The Unicorn

The Unicorn

27307136“The Unicorn” by Delphine Dryden

Synopsis:

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At Her Feet

At Her Feet

17290869 “At Her Feet” by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Synopsis: During a night of Web surfing for celeb gossip and masturbatory material, digital marketing producer Suzanne Kim stumbles across an intriguing thread while checking her profile on kinklife.com. Suzanne isn’t exactly looking, but the request for a very specific type of submissive from the attractive mistress, Mami-P, is hard to resist. Though the two hit it off during their first online conversation, Suzanne never imagines how strong their real life attraction and compatibility will be. After a few missteps in training, trust, and communication, Suzanne finds a deep love with her mistress, Pilar.
Overworked and overstressed in her daily life, Suzanne comes to crave their relationship for the visceral escape it provides, but before they can make the ultimate commitment, someone from Suzanne’s professional life threatens to disrupt their perfectly balanced bliss.
**This title includes BDSM and sexual situations some readers may find objectionable.**

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4 out of 5 stars

In my own experience with BDSM and kink, I have known several Daddy/girl relationships (with different genders making up the various Daddys and girls) but I have never known anyone who was in a Mommy(Mami)/girl relationship.

Weatherspoon does a fantastic job of exploring that dynamic in this book. Suzanne is a biracial digital marketing tech, who has some experience with kink and submission but her past experience hasn’t given her what she craves the most – an intimate, loving connection with someone who cares for her, not just someone who sees her as a plaything.

She finds Pilar’s post on a kink website. Pilar is a Mami looking for her little girl and the ad strikes a chord with Suzanne who responds. The story is their coming together and building a relationship.

First, this story has some very hot f/f sex scenes. Very Hot! The sex was incredibly well written, but still has an element of romance as the two fall in love. I also liked how diverse the cast of characters are. Both main characters are women of color, but it’s written as fact, not as a fetish in itself. Minor characters cover the spectrum from gay men, butch lesbians, and trans-identified girls. I love that such a diverse spectrum is not the fetish focal point.

Pilar is also a woman of size and I loved that she is described as “round and lush”, and seen as hot and desirable. It’s nice to read something that doesn’t include body shaming.

I did not much care for the ending of the book. I appreciated the plot twist, but felt it was a bit rushed at the end. Still, definitely worth a read if you want something juicy! This is the softer side of kink, and while this particular fetish is not something I am into I can see it’s appeal through this story.

The cover art … no, just no. The cover shows a thin Caucasian woman. No one in this book is a thin Caucasian woman! It’s a definite miss.

 

 

 

Undercover

Undercover

2916555 “Undercover” by Lauren Dane
Synopsis: On the battleground or in the bedroom, one woman and two men fight for dominance in a bold, new, and excitingly different direction in erotica….
As a lieutenant of the Federation military, Sera Ayers is accustomed to giving orders, not taking them. Now she must obey the one man she can’t stand-and can’t stop thinking about.
With the enemy Imperialists gaining ground, a covert team is assembled by Ash Walker. Ten years before, Sera had lovingly submitted to Ash’s dominance in the bedroom. But when he was forced into a political marriage, she refused to play mistress. His marriage now over, Ash wants Sera on his team-and back in his bed.
The third team member, Brandt Pela, has an elegance to match Ash’s savage sexuality. And when their undercover plan requires Sera to pose as Brandt’s lover, it ignites a passion among the three of them more dangerous than their mission.

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4 out of 5 stars

This book surprised me by how much I liked it. I’ve read loads of m/f and m/f/m and m/m/f and any other combination you can think of, and after a while they sort of run together. A meets B and sex and enter C and more sex. “Undercover” has a very well done plot and very convincing world building. All three characters are quite strong in their own right, and play well off of one another.

Sera is our main character. As a lieutenant in the Federation army, she has worked all over the galaxy and operated many successful missions. She’s used to being the one in charge and giving the orders and has worked her way up through the ranks to get where she is. Her new mission puts her directly working for the man she wants most to forget.

Ash Walker comes from a privileged background but has also made a name for himself in the army through his determination. Ten years prior, he and Sera were in love. That ended when he was forced into a political marriage and Sera left him. Now, working together again, he hopes to win her back.

The third member of the team is Brandt Pela. He has, over the years, heard Ash speak about Sera and heard his regrets about the relationship. After meeting her, he fully understands why Ash can’t forget her and wants her for himself.

What I liked: I really liked that this books is set in a futuristic sci-fi world, and that Dane took the time to actually build that world believably. It would have been easy to make this story just a three-way sex romp, but it was much more and  I appreciated that. I love sci-fi and the erotica aspect just made the book great.

The sex scenes are very hot, and they aren’t all m/f/m. Some are m/f, some are m/m/f and there is even one m/m scene. Domination and submission feature prominently in the story and Sera’s submission to both men is well written. It doesn’t take away from her as a main character or make her seem weaker than the other two. In fact, it does the exact opposite.

What I didn’t like: Parts of the book were a little slow moving. At times it felt like the characters just talked about who was the bad guy for a long, long time. I lose interest quickly with politics, real or made up.

I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a little light kink mixed in with their erotica along with a great story line. It’s a fun, quick read and I look forward to reading more in this series.

Me, Myself, and I continued

Me, Myself, and I continued

This is a continuation of a previous post.

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Trying to live a double life while being married and dating women left me desperately unhappy and contributed to sending me  down a path of self-destruction. I decided that I was going to be straight, no matter what the cost, and took the one job that – to me – seemed to be the absolute straightest profession. I started stripping.

The club I worked at wasn’t nice. It was a seedy little place beside the highway that was raided regularly by the police for prostitution. The owner of the club wasn’t nice either. There wasn’t much she didn’t offer there and most anything and anyone was for sale. I hated it, but loved the money I made. I hated my husband for not stopping me from working there and hated myself even more for going back each day. Drugs were plentiful so I numbed everything as much as possible.

This club offered varying private sessions that could be bought, one of which was domination/submission. I found that I was good at that, very good. After realizing that, I left the club to move to an even smaller location that specialized in BDSM. I also found a love for the kink lifestyle in my personal life and met a group of people who were kind and wonderful and probably my only saving grace during this period of my life. They were very accepting of everyone on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum as well and I started dating again within the kink community.

Once I had a small following of clients at the new club, I decided to build my own dungeon and make this my profession. I loved it at first. My own hours, my own money, picking my own clients. I was very choosy about who I took on and what my limits were. Some of my clients were quite hardcore and into extreme bondage and sensory deprivation, and some had much simpler needs. One just wanted to brush my hair.

When one is practicing kink, there is an exchange – each person feeds the needs of the other. That’s why it works. What I didn’t realize for a long time doing it professionally was that none of my needs were being met. I didn’t realize that I would be so emotionally and psychologically depleted that I had nothing left for myself.

I ended up completely empty. I wanted to run away from everything that I had become. I hated myself and everyone around me. I shut it down, my business, my friends, my relationships and pushed everything that might have helped far away. I tried to fill that emptiness with anything at all – sex, material things I couldn’t afford, food, drugs. Anything to fill that void.

After taking a handful of pills, I ended up in the psyche ward of my local hospital. I remember none of what happened, just woke up there. I remember being terrified, not knowing how I got there and not knowing if they were going to let me out. I was there for a week and in out-patient treatment for six weeks. It was the best thing that ever happened to me as I was forced to look at all the stripped down parts of myself I never wanted to look at. They also diagnosed me as bipolar and I was put on meds.

This was 16 years ago. I divorced as soon as possible upon leaving the hospital and moved across the country for a new start. I started coming out to people a little bit at a time and am now out in all aspects of my life. I’m with a loving partner and we celebrate ten years together next month. I regained a sense of self and of self-worth.

Today I’m happy.