What I read this week:
She is everything. She is all there is. Her body is my universe. For now.
I’ve been reading quite a bit of fantasy/urban fantasy/science fiction romance lately. This might sound weird, but when I feel like everything is a total dumpster fire I want stories that completely sweep me away to another world.
Captive Desire is the second book in a series set on a planet where the very atmosphere is an aphrodisiac. The hero is a Ssedez General named Gahnin, who has remained celibate since losing his mate in the war with the humans almost a hundred years ago. His people tend to be very long lived and remain in mourning for at least two hundred years. To form an attachment with another too soon is to disrespect his deceased mate. When he is tasked by his commander with caring for a human rebel who stumbles into the main camp suffering from extreme pheromone poisoning, he knows despite her status as his enemy he must service her needs.
Assura is more than the average human ship mate. She was also the main enforcer and torturer for the Ten Systems leader who helped slaughter the Ssedez and drive them from their home world. When she is rescued, nearly out of her mind with lust and in pain from masturbating, she is taken to an infirmary run by the Fellamana, who are the native inhabitants of the planet. Gahnin gives her release from her lust and she falls into a peaceful sleep. When she awakens her first reaction is panic and distrust and to battle her way out of the closed room. What she doesn’t realize its that violence is against the law. No biggie though, their punishment ends up being a entry into the sex games where they end up being the star attraction. They put on quite a show and are rewarded with their freedom.
HOLY SMOKES THIS BOOK IS SEXTASTICLY HOT.
Assura and Gahnin have sex a lot. A lot, lot. In every possible position. With people watching, without people watching, bent over railings, tied up, tied down, half dressed, undressed, half delirious with pheromone poisoning, if you can think it… it probably happened. And there was always consent between them. There might have been some dirty looks afterward and two people trying to convince themselves they only did it for the relief, because after all this is an enemies to lovers romance, but there was always consent and I LOVED IT.
BUT WAIT, there’s more!!! There is a subplot involving that Ten Systems commander I mentioned earlier and I won’t give spoilers, but it did help me understand Assura better and led to some pretty hot sexy times and helped our couple finally accept their HEA together.
This was good stuff and I thoroughly enjoyed. I can’t wait for book 3.
Final Grade- B+
Rhett’s all up in my playground, trying out every piece of equipment in the rain.
I love this author. She’s one of my best discoveries this year. I snatch up every new releases the second it becomes available and hide out in my bedroom so I won’t be disturbed until I read the last page. I think one of the best parts of these sexy, hilarious (often times slightly zany) romances is that I never know what I am going to get. Anything goes and I love it.
The Hero and the Hacktivist features two characters who have made appearances in the series before. Rhett Elliott is Parker’s (Stud in the Stacks) brother and a Navy Seal currently stuck in a recruiting office after a mission goes wrong. Eloise Jayne is one of Parker’s best friends and the drummer in their all girl boy band cover band. She’s also a secret bell bottom heiress and a hacktivist who uses her computer skills to right internet wrongs. He’s hard bodied and overly protective and does what ever he thinks is necessary to ensure the safety of those he loves. She’s tatted up, secretive, and pretty much says what ever pops into her head as soon as it pops into her head.
These two hook up at Knox and Parker’s wedding and Rhett is pretty much entranced from that moment forward. They exchange smoldering looks and witty banter and engage in twizzler flirting. What Rhett doesn’t realize until Eloise gets herself into some deep doodoo, and requires his skills as a protector, is that she sometimes uses her hacktivist skills in less than legal ways to take down internet scammers, trolls, and dick pic senders.
Eloise was so over the top zany that I wasn’t sure I was going to like her at first. She was just almost too much at times. BUT, I couldn’t help but fall for her. Especially after the dick pic cell phone hijacking. I was helpless to resist after that. Rhett is her complete opposite and they work as a couple in every single way. He plays straight man to her weirdness. He understands her in a way that even her friends don’t. Rhett sets himself up as her protector even before he really knows how big of a mess she has gotten herself into. Eloise is tough, and smart, and absolutely unaware how much she means to her friends. I loved watching these two fall in love.
This book was crazy, sexy, hilarious fun and I absolutely recommend.
Final Grade- B
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn– I had this on my TBR last week, but life got in the way and I ended up way behind. Review will post next Monday
Seasons of Sorcery Anthology by Grace Draven, Amanda Bouchet, Jennifer Estep and Jeffe Kennedy– I’m super excited to dig into this anthology this week. Review will post next Monday.
Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie– This is the second book in a series I discovered in KU last month.