Monthly Archives: November 2014

A Perfect Trio by Jade Belfry perfecttrio

Link to buy A Perfect Trio [Club Perfect 2] (Siren Publishing Menage Amour)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Stef is a BDSM trainer who specializes in couples having problems with their relationship. His work has become an obsession, helping to distract him from the problems in his own life. When his old friend James, the owner of Club Perfect, calls in a favor, Stef can’t refuse.

James asks him to work with one couple only for the next eight weeks. Terry and Mark are high school sweethearts who have had trouble reconnecting since Terry was rescued from a Human Trafficking Ring. This training could make or break their relationship, and it could be Stef’s greatest challenge yet.

Through training they make some progress, but soon the three begin having problems keeping their professional and private relationships separate. Could the answer to their problems be a ménage?

Suddenly the Traffickers kidnap Terry again. Stef and Mark must work together to free the woman they love. Only once she is safe can they truly become A Perfect Trio.

Review:

It was very difficult to stay involved in this book because it was slow moving. It was annoying to have Mark constantly ask for Terry’s permission to do something during a scene. He’s the Dom, she’s the sub, when they’re in a scene, unless she calls her Safeword, her body is his to do with as he will. Mark is a very ‘weak’ Dom in my opinion. I wasn’t too awfully impressed with Stef either. I understand that there are underlying issues for Terry, but the character wasn’t too likeable to me.

Review by Cat

bondagesnippetsBondage Snippets by Verianna LaCroix

Link to buy

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

I am so grateful to BDSM Book Reviews for letting me review for their blog because I never would have picked up this book on my own. Based on the description, I was fully expecting a series of titillating scenes cashing in on the “shady” phenomenon that seems to run rampant in book publishing right now. I was so wrong.

This book is non-fiction, first of all, and the author gives an excellent introduction that explains her motives, her methods and her perspective on the snippets she provides. This isn’t a book that sets out to get a reader hot and bothered and running for the sex toys. Throughout each chapter are the real stories about real people with flaws and humor and all the things that make human beings a fascinating species. This book made me laugh out loud, sympathize, and even offended me a little. I know that a review shouldn’t be “personal”. It’s not about me, but about you, the reader. However, I found it interesting that the first chapters that were bits and pieces from the submissive point of view were my favorite parts and the later chapters from both female and male Dominants had parts that confounded me and offended me. To me, that means this book did exactly the job it was supposed to do: educate me.

The book is like sitting around a table with a group of kinky people and having frank conversation, telling stories, and giving advice. I live in a small town, so these kinds of conversations aren’t easy to find. If you have a committed relationship with someone who wants to keep the kink private (as I do) then meetings with fellow kinksters only happens online. As you can imagine, I loved these windows into how other people think, feel and act.

This was an exceptional offering and I highly recommend reading it for anyone who writes BDSM (for perspective) and anyone who might be (like me) isolated from casual conversations with other kinky people. The different experiences and opinions expressed were compelling and worth every minute I spent reading it.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

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Chains of Liberation by M. S. Darke chains

Link to buy Chains of Liberation: Her journey into BDSM begins… (Jennifer’s BDSM Awakening Book 1)

Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Jennifer is a woman who has done everything that’s been expected of her. She married the right guy. She is a good wife. She likes sex. But she’s not content. A chance spank on the ass by her husband’s colleague causes an overreaction that leads to Jennifer doing the one thing she hasn’t done much of:  thinking. A series of events transpire and she discovers a way to get what she wants through the discipline of a BDSM trainer, Mark.

First of all, if you have any issues with infidelity, this may not be the book for you. Though Jennifer and Mark are not sexually involved in the conventional sense, I see her involvement in BDSM play without discussing it with her husband, David, to be a betrayal. However, that’s a moral judgment I brought with me to the book and you may not have the same hang up.  Secondly, there are point of view shifts, lots of telling and some other editing issues that may affect your enjoyment of the book.

Onto what is good about this book. The play scenes are extremely well done and Mark’s explanations and encouragement for Jennifer’s scenes are perfectly executed. The details are hot and make up for some shortfalls of the rest of the book. There were times that Mark’s discipline and sensation play with Jennifer felt…detached, almost clinical. That may have been deliberate.  It certainly kept the distance between the two characters. Jennifer’s internal dialogue was very intense, but the external dialogue (with the exception of Mark’s) was hard to believe. This story read like it had been written in first person originally. The sex scenes are what make this book readable.

The story isn’t resolved at the end of the book and there’s hope, I suppose, for Jennifer to possibly fall for Mark. But since the emotional involvement between the two of them never seemed to materialize, I’m not sure how that would play out. There are flashes of Mark’s POV, but they are very few.

I’ll be totally honest. The book is listed at Smashwords for $4.59 and I’m not sure I’d pay that much for the next installment. The story is a mixture of great sex scenes, great play scenes, but a lack of emotional connection between the characters. I’m told about Jennifer’s feelings for David, her friend Cleo and Mark, her BDSM trainer, but the scenes where they interact don’t convince me. But I’m a writer, so things like that might bother me more than they will you.

Overall, I’m ambivalent about whether I would read this author again. I would like to see what happens to Jennifer, but I’m not sure I can get beyond some of the other things I’ve mentioned to read the next book.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

safewordSafeword Arabesque by Candace Blevins

Link to buy Safeword: Arabesque (Safewords Book 9)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Cassie’s introduction to kink throws her for a loop until a friend and his slave give her a gentle introduction. Unfortunately, her friend has issues when it comes to kinky activities with women, so Cassie goes looking for someone else to teach her.

She knows how to be safe, but a disastrous adventure ends with an ambulance ride to the emergency room, and the three men it hasn’t worked out with all come together to nurse her back to health.

Two Doms and two submissives in one house should be a nightmare waiting to happen, though under the right circumstances could be a dream come true.

Warning: Contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, male/male sexual practices, bondage, male chastity devices, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, paddles, floggers, plugs, and gags.

Readers with a history of sexual trauma may find elements of this story disturbing.

Review:

There are so many things I’d love to say about this book, I know there are others out there with about the same theme. This one kind of caught me and took me for a ride and touched on a variety of emotions. Amazing job Ms. Blevins for writing a story such as this.

As you read along you will see and feel each character’s growth within themselves as well as a unit. I simply loved it. Each character fought themselves which made them fight each other. If I had to pick a favorite character I think it’d have to be Issac. I really think he was the glue in the unit. A situation rises that will push Cassie to her ultimate limit, her friends will only be able to help so much. Frisco has his own demons to slay, he will have to slay them if he wants the change. Cameron turns out to be the stories own super hero.

I found the story amazing, both the characters as well has the story line. It’s 430 pages of emotional roller coaster. Its book 9 in the Safeword series but it can be read alone. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

Leather Spirit Stallion by Raven Kaldera leather

Link to buy Leather Spirit Stallion

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Just wow.  I was intrigued by the description of this story but I had no idea what to expect. What a fabulous surprise. Erlick Solongo is an unexpected Dominant. He is in communication with the Spirits who guide him into becoming a Mongolian Shaman or buu. But in case you’re thinking this is a paranormal that spends its time in the ethereal spirit realm rather than the earthly plain, you would be mistaken. Erlick is a grounded, brave person who knows himself and what he wants in life. The Spirits who guide him lead him to save the life of Paj Vang, a Hmong student from a hostage situation.Their journey is one of discovery and understanding that brings them both to a deeper relationship together.

It’s funny because I wouldn’t have called this story “romantic” and yet, there is a beauty in the way Erlick claims Paj as his own. The sex in this story is dirty, gritty and smoking hot. The kink is extremely well done and fits with these two characters. This isn’t the sterile club environment for BDSM.  Erlick takes Paj everywhere he can have him. Surprisingly, the story is all about the relationship between Erlick and Paj told not only through Erlick’s point of view, but online journal entries by Paj. There are several other couplings, but the emotional connection between Erlick and Paj are the core of the story.

The story has a perfect happy ending and made me cheer for both of them. The author doesn’t back away from the difficulties faced by gay men in many traditional cultures. I was highly impressed by this book and enjoyed reading it. When I had to go to my Evil Day Job in the middle of reading the story and found myself anticipating finishing it when I got home, I knew this one was a keeper.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

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A Woman’s Servant: The Second Semester by Chris Bellows A Womans Servant - The Second Semester

Link to buy A Woman’s Servant: The Second Semester

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor: 3 out of 5

Review:

A Woman’s Servant: The Second Semester is Chris Bellows’ sequel to his femdom tale chronicling the immersion of a college freshman into a world of feminization, sexual humiliation, forced chastity and total submission to “women of governance.” In many respects it is a more complete book than A Woman’s Servant, which ended abruptly and included prolonged and distracting scenarios detailing Nurse Cumming’s work at The Institute, a diabolical over-the-top sperm extraction facility where the story’s narrator works. The story resumes with Christy returning from winter break and once again submitting to the control of his mistress.

This story focuses on the decent of the submissive and the wicked delight of the person facilitating that process. Whereas there are ample sexual interludes of a D/s nature in it, they are not depicted in a particularly erotic manner. Rather, mostly they come off as perversely humorous.

The author has the kinky nurse expand Christy’s training by implementing Pavlov’s behavioral modification techniques for erection control and by enlisting others to assist in diversifying her experiences. A budding age-appropriate mistress introduces Christy to pony play dressage regimens; a strict dance instructor prepares her for a private ballet performance in humiliatingly revealing feminine attire; and the nurse’s occasional lover provides a vessel for Christy to learn the art of fellatio.

Although well written and imaginative, this book is not for everyone. Not even all fans of femdom literature. Readers who have read and enjoyed other Chris Bellow books likely will enjoy this one. All others are advised to consider some of the key points of this review to determine whether or not it will appeal to their sensibilities.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

rockstarRock Star by Nan Comarque

Link to buy Rock Star

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Review:

Maggie Ward is Finn Carter’s lawyer, with him since he was a fifteen year old unknown rocker just hitting the big time. Now, he’s an international star with a belt full of conquests and a wall full of gold records. I love the give and take in their interactions, the way she sets him down and yet, gets flustered (without showing it). I love the way the respond to each other. This is a fabulous love story about two people who know what they want but think it’s out of reach. A motorcycle accident places Finn in Maggie’s house where the smoldering sexual tension finally reaches fever pitch and the hot sex ensues.

This is NOT a kinky book at all. There isn’t any. Unless you count the one byplay where she says “Whatever you say, Finn.”  and he replies “That’s what I like to hear”.  No BDSM. No real kink. It’s erotic. It’s a good story. I enjoyed it, but if you’re expecting any kinky stuff here, then you’ll be disappointed. The only other issue I had with the story was the unprotected sex was way beyond stupid knowing what she knows about him. He sleeps with a lot of women and having sex with him was inviting all of them into her bed. It’s addressed, but not enough for me.

Onto what’s great about this book. I loved the way Finn pursued what he wanted. He knew from the beginning and set out to get it. Maggie’s reluctance is completely understandable and very real. And the characters?  Perfectly drawn. Finn is, as expected, a little dysfunctional and screwed up. Maggie is uptight and job centered. I liked both of them and I rooted for their happy ending.

This book isn’t about over the top angst or anything. It’s a simple love story with some great sex and great characters. I’d definitely read this author again, but this time I’d be ready for the lack of kink.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland