Travis Luedke – The Nightlife New York (Review & Excerpt)

The Nightlife: New York by Travis Luedke

Series: The Nightlife #1
Source: Personal Library
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The Nightlife Series is violent, sexy, and occasionally violently sexy.

Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, pimps and dirty cops – the Nightlife New York is never boring.

Aaron Pilan’s life is forever changed when he’s shot trying to rescue a drop-dead gorgeous woman on the streets of New York. Aaron is thrust into the shocking world of vampiric slavery when Michelle shares her blood to save his life.

Michelle’s existence as a solitary vampire is also altered when she accepts this naive young man into her life. Bound by her blood, Aaron is subject to her authority. He walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intense sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. She vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control.

This story is bold and evocative, infusing blood, sex, love and turmoil in an urban drama about two vampires battling evil outside and within themselves.

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Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Cherish

Hers to Cherish by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #3
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Who would’ve thought a rogue nobleman and a secret agent tied in shibari knots would be so instrumental in saving a world from sexual slavery.

For disgraced nobleman and accused murderer, Ramsey DeKieran, a pardon is an unobtainable fantasy. When the High Lord of Verdantia offers the prize, Ram knows there’ll be a catch. He accepts the impossible mission – the off-world rescue of a Verdantian noblewoman, one of the last of her kind. The one bright spot: Elite mercenary, Steffania Rickard, is ordered undercover to help DeKieran – posing as his sexual submissive.

For Steffania, assisting the dominating Ramsey on this insane mission will be challenge enough. The damn rogue trips all her triggers – good and bad. But infinitely worse, on the planet, Vxloncia, she must submit as Ram’s sex slave, and there’s no faking it. Bent at his knee, serving his every command, Steffania doubts her carefully hidden desires will remain concealed.

Their mission takes on new urgency when they unmask a heinous program of enslavement, long cloaked in secrecy. Together they must find a way to overcome their initial animosity and recover a woman vital to the future of their race.

In the maelstrom of sex, savagery, domination and submission, they will need all their wits and strength to survive – but the battle for their hearts is lost – to one another.

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Absolutely Stunning: Sexy Sci-Fi with suspense and submission…

(Mild Spoilers if you haven’t read Hers to Command & Hers to Choose)

The man fed every carnal fantasy she possessed. He sat her lustful appetites before an array of the finest delicacies, ordered them to feast, then commanded, “Don’t swallow.”

This book was a major departure from the previous books in the series, and the payoff was outstanding!

We traveled far from the sentient planet Verdantia in this installment, and were treated with all of the high tech Science-Fiction possibilities Patricia A. Knight can imagine…

Two characters we’ve met before in this series must pair up to rescue Lady Alessa DeAlbero from the clutches of the infamous slaver Vecon Narr…

RAMSEY DeKIERAN

“If I am successful, you have Lady DeAlbero, if unsuccessful, my dead body, and all it costs you is a piece of paper.”

Ramsey is a disgraced Verdantian, stripped of his title and honor, forced to work as a mercenary in the grittiest parts of his home world. In Hers to Choose he made the honorable decision to free Sophi and fight beside Eric against the Haarb.

His actions redeemed him in the eyes of Sophi, and brought his unparalleled skills to the attention of the Tetriarch. He is apprehended by the Blue Daggers and taken to Sylvan Mintoth for an audience with Ari & Doral.

Ram is presented with an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for a Royal Pardon, he will go undercover on Vxloncia, where all women are subservient. The entire planet engages in D/s as a social mechanism for the repression of females.

Ramsey has never been off world before, he’s accustomed to the simple existence of Verdantia, and will need a Blue Dagger to accompany him as back up and to offer mastery of the technological advances of the foreign planet. Out of spite, he chooses the no-nonsense Captain of the Blue Daggers Steffania Rickard to accompany him on his mission…

STEFFANIA RICKARD

She was no helpless female – never had been. She was death clothed in a body of female allure and fiercely proud of it.
But in sex, she needed surrender. She craved a man strong enough to take the control out of her hands.

The idea of submitting to the sexual thrall of Ramsey DeKieran is no hardship to Steffiana… Pretending to be a docile non-entity who cowers at her Masters feet is deplorable… The thought that she could quite possibly loose her heart to DeKieran is terrifying… The knowledge that her failure to be the perfect submissive could compromise their entire mission, keeps everything in perspective…

They must work together in perfect balance to accomplish their mission.

Vxloncia is notorious for it’s brutality and decadence – Ramsey will be competing in a Gladiator competition. If he wins, he will be invited to the compound of the man thought to hold Lady DeAlbero as a slave. Loss of the game also means loss of his life, but Ram and Steffania quickly discover that danger is just as grate outside the arena.

There are several darker elements at work in this book: Sexual Slavery & Mind Control are at top of the list of egregious acts committed by Vecon Narr, and we’re not spared any of the violent graphic details… So consider that carefully before you decide to read this book. If you can handle a little violence with your graphic sex, you’ll be richly rewarded.

This book was fucking awesome!
We had a brand new planet with a new social structure and physical environment, several new characters (which I hope to meet again), and I loved all of the imaginative technological advancements, especially a particularly kinky bit of nanotechnology…

***I won this book as part of the following Giveaway***

Felicity Brandon – Tales of Sexual Surrender

Tales of Sexual SurrenderTales of Sexual Surrender by Felicity Brandon

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Welcome to a trilogy of fast-paced, BDSM-laced erotica which will leave you breathless!

For the first time you can find
*The Abduction*,
*Customer Service* and
*Friday’s Lesson*
all in the same collection… And you can enjoy these three stories for the price of only two! In these tales of female submission, discover the joy of consensual surrender and find out just how thin the line between pain and pleasure can be…

 

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A Collection of Erotic Short Stories guaranteed to make you squirm.

I am a total sucker for Erotica Compilations, and Felicity Brandon delivers a damn fine batch with this collection: Tales of Sexual Surrender…
Three microscopically short pieces of Erotic Fiction…
Each story features new characters, settings, and events but all the stories are told from the POV of a willing submissive…

A few of the elements included:
Abduction fantasy,
bondage,
group sex,
spanking,
female domination,
Sex: Oral, Vaginal, & Anal…

BOOK ONE – THE ABDUCTION
A wife with an abduction fantasy; a husband willing to acquiesce to her desire… for a price…

Vicky is a devoted wife with a naughty fantasy, one her husband Mike is ready to make come true.

This is a very short, fast-paced erotic interlude that will have you squirming in your seat.

This is a consensual BDSM fantasy abduction featuring group sex, bondage, spanking, vaginal, oral, and anal sex. All of the characters are adults.

The Author’s blurb:
The abduction begins, and Vicky is bundled into the back of a saloon by complete strangers. Now with her mouth busy, and her hands bound, she is being taken to turn this fantasy into reality… She hopes to be screwed senseless, and by the side of the road, she will be stripped, spanked and stimulated by the demands of her captors. But is the best yet to come? Can she complete her fantasy by submitting to the man who is orchestrating events… her own husband?

BOOK TWO – CUSTOMER SERVICE
A quick tale of Female Domination guaranteed to satisfy…

Polly is a waitress struggling to please an impossible customer… She is more than a little surprised to find the note left by the beautiful bitch who has made her night a living hell.

Great arse Polly! Call me if you liked what you saw… Rachel

There is a phone number listed below the unexpected missive, and Polly has a choice to make: Call the attractive demanding woman (despite the fact that Polly has never had a female lover), or walk away wondering “What If”…

Customer Service is a stand-alone super short piece of Erotica which will be the delight of those who love reading F/f Domination…

The story features light domination and submission between two females with a nice spanking…

The Author’s blurb:
An officious diner at the restaurant keeps Polly on her toes all evening, so she’s amazed when the glamorous Rachel wants to see her out of hours. Not usually attracted to women, Polly is goaded by unexpected desire, and soon finds herself at Rachel’s beck and call once again…
But in order to satisfy Rachel, Polly must be prepared to go deeper into the unknown then she has ever been before… Can she really be motivated to give the customer service of her life?

BOOK THREE – FRIDAY’S LESSON
A short story which could also be titled: How to Train Your Wife

Jenna arrives home to a dark house and an angry husband. She has a quick decision to make:
Watch her husband leave her…
or
Prove that she can be an obedient wife…

Friday’s Lesson is a light BDSM experience between a married couple.

The story features an introduction to submission for a willing wife with a bit of spanking and oral sex…

The Author’s blurb:
Jenna is late and a little drunk. But as she returns home she has no idea just how much trouble she is in… Her husband is waiting. Feeling unvalued, Oliver has very firm ideas about how their marriage needs to change if he is to stay. As the realization hits Jenna, she must decide how far she is prepared to go to save their fractured relationship. Will Jenna step out of her sexual comfort zone and accept his terms? Can she learn the value of Friday’s lesson in time… and will it be enough to make him stay?

***I received a copy of the Tales of Sexual Surrender Trilogy from Felicity Brandonas part of a Christmas Giveaway – The 12 Erotic Days of Christmas with Afterdark Online***

Felicity Brandon – Friday’s Lesson

Friday's LessonFriday’s Lesson by Felicity Brandon

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jenna is late and a little drunk. But as she returns home she has no idea just how much trouble she is in… Her husband is waiting. Feeling unvalued, Oliver has very firm ideas about how their marriage needs to change if he is to stay. As the realization hits Jenna, she must decide how far she is prepared to go to save their fractured relationship. Will Jenna step out of her sexual comfort zone and accept his terms? Can she learn the value of Friday’s lesson in time… and will it be enough to make him stay?

 

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A short story which could also be titled: How to Train Your Wife

Jenna arrives home to a dark house and an angry husband. She has a quick decision to make:
Watch her husband leave her…
or
Prove that she can be an obedient wife…

Friday’s Lesson is a light BDSM experience between a married couple.

The story features an introduction to submission for a willing wife with a bit of spanking and oral sex…

***I read this story as part of the Tales of Sexual Surrender Trilogy from Felicity Brandonwhich I won as part of a Christmas Giveaway – The 12 Erotic Days of Christmas with Afterdark Online***

Felicity Brandon – Customer Service

Customer ServiceCustomer Service by Felicity Brandon

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An officious diner at the restaurant keeps Polly on her toes all evening, so she’s amazed when the glamorous Rachel wants to see her out of hours. Not usually attracted to women, Polly is goaded by unexpected desire, and soon finds herself at Rachel’s beck and call once again…

But in order to satisfy Rachel, Polly must be prepared to go deeper into the unknown then she has ever been before… Can she really be motivated to give the customer service of her life?

 

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A quick tale of Female Domination guaranteed to satisfy…

Polly is a waitress struggling to please an impossible customer… She is more than a little surprised to find the note left by the beautiful bitch who has made her night a living hell.

Great arse Polly! Call me if you liked what you saw… Rachel

There is a phone number listed below the unexpected missive, and Polly has a choice to make: Call the attractive demanding woman (despite the fact that Polly has never had a female lover), or walk away wondering “What If”…

Customer Service is a stand-alone super short piece of Erotica which will be the delight of those who love reading F/f Domination…

The story features light domination and submission between two females with a nice spanking…

***I read this story as part of the Tales of Sexual Surrender Trilogy from Felicity Brandonwhich I won as part of a Christmas Giveaway – The 12 Erotic Days of Christmas with Afterdark Online***

Felicity Brandon – The Abduction

The AbductionThe Abduction by Felicity Brandon

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Sophisticated, Modern Erotica

The abduction begins, and Vicky is bundled into the back of a saloon by complete strangers. Now with her mouth busy, and her hands bound, she is being taken to turn this fantasy into reality… She hopes to be screwed senseless, and by the side of the road, she will be stripped, spanked and stimulated by the demands of her captors. But is the best yet to come? Can she complete her fantasy by submitting to the man who is orchestrating events… her own husband?

 

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A wife with an abduction fantasy; a husband willing to acquiesce to her desire… for a price…

Vicky is a devoted wife with a naughty fantasy, one her husband Mike is ready to make come true.

This is a very short, fast-paced erotic interlude that will have you squirming in your seat.

This is a consensual BDSM fantasy abduction featuring group sex, bondage, spanking, vaginal, oral, and anal sex. All of the characters are adults.

***I read this story as part of the Tales of Sexual Surrender Trilogy from Felicity Brandon which I won as part of a Christmas Giveaway – The 12 Erotic Days of Christmas with Afterdark Online***

Anton Strout – Alchemystic

Alchemystic by Anton Strout

Series: The Spellmason Chronicles, #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

AN OLD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY…
Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name…

Lexi’s great-great-grandfather was a Spellmason—an artisan who could work magic on stone. But in his day, dark forces conspired against him and his, so he left a spell of protection on his family. Now that Lexi is in danger, the spell has awoken her ancestor’s most trusted and fearsome creation: a gargoyle named Stanis.

Lexi and Stanis are equally surprised to find themselves bound to each other. But as they learn to work together, they realize that only united can they save the city they both love…

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A fun YA/NA Urban Fantasy…

“I lifted my knife, ignoring how it shook in my hand. Whether I could use it was another story, but I’d be damned if I was going to play the victim again. Something dark was rising up in me.”

The story had several elements which generally appeal to me:
secret societies,
hidden family histories,
a full-on paranormal/urban fantasy thing going on,
not to mention a funny and strong main character.

However, I had a hard time latching on to this book.
This was more than likely a case of me, not the author…
I doubt I am the target audience, so keep that in mind, please.

It simply wasn’t a story which grabbed me from the beginning. Quite frankly, it didn’t grab me until the 14th Chapter. I muscled through the first thirteen chapters because I was interested in the premise:

a gargoyle created by a spell mason to protect future generations of his family from a mysterious evil.

I also continued reading because I was intrigued by Alexandra, the female lead – emotional but not helpless – she’s overwhelmed with the consequences following the death of her brother, but she retains a backbone and a sense of humor that I appreciate in a female main character. How could I NOT have a soft spot for an artist who speaks in pop culture references?

ALEXANDRA:

“We’re in the twenty-first century now,” I said. “Women don’t need protectors. Besides, I’m so a Hermione, not a Bella.”

As adorable as it was, something about this book just didn’t click with me. It had some great elements, humorous dialogue, and some action and suspense befitting the overall plot line… I just wasn’t blown away by it.

I’m sure this book is perfect for someone, because it really was a good read. However, I doubt I’ll continue the series.

***I won this book through a “first reads” giveaway on GoodReads***