Showing posts from February, 2014

Review: Touch

Touch by Michelle Sagara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a must read. The danger heats up in the second installment in the Queen of the Dead series. Nathan returns at the behest of the Queen of the Dead. His reunion with Emma is bittersweet. Emma is still in the dark about her powers and what her purpose is as a necromancer. Ms. Sagara pushes up the violence with threats against Emma's friends and their family. This story is dark. It isn't a fluffy teenage drama. Instead, it is more similar to Joss Whedon's season seven of Buffy, when Buffy's last glimmer of cheerleading spark is completely snuffed out.

What I really love about this story is how Ms. Sagara designs each character. Her characters are complex and well created. They all have their specific hot buttons and motivations. The way Emma's friends relate to her is a powerful demonstration of loyalty, courage and a bit of foolishness. Amy and Allison won't leave Emma, even if it means they coul…

Review: Alpha

Alpha by Fierce Dolan

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

When an alpha werewolf refuses to submit to an alpha dominatrix, what happens? A delicate dance of seduction? Or perhaps taunting tango of sexual lust? Alaine Dunham is a dominatrix in the well-known BDSM club, Malice. Her specialty is bringing men to their knees. She flogs, whips and pegs them until they are a whimpering mess.

The kink in here is good. What's not to like about an alpha male submitting to an alpha female? What's not to like about reading about a woman pegging a male hard in the ass? The BDSM in this story is titillating. It would have been nicer if the scenes were more action than telling. This is what really brought the story down. Ms. Dolan tells the story and shows very little action. The BDSM concepts are sexy and erotic, it would be much hotter if the reader is a voyeur, not a second hand listener. Alaine spends an inordinate amount of time talking about herself. It becomes tedious in such a sh…

Review: Safe Word

Safe Word by Molly Weatherfield

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sting (Kink) Rating: ★★★★✰
Story Review Rating: 4 Paddles

The sequel to Carrie's Story is an interesting continuation of Carrie's chronicles. A year has passed since Carrie's been sold by Jonathan. Carrie's return gives both Jonathan and the reader a glimpse into her year in captivity. She's been trained as a racing pony girl. She shares her experiences with Jonathan in exchange for stories from him.

From a technical perspective, Ms. Weatherfield's writing is flawless. The story is well written with a gentle amble with many rest stops. The narration is smooth when switching between Jonathan and Carrie's narration. The grammar is superb. This is why it rated a four star for a technically well written story. From a BDSM perspective, the pony training is delicious. It's well done and interesting. The puppy play as well as some of the other BDSM scenes are all smoothly written. This is al…

Review: The Professional: Part 1

The Professional: Part 1 by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mafia, alpha male and an amazing Russian palace, what more can a small town USA girl want? Natalie Porter's life is completely turned upside down when she finally finds her biological father. She's been searching for six years to find him. Natalie wasn't an unloved orphan. She was a loved adopted child. Still, as with many adopted kids, they want to know why they were given up and who their birth parents may be. To find out her biological father is rich and involved with organized crime, it's a bit overwhelming.

Ms. Cole creates some of the cutest spunky female characters. Natalie is no whimpering wall flower. She takes everything in stride. She's a strong independent female with a snarky attitude. This female can easily fit in with the strong females from Ms. Cole's other series, Immortals After Dark (IAD). This means readers who loved the females from IAD will recognize and like Natal…

Review: Driftwood Deeds

Driftwood Deeds by Laila Blake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Introduction into kinky sex could show up anywhere. Iris Ellis is invited by an elusive screenwriter, Paul Archer for an interview. He's known to be a difficult person to interview. Iris is surprised by how he treats her to a wonderful afternoon which transforms into a sexual interlude.

This is an enjoyable short story. It's a good Gateway to BDSM book. The BDSM is light and arousing. It's the beginning of a possible relationship with much potential. Will it go past a first date? One can only hope as Paul's sexual desires excite Iris.

From a character point of view, both characters are rather under developed. It doesn't detract from the story because they are easily relatable in this contemporary setting. The world building is also light yet it works because the focus is Iris's sexual awakening. This erotic journey is sweet. Watching her realize there is more to live than vanilla sex i…

Review: Triage (Doctor Dom Volume 1)

Triage (Doctor Dom Volume 1) by Tara Crescent

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hello Doctor! Medical kink is a fetish I can completely get behind. While many women may fear the gyno chair, I've always found it to be arousing, regardless of who is spreading my pussy.

In Triage, Ms. Crescent sets up a delicious little doctor's appointment for Lisa. Lisa is single and picks up a sexy surgeon who is willing to "Play Doctor" with her. Patrick is single, in his early 40s and a doctor. I'm sorry, remind me again why he is single? If he works long hours and the women he dates just don't put up with it, I can understand. But really, his demographics is highly sought after. The only downside for the poor guy is that most of the women come with baggage - little germ factories called kids.

I like that Ms. Crescent doesn't bore us with a single mom with kids. Instead, she takes Lisa, an independent and sexually aware woman to match up to Patrick's desires. While th…

Review: The Hotel

The Hotel by Deborah Ford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a total spank bank material. New to me author, Ms. Ford is a definite guilty pleasure. In this story, husbands and boyfriends unwittingly sell themselves into sexual slavery which includes intense modifications.

The modification is more than just the body and behaviour. Even their thinking is changed. The "maid math class" was both disturbing and hilarious. There is more brain washing in this book than there is graphic sex. The sex in this book is still good, just not as intense as the mind fucking. Basically, "Debbie" undergoes a complete transformation and it looks as if his wife, Linda goes through a bit too. I don't want to go into too much detail because it's better experienced first hand.

Ms. Ford is definitely creative. This is more than a porn without a plot. It's a depraved porn with a minor plot. The world building is decent. The character development is amusing. Recommend…

Review: The Denim Dom

The Denim Dom by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I read Ms. Dalton's BDSM themed stories, I remember why I fell in love with her writing. Her writing is what pushed me to delve into the lifestyle through a community rather than just dabble through books and on-line Doms.

In THE DENIM DOM, Tony Daniels finally gets to tell his story. It is so good. Tony is a Dom who is respected in his kinky community. He teaches classes, is a preferred play partner and he is a backup dungeon monitor. What he isn't is a Dom with a submissive or a slave. He's single because he hasn't found his one.

Shayla is a woman whose trust has been stomped on. Her ex-fiancĂ© lied to her and betrayed her badly. His betrayal makes her question her self-worth and the BDSM lifestyle. Completely vanilla, she takes a stroll on the dark side when her job intersects the BDSM scene in Florida. Shayla's job is to write a series of articles on the BDSM scene in Sarasota, Florida. The newspa…

Review: Silence

Silence by Michelle Sagara

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Always a fan of Ms. Sagara, she ones again pulls me in and I end up reading this in one sitting. This is a really good young adult book. This is what I consider top notch and quality writing. There is just enough of the teen mentality and angst for a teen to relate. Fortunately, there is no psychotic drama lama characters. Best of all, no one too stupid to live.

The thing with Ms. Sagara is, she doesn't see the world like the rest of us boring humans. Her perspective is very different and completely out of the box. Every series I've read of hers takes a standard concept and completely makes it fresh, unique and mind blowing. In Silence, my mind is reeling with the ramifications of being a necromancer. The world here is complicated and I can't wait to read more in this series to understand how the Queen of the Dead works. There are so many hints of what is yet to come.

The character development is once again fabul…

Review: Darkness Splintered

Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why? Why does Ms. Arthur torture me in this manner? This is yet again another great installment in this series. Risa is once again forced between a rock and a hard place. She shouldn't need to worry about her enemies going after friends and loved ones. She is quickly losing them, one after another.

Risa is still under great duress to find these bloody keys. It's not looking good. At the rate she is going, the world is going to hell. Not sure how Ms. Arthur is going to write herself out of this monolithic cluster fuck. All Risa's enemies are much more powerful than her. Risa doesn't not gain any new powers either to fight against them. She keeps striving to move forward on gas fumes. She is beyond empty and low on powerful allies.

Her love interest is still complicated yet it seems to come to a happy balance now - thankfully. Risa's acceptance of her new state will help since it will make a big…

Review: Sea of Shadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ms. Armstrong is a winner for me. This new series is a must read for those who love quests. Moria and Ashyn are twins chosen to be the Keeper and Seeker. This is a position which can be highly dangerous. For the most part they have a straightforward job. This year, things take a turn which goes from bad to worse. Even though these two girls are in their mid-teens, make no mistakes, this is no YA drama lama book. What I enjoyed most in this story is the darkness. This isn't a sweet fantasy with unicorns, rainbows and princesses. This is a journey filled with peril and death. Moria and Ashyn are not afraid of defending nor are they squeamish. This is a big relief.

This is the kind of book which should young adults should read. These two girls demonstrate loyalty, determination and a will to survive. They aren't shallow psychotic females crying over a guy or wanting to live forever. Moria is a spitfire who wi…

Review: Surrender

Surrender by Nik Flandre

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Choose your own ending erotic stories seem to be on the rise. This is the third one in the past year coming across my desk. While some provide alternate endings, others provide different choices to try all sorts of sexy adventures. Even though I didn't enjoy choose your own adventure books as a kid, there is something very appealing about selecting my own erotic fantasies as an adult. Personally, I hope this trend of books continues. In Surrender, this choose your own adventure is a bit different than I'm used to reading. Instead of one author, there are several authors and they write completely different endings which do not intersect with any of the others. This mutual exclusivity makes this book a bit less connected for me. If there were crossovers, the blending of the combinations would appeal to me more and increase the complexity of the overall story choices. Creating possibilities where authors need to finish off…

Review: Bullet

Bullet by Garrett Leigh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sex for pay entices all sorts of people into the porn industry. Levi's reason is pretty sad. It's more to help his mother than himself. His relationship with his mother is very complicated. Even when all is revealed, it doesn't make sense. Did she love him or did she not? Still, this is just a minor plotline in this surprisingly sweet romance.

Levi seems to have everything going for him until his father died. Now as a mechanic and part-time porn star, he is just drifting through life. His porn specialty is to take a twink's ass rough for the viewing pleasures of perverts. I'm one of those perverts who enjoys it, too. Mr. Leigh writes it so well with the fear and screams from the little twink receiving a hard ass reaming. Honestly, if there were more graphic details of these tight little rosebuds busted by a thick hard cock, I wouldn't be opposed.

The sex in this story is both graphic and sweet. Sweet because Levi&…

Review: For The Sub

For The Sub by Sierra Cartwright

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When a submissive who is also wife and lover dies, how does a Dominant survive?

Master Niles is an experienced Dominant who is on auto pilot. He still scenes but it's all impersonal. He functions as a Top and doesn't need the D/s anymore. Brandy Hess is a submissive at the same club as Master Niles. They have crossed paths several times but never enjoyed a scene together. The timing is never right. This time, during a private party, a spark generates between the two.

The BDSM in this story is sweet and light. Ms. Cartwright is always a good read who creates BDSM scenes with steamy sensuality. The BDSM is realistic and gives interested kinky readers a good vicarious read. The plot of this story is sweet and simplistic. The world building is realistic with a contemporary vibe. The characters are really what make this story enjoyable.

Brandy is a woman with a soft heart. She adopts pets and humans who need help. Too bad the…

Review: Bee Stung

Bee Stung by Theolyn Boese

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A queen bee who entices males to lick her honey pot and pollinate her is the saviour of a magical island. Ms. Boese is a new-to-me author who is a must read. Her storytelling is completely captivating. I am spellbound by her characters and the world she invites us in.

Rienne is a shifter from a family of unusual shifters. Outsiders do not know exactly what kind of animals they are because it isn't hereditary. They can be any type of animal or insect. Rienne is hiding from the world as her self-confidence has been shattered by an abusive, jealous and selfish ex-lover. Trying to recover, she flees to her cousin, Cass, who lives on an island. The reception Rienne receives from the residents is colder than a winter day. Fortunately, a couple of males decided to welcome her in a very friendly way.

This story is magical. There is no other word for it. I loved each of the characters in this book. They all had their own stories and Ms. Bo…

Review: Taken

Taken by M.A. Church

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wait, back up, the government tells the populace that men are "taken" for five years for DNA extraction, and after this time period, they will be returned, and people buy this shit? If the government tells me that male aliens need to "borrow" human men to help repopulate their devastated race, I'd be calling bullshit immediately. As it turns out, I'd be right. This story is about humans taken from Earth and being physically modified. There are many parts to this story that appeals to me.

Men who are forced to submit sexually and be collared to strong alien males, how is this not smexy hawt? On top of this, these men are injected with DNA and physically changed. The change is not exactly a surprise, but it is kind of a mind bender. It's a fun twist in this story and I enjoyed Ms. Church's deviant mind.

However, I still have reservations with this story. While the world building is good, it is sketchy. For …

Review: Porpoisefully Yours

Porpoisefully Yours by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ding dong, the witch is dead! Wait, scratch that. Erik is NOT dead. This gimpy dolphin shifting psycho is now even more bitter and even madder. Can we get off the crazy train? Or is it a crazy boat?

What should be a great start to their life together in a new home turns into a state of constant fear. Sean and Emery move into the home for the new Alpha of this dolphin pod. Things seem to be going well. Before they know it, they are on another emotional rollercoaster.

Once again there are multiple events going on which may leave the reader confused. Even Sean is frustratingly befuddled. Emery keeps many secrets to protect Sean. It appears Sean isn't man enough to handle the truth. Emery is afraid it may break Sean if he learns anything more about the shifter world, politics and threats. Sean takes exception to this thought and sticks it to Emery. Sean gives Emery a much deserved ass reaming and it's so good to read!


Review: Turbulence

Turbulence by Lyn Gala

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm the second review on The Romance Review
Fans of Serenity, this is a story for you. Did you like Jane on Serenity? I did. In TURBULENCE, it appears Ms. Gala took a page out of Serenity and created Jaqcs, inspired by Jane.

Jacqs is a man without any pretense. What you see is what you get with him. His sense of logic is refreshing. He's the kind of guy where you always know where you stand. He is also a person who lives in the moment. When he doesn't understand something, he figures it out or determines it isn't worth the time spent. What is really impressive about Jacqs is his ability to work through an issue and make a decisive decision. While a reader could say he is extremely prejudice with the stereotypes he believes, that would be an oversimplification. He is actually very open-minded. He makes up his mind. If new information comes available, he will work through it and determine if he needs to change his stance. I l…

Review: The Boy Who Belonged

The Boy Who Belonged by Lisa Henry

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

What happens after finding the man who will accept and love you for who you are? Is it a happily ever after? As the saying goes, "happily ever afters are based on when the author ends the story".

Ms. Henry and Ms. Rock bring Lane and Derek back and the readers sees what happens after they found each other. It's not pretty. Real life contains ups and downs. This is never as clear as when Derek suffers from a bad day and Lane is pulled back into his mother's destructive influence.

The first part of this book is difficult to read. Lane made so much headway in the last book. In this, it feels as if he started over again. He's regressed back several steps and is a hot mess at times. There are times a reader may want to smack him upside the head and demand he grow a pair of balls. He's not five! He is twenty-one. He just comes across as helpless and stunted in growth. It's frustrating for some readers and…

Review: Out of Smoke and Ashes

Out of Smoke and Ashes by Tymber Dalton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When will the cockatrice die? These nasty inbred shifters are the bane of all the other shifters' existence. How much longer will this series continue? Isn't it done already? Ms. Dalton surprises us with yet another twist in this story. It's sort of out of the blue, but it's perversely kinky.

Elaine Pardie just wants to have her blissful wedding day with friends and family. She's marrying Ain but really she's mating the triplets and it's all understood. Her wedding day is interrupted when her best friend goes into labor and one of the shifters is nearly kidnapped.

It seems this series is becoming increasingly convoluted. There is never just one focal point. Instead, there are several threads hopping back and forth. For those who are not familiar with this series, it may give a reader whiplash. It is crucial to read these books in order. Each book builds upon the previous one.

In addition, the n…

Review: Pirate Queen's Rebellion

Pirate Queen's Rebellion by Cynnara Tregarth

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Resistance forces, smart red-headed women and space pirates, how can I resist this siren call? I can't. This is the kind of book which makes me happy. It's a mix of Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series and Joss Whedon's Firefly. It contains some of my favourite things in a space opera story.

Lady Alexa is a scientist and from a very wealthy and influential family. She is smart, sexy and a bit of a dominatrix. She uses both her mind and body to push her agenda through the red tape.

This story is a bit confusing because it feels as if there should be another book before it. Perhaps even several books before it. There are things which are explained later in the story that makes it feel as if the reader missed out on previous critical elements. These elements are events and relationship connections to make the story connect better. Ms. Tregarth does more telling and backfilling, which is not my pref…