Category: 4 out of 5 Sting Factor

Teach Me: Brie’s Submission by Red Phoenix

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Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

One card and one man will change Brianna’s life forever. Will Brianna’s curiosity get the better of her and take the chance at the Training Center? Is she brave enough to try or will Brianna let this opportunity pass her by?

Brianna’s story is an interesting read. A gentleman who shops at the tobacco store that Brianna works at and leaves her with more questions than answers. Soon we are along for the ride with Brianna as she begins her schooling to learn to be a submissive. This is an interesting idea and it was nice to see the young women at the school find their way and if being a submissive was truly for them. The friendships and rivalries that are made in this story are a good read. I enjoyed watching  Brianna’s journey begin. She is just starting to understand her needs and wants and how to go about getting them. This is a nice start to this series. Although I did enjoy meeting Brianna it was the secondary characters that grabbed my attention the most. Many of the men and Doms in this story had my attention as soon as they were introduced.I would love to see more from the likes of  Rystar, Tono and Mr. Gallant.  Brianna has already started to grow in this first book and I am interested to see where her life will go from here.

Reviewed by Gabrielle 

Teach Me: Brie’s Submission by Red Phoenix teachme2

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Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

One card and one man will change Brianna’s life forever. Will Brianna’s curiosity get the better of her and take the chance at the Training Center? Is she brave enough to try or will Brianna let this opportunity pass her by?

Brianna’s story is an interesting read. A gentleman who shops at the tobacco store that Brianna works at and leaves her with more questions than answers. Soon we are along for the ride with Brianna as she begins her schooling to learn to be a submissive. This is an interesting idea and it was nice to see the young women at the school find their way and if being a submissive was truly for them. The friendships and rivalries that are made in this story are a good read. I enjoyed watching  Brianna’s journey begin. She is just starting to understand her needs and wants and how to go about getting them. This is a nice start to this series. Although I did enjoy meeting Brianna it was the secondary characters that grabbed my attention the most. Many of the men and Doms in this story had my attention as soon as they were introduced.I would love to see more from the likes of  Rystar, Tono and Mr. Gallant.  Brianna has already started to grow in this first book and I am interested to see where her life will go from here.

Reviewed by Gabrielle 

Deep by Jaine Diamond deep2

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Lana is sent for DEEP training on Station Six that has a strange reputation. Her brother is also assigned there and has asked that his best friend take on her training. Things get complicated when Catch is attracted to her.

This was an interesting book as it is technically a military story in outer space. The main reason I paid a lot of attention to some of the details is that I served in the military, so I paid a lot of attention to the story line since this is also a book with some intense BDSM scenes in a few places. I will caution that some scenes could trigger some readers, especially readers that were in the military. That being said, the relationship between Catch and Lana was mutual as readers will see as the story progresses.

There were also some interesting subtexts between Lana and her brother as all siblings have.  This also spilled over as Lana and Catch realized their feelings for each other and caused a rift between Adam and Catch.

I liked that Lana was willing to take a stand for herself and let Catch know what she wouldn’t tolerate. She let Catch know when he was being an asshole, but she also learned about herself.  The story went between her training and relationship. I had to admire Catch when he did the right thing when it came to letting her follow her dream at the end of training when he had to decide where her next duty station would be.

The BDSM portion of the book was intense, though there some instances where limits were ignored. The fact that Lana had a safe word and used it once was good. There were flashbacks from Catch that indicated he was actually a switch. A few other characters helped the story along, and I loved that the masseuse was called Master. Readers also need to be aware that the story ends with a cliff hanger.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

worthWorth the Wait by Joey W. Hill

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

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Is he worth the heartbreak? At nearly forty, Julie isn’t so sure she’ll ever find a man who is, so she’s vowed that all her big 4-0 decisions will have zip to do with relationships. A successful theater manager, she agrees to travel to North Carolina and help a friend put her erotic performance theater on its feet. Julie has always been curious and drawn to the BDSM world, and now she can safely explore that world in the environment she knows best. Desmond Hayes is the roofing contractor repairing their rundown theater building, but he’s also a rigger, well-known in the BDSM world for his rope artistry. He’s not just a top, though; he’s a Dom whose unexpected quirks mesh too well with Julie’s eccentric personality and awakens her submissive side. From the time he was born, Des has been fighting the odds against him. Because of that, he’s kept his relationships inside the scene with clear boundaries. While Julie had almost given up on finding a person worth loving through better or worse—or pleasure and pain—Des never expected to receive that gift. He’s not letting that treasure get away—no matter how much rope he has to use to bind her to him.

Review:

Whenever I pick up a book from this author I know that it will be good. Joey W. Hill knows how to engage her readers and fleshes out her characters so well that you feel as if you are right there with them and part of their world. The emotions in this book jump right off the pages as you are pulled into Des and Julie’s story. Worth the Wait is a wonderful story of finding the right person for you and never giving up the fight for them.

Right from the beginning both Julie and Des endeared themselves to this reader. The two are a great match both giving the other just what they need. There are many obstacles that the two must face and the most important one being the health issues that Des has. As Julie deals with her own issues about relationships Des must learn to let people in and to trust in the love that Julie is offering. The two go through so much as they fight their way to love. Their story is a wonderful read that will pull on your heartstrings and have you pulling for love.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Con Boys Are Naughty by J.P. Barnaby conboysare

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Brandon is an extremely introverted writer, and dedicated submissive to his Dom Sean. Brandon’s books are very popular, but he is so painfully shy that attending cons or doing any of the other things popular authors do for publicity scares the life out of him. Being the good Dom he is, Sean respects Brandon’s boundaries, but he also tries to stretch his sub’s limits from time to time, which is why he convinces Brandon to attend a con.

“Con Boys are Naughty” is a short little novelette running just 40 pages. For it’s length, we get to know quite a bit about the kind of relationship Sean and Brandon have. All of which leads up to a scene they have at the con with another man. The scene is quite hot, although in itself it’s not very kinky.

While this is a very short book, it still reads as a complete story, although the characters are already engaging enough that you will probably wish the book were a little longer. It’s quite clear that Brandon has a back story that goes some way to explaining why he is the way he is, but we don’t get to know any of it. It’s this added dimension that makes the story quite engaging despite the shortness.

There are only a couple of scenes in the story, a short one between Sean and Brandon at the start, and the three-way in the hotel near the end. Neither scene is very kinky, but the first one is enough to show us the kind of relationship they have and the degree of trust Brandon has in his Dom Sean.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

anothercoverAnother Creature by Valerie Brundage

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

Luanne and her husband were planning to renovate a seaside cottage together, but she has moved in alone after discovering Alan’s infidelity. Not that she doesn’t have sexual secrets of her own. But now, distraught by her loneliness and the mystery of the open sea, her dreams are haunted by the vision, voice, and touch of a tentacled creature, the Melusine of lore that has always been rumored in the region. Is its unnatural touch on Luanne and the seduction in its voice real? Luanne’s lesbian friend Karen comes to console her, and the heat and promise of their past illicit relationship return. But the legend is real, and the Melusine wants Luanne for itself. But Luanne can’t resist Karen’s sexual advances, and she’s not sure who (or what) really loves her, and whose arms will protect her forever.

Review:

This is a very short story that is also very confusing. And although confusing, there is some hot lesbian sex. And tentacles. I read the story, liked the sex, but ultimately in the end wasn’t entirely sure what it was that I read. Confused? Welcome to my world. Read the story. Maybe you’ll understand it more than me. And if not, there’s still the tentacles.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

overtheOver the Knee anthology

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Arousing, enticing and sensual, six kinky authors invite a reader to experience the joys of spankings. These are not just any spankings, these are over the knee spankings (OTK). There is something more intimate about laying across a lap whilst being spanked with an implement or a bare hand. Each of these authors capture the pleasure and pain of these private experiences.

Ms. Barker kicks it off with an erotically explosive reunion between an estranged couple. The setup of this story is nicely done. The conflict is all too real and deftly resolved through some much needed domestic discipline. The characters are easy to relate with and the discipline scenes are panty wetting goodness. For uniform lovers, this one may tickle your fancy.

Naughty Ms. Harlem completely spices her story up with figging, possible exposure and deferred gratification. The sensual tension in this story is what makes it memorable. Ms. Harlem is known for her sexy scenes heating up the pages of a book. She delivers in this one. This husband and wife duo provide a hot example of how to keep the desire just below boiling point for hours. The scenes in here are realistic and may spark a few couples to try it out the next time they hold a dinner party.

New to me author Ms. Swann mixes business with pleasure in a safe and sane manner. Her characters are coworkers who find cross paths at a BDSM club. This scenario is actually more common than people think. The way the chance meeting plays out and ends with a delightfully red bottom and a fantastic editorial is glorious. If only more work relationships could be so smooth and sexy.

Ms. Zwaduk continues this erotic-fest with another work couple. This time, it is boss and subordinate. This power play is sexy, especially since it involves a mask and exclusive club. This story is more sweetly romantic and plays into many a submissive’s fantasy. The BDSM scenes are a thrill for voyeurs.

Ms. Felthouse takes the reader back to a happily married couple who is not so happy. There are times when a husband cannot be a spanker due to various reasons. This one, due to health reasons causes a cease fire on spankings. This makes both husband and wife quite grumpy. This story is interesting because it shows what can happen when things are not ideal. Adjusting to lack of spankings can be hard in a kinky marriage and sometimes, the submissive may become a bit too bratty.

New to me author Ms. Watt finishes off the book in a smoking hawt librarian theme. This one is delicious with the teasing and coaxing of a shy librarian by a “lord of the manor”. The setup is cleverly done and may cause creaming in a reader’s knickers. The seduction of the librarian is masterfully done and features in many kinky reader’s fantasies.

These six stories are all well-crafted with vivid descriptions. Each writer shows a unique writing voice which provocative spanking scenes. The BDSM may be light for some. They are all realistic and show a range from playful to strict. This spanking collection is recommended to kinky readers who love a nice red bottom.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Something Else by Nia Farrell somethingcover

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Nia Farrell’s Something Else is book one of what will likely be at least a three-part erotic romance series about The Three Graces, a trio of 22-two-year-old female friends living in a small town. This novella-length story chronicles the coming together of an MMf ménage with metaphysical aspects to it; purportedly the threesome has been joined in various ways throughout history and this incarnation holds the promise of resolving serious issues from the past.

Overall, this book does not really resonate with me, but objectively I acknowledge that it is well written and should appeal to a broad range of readers. The erotic scenarios are varied and well constructed; besides heterosexual ménage there is a fair sampling of introductory BDSM and bisexual play. Besides the fact that ménage in general doesn’t push my buttons, my biggest issue with Something Else is that the circumstances of the trio hooking up and the relationships between the principals are too perfect. Also, in a vague sort of way there are elements of political correctness and self-conscious how-to BDSM protocol that interfere with my enjoyment of the story, since I’m not a newbie.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

lovebeatLove Beat by Flora Dain

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

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“S & M is scary stuff — and scary means exciting, as TV celebrity Tunis Vale learns when she meets media mogul Cade Fitzlean, who is hosting a themed house party at his secluded mansion to launch the hot, new BDSM movie Hit ‘n Miss Trix. To her horror, Tunis is booked for sessions with a celebrity Dom called The Panther. His career bombed a year before when she threw up at his feet on live television. Cade — who happens to be a former Dom — offers to take her sessions instead. His regime is harsh, and, in return, he wants her full submission for the following week. With her career at stake and her heart on the line, she must choose — submit to Cade or face The Panther’s revenge.”

Review:

Did you catch all of that? There you have it.

However, it wasn’t really clear why Cade would be scared to train Tuna —I mean, Tunis — especially since he’s an experienced Dom. And why was Tunis’ heart on the line if she had never even met Cade before? It’s understandable why SHE would be afraid, however, to train under HIM, as she’s a newbie to BDSM. In fact, that’s why she threw up during an on-location shoot at the nightclub where The Panther was leading a scene. The intensity of what she witnessed caused her to toss her cookies at the feet of The Panther, and it was caught on film. But it didn’t make sense that he would want revenge for this, or that his career would bomb because of it. On the contrary… the free publicity would have been priceless, and surely the clip would have gone viral. One would think he should be thanking Tunis profusely, not wanting to make her suffer.

Be that as it may, Tunis feared The Panther’s revenge, so Cade — the owner of the mansion and producer of the film Tunis is there to promote — agrees to train her in BDSM for a week instead of leaving for a business trip. (The guy is such a giver!) The scenes between the two are frequent and highly detailed — just what you want in a BDSM novel, yes? Yes. But this was a bit of a two-edged sword, as there were SO MANY sex scenes that they became a bit repetitive. There was no sexual tension or reader-arousing build-up in which you just can’t wait for the two to be in the same room together. Then again, Cade is obviously quite a testosterone-filled male.

Okay, fine. Who isn’t jealous? But get this: More than once, Tunis referred to Cade’s erection as being purple. “Get thee to an emergency room, my Dom!”

But wait! Just as Tunis and Cade are finding their groove, Cade participates in an act of total betrayal! Or does he????! Will Tunis run from him (and his purple penis?) Will she forgive him? Will she do both?  Fortunately for the reader, you can never quite predict what she’s going to do, and there are some interesting sub-plots to keep the pace moving along nicely.

Reviewed by Summer

Without a Net by Lyn Gala without

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Don’t you love a book that turns out to be so much more than you expected?

Ollie Robertson is a cop in a future world in which being gay is entirely acceptable, even in the world of law enforcement. He is openly gay and has submissive tendencies, so he’s the perfect choice to go undercover in a shade club to investigate human-trafficking kidnappings. Not only does he find his job at the club to be much more bizarre and potentially dangerous than anticipated. The so-called protection he’s supposed to receive from fellow cops proves all but nonexistent, and he alludes to his Captain that sexual discrimination is at its core. Although hostility toward gays is expressly prohibited on the police force, Ollie’s assignment now includes the requirement that he root out the sources of homophobia in other officers involved in the case.

Ollie has enough of a challenge wrapping his mind around his new job responsibilities as a sex club worker, especially while having to pretend he is entirely into it. Then, at the risk of being killed, he is forced to fully become what he pretended to be. Kidnapped, held captive and nearly broken through relentless training, he also has to face a very real possibility that the men who were assigned to protect him may not even care to. In fact, it’s quite possible that no one even knows where he is. The book is full of characters you’ll love to hate, and characters you’ll love to love.  And you may even find you’re loving the ones you should hate!  While Ollie should be despising every moment of his captivity, his treatment does force him to learn new core truths about his sexuality.

The sex in “Without A Net” is Male-on-male, and an array of restraints, sex toys and devices are employed throughout. There isn’t a lot of sex; most of the sexual heat is created through the power-exchange dynamics between the characters. This is a rather long book, but it doesn’t become a tedious read, because just when you think you know who is to be trusted, well, you don’t. Try again to figure it out and you might still be wrong. It’s not only an excellent detective story, but could almost stand alone as an erotic novel without the who-dunnit aspect. The combination of the two makes for frequent twists and turns in the story line, plus simmering sexual tension between the characters.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling