Lies (Web of Sin, #2)

Lies (Web of Sin, #2)

Lies by Aleatha Romig

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love this author. I do. But I only liked this book. It was still a good book. It was still hot. It still had a delightfully possessive alpha who does bad things. BUT, somehow it didn’t quite do it for me.
Like I said- I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. And I fully expected to love it based on the author. Somehow this book and series, while good, didn’t quite captivate me the same way the Consequences series and Infidelity series did. Something was off for me. And, again, I only say that because this author is so consistently amazing.
If this is intended to be your first Aleatha Romig read I implore you to instead start with the Consequences series or the Infidelity series, both of which I loved beyond reason.
If you’ve already read this author then you should read this book/series. Perhaps I’m just being overly critical of a high-achieving author.
Recommended, but not my favorite from this author.

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity continues with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

I am…

That’s no longer an easy statement.

Who am I?

Since Sterling Sparrow, a man so handsome he takes my breath away and so infuriating he pushes me in ways I’ve never known, came barreling into my life like a category five hurricane, I can’t even finish that simple statement.

In twenty-six years I’ve lived three lives—been three different people.

Renee. Kennedy. And now, Araneae.

They say that I was named after the spider to make me resilient.

Sparrow would then be a bird.

Birds eat spiders.

I prefer to consider myself a cat. It ups my chance of surviving the world I’m now living.

Maybe that’s only wishful thinking because according to Sterling, my number of lives is running out.

There are people who want to harm me, to learn the secrets they claim that I possess.

The only person to offer me protection is Sterling Sparrow.

Can I trust a man who willingly put me in the sight of danger?

What is real?

What are lies?

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Lies is book two of the Web of Sin trilogy to be read after Secrets.

Secrets (Web of Sin, #1)

Secrets (Web of Sin, #1)

Secrets by Aleatha Romig

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this author. I do. But I only liked this book. This is the first read from her that didn’t make me want to create a 6-star scale just for her to adequately capture her greatness. It was still a good book. It was still hot. It had (arguably) kidnapping… coercion, at least. And I do admit that kidnapping is one of my faves. Because evidently there is something wrong with me in the head. But, I digress…
Like I said- I liked this book. But I didn’t love it. And I fully expected to love it based on the author. Somehow this book and series, while good, didn’t quite captivate me the same way the Consequences series and Infidelity series did. Something was off for me. And, again, I only say that because this author is so amazing, so consistently a mind-blowing five-star read, that I was a bit stunned by this book/series. With the other two series I’ve read from her I felt her writing was recognizably different from others in this genre- the characters so developed, the story line so involved and full, the suspense good enough to function as a regular suspense novel if the sex scenes were to be cut out. I didn’t feel that way with this one.
If this is intended to be your first Aleatha Romig read I implore you to instead start with the Consequences series or the Infidelity series, both of which I loved so much I even gushed ad nauseum to my non-reader friends about them. Much to their delight.
If you’ve already read this author then you should read this book/series. Maybe I’m being overly critical. Maybe I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. Who knows?
Recommended, but not my favorite from this author.

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity is coming back at you with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig. 

I’m Sterling Sparrow. You’ve no doubt heard my name or read it on the top of tall buildings. There’s more to my business—my realm—than what is seen aboveground. 

Within the underbelly of one of America’s largest cities lives a world where a man’s word is either his most valuable tool or his most respected weapon. When my father ruled that world and that city, he promised me someone who would one day make my reign complete. 

Since that day, long ago, Araneae McCrie has been mine.

She just didn’t know.

My father is now gone. 

The city and the underbelly are now mine.

The time has come for me to collect who was promised to me, to shred her life of secrets and make her who she’s always been—mine.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

*Secrets is book one of the Web of Sin trilogy.

Elicit (Decadence After Dark #5)

Elicit (Decadence After Dark #5)

Elicit by M. Never

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Well, shucks.

Dang it. After loving the rest of the series I felt like this book just petered out. It seems like someone deflated my balloon.
This book started out strong- it did. And it had two mysteries to solve. Unfortunately it solved each in the space of a few (literally a few) pages, and WELL before the end of the book. It felt like a drive-by. Blink, and you’ll miss it. I was left wondering if that was really it.
I wanted more. I wanted to love this like I loved the other books in this series. Sigh. But it wasn’t meant to be. I actually started skimming toward the end. And I rarely skim.
If you read and enjoyed the rest of the series I think you’ll still want to read this one for the backstory on Jett and London, but keep in mind that it runs concurrent to Owned.
Still recommended for those who have read and loved the rest of the series.

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“You don’t know what he’s capable of.” 

“You don’t know what I’m capable of.” 

Jett Fox has been surrounded by women his entire life. He knows what makes them tick, how to make them feel beautiful, and how to work their feminine wiles to his advantage. Honing sexuality is in his blood. 

It’s his gift. 

Jett is accustomed to women eating out of the palm of his hand, but when a tall, mysterious, redheaded goddess strolls into Mansion –his domain– the eccentric Dom finds himself enamored. She becomes an obsession in his dark, secretive, and dangerous underworld — a world that appears one way on the outside but is entirely different within. 

Forced to maintain the ruse at all costs, he’ll walk a treacherous line between allegiance and lust, deliberately deceiving the one woman who means anything to him. 

But the mysterious redhead has secrets of her own — secrets inlaid so deep they could threaten to tear both their hearts, and worlds, and livelihoods apart. 

You’ve been claimed by Kayne…seduced by Juice… now it’s time to live Elicitly with Jett. 

*Elicit is a dark romance. Reader discretion is advised.

Lie with Me (Decadence After Dark, #4)

Lie with Me (Decadence After Dark, #4)

Lie with Me by M. Never

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loving this series

I am just loving this series. So much more than I had anticipated. I love the characters. I love the suspense. I love the mystery in each book. I love how dark these stories go, how far they push the line. They take me out of my comfort zone. These characters truly go through horrific experiences, but then it makes them stronger on the other side.
I loved this book the most thus far. I like the dynamic of CJ and Tara. They are more playful than Kayne and Ellie. They don’t have the darkness in their history that Kayne and Ellie have. They like to laugh and joke, and that is a refreshing change of pace. I also loved seeing Kayne and Jett come around in this book. I thoroughly enjoy series books where the same characters pop up in each story.
All in all, if you can tolerate dark story lines I recommend this book and this series.

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Tell me a secret… 

CJ Carmichael hasn’t been able to get the vivacious blonde he spent four delirious days with off his mind. The blonde who was completely off-limits, but he couldn’t deny. 

Tell me a secret…. 

CJ had no intention of pursuing her, but Tara Stevens knew what she wanted and it was him. Now six months later, their time together still haunts him. As much as he’s tried to talk himself out of seeing her again, the craving is just too powerful. 

Tell me a secret… 

Tara is more than willing to spend an entire fantasy weekend with CJ. More than willing to hand herself over to him completely and fulfill his every desire. More than willing to pretend he owns her despite their age difference and Kayne’s disapproval. 

Tell me a secret… 

Sometimes fantasy becomes a reality. Sometimes people fall in love before they even know it – before they even know each other – and after it’s too late. 

Tell me a secret… 

Sometimes, beneath the sweetest secrets are the most deceptive lies. 

*Lie With Me is a dark erotic romance and can be read as a standalone novel. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.*

Ruined: A Decadence after Dark Epilogue (Decadence After Dark #3)

Ruined: A Decadence after Dark Epilogue (Decadence After Dark, #3)

Ruined: A Decadence after Dark Epilogue by M. Never

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Awesome addition to the series

I don’t think this would fair well on it’s own, but as an addition to the series it is awesome! It scratches an itch that built through the first two books, and elaborates on the futures of the couples established in the first two books. It also nicely ties up a loose end/mystery. It just left me feeling happy and satisfied. Kayne would approve.

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Kayne Roberts. 
Kayne Rivers. 
Kayne Stevens. 

