CC’s Review ~ Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Type: Book 1 of 2 in the Villains series
POV: Third Person

Published: September 24, 2013

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5 Stars!

 

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The paths of Victor Vale and Eli Cardale merged when they became college roommates. With both having keen intellect and intense ambition, they attempt to test certain theories as it pertains to the creation and confirmation of extraordinary abilities. With failures and successes, Victor and Eli discover more than they could have foreseen and their goals cause a deep rift between them.

“It was in those jagged pieces that Victor saw something he recognized. Something dangerous, and hungry.”


Narrated in a shifting timeline and alternating focus on each character’s perspective, the story coalesces at a quick pace and then it all explodes with incredible tension until the very last word. Simultaneously, character dimension deepens and with a theme pushing boundaries in science and morality, there is the constant question of who might be fighting on the “right” side. 

“Because you’re right. Even though we come back, something stays dead. Lost. We forget something of who we were. It’s scary and wonderful and monstrous.”


In starting this book, I wanted to feel such a strong dynamic between Victor and Eli and it certainly delivered. These two were perfectly poised as friends then foes. Even though my preference is for Victor, I enjoyed loathing Eli and trying to understand how his misconceptions caused such discord for him. However, I do wish there was a bit more regarding his past and how it affected his faith. That said, all the interactions between Victor and Eli were intense. The secondary characters were integral as well and I loved Sydney and Mitch.

Vicious is a science fiction fantasy offering an intriguing premise, opposing motives, and tight writing. I highly recommend to those who want to get lost in a great book!

Villains series:
Warm Up (Villains, #0.5) by V.E. Schwab Vicious (Villains, #1) by V.E. Schwab Vengeful (Villains, #2) by V.E. Schwab

 

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CC’s ARC Review ~ Death by C.M. Radcliff

Title: Death
Author: C.M. Radcliff
Genre: Dark Fiction
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

Expected Publication: July 25, 2019

 

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4 Stars! 

 

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Curtis Matthews led a life of rejection, abuse and deep loneliness. With a few glimmers of light, Curtis managed to carry on until the tightrope snapped causing him to fall into complete darkness. Though his choices lead to irrevocable and tragic results, he accepts the consequences.

 

“Where we’re headed, the sun doesn’t shine, the skies are black, and death hangs heavily in the air.”


Divided between victim and monster, the storyline allows for a continual balance between the two characterizations. Much of the book, I empathized with the pain Curtis endured, yet at a certain turning point, there was a shift causing me to deliberate just how to reconcile the tragedy.

 

“I learned quickly to keep everyone at arm’s length, and no one could hurt me.”


Categorizing the genre of this book is a challenge, as it is not romance but rather a story that reads as a narration of dark fiction. Going into to this one cold is the best recommendation in order to experience the gravity of what occurs.

Death is a story about isolation, abuse and the ability to ultimately find peace.

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

 

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CC’s Review ~ Pride (The Copper Horse, #2) by K.A. Merikan

Title: Pride (The Copper Horse, #2)
Authors: K.A. Merikan
Genre: Erotica/BDSM
Type: Book 2 of 3
POV: Third Person

Published: October 12, 2016

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4.5 Stars

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Continuing in the timeline and set in 1907 London, Reuben/Copper is continuing to acclimate to his new home with his master, Erik Dal of Bluefinger. Originating from meager means, Reuben wasn’t properly schooled in books or etiquette, but he has an intense need to please and do a proper job. In this installment, Reuben experiences a transformation in how he views his role as a pony and companion to Erik. In his attempt to make strides, Reuben tries to earn his master’s affection and wants to be his one and only pony.

“You are my prized stallion and you can take me into the sky even without those wings.”


As pony and master, Copper and Erik are quite charming together at times. When Erik spoils Copper or treats him with dignity, Copper feels enormous pride. However, Copper still has some sticking points about his situation that earns him severe punishment. Yet, when they roleplay, the kink is intensely hot and oh so perfectly dirty! The breeding scene was off the charts and what a perfect birthday party.

“He was being taken so roughly, without his explicit consent, with spectators, yet glorious arousal spread all over his body. He was being taken. Taken.”


What I loved about this story is the forged connection between Reuben and Erik. Reuben truly has a heart of gold and is at the mercy of the enigmatic and mercurial Erik. I also like how Erik is unabashedly open about his kinky predilections. In addition to the pony play, a broader story arc affecting Bylondon is developing and I’m curious to see how it ends.

Pride is a kinky story about acceptance of oneself. This book would appeal to kink-seekers and those that enjoy elements of steampunk. I look forward to reading the final book in the series.

The Copper Horse series:
Fear (Zombie Gentlemen; The Copper Horse, #1) by K.A. Merikan Pride (The Copper Horse, #2) by K.A. Merikan Jack's Punishment (The Copper Horse, #2.1) by K.A. Merikan Love (The Copper Horse #3) by K.A. Merikan The Copper Horse Ponyplay Box Set + The Stablegirl by K.A. Merikan

 

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CC’s Review ~ Flames (Special Agent BDSM, #3) by C.P. Mandara

Title: Flames (Special Agent BDSM, #3)
Authors: C.P. Mandara
Genre: Erotica/BDSM
Type: Book 4 in a series
POV: First Person – Multiple

Published: June 13, 2019

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4 Stars!

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Upon infiltrating her target’s compound, Lois Reeves is ready to take the necessary risks, but she doesn’t anticipate the ramifications of the grand scheme. Acting on her training and instincts, Lois must balance her own motivations without getting distracted by two gorgeous men. 

“Ahh, Lois, you’re such a sweetheart. You still don’t understand this game we’re playing, but you will soon enough.”


Filled with anticipation and action, Lois is physically and mentally tested at multiple levels. Between James being the ultimate dominant and Adie’s sadism, Lois is on overload from their sex appeal and unique talents. 

“I want your cock down my throat and the taste of your cum all over my fucking lips. Please ram it inside me…”

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As the plot points intertwine with elements of suspense and erotica, the anticipation is high and the resulting kinkery is especially satisfying. The dynamic of Lois, James and Adie was explosive and a few scenes made my Kindle combust. Added to the mix are characters with issues that continue to dictate their lives yet they also are resilient. 

Flames is a story chock full of kinky action and intrigue. I certainly look forward to reading what happens in, Fire, the next book of this series.

Special Agent BDSM series:
Sparks (Special Agent BDSM, #1) by C.P. Mandara Smoke (Special Agent BDSM, #2) by C.P. Mandara Flames (Special Agent BDSM, #3) by C.P. Mandara

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

 

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Release Blitz! ~ Daddy Me by Ker Dukey & K Webster

 

Title: Daddy Me

A KKinky Reads Novella Standalone

Authors: Ker Dukey & K Webster
Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: July 8, 2019

Blurb
From
international bestselling authors, Ker Dukey and K Webster comes a fast-paced, hot, instalove standalone lunchtime read from their
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Dreams are
supposed to be encouraged.
Not mine.
My brother
likes to keep me on a tight leash, tethered to an unexceptional life.
But when
Ronan Hayes walks into our family-owned bar, he opens my cage and offers me
freedom.
Ronan wants
to give me the world.
A chance to
take flight and soar.
He sees
something special in me, and I want nothing more than to be that for him.
Special.
He’s my
dream maker.
My shot. My
hope. My everything.
Ronan
craves to take care of me.
A
protector. A confidant. A provider. A lover.
He wants to
daddy me.
And I want
to let him.
This is
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Ker Dukey
My books all tend to be darker romance, the edge of your
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I have always had a passion for storytelling, whether it be
through lyrics or bedtime stories with my sisters growing up.
My mom would always have a book in her hand when I was young
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own. Not all love stories are made from light- some are created in darkness but
are just as powerful and worth telling.
When I’m not lost in the world of characters, I love
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when I do get down time, I love attending music concerts or reading events with
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K Webster
K Webster
is a USA Today Bestselling author of over seventy romance books in many
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CC’s ARC Review ~ Daddy Me by Ker Dukey & K Webster

Title: Daddy Me
Authors: Ker Dukey & K Webster
Genre: Erotic Romance
Type: Standalone within a collection
POV: First Person – Dual

Published: July 8, 2019

 

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3.75 Stars

 

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Sofina Russo is an aspiring singer, but works as a bartender at her brother’s bar to make ends meet. Pursuing her dream seems impossible until she unexpectedly meets Ronan Hayes, CEO of Harose Records. Immediately, Ronan is attracted to her and his possessive side takes hold. 

 

“You’re different and I knew it even before you opened your mouth and sang like an angel.”


Told in dual POV, the story line moves at a quick pace with instalove at the forefront. With Sofina, she knows she has to forge her own path despite the risks. As for Ronan, he enjoys being a Daddy and Sofina is his ultimate good girl. 

 

“Daddy,” she cries out like the perfect little woman she is. My cum spurts from me like creamy ribbon streams. “You’re a good girl, Sofina.”


With this one, I was hoping for more Daddy kink, but the dynamic between Sofina and Ronan is sexy and playful. I also liked the relationship between Sofina and her brother, as they both just want the best for each other.

Daddy Me is a kinky quickie that will appeal to those looking for a Daddy distraction. I look forward to the next book in this collection.

KKinky Reads Collection:
Share Me by Ker Dukey Choke Me by K. Webster Daddy Me by Ker Dukey

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

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CC’s ARC Review ~ City of Windows by Robert Pobi

Title: City of Windows
Author: Robert Pobi
Genre: Crime Thriller
Type: Standalone
POV: Third Person

Expected Publication: August 13, 2019

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3.75 Stars

With a sniper on the loose killing law enforcement officers in New York City, former FBI agent, Dr. Lucas Page, is approached to consult on the investigation based on his area of expertise. Though well established as a professor, husband and adoptive father, Lucas is hesitant to consent, but he is keen to use his unique skills to solve the case. What ensues is a chase that puts all at risk of being a target. 

“But he couldn’t turn off what he was built to do – to see patterns. In patterns, there was direction. Order. Predictability.”


From the beginning, the narrative is punctuated by the inexplicable murders and how Lucas has adapted to his new life. Though Lucas could be anti-social and sarcastic at times, he is also dedicated to his word and it showed character dimension along with his vulnerabilities. 

“Lucas didn’t have anything more to give these people. Not unless they needed a little resentment.”


As for the pulse of the story, the search to identify and catch the sniper was full of deductions and multiple paths leading to different theories. With themes taken from current events, the reality of certain ideologies offers a sad and disturbing commentary that fuels distrust in these characters. Though some of the pacing was slower than I would have preferred and the trajectory wasn’t a complete surprise, the cast of characters and punchy narrative maintained my interest.

City of Windows is crime thriller that reads like an action drama with a prickly but endearing leading man. 

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

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