Oh, yummy, whoopee, wow . . . Crystal Veeyant's first short story collection is everything you would expect from her perverse imagination, plus a wholOh, yummy, whoopee, wow . . . Crystal Veeyant's first short story collection is everything you would expect from her perverse imagination, plus a whole lot more. She really lets loose here, indulging her most imaginative fantasies, while also revisiting some of her most popular characters. That gorgeous cover promises a lot, and Genderotica certain delivers.
The General’s Sissy is classic Crystal, a tale of crossdressing, feminization, sissification, and female domination. I loved that way she 'encouraged' her crossdresser, taking advantage of his secret passion to transform him into a sexual servant for his commanding officers.
It is with The Shemale Witch that Crystal really lets her imagination run loose. It all starts like one of her normal tales, with a sissy submissive and his dominant wife, but then a plane crash leaves them at the mercy of an Indio witch. Cindy's wife is forced to discover the pleasures of being submissive, aided by three magical tentacle-tails, her husband's magically enhanced manhood, and a witch who can become whatever she wishes. This was hot, over-the-top, and glorious in its kinky delights.
Shemale Lesbian Gangbang Sisters revisits the characters of her Shemale Lesbian Gangbang Girl story. If you have already read that, then you know what to expect here - a little psuedo incest, some well-hung shemales, and a little kinky roleplay on the road. It is just as much fun as the source material, and fits beautifully as a missing chapter.
Next up is Sissy Sexual Harassment, another new tale that puts a different twist on Crystal's favorite themes. Here were have a young college grad, deeply in debt, who is about to lose his job. Of course, his boss has a different position available, provided he is willing to be forcibly feminized and used to service her and her shemale assistant. What I loved most about this one was the final twist, in which we once again discover the joys of finding one's secret self.
Mom’s Barroom Shemale is a special treat, bringing together characters from Mom's Truckstop Shemale and Stepmom's Sissies. Lots more psuedo incest her, sissy and shemale action, and a whole bar full of horny bikers anxious to watch . . . and have their fun. It is probably the edgiest of all the tales, but it all cums to an entirely satisfying climax.
Genderotica offers up a nice sampling of genres and fetishes for fans who are new to Crystal's work, while also rewarding long-time fans with something different to go along with revisiting old friends. I did not want The Shemale Witch to end, and The General’s Sissy ended just as it was getting really good, but the rest were just perfect.
"An expedition into the heart of the Amazon leads a group of researchers into the clutches of an Amazon tribe, ruled by a futa queen." As a huge fan o"An expedition into the heart of the Amazon leads a group of researchers into the clutches of an Amazon tribe, ruled by a futa queen." As a huge fan of Lyka Bloom's work, that opening line of her latest cover blurb was all I needed to read before I began begging her for a copy - and I am delighted to say that all my begging was rewarded in spades!
I Was an Amazon's Bride is, first and foremost, a great period piece. It's the story of a 19th century expedition, told via diary entries from Miles Dawson. It has that classic feel to it, and is full of details regarding the flora, fauna, and insect life of the deep jungle. Bloom does a fantastic job of setting the scene, making us see, hear, and feel the claustrophobic press of the jungle around the explorers. She begins setting up the dread early on, with the native guides very much afraid of some carvings they've found on a tree, and foreshadows later developments with the discovery of an odd tree sap that looks and feels far more like semen than any sap known to man.
Their capture of the young woman stalking the camp is actually a bit anti-climactic, given that she seems far slighter, slender, and weak compared to what we'd expect from an Amazon warrior. Of course, Bloom is just setting us up for a bigger surprise when her tribe comes screeching in to her rescue. Before then, however, Miles has a chance to show the young woman a little kindness and tenderness, which not only distinguishes him to the reader, but to the tribe as well. It's because of those few simple acts that he's kept apart from the other men and allowed to watch as each of them are transformed in an orgasmic ecstasy of ritual and magic.
As much as I'd love to talk about what comes next, I will bite my tongue and resist the temptation to talk about anything beyond the cover blurb. Needless to say, Miles has an interesting journey of transformation himself to undergo, but the kindness that sets him apart also brings him to the attention of the Amazon's shemale Queen - who, as you might guess, is in need of a bride. Despite the fear and the dread of the early scenes, and the fact that the men are forced into the situation, this is largely a joyous tale of men transformed into playfully sexual women. There is some sorrow and pain to the Queen's story, and Miles has a far bigger role to play in the tribe's future than his colleagues, but I loved the way in which Bloom developed the third and final act of the story.
I Was an Amazon's Bride is another book from Lyka Bloom that is both a great story on its own, and a great piece of transformation erotica. The imagination she puts into the story, coupled with her attention to detail, really does make this a delight.
Kylie Gable has to be one of the most diverse, and proficient, authors of transgender fiction going. While there are often common themes of forced femKylie Gable has to be one of the most diverse, and proficient, authors of transgender fiction going. While there are often common themes of forced feminization, coerced bisexuality, humiliation, and cuckoldry, the background, the setting, and the scenario are new every time. Friendly Seduction incorporates all of those themes, but does so in original fashion.
This time out, the scenario is one of sexual surrogacy. Brendan hasn't seen his college buddy in years so when he finds himself out of a job, he's more than happy to drop everything and accept an invitation to visit. The catch? Well, it turns out Adam's not home, and his stunningly beautiful wife is interested in more than just making their visitor comfortable. She wants to turn her husband's friend into his new lover, taking up the sexual slack while she steps out and avails herself of her choice of men.
Gable is all over the map with this one, and I love it. Morgan alternately seduces, teases, torments, blackmails, forces, and coerces Brendan into doing what she wants. There's no pain or humiliation involved this time, but it's a bewildering journey that lands Brendan in a beautician's chair for a total, head-to-toe transformation. There are some lovely twists to Friendly Seduction, particularly with Brendan's secret past, and just what Morgan and Adam know about it. The attention to detail is lovely, and the sexuality over-the-top, especially with the entirely satisfying finale.
Lana Rae and the Magic Wand, the latest erotic adventure from Lyka Bloom, is pure, unadulterated, transgender fun.
The concept is one of pure fantasy,Lana Rae and the Magic Wand, the latest erotic adventure from Lyka Bloom, is pure, unadulterated, transgender fun.
The concept is one of pure fantasy, with some magical pharmaceuticals powering the transformation, but that's only the beginning. It's primarily a character study of two very different trangender individuals, one who began claiming her feminine identity as an outcast teenager, and one who is just beginning to experiment with his much later in life.
Lana herself is a fun character, a bold, condident, supremely sexual woman who is proud of her transgender nature. She works as a model, actress, and high priced escort for men and women who desire a woman with a little something more. It's taken years of surgery, drugs, hormones, and laser therapy to shape her into the woman she is today, so she jumps at the chance when her doctor offers a new all-in-one trial drug to simplify her life. So long as it doesn't interfere with her erections, she's happy to try it out.
Almost immediately, she can see the new drug taking effect, making her skin softer and lighter, her breasts just a tad larger, and her bottom a little rounder. What nobody told her about, however, was the side effect that comes from injecting a partner with the love potion inside her magic wand. I've probably said enough already to whet your whistle, but I will say it opens up a whole new avenue of fun and adventure as her sissy crossdressing client finds himself really settling into his role.
Sweet and sexy, this is Lyka at her most playful. Let Lana Rae and the Magic Wand seduce you, and see if you don't agree.
Well, they say all good things must come to an end, but I really have mixed feelings about Lyka Bloom saying goodbye to the Institute. It's been one oWell, they say all good things must come to an end, but I really have mixed feelings about Lyka Bloom saying goodbye to the Institute. It's been one of the most stunning and imaginative pieces of transgender erotica I've read in a very long time, with an intimate appreciation for the subjects of female domination and (sometimes) forced feminization. There's so much potential there that I hate to see the series end, but I also realize it's best to climax on a high note than to start becoming repetitive and losing the edge.
So, that brings us to Pink Erasure: The Final Tale of the Institute. If you've been following along with the series (or my reviews), then you know that Lady B has been treading some dangerous waters of late. She's gone far beyond the original mandate of the Institute, and seems more interested in mind control and revenge than in helping boys and girls to realize their bimbo, slutty, ultra-feminine potential. She's definitely crossed some lines, and it's brought some unwelcome scrutiny.
For the first time here we see Lady B's perfect little sissy and shemale sluts standing up to her and challenging her once unquestionable rule. It's not a power play or an act of rebellion, just a sincere desire to protect their Mistress and all that she has created. Even the most brainwashed of bimbos can see how much good the Institute and the Pink Spy web-cam service have done, and how much happier it has made them in their lives.
