Mistletoe and Submission – Kim Dare


Author: Kim Dare
Publisher: Total E-Bound
Word Count: 56,247
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $6.13

In a completely inappropriate dare, the junior Doms challenge a fellow junior (although very experienced) dom to be tied up and blindfolded in a room until midnight. While completely against his nature, Sloan accepts the challenge to keep from his fellow “Dom” Carl, from accepting it on his behalf. During the dare, a sub makes his way into the room and Sloan is absolutely hooked – he needs to find HIS sub, but no one is sure who it can be. What he does know though, is he wants it to be Carl.

An unusual take on a club’s dynamics and dares – I’m not sure any Dom would challenge another in such a way, and it was a bit disconcerting that Sloan had never actually experienced the things he dished out to subs, but none the less, a strong story ensued. Throughout, there was an underlying tug of shame or question around what it means to be a sub. Carl continuously fought to overcome this and wanted to be treated with respect – something he never saw Sloan do with who he thought were his subs, before. Throughout, there are great internal power struggles while both men try to find out what they want and how to make it work.

The sex was hot with a lot of tame D/s play throughout.  This is a good read for people who like a Christmas themed story; or are testing the D/s waters. Don’t expect a lot of romance here – feelings were not explored as much as they were shown.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat: ♥♥♥
Plot: ♥♥

A good and quick read for anyone who wants some hot D/s action, or is looking to get a glimpse in to the scene. I would also recommend this for people who enjoy stories that deal with the differences between Doms and subs, and the internal struggle behind each role.

Promises and Lies – Rowena Sudbury


Author: Rowena Sudbury
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Word Count: 60,833
Published: 2010
Fictionwise: $6.99

An unlikely meeting at a park, Sean- a military historian and buff, meets Jeff – a young man who has led a difficult life, forges a relationship that unexpectedly grows over time. Sean immediately senses the need to take care of Jeff – an urge he’s never felt before. As they become friends, both can’t deny their feelings, but will Sean be able to navigate through the landmines in Jeff’s past? And will Jeff ever be able to fulfill Sean’s desires?

This story revolves around a perceived imbalance in knowledge, power and “smarts.” It’s a bit difficult to read at times, as you end up either feeling sorry for Jeff for his past; questioning Sean’s motive; and wanting to be sure that they are on equal ground. Unfortunately, the relationship feels unequal throughout, which is never my favorite type of read. However, this is an enjoyable read, with a few bumps and twists that add some flavor and keep you hooked. There are also a few subplots – one of which should have been turned into its own book in my opinion, and some that don’t seem to tie-up in the end.

There is hardly any sex in this book, but it is a romance read. Instead, this is focused on one person overcoming personal and mental issues while the other person finally meets his match in the most unexpected person.

Out of four…
Overall Read: ♥♥♥
Sex Heat:
Plot: ♥♥

This book is for those with a soft spot for the underdog! It’s also a great slow romance, which takes time to build, bloom and grow. If you like the development of a relationship, this is the read for you.