At the time of this post, Given to the Savage by Natasha Knight is sitting at number one in the Sci-Fi category for Erotica. It is easy to see why with 12 five star ratings at Amazon in less than two weeks.
This book is not the warm and fuzzy you are used to and it is not a sweet romance, it is so much more. It is real, and it is gripping, and you will not be able to put it down.
I have to start out by saying I never give Breeder books a chance. Ever. The snippets I’ve read in the past from other authors seemed harsh and cold and the women showed little to no emotion but when Natasha Knight shared her excerpt during the Sci Spanks hop something strange happened. I HAD to know about Rowan. Why was she being punished so harshly? How could she stand to be publically humiliated? What made her tick? Who was this girl? Along with many other questions and a surprising, “Hey I have to read this…”
In the world that has been set up Rowan is one of the few women who are able to make babies to carry on existence but is treated worse than a slave. Her only responsibility once she comes of age is to get pregnant and deliver more breeders. Don’t think on the heart wrenching trauma of having your baby ripped out of your arms in eight weeks because breeders don’t have feelings. They are not real. They don’t have emotions. At least that is what the other inhabitants are taught.
Enter Silas. Gruff. Mean. HUGE. He also shows a little bit of a sweet side but shhhh! You have to scratch that top layer of grime off the top to see the polish below. I admit I played the, do I like you this chapter game with him but he won me over. Yes, he confused Rowan for most of the book but we find out it’s because he is very conflicted about his sense of duty to protect his village versus his need to protect Rowan as his. Once you start to see his motivations you side with him even more unless you can’t get past his exterior and a few harsh punishments. One of my favorite scenes is in the very beginning when you see him wrestling in his mind with how Rowan is being examined and treated with the stories and information he has been told about breeders. This is the start of it all. He locks his eyes on hers and knows there is more to her.
I also enjoyed waterfall scene because it showed an emotion that neither character seemed to have experienced before…playfulness. It absolutely warmed my conflicted heart especially after all of the cold treatments Rowan already endured early on.
Rowan is an incredible character and I don’t have enough words to explain her depth. I love the descriptions of her physical self including her eyes as well as her resolve. She has a sense to do the right thing even if it places her life in danger or goes against an order. She constantly tests Silas but in a more curious type of fashion as she has never had positive attention except for very early in her life. I draw this only from the brief descriptions of the time with her mother and special moments with her friends (other breeders) Her sense of values, morals, the way she plans, paired with her vast knowledge of herbs and such make her very well rounded even with the unfortunate situations she gets caught in.
I wish to see her again as I truly felt like I was with her every step of the way, letting her know things would be okay, and she would get through it. The environment is drawn perfectly for you and draws you in so you can’t help but feel everything going on. This is the good (eating fruit, intimacy, sexual moments, ect) as well as the bad (punishments, exams, and so on)
If you have ever considered reading about a world where breeders are the norm but have been turned off in the past this is the book for you. Natasha paints a view through Rowan’s eyes that captures you all the way until the very end. I also loved the HEA that balances out the terrible struggles and challenges both Rowan and Silas endured. (Amazon pulled that line to advertise so it must be true!)
I hope we see a similar theme very soon from Ms. Knight because she can absolutely portray darkness with a beautiful flair and a happy ending. Brilliant and highly recommended.
Review by Rayanna Jamison
I know what you’re thinking, I’m thinking it too. Here we have the prudest of the prude reviewing a book by the naughtiest of the naughty. This should be interesting. Well, yes, it probably will be.
Laura Standish just got out of an unhappy marriage but not before she made some big mistakes, and got involved in a BDSM play relationship with the neighbor. Seeking a new start and hoping to absolve herself of the pain and guilt she feels, she heads to Middlefield for the wedding of a family friend, and learning that the church there is grounded in spanking and BDSM practices, she decides to stay for a while. She immediately feels an attraction to Father Charles, the priest performing the ceremony.
Father Charles is an enigma. Since childhood he has felt a pull towards spanking and BDSM. Trying to fight it, he goes to seminary, becomes a priest and takes a vow of celibacy. But you can’t fight who you are deep inside. When he gets an opportunity to preside over a unique spanking church in Middlefield, he jumps at it. For years, he gets a small taste of BDSM practices just enough to whet his appetite, and he’s happy and doing what he loves. He sees no conflict between being a dominant and being an Anglican priest.
Then Laura joins the church, and Laura begs him to deliver her penance-spanking personally, things get out of hand, and they find themselves at the beginning of a torrid D/s DD love affair. It might be more than Laura bargained for, and she has to come to terms with who she is, what she believes in and what she wants.
Never before has a spanking book made me stop and think as much as this one did. Emily hits on some very taboo questions about religion and lifestyle and if the two can coexist spiritually. She makes some strong statements with this one. Ultimately, I was unable to decide on my position, but mostly because I just wanted to enjoy the story.
The characters were believable, and their hurt and issues were tangible. The back-up players in this story did what background characters are supposed to do, and helped the story along, sometimes creating more conflict and sometimes helping with conflict resolution. Several of them would make for a good story of their own in the future.
And then, there was the sex, spanking, and BDSM. Holy Heck- of course this story was fraught with all three, just as you would expect from an Emily Tilton book. It was hot folks. HOT HOT HOT. Sometimes the wording made me squirm or raise my eyebrows a bit, but that’s just my prudish self. The spanking scenes were glorious, especially the one that takes place in the pentinance room at the church.
If you are easily offended, or highly religious, this book might be a little much for you- It has some strong questionable themes, BUT If you can look past that, and enjoy a good story written by a masterful story teller with lots of hot erotic scenes, you will find a heartwarming tale of love against the odds. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to hearing what everyone has to say about it.
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Review by Etta Stark
The two main characters in Legally Tied come together when the book’s hero, successful lawyer, Nick needs to hire an interior designer for his new home. Lyndsay, our heroine takes the job. It’s a clever set up for two characters to get to know one another better. It gives them plenty of opportunities to spend time together alone at his place as well as giving the heroine the opportunity to pump her client for information about his personal tastes and likes and dislikes.
During their first meeting, the reader can hear Nick’s filthy internal responses to Lyndsay’s questions about his ‘personal tastes’ which he is much too gentlemanly to say out loud. I loved his mental response to her question of “When would you like me to come?” Right now, all over his cock apparently.
Given that both characters fall for the other one pretty much at first sight, it takes an infuriatingly long time for either of them to do anything about it. In fact, it needs Lyndsay’s friend Jodi to drag Lyndsay along to a swinger’s party to finally get Lyndsay hotted up enough to make a move. Lyndsay at least has a good reason for not moving too quickly given that she doesn’t want to jeopardise a valuable account. I’m not sure why Nick is quite so coy. He is introduced to us as a ‘bad boy’ and we’re given to understand that he has had dozens of women. Maybe the fact that he likes her so much means that he doesn’t want to blow it. He mentally admonishes himself ‘not to let his cock run her off’. Is that an expression? I quite like it as something one should warn young men about “Don’t let your cock run her off, young man!”
Despite their slow start, once the characters do get a chance to interact with one another there’s real chemistry. The sexual interaction between the two of is nicely portrayed.
There is way too much exposition though. Frequently we get whole big chunks of information revealed in one lump. It would be nice if things were allowed to unfurl naturally sometimes. There is also a tendency to explain things to the audience that we already know. “Jodi was the one who introduced her to Nick Olsen last Saturday”. I know she was! I was there when it happened!
I think this book would have improved with less exposition and a lot more conversation because it’s when there’s plenty of dialogue that the book comes to life. The characters are well-rounded and believable. I totally wanted to see them get through their difficulties and get their happily ever after.
They have some difficult hurdles to get through before they can do that though. Firstly a violent act of revenge from some properly nasty villains threatens to end any chance of a relationship between the two of them. This part of the book is quite thrilling and given that Nick works as prosecuting attorney, it is totally credible that violent criminals would want to harm him
The biggest threat to their happiness however comes from inside their relationship and is over differences of opinion regarding parenthood. The conflict that the characters need to face is nicely handled by the author.
In addition to the main characters, the supporting cast are nicely drawn. I particularly liked Lyndsay’s sex-obsessed friend Jodi and her army brother, Carl.
One thing I especially enjoyed in this book is all the interior decorating porn that comes with seeing Lyndsay do her job. It’s probably because I’m buying a house at the moment. I am just as likely to become excited by the idea of wallpaper charts or choosing fabric samples or shopping for ‘character pieces’ as I was by the sexy hot spanking action. Luckily Chelsea Dorsette delivers on both.
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Guest Post by Simone Freier
I’m very pleased to announce the introduction of the Experiences series – an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘social realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.
The Experiences series is intended to be a serious work. Although intelligent and realistic, it contains graphic descriptions of a variety of kinks and fetishes. It is not intended to be a ‘quick read’, but a detailed and intimate exploration of sexual possibilities, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters.
Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.
Origins of a Fetish: The Evolving Fantasies and Fetishes of a Gentleman was released on August 22, 2014. It is the prequel to the story of Kelly, and runs 27000 words in 7 chapters (104 pages print version).
Sam has enjoyed a life of success and worldly experiences, shared with the wife he adores. But he has harbored fantasies and fetishes morphed from childhood incidents, which are now a deep part of his psyche. As the Internet accelerated Sam’s education of the fetish world, his desires outpaced his ability to satisfy his cravings. Then, tragedy strikes. Sam must now redefine his priorities and his life. He seeks a way to fulfill his deepest needs. To share intimacy, openness, and trust with a younger woman. And to introduce her to new experiences of the submissive kind.
First Experience: The Introduction of a Young Woman to Openness, Trust, and New Experiences of the Submissive Kind will be released on September 12, 2014, and is available now for pre-order. This is Book 2 of the Experiences series, and runs 111,000 words in 17 chapters (374 pages print version).
Sam’s deepest fantasies of submission are unfulfilled. Now, after the passing of his wife, Sam is ready to broaden his sexual horizons. His chance meeting of Kelly, a beautiful but troubled woman half his age leads to a ‘first experience’ living the surreal world of their fantasies. Sam must re-examine his philosophies as he realizes that he desires much more than a play partner. And Kelly knows that she needs more than a lover: Someone who she can trust and to whom she can expose her inner soul; someone whose values transcend the ordinary. Someone who will illuminate her own dark fantasy world.
Weekend Experience: Exploration of Fetishes by an Unlikely Couple, and the Blossoming of Love will be released on October 17, 2014, and is available now for pre-order. This is Book 3 of the Experiences series, and runs 100,000 words in 17 chapters (336 pages print version).
Sam and Kelly have role-played some of their most intimate fantasies, and their relationship has become one of openness and trust. Now, from Sam’s creative mind come new kinks, fetishes and sensual pleasures that he wants to share with Kelly. Needs to share with her. His training of Kelly results in the realization that Kelly is much more than a willing participant: She is the mirror by which Sam sees that he is the inhibited one, and his openness and submission is as important as Kelly’s. And Kelly’s own fantasies are evolving. A brief visit by her friends leads to new perspectives and new fantasies for both Sam and Kelly.
There will be 10-12 volumes in the series, which could total 1,000,000 words. Books will be released approximately monthly.
WARNING: The Experiences series contains oral, anal, and genital sex in various number, gender and sexual orientation of participants; sex toys and various devices inserted into body orifices; psychological and physical submission, discipline and pain; spanking, paddling, strapping, whipping, flogging and caning; ass play, including insertions, butt plugs, enemas; BDSM of various types and in various combinations; medical sex, including needle insertions, injections, examinations, instruments, catheters; role-play, including nurse, schoolgirl, dominatrix and other; body modification including tattoos, piercings needle play and hot wax; restraints, including latex, gags, cuffs, collars, furniture; and bizarre fetishes, such as electrical stimulation and pony play.
ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER. All activities are consensual; there is no violence, brutality, torture, or forced sex of any type.
Excerpt from the series:
Kelly, with her head still hanging down, said, “Yes, Sir. I’ll try.” Then, she tilted back her head, and asked, “People don’t really get turned-on by getting spanked, do they?”
I laughed, and said, “Yes, actually many women do. But they first have to get beyond a certain point of pain, where – due to self-control or just exhaustion – they relax and allow another part of their brain to take over. I’m hoping you might reach that part by the end of your level-30 punishment.” Kelly just shook her head, and groaned. I put down the paddle, and placed my hand back on her underwear. “OK, Kelly, I’m going to finish your spanking without stopping. I will alternate sides every time, and I’ll keep it at about the intensity you have already experienced. So, let’s get this finished.”
I continued the warm-up, spanking her steadily, alternating sides, and covering all of her bottom. I could tell that her bottom was now turning a nice shade of light red, based on the color of her unclad upper thighs. Obviously, I wasn’t’ spanking nearly as hard as we had seen in the video. That wasn’t the point: Kelly was cooperating nicely, and submitting to a long spanking.
I was only slightly turned-on; this required a lot of stamina from me, also! As I spanked Kelly’s bottom, time seemed to slow down; it seemed like this spanking was at least 30 minutes long. Finally, we reached the 360th spank. We were both panting, and I rubbed her bottom gently with my hand. “You did very well, Kelly. I’m proud of you!”
Kelly took some deep breaths, and was finally able to say, “Thank you, Sir. It was challenging. I’m not complaining, but maybe it would be better to do a level-10 each day, rather than trying to do so much at once?”
“Well, Kelly, that’s an interesting idea, and perhaps the next time we have a spanking experience … if there is a next time … we can do it that way. It would be a big turn-on for me to see you knocking on my front door, and requesting your 7th or 8th day of punishment. I think you would find that very challenging, also.”
I then pointed out, “As you may have noticed, rubbing your bottom spreads and dulls the pain. That’s another reason that I don’t want you touching your bottom, unless I give you permission. If I refuse permission, you may ask me to rub your bottom for you. Does this feel good?”
Kelly moaned – but it was a different moan this time, more of a deep cat’s purr. “Yes, Sir. But …,” She cocked her head, and looked up at me – as much as she could in her position.
Kelly put her head down, shook it, and looked back at me, balancing on her left hand, as she used her right hand to throw her long hair over her back, so that she could see me. “Sir … I’m not getting turned-on by this.” She giggled, and I was happy to see that she wasn’t entirely depressed by the experience.
She continued, “I think I might get turned-on by spanking you … I can really understand the power, the control, and the vulnerability of the other person, who has agreed to cooperate. But I’m not sure I can understand why I would get turned on by you hurting me.” We were both silent, and I continued massaging her bottom through her underwear.
Stepping out of role, I said, “I won’t force you to do anything, Kelly, you know that. And my purpose is not to hurt you.” How could I explain this?
“I think you know that hot is very close to cold … if an ice cube is touched to your back without you seeing it, you will feel like you’re being burned. You’ve probably stuck your
hand in a very hot stream of water from the sink, and initially it felt cold. Love is very close to hate – they are both strong emotions about someone, whether positive or negative.”
“Similarly, pain and pleasure are very close together – they both are strong emotions that come from the same portion of the brain. Pleasure can become pain … and pain can become pleasure! I would just urge you to relax, accept the pain (I will make sure that you are not being harmed), and perhaps – at some point – the pain will become pleasure.”
I looked into Kelly’s eyes, and continued, “Now, I will divulge another of my inner secrets: I would get nearly as turned-on if you were spanking me, as me spanking you.”
Kelly looked back, and said, “Huh? I don’t get it.”
I had thought this would be easy to explain. “I’m turned on by the idea of submission – not really the giving-up of power (although that can be fun, too) … but submitting to something that you know will be painful – or embarrassing – and doing it willingly. Situations like this, where you are submitting today, out of curiosity, adventurous spirit, openness, and your trust in me.”
I continued, “You might not understand this, yet, but for me to submit to you, requires that I let-go, and really trust you … developing an instant bond and emotional closeness that I think … may be the closest thing to ‘love’ between two people – whether they have been partners for years, or just met.
Kelly laughed, pushed back her hair, and said, “OK, then let’s switch positions – let me spank you, for a while!”
I laughed too. “Kelly, I plan to do just that.” I had been keeping it as a surprise reward, when Kelly had completed most of her level-100 punishment. “But I’ll only let you spank me after you have experienced and cooperated through a full spanking and, hopefully, can understand the turn-on in both the ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ roles.”
The Experiences series is available now at Amazon, and other retailers.
Review by Rayanna Jamison
Love Heals is the sequel to Love Hurts, which was released on its own and as part of the Hearts Aflame box set in January. Both stories tell the story of Brandon and Karen. Love Heals picks up where Love Hurts left off, and in true Dinah McLeod style opens with a scorching hot erotic scene.
Karen is enjoying her new relationship with Brandon, but her distraction causes problems for her at work. When her CEO position at her own company is usurped from her power, she takes desperate measures to try to get it back. All her plans backfire and she is left with a hot mess, and now has to worry about Brandon finding out what she has done. Her lies begat more lies and soon she has no choice but to decide between the spanking of her life, and losing Brandon for good.
While Love Hurts was an enjoyable and believable story- Love Heals was blow it off the map incredible. I truly think this story was Dinah’s best work yet. Karen was a fun and naughty character to begin with, and that stayed but I think we saw a much deeper side to Karen in the sequel, where she had to learn to let go, and move on and search for what truly matters.
Brandon is still an extremely hot dominant hero, and we got to see his vulnerable side in this story. He has to let go of some of the pain Karen causes him and decide to step up and be the man she needs regardless of his emotions, because ultimately, she is the one he wants.
This story has so much going on both in and out of their relationship, and I thought Dinah did an incredible job showing the details of Karen’s struggling work life and how it affected her home life.
Her erotic scenes are hotter and more well written than ever, and the banter between hero and heroine is endearing and at times, pure hilarity. Some of her more ingenious insults had me rolling with laughter and wondering where she gets her comedic material. Her background characters made the book too. From the sassy older school teacher with spanko tendencies, to the plotting, sympathetic assistant, I didn’t want to see them go.
There are times, and stories that allow us to truly see the depth of a writer’s growth. This is one of those times. Please pick up this book and read it immediately. You won’t be sorry!
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Reviewed by Patricia Green
Rayanna Jamison knows her way around a sweet romance, and The Prodigal Bride is proof. The book tells the story of Sophia and Hiram. Sophia was a runaway bride ten years prior to the start of this story, and Hiram had been the intended groom, left at the altar. The polygamist community where they live also has a domestic discipline bent, and Sophia didn’t realize it until the night before her wedding was supposed to take place. When Hiram gives her a chaste spanking, it pushes all her panic buttons, and she runs.
During their ten year separation, they’ve both moved on with their lives. Hiram has two wives, and Sophia, many miles away, has married and had two children. Her family, however, remains in Green Valley, where she grew up. When her husband dies, Sophia can do nothing but move back to Green Valley and try to start her life again. Meeting Hiram right off the bat is disturbing for both of them.
What follows is a romance of a different kind.
I enjoyed The Prodigal Bride. The characters were realistic, they breathed their dreams, successes and failures. The polygamy was tasteful and easy to understand; it never preached. There was no sex in this book, but there was plenty of romance. Oh, and let’s not forget the spankings! They were numerous and well-deserved, but very lovingly done.
I recommend The Prodigal Bride by Rayanna Jamison. I enjoyed it very much and know you will, too.
Blog Hop Sign Ups!
Announcing Summer Spanks: Last Flings or Lessons Learned
September 5-7 2014
Open to everyone in the spanking community!
It’s the end of summer which means, either last chance for a summer fling, or back to school. Each participating blog will create a post based on the summer or back to school spanking theme. This can include a short story, poem, graphics/artwork, or any other creative avenue that you specialize in. Tell us a funny story, share an experience, it can be anything you dream of as long as it’s good clean spanking fun! No explicit nudity please. Bare bottoms are, of course, welcome!
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