My Two Cents & Stance on Ellora’s Cave vs Dear Author

September 29, 2014 Uncategorized 0


I know I’m not the first to come out and publicly support Jane in her fight against the lawsuit being pursued by Ellora’s Cave against her for reporting items that are being reported via multiple outlets.  I cannot help but think about the old adage – Where there is smoke there is fire….

This lawsuit speaks to me as a decision made in desperation and in order to spark fear from those who would speak out against Ellora’s Cave.  Kudos to those who have publicly spoken about their experiences with this house and I hope they get a resolution that favors them.  To those who are caught up in this mess and publish via other platforms…

Please feel free to reach out to me…  I’m happy to help publicize you in any way as long as it isn’t an Ellora’s Cave title.

I’m going to state this…

At this point in time…  I will not support any title that is being published by Ellora’s Cave.  I’m sorry that it had to come to this but with your actions against Dear Author you have this blogger adamantly opposed to your house.  While I want to support the authors whose livelihoods you have harmed as a result of this stupidity I cannot in good conscience provide any of my dollars to your coffers.

I also will not support any of the authors who have publicly celebrated this action by Ellora’s Cave against Jane.  While you might not like her or her site publicly celebrating the attack of a blogger that has done so much to assist those who have been plagiarized.  You might also consider that an action like this made by a publishing house against someone reporting items that are in the public domain could quite as easily come against you one day.  Did you also consider that perhaps some of the funds being used by Ellora’s Cave to bring this lawsuit to being might be from funds they owe the authors, editors and others who are caught up in this fiasco???  Probably not… My guess is you didn’t think at all before you gloated.  Well, I and others noticed and trust me… we are very happily going to avoid your work in the future.

Again, I know my site isn’t as large as the many that have come out against this action by Ellora’s Cave but I can’t stay silent.

Good luck Jane!!!!!  Fight the fight and should you decide to set up a defense fund I’ll happily donate!  You’ve provided so much advice to me over the past couple of years that I cannot thank you enough!


Love Bites – Angela Knight – 3 stars

September 17, 2014 Penguin, Read in 2014, Sent 0 ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Love Bites – Angela Knight – 3 starsLove Bites by Angela Knight
Published by Penguin on 2014-09-02
Genres: Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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The New York Times bestselling author explores her most daring side yet in three tales of seductive vampires and the women who love them. In the brand-new “Oath of Service,” Angela Knight introduces the Doms of the Round Table and a kinky circle of pleasure, pain, and power as she returns to her “sexy as hell” (Heroes and Heartbreakers) Mageverse world for a new twist on the Arthurian legend. Morgana le Fay finally gets what’s coming to her in this novel-length story. After a fight with a dragon goes wrong, Morgana takes an Oath of Service to Percival, vampire Knight of the Round Table. Percival and his partners, Cador and Marrok, decide to give Morgana a taste of bondages and submission she’ll never forget. What they don’t know is that the lovely witch is keeping secrets that could destroy them all. To make matters worse, the dragon is plotting a deadly revenge.... In “Be Careful What You Wish For,” a beautiful vampire and her two vamp lovers lock horns with a wizard with the ugly habit of refusing to take no for an answer. When he casts a spell on Beau and Decker, Amanda finds herself the object of both men’s lust. She’s had some yummy threesome fantasies along the same lines, but since the men hate each other, she figured it was never going to happen. But when it does, things get a lot more kinky than Amanda expects. In “The Bloodslave,” Angela Knight’s classic “must read...highly erotic” (*The Best Reviews) novella, a female mercenary comes under fire during a hunt. The beautiful, virginal, and very human Verica is captured by three hungry alpha vampires driven deliriously feral by her purity. But they desire more than her warm blood. They want her body, leaving Verica more vulnerable than ever before—and loving every minute of it.

Overall this set of stories has definitely got plenty of sex and heat covered but if you are looking for a story with your sex the only one of the novellas that delivers is the first one…  I didn’t mind any of the other stories included but they really weren’t memorable and the issue of consent in the third story left me a bit uncomfortable in many respects.  While the second story had questionable consent as well there was a reason behind that which made it acceptable where the third story really didn’t have that for me personally.

My favorite of the stories was Oath of Service where we get yumminess in the form of Percival.. yes for those of you who are fans of Arthurian legend…  that Percival.  In this story he is personified in a vampire/shapeshifter who is a Dom down to his soul.  He has been getting driven crazy by Morgana for centuries and finally has a chance to get her out of his system by virtue of her behavior in their last mission.  I enjoyed his struggle to keep her at arm’s length and his attempts to ignore that she means more to him than just an itch.  He’s strong, protective and I would not mind spending some time with him other than his enjoyment of inflicting pain…. although… hmmmmm maybe *snickers*

I enjoyed how the story of Morgana Le Fey gets a workover in this tale as it made her much more acceptable as a heroine.  Once again an author turns what we know from previously recorded legends and gives us a different view of a character we all thought we knew.  I liked her willingness to do what it takes to keep people safe even as it comes at a massive cost to herself.  She needs Percival and his team more than he knows but she also craves this man who has held a part of her since their one incredible encounter centuries ago.  She’s always kept him at arm’s length and plans to again but due to circumstances around them is unable to keep her guard completely up.  I enjoyed her spunk and really loved when she finally was honest with herself and him.

While I did enjoy the times with her, Percival and the other knights together to me the story was more enjoyable when you got just the two of them.  They truly have a connection that lept off the page even as it was incredibly brutal initially the love and true feelings they had for one another shone thru the brutality.  They really had to push each other fully in order to get to where the story ended.  Two very strong people coming together should not have a sweet, gushy story and we got it in this tale.


Ok..  quick thoughts on the other 2 stories…

Be Careful What You Wish For – Quick, hot and edgy but I think it suffered a bit for its brevity.  While you are told that there is a history between the characters the fact that they were put in to a bad situation didn’t help me get connected to them.  I did not like that she was basically forced to do something she didn’t completely want to do in order to keep her men sane but I understood it and it didn’t make me as uncomfortable as it could’ve.  I think I would’ve enjoyed a longer treatment of this as I’d like to see her relationships with both heros not to mention more of them post this incident.  I’d like to see if they could come to a long term triad after this…

The Bloodslave – This one gave me a very hard time to like.  In all honesty it made me very uncomfortable as the heroine was forced into the liaison and had no real say in what happened to her.  Granted she might have agreed to what happened had she been given time with the men but this one just didn’t work for me because I couldn’t get past the consent issue….



Afternoon Delight – Anne Calhoun – 4 Stars

September 16, 2014 Intermix, NetGalley, Read in 2014 0

Afternoon Delight – Anne Calhoun – 4 StarsAfternoon Delight by Anne Calhoun
Published by Penguin on 2014-09-16
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance
Pages: 110
Format: eARC
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“Anne Calhoun’s romances define the erotic”* and now the national bestselling author of Uncommon Passion serves up a delicious new novella of savory food and hungry men—and one woman’s challenge to get creative with each...

Sarah McCall, food truck co-owner and recent Manhattan transplant, savors each moment of her new job—whether it’s refining the truck's menu, learning the city, or spending afternoons in bed with the hot paramedic who's fast becoming her favorite customer.

Tim Cannon spends his days sprinting from one emergency to the next. He eats like he works—at top speed—somewhere along the line he lost his ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Hooking up with Sarah is just another way to cope with the stress of his job, until their afternoon trysts coax Tim into enjoying everything he's avoided.

Can Tim learn to balance his job saving lives with the everyday delights that make life worth living? If anyone can teach him, it’s Sarah....


Praise for Anne Calhoun

“Anne Calhoun...tugs at your heart.”—Jill Shalvis, New York Times bestselling author

“Uncommonly good storytelling.”—Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author

“Scintillating sexual chemistry.”—Lauren Dane, New York Times bestselling author *Alison Kent

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, Anne Calhoun, national bestselling author of numerous novels including Jaded, Unforgiven, and Uncommon Pleasure, landed in a flyover state, where she traded business casual for yoga pants and decided to write down all the lively story ideas that got her through years of monotonous corporate meetings. Anne holds a BA in History and English, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia University. When she’s not writing her hobbies include reading, knitting, and yoga. She lives in the Midwest with her family and singlehandedly supports her local Starbucks.

This is a very quick read but an amazing journey thru New York and food.  Oh and it doesn’t hurt that it is also very very sexy!

Tim approaches everything as yet another task to get thru.  He works quickly and does everything in a frenzy.  His reasons for living this way are made apparent but when he meets Sarah he is surprised how easy it is to just be with her.  He actually starts to live in the moment and slow down to savor things as he spends more time with a woman that captivates him with her ways and makes him crazy in the bedroom.  I enjoyed seeing him brought to his senses and really start to live again after so much time just surviving.  He was sexy as hell but seeing him take the time to show her something new and finally appreciate things around him was my favorite part of this read.

Sarah is intrigued by the man who seems to be going at life like it is something to be sped thru with no appreciation for the gift it really is.  She’s experienced the heartbreak of watching someone she loved die from cancer and this has made her much more appreciative of everything it has to offer.  She savors experiences but is much more mellow than she was before this tragedy.  It isn’t that she isn’t willing to live life it is that she needed time to grieve and now she finds that she wants this compelling man.  She isn’t asking for anything more than time with him and while their time together includes moments of sexual heat there was a huge sense of something bigger that just needs time to firm up.

I appreciated that this story doesn’t have the whole insta-love thing that happens in a lot of shorter reads but that you get a sense that while the words might not be there yet they are definitely on their way.  These two will be a pair that will be long-term and I hope that Anne will show us more of them in future stories.  I loved the pair of them and what they really gave each other that meant more than 3 little words.

Special thanks to and the wonderful team at Penguin that gave me access to this title in exchange for my honest opinion.  Lovely story with a bit of heat but mainly the heart and views of New York made it beautiful.


Rock Addiction – Nalini Singh – 4 stars (Tour Contest)

September 15, 2014 Contest, NetGalley, Read in 2014, Tours 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Rock Addiction – Nalini Singh – 4 stars (Tour Contest)Rock Addiction on September 9, 2014
Format: eARC

While this book starts out with a very fast sexual encounter between our hero and heroine I had a hard time getting invested in the characters.  This changes after the first 20% of the book so stick with it as the payoff is well worth the slow start.

Molly has reason to hate the limelight and all that it entails.  She’s been thru hell and back because of her father’s inability to keep it in his pants and his choice of lovers.  She’s also seen the nightmare that was her mother’s obsession with her father and doesn’t want any part of public life or to be honest true deep love.  She’s built so many walls around herself that she doesn’t truly live life and while she claims to be happy she knows she really isn’t.  When she’s intrigued by a rock star she puts rules and limits on their interactions that she finds herself chafing at almost immediately.  I loved her honesty and ability to recognize that she needed to change.  She pushes herself to open up and is rewarded by her hero who realized very early on that she was his.  There was something amazing about watching her truly open up and love him with all that she has to give but even better watch how he returns her feelings back to her and cherish it.  She’s a strong soul that took hits at an early age but comes in to her own as she finds her match in Fox.  I also loved how she interacted with the rest of the band and was there for her sister and BFF.  Her advice to David made me giggle especially when Thea reacts…  LOVED!

Fox… *sigh*… where can I get my own version of him???  He knows from the moment he sees Molly across the room that he wants to get to know her.  As he spends time with her he realizes that she is his.  Plain and simple there is no confusion with his intentions from the beginning.  He’s willing to agree to her initial terms but won’t let her put him in the box she seems to want him in.  He pushes her boundaries but all he wants is for her to be honest with him and let him in.  As he gets to know her more and finds out her past, he really shines in how much he works to support her in every way possible.  The lengths he goes thru to make sure she is kept protected from the press in their early interactions spoke volumes to me.  While he oozes raw sex appeal there was something painful in his past that left him cautious in love although it radiates from the page when he interacts with Molly.  While he may not say the words I felt that his actions spoke volumes that those 3 little words wouldn’t have.

I must say I was very pleasantly surprised to see how much I enjoyed this story after the rough start.  I am looking forward to more of David and Thea so….  GIMMEE!!!

Special thanks to and the wonderful Nalini Singh for giving me a chance to read this as I did end up enjoying it.

In support of this title I also joined the tour and you can enter the tour contest via the Rafflecopter below.


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Day 5 – Hopes for the Next Year – Giveaway 5/6

September 12, 2014 Uncategorized 10

Hiya everyone!!!!  Today is going to be a nice relaxing day of reading, sleeping and in general just vegging.  My hope is that I can reset my reading mojo and also get some much needed relaxation before I have to start doing more homework on Saturday.  I also am going out for a nice dinner with my partner in crime at RT – Rochelle.

My hopes for this next year are pretty mundane…

  • School – finish more classes and stay on the dean’s list.  I really dislike school but if I can keep this up I will be done in 2016 and can move on to the next level.
  • Personal – Eat healthier, workout and hopefully lose some weight.  I’m not good at making myself a priority but I need to get better at it.  I’m going to start taking yoga, be a bit pickier in what I eat and in general start working out more.  I hope to take things slowly but I think it is time for change.  Notice I’m not saying that I’m looking for a new relationship but if something turns up then I’m ok with that but it won’t be a priority to me.
  • Blog – I really want to find a happy balance between work, school, personal and blog life.  I hope to foster my current relationships with those who have been so generous with me over the past 2 years but I also want to grow.  I want to be more regular with my postings and hope that people will continue to enjoy what I place out here on this site.


I look forward to working and speaking with everyone!!  Thank you so much for being there for me and I hope we will continue to enjoy our love of books!!!


Today I have 2 wonderful prizes to give away!  One winner will receive the books, bag and flask while the other will receive a flask.  The flasks are items that a lot of people love including myself!!!  To enter just comment below with one of your hopes for this next year.  I’ll pick one winner for the set and one for the flask from entries received by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm US Central.



Day 4 – Pushing the Boundaries – Giveaway 4

September 11, 2014 Uncategorized 3

I have learned over the past couple of years that I am not as conservative in my beliefs or my choices of titles to read as I used to be.  In my personal life I was always someone that most people would guess is very staid and potentially vanilla in nature.  Those who really know me know that I am more open to new experiences and love to surprise people with facts like having been a cast member of a local group that acted out “Rocky Horror” every Friday and Saturday night.  If you told that to most that know me thru work they’d be shocked….  I am honestly an introvert but I am comfortable acting and performing in certain situations.  I’ve found that under the right circumstances I can push past my internal comfort zone to have fun playing a part.

In my reading life I find that I love reading books that take me to places, lifestyles and situations that I have never experienced nor will I ever experience but love to read about them.  Some of these include sexual situations and relationship types that I will never personally be privy to but reading a strong story that happens to include these situations makes me more open to seeing these relationships in real life.  I have never had an issue with alternative lifestyles but couldn’t understand why BDSM or polyamory would be something you would intentionally seek out.  By reading some of the authors I have read over the past couple of years I can understand why it might be attractive to some and understand a bit more than I might’ve had I not had those boundaries pushed.

One thing I wish people who don’t read romance would understand…. Romance today isn’t all bodice ripping and heaving bosoms…  Romance today covers subjects that are much more powerful while still allowing readers to escape.  Sure there are still the frilly, silly titles but I’ve read titles that have dealt with rape, suicide, PTSD, depression, religion, coming out, accepting you are homosexual, and many other topics that are deeper than I had expected.  I’m glad that I pushed past my own prejudices and started to read this genre as I’ve found a great set of people to talk with about books and deeper subjects than I had ever expected.  So….  now to the important stuff…

How has reading pushed your boundaries?  Have you started to see things that you never expected and have it impact your personal beliefs?  Just let me know something in the comments by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm Central Time for a chance to win….



Day 3 – A Few Things That Make Me Happy – Giveaway 3

September 10, 2014 Uncategorized 3

Since this is later than I would have preferred to have this go live… I’m gonna make it an easy post..

Things that make me happy -

  • Books – Yeah I know… easy peasy one but you don’t understand how much having books has meant to me in my life.  As an only child they were my way to escape reality and entertain myself if no one was around in the neighborhood.  I loved and still love the ability to get away and lost in the pages of a good book.  Those who know me well know I will read almost anything that strikes my fancy.  While you do mainly see romance on the site please expect the unexpected from me because if I am wandering the web I might just find something else that I just need to read.
  • My cats – Those who follow me on Twitter and some who see me on Facebook know that I enjoy my duo, Macaroni and Bella, even as they might annoy me with some of their antics…  You see Mac knows how to open cabinets and drawers so it can be a bit entertaining to see what he might do next time.
  • My new apartment – I’m loving my new space.  I have new furniture, new cookware and all around a much healthier space from both a physical perspective but most importantly a mental one.  I can do what I need to do without worrying about what the consequences might be if it doesn’t work for my partner.  I also can eat what I really want to eat which means that I’m eating less and in a few respects healthier.  This pattern will continue as I get more comfortable in this space.
  •  My friends both local and virtual – I cannot believe the outpouring of support I received from everyone as I dealt with the ending of my relationship.  From just being there for me to text, tweet or speak with to being understanding as reviews and other items slipped past my notice I cannot appreciate everyone enough.  I feel lucky to have such support from people that I’ve met and not met in person.  You make me happy to be a part of this community and I cannot thank you enough!
  • This blog – I know at times there are gaps in my review pattern but as everyone knows life has a way of throwing curveballs at you.  This site allows me to share books or things that strike my fancy and is an outlet for my normally introverted self.  To those who have visited, contributed posts or shared my site with others-  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  This is why I love to be here and it is a big reason why I’m doing this week of giveaways…..

In general I hope that you can identify with some of the items above and hope you’ll share with me some items that make you happy…

In fact that’s what the question of the day is…  Share with us what makes you happy for a chance to win the items below.. Yes that’s a Jill Shalvis Snowglobe.  Just share below and I’ll pick a winner from all entries received by September 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm US Central.





Day 2 – Books I’ve Loved in the Past Year – Giveaway 2

September 9, 2014 Contest, Misc Info 4

So over this past year I’ve read a lot of really good books and have shared many of them with you including giving away a lot of them.  I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting a lot of the authors in the past couple of years so I feel particularly blessed.  Some of my favorites have been, in no particular order:

  • Nobody by Sarah M Anderson – Male lead that is sooooooo damaged that you want to cuddle and then do all sorts of naughty things with.  His reaction to accidentally spanking his heroine was heartbreakingly sweet but seeing his joy in finding someone that could really see him was amazing.  Sarah knows I was just chomping at the bit for him so I am so happy we all got to read his story finally.
  • Taking Him and Having Her by Jackie Ashenden – These two really should be read back to back.  First one has a VIRGIN hero who needs someone to really push him to fully accept what happened to him and accept his demons.  This one also includes little sister of best friend so ya know that is going for it.  The second one is the older brother of the heroine in the first one and her virgin best friend.  There might be a bit of mastery involved and one of my favorite grovel moments.  The grand gesture was amazingly beautiful and the pair truly are wonderful to read about even as they break your heart.
  • Living in Shadow by Jackie Ashenden – This is another read by an author who knows I am addicted to her and knows to just send me what she’s got.  I’ll admit to being very willing to read her particular forms of WTFery and gladly inhale her stories but this one deals with something that is darker than most.  Our hero is someone that deserves every bit of happiness after the horrors he witnessed and participated in as a child.  I’ve got the next in this series loaded on my Kindle for a birthday present so YAY!!!
  • Linger by Lauren Jameson – This was a recent read but DAMN was it great!  Alpha cowboy who craves submitting in the bedroom.  All I can say is I wouldn’t mind having a man like that in my personal life.  DAMN DAMN DAMN was this HOT.
  • Unbroken by Maisey Yates – While there was gratuitous waste of bacon in this story I can’t say I blame them for it.  This is two best friends who have been good at ignoring their chemistry until it finally explodes in to something real and lasting.  I loved seeing these two dance around everything.
  • Falling for Max by Shannon Stacey – ADORABLE!!!  *falls over giggling* I have to say that this is a bittersweet item in the list.  I loved Max but this is the last Kowalski story for now and that is just something that makes me want to weep.  I love every one of these stories and will miss seeing more but I have faith she’ll visit again.
  • The Saint by Tiffany Reisz – I swear I love her stories and this one delivers the expected mind fucks that she is so good at.  I found myself cursing as I wondered if she was going to be so cruel to us but I loved the story and the new person introduced to us.  Thanks again Tiffany for a masterful read.
  • The Mark of the Tala by Jeffe Kennedy – Loved this entry…  reminded me a lot of the fantasy stories I read growing up with a bit more romance than they had.  I have an ARC of the second book sitting next to me right now and I’m looking forward to seeing if Jeffe can change my mind about this sister.  Wonderful world, characters and exciting storyline to work thru.
  • Mercy by HelenKay Dimon – Smoking hot couple that can’t completely deny what they feel for one another no matter how much they try.  With all the lies and secrets between them can they make it work?  Also has one of the hottest male/male secondary romances around.  I look forward to reading Only this weekend.


Ok I am quickly running out of time to finish this list but suffice it to say I’ve had a great year reading and am lucky enough to have met most of the people on my list (Sorry Jackie but I did have E from Bookpushers fangirl you for me so thanks for being so nice!)

So….  Today’s giveaway package includes one of the titles above – Nobody by Sarah M Anderson (signed) along with more titles from her and Jules Bennett plus a Harlequin bag.  To enter just comment below by telling me a title or two that you’ve adored this past year.  Entries must be received by 11:59 pm US Central on September 19,2014 and this contest is open internationally.

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Release Day Blitz – Rock Addiction – Nalini Singh

September 9, 2014 Uncategorized 2


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RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2014



A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…


Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.


A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…


Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…


Meet the Author

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NEW YORK TIMES AND USA Today bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter series Nalini Singh usually writes about hot shapeshifters and dangerous angels. This time around, she decided to write about a hot and wickedly tempting rock star. If you’re seeing a theme here, you’re not wrong.


Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand, and is passionate about writing. If you’d like to explore her other books, you can find lots of excerpts on her website. Slave to Sensation is the first book in the Psy-Changeling series, while Angels’ Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series. Once Rock Addiction is out, swing by the site to check out the special behind-the-scenes page, complete with photos of many of the locations used in the book.


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Linger by Lauren Jameson – Excerpt and Sponsored Giveaway!

September 8, 2014 Uncategorized 4


So I reviewed this book last week and was blown away (read my review here).  I’ve been recommending this book to as many people as I can because who wouldn’t find an Alpha cowboy that craves submitting to a strong woman in the bedroom???  Add to it some angst as they both have to work thru Logan’s issues and you’ve got a thrilling read!

Well the lovely folks at Berkeley have been nice enough to share not only an excerpt with me but…  I can give away a copy of it to one lucky commentor!!!!  After you read the excerpt below you can either tell me what you thought of it or if you find the idea of an Alpha submitting in the bedroom as sexy as I do….  Comment by 11:59 pm Central, September 12th, 2014 to enter.  This contest is only open to US winners.



Logan felt a wicked surge of excitement as the small Mistress planted herself in front of him, hands on her hips. Very sexy hips, he noted yet again, ones that flowed into a slender waist and the curves of full breasts. He’d felt a deep sense of satisfaction to find that she appeared every bit as interested in him as he was in her.

Something in him again warned him to find a different partner for the evening, one who would be satisfied with administering a flogging, then sharing hard, impersonal sex.

Every other part of him wanted the woman currently standing in front of him, though he knew somehow that she was going to push him further than he was comfortable. Just having met her had thinned the barriers he always kept in place.

He hadn’t been in the club for very long, but he was already feeling the pain from being trapped in the crush of people. A scary looking Mistress—or Master, he wasn’t quite sure—had started bearing down on him at the same time as the tasty treat in front of him, and he’d felt as if the walls had been closing in on him, stealing away his air.

But it was different with this one…

An experienced submissive, he could tell that she was a fairly new Mistress. The nerves were there, in her eyes, around the corners of her mouth. Still, despite the sweet features of her face, dominance seemed to seep out of her very pores, an exotic perfume that caught his attention like a dog with a steak.

And then there was that strange pull between them, the one that had snapped into place the second his arms had wrapped around her outside. The one that made every other dominant woman in the room seem dull and unappealing.

It was an irresistible combination for a man who ran the show everywhere besides the bedroom.

And he couldn’t ignore the fact that, since she’d introduced herself and glared at him with that bitchy expression that made his cock hard, he’d found it a little easier to breathe.

“What’s the problem, sweetheart?” He grinned down at her, his expression deliberately cocky. He needed to keep his defenses up from the start around this one, to keep her from sneaking too far into his psyche.

He waited to see if she would dismiss him immediately for his rudeness.

She arched an eyebrow at his term but didn’t comment on it, which left him mildly disappointed. Instead she nodded at his feet, looking like nothing so much a wet dream of a stern schoolteacher.

“Bottoms go barefoot in Veritas, sub. Remove the boots.”

Her voice was whiskey smooth with an undercurrent of sin, at odds with the girl-next-door face. Logan found himself wanting to fall to his knees and obey, to please her, and despite how much he wanted her, the notion didn’t sit well with him.

A mistress had to work much harder than saying a few words and looking pretty to earn that kind of response from him.

He’d felt the punch of attraction when their eyes had first met, but now he was wary. What kind of hold did she have on him already, to make him want so badly to please her?

Shaken by the notion, he grinned insolently and shook his head. “Make me, baby.”

Logan watched as heat flickered in her eyes which, upon closer inspection, were stormy grey rather than the expected blue.

He watched as she shrugged one shoulder, a simple gesture that was nevertheless full of innate grace.

“We’ll do it the hard way, then.” So caught up in the siren’s song of her voice, Logan was caught off guard when the little minx kicked her leg up with the smooth flexibility of a trained dancer and pressed her sharp stiletto heel against the thin denim of his crotch.

He froze when the perfectly positioned boot heel dug into the tender sac of his testicles, just enough to catch his attention.

“No need to get nasty, sweetheart.” Though he wasn’t overly concerned that she was one of those mistresses who took joy in cock and ball torture, he was still uncomfortable enough from the feelings coursing through him to be a smartass.

“Take off your boots.” Damn her, she looked completely calm and in control. Like she knew he would do as she said, simply because she had said it.

Their little standoff had drawn an audience, too, and the press of bodies around them made his throat constrict with the beginnings of claustrophobia.

“A hundred bucks on the little blonde.”

Logan flicked his eyes around the gathered crowd to find the speaker and glowered when he saw that it was Luca, the only acquaintance he had at In Vino Veritas. He would have snarled if Mistress S hadn’t chosen that moment to dig that stiletto in just a bit harder.

“I warned you.” She shrugged and smiled at him, and the smile made Logan’s entire body clench with pure, undiluted need. She leaned forward, a calculated move, he knew, but still he found his attention caught on the creamy swells of her breasts, offered up as they were in the almost indecently low neckline of her black lace corset.

He wanted to get his hands on those breasts more than he wanted his next breath.

His attention was still caught on them when she lowered her leg, and he grinned as he hoped, prayed, that she would lean forward a bit more, just enough for him to see a hint of nipple that he knew would be rosy pink.

“I’d still be happy to give you the ride of your life—” Logan’s words were cut off when the slender woman whirled behind him, her movements precise and controlled. He felt the sharp toes of her boots dig into the backs of his knees, and then he landed on his knees on the floor, his breath leaving his lungs in one uncomfortable jolt.

“What the—” He threw his hands out in front of him to protect his face when she pushed him down further and straddled his hips backwards. Despite the surprise and the uncomfortable position, his cock pushed against the thin denim of his jeans as his body registered the heat of her naked legs, pressing tightly into his torso.

Her ass was sweetly rounded and close enough to touch. Her skirt had ridden up when she moved, and he caught a hint of the sexy panties she wore beneath.

With firm hands, Mistress S tugged off one of his well-worn cowboy boots, and then the other. His socks followed. Standing, she caught his eye as she very deliberately stuffed a sock inside each boot, then handed the pair off to Luca, to tuck out of reach behind the bar, he assumed.

“What’s your name?” She asked, her voice steady, certain he would answer… and he did, though he hadn’t intended to.

“Logan.” He could hear the wariness in his own voice, and rightly so—this woman was nothing like he’d expected.

“Well, then. Logan.” Her words were stern. “I told you. Subs go barefoot here.”

Logan felt twin desires pulling inside of him. He wanted to apologize, to earn her favor.

He also wanted to wipe that smug smile off of her face. She’d won this round—and he hadn’t seen it coming, so points for her.

But he wasn’t tamed that easily.

“You going to punish me now, baby?” He ran his tongue over his lips, deliberately provoking her. He knew what would happen now, and he was looking forward to it.

She would take him to a private room, or to one of the many pieces of equipment set up around the massive play area of Veritas. She would try to dig deeper, and he would deflect. She would flog him, and he would be able to lose himself in the pain.

They would fuck, and then they would go their own ways. He’d head back to Montana until his needs could no longer be assuaged with his imagination and his own hand.

The fact that he didn’t care for the idea of leaving her was just a signal that he needed to do exactly that. She looked like she could draw out all of his secrets, and that just wasn’t going to happen.

Still, he thought he just might die if he didn’t get a taste of that creamy flesh spilling out over the top of her corset.

“Yes,” Mistress S replied, her face calm, though those grey eyes of hers reflected more than a hint of the turmoil that he was feeling himself. “I am.”

Then the woman did something Logan never could have seen coming.

She turned on her slender stiletto heel and walked away.