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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Blog Tour/ Review/ All Grown Up by Vi Keeland

ALL GROWN UP IS LIVE!

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

 

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When I first encountered Ford Donovan, I had no idea who he was…well, other than the obvious. Young, gorgeous, successful, smart. Did I mention young? If I did, it bears repeating. Ford Donovan was too young for me.

Let’s back up to how it all started. My best friend decided I needed to start dating again. So, without my knowledge, she set up a profile for me on a popular dating site—one that invited men ages twenty-one to twenty-seven to apply for a date. Those nicknamed Cunnilingus King were told they’d go straight to the top for consideration. The profile wasn’t supposed to go live. Another point that bears repeating—it wasn’t supposed to.

Nevertheless, that’s how I met Ford, and we started messaging. He made me laugh; yet I was adamant that because of his age, we could only be friends. But after weeks of wearing me down, I finally agreed to one date only—my first after twenty years of being with my high school sweetheart. I knew it couldn’t last, but I was curious about him.

Though, you know what they say…curiosity kills the cat.

My legs wobbled walking into the restaurant.

Ford was seated at the bar. When he turned around, he took my breath away.

His sexy smile nearly melted my panties.

But…he looked so familiar.

As I got closer I realized why.

He was the son of the neighbor at our family’s summer home.

The boy next door.

Only now…he was all man.

I hadn’t seen him in years.

I left the restaurant and planned to put the entire crazy thing behind me.

Which I did. Until summer came.

And guess who decided to use his family’s summer home this year?

 

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ARC/Loyda’s Review ~ All Grown Up by Vi Keeland

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4.5★★★★Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Standalone
POV: First Person – Dual

 

This review can also be found on Goodreads.

❝ We’re all a little crazy, Val.  What fun would it be if we only filed our life with normal things? 

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Valentina married young and started a family way too early.  Now at age thirty seven she finds herself ready to start over and see the world differently.   However; she still wasn’t ready to start dating until her best friend gives her a little push towards the right direction. 

❝ He had such an intense, magnetic pull over me that it was like fighting gravity. 

Ford Donovan was matured for his age.  He had to grow up way too fast after the death of his parents.  Life was not easy for Ford as the responsible adult caring for his little sister and running a business so he had no time for romance with little girls.  He knew exactly what he wanted in a woman and when he found her he wasn’t going to let her go.   What started as an adventure or curiosity became much more. 

❝ A physical attraction makes for intense chemistry, but a physical and mental connection is damn combustible. 

This story was so different than what I’ve read before by this author.  I totally loved it and enjoyed every single moment.  Valentina had her best friend who pushed her to be herself and put herself out there to live once again, I love how shy she was at times made the story more interesting.  Ford was such a charm and I was seriously crushing over him.   He was so irresistible and persistent I loved him so much.  I felt their chemistry was on point and made for a fantastic story.  

All Grown Up is an excellent sexy story about finding yourself and believing in second chances.  It would be appealing to readers looking for a summer read.   

 

 

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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
KKinky Reads collection!
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
a steamy, kinky romance sure to make you blush! A perfect combination of sweet
and sexy you can devour in one sitting! You’ll get a happy
ending that’ll make you swoon!
This
is not a dark romance.
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Ker Dukey
My books all tend to be darker romance, the edge of your
seat, angst-filled reads. My advice to my readers when starting one of my
titles… prepare for the unexpected.
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
and passed on her love for reading, inspiring me to venture into writing my
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
spending time with my family. I’m a mom and that comes first in my life, but
when I do get down time, I love attending music concerts or reading events with
my younger sister.
K Webster
K Webster
is a USA Today Bestselling author of over seventy romance books in many
different genres including dark romance, taboo romance, contemporary romance,
historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending
time with her supportive husband and two adorable children, she’s active on
social media connecting with her readers.
Her other
passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be
found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She
looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.
You can easily
find K Webster on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Goodreads!
Can’t find
a certain book? Maybe it’s too hot for Amazon! Don’t worry because titles like
Bad Bad Bad, This is War, Baby, The Wild, and Hale can all be found for sale on
K’s website in both ebook and paperback format.
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