Last Slave Standing
edited by Elizabeth Coldwell
Xcite Books [link to buy]
Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles
Last Slave Standing is the first story in a set of five that make up the book. The title is slightly deceptive as only one of the stories actually relates to the role of a slave. Each short story has its own merits and even though it wasn’t really my ideal read, I found it interesting.
Last Slave Standing by Alex Jordaine takes the reader into the world of three Dommes and their male slaves. The women decide to have a competition in order to see whose slave will be the last to blow his load. The slaves are put through their paces with bondage, whips, spanking, masturbation, blow jobs and a few other little delights. The story is well written and has enough variety within its telling to keep a reader interested, after all most people would want to know who the ultimate winner will be.
Captive Audience by Derek Shannon is a bit of a rehashed story line. A movie fan meets her film maker hero, and they end up sharing something special. In this case the special activity is a lesson in submission. As it’s an introductory lesson the play is quite light, spanking, being instructed on what to do etc. It was my least favorite of the highlighted works but still well written and interesting in the telling of a first time encounter into BDSM.
Dog House by Lynn Lake was an excellent read. Dog House was well written and gave a lovely insight into the world of animal role play within the BDSM lifestyle, in the case of this story puppy/dog play was the theme. I enjoyed the story so much I momentarily considered the possibility of becoming a Mistress to a rowdy group of good looking puppy dog men. If you don’t buy the book for any other reason get it for this quirky read about the life of a Mistress and her three dog men. It also has a bit of a surprise toward the end which I won’t give away.
The Cloak by Alcamia Payne takes the reader into the delightfully unique world of a Dom, a sub and his erotic cloak. It is another insightful story into one of the fetishes that make up our diverse community. Again a well written essay, that I’m sure will keep the readers attention until the end. It was sensually erotic, exploring the world of trained attachments to textural sensations and also attachments to the people who share the intimate touch created by sensation play.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Lesbo? by Penelope Friday is the final story in this book. It is a nicely written exposé into lesbian D/s relationships, with an undertone that question the inaccuracy of stereotyping within society. Kelly is a sub, although to some, her appearance would indicate she is the Domme in the relationship with her girlfriend. The story delves lightly into the satisfaction of submission from Kelly’s perspective and the author leave the reader in no doubt that the love these women share for each other and the pleasure received through the D/s dynamic is mutual.
As I said in the beginning of this review the book isn’t something I would normally read, but it held my attention to the end. The five stories are quick, easy and light reading. I’d describe them as erotically sensual in nature rather than raunchy and sexual, this may be by design or merely due to the length of each story. With five stories by five different authors there is sure to be at least one title that pleases even the fussiest of readers. The book offers well rounded views on some of the lesser written about aspects and fetishes of the Kink community, and I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to gain insight into the diversity within the BDSM lifestyle.
Reviewed by JannyGee