Praise (Salacious Players’ Club) by Sara Cate

This is the first book in the series which can also be read as a standalone.

He calls me perfect.

His flawless pet.

His good girl.

Broken down and wounded by my emotionally neglectful ex, I wanted someone to tell me I was good enough.

Then, I stumbled into a new job with a boss who brings me to my knees—literally. He has me do things a real secretary would never do.

Emerson Grant tells me I’m more than just good enough.

I’m worthy of his praise.

There are a million reasons why I should stay away. The owner of the Salacious Players’ Club is not just my new boss, he’s twice my age.

And my ex-boyfriend’s father.

With him, I am treasured. I am adored. I am his.

I’m a good girl, but I’m falling for the wrong man.

Emerson Grant knows what he wants—

And he wants me.

So how far will I go to hear his approval?

This book was far better than I expected. It was brilliant with fantastic characters and a good storyline.

Emerson Grant. Holy shit, where do I find one? He was a fantastic character. He’s so alpha male and yet incredibly caring. He ticks every box. Charlotte was a great character as well. They meet under unusual circumstances, Emerson mistaking her for someone else. They just click though, the spark there from the beginning. I loved watching her grow and becoming stronger during the book.

The sexual tension was almost painful to read. I understand their reservations because of Beau, but it just kept building and building. It was a relief when they finally gave in. I loved the dynamic between them and how it developed. Emerson became a little frustrating over not telling his son, but you could also understand it a little. Only a little. Honestly, Beau didn’t deserve an explanation. It wasn’t his place after how he treated her. You can’t help who you fall in love with, right?

It’s safe to say that if you didn’t have a praise kink before this book, you probably will after. Good that man, I really don’t blame Charlotte for falling for him.

The plot was good and developed well. The scenes were smoking hot when they eventually gave in to the tension, but there was more on top of the sex. Family was at the core of it with gaining understanding and acceptance from everyone.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and would definitely recommend it. The characters were brilliant, the scenes were hot and the storyline was good.

My rating: 5/5*

Six MORE by James Crow

This is the third book in the Six series.

Emma Jane came into my life as a client – client number SIX
I opened her up to a whole new world of kinky pleasure.
She begged me to take it further and became my TOY
And then she became my wife – my insatiable wife.
Now, her birthday is coming up. What would I give my sex-mad wife?
The answer was simple. I’d give her more.
A whole lot MORE

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a hot, fun story covering Emma’s birthday.

Jonathon is the best. I’d say everyone needs a Jonathan, but I’m sure a lot of people couldn’t handle him. He wants to give his wife, Emma, everything, but he gets stuck for a birthday treat. Of course, Fiona saves the day.

Emma had grown massively through the series and it really does show here. She embraces everything Jonathan throws at her for her birthday getaway. She is definitely one lucky girl.

I absolutely love Suki and the relationship they both have with her. Whereas it’s probably unconventional to most people, it works with Emma and Jonathan and they’re lifestyle. I love how she went along with them both on their getaway. She’s a great character.

I love the relationship they both have. Emma embraced the lifestyle that Jonathan offered her, and together they are a strong pair. Their love is clear and stronger than ever.

The scenes were as hot as ever in this book. It was a brilliant read. Overall, this was a fun, hot book which I would definitely recommend.

My rating: 5/5*

Six Toy by James Crow

This is the second book in the series.

Emma,
Moving in with Jonathon Gold was a whole new wonderful life. It felt like I’d been plucked from another dimension and dropped into a carnal nirvana, with endless rabbit holes of exploration just waiting for me to tumble down them. And gladly I tumbled – until I wanted more.

I wanted to be Head Girl, to service clients, especially when The Judge made enquiries for a day with a plaything. I thought I was strong enough. I thought I was on top of this newfound promiscuous game, but I was wrong.

Jonathon Gold had demons in his closet. Thing is, Jonathon’s closet turned out to be real, and if I really wanted to nail my man, really wanted to learn the art of the submissive and face The Judge and his perverted kinks, I’d have to live it first, in that sordid little room, and become Jonathon’s toy for a day without a squeak of complaint.

Then I’d face The Judge.

Giving is receiving, so Jonathon tells me.

I’m pretty sure I can do that.

Jonathon,
Emma Jane brings bubbly brightness to my world. She’s sexy, gorgeous, naïve and vulnerable, and her enthusiasm for her new life lifts me, really lifts me. I love her, my dirty girl, and I know in my heart it’s a love that will last forever, but right now she’s a rookie, an over-confident rookie.

The best way for rookies to learn is to be thrown in at the deep end, is it not? And it couldn’t get any deeper than The Judge – a man-mountain of depravity.

The last time he visited, he took charge of the closet for a day of filthy debauchery, but the door to that seedy little hole has been locked for almost two years.

Demons await me in that room, and demons either need to be purged or danced with, don’t they?
If Emma wants more, she has to earn it. And earn it she will when I unlock that door.
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Emma Jane must learn the art of the true submissive before she can become Head Girl, but Jonathon has demons to struggle with as he takes her down the steamy path to subservient bliss.

I loved reading this book. I love the characters and I enjoyed the story. The kink got heavier and filthier and the ending was brilliant.

Holy hell, the kink was on a whole new level in this book. There was kinks I had never even heard of. It was pure filth. It had me squirming in every way at times, both in the good and the bad way. It definitely isn’t for the light hearted, especially when it came to The Closet.

Jonathan is a brilliant character. He loves Emma and he wants to do what’s best for her and help her to grow. Emma is also a brilliant character. She is becoming a whole new person with him, stronger, empowered and happy, until she wants more.

The Closet intrigued me leading up to it, and the preparation Jonathan puts her through only heightens that. We don’t find out much about it until it happens. Even with the duel POV, it keeps you thinking. It was a ride reading the Closet scene, and parts of it surprised me. I felt for Emma at times, and then Jonathan’s thoughts added a new dimension. Emma was incredibly strong but she learnt a lot in her experience.

The duel POV is what makes this book. Seeing his thoughts and scheming and then Emma’s thoughts as she experiences it. It’s brilliant.

Leading up to the Judge, I had mixed feelings. I didn’t want her to go through with it, and then when it came to that time, I was left completely and utterly surprised. I didn’t see that coming.

Jonathan, that man and his secretive planning.

This story was just as much Suki’s story as it was Emma and Jonathan’s. Her past ripped at my heart and then the revelation at the end… It was fantastic.

This entire book was brilliant and the plot developed great. The ending was perfect, if not a little surprising. I absolutely loved reading it and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Six by James Crow

This is the first book in the series.

I sell more than sex. I sell experiences.
My clients are women of taste and style, with money to lavish on their most intimate fantasies.

The contract is clear: Absolute confidentiality. No limits. 100% satisfaction guaranteed.
I take them to that place in the half-light, where pleasure blurs with pain, and sex becomes so much more. Beautiful filth, sweet and dirty and so fucking delicious. They take it all and always come back for more.

I’m in it for the money, and maybe the pleasure, too.
I don’t do emotional involvement. Ever. I’m a professional, and this is business.

Until she walks in.
Client number SIX
And things get really fucking complicated.

I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great, the plot was good and the heat level was off the charts. It was pure filth at times.

This book was nothing like I expected. Jonathon was a brilliant character and I loved Emma. Their relationship had sparks very early on, even given the circumstances. I think what made this book was the duel POV. Seeing the story unwind from both of their views was what made the story.

I loved seeing Emma grow as a person and I loved Jonathan even more for making that happen. I wanted him to do the right thing at the end, and he did. He saved her.

Emma’s aunt Fiana… What a lady. She surprised me at the end.

Suki was just adorable, and this book has you wondering what brought to there.

There was a hell of a lot of smoking hot sex, but it didn’t take away from the story. It added to it. It definitely isn’t for the faint heartwd because it is very kink heavy.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. It was scorching to read, he characters were brilliant and the story was fantastic. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Wilted Orchid (Mafia Wars) by Loxley Savage

This is the forth book in a shared world series called Mafia Wars. Each book is a standalone.

I was sold to my enemies…

The rivalry between the Italians of the Outfit and the Cosa Nostra has been ongoing for decades. So imagine my terror when I find myself, the daughter of the Cosa Nostra’s boss, at the bitter end of a raw deal with the heirs of the Outfit.

Now I’m a casualty of a so-called ‘peace treaty,’ forced into the calloused, blood-stained hands of the Moretti brothers.

Salvatore, Armani, and Fausto.

The handsome faces of the Outfit bosses don’t hide the monsters that lurk beneath. They claim I’m theirs, that my life was forfeited to them in a pact sealed with my dead father’s blood. But they’re not the only ones who want to own me.

When someone from my past lurks in the dark corners of my new existence, things turn from bad to worse. My cries for help are lost, buried among the chaos of the Moretti’s dark world.

My life was never mine. And now, if I don’t figure a way out of this, I’ll become the next victim of the Mafia Wars.

This book was absolutely fantastic, and this one hit the feels. The characters were brilliant and I loved the storyline.

Valentina was a fantastic character. She was so innocent and was literally clueless about the treaty. She finds out about it on the absolute worst way and I really felt for her. Her father was the worst for arranging it the way he did. I loved her development and how she grew in confidence. She was strong to get through everything after the way she was treated.

The boys were great characters. I loved Armani and Fausto. They didn’t mistreat her and did their best to make her feel good. I loved watching the relationship grow between them.

Salvatore was a complicated character. I absolutely hated him for the majority of the book. His hatred towards her ran so deep because of her family name and her father. His treated her the absolute worst. He did, however, redeem himself eventually. I wanted to see him grovel and by the end when he did confess his love, I liked him. I felt for Val with his treatment towards her, and then when they finally grew close, it hit the feels.

Salvatore and Valentina both deserved their happiness. She was the light that he needed. I loved watching all three men grow close to her and the scenes between them were on fire.

It was a nice change to see the wedding at the end rather than the beginning. It was necessary for the treaty, but I loved how they got married in the end because they wanted to, and not because they had to.

Marco and that drama was a good addition to the storyline and I loved the twist at the end when it was dealt with.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Ruining Dahlia (Mafia Wars) by C. R. Jane

This is the third book in a shared world series called Mafia Wars. Each book is a standalone.

I was sold to my enemies. And not just my enemies. I was sold to monsters.

I should know all about how to survive monsters though, I come from a family of them.

We aren’t Butchers in name only, and surely the Rossi family can’t be as bad as the devil that’s been destroying me since I was eight years old.

New York City, the powerful head of the Cosa Nostra, is my new home. Where Lucian, Raphael, and Gabriel Rossi now think they own me.

The thing they don’t realize is that I’m more than what I seem.

A dahlia has always bloomed best in the light, and even though everything about this place and these men is shrouded in darkness, I’m determined to thrive…to win.

They play a game for keeps, a game where the only rule is that there are no rules.

They want to ruin me. But what disturbs me most is that I just might like it.

It’s me against them, and only time will tell If I’ll be the winner or be destroyed in these cruel and merciless Mafia Wars.

This book was brilliant to read. The characters were great and the story was fantastic.

Dahlia was a fantastic main character. She was strong considering what she had been through in the past. I loved seeing her tackle her demons in the end. I also loved watching her grow close to the three boys.

The boys were great and all so different. Gabriel was such a sweetheart towards her and I just loved him. Lucian was a great character, but I think if it wasn’t for his POV chapters, I would have taken a lot longer to come around to him. He had his demons and unfortunately, he took them out on her at times. Raphael was another broken soul. I liked him, and then I hated him, and then I loved him. These boys just needed to communicate. Even though they were brothers, they didn’t really understand each other as well as they thought.

I loved the development of their characters, and their relationship with Dahlia. She seemed to just click with them as the story progressed and I loved watching them accept sharing her. They all saved each other ultimately. They scenes between them were hot as well.

Overall, this book was a fantastic addition to the Mafia Wars series. I loved the characters and the storyline. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Buttons and Lace by Penelope Sky

This is the first book in the Buttons series.

I owe him a debt.

A big one.

The payment can’t be settled with money or favors.

He only wants one thing.

Me.

Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he’ll let me go.

He’ll let me walk away.

But I have to earn every single one.

By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I’ve ever known.

This book was nothing like I expected, I enjoyed reading it and the characters were great. The plot was dark, but I enjoyed it

Pearl was a brilliant character. She was incredibly strong to endure what she did. She went through the worst, and yet she kept her fighting sprit. She is a survivor.

I loved Crow. He is by far not a great person, but in comparison to everyone else she’s faced, he is good. He was nice most of the time to her and did kind of save her. His intentions didn’t start out the best, but in the end, he wanted to care for her.

I loved the button concept. She could earn her freedom while he got what he wanted from her. She had the freedom to say no. I loved the internal battle she had with herself over it and her guilt for enjoying the sex with him. He made it good for her, ensureing her that he wasn’t Bones. The spark between them was brilliant. After the ending, I don’t think she’s going to want to leave.

Overall, this book was brilliant. The plot was great and I loved the characters. I would definitely recommend this book, although I would warn that it is dark. I’m looking forward to reading the next.

My rating: 5/5*

Dirty Bad Wrong by Jade West

This is a standalone book.

They call him Masque.
I call him God.
The man I want to consume me, own me,
break me and corrupt me.
Yet I’ve never seen his face.
His body ripples like an Adonis, sculpted in steel and
dripping in sin. His flesh is inked with the mark of the
chimera – one body, two very different halves.
He plays hard.
He plays rough.
He has no limits.
He’s so fucking dirty bad wrong.
But I love him for it.

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Lydia Marsh is always the strong one. The girl who never breaks, and sure as hell never cries. She’s got it all – the perfect little life in cosy suburbia, with her perfectly nice boyfriend, and their perfectly sufficient sex life. She’s even got her perfect little career plan all wrapped up at Trial Run Software Group.
But when it all falls apart, and Lydia’s pretty, green eyes are fixed on a brutally sexual stranger – the man they call Masque – she comes to suspect that being strong isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
For now Lydia wants something she’s never wanted before…
And she wants Masque to give it to her.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and I liked the storyline.

It was exactly what it said on the tin. Dirty, bad and wrong. The scenes were hot, but so dirty. It was a whole new level of dirty.

I loved James. He was a complex character, but I loved his development. His relationship with Lydia was brilliant, and I loved how they met, and the revelation about Masque. I loved how it moved from casual to developing feelings. The duel POV was great, seeing them both face their fears and breaking down their barriers.

Bex was brilliant as well.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters, the dirty scenes and the great plot. I would definitely recommend this series, but it definitely isn’t for the faint hearted.

My rating: 5/5*

Teacher’s Toy (Loftry University Playthings Book 1) by Vivian Murdoch

This is the first book in the Loftry University Playthings series.

She’s my student and my obsession.

Melody is a good girl, a model student, and the center of my filthy fantasies.

Loftry University’s discipline is highly unusual, especially when it comes to cheaters, and I want nothing more than to punish Melody to the full extent of my ability.

Unfortunately, she’s too honest to ever earn the kind of discipline I crave giving her… which means it’s time to stack the odds in my favor.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and I liked the storyline.

Melody was a good character although I felt she lacked a little backbone at times. It was interesting seeing her fall into his trap and battle with her decision to accept to become a submissive.

I liked Professor Jeremy Richards. He knew what he wanted and he went for Melody, capturing her in his trap. I enjoyed seeing him come to realise how he felt towards her. His internal battle over his feelings was good to read.

They were good together, although I would have liked to see a little more depth and development to their characters. It was just lust filled sex between them.

I liked the storyline and the secret society within the University, and the scenes were hot.

I just would have liked a little more. He realised how much he needed her at the end, but it was purely sex between them up until that point. I would have liked seeing them actually get to know each other and seeing a little more emotion develop between them rather than just in their heads.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and the storyline and characters were good. It was a quick easy read and I would recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Submitting To Him by T.L. Conrad

Natalie Clarke is attending school in NYC on a full scholarship that includes a mandatory employment clause. There, she meets Alexander Montgomery: a successful businessman and sexy Dominant.

Drawn to both the BDSM lifestyle and Alex, Natalie agrees to become his submissive. Together, their chemistry is undeniable, their bond strong.

Their relationship is shaken when Natalie returns home to fulfill her work commitment. Ghosts of the past haunt her and pressure from her family causes her to falter, and to lose her fragile self-confidence. But must Natalie really accept the plan others made for her life, or can she face her adversities head-on and find her happily for now with Alex?

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were good and I liked the storyline.

Alex was a brilliant character. I loved him. I liked his backstory and I loved how it shaped him into the man he was. I also liked how he met Natalie and he insistence on making everything work.

Natalie was also a good character and I sympathised when she had to move home. She was also incredibly frustrating because she clearly wasn’t as happy as she was in New York, and her parents were making everything more difficult. Alex offered to pay her fees and I think she was completely stupid to keep refusing him regardless of her reasoning.

Her reluctance was incredibly frustrating and the reason I dropped a star. The man would offer an arm and leg for her and she’d refuse. It was stupid because she wasn’t the girl she was when left all those years ago. She was losing herself and she knew it.

I liked the bit of drama with her ex, but it was just another reason why she shouldn’t have stayed there.

I loved seeing Alex and Natalies relationship grow as a Dom/sub, but also as they fell in love. I also liked seeing how they made the long distance work. Although there was a BDSM aspect to this book, the romance was definitely what took centre stage.

This book ends on a happy and rounded note, although I can see that it’s also been left open for continuation.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, but Natalie made me incredibly frustrated at times.

I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*