Category: Pure Smut

So Steady by Eve Dangerfield

Book: So Steady

Series: Silver Daughters Ink #2

Author: Eve Dangerfield

Release date: 14 August 2019

Main characters: Nicole DaSilva, the more conservative of the DaSilva sisters, struggling with her competing priorities. Noah Newcomb, talented, virtually silent tattooist, who is the polar opposite to Nicole, but attracted to her nonetheless.

Plot: Nicole DaSilva has always been the ‘perfect’ sister. A respectable accountant, she is the only DaSilva daughter to have up sticks and moved to Sydney in pursuit of respectability and success beyond the chaos of her family.

Her plan seems to have stalled, since her engagement and her life in Sydney no longer satisfy. She misses her sisters, and needs to find out why the family business is in trouble.

There’s also the added complication of Noah Newcomb – her twin sister’s colleague and friend. He’s an enigma  wrapped in a mystery and he makes her want things she shouldn’t…

Noah is a loner – not by design, but it’s better that way. His past is complicated and because of it he has no business wanting Nicole the way he does. No good can come from their mutual attraction, but that’s the thing about attraction. It won’t be denied…

Why you should read it: If you read So Wild (Sam’s book) then it makes sense you’d want her twin Nicole’s story, right? Nicole and Sam are like chalk and cheese, but bubbling under Nicole’s exterior is a very complicated and frustrated woman desperate to get out. I liked Nicole – she feels honour bound to take care of her bratty sisters and help the business succeed. That’s why I wanted her to get with Noah – she deserved to let her hair down for once and do what she wanted. She’s seriously repressed at the start of the book, so seeing her evolve and unclench was really interesting.

What you may struggle with: Noah was tricky. He’s not big on words so it was hard to get a read on him. Even though parts of the book were written in his pov, I still felt a disconnect between how he felt and what he said and did. He and Nicole had heat, and I love a bit of dirty talk, but their brand of sexual congress didn’t really do it for me unfortunately. I don’t really want to read about spitting – EVER!

Sam and Tabitha were also quite suffocating in this book. I don’t remember them being so in your face in book 1, but they were soooo frickin annoying. I get it – your sisters with no boundaries, but back up! I know we regress in our family dynamics but they were cloying and claustrophobic.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging story featuring untypical characters. It was nice to read a book that didn’t follow the standard archetypes. Immature siblings aside, it’s worth a look.

 

Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre

Book: Filthy Vows

Author: Alessandra Torre

Series: a standalone

Release date: 18 July 2019

Main characters: Elle North, young wife to Easton, unsure of where she is headed. Easton North, former sporting hopeful, now struggling to find his way.

Plot: Elle and Easton have been together since college although it certainly wasn’t love at first sight for Elle. She wasn’t interested in the campus player, but somehow he managed to show her who he really was underneath the swagger and his promiscuous reputation. Married for four years, their relationship is the only constant in Elle’s life. Her touchstone – the one thing she’s sure of.

Elle is coming to realise that despite their explosive and sexually fulfilling life together, she has thoughts and fantasies that will not disappear. She’s tried ignoring them, but they refuse to be buried. Her relationship with her husband has always been honest and so telling Easton about her fantasies seems natural. Nothing can prepare her for his reaction – will telling him bring them closer together, or be the catalyst that blows their relationship apart?

Why you should read it: I was excited to read this book, as the premise really intrigued me. I’m always drawn to stories about what happens after the ‘I do.’ Elle and Easton are a very young married couple and they both still have a lot of growing up to do. They’re dealing with professional disappointments but are trying to navigate their way through life as best they can. Their love for each other is clear and it dances off the pages. The sexual chemistry is palpable – the book is very upfront – it deals with very vivid fantasies and you’ll either love it or hate it. The scenes were extremely tantalising and well written. Have a fan handy!

What you may not like: Ok – I have a couple of issues with the book. First, the following dialogue:

“Have you ever been with a black guy?” Chelsea popped the question at normal volume, then stuffed a piece of bread in her mouth. Bread that most certainly contained gluten, despite the interrogation she just put the menu through. I eyed the bread and considered my own avoidance of carbs, one that was on a twelve-day streak. “Uh—no.” “They’re gooood,” she mused through a mouthful of bread, the word stretched out and savored, her head turning to watch as our waiter eased by and to an adjacent table, a pitcher of ice water in hand. “Very athletic.”

This paragraph came out of nowhere. There I was, trying to get into the story and this scene totally blindsided me – it’s spoken by a peripheral character and that particular comment isn’t called out by the main character in any way, which made me REALLY dislike both characters. It didn’t advance the storyline or lead to anything bigger, so I wondered why it was there at all. I don’t enjoy dialogue that treats any group of society as a monolith or somehow fetishises said group. This one paragraph made me question whether I cared about the characters at all, which is a shame. I found them shallow, self involved and vacuous. Perhaps this is how rich and privileged people talk to one another – I’m sure it is, but it doesn’t make me want to invest in them or care about them.

Rating: 3/5 for the more risqué nature of the book – that’s what I love about the author and her willingness to go all out and write a no-holds barred story. 2/5 for the rest of the story. The throwaway comment by a minor character unfortunately spoilt my enjoyment of most of this story. Words and dialogue matter (especially in this current climate) as they reveal an awful lot about who we are. This one just didn’t work for me I’m afraid.

Exclusive excerpt – Her Claim by Rebecca Grace Allen

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Her Claim by Rebecca Grace Allen

Series: Legally Bound #2

Publisher: Rebecca Grace Allen Enterprises

Release Date: (Print & Ebook): April 23, 2018

Length: ebook – 90K words, print 345 pages

Content warnings: BDSM, rough play, enemies to lovers, breath play, staged ‘non-consent’ games.

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Blurb

She’s no princess. He’s no prince. Then again, they never wanted a fairy tale.

Cassie Allbright takes no prisoners. A half Cuban ball-busting attorney, she’s too tough to admit what she wants in bed. But tough is the only way to cut it in her high-powered firm, and Cassie doesn’t need a knight in shining armor. And she definitely doesn’t need Patrick Dunham – an arrogant, chauvinistic man-whore with a knack for pissing her off.

Bound to the helm of his family’s publishing house, Patrick is shackled to a life of power and wealth he never wanted. Seduction is his only distraction—his nights of pleasure always temporary, because happily-ever- afters are not for him. But while luring a woman into his bed has always come easy, the high-and- mighty Cassie has never succumbed to his charms.

Their verbal sparring turns to foreplay, but instead of scratching an itch, it only whets their appetites. Patrick gives Cassie a taste of what she’s secretly craved, and Cassie’s dark desires
stir up things Patrick never knew he wanted. Enchanted, he offers to fulfill her most dangerous fantasies. She agrees, with an iron-clad escape clause: her heart is off-limits, and so is his.

Funny thing about hearts, though. They have a way of ignoring the fine print.

Warning: This book isn’t for the faint of heart. Disclosure includes angry, vying-for- control hate sex and one steamy weekend in Miami. Ready? Break the caution tape and proceed.

Excerpt

“I’ve always loved your spitfire attitude.”

121F5BB3-0F58-49DE-BADA-3F25F1EE3B47Patrick’s voice cut through the night. Cassie stopped and whirled around. He was standing at the doorway to the bar, his arms crossed like a bouncer or a Greek god.

“Have you now?” Cassie cocked her brow and placed a hand on her hip. “Well, you’d love me in bed then. I’m a spitfire there too.”

The words popped out before she could stop them, but she didn’t regret it. For once, she wanted that bastard to know the chance he’d passed up. Because she might never have been in love and had dated some serious losers, but damn it she knew how to make a man moan.

Patrick dropped his hands to his sides and quickly closed the distance between them.

“Prove it,” he said.

“Prove what?”

“That you’re a spitfire in bed. Unless all you can do with that mouth of yours is talk.”

It took everything in her not to snarl. He was baiting her, seeing how pissed off he could get her, like he always did.

Screw the consequences. She’d had enough of his attitude. This time, she was calling his bluff.

About Rebecca Grace Allen:

Rebecca Grace allen holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a double concentration in Creative Writing and Literary Comparison as well as of Master of Science degree in Elementary Education, both of which seemed like good ideas at the time. After stumbling through careers in entertainment, publishing, law and teaching, she’s returned to her first love: writing. A self-admitted caffeine addict & gym rat, she currently lives in upstate New York with her husband, two parakeets, and a cat with a very unusual foot fetish.

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Crosstown Crush by Cara McKenna

crosstowncrushBook: Crosstown Crush

Series: Sins in the City #1

Author: Cara McKenna

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Samira and her husband Mike have been married for five years and love each other deeply. They’ve had their fair share of challenges, chief among them being Mike’s special kink. He’s an alpha in most aspects of his life, but in the bedroom nothing turns his crank more than the idea of Sam cheating on him and telling him all about it.

It took Sam a while to get her head around Mike’s particular tastes, but seeing how much it affects him can’t help but bring her pleasure too. Sam feels it may be time to move things to the next level and involve a stranger in their games. If Mike’s fantasies of feeling inferior and cuckolded are to be followed through, she’ll need to find a man who can play it cocky and play it mean. With so much at stake, Sam needs to find the perfect male who’ll play but won’t jeopardise what she has with Mike. Can things stay simple and clear cut when dealing with such intimacy?

Why you should read it: I was excited to read this, because hello, it’s Cara McKenna! A very talented writer who is always original. I love the premise of the story – a married couple who weren’t that young, not looking to spice things up, but actually deal with their heart’s desires. It sounded  really interesting. I liked Samira – she’s a good wife who comes to the realisation that she deserves to get something out the arrangement too. The way the relationship between Sam, Mike and Bern built was believable and well executed.

What you might hate: Ok. The story is about kink and role playing, so expect a lot of sex. I mean a crap ton of sex. It’s EVERYWHERE! Usually, I’m cool with that, but I’ll admit that it did get a little repetitive at times. It wasn’t that it was badly written or that the author was relying on sex to fill in missing plotlines (as is sometimes the case with other books) – it was just a little too much. Sometimes, less is more I guess.

Rating:  3/5 for an interesting, sexy and intriguing story. I admit that I googled the whole cuckolding fantasy and blimey! I wasn’t in Kansas anymore!

Crosstown Crush is out now.

Sweet Agony by Charlotte Stein

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Author: Charlotte Stein

Format: Kindle ARC

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Molly Parker is in need of a job. Desperate to leave her overcrowded home, she applies for a housekeeping job at a crooked, ancient house, which doesn’t bode well. Inside it lives Mr Harcroft, a crotchety, cruel and callous man. He’s not old but conducts himself like a Gothic anti-hero. He’s cutting with his comments, determined to drive Molly away with his jibes and general cantankerous behaviour. But he’s met his match in Molly. Nothing could compel her to return to her barren childhood home, with her uncaring family. She’ll put up with the jibes, but she’ll give as good as she gets.

The odd couple begin a strange relationship, consisting of handwritten notes and endless discussions on 19th century literature. Molly slowly gets to know her way around Cyrian Harcroft, but will he let her in fully to see the whole person?

Why you should read it: oh Charlotte, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… This is a smart, classicly funny Stein book. Our heroine is plucky, likeable and has gumption. No victims here. Cyrian is the coldest of cold fishes – you may not like him but his wit and his mannerisms hark back to bad-tempered heroes of the nineteenth century. He’s part-Heathcliff, part-Rochester and all smouldering aloofness. I loved him. The story develops at a nice pace and there is plenty of sexy times to enjoy. It wouldn’t be a Charlotte Stein read otherwise, now would it? This is a slow build which is also fine with me. Not convinced? Well, here’s an extract of her brilliance:

That sounds like hyperbole to me, and Cyrian despises it. He told me so only last Wednesday, when I said Brussels sprouts were worse than biting into something Satan pooped out. ‘If Satan took a shit in your mouth, Molly, you would probably dissolve from the inside out. Honestly, you exaggerate with such flagrant disregard for sense, you make me discuss a made-up religious icon simply to set you straight.’

What you might hate: Hmmm. Not sure. If you dislike banter and quirky humour, you may struggle with this book. If you like your heroes open and not repressed then again, this may not be the read for you. I thought it was a thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying read, which took elements of Jane Eyre and wove them into the fabric of the story.

Rating: A hot 4/5 for this story. I loved the dialogue and the main characters’ slow circling of each other.

Sweet Agony is out on 28 May.

Exposed by Tracy Wolff

Book: Exposed

Series: Ethan Frost #3

Author: Tracy Wolff

Review by: Onnica

 

Basic story: Chloe and Ethan are finally reunited and determined to work on their complicated relationship problems, caused primarily by Ethan’s brother and mother. Ethan is determined to make Chloe his in every possible way and so they head to Las Vegas with Chloe’s best friend in tow to get married.

The media attention is intense but nothing the pair can’t face together. The only spectre overshadowing their happiness is Brandon – Ethan’s brother and Chloe’s tormentor. He’s unrepentant and has his sights set on Congress. A spoilt brat who’s used to mistreating others for his own gratification, Ethan feels he has to do something to prevent his brother gaining even more power.

His thirst for revenge sets in motion a chain of events no-one could have foreseen. By the end of it, will he and Chloe still be unbreakable? Or will Ethan’s unscrupulous family finally drive them apart for good?

Why you should read this: if you enjoyed books 1 and 2 (Ruined and Addicted) then you’ll probably want to read the conclusion (maybe? I hear there may be another book in the mix) to the series. There was a sort of resolution in the previous book, but Exposed goes into  more depth and you get some closure on the whole Brandon storyline. There’s plenty of action and plenty of sexy times to keep the reader hooked.

What you might hate: I always try to be honest, (otherwise what’s the point right?) and this review won’t be an exception. I found large parts of the book highly repetitive. The sex scenes went on and on and the dialogue didn’t change much. There are only so many times a character can utter ‘I love you’ before it completely loses meaning. I grew tired of Ethan worshipping Chloe’s every movement and personality trait – it was way over the top for my liking. The smell of her hair almost bringing him to her knees. Come on. They were also very co-dependent and it just annoyed me at times. The book’s strength for me lay in the plotting to overthrow Brandon and the fallout from that. It was also great to meet Ethan’s best friend Sebastian again. For his story, check out the Play Me series.

Rating: 3/5 not an easy decision, as the characters are good fun. I feel as though I’ve been through every step of the drama with them. There’s a crap ton of angst – so if you love lots of sex and lots of trauma, don’t hesitate!

Exposed is out now.

Clash: A Legal Affairs story (Cal and Macy)

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Book: Clash

Series: Legal Affairs (#1 of Cal and Macy’s story)

Author: Sawyer Bennett

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Cal Carson and Macy Carrington loathe each other. Like, really hate each other. They would stay away from each other if they didn’t share the same best friends. Constantly thrown together, this pair give Beatrice and Benedick a run for their money. Verbal sparring frequently turns nights out with their friends, Mac and Matt, into a battlefield.

Cal thinks that Macy is haughty, entitled, out of touch with reality and a complete slut. Macy hates Cal’s holier-than-thou attitude and could live without his judgment. Her reasons for sleeping with strangers are her own and she won’t be judged by the likes of him.

When told by Matt to just sleep together and get it out of their systems, it seems like a ridiculous idea. Isn’t it? Macy hates Cal’s attitude, but there’s nothing wrong with the package. Cal may hate Macy’s over-privileged background, but that body is another matter. Maybe one time won’t hurt that much…

Why you should read it: I’m a huge fan of Sawyer Bennett – her Legal Affairs story featuring Mac and Matt was so hot, funny and smart, that I just had to read Cal and Macy’s story. This a novella-length story, giving an introduction to these two complicated characters. It’s told mostly from Cal’s point of view and features some journal entries from Macy. Macy is going to be a very interesting character – I want to know what baggage she’s carrying around with her. It’s certain to be a doozy of a tale.

What you might hate: The story starts with a bang – sex is pretty much the only way these two communicate. They’re crude and unapologetic for the way they speak to each other. If you’re easily offended, maybe this one isn’t for you. I found it pretty entertaining – it was a quick, sexy intro to the series and I’m looking forward to reading Grind and Yield in the near-future.

Rating: 3/5 for an interesting start to the series – I’m looking forward to more character development in the rest of the series.

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Breaking Leila by Lucy V. Morgan

breaking leilaBook: Breaking Leila

Series: Knives and Flowers #1

Author: Lucy V. Morgan

Review by: Onnica

Basic story: Leila Vaughan has a promising future and is set to become law firm Bach & Dagier’s newest lawyer. She’s the brightest and the best of all the interns and loves the ins and outs of tax law. However, this isn’t her only job. She also moonlights as a high-class call girl, servicing London’s rich and well-connected. Why, you ask? Her parents got themselves into dire financial trouble and she’ll do anything to get them out of it. What started as obligation, soon became a way of life and Leila’s other self, Charlotte, is awakened. Charlotte allows Leila to follow her unspoken desires, free of shame.

Leila does well to keep her double-life separate until her boss Joseph Merchant and colleague and friend Matt decide to hire her for a night they won’t forget. With the cat out the bag and an undeniable attraction to both Joseph and Matt, will Leila be able to cope when her two worlds collide?

Why you should read it: This is one hell of a ride. Leila is complex, likeable and searching for something beyond herself. Her relationship with Joseph is an evolving and interesting one. At first, I thought he was going to be a cruel, two-dimensional, sadistic alpha, but he did show different facets to his character. He’s unapologetically a dick, but he owns it and does what he will with no guilt. Leila really holds her own and doesn’t let others walk over her. She’s aware of her nature and can’t help but respond to Joseph’s similar interests.

What you might hate: the relationship spans a matter of weeks, which at times made it hard for me to accept the levels of intensity. Matt declares his love for Leila so early on, it’s ridiculous, but I suppose he’s loved her from afar for longer than that. At times, the flowery language in the book and the extended metaphors did grate a little. However, the dialogue more than made up for it. Here, Leila is talking to her friend and occasional colleague, Aidan:

“You won’t tell Matt about…” I gestured to my stomach and he stepped back.

“You think I want to spend the evening coaxing his head out of an oven?”

“I think you’d leave it there if his arse was poking in the right direction.” “I’m ashamed of my answer, so I’m going to ignore that.” He kissed my forehead. “I’ll catch you tomorrow.”

The dialogue was engaging, realistic and had me chuckling and cursing in equal measure.

Rating: on the whole I really enjoyed it – there were parts that aren’t for the faint of heart, parts that were downright weird and parts that chopped and changed abruptly. Nevertheless it’s a great read. I give it  4/5