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Silver Chasings by Kestra Gravier silver

Link to buy Silver Chasings (The Edge)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Garrick is a Dominant who has had some bad experiences with submissives, swearing off long term relationships and playing only for the moment. Quin is a submissive who has gone through a nasty divorce where her BDSM needs were used against her to strip her of everything. Now, Quin is ready to get back into the Lifestyle and Garrick invites her to The Tempest, a private club with a handpicked membership.

I wanted to like this book so much. After all, it had suspense, hot sex scenes, good conflict, all the right ingredients for a great story. Unfortunately, the mixture created here wasn’t the great soufflé I was hoping for. I would compare this to a great tasting cake that looked terrible.

First of all, this book is set up for a series featuring Layla, a “problem solver” and the book opens with her thoughts on a blackmail scheme occurring with a member of The Tempest. There are vague references to how Layla “owes” her friend Gwen and must get to the bottom of the problem.

Then the story switches to Quin and Garrick. There are a plethora of characters introduced in the first ten pages and trying to keep track of them was challenging. I, of all people, am not going to criticize an author for “too much story”.  I will say that the end product was a bit choppy and abrupt. The switches in point of view were too quick and often confusing to me.

The suspense thread of the story never really gets going and there are too many loose ends. I get that the author will resolve all this as the series progresses, but I found too many “clues” left me more unconcerned than curious. In other words, I wasn’t intrigued enough to give a rat’s ass to know the solution.

I think that this author has a great story idea and good characters. It’s just a shame the editing on this story didn’t create a more polished product.

This is an author to watch. There were flashes of brilliance where the emotional impact of the sex scenes really came through. The sweeping idea is a good one and I suspect that the following books will improve each time. Though this one might not have all the pieces of the puzzle, I think it’s a good start. I would read this author again.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Beautiful Nightmare by Bella Juarez beautiful

Link to buy Beautiful Nightmare (1Night Stand)

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

I wanted to like this story for two reasons: One, it’s a Fem Domme and there are not enough good Fem Domme stories and two, it featured a Jewish character. Unfortunately, this story fell short in some key areas and I walked away disappointed.

Aaron Rosencrantz is a high powered businessman with a domineering mother who has extracted a promise from him that he will only marry a Jewish woman of a certain kind. Natasha Rodriguez is the unattainable, tough negotiator that Aaron lusts after. Natasha, of course, is not the kind of woman that Aaron’s mother has in mind. This doesn’t stop him from having a hot, sexy tryst with Natasha after he discovers her masturbating in his office.

Natasha, rapidly falling for her sexy boss, overhears something that leads to a misunderstanding, and the two lovers stiff-arm each other. Unable to have each other, both of them reach out to a dating service and lo and behold, they are matched together.

The Fem Domme aspect of the story seemed like an add on since the initial encounters were a bit more vanilla. The romance was a bit predictable which is a shame since the characters were interesting. I think my expectations might have been too high. I wanted so much more from these characters. Aaron seemed as if he was much more complicated than he ended up being and the ending was wrapped up a little too neat and tidy for me.

This book wasn’t a wall-banger nor was it forgettable, but it was a bit of a letdown. I’d like to see more from this author if only to see if she can connect the interesting characters she creates with a good story that has depth.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Lily in Chains by Kate Richards lilyin

Link to buy Lily in Chains (1Night Stand)

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Barry had one beautiful, short relationship with Lily, but she disappeared without a word, leaving him alone and longing for her. A mysterious lawyer hires Barry to build and run a BDSM club in Las Vegas and, with nothing to hold him, he moves to a new life. When Lily comes back, can they repair the distance three years has created between them?

I found this story to be a little too trite and shallow. First of all, Lily runs away because her connection to Barry freaks her out. Okay. But her answer to Barry’s understandable inquiry as to why she didn’t phone or email or something is so unsatisfactory that I rolled my eyes. It’s not that her reasons for leaving weren’t valid, but that the story seems to gloss over the years between them. Also, the set up of their reunion is pretty unbelievable as well. A mysterious Mistress sends Lily on a blind Dom date? And Lily wants to “test” her ability to be with a Dominant before she seeks out Barry again?

All of these things would have been completely acceptable had the story explored their reconnection a little more. Instead, Barry and Lily breeze through their resentments and problems like they’re nothing, have a little kinky sex and kaboom! Wedding bells.

Fluff definitely has a place in my library and I like the light touch. This story stays on the surface of the relationship and so I was never invested in whether they were together or not. Lily’s angst that kept her away from Barry for three years had no impact on me and did not make her sympathetic. All in all, this story missed me entirely. It wasn’t a wall banger, but it didn’t make much of an impression either.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

When All Else Fails by  J. M. Dabney whenallelse

Link to buy When All Else Fails (Sappho’s Kiss)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Eva has worked for Andrea for five years. It’s comfortable relationship, warm and friendly.  When a night out turns their work relationship to more than friends, they have to deal with all the challenges that come with it at their work place and with Andrea’s ex.

I was so disappointed with this story. Honestly, it seemed like this was a story originally written with a male hero, complete with the annoying habit of the use of “babe” and the “player” reputation. The story itself is trite and overdone, the only interesting aspect being that it’s a female cast of characters.

There wasn’t too much kink in this story. Some domination in a rather vanilla way. There wasn’t too much about this story that I enjoyed. The writing wasn’t horrible, but it couldn’t make up for the story’s shortfalls or the feeling I had of being cheated of a real F/f for a m/f with pronoun changes.

The author’s information says that she writes mainly LGBTQ fiction. If this is a sampling, I’m not sure I’ll be reading anything else by her.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

The Thief and His Master by Louisa Bacio thethief

Link to buy The Thief and his Master (Beyond Fairytales series Book 11)

Story Rating:3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

The Thief and His Master by Louisa Bacio is a fairytale of sorts. Madeline the Madame of the house and business seeks out not only an apprentice but a life mate. In her search for one such person she finds a young man named Sven who is out to push his own boundaries after finding out he has limited mobility in his shoulder. After find out that Madeline can shift and thanks to a ring she provided him he can too Sven embarks on a journey with Madeline to steal various items. Along the way the two become intimate. But what will Sven be willing to sacrifice to be with Madeline? And more importantly what will Madeline be willing to give up to be with Sven?

Louisa Bacio weaves an interesting story that if given attention could flourish into one heck of a novel instead of a short story. With that said the BDSM aspect of this short story is nonexistent in my opinion. However, it does have a fairly decent kink factor to it. For those who like a little kink to their reading but nothing over the top then this book is for you. The couple of scenes that were in this book were well written and offer a bit of insight into the characters sexual desires.

Reviewed by Unrequited Spirit

whatyouneedWhat You Need by Landra Graf

Link to buy What You Need (1Night Stand Series Book 213)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Landra Graf’s femdom novella What You Need is a bittersweet story of serendipity. A man discovers the mistress-for-an-evening that he hired through an agency is his estranged best friend, who disappeared from his life after he rebuffed her attempt to become lovers because he was embarrassed to admit his submissive proclivities. Although the likelihood of such an encounter transpiring is fairly remote, it is not so beyond the realm of possibility as to defy credulity.

The author deftly balances the emotional minefield inherent to the situation so as not to create a buzz kill for the erotic scenes that ultimately unfold. In the course of an evening the former besties make up and decide to take their friendship to the next level, now that the imagined obstacle to that happening has been dispelled. The D/s in this story is accessible to less seasoned BDSM readers without being outright BDSM-lite – more emphasis on sensual than impact or bondage play. Overall, this is a well-written and sexy read.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

seducinghelenaSeducing Helena by Ann Mayburn

Link to buy

ASIN B00IO1AVJC

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Blurb:

Supermodel Helena Flores didn’t plan to fall in love with her Marine pen-pal, but that’s exactly what happens when she starts corresponding Seth Morgan. He’s funny, kind, and so hot she can’t stand it. In an effort to see if Seth can like her for her who she is on the inside—and not just as a swimsuit model—Helena pretends her job in the fashion industry is behind the camera rather than in front of it. But soon it’s time for Seth to come home and Helena tells him the truth, hoping he can forgive her deception.

Seth Morgan had been falling in love with his sweet and feisty pen-pal for months. When he finds out who Helena is, he wonders what she sees in him. Worse, when he meets her in the flesh, the reality is even better than his fantasy. But what can you do to keep the girl who can have anyone? Seth hopes the answer is a seduction so thorough and pleasurable she won’t ever want him to leave.

Review:

I loved the storyline of a military man and the supermodel! Loved how they got to know each other via emails and eventually skype. The BDSM theme to the book was very light, but you could tell where the author was going with it. If the book were longer, not just a short novella, perhaps it would have been better. It was a good short book and worth the read.

Reviewed by Cat

wykssurrenderWyk’s Surrender by Dakota Trace

Link to buy

ASIN B00FA8ASTA

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Wyk has it bad for his very bossy assistant. What’s a guy to do but set himself up to see if he can handle what she very much wants to dish out.

Venus longs for a man to submit to her darkest desires. She dreams of taming her very sexy boss, but he is not exactly amenable to being dominated-or is he?

Overhearing phone conversations will do nothing but get a person into trouble. That is just what happens when Wyk overhears Venus, his assistant talking about having a certain man submit to her. Putting his foot neatly in his mouth, he comments on the lifestyle, putting a terrible distance between himself and the very woman he is dying to have. Too many afternoons pleasuring himself in the executive washroom are about to push him over the edge. He has to do something and fast.

Venus longs to feel the whip caress Wyk’s sexy backside. When he made a disparaging comment about BDSM, she knew he could never be a part of her life in the way she needed and it is starting to get under her skin. Sinful dreams and hot fantasies bring her close to exploding-the only thing to do is find someone to work out her frustrations on until she can find herself a man to submit.

The 1 Night Stand line has match making down to a science. Madame Eve pairs Venus (Mistress V) and Wyk for a one night stand date they will never forget. Wyk enters the room determined to see if he has it in him to be a submissive. Venus thinks she is in for a simple game, but when she sees her boss kneeling in front of her, she almost loses her Domme control. Can she master Wyk before he realizes it is her? Is it too late?

This round and round passion play was delicious. Each party learns to submit to the other in one way or another leaving both feeling masterful and well served. This date is one that has the power to be life changing and completely works the idea of a power exchange. Venus has to top her lover and Wyk needs to be a man big enough to take it. It made me shiver with delight watching the cat and mouse game in this story. Cock rings, oral sex, anal play, withholding orgasm and a nicely placed blindfold make this short read a smoking hot one. Femme Domme stories are some of my favorites and this one was very enjoyable. Dakota Trace knows how to curl my toes in just the right places. I’m ready for the next one-now.

Reviewed by: Erzabet

The Perfect Sub by Jayson Locke perfectsub

Link to buy

ASIN B00CP8MUQC

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Description

Drew Prescott thinks he has to be perfect to attract the Dom of his dreams. However, after a year of repressing his true personality, he must face the fact that Dominant Holt Benedict still isn’t interested. In a desperate effort to move on with his life, he contacts Madame Eve, requesting a Dominant who will make him forget Holt so he can try to heal his broken heart. But when his date demonstrates a different way of seeing things, their one night changes everything and forces Drew to recognize the difference between being a perfect sub and offering perfect submission to the man he craves.

Review

The Perfect Sub is a short story that is fast paced and packs a lot of punch within its pages. Drew’s desire to be perfect for the Dom of his dreams leave him frustrated and let down as he watches the man he wants above all others choose every other sub but him at the club they both attend. The lengths he goes to to suppress his true self is saddening, and his desperation to get over the Dom of his dreams is understandable. After a year of trying so hard to get his man, desperate times call for desperate measures.

The set up for the date that was arranged by Madame Eve is incredibly erotic and thorough. While the surprise of who his mystery Dom is isn’t really much of a surprise, Drew’s reaction is believable. The conversation between Holt and Drew flows so naturally and it feels that it develops organically. The kink elements of the story are super hot and well described, letting the reader have a front row seat to the fun. The eroticism of the entire story is very high. Sexual tension drips from the pages and the way that Holt, Drew’s Dom for his night, guides Drew through what he wants to do to him…. Phew! This is a story with a Dom that knows exactly what he wants and has no problems getting it!

The flow of the story is fast, but nothing about this story is rushed. Jayson Locke shows a very strong writing style and the editing is solid. The BIGGEST complaint this reader has is that this story had a strong enough foundation to be much longer. The character created in this story could have supported a full length novel and the writing ability of the author would have done the characters justice. But, if you are looking for a quick, smoking hot read with some great Kink and genuine caring…. this it’s absolutely the book for you!

Reviewed by Darlene

Heart of Rock by Karyn Gerrard Heart of Rock

Link to buy

ASIN B00DV0XIBY

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Get ready to be transported back to 1974, when rock music was hard and the men who played it partied harder. Very well written story line readers can find believable. Enough attention was played to the period of the story but not so much that it was distracting. Readers will enjoy the flavor of the mid ‘70s rock scene without being burdened with massive amounts of details.

Brogan Byrne, the handsome Irish lead singer has one major issue. He does not think he deserves to live. After his girlfriend was murdered years ago saving his life, he drowns his guilt in every imaginable vice.

Even Byrne two brothers cannot seem to believe the pits of depravity he is wallowing in with women, drugs and booze. Realizing they cannot save him and do not wish to watch him spiral down farther, both brothers walk away. Leaving Byrne alone for the first time, he can either sink or swim.

Seeing this character hit rock bottom is one of the most profound moments in the story. Moreover, just when you think he is at the bottom, he drops again and again. Reading what is going thru his head gives readers an insight to how addicts make decisions.

Byrne’s band decides they are going to leave the tour if he does not shape up. They are tired of being embarrassed on stage. The record label sends in a new manager, record executive, Carly Montgomery. She is known for her no nonsense attitude and professionalism.

Seeing a frosty female manager, Byrne decides she is a challenge to be conquered. As the memories of his past continue to eat up his soul, he turns to Carly to heal his heart. Once he thaws the ice maiden the sex scenes will melt your 8-track! (Remember this is the ‘70s, we are talking about.)

This is fun reading how rockers really ‘got down’ back in the day. The characters are so interesting you will crave a follow up for Brogan’s two brothers. Are they as kinky and fun in bed as their brother? Hopefully, Ms. Gerrard will not leave her readers wondering for long.

Reviewed by Wendy Dawn