Wolves Love Red

Wolves Love Red: An Erotic Bedtime Story by C.C. Genovese

Rating: 5 stars

This is my first book I have read by this author. It is a quick read, but very intriguing. It follows a werewolf, named Valan, who catches the scent of Red, a rather ravishing woman. On the night the werewolf first gets a whiff of Red, he can hardly contain himself. He begins pleasuring himself in a nearby alley, however, he has to immediately run to the woods because when he orgasms, he howls, and he did not want to alert the town of his presence. He goes off into the woods where he has a wild romp with another wolf, named Fiona. Fiona asks about the woman who had him fired up like that, but he is reluctant to really give away anything.

The next day he goes looking for Red again, because he really wants her. He discovers she is bringing some sex toys to grandma’s house, who happens to be the town bicycle. He comes up with the idea to go to Grandma’s house to wait for Red to get there. Instead, he comes across Fiona. Fiona again is curious about the woman who has Valan so wound up. Fiona suggests taking Grandma off his hands, because Fiona heard she likes blonde bombshells, so that Valan can have his woman. Fiona takes Grandma and her current client off into another room, so when Red comes in and sees a very naked, human Valan, she becomes entranced. Valan is very well endowed, which is mentioned several times. So there is a lot of foreplay to help Red take him.

I will not give away the ending, because it was so amazingly unexpected. I really enjoyed this story overall. My issue I often have with short stories/novellas, is that many authors try to rush everything together. Some stories do not have a beginning, middle, and end. Wolves Love Red did have all parts to make a good story. It was easy to follow along with, it had the right amount of background information to set the scene, it had enough character development, and it didn’t feel like everything was rushed together. The sex scenes that were in the book were well written and very descriptive, so it was easy to imagine while you were reading it. Even though the story as a whole is good, the ending makes it all worth it. The ending is what takes this story out of the normal cookie cutter short story/erotic/paranormal/twisted retelling mold and makes it something completely unique.

Her Stepbrother is a Monster

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Her Stepbrother is a Monster by Trinity Blacio

Rating: 5 stars

This book was provided by Netgalley and Riverdale Avenue Books in exchange for my honest review. 

 

This book offered a bit of a different take on dragon shifters. I liked that it was pretty original in that sense. There were times, like I have indicated in the past, where a better editor is needed as sometimes it gets confusing on what I am reading.

Maven finds out that she is a dragon, her mother is a dragon, and that her father and new stepfather were also dragons at her mother and stepfather’s wedding. She also meets her mate, Azure there. Maven was in a horrible marriage where she was abused. Turns out, this guy was disguising himself and was also the cousin of Azure. She realizes this, also at the wedding, when she can’t figure out why she wants to deck this man she meets. Maven’s dragon is one of the original royal children who have not been seen for many years. Upon the awakening of this royal dragon, Chandrass, towards the end other royals start popping up as well.

I felt the story was way too short and that when things started getting good, it just ended and I was left very WTF-ish and had to check to see if that really was the end. There was not much sex, and to be honest, I forgot that they actually had sex the first time. The rest of the story is really what made this so great that I would give it a 5 star rating.

At His Mercy

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Angel in his arms . . . Devil at her heel

One last, no-strings night of indulgence. That’s all Tristan wants before he begins a much-needed new chapter in his life. Instead he finds an innocent angel in pink who brings him to his knees.

Isabella is done hiding from the world . . . and her haunting memories. Discovering courage in the arms of a perfect stranger, she finally lets go and sheds her inhibitions.

To Isabella’s shock, she soon learns that Tristan is more than her mystery man—he’s her professor. But Tristan isn’t the only person who’s found Isabella on campus. A dark figure from her past has come back for her. Now Tristan will risk anything to protect Isabella . . . even if it costs him his life.

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At His Mercy by Shelly Bell

Ratings: 5 Stars

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and participation in this book blitz.

From the very first page, I knew this book would be a 5 star read. There was so much hot and so much sizzle, I had the highest of hopes from the get go. This book did not disappoint. This book moved in a consistent flow and there were never any dull moments. It really keeps the reader entranced.

When Isabella walks into the play party for the first time and Tristan lays his eyes on her, the reader can see the steam come off the page. The chemistry throughout the story is super hot and super steamy and perfect. Watching the struggle between Isabella and Tristan when they discovered the student-teacher status was really difficult, and I had hoped they would move through it and just proceed forward.

This story kept me hooked and I could not put it down. I hated when I had to put it down to do anything else.

My favorite quote in the story is “that’s why the submissive role is so alluring to people with demanding careers. Giving control to someone else doesn’t make you weak.” This really hit me hard, because it is something I had to acknowledge in my own life a long time ago. This story and it’s contents is well researched and well written. The BDSM is light, but still enjoyable. If this is a reader’s first time reading a book about BDSM, this would be a great opener.

 

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A sucker for a happy ending, Shelly Bell writes sensual romantic thrillers. When she’s not working her day job, taking care of her family, or writing, you’ll find her reading the latest romance.

 

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Left My Heart in Sin City

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Left My Heart in Sin City by Trinity Blacio

Rating: 4 stars

 

I am pretty sure I received a copy of this book from Netgalley…but when I search for it, I cannot find it anywhere…..

I really enjoyed the start of this series. It was interesting and original. I did get a little confused at the beginning as there were a lot of names that seemed to change later, but this wasn’t the case. It appeared that when a new friend came into the picture at this conference, that is when you met that particular person, however, it would jump back and forth so it was sometimes hard to follow.

This story is very fast paced, as usual. Other than the many friends issue, it is fairly easy to keep up. Also as usual, an editor is needed, but the story was still great and fun to read. I found it interesting that Jess felt kind of like the author a little bit.

I really fell in love with Maverick. I pictured him as this distinguished older gentleman. Like the man pictured below:

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I really liked the turn of events the story had. There were so many things going on all at once, you felt bad for everyone because it was like they could not get a break!! When I finished this book, I immediately wanted book 2 in the series. I want to know what happens, and who is this mysterious Derek? I would have liked some more info on him and I am not sure why did Jess never question that?! As much as she questioned EVERYTHING in the story, she didn’t question who this mysterious man out to get her, who POISONED her and just accepted it?? Oh well…it was still enjoyable. I wish there were more sex scenes, because Trinity Blacio writes some pretty amazing scenes, and this book did not have many.

Escaped

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Escaped by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads: 4 stars

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

 

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 

Escaped is the first book in the Running in Fear series by Trinity Blacio. I have really turned into a fan of Blacio and my expectations were high.

I want to start with what I did not like about this story. My biggest issue with the overall story is that the leading lady, Jaycee, had been brutally raped as a child, and was in an abusive relationship and entered into a relationship that she didn’t fully understand AND the  men in that relationship did not take into consideration what she has gone through. I believe that many instances of “control” are abusive in themselves. My fear has always been when BDSM relationships begin to boarder controlling, abusive, relationships. Blacio does clearly identify both of these in the story, however, I believe Jaycee’s mates are blurring the lines. I often find that the males in Blacio’s stories are bullheaded and need knocked down a peg or two.

I did like everything else in the story. I thought there was excitement, great sex, action, and romance. The story was fairly quickly and I was ready to move on to the second book immediately. As usual, I really enjoyed the sexy scenes and thought they were done nicely.

If you haven’t read one of Blacio’s stories, I do encourage it. My biggest remark to the publisher is that a better editor is needed. Sometimes the wrong names are used, as was the case in this story, and in another story I am reading, the setting is wrong. I think this can really turn off some new, potential, readers.

The Princess and The Clown

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The Princess and The Clown by Ian Thomas Malone

Goodreads Rating: 2 stars

I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

 

This book is an erotic satire, of which, I have never read before. I found it difficult to get through. I thought the relationship between Ralph and Jules was…toxic and interesting.

The sex scenes were a bit much, even I could hardly tolerate them. (and I can tolerate just about anything). The satire stems around the fact that both Ralph and Jules are “trailer trash.” Both are deadbeats with no future.

I learned that you can use hot sauce for anal lube. Which is weird, and I am not certain how that is okay for anyone to use. I actually had to stop when I read that to see if that was really a thing. It was definitely new to me. I still cringe thinking about it.

I wasn’t quite prepared for this story. I am sure there are people out there who will find it entertaining. I really enjoy erotica, so I feel this book was kind of a kick to the face and it didn’t make me feel happy. I didn’t connect with the grotesqueness of the characters.

The Naughty Stepbrothers

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The Naughty Stepbrothers by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

 

I received The Naughty Stepbrothers from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Naughty Stepbrothers is the 3rd installment of the Naughty Angel series. I felt this installment was an afterthought, however, if more books are to come in this series, these particular characters needed to be introduced into the story. The story is very short, around 50 pages. Everything moved very fast paced which means there were things that we don’t get to see as the reader.

I am not really sure who the stepbrothers are, paranormal wise. In the beginning of the book, they are wolves, but later find out they are part Fae part demon. I felt that logistics weren’t thought out and I often felt a little lost. I also hoped the big scene with the evil step mother would have been something spectacular, however, we weren’t even present for it and had to hear about it through the alpha males in the series. The story left me confused more than provided any information to further the series along.

That being said, there was only one sex scene in the short 50 pages, and that was right after the wedding ceremony. I found it both steamy and fell short at the same time. I like many of Blacio’s sex scenes and I felt this scene could have had more umph. I am still unsure how I feel about Xena. I felt that, based on Annabelle’s reactions in past books, she should have reacted in some way when Xena was checking out Annabelle’s mates.

In this book, Annabelle also had a set of twins since book 2. We did not get to see any of the 5 children in the story. I look forward to seeing them more in future books. I am curious to see where Xena will end in the story line, and if her character has some legend as well.

The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men

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The Naughty Angel and Her Three Very Wise Men by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating 5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

I have really enjoyed Trinity Blacio books. This one wasn’t much different. My main issue with the story was that Marcus and Lance were controlling, not DOMS. I was in an abusive relationship, and this really borders abusive. Marcus and Lance have some SERIOUS issues that never really get addressed in the book. But I am not going to rip apart that part of the story for now. The other issue I have with Trinity’s books is that she needs a better editor. There are some crazy editing issues. I have never read a single book of hers that was not poorly edited.

So why did I give it 5 stars? Looking past the editing issues, and trying to look past Marcus and Lance’s behaviors, the story was good. The sex scenes were smoking hot. I loved Annabelle. She was fiery and hot. I think it was a great start to a new series, and I hope to read more about Annabelle and the growth of their legend.

What I would REALLY love to see is crossover between the Wicked Sisters series, the Naughty Angel series, and a continuation of Hot for Xmas.

Desire Under the Dark Moon

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Desire Under the Dark Moon by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating 4 stars

Actual rating 3.5 stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 

 

This is the third installment of the Wicked Sisters Series. Finally, it has become clear why it is called the Wicked Sisters! In this particular story Allie, the final single sister, came back after a year of being kidnapped. This is also 2 years since the mating of Whitney with her mates in Frankenstein’s Submissive.  The basis of this story is that, even though all 3 sisters are mated, their mates have to fight to keep them. The Dark Moon happens once every 1000 years and all males of every supernatural species has the right to challenge for any one of the sisters to become their mates, regardless if they are already mated. Then, as a whole family unit, all three sisters and their mates basically run the supernatural world and can go through multiple dimensions/planes.

I did not like this one AS much as I enjoyed the other two in the series. I felt the whole book was focused more on this Dark Moon, and there was not enough sex, and the sex scenes they did have weren’t as exciting.

I did like that we find Whitney has had a kid, but it is unclear if Marci has as she wanted one at the end of book 2. I liked Darwin and Steel. I was a little confused by the trio. The book does not really explain how a wolf, demon, and bear came together as a set. Lance appeared to be the “head” of the group much the way Frank and Garth are the head of their little groups in the previous stories, however, he did not seem “strong” enough to be the head of the group. Darwin seemed to have stronger features and bigger ties. It was a little confusing determining their mate structure. I gave this a 4 star rating on Goodreads because i felt that it was better than a 3 star, though the actual rating is somewhere in the middle. It would have gotten a higher rating if there were some pretty WOW sex scenes like her books previous had and if some of the fight scenes had some more details. The epic battle was very brief. If this installment was to focus on the Dark Moon and it’s meaning, I felt it should have had more umph.

Overall, I did enjoy this book but felt it did not hold up to par compared to the other books I have read by this author. Also, I was very happy that the editing was MUCH better than previous stories I have read from this author.

Frankenstein’s Submissive

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Frankenstein’s Submissive by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid for this review, these thoughts are my own.

This is a story about Frank Stein, a werewolf/vampire/human/machine that was created over 342 years ago (because the original Frankenstein story that we know is completely wrong per Frank). He is “the chosen one” (cue tiny aliens from Toy Story)

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He has a ragtag pack of other werewolf/vampire hybrids and they decide it is high time to challenge the pack leader in New York (I think it is in New York). During the beginning of an outing, a blue haired witch named Whitney is noticed being chased down the street by said pack leader’s minions. Frank and his pack save Whitney and bring her back to Frank’s condo. Whitney had been bitten by the alpha Frank is going to challenge and turns into a werewolf in 5 seconds of being in the condo. Frank and his pack believe she is the queen and the 4 of them are her mates. Together. And it is HOT. But let’s not get too far ahead. They all go to the home of Whitney’s parents, pick up them and Whitney’s son and head off to a mansion that Frank owns. Whitney’s family is super happy that Frank has stepped out of hiding. They did not expect it to be in their lifetime, and the fact that Frank and his pack has selected their daughter to be queen is even better. This is followed by sexy times, talking, and some more sexy times (I will get into a further breakdown soon). So…who are the other 2 wicked sisters that name this series? Marci is part human part gargoyle…who at Frank’s mansion meets 5 brothers that are gargoyles who become her mates. Allie is part Fae. At the start of the early battle, Maci and Allie flea thinking the fight was their fault (they opened the doors which allowed Whitney to be capture by 2 vampire minions of Alfred, the pack leader).

First, I want to start with why I knocked 1 star off. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was really lost and had to reread some parts over. This is a relatively short story, 74ish pages, so I know a lot of information has to be packed into the overall story. However! Some things went waaaay too fast and I couldn’t keep up, again, this was really during the first third of the book. For me, everything flowed much smoother once they got to Frank’s mansion. I also thought the fight scene did not last long enough. Like seriously. One and done kinda thing. I also did not like that some of the sexual scenes happened in front of Whitney’s parents!!! I am usually not mortified by open sex scenes or having people around watching…but her parents!!! And they didn’t care! Her dad said “she needs to learn her lesson” lmao!!!! I know in the sexy paranormal world anything goes, but her parents?!?! And then! Dad threw mom over his shoulder, smacked her ass, and said he needed to go remind her who is boss!!! LMAO! I did get a kick out of that one though. Finally, the last reason I only gave it 4 stars was because the title indicates “submissive.” But Whitney popped off her mouth often and there was really only one punishment. Also, if this was a D/s relationship, couldn’t tell. When I hear submissive, that is what I think of in erotica.  I just wished it had a higher element to that. The description of the book is “the one and only Frankenstein who is more than willing to protect her if she submits completely to him. Talk about Scary Sex!”—I was really expecting something further out there than what it was.

Now! On to the good stuff– I really did enjoy the sex scenes that were in the book. I really like the chemistry between Frank, Cruse, Dana, Theodore, and Whitney. Also, Cruse can spank my ass any day! I liked Frank, but Cruse is def my fave. I also liked the characters as a whole. Though you do not get to fully know all of the characters, what you do get from them in the book makes you want to know more. I bought book 2 (Maci and her delish gargoyles) right after I finished this book because the author leaves you wanting more. Which, I love!!! I cannot wait to see what happens next! Aside from I mention before about not knowing what was going on for a while, I did like the author’s style. I like her creativity and imagination. Even though this is a smut filled erotic adventure, she also takes what we know from literature and gives them a sexy spin. I like that. I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.

If you want a quick, sexy, fix…I really do suggest this book. There are few typos, but I really did enjoy the book overall.