Archive for December, 2009

Great review for Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories

December 15, 2009

I’m thrilled with this review of Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories from Kaye Cloutman at Sacramento Book Review:

Bottoms Up is undeniably a treat for one who loves to fantasize about the pain and pleasure of spanking. This collection of lustful stories ranges from mild sadomasochistic to the hardcore bondage and discipline tales of these otherwise common-looking people who have a very unconventional desire. Personally, erotic submission has always intrigued me. How much gratification can an act of surrender really give oneself? Why is it that a woman who is on her knees with her hands tied behind her back is actually in control when going down on a man? How can humiliation cause such wild orgasms for the humiliated? In a fast-paced world, one can all too easily be drawn into a routine, mundane life. Break away from that some time and arouse yourself mentally, stimulate your sensuality and spark up those little embers of desire within you once more. Sneak away into a quiet place and indulge yourself with some literary quickies from 20 concupiscent authors and just let go… Great sex, whether in ordinary forms, or replete with all the ingredients for deviation, begins with a clear and submissive mind. Let Bottoms Up provide you with a contemplative foreplay for that.

Great review of Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories at Feminist Review

December 9, 2009

I love this review by Lesley Kartali of Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories at Feminist Review:

There is an even mix of stories representing different perspectives: giving, receiving, fantasizing, and watching spanking. The majority of stories comprise male/female partnerships, though there are a few involving queer characters. Since openly male authors in this genre are apparently uncommon, this particular collection has mostly male authors.

One of the things I liked most is that many of the stories felt real in the sense that the characters were often experiencing the conflicting feelings of arousal, confusion, and guilt that often come with having a fetish. The sensation of pleasure mixed with pain is a major theme and, of course, is pretty much the basic idea of BDSM. The character in “Ass Worship,” for instance, is drawn to experiment with being spanked. He has many questions about it and is extremely nervous at first, unsure if he can actually go through with it.

Many of the stories involve a person’s first time being spanked or spanking someone else. Others involve such exciting and sometimes amusing subjects as swingers, Renaissance Fair fantasies, church frolicking, and (in the editor’s piece) a spanking machine. My very favorite story, “I’m Going to Grab Your Hair,” is written as though the author (and spanker) is “dirty talking” to the reader (and spankee). It is rough and nasty and thrilling. I’d never read an erotica piece in quite that style before.