‘Puppy’ by R. Phoenix, narrated by JJ Jenness #LGBT #Audiobook #PuppyPlay #BDSM #Dark #Erotica #Review

Wendy reviews ‘Puppy’ (Tamed and Trained #1) by R. Phoenix, narrated by JJ Jenness. Audio version released May 31, 2018, 1 hour, 41 minutes.

In a dark world where humans are little more than fodder for vampires, Caleb is looking for a break…even if that break means he has to become Liam’s plaything. When he gives up his freedom, Caleb’s training begins. Will obedience and pleasure go hand in hand in his new life as Liam’s puppy? 

This peek into the Fate of the Fallen/Status Quo world is a stand-alone out of the time line of both series. This book contains puppy play. I consider it “playful dark erotica”.

 

 

*A copy of this audio book was provided to this reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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I love the “Status Quo” world. I love that it’s a harsh place, but a place that many can find their place in. Everyone has had to carve out a spot for themselves in this dark, gritty universe that is cruel more often than not. Vampires rule in hierarchy, then Werewolves, Witches, and even the humans have many places to fit in. They can be part of the rebellion, someones property by choice or because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, they can be blood-slaves, they can be muscle to protect humans from other humans, and they can be pets.

‘Puppy’ is like that. It is actually a much funner, softer version of the world than the other SQ books that I’ve read.

The story is well thought-out and very well written with humor deployed at perfect places.

The characters are a bit more feeling and empathetic and it was like a little bit of fun and lightness I didn’t even know I needed until it was right there.

A few people I’ve talked to about this book were worried about the Dub/Con being Non/Con but that isn’t the case. Caleb longs for the discipline and humiliation and he craves a Master like Liam to deliver it. He’s good at hiding what he really feels though because this is a world that you tread very carefully in and don’t tip your hand before you know it’s safe to do so.

Liam is one of my favorite characters. An old vampire that knows he’s at the top of the food chain and isn’t afraid to wield his power when he has to but he’s got a lighter side and he’s bored. What a combination! Anything can and does happen.

R. Phoenix is a phenomenal writer and is at the top of her game in this genre and trope. I highly recommend her work, but only with a serious warning about gritty erotic writing and the dark places she’s not afraid to go to.

Narration: 

This is the first book I’ve listened to narrated by JJ Jenness.

I liked his voice, he did a great job with Liam’s accent and he emoted well. I would definitely be happy to listen to him again.

 

 

10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended

R. Phoenix (code name: Raissa) has an unhealthy fascination with contrasts: light and dark, humor and pain, heroes and villains, order and chaos. She believes love can corrupt, power can redeem and that the best of intentions can cast shadows while the worst can create light. She agrees with those who say that the truth is best told through fiction — even though fiction has to make sense while reality can be utterly baffling.

Her dark paranormal books explore a world where humanity has become prey, subjugated by “supes” — vampires, werewolves, and witches — who have seized control. They range from romance to dark erotica to horror and everything in between, exploring different aspects of the Fate of the Fallen universe. She’s even published something she calls “playful dark erotica.”

Her tendency to explore dark topics isn’t limited to a supernatural world. Her contemporary romance, Too Close, deals with the difficult topic of domestic violence. She is passionate about the need for greater awareness and understanding of an issue that’s often misunderstood.

She loves chatting with readers, though she often awkwardly rambles. No matter how much she tries to keep her bad and often perverted sense of humor in check, it seems to escape at the most inconvenient moments. (Thanks, universe.) Feel free to friend Raissa on Facebook and chat or send her an email!

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