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Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2016
If I didn't buy it cheap for my Kindle, I would be turning around and either sold or trashed the book. It is a book of short bondage-type stories. If you like...a woman is walking down the street past a construction site, as she does every day, and happens to see the construction guy out front standing by his table saw. They start talking and next thing you know one arm is tied and the other duct taped to the top of the saw table and he's driving into her...then you will like this book. Or if you like to read about a guy buying his sub a couple of dog collars and then making her one it in the parking lot while others are looking at them, then this is the book for you. I read maybe 6 of the stories and then stopped I prefer characters you can get into. If you want cheap sex with no investment, you will like this book. Otherwise, buy Vivian's List or Under His Command Trilogy.
The thing to love most about Alison Tyler is that she writes and produces kink that makes you think – about erotica, about bondage, about your relationship to both, about literary fiction, about kink itself and your place in relation to all of the above. In the introduction, Tyler talks about how these stories delve deep down, and that’s just what they do. This collection has been curated into a cadre of stories and characters that don’t just get you off, but get inside your head at the same time and twist at just the right moment – and that’s fantastic. When the title says “bondage with an edge” there’s a fine line between referring to the reader or the subject of the story. These are stories that slip in around you quietly, tie the knots while you’re not looking. From scorching to funny to magical realism, all of these are literate kink of the finest caliber. This is truly a masterful collection and there is quite simply nothing bad about this anthology. A pleasure, pure and simple, to experience.
Twisted is an anthology of BDSM erotica that offers a story for every kink and every fantasy. Whether you're into girl on girl, chains, voyeurism, and lord knows what in between, Alison Tyler has included a steamy tale in this collection to scratch your itch. Even the cover draws you in, making this book one that tempts you from cover to cover. Of course, as is sure to happen with every anthology or collection, I did enjoy some stories more than others.
From farms to offices, homes to camp there's a fantasy for everyone. Though these three are the ones that stood out to me, each story is worth reading for different reasons. Each author brings a unique set of characters, kink, and voice to make each one arousing, making you want to read more and more. Another plus of this book is that because the stories are only related by theme, bondage, you can stop and start reading with ease. Fans of BDSM erotica, or even erotica in general, will not be left disappointed by this collection.
Thank you so much to Cleis Press for giving me a copy of Twisted in exchange for my honest review.
I had the good fortune to receive an early copy of Twisted: Bondage With and Edge, a new anthology edited by the always amazing Alison Tyler. A word of warning, this isn't a book for those looking for a happily ever after; it's better suited for those readers who crave a certain kink in their erotic reading. If that describes you, I can think of no better way to satisfy your desires than to submit yourself to this collection of twisted tales.
Sometimes with a book like this, it's best to go in blindfolded, and learn what keeps your mojo purring as you read. But for those who like to look before they leap, I'll give you a voyeuristic peep into Bound by Sight, by J. Sinclaire, just one of the many stellar entries in this book.
"I was a wet. obedient mess. I'd had rough sex before but his demeanor, his control of the situation brought me to new heights. The idea of him watching me thrilled me now."
As you might guess from the above clip, Sinclair introduces us to a woman who brings men home for her own sexual enjoyment, and for the exhibitionist pleasure of being watched by the man next door. And of course, we the readers get to watch all the thigh tingling, moan inducing acrobatics as well. In this story, the bonds that feature so prominently in many of the other stories from this collection are the invisible sightlines from one apartment to another. It's a satisfying glimpse into the world of voyeurism.
There are some outstanding stories in Alison Tyler's Twisted! Andrea Dale leads in with a bit of introductory flash, so far, so bondage, and then Jax Baynard's 'Foundation Stone' utterly blew my mind. Beautifully written, emotionally edgy and utterly grown up. I loved it.
Other standout stories for me (and there are lots) include; Kristina Lloyd's funny and hot piece of magical realism, 'Dry Spell', Sommer Marsden's sweet 'A Keeper' - I have a soft spot for couples painting rooms together, 'Demica' by Tahira Iqbal was different - a new wife learning to dominate by finding out what it means to submit. Dante Davidson's 'Any Lightness Between Black and White' is funny and touching, poignant yet happy - I loved that one too. Saachi Green is so good at writing scary stories, and her Stag Beetle was so well done - it'll be a cold day in hell before a story with insects in it will turn me on, but she writes the scene effortlessly - extremely evocative. 'Body Temperature' by Thomas S Roche is an 'apartment in a heatwave' story, one you've probably seen before, but his spin on ice and bondage works wonderfully well, makes you feel the contrast of hot and cold.
Finally, Alison Tyler's closing story, 'Broken', is not what I expected - it turns into a story of redemption, all set up very nicely, with a great female character.
Some of the stories really didn't do it for me, but isn't that always the way? And you never know how your perspective will change a few readings in.