Book Reviews

O Come All Ye Kinky Anthology at Riptide Publishing

Genre Mixed Orientations / Mixed Time Periods/Genres / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 11-January-2013

Book Blurb

20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International.

Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.

From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love between men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of discovery and commitment will lead you home.

Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.

Ava March, “’Twas the Night”
Percival Owen yearns for the nights when he can kneel before his lover, even though no self-respecting gentleman willingly submits to another. Michael wants his first Christmas with Percy to be perfect, but is frustrated by Percy’s inability to ask for what he wants. The gift Michael offers Percy—and that Percy offers in return—is the best Percy could ever hope to receive: his will to submit.

Jane Davitt, “Tree Topper”
Martin’s new to the scene, and his sub Stan has recently stopped taking him seriously. Their tree has floggers, clamps, and cuffs underneath it, but will they ever be used? Frustrated and confused, Martin knows it will take more than a star to guide him on his way to becoming the Dom Stan needs—but their path to happiness might be shorter than he thinks.

L.A. Witt, “Candy Caning”
Nate is dreading the annual Christmas visit with his family, during which they will ignore or insult his partner and Dominant. Stephen tries hard to take Nate’s mind off the trip with the promise—and threat—of a three-foot-long candy cane. It’s a race to see if Nate’s resolve or the candy cane will shatter first.

Alexa Snow, “Ring Out the Old and In the New”
Recovering from a mugging on the London Underground, Evan has barely left the house in weeks. His partner and Dom, Russell, finally manages to drag him outside on Christmas Eve, but it’s the surprise that Russell has waiting for him back home that helps Evan get past his trauma and remember what’s important: being on his knees for the man he loves.

Elyan Smith, “Open Return”
Fifteen years ago, Zach left the small Midwestern town he grew up in, confused and scared and determined to figure out who he was. Now transformed, he’s drawn back by the memory and promise of the dominant couple he left behind. Laura and Scott are still together, and as the year draws to a close, they explore old feelings and new ones as they discover they’ve all been waiting for Zach to come home.

Kim Dare, “His Very Last Chance”
Drew screwed up. So when his master, Kingsley, summons him on New Year’s Eve, he knows he deserves the punishment in store for him. Everything changed for Kingsley when he overheard Drew running his mouth to his friends on Boxing Day. Now, there’s only one way he can possibly ring in the New Year: starting over fresh, either with an ending or a new beginning.

Katie Porter, “Fireworks”
Rachel’s job is taking her to Tokyo, which means leaving behind her lover and submissive, Emma. When she summons Emma for one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve, Emma answers, hoping desperately to be able to break through her ma’am’s emotional barriers and find the spark of love among the glittering fireworks.

Joey W. Hill, “Submissive Angel”
After Robert found Ange bleeding in an alley, he employed the man in his vintage toy store as an act of charity. However, this Christmas, the eccentric young dancer will offer his thanks—and himself—to teach a brokenhearted Master how to open his heart to love again.

Book Review

As anthologies go, a volume that contains several different kinds of kink, tinged with a dash of Holiday cheer, makes for a very entertaining read. With a mixture of authors and situation, there is probably something here for everyone who wants to spice up their reading a little bit – or significantly, as the case may be. Some stories are set in the US, some in the UK, which proves (unsurprisingly) that variations of BDSM are alive and well on both sides of the Atlantic.

Tree Topper, by Jane Davitt
This couple presents us with an interesting problem: a sub and a Dom who have fallen out of synch. Stan seems to no longer respect his Dom, but keeps pushing; so there must be something more.  Martin has never been a full-time Dom before. He loves Stan but has no idea how to recreate the bond and trust they need and want as a basis for their kinky play. Things come to a head when they decorate the Christmas tree together, and the series of questions and answers that lead to the final solution is very interesting. While the background is pretty serious and the psychology real, the action resulting from the discussions is very hot.

'Twas the Night, by Ava March
Percival, the sub, and Michael, the Dom, may be men of the Regency era, but their desire to submit and dominate, respectively, is the same as it would be were they alive today. The image of what a "man" should be like was even stricter back then, though, so Percival has a very hard time admitting he wants to submit. Ever the perfect Dom, Michael has figured this out and finds a "playful" way for Percival to communicate his needs. The resulting scene is as loving as it is hot.

Candy Caning, by L.A. Witt  
This story is as funny as it is hot. Nate is very submissive, when he gets into his headspace, and needs a hard hand to keep him in line. Stephen doesn’t always give him what he wants, and that alone leads to lots of (very welcome) tension. The "will he, won’t he" is definitely part of this couple's recipe for success. The playful, and not so playful, mystery around the 3-foot candy cane and what it might or might not do to Nate's bottom once applied was playful, made me laugh, and ended up in a very hot scene. I'll never look at candy canes the same way again!

Submissive Angel, by Joey W. Hill
Ange and Robert's story is very touching and as much about love and finding that one special person and opening your heart to him as it is about kink and submission. What begins as an act of charity when Robert rescues Ange and takes him in, slowly evolves into the recognition that Robert is attracted to Ange. He hesitates to let himself go, to unleash his domination on the fragile-looking dancer, but eventually, he cannot deny they both want more than just friendship. A very touching story about the discovery of loves, as well as the realization both partners need more than a vanilla relationship – despite initial appearances to the contrary and old fears.

Ring Out the Old and In the New, by Alexa Snow
Evan has been traumatized, and is no longer the man Russell fell in love with. Nevertheless, the Dom stands by his sub, and even figures out a way to get them back on track. This goes to show that too much patience and understanding can be a bad thing – in any relationship   but especially so in a D/s situation. Both Evan and anyone who reads this will see that sometimes pushing someone back into "normal", even though it hurts initially, can be the right thing to do. Thoughtfully written and very realistic, this story's moral is that hiding due to fear is never a good thing, and that sometimes we need help from those who love us to learn to appreciate the implications of that basic truth.

His Very Last Chance, by Kim Dare
With the typical Kim Dare touch of a "sub in trouble", she had me slightly worried for Drew's sake form the very start. The sub never really seems to know what's going on in her stories, and Drew is no exception. Kingsley has a definite agenda, and I really enjoyed finding out what that was as the story progressed. Not at all what Drew (or I!) expected, but delivered with a definite flair for the dramatic, the resolution was as hot as it was touching and emotional. The "misdeed" Drew thinks he is being punished for only gradually emerges, and Kingsley's solution may be surprising, but very much in character. It made me smile, and I thoroughly appreciated the developments as well as the ending. Nicely done!   

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Anthology/ 8 Short Stories, 317 pages/89000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-December-2012
Price $8.99 ebook, $16.99 paperback, $15.08 bundle
Buy Link http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/o-come-all-ye-kinky