Review: Best Bondage Erotica 2014 anthology

Best Bondage Erotica 2014 anthology
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 475
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Rachel Kramer Bussel ties her readers up in knots each year as they anticipate the very best BDSM stories of the year. And, she does not disappoint, defying the odds and occasionally gravity with tales of bondage at its best. These whip-smart tales of domination, submission, spanking, and other highly imaginative acts keep readers in a frenzy. Best Bondage Erotica 2014 features 21 hot bondage tales that titillate from the bedroom to the dungeon and beyond. Handpicked by best-selling erotica editor Bussel, these kinky stories show and tell exactly what it means to wield the special power of being in charge of someone else. These characters manipulate rope, handcuffs, leather straps, a St. Andrew’s cross, a chair, and, in Raziel Moore’s “My Own Device,” a special contraption crafted just for bondage, with the ultimate aim of pleasing each partner. Here, bondage takes place behind secret doors, at sex parties, at the office, on a mountain hike, and, of course, at home.

 

Review: I’m always a little hesitant to read BDSM stories of any ilk because so many I’ve read just have a false ring to them. These, however, are some of the best bondage stories I’ve gotten my hands on in a long time.

No, not every story appealed to me. Belted In by Roxanna Cross, while the writing is excellent, just wasn’t my cup of tea. The story is full of hot sex but the binding doesn’t come until the end of the story, which perhaps put the damper on this one for me.

On the other end of the spectrum I thoroughly enjoyed Anyway by Sommer Marsden. When a woman knowingly tries on a jacket too small for her and gets her arms stuck, her husband takes advantage of the situation. I found the idea of using everyday objects and in-the-moment opportunity to be realistic and intriguing.

There are so many disparate ideas of bondage here. Lucy Felthouse contributes the great idea of using paperclip chains for bondage, while Kissa Starling uses mind control in Mind F*ck. There’s a purple pashmina scarf, a St. Andrew’s cross and, of course, rope. They are all woven into stories well worth the few minutes it takes to read each one.