Monthly Archives: October 2015

girlcoverGirl: The Training House by Eden Bradley

Link to buy Girl (The Training House Book 1)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This is a novella-length segment of a series focused on a somewhat fantastical “training house” for hardcore submissives of both genders. It is told from the point of view of Aimée, a new arrival who has signed a contract for a year in order to fully experience total submission. Despite the premise being somewhat overworked in BDSM erotica, Eden Bradley’s writing skills and superlative use of language make it a fresh and enjoyable read.

In no way could this book be accused of being BDSM-lite. Harsh punishments and rough sex are the norm throughout. Even when Aimée and Master Damon’s relationship evolves into something resembling love, it doesn’t diminish the intensity of their pleasure-pain play.

Readers who crave backstory should be pleased with the ample glimpses into the main characters’ pasts that are scattered throughout the story. The first person point of view provides both an intimacy and authenticity to the story as Aimée’s inner dialogue touches on her reactions to her experiences at the training house as well as her absolute need to serve. Since this is part of a series, it has a short story feel to it—the storylines introduced are left unresolved. Overall, The Training House, Book One: Girl is a well-written book with enough D/s action to satisfy all manner of BDSM readers.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

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whyamiBDSM Why Am I Kinky? by Stefan Vogel

Link to buy BDSM Why am I Kinky?: Observations & Theories

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Review:

This is a quick read that states a lot of facts and numbers. It does not go into depth about the subject and just skims the surface of the question of why some people are more inclined to enjoy the aspects of BDSM. It does not judge. It gives figures and quotes from some sexual studies and gives readers the chance to make a decision on their own. It seems to try to help those that are looking for numbers and facts about the kinky side of sexual behavior. This short piece concentrated on the facts and some of the actual workings of the brain and how we as humans may interpret things in our brains. If you are looking for an academic based short read on the inner workings of why someone might enjoy BDSM this might be worth looking into. Each person is different but this may be a nice starting point for those that are interested in looking more into the reasoning behind people enjoying this kind of lifestyle.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

cameronCameron by Edward Tailor

Link to buy Cameron

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Book One of the The Pit Series. The Blaze of Passion. Cameron Flint and his close friends-twin brothers Harvey and Hamilton-co-own an exclusive BDSM club on the Kings Road in Knightsbridge. Cameron, a Dominant in his late thirties has been searching unsuccessfully for a submissive to call his own. Natalie is forced to trade the only keepsake remaining from her former life in order to survive. Desperation and a deep seated fear lands her at the doorstep of an unassuming building. A random chance, followed by a bad choice, lead Natalie Darrow into the arms of Cameron Flint. A burning passion ignites as he introduces her to his Dominant lifestyle. When they delve into the black market to recover the keepsake Tilly longs to have back, a web of deceit and lies unfold with devastating consequences.

Review:

This story moves very fast into some serious kink. The lost girl trying to live on the street stumbles into a BDSM club and in short order the owner has her responding as his submissive. The kink is fast and sexy but I felt the story is a little hollow in spots. The master is not the most endearing character either. He is a sadist and likes to push his submissive too hard. He is portrayed as wanting love, but he is just not really very romantic. But that being said, if you want a read with hot sex, this story gets right to it with no waiting. There is a happy ending which I personally always like. There is also action and intrigue which helps move the story along as well. I found it easy to read and would definitely read the next book.

Reviewed by Foxy

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returnReturn by Alexis Alvarez

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Writing about real life people into a novel is usually not recommended. Apparently Ava Grimaldi missed this day in Writers 101 class. At least she didn’t use a person’s likeness, make them evil and then kill them off terribly. There are authors who do that to real life family members (Brian Vaughan). Ava makes a worse mistake. She takes a man she sexual fantasizes about and has him starring in a romance novel. Not just any romance, but kinky BDSM erotica which it seems, he does do in real life. What is the first rule of Fight Club? There is NO FIGHT CLUB! What is it with people outing others in the BDSM lifestyle?

Granted, Ava did not know Damian Perez, gym owner stud muffin comes with whips and chains. Still, writing a real life person with all their characteristics without their knowledge into a BDSM novel just spells trouble. As the readers can predict, Damian finds out about her book.  Regrettably, it is from his religious family members. Oh boy. Talk about a relationship killer.  Ava’s hope to start dating Damian derails before they can even hop aboard the dating train. This sets up for a delicious revenge scenario.

The BDSM in this book is HAWT! It’s kinky without all the fancy accoutrements. Damian basically punishes Ava with meaningless sex and a taste of D/s. From a BDSM scene perspective, these are all easy scenario to replicate and can be a lot of fun. From a BDSM relationship between a Dominant and a submissive for a healthy relationship, it’s completely a cluster. Ms. Alvarez does a nice job of showing how unhealthy a relationship can become due to lack of trust. She also gives a good perspective between those in the lifestyle and those looking in from the outside. Neither are wrong, it’s all in the perspective and how one feels about it. When it comes down to it, the minute Ava’s heart becomes mixed up in Damian’s revenge fuck, heartbreak is imminent.

Readers will hurt for Ava yet understand Damian’s desire for Ava to suffer. However, when it becomes more personal by having it shared outside the two of them, this humiliation is neither fun nor sexy. It’s degrading and one feels bad for Ava. This situation is difficult to witness because it is realistic and can easily happen in real life. Sides are chosen and no one wins because two people “making two wrongs” cannot make a “right”. The conflict and resolution are well done. Readers may want drop kick Damian or bitch slap some sense into Ava. Whilst readers may curse at Damian or feel that Ava deserved it, the end result is the same – readers are moved and they feel something. This makes the book more engaging and memorable. This kinky book is recommended to readers who enjoy revenge scenarios which turn into second chances.

Reviewed by Book Addict

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Emerald Keep by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder emeraldcover

Link to buy Emerald Keep

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

This is the second book in the series and it is probably best to read the first one. Full disclosure, I did not read the first book and was still fine reading the second. Based on context clues it is easy to figure out how the keeper, hunter and seekers relate.

The characters in this book are all likeable except for Teeka. For me, Teeka is annoying and childish. His lack of maturity and overall whiny personality is annoying. For the story to keep hammering home from all of Teeka’s mentors and elders that Teeka is selfish, juvenile and inconsiderate, it became old fast. Quill is of more interest and I wish there is more about him. Quill’s childhood is infinitely more interesting than pampered Teeka’s child.

The world building is quite good. I loved how the authors blend a technological world with the Bedouin culture. This fascinated me as did the animals. My favorite in this book are the truffles. Great description and antics of these adorable animals makes me want a pair too. All of these help drive the plot of why Teeka and Quill are targeted by a mysterious force. From a plot device, the resolution to the conflict is just odd for me. It feels as if they changed direction in the middle of the book and decided third book is necessary. I could care less about Teeka and his problems. I want to learn more about Quill and the man hunting him.

Hopefully another book will follow and feature Quill’s powers and this new group of people. People who scare Quill and make him want to kill them all. Quill is a character who has more depth. He’s a man to be admired. Learning more about Quill’s powers and how he can be potentially more is something I look forward to in the next book.

The sex in this book is just okay. Teeka and Quill like to play around the bath. It can be erotic, but since I didn’t like Teeka, none of the sex scenes did anything for me. Most of them were bland and too vanilla for me. From a romance perspective it is sweet manlove.

This book is recommended to those who enjoy a world that seems to live simpler and blends technology in the background.

Reviewed by Book Addict

becomingtheBecoming the Doctor’s Slave by Eden Strandberg

Link to buy Becoming The Doctor’s Slave: A BDSM Romance Novella (The Doctor’s Slave Series Book 1)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Madison Davis has always known there was something different about what she needs. Until now, she hasn’t found any man who understood them. But Michael seems to know her and she finds that she can become more than she ever believed.

I had a tough time with this book. It’s great writing. The sex scenes are hot, hot, hot. Other than the occasional repeated words (especially for 22 pages) the foundation of this story is very good. I liked Madison and this is a first person story. So that worked.

What is unfortunate is that, for me, what makes the sex scenes smoking and the Dominance work is the buildup of the connection between the characters. There is none here. All of the conversation that occurs outside of sex scenes is skimmed over. It all left me wondering what in the world these two people had in common. What did they talk about? There is online discussion apparently and several dates where Michael is “the perfect gentleman” (which I loved by the way.)  but I wasn’t let into knowing what really made them love each other enough to enter into a Master/slave relationship.

Yet, I believed this story. I totally bought that all the time they spent getting to know each other was enough (and intimate enough I suppose) to warrant the final scenes. That should give you a good idea of how great a writer this author is. That said, this kind of book is the reason short stories aren’t enjoyed by some. Sex is crammed into small spaces and that usually ends with a dick in your eye.

The author was good, however, so I’d love to see something else from her. If medical BDSM squicks you out, this probably isn’t for you. I wouldn’t say it’s my thing, but I loved the way this author portrayed it. So I’m giving kudos to the book for the writing, but I missed the skimmed over parts quite a bit.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

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Perfected blurb:
In His Perfect One, we found an antisocial Devin and socially inept Aria brought together by fate.
In Perfected, it’s up to them to keep their relationship free from drama, deceit, and demise.
Armand, on the other hand, has other ideas. He’s not done, and now that he knows Aria exists, he won’t stop at anything to right Diahna’s wrong.
Secrets are exposed, lies are uncovered, and the unknown comes to light in this the second installment of the Mahaghany Mixed Novel, Book Two of the His One Series.
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J.S. Danielle hails from Miami, Florida. A native there and graduate of Florida State University. It was while in attendance at FSU, J.S. honed her talent and love for poetry. The love of a good read or writing short stories and books didn’t surface until years ago when J.S. wrote her first short story. J.S. invites you to come along on a journey, just simply in the making.