This novel is extraordinary for several reasons and the clear leader is Jane’s story arc. Her transition from entitled precious spoiled brat child into a strong self-knowledgeable woman quite capable of making her own decisions is remarkable. Every step along the way contributes in some way to her growth. And the developing of a relationship between her and Alexander is a masterly touch, even as the reader is led to expect them to get together, it’s far from a sure thing. The twists and turns and obstacles to overcome are tightly would into the plot and none of them seem contrived; they make sense.
A murder mystery skillfully wound into a well-developed history lesson with a surprising villain is the icing on this delicious cake.
Not directly impacting this review, Ella’s growth as a writer is very, very impressive. My first exposure to her writing was a seemingly rushed one or two star short with more than enough plot for a 300-page novel fraught with errors. Jane’s story has placed Ella firmly in my top 10 with full 1-Click privileges.
I was provided with an advance reader copy of this novel and I have voluntarily chosen to submit this review.
This is book number one and a wonderful start to a brand new series with a brand new author that is surprisingly successful. I would recommend this story to everyone in the target age range who loves reading about magic.
The characters are good and the heroine, especially, has a wonderful development arc. The plot has many twists and turns, and I really enjoyed that. A background sense of humor drifting through the story gave me some grins and chuckles and a few good laughs loud enough to disturb a puppy napping at my feet.
I suspect that later in the series, when our heroine reaches her full magical powers and has interactions with her her mystery man that there will be real fireworks from our badass.
I received this volume at no cost from BookSprout and have voluntarily chosen to write this honest review.
There are many books that address parts of the BDSM universe. Not that many of them deal with spanking. And not many of those also deal with pet/fuzzy play. And not many of those greatly exceed reader’s expectations. Then we have Vonna Harper’s Held as His Pet which smashes all of those goals right out of the park.
Without going far beyond the scope of the blurb for this volume, we discover that the twins Sara and Jason were always quite close and that they could sense some things about their sibling from a distance. Jason goes missing and is presumed dead. Sara *knows* that he still lives. She hatches a plan with the help of her father, the General, to enter the enemy’s territory to find out more information about Jason’s fate. After all, the enemy is thought to be honorable and they would never truly harm a woman as beautiful and sensuous as Sara.
Sara gets herself captured and falls into the clutches of Tanner, whose cousin is known as a trainer of dogs. The cousin’s tools include leashes, collar, and cages. Perhaps he can use those tools to tame Sara? We get some pet play, very well described and with strong sensuous overtones. And it turns out that an old fashioned red bottom spanking is eventually enjoyed by Sara.
Sara and Tanner join forces to try and determine Jason’s fate. At this time Tanner is unaware that Sara is his enemy’s general’s daughter. Can his ignorance possibly be maintained to the denouement?
There are plenty of erotic scenes and wonderful depictions of power exchange. The world building is complete; there are no obvious holes in the design. Also, the character development both involving BDSM elements and involving vanilla concerns is thrilling. The book is truly excellent. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed at all.
I received a no charge advance review copy of this novel, and I am voluntarily leaving this honest review.
Lady Esther is an upstanding member of society who was grievously disappointed by her betrothed. Duke Stefan is a scoundrel, womanizer, scandalous, devious, and unmindful of any hurts he leaves in his carefree wake. When Stefan rescues Esther they begin to learn a bit about each other and Stefan commits to helping Esther win back the man that abandoned her through a scheme to generate jealousy in the once betrothed.
Their scheme is not straightforward nor is it guaranteed to succeed. In fact, it is guaranteed to raise multiple difficulties. As Esther and Stefan work together they each develop feelings toward each other. But neither of them understands themselves well enough to immediately recognize the mutual attraction. It’s a journey in character development and self-realization that will be necessary if they are ever to get together.
As the walls between our two main characters crumble and they begin to move closer, society will not gleefully accept them.
It’s the ups and downs and the characters’ changes, sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by the supporting cast that kept me turning pages past my bedtime.
I believe that never have I ever read a better Regency Romance novel.
I was so happy when I started this book to discover that it was that romantic rarity, a rescue based fast burn. Also, the liberal use of street language in all it’s raw power helps supercharge the story. If you’re looking for a tale couched in thee, thou, by your leave, and other obsolete courtly language, this is not a book for you (clean historical romances are over thataway).
Cheryl receives Jonny’s card when he discovers that the beautiful lady was with a heinous boyfriend. They part after he urges her to contact him if she has need of help.
Cheryl’s out-of-control life might end up crushing her if her abusive boyfriend doesn’t beat the villain to the task. A ruthless crime boss is after her with no good intentions. So she runs to our beautiful bad boy Jonny’s office and pours out some of her tale hoping to receive help from him and his very powerful connections. Jonny is no Boy Scout, but he’s also not willing to leave his luscious visitor for the sharks.
It doesn’t take long until the pair are dodging hot lead. And it takes very little time after their adrenaline boost before they are passionately and enthusiastically working off their natural chemical high. So this reader suspected that any romantic connection between the pair would grow from and be subsidiary to their physical need for each other. No spoiler; read for yourself.
There are a good set of obstacles set in the way of the pair’s efforts to free Cherly from the crime boss, and some of their solutions to the obstacles are totally unexpected. Both characters experience some growth, some times in surprising ways. Healthy doses of deceit, betrayal, secrets untold, and ever present dangers add meat to the story.
I received a no charge advance review copy of this e-book through BookSprouts and have voluntarily decided to submit this honest review.
I’m a long-time fan of BDSM-based romances. Among my favorite authors are Red Phoenix, Pebbles Lacasse, Simone Leigh, and Lucia Jordan. Well, move over ladies, and make plenty of room for Alyssa Turner on the goodies shelf!
This series-beginning volume shows a lot of promise. We have plenty of kink, steam, drama, angst, and superb character development. Our deliciously submissive and pleasingly curious princess is exposed to the lifestyle and learns some lessons along the way, such has being prepared when entering negotiations and not jumping in blindly with both feet. Her four doms, who feel like they are in the process of possibly becoming a reverse harem due to the level of internal commitment they feel towards our leading lady, are completely and properly dominant in appropriate settings.
This novel shows an understanding of and proper respect to the lifestyle. I can’t guess whether that’s due to excellent research or personal experience, or both, and it really doesn’t matter. The plotting, surprises and all, is outstanding and the writing is superb. When I downloaded this e-book to my tablet, I planned to take a quick look and return to other books in process. Silly me. I inhaled this one non-stop without even a potty break. Luckily I have a strong bladder and already had a container with water in reach, so I had no reason to close the tablet before a tempting cliffhanger. Any dampness left behind when I exited for the toilet was not due to urinary incontinence.
I am really looking forward to the next installment of the Unmatched series. Right now Red’s Brie saga is at 29 volumes, going on 30. Right now, I’m hoping that there’s a Sam epic inside Alyssa that’s even longer and is trying to get out into the world.