#BookReview: Saved by His Submissive by Angel Payne 2/5 Stars

First off, the wet dream opener went from nice to long and then way too long. I survived it.

Second issue came when the MMC and his buddy were chatting. The conversation was so stilted and heavy handed I almost  quit reading. Nobody talks like that unless they were in a poorly written cop show. It was horrible.

My third issue is the girl we thought dead is still alive. Now this is a problem because from the title and a few sentences after the excruciating dream sequence (total cliche how he woke up btw), I assumed he found a woman to help him get over the loss of his fiance. Now that we know she’s alive, he is probably going to rescue her and not really have to deal with the loss he’s been feeling for a year. Most people would think this is awesome, two love birds back together! I vote it is boring.

Number 4, the MFC claims she and a friend got away for awhile and then was recaptured. Going from free to move about in a cage to shackled in a cage is not getting away for a bit. They tried to get away, fought with the captors but knocked unconscious in the fight.

How is she writing things and hiding, what I assume is a small notebook, in a backpack when she is supposed to be shackled to a wall? How is she allowed to have a pack on her while being held against her will?

Now they’re back together, as predicted but suddenly he wants a bdsm romp with her and can’t bring himself to do it. They had sex before she was kidnapped, but apparently it was just vanilla and he suddenly becomes more conflicted about sex than Christian Grey. Wouldn’t his sex life have been affected since the age of 12 when he saw his uncle in a scene with a woman? He states he’s had these dark urges since then, but couldn’t get it up when his best friend took him to a club, so this whole side plot isn’t making sense.

She probably has PTSD, and rightfully should, and that it what alerted her to another presence in the room. Not because it was the MMC.

How has the kidnapping experience changed her? Nothing she has done has seemed out of character, then again except for her sex life we no little to nothing about her. However, the MMC hasn’t noticed any changes, so the question remains, how has she changed?

Any tattoo artist with a hint of self respect would not tattoo a drunk client.

How did the army not run DNA tests on the ashes of someone they believed to be their own? Why did the kidnappers release the men alive, but make it seem like the girls were dead? Why does one girl have ptsd from being kidnapped, but the other doesn’t? How is the MMC not a paranoid mess? How is she acting like a petulant child because her fiance is trying to protect her and not in fear of being taken again? Yea a couple of those might be answered with the fact that she doesn’t know she’s being hunted, but she has mentioned that the guy is terrified of something. With her latest experience her mind should be thinking either the kidnapper got away or has someone hunting her. She is acting as if she went on vacation for a year and not being held against her will. Hell, she even refers to it as being on the run. She wasn’t on the run, she was being shuttled from one hideout to the next by her captors. She has said once or twice that she went through hell, but we only got one glimpse of what she went through and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The author seems to have only thought about what the characters should go through and carried it out at 20%. If that.

The more I think about it, the more questions come. How did she get back on base? Everyone knows her face, she wouldn’t be able to sign up for missions yet let alone unrestricted access to the base. She would be on medical leave until the legal matter of her death was resolved. Army isn’t about to let someone who should be unstable do any kind of mission, especially when they do know someone is after her.

Confused. Do they live on base? Nothing said before would lead me to believe they do, so why would they go shopping at the commissary? And I still don’t buy the MMC not telling the girl her life is still in danger. All she needs to know is the bad guy has connection in town and she is being hunted. None of that could cause problems if she were rekidnapped. If told MFC might actually start acting like a normal person and not a selfish brat.

I feel this story’s title is misleading. It’s not really the MFC that’s going to save him. It’s his Uncle basically giving him permission to enter the BDSM lifestyle.

Someone has listened to Ann Murray a little too much.

The only way making plans the day before adds up, is if they did so in public or the house was bugged, which we’ve not seen evidence of, so no it doesn’t add up.

Pregnant older wife. Let’s not forget the aunt is in a high pregnancy situation and stress could easily cause her to miscarry their only chance at a child…just saying.

All of a sudden they know for sure that fake popo audio tapped the house…okay… oh look pigs flying by my window.

74% into this and I’m still wondering where the hell is this woman’s military training? Am I remembering wrong that she was trained in the Army? No couldn’t be because th6Army is the one who called off the search, sent a chaplain to relay the news and gave her (at the time)posthumous medals. So did she just shut off the part of her brain that went through boot camp? Why is she waiting around playing damsel in distress? Why hasn’t she been trying to kick ass and get them out? This is another reason the title makes no sense. It will be the second time her fiancé has had to rescue her.

