Absinthe by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot


Absinthe by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Bartholome would give anything to get his young lover Rene to stop running away from him. Years ago, he made a stupid mistake, letting the rest of their wolf pack come between them, but he knows better now.

Rene’s not sure he can believe Barthe will ever want him. Add to their dilemma Barthe’s brother Bastien and a werewolf caught half shifted, and Barthe and Remy have a real mess on their hands. Can they come back together before they lose their love forever?

Bartholome knew that Rene was his mate, but Rene was so young. When Barthe said some careless words it was years before he ever saw Rene again. Lesson learned, Barthe knows he’ll not make the same mistake again.

I found this to be an interesting and fast-paced short story. I love how Barthe and Rene’s romance and hunt was first and foremost, with an interesting plot-twist coming in half way through. I thought this balanced the need for plot and romance really well and kept me interested throughout the story.

Both Barthe and Rene were interesting characters to my mind. While I would have liked to know more about things from Rene’s perspective – particularly his history – there was no question in my mind that they loved each other and were both hungry to become proper mates and stop circling each other. I enjoyed the two strong secondary characters and am hopeful there might be a following story after this one. I’d gladly pick that one up – which is always a very positive endorsement of any book, wanting to read more.

A sexy and interesting short story with great characters and a good, solid plot. I really enjoyed this story and will eagerly be keeping an eye out for the next one.

Robin & Sam by Sean Michael


Robin & Sam by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (97 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Master Renard sees Robin and Sam on the night’s auction block, he decides he must have them and makes a pre-emptive bid, wanting them in his playroom sooner than later. He’s intrigued by the two boys who look so different and by the idea of having two boys at once to dominate.

Are they destined to find pleasure and happiness all together, or is this magical week going to end in tears?

Robin and Sam have been best friends and lovers for years. They both know what they need though – and that’s to share a Master together. Problem is they haven’t had any luck finding the right man, so they decide to auction themselves as a pair. Master Renard wins them for a whole week of deep submission. Can it be what all three of them want it to be?

This is two super hot menage stories. I loved the connection between Robin and Sam, they clearly love each other deeply and have a good, strong relationship already. They both want a Master though and have struggled to find the right match to suit them both. I enjoyed how Renard didn’t instantly get everything perfectly right either – with two such different guys with different needs it took Renard a little while to understand exactly what each needed and that small bit of realism really made this story for me. I’m all about escapism in my romance fiction, but the fact that the guys had to work even just a bit to make the threesome click properly together really helped sell me on what a great story this was.

The sex was intense and explosively hot – I’d recommend not reading this in a public place because I sure blushed a lot while reading it. I found that this was an intense BDSM relationship – nothing over the top, but certainly not just a little light spanking in the heat of the moment. Sheaths, nipple clamps, delayed gratification and restraints were all prominent and quite a few other elements too. I’d think that readers would need to be comfortable with a lot of BDSM lifestyle elements before suggesting they read these two stories.

Overall I loved both the connection Robin and Sam had together, as well as the threesome they become with Renard. I found this to be a hotly written, steamy BDSM story and well worth the read.

Jack, Alec And Ben by Sean Michael


Jack, Alec And Ben by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (114 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Three men risk it all to find the Master of their hearts at the Shibari Auction House.

Jack: When Jack’s gambling debts catch up to him he decides to sell his time for three years to the highest bidder, hoping someone is willing to pay him enough to clear his debts for good. Is he jumping from the frying pan into the fire? Only time will tell.

Alec: Experienced sub Alec is back at the Shibari Auction House to sell two more years of his time after his master of ten years turns him in for a “newer model.” Novice Top Benj can’t believe anyone would throw the lovely Alec away or complain that he’s too old and snaps Alec up for twice the asking price. Is it possible both men will find what they need together?

Ben: Three years ago, Ben let Master Lukas buy him over multiple evenings, only to cut and run when he felt himself beginning to fall for the perceptive and handsome Master. Now he’s returning to the Shibari Auction House stage, but is he ready to pick up where he and Master Lukas left off? Only time will tell.

Jack urgently needs the money auctioning himself off can give him, can it solve his problems or open up a whole new set for him? Alec is an experienced sub who is only recently out of a long-term contract. Can Alec and Benj find what they’re both looking for together? Finally, Ben had run when his feeling for Master Lukas grew deep. Can they reclaim what they’ve both left behind? Enjoy this three-story set all in the one volume.

In desperate need of money to pay off a gambling debt, Jack is literally out of options until a bartender friend tells him about the Shibairi Auction house. With nowhere else to raise the funds, Jack sells himself off for a three year contract and meets Master JF. I found myself chuckling at the opening scene where Jack is doing the paper-work side of the auction, going over a list of what will and won’t be allowable. Even though it’s clear he is in dire straits and has no other options, his almost casual agreeing to items (and checking that no one would want to cut his balls off) just struck a chord with me and I was caught, somewhere between sympathy, keen interest and laughter. It was a delicious balance and I must admit, hooked me from the very beginning.

Equal parts intense, romantic and hot this was a lovely read and while I initially felt that Master JF was a little clichéd as the wealthy, bored patron the chemistry between Jack and JF quickly sucked me back into the story. Ending with a “Happy For Now” style of conclusion this is a sexy short story that I really enjoyed.

I instantly felt empathy for Alec’s character – released from his contract when his Master felt that Alec, at twenty-nine, was “too old”. As a plot it was certainly something different to me, what happens to submissives when they’re no longer fresh and young? Even more interestingly, I was intrigued by Master Benj being a relative new Top – his first night being when Benj buys Alec. Watching these two very different men coming together and exploring the delicate, new and unusual relationship grow between them was a delight I utterly loved. I found the storyline refreshingly different and the characters charming. I really loved this short story.

The third short story centered around Ben and Master Lukas. Although they had spent a few nights together years ago, watching Ben and Lukas reconnect again was lovely. I loved the mix of teasing and hot sensuality that crackled between them. Reading about them getting their happy ending was just a delight.

Three deliciously hot short story compiled together into an amazing book that I thoroughly loved. Highly recommended.

Leaf & James by Sean Michael


Leaf & James by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When River calls his twin Leaf and says “Brother, I’m in trouble,” Leaf does what he’s always done — comes to River’s rescue. Leaf’s twin is thrilled he shows up, and quickly takes off, leaving Leaf to be auctioned off at the Shibari Auction House in his place.

Not quite sure what River has gotten him into this time, Leaf is stunned to find himself auctioned off to James, the man who just bought a week of his time. Can what started as a transaction turn into a happily ever after for James and Leaf?

Leaf is used to rescuing his twin, River, from all sorts of trouble. This time, however, Leaf is in for far more than he bargained for. When James made his bids during the auction he was looking for something new and different. After purchasing Leaf he quickly finds out that it could have been the best money he’s spent in his life.

I really enjoyed Leaf’s story. While twins swapping places isn’t that unusual of a plotline, this one had me laughing. I’d do a lot for my siblings, but I’m not sure I’d let myself be auctioned off for a week of kinky sex to take the place of one of them. And this is what Leaf finds himself in the middle of. I was pleased that James was able to adjust his expectations of the auction once he realised he’d purchased Leaf, not River. I also found the pacing of the whole story really lovely – fast enough that I didn’t feel like skimming on to a “good” part, but also slow enough to allow Leaf to relax and feel more comfortable with the BDSM lifestyle and the crazy circumstances he found himself dropped into.

The chemistry between Leaf and James was amazing. I loved that they quickly formed an emotional connection, not just jumped straight into the kinky sex and fell in insta-love. I also enjoyed how there was almost no time-jump between Leaf’s story and James’ – it really felt like the one story split into two parts instead and I personally thought that it flowed beautifully.

The only disappointment that I felt was that the ending left on a slight cliff-hanger. While there is clearly another story following directly on from this (presumably River’s story?), a quick search didn’t reveal anything in either the author’s or publishers “coming soon” pages. This abrupt ending had me feeling a little as if James and Leaf’s story was left hanging and I hate finishing a story only to feel like I’m left dangling, not knowing exactly how things end up and are resolved. I have no question that Leaf and James are definitely committed to each other and happy, but as a reader I vastly prefer stories to be wrapped up and self-contained.

I did like how there was no conflict in the traditional sense – but I found there was plenty of plot and exploration as Leaf and James not only discovered each other and started their relationship, but also learned what they both liked, where their limits were and how to satisfy each other. I found this to be one of those great stories where the plot really was the relationship and it was interesting, new and written so well that I found it engrossing and thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

A sexy, emotional and very well written BDSM-centric M/M that I really enjoyed. Equal parts fun and serious this is sure to be a winner for a wide range of erotica readers.

Joel & Brent by Sean Michael


Joel & Brent by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking/Flogging, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Untried and virginal, Joel still knows he’s looking to be pushed. He wants to give up control, but he wants to fight, as well. Auctioning himself off for six months of no-holds-barred subbing is the only solution he can come up with to getting what he wants.

Master Brent believes he’s the only man for the job of giving Joel the experience of a lifetime. He can give Joel what he really need. But once the contract is up, will Brent and Joel go their separate ways? Or have they found something together

Joel has decided to auction himself off, not just for the cash – though that’s a nice bonus – but to finally explore the submissive fantasies he’d never had the courage to ask for. Master Brent knew he wanted Joel and the auction was the perfect time to make his move. For six months they’ll test all their limits – but will that be enough?

I found this to be an intense and emotional story. I loved how Joel was new and scared, but equally determined to learn and throw himself into each and every experience he had with Brent. While I didn’t feel any of the BDSM scenes between them were too envelope-pushing, this is not a story where the BDSM was merely a light spanking and a bit of vulgar dirty-talk – this is a full-blown, lifestyle, Master/sub relationship that grows from scratch and readers should be mindful that there are a number of elements in the story that mightn’t suit everyone’s tastes. Personally I found the emotional connection and the clear respect and desire between Brent and Joel was lovely and added a lot of depth to the BDSM elements explored between them.

I particularly loved how even though Joel was brand-new to the lifestyle, he wasn’t weak or shy, wasn’t clumsy or “virginal” in an old-school sense. Joel was nervous and unsure, but he knew what he wanted and was eager to learn and explore. I felt this was handled in a deliciously modern sense (Joel owned his inexperience and Brent was eager to teach Joel) and overall I felt the whole situation was handled fantastically. There was quite a time-jump between two different sections of the story – Part One and Part Two – (almost a six-month period) and while I understand why the author did this, it would have been nice to have seen a few scenes between when Brent and Joel’s relationship was brand-new, to where their contract was coming near its end.

I found both these short stories strongly emotional and excellently written; I thoroughly enjoyed this lifestyle BDSM erotic romance. Joel and Brent were interesting and vibrant characters who quickly stole my attention and I found myself eagerly reading wanting to know what would happen next. A passionate and intense read.

Texting, Autocorrect, and a Prius by M.A. Church


Texting, Autocorrect, and a Prius by M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (110 pgs)
Other: very mild BDSM, M/M, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:

Is your penis still for sale?

AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.

Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.

In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.

Texting “I saw your penis for sale on Craigslist. Is it still available?” is certainly one way to grab a man’s attention. When Clay accidently sends this text – autocorrect changing “Prius” to “Penis” – Darrell can see the humour in the situation. This leads to an amusing and wonderful new relationship between the two men – one that both hope will lead to something more.

After what I personally felt was a slow start, I found this to be a fun and very sexy story. Readers who like their romances to be eased into will likely enjoy this beginning. Darrell is a mechanic and Clay is a strong car aficionado. They have plenty in common along with a healthy amount of respect and desire for each other’s cars and bodies. The author, however, introduces both characters – and a few interesting secondary characters – quite solidly as individuals before Darrell and Clay even really meet. While I personally would have preferred them to meet slightly faster and have that extra time and space to read about them getting to know each other and date – I can’t completely fault the author for giving the story, and both Darrell and Clay’s characters a good, solid basis before moving the romance forward.

Once Darrell and Clay do manage to give the Prius a test drive the heat sizzling between them explodes and their romantic relationship really begins to flourish. I thoroughly enjoyed the sex and chemistry that grew in leaps and bounds between the two men. I also was delighted that Clay – a few noticeable years younger than Darrell – was the Top in their relationship. While not unheard of, it certainly isn’t a common aspect in M/M relationships that I’ve read and I was both surprised and thrilled by how much I enjoyed it. I also really liked the detail and depth the author took – really going into some of the layers that grew between Darrell and Clay. As the two men work out the newness of their relationship and ride through the various emotions they each bring out in each other I really felt this story didn’t gloss over or shy away from a number of aspects new relationships entail – as lots of other romance stories do. I found the BDSM to be incredibly mild – more a matter of Clay wanting to be in charge sexually than actual whips-and-chains type of kink or the harder side of the BDSM lifestyle. I feel most readers happy with an erotic M/M storyline with explicit sex shouldn’t find the BDSM aspects of the story to be hard-core or shocking.

Two of the secondary characters showed the potential in my opinion to become a sequel and I certainly plan to keep an eye out for more stories by this author. This was a fun, lighthearted and car-savvy story with a hint of spice and was a brilliant way to spend the weekend. A great read and one I will enjoy again in the future.

Enticement by Sierra Cartwright


Enticement by Sierra Cartwright
Master Class 2
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (160 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, Anal play, Toys
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Staff Sergeant Pierce is everything Ella Gibson doesn’t want in a man, dominant, dangerous, and a member of the Special Forces. But his determination demolishes her resistance.

Ella Gibson is dating with a purpose. She’s got a good job, a car, a townhome. The only thing missing is the perfect man. After having her heart broken, she’s decided that Mr. Perfect will be steady and solid and come home at the end of the day. Bonus points if he’s a sexy Dom. A little kink is the only thing she really misses from her last relationship.

But when her best friend’s older brother, the sexy Staff Sergeant Pierce Holden, interrupts her flirtation with a successful attorney, she’s furious.

Pierce is intent on saving her from a making a mistake. Yet she knows that giving into the temptation of being with him would be an even bigger one.

She’s had a crush on the hero for years. But he’s everything she doesn’t want in a man. Not only is he in the military, he’s a member off an elite Special Forces team. He goes on harrowing missions, and danger is his constant companion.

The more she tries to resist him, the deeper she falls in love. One thing she is sure of, she’s helpless to resist the dominant man’s determination to have her.

From page one, I was captivated by Sierra Cartwright’s Enticement.

On the one hand, we have the heroine, Ella. I easily sympathized with her. She didn’t do one night stands or casual flings. She was looking for a good guy, someone she could marry and settle down with. Fortunately, she meets Pierce, who makes her see that good guys come in all sorts of different packages.

Ah, Pierce. He had me from the moment he appeared in the story. He’s hot, sexy, with an edge that speaks of dangers and mysteries untold. He’s confident in his skin and he’s a Dom. He takes charge of situations without bullying his way in and he displays both tender and lighthearted moments. I was hooked.

Together the pair make a sizzling combination. They banter, they share emotional journeys and they have scorching sex. As always when it comes to BDSM sex scenes, Ms. Sierra Cartwright is the master. They were well written, realistic (for instance, when Ella gets a caning tears come to her eyes), drawing me into the situation, the excitement.

Finally, I was extremely pleased with the ending of the story. I never would have guessed it to go in that direction.

Enticement was a scorching, romantic read, which I’m definitely adding to my Sierra Cartwright collection of must reads.

Secured and Free by Z. Allora


Secured and Free by Z. Allora
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

An abusive Dom robbed Orion Gordon of his love of BDSM, destroying his confidence and leaving him unsure he’ll ever find peace through submission to another. Still, deep inside, his longing continues.

Marcus Sadir loves Hunter Dixon, yet can’t be the one thing Hunter truly desires: a sub to control. And Hunter can’t find satisfaction in the sadistic aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, while Marcus thrives on inflicting and sharing pain. When Marcus convinces Hunter they should find a third on a permanent basis, they discover Orion might be the key to bridging their differences and joining them on a deeper level.

But they must help Orion move past his trauma enough for him to enjoy new facets of BDSM and kink again. Their journey toward becoming whole—together—won’t be without challenges. Can Orion trust enough to try again?

Orion loved to play in the lifestyle and play hard. That is until one careless excuse for a Dom took it all away from him. Believing that he could trust the man Orion played without a safe word and let the Dom continue to play harder and harder until the day came that he played too hard. Orion awoke to find himself robbed of not only his dignity but his safety as well. He has tried numerous times to trust other Doms and get back into the lifestyle but each attempt has failed. When Hunter and Marcus enter the picture, Orion is more than conflicted. He longs to belong to the two men but his fear is still a wall to get past and Orion doubts he will ever get past it.

This is a great story full of well-rounded characters who are full of emotions. I loved each and every character in it. Orion is a sweet guy who has gone through a rough time and suffered some trauma yet he is trying his best to overcome it all.

Marcus and Hunter are great men who love each other and even if they are both Dominant men they make it work. Adding Orion to the mix helps balance them all. I enjoyed watching their relationship take shape. Marcus and Hunter are both attracted to Orion and are open and honest with him no matter what. Giving Orion a safe place to try again. The love that the two men have together is beautiful and seeing them want to share that with Orion made for a wonderful read. The men are understanding and let the relationship move at its own pace allowing friendship turn into more. I liked that readers got to see a good balance of Orion and his men together and apart. Seeing into each other’s personal lives made for a far more interesting read and that much sweeter when they finally find their way. Plus, we get to see their personalities shine through out their story.

It was nice to see the camaraderie in this book. From the friendships to the relationships everyone stands by each other and is always ready to help. Not only did I enjoy Orion’s story but I also enjoyed getting a look at the other couples in this story and hope that we get their stories as well.

The Dom’s Way by Sean Michael


The Dom’s Way by Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Toys, Anal Play, Spanking, Multiple Partners
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Neal and Way from The Closet Boy are back, only now they’re Dom and sub, and exploring their relationship through the lifestyle. Way is eager to learn everything, and more in love with his master every day. For his part, Neal can’t believe how lucky he is to have found such an innocent but sensual boy.

As they learn what works best for them both, Way has trouble obeying some of the rules Neal imposes. Like the no touching himself rule. Neal wants Way to learn control, but Way, after so long holding back, has trouble not indulging. The two men must work together to find the balance that brings them each the most satisfaction and happiness.

Neal and Way are working on their relationship. It’s still quite new and they each have a lot to learn – and explore – about each other. Can they build on their relationship together?

While this book is the fifth related to the Iron Eagle gym, it follows very close on the heels of “The Closet Boy” which is the beginning of Neal and Way’ra’s relationship. While I feel that it can certainly be read as a great BDSM M/M romance by itself, I would recommend that readers catch up on “The Closet Boy” for a deeper understand of exactly how Way and Neal get to where they open up at the start of this book. I’ve greatly enjoyed all the other books in the Iron Eagle Gym series too – and they’re all worth picking up on their own merits, but this story really does round out and completes the relationship started in The Closet Boy.

Neal is exceptionally new to the entire scenario of the BDSM world. In some respects this would be a very good story for a beginner to read. A lot of the mechanics of how various BDSM relationships work is explained to Way in detail. There’s also a lot of discussion between Neal and Way as they communicate their thoughts and desires to each other as they build their own relationship up together. Way is very much a novice, and while I think readers unsure or new to the lifestyle will thoroughly enjoy having everything explained to them, I have to admit I was personally quite impatient to get to Neal and Way finding their own path and growing together. I have to admit though I really feel this is an exceptional “explaining” style of story and this is exactly the story of writing and tale I craved when the scene was new to me and I didn’t understand half of what I read.

Most of the elements are fairly standard to a BDSM relationship – boundaries, slit play, piercings etc – but I felt that something about the way this was so new and fresh for Way helped breathe new life into it. Neal loved teaching Way, and seeing how new and awesome the various aspects of the lifestyle was to Way helped make this story feel really fresh and exciting to me. I really enjoyed how Neal and Way are totally committed to each other, but there is a strong cast of recurring secondary characters (from the previous books) who also play an important part. They’re all friends and support each other. While there are a few group scenes everyone remains with their respective partners. While I labeled it as “Multiple Partners” it’s more they share their sexuality in the same room and share their experiences – but don’t actually swap partners.

I found this to be a wonderful story, full of the joy and excitement a fresh new relationship can bring. With plenty of spice and naughty sex this book pretty much has something for everyone. A great story.

To Claim a Mate by Jennifer Denys


To Claim a Mate by Jennifer Denys
Publisher: Luminosity Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (60 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Toys, Anal Sex
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Cross the threshold of Balls & Chains, into a world where humans and shifters dominate and submit alike.

Cole Linley is a gay wolf-shifter. In order to appease the Alpha within, he has taken up the BDSM lifestyle and become very experienced. This placates his wolf to a certain extent, but his dearest wish is to find a mate—male, of course. Except, the question is, how to find one in a city surrounded by humans where other wolf-shifters are rare.

Then, one night, he enters Balls & Chains, a BDSM club he frequents, and immediately senses another of his kind. And not only that, it is the scent of a potential mate, Jared Gray. There is only one problem—Jared is collared by another Master.

Jared’s relationship shows all the signs of an abusive relationship. Can Cole get him away from the other Dom and show Jared the delights of BDSM when done properly and what it means to be a beta wolf to Cole’s Alpha?

Living in the city can take its toll on a shifter, especially an alpha like Cole. He enjoys his work and has a home where he can run free but most of all he keeps his beast at bay by going to the club, Balls and Chains. There Cole can let his alpha be appeased by playing with the subs that scene with him. Just like most shifters he longs to find his mate but he has lost hope. Then one night he finds just that at the club but the man that is his mate is already attached to another. Can Cole find a way to get Jared away from the abusive man playing at being a Dom?

To Claim a Mate grabbed my attention right from the start and continued to suck me in as the story continued. Cole is a good man and a well liked Dom. When he finds out Jared is attached, he does what he can and respects that the man is already in a relationship. I enjoyed seeing how Cole goes about wooing and getting Jared away from the abusive man. Because they are mates, their attraction is instant, yet Cole gives Jared time and space before he claims him forever.

Their story is nicely paced and I was quickly immersed in their adventure. The author does a good job of bringing these characters to life. Life seldom gives you what you want but can give you what you need. Cole and Jared learn this the hard way. I loved seeing the two fight for that love. I cannot wait to see more from this world and its inhabitants in the future.