Thursday, April 24, 2014

Pleasure of Spring Giveaway

Today we have a TWO special guests!  As a bonus for today's publication of Pleasures of Spring, Andy and Roz are here for an interview.  After the interview, just post a comment below and fill out the form.  Those who follow me on twitter will receive an additional 5 points for the drawing. Contest runs from April 24 through April 27th 11:59 PM.

Our prize today is a paperback copy of Pleasures of Spring.  You will want to read this book.  My review is here.

 La Crimson Femme:  Thank you Andy and Roz for joining me today.  Shall we get our kink on?

Andy: We’ve looked at some of your other interviews.  I’m a bit possessive and prefer not to get kinky with others.  *Glares at Roz who’s eying the rope, crop, nipple clamps and evil stick*

La Crimson Femme:  *pouts* So, I guess no demo on how Roz gets to Top you, huh?

Andy: No.

Roz: *grins*

La Crimson Femme:  Let us begin.  Andy, Roz worked as a professional dominatrix.  She outspoken and exudes her own sexual power.  How does this impact your D/s dynamic with her? You did let her top you at one point.  Basically, do you find yourself switching?

Andy: When I first met Roz in Paris, I knew that she was trouble. I’d read her file from cover to cover while we were working on the stolen ruby case. Her background as a pro-domme at Cirque Noir never bothered me. My work in personal security meant that I’d been up close and personal with plenty of women.  But I was always in charge and there was no way in hell that I’d ever consider letting Roz try to top me.  

(A word of warning – never play cards with her!)

When we agreed to switch, my attitude was, okay, so what’s the worst thing she could do? It couldn’t be more painful than being shot. *Laughs*  I was wrong.

Surrendering is much tougher than seduction. Roz can read people like a book; she knows exactly how far to go and what will push your boundaries to their limit.  To be honest, Roz surprised me and you could say that I surprised myself. That was a pretty amazing night.

Roz can still be a willful brat at times.  She needs the security of knowing that she can trust me completely to give her what she desires.  And if that means switching occasionally, then bring it on.

 La Crimson Femme: So you will bottom for Roz at times.  Interesting.  *rubs chin with left hand*  Roz, you’ve been a dominant for the most of your life.  When it comes to bottoming or submitting to Andy, how does it feel?  Do you consider it more bottoming or subbing?

Roz: Andy once used the term “Fluffy service top” to describe me, though I warned him that repeating it would result in more pain than he’d ever experienced before. There is nothing remotely fluffy about me. But it’s true that when I’m domming, I’m always aware of my sub’s needs and limits. I’m not a natural sadist. I only hit them as hard as they need.

I find it hard to submit. Every single time, it requires a conscious effort to let go, to stop being in charge and to hand all the responsibility over to Andy. But once I do, I love the sense of freedom that comes from a quiet mind. I don‘t think I could submit to anyone else, though. Andy is the only one I trust to look after me when I’m in subspace.

Of course, he doesn’t sub at all. He bottoms. And half the time, he’s busy topping from the bottom.

La Crimson Femme: So you only bottom for Andy, interesting.  Roz, if you had the weekend to be “in charge” what would you do with Andy?  *turns to look at Andy*  Andy, what would you do with Roz for the weekend?

Roz: I’ll go first.  Andy doesn’t know it, but I’ve been taking lessons in Shibari. I know I’m nowhere near Andy’s standard when it comes to bondage, but I’ve learned enough to tie him securely and let him experience that sense of floating you get with immobility. And after that, I’m going to drink Baileys from his belly button. He has the cutest belly button.

Andy: As a matter of fact I have plans for this weekend. We have Lough Darra to ourselves and we’re going to make the most of it. For a girl who barely knew what a horse was before she came here, Roz is pretty good in the saddle now and her ass looks spectacular in jodhpurs. The stables are great for other things too. The tack room is one of my favourite places for a bondage scene.

La Crimson Femme: Hmm, possible pony play?  *wiggles eyebrows*  Have you ever thought of co-domming and if so, would the person be a male or female?

Andy: Roz brings out a possessive streak in me that I didn’t know I had. If I ever saw another guy touching her, I think I’d had to kill him.

Roz: I’ve always had a secret fantasy about bringing Niall Moore to his knees, but realistically, I know I might need a bit of help for that one. Just in a “Because he’s there” sort of way. I have no idea what I’d do with him once I had him there.

La Crimson Femme: Oh boy, Niall on his knees would be fun.  If Andy ever lets you play, let me know because I have plenty of ideas! 

Andy: *frowns*

Roz: *laughs and winks*

La Crimson Femme: Eh hem.  Getting back on topic - Roz, it’s been hard for you to be separated from your mother’s side of the family all this time.  How is it going?  What was something you learned that surprised you?

Roz: Don’t feel sorry for me. I had my father, and while he wouldn’t win any parenting competitions, he taught me stuff that most people never learn, and I never doubted that he loved me.

I suppose the biggest thing I learned from my mother’s side of the family is that being rich doesn’t fix anything. They have problems, and there is the same proportion of assholes and nice guys in rich families, and you are the same person you always were.

La Crimson Femme: Very true. *turns to look at Andy*

Andy, now that you have Roz with you and your family approves of her.  Are you settling back home?  Will you be more involved with the horses?  Roz, do you now have a passion for horses?

Andy: Yes, I’m delighted to be back at Lough Darra.  Since I gave up doing field work, I’ve been running security teams in different parts of the world, but I get to be at home a lot.   Roz has pretty much taken over the running of the stables while I’ve been concentrating on renovating the house.  We now have 21st century plumbing!

Roz: I’ve always had a soft spot for large hairy muscular males, these ones just happen to have four feet, or rather, four hooves. I’m learning to speak horse with the best of them. When I was younger, I wanted a pet. I just hadn’t planned on quite such big ones.

La Crimson Femme: Well, there are large hairy muscular males who are into pony play. You could have the best of both worlds. *smirks and winks, hears Andy growl* 

Sorry, Andy.  So tell us, what is something you haven’t told anyone yet but would surprise our readers? Something about yourself.

Andy: Only one thing?  Well, I speak fluent Gaelic, which is useful if I’m on a mission with Niall or Flynn.  

I have a secret weakness for Cadbury’s giant chocolate buttons – I particularly like watching them melt on Roz and licking them off.

While I was at college I posed nude for an Art class.  The money was pretty good 

La Crimson Femme: Posing nude for an Art class.  I wonder if those portraits are still around. Mmmm, Gaelic!

Roz: *Looks at Andy* Nude posing?  How did I not know this?

Andy: *shrugs* 

La Crimson Femme: Er, hmm.  Roz, if you could go back in time and go to your Grandmother’s doorstep early, would you?  Why or why not.

Roz: I’ve asked myself this so often. But if I had, and Granny O’Sullivan had really welcomed me with open arms, and had not tried to make me choose between the O’Sullivans and my father, I would never have met Andy. So, no. I would not go back in time to change anything. Andy is worth all the heartache that brought us here.

La Crimson Femme: Aww, that is sweet.  Thank you both for stopping by.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Review: The Pleasures of Spring

The Pleasures of Spring
The Pleasures of Spring by Evie Hunter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The final chapter in the Pleasures series ends with Spring. This is the perfect name for this 3.5 star book.  Spring is for new beginnings. The hardships of winter is over and a clean slate is ready for life to begin anew. For Roz Spring, this is her time. She's starting fresh after a horrific witnessing of a brutal murder. She is going legit and avoids cons. She's also leaving her lucrative professional dominatrix job aside. She tries to stay off the radar because not only is a killer searching for her, but her mother's side of the family too. They hired a security firm to find her. Hot on her tail is Andy McTavish, one of the security firm's top agents.

This story is wonderfully rich in character. Roz is a female lead who's a fighter. Despite the disadvantages she's suffered, she's still loyal and takes care of her own. She's not without flaw which makes her a more interesting character. Ms. Hunter does a lovely job of creating an anti-hero in Roz. Roz could come across as a damsel in distress. Make no mistakes, she is not. Andy tries to rescue her several times. Each time he fails miserably because he is a white knight on a quest to save a princess who needs no saving. He wants to ride in to save the day. He constantly wants to make things better for Roz. What he doesn't understand at first, is that Roz is used to depending on no one. She doesn't need to be saved. She needs just needs to be supported and cherished.

This story is one which is rather sad. Because at the heart of it, it's about relationships and how people can disappoint. It also shows how bonds through family and friendship can counteract the disappointment. Roz's relationship with her mother's family is at best strained and at worst homicidal. It's interesting to see the two sides of a story and find that they are so different. When Roz finally confronts her mother's side of the family, it's not as she imagined or expected. This searching for a connection will speak to readers who are estranged from their family.

This story is more than just a chick flick of family drama. The reader is offered a front row seat to Roz and Andy's long overdue mating dance. The sexual tension between these two characters is fun and feisty. Both characters are used to calling the shots, especially from a Top perspective. Andy fully expects Roz to yield to his authority. Why Andy thinks this will happen when he knows Roz's professional domme gig is beyond me. When Roz flips Andy a couple of times, the sparks fly and it's great fun to watch. The BDSM in this story is lighter than the last. There is less erotica and more romance. It's sweet because Roz doesn't need the erotic stroking. What feeds her soul is to feel wanted and cherished. Her desire to belong is so strong, at times it's painful to witness when she's excluded and feeling left out. I like how Ms. Hunter does not let Roz become a pitiful wallflower. Instead, Roz takes back the power and turns all the men upside down with her confident sexuality. It's alluring and men gravitate towards her.

This story does move in a good pace. The threads from previous books are all nicely brought together in this one. The conflicts are believable and resolved in an acceptable manner. I can definitely see all four of these books made into a mini-series TV show. The places in this story are well described and the people memorable. This contemporary romance is recommended to erotic readers who enjoy a bit of kink.

*provided by NetGalley

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      The Pleasures of Spring (Pleasures, #4)




ACQUIRED by Solar Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New to me author, Ms. Harris is definitely up my alley. This is a cyberpunk/forced feminization story and I really enjoyed it. There were some odd terminology used at first but I caught up pretty quick because I like the techno speak and I happen to be in the computer industry.

This concept of this story is very hawt for me. I almost added it into my spank bank but it wasn't quite graphic enough. Dale is a business man who wants to "play" and not be caught. He purchases a device which will help him switch to another male. Except, that doesn't exactly happen. He keeps changing to female and starts really getting into being fucked as a woman. The ending is a little twist which is not unexpected. I just wish it was more.

The sex in here is delightfully deviant. The combinations including f/f, m/f and menage are all delightful. The roleplaying is smoking hawt.

So which captured "sex bot" became the good girl and which was the bad girl? I'm hoping it was Dale forced to become a good girl so that he had to constantly be "debauched". I'm also a bit disappointed he was wiped of his personality. I wish it was kept intact so that he could feel humiliation constantly as a male forced to be female and taking it constantly by his best friend in the ass, mouth, pussy. It would be fun to force Dale to have both pussy and cock so he felt even more humiliated.

My recommendation for Ms. Harris is to really push the edge on this theme. For those who enjoy this niche, we really like the more depraved humiliation. This story is just a little too light and tame for me. See spoiler for what I'd really enjoy. Recommended for forced feminization lovers who like a bit of techno babble.

*Won as a prize.  No review requested; my review provided anyway.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: A Clockwork Butterfly

A Clockwork Butterfly
A Clockwork Butterfly by Tabitha Rayne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A Clockwork Butterfly is a unique blend of steampunk and femdom in a dystopian world.  New to me author, Ms. Rayne hooks me into her lovely world of dominant females, bondage, whipping and steampunk. I expect great things from the talented Ms. Rayne. Her world crafting shows much potential as does her character building.

Lena is a very innocent girl plucked from obscurity to help collect the sperm from a fertile male. These prized males are kept in manors to protect them and extract their seed. Lena undergoes a schooling which leaves her ill prepared to "milk" her male. Angelo is a boy trapped in a golden cage. Like his clockwork butterflies, he's expected to perform on command. When Lena and Angelo break the rules, more questions arise and Lena is sent off for punishment.

I'm picky when it comes to steampunk. This is light steampunk yet enough to make me find it quite enjoyable. Specifically the butterfly caught my attention and I really like it. How it's integrated into the storyline is quite well done. From a plot perspective, this story moved along. It felt a little bumpy, but this is to be expected because the story is from Lena's perspective. She is in the dark about the world and she learns more about how it functions, the reader learns with her. The world building is fun speculative fiction. I've read other dystopian worlds where women rule. It will be interesting to see how Ms. Rayne continues to build up this world. I'm also eager to learn about the different players and what the world is like outside of the manor and the correctional center. Many facts are revealed near the end of the story which leaves me with more questions than answers. It also makes a reader want to read the next book in the series immediately.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the innocence lost for Lena. Her sexual awakening through Mae is a tantalizing f/f meal. It is never too graphic, but just enough to give the reader a clear picture of a young girl first learning about orgasms at the hands of an experienced female. This gradually morphs into kinky sex with bondage and whippings. Lena is a submissive who thrives under the lash be it from Mae or Angelo. This crescendos into deviance as the Wasp takes Lena into her den of iniquity. Sexually speaking, this story is quite erotically arousing.

Something which I really enjoyed is Ms. Rayne's contrasts between those who have freedom and those who do not. Those who are outside of this manor, they live in humble abodes and don't seem to have much except the ability to go where they choose. Those in the manor, the more restrictions on their personal freedoms, the more material luxuries they are given. Both Angelo and the Wasp live in a place anyone would love, if they could only come and go as they please. This juxtaposition of material wealth and personal freedom is thought provoking and subtly inserted into the storyline. I like this kind of underlying covert theme. I hope it continues to be explored in later installments in this series.

This is a 3.5 star book for me. I recommend it to f/f lovers who enjoy kinky steampunk.

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

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      A Clockwork Butterfly



Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Break Me In

Break Me In
Break Me In by Sara Brookes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dommes tend to be portrayed as cruel male hating sadists. Ms. Brookes shows a different side of a female dominant. The kind where many a submissive would delight in submitting to, for a long time. Elena is a dominatrix who loves to take care of all her friends. For the longest time, she's admired Alex from a far. Since they were in school together, she's found him attractive. Unfortunately Alex chose another woman who brought out the worst in him and made him miserable. Finally waking up to his mistake, Alex divorces his wife and tries to find meaning in his life. Alex's search leads him to a never ending bottle of alcohol and a new look into sexuality.

This story is painful for me because I've had a boyfriend who was an alcoholic. Within the first few chapters, I was pretty sure this would be a 2 star book and I might even be dropping it to a 1 star because of my own personal experience with an alcoholic. I hated that emotionally abusive relationship and anyone mildly resembling that ex-boyfriend is immediately on my bad side. Where Elena wants to help out, I want that person dead and out of my life. Ms. Brookes wows me by switching my disgust to empathy and arousal.

Ms. Brookes does an excellent job of character building here. She brings Alex to his rock bottom and shows how his desire to explore BDSM is not going to happen while he's a complete mess. This is a surprising turn of events and I really appreciated Ms. Brookes for showing, not telling why alcohol abuse, mental instability and BDSM don't end well. The strength Ms. Brookes gives to Elena is astounding. Elena's determination to do what's best for her friend was a very hard decision when she's so emotionally vested. This story definitely hit its mark with pulling emotions from the reader. I felt anger, frustration, arousal, heartache and happiness. It's all there in varying degrees and all the appropriate times. This is a beautiful relationship building with a strong female dominant and a very confused male submissive. Loved it.

The BDSM in this story is absolutely fabulous. Bondage and sensation play are both favourites of mine. Mixed in with D/s, it's sublime. Elena is a wonderful Domme and this is the kind I'd play with any day of the week. She is trustworthy and she understand how power exchange works. Never once did she wrestle for it. She only gracefully accepted when erotic power was ceded into her loving hands.

Each BDSM book of Ms. Brookes is better than the previous. Her BDSM scenes are maturing and it's a lovely journey traveling through her explorations. One can only hope she explores a few more edge play fetishes so she can work them into to her stories. Her specialty is loving BDSM and she does it so well. It's realistic and provides a look into how it can be. Maybe not every time, but it is possible. Recommended to femdom lovers who want to read an angst romance between two friends which took years in the making.

*provided by BDSM Book Reviews

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      Break Me In (Geek Kink #3)



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Review: Resists Me

Resists Me
Resists Me by Megan Hart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Simone continues to be a spitfire. She's a female I can definitely admire. If a man doesn't want her and tells her to go, she listens and doesn't waste her time, no matter how much she crushes on him. Elliot is an idiot. He is an asshole and I hope he loses Simone to someone really good for her and can meet her needs.

Ms. Hart is a bloody cock-tease. She leaves the first part of the story with a hint of potential kinky club goodness. Instead, the reader is in a dance club. Just a bloody dance club! Simone wants to dance with Elliot and he blows her off until another guy shows interest. Really? Elliot, just piss on her to mark her your territory and then run away like the coward you are! I don't like Elliot. Still, I really enjoy the chemistry between these two characters. The dialogue is witty and amusing. Simone can deliver quite a few zingers.

This is yet another well written and tightly compacted story with a teasing plot line. Ms. Hart grabs my attention and I'm riveted till the end. The sex is sensual yet steamy hawt without a bit of kinkiness. Ms. Hart certainly excels in her lovemaking scenes. The bit of rough play combined with Elliot's turmoil does generate an understandable if disappointing conflict. The ending comes all too quickly as I pine away for the next installment. I wait with bated breath as Ms. Hart taunts me. Recommended for romantics holding out for a happily ever after.

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      Resists Me (Every Part of You, #2)



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Review: Observation (Doctor Dom Volume 2)

Observation (Doctor Dom Volume 2)
Observation (Doctor Dom Volume 2) by Tara Crescent

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Part two in this series keeps the sexy medical play alive and well. The reader is also given some more insight into Lisa's past and why she knows about BDSM. She also shares her fears with the reader. It always makes me wonder when a much older man dates a very young girl. Why does he do it? It isn't the sex exactly since we know men of that age can't compete in sex drive with a younger man. This possessing, manipulating and destroying of a young woman's identity must be too attractive for selfish arrogant men. I've met too many of these men which is probably why I connected to this story more and wanted to lob off Nick's balls with a dull rusty spoon.

It seems Patrick also has some issues with his past. He's been a dominant before and he fears something, which is yet to be revealed. The two are slowly building trust for each other. They still aren't quite there as they argue with themselves if they share their painful past with each other. This is where an author inserts conflict which Ms. Crescent doesn't fail to do. While this is predictable, it's also quite a sad commentary about humans. Lisa is obviously still suffering low self-esteem with some emotional baggage. Not really the kind of female I like. Her running from the slightest conflict is annoying. One can tell she's a bit fucked up in the head with her comment below.

I [Lisa] couldn’t help but think that I was just a series of Matryoshka dolls. Open up the capable business owner, and there was the girl who had rejected submission and love in favour of survival and self-respect. Open her up, and there was the barely healed welts of Nick O’Malley’s control. (loc. 253-255)

Rather than digress with how I don't understand people who allow themselves to be held hostage by an asshole years later, I'm going to move on to the sex. Ms. Crescent doesn't disappoint with her lovely medical play. The orders Patrick gives Lisa are smoking hawt and quite distracting. From an arousal factor, definitely panty wetting goodness. Ms. Crescent does leave the reader hanging again at the end. I'm hooked and want to read the next part. Recommended for kinky readers who love medical play.

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

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      Observation (Doctor Dom Volume 2) (A BDSM & Medical Play Novella)