Category: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Submitting to the Rake by Em Brown

http://www.amazon.com/Submitting-to-the-Rake-ebook/dp/B0072HDPTM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337619920&sr=1-1 

ASIN B0072HDPTM  

Raing: 3 out of 5 paddles

Miss Heloise Merrill is on a mission to save her misguided and innocent cousin, Josephine.  Heloise is trying to protect Josephine from the notorious rake, Lord Cadwell.  Heloise is going to a weekend of debauchery instead of her cousin so that Josephine doesn’t lose her precious maidenhead.  Lord Cadwell is – a cad of the vilest kind. 

If you are rolling your eyes at this point, I’m with you.  This story is amusing in a tongue and cheek manner.  At least for me it was.  Despite the fact that neither women are innocent nor virginal, Lord Cadwell is no vile innocent despoiler.  The premise of this book is a melodramatic comedy of miscommunications and false morale pretensions.  At one point, I wanted to tell Heloise, “get off your high horse.  Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.”  I also wanted to knock off her rosy coloured glasses off so she could see her minx of a cousin Josephine clearly.  Josephine is no innocent.  She’s more like a spoiled little slut demanding for a thick cock to ride on.

Even if I’m not enamored of the juvenile antics of these young ladies, the story was well written.  It flowed well and the description was vivid.  I could picture the scenes clearly.  The emotions emanating from the characters were strong and amusing.  I did feel sorry for Lord Cadwell.  He’s essentially tricked into doing the right thing.  After a little free taste of what he enjoyed from Heloise, he needed to pay for another taste.  Pay he did, in the worst of ways – marriage proposal.  The conclusion may seem abrupt, but it is understandable since it is a short story.  The historical setting was cute and worked well for this story.  I recommend this book to historical romance lovers who enjoy a little bit of kinky sex.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Punish Me Good by Lucy Felthouse

http://www.amazon.com/Punish-Me-Good-ebook/dp/B007235UV2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336019674&sr=1-1 

ASIN B007235UV2  

3 out of 5 paddles

There are two flash stories in Punish Me Good.  Both are femdom ones.  In Punish Me Good, Avery tops Malachi with a switch.  Malachi takes the harsh flesh breaking beating and continues with giving Avery a licking of his own.  This paranormal erotic flash story is hot and smexy.  Ms. Felthouse wastes not a word.  The reason why I call it a flash story is because it’s over in a blink of an eye.  This story is more a chapter than a full short story.  It’s a tasty appetizer.

The second flash story is called Trophy Boyfriend.  It’s a bit longer with a tad more back history.  I’m mixed about this story because it comes across rather shallow and calloused.  We never learn the woman’s name, but her trophy boyfriend is Ethan.  Poor Ethan is basically a dumb ox who is hot and great in bed.  The kinky sex as the climax was SugarKink all the way.  Too bad the reason for the sex is bittersweet.

Overall I found both flashy stories to be pleasantly sweet.  They are a teaser which makes me want to read a full length book by Ms. Felthouse.  I recommend this story to those who want to read a bit of light femdom.

 Reviewed by Book Addict

The New Deal
HJ Raine and Kelly Wyre
Torquere Press [link to buy]
ASIN B006GRYZCK

Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Daniel and Clark seem to enjoy an intense relationship. Former Drill Sargent Clark seems to be an extreme pain slut, and Daniel likes to dish it out. “The New Deal” is a short story chronicling one hot scene between the two, as Daniel binds Clark and then inflicts progressively more pain on his body. It’s implied that they’ve discussed the scene before-hand, but there’s still plenty of tension as well as apprehension in the air between the two.

The two characters seem to have quite a bit of history, with Daniel referred to as ‘the professor’ many times, although professor of what we’re never told. In fact, there’s quite a bit of what sounds like an interesting back-story hinted at early on. I found this rather frustrating, as it made the early parts of the story quite muddled. On checking out the authors, it appears that this story is some kind of short follow-on to “Hearts Under Fire”, featuring the same two main characters from that story. Having not read the first book, I was quite lost during the first parts of the story.

