Category: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Sodom and the Phoenix by Ann Mayburn


4 out of 5 Paddles

Tanwen Evans is shocked to find her visit to Sodom Virtual Reality Resort coincides with their BDSM convention.  She discovers the booking was deliberately planned by her friend and booking agent, to whom she had confided some secret fantasies during a drunken moment after her divorce.  While standing in line to register, she meets Dom Bryan Hamilton, a mouthwatering hunk who attracts submissives like a magnet.

Bryan is strongly attracted to Tanwen, after years of grieving for his dead wife.  He has never wanted a long term commitment since, but something about the lady with the Phoenix tattoo has him rethinking that stance.  A long-standing member of the BDSM community, and friends with the resort owner, he pulls some strings and has himself inserted into Tanwen’s virtual reality experience. He then invites her to join him outside the virtual world, with interesting results.

The story made me want to know more about virtual reality.  The sex scenes were very hot, and the plot held my interest.  The story has a HFN ending and leaves the door open for a sequel-like why the resort owner’s sub is unhappy.

I felt left a little bit lost with the virtual reality scenes-it was a bit difficult to tell reality from fantasy and the reasoning behind the ménage sex was never explained.  Even so, this was an exploration of a relatively new technology combined with a hot erotic romance.

Reviewed by Karen

By His Rules
J.A. Rock
Loose Id [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Aiden is a 23 year-old aspiring actor. He wants to continue his studies, but for now he’s taking some time to explore his submissive side. He’s played with a lot of tops and doms, but most of them were just into the role, the experiences didn’t seem real. Then one night at a BDSM club, Aiden meets Scott, a dom he’s played with once before, with a reputation for being rough. Scott takes Aiden home and brutalizes him, but for pain-slut Aiden, this seems more ‘real’ that the scenes he’s had with other doms.

Scott offers to train Aiden to be a proper submissive, and Aiden agrees. Scott sets rules that Aiden must follow, and punishes him severely for any infraction. Scott really isn’t a very good dom. He doesn’t care whether Aiden is getting off on his sadism. In truth, he’s nothing more than a bully who needs to brutalize and belittle Aiden to feel better about himself. He ridicules Aiden’s body, which sends the young man down a path of spending too much time in the gym while eating too little. Aiden’s friends soon see how unhealthy he’s looking, but Scott doesn’t see it and continues to berate Aiden, telling him his acting dreams are a complete waste of time. Aiden’s insane attempts to please his dom estrange him from his friends and soon loses him his job.

Aiden finally has some sense knocked into him, literally, when a drunken Scott beats him even worse than ever, and refuses to stop even when Aiden uses his safe word. The young man ends up bruised and bloodied on his friend Hera’s couch. Aiden recovers physically, but refuses to acknowledge the mental trauma he has suffered, and continues to suffer. While Hera and her roommates sympathize with what Aiden has been through, things soon become uncomfortable for everyone, so Hera talks to Keaton about taking Aiden in.

Keaton is an art teacher at a local college. Aiden has seen him in the BDSM clubs, and feels a strong attraction to him. Keaton is not your typical dom. He doesn’t really get excited by typical BDSM play, he’s more interested in a TPE type of relationship, where he guides someone in need of help behaving, and only uses discipline to correct bad behavior rather than a sexual enhancement. In many ways, he’s just what the somewhat out-of-control Aiden needs, but of course Aiden has a very hard time seeing that. Much of the book is devoted to the struggle for Aiden to understand and accept what Keaton has to offer.
None of the main characters in “By His Rules” are completely likable, but that’s only because they’re fully developed, three-dimensional people. Scott is very much the bad guy, but there are signs early on that he actually does care for Aiden, he’s just so messed up he just doesn’t know how to show it properly. Aiden runs the gamut from sexy slutty boy to spoiled brat to full-blown depression. His reactions are all very reasonable, and very real, although he does seem a bit too weepy at times. Keaton is the white knight of the book, but he’s not perfect. He sometimes mishandles or misreads Aiden, and for much of the story he’s not communicative enough to really give Aiden what he needs.

The sex and BDSM in this book runs from the at times very brutal scenes with Scott to some very tender moments between Aiden and Keaton. While Keaton isn’t necessarily into BDSM for pleasure, Aiden nonetheless does manage to coax him into some spankings. Actually, there are a number of spankings for Aiden as Keaton tries to help him get his life back under control, but there’s a definitely line drawn between play and punishment in this book.
This is a somewhat difficult book to read, because it’s very realistic in it’s depictions of the people involved, and how they try to come to terms with their situation. The early parts might be a bit too brutal for some people, but the struggle is, in the end, rather affirming. On the whole, it’s quite a good effort and a book you may find is more than simply a one-handed read.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Finding Paradise
Abby Hayes
Naughty Nights Press [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles


Days before her high school reunion, Kelly reconnects on Facebook with childhood friend, Nevaeh—a woman who, rumor has it, has lived a life straight out of some erotic novel. And, Kelly has a lot of erotica on her e reader! Ménages, slave fantasies, strangers and BDSM are all included in the stories Nevaeh has to share.

This sexy, world traveler incites Kelly to forge a friendship unlike any she’s ever had before. She never knew a shopping trip could be so educational, especially in an adult store. With her head spinning and her panties damp, Kelly embarks on a crusade to reignite the passion her and her husband, Nate, once had with a few new toys and other surprises. When he surprises her by being a more than willing participant, she decides to test a few boundaries, push a few limits…

Kelly becomes determined to find out if her old neighbor is right, if paradise can be found within your own four walls with the man you married. But, what happens when Kelly’s husband finds out about all of her time spent with Nevaeh? What will happen when Nevaeh’s husband, Hayden, comes into town for the reunion?Will her marriage be in trouble, or will things go further than Kelly ever dreamed they could go?


Finding Paradise is a scorching hot read. As Kelly and Nevaeh reconnect before a class reunion and swap stories of adventures over the years. Kelly is in awe of what Nevaeh has experienced and is ready to try a little experimenting of her own. Luckily, Nevaeh is ready to help her out.

Kelly and Nevaeh, as well as their respective husbands, are very believable characters. Ms. Hayes has portrayed them in a way that any reader can relate to the emotions and actions of them. As Nevaeh shares her experiences and ideas with Kelly, Kelly can’t wait to try a few of them at home, but can she get her courage up to do it?

Finding Paradise is a unique story that will sit on my shelves for years to come. There is a lot of passion and excitement as some characters explore new sexual adventures and others share their adventures. This story is one of those rare finds that comes across as unique, sexy, hot, and adventurous all rolled into very few pages!

Reviewed by Star

Cirque Erotique
Maxie Cooper
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

First of all this book is it is beautifully written with sensuality and intrigue. The smooth, inviting tone and flowing descriptive language made me enjoy what otherwise could be considered a formulaic tale.

The story follows a familiar tale of the old school horror plot: Car brakes down in the middle of nowhere in the dead of night and the tale unfolds from there. This is an overused plot but as you read this book full of sensuality, you just want to go along for the ride even if you might have an idea where its going. After reading only one or two pages of this book I was utterly engrossed and captivated by the intrigue and mystery, coupled with erotic tension.

Cirque Erotique is extremely short and feels more like a teasing trailer for a full length novel. I wanted it to be more and wished for a longer version. I also wished for more BDSM and kink but overall this is a highly enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys a classic mystery with an erotic twist.

Reviewed by Catherine

In the Red
Kari Gregg
LooseId [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Brian Foster is a broken man, scared and alone. He was one of the FBI’s top forensic accountants, able to see patterns in money movement that nobody else could and taking down some of the most dangerous terrorists in the process. But a year ago he was abducted, brutalized to find out what he knew, and left for dead. Now he lives alone on an isolated farm in Maryland, with enough guns to create a small army and enough lights to chase every shadow from every room, all night long.

Even with his debilitating post traumatic stress (PTSD) the FBI wants Foster back on the job. Zachary Murdock is one of the agents they put on the job. But while Foster may be heavily damaged, he still has some fight left in him, at least in the daytime, and he rebuffs the agents’ appeal. The agents stay on guard outside the house, on the pretense that Foster is still in danger. Then, one dark and stormy night (don’t worry, the author didn’t put it that way), Murdock thinks Foster, spooked by a power outage, is in trouble and breaks in to help. He finds Foster balled up in a corner desperately trying to keep the demons at bay with a couple of flashlights.

Murdock goes to comfort Foster, and there’s a powerful attraction between the two men. Foster may be a snotty, bullheaded geek but he’s also a man with strong submissive urges that have been bottled up for a year. The big strong G-man, with dominant desires he’s never acted on, is exactly what Brian needs. It soon becomes clear that Murdock’s assignment to this case was no accident.

This is a sweet, sweet story, with just enough darkness around the edges to keep it from being saccharin. While both men acknowledge their attraction to each other, neither is ready to act on it right away. Zachary is still FBI agent Murdock, responsible for Foster’s protection, and Brian needs to learn to trust someone else again.

What follows is several chapters of what can best be described as drawn out foreplay. Fully around a third of the book is devoted to this mating dance, as Zachary discovers just how strong Brian’s need to submit is, as well as how strongly Foster is fighting to throw off his PTSD. When the two finally get some time alone in a bedroom, we get a glimpse into Brian’s tastes when he shows Zachary his toy box. Before his abduction, Brian liked to be tied down and used, and that’s a part of his life he wants back. But in what becomes a recurring theme, Zachary has to understand the difference between what Brian wants and what he needs. Another recurring theme is the degree of control that subs really have over their doms.

There isn’t really any hard core BDSM in this book, due to Brian’s condition. At most, there’s a couple of spankings. But this is a really strong D/s story that unfolds beautifully, which is why I’ve given it a 4 out of 5. This is easily the best work yet I’ve read by this author. The story-telling is strong and consistent. The ending seems to leave room for a sequel, so perhaps we’ll yet get to see Zachary play with some of the things in Brian’s toy box.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

A Very Demon Christmas
Evanne Lorraine
LooseId [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Demons who are Dom? Demons running an exclusive BDSM club? How is this not flaming hot? This short steamy story enflamed my arousal. Holly is a quiet woman who receives a present to go to the BDSM club, La Ceinture Noire, for Christmas. Now, Holly doesn’t know anything about demons or even that they exist. All she knows is that her neighbor, Colin, is the rudest and anti-social man. She’s tried various ways to be neighborly which he’s rebuffed sharply each time.

Holly fantasizes about kinky sex, yet her mild vanilla life so far keeps her safe. Debating with herself, she summons courage and uses her Christmas gift. La Ceinture Noire is all she’s hope for and more. Her daring plan was to be auctioned off as a sex slave. Before this could happen, she’s whisked away by a very sex Dom. The bondage scene was HOT! Unable to see her Dom, she has to rely on his silky voice.

The story contains some great BDSM scenes as well as a demon world, hidden from the humans. The way the demons bond as mates reminds me of JR Ward’s Brotherhood series in a roundabout way. Basically, the men mate for life and these demon males are “brothers” fight the rogue demons. That is where the similar ends. I would have liked to learn more about these demons. They seem to have many various ones, similar to Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld series. I’d like to learn more about the demons. Back to the characters – Colin is a solitary male since he isn’t exactly accept in either world fully. When he falls for Holly, a human, he’s distraught and behaves like a typical man – foolishly. It was kind of endearing watching a big tough guy lose it over a tiny female. Both Colin and Holly were appealing and engaging characters. The one character I want to learn more about is Duec who is part of the council of demon lords. I shiver thinking about how dominant he could be and what powers he may possess. I hope the series will have one book devoted to him. I recommend this fast read to BDSM readers who enjoy a bit of paranormal demon action.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Phoebe’s Desire
Nicole Ash
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Phoebe’s Desire is not a BDSM themed novella. It’s not even what I’d consider kinky. It is, however, one clever little read. In my opinion the story line is amusing and unique.

Phoebe is stuck in a miserable existence as an acquisition editor for an unnamed publisher. She toils through her slush pile that never ends. She starts to read yet another manuscript that she is sure is going to suck. It’s then that she notices her name in the story. And from there she finds herself actually in the story she was reading. Now like I mentioned, this is a short read of only 44 pages, so I don’t want to give it all away. I will say the ending was exceptionally clever and it made me chuckle.

Phoebe’s Desire is a super easy read. And even when I realized there was no BDSM in it, it didn’t make me like it any less because it was such an enjoyable story. In fact, I found myself wishing it was longer because it ended too soon. My rating is based on my enjoyment of the story and I’m not giving it higher because there was no BDSM and it was submitted for review to a BDSM site. If you’re looking for cute and clever, this might just work for you like it did for me.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Marked For Surrender
Jennifer Leland
LooseId [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Mistress Ball Breaker is quite the intimidating title. With a title like this, one could assume this femdom BDSM story is going to be nasty and cruel. That person would be wrong. In Marked for Surrender, Andia’s reputation precedes her. Her family history marks her as a woman on a vengeance for anyone who is a traitor to their world. Starting out as an 18 year old Domme in a world which looks down upon Dommes and male subs, Andia isolates herself on a planet and away from politics. Her job is to punish those who betray their world. A couple of decades later and thousands of successfully broken male dominants, the council sends her two men who are questionable in their traitorous acts. Zevon and Christophe are accused of working with the Blueshift Brotherhood. This is an enemy of their state. As punishment, they are sent to Andia to be broken into submissive men.

The Nyral world is interesting because while it espouses the BDSM tenets, it only focuses on maledom with only the combination of M/f. Femdom in any form is looked down upon. Male subs are an aberration. What used to be a balanced world with total power exchange was being corrupted by the Blueshift Brotherhood. Innocents and those blackmailed into treachery are the collateral damage. Andia in her self-imposed isolation is clueless and caught off guard. Andia seeks to understand Zevon and Christophe instead of breaking them. This is her strength, to use men’s vices against them. Zevon flips her world around because he brings forth her suppressed desires and needs. Christophe’s innate submissiveness appeals to her desire for a true power exchange given from free will. While this unlikely trio discovers their sexual compatibility, assassins are targeting them for death.

While this storyline included betrayals, treachery and mystery, my delight was in the interaction between the three main characters. Each of them possessed a need that another one could meet. This true triad relationship with Andia as the main dominant propelled me into BDSM orbit. I loved her ability to dole out pain to Zevon while using D/s techniques on Christophe. Several of the BDSM scenes I read several times over before I pounced on my husband. Ms. Leeland creates a complex relationship where there are ups and downs. There are misunderstandings and still, these three work it out. By the time I’ve reached the end of the story, I’m worn out. The pain and persecution the three go through cements their bonds yet leaves them wary and confrontational. I’m wondering if Ms. Leeland will provide a happily ever after where these three heroes can rest and call a place their home. I am not disappointed; Ms. Leeland concludes this story with a happily ever after with a hint of a follow up book. I recommend this book to sci-fi BDSM readers who enjoy femdom, SM and delicious male subs.


Reviewed by Book Addict

Aidan’s Story
Kissa Starling
Red Rose Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles


This story is not only a hot read but it will also tug at your heartstrings. Aidan and Ginger are a happily married couple that enjoy a shared food fetish. While hosting their latest food party Aidan’s world turns upside down. The couple must deal with life changing circumstances that push their love to the test. I loved seeing the bond that Aidan and Ginger have. Right from the start you can see the connection that the two have and how much love there is between them. When their world looks like it is going to fall apart they lean on each other and fight for all it is worth. As quick as this story is it still holds a punch. The author does a wonderful job of bringing the couple and their feelings to life.The imagery was great as well. I know I will never look at certain foods again without my mind wandering down this path. This is another wonderful addition to this series and I cannot wait to see what the next book is about.


Reviewed by Gabrielle

Thinking Kinkier
Natalie Dae
Total EBound [link to buy]
ISBN 978-0-85715-839-0

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles


Book two in the Fantasies Explored Series

Anna has another fantasy. Can Kline take her to the place she wants to be?

With another weekend away due, Anna requests that Kline take her to sub-space during sex, somewhere he’s been several times but something she has so far failed to achieve. This time she’s intent on getting there, and with the help of her sexy-as-hell Dom, there’s no room for entertaining the fact she might not.

Kline wants to satisfy Anna’s every need and takes her to a new kind of hotel—one with a dungeon so he can use the facilities there to enable him to grant Anna’s latest desire.

Will they experience an off-the-charts-hot sexual experience that they’ll never forget?


Thinking Kinkier
is more emotional and psychological than physical. I really enjoyed reading about Anna and Kline as they try some new things in their relationship. This is a short story(under 50 pages) that delves into Anna’s desire to reach subspace and Kline’s attempt to take her there. Natalie Dae’s descriptive writing style for emotional development is phenomenal. I would have liked more feeling of the physical aspects from Anna, but Ms. Dae’s ability to describe Anna’s thought process and desires is profound and poetic.

The story is told in some chapters by Anna in the first person and then the other chapters are from Kline’s point of view in third person. This made it easy to read and keep track of who was thinking and doing what. I really liked Anna and her desire to experience something new and her descriptions as she reaches hew heights are wonderful. Kline on the other hand was interesting. He is less in control than I would have expected, but he works hard to get Anna where she wants to be.

Thinking Kinkier is an enjoyable read for the emotional aspects of the story. I can’t say enough about the in depth descriptions of how they are feeling as they approach subspace and try something new. I do look forward to reading more in the series and more books by Natalie Dae in the future.

Reviewed by Star