Ella Frank’s stunning series continues with this insight into “the Prick”

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Julien
by Ella Frank

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Things start to get a little bit more complicated as Ella Frank explores more of the dynamic which makes up the enigmatic French-American chef Julien Thornton.

This series is way more than just the menage aspect of it, though. Each one of the three men involved in this relationship brings something the other two needs and that is never more obvious than in this middle book of the trilogy.

Julien is hiding demons and, as the time approaches closer to his beloved twin sister’s death, it becomes clear there’s something very wrong with the usually gregarious man and Priest is worried.

Robbie can go some way to helping relieve the strain. And oh boy do they go! This book ups the sex quotient ante a thousandfold and includes a scene which blows the roof off (which I won’t spoil because it needs to be appreciated without warning).

The intricate emotional weaving together of these three men becomes even more obvious here and it’s never more needed than when they return to Julien’s home town of LA where Robbie finally learns about the ghosts in his lover’s past.

There’s a cliffhanger ending in this one, although Robbie’s integration fully into Julien and Priest’s life is completed here, and it involves the most enigmatic of all – Joel Priestley, Priest, the lawyer who on the surface, is controlled and unflappable.

I can’t wait!

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Cam and Gareth finally get their Forever!

38327905Bitten By The Alpha by Annabelle Jacobs

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best one yet! Full review to come tomorrow when I’m at the laptop.

Righty. So Cam and Gareth. I’ve been dying for this one (even more than Alec’s story) ever since Book One and I have to say Annabelle delivered it in spades!

Alpha Cam Harly hasn’t had life easy in the past 10 years, he lost his human wife in the Pack Wars, his Pack’s unwanted feud with the neighbouring Primrose Hill Pack has resulted in prison for their ex Alpha and the merging of the two packs, and he’s closed off his inner wolf to anything other than business.

But it’s never that simple.

One of the other great things about this world setting is the lack of drama over sexuality, the pack’s don’t really care who hooks up with who in most cases, but in this one, the prime driver of the secondary plot revolves around an old-fashioned Alpha who has issues over wasting the chance of offspring when his daughter falls for Rachel, daughter of the neighbouring pack’s Alpha and a Beta in her own right.

I really liked Rachel, who is sent off to the Regent’s Park Park to get her out of the way of the temptation of her potential bond with the unflexible Alpha’s daughter Sara (and I actually wouldn’t mind at all a book which gives her a HEA!)

Gareth’s been in love with Cam for years but, as one of his trusted Betas, he’s buried those feelings deep inside. Rachel’s arrival in the Pack, as he doesn’t know about her relationship with Sara, brings an involuntary reaction when his wolf identifies her as a potential threat as a mate for Cam and suddenly he can’t hide them any more and now his Alpha knows his secret.

I’ve always loved how Cam was willing to put himself above all else but he’s not a martyr to his cause, he truly believes that the Pack should be first in all things. He’s had love, and lost it, and he’s so scared of living with the pain again that he ignores his feelings for his steadfast Beta.

Wolf shifter behaviour in this series has always fascinated me as well, Annabelle’s shifters aren’t driven by their animal in quite the same way as in other books I’ve read. Their animals are inside them, a conscious awareness which influences but which they can usually control.

But when it comes to potential bonded mates – a fairly rare occurrence – all bets are off and Gareth’s wolf isn’t going to passively let the chance of forever slip by. The results are unintentional but when Gareth’s jealousy bursts out I have to say I was cheering inside! Then the MINE takes over and the heat ramps up!

There’s a lot of emotions in this Regents Park Pack series and it works perfectly. Their wolves are emotionally driven, whether that’s positive or negative, and there’s all sorts of delicious tension ramping up between the two men as they continue to deal with the fall of out of Alpha Newell of the P-Pack’s treacherous behaviour.

The bonding process isn’t smooth either and both Cam and Gareth are stuck in a kind of limbo until, inevitably, the emotions boil over and suddenly they’re sexing all over the place and I have to say, I don’t think there’s many shifter books I’ve read which are as good as Annabelle’s at laying down the intensity of a mating bonded pair going for it 😉

When Cam and Gareth finally give in to their wolves while out on a full moon run, let’s just say it burns up the pages and hits combustible levels. The mate bite scenes are erotic and powerfully emotional.

I really, really, really hope this isn’t the end of the Regents Park Pack shifter series. I’ve loved every single one of the books in this setting and there’s still potential for more. Luke, Jason, Will, Harry, Rachel…

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This Russian bear is kinky in the extreme!

How to Domesticate a Russian Bear: A Russian Bear IIIHow to Domesticate a Russian Bear: A Russian Bear III by C.B. Conwy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series but I don’t think it mattered too much as there was enough explanation it was needed.

So, to the book itself. This is a study in how to write a style of BDSM which allows feelings and emotions to bleed through into everything which happens on the page.

I’ve never read this author before either and they have an interesting style of writing which is heavy on the details but not to the point of excess while, at the same time, having some odd grammar. Like Mischa lending a house instead of borrowing it – as in the sentence reads Mischa had lent a house from one of his clients. Just odd, but strangely it worked alongside the Russian man’s character.

Tom is a gem, feisty and stubborn but also utterly compliant in his submission once he gets over himself. There’s lots and lots of scenes of sex in this book so if that ain’t your thing, don’t read it.

It’s not always my thing either but here they’re handled with skill and as well as being descriptive, they manage to portray the trust and emotional connections while being volcanic.

There’s lots of humour too to break through all the sex and a fair bit of relationship communication and development and all ends with a neat epilogue.

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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!

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Seriously sexy menage from Witt

Out of FocusOut of Focus by L.A. Witt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s not many authors I’ve read who have as deft a hand when it comes to not only making a menage work but adding elements of BDSM into the mix as LA Witt.

This one is deliciously sensual and smoking hot but with a powerful emotional connection too which helps to ground all the sexy times into a real relationship.

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This book is awesome

Call the CoronerCall the Coroner by Avril Ashton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heed the trigger warnings, this is no hearts and flowers romance but it absolutely is a dark and twisted rollercoaster of emotion and desire.

I haven’t read any of the other books in the series but I don’t think I missed anything vital, although I absolutely will now be going to get all the others because these are totally my kind of kink.

Seriously dangerous men working in a dangerous world with death and despair on the edge of every action, this was a powerful examination of how the thing we think we hate often turns into the thing we need the most.

This is not fair the faint hearted but if you like honest emotion, no matter how dark the flavour, then read this book. Fans of KA Merikan should love this one. This is volcanic hot and powerfully erotic.

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Epic catch up with Jude and Snow

Unbreakable Stories: Snow (Unbreakable Bonds #2.5)Unbreakable Stories: Snow by Jocelynn Drake
and Rinda Elliott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful set of stories, some already sneaked out on their various social media channels, giving a glimpse into life for Snow and Jude now that the horrendous threat which was following them during Shatter has ended.

I love that Rinda and Jocelyn spent the time crafting these in between shorts to flesh out the lives of the gorgeous men who inhabit the Unbreakable Bonds series. The main novels are wonderful but these little snippets into what happens next allow the reader to form an even greater bond with the characters.

This set treats us to some ridiculously hot sex, there isn’t a wall that’s safe from being exploited and abused when Snow and Jude have got their lustful desires running. But it’s not just the fun times, there’s some real emotional moments which give a glimpse into just how much Snow loves the paramedic who wouldn’t accept a one night stand only.

The camping story which finishes this set off has some hilarious bits but also some gut punches which remind the reader of what these four friends have been through and what it means to be loved by one of them.
Poor Ian and his bear 🙂 but more importantly, thank goodness for his story coming out in just a couple of months. It has to be one of the most eagerly awaited books of 2017!

And ill now not be able to look at a bottle of tequila in the same way again 😉

The insides very much match the smoking sensual heat of the cover – fabulous job all round.

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