CC’s ARC Review ~ Dark Dominance by Annabel Joseph

Title: Dark Dominance
Author: Annabel Joseph
Genre: Erotica/BDSM
POV: First person – Dual 

Released on September 25, 2017

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4 Stars!! 

 

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Juliet Pope is a business manager for an eccentric artist. While she is proficient in her career, personal relationships have been a challenge based on Juliet’s choices. Wearing her emotions on the surface, Juliet’s vulnerabilities are ever present and when her final Dominant/submissive relationship fails, she crashes.

“I belonged here in this colorful, comfortable place. The marble penthouse was a fantasy…and so was Fort St. Clair.”


Forsyth “Fort” St. Clair is a wealthy businessman and sadist who has been unlucky in his past relationships. Since then, he’s chosen non-emotional connections with his submissives. While out with his friends, Fort notices drunk woman outside a BDSM club in need of help and despite the warnings, he offers assistance. Feeling a mutual attraction, they bond in an honest way but Fort isn’t looking for a relationship.

“I’m into tears and power trips. I’m into capriciously hurting you because it’s unfair, and because you’ll let me do it anyway.”


Knowing Juliet is vulnerable and that his instinct says to stay away, Fort finds a way to reconnect with Jewels. Experiencing her openness actually makes Juliet more appealing as a person and a submissive, and while Fort has his doubts, he is content with his decision to contact her but is unsure if she can withstand what he needs as a Dominant. 

“I want to do all kinds of perverse, painful, lustful things to you, but it will be a pure power exchange.”


From the outset, Fort and Juliet agree to view their arrangement as strictly physical. Fort’s brand of sadism involves consensual non-consensual play and pushing the pain threshold. For Juliet, she isn’t sure about her propensity for masochism, but after their first scene, it’s clear she is a maso-slut. 

“He pinched and worked my clit, pressing fingers against the sensitive nub to the point of pain. I bucked my hips, trying to escape his rough caresses, but he only fucked me harder and faster.”


As they continue to test the waters, the goal is for Fort to bring Juliet to his exclusive BDSM club. When it’s time, the intensity and connection they share is apparent to all, but with each successive scene, Fort begins to worry about emotionally harming Juliet and protecting himself from something real. 

Told in dual POV, the plot moves at a steady pace while each character is peeling back the layers. Juliet recognizes her feelings for Fort are more than just physical and while she tries to hold back, it’s a futile effort. Considering her past, Juliet is still willing to take another chance on love. However, Fort’s nickname proves to be telling because he isn’t about to lower his defenses 

Throughout their sessions, the intensity of Fort’s sadism is palpable and there were moments when I squirmed for Juliet, but she needed to receive the pain as much as Fort needed to administer it. While not everyone may not understand that dynamic, it was right for them and the transition felt authentic. 

In Dark Dominance, vulnerabilities and chances are explored which ultimately lead to honesty and trust. For those who enjoy some sado-maso activities, I recommend! 

Dark Dominance series (standalones within a series):
Dark Control (Dark Dominance, #1) by Annabel Joseph Deep Control (Dark Dominance, #2) by Annabel Joseph Dangerous Control (Dark Dominance, #3) by Annabel Joseph

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Sparks by C.P. Mandara

Title: Sparks
Author: C.P. Mandara
Genre: Romantic Suspense/BDSM/Erotica
POV: First person

Released on August 29, 2017

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4.5 Stars!

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Lois Reeves is an operative who must prepare for her next undercover assignment. In order to do so, she needs to understand her pain threshold and learn how to be a proper submissive. Upon meeting her exasperating trainer, she didn’t expect an immediate attraction to him but Lois is determined to succeed in her assignment.

 

“If I was a fly trapped in a spider’s web, the guy in front of me was a fucking tarantula: venomous and deadly.”


James Leverett is a Dominant and is simply known to be the best. Contracted to train many submissives at Elite Encounters, he’s intrigued by Lois and doesn’t believe she can truly submit. That said, James is more than ready for their game of dominance and submission.

 

“I am going to break you. That’s the whole purpose of this exercise. From the moment the door inside that room closes, I am not going to be Mr. Nice Guy.”


As Lois’ session begins, she quickly learns that James is steadfast and ever so perceptive in pushing her pain and pleasure threshold to the max by introducing Lois to all sorts of play. Tested physically and emotionally, when Lois shows she’s able to handle James’ shockingly kinky tactics, she’s permitted to advance to phase two of her training.

 

“No, I can’t take any more of this, but I didn’t say a word. The current increased, and as the wand wriggled and danced on my clit, finally my world exploded.”


When additional details are slowly revealed about her mark, Lois begins to realize the danger of her predicament; however, she remains committed (and stubborn) despite James’ warnings. Emphasizing the emotional elements of submission and pain, Lois is schooled in vulnerabilities causing her to check her past and try to stay focused on what’s ahead. Knowing James may have an edge over her, it doesn’t take Lois long to see through some of his techniques.

 

“He ran his fingers down the side of my face and I shuddered, though it wasn’t in revulsion. I just felt helpless, and strangely enough, I was beginning to realize that this kind of thing turned me on in the worst way.”


There were so many elements that I loved about this book! Lois is the perfect heroine for me – intelligent, assertive, a bit vulnerable and sarcastic. James is so enigmatic, handsome and exacting. At times, I was grinning like a fool with the sexy banter between James and Lois with neither retreating. Their chemistry was palpable! When it came to session time, James didn’t disappoint with his easy confidence and electric sex appeal as he reigned over Lois’s body.

In Sparks, the character connection is intensely rich and the intentional mysterious elements added to plot and character intrigue. What I’ve come to learn with C.P. Mandara’s work is there is usually a twist and that morsel prompted an evil smile from me. This kinky read proved to be much more and I highly recommend to all kinksters! I look forward to the next book in this Special Agent series!

*An ARC was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*

*This was a (F)BR with Twinsie Hawkey! *

 

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Release Blitz ~ King of Code by C.D. Reiss

 

King of Code, an all-new intriguing and sexy standalone from CD Reiss is LIVE!

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King of Code by CD Reiss


Publication Date: September 18th, 2017


Genre: Contemporary Romance

 

From New York Times Bestselling author, CD Reiss, comes a sexy tale of secrets, intrigue, betrayal, and a love worth crossing a continent for.

Taylor Harden is a man on the edge.

The edge of fame. The edge of untold wealth.

The edge of utter humiliation.

He built an unhackable system, and in front of everyone, it’s hacked.

His reputation goes from king to goat in a split second. Boom. Like that.

Some dude in Barrington, USA (AKA Nowhere) has locked down Taylor’s code, and if he doesn’t get it back, he’s going to be wearing a monkey suit for the rest of his life.

Except, this guy? This hacker from Nowhere? He’s not a guy.

Harper Watson’s all woman. And she has a plan for Taylor, his code, and his body.

 

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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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CC’s ARC Review ~ King of Code by C.D. Reiss

 

Title: King of Code
Author: C.D. Reiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
POV: First person

Releases on September 18, 2017

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4 Stars!! 

 

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Taylor Harden is a hacker/coder on the cusp of revolutionizing a new computer code to the world. Believing his system is unhackable, the inevitable occurs just days away from the reveal causing Taylor to find the hacker, protect his investors, preserve his company and reclaim his rightful place in history. When Taylor follows the clues to the hacker he doesn’t expect to be a pawn in the game of cat and mouse. 

 

“I was the Everest of the hacker world. They wanted to get me because I was big, I was a challenge, and I was there.”


Harper Watson grew up in a small town with certain privileges associated with wealth; however, she learned early there are no guarantees. With her vision and heartfelt reasons, Harper does the unimaginable by luring Taylor within her realm of code.

 

“I like to know how things work. Once you know that, you can do anything.”


As Taylor slowly learns that Harper has a plan, the constant give and take that occurs sets a quick pace leaving Taylor at a disadvantage. When Harper actually reveals her terms, Taylor is shocked but is more than willing to succumb to her demands.

 

“I’m going to fuck you like you fucked me.” I twisted her hair in my hand and yanked her head back. “And you’re going to take it.”


During this process, Taylor slowly begins to crack Harper’s code, but while doing so, he discovers what he’s lost along the way. Offering a sense of community, Harper shows how people matter and the cost of irresponsible success. 

 

“I’d been perforated between what I’d wanted before I met her and what I wanted after, then she ripped me in two.”


From the beginning, I admired Taylor’s work ethic and appreciated the added dimension of humanity as the plot developed. With Harper having skills that are equal to Taylor, it showed how they can work together on higher level despite the general sexism that pervades their industry. While I had issue with part of Harper’s reasons for hacking Taylor, the overall storyline surpassed my doubts. 

Told from Taylor’s POV, I enjoyed getting in his head and reading about his primal urges toward Harper. Additionally, Taylor’s friendship with Keaton was endearing and interesting on many levels, as it certainly added to the suspense of the ongoing plot. 

In King of Code, CD Reiss effectively shows her versatility in writing romance infused with sexual tension and the fundamental theme of social responsibility. At times, the tech world created in these pages felt so foreign but it also carried the idea that any code or language can be created and understood. 

For those who enjoy a push and pull romance, I recommend King of Code!

Standalones within this series:
King of Code by C.D. Reiss Queen of Rust by C.D. Reiss

*An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.*

 

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Cover Reveal~Scandalous~by L.J. Shen

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Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is coming September 29th!

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Scandalous by LJ Shen

Publishing Date: September 29th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

They call him The Mute for a reason.

Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.

When he does, it’s with disdain.

When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.

He is thirty-three.

I am eighteen.

He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.

I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.

He’s emotionally unavailable.

And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.

Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.

And yet, I can’t stay away.

A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.

And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Now Live~Beyond Reckless~by Autumn Jones Lake

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Marcel “Teller” Whelan, Treasurer of the Lost Kings MC, has always been two things—honest and responsible. At ten years old, he was already taking care of his baby sister. At eighteen, he patched into the Lost Kings MC and took a major role in shaping the club’s future.

Three years ago, he thought he’d met the perfect woman, only to have her reject everything he is—a Lost King.

One bullet is a lifetime supply.

Now, after an accident that left a girl dead and Teller almost crippled, he’s struggling through the darkest time in his life. His niece, sister, and Lost Kings MC family are the only things holding him together, but his reckless actions are bound to drive everyone away.

Then, in the most unlikely place, he crosses paths with her again. The woman he once thought might be his perfect match.

Love soothes our inner demons.

Sparks fly for both of them. She’s the ride-or-die woman he needs, able to calm his many demons, and bring the light back into his life. But she has a secret—one that forces him to lie to his brothers.

In chaos we trust.

When Teller’s brothers find out who he’s falling in love with, it will create a storm of chaos for the Lost Kings MC. But if there’s one thing Teller’s turbulent life has taught him, it’s that sometimes love is worth the chaos.

Beyond Reckless is the 8th book in the popular Lost Kings MC series. It can be read as a standalone.

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Autumn believes true love stories never end. She’s easily amused, a procrastinator and loves romances with true alpha heroes who cherish the sassy women they fall in love with. Her past lives include baking cookies, slinging shoes, and practicing law. Playing with her imaginary friends is her favorite job so far. Autumn prefers to write her romances on the classy side of dirty, and she’s a sucker for a filthy-talking, demanding alpha male hero. The bigger the better.

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Liz’s Review~Beyond Reckless~by Autumn Jones Lake

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“So the bad boy is back.”

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Beyond Reckless is the eighth book in the Lost King Series. The LOKI is back and it is finally time for Teller to meet his match. Although this can be read as a stand-alone, I highly recommend reading the entire series from the beginning. With action, suspense, and plenty of steam, this is one MC Series you do not want to miss!

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“Fuck if I don’t love every smart-ass remark that comes out of this woman’s mouth.”

Beyond Reckless picks up after White Knuckles. Wrath and Trinity are finally married. Heidi and Murphy are settling into their new life together. And yet, Teller is still struggling. As Treasurer of the Lost Kings MC, he has spent his life caring for his little sister Heidi, his best friend Murphy, and serving his club. One thing Teller has always regretted is loosing “the one that got away”. After suffering great loss, Teller is trying to recover both physically and emotionally. When she crosses his path once again, Teller is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure he doesn’t lose her the second time around.

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“I’m breathing heavy and have tears of ecstasy running down my cheeks when he finally flicks the buttons off. My body’s turned to jelly. He strokes my cheek with the back of his hand.”

Tension are high for Teller and his girl. With the demons of their past chasing them, they both struggle to find a way through. Teller’s brothers are quite protective of him and when she threatens his security with the club, the stakes are high for Teller and his girl to find their way.

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“I’m so motherfucking fucked.”

Told in dual POV, Beyond Reckless is a fantastic addition to this series. Many people may wonder why I am not revealing the heroine’s name. Although I am certain the word will get out, I feel confident that fans of this series will want to be surprised. Teller is such a complex hero and it has always been imperative that he find the perfect match. I am happy to say that Teller’s “ride or die woman” is, in fact, the only woman for him. The complexities of their relationship are thoroughly explored as they learn to trust one another. The physical connection between the two has always been strong and as they connect emotionally, Teller is able to find joy once again. The passion between these two is off the charts as they explore every single inch of each other. She is also a survivor and the two together become an impenetrable force. In addition to Teller’s relationship with his woman, he also begins to repair his relationship with his sister and his best friend. One thing remains true, when it comes to the LOKI, “loyalty, respect, and communication” continue to be the heart of the club. The love that these brothers (and their women) share is like no other.

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Overall, I highly recommend Beyond Reckless and the entire Lost Kings MC to any and all MC Romance fan. Autumn Jones Lake is a master storyteller and her ability to create such a fantastical world never ceases to amaze me. The characters are passionate, loyal, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect the ones they love. Teller has long been one of my favorite LOKI Men and I could not be more excited to see that he will finally find his HEA. Teller’s story proved to be so complex that Ms. Lake decided to release it as a duet. The ending of Part One will certainly leave you wanting more. October 26th cannot come soon enough! I cannot wait to see how Teller and “his girl” find their HEA!

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Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC, #1) by Autumn Jones LakeCorrupting Cinderella (Lost Kings MC, #2) by Autumn Jones LakeThree Kings, One Night (Lost Kings MC, #2.5) by Autumn Jones LakeStrength from Loyalty (Lost Kings MC, #3) by Autumn Jones LakeTattered on My Sleeve (Lost Kings MC #4) by Autumn Jones LakeWhite Heat (Lost Kings MC, #5) by Autumn Jones LakeBetween Embers (Lost Kings MC #5.5) by Autumn Jones LakeMore Than Miles (Lost Kings MC, #6) by Autumn Jones LakeWhite Knuckles (Lost Kings MC #7) by Autumn Jones LakeBeyond Reckless Teller's Story, Part One (Lost Kings MC #8) by Autumn Jones Lake

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