I think it is time to accept that Constance Pennington Smythe's tales, as tantalizing as they may sound, are just not for me. I gave this a read at thI think it is time to accept that Constance Pennington Smythe's tales, as tantalizing as they may sound, are just not for me. I gave this a read at the urging of a friend, but it just reinforced my earlier experiences.
This is a story that is all about humiliation and degradation - they are not elements of the tale, they are the tale. This is pain for the sake of pain. It is not done for a dominant's pleasure, there is no corrective aspect, and there is no descent into the bliss of subspace. There are serious wounds inflicted here, especially on the Pansy's hands and feet, and it is simply to be cruel. The spitting I could handle, and I was able to tolerate the few minor mentions of urine, but there was a lot of human ashtray nonsense that is just . . . well, ick, yuck, disgusting, and gross.
I might have been able to look past all of that if the erotic elements were as strong, but they are limited to the briefest sketches of a scene. Pansy keeps getting put into situations that could be intensely erotic, particularly with all of the oral worship involved, but those scenes seem to end with the first contact. We get a kiss or a lick, a brief mention that Pansy is conditioned to crave it, and that's it. There is no follow-through, no payoff, no climax . . . and almost no sensory input whatsoever to tell us what the sissy is feeling, smelling, tasting, or hearing.
Finally, even if this was one of her longer works, I found it to be very repetitive. I get that it was supposed to be repetitive for Pansy, part of the whole breaking and conditioning, but a little variety in the telling would have been appreciated....more
Much to my delight, Swapship Troopers was - first and foremost - a solid science fiction adventure tale, openly inspired by Paul Verhoeven's film versMuch to my delight, Swapship Troopers was - first and foremost - a solid science fiction adventure tale, openly inspired by Paul Verhoeven's film version of Robert A. Heinlein's literary classic. Also to my delight, the gender-swap element is not only a well-done bit of transgender erotica, but it is actually integral to the story.
Walker Long weaves multiple genres through his tale, including science fiction, military thriller, transgender erotica, and even genuine romance. Taking its cue from the source material, Swapship Troopers introduces us to a group of Space Marines whose job it is to protect against a monstrous insectile alien invasion. The opening battle is frantic, bloody, and exhilarating, effectively establishing the concept, the characters, and the stakes. With humanity triumphant once again, the Space Marines are granted some much-needed relaxation, courtesy of a mysterious pink serum. Half the crew is injected, turning them into wholly feminine versions of themselves, with the other half of the crew picking bedmates according to their rank.
The transformation process is nicely detailed, with a solid sci-fi explanation for how it works (and how the blue serum reverses it), and the selection process is suitably amusing. These newly formed women are still Space Marines, and still know how to follow orders, so succumbing to their sexual urges is not as awkward as you generally find in such stories.
What makes the story stand out is the core relationship between a Private and his Lieutenant, an opportunistic gender-swapped encounter that reveals something more about both of them. As a heterosexual romance blossoms, Walker Long does a wonderful job of exploring how that impacts two men, two Space Marines, both in the chain of command and on the field of battle. The character development here is fantastic, and Private Quantrill's embracing of his feminine side is just a strong. There is no instant acceptance here, but neither is there prolonged angst. Everything develops naturally, heading towards a dangerous confrontation that will redefine their personal and professional relationship.
Swapship Troopers is a smart, erotic homage to the science fiction genre, and a gender-swap story that manages to be both exciting and erotic where it needs to be, moving seamlessly between action in the field and action in the bedroom. A fun read that is sure to entertain.
The cover blurb for The Accidental Domme promises "a fun, imaginative and erotic lesbian D/s story with a little hetero femdom thrown in for good measThe cover blurb for The Accidental Domme promises "a fun, imaginative and erotic lesbian D/s story with a little hetero femdom thrown in for good measure" but it is so much more than that. This is an erotic femdom story, with multiple threads, overlapping relationships, and some genuine romance amidst the erotic scenes of fetish fulfillment. Jim Lyon has put a lot into this book, and I loved the way it all came together.
It all begins, simply enough, with Dave asking his best friend to be his chastity keyholder while he seeks out a suitable femdom relationship. Before long, he finds himself pierced, pegged, and in permanent chastity, his key having been handed to the woman who performed his piercing. He is happy, content, and even possibly in love, but Dave's true role here is to set his best friend on the path to discovering her destiny.
Although she had no previous interest in anything kinky, Wendy accompanies Dave to Club Noir, where she shyly agrees to step up on stage and whip another woman. It is through that experience that she discovers her core sexuality as a lesbian femdom, luxuriating in the yin and the yang of complimentary desires. Over the next few weeks, with a mentor to show her the ropes, she begins pairing hardcore BDSM training with her role as a personal trainer. I have to admit, having always fantasized about finding just such a trainer, I loved that aspect of the tale. Watching Nadine run on a treadmill, equipped with a butt plug and clitoral vibrator, while being whipped is . . . well, orgasmic.
The story quickly escalates from there, with Nadine's owner inviting Wendy to join her on the farm and take responsibility for training her paying guests into pony boys and pony girls. Although the story may be a little light on details there for true pony enthusiasts, I think Jim does a fantastic job of conveying the attraction of such a lifestyle. It is around this time that we are introduced to Lola, a pop superstar with a BDSM theme to her act that nobody suspects as being a true reflection of her pony girl desires. I will hold off saying anything more, but just as Dave opened the story and sort of kicked off the relationships, Lola brings them all together in an entirely satisfying close.
The Accidental Domme is a bit of an oddity, in that it meshes hardcore BDSM eroticism with genuine romance, and does both so very well. It is rare that a story can take you from the visceral experience of piercing, branding, and violent whipping, to the beauty and the grandeur of formal pageantry, to the tender discovery of soul mate romance, and do so naturally. Like I said, there is a lot going on here, but there is also a lot to love.
I am delighted to say that my second audiobook experience was a marked improvement on the first. Not only did I find the narrator (Dorinda Ravish) a mI am delighted to say that my second audiobook experience was a marked improvement on the first. Not only did I find the narrator (Dorinda Ravish) a more suitable choice for the story, but I found my own familiarity with the technology making it a more enjoyable experience.
Although Jessie Ash was kind enough to send me a few of her stories, Attack of the Hooker Monster was such a great title, I just had to make it my next listen. This was a lot of fun, a silly sort of superhero tale with a sexual twist. Charlie is a lonely guy who debases himself as a 'joke' stripper for a living. When his latest gig at a research facility goes wrong, he finds himself cursed with unusual superpowers that begin with each gender-swapping sneeze. Jessie has some real fun with the clichés of the genre, but she pulls no punches (pun intended) in exploiting the potential for sex and violence. This was a story that surprised me more than a few times, but whether it is being dark or silly, the personality of Charlie is what makes it so engaging.
As for the audiobook experience, I found the choice of a female narrator worked well for this story, especially since Charlie spends so much of it as a woman. Dorinda Ravish is an engaging reader, clearly spoken, with a nice style, and a refreshing restraint when it comes to over dramatizing the voices. Finally, once I realized I could increase the speed with the Audible app, bringing it closer to my own comfort level, the whole experience improved.
Attack of the Hooker Monster is not just another fun story from Jessie Ash, it is also the first audiobook I can honestly say I really enjoyed. I will definitely be giving a few more a listen as I work my way through the holidays at the gym
For a debut story, Tales of a T-Gurl: Tina's 1st Gurl's Night Out! is actually quite entertaining, with some lovely character development and some momFor a debut story, Tales of a T-Gurl: Tina's 1st Gurl's Night Out! is actually quite entertaining, with some lovely character development and some moments of tender, tasteful eroticism. Jeanne LaPâte does a wonderful job of establishing Tina, Tanya, Claire, and the rest of the girls - revealing their history, and detailing their friendship.
Clearly there is some serious back story here, that I imagine LaPâte will reveal more of in future instalments, but I loved that she begins the story with a proudly outed t-gurl, still a little nervous about socializing, but entirely comfortable with herself. The slightly awkward dinner conversation rings true, and the way the girls talk about their past is entirely natural, without feeling like the story is trying too hard to establish their shared history.
There is a lot of erotic potential to the story, a sensual undercurrent that brings the tale to life, but it is the bathroom surprise that kicks the story into high gear, with the bed-and-breakfast threesome a perfect ending to the tale.
Even after such a short introduction, it feels like we already know Tina and her friends, and I look forward to seeing where LaPâte takes the story next.
A little something different today - my first attempt at reviewing an audio book. Jessie Ash was kind enough to claim my aural virginity with The GendA little something different today - my first attempt at reviewing an audio book. Jessie Ash was kind enough to claim my aural virginity with The Gender Game, and I gave the story a listen during my lunch-time walks last week.
Let me start with the story itself, which I liked quite a bit. This is a gender-swap thriller involving secret societies, urban legends, and deals with the Devil. Luke is a pompous womanizer, while Robbie is an insecure geek. Neither is exactly tops in their class, so it's a total surprise when their mysterious black envelopes arrive. It seems the two men are going to be entered into a game - with Luke transformed into a gorgeous woman, and Robbie into a handsome stud - and the first to succumb to temptation loses. The story, of course, focuses almost entirely on Luke's struggles to adapt to his newfound femininity, with the story allowing him to develop emotionally and intellectually as he seeks help from a jilted girlfriend and rather stunned roommate. The twist here is that he must come to weigh the promise of love with the guarantee of wealth and power, and decide whether the game is worth winning.
From what I understand of audiobooks, this is a standard narrative production. Unlike the more expensive dramatizations you might get from bestselling authors at major publishing houses, there is no music, sound effects, or other actors involved. Instead, you get a single narrator reading the story, and altering her voice slightly for each character. Not being used to audiobooks, it is hard to comment on that narration, because it still feels weird to have somebody reading me a story. I will say that Morgan Tyler speaks very clearly, and reads at a nice, comfortable pace. I did find the choice of a female narrator odd, however, as most of the characters are male, making her attempts to convey things like cocky arrogance and elderly sarcasm ring false to my ears.
Regardless, I did enjoy The Gender Game, and appreciated the ability to listen to it while going for my lunch-hour walk. Listening to a story is definitely a different experience than reading one, but I would not be opposed to trying it again.
One More Thing... is a short, sexy, surprising read from Lyka Bloom, with most of the transformation happening off the page, forgotten by Ben in his hOne More Thing... is a short, sexy, surprising read from Lyka Bloom, with most of the transformation happening off the page, forgotten by Ben in his hypnotic blackouts.
It all begins when Ben starts hitting on a shy, pretty girl at a bar. He reactions are a bit odd, and her seduction a little bit reluctant, but just when it seems her interest has piqued, her mysterious friend shows up.
Over the next week, Ben begins feeling, looking, and even thinking more feminine. He starts sneaking into the office in women's lingerie, skipping meetings to masturbate, and leaving his secretary to take control. When he discovers that the girl at at the bar is a sissy - just like he is becoming - things get sexy, and when her mistress starts taking an active role . . . well, let us just say Ben is going to be one very happy girl.
This is a quick story, but it is a fun one with a lot of sexy moments, and what (for most of us) counts as a happily-ever-after.
Just in time for the holiday season, A Wish For Christmas is the latest transgender tale from Courtney Captisa. Combining elements of magical gender sJust in time for the holiday season, A Wish For Christmas is the latest transgender tale from Courtney Captisa. Combining elements of magical gender swaps and age regression, all with a reverse sort of It's a Wonderful Life feel, this is a sweet, feel-good story with two possible happily-ever-afters (but more on that in a moment).
Ryan Sutton is a young man, heading home for the holidays for the first time in four years, only to be stunned and saddened by all the changes. Family, friends, and the town itself have all gone downhill. When he makes an idle Christmas wish for "things to be like how they used to be, back when everyone was happy and things were better," he wakes up the next morning to find it has 10 years ago and he is a girl!
Although Courtney always done a stellar job of detailing how her characters deal with gender change, this may be some of her best work. There is a real hysterical edge to Rachel's first days, with the threat of hospitalizing looming large to deal with her madness, and the gradual way in which she comes to cope - aided by a bestie she never knew as Ryan - tells a story all on its own. The background details are strong as well, with plenty of technology nostalgia to really convince us it is 2005 all over again.
As for those two possible happily-ever-afters, the story reaches a climax in the final pages, with a seemingly innocuous decision looming for Rachel. In deciding what she would do, the reader gets to direct the story's conclusion in a choose-your-own-adventure style. I tried really hard to pick one and stick with it, but then I had to go back and see the other ending. Personally I think I made the right choice the first time, but it is still fun to see the alternative.
Sweet, emotionally deep, and even a bit of fun, A Wish For Christmas is a transgender feel-good holiday story that manages to avoid being too sappy or heavy-handed. Well worth a read!
With The Return: A TG Romance, Josh Randell switches things up once again, demonstrating the depth and the diversity of his characters and his storyteWith The Return: A TG Romance, Josh Randell switches things up once again, demonstrating the depth and the diversity of his characters and his storytelling themes.
Here we are introduced to a young man named Mark who, years later, is still pining for his lost love, Melody. It is a familiar story, with the demands of family, school, and careers pulling them in different directions, and neither feeling it would be fair to hold the other back for their own sake. As the story begins, Mark is (reluctantly) attending a party, where it turns out Melody is in attendance.
A little more than half the story is all anticipation, coupled with reflection and self-doubt. Mark does everything he can to delay the inevitable, going back over his memories in the process. There is an element of mystery there, and some anticipation for the reader as well, since we know this is a transgender romance . . . but nothing has been said (or even hinted at) to suggest that Melody is in fact transgender.
Was she transgender all that time, and Mark was unaware? Did their relationship never progress to that level of physical intimacy? Is she merely a red herring, a tease dangled before the reader before Mark meets a new lover, who is transgender? I liked not knowing, and felt all those questions really added something special to the story. As for the answers, those you will have read The Return to discover for yourself, but Randell once again delivers on both the romance and the eroticism, bringing together two lovely people who you instantly want to see happy.
For a debut, The Lake is a surprisingly well-polished tale from Josh Randell that is also refreshingly positive and romantic. It is the first of his tFor a debut, The Lake is a surprisingly well-polished tale from Josh Randell that is also refreshingly positive and romantic. It is the first of his transsexual romances, in which masculine, chivalrous men fall in love with beautiful, proudly feminine, transsexual women.
When Danielle nearly misses Hunter with an errant Frisbee throw, the two enjoy a little casual flirting with an open promise to meet up later. Much to his delight, he emerges from his swim in the lake to find her waiting on his blanket, and a little more friendly flirting leads them back to his tent. It's all fun and tastefully done, coming across as a genuine encounter between two strangers with an instant attraction to one another.
The eventual coming out scene here is as casual and tastefully done as the flirting before it. Danielle is smiling, with a blush on her face, when she reveals her little penis, and Hunter is entirely okay with it. He doesn't make a big deal out of it, and neither does the story. Hunter gives it a casual lick and a fondle, and while the story never makes it the focus of their lovemaking, it does touch upon it as a source and symbol of arousal - much like an erect nipple or bitten lip.
At its heart, The Lake is a romance between a man and a woman, with the attitudes, words, and actions all in accordance. The fact that Danielle is transsexual isn't at all irrelevant, it's just not the focus. It is an important part of her, and something that plays a role in their relationship, it just doesn't define her.
Having read (and thoroughly enjoyed The Lake), I thought I knew what to expect from Josh Randell, but he threw me a delightful curveball with The StopHaving read (and thoroughly enjoyed The Lake), I thought I knew what to expect from Josh Randell, but he threw me a delightful curveball with The Stop.
The story opens with a gentleman picking up a hitchhiker at an interstate rest stop. The young man looks clean and healthy, but tired, and the driver worries about someone else taking advantage of him. There is a minor misunderstanding their first night alone, when Pat tries to 'pay' for his ride, but that just leads to a deeper level of trust between them. The next day, Pat's already feminine mannerisms become even more pronounced, leading to some confusing feelings in our gentleman driver as he begins treating his passenger more and more like a woman.
If any of that sounds creepy or strange, rest assured that it most certainly is not. Their road trip is quite casual (sweet almost), and you can feel their friendship just waiting for the right spark to blossom. When Pat comes out of the bathroom that night looking like a beautiful young lady, our driver is instantly smitten, and once Patricia explains about being a guy in body only, who someday hopes to change that, the spark takes and romance is kindled.
There is so much to like about The Stop. Both characters are wonderfully developed, real people with genuine thoughts and emotions. The slow burn of their friendship-cum-romance is lovely, as is the reveal of Patricia's true gender. Even though we meet Pat as a young man, this is clearly a heterosexual romance in spirit. Most of all, I loved the sentiments both share about femininity, what it means to them, and how they appreciate it.
When I talked to Josh Randell this past weekend, he mentioned that the story of Cody and Meagan is probably his favorite, which meant (of course) thatWhen I talked to Josh Randell this past weekend, he mentioned that the story of Cody and Meagan is probably his favorite, which meant (of course) that I absolutely had to cover it for our Fourplay Fetish Feature. I am delighted to say I can see why it is a favorite.
The Flat: A TG Romance is the story of a cowboy who loves nothing better than a country girl. Early in the story, Cody talks about how they have a toughness to them, along with a solid work ethic, and can clean up better than any city girl after a day of hard work. That old-fashion appreciation for ladies with manners, values, and goals, is something you will find a lot of in Josh Randell's work. It is part of what grounds his romances, making them so . . . well, genuinely romantic.
Their initial flirting is sweet, but also empowering - with just a little sexual innuendo. Meagan doesn't need help with her flat, but Cody is too much of a gentleman to stand idly by, and she appreciates the gesture. Of course, when she calls later that night to ask for help with something in her RV, he is only too happy to swing by - and even happier to find her dressed only in a robe. That is where the story gets really interesting.
I thought Randell handled Meagan's anxiousness exceptionally well, both in her words and her subconscious little gestures. It's a lovely conversation, and Cody's reaction to her transsexual nature is sweetly comical. He says all the wrong things and asks all the wrong questions, stammering and sweating as he tries to find the right thing to say. Once the initial shock is over, he declares her "still the most beautiful woman I've had the pleasure of helping change a tire," and they melt into each other's arms. The second half of The Flat is romantic, erotic, touching, and exciting all at the same time, with the kind of happily-ever-after that only romance can provide.
Whether you are talking about the literary genre or the lifestyle itself, female domination isn't a simple fantasy/fetish niche. It is an umbrella terWhether you are talking about the literary genre or the lifestyle itself, female domination isn't a simple fantasy/fetish niche. It is an umbrella term for a wide range of experiences, which can range all the way from affectionate spankings to cruel torture and humiliation. Some of it can be quite shocking, but it is important to remember that one person's punishment is another's passion.
And that, I believe, is what sets Dommes & Submissives: A Femdom Anthology apart. Billierosie certainly explores the darker, edgier, crueler side of female domination - sometimes to the point of making me squirm in my seat - but never loses sight of that fine line between pain and pleasure . . . between punishment and passion. These are not stories of games or recreational fetish scenes, but of a lifestyle commitment, and both parties know what they are in for.
There is a lot of psychology and philosophy to the stories here, which I found fascinating. Getting inside the heads of Dommes and submissives alike is always interesting, and Billierosie paints a vivid picture of precisely why they choose to partake of such extremes. There is definitely an element of female superiority to some of the stories, especially with the globalized secret society of the Coterie, while the men have an inherent need to be owned. While it is not a collection without its moments of affection, the first story especially makes it clear how the lifestyle can fail when it is not separated from traditional ideas of love.
Personally, I enjoyed a lot of what is on display here - erotic bondage, forced oral worship, aggressive pegging, orgasm control, and even the public humiliation. Some scenes were a little too cruel for my tastes, and there was some talk of degradation that crossed a line for me, but overall I enjoyed it. Billierosie is a talented author, with a genuine flair for portraying powerful women, making this a solid read for Dommes & Submissives alike.