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So, erm, is anyone there?

I haven’t posted anything in far too long, sorry folks.

I also haven’t done a book rec/review in an absolute age, but, if there’s anyone still interested in hearing about what I’ve recently read and my thoughts on it, here’s the latest instalment….

Note, all my reviews tend to contain at least minor spoilers, though I do try to keep them to a minimum…..

Book details (actually it’s a series this time): Blasphemy series by Laura Kaye (links below go to Amazon, but it is available elsewhere) This series isn’t clean, in fact a fan might be required, even if it’s snowing outside.
My Rating: Overall 5 stars. (though some books in the series might not appeal to individual tastes as each book covers a slightly different BDSM theme, and not all are simple M/F combinations)
Summary: The series centres around 12 Doms who got together to buy an old church, and after restoring it, now run a BDSM club there. As you’d expect each Dom has his own tastes/preferences so each book has a different “kink”…

I actually stumbled on this pretty much by accident, after grabbing a freebie box-set. It didn’t take long for me to go hunting for more though..

Spoilers ahead, though I’ve tried to keep them to a minimum….

First, I should mention that I read the first two books out of order, so the reviews are listed out of order too as you’re seeing them as I wrote them. I’ve pretty much copied/pasted these from my Amazon reviews, though in some cases I’ve expanded a bit.

Book 2 – Mastering Her Senses (Free if bought as part of a box-set, though offer time is limited Amazon US, Amazon UK, or buy separately Amazon US, Amazon UK £2.41)

I don’t read much BDSM, as too much of it is basically just porn, and I prefer some plot and decent characters, even in my spicier reading.

I got this story part of the “A Love Thing” box-set (my curiosity about this story was actually why I got the box-set) and was immediately impressed, in fact this was the only book in the box-set that DID impress me. The plot isn’t terribly complex, though it certainly isn’t one I’ve come across before. Without giving too many spoilers, this is one of a series of books set in and around the BDSM club Blasphemy, and the 12 Doms who own and run it.

In this story a female sub, who has developed a phobia of the dark after getting caught in a cave-in, goes back to the club after not visiting for some time, in the hopes of using one of the “themed” rooms to help conquer her fears. One of the club’s Masters (one of the Doms who owns it) finds her mid-panic attack after her failed attempt, and offers to help her.

For a novella the main characters are well fleshed out, their motivations believable, and their chemistry smoking. I will definitely be looking into the rest of this series (I already grabbed book 1) and would absolutely recommend this to others.

Book 1 – Bound To Submit (Free on Amazon US, and Amazon UK)

I stumbled across this series totally by accident as I came across book 2 as part of a box-set. When I investigated and realised book 1 was free, I grabbed it immediately.

I’m always a little cautious about any book with a BDSM theme, as far too often the author clearly has no real understanding of the lifestyle and is simply using it as an excuse for porn. That doesn’t seem to be the case here though.

Both of the stories I’ve read so far in this series (this and book 2) have not only shown a good understanding of the varieties of behaviour found within the BDSM community, but have had sufficient character development to make me CARE about the lead characters.

In this one, the female lead served as a Marine until she was injured, and is now looking to reclaim her life in some form. as she used to frequent the club in the past, she decides going back there might help her “get out of her head” for a while, even if she risks running into the Dom she fell for years before, who rejected her when she confessed her feelings.

Yes, I expect you can already see where this is going, but seriously, with characters this well written, and chemistry this hot? Who cares? So, bravo Ms. Kaye. I will definitely be checking out other books in this series. I will also definitely recommend it to others.

Book 3 – Eyes On You (no more links, because if you’ve followed the earlier ones you already know how to find this)

Another great story in this so far excellent series. I particularly love how the author is exploring different links in each book.

In this one we meet a Dom who is feeling a bit disillusioned with the lifestyle of late. Until he literally stumbles across a woman who seems to be a perfect fit for his preferences, even if she’s never set foot in a BDSM club before.

I wont throw any spoilers in here, but as with the previous books in this series the author manages to explain enough about the lifestyle that even someone with zero knowledge can follow things, and still ensures enough character depth that you care about the lead couple and truly want to see them make a go of things.

So yes, a great addition to the series.

Book 4 – Theirs To Take (Yes, this one is a ménage, so if that’s not your thing…..)

As this series has progressed I’ve gotten totally hooked. Not only does the author vary the kinks from book to book, she also fleshes out her characters enough that I truly do care about them.

I’ll admit I’ve been waiting for this particular story, because having “met” the Doms featured here in earlier stories I felt sure there was more to these two guys “friendship” than just friendship. I had a suspicion their repeated attempts at sharing a sub would end up as something more, and I was so happy to be right.

I wont spoil things any further, other than to say if m/m action within a ménage situation bothers you, this isn’t the book for you. If you’re okay with that though, then definitely check this out, because it’s steaming!

Book 5 – On His Knees (This is completely M/M, so wont suit everyone)

While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the earlier books in this series I admit I approached this one with a degree of caution, and not because it’s M/M.

I’m used to this author throwing different kinks at me with each subsequent book, and I’ve been happy to explore them along with her characters, but I knew when it came to Master Alex I might struggle, because it’s been made pretty obvious in the earlier stories (at least to me) where his tastes lie. To put it plainly, he’s a sadist, and get’s off on the more painful aspects of the BDSM lifestyle.

BDSM stories on the whole are usually mostly about either basic bondage or D/s relationships, which are not that far removed from the milder kinks most couples play around with anyway.

S&M though, generally has a much harder edge to it, and as a result is not easy to write sympathetically, and can be an uncomfortable read. Ms. Kaye however managed to write the “pain” sequences in such a way that despite part of me wanting to cringe at the mere thought of some of the acts depicted, I still “got” that Jamie (the masochistic sub) enjoyed them. She also somehow managed to make Master Alex come across as a deeply emotional person that I genuinely could relate to in many ways. As a result she turned this character, who previously everyone seemed to back away from, into someone I truly cared about, and I truly believed in his connection to his partner.

While the pain aspects meant I didn’t find the sex as hot as in the earlier books, I still fell completely in love with both Alex and Jamie. So much so that my heart hurt for them both when things looked like they might fall apart.

So yes, another excellent addition to this awesome series. I really hope we see more of them very soon.

There is already a book 5 in the works, titled Switching for Her, though there’s no release date on that as yet. There’s also a prequel of sorts, called Hard to Serve, which is the final book (currently at least, unless she writes more) in her other series Hard Ink.

Anyway, check out the freebies, and if you do decide to delves into the rest of the series, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

March 5, 2018 - Posted by | Book Review, Random Thoughts | ,

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