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.

The Prize by Ashe Barker

The Prize by Ashe Barker
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (50 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, Menage, Double Penetration, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism, Anal Sex, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

A night to remember…

When she shows up at the prestigious Vivant Club to claim her raffle prize of one month’s free membership, Jessie Barnett doesn’t know what to expect. She’s trembling as she enters, but her inner submissive is dancing for joy, and nothing is going to stop her from claiming what she has won.

Jessie is no stranger to the BDSM scene, but this is a new club, a new city, she knows no one and has no idea what to expect. That’s all right, though, as it turns out the two powerful Doms who are hers for the evening have no doubt at all what they require from her—complete surrender, on her knees.

Jessie is happy to comply. This is what she came here in search of. But will one evening’s pleasure, however intense, however delightfully tinged with exquisite pain, be enough? Once she has submitted to them totally, will Mark and Greg see their business with her as having been concluded? Or is there more to be won, a greater prize, hovering just beyond her reach?

She’s in for the night of her life…if she can handle it all.

I like the work of Ashe Barker. I know there will be a hot time and everyone will come away satisfied. This is certainly the case in The Prize. Jessie knows what she’s going to the club for–because she’s won a month membership. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance for a free month at an exclusive BDSM club? Certainly not her. Then there’s the doms, Mark and Greg. Wowie!! Talk about hot guys. And they know their stuff. No slouches with these doms. The sex scenes were hot and scored the pages of my kindle.

I did have a couple of quibbles, though. I hate to admit it felt like I’d been plunked in to the middle of a longer story. Don’t get me wrong. I liked what I read, but I wanted to know more about Jessie before the story and maybe some after. I didn’t want the story to end. But as it was, I felt like I got one snippet of time for these three characters. Just, boom…together and playing. I know the doms read up on Jessie, but I had problems with her just walking in and submitting to them. This made her night better, don’t get me wrong, but it seemed too quick. I don’t know. It made me a tad uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean it will for everyone. I did enjoy how they pushed her and freed her. That was sexy and caring, the way they did it.

If you want a novella that pushes the boundaries, that will scorch the screen and will leave you breathless for more, then this might be the book for you. Grab a copy today.

Shockwave by Sierra Cartwright

Shockwave by Sierra Cartwright
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (188 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Anal play, Anal Sex, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

There can only be one victor…

He vows to personally deal with her…

When Master Nathaniel Stratton catches Alani Dane, a professional submissive, yawning during a scene with one of his club’s most prestigious members, he vows to personally deal with her.

In order to claim her…

Nathaniel works to shatter the emotional barriers she’s erected to keep her heart safe and takes the biggest gamble of his life to claim her for his own.

But she’s no man’s submissive…

He alternately thrills and terrifies Alani. Even though she craves the intense release that subspace brings, at heart, she’s no man’s submissive. In this intense battle of wills, dominance and submission, love and commitment, he’s determined to tear down the walls around her heart.

Sierra Carwright is a one-click author for me, and Shockwave, doesn’t disappoint. The story sizzles with passion and heat from the beginning, and even after finishing the novel I’m still daydreaming about the characters’ relationship.

From page one, I was drawn into the world of Alani, a professional submissive who appears to be a little bored with what she does. Furthermore, though she’s a proclaimed masochist she is not by any means a submissive, at least, according to her.

I really liked Alani. Although she was a bit mouthy at times, I enjoyed the way she interacted with Master Nathaniel. The fact that she felt that she wasn’t a perfect submissive, that she didn’t even recognize herself as one, made her feel real. I enjoyed reading her development, not only as a submissive to Master Nathaniel, but as a fierce woman who realizes independence doesn’t necessarily mean going at it alone.

As for Master Nathaniel. Swoon. Could he be any more perfect? I think I fell for his kind of dominance from page one. He was extremely demanding at times, but when he showed his tender side, my own heart pitter-pattered. He gave Alani as much as he took.

As always, Ms. Carwright does a superb job at writing the sex and the BDSM elements within the story. Hot is an understatement regarding Shockwave. Fair warning, I have to admit, that with Alani being a masochist there were a few scenes that made me wince in sympathy (those clamps with weights, and that really big anal plug…). But the care Master Nathaniel showed for her made it worthwhile.

The book is long, but very fast paced and I read it in two days. I’m looking forward to read possible future novels involving Master Braxton and AJ.

All in all, Shockwave was an exquisite, highly recommendable read.

Initiation by Sierra Cartwright

Initiation by Sierra Cartwright
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (117 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, Spanking, Anal sex
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

When wannabe sub Jennifer Berklee calls him Master and begs him to flog her, PI Logan Powell knows all his military training won’t be enough to keep his jaded heart safe.

Private investigator Logan Powell does the women of the world a favor by avoiding emotional entanglements. They deserve to be loved and cherished. And he’s not capable of it.

That belief is challenged when he sees Jennifer Berklee at a BDSM play party. The innocent wannabe sub is everything he wants to avoid. He fears all his previous military training won’t be enough to keep his jaded heart safe.

Anything She Wants…

Jennifer has been interested in BDSM since she first heard about it. And after her engagement ends in an embarrassing disaster, she’s determined never to settle again.

But when the stunningly sexy Dom Logan Powell offers to scene with her, she is overwhelmed and flees.

One evening, Logan and Jennifer are set up by well-meaning friends. This time, Logan is determined not to let her go. Jennifer will submit to him, no matter the cost to either of them.

Sierra Cartwright is one of my favorite authors. Sadly, Initiation is not one of my favorite books by her, though I’m not sorry I read it. Let me explain:

In the beginning, I was drawn into the story by two intriguing characters. Logan was a Dom with a mysterious scar on his face and piercing green eyes. Jennifer was a novice who had seen BDSM in a movie and wanted to try. While Logan felt a bit distant to me, Jennifer loved her coffee with lots of sugar and cream and enjoyed eating pastries, which made her realistic. I was eager to read and discover how he would earn her trust. The story didn’t quite meet my expectations. It was good but, having read many books by this author, I was expecting more.

I found the emotional connection between the characters, disappointing. For me, their love story felt like a negotiation. He’d Dom her and she’d do her own thing and sex would occur in the middle because they had the hots for each other. I missed depth in these two characters. I missed cheering for their love. I missed feeling more. This is a short story and maybe the author felt rushed to get “the good stuff” in but as a reader, I needed to see the buildup as much as the result.

Notwithstanding the shortfall in the emotional department, it didn’t do the same in the bedroom. Ms. Cartwright is in my opinion one of the best BDSM authors published. Her sex scenes are detailed and exquisitely written, this is BDSM that feels real and transported me to that moment with the characters. Readers who simply want a taste of her writing to test the heat, this will be a good one to recommend.

In conclusion, Initiation was a scorching read.

Secrets Dispatched by Raven McAllan

Secrets Dispatched by Raven McAllan
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (89 pgs)
Other: M/F, BDSM, spanking
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Bittersweet

What’s a girl to do when she finds herself stranded in a snow storm, in a BDSM club in a castle, with a Dom she’s lusted after for years?

At some time in their life, everyone has choices to make.
For Shane, it could be a chance to rediscover her love of kink.
For Ross, it’s the chance to tempt her to be his kitten.

But Shane has to settle some demons before she can move forward.
Until then, well a little playing wouldn’t matter—would it?
However, play can become serious, and decisions have to be made that could change both their lives forever.

This is their chance to be together as Dom and sub or wave goodbye. But at Diomhair, nothing is as straightforward as you hoped, and Ross and Shane have a lot to do, before they can say yes…or no.

Hot and sweet, Secrets Dispatched is a good not-too-long read. Though the novel belongs to the Diomhair series, it can be read as a standalone.

The heroine, Shane, is suffering from past hurts that don’t allow her to move on but at the same time is eager to surrender to Ross and become his sub.

The sexy hero and Dom, Ross, is more than ready to claim her as his and show her his particular type of love.

Though the characters knew each other in their youth, I found the romance between them a little bit too fast paced and hard to believe. Furthermore, though Ms. McAllan does a great job in building the sexual tension, and BDSM is present at the core of the story, in this particular book, its presence is very light.

One thing worth mentioning though is the little mystery introduced into the story. In this book, we still don’t know who the owner of the white van snooping around Diomhair is. Definitely something I’ll be looking to find out in future books.

Secrets Dispatched is a sweet, sexy read with a tinge of mystery.

Boss by Sierra Cartwright

Boss by Sierra Cartwright
The Donovan Dynasty: Book 3
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (275 Pages)
Other: M/F, Anal Sex, BDSM
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

His erotic demands test everything she believes…

When the fearless, larger-than-life Nathan Donovan becomes her boss, Kelsey Lane’s life is turned upside down. The multimillionaire wants her by his side, but his demands don’t end there.

Kelsey avoids romantic entanglements, especially with overwhelmingly dynamic men like Nathan. But she quickly discovers his attention and sensual desires ignite something deep inside her, leading her on a journey that tests everything she believes.

The youngest, boldest of the dynamic Donovan brothers, Nathan is accustomed to getting what he wants. And he focuses his attention on the smart, sexy Kelsey Lane. He quickly discovers she’s unlike any woman he’s ever known.

She meets him, desire for desire, getting deep inside him, destroying the barriers he keeps around his heart. He wonders, though, if she’s willing to give him the one thing he demands…

Boss… Perfectly Named.

The first thing needed to be said is that this definitely can be categorized as a stand alone book. I have yet to read the first and second book in the series and I wasn’t confused at all. The story is about a boss, his employee and their attraction and the ensuing circumstances that put them together. Talk about hot! Holy moly, it’s steamy!

Kelsey and Nathan are different from each other but somehow when they got together they were the perfect couple. Nathan is a lot of things–including a Dom. He knows what he wants and takes it. No one tells this boss no. When he realizes his new employee signed for the BDSM club he co-owns, he wants her to himself. Like I said, he doesn’t take no for an answer.

From there starts a relationship, somewhat hectic because of their professional relationship, but that part just showed more of the characters to me–like how much independent Kelsey is or how dedicated Nathan is. The love he has not only for his business but for the family as well shined right through.

This is a steamy read that should not be missed.

Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai

Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai
Publisher: Totally Bound
Length: Full Length (217 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M/M/F, M/F/F, Multiple Partners, exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Anal Sex, Spanking, Fisting, Toys, Menage
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

In a foreign land, a woman discovers exotic new realms of the senses…

When software engineer Kate O’Neill leaves her lover David to take a job in Thailand, she becomes sexually involved with two very different men—a handsome and debauched member of the Thai aristocracy, and the charismatic proprietor of a sex bar.

Each touches her in a different way, each teaches her different things about her body and her heart.

Then David comes to Bangkok, and Kate realizes that, finally, she must choose one of the three men who all desire her.

On a whim, software engineer, Kate takes a new job in Thailand. When she left her lover and traveled to Thailand for her new job she expected a lot of things. Somehow, she got more than she expected, both good and bad.

She meets two people in Thailand who show her what passion and sex can be. She experiences things she never experienced or ever thought could happen. She learned that there is more to sex, passion and love than what society portrays.

I think it would be fair to give readers who prefer light erotic romance and mild BDSM, that this wasn’t light or mild. The men involved were serious about their play and punishment. Also, in regards to the ménages or partnerships, there is touching and kissing and more, between both the men and woman.

Raw Silk portrays a woman searching for love and finding it in Thailand. She learns a lot about herself, new cultures and countries different from her home. There are multiple plots and I appreciated that, as it kept me on my toes and engaged in the story to the end. The main plot revolves around the three men and Kate but the minor plot is what happens to the company she has been working for in Thailand.

For her this becomes more than fun when she has to choose between the men who taught her so much. All three were into her and were able to work together during the passionate sex they had, but they wanted her to choose one of them. Even with her struggle to choose, this is a HEA. The author ties it all together in the end with a very satisfying conclusion worthy of a romance. This one is for readers who like a little, or a lot, more spice and sexual adventure with their romance.

Confessions Of A Frisky Fashion Writer by The Vixen

Confessions Of A Frisky Fashion Writer by The Vixen
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (119 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed by Fern

A girls’ night out during New York Fashion Week takes an unexpected turn when a dashing gentleman enters the scene.

Every girl dreams of being in fashion, and Virginia George is no different. As the twenty-six-year-old professional works her way up through the ranks of the industry to become a fashion writer, she realizes there’s a lot more to this world than just beautiful clothes. When she’s not writing about glossy designer names, she is the voice behind the provocative sex blog, Sex with Cocktails, under the alias V.

During a chic Fashion Week party, she meets the dapper Jonathan Carter, the owner of a well-known menswear store and a fashion celebrity. Then, just when she thinks life can’t throw anything else her way, an interesting job opportunity comes up as a full-time staff writer at the prestigious Haute magazine.

As Virginia sees the possibility for a promising career in fashion, she also begins to consider the probability of interesting developments for her and the dashing Mr. Carter.

It’s Fashion Week and so Virginia has a full-on schedule full of runway shows, presentations and more media events than she could believe possible. After a year of being chaste, Virginia decides – with some strong insistence from her friends – to finally get out there in the world of men, dating and sex once more. Can this frisky fashion writer find herself again?

Like other “Confessions” style stories, this is told in the first person, written almost as if Virginia is cosied up next to you on the couch, glass of bubbly in one hand as she talks and shares her thoughts, feelings and secrets with you. I found this to be a lovely style to read, first-person narration doesn’t bother me, but I can easily understand how as a story-telling method can grate after a while. I found myself really wondering what some of the other characters were thinking and feeling. How they might be reacting to various things that happened to and around Virginia.

I also felt – especially at the start of the story – Virginia was telling me a lot of stuff as a reader, as opposed to having the author show me through actions, discussions and other methods. In places it really felt to me like a massive info-dump. Normally this really annoys me and drags me out of the story. I found here though that to a point I could accept it – having Virginia “talk” to me as the reader in the first person meant I found I had a bit of patience for the info-dumping. I could well believe this might annoy some other readers though.

I really enjoyed Virginia’s friends. I found them to be strong characters, full of life and vibrant. I also really enjoyed Jonathan Carter, the handsome stranger to whom Virginia found herself pulled to. Virginia and Jonathan played a very interesting game of cat and mouse between them. I found the pace a little off-beat – it was far too slow to my mind for a modern erotic romance, but was clearly a steamy, sensual and interesting dance that played out between them. Readers looking for a quick, physical romance might find themselves disappointed.

Despite being frustrated, I could genuinely appreciate the slower burn the author worked between Virginia and Jonathan. They verbally parried and the chemistry between them really sizzled. There were a number of steamy kisses and oodles of chemistry. Oddly though, for an erotic romance, there wasn’t a single sex scene in the whole book, and when I’d finished this lack of erotic intimacy really surprised me. There was plenty of sexy talk, plenty of chemistry and kisses and angling toward the bedroom, but no actual culmination. Again, for an erotic romance this might frustrate some readers who find it all tease and no follow through. I loved the chemistry between Virginia and Jonathan. I enjoyed their interactions and sparring and am hoping there might be a sequel in the works continuing their romance and relationship.

I found this to be a different and interesting story. There are plenty of deep, complex and vibrant characters and enough alcohol and parties to satisfy any fashionista. A good story with sizzle and romance. Readers who enjoy the “confessions” style of stories – or who like Sex And The City will probably find this a good book to pick up.

Caprice by Cassidy Ryan

Caprice by Cassidy Ryan
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

She never intended to fall in love.

Jennifer thought that accepting a job as PA to the owner of a high-class call-girl agency would bring some excitement to her life, but it turns out to be no more exciting than being the PA to a used car salesman. She is on the verge of quitting when the agency is contacted by reclusive artist, Mason Greene, looking to hire a girl for the week. Jennifer sees this as her chance to finally add a little spice to her humdrum life. So, she becomes Caprice, and heads off to Mason Greene’s private island.

But secrets never stay secret for long. What will happen when the truth catches up with Jennifer?

Jennifer is bored working for a car salesman. So when her boss’ Madam offered her a position as a PA, Jennifer thought the offer was simply too interesting to give up. Initially, being PA to a high class call girl agency isn’t that different to being a PA anywhere else after all. When boredom had really sunk in, Jennifer did something a little risky. She booked herself in to respond to a client’s request. Mason Greene hardly ever used the agency and lived on his own tropical island. Surely no one would catch her out?

This is a fun, very short story. I was immediately drawn to the “what if?” aspect of the story. What if you could get away with a week of no strings passion? What if Jennifer didn’t get caught? How would her small adventure all work out? After the first few pages I had a bunch of questions and was extremely interested on how it would all unfold. There were a few small surprises that I really enjoyed, and I particularly liked how we learned things about Mason as Jennifer did. I thought that helped keep the story feeling fresh and the pace moving quickly – which is important for such a short story.

Written in the first person, I thought this lent the story an air of confessional – one of those “secret musings of a call girl’s PA” type thing. Personally, I enjoyed it and the first person storytelling didn’t bother me at all. The sex was passionate and deliciously descriptive – but nothing too outrageous. I enjoyed that there was a clear emotional connection between Mason and Jennifer despite the clinical manner in which they were brought together.

A fun, lighthearted summery short story, this was a great read and I’d happily find more from this author.

Obsession by Anise Storm


Obsession by Anise Storm
Nirvana Book 1
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (111 pages)
Other: M/F, BDSM, multiple partners, spanking,
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

The ultimate bachelor meets his match when he sets out to seduce his secretary. What starts off as fantasy soon becomes an obsession.

Thaddeus Remington has everything he has ever wanted—a successful business, wealth and the ultimate bachelor lifestyle—until he meets his new secretary, Hannah Brinkley. Immediately he is intrigued and drawn to her, unaware of the side she keeps hidden until he sees her one evening at a local Atlanta kink club. Intending to turn his fantasies into reality, he sets out to seduce her.

Hannah Brinkley, a transplant from Texas, is unable to resist the lure of once again finding pleasure at the hands of a Dominant and becomes a member at a local club. Once there, she realizes that the man who flirts incessantly with her throughout the day is actually in a position to back up each and every naughty suggestion.

Physical attraction soon leads to a full-blown obsession that leaves them not only questioning each other but also searching their own hearts. Will the answers revealed bring them closer to experiencing nirvana in each other’s arms or tear them apart for good?

Starting over after a bad breakup, Hannah Brinkley needed the satisfaction and security she found in submission and club Nirvana offered that in spades. When her boss, Thad Remington, learns of her need for kink, their work relationship shifts to a whole new level. One with spanking benches, silk ropes and a dungeon full of wicked pain for pleasure toys. She’s not in Texas anymore!

Thad Remington is the consummate Dominate male lead character. He has the looks, the money, the alpha charisma and the love of dark kink that make women willingly obey him. It’s pretty clear up front that he loves his bachelor status and has no desire to change it for anyone. He’s attracted to his personal secretary, Hannah, and I wanted to see how she would handle him outside the office.

Hannah is a very soft spoken, almost too timid, female lead. I know she’s supposed to be submissive and maybe she’s just so overwhelmed by Thad’s personality, but I think I wanted her to be a little more together. Not so “door mat” like in the office. What she likes in the club is pretty extreme. When she gives Thad her very short list of hard limits, I was like “Really? That’s it?”. Maybe what they say about the freedom submission gives a person is true and especially for someone like Hannah. In the club she has the courage to be the stronger person she isn’t comfortable being outside the club. I did like that Hannah seems to grow more of a spine towards the end of this story. I think by the time this series concludes she’s going to be someone who isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants.

Then there’s the whole corporate rivalry angle of this short story. I knew I wouldn’t get the complete picture in this book but what I did get made me very curious as to Finley’s side and how Hannah would be in middle of it all. I totally have my fingers crossed that the last book will bring all three of them together in a menage setting but the level of animosity that Thad has for Finley, has me doubting it. I hope I’m wrong!

I want to really like this series because I’m hooked on the premise and need to see how it plays out. This first book is good. It’s dark and I was a little concerned at how quickly Hannah places her trust in Thad to do seriously naughty things. Yes, she worked for him for a few months but once he confronts her in the club, it’s like she’s known him for years and trust is implicit. This is a short story though so, I guess the author had to move them along quickly to fit in all necessary details that would set up the next two books.

This book ends on a cliff hanger that sets up the next book. I’m hooked and need to see what happens in England and what brings them together in the third book. Readers who enjoy the darker side of BDSM should give this one a try.