However, that confusion is easily forgotten as the scene finally gets heavy. It does get quite hot and heavy, with a slow build-up as Daniel restrains and teases Clark before moving on to inflict the pain Clark needs. Daniel comes of a wee bit wimpy at times, for a sadist, but as the scene progresses it becomes clear that some of this is due to how much he cares for Clark, and how much he wants to please the man. In a way, Clark comes off as the more dominant character, even though he is the one who gets trussed up and whipped.

The scene itself is quite hot. At times the writing really gets you inside Clark’s head, but at other times it gets a little off-track. I had trouble picturing the scene in places, and at least once it didn’t seem to make sense – how could Daniel wield a bull whip from against the wall? The uneven writing is the main reason I’m not rating this short story higher. If you’ve read the first book, then “The New Deal” will probably make a lot more sense to you than it did to me.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

The Balancing Act
Ann Cory
Torquere Press, Inc.  [link to buy]
ASIN B005P203KA

Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

When one mistake destroys your career and burdens your girlfriend, what do you do? Gracie and Michelle are gymnasts who specialize on the balance beam. They were the first love for each other and did just about everything together. During a competition, Gracie makes one mistake and ends her career.

Two years later, Michelle and Gracie are still together. Both are no longer on the gymnastics team and both hate life to some degree. At least they have each other. This story is a sad and very realistic contemporary story about two lovers struggling with a life changing event as well as broken dreams. I enjoyed the sweetness of Michelle as much as I enjoyed the desperation of Gracie. To go from one of the best gymnast to a person who can not walk, this has to be beyond devastating. How does one keep the will to live alive? Gracie barely holds on to this thin thread with her teeth. Michelle, bless her heart, stands by her woman.

Ms. Cory writes some smexy scenes between Michelle and Gracie. I’m a fan of kinky f/f sex. This story is not BDSM at all, but it is SugarKink sweet. What I enjoyed most about this story is the understanding and love between the two women. They have ups and downs yet in the end, they want what is best for each other. There is no jealousy. What could turn easily into resentment is presented in a way which moves me. I recommend this to f/f lovers who want a little sweet story that demonstrates love conquers all.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Impulse Control
Sypricon Masters
Sara Brookes
Decadent Publishing [link to buy]
ASIN B005DN1IP0

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Tired of dealing with bad guys? Tired of always being the one in control? Selene is a tough Planetary Deputy Chief Marshall. She deals with criminals every day. She needs to decompress and the only way she knows how is to frequent a BDSM club, Tawse. She keeps searching for that Dom who can make her fly into sub space. She’s not a painslut nor is she extremely submissive. She’s looking for a Dom who can top her.

Since this is obviously a fantasy story with sci-fi elements, I chose to ignore the bar serving alcohol to those just about to play. I don’t expect fiction authors to teach people the facts of BDSM clubs, but the alcohol mixed with a scene is a pet peeve of mine. As in, I don’t allow it. I digress. The club is upscale and could be considered a GlitterKink category since it’s obvious only the rich can afford membership to this club.
What holds me back from the GlitterKink category is the exquisite play between Vaughn and Selene. Selene finally meets her match with Vaughn. She cannot top from below with Vaughn. He’s an experienced Dom who puts her through her paces. He does a bit of mind fucking to keep her from seizing control. This one scene they played in this very short story was hot. It had me aroused and ready to play. I particularly liked the nipple clamps attached in a way I’ve never read or seen. I’m wondering if it is possible and want to try it in real life. The scene isn’t heavy into pain or filled with complicated toys. Instead, it’s a strong D/s play which clearly demonstrates who is in charge. Wowza, I want to submit to Vaughn. Still, as far as BDSM stories go, I would consider this light. This is a great book for new to BDSM readers who want a bit more than just handcuffs, a slap and a tickle.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Life on My Knees
Louis Friend
self published [link to buy]
ISBN-10: 0557207096
ISBN-13: 978-0557207091

Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Life on My Knees is a collection of short erotic tales that explore different fantasies and D/s dynamics. The book begins with A Thousand Kisses, an intoxicating tale of a young men stumbling into his first gay and submissive relationship. The awe of this new found world is beautifully described by the author and makes a promising start to the book. Stories with themes of rape play and forced bisexuality reoccur in various tales along with cross dressing and gender blending. There is a selection of different kinks to capture the reader’s imagination and taste.

