Monthly Archives: June 2014

Those Boys by Alison Tyler GDP012-ThoseBoys

 

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

While the story is a short novella (referred to by the publisher as a novelette) it is a fairly full story with a good plot, as far as this genre goes. A Dom named Sandy finds, entices and seduces a new sub named Rem, engages his present sub named Vanessa in it, and does not leave anyone on the side lines. It is an enjoyable read, but there were a few things it needed to gain a full 5 star in story, and a few more things needed to gain more than the 3 in sting factor.

The story was obviously a fantasy novel, though there were some good reality touches in it when it came to Sandy explaining himself. But what it lacked was more description in the sex, the kink and the story line. In the beginning we meet someone named Elizabeth and learn a little about her, mainly that she is the one who runs the shop Sandy first meets Rem in, however that is where we are left with. We never learn where how or why Sandy knows Elizabeth and why his behaviors no longer shock her. Is it simply because he has been coming in the shop for so long? Or does she have some inside information? Do they know each other from the sex clubs mentioned later in the story? These are just a few of the desperately dangling questions that are left. We do not get the information on how he met his first sub either. As a short story, small things like this really need to be fleshed out fully; otherwise it leaves a gnawing in the reader to want to know why, how and when. The idea that anyone can simply look at someone and know what they need is a tough sell for anyone who has really lived in the BDSM lifestyle; however as fantasy it is fine.

As for the kink, there was a lot of mentioning it, a few scenes where it was played out in some detail, but much of it was glossing over with the mere idea of it. Some of these things should have been played out further, more detail given; such as an in depth description of exactly how Rem responded in behavior, sound, sight, reaction. There is some description about it, but it just slides over the tip, kind of it like putting on a dab of lube on and doing nothing more. Intimate details about the whole process are given in brief and then the sex scenes which are just as brief. If Alison Tyler had written in more graphic details, it would have been so much hotter. As it is, just as the reader is getting a bit hot under the skirt, it was over. Kind of like a quick swat on the bottom when what one really wants is a good hard whack – or four.

There is one other small point that needs to be addressed. The voice over this entire story was very feminine. It is not until part way into the book that the reader even realizes Sandy is a man, when there is mention of his cock. The words chosen to describe actions, especially sexual actions, tend to differ drastically between a man’s voice and a woman’s voice. There are plenty of male writers who write female characters well and vica-versa, but when reading a first person story that is supposed to be about one sex and it comes off as if it is the other, it effects the reader’s perception going in and it is difficult to readjust once we have an image in our head.

Over all, the story is enjoyable, what detail is there is very good, we do get some feel for the characters that are portrayed on some level at least. It is a good light read, just right for a quickie before bed, but not quite hot enough to pull out the vibrator.

Reviewed By: Evangeline Raven

miracleMira’s Miracle by Anastacia Vitsky with Maren Smith

Link to buy Mira’s Miracle (Masters of the Castle Book 4)

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Blurb:

Re-visit Maren Smith’s “Castle” in a unique melding of two great talents. In collaboration with Ms. Smith, Anastasia Vitsky places Hana and Mira, a couple first introduced in “Desire in Any Language” in the “Masters of the Castle” world where Mira’s secret, shameful desires will come true – whether she likes it or not.

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation – of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life… without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

Review:

This short book focuses on f/f type BDSM with touching on age play, using names like “little girl” and over the knee spankings for being naughty. It appears as if this is a book from a series so I wasn’t sure of the history of the characters and that made me feel pretty lost. There’s dressing up and some bratty behavior along the way by a few characters. If you are into this series than maybe this would make more sense than trying to tackle it as a stand alone.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

familiarFamiliar Places by Cameron Quintain

Link to buy Familiar Places: A Tale of Vampires, Murder, and Submission

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Reveiw:

Familiar Places is a basic, but nicely done vampire story. The author, Cameron Quintain, calls it a novella but at just 32 pages it is in that no man’s land between long short story and short novella. This distinction will not change your enjoyment, but it’s good to keep in mind as things will wrap up faster than you might be expecting. Which is perfect for this story as it gives you a very satisfying conclusion to a missing person mystery as well as a little back story on our two main characters. As far as the kink involved……Well, a vampire is inherently kinky if one were to think about it. The biting, the control, the turning people in to slaves to the vampire, all this you will find, but as far as kinky, hot, smoldering sex, not so much.

The story revolves around Kenneth, a private detective looking for a missing girl in an unnamed city and Dinaria, a vampire from Kenneth’s past whom he goes to for help in finding his missing girl. Kenneth believes the Russians are involved, and from personal experience believes that vampires are involved as well. He goes to his former lover, and almost Vampire Mistress, Dinaria, to help him traverse the landscape of the Russian vampire mob in her city.

Since this is a mystery no spoilers will be included in this review as it is no fun to spoil the story. Suffice it to say, however, we have a scene in a strip club that is a cover for the vampires, we meet Dinaria’s familiar, Mari, we meet a were-bear along the way and a final confrontation in a fortified warehouse. Oh, and a happy(?) ending for Dinaria and Kenneth.

This book is worth buying for an enjoyable, quick read. If you like the vampire genre you will not be disappointed. If you are looking for that hot, kinky vampire sex though, this is not the story for you.

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

thesergeantThe Sergeant by Christa Tomilson

Link to buy The Sergeant

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Reveiw:

Blurb:

“You’re the only one I want to control. The only one whose submission I want, need, and crave with every part of me, every second of every day.” –Sergeant Logan Pierce Sergeant Logan Pierce: Head of Houston’s elite SWAT team. He leads his squad with cool efficiency, taking down rough criminals while keeping his team safe. But behind closed doors he sets a darker part of himself free. He’s a Dominant in the world of Bondage and Domination. As a Dom, he’s controlled many submissives, but never had one for his own. That’s because there’s only one man he wants: Corporal Clay Foster. Corporal Clay Foster: Highly trained SWAT officer. He’s always the first one to face the dangerous situations of their job. Over the years he’d noticed his Sergeant’s secretly admiring glances and suspected his attraction. One night, with one kiss, he’s proven correct. Clay dives headlong into the rough passion of BDSM that Logan introduces him to. He submits to Logan’s control, accepting the sweet shackles that bind him to his Sergeant. But secrets, both his and Logan’s, force him to leave the newfound safety of his Dom’s arms. Logan refuses to let go of what he’s wanted for so long, Clay as his own, proudly wearing his collar. Clay wants to be his. He knows it and Clay knows it too. Can Logan safely guide Clay through the obstacles that separate them until he can claim his submissive once more?

Review:

You have two strong men, a former Marine –that would be Sergeant Logan Pierce, and then former Navy – Corporal Clay Foster, now both SWAT team members. They are two physically strong men who are attracted to each other. The depth of the characters and the way the author showed you who Logan and Clay are is fantastic!

I’ve read tons of erotica, tons of BDSM themed books, but usually not M/M. Seeing the D/s relationship from a M/M point of view was very refreshing. I absolutely loved their connection, they way that their relationship worked. I thought the length of the book was good. It needed to be as long as it is to see the changes that both Logan and Clay made in their lives to be able to be together as a couple. This is a fantastic read!

Review by Cat

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Miss You, Sir by January Rowe jr-qb-missyousir3140214_0158

Link to buy Miss You, Sir [Quinn Brothers] (Siren Publishing Classic)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1.5 out of 5

Review:

Miss You, Sir is an interesting book, although it feels lacking in overt scenes. The book starts out with a great fire play scene starring our two main characters, Tern and Jill Quinn. That scene basically encompasses the actual kink that occurs in this book. The couple of sex scenes are, at best, would be considered rough sex. Tern’s Dominance is based much more on passive style. He does not have any rules, except Jill cannot change her hair. Later in the book, she mentions about cutting her hair, and Tern acquiesces for various reasons. Jill is definitely service oriented, and her world seems to revolve around Tern, but again, everything comes across as very passive. So, this is not the book to read for smoldering sex scenes, or wild, kinky BDSM play.

However, the base story plot is where it is interesting. At the beginning of the book, Jill’s sister Kim shows up on the doorstep with her daughter in tow. Kim asks Tern and Jill to watch Poppy, her daughter, for the weekend, then never comes back to pick her up. The main story involves the changes in their lives Tern and Jill must make to suddenly accommodate having a 5 year old child in their hedonistic lives. This is the part that will appeal to a lot of people because a lot of couples in the kink/BDSM lifestyle must try and balance that lifestyle with the vanilla existence of children, school, neighbors, etc.

The title of the book comes from this part of the story. Tern, in an effort to raise enough money to pay for the legal fees involved in trying to adopt Poppy, as well as having income to try and lead a “normal” life leaves to go work construction in the North Dakota oil fields while Jill and Poppy stay behind in San Francisco. The main part of the story is the drifting back and forth of Tern and Jill and not completely understanding what each other needs and wants while they are separated. The resolution happens when Tern finally comes home and seemingly everything is perfect again, and none of what happened matters. Not so sure that part is how it should be, but a book needs a happy ending, right?

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

 

turningtricksTurning Tricks by Daisy Philips

Link to buy Turning Tricks (Dave and Lida Book 1)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor(kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Turning Tricks is a story of desperation and the things people do in times of need. Lida moved to Chicago to be with her boyfriend and to help put him through Law School. When he leaves her, wipes out her bank account and fails to tell her that they are about to be evicted for failure to pay their rent, Lida becomes desperate. She has less than 3 days to earn $1500 or else she will be homeless. With no savings and no job, Lida resorts to selling herself in order to keep a roof over her head. So she dresses the way she thinks a high class prostitute would dress and heads out to a local hotel to find a “date”. This is when she encounters Dave, a salesman in town from Minnesota for the weekend. One thing leads to another and before Lida knows it, she is alone with Dave in his hotel room. Will she be able to go through with it? How much should she charge? And what, exactly, does he want her to do to earn the entire $1500 in one night?

Turning Tricks is a short story with some heart and an amusing little twist. The author’s writing style flows nicely and is easy to read. The characters are well developed for a short story and likable, thus allowing the reader to empathize with and care about them in a relatively short amount of time. The plot is not original, but then, neither is the oldest profession that Lida embarks upon. The pace of the story is quick, but slow enough that the story does not feel rushed.

The Sting Factor is medium. The story described scenes of D/s (M/f), high protocol, corporal punishment and bondage. The sex scenes are average in length for a short story, but flow well and are attention-grabbing. The scenes are on the brief side, but that is to be expected in a short story.

Overall, a must read for anyone looking for something that starts dark but ends light.

Reviewed by: Christine

Deception Palm Springs by Alex Ironrod deception

Link to buy Deception Palm Springs

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Review:

Thisd is the third book in a series with the two main characters, Mark Farrell and Dan Fortunato. From the author note in the back of the book, Alex Ironrod has several more books with these characters planned. And that is a good thing. Also, it is not necessary to have read the two previous books to thoroughly enjoy this one. Of course if you aren’t looking for a decent private detective plot and extremely hot D/s M/M sex that seems to occur at a very fast pace, then ‘Deception’ is not for you. If, however, that is what you are looking for to heat up your evening reading time, then you have to read this book.

Let’s start with the story line. To begin with, yes there is actually a plot here. It is not just a barely fleshed out idea to be able to get from sex scene to sex scene. It is a good plot, involving Mark and Dan leaving the LAPD and opening up a private detective agency in Palm Springs. Now, admittedly the plot plays right in to being able to move the different characters involved from one sex scene to the next sex scene, but it is an honest to goodness private detective plot with a resolution. That’s more than you can expect from most books that gives you as much BDSM M/M sex as this one does.

While it is not the main plot, the move of Mark and Dan to Palm Springs, as well as their extended family (daughter and former mother-in-law) and the opening of the detective agency is an integral part of the background of the story. It also establishes for anyone who has not read the first two books what the dynamic is. Mark and Dan are gay Leathermen with Dan being Mark’s Master and Top. The main plot involves Mark’s first case as a private detective revolving around a missing Marine from the nearby Marine base who comes back in to Chris’s, his gay father, life only to disappear when his father makes a pass at him. Or is it actually his son or not? Mark must track down the missing Marine back in Kansas City, going through Chris’s ex-wife, the truth about their son, an orphanage, and finally the gay leather bars of Kansas City. Alex Ironrod accurately captures the feel of a leather bar, right down to having a bootblack in attendance. In this case, a young bootblack named Tim, still working to get the regulars of The Lulu Belle to accept him. It is the addition of these ancillary characters, like Tim, that the author adds here and there throughout the book that gives it just the right feel for anyone who knows the leather lifestyle. And for those who don’t, it is easy to understand it for the exact same reason.

As far as the sex and kink, it has hot kinky sex in spades. If you have a problem reading scene after kinky scene involving two men, and in one scene three men, this may not be the book for you, regardless of the actual plot. The sex is as integral to the story and setting as any part of the detective theme. It is also well written, hot, steamy and kinky as hell. AND it also does a great job of showcasing the Leather BDSM Gay Lifestyle.

If this is the first book of Alex Ironrod’s you have read the odds are it will not be your last. His ability to capture and express the feel of this lifestyle and dynamic is on the mark. ‘Caged-Cathedral City’ is due out in late 2014, thus giving you time to read the other books by Alex Ironrod.

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

Divine Solace by Joey W. Hill divine

Link to buy Divine Solace: 8 (Nature of Desire)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Divine Solace by Joey W. Hill is the story of three people learning to find their way together and healing each other. Gen is a young woman who learned long ago that she could only count on herself and no one else. Noah’s hurt runs much deeper and always prepares to be left by those he cares about so he serves in an extreme not caring about his own health and safety. Then there is Lyda, the Domme, who is intrigued by Gen and entrusted with Noah’s care but yet she herself has issues expressing herself to those she cares about. Noah and Lyda are Gen’s guides into the wonderful world of BDSM but what the three did not count on was falling in love with each other. Their story is filled with ups and downs, scary moments, and even forgetful moments when it comes to the rules of the lifestyle.

This story is simply beautiful. Nnot only does it cover the very basics of the BDSM lifestyle it also expresses the true desires of the Domme/Dominant to help His or Her cherished submissive(s) to develop a strong connection not only with Him or Her but also themselves. However, the author takes it a step further and shows how not only a Domme/Dominant can help heal His or Her submissive (s) but how His or Her submissive (s) can help to heal the all empowering Domme/Dominant. In this particular book Joey W. Hill hits out of the park without a doubt and nails the BDSM scenes with grace, style, and true feelings that are invoked throughout the book. Divine Solace is an excellent read and highly recommended. If a higher set of spankings could be awarded this book would definitely receive it. So it is with great pleasure this book is awarded a five out of five spankalicious paddles.

Reviewed by Unrequited Spirit

whatyouneedWhat You Need by Landra Graf

Link to buy What You Need (1Night Stand Series Book 213)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Landra Graf’s femdom novella What You Need is a bittersweet story of serendipity. A man discovers the mistress-for-an-evening that he hired through an agency is his estranged best friend, who disappeared from his life after he rebuffed her attempt to become lovers because he was embarrassed to admit his submissive proclivities. Although the likelihood of such an encounter transpiring is fairly remote, it is not so beyond the realm of possibility as to defy credulity.

The author deftly balances the emotional minefield inherent to the situation so as not to create a buzz kill for the erotic scenes that ultimately unfold. In the course of an evening the former besties make up and decide to take their friendship to the next level, now that the imagined obstacle to that happening has been dispelled. The D/s in this story is accessible to less seasoned BDSM readers without being outright BDSM-lite – more emphasis on sensual than impact or bondage play. Overall, this is a well-written and sexy read.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon