- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Black Lace (13 Feb. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0352347546
- ISBN-13: 978-0352347541
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 680,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over the past 20 years, Ms. Tyler has written more than 25 explicit novels, including Learning to Love It, Strictly Confidential, Sweet Thing, Sticky Fingers, and Something About Workmen (all published by Black Lace), as well as Rumors, Tiffany Twisted, and Melt With You (Cheek). Her novels and short stories have been translated into Japanese, Dutch, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish. Her stories have appeared in more than 100 anthologies.
When not writing saucy short stories, Ms. Tyler edits erotic anthologies. She's edited more than 50 collections, including Alison's Wonderland (Harlequin, 2010) and With This Ring, I Thee Bed (Harlequin, 2011). Her best-selling titles include Naughty Fairy Tales from A to Z (Plume), Naked Erotica (Pretty Things Press), and Best Bondage Erotica (Cleis Press).
Ms. Tyler is loyal to coffee (black), lipstick (red), and tequila (straight). She has tattoos, but no piercings; a wicked tongue, but a quick smile; and bittersweet memories, but no regrets. She believes it won't rain if she doesn't bring an umbrella, prefers hot and dry to cold and wet, and loves to spout her favorite motto: You can sleep when you're dead. She chooses Led Zeppelin over the Beatles, the Cure over NIN, and the Stones over everyone. Yet although she appreciates good rock, she has a pitiful weakness for 80s hair bands.
In all things important, she remains faithful to her partner of 15+ years, but she still can't choose just one perfume.
"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 "Alison 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I’m sitting here, trying yet again to write a review for Alison Tyler’s “The Delicious Torment”. Previous attempts left me staring into space with my fingers immobile on the keyboard, or I experienced a sudden pressing urge to unload the dishwasher.
That’s not because “The Delicious Torment” is a bad book. On the contrary, it’s left me speechless in a very, very good way. What’s stalling this review is that “The Delicious Torment” delves so deep, into such raw emotion, that it feels like an intrusion onto someone’s private space to write about it. I feel like a voyeur into someone’s most intimate thoughts. In reading the book, I’m picking through their head, turning over thoughts as if they are seashells, discovering what’s underneath, revealing secrets that are normally guarded and hidden.
Samantha, the narrator, is falling further into the BDSM lifestyle with her partner, Jack, and Jack’s assistant, Alex. And the reader—you, me—is falling deeper with her. Samantha doesn’t censor her words; she tells it how it is, how she’s feeling, the good, the bad, the shame, the pain, the exhilaration, the pleasure. Lots of pleasure. This closeness, this lack of self-consciousness, this unexpurgated retelling, is what makes this book such an unsettling and compelling read. We all self-censor to some degree, presenting ourselves in the light we want others to see us. Sam doesn’t do that. She puts it all out there in her narration.
Sam is a character. Yes, a character based on the writer’s own memoirs, which makes her closer to reality than many erotic protagonists. And Alison Tyler is one hell of a writer. So 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. It describes a lifestyle that is utterly foreign to me (and I imagine to many readers), and sets it apart from the fantasy-escapist category of erotica. Reading this is an immersive experience. “The Delicious Torment” is a fine novel first, and erotica second.
I didn’t read this in one enormous gulp as I often do with books I’m in love with. I had to keep setting it aside to process what was happening, to fully appreciate the exquisite mindgames, the subtleties, the darkness, the light. And sometimes (for this relative newbie BDSM reader) it all became too much, and I had to set it aside to read something sparkly and made of fairy-floss. But I always came back, and toward the end, I never went away.
I’ve just read what I’ve written here, and I realize I’ve barely mentioned what the book is about. I haven’t described the plot, talked about the characters, how it hangs together or what it’s like as a cohesive story. I haven’t talked about the excellent writing. I don’t think it matters. There are plenty of other excellent reviews that will give you that. For me, the ultimate test of a good book is how it makes me feel, does it stir emotion, does it make me react? Will I remember it when I’ve finished it?
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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.
The every day of Sam's writing life, coupled with the steamy kink of her love life with Jack is rendered perfectly, including the knife-edge she walks as she waits to hear Jack say those three little words. And the lessons she's forced to learn about herself, her feelings for Jack and how their future might play out.
When his assistant Alex's emotion are exposed, Sam has to face Jack's past - a past she knows nothing about - as well as the possibility that the relationship she hoped for might not work as she'd planned.
Straightforward, with an immediacy perhaps due to Ms. Tyler's intimacy with the subject (!) and the subject matter, The Delicious Torment is a wonderfully textured glimpse into the mind, and heart - and body - of a young woman looking for the perfect man to make it all hurt so good. Emotional with no holes barred sexual heat, Torment is blended beautifully with humor and insight into the human heart.
Grab a fan. You'll need it when Jack starts unloading his special closet and Sam faces his kinky Torment.
Before I tell you how much I enjoyed reading The Delicious Torment I need to insist that you must first read Dark Secret Love, the previous book in this series. You could try to read The Delicious Torment as a stand-alone, but your experience would not be half as rewarding.
In Dark Secret Love, Alison Tyler introduced us to Samantha, a fictional character who is more like her than not. We saw Sam grow from a teenager exploring her power over men (and vice versa) to an adult woman discovering her sexual persona through a series of increasingly meaningful relationships. But after the man she nearly married had all but broken her with his withholding behavior and emotional abuse, Samantha was able to begin healing through her submission to Jack, a man more dominant and dangerous than she’d ever known before.
When we return to Sam’s world at the start of The Delicious Torment, she’s moved into Jack’s penthouse apartment and committed herself to him in a 24/7 power exchange. Jack continues to push her limits further out, and she responds to his demands with her complete and unwavering submission. Well, mostly. When it’s Jack who commands her, Sam can’t help but comply. But it’s another matter when Jack uses his assistant Alex as his “designated Dom” during the times when he can’t be there himself. Her brain knows that Alex is only doing what Jack has directed, yet she senses that the two men have a connection far more complicated than what they’ve presented to to the world. As Jack leads her deeper into submission, Samantha wonders if what they have can transcend Master and slave as long as Alex remains in the picture.
As much as I adored Dark Secret Love, The Delicious Torment was an even better read for me. I was so pleased to be back in the thick of Sam’s life as she continued her path of self-discovery as the slave of the first man strong enough to earn her complete submission. Jack is easily one of the most terrifying and desirable Dominants I’ve ever read, and The Delicious Torment ultimately becomes his story as much as it is Samantha’s. If it seems like he’s continuing to test her capacity for submission, it’s because his need for her exceeds hers for him, even if that’s not always what he wants to reveal. And now with his long-time assistant Alex in the mix, Jack is forced to face his deepest secret, leaving us to wonder how it will all work out in the end.
What makes both of these books so compelling is how authentic they feel as the events in Samantha’s life play out. The characters and their actions may be fabricated, but there is a thread of realism that makes me feel like I’m reading Alison Tyler’s secret diary instead of a work of fiction. There’s no fairytale romance here – just fascinating portrayals of people who could be anyone you might meet in real life, if only you could ever be that fortunate.
The Delicious Torment provides the essential next step in Samantha’s journey and is just as riveting as the book which preceded it. I can’t wait to read the next book.
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. The problem is, these feelings are more complex and plentiful than I'm used to, and are harder to process. I was expecting to like this book, but I wasn't expecting to like it better. Please excuse me in advance if this review isn't the most cohesive thing that I've ever written.
This book is a stunning example of Tyler's writing. I think it's absolutely incredible the way that woman can weave a story. She is so detailed that I would swear I was right there in the story. Logically, I know that this is (at least somewhat) a work of fiction and that's not possible. But the emotions are so intense that it's scary, and the visuals are so clear that it's almost filmic. This is especially skillful, because she uses something almost like subliminal detail: there's no long winded paragraphs that talk about the colors of the sunset for three pages, or wordy sentences about the way an autumn road looks. Her words are compacted, to the point, and precise. Each word feels hand-plucked for the page, like an elaborate puzzle.
Honestly, if you had ever asked me if I'd ever describe a BDSM romance that way prior to reading Tyler's work, I would have probably laughed and told you no way. But here we are. It's fantastic.
I think part of why I enjoyed this work more than the first book is the menage turn that the story takes. Jack and Samantha are the main stars of this book, but it isn't too long before Jack's assistant, Alex, gets involved. This makes everything more challenging, more intense, and just more. I'm a sucker for a good menage story, and this book definitely scratches that itch.
Samantha continues her self-exploration and honestly, I kind of love her. She's so strong and dedicated and my inner submissive longs to be a bit more like her. She puts herself through so much pain and struggle and so many obstacles/challenges that it's rather impressive. I felt the same attraction and relation to her that I felt in book one, possibly even more so.
A note on the cover of this book: I absolutely love the way it matches the first (and third) books in the trilogy. I also think it's a great reflection of the book, because her hands are open and up in a more submissive pose than the first one and the shading and colors of the books are darker. Just like Samantha.
This is a sequel, but in my opinion it can be read by itself. Though, I would recommend reading book one and really as much of Alison Tyler's work as possible. This is a dark but beautifully written BDSM novel that I'd recommend to any erotica or BDSM fan who wants more from their book than just sex. (Though don't worry- there's plenty of that too!)
Thanks to Cleis Press for my copy in exchange for my honest review.