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Molly Weatherfield's "Carries' Story" is a classic in this genre, although one that I had not gotten around to until I received and advance copy of her second book, "Safe Word." The story is part coming of age, part variation on "The Story of O," all set in modern San Francisco. This was a fast, enjoyable read. Although reminiscent of each, this is not "The Story of 'O'" or Laura Antoniou's "The Marketplace," it is lighter; a fun and entertaining read with plenty of BDSM and erotic action....Read more
The Killer Wore Leather: An S/M Mystery Ms. Antoniou has definitively demonstrated that even in a murder mystery, scared cow makes the best hamburger! This is a vibrant tale with well developed characters and an insider's look at the world of Leather and BDSM conventions and contests.
Set in a swank Manhattan hotel, our author spins a compelling yarn about the murder of the retiring Global Mr. Leather, Mack Steel. It seems that Mack has made enemies of practically every part of the kink community with his abrasive personality and bigoted views, opening up potential pool of suspects so wide that the investigation detective despairs of finding killer before the crowd disperses back to their respective locales making the task almost infinitely more difficult. Add in the heat from the brass, journalists trying to make their mark, the producers, and protesters and the pot quickly bubbles on its way to boiling over.
This is also the tale of our protagonist, Detective Rebecca Feldblum of the Midtown East Precinct, who despite being one of the few "out" lesbian detectives in NYC is dismayed to find out that she has been handed this case. Her lieutenant's belief that these are "her people," grates on her because she believes nothing could be farther from the truth. It is equally the story of Nancy Nichols, a jaded journalist who wishes she had been assigned almost any other story than the Global Mr. and Ms. Global leather and Bootblack contest, at least until the murder is discovered. As we watch their investigations unfold, viewing the spectacle of a world of dominants, masters and mistresses; submissives and slaves; boys and bois (oops, I almost forgot the bootblacks!) dressed in leather, latex, lingerie or nothing at all through the eyes of the uninitiated, it morphs into an all too human view into the world of conventions and title competitions. In an environment where appearances are often more important than substance, we get an insight into the human relationships and learn that what looks laughable can actually be a deep, meaningful, and satisfying exploration of the human condition.
If you have ever attended a kink convention, or for that matter any kind of convention with a contest, you will delight in finding your own local personalities featured in this story, I know I did! This is a well-crafted story by an internationally renowned author, and it is every bit the story I expected from Laura Antoniou and more. Belly up to the bar and grab this one, it is funny and satisfying on many levels and I, for one, hope we see a lot more of Rebecca and Nancy.
Publisher's synopsis: Dace and Jasyn have everything they ever wanted - their own trading ship and freedom. Their only issue, regulations require a second pilot and the only one available on Viya Station is a little too perfect for Dace's comfort. But his credentials check out and everything seems fine. Until Dace disappears and Jasyn learns the truth.
Disclaimer: I received this book through Librarything's Early Reviewers Program in exchange for a fair review
Poisoned Pawn is the third book in the "Fall of the Altairan Empire" series. Jaleta Clegg's clean, descriptive prose keeps the story flowing, and entertaining characters make for an easy read, the sort of rollicking space opera that is hard to put down. Although I think the book would have been better had I read the previous two books in the series, I enjoyed it, finishing most of it in a single sitting.
As Dace and Jayson try to recover from the events of the previous books, they run into an almost comical series of mishaps that leads them into a series of Machiavellian plots by the good guys as well as the bad. One of my favorite characters in the book is "Commander" Lowell, his lot is to be to person who must do bad on behalf of good. The main characters are believable and engaging, although the evil mastermind was a little heavy on the evil and light on the mind for my tastes.
I understand the author is writing a series, and that this book needs to help set the premise for the next, but in the end I was left feeling unsatisfied with the book`s resolution. I cannot really explain why without spoiling the ending, but happy ever after it is not. I suppose it does serve its purpose, I will be watching for the next installment to see what happens to the protagonists.
Bottom line up front: Read this book! Its a chance to learn from someone else's pain, and a damn fine read!
In "How to Be Kinkier: More Adventures in Adult Playtime" our intrepid hero Morpheus returns accompanied by a bevy of beautiful assistants to share more of his exotic and erotic universe. Clearly written, Morpheus delivers a solid introduction into all kinds of perverted fun that is accessible and useful to kinksters who are just starting out to crusty old veterans. His concise directions are often accompanied with beautiful photos and illustrations, greatly enhancing your chances of getting it right the first time.
This well written guide is a book every person interested in the safety of themselves, their family, and their property should consider. Unlike many books of this type, instead of telling us how to survive a post-nuclear appocalypse it focuses on planning for the problems that are most likely to happen to most of us, from fire to natural disaster to financial collapse, and makes practical recommendations to not only survive them, but to survive in a fashion that maintains physical and emotional health, and leaves you prepared to recover and continue after the disaster has passed. I suspect there are thousands f people in New Orleans who wish they had made an invetnory of their important documents and collected them so that in the event of an evacuation they were able to take them with them as they left. This guide not only suggests what should be gathered, but provides a convienent format for recording the information so that it is available when you are getting ready to head for higher ground.
I spent 20 years in the military, been a Scoutmaster, 4H Instructor, Paramedic, and Camp Staff member, and I have never encountered a more useful, to the point, and easily used reference. Dr. Bradley has done a wonderful job of researching the available information on keeping ourselves and those important to us safe and consolidating it into concise, well written chapters that cover the preparations required to enable a practical response to real world threats. Equally importantly, he provides a bibliography to help you explore each topic in greater detail if desired.
Perhaps the best feature of this guide are the various appendices that contain checklists and blank forms to help you to assess your current condition, and to make preparations to protect yourself and your possessions from the kind of natural and man-made disasters we see everyday on the news. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who is in a position where they are responsible for the well being of others, not just heads of households, but schools, employers, scout leaders, and anyone else who is concerned with getting through the next Katrina with their health and sanity intact.
Thank you sir for the service you have provided by addressing practical and attainable preparation for situations that we are actually likely to encounter.
Bottom line up front: Cost effective mini to micro USB adapter great for charging phones at work or at home, but not as good in the car.
This is a very simple device, the name describes it perfectly. It is a MINI USB to Micro USB Adapter. socket side of the adapter is Mini USB, and the plug side is Micro. I am using it to allow me to charge my Motorola Droid with the USB chargers I already had for use with a Blackberry Curve. at a penny a piece plus $2.98 for S&H this is a reasonable priced alternative to buying new power adapters at $10 to $25 each, but one caution, while they work great on the desk and bed stand, they are not the best for use in the car, the extended length is very difficult with a phone holder, and even laying in the car seat the motion and vibration causes it to come unplugged.