Saturday, September 10, 2016

Review: The Doms of Her Life Series by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl



01-ODTL-v6Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.   Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?

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Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

If I had known I would sign up to read about a love triangle that's not even close to a three way relationship filled with drama and one scene with cheating I wouldn't even give a second thought to the series. The two men in the cover and the title of the series DOMS of her life made me believe that Raine, Liam and Hammer would find a way to work their menage relationship instead of having the two men fighting each other while they were best friends over Raine.

I don't understand how could anyone find acceptable that Raine had intercourse with Hammer after she had accepted Liam's collar and it wasn't something Liam wanted. I do not like any character from the trio so far. I don't feel like the secondary characters had enough time to make an impression on me and if I wasn't given the first three books in the series, I wouldn't even think about reading the second book. Even after the cliffhanger in the end and that means a lot to me because I never give up on a story unless I find out how it ends. This series and a couple of others could be the exception.

The BDSM part of the book didn't satisfy me. Even after reading the fourth book (yes I made it that far) I can't say that I was satisfied with what I got. It was too light for my taste. I can't believe how three authors who write about that style couldn't make this work out.


Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want…almost. Sexy, tender Dom Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but Raine keeps pinching herself. Is he too good to be true or is this growing connection one that could last a lifetime? She’s constantly torn by her abiding feelings for her commanding boss, Macen “Hammer” Hammerman, especially in the wake of the mind-blowing night he cast aside the barriers between them and ravaged every inch of her body.   Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?   Amazon *** Amazon UK *** B&N *** iBooks *** Kobo *** Smashwords       


Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Due to the feelings I had from the first book and the first couple of chapters from the second, I ended up skipping some parts of the book and skimming through some others. Liam and Raine are living like the happy couple they are supposed to be and Hammer is trying to win Raine over. I don't think at this point that Raine, Liam and Hammer will be able to maintain a healthy relationship even if they try. Liam had one taste of Raine, he fell hard for her and he is not willing to share. Raine is the damsell in distress even though she is supposed to be feisty and to be able to hold on her own and for me Hammer is the one who is neglected, forgotten and the one who is missing everything. I don't feel sympathetic towards him though because he had so many chances to get Raine. I wanted to see him meeting someone else and falling for her. I wanted this stupid love triangle to end. It kind of does, but I don't think the peace will last. I don't like or trust Liam enough to believe things will go smoothly. The secondary characters are appearing more thankfully and I am starting to like the sadist doctor. I still don't feel like recommending the series because the authors could have made things happen sooner like merging this and the first book in order to make this journey less painful.


03-TBTD-v6After spending weeks trying to reach Raine Kendall, Dominants Liam O’Neill and Macen Hammerman have finally broken past the walls to their submissive’s wounded heart. Before they can enjoy their newfound closeness, Liam’s past comes back to haunt him when his ex-wife drops in—with a secret that could tear his world apart. Forced to leave Raine in Hammer’s care, Liam is stuck on the outside, stewing in frustration and insecurity…and wondering if Raine no longer needs him or if Hammer alone completes her.   Always the pillar of strength, Hammer tries to help Liam while sheltering their woman. But Raine soon discovers the truth that threatens the trio’s chance of a happily-ever-after. Determined to hold them together, the two men cook up a scheme to uncover the ex’s secret. When an old nemesis returns and targets Raine, can Liam and Hammer come together to slay the danger and save the woman they both love?    
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

What is Liam doing for most of the book? I'll tell you what he does. Being jealous, insecure, having second thoughts and being moody. He ruined a good book. Just when I thought I could like him and this new installment in the series, he is all about how Raine and Hammer will no longer need him and how he isn't an important part in their relationship. After what Raine said about her thoughts on the possibility of being pregnant with Hammers baby and her feelings for Liam, I felt sorry for Hammer because he is  the one who should be the insecure here. He might be the one who had spend six years knowing her, but Liam was in a committed relationship with her and they were living like they already had their happily ever after. I still feel like Hammer is the one who keeps on missing things out. The only good thing Liam did in my opinion was his intention on telling Raine the truth from the beginning instead of keeping it a secret. Otherwise he is just awful. Hammer ends up feeling guilty for the return of the old nemesis  from the blurb, but if it weren't for him plenty of things wouldn't have happened. The end in this installment isn't a cliffhanger exactly, but it gave me the urge to begin the next book immediately. Some scenes in the book are not for the light hearted and are rather dark. I will recommend this book and honestly if I could I would recommend to skip the first two books and start with this one.


04-TEOD-v6Since Macen “Hammer” Hammerman shares the bond he’s long craved with Raine Kendall and his best friend, Liam O’Neill, he should be looking forward to a bright future. But a vengeful force from the past returns to cast a long shadow. As Hammer reels from a bombshell that exhumed struggles he'd buried after his late wife’s passing, he learns her death may not be ruled a suicide after all.   Worse, a figure from Raine’s childhood surfaces, determined to rip her away for good. As the threats against the trio multiply, Hammer must confront his demons while leaning on Liam to keep their new family intact. But with emotions running high and forces mounting against them, can their love survive so they can finally live happily ever after?   iBooks 

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ABOUT SHAYLA BLACK: Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she's written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.   Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She's thrilled that she's been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.   Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her "free" time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.    

ABOUT JENNA JACOB:   Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls and heal their scars to find their happily-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna's books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.   A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk husband live in Kansas. Jenna loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna's zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love.   Meet the wild and wicked family in her sultry series: The Doms of Genesis. Or become spellbound by the searing love connection between Raine, Hammer, and Liam in her continuing saga: The Doms of Her Life (co-written with the amazing Shayla Black and Isabella La Pearl). Journey with couples struggling to resolve their pasts to discover unbridled love and devotion in Jenna's new contemporary series: Passionate Hearts.    

ABOUT ISABELLA LAPEARL Hello Friends! My name is Isabella and I write sexy, erotic romance. I'm a wife, mother, writer, reader and I love to ride my motorcycle.   To say it's been an extraordinary journey thus far would be an understatement...what a rush! What a thrill to realize dreams and see them go from a seed to fruition. So for all you aspiring Authors who like me, have a fire inside that burns brightly and demands to be sated by writing... Never give up.