Sub for the Lion by Angelique Voisen


Sub for the Lion by Angelique Voisen
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (51 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Can a broken lion and an ex-soldier fix each other?

Forty-year-old werelion Lance has retired from the lifestyle. When his mate and sub died, Lance thinks there’s nothing to live for…until he catches a glimpse of twenty-two year old Jax. When he sees the tattered soul behind Jax’s eyes, he unthinkingly agrees to do four domestic discipline sessions with Jax. As long as there are rules in place, Lance’s heart remains safe, or so he thinks.

Jax doesn’t understand his instant attraction to the werelion Dom. He’s frustrated by the rules Lance set in place. Four sessions, no strings attached—but what if Jax wants more? Old demons from the past continue to haunt him, but his time Lance helps him forget. Can the two men heal and move on or will their pasts prevent anything good from taking hold?

Two men, each dealing with their own pain. Lance and Jax are both living with their pasts. One man has lost his mate and the other man tries to deal with the after effects of his time as a soldier. Both are hurting, but maybe they can help each other. Neither man knows what to expect as they meet for their sessions. They need what the other man can give them but can they let go of the past and try for a future? Will love have a chance to grow or has the pain taken root and keeps everything out?

Jax and Lance’s story may be a short read but it has a lot to say. Their story is packed full of emotion and turmoil. Each man must come to terms with his own feelings and just where he wants to go. Their attraction is evident from their first meeting but the two men must learn to trust again. Can they open their hearts and let the other man in or are the walls too thick? There is a lot of inner turmoil with each man and I enjoyed watching both men figure out what they wanted. From the first time Jax comes to do a session with Lance we see how hot the two are together and it only gets hotter between them. The two are good together; both in and out of the bedroom. Life moves on and it was nice to see Lance and Jax trying to move on along with it.

Their story moves along quickly and had me right from the start. The author does a good job of bringing these men and their emotions to life. At times, it pulls on your heartstrings and has you hoping for love. These two men learn the hard way that love can heal if you let it.

Bound for Christmas by Sam Crescent

CHRISTMAS

Bound for Christmas by Sam Crescent
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Holiday
Length: Short Story (91 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

They rarely spoke. They only touched hands. Until now.

Bernice Rowe has been fascinated by the man who regularly visits the library where she works. They never speak and only stare at each other. When she learns that her mystery man is one of the dominant men at Club Kink, she makes a choice to become a submissive.

Master Leon has been visiting the library for one reason—Bernice. He wants her desperately but knows his desires are not for everyone. When Leon finds her at the club he makes sure everyone knows she is his submissive.

He takes her away and starts her training. Leon is determined to make her his woman in time for Christmas. Neither know how the other feels, and it looks like it is going to be a Christmas to remember for both of them.

When Dominant Leon Butters finds the sub of his dreams, Christmas gets a little more merry.

Leon has been watching Bernice Rowe since he first laid eyes on her. A local librarian with lush golden hair and a voluptuous figure, he knew she had to be his. When she entered Kink, the local BDSM club, he watched from afar until it was the right time to make his move. Bernie would be his for Christmas.

Bernice was enamored with the possibility that becoming a sub would help her with her issues with attracting the right kind of man. New to the lifestyle, the relationship between a sub and a Dom really appealed to her, especially if that Dom was going to be Leon.

Bound for Christmas had a fairy tale quality that you don’t often see in a BDSM novel. It had a sweetness and simplicity to the story and flow that was intriguing. Leon was a typical Dom character- overbearing and doing everything from cutting Bernie’s food to dressing her. Bernie was a quiet sub with very little going on. There were points in the story that frustrated me, the doormat syndrome being one of those. While the loving nature of the story was nice, the lack of character depth made me restless as I was reading. On the other hand, the sexy spanking scenes and other BDSM moments were a lot of fun and had me reaching for the iced tea.

The very real weight concerns that Bernie had were a strong pull as was the fear of being alone. Body image is a very real part of most women’s lives, and I identified with Bernie’s need to be accepted by Leon. To have someone care about you enough to correct you, feed you, dress you and the like is intoxicating, but in this instance it felt like Bernie had very little presence. There were a couple other issues that also popped up. Echoes. When the same word is used over and over again in the course of a paragraph, then it tends to stick in the reader’s mind and you notice. The other thing was that there was very little getting to know you time before things progressed to a level of commitment that felt unrealistic and I had a moment where my ability to suspend disbelief was having some issues.

Overall, I liked the storyline, characters and the idea that you can meet a Dom in a club and have a sexy three week Christmas vacation with as much kink as you can stand. That would frost anyone’s cupcake, especially mine. The holiday essence and sweetness of the story prevailed in the end.

If you want a story that has a little bit of kink under the tree, then give Bound for Christmas a try.