Review of: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 by R. Phoenix (audiobook)

TITLE: The Fate of the Fallen Omnibus 1-4 (audio)
AUTHOR: R. Phoenix
SERIES: Fate of the Fallen
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: Paranormal; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 3/28/19

BLURB:

When he agreed to take the fall for his pack leader’s failed attempts to help the Rebellion, Jace knew he wouldn’t live long enough to regret it. However, instead of the noble end he envisioned for himself, the werewolf finds himself at the mercy of a witch and his depraved games. Though he clings to his conviction that he can withstand anything his new master can dish out, it isn’t long before he realizes pride has no place in his life as the pet of the controlling Elias Ivers.
Now that supernatural beings have seized control of the world, life has become a struggle for the humans who once held power. Witches, vampires, and werewolves determine the fate of every single human, but their moral compasses have long since been shattered. Rebels, free humans, and slaves all share dreams of hope, mercy, love, and more. But with their fate so uncertain, survival isn’t enough… and they may have to sacrifice what is nearest and dearest to them if they want to change their lives.
Bought, Ravel, and Recoil feature different characters whose lives begin to come together in Owned and Temper.


Narration: The story was told by Jack Noble as narrator. I liked his voice and his accent. However, the quality was pretty bad and would drag me out of the story. There is echoing and static in parts.

Story: I really wanted to like this series. I actually had it marked as DNF in my written book list from years ago, but I’d forgotten about it.

I thought I’d give it a try and I did make it much further in the books than I did when reading it. I think, for me, it was the switching POVs and feeling like things were just abruptly stopped at the ends. I know it all ties in together, which was the reason I kept listening, but it still seemed…I don’t know…unfinished or cut-off before it should have been to continue later.

This contains book 1 – Bought, book 2 – Ravel, book 3 Recoil, and book 4 Owned. I don’t plan to finish the series. I think it may have been just out of my normal reading though since other reviews and ratings are high for this series, so you might want to give it a try anyway!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Noah’s Bane by Wulf Francu Godgluck

TITLE: Noah’s Bane
AUTHOR: Wulf Francu Godgluck
SERIES: Lormount City, book 1
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM,
RELEASE DATE: September 14, 2019

BLURB:

Finding his very own Daddy is harder than finding Prince Charming.
Noah Lavoie isn’t anyone special, an average guy working as a veterinarian with a few kinks and fetishes. For too many years he explored the BDSM lifestyle, but consistently felt something remained missing. In a world of black and white, Noah struggles to understand where to find the gray.
Then…
A mysterious contract.
No strings attached.
Never to know the Dominant’s identity.
Noah clings onto his only hope, a man he can call Daddy.
Cold, ruthless, charismatic. Bane Rozek believes himself impenetrable. He built his empire, fabricated from lies, blackmail, and extortion. Dark secrets he holds in his palm could cripple the most powerful of people and organizations. It’s all a lie, a simple illusion to hide his truth.
He did it all, built his fortress and claimed his power and sovereignty, for her. But Bane knows Death’s chaste kiss intimately. What Bane wants is a connection.
This time on his terms…
An innocent boy offering the purest submission.
A contract holding them both at a distance.
A boy that tugs fiercely at Bane’s dark heart.
If only Bane could believe himself worthy to be the Daddy Noah proclaims to love.


Noah’s Bane is the first book in the Lormount City series by Wulf Francu Godgluck. I admit to being captivated by the book cover, and then I knew I had to read it when I read the blurb. I love reading BDSM books. I especially love reading about Daddy Doms and their boys or Daddies and their littles. So I was excited to see how it would work with only getting to see your Daddy Dom on such a restricted basis. And the author totally pulled it off. I got sucked into Noah’s world and got to live his life with him. I got to experience the joy he felt when he was with his Daddy and the heartbreak and sorrow when he realized that he had done the one thing that was his Daddy’s hard-limit and grounds for cancellation of the contract. I was a hot mess when Noah stopped seeing his Daddy. And I loved how his Daddy, Bane, had to re-evaluate what he wanted to do next. Does he let his boy go because he doesn’t want him to know who he is and possibly get rejected because of who he is or does he take a chance and go after him and put it all out there and hope that he will accept him and who he is? I was holding my breath to find out what would happen next. I will definitely be reading this book again.

Noah is an average guy that works as a veterinarian and has a few kinks and fetishes. He’s explored the BDSM lifestyle for several years, and although he’s had some great scenes with some wonderful Doms, he’s felt that something is missing. As he walks through the club, he’s jealous of the closeness and love that he sees between the Daddy Doms and their boys. It’s what he knows that he is missing by not having a Daddy Dom of his own, but all of the Daddies in his area are taken and happy in their relationships. So when the owner of the club comes to him with a contract from a Daddy Dom that wants to stay anonymous, Noah is willing to take a chance to get what he’s been looking for. The terms of the contract: no strings attached, never to know the Dominant’s identity, always be on time. What could possibly go wrong? I was so happy when Noah finally got his Daddy. Noah is such a loveable character, and I loved getting to see him be cherished.

Bane Rozek is cold, ruthless, and charismatic. He’s built his empire, fabricated from lies, blackmail, and extortion, and Bane believes himself impenetrable. The dark secrets he holds in his palm could cripple the most powerful of people and organizations, but it’s all a lie, a simple illusion to hide his truth. He did it all, built his fortress and claimed his power and sovereignty, for her. But Bane knows Death’s chaste kiss intimately. And what Bane really wants is a connection based on who he is on the inside, not based on the empire he has made. He wants it on his terms. Some of his terms are that the boy will be blindfolded at all times, no attachments are to be formed, and must always be on time. He doesn’t expect to fall for the innocent boy offering the purest submission or have him tug so fiercely at Bane’s dark heart. If only Bane could believe himself worthy of being the Daddy Noah proclaims to love. I liked Bane. He’s able to have any submissive he wants, but he knows that they are only there because of how powerful he is, and he can’t believe anything they say. So he’s lonely and comes up with a way to have what he wants. A contract to keep him anonymous and a boy to cherish that doesn’t know who he is so he can trust the emotions that the boy shows.

I really enjoyed reading this book, and if you like reading books about a Daddy Dom and his boy, then you should give this book a try.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Love Spanks by R. Cayden

TITLE: Love Spanks
AUTHOR: R. Cayden
SERIES:
PUBLISHER: Self
GENRE: BDSM
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2019

BLURB:

Xavier
Back in college, Dominick was a dreamboat senior, and one of the hottest guys on campus. That’s why it was so humiliating when a game of truth or dare in the dorms brought my hidden kink right to the surface, and I had to run away like an awkward freshman before a smack on the rear from Dominick turned my world upside down.
Seven years later, and I never expected to see him again. After inheriting my father’s candy store, I had settled into a quiet life in Denver, and left my fantasies deeply hidden. Then Dominick came back from New York City to run a city redevelopment project for the year, a project that looked like it might steamroll my little candy shop. And just like that, the dreamboat senior was standing at my door, and I was out of places to hide.
Dominick
I wonder if Xavier even remembers that game of truth or dare. It was before I had accepted my own dominant tendencies, and before I had made a name for myself as one of the most powerful business sharks in Manhattan.
But after the death of my grandmother brought me back to Denver, I was surprised to find that adorkably charming freshman, grown into just the kind of submissive man I loved. Following a catastrophe with my ex-boyfriend in New York, I knew not to mix business and pleasure. I knew that I couldn’t let my kinky fantasies get in the way of the city redevelopment job. And with my firm waiting back in New York and one year to pull of this project, I definitely couldn’t start thinking with my heart.
No matter how sweet that boy really was, or how good it felt to be back home.
Love Spanks is a 70K+ MM romance novel. Xavier and Dominick’s story is sweet and spicy with lots of heat on the way to an HEA! Enjoy!


I liked Love Spanks by R. Cayden. I’ve read quite a few books by R. Cayden, and I didn’t like this one as much as some of his other ones. It was a mild story for being a BDSM book. I did like the spanking scenes between Xavier and Dominick. My overall impression of the book after reading it was that it was a cute story.

