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An Ambush of Tigers by Mandy Monroe


ISBN-13: 978-1478262909

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Abby is a young woman fighting to protect tigers in Texas where they can be kept as pets. She has opened her own sanctuary and works hard to give them the best possible care. When two Siberian tigers are rescued from hideous circumstances and brought to her sanctuary it changes her life forever.

Konar and Damian are the tigers saved and are not what they seem. When a flash flood threatens to destroy the sanctuary and kill all the residents, including Abby, things take a dramatic turn and the magic inside the tigers is unleashed.

Stuck in their tiger form the two were subjected to abuse at the hands of their “owner” before being brought to Abby’s sanctuary. Although they vowed to themselves they would never care for a human they both discover that Abby is their true mate and that together they become the saviours of the were-tiger race.

This is ultimately a “love conquers all” story and shows that together the three main characters can overcome anything. Mandy Monroe  has done an exceptional job with the characters in An Ambush of Tigers. You truly believe the love and devotion they each share for each other.

The story itself is very well written and it flows really well, keeping you engrossed in the action as well as their struggles to adapt to their new role. There are plenty of surprises that will keep you guessing from start to finish. This is a very addictive read and you can’t but hope that this is the first of many stories from Mandy Monroe that features this tantalising trio.

Reviewed by HellKat


Blonde and Owner by Sindra van Yssel 


Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


Sometimes a book doesn’t have anything wrong with it, but it just doesn’t have enough right with it to make it a top pick, either.  That’s the case here, where there’s a pleasant story line, very few errors, but also nothing to make you sit up and take notice.

Susan is a tall woman, who everyone assumes can take care of herself-and she can, but sometimes she doesn’t want to.  When her sleezy date takes her  without her knowing it to a BDSM Club, then wants her to be his top, she tells him to get lost.  He tells her she has to leave the club and calls in the owners. But before the situation can get too ugly, Master Vincent steps in and claims her as his submissive.  He has watched her all night, recognizing her need to submit.

He starts testing her limits that night, and the two of them find their mutual attraction leads to great passion and great sex.  He has been a one-night only Dom for many years, but with Susan, he starts breaking his own rules and starts seeing her on a regular basis. Even so, they are both startled when she asks him to train her as his submissive. The book is about the two of them questioning the depth of their feelings toward each other and discovering how much they mean to each other.

The dual point of view is well done-there is no confusion about who is feeling what.  The sex scenes are well done and the book reaches a satisfactory conclusion. The only real flaw I could find is the lack of a complex plot in the book, but the feelings are so well expressed, you don’t notice the plot issue at the time.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, if not an outstanding effort.

Reviewed by Karen

Saving Sunni by Kasi Alexander 


ISBN-13: 978-1936305582

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


Compared to the rest of her poly family, Jessie Chambers—“sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. While her serious sister slave, sage, struggles through college, their master, Sir Rune, insists that sunni needs a job. sunni finds a position at the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner.

Things start to get complicated when sunni’s ex tracks her down, claiming he’s found God wants to be together again, and a video of sunni and Sir Rune doing a dramatic scene at the Keyhole ends up on television. sunni must find a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from being deported, take over running the store, and stop everyone else from trying to “save sunni.”


Saving Sunni is the second book in the keyhole series and I highly, highly recommend reading Becoming Sage before reading Saving Sunni!  You will not be disappointed with either story as you get an inside look at the beginnings of a triad/poly relationship.

Sir Rune has decided it’s time for sunni to find a job.  Even though sunni doesn’t feel like she has any real skills, she gets a job at a local store that fits her perfectly.  As sunni grows up, her responsibilities around the house and at work begin to grow as well. 

The problems arise when sunni’s ex-husband begins to make his presence known. More problems arise when video is leaked to the media of an edgy scene between Sir Rune and sunni.  Now, sunni feels the need to help everyone while everyone else is trying to save sunni and as you can guess, things get rather heated.

The keyhole series is very passionate with a lot of great BDSM elements.  Sir Rune, sunni, and sage share a rather complicated relationship that requires more communication than most.  This series has its erotic moments, but puts a lot of focus on the characters and the psychology behind them.  Saving Sunni is also refreshing in that it touches a lot on the feelings and issues that arise from having a life outside of the household.  While the family has their rituals, it is nice to read a realistic story that shows that some days all you want to do is curl up and watch a movie – it’s not all about sex.

Reviewed by Star

Bondage Ranch 4: His Little Tart by Sindra van Yssel 

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


Constance knows her pastries are the best. Hard work and talent ought to mean business success, but somehow she’s barely scraping by. So she takes a job making snacks for the kinky folk at Bondage Ranch. She’s fascinated by what’s going on around her, but she doesn’t have time for play–she’s got a business to run.

All work and no play is no way to live, and Aidan knows that. He’s in Bondage Ranch for a little R&R between business trips that take him all over the world. So when he sees Constance sneaking peeks at BDSM scenes, he decides to find out what she’s like under that chef’s uniform and show her the joys of sex and submission.


This story is part of series, but does very well as a stand alone novel. The author, Sindra van Yssel, does a great job at balancing the believable aspects with not so believable parts seamlessly blending them together. She makes me want to read the rest of the books in the series.  She also does a good job showing how Constance, or any new person, can be introduced to the BDSM scene. 

Reviewed by Melissa

Claiming Julia by Charisma Knight 


Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  3 out of 5 paddles


Constantly butting heads with her boss, Julia Jones discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

Dragon shifter, Angus McNamara craves Julia with everything he has and seeks to consume the ebony beauty in more ways than one. His biggest challenge is bringing her to terms with what she is while claiming her as his Fire Mate, the way a true Connricualen Dragon should. However, Julia Jones has other plans. Or so she thinks…

Can they put their differences aside long enough to seize a chance at love, or will they forfeit their opportunity and continue their heated dance of dominance?


This short, fast paced book features Julia who is a curvy businesswoman working for Angus;  a sexy yet demanding man who drives her crazy in more ways than one.

Julia dreams of Angus and his tender loving side who cherishes her body and soul. Yet the fantasies morph into a nightmare when  she sees him turning into a beast. This beast does not scare her which only adds to her confusion. Julia senses there is something different about Angus yet she has no idea what. Drawn to him in ways she can’t understand she fights the attraction. One night Angus comes to her home and the result changes her life forever.

Remembering the words of her grandmother and the stories of her childhood she realises she and Angus are one and the same. Both hold a secret power and second nature inside them for they are both dragons.

Both dominant by nature Angus finds it frustrating that Julia refuses to submit to him which is the way of the dragon. He takes a firmer hand with her which Julia soon relishes and changes her life forever.

Being a fan of supernatural and shape shifting stories “Claiming Julia” by Charisma Knight is an enjoyable change from other shape shifter stories. Charisma Knight has done a great job with this story, although it is a little on the short side. It is an enjoyable read and we can only but keep our fingers crossed for more.

Reviewed by HellKat

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Master in Melbourne by Sindra van Yssel 

ISBN: 9781419940484

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


Zoe escapes to Australia, half way around the world from her home, to enjoy some much required peace and quiet.  Hoping a change of scenery will unblock her creative juices, Zoe brings her painting supplies.  Oddly enough, her first stop is not a zoo or garden, but it is to a casino.  Zoe’s good luck continues to elude her as she loses money, gets drunk and falls down the escalator.  Her luck turns around when Nick Carrady catches her.

The best thing to ever happen to Zoe is Nick.  How is it that some women can just trip over hot Doms who are gainfully employed and caring?  Nick is a respected Dom in the Australia and he’s single!  He never found that one submissive to match him.  Suddenly one falls into his arms, literally.  Unfortunately for the duo, there are some issues to work out as Zoe’s been on the wrong side of BDSM with a crazy abusive ex-husband.

This BDSM short story from Ms. van Yssel is a fast and smooth read.  Ms. van Yssel portrays a plausible damaged sub story.  It isn’t a woe is me and victimized woman trying to find her way and be healed through BDSM.  Instead, it’s a masochist who’s been abused and wants to take back her sexuality and own it. It is inspiring.  Of course it helps to have an understanding yet not all knowing Dom with infinite patience.  Nick is a dream Dom – bonus on the lovely Aussie accent of his.  The reader is treated to a Dom who can restrain without using ropes or chains.  The sensual sides of flogging and BDSM are highlighted in this story and it is delightfully tasty.

The story could end with Zoe and Nick in Australia.  Of course Ms. van Yssel adds in conflict with Zoe returning to Texas and disappearing after a few weeks.  It’s just luck which has Nick going to Texas with his students on a business trip.  One thing to note, it is true when the book mentions Texans take their American Football seriously.  It’s a religion there which boys start at the young age of five.  This part of the story helped make it more realistic and believable.  This contemporary BDSM is recommended for kinky readers who like to see the good and bad sides of BDSM.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Fifty Shades of Gary the Vampire: Anais’s Sin by Sabrina Swan 


Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

A parody of a bit of fan fiction based on a series of novels featuring vampires, Fifty Shades of Gary the Vampire kicks it up a notch in the way of sex and self-awareness. The characters are genuinely interested in brushing up against the fourth wall as much as possible when they aren’t busy time travelling, spanking or getting spanked, or being involved with the ingestion of blood. This tongue in-cheek style makes the book far more entertaining than it would be if it tried to be dead serious.

Gary, hiding behind his fifty shades from the dangers of intimacy, tries to stay a step ahead of his mentor/brother/sire Marq. That
wouldn’t be such a terrible thing if the Marq in question wasn’t the sadistic, sociopathic vampire version of the Marquis de Sade. In the course of his travels, he finds the suicide girl Anais Sin in the middle of a shotgun blow job.  Instead of just watching and licking up the resulting mess, he decides to get involved, share some quips with the stripper, and start a greater journey for the both of them as their relationship evolves into the bedroom and some of the dirtier things that can take place there.

The sex, in and of itself, is great and lends to counter the humor quite well. The rules, in the bedroom and in regards to Gary’s feeding habits are clearly defined and not discarded just because it would make for a better scene once. However, when the characters feel the need to explain to each other, and the audience by virtue, that they have just made a joke or pop culture reference it detracts from the joke itself. There are times it feels as if Sabrina Swan doesn’t believe the reader will get the finer points of humor.

Well worth the read.

Reviewed by Lacie

The ABC’s by BDSM by Dama deNoche 


ISBN-13: 978-1606596494

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

In the introduction the following terms are defined, and their importance in the BDSM community are stressed: Risk Aware Consensual Kink.=RACK…SSC=Safe Sane & Consensual….PRICK= Personal Responsibility Informed Consensual Kink. These three terms are very important in the BDSM Community and are often considered the basic foundation of any type of play involved in the BDSM community.

The ABC’s is organized in the same manner as a dictionary with each entry being in alphabetical order, followed by a definition, and often several examples of the act being discussed. The author stresses that the acts included in the book are not meant to be seen as a definitive list of all things BDSM. That being said, the list is very thorough and includes the most common terms of BDSM such as, Dominance & submission, bondage and OTK (over the knee) to terms that are not necessarily part of popular culture such as, humbler (a device that is used on submissive men) and a quilling (the use of porcupine quills during discipline).

The terms in the book are described in detail, some even containing step-by-step instructions. The author also emphasizes that acts committed as part of the lifestyle have the potential to cause injury and in some instances death; the importance of receiving training is stressed repeatedly, along with the need to find a teacher that has a good reputation &/or references. The author often includes signs of infection or issues to watch for in case things don’t go as planned, along with the reassurance that doctors have been exposed to all types of injuries & that there is no reason for a participant to feel too embarrassed to receive treatment. The book also includes a section on contract negotiations between Doms & subs and the important role that communication plays in these types of relationships. The reader is also told that regardless of the contract that has been negotiated, in the United States anytime that a person no longer consents to an activity it needs to end immediately, because legally it is not possible for someone to relinquish their ability to refuse consent.

All in all, The ABC’s of BDSM is a very quick read and the terminology is explained in a manner that the most novice individual is able to understand what is being said. The terms and acts described include the most popular terms that are even known to those outside of the lifestyle, to terms that may be new to veterans of the BDSM community. If you are actively involved in the BDSM community or you read Fifty Shades of Grey and your interest has been piqued, then The Abc’s of BDSM is a great starting point.

Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick