Beautifully twisted

Clipped (The Clipped Saga, #1)Clipped by Devon McCormack

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As there’s a shiny new cover I figured it was time for a re-read and an actual review this time round.

This is one of my favourites of all Devon’s books because it makes you think. Yes there’s the usual amount of insane sex (someone give them some lube please 😉 ) but it’s not what’s driving the narrative.

This isn’t a love story, although there is definitely love in it, but a “what if?” What if the Devil wasn’t the bad guy but instead he’d left his Almighty lover because he was a cruel tyrant incapable of allowing free will? What if God was the one you should be worried about and he was planning the Armageddon himself?

In Clipped, angels and demons are real but they go by different names and everyone is searching for the Christ child who is going to destroy the world.

This book is a headrush which invites you to challenge all Christian traditions and treat them as only one possible side to the story and I love it.

Subversive, sexy, scary, sacrilegious, scandalous and a whole load of other words begging with s like seductive and sadistic, don’t look for hearts and flowers here.

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Simply brilliant Rainbow Cove romance

Tender with a Twist (Rainbow Cove, #2)Tender with a Twist by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Simply brilliant writing, that’s what Tender with a Twist is. Unlike book one, this not only touches on loss and heartbreak but it also has some of the best emotionally driven BDSM kink I’ve ever read.

Each time Logan puts Curtis through a scene the feelings underpinning their attraction to each other bleed out. I was interested in Curtis in book one, it’s not often a chainsaw carver pops up as a character, but Logan was sort of just there in the background at the tavern.

Well not in this one, here Logan is very much front and centre and his quiet strength and determination to be the person he truly knows he is carries the narrative forward at all times.

The humour is gentle, Curtis’ fears are palpable, he knows he’s not the typical ‘hero’, the one people flock to. Life’s beaten him down so much over the years and he’s not sure he can cope with any more.

But Logan, wonderfully optimistic and driven Logan, knows he can bring light and much needed release both sexually and emotionally, to Curtis.

Their scenes together are topping Annabeth’s efforts in her latest Out of Uniform story for being the most kinky. They’re delicious and sensual and painful and emotional and erotic and loving and so hot they risk spontaneous combustion.

The drama is caused not only by Curtis’ own fears, but also by the interference of family who should know better. Logan is 27 but his parents still look on him as if he’s a scared and shy teen. Their helicopter parenting leaves him frustrated and doubting his own determination to be his real self.

And I could have slapped Troy’s mother, even though I also absolutely understood and sympathized with her feelings, for her guilt tripping as she sees Curtis making tentative steps towards a new life with Logan in it permanently.

I could wax lyrical about this one for hours more, I never wanted it to end. Utterly gorgeous cover too, the lumbersexual look isn’t usually my thing but Curtis just floated my boat.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Needs its own heat rating – seriously packs a sexy punch

Wheels Up (Out of Uniform, #4)Wheels Up by Annabeth Albert

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book needs to come with a heat warning. And an ice pack, probably a fan and definitely should be enjoyed somewhere the reader can artfully swoon because it is – without any shadow of doubt – the sexiest and downright kinkiest of the series.

Ben and Maddox remain my favourite pair but Dustin and Wes are approaching the top quickly in their bid to win my affections as best Out of Uniform couple yet.

This book had everything, kinky scenes which bucked the stereotypes, steamy and emotional sex, actual angst caused by real conflict and situations not just for plot points, the detailed military elements I’ve come to expect from this series and, finally, an ending which leaves you sighing at the beauty of a loving relationship overcoming all obstacles.

Bravo Annabeth, this one is gorgeous – just like the scorching hot cover.

#ARC received from Carina Press via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Loved this one – romantic and sensual

Grasp (Significant Brothers, #2)Grasp by E. Davies

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this one even more than the first in the series and that’s going some because I really liked Splinter which got me over a huge book slump when I finished Axios: A Spartan Tale from Jaclyn Osborn

Blane and Falcon were a perfect partnership, although both had enough fears to mean they took their sweet time to communicate how they were really feeling to each other. However, there’s relatively no angst in this one and – once they do decide to try for a casual thing – the build up in sexual tension as they move from heavy snogging to blow jobs to frotting and then a full on sex scene which oozes chemistry and emotions, is absolutely delicious.

As with book one, Ed has snuck in song lyrics from various different artists, my favourite in this one being his Spice Girls line about If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my friends which had me chuckling out loud.

We also get to meet Falcon’s best friend Oscar, who has an interesting encounter with Blane’s “Significant Brother” Roman and let me just say – hot pilot with dancer – sign me up now please!

I just like Ed’s style of writing, it’s casual without being sloppy, it’s emotional without being overly dramatic, it’s expressive without relying on plot bunnies and it’s seriously sexy without being a porn fest.

It’s just normal people living ordinary lives falling in love and it works for me.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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Just as brilliant as the first two – now I need book 4!

In the Shadows (Metahuman Files #3)In the Shadows by Hailey Turner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series is absolutely brilliant. I’ve said it before, but it is difficult to write good sci-fi with metahumans and just not have them be so powerful they can instantly diffuse any situation.

Hailey has got the balance between having her diverse bunch of powerful people be able to neutralise threats and deal with the bad guys but still have an inherent feeling of danger which makes your heart race just a tiny bit while reading.

In this one we step away from Jamie and Kyle to focus instead on Kyle’s adoptive brother Alexei and oh lordy is he delicious. Fiery like his pyrotechnic power, he’s brusk and terse, a man of actions not words, and he doesn’t like spies.

Which puts rather an interesting twist on things when former CIA agent Sean Delaney’s mission gets more complicated and Alexei has to get up close and perhaps a bit more personal than he’d initially liked.

The two of them are gorgeous together, Sean is shy and inexperienced in spite of the times he’s had to sleep with someone as part of his cover and Alexei brings out a hidden side of him which is sensual, erotic and downright sexy.

When the mission goes south, both men fight to keep the other safe with all the skills at their disposal. The action is as nail biting as in the first two books, the angst is low level and the camaraderie between the team is still great to read.

When Team Alpha deploys, the bad guys know it and smoking wreckage is usually left in their wake. There has to be a book 4, I want more of this pair, more of this team and the big bad threat is still looming on the horizon.

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Book two of the Kings of Hell MC hits all the right creepy and sensual notes

My Dark Knight (Kings of Hell MC, #2)My Dark Knight by K.A. Merikan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I honestly don’t know where to start with this one there are so many parts where I was left with my jaw dropping or thinking ‘did I really just read that?!’ and picking just one out seems like a disservice to the rest.

So, I will begin with the ending, which was all ends up awesome, full of humour, emotions, scorching hot, commitment and creepy edges.

This book is a masterpiece walk along the line between a contemporary motorcycle club romance and a paranormal packed with villainous deeds and the Merikan writing duo come out on top as always.

From the off this story screams quietly to itself, things are not normal in the Kings of Hell clubhouse and now it’s VP Knight’s turn to fall down the rabbit hole as he encounters his online nemesis The Count, a lover of the madman and serial killer William Fane who inhabited the house some two centuries earlier.

Things get off to a bad start as Elliot, the man behind the facepaint, keeps pushing all of Knight’s protective instincts while simultaneously rousing all his desires. And OMG when they finally let loose on those desires things explode.

The level of “WTF did I just read” switches between seriously creepy and disturbingly arousing at the same time and there are some scenes which I know I’ll be thinking about for quite some time.

Sex is, as ever with these two writers, beyond hot and approaching the stratosphere but it also carries a hint of protection and a needy desire to belong which is unique to Knight and Elliot.

The way Elliot lives to feel wanted is delivered with delicious surrender and Knight’s commanding presence overwhelms the senses. Together their dynamic leaps off the page and there are times when a cold shower becomes a real need, especially once the ghostly malevolence takes hold.

I am loving this series so much and book three shows no sign of letting up on the incredible ride. Oh and that cover from Natasha Snow = swoon!

#ARC provided by the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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This is my favourite one so far

The Omega's Alpha (Mercy Hills Pack, #4)The Omega’s Alpha by Ann-Katrin Byrde

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s some absolutely wonderful world building in this book as the Mercy Hills Pack’s alpha is claimed by a totally unsuitable omega.

I loved Holland, the things he’d been through and the pressure he put in himself were immense but Quin saw through it all to the beautiful and brilliant shifter underneath.

There’s lots of background happenings in this book as the shifters start to question why they have to live behind walls, why they’re shunned and feared and a dawning hope that things can be changed.

There’s been an awful lot of work gone into creating the cultures and customs of the shifters and they remind me very much of the Native American tribes.

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