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chainingChaining Flame by James L. Wolf

Chaining Flame

ASIN B00I45NKKA

Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Review:

‘Chaining Flame’ is a quirky little story that takes place on another planet with different species of humanoid beings. The three main characters are a unique gathering as well. There is as captured slave-to-be hermaphrodite named Ilamaych, a shape shifter (including from male to female, or female to male) named Ficus. Ficus is what’s known as a Flame, which is some form of high priest/priestess of the deity Pelin. Our final member of this group is Earen, a serf under the reign of Matron Gund.

Let’s start with the story itself. ‘Chaining Flame’ does not so much feel like a stand alone story so much as it does an excerpt from a much longer novel. There is obviously much that should be before the story begins with Ilamych in chains being led to be sold in to slavery. Then the ending is not so much an ending, but rather a resolution of one problem, leading to much more story involving our three heroes. It’s a good thing to leave a reader wanting more, but it’s not a good thing to leave a reader wanting A LOT more. James L. Wolf has a great start, or rather a great middle, of a wonderfully kinky science fiction/fantasy in ‘Chaining Flame’. One that has the potential to be eminently readable, but for the moment, as a novella it leaves the reader wanting for too much.

Now, as far as the kink factor…….Well, it’s hard to not be able to connect on a kink factor when you have a fully functioning hermaphrodite and a shape shifter that can control the size and shape of ANY body part, even the nasty bits. In this, James L. Wolf does not disappoint. Granted, he does not go in to a large amount of detail where the sex is concerned, but as the combinations he uses are decidedly unique, he cannot be faulted on missing out on a good kink story. As a bonus, we even get a bondage, whipping, branding, forced anal scene involving Earen. Then he tosses in a genital piercing scene involving Ficus and a ship’s captain. So yes, ‘Chaining Flame’ has kink in spades. Just wish there was more story. Still, worth a read, but here’s hoping James L. Wolf decides to turn a good novella into a great novel.

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

boundbyBound by Lies by Lynn Kelling

Link to buy

ASIN B00ED0SFOQ

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Description

Brayden Clare never wanted to return to small town life. Blond, athletic, and struggling with his sexual identity, a casual relationship on the beach in Florida suits him much better. When a family emergency calls him home, he is forced to trade his personal freedom for a job as a bartender in a town where everybody thinks they know who he is, and nobody has a clue—including Brayden. Jenner Parrish is the owner and operator of Parrish Pub, the social hub of Robertsville, Pennsylvania. Jenner is charming, dominant, and popular since they were both in high school together. Brayden finds his new boss intimidating, and is daunted to find that turns him on. Jenner finds his new recruit intriguing but mustn’t dare to ask an employee to submit to him. The two men find what they’re seeking at a masked BDSM ball in the next town over, and are startled to discover their desires rest much, much closer to home.

Review

Sitting down to write this review, I am left with the problem of where to start. This book was so engrossing I struggled to keep notes as I read. It completely sucked me in. The author of this book created captivating characters that weren’t just telling the reader a story. They were bringing you into their world and allowing you to witness a journey with them. Brayden is damaged and lovable, complex and so heart wrenching. Jenner is strong and sweet; his own past creating demons he fights to rid himself of. Together they are what every reader of M/M lit dream of reading. The author takes the time to delve so deeply into the character development of not just Brayden and Jenner, but the supporting characters as well, that by the end of the book, you feel you know these characters just as much as you would reading a multi-story series. And the author pulls it off without the story lagging.

Brayden and Jenner’s mutual attraction have them both tip toeing around each other during the first quarter of the book. With them both keeping their sexual preferences to themselves, as well as the fact that Brayden ends up Jenner’s employee; they keep their desires to themselves. When they both attend the same BDSM ball, Jenner is shocked to find the man he has been lusting over in attendance with him. The scene they share in a private room at the ball is smoking hot, but the underlying emotional pull Jenner experiences is what makes the scene so special.

When Brayden discovers who exactly he ended up playing with at the ball, his reactions are more realistic than many other books with similar situations. in fact, most of the human interactions in this book are more realistic than most books I have read. The author has an amazing grip on human nature and honest reactions than are normally depicted in fictional stories. For that, I applaud her.

The kink aspects of this story are intense and highly entertaining. Unlike many books I have read in this genre, Brayden and Jenner do not enter into a more D/s targeted relationship. Instead, they begin a more stringent Master/slave relationship that is fascinating. The author is amazingly descriptive as Jenner trains Brayden to be his slave. The care Jenner shows for his slave and the time he takes to communicate his desires as well as his responsibilities makes this an amazing fictional story for people to read that are interested in Master/slave relationships. By the end of the book, I found a few of my questions I had about M/s lifestyles answered, as well as a better understanding of why the dynamic is so appealing to some. Jenner takes his time making sure that Brayden has a full understanding of what he is submitting to, and his rules are well communicated and enforced. He makes sure that Brayden is not pushed past his limits and is not forced into anything he does not want/ want to try.

I loved how forthright the issues were in this book. The struggles that Brayden and Jenner went through when people that cared about them found out about the lifestyle they were choosing to live felt natural. The fear they both felt at the world finding out they were gay made my heart go out to both of them. And when they both discovered that what they felt for each other meant more than what the rest of the world would think about them, I wanted to cheer. It was wonderful though to read a story with such an incredibly supporting secondary character line up. Too often you read stories where coming out to loved ones end up costing them the people in their lives. With full understanding that that is a harsh reality people live with everyday, it was wonderful to read a story where the people that Brayden and Jenner care about stand by them.

The main issue I had with the entire book came with the scene containing Jenner’s special feather. As a member of the Kink community, it has always been ingrained in me that you do NOT leave a bound submissive alone. Not ever. To me, that was a major disappointment, regardless of how long the submissive is left.

This is a very strongly written and researched book. The scenes are well described and vivid. The editing is solid and I found no major mistakes. If anything, this story was a bit too engrossing. I had to read it 3 times in order to get out of the story enough to remember I was reading this to write a review and not just entertainment. This is a book I would readily recommend to anyone who enjoys not only kinky books, but the m/m genre as well.

Reviewed by Darlene

Don’t by Jack Pyke  dont

Link to buy

ASIN B00ANR6O3C

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Blurb:

“Don’t… open me.” Three simple words that tease Jack, taking him places from his dark past. For Jack, BDSM is a way to resist his worst impulses. Yet, the stranger calling himself The Unknown seeks to use that to seduce him. As Jack slips further down into the abyss, two men hold the power to save him. Will it be Gray, the Master who knows Jack’s every secret? Or Jan, the first man to give Jack a reason to hope? With deadly ghosts coming out to play, Jack may lose everything, even his life. (M/M)

Review:

“Don’t” just didn’t do it for me for a few reasons. There’s way too much going on and the story is confusing to follow. In the beginning I felt like I need a diagram to keep all the characters and storylines in order. There’s torture and cutting and D/s, a secret society, a Dom who works for some secret organization, a son competing in business against his father, a three way, a tranny, martial arts, chastity, collars and contracts and more I’m not even thinking of right now. It made me feel overwhelmed. Some of the dialogue was difficult to follow and some chapters took some reading to figure out just who was speaking due to the writing in first person. I found the character of Jack a hot mess and honestly none of the characters were likable or real. The entire thing felt weird to me and it really wasn’t my cup of tea. It was way too much.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Right Message, Wrong Man by Annabeth Leong

http://www.amazon.com/Right-Message-Wrong-Man-ebook/dp/B0096WCPOC/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1357538424&sr=1-1&keywords=right+message%2C+wrong+man

ASIN B0096WCPOC

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Serendipity is the key element that drives the plot in Annabeth Leong’s Right Message, Wrong Man. Lila is agitated and horny after a particularly rough day dealing with her demanding boss, so she shoots off a lascivious invitation to a sometimes hook-up partner in hopes of getting a little sexual release. Unfortunately, in her distracted state she inadvertently sends her steamy proposal to the wrong person – Jaron, her boss.

When Jaron responds, Lila is mortified yet intrigued by his interest in taking her up on her offer. If only it were so simple as a one-night sexual liaison with a boss that drives her crazy with his management style. Jaron, it seems, has been harboring a secret lust for his assistant and, he’s into BDSM.

Essentially there are two main themes going on in this story: a young woman coming to grips with her latent sexually submissive/masochistic nature; and the minefield inherent in finding lovers with complementary BDSM sensibilities in the workplace and other mainstream environments. The kink factor is really more erotic than it is hardcore BDSM, not that that’s a bad thing, but if you want full disclosure before purchasing this book, the extent of deviant behavior is limited to nipple abuse, waxing, and rough sex. And for all the kinky romantics out there, it appears that Lila and Jaron are headed for happily ever after for now.

Reviewed by jim Lyon