"Agony/Ecstasy" is an anthology edited by Jane Litte that has the subtitles of "11 stories of agonizing pleasure" and "10 stories of exquisite pain". The reverse positioning of the stories in the book reflects the mirror nature of the two emotions and the short stories therein run the gamut from a couple taking their relationship to the next level to an established relationship undergoing a one-eighty shift of role reversal with the punisher becoming the punished, all linked with their descriptions of the ecstasy conferred with a thorough spanking or other infliction of pain as an arousal aid. An erotic twist on the tale of the Nutcracker, a bachelorette party that explores boundaries that the bride-to-be hesitated to approach with her fiance, a darkly erotic version of the Little Mermaid story, a woman determined to convert the pain she has experienced into a reaffirmation of her life, a tattoo's endorphins changing emotional pain into a freeing experience, an executive who fails to relieve his stress in the boxing ring and more. The stories include both straight and gay relationships and are written by such talented authors as Meljean Brooks, Christine D'Abo, Jessica Clare (aka Jill Myles) and HelenKay Dimon with their usual style and flair and includes the talents of widely published erotica authors as well as those who are relatively new to the scene.
A darkly sensual collection of tales that explore the erotic spice conferred by pain. The fine line between punishment and reward is blurred as participants test their boundaries and the freeing nature of allowing someone else to dictate their pleasure. The editor has done a masterful job of choosing 21 spicy tales sure to torture the senses and arouse a delightful frisson of imagination for both those who are curious and those who are well-experienced at the juxtaposition of desire and pain.
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