Steam and Spurs
Pink Flamingo Publications [link to buy]
Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
Johnny Stone is a throwback uncivilized cowboy from the proud Republic of Texas. In this alternate world where Steampunk replaces electronic technology, Johnny is a broken bounty hunter with nothing to lose. His latest assignment sounds more like a suicide mission which he hasn’t thought out clearly. Ill prepared, he’s constantly humiliated by others on the ship he’s taking to his destination. The only redeeming light is his encounter with the ship’s captain.
Captain Rainia Morwin lusts after Johnny to her detriment. A Femdom by culture and upbringing, she’s a switch searching for a strong male dominant. She clings onto Johnny for some unfathomable reason. I found very little in character of Johnny to be likeable or redeeming. He doesn’t turn me on and the way he participated in the downfall of Rainia makes me like him even less.
What didn’t work for me in this story was how far and quickly Rainia fell from her position of authority. I didn’t find it believable nor did I find it pleasurable. It confused me and actually caused me to find her disappointing and I was a bit disgusted with her. Johnny was a character who came across as a lucky SOB without any redeeming qualities. Sure he can get his dick up and screw the brains out of Rainia, but other than that, I do not understand his allure. He’s unable to plan and think ahead. Nor is he able to predict the consequences of his actions. People like this are on my list to avoid. The character development in this story just didn’t do it for me.
Promise of Silk
Evernight Publishing [link to buy]
Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
An airship pirate who ran away from his soul crushing London life, finds himself at an infamously decadent carnival out in the English countryside. A fellow pirate does his best to convince him to go and sample the lovely women of The Row, but Buck isn’t sure he ever wants a woman again.
That is until a mysterious siren in a red dress and mask sits down across from him, entrancing him instantly. He follows her back to her red silk tent, where she puts him through his paces, whetting his appetite for more erotic delights. Each time he returns, she brings him further beyond his boundaries, while learning that he can help her break her bonds.
The Promise of Silk is a short steampunk story that has a few BDSM elements in it. Even though I usually like my men to be more alpha that Buck is in this story, I actually started to like him and how he comes to grips with the situations presented.
The woman in red makes her living pleasing men. Only she does it on her terms only. Those terms don’t even seem to include sex most of the time. She is simply more interested in controlling a mans pleasure along with when and how he receives it. The BDSM is in your face, in my opinion, but it is there with bondage and just the aura this woman has.
The story really focuses on Buck and his issues as he grows and overcomes them. There are a few twists and turns that really keep a reader engaged in the story. if you like a strong woman who is not over the top in your face and a man who has a submissives strength, pick up The Promise of Silk and enjoy a different type of story.
One of the most surprising things to me about my second novel, Iron Dominance, is how rapt many readers are in the fetish clothes in the story. I’m a very visual sort of writer so whether I’m describing the structure of a landship (armored tank) or the design of a corset, I often will go into quite a bit of detail. Not too much, I hope, but enough to give the reader a good picture in their head. Here’s the corset:
“In a tall mirror, she saw herself, dressed in a black corset paneled with satin. Coming down from a halter, pearl ropes fanned out over each breast with her nipples peeking out between. A tiny skirt of chiffon, divided at the crotch, barely made it as far as her upper thighs. Lines of seed pearls undulated down the satin, and a string of larger pearls dived deeply between her legs, emphasizing the split lips of her sex. She could feel it run up between the cheeks of her bottom at the back. Even as she looked, she felt a renewed throb, for every movement she made, from breath to heartbeat to shift of feet, moved the line of pearls and rubbed against her clit.”
For some reason this piece of clothing is the biggest hit of them all. I cannot find a real corset anywhere close to it though, and I’ve tried. One reader plans to actually make it. Now that, if it happens would be utterly amazing for me to see. Something imaginary made real.
Loose-Id [link to buy]
Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Raised from childhood as an assassin, Claire finds her world knocked off kilter when Theo Kevonis, a rich, ex-Air Corp nobleman, rescues her from an airship crash. Being a soldier of a hostile nation she cannot reveal her identity. Theo sinks his steely Dom fingers into her heart and soul, showing her the pleasures to be found in surrendering to his touch. Captivated, Claire binds herself in lie after lie rather than risk losing the one man who’s ever loved her.
When her loathsome commander returns from the dead, her deceit is uncovered. Despairing and in anguish, Claire must find a way to win back Theo’s trust and destroy the man who threatens them both.
Another great book by Cari Silverwood!
Who knew Steampunk could be so sexy. Iron Dominance is the first Steampunk book I have read and I was very impressed. My inner tomboy enjoyed all the different machinery and I thought Cari did a great job of drawing us into Claire and Theo’s world. But, enough about the machinery!
Claire and Theo’s growing attraction was what really drew me in to this story. Claire is definitely wary of Theo and all his security people at first but that wariness slowly gives way to the growing attraction that Claire and Theo feel towards each other. I don’t want to give too much away as I think this is a definite must read for any BDSM lovers. Let’s just say that Theo has some interesting ideas for punishment and Claire definitely gets to experience them. I really liked the relationship that developed between Claire and Theo. They both learnt a lot along the way, not only about each other, but themselves also.