Wendigo by Pelaam

18626169Title: Wendigo

SeriesRomance on the Go

Author: Pelaam

Genre: Dark Erotica

Length: Short Story (32 pages)

Publisher: Evernight (October 2nd, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart: ♥♥♥♥ 3.5 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Blurb:When Del reaches his snow-filled vacation paradise, the most he expects is to snowboard and ski. When he meets Neil, the attraction between them is mutual and all consuming. However, the picturesque town façade disguises a long-held and lethal secret. Things are not what they seem.

When Del is told he’s in danger, his immediate reaction is to think of Neil. But Neil is hiding a deadly secret.

Del has to find a way to save them both before he becomes the next victim, and Neil loses his soul to the demands of a ravenous beast.

Purchase Link: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/wendingo-by-pelaam/

Review:  Pelaam (one word Nome de Plume – I’m in!), offers up a story that is just as quick to read as it is dark in Wendigo.  We are drawn into the characters and the story so quickly that I found myself re-reading sections ON PURPOSE just to make sure that I had seen what I thought I saw. Dang tricksy Wendigo? Wendigos?  Wendigi? Wendigorum? Dang tricksy Shifters. LOL.  Well done, Pelaam.  Well done.

Warlock Unchained by Stephani Hecht

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Series:  Detroit City Warlocks

Author: Stephani Hecht

Genre:  Dark Fantasy

Length: Novella (62 pages)

Publisher: ManLoveRomance Press (October 19th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥ ♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer:  Seeker

Blurb:  In the future, where being a warlock is unlawful a team of brothers risk all to save one of there own in his quest for freedom.

As a warlock, Delton is marked as an enemy and imprisoned by humans in an internment camp. After spending five grueling years there, he manages to escape. His freedom is short-lived when he finds himself cornered by guards who want to take him back to the camp. Then Delton is rescued by the handsome and mysterious warlock, freedom fighter, Vicen.

As Delton spends more time with Vicen, he finds himself drawn to the other warlock. But, can Delton trust Vicen? Or is he about to have his trust betrayed in the worst way?

Purchase Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=SHWARLOK

Review:  In Warlock Unchained – Detroit City Warlocks Stephanie Hecht re-introduces modern-day prison camps for those born with magical talent.  Even with the solid plot line and cohesive story structure, at times the writing is a tad clunky and chewy, especially in the beginning. 

This is a wonderful tale with characters that the writer leaves us wanting to know more about.  The depth of Warlock Unchained could easily transfer into a full-length novel.  And, more importantly, I believe it has the potential to become one of Paranormal’s full-fledged Classic contenders.

Clipped by Devon McCormack

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Author:  Devon McCormack

Genre: MM; Dark Erotica; Masochism; Angels & Demons

Length: Novel (301 pgs)

Publisher: Smashwords sp Devon McCormack (October 13, 2013)

Heat Level: EXPLICIT

Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Clipped-devon-mccormack-ebook/dp/B00FPUH602

Blurb: Though mortals have been convinced that God cares about their souls, nothing could be further from the truth. He created the world as a gift for his lover, Satan. But when Satan left him, he decided to end what he saw as his most grotesque creation.

Satan and his army of demons are man’s only hope…

The demon Kinzer and his lover, Janka, have been sent by Satan to spy on The Raze, a gang of rogue demons who are working with God to bring about Armageddon. When someone exposes their true allegiances, The Raze clips Kinzer’s wings and murders Janka. Kinzer manages to escape. He tracks down Satan’s allies to warn them about a mole in their midst when he learns that they’ve located the Antichrist—a powerful weapon that could prevent the apocalypse. Now, he’s on a mission to protect the Antichrist and avenge his lover’s death.

Review:    My rating for Clipped is based on the out of the box take on God and Satan. 

Clipped begins with human trafficking; rape; kidnapping, and implications of all of this done – primarily – to the underage. (I am still unsure of one of the human character’s age 17 OR 18) Topping it all off with a flashback incestuous child sex abuse – all within the first three chapters and doesn’t stop there.

There are few books that make my hard to read list and most of those are based on plot holes and bad writing.  But Clipped made the hard to read list with only a one or two plot holes and some nice prose.  There are many parts the writer included in the story, while providing realistic and believable backstory, story, and so on – that make Clipped very hard to get through.

Very rarely does one come across a story full of Masochists (those who enjoy sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from physical and/or emotional pain) and no Sadists (those who enjoy sexual gratification or the tendency to derive sexual gratification, from giving physical and/or emotional pain).  Yet almost every character in this tale is a Masochist.  There is no BDSM, no D/s within these pages.  Here there is only pain, abuse, rape, and torture being enjoyed by the victim.

This story could have been told with the inclusion of only half of the sexual scenes.  Many times the scenes were announced and predictable.  I will end my review here, lest I decide that I might have been too generous with this one, because I want to know what happened next in this adventure.  I just don’t want to have to read through all of the ‘unnecessary-to-plot’-ness to get there.

Becoming Sir by S. Dora

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Series: (Calling The Shots #3)

Author:  S. Dora

Genre: D/s/BDSM

Length: Novella (62 pgs)

Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (October 25th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥ 3 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: https://www.totallybound.com/becoming-sir?search=becoming%20sir

Blurb: Isaac prefers to keep the D/s part of his relationship with Tom strictly private. One day, however, he reads about a non-commercial BDSM club with a playroom for hire…

Committed couple Isaac and Tom have recently discovered they want to explore BDSM, and especially D/s, as part of their committed relationship. There are still doubts and questions, but Isaac knows how to wield his favourite cane for his submissive’s painful pleasure.

S&M is also a very private thing for the otherwise out and open pair.

That is, until Isaac reads an article about a non-commercial BDSM club. He meets one of the volunteers, who shows him the playroom. He’s impressed by what he sees and decides to give his beloved sub a very special treat.

Their experiences with D/s during the months since Tom first said, “I want you to tell me what to do,” have left a deep and positive impression on both men. One day, Isaac takes a decision that he knows will influence the rest of his life with Tom.

Review:  The third offering from S. Dora Calling The Shot’s series rings very true with two working class individuals exploring not only their new May September relationship but also how to provide for each partners emotional needs.  One often finds romances that gloss over the thoughts that newfound Dominants experience; however, Becoming Sir managed to hit the highlights nicely. 

I applaud the writing style of S. Dora and the realism of the characters.  Though at times there were points of the BDSM lifestyle that seemed to be crammed into the short space of the story.  In point of fact my only chief complaint would be that it could have gone further and been taken into the novel arena.  Overall, a solid 3 stars for Becoming Sir. ~;p


Song of the Sea by Arielle Pierce

18657472Title: Song of the Sea

Author:  Arielle Pierce

Genre: Paranormal/ Shifters

Length: Flash Short Story (26 pgs)

Publisher: Smashwords sp Airelle Pierce (October 9th, 2013)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/365804

Blurb: When a schooner comes to Dylan’s small Welsh village, the handsome captain, Llewellyn, wastes no time letting Dylan in on why he feels so different. He’s a merman. Llewellyn offers Dylan teaching and freedom from a life he’s never really belonged to. But can Llewellyn offer Dylan what he needs most of all—love? 

Review:  A wonderful story of finding one’s true self.  In Song of the Sea, Rhys and Dylan are young men who, now grown, are looking toward the horizon.  And in their fishing village, one looks to sail the sea, the other is dared to look into her.

I knew after the first paragraph that I had placed Arielle Pierce, Song of the Sea’s author, in the same league as epic fantasy writers.  With solid, delicious sentences that make one start to unwind while reading.  Song of the Sea is escapism at the highest form. 

Turbulent Rain by Cheyenne Meadows

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Author: Cheyenne Meadows

Genre: MMF/ Paranormal Romance/Mystery

Length: Novella (229pgs)

Publisher: Silver Publishing EBook (October 5th, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: https://spsilverpublishing.com/turbulent-rain-ebook-p-59260.html?number_of_uploads=0

Blurb: Ordered to find a mate immediately, Rain stumbles across alpha wolf shifter Jet and his mate, Garrett. Jet’s offer of matehood sets in motion brutal events, leaving shifters dead, Garrett questioning himself, and Jet struggling to keep the peace.

Rain is ordered to find a mate immediately or else. Desperate, she takes off and literally runs into alpha wolf shifter Jet and his beta mate Garrett from a rival wolf shifter pack. Hearing her predicament and having met her once before, Jet steps up, promising to mate her.

Jet’s actions set into motion a series of brutal events and leaves Garrett questioning himself about their relationship and he looks to Rain with a skeptical eye. Out to expose Rain, Garrett strives to find proof she carries the blame for murders that take the two packs to the brink of outright war.

Jet works to keep peace in his household and between their packs. He needs to convince Garrett that Rain’s innocent, and keep his hands off the beautiful woman who makes his inner wolf growl with need, while striving to become the bonded threesome nature intended.

Can they come together as bonded mates in time to help save their packs? Will Garrett be able to finally see the truth about Rain before it’s too late?

Review: Humans; Shifters who haven’t shifted yet ~ no matter their age; Betas; Alphas; Supreme Alphas – Got it?  OK now we can begin.  Ahh, the things one learns about Shifters along the way.  Writer Cheyenne Meadows brings us into the world of Rain, Jet, and Garrett.  The writing is choppy at first but eventually settles into a bounding rhythm. 

Turbulent Rain is a Male/Male romance story with an introduction of a Female.  And it is written as such.  The scenes of sizzle are between the two mates Jet and Garrett.  The introduction of Rain into their relationship sexually is well done but stunted. The overall story is well crafted with certain plot points given the Jedi’s keystroke where Rain is concerned.  The focus as this crime tale unfolds is, of course, Rain’s rebellion at being forced to choose a mate.  But we don’t get so lost in the rebellion that we forget that Rain is female.  Therein lays the main issue with this otherwise wonderful story. 

I began reading this story as I was taught:  find the main character and follow them.  I presumed from the title that this was Rain’s story and it is not.  This is Rain, Jet, and Garrett’s story – and should be read as such.  Kudos to Cheyenne Meadows for teaching this old reader to see with new eyes.

The Hunter by Erica Chilson

17721762Title: The Hunter

Series:  Mistress and Master of Restraint (Book 10)

Author: Erica Chilson

Genre: MM/MMF/Polygamy/BDSM/Incest

Length: Novel (311 pages)

Publisher: Erica Chilson (August 16, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥ 2 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Blurb: Cortez Abernathy, the modern day whipping boy. The orphan always walked alongside the man he was destined to shadow, enjoying the wealth, the indulgences, the influence, and the opportunities of the elite. Ezra Holden Zeitler was coddled, protected because he was the last of his family’s line. The heir would act out, and fearing Ezra’s tantrums and his mental illness, Cortez took the blame… the consequences… the punishments.

From the outside looking in, Cortez is selfish, lazy, and untrustworthy. Cortez tries to scream the truth, but no one ever takes him seriously- never listens. “Ezra did it!” In actuality, Cort is brutally honest while his lips twist into a charming smirk and his eyes glisten with amusement.

This life, this game, Ezra, has taken a toll on Cortez. The whipping boy only had one thing to call his own. It was inborn, a passion for words. The latest punishment rendered Cortez blocked, left to walk an endless abyss of an empty imagination. Without Cort’s ability to delve into his imaginary worlds, he was forced to live in reality.

Lost… confused… Cortez Abernathy struggles to survive.

One simple acknowledgement frees Cortez’s words. “Daddy.” The muse awakens from her long slumber and demands that Cortez go back to the beginning. Cortez Abernathy begins writing a memoir, The Hunter. As he pours his soul onto the pages, he begins to heal.

No longer lost or confused, Cortez realizes he doesn’t have to walk in Ezra’s shadow. Whether beside Ezra or without Ezra, Cortez will survive.

Purchase Link: http://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Mistress-Master-Restraint-ebook/dp/B00ELXI1J4/ref=la_B007X9QDRK_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381636617&sr=1-1

Review: Cortez, Ezra, and Katya are dealing with some very real issues that crop up sooner or later in some polyamorous relationships.  And like most poly relationships, their household is more than just the three of them.  They are a family with children.  And like their children, they too have grown up in and around the affluent and the powerful, the sadistic and the masochist.  But Cortez does not know who he is, other than totally in love with Ezra.    

Erica Chilson’s 10th instalment of her series Mistress and Master Restraint is not for the faint of heart.  Snuggle up; get good and comfy, because even if you are a dedicated fan of the series, you are in for a bumpy read. 

Was it the incestuous (cousins) relationship?  True, that is a limit of mine, but I read on.  Was it the polyamorous lifestyle they lived? No. That was familiar.  I had experience with, no limit there.  Was it the BDSM? Have we met? Hardly.   Even when the predictable storyline screamed stop!  The writing…the writing flowed.  The characters had depth (and I like to believe, not having read the other nine of the series, these were all incidental characters) and emotional gravitas. 

However, the constant chapter past/present/present flashing proved too much. I cut my teeth on writers who were masters and mistresses of the art of flashbacks and flash forwards and sideways but this novel Wily Wonker’ed me to distraction following Cortez around his life. 

There even seemed to be more than a few moments when I truly believed that this might have been a Paranormal story because the author could have quite smoothly gone in that direction and then my only reaction would have been, “Well, d’uh.  Finally!” 

While I was trying to decide which one of us, the main character or myself needed to try the better living through chemistry route I perused the other reviews of this novel.  You will be happy to note that I am in the minority.  Apparently, there is a twist-ending cliffhanger you won’t see coming.  So I won’t spoil it for you here

Wild and Wonderful by Rayven Renshaw

rr_wildwonderful-200x300Title: Wild and Wonderful (Razor’s Edge)

Series: Wild (#1)

Author:  Rayven Renshaw

Genre: Erotic, ShiftersAlternative Universe, MM, Sci-Fi, Paranormal 

Length: Flash Fiction (22 pgs)

Publisher: Razor’s Edge Press, A Changeling Press LLC Imprint (October 05, 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Purchase Link: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?&upt=book&ubid=2128

Blurb: Jack is about to have a wonderful and wild furry feeling.

When an experiment goes wrong, separating two scientists and sending them into a parallel dimension, Jack is stalked by something otherworldly… part man and part beast, with claws, and teeth, and tongue.

No one told Jack getting lost in the wilds could be wonderful.

Review:  Blasted into a parallel dimension, Jack finds himself faced with a most basic yet generally unmentioned concern when one reads about Shifters. We are able to understand what he is thinking. This is NOT waking up to find the new fluffy kitty playfully licking and swiping at an exposed nipple.  No.  This is enormous beastie is taste testing, Jack who has passed out after being unable to run any further. 

I loves me a good ‘Lo-assist Innn Sspaaaccce’ story and Rayven Renshaw’s Wild and Wonderful does not disappoint.  This flash commute readable story quickly puts us inside Jack’s head as he is being pursued.  His clothes disintegrating, running for his life, and alone in an alternate dimension, Jack has no idea how much time he has left.

Happily, the communication between the characters is fresh and not the norm – something that too many writers overlook. (I mean, someone eventually turns on the Enterprise’s translator; the TARDIS has a built-in translator that she’d share with her welcomed travellers; and, of course, let’s not forget the Babel fish. LOL) The communication between the characters is translation off.  Luckily for Jack he is a smart lad with some pretty great inspiration.

Renshaw keeps the balance between weird ‘All knowing moments’ for readers when we know more than the main character does and the moments when we as readers are not quite sure what to expect next.   Wild and Wonderful is well worth the read – and more than a bit of a tease. ~;p  

Trusting Thomas by K.C. Wells

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Series: Collars and Cuffs Book 2

Author: K. C. Wells

Genre: BDSM, Kink, Romance

Length: Novel (282 pgs)

Publisher: DreamSpinner Press (7th October 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit 

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Blurb:  Christmas is a time for goodwill to all, but Collars and Cuffs co-owner Thomas Williams receives an unexpected gift that chills him to the bone. A Dom from another Manchester club asks Thomas for his help rescuing an abused submissive, Peter Nicholson. Thomas takes in the young man as a favor to a friend, offering space and time to heal, but he makes it clear he’s never had a sub and doesn’t want one. 

Peter finds Thomas’s home calm and peaceful, but his past has left him unwilling to trust another Dom. When Thomas doesn’t behave as Peter expects, Peter’s nightmares begin to fade, and he decides he’d like to learn more about D/s life. A well-known trainer of submissives, Thomas begins to teach Peter, but as the new submissive opens up to him, Thomas finds he cares more for Peter than he should. Just as he decides it’s time to find a permanent Dom for Peter, they discover Peter’s tormentor is still very much a threat. With their lives in danger, Thomas can’t deny his feelings for Peter any longer. The question now becomes, can Peter make it out of the lions’ den alive, so that Thomas can tell his boy that he loves him?

Purchase Link:http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4251

Review: A spoon full of sugar… 

K. C. Wells has crossed over from penning the latest edition in an erotic popcorn serial to a literary erotic classic with the second installment of Collars and Cuffs: Trusting Thomas. This is a training story. While you are enjoying reading about Thomas and Peter and Alex and Leo… you are going to learn more than a little about the D/s lifestyle and how things should and should not be with and between a Dominant and a submissive.

Trusting Thomas is about truths and misconceptions. Predators versus Dominants. The issue of love in a D/s relationship. Or the issues of age in love… or being in love at any age. But most importantly, Wells has given us a tale about healing through trust, friendship, and patience.    

Peter has a hard time reconciling what he had read as rules and what he had lived as rule of thumb for the last four years. How can he tell Thomas that after finally finding where he fit in… like a scene from Nature Channel – his 1st night out in the hot new leather-bound world… the Big Bad Wolf got to him first. 

And the rules were saying that BOTH parties involved had responsibilities. What happens when BDSM became abusive? The thought had never crossed Peter’s mind. The Big Bad Wolf was his master.        

I have two issues (that I am beginning to believe are common among MM erotica writers in general) that keep Trusting Thomas from attaining the big 5 star status of PERFECTION. 1. The disuse of condoms – because the word virgin is used (which has so far seems to mean technically not physically by only one of the partners). 2.  The deep pockets of every Dominant. Time was you could tell all the real manly men by their names – Dick Dickly and the real women by theirs – Pussy Galore. Nowadays any real erotica Dominant worth their stare has a House, a car and/or a car service and a hefty BANK ACCOUNT! At least enough to support themselves and the care and feeding of one or more submissives.      

Trusting Thomas should be included in all D/s libraries next to Screw The Roses Send Me The Thorns, The MarketPlace Series, SM 101 and a few others! But also and more importantly, this is a covert training guide. 

I absolutely loved Trusting Thomas, the second installment in K.C. Wells’ Collars and Cuffs series. By the end of the first chapter, I was ready, properly primed to follow the secondary reading instructions provided by the writer. Hey, while you are reading Trusting Thomas, what are you suppose to be doing? That’s right. Read on. And I did! Twice!!! (I’m such a good Domme. LOL)  1st rule for a Dom/me: Control. 2nd rule:  Do not break your toys.

Blood Brothers by Susan Arden

18598207Title: Blood Brothers

Series:  Rocky Mountain Shifters, Book 2

Author: Susan Arden

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Length: Novella (143pgs)

Publisher: Decadent Publishing (4th October 2013)

Heat Level: Explicit ~ The Fire Engine Is Burning!!!

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Reviewer: Seeker

Blurb: As wolf shifters, Tristen and Fin’s loyalty knows no bounds. Yet these close shifters lack the ability to speak from the heart. This pervasive silence leaves them without the means to overcome problems plaguing their relationship. Tristen suffers from PTSD and refuses Fin’s suggestions for help. Fin becomes a shifter of fewer and fewer words. As lovers, they meet each other’s beta needs until Fin craves a rougher edge. A kinky edge.

Santo, another ex-soldier and vampire is looking for work, a place to belong after he swears off bloodsucking, given his battlefield experiences. Running security for the head of the local shifter’s council seems perfect. Cue Fin and Tristen to help.

Now, the three come together for a night of kink, learning that sex can be a means to discover deeper desires. Fin and Tristen must decide if they will stay together, or if sex with a seductive vampire is the doorway to the end.

Caution: This tale will tantalize, causing flaming fantasies to the point of searing. Be ready to sweat.

Purchase Link: http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=846&osCsid=cf67d6ujfidam8hk68i3cu9ml4

Review: Partners, Tristen and Fin are both veterans, not quite long from the Sandbox.  Both have Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Both are more than physically attracted to each other.  Both are Werewolves.

We are able to follow Tristen and Fin without difficultly, which is perfect because this story is about the two of them.  Moreover, the writer poses a great question that some couples face:  What happens when your partner wants more than you think you can provide? 

Blood Brothers is Book 2 in Susan Arden’s Rocky Mountains Shifters Series.  Populating this world are various Weres and Vampires – both born and created; and open-ended hints at Shifters.  One does get the feeling that there are definitely missing elements in this part of the story.  Such as, Humans are aware of Shifters, but the laws are not on equal.  Councils are set up to handle Shifter disputes.  The missing elements are not enough to stop you from wanting to pick up the series, however!

Tristen has unresolved issues.  High on the list is Fin, who fast is becoming a more demanding submissive every time they touch.  Enter Santo, a handsome born Vampire with capped fangs and an empathic erogenous zone. 

I look forward to the growing story line between Tristen and Fin.  Kudos to Susan Arden on Blood Brothers, with her grasp of psychology, the prospect of watching Tristen and Fin experiment further into the BDSM realm, and the added pleasure of Weres, Vampires, and Shifters. OMI! ~;p

What an excellent way to start in MM Good Book Reviews !!  Geek Girl, that am I, with much love of all things fantastical, paranormal, magickal, mystical and mythological. But, much more than that.  I am a Domme.  Not just any Domme, dear reader, nay.  A trainer to boot.   Making Blood Brothers by Susan Arden, a wonderfully pleasant surprise read.