Summer Sins by Kathy Kulig
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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Summer Sins is a novella that tells the story of Emma Fallon and Adrian Cayne. Emma is a journalist who writes for Scandal, a tabloid magazine. Her current assignment is to infiltrate TropiX, an exclusive sex club in southern Florida, and write a salacious story about the events going on there and the famous people participating in them. Emma is at TropiX to get her story, but also to explore the BDSM lifestyle for herself. While at TropiX, Emma is introduced to Dr. Adrian Cayne, a neurosurgeon and a well-respected Dom who has been off the dating market for the past 6 months. Adrian has been burned by past submissives who have jeopardized his career and broken his trust. While there is instant chemistry and attraction between the two, will it be enough to entice Adrian to venture into the dating pool again, and if he does, will Emma’s secret of writing for Scandal destroy any hope of a lasting relationship?
Summer Sins is a story of exploration and discovery. The book is well written and grabs the reader’s interest from the very beginning. The characters are well developed and are very three dimensional. The interactions between the characters are logical, their motivations make sense and the reader can feel the chemistry between the characters. There are a couple of places in the book where the reader is not easily identified. However, the quality of the story itself makes up for the minor inconvenience of trying to figure out the speaker in a couple of interactions.
The kink factor was pretty good. The main characters engage in voyeurism at the club and take part in a discrete public scene in a restaurant. They also partake in spanking, high protocol and bondage. The kink scenes are well described and exciting.
Overall, Summer Sins was a fun and engaging read and is highly recommended for those who are looking for a good story that is not a full length novel.
Reviewed by: Christine M.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Volume 1 – Anthology
Jaid Black, Laurann Dohner, Desiree Holt, Eliza Knight, Kathy Kulig, and Mel Teshco
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
This anthology is made up of six very different stories. Some have a BDSM theme, some dabble in BDSM elements and others are just plain erotic. I should say all of them are erotic in their own right and almost all of them have some type of paranormal trend running through them.
If you enjoy the paranormal (aliens, dragons, time-travel) then you won’t want to miss this anthology. There is a little bit here for everyone and each story is roughly 30 pages so they have a lot more to them than some anthologies. Each story will take you to a new place with new experiences and then wrap up enough to let you move on to the next one.
While not a BDSM themed anthology, this is one I am glad I got the chance to read. There is a lot of variety and sizzle in these stories. I think that everyone will enjoy this mixture of characters and the erotic elements that come along with them. It is a fun book to let your mind wander and enjoy a few new worlds designed by talented writers.
Reviewed by Star
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Dana wants to explore something she had only read about and accidentally saw a scene at the castle she was working at. Jack was very careful about explaining things and I liked that he was also willing to stop everything before it got started because he wasn’t sure about either himself or her. Dana wasn’t sure she even wanted to stay in Ireland because of her job and family.
For a woman with the job she had before she went to Ireland, Dana wanted a lot of guarantees before making a decision whether she wanted to stay with Jack. This was the interesting part where the club called Unfettered came into play. I think Dana tried to over think everything and not let herself truly submit to Jack. Both seemed to be frustrated but I liked the way Ms. Kulig resolved the issues between them.
This book is part of the 1-800-DOM-help series that revolves around a club called Unfettered. It was quite interesting how the author wove it into this story. It would be fun to have such a club with the type of help it gives for people with questions in real life. It will be fun to read the rest of the series as this was a wonderful story.