Tagged: Amy Valenti

alwaystheAlways  the Quiet Ones by Amy Valenti

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

I like the introduction the author put for the story, so I’ll put that here.

Lee rubs me up the wrong way, but he’s sexier than sin. He and our mutual friend Nicola have been pretending they don’t want each other the entire time I’ve known them, but every time I drool over Nicola, Lee gets all territorial. I’m guessing he’s just as much of a Dom as she is a submissive.

As far as I can see, there’s only one solution to this problem—we share Nic. Just for one night of amazing BDSM bliss, to make them realize they belong together. Then I can back off and leave them to their happily-ever-after before Lee tries to make me kneel before him too. I don’t submit to anybody.

Okay, so I don’t get much out of this deal in the long run, but that’s okay. I’m not looking for a permanent relationship anyway, especially not with two people. Even if one of them is the sweetest bisexual sub I’ve ever met and the other makes me want to fight him for the top spot and then ride him all night long…

Even though that section is in first person, the rest of the story is in third and introduces the three characters through each of their points of view. There’s no angst here. Lee hasn’t let himself step out of the friend zone and Nicola has already tentatively explored her submissive nature. Dana is a free spirit out for a good time. Lee and Nicola are in love, but are afraid to spoil their friendship. The characters are simple and straightforward.

This is a quick, fun read and the sex scenes are good. It’s like that bowl of ice cream you have after dinner. Great dessert, but you wouldn’t want it for your whole meal. The conclusion is wrapped up easily and with no messy stuff to get in the way of the happily ever after. The author has made the love between Nicola and Lee believable and Dana’s attitude toward their threesome is as casual as she is.

The BDSM in the story is pretty light and easy. There are times when an author nails that “light and fluffy” story that is like crack to some of us readers. Sometimes I don’t want heavy and angsty. I just want a story that will leave me feeling good at the end. This one delivers.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

hotrichHot, Rich, and Dominant – The Complete Collection by Amy Valenti

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This was one of those books where it was hard to figure out whether the reader should concentrate on the hot sex scenes or the intriguing plot.

Nell, who has heard of BDSM but never indulged, begins working at Cassidy Corporation and makes a friend the first day-who turns out to be Marc Cassidy, son of the CEO and vice president of the corporation. But his name is just the first of many secrets Nell slowly uncovers as they develop a D/s relationship. Complicating the ups and downs normal to any relationship is Marc’s family relationship. His father disowned Marc’s sister and killed her girlfriend and has held the possibility of implicating Marc in the murder if Marc doesn’t do what his father wants. Nell and Marc work with Serena to bring down their father, but things take some unusual twists.

I really liked Nell: she was strong, smart, funny, and supportive. Marc is a good Dom, protective, loving, and alpha. The only person not drawn from reality is the father, who is evil incarnate and has no redeeming qualities.

Overall, this was a fun read with steamy sex, including bondage, anal play, knife work, caning, flogging and spanking. If the author goes away from the serial concept, I will happily look for more books by her.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Not Your Damn Submissive by Amy Valenti notyour

Link to buy Not Your Damn Submissive (Denial Book 1)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Not Your Damn Submissive is the story of Kat Armstrong and Callum Connors. Kat is

an assistant set director or a television show on which up and coming star, Callum Connors, is guest starring. Kat, a submissive in denial due to trauma in her past, does everything she can to avoid Callum, a self-proclaimed Dom. However, due to an unforeseen event at work, she is unable to avoid him. Once their paths cross, there is no denying the chemistry between them or Callum’s desire to see Kat kneeling at his feet. To ensure that Kat does not disappear before he has a chance to change her mind about a relationship, Callum pulls some strings and has the studio reassign her as his personal assistant during his time with the show. Unable to refuse, Kat accepts and so starts the battle of wills between the two main characters. But will Callum successfully persuade Kat to give a relationship a chance? Is anything other than a vanilla relationship even possible with the trauma in Kat’s past? And what about the fact that Callum is only in New York for the show and plans on returning to California? Are Kat and Callum meant to be together or are they star crossed lovers whose relationship is doomed to fail before it ever begins?

Not Your Damn Submissive is a tale of exploration and healing. The author’s writing style flows well and is very easy to read. The plot is unique and gripping, drawing the reader into the plight of the characters. The characters themselves are incredibly likable and well developed. As an aside, it was refreshing for an author to create a character that has achieved fame yet is not pretentious, stuck up, spoiled or full of himself. The only slight drawback was some minor editing issues, which can easily be overlooked due to the quality of the story.

The sting factor was medium. However, that is to be expected when you have a main character that had been traumatized with abuse that hid like a wolf in sheep’s clothing under the guise of BDSM. Callum, as a responsible Dom, could not simply power through Kat’s reluctance and fear of certain implements. He had to gently work her up to a scene after establishing trust and talking with her, in detail, about the trauma and clearly establishing her hard and soft limits. However, despite the medium sting factor, the book did include instances of D/s (M/f), high protocol, spanking, flogging, orgasm control and clamps.

Overall, Not Your Damn Submissive was a pleasure to read and impossible to put down once it was picked up. A definite must read for anyone looking for a HEA with kink and true affection between the main characters.

Reviewed by: Christine

Dominance and Deception by Amy Valenti

http://www.amazon.com/Dominance-Deception-Amy-Valenti/dp/0857157663/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358342358&sr=1-1&keywords=dominance+and+deception

ISBN-10:0857157663

ISBN-13: 978-0857157669

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

Submission is a dangerous game… Faye Tate is a police forensic scientist, a switch, and secretly in love with a police detective. Detective Zach Pierce has made many enemies, but his attraction to Faye is too strong to be denied. Can Pierce protect his submissive from those who seek to use her against him, or will her devotion to her Dom cost Faye her life?
Review:
If you are you looking for a little kinky with your dose of NCIS then this book is the perfect one for you. (The book is not connected to NCIS but for some reason for me is was like watching a kinky version of NCIS or CIS Miami).
Faye is  a very sexy forensic scientist who is partnered up with Zach Pierce, a strong Dom policeman. They are both to afraid to admit the attraction they both have for each other. I love the fact that this book for me was more like a normal relationship and even though is categorize as a BDSM novel it can be a great read even for those that enjoy a little kink with there romance. I’m not saying that the story is not hot and kinky because believe me when I say it is.
The plot of the story was perfect and the flow allows the reader to connect with the characters in such personal level. This book is a perfect balance of sex and mystery.
Ms Vakenti is a new author for me and I found myself wanting more on every turn of the page. I will deftly recommend this book to every one that want a little suspense and mystery with there BDSM
My secret inner DOM is ordering you to buy this book.
Reviewed by Heidi