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Review ~ Sweet (True Believers #2) by Erin McCarthy

By : Heather Coulter
New Adult novel from Erin McCarthy, the USA Today bestselling author of True.
Jessica Sweet thought going away to college would finally make her free of her parents’ constant judgments and insistence she play chastity club role model for their church events, but if anything, the freedom has made her realize she can’t go home and be a hypocrite anymore. Tired of dodging their questions, she stays at school over the summer and lands in an unexpected crash pad: Riley Mann’s house. 

Sarcastic, cocky, and full of opinions, Riley is also sexy personified with tattoos and biceps earned from working as a roofer all day. Not the right guy for her even if Jessica was looking for a relationship, which she is definitely not. But Jessica knows that Riley hides the burden of having to raise his younger brothers behind that grin and as she helps him get his house in order for a custody hearing, they begin to fall hard for each other, and she is forced to question what she’s hiding herself. 

Jessica has never had a problem getting naked with a guy, but when it comes to showing Riley how she truly feels inside, her fear of rejection may just ruin the best thing—the best guy—to ever happen to her…
 
This is the second book in the True Believers series but can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first book but I definitely will go back and read it. Jessica Sweet is the preacher's daughter but is now at college and rebelling a bit. She is quite the party girl and definitely not a virgin anymore. Instead of going home for the summer she decides to stay in town and rent an apartment but lies to her parents and says she is doing mission work building houses. She doesn't want to go home and be the perfect preacher's daughter. Only problem is she can't move into the apartment for a week and has nowhere to stay.

Riley Mann is kind of an asshole and Jessica and he don't get a long at all. His brother Tyler offers up their house for Jessica to stay in for the week and she takes him up on the offer. Jessica and Riley tend to annoy the crap out of each other but that doesn't stop them from building a friendship which slowly turns into more. Their relationship was a little strange to me because it moved extremely slow and then escalated super quickly in the end of the book. This book is different from other new adult novels I have read but I still enjoyed it. I will definitely read the other books in the series because I am interested to find out what happens to the other characters and read more about Riley and Jessica.
Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own
Alexandria

Review ~ Vanished! (The Society Series #4) by Lillian Nightshade

By : Heather Coulter
The youngest prominent member of The Society in over in a decade, Annie Wallace had fought hard to get where she was and she had plenty to show for it. A gorgeous new home, two beautiful slave girls, proof that her training methods worked and a handsome Irish partner and Master of her own that could make her go weak in the knees with a simple look. Fears caused by a dark event in her past had prevented her from letting go and submitting until she met Sean. Then, just as she was learning to balance her work and position as an Owner with serving him, her past returned. They had waited a long time, and now they would finally have their revenge on her for sticking her nose where it didn't belong years earlier. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.
 
Lillian Nightshade is a wonderful author, be forewarned however that her books are written with no avoidance of triggers or consent. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing… it is just something readers definitely need to be aware of. This series – The Society, is set in a world where consent is limited, sadism and masochism are the norm, and dominance and submission are integral.

In this fourth book, Annie our protagonist sets up her new home before being kidnapped and forced to live being abused and believing she would never see her friends and family again. Sean, who we met in the previous book as a submissive, now Annie’s dominant and her brother Devon spend the book rescuing Annie. You can feel the characters’ feelings as the story progresses on a palpable level. This world is designed to pull you in and keep you turning the pages. Devon and Sean are at each other’s throats from their meeting in their different angles of loving Annie.

I love the power of the strength of character in these stories. This world is fascinating, heart pounding, and nerve racking. As a rape survivor who lives in the BDSM world I desire to live above the kind of fear that rose in me during many of this books scenes. Vanished, and this series, is written very well, and I look forward to the next book in this series – knowing the effect of triggers shown in this novel I may hesitate to reach for this kind without my comfort items on me and with my phone nearby to contact a friend should I need it.
Sarah

Review ~ Destroyer Angel (Anna Pigeon #17) by Nevada Barr

By : Heather Coulter
Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. 

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country, in Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr.
 
Welcome back to the world of Anna Pigeon where murder and mayhem are around every corner with a hint of mayhem and madness thrown in for good measure. Nevada Barr has the knack for creating strong female characters, putting them in interesting situations with a twist to see what happens. I’m nearly always pleased with her books and this was no exception to that rule. Anna is back with Heath and Elizabeth from Hard Truth the thirteenth novel in the Anna Pigeon series.

Anna, a middle aged park ranger, on vacation with friends sets out to save her friends when kidnappers take over their camp while she is out exploring. As a federal law enforcement officer ie park ranger and
wife of a minister I imagine the hard decisions she constantly has to make would be even harder than for the usual person. 

Ms Barr always creates fascinating characters and settings designed to get your heart pumping. It is always interesting to see what twist of fate will set Anna on the path to danger and murder mysteries. Though I would never wish frequent murders and constant mysteries - I love this series and preordered this novel as soon as it was available because of following the series, knowing little about it. I have no hesitation whatsoever recommending this author and series strongly to anyone who loves a good heart racing mystery.
 
Sarah

Review ~ Jedidiah's Bride (Lancaster County Weddings #2) by Rebecca Kertz

By : Heather Coulter
When handsome stranger Jedidiah Lapp saves her twin brothers' lives, Sarah Mast offers him her heartfelt thanks. And a cherry pie! But she never expects to see him again. When they meet once more at Sunday services, Sarah begins to feel something special for him. Jedidiah is eager to know the blushing beauty, and asks permission to court her. Soon, he can see Sarah as part of his future. But her family is in Delaware, his in Pennsylvania. Dare he ask her to leave all she knows behind for him and build a life in Happiness, Pennsylvania?
 

Jedidiah’s Bride is a sweet love story set among the Amish. Jed is a hardworking man, Sarah is the caregiver of her sick mother and younger siblings. A love that was meant to be – God put them together in the right place right time. Stories like this when they are not fiction prove that there are few coincidences – God causes those Godincidences. 

Jed bumps into Sarah at the local market in Dover, Delaware where Sarah lives when she is there with her younger brothers to sell baked goods. Jed is there to sell plants and woodcraft projects he has made. He saves her brothers when they are nearly hurt at the market. He returns to Lancaster County thinking they will not run into each other again, but when her sick mother has to have surgery Sarah and her brothers are sent to visit family in the same community as Jed. After a couple of months together and love blossoms and they commit to finding a way to be together. 

Sweet story. Very tame tale, even compared to most Love Inspired novels.
Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Sarah

Review ~ Fetishes & Fears (Slut University) by Lillian Nightshade

By : Heather Coulter
When Allie started at Slut University, she never expected to find herself attracted to her gorgeous roommate, Brenda, much less in bed with her. Now their twin beds are pushed together, and nearly every evening when their classes are over, the girls find themselves in passionate embrace. Much to the surprise of both of them, Allie has also found she has a bit of a dominant streak! But even after learning to expect the unexpected, Allie didn't think she'd end up falling for her lover! 

Meanwhile, Jake arranges a big weekend at home for his new slave, starting by indulging his long-time desire to take Allie whenever and where ever he pleases, including in front of the school and in their own backyard, even though the thought terrifies her. That's just the start, as the next night he hosts a party for a few of his close friends and allows them to use her warm, wet holes however they please! 

How will Jake react to seeing the woman he loves being used over and over right in front of him? Will Allie be able to get past her fear of getting caught and learn to enjoy being used in public, and how will she deal with her growing feelings for Brenda? Whatever happens, it's bound to be a wild, kinky ride!
 
We return to the world of Lillian Nightshade’s Slut University and revisiting Jake and Allie in the second book of this series. Jake spends the early part of our acquaintance teaching Allie that what he desires from her most is sexual submission to him and anyone he chooses, sharing her with anyone he chooses. He definitely has a bit of a fetish for humiliation play. 

This book goes early into the topic of polyamory. After Jake sent Allie to the Slut University to train her to be a better slut for him she falls for her roommate Brenda. She doesn’t want just Brenda; she wants them both. Jake loves the idea of sharing Allie with others as long as he is her partner and the others are just play partners at his discretion. 

Slut University is “a school that teaches girls to let go of their sexual inhibitions, and if they are enrolled by their partner, they are trained to serve as well.” “Training cum” as food – personally it sounds really gross but written in a very descriptive way so the reader can actually picture it. In some ways I like the Slut University series by Ms Nightshade better than her Society series – it does care more about consent, the participants agree at least at the start, even if they can’t know what they are agreeing to. The Society is a series though where I can actually see most of those things happening in the modern day BDSM world – with a great deal more consideration for consent of course.
 
Sarah

Review ~ Freshman Year: Engaged and Enslaved (Slut University) by Lillian Nightshade

By : Heather Coulter
Allie was a sweet, naive girl who had waited to find the man who would finally make her want to sleep with him.

Jake, once married, now divorced, had given up hope of finding a woman that was everything he wanted, but Allie was so close. All she needed was a little training.

The day Allie agreed to marry him was the day her life would change forever. Determined to never again be forced to hide his true desires, Jake began to look for ways to mold her. This search lead him to Slut University, an institution that came highly recommended by a friend. The brochure promised to turn the most reserved girl into a wanton slut and the personal sex slave of their partner. Jake couldn't resist.
 
