Thursday, May 01, 2014

Annabel Joseph ~ Being Okay With The Bad Boys ~ BDSM Week at Sinfully Sexy

Welcome to Sinfully Sexy’s BDSM Week where we celebrate those kinky books that we know you all love.  We’ve asked our favourite kinky authors to come along and talk to us about writing in this genre and, today, it’s our very great pleasure to welcome Annabel Joseph to Sinfully Sexy to start the week off.  She’s the author of Comfort Object, Club Mephisto and the upcoming Master’s Flame

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As Annabel was an established BDSM Romance author long before the publication of the Fifty Shades Trilogy, we asked her to talk about writing BDSM in the pre and post Fifty Shades era. 

We’ve also got a feature of her upcoming novel, Master’s Flame and a T-Shirt giveaway to share with you.


Being Okay With The Bad Boys


Annabel Joseph here. Pervert. Submissive. Emotionally edgy BDSM romance author, who, for the record, was writing damaged, tortured rich dom types long before it became a thing.

Years before Mr. Grey of Fifty Shades fame appeared on the scene, I wrote Matthew Norris, the emotionally shuttered real estate tycoon in Mercy, and Jeremy Gray, the conflicted movie star and dominant-from-hell in Comfort Object, among other messed-up specimens of alpha manliness. What is it that makes these damaged heroes so enticing, especially in the world of BDSM, where the stakes are so high?

I think they’re enticing because the stakes are so high.

To be perfectly honest, I got into writing BDSM because I felt like all the dominants out there were too soft and caring. Too solicitous. Too safe. In real life, when it’s your own ass kneeling in the dungeon, of course you want a safe, stable dominant, but in a book, when someone else is doing the submitting, a little drama is more fun.

Full disclosure: not all my D-types are messed up. I write a spectrum, from sweet to nightmarish, because not every story calls for the same type of top. But I have one rule for writing a master, dominant, or any type of hero…the more of an asshole they are, the harder they fall. And of course, the harder they fall, the more satisfying their redemption, that moment when they realize they can be hardass and sadistic and dominant and still be a loving, emotionally available partner. In a BDSM romance, that’s the happily ever after—a dynamic that fulfills each partner in their respective roles.

My latest group of novels, the Cirque Master series, is set in a kinky circus world and has three very different D-types. The first book, Cirque de Minuit, stars an extremely bad boy who’s a dream in the bedroom. The second, Bound in Blue, stars an extremely good boy who’s a nightmare in the bedroom (you may have guessed by now that I enjoy fucking with reader’s heads). Then there’s the third book, out May 15—Master’s Flame.

With Master’s Flame, I’ve returned to the territory of the Matthews, Jeremys, and Christian Greys of the kink universe, who are as powerful and sexy as they are damaged and scared. Michel Lemaitre is the feared and revered uber-master of the Cirque du Monde world. No one dares challenge his authority. That is, until a very undisciplined—and very fiery—submissive enters his life. I don’t have enough room here to detail the obstacles they face on their way to happily ever after, but some messed up scenes definitely happen. (Don’t worry, they’re the kind of messed up scenes that turn you on.)

I’m the first to admit that perfect guys are appealing, but to me, they don’t feel real enough. I like the angst. I like the struggle and soul-searching, for both the sub and the dom. If you like D-types who aren’t always perfect…hell, who are sometimes so awful you want to drop kick them off a mountain…I hope you’ll pick up one of my books and give it a try. I promise, no matter how messed up they are, all my heroes and heroines navigate their way to redemption, love, and being okay with themselves.

Because in the end, isn’t that what kink is all about?

If you’d like to learn more about Master’s Flame and add it to your Goodreads TBR list, you can do that here:

Thanks for reading my post today, and please leave a comment if you’d be interested in winning an Annabel Joseph “I Like Naughty Books” tee shirt! I’ll send one to a lucky winner, anywhere in the world. Just enter the Rafflecopter at  the end of the post!


Coming Soon……..

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Title: Master’s Flame (Cirque Masters #3)

Author: Annabel Joseph

Genre: BDSM Romance

Release Date: May 15 2014

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In the sexually charged world of Cirque du Monde, CEO Michel Lemaitre reigns as king of depravity. He’s a stringent, brutal Master who selects his slaves based on their ability to cope with strict handling and pain. He exerts rigid control over his chosen partners and they submit to him in all things—that is, until fiery Italian acrobat Valentina Sancia enters his life.

Valentina’s known as la Vampa, the flame of Napoli, and her tempestuous personality and wild libido soar as high as her circus tricks. To his chagrin, she wants nothing more than to be his slave. Michel finds himself drawn to the red-headed firebrand even as he tries his hardest to resist her. It doesn’t help that the sensual beauty idolizes him and tempts him at every turn. He finally engages her in a one-month, no-holds-barred Master-slave relationship to prove their incompatibility.

And that’s when the circus really begins.

The two become wrapped up in bondage, cages, physical ordeals…and an emotionally fraught battle of wills. He’s never had a slave burn so bright, and Valentina’s heart is set on pleasing her Master, no matter the torment and trials she must endure. Is there such a thing as too much passion? Michel’s convinced there is, and he’s determined to tame a billowing love on the verge of blazing out of control.


Series Reading Order

Cirque De Minuit


cirque de minuitIt’s no easy feat transitioning from the disciplined arena of competitive gymnastics to the artistic whirl of the Cirque du Monde. Kelsey Martin finds secret inspiration in Theo Zamora, a dark, taciturn trapezist–until his partner dies in a tragic accident and he decides to leave the circus for good.
Theo doesn’t understand why Kelsey reaches out to him, only that she compels him with her unique combination of innocence and recklessness. Before long the two are collaborating on an aerial silks act for a new production, the Cirque de Minuit. Theo’s impatience with Kelsey’s naivete is matched only by his passion for her, and the two soon become embroiled in a tempestuous, consuming romance.
But some still blame Theo for his partner’s accident, and danger wraps up the two performers as inevitably as the scarlet silk of their act. Theo and Kelsey must find a way to connect and trust one another as he leads her deeper and deeper into a dangerous world of control and desire.

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Bound In Blue


bound in blueAt a small, struggling circus in Ulaanbaatar, a fearless trapezist fascinates Cirque du Monde talent scout Jason Beck, until he realizes, halfway through the act, that he already knows this exotic, blue-eyed beauty. Intimately. If he’d known she was part of the act he was here to recruit, he never would have done such basely carnal things to her the night before!
Torn by professional and personal desires, Jason invites Sara to Paris. She’s thrilled to join Cirque du Monde, but her trapeze partner, Baat, is less cooperative. When tensions threaten the future of Sara and Baat’s act, she finds solace in a sexy, consuming Master/slave relationship with Jason. Jason’s strict requirements match perfectly with Sara’s desires to submit, to do whatever it takes to please her Master. Soon they’re barreling toward deeper commitments, even love.
But circus life can be chaotic. Perilous. Cirque CEO—and brutal Master—Michel Lemaitre develops an uncomfortable interest in the submissive trapezist, and Baat becomes increasingly difficult to control. Fears and secrets, jealousy and uncertainties threaten to undo everything Sara and Jason have built in their intimate BDSM sessions. Hurt by lies, rocked by shocking revelations, the two must battle to remain bound together in love.

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  1. Naughtiest book I ever read - Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts!

  2. Love all of Annabel's books and Joey W Hill... it's a toss-up!!

  3. Lyon's Crew by Jordan Silver

  4. i love Annabel's books so much!! Cannot wait for Master's Flame!!

  5. My favorite BDSM is Burn for You by Annabel Joseph! It was my first "real" BDSM book and I love it (just read part of it last night in fact). Authors like Kitty Thomas, Kallypso Masters, Cherise Sinclair are my other favorites!

  6. I have a few favorite BDSM books, but a couple stand outs are Burn For You by Annabel Joseph, The Bri series by Red Pheonix , The Art of D/s Trilogy by Ella Dominguez and The Up in The Air Series by RK Lilly.

  7. The more of them you read, the less naughty they seem. The most extreme one I read, don't think I finished it though, was by Laura Birmbach or Claire Thompson. It was a true slave situation where she was completely broken. Too, too much for me. Favorite? Laid Bare by Lauren Dane, but it's so tame I don't really consider it BDSM. I also love Roni Loren's Ranch series.

  8. I have a few favourite BDSM books, Interview with a Master by Jason Luke, Brie series by Red Phoenix and Midnight Caller by NJ Cole

  9. Naughtiest book I've read has to be is Midnight Caller by NJ Cole

  10. Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite is always the one I'm reading at that time.

  11. I read LOTS of naughty books...hmmm..the naughtiest? well, the most recent Bound to be a Groom by Megan's super naughty...especially for it's time period.

  12. Oh man I've read so many naughty books and all of them i've loved

  13. The naughtiest book I have ever read.. There are so many to choose from.. I will go with the book that started me loving these kind of books.. 50 Shades Trilogy

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! I love this site.. it has so much great info about so many books i love and want to read.. and great giveaway.
    My favorite book I will go with is the book(s) that started my love for reading all of these 'naughty' books :) .. 50 Shades Trilogy

  15. The naughtiest book I've ever read would have to be Colters' Woman by Maya Banks!
    The only BDSM book I've read so far would be Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

  16. So many great books! Too many to choose!!!!

  17. Annabel you know I am on pins and needles waiting. Happy early birthday to me. This is going to be a great one.

  18. I loved Annabel's Comfort Object (Comfort, #1) , Club Mephisto (Club Mephisto, #1), Burn for You (Club Mephisto, #2) and Molly's Lips: Club Mephisto Retold (Club Mephisto, #1.5). I look forward to reading more. The Club Mephisto books are probably the naughtiest books I have read

  19. I am drawing a blank the only thing I can think of is 50 Shades of Gray series but I know that is not the naughtiest book I have read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Oh, I love Mephisto but my favorite is Odalisque- such an unusual story- very outside the box! Beth

  21. Naughtiest: The Powertools Series by Jayne Rylon, Colter's Woman by Maya Banks, Favoriet BDSM: Rescue Me series by Kallypso Masters, The Art of D/s Trilogy by Ella Dominguez, Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters

  22. Her Master's Courtesan by Lily White!

  23. pretty much anything by Cherise Sinclair. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! I see so many familiar faces and new ones too! Thanks for stopping by to help Sinfully Sexy Books celebrate BDSM week. :)

  25. Naughtiest book? Probably Comfort Object - but with Annabel Joseph, how can you possibly choose? :-)

  26. Naughtiest book: Club Mephisto series by Annabel Joseph... She doesn't pull her punches in this one.

    My favourite BDSM book: I'll go with authors :D Annabel Joseph, Cherise Sinclair, Lexi Blake

  27. I LOVE Anabel Joseph. Comfort Object is one of my go to books for... Well, you fill in the blank. Let's just say there are several passages in the book that are highlighted and if it were a paper book it would be worn out. :)