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Chains of Liberation by M. S. Darke chains

Link to buy Chains of Liberation: Her journey into BDSM begins… (Jennifer’s BDSM Awakening Book 1)

Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


Jennifer is a woman who has done everything that’s been expected of her. She married the right guy. She is a good wife. She likes sex. But she’s not content. A chance spank on the ass by her husband’s colleague causes an overreaction that leads to Jennifer doing the one thing she hasn’t done much of:  thinking. A series of events transpire and she discovers a way to get what she wants through the discipline of a BDSM trainer, Mark.

First of all, if you have any issues with infidelity, this may not be the book for you. Though Jennifer and Mark are not sexually involved in the conventional sense, I see her involvement in BDSM play without discussing it with her husband, David, to be a betrayal. However, that’s a moral judgment I brought with me to the book and you may not have the same hang up.  Secondly, there are point of view shifts, lots of telling and some other editing issues that may affect your enjoyment of the book.

Onto what is good about this book. The play scenes are extremely well done and Mark’s explanations and encouragement for Jennifer’s scenes are perfectly executed. The details are hot and make up for some shortfalls of the rest of the book. There were times that Mark’s discipline and sensation play with Jennifer felt…detached, almost clinical. That may have been deliberate.  It certainly kept the distance between the two characters. Jennifer’s internal dialogue was very intense, but the external dialogue (with the exception of Mark’s) was hard to believe. This story read like it had been written in first person originally. The sex scenes are what make this book readable.

The story isn’t resolved at the end of the book and there’s hope, I suppose, for Jennifer to possibly fall for Mark. But since the emotional involvement between the two of them never seemed to materialize, I’m not sure how that would play out. There are flashes of Mark’s POV, but they are very few.

I’ll be totally honest. The book is listed at Smashwords for $4.59 and I’m not sure I’d pay that much for the next installment. The story is a mixture of great sex scenes, great play scenes, but a lack of emotional connection between the characters. I’m told about Jennifer’s feelings for David, her friend Cleo and Mark, her BDSM trainer, but the scenes where they interact don’t convince me. But I’m a writer, so things like that might bother me more than they will you.

Overall, I’m ambivalent about whether I would read this author again. I would like to see what happens to Jennifer, but I’m not sure I can get beyond some of the other things I’ve mentioned to read the next book.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

learningLearning the Ropes by C. P. Mandara

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


This is NOT a stand alone. Reading The Riding School first is highly recommended.

This second book of the Pony Tales by C.P Mandara is even hotter than the first.

Jenny still thinks there has been some horrible mistake, and her rich father will come save the day at any moment when he realizes what grave mistake he must have made sending the spoiled little rich girl off to Albrecht stables!

Her first day she’s given the grand tour of the stables after she’s properly attired, of course. Where behind every eloquently labeled door more torturous devices and scenes are discovered. One, The Training Room, Jenny couldn’t take her eyes off the Equine Sheath, for display only of course…too bad.

To make matters worse, her trainer, Master Mark is HOT, and she can’t believe the effect he has on her, but he won’t have any of it. He’s only there to train Jenny, just like every other pony that came through those doors.

We’ve got breath play, spanking, orgasm denial and of course pony play.

This book is well written, with accurate descriptions of play and equine equipment, and keeps your attention.  

This book is downright HOT. CP Mandara knows her stuff.

I wouldn’t trot, I’d gallop to get this novella.

Reviewed by Ming Lee

The Riding School by C. P. Mandara riding

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


The Riding School is book one of an in-progress work called Pony Tales. This short e-book introduces Jenny, the spoiled and ambitionless daughter of a very wealthy Englishman. Presumably to give her one very serious wake-up call, Jenny’s father has paid a great deal of money to forcibly enroll her in an intensive training course for human ponies at Albrecht Stables.

One can only speculate what sort of naughty discipline and humiliation she will endure in the following books, but this portion of Pony Tales is limited to a span of several hours during which she is prepped and outfitted for the first phase of her training. At the hands of the riding school’s staff Jenny experiences forced bondage while having each of her body cavities measured and pleasured, and suffers the humiliation of being brought to orgasm against her will in front of virtual strangers.

While this is a fun, sexy and well written read, it is annoying that it just stops before anything substantive happens. Realistically, The Riding School is chapter one of a book of indeterminate length; calling it book one is disingenuous. I am not a fan of serialized books in general, but this is ridiculous.

Why not wait until all or most of the book is written before publishing any of it? If readers like it well enough to want book two, then they can go buy it without waiting around for the author to crank out the next installment. It’s kind of hard to follow a story if too much time has passed since finishing the first installment. You may need to re-read or skim what you’ve already read just to keep it all straight. With that in mind, I would recommend waiting until a couple more “books” in the series have been released before purchasing this one.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Out of Her Depth by Rosanna Challis outofher

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ISBN-10: 1901388360

ISBN-13: 978-1901388367

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5



Some of the elements of BDSM included in this erotic novel include humiliation, spanking, and bondage. Jo finds her submissive nature in quite a profound way. She was not gently seduced by a sexy Dom but rather harshly awakened. Taking that new, intense feeling she schedules a cruise and delights in the idea of Ravi, a yogi, enlightening her.

During the course on the cruise Jo has to struggle with following Ravi’s rules and her continual arousal as she is introduced to the Path of Submission. She also had a roommate that was taking classes and giving her own account of times with her yogi. Then she meets Chris an astrologer who gives Jo her birth chart. During this time she is told she can not be with anyone else but her yogi, so Chris is tempting but she only has fun conversations at first.

What I liked about this BDSM novel was the way Jo was exposed to BDSM. Not a typical theme of a sub going to a sex club or a Master looking for his sub. I did not really care for the cruise ship/new age classes theme overall but that did not hinder my enjoyment of a well written erotic novel. The sex scenes are hot and the main character is sympathetic. I would recommend OUT OF HER DEPTH to other readers of BDSM.

Reviewed by Sizzling Miss Kim