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Erotic Surrender: The Sensual Joys of Female Submission Paperback – February 1, 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Citadel (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806524006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806524009
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By T. A. O'Neill on August 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Keep in mind, Claudia Varrin is a switch, however shares many of her experiences as a submissive throughout this book. I thought it was a good read into the realm of D/s. This is not an extraodinaire "how-to" manual, but provides a good foundation and simple ideas in pleasing your Dom/me. As you read Ms. Varrin's experiences, you will find much of her service to be impractical for today's hectic society unless you are able to devote yourself as a full-time, in-home submissive (without children, without pets, without other responsibilities) which many of us are unable to do. Submission is a lifestyle AND a mindset and it is up to you to decide where you and your Dom/me want to take it, then discover ways to integrate into your everyday lives. Considering there is limited literature available for female submissives, all in all, this is a good introduction and recommended for those looking to explore the lifestyle.
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After having read, and loved, Claudia's first book, "The Art of Sensual Female Dominance," I couldn't wait to read "Erotic Surrender." And it was well worth the wait. Claudia is a woman who writes specifically for women and she speaks to them from the depths of her s/m heart. This wonderful book is not for men, or for those who are already at ease with their submissive sides; rather it is clearly written for the vanilla woman who is seeking a better understanding her submissive desires.
"Erotic Surrender" fully succeeds in that goal. Claudia's writings left no doubt in my mind that she lived these experiences and loved them. I found her willingness to share the most intimate details of her submissive relationship with her British master to be truly remarkable; she exposed her soul to us in a way many others would not have the courage or insight to do. I especially loved the story entitled "Bride of the God", in "Masochism," chapter nine.
This book receives my highest recommendation.
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While this may be the only book out there for submissive women by a submissive woman, it isn't the best book for submissives. There are two books here really. The first looks at SM as a romantic experience where the focus is on the sexuality, especially of the woman. There is a lot of advice on what a woman can do to get herself into the mood and determine what works for her; not much advice on actually serving another person. The other book is scattered about and looks at SM as a means for heightened states of consciousness but without a lot of practical advice. Overall for men and women who see submission as an sexual exploration, it is a pretty good book. For anyone looking for advice on how to be submissive however, this book does not really address issues of service you may be looking for. The book is fairly different from her guide for dominant women but both books really focus on the needs and desires of the bottom partner and not on service.
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If you want a peek into a woman's mind who enjoys flights of submissive fantasy, you might like this book. Perhaps the author should consider writing romance novels featuring D/s themes.

As I read I began to believe that the author is not particularly sexually sophisticated. Her distaste for and confused descriptions of oral and anal sex were odd notes for someone purporting to be well-versed in erotic submission.

There were some jarring notes which set off alarm bells in my mind when dealing with her relationship with her Lord as well. I understand there is a sad lack of material written by submissive women for submissive women, but I do not think this book is a good introduction to the topic though it has provided fodder for discussion between my partner and myself. On that level it's a success, but that really isn't why I bought this book. Disappointing.
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By A Customer on October 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
From the reviews available i was expecting something more than i got from this author. It was one of the few books available that was written by a submissive woman. While the book may be great for people just discovering they are submissive, there isn't much there for someone who is already actively exploring the lifestyle. One thing that was confusing for me, is that almost throughout the book, she gives advice that i intrepret as topping from the bottom. This is something my Master doesn't allow, as it undermines the entire basis of the relationship. There is virtually no information in it about service or what to do with the struggles that inevitably occur when the submissive must chose between embracing her submission or her vanilla thinking .
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I've been privileged to have met some wonderful broken people this last decade. A few came up gasping for air near my life. (I think one of them was me, actually.) I'd have to say that some of them seemed somewhat better for the wear having taken a dive into the dark waters.

Varrin's book on surrender wasn't just sexy for me, it had a spiritual side, helped me understand better what I'd read among theologians like Thomas Moore and his Dark Eros, for example; not to mention some of my friends who found healing exploring the somewhat safe edges of the dominance-submission world.

I read last week where sex survey numbers are up the last 25 years in the how many of us are talking dirty in the bedroom department, which Varrin calls mild BDSM. For instance, where 40% of men were talking dirty back when, it's now 79%; back in the day 47% of women were naughty talkers, up to to 85% today. These are 2010 numbers set against 1,074 interviewed in 1883, says Playboy editors. Something nasty is going on here and a lot of it is good, says Varrin.

Indeed I've asked myself for years: what of all the souls who arrive at the spiritual hospital wounded and seeking healing? When it's been a sexual healing portal where one has found real breakthroughs I've ask if the how or where really matters. The point is you find the wellness portal as soon as you can. Some answers here are explored in Erotic Surrender.

Even if you are a Baptist Republican and can't see yourself picking up a whip or a paddle for the wife on the way home next Valentine's Day? You might benefit the most from reading Varrin.
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