Civilian, late pregnancy having, aunt Josie has more balls than the Army trained MFC.

Two or three times now she has been able to tell when her man was in the room, just from him standing there. Why couldn’t she do it now? It was painfully obvious the buyers would be the MMC and friends. My only thing is why the hell haven’t they rescued the girls yet? Why are they still pretending to buy them instead of beating the shit out of the kidnappers?

When did he remove the gag? Why did he remove the gag? For padding the runtime.

Again, saved by a civilian. Is this book ever going to end?

Yay, finally ended. Predictable and blah for the amount of potential it had.

#BookReview: Forever Lies by Jill Ramsower 4/5 Stars

I can already tell this is going to be a long one.

The first whole page is dedicated to the MFC complaining about Mondays. I get it, everybody hates Mondays, but you know what? If Monday didn’t exist, Tuesday would be the knew Monday. Hating the day just because of where it falls is stupid. My aunt loves Monday, but hates Thursday. Why? Because her work week starts on Thursday, it is her Monday.

Then there’s the complaining about the pervy boss…either quit or stand up for yourself. Oh, but the MFC doesn’t want to quit and spoil her chances of her getting her dream job! Then STAND UP! The boss pulls her close to him by the waist and his hand drifts down to cup her ass, but she just stands there because she doesn’t want to make a scene. Make a damn scene! Do that once or twice and the asshole will eventually stop or HR will have to step in. Just because making a scene in the office is embarrassing doesn’t mean it won’t work. Others might come out and stand with her if she did, because she can’t be the only one in the office he was hitting on.

Why would the boss need to take a week long business trip to LA for a project based in the company’s own city?

Oh, look at that, 3 or 4 pages in we learn she has daddy issues. She can’t stand up to the boss because she’s a people pleaser, specifically older males in authority. Say what you want about Freud being a fraud, but he got some things right in my opinion.

Do elevators get stuck often enough to be considered a non-emergency. Or do I just think it would be an emergency because I don’t like elevators and, to me, being stuck in one would be cause for alarm?

And here we see the double standard, ugly guy hits on MFC and it’s harassment. Hot guy, who is probably the MMC, hits on her and it’s sexy or romantic.

And he has mommy issues. How cute. (Large eye roll)

With the entrance of the possible 2nd love interest, I ask why is the third person in a love triangle always a guy? Like why not another girl trying to get the attention of the MMC or even interested in the MFC? Does it always have to be a safe boring guy with no hope of winning? Or am I just reading the wrong books? After Read: So this side character could have been used more or the information he gave could have been delivered by someone else.

Never understood why being trapped in a tiny car, high up in the air is supposed to be romantic. I hate heights, makes me physically sick, but ferris wheels are so cliché, they seem to be standard for falling in love.

How can you be Italian and not know any Italian? I thought that was a given, no matter how many generations removed your family is from the homeland.

For a guy trying to find certain information, he ain’t doing a very good job. After Read: The information just fell into his lap. Whatever the MMC’s job in the mafia is, based on the evidence in this book, he sucks at it.

Props for having a birth control/std convo before doing the deed.

Red flag number 2 will be more ignored than red flag number 1.

Yea, MFC went to HR to file a complaint, but they were out of the office so nothing’s going to happen. Because she left the building without waiting, meaning she’s either not going to go back or she will forget about the sexual harassment charge until it happens again.

Actually a lot of studies have shown men fall in love/get attached faster than women.

First 2 paragraphs of Chapter 19 read like they were written by Lemony Snicket. The narrator says a word then goes over the definition in excruciating detail with different scenarios to match. Weirdly placed here.

If it was meant to be a surprise that her dad was a crime lord, the author failed. Again it’s almost another cliché. Any time I read a mafia book where the woman doesn’t realize the mafia still exists, it turns out her dad was either in the family or is the head of a family. Somehow I think there would have been signs growing up, no matter how careful he was, but the girl has to be either incredibly stupid or naïve to have not realized it.

Well that went better than I thought it would. Still could have been better though.

#Book #Anniversary: Naturally Luna

My bestseller, Naturally Luna, is now six years old. Where did the time go? I’ve been going back and forth on this one for a while, but there maybe a sequel coming…not sure yet though.

Description: Amily Trisdent is 17, looking forward to graduation but has a problem. Her whole family are wolves…except her. For some reason she has not been able to shift, but she has all the other abilities of a werewolf. Her senses are superior to Morts, but that’s it. Then one day everything changes. She is not a member of the pack, she faces problems with the pack leader, and new rogues come to town to throw their own chaos to the mix. Amily is not sure if she can handle everything she has to do.

#BookReview: Very Bad Things (Briarwood Academy Book 1) by Ilsa Madden-Mills 1/5 Stars

Ok, so I haven’t disliked a book this bad since  I went off on the Paranormal University series. I will not be reading the sequels to this one ever.
Let’s catch you up as I’m halfway through when I started this.

The MFC has gone mental after her crush had a one night stand with her. And I don’t mean the normal crazy girls are often said to do when they have been wronged. I mean certifiably insane. I seriously get Stephen King’s Carrie vibes, but without everything that made Carrie cool.

Her mother is a T-total bitch, and though we haven’t seen anything too bitchy, but it is alluded to that she can be physically abusive. The father is only ever mentioned as being across town for work and her half brother is a drug addict. I’m calling it now, the half brother has raped her, but they seem to be saving that big news for the later half of the book. There are also mentions that she has been with others, before her one night stand but it is fuzzy as to if they were consensual or not. After read: Her sexual history is still a bit fuzzy.

One of her many “let’s-break-the-perfect-me” moments is she goes in to get a tattoo with a friend and walks out with ONE breast piercing. Who in their right minds gets one nipple pierced? I have never seen or heard of this. It’s weird. On top of it all, she doesn’t pay for it. Just walks out after getting dressed and it’s like instantly healed, no tenderness or anything later.

The MMC can’t decide if he wants to be a father like figure to her or screw her brains out.

There was an incident with the couple and the MMC’s current girlfriend that irks me. The MMC drags MFC into the bathroom to play daddy and say she can’t wear the skimpy dress out in public,  they end up making out. When they rejoin the girlfriend, brother (MMC’s brother) and MFC’s best friend in the living room, the MFC thinks the girlfriend isn’t stupid because she can tell they were making out. Messed hair and lipstick smeared are the tell-tell signs. Ok, but it was also mentioned that her neck was sucked on hard. The word suck was used three times actually. So you know there’s a hickey that everybody sees. But apparently no one can because no one mentions it and the MFC continues to go to a party and make out with another guy.

At this party she runs into another guy who tries to get frisky and it is assumed that he had sexual relations with her before that were not welcomed. And just because this guy just broke up with his two girlfriends that day, she doesn’t want to be with him. Yes, it could be because he forced himself on her before, but then she wouldn’t know what double standards are and she’s supposed to be super intelligent. Something we only see very occasionally.

Oh and she has a stash of coke in her purse that she keeps thinking about taking, but ends up drinking vodka instead.

Little PSA: VODKA HAS A DISTINCT SMELL! I don’t know how or why this myth got started, but vodka has a strong smell and it can be detected by anyone within 30ft of you.

Ok going to try and keep going now.

How the hell does a girl that leaves 5 minutes before you, pull up at her house minutes after you parked in front of it? Ya didn’t pass her car on the road, and she just left your place where she saw you kissing your girlfriend.

Which is another thing, how is being caught kissing, fully clothed, the same as caught having sex? I have seen some graphic PDA, but the kiss described was pretty pg-13, but the MFC said the MMC pretty might as well have caught them horizontally.

MMC doesn’t understand why needy people fish for compliments on Facebook, and yet this whole story is about how needy and desperate she is to get a guy to like her…see the mental issues?

Slapping can leave bruises too.

It is kind of funny, I am 55% in and it has not once been mentioned that the MFC’s mother smokes. But I picture her with a cigarette in her hand, maybe even one of those cigarette extenders from the 1920’s. Now, halfway through and the mother pulls out a pack of cigarettes. Just found that funny.

Half brother sent you a picture that would be proof of the rapage! Show the mama, she can’t deny a picture. Even if she can, the popo can’t. Use it as blackmail, common sense really, but I bet that doesn’t happen.

Can we stop being overdramatic about telling the school to fuck off? Not that big of a deal.

Since the MFC now lives across the street from the MMC, how do they not see each other in passing for almost a full week? All either one has to do is look out the window.

Pretty sure the birthday wasn’t mentioned to anyone because she was pissed her mom didn’t acknowledge it.

Yea her sex offender half brother texting and threatening her is no big deal. Especially when her own mother is running around town telling everyone she wanted it to happen. No big deal at all.

Well a scene in chapter 24 comes out of nowhere and seems more fitting to a dream sequence than a part of their reality. Not to mention her half brother said he’s coming for her and she’s supposed to be meeting her father to pick up stuff from the house…so I’m like she has time for this random, out of character stuff?

