We return back to Black light and it’s again Valentines Night. We have 9 D/s couples leaving their night up to chance and on this night Cupid has a very itchy bow finger that has a little kink in it. With authors from Livia Grant, Renee Rose, Maren Smith, Measha Stone, Alta Hensley, Jennifer Bene, Maggie Ryan Jane Henry and Sue Lyndon you can expect hot sexy stories of well matched Doms and Submissives who’s stories range from the sweet to others that are a bit darker and each with a different kind of kink from age play, pet play to rope play and more. I really enjoyed this anthology with the different stories some i enjoyed more than others but would def enjoy reading again ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Great collection of BDSM type erotic stories that are well written and well worth a read. Taken - A second chance romance with many twists and turns. An erotic romance that is great to read. Forced - Darker erotic story that was sizzling to read. Surrender - Marty and Owen go through many twists and turns in this sexy story. Confessions - Wow, what a story. It gripped me from the start. Shameless - Lots of emotions and plenty of hot chemistry. Brat - Plenty of excitement and lots of heat. Doctored - A must read that was amazing. Edge - Second chance romance and new beginnings that really gripped my attention. Unrestrained - BDSM and spanking taken up a notch with a great read and very sexy. All this collection of stories was awesome to read and I highly recommend them to readers over 18 who want sexy hot stories with some BDSM involved. This is my honest opinion of an advanced reader copy.
Unrestrained by Jennifer Bene - This story puts the S&M into the BDSM. I found it to be an unusual choice as an entry to the book as I found it quite confronting and not what I would normally like. However, I really got a feel for the characters, particularly Silas & found myself happy that he's found someone accepting of how he likes to play.
Brat by Livia Grant - Exactly what you would expect with a title like this. Gabriella & Connor have a long (non-sexual) history. This story delves into age play which isn't really a must-read for me, but I still found it very readable. This author always delivers on great characters.
Forced by Renee Rose - Probably my favourite (so far). I love that we really get inside the head of each of the participants. Here is a Dom who knows just what & who he wants. Meanwhile, Mariana is trying to come to terms with the idea that she might just like being Forced.
Doctored by Sue Lyndon - I found this story quite sweet in the idea that here are 2 people who have both been skirting around their attraction for years without the other knowing. Make one a sub who's been hurt by family & endured a public outing & it made me all melty.
Shameless by Maren Smith - I found this unusual in that not often have I read stories in which the bad guy is so much a part of the community. Which is precisely why Hadlee decided that she needed to fight her demons by getting back on that horse (metaphorically speaking!) & offer herself at the Valentine's Roulette. Throw in 2 strong characters, 1 who thinks he'll never get an opportunity to show Hadlee how he feels & you have everything you could want in a story.
Edge by Alta Hensley - A 2nd chance story of 2 people who find themselves matched up at the Roulette & how they overcome the past hurts to forge a new relationship. I really liked this story. I felt that Melinda was such a strong woman to acknowledge her mistake & to work to set things right. Equally, Dean was wonderful in his sensitivity & ability to put hurts aside. For a kink-story, I found it very sweet. Really liked it.
Confession by Measha Stone - Another great story. This one about 2 people who have unknowingly wanted the same thing for years but neither have been willing to risk the relationship that they currently have. A wonderful read about putting yourself out there & risking everything to potentially get something better.
Surrender by Maggie Ryan - Probably one of my least favourite reads. I just found the character of Marty really unlikable. I appreciate the inclusion of the rope work & the premise was excellent. But I just couldn't get past the character.
Taken by Jane Henry - This is another story that left me a bit ambivalent. Again, I just found Della unlikable, although I did warm to her somewhat by the end. I will agree that this is a fantastic story to finish on. It wraps up the collection wonderfully.
In reading all of the stories, I didn't expect to like all of them, & while there were none that I disliked, there were certainly some that I liked more than others. But the good thing about anthologies like this is that you can be assured of there being at least some that really grab you & make you pleased that you kept reading. I love that even though all of the stories revolved around a single event (ie Valentine's Roulette), care had obviously been taken to ensure continuity between the different stories. Definitely read-worthy.
This anthology was brilliant I loved that it had a mix of authors I had already read and loved and some new who I definitely plan on reading more of. This Anthology is going up on my list of top 5 that I have read because the mix and the stories were all enjoyable. I loved that Jennifer and Livia started and ended the book with the Introduction and conclusion, it really tied up the loose ends of each story giving it an overall nice effect.
"Unrestrained" by Jennifer Bene Unrestrained is hot, there is no other word for it. A sadist and a masochist that come together when Silas is feeling like no one will be able to withstand his needs. This one is explosive.
"Brat" by Livia Grant This was a new author to me, I enjoy the age play aspect while reading BDSM so I particularly enjoyed this one. I enjoyed witnessing Connor and Gabriella move past their issues and become lovers from enemies.
"Forced" by Renee Rose I adore Renee's books so this was one I particularly looked forward to reading. Following a Dom who knows exactly what and who he wants. Meanwhile, Mariana has to come to terms with the realisation that she likes being Forced. It is volatile, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
"Doctored" by Sue Lyndon I have read a few of Sue's books, I think that this might be my favourite one yet. The attraction and chemistry that these characters have is sweet. I loved that they both had been attracted to each other for so long without the other realising it. A Dom who helps mend a subs a broken heart, what more could you want?
"Edge" by Alta Hensley I love second chance stories so this one was right up my ally of enjoyment. Melinda admits her wrongs while Dean overcomes his hurt. This story for BDSM is quite charming and sensitive.
"Shameless" by Maren Smith Maren was a new author to me, one I will be reading again. I thought shameless was well written. I loved watching Hadlee fight her past and try again with the Roulette.
"Confessions" by Measha Stone Measha was also a new author who I will definitely be looking up to read more from. I loved the plot of this one. It demonstrates that the characters shouldn't be afraid to take a chance, something superior might be there all along.
"Surrender" by Maggie Ryan I adore Maggie Ryan as an author, I dislike reading BDSM with subs who top from the bottom. It just gets annoying so to see Owen take control over Marty was good, watching her discover true submission was rewarding and seeing Owen get the sub he has always wanted was tremendous.
"Taken" by Jane Henry Jane was another author who I had read plenty of books from so I was looking forward to reading Taken, it was fantastic. This story is rocky but seeing the characters get what they both want was an enjoyable read.
I received a free ARC copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving an honest review. This is a collection of short stories exposing the the BDSM life style and showcasing "Valentine Night Redux" special event where doms and subs are matched by secret ballot and perform varies scenes for the entertainment of club members at Black Light Club. I was captivated and educated as I read about the various activities enjoyed by the club patrons, but I was at the same time shocked at the depth of pain and humiliation some of the subs experienced. Well written, interesting and informative would be a good way to describe this book and the storyline was a good choice for an expose'.