UTC’S TOP FIVE RECS
New to dub-con? Want to give it a try but not sure quite what to pick up? Don’t worry we have you covered here at Under the Covers. We’ve put together our Top 5 recommendations of dub-con books for you to give a try. But, not just that! We all have different comfort levels so don’t you to pick up something that steps beyond yours. So we’ve also rated them on exactly how dubious the consent is. Each book has a rating from 1 to 3 which will tell you the level of dubious consent.
3 – Not for the faint of heart, consent can go beyond dubious to non-consensual.
2 – Beyond a beginner these books can take you in to uncomfortable territory
1 – Beginner level, if you’re new to sub-con we recommend you start here
Released: October 22 2014
He seethes with raw power the first time I see him—pure menace and rippling muscles in shackles. He’s dangerous. He’s wild. He’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.
So I hide behind my prim glasses and my book like I always do, because I have secrets too. Then he shows up in the prison writing class I have to teach, and he blows me away with his honesty. He tells me secrets in his stories, and it’s getting harder to hide mine. I shiver when he gets too close, with only the cuffs and the bars and the guards holding him back. At night I can’t stop thinking about him in his cell.
But that’s the thing about an animal in a cage—you never know when he’ll bite. He might use you to escape. He might even pull you into a forest and hold a hand over your mouth so you can’t call for the cops. He might make you come so hard, you can’t think.
And you might crave him more than your next breath.
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I can’t tell him no. Some people have a relationship that’s sunshine and roses. Ours is darkness and vengeance.
I started reading this book having NO IDEA what kind of journey I was about to embark on. I thought I love a bad boy/good girl combo that’s always a lot of fun. However, you rarely get a book like this where the bad boy is actually….bad. Where he really is violent and you half hope that heroine gets out of his clutches but the other half you kind of hope she doesn’t. This book did a number on me but I couldn’t help be drawn in by their very dysfunctional relationship. I was hoping that Annika Martin and Skye Warren would continue this series but it’s been three years and still no second book, but I always hold out hope! *hint hint if Annika or Skye is reading this!*
by Cara McKenna
Released: August 6th 2010
Series: Flynn & Laurel #1
For the past couple years Laurel’s been coasting, hiding in the backseat while her life drifts off course. Then one summer afternoon a tall, built bruiser named Flynn strides in and steers her straight into an infatuation she never saw coming.
Flynn introduces Laurel to things she’s never imagined—to the violent but exciting realm of the underground boxing circuit, to rough sex and even rougher role-playing, and to an attraction she craves even as it intimidates her. As Flynn invites her deeper into his world and his life, Laurel has to make a choice—let fear keep her holed up where it’s safe, or take a chance and fight for the man who makes her feel more alive than she’d dreamed possible.
Reader Advisory: This book contains consensual but intense rape role-playing scenes that some may find upsetting.
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When it comes to Dub Con Non Con books, WILLING VICTIM by Cara McKenna is a classic. One of the first of its kind, I consider it as an original. It’s written extremely well with a heady dose of sexiness to go with it. Both the hero and the heroine are ones that I love. Their relationship was so interesting to read and definitely opened my eyes to more of McKenna’s unique writing style. There’s even some great banter, which I think was surprised me the most. It made the chemistry much more real, solidifying the romance in a more concrete way. It’s by far my favorite with this theme!
by Skye Warren
Released: April 14 2013
"I loved the story! I loved that it made me feel, that it turned me on, turned me off, made me pause and think, twisted my stomach into knots..." - Haydee's Reviews
Can love come from pain?
Evie always dreamed of seeing the world, but her first night at a motel turns into a nightmare. Hunter is a rugged trucker willing to do anything to keep her--including kidnapping. As they cross the country in his rig, Evie plots her escape, but she may find what she's been looking for right beside her.
Wanderlust is a full-length dark romance novel that explores captivity and power. Not intended for those uncomfortable with the subject matter or under 18 years of age.
Other dark romance novels by Skye Warren:
Don't Let Go
Love the Way You Lie
Skye Warren’s Wanderlust is another classic, in my book. There’s no beating around the bush here. Evie is a sheltered woman who leaves her childhood home in search of adventure. She’s travelling to see Niagara Falls. Her first night out, she meets Hunter, a trucker with desires he can’t hold back. This isn’t sugar coated. Evie is kidnapped by a man who wants nothing more than to keep her for his own. But being inside her head gives us a portrait of the desires that Evie harbors. This is a Stockholm syndrome trip with an HEA and one of the most well done in terms of framing psychological portraits. I could read it OVER and OVER.
by Cari Silverwood
Released: March 3, 2013
Series: Pierced Hearts #1
This book is part of a dark erotic fiction series and may disturb some readers.
Some of this story is not safe, sane, or consensual and this is not a manual on how to practice BDSM. This is a dark erotic fantasy that also explores the dynamics of a dominant and slave relationship and the evolution of a sadist.
Jodie is scraping the barrel trying to stay afloat. An idea arrives that could rescue her finances and bring her together in a kinky way with a man she never gave up on. She's terrified and fascinated, and tempted as hell.
Capture fantasies rule her eBook. Re-enacting one in a documentary would surely be irresistible viewing to millions of women?
But Jodie and Klaus discover that underneath an ordinary man dark desires may lurk. What will win in the end? The man and lover, or the monster?
Warning: Capture fantasy; dubious consent; anal play; M/f as well as one m/f/f/m scene; BDSM themes including caning, spanking, bondage, and needle play. Also contains one beginner Dom who is exploring sadism but is still working out how and when to stop.
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“I’d just signed a document that gave the man opposite me permission to mind fuck me into the next century.”
-Cari Silverwood, Take Me, Break Me
Hands Down, Cari Silverwood’s Pierced Hearts series is a top favorite of mine in the dubcon/noncon genre. This is the book that started it all. It’s also a bit of a milder introduction into the dubcon world, as the series does get heavier as you go in in terms of topic and consent. Jodie is BDSM erotica lover, but hasn’t delved in much herself, other than a little D/s play with her accountant/judo instructor boyfriend, Klaus. She’s hurting financially and decides to make a documentary on what life would be like to live as a kidnapped slave. Klaus plays along, and more thoroughly than she even suspected. This is dubcon because Jodie doesn’t expect the level of servitude she will have to endure or the pain that Klaus is easily able to conjure out of his sadistic mind. She resists at first, only to find that resistance is futile. Incredibly hot BDSM scenes and an HEA.
by Kitty Thomas
Released: March 21 2010
Emily Vargas has been taken captive. As part of his conditioning methods, her captor refuses to speak to her, knowing how much she craves human contact. He's far too beautiful to be a monster. Combined with his lack of violence toward her, this has her walking a fine line at the edge of sanity.
Told in the first person from Emily's perspective, Comfort Food explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a story about consensual BDSM. This is a story about “actual” slavery. If reading an erotic story without safewords makes you uncomfortable, this is not the book for you. This is a work of fiction, and the author does not endorse or condone any behavior done to another human being without their consent.
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This quote perfectly encapsulates my feelings for this book:
He smiled that soulless smile that made me feel warm and like I was dying all at the same time.
Basically, it was a mind fuck. He didn’t prey on the heroine’s body, yes there was violence, but the real violation was psychological. How he manipulated her into being exactly what he wanted. What is worse, is she knows this but she can’t seem to stop it from happening. She’s helpless. Even later on the book when it seems like she has freedom, she doesn’t. But, this is one of my favourite books, I wouldn’t say it was a romance, there is no happy-ending but it was a well crafted story that leaves a mark on you.