Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Unbound Commitment

Unbound CommitmentUnbound Commitment by Sierra Cartwright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another GREAT book by Sierra Cartwright!

This one... ohhh, this book. One of the things i constantly tell people is that this lifestyle "isn't about the sex", it's about so very much more. It's about trust and honesty and all the beautiful and hard things that entails.

This book explains that statement in a way that i never could. But then again, i'm not a writer. This book is about the training of a slave, the hard realities of it, how a submissive must learn to trust, even though she's not been able to in the recent, or far reaching, past. It's about letting go and just "being".

This book got in my head, and made me take a good long look at myself (and my relationship). To me it was so much more than "just another erotica story."

i normally only read this genre for the entertainment value, but i've found lately that some of the erotica writers that i'm enjoying, are either connected to the lifestyle or have done their homework and have learned the real inner-workings of a D/s or M/s couple, and they bring some of that into their books.

Don't get me wrong, i still enjoy some of the erotic "fantasy" books for some escapism, but this one didn't hit me as one of those.

Master James is a no nonsense Dominant and Rachel wants to learn from the best. i feel she got *much more* than she bargained for.

The book has some "fantasy based elements" of course, but there are also lessons within the pages that every submissive or submissive slave can take away from this book. If you're a slave, you'll recognize them right away, if you're a submissive, (and or a slave) you'll find inspiration in this book and more than a few passages for food for thought in your own relationship.

All in all, this was a great book, the submissive training fairly dead on by a Master that only asks for complete trust and honesty. Cornerstones.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Starting Unbound Commitment!

Unbound Commitment
Unbound Commitment by Sierra Cartwright

No rating yet.

I've been very anxious to start this book! I just hope RW doesn't get in the way of me being able to sit and enjoy it!

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Kaylee's Keeper is a keeper!

Kaylee's Keeper (Masters of the Castle, #2)Kaylee's Keeper by Maren Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay, after reading Holding Hannah (Masters of the Castle, #1) by this same author, I was a little hesitant to read this one, but I just saw something in this author, I just knew she had something in her writing that would take me beyond the "fade to black", and OMG am I ever glad decided to keep reading! Where the author went fade to black in the last book, she totally brought it all in this one! I'd give it a full 4.50 rating.

I loved the whole Fantasy Castle concept from the first one but this one brought the idea into full on Role Playing mode.

I felt connected to Kaylee and Master Marshall, I wanted to see them interact. There was a part, close to the end, that I was close to tears, so I liked that the book was able to pull that emotion out of me. I also related to Kaylee in some ways, her bashfulness, shyness, and her inability at times to "say *those* words".

The only real "complaint" if you could even call it that was the constant "working of her fingers" on the hem of her skirt, or just fidgeting, it was constantly described to the point of distraction.

I do recommend this book! It was one I was reluctant to put down, and if I had to, I was anxious to pick it back up again.

This book is pretty much a stand alone book. None of the characters from Holding Hannah are in this one, and Holding Hannah will only give you background on how the actual Castle came to be for this book. This book, obviously, takes place several years later.

As a note to my EZ members, this will be the BDSM BOTM for September so you may want to wait for the group read and/or read Holding Hannah first if you like.. :)

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Holding Hannah

Holding Hannah (Masters of the Castle, #1)Holding Hannah by Maren Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was actually a 3.5 read for me. It was a short, sweet, quick read, with a little sadness mixed in for Hannah.

It would have been a solid 4 star, but where it lost that .5 rating was actually twofold. The reader is lead up to a certain point, an expected scene between the two main characters.. then.. nothing. It moves forward without even telling us what happened "while" it was happening. The other thing is, the book felt rushed. The concept for the story was good, but it was just too rushed.

However, i'm giving the author's next book Kaylee's Keeper (Masters of the Castle, #2) a read. So far, couple chapters in, it seems good, we'll see how things go.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

KLBT Book Blog Directory

Showin' some love to a dear friend of mine that has just started a Book Blogging Directory. Check it out, and pass it on, if you're interested. :)

KLBT Book Blog Directory: About KLBT Book Blogger Directory: Many of you know me as the moderator of  Kitties Like Books Too , my own personal book review blog where I review books of the romance and ...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Johnny Stone's "Steam & Spurs" Showcased on New Blog

I am a huge fan of Johnny Stone's work and I was more than thrilled to see his work showcased on Pink Flamingo's new "Fiona's Forgotten Favorites" blog. Fiona is the Editorial & Ebook Manager for Pink Flamingo Publications. Johnny Stone was the first "Forgotten Favorites" Author for her new blog! Thank you, Fiona! I was very happy to see Mr. Stone's work selected as one of your favorites.


"On bedside tables for almost 20 years!: Fiona's Forgotten Favorites: Fiona's Forgotten Favorites is a new Feature on the Pink Flamingo Blog that is going to be full of books (and a lot of alliteration)...

Fiona's Forgotten Favorites is a new Feature on the Pink Flamingo Blog that is going to be full of books (and a lot of alliteration) that I've personally read/edited that have fallen between the cracks.

The first FFF (see, again with the alliteration) is Steam & Spurs by Johnny Stone. You may have read Johnny's other books: The Devil's Dance, Slave World or Misadventures in Infidelity. If you haven't read them, I highly suggest you do.

Johnny Stone is an author unlike any I've read before. Not only does he put in high-powered sex scenes into his books, but he writes about settings and places that most authors don't want to think about touching. What sets Johnny apart from a lot of the erotica world is he pours himself into his writing. He's taken his experience and made them into kinky words that stimulate more than your genitals; it stimulates your mind. Granted, his writing isn't for everyone. I, however, am a fan.
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You can find Johnny Stone's books for sale directly from the Pink Flamingo website:

Steam & Spurs
Slave World
The Devil's Dance
Misadventures in Infidelity

Titles are also available through:


Steam & Spurs
Slave World
The Devil's Dance
Misadventures in Infidelity

Barnes and Noble:

Steam & Spurs
Slave World
The Devil's Dance
Misadventures in Infidelity


Steam & Spurs
Slave World
The Devil's Dance
Misadventures in Infidelity

You can read more about Johnny Stone here if you're a member of Goodreads:

Johnny Stone Bio

"Master" Falls Short...

Master (Dommissimma, #1)Master by Raven McAllen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book barely gets 3 stars from me.

It started out fairly decent, but Anna, the main female lead, her *constant* whining and threats of vomiting every 2 minutes. Her wishy washy ways. Her running away, running out, ducking and hiding, then all at once popping up and confronting, constant blaming of everyone and taking none herself... then you add in, if she wasn't whining she was demanding of everyone including Cade (who by the way struck me as a very weak Dom.. not something I'm used to in the least), constantly, drove me to distraction.

I couldn't get attached to a single character in this book. But if I had to pick one, then Athol was the best character by far. In the beginning I was under the assumption that he was actually a submissive male. "effeminate looks" "looks like a 12 year old", made mention of not upsetting a (his?) Dom, just the undertone led me to believe he was submissive, or maybe a switch.

He agreed to go with Anna into the club as a Dom, her simpering ways that turned far more than "bratty", didn't have me feeling any sympathy for her at all. Later he agrees to council her, help her fight her "demons" of which she has many. And all of the sudden, He's in full on Dom mode.

By the time I got 70% in (I really was trying to give it a fair chance by actually finishing it) I was skimming pages. By the time it got to Her and Cade actually getting back together and having their first scene and sex, I was over it.

There was too much angst in this book, too much time spent on Anna being negative and Cade being weak. There were many times this book could have "wrapped it up" and ended. But it just dragged on and on.

The concept of the book, the main idea was a good one, but it was just too drawn out. This would have been better as a *shorter* story.

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