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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157344927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573449274
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in exploring new levels of dominance and submission. Whether it be only a fantasy, something that you’re ready to step into or if you’re already a skilled mistress; Under Her Thumb is sure to make you hot, wet, and ready to play.
Kink Etc.

"Under Her Thumb surprised me. It helped me explore fantasies that I didn’t know I even had."
—Bex Talks Sex

"While I found this erotic anthology to be informative and thoughtful, I also found it incredibly sexy and inspirational. The authors’ tales provided me with new scenarios that I wouldn’t typically experience and showed me how erotic they can be."
Geeky Nymph

This arousing anthology is provocative and great inspiration for kinky sex. This book is highly recommended to femdom lovers who want to be seduced with great writing and racy relations.
BDSM Book Reviews

"Each and every story was delightfully imaginative and held my interest throughout."
—Word Wooze

"The book is a feast to be savored, whether your desires lean toward the bottom, the top, or you are simply curious."
Erotica Readers and Writers Association

"Each of the stories is short enough to be devoured just before bed which would, in someone susceptible to suggestion, lead to some raunchy dreams. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to put the darn book down once I started reading and it got read so fast the pages were scorched."
Airen Wolf Reviews

"A welcome take on the other side of female sexual power. And dammit, it’s good."
Sexlife Canada

"Under Her Thumb will give fans of femdom a delightful treat, and for me it was a refreshing twist of kink."
—Kissin Blue Karen

"The most amazing thing about this collection is the variety and diversity of stories. Too often in erotic anthologies we get the same old stories again and again so I must commend King on her selections."
—Amos Lassen

From the Back Cover

Anything She Wants

Under Her Thumb will whet your appetite for all things femdom. These fierce tops know how to dominate their men—and the occasional woman. "Quiet," by Andrea Zanin, prepares readers for all the lively pleasures to come. From the loving submission of Lawrence Westerman's "Her Majesty's Plaything," to boys wrestling for the opportunity to please their mistress in Laura Antoniou's "Blame Spartacus," and the secrets of a bitch goddess in Valerie Alexander's "La Sexorcista," this strong and sexy collection has everything you want and more.

Award-winning editor D.L. King serves up a feast to be savored by tops, bottoms and the wonderfully curious.

Customer Reviews

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I am extremely proud to have my work included in this collection alongside these spectacular authors!
Lawrence Westerman
These stories are smoking hot and as I read them I imagined myself as the bottom, enjoying all the things the Tops wanted to do to me.
Beth Wylde
She comments, "There is nothing humiliating about being beautiful or about being feminine...[or about] submission".

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dave94015 on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Under Her Thumb is an eclectic mix of short stories where women dominate in relationships. The publisher, Cleis Press, labels the collection as "fiction/erotica". Some of the stories are arousing but others are less about the action in the bedroom or the whipping rack and more about the subtleties of the relationships. The characters like what they do and even profess their love for each other. Although some of the stories follow the classic femdom tropes (such as the stern mistress) the characters maintain a personal relationship too. In Jacqueline Brocker's "Bottled and Bound" Regina gives James a thorough cropping because of a spill, bringing him to tears. But in the end they speak their love for each other. Lawrence Westerman's Her Majesty's Plaything is a loving tribute to his wife as he renews his wedding vows of obedience and loyalty to her in a collaring ceremony. In the end she asks him: "what makes you the happiest man in the world?" to which he replies "Belonging to you and serving you". In DL King's "Hound and Hare" the woman makes a suggestion to a guy she has just met that she'd "be happy to lock [his cock] up". He blushes in embarrassment but doesn't object. She introduces him to sexual submission. But unlike the usual cold, indifferent mistress of standard femdom, she tells him after an intimate session, "Call me tomorrow night...Get home safe".
Some of the stories reveal how the combination of pain and sex expose an inner depth of the characters. In Eva Mora's "Uncharted Territory", the woman says after whipping her man, "I love how pain softens you, how it opens you up...". In Teresa Noel Roberts "Business Managing", Ms. Bridges is riding Dan and telling him to hold his ejaculation: "she wanted him to hold on...so he would let go and follow her will.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Westerman on May 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination" edited by D.L. King is a red hot sizzling read! I would expect nothing less from D.L. King who has authored and edited some wonderful works of erotic fiction including "The Melinoe Project" and "Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica" to name a couple of personal favorites. Ms. King has selected some excellent stories to include in this collection devoted entirely to female domination. If you are a fan of femdom erotica you will probably find "Under Her Thumb" extremely difficult to put down!

In "Business Managing" by Teresa Noelle Roberts an entrepreneur hires a business manager to keep him in line. She does so with the help of a fiber glass baton tucked discreetly away in her desk drawer. Ms. Robert's description of a blistering corporal punishment is exquisite! "A Little Ticklish" by Colin features a wife tickling her husband within an inch of his life while teasing him with her pretty painted toes. In D.L. King's "Hound and Hare" a dominant woman seduces a naive vanilla man into submission. Dripping with sensuality and punctuated with tart dashes of humor Ms. King's tale of D/s seduction is guaranteed to enthrall you as the newbie is plied with clothespins, nipple biting, a leather paddle and finally a chastity device. In "The Dinner Party" Anne Grip tells the story of an adoring slave who finds herself on the menu when Mistress invites some unexpected guests over for dinner. Kept blindfolded and helpless through most of the story she is never sure what is coming next and neither are we. In "Blame Spartacus" by Laura Antoniou a young girl discovers she has a fetish for gorgeous gladiators who obey her every whim. Ms. Antoniou is perhaps best known as the author of the influential "Marketplace" series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MaleReader on May 16, 2014
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Like every other collections of short stories that are written by different authors, there are a mix of good and not-so-good stories. I'd guess it's because they're trying to reach the widest possible range of readers. I thought that most of the stories were tame, depicting safe and consensual acts of bdsm. Not that it's wrong by itself, but I like my erotica to be wilder, even shocking at times with dubious consent. They've been mostly written, with a few exceptions, by women authors for women readers. If you are starting off with kink and want introductory stories then this could be just perfect for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James on September 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
In her collection `Under Her Thumb' D L King has brought together a wonderful, eclectic array of short stories wherein she ventures to explore and disseminate the true nature of a Domme; females whose innate power emanate from within. As Midori informs us in her forward, these are not the cartoon caricatures as depicted by whip wielding, partially leather clad Dominatrices; usually very tightly corseted and wearing unfeasibly high, stiletto heeled boots; the cruel manifestation of many submissive male fantasies. For these women, it is not about the outward displays of dominion but much more about the loving and intimate transference of power; less about demanding devotion from grovelling underlings than the gracious acceptance of their volunteered worship, as a superior being. The care and consideration that they must unfailingly provide in order to earn the complete, unwavering trust of their selected submissive will usually involve intense levels of self-mastery and willpower that lesser beings, mere mortals or males, are simply unable to replicate.
In most of the stories the Domme has actually to exert herself, so that her sub can embrace the level of domination needed for them to experience the gratification for which they strive. Although, she knows that she has the option to simply sit back demanding to be given pleasure, she also understands that pleasure earned and anticipated, as well as when gratefully returned, is pleasure considerably increased.
Some of the stories like `Quiet', `Her Majesty's Plaything' and to an extent `Business Managing' show the tenderness of the Domme to her sub, displaying the depth of the love and affection that exists between them.
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