- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Cleis Press (February 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627780890
- ISBN-13: 978-1627780896
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Best Bondage Erotica 2015 Paperback – February 17, 2015
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"Rachel Kramer Bussel can take a fantasy and make the world seem real or take a real event and paint the scene softly, to appear more like a fantasy. I am in awe of her tremendous output, in the positive way she includes all genres in her collections, and in her constant desire to bring erotica and sex in general to the mainstream." ― Alison Tyler, erotic author and editor
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Introduction: Bondage at Home and Away
Every year, different themes emerge from the submissions I receive for the Best Bondage Erotica series. This year bondage writers stuck close to home--literally. This year, I received stories like "Housewarming the Craftsman," by Daddy X, and "Stuck on You," by Jenne Davis, focused on housing, real estate and home improvement, that are both humorous and offer some creative forms of containment that prove you don't need a Red Room of Pain to make someone writhe. While in "Tying the Knot," by Rob Rosen, bondage gets mobile, there's a sweetness to this engagement story that tethers the protagonists to each other, and their marital home.In "Bound to Lie" by Nichelle Gregory, two business adversaries battle it out in the boardroom for the ultimate form of control.
In these kinky tales, bondage happens as part of yoga, knitting, a birthday present, with a collar, a cage, duct tape, a webcam, and a very sexy pair of thighs. Bondage, in some cases, is in the eye and mind of the one being bound. It's what happens after these eager, curious, brave characters are trussed up, immobile, secure in their trappings, that makes for the most powerful sexual encounters of all.
Whatever form the bondage takes, each of the characters you'll read about in Best Bondage Erotica 2015 struggles and delights in the power and intimacy invoked in the name of knowing one's place, literally and figuratively.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Red Bank, New Jersey
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Readers will all have their preference particular pairings in a bondage story; I would’ve loved more M/M pairings, but the variety here is exciting in itself. It opened my eyes to a new range of scenarios that could titillate the reader, to say nothing of the variation of tone between one story and the next.
What this compilation completely lacks is stock characters or tropes. Some of the stories feature more easily anticipated BDSM scenarios, but the narrative voice in each makes every story unique and compelling. What his compilation does have—in abundance—is clean, refreshing writing which has me scouring amazon for other shorts by the same authors, and compilations by Rachel Kramer Bussel.
I loved how the stories seemed to flow from one to the next without feeling jumpy or that they didn't fit together.
Best Bondage Erotica 2015 is one of the best erotica books that I've read from Cleis Press. The stories are steamy and well varied, and there were only a few stories in this anthology that I didn't enjoy.
The great thing about this collection of short stories is the differences that are included. There are so many different fetishes, pairings of people, and dynamics being represented. Naturally, as with all anthologies, there's a connecting theme, and for this collection it's simply "bondage", which leaves the door wide open for lots of stories.
Honestly, I don't even remember why I didn't like a few of the stories looking back as I write this review, but it's a safe guess that something just wasn't up my alley, so to speak.
There were, however, a ton of stories that I really, really enjoyed. I've decided to highlight the top three, which was a really tough decision for me to narrow it down! These top picks are in no particular order. The first story that I'd most recommend is called "The Thug" by Sommer Marsden, which involves a gangster, sticky tape, and a kidnapping. I really liked the dialogue in this one, which is rare for me. But it was just as sexy as the scene itself, and they complimented each other nicely. The next story that I most enjoyed is "Auction, in Quotation Marks" by LN Bey. This story includes a slave, an auction, and a surprising bidder. I enjoyed this story because I wasn't quite sure how it all was going to pan out, and the good writing had me eager to find out. The final selection of my top three is "In Suspense" by Shenoa Carroll-Bradd. Because of the pain, suspension, and trust evident in this story, it's one that I'll definitely be rereading in the future.
All in all, this is a well done anthology that any fan of erotica and BDSM would be sure to enjoy. There's something for every reader, and it is very effective in its job of getting bits aroused. Thank you so much to Cleis Press for my copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.
The stories in this book have that authentic voice. They are believable, creative, filled with life. And very *hot*. And told from both male and female points of view. Depending on your tastes, you might cringe, or you might get some new ideas. But having an emotional reaction is how you know you've found good writing. And deep down, you also wonder sometimes: are these stories based on actual events? Did the author experience this? I want to live in a world where these kinds of scenarios are possible, where people really do get to enjoy themselves like this.
I would definitely read any future compilations put out by Ms. Bussel.