SLRG: Natural Selection by Katie Allen

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by Katie Allen.

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Blurb: There’s something wickedly naughty about love on the run

Darwin Bloom has no true identity—his laboratory creators made sure of that. Darwin isn’t his real name and living on the lam doesn’t exactly allow for deep romantic relationships, but the feelings he’s developed for engineer Tom Cooper are strong enough to try.

Tom Cooper’s life changed forever when he met Darwin. Gone are his fears of intimacy—Tom wants to do whatever Darwin asks, whenever he asks. How is it that the big, beautiful construction worker can seem dangerous and delicious at the same time?

But when Darwin’s mysterious past comes back with a vengeance, there’s more than just incredible sex at stake. Darwin promised Tom he’d never leave him…but keeping him safe might mean doing just that.

Previously published under a different title:Darwin’s Natural Selection.’

Length: 222 pages.
Series: Research and Desire #2.
Genre: Romance. QUILTBAG. M/M. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.

My Thoughts: So I thought the first book of the Research and Desire book series was good, but boy does this book blow that idea out of the water. Natural Selection was amazing! The relationship and interactions between Tom and Darwin were absolutely fantastic and had me smiling throughout the novel.

Okay, so I may be a little bias, as I am attracted to sarcastic and snarky personality types, but Darwin and Tom were so real to me. The moments that made the two characters for me where the back and forth puns they threw at each other. Near the end of the novel, there is a scene where the two are doing this, and one pun falls spectacularly short, with Darwin calling it out for being bad.

Yes! Thank you.

More of that please.

Whether or not my intense love of these two came from my own tendencies to have terrible pun battles with my partner or just my appreciation of punny moments, what cannot be refuted is how entertaining the book is – Natural Selection is funny and (despite the superhuman aspects) feels real.

Darwin and Tom had fun, they teased, and they were understanding of each other. I really enjoyed Natural Selection and cannot wait to read the third book in the series! For every book of hers that I read, Katie Allen never fails to be entertaining, tell emotional stories, and make me smile.

Smut Level: For reasons relating to the plot, it takes longer than ‘normal’ for the pair to become physically intimate but don’t fret, in-between this are intense verbal moments between the pair. When the physical part of Tom and Darwin’s relationship starts, boy does it start, the book is filled with interesting and intense physical moments between the two characters.


What did you think? Do you like the new feature? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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Nope Tropes

In this blog I have previously talked about Nope Tropes*.

I define Nope Tropes are being things that make your shy away or stop interacting with something. Most of the time these somethings will be movies, books, TV shows, music, podcasts, or anything that you interact with on a entertainment level.

Nope tropes can be all sorts of things. They can be:

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  • Story telling devices.
  • Character archetypes.
  • Character traits.
  • Plot devices.
  • Stereotypes.
  • Quotes, references, or writing styles.

Honestly they could be pretty much anything.

My two Nope Tropes are:

  • Second person. Are soon as I see, you, you’re, or your used as a way to address the reader, I am done. No thanks. Bye.

I am sure that there are novels out there that have successfully used the POV in amazing ways, but they’re just not for me. I like to read a story and experience it as it happens, not be told how it happens. I am not your audience, I am a reader. I suppose it is a more literal interpretation of the ‘show don’t tell’ adage but I seriously cannot stand seeing it used.

  • Cheating characters in romance novels. If I am reading a romance novel and the character has sex with another character that isn’t the other romantic interest, I am done. 100%. Done.

Whenever I encounter a romance novel that does have a character cheat I immediately start to feel anxious and sick. I am sure this is a visceral reaction, whether in response to my intense abhorrence of infidelity or my stubborn wish to stay true to romantic tropes and story lines.

However, I wish to make the distinction between cheating and ‘non-traditional’ romance novels. It is a completely different story if the novel is one that features a polyamorous relationship or if a couple have sex with other people together. I am 100% okay with different sexualities and relationship types being represented in romance novels.

When I encounter the above two things in books, there is the almost guaranteed outcome of me putting the item down. I simply stop interacting with it. I am done. Continue reading “Nope Tropes”

SLRG: Erotic Experiments by Katie Allen

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by Katie Allen.

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Blurb: Science geek Claire spends most days in the confines of her laboratory, safely avoiding humans. So her world is sent into a sexy tailspin when a rare night out at the club starts with a game of Avoid Your Handsy Boss and ends with getting rescued by the most perfect male specimen she’s ever seen.

Bouncer Ed can’t get enough of Claire, or of watching his “little mouse” let loose when he touches her. Saving her once was easy, even fun. But his fiercely protective nature goes into overdrive when Claire’s determination to reveal what’s really going on in the lab endangers both their lives.

Being on the run isn’t enough to keep Claire’s hands off her beautiful protector, or to stop them from falling in love. But it isn’t long before Claire discovers Ed is hiding a shocking secret of his own…

Previously published under a different title:Experimenting with Ed.’

