Bound by Lust: Romantic Stories of Submission and sensuality edited by Shanna Germain
Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4.5 out of 5
Only the truest romantics are willing to explore their deepest desires. Imagine finding a partner who is just as ravenous and uninhibited as you are. Bound by Lust, curated by libidinous leximaven Shanna Germain, is a heady combination of sweet and sexy, dirty and romantic. In Alana Noël Voth’s “Marcelle,” a man finds more than his heart’s desire in the acceptance of the woman he loves, while the characters in Sommer Marsden’s “Reclaiming Spring” discover that dominance and submission help them reclaim their marriage. For the artist in Kristina Wright’s “Brushstrokes,” the safety of love gives voice to her deepest desires. The BDSM bound within these pages is naughty and nice—bondage, spanking, domination, pain and pleasure. Bring on the love and leather, along with the dungeons and dens.
This is a volume of short stories all with a BDSM theme. The stories are mostly with two characters and BDSM is the basic building block of their relationship.
The stories have basically an even number of male and female dominants and submissives, although switching the roles can be found. The story Eine Klein Spanking is written from the perspective of a female submissive desperate for her relationship to develop, only to discover life taking an interesting twist. This was one of the more enjoyable and certainly surprising stories included here.
Public play was the essential ingredient of a few of the stories in book. Public play is common in BDSM literature and an exciting aspect of a D/srelationship as it both pushes and tests the relationship, but within real life carries tremendous risks, especially the submissive.
There storyMarcelle by Alana Noel Voth bothered me a bit as I read it. Within the BDSM community the watch words are Safe, Sane and Consensual. In this story as reading it I felt that all three of these concepts were being violated. Without going into detail, there was a sense that the submissive involved was marginally sane therefore the behavior was questionably consensual and certainly not safe. If one met a real life individual within the community like this main character and couple there would be concern.