When The Gavel Falls (Masters of the Castle) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Sharing Silver well crafted characters and beautifully told. I don't really like to give too much detail in a review because to me its like telling someone what their present is before they can unwrap it. That said this one is full of great punishment scenes and hot sex!!
Punishing Portia by Darling Adams is another winner. She makes everything sound hot in the world of bdsm even stuff that makes me uncomfortable. :-)
Rosa's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan. First I need to say AP has never tripped my trigger, however this story ended up being my favorite. The heartfelt emotion of the characters was almost palpable and brought tears to my eyes more than once. The AP dynamic was beautifully portrayed and gave a better understanding.
Owning O by Maren Smith. Evocative and fantastically written as expected. Maren never disappoints.
Buying Brianny was a beautiful journey og discovery shared by lovers.
Each and every story in this collection is five star read I will revisit again and again. Highly Recommended. Morganna Williams
Sharing Silver by Tabitha Black -- Was delicious and the twins Travis and Tevor, wow... I will submit to them anytime. To have two masterful Doms at your disposal, and identical...(again where is my inhaler)....
Punishing Portia by Darling Adams -- I am heading to the kitchen now, what a treat... Master Davd can cook (and I don't mean food)... smoking hot and steamy....
Rosie's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan -- I am not too much into the AP scene but again this was written so well that I had to go and grab a teddy bear to hug and put on my bunny slippers... Daddy Grant and Mommy Valerie were awesome parents to little Rosie... Rosie's antics had me laughing and smiling during this read....
Owning O by Maren Smith -- Now Master Alan was a patient Dom and masterful along with gaining an understanding of his submissive "O"... He helped her to break down the walls that she had built/encased around herself... Forgive yourself bcuz starting today, everything changes...!!! Amazing....!!!
Buying Brianny by Abbie Adams -- Amazing, Amazing, Amazing... I was right there with this couple and their time together again, simply amazing...!!!
Again a fabulous read and I would recommend this to everyone... Delicious, hot, sexy, amazing, wonderful reading. I will definitely be reading this book again...
Although each of these stories is written by a different author, the writing styles were cohesive enough not to be jarring when reading through them. I'll rate and review each story separately....
Punishing Portia - 4.5 stars - This was the story that grabbed my attention and had me buying the set in the first place. Darling Adams (aka Renee Rose) writes delightful spanking stories and this one was one of my favorites. I could relate to Portia, although she wasn't always very likeable. She is an uptight perfectionist trying to hold onto control while she wants desperately to let it go... I recognize this all too well.
At first David made me very uncomfortable, because he was punishing Portia in order to get back at her for an admittedly nasty review of his restaurant. His behavior didn't feel controlled and his punishments over the top at first. However, the fight Portia had with herself over using her safeword and the fear she felt when she realized that David did recognize her were very well written. I personally wanted her to safeword because David was pretty arrogant about never having a sub safeword on him.... but it all worked out okay in the end.
Sharing Silver - 4.5 stars - This story was fantasy all the way. Twins to die for, a woman who is beautiful but doesn't know it, and it was almost a bit too much. The fairy tale fantasy feeling of this story worked very well in the Castle setting though and I really enjoyed it.
Rosie's Resolutions - 3 stars - This story was very sweet and Rosie very likeable, but the entire set up made me cringe. Age play is a hard kink for me to read, although I have read a few books and enjoyed them. The problem I had with this one is the cute little girl with ribbons and curls, ala Shirly Temple, combined with sex simply felt wrong. The language used, Mommy, Daddy, and the cutesie terms for Rosie's girly parts made it worse and I felt very uncomfortable despite the story being well written. I guess age play isn't my thing if this was typical of the genre.
Buying Brianny - 3.5 stars - I liked this story and the way it showed an established couple both new to BDSM. I doubt there was much very realistic about it since Kian went from being totally clueless to mighty dom in 3 days, but it was still interesting. The way Kian communicated with Brianny was good, and Brianny eventually learned to be more open with Kian as well. The first dungeon scene was pretty funny actually. What I didn't like was the writing style. It felt jumpy and choppy rather than smoothly moving through the story. I had the feeling too much had been edited out of it leaving gaps that didn't make much sense. Or perhaps the author just tried to include too much with Sara and Jackson's baby and the bit involving pregnancy tests felt forced.
Owning O - 2 stars - Sadly my least favorite story in this group was written by the author whose imagination and skill brought to life The Castle, and all the wonderful masters and submissives within. In my opinion, the subject was much too heavy and dealt with far too easily for it to work. Too much of it just didn't make sense and we just aren't given enough background to understand why Alan feels the way he does about someone who he has barely met. His attraction feels a bit too much like obsession and her capitulation didn't make sense either. The ending leaves too much unresolved and/or maybe I just wanted things spelled out a bit more.