Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Bounce Down - 1st Quarter: Start of Play

Bounce Down - 1st Quarter: Start of Play
Bounce Down - 1st Quarter: Start of Play by Lorraine Loveit

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

This is a 2.5 star book. It's more than just okay yet I can't say I enjoyed it completely. There are things to this story which puts me ill at ease and causes me to not like the overall message. Yet I still want to know what happens next. Suzie is a typist for the homicide squad. She possesses close friends and co-workers who like her. What she's missing is a man who excites her sexually. She wants to explore bondage and impact play. Is she submissive? She's not sure and she wants to find a dominant to play with and see if she enjoys it. Through a dating website, she meets Brendon. He's a famous footballer who doesn't want his sexual proclivities coming to light. He also doesn't want to deal with a girlfriend. He just wants a submissive to dominate, screw and then go back to his usual activities.

This story spends a lot of time with Suzie trying to justify why she's okay with being Brendon's dirty little secret. She's signed a nondisclosure contract to make sure she doesn't talk about Brendon to her friends. This is a first warning flag. Second, Brendon begins to isolate her from her friends. Suzie's friends intervene in a way which makes sense yet the story paints the friends as the bad guys for interfering. Third, there is a body modification ultimatum which is reprehensible. Suzie's decision for this ultimatum is what really killed the book for me.

I'm not a stranger to body modification stories. I love them. The dirty and nastier, the better. These stories also happen to be non-con, not a romantic erotic novel. This blurring of lines is what makes this story not work for me. The BDSM in this book is an excellent example of what to avoid. A dominant who does what Brendan does is not someone a new submissive should ever get involved with and in addition, not someone who is a good role model of the BDSM lifestyle. Are there dominants like this in real life? I am sure there are and they are the ones who give BDSM a bad name. They are the abusers manipulating and guilt tripping submissives into situations which are unhealthy. The lack of open communication and building of trust are issues for me in this book. BDSM aside, the characters were okay.

Brendon is not a bad guy. Suzie is not a too stupid to live character. The dynamic between the two characters is disastrous. They don't bring the best out of each other. Instead, it seems to be a toxic relationship where Brendon comes across as more evil and Suzie becomes more shallow. For me, it is difficult to read a story like this and enjoy it. The temptation to want to slap the characters upside the head is too great. And yet, it's like a train wreck. I can't look away. I want to know what happens next. Does Brendon redeem himself? Does Suzie learn more about being a submissive? These are all questions I ponder.

Ms. Loveit does a good job with her character building. Her writing style is smooth and her plot devices work. From a writing perspective, she's an author I'd read again. From a story message standpoint, it's difficult for me to enjoy and rubs me the wrong way. This book is for those who don't mind abusive behaviours posing as a romantic.

*I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review

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      Bounce Down - 1st Quarter: Start of Play (Playing the Game, #1)



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Awakening Jessica

Awakening Jessica
Awakening Jessica by Athena Michaels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For those who enjoyed the underlying erotic tone in the movie Black Swan and the romantic aspect to Phantom of the Opera, Awakening Jessica will be of interest. Jessica Thomson is the shy quiet ballet dancer who is oft overlooked. She's not part of the clique of popular albeit slutty prima donnas. Jessica is dedicated to dancing and yet her time is also split, consumed with her naughty pastime.

Jessica is a voyeur who enjoys watching the main male lead, Leo, seduce and sample every popular female student. Aroused and un-careful, Jessica is caught peeking and masturbating. Fortunately for her, the person decides to teach Jessica to be a better dancer whilst learning the art of sexual release.

The blurb is dead on with the Phantom of the Opera feel. The story is romantically sweet. This is a theme where the wallflower underdog is given a chance to shine. Jessica's glow comes more from just her new technical skills, it's also because she's finally getting laid. Funny how orgasms and sexual torment leading to pleasure can change a person's attitude for the better. Perhaps the world would be a better place if people received a daily dose of orgasms.

Ms. Michaels creates a believable world of backstabbing dancers and strict teachers. Her sex scenes are hawt and well described. It's easy to see the different rooms described. It's also easy to imagine how Jessica and her mysterious masked teacher interact through dance steps to sexual maneuvers. The added excitement of being possibly discovered having sex in public rooms is a nice touch. This erotic tale is recommended to kinky ballerinas looking for their seductive leading male.

*I received this book as a review copy in return for an honest review

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      Awakening Jessica



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review: Byte Me!

Byte Me!
Byte Me! by Roberta Steele

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kinky film noire translated into word form can be quite fun. Ms. Steele is a new to me author who shows potential for more kinky fun. Sam is an PI who receives a new client. This new client is snobby and looks down upon her. Still, it is a paying job. She just needs to provide proof of the client's business partner behaving against the interest of the company. As Sam investigates, she uncovers some discrepancies between what her client says and what the business partner is really doing.

Cornell is the business partner who comes across as trustworthy. He does have a secret but it has nothing to do with work. He's a dominant and enjoys sexually controlling women. When Cornell and Sam's path cross, Sam is in for a wild ride.

