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.

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 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.

Hot for Xmas

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Hot for Xmas by Trinity Blacio

Goodreads Rating 4 stars

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

 

The title Hot for Xmas is very true to it’s title. This is a short story about a social worker (an author after my own heart)named Emily who receives a case about a mother and her three children being badly beaten by the husband/father. This case happens to be a supernatural case, and it is her first of this type of case. While at the family’s house, the local Alpha pack (National Alphas) came and it was instant chemistry, as Emily was their mate. I really liked Baas’ character, though Sam is my favorite wolf for sure 🙂

My major reason for deducting a star, is that it is sometimes hard to follow. There were also some typos and structural errors that can easily be edited. Also, the biggest reason is in my copy, the little girl’s name was Rain when Emily first went to the family’s home, but later she was called Betsey. Also, in the beginning the younger brother’s name is Duke, where he is called Tucker later in the story.

This story has a suspenseful element, which I liked. There are a lot of steamy sex scenes, which includes some light BDSM. I enjoyed the mating ceremony, though it was a little hard to follow at times. I especially LOVED the playroom/cabin scenes. I definitely went finished this story needing a cold shower!! At this time it is a standalone,(I asked), but I would love to have some closure on this group as Emily is pregnant. I would actually like that closure in a few of the books I have read by Trinity Blacio so maybe in later books this can happen 🙂

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.