Review: Oh Come All Ye Kinky Anthology

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Oh Come All Ye Kinky Anthology
December 3, 2012
BDSM Erotic
Riptide Publishing

Reviewed by Mandi

The Oh Come All Ye Kinky anthology definitely lives up to its title. There is kinkiness galore! Peens get wrapped in snowman paper, butts get whipped with candy canes and other body parts get wrapped with Christmas lights. As you will see, some stories worked much better than others, but overall this is a pretty fun collection.

Tree Topper by Jane Davitt

Martin could still remember the incredulous joy he’d felt the first time his hand had connected with Stan’s bare ass.

Stan and Martin have been together for six months. Martin a dom and Stan a sub, once they met it was very natural for them to fall for each other. The problem is, their D/s relationship isn’t going so well. Martin is frustrated by Stan’s whiny attempts at being a sub and Martin tried once to handcuff Stan but he had a panic attack and they had to stop. Now it’s Christmas and they are home together and getting on each other’s nerves. They finally talk it all out, which allows them to move forward in their BDSM relationship.

I liked this one. At first Martin and Stan are both whiners and I thought they would get on my nerves, but once they discuss and get things moving in the sex department, I enjoyed it. Staying in the holiday spirit, Martin wraps Stan’s cock, nipples and ass in festive snowman wrapping paper. With extra tape to rip off. If that doesn’t say Merry Kinky Christmas, I’m not sure what will. Rating: B-

Twas the Night by Ava March

“Tell me to suck your cock.” A blush rushed up Percy’s neck, staining his cheeks and the tips of his ears, yet Percy kept his gaze locked with Michael’s.

It’s Christmas day and Percy has received a note from his lover Michael to meet him at his townhouse at 8pm sharp, and Percy has been looking forward to it all day. In their relationship, Michael is definitely the one in control. Percy feels a bit lost, craving the structure and control Michael provides him, but wondering if the things he craves is not proper. Michael decides for this Christmas night to let Percy speak up and voice what he wants. It takes some prodding, but soon Percy starts to have the confidence to ask for what he wants and feel at peace with his desires.

I adore Ava March’s voice and I thought this is a really well done short story. It takes place during one night, but I still feel like I really got to know Michael and Percy. Michael builds up Percy’s confidence and Percy learns that what he wants is truly okay. Ava March can write such warm, emotional love scenes. While Michael is the dominant, there are still some tender moments between them. Super sexy too.  Rating: B

Fireworks by Katie Porter

I’ve read F/F in the past and have found some that I’ve enjoyed. This one however, was way too over the top for me. Rachel is this very dominant, kind of crazy insane woman and she is moving away soon. This story is a night with them together right before she moves away. At one point Rachel throws glitter all over Emma and says “Jesus, you look like a slut. Some fuckable pole dancer.” That’s romantic. *rolls eyes* She made Emma stick her tongue out more than once so she could bite it. Not for me. Rating: DNF

Candy Caning by LA Witt

Stephen and Nate have spent 4 years together and for four years, every Christmas at Nate’s mother’s house, who ends up treating them bad. But she is family, so they suck it up and go. Nate drags Stephen to the mall to get gifts for his family, something Stephen dreads but since he loves Nate tags along. At the mall, Stephen finds something joyous. a 3 foot long, thick candy cane. Perfect for bedroom play and Nate couldn’t agree more.

The whimper escapes before I can stop it. I clap my hand over my mouth, but the damage is done. His devilish look almost knocks my knees out from under me. He knows. Of course he does. He’s doing this on purpose. And he probably knows damn well that the effect is extra pronounced by the display of pristine white angels forming an ironic halo around and above his head.

“I thought you’d like that idea.” He winks and then hooks the cane back on its rack, no doubt well aware of the pang of disappointment in my chest. I literally bite my tongue to keep from begging him to change his mind. That’s not allowed, and the punishment for it would be not finding out what kind of marks a three-foot, cock-thick candy cane could leave across my ass.

I loved this story! Stephen is such a sexy, sexy Dom and Nate is just adorable with a great inner monologue. They are adorable and lovely together. I could have read an entire book about them. Very well done. Rating: B+

Submissive Angel by Joey W Hill

This story seemed…softer than the rest of the collection. This story takes place six months after Robert meets Ange in an alley behind his toy shop beat up badly. Ange says things to Robert like, “Since the North Pole layoffs, things have been rough.” You get a sense, he might be other-worldly. Ange dances around, and while he is the submissive really becomes the rock Robert needs. Robert’s previous sub wasn’t there for him when times got tough. This is a very sweet story, not so much in your face as the other entries. It felt a little unfinished for me. Rating: C+

Open Return by Elyan Smith

Zach left the Midwest for Australia 15 years ago, a confused person. He was in a relationship of sorts with a married couple, but it all became too much. Zach is transgendered, and used to be called Hannah, but now lives as a man named Zach and has come to peace with everything. He knocks on the door of the married couple and they end up restarting their relationship. A lot of heavier issues are brought up in this one and I think it would have worked better had we more time to explore everything. Too many emotions are shoved into a short story. It was hard for me to become engaged. Rating : C

Ring Out the Old and In the New by Alexa Snow

Evan got mugged on a train, leaving a nasty scar on his face. He is terrified to leave his house, although he is encouraged by his partner and Dom to try to get over his trauma. It’s a very straight forward glimpse into the lives of these two guys. Russell uses his Dom rules to help Evan first find a safe place with him and then move forward with the rest of his life. A simple yet sweet story. Rating: C+

His Very Last Chance by Kim Dare

Drew hasn’t been the best at following instructions and now wants to right his wrongs with his Dom Kingsley. Kingsley wants to experiment with different things and show Drew just what skills he has, and teach him a lesson. Kingsley personally explores romance versus love.  I don’t know if I came to know these two all that well, but I enjoyed the scene we get with them together. This one takes place on New Years Eve, a nice way to end the anthology. Rating: B

Overall I’d probably give this anthology a C+. A variety of characters all among a strong BDSM theme. I hope they do this again next year.

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Comments

  1. says

    It definitely makes one think of candy canes a very different kind of way. Have to put my thoughts in a different direction when I’m looking at the ones hanging on the tree at my inlaws this year (laughter). Mandi, thanks for your thorough review of the book and all our stories! Glad you found it a worthwhile read. I do believe Riptide is planning on doing special charity holiday story offerings for 2013 and 2014, so readers can look forward to this as an ongoing thing – and help those in need!

  2. Helyce says

    I remember those huge, thick candy canes from back in the day. The ones my parents would never let us have cause they didn’t want us to rot our teeth. Nice to have another option….

  3. says

    I’m not sure if there’s a post delay, but my notification said someone asked about why a Kindle edition of this isn’t available at Amazon? My understanding is it is supposed to be available, but it’s up to Amazon when it’s posted, and they haven’t posted it yet. They’re currently only offering the print version, but keep checking back for the Kindle version in the near future. In the meantime, Riptide does offer a variety of formats directly on their site that likely can be converted to Kindle format. Hope that helps anyone wondering about this!

    • says

      Well, let me take that back – it IS now up on Amazon, the Kindle version – Mandi has provided the link, but again for some reason I’m not seeing her posting here, though I received the notification. I’m obviously having some Internet issues today (lol). Thanks for providing the info Mandi!

  4. says

    Oooooo, another treasure from Joey W Hill. My mind is all aglow with what can be done with Christmas lights. hmmm.
    Coming in a bit late here, but off to check out the book now
    Thanks Joey and all other authors.
    Just what’s needed at Christmas time :)

    • says

      Marianne, the possibilities are endless (wink). If the story doesn’t live up to your expectations, let me know! Thanks for the smile, and hope you love the book. Happy holidays!

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