Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lysistrata Cove by Dena Hankins

You know that feeling you get when the blurb for a book sounds almost too perfect to trust? That is precisely how I felt when Dena Hankins first pitched Lysistrata Cove to me. I mean, a mysterious uncharted island; a superstar with an illicit plan for restoring creative freedoms; a transmasculine gender explorer (and BDSM bottom); and not one, not two, but three kinds of cops. I was hooked, and I was excited, but I was also afraid there was no way it could deliver on the promise inside my head . . . except it totally did.

Honestly, this is one of the most remarkable erotic romances I have had the luxury to enjoy in quite some time. There is a lot going on, both on an emotional and an intellectual level, but it all meshes together in a queer, kinky, seamless fashion.

Jack is a wonderful character, a transmasculine sailor who has chosen to transition in his own way, and at his own pace. He's bold, confident, and refreshingly comfortable in his desire to bottom for beautiful women. There's a tenderness to him, a softness that completes him, but it's that of a happy submissive rather than any lingering influence of femininity. Eve, meanwhile, is even more bold, more confident, and deliciously comfortable in her desire to top beautiful boys and girls. A woman who knows precisely what she wants, she makes a perfect lover and a perfect dominant. Sparks fly from the moment they meet, but it is the erotic dance, the verbal sparring, and the slow seduction that makes their relationship so compelling.

As for the consummation of that relationship . . . whew, it is smoking hot. The erotic scenes here are absolutely sumptuous, with a level of detail that takes your breath away. Seriously, even the act of BDSM negotiations, which most authors gloss over as a tedious necessity, is imbued with sensuous potential. I will leave you to discover most of the fun for yourself, but when Jack comes away from an extended bout of oral pleasure with sore, swollen lips . . . well, you can guess at the erotic intensity involved. As for his favorite granite dildo (no base, with a twist chiseled into it), watching Eve use that on him - in public, no less - is a scene that demands a breather when it is done.

I have to admit, I did not get the full import of what Eve was trying to accomplish on the island at first, and felt it was an unnecessary justification for the tension with Jack. As it begins to drive a wedge between Eve and Harmonie in the second half of the book, however, leading to the troubles with the law, I finally understood - and appreciated it. Yes, there is an element of revenge involved (with a tragic backstory), but what Eve is after is a really fascinating idea, and one that is sure to make readers think about creative freedoms, copyright laws, and piracy.

Succeeding as both an erotic romance and a romantic thriller, Lysistrata Cove is a story that does not rest on the backs of its characters, but which uses them to enhance it. I loved the transgender element here, with Jack being one of my favorite FTM characters ever, and the BDSM element was even stronger. Honestly, there is so much here to love, I cannot recommend it enough.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then that must been it's time for Freebie Fiction Friday . . . time to put the 'TG' in TGIF (and the 'FD' in Friday)!

Every Friday I take the initiative to search through thew newly free titles on Amazon, and to identify those that might be of interest to trans* readers, fans, and lovers. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, and covert it (if need be) with Calibre. I can tell you I do most of my reading on my tablet, using Kindle for PC, and it works beautifully.

Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, though, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Aphrodite Sisterhood Collection 1 by Reed James

If you have ever been even the slightest bit curious about the erotic world of futa lesbians, then there is no better place to begin than with Reed James. Seriously, that delightful man knows how to write futa-on-female fantasies like no other! And, if you have ever been tempted to sample his massive, sprawling, futa empire, then there is no better place to begin than with The Aphrodite Sisterhood Collection 1.

For less than the price of a single story, you get not 1, not 2, but 3 complete story arcs, all in one sexy bundle. Seriously, if you want to talk bang for your buck, then there is no better deal around - especially since these are all such steamy, sexy, seductive fun.

First up are the six stories of the Futanari Massage series, in which a stressed out divorcee is introduced to the pleasure of the Futa 'N Ari massage parlor. Melody has no idea what she is in for when she shows up for her first massage, but not only does she happily succumb to the surprise seductions of her futa masseuse, she decides to apply for a job and is granted a futa surprise of her own. These six stories are all about the art of seduction, the power of femininity, and the thrill of revenge. Melody proves to be a quick study, and before long she has her ex-boss's wife and her ex-husband's fiancee coming back for more. These stories also introduce us to the mythology of Aphrodite, and the simple ritual through which she grants her enhancements.

Next up, we have the three stories of the Futa Coeds series, which (for me) was the highlight of this collection. Once again, these are sexy stories of futa seduction, but here Reed James balances sweet romance with a wanton orgy. In this series, the first seduction is actually reversed, with a cute coed seducing her roommate's futa lover, leading to a complicated love triangle of hurt feelings and magical escapes. It takes another futa transformation to begin setting things right, and a massive lesbian orgy to gather the sexual magic necessary to undo one futa's mistake, and to restore the promise of true love. This is the most highly-sexed of all the stories in the collection, but also the most emotional, making it the perfect example of what readers can expect from the wider Aphrodite Sisterhood universe.

Lastly, we have the three stories of the Flying the Futa Skies series, which introduces us to a whole other kind of mile-high club. These stories are a bit more aggressive, with the highly-sexed staff of Aphrodite Air taking their pick of the most beautiful passengers, and then incapacitating their partners with enchanted drinks. Both the seduction and the sex is more aggressive as well, with the futa stewardesses even converting a honeymooning bride to their pleasures. This series also incorporates some very erotic BDSM elements, with one of the passengers invited to participate in the training (and punishment) of the newest probationary member of the cockpit crew. It is just a taste of the diversity to be found in the wider universe, but a lovely taste at that.

Capturing the best of both worlds, The Aphrodite Sisterhood Collection 1 offers up impossibly erotic encounters with incredibly beautiful women. These are true futas, completely female in every respect, with the added bonus of a cute little clitoris that grows and expands into a full-size penis. Enchanted by the goddess Aphrodite, these futas are sexually insatiable, magically attractive, and capable of multiple orgasms with multiple partners. The storylines are simple, but fun; the erotic elements are exceptionally well done; and the dialogue is somehow nasty and coarse, and yet utterly feminine. Give Reed James a read, but be warned . . . you will be rushing to grab the second collection as soon as you are done.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Corporate Takeover: Climbing the Ladder by Lyka Bloom

The first rule of being a misogynistic jerk is to always know your audience. Well, actually, the first rule is to NOT be a misogynistic jerk, but you get the idea. :)

Unfortunately for Byron, online harasser for the Male Rights Movement, he is far too full of his own masculine self-importance to ever suspect that a mere, irrational woman could ever get the best of him. Well, they can, and they did, and he is about to experience an unexpected Corporate Takeover that will leave him with some tough choices in Climbing the Ladder.

Lyka Bloom has a lot of fun with this one, using subtle mind control triggers and not-so-subtle surgeries to give Byron a chance to prove his misogyny wrong. He has within him the potential to be a strong, confident, successful woman . . . but only if he can play against his own expectations of the fairer sex. This is a short tale, but one with a nice little payoff at the end.

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