Review //\\ Ray by Maren Smith

Ray (Dad Bod Doms #3)
by Maren Smith

As a person of more mature years myself, I thoroughly enjoyed reading a story about a couple that had a few years under their belts and all the baggage that marriage and kids bring to the table. I found both main characters very likeable and very real.  This was a really easy to read book, it easily held my attention and definitely entertained. Reading it on public transport thought perhaps wasn’t one of my better ideas – some of the scenes definitely weren’t ones I wanted someone reading over my shoulder!


Amidst those very hot and sexy moments there were also some very funny (and sadly all to familiar) moments. Poor Ally was certainly put through the emotional wringer and possibly needed shares in kleenex. However, despite how much she cried, I always felt immense sympathy for her and never once felt irritated or frustrated. Whilst some of the issues arose from not being honest with one another regarding their worries, so many of us are guilty of exactly the same thing. Not voicing our fears, our wants, our dreams because it’s so scary and might go so badly wrong, this was another aspect I could empathise with.


It’s very minor but I did feel as though their baby sitter issues were very easily solved. If getting to Stronghold had fizzled out because it was too difficult with kids, a sudden decision to start going each week was, in reality, never going to hold water. However in the grand scheme of things it’s a minor issue that I was happy to let go.


TL;DR – so to sum up it’s a great book with enough realism to ring a bell with many of us. It has plenty of steam, a few laughs, some tears and a great couple who you will fall in love with as they reconnect and fall even deeper in love with one another. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic/ BDSM Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54974496-ray

Four men… One challenge.
The Dad Bod Doms are ready to put the spark back in their relationships and prove their mettle.
By trying to save my marriage… I may have just ended it. I have an amazing wife and I’m not about to lose her because I stopped putting in an effort.
As a former Army Captain, I decided to bite the bullet and get my act together.
It was time to put boots on the ground and show her who’s the Master in our house. Only problem is… now she thinks I’m having an affair.
She’s the only one for me and I’ll fight to keep what’s mine.
It’s time I remind my wife what Army strong really means.

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BLOG TOUR // Dirty Daddies Anthology

Today we have the blog tour for the new anthology, DIRTY DADDIES! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today! 

Title: Dirty Daddies

Genre: Contemporary Romance Anthology

About DIRTY DADDIES: 

TWENTY-FIVE panty-melting romances starring Daddy Doms who command total submission . Penned by some of the best authors in the genre, there’s a Daddy for everyone!   

Whether you like Cowboy Daddies, Boss Daddies, Dark Daddies, Military Daddies, Stern Daddies, Shifter Daddies,  Alien Daddies, or LGTBQ Daddies, this deliciously naughty collection of all-new stories is bursting with HOT, raw, Daddy Dom action that’s sure to leave you breathless. 

Surrender now. Get Dirty Daddies today! 

Featuring Stories by  NYT, USA TODAY and International Bestselling Authors: 
Eden Bradley | Renee Rose & Vanessa Vale | Maren Smith | Rayanna Jamison | Allysa Hart | Allie Belle | Pepper North | Golden Angel | Kara Kelley | J.M. Dabney | Aubrey Cara | Brianna Hale |Emily Tilton | Laylah Roberts | Maggie Ryan | Stella Moore | RJ Gray | P.D. Carter | Adaline Raine |Delta James | Nicolina Martin | Carly Marie | Meredith O’Reilly | Felicity Brandon | M.A. Innes 

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Excerpt

Her Navy Seal Ex- RJ Gray 

“Look, Max, the villagers here love me; I am not in any danger. They don’t see me as an expat or a foreigner. They see me as one of their own; they would not harm me.” Her declaration received a sarcastic biting chuckle from Max that had her ready to punch him in his offensive face.

“The people in this community might accept you for the services you provide them, the militants who are currently shooting up the country, don’t. They’d love nothing more than to kidnap a beautiful American woman like you and make an example out of her. Do you know what the insurgents would do to you once they had captured you? They’d rape you until you were begging them to kill you, then continue to rape you until you couldn’t speak to beg anymore and then—”

“Stop!” Brianna held up her hand, interrupting him again.

“No, Bee, I won’t stop! I know this isn’t what you want to hear but you need to hear it.”

“Just go, Max. I don’t want to be rescued. I don’t need to be rescued. Just. Leave!” Brianna enunciated, before dismissing him by turning away and walking toward the back of her clinic.

She was all too familiar with the horrors the monsters he was referring to had inflicted on people. She had treated their victims in this very clinic, attending to wounds that were received in unspeakable manners. But in her almost two years of being here, even coming face to face with some of them, having had weapons pointed at her head, pressed into her neck, demands yelled at her in several different languages, she had never been their direct target. She was valuable, not as an American, but as a medical doctor who could heal them.

She wouldn’t tell Max that of course, couldn’t tell him. If he knew what she had already experienced, it would further his resolve to get her out of here. If he knew she had been on the other end of a loaded weapon, he would probably carry her, kicking and screaming, out of the clinic. What she needed was for him to leave on his own accord, peacefully, without making a scene and bringing unwanted attention to her clinic. Maybe he would get the point if she stopped arguing and walked away. She had managed just fine without him or anyone else and would continue to. She fully intended to fulfill her two-year commitment to the people in this community.

“Look, Brianna, I’m about two seconds from tossing you over my knee and tearing into your ass until you are motivated enough to cooperate.” Max appeared behind her, hissing the words into her ear.

Brianna’s stomach lurched at his threat. It took her back, way back to the days where she was his. His to make love to, his to punish when she was naughty, his to cuddle and adore. Back when life was simple. That was before. She didn’t let herself think about those days. Not often, anyway.

She knew exactly what it was like to be over his knee and having his particular brand of discipline applied, and it wasn’t something she was especially anxious to repeat.

Liar.

That little voice inside whispered out of nowhere. She would have to silence that traitorous vixen real quick.

“You wouldn’t dare,” she hissed.

Max took her elbow, spinning her until she was facing him. He was so close that she had to tilt her head back to look at him.

“Wouldn’t I? Do you want to test that theory out? Just try me.”

Review //\\ Make Me Yours Evermore

Make Me Yours Evermore
by Cari Silverwood

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Oh my lord I believe I may have fallen down a dark, dark rabbit hole straight into a very depraved Wonderland.


I enjoyed Take Me Break Me and Bind and Keep Me, in which both Kat and Chris have fairly minor roles. Book 2 in particular had some darker aspects, though the situation in that book happened more by accident than design. However Make Me Yours Evermore totally bypasses ANY sense of morality and dives straight in at the dark end. On a side note this book can be read stand alone.


I’m pleased I took a break between reading books 2 and 3, because my love for Klaus and Jodie might have altered my perception of this one. I might not have disapproved of Chris quite so much and found as much empathy for Kat. Chris uses the flimsiest of excuses, or at least fairly convenient circumstances, to take do something very, very bad. Only you know what they say about the best laid plans…


There might be those who find Kat too much, maybe too bitchy and belligerent (I’m always surprised by that – as though an alpha male is so wonderful a woman should be perfect at all times around him). I really, really liked her. To me her actions were those of a strong woman, determined to not be broken by the situation she finds herself in. I loved how she, along with Andreas, had more effect on Chris than he did on her.


I’ve felt recently like I’m suffering from dark-lag, no longer seeing the depravity and horror that others did. Well hot diggity dang, in this one I felt every single moment of the corrupt degeneracy of morals and the total lack of compassion or humanity demonstrated by Chris. I was shocked by the immoral and debauched desires that he not only gave free rein to, but considered his by right. I cheered every single time Kat fought back, supported every rebellion, commiserated when her libido ruled her mind. Especially since her feisty attitude led to ever more inventive punishments and humiliations. Never was a book more NSFW than this one!


Added in to all the hot kink and general steamy smexiness was an intriguing plot and some very unexpected twists. I loved every word, page and paragraph of the book, it dragged me out of a reading slump, fizzing my brain and enervating my reading mojo. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Genre – Dark BDSM Menage Romance

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518593-make-me-yours-evermore

This book is part of a dark kinky fiction series and may disturb some readers.
Taking what you want may come at a terrifying price.
Chris calls his darkest, nastiest fantasy into the light of day when he has to kidnap Kat to save a friend. For years, he’s wanted to bring her to her knees.
But claiming her draws attention. Andreas wants to save Kat, until he sees her response to raw male dominance. More dangerous are the human traffickers, who regard the acquisition and selling of women as a very high stakes business. And they’re watching. Everything.
Death. The perversion of love. The loss of freedom. Sometimes there is no choice.
Also contains one Dom gone bad who believes obsession means never having to say you’re sorry.

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Review //\\ Bound to Submit

Bound to Submit by Laura Kaye

I’ve found me a new author and I couldn’t be happier!


This had been sat on my kindle for well over 2 years, at some point I’d picked it up as a freebie. I’m not sure why this caught my eye over all the hundreds of other books on there, but it did. What I do know is that it didn’t take long for me to be totally hooked on Kenna and Griffin’s story.


Second chance seems to be a trope I can’t resist, so this already had an advantage, but it doesn’t automatically guarantee a books success for me. Something about this just spoke to me and touched my heart – I even shed a tear or two at this one. It was refreshing that the split wasn’t the result of a stupid misunderstanding, nor was it a big secret that was kept for half the book. Griffin fully owned the mistake he made and then realised a few weeks too late.


Several different topics were covered in this, though most of them tied back to Kenna’s loss and the guilt she felt as a survivor. I really liked that there was no being “cured” of her problems by love, though she, and Griffin both underwent personal growth through the book. Whilst I liked Griffin, especially as he wasn’t too arrogant or overbearing and he was very caring and solicitous of Kenna, she was the character who held my attention and made me fall in love with this book. Her story was touching and the journey she takes captured my heart.


The BDSM aspects focus mainly around bondage and suspension with ropes, and the scenes were all private. There were also some “D/s” sex scenes, where there were no toys used but there was a power exchange involved. I found them well written and hot. I would recommend the book to those who enjoy BDSM romances and I will read more work by the author.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Bound to Submit by Laura Kaye

Genre – BDSM Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30628898-bound-to-submit

From the ruins of an abandoned church comes Baltimore’s hottest and most exclusive BDSM club. Twelve Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…
He thinks he caused her pain, but she knows he’s the only one who can heal her…
Kenna Sloane lost her career and her arm in the Marines, and now she feels like she’s losing herself. Submission is the only thing that ever freed her from pain and made her feel secure, and Kenna needs to serve again. Bad. The only problem is the Dom she wants once refused her submission and broke her heart, but, scarred on the inside and out, she’s not looking for love this time. She’s not even sure she’s capable.
Griffin Hudson is haunted by the mistakes that cost him the only woman he ever loved. Now she’s back at his BDSM club, Blasphemy, and more beautiful than ever, and she’s asking for his help with the pain he knows he caused. Even though he’s scared to hurt her again, he can’t refuse her, because he’d give anything to earn a second chance. And this time, he’ll hold on forever.

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Review //\\ Paris Promise

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Paris Promise (Orchid Club #6) by Lila Dubois

“Anything worth having is worth fighting for.”

― Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heaven, Texas

The conclusion to this trilogy was all I wanted and more. Both characters totally redeemed any previous misguided behaviour and, despite a few stumbles along, found their HEA. It wasn’t easy and involved helicopters, a BDSM boat (oops sorry – ship) and the help of one very odd man. There were times I would have happily throat punched Nerio but I had to grudgingly accept that without his *ahem* unusual tactics Vivienne and Solomon may well have NOT gotten their act together, so he’s forgiven.


This was a wonderful mix of BDSM, action and emotion packed scenes. Once started I quite simply didn’t want to put the book down and I also didn’t want the story to end. There wasn’t a single thing I wanted to change about the story and my only wish is that I could read it for the first time again. If you enjoy really good second chance romance, a don’t mind BDSM scenes in the story, then I definitely recommend this trilogy. 

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Paris Promise by Lila Dubois
Genre – BDSM romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51905310-paris-promise

Locked away together, they’ll have to decide if love is enough…


…and if they’re willing to promise forever.

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Review //\\ Paris Punishment

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Paris Punishment (Orchid Club #5) by Lila Dubois

I am surprised by just how much I am loving this couple and their story.

Whilst Vivienne still hasn’t completely atoned for her “sins”, or fully accepted her part in the breakdown of their relationship, I do really like her. I am totally invested in Solomon and his HEA, and clearly he wants that to be with his Vivi, so I’m rooting for a reconciliation!


The ballroom scenes were equally sensuous, beautiful and emotional but the one that followed of Solomon watching Vivi sleep – that one was heartbreakingly intense. I find myself totally and utterly convinced about the depth of their feelings for one another.


I’m just glad that, with that ending, the series is complete and I don’t have to wait for the next book! 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paris Punishment by Lila Dubois
Genre – BDSM Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49784229-paris-punishment

Solomon abandoned her in Paris, but Vivienne isn’t going to let the only man she’s ever loved walk away without a fight.
She wants closure, he wants her off his island…after they spend one last night as Master and sub.
They’re perfect for one another, and terrible together. They swear it’s the last time, but fate—and a billionaire friend with a private jet—are about to intervene.

Review //\\ Paris Pleasure

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Paris Pleasure (Orchid Club #4) by Lila Dubois

You know how it is, arc books piling up, a neglected TBR list but you spot a book for sale and bingo! suddenly your reading something that wasn’t on your schedule.


It’s my own fault, not only am I a book whore but I’m even more of a book on sale whore! The trilogy was only 99p and no way could I walk on by that bargain. My brain also needed a commitment free read so, after battling through a couple of troublesome arcs, I decided to indulge in a low expectation read. Therefore colour me incredibly surprised when this turned out to be quite an engaging, emotional and utterly captivating read.


Solomon is absolutely to die for, so gorgeously sexy, so stridently dominant and so sweetly caring. He doesn’t make the best of first impressions when he flies all the way to Paris to warn James not to fall in love with Christiana, though he is doing it from the best of intentions. Having been left both emotionally and physically scarred by the one time he fell in love with a sub, Solomon doesn’t want his friend to suffer the same fate.


As the book progressed I fell in love with Solomon, there really wasn’t anything to dislike about him. No wonder that ex-love and sub, Vivi, couldn’t say no to him. You’ve read the blurb, so you don’t need me to tell you that Solomon takes a second chance with the woman who broke his heart. Their scenes together were hot, the chemistry in their own words explosive.


I felt actual BDSM play felt fairly tame, though also entirely suitable for a couple who haven’t done a scene together for several years. It didn’t need intense BDSM, the connection, the emotion and connection between Vivienne and Solomon was all the book needed. By the end of the book I felt totally invested in this couple.


Normally it’s either the male that stuffs up – or at least I feel it is his fault – but this time the fault all lies with Vivienne. I can’t wait to see how she makes things up to Solomon and I will be jumping straight into Paris Punishment! 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Paris Pleasure by Lila Dubois

Genre – BDSM Contemporary Romance
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49751797-paris-pleasure

Once, they were engaged, now they’re enemies. Until they meet again in Paris at a secret BDSM club for the world’s uber wealthy.
They may hate each other for what happened in their past, but their sexual chemistry makes them perfect D/s partners.
When the real world intrudes and the past repeats itself, Solomon has to decide if he’ll walk away from the only woman he’s ever really loved.

Review //\\ Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Pleasure House #1) by Kitty Thomas

Scorching hot and satisfyingly twisted

Her panties were soaked again. She wasn’t in the best position to make a rational decision. Most people weren’t when they were that horny, or they wouldn’t make half the stupid sexual choices they made.

Despite guessing the twist from the off (since there’s plenty of foreshadowing), I still absolutely loved this book. The richness and enjoyment of watching, of experiencing, Vivian’s battles with her submission was quite simply captivating. Added to that the excitement of wondering just how the twist would play out, how Vivian would react to the revelation had me on edge too. This is very much a story of forced submission, if that doesn’t float your particular boat then this might not be for you. Vivian, however, is a very repressed submissive though, so her conflict comes much less from what she is subjected to and much more from allowing herself to accept her feelings and desires.


As is so very common in a Kitty Thomas book, this is unusual in that there isn’t a clear “hero” character, nor is there a traditional HEA. Not really a HFN. In fact I think we need a new acronym of KVOHEAWTHGWSN – “Kitty’s Version Of Happy Ever After Where The Heroine Gets What She Needs.” I found my feelings of Michael, Gabe, Lyndsay and Anton very much reflected how Vivian felt about them, because we only have her perspective, her feelings and emotions to guide us on both characters and events. It’s capture/rape fantasy at it’s finest, a smorgasbord of everything our lusting little hearts and minds could desire. Those who don’t have these kind of fantasies, or who are as in denial about it as Vivian is, might feel that this is abuse, that it is degrading and criminal. As Vivian learnt, there should be no guilt or embarrassment in admitting and indulging in those baser desires, however “wrong” society tells us they are.


In terms of captive romances this was not as harsh or violent as some. Gabe, Anton and Lyndsay might torment and punish Vivian, but no more than one would expect from a consensual BDSM relationship. That line of consent is incredibly smudged and blurry, it is crossed but at the same time it isn’t crossed. Vivian may have had options but they were very much a Hobson’s choice of between the devil and the deep blue sea. What is clear is that her “true” self is fully onboard, but social conditioning and moral obligations hold her back.


The sex scenes are scorching hot, kinky and depraved, and even when she was punished the men made sure she was never scared. This quote here nicely sums up the feel, the ethos one could say, of the book.

“I’m not going to hurt you. That’s not the point of this exercise. I’m training you to like this, not be terrified of it for the rest of your life.”

Lindsay Smith, Guilty Pleasures

Talk about killing with kindness, though this was more breaking down inhibitions and repression with pleasure and orgasms. I’ve now got a complete hankering to read the next book in this series… but then I do find Kitty Thomas’ work to be utterly addictive.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title – Guilty Pleasures
Author – Kitty Thomas
Genre – Erotic Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9922980-guilty-pleasures

Vivian Delaney leads a life of privilege, but behind closed doors she feels isolated and trapped in a gilded cage. Unable to achieve sexual pleasure with her husband, she finds herself in the capable hands of Anton, a massage therapist intent on awakening her to her full sexual potential. By any means necessary.

Review //\\ United

United by Karen Nappa

This writing duo have been highly recommended to by several different people, so when I saw an arc available I jumped at the chance to find out more about them. Maybe I was expecting too much but I have to admit that whilst I did enjoy this book, it did leave me disappointed at times. I enjoy BDSM in romance and am fine with F/f (as long as it is accompanied by some m/f action) but I am very much a character/emotion driven reader. This felt more plot driven, so I didn’t find the connection I needed to pull me into the story and make it a great read for me personally.


One issue I did have was that this felt quite short and, considering we have THREE characters to get to know, it needed to be longer for me. We had significant time jumps within the book, all very clearly delineated but it meant many events were told to us in a sentence rather than us experiencing them first hand. In fact a LOT of the book felt very tell and not show, I never found myself inside the characters heads, feeling their emotions.


Some of the BDSM/sex scenes were very hot and steamy but I found their first one as a triad at Club Indigo boring. Especially given that we’ve been told how much of a masochist Yvonne was. On the flip side I appreciated the realism of some other scenes, especially one showing that they didn’t always work as planned but that was OK. However, again, they just lacked emotion for me – the word that sprang to mind as I read this book was “dry”.


Several scenes felt quite choppy, almost incomplete. We were told something was going to happen, then we were told it had happened but we didn’t see it happen and we didn’t know how it impacted on any of them mentally or physically. For example the scene where they met the lawyer was redundant, adding nothing to the story. A scene of them talking WITH him and showing how they FELT and learning what they faced would have been so much more valuable.


It also included the male character spitting on the female subs behind. They were in a sex club for heaven’s sake, so I’m sure lubricant was readily available, spitting was just stomach turning for me.


I hate that this review sounds so negative, because the book wasn’t bad. I read it through to the end, the story made sense and the characters were likeable and had clear personalities. A lot of what didn’t work was down to that telling not showing style of writing, which many readers still enjoy. It wasn’t a great read for me, though it was ok, but I’m sure many others will love it, so I would still recommend trying it.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Title – United (Club Indigo Series #6)
Author – Karen Nappa
Genre FMf/ BDSM Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54448587-united

They’ve ignored their mutual attraction for years … until one night changes everything!
He is gorgeous, playful, and kind… and he is one of Kate’s best friends. She’s been admiring Chris from afar, but he is as domineering as she is.
After their one night stand, Kate tries to forget how good he made her feel and watches him at Club Indigo … until his play with Yvonne goes wrong, and Kate steps in. When more than love grows between the three of them, their lives will never be the same.
Starting a relationship between two people is hard; they’re about to discover living a threesome is even harder. Especially when they not only have to overcome their own misconceptions and difficulties. They also struggle with rules and regulations laid upon them by family and society.

Review //\\ Black Light: Valentine Roulette

Black Light: Valentine Roulette

This is an anthology of short stories, all based around one event at the BDSM club featured in the Black Light series. I read the book back in 2018 but didn’t review it back then, and since I seem to be an a re-read streak I indulged myself by reading individual stories in between arc reads and other reads. Even though I have a mountainous TBR list of unread books.

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Broken by Renee Rose – 4 stars

Slave to pain (aka Jennifer) and Master D scene together at Black Light each week. But that’s all Jennifer will ever allow them to be, ships that pass in the night, no attachment, no emotion, no connection, despite the fact that his brand of sadism is a perfect fit for her mile wide masochistic streak. Jennifer has barriers so high Master D will need a miracle to break them down but first he needs to win her on a spin of the wheel.

They spin three kinks, age-play, whipping and anal-intercourse. Don’t be put of by the age play, it isn’t really any more than her using the word Daddy, and if you skip this one you will miss a wonderfully intimate portrait of a man using dominance to release a sub from years of unhappiness and pain.
I liked that Jennifer and Master D already had a connection, it made the scenes more intense and I found I easily believed in the depth of their feelings. I remember first time round finding the level of sado-masochism in this hard to handle, but I’ve now read so much more that it no longer makes me cringe. It’s not my kink but I understand the beauty of the dynamic. This is one scorching hot read, and a great opening story.

Revealed by Livia Grant – 3.5 stars

I love Khloe and Ryder, and have read all their stories though I’d actually forgotten this one where they first met. I really felt a huge emotional connection to Khloe, reading about her pain and loneliness was like hearing it from a friend. The girl who seems to have it all has nothing at all. Her emotions were heartbreaking to read about.

There is some intense medical play, plus two other spins that gave us some scorching hot scenes to observe. My only issue at the end was that Ryder’s play felt far too hard core for a total newbie to the scene to handle. It was addressed at one point, and yes this is fiction, so perhaps others found it easier to let go. Personally it felt that, along with boundaries being severely pushed, believability was also being pushed too.

However this was more than made up for with the intensity of the connection between Khloe and Ryder. He went from zero to hero during the story, with the way he saw the true Khloe and what she needed. Though that ending is quite tough. If I hadn’t been aware of what the future had in store for this pair it would really have been a bitter pill to swallow. Thankfully it’s very much a sugar-coated one.

Wet by Jennifer Bene – 5 stars

Sienna so beautifully portrayed the lack of worth those of us with self esteem issues can suffer from. A sub willing to forego aftercare and any real affection because she wasn’t worthy of it. Alexander, of course, was the uber confident and in charge Dom with a liking to be called Daddy and a craving to push his sub’s buttons. Written so well, he induced shivers down my spine.

Ms Bene pushes our boundaries, and poor Sienna’s, with a terror inducing scene of water-based breath play. As someone who struggles to get their face wet in the shower, this both horrified and thrilled me in equal measure. It was certainly hot. Communication is vital to any BDSM scenes, so Alexander was determined to push until the very tongue tied and shy Sienna let go and talked. I can totally empathise with her when she struggled with answering his questions

There was no script for this interaction, no easy answers, she had to fucking talk to him, and that was the problem.

You either know, or you don’t know, that terrifying hot-cold feeling of opening your mouth and having a totally blank, panic filled mind. Because whatever you could say they will obviously find boring and not be interested in. It was both hard to read Sienna in those moments and uplifting too. I love that the author gives her characters real flaws that resonate with many readers.

Given that the majority of this scene wasn’t overtly sexual in nature I was amazed by how incredibly intimate it felt. A part of me did feel that Alexander overstepped the boundaries in demanding personal information from someone who he had no long term commitment with, but without it we wouldn’t have had such an amazing story.

Unmasked by Lee Savino – 2.5 stars

Whilst this story didn’t have quite the emotional or ‘kink’ impact of other stories in the book, I appreciated how it examined the feminists dilemma of submitting to a man. Chessie and Kane were both easy to like characters, though neither really captured my heart if I’m being honest.

Kane did seem to take extra care with Chessie since she was yet another “totally new to the scene and never tried it before” submissive. However I would have liked him to remind Chessie of her safeword/signal given that very fact. I also felt the ‘nasty/jealous sub’ moment was not only cliched but fed into that cliche of having to have a rival and bitchy female in the story.

Unraveled by Addison Cain – 2 stars

This was one of those books that I enjoyed well enough as I read it, but mental cogitations after the fact saw it mimic the title and unravel somewhat. The ‘hero’ of the story not only isn’t the Dom that the heroine plays Valentine Roulette with, but their relationship prior to the night had been toxic. So it made believing that they had any sort of feelings for one another very difficult. All three characters also had personality defects, and not in a good way.

Klara was brilliant in that she had taken on huge responsibilities at a very young age. She was so tough and strong, when life kicked her in the lady balls she pulled up her big girl pants and kicked it back twice as hard. So it made my wonder why she would burn her bridges by not giving adequate notice to her employer. Nor did I believe that employer held enough sway to get her blacklisted by his competitors.

For an ex-military man, Spencer was a childish, whiney bottom-hole whose behaviour was as far from professional as it was possible to get. Self-centred to the nth degree he didn’t deserve Klara in any way shape or form.

And Will, I kind of liked him until their last scene where he deliberately pushed Klara beyond her breaking point, despite knowing she was totally inexperienced and that she was unlikely to safe word until he took things to the extreme. He even acknowledge that the play wasn’t ‘sane’ because Klara had felt forced into taking part. He knew that and still continued. He also knew, from the previous scene, where her breaking point was and he stomped right over it. At that point I wasn’t sure who was the most despicable male, him or Spencer. The only way either man would ever get any sympathy from me was if I threw a dictionary at their conceited, idiotic heads.

Unbroken by Maren Smith – 3 stars

This story is less about the BDSM play and much more about the two protagonists, Abby and Newton, connecting. This really left me in a quandary because I loved the depth it gave the story, and you could really see not only the characters grow but also the fledgling connection start to bloom. However it meant, for me, that it lacked that sizzle that I want from a BlackLight book but overall the pros and cons are balanced.

I did like both characters and enjoyed the story, it was also a nice change of pace to give the book some balance. Extra points were earned for the pair NOT being madly in love with one another at the end of the story!

Bared by Measha Stone – 4 stars

I’m a real sucker for second chance, so this was already going well with me. Add into the mix a heroine who hid her vulnerabilities behind a hard as nails exterior and an amazing Dom who was determined not to let her run away a second time, and you’ve got yourself a winner.

They spin humiliation, but don’t worry, it never felt too much or too over the top. In fact it was very gentle in those terms. However Dane does lay bare all of Riley’s insecurities and fears, pushing her to truly accept her submissive nature. Yes he pushes her, and pushes her hard, but he is there every single step of the way, ready to catch her should she fall and always, always giving her the strength and support she needs.

When Dane got Riley to wash the word she wrote about herself off of her arm, I wasn’t sure whether to sob or swoon.

Stripped by Sophie Kisker – 3.5 stars

I really enjoyed this story, though it did stir a bit of conflict inside me. I admired that Sari made the decision she did (in the bathroom) though I could equally understand why Adam was upset by it. I didn’t agree with his “special” comment, that’s a very male perpetuation of a problem that has been around for a long time.

I felt we spent more time in Sari’s mind during the story, which was great because the author really showed us what some peoples submission looked like. I found her thought process and decisions to be fascinating and enlightening. It wasn’t the steamiest offering in the book but it was a well written and very entertaining story.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title – Black Light Valentine Roulette
Author – Various
Genre – BDSM Erotica/Romance
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34209488-valentine-roulette

Three hours. Four hard limits. Eight sexy stories.
Are you brave enough to spin the wheel?

Black Light is the most exclusive BDSM club in Washington, D.C. and for one night they’re changing the rules of play to entertain their members with a game of chance – Valentine Roulette. Challenge and adventure awaits as these sexy dominants spin to win their submissives, and the subs spin to choose how they will play. Their prize if they last the night? One free month at Black Light, and for some of our daring participants… even a chance at love.