Category: 1 out of 5 Paddles

Scandal by Brace Kagni scandalcover

Link to buy Scandal (Italian Politics (The Billionaire’s Affair) Book 1)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review SPOLIER WARNING:

Our kinksters are Alessandro Medici-Visconti, politician and Alessia Ferrara, newly transferred to be his assistant.

This is a serial story in that the ending of the book is not the end of the story; you will need to read the next story for answers.

Throughout this story there were editing problems, awkward sentence structure, missing words, incorrect words and misspelled words.

There is really no build up to this story. Within minutes of meeting his new assistant Alessandro has Alessia locked in his office and after a brief discussion about her family he’s demanding she finger herself in front of him. Before the day is out he’s having unprotected sex. Her inner dialogue states she’s only consenting to his outlandish demands because she needs this job. This woman who supposedly before she met this man had never even fingered herself for her own pleasure is not only allowing this but then goes home to do it several more times.

The next day he has her off on a business trip and punishing her with a belt for failing to follow his orders with no previous BDSM discussion and no warm up. Then there’s the anal sex with no lube, just a vibrator in her pussy. Next, he’s insisting she be in the same room while he bottoms in a m/m BDSM scene. At this point I’m wondering if I’m reading a story or a bunch of sex scenes strung together impersonating a story. Then things change and the author starts to dedicate more time to the characters and their developing relationship. There are a lot of day to day, mundane interactions, including the fact that Alessia needs a LOT of sleep and the actual SCANDAL doesn’t happen until the last half of the book.

The whole premise of a politician taking sexual advantage is not new, nor is the billionaire and the needy girl a new concept. There’s a lot of things that made this story hard to read and hard to believe and therefore hard to keep interested in reading.

Reviewed by: wyldheart

caseofthecoverThe Case of the Cheeky Co Ed by A. H. Scott

Link to buy A Delilah Archer Mystery: The Case Of The Cheeky Co-Ed

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 padles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Delilah Archer is hired by a concerned mother to investigate the nefarious doings of her daughter. This leads the detective to teach at a prestigious private school, Baynebridge. What she finds at the school is shocking and dangerous.

There were so many things wrong with this book that I’m not sure where to start. The author in me cringed at lines like “buffet of heavenly halibut” when referring to women’s pussy. There were others that were equally as horrible. I also had issues with the point of view which seemed to switch all over the place. I never had a chance to really get to know the characters or their motivations. Delilah was a complete blank canvas that was never painted for me. Her actions throughout the story were difficult to comprehend.

Also, there wasn’t much plot in this story. I had prepared for a sexy mystery. Instead, I was presented with a rather tawdry display of improbability that seemed to have no explanation.  Delilah investigates Baynbridge and discovers that the daughter is really involved in an orgy of sex and female domination complete with humiliation of the persons in authority and a doctor whose fetish is enema play. The reader is told that Delilah is aroused by this, but nothing else.

The central player in this orgy is a nineteen year old female Dominant who orders everyone around, humiliates a married couple and generally orchestrates various orgasms. The presentation of the sex in this story is a bit clinical and more like humiliation porn to me than erotica.

The “mystery” is no real mystery at all. As a “case”, it’s not even interesting. In the end, I’m left wondering at everyone’s integrity and I have no connection to any of the characters I’ve just spent sixty-nine pages with.

All in all, I was disappointed with every aspect of this book. There was very little characterization, a weak plot and emotionless sex. I couldn’t connect to this one at all. Your mileage may vary.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

The Intern by Michael Alexander theintern

Link to buy Sigma Epsilon Chi: The Intern

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

This is one of a series, something I didn’t realize until I reached the end of the book and realized there was no real ending. It is about a hard core pain slut, who uses her ability to turn pain into pleasure to further her career. A junior in college, Samantha takes an internship with Dominatrix Callie and the book is a series of her adventures.

This is a book with no plot, no romance, and no real connection between the characters. It is simply torture for torture’s sake and includes whipping, extreme bondage, was play, electrical play and anal play along with m/f, F/m/f, various forms of menage and more.

The torture scenes are difficult to read, even though the participants are supposedly experiencing sexual pleasure. The characters are almost cartoonish, with a lack of emotion or a connection to others.  Samantha considers herself to be whoring herself out, but Callie assures her she is simply using her sexual favors to advance the company.

If you want to read about a pain slut having a series of more and more painful sexual experiences this is the book for you. If you want something with a real plot, with real characters and human emotion, read elsewhere.

