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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5
This book is an anthology of eighteen short stories, as well as a forward by Laura Antoniou, author of ‘The Marketplace’ series. The stories are Fairy Tales, but with a twist, or should we say a kink. You may not recognize all of the fairy tales, I did not, but they all have the fairy tale feel to them. While you may not know which fairy tale a story is based on, if you have any knowledge of fairy tales, you will recognize the story form. Each one is unique and covers a multitude of kinks. These stories are not simply sex scene after sex scene, but each one does revolve around a particular kink. There is not one story in this book worth skipping. Each is a little masterpiece in itself. Not all may appeal to you, but they each allow a peek at a particular aspect of the leather kink community. Oh, and don’t skip the forward by Laura Antoniou. She sets the mood for the entire book right off the bat and makes one want to dive in to the tales and fall in to the world of fairy tales.
These stories are all interesting and worth reading in their own right. It seems appropriate for a book titled “Leather Ever After” that the first story and last story are very specific to the Leather community.
#1 ‘Each Step for Him’ by Lee Harrington, starts with a chance meeting on a beach and culminates in the wearing of leather and an old school Leather collaring ceremony.
#18 ‘The Little Boot Black’ by Sassafras Lowrey, a tale involving a young boot black, and the dreaming and reverence for boot blacking rings pure and simple and captures the true essence of a vital part of the Leather community.
The easily identifiable (at least for me), well easy except for those pesky kinky twists applied, fairy tales were:
#3 ‘House of Sweets’ by Miss Lola Sunshine turns the Hansel & Gretel story into a scene in a dungeon with good old fashioned needle play and pushing boundary limits.
#5 ‘Hair Like Gold’ by Nalu Kalani, shows a new way to use all that extra long hair rather than to just climb a tower,
#6 ‘The Mistress and the Pea’ by Cynthia Hamilton, with a Prince Charming in search of a Mistress, not just a Princess.
#10 ‘Snow Fight’ by Rob Rosen will have Sleeping Beauty sleeping a good long while as the Prince and the Huntsman have their own way of working out who gets to kiss her.
#12 ‘Golden Twink and the Three Bears’ by Elizabeth “Jake” Hart introduces you to the idea of kinky bears (no, not those kind of bears) and the too hard, too soft and just right gets a whole new meaning when applied to kink implements.
#14 ‘The Wolf and little Red’ by Alysia Angel uses Halloween as its vehicle and lets us peek in the windows of a seemingly traditional couple and what happens when one lets out their inner Wolf.
#16 ‘Cinderfella’ by Sossity Chiriuzio shows that maybe Cinderella was different from her step-mother and step-sisters due to a different outlook on what happiness means and that not every Princess is looking for a Prince.
The other stories are, I am quite sure, based on Fairy Tales as well, but one would need to perhaps read a little more Grimm to know the specific one. However, even if one does not know the fairy tale where it originates does not mean you will not enjoy the story. They all have the fairy tale feel to them and help to give a new meaning to what “Happily Ever After” truly means.
#2 ‘Blue Beard’s Ghost by Ariel Dalziel, shows a young wife introduced to BDSM by her evil husband, who gets his fairy tale ending.
#4 ‘The Suitor’ by Miel Rose shows that happiness is not always found where others expect you to find it, but can be found, in a fairy tale, in a magical being better suited to a Princess’s wants and needs.
#7 ‘The Red Shoes’ by Hosha takes us on a journey of discovery by a young girl in a cobbler shop inspired by two pairs of shoes in the window, a pair of strong black Domme boots and a pair of red high heeled ballet bondage shoes.
#8 ‘The Seven Swan Princes’ by DL King has brothers being turned in to swans by an evil accountant and the heroine and her brothers rescued by a Goth Prince who is also able to vanquish the evil.
#9 ‘The Good Witch’ by Ali Oh puts us in to the mind of the Wicked Witch, showing things are done because they need to be done, and a Good Witch who likes a little Wicked, in more ways than one.
#11 ‘Down Under’ by Raven Kaldera is a totally outrageous fairy tale with beings that are not quite human anymore, but still with human needs and wants. This is a story of good being rewarded, and evil being punished. As are all good fairy tales. More or less.
#13 ‘Iron Henry’ by Karen Taylor is based on an alternative title for The Frog Prince. Iron Henry was the servant of the prince. This story is about service, and finding one’s true place in the universe, regardless of how many “frogs” cross your path along the way.
#15 ‘Not Enough Storms’ by Goldie Dartmouth is a fairy tale about…….fairies. In fact it involves three different types of fairies, all of which have their own idea of kink, and what life is all about.
#17 ‘Lady Leporine’ by Mollena Williams is all about getting what one deserves. For anybody who has ever been in a dungeon with a particularly obnoxious dungeon resident who never gets their comeuppance, this story is for you.
This is just a quick look at the different stories in this book. Buy this book, turn the lights down, get the fire burning, curl up with someone under a blanket with hot chocolate at your elbow and kick back and enjoy a kinky fairy tale or two. Or eighteen.
Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven