Pleasure Bound: True Bondage Stories
Posted by Editor at 8 September, 2009, 11:13 am
Edited by Alison Tyler
Cleis Press, $14.95, 225 pages
Pleasure Bound: True Bondage Stories is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of fact-based stories of sadomasochistic sex. Compiled by erotica author Alison Tyler, this book does not shy away from naughty details or naughty words, and is sure to provide titillation for fans of erotica–especially bondage erotica. With stories ranging from simple dominant/submissive sex games to full-on (almost abusive-seeming) sexual roleplaying, Pleasure Bound may be a bit much for readers who, like me, aren’t used to reading people writing explicitly of their love of being bound, gagged, demeaned, spanked, etc.
Some of the stories are relentlessly unsexy, some are poorly written, some are unnecessarily explicit–and some are well-written enough to be both entertaining and stimulating. Pleasure Bound isn’t a book to take on the bus during your commute or to read in one sitting–and it isn’t intended to be. A story or two a night should be sufficient to provide readers with kinky, sexy dreams aplenty, which, as far as I can figure, is the real purpose of the book.
Reviewed by Ashley McCall
I have to say, reviews like this always make me shake my head. Why would you even consider reviewing a book if you weren't at least slightly into the subject matter? I know Pleasure Bound is a good book. I know the stories are written well. And I know they're relentlessly sexy. "Unnecessarily explicit" doesn't really compute with me. But I wish the book had been reviewed by someone who didn't seem baffled ("as far as I can figure") by the concept.
It would be like me reviewing a book on widgets. You know?