Owned by Magic (Ruled by Magic Book 2) by Zara J Black

This is the second book in the Rules by Magic series.

I’ll be safe in the prince’s bed, from everyone but him.

I stole from a brutal street gang, and now they want me dead. There’s only one place they can’t touch me. The palace. But safety comes at the cost of my freedom. I’ll sell myself as a courtesan, serve for five years, and leave with enough money to pay my debt.

Crown Prince Adante wields his power like a knife, and when his gaze turns my way, I know he could destroy me. An innocent mistake earns his attention—along with bruised knees and a painful punishment.

I should listen to the others. I shouldn’t catch his eye again. But I’ve always courted danger, and in the prince, I see a chance at power and revenge. He loves to gamble—sadistic games of pleasure and pain.

All I can wager are my body, mind, and soul. And I play to win.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are brilliant and the storyline was good.

I went into this book unsure about how I would find Adante. He came across as a right dick in the last book so I was half expecting to hate him. It’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Adante was a brilliant character. You understood him more in this book. He started out as a bit of a dick and was a little harsh at times, but as the story progressed, you slowly understood him. Talia was a great character. She was strong, independent and intelligent. I like how her relationship with the Prince grew. They were both using each other and then it became something real. The spice between them was brilliant as well.

It was interesting to see how things progressed from his point of view regarding the events at the end of the last book. The King seems to be the one feeding the fire here, and clearly Adante and Leo don’t know each others thoughts. The situation could be easily fixed really without the whole ordeal with occurred if they just communicated without the King being a dick.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book and seeing how everything pans out.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The series is great with fantastic characters.

My rating: 5/5*

Club Shadowlands (Masters of the Shadowlands Book 1) by Cherise Sinclair

This is the first book in the Masters of the Shadowlands series.

One dark ‘n’ stormy night. One short curvy accountant. One very exclusive club.

Jessica can’t believe her luck. After her car slides into a water-filled ditch, she asks to shelter in an isolated mansion only to learns it’s a private bondage club. Given the choice, she decides to enter. She hadn’t realized when signing the “Rules of the Shadowlands” that she’d get much more than she bargained for.

Her next mistake is attracting the attention of Master Z, the intimidatingly, confident owner of the Shadowlands. The most powerful dominant in the club, Master Z can have anyone he wants—and he wants Jessica.

It’s time to enter the darkly seductive world of the Shadowlands…

This was a good quick read. The characters were good and the storyline was enjoyable.

Jessica and Master Z we’re good characters. Jessica knows nothing of the lifestyle and stumbles into the club by mistake. Master Z takes to her and introduces her to things. I enjoyed watching them together and seeing him teach her about the lifestyle. Her thought same concerns were natural and down to earth, and I also enjoyed seeing how he felt as well. The scenes together were good.

My main issue with this book is the tense that it is written in. I just prefer first person POV. I also would have liked to see a little more after the end. How did they develop and grow after?

Overall, this was a quick enjoyable read. I would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 4/5*

Ruled by Magic (Book 1) by Zara J Black

This is the first book in the series.

To earn my freedom, I must submit.

I’m facing years in prison. My crime? Exposing the sordid secrets of Dexia’s magical elite. In my oppressive territory, mages hold all the power, magical tech is outlawed, and sexuality is repressed.

At my sentencing I expect a bored judge, but instead I get a crowd, reporters, and a handsome mage everyone seems to fear. He makes me kneel at his feet, and offers me a deal. Serve six months as his plaything, and leave a free woman. Shame burns through me, but I accept.

He’s Leopold Rahl, Dexia’s new Lord Commander, the strongest mage in living memory. He’s hunted me for months. He means to see me punished.

And I’ve fallen right into his trap.

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

I liked Liv. She was a strong character and you kind of understood her reasoning for going through with everything. She was strong to cope with everything.

Leo was quite a complex character. He treated her horribly at the beginning with all if the humiliation. Yes, he had his reasoning, but he quickly learnt that what she did wasn’t out of malice. I enjoyed seeing him slowly change and seeing his feelings slowly develop.

The storyline was good, although the world building could have been a little clearer. We were thrown into how non-mages and mages were in society and how women were expected to dress. A little more explanation would have made why Leo dressed Liv the way he did more clear and why it was humiliating. You still get the idea eventually though.

It was nice when Leo and Liv established their feelings for once another. Liv enjoyed how he used her body and he knew it, but it meant more when there were feelings involved. As much as he enjoyed humiliating her, he understood that she didn’t like it. After the ending, I would love to know how they both progressed. How much freedom did Leo give her after everything? How did things change after what happened and his newfound status? It leaves you wanting to read the rest of the series knowing that book 3 will conclude them as well as the characters in book 2.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The characters were great and storyline was good.

My rating: 5/5*

Her Soul To Take (Souls Trilogy) by Harley Laroux

This is the first book in the Souls Trilogy, although each book can be read as a standalone.

Leon I earned my reputation among magicians for a reason: one wrong move and you’re dead. Killer, they called me, and killing is what I’m best at. Except her. The one I was supposed to take, the one I should have killed – I didn’t. The cult that once controlled me wants her, and I’m not about to lose my new toy to them.

Rae I’ve always believed in the supernatural. Hunting for ghosts is my passion, but summoning a demon was never part of the plan. Monsters are roaming the woods, and something ancient – something evil – is waking up and calling my name. I don’t know who I can trust, or how deep this darkness goes. All I know is my one shot at survival is the demon stalking me, and he doesn’t just want my body – he wants my soul.

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters were great and the storyline was interesting.

Rae was a great character. She was fierce and strong willed. You have to admire what she went through and came out the other side fighting.

Leon is a fantastic character. He was interesting and witty. How do I summon a demon because after reading this, I kind of want one. I loved watching his relationship with Rae grow and develop. How it turned from a desire to a genuine love was great. I loved reading them both together and the scenes were definitely hot.

The plot was great. I loved the paranormal touch and all of the different creatures. It was a great story and it ended well.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

Cataclysm (Four Horsemen Book 4) by Sarah Bailey

This is the forth and final book in the Four Horsemen series.

Drake Ackley – Death.

They call us the men who will drive the world to its knees.
The Four Horsemen.
A pity for them really.
Prescott, West, Francis and I are done with our masks of civility.
Gods who turned on their subjects.

When you unleash death, nothing can withstand it. Everything perishes in the wake of the executioner. The only things left to show for it are ash and dust.

We had allowed our enemies to take from us for far too long. The tables had finally turned. Our woman had arrived to usher in the end.

Scarlett was the catalyst. The fuse.
The match was burning. Time was running out.
And we were about to bring war to the man who stole her from us all those years ago.

This series has been brilliant. I absolutely love the characters and the storyline has been brilliant.

I have loved Scarlett’s development through the series. She’s grown immensely as a character, taking who she was in the last ten years and blending it with her returned memories. She’s strong and fierce.

The boys are all brilliant. I love them all, and yet they are all so different. Scarlett brings out the best in them all. It was great to see Drake finally lower his walls for her and embrace this love towards her. Prescott and Francis are both so lovely, and West, our little psycho has a heart. It was brilliant to see him and Scarlett repair the damage that the last ten years did.

I loved watching them get their revenge and justice. They took everyone down and showed no mercy. They truly were the Four Horsemen with their goddess, Nyx.

The scenes were all smoking hot, and one in particular definitely isn’t for the faint hearted. I found it I far more hotter than I should have.

I enjoyed the ending and seeing everyone find their happiness and closure. They all embraced the fact that they were a family. It was a good satisfying ending.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this series. It has been brilliant to read and I’ve proper binge read it. The characters are brilliant and the storyline it great.

My rating: 5/5*

Corrode (Four Horsemen Book 3) by Sarah Bailey

This is the third book in the Four Horsemen series.

Francis Beaufort – Famine.

They say you shouldn’t hoard your wealth.
Those people know nothing of the power it brings.
Drake, West, Prescott and I are untouchable.
The men known as the Four Horsemen.
Gods ruling over our kingdom.

There are some secrets in this world greater than others. Our fifth was going to find that out the hard way.

Scarlett thought she knew why she’d come back, but she had no idea what lay in the dark recesses of her memories.

It started when we returned her to our sides. When we let desire fuel our needs. And it will end when the truth comes to light.

I am absolutely loving this series. I love the characters and the storyline is great.

I love Scarlett and it was great to see her get her memories back. I’ve been eager to find out what happened that night, and now we know. I love how she’s dealing with everything and I’m glad that she put the boys in their place.

I love each of the boys and I loved seeing them earn her forgiveness. Prescott and Francis are so sweet, and yet they can become animals in the bedroom. It great that they know exactly what she needs. I love her relationship with West as well. Drake has taken the longest to build a proper relationship with her, but his stone walls were definitely broken in this book. Each of them has a great connection to her as well as with each other. The scenes were all insanely hot as well.

I’m enjoying the storyline and watching them get start to get their revenge and justice for the past ten years. After the ending, I’m intrigued about how the boys are going to handle things.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

My rating: 5/5*

Chaos (Four Horsemen Book 2) by Sarah Bailey

This is the second book in the Four Horsemen series.

West Greer – War.

They say violence is never the answer.
I beg to differ. There’s no peace without a little pain.
Drake, Prescott, Francis and I are monsters who live up to their name.
The Four Horsemen.
Gods reincarnated as men.

Scarlett returned to the fold, but not as the girl we once knew. The girl I’d been obsessed with my whole life. The one I’d have given everything for.

It all changed when she walked into Fortuity and gave us a run for our money. Battle lines were drawn. Flags erected. And we were at a stalemate.

If she thought we were backing down, she was in for a wake up call. It was time Scarlett learnt who she really was. And why we would never let her go again.

I really enjoyed the book. The characters are brilliant and the storyline is great.

I love Scarlett. I love watching her grow as a character. She might not remember the men or anything from before the accident, but her memories are slowly creeping in and she just doesn’t realise it. It’s great to see her debating with herself over what Stuart has asked and how she truly feels.

