My rating: 5 of 5 stars
BDSM is not always my thing. But good writing is, and this book is chock full of it.
You might be wondering why I read it, if I’m not generally turned on by leather, or pain, or the wide-variety of things that BDSM is.
To be honest, the first reason is that it was edited by Mr. Sinclair Sexsmith. They are like King Midas: everything they touch turns to gold.
The second reason. When I went to the reading, Sinclair said they did this anthology because they still think that there isn’t enough representation of what “we” do in bed. And I entirely agree. There’s a dearth of information about what two queer people do in bed together, especially two kinky queers. Or more than two kinky queers. ;0) In reading this anthology, my eyes were opened up to some of the things we do in bed, some of the things I don’t think about as “BDSM.” When I jumped into this, I expected “BDSM” to mean mostly leather floggers, piercings, and pain. I expected to love the writing, but not really be that “into” it, if you know what I mean. What I got was play with power, gender, play between characters that genuinely trust each other. Some characters, like Sinclair and Kristin, that genuinely love each other. And I did wind up turned on by some of the stories. There is nothing sexier than consent, than characters who are turned on by the people they are playing with. And I know enough to know I don’t know enough–there is always going to be an unexpected moment, something that sends a shiver up my spine, something that makes me wish I weren’t reading in public so I could–well, you get the picture. Some of my favorite moments:
-”I imagine this woman, this young wife. I’ve been thinking about her all day. When my mind turns to consent, misogyny, how fucked up this fantasy is, I push those thoughts aside and remember how hot this makes me. We live in this society every day, breathing in misogyny and homophobia and gender policing with the very air. The least we can do is get off on it.” –Housewife, by Gigi Frost
-”Her body pulses with mine. We fuck like a combustion engine, compressed intake stroke cranking her shaft up and down my connecting rod.” –Call Me Sir, by BB Rydell
-Too much of “Spanking Booth” by Dusty Horn to actually pull a quote from. That narrator just has such humor and wit, she slays me.
So the moral of the story. Even if you’re “not into that,” you should still pick up a copy of this book and read it. It fucks with gender. It turns pain into play, trust into the most important thing in the world. It is both sexy and representative of what we do in bed, just as Sinclair Sexsmith wanted it, I’m sure. So wake up your inner voyeur and take a peek into these character’s bed rooms. No matter what you’re into, you won’t regret it.
Take a moment to review this book on Good Reads, or buy it on Amazon. And check out the rest of the Virtual Blog Tour. Do take note that not all of it is virtual–there’s still two more release party dates–one in Boston and one in Seattle!
April 1 Viviane http://www.thesexcarnival.com
April 3 Rachel Kramer Bussel http://lustylady.blogspot.com
April 4 Giselle Renard http://donutsdesires.blogspot.com
April 5 Evoe Throw http://www.wholesexlife.com
April 6 Liz http://AlphaHarlot.com
April 9 Roma Mafia http://www.romamafia.com
April 9 Daniela http://www.thecsph.org
April 10 Official release date! Sinclair http://www.sugarbutch.net
April 11 Dede / deviantdyke http://deviantdyke.blogspot.com/
April 12 Helena Swann http://www.cuntext.com
April 13 Kim Herbel http://www.butchlesque.com
April 13 Say Please release party in NYC
April 14 Lily Lloyd http://theblackleatherbelt.com
April 15 Kelli Dunham http://www.kellidunham.com
April 16 Lyzanne http://sexpositive.tumblr.com/
April 17 Lula Lisbon http://www.lulalisbon.com
April 18 Ali Oh http://www.madeofwords.com
April 19 Jameson http://www.ftmbutchdude.com
April 20 Rhys http://girlfriendjunction.org
April 21 Charlie Ninja http://charlieninja.tumblr.com/
April 22 Say Please release party in Boston
April 22 Meredith Guy http://meridithguy.tumblr.com
April 23 Wendi Kali http://astrangerinthisplace.blogspot.com
April 24 Lolita Wolf http://leatheryenta.com
April 25 Audrey at Babeland http://babeland.com/blog
April 26 Seth B http://smokebellyscorner.wordpress.com
April 27 Danika http://www.lesbrary.com
April 28 DL King http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com
April 29 Kiki http://kikidelovely.wordpress.com
April 29 Kyle http://www.butchtastic.com
April 30 Dilo Keith http://dilokeith.wordpress.com/blog-2/
April 30 Xan West http://tgstonebutch.livejournal.com/
May 2 Say Please release party in Seattle