Title: His Rules Anthology
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael, Morticia Knight, L.M. Somerton, Lily Harlem, Samantha Cayto, S. Dora (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
‘Time Out’ by Sean Michael
Val and Chaz broke up after Chaz safeworded unnecessarily during a scene. Can they find a way to come back together?
A few months ago, Chaz safeworded during a scene, just because he was feeling neglected and bitchy. Val was understandably upset that his sub lied, and the two of them split up. Now it’s months later and Val is miserable to be around, so his friend sends him to his private lake house to vacation and get over himself. At least, that’s what Val thinks is happening. In reality, Chaz has also been lured to the lake house and is waiting there so they can hopefully get back together.
Despite his shock at finding Chaz at the lake house, Val decides to do a scene. Will it be the last scene they share or will they find a way to move past what happened?
‘Strict Consequences’ by Morticia Knight
One proposition, one night. Could it be the beginning of a forever after for a Master and sub?
Garson teaches poetry and literature at the local college, but what he does on his own time is much different. His need for pain and dominance is strong, but his fear of letting go is stronger. He won’t let any Dom touch him sexually, and his other hard limits are even more extreme. But lately, his one hour a week sessions haven’t been satisfying him anywhere near enough.
Jarvis finds the bookish and reserved Garson captivating. His love of extreme pain is thrilling. But there’s also a hedonistic wanton hiding beneath the surface of the detached sub, and Jarvis aches to be the one who sets him free. After waiting for a year to crack Garson’s carefully controlled surface, Jarvis conceives of a plan.
Garson knows he shouldn’t give in to Jarvis’ proposition that they spend an evening getting to know each other, but the reward of unlimited time in Jarvis’ dungeon is much too tempting. Or is it actually Jarvis who’s the most tempting thing of all?
‘Tagging Mackenzie’ by L. M. Somerton
Achieving a Dom’s undivided attention can have unpredictable consequences.
Steele Denton’s business doing custom paint jobs for fast bikes is booming. He’s in demand and has a reputation for being a perfectionist. Tattooed and intimidating, Steele is also in demand as a Dom at his local BDSM club, Chain of Thorns. He requires perfect submission from any sub he deigns to play with.
Mackenzie Soames is desperate for Steele to notice him, but might as well be invisible. He has no idea how to get invited into the VIP members’ area that Steele rarely strays from, so he concocts a plan to get Steele’s attention. Kenzie is a talented graffiti artist with a secret identity, known only by his tag, a pair of handcuffs. He spray-paints a BDSM scene on a wall at the side of Steele’s workshop, hoping Steele will see the security footage and track him down. However, Steele is working late and catches him in the act.
Steele recognises Kenzie from the club and demands twenty-four hours of sexual slavery as penance for the graffiti. Kenzie has no choice but to agree and soon discovers that being Steele’s sub will either make him or break him.
‘Bad Idea’ by Lily Harlem
Bad ideas can sometimes be the best!
Roughneck Riders are not an MC club you mess with, least of all their rough and tough gang leader Heavy. But Heavy has a secret that has to be kept, no matter what—his heart belongs to a man. It shouldn’t. He’s supposed to be into women, like the other guys in the club. Junk is just too cute to resist, though. Add in his delectable body, his sweet submission and his willingness to accept Heavy’s sadism, and the couple are a perfect match.
Junk’s a probie, proving his worth to the club and demonstrating his mechanical know-how. He’s lived on the edge for a long time, flitting from one place to the next. But now that he’s settling in as a Roughneck, life is looking up. Not least because he’s in love—soul-eating, cock-thickening obsessive love. He can’t tell anyone about his desire for Heavy, but what he can do is push his lover’s buttons, all day, in full view of everyone, until he’s damned sure the night will bring a whole host of sinful delights and wicked punishments that will leave him marked, bruised and most of all, wholly satisfied.
‘Safeword’ by Samantha Cayto
A dangerous game turns into unexpected pleasure…
Carter’s dream of running from his abusive family into the arms of the perfect Dom has been shattered. Virtually enslaved by a vicious arms dealer, he has to submit to any man his master gives him to.
Undercover agent Damien Crow is close to putting away the arms dealer he’s been hunting for years. All he has to do to gain the man’s trust is ‘play’ with the pretty boy with the frightened eyes and alluring corset piercing down his back. Being straight and not a practicing Dom, he has doubts he can pull off the effort. One look at his playmate changes his mind. The stakes are high, and he must put on a good show.
At first, Carter assumes Damien is just another brutal Dom to survive. But the big, brooding man reignites his passion and gives him something Carter hasn’t had in years—a safeword. It might be his last chance to enjoy being a sub and he embraces the role no matter what the consequences.
‘Earning His Leathers’ by S. Dora
Call him old-fashioned, but Connor believes a man should earn his leathers.
Connor Lee is very much into both men and BDSM. He already knows he’s a dominant within the game of sex and power. He just wants to become a damn good master. When he gets the opportunity to become part of an exclusive group of men who share his philosophy, he’s willing to submit to their rites of passage.
His appointed tutor isn’t Connor’s cup of double espresso by any stretch of his imagination. Stone Carver is dark, tall, muscled and he has the face of a man who has seen one fight too many. Stone notices Connor’s hesitation and sends him away to find someone to have fun with and return when he has made up his mind.
Connor meets Jesse, who is everything he has ever dreamed of, and he wants nothing more than to stay with the sweet—potential—submissive. He decides, however, to meet the challenge of submitting to Sir Stone and promises to return to Jesse after he has earned his leathers.
During one long day of pain, pleasure and a smidgeon of humiliation, Sir Stone teaches Connor more than he had bargained for. But has he learned enough to be the Dominant Jesse deserves?
OK, I must admit that I am always wary of anthologies. I have not had the best of luck with them. However, this one was fairly decent. I enjoyed a lot more than one story in the group and that was a miracle.
Each story is quite short, so I don’t want to write too much about them – that would give away their qualities. However, I will say that I enjoyed the story by L.M. Somerton especially. It had bad boy, artist/geek and it was my favorite of the bunch.
I think my least favorite was by Lily Harlem. I believe that I didn’t like the story mainly because it left me feeling like the characters needed a longer story. It just left me feeling like the story wasn’t finished.
Overall, this was a decent set of short stories.
As you can probably tell by the title these are BDSM short stories. I have read books by some of these author and some I have not so I was able to get me fix of BDSM stories from authors I love and get a taste for others I have never read from. I love anthologies especially when it includes new author as I can get a taste of their writing style without have to spend money on a full length novel when I might not like it. In other words, I got the best of both worlds on this book.
Time Out by Sean Michael – 4.5 Stars
This was a really great story by an author I love. Sean Michael writes some really great BDSM stories and this one was absolutely great. I loved the situation that brought Chaz and Val back together and loved the ending. Great job!!
Strict Consequences by Morticia Knight – 4 Stars
This is another author I read often as I read her Sin City Series. This is another author I have come to love as she always manages to bring a new story with amazing characters. This was a story that just captured my attention right from the start. I loved both Jarvis and Garson and loved how Ms. Knight brought them together. This was an amazing book that in a few pages takes you into the world of BDSM all in the comfort of your home.
Tagging Mackenzie by L. M. Somerton – 4 Stars
I’ve only read one book by this author and found this one to be as good as a full length novel. I always loved biker dudes. I loved how the author was able to take a graffiti artist and bring him together with a Dom who he’s wanted for a while. This author was able to share with us their story and I can really see the couple making it long term.
Bad Idea by Lily Harlem – 3 Stars
This was a new author for me, although the authors writing style was easy to read there seem to be something missing from this story. I think a full length novel would have been better as I just couldn’t seem to get into the story. Before I knew it the story was over yet I never really got to know the characters. I would consider reading a full length novel just to see if I could connect with the characters better.
Safeword by Samantha Cayto – 5 Stars
Warning: Dark Read
This book was just wow. This was again another new author for me. I only read dark reads on occasion yet this was a short story so I out my game face on. This author was able to bring me into the story almost immediately and for a dark read I find that pretty incredible. Ms. Cayto just captured my attention from the first lines of this story. That was pretty amazing as it usually takes me a while to get into a story from a new author. I will definitely be looking for more books from this author.
Earning His Leathers by S. Dora – 4.5 Stars
This was again another new author, although I’ve consider purchasing some of her books before. This story will defiantly buying them soon. This author immediately pulled me into the story and I just had to keep reading. Then before I knew it, it was over and I’m thinking, “NO, I don’t what it to end.” I loved the story background and can’t wait till I pick up some more of her books.
If you enjoy a book that is full of BDSM then this is the book for you. There are several different stories in this Anthology that is based around BDSM.
These short stories are not just based on BDSM, it is also about finding that one person that connects with you on all levels. It is about finding your Dom to your submissive, about finding your friend that can relate to the lifestyle that you lead and it is about finding the person that you end up falling in love with.
This book has Dom and submissive that had a miss understanding and that misunderstanding led to them splitting up. Thanks to a nosey friend that may have the chance to reconnect. There is a short story that involves a motorcycle gang and hiding their relationship so no one finds out about them. There is a short story about an artist that is in love with a motorcycle artist that does not know if the sub is strong enough to handle him. There is even a short story where a sub is a sex slave that is rescued by an undercover operative. And there is so many more those are just a taste of what this book has to offer.
I enjoyed reading these short stories. They are hot, sweet, and very Dommy. Such a great read that is full of excitement.
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