Between The Shores box set betweenthecover

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Having been a part of box sets, I know it’s tough to receive reviews since individual efforts may get lost in the overall concept. This box set is all about saying “no” whether by using a safeword or backing away from a heated moment. Except for the last story, I’d say the authors delivered what they set out to show. There are twenty short stories in this box set and yes, I’m going to review them all. All of these stories were unique and different. They weren’t all my thing, but your mileage may vary.

Tether Me In Luxury by Violet West  This story featured Fem Domme Julie and submissive Zappora. In this story, Zappora wants to submit through a light form of erotic asphyxia. Her fear of suffocation and Julie’s fear of hurting her sub is dealt with in a great way. This is heavy stuff to jam into a short story and I did feel the ending was too abrupt.

Make Tonight A Show by Rose Serrano.  It seems to be the new thing (or maybe an old thing I’ve not encountered) to write in the present tense third person or present tense first person. This story had some tense issues. Reva isn’t looking for a relationship. When she goes out, she becomes “Leila” and hooks up with Simon, a gay male sub who has an open relationship.  Ultimately, this story, despite its racy subject doesn’t really deliver on the promise. It feels a little forced and stilted. The “happy ending” didn’t make much of an impression on me.

The Words, The Walls, And The Weaver’s Son by A.J. Odasso.  Two young boys at a religious school steal moments together. It seemed to be set in some medieval or fantasy world. The tense issues in this one completely distracted me from the story. The world building never happened at all. I felt dropped into the middle of a bigger story and dropped out just as quickly. The connection between the two characters didn’t seem to gel for me. The writing was good but it didn’t save the story for me.

Donovan’s Door by Sonnide Soto.  Kat is new to the BDSM club scene though she and Peter have been practicing kink in private. This story is about her first time in front of others. The author depicts her fear, her reluctance and her discomfort in a real and impactful way. I loved Peter’s response to her panic and his infinite care for her feelings in this. Of all the stories thus far, this one gives the best inside look to saying “no” in the kink context. I enjoyed this story very much and the emotional connection between Kat and Peter leaped off the page. The BDSM scenes were very good and the conflict was excellent.

First Date by Camille Lee  This offering was a f/f with a slight twist. One of the characters is “aromantic” and the land mines this creates was handled very well. Lynn has sex. Not romance.  She doesn’t date. Janine, her co-worker, is the first lover she actually wanted to date and her struggle is fascinating to watch. Janine is a non-judgmental partner who doesn’t need lengthy explanations into someone’s psychology to be with them. I liked these two.

Little Dan by Nancy Weber.  This funny, quirky first person story perfectly addresses how a couple can overcome little “hitches in the giddyup” that can happen in the bedroom. I don’t want to give too much away because how the story unfolds is part of its charm. I recommend reading it for a memorable laugh.

The Best Entanglements by Emma Grant.  The depiction of role playing in this m/m romance is very realistic. I liked the characters but I found the ending a bit stilted. The author did a great job setting up a realistic conflict. I felt a little let down by the run-of-the-mill solution. But still, I’ll be looking for more stories by this author.

Borderline by Stacia Regala.  One thing I love about this box set is it doesn’t just break the mold of the m/f pairings or the D/s pairings. It covers different kinds of lovers with real issues. Jean doesn’t like to be touched directly so when Beverly wants to “return the favor” after a hot orgasm, it breaks the mood. It’s refreshing to see an author tackle this issue and Ms. Regala does a great job with it.

Vine by Melissa Snowden.  I was very confused through much of this story, mostly by the pronoun use of “they”.  I thought I was just ignorant about the correct usage for an androgynous person, but a little time on Google and I discovered the overwhelming response to what pronoun to use is “Ask the person”.  At no time did the character ask the androgynous love interest. Dion is an alien and weird stuff go on in the story. It was an odd story with an odd ending. It wasn’t really my thing, but your mileage may vary.

Rolling Deep by Tiana Tatanov.  This is a unique story about a woman who is in a wheelchair but is a female Dominant. Adira is Delilah’s submissive and in celebration of a fabulous job offer, she wants Delilah to tie her up and dangle her from the ceiling. The conflict that Delilah faces with her own helplessness if something goes wrong is real and I love that the author shone a light on this romance. Definitely a great read.

The Art of Improvisation by Alex Freeman.  Elsa, Priya and Kel are in a polyamorous triad and Priya is facing the prospect of time without her lovers. Kel gives Priya permission to go out and pick someone up (with restrictions) because she’s in “need of a good shag”. Enter Gethin. This story was very well written filled with gems of characterization, hot sex and cute rejoinders. I loved it. It felt like hanging out with my friends. The dialogue and the writing as a whole was stellar. Highly recommend this one.

How Can I Meet You by Penny Armstrong.  Another present tense third person. This one made me say “No! No! No!” so many times that I lost count. Sarah is a submissive (supposedly) and Nina is a Domme. Sarah wants “more”, more pain, more physical domination, more restraint.  Nina is a Domme who uses manipulation and psychological dominance rather than brute force.  What I disliked intensely about this story is that Nina caves into Sarah’s bitchy little demands.  Why Nina gives into her I don’t know. Which is the problem with this story. The “relationship” between Sarah and Nina isn’t on the page enough for me to say “Oh, they shouldn’t shit can this just because their ideas of Dominance differ.” To me? The reality would have been that either Sarah learned to concede a bit (despite the author’s belief that she had compromised in the story which she didn’t) or Nina would move on and find a sub who appreciated what she had to offer.  Very disappointing. The writing was fair, not stellar enough to get me past the overall issues I had with the characters.

Crazy In Love by Lark Green.  Now, this was an interesting concept. A woman who is bipolar and wants sex when she is in her manic phase. How Cary deals with her husband’s feelings about that is actually pretty amazing to see in romantic fiction. I really liked the way Ms. Green nailed this.

Waiting For The Light To Change by Kate Wickersham.  Another present tense third person.  This story has fabulous world building. It has the feel of being part of a bigger series but I didn’t feel completely lost. The two characters Josh and Aaron are well drawn. I love the conflict that has layers and no easy resolution. I’d like to read more of this author’s werewolves.

Provided For by T.C. Mill.   Vero and Mark are still new to each other, dating. But Vero isn’t from Earth and her needs may end their relationship before it can really begin. This story seems like it’s part of a series and I was pretty lost through most of the paranormal aspects of it.  Readers familiar with Mill’s series will love it. It didn’t inspire me to want to read more. There was a lot of long passages that were to build up the whys and wherefores but it didn’t add much to the connection between the characters.

Return to Rope by Annabeth Leong.  This story about Val and Izzy was brilliantly done. The concept was wonderful and the story was handled in a thoughtful and emotional way. I felt as if Val and Izzy were real and the resolution to their conflict was stellar. I loved this one.

Handcuffs Aren’t Just For Bad Guys by Freddie Raff.  At times this story read like it had begun as a m/f and been turned into a f/f. The story itself was good and the sex scenes are solid, but I had a hard time buying that Alex and Emma had been together for a year and never discussed that Emma had been a Fem Domme in her other relationships. This basic issue ruined the rest of it for me since that felt deceptive. Certainly we all hide things from our lovers, but that seemed pretty big to keep under wraps for a year.

Undercover Cops: EXPOSED by Elizabeth Hickin and Rachel Rackley.  This was definitely not my thing. There is a lot of fetishes in this one-crossdressing, stripping, voyerism-but all that didn’t add up to much of a plot. Valerie is a Senior Constable trying to break up a drug ring. She and her three underlings (all male) set up an undercover operation at a strip club. This off the books job almost costs them everything when a reporter exposes the act. The whole thing felt like a gimmick to add as much sex and fetish into every scene. The only thing that stopped it from reading like a porn magazine article was the dialogue was good. But just because it wasn’t to my taste doesn’t mean it won’t be to yours.

Starshine by Guinevere Chase.  What an amazing story! I can’t express enough how well written this story is. I was riveted, enchanted, carried away. And I’m totally ignoring the last sentence.  Ignoring it. To keep readers from pitchfork and torching the author, I’m warning them up front.  The character of Basil Langdon is an odd duck but you feel his desperate need to connect, to love. Estelle’s unquestioning acceptance is perfect for him. I am going to continue to believe that Basil and Estelle find happiness and contentment with each other rather than the implied Dallasification (see footnote) that the author put in for the VERY LAST SENTENCE. Ignoring it, I say! Read this story. I thought it was brilliant.

TWO CAPTAINS by Kim Dias.   The editing on this story wasn’t very good. Though the concept was compelling, the writing fell flat for me. Also, this story appears to end on a cliffhanger.  Annie is a pirate captain and Max (or “Maxine”) is her rival, her lover, her colleague, her frenemy. Their relationship made little sense to me. There is no resolution since I was left hanging at the end, wondering if Maxine’s newest betrayal would smarten Annie up or if she’d fall for a line of bullshit again. This wasn’t my cup of tea.

All in all, I’d say this box set was worth reading.

*Dallasification:  The act of leading a reader/viewer through a plot only to claim at the last minute that it was a dream.  (ref:  Dallas: Shooting of J.R. Ewing)

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

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This particular little idea came up in the course of editing that really made me sit back and think. As a submissive, it’s a concept I understand very well. For instance, I may not like being gagged with a cock in the back of my throat, but if my Dom likes to throat-fuck me, then I will do it.

The excerpt below started a conversation that surprised me. When my content editor went through it, she made a comment when Kyle talks about pain he doesn’t like, asking why he doesn’t use his safeword.

To understand this, it might help to understand one concept that many people not part of the lifestyle don’t: the difference between hurting and harming. We are often hurt during the course of our service when engaging in BDSM play. Especially pain play. However, hurting someone does not necessarily cause harm—i.e., lasting damage either physical or emotional/mental.

If I am not being harmed, if nothing is otherwise wrong (like muscle cramps or something like that) and my Dom/play partner hasn’t violated my hard limits, I am not going to call my safeword. I’m going to keep going to the best of my ability because I’m serving—and I get a different kind of fulfillment out of it than I do in receiving pain.

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I whined as I strained to hold back my orgasm. Somewhere in there, my whines turned into pleas for his pleasure instead of my own, much like the first night we’d been together. “Come, Master! Please come!”

With a roar, Master thrust hard, burying himself balls-deep in my ass. His cock twitched hard, and I could have sworn I felt the hot flood of his cum inside me.

That was all it took. Without permission, with my own near scream, I lost it. The pleasure hit me harder than I’d ever felt before. I shook in Master’s arms, muscles clenching around the thick length still deep inside me as the climax screamed through me. The intense orgasm yanked my cum from my desperate balls, spraying over his hand, my legs, and the counter.

I slumped forward, holding on to the bar by sheer force of will. I gasped in air as Master continued to stroke my oversensitive cock. I whined, trying to move away from it, but he held me anchored to him. With his cock still firmly buried in my ass and his arm like a steel band around my waist, I could go nowhere.

“Oh no, boy. I want your cries,” he said, chuckling darkly.

I gave them, unable not to, as he continued stimulating me. “Please, Master!” I groaned, but he ignored it. His hand moved faster, tightened a bit more, and I sobbed as the pain in my cock—pain I didn’t like—grew. I begged with incoherent sounds, but he kept going for another few moments.

“You can take this for me, boy, I know you can,” Master murmured in my ear.

And he was right. I wanted to take this, I wanted to do this for him, show him I was able to serve him even when it was something I didn’t like. The knowledge that I was pleasing him thrilled the submissive in me. I still gave him my grunts—it was painful—but I bore it much better with that realization.

When he finally let go of my tormented cock, I realized, oversensitive or not, I was still hard—very hard. He slid that hand down to my balls and cupped them, massaging them. “I bet there’s another load in here, now, isn’t there, boy? Balls nice and full, hmm? Bet if I carry you upstairs and pound this ass more, I’ll get you to spray that new load, won’t I?”

I had no idea for sure, but his words alone were arousing me all over again, making me moan.

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If Kyle can get past his fears, he could see what his beloved Master Mal does: a beautiful boy that deserves his collar–and heart.


Malcolm Tate hung up his flogger when his submissive sought out another Dom and landed in the hands of a serial killer. Convinced his lack of dominance sent his sub away, Mal has spent two years blaming himself for what happened. But when his best friend finally convinces him to go back to the local dungeon, Mal’s grateful. Especially when he wins beautiful, submissive, firmly-closeted Kyle Bingham in a charity slave auction.

College grad Kyle hasn’t earned enough to move out of the loft his conservative, homophobic parents bought, much less to buy any of the other things still in their name. When he’s won at auction by the hot, amazing Mal, he’s shocked that anyone would want him. No one else seemed to—not his parents, his former Doms, or any of his disastrous dates.

But Mal does want him and Kyle lets his guard down, only to be outed to his parents. With his world crashing down, he must find a way to trust Mal—and their developing relationship—or risk losing everything.

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Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination.  She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble.  Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.

A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States.  She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.

As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics.  She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.

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Laci on Top by Donna Jay lacion

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Laci on Top is a debut novella that embodies the author’s vision of a femdom lifestyle that suits her sensibilities. Donna Jay’s story doesn’t include classic femdom conventions or stereotypes; it is a tale of a midlife couple undergoing a change of their sexual dynamic, which features the wife expanding her life-long dominating personality into the bedroom. Without question this scenario is probably more common than the fantasies depicted in most books in the F/m genre.

Unfortunately, this fairly realistic portrayal of organic femdom doesn’t translate to a particularly erotic book. In this case, truth is not stranger than fiction. It is kind of, well, ordinary actually, so much so that I found myself getting impatient waiting for something truly erotic to happen.

Presumably newbies and readers who share the author’s tastes will be satisfied with the quantity and intensity of the erotic content, but more jaded readers may find themselves occasionally stifling a yawn. To be fair, the final D/s scenario the couple engages in is relatively hot, but this doesn’t take place until shortly before the curtain drops.

Overall the writing is quite good, though in parts the exposition is somewhat prosaic. The characters are well developed, there is the ever appreciated beginning, middle and end, and everything about the story is believable

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

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Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others? leather-latex

I suppose that would be a kind of comical entrapment or humiliation fetish, the idea of getting “stuck” in some way, or perhaps bound in a comical or unexpected manner. I’m pretty far from the classical chains and dungeons type of BDSM. Sometimes I’ll portray some kind of accidental BDSM and/or my characters might well be deliberately bound by someone. Actually, the bondage is usually deliberate, but there can be an element of accident in it. Often they get stuck headfirst in something, or trapped in a suit of armour or an inflating rubber suit, etc. I think it was probably cartoons I saw as a child that started me on the way to being a pervert.

Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?

I have been branching out a lot into what is often called “futa” fiction, but I have problems with that word. I’d rather say “transgendered,” but that word is too non-specific for what I mean. What I’m doing now is a more specific type of “transgendered”: namely, women with cocks. I like to use the word “phallogyne” here. I don’t explain these characters as Pre-op or in transition or anything like that. They simply are phallogynes. Actually, I suppose this doesn’t quite answer your question because I have written about phallogynes (Rubber Cat Burglar, for example, and “Cream and Punishment”).

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

I write on the basis of what I find sexy. Some of my kinks are very rare (like getting stuck, for example) but fortunately, I mix them liberally with more common kinks of mine like bondage, rubber, or leather, for example. This makes my work marketable and fun to write. I could probably write erotica that didn’t personally interest me, but it would be less fun to do.

What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?

My latest release is Roxy Katt’s Naughty Tales of Leather and Latex: Laugh out Loud Lesbian Humor   which includes Rubber Space Academy, “The Space MILF,” and “The Problem of Leather.” Readers who think they might like the phallogyne fiction could check out Rubber Cat Burglar and “Cream and Punishment.”

What is your favorite fetish? Why?

This is hard to answer in any certain way, but I suppose the element common to my interests is humiliation. One moment I’m into leather, the next it’s rubber. One day it’s about women, the next it’s about phallogynes. But my imaginative scenarios pretty much always involve humiliation. And that humiliation is usually comical in some way.

What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

I am a Christian and a raving Leftie. Some of the people whose lives, thoughts, and works inspire me are Noam Chomsky, George Orwell, Rosa Luxemburg, for example.

At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

Oh yes. I am not the fastest writer in the world, and I tend to feel overwhelmed by the bureaucracy of it all (uploading books to Amazon, making or buying covers, etc.). Nor am I the most prolific writer, especially for someone who writes erotica. But there are always more stories there. I went on a bit of an imaginative binge involving jodhpurs and chauffeuses lately, then was interrupted by some other work I had to do, and left several stories unfinished I want to get back to.

Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?

I suppose in that respect I have not so much authors or movies as certain icons. Catwoman and Batgirl in general, but especially the versions from that uber kinky 1960s Batman TV show. Emma Peel also. This sort of thing makes its way into my work a lot. However, I don’t really sit down and view episodes of this very often, which I guess is a bit odd.

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


Hearing that his ex-best friend is getting married might be the only thing that can lead Andy back to his wolf pack deep in the Colorado mountains. He’s a city wolf now, leaving behind the awkward, skinny teenage geek he was once upon a time. All he wants to do is see Levi one last time, and maybe lament what might have been between them if Levi had been brave enough to leave the pack with Andy all those years ago.

Levi has been a good soldier in his Alpha’s army, the second-in-command for several years. Seeing Andy again reminds Levi how he’s toed the line, and how all he’s gotten for it is a lonely life. He’s not sure why Andy came back, and at first he’s not even happy about it. Their need for each other runs deep and strong, though, and Levi has to wonder what he would do for Andy if the man would just ask him one more time.


This was a first for me from B.A. Tortuga and I liked it better than I thought I would. Short books have a hard time in getting to the story quickly and at the same time keeping the story interesting. Ms Tortuga did a great job at finding what worked.

Two males destined to be mates they were close when they were younger, then feeling like outsiders with no hope of fitting in. One mate packed up and left and stayed gone, up until a little birdie told him his mate was getting married.

Leaving barely a man, coming home more than a man, all hard bodied with an attitude to match. No longer is he ok with just any old thing. Seeing his old mate stirred up old feelings and not just from his former mate but from some people in town who would much rather he leave and go back where he came from.

This was a quick hot read with just enough detail to make it a great read as well. I enjoyed this story and liked B.A. Tortuga’s style of writing. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

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