Tagged: New Concepts Publishing

WindHaven by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

http://store.newconceptspublishing.com/charlotte-boyett-compo/windhaven/

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

This is a very interesting and intriguing story. I love a good mystery that keeps me guessing and this one did. Samiel Brell is locked up in a mental institute with no apparent knowledge of how he got there or what had happened to place him there. His behavior is erratic and none of the nurses or any of the doctors can understand what makes him tick or what to do to help him. Then along comes his new nurse, Kate Tarnes. Kate sees more in Samiel than what the others do. Before long there are real feelings between the two but Samiel can’t beat the memories in his head and the trauma that he has suffered. He was warned to keep his mouth shut or they’d find him again. The connection between Samiel and Kate is heart-wrenching. The physical connection was good and they were extremely compatible. I loved how they connected so quickly. As a book up for review in aBDSM category it doesn’t rate very high. The sex was okay, but not anything that I would call “good” in the BDSM realm. What saved the book was the story line and the mystery that revolved around the characters. THAT I loved! I love being challenged to figure out who did what and why and this book tricked me, I’ll admit that. Taken as a whole and taking the ‘BDSM’ out of it, it was a very enjoyable read and I’m glad I got the opportunity to read it.

Reviewed by Cat

The Secret of Camelot by Saydee Bennett

http://www.amazon.com/The-Secrets-of-Camelot-ebook/dp/B008NDKT3O/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359033610&sr=1-1&keywords=the+secret+of+camelot

ASIN B008NDKT3O

Story Rating:

This novella has an interesting premise, but no kink of any kind.  It is a retelling of the Arthurian legend from Guinevere’s point of view.

Guinevere has been used to fighting her father’s knights when her father informed her she was to marry King Arthur.  She looked forward to dealing with Arthur, but was afraid he would not allow her to continue her swordplay.

Sure enough, the king forbids her to continue to use the sword.  She and Merlin plot to allow her to change gender long enough to participate in a tournament.  Merlin’s potion allows her to transform into a man-Lancelot.  After the tournament, Arthur hears that Lancelot has been seen entering the queen’s chamber.  He confronts her in anger, without letting her explain what really happened, and she leaves the court, only to be captured by Arthurs archenemy, Malagant.  Arthur and Merlin come to destroy Malagant and his evil wizard and rescue Guinevere.

The writing was a bit stilted, but the story was interesting, although based on the 12th century version of Camelot, not the true Arthur, who was probably 4th or 5th century BC.

Reviewed by Karen

Netherworld: Drop Dead Sexy by Tracy St. John

http://www.amazon.com/Netherworld-Drop-Tracy-St-John/dp/1470029316/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341639179&sr=1-1&keywords=Netherworld+Drop+Dead+Sexy 

  • ISBN-10:1470029316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470029319

Story rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Escort Brandilynn is murdered by the Fulton Falls Ripper. Her body is discovered with the help of a psychic, and Dan, a ghost. With the help of Dan, Brandilynn is starting to cope with being dead, especially with the transitions and all the naughty fun they can have. Dan and Brandilynn help vampire Tristan find her killer, which turns out to be another vampire. Though the discovery comes a bit late, since Brandilynn is already dead and this crazy vamp has been hunting nonstop. Even though there are a few bumps along the way, some good bumps and others not so great, Brandilynn is settling into her new way of life – along with her newappetites – much better than was ever expected of her.

With hot sex, full of kink and otherworldliness, what’s not to love! This book is a great mixture of paranormal romance, BDSM style lov’n, and enough heat to melt away anyone’s panties. While there were parts of the story that could get a bit confusing with all of the paranormal changes that happen with each character, this is still one of the most original books I have had the pleasure to read in a long time. I. can’t wait to see what else Tracy St. John comes up with in the future, because if it’s anything like this book I’m all in. All I can say is more!

Reviewed by Naamah

Afterglow
Alicia Sparks
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]
ASIN B003XVZCBK

Writing overall rating: 3

Kink/BDSM content rating: 0

Afterglow is a quick read originally published in 2007, apparently just ahead of the current vampire craze. Stella is a thrice married single Mom, whose teen daughter is enamored of the vampire legend. Imagine Stella’s surprise when she discovers her new boss, Drake, is not only a vampire, but lives in hidden passages in her house and is dedicated to fighting “bad” vampires. He runs a club where girls can come feed the indigenous vamps with no one being harmed, and the young women gaining the benefit of perpetual youth.

Drake has barely informed Stella of his existence when his nemesis steals Stella’s daughter and holds her captive. Can Drake and Stella trust their new relationship enough to take down the bad guy and rescue her daughter?

The story had all the elements for a successful story-it was just too brief. If a vampire biting your neck and giving you perpetual youth is kink, then this is kinky, but there is zero BDSM.

Submitted by Karen H

Phoebe’s Desire
Nicole Ash
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

Phoebe’s Desire is not a BDSM themed novella. It’s not even what I’d consider kinky. It is, however, one clever little read. In my opinion the story line is amusing and unique.

Phoebe is stuck in a miserable existence as an acquisition editor for an unnamed publisher. She toils through her slush pile that never ends. She starts to read yet another manuscript that she is sure is going to suck. It’s then that she notices her name in the story. And from there she finds herself actually in the story she was reading. Now like I mentioned, this is a short read of only 44 pages, so I don’t want to give it all away. I will say the ending was exceptionally clever and it made me chuckle.

Phoebe’s Desire is a super easy read. And even when I realized there was no BDSM in it, it didn’t make me like it any less because it was such an enjoyable story. In fact, I found myself wishing it was longer because it ended too soon. My rating is based on my enjoyment of the story and I’m not giving it higher because there was no BDSM and it was submitted for review to a BDSM site. If you’re looking for cute and clever, this might just work for you like it did for me.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Alien Salvation
Tracy St. John
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]
ASIN B006YG7MLO

Rating: 2 out of 5 Paddles

Alien Salvation is Tracy St’ John’s fourth novel in the Clans of Kalquor series. The Kalquorians are threatened by extinction. In the past, something happened that either eliminated all their females or rendered them incapable of breeding. Their only hope is Earth; by some quirk of genetics, they can breed with human females. The oppressive religious theocracy, however, views sex with aliens are a deadly sin. That human woman willingly mated with the imperial clan (a bonded trio of males) did not go over well, to say the least. Rather than lose the war with Kalquor, they nuked the entire planet, rendering it soon to be uninhabitable.

That’s where our story starts. Kalquor has sent ships to Earth to try to rescue as many humans (as well as native fauna and flora) as possible, as well as search for the Empress’ family. Bacoj, Japohn and Vax, clanmates, end up out of the search area due to a piloting error, where they meet Lindsey and her parents. Lindsey, at first, offers to have sex with them for food, but the feelings of love aren’t far behind. But Lindsey has a secret; she is the Empress’ sister, and keeping the secret could have dire consequences. Will this budding love survive secrets, long ingrained prejudices and Trangoon (scavenger barbarians) attack?

This book has lots of potential. Once you accept the ability of aliens and humans to breed successfully (not a stretch since Star Trek’s Spock), one can see the well thought out design of the story universe. Unfortunately, there are problems. Technically, things could have been improved. There are many places where word choice and punctuation could have been improved. For example, “Lindsey’s stomach flopped at the possessive look he gave her then it tumbled a few times over when she saw identical expressions on the other two.” A comma or two would have been nice.

Even harder on the reader is the uneven spacing of paragraphs. I’ve long gotten used to the idea that paragraphs can be delineated by either indentations of spacing between them. There are places, however, where the amount of space between two paragraphs is two or three times what it is elsewhere, leading the reader into thinking perhaps there was a section break or a scene change when there wasn’t. It almost looks like page breaks from another document type that were inadvertently preserved in the pdf book.

There were problems for me with the erotic content as well. Don’t get me wrong; there was plenty and it was suitably explicit. It was just too…flowery. I was reminded of the language of old romance novels in places, where sex was described in such flowery language as to be rendered acceptable for mainstream publishers back in the day (yes, I know I’m dating myself). Tracy, this is BDSM erotica, and I, at least, want to see terminology vastly more explicit than “her sheath” and “his rod.” This is especially true when your BDSM is of the milder variety.

Lastly, as religious person myself, I’m finding it a bit tiring for sexually repressive societies to always be coming from religion. There has been sexual repression stemming from non-religious reasons and it would be nice if authors would at least explore some of those. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that only the anti-religious read erotica. Religiously repressed sexuality is fast becoming a tired chestnut (and for me, already is one).

Over all, I give Alien Salvation 2 paddles, and that only because of the well thought out universe. For those who want flowery erotica, you might bump that up by one.

Elementally Yours, Playing With Fire
Leanne Will
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]
ISBN 978-1-60394-463-2

Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Playing with Fire was an interesting read, even if it stretched the bounds of belief in places. It is the story of Willow, who was born sometime in the 10th century, and who keeps coming back to life after her body spontaneously combusts.

In the modern era, her body is found by fireman Marcus Bennington in a burned out warehouse-but she herself is not burned at all. He manages to bring her out, then goes to the morgue to talk to the undertaker about why the body is not charred.

Instead of the undertaker, he is confronted by a beautiful woman wrapped in a sheet-the same woman he pulled from the building. He hides her from the coroner and takes her home with him.

This is where I started having trouble with reality. He simply accepts that she came through the fire unscathed, and takes her home and makes love to her.

Willow herself has no idea why she lives her life over and over, but she has learned to deal with it, inventing a young cousin or niece to inherit all her property and leaving it to them in a will for whenever she does die. Because she was 23 when she originally died of the plague (about 300 years before the actual bubonic plague hit), whenever she regenerates, it is in that same form. She can then claim her property as her own relation.

It turns out that this time, she was murdered and she and Marcus, assisted by his lifelong friends Beth and Zach, must find a way to deal with the killer. In the meantime, she and Marcus fall in love and continue to enjoy their love making.

If this were a review for a general book site, I would probably rate it 3.5 out of 5. I am dropping the half point because there is not the smallest bit of BDSM involved. Some of the sex scenes were steamy, but, although Marcus is an Alpha male, he and Willow indulge only in vanilla sex. There were some parts of the story that had me laughing out loud, but the supernatural aspect and the poor editing brought the rating down.

A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday
D.X. Luc
New Concepts Publishing [link to buy]
ASIN B007014Q34

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles

A Zombie Hunter’s Holiday by D.X. Luc is a fast and fun read. The main characters are Raina and Carl, who have been friends since childhood. Carl has been talking about zombies and hunting them since the ninth grade and Raina has always indulged him. Fifteen years later, they’re still best friends and fighting underlying desires for each other.

Raina is dating a guy named Brian who Carl is not a fan of. He treats Raina badly but she thinks she needs to stay with him. One day, Brian proposes and Raina accepts and Carl can’t take it anymore. He ends up at her apartment and they end up in a hot table sex scenario with Carl running the show. Raina shuts down on him after that, avoiding him at all costs.

Christmas Eve arrives and Raina’s whole world turns upside down. Not only does it turn out that zombies are real and that Carl really has been hunting them but now her fiancé has been bitten by one! He is coming after her inside are apartment when Carl shows up to save the day. They make for the safe zone he knows about but can’t quite keep on course without pulling over for a quickie. They make it to the compound only for Carl to leave again to save his brother. But, it turns out Raina has to go and save the day. Once they get back, they discover how deep their feelings run and have a hot steamy session in the shower. Their life is forever changed, both in their acknowledgement of their feelings and the zombie outbreak.

This story isn’t really kinky but it is fun and it based in a genre that I love. I mean, who doesn’t love a great zombie story? The only thing I wish from this story is that it was longer. The Paddle Rating based on story alone is 3.5 but only a 2 in the BDSM element.

Reviewed by BzzingBee