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Some Kind of Stranger

(Blue Ruin #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  930 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Derek Graves's desire for the perfect sexual "prisoner" has left him with a dark reputation and a string of jilted lovers. He needs a partner who wants the pleasure and the pain he can give. After his search lands him on the wrong end of the fantasy at the hands of ruthless predator, Derek returns to his accustomed hunting ground of Blue Ruin with one purpose in mind: reve ...more
ebook, 130 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Loose Id, LLC (first published January 2008)
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Say what you will about me and my reads, but I got my learn on in this book.

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The anus produces an excess of natural lube during orgasm.

Who knew?

I'm still dubious with regard to this being enough lube for the buttsex, but still. Any day I can get my learn on is a good day.

I'll still you what else I liked. The kink.

There is a laundry list of kinky shenanigans all right in my wheelhouse.

Orgasm denial.


And the person inflicted all this kink on our sweet buttsex virgin of
A disappointment in every possible way, starting with that cover.
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
This was a very entertaining book.

Derek, the dominant, and Blue, the submissive are well matched, they complete each other and they share an episode of abuse. This is what brings them together, because Derek comes to Blue's rescue when he's attacked by the same man who drugged and raped Derek some time before.

The relationship begins on a purely sexual level and predictably develops into a love story, where Derek is especially reluctant to show his true feelings. Blue has run away from his homoph
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lovely, lovely hurt/comfort/ kink. Not torture porn, not formulaic bdsm (come into my dungeon while I interview you to ascertain your hard limits so that we can commence our power exchange at 2000 hrs.....gah!). Blue is a bratty but vulnerable sub, Derek a commanding Dom with a tender side and his own frailties to conceal. The relationship these two develop is complex, sweet and incredibly sexy. I really look forward to reading more in the world of Blue Ruin. Ahem, I might just add that, while r ...more
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, _own!

The kink, Derek, Blue, Blue's hair, Derek beating down on bad bad man, and the tears, just to name a few. Which by the way reminded me of that song by Enrique Iglesias Love to see you cry: "I don't know why why but I love to see you cry".

I know this is going to sound corny but Derek and Blue completed each other. Derek was the perfect Master for Blue. Teaching untrained Blue the ins and outs of pain/pleasure was fulfilling for Derek. You also got to see how Derek was always there f
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I'm a little disappointed. I really expected to like this one. Idk why it didn't work for me but I just felt a little meh through the whole thing. Not sure if I plan on continuing the series yet. I'll have to think on it.

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I gotta say I love that cover so incredibly pretty and eye catching. Kudos to it being an original cover. I really enjoyed reading this story, the BDSM part of it is light, but spanktacular. It has pretty men and it’s so very yaoi. I was freaking sold on that alone, because yaoi is my everything.

So Derek is out to catch a predator after being drugged and violated, he’s got revenge on the brain. So
Shira Anthony
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I downloaded this story after reading Katrina Strauss' "Sleight of Hand." I hesitated to buy it because I wasn't impressed with the cover. But having read the reviews, I decided to take a chance that it was not the typical yaoi writing (PWOP - porn without plot) and I was SO pleased!

Ms. Strauss' characters are solidly three-dimensional. My favorite characterization was Blue, the young son of the local D.A. who is trying to figure out where he fits into society and deal with the pain of his past
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Jun 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ♆ BookAddict by: Dee
Now I understand why some of my friends are gushing about Ms. Strauss. I enjoyed this book greatly. I liked Derek and his Dom ways. I think I'm still going to classify it as Sugarkink because Derek really was so sweet to me. He played gruff Dom with Blue, but really, he was so gentle. The captive and pet play was hot and quite arousing.

Blue is a bratty sub. He's also pretty funny. I like his sassy attitude. I did feel badly for his lack of acceptance in his family. I'm glad Derek helped him work
Feb 13, 2010 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
It's a sweet story ... I do enjoy the relationship of Derek and Blue. Blue is not really a all-the-way submissive type, I like that he can still be mischief around Derek. But I feel that background of both haven't fully explored. I know this is a novella, but I just don't get my heart all squeezed :). I'm not sure that I want to follow the sequel though. Not a fan of the idea of sharing, and I saw three people on a cover. So yeah, I satisfy myself with this one.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very kinky and a bit too much on the pain pleasure side but not to much to put it down,
Liked blues's sassy ness
He was not as helpless as one might think,
blue new what he had in Derek 's and was not stupid , he new a good thing when he saw it.
Good writing, good story, very hot.
Indie Reviews
Blue Ruin 1: Some Kind of Stranger is the first book in Katrina Strauss’ popular Blue Ruin yaoi series. In this series, Ms. Strauss takes the fundamental elements and archetypes that are featured in the Asian illustrated novel (manga) and presents them in Western-style yaoi prose, all the while maintaining the aesthetics of the yaoi tradition. In the introductory book to the series we meet the two beautiful "bishie" (effeminate-looking male) protagonists ~ Derek who takes on the role of the “sem ...more
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Blue Ruin series, this story is an exceptional example of what a talented author Ms. Strauss is. The characters are interesting to start with, but their gradual development really hooks the reader. Derek starts out looking like a man with a very dark, dominant side who may not be very likable. Blue feels like a naive young man, making me worry that what the plot may want to pass off as romance is really abuse by Derek . Yet as the story develops, we find that Derek is truly ...more
Wendy Ann
Many times, when I'm a little hesitant about starting a new series, I'll just buy the first book and test the water - see if I enjoy it enough to move on. I will definitely be buying and reading the rest of this wonderful series!

I love m/m BDSM books and this one did not disappoint. I was initially worried that Derek might be a bit more sadistic than my taste usually runs, but that was not the case and I really enjoyed all of the hot scenes in this book. Derek's actually a bit of a softy at tim
Elisa Rolle
This is maybe the best western yaoi style novel I have read till now. Even if there are a lot of M/M romance classified as yaoi, I really have the feeling to read a yaoi style novel in the past with the works by K.B. Forrest and Jet Mykles (even if the characters of Jet Mykles are a little too old to be exactly on the role). How are our "classical" yaoi characters? Well one is young, possibly in his late teens, and one is slightly older and possibly a business man or someone with a good position ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book left me cold. I didn't find it particularly erotic. At least not nearly as erotic as it's cover art lead me to believe. This book is more like a long short story, or novella, that can be read in one evening (if you're not too sleepy). If Blue Ruin 1 and Blue Ruin 2 were combined into one book, it might then be called a novel and possibly have some substance to it. Anyway, the characters were 2 dimensional at best, and engaged in the usual BDSM that you would expect to find in a book li ...more
Well, the most telling thing I can say about this book is that the moment I finished it, I started book two in the Blue Ruin series.

This is clearly more erotica than romance, although the dom, Derek, and the sub, Blue, show every sign of being in this relationship for the long term. It's also erotica in the sense that the sex play dominates (pun intended) the plot. There was a decent plotline, although it disappeared for most of the middle of the book and isn't brought up again till the end.

Derek back at a club to take revenge on a man who drugged him and abused him, he meets Blue a busboy. Later on in the evening he sees Blue having a drink with the man who abused him and eventually follows him outside where a drugged Blue is being forced into a car.
Derek beats the man up and ends up taking Blue home.
What follows is I guess some insta-love. Both men learn they like some pain and Blue is the submissive to Derek's Dominant.
This was a very easy to read book dealing with mild BDSM.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish, bdsm
I had high expectations of this book, and was hoping for a new must-read series.
It wasn't for me in the end. I tried, persevered up to about 30%, but I found the couple didn't gel for me and so wasn't invested in reading to the end.
Just shows even well reviewed books aren't for everyone.
But still... that cover. I love P.L. Nunn. *stares*
Taintedskyee (Books Books&More Books)
Its a nice sweet story filled with loads of kinks but in some scenes,specially before a chapter ended I felt it was rushed a bit or was incomplete other wise Dereck and Blue was a very uncomplicated couple and u will really like them.
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
This wasn't too big on plot or anything, but I absolutely adored the build in their relationship, the characters themselves and just how sexy this book was on a whole.

It was such a wonderful, angst-free read. It's the kind of book you always want to reread just to bask in the warm glow of it.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica-contemp
Diverting, sweet and sexy read.

Favorite quote:
Because as much as he enjoyed bending Blue to his will, he never wanted to lose the satisfaction of knowing he’d caged a feisty tiger cub.
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-i-love, bdsm
Loved loved loved the Blue Ruin series. OMG... I never reviewed the books?
Review available at: BoysInOurBooks.

Thank you for giving me a copy of the book.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
The few BDSM books and stories I've tried in the past tended to go in directions I really didn't like, and they didn't manage to overcome my difficulty understanding the appeal of BDSM. When some of them tried to explain the appeal and how things worked in a more realistic way, the results tended to feel a bit clinical and not terribly sexy. Plus, there was still the issue of things going in directions I couldn't stand.

Katrina Strauss has managed to make it onto my short list of authors who I fe
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Erin (PT)
Though the book is not badly written, they style of the book isn't one that I really enjoy. I don't really like the fantasy world of yaoi-type stories and though this story bypasses some of the more egregious stereotypes of the genre, it still makes a lot of the missteps that I don't enjoy, such as the "magical" relationship based on nothing more than mutual attraction, the lack of dimensional characters (especially in secondary characters) and a deeper focus on the look of the characters than t ...more
Jeanne 'Divinae'
This book was good. It has a good set up of charaters(with some background, leads to a good plot and ends well.

You meet Blue and Derek. Derek is a Dominant who is looking for a willing Submissive, who will endulge in his fantasies. Blue, who is out of a home, meets Derek. They both find each other attractive. Derek meets Blue for the first time, at Blue's place of employment. Derek is out seeking revenge. He was drugged and taken advantage of by a predator. When he sees the same man drugging an
Jimmy Hanson
Jan 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, m-m
When I first started reading "Some Kind of Stranger," I wasn't too sure about it. Derek himself admits to being sadistic in his need to inflict pain on others, and Blue just seems like a little slut, ready to be laid by anything and everything that offers.

Gladly, it got better. I'm not for hard-core BDSM so some of the scenes kind of had me stepping back a bit, only to find out it was unnecessary. Nothing excruciating or demeaning happened between them, and although Derek's treatment of Blue may
Elaine White
I loved this! It's my first book by Katrina Strauss and I was sad to discover her after her retirement from writing.

Saying that, this book was amazingly good. I wasn't sure about it at first, because the subject matter was quite dark and obviously not leading anywhere good, which is why it's only 4 stars. I did contemplate after the first chapter, whether this was the right book for me, but I'm so glad I kept going.

By the time I'd got to know Blue and Derek, I'd fallen in love with them. Make no
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