Title: Dominant Persuasions
Genre: Anthology of 12 tales of Dominance and submission
Authors: Lori King, Bella Juarez, Nicole Morgan, Daisy Philips, Doris O'Connor, Julia Sykes, Amy J Hawthorn, Raven McAllan, Sherri Hayes, Jan Graham, Juliet Braddock, and Michele Zurlo
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Twelve tales of dominance and submission…where mastery meets passion.
12 Scintillating tales of Dominance and submission as told by your favorite Amazon, NYT, & USA Today Bestselling Authors.
In a world of power plays, and safewords, only the strongest can find pleasure in submission. From strangers passing in the night, to lifetime loves that spark with new life; join us in the intriguing world of BDSM. No is not a safeword, and this deal is only available for a limited time!
Submission Dance by Lori King
Out of Order by Bella Juarez
Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan
Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips
Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor
Broken by Julia Sykes
The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn
In His Hands by Raven McAllan
Indulge by Sherri Hayes
Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham
Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock
Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo
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Blurb for Fire and Ice by Juliet Braddock
What happens when a blizzard immobilizes Manhattan on Valentine’s Day…and a sassy little sub is stuck in her Dungeon with her beloved Dom? With candlelight and a roaring fire to keep them warm on this frigid afternoon, sparks fly between Maxine and Drew as he attempts to cool her down with a bit of tantalizing tenderness…
Blurb for Submission Dance by Lori King
Marley Saltzman has a secret fantasy. She wants to let go of everything, and submit to a Dominant. Intrigued by her friends BDSM lifestyle, she convinces him to put her on the guest list for his monthly fetish party. She had no idea how far out of her element she would be until she came face to face with an experienced Dom.
Lex Gregory has been nursing heartache and raising his daughter alone for so long he barely remembers what a submissive feels like at his feet. When he meets Marley, he can’t believe that the naïve woman ever thought she could handle kink. All too quickly his need for her refreshing innocence and lack of preconceived notions grows, and he has to have her.
Excerpt from Fire and Ice by Juliet Braddock
Louboutin heels in one hand and the silky little garment in her other, she made her way to the full-length mirror to slink into her Valentine's Day outfit. Once she'd pulled the panties on, the straps that crossed over her tummy were relatively easy to maneuver around. With bows fastened at the neck and hips, she felt like a giant Valentine's Day gift, all wrapped in crimson just for her Kind Sir.
Mustering her poise, she made her way back toward the tiny kitchen. However, just as she began to stir the chocolate sauce, the first of the three locks on the door turned.
Maxine stopped suddenly, frozen in time. She hadn't even picked up her clothes yet! Oh, Drew was going to be one Cranky Sir in about a minute.
Folding his hands together, he merely shook his head as he looked around.
“You know I don't like to punish you on holidays, Almost Mrs. Mack...”
Protest, and he'll do it! she thought to herself. “But the snow...and Zabar's was packed...and I wanted to...I just...” She noticed that her voice always seemed to rise an octave when they played.
“What the hell is going on here? This isn’t your bedroom back at the old townhouse, Maxine!” He kicked her bra and sent it scudding across the floor. Through his gruff, though, Maxine could see that smile of approval as he appraised her new little outfit. In his mind, Drew was already unwrapping those bows. “Now, I come here...expecting a little Valentine’s Day release with my fiancé. There's a mess on the floor. And dammit...she's not in position yet.”
Turning carefully in those damn shoes, Maxine rolled her shoulders back, the tassels swinging to and fro as she swiveled.
“But I...you...we have...”
“Uh-uh-uh!” Drew raised his hand as he crossed the room toward her. “Excuses are not accepted, and you should know that by now.”
In one swift move, he'd clasped her hands in his and held them above her head as he pinned her body against the cold stainless steel refrigerator. “Should I deny you on this frigid, snowy afternoon?”
Now was her chance to spill the beans and send her punishment into overdrive. “I can do that myself, Kind Sir,” she insisted. “Without touching myself.”
Raising a brow, his pride swelled. Such a perfect submissive was she.
“Oh, yeah, Sassypants?” he challenged as he pulled his hands away to pluck at her straps. “Show me...”
Maxine took one very slow, deep breath into her lungs. Wrapping her fingers around the refrigerator door handle, she opened her green eyes wide and held his gaze as he watched her. Already, she could feel her clit twitching beneath that damp wisp of satin that covered her, and her nipples throbbed against those little pasties.
“Uhhhhhhh...” she groaned.
However, Drew couldn't resist closing just a bit of distance between them, fearing she'd collapse and hurt herself as orgasm took hold. Placing a hand on each side of her, he was ready to catch her, just in case.
“Tell me what you're thinking right now, Maxine.”
“I'm thinking...ohh, I'm on my knees, Sir...”
“And what are you doing in your little fantasy?”
“Sucking you...sucking you off, Sir...and I'm... oh, fuck...!”
Without warning, she gripped his shoulder as she kicked her heel, scraping it against the hardwood floor. His face was so close, so intense, as she writhed before him but not against him. Drew hadn't laid a single finger on her, yet orgasm consumed her as her body just shook with the shocks of oblivion.
Drew's thoughts were likewise awhirl. Her sexual appetite knew no boundaries. Maxine’s need to please him—and to please herself—astounded him. Seeing her shuddering and screaming when all he'd done was simply walk in the door and give her a mild scolding nearly reduced him to ashes.
He fucking hated losing control with her, but he simply couldn't resist slipping his hands between them to rip away those two little hearts from her nipples. He dipped his head to bite down and pulled one swollen little bud between his teeth.
“So help me, Maxine, if I come in my fucking jeans...you're getting spanked until next Valentine's D—”
Reality, however, struck him suddenly like a lightning bolt to a tree.
The power went out.
Excerpt from Submission Dance by Lori King
There was a wicked glint in his eyes that did strange things to her body. Her heart was racing and her palms were as damp as her panties. She was almost afraid to stand up from her seat again for fear she might now have a damp spot on the back of her skirt.
“Would you like to dance, Marley?” Lex asked, rising from the low slung chair. The height of her own seat put her face almost dead even with his crotch, and there was a distinct bulge under his zipper that she found very intriguing, but he didn’t seem to notice her predicament.
“I’m really not much of a dancer…” She stammered for an excuse not to get closer to him. He was too magnetic and charming for her. She was almost afraid that if she let him pull her onto the sparsely populated dance floor, she would turn into putty in his hands and never find herself again.
“The music is slow, and I know what I’m doing. Trust me to lead, and you’ll be fine.” She wasn’t sure if he intended the double meaning behind his words or not, but her clit certainly heard it.
Holding out his hand, he waited for her to lay her palm against his and then he tugged her to her feet. She swayed slightly, and he steadied her with a hand on her lower back just above the curve of her ass. Immediately, she had to fight the urge to press herself against his long muscular body. Certainly he already thought her an easy mark after that steaming kiss; rubbing against him like a cat in heat wouldn’t help her circumstance.
He led her onto the dance floor without another word, and before she could turn to face him, he spun her around once, and then twice, so that her balance was off and she fell into him.
With an arrogant grin on his face, he wrapped his arms around her back, and steadied them on the curve of her spine, but within proper distance from her ass. “Better, now just relax and let me guide you. That’s right, sway with me. Dancing is like making love. It’s sensual, and there’s an exchange of power between every couple. You trust me to lead you in the right movements, and I trust you to follow me, but at any point you can walk away.” His hot breath whispered over her ear from above, and her cheek brushed the smooth silk of his shirt. “You have all the control, Marley.”
Lex continued to murmur instructions to her, softly seducing her with his body and his innuendos. Her breasts grew heavy and achy, and her nipples were diamond hard points that she knew were probably poking through the thin material covering them. She tipped her head back to look up into his deep blue eyes, and her knees grew weak at the intense lust burning there.
“Careful. If you slip I get to carry you off and say I swept you off your feet. That would make you my rightful prize to do with as I pleased for the night,” he whispered.
Marley snorted out a laugh, “Is that a party rule?”
“No, but everyone knows the black knight steals away the princess at her first ball and seduces her.”
Even though my post is only focusing on two of the stories in this book I read all 12 and highly recommend all. I love anthologies because I'm always introduced to new-to-me authors. I don't usually pick up an anthology unless I've already read one of the authors. In this case I'd already read and really liked books by Julia Sykes, Sherri Hayes, and Michele Zurlo so I was very excited to read their stories as well as the other 9.
Each of these stories is a standalone. Some are part of a series, but there is no need to read the other books before these. They can be understood completely (that's usually not the case). So you can happily read all 12 stories here and then go back and read the authors' other works. All of these stories are what I consider light BDSM. There is definitely dominance and submission, bondage, kink, and other fetishes, but none are over the top. It's easier to read and lighter than some of the heavy BDSM books that I sometimes read. Each story is fairly short (8 or so chapters) so they can be ready in a night or two. The whole anthology takes a while to read though, because there are 12 stories.
I absolutely loved some of these stories. The two above are among those. Both Drew and Lex are really sexy Doms. Maxine is feisty and Marley is unsure. The two stories are very different (as are all the stories in this anthology), but they're both (/all) fun reads. Marley is a character a lot of people not in the lifestyle can relate to. So she was a lot of fun to read about. In addition to Fire and Ice and Submission Dance I also loved Submitting to Temptation and Yes, Justin. I would give each of those stories FIVE STARS.
Some of the other stories I would rate four or four and a half stars and there were a few that I would rate three or three and a half stars. It's not that the writing was bad or anything. Some of the characters just didn't click with me. But to each his or her own. There's definitely something for everyone here. Overall I give the anthology FOUR and A QUARTER STARS!