Tagged: Lisabet Sarai

virginThe Gazillionaire and the Virgin by Lisabet Sarai

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Load up on batteries and make sure your vibrators are charged – Ms. Sarai is in the house. When I first picked up this book, it was purely because of the ridiculous title and the author. A fan of Ms. Sarai, I could not help but want to see what she would do with this overly cliché subject. I expected to have steamy spank-worthy scenes leading to some “me-time”. What I did not expect is to have the gazillionaire to be the female and the male to be the virgin. This is not a femdom story, it is still maledom. Caught off guard, the story hooks me in.

What I enjoyed and liked about this story is that it pokes fun at a trite theme and makes it fresh. The tongue in cheek presentation of uber rich wanting a dewy eyed ingénue is masterfully done in this story. For one thing, there is character development. Rachel Zelinsky may be very rich, but her work ethic and how she thinks is relate-able from a business woman’s perspective. Theo Moore’s character flirts with the current popular misunderstood Asperger male. Right now, these types of men are hot and sexy. I cannot explain this phenomena, but Ms. Sarai does a good job of showing why someone like Theo is attractive to a woman like Rachel. The conflict in this story may be a bit hard to understand for those who do not work in a fast paced IT business world. For me, it makes total sense and helped me appreciate the situation better.

The erotica is blazing hawt. The sex is fun, kinky and a breath of fresh air. Why? Because it involves two people who are human and trying new things together. From a jaded reader, seeing through the eyes of someone exploring their fetishes makes me fall in love with kink all over again. What I also liked is how Ms. Sarai did not make this a “BDSM” story. It is a romance where two people get a little frisky. They try new toys and they like bondage. The kink is fluid and all about how the Rachel and Theo enjoy it. There is no right or wrong. There are no munches or classes. In fact, when Rachel wants to bring Theo to a BDSM club, it all goes south. It is interesting to see from Theo’s perspective why he responded so negatively to the suggestion and Rachel’s previous involvement in the lifestyle. This kinky erotica is recommended to those who enjoy a well written story with smexy good scenes.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Bangkok Noir by Lisabet Sarai Bangkok Noir

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Famous for its deeply entrenched corruption and anything-goes sex trade, Bangkok is an ideal locale for a murder mystery with a kinky subtext such as Bangkok Noir. When a couple of prostitutes turn up bound, gagged, mutilated and dead, life at The Academy, Bangkok’s premier tourist oriented BDSM sex club, is turned upside down. Although the victims were not associated with the club, constant fear and dread by its owner and her staff are inevitable.

The gruesome murders and ruthless corruption are balanced somewhat by exotic settings, unique characters, and expertly orchestrated BDSM scenarios. Written in the first-person, the point of view shifts every other chapter between the ex-pat former professor and her star switch. As the story unfolds, the police colonel investigating the murders initiates a femdom relationship with The Academy’s proprietress, who is a self-professed dyke domme, but seems to enjoy their arrangement anyway. This is definitely one of the most original D/s themed books I have read in a very long time. The exquisitely kinky and erotic BDSM play is just a bonus.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Bangkok Noir by Lisabet Sarai Bangkok Noir

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Famous for its deeply entrenched corruption and anything-goes sex trade, Bangkok is an ideal locale for a murder mystery with a kinky subtext such as Bangkok Noir. When a couple of prostitutes turn up bound, gagged, mutilated and dead, life at The Academy, Bangkok’s premier tourist oriented BDSM sex club, is turned upside down. Although the victims were not associated with the club, constant fear and dread by its owner and her staff are inevitable.

The gruesome murders and ruthless corruption are balanced somewhat by exotic settings, unique characters, and expertly orchestrated BDSM scenarios. Written in the first-person, the point of view shifts every other chapter between the ex-pat former professor and her star switch. As the story unfolds, the police colonel investigating the murders initiates a femdom relationship with The Academy’s proprietress, who is a self-professed dyke domme, but seems to enjoy their arrangement anyway. This is definitely one of the most original D/s themed books I have read in a very long time. The exquisitely kinky and erotic BDSM play is just a bonus.

Reviewed by Jim Lyon

lisabetRajasthani Moon by Lisabet Sarai

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ASIN B00D47R9E6

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This is a wild, wicked, insanely sexual story that leaves one gasping after each sex scene. And there are plenty of scenes happening in all various forms. Be prepared to be on the verge of sexual overload for almost the entire book. This story just begs to be read.

The story takes place in the mythical country of Rajasthan, which is written as a country either someplace in the area of India, or perhaps the replacement for India in this world. The time seems to be sometime during the early 20th century, but actual dates are never exposed, except for a brief mention of one of the characters attending college in England in 1898. The English Empire is still alive and well in this book, and the main character, Cecily Harrowsmith, is a secret agent and spy under the employ of the English government, and the Queen. The plot involves Cecily heading to Rajasthan to find out how the country has survived after England has placed them under an embargo of the energy-rich mineral viridium, for not paying taxes to the English Empire. The plot helps to propel the story forward admirably, and the many sexual scenes that take place all seem to help propel the plotline forward, if you take in to account the subplot of the shift of loyalties of the central character.

There is another subplot that comes out about halfway through the book, which helps explain certain aspects that occur in the first half, and one realizes they are also reading a mystical werewolf story as well. Set as the story is in a parallel world to the one we live in, it fits right in with everything else that occurs. Plus, add in a scene at the end where our heroine ends up having a sexual encounter with said werewolf, we again see how sex is used to propel this story along.

The other main characters in this wonderful story are the Rajah Amir, a genius with mechanical devices, some of which he invents to satisfy his sadistic sexual nature. His brother, the cursed Pratan, who lives most of the time out in the wilds and is the first to interact with Cecily when, disguised as a brigand, he hijacks her  transportation and takes Cecily hostage. The final main character is Sarita, Rajah Amir’s consort, sex slave, and childhood betrothed. Sarita’s character starts out rather one dimensional, but is brought to life the farther in to the story one proceeds.

These four eventually, at one time or another engage in most combinations possible (except for brother/brother), including the aforementioned Werewolf/female sex scene towards the end. Apparently Werewolves are hung extremely well and would put the most endowed porn star to shame. Cecily spends much of the book bound, in one form or another and being used in wonderfully sadistic ways by both brothers, and various diabolical devices created to reduce her to a orgasmic mess time and again.

If you are a fan of the Beauty Trilogy or the Anita Blake series or are simply a fan of kinky, sweat inducing sex scenes, this is the book for you. Buy this book, set aside an evening, have your lube and favorite toy on hand, and enjoy a great read. One handed.

Reviewed by Master Peter Raven

Bangkok Noir by Lisabet Sarai

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Sting Factor (kink):

The biggest problem with Bangkok Noir is that it tries too hard. Characters come across as inorganic, the setting is ripped from the
nearest Thailand tourism guide, and the plot is typical murder mystery. Where it deviates from the tried-and-true method of storytelling in a noir style is that the voice changes from one character to another and back. The idea has promise but doesn’t show
total development throughout the book. In contrast to the stories that come out of Thailand of child prostitutes and the ilk, the notion of a BDSM bar being “underground and taboo” smacks of inauthenticity.  The author would have been better off being more genuine about the nature of the bars/clubs/houses instead of trying to enhance their noir grit by making them an “affront to the common morality.” Now, this isn’t to say that there couldn’t be a crackdown on these dens of sin if a rash of murders took place, but the way it is presented is that they operate on a precarious ledge that could be toppled into the realm of lawlessness at any moment.
BDSM plays a central role to the story being told, but it doesn’t have to. Since the author has decided that working in BDSM would be an outlaw profession, it needs more explanation. Lofty terms such as “natural dominance/submission” are bandied about in a further attempt to romanticize the acts within. However, the scenes themselves are fairly well written and descriptive, fully designed to titillate and keep the reader intrigued.  These lovely scenes are draped across a delicate skeleton of setting, creating a disconnect between the intrigue and the erotica.

Reviewed by Lacie

BDSM Book Reviews Author Interview – Lisabet Sarai

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When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

My first book was deeply involved with BDSM. Raw Silk chronicles a woman’s quest to understand her sexuality and her discovery of her submissive nature. Sounds like a million other BDSM books, doesn’t it? LOL. Well, not exactly! The book is set in Thailand and includes a great deal of rather outrageous sex in addition to the BDSM scenes, as Kate explores her fantasies and desires.

I write in many other subgenres of erotica, including erotic romance. I’ve written lesbian and gay stories, ménage, paranormal, science fiction, even a bit of steam punk and historical. I have the strongest personal connection, however, to my BDSM work, because more than anything else, that’s what pushes my own personal buttons, sexually.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?

Yes, Lisabet Sarai is a total figment of my imagination. I live and work overseas, in a country where my writing could get me into a significant amount of hot water, so I work hard to keep my real self and my authorial self separate. On the other hand, I chose the pen name while I was still living in the U.S., so that’s not my only excuse. My real name is pretty ordinary; I wanted the author of Raw Silk to sound exotic and mysterious. I was lucky with the nom de plume I concocted. This was actually when the Internet was in its infancy, but I was fortunate to choose a unique name. As far as I know, I’m the only Lisabet Sarai in the universe – or at least on earth! Certainly if you Google me, you won’t find much competition.

Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I’ve had one BDSM relationship that totally changed my life and my perception of myself. However, I’m not currently active in the BDSM community. My husband, although sexually adventurous, has no interest in any aspect of D/s – he finds my fascination difficult to comprehend. So I rely on my fantasies and my memories.

I’m mostly submissive, though I can imagine playing a dominant role under certain circumstances.  Certainly, I’ve written many tales from the dominant’s perspective.

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

When I was in my mid-twenties, I was initiated into BDSM by one of my lovers. The intensity of that experience marked me forever. G and I had an active (although long distance) relationship for several years, but due to misunderstandings, I married someone else. I don’t regret that, but I still consider G to be my Master. He and I now live half a world away from one another, but we are still in touch. After thirty years, the connection between us remains strong.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

I focus more on the psychological and emotional aspects of BDSM than on the physical. I’m most interested in the experience of surrender on the part of the submissive and the thrill of power when writing from the dominant’s point of view. My books include floggings, spankings, bondage, nipple clamps, electric play, fire play and other kinky activities, but for me, those are expressions of the underlying relationship between the Dom and the sub – not ends in themselves.

One aspect of the power exchange relationship that I find particularly arousing is the sub being “forced” to admit that she (or he) actually wants to be dominated, beaten, and used. The shame and embarrassment only make the situation hotter, in my view. The dominant requires total honesty, but in return, offers the sub acceptance and approval. Those of us who have kinky desires form a special society. It’s incredibly exciting to be recognized and welcomed. 

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

Of course I consider my audience when I write. In particular, since many of my books are erotic romance, I sometimes need to tone down the intensity of my BDSM encounters. Some of my scenes may be too raw for romance readers. On the other hand, I concentrate on what I find most arousing, namely, the psychological and spiritual dynamics of BDSM.

I think there’s a big market for more extreme, physically oriented BDSM than what I write. I could move in that direction, but I suspect I wouldn’t enjoy the process of writing as much. Also, there are so many BDSM clichés – I think some readers are looking for those same familiar (and yes, hot) scenarios. As for me, though, I’d rather produce something more original, even though I know I could write more stereotyped kink that would sell well.

What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?

Many of my books include BDSM. I’ve already mentioned Raw Silk. My novel Incognito includes male dominant, female dominant and F/F scenes, as well as some very kinky age play, cross-dressing, bondage, menage, anonymous sex… well, a bit of everything! Ruby’s Rules includes one of the most intense femdom scenes I’ve ever written, as well as some graphic lesbian BDSM. I have two collections of BDSM short stories available, Rough Caress and my recently released ebook Just a Spanking. Erotic romance fans may enjoy The Understudy (M/F BDSM) or Crossed Hearts (M/M BDSM). Let me think – have I forgotten anything? LOL

Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?

I wish! Not these days. However, I often ask my Master to read and comment on my work.

At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

Of course. It’s what comes most naturally to me, what I return to again and again after experimenting with other genres. It’s part of my soul.

If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

It really depends on what side of the kink fence they’re coming from. I recommend that romance readers try my paranormal BDSM novella Rendezvous or The Understudy. Hard core BDSM afficionados would probably appreciate the stories in Rough Caress or the novel Ruby’s Rules.

What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!

Pistachio, or green tea. Is that kinky enough?

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 Website, links info:

Website: Lisabet’s Fantasy Factory – http://www.lisabetsarai.com

Blog: Beyond Romance – http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

Group blog: Oh Get a Grip – http://ohgetagrip.blogspot.com

Yahoo group: Lisabet’s List – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lisabets_list

Goodreads Author Page – http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/83387.Lisabet_Sarai

Just a Spanking
Lisabet Sarai
Books We Love [link to buy] http://www.amazon.com/Just-Spanking-Dominance-Submission-ebook/dp/B006V2W680/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1333805447&sr=1-1
ASIN B006V2W680

Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

This is playful, high-quality sexy fiction. There are eight stories here, several of which have appeared in other anthologies. I could really have used a table of contents in this one, but that’s an e-book formatting thing, and not something I am grading the anthology on.

I had expected Just a Spanking to be a one-note anthology, and I was okay with that since spanking is a note I really love. The fact that it’s more expansive than that came as a pleasant surprise. The stories are all told from a female point of view. They contain less plot and more action, but they are driven by the characters’ connections to one another, which makes them satisfying. The kink ranges from verbal domination to caning, includes spanking, rope/cable bondage, and some humiliation.

Pick it up if you’d like something that’s an easy, quick read and like your BDSM on the light to medium side with just a few sharper moments for spice. Just a Spanking would be fun to read out loud or share with a partner. My gratitude to the author for the fact that not all the characters are white, able-bodied, young people.

Downsides? Mostly just the ones that come with all short stories: they’re short, so there’s less time to get to know the characters. Hard to call that a flaw, when a good short story does leave you wanting more. The real problem I had was word choice. I realize that diction is a very individual thing for each writer, and each reader has peeve words that they can’t stand, but there were a few un-sexy word choice issues here — mostly of the clinical variety — that kept popping me out of the stories. I will point out that this would not have stood out if everything else had not been so good.

Sarai’s prose is otherwise solid. I was not constantly grating my teeth over grammar, sentence structure, and improper or insufficient use of commas.

The stories:

Just a Spanking – There is very little that is as wonderful as a good spanking, and this captures the appeal of that perfectly. It’s also sharp and clever. I actually laughed out loud at the end.

Wired – A very nice office-based fem-dom piece with light bondage and some really hot sex. I love a writer that knows how to convey a man’s attractiveness.

Ruler – Historical/semi-historical piece, didn’t like it as well, but the caning and spanking was nice. Didn’t like the viewpoint character, but didn’t hate him enough to really enjoy seeing him get his ass beaten. I loved the premise but was lukewarm on the execution.

Silver Bells – Here’s a nice couples male dom piece with a pretty hot three-way, anal, bondage, and D/s. A Christmas story, and I always love those! It’s also really rather sweet. I loved these characters, and loved that the relationship between the main character and her husband was so deeply affectionate, and her husband and his buddy really did come across as old friends.

Sundae, Bloody Sundae – A f/f piece told from the top’s POV! Really evokes the protective feelings and desire to control, as well as the appeal of a good sub. And about a quarter of the way in it takes a completely unexpected turn down the mineshaft of eating disorders. I’m not really sure how to feel about it. On the one hand, fantasy is fantasy,and I can’t deny that the control/loss of control part of an eating disorder has an inherent power dynamic all on its own. I admire a writer who isn’t afraid to explore difficult material. On the other, the dom’s behavior was manipulative and in many ways quite cruel in a context that, as I am personally aware, is not nearly as simple as fiction or fantasy would have you believe. I felt upset for the sub at several points. I’d like to believe in a happily-ever-after for this couple, but I don’t know that I do. Recovery is a bigger bitch than any dominant woman I’ve ever met. Still, a decent story, and Lisabet doesn’t fall into the trap of fetishizing or idolizing the eating disorder or the sub’s thinness. Also bonus points for the dom not realizing what the problem was right away. At least that reinforces the point that it’s not easy to tell who has an eating disorder. So, big ol’ trigger warning on this one. I am actually glad, though, to see the issue discussed at all, and this was a fairly sympathetic treatment of it. I’m an eating disorder survivor and it didn’t make me feel like shit.

Stroke – Really interesting, really good piece about an older Dom who has had a stroke, and the nurse with unsatisfied submissive urges who tends him. There was a lot to like here. I love a good verbal domination scene, just love it, and this one was beautifully done. Just smack-on. Also good to see an older character get some action, and I really appreciate the way this story doesn’t treat disability like something that prevents you from being a good dom, or makes you less dominant. The most intense story in the anthology, and there’s barely any sexual contact. My favorite of the lot.

Quiet Evening At Home – Good story with two very sexy women who discover that they have the same boyfriend, and decide to punish him for cheating. The sexual tension between the female leads was simmering hot, and I wish the story had not ended where and when it did. We get to see the punishment, which is some light bondage and spanking, and that’s fun, but it stopped just when it was getting really hot between the girls. And I just know that they were going to be much,much harder on him, and I am sorry to have missed that.

Limbo – In the near future, a secret network of induced astral-projection parlors allows people to leave their bodies and travel elsewhere. Naturally, like any new technology, it is immediately used to facilitate sex. I loved the touch of the viewpoint character’s lover creating a setting from her stories. And I love the idea that in the dreamlike astral reality, lovers aren’t limited by the necessity for safety that separates fantasy from reality. Dreamlike, the borders of one identity flowing into another, emotion as sensation. . . and limbo as time apart, not time spent together. Very good story, a loving story that leaves us in a good place, perfect for closing the anthology.

Reviewed by Naamah