The Detective’s Pleasure by Christa Tomlinson detective

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

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Standing from the outside looking in is always tough.  When one is competent, loyal and wants to give so much, it is hard to understand why one is unwanted.  Ryan Bennett is the kind of cop who exemplifies ethics and rigidity.  He follows the rules and he does his best to serve.  He is hard working and not afraid of taking more classes to give him an extra edge.  Whilst he excels in his technical or “specialized” skills, his communication skills need a little bit of work.  He is not exactly a team player and he does not understand why he is constantly rejected. 

New to me author, Ms. Tomlinson does a great job of showing Ryan’s point of view.  From a character building perspective, this book rocks.  I felt so badly for Ryan.  He keeps trying.  He is amazing but he doesn’t understand the human aspect.  I can relate and wanted to see Ryan finally find acceptance.  He strives to be in SWAT not understanding he needs to be accepted and trusted as a team member.  He may have the skills, but in the heat of the job, people revert to trust.  The team is divided about Ryan.  His conservative opinions of rules and regulations do not help.  What also doesn’t help is that he wants one of the SWAT team’s leaders, Sergeant Logan Pierce.  This unrequited desire to be submissive to the dominant in Logan only makes it more awkward.  For me, it seems as if Ryan is always getting kicked when he tries to reach out for a connection.  This makes him close down more and causes more miscommunications.  When another dominant takes interest in Ryan, this is when it becomes interesting.

Detective Sam Roberts is not looking for long term but he is interested in the closed off submissive, Ryan.  When the two play together, it is clear this is no simple hook up.  Neither knows how to proceed without fumbling.  This initial start of a D/s relationship with the submissive only interested in bottoming is realistic and amusing.  The false starts and frustrations are easily relatable.  When the two open up to each other and foster trust, this is when my heart breaks.  Ryan shares his desire and it is clear, he feels he is always rejected as not good enough.  For someone who is so competent and giving, it is hard to understand why he is always left in the cold.  Others may not like Ryan and believe he has a stick up his butt.  I see him as the prized German Shepard that never had a stable owner and is abused through neglect.  This is not to say that love of a good man is what makes Ryan whole.  It is to say those who need to be accepted for who they are, when no one wants them, it leaves them feeling broken and damaged.  This is a heinous crime in my book because it isn’t visible pain, only internal which sometimes is worse.  Ryan is a complex character who is not easily liked and often misunderstood.

The BDSM between Sam and Ryan is good.  It is mild play, mostly because Sam is trying to coax Ryan to trust him.  The sex is erotic and enjoyable to read.  The BDSM element in this book could actually be left out and still make an excellent story.  This is because the plot and character building is what attracts the reader.  The kink is a nice little spice to kick up the heat.  This is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone.  This m/m erotic suspense is recommended to kinky readers who have a soft spot for characters with sticks up their butt.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Hiding in Plain Sight by Zane Thimmesch-Gill hidingincover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

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UNFORGETTABLE.

The author was raised as a female in a loveless home, one led by a mentally ill father and a weak and fearful mother. The parents apparently could not have cared less when she ran away from home during high school. Although she was taken in at times by a rare friend here or there, her behavior and appearance were so off-putting, she always found herself on the streets again. It was made clear to her that her presence in others’ homes didn’t serve the intended purpose; she was never what people wanted or expected from a guest. A few caring people did reach out to help her, and she was placed in a foster home. But even her foster parents’ awkward and emotionally distant treatment of her contributed to her belief that she was a freakish outcast who didn’t deserve a family.

Before reading this memoir, it might be quite easy to claim some understanding of the difficulties of being transsexual. But it was almost beyond belief how cruel people were to the author. Imagine walking into a store to apply for a job, and the owner takes one look at you and cries out that you’re a freak. Imagine being chased through the streets by a gang of boys who want to pull down your pants to find out “if you’re one of those kinds.” Imagine living every day while hating your body, knowing it only brings stares and hostility. It’s incomprehensible how the author could endure so much pain and rejection without turning to drugs or alcohol, or committing suicide. Prostitution would have been an easy way to make ends meet, and it wasn’t as if she didn’t have offers.

But she had set a goal for herself: she decided she was going to college and would become a filmmaker. And again, the rejection, insults and pain she had to endure to accomplish this are far beyond the pale. And there is more self-doubt and humiliation to endure when she officially transitions to being male—what she knew she was all along— and changes her name to Zane and her pronoun to he.

After reading the book, you’ll want to Google the author to see what’s become of him. Our lips are sealed…

The book has nothing to do with kink, so it receives 0 stars in that category, but it is without a doubt a five-star story. It is a truly excellent read.

Reviewed by Summer

virginThe Gazillionaire and the Virgin by Lisabet Sarai

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

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Load up on batteries and make sure your vibrators are charged – Ms. Sarai is in the house. When I first picked up this book, it was purely because of the ridiculous title and the author. A fan of Ms. Sarai, I could not help but want to see what she would do with this overly cliché subject. I expected to have steamy spank-worthy scenes leading to some “me-time”. What I did not expect is to have the gazillionaire to be the female and the male to be the virgin. This is not a femdom story, it is still maledom. Caught off guard, the story hooks me in.

What I enjoyed and liked about this story is that it pokes fun at a trite theme and makes it fresh. The tongue in cheek presentation of uber rich wanting a dewy eyed ingénue is masterfully done in this story. For one thing, there is character development. Rachel Zelinsky may be very rich, but her work ethic and how she thinks is relate-able from a business woman’s perspective. Theo Moore’s character flirts with the current popular misunderstood Asperger male. Right now, these types of men are hot and sexy. I cannot explain this phenomena, but Ms. Sarai does a good job of showing why someone like Theo is attractive to a woman like Rachel. The conflict in this story may be a bit hard to understand for those who do not work in a fast paced IT business world. For me, it makes total sense and helped me appreciate the situation better.

The erotica is blazing hawt. The sex is fun, kinky and a breath of fresh air. Why? Because it involves two people who are human and trying new things together. From a jaded reader, seeing through the eyes of someone exploring their fetishes makes me fall in love with kink all over again. What I also liked is how Ms. Sarai did not make this a “BDSM” story. It is a romance where two people get a little frisky. They try new toys and they like bondage. The kink is fluid and all about how the Rachel and Theo enjoy it. There is no right or wrong. There are no munches or classes. In fact, when Rachel wants to bring Theo to a BDSM club, it all goes south. It is interesting to see from Theo’s perspective why he responded so negatively to the suggestion and Rachel’s previous involvement in the lifestyle. This kinky erotica is recommended to those who enjoy a well written story with smexy good scenes.

Reviewed by Book Addict

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

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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

Trapped in Her Nylon Web and Other Tales of Fetishism and Erotic Humiliation by Gray Fisher Trapped Cover-FINAL

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

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Where is the rest of this book? For femdom readers, this is a tantalizing teaser from new to me author, Mr. Fisher. After reading each story, I hoped for more.  All too quickly, this book can be devoured by a hungry reader. This short book contains six tales where the women rule and the men willingly submit. The femdom in here is more realistic in the sense that the women may be cruel, but they are not bat shit crazy abusive.  For the most part, the erotic humiliation is what gets each of the men off.  Some of kink involves public scenes. The men may express their displeasure as when one man’s tasty prized deli meat is given away others. However, each of the men are still aroused and ready to serve.

There is little character development and basically a rough sketched out plot to these stories. There is little need for world building as all are set in easy to understand contemporary settings. What captures a reader’s attention is the description and set up of each scene. Most of the stories are from the submissive male’s perspective. This is different and quite enjoyable. These fantasies can easily be seen as ones featuring in Penthouse Letters, the male submissive edition. Mr. Fisher does a nice job of picking six different stories all equally steamy.

My favourite one is the Boy Toy Furniture. This one I can completely see happening. In addition, the objectification is done in an appealing and seductive manner.  What I like is that these stories may prompt a female dominant to try these scenes in real life. I can easily see the Boy Toy Furniture at a CFNM party in the community I am in. This stimulating short collection of six stories is recommended for femdom readers who enjoy the submissive male’s perspective.

Reviewed by Book Addict

showShow Yourself to Me: Queer Kink Erotica by Xan West

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Story Rating: 3 out of 3 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 3

Review:

If you want it edgy, rough and no holds bar, this is the book for you. New to me author Xan West brings an erotic collection that will enhance, arouse and maybe push you beyond your limits. Each of these stories are bite size pieces showcasing how people enjoy their kink. None of this is for the newbie looking for some light reading. These are the fantasies which sound so wrong and yet feel so good. This is not a romance and this is not a fluffy happily ever after. Instead, we take a peek into the wilder side of kink with some intense rough body play.

