Monthly Archives: December 2011

Last Slave Standing
edited by Elizabeth Coldwell
Xcite Books [link to buy]
ASIN B005Z1WPF2

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Last Slave Standing is the first story in a set of five that make up the book. The title is slightly deceptive as only one of the stories actually relates to the role of a slave. Each short story has its own merits and even though it wasn’t really my ideal read, I found it interesting.

Last Slave Standing by Alex Jordaine takes the reader into the world of three Dommes and their male slaves. The women decide to have a competition in order to see whose slave will be the last to blow his load. The slaves are put through their paces with bondage, whips, spanking, masturbation, blow jobs and a few other little delights. The story is well written and has enough variety within its telling to keep a reader interested, after all most people would want to know who the ultimate winner will be.

Captive Audience by Derek Shannon is a bit of a rehashed story line. A movie fan meets her film maker hero, and they end up sharing something special. In this case the special activity is a lesson in submission. As it’s an introductory lesson the play is quite light, spanking, being instructed on what to do etc. It was my least favorite of the highlighted works but still well written and interesting in the telling of a first time encounter into BDSM.

Dog House by Lynn Lake was an excellent read. Dog House was well written and gave a lovely insight into the world of animal role play within the BDSM lifestyle, in the case of this story puppy/dog play was the theme. I enjoyed the story so much I momentarily considered the possibility of becoming a Mistress to a rowdy group of good looking puppy dog men. If you don’t buy the book for any other reason get it for this quirky read about the life of a Mistress and her three dog men. It also has a bit of a surprise toward the end which I won’t give away.

The Cloak by Alcamia Payne takes the reader into the delightfully unique world of a Dom, a sub and his erotic cloak. It is another insightful story into one of the fetishes that make up our diverse community. Again a well written essay, that I’m sure will keep the readers attention until the end. It was sensually erotic, exploring the world of trained attachments to textural sensations and also attachments to the people who share the intimate touch created by sensation play.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Lesbo? by Penelope Friday is the final story in this book. It is a nicely written exposé into lesbian D/s relationships, with an undertone that question the inaccuracy of stereotyping within society. Kelly is a sub, although to some, her appearance would indicate she is the Domme in the relationship with her girlfriend. The story delves lightly into the satisfaction of submission from Kelly’s perspective and the author leave the reader in no doubt that the love these women share for each other and the pleasure received through the D/s dynamic is mutual.

As I said in the beginning of this review the book isn’t something I would normally read, but it held my attention to the end. The five stories are quick, easy and light reading. I’d describe them as erotically sensual in nature rather than raunchy and sexual, this may be by design or merely due to the length of each story. With five stories by five different authors there is sure to be at least one title that pleases even the fussiest of readers. The book offers well rounded views on some of the lesser written about aspects and fetishes of the Kink community, and I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to gain insight into the diversity within the BDSM lifestyle.

Reviewed by JannyGee

Red Velvet and Absinthe
edited by Mitzi Szereto
Cleis Press [link to buy]
ISBN-10: 1573447161
ISBN-13: 978-1573447164

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

BDSM Book Reviews sent me another book to review, this one an anthology called Red Velvet and Absinthe. This is a collection of ‘paranormal erotic romance’ edited by Mitzi Szereto. What are ‘paranormal erotic’ stories, you ask? Well, simply put, they’re stories where one or more of the main characters are some type of paranormal creature (i.e. vampire, werewolf, ghost, etc.) and they have a romantic erotic encounter with another character.  With the whole vampire/werewolf craze these days, its no surprise to see it represented in erotica as well.

All together, this book contains fifteen stories by different authors.  The stories vary in length with the shortest being twelve pages and the longest being twenty pages.  There are also sections about the authors and the editor which bring the book to a total of 225 pages.  As always, here are a few of my favorite stories:

Snowlight, Moonlight by Rose de Fer: This story is about a woman who wakes up disoriented in a strangers home.  She remembers snow and blood and the sounds of wolves howling in the night, but that’s it.  She thinks she’s alone at first and then a man comes into the room.  When she wakes next she feels as though she is burning with fever and she has two hungers.  Food and sex.  She wants her host so badly but he doesn’t take advantage of her.  She sleeps again to wake to him waiting for her and to discover that she has been attacked by werewolves and that is why she has been feeling so strangely.  They talk about what this means to her life now and he offers to let her stay and during this talk they finally break and have intense and dangerous sex.  She attempts to turn him with a bite and he springs into dominant action.  He ties her tightly down to the bed to allow her to calm down and tells her to come find him when she does.  She finds him in his lab where another hot scene ensues and then he does as he says he will.  He takes care of her from then on.

Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless- This story is about a young girl, Milja, who lives in a remote mountain town in Europe with her father.  Since she was seven years old she has been visiting a man that is kept chained inside a cavern in the mountain to bring him food and water.  Her father brought her to see him and tell her that this is her family’s legacy: to watch over and keep this man chained to his rock.  Over time, she becomes fascinated and enamored with the man.  He never changes over the years, even as she gets older.  One day, when she was eighteen, she went to him and couldn’t help herself anymore.  She climbed atop him, bound as he was, and took him into her hands until he came across her belly.  She was immediately sent away to the United States to live with a cousin.  Years pass and no other man is good enough.  Finally, she has to return because her father is not well.  She returns to the cave and releases the man and then finally gets what she has been longing for all these years.  He takes her roughly on the cold stone, his strength still good even after all those years bound.  When they finally both come, he asks how to get out and she fears he will leave her or be destroyed as the bad man her father claimed he was.  You’ll have to read the story to find out how it ends though!

La Belle Morte by Zander Vyne- Elizabeth is in jail.  She’s been accused of being a thief by her former employer because she refused to sleep with him.  He has gotten word to her that if she will just agree to be his mistress he will withdraw the claim and she can come home.  Elizabeth refuses.  She is dirty and tired and cold but she won’t give in.  The one luxury she gets is paper and pencil so she writes letters to her former employer  and notes for herself and flies them down into the courtyard.  One day a man visits her and tells her to have faith.  He brings her a ribbon for her hair and soap and water.  He tells her he wants to help her but she must have faith.  He reveals that he has found some of her notes.  He visits her several more times, once bringing a rope and showing her how fear and pleasure can be linked as he teases her with the rope around her neck.  The next visit he finally gives her his name, William, but not before they have rough and heady sex full of gripping and tearing at each other in need.  She is taken to the gallows soon after and is ready and accepting of her fate.  As she is about to go up, the hangman whispers ‘Have faith’.

These were my favorite stories from the book.  There were definitely some runners-up such as ‘Milady’s Bath’ and ‘The Queen’ which both have sexy and unique stories.  Some of the other stories were a little too sad or just a little odd.   But for the most part, an enjoyable read.

Reviewed by Bzzingbee

Sub U
Saundra Brookes
Pink Flamingo Publications [link to buy]
ASIN B005P2DP2I

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Blurb:

Dayton Hargrave, a successful and privileged man, is engaged to marry Bobbie in six months. Just when he resigns himself to a life of all-too-vanilla sex, he accidentally discovers a business card for a secret and high-security facility that offers a solution to his unsatisfied need for domination of Bobbie. The ad reads: When her obedience is key Call 1-800-555-SUBU Confidentiality guaranteed.

Obedience. The one word summarizes all that has been left unsaid and undone in his relationship with Bobbie, namely, the conquering of her virgin ass. Dayton calls the number on the card and soon contracts with SUB U to undertake the training of Bobbie in submission and anal sex.

Upon her arrival at the facility,Bobbie awakes drugged, stripped, and bound to a bed. Her trainer, Dr.Travis, has her held down by four men, forcing her to submit to her first lesson, one of absolute humiliation and subjection. And as if her situation could not be worse, she is told she was not kidnapped to be held for ransom; rather, it was her fiance who sent her to be trained to please him sexually. Devastated, she attempts an escape,which earns her an excruciating whipping. Yet her real training in submission has not even begun.

