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The Ties That Bind by Constance Munday tiesthatbind

Link to buy The Ties that Bind

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

The Ties That Bind is a 63,000 word novel by Constance Munday. Unlike most BDSM romances on the market today, this book involves realistic characters, settings and plot. There are no billionaires, secret mansion retreats or flying off to Paris for the weekend.

The story is the first person account of Penny Farthing, a not so average girl next door, who is about to marry a staid fellow named Laurence and is not entirely happy about it. Laurence does not seem to have a last name and functions mainly as the foil of the story. Everything the love interest, Nicholas Frisk, does, is and wants to do with Penny will be compared to Laurence and his proclivities, ad nauseam.

The story plot line is a classic book ends flashback. First we meet Penny and learn that she and Nichola’s relationship is in jeopardy and, also, that a certain diary with compromising details of their affair has gone missing.

Then the story flashes back through Penny’s history with Nicholas.

Nicholas enters Penny’s life by accident when she is struck by a bicycle on the street. Nicholas picks her up and takes her to lunch. His aggressive attitude towards Penny are both enticing and frightening. She finds herself complying with his wishes more often than not. They spend two hours together even though Penny was supposed to be at a fitting for her wedding gown.

Penny’s sexual awakening at the hands of Nicholas proceeds apace. Unfortunately, many of the promises made by the title of the work and some of Penny’s early fantasies go unfulfilled. Koko the Shibari Master, or anyone like him, never makes an appearance. This is a very blatant violation of “Checkhov’s gun.” (Readers can learn about this important writing device here: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChekhovsGun )

There is a lot of mildly kinky sex in the second half of the novel. The story eventually works its way back to the present and the resolution of the crisis of the plot.

This reviewer applauds the author’s attempt at a realistic BDSM romance set in our time. She even mentions 50 Shades of Gray, which actually plays a part in the plot of the story. It all could happen. The name of the main character does sound a bit like a send up however and detracts. The pluses of the novel do outweigh the negatives and the reader can look forward to a nice read.

Reviewed by Teddy

fulfillingFulfilling the Contract by K.D. Grace

Link to buy Fulfilling the Contract (The Mount Series) (Volume 2)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Fulfilling the Contract is the sequel to The Initiation of Ms. Holly and the second story in the Mount Series. In Fulfilling the Contract, the reader follows Nick Chase and his fall down the rabbit hole into the world of Mount Vegas. Nick has a fling with a girl (Tanya) who works for Mount Vegas. Unbeknownst to Nick, by engaging in an unauthorized one night stand, Tanya has violated the terms of her contract with Mount Vegas and has forfeited her bonus, which she desperately needs. Tanya’s boss, Elsa Crane, agrees to give Tanya her bonus, if Nick will complete the last two months of Tanya’s contract in Tanya’s place. Nick is no prude, but he is still shocked when he discovers just what Mount Vegas and Tanya’s contract expect from him. However, he is intrigued by the adventure as well as the possibility of getting to know his potential new boss better. So, Nick agrees to finish out Tanya’s contract. However, things are not quite as they appear. Will Nick be able to do what is necessary to meet the requirements of Tanya’s contract? Will sparks fly between him and Elsa? And is what they are asking him to do even legal? You’ll have to read the story to find out these answers and more.

Fulfilling the Contract was a well written, exciting story with plot twists and intrigue guaranteed to keep any reader interested to the last page. While definitely a story about sex and intrigue, it is also a story with a lot of heart. The plot drives home the fact that family is not just comprised of the people related to you, but the people who are there for you when you need them most. It’s this heart that makes this book stand out amongst other erotica, in this reviewer’s opinion. The characters themselves are quirky and fun and their motivations seem realistic and believable. We don’t get much background story on the supplemental characters, but this isn’t really necessary to the plot or the enjoyment of the story.

As far as the Sting Factor, this book runs the gambit. It has everything from pet play to voyeurism to exhibitionism to F/m. It also has M/f, threesomes (m/f/m), corporal punishment, role-play, bondage and sex in public venues. All kink scenes are thoroughly described and very creative. Also, the kink scenes and the characters reactions within the scenes make sense with what you know of the characters, so the scenarios do not feel tacked on or artificial.

Overall, Fulfilling the Contract was a great book for anyone looking to spend an afternoon reading, because once you start it, you will have trouble putting it down.

Review by: Christine M.

statelyStately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse

Link to buy Stately Pleasures- an erotic novel from Xcite Books

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out 5

Review:

Review:

Stately Pleasures is the story of Alice Brown, Jeremy Davenport and Ethan Hayes. Alice is hired by Jeremy to fill a maternity leave position as property manager at Davenport Manor, a country estate in rural England. It’s a job that could be the launch pad to a bright career, if all goes well. Unfortunately, Alice is caught loitering outside Jeremy’s office by Ethan (head of security for Davenport Manor) on her very first day. When she is confronted by Jeremy and Ethan, she is offered a choice: she can be fired and all future prospects ruined or she can agree to help the two men complete some “tasks” around the manor. If she agrees and completes the “task”, she is assured a glowing reference and assistance in locating a future position. Alice agrees to their terms, begrudgingly, and decides to make the best of a bad situation. But what starts out as blackmail grows to something far more potent. But will the men share Alice’s feelings and desire for a real relationship? And if they do, will they ever be able to act upon their feelings once her time at Davenport Manor comes to an end?

Stately Pleasures is a full length ménage (MFM) novel of self-discovery and romance. While the impetus to the story is blackmail, make no mistake that, this is a romance. The characters are well described and interesting. While the male characters’ motivations are not initially clear, they become so as the story unfolds. The “tasks” are fun and the locations are inventive. And in true romance fashion, there is a HEA. Readers should be warned that one “task” occurs in a chapel, so anyone put off by sex/kink in religious locals should be aware.

The Sting Factor is high.There is sex in numerous unconventional locations, corporal punishment, bondage, food play, orgasm control, DP and light D/S. All kink scenes are well described and exciting. It is easy for the reader to picture every nuance based upon the descriptions by the author.

Stately Pleasures is light, playful and has a nice HEA that would give anyone a happy feeling once the book is through. It is a great book for a day at the beach or something to read before bedtime.

Review by: Christine M.

Restless Spirit by Sommer Marsden

http://www.amazon.com/Restless-Spirit-Lakeland-Heatwave-Marsden/dp/1908262273/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1364307409&sr=1-1&keywords=restless+spirit+by+sommer+marsden

ISBN-10:1908262273

ISBN-13: 978-1908262271

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

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.

The sex scenes were very hot and steamy. My only problem is she seems to jump from one bed to another very quickly. Overall, this was a great book. I will definitely be reading another book by Sommer Marsden.

Reviewed by Melissa

 

PA Expose by Kristal Baird

http://www.amazon.com/PA-Expose-submission-Romance-ebook/dp/B008LWR7AU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360509692&sr=1-1&keywords=pa+expose

ASIN B008LWR7AU

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5

Review:

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.

He regains control and knows he has no choice but to fulfill his contract with Max and let her go.  He sets up the pick-up and can’t go through with it when he truly sees what Max is and how he will treat her. Max is finally exposed for what he truly is and is brought to his knees when his wife finds out what is going on. I am reminded very much of His Latest Acquisition by Lizbeth Dusseau.

Great kink and a read that will keep you within its lusty pages.

Reviewed by: Erzabet and Victoria

 

The Voyeur by Kay Jaybee

http://www.amazon.com/Voyeur-Kay-Jaybee/dp/1908917873/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346757387&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Voyeur+by+Kay+Jaybee 

ISBN-10:1908917873

ISBN-13: 978-1908917874

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

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. 

While many of these sex marathons require suspension of reality, they are blazing hot imagery.  The variations of sexual interludes and BDSM positions are shown very well.  A reader definitely feels as though they are a voyeur, watching in the same room as the carnal acts unfold.  Ms. Kaybee demonstrates her ability to turn up the heat while weaving a tale of intrigue.  She creates characters that are neither good nor bad.  At first glance, it seems there are several evil villains.  Once the secrets are uncovered, the antagonist’s motivations become clear and it’s hard to find fault.  Whilst one may feel pity and perhaps some disgust, it’s apparent that many of these minions are merely puppets being pulled by a sadistic deviant puppet master.  This BDSM feast is recommend for kinky readers who love the sadistic fantasy side of BDSM.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Fire and Ice edited by Elizabeth Coldwell

http://www.amazon.com/Fire-and-Ice-ebook/dp/B006OBOOH4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339420521&sr=1-1&keywords=fire+and+ice+by+elizabeth+coldwell 

ASIN B006OBOOH4

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.

Everything is going alone just as it always has and then Jess decides she wants to play a game…. How far can they go right in front of their friends, without getting caught? It turns out pretty far!! I really enjoyed these two characters, they engaged me and kept me turning to the next page to see just how far Jake and Jess would take each other!

Swap Meet is MM fiction that may not be for everyone, but it does not take away from the anthology. The story was actually rather humorous, two gay couples, one rather well off and the second con artists, swap partners for a night and the affluent couple learns the hard way to be more careful about who they invite home with them.  This was not one on my reread list, but it was a cute little tidbit.

The Captain’s Lady is the final story that rounds out this book.  Clara and Patrick make a bet for a drink, based on the outcome of a race. Sounds straight forward enough, but as stories often do this one will take you on a rollercoaster of who did what why, and will it even matter in the end? The Captain’s Lady is written in the first person view of Patrick, and I have to admit that did make it a bit odd for me to read. But over all this was a spicy read that you will want to race through!

This anthology has many different types of stories, all yummy, but all very different.  The book over all rated a 3.5 out of 5 for me, some stories seem to flow better than other, but over all this would make a great book to have on your e-reader to pass the time. Please note that all the stores are rather short,  under 15 pages, so while we do get to know the characters, these are not full blown happily ever after type stories. Happy Reading!!

Reviewed by Maree

Mistress Divine by Alex Jordan

http://www.amazon.com/Mistress-Divine-Alex-Jordaine/dp/1908006943/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336887176&sr=1-1

ISBN-10:1908006943  

ISBN-13: 978-1908006943

Story rating: 1 out of 5 paddles  

Sting factor (kink):  3 out of 5

Blurb:

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.

 Review:

 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.

The BDSM scenes are extreme and most of them are unrealistic.  If this were not a book, several of the sub/slaves in this story would be a bloody mess, and certainly not able to play within hours of what they got.  I was disappointed in the treatment of manyof the slaves by their owners – mostly for the lack of communication and attention to detail.  When you have a slave of years (I think – it was hard to tell) and he messes up for the first time in forever, it seems logical you talk about it rather than spend well over a week punishing the mistake.

 In my opinion, Mistress Divine is the type of story that gives the lifestyle a bad name.  I didn’t find it erotic at all, I think I would classify it more as porn.  The BDSM elements are there, they just don’t come off as realistic or arousing.  Again, this is for the people who like the extreme – needles, blood, whippings, caning, and so much more.  There is m/m, m/f, and f/f relationships throughout the story so it is quite a trip and can get confusing at times.

Reviewed by Star

Wild Rendezvous
Victoria Blisse
Xcite Books [link to buy]
ASIN B006OOBBPO

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

BDSM/Kink: 2 out of 5 Sting factor

Blurb:

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?

Review:

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

Bobbing for Peaches
Anthology
Xcite Books [link to buy]
ASIN B006OBOPYQ

Story rating: 4 out of 5

BDSM/Kink rating: 1 out of 5

Blurb:

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.

The Joy of Seduction by Penelope Friday

Young debutante Charlotte is flattered when older lady Miss Abbott – Lucia– takes a friendly interest in her. But she knows that the feelings she has for Lucia in return are wrong. Nevertheless, she can’t stop dreaming of her. But what would Lucia say if she knew how Charlotte felt about her?

Better to Receive, Then Give by Lynn Lake

They were supposed to be getting ready to go out bar-hopping. But when Holly slapped her roomie on the bare ass with her bare hand, things got a little heated right then and there. Holly dished it out, and then her roomie gave it back, much to both girls’ deep dirty delight.

Review:

Bobbing for Peaches is a fun anthology. This collection of six short, erotic, lesbian, stories made me laugh and gave me some new ides for having fun with a partner.

I can’t say that any one story was a favorite because each one was unique in its own way and I really enjoyed them all. They each deal with different dynamics of relationships and I found them engaging, sexy, and exciting. Now, saying all that, the stories are great for lesbian erotica. But, there is really no BDSM in any of these stories. You get a little bit of someone taking control but it’s not the focus or a lasting part of any story.
So, on that note, I would recommend Bobbing for Peaches to anyone who enjoys reading lesbian erotica or wants to try something new. It’s also a great book for fun ideas to spice up mundane moments.

Reviewed by Star