Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tinder Surprise by Sakinaa Davies (narrated by Sierra Kline)

Since I have had my eye on the Tinder Surprise trilogy for a while now, I jumped at the chance to give the audiobook a listen - and I am so very glad I did! While there is no doubt that Sakinaa Davies is a wonderful author, with a smart, sophisticated style that resonates so well with the female dominant perspective, it was the sultry, commanding voice of narrator Sierra Kline that really made this come alive for me. While I rarely reread stories once they are done, I could easily see myself laying back, closing my eyes, and listening to this again.

Chastity Awakening, the first part of the story, skips the preamble and thrusts us right into the heart of the affair. Already desperate in chastity, Ethan arrives at Mistress Alexis' hotel room, ready to commit - and, in this case, commitment means bending over, spreading wide, and accepting his first real penetration. As quick as she is to get into the action, however, Davies is in no rush to reach a climax. This is an exquisitely detailed, deliciously drawn-out story, where every moment of tease, temptation, and arousal is captured for the reader's attention.

With the second part of the story, Rosebud Defloration, we skip back in time to explore how Ethan and Alexis met, how he fell under her spell, and to what lengths she went to test his commitment. It is interesting to see how two very different personalities first met, and to watch her transformation from elegant lady in a bar, to dominating Lady in a hotel room. There is a lot of first-time anal play here, something that would be a few quick scenes in most books, but which is satisfyingly explored in great depth. While Davies does not shy away from virginal discomfort, she ensures that Mistress Alexis takes her time, slowly opening her slave, and allowing him to become accustomed to such intimate submission without unnecessary pain to confuse his emotions.

With Orgasm Ruination, we continue on from that second part of the story, ready to see just how Ethan will follow through on his foolish boast of making her feel like a lady not once, not twice, but three times. The BDSM elements of female domination really come into the scene here, complete with handcuffs, blindfolds, ballgags, headphones, and the inventive use of a luggage cart as a restraint table. Mistress Alexis shows her cruel streak here, putting Ethan through his paces as she asks questions he cannot answer, and then punishes him with some pulses of electricity, directly into his manhood. By the time the question of chastity comes about, there is no doubt that he will say yes.

As a story, Tinder Surprise is one of the better female domination stories I have read in quite some time, and probably one of the best pegging stories I have ever come across. I suspect I will be giving her Coffeeshop Dominatrix series a read before long. As an audiobook, it is far-and-away the most pleasurable I have ever listened to - so much so that I already have my eye on a few other titles that Kline has narrated.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Perils of Paul: Consequences by Valerie Whip and Annabelle Brito

Like so many fans of transgender erotica, I grew up with sites like Fictionmania, Crystal's Story Site, and the Nifty Archive long before I ever got my hands on a Kindle. I have fond memories of those sites, and still revisit them on occasion for both entertainment and nostalgia purposes.

That brings me to Perils of Paul: Consequences, which reminded me very much of that era. It is a simple story of being caught crossdressing, forced feminization, and sexual exploration. Valerie Whip and Annabelle Brito have managed to recapture that simpler, more innocent feel, and paired it with a more polished narrative and some lovely illustrations.

It is a story that takes offers glimpses of Paul's gender exploration over the years, prompted first by a little Halloween experimentation, and then fueled by the delightful feel of feminine silk. He is caught on several occasions by his sister but, rather than shame or embarrass him, she simply photographs the moment for future blackmail and coercion.

The focus throughout is very much on Paul, so it is appropriate that most of the narrative details (and illustrations) are focused on how he looks and feels. The dialogue is pretty simple, without the long-winded speeches that are often found in the genre, and the erotic detail is more R-rated sexy than X-rated explicit. Definitely a fun tale with, we can only hope, more to come!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SISSY CITY: The Kissing Booth by Adrianna Achella

First off, let me say I absolutely adore the concept of Sissy City - "a strictly adults only space populated by three genders." Here we have a community full of sissy schools, sissy hospitals, sissy factories, and sissy marriages,where women are eager to feminize and re-educate sissy men.

The Kissing Booth is a story somewhat strange in the telling, which certainly took some getting used to. Adrianna Achella approaches the story in the same sort of style as a sissy hypnosis or cum-eating-instruction video, talking to the reader as if they were the sissy being feminized. It is an intimate sort of telling, and there is a certain thrill to it, but it is somewhat disconcerting if you are not prepared for it.

The story itself is delicious, filled with luscious details of dressing and sweetly humiliating dialogue. Most of the story is all in your head, with the erotic elements narrated and discussed, suggesting as much as it shows. Of course, it does all go public before the end, and there is a definite payoff, but it is an wonderfully unique journey getting there.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fiction 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 readers, fans, and lovers of bending gender and sexuality. 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.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shemales and Futas: 8 Book Bundle by Thomas Pike

The fourth (and, at 200 pages, I believe longest) collection of Shemales and Futas erotica by Thomas Pike is a sexy, kinky. porn-tastic read. These are deliberately provocative stories, with lovers who are quick to fall into bed, and mouths that talk as dirty as they lick, suck, and kiss. They are also wonderfully imaginative and deliciously detailed, with even a bit of romance and tenderness to them.

The opening story, Shemale Shared by Lesbian MILFs, is a fun story about a young shemale who gets accidentally locked out of her apartment. I loved Stephanie's shy sort of innocence, and thought the seduction by Kelly and Alice was sinfully seductive.

Naughty Throbbing Shemale is a fantastic read for anybody with a sexy nurse fetish, as aphrodisiac overdose sends Stacie to the hospital for a little assistance. The nurse's attempts to remain clinically detached are a joy, and the eventual descent into hospital room decadence is a lot of fun.

A classic transformation story, Futa Bikini Surprise sees a young woman's first lesbian encounter take on a bit of a different flavor when a magical amulet turns into to a well-hung futa. There is a thrill of discovery to this one that is sure to please.

Lending A Hand: Shemale Amputee could have been an offensive train-wreck, but it is actually a tasteful, sexy story of dating and discovery. Liz's condition is never mocked or fetishized, and Haley's attempts to adjust her traditional love-making lead to a very happy ending.

Perhaps the most playful story in the bundle, Backseat Surprise: Shemale Bus Trip makes erotic use of the cramped conditions aboard a bus. Jane is rather forward and direct, but more in a silly manner than a rude one, and her lack of inhibition helps Taylor find what she was looking for.

Size Does Not Matter starts out looking like another clichéd story of a broken down car, a house without a phone, and some erotic assistance, but making Britney a shemale dwarf is a fun twist. Depending on your sensitivities, some of the dialogue may cross that blurry line of political correctness, but I found it all to be very sweet, loving, and erotic.

Having already played with futas and tentacles in Futa Maid, Pike switches things up a bit with Tentacles Sucking Shemale Dry, introducing a horny young shemale to the tentacles in her shower drain. This is pure imaginative kink, with no real character development, but it is so much fun. Personally, I love tentacle stories, and there is just the right amount of 'ick' and 'yum' to make this work.

As much fun as the tentacles were, Sandwiched Between Shemale MILFs is by far the best story I have yet to read from Thomas Pike. It is raunchy and rude, with not only the exchange of bodily fluids, but the public consumption of them, as Valerie and Kristen invite their virginal new employee, Amy, to help make their special sauce. I loved everything about this, from the characters, to the dialogue, to the fetish elements, to the tasty details. I am sure their sandwiches would never pass health code standards, but I would pay dearly for one.

If you are in the mood for some kinky erotica that will inject a little joy into your one-handed read, this is a fantastic collection. It is purely female/shemale/futa focused, with no pesky boys to get in the way, which is probably for the best as they would feel rather inferior to the wondrous specimens hidden inside these panties.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Eric Olafson, Space Pirate by Vanessa Ravencroft

I really, really wanted to like this. To understand why, let me share with you the following quote from the original cover blurb:
"Eric Olafson, struggling with a secret desire to be female, leaves the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captain."
A transgender starship captain! That sounds pretty awesome, am I right? Sadly, for some reason, the publisher has removed all reference to that fact from the current cover blurb, which is a shame as I would not have read it otherwise.

Although I did not realize it at the time, Eric Olafson, Space Pirate was originally self-published by Vanessa Ravencroft about 6 years ago. According to the FictionPress website, it is actually the 9th book in her Galactic Chronicles and the 5th book in her Olafson Saga, which explains some of my confusion with things it felt as if we are already expected to know, but which adds a whole other element of confusion regarding the writing. I did finish this (it took me a while), and I did have some fun with it, but I did not find it to be particularly well-written or well-edited. Not to be overly critical but I would expect a little more refinement in style over 9 books, and I do hope the additional editing it has apparently been through prior to release was more than just a quick polish. I am sorry, but this was sometimes painful to read.

As a Young Adult B-grade homage to the days of pulp science fiction, this was an alright story, even if I suspect it may not have been intended as such. The story is light on detail, with dialogue that borders between juvenile and cheesy, and names that are even worse (Moistpromise and Wetmouth immediately come to mind). As for Eric, he is an awkward character, a man with a feminine side (named Freya) who never actually comes across as either transvestite or transsexual. Gender-fluid, perhaps, but the question of gender is never explored deeply enough to give it meaning. I wanted to love him, and wanted his struggle to mean more, but it felt more like a plot device than a genuine expression of the transgender experience - which is a shame, because I have see YA novels tackle the issue beautifully.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Remaining Samuel by Samuel Rafael

Regular readers of Bending the Bookshelf will no doubt recognize the name Samuel Rafael - next to yours truly, Samuel has been (by far) our most prolific contributor of reviews. Having had the chance to get to know him, I jumped at the chance to give his memoir an early read, and am delighted to share my review with you all.

Remaining Samuel is, as you might expect, a story about gender and the transgender experience, but it is not all about gender. After all, gender is only a part of our lives (albeit a big part), and not what solely defines us. As Samuel Rafael shares here, what truly defines us is a mixture of passions, responsibilities, thoughts, and feelings - all within the context of family and friendships. We carry within us the essence of who we are, but how we express that is shaped by the world around us.

The honest explorations of gender dysphoria, sexuality, and transitioning are sure to touch a lot of readers. Samuel has struggled with a lot of questions and doubts over the years, asking himself the same things so many of us have asked ourselves. It is in those questions that we find the common ground to truly identify with his story, even if the answers we come (or have yet to come) to ourselves are not always the same. For instance, there are some questions of faith here that fell flat for me, but many of the family aspects hit hard, particularly those involving Samuel's parents, his wives, and (tissue alert, that is a difficult aspect of the story to read) his son.

At first, the narrative style feels a bit jarring or perhaps a bit clinical, but I suspect Samuel chose it to provide a little emotional distance - and it does become comfortable rather quickly. Intellectually fascinating and emotionally charged, Remaining Samuel takes a while to approach the 'big' questions of gender identity and transitioning, but it is understanding the context that makes his ultimate decision easier to understand.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Omar Bell Universe by Nikki S. Jenkins

The Omar Bell Universe is a series of 7 interconnected stories from Nikki S. Jenkins that form a sort of episodic novel. While each can be read as a standalone story, with separate characters and self-contained story arcs, they are all connected by Dr. Omar Bell's grand scheme of racial justice.

The series opens with The Bully, which explores the depths to which a young man will go to get revenge upon the bully who tormented him through high school and into college. It is here that we are exposed to the possibilities of genetic re-engineering for the first time, with Leo slowly transformed into an emasculated sissy. The level of detail invested in the transformation is superb, and I loved how Jenkins took someone who so clearly deserved punishment, and dealt so softly with his acceptance of the changes.

A Warning switches everything up, introducing us to a violent vigilante and the drug dealer he crosses for the last time. While it was easy to cheer on Leo's transformation in the first book, it is hard not to feel sorry for Maurice's similar plight here. We know he is being wrongfully punished by a career criminal, but Jenkins keeps us engaged by removing any cruelty from the scenario. There is a natural curiosity behind Maurice's response to his diminished stature, fresh curves, and newly discovered erogenous zones, with the climax a pleasant surprise.

If you consider the first three stories to be something of a trilogy, then Nepotism definitely ends things on a high note. While this is another story of revenge, it is an innocent victim who finds himself transformed in an effort to shame and punish his father. What makes this chapter so compelling is the nature of that relationship, with Phillip coming to enjoy his role as an emasculated sissy, and Tony suffering a guilty fascination in witnessing the video evidence. This is also the first story where Dr. Omar Bell takes a starring role . . . and where we begin to understand his plans.

The Island of Dr. Bell marks a pivotal point in the series, a stand-alone novella that builds upon the transformations of the first three stories, while shifting the focus from petty revenge/punishment schemes to Dr. Omar Bell's plans for global change. The island itself is an experiment, with men and women of different races brought together to perfect the dispersal method for Bell's plague (which they all believe to be a revolutionary super-vaccine) while unknowingly serving as guinea pigs for societal transformation.

By far the biggest, deepest, and most complex of the stories in the series, this novella demonstrates the true 'genius' of Bell's plan (and, incidentally, of Jenkins' imagination). We get to witness transformation on a massive scale, with the emasculated sissies undergoing the change while part of a society, rather than as lone subjects, locked away from the world.. The interplay between characters, the doubts, the suspicions, and the unguarded moments all make for a wonderful story, even as we realize their efforts to earn their freedom will doom all of humanity.

Becoming a Boi marks the start of a new trilogy, this time of stories set in a world where Bell's grand scheme has already been unleashed. Slowly, over the course of months, men all over the world find themselves being transformed into emasculated sissies, while society races to catch up with this massive shift in gender politics and sexual ethics. The whole marketing aspect of boi's clothes is wonderful, and the bathroom wars of the last couple of years are handled simply and logically. What I loved most about this chapter is that we get to witness the change through the eyes of a happily married couple, who are forced to adapt to Bill slowly becoming Billie. Both smart and emotionally charged, this chapter really does a wonderful job of exploring the new reality, including some necessary sexual experimentation between husband and wife (and others).

Taking place at the same time as the last book, with global transformation just beginning, The Football Star looks at events through a younger generation. It feels like this is the first story in the series when a character really-and-truly struggles with the transformation, fighting it (and its implications) every step of the way. It makes for a sadder tale than the rest, but also a more well-rounded one, as we really do get to see a young couple struggle to make the transition from boy/girl lovers to boi/girl friends work. I hate to call it the most realistic of the series, as I think Jenkins has consistently done a fantastic job of dealing with the changes, but I suspect some readers may resonate more with the reluctance here than the gleeful acceptance elsewhere.

Frat Bois also takes place at the dawning of the new world, with the transformation just beginning to take place, but explores it through the microcosm of a college fraternity. Here we have dozens of young men who suddenly find their voices breaking, their hair falling out, and their nipples growing. Jenkins deals with the embarrassment of transforming in such an intimate situation, and leads us through the reversal of roles, as the frat bois give turn from molesting strippers to being molested themselves. I like the rivalry here between best friends who feel compelled to give into peer pressure and explore their boundaries, with a nice of wanton depravity leading to some surprise life choices.

In each of the final three books, Jenkins teases a further reveal of Dr. Omar Bell's true depths, involving a secret, twenty-year experiment involving his hometown. Where that story thread will lead remains to be seen, but this is shaping up to be a fantastically imaginative erotic saga.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fiction 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 readers, fans, and lovers of bending gender and sexuality. 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.