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The Keyholder by Claire Thompson keyholder

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


The main characters are Nora and Charles who are a couple, alomg with Phillip, Eva and Jack. The first few chapters set up the rest of the story. We first meet Nora,Charles, Phillip and Jack at Hawthorne’s, a private club. It is Phillip, who is the master keyholder, that Nora has a bad feeling about from the start.

On one occasion Jack, who is friends with Nora and Charles, accompanies Nora to Hawthorne’s when Charles could not make it. This is where they witness first hand Phillip’s handling of subs. Jack is an artist, recently moved to NYC. A single Dom but hoping to find and share what Nora and Charles have, yet skeptical he will actually find it. He sticks to being a dedicated workaholic, almost to a fault. Nora is a sub and she is married to Charles. She is a masochist. Besides being sensitive to physical pain that sends her spiralling erotically into subspace. She is sensitive to the emotional energy others. She doesn’t like Phillip from the start. Phillip is devilishly handsome and is hiding a dark side. He seems a bit too controlling, as master keyholder and also over his treatment of the subs. During a special showing of new house subs, he treats them especially strict. It is in part of the story we as the reader find out the REAL reason for Nora’s supposed feelings about Phillip.

Eva, is found and rescued. She had been held captive by Phillip and since Jack rescued her, she decides, with his permission, to stay with him. Their relationship grows slowly. His attraction towards her is there but he never acts on it, knowing she is healing from her ordeal. As time passes Eva wants more than kindness from Jack. She makes plans to make him hers, but it backfires. Eva leaves but it doesn’t take Jack long to pursue her.

There are elements of this story I love. The D/s play from the physical to the emotional were very precise. I am glad Mrs. Thompson took time to flesh out these scenes. The idea of Blake Stanton aka Phillip was a little far fetched but for the sake of the plot it worked out.

Although I am not a fan of the M/F theme (there was mention of a hetero Dom taking on a male sub for a swap scene but no other details were given). I am a fan of great writing. I love BDSM when it is closely related to the D/s dynamic. A lot of the scenes were about spanking but the underlying tone of two people shedding their outer layer and stepping into their Dominant or submissive persona is always fascinating for me to witness.

Reviewed by Black Hippie Chick

theinnerroomThe Inner Room by Claire Thompson

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5


Doctors and nurses exemplify sexy power exchange in erotic novels. Usually it’s the doctor giving the orders and the nurse agreeably obeying. In a switch up, Inner Room features a dominant nurse and a submissive doctor. Staying along the lines of a male dominant and a female submissive, it still changes up the traditional roles of who is the doctor and who is the nurse. Dr. Marissa Roberts works a stressful job. She is literally responsible for saving lives. Her decisions can possibly end a life. With this kind of responsibility, she fantasizes about giving away her control. With a kinky interest, she finally accepts a friend’s introduction to the wild side. Marissa becomes a submissive in training at a local BDSM club. Apprehensive of the stigma associated with being both a submissive and in an alternative lifestyle, Marissa is relieved when she doesn’t see anyone she knows at the club. When she is assessed, her fears materialize; the experienced dominant is none other than Cam Wilder, a nurse at her hospital.

Ms. Thompson does a lovely job with the BDSM. The scenes are erotic. The training is believable. The power exchange between Cam and Marissa is delightful to witness. The ups and downs of a newbie to the lifestyle is accurately captured in this story. The tentativeness of a new submissive wondering if perhaps she’s not normal are all good to see. There is one particular passage which is of concern. Some may agree with this philosophy, this reviewer does not. Specifically, using BDSM as a cure for a past trauma can be possible, just usually not advisable.  In the way it’s presented in the book, it makes sense.

If a client came in to see you, and told you she was new to the scene, but had found her soul mate, and D/s had become a central focus of her life, but a recent traumatic event had made her unsure about continuing, what would you say to that client?”

Cam didn’t even have to think about the reply. “I’d say BDSM would be the very best cure for whatever ails her. I’d explain to her that what happened has less than zero to do with BDSM, with the intensity, the exchange of power, the passion.”

“And you’d be right,” Jack replied. (pg. 135)

Ms. Thompson’s conflict is seemingly mild at the beginning of the story. Marissa’s wariness in exploring her sexuality is understandable. When the main conflict occurs, it is biting and a bit shocking. It’s not a huge surprise because Ms. Thompson does a good job of setting it up. How quickly the situation escalated is the shocking part. The traumatic event in this story is all too real. The misconceptions of BDSM are laid out in black in white. The way a kinky person can be persecuted and violated is all too chillingly plausible.The resolution while a bit unrealistic is definitely satisfying. When the men come to the rescue of a damsel in distress, it is heartwarming. Because sometimes, it is nice not to have to solve big problems by oneself. Support through friends, particularly intimidating male friends generates a warm fuzzy feeling.  It’s the kind where a submissive feels loved, cared for and protected. It is a heady sensation which Marissa definitely appreciates. Recommended for kinky readers who enjoy a protective dominant.

