Thursday, May 8, 2014

After Dark Review of Doms of Dark Haven 2: Western Nights by Cherise Sinclair et al

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Synopsis: "A Good sub Would... by Sierra Cartwright
Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary

Shelby, a wanna-be sub, hasn’t found a Dom strong enough to push past her need to be in control. Her experiences as a sub have been yawn-inducing. She’s fantasized plenty, though, about Trevor Lawton, one of Dark Haven’s legendary, mouthwateringly firm Doms.

As the stakes get higher at the charity poker match, Dom Trevor Lawton is fascinated by the woman kneeling across the table from him. Problem is, she’s not a good sub. Oh, she tries, and she’s lovely. But she’s not very good at following orders. The woman needs a firm, unyielding hand...his.

Hunting Holly by Belinda McBride
Genre: BDSM Shape-shifter Paranormal Menage
Related Titles: Educating Evangeline, part of the Doms of Dark Haven anthology

When Holly left the Truckee pack, she left her family, her safety, and the two men she loved. Now she's in San Francisco training as a Domme at Dark Haven. She thinks she's found herself, but tonight, Tex and Hunter have found her. And they are not happy with their little wolf. She's been keeping secrets from them. Tonight, someone's gonna beg.

Additional Publisher's Warning: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, caning, sensory deprivation.

Welcome to the Dark Side by Cherise Sinclair
Genre: BDSM Erotic Contemporary
Related Titles: Master of the Mountain; Master of the Abyss; Simon Says: Mine, part of the Doms of Dark Haven anthology

Real Doms terrify her, so Summer plays with lightweights only. And only in the safety of her club, Dark Haven. But on Western Night, the tough cop who wins her in a sub-roping game is as powerful as they come.

Virgil's first taste of BDSM was disturbingly enticing. Hoping to burn out his interest, he visits an infamous San Francisco club, where he wins himself the prettiest little sub he’s ever seen. He’s in a quandary. A man shouldn’t render a woman helpless, let alone spank her ass. But the nervous little submissive clearly loves being in his ropes. Her need to be controlled is as powerful as his need to control. So he indulges himself, and her.

That one night could be the beginning, but instead it's the end. She won't play outside the club and he lives too far to come play. He'll just have to find a way to forget her...or get her in his ropes to stay.

Publisher's Note: All of the stories within this anthology contain explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: strong BDSM theme and elements (including/not limited to: bondage and spanking)."

My Review: This was definitely better than the Doms of Dark Haven 1 anthology. Though I honestly don't know why these had to be put together, each individual story could have easily been a short novella on it's own. I rather enjoyed the first story by Sierra Cartwright, I fell in love with the characters and honestly want read more about them. The second story, Hunting Holly, still just doesn't fit for me. Throwing a paranormal book in the mix when I am specifically reading a non-paranormal series just doesn't sit with me. I am sure if I read the series by McBride separately it wouldn't be an issue but I really don't like the mixing of the genres. That said, Hunting Holly sure did have a lot of steam, probably the steamiest of the three stories. Finally the last story is the one I wanted to read to continue the Mountain Masters series by Cherise Sinclair. I really enjoyed this story, I love that for a change the Dom was a little inexperienced in the scene, it was a refreshing change. Though he still has the instinct to push his sub. I found it different and interesting how instead of moving more into the scene, the characters in this story seemed to be moving more into the vanilla direction. A little fun in the bedroom but maybe not full play felt a little more to fit with normal lifestyles. Better set of stories than the previous one but still not to my taste when reading a series, I honestly really hope this is the last one I have to read to complete a series.
My Rating: This was definitely better than the first anthology of the series, but I don't really like the format and would prefer a single novella. I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.

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