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Mistress, Please by Anastasia Vitsky mistress

Link to buy Mistress, Please (Mistress Series Book 2)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Despite its title, Mistress, Please is not an erotic book per se. It would be more accurate to say that it is an offbeat romance involving two long-estranged women who are wending their way through the minefield of lingering emotional wounds on the road to reconciliation. As it happens, the reuniting lovers are deeply entrenched in the D/s lifestyle and one is a Mistress and the other a sub, although the sub fancies herself to be a domme of sorts.

Unquestionably, this story is original.The setting is Seoul, Korea, where Mistress Grace has been in business for ten years as a professional dominatrix, based on the names of her clients, presumably catering primarily to British and American ex-pats. It is rather vague how Trinity came to leave her job as a pro domme in the states and ended up sharing Grace’s cramped two-bedroom apartment/dungeon, somehow without her passport or proof that she entered the country legally.

For the most part, all sexual or D/s scenarios between the lovers or involving Grace’s clients happen offstage or are presented in a matter-of-fact non-erotic manner. The lover’s split and pasts are rather complicated, so there is a fair amount of angst for the strong-willed pair to sort through before something akin to HEA or HFN can finally be attained.

Basically this story is mainstream fiction, and as such I enjoyed it. It is unclear whether or not the author intended it to be anything else. If this sort of fare appeals to your reading palette, I highly recommend it; just don’t expect to vicariously experience steamy BDSM naughtiness.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

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averyThe Connoisseur by J. C. Avery

Link to buy The Connoisseur: A Romance of Sexual Captivity

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

The Connoisseur, a romance of sexual captivity is a first novel by J C Avery. Jack, the connoisseur of the title and self styled ‘gentleman Dominant’ runs a very lucrative business with his partner, Jane. They run a match making service for wealthy Dominants, who place orders for the perfect slave girl who will fulfill all their needs and fantasies.

Jacks role gives him a great deal of job satisfaction and is extremely lucrative, enabling him to live in isolated luxury in his Brownstone. The early chapters which describe the lengths that Jane and Jack go to in order to identify and train the slaves are amusing and well written. Although I found that his methods did get a bit repetitive towards the end. A little less compliance and a little more resistance from the captives would have added some tension to the plot.

The story is of course a fantasy. All of the captives, including Sarah, the’Feral Filly’ embrace their slavery eagerly and are happy to be shipped to their owners. Jack’s training methods are described with erotic relish, which readers will find very enjoyable.

A lot of BDSM erotica is aimed at women readers but this is a book that may well appeal to straight men. The two trainees Alice and Sarah, with their naturally large breasts and bottoms and otherwise slim bodies are straight out of a 1950′s kinky fantasy. Sarah’s future master has a Frank Fazata fetish and has placed an order for a girl who fits the image made popular by the artist who was responsible for so many Science Fiction and Fantasy book covers.

Reviewed by Ariadne

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bordelloBordello of Vampire Pleasure by Lynda Belle

Link to buy Bordello of Vampire Pleasure: Vampire Pleasures Series Book 1

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Review includes Spoilers:

Our kinksters are John and Mistress Shiandra. John is trying to bounce back from a terrible divorce and his friends treat him to a night at a vampire bordello with Mistress Shiandra.

The story starts with John’s friends blindfolding him and bringing him to the bordello as a surprise to bring him out of his funk. The Mistress has her way with him then after John blacks out from the pleasure he finds himself bound and hanging from chains, Mistress Shiandra assures him that she will make his fantasies come true if he will trust her, after which she directs her two assistants in how to touch or not touch until he comes and the story ends fairly abruptly.

For me this story didn’t quite make it. The writing style was very staccato, starting consecutive sentences with the same words or repeating the same phrases or words that took away from the events happening. I often found myself backtracking to verify the author’s use of a word or word tense for clarity, which disrupted the flow as well. Great story idea, it just didn’t work for me.

Reviewed by wyldeheart

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somebodycoverSomebody to Love by Shannon West

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Ex-lovers who burn bridges should stay in the past, especially when one is trying to suppress unnatural desires. A.J. Tucker is a man who is numb and doing his best to get through life. He is back in his small hometown community as a respected English teacher. His wild ways during his college years are behind him. He no longer lusts for dirty sex with men nor does he have perverted desires to be beaten and abused. Thanks to the tough love of his grandfather, the pastor of this godly town, A.J. is a changed man. Hallelujah! Praise to the Lord who has brought this wayward sheep back into the flock. Blech!

God would be disgusted with what A.J.’s homophobic cruel grandfather has done to him. I am constantly reviled with people who feel it is their need to push their own ideals and agendas upon another. This goes both ways. Which is why I didn’t like either A.J.’s grandfather or Logan Williams.

This story is very mixed for me. The problem I have with it is not the aggressive sexual predatory attitude from Logan. More that Logan is a dominant who I wouldn’t ever trust. The BDSM in this story is messed up for me. Can it work this way? I am sure it does. Is it healthy? I’m not sure. Logan is now an author of renown. People flock to his book signings. He’s charismatic and the females fawn over him because of a book he writes regarding lost love. This character is based off of A.J. Logan is determined to bring his sweet sweet sub back to him at any costs, even if this destroys A.J.’s life.

Here’s my problem with the BDSM in this book. Logan is domineering not dominating. Several of his predatory tactics are crossing the line for me when it comes to a healthy relationship with A.J. A.J. wants to be in the closet and he wants to walk away and stay away from the lifestyle. Logan’s actions indicates he does not respect A.J. nor does he accept the answer. He will force A.J. back out of the closet and take him by force. This darkness is fine in a dark non-con or dub-con story. This story is supposed to be an erotic romance which is why it doesn’t work for me. Does what Logan do arouse and turn me on? Yes. His intent and lack of understanding is what turns me off because Ms. West is trying to convene that Logan is a good guy. He is not. He makes me question if he will respect A.J.’s limits. Logan’s thoughts and actions make me question if he is even stable enough to receive the power A.J. would give as part of his submission. He rips control from A.J. and expects A.J. to be grateful. This kind of behavior is consistent with domestic violence. This is why I had issues with the BDSM in the book. It is too close to an abusive relationship. For Logan, the ends justifies the means.

Now, does A.J. want to leave this town? Be someone where he is comfortable in his own skin? Without a doubt. The way the story unfolds leaves me unsettled. For me, it seems A.J. just traded one abusive relationship for another. Logan and A.J.’s grandfather both want what they think is best for him. They never give him a choice. They force it upon him. This dysfunctional dynamic in the story is what pulls me in and still enjoy the read even if I disagreed with how the story is executed. Ms. West did a good job of creating loathsome characters. The BDSM element was not really needed but it gave the tale a darker edgy feel which is probably what captures many erotic romance readers’ attention. This book is recommended to m/m readers who like the lost love reunited trope.

Reviewed by Book Addict

The Second Sons by Elle Q. Sabine thesecond

Link to Buy The Second Sons

Story Rating: 5 out of 5

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Fiona is an independent woman with special skills, as well as a confirmed spinster according to the ton. All her life, she’s known Oliver and Alden have loved each other, as does the rest of society. So, it stuns her when both men seem fascinated by her. Oliver and Alden have been looking for a woman to make their loving relationship complete and they believe that Fiona is the answer to their prayers. It isn’t simple and her secrets seem to come between them, but if they can have courage, they will find a unique love that will satisfy them all.

I enjoyed this book very much. First, the negative, distracting bits. There is a lot of familial begats that confused me. Who fathered who and whose title meant what became a little bit convoluted and (in my opinion) unnecessary. There were explanations and information that drew me away from the story. And frankly, the story stood on its own merits. The constant maze of relationships of who is related to whom and who fathered who was a bit heavy handed in the beginning. I almost think a genetic chart at the beginning might have been a better idea.

Overall, however, this story is a wonderful mix of a little intrigue, a little angst and a loving relationship between three people that is believable and sweet. The BDSM elements are lightly done in a brilliant way. The writing is damn good and immediately set the historical tone. I loved the characters, especially Fiona.

Oliver and Alden face bigotry and disgust, but this point is not belabored or overdone. Fiona has issues with the male dominated society but she isn’t a shrill harpy about it. Everything in this story was given just the right amount of emotion. The sex scenes are not just hot, they’re deeply touching. My absolute favorite part of the story was Fiona’s reaction to Morpeth, who plays the bigoted asshole, when the idiot shoots his mouth off.

This is the first time I’ve read this author and it won’t be the last. I did get the feeling as I read this story that it was a continuation of a family saga. And a visit to the author’s Goodreads page confirms there are two books before this one. But I was not completely lost, though I did find the complicated connections hard to follow. None of that lessened my enjoyment, however. I loved this book and I’d like to read the other two.

It’s not easy to find good erotic Historicals. This one delivers. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland