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Subgenre: erotica, BDSM, short fiction
Format trade paperback
Source: Provided by the editor in exchange for an honest review.
From the book's description:
"What happens when date night involves a blindfold, a corset, handcuffs, or a spanking?"
The book features the introduction by the editor and 21 stories that the editor has chosen playing on the theme of kinky couples. In her introduction, the editor sets up the collection, and she gives us some small teasers about the stories about to follow. The stories are very good in terms of quality and variety. Like many anthologies, you as a reader may like some stories better than others, but overall I would say that the majority of the stories in these volume are very good, and they are likely to inspire an idea or two for some couples. Kink and BDSM have many flavors and varieties. The ones I do not enjoy as much may be the ones that really get you going, and vice-versa. Part of the fun may be reading to find your favorite stories. Odds are good you may end up revisiting the book now and then with your special someone. This is certainly a collection of stories that you can read and share with your special someone. It is a collection for both couples who are already kinky in one way or another as well as for those who are not (but may end up finding out they want to try a thing or two).
In the end, the editor summarizes the feel and goal of her book in this passage from her introduction. It captures what the book is about and the feel that you can get from reading it, so please allow me to share it with you:
"There's a sensual beauty to these stories that I believe will speak to those who practice kink in their lives and those who don't, because in some ways the tenderness, the charge, the power shifting back and forth between partners, transcends kink. It speaks to ideals of worship, wonder, adoration-- from both sides. Even the most sadistic men and women whose worlds you're about to enter clearly value those they are asking to give them their bodies, their minds, their words, their beings. They are living out their most vivid fantasies with the person they most cherish" (viii-ix).
And we get to read their accounts, and maybe even get moved to try something now and then.
Before I conclude, let me make some notes on some of the stories. It was not an easy choice, but I am making some notes on stories that caught my eye to give readers a small taste of what comes ahead:
- The anthology opens with "The Corset" by Dorothy Freed. This story sets the tone for the volume nicely. It's the story of a Dom who gets a special corset for his sub in order to show her off at a kink party. Freed makes great use of detail, and you can visualize the sub in her corset as you read it. She may be able to "hardly describe how hot it was to be put on display in the midst of that party" (7). However Freed captures that hotness with her descriptive detail and the interactions between Dom and sub.
- Valerie Alexander's "The World in my Pants" is the story of Trey, a "conventionally gorgeous" man prized by his mistress. He makes the mistake to annoy his mistress. She does extract her revenge in a bar restroom For me, this is one of those kink stories that I have mixed feelings about since being mean for the sake of being mean is a bit of a turn off for me. On the other hand, Trey is basically the male version of a "dumb blonde" who got what was coming to him. Fans of femdom stories will likely enjoy this story where Trey is taught a lesson and reminded of his place.
- "Lying Down" by Kathleen Delaney-Adams is the story of a married couple who have a steamy, kinky encounter first thing in the morning. I really enjoyed the attention to detail in this story as the tension and arousal rises until the husband takes what is rightfully his. As he says in admiration and love and lust: "She is beautiful, splayed before me, and all mine. I don't need words to remind her of this; my possession of her was understood between us even before she became my wife. Mine." (50).
- "The Rabbit Trap" by Nik Havert. In this tale, it is Easter, and Ian finds that the Easter Bunny (a.k.a. his lover Tina) has left some eggs and treats for them to play and enjoy. This is a short but very hot and steamy story where the bunny gets captured and gets all she deserves. . . and then some. It is a cute and hot selection.
4 out of 5 stars
This book qualifies for the following 2016 Reading Challenges: