Maddie Taylor-Dare to Love Again

Once again, we’re back at Club Decadence LA. Today, we’re going to be playing with Master K/Master Finn/St. Kieran the Patient and Esme in Dare to Love Again. I’ve enjoyed the LA books, and I’ve found that they all have one thing in common. They are all about second chances. Not necessarily second chances with the same partner years later, but second chances at life and love. All three heroines have had some kind of trauma of one sort or another, some more traumatic than others, and they are waking up again and getting their lives back.

Before we get too far into the blog, I have to remark on Esme’s name. Her whole name is Samantha Esmerelda Spade. Now, I know I’ve talked about Maddie and the way that she plays with words before, and she’s done it again with this one. If you like film noire, you may want to shorten Esme’s first name and see what you get. If you are like me and grew up in the ’70s, then you might recognize the names Samantha and Esmerelda from a more magical setting.

OK, now for the book. Five years ago, Esme’s husband and Dom, Andrew, was murdered. Not just murdered, but shot in front of her and bled out in her arms. For all that time, subbie Esme has been alone and stuck. She has nightmares, she can’t really cope with a whole lot, and she’s still living in the same town she did when her husband died. Her friend Pax finally gets her to move out with him to LA, where he can help her. Part of helping her involves getting her a membership to Decadence, where she can hopefully find a new Dom. Pax plans on helping her, but has to go undercover, so Esme ends up going to the club a couple of times a week on her own, but never plays.

One night, she goes to the club and doesn’t realize that it’s Edge Night. This doesn’t mean that all the subs are being edged with orgasm denial. No, this means that there is a lot of play that is more extreme, right on the edge, so to speak. Things like needle play, for example. That’s when Carlos shows up. He grabs her, calls her names, doesn’t listen to when she says no, and tells her he’s going to whip her bloody. She has to call red to get him to leave her alone. That’s when Master Finn first notices her, as he comes to her rescue.

Master Eric, being the Domly Dom that he is, pulls Esme aside and tells her that she has to stop just watching and she needs to find a Dom. Then he pulls in his friend Kieran Finnegan and tells him that he wants for Finn to be Esme’s Dom so that he can help her. Who knew that Doms could be matchmakers?

I felt so bad for Esme. I can’t imagine being stuck with that kind of tragedy in your head. I know what it’s like to spend years and years without the kind of intimacy being in a relationship gives you, and that’s really hard and lonely, and that’s without dealing with the whole not getting her subbie side met. Finn really is a very patient person, which pretty much makes him perfect for Esme. Did I mention that Esme and I have very similar tastes in music? Yeah, some of those songs got me through some bad times too.

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Yeah, I know, the whole corset piercing scene was just one small little scene in the book, but I love the way that they look, and that carried on in my head, so here, have a pretty picture.

I knew I didn’t trust Esme’s boss, but I have to say, I didn’t expect it to go the way that it did. I expected something completely different there.

OK, That’s all I have to say today. Go and read all of Maddie’s Club Decadence books, you’ll thank me. Happy reading!

Measha Stone-Tower

A lot of authors over the years have come up with their own spins on fairy tales. I mean, they are a pretty great framework to hang your own story on, and they’ve shown up time and again in various forms over the centuries. And with a name like Tower, I bet you can guess which fairy tale Measha decided to go with. That’s right, she decided that the Gingerbread Man would be the best choice. No. Wait, that’s not it. Let me think a moment… Oh yeah, it’s Rapunzel.

Peter Titon is Ash’s cousin. He has decided to open Tower, his own kink club. It has nothing to do with the Annex, but he’s not staying completely away from the family business, after all, he is Ash’s right hand man, and while Ash and Ellie are away on their honeymoon, Peter’s the one in charge, including dealing with the collection on bad loans.

Azalea has spent her entire life under the thumb of her mother, Bellatrix Gothel. Is that not a fabulous name for a villain? You know that it is. Anyway, she manages to escape one night and sneaks into Tower. She’s always fantasized about the kinky side of the world, and Tower is perfect. While she’s there, she catches Peter’s eye. He comes up and says something to her and then walks away. The next time he sees her, she’s running through the streets because she has to get home. He decides to help her and drives her home, noticing that she’s in a panic over the time.

The next day, Peter decides that he’s going to go on a collections run, which ends up with him at Azalea’s house. Her guard owes them money, so they are going to go get it. While they are in the house, Peter notices a locked door and doesn’t like it. That’s when he decides that he’s going to take Azalea as the missing part of the debt.

OK, Measha’s stories are always hot, but this one was pretty smoking. I think part of it is that Azalea is so into what’s going on, no matter how much she’s fighting against Peter and his orders. They are things that she’s wanted, so of course they are making her all hot and horny. I think another part of it is that Measha writes erotic humiliation so well, and it works really well here. I’m pretty sure that Azalea thinks so too. She seemed to really get into it when Peter called her slutty. I think that Peter didn’t necessarily think about everything that Azalea needed all the time, and when she called him on it, she was totally right to do so. He kind of needed a smackdown.

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I expected parts of the book, just because they are part of the Rapunzel story, but there were a few places that I was very surprised.

I love that Daniel basically hit Peter with a cluex4 a couple of times, because he totally needed it. The whole feeling sorry for himself thing wasn’t pretty.

OK, that’s all I have to say on this one. Go check out all of Measha’s great books. Happy reading!

Golden Angel-Hardcore Vanilla

Golden Angel, Queen of Butt Stuff, is closing out her Stronghold Doms series with Hardcore Vanilla, Jake and Sharon’s story. If you are worried about the fact that the series is closing and you’ll miss out on this world, don’t worry, Golden has a spinoff series called Masters of the Marquis. That series will have all of Olivia’s Baby Doms that we met in Tempting the Domme. I’m looking forward to this series so we can get more on the stories that were teased in this one.

Sharon and Jake are the very last two single people in their friend group. Jake doesn’t like Sharon because she’s loud, crass, tells inappropriate jokes, and likes being the center of attention. Sharon doesn’t like Jake because he’s judging her, and she has had enough of people judging her. She’s going to be herself and if Jake doesn’t like it, then fuck him.

On New Year’s Eve, not only is there a huge party for the holiday, but there’s also a huge party at Marquis for its grand opening. Everyone is partying and having a good time, Patrick and Lexie got engaged, and Sharon and Jake are getting drunk and dancing together. At midnight, when everyone else is about to kiss their special someone, Sharon and Jake both realize that they are standing next to each other, so they might as well kiss. And kiss they do. They both like it so much that they decide to go back to Jake’s house and bring in the new year with a bang. Jake isn’t sure if he’ll regret it in the morning, but he knows that he’ll regret it if he doesn’t and Sharon keeps saying that it’s the worst idea ever, but that doesn’t stop them.

When Sharon wakes up in the morning, she sneaks out and heads home, figuring that she won’t have to see Jake for a while, so no awkwardness. Except, of course, that’s when Angel decides to go into labor, they both show up at the hospital, and some awkward ensues. At least on Jake’s part. And he gets all judgy about Sharon being who she is.

I like Sharon. I’m a lot like her, except I don’t like to be the center of attention. But I cuss, I tell inappropriate jokes, and I’m loud. My dad always used to get on me to be more lady-like and speak quieter and was embarrassed by me. I finally got to the point where I had zero fucks to give about it, and decided that if he didn’t like me the way that I am, well, that was his problem, and not mine, so I totally get Sharon. I also totally get her wanting to poke and prod Jake since he is already judging her, so why not annoy her a little more and get a little more under his skin. Sharon is a bit of a brat, but not a mean one. She has a huge and loving heart, and will do anything to help her friends.

Jake. Hmmm… What can I say about Jake? He keeps going to Stronghold but swears he’s not a Dom. He can be very judgmental and dickish when it comes to Sharon. He loves his sister and his best friend Patrick, he works hard, and he seems to be a nice guy. But, just about everything about Sharon gets on his last nerve, he’s terribly attracted to her, but she’s not the kind of woman he usually dates. Then there is the whole sub thing that Sharon has going on. I do like the way that they describe what they like though. I’ve called the same kind of thing rocky road, myself, because it isn’t straight up vanilla, nor is it serious kink.

 

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I love that Olivia and Michael give Jake a smackdown. I love it even more when his mom laughs at him. You can tell that Jake just hasn’t actually tried to see why Sharon does what she is doing. And even after they agree to be fuck buddies, he doesn’t necessarily give her the benefit of the doubt at times. He’d rather just jump to the bad than try to figure out her motivation.

And with her family? I get loving your family and I get being confused when other people say that they don’t have a great relationship, but he’s all kind of dismissive of Sharon’s explanations before they get to the wedding. She tries to tell him what’s going on, but he just blows it off as Sharon being Sharon and rude.

I know it sounds like I don’t actually like Jake, but I do. At least when he’s getting out of his own way and he starts thinking.

OK, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go visit Stronghold for one last time. Happy reading!

Anthology-Ladder 54

So, you want some really hot firefighters that are also seriously Domly types? Yeah, me too. I’m always ready for hot, Domly firefighters. Well, Maren Smith, Raisa Greywood, Adaline Raine, Isabella Laase, and Felicity Brandon certainly are too. In fact, they are so ready for them, that they decided that they would share the boys of Ladder 54 with us.

Here’s the setup for the story. In the little town of Big Banks, Montana, there is an exclusive BDSM club called the Crystal Cabin Club. The Cabin is run by Walt and Sophie. Walt also happens to be the fire chief of the little fire department of Big Banks. But he’s just been diagnosed with cancer, and the insurance won’t cover all the bills, especially things like transportation, hotel bills, because the hospital isn’t in Big Banks, and other such things. So to handle that, Sophie organized a fundraiser at the CCC. They are doing several things. One is that they are going to have a $200/head dinner. Then there are the auctions. One is a silent auction for things like a fancy Camaro, kinky photo shoots, and other nifty things. The other auction is for 5 Doms who are all part of the fire department. The lucky winner gets to have 24 hours with the Dom of her choice. And so here we go.

Maren Smith-The Dance Card

Rylee has been a member of the CCC for a while, but she’s also a wallflower, she’s never scened, but she will sit in the dark corners and watch what’s going on. When she finds out about the auction, she knows that there is one person that she really, really wants to bid on, Walker. And she’s willing to do just about anything to get him. Just ask Tammi Lou. Although, Walker isn’t unhappy that Tammi Lou isn’t the one who won him. No one likes her very much. But at the end of the auction, instead of talking to Walker, she rushes out and doesn’t answer his calls or texts. You see, Rylee is painfully shy and awkward, plus she feels really guilty about what she did to Tammi Lou.

I felt sorry for Rylee, well, maybe not sorry, but definitely sympathetic, because I’ve been the person who had a hard time talking to someone I liked, and I’ve been on Walker’s side of the equation too. It’s hard on both people. I like Walker, and I think he’ll be so good for her.

Raisa Greywood-Light Me Up

Selene isn’t a resident of Big Banks. She is a resident of Chicago, and grew up in Greektown. She had a crush on an older boy named Theo. A year ago, their mothers set them up for a date, only he decided to not go, but everyone else knew that before she did. Now, she has to go to a client meeting in Big Banks and she knows that Theo is a firefighter there. When she gets there, she finds out about the auction, so she decides to go, after Sophie invites her. Selene’s plan is to win Theo, show him what he missed, and then leave. She doesn’t need him at all. And oh yeah, she wants the tricked out 1968 Chevy Camaro too. If she wins that one, she’s planning on taking that one with her. Theo, she’s perfectly happy to leave in Big Banks, sucking her exhaust.

Theo sees a beautiful goddess with the tattoo of a Greek goddess, and he is thrilled when he finally sees her bid on him and win. It’s only when he hears Sophie announce Selene’s name as the winner that he is like oh shit. And then he turns into crazy overbearing Greek man.

I LOVE Selene. Raisa is really writing some great heroines lately. Theo needs a good, swift kick in the butt. Or two, or maybe even 3. But, I’m pretty sure that Selene could handle that, if necessary.

Adaline Raine-Rekindled

Troy is one of our firefighters and was more than happy to help out Walt and Sophie. Then he finds out that the woman who won him is Dakota, his ex-wife. Or, his legally separated wife. She ran out on him years ago, and now, she’s apparently back in town. Yay? There is so much history there that they are going to have to figure out and that could get in there way, but he’s more than happy to spank her since she did win him, and all.

I love a good second chance story, and this is a good one. There is so much in between them, and neither one of them are perfect or blameless. They went through some stuff that’s hard on marriages at the best of times, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have the best of times.

Isabella Laase-Firehouse 54

Declan has seen 3 of his firefighter brothers go down, and he’ll be damned if he’s going to be number 4. In fact, he is planning on doing the bare minimum when it comes to his “date”. A couple of meals, a couple swats over the clothes, and he’s off to his fishing cabin. In fact, he’s so not into it that he didn’t even meet the woman who won him or look in her file. He just shows up at the Cabin, expecting to have a couple of free hours to look at the file, but then he sees the camper that his date is driving already there.

What Declan doesn’t know is that he doesn’t have A date. He has TWO dates. Claire and Claudia are identical twins. They’ve pulled the old switcharoo more than once in their lives, because no one can tell them apart, and so Claudia figures that they can do it for this too. They will just split the time and no one will be the wiser. But of course, we know that it never works out that way.

I really didn’t like Claudia. I don’t think that she ever really listens to anyone but Claudia. She will definitely need a good Dom to keep her in line. Claire and Declan are pretty sweet together though.

Felicity Brandon-A Hero For Lauren

Lauren is over from England, specifically for this auction. That’s because she has a thing for firefighters. Or rather, for one firefighter. When she was younger, Blake saved her from a fire, before her family moved to England. She’s crushed on him ever since, and now that she took the chance and won him in an auction, she’s finally going to get the chance to actually play with the man that she’s been dreaming and fantasizing about for years. Only she keeps getting phone calls that stress her out while they are supposed to be enjoying themselves.

That’s some serious crush that Lauren has. Not that I blame her. I mean, firefighter. But still, she went to some extremes to get to the auction and to win her dream date. Blake is very sweet to her though. I liked him a lot.

Well, there we go. Five fabulously fiery fapping reads about five fierce firefighters. Go check them out and pick your fave. Happy reading!

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Jennifer Bene-Deviant Attraction

Jennifer Bene has a new release out. While it may look like a brand new book, and it sort of is, Deviant Attraction is actually a box set of 3 of Jennifer’s shorts, The Rite, Reunited, and The Invitation. There are also shorts or extended endings that go with each of the stories, so you are getting a whole lot packed into one book. Plus, have you looked at the awesome cover? I am loving it.

I read all 3 of these stories back when I first discovered Jennifer Bene, and I loved them all so very, very much. And I’m really happy to see them out in a new release so that they can get a little bit of love. I’m just going to write a little bit about each one, because they are shorter, and you know how I hate to spoil anything for anyone. I try really hard not to. I mean, if you want spoilers, feel free to message me anywhere, and I will give you all the spoilers you want, but I won’t on here. (Spoiler, Han shot first.) So, in the order in which the stories appear, let’s talk about Jennifer’s stories.

The Invitation

Cara’s roommate Meredith has always had pretty things sent to their house, so when Meredith asks Cara if she wants to make some big money that night, Cara says yes, and then goes to a party with her, to stand around, look pretty, and flirt. Only, Cara meets Saif and Grant and her party turns into something different. And so do invitations that she gets later.

This was a super hot story, and I loved everything that happened in it. Who doesn’t want to get an invitation to their fantasies? Sign me up, please. You don’t even have to give me $1500, not that I would complain.

Reunited

Megan is back to go to her 10 year high school reunion, after trying to put her life together after a disastrous marriage. But her sister, who was pushy and knew how to push Megan’s buttons, pretty much dared her to go. Then she sees Eric, who she dated in high school. They played fun games together too. Then Colby shows up, who was a player. And they decide that they need to play games together.

I need to be honest here. I have never been to any of my high school reunions. I don’t ever see myself going to any of my high school reunions, but if I had gone to high school with Colby and Eric, I would definitely have considered going. Especially if it would have included visiting the shop room to play some grown-up games. I’m all about grown-up games.

The Rite

Heather is a member of a bitchy witchy family. She hasn’t come into her powers yet. In order to do that, she has to perform a special rite with a man. Her cousin talks her into speed dating so that she can find the perfect guy for the ritual. But first, she has to stop and visit her friend, Rick. At speed dating, she meets Neil, and things seem to be on track.

Of all the stories in this set, this is the darkest. But, for a Jennifer Bene story, it’s really not all that dark. But, it is the perfect amount of dark for this story. And I loved it. I didn’t see where things were going on this one, but I adored how it went.

If you haven’t read any Jennifer Bene yet, and if not, why haven’t you, then this is a good way for you to get started. You will get a pretty good look at what she writes and what her stories are like. There are no spoilers, but here’s a picture of a pretty flogger. Go check this one out. Happy reading!

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Maddie Taylor-Under His Command

We’re moving from outer space and alien militaries to Coronado in California and the SEALs with Maddie Taylor. Today, we’re going back to Club Decadance and we’re going to be Under His Command.

Cassie is a 30-year-old woman who still looks like she’s 18. She’s on Coronado so that she can start her new job. On the night before she starts her job, she’s out walking the beach. She grew up in California and loves the ocean. While Cassie is out walking the beach, she runs into some other young people who are playing beach volleyball. When they notice that she’s watching them, they invite her to play with them and hang out afterward and have a beer. After spending time with these folks, she decides to commune with the ocean by standing in it, but only up to her ankles. She just stands there and enjoys the feel of the ocean and the sand. But then, the ocean does what the ocean does. Since the tide is coming in, some large waves start coming in and knock her over. Then there was a hand helping her up and out of the water. If you are a petite person, it probably doesn’t take a lot of wave to knock you down. I’m not a petite person, and I’ve been knocked over by waves when I’m out at the beach.

Anyway, her rescuer starts to lecture her, especially when he realizes that she’s been drinking and that she smells of marijuana smoke. Not that she partook, but there were people smoking around her. Then, he threatens to spank her. Now, Cassie is a sub. She likes being spanked. Not necessarily by pushy men who drag her out of the ocean though. When she stands up to him, he apologizes and introduces himself as Flint and his lovely dog, Roscoe.

On the morning of her first day of her new job, on the Navy base at Coronado, guess who should show up? Of course it’s Flint, a Commander in the SEALs and head of training for the seals.

For his part, no matter how attracted he is to Cassie, and he really is, Flint knows that he has to stay away from her. She’s a kid, he’s pretty sure, just out of college, and too young for him, by far. Plus, she looks so innocent, and he wants to do a lot of dirty and not-innocent things to her. So, he develops a friendship with her where they go out to lunch and do things, but strictly as friends. What he doesn’t know is that he gives Cassie a case of screaming thigh sweats, and she’s working just as hard to not be attracted to him, because she’s sure that he thinks of her as just a little sister, for as many times as he calls her kid.

You could almost laugh at all the misunderstandings and false assumptions that go into this book, except it’s not all that nice to laugh when people are so upset, and they really get that way. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a book without that kind of stuff, since that conflict is what makes a story. But, you know what I mean. I love how the relationship builds in between Flint and Cassie. The book takes place over a period of months, which means you really aren’t getting instalove, but a much more organic kind of love, when everyone just builds to it. I’m not blasting instalove, because it has a good place, and hell, I knew my husband about 3 months before we got married and I was 6 weeks pregnant, so I must have some kind of love for instalove. It’s nice to see instalove and it’s nice to see love that builds and blooms. They both have their place and time.

 

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Yup, that’s really what part of Navy SEALs training looks like. The Military channel ran a show that followed a class of SEALs as they started the training and all the way through. I’m pretty sure they don’t call parts of it hell for no reason. But, they are supposed to be the elite of the elite, so you have to weed them out so that you can find the elite. You only want the ones that can stand up to it.

OMG, Charles. How did that scumbag get into Decadence at all? I’m glad that Flint beat him up the second time around. What kind of Dom doesn’t listen to a sub that he’s never scened with before and who didn’t agree to go with him now when she tells him to leave her alone? And seriously, she owed him absolutely nothing at all, period.

OK, that’s all for this one. Go check out this book, and all of Maddie’s other books. I promise you don’t be disappointed.

Claire Thompson

So, this is a sort of different post. I usually talk about books or series, but today I’m going to talk about an author. As you may have guessed, it’s Claire Thompson.

Claire writes romances flavored with BDSM. She also writes Mf and Mm. I’ve read several of her books, both Mf and Mm. I really like reading her books, obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking about her.

Like most authors, she has a range of BDSM involvements. You get books like The Master and the Secretary, which is pretty light. Then there are other books like The Compound or The Contract, which involve 24/7 full-time D/s situations and relationships, with total power exchanges. These books have lots of physical things happening, but that isn’t necessarily the focus on what Claire writes when she writes these books. I mean, yeah, you’re going to get great descriptions of floggings, canings, Shibari, and breath play, and lots of great sex, but there’s something more to her books, and that’s part of what draws me into her books.

What Claire does so well in her books is talk about submission. Yes, all authors who write BDSM books talk about submission, but Claire writes about it in a different way. I don’t think that I can even describe what’s different about how she does it, versus how another author does it, but it’s different. It’s a very intimate way to write about it. It doesn’t matter if the scene or act is happening in private or in public, it’s all about the intimacy between the Dom and the sub, and how they connect. It’s like we’re peeping in through their windows and watching it. One scene in The Contract really made me feel this. The Domly hero loves Shibari, and he ties his subbie boy in a beautiful tie, in a pool. Then, they do some breath play. It was an incredibly powerful and intimate scene. Yeah, there are a lot of people around and everyone is watching, but none of them are important. It’s just that very intimate connection between the heroes and the trust they have built and the gift of submission that the sub gives to his Dom.

We see what’s going on in the subs’ heads a lot, and it’s less about the Dom saying suffer for me, although that happens, and more about the sub saying, I will suffer for you, and that is my gift to you. You see the sub’s struggle to submit to something that they don’t want to do or something that is difficult, but then you see the grace and beauty when they do, and that it’s a conscious decision to submit.

I don’t know that I’m explaining it as well as I could or even as well as is possible. I just know that it’s different from what I read in other books. Not that other authors are writing about it in a crappy way, it’s just a different way.

OK, that’s all I have to say today. Go check out Claire’s books. She has a lot of them, and at least a good chunk of them are in KU. Tell me what you think about them. Happy reading!

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