I have sort of been admiring Thomas Pike's stories from afar for the past couple of months, knowing nothing about him, but liking his trashy sort of tI have sort of been admiring Thomas Pike's stories from afar for the past couple of months, knowing nothing about him, but liking his trashy sort of taboo approach. Not content to tell mere transgender stories, he works in futa and shemale characters, belly inflation, slimy tentacles, and more.
Always one to dive in and indulge, rather than just sample, I snagged a copy of his Shemales And Futanari 2 bundle and started reading.
The first story, Sucking Out Her Venom, was pretty standard stuff but a good bit of fun. He does a nice job of setting up the two young women, establishing their personalities, and giving them a good reason for being out in the jungle. The opportunistic lesbianism is actually tastefully done, but the venomous side effect is where the taboo fun begins.
Juicy Shemale Treat was much more the taboo trash I was looking for, with Angela being addicted to consuming her shemale lover's seed. When abuse of a sexual enhancement drug makes their wildest dreams come true, the story veers into belly expansion, bukkake, and even a little auto-fellatio. Not a lot of plot or character development here, but it is clear these women are in love, and the frantic sex is hot stuff - a lot of fun.
Saving the best (and wildest) for last, Futa Maid starts out with a cliched old tease, and then goes in a completely different direction. Confronted by a plumbing problem, Vanessa plays the trap game with a random stranger while out picking up some drain cleaner, and then comes home to be ravished by the tentacles in the plumbing. The tentacles here are the starts of the show, making use of the futa maid's every orifice, winding their way in and out in some really inventive ways, and the arrival of the family's oldest daughter introduces a whole other twist.
Like I said, these stories were a lot of fun, with the kind of imaginative indulgence you don't often see in erotic fiction. As a first taste, they were quite delicious, and I will definitely be looking for seconds.
Alternately cute and creepy, Under The Poms is another winner from the intertwined pens of Claire Bear & Courtney Captisa. It was so not what I exAlternately cute and creepy, Under The Poms is another winner from the intertwined pens of Claire Bear & Courtney Captisa. It was so not what I expected, and that is part of what made it so much fun.
Mark Brown is a newbie with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), sick of boring office work, and anxious to get out into the field. When his chance comes, it turns out to come with a heavy price - although he is not allowed to know how heavy until it's too late. When he awakes in the hospital after a minor booster shot, he finds he has been transformed into a sweet, 16-year-old cheerleader by the name of Kimberly.
I liked that Mark was never a crossdresser and never had any trans leanings. This is all new and entirely unwanted to him. I also like that he struggled so much with it, fighting the FIA at every turn, and really being an angry, sullen, hormonal, resentful teenager. There is no immediate or magical acceptance here, just a slow learning process 'encouraged' by his boss - who seems to enjoy the over-the-knee spankings just a bit too much. When he does finally start to cope, finding real friendship at cheerleader camp, it is only to come home to face another blow to his now-fragile ego.
Being the first part of the tale, Under The Poms never quite gets into the reality of his mission, but it makes for a lovely set-up that establishes the characters and hints at some interesting developments for the next chapter.
An erotic transgender romance, A Vegas Date For Vicki is an unusual sort of story that works on two levels. Even if I felt the story structure was a bAn erotic transgender romance, A Vegas Date For Vicki is an unusual sort of story that works on two levels. Even if I felt the story structure was a bit awkward in places, Chloë Cameron attempted something here that I really admire.
On the one level, this is a story of assisted (rather than forced) feminization. Since the entire story is told from Vicki's point of view, we only get subtle hints and clues as to Amanda's efforts, which leaves the story very uncertainly - especially as those hints get darker in the second half. Vicki is, undoubtedly, a bit too trusting and naive about those efforts, but all of that can be explained away by the fact that she is living out her dream of femininity.
On the other level, this is a sweet transgender romance, with a whirlwind courtship, Vegas wedding, and happy marriage. Ryan and Vicki do make a very cute couple, and watching her enjoy so many firsts with him is erotic, but never vulgar. It's abundantly clear that she was always a woman inside, revealed (rather than transformed) by Amanda's efforts. Sure, there are a few aspects of her transformation that are a bit too easy, and she is a bit too passable, but we have to remember that she's living out her fantasy.
As for the story structure, I thought the first half of the story worked exceptionally well, with the lengthy flashbacks adding both some tension and some excitement to Vicki's first night with Ryan. As for the awkwardness of the second half, I understand there were things Vicki could never know, but it bothered me that so much had to be explained away in the author's notes. I think a few clever nods or smiles on Amanda's part could have conveyed so much, and just acknowledging a confused look or two on Vicki's face could have let the reader in on the truth, while still hiding it from Vicki.
That's a minor quibble, though, as A Vegas Date For Vicki was a very happy transgender romance, complete with a truthful confession that really sold me on the marriage.
Thirds: A Leather and Lace Collection is an altogether lovely little anthology, consisting of three interconnected short stories. All taking place witThirds: A Leather and Lace Collection is an altogether lovely little anthology, consisting of three interconnected short stories. All taking place within the same hotel, over the same night, characters come and go, taking us from one story to another. J.B. Rogers has really done something special here, taking things to the next level.
The first story, Just Peachy, introduces us to a hunky escort by the name of Kevin. I loved the interplay with his client - a wealthy older woman, way out of his league, who just wants to be used hard. The arrival of her husband on the scene is a pleasant surprise, and the transition to bisexual exploration is fantastic, especially with the little romantic touches.
Strictly Business follows that client, Joanna, as she seeks out a replacement lover for her otherwise occupied gigolo. What initially seems to be a simple story of a hotel hookup ends up adding two sexy layers, first as her erotic past is exposed, and then as a voyeuristic element takes center stage.
The final story, Room Service, finds its connection through a hotel employee named Stacy. Not surprisingly, this was my favorite story in the collection, a romantic slice of erotica involving a crossdressing husband's first public outing, his crossdressing wife, and the woman who dominates them both. There is so much gender bending fun here that it is almost overwhelming, but Rogers keeps it all straight (so to speak).
If you have yet to read J.B. Rogers, then Thirds: A Leather and Lace Collection is a wonderful place to begin. And, if you are already a fan, it is a delicious helping of the storytelling talents you already know and love.
My, but what an odd book . . . an exercise in contrasts. Such a dark, macabre kind of setting, filled with warlocks and demons, but such a tender andMy, but what an odd book . . . an exercise in contrasts. Such a dark, macabre kind of setting, filled with warlocks and demons, but such a tender and romantic tale. While I appreciated the mystery, it felt too artificial, with too much held back for no good reason. I don't mind a story that's legitimately puzzling, but it just felt a bit strained here....more