Reviewed by Karen H.

When All Else Fails by  J. M. Dabney whenallelse

Link to buy When All Else Fails (Sappho’s Kiss)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Eva has worked for Andrea for five years. It’s comfortable relationship, warm and friendly.  When a night out turns their work relationship to more than friends, they have to deal with all the challenges that come with it at their work place and with Andrea’s ex.

I was so disappointed with this story. Honestly, it seemed like this was a story originally written with a male hero, complete with the annoying habit of the use of “babe” and the “player” reputation. The story itself is trite and overdone, the only interesting aspect being that it’s a female cast of characters.

There wasn’t too much kink in this story. Some domination in a rather vanilla way. There wasn’t too much about this story that I enjoyed. The writing wasn’t horrible, but it couldn’t make up for the story’s shortfalls or the feeling I had of being cheated of a real F/f for a m/f with pronoun changes.

The author’s information says that she writes mainly LGBTQ fiction. If this is a sampling, I’m not sure I’ll be reading anything else by her.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

The Brewer’s Wife by David Hallwood  thebrewers

Link to buy The Brewer’s Wife

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

This ranked as one of the most boring books I ever read. The point of view switches between Dale Ingram and Stella Rigden-Ackeson , who were childhood friends and become lovers when they meet again. Stella is the Brewer’s wife and her relationship with Ingram causes her problems. Both of them are into rubber and bondage, but these are the only BDSM elements in the book.

Eventually, Dale finds someone else to indulge his bondage fantasies How the trio work out their relationship makes up the main part of the book.

Part of the problem with the story is that the language is very British and way too much of the sex scenes are spent with the women shouting unintelligible comments because they are gagged. The scenes themselves are lackluster, with very few specifics and aren’t all that plentiful. There’s also way too much discussion of cricket and other English sports which can be mind-numbing to a non English, non sports fan reader.

Overall, I was underwhelmed and won’t be looking for additional books by the author.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Trysts: Tea Room Queens by Mykola Dementiuk trystscover

Link to buy

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

There was a time (and still is) when gay men who frequented public bathrooms looking for sex were known as ‘Tea Room Queens’. There is something exciting about the danger of having sex in a public place, and Mykola Dementiuk tells us all about it. —Amos Lassen

Review:

*Trysts* isn’t a novel in the conventional sense. It has no plot, and no real characters outside of the narrator. Instead, it features one clandestine sexual encounter after another with the nameless and nearly interchangeable men he comes across in New York City restrooms. A few manage to stand out: the crossdresser with his smeared makeup; the sweet-speaking opera tenor; and the daddy who urges him “to just sit there.” Still, the setting takes precedence over all of these. Dementiuk exquisitely portrays the loneliness of a gay male living in oppressive 1960′s in the peeling paint and chipped porcelain of the bathrooms themselves. Here, the smell of disinfectant becomes a balm to the soul, and the scent of urine transforms into an aphrodisiac.

Within the context of a BDSM review site, however, this book has little to offer. While well written, it doesn’t have much of a story per se, and contains little by way of kink. Urination is mentioned frequently simply because of the setting, but watersports don’t come into play. On the other hand, the narrator’s restroom rendezvous are never truly secret. Another man might walk in at any time. In the 1960′s, that could lead to imprisonment, a beating, or worse. Anyone into risky public sex might greatly enjoy this book. Moreover, anyone interested in the gay history of New York will be fascinated.

Reviewed by Ethan X. Thomas

A Perfect Trio by Jade Belfry perfecttrio

Link to buy A Perfect Trio [Club Perfect 2] (Siren Publishing Menage Amour)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Stef is a BDSM trainer who specializes in couples having problems with their relationship. His work has become an obsession, helping to distract him from the problems in his own life. When his old friend James, the owner of Club Perfect, calls in a favor, Stef can’t refuse.

James asks him to work with one couple only for the next eight weeks. Terry and Mark are high school sweethearts who have had trouble reconnecting since Terry was rescued from a Human Trafficking Ring. This training could make or break their relationship, and it could be Stef’s greatest challenge yet.

Through training they make some progress, but soon the three begin having problems keeping their professional and private relationships separate. Could the answer to their problems be a ménage?

Suddenly the Traffickers kidnap Terry again. Stef and Mark must work together to free the woman they love. Only once she is safe can they truly become A Perfect Trio.

Review:

It was very difficult to stay involved in this book because it was slow moving. It was annoying to have Mark constantly ask for Terry’s permission to do something during a scene. He’s the Dom, she’s the sub, when they’re in a scene, unless she calls her Safeword, her body is his to do with as he will. Mark is a very ‘weak’ Dom in my opinion. I wasn’t too awfully impressed with Stef either. I understand that there are underlying issues for Terry, but the character wasn’t too likeable to me.

Review by Cat

Astrid’s Awakening by H. E. Stillwater astrids

Link to buy Astrid’s Awakening: Part One of the Finding Submission Series

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Usually I start a review with a rundown of what a book is about. For this one, I can’t. From the beginning of the story to the cliffhanger ending, I was confused. It begins with a very short F/f scene that actually captured my attention, but then wanders back six years….then two years…then…yeah, I got completely confused about where I was in the story of Astrid’s sexual journey. There’s a rape scene but I’m not sure I understand who is being raped. That sounds strange, but it seems there is a lot about this book that is problematic editing wise. There’s an overabundance of italics and a few underlines that make the book seem written by a child. And that may have been, for all I know, the author’s intention. Or it may have been a formatting issue. It was very distracting.

There are massive triggers in this story. The rape scene is not fantasy material, bordering on distasteful, yet not really showing the brutal violence to condemn the action. There is drug use, questionable consent and mommy issues. I’ve always said that to read a book told in first person, I have to relate to the character. I found very little about Astrid that was heroic or redeeming or readable. You may respond differently.

The writing is awkward and seems rambling. There doesn’t seem to be an actual story, but one random scene after another and not in order. Astrid has sex with her high school boyfriend, apparently drunk so she doesn’t remember it. She is (I think) raped by a man she meets at a party. And then, she has a relationship with Kaitlyn, a fem Domme who was the best character in the book.

The collection of scenes ends with David showing up as Astrid is showering and masturbating while Kaitlyn is taking her economics final. And that’s the way it’s left hanging.

I usually end a review with whether I would read the author again (if they’re new to me). In this case, I’ll regretfully have to say “no”.  I have no desire to find out what happens to Astrid.  Which is a good indicator that this style of writing isn’t for me.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

missedflightA Missed Flight by A.H. Scott

Link to buy A Missed Flight

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Blurb:

Strap in for a tempestuous trip from the mind of A.H. Scott.

You can take off without even leaving the ground.

Now Boarding!! Now Boarding!!

This is “A Missed Flight”.

As Nancy saw her flight take off the ground, she thought it was missed. Yet, timing which seemed wrong, actually was perfect all along.

For a certain class of business traveler, pleasure is an unexpected coincidence.

Power trips.

Power shifts.

Ready for take-off?

Review:

This is a very short story that someone might send to a magazine more than a piece of work one would find on Amazon. The writing is choppy and the grammar and punctuation questionable. There were many sentence fragments and the flow seemed off way too much. The beginning made me think this was going to be some sort of Dr. Seus story with rhyming all along. Thank goodness that was not the case.

The vibe of this story was pure fantasy and completely unrealistic. This seemed like something one lover might write for another to share a fantasy between them. There was some kink there, but it was such an outlandish premise that it resulted in a lower rating. The story score would have been higher if there was better editing. On the Amazon page it looks like the author was also the editor for this story. Sometimes (oftentimes) it is better to have another set of eyes edit your work to catch the grammar errors you might have missed and to give feedback for the story itself. This is also why authors often have critique partners, join critique groups and have beta readers before their work is released.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

boughtandtrainedBought and Trained by Emily Tilton

Link to buy Bought and Trained

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This was a story about a young woman who signs papers agreeing to become a concubine, then has her memory wiped out so the people involved can fulfill her capture fantasies and show her “true” sexual nature.

Rose was captured, then “broken” by Leo through various hard core BDSM training techniques, then finished her training at “The Institute,” which supplies concubines to wealthy men. The women are sometimes volunteers and others, like Rose, are “pickups” who need to live out their capture fantasies.

Eventually, Rose and another trainee, Hannah, are added to the family of David and Grace, who purchased them from the Institute. But what happens when Rose regains her memories?

I found it very hard to get through this book. First, the business of training slaves is not an area I find appealing. The punishments are severe (caning, bondage, spanking, flogging and more) and being allowed to orgasm just doesn’t seem like enough reward. Finally, the plot was thin and the sex scenes lackluster.

Reviewed by Karen H