‘Bound For Trouble’ is a beautiful compilation of erotic stories focussing around the theme of bondage edited by ‘queen of flogging fiction’, Alison Tyler. Having popped my erotica cherry with another anthology edited by Alison, I came expecting a range of well written and intelligent but above all, hot and kinky fiction. She most certainly did not disappoint me.
The thing I like the most about this book is how diverse it is considering all the stories have the same central theme of BDSM. There is something to suit most tastes here. Not only are the scenarios and kinks depicted varied, so are the genders, sexualities and relationship dynamics of the characters involved. There are straight and queer couples, couples that are in long term relationships, couples that have only just met and couples that are just together for the night.
Most of the stories give some insight into the background of the (usually female) protagonist which helps communicate what it is about the act/scene that is being played out that they find so hot. As part of the sex blogging community, I love to read about what makes other people really tick. I found that while reading this book, even if I wasn’t really into the particular fetish being explored, I could still appreciate it which was kind of arousing in itself.
As with all anthologies, I couldn’t expect to love every single story but there were definitely a few that really stood out to me on a personal level.
‘The Kissing Party’ by Rachel Kramer Bussel was certainly my kind of party! Blindfolds, handcuffs and nipple clamps in public? Yes, please. It really appealed to my submissive and exhibitionistic tendencies. I thought Laila Blake’s quirky tale ‘Valles Marineris’ was adorable. It is written from the dominant male perspective and depicts a sort of ‘lazy Sunday afternoon’ kinky sexual encounter. The whole tone is very loving and I dig that. However, my favourite story in the book turned out one of the more ‘hardcore’ scenes. ‘Deeper’ by Beatrix Ellroy tells the story of a chance encounter in a coffee shop which leads to some red hot pegging. The idea of picking up a guy and taking him home to fuck him in the ass… Yup. I gotta do that someday.
Overall I really enjoyed ‘Bound For Trouble’. The book markets itself as erotica ‘for women’, just be aware that the majority of stories involve MF pairings with only a couple of FF and one MM so if you’re after something a little more queer centric then I’d give this a miss. If however you’re into or curious about the whole ‘Fifty Shades’ thing, skip that rubbish and check this out for something a little more educated.
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I was sent ‘Bound For Trouble’ by the lovely folks at Cleis Press free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
When she's not writing she can be found frequenting cocktail bars with her wonderful other half, cuddling with her pet parrots or on stage performing burlesque.