Ever wondered about immature Doms? Wonder no more. Carl and Sloan are playing poker in their club when another junior Dom provokes Sloan with a dare hEver wondered about immature Doms? Wonder no more. Carl and Sloan are playing poker in their club when another junior Dom provokes Sloan with a dare he can't (or won't) refuse. Carl, who hadn't even been aware he had subbie tendencies, can't resist Sloan and the rest? Oh my.
This book focuses on two themes: a new sub frightened and insecure in that role and a Dom who must (in effect) earn his boy's submission by showing himself trustworthy. In the mosh pit of the junior Doms at book's start, the cruel immaturity is startling and stomach-roiling, but Dom's don't spring from the womb as fully realized Dominants, just as subs aren't born as wholly evolved into that role. Both Carl and Sloan grow from a lesser point A to a more mature (though not wholly matured) point B. That journey isn't always a comfortable ride, but watching each of them begin to come into their own and their relationship steady & build? Whoa.
This story is unique in that, although widely read in m/m BDSM, I don't believe I've ever seen a Dom grow in his role as a Dominant as Sloan does here. Excellent. And Carl's fears & insecurities at having fallen for a Dom who may not be ready for a next-level relationship with a sub felt wholly authentic.
Kim Dare in longer form is not to be missed. If you can stand the notion of imperfect heroes striving to become more than what they are, this one's a keeper....more
**spoiler alert** Seth is virginal, shy and very sweet regardless of his adventurous alter ego, Lotus, an erotic blogger who's drawn a creepy stalker.**spoiler alert** Seth is virginal, shy and very sweet regardless of his adventurous alter ego, Lotus, an erotic blogger who's drawn a creepy stalker. Sahara, a fan of the blog, meets Seth before he knows he's Lotus and helps Seth build his confidence and emerge from his reserved shell. Protecting Seth from the increasingly aggressive stalker gives Sahara the opportunity to slowly court Seth to him and make Seth his.
I loved that Seth isn't helpless -- he rescues his own self from the bad guy's clutches -- but also love that he can let himself be vulnerable with Sahara, who has his own insecurities. Don't expect perfect creatures, these are flesh and blood characters of the very best sort. An m/m spin on the classic woman-in-jeopardy trope with a bit of D/s kink thrown in....more
**spoiler alert** Goldie is a pop star; Jett is the king of punk. The ball starts rolling when a reporter asks Jett who he'd most like to screw -- pop**spoiler alert** Goldie is a pop star; Jett is the king of punk. The ball starts rolling when a reporter asks Jett who he'd most like to screw -- pop icon, Billy "Goldie" Goldean, natch. Goldie sneaks (incognito) backstage to meet and talk to Jett. Much later, Jett tears Goldie away from a lecherous music industry powerplayer and it's game over for Jett & Goldie both. In the aftermath, their old lives disentegrate, the media descends...It's up to them to build something new. Together.
I looooooooooooove rocker stories and this one pushed every single one of my fangirl buttons, which is kind of funny considering I'm a heavy metal chick. LOL. The characters sucked me right in, though, and the storyworld was so richly drawn, I felt I could move comfortably inside it. Outstanding.
When you want sexy, sweet and a walk on the rock n roll wild side, Black Gold is a must-read. Highly recommend, two thumbs up....more
**spoiler alert** Tiffin is a slave whose memory was wiped clean when he woke up in a training pen as a slave and was later sold to High Hold, a barre**spoiler alert** Tiffin is a slave whose memory was wiped clean when he woke up in a training pen as a slave and was later sold to High Hold, a barren and isolated fortress located high on the cliff face of a mountain. There, he meets Sargeant Zander -- the master he craves. Tiffin isn't a normal slave, though. He loses time and finds himself riding along in his own mind as someone else takes over his body, moving him through the castle. When he's caught and taken far away (with Sargeant in the role as caretaker/guard) to the Mages...Oh my.
The 3rd book of the Amaranth series, to me, has a different feel, a different vibe than the previous two books. It was VERY good. But 2 points knocked a star off what would've otherwise been a five star rating.
Tiffin's memory is never restored to him and he is (albeit mildly and affectionately) criticized for hoping that it would be. Yes, I know, it's a function of the storyworld, but as a reader, I needed to see that. I needed to know who he'd been, where he'd come from and how he'd ended up in the slave market. I think the story would've been richer for it. I needed to see Tiffin come to terms with this in his heart and in his own head; that just didn't happen.
The second point is that Sargeant Zanders doesn't become Tiffin's owner. At story's end, Tiffin remains a High Hold slave. He is a slave that Sargeant has laid claim to, yes, and he is, for all intents and purposes, Tiffin's master. But he isn't Tiffin's owner. Zander explains that he has no desire for a body (pleasure) slave and that working in High Hold while Zander is seeing to his own duties would be best for Tiffin. But I see no reason why Tiffin could not be assigned duties by his rightful owner to work in the keep. To me, Zander not owning Tiffin left the relationship too unstable and insecure. He's in the army for pity's sake. What if he's transferred as soliders quite frequently are? What becomes of Tiffin then? To me, in this storyworld, commitment = ownership. A slave is commited to his master, yes, but in owning a slave, the master makes a commitment as well. Buying a slave commits the master to protecting his property and caring for that slave. So while I see Tiffin wholeheartedly committed to Zander, Sargeant Zander has not committed to Tiffin, IMO. I did not like that. At all.
Still, a good addition to the series. An intricate storyworld I love to visit. I'll highly recommend it with the caveat that given the two points above (no returned memory & lack of true ownership), I'd call this one a shaky HFN instead of the HEA I love....more
**spoiler alert** Trent Rawlings is a rookie, mistakenly sent in place of Ed Rawlings to an undercover op where Kieran is forced to improvise to save**spoiler alert** Trent Rawlings is a rookie, mistakenly sent in place of Ed Rawlings to an undercover op where Kieran is forced to improvise to save the operation (not to mention both their lives) with a bit of hot D/s subterfuge.
Trent is adorable, Kieran is hot. An excellent addition to the series!...more
**spoiler alert** Steffan and Francis are gamma wolves in their pack. Not alpha. Not even beta. Gamma and content to be gamma, the both of them. So ri**spoiler alert** Steffan and Francis are gamma wolves in their pack. Not alpha. Not even beta. Gamma and content to be gamma, the both of them. So right there, you should know that this is a BDSM shifter story that's outside the typical shifter tropes, but it gets even better. Steffan is enormous, so much so that he feels he has to be oh so very careful not to hurt anyone due to his size and strength. Guess who's the bottom of the two? Oh yeah. Kim Dare shows us how a physically strong man, the one the world would naturally perceive as the stronger of the two (and even perceives himself to be the stronger) is actually the more emotionally fragile and insecure. Francis, the smaller and younger man, the one with the traumatic past, courts Steffan to him and convinces the big guy to trust in him and what they can have together.
This book will melt your kinky little heart. :D...more