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Her World Her of Submission by Justine Elyot herworld

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Review:

This is the third volume in a series of novels, charting the relationship between Jasper, a worldly movie director in his thirties and experienced Dominant and Sarah, a young historian and inexperienced submissive.

The first two volumes in the sequence are, His House of Submission and By His Command. It’s not necessary to have read the first two novels but they are so purely pleasurable that it will add to your enjoyment if you do so.

The author is one of my favorite authors in the erotic romance field, and most of her books have a good dose of sophisticated kink. She is a British author and her writing style is elegant, witty and literate and while this book in particular is full of sex and BDSM scenes it’s not at the expense of character development and a good plot.

Jasper and Sarah are drawn together not just by sexual attraction and a love of kink but also by a shared interest in Victoriana. In the first volume, Sarah is hired to catalogue Jasper’s extensive collection of historic artifacts and in this volume there’s a beautiful passage when she recalls her excitement at discovering Jasper’s most treasured collection of historic kinky implements;

“It had been the personal equivalent of uncovering the hoard of Tutankhamen and the golden king was Jasper.

How I had trembled, from a kind of holy fear, at what lay before me “.

Both Jasper and Sarah are very sympathetic, he is eager for commitment and all that it entails, while Sarah, a young woman at the beginning of her career, is more cautious.

I hope the author continues this series, especially as Jasper has persuaded Sarah to act with him in his next feature, which tells the story of a sadistic Victorian gentleman and his submissive maid.

Reviewed by Ariadne

himcoverHim by Cecilia Scott

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Lila is a college teacher who meets a man at a bar, takes him home, sleeps with him and the rest of the 200 pages is about how she obsesses about him. The whole story is about sexual craving that slides into mental anguish. Lila’s sexual experiences with HIM (his name is never mentioned.  He is always referred to as HIM) are the best she’s ever had and she spends all her time away from him thinking about the sex she’d had with him and longing for the next moments spent with him.

I’ve said in previous reviews that reading first person requires that I like the character speaking.  I didn’t like Lila very much. Despite the fact that Lila took care of her mother when she was sick with cancer until she died and despite her helping her landlord, Sam, with his sick wife and then with his properties, I found that Lila was pretty much all about Lila.

Her best friend is pregnant, but Lila is so obsessed about HIM that she can’t be bothered to be polite or loving. Her treatment of the people who love her during this time is appalling and seems constantly excused. What Lila seems to want is to be able to have whatever she wishes without fear of judgment or consequences. There are moments when sanity dawns but Lila is effective at ignoring it. Her visit to a psychiatrist doesn’t yield any changes as Lila pursues her own destruction through her emotional breakdowns.

The sex scenes are quick and there is very little emotional connection between the characters.  Lila has sexual encounters with HIM that clearly mean more to her than they do to her lover. He is only interested in fucking and the fact that Lila seems determined not to see this drove me nuts. She pouts and whines and cries that he neglects her, mistreats her, he isn’t fair. It isn’t pretty or sexy. Yet, men in this story seem to fall for Lila’s magic pussy and especially her breasts.

She sleeps with a student, referred to only as THE BOY, and risks her career to do it. She uses this man and his emotions for her to salve her loneliness and her broken pride. I’m afraid I was unimpressed with Lila’s actions. There’s very little safe sex in this and I found the kink level to be disappointing.

I especially want to address the kink in this book. I don’t believe that “Domination” means this kind of controlling behavior. Yes, the male lover, HIM, is a controlling, manipulative asshole which seems to be Lila’s version of “dominating”. But it isn’t. The book has anal sex (which please please please if you read this, know that anal is NOT done this way by anyone who cares about you) and other erotic components, but I don’t know that I’d say this has much BDSM in it.  If there is, it isn’t safe, sane and consensual.

I think a lot of women can relate to Lila’s experience of sexual obsession and the emotional agony that can rip a safe, comfortable world apart. That said, I think Lila owed some people serious apologies for her behavior and she gives none. She seems to think her presence in their lives is enough of a treat that her bad behavior is excused.

In the end, Lila finds happiness, but even as she speaks about her new life, new boyfriend and new job, she harks back to wanting HIM. Lesson not learned.

The writing was good and I did like the literary quotes at the beginning of each chapter.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get past the self-centered, ego maniacal actions of the main character and it made the book a chore to read for me. This book is straight erotica and I know a lot of readers love this. It had all the flavor of “9 1/2 weeks” with less of the sensation play. Just because I couldn’t get past my rather romantic ideas of characters and stories, doesn’t mean someone else won’t enjoy it.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

Charm by Flora Dain charm

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Charm is an entire book about BDSM without ever really mentioning the initials.

After Ella walks in on her boyfriend with another woman, she runs out of the gala and kisses the first man she meets on the street, a man she later learns is millionaire Darnley Wolfe. They spend a passionate night together and she doesn’t see him for a year, when she runs into him by accident while planning to meet her ex, Ryan.

The two continue to explore each other and delve more and more into Darnley taking control in the bedroom. In the background is the complication of her ex, the secrets in Darnley’s family and the attitude a number of people have that Ella isn’t good enough for Darnley.

The book was choppy in the beginning, but the writing smoothed out as the relationship progressed. I had a couple of other problems with the book: one, Ella teaches at a university but people put her down as a nobody. Most professors are people of substance, not necessarily rich, but not scum, either. My other concern is that this is part one of a trilogy-but at least it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger.

The BDSM includes bondage, biting, orgasm denial, and flogging. While Darnley admits to training as a Dom and talks to Ella about bondage and more, the idea of BDSM is introduced slowly.

This was an interesting book that I enjoyed after getting past the staccato tone of the first part of the book.

Submitted by Karen H

lostinyouLost in You by Sommer Marsden

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Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Trapped inside a luxury mall during a violent storm, small town girl, Clover Brite, is thrust into the arms of international playboy Dorian Martin. Lighting strikes inside the building as well as outside…

Clover is the site manager for the renovation of the Baltimore Rotunda and first meets the owner, Dorian, when the ‘storm of the century’ traps the two of them inside the luxury mall. Upscale stores surround them and all are available at the end of Dorian’s keyring, and though money doesn’t impress her much, they begin to fall for each other.

Too aware of the differences between them and struggling with angst from her childhood, Clover flees back to her small town world. Dorian follows in hot pursuit. But will Clover realise that what happened that stormy night could lead to a future?

Review:

As a romance novel goes, this book was okay. It had an okay story line and okay characters. The male lead, Dorian, quite frankly, was a bit of a wuss. The only time he was actually somewhat forceful was in a few of the sex scenes and not even really then. There was a good connection between Clover and Dorian…and the angst that they go through was the only thing semi-interesting about the book. As far as an erotic/BDSM book there were no true D/s aspects in this book at all. However if you’re looking for a romance with just a teeny hint of kink, this book could be for you.

Review by Cat

witchhunterWitch Hunter by Willow Sears

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ASIN B00DTKW0WY

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

I’m not entirely sure what to make of this one, because I’m not entirely sure how seriously to take it. Let me explain. No, there is too much.  Let me sum up.

Hot on the tail of a series of disappearances, stripling reporter Mimi returns to the little English village of her birth, only to discover that a witch named Morgana, actually the mortal reincarnation of the goddess/priestess Paculla Annia, has reestablished her mystery cult on an estate off in the hills, where she and her sex-crazed cultists and abducted male slaves hold their bacchanalian orgies.

The witch’s Vader and the villain of the piece, Haydn Shady, is a seriously unstable homorepressed crazy-as-balls giant dude who thinks he is literally the Kurgan from the first Highlander movie, and he has been chosen by Morgana/Paculla Annia to be an object of worship for her modern-day bacchantes, who are all abductees taken from a weight-loss program, shipped to the United States for cosmetic surgery and asshole bleaching to make them look “perfect” and more like her, then brought back to be trained in the ways of the ancient rites so that they can run down human sacrifices in the fields of merry olde Englande and have lots of riotous orgies.

Well, to be fair, the running down human sacrifices part is really Shady’s idea of a good time, and that’s the fate he has in mind for Mimi once he discovers her snooping around.  The witch Morgana wants her for a lover; she’s sort of overwhelmingly creepy about it, but at least it doesn’t involve human sacrifice. Now Morgana must face and deal with the monster she has created in Haydn Shady, and Mimi is caught at the center of it, barely able to understand what is happening to her.

If you think this sounds both utterly hilarious and completely insane, you would be correct. I think, but cannot be certain, that this was meant to be tongue-in-cheek humorous throughout (I hope so, because I don’t want to be insulting) but if so, the story takes itself seriously, and the intent is betrayed only in the absolutely superb comedic timing evident in the prose.

Intentional or not, it turns the book into something like a work of genius. About a third of the way in, my inner protestations that it was kind of awful vanished, and I realized I was reading something so profoundly, enthusiastically bizarre that it no longer mattered whether the awfulness was intentional. It was sublime. It reminded me of cult movie classic Lair of the White Worm in that way. Yes, I absolutely mean that as a compliment.  There were points at which I was knuckling away genuine tears of mirth.

The book flits from kink to kink, never lingering long in one place, and never making such a focused study of any of them that it would be right to single any out as central.  Humiliation, spanking, a little bit of forced exercise, lactation, anal sex, double penetration, grudging and insistently no-homo (sorry, dude, so homo) bicuriosity, fucking machines, masturbation, mind control. . . . I’m probably forgetting as many as I am listing.  It takes a sort of shotgun approach to kinks, slinging perversity around like J-lube at a competitive fisting event, so that there’s guaranteed to be something here that you’re into, as well as something you aren’t.  (I, having survived an eating disorder, was almost unable to persevere through the first third of the book, but that avenue was abandoned, and I am very, very glad I persisted, because it was at about that point it really got going.  In a feat sadly unusual for fetish stories of the sort, it does manage to deal with forced weight loss without too horrendously demonizing or fetishizing certain types of body.  I didn’t get the sense these were the author’s views, though because those are common opinions, they may well be. So, kudos on that. And also, you know, mild-moderate trigger warning if you have ED issues.)

Its only real flaw comes in being so intentionally/unintentionally/I-don’t-even-know-anymore hilarious that it was difficult – no, more or less impossible – to read most of it for purposes of wanking. The hotness was not enough to overcome my ongoing amusement.

There were a couple of notable exceptions: the scenes between Morgana and Mimi were all pretty hot, especially the last one; and the unsubtly threatening scene between Dominic and Shady was totally unexpectedly steamy but also probably my favorite, despite me not liking either of the characters as people.

The plot was well-constructed, the book was well-paced, the shifts between point of view were handled well and each voice was distinct. This is the work of someone who knows what they are doing on a structural level . . . and they chose to do this. Which, for reasons I find difficult to articulate, brings me near the brink of happy tears.

The frenzied, orgiastic climax was suitably bizarre, alarming, and insane; the resolution was handled very well, and I found it satisfying. Room is left for a sequel, and I do hope there will be one, but it all ties up neatly with a bow and will stand on its own.

The extraordinary thing is that there’s some respectable lunges made in the direction of historical accuracy here, and I found that both laudable and refreshing. I enjoy urban fantasy, modern witchcraft type stories, and I enjoy seeing how people reimagine gods and magic and so forth, but I do also like to see people take something that was real and use it.

As a fan of the first Highlander movie and the associated soundtrack – arguably the best soundtrack in the history of soundtracks – my greatest disappointment in the book is that the author did not take the opportunity to have her seriously crazed villain deliver the classic Kurgan line “Give me the prize!” just before plunging balls-deep into some hapless fat-bottomed cultist. It’s enough to make the baby Freddie Mercury cry. This could be remedied in a sequel.

Bottom line, you should probably read this. You will either not see what I’m talking about, take it seriously, and think it’s a rollicking good time, or you will see exactly what I’m getting at, laugh your ass off, and think it’s a rollicking good time. In the latter case, I recommend friends and booze.

Reviewed by Naamah

runtoyouRun to You by Charlotte Stein

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ASIN B00DFPDB2G

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Review:

Run to You’ revolves around a woman who feels she is plain and boring. The “Sting Factor” on this story has more to do with the mental side of BDSM than it does with the physical side. There is one scene involving handcuffs, although they are mentioned being put on, but that is about the extent of their use. There is mention of a silver cane, but other than a possible brushing on Alissa’s skin, it is never used in the story. The most used object is in fact a silk scarf, which is used for some sensory play. However, the kink factor comes in with the D/s nature of the relationship that develops between Janos and Alissa.

There are multiple scenes in ‘Run to You’, and while they at times have a feel about them of restraint, they are still more than well written enough to turn on any reader. The sex scenes do build throughout the book, starting slow and building with each one, raising the reader’s interest with each one as they start out very restrained and controlled, and slowly become more out of control. The scenes mirror the changes occurring in both Alissa and Janos during the course of the book. Alissa has always seen herself as a dull, boring, mousey girl. Suddenly she is involved in a budding relationship where she is the center of a gorgeous man’s attention. A man who seems to know what she thinks, and knows how to push all her hidden buttons. Even the buttons she kept hidden from herself.

Janos, however as stated, starts out extremely in control of himself, to the point of coming across as cold. Surprisingly in a happy way, Janos does not cross the line between dominant and domineering, although there are times where the reader may think so, as seen through Alissa’s emotions. But once the full picture of Janos’s actions is seen, he is always the Dominant, even while he is falling in love with Alissa and slowly letting his self-control slip.

‘Run to You’ is a D/s love story, plain and simple. It is nice to see a D/s love story handled as well as the story of Alissa and Janos is. There are wonderful side stories built in, like how Janos handles Alissa’s boss after he hears her boss be insulting to her while Janos and Alissa are on the phone. The way the author presents Alissa, and her self-doubts, hopes, and dreams is wonderfully done. As far as Janos, the feeling the reader has at first is of a sadistic dominant, but by the end it is evident Janos is a white knight. This, it just so happens, is exactly what Alissa needs to become who she truly is.

This is a great read and a wonderful story, and does a good job of turning on the reader. The view of the D/s relationship developing is handled wonderfully. The only downside, and it is a small one, is the lack of a fuller description of Alissa herself. While the reader seems to have every little detail of the appearance of Janos, Alissa is always left a little vague. This will work well for those readers who wish to identify with Alissa, but for those who identify with Janos, it leaves one wanting.

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

donotdisturbDo Not Disturb by various authors

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Do Not Disturb is a collection surrounding erotica and sex with a theme location – hotel rooms. It is quite apropos this reader read the anthology on a business trip whilst staying in a lovely hotel room.  Every single story is a steamy erotic read. There is not a bad one in the bunch. 

The authors titillate a reader through their witty dialog or blast the reader with arousing imagery.  My favorite one is by Ms. de Fer. It ends right as it gets really good.

‘I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time,’ Emma said, her warmth as genuine as a prostitute’s orgasm. (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.86)

‘Someday I’m going to tie you down spread-eagled over a table in the kitchen with Jean-Michel,’ he said, his words punctuated by powerful thrusts. ‘We’ll take turns licking honey off your nipples and then he can have your pussy while I fuck your arse.’ (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.95)

‘No, you’re not,’ Lord Charnock said, and Emma caught the hint of a smile in his expression. He seated himself on the ottoman at the foot of the bed and rolled up his right sleeve. Then he patted his knee. (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.98)

Reading through all these sexually explicit tales, it makes a reader wonder what goes on in a hotel room. When the do not disturb sign hangs off a hotel door knob, what is happening behind the closed doors?  Will it be like Ms. Kitten’s “Ssshh, No Speaking!” ? Will there be strangers enjoying a hard fucking without words? Or will there be a naughty student seducing a professor such as “Poisons” by Cèsar Sanchez Zapata? The one which is a completely guilty pleasure is Suite Surrender by Willow Sears. Generally, I avoid stories with this plot device. Ms. Sears does a spectacular job with mind fucking both the reader and poor husband. From hotel staff behaving badly to married couples kick starting their sex life again, all of it is a treat to read before bedtime. It also encourages a reader to act a bit more daring whilst staying in a hotel. Hotel sex seems to be more exciting. This erotic collection is recommended to kinky readers who want a guaranteed arousing time.

Reviewed by Book Addict

silverchainThe Silver Chain by Primula Bond

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ISBN-10: 000752417X

ISBN-13: 978-0007524174

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Serena escapes the place she grew up in and moves to London where she meets Gustav.  Gustav sees Serena’s art and makes a deal with her-become his for the duration of her show and all her works are sold.

The Silver Chain started a little slow for me, but the story becomes very intriguing as readers learn more about Serena and Gustav. Both have some very big issues when it comes to relationships. I really liked that Serena stood up for herself and let Gustav know she wanted more than he was giving her.

One major issue Gustav has is one that a lot of people have-learning to trust and find a good relationship after getting screwed over by an ex. Several things in the story led me to a wrong conclusion about Gustav, but I liked that I was wrong and the author made him unpredictable.

The idea of the chain was intriguing, especially how it was used. The chemistry between Serena and Gustav is strong, but readers should be aware that the sex scenes are a little tame compared to some stories. Neither really wanted to acknowledge just how much they wanted some of the punishments.

I loved Crystal and her quirky personality. Dickson was another great addition for a secondary character. Serena’s cousin Polly and Pierre were also interesting. Be prepared for a total surprise at the end that leads directly into the next story in the Unbreakable Trilogy. I would never have seen this coming but I really want to read the next book to see how this scenario plays out.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

Come Undone by Madelynne Ellis comeundone

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Blurb:

On stage he’s dynamite. Off stage he rocks her world.

From Madelynne Ellis, author of best selling Mischief books ‘Anything but Vanilla’ and ‘Her Husband’s Lover’, ‘Come Undone’ is a passionate, sexy romance that will leave you breathless.

When red-hot, Goth-metal band, Black Halo, split live on stage, fate throws Daniella Fosbrook into the path of sexy vocalist Xane Geist. Initially, Xane’s only looking for a ride home, but Dani tempts him in a way a thousand other women haven’t. Determined to explore their heady chemistry and avoid hashing things out with the band, Xane whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend.

There, Dani tries her best to hang onto her heart and some clothing, while Xane soon loses both. However, Xane isn’t being entirely honest about the reason for the band’s demise. When the truth comes out, can Dani accept the facts, or will everything come undone?

Review:

Daniella “Dani” Fosbrook is not your typical Goth-metal music fan. This character is written as a wonderfully developed rebellious young woman determined to be herself and enjoy the music that speaks to her soul no matter the consequences.

Being raised in a strict religious commune of women, her love of the Goth-Metal band Black Halo brings her punishments from her mother and the elders of the commune. It is all worth it to her, their music speaks to her melancholy and sorrow. Dani still looks over her shoulder and hears the voices of the commune chastising her, even when she moves out on her own to attend the university.

Dani’s roommate, Ginny, is the wild one who drags them back stage after stealing an all-access pass. This character is your typical music groupie. She is the bad girl to Dani’s good girl.

As the girls are back stage in the dressing room waiting to meet the band Black Halo, the Goth-metal band split live onstage. Vocalist Xane Geist walks off stage after a few songs into the set. Nothing any of his band mates say can make him get back on the stage.

Dani and Xane crash into each other back stage and he uses her for a ride away from the band and the issues he has with his band mates. Their chemistry is undeniable. However, her main draw to him is that his music has always spoken to her, soul deep. He has never had a woman want him for him; they are always interested in the stage persona.

Members of the band continue to try to work things out with Xane. Dani wants her favorite band to stay together. Xane just wants to run away from it all.

This is exactly what happens. He whisks Dani off to Monaco for a steamy weekend. Dani reminds herself that this is just a fling and try’s to hang onto her heart and clothes; and Xane, he ends up losing both! The dialog between these two is very well written; even the dialog within them is very fluid and real sounding.

Xane is not completely honest about his bands break-up and Dani does not disclose her family history. When it all comes out it can be a recipe for disaster. Can they accept each other as they are or will everything come undone?

Both characters have issues, understandable issues given each ones past; it was wonderful to see them overcome their problems within one by one. Especially Dani’s body issues, her freedom to be nude with Xane and have wild sex was hot!

Some of the sex scenes could have been a bit more daring, given the fact that this was supposed to be a Goth-metal rock star. Enough of Dani’s boundaries were pushed that it fit in with the storyline and kept to the spirit of her character.

Hopefully in follow up books, the scenes will only get steamier and kinkier. If exhibition is your thing there are a couple of great scenes that will make you smile knowingly.

This is a very engaging read with very well developed characters who you will want to revisit and find out what happens next. Does Black Halo reunite? Do Dani and Xane stay together? Who did Ginny sleep with? (On the other hand, not sleep with? Groupie type chick, remember!) Will Dani’s Mum and her fanatical cult find out what and whom Dani has been doing?

It is just about to get to the juicy stuff…

Reviewed by Wendy Dawn