Switching the Control by Victoria Blisse
Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Isn’t it just like an insecure man to blackmail a woman into sexual servitude when she’s in the way of his career? Melissa is a workaholic for Grimly and Vimes. She puts in long hours and weekends. She possesses no social life to speak of, but it’s all good because she is so close to gaining partnership. Richard sacrifices the same as Melissa and he needs just a little bit more of an edge to ensure he gains the upper hand. When he finds a little discrepancy in Melissa’s CV, he takes full advantage of it.
The characters in this short story are not overly endearing. Both Melissa and Richard are cold and guarded – neither one trust easily. They are essentially the same person in many ways, except one is a woman and the other is a man. Melissa’s very stupid claim on her CV is something that happens quite often in the real world, so it is believable. Even though it is a rather asinine thing to do, because the truth will always be found out.
What makes this story fun is the sex. Richard forces Melissa to obey his every whim. He focuses on sexual gratification and at times, humiliation. He even spices it up with some exhibitionist fun. Ms. Blisse writes arousing smexy D/s scenes and this is what makes the book an enjoyable read. Since the servitude is only one quick week, it doesn’t leave much room for robust character or world building. The ending is a bit abrupt and the explanations gush out a little too fast. Still, it ties up the open questions and resolves into a plausible happily ever after. It would be nice if the servitude was designed to be a month instead of a week. If there was a slower build up of kinky misbehaviours to intense BDSM scenes, this would have enhanced the book. It would have also increased the length of this book to provide a longer read. This kinky book is recommended to readers who enjoy a little dubious consensual workplace relations.
Reviewed by Book Addict
Fulfill Me by Victoria Blisse
Story rating – 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
The main thing that BDSM erotica fans should know about Victoria Blissee’s Fulfill Me is that it is primarily a romantic erotic book, which happens to have segments featuring femdom scenarios and a little naughty spanking. The femdom elements of the story transpire when the main character, in an attempt to reel-in the man of her dreams, whom she has lusted after and stalked for years, postures as a mistress and succeeds at fulfilling his fantasies but not her own.
Ultimately she gets bored with his need for a D/s only sexual relationship and kicks him to the curb. From there she finally hooks up with Mr. Right – not vanilla exactly but not into BDSM – and, after almost losing him, appears to be headed for happily ever after by the end of the book. This is not the sort of book I would gravitate to, but it is fairly well written. The story is told in a chatty style from the prospective of a British woman in her late twenties. It has a coherent plot, well-rounded characters and lots of steamy sex – almost too much actually.
Reviewed by Jim Lyon
Masquerading Hearts by Victoria Bliss
Story rating: 1 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 0 out of 5
This story no doubt belongs someplace else other than BDSM Book Reviews, unless one looks at the actions of the main character as indulging in self abuse as a form of BDSM. Although even then the self abuse is not really BDSM, but rather it is a result of depression.
The premise of the book is a woman discovers her boy friend in a sexual position with someone else and reacts. She first begins with breaking up with him and completely separating herself from him. She then goes on a self destructive binge of different sexual partners.
The sexual descriptions are adequate, but the story itself as it plays out feels terribly contrived. If it seems as though I am giving short shrift to this story it is because it doesn’t appear to meet any of the criteria that have been set at BDSM Book Reviews. I wasn’t expecting to read what I would describe as a romance for this site. I’m also not a great lover of Romance stories,and this was too predictable in the end. It was not a good match for this reviewer.
Reviewed by Ronni
Reluctant Muse by Victoria Blisse
Story rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Carrie is a shy student who works in a fast food joint to make ends meet. Her boss is a bully and she meets Jamie when he stands up for her. She’s got terrible self esteem problems, but Jamie is an artist and wants to paint her naked. He’s also a dominant and he wants to play with her submissive side. Can Carrie overcome her fears and the ghosts of her past to fully give in to Jamie?
Reluctant Muse is a shorter story of about 75 pages that is a bit sweet and a bit hot. It has a little D/s play that spices things up, but it seems forced and immature – that may have to do with the age of the characters. This is a story that a little spanking and bondage that spices it up.
Carrie and Jamie are college students who meet at work. Jamie pushes Carrie in a lot of ways to help her overcome her past and self-esteem issues. Those situations work, but not that great. While sometimes we can see thatJamie cares for Carrie, the way he pushes makes him feel like more of a bully than a Dominant.
I did like Jamie’s support of Carrie and some of the ways he pushed her to overcome her fears. I had problems with Reluctant Muse when it comes to editing – names were wrong in several spots. This story also seemed disjointed at times. While it has its sexy, hot moments, the overall story just didn’t flow well for me.
Reviewed by Star
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
BDSM/Kink: 2 out of 5 Sting factor
Third title is the Rendezvous trilogy, part of Xcite Book’s Ultimate Curves Rubenesque Range.
Wedding bells start to ring and as Leanna works single-handedly to keep her family the strain starts to show. A rare break gives Joe the opportunity to arrange the wildest rendezvous of all. Where he dominates Leanna in the public park with an audience to witness her spanking.
But when Joe’s mother arrives a few days before the wedding Leanna soon learns why he came to the UK to get away from her. When Joe runs away again what can she do to get him back? Will Leanna’s dream wedding happen at all?
First, let me start off by stating this is the first book I have read in this trilogy and also the first book I have read by Victoria Blisse. I do enjoy her writing style and will be looking to read more in the future.
Wild Rendezvous is a fun story that reads very quickly. Having not read the first two books, it takes a few pages to get into the swing of things between Leanna and Joe, but it’s not a bad transition. Leanna is a strong woman and a good character to invest your time in. Joe is an honorable man that is helping take care of his soon to be wife and her daughter. I did enjoy both characters without having the background on them. Wild Rendezvous seems like a great conclusion to the trilogy.
As far as the BDSM content in this book. It’s bedroom / “slap and tickle” type instances. Most of the story does not revolve around it. I would consider Wild Rendezvous a romance with a few spicy love scenes. Overall very enjoyable but if you are shopping for BDSM this probably isn’t the first story I would recommend.
Reviewed by Star
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
What a delightful experience I had reading this short novella. Naughty Rendezvous by Victoria Blisse is the first publication in a three part Rendezvous Series. The story revolves around Joe and Leanna. They’ve been chatting on the Internet and even though they have met before in person, Leanna has always had her baby with her so getting down and dirty with each other has been out of the question. Naughty Rendezvous takes the reader along on the couple’s first naughty encounter.
Even though the story is only 47 pages in length, the characters are quite well developed. You get to know the background to each, or some of it, and both Joe and Leanna are very likable. Joe is a Dom and Leanna is keen to learn a little bit about being submissive to him. Joe lovingly leads Leanna into some light activities. Spanking, some role play, and light bondage have Leanna wanting more. And I’m hoping she gets more in the second book. It was nice to read a story where the author allowed the outside activities of the characters to co-exist with their sexual appetite. There is discussion within the story of Joe’s commitment to work, Leanna’s status as a single mother and of course, concerns where the budding relationship will lead. BDSM is something the characters are interested in, the story isn’t an expose on a weekend of intense training, or two people involved in a 24/7 lifestyle commitment. The characters fit their activity into their everyday life, it’s an in the bedroom activity, and that’s how Joe and Leanna both seem to like it.
As I read the book I was taken by the casual tone that the author’s writing style emitted. It was almost like I was sitting having coffee with a friend, listening to her tell me about the dirty weekend she’d just had with her new man. I think that was one of the things that made the book enjoyable for me. The only drawback was I wanted the story to continue and I needed to find out more about the characters, what they got up to and where the relationship went to next. Thankfully the trilogy continues with two more books about Joe and Leanna’s lives together. A side issue to the storyline is the cover. I loved it, there’s a real woman on the cover of this book, not a stick insect. Yes, the book is part of Xcite Books Ltd Ultimate Curves Rubenesque range, but I’ve read books that are supposed to be about curvy and voluptuous women and the cover goes nowhere near conveying that. This cover nails the curvy girl described in the book and then Joe does the same in the story line.
So the book is definitely on my recommended reading list for absolutely anyone. Kinky or not you will probably enjoy it. It’s a short, quick, easy, read with promise of more to come in the rest of the series. If you looking for heavy BDSM scenes you would need to look somewhere else, but as light entertainment goes Naughty Rendezvous has what it takes.
Reviewed by JannyGee