Review: The Delicious Torment by Alison Tyler

The Delicious Torment by Alison Tyler
Series: A Story of Submission (# 2)
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Cleis Press
Pages: 239
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



The second in a series of novels by bondage connoisseur Alison Tyler features heroine Samantha progressing with her predilections and exploring the deepest recesses of her master’s dungeon and her heart.

The Delicious Torment is a Story of O meets 9 1/2 Weeks coming-of-age tale fueled by lust, longing, and based on the author’s personal diaries. The Delicious Torment takes readers to Sunset Strip, way up in the sky in a penthouse apartment overlooking Los Angeles with a love affair ensconced in an S&M relationship filled with corsets, crops, and plenty of kink.

In the introduction Tyler notes, “This is a novel with me at the center. That is, my heroine is based on me. I’ve sketched her with broad strokes, but at our core we are the same. She’s gotten herself entwined with an older man — nothing new there. But now she has to learn how to maneuver a 24/7 relationship.”


Review:  Within the opening pages of The Delicious Torment, author Alison Tyler issues an invitation for readers to join her on a seductive, erotic journey.

The first step in embarking on this whirlwind deep into the land of dominance and submission is to read Tyler’s first book titled Dark Secret Love. It’s an adventure quite unlike any I’ve read depicting the BDSM lifestyle. Told from the perspective of the submissive, the story explores Samantha’s love affair with Jack.

It’s a story that goes well beyond the boundaries of what would be considered basic BDSM — the spankings, fetish wear and handcuffs. Instead, the author has jumped in with both feet, showing readers what it is really like to be a submissive. Samantha’s relationship with Jack continues to grow, but there are some added kinks (no pun intended) thrown into the mix.

Whether it’s the conversational writing style that is both raw and gripping at the same time, there is something very compelling about the way the author puts the story together. The series has been described as a blur between memoir and meta, which certainly is an apt description.

As a piece of erotica, I found this to be a true exploration of the BDSM lifestyle in its purest form. It’s rare in today’s world for a reader to find one of these jewels without the sensationalistic coating. With this story, even readers new to the lifestyle can appreciate the emotional bonds that form between lovers.