Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs

S.L. Armstrong; Erik Moore; Alex Whitehall; Verity Blackthorn; Kathleen Tudor; Erzabet Bishop
Milk  & Cookies & Handcuffs
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Storm Moon Press
Release Date
December 2012
BDSM, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ

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 connissiour, 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.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Mar 24, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
210 people found the following review helpful
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me – five golden rings! Were these rings slave collars for hot kinky sex? Each of these short stories features smexy goodness with some cheerful holiday nookie.

In HOLIDAYS IN HELL, the reader witnesses a demon willing to sacrifice his life to save a sweet submissive soul. Ms. Bishop pens a smoking hot piece with an alpha male sex demon and a sweet ingénue. The incorporation of Christmas ribbons and ornaments into bondage will make a reader take a closer look at Christmas decorations. Perhaps even inspire the reader for their own kinky wrapping.

In GIFT OF THE FAMILIAR, Ms. Whitehall poignantly reminds readers of those who are less fortunate. This m/m piece whirls in the paranormal through fantasy and sexual servitude. The reader learns about this magical world through the eyes of an abused familiar. Except this year, the familiar is owned by a good master and learns of the traditions and gifts of his kind. Ms. Whitehall creates an enchanting world with imaginative relationships as well as social structures. The world building in this story will spellbind the reader.

In PUSHING THE LINE, Ms. Blackthorne does an excellent job of showcasing "meeting the family" for a lesbian couple. Ebet's family is still in denial about her love for another woman. This humourous and at times too comical family affair lightens up the book. This is an endearing story about acceptance and love. Even when all the warts of a family are exposed, the love between Ebet and Meg stays strong. The witty dialog plus the f/f hotness is definitely a winner.

In GIFT OF SELF, Ms. Tudor dances on the very fine line of a man who cross-dresses and identifies as a woman. This transgender story is moving and showcases a lifestyle many shy away from or frown upon. Ms. Tudor does this alternative lifestyle justice with her tender moments. She deftly shows the confusion and fears of both the Mistress and submissive male. Yet again, the message in this story is of acceptance and love without judgment. One word – beautiful.

THE SUB'S GIFT is the perfect ending to this hot kinky anthology. Dynamic duo Armstrong and Moore kick it up a notch with a foursome. This is a switch's fantasy come true! There is a Master and Mistress who own a submissive male, Kyle. For Christmas, his present is a submissive female to be adopted as a family "pet". The kinks in this one are all blazing hot. It's not all fun and games. The authors tackle the fears of being replaced by a new submissive. This is a very plausible scenario which would make a submissive nervous. Kyle's concern is respectfully examined and then lovingly resolved. There is plenty of love to go around in this excellent kinky tale.

This holiday anthology is recommended to kinky romance lovers who love as thou wilt.
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