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.

Phenomenal X (mmmm…)

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Overall rating: 3.5-4 Stars

Narrator rating: Alexandria Wilde 4.5 Stars

                                 Sean Crisden 2 stars

I gave this book 4 stars. I am somewhere between 3.5 and 4. I think the story held a lot of promise, but maybe for me, it fell a bit short because I just didn’t connect fully. Let me explain:

There seem to be a lot of books out there where good girls tame bad boys, or fix broken boys, etc. I get that Anna is supposed to be escaping from her father and branching out on her own, but her prudeness got to be a little much sometimes. I did like Anna’s character though, and I loved Xavier. Sure, I am not a big fan of bad boys, but Xavier is the sex. I would never want to tame him,  I mentioned in a status update on Goodreads that I would use him just like he uses other women. It would be purely sexual and I am so okay with that.

The point is, I am getting a bit tired of the whole good girl/bad boy thing going on these days. I understand in this book why Xavier is a bad boy, but I dont know, can’t we have a bad girl and a bad boy taming each other?! Or maybe a good girl/boy finding their inner devil 😉 Spice it up!

I do like the sex scenes in this story. One thing I can’t stand is when authors write “he touches my sex…” I can’t connect to that. If and when I read smutty, steamy novels, I want to feel it. I love when a scene was so well written I need a cigarette after (and I don’t smoke). A quick way for me to lose interest is using terms that aren’t relateable. I am not afraid of reading the “p” word (I say it this way for the simple fact that out of respect to my younger Goodreads friends and followers) in a sex scene. That’s hot! I want to hear what I would hear if it were me in that scene! Though the scenes weren’t fireworks, they held for a lot of promise.

At the end of the day all I can say is THAT END THOUGH! There is a major cliffhanger. So, if you don’t want to have to be stranded with the literary version of blue balls, wait until the second and final book comes out (date not yet given).

I listened to this as an audiobook. I think Alexandria Wilde did a phenomenal job. At first it took me a little getting used to her narrating style, but it worked. I loved her voice for Xavier. She made him sound all grovely and sexy. So when I heard Sean Crisden reading the few Xavier chapters, it just didn’t do it for me! I was left wanting and disappointed. The voice just wasn’t sexy. It made me a little sad that Alexandria Wilde’s voice for Xavier makes you feel things when the narrator who read Xavier’s chapters left you going “WTF”

Dragons need a little lovin’ too

How to Date a Dragon

My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

This book is the second in a series, however, they are written in such a way you can read them as standalones. This book did touch a little bit on some characters introduced in the first novel, but they do not have active roles, and when they are around, you don’t feel lost about their significance (if any).

What I liked about this book was that it is something that I haven’t really read before. Lately, I have broadened smut horizons…(side note: I have a hard time reading romance novels for the simple fact that they tend to be a bit unbelievable. The romance I tend to read when I do, does favor that with some sort of paranormalcy to it…primarily because it is so fake, I can enjoy the story more over that “dream relationship”. Also, lately, I have been finding some pretty spot on accurate smut novels that I have truly enjoyed).

I did like the dragon aspect. To be completely honest, I had never read anything regarding dragons before. I think Ashlyn Chase really had to have a good imagination with setting up dragon history and how he came to fall in love with this human. On a negative, I could have used a little more heat and passion. When I read smut, I want to need a cigarette after I read a sex scene. And I don’t smoke.

I also liked Bliss’ character. Her character sketch was strong. I know I moan about it often, but I can’t stand the “woe is me” type character sketch for women. Bliss has her own struggles, she doesn’t like accepting help, she struggles with an overbearing family, she is currently in a greeting card reality competition, a fire consumes her house, she finds out the fireman who saved her life whom she starts falling in love with is actually a dragon, she is attacked by a crazy dragon lady (a literal dragon lady) and she doesn’t falter. Not once does she give up, throw in the towel or complain. She rolls with the punches, picks up the pieces and keeps going.

Do I recommend it? Meh, it’s not necessarily one of those books I would suggest you go out of your way and read RIGHT NOW, but the story was cute and enjoyable. If you find yourself with nothing else to read, and you want to read something a bit different, then yes, you should pick up a copy of this book. Plus…the model on the cover is pretty delicious 😉