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A Lovely Shade of Ouch by Tymber Dalton alovely

Link to buy A Lovely Shade of Ouch [Suncoast Society] (Siren Publishing Sensations)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

When Tymber Dalton is “on” as she is in this book, very few authors can touch her. She can draw you into the story, wring your emotions and leave you in tears or laughing out loud.

Abby Rockland’s life is a mess: her back injury is keeping her from moving freely and requires surgery; and her boyfriend is taking off for another part of the country leaving her homeless. Her only option is to move in with her friend, Tilly and her men, Landry and Chris.  That is until John Giloman (Gilo at the BDSM Club) offers to take her in. At the club, John plays up his role as a smart mouth sub, while Abby is a Dom, but as the two discover more about each other, they find they can both enjoy being top or bottom. For John, taking care of Abby is a way to work through his grief at the loss of his best friend.

Abby also discovers how much was lacking in her relationship with her boyfriend as John takes care of her in ways the ex didn’t even dream of. John even builds a home for Abby’s tortoise, George, at his house. Can these two oddly matched people find long term happiness?

I loved all the characters except the idiot ex. I really wanted Abby to release Tilly on Tom, even though prison orange isn’t flattering to Tilly. I loved John-his humor, his caring, his sense of responsibility. I totally sympathized with Abby and Tilly and her crew are always fun members of the Suncoast Society.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book by an author who can range from mediocre to off the charts. Expect bondage, suspension, flogging, caning and more, but the sex only enhances the story as the two main characters learn to be switches.

Reviewed by Karen H.

alovelyA Lovely Shade of Ouch by Tymber Dalton

Link to buy A Lovely Shade of Ouch [Suncoast Society] (Siren Publishing Sensations)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

When Tymber Dalton is “on” as she is in this book, very few authors can touch her. She can draw you into the story, wring your emotions and leave you in tears or laughing out loud.

Abby Rockland’s life is a mess: her back injury is keeping her from moving freely and requires surgery; and her boyfriend is taking off for another part of the country leaving her homeless. Her only option is to move in with her friend, Tilly and her men, Landry and Chris.  That is until John Giloman (Gilo at the BDSM Club) offers to take her in. At the club, John plays up his role as a smart mouth sub, while Abby is a Dom, but as the two discover more about each other, they find they can both enjoy being top or bottom. For John, taking care of Abby is a way to work through his grief at the loss of his best friend.

Abby also discovers how much was lacking in her relationship with her boyfriend as John takes care of her in ways the ex didn’t even dream of. John even builds a home for Abby’s tortoise, George, at his house. Can these two oddly matched people find long term happiness?

I loved all the characters except the idiot ex. I really wanted Abby to release Tilly on Tom, even though prison orange isn’t flattering to Tilly. I loved John-his humor, his caring, his sense of responsibility. I totally sympathized with Abby and Tilly and her crew are always fun members of the Suncoast Society.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book by an author who can range from mediocre to off the charts. Expect bondage, suspension, flogging, caning and more, but the sex only enhances the story as the two main characters learn to be switches.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Crafty Bastards by Tymber Dalton crafty

Link to buy

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

This was a good read, with interesting characters, a fun story line, and a little suspense.

Cali Charleston has been dumped by her boyfriend, found a new apartment, but ended up homeless after a fire. Max Trendle and Sean Dennison have had their eye on Cali, in spite of their own bumpy past. They bet they can get her to call red in a scene and if she loses, she spends six months in their house, with or without “benefits.” She loses the bet and discovers the benefits are well worth the loss.

But the woman who caused the two toolmakers a lot of trouble in the past, isn’t done with them and tries to poison Cali’s relationship with the men, playing on Cali’s own vulnerabilities. Will she win or will Cali be able to establish a relation with Max and Sean.

I liked all the characters in the book.  Max and Sean are caring Doms who take good care of their sub- and of each other. Cali is willing to admit when she is wrong and works to overcome her past. The cat bondage scene is hysterical.

Overall, this was a pleasant little book with some deliberate humor, and people you would like to meet.  Expect some M/M play, double penetration, bondage, flogging,  and more.

Reviewed by Karen

Isabella’s Submission by Caitlyn O’Leary isabellas

Link to buy Isabella’s Submission [Fate Harbor 4] (Siren Publishing Menage Amour)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

While this book features some BDSM elements, it is primarily an adventure/romance about a trio who takes on the problem of white slavery involving illegal immigrants.

When school teacher Isabella finds the camp of immigrants that are being held against their will, she starts to go to the cops, but realizes at least some of them are involved in the incarceration.  She undertakes a rescue operation, and successfully removes some of the children from the camp, but falls ill due to an injury she suffers in the rescue. Fate Harbor residents Leif and Caleb have been keeping an eye on Isabella, and come to her rescue. They use her required recuperation to bind her to them. They also use the time to emphasize her submissive nature and overcome her belief she doesn’t deserve happiness because of an incident in her teen years.

Although this is an interracial romance, the race issue is minimized. The issue of a ménage is of far more concern than the combination of a Hispanic woman, white man and black man.

The sex scenes sizzle and include bondage, spanking, anal play, flogging and more, along with the ménage activity.

Overall, an enjoyable read and a welcome addition to the Fate Harbor series.

Reviewed by Karen H.

A Perfect Trio by Jade Belfry perfecttrio

Link to buy A Perfect Trio [Club Perfect 2] (Siren Publishing Menage Amour)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Stef is a BDSM trainer who specializes in couples having problems with their relationship. His work has become an obsession, helping to distract him from the problems in his own life. When his old friend James, the owner of Club Perfect, calls in a favor, Stef can’t refuse.

James asks him to work with one couple only for the next eight weeks. Terry and Mark are high school sweethearts who have had trouble reconnecting since Terry was rescued from a Human Trafficking Ring. This training could make or break their relationship, and it could be Stef’s greatest challenge yet.

Through training they make some progress, but soon the three begin having problems keeping their professional and private relationships separate. Could the answer to their problems be a ménage?

Suddenly the Traffickers kidnap Terry again. Stef and Mark must work together to free the woman they love. Only once she is safe can they truly become A Perfect Trio.

Review:

It was very difficult to stay involved in this book because it was slow moving. It was annoying to have Mark constantly ask for Terry’s permission to do something during a scene. He’s the Dom, she’s the sub, when they’re in a scene, unless she calls her Safeword, her body is his to do with as he will. Mark is a very ‘weak’ Dom in my opinion. I wasn’t too awfully impressed with Stef either. I understand that there are underlying issues for Terry, but the character wasn’t too likeable to me.

Review by Cat

keepingKeeping Sarah by Julie Shelton

Link to buy Keeping Sarah [Sequel to Owning Sarah] (Siren Publishing Menage and More)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Honeymooning in England, Jesse Colter, Adam Sinclair and their beloved wife, Sarah, are heading for their friend Thorne Cahill’s BDSM club for dinner when another car deliberately tries to run them off the road. Thanks to their own driver’s skills, the other car is destroyed, the two unknown occupants killed.

Through Thorne, they discover that they’re the targets of a “blood feud”, instigated by Konstandin Sokolov, son of Viktor Sokolov, the Albanian mobster who had unwisely kidnapped Sarah a few months back, and paid for it with his life. They also discover that Thorne’s guests, ruthless human traffickers, have gathered for a slave auction being held the following night. Konstandin Sokolov happens to be one of the buyers.

Fraught with treachery, betrayal, and deadly danger, Keeping Sarah keeps the reader on a knife’s edge of tension, while simultaneously exploring the deepening emotional commitment between Jesse and Adam. They already trust each other with their lives. Now they must learn how to trust each other with their love.

Review:

This book is a satisfying conclusion to the series. My biggest issue with the book is the recurring sex scenes between Sarah, Jesse, and Adam. They are pretty much all the same. It’s good to see that Adam and Jesse finally get to have their moment and realize their feelings for each other. I would have liked to have read a scene with just the two of them doing more than kissing and doing more without Sarah. There’s nothing wrong with the two of them loving each other without having to always have Sarah in the picture. All in all, this is a good read and a good ending to the trilogy.

Review by Cat

Switching Mercedes by Jan Graham switching

Link to buy Switching Mercedes [Wylde Shore 3] (Siren Publishing Menage and More)

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

This story had all the ingredients for a great read: a complex plot including a murder mystery, two hot Doms, a strong heroine, good writing, good characters, and hot sex scenes, but it just didn’t hold my attention. It took me a while to determine what the problem was, and I finally decided it was the original concept of turning a professional Domme into a submissive.

Mercedes has her own business offering professional domination services to a select clientele.  Zane has been pursuing her for some time, and they have a bet that if he wins the Business of the Year Award, she will be his submissive for a week.His winning that bet is complicated by the fact that his twin, Ash, is in town and using his BDSM Club as the front for his mercenary activities.It is also complicated by the fact that a serial killer has targeted Mercedes as his next victim.

What Zane doesn’t know is that Mercedes had a bad experience as a teenager and the idea of being with more than one man at a time freaks her out. Can he overcome her fears, gain her submission and keep her safe while sharing her with his brother?

My problem was why someone who wants a submissive woman would go after someone who is a professional dominatrix. Why not go after someone who is a submissive? And why would a strong woman who has built her life around being in control, to the point of alienating her family, all of a sudden decide she wants to turn over control to someone else?

Expect bondage, impact play, wax play, anal play and double penetration.

Rating: 3.5 paddles for story and 4 stings for kink.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Miss You, Sir by January Rowe jr-qb-missyousir3140214_0158

Link to buy Miss You, Sir [Quinn Brothers] (Siren Publishing Classic)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1.5 out of 5

Review:

Miss You, Sir is an interesting book, although it feels lacking in overt scenes. The book starts out with a great fire play scene starring our two main characters, Tern and Jill Quinn. That scene basically encompasses the actual kink that occurs in this book. The couple of sex scenes are, at best, would be considered rough sex. Tern’s Dominance is based much more on passive style. He does not have any rules, except Jill cannot change her hair. Later in the book, she mentions about cutting her hair, and Tern acquiesces for various reasons. Jill is definitely service oriented, and her world seems to revolve around Tern, but again, everything comes across as very passive. So, this is not the book to read for smoldering sex scenes, or wild, kinky BDSM play.

However, the base story plot is where it is interesting. At the beginning of the book, Jill’s sister Kim shows up on the doorstep with her daughter in tow. Kim asks Tern and Jill to watch Poppy, her daughter, for the weekend, then never comes back to pick her up. The main story involves the changes in their lives Tern and Jill must make to suddenly accommodate having a 5 year old child in their hedonistic lives. This is the part that will appeal to a lot of people because a lot of couples in the kink/BDSM lifestyle must try and balance that lifestyle with the vanilla existence of children, school, neighbors, etc.

The title of the book comes from this part of the story. Tern, in an effort to raise enough money to pay for the legal fees involved in trying to adopt Poppy, as well as having income to try and lead a “normal” life leaves to go work construction in the North Dakota oil fields while Jill and Poppy stay behind in San Francisco. The main part of the story is the drifting back and forth of Tern and Jill and not completely understanding what each other needs and wants while they are separated. The resolution happens when Tern finally comes home and seemingly everything is perfect again, and none of what happened matters. Not so sure that part is how it should be, but a book needs a happy ending, right?

Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven

 

The Defiant Ones by Anna Keraleigh defiantones

Link to buy The Defiant Ones [Love Conquers All 1] (Siren Publishing Classic)

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Review:

I was really disappointed that I couldn’t give this book for any points for the sting factor because there were just so many opportunities for some awesome kink to take place. Even though there wasn’t any kink taking place, there were some really nice sex scenes going on.

The book opens up in modern times with Sorcha, who is a witch and also the outcast of her family for not being able to do anything quite right. The reader finds her in a museum on an old ship practicing her magic like always, but today, something didn’t exactly go as planned. She finds herself in the middle of an ocean and not only there, but back in time as well.

Next, we find ourselves in a Roman coliseum where Queen Larina of the Amazons has been spending the day fighting for her life, getting  ready to face the champion of Rome. During her battle with the champion of Rome, Brennus, decides he doesn’t want to kill her, but help her escape. Both of them are able to escape the guards of the coliseum, but not before Brennus can save his sister from the slaver that holds her. They both swim out to a ship hoping for safety and this is when they meet Sorcha. Out of panic to avoid being captured once again by the Romans, Sorcha uses her magic to get them out of harm’s way. Instead of moving them to another location, she’s moved them forward a few years.

Brennus is still hellbent on freeing his sister so he and Larina make their way back to land to find out about his sister. They find out from an old friend of Brennus that his sister has passed during the years and had a son, who is now the champion of Rome. Even though his sister can no longer be saved, Brennus will not rest until he is able to save his nephew. During their time on land, the passion and attraction between Brennus and Larina that started on the ship starts to grow and flourish, even against Larina’s will. With that passion come some very steamy scenes between the two, leaving the reader wanting for more to happen between these two characters.

The Defiant Ones was a very quick read, which did leave me a bit disappointed because I was really left wanting to hear more of the story of Brennus and Larina and even more about Sorcha. I am looking forward to hearing more about the couple in future works.

Reviewed by Tequila Rose

defiantonesThe Defiant Ones by Anna Keraleigh

Link to buy The Defiant Ones [Love Conquers All 1] (Siren Publishing Classic)

Story Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): .5 out of 5

Review:

The Defiant Ones is the first novella in the Love Conquers All series. It is a story of time travel, brutality and revenge. The main characters in this novella are Sorcha (a witch from an unspecified futuristic date where cities float above the earth), Queen Larina of the Amazons and Brennus the Champion of Rome (a Roman gladiator). Larina and her tribe of Amazons were enslaved by the Romans and brought to Rome to do battle against gladiators for the amusement of the populace. Larina was pitted against Brennus in a battle to the death, but they instead worked together to escape the arena and find freedom. The freedom they found was in the form of a strange looking ship, anchored in the nearby harbor, captained by Sorcha. Sorcha tried to perform a simple spell that ended up going awry and landed her and her antique ship in ancient Rome with no knowledge of how to get back to her own time. While she was trying to figure that out, Larina and Brennus swam out to her ship and asked for her help them evade the Romans. She agreed and not only sheltered them overnight, but even performed another time traveling spell so the ship and all those contained in it traveled forward in time together (to the same location in the harbor) in order to escape their pursuers. In this not too distant future, Brennus and Larina verntured out into the city to kill Romans, and save and avenge loved ones and friends. While they helped one another in their efforts, feelings developed between the two warriors. But would they ever be able to develop a relationship based on their differing views of gender roles? Would they be successful in their efforts to free and avenge their loved ones? And when in time will they go next?

The Defiant Ones had an interesting premise. The author had a lot of good ideas, but the final product did not live up to it’s potential. The characters were likable. However, the author clumsily mixed modern and ancient verbiage in such a way that detracted from the story. In addition, the author’s continual use of profanity was off-putting. While this reviewer is able to understand that a good deal of the profanity was used as a way to illustrate the distain the two warriors held for the Romans, it did not fit with the time period or the general speech of the characters. In addition, based on common knowledge of Amazons, Larina’s actions, motivations and interactions with Brennus do not make sense and rang false; most especially for a character touted as being the Queen of the Amazons and thus the protector of a society of women who looked upon men as tools, not as valued companions worthy of love or affection.

The Sting Factor is very low in this book. There are a couple of scenes of sex in secluded public places and mild domination. The domination could best be described as the two warriors acting as switches (where they each alternately took turns dominating the other). In addition, the scenes of domination were relatively brief and unimaginative.

Overall, this book was a valiant effort at a unique story idea, but it’s execution was its downfall.

Reviewed by: Christine