Review: Not Your Damn Submissive by Amy Valenti

Review: Not Your Damn Submissive by Amy ValentiNot Your Damn Submissive by Amy Valenti
Series: Denial #1
June 6, 2014
Genres: Erotica
Pages: 217
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US

I’m beyond pissed off with Callum Connors.

Yeah—THE Callum Connors, star of my favourite TV show…and all my most private fantasies.

He’s a self-confessed Dom, and he wants me, even though I told him outright that I’m not interested in submission or in him.

But then I kissed him.

What possessed me? I don’t even remember who started it, me or him—just that I brushed against him, and then we were on the way to third base in the middle of the set.

Maybe I should have told him no again afterwards, but I just wanted to escape before he tried to take it further. I didn’t think I’d be able to resist him.

I still don’t.

Now he’s somehow thrown us together for two whole weeks, getting the studio to temporarily change my job from set decorator to his personal assistant. I can live with being his assistant, but I am not his damn submissive.

No matter how sexy he is.

One star is perhaps a bit harsh, so I’m giving it a 1.5. I know, it’s not much better but let me explain. 
I had zero connection to this book. Not to the story or the characters. 
Kat is a set designer’s assistant at a large studio. When she hears that actor Callum Connor is going to be on the lot to film a pilot, she decides she needs to take a vacation at that time. See, Callum is rumored to be into BDSM, a Dom. Kat has watched Callum on the big screen, formed a bit of crush even, but her past keeps her from wanting to be anywhere near his supposed strong personality. 
At this point you’re probably wondering what happened to make her run from a job where she might be in the same room with a celeb who may or may not even take notice of her. 
When Kat was younger, a vulnerable young thing, she read a book. Just one, apparently. One book with some kink in it that prompted her to tell her much older boyfriend that she was interested in being dominated. No research was done, no further reading… just “Hey, let me be your sub…whatever that means.” 
It does not turn out well. In fact, it turns out horribly wrong. It turns extremely abusive. 
This is what causes her to attempt to avoid Callum. It’s an unsuccessful attempt and on the first day of knowing each other, after mere minutes of conversation…Callum is bare ass spanking her. 
I’m not quite sure this is how the D/s world works. In fact, I’m fairly sure this is not how it works. 
It was an unbelievable scenario. I realize this is Erotica and plot is not the main focus, but it was needed. 
Kat fights her attraction, but again fails. Once she decides she does have an undeniable attraction she finally finds her way to Google and one night of research has her figuring out she was an idiot. 
I felt like she was an idiot start to finish, sadly. Callum was entirely too forward and pushy, it did not feel like a responsible response to a D/s relationship and honestly…shouldn’t that be the entire point of the story given Kat’s past?  Granted, he’s unaware of her past and when he does find out he eases off.  However, the entire plot just never settled in the right spot for me.


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WTF Friday #2: Grapefruiting Your Man

**WTF Friday is a weekly feature here at Black Heart, where we explore the stranger side of life.  It will not always be suitable for ages under 18, for work or for people lacking a sense of humor.  This is all in the name of entertainment, don’t take it too seriously.**
Blowjobs. Fellatio. BJ. Polishing the knob. When it comes to giving oral sex, or as I like to call it, slurpin’ the gherkin, most women usually fall into two categories: LOVE IT or HATE IT. Some women are always down to go down. Others would rather have a root canal. But, there are also a good number of women out there who fall in middle ground. These are the women who have practiced for weeks, months, or even years to learn to love blowing the whistle.

Swallowing the sword can be an acquired taste, and there hundreds of tips out there to help it make it as pleasurable for you and your partner. Just pick up a copy of Cosmo or Glamour magazine and I’m sure they’ll have new tips and tricks to share with you.

Most recently, I heard of a technique that really had me intrigued. If you spend a good amount of time trolling the internet, then I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about Auntie Angel’s grapefruit video. The title of the video alone had me interested, and lets get real here for a second….any technique that makes giving blow jobs easier, or in this case, tastier, is something I want to see or read about.

Auntie Angel claims that “grapefruiting” is the best feeling you could give your man because it feels like you’re giving head and fucking him at the same time. And, it can all be achieved in a few simple steps!

Step-by-Step technique to grapefruiting your man:
  1. Get a grapefruit and keep it in room temperature
  2. Cut off the two navel ends of the grapefruit
  3. Hallow out a hole in the middle of the grapefruit the size of your man’s penis
  4. Blindfold your man
  5. Do a little sucky sucky to get your man hard and ready
  6. Slide grapefruit up and down your man’s schlong while you give him the best blow job of your life

Following some steps seems easy but you definitely need to watch Auntie Angel herself demonstrating how you grapefruit your man. The Darth Vader slurpee sounds she makes while she goes to town on that dildo is priceless…..
Seems easy, right? It’s like you’re giving your man a 2 for 1 deal! This technique could come in handy when your boyfriend/lover/husband is pestering you for a little nookie but you just don’t feel like it cause you have a headache. Auntie Angel definitely makes it look like its easy and makes giving head seem so easy. Not everyone can be like Anastasia Steele, who seemed to be a pro when she first stuck Christian Grey’s meat stick in her mouth and didn’t seem to have a gag reflex. Some women need some help in this department and grapefruiting seems like the next fad in bedroom activities. 
I can definitely see how men could find the feeling of a grapefruit wrapped around their meat stick pleasurable. But how many men do you think open to this? And what if your man isn’t that well endowed? Would the technique work if you used a lemon or clementine? What if you were allergic to citrus? Could you use other fruits?
This is definitely an interesting tip and I’m curious as to how many people would be willing to try it. 
So, have you ever heard about grapefruiting? Would you be willing to try it? 
Leave us your comments below. 

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Character Interview + Giveaway: A.m. Jones

The heart wants what the heart wants—a concept that free-spirited author T.M. Dabney, never understood until she laid eyes on her new cover model, Eli.

Eli Gregor, a struggling musician and mechanic, thinks he knows the true meaning of heartbreak—that is until he accepts a business venture with the alluring Taylor Dabney. With her help, he pieces his life back together when his dreams dangle within reach and once again everything falls apart. And his success comes with a price he doesn’t want to pay.

Caught between better judgment and desire, they find themselves at a crossroads—should they make the best decision for their careers or give in to their undeniable connection?

A torrid tale that weaves humor, drama, and sexual tension, Ink Slapped will leave you reeling and wanting more.
Best pick up line ever used? 
Eli: Never a line, I try to make her laugh.
Did it work?
Eli: Most times. When I see that flirty response, I know I have her attention.
Favorite band?
Eli: Depends on the genre, decade, and mood.
That’s like asking Taylor what her favorite book is. *laughs* Some of my
influences are Jimmy Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jim Morrison, Johnny Cash,
Slash, Dimebag Darrell, Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughn… Just to name a
few… There are many more and many that are new to the scene that I
meet on a weekly basis.
Best make out song?
Eli: Just one? *laughs* If you only make
out to one, you’re doing something wrong. Just play a whole album and
you’re to go. My choice would be The Deftone’s White Pony. I love
industrial rock and this album is one of my favorites of the genre. They
did some inspiring stuff with it. Not to mention the trip-trop effects
and heavy–never mind, no one wants to hear me ramble. *laughs*

Funny story, in high school, I made out with a girl to No Diggity.
When I think about it now, I strongly believe that song had something to
do with the loss of my virginity. I had no clue what I was doing.
Are you a heart breaker or do you get your heart broken? 
Eli: We all would like to think we’re heartbreakers, but you always remember getting heartbroken.
Describe your dream girl?
Eli: Someone
I can share my deepest secrets, fears, fantasies, and joys with and
who’ll want to hear them. It’s all I have to give and those things are
the most sacred. 
Ever teared up at a movie? 
Eli: I usually don’t go for the sappy sad stuff… But I have and recently.
Which one?
Eli: Frankenweenie… Man, I felt for that kid when his dog kicked the
bucket, but what made me tear up was when he brought him back to life. 
Boxers, briefs or other? 
Eli: Boxers, gotta give it some room without any chaffing. 
Best song to serenade a woman with? 
Eli: Good question. It really depends on the woman and your intentions. I love singing whatever comes to mind.
Favorite position? 
Eli: Yeah, not really picky. Um, I like
watching stuff bounce, so the more of that I can take in at once the
better, but I also like to…*grins wickedly* well, yeah. Not picky.
Sunrise or sunset? 
Eli: Sunset… I wrote a song about it before called, ‘Checkin’ the
Gloaming.’ It’s about that time of day and also when I’m most creative.

Author A.M. Jones is a hopeless romantic with a lewd mind. She resides in Tennessee and writes about anything that strikes her inspiration and creativity. Her strength in characterization makes realistic elements of humor, angst, and drama jump from the page and into your soul. Ms. Jones’ other half has published books in dark fantasy and continues to do so.

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Reveal + Giveaway: Follow (Social Media #1) by JA Huss


I fuck them. I use them. I pay them off. I find another. My demands are never denied. My contracts are always signed. They submit to me. Willingly. Completely. Temporarily. This is how it’s always been.

Until I saw that filthy tweet.

@VaughnAsher My bare pussy. Your tongue. #ThingsIThinkAboutToGetOff

“FilthyBlueBird” thinks she can tease me with hashtags and then hide behind a Twitter handle? She thinks I wouldn’t be more than happy to #RockHerFilthyWorld? She’s wrong.

Her online fantasy is about to collide with her public reality, and it’s about to happen… now.

Social Media release schedule:

Aug 27th – #1 FOLLOW
Sept 10th – #2 LIKE
Sept 24th – #3 BLOCK
Oct 8th – #4 STATUS
Oct 22nd – #5 PROFILE
Nov 5th – #6 HOME

J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think
and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but
since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science
fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy,
and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado
State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the
University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado
doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now
she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book
Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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Review: Please, Pretty Lights by Ina Zajec

Review: Please, Pretty Lights by Ina ZajecPlease, Pretty Lights July 16, 2014
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 314
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
Amazon US

It’s September when good girl Via Sorenson stumbles into a Seattle strip club, drunk and alone on her twenty-first birthday. Matt and Nick—best friends, bandmates, and bouncers—do their best to shield her from their sadistic cocaine-trafficking boss, Carlos. They don’t realize her daddy issues come with a forty-million-dollar trust fund and a legacy she would do anything to escape.

She is actually Violetta Rabbotino, who had been all over the news ten years earlier when her father, an acclaimed abstract artist, came home in a rage, murdered her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Young Violetta was spared, hidden behind the family Christmas tree, veiled by the mysticism of its pretty lights whose unadulterated love captivated and calmed her.

Now, desperate to shed her role as orphaned victim, Via stage dives into a one-hundred-day adventure with Matt and Nick, the bassist and drummer of popular nineties cover band Obliviot. The rock-and-roll lifestyle is the perfect distraction—until she is rattled by true love. As Christmas looms closer, her notorious past becomes undeniable. How will she ever untangle herself from her twisted string of pretty lights?

Please, Pretty Lights is full of raw, grimy, damaged characters. The best kind, in my opinion.

Via witnesses the most horrific thing a child can see, at the age of 11. Her life changes that day and her world ends up revolving around that event. A decade later, on her twenty first birthday reality takes on her fragile shell of a life and dumps it in the gutter.

Drunk and looking for something, a release or a feeling of anything but numbness, she stumbles into amateur night at a local strip club. One night, changes her life for both better and worse.

Worse in that it opens her humble church mouse existence into drugs, sex and general debauchery. But better because it brings real people into her life. People that see her for who she is and not what she should or could be.

“I want to wash your hair.”  “My hair?” “It will feel better to you than anything I could ever do with my dick,” he said.

Via took some time to grow on me. At first, like any human with a heart, I felt for the little girl Via was. But it was harder to feel bad for the young woman who was constantly making really bad decisions. She grows on you though and as the layers fall away you gain such an understanding of why she is who she is. You begin to root for her, even after she lets you down time and time again.

Two characters that did not have to grow on me are Matt and Nick. They were adorably quirky from the jump. It was like insta-love for me. I am crushing on them both hard. They are far from perfect, they are perfectly flawed.

As the lives of these three intertwine and become dependent on each other, the darker the story gets. It’s a story of broken girl becoming a broken young woman and love saving her but only after it destroys her first.


It’s not the easiest book to read. It’s tragic, sad, gritty, dark and at times violent. The first, perhaps, fifty percent is quite slow but then you connect and so much happens – making it really hard to set aside.

I will say that I had some issue with the writing style. There were times were it felt frenetic. I had moments were I wondered why thoughts were thrown in where they were. Maybe it was to add to the frantic characters mindsets. I’m not sure, but there moments when I was a bit thrown.

Ultimately, my thoughts brought me to the belief that this is really a great debut. It won’t resonate with all readers. If you don’t like raw stories or you like graphic sexual experiences, this isn’t your book. If you like messed up characters, fighting to find a place in the world – then give this one a shot.


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Series Spotlight + Giveaway: Ten Tiny Breaths Series by K.A. Tucker

K.A. Tucker’s Ten Tiny Breaths series is just the kind of book series that will sweep you away and make you feel as if you are in the story with the characters. Tucker is a master wordsmith and emerges you in each and every raw emotion her characters feels. It’s impossible to read one of these and not feel some kind deep connection with the characters. You’ll walk away feeling each and every one of these people are your friends. 
Ten Tiny Breaths is a superb new adult series filled with just the right combination of flawed characters, angst, emotions, and romance. Each book stands out from the rest of the series and just seems to get better and better. If you haven’t started this series yet, then you better get on it.

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago, Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable, and Trent is desperate to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.

Livie Cleary has always been Miss Perfect—but she soon learns that perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and finding out who she really is might mean making some mistakes along the way.

“Make me proud.” These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to live up to this standard through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience—and her heart.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes; set herself up for medical school; and meet a good, respectable guy to someday marry. Her plan definitely does not include Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say “no” to; or Ashton, the arrogant—and extremely attractive—captain of the men’s rowing team who makes Livie’s usually nonexistent temper flare. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fit Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father, and, with it, the only identity she’s ever known.

I believe you don’t have years, or months, or weeks to impact a person’s life. You have seconds. Seconds to win them over, and seconds to lose them.

Owning a strip club isn’t the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second-guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict “no sleeping with his staff” rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain’s self-control . . . and it’s been a long time since any woman has done that.

Twenty-two-year-old Charlie Rourke needs a lot of money, really fast, in order to vanish before it’s too late. Taking her clothes off for men makes her stomach curl, but Charlie tells herself that at least she’s putting her acting and dancing skills to good use. And though her fellow dancers seem eager to nab their sexy, sophisticated, and genuinely caring boss, she’s not interested. After all, Charlie Rourke doesn’t really exist—and the girl pretending to be her can’t get distracted by romance.

Unfortunately, Charlie soon discovers that developing feelings for Cain is inevitable, and that those feelings may not be unrequited—but losing him when he finds out what she’s involved with will be more painful than any other sentence awaiting her.

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.
Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.
If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…
Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.
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