p>by Jo Smutdickted
Ashe is a new bar manager and Nikolas is a performer. From the first time he sees him Ashe wants Nikolas but he is told repeatedly that Nikolas is out of his league. As sometimes happens Ashe”s casual way around Nikolas means Nikolas wants to know why Ashe doesn”t try to date him like everyone else has. When that conversation leads to dating both men seem to have a problem expressing what they want or even recognizing it. When an action Ashe takes causes Nikolas to run the other way it is really up to Nikolas to look deep inside himself and really see what he wants.
I really enjoyed reading Ashe – as he was such a down to earth and nice guy. Nikolas seemed a bit too full of himself for me at the beginning – and the childish way he reacts instead of communicating I”ll admit caused me to think perhaps he was not good enough for Ashe (instead of the other way around). However the two absolutely had chemistry. I thought the attempt to distinguish a bottom from a sub was pretty good – no matter what direction the story ultimately went it still did much to clearly differentiate for readers. A short interlude that made me curious to read more in this world!
by Jo Smutdickted
What happens when your life becomes a nightmare through no fault of your own? Lane, the son of wealthy parents, is about to find out. Although the world thinks Lane knows where the money is, the wealth his parents shared with him did not include the keys to their kingdom of knowledge. Lane does not know what to do so he does the only thing he can – he reaches out to someone who was always there for him in the past. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse to horrific, and when Derek, a photographer who is barely making ends meet, enters the scene he makes a choice that will come back to haunt him.
Later, Derek sees Lane working and, although drawn to him, cannot help but follow the party line on Lane”s knowledge. Derek”s life savings was tied up in Lane”s parents investment scheme but he is torn by what he thinks he knows and what he sees in front of him. That would be Lane, at the edge of his rope, with nowhere to go and nobody to turn to. Although lacking the white horse Derek comes to Lane”s rescue with a job, and the two begin to develop a relationship. Lane starts to learn how Derek”s guidance and structure can help him be the person he wants to be but the trust required to get there stretches all of his boundaries. Exploration takes the form of some kinks that are outside some folks understanding but uniquely fit into the evolution of Lane and Derek”s life. Still, reality comes crashing in – and lines will be drawn. It is up to Lane and Derek to determine if they are together united on one side or facing each other across a unbridgable chasm.
From the main characters and their inner voices the absolutely hilarious Macaw, this one shines with light. The vulnerabilities in each character allow the inner exploration to play a big role in where they want to go, and what they are willing to do. The character rich environment extends to other secondary players and really fleshes this out and makes it feel more like you are seeing a life than a sliver of a time period. There are many metaphors and analogies running here – some more obvious than others. I enjoy symbolism but tend to prefer the shadows where it just slides into my mind without me really realizing rather than put out there so everyone can see it so clearly.
The way the relationship develops had a sort of guiding feeling – not only due to age difference but due to maturity level of both Derek and Lane. I was spellbound at the way Lane was growing and changing and I didn”t feel he came off as a whiny, spoiled boy who wasn”t willing to work hard for the happily ever after. The sex and discipline was hot and certainly more than capable of twisting some panties. I enjoyed the flashbacks to what happened to Lane because taking them in smaller pieces meant I didn”t have to overcome an event all at once but it also kept it there front and center – never far from thought. It lent a gravity and tense urgency to the story that provided an atmosphere where the actions made sense. I thought the pupply play was fine and not any sort of humiliation component – merely there for communication and a way to bridge what could and could not be shared regardless of what Lane truly wanted inside. Damage takes a while to undo – and I think we all have ways we cope. That they found a way to overcome pieces I saw as commendable.
Two fabulous authors in a merge that had me submerged for a couple of hours without any thought to the outside world!
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p>Review by Katherine Deane
The main character was a brave, strong Viking named Bjorn whose job was to deliver a young woman named Kadlin (Hence the title) to the Jarl whom he worked for. Kadlin was a young, beautiful woman who was sold to a rich Jarl, when her caretaker / Uncle could not afford to pay his debts. It took me awhile to like Bjorn, because he seemed so uncaring about the plight of this poor woman who had in essence been sold like an animal, because her uncle could not pay his own debts. When the author finally showed Bjorn‘s kind side, I was able to see him as a good guy, and not just a jerk who would do anything for money. Though I still felt I could have liked him more, if his duty had been one of life and death, and not just land acquisition. But this was a fantasy story, so I went with it. Bjorn fell in love with Kadlin after a very intimate act including spanking and passionate sex. It became easier for me to like him after he started showing his softer side, and talking to her as a beloved partner instead of chattel. He showed genuine caring towards his new love, and decided not to take Kadlin to the Jarl. This deceit put him in danger with the Jarl, and enabled me to see him as a good guy.
I liked Kadlin’s strength and resilience. She was kind, and beautiful and brave, and showed her abilities for quick thinking and bravery several times throughout the book. She also had a very sensual nature. Her first spanking by the hand of her Viking captor, left her very emotionally and physically stimulated. This wonderful, light punishment only proved to arouse her more. And Bjorn was only so happy to comply with her request. This scene set the tone for a few more erotic encounters, with and without spankings.
This story was pretty well done, and had some decent spanking and sex scenes that I enjoyed thoroughly. Their love making sessions were detailed well, and contained a few erotic bondage and spankings. I liked these scenes the most. But I still felt like there was something missing. I felt like the characters were not quite connected as well as they could have been, and I felt a huge disconnect towards the end of the story.
The penultimate scene contained a very major conflict in which Kadlin did something very heroic, that enabled her to save her new love, Bjorn. The scene was a little confusing, but seemed feasible, showcasing Kadlin’s intelligence and determination. And Bjorn’s response was exactly how I would have envisioned. He was furious.
But there was a big jump between the scenes, from Bjorn’s angry travel home with Kadlin, to the next scene, their sudden wedding. It was extremely jarring, and seemed unexplained. This made it hard for me to celebrate their marriage, and left me wanting more.
Overall, it was a quick fun read. With a little more character and scene development, this would have been a great story. As it was, it was still a good story. I enjoyed it, and gave it 3 stars.
To be released
Coming to Terms
Review by Corinne Alexander
A tale of sexual awakening and comeuppance. This is not your typical spanking novel. The backdrop of Depression Era Texas is rich and full of detail. I felt transported to a time of desperation, a time where so many felt desolate yet longed for more than what life had dealt them. The language absolutely thrilled me because it was spot on for the era. This is a coming of age story about Emma who begins as the target of prejudice common of the era, the victim of slurs against her heritage, and the poverty her family finds themselves in. Doris de Vris likes to pretend to be Emma”s friend. However, everything Doris does comes with an ulterior motive. Emma has resigned to just take it partly believing that she deserves it and partly because to her it”s all worth it for a nickel malt every now and then. An unexpected tryst between the two ensues after discovering Mr. de Vris” secret stash of photos. Emma”s world has been blown wide open sexually while at the same time she has to overcome Doris turning on her viciously. Her self-discovery continues after an unsavory encounter of dark discipline from Doris” father. Instead of breaking her spirit Emma finds a personal power within her that had never existed before. She hatches a plan to get revenge on Doris and her father. Her new found inner voice fuels her on. I enjoyed Emma”s journey through a sweet romance and unlikely friendship that ultimately aides in her perfect revenge.
While this book contains the darker element of discipline I think what makes it so hot is Emma”s developing sense of self and strength that comes out of it. She doesn”t allow herself to be victimized. She takes that power and uses it to empower herself. The discipline is harsh, but hot. The story line is engrossing and exciting. The back story is rich and the characters are incredibly entertaining. In the end this novel goes down as one of my all-time favorites. I would give it five stars in every category. I can”t wait to read The Hickory Switch and find out what happens next.
Venetian Love Knots started out for me like a typical romance where our main girl, Allison Fox, is recalling sexy times with her former everything Cole as well as the awful, violent incident that ended their time together. Allison travels to Venice, a romantic city on its own, to celebrate the marriage of her good friend and participate in all of her ‘maid of honor’ duties. Allison knows that Cole is also going to be at the wedding and the first part of the story is mostly convincing her inner self that she is over him and that he has no pull over her anymore.
Enter Nico, a smoking hot Italian stranger who sweeps Allison off in a gondola and treats her like an absolute princess. Despite Allison hangups and caution she relaxes around Nico and genuinely enjoys herself. Allison has a lot of self dialogue going on but this new pair has a ton of potential.
They are so sweet on each other, and to each other, and *sigh* I was swooning right along.
Then this bad ass cowboy, i.e. former everything Cole struts right into the picture. My first thought was, ‘No! Don’t look at him!’ but alas Ms. Fox is swept up in those dazzling eyes and charming smile and she is, as the author notes, ‘falling down the rabbit hole.’ I can see through his charm, and I can see how controlling Cole, who supposedly has been thinking of our girl since they split, is when he grabs Allison. Despite this I found myself getting manipulated by his smooth words and handsome features. I wanted to believe, just like Allison that he was different and longed for only her.
Cole is dominating in every sense of the word and Allison gets weak in the knees just by the mere thought of his touch. I get it, he’s that rebel with a heart of gold that I love so much, isn’t he? I won’t give away the ending but Allison and I were both deceived!
I also have to say that I was completely and utterly thrown by the steamy BDSM undertones and the unexpected menage that occurs. I will not name those involved but one minute you are wrapped up in knots with Allison and suddenly a naughty proposal slides off Cole’s lips that literally makes you go back and read it again. Did he really just say invite a stranger up here???? I was all a buzz with that idea and let me tell you, this author does NOT disappoint in the sexual scenes. Too much more will again spoil, so be sure you are alone in a locked room before reading!
As tied up as I was with the scene, I also started to realize that Cole was not what he appeared. It started as a little seed of doubt and by the end of the story it was a full bloom deception. I am happy to report that the author gives us a very happy ending and I will look for future titles. I would have liked just a little bit more insight to the way that Cole acted and a little more fight to Allison as she seemed a lot stronger. Overall, I really enjoyed Normandie Alleman and award Venetian Love Knots four stars!
Blurb: Traveling to Venice to be the maid of honor in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.
It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her after a violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?
Cole is the Texas cowboy who has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?
For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.
It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?
Reader Advisory: This novella contains bondage, spanking, MFM ménage, and light humiliation play.
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Review by Katherine Deane
One of the best first chapters I have ever read! And it didn’t stop there.
I finished this awesome story in two nights, and man it was worth staying up late for! This story is described as light BDSM, and a good amount of spanking. It was scorching hot, but not sleazy.
Ten years ago, Naia White accused her teacher, Professor Liam Templar, of spanking her. This untrue accusation cost him his career, his reputation, and his life. When Naia finds him, and attempts to apologize, ten years later, he agrees, with one caveat. She must accept the spanking that she accused him of ten years ago.
This scene took my breath away. It was so well done, I could feel the tension, the arousal, the desire, all of it. This first chapter will always be remembered as one of the best first chapters I have ever read. I had a tough time putting the book down after that.
The tempo didn’t falter from there. After some very emotional communication, they were able to explain their own vulnerable positions, and be honest about their desire for each other. Liam had been hurt before, and was afraid Naia won’t be able to handle the BDSM world he lived in.
I really appreciated how caring Liam was for Naia’s emotional well-being. Instead of dominating her, and trying to force her to bow to his will, he gave her the power in safe words – violin for “stop”, and roses for “it’s getting to be too much”.
I appreciate a man who cares about safety. Speaking of safety, he used condoms. Very nice. And nothing was lost in the intensity of these scenes. In fact, I think it made the scenes hotter, and more realistic.
Liam invited Naia to go on a weekend trip with him, to get to know each other, and to see if she could handle his extreme lifestyle. This was absolutely delicious! He played and punished and titillated; she accepted, submitted and reciprocated. I lived vicariously through their weekend …. Mmm, nipple clamps, anal beads, a little bit of bondage, and of course, some great spankings! I loved it!
It was so much fun to read, I enjoyed their freedom and new found love. They even introduced a new character, Liam’s brother, Luke. I am sure we will see him in one of the next books.
The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the overall length of the story. While I loved both characters, I would have really appreciated getting to know them more intimately, and not just in a BDSM kind of way. I mean emotionally.
I would have loved to have seen a few more scenes that showed their need for each other, their pain from their past, their growth. I think these two have so much more to offer, and I didn’t get to know them as well as I would have liked. Granted, this is a series. We will probably see more of them in the other books.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable, sensual, fast paced read. It was steamy, hot, erotic, and quite well written.
I give this 5 stars for the writing, character chemistry, highly sensual scenes, HEA ending, and of course, awesome spankings. (There was a caning!)
Very nicely done.
I can’t wait to read her second book in the Templar brothers’ series.
By Jo Smutdickted
Mara has come home to her beloved Aubrey Plantation but things are much different now than when she left. For one thing the war is over and slavery has been abolished – or has it? There are still many people who do not support Lincoln”s views and Mara and her family find themselves trying to navigate complicated waters. Enter Colin, a man who clearly has a mysterious past – a past her parents are not divulging. Mara, at once a young lady on the cusp of becoming a woman and a childish spoiled girl, has a lens which lets her believe she is at the heart of it all. Through machinations of entirely her own doing she and Colin end up married – but Colin doesn”t want a spoiled little girl – he wants a woman who can not only meet his needs but that he can be proud of. Mara must figure out if growing up, and making sacrifices, makes Colin worth it.
Initially I quite hated Mara – finding her such an insipid, manipulative, and spoiled child as to put me off her considerably. I thought Colin, though we really don”t get much back story until far into the story, deserved so much better than her. However I did recognize at about 50% in that she was changing – and that she had to either grow up or the story wasn”t going to go anywhere. I won”t say she did a 180 but she did become more of who she could be. The evolution was well done and it made sense – so the character become more relatable as the book went on.
In terms of historical accuracy I have no idea really – I don”t read many historicals. There is definitely a D/s theme running through this but my thoughts are most wives of that time period were probably expected to be more submissive. I”m not sure the common thought was that this was not allowed. At least not in public. As for sex it is hot and there is some kink thrown in that fits the story. I did find the scenes at the end with all the common sex words slightly awkward because I had a hard time gelling that with the idea of a southern plantation. I know some of the older words were in use – it was more where it was being used here and the characters.
I really enjoyed the story – and it did flow well. There was quite a bit of historical tie in with the KKK and abolition. It did frame things in a non usual way – and I so appreciated that. In terms of kink there is really the D/s thread running through and some rope bondage. I am looking forward to reading more from this new to me author!