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He asked for her trust, but …

… that was the one thing she refused to give him

 

I don’t really subscribe to a “Valentine’s Day” of sorts. I believe you should show those things every day of the year. It is a questionable relationship that is all candy, flowers, and love on one day, but not shown every day of the year. Think about it. HOWEVER, if you want to do those things, or your beloved does, there is no harm in doing something special for your sweetheart.

Now, back to our entry-line…TRUST is something none of us should give lightly. Especially in a new relationship. I grew up and raised my children with the understanding that trust is free the first time, once lost, it must be hard earned. That is not the same in a romantic relationship.

Sure we ‘trust’ him or her to not violate us in any way but it means so much more than that and as a relationship grows, one must try that trust, give the other partner opportunities to prove their right to have it. But once earned, you should not throw it away lightly. For once rejected, you may never again get the chance to make amends.

And if there is a loved one you want to spend more time with that has issues with trust, go slow. Be thoughtful. But, at the right time, pushing a boundary (not plowing through it) now and again shouldn’t go amiss. Safely. With a clear head. In love. And for some of you, a safe-word.

Alyssa

 

NOW, I want to share the book from which our entry tagline came.

 

Claiming Mia

by

B.J. Wane

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Newly divorced Mia Reynolds doesn’t like Chief Nolan MacGregor. His
arrogance gets under her skin, but it’s her body’s instant reaction every
time he levels that cobalt gaze upon her or hints at giving her what he
keeps insisting she wants that really gets to her. After her husband’s
betrayal, she’s sworn off getting involved with anyone, and certainly isn’t
going to trust her fragile heart with the town’s reformed bad boy.

Nolan wants Mia and refuses to let her prickly stubbornness stand in his
way. Once he entices her into an affair and shows her the benefits of
submitting to him, her off-the-charts responses prove he was right all
along – she is the one for him. When his investigation into an illegal drug
ring implicates Mia’s business, he never stops believing in her innocence.
When the Feds go around him, Mia refuses to believe he hadn’t been with her just to keep an eye on her and her nursery for proof the drugs were coming in on the trucks carrying her landscaping orders.

Mia’s reluctance to trust Nolan completely lands her in trouble with a drug
trafficker and it isn’t until she is kidnapped that she realizes what her
insecurities and refusal to let go of the past might have cost her…

 

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Want a taste?

“You want to spank me instead of giving me a ticket?”  Mia didn’t know if her stunned disbelief stemmed from outrage at his audacity or the instant pickup of her heart rate which caused her blood to heat in a volcanic rush through her veins at the thought of his large hand connecting with her butt.

 

“In the worst way,” he admitted with candor, not bothering to hide the truth.  Then again, when had he ever held back from letting her know where his interests laid, she bemoaned.

 

They both heard Mia’s convulsive swallow as she contemplated her choices.  It came down to she couldn’t afford an increase in her premiums. A shiver rippled down her spine as he pressed closer and his warm breath tickled her neck when he nipped the tender skin.  Okay, maybe the strain on her finances wasn’t the only reason she was giving his suggestion serious consideration. If she could sate her curiosity about the way her body was always so quick to react to his sexual innuendos about putting her over his knee, remarks she never imagined would titillate her before the divorce, maybe she could get him out of her mind once and for all.   

 

Taking a deep, nerve-bracing breath, she muttered in a whisper, “Fine,” as if there might be someone around who could hear her.  “I’ll meet you…what?” she gasped, incredulous as he spun her to face the truck and hiked up her skirt. “Here?

 

“No time like the present.  Don’t worry, Mia, my body is blocking yours, but even if I wasn’t, no one driving by can see back in this far.”  With a hard yank, he drew another outraged gasp from her when he tore off her panties.

 

Warm summer air wafted over her exposed buttocks for the first time in her life, shocking her when the sudden outdoor exposure elicited a thrill of excitement.  Before she could grasp the significance of that, he palmed her right cheek and squeezed, the instant pleasure from his touch taking her breath away.

 

“Just as I thought,” Nolan rasped, bending his head to nip her earlobe.  “Soft and malleable. And so very…spankable.” He drew back and slapped the same cheek, a light smack that tingled more than hurt.

 

Mia shut her eyes against the warm dampness filling her long-neglected pussy, mortified by her response to what should have been an abasing experience.  The next swat covered her other cheek and was just as potent as the first. Her tense muscles relaxed, and she was thinking this wasn’t so bad when he delivered a harder smack that jiggled her flesh.  A small cry slid past her compressed lips, but he didn’t give her time to balk or complain as he set about peppering her butt with a volley of spanks, alternating between light and hard enough to sting while moving back and forth between her buttocks.  A slow warmth enveloped her entire backside, along with small prickles of pain as the slaps grew sharper. Unable to help herself, she lowered her head to rest on her hands braced on the truck and tried to ward off the escalating pulses spreading down to her sheath.  A part of her couldn’t believe she was letting him do this and an even more insane part couldn’t fathom the escalating arousal the embarrassment and discomfort added to.

 

Nolan stopped and caressed her buttocks, the now soothing strokes calming her riotous senses.  “I knew you had a submissive streak worth exploring,” he said in a rough tone.

 

BUY LINKS:

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Amazon Claiming Mia

 

 

More about BJ Wane:

I live in the Midwest with my husband and our dog, a lovable Great Pyrenees/Standard Poodle.  I love dogs, enjoy spending time with my daughter, babysitting dogs and kids, reading and working puzzles.  We have traveled extensively throughout the states, Canada and just once overseas, but I now prefer being a homebody.  I worked for a while writing articles for a local magazine but soon found my interest in writing for myself peaking. My first book was strictly spanking erotica, but I slowly evolved to writing erotic spanking romance with a touch of suspense.  My favorite genre to read is suspense.

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Quinlan’s Quest- O’Connor Series

OUT Tuesday, August 30th

The next installment of the O’Connor Series -Quinlan’s Trilogy -Book One

Quinlan’s Quest by Alyssa Bailey, is the beginning of the love story of Quinlan O’Connor brother and his lovely lady, Cheyenne.

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Here, take a nibble…

Can Cheyenne deal with his high-handed ways and higher expectations in exchange for being his woman?

Cheyenne Sterling was partners with her father in their accounting firm when he passed away suddenly. Now, one year later, Cheyenne has a healthy business and unhealthy lifestyle that is totally out of control. One afternoon control walked in her door in the form of Quinlan O’Connor, rough, handsome, and all alpha male. She couldn’t deny that he was very easy to look at, but also couldn’t deny that it was proving harder than she expected to fall in line the way he demanded. Then again, Cheyenne truly loved a challenge.

Considered the toughest O’Connor sibling, Quinn is a Sheridan, Wyoming, sheriff’s deputy with peculiar tastes. His brothers have a hint of how domineering Quinn is in his relationships but none knows the depths of his lifestyle. Finding a woman who is strong enough to stand up to him when it is the right thing to do, and woman enough to submit when she should has proven to be an elusive thing for Quinn. It makes his search for a wife a monumental quest.

When doing an errand for his father, he meets spunky Cheyenne Sterling, a young woman who needs a keeper with a firm hand and loving arms.  She reveals her wilder side and risky behaviors over a pseudo-business dinner at his parents’ home. The next thing he knows, he finds her in a private club he warned her to not attend. In Quinn’s world, there are consequences when a young woman disobeys him.

Will Cheyenne stay around after she experiences his consequences or will she run like the rest?

 

DISCLAIMER:  This book contains the spanking of adult women, elements of erotic play including anal and BDSM. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase this book.

 

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Excerpt

Quinn pushed through the accounting firm’s outer door taking a moment to remove his sunglasses and adjust to the lighting. He strode over to the person sitting at the front desk digging in a file drawer as he automatically removed his hat.

“Ma’am, I have papers for Mr. Sterling from Emerald Isle Ranch, could you give them to him?”

The woman looked up into bright hazel eyes surrounded by darkly tanned laugh lines as she eased her chair back a bit so that she could take him in more fully.  Cheyenne Jamis Sterling, C.J. professionally, stretched out her long legs in a more relaxed manner than she actually felt. She was not a short woman herself but from her vantage point she could appreciate the height and breadth of the deputy. The creation before her was one of God’s beautiful creatures that raised her appreciation in the natural beauty and work of art that could be mankind and raised that admiration quite sharply.

Cheyenne’s cerulean blue eyes were always her proudest feature but as she gazed into brilliant and unusually vivid hazel eyes, she wondered what children with this man would be like. She could also see that he appreciated her as much as she appreciated him. He was not gorgeous in a movie star, woman swooning way but captivating in a virile, blood heating way. She was quite sure that he and men like him created and perpetuated the stereotypical persona of rugged men taming the Wild West.

 Cheyenne swung her long blonde hair over her shoulder while she chose her words.

“Mr. Sterling has passed away, but I can take the papers.”

Quinn gave a shocked look and said, “They both died?”                                      

“Excuse me? Who, both?”

“Sterling, senior and junior?”

“There is no junior, Mister…?”                                                        

“O’Connor.”

“No, you aren’t Mr. O’Connor, I know him.”

Cheyenne was beginning to be suspicious of this man, but her doubts battled with her initial thoughts of attraction and his uniform.

“Of course I am. I am just not my father, Sean. I am Quinlan. So if there is no junior, then give this to your boss when he returns.”

Cheyenne wasn’t sure whether she should laugh or be angry.

“I don’t have a boss, Mr. O’Connor but I can take the papers for your father.”

“No, I am supposed to leave them for C.J. Sterling and if he isn’t in this office, I’ll just take them back to my father.”

Cheyenne was experiencing that quickly ignited anger she usually tried to control and felt her muscles tighten with the effort in the face of the arrogance of this man.

“Don’t be such a pompous ass. I am C. J. Sterling, Cheyenne Sterling, James’ daughter. I am his accountant. I use C. J. professionally and my friends call me Cheyenne.”

 

Quinlan’s Quest is a novella and the first story of Quinlan and Cheyenne’s trilogy of love. Book 2, Accepting his Ways is a novel also out August 30th. Look for them both…

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This is a taste of ME:

Alyssa Bailey is a dyed in the wool Texan living in the beauty of Southeast Alaska with her husband, her youngest four (of eleven) children, two dogs and two cats. She lives where the sky meets the mountains, the mountains meet the ocean, and the wildlife frolic on land, sea, and air. People, the ultimate interlopers, are wedged in where allowed and are properly thankful for the privilege.

Her first memory of books was when her mother read to her as a small child. She began writing as soon as she could put letters together to form words. Her first story at the age of six was about a performing horse that ran away from the circus. As she got older and read more of a variety of books, she would say, “I can do better than that” and then rewrite them in her head. She was writing fanfiction before fanfiction was a ‘thing.’ 

In high school and college, she won journalism and special recognition for her academic and fictional writing. Alyssa is a firm believer in all things spanking. She loves writing about domestic discipline and power exchanges between strong, intelligent women who are not afraid to make a stand and men confident enough to give them their space but Alpha enough to keep his woman safe, in spite of herself. Her characters predominately live in Regency England amongst lords and ladies, in the contemporary realm amongst men and women of the world, and all things Cowboy. 

Contact her, she loves to chat, and as always, have a Spankolicious day!

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Email: alyssabaileyromance@gmail.com   

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I Want To Devour You…

 

LOOK! Its MEASHA STONE!!!

Can you believe she is here? On my Blog???

She is bringing us a taste of her newest book-in the series  WINDY SERIES

Indebted Heart

Book #3

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Ask me to button your shirt. Look at those BLUE EYES! That SMILE!!

YES Ma’am that is nice!!!

UH! UH! UH!

Lets get to know Measha first:

  Author Questions

 So first, of course, the obvious question. How did you become a writer? I’ve been doing it since I was a little kid. I didn’t really think anything of it until my mom pointed it out to me much later.  In Junior High we had to write a short story for the open house, and all the other kid’s stories were one page, a few paragraphs, mine was the only one that took two pages and had dialogue and everything. She knew then I was going to be a writer. When she told me that story, I figured, hey, she’s right!  Silly, that I needed someone else to say it in order for me to know it, but writing stories was just something I did for fun, to entertain myself.

 

Are you working on a new book right now? Yes. I’m working on a dark erotic romance. My first ever, and it’s terrifying to write because it pulls me out of my comfort zone of completely consensual spankings, and sexual encounters. On the other hand, it’s completely hot and exciting, so it’s a daily roller coaster ride.

 

How much of the book is realistic? Hopefully, all of it.  With this series, I tried to convey as true of a BDSM relationship as I could.  People make mistakes, ego’s get in the way, and being in a BDSM relationship doesn’t change that- but how those issues are worked out is what’s different.  There’s a lot of love and trust that goes into a BDSM relationship, and I wanted to convey that with this series. It’s not all red rooms and tainted pasts.

 

 

What book are you reading now? I’m reading 3 books right now.  Seven Nights to Surrender by Jeannete Grey. The Truth about Him by M. O’Keefe and Taming Texanna by Alyssa Bailey.

 

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.  Blushing Authors have been a huge help, especially with this release. Everyone is so helpful and genuine. It’s been a great experience and hopefully the first of many.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I still have a day job, but in the off hours, if I’m not writing, or thinking about writing, I’m usually curled up with a book. If my kids happen to actually be home instead of off playing with friends, we’ll spend time together watching old sitcoms on Netflix, or having a family game night.

 

Does Prince Charming exist? Yes! Everyone’s version of what he looks like is different, but he’s out there.  For some, he’s an Alpha male that won’t give an inch and is unreasonably strict, to other’s he writes poetry and sings her sonnets- and anything in between. I lean toward the relentless Alpha myself, and have been lucky in that department.

 

Which body part would you choose to get a tattoo done? I celebrated my first book with Blushing Books by getting a tattoo of a heart on my right wrist.  I’m planning to get two more, another heart design on my ankle, and one on the top of my foot the words “Happily Ever After”.

 

The furthest I have traveled was to: Germany. My husband was in the Army when we married and was stationed in Darmstadt, Germany. It was a great time, even though I was far away from family and friends. I was sad to hear the base has been shut down since then.

 

Do you like your handwriting? Absolutely not!  My father always called it chicken scratch, and I have to agree. It’s horrible. I have a love/hate feeling when someone asks me to sign their book, because it’s just so bad.

 

 AUTHOR BIO

Measha Stone lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their children. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her vanilla writing has been published in the online magazine efiction and the DuPage Writers Group annual journal Possibilities. When she’s not writing, she’s reading and spending time with her kids- who are just as creative and crazy as her.

 

Social Media

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NOW… the Blurb

Alyssa Sanders has taken care of herself since she was too young to do so. But she’s all grown up and ready to get her life on the right track.  She heads to Chicago with her life savings and a few prospects. She expects to get a job, find an apartment and get on her way of settling down. What she doesn’t expect is to find her new boss not only severely attractive and Dominant, but the son of an old friend.

Alex Trebelli would do anything for his father, so when he’s asked to escort an old friend’s daughter to dinner he doesn’t hesitate to agree. Except the daughter isn’t the small town young woman his father described. She’s all grown up, full of beauty and curves, and a submissive nature that draws out his dominant side.

When Alex explains he won’t be her friend, he can’t just be her friend, he wants more, he wants to be her dominant, her boyfriend, she has to decide if she’s going to take the leap. She’s never been good at a full time D/s relationship, but Alex makes her feel safe and secure. She finds him easy to be with, even when he’s being overprotective and bossy.

Can she manage to put aside her fears of failure, and self-doubt and give them a real chance, or will she chose the safer route and keep clear of his sexy smile, and dominant ways?

HERE is an EXCERPT: NAH NAH- I got to read them all>>>

“For two weeks you’ve toyed with me.” He rested his hands on his belt buckle, the movement not lost on her. “You’ve stared at me, you’ve winked at me, you’ve smiled at me, you’ve been a complete brat with me.” He stared at her; she didn’t move.

“Are you a brat usually?” he asked as an afterthought. He knew a few doms that liked their subs to be bratty, to give a reason to spank them for fun. Alex was not one of them. He’d rather have a straight on conversation. If his partner wanted a spanking, she needed only to ask, he was always happy to oblige.

“No.” She shook her head and averted her eyes. “But, it was fun to tease you.” She looked up at him then. “I knew you couldn’t or wouldn’t do anything about it. It was weird. The more I teased you and the more you did nothing, the more I wanted to tease you, to push you.” She took a deep breath. “I’ve never done that before with a guy.”

“What about Thomas?” He asked in a low voice. He hadn’t meant to bring him up, but before his brain could catch up to the conversation it was out.

Her eyes narrowed as she answered. “Bradley really has a big mouth.”

“That he does.” Alex agreed. “Now about Thomas.”

“Thomas is an ex. I’m sure you have quite a few of them.” She stepped around him and plopped down on the couch.

“Yes, but he’s not just an ex, is he?”

“Alex, he was my first dominant. He was the guy that showed me what being submissive means. He helped me figure out what I needed and wanted.” Alyssa looked up at him as she spoke. “And what is that? Because I’m going to be honest, Alyssa. I can’t get you out of my head. I won’t do the friend thing with you. I just won’t.” He shook his head. “And I won’t do the vanilla thing either. I tried that once, had a serious relationship and it all went to hell. I hated it, she hated it, and I won’t try it again.” He crouched onto his haunches in front of her. “I see you at the club, and I want to devour you. The friend thing won’t work.”

Her eyes swept over his face several times, and she exhaled loudly. “I want you,” she finally said and he began to breathe again. “I’ve hated the past few weeks, seeing you and not being able to talk to you the way I wanted to talk to you. As soon as I walked into a room, I’d find you instinctively. It was really starting to piss me off.” She grinned. “I don’t do vanilla well either. I end up being a bitch to see how far I can push the guy until he pushes back.” “Like you’ve been doing with me.” He nodded.

“Yeah.” She closed her eyes for a moment, and when she opened them they were filled with tears. “I’m really bad at asking for what I need,” she whispered. “You were just so, so, there.” She wiped her eye with the inside of her palm before the tear could fall. “I think it just frightened me. I mean I didn’t expect to meet anyone especially not anyone within the first day of being in the city. Your dad never told me how freaking hot you are.” She laughed, the sound made him grin up at her.

“I’m not your boss at work. Kerri is and Bradley is. I’m the finance and marketing guy.” He rested his hands on her knees, her skin felt warm beneath his hands. Soft. “But here, outside of the job, I’m all boss.” He winked and grinned up at her.

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OH MY GOODNESS!

I am going to buy this book as soon as I hit POST

YOU HAD BETTER HURRY!!!

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 ALSO IN THE WINDY CITY SERIES

HIDDEN HEART, BOOK 1

A woman given up on love, second guesses her solitary life when meeting a man who won’t take no for an answer and opens her eyes to an entire world of pleasure she didn’t know existed before him.

 

SECURED HEART, BOOK 2

A headstrong, fiery woman seeks to fulfill her fantasies in all the wrong places, and it’s up to the security expert to tame her, and keep her safe.

 

HERO TO OBEY

 

 

Hero to Obey: Twenty-two Naughty Military Romance StoriesHero to Obey: Twenty-two Naughty Military Romance Stories by multiple authors

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review Hero to Obey

I was raised in a military home with a Vietnam Vet, married my 82nd Airborne paratrooper Dom and raised our children under the devotion and love of country. I have two children who have had tours in Iraq and other exotically scary places. We experience PTSD, Children have married and divorced because of emotional conflicts harder to handle than the battles they fought on foreign soil. The publisher and authors are donating the proceeds to help these same people win the personal battles they fight on American soil. I am proud to have bought, read, and to review this collection.

Stormy Weather by Desiree Holt
Zane’s captain said he needed 30 days to “sort out his head” after his Afghanistan tour. He didn’t need anyone, not his BDSM lifestyle, his submissive who dumped him, not the human race and certainly not Dara whom he had to save from drowning in a heavy tropical storm. Dara is that thing that could give Zane direction again if he only could see it. I loved the struggle that Zane went through to find his way to living again. Contemporary BDSM, active duty-medical leave

SEAL of her Dreams by Paige Tyler
Kurt was a SEAL and when saving the day at Career day for his deployed buddy’s son. Fire play came from all sides. Oh, man did he need extraction. The teacher, Melissa, was a sexy cute thing that didn’t throw him a life ring. She didn’t even like him. He was in the shark tank alone and they sharks were circling. I loved this one because of its humanizing of a SEAL. It also was fun to watch him work for the love of one of America’s unsung heroes, a teacher. Contemporary, active duty

Their Runaway Bride by Vanessa Vale
Robert and Andrew have returned from serving in the military in a country (near Egypt) that commonly have two men to one woman so the woman is always cared for if one is killed. The world in the 1800’s is a wild place all over the world. Onboard a ship headed for America they meet other military of similar slant as well as a lovely young woman, Anne, who takes their eye. They want her. She appears in Robert’s room and within one day they have bedded, married, and taken possession of her. Her father had other plans and is furious but a good military man knows how to use his skills to advantage. Good, fun into to the series. Ménage, Historic, Prequel, ex-military.

Under His Command by Maddie Taylor
A novella in the L.A. branch of Club Decadence, this story takes us to Coronado –SEAL training, Commander Flynn and the simulator operator, Cassie. Cassie is in love with the Commander and his dominant ways, but she feels it is a hopeless love because he is the consummate gentleman and they have a great friendship going. I love we get both sides of the story instead of only getting into the head of one of our main characters. Contemporary, Active Duty,

Understanding the Enemy by Tabitha Black
This was is a fantasy/Scifi story of Blaze the man who must interrogate those Sandrine who would try to sabotage the hateful Saxo’s. Lena is caught trying to seal secrets for the militia. Blaze is expected to torture her and his settled on method is unique. Lena has something Blaze wants more than anything. I am not a fantasy reader but this I was able to read easily. Well written. Edgy, Dystopian, a little dark-HEA

Exfil by Bethany Burke
This story is set in the contemporary/future realm of war torn Syria. Military personnel are asked all the time to do what appears to the civilian to be the impossible. What if you were Delta force and were asked to go in and rescue an ex-lover you never forgot? And what if you found out a secret that could destroy the world and both of yours along with it, and then you were asked to do the unthinkable? Captain Michael Duncan is that man and Emily Becker that lover. My husband would like it. Well written. I could see this happening in my mind’s eye. Contemporary, Active military, edgy

Wrecked by Selena Kitt
Daniel was ex-Navy SEAL now living off the coast of Chili alone. He answers a faint mayday call to find overindulged heiress Darcy with some grand problems. And neither one knows how to communicate effectively verbally. Physically is another story. Hot sex, good emotional back and forth-Story stalls only momentarily. The ending is well played. Contemporary, ex-military, angst

Devil Dog by Lee Savino
Nice story of Cassandra, newly divorcee and Devil Dog Dane, medically discharged Marine. I enjoyed this story because it wasn’t just a story about some ex-military who was stuck in time and place. It was as I know them, trying to find a place in this world that they are now presented with. Dane was the absolute sweetest and Cassandra was disillusioned, more than Dane. Contemporary, Sweet, medically discharged, HEA.

Call Sign: Thunder by Livia Grant
This story was well written about “a miracle” with notorious one night stand Marine Pilot Zach’s and U.S. Senator’s daughter Allison. Zach was called to pilot a mission that went all wrong, or did it? Allison was kidnapped in Columbia. She was not the mission. This story had suspense and drama, angst and an HEA. Two worlds collide and the explosions are real and the ending leaves you feeling so good, you have to read this. The U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Senators get out of the way for true love. Contemporary, Suspense HEA, active duty

A Hero in Disguise by Alta Hensley
Jessa is in a wild loop of craziness and then she is kidnapped to breed. Decker claims her. I was curious and confused at the beginning of this but I could see it was cleverly written when I finished the story for it all came together. Arian-like, Military ops, baby factory-like modern Hitlerism. Gotta read this. Rather dystopian in a real world setting. Hmm, just read it, it will all make sense after you do. Contemporary/dystopian? (oxymoronic, I know), active military, suspense, HEA

A Soldier to Cry On by Abbie Adams
Tony is on medical leave and as his memory comes back he finds he needs to complete the circle on a dying soldier in another bed says, “I’m sorry Frankie.” Thinking he needs to give the last words and find out who this Frankie is he finds her and things aren’t at all as he thinks they should be. Two people who lost parts of themselves find new parts in this sweet story about the casualties of war. Written in first person for both characters but uniquely done. Medical leave military, contemporary, sweet.

The SEAL’s Captive Bride by Sue Lyndon
This story is set in the not too distant future. Earth’s society has been flip upside down and new communities are forming. Self-sufficient, war torn, hyper-protected communities. There are renegades that destroy and pillage everything. Ally needs food, Rick is ex-SEAL that is now a protector of one of the coveted communities. What happens next is really sweet and heart-warming. Again, fantasy/dystopian isn’t what I normally pick up but glad I read this. Engaging characters, moments of suspenseful, fun read, Ex-military.

Her Captain’s Command by Isabella Kole
Story of lost love found between Cmdr Rogers and Lt. Cmdr Vandecamp. The six month shipboard is realistic and his responses to her strong capabilities is well done. I loved the dominance of Rogers and yet his ability to accept her professional abilities. Dom/sub nirvana. Navy, contemporary, easy, flowing read

In His Hands by Maggie Ryan
1943. War pen pals. Ration cards. Petticoats. I don’t read much in this time period but I loved this story between naïve Betsy and her inherited pen pal Jack. Jack believes in Domestic Discipline. Betsy is a good girl and when naughty girlfriend Jane offers her pen pal to Betsy, well, a love story begins. Realistic and heartwarming, this was true for so many men and women during this time in our history. I loved it. I felt so good at “the end”. Historic, War Bride, Domestic Discipline

Worth Fighting For by Zoe Blake
Connor needs sleep during his return from Afghanistan. The guy in the next apartment obviously needed to learn how to treat a woman because two were there tearing it up. Connor stepped into the commotion and met Sage in all her feisty glory. Then Sage gives Connor a bogus phone number and the game is on. The story goes on from there. They are a dynamic couple and I enjoyed this story completely. Fun, light hearted, Sweet. Contemporary, active military.

Enticement by Sierra Cartwright
Pierce is on weekend pass to help his mother’s event and Ella works at the country club and is friends with his sister. Ella is looking for a long term BDSM relationship. Pierce enjoys ‘playing’ but not committing to BDSM relationships. I loved how they worked together to meet the other’s needs even while he showed Ella what she could do. A good read. I think this is very likely happening today in some part of the country. Contemporary, active duty, BDSM, fun-loving

Aim for Pleasure by Yasmine Hyde
Kerrigan works for the commander but is getting out of the military to run her own business and this is her going away party. Stepping out for air, she meets Jaxon and it was a one night stand- standing up against the wall… OH man HOT. They were a steamy couple and I loved the interaction between the two. Fun, light, military was back story as with most, at little dominance, a lot of hot. Contemorary.

Passing Through by Alexa Day
Noah, ex Ranger, barback for Gigi bar owner. He working summer before going on to Florida and a fishing boat crew for a buddy. This one was different in where Gigi is the aggressor and the more dominant in bedroom. Well written. Characters are engaging. I am not as much into female domme as male dominants but story had plenty of sexual tension. Contemporary, ex military

With One Hand Behind My Back by Cerise Noble
This one I have seen in living color with variations with my military exposure and I loved it. It was so real. Drew and Irene fall in love. Drew is dominant and believes in Domestic Discipline and it does do something to Irene’s libido. Drew says it isn’t her choice and Irene eventually gives in but she is one strong woman. And that makes it more beautiful. But their moves, money issues, lack of jobs at new duty stations, deployment, and then when tragedy hits, what it will take to survive it and when it looks like they won’t. I cried because I KNOW THEM and so many others like them. Contemporary, Domestic Discipline, Active duty, War. Read this one!! All us military wives need to read this and nod in understanding. It raced a bit and would have loved full book.

Owned by the Marine by Renee Rose
Medically discharged Marine Sergeant Rob Gentry met, cute but not in his future plans if he had any, Kaitlyn, his next door neighbor. She made an unfortunate error in judgement and almost died. She might have if it weren’t for Rob. They explore some BDSM lite and domestic discipline, she helps him come back from the soul killing “survivor’s guilt” and he shows her that she can have a wonderful life with all she wanted. I loved this story. It was heartwarming and highlighted the “now I have been injured and can’t do what I was trained to do-what is left?” The horrible pain when ones coworkers of any walk of life are killed leaving a sole survivor.

Bound by the Captain by Kate Richards
One with the USCG. Finally. I was raised a Coastie’s kid, during Nixon and lived in Alaska. I enjoyed reading about Captain/Dr. Mark King and Russian beauty, Dr. Anya Vanikova in search of the Sea Serpent. She was in search of “the one” dom and he was a dom. Countries that distrusted each other. I loved it when the Captain’s head was in his “toy drawer”. Lots of sexual tension and D/s and edgy BDSM, suspense. Nixon era, Cold war, Active duty, D/s.

A Little Love by Maren Smith
Nolan and Tricia. Okay, I don’t laugh in books easily but I died laughing in the first scene. And it only got better from there. Nolan left the Army after 15 years and he needed to find a project to “lose himself in”. He bought a house, and found himself lost in two projects renovations and new relationships. I enjoyed descriptions in this story, so vivid. “hello darkness my old friend” oh, yeah. D/l and so sweet and cute. DD/ls, contemporary, ex-military and fun.

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A dominant does not mean…

I thought I would just ramble a bit today. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I wanted to say a few things about misconceptions. While each relationship is different there are somethings that are not always understood.

In my world, I don’t call my spouse my dom. He doesn’t need it and neither do I. We play at home, not a club or small group. We are intimate. In my world a dominant, my dominant, is the Head of Household (HOH). Period. For us it has always been a natural way of life and I don’t even think about it.It is easy and takes arguing away.

Honestly, it was just what we did without rules, guidelines, and a lot of plain trial and error. We aren’t patterning ourselves after any specific group. Some clever people call it THIS THING WE DO and that is what I have loved to call it ever since learning the phrase.

Here are some things I have learned in our marriage that has lasted over 35 years.

A dominant man does NOT mean:

  • Rough, man-handling in the bedroom unless his partner really asks, verbally, for it and even then, increase in small measured quantities
    • What we say when we are aroused can be easily misinterpreted if a man is not well versed in his partner’s needs, things could go awry quickly
    • On the flip side, if she has established what level of intensity in play that she/he likes, don’t frustrate them by not fulfilling that need unless it is part of the game

 

  • Making all the decisions both in the bedroom and outside of it.
    • Some dominants enjoy all the control in the bedroom but contrary to the most exciting book you have read, they do enjoy their partner initiating things sometimes and enjoy reciprocal affection initiated by their partner.
    • Make the decisions you can but confer when needed.

 

  • They are ON all the time. Many or even most dominants want a capable partner if they are together outside of play because making all the decisions just sucks the life out of anyone.
    • That being said, it is a huge red flag if you need to “clear” a normal daily task with your dominant. This is outside of play and okay if agreed upon but there are limits. Both should be comfortable where they are set.

 

  • They are perfect. Of course, they make mistakes. They make plenty and should know how to apologize and if there is something needed to correct the mistake. All done without shifting responsibility.
    • They also expect the same from you. If either of you have difficulty owning up to human error, may I suggest working on that.

 

  • They are mind readers.
    • You want something, need something, experienced something, tell him, talk to him, be available to him. He can grasp many things but your thoughts, while may be easy to guess at times, is just that, a guess unless you have told him.

 

  • They are self-sustaining. They are human and as such, are needy beings. We all need love, reinforcement, to be allowed vulnerabilities and life hurts us all sometimes.
    • Be the person you want him to be for you. While they often know what to do, they want to do it with you. And need you as much as you need them.

 

  • You are his door mat, his puppet, his computer animation.
    • You are his partner, someone he should be proud of and if you do not have pride in yourself, it is difficult for him to continually boost you up. If self-esteem is a big issue for you, find a counselor to help you gain that self-love. It works both ways.

 

  • You do all the work both physically and emotionally, while he drinks a beer and watches the game.
    • If he cares for you and what you have together, he will do his best to share the load. Lovingly.

 

  • He barges in, takes over, and runs every show. He can’t fix it all, save it all, orchestrate it all. All the time. Don’t expect it and don’t ask it of him.

 

  • It’s all about sex, because it isn’t. It is all about everything. The way he loves, cherishes and respects you as well as expects those same things from you as an expected way of life.