So much for letting him go. I’m doing so much eye rolling, I’m getting dizzy.

Nice. Cheating and anti-climactic, but nice.

Yay finished. Last question, why is it called Briarwood Academy if the school has very little to no relevance? Usually the series title has a lot to do with the story, this is not the case and adds to the confusion of the reader if they pick it up expecting something with more school setting.

#Book #Anniversary: Love and Drugs

If any of my books were going to get me in trouble with friends and family it would be Love and Drugs. I did not think to change a name or two before I hit publish, so at least one character I based off a friend is still given her irl name. It has been six years, so maybe she hasn’t noticed…

Description: Magdalene is a senior in college, preparing for a trip to Europe and finally got the girl of her dreams. She has a perfect job working for a flower shop (that isn’t your typical flower shop) and not a care in the world. But Magdalene has a couple of pretty big secrets, that she wants to keep. However, the most dangerous of secrets walks in on the first day of school.

Her ex-boyfriend is back in town and ready to violate his restraining order, as well as mess with her job. So she calls in her favor to The Family, and all hell ensues. In the end only one will survive, but who is going down?

#Book #Anniversary: A Ninja in Time

I feel like A Ninja in Time has been out for longer than two years. It was my favorite, so far, to write. I dug into a lot of history books and the Japanese culture as a whole to make it. Loved every minute of it. Fair warning, there is no Happily Ever After. Was never meant to be with this book.

Description: Wysteria Sakimoto-Johnston has been trained according to the Bushido code her whole life by her father. Wanting to follow in her deceased mother’s footsteps, she decides to travel to Japan in search of Bisha, her parents’ sensei, to be trained in Jujutsu.
Her father had failed to mention a couple of things about his old teacher, so when Wys arrives to find Bisha is the god of War and intends to train her by sending her back to the Sengoku period, she freaks out inside. Everything happens too fast for her to outwardly react and if she did let her emotions known it could be her death.
During training and trying to survive in a new world, she discovers a power hidden deep within her that gives her hope of returning to the future. Then tragedy strikes and she is no longer sure she can go back to the present or if her honor will prevent her from her ultimate fate.

#Book #Anniversary: Innocence (Legend Series Bk 1)

Innocence was a fun one to write as I got to dig into my Irish roots and learn some folklore. This marks its 7th birthday!

Description: Alexa-Jordyn is bored with her small town life, and decides to spice it up a bit. Spending her senior year in a foreign country she meets a boy and falls in love. Before her 18th birthday her world starts to spiral beyond her imagination. She learns that people are not always what they seem to be and by the end, she may not be who she thought she really was.

#WIPs Chosen as Next Full-Time Projects

While I am still having a blah feeling, it is picking up. I have narrowed my list of 100+ projects down to two. They are both still a long way from being finished, but they are going to be the next ones done.

Don’t Let Go First is about a girl who falls in love with a Marine. This project has been in the works for three or four years now. I have the beginning and a lot of the middle done, but not quite sure where it is headed right now. Romance genre, yes but I’m thinking maybe more of a drama type thing…I would say it is 75% written, but need to figure out the other 25%.

Courting His Mate is a relatively new project that came to me in January. I personally love it and can’t wait to get the first draft finished. It is a non-Alpha, werewolf romance. However, I am unsure if this one will be published through Amazon or if it will just go to Wattpad. It’s not that I’m ashamed of it or anything, I’m just not sure if it would sell. I know it would do well on Wattpad, because that’s where the big werewolf market seems to be. At least for a book with an age gap in the main characters. Not a huge gap, but I’ve been called out for big age gaps before and that doesn’t seem to bother the readers over at Wattpad.

#Blah Feeling

Yay, I published my first audiobook back in February! Since then I’m just feeling blah. I do write, a little, but no clear focus on what will be my next full project. Many in the works, but none that strike my attention.

I don’t know if I want to go back and record the already published books or if I want to work on a revision of Touchdown Interruption instead of new work.

If I work on old work, I feel bad for not writing anything new and vice a versa.

I just have no motivation right now and don’t know when or if it will return.

Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/A-Ninja-in-Time-Audiobook/B08WBYWDMC?qid=1613510677&sr=1-1&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1&pf_rd_p=83218cca-c308-412f-bfcf-90198b687a2f&pf_rd_r=3AF3GZPTWMYTZZ1RAMW8

Rumor has it, it is also on Itunes but the moron I am, not sure how to get the link for it.

#BookReview: The Carneys Collection by Sophie Austin 2/5 Stars After Read: Just a review for Rake

Can she be an employee if she’s never stepped foot on the company’s property? Would she be qualified to orginaize a worker’s union for that company if she hasn’t actually worked there? She wouldn’t have 1st hand experience and the knowledge she gains 2nd hand could be exaggerated or not the full picture.

The opening page is just confusing. Figured out, no she is not an employee but sounds like someone hired by the employees to help them become a union. Ok… in my head I’m picturing the bulk of workers gathered together and decided on this in order to take it to Sasha in the first place. Wouldn’t that mean all she would need to do is paperwork? Why would they need to keep the efforts quiet if everyone at the workplace already knows what is happening? You can’t keep things hush hush at work for long, especially when you need a majority of the force to chip in.

This opening just isn’t working well for me.

Aw hell, Author said Charlestown, not Charleston.  Some of the charm is gone.

So far the MMC, Finn, is a whiney bitch. I’m honestly thinking he’s like Ashton Kutcher mixed with a character called Van from the tv Reba.

No way in hell can you have a woman kidnapped and taken to your apartment without her thinking you had anything to do with it.

How much darker and twisted can you get if you got beat up by their flunkies? Think about it, most mobs/mafias have a code that includes not harming women. In general men have this same commandment. They don’t. Pretty much only thing worse would be messing with kids in someway and nothing has been shown to imply they would. So my question is how naive is the FMC to believe they are darker and more twisted than kidnapping? Beating the crap out of her was worse than the kidnapping was.

Like they don’t already know where she is and won’t go for her little brother if she doesn’t cooperate? I’m beginning to think Sasha is dumber than a box of rocks.

That’s one thing I’ve never understood about the rough romance genre, how does bringing the woman to a climax equal punishment? Are you going for the guilt trip that happens afterwards? Hoping she hates herself enough for being forced to get off that she will cooperate? Yea she might feel guilt, like she betrayed herself or womankind for a bit, but probably not enough not to defy the guy again if his punishment is a mind-numbing orgasam that makes her feel so good.

She’s sure spending a lot of money for someone who claims to be dirt poor, and no guilt? Haha that’s funny.

Finn’s not one to use false flattery? Dude that’s like number one in his rule book. The girl is clueless. It’s sad that I can remember a time when I was that dumb, it was in the 7th grade, but I guess girls are dumb at different ages.

Another thing I wonder about is how do these people not see that the choice to keep going, damned the consequences is really selfish? They know if they don’t stop someone is going to get hurt. 9 times out of 10 it’s going to be a loved one as that cause more damage. Choosing to keep going with the unionization is only going to get her brother hurt, but it’s ok because IF she wins, she would have beat the mob. Yes I am aware these are characters in a fake book, but you also see this logic in movies and if asked hypothetically how a person in real life would handle it, some would answer in the same way, because they believe it is the right thing to do. Fight for the little guy, no matter who dies. If you truly care about someone, you will protect them at all costs. But sure, family dies for a noble cause.

This brings me to another question, why are they just picking on her? Worst they are doing to the employees, who caused the fuss in the first place, is spreading propaganda against unions. Why not pick a handful at random and threaten them, beat them up to send a message to the others. Sure they could quit, but a lot would straighten up because they need to keep their jobs. Hiring a few outweighs getting unionized or the risk of over half of their employees walking out.

Said it before and I’ll say it again, I overthink shit.

Now he needs to stop focusing on apologizing and work on getting her brother out of town. If he does it quickly and quietly, she can be genuinely upset, file a missing person’s report, get rid of James Carney (for kidnapping) and the Labor Board would take notice of it as trying to tamper with the vote and possibly pass the unionization even faster. A win-win for everyone, because Finn could get back in her good graces. Of course the brother could magically reappear after the dust settles, with a correct story of being kidnapped by one of James’ thugs.

After the election? Move the kid the MMC’s dad wants dead right now, after the election? I’m so glad the mob boss has a ton of patience. Especially when it has been stated that James wants his son to fail, meaning he has a backup plan in place and will pull the trigger anytime. There is little to no logic, no sense of urgency and it’s making the storyline fall flat.

If he’s defeating he will be more hellbent on revenge. Again no logic.

Unless she quit her job, she’s still in the union game, just not on the casino case. We don’t know if she quit or not yet.

Ok so, turns out this is a collection of 3 books. I read Rake, but do not feel the need to read the other two. This one was drawn out too long and only held my interest to see how much worse it could get. Yea it had some good moments but they were few and in-between.