Allie is a sweet girl who just got engaged to her boyfriend Jake. Her ring and his question seem to have strings though. He wants her, but not as she is. He sends her to Slut University to teach her to be the perfect slut and submissive for him. The idea of the ring and collar being intertwined gets my back up a bit – if you love someone you love that person, as they are not forcing them to change.

Lillian Nightshade’s books are very hot and written so you want to find your B.O.B. as you sit down to read. The idea of a university where you are taught to serve and please is an intriguing idea. In some ways I wish there was such a place where you could enroll for short times to learn to please to your Master’s specifications and desires.

This book includes everything from anal, oral and vaginal sex to group sex and realizing every sexual possibility from sex in public and multiple partners to retraining a slave’s brain in how to think and orgasm control. The beautiful part of this is that even though Allie is going through all of this because of the desires of Jake he does seem to be considering what she is enticed by at least part of the time.
 
Sarah

Review ~ Every Part of You: Tempts Me (Every Part of You #1) by Megan Hart

By : Heather Coulter
She likes to watch. He likes to keep hidden. Total opposites on a collision course to a relationship neither can deny.

Simone Cooper’s been watching Elliott Anderson through her office window for months. He likes to bring women back to his office for late-night trysts, and Simone enjoys her voyeurism until one night, Elliott appears to go too far with his date. The other woman might not be into spanking, but Simone is, and when she meets Elliott in the elevator later that night, she makes sure he’s intrigued enough by her to ask her to go with him to the party he no longer has a date for.

Thrown together by circumstances he’d never have imagined, Elliott isn’t sure what to think about Simone. She’s nothing like the women he normally dates, but something about her draws him in until he can’t stop himself from wanting her…until their goodnight kiss becomes something harder. Harsher. Simone responds to his rough hands as no woman ever has, and Elliott’s not ready to pursue what he’s always told himself is wrong.
 
Confused characters? Megan Hart’s main character in this short story - Elliott appears to be fighting with his own desires as much as anything else. Elliott recently has been finding teases – those who say they want something like spanking but when its given freak out. He decides to not take the risk anymore and simply deny his own desires and not reach for a masochist to counter is sadist. 

Simone is someone who desires a little pain with her pleasure – has been known to let her inner masochist come out to play. Though we don’t get to know her very well she appears to have been a bottom to someone in the S/m portion of society. 

The moral of the tale seems to be don’t give up – you never know when you will find someone to give you your every desire. I think the story is long winded for what it is – essentially one scene that if rewritten could be really good. As it is… well I wasn’t really a fan. I think the idea of not giving up – love or a play partner in this case could be right around the corner is great and could really be played up. Right now this story is a rambling, long winded short story about possibilities and not giving up – good moral but poorly executed.
 
Disclosure: This book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Sarah

Audio Review ~ The Governess and the Beast (Blind Cupid #2) by Karyn Gerrard

By : Heather Coulter
Hiding secrets and a past she longs to forget, Hortense Jennings answers an ad for a governess and embarks on an adventure she did not expect.

Concealed in a gothic, crumbling manor on the edge of a North Sea cliff, Baron Simon Wolstenholme is hiding from life. Horribly scarred from battle wounds, he lives up to his name “The Beast of Stonecliff” in both appearance and attitude until he realizes how lonely he has become.

Simon propositions Hortense for a singular night of passion. Raging weather and storms of anger clash between a lonely man and a distrustful woman to reveal secret desires in an emotional crescendo. Can the Governess and the Beast find calm amid the storm and admit their true feelings, or will pride destroy the fairy tale before it begins?
 
Snuff novella. The reader is a good one with the breathy tones expected of this kind of story – even the
slight accent to assist. It certainly has its hot parts – it is labeled as BDSM erotica however and this is a
misnomer there is no dominance and submission in any real way, there isn’t even any real playtime other than a lot of sex; even a bit of kinky sex.

Would I recommend this story? Well, the characters are decent; the setting skimmed over but filled out
could be nice – overall as a short read – sure if the reader knew what they were getting into. Would I spend an Audible credit on this? No. Though the reader is a good one and I might look to see what else she has done the story was short and had little depth. Did I come to care about the characters? Well, lightly that could have become interesting if the story had been further filled out but they weren’t well developed enough.

If this author/reader combination came up in the freebie section I might give it another chance if I was looking for pure smut but otherwise I wouldn’t give the author a second glance. This novella is essentially what my mother thinks romance novels are – all sex, little character development and no depth. There are a lot better stories to hold my attention and fill my time. Think porn on paper and there is this novel.
 
Disclosure: This audio book was provided to BBMoreB free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.
Sarah

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