The characters in this story are easy to visualize. Cornell is a sexy rich man. Sam is hardworking and ethical woman. The antagonists in this story are clearly exposed as greedy people with no morals. It's fun to follow along as Sam finds out information which reveals the true facts. While this is going on, her exploration into an alternative sexual lifestyle throws her off kilter. The kink is light and enjoyable. Still, is she rooting for Cornell because he's sexy or because he is a good guy? The struggle Sam goes through on a personal level because of Cornell is a good conflict device and makes Sam more relatable.

From a plot perspective, this story is easy to understand and there are little surprises. All the issues raised are resolved neatly in the end with a happily ever after. Ms. Steele does a good job of balancing the detective work and erotic scenes so that neither one overwhelms the other. She also nicely shows how BDSM can be practiced by those who are supportive of the lifestyle as well as the abusers. The story did come across as a book with a focus on the BDSM and detective work on the side instead of a blend. For a more cohesive storyline, it would be interesting to focus on the mystery part and using the BDSM as an underlying enhancer. This way, it becomes an erotically hawt crime book with BDSM undertones. Basically, show the characters in BDSM relationship without saying it and making a point about BDSM being tantalizingly taboo.

This is an enjoyable read recommended for kinky readers who enjoy a bit of sexy sleuthing.

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      Byte Me!



Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!

Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!
Pet to the Tentacle Monsters! by Lilia Ford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tentacles, non-consensual sex, spanking and gagging - how can I resist? Ms. Ford is a new to me author who I will be keeping my eye on. Pet to the Tentacle Monsters could be a porn without a plot story. It's not. It's a deviant twisted tale of a low achiever reaching his potential. Benji is an angry kid. He lives in a prison like reservations where humans try to do their best to survive. He's lost his family and is angry at the world.

At first this story's sci-fi elements remind me a bit of Soylent Green with the way people are given ratios for food. Then it comes across a bit District 9, except the extraterrestrial are actually humans living in slums. The ratings for a human's worthiness is interesting. Because in this story, with a rating of 1 to 10, the humans understand it to mean one thing while the tentacle monsters interpret it a bit differently which results in a lot of confusion and failures to communicate.

This is a very well written story. The world building is clear for those who are into sci-fi/alien genre. The characters are well written. How Ms. Ford creates different personalities for the three different tentacle monsters is a mystery to me. The way she creates each one feels as if she is melding anime porn, Aliens and Galaxy Quest into a cohesive family. I liked each of the tentacle monsters and they actually bring the best out of Benji.

Benji is a character who is all too easy to understand. He's the rebel without a cause. He learns a little too late that his actions have severe consequences for all, not just him. Fortunately, he's given a second chance. It's quite interesting to see his growth. His sexual violation is pretty hawt. I have to admit this is the reason why I wanted to read this book. I wanted to read about a male who is restrained by tentacles and violated in every hole. I wanted to read about his humiliation, degradation and exploitation. Ms. Ford screws with my mind by delivering all three spank bank themes a sweet manner. This is why I'm impress with Ms. Ford. Her ability to blur the lines and make the demoralizing debauchery erotic and so right is a talent. She is one of a handful of authors who can merge this paradox in a smooth manner.

I would love to read more books in this world. It would be fabulous is she could follow up with more pleasurable punishment and tasty torments visited upon Benji or more humans. More tentacle relations to bring forth better understanding between the two races would be a delight. Revealing more about how this world works and the wars that have occurred is another possibility. After reading this book, I now must read all of Ms. Ford's books. Recommended for kinky readers who love dub-con tentacle sex.

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      Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Review: Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian

Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian
Tales of the Djinn: The Guardian by Emma Holly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Romance Review

This isn't your mother's I Dream of Jeannie nor the genie in Disney's Aladdin.

Elyse Solomon is reeling from the death of her father and now her husband. Unmotivated and trying to get through life, she finally decides to rent out the basement unit her husband had finished. It's a tiny place with no view, but it does lead out to a secluded and lovely garden. To her surprise, two exotically handsome and well-dressed gentlemen rent it for a year, paid in cash. Suspicious of their possible criminal affiliation, Elyse keeps an eye on them.

Arcadius is used to luxury where he comes from. Gemstones grow on trees for his people to pluck. He's on Earth to find a way to get back home and save his people. This is where the story gets wild. He's a Djiin from another place called Qaf. He and his most trusted aide, Joseph, are trying to find a way back home. The only way is with the help of Elyse.

The world building in this story is magical, no pun intended. Ms. Holly creates an interesting world of angels, djinn and ifrits. It is also a different interpretation of God's creations and the order he created his creatures. It is refreshing and unique. The descriptions of each location are spectacular. It's easy to visualize Elyse's brownstone apartment complex, the desert in Qaf, the harem-like rooms and the palace in Qaf. Although, I must admit, this book came to life as an animated cartoon in my mind rather than a regular movie.

The characters in this story are fabulous. It's easy to like Elyse and Arcardius. Their budding romance is sweet and at times humorous. Arcardius is a man of the old world while Elyse is an independent modern woman. The undertones of BDSM through implied sexual slavery and a bit of kinky sex is delicious. The one who stole the show though is Joseph. His story and how he responds to everyone makes him my favourite character. Ms. Holly does an excellent job with her characters. Even her evil ones are great, if predictably evil to the bone. There is very little gray in this world; it's black and white when it comes to good and evil.

What I really loved about this story is the stories within a story. It reminds me of Scheherazade telling her stories of One Thousand and One Nights. Each story is fabulous and heartbreaking. It's my kind of book because there are no happily-ever-afters. Instead it's a parable to teach a specific lesson. Be careful of what you wish for because you don't know how your wish will be granted.

Ms. Holly creates a fantastic tale of adventure, love, betrayal, friendship and possible redemption. Recommended for paranormal lovers who luxuriate in dark pleasures.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

BDSM Bedtime Stories Season Three Episode Twelve ~ Rebecca Symmons

Today's special guest is Richard, Kate's husband from Seventy Three by Rebecca Symmons. Seventy Three (Oakham 1)Seventy Three  After listening to our excerpt narrated by Sirly Eric and yours truly, check out Richard's interview. 

La Crimson Femme: Welcome Richard, thank you for coming to an interview today.  We’d like to hear from the spouse side who isn’t as into BDSM as the other partner.  When Kate first came to you about this club, you seemed a bit wary.  As you saw her punishment and how she responded, what were your thoughts?

Richard: I always knew of Kate’s interest in these activities, of course, but what surprised me was the level to which she wished to take it. I had no great problems with seeing her taking punishment, it's what she wanted. If I witnessed her being abused in a manner which she had not agreed to then I would step in and put a stop to it.

La Crimson Femme: Hmm, so you are enjoying every little punishment.  What have you learned from your time as Kate goes through training?

Richard:I have learned what a strong person she is. I am full of admiration for anybody who is determined to achieve what they really want in their lives and are prepared to go for it like she has.

La Crimson Femme: Are you more interested in corporal punishment? 

Richard: I am not interested in it as a personal turn on but see it as a necessary part of Kate’s training.  The punishments are the means for her to express her submission and show the depth of her commitment.

La Crimson Femme: Has this changed your physical intimacy with Kate?

Richard: Yes. We are closer as a couple and more creative physically. She seems keen to re-establish our “normal” relationship after she has been used.

La Crimson Femme: This is good!  What about the other way around?  I mean, you are offered sample other women.  You expressed some interest.  Will you be taking advantage of this benefit?  Why or why not?  Would you have Kate watch or participate?

Richard: I have thought about this and we have discussed it between ourselves many times. I have given Kate no definite answer as I think it's good to have the possibility hanging over her.

La Crimson Femme: I like how you think.  Are you interested in watching Kate be dominated by a woman?  Sexually used by a woman?  If so, what would you like to see between Kate and another woman?

Richard: Yes, definitely! Being with a woman is something new to Kate and something which she is still slightly uncomfortable with. I love to see that discomfort because I know that deep down it is a turn on for her. I love to see her having to submit to younger women. Her hang-up about her age only adds to scene.

La Crimson Femme: I like this twist too.  It is deliciously humiliating to submit to a younger woman.  I’d enjoy seeing Kate go through several scenes like this one.  Kate’s best friend, Helen, is now pulled into this world.  Did you ever anticipate this?  What do you expect to happen to Helen?  Is she someone you would want to use as is your right?

Richard: I knew Helen was no prude but learning of her desire for corporal punishment did surprise me. Her desire to be punished is greater than her desire for domination so it will be interesting to see how she copes with accepting the “whole package” which Oakham will insist upon.

Helen is an attractive woman and most men would take the opportunity to use her. I think that there are a lot of scenarios which could, and probably will, be played out involving Helen and Kate. Even the threat of it makes them uncomfortable, so I'm sure their embarrassment will be put to use.

La Crimson Femme: Oh, I have plenty of wicked ideas of how Helen and Kate can be tormented together.  *evil smirk* Has this experience changed you?  If so, in what way?

Richard: I’ve heard that about you.  Maybe we can share our ideas and see if we have similar desires.  *winks*  About my experience… People say that they have seen a change in me, but more say they have seen a change in us. We feel closer and more together. There's no room or point in having secrets from each other when we have gone this far.

La Crimson Femme: If you have a do-over, would you do just like this again?  If not, what would you change? 

Richard: I have seen the changes in Kate since she started this, changes for the better. She is more relaxed and loving, confident and assured. I regret not realising how important this was to her and wish that we had started the adventure earlier.

La Crimson Femme: Thank you for your candid review.  I’ve heard you are very popular to question due to Kate’s exploration into the lifestyle.  Hopefully the next time we meet, you’ll have new arousing experiences to share. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

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COMMITTED: Drug of Desire
Written by Sidney Bristol
Published by Loveswept
August 12, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39252-4

In this erotic tale of sensuality and suspense, Sidney Bristol proves that desire can be the most dangerous drug of all.

DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private BDSM retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.

Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.

Committed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a “normal” life. She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict, and she grew up in a motor-home on the U.S. highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves and writing, reading, and belly dancing.

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