Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs by Erzabet Bishop, Alex Whitehall, Verity Blackthorn, Kathleen Tudor, Erik Moore and SL Armstrong


Title: Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 115
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd, 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holidays, Paranormals, Fantasy, Erotic Romance, Gay, Lesbian, M/F
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Ah, the holidays. Gifts and songs. Tinsel and lights. Whips and chains? That’s right. This holiday anthology is all about BDSM, filled with characters who know that sometimes it’s Nice to be Naughty. This collection of five stories includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and straight couples (and moresomes) that share a common desire for the kinkier side of sex: sensual bondage, sexual domination, and genuine, loving submission. And what better time to explore this dynamic of giving and receiving than the holidays? ‘Tis the season, after all!

In Holidays in Hell, Jonas is an incubus searching for one final soul to finish out his contract, but as a self-styled connoisseur, it has to be the right one. But when he finds the beautiful Holly Pendleton, Jonas is struck by her innocence and puts his own eternal comfort in jeopardy to protect her. Then, shapeshifting Ellis learns from his new master William about the traditions and true meaning of First Day, stories kept from him by his spiteful former master. The day of celebration becomes even sweeter when Ellis opens his presents and receives the Gift of the Familiar — and then has William try it out on him!

For New Year’s Eve, Ebet is afraid she’s Pushing the Line by bringing her girlfriend Meg home to meet her family for the first time. Meg is confident things will go fine, but Ebet is a mess, so Meg steals them away and proceeds to give Ebet something else to focus her energy on — her. Next, all that submissive Jeffrey wants from his mistress Athena is the Gift of Self, for Athena to recognize Jeffrey’s true identity as Jessie, a self-described “woman with a penis”. Athena is scared and confused at first; she loves her slave-boy, but isn’t sure that she can accept this a change this big. Finally, in The Sub’s Gift, the submissive Kyle gets an early Christmas present from Ryan and Amber, his Master and Mistress. But when that present turns out to be a sister-slave, Kyle wonders about his place in this new dynamic.

Review:

Holiday in Hell by Erzabet Bishop

Jonas is a starving lust demon who made a bad deal to collect souls with another demon named Baal. He is one soul short of being released from his contract, but Baal keeps interfering. Then Jonas meets Holly, a Christmas shop clerk, who stirs Jonas’s passion like never before. Can he devour her soul while having her pleasures?

A demon who loves the holidays? Who knew. Jonas is a surprisingly complex character for such a short story and for being an incubus. Holly is a widow and still holds much sorrow in her heart, but Jonas awakens dormant desires within her. But when the truth comes out about who he is and what he wants, she has to make a choice—to run for her life or to face the possibility that for Jonas it isn’t about harvesting a soul. This is a good story, with intriguing and sympathetic characters, a world of soul collecting monsters, an actual plot—though one that we don’t get into all that much—and some sexy dominance and submission under the Christmas tree. Not bad at all.

Gift of the Familiar by Alex Whitehall

Ellis is a snow leopard shapeshifter and a familiar to his magical master, William. Ellis’s former master was cruel, but William is loving and true. A celebration of First Day to honor the creation of the world and the bond between magical men and familiars is about to show Ellis that he can trust William in every way—including some sexy submission in bed.

The passion between Ellis and William is undeniable, tender, and oh so sweet. I liked these two a lot. Ellis is in for a learning curve, and William is prepared to show him everything he could ever desire. Unused to being given love, let alone gifts, Ellis wants to please his new master, and William provides the means. The holiday is a fascinating mythical setting, and there could definitely be more stories set in this fantastic world. And there’s a whopping amount of sex here for such a short tale. I liked this story.

Pushing the Line by Verity Blackthorn

Ebet is taking her girlfriend Meg back home to mountain country to meet her family for the first time. These people are racist, sexist, thorough jerks all around, but they’re family. Ebet is rattled to the extreme, so Meg gives her a whole bout of sex to distract her. And as a Dominatrix, Meg is not one to take things lying down, anyway.

Ebet is a frantic personality, and only submitting to Meg’s heavy hand of pain-pleasure keeps her calm and centered. There’s some interesting snow play here. Meg is a strong, fierce personality who is able to take what others throw at her, and still keep a smile on her face. I liked her a lot. There’s some cuddling and fingering by a bonfire, and then Meg really lets loose and describes in lurid detail of erotic imagery what she plans to with Ebet when they return home. That makes up for Ebet’s family being so judgmental. Not a bad story.

Gift of Self by Kathleen Tudor

Jeffrey is Athena’s loving submissive of many years—but then a personal revelation shakes Jeffrey to the core: He is a woman with a penis, a woman inside the body of a man. That explains why he has always loved cock-and-ball torture. The realization is painful, but he confesses to his Dominatrix, wishing to be called Jessie and to be a woman at home and treated as such. Athena’s confused reaction hurts Jeffrey a lot, and he foresees the end to their relationship if she can’t deal with this new “him”.

For a short story, this had amazing psychological depth. Jeffrey’s inner turmoil and shift toward a new self is shown in painstaking detail. With born again parents, he never really got the chance to explore who he is as everything was forcibly repressed. Only with Athena can he be himself. But now that he wishes to be a she instead, at least on the inside and in terms of what to wear, Jeffrey fears losing the only woman he loves. Athena is finely attuned to Jeffrey and appears as a loving partner. Having to come to terms with her sub having gender issues, Athena manages to show us what she’s made of. By far, this was the best, strongest story of the bunch. Highly recommended!

The Sub’s Gift by S.L. Armstrong & Erik Moore

Kyle has been the beloved submissive of Amber and Ryan for years. Though they have played with other subs in the past, only Kyle has remained. He’s had bad Dom experiences in the past, so when Amber and Ryan bring home for the holidays a gift for him—Kimber, a sister-slave—Kyle doesn’t know what to think. Is he being ousted by the new arrival?

Kyle has his insecurities, but Kimber is sweet, kind, and sexy. Amber and Ryan know Kyle intimately and have found him the perfect sister to complete their foursome relationship. I liked that all four people have distinct characters despite us getting the story only from Kyle’s perspective. Having been rejected before, Kyle is an insecure sub. Amber and Ryan are a couple, Amber a strong personality and Ryan the militaristic Dom. With her little girl behavior, Kimber pairs up with Kyle, showing him how wonderful their faux brother-sister bond can be. It’s Christmas and it’s also time for an orgy, and the presents are plentiful. I liked this story a lot. This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Making Ends Meet by SL Armstrong and K. Piet


Title: Making Ends Meet
Author: SL Armstrong and K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 166
Characters: Zach Grayer, Wil Eastland
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

Includes 12 black-and-white illustrations by Diana Callinger!

Zach is just seventeen years old, but despite his youth, he has more than his fair share of responsibility. An experimental fling in high school has led him down the path of single fatherhood. Now, he holds down a job, takes his college classes online, and pays his own bills as best he can—all while juggling daycare and chores and play-dates for his four-month-old, Mae. It’s a rough, 24/7 life, but to Zach, Mae is worth every penny spent and every minute of his day.

With no free time to speak of, it feels like a miracle when Zach meets Wil in the check-out line at his work. Handsome, grounded, from the proverbial “right side of the tracks”, and—even better—good with kids, Wil is everything he could want in a boyfriend. But as interested as Wil is in Zach, he has his own life, his own family, his own job and college career to think about. All the various draws on their time means that it’s hard just to find chances to be together. But Zach’s no stranger to hard tasks, and believes he owes it to himself to try.

Review:

When it comes to writing amazing stories, SL Armstrong and K. Piet are definitely the dynamic duo of romance! I’ve loved every book and novella I’ve read written by them and I admit that they are one of those authors that are a must read for me. There aren’t afraid to tackle the sometimes difficult issues we all have as we go through life, and they write realistic heroes that I can identify with and I still would be honored to call a friend in my life too.

At seventeen, Zach has had to deal with a hard dose of reality. After a quick, experimental one night stand with a friend, he suddenly finds himself having full custody of his infant daughter, Mae. Although most teenagers would try to push this responsibility onto others, Zach is determined to work hard and support Mae on his own. He put his own dreams and ambitions on hold, so he can be a good father and does his best to support them without having to heavily rely on others to help him. Zach is also aware that having Mae has put a huge damper on finding someone who is willing to date a teenager with a child that they support, so he’s not expecting to fall in love. Instead, he concentrates on Mae and making the best life he can for her.

One night while working as a cashier at the local store, a handsome young man flirts with him and to Zach’s surprise, leaves him his number. The young man’s name is Wil, and even when Wil finds out that Zach has a baby, it doesn’t bother him at all. Instead, Wil steps up to the plate and starts to see Zach while becoming a big part of both Zach and Mae’s lives. As their relationship grows, Zach becomes more and more reliant on Wil on both an emotional and financial level. This bothers Zach because he doesn’t wish for Wil or anyone to think he’s not able to raise Mae on his own, without heavily relying on others. When Wil’s parents disapprove of their relationship, and Zach finds out that not only do they not approve of them being together, they also insist on Wil breaking it off with him, Zach is once again faced with the hard decision of doing what he thinks is the right thing. Will Zach and Wil’s relationship be strong enough to work through all of the obstacles that seem to be trying to pull them apart?

I LOVED this book! I honestly can’t rave enough about it. I thought Zach was an amazing young man who has a huge capacity to love while still working hard at being a good father to Mae, made him one of my favorite heroes. Zach is young, but the situation he’s in makes him grow up very quickly, so he’s more mature than other young men his age. I loved watching him continue to grow and evolve as a person and really liked the man he is starting to become.

Wil is another hero that I adored. I loved his willingness to love and accept Zach and Mae into his life as well as his drive to still be his own man, while he fights to keep his lover and Mae as part of his future. He’s honest and has a giving, beautiful heart and I thought he was perfect for Zach and Mae. I loved the way Wil and Zach’s relationship slow developed as the story progressed and honestly think the pacing of the book was perfection.

One thing I really appreciated about this book was how both authors did not sweep how challenging and difficult it can be to raise a child. Zach truly struggles, both emotionally and financially and he second-guesses himself when it comes to doing the right thing for both him and Mae. I thought this was a very realistically written story, and I absolutely loved every moment I spent reading it.

I also would like to point out that Making Ends Meet has some gorgeous illustrations throughout the book. I thought the artist did an outstanding job at capturing the essence of the story and the characters themselves. In my opinion, I thought the illustrations made the book even more enjoyable, and I hope that there will be more of these types of books in the future. Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Immortal Symphony: Overture – Episode 1: A Meeting of Fate by K. Piet and SL Armstrong


Title: Immortal Symphony: Overture – Episode 1: A Meeting of Fate
Author: SL Armstrong, K. Piet
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 39
Characters: Dorian Gray, Gabriel Lawrence
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Bisexual, Urban Fantasy, Dark Themes, Ghosts, M/M, M/M/F, Ghosts, Violence, Abuse Themes
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

You think you know the story of Dorian Gray, but you’re wrong. The real story didn’t end the way Oscar Wilde penned; in fact, it hasn’t ended at all. The ageless beauty of Dorian Gray walks now in our world of cellphones and lattes and internet porn. His latest conquest is Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator with a secret or two of his own. But the trouble with a life as long as Dorian’s is that the skeletons are threatening to overrun the closet… and not all of them want to stay dead.

Season 1: Overture introduces Gabriel to the truth of a world he had only suspected, where ghost hunting is the least of his worries. And at the heart of it all is the mysterious and fascinating Dorian Gray, as though he’d stepped out of the pages of the book bearing his name. But if he has, he hasn’t come through alone. And this figure from a past Dorian had though long behind him bears a grudge nurtured for a hundred years and intends to tear down everything Dorian has built, a piece at a time.

Review:

When I was told that Storm Moon Press was doing a monthly serial, I was immediately excited about the news! I was even more excited when I found out the writing team of SL Armstrong and K. Piet were contributing to it. I’m a huge fan of these two authors and have enjoyed everything I’ve read by them.

One of the things I appreciate about both Storm Moon Press and their authors is how they aren’t afraid to push the envelope when it comes to their books. Each and every story really resonates with me as a reader, even when I might be taken out of my comfort zone, I still enjoy them because of their originality and character driven romances.

The blurb does an excellent job at describing the gist of the book. Dorian Grey is exactly the way he’s always been portrayed. He’s handsome and spoiled at getting what he wants, and has a wicked and irresistible sexuality that draws others into his erotic life. The thing is, there is definitely more to Dorian than meets the eye. He’s not what people assume he is. (You’ll have to read it and find out)

Once he meets Gabriel for some reason Dorian begins to take notice of him. When it comes to lovers, Dorian has a revolving door and rarely remembers them, much less become intrigued by them. He finds himself uncharacteristically wanting to be around Gabriel, but what he doesn’t realize is that Gabriel has some secrets of his own.

Loved this first installment of this serial! It definitely begins and ends with a bang and I can’t wait to read what this amazing writing team has in store for us next!

Sexy, erotic and a whole lot of romping fun, Immortal Symphony promises to be nothing but a guilty pleasure to read. If you are looking for something unique with characters who will automatically fascinate you, then this serial will definitely be for you! Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Devil’s Night by SL Armstrong, K Piet, Alina Ray, Azalea Moone, Tali Spencer


Title: Devil’s Night: Storm Moon Press Anthology
Authors: SL Armstrong, K. Piet, Alina Ray, Azalea Moone, Tali Spencer
Publisher: Storm Moon Press
Pages: 102
Characters: Various
POV: 3rd
Sub genre: Demons, Dub Consent, Paranormal, Torture, Violence, Dark Themes
Kisses: 5



Blurb:

The infernal host is on the prowl. They want your soul, and they’re not afraid to bargain for it. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire, but the price tag may be steeper than you can handle. Whether tempting and seducing mortals, defiling angels, or reveling among themselves, the fiendish creatures in these four haunting tales know that while good is okay, evil is just more fun.

Thaddeus sold his soul to save his family long ago, but the deal he struck with the demon Belial has him spending eternity managing Le Carnaval du Diable, filled to the brim with other’s damned into servitude. Belial wants more than Thaddeus’ soul, though, and his constant advances only add to Thaddeus’ stress as he faces a threat to The Devil’s Midway.

Craig Peters finds himself Hell Bound and destined for an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan, despite having no memory of the sin that condemned him to this existence. Over time, though, those memories return, along with an unnatural attraction to Karawan, which leads them both down a path neither of them could have possibly imagined.

When the Hounds Come Out to Play, Ryu and Keir are released from their chains to hunt the wayward damned and drag them down to Hell. A breath of freedom is an opportunity for fun, however, and Ryu isn’t about to waste it, even if it means getting caught in a case of mistaken identity with a handsome stranger.

Finally, Beltran is a man of heritage and honor, and when his cousin is brutalized, he has few qualms about consulting a local Inca shaman on her behalf. Little does he know the price of the charm he seeks will make him The Seventh Sacrifice in the amaru demon Kitara’s ancient quest for revenge.

Review:

Demons, devils, and other dark creatures prowl the night. They’re looking for souls to take and they’re willing to make a bargain. They’ll promise you everything you could ever desire but the cost might be more than you can handle. Whether tempting or seducing mortals, defiling angels, or just partying among themselves, they know that while good is better, evil is plain FUN!

Devil’s Night is an anthology from authors who display their talents in these four tales of what happens when the dark side goes looking for lost souls or wanting to make a deal to acquire innocent ones. The characters in these stories are not anything like what you would normally expect and the unique and original twists make these stories a delightfully different read that I really, really enjoyed reading.

The Devil’s Midway by S.L.Armstrong and K. Piet

Thaddeus sold his soul a long time ago to the demon Belial in order to save his family. The deal he made has him managing Le Carnaval du Diable, full of other damned souls cursed to servitude for all eternity. He’s constantly having to deal with the stress of following Belial’s orders on where the next stop is to be, the constant fighting among the performers, and the occasional demon hunter. On top of everything else, he has to contend with Belial wanting more from him than just his soul. The constant battle he fights against the demon’s advances and his own desires make his job that much harder as he deals with a threat to the very existence of thwarted carnival itself.

Spellbound by Alina Ray

Craig Peters wakes up in Hell with no idea why or how he got there. Sentenced to an eternity of torture at the hands of the demon Karawan. He has no memory of the sin that condemned him but finds himself strangely attracted to Karawan, as over time his memory gradually returns. When offered rhetoric chance to go to heaven if he feels remorse for his sin, he turns it down so he can spend eternity with the demon he has come to love.

When the Hellhounds Come Out to Play by Azalea Moone

Keir and Ryu are two hellhounds released from their chains on one night of the year on Halloween to hunt down damned souls and drag them to hell. Ryu takes advantage odd that freedom to shift into human form and enjoy himself while he can. He meets a handsome stranger who mistakes him foe someone else and they go to a Halloween party. Ryu finds himself attracted to the handsome young man and they have a night of wild sex. Just before dawn, as he is getting ready to return to hell, he realizes that the man is the soul that he has been sent to take to hell because he murdered someone.

The Seventh Sacrifice by Tali Spencer

Beltran is a man of honor and when his cousin is attacked and brutalized by a former lover, he has no qualms about going to a local Incan shaman on her behalf to seek revenge on the man who attacked her. He doesn’t realize that the price of the charm will make him the seventh and final sacrifice needed to finish the ancient amaru demon Kitara’s quest for revenge.

I really enjoyed these four tales that are anything but ordinary. The authors are able to breathe new life into the old standby of evil is bad and give them original and unique twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end!

Reviewed by Pat

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