Tagged: Sindra van Yssel

Too Hip For Love by Sindra van Yssel toohipcover

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Too Hip For Love is another delightful novella by Van Yssel, featuring realistic characters undergoing believable struggles. Karen is an experienced submissive who has been a member of a BDSM club called Knotty and Nice for years. She’s made close friendships there and it’s become her safe place.

Karen has a regular Dom, Parker, with whom she has a regular play date every Saturday afternoon at his house. Parker is her Master but outside of this arrangement they are free to play with others.

This arrangement once satisfied her but Karen’s biological clock is ticking and she longs for children and a loving relationship but feels increasing sure that this picture is unlikely to include BDSM. She loves Parker but feels unable to share her feelings with him, She is convinced that Parker likes variety too much to become attached. These are issues that will strike a chord with many women both kinky and vanilla.

Both Parker and Karen are very good at communicating their kink needs but not their emotions and it takes Karen joining a vanilla dating site to give them both a push in the right direction.

The author’s writing style is clear and literate and her characters are warm and believable. A thoroughly enjoyable read but I wish that Ms Van Yssel would consider moving away from the novella format and write some full length fiction.

Reviewed by Ariadne

Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel tamingthemistress

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This extremely well written novella is the sixth in the authors Bondage Ranch series. The ranch, owned by a kinky couple, normally hosts ballroom dancing events but twice per year, the ballroom becomes a dungeon and a wide variety of kinky participants pay to attend their BDSM themed weekends.

The books don’t need to be read in order and while each one follows the journey of a particular couple, other familiar characters play recurring supporting roles in each book.

This particular series is not aimed at the reader looking for glamorous escapism. There are no millionaires or secret agents but rather the sort of people one might meet in a dungeon or Munch and they feel very realistic.

This is Sue’s story. Years ago, Sue was a submissive, very much in love with her Dominant, who sadly wasn’t ready for commitment. Sue reinvents herself as Mistress Sue and the Mistress role, like the latex and corsets she favors becomes part of the armor that protects her heart.

Over the years, many of her friends in the lifestyle marry or form committed relationships. Rarely without a male submissive or two in tow, Sue is becoming frustrated with the transient nature of her relationships and for her, “the kinky is becoming mundane.”

Arriving alone at the Bondage Ranch, Sue meets Dane, a Dominant whose primal approach to BDSM is far removed from the formal protocols that Sue is comfortable with. What follows is a dance of Dominance and submission, improvisational in style, which allows Sue to rediscover her long buried submissive self. Dane is a very attractive personality, witty, kind, empathetic and a natural Dominant.

A most enjoyable read which left me wanting to read more about this couples journey.

Reviewed by Ariadne

Taming the Mistress by Sindra van Yssel taming

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This extremely well written novella is the sixth in the authors Bondage Ranch series. The ranch, owned by a kinky couple, normally hosts ballroom dancing events but twice per year, the ballroom becomes a dungeon and a wide variety of kinky participants pay to attend their BDSM themed weekends.

The books don’t need to be read in order and while each one follows the journey of a particular couple, other familiar characters play recurring supporting roles in each book.

This particular series is not aimed at the reader looking for glamorous escapism. There are no millionaires or secret agents but rather the sort of people one might meet in a dungeon or Munch and they feel very realistic.

This is Sue’s story. Years ago, Sue was a submissive, very much in love with her Dominant, who sadly wasn’t ready for commitment. Sue reinvents herself as Mistress Sue and the Mistress role, like the latex and corsets she favors becomes part of the armor that protects her heart.

Over the years, many of her friends in the lifestyle marry or form committed relationships. Rarely without a male submissive or two in tow, Sue is becoming frustrated with the transient nature of her relationships and for her, “the kinky is becoming mundane.”

Arriving alone at the Bondage Ranch, Sue meets Dane, a Dominant whose primal approach to BDSM is far removed from the formal protocols that Sue is comfortable with. What follows is a dance of Dominance and submission, improvisational in style, which allows Sue to rediscover her long buried submissive self. Dane is a very attractive personality, witty, kind, empathetic and a natural Dominant.

A most enjoyable read which left me wanting to read more about this couples journey.

Reviewed by Ariadne

BDSM Outdoors

 

A while ago I signed up to go to an event called Fusion. Fusion is an event held at a resort in Maryland. The attendees stay in cabins, and frolic in the big outdoors – no clothing required. Many of the people who attend are into BDSM. Others are there to embrace their queer or transgendered identity, or just to be around sex-positive people. A friend who had read my Bondage Ranch series was sure I had been before. You’ve nailed the place, she said, in your books. Well, I hadn’t been to anyplace like it, and it was an eye opening experience that is already influencing my writing. sindra1

Now, I’m no stranger to the BDSM scene. But get a thousand people or so together outdoors and it creates a vibe different from what happens in a club, partly because you can’t fit that many people into any club I know of. I was watching, not participating, because I was there without my partner, but I was able to attend a number of workshops. I learned some things about rope bondage, BDSM protocol, predicament bondage, and more.  No matter how much one “knows” there is always a different way to do things.

Outdoor BDSM fascinates me. Some of my favorite scenes involve people improvising – using a tree that happens to be there for a bondage post, for instance. A stump, with a blanket over it to soften the edges, might be just the right height for a sub to lean over for a spanking. The sense that a scene could happen anywhere at any time is hot. Add that to the curious mixture of privacy and exhibitionism that outdoors provides, where one can find a quiet spot but someone might wander by. In most circumstances, of course, having someone wander into a scene is a recipe for disaster. But at Bondage Ranch, or Submission Island, or Fusion, the outdoors has been closed off and made safe – kink-friendly people only.

Being outdoors can tap one into the primal drives that make sex, dominance and submission touch something deep inside us. Sometimes the indoor trappings of a club can help make BDSM seem safer, the familiar toys and furniture helping draw the line between an impact scene and actual abuse in one’s mind. But there are time when it can also seem plastic (well, leather) and unemotional.

The other thing I loved about my experience at Fusion was the variety of activities people engaged in. I’ve always tried to emphasize heroes and heroines who find their own way to do BDSM, rather than doing it the “right way.” The BDSM community in general is very open to a variety of gender expressions and alternative sexuality beyond the dominant-submissive dynamic that attracts me, and people were very accepting of that diversity even if it wasn’t their thing. I enjoyed talking to some people who identify themselves as “primals” – meaning they want to tap into our animal side, although ask any ten BDSM practitioner the meaning of a term, and you’re likely to get eleven different answers. For obvious reasons these folks may prefer being outdoors to being cooped up inside. But I prefer to think we’re all somewhere on a continuum, that those primal urges speak to all of us, even those of us who are most comfortable getting our kink on in a nice, mosquito free dungeon, or the privacy of our own bedrooms. sindra2

I’m offering a giveaway today of two of my books that have outdoor BDSM scenes in them: Passion Flower, and Roped In. I’ll be happy to send one lucky commenter a copy of both books in the format of their choice. Contest ends at midnight Central time on Sunday, Oct 27th.

 

Check out my website at www.sindravanyssel.com , or friend me on facebook (Sindra van Yssel). And don’t forget to comment if you’d like to be included in the book giveaway.

 

On Location by Sindra van Yssel onlocation

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

A headstrong female clashes with a domineering male seems to be a popular theme. Ms. van Yssel’s interpretation of it is arousing and amusing. Teresa’s job is a terrific one. She flies to different locations to determine how it can be used in movies. There are people who have jobs just to check out cities, tropical island and exotic locales? Where does one apply for this job?

Teresa’s latest assignment takes her to Submission Island. It’s a little island in the South Pacific, totally wrong vegetation for the Mediterranean movie she’s been tasked to work on. It makes no sense, but she’s paid to do the job, not question the director. Submission Island is owned by four Doms. The one in resident, Kyle, is a curmudgeon.  He does come across initially as domineering which quickly switches over to dominating. His laconic dialoged and steely glare puts Teresa on the offense. Watching the two of them spar with words and push against each other’s misconception is entertaining.

When the whips and chains come out to play, it gets really good. The BDSM resort female guest rooms are a fantasy come true. This is a bit more fanciful than some of Ms. van Yssel’s other works. While the exquisite erotic tortures perpetuated by Kyle’s experiences hands are to die for, they are more romantically portrayed then her usual realism. It is hawt to read and sexily stimulating. This is the kind of kinky BDSM many readers long for and  Ms. van Yssel delivers.

The focus of the story is Teresa and Kyle’s relationship. This could be just an erotic BDSM awakening story. Ms. van Yssel adds in a surprisingly believable suspense twist. This strengthens the overall story. Tying in secondary characters who become main characters for a set of four in this series also increases the appeal. While I did not read the first book in this series, after reading this one, it makes me want to go read the first one and eagerly await the rest to be written.  Recommended for kinky readers who love romance.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Submissive by Moonlight by Sindra van Yssel submissive

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

A witchy computer nerd and a skeptical cop combine into a magical relationship. Marisa practices her witchcraft in the woods by her house. She works from home in this sleepy village and keeps to herself. People think she’s a flaky one. When her path crosses with Nolan, who is searching for a lost little girl, her secrets are revealed.

Marisa’s help locating a missing girl it the woods makes him very suspicious of her. Marisa “claims to have seen” the girl to help guide Nolan to the right pace. Nolan is a “see it to believe it” kind of guy. Fortunately, Marisa is cleared from being a suspect. Still, she isn’t removed from person of interest status. Nolan finds Marisa may be just a little kinky. In a small town, it’s hard to find a submissive woman to match his dominant desires.

Ms. van Yssel pens a lovely D/s story between two strangers experimenting to see works for them. Nolan is more experienced while Marisa is very new. She’s read a lot of books and found information about BDSM on the internet. She’s never submitted in real life. This interaction between Nolan and Marisa is very realistic. Ms. van Yssel does a great job of showing a newbie’s misconceptions through Marisa. Just as Nolan demonstrates the concerns and worries of a Dom finding a new submissive.

The BDSM in this story is gentle and great for those just learning about BDSM and interested in the D/s parts. Using every day character helps add realism to the story. The characters Ms. van Yssel creates are easily relate-able. She creates a regular guy who is nice, like the guy next door.  The female is quirky yet smart. Giving Marisa a work from home job in computer programming is spot on. Many programmers are in this scenario and it may surprise people how many in the information technology industry dabble in the kinky lifestyle. What is really subtle is how Ms. van Yssel clues the characters into each other’s fetish. This is an excellent example of how someone may go about finding others into the lifestyle. It’s actually not too different than the techniques I use when assessing if a person is kinky or not.

This story is more than just about two people trying out D/s. There is a plot involving building a respectful relationship as well as a bit of suspense. The suspense piece helped add an extra oomph to the story. It fit quite well since Nolan is a cop and it plays to Marisa’s psychic abilities.  This D/s contemporary romance is recommended as a Gateway to BDSM book. It’s perfect for readers just starting to read kinkier books.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Blue Desire by Sindra van Yssel

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Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Kat is looking to re-launch her career as a rocker after breaking up with her ex and her band.  She takes time out for a quick distracting thrill by pretending to be the perfect submissive at BDSM club Le Petit Mort. She quickly sets her sights on Brett as a Dom who can give her what she needs and send her on her way.

Brett’s trying to figure out why Kat thinks she needs to pretend to be something she isn’t. He decides to discover the real woman behind the tough facade, because he can’t resist a challenge, but he doesn’t realize that the real Kat might be the perfect submissive for him after all.

Review:

‘Blue Desire’ is the third book in the Le Petit Mort series by Sindra van Yssel. This was a great read and I had a hard time putting this story down. I read it in one evening. I loved that while it was part of a series it could be read as a standalone without any confusion.

The chemistry between Kat and Brett is amazing. I loved that no matter how many barriers Kat put up Brett was willing to pull them down. This is a couple that I could see making in last.

The sex scenes were molten hot. I enjoyed how honest Kat was with Brett in some ways and worried about her inexperience in others. Brett could read Kat so easily and was not an over the top Dom. Both characters were very realistic.

My only gripe was I would have liked the conflict with Angus resolved more than it was.  Overall, this was a fabulous read and I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

Reviewed by Melissa

Passion Flower by Sindra van Yssel

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

A rare orchard grows on Submission Island, but the four Doms that own it won’t give permission for it to be studied. Natalie is a botanist and goes undercover as a submissive so she can try to locate it and possibly study it in between sessions. What she doesn’t count on is Carter.

 While an island where people can go to experience BDSM/submission is not a new concept, I enjoyed this particular story which is the first one in a series about the Doms. The description of all the Doms were interesting as they were all former military and the island is their refuge.

I had to laugh at some of the antics Natalie pulled to try to find the orchard. Carter actually went easy on her in my opinion; however, he did realize she was not very experienced. Once Carter realized that, he did try to teach her some of the basics. The chemistry between the two was intense.

The author did a good job balancing their relationship once it went past the customer relationship. I really enjoyed reading this one and am looking forward to reading about the rest of the men in the future. I have never been disappointed reading a book about BDSM from this author and this book is no exception. I will be reading this one again.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

 

Blonde and Owner by Sindra van Yssel

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Sometimes a book doesn’t have anything wrong with it, but it just doesn’t have enough right with it to make it a top pick, either.  That’s the case here, where there’s a pleasant story line, very few errors, but also nothing to make you sit up and take notice.

Susan is a tall woman, who everyone assumes can take care of herself-and she can, but sometimes she doesn’t want to.  When her sleezy date takes her  without her knowing it to a BDSM Club, then wants her to be his top, she tells him to get lost.  He tells her she has to leave the club and calls in the owners. But before the situation can get too ugly, Master Vincent steps in and claims her as his submissive.  He has watched her all night, recognizing her need to submit.

He starts testing her limits that night, and the two of them find their mutual attraction leads to great passion and great sex.  He has been a one-night only Dom for many years, but with Susan, he starts breaking his own rules and starts seeing her on a regular basis. Even so, they are both startled when she asks him to train her as his submissive. The book is about the two of them questioning the depth of their feelings toward each other and discovering how much they mean to each other.

The dual point of view is well done-there is no confusion about who is feeling what.  The sex scenes are well done and the book reaches a satisfactory conclusion. The only real flaw I could find is the lack of a complex plot in the book, but the feelings are so well expressed, you don’t notice the plot issue at the time.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read, if not an outstanding effort.

Reviewed by Karen

Bondage Ranch 4: His Little Tart by Sindra van Yssel

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Constance knows her pastries are the best. Hard work and talent ought to mean business success, but somehow she’s barely scraping by. So she takes a job making snacks for the kinky folk at Bondage Ranch. She’s fascinated by what’s going on around her, but she doesn’t have time for play–she’s got a business to run.

All work and no play is no way to live, and Aidan knows that. He’s in Bondage Ranch for a little R&R between business trips that take him all over the world. So when he sees Constance sneaking peeks at BDSM scenes, he decides to find out what she’s like under that chef’s uniform and show her the joys of sex and submission.

Review:

This story is part of series, but does very well as a stand alone novel. The author, Sindra van Yssel, does a great job at balancing the believable aspects with not so believable parts seamlessly blending them together. She makes me want to read the rest of the books in the series.  She also does a good job showing how Constance, or any new person, can be introduced to the BDSM scene. 

Reviewed by Melissa