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Bind by Sierra Cartwright bind

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This was an emotionally charged, highly sensual book with excellent characters and an intriguing plot.

Lara was in an impossible position. Her father refused to change his decades’ old business practices that were driving the family business into bankruptcy. She needed someone on the board to back her. When her friend Erin suggested that Lara marry her brother, Connor, Lara at first scoffed. But when she found out Connor had offered to buy a failing offshoot of the company and been turned down, she rethought her position and asked him to marry her.

She envisioned a marriage of convenience, but Connor had other ideas. If she married him, she would also be his submissive. They decided to try a few nights together so Lara could see if she could handle his demands. She did not just handle them, she thoroughly enjoyed them-and Connor himself. The problem was Connor did not open his heart to anyone. He was strangely attracted to Lara, but his father’s example led him to believe love was messy and emotions dangerous. Can Lara overcome his resistance to love so these two can reach a professional and personal merger?

It took a little bit of time to really get into this story, but once past the tedious negotiation stage, it became riveting. The sex was hot and involved bondage, whipping, spanking and more. I liked Lara, who was a strong woman who felt an obligation to her family. Connor was an awesome Dom, careful with his submissive and watching closely to give her what she needed. He just needed a few kicks to wake him up.

Overall, a very enjoyable read by an author who has become a favorite.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Bind by Sierra Cartwright bind

Link to buy Bind (The Donovan Dynasty)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This was an emotionally charged, highly sensual book with excellent characters and an intriguing plot.

Lara was in an impossible position. Her father refused to change his decades’ old business practices that were driving the family business into bankruptcy. She needed someone on the board to back her. When her friend Erin suggested that Lara marry her brother, Connor, Lara at first scoffed. But when she found out Connor had offered to buy a failing offshoot of the company and been turned down, she rethought her position and asked him to marry her.

She envisioned a marriage of convenience, but Connor had other ideas. If she married him, she would also be his submissive. They decided to try a few nights together so Lara could see if she could handle his demands. She did not just handle them, she thoroughly enjoyed them-and Connor himself. The problem was Connor did not open his heart to anyone. He was strangely attracted to Lara, but his father’s example led him to believe love was messy and emotions dangerous. Can Lara overcome his resistance to love so these two can reach a professional and personal merger?

It took a little bit of time to really get into this story, but once past the tedious negotiation stage, it became riveting. The sex was hot and involved bondage, whipping, spanking and more. I liked Lara, who was a strong woman who felt an obligation to her family. Connor was an awesome Dom, careful with his submissive and watching closely to give her what she needed. He just needed a few kicks to wake him up.

Overall, a very enjoyable read by an author who has become a favorite.

Reviewed by Karen H.

Glass Houses by Helena Maeve glass

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Sometimes our view of ourselves is not the same as how others view us. This becomes increasingly apparent as Miriam Chase reconnects with friends and a past lover. Miriam is the one who people believe would succeed in life. She knew what she wanted and she worked towards it. When she is jobless and ends up being a nanny, she believes she hits rock bottom.  She’s wrong. It gets a little worse because she’s excluded from her best friend’s wedding and her passionate one night stand shows up even sexier than before.

This is a story which many readers may wince in sympathy. Miriam’s view of her life and herself is gloomy and rather depressing. She is embarrassed to some degree, of her job. It’s sad because it’s so easy to see this scenario because many people do look down upon certain jobs. A nanny or “au pair” is a job which impacts lives. Specifically it impacts young and impressionable lives.  For people to ridicule it or take advantage of a female in this position is abhorrent. Miriam is a great care giver and she doesn’t seem to realize it. Her strained interactions with her employers is reasonable as Ms. Hamiltons is a control freak who is cold and uncaring of her children. It’s up to Miriam to provide the love and affection these children are desperately seeking.

To take a story like this and add in kinky femdom is surprising and well done. The BDSM elements to this story are enjoyable. For those who are looking for a realistic dominant female, Miriam is a good example. She is in control of herself and the way she dominates a male is steamy. Especially when her submissive is Elliot McFarland, her one night stand. He is older than her and also a former professor of hers. This makes the sex downright filthy. It is intoxicating to order a man around who is older. For the man to be someone who was previously in a position of authority? Fabulous.

What makes this story interesting is how Miriam’s perception changes by the end of the book.  What she believed to be facts were not as she thought when she learns the other side of the story.  This realization forces Miriam to grow and become a more assured individual. This is what brings the story together even if the ending leaves us hanging. Will there be more to Miriam’s story? What happens next is left for a reader to ponder and hope. This story is a happily for now ending which is quite fitting. This odyssey to self-enlightenment is recommended to femdom lovers who understand rejection may not be what it seems.

Reviewed by Book Addict

alwaystheAlways  the Quiet Ones by Amy Valenti

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

I like the introduction the author put for the story, so I’ll put that here.

Lee rubs me up the wrong way, but he’s sexier than sin. He and our mutual friend Nicola have been pretending they don’t want each other the entire time I’ve known them, but every time I drool over Nicola, Lee gets all territorial. I’m guessing he’s just as much of a Dom as she is a submissive.

As far as I can see, there’s only one solution to this problem—we share Nic. Just for one night of amazing BDSM bliss, to make them realize they belong together. Then I can back off and leave them to their happily-ever-after before Lee tries to make me kneel before him too. I don’t submit to anybody.

Okay, so I don’t get much out of this deal in the long run, but that’s okay. I’m not looking for a permanent relationship anyway, especially not with two people. Even if one of them is the sweetest bisexual sub I’ve ever met and the other makes me want to fight him for the top spot and then ride him all night long…

Even though that section is in first person, the rest of the story is in third and introduces the three characters through each of their points of view. There’s no angst here. Lee hasn’t let himself step out of the friend zone and Nicola has already tentatively explored her submissive nature. Dana is a free spirit out for a good time. Lee and Nicola are in love, but are afraid to spoil their friendship. The characters are simple and straightforward.

This is a quick, fun read and the sex scenes are good. It’s like that bowl of ice cream you have after dinner. Great dessert, but you wouldn’t want it for your whole meal. The conclusion is wrapped up easily and with no messy stuff to get in the way of the happily ever after. The author has made the love between Nicola and Lee believable and Dana’s attitude toward their threesome is as casual as she is.

The BDSM in the story is pretty light and easy. There are times when an author nails that “light and fluffy” story that is like crack to some of us readers. Sometimes I don’t want heavy and angsty. I just want a story that will leave me feeling good at the end. This one delivers.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

All Fired Up by Morticia Knight allfiredup

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

Conflicted romance with dirty smexy sex is a great way to spend an afternoon relaxing. All Fired Up is part of a series and full disclosure, I read this book as a standalone. It can easily be read independent of the others in the series. After reading this one, readers will want to read the others in the series.

Shawn Everly is an officer working the Vegas Strip. He is a bona fide law enforcement officer even if he possesses the body of a Chippendale. When he crosses paths with fireman Trent Marshall, a spark ignites and the sexy time begins. Both Shawn and Trent are drool worthy.  They are boy next door sweet and playgirl calendar hot. From a character design perspective, they are easy to understand and admirable. They are both likable and suffer the superhero syndrome. They believe they are invincible and can save the day, despite the perils of possibly dying.

The plot of this story is good and enjoyable. Ms. Knight does a nice job of adding a mystery to solve. The conflict is heartbreaking as Trent is not over the loss of his previous lover. The similarities between Shawn and Trent’s former lover are too much for him to handle. Ms. Knight shows how people grieve, deny, obsess and finally overcome. Watching Trent spiral out of control and how his family and friends support him is lovely to witness. The comradery of the firemen in this book is appeal and great to see. It enhances the enjoyment of this book.

The sex in this book is delicious. For those who are looking for heavy kinky scenes, this is not the book for you. The sex is not exactly vanilla either, unless one considers shower sex and rough sex to be vanilla. There were no sex toys harmed in the telling of this tale. Kidding aside, the chemistry between the two men is good and arousing. This book is recommended to m/m lovers who want their men in and out of uniform.

Reviewed by Book Addict

thebikersThe Biker’s Pup by Sean Michael

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Lovers of Sean Michael will thoroughly enjoy this m/m kinky biker fest. In Biker’s Pup, a frightened twink, Nick, is found by Whip. Nick’s asshole lover, Dirk, is an abusive top who ignored Nick’s safeword and then beat him. Lucky for Nick, he finds his biker on a Harley to save the day.

This is a cute hook up story spanning a weekend at a gay biker rally. With Bears, Leatherman and bratty bottoms abounding, it can be overwhelming. For someone like Nick who’s never fit in and then left all alone, it’s downright scary. Whip is a gentleman top who finds the boy toy to meet his needs. This serendipitous meeting helps both of them out.

From a character perspective, it’s straightforward. All the characters fit the stereotypes people expect for gay kinky biker men. The plot is uncomplicated and a bit too easily resolved. For those who are Sean Michael fans, expect the requisite pup references as well as growling. The kinky part of this story is mild. Nothing too kinky goes on except for the initial threat which scared Nick so bad. There is a bit of cock teasing as possible sexual hook ups are suggested. For example, Trig,Whip’s best friend asked if Whip would share Nick. Whip flat out replies no.  Then the sneaky imagery is proposed.

“Damn it.” Trig winked right back. “I’d have to admit, if we shared him, we’d squish him.” (pg. 38, Kindle loc. 570-571)

Now I have images of two large hairy bears in leather chaps and nothing else sandwiching a hairless cute twink. Nick is in a ball gag with tears streaming down his face whilst Whip and Trig are shoving their thick cocks up his ass at the same time. Whip and Trig growling and grunting as they squish puppy dog eyes Nick between them. Mr. Michael makes a slight offhand comment and I’m falling down into the gutter. This quickie kinky m/m erotica is recommended for those who love happily ever afters for lost little boys toys.

Reviewed by Book Addict

A Weekend Unbound by S. Dora weekend

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

How much can a Dom ask of his submissive? And how much of himself?

For Derek and Tyler, Dominance and submission have been part of their love right from the first hello. But now Derek wants his submissive to go as deep as he is physically and emotionally able to. During two days and two nights, there are no safety words and very few limits. This is their chance to demonstrate their love for one another through the most extreme scenes they’ve ever played.

There is, however, one rule to trump all others for Tyler—to protect Sir’s most loved possession, even if it means disobedience or going against his own need to submit to his Master without question or complaint.

This weekend will open up levels of their relationship they’ve never dreamed of before.

Review:

Perhaps the first thing you’ll want to know about “A Weekend Unbound” is that the two main characters aren’t as insanely reckless as the blurb might make them out to be. While it’s true that Tyler can’t use a safeword to stop a particular activity, he is free to stop at any time, although that does mean a complete halt to the weekend’s experiment, which is, in effect, a test for both men to see if they can move their relationship from one of Dom and submissive to Master and slave. Derek also promises to respect Tyler’s hard limits, so there’s unlikely to be anything he can’t handle, even if it’s something he doesn’t like. This is all discussed, albeit in very stiff dialog, in the first few pages.

Once the formalities are taken care of and Tyler agrees to wear Derek’s collar for the whole weekend, the fun truly begins. Derek has made some rather meticulous plans for his sub, including quite a few things he knows Tyler won’t like. The experiment is as much about Derek finding out if he can cope with being a full-time Dom as it is about testing Tyler’s limits. He has planned out the weekend in great detail, done extensive research, and developed contingencies, but he’s still nervous.

Over the course of the two days, sessions in the mens’ playroom are interspersed with less intense but no less important domestic scenes. Tyler spends a lot of this time kneeling at Derek’s feet, waiting for his master to feed him, pet him, or simply pay attention to him. He has to learn to give up complete control of his body to Derek for them to fully realize their goal.

The scenes in the playroom are very hot, and will probably make you squirm as well now and then. Although the focus is certainly on pain, and Derek does return more than once to the toys that he knows Tyler doesn’t like, the action doesn’t get repetitious. There are a wide variety of scenes played out over the course of the weekend. Beyond that, there’s even an explicit acknowledgement of when Tyler’s body has had enough of any given kind of punishment and needs to recover. This is very unlike what you find in a lot of BDSM fiction, where people are subjected to an unrealistic amount of abuse, and enjoying it. Derek and Tyler may be testing their limits, but contrary to what the blurb might suggest, they’re trying to do it in a very safe and sane way.

There’s very little to the story outside of the weekend they spend testing themselves, so we don’t get to know much of their individual backstory or even the course of their relationship that has led them to this point. However, Tyler and Derek do come across as real people with real emotions, so you will almost certainly come to care for one or both of them as they go through their ordeal.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Claim by Sierra Cartwright claim

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her. Kennedy Aldrich has perfected the art of dodging any romantic entanglement that will lead to marriage. That is until he sees Mackenzie Farrell at a BDSM gathering. When they meet, he’s entranced by her intelligence and submission, not to mention her stunning good looks. For the first time, he has met a woman who captivates his interest on every level, someone he wants to share his life with. Mackenzie is overwhelmed by Kennedy’s attentions. A failed marriage taught her to distrust men, and she’s vowed never to walk down the aisle again. It takes all her resolve to resist the devilishly handsome Dominant. After all, the whole world knows of his legendary reputation with women. Every feminine instinct warns that this man will demand more than she can offer. But she hasn’t counted on Kennedy’s determination to claim her and prove that love is worth any risk.

Review:

This was a sexy addition to the author’s Bonds series.

Kennedy Aldrich isn’t looking for any long term relationship, but he has jumped in to save McKenzie before. When he meets her again in his BDSM club, the attraction he felt then was increased. Just dancing with her to show her ex she had moved on had set off sparks for both of them, but neither had acted on them. But now Kennedy was of a mind to move forward with Zee.

However, McKenzie is wary of relationships after a bad breakup. She trusted Kennedy with her body, but can she trust him with her heart and allow him to claim their future?

This was a lively, emotional read with a vulnerable heroine, yummy hero and intricate plot.  Expect a variety of BDSM play, both in and out of the club.

Reviewed by Karen H

Owned For Christmas by Willa Edwards ownedforchristmas_exlarge_PNG-210x336

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Kate is meeting her boyfriend’s mother for the first time for the Christmas holidays. Though Kate loves Daniel, she’s keeping a secret from him about her past lover, a Dominant who broke her heart. When she and Daniel arrive in Colorado, Kate discovers that her past lover is Daniel’s brother, Grant. Torn in two, Kate must decide if she wants the loving security that Daniel has always given her or the Dominance that Grant provides.

This is emotional turmoil done right. I could feel the way Kate was tempted in both directions and her despair at having to choose between her needs and her heart. There was a lot to like about this story, but I want to address some things that were a problem for me.

First of all, I have a tough time with people who don’t talk to each other. Kate has been with Daniel for a year, lovers for a while, close enough to use the word “love” with each other. Yet, Kate hasn’t told Daniel about her needs and wants. Daniel knows she’s holding back. She’s feeling unfulfilled. Yet, neither of them express their doubts and frustrations.  This harkens back to the old “misunderstanding” trope that keeps people apart in stories. Other issues I had was that I’m told that Kate is a “strong submissive” who gave Grant, the Dom, a run for his money.  Unfortunately, I didn’t see this Kate in the story. Kate does a lot of crying and angsting. Not a whole lot of communicating. And Daniel is inconsistent. He seems completely innocent of BDSM practices to the point that he yells at his brother when he feels that Grant is being too violent, but he also says he’d heard about his brother’s deviant practices.

The whole “let’s share” issue seemed to be handled sufficiently, but I didn’t like that Daniel accepted the idea only because he didn’t want to lose Kate. It’s sweet and a massive sacrifice, but it felt very blackmailish to me. (Not that Kate demands this. Not at all.). Daniel was sometimes too nice, his warmth and sweetness a little hard to believe. Also, I wondered what Grant and Daniel’s Mom was going to think about all this and did the three lovers intend to hide it from her. All in all, these issues were overshadowed by what I consider a good, solid story.

What’s right about this book is the careful handling of the D/s relationship. The understanding that Daniel is a vanilla guy and that Grant is a Dominant that met different needs in Kate was well done. I liked the way the story put me in Kate’s dilemma without giving her an easy out.  The choice does seem cut and dried. Does she choose the sexual satisfaction of her submissive nature?  Or does she deny it for the awesome trade off of intense, beautiful love? I was worried halfway into the story that there would be a simple solution. But there isn’t and the story doesn’t give one. The resolution is as complicated as it needs to be. The relationship between the three of them seems to fit together and both men fill a different need in a very hot, very sexy way.

To be honest though, in Kate’s shoes, it would have been a no-brainer. As nice as Daniel is, I’d have dumped him in a heartbeat for Grant. But that’s my twisted submissive talking. The BDSM in this story is good, but nothing hardcore. The vanilla sex is steamy and erotic, just the way I like it, and the D/s play is perfectly done. I enjoyed this book and would love to read more from this author.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland

rockstarRock Star by Nan Comarque

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 0 out of 5

Review:

Maggie Ward is Finn Carter’s lawyer, with him since he was a fifteen year old unknown rocker just hitting the big time. Now, he’s an international star with a belt full of conquests and a wall full of gold records. I love the give and take in their interactions, the way she sets him down and yet, gets flustered (without showing it). I love the way the respond to each other. This is a fabulous love story about two people who know what they want but think it’s out of reach. A motorcycle accident places Finn in Maggie’s house where the smoldering sexual tension finally reaches fever pitch and the hot sex ensues.

This is NOT a kinky book at all. There isn’t any. Unless you count the one byplay where she says “Whatever you say, Finn.”  and he replies “That’s what I like to hear”.  No BDSM. No real kink. It’s erotic. It’s a good story. I enjoyed it, but if you’re expecting any kinky stuff here, then you’ll be disappointed. The only other issue I had with the story was the unprotected sex was way beyond stupid knowing what she knows about him. He sleeps with a lot of women and having sex with him was inviting all of them into her bed. It’s addressed, but not enough for me.

Onto what’s great about this book. I loved the way Finn pursued what he wanted. He knew from the beginning and set out to get it. Maggie’s reluctance is completely understandable and very real. And the characters?  Perfectly drawn. Finn is, as expected, a little dysfunctional and screwed up. Maggie is uptight and job centered. I liked both of them and I rooted for their happy ending.

This book isn’t about over the top angst or anything. It’s a simple love story with some great sex and great characters. I’d definitely read this author again, but this time I’d be ready for the lack of kink.

Reviewed by Jennifer Leeland