Loki Renard & Kelly Dawson-Daddy’s Whip

So, Kelly and Loki, both from New Zealand, have gotten together to give us this nice little Daddy story. Normally, I wouldn’t mention where the authors are from, but since this book takes place in New Zealand and a major earthquake in Christchurch is part of the book.

Now, back in 2011, there was a major earthquake that actually did happen in Christchurch. The thing is, with an earthquake, you don’t just get 1 quake. You get lots and lots and lots of little aftershocks. Think about shaking a bowl of gelatin. Even though you’ve stopped shaking it, it doesn’t stop immediately. Then you get lots of other things that happen, including liquefaction. OK, I think that liquefaction is pretty cool, but it’s never happened at my house, which may change my attitude, but still it’s really interesting to watch. So, liquefaction is when the ground is unable to hold together as a solid and the water in the ground comes out, turning everything muddy and lets anything on that soil sink. If you go to the beach, you will see that happen when you stand right on the wet sand, just out of the reach of the waves.

What does all that have to do with Daddy’s Whip? Well, give me have a second, and you’ll see.

Marnie woke up one lovely morning, was working on her blog, and all of a sudden her world fell apart. She was in the middle of a huge earthquake in Christchurch. Her grandmother was in town when it happened and was one of the casualties. Her house was the victim of liquefaction and everything she had left could be stuffed into a duffel bag. Instead of staying in Christchurch, where she was just totally off-balance and where she sees the destruction every time she closes her eyes, she talks to her aunt who tells her where to go. So she packs up her duffel bag, turns her back on Christchurch, gets on a bus, and goes off to her new life.

Her new life involved Sam. Sam owns a horse trekking company. Tourists come out to his little piece of paradise and he takes them out on horses on various trails. Right now he’s the only worker. His aunt has just hired someone new, the niece of a friend. When he gets to the bus stop to pick up Marnie, he sees a woman wearing the wrong shoes, the wrong clothes, and a very sour attitude. From the second that they meet, they get on like chalk and cheese. She’s traumatized and scared and angry and way out of her comfort zone. He’s stressed, frustrated, and doesn’t want to deal with someone who has no clue.

Marnie complains about the dirt. Sam drives like a crazy person, skidding around corners, which makes a young woman whose whole world has been shaken up feel even worse, because she’s being shaken even more. Altogether, everything ends up with her getting spanked and having fun times on a motorbike.

I didn’t always really like Sam. I get tough, authoritarian, and dominant, but I thought that he went a little too far sometimes. Not that Marnie wasn’t a brat and not that she didn’t need reined in sometimes, but she’s in a brand new place, she’s never been in the country, she has no clue what she’s doing, and she’s lost almost everything. I would be kind of bratty too, and if Sam had tried some of what he did with Marnie with me, I would’ve probably smacked him. But that’s me and not Marnie. I also completely understand her emotions being all crazy and her not being able to figure out what’s going on. First, there’s the spanking and then there’s the fun stuff and that’s all overwhelming, and Sam is kind of hot and cold. Anyway, the like/dislike scale balanced out to the like side of Sam, and I did really enjoy the story. And the whip? Yeah, that was hot.

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Oh, I would totally watch every freaking whip video that Marnie posted, and I would so totally learn to ride a horse just to go to that trek company.

I fully expected Marnie to try to ride Trixie at some point, and don’t think I missed the comparison between the two of them. Marnie really did identify with the horse. I loved when she was mentally cheering Trixie on. And while I wouldn’t want to watch someone nearly get hit by a horse’s hoof, thinking about a horse having a hard fist at the end of the foot and punching with it is a funny visual. It reminds of a quote from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, where Sherlock says something about horses being dangerous at both ends and crafty in the middle.

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this one today. There are all kinds of interesting things happening this week, so stay tuned. Happy reading!

Kelly Dawson-Daddy Takes the Reins

I was lucky enough to read one of Kelly’s short stories in the Christmas anthology that I reviewed here. Daddy Takes the Reins is the first book in that series and introduces us to some of the characters in that story. So, when Kelly asked me to read and review her book, I was like oh yes, pretty please and thank you! It doesn’t hurt that they take place in my dream location of New Zealand.

This is a lovely little age play/Daddy Dom book. Bianca regresses to a Little state, but it is a relatively mild age play story, compared to some others that I’ve read and reviewed.

So, Bianca is a young woman who happens to have Tourette’s Syndrome. She has spent her life fighting against the stereotype that shows up around her disease and is always trying to prove herself. Her biggest cheerleader is her sister, Annie, who is also her best friend. The problem is that Annie is now losing the battle with cancer and won’t be around for much longer. As a side note, fuck cancer. Bianca’s dream is to be a jockey. She loves horses and just got a job working at the stables of a prestigious trainer. She was hired on as an apprentice jockey, which means that she rides horses around the track to exercise them and helps take care of the horses and stables. She doesn’t tell anyone about her Tourette’s at first but eventually tells her employer’s son, Clay, the stable foreman.

Clay is one of three brothers, the other two being Luke and Cody. They all either work at the stables or at the farm that is part of the family’s property. Clay is the stable foreman and he isn’t sure that the newest hire can hack the job, especially after he finds out that she has Tourette’s. However, when she assures him that most of her symptoms are well in the past, then he has no problem with her. In fact, he becomes impressed with her when an abused and neglected horse comes into the stable and she is the only person who can get near the horse.

The problem is that Bianca starts working very hard in between helping her sister and taking care of the horse, which causes her to have more problems with her illness. That’s when Clay decides that she needs a Daddy to take care of her and he is just the person to take on the job.

I really enjoyed this story. It’s a nice bit of life and joy that I really enjoyed reading. There are some rough spots and a couple of really sad spots where I cried. But, the ending more than made up for it, and I was glad to have read it. Also, I just have to say that it’s nice to see a positive portrayal of a person with disabilities in a romance novel and not as someone to be pitied or babied. It’s also nice to see a person with disabilities in a kinky situation. Representation, yo!

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OMG, I about wanted to kill Clay at one point. When you read it, you will see why. I’ll bet you get really mad at him too. Luckily, he learns his lesson and is able to redeem himself. That saved┬áme from having to yell at him, but it was a very close thing. I did really want to.

I, too, had a sibling die of cancer, which is why the fuck cancer bit, so I really, really felt for Bianca there. Losing a sibling, especially if you are very close, is a terrible and tragic thing.

OK, that’s all for this one today. I really enjoyed it. Go over to Amazon grab it. It’s $4.95 and on KU. Happy reading!

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!