Restless Spirit by Sommer Marsden
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
Tuesday Cane walks out on her life and her abusive man when she inherits her grandmother’s house at Allister Lake. There she finds plenty of distractions to take her mind off her loss with her sexy neighbor and handyman Shepherd, former TV star Reed and her old flame Adrian. But , as time passes, she senses that something is not quite right with her new life. And no amount of steamy sexual encounters can hide her anxiety. Surrounded by so many interesting men and erotic enticements, Tuesday has no intention of committing to one man ever again. But the more she insists she’s nobody’s girl, the more she wants to be somebody’s girl. Will she continue to be a restless spirit and run from love or will she be won over?
Sommer Marsden is known has one of the top erotica authors. After reading this story, I can see why that is. She manages to tell a story that comes to life and is realistic at the same time and while being explicit, does it without being crass or vulgar.
Tuesday is a character that fits the title of this book. She is a tough and independent woman who left an abusive ex.
Adrian is an old flame of Tuesday’s. Reed is a former TV star. Shepherd is the local handyman and neighbor. All three men have charisma and chemistry with Tuesday. It is very easy to see why she has trouble settling down with just one.
PA Expose by Kristal Baird
Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5
Cally is an investigative journalist and has been sent to apply for a job with Jake Stone. Her boss Max has set this up on the pretense that he wants the scoop on Jake Stone because he goes thru so many P. A.’s. He tells Cally there is a promotion in it for her if she gets the down and dirty on this guy. In reality, Max is setting Cally up to be trained by Jake to be an obedient sub so he can finally have his way with her.
Jake is very good at what he does and soon discovers that there is so much more to Cally and he loves the challenge. She is discovering that the more Jake demands of her the more she gets turned on. It is an intense few days and Jake has put her through more in this short time than he ever has done before with a woman. He is getting mixed feelings about turning her over to Max when this is over. He has a hard time watching her as part of her training he lets two of his friends play with her.
One day she turns the tables on him and has him at her mercy and applies some the same tactics to him and he lets her because no one ever has done such a thing. He is curious to see just how far she will go. He enjoys the experience immensely. While there were a few editing and situational issues ( Pg 218 she gags him, Pg 223 she has him tongue her tits and suck and again later she teases him with her nipple, Pg 224 he murmurs through the gag.) it didn’t detract from the book and could be easily fixed.
The Voyeur by Kay Jaybee
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Anya is pulled into a world of sexual sadism when she accepts a job with Mark Parker as his personal assistant. Anya is paired with a woman of her choosing, Clara. Clara is hired to be the housekeeper for Mark Parker. Whilst completing their day jobs, Mark puts them through a series of his fantasies. To date, there have been twelve fantasies which he records and then rates them.
The book starts out with Fantasy twelve and it’s a rough gangbanging delight in the decadent club Discreet. Anya is given away to be done with as anyone wishes. Before anyone uses her, she’s fitted with both a penis gag sticking out of her mouth and a blindfold. Hours pass as men and women beat, lick, suck, fuck and spank her. How Anya does not go out of her mind with the sensory overload, it is anyone’s guess. Clara is not left alone to watch. Instead, she’s been gifted to the club owner as a decoration for his private dinner party. She doubles as dessert.
The BDSM scenes in this story are blazing hot, one right after another. One could pose that this is merely one long gratuitous sex scene from start to end. This would be a wrong conclusion. Ms. Jaybee starts out with a bang and then delivers a conspiracy which explains the entire story. Even if the reader is frustrated with Mark at the beginning because he seems to set the girls up for failure, as the story unfolds, glimpses of Mark’s humanity reassures the reader. Mark truly adores both Anya and Clara. He wants the best for both of them and he is playing for keeps. His devious mind almost catches him and sets his girls to be taken from him. All of the sexual submission and training is for a purpose. It is for his final fantasy thirteen. Thirteen is quite the arduous one.
