Betrayed by her evil sister into a prison cell far from her homeland, Meline Talvallin wakes, naked and in chains. Thus begins a series of events in which she is treated as a slave and publicly punished for a minor crime. When Meline is allowed passage back home, she is determined to confront her evil sibling!
I’m not even sure how to rate this, or what to think of it, as it’s essentially torture porn. I could easily excuse that, but it’s not sexy torture porn. It’s just disturbing.
I don’t judge people’s fantasies, and I have violent fantasies myself, so I suppose it’s hypocritical of me to be critical of the book on the basis of the kinks spotlighted within. And I think it’s not so much what is being done, but that it’s not being presented in a way that comes across as erotic.
The slavery depicted here is brutal and not at all prettied up. The slaves are universally women. Prisoners are kept absolutely filthy, treated completely unfairly, and tormented constantly. Fairly realistic in terms of the inhumanity of slavery, in other words – although the wounds and punishments described would, in real life, be far more disabling than they are shown to be, not to mention infection, disease, and so on. Perhaps, for some, that qualifies as erotic, but it didn’t for me.
I will refrain from describing the tortures inflicted on secondary characters, but it’s pretty disturbing.
This book owes its inspiration to the Story of O, and is even less of a romance than the original. Carrie and her boyfriend, Jonathan have lived in a part-time D/s relationship for some time when he tells her he wants to sell her at auction. She undergoes training to be a better submissive, including a stint at a farm where women are trained like horses, and then goes to the auction where she will be sold to the highest bidder to spend a year as a slave. The book ends just after the sale.
Quite honestly, I hated this book. The only reason we really get for Carrie’s willingness to undergo the pain and humiliation heaped upon her is that her alternative is to return to grad school. The connection between her and Jonathan is non-existent and her training is degrading and horrifying. This is about a “legal” form of white slavery, and the only apparent award for the participants is gratification of their masochism-and not in a sexual way.
To me, this book represented the worst aspects of BDSM-degradation and objectification of women, pain without purpose, and training and regimentation that totally ignores a submissive as a human being. Most people treat their animal pets better.
This anthology of 13 vampire-themed short stories falls sadly short of the mark.
Straight-off, be advised that it cannot be justifiably called a BDSM anthology; there’s hints of it here and there, but it’s overwhelmingly vanilla. One expects a little mind-control in vampire stories, and some biting, and a little pain, but that’s as far as most of the stories go. A few feature some fairly rough sex, and there are at least two double-penetration scenes. There’s light bondage – very, very light – in two or three of them. The level of BDSM kinkiness was about on a par with the average non-kinky vampire anthology. It doesn’t explore BDSM as a theme, and many of the stories ignore first-rate opportunities for perviness.
There’s two good stories here.
Melissa Hosack’s “Haunted”, the story of a necromancer called upon by a vampire to exorcise the ghost of his extremely hot best friend. It’s an unlikely and unique setup, the characters were all sexy, the sex was very hot, and the writing was on-point and at one point made me guffaw. I want more.
Naomi Clark’s “Soul Reunion” is also pretty good, with probably my favorite pair of hot vampire guys in the book, and a premise that, while not original, is handled well and with charm. I wish it had been longer, as I’d like to read more with this trio.
This short story plays directly to a man’s fantasies. There is no plot to speak of, just a man hooking up with a hot super model and having monkey sex all over a hotel. The couple manage to find a way to have various forms of sex in the dining room, the glass walled elevator, the bathtub, and anal sex in the model’s suite. After a night of losing his inhibitions, Jake walks away to head back to his mundane life.
The closest this came to having any BDSM is when Jake smacked Valentina’s ass during anal sex.
This was a disappointing effort with no plot, no character development, no suspense and no HEA. It could easily have been an installment in a men’s magazine. It’s too bad, because the author writes well and could have made this something more.
The Debut Launch Anthology from Hot Ink Press (an Erotic Imprint of Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing). Bella Morte: Make your nights sizzle like summertime and feed your desire with sensual illusion and fantastic stories in the Bella Morte Anthology. This anthology features stories from some of today’s freshest erotica romance authors. Bella Morte will leave your heart racing and your imagination running wild. Vampires, Genies, and Demon Hunters are the lovers of choice; guaranteed to bring a little death to everyone.
This anthology is a combination of short stories and poetry. There is no BDSM, although there is some F/F action and an orgy or two. Most of the stories are paranormal and erotic in nature and only the last one was worth the effort of reading. The poems include: Beautiful Death and Bella Morte, by Carly Wallace; Whispers in the Night by Jade Mira; and Night of Ecstasy by Harley de Luca, who is also the author of the poem, Taboo.
The first story, the Gypsy Princess, was written with such poor grammar that I wondered if the author, Samantha Bradie, spoke English as a second language. This one features F/F action as Gypsy Queen Rain seduces Jade on her 18th birthday, informs her she is a siren and sends her out to earn money as a prostitute. This sets the tone for the other stories, although most use better grammar.
The Devil went Down by Johnny Dahmer is about a female devil who has sex with men then dissects them, in a to-be-continued story. Meh.
This book contains six short stories, two from each author.
The stories are more likes “scenes” where the characters get together and have sex. Out of all the stories only one actually had any sort of BDSM in it, and that story had characters that seemed to be “playing” BDSM and not really living it. There is no real character development in the stories and they are “quickies” with sex and no real substance. Some readers may find them fun and enjoyable, but they left me a little cold.
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STRANGER THAN TRUTH tackles important issues regarding BDSM in a story format. The characters are well developed as one follows Valerie, a submissive, through a pivotal point in her life and outlines how BDSM affects all aspects of her life from work to play. A wide range of experiences are detailed as well as the differences between a variety of kinky relationships leaving the reader with a strong understanding that there is no “one size fits all” approach—each relationship is unique and needs to be respected as such.
Weaver is a knowledgeable and dedicated to the subject matter, but the execution is dry and the story plods. There is too much reality and unnecessary minutiae of everyday life detailed to make for good fiction. The author clearly feels passionate about expressing BDSM in a positive light. The explanations are sound and reviews of SSC practices and contrasting it to RACK are straight forward and thus this would appeal to the curious just learning and exploring various elements.
As brilliant and honest as the scenes depicted herein are it comes off as halfway between a story and a tutorial. There is a constant process of explaining all the characters’ actions and motivations: checking circulation, reassurances, and extensive use of safewords. The pace is unrelentingly slow and would have benefited from more proofreading, there are numerous errors that spell check wouldn’t catch. It may be accurate and informative, but it is not fun reading.
I cannot recommend STRANGER THAN TRUTH to anyone, but those seeking realistic portrayals rather than entertainment. It is unfortunate because some of the scenes are creatively wonderful and address many forms of submission rather than focusing primarily on the physical, but there’s a lot of chaff mixed in with the wheat.
Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She’s spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales. Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she’d face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life. Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims. Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara. As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally. Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn’t prepared for the keen focus of his need–to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart The third installment to the Stewart Realty series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love -surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.
Anna loves to flirt with Valery, her lover’s best friend. Philippe is a wealthy Duke who plucked peasant Anna from obscurity. Anna is the current mistress for the past three years. She is with Philippe because he shows her the good life. He’s neither a good lover nor particularly handsome, but he does shower Anna with luxuries.
This historical romance is written in an unwieldy style. The writer’s voice is drowned out with purple prose and too many adjectives. Flowery wording does not equate to a flowing smooth writing voice. It is one thing for the characters’ dialog to contain flamboyant speech; it’s another thing when the entire story and narration is crammed with flashy words which jar the reader out of the story.
The concept of this story is okay. We find Anna cheating on Philippe, getting caught and then punished. The punishment and the illicit sex could be steamier. The excessive usage of purple prose changes what could be smexy into something silly. It would be better if the A.H. Scott focus on a cleaner dialog with more showing rather than telling. The changing point of views between the three characters also distracts from the storyline.
Risky, sexy, exciting, these two sensual stories of sex in public will make your heart race with the danger of it all. Join one couple as they celebrate their two-year anniversary by exploring the erotic thrills of spontaneous sex in a retail store dressing room. Then follow two good friends as they finally express romantic feelings for one another on a drive home after dinner and then share a passionate encounter in a rest stop bathroom.
This is a very short collection of two stories which both focus around exhibitionist activities and scenes. Both stories don’t let you get any sort of connection to the characters and are actually very much “wham, bam, thank you Ma’am” ending just as quickly as they started. While perhaps there are folks out there who want to read a very quick story about fucking in a store dressing room or a road side bathroom, I am not one of them. And as far as BDSM and kink there was really none to speak of.