I see him hiding in plain sight. He watches me. He makes me feel. It’s unconventional. But it’s real. I’m sure you’re wondering how a person falls in love with their stalker. So am I. This isn’t a story. This is my life. ***This book includes situations that some may find uncomfortable.

Review

Quote: There’s something about Twitch.  He’s just … raw.  Everything about him is raw.  And Gritty. And Unbound.

I have to be honest, this is the fourth time I have read this book – Twitch will cut you apart, break your heart and fracture your soul. Alexa and Twitch have such an incredible journey to travel and it’s not over by a long shot.

I first read Raw in 2014, then twice in 2015 whilst I patiently waited for the next instalment of the Raw Family.  I am sorry, I was not prepared to share my thoughts, I was not prepared to review until Dirty (Raw Family #2) was going to be released.  Once you finish this book you will understand, try being me like so many other readers and waiting since 2014.  The author has received such passionate pleas for the next instalment, you will understand when again you turn that last page.

Raw is one book that has simply stayed with me forever.   I have now read Raw again in preparation for Dirty (Raw Family #2) and I still am emotionally shattered upon finishing this story, it is not over by a long shot.  You will pick up Dirty (Raw Family #2) in the hope that you are given more.

Fair warning, you are not given a HEA however you are given hope.

Alexa and Twitch are explosive, passionate and sensual, you know when you read a book and you get that tingly feeling in your belly, you feel a little bit sick because you just know it is going be hard.  Raw is definitely gritty and will devastate your soul but in the end you will love it – Life is not easy, Love is not easy but sometimes the journey is what makes you appreciate what you have.

Raw (Raw Family #1)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Kept (The Enforcers #3)

By Maya Banks

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Synopsis

From the author of Mastered and Dominated comes the third of the Enforcers novels. Kept is the searing story of a woman who finds sanctuary in surrender…

He can’t change who he is.

A horrific childhood has made Silas the man he is today: dangerous, distrustful and demanding. He’s lived in self-imposed solitude, convinced that no woman could ever accept his need for absolute control—in business and pleasure. That is, until a young violinist walks into one of his buildings and into his life.

She can’t change what she wants.

Hayley has been struggling to fulfill her father’s dying wish: for her to attend a prestigious music school in New York City. But even working multiple jobs, she can’t afford the tiniest of apartments. Seeing her hopeless and near tears, Silas vows to help and protect her, no matter the cost to himself. But when Hayley meets his every demand with unwavering acceptance and love, he is overwhelmed by her goodness and gentle spirit. He knows that the dark stain on his soul can never be erased—and rather than risk destroying the most beautiful person he’s ever experienced, he’ll have to do the hardest thing he’s ever had to do. Let her go. But he’s totally unprepared for the lengths to which Hayley will go to fight for his love and for a future brighter than the sun…Synopsis Here

Review

As a reader of books 1 & 2 of The Enforcers Series, you knew the story on Silas would be amazing and it was everything and so much more.  His private personal story was riveting as was the tug of emotions for his responsibility to his brothers, Drake & Evangeline.  Ultimately though this story is about one innocent woman Hayley and the rough journey of love they travel, it is brutal, ugly, emotional but just so passionate and fulfilling.

I did not think any story would beat Drake and Evangeline but Silas and Hayley delivers an incredibly emotional, heart breaking read that does give you a HEA but after a tough road.  I actually read Mastered and Dominated before I picked up Kept as I wanted to return to these men who are their own family.

Kept had my eyes welling in tears at so many scenes,  I had to take a deep breathe and will Hayley on to continue to be the independent woman I knew she was. Hayley, she was such a strong female character, not physically strong like Silas but an emotional warrior delivered to save him from the loneliness and to give him peace.

Another character in this story who stepped up was Maddox, I know this series is only supposed to be 3 books but I am begging in this review to Maya to pretty please give these other men their love stories.  Considering we did not get to meet Drake and Angeline’s baby daughter I have all my fingers crossed that another book is in the works.

This whole series is on my “to be read again” shelf – fantastic action, suspense, drama and ultimately beautiful dominating all encompassing love.  The Enforcers have joined the KGI men – Maya sure knows how to create men that are simply special.

Kept (The Enforcers #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Bind Me Before You Go (Serve # 8)

By Harper Kincaid

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Synopsis

His heart is bound tighter than the bondage he craves…

Determined to put her past behind her, Cassidy Peyton moves to the Big Apple. But New York has a few dark secrets of its own, including Serve, an exclusive BDSM club. It’s a place she isn’t sure she’s ready for, until she sees him watching her. Hot. Intent. Knowing. With eyes that leave her stomach tied in knots, because the loneliness he’s trying to hide matches her own.

