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Review: Dancing with Dragons

Dancing with Dragons by Lorenda Christensen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Chased by dragons, accused as a dragon killer, set up by your boyfriend, what else can go wrong for Carol Jenski? Ah yes, all her beautiful new designer clothing she purchased in Budapest are now lost to her. Even the new shoes are gone. This is what depresses her most. Carol Jenski is in a world of hurt as she's barely survived a dragon attack. She wakes up in a hospital confused and completely ignorant of the allegations against her. When her dire situation is revealed, her boyfriend Richard is long gone and she's now depending on a suspicious reporter.

Daniel Wallent is a reporter who smells a big story. He finds Carol and wants an exclusive with her boyfriend Richard. When Richard gives him the slip, he settles for Carol. From a character standpoint, Carol is a bit appalling. She admittedly makes bad choices in lovers and on top of it, she comes across as both stupid and shallow. The first half …

Review: Brush and Whip

Brush and Whip by Sean Michael

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mine! Followed by growling and purring are signature elements in a Sean Michael story. Granted, this is a paranormal romance so there will be much more growling and purring. BRUSH AND WHIP kick off a new series where shifters are housed in a BDSM club. The goal of this club is to match dominants to the perfect submissive. The first match is Drew and Theo.

Dominant Theo is a shifter of two feline natures. Submissive Drew is a wolf who feels unwanted and prefers to stay as his shifter self. This story is focused on Theo and Drew coming together in a sexual manner. Yes, there is a bit of trust building and some sexy whipping, but for the most part, it's story of two damaged men finding someone who understands them. The kinky parts are just a bonus.

Sean Michael spends little time in building the characters. In the novellas, the focus is more on erotic heat than complex characters. This one is no different. There is a lot of telli…

Review: Diagnosis

Diagnosis by Tara Crescent

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh boy! More kinky sex with Dr. McDreamy. In this latest episode, Lisa is struggling with fears from her past dominant boyfriend. Even though it was years ago, she never got over the way he trampled over her self-worth. Her ex-boyfriend's domineering abuse continues to force her to shy away from Patrick due to a misunderstanding. Patrick is forced to deal with not only Lisa's hang-ups, but his manipulative ex-wife.

This story shows more character development and relationship building than the previous. Ms. Crescent spends more time explaining why both main characters respond the way they do. Several secondary characters make an appearance. It appears one of them is going to be causing further conflict and entanglement.

Ms. Crescent does a good job of creating plausible conflict in this story. With how relationships can become complicated due to ex-lovers, it makes this a contemporary kinky book more relatable. The ad…

Review: Haunting Blackie

Haunting Blackie by Laurann Dohner

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

An alpha male who is lethal yet haunted by a sexy siren who saved him, what more can a romance lover want? Full disclosure, I did not read any of the books in the series before this one. It is recommended to read them, but honestly, if one has read a New Species book by Ms. Dohner, there is very little in this story which would cause confusion. The theme is the same.

Blackie is a cyborg rescued from termination by a beautiful, redheaded human. She promised to meet him when she freed a few more of his race. When the time came to all escape from Earth, she never made it to the ship. Years later, he's still pining after the woman codenamed Hellfire.

Ms. Dohner does an excellent job of creating an easily understood world for someone just reading this book cold. It does help to understand how Ms. Dohner likes her romances. There is always a tortured male who is redeemed by his one true female mate. They both have survived hor…

Review: Splintered Mirror

Splintered Mirror by Morgan Hawke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FINALLY a new book from Ms. Hawke. Um, where's the rest of the book? *scowl*

In a world like ours, but different that it runs in magic and has Fae, unicorns and witches, Julian is a valet (slave) to Prince Alberic. Julian is a female dressed up as a male. It's never quite clear why she's been sold to the prince instead of her twin brother. Still, after years in his servitude, Prince Alberic finally decides he wants her cherry.

There is something about the way Ms. Hawke writes her alpha males that must make me wet and weak in the knee. Alberic is no knight in shining armor. He's a salacious sexist philander and yet I'm panting when he corners Julian. The way Ms. Hawke allows all her males to exude dominance while never mentioning BDSM is spectacular. Alberic plays D/s games all the time with Julian. He ups it now to sexual servitude. Yet not once is BDSM mentioned. This is how skillful Ms. Hawke c…

Review: Beyond Addiction

Beyond Addiction by Desiree Holt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beyond addiction is aptly named. Fallon is just recovering from her time in captivity with her last dominant, Brian. Brian is an abusive man who should never be titled dominant. He isn't in the lifestyle. He bases his BDSM on extreme BDSM porn and fantasies which end up with ER visits if not the funeral home.

