The Mermen Trilogy by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

November 09, 2022

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Link: The Mermen Trilogy

MERMEN: Book 1
These Mermen Don’t Have Tails, They’re Deadly as Hell, and They’ve Got Something He Wants…

INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.

There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.

SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.

Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?

EVERYTHING ABOUT THE ISLAND OF EL CORAZÓN IS WRONG. The men are ruthless warriors who call themselves mermen but don't have any fish parts, the island isn't exactly an island, and the women...well, let's just say their story isn't pretty. More like a nightmare. Which is exactly why billionaire Roen Doran will do anything to protect the woman he can't live without from that violent place. Including becoming the island's leader and giving her up forever.

WHEN LIV STRATTON ESCAPED THAT TERRIFYING ISLAND in the North Pacific after being shipwrecked, she didn't just leave behind the horror, she left behind Roen Doran. A man she didn't know, but who risked everything to save her. And now her heart can't seem to move on. So part of her wonders if it's somehow her fault she's been taken against her will and locked inside a ship bound for El Corazón. But an even bigger part wonders if Roen will lift a finger to save her this time. After all, now he's one of them...


Liv Stratton has had enough of evil mermen and the psychotic living island they call home. She’s been kidnapped, caged, attacked by sea creatures, and nearly drowned. A nice small-town girl can only take so much.

But after beating the impossible odds, Liv is finally safe at home in Alaska, only to realize that everything she holds dearest in this world is still back on that crazy island. Possibly dead. And if she wants to know what has become of the man she loves and her sister, she’ll have to return and confront the one thing she’s been trying to get away from: the island herself.

Only this time, Liv isn’t the same frightened human she once was. This time, they’ve messed with the wrong girl.

Genre - Paranormal Romance
Primarily Dual POV - 3rd person
Heat - practically non-existent / they had sex one and a half times (maybe), however, there is plenty of sexy talk
Format/Source - ebook purchases from Amazon

I don't know if you know anything about the men that MJP creates, but they are usually delicious and ridiculous. Roen was absolutely no different!

In book one, we're introduced to Liv, who's shipwrecked and left drifting in a life raft in the middle of the ocean. A man in said ocean brings her to shore on an island that appeared out of nowhere. Here she finds a world of hotness... men who defy belief, who are living their own definition of reality. They believe they're mermen on legs, that the island is alive, and that Liv is meant to be claimed.

Roen was one of the richest men in the world, owning a successful shipping conglomerate. A note from his dead father has him sailing into the middle of nowhere. He finds the vanishing island... and Liv.

It's lust at first sight and yet they can't stand each other. Or can they? It's them against an island full of mad mermen and when Roen starts acting like them, he does everything in his power to protect Liv. Even if it means sacrificing his own happiness with her.

By the end of the third book, these characters really became beloved people to me and I was a bit sad to see them go. The island was a real piece of work, the author did an incredible job of bringing the weirdness to life. I was amazed at the parallels that were drawn between this and reality. It was so surreal and wildly entertaining.

And don't even get me started on the note the author left at the end. I couldn't agree more with everything she said and I'm grateful she included these words.

After a long and horrific journey, Liv and Roen do get to enjoy a happy ending and honestly, I couldn't be happier for them.

Review // Brute Force, Machine, & Primal Urges by Lizzy Bequin

November 08, 2022

After reading and enjoying Invaded by Lizzy Bequin, I knew I wanted to read more from her. I knew I needed more of her books in my life. So I went through and downloaded a bunch to my kindle. Here are the three I've read so far!

Brute Force

Release - May 20, 2021
Genre - SciFi Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 5 out of 5 / although it took a while to get there, it was filthy
Format/Source - borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 168 pages
Publisher - Indie

My Rating - 3.5 stars

Stripped of my dignity and locked in a cage.
My only chance for freedom?
A savage alien brute...

I am the rightful queen of Xaridia. In theory at least. But in reality, I’ve been betrayed by those closest to me. Locked away in a cage.

I am not alone, however.

My new neighbor is a captured Dugorim warlord, the enemy of my people. He is a massive brute of an alien. Seven feet of bulging muscles and growling dominance.

I am grateful for the wall of bars separating us. This beast could easily tear me apart.

But he says he has a plan for escape. His species has a protective instinct that makes him strong enough to bend solid steel.

There’s just one little problem...

For his instinct to manifest, he requires a mate. And the way he’s looking at me through those bars tells me who he has in mind. That look makes me flush with shame and quiver with anticipation.

To what lengths am I willing to go to win my freedom?

Am I willing to submit to the alien’s plan?

Am I willing to kneel before him?

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This was an instalove story of deliciousness. It wasn't super smutty, it wasn't super deep, but it definitely hit the spot just right.

She was sitting in her own dungeon for daring to want peace. He was sitting there because he was an alpha alien. They couldn't be any more different, but they had a common goal: freedom.

And the method of gaining that freedom was both ridiculous and entertaining. Mating to gain invincible strength. Mating through bars. Hilarious and hot!

And the epilogue, with everything coming full circle with their son... amazing!


Release - July 1, 2020
Genre - SciFi Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 5 out of 5 / not filthy, but explicit
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 108 pages
Publisher - Indie

My Rating - 4 stars

He’s got me right where he wants me...

As soon as I saw the lifeless, derelict research vessel, I knew we should leave it alone. But I never expected to find myself caught in a nightmare such as this.
Captured by a rogue A.I.
His bionic tentacles have dragged me deep into his lair. He says I’m his specimen now. He says he’s going to examine me. He says I will teach him how to be a man.
And to make matters worse, he’s creating an artificial body for himself.
A brutal, dominating body, layered with hard, bionic muscles.
I should be trying to run for my life. But my body is responding to his curious touch in unexpected ways.
Shameful ways.
Now escape is the last thing on my mind...

“She broke my programming. Now I will break her...”

I’ve never seen a specimen quite like her before.
When my digital mind was damaged in the catastrophe, I lost all memory of women.
Zoe will help me recover it.
I will study her habits. I will study her emotions. And most of all, I will study her soft and fertile anatomy.
I will be exceedingly thorough.
This female specimen belongs to me now. She is mine and mine alone.
I will not share her. I will never allow her to escape.
There is so much she can teach me about being a man.
And I’m so very eager to learn...

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This book had me wondering what it would be like to have a cybernetic man of my own. Eon was freaking yummy! Zoe was trapped with him after being duped into a suicide mission. He was her only hope for survival and his 'brother' was determined to wipe her out... along with the rest of humanity. Insanely hot times and the discovery of selves were the driving points of this story. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I wonder if they were still out there somewhere during the epilogue many years in the future.

Primal Urges

Standalone - Primal Alphas #1
Release - September 30, 2019
Genre - SciFi Romance
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 97 pages
Publisher Indie

My Rating - 3 stars

At the Facility, I was used as a human guinea pig for the professor’s bizarre whims. Now I have escaped, but I don’t know how long I can last in this unforgiving wilderness. Lost and alone, I fear I will fall prey to one of the predators inhabiting this dark forest.

But I never expected the predator would come in the shape of a man.

The rough and rugged alpha warns me to stay far away from him. He tells me he is a beast with carnal instincts that he can’t restrain. He warns that if I stay, he will have no choice but to pin me down and use me in the most animalistic ways imaginable, shattering me with climaxes like I’ve never dared to experience before.

He promises he will break me.

I should heed his warnings and flee, but there is something about this man’s scent that tells me I was created to be his mate, and it makes me want to put all of his threats to the test. Now I’m about to find out what happens when an alpha gives in to his primal urges.

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The idea behind this story was so intriguing that I wanted more. I'm really interested in stories that delve into the madness of men. Trying to make supermen, enslaving fellow humans, changing our biochemistry, unleashing us on each other and the world... so interesting.

Once 'normal' humans, Gareth and Allegra were experimented on and controlled. Even when they were free, the facility was still trying to usher them into doing what they wanted. Their fight for freedom was very entertaining and I think it woud have only been better if this book was longer. I've seen what this author can do if she's given time and space to allow her story to grow. I can only imagine how much more I would have enjoyed this book. And her epilogues are so sweet!

Review // Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty by Lani Lynn Vale

October 26, 2022

Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty by Lani Lynn Vale

Finally realized that I wasn't asking too much. I was just asking the wrong person. ~ Wake to Dutch

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Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty by Lani Lynn Vale

Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty by Lani Lynn Vale

Standalone - Gator Bait MC #1
Release - November 1, 2022
Genre - Contemporary Romance / MC romance elements
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5 / several descriptive scenes
Format/Source - eARC provided by Uplifting Author Services
Length - 257 pages
Publisher - Indie

The problem with Wake was that he was understandable.

He was the type of villain that literally scared the absolute sh*t out of you because you knew that under the right circumstances, you could end up exactly like him.

Which, sadly, was the case for me.

I’d done the exact same thing as Wake, and now I was a murderer just like him.

Did I know that I did wrong? Hell yes.

Did I regret that? Hell no.

Did I plan on changing a thing? Also, no.

Was I falling in love with a man that should scare the shit out of me? A resounding hell yes.

My Two Cents

4.5 "Spousal Privilege" stars

Nobody Cares Unless You're Pretty was the perfect introduction to the Gator Bait series!

After meeting Wake Westfield during the craziness of Bram and Dory's story, I was excited to see that he was getting his own book. Not only that, but it would be in a new, undiscovered town with completely new characters. And to say that these people are already compelling would be an understatement. Getting to know them here was such a treat!

So there's Wake, who had served time for killing the man who thought it was okay to touch his daughter. And he didn't stop there. Oh no... He wanted everyone to feel as safe as his daughter did, so he went on a spree and started killing all of the pedophiles in the area. I know I shouldn't condone his behavior, but... I can't help myself!!

Then there's Dutch, who met Wake by asking him how to get away with murder. It was love at first sight, for both of them. If only their story was that easy.

Terror and corruption were rife in the town of Accident, and it was up to these two and their friends to fight against it, by any means necessary. There were plenty of laughs, tender moments, and tons of love interspersed with bits of suspense and mystery, making this a book I couldn't put down.

I had to know what happened next.
I needed to know that my peeps were going to be okay.
And behind all of that, I was also rooting for Dayden and Lolo. Tell me these two weren't adorable?!

New series. New stories. New characters. I'm definitely gonna be here for all of it!

The Author

Lani Lynn Vale is married to the love of her life that she met in high school. She fell in love with him because he was wearing baseball pants. Ten years later they have three perfectly crazy children and a cat named Demon who likes to wake her up at ungodly times in the night. They live in the greatest state in the world, Texas. She writes contemporary and romantic suspense, and has a love for all things romance. You can find Lani in front of her computer writing away in her fictional characters world...that is until her husband and kids demand sustenance in the form of food and drink.

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Review // A Queen of Broken Realms by Brynne Weaver

October 25, 2022

A Queen of Broken Realms by Brynne Weaver

So many times I've tried to imagine we weren't meant to be enemies, even when we were. I wanted to forget we were a vampire and a demon, hunter and prey. I wished we were just a man and a woman, trying to come to terms with one another. Probably ourselves too. Now, suddenly, I realize how precious this moment is. Because I'm not trying. That's all we are.

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A Queen of Broken Realms by Brynne Weaver

A Queen of Broken Realms by Brynne Weaver

The Shadow Realm #3
Release - October 27, 2022
Genre - Paranormal Romance / enemies-to-lovers
Dual POV - 1st person
Heat - 4 out of 5 / several descriptive scenes
Format/Source - eARC provided by the author
Length - 379 pages
Publisher - Indie

Lu promised herself she would never go back to the Shadow Realm, but the fates have other plans. Ashen has forfeited his rule to crown Lu the Queen of the Reapers, and now she has the power to remake the realm of the demons, to bring back merciful justice to the land where souls suffer in eternal servitude and violence lurks in the twilight fog. But not everyone is on board with the new change in leadership to a vampire queen, and following the torture and trauma of her last visit to the Shadow Realm, Lu isn’t thrilled about it either.

Trouble is, there are worse creatures than the dangerous demons whose flaming eyes follow her through their realm of darkness.

Lu’s enemies aren’t just lurking in the shadows. They’re beating down her door.

When Lu and Ashen are attacked in the Shadow Realm, the secret goals of the Nephilim begin to surface like creatures of the deep, dragging everyone’s ancient history with them as they rise. And if the Nephilim succeed, they will seize the ultimate power to rebuild the realms to their own design. Their reach and might is greater than anyone anticipated. And unless Lu can conquer not only her own fears but the distrust that immortals hold against one another, the Nephilim will win the new war.

Secrets have sharp edges in the Shadow Realm. Love can be a lethal poison. And Lu must never forget…
No betrayal is worse than when it’s delivered by the hand of someone you love.

A Queen of Broken Realms by Brynne Weaver

My Two Cents

4.5 "A few endings... and new beginnings" stars

With A Queen of Broken Realms, Brynne Weaver delivered a book full of action, chaos, blood and guts mayhem, and so much love. Seriously, love was virtually overflowing from the pages of this book!

Who knew that such a perilous story would also make me laugh? I laughed so freaking much and at the most inappropriate times, but that was the kind of humor these characters had. Finding joy amidst the darkness. Having a smile through the madness. And I loved every moment that this demon full of rage and his lover found happiness.

"Your touch reminds me that there are better things than rage." - Ashen

In the end, everyone is where they are meant to be. Honestly, I don't want to give you much more than that because this is a story you need to experience yourself. And while I'm still left in confusion as to why Ashen gave up his kingdom (yes, yes... I get it... he's broken and feels undeserving... but STILL c'mon!!), my bafflement means nothing. Because this story was amazing. Each person that mattered was incredible. Ashen is still my favorite, but Lu is right up there because she was beautifully vulnerable in this book. So real!

So yeah, start from book one and read on. The discovery of The Shadow Realm does not disappoint!

Quick Peek

I take off my clothes, setting them on a dry patch of stone when I'm done. Ashen places his on mine and I nearly choke on my own spit.
"What?" he asks, confusion thick in his voice as I cough. It's impossible to look hot in a bikini when you hack up a lung, by the way, but I still make a valiant effort.
"It's just...I mean...I've seen you naked—"
"Obviously—" "And I've seen you with tailored suits, and armor, and then those snakeskin wings, I mean those are really f*cking hot. Seriously. I like the wings. But why," I say, my voice almost pained as I wave my hand in his direction and try not to cough. "Why is it you look even hotter in swim trunks? Your audacity knows no bounds, Ashen."
And oh my God, no sooner do the words leave my mouth than the demon blushes. Impossibly, he's even sexier than he was just two seconds ago. I cross my arms beneath my boobs and cock a hip and give him a chastising arch of my brow like this is a problem. Frankly, it is. Those low-slung black swim trunks with their subtle diamond pattern in thin lines of charcoal gray, the expanse of muscle and radiant skin and lines upon lines of black tattoos, they are a problem. A big problem. Because I'm about ready to jump him in what will shortly be a public location full of off-season human tourists looking to make the most of this instagrammable location.

The Author

Brynne is a fan of velociraptors, the Alien movies (well, most of them), red wine, and wild adventures.

She can relate nearly anything you say to a line from the movie Hot Fuzz. She has been trying unsuccessfully for years to convince her husband that they should acquire a pet mink to add to their menagerie of animals (what could possibly go wrong with that plan?!).

Brynne has been everything from an archaeologist to a waitress, a deep-sea core analyst to an advertising account executive. For the last several years, she has been working in the field of neuroscience clinical research. Brynne has been writing since childhood and has published a non-fiction book under her real name, but she won’t tell you what it is unless you provide a live, fully trained velociraptor.

When not busy at her day job or writing, Brynne can be found working with her husband and their son on their family farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, or enjoying her other passions which include riding horses, reading, and spending time with family and friends around a raclette and a bottle of wine.

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