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Released: February 9, 2016
“My Kindle was on fire!”
~ Under the Covers
Wow, what unexpected fun I had reading Bound, Spanked and Loved, a HUGE anthology of spanking and BDSM themed short stories that’s been released by fourteen authors in the genre in time for Valentine’s Day. This is quite a hefty collection at almost 800 pages and I tried to read it almost straight through so as not to forget any of these unique stories. Some of the authors included in this anthology were well known to me, including Annabel Joseph, Sierra Cartwright, and Cari Silverwood (making this a must read for me), but others were completely unknown. Don’t let the unknown scare you away, however. I’m not being cliché when I say there’s something for everyone here. It’s true that all the stories have a spanking/BDSM theme, so it should be a prerequisite that you enjoy a little kink in your reading, but the subgenres are really wide open and fascinating, from traditional Dom/sub play in an established BDSM community, to M/M/F ménage, to paranormal, to historical. I found the tie-ins to Valentine’s Day a bit forced in some, but each features not just erotic play, but a developing romance as well. You’ll get an HEA or happy for now ending for all of them. That doesn’t mean they’re all sweet and cuddly, however. The spankings and rough play in most are beyond a little slap and tickle and many ride a line of consensual non-consent that I found the most enjoyable aspect of the reading. My Kindle was on fire!
I find it REALLY hard to pick out a few favorites, as there wasn’t a single dud in the bunch, but here are my highlights:
“Slab Hands” by Annabel Jospeh, where a bouncer and a girl who wants nothing more than to be spanked by him discover each other
“Theirs to Punish” by Renee Rose, where a stepdaughter hell-bent on revenge plans a jewel heist in a Vegas hotel and is caught by two kinky brothers. The price for their silence is her submission.
“Lust Angel” by Cari Silverwood, where an angel, fallen for lusting over a mortal man, discovers her need for submission and punishment.
“Stepbrother Jerk” by Natasha Knight, where a stepbrother ensures that his naughty stepsister never breaks the law again by teaching her a lesson of who she belongs to.
I could go on! There is an alien abduction, alien ménage, a sexy private investigator, a sweet but hot historical involving an ice farmer and his feisty charge, A Viking warrior, ballroom dancing, a secret society, a sexy ex-teacher turned Dom who has quite the flogger collection and a “hero” who rescues his betrothed from slavers.
As you can see, these are anything but your usual spanking fare, and I took it as an opportunity to enjoy what variety is really out there in the world of BDSM erotic romance. So often, we read what’s in the spotlight and don’t venture off to discover new things. Well worth the $0.99 this collection will cost and each story can be read in about 30 minutes, making it easy to pace yourself and savor everything it has to offer.
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