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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: He Needs Discipline

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He Needs Discipline by Dominic Rod

Summary From GoodreadsHe Needs Discipline

Their relationship never felt normal. Jake and Dorian never quite bonded the way they were supposed to.

It made things a lot easier when little twenty-two year old Jake came to older Dorian for help with his out of control lifestyle, and Dorian’s solution was…taboo at best.Jake needs discipline. Dorian is more than happy to dish it out.

M/M erotica. 18+ Contains BDSM, and taboo situations.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

He Needs Discipline is another great find that I discovered over at Luna Erotica. Luna has become one of my go to sites when I am looking for something of the naughty variety, but also want something really well written, and it has yet to fail me.

Containing somewhat incestuous as well as fully BDSM scenes, He Needs Discipline is certainly not going to be for just anyone. However, if you aren’t bothered by that, and certainly if that is your thing, then I highly recommend giving it a read. There is even a sequel already released that you can get here, just in case your desire isn’t completely… satiated.

There is plenty of M/F, and even F/F pairings in the world of erotica writing, but M/M is a bit harder to find. While this is short, as are most of the works from Luna, it will put you in just the right mood, and you don’t have to worry about it sounding like a fifth grader wrote it, something that happens far too often with this type of work.

The banter between the brothers is well done, the sex scenes and what might be considered foreplay is certainly exciting, and the stimulating aftermath isn’t shabby either. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot, and if you like it check out what else LE has to offer. Thanks for reading and enjoy. 😉

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Frodo’s Frisky Friday: Taken By the Satyr

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Taken By the Satyr by Celestia Dew

Taken By the Satyr

Summary From Goodreads:

Anthea the nymph’s purpose in life is to give pleasure to the young people who visit her. Still, she is unfulfilled, until a satyr catches her unawares while bathing. She conquers her fear of him and finds animalistic pleasure in his arms. Contains m/m/f, m/f, multiple explicit scenes, rough sex, size. An 18+ erotic fantasy sure to titillate.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Taken By the Satyr is another naughty short story by the lovely people at Luna Erotica, and it (as is pretty obvious) has a fantasy theme to it just like many of the books I’ve featured here. Unlike many of the others that I’ve read, however, Taken By the Satyr is less comical and more about showing what these mythological creatures would have gone through if they were (or are) real.

Both Anthea and Phanocles (the satyr) were characters to be pitied, or at least sympathized with. Anthea’s life seems to be perfect and filled with love (or at minimum lust) yet she feels empty and unfulfilled. Phanocles takes what he wants and does as he pleases which seems very freeing, and he has the might to do so, but he appears sad at times and lonely. This depth of character in a story so short is what sets the Luna writers apart from the rest and makes these not only worth reading, but re-reading as well.

For those looking for some naughty fantasy creature time, no worries, that is here too. The sex scenes aren’t entirely my taste, but they are well done and enjoyable nonetheless. It’s easy to recommend this, especially if you have enjoyed any of this subgenre before. Thanks as always for reading, and have a great weekend! ^.^

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #80/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #26/75

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Killing My Kindle: Beneath the Sand by Scott Zavoda

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Killing My Kindle

For 2014 I am tackling my Kindle app in an effort to make a dent in the large library of often forgotten eBooks. Every week I will talk about an eBook I read, be it good or bad, so that I can stay motivated and share some of it with you.

This week I took a stab at: Beneath the Sand by Scott Zavoda

Released On: June 10th, 2013

Summary From GoodreadsBeneath the Sand

Have you ever worried that something is hiding beneath the sand? What if something brushed your foot one night on the beach?
Would you run? Could you?

Now that surfing, dating, and every aspect of a California retirement are off limits, he paints and pretends the beach isn’t so close. Things might have been okay, too, if he hadn’t found the new pile of sand in his house or thought so hard about the accidents.

He tries to do what they trained him back in his Vietnam days – focus ahead but never behind, but it’s hard to ignore what tickles and scrapes your feet, what whispers to you in the dead of night.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Beneath the Sand is a freebie I stumbled upon a while ago and I rarely get to read about military characters, be it active or formerly enlisted, and so I figured I would give this novella a shot. I wish I had passed. Beneath the Sand, unfortunately, does nothing to intrigue the reader or use any sort of twist or turn anywhere in the story. Essentially it took the obvious summary and just elongated it to ~45 pages of zero surprises and little else.

The MC is a war vet who is stereotypically (though not surprisingly or inaccurately) cynical and slightly off in the head, bemoaning this or that, and in general being unhappy with something even during the better times. There was nothing that drew me to care about him or the characters around him and so, when he experienced the loss that was clearly coming, I didn’t care. The mysterious sand is a simple concept and Zavoda wasn’t able to make it come alive for me.

The story was pretty simple, the relationships fine but not special in any way, and it was a sad and dull tale indeed. This was a rare time where I was glad the story was short. Oh well, they can’t all be winners. Thanks as always for reading!

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge #70/365; 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge #24/75

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Mini Review Monday: Five Empires: Wasps by Joely Black

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Five Empires: Wasps

Summary From AmazonFive Empires - Wasps

Ayla’s test subject has escaped, and the others are dead. Lorasz is on the run, fleeing the deadly Master Assassin into the dangerous slum known as the City of Heaven. Placing his trust in the mysterious Keshwar spy, Tallis, he fears for his life as Ayla sends out spies of her own: deadly mechanical wasps.

And what of the test subject herself? Released from her prison, she is on the hunt for adventure. And prey.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews on Mini Review Monday! Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Wasps, volume two in the Five Empires series, just released so go get a copy here and get a copy of volume one, Escape, for free!

Wasps continues where Escape left off with Lorasz on the run from Ayla and the life he knew. He doesn’t really know what he’s got himself into and is blindly following Tallis hoping they’ll lead him to freedom, or at least a semblance of safety. We don’t really know much about Lorasz yet, he seems like he’s got some heart to him, after all he took some serious risks with the test subjects, but he’s just running with no idea where he is headed so I’m not sure how bright, or at least prepared the guy is.

Wasps introduces a new perspective, that of the test subject, and I absolutely loved it! You get to see this new being, and see it develop, grow as it is introduced to new surroundings, and really watch its brain work. Absolutely fascinating. However, just as the summary would suggest, the subject is on the hunt and when the prey is determined the ruthless, kick-butt action begins! Oh, and may I mention how much I love all the cool weaponry? LOOOOOVE

This series is playing out like a video game might, which is no surprise knowing Black’s love of them. The novellas are short but pack in a ton of fantastic action. The characters are intriguing but you can tell the overall picture, the cool fight scenes, and the plot are the focus. I can even picture the author planning it out so we get some dialogue, slam us with action, go back for a brief respite to the characters, and BAM a boss fight (epic clash) at the end! I can’t wait to read more of this wonderful series and I really encourage you to check it out! They are short but really well written stories and well worth your time. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #138/200

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Touched by Zoe E. Whitten: Frodo’s Review

Touched

Summary From GoodreadsTouched

Amber McKenzie considers herself a bland, normal student until she feels the touch of something cold and invisible. Scant hours pass before she’s attacked by her best friend. She returns home to find her family slaughtered, forcing her to rely on the dubious protection of a D&D “mage” and a woman who may, or may not be a vampire. Is the threat real, or is Amber just “touched in the head”?

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Touched, a 69 page novella, is a fast paced thrill ride involving all sorts of creatures of the paranormal variety. From a potential vampire to a changeling and even a mutant witch, Whitten offers new and rarely used beings not seen in the mainstream to keep readers on their toes. There are frightening enemies and plenty of dangerous action as well as plenty of gore (I mean that in a good way!) so horror junkies should be pleased. There is an underlying message of the fight for acceptance, particularly among people deemed outcasts by the majority and what it is like in their shoes. Whitten is never afraid to tackle real issues and does so without overwhelming the reader or taking away from the fantastic goings on in the novella.

I really enjoyed meeting Marcus and Vicky who I know reappear in other works by Whitten and I can’t wait to learn more about them and read stories from their perspectives. Marcus is funny and sweet and Vicky is a badass but with a softer personality underneath that I would love to explore. The one issue I had with touch is not quite loving the MC, Amber. She is a bit frustrating at times, callous and completely without tact. While I didn’t think she was poorly written by any means I also didn’t get any motivation to root for her in most cases which would have helped to balance out her flaws. This didn’t stop me from enjoying the plot and Whitten’s beautiful writing. Touched is a fun, freaky read with a good message at its core and I quite enjoyed it. Thanks as always for reading! ^.^

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #122/200; Mount TBR Challenge #70/150; 2013 TBR Pile #70/50

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Day 88: Newton in the New Age by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 88

Summary From Goodreads

Some people are married to absolutely the right person. Some people are married to absolutely the wrong person. Some people are married to someone who is both the absolutely right and wrong person at the same time. This was the fate that had befallen Richard, a gentle, scholarly man, hopelessly in love with Annie – a firecracker of a woman, as sexy as she is bright, with whom any man could be completely besotted. The one small – actually, rather largish – fly in the ointment is that Annie’s life ambition is to be the best designer of thrill rides on the planet – and Richard is terrified of them.

But when Annie needs some random member of the public to test her newest and greatest device, surely she will call on someone, ANYONE, besides her long-suffering husband. Surely she would not hatch some fiendish scheme to lure him into the role of guinea pig.

Think not? Guess again . . .

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

If Wurtenbaugh’s name sounds familiar it might be because I reviewed another of his novellas, The Old Soul, last week. I really enjoyed that piece, and though I knew this was an entirely different genre I figured my odds would be pretty good that I’d like this one too. I wasn’t disappointed!

Newton in the New Age is a cute short story centering around Annie and her husband Richard. The sense of humor that Richard has and the storytelling ability of Wurtenbaugh come together to form quite the humorous piece. Richard talks about what he would say to his son, if he had one, about women and often gives specific examples referring to Annie. These were easily my favorite parts and it gave the story a uniqueness that it otherwise might not have had. Oh sure, the thrill ride and Richard getting freaked the heck out were enjoyable, but the banter, most of which was in Richard’s head, was very entertaining. Wurtenbaugh gives us a character that we can sympathize with, we all have our fears and our temptresses, and it makes the ending all the more satisfactory. I can’t wait to read another of Wurtenbaugh’s pieces in the near future, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 89!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #88/365

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Day 82: The Old Soul by Joseph Wurtenbaugh

Day 82

Summary From Goodreads

‘The Old Soul’ is an enthralling blend of science fiction and speculative fiction that chronicles the adventures of That-Which-Had-Been, as it traverses the fearsome wilderness of the micro-universe. As tiny and inconspicuous as it may seem, That-Which-Had-Been exhibits an unexpected and varied gift for survival, as it journeys implacably toward its ultimate destination. Along the way, it meets a rich array of ordinary human beings, some of whom assist it along its way, others who impede its progress, none of whom have any idea of its existence.

From whence comes the strange, but universal, experience of deja vu? Why do some people exhibit a wisdom far beyond their age and experience – persons reincarnationists refer to as ‘old souls’? Joseph Wurtenbaugh in this short story offers a fascinating and tantalizingly plausible explanation for these phenomena, presented in a natural setting that brims with adventure and exhilarating possibility. Not to be missed by anyone who enjoys science fiction or thinking outside the box.

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It’s time for another edition of Frodo’s Hobbit Sized Reviews! This is where I write a review in the time I have before I go to work or before I go to bed. Short and sweet just like 2nd breakfast!

Before happening upon The Old Soul I had never heard of Joseph Wurtenbaugh, this piece will make it hard to forget him. When I was in high school science was my favorite subject, or at least tied with history, but regardless it fascinated me, from biology to chemistry and into physics and even anatomy and physiology, there was always some new realm of the world, or even the universe to explore (yes I took astronomy too). The Old Soul explores one of these realms, that of microbiology and does so in a way that captivates and teaches you a little while entertaining you all at the same time.

From the inside of a human to jumping from one tiny organism to the next, this entity known only as “That-Which-Had-Been” goes on an epic journey showing how the world of microbiology is so very interconnected. If a being were able to do what this one did it would be remarkable, and while luck plays a huge role in such a journey, the inevitable is just that for one with such drive and purpose. The writing is compelling and even though there is a lot of terminology and names of organisms in the piece it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable or cause it to become stiff whatsoever. I thoroughly enjoyed diving back into my old love of the unseen world in our own, the one that is truly the most vital, and would recommend it to anyone. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 83!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #82/365

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