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Turning His Life Around by Grace R. Duncan TurningHisLifeAroundFS


When Kane Harris’s world turns upside down, his lifelong best friend is the only one to catch him.

Years ago, Ian Kelly accepted Kane would never return his love, since he knows Kane believes he’s incapable of it. Ian is willing to settle for what he can get—a best friend, sometimes casual lover, and occasional submissive. He’s learned he can’t live without Kane, but he can’t let Kane know. Because when, not if, Kane confirms that Ian’s love will never be returned, Ian won’t be able to take it. But when Kane loses his job and asks Ian to step up their play to help him deal, Ian’s ability to hide his feelings falters. Then Kane starts his own computer security firm and asks Ian to join him, and Ian struggles further.

It’s not until they visit the exclusive BDSM club the Iron Door that things come to a head. Kane screws up big time, and he’s afraid he can’t fix it. He’s sure he’ll lose his best friend, his Dom, his everything… forever.

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paintingfirePainting Fire on the Air by J. P. Barnaby

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ISBN-10: 1627981810

ISBN-13: 978-1627981811

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


“Painting Fire on the Air’ is an amazing love story wrapped up in a steaming hot BDSM story. The fact the two main characters, Ben and Jude, are male should not discourage anyone from reading the book. A love story is a love story regardless of the participants, and while the sex scenes may not be your particular cup of tea, it is easy to see them still as incredibly hot, amazingly well written, BDSM scenes.

Speaking of incredibly hot BDSM scenes, the use of fire flogging in the novel, both as the stage setter for the ‘change of life’ circumstance that happens to Ben, and indirectly Jude, as well as the culmination of the total transformation of the book’s main characters is inspired. Whether intentional or not, the transformation of Ben, highlighted by flames, carries a feeling of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. In this case, the ashes that are Ben’s traumatic experience involving his sister’s death. In her acknowledgments, author J.P Barnaby makes sure to point out she took the time needed to research fire flogging to present it as accurately as possible. As someone who has witnessed more than one fire flogging scene, J.P. Barnaby presents it perfectly.

Another part of ‘Painting Fire on the Air’ that is very well demonstrated by the end is the difference in attitude and personality between the two main Doms in the book, Kage and Jude. Kage is Ben’s first Dom, and while Ben gets what he needs from the scenes with Kage, at least for a while, it always seems like Kage gives Ben what Kage needs and wants to continue the “legend” that is Kage. The fact that their scenes happens to put to rest, at least for a while, some of Ben’s demons is purely coincidental on Kage’s part. His concern for his sub Ben does not extend far enough for him to be aware of the demons haunting Ben. Whereas, with Jude, his love of Ben makes him a much more caring Dom, and a true Master of Ben, one who believes in both sides achieving what they need from their relationship and in helping Ben to heal and not just mask his anguish.

At the end of the book, the difference is shown perfectly as Jude and Kage come face to face with Ben there. The confrontation between Jude and Kage is one that has been played out more than once in many a dungeon. Sadly, sometimes image still carries more cache’ than actions. The confrontation also nicely shows the transformation that has occurred to Ben, Jude, and even Kage from the events experienced by Ben after his motorcycle accident.

A great plot. Wonderfully written characters. Very hot sex scenes. BDSM scenes represented and written accurately. ‘Painting Fire on the Air’ is a great read, and a worthy addition to anybody’s kinky library.

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

Fettered by Lyn Gala fettered

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


First impressions are important, especially in a BDSM scenario. Dylan, aka Dilly, first learned of BDSM by seeing his sadistic brother’s tools on a news broadcast. His brother is being tried for raping and torturing women. Dilly isn’t looking to torture women or wield the whip. Instead, he lusts after men flogging and spanking his ass until he squirts. A young eighteen year old, he’s both innocent and completely naïve.

This book is much lauded among many BDSM m/m readers. In the BDSM book club in Goodreads, members are fawning over this book. They wax about hawt BDSM scenes and engaging characters. Can this book live up to the hype?  Why yes it can.

