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.

Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf by Kryssie Fortune


Claimed by the Vampire, Seduced by the Werewolf by Kryssie Fortune
Publisher: Loose ID
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (187 Pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

After seven centuries, Elias, a former Spartan turned vampire, finds his eternal bride. Seth, Elias’s werewolf half-brother, scents his mate.

Vampire and werewolf loathe each other. The only thing they agree on is that Tempest is their mate–and they’re not sharing.

A prophecy will force Tempest, a twenty-first-century witch, to choose between them. As the half-brothers vie to win her heart, they teach her about spanking, the way pain heightens pleasure, and the ecstasy of multiple orgasms.

A vampire can’t survive without his fated bride. A werewolf dies if he loses his mate. Their future rests in Tempest’s hands. Which one will she choose?

I loved this great paranormal menage book!

I’ve recently become a devoted reader of Kryssie Fortune’s books. This one is is a stand alone story although it is connected to the Scattered Siblings series. I loved the idea of half brothers Elias and Seth being mated to the same female and their love for their witch helping to heal a bond that had been torn apart by betrayal. Tempest was feisty enough to take on both of her supernatural mates but first she had to find her hidden strength. Of course, there was the trouble with a prophecy that was seemingly insurmountable and a formidable enemy added into the mix.

The characters in this book endeared themselves to me because fate had not been kind to any of them. It was Elias who tugged at my heart the most though. I loved the sexy menage sex scenes too. This was one very hot story! It was fast paced and loaded with action, as well.

Kryssie Fortune did a fabulous job on this book. Her writing was amazing and the dynamics of this supernatural world promise many exciting books to come for my future reading bliss. Meanwhile, Hades has more redeeming to do so that I can get my hands on the next book soon.

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.

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.

Engaged to the Lone Wolf by Selena Illyria


Engaged to the Lone Wolf by Selena Illyria
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length : Full Length (231 pgs)
Other: M/F, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Exiled lone wolf, Gunner Foster, has never had a true pack and family around him. Always on the move and on the lookout for danger, he can’t afford to be attracted to–much less want something more with–the vibrant and sexy Valerie Archer. When she offers him money to pose as her fake fiancé, he decides that the money could help him out and allow him to spend more time with Val.

All hell breaks loose when Gunner is outed as the son of one of the werewolf world’s most notorious packbreakers. When Gunner tries to gain entrance into Val’s pack, he’s denied.

Despite their mutual attraction and their desire to explore their growing bond, they have a lot going against them. Will they choose self preservation or fight to be together?

Valerie and Gunner meet by chance in a small town and the attraction is instant, but now is not the time to investigate their feelings. Both have their own agendas that must be met. Gunner is on the run and has secrets that he cannot share yet Valerie won’t ignore the pull he has on her. She is ready to spend what little time they can have together before everyone must evacuate the town. Soon Valerie needs Gunner’s help and asks him to pose as her fiancée.  He can’t deny her. Will the two be able to fool her family while Gunner stays hidden and ahead of those trying to kill him?

Once again, I was quickly immersed in a wondrous tale from Selena Illyria. The author does a great job of bringing the characters and this world to life. I loved Gunner. He is a good man who has been wronged and is surviving the only way he knows how. Valerie is a strong woman who stands on her own and is ready to fight for what she wants and what is right. The two complement each other nicely and work well together. I enjoyed watching their relationship take shape and seeing the two fight for their love. Their attraction may be strong right from the start but we get to see the two work hard at finding their happy ever after. Love does not always conquer all but it helps and Gunner and Valerie learn this the hard way.

Their story moves along at a good pace and with some twists and turns along the way. It will grab your attention and not let go until the very end. I loved that this story is full of well-rounded characters who stand out. Not only do we get to see Valerie and Gunner but many of the secondary characters shine. It gives you the feeling of knowing the inhabitants of this world and wanting to come back for a visit again.

One Sex Scene Too Far by Larissa Vine


One Sex Scene Too Far by Larissa Vine
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (49 pgs)
Other: M/F, spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

Robin lives alone on a diet of romance novels. She wishes men could be like the heroes in her books. But her warring parents have taught her that real life is 50 shades of messed up.

She goes to a book launch held for the famous author Luke Delaney, who is as dreamy as any fictional hero. On the way back from the launch, Luke causes her to fall off of her bike. He’s mortified and wants to make it up to her. They go on a thinly veiled date where he confesses that he’s writing a romance novel and is struggling with the sex scenes.

Robin offers to act out the scenes with him, so that he can describe them better. Against her better judgment, she finds herself falling deeper for him.

He reveals the final sex scene― a threesome with two women. Now Robin is forced to make a choice. Should she walk away and lose Luke forever? Or have the threesome and risk getting emotionally hurt? Exactly how far is she willing to go for a book?

One Sex Scene Too Far by Larissa Vine was a sweet, short, erotic romance.

The author hooked me from page one with Robin, a curvy heroine addicted to romance novels and prone to daydreaming. I felt identified with her and eagerly stepped into her shoes.

I enjoyed the hero too. Luke was, of course, very good looking, but sensitive and a famous author to boot. To make matters even better, he was attempting to write a romance novel, Swoon.

Although the excuse for them to get together was a bit farfetched, it worked. Eagerly, I read on to see how Robin would help Luke in role-playing those sex scenes. The author didn’t disappoint and they were well written and hot.
Sadly, things took a turn for the worse a little more than half-way through the book. It felt as if the author had lost the desire to delve deeper and things turned rushed. The connection between the characters was there but it was purely physical. Robin kept telling herself not to fall for Luke, but honestly, I couldn’t see when she had. All I saw between them was scorching sex and a mutual admiration.

Furthermore, the big climax, that moment when Luke tells Robin he wants to do a threesome, did not translate well to me as a reader. Luke tells her: “There’s nothing that you can help me with.”, and from that line, Robin understands the exact opposite. I didn’t and was really confused by the whole thing.

Regardless of this, I believe her reaction was way over the top. She hardly let Luke explain and went to find solace in the arms of someone she knew little about. On the other hand, I feel like Luke acted out of character when it was revealed why he walked away from pursuing Robin.

Nonetheless, I did find the ending to the story sweet, and the way of apology incredibly romantic.  If you’re looking for something sweet, entertaining and easy to read, I’d recommend One Sex Scene Too Far.

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.

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.

Rip Cord by Jeannie St James


Rip Cord – The Ever After by Jeannie St James
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (56 pages)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Toys, BDSM, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

Rip Cord, the infamous Bad Boy of the NFL, ends up on Gil Davis’ front porch drunk as a skunk. Not only has he been fired by his franchise, but also his sports agent. His last brawl on the football field during a prime time game was the final straw.

Accounting geek Gil Davis hasn’t seen his on-again, off-again lover since the summer when the professional football player whisked him away for a kinky sex-filled getaway weekend. But immediately after, Rip returned to the NFL and was on the road leaving no time for Gil.
 Now Rip wants to come back into Gil’s life one more time, this time to not only make a future with him, but to finally admit who he really is deep down inside. After hiding his sexual preference since he was a teen, Rip realizes he’s made too many bad choices along the way. It’s time to make the right choice with Gil.

But is Gil ready to forgive Rip for keeping him at a distance? And more importantly, after two false starts, can they finally live happily ever after?

Never give up because you never know what could happen if you do.

I have to start out by saying I haven’t read the other books in the Rip Cord world. But that didn’t take away the enjoyment of this story for me. It’s hot, sweet, aching and I had to keep reading because I had to know what would happen. I’ve been a fan of Jeanne St James for a while and when I saw this book up for review, I jumped. I’m glad I did.

Rip and Gil are great characters. Both are oh-so-male, but they’re also flawed. I like a flawed character. It gives them room to grow. Rip, for all his bombast and bad boy-ness, has some serious scars and holes within him. I liked his growth through the story. He retained his bad boy qualities, but he became endearing. Gil, on the other hand, was a little harder to pin down. I liked him. He’s a strong guy and he’s not ashamed to be gay. But what irked me a little was what seemed like his lack of a backbone. I get there are people that come along that simply overwhelm. I’ve got those people in my life. But I sort of hoped Gil would’ve been a little stronger in his response to Rip–at least initially. That said, I loved the story. The sex scenes scorched and I couldn’t read fast enough. I had to know how it would end. I’m glad I read it. Will I go back and read the others in this world? You bet.

If you want a book that’s hot, sticky and full of heart, but with some sting, then this might be the book for you.

Santa’s Slay by Stephanie Burke


Santa’s Slay by Stephanie Burke
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (61 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Mistletoe

Jack Frost doesn’t nip. He bites — and bites hard.

When reporter Peter Winston gets too close to the secrets of Chris Cringle and North Pole industries, he’s gifted to Chris’s bodyguard and ex-lover Jack Frost. Now it’s a matter of time before he gives into the delicious demands of the sadistic dominant, learning that being naughty can be so nice.

Everybody knows the jolly old elf of Christmas and his good buddy Jack, the guy who brings winter with him…right? Well the sweet and fun loving characters that we all know are far from the truth. Reporter Peter Winston has gotten too close to the truth and must now pay for his curiosity.

Jack Frost is more than ready to make Peter pay but is his payment too harsh or just what Peter needs? You see Jack is not what he shows the world and those that see his true form are never the same again–that is if they are lucky enough to live through the encounter. Peter may just be lucky enough to be what Jack is looking for and what he wants. Will this be Peter’s saving grace or will he miss his opportunity to get what he has always longed for? This novella isn’t about the romance. This is dark BDSM, heavy on the S/M fantasy.

Peter is taken on an intense sexual ride by Jack Frost and he must make some hard decisions. Jack makes Peter look inward and realize what he is truly doing with his life. Jack is a dominant with a mean streak but he gives Peter what he needs. Peter is just as strong and the two make a good couple. Peter longs for the harshness of Jack and we see the emotions that Jack has about Peter. Jack may be a scary and imposing creature but Peter is drawn to him. Jack subjects Peter to some intense scenes and Peter learns what his body wants. The two give each other just what they need physically and must see if their hearts will follow. I enjoyed watching their relationship unfold and turn into something more. Their story is a quick read that moves along nicely. The author does a nice job of mixing the right amount of emotion and sex together to give the reader a strong hot read.