No matter his name, one fact remains the same. He’s the man who enslaved me, ensnared me, claimed me and ruined me…For all other men that is. 

My life. 
My love 
My happiness. 
All belong to him. 
I belong to no one but him. 

He owns me. 
And I own him. 

Ruined is a 29,000 word novella and is the completion of Kayne and Ellie’s story. It contains intense sexual situations and a Master/slave relationship. Reader discretion is advised.

Claimed (Decadence After Dark, #2)

Claimed (Decadence After Dark, #2)

Claimed by M. Never

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even better than the first one

What a whirlwind! I liked this book even better than the first book, although I thought the first one kept a better pace. This one seemed to lull a bit during the first half, but was off to the races after that.
I liked the deeper dive into Kayne’s character, into his point of view. It gave the character more depth. I also enjoyed the conflicted feelings that Ellie was experiencing; the insecurity, the anger. They seemed to be logical reactions to the situation she had been placed in, and I appreciated that it wasn’t expected that she just “be fine” with everything right off the bat.
I enjoyed seeing the supporting characters again, and I really like the friendship Ellie has with Jett- it’s special. He was there for her when she had no one, and it forged a strong bond.
The steamy parts were a little more, um, colorful than my particular tastes run, but they were still steamy, no doubt. It wouldn’t be my cup of tea in real life, but makes for a good read.
Overall, if you read and liked the first book then you should certainly do the same with this one.

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With one look he consumed me. 
With one touch he marked me. 
With one kiss he owned me.
With one whisper he claimed me. 

“No matter where you go or who you’re with, you’ll always be mine.”

Ellie Stevens thought she had moved on from the domineering man who abducted her. Now living in Hawaii and following her dreams, no one is going to keep her down. But things aren’t always as they seem. 

Kayne Rivers reluctantly let Ellie go, but just because she’s gone now, doesn’t mean she’ll be gone forever. She is his, and he won’t stop until he’s reclaimed her as his own.

Claimed is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Owned (Decadence After Dark #1)

Owned (Decadence after Dark, #1)

Owned by M. Never

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Love, or just like? 🤔

4.5 stars

I am torn on this one. I can’t decide if I love it, or just like it. Or like it a lot. I am leaning toward loving it, but I can’t put my finger on why. The “twist” was alluded to throughout the story, so it wasn’t a particularly grand reveal. There wasn’t an exceptional amount of background on the characters to give them great depth. Perhaps I am leaning toward loving it because I really liked the supporting characters of Jett and Mark? Or because it is dual-POV, allowing readers to be in Kayne’s head so we don’t totally hate him and want to push him off of a cliff by the end of the book? Who knows.
It is definitely dark in that this isn’t a traditional relationship, and it could even be argued it isn’t actually a relationship at all. Ellie gets kidnapped and held captive by Kayne, so there’s that.
I am definitely planning on continuing with the series. If I find myself still thinking about this book tomorrow I might come bump this rating up. That does happen from time to time.
Recommended as long as you are okay with a D/s dynamic involving only one particularly willing participant.

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“I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.” 

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes – until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo’s infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

***Content Warning***
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

Reaper’s Property (Reapers MC, #1)

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC, #1)

Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Steamy, but a little predictable

3.5 stars

I did enjoy this read, and I’m impressed that it was the author’s first book. The writing was solid in terms of grammar, etc. That said, I found the story a bit predictable, and some of the names were a little… too novelty, maybe? It was hard to take a character seriously when his name is Horse. Or Bam Bam. Even if those are real biker names, and they might be, they were unusual enough to be a bit distracting. That said, I enjoyed the character of Horse outside of his name.
The steamy scenes were hot. Really hot. But the story itself seemed a bit underdeveloped. I wish it was a little more fleshed out. More detail? More backstory? I just wanted a little something more.
I still recommend it if MC books are your thing. They are actually not my jam, but the high ratings (and number of ratings) led me to read it anyway.

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Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. 

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse. She doesn’t know his real name or where he lives. She’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talked with her brother wasn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he wasn’t so damned sexy. 

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What is he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming some biker’s property. 

Then her brother steals from the club. Now Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… and if she’s a very, very good girl, he’ll let her brother live. 

Author’s Note: This book was originally released through a small publisher in 2013. This independent edition has been lightly edited, and contains a bonus short, “Sticky Sweet” (originally published on the author’s website) and a Q&A with the author.



Slaughter by Shantel Tessier

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent, but darker than dark

Okay, let’s start with a disclaimer here: this book, while great, is darker than dark. Trigger warning- physical abuse, slavery, non-consensual bondage/sadism, and non-consent (nothing “dubious” about it).
Now that we have that out of the way, on to the review.
This was my first read by this author, and while it was exceptionally dark I did think it was a great read. I couldn’t believe what Avery was putting Presleigh through. I couldn’t believe the horror of what their fathers did/do. This poor girl- if it weren’t for bad luck she’d have no luck at all.
It takes a while for the story to reveal what happened between Avery and Presleigh 11 years ago- both what they each believed to have happened as well as what DID happen. Once that is revealed things start to make more sense. Still, we are getting surprises and twists through the entire book, even into the epilogue. Which I loved. There are still some unanswered questions, and some unfinished business, but I’m hoping that gets resolved with the spin-off book (evidently expected some time in 2019 per Goodreads).
I will be reading more from this author, but I might need a light palate cleanser book between her stories. This was heavy. Excellent, but sweet Jesus it was dark.
Recommended (as long as you are on board with darker reads)!

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My name is Avery Decker, and my story isn’t for the faint of heart. It is about revenge and hatred, misery and violence. I wasn’t always this way even though it was in my blood. I grew up happy and in love with my best friend until she betrayed me and walked away. After that, I fell into the deep, dark world I was meant for. 

Presleigh Clarke’s actions turned me into the ruthless man I am today. Too bad for her, I believe people should pay for the things they have done. The more painful and messy, the better. I get off on making people bleed. It feeds my inner demon, and right now, he is starving. She crossed me once, so now she’ll know what it’s like to fear me. But not all stories end the way you think they will … mine certainly didn’t.

*Slaughter is a dark romance
*Contains disturbing scenes
*Violent sexual situations

Dirty Secrets (Get Dirty #4)

Dirty Secrets (Get Dirty #4)

Dirty Secrets by Lauren Landish

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Able to read as a standalone

I read this as a standalone, and enjoyed it. It didn’t blow my socks off and make a five-star, but it was good. There was good heat where it was needed, some external tension, internal tension between the two main characters as well. The ever-delightful possessiveness that, for whatever reason, I absolutely can’t get enough of in my fiction (although in real life it is a giant red flag that he will probably murder you someday).
Dominick is hot, and he sure is into Allie. It’s cute how he is so cold and intense with everything else, but behind closed doors can be tender with her. Swoon.
A good, easy standalone read.

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I’ll protect her at all costs.
Even if she’s my undoing. 

Dominick Angeline
Cold. Dangerous. Always in control.
It’s a reputation I worked hard to establish, and it has brought me more wealth, more power, more . . . everything.
As the king, the responsibility for the city’s underground weighs heavily on my shoulders. It’s been my only focus, my only concern.

Then I met my obsession. Allie Bancroft.
She’s unpredictable. Chaos to my order. Light to my darkness. Everything I never knew I’d crave.

I live in a dangerous world, so she thinks I want to lock her away in a gilded cage. But I want to set her free. I want to make her my queen.
As long as she follows my rules.

Whatever it takes, I’ll have her at my side.
I’ll Tease and tempt her with sweet words.
Fray away at her sanity with secrets.
Dare her to accept my depravity by mixing it with pleasure she’s never known.

Once we cross that line, will she be able to handle the depth of my passion?

From USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Lauren Landish, Dirty Secrets is a full-length sexy standalone romance. Strap in for an explosive swoon-filled ride as this alpha hottie melts your heart from the lengths he’ll go to protect the one woman that makes him vulnerable. Complete with a happy ever after, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.