Bound by Lust is a collection of stories of submission and sensuality. It is edited by Shanna Germain and features a forward by Alison Tyler. Shanna Germain can certainly pick an exceptional story just as well as write them. I enjoyed almost every single story in this book. This book wasn’t just well written smut, it was a collection of finger-licking fabulous fables of lust bound up and presented to the reader.
It must have been hard to wrestle through the piles of submissions for this book. I do not envy her that task. For these stories BDSM is a given, but the story also had to lend to the heart in a way that any sensible reader could melt and agree that “it is bound lust”. This collection of stories is well chosen for the depth of situations and bound desire in the characters. The stories also give variety to those whose tastes vary. There were a few same sex couples featured in these stories and one story featured a cross dressing male and his dominant wife.
“Oh, god. Yes, Please. ‘Bondage with Someone You Love’—there’s a category of society that’s just begging for its own Hallmark section. Thankfully, Bound by Lust is here with nineteen whip-smart stories to fill the need.” —from the foreword by Alison Tyler
I had a hard time picking favorites from this book. The book includes stories from Sommer Marsden, Janine Ashbless, Donna George Storey, Allison Wonderland, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Justine Elyot, Evan Mora, Kristina Wright, Kristina Lloyd, Dominic Santi, Andrea Dale, Nikki Magennis, Alana Noël Voth, Teresa Noelle Roberts, Vida Bailey, Craig Sorensen, Clarice Clique, Sharazade, and Veronica Wilde.
This book has some very memorable characters and I love that the scenes were pretty realistic. Most of the stories are written by the sub, but a few are written by the Dom. It was enlightening to find how bound these characters could be when it came to training their subs.
I loved the story Being His Bitch by Alison Tyler. A night out at the club and the theme is “The Pet Show”. She literally becomes his bitch. The story features body paint, sexy cats, and a black sub on his master’s leash. This story really set the tone for lust and whet my appetite for more.
I also adored the story Brushstrokes by Kristina Wright. The story is about an artist who can’t seem to verbalize her needs. She contemplates leaving the relationship and then she finds a unique way to communicate to her lover.
Defining the Terms by Sharazade was steamy hot. This story is about a writer who absently frustrates her lover with her work. She gets justly punished for her actions. The punishment gives her clarity.
I received this product from Cleis Press free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.