Anthology-Mischief Under the Mistletoe

As Christmas is coming (imagine Game of Thrones-esque tone), it’s time to read Christmas stories. And if they are Kinkmas stories, so much the better. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty strict no Christmas before Thanksgiving policy, and I prefer to wait until December altogether, but here we are, it’s December and it’s 18 days until Christmas, so it’s the perfect time to have some Mischief Under the Mistletoe.

This anthology is packed full of 14 stories by some really talented authors. I was familiar with some of the authors prior to reading this anthology, some of them have shown up here before, but there were a few that were totally new to me. One of the totally new to me authors wrote one of my two favorite stories in the anthology, so I’m going to go looking for her stuff to see what else she has for me to read.

So, 14 stories. All but one of them have sex. All of them have spanking. Many of them have age play or DD/lg dynamics. There is one LGBT+ story. If any of those sound like they may bother you, then you may want to skip this book. I have a bunch of other Christmas books I can recommend to you. But, I do really like this book.

I’m going to mention three stories in particular, but don’t think it’s because I think that the rest of them were terrible. I enjoyed all of them. They are like precious gems, all of them are beautiful, but there are always a couple of stones that just attract your eye more than others.

One is Delia Grace’s story, The Chalet. Her’s is the aforementioned age play story with no sex. A lot of age play stories do have sex in them, because that’s the kink of the people in the story. And please remember, their kink may not be your kink, but it’s OK, and it’s nothing to do with pedophilia or having daddy problems. OK, off my soapbox. As I was saying, you see a lot of sex in those stories, but Delia’s story shows another side of the age play dynamic. It’s all about the caring and nurturing and the needing to be cared for part of the dynamic, and I loved that.

The other two stories I’ll mention after the spoiler picture. That’s because I want to make sure that I don’t spoil anything, and my comments may have more to say about the direct content of the stories. So, go grab this. It’s on KU and it’s only $0.99, so it’s not like it’s going to break the bank and get your Kinkmas spirit on.

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Alright. The other two stories I want to mention are Maren Smith’s The Doll-Maker and Marlie’s Christmas Keeper by Brandy Golden. Brandy is new to me.

I don’t know what it is about these stories that really attracted me to them, but they did, so there it is.

Maren’s story is really sweet. I mean, a fairy coming to life in a doll for a lonely man? That was nice. Of course, the poor guy thought he was crazy, but who wouldn’t if a doll you created started to move around and talk to you? But, of course, being Christmas, everything worked out really well.

Brandy’s story is a heavy story. She has all kinds of layers in it. It’s all about grief, healing, and renewal, which I found to be completely in keeping with Christmas. Marlie has been through hell but gets pulled out to the light. It was simply beautiful.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. I really do recommend this anthology. I think anthologies are a great way to try out new authors and to decide if you like them or not. So, more Lilly Holden tomorrow. Meanwhile, happy reading!

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Allysa Hart-Katie’s New Daddy

Allysa Hart has written a different kind of age play story for us today. The age play books we’ve looked at in the past have included a highly sexual aspect to the age play. However, that’s not the only version of age play. Like just about everything, age play isn’t exactly the same from couple to couple. Or from family group to family group.

In this kind of age play, the Little regresses back to whatever age, in Katie’s case, 7, and their Big cares for them. The Little gets the peace and freedom of being a child, shedding all the worries of being a grown-up, which you gotta admit sounds pretty damn good sometimes. The Big gets the satisfaction of nurturing and caring for someone. It’s a mutually satisfactory relationship. Like all other relationships in the kink world, there is negotiation and agreements before anything happens. Communication is key in any relationship, no one can read your mind except you, and if you don’t tell them what you need, then your needs don’t get met.

In Katie’s New Daddy, the dynamic changes around from the start to the finish.

Katelyn lives with Rose and Keith, along with her newborn son, Noah. She’s a recent widow, her cop husband having been killed in the line of duty. Not only was Mark her husband, he was also her Daddy. He allowed her to be Katie when she needed to and gave her the space to be Little. Before Mark’s death, he, along with her Aunt Rosie and Uncle Keith, cared for Katie’s Little side. They played with her, spoiled her, guided her, and when necessary, spanked her. After Mark’s death, Keith and Rose have stayed as her Aunt and Uncle.

Now that she’s a mom in her own right, Katie tries to not fall into that Little space too much, after all, she’s a mom. The problem is that being Little isn’t really something that she can just stop doing, it’s part of who she is. She needs to let go sometimes. That’s when her Aunt and Uncle step in and more or less force her into Little space.

Complicating matters is Jeff. Jeff is a friend of Keith’s and was introduced to Katie. They are both attracted to the other, but Katie feels she isn’t ready to date yet. She’s not sure if she will ever be ready to date again, but she knows that it’s not now.

Of course, being a romance, we know that isn’t going to stay around for very long, don’t we? Yeah. They do start dating, and Katie starts getting all twisted up in her head.

OK, here we are, at that point in our story. That means that if you want spoilers, keep going. If you don’t, then stop when we get to the picture. You all know how I feel about pictures, right? So, there is absolutely no sex outside of some kissing. There are minimal bad words. The story is sweet and light. The age play is entirely innocent. There are spankings, but that goes along with the dynamic. You could probably even let your mom read this book. Well, not my mom, but maybe yours. My mom is happy not knowing what I read.

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There are a lot of things I like about this series. One of them is that Jeff is willing to do his research and figure out things about age play and doesn’t just jump right in. He’s willing to wait and go at Katie’s speed for the whole relationship, which yay.

I also like that there are lots of negotiations as to what the relationships around Katie and her Bigs are going to look like. Jeff isn’t expecting to just walk in and end relationships altogether, and Rose and Keith are willing to take a step back and let Jeff and Katie work out their relationship, and Jeff is willing to talk about having Rose and Keith work as Aunt and Uncle again. All in all, really well done, I think.

I don’t have much more to say about this story. I liked it. I liked the premise. It worked well.

Tomorrow is a Dani Rene book and Friday is one from Shanna Handel. Next week we have posts about Parker Sinclair, as well as Sansa Rayne and May Archer. Meanwhile, happy reading!