Riding Rodeo by Emma Lai
Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Amanda had the night of her life with a Rodeo Cowboy which lead to major disappointment when he walked out on her like it was nothing! Sean made a mistake when he walked out on Amanda and it took 18months and a career ending injury for him to realize it. When Sean returns, Amanda gives Sean the cold shoulder and decides she needs to jump in bed with another hot cowboy to take her mind off of him.
Sean and Amanda’s connection was believable, it wasn’t just about a wild night for either one of them. Sean goes out of his way to prove to Amanda that he messed up and wants to reconnect with her for more than just a night. Bret was a hot supporting character who gets roped into a menage he can’t refuse.
There is not an abundance of sex scenes due to this being a novella, but the substance was more than enough to satisfy this reader.
Reviewed by Cami
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Wild Rose Press [link to buy]
Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Sometimes you find a book you just love and for me Pure Sin by Rynne Raines is one of them. I had no expectations when I accepted this book to review, I’d never read any of Rynne’s work before and was quite surprised that, from the very start of the book, I was hooked.
The storyline focuses on two members of the BDSM community, both assisting newbie’s to the scene, by offering training in relation to D/s practices. Bianca Alexander is without a Master. She lost her heart to a Dom four years ago and hasn’t really gotten over him. Cade Sinclair is renowned within the Kink community as the most skilled Dom in the city, and it’s been proposed that Cade becomes Bianca’s new teaching partner at the club where she works. I probably don’t need to tell you but, Cade is the Dom who stole Bianca’s heart four years earlier…once they are back in the same room the sexual tension rises and the two characters start a dance of misunderstandings, lust, doubts, trust and love.
The characters are beautifully written. They are very likeable, easy to relate too and because of this, they pull you into their world and hold your attention throughout. The story of Cade and Bianca is realistic. These two people could be friends of mine within the BDSM lifestyle. They are everyday people with everyday life and relationship issues. The secondary characters within the story are similar in their likability. I doubt there wouldn’t be one reader who couldn’t relate to the matchmaking friend and her husband, the trouble making tramp who tries to interfere because she want Cade, and the family member who doesn’t understand the lifestyle.
Welcome to Eden
Wild Rose Press [link to buy]
Rating: 3 out of 5 Paddles
Caitlyn is a psychiatrist. When a patient she has been working with expresses concern that she may be a freak, Caitlyn is concerned. The patient shares that her new boyfriend had introduced her to BDSM. If she loved it then she must be a freak, right? Caitlyn is at a loss as to how to respond and the patient runs out in tears. In order to prevent the situation from happening again, Caitlyn decides that she needs to research this for herself.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Research for a psychiatrist? That’s supposed to be sitting in a library with a bunch of books, right? Well, not for this good psychiatrist. She buys some new clothes and heads to a local fetish club. Things get a little interesting, and a lot of fun.
I thought, overall, this story was well written. The interaction was light weight enough to be reasonable for a newbie’s introduction but interesting enough to keep the rest of us on simmer. It’s one of those stories that make me wish my introduction to the lifestyle was as hot and wonderful as hers.
I did have a few issues about the story. First, for someone who professes to know next to nothing about the lifestyle, she knows exactly where to go to find out about it. Second, I found a couple of editing issues but I’ve learned to expect in e-books as part of it is formatting for individual file types. Your copy may or may not have it if it’s a different file type. Those are easily overlooked issues, but the third was a much bigger problem for me.