Fire and Ice edited by Elizabeth Coldwell
Story rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles
Fire and Ice is comprised of several very short stories that all have their own kinky aspect. In the first, the book’s name sake, introduces us to Mike, a rather rugged and large ski instructor, and Lucy , guest at the resort where Mike works. Mike is used to being flirted with and sometimes even takes the guests up on their offers; but they can rarely let Mike dish out what he really wants … a good hard spanking!!
Over all Fire and Ice was a great read. It let me see just enough into Mike and Lucy to keep me engaged, without becoming overly fluffy. At just over 14 pages this was a great short story that had everything I need to make me happy!
Dim Sum is the second story in this anthology. Nina and Magnus meet to go out to dinner to celebrate a new job and Nina’s birthday. Magnus quickly turns a nice evening out into a hot voyeuristic fantasy night that many of us would get arrested for trying to duplicate! This story was incredibly hot and left me suddenly wanting Chinese food and a side of what Magnus had dished out!
Too Close to Call was one of my favorites of this entire series. Jake and Jess are very good friends, such good friends they have a great benefits package that no one but the two of them know about the benefits they share. One of the main rules of their relationship is that none of their other friends can find out that they have been sleeping together, and they have this act down to a fine art.
Mistress Divine by Alex Jordan
Story rating: 1 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5
Paul becomes ever more insanely jealous of his Mistress Caroline’s lesbian relationship with fellow dominatrix Anita. It leads the normally dutiful slave to start misbehaving. Then he commits the cardinal sin of disobeying a direct instruction from his Mistress. As punishment for his wrongdoing the furious Caroline disciplines Paul relentlessly. She does however finally forgive the poor benighted slave. Anita disappears off the scene to be replaced by Nicole, who Caroline and Paul both find immensely attractive. She moves in with the kinky couple to engage in a sadomasochistic ménage a trois. This is supposed to be a no-strings-attached arrangement but soon takes an unexpected turn, which will change all of their lives forever.
Let me start by saying that Mistress Divine is not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of triggers within the pages and a lot of acts that are very cruel and sadistic. I don’t think Mistress Divine is for the new BDSM readers for several reasons…
There isn’t much I enjoyed about the book, yet I did finish it because I was hoping for more and I did finally get it near the end! But that wasn’t enough to make up for the beginning of this story. With Mistress Divine being over 300 pages, I really expected an in depth story with characters who were believable, realistic and a plot I could become invested in – I didn’t get any of it. I found the writing to be disjointed and skip a lot. This story tends to be wordy when unnecessary and lacking description and depth when you would expect it.
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.
Bobbing for Peaches
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Story rating: 4 out of 5
BDSM/Kink rating: 1 out of 5
A collection of six erotic lesbian stories
Bobbing for Peaches by Giselle Renarde
Melanie’s been busy in the kitchen, and when Jocelyn gets home from workshe’s in the mood to play with her food. Melanie’s prepared a warm concoction of milk and peaches with a dash of cinnamon and a hint of Jocelyn’s pricey Tahitian vanilla. It’s time to get naked and get messy!
First Love, Great Love by Olivia London
Is there anything more intoxicating than that first sweet kiss from a special lady love? Claire and her lover thrive in Atlanta’s gay scene until a trip to San Francisco broadens their horizons. From the moment Claire mounts her new girlfriend’s motorcycle, she finds she’s in for the ride of her life.
Time for a Change by Jacey Kavenagh
A disappointing sex life seemed to indicate that a change of image was in order if I were ever to attract the right sort of partner to fulfill my needs.Looking for inspiration in an upmarket dress shop I found myself watching a very attractive shop assistant. I was willing to bet that, unlike me, shewouldn’t put up with guys who had absolutely no idea how to turn a woman on.She seemed vaguely familiar, and I found myself recalling exciting memories of an experience from my youthful past – waking in me a desire I had thought long forgotten.
Making Sweet Music by Courtney James
Joanne wants to eat her lunch in peace, but the buskers make that impossible – until the day she hears the girl with the sweet voice who writes her own songs. Overcoming her resistance to asking a complete stranger out on a date, Joanne is about to discover that Kayleigh’s talents extend to the bedroom too.
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 1 out of 5 paddles
An erotic novella with mixed themes including spanking, female submission and role play.
Trish lives a quiet, happy life until she meets Josh, and he turns her world upside down. Worlds apart, they record erotic audio books, their voices merged in a studio far away, until one day they are brought together in a small recording booth.Their attraction immediate, the close proximity and titillating words, make it impossible to deny their lust for one another. Although distance and commitments keep them apart, they become writing partners and manage to find ways to come together for both business and pleasure. When Josh decides to cross the Pond and visit Trish on her home turf, she takes him to a secluded cabin in the woods where “making up for lost time” takes on a whole new meaning.
Pleasure Haven is a short story that has very little BDSM involved. Trish and Josh met while recording erotic audio books. Now, they meet every so often and work on new stories together.
I liked both characters. They are a partnership that is really only together for the sex over the years. But, this trip proves to be something more. Trish is a fun character willing to try new things and take a chance. Josh states time and again that their relationship is a partnership, but they do try a few role plays in the bedroom.
I wasn’t overly impressed with Pleasure Haven, but I did enjoy the simple contemporary romance with a few kinky bits hinted t. I didn’t feel like it was very erotic or BDSM themed. When I finished the story, I couldn’t remember any spanking or anything kinkier than a few outfits. Pleasure Haven is a cute short story that has its merits, those merits for me just didn’t fit with a BDSM theme.
Crimes of Passion: When Love Breaks the Law
edited by Miranda Forbes
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Miranda Forbes has edited a collection called Crimes of Passion. Anthologies always present a problem for the reviewer, especially anthologies by “various authors”. The major issue is the wildly divergent qualities found in the book. It gets worse when the anthology grows in size; it seems like the extra padding is just that, desperate attempts to fill the page count. I’m sorry to say, this anthology doesn’t break the mold.
Technically, all the stories are okay. There are no glaring typos or formatting issues that distract the reader from the stories. That says a lot about Ms. Forbes’ editorial abilities; she either rejected stories with poor technical quality or demanded that they be fixed. It’s the stories we’re not distracted from that are the problem.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some good stories here, some hot stories here, and a few that are both. But…there are some stinkers. Angel Propps’ Rough Justice is a gem, with a great story, hot sex and intense BDSM, everything the book promises. Landon Dixon’s Sex Rides the Bus is hot, but BDSM free. But we’re also subjected to things like The Fire Triangle by Mia Lovejoy which, in addition to having no BDSM, actually skips over the sex for the most part; I’ve seen steamier sex scenes in mainstream works (Laurell Hamilton comes to mind). It’s too bad that Lovejoy’s story is more typical of the bulk of the stories than Propps’.
Overall, I’m forced to give Crimes of Passion 2 paddles. If you can find it cheap, the few good stories would be worth it, but only just.
Reviewed by David
Owned by Oliver
edited by Elizabeth Coldwell
xcite Books [link to buy]
Owned by Olivier is an anthology of five short stories edited by Elizabeth Coldwell, who is also the author of the first story and the anthologies namesake, Owned by Oliver. The other four stories are Special Rewards by Emma Lydia Bates, Pegging Stu by Beverly Langland, Diamonds and Gold by Giselle Renarde and Be my Brat by Landon Dixon. Usually when I read an anthology I find there is at least one story that I don’t like, possibly more. With Owned by Oliver they were all lovely, easy reads about people within the BDSM community and the different aspect of the lifestyle they enjoy.
Owned by Oliver is a story of a sub taken by her Master to a BDSM function and required to perform for the participants of the party. The story is a lovely erotic piece told from the subs point of view. I really enjoyed this story and it absolutely set the tone of well written stories in the rest of the book.
Special Rewards is an interesting read of a woman being interviewed for a promotion who fluctuates between answering questions for the position, and remembering the scene she engaged in with her Dom the evening before her interview. It’s a quirky look at submissive women who, in work roles, need to be anything but submissive. The dichotomy of her take charge nature during the interview and her nature during her personal time made this a very interesting read.
Pegging Stu is a Domme story about a wife who treats her submissive husband to a birthday present. The present being, another woman to dominate him and share her husband sexually, it’s a lovely erotic read.