Owned by the Dom: Parts 1 & 2 by Sam Crescent

The only way I would ever refer to my man as “Master” would be if he called me “Empress”. I might let him get away with “Czarina”, but he better be one pretty good cook on top of everything else.

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James Castleden has had enough of the press surrounding him and his club. Ravage is his place to let loose. He is possessive and dominant. When the younger sister of the woman he used to date walks into his club, James is not ready for the instant attraction he feels toward her.

Prudence Star fell in love with James seven years ago. She is no shy virgin and knows what he is. James does not scare her. She’s read the reports about his association with club Possession and she craves what only he can give. When their flirting deepens, James cannot stop the craving inside him to own, to claim, and to take Prudence as his woman.

But Possession and Ravage are under serious threat. Dominic and Eugene were just the beginning. There is nowhere to hide and no way to keep his woman safe. The Owners have no idea who they’re really dealing with.

First Impressions

I’m sorry to say that I have officially decided to stop reading this series. I initially went in with the impression that part 2 was the last book of The Owners story line, but shockingly enough there is definitely a set up for a continuation of the series. Unfortunately, I’ve lost interest. If I had to describe these two novels in just one word it would have to be…meh. Nothing special, just like the rest of the series as a whole. But what can I say? They’re short, quick reads, and I thought I had finally reached the culmination of everything!

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Owned by the Dom: Part 1

Most of the drama in this novel felt pretty unnecessary to me. I mean, for two people who admit they’re totally into each other, they take forever to have sex. James claims Prudence is too young for him considering the age difference between them, but he won’t let others have her. Therefore, he ensures she is fired from her current job working in his club so that nobody else can lay eyes on her. His BDSM lifestyle is something he seems hesitant to introduce Prue to, yet she openly admits to him that she’s into the idea, and also has an intense desire to be possessed. So…what exactly is the hold-up here people?

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As for the rest of the drama in this novel, some of the characters from the previous novels are aware of a human trafficking scheme going on which is linked to all their BDSM clubs. However, they choose to hide the true identity of who is behind this scheme to the rest of the characters because…I honestly don’t know. At this point, you just know that sh*t is about to go down, and it’s pretty frustrating that those who know the truth didn’t think to warn everyone else about this threat.

Owned by the Dom: Part 2

This book was sort of the nail in the coffin for me, as it had both expected results, yet an unexpected path. Part 1 ended with Prue being kidnapped by the same forces which were threatening the clubs in town. SPOILER ALERT: they get her back! Surprisingly, James and his posse rescue her fairly early on in the book, and the rest of the story primarily deals with Prue pulling away from him in the aftermath.

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It’s rather understandable that after surviving a kidnapping, and the possibility of being sold into human trafficking that Prue would experience difficulties adjusting to normal life again, not to mention being intimate with James. The most ridiculous part of the novel for me though was when Prue saw a therapist to help her with her PTSD. This therapist totally does a breach of confidentiality by telling James EVERYthing she talked about in her session with Prue. Her excuse was that Prue didn’t really need therapy, so it was ok to share all the details of their sessions with James. Like…what?!

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Series: The Owners, books 3 & 4

Should you read it? Meh. By no means terrible, but not worth rushing out to read either in my humble opinion.

Smut Level: This guy is possessive and into BDSM, what do you think? At the end of Part 2 James whisks Prue away to Italy and goes all caveman with her. They proceed to have so much sex I don’t know how they have any bodily fluids left.

Get it on Amazon: Part 1, click here. Part 2, click here. $4.99 each. Evernight Publishing. 180 Pages. 235 Pages.

 

Hell’s Knights by Bella Jewel

You know, throughout the entirety of this novel I lost track of the number of times Cade told Addison to “shut the f*ck up”. After a while, it almost became a phrase of endearment, which I didn’t even know was possible.

What’s it About?

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Addison has had a hard life. Her mother is useless, and her father hasn’t been in her life for years. When her mother dies, she’s left with no money and an angry man after her. She goes to the only person she knows can take care of her right now – her father. She knows her father is the President of an MC club, but she doesn’t quite realize just how much she will come to rely on that club.

Cade is everything she knows she should stay away from, and yet she can’t seem to keep herself from wanting him. He’s the club VP, gorgeous, rugged, charming and he makes her feel again. She should be running, she should be escaping the demons of her past, but instead she finds herself falling for the gorgeous biker. Come on this whirlwind romance with two broken people, who figure out how to put each other back together.

First Impressions

I think I need to take a break from biker romances for a while. I always end up finding the male lead to be way too dominating, and sometimes the sex scenes can even be too descriptive for my tastes…which is definitely saying something. When it came to this novel, not only was I not a huge fan of Cade as our male lead, but I found Addison to be a rather annoying character as well. I think part of this had to do with the voice of the audiobook narrator, who made the character come across as whiny and always in the midst of throwing a tempter tantrum.

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Porn Vs. Romance

When it comes to the relationship between Cade and Addison, it sort of felt like I was reading a porno for a good amount of the time, rather than a romance blossoming between them. It starts off with Addison peeking in on Cade having sex with another woman, and progresses to them having sex on his bike, on a bar, exploring a rather acrobatic oral sex move, and a detailed scene involving a few ice cubes.

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Outside the Bedroom

As for the events taking place out of the bedroom, Addison seems dead set on getting herself into trouble, even though it was ridiculously avoidable in most cases. She refused to listen to any voice of reason from either her father or Cade, even when they were trying to keep her safe from a murderous pimp who has set out to kill her.

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Spoiler alert! This pimp captures her, and it was so incredibly frustrating because you just knew it was going to happen. What’s more, it didn’t have to happen! It was also incredibly easy to spot how it would all come about from a mile away. Throughout this entire novel, I started to get a headache from rolling my eyes so much.

Series: The MC Sinners, book 1. I might give book 2 a try, but it will probably be a while before I do.

Should you read it? I’d recommend reading this book over listening to it. The narrator’s voice contributed to Addison coming across even more whiny and childish than she already was. If you like biker romances you might get a kick out of it, but it wasn’t my cup of tea.

Smut Level: This book is overly descriptive, especially when it comes to the scenes of Addison’s tragic rape throughout her teenage years at the hands of a monster. Very hard to read at times.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Amazon Digital Services LLC. 211 Pages.

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Christmas From Hell by R.L. Mathewson

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When the power goes out in the midst of a snow storm, and you’re trapped in a house with your sexy neighbor, there’s one sure-fire way to stay warm!

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Duncan Bradford is used to putting other people first even the annoying little jinx that lives next door, but when the unexpected happens and he starts to see her in a whole new light, he decides that it’s time that he acts more like a Bradford and takes what he wants.

First Impressions

The neighbor series is back y’all, and with all the silliness and sexiness of the first few books. I’ve been a huge fan of this series for quite some time now, but the last book took on a bit of a serious note. In this novel however, we are once again privy to a feel-good story that will make you laugh, yet also blush from some steamy scenes between a clumsy female lead, and a sexy Bradford with quite the appetite. For both food and the horizontal mambo!

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The Dance of the Neighbors!

This couple has got some pretty big shoes to fill when compared to all of the lovable characters who have come before them in this series. I’m happy to say that they don’t disappoint! Duncan is a fireman, so that’s automatically a plus in my book. As for Necie, she’s a talented baker, which seems like a rather dangerous profession when you live next door to a Bradford.

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Shockingly enough, Duncan wants nothing to do with his beautiful neighbor, as she is perhaps the biggest jinx alive, and unfortunately her ill-timed klutzy mishaps often result in Duncan getting injured. Although these mishaps are pretty outlandish, and at times rather repetitive, you can’t help but let out a laugh when they happen. You’ll also feel as though they are fate’s way of ensuring the two are brought together whether they like it or not.

‘Tis the Season for Sexy Times

Duncan and Necie definitely know how to ignite a fire between the sheets. Her grandfather might keep his many guns polished and at the ready in order to keep the dashing Bradford out of his granddaughter’s bed, but even he can’t prevent these two from coming together in a tangle of limbs.

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Funnily enough, a large portion of the overly sexual scenes presented in this book don’t actually happen, but rather are Duncan’s own thoughts on what he’d love to do with the gorgeous jinx living next door. Don’t be disappointed though! He carries out plenty of those desires in reality, and me oh my does that man have a dirty mouth. But hey, Necie doesn’t seem to mind!

Series: Neighbor from Hell, book 7. I can’t wait to read the next book, as our tales of Bradfords continue!

Should you read it? A light-hearted read filled with lovable characters who are guaranteed to make you chuckle, especially Necie’s sweet yet threatening grandfather. And of course, any Neighbor from Hell book would not be complete without a good ole fashion Bradford kidnapping of his one true love. I do wish there had been a bit more tie in with Christmas though beyond just snow and a chapter-by-chapter countdown to Christmas.

Smut Level: When Duncan kidnaps Necie away to a romantic mountain cabin to “get to know each other”, well let’s just say they get to know just about every inch of each other. And get rather sore in the process!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $2.99 Kindle Price. Smashwords. 229 Pages.

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Valorous by Marie Force

I’m shocked that for a romance novel featuring a movie star falling for a nobody, there’s actually some sense of realism to it! Not to mention a pretty big F-You to the media!

What’s it About?

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After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world.

He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher…Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her?

First Impressions

At the end of book one, the entire world found out about Natalie’s past, and we sort of hold our breath speculating how everyone will react. Turns out, pretty much everyone in the entire USA is supportive of her, and they bash the media for prying into her private life. Gotta love the joys of Twitter! I also enjoyed how in this novel there was sort of a sense of realism in that Natalie’s past was front page news for a hot second, before some other celebrity gossip took everyone’s attention away. It seems like in most celebrity romance novels our female lead is constantly being chased by the dreaded paparazzi, and splashed all over the gossip mags, even though she’s not in showbiz. In this book however, Natalie and Flynn are able to move on with their lives rather quickly after the dust settles.

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Fallout

Most of this novel deals with the fallout of Natalie’s rape story being released to the public. You can’t help but appreciate all of the support which the community gives her for surviving such a tragic incident. I must say though, when it came to Natalie and Flynn dealing with the aftermath of the news release, they are so supportive and sickeningly sweet to each other it almost gave me a toothache.

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Throughout the entire novel, we basically hear on continual repeat how she doesn’t want him to blame himself for the story coming out, and he still sees her as a beautiful woman whom he will love no matter what. Over and over and over again. While reading you can almost picture birds chirping and squirrels dancing from all their terms of endearment. Absolutely adore the love and support in the air, but it could’ve been taken down a notch or two.

The Truth Comes Out

My favorite part of this novel was the ending. Nat is an unbelievably strong character, and she’s not afraid to call out Flynn for keeping secrets from her while she’s been completely open and honest with him. She gave him a chance to tell the truth, and acknowledges how she understands he’s trying to protect her from his BDSM tendencies considering her past. What I loved though is that Natalie makes it clear she won’t stand for his lies. By keeping the truth from her, he is in a way implying she’s not strong enough to deal with the consequences. And she won’t stand for that. Boom baby!

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*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Quantum series, book 2. I enjoyed this one five thousand times more than book 1.

Should you read it? The beginning and end of this novel was fantastic. From the public’s support of Natalie, to her standing up to Flynn for keeping secrets. The in between dragged a bit for me, as there wasn’t as much story going on. Just a bunch of lovey dovey-ness between Flynn and Natalie.

Smut Level: Definitely getting more comfortable with each other, which translates into more dirty talk.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. HTJB, Inc. 258 Pages.

 

Virtuous by Marie Force

You know, if I didn’t dislike New York City so much, I’d actually consider moving there. It seems there are billionaires and movie stars walking all over the place just looking for a normal girl-next-door like me! Yeah…not gonna happen.

What’s it about? 

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After surviving a traumatic event at age fifteen and the ensuing estrangement from her family, Natalie Bryant has worked for years to reinvent herself into the woman she is today—a happy teacher fresh out of college and enjoying her first winter in New York City with her faithful dog, Fluff, by her side. Natalie isn’t expecting her life to change completely during a routine stroll through Greenwich Village on a blustery January day. But when Fluff breaks loose and charges into a park, Natalie gives chase and crashes into her destiny. Only after Fluff bites and draws blood from the man who accidentally knocked Natalie down does she realize Fluff has bitten the biggest movie star in the world.

He has no business being enthralled by the gorgeous, young, innocent teacher…Natalie captivates Flynn Godfrey from the first moment their eyes meet while she is lying on the ground and he’s fighting off her ferocious little beast of a dog. The only thing Flynn knows for certain is if he lets Natalie get away, he’ll regret it for the rest of his life. After only a short time in her presence, Flynn is prepared to change who he is to be what she needs. He knows he’s in big trouble when she says she won’t sleep with him and he doesn’t care if it means he gets to keep her in his life. But can he turn his back on the lifestyle that has defined him? Can he deny the desires that drive him to give Natalie the introduction to love and romance she so deserves? And most of all, can he keep his truth hidden from her long enough to have forever with her?

First Impressions

The premise of this novel is, for lack of a better word, pretty…ridiculous. Natalie literally runs into Flynn while he is shooting a movie. Like, she runs around a corner and bumps into him. Such an adorable meet cute, you’d think you were watching a Hallmark movie. He’s immediately entranced by her presence, they go on a few dates, and manage to fall in love in the span of one week. See what I mean? It’s not every day you bump into a movie star, and fall madly in love. Kind of out there.

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Secretive Secret Keepers

Although these two characters feel a deep connection with each other, they are both hiding some pretty big secrets. For Natalie, it relates to her past. She was brutally raped at the age of 15. For Flynn, he’s hiding his BDSM lifestyle from her. What really, really bothered me though was that he continually pushed Natalie to trust him, and she took a huge step by revealing to him that she was raped as a teenager. However, he doesn’t even hint at the fact that his own sexual desires might be what some consider to be out of the ordinary.

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I couldn’t help but feel that he was a bit hypocritical to insist that she reveal such an important part of her past without reciprocating by opening up himself. I mean, this woman has vowed for the last three years that she won’t have sex until she’s married, and with his talents of persuasion, and a bit of alcohol, he manages to wear down her defenses in a matter of days. She is literally all in. He doesn’t necessarily have to act out his BDSM tendencies with her, but he could at least admit that he has them.

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*A copy of this book was provided for an honest review*

Series: Quantum, book 1. Consider yourself warned that this book does end on a cliffhanger.

Should you read it? The premise was pretty far-fetched, but I did admire Natalie for her bravery of sharing the details of her rape with Flynn. I just found it kind of hard to like him by not sharing anything with her in return. He basically demanded she talk about what happened to her, but he kept his own secrets to himself.

Smut Level: There are some elements of BDSM, but what I found to be a rather unique aspect of the story is that all of these elements are reserved to Flynn’s dreams. It’s more about what he wants to do with her rather than what they actually did.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $3.99 Kindle Price. HTJB, Inc. 278 Pages.

 

Ripped by Katy Evans

As far as rocker romance novels go, this is a pretty good one. I just have one little question. Who the hell are these people?

What’s it About?

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Pandora, the gothic friend of Brooke (Real, Mine, Remy) and Melanie, thought that getting her heart broken by her bad boy rocker ex could only happen once. But now, he’s back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she gets Melanie to come with her and play a prank on him at his gig. But when they are caught by security, and her ex himself is summoned, he decides not to press charges if she’ll follow certain conditions. Pandora likes none of his rules, or that he’s in charge of her, especially since they seem designed to make sure she’s in close contact with him again. But the closeness reignites the passion they once shared, and soon no matter how much she wants to hate him, it’s clear she’s still hung up on him. And worse: he knows it too.

First Impressions

I feel like the further we get into this series, the further away we get from how it all started. Did I like the characters? Yeah! Was it an interesting story line full of sex appeal? Sure! But I couldn’t help but feel like this novel in particular was really disconnected from the rest of the series. Pandora made a brief appearance in the last novel, and Kenna was her first love from adolescence. Not a whole lot of connection with the other characters in the series.

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Lack of Connection

Overall, this novel had a very interesting story line of rekindling a past romance, and making up for lost time. However, I did feel like this was where we saw the biggest disconnect from the previous 4 novels. In the first 3 books, Remy is a boxer in an underground fighting circuit. In book 4, Greyson came to be in control of that underground. And Kenna? He’s a rock star. The underground is barely referenced at all in this book, other than a brief mention that Remy sometimes listens to Kenna’s music before a fight.

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Lack of Struggle

In addition, I felt like this novel really lacked the sense of urgency and struggle that was present in the other books. Yes, there was some initial drama when our lead characters are first reunited after so many years, but once they sleep together everything is pretty copacetic from there on out. There is an interesting twist at the end which is introduced between Pandora and her mother. Unfortunately though, that story line never really comes to a full resolution.

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Series: Real, book 5. Can’t imagine who the focus of the sixth novel will be.

Should you read it? If this had been a complete stand-alone novel I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more. However, I was left feeling a bit confused as to how it related to the series as a whole, as well as where the series will go from here.

Smut Level: Ohhh my. To be locked in a closet with a rock star. Seven unbelievably delectable minutes in Heaven indeed.

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $8.99 Kindle Price. Gallery Books. 337 Pages.

Reasonable Doubt Series by Whitney G.

A man who’s just looking for a one-night stand. A woman who wants to pursue her dreams rather than what her parents have destined her to do. When they come together? Two very strong-willed lead characters who need to burn off some steam between the sheets. Or up against a wall. Or on a bathroom sink. So much for one night!

What’s it About?

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My cock has an appetite. A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.

At least it was, until “Alyssa”…She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed…

First Impressions

Going into this series, I had little to no expectations. I gave it a go because it seemed like A) it’d be a quick read, and B) it’d be sexy as hell with some good dirty talk. Now, that was definitely a true assessment, especially when it came to book 1. Not a whole lot of substance, but it held my interest, and ended on a cliffhanger. By the third book though I was shocked to discover that I was actually invested in not only the story line, but the characters as well. Was it a perfect series? No, but there’s definitely more depth and feeling to this series than you’d initially think.

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Books 1-3

Book 1 is the set up. Aubrey and Andrew know each other by different names from online. When they meet in person, Andrew decides to punish her for being dishonest about her true identity…by screwing her repeatedly? Meh, whatever floats your boat.

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In my opinion, I could have done away with book 2. At this point in the story, Aubrey will do anything to push Andrew away and he refuses to admit he has any feelings for her. Throughout most of the book I found their antics to be rather childish. In addition, we get multiple hints that something tragic happened in Andrew’s past, but this book just draws it all out without revealing anything. Like book 1, the second novel also ends on a cliffhanger.

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Book 3 is where everything comes together! I was also shocked at the fact that Andrew’s secret story damn near drove me to tears. A great ending to the series for sure.

Too Little Too Late?

One fault that I found in this series was how the truth of Andrew’s past was revealed. It was a tragic story, but I think the author waited a smidgen too long in revealing it to the audience. Andrew has always been about one night hook-ups. He comes to treat Aubrey pretty terribly in order to convince himself that he’s not emotionally attached to her. Although we get clues that something in his past made him this way, he says so many awful things to Aubrey that you can’t help but think it doesn’t matter what happened, the dude’s an asshole.

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It isn’t until almost the very end of the third and final book that we find out the whole tragic story in one throwback chapter. Then it’s like “Ohhhhh, it all makes sense!” But it was almost too little too late in order for you to completely change your opinion of the standoffish male lead. I think it would have been a lot better if book 2 wasn’t in the way of us finding out the truth.

Series: Reasonable Doubt, books 1-3.

Should you read it? It’s a quick read for a series, but I realize it’s definitely not for everyone. You could always give book 1 a try, after all it’s only 88 pages. If it’s not for you, so long, farewell. If you find it intriguing in any way, you might as well give the series a try. It pays off in the end!

Smut Level: This isn’t just a dirty read, it can be downright filthy. No exaggeration there. Consider yourself warned!

Get it on Amazon: Click Here. $4.99 Kindle Price. WGW. 313 Total Pages.