CC’s Review ~ Dearest Ivie by J.R. Ward

Title:  Dearest Ivie
Author: J.R. Ward
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone novella
POV: Third person
Publication Date: March 13, 2018



4.5 Stars! 

Silas is a vampire from the old country who is quite proper but doesn’t adhere to any aristocratic snobbery. Upon laying eyes on a fiery woman, he decides it is time to pursue her before it’s too late. 


“I don’t have time to waste. And instead of finding out what things look like, I want to know what they feel like.”

Ivie works as a nurse at a healer’s clinic and speaks her mind no matter the consequences. When she meets Silas at a bar, she knows he is above her class yet she is curious and drawn to his charming ways.


“It doesn’t matter what you look like.” He lifted his head and stared at her. “The details of size and shape don’t matter to me. The fact that it is you…that is what makes it beautiful to me.”

Incredibly attracted to each other, they find a natural connection with Ivie bringing light into his life and Silas offering a steadiness that settles Ivie. Not one to move too quickly in her relationships, Ivie wants to act on her feelings and trust what they have. 


“Shut up and get into me.” He didn’t require any more urging than that. With a tremendous hiss, he bared his canines and bit her neck hard, the pain lancing through her body and translating into pure pleasure by the time it reached her core.”

What ensues is a story that hinges upon integrity and digs deep into emotions when the truth is revealed. For a novella, it certainly packed an unexpected punch in the feels department. With a certain plot development, it brings more questions as to Silas’ family and what is to come in future books for a new character in the series. 

Dearest Ivie is a book about family and being true to yourself. It also shows how much we can sacrifice for loved ones but also not lose hope. 



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Holden sees things.
Lots of things.
Things we would call ugly, but he believes are beautiful.

He paints sad pictures.
And strums lonely guitars.
He drowns out the taunting voices while shunning the expected norms.

I let them hurt him.
I wasn’t strong enough to speak out.
I hurt him, too, only to prove I wasn’t just like him.

But then I saw him.
I heard him.
I learned why Holden wasn’t CRAZY like they said.

I loved him MADLY.
I fell for him DEEPLY.
And alone, I decided to save a man who was the most beautiful of us all.


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Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.

In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.


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CC’s Review ~ The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Title:  The Smallest Part
Author: Amy Harmon
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third person
Publication Date: February 13, 2018




4 Stars!

Mercedes Lopez is a hairstylist with a passion for creativity and making people look good. Growing up, her Hispanic family was close and provided a strong family structure. At eight years old, Mercedes met her closest friends and their lives would continue to remain entwined in good and trying times but knowing she could keep his heart was worth all her sacrifice.

“Does anything scare you?” There was laughter in his voice, and she didn’t respond. He scared her. Noah scared her. Losing him scared her.”

Noah Andelin is a psychologist who believes in the goodness of people. Learning from a young age that life can be challenging, he finds a family of friends that nurture his soul. Relying on strong bonds, Noah sets course to adulthood knowing he will always have his friends but he also knows she will be the one.

“I want to be your lover. Your partner. I want it all. Not the small part or the private corner. I want the whole damn thing, all of you. And I want to give you all of me.”

As Mercedes and Noah pick up the pieces from a tragedy, they survive together based on a rhythm they’ve always felt. Amongst the feelings of pain, guilt and anger, they are able to support each other emotionally to offer stability in a sorrowful time. Trying to protect Noah and his daughter, Mercedes acts selflessly to the point of fighting the truth until she succumbs to what she has always wanted.

“Sometimes it’s the smallest part that steals the show.”

Shifting between past and present sequences, this narrative offers layers of dimension to its characters and the circumstances surrounding their lives. There are precious and poignant moments throughout their lives and all these memories stem from being there for each other. From the beginning, I loved Noah’s slow but steady approach that showed his strength and insight. With Mercedes, she is a force and someone who is a worthy partner and friend. 

In this story, the subject matter is handled in a sensitive manner showing the vulnerability of these characters but also how the consequences affect others. Additionally, the secondary characters serve to connect certain plot points and underscore the value of friendship and family. 

The Smallest Part is a story of sacrifice, loss, acceptance, friendship and love. This book would appeal to those who want an epic story of friend to lovers. 


CC’s Review ~ Dorchadas House by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Title: Dorchadas House
Author: Emmanuelle de Maupassant
Genre: Gothic erotic romance
Type: Standalone
POV: Third person
Publication Date: March 9, 2018




4 Stars! 

After her father passes, Iris Muir decides to leave the bustle of the city and accept a job on the Scottish island of Eirig, a place where traditions are abundant and the town remains outside of modernity’s grasp. Wanting an adventure and a place where she can belong, Iris acclimates to her new surroundings yet many questions begin to emerge as she witnesses certain circumstances. Perplexed by her intuition and lustful feelings, the traditions call to her and Iris is ready to submit to higher purpose.

“I shivered again with the knowledge that something had called me here. I’d wanted to escape, and had been brought all the way back, to where I rightfully belonged.”

Told in stylistic prose that capture the atmospheric and gothic tone of this narrative, the chill of uncertainty is pervasive. Along with the mystery and allure of erotic pagan practices, Iris tries to understand the metamorphosis that is occurring and begins to trust her body over irrational fear. Coming full circle, Iris finally feels like she is home.

“She’ll protect and guide, as the Laird’s heirs worship you. It’s their sacred duty, and yours now, Iris.”

Dorchadas House offers an eerie tale about one woman’s quest to find her destiny. Fantasy and mystery mixes with reality making this story intriguing and provocative. For those who haven’t read this author, she always succeeds in creating a unique world where boundaries are without limit. This book will appeal to those who want to be immersed in a different time where gothic eroticism pervades. 

*A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.*





CC’s ARC Review ~ One Too Many by Jade West

Title: One Too Many
Author: Jade West
Genre: Erotica/Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Multiple
Publication Date: March 1, 2018




4.5 Stars! 

A year ago, Grace and Brett Foster decided to leave the bustle of the London and purchased a seaside inn. Despite hard work and effort, the business isn’t a financial success and they need to find a way to save their dream. With finances becoming burden on their marriage, all seems to be diminishing. Not having many options, Grace and Brett are determined to make it all work and when a mysterious handsome man offers a proposition, they ponder the consequences.

“So much fucking cash. Everyone has a price. Everyone.”

Thomas Heath is a successful businessman with his own agenda. Upon staying at the Foster’s B&B and overhearing a private conversation, Thomas decides to intervene with a financial incentive. Knowing Grace is attracted to him and that Brett is considering the offer as well, Thomas wants to seize this opportunity.

“The sonofabitch needed to fuck my wife while I watched, just as much as we needed the money he was offering for doing it. It put us strangely on par.”

With this indecent proposal on the line, Grace and Brett process what the money would mean to them. When the night arrives, certain rules apply but even so, Thomas is in full control and Grace responds to his authority and ministrations. Between them, there is passion and which leads to incredibly hot and dirty scenes. Watching their interaction, Brett must hold back his insecurities and get a hold on his lust until he can reclaim his wife. 

“She kissed him like she wanted him, because she fucking did. I watched my wife kiss another man with a pain like I’d never felt, right in my gut as my fucking cock kept on throbbing.”

What ensues is a storyline that offers not just erotica but also an unexpected departure into the difficulties of marriage and complacency within oneself. Additionally, the element that brings Thomas to the Foster’s lives was a surprise and continued to develop by adding dimension Thomas’ character. As Grace, Brett and Thomas seem to move forward, more complications arise. 

As always, Jade West’s characters have a realness offering relatable vulnerability as Grace and Brett must discover whether their foundation is solid. With Thomas, his evolution is more complex and isn’t necessarily related to something he can control. His dominant side is so sexy but his softer side is also very appealing. I really liked Brett and how he showed his true compassion and love for family. Of course, could Grace be any luckier in her situation? Lol. But seriously, she holds her own and I admired her strength as well. As these three learn more than they could ever had hoped, achieving unity becomes their goal. 

Needless to say, this one ticked many boxes for me. It had many hot and filthy times but I was also invested in each character and how it would all turn out. One Too Many would appeal to those seeking erotica at its finest and also a story with a heart. I highly recommend.

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






CC’s ARC Review ~ Crazy Madly Deeply by Lily White


Title: Crazy Madly Deeply
Author: Lily White
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual
Expected Publication: March 14, 2018



5 Stars! 

Holden Bishop grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, but he always remained true to those he loved despite being labeled a freak by those who were lesser. When an incident occurs, it begins a cruel and maddening cycle irrevocably affecting Holden’s life.

“You broke me down until I was small like you. Does that make you happy?”

Michaela Paige is one of the popular rich girls who outwardly appears to enjoy a gifted life of opportunity and privilege. Always doing what is expected of her, Michaela lives in silence until she finally finds her voice.

“I promise I’ll speak up when I should. I promise I won’t bow down to what other people want when I know it goes against everything I know is right.”

While living distinctly different lives, Holden and Michaela cross paths one fateful night and it changes their entire perspective and future. For Holden, he acts to protect his loved ones and his strength lies in his innate ability to remain good in the face of injustice. With Michaela, she always admired Holden but also knew he was off limits due to his own limits. Now that Michaela finds herself in a situation, she and Holden learn much more about each other than they could have imagined.

“I’d barely had time to catch my breath before his mouth was on me, his legs shoving mine apart, his fingers dipping down to places that had me moaning while he swallowed those sounds and worked me in a frenzy, never stopping, never slowing down…”

In starting this book, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it certainly delivered in the feels and angst department. From the onset, Holden’s integrity is evident and his pain is felt on so many levels. In not knowing Holden’s fate, the angst is high as the plot continues to unfold. Viewing Holden through Michaela’s eyes is a tasty treat as he definitely the strong, silent type but he is more complex than she initially realizes.

What ensues is heartbreaking and maddening to see how misconceptions can ruin the lives of these characters. However, while there is suffering there is also light and goodness that shines even brighter. This story was an incredible journey with thought provoking prose and characters that stir so much emotion. 

Crazy Madly Deeply would appeal to those who want to get lost in the plight of these characters and come out stronger in the end. I highly recommend.

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


CC’s Review ~ Under His Stiletto by K.A. Merikan


Title: Under His Stiletto
Author: K.A. Merikan
Genre: MM Erotica/Kink
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person
Published February 24th 2018




4 Stars!


While working on a construction site, Mike and his co-workers spot a pretty woman walking along the sidewalk. After a catcall or two, Mike agrees to apologize for their behavior. Upon laying eyes on the lady, Mike is entranced and when she tells him he needs to be punished, he is ready to be disciplined.

“I love penetration. I’ve mostly been pegged, but it’d be hot to take Momma’s dick.”

Appearing perfectly coifed in her custom vintage fashion, Momma is comfortable with her choices and has the tools to dominate. Accustomed to kinkery, Mike is attracted to Momma and wants to please her in every way by being a good boy. 

“That’s okay, honey. It’s all right now. Momma will take care of you. “

What ensues is incredibly salacious as Momma teaches Mike the lessons he needs and fulfills desires she hasn’t fully explored until these moments with him. Of course, Mike goes to lengths to make his Momma happy.

“Thank you for the lesson, Momma,” he whimpered, losing it completely when he thought about this gorgeous creature in vintage lingerie fucking his arse while he bent over for her. “

In starting this novella, I wasn’t completely sure about how the dynamics would mesh, but it certainly exceeded my expectations in the kink department. There were some cringe-worthy moments and I loved how boundaries were pushed. Momma was sweet and nurturing but she also enjoyed administering punishments. As for Mike, he had a big heart from the beginning and soon proved he was ready to abandon his lad pad for Momma. 

Under His Stiletto would appeal to those who are willing to try Mommy kink with a twist.