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Valor on the Move by Keira Andrews valorcover

Link to buy Valor on the Move

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Blurb:

Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.

It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.

Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.

But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?

Review:

“Valor on the Move” paints a quite believable story about what it might be like to be a closeted member of the first family. Set in the near future, when a conservative Republican Hispanic-American is president, it’s quite easy to understand why Rafa would decide to keep his orientation a secret, at least until his lame-duck father is out of the White House.

Things do get quite “complicated” when Shane is rotated into Rafa’s protection detail. The possibility of a relationship between the two men is wrong on so many levels. Emotional entanglements would make it almost impossible for Shane to do his job, not to mention getting him fired. Then there’s the age difference, which would make things difficult in even the best of circumstances. For Rafa, it puts everything he has worked for in jeopardy. He runs the risk of becoming the center of public attention, which is exactly what he has been avoiding for almost eight years.

For a while, at least, this book seems to be one of those stories that’s going to simmer along to a slow boil until one of the characters’ has their hand forced. In large part, that is what happens, but the fallout from the pivotal scene sends the plot in an entirely unexpected direction, and turns the latter half of the book into a real page turner. It’s quite a surprise and very deftly handled.

Story-wise, “Valor on the Move” is a very well-crafted romance. However, when it comes to kink, well, there isn’t any. This is, by no stretch of the imagination, a BDSM story. The few scenes between the characters, which come very late in the story, are basic vanilla sex. You’ll want to read this one for the story, which is quite a good one.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

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strictlycoverStrictly Business by Sheryl Nantus

Link to buy Strictly Business (Hooded Pleasures)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Strictly Business is a technically well-written femdom book with an original premise, but it failed to resonate with me or hold my interest. It took me a lot longer than it should have to read because I could only manage to stay focused for short periods of time, in part because the story was somewhat predictable and way too angst ridden. The strictly business aspect of the title refers to the relationship between a professional dominatrix and one of her clients, who were brought together by Hooded Pleasures, a discrete agency that serves newbie submissives whose social standing and fear of scandal prevents them from joining a BDSM club in order to hook up with a domme.

The conflict comes into play when both parties in this business arrangement start to connect emotionally with each other. It is easy enough to see how this might happen in such a situation. Curiously it is the domme who has the most difficulty with this development. Uncharacteristic for a woman who has gravitated toward being dominant in her relationships with men, she has a history of being dumped by her lovers.

An indecisive domme anguishing over her past and fear of being hurt again is kind of a buzz kill in an erotic book. In some respects this feature was reminiscent of a romance novel, only superimposed upon a kinky backdrop. While the D/s activities depicted were fairly intense, there was a sort of clinical distance and politically correctness about them that made me sense that they were drawn from research rather than firsthand experience. Doubtless there are many readers who will enjoy this book and not be bothered by what I perceive to be its flaws.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

safewordSafeword Interrupted by Dakota Trace

Link to buy Safeword Interrupted

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

This was a strangely unsatisfying story. The premise sounded good-a young woman walks in on her boss-who is also her best friend-dominating a woman in his office. Although intrigued beyond reason, she flees, only to find her boss wants her, too, and he gets what he wants.

 

They embark on a weeklong vacation where Bethany serves as Deacon’s submissive. But can Deacon convince her to continue as his submissive when they return? And can Bethany commit to a man who doesn’t want kids, and who goes through women like water?

 

The biggest problem with the book is the beginning-it goes back and forth in time in such a way as to make it totally confusing. The second issue is that some of the sex scenes seem a bit lackluster. There is some BDSM, but it is minor and does not really add to the story.

 

Having said all that, this was not an awful read. Both Bethany and Deacon are likable characters and the plot is intriguing. I would be willing to read this author again.

 

Reviewed by Karen H.

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Indecent Hunger 1-5 by Annabella Fox indecent

Link to buy Indecent Hunger: An Unexpected Awakening (The Indecent Hunger Series Book 1)

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor: 3.5 out of 5

Review:

These books give us the story of Jennifer and Patrick. Readers are in for a wild ride in this story. Jennifer seems to be one of those people that always has some kind of commotion going on in her life. From catching the boss’s eye to her ordeal with her father and his debts to an obsessed man and more it seems that something is always going on with Jennifer. At times I wondered if Jennifer would ever have a quiet life and we would focus on the relationship between her and Patrick. Their story moves at a fast pace sometimes too quickly. I would have enjoyed seeing more of their relationship in depth. Each of these quick books gives readers a look into Jennifer and Patrick’s lives. We also get to meet some interesting secondary characters. I would have loved to learn more about them and their interactions with Patrick and Jennifer.

Everything happens rather quickly and we soon get to see Jennifer and Patrick working through their attraction and making some hard decisions. I would have liked to see more of the relationship between Patrick and Jennifer instead of everything that kept happening to Jennifer. I did not really feel the connection that the Jennifer and Patrick had. The emotions were not there for me and the characters fell a bit flat. I did not find myself immersed in their story and it soon became a dry read for me.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

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behaviorBehavior Problem by James Cox

Link to buy Behavior Problem (Outlaw MC Book 3)

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This is the third book in the Outlaw MC series and it’s a good edition with a different viewpoint. Deviant is a product of the new Mars with a tyrant in power and rules in place that denigrate women and stifle sexuality. He lost his sister and every woman on a leash reminded him of the cruel laws that took her away from him. His involvement with the Outlaws gives him the outlet he needs to fight back. When the chance comes to help Tage create an MC for women, Deviant takes it. The fact that Tage has a mouthwatering ass and an irresistible innocence didn’t have a thing to do with it. Of course it didn’t.

I’ve said this many times, I know. First person is all about the character. If I can’t stand the character central to the story, the book won’t fly for me. In this case, Deviant gave me mixed feelings. I loved his view of Tage, his tenderness toward women. But he was a bit heavy handed with the foul words and a bit raunchy when it wasn’t necessary. Don’t get me wrong. I have a mouth like a sailor and I love dirty. The thing is that Deviant tended to drop the bad language and the filth in some odd places. It was a bit distracting.

Other than that, the story is awesome. This perspective of Mars life under the new strict government expands the series and gives a great flavor to the world that the author has created. I enjoyed the back and forth between Deviant and Tage. I did find that Tage was, on occasion, a bit weak but given the circumstances that he had been forced to endure, it was understandable. His growth as a character is one of the great parts of this story.

These books are a bit abrupt and quick, the writing clipped. Still, it has all the action, all the hot sex and all the angst that makes this series its kick. The kink is pretty mild in this one, mainly due to Tage’s innocence. There is a group scene with other members of the Outlaws but overall, the kink level was mild by my standards.

I’m not sure why I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I liked “Chaos Unchained”. Perhaps it was Deviant’s character. Still, I’d say that this is a series that I’ve enjoyed reading very much and I look forward to more.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland