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Bound by Lust Paperback – 12 Jun 2012
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"Bound by Lust: Romantic Stories of Submission and Sensuality is an anthology of nineteen erotica short stories celebrating bondage edited by Shanna Germain. The stories range from a master having his pet 'serviced' by someone else's, an erotic training regimen, wax play, rope games with caning, crossdressing, a trip to a sex toy shop, a pain slut's solution to his guilt and other tales." --Night Owl Reviews
"If you like to see the water's tested in a variety of BDSM ways this is a perfect place to start. In a read like BOUND BY LUST you get a real feel for how everyone's different kinks and quirks can make life so much more interesting. There is such a broad spectrum throughout these stories it is hard to put down once you get it started. I could not wait to see what the next one held." --Coffee Time Romance & More
"A collection of short stories about couples--or new lovers--who have found the ideal sexual mate, the yin to their yang. There are lovers who are kinky and dark, searching for new "toys" in the hardware store; the woman who accompanies her lover to office parties and play parties; the man who can wrangle both his woman and the dishes into submission. The tales are sweet and sexy, dirty and romantic and more." --AVA
"I actually found myself really enjoying this collection, but I will say that most of the stories are not quite as "hardcore" BDSM as you can usually find in most non-romance BDSM erotica anthologies. This didn't really bother me, though. The stories were all well-constructed, and I found myself getting an attachment or going "aww" at the same time as reading the stories. They were very well written, and while definitely hot, the book also has a touch of romance to it which will appeal to any couple who is looking to experiment with kinky things but may not be all that interested in kink without romance.In particular, I think it is similar to 50 Shades of Grey-type of kink. The kink is there, and you can definitely read about it, but at the same time, it's something the characters are doing to try something new, feel pleasure from it, or just enjoy each other's preferences. If you do like some romance in your erotica, though, this book will definitely appeal to hardcore kinksters as well." --Pop My Cherry Reviews
"This book wasn't just well written smut, it was a collection of finger-licking fabulous fables of lust bound up and presented to the reader." --Kissin Blue Karen
"Overall, Bound by Lust is a stellar anthology, well-written and provocative, offering the reader an expansive collection of stories that explore many facets of our sexuality and our sexual relationships, as related to bondage, kink, dominance, submission, love, and desire. These stories are smart and sexy, and the collection as a whole will find you stimulated and spell-bound, body and mind, bound by lust." --Oysters and Chocolate--Reviews
From the Back Cover
Captured by Your Own Desire
Only the truest romantics are willing to explore their deepest desires. Imagine finding a partner who is just as ravenous and uninhibited as you are. "Bound by Lust," curated by libidinous leximaven Shanna Germain, is a heady combination of sweet and sexy, dirty and romantic. In Alana Noel Voth's "Marcelle," a man finds more than his heart's desire in the acceptance of the woman he loves, while the characters in Sommer Marsden's "Reclaiming Spring" discover that dominance and submission help them reclaim their marriage. For the artist in Kristina Wright's "Brushstrokes," the safety of love gives voice to her deepest desires. The BDSM bound within these pages is naughty and nice--bondage, spanking, domination, pain and pleasure. Bring on the love and leather, along with the dungeons and dens.
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My absolute favorite story- Spring Training by Donna George Storey
To give you a little taste about this story, this is how it should be, in my opinion. The first paragraph from Spring Training:
I wish I'd never been with any other man but you."
"No, you don't."
Josh had a provocative habit of telling me what to think.
I rolled onto my stomach to look at him straight on. His eyes
were a bewitching velvety brown, the lashes as thick as the ones
you can buy at the drugstore.
"I do," I insisted.
"You don't," he repeated.
"I do. It's so damned hot with you. The others were just a
waste of time. Pathetic, really, what I thought sex was."
He smiled. "See, you have a point of comparison. Otherwise,
no matter how hot it was with me, you'd always wonder."
I love the idea of her man laying claim to every part of her body, to wipe out any memory of everyone else that she had ever been with. Makes my heart beat fast just to think about reading this story.
These stories struck a chord with me for some reason. I am not "into" the bondage scene but these were very intriguing stories. While I am not going to run out to the store and buy bondage equipment, I might run to the bookstore to find more books like this. Sexy stories with a hint of the unknown, because you don't know exactly how you will be affected by what you're reading. This is definitely a book that you need to read in the privacy of your own home, at least the first time you read it. And you will read it again....
Bound By Lust is a laudable, theme- and tone-varied anthology. Germain has brought together interesting, solid, and, in some cases, wonderful works.
A few stories didn't grab me, but that's because I generally dislike works written in the present tense - my preference for third-person omniscient POVs*, however, didn't prevent me from appreciating the craft of the authors who penned those present tense stories.
Worth owning, this.
[*points of view]
1.) "Reclaiming Spring" - Sommer Marsden: A couple work through painful memories by having sex. Strong emotional content to this one.
2.) "Being His B---h" - Janine Ashbless: A role play/"Pet Show" get a woman and her steampunk-loving companion all het up. Fun, lots-of-pizzaz work.
3.) "The Heart of Chaos" - Rachel Kramer Bussel: A couple's BDSM and performance art = emotional/personal boundaries breached. Interesting, different.
4.) "Brushstrokes" - Kristina Wright: Well-written piece about a couple with communication issues who confuse sex with love.
5.) "No Sleep" - Kristina Lloyd: Sex/BDSM buddies take their first steps towards limited coupledom. Solid work.
6.) "Crossing the Line" - Dominic Santi: A cross-dresser marries his dream girl. Solid work.
7.) "A Few Things to Pick Up on Your Way Home" - Andrea Dale: Fun, chatty tale about a couple's sex toy shopping.
8.) "Marcelle" - Alana Noël Voth: This is one of the best erotica stories I've ever read (and I've read - written - a lot).
"Marcelle" pushes boundaries, and may very well squick some generic sex-loving readers out, but its blend of emotion, personal darkness and light, punk/edgeplay sensibilities and John Water-esque sense of humor takes this work to a level rarely seen in this genre.
Fearless, gripping and inventive story.
9.) "Whippoorwill" - Teresa Noelle Roberts: Fun nature/spank work.
10.) "Eine Klein Spanking" - Clarice Clique: A promiscuous woman adjusts to her relationship with an inexperienced lover. Excellent, complex, raw (in a non-sexual way).