Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5
The Crimson Rope is an anthology filled with short stories of the BDSM variety so the best way to handle the reviews is to break it down by author.
The Exhibition by London Saint James
This extremely short story is about two friends finding what they need in each other. Slater and Bianca have loved each other from afar for quite some time but it takes one night of passion to bring the two together. Slater the all consuming artist has as air of dominance while Bianca appears to be merely intrigued by what he is into. Will the two be able to find their way in their new relationship?
Well unfortunately that question is not answered in this rather underdeveloped story by London Saint James. It is honestly quite sad when an author provides more information in a short paragraph about a character smoking a cigarette than when describing a BDSM scene. Though this story had a great deal of potential it was not developed at all. This story receives a one out of five paddles.
Amazing Maisie by Raven McAllen
Maisie found out the hard way that the man she wants more than anything wants a whole lot more from her. Rob is a Dom through to his very core and definitely not something Maisie expected. But after an amazing night with him she is willing to give it a try to be his perfect little submissive. Unfortunately for Maisie Rob had to go out of town right after that perfect night. So what’s a Dom to do? Email of course keeping her on her very edge and learning the whole time. What happens when Rob comes home? Well you need to read to find out.
Even though this is a short story and a better back story would have been nice this story speaks to the learning submissive’s heart. Though the scenes are a little closer to vanilla the emails and other communications make up for it. Raven McAllen’s short story was absolutely wonderful and is awarded four out of five paddles for this short story.
Liberating Lua by Elyzabeth M. VaLey
A simple story of a wife wanting nothing more to please her husband’s every desire. The setting is during a time frame to where the Lord of the castle could do as he pleased and in this case had a mistress who was all too willing to encourage the Lord’s beautiful wife Lua to take her place. Can Lua handle her beloved husband’s desires?
In all honesty this short story came across as an exercise in the use of synonyms when it comes to terms for the anatomy of the human body. The scene, though fairly well written, came across more as a bedroom game than that of BDSM. The story suffered from a real disconnects and felt as if the author did not connect with her characters. This story receives two out of five paddles.
Taboo by Doris O’Connor
What a girl wouldn’t do to get the attention of the man she truly desires and in this case Lucy finally obtains what she has always wanted…a Dom. Josh is much older than Lucy but no one turns him on like his little impish angel does. Unfortunately due to his age and his perception of Lucy prevents him from finding pleasure, joy, and happiness in the BDSM world until one night he finds his precious Lucy in the very club that he frequents. Now that Josh knows little Lucy’s secret the question becomes how will he handle it?
Once again there is not enough of a back story to set the stage for why Lucy desires being a submissive. Unfortunately much of that information comes way too late in the story which messes with the story’s effectiveness. Kudos on the singular scene of BDSM. It was well written. Had the author taken the time to turn this short story into at least a novella the storyline would have been much more developed. This short story receives three out of five paddles.
Lock, Stock, and Spank Her by R. Brennan
Beth found herself at a munch with a friend of hers who happens to be a Mistress in search of her own Dom. Alexander a Dom just returning to the BDSM set after the devastating loss of his submissive three years prior. Little did they both know that they would find what they were looking for at that munch. Will Beth find the Dom who is right for her? And will Alexander find himself the right submissive to help him heal?
This is a very sweet story and has the makings of an excellent novella instead of a short story. The scenes are well thought out and well written. It seems that the focus was supposed to be Beth but instead it became about Beth and Alexander. That sort of devotion to understanding the needs of the characters is rare in such a short story. This story receives four out of five paddles.
The Cowboy and the Schoolmarm by Nikki Prince
Melanie a young girl who married for all the wrong reasons and to a man who only wanted to possess her because of who she was in love with. Shiloh a young man who needed to go out into the world to make sure he could handle living in that small town with his loving Melanie. Now they are both all grown up and Melanie a widow. Will the sparks fly once again?
Such a sweet story that could have been developed into a much more in depth story. With that said what bit of story that is told here is simply wonderful including the very small amount of BDSM that was incorporated into it. The one and only scene was well written and definitely captures the attention of the reader. So this story receives a four out of five paddles.
Reviewed by Unrequited Spirit