Touch of Trouble (Touch Series Book 4 by Cara Dee

Touch of Trouble (Touch Series Book 4 by Cara Dee

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Touch of Trouble by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Kayla Brandon has finally found a place where she completely fits in, both in her kinky lifestyle and in love. Nicholas Ford is the perfect Daddy for this little girl, and she’s ready to spend forever with him. But first she’ll have to make peace with her demons from the past. And a little matchmaking along the way won’t hurt.

Touch of Trouble is the 4th book in the Touch series and is best read in order with the other books of the series. Nicholas and Kayla’s relationship began in book 1, and now Kayla has to face her family in order to move forward with Nicholas.

I enjoy Ms. Dee’s writing tremendously, and this book is no exception. Her characters are real people and her kink is realistic. She doesn’t skirt around the rules of the BDSM lifestyle and offers readers what feels like a true glimpse into various kinks. It’s always hot and entertaining.

I can appreciate that different kinks are for different people, and unfortunately this one just isn’t for me. I don’t mind reading about Daddies and littles, but I have a difficult time getting in the mind of a little. I enjoyed the first book of the story more because it was from Nicholas’ point of view. With this book being told from Kayla’s point of view, I couldn’t connect as well with her even though I like her character in all the other books.

Overall, it was an integral part of the series as a whole and well-written. I enjoyed the other characters at Switch, and look forward to the stories that follow.

All of my reviews of Ms. Dee’s works can be found by selecting her name from the Author Spotlight tab.

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Rach

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Chef (My Master Series Book One) by D.S. Hart

Chef (My Master Series Book One) by D.S. Hart

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3 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Chef by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Sous Chef Veronica Delaware has the hots for her boss, Head Chef Ethan Craymore. Too bad he’s a complete jerk. Veronica also has some hidden desires she’s not sure Ethan, or anyone else, can fulfill. Her ex-boyfriend certainly couldn’t. No matter where she goes, she can’t seem to escape reminders of her ex.

Ethan learned his lesson about mixing business with pleasure a long time ago, but his desire for Veronica is put to the test when the two are attacked outside the restaurant they work at. Veronica is forced to stay with Ethan, and their desires come to the surface. It appears they’re more compatible than either one thought.

The attack at work and a fire at Veronica’s condo lead them to believe the events are more than just coincidence. When Veronica’s safety is in jeopardy, Ethan will have to use all his resources to save her.

Chef is book one in the erotic romance My Master series, and it includes a nice mix of romance, BDSM, and suspense. The main characters are involved in BDSM, but the author did a good job of incorporating that as secondary to a full plot instead of making it the main focus. One thing I like to see with any type of BDSM in a story is that it’s done realistically, which certainly is the case here. The characters discuss things like limits and safe words before embarking on any type of relationship.

The romance and suspense were also well done. While Veronica and Ethan were getting to know each other sexually, they were also getting to know each other personally. There may have been insta-lust, but there was no insta-love. The love grew at a nice pace throughout the story. The suspense wasn’t apparent at first but developed as the story progressed, leading to a nice climax and tying into the romance at the end.

While I really liked the plot and the characters, the editing errors brought the book down for me. In addition to things like missing and extra words, wrong words, and incorrect dialogue punctuation, there were also several inconsistencies in the plot that made it less enjoyable. Both main characters had contrasting information given at times about their background. A few plot devices were a bit too cliché for my liking. This book could truly benefit from a strong editor to fix these issues.

Overall, I enjoyed the main theme of the book and the way the author used BDSM to draw the characters together. Three stars for this erotic romantic suspense.

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Step Beast by Selena Kitt

Step Beast by Selena Kitt

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3 out of 5 Stars

Mathilda “Tilly” Beeston’s privileged life has been lacking one thing: her mother’s love. She can do no right in her mother’s eyes, yet her stepbrother, nicknamed Beast, can do no wrong. But Beast has been gone for years, only returning now that Tilly’s mother is on her deathbed. And Tilly’s been harboring a secret, one that might tear what little relationship she has left with Beast to shreds.

Conrad “Beast” Beeston III wants to step out of his father’s shadow, but spending eight years in the military only hardens him further. He fights his love for Tilly with everything he has, and he does it for her own good. Beast is keeping secrets of his own from her. Now that he’s come home, Tilly won’t give up. She pushes with everything she has to gain Beast’s love, but she doesn’t realize she’s throwing herself in the middle of a dangerous situation.

Step Beast is a contemporary erotic romance with a military bad boy, a billionaire, a stepsibling relationship, and BDSM. It has a good mix of erotica and action, and the plot is intriguing. Beast is hiding his real job from everyone, and Tilly, wanting Beast’s attention, unknowingly puts herself and her best friend in harm’s way. Beast has to save them without compromising what he’s worked so hard to accomplish.

Beast was a fantastic character. He was full of secrets and his personality didn’t give much away. He was the strong, silent, sexy type, which made me as interested in him as Tilly was. I enjoyed the way we learned about what he was up to little by little.

Tilly, unfortunately, came off as a spoiled brat and a petulant child. I had trouble liking her and couldn’t see what Beast found in her. The story being told from her point of view made it tedious at times. Her characterization was consistent and her background made it easy to understand why she acted the way she did, but I still had trouble relating to her and rooting for her.

The way the erotica was mixed with action was masterful and kept me reading, but quite a few things drew me out of the story. The author’s writing style was not for me. There were too many thought verbs and too much “telling” instead of “showing.” Also, em dashes—interruptions in the sentence like this—were used way too often. At times I had to go back and reread the sentence without the interruption to make sense of it.

There were quite a few grammatical and editing errors. Sometimes the wrong word was used, like unconscious instead of subconscious. In some places there were too many commas, and in others commas were missing. Some information was rehashed multiple times, and the story would have been more concise without it. There was also contradictory information. When Tilly was captured, her phone was shattered and lost, but after she was rescued she pulled it out of her pants pocket and answered it. At one point, we were told Tilly and Frankie had a discussion while in captivity, but that would have been impossible because they’d been gagged during that time and were only able to get their gags off for a short time when they were plotting their escape.

I had trouble rating this book because I really did like the plot but had to weigh it against all the other issues. In the end, I went with three stars, as this was an okay read but not great. With proper editing help, it could have been much better.

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Submission Therapy (Billionaire Dominance Book 1) by Abi Aiken & Rozlyn Sparks

Submission Therapy (Billionaire Dominance Book 1) by Abi Aiken & Rozlyn Sparks

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4 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Submission Therapy in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Billionaire Christina Pocock is on top of the world in most people’s view. But what they can’t see underneath the surface is that she’s a ticking time bomb ready to explode thanks to anxiety, stress, and her need to be in control. Her therapist insists she’s out of options and out of time to save herself. Her last hope: Submission Therapy.

Master Sweet is not what Christina was expecting when her therapist sent her to her last resort. He’ll have his work cut out for him with Christina because she’s not sure she can give up control and become submissive.

Submission Therapy is book one in the Billionaire Dominance series, and it is a short story. Told from Christina’s point of view, the book details her first session of Submission Therapy with Master Sweet. We watch as she goes from complete control freak, through giving in bit by bit, until she can finally hand over control to her Master and relax in her submission. The story is well written and interesting, and I found very few grammatical errors.

There were some plot issues revolving BDSM that brought this down for me. When Christina arrived at Master Sweet’s office, she had no idea what was going to be happening or that he was a Dom. She was never given a choice about participating. Granted, this was her last hope for her health, but BDSM is not something that should be entered into blindly. Each participant should understand and consent to the activities. Christina’s consent was never given. From my perspective, she was forced into a non-consensual act. Along the same lines, she was never given a safe word, there was no discussion of protection, and limits were never spoken about. In fact, Christina revealed a hard limit in the narrative, and Master Sweet crossed that line. This is not responsible BDSM, and although I’m willing to forgive some things for the sake of fiction, these issues could have been handled a little better.

Overall, the story is well written and hot, just not for me since I prefer more realism in a BDSM story.

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Rach

Touch to Surrender (Touch Series Book 3) by Cara Dee

Touch to Surrender (Touch Series Book 3) by Cara Dee

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided a copy of Touch to Surrender by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Brayden and his girlfriend Evangeline have embarked on a Master/sub/sub relationship with Master Cooper, which works out well for everyone. Mark, their Master, enjoys having two subs, even if he’d like to take his non-sexual relationship with Brayden further. Brayden can’t bring himself to admit out loud that he’s bisexual, and he certainly isn’t able to act on it after his father drilled into his head how wrong it is.

But Master’s job is to push limits, including Brayden’s. After watching a homosexual scene between another Master and his sub, Brayden gives a little. When he winds up alone in bed with Mark, Brayden’s barriers break down, and he’s finally able to give in to what he really wants.

Touch to Surrender is book three in the Touch Series by Cara Dee. Each book is a short BDSM story, and they should be read in order. Touch to Surrender picks up right where book two, Twice the Touch, left off. You will still understand the dynamics of the relationship between the characters if you haven’t read the other books, but trust me that they are all worth reading and are best when read in order.

In this book, we get inside the head of a male sub who is having difficulty acknowledging his bisexuality. He wants Mark’s touch, and even wants to touch Mark in return, but feels like it’s wrong to give in to that because of his father’s beliefs. I loved how Mark showed Brayden—and Evangeline—that it was okay for two men to be together. In the context of a BDSM scene, Mark brought in another Master and sub, both men, who also happened to be married. Brayden had no choice but to watch because his Master ordered him to, and then he also had no choice but to admit there was nothing wrong with what the two men in front of him were doing.

Cara Dee has a way of always keeping things realistic. Brayden didn’t just forget what he’d been taught because of the scene he watched. We got to see his true struggle the following morning when he was alone in bed with Mark. He continued to fight his natural urges until he couldn’t take it any longer. Mark’s openness about what he wanted from Brayden pushed him gently, as only a Master could do, resulting in a happy Master and sub, as well as quite a hot read for the reader.

I have yet to find a work by Cara Dee I didn’t love, regardless of the genre, even if it wasn’t something I’d typically read. Touch to Surrender was no different. I look forward to reading the rest of the Touch Series. All of my reviews of Ms. Dee’s books can be found under the Author Spotlight tab.

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Twice the Touch (Touch Series Book 2) by Cara Dee

Here is part two of the Cara Dee double feature.

Twice the Touch (Touch Series Book 2) by Cara Dee

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was gifted a copy of Twice the Touch by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

After a failed marriage, Mark Cooper is happy to live with no attachments. He scenes with subs on occasion, but doesn’t get involved beyond that. Although he owns a chain of gyms, he gladly bartends at a BDSM club called Switch because it keeps him close to the lifestyle, and of course he gets free membership.

One night at the club, Mark is asked to help out a couple who are new to the lifestyle. Their scene has gone from bad to worse when it becomes apparent that Brayden, acting as a Dom, doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. When Mark takes over with Brayden and Evangeline, he finds more than he ever even though to look for.

Twice the Touch is a sexy novella you’ll want to read in one sitting, mostly because you won’t be able to put it down. It is book two in the Touch series. Although each novella in the series is a standalone, it makes most sense to read them in order as the stories continue from one book to the next. The main characters from book one have a small part in Twice the Touch, but I don’t think you need to have read Look but Don’t Touch to understand the story.

Brayden and Evangeline have been trying out some BDSM for a little while, switching roles when they play. But they don’t really know what they’re doing, and when Mark enters their scene, he’s quick to realize that both of them are more comfortable in the role of submissive. One of the things I love about this book is the amount of detail it gives on safe play. Even as Mark takes over the role of Dom from Brayden, he asks permission to touch Evangeline. He clarifies the rules, and the narrative of the story provides details on the rules of the club. I haven’t found many authors who write BDSM correctly, but Cara Dee definitely does.

While Mark really wasn’t looking for any sort of attachment, he couldn’t help wanting to take Brayden and Evangeline under his wing and explore the lifestyle with them. I enjoyed reading about exploring their limits and how Mark quickly became attached to them.

Mark, Evangeline, and Brayden’s story doesn’t end with the completion of this novella, but it did come to a satisfying conclusion that didn’t leave me feeling like anything was missing. Of course, I’m excited to read the next installment, Touch to Surrender, to find out more about Brayden and continue on this journey with these characters.

Another five-star read from Cara Dee. All of my reviews of Cara’s work can be found under the Author Spotlight menu at the top of the page.

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Rach

Dishabille (Apprivoisé Book 1) by Arden Aoide

Dishabille (Apprivoisé Book 1) by Arden Aoide

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2 out of 5 Stars

Divorced and mother to a fifteen-year-old daughter, Dahlia is ready to move on with her life and find something for herself. She wants to be a sub, but she also wants a relationship with the man who is going to dominate her. Alex has pretty much given up on being a Dom, until his sister, the owner of a BDSM club, gives him Dahlia’s phone number and urges him to call or text.

A few shared text messages have Dahlia and Alex ready to give their relationship a try. And when they click on a personal level in addition to playing together, they both realize they have found their match.

Dishabille is the first book in the contemporary erotic romance BDSM series Apprivoisé. While the erotic scenes of this story were exciting and well done, the romance was a bit too instantaneous to be realistic. Dahlia and Alex became engaged within a week of their first text message, even before Dahlia could introduce Alex to her daughter. I didn’t connect with the characters’ relationship in any way before they were declaring their love. There wasn’t anything in their first few days of text messaging that really connected them on a romantic level.

The only real conflict in the book was when Dahlia walked into Alex’s room and found his ex-girlfriend in a compromising position, and it was completely cliché. Dahlia got the wrong idea, ran away, and Alex had to chase after her and explain the real situation. On the plus side, the resolution wasn’t dragged out. Dahlia accepted his explanation immediately.

The BDSM aspect was missing something. Not once did the characters discuss their limits, and it seemed odd that Alex gave Miranda the scarf and she could wear it to signal when she wanted to play. As the sub in the relationship, that didn’t seem appropriate. Their sexual exploits felt more like a little kink than an actual Dom/sub relationship—but I’m not a BDSM expert.

The secondary characters weren’t worked into the story very well. It was clear from the first chapter that the author was setting Alex’s sister Miranda and Dahlia’s ex-husband Nick up to be the subject of the next book. Every interaction with either of those characters felt like it was only there to hook you in for the next installment. Sadly, it didn’t grip me nearly enough to read on. The entire epilogue focused on Miranda and Nick, setting the plot for book two.

There were also some minor grammatical errors, and the formatting made it difficult for me to read the sections with text messages.

If you enjoy instant romance with some hot kink, you may enjoy this story. Unfortunately, it didn’t do it for me.

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Rach

Want it Bad: A Kinky Romance by Melinda DuChamp

Want it Bad: A Kinky Romance by Melinda DuChamp

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5 out of 5 Stars

Forty-one-year-old Carla is a successful, rich attorney who has just about everything in life she could possibly need—except a satisfying sexual relationship. Her best friend Janet continually harps on Carla’s lack of intimacy. When Carla’s new neighbor turns out to be a sexy, young escort who specializes in pleasing older women, Carla finally takes a chance and explores her newfound sexual appetite.

Jake has shied away from relationships his whole life, choosing instead to please women with no attachment. But he has rules for his clients: they’re not allowed to touch him at all, he never gets involved with a neighbor, and he never falls in love with a client. When Janet pays for a session with Jake for Carla, Carla has to convince him to break his rule about neighbors. And as time goes on, Carla finds she really wants Jake to break his other two rules as well.

Want it Bad was an extremely amusing, hot read. I didn’t think those two qualities could fit together so well, but DuChamp was able to make everything about this story work well. The banter between best friends Carla and Janet was laugh out loud funny. Janet is completely crude and can turn any statement into sexual innuendo, so if crude humor is not your thing, this book might not be your cup of tea.

I’ll admit some of the situations in the story weren’t realistic, like how often Carla peeps in Jake’s window, Jake having “an old friend” whose house he’s living in and who leaves her dog all her money, and Jake being a virgin, but the rest of the story was so well done that it was easy to overlook these issues.

Carla was a strong character who showed growth throughout the story. Even with her back-and-forth indecisiveness, she continually made progress in opening up to the sexual experiences and accepting that it was okay to enjoy the things she craved. And the heat was off-the-charts hot! I would call this BDSM-light, since their explorations dealt with safewords and pushing limits yet there was no focus on an actual Dom/sub relationship.

I did think the actual romance took a backseat to Carla’s exploration and realizations, but there was enough to the relationship to make it a good story with more plot than porn.

Want it Bad is a must read if you enjoy a hot plot with crude humor. I would definitely read more by this author.

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Rach

The Agreement (Unrestrained Book 1) by S.E. Lund

The Agreement (Unrestrained Book 1) by S.E. Lund

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2 out of 5 Stars

When good-girl Kate McDermott wants to write an article on BDSM in pop culture, she tells herself her interest is purely for research purposes. With a father who is a judge and political hopeful, she can’t afford to have anyone find out about her curiosity. Her research leads her to Master D, a Dominant who she has recently met as Drake Morgan—doctor, philanthropist, bass player, and son of her father’s best friend.

Drake is a master at compartmentalizing his life. He doesn’t let his submissives in any further than their BDSM relationship, but that all changes when he meets Kate and realizes she’s the person requesting to interview him as a Dom. Now someone is threatening to expose Drake’s hidden lifestyle, and that could ruin his relationship with Judge McDermott, a man Drake looks up to as a second father. Drake and Kate need to navigate their relationship carefully in order to keep their lifestyle a secret.

The Agreement is a contemporary romance with a BDSM theme. The main characters have what they call a BDSM relationship, however it doesn’t feel like they ever get very far with their agreement. Although they actually sign a contract, Kate never fully gives in to her role as a submissive and Drake tends to easily forget he’s the Dominant. In addition to that, Kate is constantly backing out of the arrangement thanks to threats from her best friend to expose Drake.

Unfortunately, there is a lot to this story I don’t like. To start with, the plot begins with Kate needing to interview a Dom for her article, but that point is essentially dropped. The whole idea of her researching the topic is really only used to introduce her to people in the lifestyle … which brings me to my next point. Kate clearly expresses that she only wants to interview some people, yet the Domme she is in contact with, Lara, determines that Kate really wants to be a sub. Lara and Drake both pressure Kate into actually experiencing the lifestyle instead of it being Kate who recognizes her own desire. It reminds me of another BDSM book that shall not be named—oh wait, I can name it since The Agreement refers to it multiple times. There were way too many references to Fifty Shades of Grey in The Agreement.

Another issue with the plot is that Kate wants to write an article on BDSM, yet she wants to remain completely anonymous. I’m not quite sure how she expects that to work. She has a conversation about BDSM with Drake through her apartment door, knowing her nosey neighbor is listening. Not very smart if you don’t want anyone to know you’re interested in BDSM.

Kate’s relationship with her father is another oddity. In the beginning, she hasn’t seen much of him over the past few years and she thinks he’s embarrassed by her. Then suddenly she spends tons of time with her father and finds out from Drake that her father used to talk her up all the time. Just when you think he’s a decent father and there had been some kind of misunderstanding, the author illustrates just how little Judge McDermott knows about Kate. But she still constantly runs to him for everything. All of the angst in the story comes from trying to keep Drake’s (and Kate’s) lifestyle from the judge, but we come to find out that he’s known about Drake the entire time and was still trying to set Kate up with Drake.

Overall, Kate is quite a push-over. Not only does she get talked into becoming a submissive, she bows to her friend Dawn’s demands every time Dawn threatens to expose Drake. Then it only takes five minutes of Drake’s sweet-talking for her to agree to continue their relationship. Kate is characterized as a good girl with conservative clothing, yet she is always wearing this little black nighty.

As for Drake, he’s also a walking contradiction. He’s introduced as a master Dom, but he never actually lives up to it. He’s constantly being lenient with Kate as a sub well beyond her learning period. The one time he does punish her, he actually goes too far. He tells her he will call her Katherine when in D/s mode so she’ll be able to know the difference, yet he frequently calls her Kate or Ms. Bennett instead (the nickname is something else I don’t like), and he expects her to remember to call him Master. He also gets her drunk during one of their encounters in order for her to loosen up.

I didn’t really enjoy the writing of this story. So much information was repeated it felt like the author was trying to drill it into the reader’s head instead of allowing us to form our own opinions. There was also a lot of telling instead of showing. I prefer to be shown that the main character is sexy instead of telling me that fact ten times. A fair amount of editing mistakes added to the difficulty I had getting through this story.

The Agreement unfortunately missed the mark of being a sexy, erotic read.

Happy reading!

Rach

If You Dare by Evelyn Troy

If You Dare by Evelyn Troy

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2 out of 5 Stars

Zoe is fed up with her job as a PA, and she decides she wants to travel the world. In order to do that, she quits in dramatic fashion, demanding severance from her boss and even going so far as to try to blackmail him. But Dawson Alexander isn’t used to being treated like that, and he decides to show Zoe exactly what he’s been doing behind closed doors with all of the women she’s seen come and go.

Dawson opens Zoe’s eyes to a new world of sexual desires, but Zoe needs to decide if she can continue the steamy relationship or if she should move on with her original plan.

If You Dare is a BDSM story and not for the faint of heart. Although it is certainly steamy, there are a lot of things not done right. I’m not an expert on BDSM, but here are my problems with If You Dare:

  • At no time does Dawson discuss limits with Zoe. After she bursts into his office and quits, he just starts to play with her without giving her any indication of what he’s going to do. He doesn’t give her a safe word during their first interaction.
  • Although he does give her a safe word during their second interaction, she actually has to use it. Again, there is no discussion of limits.
  • The third time they are together, Dawson takes her to a play party without having told her beforehand where they’re going or what to expect. And then he just lets her loose to do whatever. He doesn’t indicate what behavior would be acceptable or unacceptable to him, leaving her wondering at every turn if he has a problem with what she’s doing.
  • There is never a time in the story where anyone discusses protection, contraception, or diseases. Zoe hooks up with random “new friends” at the play party without having discussed any of this.

I wasn’t in love with the author’s writing style. There was constant use of phrases like “if she was watching she would have seen …” This is totally unnecessary when writing in third person. I also didn’t like that technically Zoe was still working for Dawson while they carried on this relationship, and we come to find out he was using it as a trial period to see if she could handle a more important job. I don’t see how her performance in sexual activities had anything to do with her job performance. That was a total turn-off for me.

The smut factor was high in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for in a story you might enjoy it. If You Dare didn’t do it for me though. I need a more realistic story to go along with the smut.

Happy reading!

Rach