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Breakaway by Bianca Sommerland

http://www.amazon.com/BREAKAWAY-The-Dartmouth-Cobras-ebook/dp/B009M7FSLS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351739896&sr=1-1&keywords=breakaway+by+bianca 

ASIN B009M7FSLS

This is the third of Bianca Sommerland’s Dartmouth Cobra series, and falls just a hair short of the first two books in the series, but is still a captivating read.

While it is a standalone book, reading the other books gives the reader a better sense of all the players that are mentioned. It would help to have a score card to keep track of all the hockey players, management, owners and family members.

This book revolves around three main characters: Jami Richter, daughter of the Cobra’s General Manager; Sebastian Ramos, a Spanish hockey player and bisexual Dom; and Luke Carter, a younger player for the Cobras who tries to be a Dom but doesn’t quite make it.  The three of them find themselves involved in a relationship, with Sebastian as the Dom for both, with Luke dominating Jami as well.  But these are three people with dark secrets and damaged souls and as the secrets come to light, they threaten to tear apart the relationship, especially since Luke has a hard time admitting he loves and wants a man.

The book also features a couple of real villains, and a former villain, who shows he is not as black as previously painted.  The author sets the scene for further books in the series with some of the characters.

Most of the issues I had with the book were MY issues, not the book’s fault, but there were a number of typos and some language errors that grated. The story line is strong enough to overcome the flaws, but they are distracting.

The book contains a number of BDSM scenes, including bondage, impact play, wax, and more, but neither the BDSM aspect nor the sex overpower the story.  There is a good balance of sex scenes to suspense and the connection between the three main characters is intense.  This is definitely a M/M/F book, with the relationship between Luke and Sebastian the prime focus.

Reviewed by Karen H.

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Sexy smartass fun with BDSM

The Dom with a Safeword is out tomorrow – Halloween. This is a contemporary Mff romance. Though there is a ghost element to this story it’s pretty firmly set in reality, in New Jersey. I co-wrote this one with 2 other authors. I wrote the Dom, Jude. Leia Shaw wrote the innocent submissive, Sabrina, who is new to both BDSM and girl on girl. And Sorcha Black wrote the bisexual switch Q, who hates her real name and rarely tells it.

Here’s what the book’s about:

Late at night, on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blonde Jude. The embers of attraction between them sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own. Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a badass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way for Q into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.

Domming the bratty Q and mischievous Sabrina isn’t going to be easy but Jude relishes the challenge. At the end of the summer, will they find a way to stay together when everything is tearing them apart?

So as you can see, we have, not one, but two brats in this story. Here’s  Jude:

“So… what methods have failed to teach you manners?”

She was relieved by the change in subject, but had no plans to give him ammunition. “Hmmm. Most. Brats are notoriously hard to teach.” Q took a sip of her coffee, but watched him closely. Time to see if this one was up to the challenge or if he’d bolt.

Jude’s face lit up. “I have a soft spot for brats. So you’re a brat switch?”

“Yes,” she said, surprised. “A brat switch. A veritable social pariah in the fet world. You don’t have a hate-on for girls like me?”

“Not a hate-on, no.” He winked and Q got caught in the wave of a full on, hot-faced blush.

There was an awkward silence as she floundered for something to say that wasn’t tie me up and make me your bitch. He smirked and waited, like toying with her was amusing. It made her submissive side go straight into overdrive.

She dropped her gaze and waited.

“Have you had a Dom?”

 

This story’s characters are based loosely on people we know and their relationships. One of the things we wanted to do with this book was to make sure there was a hearty dose of humor and fun woven in. Because really, who doesn’t see some fun in the world at some time? Sex should be enjoyable, and hell, BDSM too, however you get your kicks. A lot of Doms in fiction seem to have lost their funny bone somewhere down the back of the couch. Hence Jude was born. The man knows how to have fun and how to, mostly, keep up with two of the brattiest brats around. And if he misses the punishment mark sometimes, he makes them pay for it later, if he remembers. He’s fair yet not infallible.

The story isn’t at all slapstick and silly though, and there’s a lot of sadness toward the end. We hope it makes for a great balance. I’ll leave you with a quote from a beta reader, and then an excerpt.

“”I ended up feeling part of the story, personally invested in the different characters. I can’t even say how much I loved the book it is funny, heart-warming and intense all at the same time. The sex/play scenes are out of this world good.”

Excerpt:

“Fuck,” he said, awestruck. “Holy hell.” He bit her neck, once, twice, sinking his teeth in and not releasing her for a few seconds, though she whimpered. Then he pulled out and unglued his fingers from her hips.

The view down below, as he withdrew, made him admire Sabrina’s curves.

“Your ass would sink a thousand ships, girl.” The quiet giggle from Q and shake of Sabrina’s shoulders made him rethink. “And launch them too.”

After he’d released the rope from the wrist cuffs, they were still giggling.

“You’re both on probation.” The burst of more giggling just left him shaking his head. He swept Sabrina into his arms.

Coyly, she shook out her hair and hung onto his shoulders. “Where are you taking me, fair prince, to the shower?”

“No.” He hefted her higher, and paced toward the couch. “Over here. You haven’t forgotten your promise?”

“Umm. No. But I’m all sweaty and icky though. We both are. We want a shower, don’t we, Q?”

“Uh-uh. No shower. Not yet. I like you all sweaty. You’re tastier.” He paused to kiss her deeply, before setting her down at the front of the couch. A blanket he’d put next to the couch went over it. When he pointed to the floor, Q followed suit and kneeled next to Sabrina. “I want to see what my pet can do to my switch.”

Q eyed him a little suspiciously.

What’s your opinion of BDSM in romance fiction? Do you like some humor or would you rather the tone of these stories be darker? I know with some of the darker themes humor would not work as well unless you wrote it in very carefully.

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The Flesh Cartel byRachel Haimowitz and Heidi Belleau

http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/flesh-cartel-1-capture 

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

 Review: 

In this work of speculative fiction, people with enough money and the right connections can buy anything, including their own personal sex slaves. The Flesh Cartel is a super-secret, highly organized group that supplies these human cattle. They take people nobody will really miss and transform them into the perfect slave. “The Flesh Cartel” series follows two brothers as they are taken and processed through the cartel’s machinery.

Note that this is a serial publication. Serialization is the latest thing in ebook publishing right now, although it’s an idea as old as mass printing. Many of the great classic authors, like Dickens, originally had their works published in serial form a hundred years ago. Back then, printing a small chunk of a book at a time made it more affordable to the mass market. In today’s market, where most consumers are loath to pay more than 5.99 for a full length novel in ebook form, publishers are hoping that they’ll willingly pay 2.99 each for the same work in eight or a dozen installments.

In this first installment, “The Flesh Cartel #1: Capture”, we meet the two brothers, Mat and Dougie. They were orphaned and grew up in foster care. Mat is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and works as a bouncer to put Dougie through school, where he’s studying for his PhD in psychology.

For reasons which aren’t made entirely clear in this first installment, Dougie is targeted by the cartel, and Mat is taken as well when he comes home unexpectedly, interrupting the kidnappers. On the long drive to the processing facility, Dougie is repeatedly raped by his kidnappers, while Mat is held in a cage, helpless to stop it. The rape is not described in any great detail, but it’s probably what got this book taken down from Amazon.

Once they arrive at the processing facility, the men are separated, cleaned, checked and ‘documented’ right down to the length of their members as well as the strength of their orgasms. This first book ends with both the men well on the way to being broken, and being led off to their cells in the facility where they will soon start their training.

There’s really very little to this first installment. Half of it is taken up with a very short introduction to the two men, and then their kidnapping. We don’t learn much except that Mat is gay, Dougie is not, and the two care for each other a great deal. Mat, in particular, is fiercely protective of his younger brother. The kidnap and rape of Dougie is brutal, and there’s not much here to give excitement.

The second half of the book recounts the initial processing of the two. Depending on your kinks, there might be some interest here as the men are washed, examined and then stimulated to orgasm. It’s rather clinical and not very sexy. Aside from the rape, there’s no other sexual encounters related in this first installment.

The writing of “The Flesh Cartel” is generally very good. There are times when the description of a scene gets a little muddled, but generally not enough to take you out of the action. There are a couple of places where the narrative suddenly shifts to first person for a few sentences and then switches back to third person, which is a bit more jarring. The big question, of course, is whether or not this first installment pulls you in enough to want to read the next one. It’s a close call, but I’d have to say the answer is no, it doesn’t.

You can’t help but be curious about what happens to the men as they’re broken and trained to be slaves, but the authors haven’t done a very good job of really making us care about them enough to want to know what happens to them. The introductions to them and their lives is a little too brief, and even a little depressing. For most of the book, Mat and Dougie are treated as pieces of meat. You will pity them, but you won’t necessarily empathize with them enough to really need to know what happens to them.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

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Blow Out the Candles by Karenna Colcroft

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ASIN B0095VGR3E

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

For years Tracy has lusted after her friend Darin, but has never dared act on her craving. She’s always been a little afraid and a lot excited by his dominant tendencies. But when Darin reveals the desire is mutual, a dinner invitation quickly turns to something more—and Tracy is ready and willing to submit.

 

Review:

This story by Karenna Colcroft was very hot. She did a great job maintaining the heat through the story. It was a quick, enjoyable read at around 33 pages. Stories like this make you want to know more about the characters, and can give someone ideas on a “fun” dinner.

 Reviewed by Melissa

Switch (anthology) by Desiree Holt

http://www.amazon.com/Switch-Desiree-Holt/dp/1781845395/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1351351028&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=Switch+edited+by+Desiree+Holt 

ISBN-10:1781845395

ISBN-13: 978-1781845394

Switch is a book devoted to short stories about switches. Since there aren’t many books with switches highlighted, this collection is of great interest. It starts out with a sweet story by Ms. Holt. In Top or Bottom? the twist is easily guessed at the beginning. Still the smexy femdom scenes were a treat. It’s a believable story of a couple who thrive on communication and love.

Mastering Maya by Ms. Sarai is okay. The story is well written as far as editing and continuity. What is a little distracting or off putting are the characters. Maya’s past issues which leads her to become a Domme is plausible, but her reactions to the new person, Master Shark is discomforting. It’s hard to say exactly what makes this story causes the reader to be ill at ease. It could be the dialogue between the two dominants as well as their introspection which makes the characters come across as less likeable. It’s is an accurate reflection of how people are in real life. It’s just a negative representation which makes these two characters disengaging.

Wagers of Sin by Ms. Coldwell is a lovely piece. The concept is great as well as the writing. This is a tightly written story which provided a couple of tasty D/s scenes. It would be nice to see more discipline scenes between Selina and Marcus. The ending is definitely a highlight which would have been great if it were a tad longer and more descriptive. Marcus is definitely a Dom to lust after.

Still the One by Ms. Zwaduk is decent. It’s a smexy flip of a macho man in the racing world. Eric is stressed out and things are coming apart since his promotion to management. So often those who are really good doers are terrible managers. Eric definitely falls into this category. Janine, his friend with benefits, knows just how to relax him and it’s with some kinky femdom. Since it’s an introduction into the lifestyle for Eric, the femdom is very very light. Ms. Zwaduk sadistically teases the reader with a glimpse of pegging. When the reading is eagerly anticipating the scene, the story ends.

Switching off by Ms. Valenti is another decent read. It’s a stereotypical stressed out female manager who needs to give up control in her personal life to give her some balance. Nina is overworked, understaffed and undermined. She is ready to snap. Fortunately, her friend, Jon forces her to take a time out. This story hits just a little too close to home. If only there was a Jon in my life. The sex scenes are written quite well. It’s the character Nina who makes this story a bit less enjoyable. Her self-righteous martyr attitude comes across irritating. It makes the reader really want to give her a good tanning and time out in the corner.

Who Compels My Strength by Ms. Gallagher is a fitting end. When a couple is called into question regarding their kinky desires, it makes them take a good look at it. Bridget and Ian swing with another couple. They have been swinging for a while and thought introduce a bit of kink to spice up their foursome. It went south very quickly when the other couple was horrified at the “abuse”. It never ceases to amaze this reader when people living an alternative lifestyle are so judgmental about other alternative lifestyles. It’s a bit like the pot calling the kettle black. For Bridget and Ian, it unfortunately throws them into an anxiety stricken loop questioning their desires. Through some hands on couples “therapy” it’s clear that there is nothing wrong with them. Different strokes for different folks! Still this story is a good lesson in how not everyone is accepting of all things kinky.

This anthology is recommended for BDSM readers who enjoy a bit of switching.

Reviewed by Book Addict

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The Love That Never Dies edited by M Christian

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ASIN B008BFCIGA

 Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2.5 out of 5

 Review:

This is a 19-story anthology with the dead, the undead, and undeath as a theme.  It’s not BDSM focused, but there’s some BDSM content scattered throughout.  Pleasantly, it’s not exclusively hetero in focus.  A good number of the stories featured male/male sexiness, which pleased me greatly – readers have broader tastes than most publishers realize, I think, and it’s good to see that being acknowledged more and more often.  It’s not so much with the female/female action, unfortunately.

Yes, the expected zombies and ghosts and vampires are here, but the story concepts are often quite creative, so, thematically, it’s varied and never tiresome.

And that’s about the best that can be said.  It’s lukewarm.  The sex is tepid, the writing lackluster and sometimes outright bad.  I hate saying it, because M. Christian has edited some stellar anthologies, but this isn’t among them.

There are a few standouts, and they really stand out.

Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s “The Wolf Man and the Mule” is full of vivid, beautiful language.  It is also part of a longer work, Dead Love, which completely explains and excuses the fact that it doesn’t make much sense.  It’s a story about drug trafficking in Amsterdam, which really doesn’t make it sound all that spectacular, but there are implications of werewolvery and there’s a lot of metaphor going on with drug use and zombies.  Again, beautiful writing.  The metaphor may sometimes miss its target, but at least she reaches.  She’s ambitious, and I expect to see more of her.

“Les Bon Temps” by C. C. Williams is short but intense, a Louisiana ghost story with a compellingly sexy and dangerous ghost, the leader of a slave revolt who went on to pillage and burn his way into local legend, and apparently into the afterlife.  I reread this one several times.  It’s male/male, and very hot.  I’ve got some Louisiana roots in the Baton Rouge area, so this one felt a little special.

Ralph Greco, Jr. gives us “The Man Who Visited; or, Poor Brother Ed” which, while not what I’d call sexy, is a really great concept that I believe is loosely based on an actual incident when what was thought to be a carnival gaff in a sideshow was discovered to be an actual well-preserved and mummified cowboy.  I do love some Wild Western history.  Anyway, the writing is solid.

Angelia Sparrow’s “Between Despair and Ecstasy” is a vampire story . . . and also a vampire-hunter story.  Highly recommended on that one.  I would love to read more in this setting, with these characters.  It’s male/male, featuring an immortal vampire hunter and his new apprentice, and it is both satisfyingly sexy and satisfyingly gory.

Jean-Marie Stine’s “A Pearl of Great Price” is poignant and disturbing in light of the ending, and more than that I can’t say without ruining the effect.  I’ll just tip my hat and say thanks.

Other than those, I really wasn’t grabbed by this one.  I suppose I’m making an utterly predictable pun, but . . . this one left me cold, guys.

Reviewed by Naamah

Spanked Princess: The Pianist by Erika Moran

http://www.amazon.com/Spanked-Princesses-The-Pianist-ebook/dp/B006QBQ5TM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351136302&sr=1-1&keywords=spanked+princess 

ASIN B006QBQ5TM

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Kristina Blackthorne is a trophy wife, and she is spoiled. No doubt about it. Jack, her wealthy husband, gives her everything she wants – an unlimited shopping budget, an exclusive membership at the finest country club in town, and a new Porsche. Kristina tries to help him get over his first wife by learning to play the classical music that was her life, but it’s a lot harder than she expected. She wants to give up, but an unpleasant argument with Jack leaves him ready to divorce her. Now she’s stuck with a very expensive piano, a no-nonsense teacher who’s already spanked her with a hairbrush, and a husband returning to the dominant life she never knew he had. Can she learn quickly enough to escape punishment? Or does she enjoy the sexual arousal it provokes too much to behave herself? This full-length novel, the first in the Spanked Princesses series, is available for a short time at an introductory price. Please note that the story includes mature situations, spanking, and delicious lovemaking.

My Review

The review for this book was a little challenging. It has a solid story; it had a decent writing and other then Kristina all other the character were decent.

Kristina was a well-developed characterand  at times she was surprisingly sympathetic. Her transition from a pampered young woman to a well obedient “submissive” was nicely written. The reader is able to notice the changes that Kristina is making and its clearly understandable how and why these changes happen.

Why was this review so challenging to write?

After reading the blurb I assumed that the story was going to be a domestics discipline story but after reading a few chapter I saw  that this is more about sadomasochism and that Kristina is a masochist that craves to be beaten. Although Jack, Kristina’s much older husband proclaims to be a “Dominant” he has given Kristina’s teachers the ok to discipline her.

I was a little thrown off on Jack’s behavior. It felt like he was a submissive himself to his Dom friends, especially when it came to a female friend in particular. Throughout the story it seemed that Jack friends were more in control and Dominant then he was.

I can honesty understand why some people after reading this book say that it feels to realistic for them. There is a very thin line between fiction and reality in the book and the author was able to capture that perfectly.

Reviewed by Heidy