Bobbie is lashed and spanked for her continued disobedience. Dr. Travis uses every method available to violate her and bring her into anal submission. Yet all involved have underestimated Bobbie’s strength and Dayton’s weakness as his life begins to spiral out of control. And no one would have ever suspected that SUB U would teach Bobbie the real truth about Dayton and, more importantly, herself. And even Dr.Travis must wonder who is the teacher and who is the student as Bobbie’s resistance requires him to ramp up the humiliation and intensity of her anal training.

Review:

As I sit here and try to formulate this review, it’s difficult because I’m not sure if I really liked Sub-U or not. It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting from the blurb. I can say that this is not your typical submissive sent for training type of story. The blurb gives you a lot of detailed information so I won’t repeat too much of what is there.

Here is what I did enjoy about Sub-U. I liked the concept, and was hoping to be able to share parts of it with others. Saundra Brookes writing style is well done and concise with just enough details and information to give us an insight to the characters. I always enjoy unexpected twists in a story and this one has a few that helped keep it interesting. What I didn’t like about Sub-U… I really didn’t like any of the characters, except maybe some of the trainers that are just a shadow and not an integral part of the story. I don’t want to give too much of the story away with this review but let’s just say this failed to entice or arouse or anything of the sort for me.

I think that Sub-U started with a bang and I had a lot of hope and expectations but the training procedures and the ending left me cold. I think that’s why I can’t really say I disliked it, but I can’t find a whole lot that I really enjoyed. The writing style is good, the descriptions are effective, but I didn’t find the training erotic or pleasurable to read and the characters just give me the creeps.

Reviewed by Star

A Cage of Her Own
Reese Gabriel
Pink Flamingo Publications  [link to buy]  
ASIN B005JK6I7A

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paddles

This is a book of short stories written by Reese Gabriel. The title of each story is written in caps.

MISSING INGREDIENT: Johnny and Belinda are getting divorced. If they had discovered the missing ingredient of BDSM would they still be a couple? This was a hot short, a conversation between ex lovers that quickly learn they both like dominance and submission play.

PLAYING WITH FIRE: A rape fantasy and pregnancy/breeding tale.

DON’T BE LATE: A curious woman gets a taste of what her fiancé’s brother’s sex life is really like. He offers her a night at his side at BDSM club.

SLAVING FOR SEX: The woman character is a model and her attitude is even though she allowed herself to be used for sex, she called the shots. A so-so short story.

BECAUSE ITS FUN: A well written non-con scene with revenge at the end.

SUBMISSION AT FIRST SIGHT: Another hot story of submission. A man and woman dating a short time find out one wants to dominate and the other wants to submit. The characters are likable and own their positions either as slave or Master.

DREAM PET: This was a literal translation of the title the slave was indeed dreaming she was a pet but she was unsure the reasons and when she asks for help the true horrors begin to unfold.

A CAGE OF HER OWN: In this story the slave is treated as a pet in a cage. She is a ‘natural sub’ that the Master sees and wants to train. Good story!

DANGLING THE CUFFS: D/s between new lovers. A female submitting to a male.

FLIPPING CAYDEN: A really good switch story.

THE CIRCLE: Quick and dirty, mmm. Sometimes you don’t need a whole lot to be good.

MERCY FOR MERCY MARIE: Another story that was just so-so. I enjoyed the D/s aspect of the story but when the true nature of Master and slave is missing the story loses it’s appeal.

The perspective of the sub/slave/pet was always well written. Each story was a different theme; sometimes fantasy, sometimes reality, or a slave being trained for service. I loved each one for the most part and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Reviewed by Sizzling Miss Kim

Steam and Spurs
Johnny Stone
Pink Flamingo Publications [link to buy]
ASIN B0059IUWZQ

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Johnny Stone is a throwback uncivilized cowboy from the proud Republic of Texas. In this alternate world where Steampunk replaces electronic technology, Johnny is a broken bounty hunter with nothing to lose. His latest assignment sounds more like a suicide mission which he hasn’t thought out clearly. Ill prepared, he’s constantly humiliated by others on the ship he’s taking to his destination. The only redeeming light is his encounter with the ship’s captain.

Captain Rainia Morwin lusts after Johnny to her detriment. A Femdom by culture and upbringing, she’s a switch searching for a strong male dominant. She clings onto Johnny for some unfathomable reason. I found very little in character of Johnny to be likeable or redeeming. He doesn’t turn me on and the way he participated in the downfall of Rainia makes me like him even less.

What didn’t work for me in this story was how far and quickly Rainia fell from her position of authority. I didn’t find it believable nor did I find it pleasurable. It confused me and actually caused me to find her disappointing and I was a bit disgusted with her. Johnny was a character who came across as a lucky SOB without any redeeming qualities. Sure he can get his dick up and screw the brains out of Rainia, but other than that, I do not understand his allure. He’s unable to plan and think ahead. Nor is he able to predict the consequences of his actions. People like this are on my list to avoid. The character development in this story just didn’t do it for me.

What did work for me with the Steampunk aspect? I liked the world building and would have enjoyed learning more about this world. I liked the sexual dynamic between Rainia, Johnny and her boy toy. This was a rather short story which ended in an unresolved manner. I hoping this means there will be a follow up book showing us the next chapter between Rainia and Johnny. This book is for Steampunk lovers who enjoy a bit of kink with a rugged Texan male.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Her First Submission
edited by Elizabeth Coldwell
Xcite Books [link to buy]
ASIN B005PZMXKK

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Her First Submission is a collection of five short stories edited by Elizabeth Coldwell. Most are not BDSM.

Her First Submission, authored by Bella Mark, tells of a young woman’s first foray into BDSM with her boyfriend. There is a strong connection here and a very sensual story. The best of the stories in the anthology, this shows the way everyone should be introduced into the lifestyle.

A Hot Dixie Fall by Dylan Harper is the story of a man who loses his wife to another man but gains her mother. This is a story for the next age beyond cougar and cub.

An Exciting Little Game, written by Elizabeth Black, is about a man and a woman who meet for an illicit night out. She runs into a co worker and is afraid her secret might be revealed. There are hints throughout about the fun little twist at the end.

Relight My Boiler is a very short story about an encounter between an older woman and a younger man who comes to her house to fix her furnace-which is located in her attic. This one was written by Les Hanson.

Family, by I G Frederick, is about a Domme who is head of a “leather family” currently consisting of a male sub and a female sub, who both serve the Domme. The male sub asks and receives permission to introduce a sub of his own into the family. The new sub will agree to be part of the “family” as long as he is not required to interact sexually with the females in the group. The story revolves around the young man being incorporated into the family.

As you would expect from any collection of stories, the quality was uneven, with some showing real promise and others falling short. None were long enough to be hard to read. My favorite was the first story-a delightful little romp.

Be aware that all of these authors are very British and I was reminded several times of George Bernard Shaw’s comment on English being the common language that divides us. Some of the stories could use subtitles –or an English-American English dictionary!

Reviewed by Karen

Nerds Are Freaks Too
Koko Brown
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
ASIN B005KT7IAG

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Blurb:
Roxanne is stunned when her best friend, Leo, admits his feelings for her—she’s so not going there. Lovers may come and go, but true friends are hard to find. Instead, she enlists his help to sign her up for an online fetish dating site.She immediately meets a man who can help her explore her kinky side, starting with a chat session that leads to the best orgasm of her life. While her body’s satisfied, her mind can’t forget Leo’s confession…

Leo, meanwhile, isn’t giving up so easily. He knows Roxanne like the back of his hand, knows what she needs, and he’s more than equipped to give it to her. Subtle touches, a sexy spanking, the most erotic dessert-eating session ever…Leo is successfully proving that computer nerds can be sexual freaks too—until Roxanne discovers his secret. One that could kill not only a potential relationship,but their longtime friendship as well.

Review:
I have to admit I am a sucker for the geeky guy (sometimes) and Leo really came through for me in this story. The overall story is a lot fun and cute but, it is not for you if you are looking for a heavy BDSM themed story. This story is hard for me to rate. I really enjoyed the story and the BDSM is light, more slap and tickle for the most part. If it were a longer story, more could have been incorporated. What is presented is good but it is not an integral part of the story. I think I would classify this one as an erotic contemporary romance.

Basically, Roxanne is very vanilla and her friend Leo isn’t. When she decides she wants more out of a relationship she turns to Leo and learns all about these new experiences. With the help of a fetish website to meet other like minded people, Roxanne discovers a whole new world. I really enjoyed the characters in this story and how they interacted together. I got a lot of laughs at the scenarios and one liners that flew around.

There isn’t any heavy BDSM so if you want something a little more tame, then this one is perfect. Basically, you have some spanking, some male dominance in the bedroom and few online encounters to spice up the story. It’s a cute story that I will actually keep on my shelf to read over and over again.

Reviewed by Star

Mastered by the Hired Man
Melissa Harlow
Sizzler Editions [link to buy]
ASIN B005EAYLKQ

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Sold off as a child bride, Lenore’s understanding of sexual relations between a man and a woman could be summed up in one word – twisted. Oh how I enjoyed her sexual humiliation and education at the hands of her older and perverted masterful husband. This story is pure spanking material with a lovely little plot. It reminds me of the Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton, but in a dirty crass gritty way. Carlos is the chosen one to take over James’ domination of Lenore. Carlos is a very reluctant Dom who doesn’t understand what it means to dominate. He’s thrown into a world of sexual perversion which excites yet disgusts him. His latent sadistic dominant desires catapult him out of control as he wars with his tender feelings for Lenore, his boss’s wife.

This story is just sad all around. I felt sorrow for James’ medical condition. I understand his anger yet concern tearing him apart for what to do with Lenore. Lenore’s sexual experience while vast and deviant, lacks a certain maturity of sexual awakening. Carlos’s inner struggle with what he believes is right versus wrong is painful to watch. These three characters make an explosive combination which causes unnecessary misunderstandings, harsh words and heartache. While I preferred the perfect and loving way of how the Reluctant Dom introduced the uninitiated into becoming a Dom, I reveled in the intense humiliations and dubious consent in Mastered by the Hired Man. This story had me hot to trot with desire and guilty pleasure. I loved the forced f/f scenes and her double penetration scene sent me into a sexual haze of desire. This book doesn’t really have too much BDSM as far as scenes go. The underlying D/s and TPE were there to carry the book through with BDSM elements. I found the story hot and a quick read. I devoured each scene hoping for more sexy humiliation scenes of Lenore being forced to do something she secretly enjoys. There were teasers of more sexually degrading scenes for Lenore which was never explored in detail. I can only imagine what dirty depraved sex acts were captured on film. This story is best for those who enjoy the darker sides of BDSM. I recommend it to my friends who enjoy a healthy dose of forced submission and earned punishments.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Corporate Seduction
Bridget Midway
Phaze Books [link to buy]
ISBN-10: 160659995X
ISBN-13: 978-1606599952

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Blurb:

Winston Biggers wanted a woman he couldn’t control, nothing like his secretary. May Davenport thought that commanding alpha heroes only existed in her steamy romance novels,the opposite of her uptight boss. But when fate brings these two together, they learn that truth is kinkier than fiction.

Review:

I have to give Corporate Seduction kudos for twisting and turning and not taking the plot where you might think it will go. It is filled with humor and intensity as these characters clash and butt heads more than once.

May is a strong character that refuses to be pushed around – too much. Her boss drives her crazy, but she needs the money and benefits to take care of her family. She doesn’t know much about the BDSM lifestyle other than what she has read in romance novels until one of her friends takes her to a local club where men pay to be dominated. I kind of liked May. It was nice to get a glimpse at her emotions and thoughts as she tries to figure out who she is.

Winston needs to do something different and decides to try out this new club someone told him about. When he sees a woman that looks like May, he can’t help but submit –he’s wanted her for more than three years. But, can he suppress his natural urges and give into hers? I’m not sure I liked Winston, but again as he switches from Dom to sub and back again, it is interesting to get a glimpse into the thought process

For most of the book, these two don’t seem to know what they want. These are not natural born submissives or dominants, more like just a place they ended up. For a while, it was difficult to tell what Winston really wanted – a submissive or a dominant. May is still learning the ropes so to speak so she wasn’t sure either. This is an interesting foray into the BDSM lifestyle and how two people see it. There is some bondage, M/f, F/m, clamps, and more.

Reviewed by Star