Prolific erotica author and editor Tyler (the Alphabet Erotica series) offers a hot and honest quasi-autobiographical exploration of the journey of a young submissive woman seeking the perfect dominant male partner. Tyler fulfills her goal of penning meta-fiction, beta-fiction, masturbatory fiction, never skimping on the details of Samantha&'s encounters with her mostly male partners. Episodes marking Sam&'s career path and development as an erotica writer are interspersed among her kinky, sexual, and emotional adventures. Readers seeking romance as well as erotic interludes will enjoy Samantha&'s journey from hesitant awareness of her preferences through a truly psychologically abusive relationship to a more complete understanding of both her own needs and her partner&'s. Readers tired of sensationalistic portrayals of BDSM will appreciate Tyler&'s nuanced and realistic approach, which draws a clear line between kink and abuse. (Nov.)
"There is a strength in her submission, not a desperation."
"If you're tired of the dozens of stories that whitewash BDSMtales where the sub has more orgasms than stripes, where the first Master who recognizes her as a natural submissive” turns out be her soul mate, where her fear disappears with the first mild slap on her bare asscheck out this book. Ms. Tyler makes it clear that being a submissive isn't necessarily easy. It's a process of growth."
"A partly autobiographical novel by Alison Tyler which follows a sub's quest to find the perfect dom."
Erotic Trade Only
"True fans will enjoy the glimpse into Tyler's kinky background."
Romantic Times Book Reviews
"One of the leading contemporary authors of erotica long before the E. L. James tsunami, American writer Tyler also explored when younger many of the dangerous detours of the BDSM world in her real life and, until now, had only documented this in her blog. This is the initial volume, based on her writings there, of her discovery of kink and more, a sentimental and sexual education which will take your breath away and help understand the motivations and yearnings alternative ways of living can inevitably provoke. Written as thinly fictionalised biography, this is both fascinating, scary and heartfelt but also profoundly humane, and shows that the unsettling quirks of the human mind and body can come in much more than fifty shades."
"Unpredictable, honest and raw."
"Giving the traditional fairytale a lascivious twist, Alison bares all in her quest to find her kinky prince and live naughtily ever after."
"Growing up as women, we can often fall into a facade of being sweet and delicate kitties, but some of us have secret compulsions to be dark and deviant. It kills me sometimes that I come across to others as a flower when actually I feel grimy and tangled and ripe for the belt. Anyone with a story or a fantasy of wanting to blossom into something other than what was expected of them will relate to Dark Secret Love."
"Dark Secret Love is like getting a dark chocolate candy bar that melts like sweet love on your tongue but leaves you satisfied and in that place emotionally that let’s you know you have just had an experience that will not be repeated soon."
Airen Wolf Reviews
"Dark Secret Love was definitely a kinky story, complete with hot sex, but it also managed to make me think about why I’m submissive and what exactly I’m looking for when I seek out a dominant partner. Not bad for 218 pages."
Naked All the Time
"[Dark Secret Love] may be categorized as fiction but it’s bursting at the seams with truth."
"The only thing I didn’t like about this novel is that it had to end."
Thoughts of a Growing Sub
"You'll have to attach yourself to something steady, because it's easy to fall into her world."
The Mizadventurez of Miz Angell
"I found myself turning page after page, losing time as I progressed, never wanting to the pause the story."
"Dark Secret Love is literary erotica of the absolute highest order."
"This tightly written piece of erotica is absolutely fabulous, from its content to its prose. The sex is scorching, the characterization divine, this is what erotica is supposed to be: sometimes lyrical, sometimes brutal, a cathartic rise and fall of emotion that changes you, reader and heroine, for having encountered it. Even if BDSM isn’t your kink, it’s easy to get off on the emotion and the tightly constructed prose. Tyler is a master wordsmith and in Dark Secret Love her craft shines."
City Book Review
"This is the sort of fiction that can save a personwise about the world, unashamed, unafraid of truth, full of voice and strength."
"Dark Secret Love captures the essence of submissionthe lust and longing, fear and doubts, and most of all, the need."
"There was a beautiful authenticity to her voice, that made reading almost an act of voyeurism rather than the idea of taking the place of the heroine, like it is so often the case in erotica. This is not a shell of a character I could project myself on, it’s a very much alive and loud person of her own who tells me her story. And I loved every minute of it."
"Dark Secret Love follows Sam through her journey of self discovery and acceptance in an SM setting. From meeting an older man in high school to meeting Jack. The sex scenes are steamy and the kink is on par with real life."
The Rose Garden
"What all of us had hoped Fifty Shades would actually be."
"Readers tired of sensationalistic portrayals of BDSM will appreciate Tyler’s nuanced and realistic approach."
"When I was finished, I wanted to start reading all over again, because closing the book left me longing for the conversation I was just having with a kindred spirit about BDSM."
"A very REAL feel that you don't have with the majority of books, erotica or otherwise."
Reading is a Way of Life
"The prose is pristine and beautiful."
Reviews by Amos Lassen
"Dark Secret Love could be a roadmap for other uninhibited young women, a trip down memory lane for older submissives, and escapist fantasy for the curious among us; any way you read it, this book is a lot of fun."
"The people are real in this book. The characters are alive, with desires, wants, kinks, quirks."
"Dark, Secret Love is derived from the personal longings and desires from the author’s colorful palette of sexual experiences."
New York Journal of Books
"From the first sentence to the last I was entranced by the world I found myself in, one that was in places, as dark as the author prefers her coffee. This is a beautifully written book and the pace is perfect, pulling me along as the reader, allowing me to glimpse into the world of kink, but strangely never allowing me to be fully immersed."
"Simply erotica at its finest."
Tracy Riva, Monica Cullip
"Providing candid revelations of her BDSM lifestyle (and based on her personal journal recordings), Alison Tyler draws upon some twenty-five years' experience as a gifted author of erotic literature to create what must be described as a kind of docudrama that commingles personal experiences with a novelist's vivid imagination. The result is a compelling read from first page to last!"
Midwest Book Review
"The kinky, red hot sex practically drips off the page in Dark Secret Love. Alison Tyler has created an erotic masterpiece! Be warnedonce you start reading it’ll be hard to stop until you reach the book’s climax."
Rachel Kramer Bussel, Editor, The Big Book of Orgasms and Cheeky Spanking Stories