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Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs

Anthology

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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 connoisseur, 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.

The little minx behind the counter just stared at him, speechless. He towered over her, a petite redhead dressed in a tight fitting red sweater that left little to his overactive imagination. He couldn't see much of the black slacks she had on, but if the rest of her looked as good, he was in for a treat. The waves of lust emanating from her were like a homing beacon to the gnawing hunger in his gut. He felt it burn through him while he was basking in the glow of the holiday lights. The force of feeling behind her emotion was staggering, and he held onto the counter with a death grip to avoid leaping over it and taking her right there. The sound of holiday carols playing in the background mixed with the heady scent of baking cookies and spiced cider made his heart happy.

"Is it for sale?" The smile in his eyes burned bright with a sensual flame. He notched it up a little, just to see what she would do. The game was on.

"What?" A squeak emanated from her and a half smile trembled over her lips. "The tree? Oh, um. Let me ask. Gracie would know."

The redhead looked around and called out to a black haired beauty that emerged from the back of the store.

"Gracie!" Red motioned her over, her relief palpable.

"Yes, sir. How can I help?" Gracie made her way to the register, setting down the tray of cookies she had been carrying.

Jonas motioned to the front window with a wave of his hand. "I am in need of a holiday tree. Is this one by chance for sale?"

She broke into a friendly smile. "Of course. Or I can have Holly come out to your home and set up a new tree with whatever theme you'd like." She held out the tray and offered him a cookie.

Gingerbread. Delightful. He took two.

"Thank you." He bit into one and had to stifle a moan. Delicious. How long had it been since he had tasted something that felt like home? Too long. He needed the warmth in his life. Especially now. "Who did this one?" He caressed the tree with his eyes.

"Holly, you can fess up." Gracie beamed.

Holly sputtered and turned a perfect shade of red.

"How wonderful." The glow of his smile was directed at them both, but the heat of it was sent to Holly. He took out his credit card, deliberately not looking at her, and laid it on the counter.

"Money is no object. I would like to hire you to decorate my home. Tomorrow night would be the most convenient. I will be having guests for the holidays." Would he ever. A few demons. A new soul to send to Hell and maybe Lucifer himself would pop over to give him his get out of jail free card. As long as that bastard Baal stayed out of his way, things would be fine.

-- from "Holidays in Hell" by Erzabet Bishop

4 - BookAddict at The Romance Reviews
"In HOLIDAYS IN HELL, the reader witnesses a demon willing to sacrifice his life to save a sweet submissive soul. In GIFT OF THE FAMILIAR, Ms. Whitehall poignantly reminds readers of those who are less fortunate. In PUSHING THE LINE, Ms. Blackthorne does an excellent job of showcasing "meeting the family" for a lesbian couple. In GIFT OF SELF, Ms. Tudor dances on the very fine line of a man who cross-dresses and identifies as a woman. 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 holiday anthology is recommended to kinky romance lovers who love as thou wilt."

4 - Susan at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
"The holiday is a fascinating mythical setting, and there could definitely be more stories set in this fantastic world. And there’s a whopping amount of sex here for such a short tale. I liked this story. Having to come to terms with her sub having gender issues, Athena manages to show us what she’s made of. By far, this was the best, strongest story of the bunch. Highly recommended! It’s Christmas and it’s also time for an orgy, and the presents are plentiful. I liked this story a lot. This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology. **Note-this review applies to the anthology as a whole."

4 - Susan at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
" This is a good story, with intriguing and sympathetic characters, a world of soul collecting monsters, an actual plot—though one that we don’t get into all that much—and some sexy dominance and submission under the Christmas tree... For a short story, this had amazing psychological depth. Jeffrey’s inner turmoil and shift toward a new self is shown in painstaking detail... It’s Christmas and it’s also time for an orgy, and the presents are plentiful. I liked this story a lot. This is a wonderful conclusion to the anthology. **Note: this review applies to the anthology as a whole."

Series

Milk and Cookies and Handcuffs

Length

50,000 words
115 pages

Release Date

December 21, 2012

Book Type

Anthology

Categories

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Heterosexual

ISBN

978-1-937058-87-6 (print)
978-1-937058-82-1 (ebook)

Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia

Keywords

BDSM, holiday, bisexual, contemporary, paranormal, D/s, demons, fantasy, F/F, M/M, M/F, trans*, polyamory, roleplay, toys

Contributors

Alex Whitehall
Erik Moore
Erzabet Bishop
Kathleen Tudor
S.L. Armstrong
Verity Blackthorn