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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.

Halloween Submission

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

Halloween Submission by Bonnie Bliss



Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


When friends and family conspire to get Tom and Lucy together will love blossom? A special Halloween costume party brings Tom and Lucy together and enjoying themselves. Will they continue to enjoy it all once they know their true identities?

This story may be short but it still packs a punch. The characters are brought vividly to life and emotions run high. So much happens in such a  short while. Both Tom and Lucy have intense feelings and are afraid of what the other will think of them. When the two find themselves together at Halloween their worlds turn upside down. The reader gets a glimpse into their lives with this book. The author does a wonderful job of pulling the reader into the story yet the quick pace of the story and its resolution makes the reader feel like you are missing something. A little more story development would have been nice. All the characters make you take notice, from Tom and Lucy to Millie. Bonnie Bliss has begun a nice series with this book. Many readers will enjoy the world she has created in Chicago for these books.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Bondage on the 4th of July by Bonnie Bliss



Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5


Millie Newton has been in love with her neighbor and best friend, Brad Cooper for as long as she can remember. She harbored a secret crush for years, hoping for the one chance with him. It was stolen from her when he enlisted in the Marines, and was sent away. The last time he was home on leave she missed him. This time, at the 4th of July block party she knows it is her chance to get what she wants. Only a surprise has come along with Brad, his buddy, Kenny Willet. She has no clue that Brad is a Dominant in the BDSM scene in Chicago, and Kenny is a Sexual Sadist. Millie simply decides its time. When Brad and Kenny decide they want her together, fireworks erupt in a 4th of July spectacular that none of them anticipated.

Bonnie handles writing a shorter story very well. Was I hoping for more afterwards? Well, yes. But I think with the length of the book it was well balanced.

We got just enough background on Millie and Brad to not be in the dark of their feelings for one another. One thing I do wish is that we learned a bit more about Kenny. He was very much an equal part of the threesome, but I feel like he was in the background for most of the story.

For me this read more as a Menage than BDSM. Yes, Brad and Kenny practice the BDSM lifestyle, but this scene being held at a backyard barbecue kind of hindered their ability to show the extent of what the reader knows they are capable of. It was a bit of a tease and I would like to see them in a club like they eluded to for sure!

Overall a HOT, but short and sweet menage/BDSM story!

Reviewed by Cami

Whips and Wax: A Dominance Novella
Bonnie Bliss
Irish Wolf Publishing [link to buy]

Story rating: 2 out 5 Paddles

The book has a relaxed tone and within the first few lines it’s apparent that the author is writing for a mainstream audience. The story mirrors the reader by having the main character reading erotica from her e reader. The plot follows the events of a couple through out the course of one day and the BDSM sessions they have while the kids are at school. The tone of the book is that of an almost pure descriptive narrative with very little sense of emotion. You find yourself reading the sex but not following in your mind and the writing struggles to capture the readers full imagination. The book unfortunately reads as though the author has omitted the power and emotional states and actions that BDSM sessions can carry.

A simple quick book for a reader who wants a gently voyeuristic walk into how a possible BDSM relationship can work in a domestic setting.

Reviewed by Catherine

Dominance: Chains & Chocolate
Bonnie Bliss
Irish Wolf Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles

Marie and Neil have been learning about BDSM. Marie anticipates the time her husband will let her see what he has been working on in the basement.

This was a fun read. I enjoyed Marie’s enthusiasm as well as her childlike enthusiasm for some things. Neil was so devious but in a fun sort of way. I have to give the author credit as she painted very vivid pictures of the scenes between Neil and Marie. I felt I was right in the dungeon with Marie and I would like to have that dungeon in my own house. If you need a good quick fun read then read this book. I will be reading this one again.

Note: This work is a novella.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress