Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf by Marianne LaCroix
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Marianne Lacroix has crafted an erotic fairy tale romance that works on so many levels. In Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf “Wolfman” Jack is tried for the crime of eating Little Red’s grandmother (who wasn’t complaining at the time). Of course, he escapes, but to tell you how and where he goes would ruin part of the story. Marianne has managed to seamlessly blend three genres with a level of skill I’ve only seen a couple of times in the past.
First, we have the fairy tale. We get to meet many of our childhood favorites in a thoroughly adult context. We get to see Jack and Jill, giants, sugar plum fairies, changelings, and three little pigs. There is magic, quests, and dashing rogues. I couldn’t help but smile at the familiar references in an adult story.
Lovers of romance will get their fill in this delightful book, as well; in double vision. The captive fairy can’t love the giant, while the changeling pines for the same giant from near afar (trust me, that will make sense). Lovers waver and worry before finding their happiness; all the stuff that makes romance the genre it is.
As for the erotic, Ms. Lacroix knows her stuff. While using more euphemisms than I like, it is exactly what her romance fans are looking for, as well as what the fairy tale aspects demand. The sex is well described with a vividness that makes you believe you can see, hear and smell. You’ll feel like taking your own lover after some of the scenes. While not, primarily a BDSM novel, it has enough BDSM to satisfy the aficionado.
“Pleasing her, giving her enjoyment in using me, was my greatest fetish.”
That line is from my latest release included in the Sizzler Editions anthology BOUND FOR LOVE [link]. My story, Tie Me Up and Spank Me, is a Femdom short story told from the male submissive’s point of view. He adores his Mistress and will do anything to make her happy.
What kinds of things will a male submissive do to make his dominant happy? In my story he is feminized where he dresses like a schoolgirl–plaid skirt, thigh high stockings and high heel Mary Janes, and a thong. He doesn’t just dress like the naughty school girl, he was ordered to do so. Why? Because it is what she wished.
Many vanilla people can’t understand why someone would subject himself to humiliation like cross dressing for his Domme. They don’t get why a man would want to be humiliated in the first place. It’s simple–its a kink. No one can really explain the why to any specific kink like a foot fetish or a desire to wear ladies’ panties. Simply put, it is arousing for that individual. In the case of a man desiring to dress in a skirt and heels, it is arousing in some manner for him and his Mistress. She may be amused by his strut in heels, and he enjoys making her happy in doing it. It can be he desires to be feminized simply to be humiliated, brought to his knees to a place where he loses control. There are a number of reasons…and these are only a few.
Ellora’s Cave [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Vicki wants one thing for Christmas-Mr. Robertson. Sucking on a juicy red lollipop and dressed in a short plaid skirt, killer heels and pigtails, Vicki struts into his office, offering lip service to the straitlaced teacher in exchange for a passing grade in algebra. But he will not be bribed. In fact, her proposition earns her a spot over his knee and her skirt hiked up for one heck of a spanking. Before the night is through, Vicki learns several lessons at the capable hands of Mr. Robertson.
If you are looking for a hot holiday story, pick up Rosy Cheeks. I dare say you won’t be disappointed as Vicki makes sure she gets what she wants for Christmas. Rosy Cheeks is a very quick story, but once you start, you won’t want to put it down. Ms. LaCroix weaves a wonderful fantasy come to life within just a few pages. The characters are believable and fun as they give new meaning to the student teacher relationship.
There were a few moments at the beginning of the story where I wasn’t sure I was going to like where it was headed, but within a few pages, I adored Vicki and Mr. Robertson and was fully engrossed in this tale. I was actually wondering where I could get an outfit like Vicki’s and go after what I want for Christmas too! Mr. Robertson is just the teacher Vicki needs to teach her algebra and pleasure.
I love submissive men, especially when they are outwardly Alpha to the world. I think it is incredibly sexy for a strong, powerful man to fall to his knees before a strong Woman and his only wish is to please Her, his Domme.
I wrote the following post over at the 1-800-DOM-help blog over the summer. I still feel it is true–submissive men can be Alpha. Not all submissive men are super thin weaklings. Its an over exaggerated stereotyped version of submissive men. Anyway read on and let me know what you think.
As I write Leather Becomes Her (a part of the 1-800-DOM-help series from Ellora’s Cave), my story is of a dominant woman meeting her submissive, but the submissive hero in the book is NOT a beta. My question is, can a man who is Alpha be submissive? Does submission change his role from Alpha to beta?
Alpha men can be macho to the world. You’d be surprised at how the power wielding men of society prefer to be brought down in private by submitting. (And some PAY professional Dominants to do it. It has nothing to do with sex, just submission.) They aren’t less Alpha for doing it; their ability to submit makes them stronger. Imagine the lawyer in court fighting a hard case, arguing for his client, butting heads with judges, lawyers, police, etc. Every day, all day, long hours into late nights, week in and week out. They aren’t out to please anyone. They want their way in all things. Win, win, win. These are men of sheer power and dominance–total Alpha males. Many times what does this kind of man wish for in private? Release. The joy of not making any decisions. Letting someone else take control and use him so he can relax. His only desire–to please a dominant figure (in my example, a Mistress).