This is a provocative book. Ms. Holt displays the bad and ugly of BDSM when it is in the hands of a poser. She counters this despicable view with a healthy dominant, Cord. This contrast is what helps Fallon get over Brian.

For some readers, they will think poorly of Fallon. She is so messed up in the head that she goes back to her abuser when she is finally in a good state. It makes absolutely no sense. The desire to smack some sense into her is high. In addition, the feeling that she deserves all the shit that happens to her because she goes back for more may also be prevalent. What Ms. Holt cleverly does…

Review: Ball & Chain

Ball & Chain by Abigail Roux

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Never mention the word "vacation" to Ty and Zane. It's a dirty filthy bad word filled with horror, mayhem and death. So of course, their vacation to an island in Scotland for Ty's brother's wedding is a complete cluster fuck. Ty and Zane are finally in a good place in their relationship. All the hurtful secrets have been lanced. What could possibly go wrong? Apparently, a lot.

This latest romantic suspense in my favourite m/m series is a mix between the game "Clue" and highland romance taking place in contemporary times. If only there were more men wearing kilts! Ms. Roux once again combines erotically sexy times with a good suspense. Her humour shows through again and this time, she's focusing on Nick rather than Ty and Zane.

From the onset, the reader knows there is going to be trouble at the wedding. Why else would Ty need to bring one of his Sidewinder buddies who is also armed?


Review: Denies Me

Denies Me by Megan Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just rip out my heart. Elliot's past is causing him to do things that he will regret. In installment four, Elliot goes from romantically hawt to cruelly cold. Simone's broken heart is the collateral damage from Elliot's callous behaviour.

Ms. Hart creates characters who are just so messed up. It's not so much melodrama but more the realistic responses when past hurts have not been healed. While it's understanding why Elliot is having issues, taking it out on Simone is painful to watch. The rejection Elliot doles to Simone is something every masochist fears. Not surprisingly, Simone runs to Adrian for some punishment comfort.

This was a nice blend of impact play. It also reveals more about both Elliot and Simone. It will be interesting to see how this all ends up in the next installment. Right now, it doesn't look like a happily ever after. Recommend for kinky readers who understand a masochist's f…

Review: Taunts Me

Taunts Me by Megan Hart

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What is Elliot's problem? He is a class act jerk. In Taunts me, Elliot runs cold then hot. He is no good for Simone and she knows it.

In installment three, Ms. Hart continues with a mixed up Elliot. He seems to be doing better because at least now he's communication and dating Simone. Simone's own complications with her friend Adrian is something which I think will backfire on her. Still, it's interesting to see their dynamic.

This relationship is not heading in a good direction. Ms. Hart seems to be steering it towards a collision of hearts. The little bit of kinky play in here is a nice touch. Hope there is more in the next book. Recommended for those who enjoy complicated relationships.

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Review: No Accounting for Love

No Accounting for Love by Diane Leyne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What would you do if you were offered an amazing opportunity at work, but you had to sign a confidentiality clause before you even learned more? Would you run away or would you sign the dotted line? Andie takes the plunge and goes for it. The last thing she expects is to learn she'll be running the BDSM club for her boss, and the person she'll be working with is Duncan. In order to learn more about this lifestyle, she'll need to pretend to be his submissive.

This is a sweet trope with two lovely characters. Andie is a sweetheart with low self-esteem issues. Duncan is a bit of a heavy-handed alpha male. Their dance of romance is amusing. The thing they forget to a relationship, specifically a healthy D/s relationship, is open communication. Things go a bit sideways in order for the conflict to manifest.

It seems that in this story, Ms. Leyne is changing her view of how BDSM works. This is a good thing because som…

Review: Penance

Penance by Ann Mayburn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The long awaited sequel is finally here! Wyatt and Michelle's continued journey into a D/s relationship with Michelle as the Domme starts to unravel. Michelle's one of those people who believe in mind over matter. While she recognizes PTSD symptoms in Wyatt, she refuses to acknowledge the same in herself. This is a problem as her past is revealed to the reader and Wyatt. It's not pretty. It is sad to say that she is perfectionist by training perhaps not nurture.

Children who are trained to be perfect by an exacting parent will either harden to become stronger or they will break. Michelle seemed to become stronger, almost a superwoman which explains how she stays calm under warfare. However, every person's endurance will come to an end, especially if there is no way to relieve the pressure. For Michelle, between her mother and loss of Owen mingled with her pride to show Wyatt off is too much.

