Weekly Releases

Weekly Releases (25th September 2017)

Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

AnnabelJoseph_darkcontrol_ebookcoverNot all fantasies are safe, sane, and consensual. Welcome to the world of The Gallery…

Juliet meets Fort St. Clair on a miserable, drunken night, and wakes up the next morning cuffed to his guest room bed. Of course, Fort would never take advantage of her. No, the pleasure and pain he wants to inflict on her body must be negotiated in advance, because once Juliet sets foot in his private, exclusive dungeon, she belongs to him.

BDSM at The Gallery is supposed to be a straightforward arrangement, an affair by the rules, but Juliet and Fort’s growing connection brings unexpected emotions they can’t control. She’s the free spirit who transforms his rigid world, and he’s the Dominant she can finally trust—or can she?

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Scandalous by L.J. Shen

LJSScandalousBookCover6x9_HIGH-1They call him The Mute for a reason.

Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.

When he does, it’s with disdain.

When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.

He is thirty-three.

I am eighteen.

He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.

I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.

He’s emotionally unavailable.

And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.

Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.

And yet, I can’t stay away.

A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them.

And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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Hot Stuff by Kim Karr

34757163He’s the newly drafted quarterback.

Hot. Arrogant. Too sexy for words.

Ready to score.

I’m an athletic intern, and the coach’s daughter.

Driven. Determined. Prepared to conquer the world.

Completely off-limits.

The NFL is full of rules. Rules I’ve never broken. Never challenged. Never even scratched—until the day Lucas Carrington crashes into my life with his hard body and I-don’t-give-a-f*ck attitude.

After I almost injure my father’s star player, I volunteer to make sure he’s in top shape. At first, it’s hell. I don’t like his attitude, his cockiness, his easy smile. Don’t like the way he oozes sex. Or how his penetrating eyes follow me everywhere.

That doesn’t stop me from wanting him.

He’s meant to be a distraction—something to occupy my mind for these precious few remaining hot summer nights before I’m forced to leave football behind forever.

I know what we’re doing will lead nowhere good. I know we’re crossing the line. And I know my father will never understand.

None of that matters.

But maybe it should.

Rules aren’t meant to be broken.

Or are they?​

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Legs by Kelly Siskind

Legs - FINAL COVERRunning into your one-night stand is a special kind of awkward. Competing against him in a wine tasting contest is delicious torment…

On Rachel’s twenty-seventh birthday, she wishes to finally find a rewarding job. What she doesn’t wish is to drink a boatload of wine, sleep with a tattooed bad boy, and drunk email her boss in one glorious, career-ending move. But the fiasco pushes her to pursue a career inspired by her late father’s love of wine: sommelier.

Unfortunately, she’s competing against her infuriating one-night stand, a man as intoxicating as a Pinot Noir.

Two years ago, Jimmy was set to inherit his family winery. Then it got ripped from his grasp. To close that dark chapter of his life, he plans to win a local sommelier contest and use the press to expose his family’s tainted wines.

Jimmy loves studying the streaks of alcohol that cling to a wineglass, known as the wine’s “legs,” but other shapely legs are stealing his focus. Tantalizing legs. Legs that had wrapped around his waist for one wild night. Jimmy, sadly, has a weakness for legs.

He also hates to lose.

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Chasing Ella by Jillian Quinn

IMG_3694Every Princess needs a Prince Charming…

When a masked girl throws herself at Shawn Finch at a costume party, the hotshot football player assumes she’s just another girl trying to get his attention. Except she’s not just any girl. She’s his Cinderella, the nameless girl in the pale blue dress who got away.

Desperate to find her, Finch searches for his mystery girl with no luck. So, it must be fate when Finch’s grade point average drops and the school assigns him a tutor not knowing they just handed over his Cinderella.

After having a crush on Finch since the first time she spotted him on campus, one kiss was all she’d ever wanted. But Finch has other plans once he discovers the truth about his tutor.

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Redemption by Michelle Horst

1a93d505-7fdc-42d3-9a08-68fb3bcebd4aShe barged her way into my life and demanded that I be her friend. That was the best day of my life. The day Quinn took one look at my sorry ass, and decided I needed her.

She was right. I can’t live a day without her smile. She’s my heart and soul. I’ve become her shadow, always threatening any guy that dares to even look at her.

