Cereus : Opening by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and BS Tortuga
Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
If, like me, you haven’t read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar… or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.
In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van’s need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they’re forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his ‘mate’ get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time.
Peace Within the Quiet, a Velvet Glove Story by Sean Michael
Book Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 1 out of 5
Gloucester is an aging sub who hasn’t belonged to a top for a very long time. He’s throwing himself a bit of a pity party at being thrown over by yet another top for a younger sub when he decides to pull himself up and go on the prowl. Gloucester haunts the halls of The Velvet Glove, a giant BDSM club of the future. In his wanderings, Gloucester comes across Katashi, a top with an apparent talent for rope. Katashi seems taken with Gloucester and invites him to share a meal, and then a meditation session. The two men are quite enamored of each other and by the second night they seem well on the way to forming a relationship.
Peace Within the Quiet is a very short story recycled from a five year old collection. While there is quite a bit of discussion of pain and bondage, it’s all in the past. What’s actually depicted in the few scenes described is a very gentle seduction. It’s a rather sweet romantic story. Being a short story, it moves at a blinding, almost unbelievable, pace and there’s absolutely no drama to it. The writing is competent, but as a BDSM story it gives you nothing to fire your imagination.
Reviewed by Michael Joseph
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Three More Wishes
Torquere Press [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
“Boss, da plane da plane!” is the first thought running through my mind as I read this book. I didn’t read the first book, Three Wishes, so I was a bit confused about the history between the three lovers, Guard, James and Damien. Their story seems to be wrought with pain and anguish which has kept their triad broken for four years. Still, the three of them run a BDSM fantasy island for men only. The fantasies are hot and all D/s. The BDSM is just right, nothing too heavy and each unique. The aftercare in the stories is especially appealing. The relationship building between each of the matched couples on the island gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. And it gives me a warm feeling…down there.
The first matched pair is rather sad as one is suffering deterioration in his health and has given up hope. He’s come to the island to have his fantasy of being “cared for” fulfilled. The Dom wants someone to take care of – not a pushy sub. It’s a match made in heaven. Cameron was a macho horse rancher who has basically lost everything. Desolate, his last wish for himself is five days being taken care of and loved. Xander does that and so much more. I like this story because it showed the carrying side of a D/s relationship. Plus the sexual play is hot.