I liked Xavier. I liked how the book started out with Xavier and his best friend, Georgia, going to a sex party so that Xavier can find a Dom to spank him for the first time. He interacts with two potential Doms but ultimately gets rejected. Although it wasn’t anything that he did that got him rejected. One of the Doms was monogamous, and the other one had somewhere that he needed to be and didn’t have time for the aftercare. I was kind of hoping that the rest of the book was going to be as exciting as that party. But the book shifted gears, and Xavier was reunited with someone he’d had a crush on in college. Someone that was supposed to spank him during a game of Truth or Dare. But Xavier panicked and ended up running away from the party without being spanked. Seven years later, Xavier has taken over his father’s candy store, and Dominick is a business shark that’s in Colorado to manage a city renovation job that involves the area where Xavier’s store is.

I liked Dominick. I liked his conversations with his best friend and business partner, Zachary. I also liked how he interacted with Xavier. Getting a glimpse into his dirty fantasies was a real treat. I did think it was funny that he didn’t think that his kink was masculine enough and was slightly ashamed of it and what his colleagues would think if they knew that he wanted to spank somebody. He was so ashamed and afraid that his ex-boyfriend would tell his kinky secret that he left New York to take over a job in his hometown of Colorado. He doesn’t expect to run into Xavier, the boy he had a crush on in college and wanted to spank. But in college, he hadn’t come to terms with his kink yet, so he was relieved when Xavier ran away. Seven years later, he doesn’t expect to run into his college crush or that he would share his kink.

But it isn’t all a bed of roses. There are communication problems between the renovation company and the small business association and snakes in the business world that Dominick will have to weed out. I did like what Xavier ended up doing with the Zing Pop machine in the end, but I will have to admit that I was disappointed that he never fired it up and used the machine.
Overall, I thought it was a cute story, light on the kink, with likable characters.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott

TITLE: Lie To Me
AUTHOR: Samantha Calcott
SERIES: Poison Pleasures, book 2
PUBLISHER: Encompass Ink
GENRE: Coming of Age; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: 11/7/2019

BLURB:

It started with detention. After all, where else are a Goth, a jock, a nerd, and a loner going to meet, let alone strike up a friendship?
Frankie didn’t mean to get detention. He had no idea his mumbled comments about the teacher’s attitude could be heard by everyone.
Taylor only wanted a quick snog with a boy in a broom closet. He didn’t expect the boy to turn tail and run, leaving him to take the punishment.
Allen pushed Joe into a locker. Joe gave him a kick in the pants. And so they both wound up in trouble.
Four disparate boys. Eight hours of forced camaraderie. And a friendship to last a lifetime. Until, of course, their hearts get involved…


Lie To Me by Samantha Calcott is the second book in the Poison Pleasures series. According to the Author, the Poison Pleasure series is a series of standalone novels that are connected by the BDSM club the characters go to, Poison Pleasures. This series can be read out of order, and you will see characters popping up briefly in each other’s books. The first book in the series is an M/F book called Perfect Disaster. I haven’t read the first book yet, but after reading Lie to Me, I will probably give it a try.

My first thoughts after reading the blurb were that this was going to be an M/M retelling of the movie The Breakfast Club. A movie that I love to watch. And to a point, it was that, but it was so much more. Did you ever watch the movie and wonder what happened to the new group of friends after the movie ended. Did they all stay friends? Did only some of them stay friends? Did they go back to bullying each other? Were they only friends in secret? If they had stayed friends, did they end up dating each other? If they stayed friends, what happened when school ended, and they went to college? Did they stay in touch? Did they drift apart, but later something brought them together again? These were only some of the questions that I always thought about after watching the movie.

So that’s what I thought Lie to Me was going to be, a retelling of that Saturday detention day and nothing more. So I was partially right, the first part of the book was just that, but that was only a small part of the book because then all of my questions that I had ever wondered about after watching the movie were answered. The author takes us through the lives of these four boys, and while the focus is mostly on Frankie and Taylor, we also get to see what happened to Adam and Joe and how their lives intersect with Frankie’s and Taylor’s.