Security expert David Cavill has more secrets than any man should. Secrets that forever shut down any possibility of love, marriage, or family. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can’t resist. But as their bond deepens, Cassidy must decide if she can love a man whose heart is bound tighter than the form of bondage he craves…

Review

BIND ME BEFORE YOU GO is a quick little BDSM-ish read.  I say BDSM-ish because while there are a couple of scenes in a BDSM club, there’s not a whole lot of BDSM going on, apart from the Shibari rope bondage.  I’m not familiar with Shibari, but it sounded like the author did her homework and she explained it fairly well.  When David was explaining the purpose behind it, about how it binds you to your partner which in turn binds them to you, I found it interesting and sweet.

Because of how quickly the story moves and the gaps in time, I didn’t really feel a connection between David and Cassidy.  Both of them have their issues, but where Cassidy is open to the possibility of love, David has closed himself off.  He insisted she trust him and open up about her past, but he never offered her the same courtesy.  Because of all his past relationships, when Cassidy declared her love for him, he rejected it and hurt her in the process.

BIND ME BEFORE YOU GO is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of the Serve series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It comes with a nice HEA for David and Cassidy, and I’d classify it as an insta-love given the story’s short time frame.

Bind Me Before You Go (Serve # 8)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse # 5)

By Sawyer Bennett

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Synopsis

Bridger Payne is an enigma that no one can figure out. Wise beyond his years, eerily intuitive and sexy as hell, every woman in The Silo wants him. 

None can have him. 
Not the real man, anyway. 

He might wield the lash for you if you ask prettily, but he’ll get no gratification from it. He’ll definitely make you scream, but he won’t think twice about you when he walks away. 

Bridger carries the darkest of secrets. He’s filled with too much pain. 
He’s utterly untouchable. 

Until she came along. 

Review

Sometimes a series finale can be a hit, and sometimes it can be a miss.  WICKED BOND was definitely a hit.  It was a great ending to the series and I couldn’t put it down.

After reading Bridger’s epilogue in WICKED RIDE, it was obvious that his story was going to be rough.  If you haven’t read the previous book, you might want to look away now.  If you have read WICKED RIDE, you’ll know that Bridger was sexually abused by his stepmother as a teen.  That was just a taste, because in this story we learn everything he endured from the ages of nine to sixteen.  We also learn why he associates sex with pain and why he believes using his body for sex is an acceptable bargaining chip.  He has a few more sexual hang-ups that he can’t break free from…until Maggie.  He sees some of himself in her and because of that, he believes he can trust her with parts of himself that he’s never given to anyone by choice.

Maggie has also used her body to suit her needs and is not ashamed to admit it.  She’s a mother to an adorable two year old girl, and she’s willing to risk torture and death to protect her.  She shows Bridger how a mother should treat a child.  I got the feeling she’s wise beyond her years, and can see things in Bridger that most people don’t.  She knows when to push him, when to encourage him and when to back off.  She’s patient, giving Bridger the opportunity to open up to her on his terms, which is exactly what he needed.  I thought she was a perfect match for him.

WICKED BOND contains scenes where past rape, abuse and torture are thought about and/or discussed, which could be triggers for some people.  Take that out of the equation and the sex between Bridger and Maggie was hot.  Just hearing him telling her what he planned to do to her was hot.  There’s also a quick M/M scene involving Bridger, that meant nothing to him, but was still hot to read.  In short, the sex was hot.  WICKED BOND is told in dual POVs and is the final book in the Wicked Horse series that can be read as a stand-alone.  It ends with a lovely HEA where Bridger gets a life he never thought was possible.

Wicked Bond (Wicked Horse # 5)

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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His Dark Canvas (Corde Noire Series #3)

By Alexandrea Weis

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Synopsis

Ella Winston is a talented chef with a problem–the slightest touch can reveal anyone’s darkest secrets.
Hired to cook for the artist, Ren Plancharde, she struggles to keep her ability under wraps.

After accidently uncovering Ren’s underground activities, the eccentric painter offers Ella a glimpse into his world of pleasure and pain. Intrigued, he decides to make Ella a part of his sinister Corde Noire Society, but his chef isn’t quite ready to commit.

Absolute submission isn’t all Ren wants from the stubborn woman. He has big plans for her gift, too. The only question is … will Ella be willing to give in to his desires when the time comes?

The darkness within can hide a lifetime of secrets.

Review

Ren and his erotic canvas work, what a dark and mysterious man he was and his intrigue gripped me from the first few chapters.

Ella was a fantastic female character, she was independent, passionate not only for her food and her story I really liked, she definitely connected with me on so many levels – she hid herself behind her work where she felt safe and secure.

Ella and Ren’s physical scene’s were hot, sensual and erotic – just perfect for the environment they were in, hot in the kitchen and creative in the artist studio.

I had my heart in my mouth when she was presented to the Corde Noire society, I actually thought it might have been more explosive and passionate than what it was – was it wrong I wanted her to shake and cry?  I wanted Ren to grab her, protect her and profess his undying love .

We got heartache and happiness, new beginnings and more of the mystery from Book 2 with some answers being revealed along with characters from Book 2 making an appearance.

His Dark Canvas (Corde Noire Series #3)

My Rating: 4 Hearts

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