I love her relationship with each of the boys. Francis and Prescott have grown incredibly close to her which I love. Drake is more complicated and it’s frustrating seeing him struggle with his feelings. West really came out and grew closer to her in this one. I loved seeing him with Scarlett.

They are slowly starting to treat her better. They want her to remember and yet there are so many secrets. I hope they clear the air soon

The scenes between them are hot and spicy. Her body knows them and craves them, and she is falling for them and vice versa. I love reading everything grow and develop.

The ending though. Christ, West. He knows how to make a point. Will it work though?

I really want to know what happened with the accident and the events leading up to it. It’s mentioned a lot, but not what actually happened. The suspense is painful.

I would absolutely recommend this series. I love the characters and the storyline, and I can’t wait to read the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Carnage (Four Horsemen Book 1) by Sarah Bailey

This is the first book in the Four Horsemen series.

Prescott Ellis – Pestilence.

They call us The Four Horsemen.
Four friends forged in fire and blood.
No one knows where we came from nor how we got our name.
Drake, Francis, West and I rule the financial industry like kings.
Gods in our own right.

We grew up with a fifth. A girl. Scarlett.
She was one of us until she was ripped away from her life. The only trace of her was dust in the wind.

One day she returned to the city and sought us out. Scarlett couldn’t remember who we’d been to her, but we recalled her all too well.

If she knew what was good for her, she would have never come back. The moment she stepped through the doors of Fortuity, it was the beginning of her end. And the start of our reign over the girl who wanted us dead.

I loved reading this book. The characters are brilliant and the storyline is great.

I love Scarlett and I don’t half feel sorry for her. The four men know her but she can’t remember them. She’s a strong character with some bite, given how they treat her. She’s fighting two battles really. The reason her parents have sent her there, and how she truly feels. The connection she has with the men is strong because they know where and yet she doesn’t know that.

I love the four men. Prescott, Francis, Drake and West are all so different and I like them all. They have their plans with the situation and so despite their feelings, they are treating her a little harshly. I’m looking forward to learning more about each of them and watching their characters develop.

Their plans are only mentioned. We don’t know what happened ten years ago, only that she was taken from them and had an accident. I’m desperate to know what their ultimate plan is and what actually happened. They won’t tell her the truth because they know why she’s been sent there. There’s a lot of secrecy going on.

As much as the vagueness is frustrating, it makes for a great book because I’m desperate to read the next now.

I love the scenes between the men and her. They were pretty hot. She feels she doesn’t have a choice, and really she didn’t, but there’s also a natural spark there. I like the glimpses of emotion from them all until they hide them again.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book. The storyline is great and the characters are brilliant. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

My rating: 5/5*

Society of Psychos (Dead Men Walking Book 2) by Caroline Peckham and Susanne Valenti

This is the second and final book in the Dead Men Walking Duet.

I’m the prince of death.

A son of carnage born of wicked deeds and sin-filled nightmares.

Nobody understood me. Until her.

My Spider.

The wild girl I claimed from a sea of violent men. But others want her too…

The enemies who lurk within my walls seek to steal her from my grasp. They’re my captives, but maybe they’re the answer to my greatest fear too. Because the Grim Reaper shadows every move I make, and he’s always watching her.

Perhaps I need a ring of warriors to surround my little psycho and protect her from death’s claws.

Because now she’s stolen my black heart, I can’t fail her like I’ve failed before.

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline was fantastic, the characters are brilliant and the plot developed well.

Brooklyn is the best. I love her breed of crazy and her views on life. She can be a little exhausting to read, but that’s part of the fun of her.

Niall is amazing and I love him. He started to frustrate me at the beginning when he was resisting Brooklyn and pushing her away, but when he eventually gave it, oh it was brilliant. I absolutely love his relationship with her and I love how both of their crazies just work well together. They saved each other. It was fantastic to see him whisk her away to Vegas.

I love Mateo as well. It was good to see him fight his demons in this book and grow his relationship with Brooklyn. I loved his relationship with Niall as well. Their bickering was brilliant and at the end, after everything they had been through, it was good to see them get along for the sake of Brooklyn.

Angry Jack was a good addition in this book. I loved his relationship with Rook and it was interesting to see inside of his head. I liked how to got on with the other two as well.

I enjoyed seeing the harem come together. The three men are so different, and also not in other ways. Their love for Brooklyn brought them together. It was great to see Niall sharing her, and I love his reasoning for it. The scenes between them were all pretty hot.

There was a good plot amongst the crazy. I continued straight on from the last book and I enjoyed reading the different bits of drama and violence. I loved the crossover of characters with the KoQ guys.

The end epilogues were fantastic. It was brilliant to see them all together in the future. The last chapter in particular made me laugh.

Overall, I absolutely loved reading this book. The characters are fantastic and I loved the story. It crazy ride with crazy character, but it will definitely make you laugh. I would definitely recommend this book.

My rating: 5/5*

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*