Category: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles

Teach Me: Brie’s Submission by Red Phoenix

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Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

One card and one man will change Brianna’s life forever. Will Brianna’s curiosity get the better of her and take the chance at the Training Center? Is she brave enough to try or will Brianna let this opportunity pass her by?

Brianna’s story is an interesting read. A gentleman who shops at the tobacco store that Brianna works at and leaves her with more questions than answers. Soon we are along for the ride with Brianna as she begins her schooling to learn to be a submissive. This is an interesting idea and it was nice to see the young women at the school find their way and if being a submissive was truly for them. The friendships and rivalries that are made in this story are a good read. I enjoyed watching  Brianna’s journey begin. She is just starting to understand her needs and wants and how to go about getting them. This is a nice start to this series. Although I did enjoy meeting Brianna it was the secondary characters that grabbed my attention the most. Many of the men and Doms in this story had my attention as soon as they were introduced.I would love to see more from the likes of  Rystar, Tono and Mr. Gallant.  Brianna has already started to grow in this first book and I am interested to see where her life will go from here.

Reviewed by Gabrielle 

Mistress’s Release by Anastacia Vitsky mistressrelease

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Blurb:

Two women. Two pasts. One destiny.

Trinity survived an abusive fundamentalist father, needy siblings, an uncaring mother, and a lifetime of fear that she will go to hell for being a lesbian. Never mind her craving for kink and the intricate dynamics of BDSM.

Graciela, on the other hand, came of age following a picture-perfect childhood complete with 4-H, cornfields, and doting parents. Successful in her chosen field, she’s established a thriving overseas practice as a professional domme.

Now, with Trinity forgiven for cheating a decade ago, the two women are finally happy. But before returning to America, Trinity receives contact from her family: They want a reunion. Gracie hits the roof.

Her lover’s family almost killed her once. Wasn’t that enough? Graciela wants Trinity safe at all costs. She issues an ultimatum: No contact, even if it means cutting ties with her family forever.

But Trinity’s longed for this moment half her life. Family’s family, no matter what they do. She loves Gracie, but no one can replace parents. Why can’t Gracie understand? She has pledged to obey, but she can’t make this sacrifice.

Can Gracie and Trinity’s love for each other overcome this impasse? Or will happily ever after turn into a parting of ways?

Check out the first two books in the series!

Book one: Mistress on Her Knees
Book two: Mistress, Please

Review:

This beautifully written novella is the final part in a trilogy of lesbo-erotic BDSM romances, and examines the fragile relationship and fractured past of two dommes, one of whom has a deeply submissive side.

Having not read the previous two parts, I had a little difficulty at first in matching each character to their respective back stories, both pre and post meeting one another, and I never did work out why they were in a very particular location. Nevertheless, this presents a compelling and often moving depiction of their relationship, the insecurities and obstacles to overcome, and the love that binds them despite the difficulties.

There is kink too, mostly focusing on spanking and age-play, but often this is told rather than shown, or ran through quickly. The one scene which really does focus vividly and enduringly on the BDSM aspect comes over as heartbreaking and cathartic rather than overtly erotic, as the demons of a character’s harrowing past are painfully purged.

This is a bittersweet and touching story, and very well told. It is marked on story and sting, but the quality of the writing deserves a special mention over and above sheer numerical values. But a number I would recommend is Part 1 as a starting point, which I’m sure would make for a more satisfying experience than trying to jump in at the tail end of the series.

Reviewed by Jay Willowbay

Teach Me: Brie’s Submission by Red Phoenix teachme2

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Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

One card and one man will change Brianna’s life forever. Will Brianna’s curiosity get the better of her and take the chance at the Training Center? Is she brave enough to try or will Brianna let this opportunity pass her by?

Brianna’s story is an interesting read. A gentleman who shops at the tobacco store that Brianna works at and leaves her with more questions than answers. Soon we are along for the ride with Brianna as she begins her schooling to learn to be a submissive. This is an interesting idea and it was nice to see the young women at the school find their way and if being a submissive was truly for them. The friendships and rivalries that are made in this story are a good read. I enjoyed watching  Brianna’s journey begin. She is just starting to understand her needs and wants and how to go about getting them. This is a nice start to this series. Although I did enjoy meeting Brianna it was the secondary characters that grabbed my attention the most. Many of the men and Doms in this story had my attention as soon as they were introduced.I would love to see more from the likes of  Rystar, Tono and Mr. Gallant.  Brianna has already started to grow in this first book and I am interested to see where her life will go from here.

Reviewed by Gabrielle 

Something Else by Nia Farrell somethingcover

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Nia Farrell’s Something Else is book one of what will likely be at least a three-part erotic romance series about The Three Graces, a trio of 22-two-year-old female friends living in a small town. This novella-length story chronicles the coming together of an MMf ménage with metaphysical aspects to it; purportedly the threesome has been joined in various ways throughout history and this incarnation holds the promise of resolving serious issues from the past.

Overall, this book does not really resonate with me, but objectively I acknowledge that it is well written and should appeal to a broad range of readers. The erotic scenarios are varied and well constructed; besides heterosexual ménage there is a fair sampling of introductory BDSM and bisexual play. Besides the fact that ménage in general doesn’t push my buttons, my biggest issue with Something Else is that the circumstances of the trio hooking up and the relationships between the principals are too perfect. Also, in a vague sort of way there are elements of political correctness and self-conscious how-to BDSM protocol that interfere with my enjoyment of the story, since I’m not a newbie.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

harveyHarvey by Edward Tailor

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Book Two of the Pit Series. The Fire of Seduction. After a year of considering Bonny the bane of his existence, Harvey is forced to step in and protect her with scorching results. Her criminal ex-boyfriend comes into the club demanding his money or Bonny’s life, Harvey must realize and admit his true feelings in time to save her.

Review:

Once again Edward Tailor delivers hot and kinky sex straight out of the gate. For a short story I found this very easy to read and it held my attention. From a purely female point of view I would like to see a little more emotional content. Filling out the characters thoughts and reactions, playing up of emotions, would make this an even more interesting read.

Reviewed by Foxy Loxy

whyamiBDSM Why Am I Kinky? by Stefan Vogel

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Review:

This is a quick read that states a lot of facts and numbers. It does not go into depth about the subject and just skims the surface of the question of why some people are more inclined to enjoy the aspects of BDSM. It does not judge. It gives figures and quotes from some sexual studies and gives readers the chance to make a decision on their own. It seems to try to help those that are looking for numbers and facts about the kinky side of sexual behavior. This short piece concentrated on the facts and some of the actual workings of the brain and how we as humans may interpret things in our brains. If you are looking for an academic based short read on the inner workings of why someone might enjoy BDSM this might be worth looking into. Each person is different but this may be a nice starting point for those that are interested in looking more into the reasoning behind people enjoying this kind of lifestyle.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Emerald Keep by A. Catherine Noon & Rachel Wilder emeraldcover

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

This is the second book in the series and it is probably best to read the first one. Full disclosure, I did not read the first book and was still fine reading the second. Based on context clues it is easy to figure out how the keeper, hunter and seekers relate.

The characters in this book are all likeable except for Teeka. For me, Teeka is annoying and childish. His lack of maturity and overall whiny personality is annoying. For the story to keep hammering home from all of Teeka’s mentors and elders that Teeka is selfish, juvenile and inconsiderate, it became old fast. Quill is of more interest and I wish there is more about him. Quill’s childhood is infinitely more interesting than pampered Teeka’s child.

The world building is quite good. I loved how the authors blend a technological world with the Bedouin culture. This fascinated me as did the animals. My favorite in this book are the truffles. Great description and antics of these adorable animals makes me want a pair too. All of these help drive the plot of why Teeka and Quill are targeted by a mysterious force. From a plot device, the resolution to the conflict is just odd for me. It feels as if they changed direction in the middle of the book and decided third book is necessary. I could care less about Teeka and his problems. I want to learn more about Quill and the man hunting him.

Hopefully another book will follow and feature Quill’s powers and this new group of people. People who scare Quill and make him want to kill them all. Quill is a character who has more depth. He’s a man to be admired. Learning more about Quill’s powers and how he can be potentially more is something I look forward to in the next book.

The sex in this book is just okay. Teeka and Quill like to play around the bath. It can be erotic, but since I didn’t like Teeka, none of the sex scenes did anything for me. Most of them were bland and too vanilla for me. From a romance perspective it is sweet manlove.

This book is recommended to those who enjoy a world that seems to live simpler and blends technology in the background.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Indecent Hunger 1-5 by Annabella Fox indecent

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor: 3.5 out of 5

Review:

These books give us the story of Jennifer and Patrick. Readers are in for a wild ride in this story. Jennifer seems to be one of those people that always has some kind of commotion going on in her life. From catching the boss’s eye to her ordeal with her father and his debts to an obsessed man and more it seems that something is always going on with Jennifer. At times I wondered if Jennifer would ever have a quiet life and we would focus on the relationship between her and Patrick. Their story moves at a fast pace sometimes too quickly. I would have enjoyed seeing more of their relationship in depth. Each of these quick books gives readers a look into Jennifer and Patrick’s lives. We also get to meet some interesting secondary characters. I would have loved to learn more about them and their interactions with Patrick and Jennifer.

Everything happens rather quickly and we soon get to see Jennifer and Patrick working through their attraction and making some hard decisions. I would have liked to see more of the relationship between Patrick and Jennifer instead of everything that kept happening to Jennifer. I did not really feel the connection that the Jennifer and Patrick had. The emotions were not there for me and the characters fell a bit flat. I did not find myself immersed in their story and it soon became a dry read for me.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

askinkyAs Kinky As You Wanna Be by Shanna Germain

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

This book is a good beginner’s look at the world of BDSM. It touches on many of the important aspects of the lifestyle but does not go into much detail or lengthy explanations on any of the subject matter. AS KINKY AS YOU WANNA BE YOUR GUIDE TO SAFE, SANE AND SMART BDSM does include some interviews, a word glossary and a resource guide that gives readers some more things to look at after reading the book. These give readers a glimpse into a world and lifestyle that many enjoy.

With the recent infatuation and interest in this world this light book is an easy read that works as a nice introduction to a kinkier lifestyle and gives readers some things to think about in a new way and may help with easing into the communication on some subjects that some people would like to try but are afraid or do not know how to broach the subject.

A few erotic short stories are also added to the book and were well written. I was glad to see that things like safety and communication were also included. This book is a quick look at another world for some readers. It is not a technical how to book but a good way for beginners to dip their toes into the big pool.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

temporaryTemporary Dom by Holly S. Roberts

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Blurb:

Luke Isaak, the drummer for Blood Rights, is on a mission. Machala Winters got away once and Luke is determined it will never happen again. She’s perfect for his sadistic proclivities though the first time she held herself back and drove him crazy.

Machala knows what she wants and if Luke would accept her submission and stop prying into her past, he would be at the top of the list. Some things are meant to stay buried and a certain Dom needs to respect her privacy.

Sometimes love hurts in more ways than one. And sometimes a Temporary Dom holds a girl’s heart forever.

Note: This is Book III of the Bad Boys of Rock and a spin off from the Club El Diablo series. It can be read as a standalone novel.

Review:

Holly Roberts took a risk with Isaak and Machala. While most romances open with the couple in question meeting for the first time, she chose to feature main characters who have not only met but are already in love with one another. On one hand, the pre-existing chemistry between them helped heavy sex scenes make sense early in the story. However, it also made their happily ever after seem inevitable fairly early on in the story despite the hurdle of Machala’s past that they had to overcome. They were so wrapped up in each other from the very beginning that no other outcome seemed possible. The only mystery that remained was how Isaak would encourage Machala to open up to him.

Some readers may not agree that ‘encourage’ is the right word to chose in this case, considering Isaak’s style of dominance. Although he comforted and held Machala each time one of their scenes led to a tearful breakthrough, he also used pee and enema-play to humiliate and break her will. He employed breath-play without consulting her in advance and then went on to repeatedly ignore her safeword. Regardless of whether part of him was truly doing this for Machala’s good, he was also hoping she would break through that trauma for his own benefit so they could be together forever. In the process, he continued scenes without her consent and risked making the situation even worse. This is not what a good Dom would do, or a good partner, and readers with abuse histories may find themselves triggered by this plotline. It’s with these consent issues that Roberts took her second risk with the novel, as she potentially alienated some of her reader base.

Reviewed by Ethan X. Thomas