Tagged: Silver Publishing

Abandoned by Silvia Violet



Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5


While I don’t normally like either sci-fi or m/m books, good writing is good regardless of the setting, and this book is good. The futuristic novella tells the story of former partners, Lark and Derek, who meet again on a prison island.

In the past, Derek was drawn to Lark sexually, but never acted on it. Then, he was left as a captive in the hands of a vicious group and believed Lark had betrayed him. But Lark, although a hard ass when needed, loved Derek and was betrayed by the government they both worked for and didn’t intentionally leave Derek behind.

Can the two of them overcome their pasts and escape the prison island to find happiness together?

The book included lots of sex, including some interesting sci-fi BDSM, and the heat level was as high as the spaceship Derek piloted.

This was one of those that kept you turning the pages to see where the action would take you. It was well written and captivating.

Submitted by Karen H

Deceived by Silvia Violet



Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5


Only the allure of a possible vengeance would convince a trip to the godforsaken world of Lithusia.  This is the planet where Derek was tortured over and over again by the Krax.  This second book in the series is a piece in the puzzle to who sold out IIB agents Derek and Lark.  Derek is determined to get to find the traitor and make them pay.  When they discover it is someone they trusted, it shatters them.

The story moved pretty fast and was a quick read.  The reader learns more about this world and the conspiracies against Derek and Lark.  More questions are raised which one can only hope are answered in the next book.  Many of the questions from the previous book are answered in this one.  Still, this book can be confusing at times.  It could be because the names Derek and Lark are so similar that at times it’s hard to remember which person is talking and which one is the one with issues.  It could also be that the two characters are so similar that it’s hard to distinguish between the two.  This is the main reason why this story rated a 3 star.

Still, this second story is hot with the D/s sexy scenes.  The undertones of BDSM between these two alpha males are tasty and expected from the talented Ms. Violet.  The building of trust after a big betrayal for Derek and Lark is a beautiful thing to witness.  Derek’s obsession to right the wrong is painful to witness as Lark is left helpless.  It’s nice to see two characters that are both strong alpha males bond in a loving D/s relationship.  The sexual punishment scene with the collar on Lark was rough, hot and so good.  Lark’s submission and Derek’s sadism blew my mind.  This one snippet from Derek’s point of view had me immediately aroused and wanting more – “he planned to beat Lark’s ass until it was red and welted and burning after locking him in place with the collar. Finally he’d fuck him hard and fast until Lark begged, until he was limp and loose, until he surrendered so completely Derek was in him all the way to his heart.”

This is kind of submission is definitely up my alley.  This is hot sci-fi romance is recommended to kinky m/m readers.

Reviewed by Book Addict


Scarlet Blackwell
Silver Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles

It’s Christmas Eve in late-Victorian London. Dorian was once a gentleman of means, but now he’s alone and will soon have to sell his house in Chelsea. An unrequited crush on his houseboy landed him in jail. He managed to bribe his way out of prison, but he’s been disowned by his family and abandoned by all his friends. Dorian is strolling the streets of Whitechapel, looking for company despite the risk of the Ripper, when Benedict steps forward to offer his services.

Benedict is a young male prostitute, a “Mary Ann” in the language of the time, and Dorian is quite taken with him. Despite the risk, Dorian decides to take Benedict home, rather than just getting off in some darkened doorway. Back in Chelsea, Dorian takes Benedict twice in the drawing room, and it’s obvious Benedict is not “gay for pay” to use the modern expression. He genuinely prefers the company of men, and likes nothing more than having another man deep inside him. Dorian is so enthralled he asks Benedict to stay the night, and the following Christmas Day. Benedict readily agrees and they retire to the bedroom.

The kink in Solace is pretty mild, just some light bondage and a little spanking, but then this is a really short novella. In print it’s just around 40 pages. I’m generally not a big fan of these shorts, which are all the rage now that ebooks rule. All too often it seems like the author or publisher has taken a good idea and pushed it out too soon, leaving the characters one-dimensional and the plot full of holes. But Solace is complete, with a proper beginning, middle and end. It’s short, but it is what it is, which is why I’ve given it a solid 3 out of 5.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Half a Man
Scarlett Blackwell
Silver Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Paddles

Jack is hired by Robert to be a companion. Robert is in a wheelchair and he is still functional , but his handicap has made him stay inside. He has been away from men for two years. Jack has other clients and is very professional. When Robert hesitates Jack gently urges Robert, asking him what he would like him to do next.

They have conversations, drink tea and have sweet rolls. They grow more fond of each others company besides the fact that Robert is once again able to enjoy the sexual company of a man. Jack feels strange. Being the object of affection and attention instead of giving it to his suitor.

I have always said I’m not a fan of historical romance, meaning I don’t actively seek this genre out to read. But in doing reviews I am finding out the setting can come to life and frame the story just as nicely. I have never read anything by this author but I enjoyed this book about a handicapped man finding love. As I read the story further it becomes more clear why Robert wants to pay for companionship rather than seek a genuine relationship. But as it sometimes happens even using someone for only pleasure can turn into real love. The D/s theme is present but lightly used. Jack is given commands and finds he is sexually excited when he is told what to do by Robert. I would recommend this to fans of sensual m/m romance with a historical setting.

Reviewed by Sizzling Miss Kim

Hitman’s Creed
Edward Kendrick
Silver Publishing [link to buy]

Rating: 2 out of 5 Paddles

Hitman’s Creed is the tale of Glenn, a 34-year-old, bisexual hitman that has gone into retirement, and Joey, a 21-year-old student who has a habit of saying things he shouldn’t.  You may think I’m kidding, but I’m not.  The word vomit is almost the only defining characteristic that Joey has.  He’s gay, he’s protective of his mom, he wants to be a cop, and his brain has a terrible habit of arriving to the party half an hour after his mouth gets there – and he lets us know about that every time it happens.

Glenn moves to Joey’s small town to shed his life of crime, and somehow, through about 60 pages of contrived dialogue, meaningful glances, and one all-too-convenient mistake, entangles himself in Joey’s private life.  This is pretty fortuitous, since the man that has been planning to murder Joey’s mother is about to make an attempt on her life after sitting in the shadows for seven years.  As they make preparations, Joey and Glenn consider navigating a romance, despite their age difference and the differences between their past and future careers.

And that’s pretty much what happens.  They consider it.  Joey tells his mother things about his interest in Glenn that most sons would never tell their mothers.  Glenn tells Joey’s mother things that are pretty out of character for a man that is supposed to be somewhat tight-lipped.  There’s a lot of talking between Glenn and Joey that coyly dances around the idea of romance.

Since this is BDSM Book Reviews, you’re wondering where the kinky sex comes in.  I finished it three hours ago and I’m still wondering that.  The age dynamic between the two can’t seriously be considered anything like age play, because age is ONLY mentioned whenever Glenn is coming up with reasons to shy away from intimacy.  There is no sex.  There is no bondage.  There’s no substantial power dynamic.  I came to the party with my sodomy hat on, expecting cake, and found myself in a business meeting about soda crackers.  The last time I sat through something this contrived and un-fulfilling, I was in Creative Writing 101 in high school, and when I got to college, I hoped never to relive that rubbish experience.

Kendrick had an interesting idea, I’ll give him that.  This story had the potential to be very fulfilling, even if it could hardly be counted as a cock-tease.  However, the writing didn’t deliver what this story needed to sell it.  I’m a fan of well-written books that are smart and engaging.  At the very least, I hope to get a couple chuckles out of a book.  The only laughing I did when I was reading this was at my own jokes, all made at the expense of the book.  I was sitting through it, thinking, “Okay, these last 20 pages will give me the smut, and at least it will have been sexy,” and it never happened.

It’s a short and painfully easy read, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you’re the kind of romance fan that I am: one who looks for books with clever writing, organic characters, and hot sex.

Reviewed by Sugarcunt