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The Delicious Torment: A Story of Submission Paperback – January 7, 2014
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"Finally we have an erotic novel that steers clear of the ingenue-to-goddess trope in a delightful return to old-school erotica."―Romantic Times
"An excellent read for anyone looking to discover the intensity of a full-time kinky relationship that goes beyond the bedroom beyond the body even into the heart and soul of submission."―Heroes and Heartbreakers Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor of The Big Book of Orgasms)
"In a novel that blurs the line of memoir and meta fiction The Delicious Torment explores the darker emotions that are often so transfixing in Tyler’s work: shame jealousy self-discovery even finding empowerment as a sub explores the role of the dom revealing ever more tantalizing glimpses into the BDSM relationship dynamic. Fiction semi-biography or meta it doesn’t matter. Alison Tyler shines as a literary voice in erotic fiction."―City Book Review
"This coming-of-age story sees lead character Samantha entwined with an older man a bondage connoisseur and her equal in every way as she explores her master's desires and her heart."―Adult Video News
"Fast paced and intriguing this story does not let readers go."―Fresh Fiction
"[Alison Tyler] breaks rules in all the right ways and her voice is so strong you can almost picture her winking at you as she wraps you up in all her pretty words and makes you really truly feel them.―Jade A. Waters
"If you enjoyed Dark Secret Love then I wholeheartedly recommend The Delicious Torment to you. If you wanted more of Sam and Jack if you needed to see where things go from there if Alison Tyler blows you away then you must get a copy. It’s that simple."―Thoughts of a Growing Sub
"The Delicious Torment is aptly named a terrific and tasty mix of female-submissive BDSM served with literary panache."―Sommer Marsden
"The intense sensuality of Sam's experiences is only heightened by her raw and honest emotion and it's this marriage of heat and heart that makes Delicious Torment such a compelling read."―Sophia Valenti
"As a reader I had access to Sam’s inner dialogue a dialogue which I’ve had before and will again. Questions left unanswered. Desires that needed to be voiced or shared somehow."―Geeky Nymph
"A superbly written highly erotic story I couldn’t put down."―Dilo Keith
"There are plenty of S/M books out there now but nobody does it with as much style and skill as Alison Tyler."―Sacchi Green editor of Wild Girls Wild Nights
"If you love Dom/Sub fiction this is the series for you. If you are a newbie to the genre and want somewhere to start this is the series for you."―Ella Dawson
"Between this character-who-is-somewhat-real and Alison’s fluent prose this book is imbued with a feeling of reality that is lacking in many erotic stories [...] The Delicious Torment is a fine novel first and erotica second."―Cheyenne Blue author of False Creek Ferry
"Sam is flawed believable passionate and sexy enough to sizzle and this book is perfect for anyone who likes their kink real hardcore and in your face."―Kathleen Tudor
writes in a way that makes me want the kind of sex that her heroine is having."―Sex Blog (of Sorts)
"Ultimately that's what this series is about in my view: Samantha is on a journey to find the most honest way to live out her sexual desires."―Annabeth Leong
"Highly entertaining plot lines characters to fall in love with and an insatiable appetite for the next one. As always when it comes to Alison's books I am on the edge of my seat eagerly anticipating the rest of the journey."―The Mizadventurez of Miz Angell
"Hot sex writing with meaning and feeling are what make this book a true erotic classic."―Clitical
"A brilliantly crafted and well-written story. I love the honesty in this series the lack of frills to dress it up in order to make it more accessible―it is what it is and I love it!"―Laila Blake
"Alison’s characters are fully fleshed out real people with desires ranging all over the place―top bottom dom sub rough tender heavy light. Doesn’t matter. It’s all super hot!―Jade A Waters
"Welcome to the second book of Alison's adventures in kinkland. This one is a treat for me because I just adored loved delighted at the love triangle as it were this book hinges on."―Suffused with Heat
"The doms are human the scenes are realistic and instead of acting like a brainless twit who lives to please her master Samantha negotiate her submission from a position of inner strength. Best of all the scenes are hot literate and aesthetically appealing―there are no clinical descriptions or purple paragraphs here."―Valerie Alexander
"Ms. Tyler lays her BDSM lifestyle wide open for anyone sneak a peek."―Spanking Romance Reviews
"This book truly lives up to its name ― it is a delicious torment reading once more about Alison’s alter ego Sam and her developing relationship with Jack a dom who truly gives Christian Grey a run for his money."―Tamsin's Superotica
"Alison Tyler's writing is raw: full of emotions sensory descriptions and sexy scenarios. When reading her work it is like you are there with her sharing her experiences alongside her. Her words resonate in my memories and to a deep part of myself few have ever known. It often feels like she is writing her stories from within my head and every new element she adds becomes something I crave.―Rei Pardieu Thoughts of a Growing Sub
“Alison Tyler’s name will be known to anyone who has read more than one piece of erotic fiction. An accomplished editor authoress and now publisher with Pretty Things Press she writes with a fun-loving style that is instantly recognizable and easy to enjoy. And although she’s been writing prolifically for more than a decade there is no trace of any weariness in her work. Each line reflects the cheerful anticipation of a yearned for promise.” –Ashley Lister ERWA
“If the mercury hasn’t already popped out the top of your thermometer veteran erotica novelist short story writer and editor Alison Tyler (Bad Girl Bondage on a Budget and many more) has rounded up a cadre of talented authors to pet your sweaty things until you’ve melted into a small but highly satisfied puddle. Their nineteen brief get-right-down-to-business tales are just the ticket for brain-fried beach reading when trying to digest anything heavy is out of the question.” –Gary Meyer On the Bookshelf Reviews
“Heat Wave is another collection of sexy shorts penned mainly by American writers only this time the stories are all inspired by the summer. The warm weather may be fading fast but this book might just inspire you to jump on the first plane out of here for a bit of sex sun sea and more sex.” –Desire issue 53
“What could be sexier or more seductive than tanning oil on bare sun-warmed skin? Tyler gathers explicit stories of summer sex bursting with the sweet raunchiness of swimsuits sprinklers and ripe strawberries. … The very definition of hot erotica Heat Wave calls for a long icy drink fresh towels a salty sea breeze and a wide open window.”―Erotic Review
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A Story of O meets 9 1/2 Weeks, The Delicious Torment is fueled by lust, longing and need.
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This was a very interesting book. I still have trouble with the whole Dom/sub thing personally. I can understand to an extent why people are attracted to one or the other and I would never criticize them for making that choice, but there seems to be a recurring theme in all of the BDSM books that I have read that really bothers me. I don't understand the need to publicly humiliate the sub and/or sharing them with other people as if they were an object. I also have trouble with the inflicting pain out of anger. To me that is abuse plain and simple. In my opinion there is a huge difference between inflicting pain for the mutual pleasure of both parties involved and severely/savagely beating someone in anger, even if they are willingly taking the beating. That being said, I found this book to be well written and a very interesting story to read. Knowing that it was written by someone with actual experience made it so much more interesting. I had trouble putting it down. As much as this subject bothers me, I must admit that it also intrigues me and I do believe there are many healthy Dom/sub relationships out there. I also believe there are many Dom/sub relationships that are just calling it that to justify a truly abusive relationship and from an outsiders view it would be very difficult to tell the difference between a loving Dom/sub relationship and a hateful abusive relationship.
Sam knows what she wants, and needs, by this second book in the trilogy, with an assurance that I don't see in most people, of any age. She's a lucky girl in that way, and more confident in her submission than most people are who maintain much more authority in their relationships. The books has a few scenes that describe why this works for Sam, how Jack knows her, and these are fun. There's a lot of sex and bondage and beatings and the kink factor gets up there. Not for the squeamish, as they say.
But I just loved the psychological play back and forth between the two of them (well, the three of them since Jack has a highly involved assistant, Alex) being described without any attribution--whatsoever--to what the other characters were thinking or feeling. This is a first person POV in the purest sense of the word. Sam's low-key and low-maintenance in her voice, not asking me to adore her (but I do) and not presuming to know what's going on for other people around her. I really liked this. It's the essence of what Tyler means when she says in the forward that "this is me, this is my story of submission" and it kind of honors those around her who may tell their story to her so she understands and can report it, or (mostly) keep it to themselves.
Scenes go on for chapters, and there are probably only a dozen days or so of their lives detailed in this book. It reminded me a bit of a wartime romance, where all the mini-dramas of life abate and there's just two people focused on one thing--survival. Here, Sam and Jack (and Alex) are focused on one thing--what Jack wants. And since Sam's an open book, literally, the focus shifts to "who and what is Jack" and it's great suspense, and so genuine. I can't wait for book three.
This one is a foray into the dynamics of a relationship between the creative and submissive Samantha, enigmatic Dominant Jack, and his assistant Alex, and the mind games they play.
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Wow. Unlike book one of this trilogy (which don't get me wrong, I definitely enjoyed), The Delicious Torment has left me with far more feelings.Read more