Length: 151 pages.
Series: Research and Desire #1.
Genre: Romance. Erotica.
Read as an: eBook.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. Although the book is fairly short and action packed, I absolutely fell in love with Ed and Claire. The pair had me smiling throughout the book and I really enjoyed the chemistry between them. Little things like Claire’s desire to make Ed smile more and Ed’s hesitant, almost shy responses to her humour, were so sweet.

In addition to this, from start to beginning, the story was interesting. There were no lulls or slow moments, the story kept going, was well paced, and carried my attention. If you weren’t aware, I am a big fan of the authors ❤ mainly because she always managed to tell emotionally investing story with nuanced characters.

The shocking secret of the book isn’t explored in very much detail, but I suspect that over the course of the series, and through the different characters, it will be looked at in more detail. The next book is about Darwin, a friend of Ed’s who they visit while on the run, and I am looking forward to reading it!

Smut Level: Wow-wee! The chemistry between the two main characters is amazing and it carries through into not only the story but the sexy scenes.

I love how Allen is not afraid of writing explicit content that explores the sexuality of her characters. The anal scene and small penetrative moment between Claire with Ed was great to see in a romance novel! Each smutty moment in the book is passionate and interesting.


What did you think? Do you like the new feature? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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Top Ten: Book Club Books

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BOOK CLUB BOOKS

Book club books can sometimes be hard to pick. Not only are there so many books out there but some book clubs have rules and restrictions. There are a number of questions you have to ask when selecting a book club book.

Can you pick a new release?

Do you pick a classic?

Are certain genres no-nos?

The book club that I’m part of* are very free and open with the books that we pick. The way in which we make selections is that each month, one member is in charge of picking the book. I find that this is a really nice way of picking books as it makes sure that every once and a while, you get a chance to read a book you want to read. Additionally, if the book is hard to find, you have a month to track down a copy.

The below are suggestions for books that are great for books clubs. There could be a number of reasons why they’re on the list, they could be classics, they could be polarising, or they could just be fun to talk about.

10. lightbetweenThe Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman.

A captivating, beautiful, and stunningly accomplished debut novel that opens in 1918 Australia – the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who make one devastating choice that forever changes two worlds.

In my experience The Light Between Oceans is a polarising book. People either love it or hate it. Without going into too much detail, there are a few moral grey ares that the story encounters. The book has the potential to have such great discussions between book club members as you can talk about how the book made you feel, and your thoughts on characters actions. Continue reading “Top Ten: Book Club Books”

Exercising Restraint by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Pierce may have a crush on Steve, his sweet, funny personal trainer, but he doesn’t plan to act on it. They have a great relationship in the gym but are also friends outside of it, and Pierce has no intention of jeopardizing that. Besides, he may be an omega, but he’s got a good handle on his body’s biology. He’s not worried he’ll accidentally take things too far.

Steve may have a crush on Pierce, his smart and incredibly hot client, but he’s definitely not planning to say anything anytime soon. Pierce can do way better than Steve, and anyway, Pierce is a pretty casual dater. What Steve wants is anything but casual. And that’s not just the alpha in him.

When Pierce goes to Steve’s gym one snowy afternoon to work out, he thinks nothing of the fact that he’s in heat. He’s taken his libido inhibitor and is wearing his odor blocker, so there’s no chance of bothering Steve. Except, then the blocker wears off.

Steve wants nothing more than to keep himself under control, keep himself from doing something Pierce might not want. But Pierce might have something else in mind…


Release Date: July 30, 2018.
Length: 16, 800 words.
Series: Different Dynamics #2.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Purchased.

My Thoughts: Exercising Restraint proves to be just as punchy as the first book of the series, Different Dynamics. Set in the same world as the first novel, the second expands upon the concept of the Alpha/Beta/Omega (A/B/O) universe and features two incredibly likeable characters.

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Different Dynamics by Tamir Drake

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by Tamir Drake.

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Blurb: Richard doesn’t mind being an omega; all he cares about is playing good hockey, even though it means ignoring the media that tries to rip him apart for it. They don’t think omegas should be allowed on the ice, but he gets along fine. He’s team captain. He can play with the best of them.

The one sticking point is his heats; Richard might be on suppressants, but he’s one of the unlucky ones who still gets a heat every four months or so. They suck to deal with, especially alone, but seeking out a heat partner isn’t an option. The PR nightmare alone keeps him from any kind of hook-up. He can’t risk it. Hockey is all he’s got.

When Richard’s heat comes early while his team is on a roadie, teammate and best friend James helps him out of a bad situation. Tired of hurting, Richard decides it’s better not to go it alone. And James is safe and warm; he’s a great alpha who knows just what Richard needs. When Richard also imprints on big, bad rival player, Dmitry Sokolov? There’s sweet comfort in a three-way with lots of knotting and dirty talk.

Richard might be on cloud nine.


Release Date: June 26, 2017.
Length: 63 pages.
Series: Different Dynamics #1.
Genre: Erotica. QUILTBAG.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley

My Thoughts: Short, punchy, and a sexy little read, Different Dynamics is an erotic roller coaster. For the length of the novelette, I found myself immersed pretty quickly in the world and the characters.

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Ghost’s Dilemma by Morwen Navarre

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by Morwen Navarre.

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Six Word Summary: Gripping sequel which shows us more of the world and the characters we love.

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Blurb: Ghost is content to spend all his free time with Gerry. But scandal and hate surrounding Ghost’s appointment as the first male witch, along with a deadly epidemic, force Ghost to make choices that will separate him from his love.

Spurred on by a message from his mentor, Ghost embarks on a journey through mystical underground tunnels and lost civilizations to the frozen lands of his origin, seeking a way to neutralize the threat back home. While he struggles to find a balance between his duties as a witch and his calling as a seer, all Ghost really wants is to return to the haven he has found in Gerry’s arms.


Release Date: 30th of July, 2018.
Length: 64, 300 words.
Series: Witch’s Apprentice #2.
Genre: Paranormal. QUILTBAG. Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: Netgalley.

My Thoughts: Once again I really enjoyed the world building and story telling of Morwen Navarre’s Witch’s Apprentice series. Where Ghost’s Sight was sweet and short, Ghost’s Dilemma, expands upon the world and offers a more in depth look and exploration of the characters.

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SLRG: A Snowbound Scandal by Jessica Lemmon

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by Jessica Lemmon.

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Blurb: As the snow falls, her touch sets him aflame…

“I don’t want you to leave.”

Texas billionaire Chase Ferguson has one regret: leaving Miriam Andrix to protect her from his public life. When a snowstorm strands her in his mountain mansion, their passion reignites, and it’s too hot to resist! But reality—and scandal—arrives with the thaw. Chase turned his back on happiness once. Will he fight for what he truly wants this time?


Release Date: 1st of August, 2018.
Length: 224 pages.
Series: Dallas Billionaires Club #2.
Genre: Romance.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

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Evolution by Eileen Myles

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by Eileen Myles.

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Review Tagline: Poetry that packs an emotional punch.

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Blurb: The first all-new collection of poems since 2011’s Snowflake/different streets—and following the critically acclaimed Afterglow (a dog memoir), as well as the volume of selected poems, I Must Be Living Twice—here, in Evolution, we find the eminent, exuberant writer at the forefront of American literature, upending genre in a new vernacular that enacts—like nobody else—the way we speak (inside and out) today. Evolution, with its channeling of Quakers, Fresca, and cell phones, radiates vital insight, purpose, and risk, like in these opening lines of the title poem:

Something
unearthly
about
today
so I buy
a Diet Coke &
a newspaper
a version of “me”
something
about me on the
earth & its sneakers
& feeling like
the earth’s furniture
but that can’t be
true or like
the coke & the Times
it’s true for a little
while.


Release Date: 21st of September, 2018.
Length: 176 pages.
Series: N/A.
Genre: Poetry.
Read as an: eBook.
Sourced: NetGalley.

My Thoughts: In Evolution we see a lot of the poet, Eileen Myles, in her work. I really enjoyed everything Evolution had to offer, the poetry is both emotional and refreshing – Myles shows us all that poetry can be.
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Smut Lovers Reading Group: A Bargain with the Boss by Barbara Dunlop

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Some of you may have noticed that I am a pretty big fan of the romance genre. I am a equal opportunity kind of reader, I will read heterosexual, gay, lesbian, trans, threesome, polyamory – pretty much if it has romance in it, I will read it.

I run a private ‘Smut Lovers Reading Club/Book Club’ online, which just means that myself and a few friends, share pics of books we’re reading and then posts little reviews of them after we have finished them. I thought I would share these little mini reviews on my blog, to help share the romance love ❤


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byBarbara Dunlop.

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Blurb: For years, Tuck Tucker has played the role of carefree billionaire. Yet when his brother goes MIA, Tuck takes over the family empire. He knows what he has to do—and who he needs. Getting his brother’s dedicated assistant to help, however, is tricky. Amber Bowen is smart, sexy and determined to keep his brother’s whereabouts a secret. But everyone has a weakness, and Tuck won’t lose a fortune…or an opportunity with Amber. He’s found the perfect way to tempt her into making a bargain with the boss.

Length: 208 pages.
Series: Chicago Sons #3.
Genre: Romance.
Read as an: eBook.

 

My Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised with this book. As this was a quick pick I made through my libraries online eBooks, I wasn’t really expecting that much. I was also expecting the book to maybe be a tad cringeworthy, mainly in regards to the boss/secretary relationship and the power dynamics of that, but I was quite surprised that the book had a detailed discussion between the two characters about sexual harassment in the workplace. I loved that the book addressed that!

Over all I really enjoyed the book, there was a Happily Ever After, (I know right, mind blown 😛 ) but in a way that was quite nice and mindful of the HR department. Also as expected, having the main character called Tucker Tucker never failed to make me smile. I will be honest with you, this was the main reason I chose the book, with a name like that how could you not read it?

Smut Level: Eh. There was some sexiness but was vague and kinda poetic in a way. The book is from the Desire line though, so it fits.


What did you think? Do you like the new feature? Are there any romance novels that you love to read? let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you 🙂

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