Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shana’s Guardian by Sue Lyndon

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ASIN B00ASP1ZI8

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

The historical background of this story is what made it interesting. Collapse of the world….societies reverting back to a time similar to an era long since passed. Where men protected their women….where they were treated much the same as children in some respects. There was not a whole lot of sting factor in this book, unless you count the amount of spankings that Shana received. Spankings for being bad and spankings to relieve guilt. But that is all they were, just spankings. Shana grew up with Daman as her uncle (10 years older than herself) and deserved of her respect but she’d not been acquainted with any other man outside of him. To go from a submissive niece to a submissive wife…not sure I really like that. Even Daman’s attitude at times gave me pause, as I’ve not seen/heard Dom’s speak that way or treat a sub that way. Then again, they did kinda have this whole Daddy/babygirl thing going on. As with most kink, to each their own and that goes for this book too. It is not really my cup of tea, but another might enjoy a sip here and there! I did enjoy the fact that Shana became secure in her position, once she was secure with Daman’s feeling for her. All in all, not too bad of a read.

Reviewed by Cat

Best Erotic Romance 2013 by Kristina Wright and Saskia Walker

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ASIN B00A9OH2W6

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

When sex meets love, there should be some hot sexy scenes which appeals to both the mental and emotional parts to a reader. One would expect to feel really good between the warm fuzzy love and the arousing sexual scenes. In this book, BEST EROTIC ROMANCE 2013, it falls a bit short. Each of the short stories is well written. There are no grammar issues. They are smoothly edited by Ms. Wright which is expected. What is unexpected is the lack of heat and arousal.

There are a couple of stories in this book which deal with infidelity which doesn’t exactly arouse. While one woman did end up leaving her apathetic husband for a more exciting and passionate man, it was rather sad.  Several of the stories leave the reader wondering where the love existed. There were a few cute ones such as the white knight rescuing a damsel in distress from a bathroom in Vegas or a Yoga partner assisting a new lover to reach unchartered heights.  Still, the overall book did not illicit heated desires with passionate flames of love. This is surprising as previous Ms. Wright collections have been delicious filled with smexy hot stories.  This collection of stories recommended for the romance reader who enjoys contemporary settings with reality endings.

Reviewed by Book Addict

When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

Nope. Up until three years ago, I didn’t even known the erotic romance genre existed, let alone the existence of BDSM/kinky books. In fact, the only way I searched for BDSM reading material was through www.adultfanfiction.net.

I’ve always devoured mainstream romances, and I still do. My first two (trunked) manuscripts, though on the explicit end of the romance spectrum, would not be considered erotic by my current publisher. But then I stumbled upon works by Angela Knight and Lisa Marie Rice, and my eyes were opened. I always toned down the sex scenes in my writing, and I wondered what it would be like to let my imagination run wild. I dipped my toe into writing light BDSM with my first published novella Tower in the Woods, and I was pleasantly surprised when it was accepted by Liquid Silver Books.

Now that I’ve found my place in the erotic romance genre, I’m sticking with it. I’m writing a contemporary romance right now where the characters don’t seem to want to do anything BDSM/kinky, and so it’ll probably turn out to be a straightforward contemporary erotic romance.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?

Yes, I do. My real name isn’t a secret—I tweet under it and that twitter account is linked to my website. With a few clicks, any reader can find out what my actual name is.

So why the degree of separation? My husband’s work is one where I’m often introduced to his outside contacts. We are also sent overseas to work in conservative countries where wearing a dress is considered culturally insensitive, let alone writing kinky books. I thought it prudent not to have “writer of erotic BDSM romance” pop up if my husband’s work contacts Google his or my real names.

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

It wasn’t a conscious decision. I always set out to write a story with a certain plot and a set of characters. The BDSM elements came naturally as part of the story progression. That’s why there’s a significant difference in kinkiness between my Undead Fairy Tales series (light BDSM, explicit erotic romance) and my Captive Fates series (light BDSM, ménage, anal play, dubious consent, intense edgy erotic romance). In the case of Warlock’s Pawn, the sex scenes turned out dark and kinky because that’s what my characters demanded.

That said, there’s a reason BDSM creeps into my writing. Romances with dubious consent and submissive heroines have always been my guilty pleasure. I only write books I would personally want to read (were they written by someone else), and BDSM books are a favorite of mine.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

As I said, submissive heroines are my guilty pleasure. Don’t get me wrong—all my heroines are spunky and kick-ass in real life. They just like being dominated in bed. Pair that with alpha-male heroes, and you have a recipe for domination & submission. It happens automatically when I get to the sex scene. I like to feature my heroine tied up and at the hero’s mercy, and, in some cases, I add a voyeuristic/sex in public element to that. And then there’s always other stuff they can do to spice things up, depending on the situation and character.

Why just these elements? The above are BDSM practices I find sexy. It’s as simple as that.

Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?

Yes. I want to explore writing about the BDSM life-style (as opposed to just featuring BDSM in my sex scenes). This will be a long-term goal, as I honestly haven’t read enough books in the genre to feel comfortable writing my own. I also feel that I … ahem … would need to do a wee bit more hands-on research to do the genre justice.

At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

Definitely. My fledgling career as a writer has only just started. Romance and Erotic Romance are the only genres I read, and I’ve devoured the books with BDSM/kink. Trying to write in a different genre would be too much work. I’ve unwittingly done a ton of research already and I wouldn’t want to see it all go to waste.

If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

It helps that I only have two. Considering this site’s readership, I would definitely recommend Warlock’s Pawn. The romance in this book is woven into the erotic journey of all the main characters, and the emphasis, to be completely blunt, is on the sex. The book is as much about the heroine’s sexual awakening as it is about political intrigue and suspense.

What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!

It’s a tie between Dulce de Leche and Strawberry Cheesecake.

Website, links info:

Website: http://taraquan.com

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/laylatarar

Consolidated Buy Links for Warlock’s Pawn: http://taraquan.com/captive-fates/

Consolidated Buy Links for Tower in the Woods:  http://taraquan.com/undead-fairy-tales/

Setting Boundaries by Layla Chase

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ASIN  B00B55ISMQ

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This was a very hot, very short story with a little plot wrapped around a lot of sex.

Trixy goes over to the ranch owned by Garth Rutgers and his brother, Jens, to ask for help to get her cattle through the drought before she takes them to market. Garth has told her the price for his help is a night of hot sex. While she turned him down previously, she’s now back to accept his conditions. But the terms have changed-and Garth has more on his mind than one night of retribution for her turning him down for dates.

The book was fewer than 30 pages long and contained bondage, menage sex, and a couple of hot cowboys enjoying one feisty neighbor lady. I would have liked to have seen a more developed story and a real book .

Reviewed by Karen

Dark Tales Diaries Vol. 1 by London Saint James

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

I liked this! These three short stories are united under an interesting fictional premise: a rich man searches for his lost love among the naughty letters sent to him for publication.

“Red Stilettos” is a tale about Mistress Guinevere, a professional dominatrix whose clients kneel before her red stiletto heels. She meets her match in her old lover Marcus, a handsome Dom who knows what she secretly likes.

“The Leather’s Edge” is the story of Sherri, a recently-divorced housewife who, desperate for a kind of sexual release she has never known, answers a personals ad for no-strings-attached sex. The man she winds up meeting shows her what she’s been missing.

“Safe Word” is Marissa’s story, about a sexy geek girl sent to whip the malfunctioning computers at a bondage club into shape. The owner takes her firmly in hand. This one has a twist ending that didn’t quite work for me, but it was still a really good idea.

The stories feature spanking, light to medium bondage, verbal domination, a nice riding crop scene, and some anal play with sex toys. All the encounters are male-dom/fem-sub.  Characterization and plot is light, but the stories are short and the personalities are quite distinct. The writing is good.

The editing needs work. I understand when writers have occasional trouble with homophones and punctuation. It happens to the best of us. Editors are there to catch that, though, and there were many mistakes that kept jarring me out of the story. The worst offender has to be repeated misuse of, commas. It’s frustrating to see an otherwise good book dragged down by poor proofreading.

I’ll refrain from slagging off the “dominant woman needs to be shown what she really craves” trope, since there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the fantasy, just its depressing prevalence in both fiction and the minds of disrespectful jerks who insist on treating dominant women like that in real life – which is not fantasy. The story is actually hot, and the most interesting of the bunch. So, author totally given a pass, BDSM culture, not so much.

There’s a lot to like here, and I look forward to seeing more volumes in this series. Worth a look.

Reviewed by Amanda

Courting Her by Gregory Allen

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ASIN B004AYCT6U

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Domestic femdom is a kink in which sex, humiliation and corporal punishment are incorporated in an otherwise conventional relationship between a man and a woman to the advantage of the woman. It can range from occasional light play scenarios to hardcore lifestyles and sundry variations in-between. Doubtless psychologists have theories about its origin and the motivations of the tops and bottoms that engage in such activities, but one thing is certain, it is here to stay and increasing in popularity.

Gregory Allen’s relatively short novel, Courting Her, chronicles a femdom romance that falls somewhere in the middle-to-high range of intensity. In this story the man does not have a history of gravitating to this type of relationship nor is he seeking one out when he becomes smitten with his mistress. Although Alex is a fairly masculine kind of guy, he is not particularly assertive with the ladies, mainly because he hasn’t had to be. Generally the women he has hooked up with have come on to him.

While out trolling for some action on the campus of his alma mater, Alex espies Kimberly in the midst of preparing for exams, and for the first time ever he feels the need to take the initiative and approach a woman. Certainly he was not expecting her to be a controlling feminist, but he is strangely drawn to her nonetheless. Apparently his latent submissive nature responds to her subtle dominant persona.

As the relationship progresses from Kimberly’s insistence on receiving oral sex but denying Alex any reciprocal intimacy, including kissing, to the introduction of a bare butt spanking for a minor faux pas, Alex increasingly succumbs to her dominance. Slowly Kimberly escalates her control over him through humiliation, harsher punishments and long-term orgasm denial. Whereas non-enthusiasts may struggle to understand the appeal of these developments, they are the bread-and-butter of femdom fantasies. And in this case there is also a happily ever after ending capable of touching the heart of reluctant romantics.

The author does a good job of portraying the main characters as fairly normal, rather than twisted kinky freaks. Even the more intense corporal punishment scenes are written so as to not overwhelm readers with gentler sensibilities. This book is accessible to longtime femdom aficionados and newbies alike.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Master: The Sexuality, Politics, Life and Philosophy of a Master by Master R

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ASIN B00BDSDE06

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

If you watched the OWN television presentation, Shades of Kink, from the show Our America, then you have heard of Master R. He is the owner and Chateau Master of La Domaine Esemar, the kink B&B highlighted on the show. He is recognized the world over (no exaggeration) as one of THE most highly respected and revered Masters in the BDSM community.

“La D” as the La Domaine family calls the House, specializes in training Masters, Mistresses, Dominants, Dominatrices, slaves and submissives to become more open and aware so that they may more fully understand and revel in their sexuality. Esemar-trained Masters, Mistresses, Dominants, Dominatrices, slaves and submissives are very, very highly regarded and prized within the worldwide BDSM community (again, no exaggeration).

Master is the story of the evolution of a true renaissance man into a BDSM Master without equal. The story is told in his own words in a series of seventy-four essays (seventy-three essays and epilogue) that cover everything from his childhood (the first time he was ever whipped with a switch), his politics (the treatise on the difference between inalienable and unalienable rights is an eye-opener), his sexuality (which seems to remain in a continuously evolving state), BDSM in general, particular kinks and fetishes, his marriage, the story of La D from its inception to the present day, the television show, and even (gasp!) 50 Shades. The story is told with humor, consternation, reverence, love, and deep insight.

Fictional Masters are fun, sexy, and the stuff of fantasies, no doubt about it. But this man is the Real Thing and, in this reviewer’s opinion, much, much better than fiction. When the reader finishes this book, they will come away with an incredible picture of the mind of a renowned BDSM Master who has literally seen it all, done it all and then some. Some of the rumors are true (yes, they really did roast a slave named elvis) and others are patently false (La D is a not and never has been a glorified house of prostitution).

To say much more would give away a lot and there are definitely surprises to be had in this story. This is a book you won’t be able to put down. Whether you are kink or vanilla, you’ll come away from this story with a much broader understanding of BDSM and a clearer insight into those in the lifestyle. For those not familiar with BDSM who are craving more information, you’ll definitely find it here and (probably) enjoy the discovery. You’ll also come away feeling like you know Master R and his family well.

Reviewed by Ekatarina

Carrie’s Story by Molly Weatherfield

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ISBN-10:1573449083

ISBN-13: 978-1573449083

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This book owes its inspiration to the Story of O, and is even less of a romance than the original.  Carrie and her boyfriend, Jonathan have lived in a part-time D/s relationship for some time when he tells her he wants to sell her at auction. She undergoes training to be a better submissive, including a stint at a farm where women are trained like horses, and then goes to the auction where she will be sold to the highest bidder to spend a year as a slave. The book ends just after the sale.

Quite honestly, I hated this book.  The only reason we really get for Carrie’s willingness to undergo the pain and humiliation heaped upon her is that her alternative is to return to grad school. The connection between her and Jonathan is non-existent and her training is degrading and horrifying. This is about a “legal” form of white slavery, and the only apparent award for the participants is gratification of their masochism-and not in a sexual way.

To me, this book represented the worst aspects of BDSM-degradation and objectification of women, pain without purpose, and training and regimentation that totally ignores a submissive as a human being. Most people treat their animal pets better.

Reviewed by Karen

 

 

 

Passion Flower by Sindra van Yssel

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ASIN B00BGDDW3M

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

A rare orchard grows on Submission Island, but the four Doms that own it won’t give permission for it to be studied. Natalie is a botanist and goes undercover as a submissive so she can try to locate it and possibly study it in between sessions. What she doesn’t count on is Carter.

 While an island where people can go to experience BDSM/submission is not a new concept, I enjoyed this particular story which is the first one in a series about the Doms. The description of all the Doms were interesting as they were all former military and the island is their refuge.

I had to laugh at some of the antics Natalie pulled to try to find the orchard. Carter actually went easy on her in my opinion; however, he did realize she was not very experienced. Once Carter realized that, he did try to teach her some of the basics. The chemistry between the two was intense.

The author did a good job balancing their relationship once it went past the customer relationship. I really enjoyed reading this one and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the men in the future. I have never been disappointed reading a book about BDSM from this author and this book is no exception. I will be reading this one again.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

 

Drain Me Dry by Leigh Wilder

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ASIN B009LBPO6O

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Forgive me in advance for the pun, but I am a sucker for a vampire story. This one was not bad at all. It’s short, which seemed like a good thing when I got hold of it because I love a quick read, but seemed like a much less good thing once I got into it and just wanted it to keep going and going.

Jamie’s life is a mess. His dad beats him, his job sucks, his co-workers hate him, and life is simply not worth living. Too hopeless to even hope for something more out of life, he decides to at least have a worthwhile death. He goes to a seedy vampire club, a place where vampires take “vamp tramps” (love the term) to use them in whatever way they please – even if that’s torturing and killing them. There, he flings himself at the feet of the first beautiful thing to catch his eye: the vampire Damien.

You know, the story should not have worked for me, but it did. There were things about it that could have been upsetting or offensive, but which worked in context. It’s laden with melodramatic teenage angst, but . . . good lord, that’s what being a teenager was like.

Maybe it’s a been-there-done-that thing, but I really empathized with Jamie. The way he sought out his own destruction so hopelessly was sad and familiar. The moment when he comes up to Damien and says, so simply, “You are the most beautiful creature on earth,” was totally heartbreaking. One of those moments of clarity and honesty you only get when you have literally nothing left to lose. It’s a moment that works precisely because it’s so cheesy, so utterly unbelievable, and everyone watching knows it, and Jamie does not care.

It’s that helpless, hopeless surrender that catches Damien’s attention, and we understand immediately why a powerful, old vampire would bother with someone like Jamie, who is a clueless young human who does not understand what he’s asking for.

Damien takes him upstairs, ties him to the bed, and goes to town. There’s a lovely, hair-raising little knife-play scene preceded by some lovely and theatrical verbal intimidation that had me squirming in my seat and trying to breathe more slowly. I love the bit where Jamie loses his composure because he came prepared to die¸ but not prepared to fuck.  Again, heartbreaking. Also, umm, really, really, really hot.

And, you know, maybe it’s blatant wishful thinking and wish fulfillment, but the ending was deeply satisfying.

So, yes, I’ll be looking into this series . . . which addresses the only real complaint I have about it: too damn short!

MASSIVE trigger warning on this one, though, for anyone set off by: cutting, blood-play, knife-play, and, in a less fun-and-sexy sense, the nasty reality of life with an abusive parent. Also, triggers for suicidal ideation, though even as a chronically depressed person, I didn’t find it upsetting.

Reviewed by Amanda