The 18th Floor
Sizzler Editions [link to us]
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles
Alexa has been eying her coworker Sebastian for some time now. When a chance meeting in a conference room and some boldness that Alexa never knew she had, brings them together the sparks fly. When both Alexa’s and Sebastian’s pasts come looking for them they both must learn to trust each other and their love.
Sebastian is a nice man and a good Dom when it comes to Alexa. He is willing to bring her into his world slowly. Alexa is more than willing to try new things with Sebastian and longs to please him. While I enjoyed seeing their relationship start to develop Sebastian and Alexa were not for me. I had a hard time connecting with them and found this book a dry read at times. I would have liked a bit more character development. Both have their past show up and quickly dealt with. Sebastian’s problems with his past seem like a blip in the story that seem to have not really been dealt with completely and while Alexa’s past is dealt with more in the book it still seemed a bit rushed.
As this is a review site for BDSM books and such I will mention the sex. There is a lot and most of it with Alexa and Sebastian is light on the BDSM. There is one scene where he shows her his lifestyle and his friends, which does include Alexa watching a flogging but that is about the extent of it. I would have enjoyed a bit more diversity in their sex; it seemed to me that the spanking was a bit overdone. I know it was pivotal to the story and pertained to Alexa’s past as well but at times it got to be much.
Three Men and a Bounty
Siren Publishing [link to buy]
Rating: 1 out of 5 Paddles
Well, partner, what ya got here is a tale of the old west, about three men who find they have a right powerful hankering for each other. As if a menage wasn’t complicated enough, one of the men is a US Marshall, and a former slave. In the post civil war period, that’s a big complication. But wait, the author apparently thought, let’s make it even more complicated. Let’s make one of the other men a shape-shifter, able to take the form of a wolf at will.
There are so many potentially big issues that this story could have addressed, or used to dramatic effect, but most of them get short shrift. James is the black US Marshall, and the oldest of the three men. The racial issue gets brought up often, but when it comes to the other two men, there’s little exploration of how they feel about their attraction to a man of color. This is a constant problem with the story, every issue that should prove a barrier and provide some drama to the story is often simply brushed aside. For more than half the book, we’re told that shifters like Troy, the middle man in the threesome, are feared and hunted down like the animals they become. When Troy decides almost spontaneously to show what he is to his two admirers and shifts into his wolf form, their reaction could easily be summed up as simply, “Cool!” No fear, no suspicion, nothing. Just instant acceptance with few, if any, questions.
Phaze Books [link to buy]
Rating: 2 out of 5 Paddles
Ryan Lerner is constantly being approached by gorgeous woman because of his job. However, none of them have drawn his attention like the spunky and petite mocha-skinned Ajana Bennett that is begging him to help her clear her name. He always thought he didn’t want a woman’s company for more than a quick night of sex, but that all goes out the window when Ajana ends up sneaking her way into his well-protected heart.
Yet, will her secret make him change his mind or will he do everything in his power to prove her innocence and make her his woman.
I was very disappointed in Caught. This is almost a prelude to a longer story. I have since found out that there is a collection of stories that pulls things together. But, if you were to just pick up Caught, it isn’t a satisfying read.
Ajana is an accused thief and is out to prove her innocence. But, sexy detective Ryan is sure that she is guilty. When she shows up at his house one night to prove herself, the sparks fly between them. Now, she has to get Ryan to believe her and start looking for the thief elsewhere.
A great concept! I was really looking forward to this!
Sadly, the approximately 50 pages of this book did not lead to any conclusion. A steamy scene and then Ajana disappears – leaving Ryan with even more questions. I will say the writing was good; I did get involved in the story quickly and would like to finish it at some point. But, not knowing ahead of time that this is a short cliff-hanger of a story didn’t sit well.