Category: 2 out of 5 Paddles

The Borstal Mistress by Kivutar Amy Koski borstal2

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

It is 1950 and Lydney Bridge Borstal institution is failing: miserably. A new governor is needed, to sweep away the corruption and rebellious behaviour. But the new governor is…a governess! Jillian Welland comes with the strict reputation of a martinet, but she gets results. She seems to enjoy inflicting punishments, as does the local magistrate, Lady Soames. With so many wild and frustrated young men under lock and key there will be all the strict discipline you might imagine. Sound intriguing? You can bet it is, especially when Miss Welland initiates the use of the cane and rubber strap to enforce her strict rule. The whipping horse in the Punishment Room is probably going to be very busy, and when she discovers her male assistant governor’s dark secret…

A tale of canes, rubber punishment straps and paddles, whipping benches, rubber corsets and gloves, and chastity tubes (amongst other things!) In a Borstal, as well as in everyday life, discipline is the key, and the key is best held by a strict woman.A

As an English Literature graduate, schooled in the classics, I kind of want to give this book a harsh review. However, as an obedient boy who craves the cane, just like every male character present here I have been well and truly beaten into submission by this spanking-heavy tale of hard femdom.

The plot is simple: a dominant woman is put in charge of a penal institution, and rules harshly over prisoners and male staff alike. And even that thin plot has a hole or two: the female characters inexplicably take great risks by confiding dangerous secrets in one another based on very little shared experience.

However, these little conveniences and short cuts can be forgiven for getting us to the good bits quicker. And they are very good: appropriately hard-hitting, exhilarating and utterly addictive.

There isn’t a lot of variety to the play, and certainly no maledom or even switching here – every woman (apart from one minor character, who is derided) is dominant, and every man is, willingly or otherwise, spanked into submission and slavery.

As arousingly as they are described, for a while there does appear to be a danger of these hard femdom spanking sessions becoming repetitive. However, that welcome variety is added later on, with enforced chastity, body worship, and unauthorised cumming being added to the mix. And on one occasion, the mistress allows herself to be restrained, but be assured, she is still very much in charge.

So overall, not much to say about the storyline, but I could count on one calloused hand the very few times I’ve been this turned on by a book before.

Reviewed by Jay Willowbay

 

anisecoverEverything Anise by  Natalie-Nicole Bates

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

A Victorian-era vampire living in the modern world, Emigh Bennett’s favorite activity is watching people from the window of her little bookshop. When she spots a woman nearly killed on the street outside her shop, she rushes to her rescue, and she meets Anise.
The proprietress of a little home business called “Everything Anise”, Anise crafts one-of-a-kind perfumes all with a touch of her namesake spice, all with the power to intoxicate and delight the senses. She is smart, sexy, beautiful, and happens to be a little bit different.

Although Anise is everything Emigh could ever ask for and more, she can’t quite figure her out. Anise possesses the duality of an innocent angel and a vivacious vixen. Even if Emigh can ever peel away the multi layers of Anise to uncover the truth beneath, what will happen when she finally reveals the truth about herself?

Review:

This is a short story that really wanted to be longer. The set up feels rushed and the same rushed feeling occurs throughout the story. And while this is a vampire story which is clearly fiction, this short is just so unbelievable. As I read this story I couldn’t help but wonder why the author didn’t expand on this interesting premise and make the story longer. It would have really made this much better.

Reviewed by Elizabeth 

nadjaNadja’s Choice by Judith Anderson

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Partial Blurb:

This is the story of Jack Avery, a computer technician and recent transplant from the big city to small town Flaxville, where he meets Nadja Koenig, the town librarian. Jack moved to get away from the city, but there are other things he hopes also to have left behind. Nadja just wants her library to remain the familiar place she grew up knowing and loving. But when she sees all the technological changes coming, will it be the same place for her? She feels threatened by Jack’s plans to install a computerized check-out system, but is intrigued by his air of command and self-assured confidence. Will his dark secrets from the past drive her away? And how will she react when he offers to introduce her to the BDSM toy box under his bed?

Review:

How, indeed? Well, it’s a good thing Nadja is a librarian, because she had access to BDSM reading material before Jack ever moved to town. And good thing he happens to already have a box full of toys, since Nadja thought a little D/s might be fun to try. And what a coincidence that, out of all the people in the world, she and Jack met on an online site the night before actually meeting in person. And he just happens to be the computer tech the town hired to upgrade the local library. Just go figure, won’t you?

On one of the first mornings in his new home, Jack has all of his BDSM toys spread out on his bed to better organize them. But nosey Larry appears at the door, and Jack won’t allow him to come in, due to the display of toys. (Perhaps Jack is one of those people who keeps his bed by the front door.) And who, exactly, is Larry, you ask? He’s a character you’ll love to dislike, as he more than adequately represents a composite of the small-town busybody. But Larry understandably resents anyone who might want to put their hot little hands on “his” surprisingly chaste town librarian.

It’s difficult to fathom why Nadja would fear a technological advance for her library. It’s not as if she’s utilizing tin cans and string for phones. Be that as it may, Nadja and Jack find they have the hots for one another, and the author creates clever banter between the two as their attraction grows. Larry always shows up where he is least wanted, keeping the story somewhat entertaining. As for Jack’s “dark secrets,” it was a bit of a stretch to believe anyone would care to expend any energy whatsoever to destroy Jack’s fun-filled, exciting and chance-of-a-lifetime opportunity to computerize a library check-out system.

“Nadja’s Choice” is a fast, BDSM-lite read. The plot isn’t terribly exciting, nor is the BDSM.  But the characters are rather cute and the dialogue is often quite clever.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling

His Perfect One by J.S. Danielle hisperfect

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

“His Perfect One” is about the love of a man who has kept it suppressed deep down inside for quite some time. Will his perfect one be just what he needs to bring it out? Devin was a master to women, lover of the female form, until the one closest to him, left him. Angry, antisocial and a bit outspoken, Devin dives headfirst into work, but is leery of all things female. Will he ever find the girl who loves him for him? Aria was the perfect girl next door: intelligent, beautiful, outspoken and feisty. She just needed the right person to bring that out of her. Too bad her first wasn’t it. Tired of being led around, Aria puts her lovelife into the hands of her best friend. . .and that’s not all she gives up! In search of the epitome of love, fate allowed Devin to cross paths with Aria. Together, in search of love, theirs is the perfect one.

Review:

Believe me, Devin has a lot more to work on than being angry, antisocial and a bit outspoken. He tells us that since his mother’s death five years ago, he “hasn’t worked up the nerve to physically fuck a woman.”

Somehow, he is supposedly a very experienced and sought-after Dominant.

Enter Aria, a sexually inexperienced woman who decides in the blink of an eye that she wants to be a sub. Devin sees her after a workout and is so turned on, he gets into a gym shower where he “releases eighteen months of cum.” After the act, memories of his deceased mother again creep in. If you read the book, you’ll lose track of how many times this boy’s mama appears in his thoughts at the most inopportune moments. Talk about an erotic buzz-kill.

Aria is described as a “smart, quick-witted, threateningly domineering but placating woman with long, sleek black hair that’s straighter than any hetero male.” Her friend arranges for her to be presented to potential Doms, and guess who happens to be looking for a sub? Yes, you guessed it! And Devin is so smitten with her, he immediately falls on his knees, pulls her thigh over his shoulder, brings her to orgasm, collars her, and whisks her off to his mansion where he has sex with her repeatedly.

Please understand, I will be the first to say that anyone who has the discipline to sit in a chair and complete an entire book deserves much credit. However, when attempting to write an erotic novel, a character’s mother surely has no place in sex play, yet Devin’s mother may as well have pulled up a chair and watched every time. Also, should you choose to read the book, you will encounter humorous-but-confusing dangling modifiers, and the use of countless cringe-worthy metaphors that have no place in the description of a sexual encounter.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling

 

Hanky Spanky by Francesca Hawley hanky

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink) 3 out of 5

Review:

Hanky Spanky is quite a sweet romance set in the small town of Larson, Minnesota. It features Karen, a 38 year old chef, fairly recently returned to Larson in order to run her family’s Diner and Andy, sugar beet farmer and the favorite son of the towns founding family. They have known each other since high school, but have had little contact since Andy married a cheerleader straight after high school.

It’s quite refreshing that Karen, a plus size heroine is depicted as having had a fairly full sexual and romantic life, although she longs to meet the alpha male of her dreams. For six months she’s been playing on line with a faceless man who calls himself Sir Lars.

While Karen has been performing all manner of sex acts via webcam for her “Dom’s” entertainment, Sir Lars has refused to reveal his face. Something that should have set alarm bells ringing in the head of any sensible would be submissive. Karen however, is very eager to meet Sir Lars in person.

A real life encounter is planned and they meet up at a BDSM club in Minneapolis and Sir Lars is revealed as “Aw-Shucks Andy” the man previously described by Karen herself as, “Boring, blander than custard and more vanilla than a vanilla bean”.

They move instantly to kinky play, culminating in fucking in the restaurant area of the club, while a friend of Andy, “Master Thor” sits at the table with them. A scene which, quite honestly, lacked class.

In very rapid progression, Karen and Andy become a couple, which means fighting the disapproval of their fellow townsfolk and the machinations of Andy’s jealous ex wife. It’s a sweet romance with plenty of kinky sex and quite an attractive depiction of small town life but I feel that the author does not fully understand the dynamics of D/s relationships.

The Dom has become quite a fixture in romantic fiction in recent years but very few of these so called alphas live up to the label. Andy aka Sir Lars is an aspiring top rather than a Dominant, a man who has spent his adult life being dictated to by his patriarchal father and harried by his ex wife does not convince as a Dominant.

Reviewed by Ariadne

Beautiful Nightmare by Bella Juarez beautiful

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

I wanted to like this story for two reasons: One, it’s a Fem Domme and there are not enough good Fem Domme stories and two, it featured a Jewish character. Unfortunately, this story fell short in some key areas and I walked away disappointed.

Aaron Rosencrantz is a high powered businessman with a domineering mother who has extracted a promise from him that he will only marry a Jewish woman of a certain kind. Natasha Rodriguez is the unattainable, tough negotiator that Aaron lusts after. Natasha, of course, is not the kind of woman that Aaron’s mother has in mind. This doesn’t stop him from having a hot, sexy tryst with Natasha after he discovers her masturbating in his office.

Natasha, rapidly falling for her sexy boss, overhears something that leads to a misunderstanding, and the two lovers stiff-arm each other. Unable to have each other, both of them reach out to a dating service and lo and behold, they are matched together.

The Fem Domme aspect of the story seemed like an add on since the initial encounters were a bit more vanilla. The romance was a bit predictable which is a shame since the characters were interesting. I think my expectations might have been too high. I wanted so much more from these characters. Aaron seemed as if he was much more complicated than he ended up being and the ending was wrapped up a little too neat and tidy for me.

This book wasn’t a wall-banger nor was it forgettable, but it was a bit of a letdown. I’d like to see more from this author if only to see if she can connect the interesting characters she creates with a good story that has depth.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Lily in Chains by Kate Richards lilyin

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Barry had one beautiful, short relationship with Lily, but she disappeared without a word, leaving him alone and longing for her. A mysterious lawyer hires Barry to build and run a BDSM club in Las Vegas and, with nothing to hold him, he moves to a new life. When Lily comes back, can they repair the distance three years has created between them?

I found this story to be a little too trite and shallow. First of all, Lily runs away because her connection to Barry freaks her out. Okay. But her answer to Barry’s understandable inquiry as to why she didn’t phone or email or something is so unsatisfactory that I rolled my eyes. It’s not that her reasons for leaving weren’t valid, but that the story seems to gloss over the years between them. Also, the set up of their reunion is pretty unbelievable as well. A mysterious Mistress sends Lily on a blind Dom date? And Lily wants to “test” her ability to be with a Dominant before she seeks out Barry again?

All of these things would have been completely acceptable had the story explored their reconnection a little more. Instead, Barry and Lily breeze through their resentments and problems like they’re nothing, have a little kinky sex and kaboom! Wedding bells.

Fluff definitely has a place in my library and I like the light touch. This story stays on the surface of the relationship and so I was never invested in whether they were together or not. Lily’s angst that kept her away from Barry for three years had no impact on me and did not make her sympathetic. All in all, this story missed me entirely. It wasn’t a wall banger, but it didn’t make much of an impression either.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

heatherHeather In Haven by Holle Dolce

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This book is a series of scenes about Heather who begins her journey at a BDSM club with Mistress Victoria. There’s not really a plot. Each scene is a snippet, a window into the characters that dot the landscape. The writing is very good and I’m sure many readers will enjoy the hot sex with a variety of pairings.

As someone who prefers character driven stories, I was left feeling a bit deflated. Although all the snippets were from Heather’s perspective, I never felt that I knew her. I knew her thoughts and a few of her feelings, but I don’t feel like I really understood what she sought. She would fuck anyone at any time. She was completely uninhibited and had absolutely no hang ups.  Frankly, she didn’t feel very real to me.

But all that aside, I think the BDSM portion was excellent. I wouldn’t call it very realistic, but this is BDSM fiction, not a biography. Heather explores nipple piercing, anal sex, D/s, slavery, flogging, and lots of sex. The entire book is driven by Heather’s attachment to Mistress Victoria who was a complete mystery to me.

There wasn’t really a story and the characters felt a bit flat for me. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book for someone else, but even in erotica, I need plot and depth. I didn’t feel this book delivered, thought to be fair, the author wasn’t intending to provide a plot. So, though I might not have enjoyed this book, other readers may.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

hislordshipsHis Lordship’s Wayward Wife by Jolynn Raymond

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

I should start by saying that I really wanted to like this book. I have a fondness for kinky historical novels, especially if the author places the story in a believable historical context and has done sufficient research to ensure period accuracy. I’m afraid that this book fails somewhat in this respect.

The prologue introduces the reader to a secret society of aristocratic Dominants, The Order of Exalted Blackguards who trade their daughters between them, with the aim of acquiring perfect submissive wives, who will provide a full range of sexual services for their Lords and I was a little puzzled by the Blackguards, surely the main criteria in choosing an aristocratic wife was the size of her dowry rather than her skills as a submissive? Submissive males don’t seem to have much place in this society and yet kinky British aristocrats of the period were just as likely, if not more so, to be sexual submissive’s themselves. The professional Dominants of London’s Whipping Houses were kept in business by gentleman of the Upper Classes.

Claudia, the heroine has led the life of a carefree tomboy, when her father, a member of the Blackguards decides. just before her 18th birthday to bestow her on Nathaniel, Lord Tarrington, Earl of Brighton. Up until this point ignorant of her parents true relationship, Claudia is packed off to a ‘Finishing School’ in Brighton to have her spirit broken and to be trained in her submissive duties.

It is there that she meets her husband, who informs her of his expectations of their marriage, “You will be kept just like a whelping bitch in heat, wearing a collar of ownership and even a lead if I so choose. There isn’t anything I can do to you that you will not plead with me to do more of.”

The flaw in this reasoning is that Claudia is not a submissive and forcing her into the role will only lead to rebellion and loathing. Nathaniel is not an intelligent man and it takes him some time to realise that if he wants anything like a harmonious relationship with Claudia, he will have to soften his approach.

The title is misleading, I wouldn’t call this book a romance but it is certainly very kinky. It could have done with better editing, aristocratic titles are frequently misused, Lady Ellingsworth is frequently referred to as Miss Ellingsworth, Lord Hastings is sometimes called ‘Sir Hastings’ and there are other similar errors in describing other characters.

Reviewed by Ariadne

Break Her Rules by Brodie Storm break1

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Don’t blink, or you will miss this story. It is a very short story about an encounter between a man and woman where the woman is a Dominatrix and her not particularly submissive companion tries to please her.

While there was a strong connection between the two main characters, there isn’t enough story here to develop either a plot or character in the participants. There is some BDSM play, including bondage, spanking and sensation play, but most of the activity is mentioned in passing rather than demonstrated in the story.

Quite  honestly, this reads much more like a story in a men’s magazine than a stand alone book to purchase.

Reviewed by Karen H.