The writing style is descriptive in nature with a strong sense of the outside perception of the characters erotic adventures. Within the later stories the plot is often very formulaic and becomes less interesting. The descriptions and plots often became repetitive in nature. Within some of the stories I felt as though the sexual and erotic elements were almost forgotten. I couldn’t help but feel detached from the characters. The power play scenes were not described in a sexual or erotic enough manner to keep my interest. The writing style did however lend itself to some of the stories within the book more then others. The detached writing style was highly effective in the story titled Dinner and a Show.

Overall this collection of stories was an enjoyable light read with various kinky themes. I believe this is a good book for someone who is just exploring their interest in gender bending or is after some soft core D/s reading.

Reviewed by Catherine

Make Me Shiver
Aline Hunter
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
ASIN B006PFY19U

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

I enjoyed this book until about half way through. I dismissed the little things that bothered me until they became too much. While the couple is great together and the sparks are instantaneous, what I did not like was everyone’s reaction to Lacey’s problem with Aly and how Michael deals with her. Lacey is brand new to the lifestyle and not only once but twice she has to deal with Aly who is a past sub of Michael’s. The first time I thought it was dealt with very well but the second time Lacey is left and not spoken to for over a number of hours and feels betrayed again. Everyone makes it out that Lacey is wrong for having feelings at all and she begins to feel as if they are right. When Michael comes to her house he does not talk to her, he argues with her and blames her for their trust issues and tells her she must take a test to prove herself. .

Michael is very selfish. He claims to want Lacey and care for her and even tells her that actions speak louder than words but in my opinion his actions speak just as loud. Michael wants and takes but never gives. Lacey quickly becomes his sub doing everything and anything Michael wants without question. He pushes boundaries and does what he wants without talking to Lacey in depth about the lifestyle. The only time they talk about safe words or boundaries is the first time they sleep together. I’m sorry to say that by the end of the book I was angry with all the characters.Lacey totally loses herself and becomes a shell of the spunky woman we meet in the beginning of the book. Becoming a submissive does not mean not having a thought of your own at any time.

Michael continuously says he loves Lacey but he does not show her at all. The sex is hot between the two but Michael does not seem to give his heart nor does he seem to understand that it is still a give and take relationship. Michael talks about building Lacey’s confidence but he only seems to want it during their sexual play, whenever she attempts to assert herself he tells her she does not trust him. I was highly disappointed with not only Michael but also the other Doms that are introduced in this book. I cannot really blame Lacey because Michael and his friends are all she knows of the lifestyle but I was sad to see her turn into such a different person. In the end she agrees with everything Michael says and blames herself for all their problems.

I really wanted to like this story and its characters but sad to say I was very disappointed with everything in this book from the characters to the relationships that are portrayed in it.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Hard as Stone
Sara Brookes
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
ASIN B006MY5NVE

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

Gothic fans, lover of Gargoyles, this is the book for you! There is something about a Gargoyle or in this book; Grotesques that is so sexy to me. Gargoyles are stone creatures created to allow rain to siphon off buildings, like a downspout. Grotesques are stone carvings which do not function as a downspout. See, reading erotic novels are educational. In Ms. Brookes’s Hard as Stone, we meet a guardian watching over Brady. Brady is a trauma surgeon who is burned out. Alone and depressed from the latest string of patient deaths, Brady is lost. Garrett has been watching Brady for years. He’s there to protect and aid Brady.

When Garrett finally reveals himself to Brady, a sigh of relief can be heard. This symbiotic relationship is the start of a new chapter, for both. I found this story to be very sweet and heartwarming. This is the book I’d read when I’m down and out and want a bit of sweet loving and cuddling. The BDSM in this story is very light. So light that I’m not sure I can even classify it as SugarKink. The erotic scenes between Garrett and Brady are smexy and delightful. I enjoyed it on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

This contemporary m/m love story poses no heavy conflict. There are no dire situations or love wronged that need to be set right. Instead, it’s about two lovers who finally meet and come together. One who has been yearning for years while the other is oblivious. Yet when the truths are revealed, the heart recognizes each other and we end with a start to something magical. I recommend this book to m/m lovers who want a little bit of magic to their story.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Solace
Scarlet Blackwell
Silver Publishing [link to buy]
ASIN B006PH5IEU

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

It’s Christmas Eve in late-Victorian London. Dorian was once a gentleman of means, but now he’s alone and will soon have to sell his house in Chelsea. An unrequited crush on his houseboy landed him in jail. He managed to bribe his way out of prison, but he’s been disowned by his family and abandoned by all his friends. Dorian is strolling the streets of Whitechapel, looking for company despite the risk of the Ripper, when Benedict steps forward to offer his services.

Benedict is a young male prostitute, a “Mary Ann” in the language of the time, and Dorian is quite taken with him. Despite the risk, Dorian decides to take Benedict home, rather than just getting off in some darkened doorway. Back in Chelsea, Dorian takes Benedict twice in the drawing room, and it’s obvious Benedict is not “gay for pay” to use the modern expression. He genuinely prefers the company of men, and likes nothing more than having another man deep inside him. Dorian is so enthralled he asks Benedict to stay the night, and the following Christmas Day. Benedict readily agrees and they retire to the bedroom.

The kink in Solace is pretty mild, just some light bondage and a little spanking, but then this is a really short novella. In print it’s just around 40 pages. I’m generally not a big fan of these shorts, which are all the rage now that ebooks rule. All too often it seems like the author or publisher has taken a good idea and pushed it out too soon, leaving the characters one-dimensional and the plot full of holes. But Solace is complete, with a proper beginning, middle and end. It’s short, but it is what it is, which is why I’ve given it a solid 3 out of 5.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Wild Game
Paul Moore
Pink Flamingo Publishing [link to buy on B&N]

3 out of 5 Paddles

Blurb:

Crystal is completely devoted to her Mistress–mind, body and soul. Even the cruel tests of endurance and loyalty that her Mistress subjects her to leave her fidelity unshaken. During a Summer outing, however, Mistress proposes a simple game of hide and seek that turns deadly serious when Crystal becomes lost in the forest.

Hunters–rough, backwoods brutes find her naked in the woods and Crystal believes she’s been saved. But her rescuers quickly reveal that they are really cruel abductors, bent on brutally using her body until they break her. Planning to sell her as a sex slave, she’s held captive in a crude cellar, abused over a sawhorse, forced to take their beatings and perform on command–faced with the choice of grieving for her lost love or embracing life as the sexual toy of her new owners.

“My final descent into slavery has required only one small final step toward the abyss. It is as though the last year has been a prologue to this moment. Below the surface, under my desperate terror, is a sort of acceptance,a feeling of inevitability and calm. Mistress taught me to enjoy the simple pleasures that come my way, and accept them with gratitude. In this level of hell I have found the true heart of masochism, where the pain becomes the end and not the means.”

This finely crafted story of sexual submission includes scenes of male and female domination, abduction, bondage, corporal punishment, spanking, torture,slave training, sex with multiple partners, extreme anal discipline and humiliation. Plus graphic illustrations by the author.

Review:

First, let me say that my copy had no graphic illustrations. I always like to see what they include when it’s stated with these stories!

Wild Game is a bit of a twisted story about slave abduction and training that for some will go a little too far. It didn’t hit any limits for me, but there is an underlying cruelty and abandonment theme that could be disturbing for some. I did really like Crystal and her ability to adapt to new situations without losing it. She has a strength necessary to delve into the deeper slavery presented to her.

There are two things I didn’t care for with Wild Game. The first is that the beginning of the story felt disjointed. It bounced between characters and scenarios that were a little difficult to keep track of. The second thing that was frustrating was the use of first person for more than one character. It became rather difficult to determine whose point of view I was reading.

Overall, if you are looking for a stricter and hardcore BDSM story, this shorter one might just before you. There is a lot with the training and expectations of Crystal that could provide some new ideas or thoughts.

Reviewed by Star