The Discipline (Lessons in Control #2) by Jade A. Waters

disciplineHow far would you go to fulfill a fantasy?
Maya Clery has taken risks before. Her relationship with Dean Sova started out as a risk—a series of sexual assignments, each hotter, wilder, more intense than the last. Exploring her submissive side with a powerful, trustworthy Dominant has been everything she hoped for, everything she needed.
Dean pushes Maya to her limits—it’s one of the things she loves most about him. But as they push the boundaries outside their sex life, meeting friends and family members, Maya realizes there’s still much she doesn’t know about the man with whom she’s sharing her bed.
And when a fantasy simmering between them becomes their latest challenge, past secrets begin to reveal weaknesses in their relationship that neither is ready to face.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1I liked the first book in the Lessons in Control series, The Assignment, but as you can tell from my review, even though I liked it, I had some minor issues with it. In The Discipline, I’m sorry to say, I had even more. *sigh*

Okay, so I didn’t hate The Discipline. Maya and Dean had come a long way since they first met. They’d gotten close and learned a lot about each other, but not everything. Their relationship was as hot as ever and Dean found new ways to push Maya, which she loved. What she didn’t love was the fact that she knew he was hiding something from her. And there lies my issue…

Dean was broken by events from his past, but he didn’t share that with Maya. Instead he stalled her whenever she brought things up. The secrecy was frustrating, for both Maya and me as a reader. So much pain, frustration and craziness could have been avoided if Dean or someone… anyone would have filled Maya in on just a little bit of Dean’s past. What he hid from her was a big deal and, once again, he put her in a situation that got out of hand because of his irresponsibility.

Other than my frustration with the characters, The Discipline was still a pretty good read. On a side note, I’m not sure if it was because of that frustration or not, but I found myself skimming over some of the sex in The Discipline. I’m not a prudish reader (have you seen my book list?) but by the end, I’d had enough and there didn’t seem to be much new. Regardless of how Dean and Maya frustrated me, Jade A. Waters isn’t done with this couple yet and neither am I. I’m hoping that they’ve learned from there mistakes and they’re working their way toward a deserved HEA, so I’ll stick with them.

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Beyond Control (Beyond #2) by Kit Rocha

beyondcontrolShe refuses to be owned.
Alexa Parrino escaped a life of servitude and survived danger on the streets to become one of the most trusted, influential people in Sector Four, where the O’Kanes rule with a hedonistic but iron fist. Lex has been at the top for years, and there’s almost nothing she wouldn’t do for the gang…and for its leader. Lie, steal, kill—but she bows to no one, not even Dallas O’Kane.
He’ll settle for nothing less.
Dallas fought long and hard to carve a slice of order out of the chaos of the sectors. Dangers both large and small threaten his people, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. His liquor business is flourishing, and new opportunities fuel his ambition. Lex could help him expand his empire, something he wants almost as much as he wants her. And no one says no to the king of Sector Four.
Falling into bed is easy, but their sexual games are anything but casual. Attraction quickly turns to obsession, and their careful dance of heady dominance and sweet submission uncovers a need so deep, so strong, it could crush them both.

I’ll admit, the Beyond series is not for everyone. It’s dark, gritty, erotic and at times, terrifying. It’s also a lot more than what’s obvious on the surface.

Readers were introduced to Alex and Dallas in Beyond Shame. Sector Four’s leaders were a force to be reckoned with, yet they ruled with fairness and compassion – as well as iron fists.

Alex had fought hard to get where she was and far away from where and who she had been. She cared about the gang and fought for them as hard as she fought for herself. Dallas was the same. He earned the respect he was given. He depended on Alex to keep him on an even keel. It was hard for both of them to admit any weakness at all.

There were parts of this story that were as beautiful as they were harsh. The was a edge to everything about these men and women who loved as hard as they fought. They didn’t hold back and lived their lives to the extreme. To say that this world created by Kit Rocha is intense would be an extreme understatement.

There were things about Beyond Control that I didn’t expect. Beyond all the sex, fighting and vying for control, emotions were running high. I kind of expected that, but I didn’t expect tears and I most definitely didn’t expect Dallas to come as close as he did to breaking my heart. He almost lost everything…

There are a couple of novellas thrown into the mix, but the next book in the series is Beyond Pain, featuring Six and Bren. It’s been almost 2 years since I read Beyond Shame, but now that I’ve pulled myself back into this world, I’m pretty sure it won’t be that long before I pick up Beyond Pain.

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Deny (Jericho Brotherhood #3) by Jade Chandler

denyIn the third installment of Jade Chandler’s down-and-dirty Jericho Brotherhood motorcycle club series, two hard cases deny the beyond-carnal bond that forms between them…until it’s almost too late
When we f*ck I forget my name, but I never planned to love her.
I never thought I’d make her my old lady.
From our very first scene, we’ve been fighting for control. She’s the one woman who can bring me to my knees, make me beg. Make me feel.
Now I need to give it all up to save her.
Fury is my weapon when I confront the enemies bold enough to lay hands on my gorgeous Marr. Raw rage is what’s fueling my fight against the ones who want to end everything the Brotherhood stands for.
We’re on the brink of war and I will burn this club to the ground before I let them hurt my woman again.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Why yes, I did read the third book in a series before reading the first two… this is not a new thing. Of course it’s a thing I don’t really recommend, but that’s beside the point. In fact, there really isn’t a point here, so let’s just get down to the review and leave it at that. *sigh*

So… even though Deny was my introduction to the Jericho Brotherhood, I can’t say I was confused. Some of the back story would have been nice, but enough blanks were filled in to help along the way. Which means there’s no need to panic if you don’t pick up Enough or Release first. The only other thing that you need to know before starting this series is that Jade Chandler holds nothing back. This series is raw, angry, violent… in other words, the Brotherhood is not a group you want to mess with – even within the ranks. These guys protect their own and will do it at any cost.

Marr’s connection to the Brotherhood was through their sex club. She was as ‘alpha’ as Jericho, which made things interesting. Needless to say, there wasn’t much give and take in their relationship. Marr had a hard time playing by the rules, especially when they weren’t exactly spelled out for her. And then there was Jericho. He was about as broken as an alpha male could be, but his attraction to Marr was as hard to fight as it was dangerous for both of them. The danger came from the people who wanted Jericho gone because people he cared about were a weakness. Lucky for them, there wasn’t a thing about either Jericho or Marr that was weak.

There were a lot of things about Deny that got under my skin and roamed well beneath my comfort zone. That’s okay though, I like books that make me squirm a little. Oh, and in case your curious, Enough and Release are now on my TBR list. 😉

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Ghost of a Chance (Pinnacle Point #1) by Kelly Apple

GhostOfAChanceKellyWhen he was alive, Chance Harker was stuck in a boring job and a relationship that was going nowhere. Now that he’s dead, a whole new world has opened up for him.
He has a challenging job with a PI firm, his run of a swank hotel, and plenty of interesting people to keep an eye on. The only thing missing from his afterlife is great sex. Hell, he’d settle for mediocre sex at this point. Any sex at all, in fact.
Finding out the research facility run by Pinnacle Point Pharms is looking for those with strange and unusual sexual issues, Chance decides to check it out. Because if a sex clinic with supernatural ties can’t help him get a little nookie, he’ll have to resign himself to an eternity of unfulfilled desires.
And no self-respecting ghost wants that.
Warning: This book contains a horny ghost who tends to go invisible at the worst possible moment, a woman with exceptional flexibility, and a box of powdered donuts. The break room will never be the same again.

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Oh the warning… if you heed it, you’re good. 😉 In all seriousness… well as serious as you can be when reviewing a Kelly Apple erotica read… this is the first book that I’ve requested for review that I had to admit that it was partially because of the cover. The truth is that the cover caught my eye before I even realized who the author was. Honestly, another blogger told me that it was available and that’s when I realized who the author was. That almost never happens. Really, I NEVER pick a book based on its cover… NEVER! (And for the record… this confession is coming from a graphic artist.) Even so, I didn’t make the request to review it until I realized it who the author was… but honestly… that cover is really hard to pass up, right?

So, on to the important stuff.. the actual book. As expected, Ghost of a Chance was a fun romp into a new Kelly Apple series. There was plenty of smexiness and funny banter between witty characters to make the first installment of the Pinnacle Point series a quick, entertaing read. And then there’s also the interesting use of powdered donuts… Let’s just say I’ll never look at them the same way again… or at least not giggle the next time I see them… which may or may not be difficult to explain. 😉

I can’t wait to see what’s next in store for the next set of characters in Pinnacle Point...

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