I can tell you now that the author played havoc with my emotions. I fell in love with the characters, and then there was heartbreak, and I was a crying mess, and then I was happy that the characters had pulled themselves together and moved on. Only to find each other again, realize they still love each other, but one is in a relationship and no longer available. I went from giddy that they had found each other again to heartbroken again. I was an emotional wreck, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end of the book to find out if they would end up together. I waited with bated breath. And the ending was exactly what I was hoping for.

This book goes through a bunch of different tropes. The friends start out in high school, so you have them learning about themselves and their sexuality. There is also a friends-to-lovers theme, second-chance at love, one of the friends ends up being bisexual and does have an M/F relationship that turns to friendship, and the friends also explore their kinks at a BDSM club called Poison Pleasures. This book spans about 40 years of their lives. There’s lots of personal growth from the characters and plenty of steamy encounters to keep you entertained.
I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series, and I will tide myself over by reading the first book in the series in the meantime.

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reading this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of: An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride

TITLE: An Uncommon Whore
AUTHOR: Belinda McBride
SERIES: Uncommon Whore, book 1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Sci-Fi; BDSM
RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019

BLURB:

“As a general rule, you won’t find the love of your life while you’re on your knees under a table.” — Helios Dayspring
Pasha is a slave, whoring for travelers at the most dangerous bar on Warlan. He has no memory, no future of his own, yet deep inside Pasha knows that that he is meant for better things. The day that Pasha spots the dangerous pirate in the bar, he knows that he mustn’t let the stranger slip away, regardless of what he must do to attract his attention.
Captain Griffin Hawke spent the greater part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find Helios Dayspring crouched between his knees, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore. Though he is appalled by the downfall of his king, the hardened officer finds himself falling for the allure of the sensual creature who has taken his place. Returning Helios to his position on the throne is the only right thing to do, yet Griffin knows that in doing so, he risks losing his lover forever.
“A whore is a whore is a whore, unless he’s something else completely. I guess I must be an uncommon whore.” — Helios Dayspring


I thoroughly enjoyed reading An Uncommon Whore by Belinda McBride. This is the first time that I’ve read a book by this author, but it won’t be the last. I loved the world-building that is done in this book and how the foundation was laid for the storyline and plot arc for this book and the other books in the series, which I can’t wait to read as soon as they are released.

I enjoyed how the story unfolds and how we get tidbits into what happened in the past and how the lost king, Helios Dayspring, ends up as Pasha, a slave, whoring for travelers at the most treacherous bar on Warlan. How he’s found by Captain Griffin Hawke, who has spent the better part of a decade searching for his lost king, only to find him crouched between his legs, swathed in the robes and shackles of a whore on a planet they only stopped on because they needed supplies. It wasn’t one of the planets that they were going to be searching for their lost king.

But just finding there lost king and reuniting him with his subjects isn’t going to be as easy as Captain Griffin Hawke had hoped. Helios has an implant that keeps him subservient and keeps him from remembering who he was before he became a slave. Grif has also always believed that there were traitors in their midst during the invasion with an underlying agenda to get rid of Helios and the other people that were in line to rule since Helios was, I believe, third in line to rule. Grif uses caution in letting people know that he has found the lost king and returning him to the new planet that the survivors have inhabited.

As Grif recounts what’s happened and reminds Helios of what he has forgotten, Helios is horrified. He is horrified to find out that the council has taken over leadership of the government instead of the guard like it should have been in times of war until a new ruler could be established, which should have been his sister and then his son. I really felt for him as he had to go through reliving all of the tragedy that had befallen him and his family and his countrymen and the grief that came with it.

I loved getting to know Grif and Lios and reading about how they get reunited and rekindle their love for each other. They had been first-time lovers before they each got married and had a family, and they had remained best friends since then.

The author did a great job fleshing out the main and supporting characters and setting the story up for the next installment. I can’t wait to see if Lios gets his memories back, how they deal with the traitors, and how Grif and Lios’ relationship progresses. I especially loved getting to read the prologue and first chapter that was at the end of the book for the next book in the series. It was so good that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait too long.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis