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Tell Me
Tell Me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Hot. Very Realistic. Very BDSM., 25 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Tell Me (Kindle Edition)
This is a delightful modern-day Yorkshire-based BDSM romance.

Heroine, Thea has a been enjoying a mutually satisfying BDSM relationship with her Dom, Tony diMarco during their frequent rendez-vous at a local Kink Club. The arrangement suits Thea very well as the private anonymous club allows her to keep the submissive side of herself entirely separate from the rest of her life.

Thea's private, public and professional life coincide when she is temporarily seconded to provide business expertise to another company and discovers that the CEO to whom she'll be reporting is none other than her sexy, very dominant playfellow, Tony. This initially sends her into a tailspin as she struggles to reconcile the very different aspects of her personality. That of being both an intelligent, successful businesswoman and also the sort of person who likes to submit to being tied up and punished.

The new situation is just as much a surprise for Tony but he handles the whole thing in a far more relaxed fashion. He is very keen to take things with Thea to the next level and - via kinky spankings, tea-making and generally being bloody lovely - persuades Thea to embark on a romantic relationship outside of the confines of their BDSM club.

While they are busy redefining the parameters of their relationship, Thea and Tony are also sorting out the various corporate challenges that face them at Something-Or-Other Industries. I found the business-side aspects the least engaging part of the book, to be honest. It's Ashe Barker's fault for making all the legal and HR aspects of the business so realistic. I've only recently managed to escape the world of Office-based employment. Corporate meetings in boardrooms do nothing for me.

The relationship between Thea and Tony is just wonderful, though. They are both beautifully drawn characters. Tony may be a high-powered Leader of Industry and a stern spanky Dominant but he's clearly a lovely bloke with not a whiff of Christian Grey-style dickishness about him. And Thea is great. There's always a risk when writing characters who embrace their submissive side that you can end up with a heroine who comes across as a bit weak and doormat-y. There's no chance of that here. For all her fears and reservations, Thea is a strong, confident, intelligent woman who is professionally at the top of her game. And, despite a few wobbles, she is clever enough to realise that her D/s relationship with Tony makes her a stronger - rather than a weaker - person.

Oh, and did I mention the BDSM scenes in Tell Me are very hot? And delightfully frequent?

The couple provide a united front dealing with their developing romantic and business relationship tackling corporate malpractice, industrial sabotage and a very nasty Revenge Porn incident. Even during their trickier moments, there is no doubt that these two people belong together.

A very satisfying portrayal of a romantic BDSM relationship.

Mob Mistress, Book Two in The Bossman Series
Mob Mistress, Book Two in The Bossman Series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing a Little Rough - more sweet sexy Mobster romance, 28 Mar. 2015
Mob Mistress is a sort of sequel to Renee Rose’s excellent story ‘The Bossman’. It focuses on Joey's cousin, Bobby Manghini, an accountant working at the slightly more legitimate end of "The Family”’s business dealings. He's in the market for a new mistress and when his path crosses with Lexi, a down-on-her-luck hairdresser on the receiving end of a string of financial misfortunes - he wants to persuade her that he would be excellent Sugar Daddy material.

Despite the fact that Lexi only agrees to his proposal because she is up to her eyeballs in medical bills, debts and overdue rent, there is a fairly lovely and believable rapport between the two of them from their very first meeting. It is on the face of it, an utterly cold-blooded and mercenary arrangement. "Here’s the deal." says Bobby, early on. "You make yourself available to me. If you’re not working at the hair salon, your time is mine. You don't have to sit around and wait for me—I’ll text you in advance, but you don’t tell me you're busy, got it? If you have plans, you change them."

It's hard to believe that such an arrangement - with a member of the bloody Mafia, no less - could result in such a sweet and romantic storyline. But you know Renee Rose. "Sweet and Romantic" is her middle name.

Lexi believes that Bobby is married mainly because he doesn't give her any reason to think otherwise. He's actually divorced but likes to keep all the sections of his life neatly compartmentalised. Which is why he likes to keep his mistresses tucked away tidily and out of sight until he wants to play.

And he really does love to play. The sex is fantastically written. There is one standing-up-against-the-wall sex scene early on in the story that got me terribly excited. Renee has a knack of describing such scenes in a way that makes it oh-so-easy to visualise.

And then there are the spankings. Of course there are. Bobby Manghini is very fond of spanking. Mostly the spankings are the fun, sexy type but there is also a wonderfully disciplinary spanking with a belt which Bobby administers after Lexi crosses a line inABobby's neatly compartmentalised life. That's a very distracting scene, that one. In fact it caused me to miss my tube stop when I read it. You try giving that as an excuse for why you're late to work. (There are all kinds of disadvantages to reading Renee's books on trains, mind you. Lack of privacy for one thing.)

I probably enjoyed Mob Mistress even more than The Bossman. It's a close run thing, though. I'd rather not choose between those two mafia boys. They're both utterly delightful. How on earth does Renee Rose manage to write such engagingly lovely characters when they are both involved in the seedy world of underground crime? I should dislike both these people intensely. Instead I'd rather like to hang out with them. Particularly if said 'hanging out' involved a trip over one or other their laps.

I have no idea how Renee does it. It's probably witchcraft. I'm incredibly glad that she does, though. I hope there are more spanky mobsters to come! They're just so terribly good at the disciplinary stuff, apparently.

Charley's Pride (Swiftwater Series Book 1)
Charley's Pride (Swiftwater Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Adorable Wild West Spanking Story, 14 Feb. 2015
This is an absolutely adorable wild west story. Charlotte is a wonderfully spunky heroine who is determined to make her own way in the world rather than being married off to the horribly unsuitable Ogden Livingstone.

Her cunning plan is the classic 'disguise yourself a boy' trick but things don't work out as expected when her stagecoach is held up by a bunch of criminals. Luckily she has the curt - but utterly wonderful - Slade Hazard to look out for her. 'Looking out for her' does seem to involve an awful lot of spankings, but let's face it, we wouldn't have it any other way.

Slade is a wonderful hero. Great name for a romantic hero, too! He also has a wonderful turn of phrase - I particularly enjoyed "He'd kick his own ass if he could reach it."

I'd recommend it to this to all fans of spanky Wild West Romances.

A Perfect Partnership (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 8)
A Perfect Partnership (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 8)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and sexy spanking romance, 4 Feb. 2015
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Josiah the hero of A Perfect Partnership has had a very sheltered life growing up in a religious community. Having never been selected for arranged marriage, he decides to move away from the polygamous lifestyle and start a new life looking for 'the one' to share his life with. And having grown up in a Domestic Discipline environment, what better place to make a new start than Corbin's Bend? He runs into confrontational, opinionated and close to being-out-of-control Laney almost immediately and, despite their very obvious differences, a strange kind of platonic-yet-spanking relationship ensues.

I really liked the innocence of Josiah. It's an unusual position for a hero of an erotic romance to be less world-wise and less sexually experienced than the heroine and Rayanna Jamison handles it really well. It raises the question: "Is it possible to have a hero who is dominant and sexy while being previously sexually inexperienced?" After reading this excellent story, I now know that the answer is a resounding "Yes. Yes it certainly is."

Have Paddle, Will Travel (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 7)
Have Paddle, Will Travel (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 7)
Price: £3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Spanky Sexy Screwball Comedy, 4 Feb. 2015
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You know what, Maren Smith is so very, very good at this sort of thing. This book was an absolute joy and a delight from beginning to end. The two heroes, Ettie and Vance are wonderfully hilarious.

Ettie writes a baffling sounding newsletter full of made up news stories largely involving the entirely fictional and often bizarre deaths of her neighbour, Vance. Vance runs a handmade spanky implements business which, to be honest, feels like a slightly more useful contribution to the Bend than Ettie's. In order to test out his products, Vance has accumulated a bevy of accommodating female residents ready and eager to go over his lap. That's the type of community service I could totally get on board with, to be honest.

The pair dislike one another intensely. Or do they? Or are these strong feelings of hate merely masking much deeper passions below? What do you reckon? The set up is marvellous. It's like a 1930s screwball comedy - all witty put-downs and simmering passions.

Ettie and Vance find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere during a snowstorm. Being near-frozen, soaking wet and without any kind of food for several days isn't the sort of situation that's going to put anyone in the best of moods but Ettie and Vance get through it. In fact with all the sexy and spanky shenanigans (because of course there is!), they get through it rather well.

And they do have some food in their shack in the middle of nowhere after Vance kills a squirrel leading to my absolute favourite lines in a book stuffed full of corking dialogue.

Life's Unexpected Gifts (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 6)
Life's Unexpected Gifts (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 6)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and sensitive portrayal of Domestic Discipline lifestyle, 4 Feb. 2015
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Physically abusive relationships are not an easy thing to tackle in a series of books about domestic discipline. I admire anyone who tries to take on this subject. Katherine R Blake handled the subject beautifully last season in her heartbreaking story A Simple Misunderstanding.

Life's Unexpected Gifts deals with a slightly different situation and also handles it sensitively and believably. Hallie Boudreaux has had to deal with abuse at different times in her life and at the beginning of this story is driving away from an abusive boyfriend in order to find some solace at her Aunt and Uncle's home in Corbin's Bend.

She staggers into town half frozen and near to collapse after her car breaks down. Having no idea of the unique disciplinary nature of Corbin's Bend, it is a little unfortunate that her first encounter with the residents of Corbin's Bend is when she barges into Traci Jackson's home and finds her being spanked with a belt by her brother, Troy.

Given Hallie's history, she has rather strong feelings about violence towards women. And it takes a good long while before Troy can persuade her that domestic discipline is a whole different kettle of fish to domestic abuse. But persuade her he does because Troy is a determined chap and because this is Corbin's Bend and the spankos always win in the end. Hurrah!

Given, the amount of time Troy spends explaining things to Hallie, this book is often in danger of reading a little too much like a How-To manual. But ultimately the love story takes centre stage and the epilogue is very sweet indeed.

Poor Traci, though. Troy's sister starts the book complaining how she hasn't got a man in her life (even after several years in the Bend) and ends the book still single. While these two incomers just waltz in and start a DD relationship in no time at all. Always the bridesmaid, eh, Traci? I hope we can return to Traci's story at some point. I'm sure there's a perfect guy out there for her somewhere.

A Brush of Violet (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 3)
A Brush of Violet (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 3)
Price: £3.74

4.0 out of 5 stars Our chance to meet the Head of Discipline at Corbin's Bend, 28 Dec. 2014
The hero of this book is Charles Robinson, the head of the disciplinary committee who turns up in many of the other Corbin's Bend books (including mine, briefly, as it goes.) I had no idea he looked like that! Look at him, he's all young and sexy. I think I had a much more headmastery version of the man in my head.

He's lots of fun too, chaperoning new just-passing visitor, Violet, around the place as the two of them build up a nice rapport. By way of a change, Violet is fully aware of the spanky nature of Corbin's Bend and is something of an enthusiastic spanko herself. Which is nice.

I didn't engage with this book as much as I have to with some of the other books in the series. The characters were lovely and very nicely written but there felt like very little conflict that needed to be overcome for Charles and Violet reach their happy ever after. The main storyline focuses on Violet needing to make a decision whether she should return to her high powered - but ultimately unrewarding - career or pursue her dreams instead. I'll try not to spoil the ending for you on that score.

His Forever Summer (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 2)
His Forever Summer (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 2)
Price: £3.72

4.0 out of 5 stars Corbin's Bend has a fantastic new couple, 27 Dec. 2014
Tara Finnegan's first Corbin's Bend Exile to Unity is one of my favourites of the series so far. It's an excellent read albeit one that had me sobbing in the bath. But you know, in a good way. It was cathartic. His Forever Summer introduces us to Jim-from-the-first-book's brother Kieran O'Brien who has invited himself to stay with his brother's family for a few months, blissfully unaware of the spankiness of the Colorado community. He meets Carla who has appeared in numerous previous books, less a femme fatale and more a femme kind-of-really-annoying. It's nice to see things from her perspective for a change.

By embarking on a relationship with Carla without knowing the full facts about Corbin's Bend unique spanking-based policies, Kieren is following in a fine and noble tradition. He's not the first passing visitor to discover a passion for spanking after hanging out in Corbin's Bend for a week. I like it. It supports my theory that everyone has an inner spanko just waiting to be released.

Kieren, is however the first guy who has been in that position and he is also the first would-be Head of Household. Cadence and Abby and Dina were introduced to the lifestyle as prospective spankees rather than spankers which has got to be a damn sight easier when you're not the one giving the orders.

Luckily, with a bit of brotherly advice from Jim, Kieren more than rises to the occasion when we persuades Carla to allow him to handle her punishment rather than a professional disciplinarian.

The romance is nicely handled. This was an excellent story with brilliantly developed characters who have to work hard to make their happiness happen. I highly recommend that you read it.

Alice and the Colonel
Alice and the Colonel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stern colonel. Badly behaved brat., 27 Dec. 2014
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This is a lovely well-written historical romance.

When Alice impetuously decides to act in a fashion which is liable to leave her in disgrace, family friend Colonel Edmund Seymour steps in to offer her his hand in marriage and save her reputation.

Alice is a willful young woman with a tendency towards bad behaviour and the colonel is a stern man with old-fashioned ideas about discipline so you know how this story is going to pan out. The fun is seeing how the characters get there. There are some great spanking scenes and the dominant colonel can be very hot indeed. The historical setting was very well-realised and I felt that Jaye Peaches evoked the sense of local history and politics very well indeed as well as providing an engaging and sexy love story.

The One She Loves (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 4)
The One She Loves (Corbin's Bend Season Two Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story with extremely cute and convincing couple, 27 Dec. 2014
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I loved this book. I love the odd couple-ness of Crystal and Carol who though seemingly having absolutely nothing in common apart from their daughter and their DD lifestyle, make an extremely cute and convincing couple. The spankings in this story are far more about Domestic Discipline than sexy shenanigans. You don't get the impression that Carol likes being spanked very much which is odd given that she does repeatedly seem to put herself in the sort of situations that are going to see her at the receiving end of some kind of hands-on punishment from Crystal.

Basically the whole gang from Constance Master's first Corbin's Bend book, the delightful Leading The Way are back. The four friends, Carol, Erin, Jen and Sienna seem to be a terrible influence on one another but they are great fun to read. Carol decides that she wants to have a baby (Carol and Crystal's daughter, Brianna, was carried by Crystal) and then goes about trying to make it happen in all the wrong ways.

While headstrong Carol provides most of the focus of this story, I really did enjoy reading things from Crystal's perspective. It was interesting to hear her doubts and insecurities about how to manage their Domestic Discipline relationship successfully. Heads of Household have the rather more demanding job in this situation.

I really, really hope that Constance Masters is planning to write books about all the girls in that friendship group. We've had Erin and Carol, I would love to see a book focusing on Sienna next. She and her husband's previously sexy-spanking-only marriage seems to be developing into something more Domestic Discipline-y. I would love to hear more about it.

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