Tagged: Gianna Simone

Claimed by the Zyndevine by Gianna Simone claimed

Link to buy CLAIMED BY THE ZYNDEVINE [Bayou Magiste Chronicles]

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This is a fast moving magical story with many twists and turns. I enjoyed this book with it’s feisty characters, spells and hexes, evil forces and new lands. The romance was inevitable and the sex was hot. Even though BDSM was the main element to all romantic encounters, the prominent feel for me was one of true love conquers all. If you like magic, fantasy and happy endings this is the story for you.

Reviewed by Foxy Loxy

warriorswrathWarrior’s Wrath by Gianna Simone

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ASIN B00IOBPTZI

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

A girl on the run for a crime that she didn’t commit. She has no choice but to do things she normally wouldn’t do, so that she can be safe. Aeron resulted to thievery and she knew her luck will run out.

Rowan knew who he was, then upon eavesdropping a conversation becomes devastated losing all he thought he knew. He leaves on a quest to find out about himself with a friend. When Aeron relieves him of his coin purse, then tries to steal his horse Aeron becomes a slave to both Rowan and Gerard.

This story combines the richness of the 14th century history, meshed along with the stories of betrayal and the stories of love. There is a sweetness of Aeron as she is immersed in a sexual education she never knew existed. Love how her eyes are opened to her body’s acceptance of pain as well as pleasure.

The pace of the story went well and kept me interested to see how the story would play out. I’ve read other works by Ms. Simone and once again she brings it all together. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

claimedbytheClaimed y the Enchanter by Gianna Simone

Link to buy

ASIN B00ENNUGD6

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Regine has always been the one in control until she met Cameron. Her focus has been winning her horse events, but someone doesn’t want her to win or even live. Cameron knows it is only a matter of time until Regine is his.

Claimed by the Enchanter is part of the Bayou Magiste Chronicles and continues the story of the Marchand family. The author did a wonderful job of contrasting Regine’s need to control and be dominated. She also showed how much trust plays into a relationship.

As the story unfolds, old enemies of the past show up. I’m not sure I agreed with the way Regine’s father dealt with an issue as she was growing up, though I can understand the need to protect her from herself and other issues. Cameron knows he can show her that being submissive and under his control is nothing like she went through as a teen.

Once Cameron and Regine get together, the sparks fly. The chemistry between the two is intense and the scenes between the two, and later with David, are very hot. I did have to laugh at some of Regine’s reactions though.

Readers that have read the other stories in this series will find this one just as good. While I recommend readers read the series in order, this book can be read alone. I will be reading this series again and am looking forward to more from this author.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

claimedbyClaimed by the Devil by Gianna Simone

Link to buy

ASIN B00ETR8GI8

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

If anyone had a past it was Helene. Devlin’s isn’t much better. Both Devlin and Helene’s lives intertwine, from the past to the present. With such a tragic history between them we have to wonder if they will have a future. You have to love the setting and story line, and lose yourself in the characters.

The story leads you on an emotional rollercoaster, but it is well worth the ride. As Helene and Devlin get older their past is ever present, but Devlin works at gaining what he desires. Devlin fed into Helene’s needs giving her what she wanted. Sex is here, often and hot, well written and intense. Orgasm denial is included and so not fair! Devlin pushes Helene taking her just to a point. He is a Dom and is good at that. She is more submissive than she even knew.

The intrigue mixed with magic keeps you anxiously reading, portals, magic books, amulets and spells. A world that is within the “normal” world.

Ms. Simone, thank you! An awesome series I loved and would recommend it to anyone.

Reviewed by Daria

 

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BDSM in History and Historical Romance flogging tomb 2

 

Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about BDSM in history, and writing it in historical romance novels. It’s not as easy as it might seem.

Most everyone is aware the ancient Romans had sex slaves, and used them without regard to gender. The modern religious concepts that frown on homosexuality and pretty much anything not straightforward, face-to-face vanilla sex with the opposite gender didn’t exist. Sex was sex, and if you wanted to spice it up, there was no shame in that. Of course, if you were one of the unlucky slaves who didn’t find any enjoyment in serving a master or mistress who liked to inflict pain, I suspect it wasn’t much fun.

It’s no secret BDSM has been practiced since man discovered sex. The Romans, the Etruscans, the Marquis de Sade! Though only a small amount of ancient artwork still exists depicting kinky sex (Tombe della Fustigazione, or The Tomb of The Floggings in Tarquinia, Kinoe no Komatsu, among others), it’s enough to show that such behavior has been practiced in some form or another through the ages.

Unfortunately in many historical cultures, women were not seen as equals by the men of their times. As such, this often involved non-consensual sex, but there was little a woman could do about it. In quite a few societies in ancient times, if a man wanted a woman, he either bargained with her family to basically purchase her or he simply took her. And if he happened to be one of those who liked his women on their knees while sucking him off, well, she would either obey or suffer. If she was lucky enough to share the same enthusiasm for kinky sexual play, her predicament could actually become quite pleasant.

Today, we have all sorts of protocols – for consent, for safety, for mutual enjoyment. Those standards didn’t exist in antiquity. No safewords back then.

In the Middle Ages, the notion of courtly love flourished. Chivalry was the “rule,” but it wasn’t adhered to as much as many think – bards of the time romanticized that theory. There are just as many instances of women being punished by their husbands in various records, public and private. In Victorian times, men figged their wives, as well as spanked and paddled them for punishment. Whether either party got any enjoyment from it is pure speculation, but I suspect more than a few of the couples involved likely derived some sort of sexual gratification.

In any case, when writing historical BDSM romance, the reality is often softened. Key word here is romance. Consent can be complete, or dubious, or even in some cases, non-existent – at first. But ultimately, no matter how it starts out, both participants must enjoy the sex – and each other, no matter how long and vehemently they deny it. justine 2

For instance, in my first medieval, Warrior’s Vengeance, Ian MacCallum first seduces Marissa Langley, and then discovers spanking her makes her hotter. This in turn throws a major wrench into his plans for vengeance against her father. His late wife was also submissive in nature, and the two shared a happy marriage before tragedy struck – an instance of consensual kink. Using what he has practiced with his wife, Ian discovers how much his captive enjoys being spanked, and not only does he find a newfound respect for her, he could potentially lose his heart again. On the other side of the fence is his captive, Marissa. She does like what he does, but admitting that is shameful to her. Yet, she finds herself anticipating what Ian might do next, even at times, rebelling against him and making him take her, despite her verbal protests. Her actions speak way louder than any words she spits at him.

As with all romance novels, we “pretty up” the time and people – and BDSM is no different. In fact, I think writers work doubly hard to glamorize the BDSM aspects. While a captive heroine may not be completely willing at first, she learns a lot about herself in her enjoyment of sexual submission. Both characters enjoy the kink, both on the dominant and submissive side, even if they can’t fully wrap their heads around it and what it means. The hero gets off on spanking his woman, but doesn’t necessarily understand the gift she gives with her ultimately willing submission. To him, it’s the way women are supposed to act, and he is within his rights to behave as he does. It’s the writer’s job to analyze that, and in that analysis, we often give the characters modern perspectives – the joy a dominant man feels when his partner enjoys his action, and the happiness a submissive woman feels in knowing her hero ultimately has her pleasure in mind.

Fantasy? Sure. Reality? Maybe not so much. But it sure is fun to read and write BDSM in historical romance, and follow the characters’ journey through domination and submission.

 

Gianna Simone

“Magically Kinky!”

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