Category: 5 out of 5 Sting Factor

If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews ifonlycover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

ifonlycoverIf Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

fantasycoverFantasy Reclaimed (The Sera Diaries Book 2) by Gem Larkspur

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Heartbroken after being abandoned by the mysterious Dom known as Beast, Phim is determined to move on. To forget the island and Beast, to pretend her professional submissive persona, Sapphire, never existed. Instead, when the cruel Dom known as Orion invades her gallery and shatters her anonymity, Phim must reluctantly seek shelter in the one place she swore never to visit again.

For months, Beast has sought Sapphire, frustrated by what he has been led to believe are her ever-escalating contract demands. Eager to reclaim his submissive, Beast returns to the island only to discover old rivalries and new dangers threaten his plans and Sapphire’s safety. On an island designed for fantasy, the truth can be more dangerous than a secret, and two people drawn together can easily be torn apart.

Beast may not be the playboy Dom he appears to be, but neither is Sapphire a docile slave. To reclaim her Dom, Sapphire must reconcile submission with independence, the past with her future, and fantasy with reality.

Publishers note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, restraint, spanking, paddling, exhibitionism, voyeurism).

Review includes Spoilers:

Our kinksters are Lord Beast aka Connor and Sapphire aka Sera Torrent.

The story picks up several months after Sera returns from a weekend of being a paid submissive, she’s going through severe withdrawal as she misses Lord Beast. When another ‘Lord’ discovers her at her art gallery and tries to blackmail her into being his slave for a week, she returns to the island for protection.

The organizer on the island tries to take advantage of Sera and the Lords causing misunderstandings and endangering Sera. There’s a lot of fantasy BDSM in this story but fantasies can be fun and sexy. The story gets more and more interesting, including some undercover intrigues making it more engaging all the way to the end.

There’s D/s, spanking, bondage, edging, ménage, anal play, objectification, slave auctions, hunting and take downs, pony and pet play and more.

Reviewed by wyldheart

Drago Star by J. Johanis draco

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Captain Gideon is a candidate at the Drago Star Academy and well on his way to fulfilling his lifelong dream—to be a Star commander and fight the alien insurgency on Earth. However, before he can complete his training, he is captured by an unknown entity who sells him to a sadistic alien master. He strives to follow his military training, but nothing can prepare him for the abuse he endures at the hands of his deviant captors.

Despite his disorientation, Gideon realizes things are not as they seem. Though his captors appear to be slavers, they have the resources of a government or rebel entity. To complicate matters, the air smells different, the people look strange, and the light of the sun is all wrong. Gideon’s only hope is escape, but if they’ve taken him from his home planet, is escape even possible?

Review:

Well, Gideon is quite the conflicted character, especially when he finds he actually likes being raped by his new, gorgeous Master (who, by the way, is part dragon). But we have to cut Gideon some slack, because he receives frequent injections of a drug called Persuasion, and once a male is injected, he’s desperate and begging for the satisfaction and healing only another male can provide. But his master’s “affections” carry great risk. He’s part dragon, after all, and let’s just say his body parts are rather… massive. Ouchie! Believe me, his Master’s “affections” can both harm and heal, but no spoilers here….

Part of Gideon’s sex-slave training involves learning to submit to public humiliation, corporal punishment, and frequent (and quite yummy) gang bangs by hunky males on a construction crew. He soon learns that full submission may not only save his life, but may be his only hope for escape.

This is a hot, hot, hot story. If you’re at all turned on by Male-on-male, this short, sizzling read is for you. Hardly a page is turned without Gideon having to submit in one way or another, enduring constant use and abuse to fully train him as a sex slave. He needs to escape, but the Persuasion drug makes him need constant sexual satisfaction. What a conundrum, yes? But, as with many good tales, nothing is at it seems.

A fast, fun, HOT read.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling

darlingcoverDarling Discovered: A True Story of Submission by Mrs, Darling

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

“Darling Discovered” is a nonfiction account of the author’s path toward a full-time D/s marriage. When the story begins, she is in a vanilla marriage, with a baby on the way. And then she discovers she has a serious problem on her hands: her husband. Faced with marital issues that would cause many women to take the baby and run, she instead plots a course for herself and hubby, with conditions and deadlines. You might think she was calling all the shots from then on, but it was quite the opposite. The couple takes a tentative step toward D/s, and the scenes and sex that follow read as hot as any erotic novel.

Who isn’t tired of reading accounts of D/s is which submission is portrayed as always beautiful, simple and fulfilling? Well, you’ll find none of that here. This is an account of two people who were willing to admit their problems, step up to the plate and CHANGE. D/s was the path they took, and it required a tremendous amount of trust, honesty, study and WORK. In fact, it was so hard at times and the author struggled so often, you’ll most likely find yourself wanting to give her a hug and cheer her on.

Then life throws a curve ball at her. There’s a gut-wrenching turn of events you’ll most likely say you predicted all along. But in order to not include spoilers, I can only say if you like honest and true-to-life accounts of D/s, you’re going to love this book. Oh, and it was an award-winner in the recent BDSM.Con Writer’s Competition for nonfiction.

Five stars! Loved it!!!

Reviewed by Summer

Shrink Inc.: Worshipping  Claire by Taedis shrinkcover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Trusting the woman he loves, Mark implements his greatest fantasy of being a small, insignificant size worshipping a giant woman. His girlfriend, Andrea, will own him and he’ll be 9.25 inches.  Their D/s relationship will be extreme and satisfying for both sides.  But betrayal and danger are all Mark has in his future and, though he falls in love with his trainer, Claire, a happy ending for him seems as miniscule as his new body.

This story…was both fascinating and horrifying. The idea that someone could give up everything-money, self-determination, their status as a human being-and be betrayed triggered me in a big way.  There is humiliation which is Mark’s kink and arouses him like nothing else does.  He wants to be nothing.  Yet, he has clearly stated limits and those limits are completely ignored.  As this is from Mark’s point of view, the impact of that betrayal is definitely felt.  The consequent events after Mark takes the huge step of resizing are difficult to read, but worth it.

The writing in this short story is brilliant, actually drawing me into a kink that isn’t mine. Being a “little” is something I know about, know people who love it, and can “get” even if it’s not my kink.  The idea of becoming absolutely helpless with no recourse is terrifying to me.  But I do know it’s not a frightening idea to others.  This story drew me in and kept me riveted.  This isn’t your usual sexual connection.  This is more of the mental bondage stuff that can really turn you on and fuck you up.

Mark’s relationships are complicated and fraught with peril for him. Yet, I think he does grow in this story.  In the beginning, I think Mark was a selfish “now” kind of person who only thought of the future in terms of his pleasure.  He says he loves Andrea, but I wonder if he ever loved anyone up until he becomes a small man.  The time he spends at the mercy of circumstances gives him the opportunity to come to understand his emotions.  The ending is satisfying and sweet.

There are some triggers here to be aware of when reading. Some of the aspects of Mark’s experiences were emotionally disturbing to me.  The idea of being forced to breast feed, to respond like a toddler, to take mind-altering drugs that made him more compliant, was a tough section of the story.  Personally, I have a ton of fear around giving up my “self” so I found some of the events hard to take.  But ultimately, this was about Mark’s fetishes and his growth.  The author nailed that.

I do recommend this book highly, not because it will “titillate” but because it made me think about the consequences of desire, of “want” over “love”, and how I can become distracted by the physical and forget about the human connection.  This is a story I won’t forget.  If you’re someone who gets turned on by the idea of being a small person worshipping a big one, this will definitely get your engine running.  The writing is stellar, the story is compelling, and the message is perfect.

thearrangementThe Arrangement by Nicolette Hugo

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review includes Spoilers:

Our kinksters are Vincent Mason, politician and reserve firefighter and Noelle Harper attorney. They enter into a six month BDSM agreement. The story focuses on the last month of their agreement when they decide to take their agreement to 24/7 instead of weekends only. They have ups and downs as Noelle works through her fears and insecurities. After an intense breathe play scene Noelle tells Vincent she loves him but he says nothing in return. His lack of comment eats at Noelle until she starts sabotaging their relationship. Her lack of trust is a huge issue for Mason and he starts to pull away. I won’t give it all away but it was an interesting read.

There’s bondage, breath play, flogging, and other assorted sadistic fun and games.

Reviewed by Wyldeheart

shrinkcoverShrink Inc.: Worshipping  Claire by Taedis

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Trusting the woman he loves, Mark implements his greatest fantasy of being a small, insignificant size worshipping a giant woman. His girlfriend, Andrea, will own him and he’ll be 9.25 inches.  Their D/s relationship will be extreme and satisfying for both sides.  But betrayal and danger are all Mark has in his future and, though he falls in love with his trainer, Claire, a happy ending for him seems as miniscule as his new body.

This story…was both fascinating and horrifying. The idea that someone could give up everything-money, self-determination, their status as a human being-and be betrayed triggered me in a big way.  There is humiliation which is Mark’s kink and arouses him like nothing else does.  He wants to be nothing.  Yet, he has clearly stated limits and those limits are completely ignored.  As this is from Mark’s point of view, the impact of that betrayal is definitely felt.  The consequent events after Mark takes the huge step of resizing are difficult to read, but worth it.

The writing in this short story is brilliant, actually drawing me into a kink that isn’t mine. Being a “little” is something I know about, know people who love it, and can “get” even if it’s not my kink.  The idea of becoming absolutely helpless with no recourse is terrifying to me.  But I do know it’s not a frightening idea to others.  This story drew me in and kept me riveted.  This isn’t your usual sexual connection.  This is more of the mental bondage stuff that can really turn you on and fuck you up.

Mark’s relationships are complicated and fraught with peril for him. Yet, I think he does grow in this story.  In the beginning, I think Mark was a selfish “now” kind of person who only thought of the future in terms of his pleasure.  He says he loves Andrea, but I wonder if he ever loved anyone up until he becomes a small man.  The time he spends at the mercy of circumstances gives him the opportunity to come to understand his emotions.  The ending is satisfying and sweet.

There are some triggers here to be aware of when reading. Some of the aspects of Mark’s experiences were emotionally disturbing to me.  The idea of being forced to breast feed, to respond like a toddler, to take mind-altering drugs that made him more compliant, was a tough section of the story.  Personally, I have a ton of fear around giving up my “self” so I found some of the events hard to take.  But ultimately, this was about Mark’s fetishes and his growth.  The author nailed that.

I do recommend this book highly, not because it will “titillate” but because it made me think about the consequences of desire, of “want” over “love”, and how I can become distracted by the physical and forget about the human connection.  This is a story I won’t forget.  If you’re someone who gets turned on by the idea of being a small person worshipping a big one, this will definitely get your engine running.  The writing is stellar, the story is compelling, and the message is perfect.

2015writers2015 BDSM Writers Con Anthology edited by Dr. Charley Ferrer

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

This book was written by the featured authors of the 2015 BDSM Writers Con that is held yearly for authors that want to learn more and educate themselves so that the stories they write are accurate depictions of BDSM. This anthology has something for everyone from light to dark. I absolutely love the cover and the rope work depicted.

Be aware that each story is a short vignette that covers a specific scene that you might see in a club. I would love to see a couple of them be longer in either a novella or a full novel, they were that intense especially some especially Blind Trust and Rush, as I was curious about the outcome. I know I wanted the stories to continue.

As a reader, I like the idea of sampling various author’s writings. This is a good way to do that. I also liked that the anthology included some stories that featured both Doms and Dommes, as well as two ménage stories. I do have one caution for readers not very familiar with the lifestyle, please be RISK aware or Safe, Sane and Consensual. As much as I love the stories I mentioned by name, safe calls and other safeguards should be taken for safety reasons.

Included is a forward by Dr. Ferrer, who founded the BDSM Writers Con. Dr. Ferrer indicated that this has grown to the point of doing two a year now, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast. I am looking forwarded to reading next year’s anthology, since this is the first one I have read from any of the cons.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

Judged By Him by Jaye Peaches

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Review includes Spoilers:

Our kinksters are Jason and Emma. Jason is a billionaire, sadist and his wife Emma is his submissive and a masochist. Their story takes place during a three week yacht vacation where Emma commits to being Jason’s slave.

This is not BDSM-lite. There’s bondage, breathe play, objectification and some scenes that may not be comfortable for everyone. There are some very intense and seemingly non-con scenes. Emma has a convoluted history and has bad flashbacks. Emma often seems unsure of herself, fragile and not always committed to being a slave but then turns around and seems to revel in her submission. If that isn’t enough going on there is drama with members of the crew and guests. This story ends very quickly at the end of their vacation.

I have mixed feelings on this story, on one hand the BDSM is very erotic, but on the other hand it often seemed that Emma wasn’t emotionally healthy enough for the intense play.

Reviewed by: wyldheart