On Display by Lorelei Powers
Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
I enjoy femdom stories. In fact, I love them. It doesn’t matter to me if the submissive or slave is female or male, it all works for me. In this short collection by Ms. Powers, we are treated to a variety of femdom tales. Each of the combinations from F/f to F/m are ones I’m excited to read.
This collection seems unfinished. Some of the stories contained neither beginning nor end, just a middle. It’s almost as if we are wandering through a BDSM party and only catching glimpses of each scene. This is not my preferred writing style. While the scenes were tantalizing, I barely tasted it before it was ripped away from me. I couldn’t even feel yearning for more because I blinked and the scene changed. At one point, I was sure some of the stories were missing pages. I had to double check to make sure this wasn’t the case. I recommend Ms. Powers focus on writing a story which contains a beginning, middle and an end.
The domming scenes were appealing to me. My favourite one is the last one, the one with the artists. I liked the older more experienced Domme who would take gifted artists on as apprentices. Her methodology was definitely unconventional yet so bloody enticing. When the words stopped for this story, it was more like a crashing halt. Frustrating is an understatement to how I felt.
I do want to make a point that each of the BDSM scenes was very realistic. I could tell Ms. Powers is in the lifestyle and most likely a Domme. This appeals to me because I could feel the D/s exchanges. For this, I definitely commend Ms. Powers. This book is probably best for BDSM readers who want just a little sip of Femdom.
Sizzler Editions [link to buy]
Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
I had never read any of Shay’s work before so was looking forward to seeing what she had to offer. The story is a MFF ménage, with BDSM as its underlying current. There is an additional futuristic component to the storyline, but the reader isn’t taken so far into the future that the story becomes un-relatable to the modern day.
The three main characters are nicely intertwined within the story. Margarit St. James is a woman with father issues and the need to be in control at all times. She is fighting for her father’s approval, and in the process denying herself the life she longs for, that of a Domme. When Margarit is placed in charge of Branded, the romance division of her father’s virtual publishing company she embarks on a journey of self discovery. Her Vice President of Operations turns out to be the man of her dreams, Alex Barrett. The two characters have crossed paths before and both know there is a deep attraction that is more than just lust. Jasmyn Carrara is Alex’s current girlfriend and holds part of Alex’s heart, but not all of it. It’s just lucky that she is also attracted to Margarit, because she knows her new boss is the woman Alex wants to complete his life and fill the remainder of his heart. Both Alex and Jasmyn set out to help Margarit discover her true self and overcome issues from the past that hold her back.
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles
Yes Ma’am is a collection of six FemDom stories from Kay Jaybee from Xcite books. Overall, each of the six were very well written and professional – I enjoyed them all on some level. However, just as no two Dominas are ever going to slap you the same, I did enjoy a couple of the stories more than the others.
“Lying In Wait” was good story about a Cadet needing something that only the dominant military women around him could supply. Fans of strong women in uniform will particularly enjoy this. “Black” was full of mystery, allowing your mind to fill in a lot of the story around it. For those that lean more towards the masochistic side, this was the story for you. “Don’t You, Emma?” was very, very good – a story of a Domina and the inexperienced male and more experienced female submissives in her life. It was hot story – but not as hot as the best of the bunch, “Dear Claire”. At least for this sub, this was the best offering of the book. Where to start? How about complete immobilization, followed by some absolutely pitch-perfect objectification. Add multiple Dominas, some hot BDSM sex and helplessness and you get the story that I remember most when I think about this book.
Rounding out the book is “Not Taking the Tube”, a wham-bam-thank-you-Mistress-Ma’am story of spontaneous erotic interaction and “Rachel’s Twisted Tale”, a softer story that plums the depths of a submissive’s attachment and devotion to a Domina that includes the excellent closing line of “So this is the bit where we all live painfully, ever after..” If only all bottoms, subs and slaves have this same wish granted.
I love submissive men, especially when they are outwardly Alpha to the world. I think it is incredibly sexy for a strong, powerful man to fall to his knees before a strong Woman and his only wish is to please Her, his Domme.
I wrote the following post over at the 1-800-DOM-help blog over the summer. I still feel it is true–submissive men can be Alpha. Not all submissive men are super thin weaklings. Its an over exaggerated stereotyped version of submissive men. Anyway read on and let me know what you think.
As I write Leather Becomes Her (a part of the 1-800-DOM-help series from Ellora’s Cave), my story is of a dominant woman meeting her submissive, but the submissive hero in the book is NOT a beta. My question is, can a man who is Alpha be submissive? Does submission change his role from Alpha to beta?
Alpha men can be macho to the world. You’d be surprised at how the power wielding men of society prefer to be brought down in private by submitting. (And some PAY professional Dominants to do it. It has nothing to do with sex, just submission.) They aren’t less Alpha for doing it; their ability to submit makes them stronger. Imagine the lawyer in court fighting a hard case, arguing for his client, butting heads with judges, lawyers, police, etc. Every day, all day, long hours into late nights, week in and week out. They aren’t out to please anyone. They want their way in all things. Win, win, win. These are men of sheer power and dominance–total Alpha males. Many times what does this kind of man wish for in private? Release. The joy of not making any decisions. Letting someone else take control and use him so he can relax. His only desire–to please a dominant figure (in my example, a Mistress).
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Dommemoir is a chronological diary told from the point of view of Lady Genevieve and slave nicholas. Each character reliving the anguish of searching for a life they craved, yet unable to bring to reality. The characters were thoroughly developed to the point that as a reader, I was able to sympathize and feel the pain and suffering. The author was able to realistically re-create the basic explanation of the lifestyle and how one could possibly find themselves in either characters shoes.
Lady Genevieve, a strong and successful woman in her mid-forties, finds herself divorced and downsizing all aspects of her life to fit into a condo. For the first time in her life, Genevieve is responsible for maintaining her life and home. After sometime she discovers that she prefers the company of a submissive man to maintain her home and feed a side she has yet to fully understand. Lady G struggles through many failed attempts to find a slave that is offering the level of service and devotion that she seeks. Her frustration is palpable as she screens through the large volume of men seeking to serve through an online BDSM site. However, she misses the true characteristics of someone right under her nose. Jared, a young co-worker, who propositions Genevieve with the thoughts of a young lover.
slave nicholas, a man who can trace his desire to serve and nurture back to the age of innocence, is married to a woman who refuses to accept certain characteristics of her husband. In an attempt to fulfill his inner most desires, nicolas seeks out other woman who appreciate a docile man in an online BDSM forum. His wife discovers how truly deep his need goes, but does not want to understand and files for divorce. Now alone in the world, nicholas’ depression spirals out of control plummeting him into utter despair. While contemplating his life, nicolas receives a response to a previous online request of consideration that in more ways than one save his life.