Darrell Lloyd Mackenzie


For reasons made clear in his story, Mr. Mackenzie declines to reveal more of his present circumstances or location.
His former lover's reasons for sending such revealing and disturbing documents long after she'd left him for a man known only as Primo remain a mystery. Additional documents and explicit photographs only add to the intrigue.
After they parted, his life took a direction quite different from hers. Maybe you've seen her in porn videos. Maybe you've even met her at a party.
These books are far more about her than him.

Smashwords Interview

We're pleased to be finally getting an interview, but you're obviously not Mr. Mackenzie.
I'm sorry, he's not available.
Will he be here soon?
No, as far as this is concerned, he's permanently not available.
Read more of this interview.


Dear Boychik
A zaftig klutz from Flatbush falls hook, line, and sinker for a mysterious billionaire and his kinky affections during her freshman year of college. Only later does the boy she leaves behind learn of her astonishing, even shocking, makeover into a perfected instrument of wanton subjugation. How far can anyone go before breaking?
The Daily Rose
Her sexual misadventures categorically take off once she drops out of college and is willingly enslaved at her master's tony horse farm. Her ritualized training and disciplined servitude are detailed season by season in the six sizzling books of the series as well as the full novel of her degradation. Take your pick.
Her Descent Accelerates
Price: $1.95 USD.
Into the Fall
Price: $1.95 USD.
Winter Sweat
Price: $1.95 USD.
Spring Stretch
Price: $1.95 USD.
Second Summer
Price: $1.95 USD.
Prized Possession
Price: $1.95 USD.


Nuda's Nexxxt Life
Series: Dear Boychik. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 52,950. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
When her sequestered life as a prized erotic possession ends in traumatic violence, Nuda is left clueless when it comes to survival in the world she must now navigate. Her sole refuge is a former john she calls Smudge, aided by his longtime clique. She likes him and his intimate circle, but that's not love. What helps is that they're all rich.
The Daily Rose
Series: Dear Boychik, Book 2 · The Daily Rose. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 119,870. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Here's the collected series of confessions covering Nuda's life of voluntary sexual enslavement at Rosebud. She candidly relates her extraordinary descent into depravity, bloom by bloom and day by day, in this complete account. Get it all, end to end, at a bargain price ... and don't miss a beat.
Corroboration: A Textbook Case of Extended Bondage
Series: Dear Boychik. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 41,920. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Any skepticism I held regarding my ex-girlfriend's account of her voluntary subjugation and whoredom is quickly dashed by evidence that arrives by courier in phases after her two lengthy confessions. The sets of detailed photography, as I'll explain, are particularly damning.
Prized Possession
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 6. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 23,310. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
To celebrate the rare accomplishment of Nuda's unflinching debauchery, Primo imposes full ownership on her flesh. He's always been fond of ritual, but this ceremony surpasses any before it. She's left feeling fully consecrated and blessed.
Second Summer
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 5. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 9,280. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
She's no longer the impetuous and often fearful young woman who had surrendered herself to a secluded life on the hoity-toity horse farm only a year ago. These days, Nuda moves as gracefully as one of the thoroughbred steeds, even when she's being ridden bareback.
Spring Stretch
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 4. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 13,970. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Some of Nuda's assignments treat her with brutal savagery, even on festive occasions. On the other hand, a Japanese rope master is civil and patient as he keeps her in zealous suspension. She's caught up in a giant spiderweb while playing a high-risk dice game where everything's stacked against her. Yes, her life really has become totally about sex.
Winter Sweat
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 3. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 16,070. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
After a luxurious break over the winter holidays, Nuda's whirlwind itinerary returns with a fury. With her short days and long nights filled with a parade of paying customers, she finally arrives at the chilling insight that she's appreciated for what she does rather than who she is. Here she is, working harder than ever. And Primo, her beloved dom, praises her as a star.
Into the Fall
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 2. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 25,290. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
Nuda is the exemplary model to demonstrate her master's newly designed state-of-the-art carnal-ecstasy apparatus. When they take the device on the road for chic clandestine installation-art performances, women in the audience gasp in envy at her orgasmic endurance and the men see her as a cream dream come true.
Her Descent Accelerates
Series: The Daily Rose, Book 1. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 33,840. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Eagerly taking the fateful step of moving to Rosebud full-time after her first and only year in college, my ex-girlfriend offered herself totally to the master she knew only as Primo and, by extension, his wife, Prima. There could be no turning back in the poor girl's systematic sexual schooling in sin after that.
Hooking Judith: A Secret Life of Systematic Seduction Into Submission
Series: Dear Boychik, Book 1. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 55,250. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary, Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Things were fine with my girlfriend until her ex-lover dropped in unexpectedly. After that, all I knew is that I had to play second fiddle or lose her altogether. I had no idea of what she was actually doing on her weekends away from me. She ultimately vanished anyhow. And then this letter shows up.

Darrell Lloyd Mackenzie's tag cloud

alpha male    alpha male romance    bad boy romance    bdsm adventure    bdsm anal    bdsm bondage fantasies    bdsm club    bdsm dom    bdsm domination    bdsm domination and submission    bdsm dungeon    bdsm menage    bdsm relationships    bdsm slavery    bdsm spanking    bdsm submission    billionaire    billionaire romance    billionaire sex    bisexual erotica    bondage    bondage discipline    camera erotica    camera sex    confession    contract    corset training    degradation    discipline    dom    dom and sub    dominance and submission    domination    domme    erotic bdsm    erotic sex with strangers    erotic slavery    exhibitionism    fetish    fetish community    flogging    gangbang    gangbang sex    hard fucking    hard sex    kinbaku    kink    kink community    kink erotica    kinky bondage    kinky sex    love    lust and love    marking    master and slave    menage    menage romance    multiple partners    nympho love    older man    pain and pleasure    performance art    polyamory    porn model    porn star    prostitution    prostitution erotica    romance erotic    rope    rough fucking    rough sex    seduction    seduction and manipulation    servitude    sex confession    sex fantasies    sex fantasy    sex toys    sexuality    shibari    slave girl    slave training    slut fantasies    sub    submissive training    transformation    voyeur    whip and cane    whips    whore behavior    whore erotica    younger woman   

Darrell Lloyd Mackenzie's favorite authors on Smashwords

Arden Masters
Latest book: Marcy's Secret.
Published July 11, 2020.
Ashlyn Selvatico
Latest book: Cerise.
Published November 16, 2017.
Danielle Richards
Latest book: Lani's Initiation - Surfing the Waves of Pleasure, Pain and Power.
Published December 30, 2014. (5.00 from 1 review)
L. A. Cloutier
Latest book: Enlightenment: The Story of L Book 2.
Published May 28, 2014.
Melissa Vayle
Latest book: Hard Rain.
Published June 2, 2015. (5.00 from 1 review)
Olivia Blake
Latest book: Dark Bargains 3.
Published August 17, 2018. (5.00 from 1 review)
Serafina Conti
Latest book: Marriage Tails.
Published March 25, 2020.

Smashwords book reviews by Darrell Lloyd Mackenzie

  • Seduction on June 26, 2019

    Indiscretion, much like intoxication, can lead to unanticipated consequences. Sometimes it's only a hangover. Or sometimes, something much worse, like a pregnancy or car crash. This one's intense.
  • First to Fall on June 27, 2019

    Her peers may think she's unattractive, and her insecurities do buy into that outlook. An older man, however, sees something they don't. For once, in their exchanges, she trusts her gut instincts – and it's his turn to catch on. Who cares what her friends and family think? Let me add, something similar happened when my girlfriend got swept away. There's no way to compete, is there?
  • Lessons in Submission Book One on July 03, 2019

    Business propriety doesn't dampen her curiosity about taboo pleasures. Venturing online, one posting jumps out at her. Like her, Jack lives in London. It's all very English and ever so polite. His demanding particulars are one way to take off more than her clothes.
  • Obsessed on July 05, 2019

    Sylvie learns the difference between boys and men, thanks to her jerk of a boyfriend and his resolute father. So what if he's twice her age? He understands her and her needs. Even if the son weren't such a cad, he'd still lose out in this rivalry. That part of the boy-man divide I can attest to.
  • The Seduction on July 07, 2019

    A hitman who falls for his intended victim fits a classic literary trope. The twist here is that his specialty is seduction instead of murder. This one's callow, even cruel, until he's assigned an innocent youth who has no idea of her true value. Can he pull it off? Of course, the outcome's never in question. But the twists and details along the way are, and the suspense builds masterfully.
  • The Pluto Pervies on July 11, 2019

    Digital modeling in a high-glam world. Futuristic, international, very corporate. Turns out this is the 12th episode of the Ergaster Chronicles, and it's quite a turn-on. The 16 free short stories promise to be an out-of-this-world sci-fi sequence. Could it be my now ex-girlfriend was being groomed for something like this, in our own more limited times?
  • A Sinful Proposal, The Billionaire Seduction Series Part 1 on July 14, 2019

    Her first big decision is whether to sell the ballet studio she's inherited, but she has sentimental attachments to the prime property, unlike the live-in boyfriend who's counting on half of the multi-million dollar sale. There's discord, of course. For her, the move is about something other than money. After one bout while dining in a restaurant, she steps out and faces a handsome, suave stranger who offers her three million dollars to spend the night with him rather than returning to her petulant boyfriend at the table. Instead, after returning to her boyfriend, there's the big blowup leading to the big break, in more ways than one. She knows where she's wanted, though, unaware that it includes submission. As she'll discover in these pages, she's setting forth on a subtle set of agreed decisions. And, yes, once again he's a billionaire, one who knows he wants more than her real estate. More novels follow in this series.
  • Jenna’s Consent on July 15, 2019

    I remember when my lover came back from a weekend wearing a corset and bruises. As I would learn, her times away from me soon included a lot of rope training, something that runs through this book, too, except that Jenna is older and more experienced and has a gruffer kind of dom. By the way, Jenna also has a thing for waist-training corsets. You can glean a lot from the book's descriptions. Oh, yes, this is part of a bondage club series. Yes, indeed, there's more.
  • His For A Week: Bought on July 16, 2019

    Kimani's put herself up for sale under false pretenses while hoping to expose the elite Scarlet Auction to the world. Once she's purchased and whisked off into horrid, no safe word option BDSM brutality in a remote mountain cabin. Nothing's consensual and she's terrified. Miraculously, a would-be savior comes to her rescue, albeit with his own designs, but he won't force them on her. I'd say he's looking more honorable than she is.
  • Devastated on July 17, 2019

    Leaping ahead in the series, we find Kimani's nearly perfect billionaire is still left awaiting the goods she's promised. He's already paid handsomely. Despite his unfair advantages, I'm starting to feel sorry for him. Doesn't she owe him something? Still, she ups the ante, and he responds move for move, until their encounters climax big-time.
  • Letting Go on July 18, 2019

    The temptation of sex as something more than a fling is enough to send one rather normal woman to finally go looking online for trouble, especially when curiosity gets the better of her. The man who has posted the invitation she answers is courteous, considerate, and knowledgeable, making him all the more threatening, even on their introductory phone calls. He never evens raises his voice to her, as if Jennifer would ever refuse his orders. It's more like he's reading her mind. Or maybe ours. Especially when we're being seduced by this free introduction to a hot series.
  • Landing Hard (Book 2 in the Letting Go series) on July 19, 2019

    So this is how a series develops. The pace picks up at the start of the second week of Jennifer's first dom/sub relationship until one wrong turn and she's left in miserable suspense. She knows what she's done wrong, and it's a very long lesson she won't soon forget. Sounds like the state my girlfriend was when she met me, if I'd only known at the time. What girl can go back to mundane life after that?
  • Opening Up (Book 3 in the Letting Go series) on July 20, 2019

    The real training begins in Part 3 of Letting Go. Jennifer has some soft limits to redress. Hence the apt title as she overcomes two of them. I've seen something similar from a distance.
  • Delving Deeper (Book 4 in the Letting Go series) on July 21, 2019

    Her master's moving her quickly in some scary direction. Jennifer's first big test out in the public eye comes four weeks after she's gone into submission. The stakes are high and getting higher. So this BDSM thing isn't always about underground secrecy? What more can he possibly want?
  • Bonding Tighter on July 22, 2019

    Only a month after she entering the world of submission, it's Jennifer's turn to take the lead — just not in a way she would have anticipated. No question that she had better please Sir. To her relief, he's not into the sadistic half of the scene. But if he had, she'd choose to accept. Devotion and trust, as she's discovering, deliver unrestrained pleasure, his and hers, when she lets go of her own propriety. Sometimes, everything really does happen this fast, as happened with my now ex-lover.
  • Desires (Parts 1-3) on July 24, 2019

    In dom/sub relationships, it helps if she has no family complications. Or just wants to escape her own. In this instance, a bereft college student is trying to recover from losing both parents when a supportive neighbor's son comes to her rescue. She's wrapped up in no time and, thanks to his deep resources, is flown to glamorous locations on an hour's notice. Little does she know that in her sexual awakening with him, he's leading her into his secret perversions, abetted by his wealth and suave power. The only real problem (surprise, surprise) is his younger, more sympathetic brother. Oh, yes, indeed. Nothing like a little triangle for added tension. Let's just say she's really lucky.
  • Sabrina's Chastity Belt on July 25, 2019

    What happens when the wives set up the spouse-swapping club? The rules in this case are definitely told from their point of view, especially Sabrina's. But suppose she goes a step too far? Things do get sticky before coming to a mutually satisfactory solution.
  • Dark Bargains on July 26, 2019

    I've seen something similar happen — without the sibling complication. Diane has handed herself over completely to Marcus, who's rich and powerful. Here, though, she's soon caught in the two half-brothers' polarity. Brutal Marcus owns her through some mysterious deal they've made, and comforting Lucas does not. So what binds her so tightly she can't leave the man she hates for the one with the hot chemistry? Their twisting is only the beginning of something intense.
  • Dark Bargains 2 on July 27, 2019

    Why would drive a woman debase herself like this? Desire infused with some ghostly psycho-torment countered by utter repulsion frames the second part of this rich-boy sibling rivalry. If only Diane weren't trapped in her deal with Marcus as she struggles to protect some dark scandal in her past. We're repeatedly told whatever physical and sexual abuse she's enduring is intense, but they're left undetailed for the most part. As for the videos? Just what exactly is in them? All the while, Lucas is being driven mad by guilt from his own past. It's no longer about sex, not exactly, even when that, too, plays into the tension.
  • Dark Bargains 3 on July 28, 2019

    By now, this story is totally different from the bondage my ex-girlfriend embraced. Can the white knight really come to Diane's rescue? We're finally let in on her secret, but not its resolution. Diane's passion rises off the charts. Three more stories in this series are promised. Just what possibly could lay ahead?
  • BDSM Trainer on July 29, 2019
    (no rating)
    She's ready to learn and accepts the stranger's invitation. Who knows what her motivation is or, for that matter, why he's so magnetic. Forget emotional attachment or why she can so easily leave the wider world. She learns quickly without any sense of where he'll eventually leave her. Do women like this really exist?
  • The Story of L… Box Set on July 30, 2019

    I have my own reasons for a curiosity about these ultra-secret societies. What resolve binds a lover to such intense training and punishment? This examination, a boxed set of three books in one, is more detailed than the Story of O and presents more complexities, including some scary issues of aliases and identity theft. The events keep opening up provocative new emotional and physical dimensions I'd never considered.
  • The Slave Factory on July 31, 2019

    Where does a descent into perversion begin? In yielding to desire and getting a fortune in return, she'll pay a price, one way or another. This really can be dangerous. Here we are introduced to the very exacting operations of an ancient, uber-wealthy secret society, viewed mostly though the experience of lowly Tonya as she becomes enslaved. And there's more? You bet.
  • The Slave Factory: Exposed! on Aug. 01, 2019

    We really shouldn't be surprised, should we, that these clandestine societies of sexual vassalage sprawl beyond their carnal intent. Despite the academy's best efforts, we witness jealousy, ego, and a drive for revenge erupt in an angry vendetta with fatal consequences, perhaps a natural consequence of having its members already operating in illegal fogs. I'm left astonished and grateful my ex-girlfriend was somehow spared these twists.
  • The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange on Aug. 02, 2019

    As the organization itself starts to come apart, the erupting violence no longer comes from a rogue member but rather centers in the highest circles of the illicit society. We can no longer ignore the brutal realities of the feudal hierarchy of covert institutions like this one. It's fair to ask where organized crime itself stands in relationship to the academy, but that's a much bigger issue. Tonya, meanwhile, must decide what she's willing to sacrifice herself for, given a choice. We can see what she would love to protect, even if it means losing herself. As the noose tightens, she needs to act quickly. We really are at our wit's end. Is this kind of resolve really at the core of deeply committed, ongoing BDSM relationships? Or even love itself? It's scary.
  • Lani's Initiation - Surfing the Waves of Pleasure, Pain and Power on Aug. 10, 2019

    Using real-life language, rather than pornographic cliché, and told first-person from the submissive's point of view, this story answers many of my questions about the world of BDSM. Lani is someone who enters the subculture voluntarily, through a circle of her private-school classmates, and it's clear her participation is by her ongoing choice, unlike some of the forced examples I've read. As she learns in her training, exclusive love is not an essential part of her experience, in contrast to the physical, even athletic, stimulation that draws her in, especially once she connects pain to the heightened pleasure that follows under the proper circumstances. She's curious and willing to experiment, for sure. Her gymnastics training gives her an edge. This one's intense.
  • Lani's Spirit: The Next Adventure on Aug. 10, 2019

    Now that she's been initiated into its discipline, Lani wastes no time before setting off to explore even deeper opportunities available through its wealthiest practitioners. Allowing herself to be sponsored, she's soon in a millionaire's dungeon in her native Hawaii and then off to five-star hotels in Tokyo. After that come some very sizzling public performances and her first filming as a porn star. She's indomitable.
  • Lani's Tortured Long Weekend: No Apologies on Aug. 11, 2019

    The story picks up a year into her bondage assignations. The descriptions of her torments are the kind that can be written only by those who have endured them, and these are quite instructive. As Lani admits to herself, she's become a dedicated pain slut. Or should we say addicted pain slut? More than that, she's learned to play these agonies as a game, one that pushes her tormentors to escalate their actions. The series could use another proofreading, but considering the depth of the content, I'd cut the author some slack.
  • The Ultimate Whipping - on Aug. 11, 2019

    The fact that Ms Richards has limited her publications to just four books in a single in-depth series rather than a string of short, barely sketched volumes is commendable. She lingers over details rather than skipping right over the most illuminating events. She makes no excuses. Here Lani is caught up as a willing slave in a highly institutionalized global bondage society. Her distress can be pretty graphic. A fifth book, promised at the outset, apparently has never materialized. It was likely just too hot to handle. As it is, this book is extreme.
  • Venus Pierced, Whipped, and Begging (A Tale of Exploitation and Abuse Part 2) on Aug. 12, 2019

    This book is a pivotal turn in a searing account of how a college professor's life is destroyed by a rich, spoiled student run amuck. There are many reasons a woman enters porn filming or prostitution, but hers is forced, a no-win situation, and he betrays her. Even though she's quite clearly been kidnapped, he rationalizes that what she's doing is entirely by her own choice. There's nothing consensual here, though as an extortionist the vile manipulator makes sure the video he creates makes everything appear voluntary. She's truly doomed. The book is part two in a series that's a chilling revelation of unchecked evil. My biggest quibble in this volume has to do with the physical handling of her piercings only an hour or so after they've been inflicted. My previous research says they demand days or even weeks or months for healing. Ouch!
  • Ponifying the Horsey Girl on Aug. 12, 2019

    My ex- wound up on a horse farm doing all kinds of down-and-dirty stunts. She didn't say anything about this sort of stuff, but then she wasn't in Texas. I am surprised to discover how many activities she was spared in her own degradation. Things like this, especially.
  • Training the Pony Girl on Aug. 13, 2019

    The 2,153 billionaires in the world can afford expensive hobbies. For some, it's owning horses. And for some it's subjected women. Some do both and among them, some even cross the two scenes. Here is Lauren's exacting grooming for the equestrian billionaire who now owns her.
  • Pony Girl Punishment on Aug. 13, 2019

    I thought pain and suffering were essentially synonymous, but my ex-girlfriend argued they're not. She said sometimes pain will relieve any suffering or release her for pleasure. This book supports her position. I had no idea it might lead his slave to such ongoing arousal. My one criticism about this fast-paced series is that it jumps over some crucial scenes that could have been more fully examined, making the narrative even more edifying. I do hope the billionaire is satisfied and fully repays the poor slut to her full satisfaction.
  • Making an American Harem-Episodes #1 & #2: Adding the First Woman on Aug. 14, 2019

    Creating a modern harem within the USA unfolds here by ensnaring already married women in this conniving revenge on the pretensions within a swanky gated enclave. The first concubine is ripe for the plucking, in more ways than one, while her husband proves helpless to do anything but acquiesce. Of course, this will lead to more, 20 mostly mature women in all. After all, plural is the definition of harem. How will the would-be lord manage to keep them in line? This extends beyond his very deep pockets.
  • Making an American Harem-Episode #12: Recruiting Tactics on Aug. 14, 2019

    By the time the American harem project wraps up with this volume, No. 10 in the series, the plot has become rather convoluted, but the action still sizzles as he plots to wrap up the final sexual contracts. Strong, unexpected opposition heightens the tension, threatening the completion of his grand plan of revenge. In the final stretch, not every man could deliver like this one does. Few, indeed, could keep up with the demands. And then he's given an idea on a way to benefit by keeping his full stable busy. It could even be the start of profitable another series. How cunning throughout.
  • The Servant Girl on Aug. 15, 2019

    This time, he's NOT an older man, but he's still filthy rich and very spoiled. No, his poor personal assistant has no clue what she's really in for. He's old enough to drive himself to college, so he doesn't really require her services as his chauffeur. As it turns out, she's here out of need, not all of it financial. Lucky guy. The details demonstrate why Argus dominates the genre.
  • The Velvet Collar on Aug. 15, 2019

    This story isn't about BDSM exactly, though sex plays heavily into the plot. There's some pretty rough action, but not all of the bondage is erotic. The novel's largely about planning a cold-blooded murder, on one hand, and avoiding one or two, on the other, plus a kidnapping. Could these form parallel underground universes, arduous intercourse on one side, bloody international intrigue on the other? It's toeing a fine line. Of course, a lot of the clandestine sex world does operate beyond the bounds of the law, as happened with my own ex-.
  • Pink (Janie's NSA encounter.) on Aug. 15, 2019

    It's NSA – no strings attached – as a result of some anonymous selfies she posts on the Net and a lot of hot comments from viewers. She takes the name Pink from her popular pix of her pussy, The playful repartee takes a turn when she responds to a very domineering hunk with a large online presence on the wild side. This ride's short, intense, and for her, very liberating.
  • Dominate Me Books 1 - 3 on Aug. 16, 2019

    When dreams take her back to Victorian London, she awakens in a kinky lord's estate. It's one way to enter the erotic sensibility of an earlier era, one wrapped in silk and maybe peppermint and sticky possessiveness all the same. It's a romantic kind of bondage. But, 0h, my, how tame, all the same.
  • Ishtah - The Prostitute's Daughter on Aug. 16, 2019

    Vaguely set in Biblical times, this passionate dialogue is the struggle of a daughter pressing her mother to leave prostitution behind for an unknown future. Is it even possible to remove the stain that marks them both? The tension becomes electric and volcanic.
  • Bondage Tales #2: 5 Stories of BDSM, Hardcore Gangbangs, Public Humiliation, and So Much More… on Aug. 17, 2019

    My girlfriend tried to explain the fine line between pain and pleasure, though much of her experience at the time was reserved for her master's command. He really was pushing her limits. This collection – short stories and a novella opening – explores that fine line in some very instructive ways. Considering the taboos crossed in Ms Cockram's other titles, this is probably her most cautious book, hard as that is to believe.
  • Rough Lovers 1 - 6 on Aug. 17, 2019

    This compilation of six books spans a range of explicit situations, from satisfying a young wife's gangbang fantasies to being displayed naked from a balcony to being initiated into sex by strangers. In the final entry, posing in chains gives an aspiring actress a big lift. It even sends a personal message. I know quite well how a photo can change how we see someone. That's not the only move in Ms Rose's six stories that changes everything for each particular woman.
  • F is for Faith on Aug. 18, 2019

    Freely entering the professional sex trade is one way to recover from romantic betrayal. Played right, by the right woman, it can even mean starting at the top. In situations like Faith's, becoming a fille de joie is glamorous. This short book is part of a series running a whole alphabet of erogenous possibilities. But is the perilous decision and all it demands always this easy? Well, in this case, maybe it is an act of faith.
  • Q is for Querida on Aug. 19, 2019

    This is what I was up against when I lost my girlfriend. Smooth Jose knows exactly how to land what he wants and then lure the desirable fresh flesh away — yes, far away from the sticks. We're left to imagine what happens after that. Oh, dear.
  • Aurora James on Aug. 19, 2019

    I've been trying to make sense of my ex-girlfriend's life after she left me for her master. This book presents another dimension of a similar fate, one with more of the dark side than I'd heard related. For one thing, Aurora has a young daughter when she starts moonlighting at what she thinks is a classy strip club. For another, there are hints of physical danger. She's already socially isolated once her hubby falls out of the marriage, and she's struggling to keep a roof over her daughter's head. What follows is all about desperation. With her guileless looks, stellar body, and natural smarts, it's no wonder she gets special treatment as she becomes increasingly ensnared. Well, I now know a second way it can really happen.
  • Letters to a Hooker on Aug. 20, 2019

    The premise is full of promise, having the clients describe their experiences in paid sex. She's a streetwalker, apparently with a pimp who's nowhere to be seen. What's surprising is how little the johns and janes note about the sex. It's rather charming, actually, except that so many of them are sad. They also soon sound the same.
  • Resident Submissives on Aug. 20, 2019

    No, the author is not the anime heroine of Cowboy Bepop. Nor, from what I can see, is she the top porn star better known as Faye Reagan. There's no mistaking, though, she knows her stuff. The proposal is direct enough, and it turns out her distraught young woman is not encumbered in a relationship, so she's free to accept and she's quite willing to learn. As bankers go, he must be pretty far up on the scale or simply born rich. Note that the title is plural. As the cliché goes, two is better than one. Nobody loses any time here in getting deeply enmeshed.
  • Trafficked Part 2 on Aug. 21, 2019

    Not all sex service workers enter the business voluntarily, not by any means. As the young Eastern European woman at the heart of this dire tale discovers when she's forced to sell herself to strangers, Amsterdam can be anything but a sex pro's paradise. She doesn't even know the language, but her pitiless owner doesn't care. The poor girl is wholesome and hurting and just getting started at this point. We're left with the foreshadowing of much worse ahead.
  • The Luxury Brothel on Aug. 23, 2019

    Two sides of a mature paid tryst are told here. One is by the client, a widower; the other, by his 36-year-old prostitute. They have a definite understanding that includes pleasuring each other. Her insights of five years in the trade are included in this short tale.
  • Virginity For Sale on Aug. 24, 2019
    (no rating)
    What? All over so fast? The party has barely started when we're sent home, just as she's about to get more fully opened. Pop goes the weasel.
  • Sold To The Billionaire on Aug. 24, 2019
    (no rating)
    One daddy's poker hand goes bad, and his only collateral is his daughter. What a loser, all the way around, especially when the winner would prefer to have the money. So she's not exactly sold but lost to the billionaire. This nasty deal could add up to a whole lot more.
  • The Japanese Dancer on Aug. 30, 2019

    First off, she's not Japanese but from Colombia, South America, where the first two-thirds of this psychologically probing novel take place. Marissa is a virtuous but confused young woman from the bottom rung of society who faces setback after setback in her efforts to improve her lot. Still, how can she not accept an expenses-paid invitation to a coworker's wedding in Japan? Briefly, once again, her life is looking sunny. But then, how many betrayals can she endure? Who can she really trust? How can this expose not be quite disturbing?
  • Sold by my Stepfather on Aug. 30, 2019

    Yes, there's a stepdad who screws up. The shielded rich kid is in for a rude awakening when she learns she's in for a new life, now that's she's not exactly been sold as much as traded to pay off some of his deep debt. She tries to resist her ruthless new owner, who had earlier murderous dealings with her stepdad, but calculates the odds of her available options. She reluctantly agrees to be groomed and start at the top of the sex trade. Little does she suspect how much it's involved with mobsters or their rivalries, which is all soon brutally taboo and graphically detailed. The violence is not the worst of it. Take this as revelations of the perils of the high-stakes sex biz.
  • Thai Bargirl From Village Girl To Prostitute, Stripper And Sex Slave on Aug. 30, 2019

    Do certain situations bring out the worst in men and place a prostitute at higher risk of verbal and physical misogyny? Just listen to the revelations here, where sex for pay isn't nearly as sweet as some accounts would have us believe, especially once the action moves to Saudi Arabia. What would it take to free one?
  • Pretty Baby on Aug. 30, 2019

    Once this former Catholic schoolgirl succumbs on a whim to the temptation of money, there's no stopping her. There's nothing she doesn't like about sex as she gets in deeper and deeper. In the real world, it would never be this easy or this safe, would it? There's not even the slightest hint of adversity until we're a fifth into the story, where she's about to become a high-priced call girl. Naturally, something's going to get messy, bloody messy. And it does, truly uneasy and unsafe.
  • The Knowledge: Successful Sex and Seduction on Jan. 02, 2020

    Midlife crisis is a rude awakening for many guys. This account is about a self-improvement group for lonely middle-aged men and ultimately changing the way they approach life in general and women in particular. What follows is not a course for Don Juan wannabes or a triple-X novel. It's often not pretty, either. Rather, it's a gritty trial-and-error journey toward becoming a more aware and fulfilled human.
  • BDSM Limits Worksheet on Jan. 02, 2020

    I wish my now ex-girlfriend had read this before she got tangled up with the suave tyrant she called Primo. She would have had an overview of the range of activities she would be facing, rather than encountering them by surprise, step by step. Looking ahead like this can be intimidating. Listed alphabetically in a spreadsheet format, the items cover much of what many readers have already encountered in Fifty Shades, but they are by a 40-somthing woman who's been into the scene for half of her life – and they accompany her three guidebooks, two of those focusing on the real-life experience of a submissive. A few quirks in the formatting detract from the presentation, as does at least one hyperlink to a defunct website.
  • Manhattan Kink: A Boxed Set on Jan. 02, 2020

    The first tale in this generous volume follows a college student as she takes the lead in her own enslavement. The narrative power comes in the telling of the experience from a bottom's point of view and her awareness of the ways she directs the action. Some of the scene she encounters, however, crosses into the repulsive side – disgusting practices my ex- and her Dom never ventured – all in the new-to-me category of "edgeplay." The second tale revisits the setting from another female's point of view, casting the earlier events in a much different but still smoldering light. The concluding yarn, unrelated to the earlier events, whips up a frothy dessert. Give the author points for steering largely free of the usual cliché in erotic stories of all stripes.
  • Julia and Mr. Page on Jan. 03, 2020

    Conti amplifies her Manhattan Kink scene with the introduction of Julia Lindstrom and Arthur Page, who are soon involved with figures from the earlier volume. Again, I am repulsed by the taboos preferred by some of the participants, but what redeems Conti's narrative is her clear understanding of the varied and complex natures of each of her female players, who come in a wide range of ages and sexual identities. How has Conti slid below the radar of reader and critical recognition? Her prose is well crafted and engrossing. What she relates with an air of direct experience is quite a revelation.
  • Princess and I, The Early Years on Jan. 03, 2020

    As the opening volume in what Bolli presents as a true record of a particular bondage relationship, he sounds plausible enough. He's Belgian, in his late 40s, and divorced when he meets Princess. (Make allowances for the fact he's writing in a second language.) She, too, is divorced and the mother of a girl in his daughter's schoolroom. Ultimately together, the two adults discover a shared desire to get together, which leads to their decision explore BDSM, which they then carefully engage. Contrary to the cliché, he's a dom who's not rich, though he is a successful fine arts photographer. For her part, she's not a young innocent, much less virgin. They're not even part of a wider bondage scene. This is all fresh territory for the genre, presented as non-fiction. His photos add a lot to the book, but only a few feature Princess, and those are all details. She's apparently roughly his age, even before we learn she has six children. Naturally, this book's for mature audiences. It's not your usual take on the practices, OK? It's all curiously quite romantic.
  • Julia Unbound on Jan. 04, 2020

    What happens in the years after the hot introduction and wild sex? Where do the members go when they're used up, burned out, cast out, or simply age? Here's where Conti takes her bondage insights a step beyond most other writers in the genre. As Julia is left a widow, she's quite alone and lacking direction. She's had intense experiences that hinder her return to more mundane relationships, but nothing on the horizon inspires her, either. The plot takes a turn that cracks open our understanding of her late husband's motivations, too, and others in the world she's recently inhabited. Conti's answers to Julia's dilemma are insightful and original, though I doubt they're stable in the long haul. I suspect there's much more revelation ahead.
  • The Abduction of Aria on Jan. 05, 2020

    Absolutely terrifying. Got it? This is about being kidnapped and raped and trying to figure out how to take command of an impossible situation and come out alive. I'm glad my ex- was spared all this. Her own experience was far more subtle. What would you do in a case like this? Conti has some shrewd insights.
  • Acquiesce on Jan. 05, 2020

    What a deal! All this for the price of too many typical short-short ebooks. Still, its South African author ambitiously tries to pack too much in from the git-go. I get lost in the 12 named characters (including a dog and a cat) introduced in detail in the first 54 paragraphs of the opening chapter before the postgraduate student we're following as she approaches a big ceremony accidentally bumps into her anonymous benefactor who's also an Adonis, first referenced as God, at that. Follow that? Like shades of Fifty Shades on steroids? There's no question about what's going to happen. Rich, young, muscular rich dude with unbelievable eyes is going to get serviced royally. Malcom Clifton. Unfair advantage? Deep down, wouldn't you want it, too? From his perspective or from hers? Only then do we even get a second reference to her own first name, Lenka, which has gotten lost in the mix. OK, I'm already dizzy in the social swirl, all before the unfolding of the frothy inevitable takes place. What Chevoque does get right in the following episodes is Lenka's conflicted desire, the essence of a sub's turmoil and entanglement, whether the story veers in that direction or not. I suspect the passion would be just as intense if her pursuer weren't so over-the-top desirable, and no doubt closer to reality, but from here on, the focus on the two of them is explosive. Very. Let's just say it eventually leads to "temporary lethologica," in the author's terms. Not that you'd see it coming.
  • Diary of A. . . on Jan. 07, 2020

    Hubbard skillfully navigates the complexities of being a successful young black woman executive in Detroit in this hot story, one that adds a dash of possible incest somewhere in the family. It's hard to believe how sexily tangled corporate intrigue can be, especially in circles like this.
  • Stealing Beauty Book One & Two on Jan. 07, 2020

    Trying to escape from a control freak ain't easy. The verb running through this volume is "run." But which direction? This, the first half of the bigger story, develops the tension of entering into a new relationship while the shadow of her past lingers over them. As for her new lover? He's not yet saying. You know something bad's about to happen.
  • Tamed on Jan. 07, 2020

    Writing from Lesotho, a small republic encapsulated within South Africa, Dick presents these five sexually gritty and muscular encounters. Forget sweetness, the bottoms here have a raw tongue. The translations are less than perfect, though I think the author's a very sassy woman.
  • Thou Shalt Lay With Friends on Jan. 08, 2020

    As the second in the Perverse Commandments series, this book picks up with Natalie already in hot nympho-slut action only a week after breaking from her virgin past. She's never even had a boyfriend, yet she's now open to everyone and everything, even before we learn she's being blackmailed. It's obvious her future's screwed. Alas, errant punctuation often throws the dialogue off, and grammatical errors trip up the reading. Still, Natalie's not the only one ready for more at the end.
  • Hard Rain on Jan. 08, 2020

    Cinematic in much of its sweep, this novel builds its momentum drop by drop, detail by detail, until we find ourselves exploring a secret chamber far more erotic than Fifty Shades' Red Room. And then, like a sleepwalker, she leads us deeper. The author adroitly develops a tension between a nice sensitive guy who respects a woman's feelings and a forceful grandee who commands her services. Which will it be? Considering my own experience, this gets painful. And then, as luck has it, everything spins off brilliantly in unanticipated bearings.
  • Around the Twist: Over the Top #1–#3 on Jan. 09, 2020

    Searing desire fills the three parts of this book of adolescent awakening in all of its painful uncertainties, awkward motions, and fragile distances. O, the memories these stir up! It's not all vanilla, either – not by a long shot. So just what do you remember feeling your first summer after high school? Or college? Not that it necessarily led to any or all of this.
  • An Adorable Slave (Part One) on Jan. 09, 2020

    Silvestri knows how to handle dialogue and turn a plot quickly. He packs a lot into this introduction to a threesome.
  • Free Ride - A Co-ed Mind Control Adventure on Jan. 09, 2020

    A remote but well-endowed college in Nebraska has a most unusual approach to higher education and campus life. There's a lot of giggling, too, as the story follows a bookworm freshman as she falls under the spell of its easy-going isolation and melts from prudish into libertine. The lighthearted tone of the prose veils a dark satire of both uninhibited sexuality and a repressive new code of marital convention. It's all very devilish.
  • BDSM Sex Contract: A Comprehensive Agreement on Jan. 10, 2020

    The author looks at this survey and pact as a means of breaking the conversational ice (and maybe more), but it is designed to be used either privately, to stimulate personal reflections, or together, as a couple. The checklist is more extensive than most we've seen. I do wonder, though, how much the answers might vary, depending on the potential partner. You know, you'd never do that with X but definitely with Y. As for Z? Maybe? The last half of the booklet presents a thorough contract, obviously designed for a determined couple.
  • The Polyerotic Reader: Seven Group Sex Stories on Jan. 10, 2020

    So maybe it's true, the more the merrier? These seven stories all celebrate combinations of group sex, from three participants together on up. Conti displays another side of her talent as she rips open with this wry, ribald sense of LOL comedy.
  • Submit To The Need on Jan. 11, 2020

    The story opens with a terrified young woman arranging to flee from an abusive control freak and then gently veers into kinky sex, including bondage. Without lingering on the questions of what's unacceptable in one and mutually agreeable in the other, the novel does navigate through the dichotomy between rational desires and emotional needs, and along the way brushes up against some thorny issues in the rough sex scene. There's always physical danger, for one, including a dom's slipping over into cruelty. How far can a D be trusted, for another, or even worshiped? (We've seen serious abuses in extreme sports, where young Olympics hopefuls will do anything their coach demands – it's on the same spectrum, don't you think?) Smith doesn't dwell on these, but they're in the air. She has the goods to take this deeper, but doesn't, alas. Still, let's not overlook the hopeful, flowery romance along the way.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter - An Erotic Adventure - The First Collection on Jan. 11, 2020

    This fast-moving story set in Sweden takes off like a rocket. A high-income (and very available) businessman stops at a Thai food truck along the highway and meets two 18-year-old girls. The bolder one then asks for a ride. Mom doesn't show up till chapter two. No Dad in sight. It's all too perfect and everyone's open, in the most superficial ways, as you may have guessed from the names of the author duo. Wink, wink. It's exciting until you start asking hard questions. Now, if only something would go wrong, royally wrong, to heighten the tension – and give us a chance to catch our breath.
  • Slave Auction Part I on Jan. 12, 2020

    The theme of a country estate devoted to sexual training is a common one in erotica, as is the slave auction. What makes this story stand out is the emerging relationship of the three women who are spending a week being prepared to be sold as consensual slaves for specified yet differing lengths of time at its conclusion.
  • Slave Auction Part II on Jan. 12, 2020

    I'm left wondering if this farm in Upstate New York was anywhere near the one where my ex-girlfriend wound up. Like hers, this one features a dom and a dominatrix together conducting the training. It's a powerful combination, a good-cop, bad-cop opportunity.
  • Slave Auction Part III on Jan. 12, 2020

    As their one week of training comes to an end for the three candidates, the action now pivots on a glittering banquet and the auction itself, which turns out to be online. Naturally, the bidding's suspenseful, even when only one of the women actually needs the money. There's a lot on the line.
  • Slave Auction Part IV on Jan. 12, 2020

    The neophyte in the slave trio is sold for a week as the surprise birthday present for a very swanky husband. She finds the couple's upper-crust lifestyle much to her liking, even before they get to the sex – physicality she had never imagined herself doing, much less enjoying, even a week earlier. It's a fitting climax for this adept series.
  • My First Reel Porno on Jan. 13, 2020

    Unlike another account of the video business I recently reviewed, this one feels authentic. The producer/male performer admits his physical limits, and his wannabe star approaches the filming from a pay-the-rent perspective, abetted by a desire for revenge. The audition interview plot itself is a porn video staple. Every XXX star has done at least one. What makes this particular telling exceptional is that we know it's all really staged, but she turns that given to her own advantage with her impromptu lines surprising the normally jaded male. But that's only the half of it, as the story continues in a private girls'-night-out premiere party. My ex-girlfriend wasn't into the scene for the money, but experienced something similar all the same, starting with the pleasure. All as I learned later.
  • She Escapes into Bondage and Pain on Jan. 13, 2020

    This story rips into action with a public figure's marriage disintegrating in Japan – from the perspective of his soon-to-be disgraced but innocent ex-wife. You haven't seen that one before, have you? What emerges is a charming flirtation between the abandoned wife and an Englishman trying to manage his way through Osaka. This book is worth purchasing just for the cross-cultural interaction, even before it really blazes. If it were opera, we'd be heading for Madame Butterfly. Instead, it flies off on its own. Go for it.
  • Whatever Happened To My Teacher? And Other Educational Tales on Jan. 14, 2020

    Schoolgirl crushes on male teachers are legion, even when many of them go nowhere, as far as action is concerned. Rarer is the guy crush on a female teacher. OK, most of the ones I had were old, frumpy, and grumpy. But then there was the stunningly gorgeous student art teacher, killed in a car crash less than a year later, and my seventh-grade English teacher, who moved on to a high school – and gently deflated me by introducing her fiance at a football game halftime a few years later. Amalova picks up on the theme by opening with a raunchy MILF performing at a bachelor party, who is recognized by one man as his high school biology teacher a decade earlier. They have a lot to catch up on, between other interludes.
  • The Sassy Submissive on Jan. 14, 2020

    Friendships become the driving force of this story. They're all young and extremely attractive and looking for good relationships with an edge of kink. Its central figure shares the name Angel with the author, who also seems to relish in human connections and food. The bondage club scene simply whips up more froth in this delicious first course to the series.
  • Vignettophile on Jan. 15, 2020

    These short takes are mostly from a master's perspective, which is surprisingly rare in the literature. (Most of what I've seen has been from the sub's.) In most of this collection, it sounds like he's pretty understanding. Even supportive. Still, the prose gets pretty purple, not just from whipping, either.
  • Cuff Me, Sir on Jan. 15, 2020

    For some devotees, it's mostly a game. For the male here, it's more a religion. And the young female here is his willing sacrifice. Now let us prey. It's book three in Burke's Bonds of Worship series, the others being Tie Me and Flog Me. Think of them as forming a family.
  • The Man, His Wife, and Their New Lover on Jan. 15, 2020

    Typos and other glitches snarl an otherwise good tryst. On the other hand, the Memphis setting is refreshing, and the plot has plenty of twists. I do have to wonder why a casino waitress isn't a tad more cautious, but the ending leaves me ready for the companion volume, now that she's been enticed into their lair off in Nashville.
  • Brazen on Jan. 16, 2020

    Big writing problem right off the bat, mixing present and past tenses, starts to produce whiplash. Get past that, though, and this improper affair between an older boss and an innocent young secretary ignites and takes off. An unexpected slip-up leads to obsessive complications that drive the story to a fitting climax.
  • A Lifetime In Thirty Minutes: Ten Tantalising Tales Of Love And Lust on Jan. 16, 2020

    This collection of ten short stories drips with the bittersweet heartbreak of lost loves revisited. Amalova has an uncanny insight into the male mindset. She's more than mindboggling, in fact.
  • Crossroads on Jan. 17, 2020

    Here's a blistering sampler from a prolific edge-erotica writer. Many of the shorts include "you" in the action. And many come with some very crude men, including a nasty boss who doesn't seem to have any real work to do while another's a poor woman's husband's best friend. By and large, it's a rough, wild ride, assuming you're up to it.
  • Gentlemen Please on Jan. 17, 2020

    Sin starts at the prosperous ecclesiastical top here and drips down through the cracks in a formidable South African denomination. Nothing like having a witch doctor, too, somewhere in the shadows to derail all this hypocrisy as adulterous hot sex and greed envelop the esteemed bishops and their celebrity pastors big time. Holy Moses! How devious can they be? How ruthless can their power games get? How corrupt? The plot tangles, but that's beside the point. Somebody has to pay for these transgressions, and they do. Boy, do they.
  • She Belongs on Jan. 17, 2020

    Nothing like an extended online correspondence to heighten a novice's desire to try bondage. Meeting the suave stranger will put her to the test. Will he come up to her expectations? Will she measure up to his? They're not holding anything back, that's for sure.
  • Summer Collar Part One on Jan. 18, 2020

    Considering its importance for many practicing a D/s commitment, I've been surprised how little of the literature has elaborated on the collaring experience. Yes, it's frequently mentioned but quickly glossed over. In her confessions to me, when my ex- described her two ceremonies, they felt life-changing, leaving me with a desire to know more. Surprisingly, there's no ceremony in Silvestri's tome, though the master is fond of formalities. Alas, there are also enough typos to impede the reading. But Silvestri does deliver the emotional sensation that accompanies wearing the leather band tight around the neck.
  • Summer Collar Part Two on Jan. 18, 2020

    The gift of the leather collar in her fourth summer of servitude to the married couple in Upstate New York reflects other changes in her relationship to them, especially once a second couple enters the action. And then there's the carpenter in the garden, where she often works naked except, of course, for the collar, an intimate piece of jewelry, and her sandals. As you might anticipate, everything heats up.
  • Summer Collar Part Three on Jan. 18, 2020

    A lot can happen in a single summer of servitude. And this one ends in a festive bang, with a promise of much more ahead.
  • A Young Idol's Bondage on Jan. 19, 2020

    The story opens gracefully, moving quickly yet withholding details until they're necessary. Bit by bit, we realize we're in Japan, even when she's a waitress serving pancakes and coffee. He's a regular customer with an unusual job. Layer by layer, feelings of shame and desire blend with the past and a future as they get to know each other away from the café. And then, rope by rope, knot by knot, the erotic tension really grabs hold.
  • First Night on Jan. 20, 2020

    The Manhattan Nights series opens with a droll, romantically charged introduction of a gallant figure rescuing a young professional woman from a gunman. In the events that follow, her heart and head are in conflict. She impulsively makes a crucial bad decision. Or is it? There's no question we've crossed over into make-believe. The dialogue even playful references Superman and Batman. Roll with it. The formality of much of their interaction stands in stiff contrast to the cliché of much erotica, and it's stuffed with double entendre. It's all rather quite charming.
  • Gothic Nights on Jan. 20, 2020

    This, the second work in the Manhattan Nights series, has me wondering why so many books of an erotic nature are set in what the author at least once calls Gotham City. Not the other boroughs, mind you, or other cities like Chicago or Los Angeles or even Miami or New Orleans or Detroit. Could it have a lot to do with the very late nightlife there? My own ex-girlfriend, while living on a secluded horse farm, wound up making frequent extended professional appearances in the Big Apple. As for Goth, she did find herself laced tightly in black corsets starting about a month after we met, not that I had anything to do with that decision. So just what makes vampires so sexy in the eyes of certain women – what, exactly, beyond the strength and wealth they wield in so much of the literature? Or are all rich men in some ways vampires? This entertaining volume has me reconsidering doms and subs in, uh, a new velvety light.
  • The Light and the Dark on Jan. 20, 2020

    Who is the mysterious author of this Manhattan Nights series? A woman, I'll guess from the rich details and emotional focus of the prose. And what's her motivation for offering all of these fine works for free? In this volume, we're reintroduced to Endre Vadas and a sexy young bartender, both from book one. The relationships are more effusive and extended than those of the previous volumes, and the action's hot. Forget about bloodsucking vampires. They have other tricks for connecting with others and rendering them lifeless. Not that anyone's complaining.
  • Darkest Night on Jan. 20, 2020

    The motivation behind my reading of most of the ebooks I've been reviewing has come in an attempt to better understand the all-too-real underworld my ex-girlfriend disappeared into. Some of the narratives have provided valuable insights and details, but many others I've found to be cliché-ridden fantasies – or worse. So I downloaded Arden Master's Manhattan Nights series looking for relief. Yes, it's an out-and-out fantasy involving vampires. Look, I'm not into paranormal or any of that, apart from maybe mythology, but the four books in this series turn out to be far more realistic in their own way than I'd presumed. The language may be arch, in an Old World sort of propriety, but the issues soon come down to surrender and control. This, the final of the four volumes, lives up to that standard. It's deliciously charming and entertaining.
  • Entering Stronghold on Jan. 21, 2020

    Having read and favorably reviewed the opening novel in this boxed set, I was curious about the continuing action. The author is big on friendships, after all, and there's no letdown there, especially in what they discover together in their world of submission and kink. The collection does have me wondering about erotic ebook pricing, which is all over the map. I mean, you can pay this much for a very short story or two that are just a hundredth of the length of this steamy and instructive bargain. Let's be honest, sometimes size really does matter – especially if you're looking for much more than a one-off quickie. This one gets pretty deep into the scene.
  • Measuring Up: An Indispensable Compendium Of Eclectic Erotica on March 17, 2020

    Mining deep under the BS cliché of most erotica, Amalova courageously works her own rich vein to skillfully and patiently maximize the findings. She feels and sees much a man wouldn't or maybe couldn't. She proves that the genre can, at times, reach the heights of real literature without sounding pretentious.