Edited by Alison Tyler
Cleis Press, $15.95, 220 pages
What does bondage mean to you? It means something slightly different for each of the authors in the anthology Bound for Trouble: BDSM Erotica for Women, compiled by the “trollop with a laptop” Alison Tyler. Each story has a unique take on what constitutes bondage, as well as a unique attitude toward it.
In Tamsin Flowers’ story, bondage means anticipation; for Laila Blake’s narrator, it means care; to Andrea Dale’s protagonist, it means meeting a need. Tools, toys, props, or simply words and paper, the chrome-plated connection running through all these kinky tales focuses on not only the physical, but also on the psychological motivations behind being bound or the act of binding another. Featuring delicious prose and tantalizing situations, these authors get right to the heart of BDSM and lay it bare.
“There are all kinds of layers to punishment.”
From breathlessness to vivid images of Mars to the pleasure found in a soft length of rope, each story in Bound for Trouble is intense, fully present, and ripe with anticipation. It will make you sigh, grit your teeth at a well-delivered line (or lick), and leave you wanting more.
Reviewed by Axie Barclay