Ms. Gala writes moving characters. Dilly may at first come across as a too stupid to live character. Dilly is bumbling boy and an all-around pussy who can’t stand up for himself. This perception of Dilly is not that far off. Initially he is very frustrating and makes a reader want to grab him by the shoulders and shake him hard. Maybe slap him around a little bit so he will toughen up. However, it’s more complicated than it initially appears. Dilly isn’t stupid. What he is, is a survivor. My heart bleeds for Dilly. He’s emotionally abused by his evil older brother, Gary. He’s pushed around by his headstrong sister, Carmine. The only role Dilly knows and clings to is one who is passive and stays invisible. This one explanation of how Dilly sees himself breaks my heart.

Dylan searched for the right way to say what he was feeling without coming off totally in need of therapy. “I’m good at fitting in the cracks, you know? I’m good at working around other people, and I don’t need to be seen.” (p. 200-201)

Dilly’s relationship with Vin is summed up neatly with another poignant insight.

“I like that you do your own thing and don’t change for anyone. I like that you’re so unbending that maybe there’s room for me to fit myself in the cracks of your life because I like your cracks a lot more than the cracks I have been living in.” (p. 201)

Vin is a troubled Dom. He’s young yet experienced in life a bit more than most. He is not socially awkward; instead he’s someone who does his own thing. The best way to describe Vin is as an alpha sheepdog. There are three kinds of people in the world. There are sheep, sheepdog and wolves. Most people are sheep, like Dilly. Then there are dangerous predators like Dilly’s brother who is a wolf. The sheep are protected by sheepdogs, like Vin. I’m a sheepdog so I completely ken Vin’s mentality. His need to protect to the point of paranoid is understandable.  As a side note, his desire to GPS and audio bug Dilly may seem overly possessive and borderline obsessive. However, as a submissive like me who loves to submit, this hit my kinks pretty hard and made me wet.

Ms. Gala creates fabulous characters in this story. Everyone character is unique and she painfully peels back the layers on them to expose their truths. How she can create such rich leads and secondary characters while adding in a great plot and hawt BDSM scenes is beyond me. She doesn’t skimp on her secondary characters. We learn about stuffy Guard, scary Miss Dolphina, crazy Carmine, Dilly’s oblivious parents and evil Gary. Each one of these characters are necessary to complete this Greek Tragedy tale.

The BDSM in this story is supernova hot arousing. It’s not so much the scenes, but the fact that Vin is a Dom with a capital D. His specialty is D/s. He can and does enjoy doling out SM with the best of them, but he is amazing with his D/s. His dirty talking can cause spontaneous orgasms. Ms. Gala nails down the dream Dom with impeccable precision and it’s so good to read. Too bad her Doms are into other males. This m/m novel is highly recommended to kinky readers who love angst and a Greek Tragedy turned upside.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Choices by Grace R. Duncan choices

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5


Teman and his boyhood friend Jasim are professional thieves, although they prefer to think of themselves as specialists in the recovery of lost items, by any means. As “Choices” opens, they are caught in a trap set by the palace guards. They are taken to the captain of the guards, who gives them a choice: be cast into the dungeon or agree to become pleasure slaves in the palace. Thinking that life in the palace would offer a better chance of escape, they both agree to become slaves.

In the slave quarters, Teman and Jasim are trained to be submissive sex slaves, able to take pain as pleasure and unable to achieve orgasm without permission from their master. They become good friends with the two slaves who help with their training, Cyrus and Nadir. Once trained, Teman is called to service the king, a truly sadistic cruel man who regards his slaves as less than human and delights in testing how much pain they can take without any sexual relief. But there are other masters in the palace that are not so unpleasant, and Teman has also caught the attention of the crown prince, Bathasar.

Bathasar is the complete opposite of his father the king. He has never used the pleasure slaves, although he is quite familiar with the training they undergo. Bathasar has been fascinated by Teman since his first presentation at court, although he observes the young slave from a distance. But one night, after an altercation at a state dinner, he feels compelled to take Teman back to his quarters, to keep him out of the clutches of both the king and a bothersome foreign guest. Once alone with the handsome slave, Bathasar is unable to keep himself from enjoying the pleasures that Teman has been trained to provide, and even to need. For his part, Teman feels something different for the prince than he has felt with any other master.

The two quickly become lovers, although Teman must remain a slave, since Bathasar is powerless to free him. Keeping Teman safely away from the king and other courtiers is only part of the problem, as the two soon learn of the mad king’s plan to attack one of his neighbors, to whom Jasim was gifted after its empress dressed down the king for his lack of humanity towards Teman.

“Choices” is a tale with epic ambitions, set in a middle-ages “Arabian Nights” fantasy world. It is, as you can probably guess, very steamy, with detailed descriptions of the training that Teman and Jasim undergo to become pleasure slaves. They learn how to take pleasure from pain as well as how to delay their orgasm until it is permitted, and even how to be ready to go again after only a few minutes pause, if necessary. Their training conditions them to be aroused on cue and remain so until their master is finished with them.

While Bathasar has no desire to treat Teman as a slave, he can’t undo the conditioning the young man has been put through, and like it or not, Teman has discovered a deep desire to submit within himself. Instead, Bathasar learns to use Teman’s training, particularly the thrill he gets from being edged, to keep the young man from dwelling too much on the friend he misses or the fact he is still a slave. If you’re a fan of the BDSM practice of edging, then you will almost certainly enjoy this book. Several group scenes add even more steaminess to the story.

Unfortunately, the writing in “Choices” is a bit lackluster, with numerous anachronisms, repetitious details and even the occasional lapse into physical improbabilities – the kind of thing that makes you stop and think, “Wait, he has one hand there, and the other hand where? How is that possible?” Sometimes the group scenes get a bit muddled in a similar way, as you try to figure out who has what stuck into whom. This is made worse by frequent and sudden shifts in the point of view between Teman and Bathasar. The flaws, while many, are never quite serious or frequent enough to be annoying. Rather, the lack of tight editing keeps what could have been a much better book from achieving its potential. It does get bonus points, though, for having a cover that actually comes close to reflecting the image of the main characters that the text conjures up. That’s such a rarity these days that it’s worth mentioning.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Falling Into Place by Tia Fielding



Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5


Scott is a 30-something stay at home dad with two children and a wife who also plays his domme. Scott has a deep-seated desire to submit and experience pain, a need that masks a dark secret from his past and helps stave off the depression that digs away at him. Only, lately it hasn’t been working, and after a near disaster with his daughter, Scott’s wife Heather asks for a divorce, to which he agrees. Scott finds a dump of an apartment not far from his former home, and manages to land a job as the personal assistant to Milo Brock.

Milo is a former professional hockey player whose playing career came to an abrupt end due to an injury. To him, Scott is a godsend, keeping him organized and helping to succeed at a job many thought he was too young and inexperienced to handle. Like Scott, Milo considers himself straight, but over time he begins to recognize Scott’s submissive nature, as well as the feelings it raises within himself.

The challenges faced by the two men are formidable. Not only are they employer and employee, but Milo has no experience as a master or a dom. He’s not sure he can give Scott what he needs. And then there are the other people they both have in their lives, and their reactions to the two men both ‘turning gay’.

“Falling Into Place” is, at its heart, a big mushy romance about finding love where you least expect it. In that respect, the horribly girly cover art is probably appropriate, even though it is a big turnoff and doesn’t reflect the kinkier themes of the book. However, while Scott’s need for pain and domination are a very central part of the plot, there are very, very few actual BDSM scenes described in the book. What is described is the very strong D/s bond that forms between Milo and Scott before either one of them fully realizes it. Scott falls into being submissive to the bigger, stronger Milo simply because that’s the way he’s wired. For Milo, it’s more of a journey as he at first admires his assistant’s efficiency and then slowly realizes where it comes from, and the feelings it awakens within himself. Fortunately for Milo, or conveniently, depending on how you look at it, he has a friend who is into the lifestyle to help him figure out what Scott needs, although whether or not Milo can give it to him is still the big question.

The writing style of this author is a bit unusual. The narrative, which is mostly from Scott’s point of view, is in the third person and relies heavily on ‘telling’ us what is happening rather than ‘showing’ us. While this is a cardinal sin to some, in this case the prose manages to avoid the tedium that this style can often invoke. More unusual is the occasional snarky comment. These come off with varying degrees of success, but they always are slightly jarring. Together with the narrative style, it adds to the distance between the reader and characters. We don’t quite connect with Scott in the way we should. For me, Scott is exactly the kind of character I could get deeply emotionally invested in, but that didn’t happen. So, while this is a nice story, it isn’t really going to tug at your heartstrings nor is it going to give you much excitement erotically, although there are a few nice scenes.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph