Finder Fees ~ A Trouble Maker Novel by Kelly Gendron – Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

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Book Title: Finder Fees
Author: Kelly Gendron
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2014
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synopsis

“When you find her, there are a few things you need to remember. She’s smart and manipulative. She knows how to protect herself. She’s beautiful and she’ll use it to her advantage. But, Mr. Renton, the most important thing to remember… is that she’s mine.”

J.T. Renton is worth millions. He wants for nothing. When he finds Sloan Mathis, he has to have her. Problem is she belongs to another, and J.T.’s not about taking another guy’s girl. But the idea that he can’t have her. Well, it just makes the challenge driven, J.T. Renton want his latest find that much more.

Finder Fees ~ A TroubleMaker Novel

J.T. Renton is what you might call a Finder. But the one thing this former bounty hunter no longer finds is people. That is until he’s offered a finder fee he just can’t resist. What J.T. doesn’t know is his latest find comes with a hidden fee, one that could end up costing J.T. his well-guarded heart.

Sloan Mathis is on the run from her dangerous ex. So when she encounters J.T. Renton, it takes her a second to realize the arrogant, sexy, and oh-so-frustrating Finder has actually mistaken Sloan for her twin sister. And to uncover what’s going on with her gone missing sister, Sloan lets J.T. believe that he’s found what he’s been looking for.

Author Bio

Kelly Gendron

Kelly resides in a quiet suburb somewhere between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Her day job? Kelly works in health care representing a group of nursing facilities in the WNY area. She’s been faithfully writing for three years but did write her first book ten years ago. She put it down to raise her son as a single mom and then picked it back up when she and her son finally grew up. That’s when she settled into her newly married adult life and started to seriously write again. She’s dabbled with Romantic Suspense stories, but recently she’s been on a contemporary kick. The recipe for the men in her stories: a dash of bad boy attitude, a cup of strong and confident and, of course, besides being packed with magnificent bodies, and doused with shameless aptitudes, they must have a tender heart you want to rip out of the pages (or your e-Reader) and take to bed with you at night.

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excerpt

“I-I can’t believe you just walked out here butt-ass naked.”

“Why?” His eyelids lift. “What do I have to be ashamed of?”

“Uh…” Does he really want me to answer that?

“Besides,” he says, the side of his mouth turning up, “it ain’t like you haven’t been imaging what I look like butt-ass naked.”

“In your dreams,” I hiss. Powerless, I steal another glimpse of the muscles rippling down his arms, his flat stomach, and his strong legs. Hot damn, he’s perfect.

“Precisely where I’ve been, huh?”

“Yeah, right.” I stand up from the bed, my strength weakening.

“That’s not what you were mumbling in my ear last night,” he says, readjusting the towel around his sculptured waist.

“Hey, I was perfectly fine on the floor. You didn’t have to pick me up and put me in bed with you.”

“Just as I thought.” He shakes his head and takes a few steps toward me.

“What’s that?” I turn a bit to the left to move away from the unsafe bed.

“You were awake when I did that, and you still had no fight in ya to stop me. Admit it. You wanted to sleep with me. Those sexy legs of yours wanted nothing more than to wrap themselves around my body, and as for your hands…” His eyebrow curves. “Are you gonna deny where they were wandering to—”

“Now I know you’re full of shit! My hands didn’t wander anywhere.”

“No, but mine did, and there was no fight in ya to stop me then either.”

“Ew!” I don’t remember sleeping with him. But, hell, if I’d been awake, my frisky hands would’ve been all over him. “Fuck off,” I lurch, utterly frustrated.

“Now let’s not start throwing that word around, ‘cause standing here in nothing but a towel with you wanting what you want…” he says, shaking his head. “Well, I can’t promise that boyfriend of yours will be too happy to hear about you, me, and the eff word all summed up into one.”

“You’re an—”

“Yes, I know.” He waves me off. “I’m an arrogant ass, but hey, I get it. You want me, but you belong to someone else.” He shrugs and grins. “It happens.”

My hands ball into tight fists at my sides. “I belong to no one!”

“You do, Sloan, whether you want to admit it or not. You’re his.” He presses closer, and my back hits the wall. “And be thankful for it.” He lifts his hands and places them on the wall, trapping me. “See, the fact is…” His eyes roll down my body, then slowly saunter back up, “That’s the only thing stopping me from stripping your clothes off, slamming you against this wall, and fucking you hard.” He leans in, and my entire being shakes from the inside out. “It’s all that’s stopping me from making every bone in your body ache for me, and every muscle ache because of me. And let me tell ya, by the time I got through with you…” He pauses again, his lips slightly parted, his head tilting closer. “You’d certainly belong to someone, because I’d make you completely mine.”

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Review

J.T. Renton has a interesting job, one that he does solely because of the joy it brings people. He finds things and returns them to happy owners. This time is quest is to find a person, a girlfriend that is missing. He has been given explicit instructions to keep his hands off of her as she belongs to another. He believes this to be a warning given in vain until he finds her and spends time with her. She is like no one that he has met before and the attraction is instant and intense. He fights it, as he morally should.

 

Once he finds out that he has “found” the wrong sister and that she does not belong to anyone, well, all bets are off. However, Sloan is running from something in her past and she is not looking for a relationship right now. He will need to break down her walls to discover what she is hiding and who she is hiding from. Things are bound to get a little bit interesting as well as dangerous.

 

There is also the matter of what J.T. is hiding, the reason that he offer to search for Sloan’s sister in the beginning, his payment of that job was a bracelet which he believes is in Sloan’s possession. When she finds out that he has not told her this she is bound to doubt the feelings that he professes to have for her.

 

I loved this story. I have read the first three and will definitely continue to read more by this author. She does a great job with character description as they are very easy to identify with. They story line sucks you right in and you are crying along with Sloan and cursing beside J.T. when things get dicey. I loved how there is a great story line as well as some awesome sex scenes. The characters do not just jump into bed at the beginning and the sexual tension between them mounts and mounts. I loved it. I would certainly recommend this story to all romance readers.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

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Ripped by Olivia Rigal – 5 LOVE TAP REVIEW

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by Olivia Rigal

Lyv is a curvy and optimistic girl who can’t wait to finish high school and run away from her drunk mother.
Emotional abuse is what that woman dishes out best in the family’s Long Island diner.
Lyv’s only support is her best friend Ten, a passionate guy from the right side of the track. But Ten has already moved on to college so there’s only so much he can do to help her get through her senior year and then he’ll soon be going away to study in Europe for a term.

When the Christmas holidays come around, Ten takes Lyv out for a night on the town.
That’s how Lyv meets Alexander, a talented rising rock star. Spark flies during this chance encounter.
Just before the start of his first tour, Alexander shows Lyv how to welcome the New Year with a hot and heavy night of passion.
Life is finally looking up for Lyv … That is, until she finds out she’s pregnant.
With the two guys in her life out of reach, a baby on the way and an abusive mother, Lyv has some tough calls to make. Can she make the right ones?

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ReviewThis story will pull on your heart strings as Lyv grows up and learns some really hard lessons. The first part takes place in 1978 and gives some background story for Lyv and her best friend Ten. He was from a rich family in the Hamptons and Lyv’s mom always lets her hang out with him because of his familial connections. Other than that her mother is very strict. These two are best friends, more like siblings and spend vasts amount of time together. In one gathering she is introduced to Alexander and she experiences her first crush, her first kiss and then some more firsts as well. This relationship creates on dilemma after another and puts into motions events that will be long lasting and certainly life changing, not only for Lyv but her family as well.

Alexander is in a band and leaves to go on tour leaving a heartbroken Lyv behind. Being the popoluar rock star that his in and in typical young male fashion he does not call or write but expects her to be waiting when he returns. They do manage to spend time together until again he leaves on tour and leaves her behind.

Thank God for Ten, he is there to pick up the pieces and be a true friend to her. He holds her hand and her heart as together they decide on the best course of action.

Even though this story was set back in the late 1970’s the story it told was still very powerful, the crisis’s that Lyv faced could easily be faced by a teenager today and the way that her parent’s dealt with it was certainly heartbreaking and anger inspiring. This young girl puts so much hope and love into her relationships with both Alex and Ten, she is wise and strong beyond her years. She grows up so very fast after being torn apart by what she experiences. Ten is a amazing person to be there for you.

I would recommend this story to all age groups as it will touch everyone. Make sure that you have Kleenex ready as it is certainly a heart tugger. It makes you appreciate both your parents and your children. I would rate it a 5/5. Olivia Rigal certainly has a very powerful way with words.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

Without Hesitation (Without #3) by C.J. Azevedo – Review

BT BannerSynopsisAt eleven years old, Macie James was certain she saw her prince standing in her kitchen with his rosy cheeks and cute smile. She was going to marry that boy, she had no doubt about it. As she became a teenager, it was that boy who taught her how to become a confident and sure woman. As the years went by and they grew up, he taWithout Hesitation-Cj Azevedo_ebooksmught her how to love and to be loved.

Greyden Michaels was surprised when he fell for his best friend’s little sister. He wasn’t opposed to it and, even more surprising, neither was his best friend. When he was in college and her just in high school, he realized they were too young to be committed, he opted for friendship with her and together they decided their love was for the future.

When you hesitate, life happens. When life happens, your plans change. Macie wanted her fairy tale and Greyden was prepared to give it to her when unfortunate events changed his whole life, including his future with the UFC and, most devastatingly, with her. Macie made the decision to live her life, to move on without Greyden, especially once she met the man who wanted to marry her and give her the life he couldn’t.

The problem with that was that Greyden had always seen her as his. Could he give her up completely for her supposed happiness or could he somehow manage to get his life in order to try and win her back, heart and soul?b0e78-addtogoodreadsPurchase6732d-amazon2Excerpt“I can’t make you mine right now, Macie.” He sounded dejected.

“I know,” she whispered across his lips, this time pressing her mouth against his.

“I don’t trust WOHteaseranybody else with you,” he said as she deepened the kiss a little more, but he wasn’t letting her fully in.

She licked his top lip and a small groan came out against his wishes. “I know, Sugar Plum.” She kissed just his bottom lip; being the only participant in the kiss was becoming challenging.

Greyden laughed. “Noooo.” He gripped her face, stopping her ministrations. She scrunched up her nose at him. “Macie, remember our plans?”

She nodded. How could she forget? They had a future together, just not a present.

He tucked a few strands of hair behind her ear. “I promise to keep my mouth shut if you want to date, if you promise to date guys your own age and to be smart.”

Macie’s shoulders sagged in disappointment. That’s not where she was hoping he was going to go with that. “Grey, I don’t—”

“Butterfly,” he slides a finger to her lips effectively shushing her, “I wish I could be that guy for you right now, but I can’t. I know that 10385055_10204347092657066_1361019131_nothers can’t either, but apparently you’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. That’s why I ask that you wait ‘til you’re eighteen for the major stuff. Because, Butterfly…God. Macie James, you’re not the girl guys screw around with. You’re the girl guys marry. You’re the girl I’m going to marry.”

Macie gasped in complete shock at his words. Stunned speechless. What does one say to that anyway?

Thankfully, she didn’t have to think too long. Greyden slid off the truck, coming in close contact along her body, not letting her back up. He leaned down, his lips hovering over hers momentarily, just barely brushing them before pressing the sweetest kiss to her hyper aware lips. His lips were soft and warm and Macie wanted to pull him even closer than he already was and open up to him, but that’s not the kind of kiss he was giving her. No, he was giving her a kiss of a promise, a promise of a future, of a friendship and of a love that will only bloom with time, that’s what this kiss was. It was kind of heartbreaking on her end. It may be what he wanted and needed right now, but he just told her he was going to marry her, yet she couldn’t really kiss him, or have him.

REVIEW

This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review by We Love Kink.

C.J. Azevedo writes a beautiful love story. This is the third in the Without Series and I confess I feel the urge to read the first two now. Let me tell you why I believe this was a great book. Their love is real and long lasting, sometimes books condense too much stuff in too sort a time period, here, not the case- Macie and Greyden have been in love for years. It was also true to life- these were so honest emotions and believable conflicts that they were facing. Secondary characters- there were plenty of these and they played a large role in the story, I loved it. I believe that these characters help to make the story and certainly are responsible in creating the characters that we love.

I digress; let me tell you a bit about the book, Macie and Greyden have known each other for years, since she was a pre-teenager. He gave her first kiss a fourteen so it would be memorable and her first bikini to help her fit in with the “in” crowd. Over the years they would experience many more firsts together and could always be counted on to be there for one another. But something always interfered when Macie wanted to get serious. She wants to build a life, she wants family and children and this is something that he is not prepared for at the moment. Macie realizes that maybe if she wants these things that it can not be with Greyden. It is a heartbreaking decision for her but she decides to move on.

What happens next will change the lives of many. It will certainly put things into perspective as all characters needs to reassess what is important to them and what matters the most. A true tear jerker at times and then at others we almost feel the need to shake some sense into people. Please read to find out what I am talking about.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

Book One

Bailey Hayes has a past that is currently affecting her present. Ten years ago she made a decision that suited her at the time. Now because of that decision she finds herself extremely successful in her chosen career but extremely unhappy in a relationship she thought was her forever.Book 1

Bailey met, fell in love with and moved in with Hollister Harrison six short months after meeting him. Hollister’s true colors shine through epically when he no longer has his personal space to contain them.

Talon McAllister loves his family, his family’s marketing firm that he runs along side his sister and the game of hockey. He plays hard and works even harder but leaves no room for any one woman exclusively. That is until he meets the lovely and ultimately sexy Bailey.
Can Talon convince Bailey that her twisted sense of loyalty and commitment to her boyfriend is absolutely unnecessary and dangerous?

Will Bailey miss out on the greatest love she will ever know due to fear of repeating her past of quick decision making?

Or will Talon show Bailey that she can live and love without boundaries?

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Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.

Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.

Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?

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G&MteaserxAbout the AuthorBeing a dreamer her whole life, CJ had big plans as a child to move to New York and live the city life. She wanted to escape the small country town she grew up in and be an independent woman. The dreaming never stopped, changed a little but never stopped. Instead she married a boy from that small country town and decided to somewhat travel together. One day, living in Northern California they decided to pack up and move to Texas, just because. That’s where she resides today doing what she loves the most… mothering her children, loving her Husband and living vicariously through all of the stories she gets to create and write up daily.

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Wet For Her Warriors (The WILD Boys Of Special Forces #5) by Angel Payne – Review

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by Angel Payne

The USA Today bestselling series continues! Tait, Kellan, and Lani’s story is here, set against Kauaˋi’s lush beauty. 

One of them healed her heart; the other captured her soul… 

Tait Bommer’s call-sign, T-Bomb, has never described him more accurately. When he’s not pissing someone off or scaring them witless, he’s now the First Special Forces Group’s official loose cannon, responsible for a major screw-up on their most recent mission. His mess has earned him two weeks of mandated R&R on the shores of Kauai, where the ultimatum is clear: straighten his head or don’t return to active duty. But he’s such a train wreck that even his best friend, Kellan Rush, isn’t happy about having to pull babysitting duty. 

When the guys find their “vacation” interrupted on by a stranger bearing nothing but a glare, a Bowie knife, and a lot of curves in a tiny bikini, they wonder if the trip hasn’t been hijacked by the island spirits—because surely they’ve found a goddess in the dark-haired beauty who not only sees their emotional scars, but opens their spirits by slowly exposing her own soul. 

“Therapy” takes on magical new meaning when three illicit desires collide in nights of explosive passion…and their goddess’s sweet submission. Neither man wants to leave their island paradise, a torment that’s intensified when an old adversary threatens to steal their goddess forever–and rip their friendship apart. Tait and Kellan must decide to let anger and jealousy triumph, or unite as brothers at arms for the most important mission of their lives, in the name of the greatest cause of all: saving the woman they love.

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Let me start right off with saying that I LOVE all of Angel Payne’s novels and of course have read all the others in this series. I was eagerly awaiting this one.

First Special Forces officer Tait Bommer has had a bad few weeks and is ordered to Kauai for some R&R and his best friend and partner Seargant Kellan Rush is going with him.

Their first meeting with the beautiful Hokulani Kail ( Lani) does not go well as she mistakes them for hench men for Mr. Benson the land developer who is after her land. She greets them with her bowie knife and orders them to strip. Things go from bad to worse as the real hench men do show up with Mr. Benson and Tait and Kelland have to help her to deal with them.

Kellan and Lani quickly fall into a romantic relationship that is marred by the fact that they are only here for two weeks. Tension is in the air as Tait is still emotionally recovering from his ordeal and the Mr. Benson and his crew are still trying to take over the island.

Kellan is determined to help Lani to maintain her land and also to help Tait to heal. It is destined that they together can help Tait to heal and thus begins the erotic partnership between them. It starts out as a simple voyeuristic meeting in the forest but then moves on for there. Angel Payne does a great job in writing about this relationship. The sex scenes between the three of them are hot, emotional and very steamy. Tait introduces them to more of a dominant lifestyle complete with imaginary bondage and very real spankings. These heat things up quickly and completely.

I love to read a menage story and I loved reading this one. It was great to see how the love they shared helped to heal Tait and allow him to live again. I also enjoyed the mystery and the suspense that was involved in trying to save her land from Mr. Benson. There is of course lots of drama that is best left discovered by the reader and a few scenes that caught me totally of guard. I even had to resort to getting the kleenex out a few times. Her brother Leo has a large part in this story and adds a great deal to the depth of the characters.

I would rate this story a 4/5 and am looking forward to the next one.

4 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

Dangerously Inked and Dangerously Bound by Eden Bradley – Review

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by Eden Bradley

* Published in the anthology, Midnight Ink

Dangerously Inked (A novella in the Dangerous series) 

When the tattoo artist Finn Carter lined up for his visit to New Orleans turns out to be the mysteriously alluring sub he played on New Year’s Eve at The Bastille, the city’s BDSM club, more than his skin will be marked forever—and Rosie is just the woman to bring this playboy to his knees.

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Review

I was gifted this story in exchange for an honest review.

It was New Year’s Eve at The Bastille, New Orlean’s BDSM club with their famous dungeon. Finn Carter is in town visiting from Australia when his best friend Mick sets him up for the evening. His submissive for the evening is Roison Gallagher. She is a beautiful tiny girl who goes by the name Rosie.

He is a sadist to the core and she finds herself responding to him on a level that shocks her. She feels as though she wants to belong to him after only one night. He spanks her, over the knee style, and even uses his cane on her but still she feels a deep connection to her one night stand guy.

Rosie is covered in tattoes and is a tattoo artist by trade, imagine her surprise when Finn becomes her first appointment the next day. Now the one night stand guy no longer they are free to act upon their desires. And desire each other they do. They consumate their new relationship frequently and everywhere. They spend copious amounts of time together. He revelling in her ability to submit to him and her loving his topping of her.

She continues to work on his tattoo and secrets are bared and thoughts are shared along the way. Their instant emotional connection they felt the first night only seems to deepen.
She says ” I’ve never felt this way about anyone. I’ve never let myself.”

His reply “I’ll be brave enough for both of us.”

This is the first in the Dangerous Series. Let me tell you right now that I intend to read them all, maybe more than once. This story had all the elements of a great BDSM story. Hot guy, beautiful girl, funky sex, some spanking with various implements, more wild sex and a story between the lines. I think this is a great start to what promises to be a great series. A 5/5 from me.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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by Eden Bradley

She can whip up something sweet…

Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After ten years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe—and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs—Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She’s not a child anymore.

But with two in the kitchen…

When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won’t be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him—but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

Can they take the heat?

Allie has made the first move, but now it’s up to Mick. The game has begun, and playing has never been so rough.

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This story was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. It is the second installment in A Dangerous Romance that I have read. I have really been enjoying Eden Bradley and her style of writing. It encompasses a little bit of kink and alot of story telling.

Allie LeClair left town twelve years ago. She was once the highschool sweetheart of Mick Reid but he thinks he is too harsh for her. After one night together he decides that they are not meant to be and Allie leaves town. She explores BDSM on her own with the hope of one day reconnecting with Mick. Today is that day. She uses their friend and fellow Dom Jamie to trick Mick into meeting with her and agreeing to partner up with her.

“You’re going to help me give Mick Reid what we’ve always wanted. Each other.”

She loves him, has always loved him and now believes that she can offer him the submission that she knows he craves. Even though Mick can not refuse spending some time together he is less than certain that anything will come of it. His desires run too dark, his need for domination too strong. But Allie was determined.

“Now was the time. She would get Mick to admit they belonged together or she would finally say goodbye. Forever.”

They had some wild scenes together, there was bondage, vibrators and lots of biting. The author does a great job with all her sex scenes. They were all hot and steamy, even the masturbation scenes that featured just Allie were amazing, really kept me riveted to my seat and wanting more. I enjoyed how the love scenes seems to flow so effortessly and I could sense how the characters really poured their emotions into each and every scene. I was eagerly turning the pages to discover who is going to win this fight. Will Mick’s poor self image or Allie long lasting love pervail? It was going to be a great journey to find out.

I look forward to reading more from both this author and in this series. I would give this story a 5/5 rating.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

Irrevocable by Skye Callahan – Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

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Sometimes when you can’t go back, the only way out is to descend into the darkness.

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When I woke in that place, I just wanted to survive. But survival came at a cost, for which they demanded my will and body.

         my Master

With pain came acceptance. Fully-dependent on the man who claimed me, I learned to appreciate what I had-life and relative safety.

                   my Protector

I watched him spill blood and tend my injuries. With betrayal came a revelation.

The only way out was to bring them all down or die trying.

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Through the haze of sleep, I felt hands on me. Cold and rough. I thought for a fleeting moment that it might have been Kyle. Then, I remembered our break up. It had happened weeks ago, but maybe that part was the dream. My memory was fucked and I couldn’t latch onto a thought long enough to ride it out of the fog. Too many hands. They groped and pulled—rough against my skin and digging into muscle and bone. I tried to retreat, my back pressed into a hard surface beneath me, and my nostrils filled with the smell of musk and damp stale air. I had no idea where I was, or how I’d gotten there. I kicked and gasped, trying to get back to the surface where reality lurked, shimmering in the distance, but just out of reach, like the sun on the surface of the water during a dive. A hand latched onto my hair and held my head back. My eyelids were finally freed from the sticky muck that held me in semi-consciousness, and I opened them to find myself staring up into unfamiliar green eyes. I only held his gaze for a few seconds—if that—but it seemed like it lasted for hours as my brain fought to categorize the details. Its useless attempt to understand what was going on. The man clutching my hair had vivid green eyes, but they may as well have been black given the emotionless void they displayed. His hair was shaggy, brown with a mix of grey, the same colors that stood out in his unkempt stubble. As if he needed any help looking rough. He exhaled and his breath settled over my face, reeking of booze and cigarettes. The smell made me queasy, but I didn’t have time to dwell on that, as another set of hands tugged at my jeans. My gaze traveled around the room, taking in the small crowd. At least half a dozen men surrounded the table where they had me spread out like a holiday feast. All dressed differently, from ragged tank tops to well-fitting dark button-down shirts, but they all projected an air of unchecked danger. Necks marked with tattoos, hands covered in callouses and scars. Scruffy faces accented their sneers and smirks, as they stood above me staring down with eyes starved of humanity and full of lust. Apparently, they didn’t expect me to put up a fight, because aside from the hand tangled in my hair, no one seemed concerned with keeping a tight grip on me. Probably because they outnumbered me, and I assumed they would have no problem beating the crap out of me as I struggled. They’d downright enjoy it. Unfortunately, I didn’t fully consider how that scenario would play out. I bucked and managed to knee the one pulling on my waistband in the face. He grunted, but I can’t imagine I inflicted as much pain as his retaliatory blow to my ribs. I sucked in air and rolled, curling around the injury and gasping for each painful breath as the sickening throb exacerbated my confusion.  

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 REVIEW

Wow.. I started out wanting to hate this book immensely. It was really out of my comfort zone, and didn’t have a clue how to rate or review it. Dark, ugly..intense and amazingly written! The warning fit the book, its definitely not a sweet loving story.
Imagine being taken from all that you know, to a place where if you are to survive you have to forget yourself. You have to endure acts that will not only strip you down to the bone, but down to your very soul. At each turn you fight to keep your identity, but to keep fighting could mean your death.
After being kidnapped and for to be the play to for one of many, you’re “rescued” and will be trained to serve the one. The one male that will be your lifeline, your Master and protector.
The key to “Silver” keeping her life is Kirk, he doesn’t want nor need the added aggravation of a slave. When he rescued her from the hands of the men that works with him, he labeled himself her Master and protector. He pushes to train her, she pushes back. Because of the life within the “retreat” you can let your guard down, not ever. If he is to keep Silver alive, she will have to learn to do as she is told. End of Story.
The acts of depravity, the tearing down of ones soul, to see yourself as nothing but an object. Each and everything you get is at the hands of the one who owns you. Kirk works hard at keeping Silver safe, knowing she isn’t like the other girls. She doesn’t belong here, and he will try to get her out. As some situation dictates he will have to “perform”, he will have to do things with and to silver that he doesn’t want to do… or does he?
 
At then end of this I was left with just a wow, a emo-roller coaster feelings. Back and forth with not liking it, not finishing it. Until I found myself at the end of the book. Would I recommend this book?.. yes but to only the ones that like the dark and intense.  
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review by daria

This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review, after I begged and begged and begged. Down on my hands and knees, I just knew that I needed to read this story. It was calling out to the inner darkness in me.

Silver is the name that she chose to call herself after she is kidnapped. She knew that her previous life would be no more and she wanted to be know as more than just a number. Drugged one night at a bar she soon finds herself in a situation worse than any nightmare. During a struggle to avoid a gang rape she is saved by Kirk, well saved is a very nice word as she finds herself in the position of being his personal sex slave.

The rules are simple, obey and you can live.

This is so very hard for Silver as she struggles with every aspect of captivity and finds herself being punished over and over again. There are very degrees of humiliation that he using including frequent butt plug insertion, crawling and being naked. There are also physical beatings that were heartbreaking.

After a period of time “I had yet to accept never being free again. But there would be a certain level of freedom in submitting to Kirk.”

I loved loved loved this story. Silver is so very strong, she mentally battles everyday to keep true to herself. I found myself alternating between wishing she would continue to fight or submit and have an easier life. The sadistical enjoyment that these men got from enjoying the total submission of their women was certainly captivating to read. The author took us on a different journey every time the men got together. Each page was fresh and attention gripping. There are certain characters that draw you in and make you feel for them and others that you wish that you could just destroy as they affect you strongly in a negative way. I suppose that is true for all such organizations as this one.

I found the author was able to keep my attention, no, not only that but she was able to make me tune out everything else going on because I needed to continue and finish this story. I would give it a 5/5 and would certainly go higher if able. It had all the elements of a great dark read. Some darkness including definite non-consent, kinky sex, voyeurism, some voluntary sex and of course the age old fight of good vs. evil. I would definitely read more by this author and recommend this story to all that are willing to go a little bit into the darker side of romance.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

AUTHOR BIO

I’ve been coming up with stories for as long as I can remember, and in elementary school I began writing them all down. Ghosts and vampires, have always been my favorite beings to write about. Maybe it was growing up with a grandma who always told me about how she’d always rush home to watch Dark Shadows, and growing up reading and watching anything paranormal that I could find.

My debut, Fractured Legacy (Paranormal Urban Fantasy novella), was released on October 22, 2013, and the sequel Beyond the Divide is currently in progress and expected to release in early 2014.

I am also taking a departure from the paranormal world with a BDSM Romance, Bound and Unbroken, which will also be released in early 2014. I go where my characters lead me, and Eric and Lena decided that I needed a definite break from the paranormal.

When I’m not spending time with the voices in my head, I work in business consulting and hang out with my husband and all of our furry family members.

Random Stuff:

I LOVE Rum, but that’s probably not a secret.

I love sexy cars more than I love rum. My top picks would be a ’65 Mustang, practically any Bugatti Veyron, or an Aston Martin Vanquish.

I once based a character in a story on my husband, and the character died.

Don’t bother trying to figure it out, I never released that book.

I’ve never met some of my closest friends in person–some of them live on the other side of the world.

I never set out for anyone at work to know that I’m a writer, but now they buy my books, so it’s a good deal.

I’m not terribly good at being girly–I don’t wear makeup, only own 4 pairs of shoes, and I’ve never had a manicure.

I learned to handle a gun before I learned long division.

I cuss like a sailor unless I’m around my grandma.

While most of the people in my graduate research classes were buried in books, I was glued to the TV researching the evolving portrayal of “Indianness”.

I’ve seen Disturbed in concert 3 times.

I still have a crush on Jason David Frank (aka Tommy Oliver the Green/White Ranger)

I work with my husband and it’s the 3rd time we’ve worked for the same business.

If I’m not watching Top Gear, I’m probably watching something that was filmed before I was born. Currently, Dick Van Dyke is in my DVD player.

I have a phobia of crickets.

Should I throw you one hell of a fact if you’ve made it this far? I was diagnosed with PTSD two and a half years ago, and my doctor suggested that

I start writing again to help cope with the symptoms.

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The Inner Room by Claire Thompson – Excerpt, Review and Giveaway

Synopsis
The Inner Room – where submissive dreams become reality
Dr. Marissa Roberts takes charge and saves lives by day, but spends lonely nights embracing fantasies of erotic submission. When a friend encourages her to explore her submissive longings, Marissa agrees to an evaluation to become a member of an exclusive local BDSM club. With that act, a door is opened to Marissa, and her long-standing fantasies may just become reality.
Cam Wilder, a nurse at the same hospital as Marissa and an experienced Dominant in his private life, has no idea the prospective slave girl he will assess in The Inner Room of The Power Exchange will be his reserved co-worker. Sparks of desire ignite into flames of passion as Cam recognizes in Marissa the heart of a true submissive yearning for freedom, and she sees in him a Master who speaks directly to her soul.
Their potential BDSM paradise is threatened by the unwanted attention of an arrogant bastard who refuses to take no for an answer. His secret surveillance and devious plans lead to terrifying results that threaten to destroy not only Marissa and Cam’s careers, but the bonds of trust and love they’ve forged together as Master and sub girl.
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Excerpt
“You must be Marissa. Welcome to The Power Exchange.” Marissa looked up to see a man of medium height with massive arms, barrel chest and a shaved head. He was wearing a black leather vest and matching leather pants, every visible bit of skin below his neck covered in tattoos.
“Hi,” Marissa said. The man held out his hand, which engulfed Marissa’s as they shook. He appeared to be in his late forties, and while he wasn’t an especially tall man, he looked solid, with bulging, muscular arms and a thick neck. He was wearing a black T-shirt that stretched tightly over his barrel chest. His large nose was crooked, as if it had been broken, perhaps more than once. His eyes were dark and penetrating, and Marissa could feel the power in his gaze.
“I’m Jack Morris.” His voice matched the rest of him, deep and strong. He spoke like someone used to being obeyed. “Tony’s told me a lot about you.”
Marissa glanced at Tony, who sat with her and Dana at the same table they’d occupied the last time she’d been to the club. Tony lifted his glass in Jack’s direction. “All true,” he grinned. Smiling at her, he added, “You’ll be in excellent hands, Marissa. The trainer who will assess you tonight is regarded as tops in his field—a real pro, and with good reason.” He turned back to Jack, adding, “Marissa won’t let you down. This one’s a keeper, Jack, you’ll see.”
You’ll see? Was Jack going to be her trainer?
Marissa bit her lower lip. Where Tony had been understanding of her fears, and had let her go at her own pace, she strongly doubted Jack would go as easy on her. While Jack was certainly compelling, he was also rather formidable, and not what she had visualized. In truth, she’d been harboring a fantasy that she would be trained by someone like the tall, dark and handsome Master Mark from the training videos.
Don’t be stupid. This is the chance of a lifetime. Tony and Dana say he’s the best. He owns the club, after all. He has to know what he’s doing. She realized they were all three staring at her. “If you’ll come with me,” Jack said, holding out his hand.
Marissa glanced nervously at her friends. Tony was smiling encouragingly at her. Dana put her hand on Marissa’s shoulder and gave it an affectionate squeeze. “Good luck,” she said softly. “I know you’ll do great.”
Marissa pushed her chair away from the table. Excitement warred with trepidation inside her as she took Jack’s offered hand. She was ready. She wanted this. More than that—she needed this.
Jack stepped to the bar and lifted a panel, gesturing for her to follow him. With a last look at Tony and Dana, Marissa stepped behind the bar. The bartender didn’t even glance up as they passed her. They walked down a wide hall past a kitchen to a set of double doors. Tony turned the knob on one of the doors and pushed it open. He stepped back, ushering Marissa in ahead of him. The room was larger than she expected and looked something like Tony’s playroom, except there were more pieces of equipment, some of which she recognized, some she didn’t.
In addition to a St. Andrew’s cross, several spanking benches, a whipping post, a medical exam table and a set of stocks, there was an interesting series of rubber strips in one corner strapped to a metal frame. The apparatus was shaped like a huge spider’s web, with cuffs and chains dangling from various parts of it. Nearby were two cages, one upright with cuffs attached at the upper and lower corners, and one low and oblong, with newspapers spread on the bottom and what looked like a dog’s water bowl set inside it.
Muted lighting was provided by a series of sconces set high along the perimeters of the room. Marissa noticed several racks, some with floggers, some with canes, some with wicked-looking single tail whips of various sizes, the largest a coiled bullwhip that looked like a shiny-skinned, sleeping snake.
Marissa jumped a little when Jack closed the door behind them.
“You can put your things over there.” Jack pointed to a small set of cubbyholes, not unlike those found in a kindergarten classroom for book bags and lunchboxes.
“My…things?” Marissa said faintly. She knew she would have to get naked—Dana had warned her. But now that it had come to it…
Jack glanced sharply at her. “Yes. Everything. Strip naked. Oh wait, leave on the heels. You will wait for the trainer on that dais, there.” He pointed again, this time toward a raised dais in the center of the room with a set of three wooden steps set along its side.
…wait for the trainer… Did that mean Jack wasn’t the trainer? Who was? Where were they? She realized Jack was watching her, his eyebrows now raised, as if questioning why she was still just standing there.
Don’t blow this. Do what he says. Remember, you can always use your safeword.
“My safeword is lemon,” she blurted suddenly, and then felt herself blushing.
Jack’s lips lifted into a half smile. “That’s nice,” he said flatly. “Now do what you’re told.”
Marissa tried to swallow, but somehow her mouth had filled with sawdust. She moved toward the cubbies and reached for the zipper of her skirt with trembling fingers. She realized she had left her velvet jacket over the back of her chair in the outer room. She stepped out of the skirt, folded it and set it into an empty space. With a glance toward Jack, she reached for the hem of her chemise and pulled it over her head. Blowing out a breath, she reached behind herself and undid her pretty new bra. Jack was standing with his tattooed arms crossed over his massive chest, an implacable expression on his face, his eyes trained on Marissa.
Just do it, she admonished herself. Nudity was the norm at The Power Exchange. Half the people in the outer room were in various stages of undress, and no one batted an eyelash over it. She was being silly and self-conscious. It was just skin. No big deal. She reached for her panties and slid them down her legs, stepping carefully out of them while still balancing in her heels.
She placed the panties on top of her clothing pile and turned to face Jack Morris. His eyes swept over her body, his expression still difficult to read. “Good,” he finally said. “Now get up on the dais.”
As Marissa moved through the room on rubbery legs she could feel Jack’s dark eyes on her. She climbed the small set of stairs and stood on the dais, wondering what to do with her arms. As if reading her mind, Jack said, “Stand at attention, arms up, fingers locked behind your neck, feet planted shoulder-width apart, eyes forward. Don’t move until the trainer tells you to move.”
Marissa attempted to do as the man had ordered, feeling at once ridiculous and at the same time kind of sexy, naked in nothing but high heels. The position forced her to thrust her breasts forward, and she felt like an object designed to be ogled, which was no doubt the intent of being forced to pose on a raised dais. Oddly, rather than feeling humiliated by being put on display, arousal burned its way through her, spreading into her sex and engorging her nipples.
Without another word, Jack turned and left the room by the door through which they had entered, closing it with a small click that seemed to echo in the empty room. Marissa drew in a shuddery breath and released it slowly. Her nose itched suddenly, and she wondered if she dared fall out of position in order to scratch it. Keeping her head still, she managed to glance around the room, wondering if there was a camera or something tracking her movements. She didn’t see anything. Jack had said not to move, but who would know?
The itch was now driving her nuts. She dropped her arms and quickly scratched her nose. Shaking back her hair, she once again assumed the somewhat awkward position, her fingers laced behind her neck. The room was cool, but she could feel the prickle of perspiration beneath her arms, and the dampness of undeniable arousal between her legs.
She was there on a completely voluntary basis, she reminded herself. She could leave at any time. No one was holding her prisoner. This was just an assessment, and Tony had said she was a natural sub. Not that she needed him to tell her. She knew what she was now, or more accurately, she understood now what she had the potential to become. She was being offered a rare and precious opportunity to be assessed by a top trainer.
Marissa heard the sound of a door opening from somewhere behind her. Though she’d been told to keep her eyes straight ahead, Marissa couldn’t help turning toward the sound. Her mouth fell open as she took in the figure standing there dressed in a black muscle T-shirt that hugged his broad shoulders and tapered along his body toward a narrow waist and slender hips. He wore black leather pants that looked like they were molded to his long, muscular legs, his feet shod in heavy black boots of the Master Mark variety.
Marissa forgot all about holding her position. Instinctively she tried to cover her naked body. Her heart was thumping like a drum against her bones while her mind struggled to place the man with these surroundings.
His piercing blue eyes moved over her body and settled on her face, and his mouth, like hers, also fell open. They stared at one another for several beats of the loudest silence Marissa had ever experienced.
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Chapter 1
The naked woman in the video was on her hands and knees, a bucket of sudsy water beside her, a large sponge in her hand. Marissa sucked in her breath as she watched Master Mark lift his heavy black boot and bring it to rest on the woman’s back. The woman’s face was obscured by her long blond hair, but Marissa could feel the sudden tension in her body, though she continued to move her hand in wide circles over the stone floor. Master Mark pressed down with his boot until the woman collapsed onto her stomach on the cold, wet floor.
“Why are you here, slave M?” Master Mark asked in his deep, sexy British accent. He moved his boot along her back until it rested on the nape of her neck.
The camera moved in for a close-up of slave M’s face, capturing what seemed to be genuine fear in her wide blue eyes. “Because I was a dirty little slut, Sir,” she replied in a tremulous voice.
Master Mark laughed. “We already know that, slave. What precisely did you do that resulted in this particular punishment?” He slid his boot to her cheek and then lifted it, leaving a wet streak of dirt behind. Crouching beside her, he stroked strands of blond hair behind her ear and Marissa was struck by the tender expression now on Master Mark’s face.
“I—I was touching myself without permission, Sir,” the girl whispered.
Marissa sighed and shifted on the bed. She slipped her hand between her legs, her fingers seeking her throbbing clit. Though intellectually she was repelled by the man’s treatment, emotionally she thrilled to it. Her defenses now lowered by her desire, Marissa had to admit in her heart of hearts she yearned to be that naked girl lying on the wet stone waiting for her stern master’s retribution.
Master Mark wrapped his hand in slave M’s thick hair and twisted it back from her scalp. She winced but remained otherwise still. “That’s correct,” Master Mark said. “You touched my property without my express permission. Get up.” He tugged her hair to pull her upward.
As the woman struggled to her feet, he continued, “Time for part two of your punishment. Stand at attention, hands locked behind your head, legs shoulder-width apart.” The camera pulled back, revealing the long, whippy cane Master Mark now held in his hand. “Twenty strokes,” he intoned. “You will maintain your position, and you will thank me for each stroke.”
The slave cast a fearful glance at cane. “Yes, Sir,” she breathed. Marissa could see the tremble in her limbs and the faint sheen of sweat on her face. Master Mark’s cock bulged in his leather pants. If these were actors, they were doing a hell of a job.
The camera angle shifted again, giving Marissa a good view of the woman’s back, ass and long legs that ended in very high, shiny black heels. The cane hissed in the air. Marissa winced as it struck the backs of the woman’s thighs. “Thank you!” the woman yelped.
Marissa rubbed herself with fingers lubricated by her desire as Master Mark struck the woman over and over, leaving red, angry stripes on her thighs and ass. When the camera moved to her face, it was twisted in an expression that could have been agony or ecstasy.
“Oh, thank you, Sir. Thank you! Oh!” slave M cried.
Marissa’s mouth was dry, her breath a rasp in her throat, her fingers flying in the wet heat between her legs as the Master with the hard eyes and cruel smile struck the willing masochist on the screen again and again. A warm tingling sensation rose deep in Marissa’s belly, culminating in a shivery burst of sensation as her cunt spasmed in release.
Her hand fell away and she closed her eyes with a sigh. She lay limp, no longer focused on the scene still playing on her tablet. When she could rouse herself sufficiently from her orgasm-induced lethargy, she reached for the tablet, where slave M was now on her knees slurping and sucking Master Mark’s huge cock with enthusiastic abandon.
Marissa clicked away from the site and closed down the tablet. Her immediate urges satisfied, the usual vague feelings of shame and dissatisfaction began to reemerge in her psyche. Why was she like this? She was a medical doctor, a professional who had always held her own in her romantic relationships. What was wrong with her that she got off watching women be degraded and sexually tortured? Even worse, why did she long with such a deep and abiding intensity to be one of those women?
Oh, get over yourself. Marissa heard her friend Dana’s voice in her head. It’s a consensual act. They both like and want what’s happening. Stop beating yourself up for your feelings. If only she could be more like Dana, who was completely comfortable in her own skin and fully accepting of her masochistic tendencies and sexual needs.
Maybe if I found the right guy, Marissa thought, not for the first time. Someone who would just know what I want without my having to spell it out. She snorted at this line of thinking. If there was a Prince Charming, or rather a Master Charming, out there somewhere waiting to sweep her off her feet, he sure was taking his sweet ass time about it. Or maybe he just couldn’t find his way to the hospital where she spent most of her waking hours.
Pushing these unproductive thoughts from her mind, Marissa reached for her smart phone and set the alarm for five a.m. That should give her time to get to the gym for her workout before hospital rounds at seven. She reached for the lamp and turned it off. Pulling the covers to her chin, she closed her eyes.

review

Dr. Marisa Roberts longs to be part of the BDSM society. Her best friend Dana and husband Tony live the lifestyle and Marisa finds herself listening to stories with more than curiosity, with longing. She frequently watched videos on her laptop at work.

She ventures to a club one night as Dana and Tony’s guest and is overwhelmed with what she sees. She lets Tony spank her and journies into sub space.

She is able to join the club after an assessment with a trainer. She waits for him naked, he is a nurse from the hospital. Cam Wilder. The attraction is swift and deep, he flogs her to an orgasm.

He shows her things and lets her experience all that she has been longing for. In true Claire Thompson style we get to read about many different implements- St Andrew’s cross, whips, paddles, floggers and even some extensive pulley and chains attatched to the ceiling.

I thougth this book was very well written. It spoke to the hidden submissive in me and I was able to greedily soak up every word. I would rate this story a 5/5. The story line was fast moving, the characters were likable, the sex was hot, this story covered all the bases. I look forward to reading more by this author.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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Claire Thompson has been writing erotic fiction and romance since 1996. With over fifty novels published, Claire recently established hew own publishing venue, RomanceUnbound.com, where all of her work is available for direct sale. Claire’s novels involve the sensual exploration of D/s and erotic romance, as well as the more intense and edgy side of BDSM. Her D/s romances explore the power and beauty of a loving exchange of power. Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. Ultimately her work deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience.
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Knight (Impossible #4) by Julia Sykes – Review

20826554Knight (Impossible #4)

by Julia Sykes

Book 4 in the Impossible Series- Can be read as a standalone.

Abducted. Drugged. Broken. I became a plaything, a possession. If I did ever have a name, I don’t remember it now. Slaves don’t have names.

My new Master stole me away from the man who tormented me. He saved me and took me for himself. I’ve found my salvation in his obsession, my freedom in his captivity.

Will his brand of rescue leave me more broken than ever?

Extended Description:
Lydia Chase has been abducted and broken. Her only escape from the pain is the sweet high of the heroin that her sadistic Master gives her as a reward in order to control her. She is found by FBI agent Smith James, and he is determined to save her. But the soul is much more difficult to heal than the body, and Lydia finds herself becoming completely dependent on the Dominant Smith, finding comfort in his control of her body and mind as their relationship becomes sexual. How can she ever become whole again if she can’t learn to let him go and take control of her own life? Is this new form of captivity just what she needs to survive?

WARNING: Given the nature of this story, this book contains graphic violence and references to sexual assault, which some readers may find upsetting. It also contains BDSM.

NOTE: Knight is part of the Impossible series, but it can be read as a standalone story without spoiling the other books.

Impossible Series Reading Order:
Impossible: The Original Trilogy (Monster, Traitor, and Avenger)
Savior (An Impossible Novel)
Knight (An Impossible Novel)

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FBI agent Smith James is at BDSM club Decadence the night of the raid, where many are arrested and more are saved. Agent James finds himself drawn to the girl standing by the corner. He can tell she is an addict, she is guant, almost lifeless, wearing a see-through dress and a bulky iron collar. She calls out to him on an emotional level and he feels responsible for her safety.

She only remember her master calling her "slave", "whore" and other unsavoury names. She has no other identity that she is aware of and is petrified that she has been moved from her spot and her master will be angry. She was being controlled by her addiction to heroin. Supplied and introduced to her by the evil character that abducted her and has kept her hidden and under his control. She has had no life other than what he had allowed her, living in a cage or chained to the wall. Her only release from reality was the heroin that she was given as a reward for pleasing him.

In the hospital she goes by Jane Doe. Agent James spends much time with her helping her recover and she soon she transfers the title of "Master" to him. She has no identity of her own. Her only goal in life is to please her master. She willonly do what he tells her to. She refuses to think or talk about her life before being a slave and will only focus on the here and now.

Her ex-captive becomes referred to as "The Bastard" and it isevident that he has not given up on her and soon comes looking for her.

Her name is Lydia. She has a life before the abduction. She isa real person. She has a family. Soon she begins her therapy to help her move on. But that means no more Master. She needs to be her own person now. But does she want to? Is she able to cut the emotional ties after the endless emotional  brain washing that she has endured at the hands of The Bastard? Is The Bastard out of her life or will he try to take her again? Will she ever be safe or even normal again and really what is normal?

Wow, I thought that I had read some dark novels, but I think that this one tops the scale. It was truly an amazing piece of fiction. The way that the author portrayed this victim and herunwillingness to see herself as anything other than a slave was simply a piece of genious. I hated the one that had abuse her. I hated reading about what she had been through at his hands but I was unable to put it down.  I think that it deserves a 5/5 and would be willing and eager to read more by this author.

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VICE, VIRTUE, & VIDEO: REVEALED AND CAPTURED BY BIANCA GIOVANNI – Reviews

18658919Revealed (Vice, Virtue & Video #1)

by Bianca Giovanni

James Laird and Lola Caraway have been next door neighbors and best friends since elementary school. James was always the ultimate player, and after graduation moves to LA and finds his place as a rising star in the porn industry. Lola, three years younger, is a studious overachiever and on track for graduation and success in college. Lola knows about and accepts James and his debauchery; it’s never been a secret between the two friends. However, a hometown visit prompts James to face his evolving feelings for her, especially after his conservative family discovers his true profession and she comes to his rescue. Not wanting to seduce the innocent Lola, he returns to California, where he sets his sights on becoming a superstar in the industry. While Lola is visiting James from college, they dance around their attraction to each other. After Lola admits she’s never had an orgasm, James offers to be her hands-on teacher. A lifetime of friendship with a manwhore tells Lola that she should not get attached to James as a lover, as tempting as his offer may be. Can she please her body while still protecting her heart? From the author of some of the highest rated erotic romance on Smashwords comes this first look into a world of love, friendship…and porn

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Lola was six and James was nine when they first met. They were best friends right from the start. Hanging out with mostly each other. She was his confidante and he looked out for her, steering all the boys away with the evil eye. Sure he became quite the gigalo in high school and slept with all the girls and even some of the women but Lola was the only one that he ever let into his heart.

After high school he moves away to pursue a career in acting and by chance falls into a career doing what he does best. Making love with women. This time he is getting paid for it as he becomes a well known name in the pornography business.

As he comes home one weekend he help his best friend celebrate graduating for high school his parents find out what he has been doing and after a large fight, they kick him out of the house and disown him. He is devastated and Lola is his only comfort. They spend the night in each other’s arms awakening desires but not acting on them.

This makes them look at each other in a different light. Should they risk what they have or stay best friends forever? Best friends wins out. The love that they have for one another is special. It is very deep and they need each other to continue to fill that spot for one another. He is her anchor and she is his lifeline. He talks about her constantly to all his friends.

I thought this book was very sweet. It was refreshing to read a story about honest emotions. The sexual tension was off the charts and I could not decide whether I wanted them to act on it or not. If I was confused I can only imagine how Lola and James must feel. I absolutely loved his career as a porn star. They scenes made me laugh they were so well done. The secondary characters, especially the porn stars were well done.  I felt I was right there with them. The characters of his parents felt so real I was hating them too.

I am anxious to read the second story in this series. I don’t know how it could get any better, but I am willing to find out.  I would give this story a 5/5.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

 

20896537Captured (Vice, Virtue & Video #2)

by Bianca Giovanni

 

Lifelong best friends James Laird and Lola Caraway are reunited when Lola moves to LA after college. Lola is starting her new life, new job, and a new romance with a successful lawyer–a relationship which forces James to question the nature of his feelings for Lola.

Meanwhile James’ agent has him making BDSM films, though to him it’s all an act. Unfortunately, these films have brought him the attention of hardcore producer Eva Satana, who wants James to be a ruthless Dominant -for real- in her brutal and extreme scenes. James soon finds himself caught in a contract he cannot break and compelled by threats to the girl who’s stood by him through everything.

James can’t stand the thought of anyone else with his sweet, virginal best friend. But they are just friends…aren’t they? Can their friendship survive so much desire and deception?

Their decisions will decide who will be free and who will be CAPTURED.

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This is the second story involving the characters of Lola, 23 and James 26 who have been best friends for the past fifteen years. She has recently graduated from college and has moved into his apartment building to be closer to him. He is a well sought after porn star specializing in BDSM films. She is still are virgin and really has no idea of what his films portray.

They have had feelings for each other for years, he was the first one to feel her breasts and he gave her her very first orgasm. Who better than your best friend right, the one you love and trust over anyone else.

Now Lola has a boyfriend Eric and she is debating loosing her virginity to him. James of course hates him and the idea. When Eric is pressuring her for oral sex of course James offers to instruct her.

“I’ve want to do this Lo, I’ve wanted to for awhile.”

Now of course things don’t quite work out with Eric and Lola and she and James are made to finally admit how they feel for one another. The only problem now is the crazy producer Eva who is pulling his employment strings. She is truly an evil person and is continually pushing James outside of his comfort zone. Even to the extent of threatening Lola. She wants a video of the taking of the virginity, a true love story she believes that will sell millions of copies, and if he doesn’t deliver that Lola will pay the price.

He is between a rock and a hard place, if he tells her she will not understand, but the threats, they are eating him up inside. Should he give in? Dilemnas, dilemnas, what’s a porn star/best friend to do. How can he protect her? How can he get her to see just how much she truly means to him.

I loved these characters in the first story and now I am amazed at how much deeper they really are. The love that James has for Lola is evident in every page. He paints her toe nails and cooks her dinner, he takes care of her. Lola tries to avoid her feelings and attempt relationships elsewhere but that backfires too. But will this hurdle just be too big for them to withstand? Will they finally be together? I would give this story a 5/5 and recommend it to everyone. It was outside the box, the story line was fresh and it flowed effortlessly from page one.

5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica

Taking Chances by Amy O’Neill – Review

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by Amy O’Neill

What happens when the ‘one that got away’ wants you back? Dane walked away from Myra four years ago, thinking he wasn’t the man she needed. But time has only proven one thing – she’s the woman he needs. Myra has moved on with life and healed the hurt Dane’s leaving caused, but one look at him and those feelings come back. Can she trust him with her heart again or will he take it and run?

Dane Gunther walked away from Myra four years ago. She was a single mom with a son and being together meant taking her away from her family to follow his career 2,000 miles away. Back then he didn’t think it was fair to take them away from everyone they knew and he wasn’t sure he had what it took to me the man they needed.

Myra Patterson was devastated when Dane left without the decency of a reason. She’s moved on with life and has been able to push him into the ‘friend zone’. That’s easier said than done when suddenly he isn’t just an old friend online. When the real thing is in front of her, buried feelings come screaming back. Falling for Dane isn’t an option, she knows it will only lead to heartbreak when he leaves again. But his charm and the ways he ignites old feelings makes it harder to resist.

Dane has to win Myra back even if it’s the last thing he does. While trying to help with the family business and deal with a strained relationship with his mother, Dane’s real focus is proving to Myra he is the man she needs. But even if he gets his chance, will Moira believe in him long enough to open her heart again?

TAKING CHANCES is the first book in the SMALL TOWN series. Meet this group of small town women who love men with big … hearts!

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“What the hell is he doing here? ” We, the reader can surmise by this opening line that Myra Patterson is not too happy to see Dane Gunther at a friend’s house on a summer Memorial Day backyard BBQ.  She should be upset too at seeing him because of the way he had broken her heart. Four years ago after she fell in love with him he broke her heart and moved 2000 miles away. I was prepared to dislike him too. When it was revealed that Liz had followed him and they had gotten married I was prepared to hate him.

But he appeals to our weak side, explains that he was too scared to love Myra that his feelings were too strong for him to handle and that caused him to bolt. Myra feels bad for him when he can’t find a place to stay and rents him the apartment above her gym.

He wants her in his life again but she is stronger now. She has her son Danny to look after. He was also devastated when left them. She can’t let him hurt the two of them again. She is not counting on how stubborn he is or how strong his feelings for her are as he slowly woos her with attention.

It does not take long for her feelings to come crashing to the surface again. But she is smarter this time, things are going to go according to her rules. She will not be hurt again.

Like I said I was prepared to dislike Dane right off the bat, he broke her heart, left her son as well, and then went on to get married. He had all the characteristics of a creeper in my opinion. BUT, I admit that he is a changed person when he returns to town. He thinks about others first, he brings her flowers, takes her mini putting and plays air hockey with her.

She is holding tough to her resolve to keep him out but it is oh so very difficult.

The author did a great job of detailing the struggle between these two former lovers. In amongst all the loving she throws in some unexpected twists and turns, a spitefull ex-husband and a crazy-assed mother. I was certainly riveted as I watched the story unfold.

4.5 of 5 LOVE TAPS

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reviewed by monica