Sunday, April 29, 2007
Charade by Sabrina Luna
Author: Sabrina Luna
Publisher: Aphrodite’s Apples
Rating: 4 out of 5
Dixie is Mitchell Wilcox’s protégé for a year and a day. Her sense of adventure and curiosity led to this agreement, and now she finds herself acting solely under Mitchell’s instruction. He has a strong character and Dixie is more then happy to follow his instructions, knowing that if she does not there will be a quick reprimand. Everything is going well between them and Dixie is relishing her role, but things begin to heat up when Mitchell’s younger brother visits. When they all get into the same room, Dixie realizes she still has an awful lot to learn.
Charade is an intriguing book; although you never find out the exact circumstances as to why Dixie has become Mitchell’s contractual submissive it becomes apparent very early on that there is more feeling between the two of them then they would like to admit. Ms. Luna has been able to show readers an intensity between the two people that makes the story leap of the pages, and readers will want to continue to read just to find out if they do end up together (but I’m not telling you the end so you’ll just have to read it yourself!). The pace is quite laid-back and sensual to begin with, which matches perfectly the life-style and opulence Mitchell lives in, but does pick up towards the end and readers will be happily swept along in the flow.
This isn’t a book full of BDSM; in fact there are very few such scenes and the ones that are there are not heavily involved within BDSM, little more than spanking or a light flogging/paddling. While the book does dip its toes into various scenarios, including many acts of voyeurism, it doesn’t really get very far into them so some readers may be left with a feeling of disappointment and a need for more. The scenes that are there have been written with passion, and each one is full of heat. I particularly loved the chocolate mousse scene and thought it was the most sexually charged in the whole book.
As a whole, this book was quite a light read; it didn’t get me too involved but was enough to peak my interest and keep reading. This isn’t a book for those who have been active in the BDSM scene for a long time, instead I would recommend it to those who love exploring the ‘fantasy’ of light BDSM with such stereotypes as the fabulously wealthy master and his equally gorgeous brother. That being said, if anyone finds themselves late at night with nothing to read this book will definitely keep them warm.
Posted by Nicole Gestalt ::
7:58 AM ::
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Monday, April 16, 2007
The Melinoe Project By: D. L. King
Title: The Melinoe Project
Author: D.L. King
Publisher: Renaissance E-Books 2007
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Ray is your average guy looking to do something fascinating and meaningful in his life. He isn't really lost he just isn't where he wants to be right now. He comes across an opportunity of a lifetime to live out a fantasy he's always had. To be fully dominanted by a woman or in this case several women. For five thousand dollars he's agreed to be poked, prodded, cleaned out, electrocuted and treated like a science project for a few days.
In the course of this time he's brought to orgasm more times than any real life male could possibly handle and at the same time pushed past any limits he might have had. He's whipped and electrocuted by the best in the business and despite being deathly afraid of this he couldn't be more excited.
His aftercare is in the fascility's hospital which includes having his bowels interrupted by a bag because the burns he sustained to his anal cavaity were too deep to allow him to pass fecal matter. He needs salve to heal the other wounds on his body and lots of restorative sleep. Orgasms are completely off limits during this time and he receieves the ultimate in after care. All of this in hopes to gain a position as a resident slave to serve and live among the resident Domme's.
During his time there he meets a soft spoken gentle Domme and they seem to hit it off well. So well that he's given into her care for what they both hope to be eternity.
This isn't really a love story though, it's more of a story about Ray's transition from everyday guy into the ultimate slave. D.L King has done a great job and knows what is going on to be able to realisticly explain his treatment. Even the disconnection rings true. Since of course all this was, was an extreme medical scene. This is something that I'm not too familiar with, however, I feel the author did a great job making it feel very professional and medical.
I do however, wish I had been allowed to view Ray a little better. I feel this story was more told than shown. I would have loved to delve into Ray's psyche and seen everything from his eyes instead of from some viewpoint that wasn't really his nor the narrator's. The amount of pet words such as was and were's, were very distracting to me, not really giving me a clear feel of how talented this author truly could be. All of these amounted to a story that told me more than it actually showed me. And because of these things the story seemed to just carry on at some points and I was forced to put it down and come back later.
If all I had to score this on was the authors ability to get the facts straight then D.L would have won above a five. However, with the ability to tell a story being forced into the mix I am forced to take points off. I truly hope D.L's next book shows me more of the character and less of the he did this, she did that routine.
Posted by Miranda Heart ::
6:17 PM ::
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A Lover's Call by Claire Thompson
Reviewed by Elise Logan
Title: A Lover’s Call
Author: Claire Thompson
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: BDSM erotic fiction, Quickie
Publication Date: 2007
Rating: 3 of 5
In this erotic short story, Rachel’s day job is librarian, but her nights are taken up with being a phone sex operator. One night, though, she receives a call unlike the others. This caller is interested in her, not just anonymous phone sex. What follows is an exploration of Rachel’s sexuality, guided by Richard from afar.
One of the real strengths of this story is the interesting juxtaposition of the control exerted by the Dominant with the consent of the submissive – the balancing of the trust in the relationship. It is really pointed up in this piece because Richard cannot see Rachel during the phone scenes – he must trust that she is actually following his directions. At the same time, Rachel is explicitly submitting, because there is no physical contact or coercion, and she can sever the phone contact at any time.
Richard is a compelling character, and the best parts of the story are those where there is intensive dialogue between Richard and Rachel, and where the internal dialogue and point of view are Richard’s. The interaction scenes between Richard and Rachel – particularly the first sexual interaction – are hot.
This story, however, does not live up to its potential. Rachel doesn’t pop for me as a character, and a large part of that is the reliance on description and summary rather than internal dialogue or actions by the character. There are several scenes in which a promising scenario is cut short by a summary of the rest of the scene. This disconnects the reader from the scene and from the characters. Since this usually occurs in Rachel’s point of view, the reader is left without a sense of connection with her.
Additionally, there are some logic blips that distract from the story. For example, Rachel is a librarian, but evidently hasn’t read any of the classic erotic works of BDSM – not even after she and Richard begin conversing.
The storyline is interesting, the relationship dynamics are intriguing, Richard is compelling, but the reliance on telling rather than showing drags down the characterization and the intensity of scenes. A Lover’s Call is a fun, fast read, but without the complete characterization that would make it completely satisfying.
Posted by Elise Logan ::
6:31 AM ::
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Sunday, April 01, 2007
Own Me by Dawn Montgomery
Own Me, by Dawn Montgomery
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Publication Date: January 2007
Sexual Content: Erotic/light BDSM/spanking
Reviewed by: Canice Brown-Porter
Rating: 3 out of 5
Anna has a problem. Relinquishing control wasn’t something she relished. The demons from her childhood of growing up in a dysfunctional family had left deep-rooted scars. Scars that had interfered in her adult life, including her marriage to Leon. She loved him. And, she knew he loved her. So, why couldn’t she trust the one man she’d given her heart to?
Tonight she’d make an honest effort with Leon’s promise to stop if she couldn’t handle being vulnerable. Facing her fears was the only way she’d overcome them. And, either she’d rise to the occasion, or continue to wallow in the black depths of fear. Would being bound and at Leon’s mercy finally set her free? Or, would she lose the battle and remain forever locked in her fears?
Ms. Montgomery has written a sweet erotic romance with light bondage and spanking. However, this is more along the lines of a couple using aspects of BDSM as a form of therapy. While the story was well written, it lacked in emotional descriptions. Although it contains graphic language and situations, I felt the author skimmed over the emotional aspects of what the heroine was feeling. The concept was present. It just didn’t dig deep enough.
All-in-all, if you are not into explicit descriptions, but enjoy a little kink in the bedroom, this is a good, quick read. On a heat level scale for erotica, it would squeak in as a two.
Posted by Brenda (aka: Canice Brown-Porter) ::
7:36 PM ::
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