I’ve fallen for my best friend.  I wish I’d told her sooner how much I love her.

I was only five minutes late. That’s all it took for him to take her.
He ripped the sun right out of my life.

In the darkest of nights, even your shadow leaves you. Those are the only words she’s spoken to me since that night. They haunt me, a constant echo in the emptiness left behind.

Because of him, she now fears me. But I’ll be patient with her.
I’ll get my sunshine back once I’ve dealt with him.
He’s had a taste of her and just like me, he’s addicted.
He’ll come for her again and when he does, I’m going to make him suffer.

I’m a Jackson. I’ve learned from the best. He’s a dead man walking and I’m the Grim Reaper.

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A Saving Grace by Annie Stone

IMG_2891A grave injury leaves Hunter in a dangerous state. A place where he can no longer see the light. In anything. But Mackenzie can’t—and won’t—accept that.

So she sends him a reason to live. With that comes unforeseen difficulties.

Once again, Mackenzie sees firsthand how strong Hunter’s love and determination can really be. But is that enough? Will their lives ever be the same again?

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Battle Scars by Jane Harvey-Berrick

IMG_3783From the dusty plains of Afghanistan to the sleek corridors of the New York Times, journalist MJ Buckman seeks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. What she doesn’t expect to find is a man who’s her complete opposite … and fits her perfectly.

Marine Sergeant Jackson Connor knows that relationships don’t work for men in the military. He’s living proof of that. But when a steely-eyed temptress in a flak jacket, who carries her moral cause in front of her, crosses his path, he’s furious, curious, and all kinds of in-lust.

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A grown-up love story about two people who aren’t looking for love, but realize how precious it is when they find it. They don’t play games and there are no stupid misunderstandings, just life standing in their way.

Can they compromise? And what does that look like in a modern relationship between two driven people?

Assignment Vs deployment.

They’re always traveling in different directions. What relationship can survive that?

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Reviews

REVIEW: Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

I am a fan of Annabel Joseph’s work, and have read a few of her BDSM themed series. This one, however, I felt was too similar to the Rough Love series, with its focus on pain and masochism, its involvement in the art world, the wealthy sadist scared of commitment, and the lack of a safe word. Unfortunately, I actually really enjoyed the other series, so to me, this felt like a less developed version of much the same.

Fort and Juliet just didn’t seem to have that believable a connection to me. There wasn’t so much of a plot, only scene after scene towards the end, showcasing Joseph’s ability to write (and not to shy away from) the brutality in sex scenes. They were erotic, to a degree, but I’ve found I’m less into the pain and more into the humiliation side of reading BDSM, so this will appeal more to ‘maso-sluts’.

I did enjoy reading it, and Goodluck was probably the highlight with his artistic rambling and comedic value. I just wanted to be a little more invested in their relationship than I found myself at the final page.

In a nutshell
What I liked
-The moment of conflict really did make me feel
-The brutality

What I didn’t like
-The one-dimensional characters
-The repetition of tropes and themes in Joseph’s work

~Evelyn (3/5)

Erotica, Reviews, Romance

REVIEW: The Comfort Series – Annabel Joseph

19325093Title: The Comfort Series [Boxed Set]
Author: Annabel Joseph
Series: The Comfort Series (contains all four instalments)
Genre: Erotic BDSM romance
Page count: 845
POV: Dual POV of the two main characters in each book
Rating: ****

Firstly, I really loved that all four stories interlinked slightly, incorporating the same characters and being able to re-visit relationships from the previous books. I also very much appreciated that, despite the incredible amount of (probably unnecessary) drama in each of the books, they all had happy endings – I’m a total sucker for that sort of thing and I don’t like investing my energy into something/a fictional couple and not have it work out! Each story had its own unique plot and developed characters, with highlights for me being the first (Comfort Object) and the third (Odalisque), because of the strength of the relationships forged in them. Although the stories were overly dramatic and massively predictable, that is definitely a part of their charm, and weaved together the absolute kink and perversity pretty seamlessly.

This is a wonderful collection of easy-to-read stories with a hell of a lot of intensely erotic BDSM scenes, which go far enough to push the reader a little, but not too far like some other books (for example, I’m not a massive fan of Joseph’s Rough Love series).

Overall, a very satisfyingly predictable, loosely linked group of highly erotic BDSM love stories