This story is diff…

Review: 30 days to Syn

30 days to Syn by Charlotte Boyett-Compo

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Billionaire males into BDSM wanting a virginal vanilla female to dominate is bound to be interesting. Interesting in either a really good story or a complete cluster fuck. This one is just strange. Ms. Boyett-Compo is an author I really enjoyed from her sci-fi stories. She is an accomplished writer who is really good at storytelling. 30 Days to Syn is not the best representation of her work. The virgin in this story is Melina Wynth. Her problems in life is scarily more common in reality than one thinks. Due to health care for a loved one, her savings are wiped out. She can't get a decent paying job in the current market. Without a family to help out, she's one step from a cardboard box to call home. This is truly a nightmare. So when her one remaining friend pushes her to apply for a wanted ad listing a salary of 1 million dollars in 30 days, it's too good to be true.

Synjyn McGregor is the bi…

Review: Amorous Overnight

Amorous Overnight by Robin L. Rotham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Alpha male aliens with a kinky sexual leaning is an irresistible siren call. Full disclosure, I did not read the first two books and now I desperately need to buy the first two and read them. Shelley Bonham is not in a good position. Wife of a traitor, pregnant on an alien ship and ready to deliver her twins, it couldn't get much worse. And then it did. Unbeknownst to Shelley, delivering babies in Garathani territory means the children are considered Garathani citizens. Since children without fathers default to the highest ranking Garathani male, Cecine becomes their father and he can take the kids from Shelley. The only way to make it work is if he becomes her mate. Too bad Shelley is also terrified of Cecine.

The conflict in this story is based on lack of communication. This is not a trope I enjoy. Still, the writing and the excellent sex pushed the story to a 4 star. Ms. Rotham creates an interesting world.…

Review: Seventy Three

Seventy Three by Rebecca Symmons

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A BDSM club which trains women to be sexual slaves and owned by a consortium is definitely a popular fantasy. For said woman to be a happily married wife with a husband who isn't into BDSM, this could be problematic and unfortunately all too common. In Seventy Three, Catherine Adams is finally making the move to fulfill her secret submissive desires. She revels in sexual humiliation and public exposure. The more depraved, the wetter she becomes. She longs for punishment and sexual torment. Her loving husband, Richard is hesitant to commit any of these acts upon her. Fortunately, he has no qualms about watching someone else do it to her.

How does this work when the woman is sexually active with many people other than her husband? Is this cheating? Especially if she isn't thrilled to have her husband sexually interact with other female sex slaves. One specific quote in this book is key to understanding how people…

Review: The Immortal Crown

The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When the gods and goddesses are restless, mortals beware. This is quite apparent as Mae and Justin are now the pawns of other supernatural entity. This one is allied to Justin's patron god. The latest quest they are sent on contains multiple purposes with a supposed win-win outcome. Ms. Mead never makes it easy.

Mae and Justin receive about equal time in this book railing at their patron or matron god. While Justin still fights the inevitable, Mae is just starting to be drawn into the fold. Mae successfully fought off the last dark goddess who wanted her. This new one is giving her something she desperately wants. Not only is this new goddess dangling an irresistible bribe, she's paving the way to achieve Mae's secret desire.  Mae wants to bring her niece back and when she learns what her niece will suffer if she's not saved, Mae will do anything to save her.

Ms. Mead's world building increases in…

Review: Named and Shamed

Named and Shamed by C.P. Mandara

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jenny is definitely in for it now.  The continuation of our shallow little princess turned pony is humiliating and delightful.  Ms. Mandara is a tease.  She keeps giving us tasty tidbits of Jenny being disciplined and forced to perform sexually for an audience. Yet nothing too hardcore has come up.

The pony training here for Jenny is more sexual training.  The forced orgasms and orgasm control are terrific.  Jenny finally learns she isn't going to be rescued by dear daddy.  Instead, she's now finally starting to believe daddy dearest wants her to be a pony slave for the rest of her life. 

There is a little bit more plot in this story where we still see how Mark and Jenny's father are adversaries.  What we don't know is why.  And what we also learn is that Mark is a wealthy man who loves to dominant dumb bimbo blondes.  Lovely.  Mark just stepped down in my respect here.  Still, he doesn't realize he's being …

Review: A WILDer Wonderland - Sexy Stories Of The Season

A WILDer Wonderland - Sexy Stories Of The Season by Angel Payne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Wondering what happened to Garrett, Sage, Zeke, Rayna, Ethan and Ava after they "got together"? This is a collection of the three couples who have come together in this WILD Boys of Special Forces series. Sometimes, it is better to leave a couple in their happily ever after, because bringing them back can be a letdown.

Garrett and Sage's story in "Raze the Barn" is depressing. Sage is crazy and the answer to her depression is getting laid with her husband, Garrett. Although, to be fair, if people enjoyed orgasms at least once a week, it would help their outlook. When I read a romance, I don't really care to read about psychological problems. When it takes BDSM to fix this problem, it appeals to me even less. This story didn't work for me at all. The BDSM scene barely redeems this story.

Zeke and Rayna in "Tie the Knots" is a train wreck. Rayna, if a man tel…

Review: Surrendering to Her Sergeant

Surrendering to Her Sergeant by Angel Payne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When two people are from completely different worlds, will their worlds collide and tear them apart? Or will they merge into romantic bliss?

Ethan Archer is a rich boy who wants to make a difference in the world. He gives up a cushy executive job to join the military, and he's been living a hard life in special forces with his specialty in interrogation. His meeting with Ava Chestain, cousin to one of his teammate's wife, shows him what he's been missing. Ava wants Ethan but her past shies her from being involved with a military man again. He is everything she wants and is so bad for her.

The two characters in this story have more chemistry than the previous couples in this series. I really like Ethan and Ava. Ethan doesn't have a tortured past. He's a guy who wants to make the world a better place. Ava is an independent woman who knows her desires and keeps them in check. She's gutsy and easy …

Review: The Librarian and the Dom

The Librarian and the Dom by Diane Leyne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tall girls need love, too! Lindy the Librarian is considered an Amazon due to her height. To find a man who makes her feel small is a rarity. Jake is an experienced dominant who is in high demand. He's apparently very good at impact play. He's so good he can cause a woman to come with a flick of his wrist. Tired of women wanting to hook up with him for his whipping or cropping expertise, he's looking for a submissive who wants him for himself.

The characters in this story are sweet. Lindy is cute and sweet. Jake is a teddy bear. This story moves at a good pace and the misunderstandings between the two are easily understandable. From a sexual perspective, Ms. Leyne rocks it again. This passage immediately increase the heat index in the story. What woman wouldn't want to be woken up in this manner?

Lindy thought she was having the most realistic sex dream ever. In it, Jake was on top of her, slowly, tend…

Review: Coming to Terms

Coming to Terms by Cara Bristol
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Love comes in all shapes and sizes.  Domestic discipline (DD) does too.  In Coming to Terms, seven different authors bring forth their brand of  DD.  Each one features a female in need of discipline.

The one which had my blood boiling was Ms. Bristol's "Wife on the Lam".  I was so aggravated by Janelle's lack of faith in her husband.  Her irrational behaviour does fall in line with the type of female characters Ms. Bristol favours.  Basically, these women I'd slap hard into next week.  Fortunately, Janelle is not married to me.  Instead, she's married to a loving husband who shows her the errs of her ways.  It is a sweet romance and memorable.

A big fan of Ms. Hensley, it's nice to see Caine and Neely again.  In this little interlude, it felt more awkward.  Ms. Hensley does a good job of showing how after the "happily ever after" there is a lot of work to put into a marriage.  Caine does come…

Review: Antidote

Antidote by Jack L. Pyke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you thought Don't... was harsh on Jack, wait until you read this book! In Antidote, Ms. Pyke cranks up the trauma. Jack's past comes rushing to the forefront as his time as Cutter's extreme masochistic painslut phase is broadcast to all. The pedophiles especially get off on Jack's underage porn flicks.

Whilst this latest attack on Jack is going on, Gray seems to be having relationship difficulties with Jack. It is very confusing as to why the relationship goes into the dumps quite so quickly after all they have been through together.

It is best to read this book after reading Forgive us by Ms. Kelling. The tie ins between these two worlds is what makes this story a bit more understandable. Gray's past shows how he's been a rebel and not always Mr. "All Seeing".

The character development in this book is better than the previous. The reader gets to see how Jack, Jan and Gray respond to adver…

Review: Changing The Rules

Changing The Rules by Diane Leyne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(Mine is the 2nd review)

Reuniting with estranged lovers is never easy. It's worse when the lovers were left behind and now they want revenge and hold the upper hand.

In college, Michelle loved Mac with all her heart. When Mac invites Sean into their bed, her morning after regret is too strong and she flees. The sex was too kinky for her. Now, ten years later, both men are rich and even kinkier than in their twenties.

From a ménage fantasy, this is a good read. The BDSM is what is slightly off. There are several things written about BDSM in this story that makes me think Ms. Leyne is not in the lifestyle. In addition, her research was cursory or perhaps based upon other romantic BDSM stories.

�The first one, which bothered me, is the way a safe word is abused.

"'Red' will stop everything. You say 'red' during sex and it all ends. You leave. Period. No discussion. Understand?" (pg. 34)