Review: Enslaved Valentine (BDSM Voyages #1) by A.J. Llewellyn & D.J. Manly

Hamish never thought he’d want to be dominated until Paul Murdock showed up with the key to his padlocked heart.

It’s been said that all a submissive can do when they are bound and tied, is feel. For former boxer Hamish Murdock, all he’s ever done is feel. Feel bad that is. He never took pleasure from pain until meeting Paul, whom he thinks of as his tikkun, the man who rights all the wrongs in his life. For Paul and Hamish, pain is pleasure in their most secret, private moments. On the outside, they are a normal, devoted couple with successful businesses…

But deep down, theirs is a strict D/s relationship that’s about to be tested in their first BDSM vacation. Paul’s chosen a secret destination for Hamish in their Valentine’s Day long-weekend. Can Hamish handle what Paul has in mind? More importantly, will Paul be able to keep his secret and keep his man under control? Or will their first BDSM voyage be their last?

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT. YOU MUST BE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE TO PURCHASE THIS TITLE.





I so wanted to like this more than I did. I mean, would you look at that cover? I've read work by this team before and figured I was in for a kinky good time. But I found myself... bored.





All the ingredients for a Cupcake approved stroke fic were there-rope bondage, CBT, humiliation, a little flogging, wax, even a gang bang! But it was all so clinical and repetitive and dry that I found myself finding other things to do. Insert peen A into slutty hole B and wait for awesmatastic orgasm that erupts like a geyser 2-3 times in a row and disrupts the Earth's trajectory because it's SO INTENSE is a formula that needs some padding to make work.

Like a pornstache.

Hamish and Paul are a married couple who celebrate every holiday by taking a romantic and kinky vacation. For Valentine's Day Paul has planned a trip to Russian River with a stop for a gang bang along the way that involves two porn stars who are cousins so... incest happens. AND HOW THE FUCK MUCH DOES THAT SET ONE BACK??? Inquiring minds wanna know.

Hamish not to be outdone secures a twink with a Daddy kink for a little threesome. I know all of this sounds delicious and were it not for the odd storytelling style things could've gone swimmingly. A couple of moments gave me pause in the SSC department, but I figured they're an established couple so they know each other's limits? I hope.

If it had been imaginative or creative I'd be rating it higher. This, however, deleted the stroke out of my stroke fic, a grievous error indeed. My other main issue is the odd language and tangentiality. And what's was with the political messages? I want no talk of sociopolitical event horizons in my stroke fic thankyouverymuch. Stay in your satire lane, please.
Hamish's cock was a dynamo.

Was it now?


That coupled with the odd and out of context info dumps on their backstories and those dangling tangents left me scratching my head. Why the sequence with the father was necessary at all is beyond me. I think the initial incident with the I Love Lucy phone which caused a fall that resulted in their bedroom looking like a cosplay scene gone horribly awry was meant to be cutesy or amusing but it fell flat. And, p.s., inserting your actual Dad between kinky scenes is the fastest way to kill a mood.







This is book one so maybe there's a grand plan for these hanging threads and they'll all come together in the end to make a lovely scarf set, but I'm going to bow out now and wish them well in their future endeavors.








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