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A Weekend Unbound by S. Dora weekend

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

How much can a Dom ask of his submissive? And how much of himself?

For Derek and Tyler, Dominance and submission have been part of their love right from the first hello. But now Derek wants his submissive to go as deep as he is physically and emotionally able to. During two days and two nights, there are no safety words and very few limits. This is their chance to demonstrate their love for one another through the most extreme scenes they’ve ever played.

There is, however, one rule to trump all others for Tyler—to protect Sir’s most loved possession, even if it means disobedience or going against his own need to submit to his Master without question or complaint.

This weekend will open up levels of their relationship they’ve never dreamed of before.

Review:

Perhaps the first thing you’ll want to know about “A Weekend Unbound” is that the two main characters aren’t as insanely reckless as the blurb might make them out to be. While it’s true that Tyler can’t use a safeword to stop a particular activity, he is free to stop at any time, although that does mean a complete halt to the weekend’s experiment, which is, in effect, a test for both men to see if they can move their relationship from one of Dom and submissive to Master and slave. Derek also promises to respect Tyler’s hard limits, so there’s unlikely to be anything he can’t handle, even if it’s something he doesn’t like. This is all discussed, albeit in very stiff dialog, in the first few pages.

Once the formalities are taken care of and Tyler agrees to wear Derek’s collar for the whole weekend, the fun truly begins. Derek has made some rather meticulous plans for his sub, including quite a few things he knows Tyler won’t like. The experiment is as much about Derek finding out if he can cope with being a full-time Dom as it is about testing Tyler’s limits. He has planned out the weekend in great detail, done extensive research, and developed contingencies, but he’s still nervous.

Over the course of the two days, sessions in the mens’ playroom are interspersed with less intense but no less important domestic scenes. Tyler spends a lot of this time kneeling at Derek’s feet, waiting for his master to feed him, pet him, or simply pay attention to him. He has to learn to give up complete control of his body to Derek for them to fully realize their goal.

The scenes in the playroom are very hot, and will probably make you squirm as well now and then. Although the focus is certainly on pain, and Derek does return more than once to the toys that he knows Tyler doesn’t like, the action doesn’t get repetitious. There are a wide variety of scenes played out over the course of the weekend. Beyond that, there’s even an explicit acknowledgement of when Tyler’s body has had enough of any given kind of punishment and needs to recover. This is very unlike what you find in a lot of BDSM fiction, where people are subjected to an unrealistic amount of abuse, and enjoying it. Derek and Tyler may be testing their limits, but contrary to what the blurb might suggest, they’re trying to do it in a very safe and sane way.

There’s very little to the story outside of the weekend they spend testing themselves, so we don’t get to know much of their individual backstory or even the course of their relationship that has led them to this point. However, Tyler and Derek do come across as real people with real emotions, so you will almost certainly come to care for one or both of them as they go through their ordeal.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

From the outside facingthetruth_800

Let me start with warm congratulations to the good people of BDSM book reviews. Here’s to many more kinky fantasies, pleasurable pain and painful pleasures!

I’m not into BDSM. Or, at least, I’m not into BDSM on an intimate level, because I obviously write about it, and that kind of implies at least an intellectual interest.

And it’s perhaps because I’m an outsider, that I wanted my Calling the Shots series to be a bit different than what I usually see in romantic BDSM themed stories. No, I don’t fool myself into believing everything hasn’t already been written. Still, because S&M is neither my deepest fantasy nor my sexual reality, I have no choice but to look from the outside in and ask my own kind of what if… questions.

I’ve known about the existence of people who are into all the different forms of BDSM since my early twenties, and that was over thirty years ago, when I started to discover the world as a young and freshly out lesbian. In the early eighties, in a place like Rotterdam, everyone met with everyone at some point. I sat next to Mistresses to hear their stories, listened to submissives trying to explain the beauty of surrender and learned that fearful looking leather daddies are often among the gentles human beings you can imagine. I’ve never felt anything but respect and curiosity who were so different from me and yet so the same. I knew right away that S&M wasn’t for me, but the budding writer in me realised there were stories to be told.

I guess I had to see more of life and my inner-self before I actually knew what BDSM stories I wanted to tell. And even then it all happened more or less by accident.

When I started to write about slightly conservative office worker Isaac and his beloved Tom, all I intended was a short story about a weekend with some mild kinky sex. But, the gentlemen decided differently and before I knew it I was telling their story about their journey to discover their very own form of BDSM, or rather D/s.

Or rather, I found myself telling the story of doubting Dom Isaac, who never in his nearly forty year old life could have imagined he would become his Tom’s Sir. And yes, it takes him a lot of thinking, talking and learning to get familiar with his role and enjoy it to a point it becomes part of his and Tom’s life beyond the bedroom.

Facing the Truth, The Right Direction and Becoming Sir are about learning, worrying, making mistakes, but also about having fun, Isaac discovering his favourite implement, Tom being the quintessence of topping from the bottom, love, loyalty and hot sex.

Here’s a taste of how it all began for Isaac and Tom:

“Isaac…?”

Isaac Newhouse knew that voice like he knew his own thoughts. “Yes, Tom?”

“I was thinking… You’re not going to get angry at me? Or think I’m weird?” The twenty-two-year-old looked genuinely shy, and Isaac wondered if it was about something other than sex. Because after the vibrator, the blindfold and the handcuffs, what could possibly make Tom worried that his lover would frown in disapproval?

“Why don’t you tell me? Probably the worst you’ll hear from me is ‘sorry, this time it’s no’. And you know very well there isn’t much of a chance of that. I admit I lack somewhat in the fantasy and imagination department, but luckily I have you for that.” Isaac smiled reassuringly. “Unless you’re asking me to go to a bar, pick up a stranger and have sex with him while you’re watching us, because that is one of the very few things I’m unable to give to you.”

“What…? You think I’m some kind of pervert?” Tom huffed. “It’s nothing like that at all. I want you to tell me what to do. That’s all. As long as it has something to do with sex, of course, in case you’re thinking about the kitchen floor needing a good scrub.”

Isaac scratched his head. He loved Tom with all his heart, mind and body, but during moments like this he couldn’t help but wonder if they even lived on the same planet. “Tell you what to do? Why? When I’m in the mood, you’re always more than willing to have sex. What more could I possibly ask of you?”

“This was a stupid idea.”

“Not stupid.” Isaac touched his lover’s shoulder. “Please don’t say that. But do I understand correctly? You want me to ask you to perform a number of sexual acts over the day and you promise to do them?”

“Sort of.” Tom shrugged. “It’s the weekend, we have two days to ourselves and I’ve been having fantasies about being dominated by my strong older man.”

“Oh.” Isaac fell quiet

 

To celebrate two years of BDSM book reviews I’m giving away all three parts of Calling the Shots in PDF format to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter to win is give a comment to this post. Contest ends on Tuesday, Oct 15th at midnight.

About S.Dora:

S.Dora has been writing stories since she was ten. She studied social history. She lives with her wife of 32 years, and together they raised two sons. There are also cats and books, lots of books.

S.Dora also publishes as Ella Laurance and R.A. Padmos

You can find Calling the Shots at http://www.total-e-bound.com/authordetail.asp?A_ID=203

(between the 14th  and 28th of October the first part, Facing the Truth, will cost only $1)

 

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The Right Direction by S. Dora

http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1779 

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

“The Right Direction” is a sequel to “Facing the Truth” by the same author. In the first book, Tom and Isaac came to terms, albeit reluctantly on Isaac’s part, with their mutual desire to explore a D/s BDSM relationship. In this follow-on, the two are preparing to spend an entire weekend in play, with young Tom wearing the much-older Isaac’s collar the whole time. Isaac has purchased some new toys, and he’s very much looking forward to trying them out on Tom.

The weekend starts on Friday night, with a little training for Tom, who is eager but inexperienced as a submissive. Since Isaac has no experience as a master, it’s a challenge for him to stay one step ahead of his sub and remain in control, yet still be attentive to Tom’s unknown limits. By Saturday he’s ready to give Tom a taste of the new flogger and cane. The sub clearly has a taste for pain, but how much can he take?

In a way, this very short book of just 48 pages could be seen as a primer for beginner Doms. Told from Isaac’s point of view, we get a lot of insight into his thoughts, his fears of hurting Tom, and his own excitement at what he’s doing. The problem is, most of this is revealed through the author telling us this, rather than showing us through Isaac’s actions. Granted it’s difficult to easily demonstrate emotions through actions, but unfortunately it all comes out rather stilted. Even much of the dialog comes across as a bit too pedantic. The author does occasionally demonstrate a good ear for Tom’s voice, but then sometimes he comes across as too mature for a twenty-something.

The main sex scene, where the cane and flogger come into play, is quite hot but here again there’s an almost by-the-numbers feel to it. We get a running commentary of what’s going through Isaac’s head as he tries first one implement and then another. As BDSM goes, it’s rather vanilla, but it rings true to what a beginner might do. In the end, a scene that apparently lasts at least a few hours is handled in a few pages.

“The Right Direction” is interesting for what it tries to achieve, but just doesn’t quite get there.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Facing the Truth by S. Dora

http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=1579 

ISBN 978-0-85715-915-1  

Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink) rating: 4 out of 5

Tom and Isaac have been together for a couple of years. It’s a May – December romance, with Tom in his early twenties and Isaac pushing forty. It was Tom who pursued Isaac, but the older man would do almost anything to please his lover. Isaac isn’t particularly adventurous in the bedroom. For him, having a hot young boyfriend is more than he ever dreamed about. So when Tom asks Isaac to dominate him one weekend, Isaac has misgivings. He’s never had any fantasies about being a Dominant, but Tom wants to try being a submissive and Isaac wants to make his lover happy.

The weekend turns out to be an eye-opener for both of them. Isaac gets an unexpected rush from dominating his young lover, while Tom is much more turned on by it all than he wants to let on. Tom likes being restrained, and when Isaac spanks him, it seems Tom turns into a little bit of a pain slut, not exactly begging for it, but enjoying it nonetheless.

Despite the thrills, in the cool morning light there are concerns about what they’ve experienced. Tom is worried that he’s pushed his lover too far out of his comfort zone, while Isaac wonders if Tom will want to leave him to find a more experienced Dom who can help him explore his submissive urges.

This is a rather sweet, very short novella. The initial scene, which takes up a little more than half the book, is hot and richly detailed. It’s rather vanilla BDSM, but it fits what beginners would do as they’re just trying things out. There’s a bit of fumbling, with neither Dom nor sub staying entirely within their roles, but it all feels natural.

The one flaw in the book for me is in the rather constant introspection. The story is told from Isaac’s point of view, and we’re treated to a lot of his thoughts, which includes his doubts about what he’s doing and what he’s getting into. A little of this is good, but for me the author went overboard, straying heavily into pedantic territory. This was also true of the morning-after discussions with Tom. They were both being a little too adult in discussing their feelings. By the end it was all seeming a bit wooden. The emotions they were no doubt feeling were too heavily masked by rational discussions that were a bit too much.

Fortunately the book doesn’t get completely sidetracked by these discussions. It’s a good read for those that like their sex both sweet and spicy.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph