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Teach Me: Brie’s Submission by Red Phoenix

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Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

One card and one man will change Brianna’s life forever. Will Brianna’s curiosity get the better of her and take the chance at the Training Center? Is she brave enough to try or will Brianna let this opportunity pass her by?

Brianna’s story is an interesting read. A gentleman who shops at the tobacco store that Brianna works at and leaves her with more questions than answers. Soon we are along for the ride with Brianna as she begins her schooling to learn to be a submissive. This is an interesting idea and it was nice to see the young women at the school find their way and if being a submissive was truly for them. The friendships and rivalries that are made in this story are a good read. I enjoyed watching  Brianna’s journey begin. She is just starting to understand her needs and wants and how to go about getting them. This is a nice start to this series. Although I did enjoy meeting Brianna it was the secondary characters that grabbed my attention the most. Many of the men and Doms in this story had my attention as soon as they were introduced.I would love to see more from the likes of  Rystar, Tono and Mr. Gallant.  Brianna has already started to grow in this first book and I am interested to see where her life will go from here.

Reviewed by Gabrielle 

Master Charming by Jennifer Leeland master1

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

For her birthday, Beth Jones was given a Newbie Package from the local BDSM club, The Iron Bar. Her so-called friends had spotted her submissive side and decided it was time she quit hiding it. But when the night comes that she finally gets to play her first scene, she is no longer sure who she is. Is she the sweet submissive in the borrowed Jimmy Choo shoes? Or is she the Goth chick with the black eyeliner and spiked hair?

No one could pin down Master Chris’s taste in submissives. He liked them in all shapes and sizes, but his favorite subs were newbies. The Iron Bar trusted him to introduce the Lifestyle to newcomers and he loved the chance to do it. No commitment necessary. But the newbie he knows as “Miss Jones” gets under his skin. When a crisis causes an interruption, Chris has to track down the elusive Miss Jones with only a Jimmy Choo shoe to guide him.

Review:

This is a relatively quick read that has a Cinderella vibe to it. One thing that stuck out to me was the “voice” of the main character, Beth. Smart and funny, I found myself really liking her and hoping she gets the happily ever after she deserves. If you are looking for something with BDSM and a lighter tone to it, then this is for you.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews ifonlycover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Review:

This is a wonderful holiday m/m Christmas love story. Both characters are incredibly likeable and have very distinct voices. I found myself rooting for Charlie and Gavin to get together. And boy do they! The sex is way hot and once they start fucking I found myself hoping they would end up with a HEA. They are such a great couple. If you like m/m or are looking to dip your toes into the m/m genre I highly recommend this.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Femdom Alchemy by Jim Lyon femdomcover

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Blurb:

In femdom erotica the women who dominate their submissive male or female counterparts are often portrayed as cold-hearted evil bitches that delight in physically and mentally tormenting those in their thrall. If such women existed in real life they would likely be much hated and rightfully considered to be borderline or even full-blown narcissistic sociopaths. And yet, for an indeterminate number of femdom enthusiasts this persona taps into their libido and provides a thrill like no other.

As a purveyor of erotica, who am I to judge what is and isn’t erotic to others? Nonetheless, I don’t wish to help perpetuate that particular convention in femdom literature. I choose instead to offer more reality-based femdom fantasies that reflect my sensibilities and hopefully make the genre accessible to a wider base of readers.

So, consider yourself warned. Although there are plenty of fairly hardcore D/s scenarios woven into the vignettes of this anthology, the dominant women depicted possess well-integrated personalities. They are all relatively normal ladies who just happen to have a penchant for kink. Enjoy!

Review:

As a huge fan of FemDom it’s always exciting to find some new FemDom to check out. This short book is full of short stories with different Dommes and their subs and a wide variety of BDSM play. The stories are hot as hell and well written. I particularly liked the stories that included humiliation, face fucking, oral, strap on fucking, body modification, and behavior control. Basically I’m telling you I liked them all! If you are into FemDom or are curious about what it entails then you should definitely check this out. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

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.

Without a Net by Lyn Gala without

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Don’t you love a book that turns out to be so much more than you expected?

Ollie Robertson is a cop in a future world in which being gay is entirely acceptable, even in the world of law enforcement. He is openly gay and has submissive tendencies, so he’s the perfect choice to go undercover in a shade club to investigate human-trafficking kidnappings. Not only does he find his job at the club to be much more bizarre and potentially dangerous than anticipated. The so-called protection he’s supposed to receive from fellow cops proves all but nonexistent, and he alludes to his Captain that sexual discrimination is at its core. Although hostility toward gays is expressly prohibited on the police force, Ollie’s assignment now includes the requirement that he root out the sources of homophobia in other officers involved in the case.

Ollie has enough of a challenge wrapping his mind around his new job responsibilities as a sex club worker, especially while having to pretend he is entirely into it. Then, at the risk of being killed, he is forced to fully become what he pretended to be. Kidnapped, held captive and nearly broken through relentless training, he also has to face a very real possibility that the men who were assigned to protect him may not even care to. In fact, it’s quite possible that no one even knows where he is. The book is full of characters you’ll love to hate, and characters you’ll love to love.  And you may even find you’re loving the ones you should hate!  While Ollie should be despising every moment of his captivity, his treatment does force him to learn new core truths about his sexuality.

The sex in “Without A Net” is Male-on-male, and an array of restraints, sex toys and devices are employed throughout. There isn’t a lot of sex; most of the sexual heat is created through the power-exchange dynamics between the characters. This is a rather long book, but it doesn’t become a tedious read, because just when you think you know who is to be trusted, well, you don’t. Try again to figure it out and you might still be wrong. It’s not only an excellent detective story, but could almost stand alone as an erotic novel without the who-dunnit aspect. The combination of the two makes for frequent twists and turns in the story line, plus simmering sexual tension between the characters.

Reviewed by Summer Sterling

The ABC’s of Submission: Abiding by Sir’s Orders by Lucy Star theabcs

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

New to submission, Dr. Jasmine Reynolds is on the road to discovery of her limits and her needs. Though most of the story gives away very little about Clayton Shultz, a professor, he is the kind of Dominant I love. Clayton isn’t a power-tripping alpha wanting constant reassurance of his ownership. He is a loving, patient and very human Dominant. The characters in Ms. Star’s book seem more realistic, like people I might run into at a local Munch. The writing was very good and supremely hot. There were some editing glitches, but none that really detracted from the mood the author set.

The plot is a tad disjointed and I’m sure someone more knowledgeable than I could spot errors in the content, but I enjoyed this read. The story begins with Jasmine’s “education” which consists of Clayton taking her by the hand into the wonderful, pleasurable world of kink. There’s no “negotiations” on the page or that sort of thing, although Jasmine had clearly been schooled about safewords and limits. Clayton doesn’t overstep, content to make small inroads into uncharted territory with Jasmine. The book does drop the reader two months into their relationship, their D/s status already established. The plot revolves around the progression, the evolution of their connection.

Most of the conflict is internal as Jasmine adjusts to thinking of herself as a submissive and the climax of the story is when the spotlight shines on her internal doubts and fears. I will warn the reader that this is a cliffhanger with the story continuing in another book. It’s also in first person and I found the perspective in this one compelling.

It speaks to the author’s powerful voice that the things that usually annoy me (cliffhanger, disjointed plot, first person present) didn’t bother me one bit. I enjoyed this author’s style and would love to read the next installment of Jasmine and Clayton.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Girl: The Training House by Eden Bradley girlcover

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This is a novella-length segment of a series focused on a somewhat fantastical “training house” for hardcore submissives of both genders. It is told from the point of view of Aimée, a new arrival who has signed a contract for a year in order to fully experience total submission. Despite the premise being somewhat overworked in BDSM erotica, Eden Bradley’s writing skills and superlative use of language make it a fresh and enjoyable read.

In no way could this book be accused of being BDSM-lite. Harsh punishments and rough sex are the norm throughout. Even when Aimée and Master Damon’s relationship evolves into something resembling love, it doesn’t diminish the intensity of their pleasure-pain play.

Readers who crave backstory should be pleased with the ample glimpses into the main characters’ pasts that are scattered throughout the story. The first person point of view provides both an intimacy and authenticity to the story as Aimée’s inner dialogue touches on her reactions to her experiences at the training house as well as her absolute need to serve. Since this is part of a series, it has a short story feel to it—the storylines introduced are left unresolved. Overall, The Training House, Book One: Girl is a well-written book with enough D/s action to satisfy all manner of BDSM readers.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Bind by Sierra Cartwright bind

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This was an emotionally charged, highly sensual book with excellent characters and an intriguing plot.

Lara was in an impossible position. Her father refused to change his decades’ old business practices that were driving the family business into bankruptcy. She needed someone on the board to back her. When her friend Erin suggested that Lara marry her brother, Connor, Lara at first scoffed. But when she found out Connor had offered to buy a failing offshoot of the company and been turned down, she rethought her position and asked him to marry her.

She envisioned a marriage of convenience, but Connor had other ideas. If she married him, she would also be his submissive. They decided to try a few nights together so Lara could see if she could handle his demands. She did not just handle them, she thoroughly enjoyed them-and Connor himself. The problem was Connor did not open his heart to anyone. He was strangely attracted to Lara, but his father’s example led him to believe love was messy and emotions dangerous. Can Lara overcome his resistance to love so these two can reach a professional and personal merger?

It took a little bit of time to really get into this story, but once past the tedious negotiation stage, it became riveting. The sex was hot and involved bondage, whipping, spanking and more. I liked Lara, who was a strong woman who felt an obligation to her family. Connor was an awesome Dom, careful with his submissive and watching closely to give her what she needed. He just needed a few kicks to wake him up.

Overall, a very enjoyable read by an author who has become a favorite.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Virtual Mistress by Jim Lyon virtual

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

What would happen if every secret, subconscious desire was brought out and fulfilled? When Jody buys a Virtual Mistress, his deepest sexual needs are revealed and the journey brings him to his knees.

If you’re looking for tender, loving connections between characters, this is not the book for you.  If you want a brilliant portrayal of a man discovering his true sexual nature, this is perfect. Jody is intrigued by the Virtual Mistress and purchases the item with the intention of titillation and relief of boredom. He has no idea that the results would take him further into his own kink than he ever knew.

I love how Jody processes one experience after another. The story is in first person and I liked Jody as a character. He’s a complex guy who is aware of his submissive side, but not how deep that submission goes. The book is a series of fantasies with various virtual women who lead him, step by step, to his ultimate sexual discovery. The sex scenes are damn good. I missed the more emotional flavor that comes from a couple discovering love, but Jody’s adventure is about finding out who he is and what he needs. That emotion gives the sex scenes the punch they need.

“Virtual Mistress” isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed the ride and none of it felt dirty or written for shock value. The emotions that Jody felt rang true and made the book one I’d recommend.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland