O Come All Ye Kinky ~ Book Review ~

Title: O Come All Ye Kinky

Authors: Ava March, Alexa Snow, Elyan Smith, Jane Davitt, Joey W. Hill, Katie Porter, Kim Dare, L.A. Witt

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Publication Status: Available in eBook and Paperback.

Genre: MM Romance, Anthology

Sub Genre: BDSM, Menage

ISBN: 9781937551513

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

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.

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

My View:

O Come All Ye Kinky from Riptide Publishing is a holiday themed anthology for those who love MM (male/male) Romance and BDSM stories, 2 very popular genres these days. While I definitely count myself among fans of the MM Romance genre, BDSM stories are not ones I generally seek out.  I do, however, enjoy a well done BDSM story now and then.  I generally rely on other people to tell me which ones to read.  Ava March and Kim Dare are 2 of my favorites when reading BDSM stories and LA Witt is one of my favorites in the MM Romance genre. The other authors were all new to me (though I have a few from Jane Davitt and Katie Porter on my To-Be-Read list).

Each story is set around the December holidays.   Six of the stories are of the M/M Romance variety, one is a M/M/F menage tale,  and one is F/F, all involve respectful/loving D/s (Dominate/submissive) relationships. Each story also features a little holiday twist.  As each story stands alone I will try to review each individually.

*****Potential Spoilers*****

Tree Topper by Jane Davitt

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.

Stan is a submissive, there is no question in Martin’s mind within minutes of meeting him.  They soon enter into a loving D/s relationship.   However, within 6 months of the start of their romance, the love is as strong as ever, but the D/s is floundering.  They both know what they want, but they seem to have trouble communicating.  They use the Christmas holidays to try to renew that side of their relationship that they both need.

Overall it was a nice read.  I really like D/s books where the couple is obviously in love outside the D/s relationship.  Though the length of this story didn’t lend itself to full character development, there was enough background given that you understand from where the characters are approaching each other.  With the exception of the line “You’re the toppiest thing in the apartment”, the writing was well done and well edited. Sorry, but that line just made me groan (of course the Main Character groaned at it as well, so I guess it served its purpose).  This was a good intro if you are not used to D/s stories.  The Dom in this story is new to the scene, but takes his role very responsibly and that is reflected in the story itself.

’Twas the Night, by Ava March

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.

Percy has been summoned by his Dom, Michael, the evening of Christmas 1820, Percy knows his Dom could never care for him the way he wants.   Constantly belittled by his social-climbing mom for working below his station, he also knows that he shouldn’t desire to submit completely to another man.  Living in a time where a man being with another man is illegal, Percy takes what Michael gives and walks away shamed each time.  Sensing this dilemma in Percy, Michael wishes to give Percy a gift for Christmas – his voice, his dignity, and his love.

I do not usually like historical romances; I like my romance set it an approximation of the present time.  That being said, this one had be hooked from the first page.  It was well written and well presented.  It is written in third-person limited, but with point-of-views that shift between the two main characters.  As such, you find out the thoughts behind the actions on both sides, something I always enjoy in a story.

Fireworks, by Katie Porter

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.

After two years in a long-distance D/s relationship Rachel has called Emma to her for one last hurrah on New Years Eve in New York.  Rachel is set to go to Japan for two years for her job.  Emma is prepared to let her go, but wants one thing from her first, to break her stoney exterior and prove to herself that Rachel cares about her as more than a Sub.  Rachel, for her part, doesn’t think she is enough for her darling Emma and thinks going away is the best thing for her.  They meet up in New York for their last blast and both get more than they bargain for.

If you don’t like girly bits in your stories, skip this one, as it is a F/F relationship.  I don’t have anything against F/F romance, and this one was written well, I just prefer my romance without the girly bits, much less 2.  That being said, I could get behind this relationship.  Both partners want what they think is best for the other and both are happy to learn they are wrong.  I will definitely be giving Ms. Porter’s M/M story a read and maybe even her M/F series.

Candy Caning, by L.A. Witt

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.

Nate and Stephen have been partners for almost five years.  Each year at Christmas, they spend one evening with Nate’s family, while his mother passive-aggressively belittles them both.  Stephens takes it upon himself to help Nate relieve some of the stress the evening will cause before they leave.

The story is very sweet, in a D/s sort of way.  Nate and Stephen obviously love each other and know just how to push each other’s buttons.  They both want what is best for the other.  It really isn’t a complex story but the sex is hot and, let’s face it, most of the story.  Witt sets up the scene well and then executes it even better.  Exactly what I would expect from LA Witt.

Submissive Angel, by Joey W. Hill

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 himself to love again.

Robert is a Master who has hung up his paddle.  Ange (pronounced own-ssh) is a man down on his luck looking for just enough to get buy. Nearly 6 months after Robert found Ange in his ally-way beaten and broken, Robert is finally tempted to find out if there is more to Ange and their desire for one another.  Robert is waffling over coming out of his 2 year hiatus from relationships of any kind.  Ange, for his part, wants to show Robert just how good it can be.  In Ange’s words “Let me be your Christmas present, Master.  Wrap me up  the way you want.”

This is a more complex relationship that those depicted in the first four stories as it is not an established relationship, in the strictest definition.  Robert must overcome not only his own torment and grief, but also feeling of taking advantage of the slightly younger man.  It is also the longest of the eight stories.  We get a peak into one night of their lives, the night that they finally come together after 6 months of wanting.  The story captivates you from the beginning because the author has written Ange in that manner.  Though written in third person, you really do see Ange through Robert’s eyes.  I still have 3 to read, but this was unexpectedly my favorite so far.

Open Return, by Elyan Smith

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.

Ah menage.  Every Anthology or series has to have one right?  Well I don’t actually agree with that statement, but I have found a few well done menage books out there.  It is not a sub-genre I flock to, but it is one I will read if someone suggests a good one.  Too often I just think that I want one of the people to leave the other two to be.  Usually that person is the female in a M/M/F menage… what can I say I like man on man action.   But anyway lets talk about THIS menage.  It is a little more complicated that MMF or MFM or even MFF because one of the Ms used to be an F.

Zach was born Hannah, the girl who never quite fit in.  After a year of passionate love and submission to Scott and Laura, he escapes his hometown for Australia, literally sneaking out in the middle of the night, leaving Scott and Laura curled around each other in bed.  Fast forward about 15 years and he shows up, now post-op as Zach.  Once you get past the awkwardness of “why the hell didn’t you contact us these last 15 years” Scott, Laura, and Zach all end up in bed together again.  Honestly, the whole thing was very confusing, form beginning to end.  If I had not been reading for this review, I would have just skipped this one and gone on.

Ring Out the Old and In the New, by Alexa Snow

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.

Evan is at loose ends, he was mugged a number of weeks previously and has been depressed and unwilling to face the world since then.  His lover and Dom Russell, wants to bring his lover back.  He has been supportive and loving throughout Evans recovery, but they haven’t made love since the mugging.  Evan can’t even face himself in the mirror thanks to the large ugly scare marring his face.  Russell uses his skills as Evan’s Dom to try to bring Evan back to the real world.  Between finally getting intimate, a visit with friends, and a special surprise Russell works to bring back the Evan he loves.

I really enjoyed this story.  Evan is facing a crisis, the was an artists’ model and feels that has been taken away along with his sense of security.  Through his skills as a Dom (though I would say a gentle Dom) Russell slowly brings back the Evan he loves so much.  This is a story of recovery and the power of love.  Yes there are BDSM undertones, but I would call it moderate at best.  This story explores more the emotional power of the D/s relationship.  I really enjoyed this story and would recommend it to anyone who isn’t sure they are comfortable with this type of story.  I will definitely be checking out more from Ms. Snow.

His Very Last Chance, by Kim Dare

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.

“Everyone deserves one last chance. We have until midnight tonight. Pentworth Hotel. Suite 501. Now.”  Drew messed up big time.  He inadvertently offended his Dom and his Dom overheard.  He knows it is over, but he is being given one last chance to make it right.  He will do everything he can to make Kingsley see what a good Sub he can be and take whatever punishment he wants to give out.  Kingsley wants to show his sub just how wrong he was.  With only hours left in the year, can they come together to start the year with a clean slate?

I thought “His Very Last Chance” was a fitting end to this collection of Kinky holiday tales.  Dare is at her best with an intense Dom who wants obedience and can’t show weakness and a sub who wants nothing more than to serve.  The Sex is brief, this one is more about the connection between a Dom and a sub and seeing if it can be more than a few hot nights in a Leather Club.

*****End Spoilers*****

I often see people complain about short stories saying they need to be longer, but you have to remember these stories are meant to be just a peak into the lives of the characters.  All eight of these stories are by well established authors and the experience shows in the quality of not only the writing, but also the quality of the stories themselves.  One thing I love about anthologies is it is a chance to check out new authors you might have otherwise overlooked.  I certainly have added a few new authors to my to-be-read list.  If you want some good BDSM holiday fair, pick up O Come All Ye Kinky.

That definitely fulfilled my BDSM quota for now, time to go for some lighter fare.

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I would like to thank Riptide Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion. However, I had already purchased this tile on my own.

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One thought on “O Come All Ye Kinky ~ Book Review ~

  1. While I have never actually read any books like this I am not opposed to it. I was sort of interested in the review and may just check out this story collection myself…

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