Aurora, Lady B's lover and closest confidante, has just enough free will to really press the issue, but Lady B doesn't want to hear it. Scorned and rejected, Aurora must battle her own lust for obedience with her devotion to the Institute and all that it stands for. Eventually, she decides that the only way to protect them all is the get into Lady B's private office, steal her prized tool, and turn the tables by working a little mind control on their Mistress.
Nothing, of course, ever goes quite according to plan.
While this final chapter has its moments of sexy fun and imaginative adventure, it's definitely the darkest, edgiest of the series. There's a real sense of impending doom, and genuine worry as to who will survive to the end, who will become completely bimboized, and who will end up one of Lady B's faceless rubber doll servants. There are some fantastic twists along the way, some glorious moments of passion, and an ending that certainly wraps up the story . . . but which leaves the door open for Lyka to possibly one day play again.
Well now, this certainly wasn't the book that I was expecting. When Peggy Barnett pitched it to me, I thought it would just be a fun bit of erotic genWell now, this certainly wasn't the book that I was expecting. When Peggy Barnett pitched it to me, I thought it would just be a fun bit of erotic gender-bending fluff. Of course, knowing Peggy, and knowing what else she writes, I really should have expected more. Yes, there is a lot of eroticism here, and it definitely breaks the gender binary, but none of it is fluff. In fact, Lips Like Ice is a very deep, very thoughtful story that goes to some very dark places, both physically and psychologically.
Before I get into its themes, let me set the stage for you. Lydia awakens from a surreal sort of illness, bereft of both her memories and emotions, to find herself in an alien land. All she knows is that she has been brought there by the Queen, to serve as a pet for an adolescent royal. Not a friend, not a companion, not a lover, but a pet that will help its owner to learn compassion and caring. As for her owner, the Prince is an elf-like being – perhaps a god or an alien – from a civilization that looks down on humanity as a lesser, animalistic race.
That brings me to the first theme here, which is one of dominance and submission. Human pets are a common aspect of BDSM erotica, usually with a collared slave who happily submits to the role. There’s a servile, submissive element, but it’s clearly role-play. Here, Peggy strips away the safety and sanity of the role-play framework and explores what it really means to be a pet, not a person. Lydia is ignored, her comforts disregarded, and often completely dismissed – not out of cruelty, but simple neglect. She nearly dies because the Prince doesn’t give any thought to her needs, and more than once is kicked like a puppy when he’s in a bad mood. It’s a relationship that evolves throughout the tale, but that role of pet, that question of ownership, is always there.
Not surprisingly, the theme that excited me the most is the one that Peggy uses to take the story outside the gender binary. The Prince, when we meet him, is a smooth, hairless, genderless being, on the cusp of maturity . . . at which time he will choose a gender. The very idea of being able to choose a gender is an attractive one, but Peggy doesn’t play it safe or easy. The Prince comes from a culture where only firstborns are expected to choose male, and younger siblings female. The fact that he has chosen male is a great scandal, putting both Lydia and himself in grave danger. There’s some fascinating exploration, particularly in the latter part of the book, into why he chose male, what prompted it, and what it all means. Anybody who has ever stepped outside the gender binary will immediately appreciate the dilemma he faces.
Actually, the Prince’s world is one in which sex is just as bent as gender, but I will restrain myself (as much as I’d love to gush over the imagination there), and not spoil the surprises!
The final theme here is one of consent. Lydia is very aware of her circumstances, and painfully aware of the ways (both deliberate and unconscious) in which the Prince tries to domesticate her and win her affection. She knows all about feeling like a victim. She’s aware of the perils of Stockholm syndrome, and she constantly questions her own actions towards the Prince. The question of rape looms large over the entire story, and if it gets uncomfortable at times . . . well, it should. To easily dismiss it or resolve it would be to neuter the whole story, and some role/gender reversal in the final act of the story really brings this theme home.
There are so many things I’d love to say about the story itself, but you really need to let it develop for yourself. Peggy took it in places I so did not expect, challenging me, delighting me, and ultimately rewarding me with an absolutely perfect ending. Lips Like Ice is often deeply thoughtful, to the point of being philosophical, but just as often tender, erotic, and exciting. OMG, is it ever worth a read!
When I was first contacted about joining the review tour for His Kind of Woman, all I needed to know was that it was a M/F transgender erotic romance.When I was first contacted about joining the review tour for His Kind of Woman, all I needed to know was that it was a M/F transgender erotic romance. It didn't matter that I'd never read Nona Raines before, there simply aren't nearly enough romance novels out there involving transgender women, and I wanted to not only experience it, but help spread the word.
I am delighted to say that this was a lovely read, a truly romantic tale that demonstrates a wonderful understanding of what it means to be different. In fact, much of the story revolves around the idea of bullying (past, present, and future) and rejection (family, friends, and strangers). If that sounds too dark, or too heavy for a romance, rest assured that it's also a story about understanding and overcoming.
While I was initially a little uncomfortable with the way Roy thinks about Venetia and the kinds of questions he asks himself about her, I have to give Nona credit for taking such an authentic approach to her romance. Yes, there's a little lust/infatuation at first sight, but this isn't a tale of insta-love. It takes Roy a while to overcome his own fears and insecurities, but the friendship/courtship between him and Venetia is very well done. Similarly, it takes a lot for her to open herself up to the risk of rejection, but I loved that vulnerability.
Although there's some talk of BDSM and power exchange relationships in the early chapters (that I'm both surprised and relieved didn't go anywhere), most of the erotic elements are saved for the end, and they are quite tasteful and very well-done.
At the end of the day, it's clear that Venetia is indeed His Kind of Woman - all woman, inside and out, despite what biological history might otherwise suggest.
The ever-lovely and oh-so-talented Carollyn Olson actually introduced me to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes back in November, and her recommendatioThe ever-lovely and oh-so-talented Carollyn Olson actually introduced me to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes back in November, and her recommendation carries a lot of weight with me. I can't explain why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I am pleased to say that Dani Mitchell's transgender fantasy is everything Carollyn promised . . . and just a bit more.
First of all, I love how the narrative was structured. We actually open with a brief, somewhat ominous snippet of the Greg's thoughts as he awakens from surgery. From there, the story leaps back in time to the beginning of his journey, but Mitchell continues to scatter those mysterious surgical scenes throughout the novel. That structure adds a whole other dimension of anticipation to the story, leaving us to wonder precisely why he's been hospitalized. Early on, the fact that his father is an abusive alcoholic leads one to wonder whether it will be a beating that will send Greg to the hospital, but little hints and clues give rise to even stranger worries later on, before ultimately revealing the truth.
I don't want to spoil any of the magic here, so I'm going limit myself to talking about the initial set-up. When we first meet Greg, we discover that he is a closet crossdresser. It's nothing sexual or fetishistic for him, just a means of finding comfort and de-stressing in an abusive home. He is smaller than most of the boys, leading him to be bullied, but he has some good friends and dreams of becoming a mechanic. Eventually, he meets Kris, a beautiful young lesbian who becomes his best friend. Just when you think you know where the story is going, however, Kris disappears under suspicious circumstances, and Greg's life goes on without her for a couple of years.
Not long after Greg's dad discovers him dressed, and sets about destroying all his clothes and shoes, Kris suddenly reappears. She seems to have one of those too-good-to-be-true story of a rich relative who took her in after her parents threw her out for being a lesbian, and it's at this point that the surgery snippets get a little more weird, with talk of tattoos and making clients very happy. Greg does comes out to Kris as transsexual, but almost immediately there are some off hand comments from her aunt that add even more mystery to the situation, especially in light of how the surgical scenes are progressing.
That's all I will say on that, however, as discovering how (and why) the story develops should be up to the reader. It's a carefully structured story that's full of drama, sorrow, and moments of indescribable happiness. Greg and Kris are such a perfect couple, you can't help but want them to have the biggest, best, most happily-ever-after in history. There is such joy in their scenes together, such unrestrained happiness, that you can't help but fall in love with them. As for the other characters, Greg's dad is pretty much the archetype of a drunken bully; his mother is a surprisingly strong character, especially with her growth in the latter half of the book; while Jennifer, Kris' aunt, is more of a plot device than a fully-fleshed character, but you'll wish you had an aunt like that as well.
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes has its moments of darkness and sorrow, and does get quite ominous in parts, but you will come away from it with a smile on your face and a sweet little pitter-patter in your heart.
Wow, OMG, and Squee! Love Rampage was such a fun, delightful tale, I never wanted it to end. It's an absolutely perfect 21st century fairy tale of truWow, OMG, and Squee! Love Rampage was such a fun, delightful tale, I never wanted it to end. It's an absolutely perfect 21st century fairy tale of true love, gender identity, and (yes) unicorns. Alex Powell has really crafted something special here, the kind of story that wraps you in a warm hug and carries you away to a world where love is true, and where dreams do come true.
As the story opens, Maíra has long since outgrown wanting a unicorn, but then, wouldn't you know it, one shows up in her room, claiming she needs it because she's fallen in love. Powell really has fun with the encounter, indulging in some friendly banter while she allows Maíra to explore whether her unicorn is real, or whether it's all a dream. The unicorn's sarcastic sort innocence is what really brings the tale alive, with an absolute refusal to accept that love cannot (and should not) be so simple and pure.
The term 'transgender' is never used within the tale, but it's hinted at, danced around, and strongly suggested as the basis for Maíra's reluctance to follow through in declaring her love. The unicorn's response to that is fantastic:
"You're human. She is also human. I do not see the problem," the unicorn said. "I know a dragon that fell in love with a mermaid. Why should shape have any bearing on the matter?"
With that settled, they're off to shop for a wedding dress (a comic adventure all on its own), before heading to fairy tale lands to have the elves craft one of their own. Where the story gets dark (and smart) is when Maíra finally arrives to declare her love, only to find the object of her affections at the mercy of a magical serpent. As we discover, the unicorn is an embodiment of love, while serpent is an embodiment of hate, and the two lovers-to-be must battle against the fears, the self-hatred, and the prejudices instilled in them by society.
It all adds up to a dreamy, surreal, comic, fairy tale story that's full of magic and true love. This is a fairy tale, so expect a happily-ever-after, but be prepared for some difficult, anxious moments in that final magical confrontation. Love Rampage is such a lovely tale, so well-written, that I've been recommending it to anybody who's willing to let me gush. :)
Take an established couple, a very well-developed relationship of female domination and forced feminization, and sprinkle in a little supernatural funTake an established couple, a very well-developed relationship of female domination and forced feminization, and sprinkle in a little supernatural fun . . . and you have Hallow's Eve by Troy King. This latest tale of Mistress Minerva and her forcibly feminized husband follows up on the events of The Punishment ;and its ;sequel.
Like the first two tales (which you don't need to read first to enjoy this), Hallow's Eve is another wonderful story of BDSM and forced feminization within the bounds of a loving, monogamous marriage. I love the amount of detail here, and the sensuality of their relationship. King really lets us feel the admiration and appreciation of Minerva as both wife and Mistress.
The dialogue here is fantastic as well, full of friendly, loving banter that manages to exquisitely portray dominance and submission within the bounds of a 'normal' relationship, and all without sounding too fantastic or artificial. There's no playacting or roleplaying here, just a couple who enjoy the power exchange as much as they enjoy each other's company.
The sudden shift to supernatural fantasy in the second half is all the more startling because of that casual opening, with a little exhibitionist sex in the cemetery leading to a standoff between Minerva and a demoness. I won't say any more about that, at risk of spoiling the magic, but Troy King deserves a lot of credit for so seamlessly blending such fantastic elements with such a realistic tale. I loved Hallow's Eve, and can't wait to see what's next for Minerva and her subbie hubby.
Magda is an incredibly powerful witch and a sexually liberated woman with a temper, one that has already seen a high school football player transformeMagda is an incredibly powerful witch and a sexually liberated woman with a temper, one that has already seen a high school football player transformed into a Goth lesbian porn star because he dared take protest her sex-toy boutique (in Lyka Bloom's first Toy Chest story, A Touch of Magic).
Derrick is just a sexually frustrated husband who wants to put a little spice back into his marriage. Feeling unloved and unappreciated, he just wants to see his cold, disinterested wife return to the adventurous woman she was when they first started dating. She, of course, waits in the car while he pretends to be buying a dildo for a friend's bachelor party.
Had Derrick not been so curious, and had his wife not been so cold, things might have turned out the way he intended. Instead, he decides to try just One Little Sip of the potion Magda provided, half-certain that it's just a liquid form of Ecstasy. What begins as a suspect case of the flu soon takes on frightening implications has his body begins transforming, fueled by what his doctor dismisses as a stress-induced estrogen imbalance.
Where it begins to get weird is when Denise, his wife, starts slipping up, misgendering him, and misremembering details of his life, confusing him with a daughter they never had. Where it gets weirder is when Derrick starts having memories of highschool boyfriends he, clearly, never had as a boy.
Rather than spoil the magic, I'll stop there and let you imagine for yourself just what is happening to poor Derrick and why. It's actually a lovely little tale, well thought out, and well orchestrated. Bloom always does a wonderful job of exploring the consequences of her transformations, and that talent goes even deeper here.
Even I had not already ready enough Paul Zante to make me a fan, I knew I was going to love this from the first scene. When we first meet Sally, she iEven I had not already ready enough Paul Zante to make me a fan, I knew I was going to love this from the first scene. When we first meet Sally, she is a blissfully happy, blessedly content sissy who revels in her femininity. There is no shame here, no embarrassment, and no insecurities. She loves being a girl and has completely give herself over to the fantasy - mind, body, and soul. It is so refreshing to see that side of the sissy lifestyle explored, and it gave me the biggest . . . smile. :)
The second thing that immediately endeared me to Sissy Dreams: Sally's Evening Out is the relationship between Sally and her Mistress. They are still married, and still love each other very much. Yes, there is a distinct and well-defined dominant/submissive relationship here, but beneath it all remains the love and affection that first brought them together. Both are concerned for the other's feelings, and I loved that we got to see Mistress a little unsettled by the thought of how Sally would deal with her surprise evening out.
Another thing I loved about this story is the relationship between the sissies, Sally and Danielle. Although both are owned by and wholly committed to their Mistresses, there is a bond between them that goes far deeper than the very sweet sort of love they share. Sisters in sissy submission, they are best friends and lesbian lovers who are responsible for providing one another for their monthly release. I loved all the little touches Zante includes here, from the tentative hand holds, to the tender kisses, to the shared smiles across the room. Just beautiful!
As for the story itself, Sally does find her boundaries tested, but her love for her Mistress and the loving support of her fellow sissy are more than enough to see her through her first night of fluffing. The last thing I loved about the story was how Zante dealt with the aftermath of that scene. Instead of either being humiliated or suddenly transformed into a bisexual slut, Sally finds the experience a little distasteful, but accepts it as something that pleases her Mistress. It happened, she performed well, and that's really it. She quickly moves on (with the help of a little mouthwash) to enjoy a similar act with Danielle, but with an enjoyment borne of love and affection.
Truly, a sweet and sexy story, perfect for anybody with an interest in the softer, more realistic side of dominance and submission, and the happier side of sissyhood.
Just in time for the holidays, Kylie Gable offers up for holiday-themed tales of forced feminization and female domination. It's an interesting collecJust in time for the holidays, Kylie Gable offers up for holiday-themed tales of forced feminization and female domination. It's an interesting collection, with half incorporating the embarrassment and humiliation Kylie does so well, and the other half coming across as almost sweet (in a twisted sort of way).
Sissy Under Wraps is a classic Kylie story, focused on the act of feminization of an arrogant jerk who decides to break up with his girlfriend (via email, no less!) just 2 days before Christmas. Katie is devastated, but fortunately she has friends who know how to make her holiday season a bit brighter. Overcome as much by a few drinks as his own libido, Jack follows a strange woman home, only to find those very same friends waiting for him. His breaking and feminization is very well done (and appropriately holiday themed), leaving him as a gift-wrapped under his girlfriend's tree. There's an unusual Scrooge-worthy twist in the final scene that will make you smile, but please do yourself a favor and enjoy it yourself.
Regifted is a delightfully romantic story of lesbian love, and one in which sissies make only a fleeting appearance. It's the story of a dominant young woman who is desperate to afford a Christmas present for her best friend, lover, and soul mate. After much soul searching she decides to sell her well-trained sissy to another Mistress, and to use that money for a present. There's a sweet twist involved here as well, putting a romantic cherry on top of the tale, while subtly reminding us that Kylie's sissies are mere objects.
The Christmas Pageant is another classic Kylie story, once again focused on the act of feminization and the humiliation of the lucky boy at its center. Here we have an absolute brat of a brother who likes to embarrass and insult his sister at every opportunity. When his cruel taunts about a holiday pageant dress go a little too far, he finds himself on the other end of the exchange, forced not only into feminization, but into taking a place in the pageant. It's a fun, revenge-fuelled story with an open ending that promises even more cruel delights.
The final story, What Are You Doing for New Year's, is the shortest of the collection, but still a cute read. It's really all set-up, an introduction to a larger story that Kylie leaves in our imaginations, with a sissy and his wife preparing for a New Year’s Eve party at a fancy hotel. It's the dialogue that sparkles here, especially the way in which David's wife so casually reminisces about past embarrassments. She teases him mercilessly about his date, the best friend who covered for David's infidelity a year ago, but there's another twist to be revealed that puts a happy, sexy, sissy spin on things.
Gift Wrapped is a fantastic collection, and one that displays a newer, softer, happier side of Kylie - one that compliments the delicious cruelty we've come to expect beautifully!
I love a little over-the-top exaggerated fantasy as much as the next gurl. In fact, I'm often guilty of it myself, concocting elaborate scenarios thatI love a little over-the-top exaggerated fantasy as much as the next gurl. In fact, I'm often guilty of it myself, concocting elaborate scenarios that I would so very much like to be true, but which I know are impossible. As much fun as that is, however, I am always delighted when I come across a story that's grounded firmly in reality, a story that strikes me as sincere.
In case you haven't already guessed, Offline by John Dylena is one of those stories. He immediately won me over when his narrator admits he doesn't have "the most ideal body for a crossdresser," owing to his wide shoulders and chubby past. Do you know how much that made me smile? All to often these stories begin with a young man who is perfectly slender, dainty, and androgynous. That body type makes passable feminization a bit easier, but it's not something that most of us can identify with.
On top of that, I loved the uncertainty and the confusion involved. Is he a crossdresser, or could there be something deeper to it? Is he gay? Is he straight? Is he bisexual? Does it matter that what he desires in his feminine persona is different than his masculine reality? These are all questions we have asked ourselves at some point, and issues some of us never stop struggling with. Dylena doesn't just pay lip service to those questions either. When his two crossdressing lovers meet for the first time, our narrator feels physically nauseous, and ultimately backs out. Not only that, but his lover . . . his Master . . . is left with tears of disappointment in his eyes. Now, don't take that wrong and don't worry yourself, because they do get together (and it is amazing!), but that initial trepidation comes across as genuine and honest.
The appeal here goes far beyond realism and being relatable, however. It is also a very well-written story that flows nicely, that uses some smart, literate turns of phrase, and which is lovingly detailed. Dylena is just as adept at getting into a crossdresser's skirt as he is at getting into their heads, and you can feel that shared pleasure. I will admit, I cringed a bit when the idea of cybersex first cropped up, but only because so many authors use it as a cheat. Not here. Dylena manages to balance the online conversation and the real-world experience very well, creating scenes of virtual domination that really work.
I could go on and on about this, but you really need to take yourself Offline for about 45 minutes and give it a read yourself. It's a fantastic story, and one that will have an crossdresser saying "Wow, that really could be me!" and smiling all the way to the end.
It's no secret that I love getting lost in a story, which is why I get so excited when I find trans* themed novels and omnibus editions. Short storiesIt's no secret that I love getting lost in a story, which is why I get so excited when I find trans* themed novels and omnibus editions. Short stories are fun, and there are certainly series that I love to follow, but nothing beats sitting down for 2 or 3 days and becoming immersed in one world. That's why, when John Dylena approached us about some reviews, I was quite content to let Bobbi jump on the short stories while I snatched up longer titles like Raethiana.
There's so much going on here, so many secrets and twists to be revealed, that I really need to be careful not to spoil anything for new readers. It really is full of delightful surprises, some of them sexy and fetishistic, but others rather clever and plot-driven. It's a novel that has a lot of fun playing with the conventions of the urban fantasy/paranormal romance genres.
It all starts with a young man who gets picked up in a bar by an impossibly beautiful woman, goes home, gets thrown into bed, and is then shown the night of his life. It's an absolute fantasy scenario for any horny young virgin, and the first big twist comes when Raethiana reveals herself to be a succubus and expresses such shock that sex didn't kill him. She must know how he managed to resist her sexual magic, so she decides to move in, take over his life, and tease him beyond belief. It sounds like an odd couple kind of comedy, and that element is certainly there, but there's a much bigger story beneath it all.
There's a significant amount of conflict here, involving both a hunter of supernatural creatures and a rebellion in the supernatural realm. There's more than enough action and horror to entertain any reader, but there's also a surprisingly seductive tale of romance woven into the erotic fetish exploration. Raethiana and John, succubus and human, explore a wide range of erotic adventures together - some of my favorites, of course, involving gender-bending magic - all leading to an honest-to-gosh romance that really serves as the heart of the tale.
I know, I know, I'm teasing a lot without really saying much, but I don't want to give anything away. You really need to see for yourself how and why the relationship develops the way it does, where the gender bending aspects come in, and how all the story threads come together in a fantastic climax. I loved it, and I came away from it aroused, amused, and astounded. Dylena sets up a lot at the start, and seems to be almost promising too much, but it all pays off in the end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lyka Bloom is one of the best in the business at gender transformation tales, with the original Gamer GirlI've said it before and I'll say it again, Lyka Bloom is one of the best in the business at gender transformation tales, with the original Gamer Girl being her best standalone tale to date. Of course, with a sequel now available, it no longer qualifies as a standalone, but that doesn't change a thing.
Gamer Girl: Player 2 is the sequel we all wanted, but didn't necessarily ever expect to see. As it opens, NuLife and NuWay are both long gone, the online multiplayer game a virtual ghost town, and the company itself completely out of business. Their existence is little more than an urban legend, and their product is something whispered about only in the forbidden chat rooms of the deep internet.
That's getting ahead of ourselves a bit, however. When we first meet Franklin he has no knowledge of NuLife, and no interest in NuWay. He's a rich loner who has never so much as dabbled in transgender fantasies, but who is more than willing to play along when a new girlfriend suggests a little experimentation. Before long, he finds himself enjoying this new life, and begins seeking out ways to more fully immerse himself in his femininity. Then, just as he's beginning to truly find himself, Chrissie decides she's had enough and wants to settle down with somebody a little more traditional.
Abandoned and already addicted to his own femininity, Franklin puts his free time and considerable wealth to use, finding a NuWay suit on the blackmarket, and a copy of the portal into NuLife from an IRC lurker who knows the legends. Unlike the first story, here we have a man who knows precisely what he's getting into, and who has full control over his transformation. It makes for an exciting tale of erotic self-realization, and the ways in which Bloom explores the conflict between what 'he' knows and what 'she' desires is fantastic. Of course, he's not about to stop at simply transforming himself, and that's where the story get really interesting.
Gamer Girl: Player 2 is more of a wish fulfillment tale than the forced feminization story of the first chapter, but it benefits from having already introduced the technology. Bloom is able to experiment a bit more here and demonstrate another side of her gender transformation talent, making this a more than worth sequel that can stand on its own.
Bodysuit Blunder by Gregor Daniels is one of the older pieces of mask or bodysuit fiction to find its way onto Kindles, Kobos, Nooks, and more. Plus,Bodysuit Blunder by Gregor Daniels is one of the older pieces of mask or bodysuit fiction to find its way onto Kindles, Kobos, Nooks, and more. Plus, being that it's a shorter tale, it offer a perfect opportunity ease new readers into the world of female masking.
What I like about this one is the way Daniels introduces the technology and establishes it as a legitimately passable, almost magical, form of expression. He talks about its evolution from fetish latex outerwear to realistic skin suits that leave the wearer indistinguishable from the costume itself.
The exploration and experimentation as Timothy slips into the suit and attempts to cope with how it changes his perceptions is very well-done. Daniels makes you believe that such a suit can really exist, and that it can transform an innocent young man into a beautiful, sexually liberated woman. It's comical in parts, but also extremely sensual.
Of course, this is fiction, and that means we're expected to take some liberties with both the technology and our own imaginations. Perhaps Timothy is a bit too passable, a bit too insta-woman to be believable, but that's precisely what we want such a mask and bodysuit to do. His lesbian experimentation with his girlfriend is absolutely fantastic, and the twist the Daniels introduces towards the end really makes you wonder about the consequences of swapping our your old male identity for a shiny new female one . . . but to say more about that would be to deprive you of the fun.
Bodysuit Blunder definitely takes masking to an extreme, fantastic level, but I love that Daniels does talk about about how the technology got to that point, and I think he does a fantastic job of putting the reader inside the suit. Just a fun tale.