Story Rating: 2.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Bondage on the 4th of July
Brad is home on leave for the Fourth of July and eager to reconnect with his childhood friend Tom and his kid sister Millie. Though he’s always wanted more in the relationship he has with Millie, out of respect for her brother Brad has kept the relationship strictly platonic.
Brad’s also brought home a friend from his unit. Kenny takes an instant liking to Millie and suggests that he and Brad should hook up with her and show her the ways of Dominance and submission. During the neighborhood picnic Brad and Kenny get Millie sitting between them and begin their seduction. When Millie’s brother Tom sees what’s happening he shuts down the public play and warns the men away from his sister. The three men manage to settle things without coming to blows leaving Brad and Kenny to pursue Millie with Tom’s blessing.
The entire story is a bit trite and the resolution between the men seems very forced to me. Tom has dissuaded Brad from his sister for years and now he does a complete one-eighty and gives his blessing to the union. And not just a union with Brad but with Kenny too? It’s an unbelievable ending.
First off – this should be read before the Fourth of July story. It’s the same characters and these stories are out of order.
This is Tom’s story of how he found his submissive. Lucy is Millie’s best friend and Millie works with Tom’s co-worker to hook the two up at a BDSM Halloween party. Neither party knows who the other is at the beginning of the play. Lucy figures out it’s Tom fairly quickly but Tom doesn’t know it’s Lucy. All he knows it this is his perfect sub, the masochist to his Sadist. When he realizes Lucy is the one he’s had the time of his life with, he has a slight panic attack, takes off leaving her restrained and in subspace.
Once more it’s a little hard for me to believe that a skilled Dom would just freak out and leave his sub hanging in subspace with no one around to help them come down, or in this case remove her bonds.
A Slave for Christmas (Kenny’s story)
Of the three shorts in this edition, this one is the fullest as far as the characters are concerned. This story I connected with them and understood their motivation.
Kenny has been wounded in battle, Brad makes sure he holds on long enough to be rescued and airlifted to get the medical attention he needs. In his moment of thinking he’s about to die, Kenny lets Brad know he is releasing his claim on Millie, giving her freely to Brad. Kenny now knows he needs to have his own one true submissive. Someone just for him. He needs monogamy.
Holed up in the hospital for recovery, Kenny feels drawn to one nurse, yet her take charge persona rails against his Dom. She’s too independent, too strong willed to be submissive. She’s the only one he makes any kind of connection with, and he refuses to scare her off by revealing his true nature.
Lindsay knows Kenny immediately. She may look different now, but he is still as fine and enticing as he was in high school. Apparently her joining the Navy changed her enough from the nerd who tutored the jocks so that she is unrecognizable to her former tutee. When she catches glimpses of his inner Dom, she begins to wonder if maybe they could be more than patient and nurse. She has suppressed her submissive side for fear of being rejected, left alone after one night of passion. It happened to her once, she won’t let it happen again.
In a slight bit of comedic chatter, Kenny let’s slip his need to dominate someone and Lindsay let’s out that she is a sub. It takes some intervention on the part of one of Lindsay’s coworkers to actually get the two together but it does happen. Once Lindsay begins to let her mind rule over her inner voice, she freaks, leaves Kenny while he’s sleeping and high tails it home for the rest of the holiday in the hopes of never seeing him again, even though she doesn’t want to let him go.
Kenny uses everything available to him to track her down and reclaim what is his.
One of the issues I have with all three stories, Ms. Bliss is great at building up to the actual sex act, but then she glosses over the copulation with a few sentences before sending her characters off to bed, or running away for stupid reasons. The balance between the kink and the sex is off. The kink is the buildup to the climax, but I never really felt the satisfaction of release from her characters.
Reviewed by Mary