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Thrill Seekers: Erotic Adventures by Various Authors thrill

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Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Thrill Seekers: Erotic Adventures is an anthology containing ten erotic short stories. The book is published out of England, so be prepared to translate a word or spelling here or there from British English to American English as needed. The overall rating for the book is an average of all the stories. Of the ten stories in this book, only one seemed to ring bad. Overall, however, the stories go from one hot, fast read, to another hot fast read. This book is a definite one for recommendation and should bring the reader all kinds of great ideas and keep one in a state of almost constant arousal.

Story #1- Under The Big Top by Kathleen Tudor

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.0 of 5.0

The kink involved in this story is voyeurism. The main characters meet at a bar, and Kris finds out the man picking her up works with the circus that is in town at that time. As she loves the ‘behind the scenes’ feel of things, she agrees to go back with Daniel to the circus grounds to see the big top form an insider’s point of view. The sex in this nice short story reads as very hot and involves an acrobat spying on them while hidden under the bleachers. Daniel does not know he is there, but Kris does and the fact they are being watched heightens the experience for her. A very enjoyable read.

Story #2 Cabaret Girls by Olivia London

Story Rating:  2.0 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  3.0 of 5.0

This felt like the clunker in the anthology. The story premise holds promise, and the first scene between the two main characters, Ashley and Bella, meet through the personals in a San Francisco paper and their first scene in a seedy, run down hotel is extremely hot and involves a wonderful spanking session. The problem with the story comes in after the first scene. It starts to feel disjointed, cuts from location to location without much resolution or information on the motives of one of the main characters, Bella. The 3.0 on the sting factor is for the first scene, which works very, very well.

Story #3 Shining Knight by Flora Dain

Story Rating:  4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  4.5 of 5.0

This is possibly the best story in the book. It is difficult to describe the story line of this story without giving away the ending. However, the book starts with the female lead running from a pack of men who have already accosted her and torn her shirt, exposing one breast. As she is running out of steam and the pack is closing in on her, a limo pulls up in front of her and the door opens. A man is inside and our heroine must decide between the unknown potential dangers of the interior of the limo or the obvious intent of the approaching men. She launches into the limo and is whisked away from the gang bang waiting for her. The back of the limo is occupied by a very urbane, handsome man, watching her quizzically. The scenes in the back of the limo are definite heat inducing scenes involving spanking, bondage, power exchange, domination and another form of play that will not be mentioned as it will give too much away. Suffice it to say, this story will get your juices flowing, or your blood heading south, depending on your sex.

Story #4 FHAFH by Elizabeth Coldwell

Story Rating:   3.0 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):   3.0 of 5.0

FHAFH stands for ‘Find Him And Fuck Him. The story begins with Sonia out with her friend Maxine for a girls’ night out when she receives a text message from her husband Rob saying simply “FHAFH”. Apparently Sonia’s husband’s kink is sitting at home, getting turned on while he sends his wife out to fuck a stranger she picks up. The night then culminates with Rob beating off while going down on his wife’s recently fucked pussy while she describes the night’s activities. Luckily for her, there is a prime candidate for her to pick up standing at the bar who happens to be the bar owner’s brother. Sonia tells Mack of her assignment from her husband and the couple slips out the back door in to the alley. There is a nice, hot quickie in the alley and Sonia eventually returns to her friend, looking forward to going home and finishing the night with her husband in the usual way.

Story #5 Cerise Calls It “Research” by Giselle Renard

Story Rating:   4.0 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):   4.0 of 5.0

This story has a very interesting twist to it. Cerise is only turned on by gay men. This makes things very difficult for Cerise due to the fact that if she were ever able to convert a gay man to her, she would lose interest in him, as she is not even attracted to bi-sexual men. She spends her days working for her gay Professor, and daydreaming about him, on research for his book about cruising in the early 20th century in their area. This includes Queens Park right by the campus. She decides to stroll through Queens Park at night as it is still a cruising spot today. Cerise literally stumbles and falls in to a pick up scene between two men hidden back in the trees of the park. Cerise is able to talk/beg her way in to what becomes a very interesting and hot oral three-way. The premise alone on this story being as unique as it is makes it a must read.

 

Story #6 Pulparazzi by Heather Towne

Story Rating:   3.0 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):   2.0 of 5.0

This starts out as a fantasy story. Katie is completely swept away by pulp novel romance books and tries to act them out with Milton, a fumbling nerd type who comes nowhere near her fantasies. The opening sex scene is hilarious in the way everything seems to end up exactly opposite what Katie has firmly in her imagination as a perfect act of sex. She decides the only way she will be able to fulfill her fantasies is to track down her favorite pulp fiction author, Dan D. Cannon. So off to New York City she heads. She finally tracks down the location of her favorite author at a used book store in Brooklyn. To avoid giving away the plot twist, I will only say she finds her author and the sex in the pulp fiction vault between the two is worth the read if you feel like being completely turned on. The only problem with this story is the inclusion of scenes from “pulp fiction” books. Unless of course, you enjoy them. Then you will love every part.

Story #7 The Portcullis by Rose de Fer

Story Rating:  3.75 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  4.0 of 5.0

Depending on your interests, this will qualify as the second (or first) best story in this anthology. Charles and Amy are back at the place they met six years prior to celebrate their anniversary. Of course, this time they come at night when the castle is closed, and just sharing a bottle of wine is not all that they have planned for the occasion. The reader first gets a nice back story of how the couple met and what has led them to the scene Charles has planned for Amy and himself on the grounds of Morlech Castle.  The public setting has Amy very nervous, but she has trust in her husband/Master/Dom and is willing to go through with the scene. The main scene involves Amy chained, hand and foot and locked to the latticeworks of the porticullis of the gate in the fence. The scene staged with Amy chained to the porticullis is hot enough to melt her chains, and will get anybody reading it all lathered up. SO worth the read.

Story #8 Making It Work by Tenille Brown

Story Rating:   3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  2.5 of 5.0

‘Making It Work’ is a lighthearted comedy romp involving a couple of empty nesters, Dig and Retha, who have decided since they have the house to themselves now to up their sex life and add spice to it as they go. The story takes its comedic twist when Retha’s sister, Diane, shows up and needs to move in after leaving her husband. This leads to a series of clandestine encounters between Dig and Retha, once in their cramped outside pantry and another time outside behind their shed in the backyard. The sex is okay in this story, but not as much of a bed burner as in other stories here, but the story line is a fun read and will leave you smiling at the end.

Story #9 Park and Ride by Victoria Blisse

Story Rating:  3.0 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  3.0 of 5.0

‘Park and Ride’ is the second story in the anthology involving “cruising” in a public park. In this case it involves a male and female couple. It starts off with a chance encounter between Carrie and Grant, who had been in a class together. Grant was a nerd at the time and while he had a crush on Carrie, never acted on it. The action quickly moves back from the path in to the grass, where a voyeur is hiding, watching the scene unfold. It is a quickie in the park, but Grant still gets in several swats across Carrie’s exposed ass before he plunges deep in to her. It is quite obvious from the verbal exchange that Grant has grown from being a nerd into a Dom, and happily Carrie has a desire to be controlled. The ending actually takes place outside Carrie’s apartment as the two “break the rules” of park hook ups and Grant walks her home, and finishes Carrie off as she did not orgasm from the first sexual encounter.

Story #10 The Arrangement by Cesar Sanchez Zapata

Story Rating:  3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink):  3.5 of 5.0

The final story in this anthology is a swingers’ story. It is a highly stylized wife swap with the wife, Belinda being dropped off by her husband Marshall from a limo in front of a high class hotel. Once she leaves, Sandra opens the door to the limo and enters for their encounter. Marshall and Sandra’s first encounter takes place outside of an apartment building that is eventually revealed to be owned by Sandra. What follows is a deliciously hot scene across the back of a bench, with faces pressed to the apartment windows watching. Action for them moves back to the rear of the limo, which is a straight up, hot and hard fucking. When it is over, Marshall leaves Sandra in the limo to be taken home and sits and waits for his wife to join him on a park bench. Meanwhile, at the hotel, Belinda is having her own erotic adventure with Sandra’s husband, Kirkland. Hers is a more refined version of what Marshall and Sandra engage in, but no less hot and satisfying. Her adventure starts in the bathroom while she is luxuriating in the tub. They start with a hot blow job and finger play, but one does wonder how water does not end up all over the floor. Was just a passing thought at the time. Their final encounter details the foreplay in all its heat inducing glory, but it cuts away just before Kirkland finally gets to bury himself in to Belinda. The story ends with Marshall and Belinda meeting up at the bench Marshall is waiting on, and cuddling with each other in quiet reflection.

Reviewed by Master Peter

Secrets and Lords by Justine Elyot secretsandlords

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

While this was an interesting book with a good story line and complicated characters, to label it as BDSM is ridiculous. It is simply a historical romance, set in England in the 1920′s.

The closest it comes to BDSM is a little bedroom bondage, where first the hero ties up the heroine, and then she reverses things.

The story revolves around Edie Crossland, who comes to Deverell Hall posing as a serving maid. What no one realizes is that the current Lady Deverell , formerly a notorious actress, is Edie’s mother. Edie had only found out recently the truth and wanted to meet her mother without the woman knowing.

But in learning about her mother, she runs afoul of Charles Deverell, the oldest son of the house.  Everyone warns her against forming an alliance with Charles, but she ultimately cannot help herself-and neither can he. Complicating the relationship is Edie’s dedication to the Suffragette cause. Can these two mismatched lovers overcome the complications and find their HEA?

The two main characters are well written, with believable dialogue, complex motivation, and actions appropriate for the time.

Overall, I would rate this as four paddles for story and 1 paddle for kink.

Reviewed by Karen

Out of the Shadows and Into the Darkness by Senta Holland outofthe

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

The realities of BDSM can be harsh.  Senta finds this to be all too true in her journey of self-discovery. This story is written in a “stream of conscious” prose. It’s neither poetry nor lyrical. It comes across as a young girl writing in her diary. The question is, can the reader trust what the girl is writing in her diary or is everything a fabrication of her imagination?

Senta is a supposed British ex-patriate living in Bangkok. She meets the man of her dreams.  This man is a wealthy American living the high life with his wife. However, he finds a piece of himself missing. This essential piece is his need for BDSM. The story is narrated in first person from Senta’s point of view.

Ms. Holland took a chance here and wrote not only in first person but also in a telling rather than showing style. I am neither a fan of first person narrative nor do I like being talked at with philosophical lectures. Based on her style of prose, it appears there is willful breaking of grammatical rules. Commas and quotations are violated as well as traditional sentence structure.

From a story telling perspective, this tale is hard to enjoy. For one thing, I’ve been an ex-pat to a foreign country. My experiences as an ex-pat are not too different than the character, Senta. Even the experiences of Senta from a BDSM exposure isn’t that different from mine. What is trying is the way the story is written. Instead of being treated sensual scenes of BDSM, the reader is forced through a long lecture of BDSM posers versus real BDSM lifestylers. While the character states in several instances how she is not judgmental of kinks different from her lifestyle, it falls flat because there is no demonstration of her lack of judgment. The constant philosophizing about the BDSM adventure grew tedious. If Ms. Holland could have presented a fresh look or deep analysis about BDSM, even just a specific act, then this would cause the reader to think about it. Instead, the analysis came across shallow through questions presented than points to ponder. Senta is no Dagny coming to an epiphany as in Atlas Shrugged. Instead, Senta comes across more of a confused Daisy in the Great Gatsby.

This book did try to come across as a deeper journey with meaning into an alternative lifestyle through sacrifice and love lost. Instead it showcased a foolish woman taken for granted. Many times, Senta would try a counter argue about how people felt she was throwing her life away.  She’d argue how her independence and her livelihood is built on a solid foundation. Yet the constant insecure thoughts of not seeing her “Nai” again negates her protests of great love. Each time Senta would wave her wand and explain away the failures with some kind of delusional emotion. Even the ending of the story is odd as Senta chooses willful ignorance and declares to love forever more. She is devoted to someone who is not willing to do the same for her. Perhaps it’s because I prefer logic over sentiment that this story doesn’t work for me at all. Or perhaps it’s because the I don’t need Ms. Holland’s explanation of BDSM beaten into me with a hammer like effect.

At times, I couldn’t tell if Ms. Holland was trying to write a cautionary BDSM non-fiction advice book or if it was a lover scorned memoir. Either way, it didn’t match the story blurb. My expectation was to read about a journey of self-discovery into the BDSM lifestyle accented with love and hot sex scenes. Instead, the BDSM scenes were unsatisfactory and the love was more an obsession unfulfilled.

The basic concepts of D/s were missed here. Where is the trust and open communication? From the start, the D/s is hidden and while there is a poking fun of “negotiations”, there were no real scenes of power exchange. The reader was treated to flowery prose of how awesome Senta felt submitting to her “Nai”. It reminds me of vapor ware. This reader is not buying it. The reader is told the D/s is there but in actuality, it’s just a concept tossed in without any concrete applications. One could argue the BD existed through the scene with chaining. Or even that SM was carried out with the whippings and canings. From my perspective, the scenes didn’t even make sense. And it was clear from Senta’s point of view the chaining didn’t do anything for her.  She wasn’t aroused nor did see feel any erotic power exchange. Why was Senta caned? Beats me. It was for some punishment that flew by me. Perhaps it was the lack of proper sentence structure and paragraphs which caused my mind to miss it.

My recommendation for Ms. Holland is to drop the lecture tone and cease with the constant mentioning of BDSM. It is possible to write a BDSM story without ever using the term BDSM.  This is accomplished by showing rather than telling. I also recommend against using first person.  There are some authors who can write in first person very well. This is because their character is designed to be an everyday person who can be relatable and admired. Senta the character is neither relatable nor admirable. I feel only pity for her hallucinations. This book is a difficult read. Perhaps those who enjoy streams of consciousness and illicit confessions would enjoy this tale.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Something Twisted This Way Comes by Kyoko Church

http://www.amazon.com/My-Secret-Life-ebook/dp/B007E3ERTQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1358025057&sr=1-1&keywords=my+secret+life+what+only+i+know

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

This is a short story that is part of a larger anthology called My Secret Life.  Paul has a problem: he suffers from premature ejaculation.  It is his shame, and something he has never dared deal with.

Then he meets Mistress.  In one look in an elevator, she recognizes he has issues and takes him under her wing for “therapy.”  This includes humiliation, but not shame.  He embraces the humiliation she heaps on him.  When she stops seeing him after three weeks, he feels as if she has reconnected him to life.

While the story was well written and edited, it didn’t connect emotionally.  Paul is a rather sad character and although “Mistress” helps him, she comes across as cold and manipulative.

Reviewed by Karen