Review: Best Bondage Erotica 2013 anthology

Best Bondage Erotica 2013 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Release Date: November 19, 2012
Publisher:  Cleis Press
Pages: 232
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

Some say bondage is the ultimate intimacy. Once you have allowed yourself to fully explore your fantasies of giving in and surrendering to pleasure, you may find you need a firm but gentle hand to guide you. Let Best Bondage Erotica 2013 be your guidebook of everything BDSM. Editrix Rachel Kramer Bussel and her writers put it all out on the page in stories using everything from silk ties rope to shiny cuffs, blindfolds, wires and everything you can imagine and MORE. Best Bondage Erotica 2013 offers erotic insight for newbies and experienced players alike. These stories of forbidden desires and sexual fantasies, penned by the “masters and mistresses” of the genre, will shock, scintillate, and mesmerize.

 

Review: I’m never quite sure what to expect when I pick up a BDSM romance book. Some are so sappy with the romance part of the story that the BDSM never seems to hold up as true. It comes off as contrived and shallow, as if the author had never actually tried it but is just imagining what it might be like. Thankfully, these stories have a more “real” feel to them.

In An Introduction to Shibari, the traditional Japanese knots are formed somewhat clumsily by a first-time knot-tier. The Great Outdoors gives a wonderful picture of what sex on a popular biking trail could be like, tied to a fence, heart pounding at the idea of being discovered by approaching cyclists. Plastic Wrap offers up a little kinkier bondage with cling film wrapped around the woman, where she is then spanked while unable to move. Passion Party Purgatory is just plain fun, and probably (unfortunately) fantasy, when a husband “entertains” the men brought to his wife’s passion party.

What I love is that each story is only a few pages, I think the longest is still less than ten. I was able to read during commercial breaks, while my food nuked in the microwave, and a few stories at bedtime. I even put a cover on the book so I could take it to work without questions arising and read during my breaks. These are great little stories by well-known authors and each one is worth picking up the book.