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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Train With Tess Week Day 6

I’ve been thrilled to host each day this week Tessa Wanton, author of The Training of Tess and Tickled Pink by Naughty Nights Press. Stop back each day of the week: we have character interviews, a guest post, reviews and giveaways planned for you ;)

Today we have my two reviews of Tessa’s stories….

The Training of Tess


    Tess had always been fascinated with the Dominant submissive lifestyle, and she was – she felt, a very submissive person. In her real life people knew her as a feisty, headstrong and passionate woman; no one would ever have described her as submissive. But then she had learned over time that being submissive didn’t mean she had to be a doormat, it meant to her that she wanted to hand over her control, her welfare, her safety, to someone else. Throughout her life she had maintained an iron grip on her personal control, organized to the extreme in her work and home life, highly respected in her profession as a Personal Assistant, so used to controlling others to ensure success. But what she truly wanted deep down inside, was a man who could take her to that special place of freedom she had heard and read so much about, to experience true freedom within her mind.
She had signed up to a lifestyle website to learn more about what it was to attain this ‘sub-space’ she had heard about. Peppering her profile with photographs she felt were ‘artistic’, and writing a personal passage about who she was had attracted plenty of admirers, but no one she had particularly connected with. She wasn’t looking to find a soul mate, or even a playmate, just someone to discuss her thoughts and passions and desires with. It was out of the blue that a message had dropped into her inbox. 
This intriguingly daring and fiery novella describes three encounters experienced by a young woman, who, whilst fascinated by BDSM throughout her life, had not had the courage or opportunity to experiment in the scene, until now...
Available Now at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and Smashwords

My Review of The Training of Tess:

This was such an emotional story with detailed and complex characters for its length –a  feat in story writing that the author, Tessa Wanton, should be commended for. It was intense from the very beginning, the situations, the dialogue, the actions… all had this reader all anxious and excited right along with Tess.  The BDSM scenes had a brilliant suspense element to them, for Tess and the reader. I was turning the pages to find out not only what her Master would come up with next, but hoe exactly Tess would respond to it – no it was not a given like in a lot of BDSM stories I’ve read in the past.

Underneath the action was complexities, the seemingly sometimes contradictory emotions of fear and pleasure, being tied and free, that gave the story a very realistic feel for me. I felt very involved, pulled into all that was going on. Personally, I think this story would be great for a newcomer to the genre as well as delight a seasoned reader.

Tickled Pink

Ellie Cassidy is a super confident and efficient Executive PA with an extremely demanding boss, Mark. Always ever capable, she knows that he would be lost without her, but what Ellie doesn’t realise, is quite how much he does need her. One day when she is locking up the office for the evening, she is abducted and subjected to an experience which changes her life forever. Mysteriously tortured in a most unexpected way, terrified beyond anything she had ever felt before, she discovers that some agony is sweet enough to stir her, even against her will.
Shocked by the turn of events, Ellie grows closer to her boss and a torrid love affair sizzles between them, showing just how deep Mark’s passion for her runs. Experimenting with new and exciting erotic situations, she is shown a world of delight filled with laughter and tickling, and other kinky pleasures. Wrapped up completely in Mark, she falls deeply in love with him, until one fateful weekend he reveals a deep, dark secret which threatens to destroy everything between them - and everything she had ever known about him.
Laughter, terror and high heel shoes abound in this tale of discovery and love, never before has tickling been so appealing! But one final question stands in the way of their everlasting happiness. Will Ellie ever be able to overcome the shattering revelation that Mark has to declare?
Available Now at Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and Smashwords

My Review of Tickled Pink:

With the first story I read by Ms. Wanton, The Training of Tess, I thought she had hit a homerun, but with Tickled Pink, for me, she hit it out of the park!!! This story mixed so many fantasies together - with touches of kidnapping, forced seduction, hunk of a boss, etc - that I think it deserves it’s own name to a new kink. Let’s just say that this would be a position any woman would be happy to find herself in – and that’s all I can say without giving too much away, but trust me here.  *winks*

With surprises right away, hmm what can I say… Well, the story unraveled in a very stimulating way, again easily attaching the reader to the characters in the ease of the author’s craftsmanship. Again, Ms. Wanton is such an emotional writer, and I really like being able to get into the minds of the characters, especially when things get really intense. And, plotline, well, 5 stars for sure :) Can I just say that I love it when “first times” come with histories? And the spin the author gave to that scenario was HOT!

Author Bio

Throughout her life Tessa Wanton has always had her head buried in a book, spending much of her time in a fantasyland. She constantly looks to immerse herself in new experiences, meet new people and explore new lands, fictional or otherwise.

Having had an extensive musical background from early childhood, both performing and composition, she has always enjoyed creating art that stirs the emotions. Her debut Novella, “The Training Of Tess”, led to an expansion of her creativity from her music into literature and she has many more incredibly passionate and titillating stories for Tess in progress, to be revealed shortly.

Tessa has been fascinated with the BDSM scene for many years, researching the content for her stories with close friends, who have been kind enough to be open and share their intimate experiences. The information that inspired her most were the recollections her friends revealed.  She realized that what we all hear and see in the media about BDSM is always violent and often times sadistic.  However, in reality, there is so much more of an emotional and intellectual connection, a willing and completely consensual trust and communication between partners, and this was the basis for the creation of her protagonists.

Is her namesake her? Perhaps she is. She certainly has the depth of emotions that Tessa feels and she hopes that Tessa’s experiences may perhaps change the reader’s views about the world of BDSM. Along with her other characters, Tessa hopes to allow readers to realize that there is so much more to explore within our sexualities than the mass media would have us believe.

Fans can keep up with Tessa Wanton on her blog page:  http://tessawanton.blogspot.com/ or onTwitter: http://www.twitter.com/DesireDarkly

Giveaway Reminder
There were three giveaways this week. Go back to each post and comment to enter. You have until Sun May 20th :)


  1. Kiki thank you so much for such amazing reviews! I'm completely floored that you enjoyed my tales, and thank you again for having me on your blog this week!

  2. Truly great reviews to two great pieces. Thank you.

  3. Thanks Peter, and thank you for your support through the week, it's very much appreciated!

  4. Congrats on the great reviews. Both stories do sound great, I am especially eager to read Tess's story.
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  5. Hi June thank you for coming back and commenting on my last day! And huge thanks for commenting through the week too! Good luck with the competitions, and I hope you enjoy Tessa's story!

  6. It's been a great week. I have enjoyed every post immensely.



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