FleurDeNuit300Fleur de Nuit by Cat Montmorency

(Bourbon Street Bondage, #1)

Synopsis:

The difference between wanting and taking is the barest catch of a breath…

Fleur de Nuit

Book One of the Bourbon Street Bondage Series

Decadent food, smoky music, dark delights—who could live in the French Quarter and not be tempted to partake? Moira D’Arcangelis, that’s who.

Ever since her college boyfriend tried to add her to his list of murder victims, she’s lived a quiet life, which is code for no life at all. When her best friend Kara convinces—okay, drags—her to meet Adrian LaCroix, master of the local underground kink scene, his commanding presence and sexy Cajun accent bring her latent desires back to life.

His offer to train her as a Domme is the key to regaining control of her life. Yet becoming Adrian’s protégé comes with complications. As he opens her body, mind, and soul, she begins to see Kara in a new light—right about the time a legendary Domme returns, intent on stealing Kara away.

Moira has a fight on her hands. For Kara, and against a past that comes roaring back with a vengeance. She’ll need every trick Adrian can teach her to win the right to both life—and love.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23754083-fleur-de-nuit

AUTHOR BIO:

Writer, gamer, ninja. Writing about life, love, and kink in New Orleans’ French Quarter. 21+ Rep’d by Jessica Negrón of Talcott Notch Literary.

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silkenkissesSilken Kisses by Laci Paige

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

First of all, I haven’t read the other two books in this series and I don’t plan to. I found a few things in this story that I couldn’t get past. One was Mona going to Steven’s ex to discuss their bedroom problems. (And the ensuing conversation is completely unbelievable to me).  The second thing was Mona dancing and drinking with Roy, an acquaintance, while her supposed lover Steven was working late. The third thing is Roy’s manhandling and touching what was clearly not his to touch and then making himself out to be a hero, directing Steven’s justifiable anger towards himself. What a guy. (That’s sarcasm, there.)

I could get past the awkward dialogue and the rather insane premise if it wasn’t for the whole feeling I had that it was all a plot device to get these three together. None of it felt genuine. I am unimpressed with the way much of Roy’s sexuality was handled by both Mona and Steven who are supposed to be an open and kinky couple. Steven actually asks Mona how he should act around Roy since he’s gay (REALLY?) and then Mona introduces a co-worker to Roy, gets jealous when Roy likes the woman, and blurts out that Roy has a boyfriend. AND THEN, she says “Oh I thought you didn’t mind that people knew you were gay.” Um…if I were Roy, I’d mind that you just told someone I was taken, when I wasn’t.

People waltz in an out of Steven and Mona’s lives like a revolving door. The only thing I related to was the absolute good of bacon. Roy’s advice to Steven on how to get Mona to “dominate him” is um….questionable. I couldn’t go three pages that I wasn’t rolling my eyes and shaking my head. I will say the broom closet scene was AWESOME which shows me that the author can write. The biggest hurdle I had was that all these people in Mona’s life seem to “not know her well” but they all say things and do things of an intensely personal nature. The switch from submissive to Dominant in both Steven and Mona was too quick and didn’t have enough emotional build up to feel real. Plus, I spent a lot of the book wanting to slap Mona upside the head. It isn’t until Mona finally becomes the Domme she is that the book gets a lot better.

It’s worth finishing. If I could have butt kicked the first half of the book, I would have given this book a four or five rating despite the clunky dialogue. But I had to slog through almost 250 pages to get to the good part and really see the intimacy between Mona and Steven. It’s a shame.  This story was filled with some good things: Mona’s feelings as she tops Steven but is bottom to someone else, the group play scene and the final scene where these two kinksters find the final happy ending.

I’m ambiguous about whether I would read this author again. I might if the premise is compelling.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

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One Naughty Night by Angela Graham and S.E. Hall One Naughty Night ebook cover

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WARNING: If you didn’t put “hardcore M/F/M threesome with foul language” on your Christmas list- this book isn’t for you.

When Harmony’s resident bad boy Jax West and Evolve’s all-American gentleman Zach Reece cross paths with Stormy, a raven haired beauty with a determined glint in her eye, anything is possible…

Even this.

Can be read as a stand alone.

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 Angela Graham

Angela Graham is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of the Harmony series. She resides in Tipp City, Ohio with her three beautiful children. Collaborating with S.E. Hall, she has released three erotic short stories.

Angela knew she found her calling in the world of fiction the moment she began pounding away at the keys for her first short story in 2012. With a baby on her shoulder, she wrote for about a year before deciding to try her hand at an actual novel. It was the best decision she ever made and since then she continues to bring characters to life in her free time.

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S.E. Hall

S.E. Hall is the author of the Amazon Best Selling Evolve Series, Emerge, Embrace, Entangled (novella) and Entice as well as the bestselling stand-alone NA Romance, Pretty Instinct. She has co-written Stirred Up, Packaged and Handled, a collection of erotic short stories with her CP and friend, Author Angela Graham as well as a collaboration titled Conspire, a romantic suspense with friend and author Erin Noelle. She is honored to be a part of the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Devour box set. S.E., which stands for Stephanie Elaine, resides in Arkansas with her husband of 18 years and 3 beautiful daughters of the home, and one married daughter who graced her with two beautiful grandchildren. When not in the stands watching her ladies play softball, she enjoys reading and writing and the occasional trip to the casino. She’s also clutch at Baggo, when it’s warm outside, and definitely the woman to pick on your side for some Flip Cup!

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50shadesofcurious50 Shades of Curious by Bo Blaze

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Fifty Shades of Curious is by Bo Blaze, a PCC-certified alternative life coach who specializes in alternative sexual relationships and non-traditional lifestyles. He is also well known nationally as an expert in the BDSM lifestyle who has spoken at numerous events all over the country. With the popularity of the series “Fifty Shades of Grey”, Blaze put together “50 Shades of Curious” to teach those new into the lifestyle how to practice BDSM in a safe, sane, and consensual manner.

Blaze opens up the book by talking about what BDSM is and isn’t, a short glossary of terms that those new to the lifestyle may not be familiar with, how to get involved with local groups, and answering that age old question on whether you’re a bad person or not for having these kinds of thoughts.

From there, he hits on a lot of major points when it comes to the BDSM lifestyle: communication, consent, identity, pain and punishment, mental aspect, and safety. At the end of the book he also includes a reading list that contains both fiction and nonfiction books.

While for the most part, I full heartedly agree with everything that Blaze has written about and several points that he’s made as well. A few times throughout the book, he has used an example from the Fifty Shades of Grey, which while others may not like this, I do because it shows the right and wrong way of things that were done in the scene. There are also several points in this book that he did cover that didn’t exactly set too well for me.

For starters, when he talks about negotiation, he talks about the importance of doing your homework after a scene, checking in with your partner to see how the scene went, which is fantastic, but not once does he talk about doing homework before a scene, such as safe places to hit, researching whatever activity is going to take place, etc. Considering that this is a book for beginners, to not mention that homework needs to be done before the scene even takes place seems like a huge oversight by the author.

The second point that really bothered me is the self promotion that is done by the author. Throughout the book he constantly talks about being on the board of The Eulenspiegel Society and also on the section talking about toys, and more specifically floggers, about purchasing them from a specific website, which he discloses that he owns half of. This wouldn’t bother me so much if he would have mentioned other well known BDSM toy sites as well as his own. He also suggests purchasing a how to DVD about flogging that can be purchased on his site and that features him as well. This is just a personal quirk of mine as I can’t stand that kind of self-promotion.

Overall, I find this to be a good book. There’s a lot of valuable information, but I feel some things that should have been included were left out and would suggest to read some of the other nonfiction BDSM beginners books that are included in the references at the end of the book.

Reviewed by Tequila Rose

The Pleasure Room by D.N. Simmons thepleasureroom

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Felicity Summers works for the Chicago Word producing fluff pieces and she wants to move up.  What better way to do that than take down the corrupt mayor of her city? The politician has been running on a platform against sex shops, yet participates in a high end BDSM club called “A Porterhouse Elm”.  Felicity’s plan is to get evidence of the married mayor’s illicit activities and take him down. To do it, she manages to get a temporary membership at the club and finds out more about herself than she ever intended. Alistair Montgomery-Piers owns “A Porterhouse Elm” and becomes intrigued by the beautiful newbie that shows up in his club. She’s got fight and attitude which he enjoys handling. He offers her a three month contract and begins to introduce her to the beautiful world of sexual submission. He knows her as Felicity Davenport, without any idea that she’s a reporter that’s infiltrate d his world to catch a hypocrite.

Starting a relationship, especially a BDSM relationship, based on several lies is the height of betrayal. Felicity not only lied about who she was and what she did for a living, but she used Alistair’s club to try and trap a politician. Now, granted, the politician was a dirtbag, but there were so many levels of wrong in the premise for this book that I had a tough time getting past it.  There were direct lies that Felicity told him even as she signed a three month contract, moving herself into Alistair’s home. One lie she continued to tell even in the face of danger, though she did it to protect the man who collaborated with her to get her into the club. Honestly, her actions were reckless and irresponsible. After the time they spent together as Dom/sub, it should have been supremely uncomfortable for her to continue to lie if Alistair was giving her the Lifestyle education he claimed to be.

Alistair bugged me too because he didn’t seem to try and find out much about her (which she would have lied about anyway) and accepted her at face value. This made it tough for me to believe in the deeper connection between Alistair and Felicity. The point of view shifts were a tad distracting too.  Despite these obstacles, this book has a lot of good things going for it.

The sex scenes were very hot and well written. There were surprises that were a lot of fun to read and Alistair was a great character.  I especially liked the way Felicity’s character evolved from judgmental newbie to fully committed to Alistair. She is a fearless woman and I loved watching her claim what she needs and wants.

If you can get past the premise, it’s a good story.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

 

Men on the Make: True Gay Sex Confessions edited by Shane Allison menonthemake

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

I loved all the stories in the anthology so rating each one won’t really matter. I have never heard of any of the authors and each story had its own unique voice. It was very exciting to read these true gay sex confessions.

From the first story HAIR, SCALP AND SKIN OIL MAKES FOR GREAT LUBE where the author’s inner dialog was written with such desperation and pent up passion it was palpable. Next was MOMENTARILY which was like a quiet storm. Like a moment before the storm actually, all still and eerie then the lightening crashes and you’re blinded. When you blink it’s all over. BOB AND DWAYNE’S DADDYBEAR was a really good “switch” story. Gay erotica has its own terms for the dominant and submissive types. I so loved envisioning the description of the dominant daddy type being tied in bondage and clipped with clothes pins from head to toe until he was in tears. I can select a few others I enjoyed like KEEP ON TRUCKING, BORN LIAR, and NIPPLES ARE THE NEW DICK to name a few. There are somewhere around 19 authors in this anthology. A little something for everyone.

I suppose if you’re a fan of being a voyeur, this sort of puts you in that position. You can visualize the words and catch a glimpse of something very naughty, totally erotic and very sexy. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick bite of gay pleasure and/or some new M/M authors to add to your reading list.

Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick

himcoverHim by Cecilia Scott

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Lila is a college teacher who meets a man at a bar, takes him home, sleeps with him and the rest of the 200 pages is about how she obsesses about him. The whole story is about sexual craving that slides into mental anguish. Lila’s sexual experiences with HIM (his name is never mentioned.  He is always referred to as HIM) are the best she’s ever had and she spends all her time away from him thinking about the sex she’d had with him and longing for the next moments spent with him.

I’ve said in previous reviews that reading first person requires that I like the character speaking.  I didn’t like Lila very much. Despite the fact that Lila took care of her mother when she was sick with cancer until she died and despite her helping her landlord, Sam, with his sick wife and then with his properties, I found that Lila was pretty much all about Lila.

Her best friend is pregnant, but Lila is so obsessed about HIM that she can’t be bothered to be polite or loving. Her treatment of the people who love her during this time is appalling and seems constantly excused. What Lila seems to want is to be able to have whatever she wishes without fear of judgment or consequences. There are moments when sanity dawns but Lila is effective at ignoring it. Her visit to a psychiatrist doesn’t yield any changes as Lila pursues her own destruction through her emotional breakdowns.

The sex scenes are quick and there is very little emotional connection between the characters.  Lila has sexual encounters with HIM that clearly mean more to her than they do to her lover. He is only interested in fucking and the fact that Lila seems determined not to see this drove me nuts. She pouts and whines and cries that he neglects her, mistreats her, he isn’t fair. It isn’t pretty or sexy. Yet, men in this story seem to fall for Lila’s magic pussy and especially her breasts.

She sleeps with a student, referred to only as THE BOY, and risks her career to do it. She uses this man and his emotions for her to salve her loneliness and her broken pride. I’m afraid I was unimpressed with Lila’s actions. There’s very little safe sex in this and I found the kink level to be disappointing.

I especially want to address the kink in this book. I don’t believe that “Domination” means this kind of controlling behavior. Yes, the male lover, HIM, is a controlling, manipulative asshole which seems to be Lila’s version of “dominating”. But it isn’t. The book has anal sex (which please please please if you read this, know that anal is NOT done this way by anyone who cares about you) and other erotic components, but I don’t know that I’d say this has much BDSM in it.  If there is, it isn’t safe, sane and consensual.

I think a lot of women can relate to Lila’s experience of sexual obsession and the emotional agony that can rip a safe, comfortable world apart. That said, I think Lila owed some people serious apologies for her behavior and she gives none. She seems to think her presence in their lives is enough of a treat that her bad behavior is excused.

In the end, Lila finds happiness, but even as she speaks about her new life, new boyfriend and new job, she harks back to wanting HIM. Lesson not learned.

The writing was good and I did like the literary quotes at the beginning of each chapter.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the self-centered, ego maniacal actions of the main character and it made the book a chore to read for me. This book is straight erotica and I know a lot of readers love this. It had all the flavor of “9 1/2 weeks” with less of the sensation play. Just because I couldn’t get past my rather romantic ideas of characters and stories, doesn’t mean someone else won’t enjoy it.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland