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Book Review: Carrie’s Story and Safe Word by Molly Weatherfield

March 4th, 2015 2 comments

CarriesStorySafeWordOoo, what’s that?

So I decided to review these two books together because they really are inseparable. You can’t read one and not read the other. That’s just the way it is.

They are Carrie’s Story and Safe Word by Molly Weatherfield. And while I like the writing style, and the story is believable, I’m really kinda on the fence about the meat and potatoes.

How is it?

Rayne’s Rating:
Pros: Cons:
realistic characters
realistic BDSM scenes
hot sex scenes
I’m on the fence about the plot.
Consent’s a little murky.

I need to start by saying that I really wish publishers would put warnings on fictional kink books. Nothing major; just a short “Some of the acts in this book are ill-advised. Please educate yourself in kink before participating.” or something.

I know my opinion is an unpopular one. People consider warnings on books censorship. But a warning isn’t the same thing as telling someone not to read them.

People also feel like you shouldn’t have to tell someone not to use a fictional story about BDSM as a guide on how to get started, but you have to tell people not to put hemorrhoid cream in their mouth, and not to take their toasters in the bathtub with them, so why wouldn’t you have to tell people not to use a fictional story about BDSM as a guide?

We put warnings on coffee, and television shows, and bags of dirt, and freakin commercials with flying cars. Books seem like they could use a warning occasionally, too. Especially in the wake of 50 Shades. Read more…

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Book Review: The End In All Beginnings by John F. D. Taff

December 11th, 2014 1 comment

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So a while back, M read a really good book with a few tiny quirks, and the author asked his readers for criticism.

I don’t think you’re understanding the magnitude of my statement, here. In an era where authors are accusing critical reviewers of bullying, the author asked for criticism. So M responded. The author was grateful! And the rest, as they say, is history.

Then this book came out, and it got way more press than I think anyone was expecting, and then we all realized it was totally worth it. Totally. So I planned to review it, and then M said I had to review it because John’s having a contest, and the winner will be written into his next story.

I could die happy as a character in one of John’s books. ~nods~

Anywho…my review: Read more…

Book Review: Quarter Past Midnight by CJ Asher

December 4th, 2014 3 comments

Book Cover: Quarter Past MidnightOoo, what’s that?

That is CJ Asher’s debut self-published novel Quarter Past Midnight.

What’s it about?

Kate (aka Taylor) is a small town girl who quit her accounting job and moved to Philly to escape personal tragedy. While searching for an accounting job in Philly, Kate took a part time job at a strip club to pay the bills. Her boss there tips her off to another job at a swanky lingerie store, and before long, Kate finds herself in the middle of a high class “fantasy fulfillment” service of the sexual sort. Read more…

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Book Review: Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission by Alison Tyler

September 10th, 2013 5 comments

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I am not a big erotica reader. I often say that I just don’t really like to read erotica, but the fact of the matter is, I’m just saying that to be nice. To be honest, I think most of it sucks.

Okay, okay. Some of it that I think sucks doesn’t suck for other people because it’s written by and for people who have sex like they do. Thing is, I don’t have sex like most people. I don’t really interact with people, and particularly my lovers, in the same way most people interact with each other. I never really have. So I often have a hard time relating to the characters, and throughout the entire story, plausible though it might be, I’m sitting there thinking, “This would never happen in my world.” Including some BDSM books.

Reading Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission was a much different experience. Keep reading to find out why. Read more…

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Book Review: Making the Hook-Up edited by Cole Riley

September 10th, 2010 Comments off

Ooo, what’s that?

With a picture like that, what else could it be but a compilation of steamy erotica?  It’s called Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul.  It’s written by black authors, and edited by Cole Riley, with the intention of doing away with black stereotypes, sexual and societal.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Three Kisses – Preston Allen
  • For Nita – Jolie duPre
  • Got Milk? – Monica Elaine
  • Rain – Kweli Walker
  • Strangers in the Water – R. Gay
  • Keeping Up with the Joneses – Reginald Harris
  • Dangerous Comfort – Shane Allison
  • Pharaoh’s Phallic – DeepBronze
  • Lonnie’s Licks – Tenille Brown
  • Hung – Zetta Brown
  • Irresistible – Cole Riley
  • All Day – Asha French
  • When the River – Leone Ross
  • Sex and Chocolate – Garnell Wallace
  • A Taste of Tyrell – Jolene Hui
  • Welcome Home – Shakir Rashaan
  • Lights on a Cave Wall – Zaji
  • Velvet – Fiona Zedde
  • About the Authors
  • About the Editor

What’s it about?  Read more…

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Book Review: Anal Pleasure and Health by Jack Morin, PhD

July 23rd, 2010 1 comment

Ooo, what’s that?

That’s Anal Pleasure and Health: A Guide for Men and Women by Jack Morin, PhD, and it’s probably the most overdue review in the history of reviews.  My apologies and gratitude go out to the awesome people at Babeland Toys, who assigned me this review ages ago and haven’t lobbed my head off for not having it finished.

Table of Contents:

  • Acknowledgements
  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction: A Quarter Century of Anal Exploration
  • Ch. 1: A Brief History of Anal Pleasure
  • Ch. 2: Confronting the Anal Taboo
  • Ch. 3: How to Use This Book
  • Ch. 4: Looking and Touching
  • Ch. 5: Beneath the Skin
  • Ch. 6: Mind and Body
  • Ch. 7: Inside the Anus
  • Ch. 8: Anal Eroticism
  • Ch. 9: Discovering the Rectum
  • Ch. 10: Attitudes Toward Rectal Stimulation
  • Ch. 11: Mutual Exploration
  • Ch. 12: Anal Intercourse
  • Ch. 13: Realms of Power
  • Ch. 14: A Lifetime of Anal Pleasure
  • Appendix A Health Problems INvolving the Anus and Rectum
  • Appendix B Summary of Research and Findings
  • Bibliography
  • Index

What’s it about? Read more…