For example, in some of these stories, there is punching and kicking. Does this happen? Absolutely. Is it very prevalent in real life? It really depends upon the kink community. What I did appreciate is how West indicates where the punching and kicking contacted – specifically muscle groups. If it were face, stomach or ribs, I’d have called bullshit and considered this BDSM hostile. Instead for those who are in the lifestyle, they may easily recognize scenes that occur at a play party. For those who want to see how needle play can be erotic and scary, there is a delightful story showcasing this one. For those who enjoy humiliation and mind fucks, there are plenty of stories covering these aspects too. What you will not find in this story is a single vanilla scene.

This being said, there are a few scenes in this book which could cause triggers. For those who have been abused as a child, there is one story in particular which may put you ill at ease. I want to be clear, at no point is there child abuse in here or glamification of it. What is in here is a bottom who was abused as a child and is into ageplay. This may squick a few readers out.

What may be confusing about this book are the characters in each story. If you are a person who requires clearly defined gender roles, this book is not for you. The gender fluidity in this collection is what makes the book different and refreshing. The categories of maledom and femdom apply loosely. What we do experience is erotic power exchange between two or more individuals who accept each other for who they are, not what is dangling or not dangling between their legs. Because honestly, does it matter a person’s sex if you are able to share intimacy with that person who cares about you?

It is clear each of these stories is specially picked to be in this collection. It is a pleasure to see so many different variations. It is rare to have so many flavors yet have two specific themes consist throughout the book: gender fluidity and rough intense kink. Recommended for kinksters who want a courtside seat into the wilder side of kink.

Reviewed by Book Addict

stealingStealing His Dangling Jewels by James Cox

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

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Phoenix is in dire need of money. A lot of money. It’s not for himself, he wants to get his mother into rehab, although it probably won’t do her any good. Phoenix reads about Lucas, a very rich man, thanks to a lottery winning, with his own private island and a genital piercing sporting sapphires and diamonds that has to be worth several thousand dollars. Phoenix conceives a plan to meet and seduce Lucas, steal the jewelry, and get off the island with it. What could possibly go wrong?

“Stealing His Dangling Jewels” is a fast-paced little novelette that doesn’t spend too much time developing its characters. A chapter-length prologue gives us both characters’ essential back-story before the book plunges right into the main event, with Phoenix’s arrival on Lucas’ private island as part of a weekend fundraiser. Yet, despite its short length, the book manages to tick off most of the romance clichés: two people who are practically head-over-heels in love the moment they lay eyes on each other from across a room; a bad boy with a heart of gold; dirty secrets in their pasts; and the seemingly unforgivable act that is nonetheless forgiven.

While the basic plot elements may be familiar, the writing is competent and the main characters are believable. You’re not going to get too much depth from a book this short, but that is one of the advantages to sticking archetypes. Phoenix and Lucas are both likable men despite what they may have done in their pasts.

Kink doesn’t play much of a role in the story. What little kink is depicted is really just a little off vanilla, a Tahitian vanilla, if you will. Just a tiny bit of pain play and a spanking. However, the private — and sometimes not so private — encounters between the two are hot. The scenes also build over the course of the book as well, starting with kisses and not really reaching a full consummation until near the end.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

darlingcoverDarling Discovered: A True Story of Submission by Mrs, Darling

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

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“Darling Discovered” is a nonfiction account of the author’s path toward a full-time D/s marriage. When the story begins, she is in a vanilla marriage, with a baby on the way. And then she discovers she has a serious problem on her hands: her husband. Faced with marital issues that would cause many women to take the baby and run, she instead plots a course for herself and hubby, with conditions and deadlines. You might think she was calling all the shots from then on, but it was quite the opposite. The couple takes a tentative step toward D/s, and the scenes and sex that follow read as hot as any erotic novel.

Who isn’t tired of reading accounts of D/s is which submission is portrayed as always beautiful, simple and fulfilling? Well, you’ll find none of that here. This is an account of two people who were willing to admit their problems, step up to the plate and CHANGE. D/s was the path they took, and it required a tremendous amount of trust, honesty, study and WORK. In fact, it was so hard at times and the author struggled so often, you’ll most likely find yourself wanting to give her a hug and cheer her on.

Then life throws a curve ball at her. There’s a gut-wrenching turn of events you’ll most likely say you predicted all along. But in order to not include spoilers, I can only say if you like honest and true-to-life accounts of D/s, you’re going to love this book. Oh, and it was an award-winner in the recent BDSM.Con Writer’s Competition for nonfiction.

Five stars! Loved it!!!

Reviewed by Summer

Hiya! We are super excited to be hosting an awesome event for the Chicago North RWA Spring Fling again in May.

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After an enthusiastic response from our 2014 conference, we are excited to offer Hot Night Critiques again in 2016. We’re even more excited to announce this year’s event is sponsored by BDSM Book Reviews! Hot Night is a popular Chicago-North RWA program that allows participants to bring up to 3 pages of a love scene—from sweet to scorching—for a small group critique. To participate, conference attendees (both pubbed and unpubbed are welcome) should plan to bring 25 copies of their scene*. Just want to listen? No problem, come join in the fun. This event will take place Friday evening. Feel free to bring a cocktail, beer or other beverage from the hotel bar.

We will be giving away 100 goodie bags to the conference folks who attend our event. If you wanted to have any of your promo included in the bags we would need 100 pieces. We are also going to have a few raffles at the event too. If you wanted to send any print books or anything else for the raffles, that would be fantastic. If you would like to pass along this offer to any of your authors, please do.

Every Spring Fling there is also a silent auction with baskets donated by authors, publishers, and different writing groups. We had a fabulous basket from BDSM Book Reviews in 2012 and 2014 and plan on having another this year, so if you wanted to send something for that too, we would appreciate it. The money from the auction goes to a local literacy organization near Chicago. con1

 

Spring Fling is a very popular bi annual conference that we’ve attended for many years, even before BDSM Book Reviews was around. In 2014 the critique event was packed so we know this is going to be a great promotional event. If you have any questions please let us know.

Books and promo items sent to us will need to get to us by May 14th, 2016. Let us know if you want to participate and we will give you our mailing address to send your items. Email info@bdsmbookreviews.com

Thanks so much!

Anastacia Lucretia

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Shrink Inc.: Worshipping  Claire by Taedis shrinkcover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Trusting the woman he loves, Mark implements his greatest fantasy of being a small, insignificant size worshipping a giant woman. His girlfriend, Andrea, will own him and he’ll be 9.25 inches.  Their D/s relationship will be extreme and satisfying for both sides.  But betrayal and danger are all Mark has in his future and, though he falls in love with his trainer, Claire, a happy ending for him seems as miniscule as his new body.

This story…was both fascinating and horrifying. The idea that someone could give up everything-money, self-determination, their status as a human being-and be betrayed triggered me in a big way.  There is humiliation which is Mark’s kink and arouses him like nothing else does.  He wants to be nothing.  Yet, he has clearly stated limits and those limits are completely ignored.  As this is from Mark’s point of view, the impact of that betrayal is definitely felt.  The consequent events after Mark takes the huge step of resizing are difficult to read, but worth it.

The writing in this short story is brilliant, actually drawing me into a kink that isn’t mine. Being a “little” is something I know about, know people who love it, and can “get” even if it’s not my kink.  The idea of becoming absolutely helpless with no recourse is terrifying to me.  But I do know it’s not a frightening idea to others.  This story drew me in and kept me riveted.  This isn’t your usual sexual connection.  This is more of the mental bondage stuff that can really turn you on and fuck you up.

Mark’s relationships are complicated and fraught with peril for him. Yet, I think he does grow in this story.  In the beginning, I think Mark was a selfish “now” kind of person who only thought of the future in terms of his pleasure.  He says he loves Andrea, but I wonder if he ever loved anyone up until he becomes a small man.  The time he spends at the mercy of circumstances gives him the opportunity to come to understand his emotions.  The ending is satisfying and sweet.

There are some triggers here to be aware of when reading. Some of the aspects of Mark’s experiences were emotionally disturbing to me.  The idea of being forced to breast feed, to respond like a toddler, to take mind-altering drugs that made him more compliant, was a tough section of the story.  Personally, I have a ton of fear around giving up my “self” so I found some of the events hard to take.  But ultimately, this was about Mark’s fetishes and his growth.  The author nailed that.

I do recommend this book highly, not because it will “titillate” but because it made me think about the consequences of desire, of “want” over “love”, and how I can become distracted by the physical and forget about the human connection.  This is a story I won’t forget.  If you’re someone who gets turned on by the idea of being a small person worshipping a big one, this will definitely get your engine running.  The writing is stellar, the story is compelling, and the message is perfect.