Linked Circles by Elise Covert linked

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5


When everything is going so well, is it really necessary to change up a person’s life? Nicole Simmons is a twenty-something female who enjoys life. Her work life is great with an awesome boss and friends. She is being wined and dined by an older gentleman who is fantastic in bed. What more can she need? She isn’t looking for marriage and children are even in her vocabulary. Then a shooting star falls from the skies and into her lap – Jack LaTour. He’s a bit older than her but younger than her sex without strings lover. He also makes her loins tingle as the sexual tension between them is instant and intense. Her lover, Lawrence, always said she could date others. She decides to take Jack on as an exclusive boyfriend.

This story is disturbing in some ways. The romance part is fine. It’s plausible to have a friends with benefits relationship end when another man provides a better offer. When this offer includes BDSM and kinky lifestyle comes with stalker baggage, it’s not as fun a read. Does this story really need the BDSM element to show how ex-lovers can be crazy vindictive stalkers? Does BDSM really need to be portrayed in this negative light? It’s almost close too to a hostile BDSM representation. Because we have outing of people in the lifestyle. Then we have damage through a BDSM play which was not under the dominant’s control. We also have a strange situation where a dominant employs many of his ex-play partners at his company. This one piece immediately shot up red flags all over. Nicole, RUN, don’t turn around, don’t say anything, RUN!

Without jumping onto a soapbox too much, in my opinion, for most males dominants, BDSM and sex are almost synonymous. One does not exist without the other. When was the last time sexual partners who end their physical interaction easily switch into a non-sexual interaction which the dominant now becomes the boss at work? How incredibly stupid is this? This has HR harassment suits written all over this scenario. From a conflict device in this book, Ms. Covert created a real doozy. And what’s sad is that in realty, many males would not blink twice about having this kind of work/personal life set up. I can say from personal observation between men and women, this is a powder keg waiting to explode. And when it explodes, there will be collateral damage everywhere. This is the harsh lesson Nicole learns the hard way.

This story is mixed for me because whilst I like Jack’s BDSM and how he tries to introduce Nicole to the kinky side of life, there are so many things about him which gives off red flags. Jack isn’t a bad person or a bad dominant. He’s one who embodies “it’s complicated” and the drama which comes from his decisions is unappealing. I am frustrated and irritated at how Nicole is experiencing BDSM because she comes out of it badly burned both figuratively and literally. This kind of experience is not what I’d wish on any newbie. Unfortunately, I cannot fault Ms. Covert for her conflicts and cliffhanger because it is regrettably a plausible BDSM scenario in real life.

The characters in this book are hard for me to like. Nicole is a bit too naïve for me and her boss breaks a cardinal rule for me so she’s on the black list. Nicole’s best friend and Lawrence are probably the only characters I like in this book. Jack is a question mark. He’s an anti-hero who may or may not be lovable. This story leaves it hanging for readers to decide if they really want to read more and find out what happens between Nicole and Jack. Is there a way to repair this relationship and move on? Ms. Covert does a good job creating a complicated situation where there are no real bad or good guys. There are no good answers. Ms. Covert creates an interesting set up which I’m interested in seeing how she resolves it. This story is recommended for kinky readers who enjoy a bit of angst and complicated relationships.

Reviewed by Book Addict

BDSM-BR-Eidolon-RubyDuvallEidolon by Ruby Duvall


Freelance tech journalist Lily Foss wears many masks. No one knows the “L. Foss” who reviews the latest Eidolon robotic companions is also “codemonkkey,” whose program cost the Eidolon manufacturer a lot of money. No one knows she can’t sleep at night. No one even knows she’s a woman, and all of this secrecy makes fulfilling her desires as a sexual submissive next to impossible. Not even the newest Eidolon can replace a living, breathing Dominant.

Lily pins her hopes on the rumor that her best friend and fellow programmer Finley used to tie up his old girlfriend, but after a night with him falls apart, all she wants is a Dom who won’t ask for her heart—or her real identity. Then a chance meeting gets her the business card of a high-class escort named the Stranger who specializes in domination. His commanding presence and guaranteed discretion seem like the perfect solution.

But Lily isn’t the only one who wears a mask or the only one trapped between fantasy and reality, past and present, pleasure and pain. When the masks come off, Lily will have no choice but to face the horrifying truth.



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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5


Growing up gay in the White House hasn’t been easy for Rafael Castillo. Codenamed “Valor” by the Secret Service, Rafa feels anything but brave as he hides in the closet and tries to stay below the radar in his last year of college. His father’s presidency is almost over, and he just needs to stick to his carefully crafted plan. Once his family’s out of the spotlight, he can be honest with his conservative parents about his sexuality and his dream of being a chef.

It’s definitely not part of Rafa’s plan to get a new Secret Service agent who’s a walking wet dream, but he’s made it this long keeping his desires to himself. Besides, it’s not like Shane Kendrick would even look at him twice if it wasn’t his job.

Shane’s worked his way up through the Secret Service ranks, and while protecting the president’s shy, boring son isn’t his dream White House assignment, it’s an easy enough task since no one pays Rafa much attention. He discovers there’s a vibrant young man beneath the timid public shell, and while he knows Rafa has a crush on him, he assures himself it’s harmless. Shane’s never had room for romance in his life, and he’d certainly never cross that line with a protectee. Keeping Rafa safe at any cost is Shane’s mission.

But as Rafa gets under his skin, will they both put their hearts on the line?


“Valor on the Move” paints a quite believable story about what it might be like to be a closeted member of the first family. Set in the near future, when a conservative Republican Hispanic-American is president, it’s quite easy to understand why Rafa would decide to keep his orientation a secret, at least until his lame-duck father is out of the White House.

Things do get quite “complicated” when Shane is rotated into Rafa’s protection detail. The possibility of a relationship between the two men is wrong on so many levels. Emotional entanglements would make it almost impossible for Shane to do his job, not to mention getting him fired. Then there’s the age difference, which would make things difficult in even the best of circumstances. For Rafa, it puts everything he has worked for in jeopardy. He runs the risk of becoming the center of public attention, which is exactly what he has been avoiding for almost eight years.

For a while, at least, this book seems to be one of those stories that’s going to simmer along to a slow boil until one of the characters’ has their hand forced. In large part, that is what happens, but the fallout from the pivotal scene sends the plot in an entirely unexpected direction, and turns the latter half of the book into a real page turner. It’s quite a surprise and very deftly handled.

Story-wise, “Valor on the Move” is a very well-crafted romance. However, when it comes to kink, well, there isn’t any. This is, by no stretch of the imagination, a BDSM story. The few scenes between the characters, which come very late in the story, are basic vanilla sex. You’ll want to read this one for the story, which is quite a good one.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5


Strictly Business is a technically well-written femdom book with an original premise, but it failed to resonate with me or hold my interest. It took me a lot longer than it should have to read because I could only manage to stay focused for short periods of time, in part because the story was somewhat predictable and way too angst ridden. The strictly business aspect of the title refers to the relationship between a professional dominatrix and one of her clients, who were brought together by Hooded Pleasures, a discrete agency that serves newbie submissives whose social standing and fear of scandal prevents them from joining a BDSM club in order to hook up with a domme.

The conflict comes into play when both parties in this business arrangement start to connect emotionally with each other. It is easy enough to see how this might happen in such a situation. Curiously it is the domme who has the most difficulty with this development. Uncharacteristic for a woman who has gravitated toward being dominant in her relationships with men, she has a history of being dumped by her lovers.

An indecisive domme anguishing over her past and fear of being hurt again is kind of a buzz kill in an erotic book. In some respects this feature was reminiscent of a romance novel, only superimposed upon a kinky backdrop. While the D/s activities depicted were fairly intense, there was a sort of clinical distance and politically correctness about them that made me sense that they were drawn from research rather than firsthand experience. Doubtless there are many readers who will enjoy this book and not be bothered by what I perceive to be its flaws.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5


This was a strangely unsatisfying story. The premise sounded good-a young woman walks in on her boss-who is also her best friend-dominating a woman in his office. Although intrigued beyond reason, she flees, only to find her boss wants her, too, and he gets what he wants.


They embark on a weeklong vacation where Bethany serves as Deacon’s submissive. But can Deacon convince her to continue as his submissive when they return? And can Bethany commit to a man who doesn’t want kids, and who goes through women like water?


The biggest problem with the book is the beginning-it goes back and forth in time in such a way as to make it totally confusing. The second issue is that some of the sex scenes seem a bit lackluster. There is some BDSM, but it is minor and does not really add to the story.


Having said all that, this was not an awful read. Both Bethany and Deacon are likable characters and the plot is intriguing. I would be willing to read this author again.


Reviewed by Karen H.

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