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Friday, May 7, 2010

Plain Brown Wrapper (C.H.A.S.E. Collection) by Shelby Morgen

Plain Brown Wrapper (C.H.A.S.E. Collection) by Shelby Morgen
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Holiday, Anthology
Length: Full Length (261 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M, F/F, F/M/F, F/M/M, Ménage, Multiple Partners, Anal Play, Fetish, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Cholla

Candy Nelson: Candy has wandered into a nightmare -- a slave auction in Southeast Asia. Things like this don't happen -- not in the twenty-first century. She isn't supposed to be here. She needs to get out. Now. But from across the room, a man's eyes meet hers, and Candy knows she'll do whatever it takes...

Terry Bradford: Male Escort. Terry needs money, fast. So he answers an ad on the internet. Six thousand euros for a week's vacation in France, all expenses paid, entertaining Lady Elizabeth at her private villa. Sounds like the perfect plan, right? After all, it's just sex. Then he meets a woman in the airport -- a woman who will make him question everything he knows about what is means to be a man.

Richard Marten: Ani's stressed. She really needs to forget her asshole boss, Richard. (Candy's asshole ex-husband). She also needs to get laid. (The two dilemmas are soooo not related.) Crystal's got a membership at The Fetish Club. Two girlfriends. One bottle of tequila. And a charity auction... How bad can it get? Crystal wants Ani. Ani wants revenge. Richard has... the Victoria's Secret underwear?

Welcome to the world of C.H.A.S.E. – The Coalition for Humanitarian Aid for the Subjugated and Exploited. People the world over need help, whether from making innocent mistakes or by getting in over their heads, and that’s when they need to be rescued. Two of the stories in this collection involve C.H.A.S.E. and its efforts to do just that, while setting the scene for the third and final story. A great collection of stories, all interconnected with one another, that just flow from one to the next with ease.

The first story in this collection is called All I Want for Christmas and is a great introduction to Ms. Morgen’s world of C. H. A. S. E. What starts out as a routine trip to Singapore on a work assignment quickly becomes more than Candy could have ever dreamed. Suddenly wrapped up in a human trafficking ring, she’s torn between the man she’s come to love and getting home safely. I love the way the lawyer in Candy comes out every time things get to be overwhelming. It’s like she has a second person inside her just ready to step out and organize things at a moment’s notice. It’s a realistic way to keep her from falling to pieces and yet keeping it believable. When you combine her reserve with the raw power and sexuality of the man she rescues – Brook – you are in for some serious fireworks. A sweet story spiced in all the right ways to make it more than hot.

Following All I Want for Christmas is a more intense and serious story entitled Plain Brown Wrapper. Kelly, fed up with her egotistical boss, walks out after being called the wrong name one too many times. Insistent on following her true desire – to become a female domme and live the lifestyle for real – she encounters Terry, working for a male escort company. The story only just begins there – Shelby Morgen has quite a knack for intense stories. In addition to delving into the world of BDSM, she takes the story along a dark path laced with sex and submission. Kelly discovers her true strength while learning that complete control is a frightening thing. Terry, while handsome and independent, discovers that giving up that elusive thing called control can be not just scary but utterly freeing. Combined, they are a powerful couple, encouraging and supportive of the other’s fears and insecurities. A great story to continue the series and keep you engaged and involved.

Wrapping up this steamy collection is Welcome to the Fetish Club. Desperate to let his feminine side out, Richard Marsden allows himself to be sold as a ‘gurl’ in a charity auction… little does he realize he’ll be going home with his receptionist and her Mistress. Easily one of the most erotic and involved bondage stories I’ve ever read, Welcome to the Fetish Club delves deeply into the world of BDSM and the life of a submissive. While also being the most explicit of the three stories, it also contains probably the most profound character changes as well. Richard does a complete 360 in both attitude and thought by the end of his story. While I hated him during his brief appearances in the first two stories, I really did begin to like him during this last one. That is just a hint at how much he evolves.

Loaded with some of the hottest sex around, the C. H. A. S. E. Collection by Shelby Morgen is an exhilarating and erotic series of stories centering on abused and helpless people, stuck in situations far beyond their control. Well-written, with a nice balance between the intimate, the serious, and the silly, this collection begins mild and works its way up from there. For me, the best feature is that each story interlinks with characters from the stories before, giving the series more continuity and the feel of a cohesive novel. While I don’t require that in an anthology, it sure does raise the appeal for me. If you’re a fan of the dangerous and the very, very sexy, then Plain Brown Wrapper (C.H.A.S.E Collection) is the perfect collection of stories to warm your winter nights.

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