Review~Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Title: Sweet Ruin 
Series: Immortals After Dark #16
Author: Kresley Cole
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 384
Heat Level: 3 out 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty…

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl… to would-be superhero… to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood – and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust. 

Review

If you follow my reviews, you know I have a separate rating system for Cole. She always starts with a five star review. 1 star because it’s Kresley Cole, 1 star because I love the series, 1 star because she makes me belly laugh with her humor, 1 star because she’s a genius with her story telling and 1 star for hot sex scenes.

Rune is a dark fae. This means while he’s very powerful, he is also poison. He can’t kiss anyone and they can’t take his blood. The demon in him also means that while he can have sex, he can’t ejaculate until he finds his mate. Rune is a member of a group of all powerful beings from different Lore species that seem like the governing body of the Lore. Kinda of peace keepers but not really. He uses sex with Nymphs of all kinds to gain whatever info is needed for whatever his current mission is.

Josephine is a bit of a mystery. She’s a half female vampire/half phantom. She is young and has had no one to teach her the ways of what she should do. She was orphaned with her baby brother and they lived on the street until a kindly librarian kind of took care of them. Josephine loves her baby brother with everything she is. She even loves him enough to let him go after her untimely “death”.

She and Rune stumble upon one another and sparks fly. Rune is convinced because of his mixed species he will never have a mate. Josephine wants nothing more than a family and to be loved. These were good characters but I never fully connected with them as a couple. Cole’s last couple books have thrown characters that I either didn’t know or didn’t care about at me. I again realize that Cole is building her story arc here but I still don’t like it. I don’t know whether it’s because of the length of the series or my starting to fall out of love with paranormal romance that I feel this way. I have loved her characters for so long but her newest ones have left me wanting. I know that if she gives us Nix or Furie’s stories, the series will probably end but I want them anyway!

I got a little of Val Hall and Nix but not enough of the other Valkyries. I so badly want to live in Val Hall! So, in closing, 1 star for Cole, 1 star for her humor, 1 star for my love of the series and a half a star for the sex. I had to wait too long for it and despite my liking the characters, I don’t care about them. Give us what we want. If you can’t give us Nix or Furie, how about more Macrieve boys or the Alpha of werewolves from this story. Nobody does wolf shifters like Cole.

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Review~The Rock by Monica McCarty

Title: The Rock 
Series: Highland Guard #11
Author: Monica McCarty
Genre: Historical Romance
Pages: 416
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

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The first time he caught sight of Elizabeth Douglas, Thomas MacGowan thought she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful Lord of Douglas might as well be. When it becomes clear that his childhood companion will never see him as a man she could love, Thom joins Edward Bruce’s army as a man-at-arms to try to change his lot. If he’s harbored a secret hope that he could close the gap between them, he faces the cold, hard truth when Elizabeth comes to him for help. She might need the boy who used to climb cliffs to rescue her brother from the hands of the English, but she would never see the son of a smith as a man worthy of her hand.

Review

Tommy was a smithy’s son who fell in love with his Laird’s daughter. He, a village girl, the Laird’s son and the Laird’s daughter all grew up playing together, They spent countless hours running around the estate grounds and village.. Despite their class differences, they were inseparable. As they grew up, Tommy’s love for Elizabeth never wavered. Elizabeth was sent away to France for a while and came back all grown up.

Elizabeth has always considered Tom her best friend. Whether together or apart, he was her greatest confidante She probably spent more time with Tom than she should’ve due to their class distinctions. The Tom she finds on her return is different. He’s all grown up and his desire is to be a soldier. This is a goal he has spent years striving toward.

Elizabeth needs Tom’s help and doesn’t hesitate to ask him for it. When they both realize that they have feelings for one another beyond friendship, they both have to decide if their love is worth all they could lose.

I liked this book. The friendship was sweet & innocent, until it wasn’t. When it wasn’t, YOWZA! Hot! I am saddened as this series winds to a close. Monica McCarty writes great Scottish Highlander romance.
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Review~Lawless by T.M. Frazier

Title: Lawless 
Series: King #3
Author: T.M. Frazier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 231
Heat Level: 4 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

Thia is prim and proper.
Bear is leather and lawless.
It will never work between them.
It’s a lie they almost believe…

Review

Bear, Bear, Bear. What a tortured hero. Maybe anti-hero. He’s crass, brash, drunk a lot, high a lot and he loves whoring. I loved him from the first time I read about him.

Bear has an encounter with Thia at a gas station when Thia is just eleven. Don’t panic, it’s not a sexual encounter. There’s a situation where Thia saved Bear’s MC some possible trouble. Bear gave Thia one of his rings as a thank you. He also tells her if she ever needs anything from him to come to his MC and let him know.

Thia never forgot Bear. He had her heart from that first moment. Years later, she needs his help and goes to get it. What she finds is anything but help and sets the pace for this story.

Relentless pacing, shudder inducing scenes, graphic violence and of course, hot sex make this a great read and I’m ready for the next book. Now!
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Review ~ The Queen of Swords by Alana Melos

Title: The Queen of Swords
Series: Villainess #1
Author: Alana Melos
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Erotica
Pages: 85
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Mindy
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Meet Caprice, better known as the villainess Capricious Whim….

Caprice is a woman who works hard and plays hard. She’s a veteran villain of Imperial City, and what you might call a ‘maladjusted individual’. While she plots to achieve her own goals, she’s forced to take whatever jobs may come along, and any unintended consequences from them!

The heroes don’t always win in this world, but being a villain has its own unique set of problems.

[Warning, explicit sexual content including light bdsm. Over 26,000+ words.]

 

 

Review

 

 

Supers, metahumans, mutants and freaks oh my! Sounds like my kind of crowd. Caprice Whim is perfectly beautiful and those kind of looks aren’t cheap. She is a telepathic killer for hire with telekinetic powers. All the “super villains” hang out at The Underground to find jobs and make connections. This is where Caprice teams up with Michael and Harry for job. And so begins the adventure….

 

 

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What an amazing book! Actually, in my opinion anything this author writes is a MUST READ! I highly recommend her. I loved everything about this book. I was loving it so much that I started to look for things that I didn’t like and I can only think of one little thing that was slightly off to me, but I still liked it. This books has sizzling panty melting sex, an interesting and well written storyline, intriguing and well developed characters that I can’t wait to learn more about and lots of action. I was glued to the pages and didn’t want it to end.

I mentioned that there was one little thing that seemed off to me. Well, Caprice is this killer for hire and she is one of the best in her field. When she goes on a job, she seems to get tuckered out pretty quick if she is using her powers at max capacity. She had to be carried out because she was too spent. Just seems odd to me that she wouldn’t have a backup plan in a situation like that, since she is one of the best. Of course I find out that she refuels a lot like Popeye does with his Spinach. LOL! But that’s it. Even though I say it was slightly off, I get why she was weakened. It didn’t distract from the story at all and I wouldn’t change a thing. Caprice is a total bad ass and I have her down as one of my top 10 favorite characters.

 

 

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I wanted these kinds of superhero and villain books when I was a kid. I read books with male heroes and wished that someone would write a kick ass book where women were the heroes. Why do the boys get to have all the fun? I don’t know about you, but I wished for more women heroes like Wonder Woman or a female version of Sherlock Holmes. There were some books like that, but not many. Didn’t matter to me if she was good or bad. This is my wish come true but even better because it appeals to my darker and adult kinkier side.

Overall I loved this. This type of book appeals to me on so many levels. Strong female, sci-fi fantasy, superheroes and villains, kinky and detailed sex and a really good storyline. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one….

 

 

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Review ~ Love’s Choice by Renee Jordan

Title: Love’s Choice 
Series: The Valkyrie’s Passion #1
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 Flames
Overall: 5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Alana
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A Valkyrie discovers more than love when she meets a dangerous, hunky biker!

Raven is haunted by the passionate, one-night stand she had with Magnus. He was dangerous and handsome, an outlaw biker that swept Raven off her feet. She knows Magnus is so wrong for her, but she can’t keep the bad boy out of her thoughts.

When Magnus tracks her down, Raven has to make a choice? Can she love the dangerous biker, or should she listen to her fears and find a safer guy? Her heart yearns for Magnus and the passion of his words.

But Raven’s choice will change both her and Magnus’s life. She is a Valkyrie, and her love will unleash the wolf slumbering inside of Magnus. When a frost troll attacks Raven, and she is plunged into the snowy wastelands of Utgard, she will learn if she made the right choice.

Is Magnus too dangerous to love? Or has Raven doomed herself and Magnus to a snowy fate?

Review

Those who know me (and know my RL name for reviewing as well!) know I do NOT give out five stars lightly. Matter of fact, it’s very, very rare as even when I rate a book 9 out of 10 something or anothers, I round down to 4 stars on Amazon or Goodreads. Those who also read my blog know that I’ve reviewed a couple of Renee’s other books, and while for the most part I think they are passable (with some great ideas!), I have not rated them fantastically.

That is going to change. This really is a five star book. I waffled for a long time on if it would be four or five, but my deciding factor was, “Am I going to read it again?” and when the answer was, “Yes, when the second book comes out, I will” I knew it was five stars.

All that being said, I want to say that I have enjoyed watching Renee’s writing improve by leaps and bounds. She’s really come a long way with experience, and I think it’s fantastic. Not only that, when the next book in this series comes out, I’ll be right there with my grabby hands clutching at it. AND it’s made me want to go back and finished her Passion Moon series. I could drop mic there and walk away, but that’s not why we’re at the Naughty Book Snitch site, is it? Of course not!

The plot is not necessarily straight forward, but it is pretty linear… but that’s just fine because it sets up the whole rest of the series like a good first book should do. In the prologue, Raven met and had a torrid affair with Magnus, then left the next day. Magnus finds her barrista nametag and tracks her down to Seattle after having a fight with another biker (Talon) for popping him in the face during the prologue protecting Raven. Raven, in the meanwhile, is kicking herself for leaving without leaving any info, and girls? Haven’t we all done that before?

Now, while Raven is kicking herself, and trying to convince herself that no, it didn’t mean anything, her regulars (which cracked me up, two thumbs up for good secondary characters! Even if I recognized Owen right away…) advise her on making her “Choice”, and you might as well capitalize it. That was the one thing that made me waffle for so long on giving it five stars right away. The “Choice” is presented to us indicating that Raven will only ever have one love… EVER! I know it’s romance, but… no. Now, it’s actually for OTHER reasons not the romance ones why it’s important (nope, not spoiling anything!), but at this point Raven doesn’t know about any paranormal stuff, so it’s presented as “Yeah, you only get to pick ONE BOYFRIEND EVER so pick good.”

Magnus comes and copies a poem for her, which was sort of an ‘awwww’ moment (even though it was copied, and not an original, but now I’m just getting picky!), and she agrees to go out with him. They go out… and there’s where I stop the summation. Why? INTERESTING STUFF HAPPENS! Not just sex–although that was good and hot, yummy showers–BUT REALLY FUCKING COOL SHIT!

Kind of like that, except with snow. And fire. And… other things!

So, how was the romance? The romance, like the characters, were very satisfying. Now, usually I bang on “Ugh, God, they’ve known each other for what, two minutes?!” but the book itself is drawn out long enough that it feels right, and that’s really important in romance. Renee hit all the beats. On top of that, it’s made clear that it’s an infatuation in the beginning, but afterwards they start facing trials together… which instantly bonds people. Just ask soldiers how close they are to their buddies. I think in this case? There’s a reason for the immediate bond, and it’s done very… VERY well. Now, whether that will hold up to scrutiny is another thing, but that’s for the future!

What hooked me was the Norse mythology. For those who know their stuff, it’s accurate. Bent, of course, for fantasy and the like but the basis of it? All very well done. I can tell the author did her research, and I appreciate it! There’s not much sex in it, but that’s quite alright. The story doesn’t need it. When it comes into the story though, it’s well done and steamy. I give this paranormal romance 10 out of 10 flaming swords.

PS: We want more of this guy. Yes, we do. Because yeah, the sex between Magnus and Raven was hot? But the talking scene between Raven and Loki was on fire.

 

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Review~A Very Christopher Christmas by Kathryn Kelly

Title: A Very Christopher Christmas 
Series: Death Dwellers MC #5.5
Author: Kathryn Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 349
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

With all threats extinguished, the club has holiday celebrations planned from Halloween to New Year’s Day. The biggest events as far as they know is the arrival of babies for two couples. Unfortunately, an arms deal goes awry and puts a damper on the club’s good cheer.

What is the meaning of the holiday season to Christopher “Outlaw” Caldwell? He’s sworn to give Megan a drama free holiday and has even put in a place a no-bloodshed moratorium until after the first of the year for his club members. Will he be able to keep his promise to his girl or will all hell break loose?

Review

This story is classified as a novella but is novel length. It has a little of everything in it, but mostly, it’s about Outlaw, Meggie, Johnnie and Kendall.

All Outlaw wants is for Meggie to give birth to their latest and hopefully last baby. He’ll suffer through anything as long as Meggie is okay.

Meggie knows she isn’t feeling great. Pregnancy has never been simple for her. She has all of her holiday plans and hopes they go off with no unforseen problems.

Johnnie has his hands full trying to play mediator between Outlaw and Kendall. Meggie still isn’t speaking to him. He knows that he isn’t the same person he used to be but he isn’t sure how to be who he needs to be.

Kendall is Kendall. She’s still off her meds and no offense, but she’s a crazy bitch. I hear Buck Cherry singing whenever she walks into the room.

There’s a snippet about Cash, Stretch and Ophelia to whet our appetites for the next book. You get tons of suspense and hot sex, which was great. Kathryn Kelly gives us a realistic look at depression and the fight against it. Kendall haters get even more reasons to hate her but try to remember that when she’s off of her meds, she’s not totally responsible for her actions. This was an excellent book with my girl getting plenty of page time.

So, what I’m saying is that I’m still Team Kendall, bitches!

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Review~The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines

Title: The Best Goodbye 
Series: Rosemary Beach #13
Author: Abbi Glines
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 256
Heat Level: 3 out of 4 flames
Overall Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Kay the Snitch Bitch

The look on Rose’s face had screamed that she was hiding something. Hell, she’d practically run away from me. There was something to that. I knew there was…

After ten years in the employ of a mysterious crime boss, River “Captain” Kipling is ready to leave his sordid past—and his cover occupation as an upscale restaurateur—behind him. The only thing standing in the way of his “retirement” is his commitment to launch a new restaurant in the resort town of Rosemary Beach. With his sister, Blaire, nearby, Captain can delay his dream of running a humble bar on the waterfront, but the unwanted attentions of his head server, Elle, have him itching to get out.

Until he notices Rose Henderson, the new server at the restaurant. All he knows about the pretty redhead with the cute glasses is that she’s a hardworking single mom from Oklahoma. But there’s something overly familiar about her laugh…something strange about the way she looks at Captain..

Review

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I was literally dreading the release of this book. I love Abbi Glines. I love this series. Why was I dreading it so bad? Well, honestly, I didn’t care about Captain, AKA River. Not in the least, but, Abbi Glines being the crafty bitch that she is, once again, showed me who was boss. We knew a little about Captain and this book gave us much more of a good look at him.

Rose is a great heroine. She’s sweet, loyal and just damn precious. She’s loved Captain for years and years. After losing touch for several years, she’s finally tracked him down but her appearance is different, so he doesn’t recognize her. She’s glad to have finally found him but doesn’t like the man that he has become.

This should’ve been a five star read for me. I love second chance romances and secret babies. My problem is that the author has made this series kind of dark with Captain’s previous occupation and associates. Why even introduce his character? Mase could’ve avenged Reese. I just found it all like the author was trying to pull something out of the air. It was unnecessary. And bringing Major into that world? Really? Unforgivable? Maybe. All that being said, I ended up enjoying the book and can’t wait for Nan’s book.
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Review ~ Night’s Beauty by Renee Jordan

Title: Night’s Beauty 
Series: The Valkyrie’s Passion #0
Author: Renee Jordan
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 30
Heat Level: 2.5 out of 4 Flames
Overall: 4 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Alana
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Raven is taken on a wild, passionate ride by a bad boy biker!

Raven, a young woman on the verge of discovering her destiny, is having a bad night. On a foggy night, all alone, her car mysteriously dies. When Magnus, a hunky biker, offers to help her, Raven lets her fear make her decisions.

Instead, she enters the nearby bar to find help. But Talon, a rival biker, wants to get to know Raven better. When she objects, Magnus comes to her rescue. Raven is taken for a wild ride on the back of Magnus’s bike as they flee Talon and his angry friends.

Passion burns in the night. Drunk on the exhilaration of the ride, Raven looses herself in Magnsus’s strong arms.

The fast-paced, exhilarating prologue to the Valkyrie’s Passion. Will Raven discover love in the arms of her bad-boy, werewolf biker? Or will fear keep her from her desire?

Review

I received an advance copy of this, as Renee was very generous in sharing it with me since I had reviewed a couple of her other books. The basic story is that Raven, a very tall blonde gorgeous gal, is driving home when her car breaks down. A biker, Magnus, offers to help her out. When she enters in a biker bar, he comes to her rescue again, saving her and taking her away!

The first thing I want to say about this is that I’ve read three of Renee’s books now: her first one, one in the middle, and now this prologue of her latest work. I have seen her writing get better by leaps and bounds, and while some of the descriptions are pretty generic, they are standard for the romance/erotic romance genre. There are some tropes here which made me facepalm… but again, they are standard for the genre. I am absolutely not going to fault the writer for that, because she is giving people what they want. I will discuss them a little bit here, just to sort of bring awareness to them.

There’s two big ones. The first was OMG BIKERS ARE EBILSSS! I call this the “Sons of Anarchy” effect.

Sort of like that, except not nearly as cool as Ghost Rider. Not even Nick Cage’s Ghost Rider. Just like 99% of people who aren’t criminals, 99% of bikers are just dudes who belong to a club. However! That being said, there are bad pockets, and I just assumed she ran into one of those strictly less than legal clubs. No big deal.

The second trope is that of the “Gently Used Heroine”. Raven has had two lovers, neither of which made her come. She could barely come while masturbating! Again, this is a standard trope of romance, and weirdly of paranormal books with female protagonists. (I don’t get it either.)

I know women want to be swept off of their feet, but why can’t they have sex and enjoy it? Romance writers, I beg you! She doesn’t have to be uber experienced, and she doesn’t necessarily have to have had great experiences all the time, but what’s wrong with having a woman want to fuck and have some experience at it? Just to be clear, I am not dinging the book for this–it’s standard in romance. I’m just using this opportunity to ask politely to have some hot experienced women for the lead for a change.

The sex itself was alright. It was very detailed, but I think sometimes the author tripped over her descriptions just a bit. There was one point where Magnus was licking Raven’s nipples, and it seemed as though his stubble was being described as pink and hard. I had a chuckle and had to reread that a bit to understand it was just a badly placed adjective. Otherwise, it really sounds like Magnus knows what he’s doing, if you know what I mean!

The prose was pretty clean, though there were a couple of confusing descriptions/transitions. Nothing major. What was best about this book was the background stuff on the Norse gods. When I heard about this book, I was interested right away because I love Norse mythology. It was woven into the background, giving us a teaser of things to come, and it was very well done, and very well written. I could tell the author did her research, and while the story is pretty run of the mill (so far! It IS just a prologue) and would be worthy of 3 stars-ish or so, the time, effort, smooth writing, clean prose, and excellent research bumped it up to 4 stars. I do really want to see where this series is going, and I would beg the author to make Raven kick ass later down the line.

I give this 8 mistletoe javelins out of 10. It’s well worth the read, and if you enjoy it, I think this series may be right up your alley. We’ll see with #1! 

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Review ~ Taken by the Tetris Blocks by Leonard Delaney

Title: Taken by the Tetris Blocks 
Series: Digital Desires #1
Author: Leonard Delaney
Genre: Erotica
Pages: 15
Heat Level: 2 out of 4 Flames
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by Naughty Book Snitch: Alana
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When blocks started falling from the sky, Christie Aackerlund welcomed the excitement. Now she’s having a bad day at work, and craving some fun and games. Luckily, she runs into some Russian blocks that are looking to score. Soon, she’ll be the one falling … in lust.

Taken by the Tetris Blocks is a 4000 word short story featuring sexual situations involving blocks. It’s for super mature audiences only.

Review

This is a short which doesn’t quite defy description, as I’m going to describe it. It’s… very… unusual. There are quite a few erotica books out there which have “living object” sex in them, many of my favorites by the master Chuck Tingle. Hence, I decided to check out some of Mr. Tingle’s competition. This is a f/block story about a woman who wanted a promotion at work. When the offer came with a string which she wasn’t willing to tug, she runs into a Russian block in the bathroom, which she then proceeds to have sex with.

It seems that some time ago, Tetris blocks just started falling from the sky. They were friendly, and became part of our structures, being… helpful like blocks are and building stuff for us. Including buildings which we work and live in, furniture we sit in, counters we use, and all sorts of things. Which means they’re always watching us.

Our heroine screws the tetris block, and then others wander in! So, of course she must have sex with them too. And I have to say this is the best part of the book… spoilers for those who don’t want to ruin it.

As the other two blocks surged and filled her with thick fluid, the I Block floated parallel to the floor. A blue rod popped out of his end.

“TETRIS!!!” yelled the I Block as he rocketed between the other Blocks and into her pussy.

She came as soon as his rod entered her. All three Blocks cried out. Their voices became higher in pitch as their cries sustained, transforming into an electronic BLOOP! There was a flash of light. Christie suddenly found herself sprawled on the floor. Oily fluid of various colors dripped from various holes.

All of the Blocks were gone.

Yeah, so now stare at this gif and try NOT to imagine Tetris blocks coming.

Overall, it was cute, but not truly satisfying, nor really funny. 5 out of 10 smooth extending rods.

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