BDSM Reviews

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Toy’s Story: Acquisition of a Sex Toy: Book #1 of the Master’s Circle By: Robert Cloud

Title: Toy’s Story: Acquisition of a Sex Toy: Book #1 of the Master’s Circle
Author: Robert Cloud •
Publisher: Black Velvet Seductions Publications
Genres: Romance, Erotica, BDSM, Suspense, Interracial, Contemporary
Word Ct: 189,000+
ISBN: 0-9774682-5-9
Price: multiformatted eBook - $5.99
Large sized 5x8 format (520 pages) pBook - $20.99

This book was rated a 3.75 out of 5.

David Wulfe has dealt with a bad marriage and had to wade through years of denial in order to care for his ailing wife. Depression takes its toll and he comes home to find Gwyneth slumped over her computer keyboard dead from an overdose of prescription medications. Not only had she killed herself, but gassed all their family pets. Her suicide note had blamed him for all their deaths. Fighting to overcome his grief, he loses his job. He creates an online writers group to explore his interest in creative writing. Little did he expect his writer’s group to change his life forever.

Doreen submits a request to become one of the group’s writers. Approving her membership, she and David share intimate and dark secrets, their relationship blossoming through the words and actions of their characters. When Doreen reveals her darkest desires to be owned by a Master who is harsh and cruel, David accepts her online submission. The next day, Doreen leaves the relationship unexpectedly.

For weeks, Doreen sends David emails begging him to take her back. To come rescue her from her life as it is and take her as his real life sex slave. Disillusioned and hurt, David refuses to be drawn into her lies until she finally states she loves him and has made a mistake. She gives him her itinerary for a specific day. Convinced she is sincere, David puts his plan into action.

While I’m not a big fan of narration, Mr. Cloud’s narrative voice throughout the book places you inside the head of the hero as if you are looking through his eyes. He has written a novel that reveals not only the love and deeply emotional ties of a BDSM relationship, but also the pitfalls of what can happen when online fantasies become real life. The characters are vibrant and real, and Mr. Cloud’s depictions of BDSM relationships, while on the semi-extreme side in a couple of situations, are accurate and believable.

Review by: mickieb{LM}

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Sequestered Passion by Adrianna Dane

Reviewed by: Elise Logan
Title: Sequestered Passion
Author: Adrianna Dane
Publisher: Amber Quill
ISBN: 1-59279-514-5
Genre: BDSM erotic fiction, e-book
Publication Date: 2006
Rating: 4 out of 5

Eliza is in a difficult position. She revels in her relationship with Joseph, a Dom, but she must behave circumspectly in her position as a judge. This sets up a tense situation in which Eliza lets go with Joseph, but only within the confines of the bedroom. Outside of the bedroom, they have no relationship.

The main theme in this book – the dichotomy between public and private lives – is a compelling one. Ms. Dane does an excellent job pointing up the tension and self-doubt that living such a double life creates. The characters are interesting, and the situation is engaging. It is lovely to see a full characterization of the lifestyle in a “respectable” professional field. I particularly liked seeing Joseph’s point of view, though I certainly would have enjoyed more from him. Also, the scenes are hot, particularly one at the beginning with a flogger and one near the end involving strawberries.

Aside from some significant repetitive elements, this story had one real bump for me – and I am dancing around it a bit because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone. The bump comes near the end, when the author introduces an external element that forces a confrontation. I felt that element was a bit too easy. Without that external stimulus, the characters would have been forced into their confrontation on their own, which I think would have been more interesting. Additionally, the particular situation is dealt with in an almost dismissive fashion at odds with the severity of the situation.

This book is a very good read, touching on a theme that will hit home with many readers. Though there are some small problems, this story is engaging and provoking. This is an interesting story that is definitely worth a read.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

For One Night Only by Beverly Havlir

Reviewed by Elise Logan
Title: For One Night Only
Author: Beverly Havlir
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 1-4199-0792-1
Genre: BDSM erotic fiction
Publication Date: October 2006
Rating: 3 out of 5

This story is an interesting twist on the old saw of the boss and the secretary. In this one, the secretary, Lily, has discovered that her boss, Michael, has a bit of a prediliction for BDSM. Though she is convinced there can be no relationship between them, she sets out to give him – and herself – one night of absolute pleasure. Unlike other stories of this type she neither tries to disguise herself nor continue their working relationship. It makes for a nice dose of reality.

There were many things I really liked about this story. First, I particularly liked that Lily took charge of her own life and her own happiness. Second, I liked that there was a clear distinction made between Michael’s friends/acquaintances who lived in the lifestyle, and Michael, who is a self-professed dabbler in the scene. One scene, in particular, comes to mind here. Without spoiling things, I would like to say that in their first sexual encounter, though Lily has no experience being a sub, she isn’t stupid about it. She has clearly considered it carefully and her thoughtfulness about this contributes significantly to the scene. Third, the character arc for both Lily and Michael is engaging. Both learn a great deal over the course of the story, about themselves and their partner. Finally, The ending of this book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time. The author comes full circle, and ends it in a clever way.

However, there were a few things I found problematic about this book. The first and most significant problem is that Michael’s actions as a Dom are erratic and border on reckless. On the one hand, he allows some insubordinations to slide, even after warnings, but on the other hand, he punishes her for breaking a rule he had not spelled out previously. This sort of inconsistency could be chalked up to his “dabbler” status, but it definitely detracts from the flow of the scenes – and the realism of the story. Secondly, I found many scene transitions to be jarring – particularly going from the first sexual encounter straight to the morning after with no account of the missing time. Also, there is a perfunctory feel to the descriptions of some acts, as if the author felt uncomfortable with full descriptions.

This book was a fun read, with some really nice relationship and BDSM elements, but there were definite bumps in the flow of the story. What saved this story was the characterization – these characters did interesting things, for interesting reasons. I like that.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Demand to Submit By: Jaci Burton

Demand to Submit
By: Jaci Burton
Published By: Ellora’s Cave 2006
ISBN: 1-4199-0780-8

Score: 2 out of 5

Waia is trapped and starving in a cage. Her DNA changed to that of a submissive and she sees no way out. She is rescued by a sweet woman who has seen this before. They have been on the tale of these scientists for a while and have not caught them yet. Everyone else on the tiny island is dead and so they take Waia back with them. The team is unable to do anything to save her. They are forced to take her to Dargon if they want to see her live.

Kyr. The submissive trainer on Dargon is loveless, yet happy with his own existence. He is the only trainer to submissives that have been through this change. When he meets Waia, he feels her natural submissive nature, that goes beyond her changed DNA. But, she is at war with herself. He has to teach her to submit because she wants to submit. Teach her to stop warring with herself and convince her of her own self worth.

Waia doesn’t want to be trained. Every new instinct she has screams for her to let Kyr have his way with her. She’s never experienced an orgasm before, but the idea of pleasing her trainer brings her more pleasure than she has ever known. Still, he won’t cave. He won’t let her please him until she learns to find pleasure herself. So begins the training.

I read a story written by Jaci Burton once before. Although, it was told well, it needed some work. The plot in Demand to Submit was not what I would have expected. In the course of my writing career I have researched many genre’s, curious of how they worked. The one thing I find most often when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and the list goes on is believability. A writer can set a story into any time period they want. Create new races of people, food, rules… anything. The only question that remains, is, is it believable? If the story could be written in the here and now why bother writing it in the future or past?

Demand to Submit is one of those stories that could have easily been written in 21st century America. There are sub trainers all over the place and even more so in San Francisco. You don’t have to go to another planet to find the Master of all Master’s. Poly relationships exist everywhere and are easy to find.

What made Dargon so unbelievable was the fact that there was nothing about this planet that made it different from anywhere else. Everything that made up this planet was used to the writer’s advantage to have what we could have all gotten here at home. I saw nothing that could have been considered world building. The only difference, possibly, was the guy with two penises. Maybe if more had been added to the world it would have made more sense.

Waia’s war with herself was anything but believable. I do give Jaci applause for at least trying this. Showing a war with oneself is difficult enough without having to make it apparent to the reader. Because, I felt the writer was withdrawn from the story it made it difficult for me to relate to the characters. Not only that, but all of the narration when we should have been completely in Waia and Kyr’s head didn’t make sense to me. Kyr was your typical Master. Do as I say and no one gets punished. I saw nothing in him that stood out above the rest. He enjoys a poly relationship and shows no remorse for that. If Kyr would have stayed true to his poly lifestyle through the entire story, then it would have been more believable. I did like the fact that he was bi-sexual. Stories of this nature are not written often.

The other issue to me, was that I saw no character growth through the story. The bad guys lost, but Waia still did not seem to trust Kyr anymore than at the beginning of the story. And to be totally honest here, I’m not even sure what Kyr’s dilemma was. As a final comment on the story, I would like to say that, I felt there were many changes made to this book than it’s original written story line. I think if Jaci would have stayed true to what she truly wanted to write, instead of writing a story she felt others would have wanted to read, she might have been able to write a more believable novella.

Reviewed by:
Miranda Heart

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