Suncoast Society – 12
Cali is just starting her life over when a fire displaces her and her cat. Can Max and Sean win both her trust…and her heart?
(Contemporary romance, BDSM, MMF, an adorable and cantankerous cat, HEA)
Writing As: Tymber Dalton
Release Date: 01/05/2015
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Six months ago, Cali Charleston’s heart got stomped on when her long-term boyfriend left, tossing her out of her home and her job. She’s finally got a new apartment for her and her cat, Baxter. Then a fire displaces them, leaving her homeless once more.
Max Trendle and Sean Dennison were badly burned emotionally by a woman in their past. But Cali’s not that woman. The two BDSM implement makers ask Cali to move in with them and soon have more on their minds than her helping them grow their business. They want Cali.
After losing what she thought was a sure-fire challenge, Cali quickly realizes sharing a bed with the two cuties isn’t a hardship. She wants to help them build their business, even if it means her cat becomes an Internet sensation. When aftershocks from the men’s past rattle her newfound bliss, can Cali figure out the truth, or will the two crafty bastards lose her forever?
Trivia: Baxter is based on Tymber’s cat, Grimmy.
Related Books: Cali, Max, and Sean, who run Two Crafty Bastard Toys and volunteer at Venture, have several feature books and appear as secondary characters in several other books. (There are many more books planned for this triad.)
- Crafty Bastards (first feature book)
- Kinko de Mayo
- Happy Spank Patrick’s Day
- This Moody Bastard
- Happy Spanksgiving
- Friends in Common
- A Spanktacular Fourth
- A Crafty Ever After
- Suit and Tied
- It’ll Be Fun
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"Hooked on a feeling…high on believing…you're in love with me." This is what Ms. Dalton should sing about me. I am a devoted fan and her Suncoast Society Series works for me. I love them and I can't get enough of it.
In CRAFTY BASTARDS, I'm over the moon as Ms. Dalton features two kinky men who make BDSM furniture. The fact that these two men are also bisexual looking for a third in their triad only makes this story better. Max and Sean are first roommates and then lovers with a past. They went through hellfire together and survived an abusive dominant. Shy to add in another female to their partnership, they have been cruising along and just enjoying life without drama.
Why do I enjoy these BDSM stories so much? It's because of the humour, kink and characters. This series is as close as I can see to real life contemporary BDSM living. Sure, Ms. Dalton smooths out the rougher edges of kink, but she leaves in the real life messiness. In this story, it is about Cali Charleston's ex-lover who takes advantage of her skills and then leaves her destitute and homeless. I feel outrage at the situation because it is all too believable. These are common people with relatable issues.
The BDSM in this story between Max, Sean and Cali is fabulous. It's just right and maybe one step kinkier than a Gateway to BDSM book. Still, the BDSM is light to medium. As expected, these scenes are accurate to real life and whilst I wouldn't use them for BDSM 101 Guide on how to get kinky with my partner, it's still detailed enough to do without getting into too much trouble. The only caveat is when trying out rope bondage. There is a little bit more to rope bondage which lifestylers will know and newbies may end up with problems.
This story focuses on building trust and when trust is broken. For those looking to have a healthy D/s relationship, this is crucial for it to all work. The forward step and then two backwards step in this threesome relationship shows how easily trust can be violated. Yet it's not over. Trust can be earned back and the relationship can become even stronger. The reactions of the characters in here are understandable and at times, moving.
What really gets me in this story is the humour. To be clear, there are no animals abused in this story. There are no animals violated either. This little plot device of Cali's kitty used to sell the BDSM furniture is a stroke of genius. I love it! The scene when Cali's kitty is first discovered as a model made me chuckle out loud.
"This was new last week. Any other time I've bought one of these for him, it lasts six months or longer." [Cali]
The men exchanged a guilty glance. "Not our fault your cat has a nip problem," Max muttered.
"Like they say," Sean added. "Talk to your cat about the nip before some other cat does."
She [Cali] stormed over to them, brandishing the nip container at them. "You got my cat high and tied him up."
"Nooo," Max said, holding a finger up. "Technically we tied him, but we didn't tie him up." (p. 94)
"My cat is not kinky!" [Cali]
"Uh, we have pictures that say otherwise," Max said.
"People think it's hysterical," Sean said. "We could do YouTube videos of it." (pg. 95)
Do it! Where are the YouTube videos? Replace Grumpy Cat with Kinky Kitty!
This BDSM erotic romance is highly recommended to ménage lovers who have a quirky sense of humour.
Crafty Bastards is the twelfth book in the Suncoast Society by Tymber Dalton. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel.
Cali Charleston has had a rough life. She and long term boyfriend broke up when he tossed her out of her home and she lost her job working for him. Then when she finally gets back on her feet, her apartment burns up in a fire. Cali is determined not to depend on anyone and takes great pains to avoid depending on anyone much to her friends displeasure. However, you have to admire Cali and her determination to get back on her feet. It takes a strong person. The biggest problem she has is she does not know when to bend.
Max Trendle and Sean Dennison are a couple who is looking for a third, preferably a woman who will fit into their lifestyle. They have had issues in the past, with a woman who emotionally abused them, but out of that situation they formed a bond that is unbreakable between them. They are attracted to Cali and want her to be part of them. They plan to slowly get her used to them, however somethings don’t always go as planned.
The connection between Max, Sean, and Cali is intense. They fit very well together once they all let their guard down together. I loved the sex scenes because of how inventive and hot they were. Also like that they each respect each other out of the bedroom.
I found this book well written with a unique plot. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating. While the ending was a little predictable, the story is filled with twists and turns that keep the story interesting. What I loved more is that I was kept guessing as to how the book would pan out. I had a hard time putting this book down. Overall, this was a very wonderful book and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.