Reviewed by Book Addict

The Compound by Claire Thompson



ISBN-13: 978-1482302493

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Fator (kink): 5 out of 5


Prepare to submit, body and soul, to the total immersion BDSM training experience that is The Compound. Craving the truly definitive submissive experience she has yearned for all her adult life, Alexis Stewart marshals her courage to commit to a month of training at The Compound. There she is placed in the hands of Master John, a stern Dominant with the reputation as an uncompromising taskmaster. Despite rigorous 24/7 sexual submission, erotic torture, endurance training and punishment, Alexis smashes again and again against self-imposed walls of resistance that keep her from attaining her goal. Master Paul Evans is well aware of The Compound rule never to get involved with the trainees, and that’s never been a problem—until now. From the moment he sees the lovely Alexis, he feels the powerful allure of her sensual beauty and submissive spirit. Will he risk everything to steal her heart? This smoldering mix of dark, edgy BDSM and hidden desires threatens to combust into a firestorm of forbidden passion, lust, and ultimately, love.


‘The Compound’ by Claire Thompson is about Alexis’s journey into self discovery to find out if she is a submissive or just a masochist. This book is very intense and not for the faint of heart.   Alexis has never gone into “subspace”. She hits a “wall” every time she gets close. She has never been a true submissive either. A friend tells her about a place called The Compound where they train submissives and slaves.

I commend Alexis on her wish to discover more about herself. She comes across as open and honest about her wants and needs. It takes a lot of courage to what she did by going there.

John is Alexis’s trainer. He is a very rigged and swift to punish. Its apparent right from the start that they are not compatible and for Alexis to continue with her journey he will only get her so far. Paul is one of John’s fellow trainers. Paul falls in love with Alexis at first sight. They have a tendency to seek each other out every time they are in a crowd together.

Claire Thompson spent a lot of time constructing this story, and I hope it’s the start of a series.  The main characters and the secondary characters are each enchanting in their own right. They draw you into the story and don’t let you go even after you finish the story. While there are some that can submit just to submit, that is not the case in all. This story also shows you that the right chemistry between a Dom and a sub is a must. The one thing that I did not like was no use of a safe word. While in the story in itself, it might not have fit very well. Using safe words normal play is important as a safety precaution I wish the author addressed this some way.

Overall, I loved this book. I could not put it down and finished it in about an hour and half. I hope that the author writes more with these characters!

Reviewed by Melissa

The Auction by Claire Thompson



ISBN-13: 978-1480112148

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


What kind of woman would sell her body for one month to a random stranger for 35K?  This would be a desperate woman who is down on her luck. Carly Abrams lost her job over a year ago and she’s now unable to make rent in New York. With some mild experience through boyfriends and a few trips to BDSM clubs, she signs on to be auctioned off through Erotic Auctions. This elite BDSM auction house catering to wealthy patrons only takes experienced professionals. Carly is not qualified but she’s determined to make it work.

This set up is interesting. It’s definitely a BDSM fantasy with a Pretty Woman-esque flavour. Even the author, Ms. Thompson makes this reference. Are there really auction houses that cater to rich handsome men? Possibly, but this reader is not in that echelon and would never be able to confirm it. For a fantasy, this is a very good one which is quite enjoyable.

Ms. Thompson does an excellent job of portraying a new D/s relationship between a Dom and a submissive. The possible failures in communication are all too realistic. It’s nice to see the point of view from both the Dom and the sub. The reader can see the Dom is not omniscient and can make mistakes. Now, this is an idealized situation which shows what a good Dom could do when he makes a mistake. This is a romanticized view and very appealing to most submissive leaning females. From a BDSM perspective, this story was spot on.

For example, the demonstration of a trigger is excellent in both how it could happen, why it could happen and how to recover and move on from one. This is rarely covered in BDSM fiction. For this not to be a lecture but a part of the book is well done. Some of the fetishes included in this story are also less common and all presented in an erotic and sensual way. This makes it more palpable for those who are just exploring the BDSM genre. For the more experienced BDSM reader, it’s a delightful treat.

The characters, Carly and Adam are both designed with good thought. There are no “sexual” abuse traumas or “mental” health issues which is much appreciated. Instead, the reader is treated to ordinary people who make mistakes and survive. (Okay, Adam is not exactly ordinary, but there are rich men like him. Just none this reader is intimately familiar with on personal name basis.) The dynamic and ultimately the power exchange between the two is lovely to witness. I highly recommend this book to kinky readers who want a sensual read with good character and world building.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Golden Boy by Claire Thompson



Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5


Johnny begins to come to terms with his sexual orientation after a friend opens his eyes to the world beyond his homophobic upbringing. Looking back, Johnny recognizes there were signs all his life that he was gay, but what about his dark fantasies of bondage, whips and domination?

While at a club, Johnny spots a gorgeous man across the room and immediately feels the pull of the dark and dangerous, passionate sexual energy that is Eric Mende. Frightened by his own reaction, and thinking he has nothing to offer a man like Eric, Johnny runs.

And Eric pursues.

Eric yearns to teach Johnny about love and erotic submission, but for Johnny, the price of accepting those gifts is high, maybe too high. His family, his job, the life he’s always known, could all be forfeited if he follows his heart.


An amazing read! This is one of the few stories that you can’t put down until you finish and still want more. Golden Boy is the first book in a two part series by Claire Thompson. The writing was very good and believable and the way she wrote this story real people could have these problems.

The sex scenes were very hot! The author did a great job making sure that the BDSM was not too eccentric or over the top. She was very detailed in all the sex scenes. The one complaint I have was the way the book ended. It was cut off, almost like she worked to make two books from one large book.

Overall, this was an entertaining book. I can’t wait to read the sequel. I want to know more about Eric and Johnny!

Reviewed by Melissa