Pleasure Bound is an oversized paperback with a glossy cover. It was published in 2009 by Cleis Press and contains 23 stories in 185 pages, as well as an introduction, About the Authors, and About the Editor sections. This collection is edited by Alison Tyler, who has edited several collections as well as written a lot of erotic stories, many of which I’ve really enjoyed.
Alison, a prolific writer and editor, explains in the introduction that the stories in this collection are all based on the contributing authors’ encounters. While names have been changed, and some of the experiences added to or deleted from, the stories are based on their experiences and so really ring “real.”
The stories here range in length and subject. In most of the stories it’s the woman who’s submissive to a man, but a few feature these roles reversed and one story is about a homosexual man. All of the stories are well written, but they vary on the amount of arousal they cause and even knowing they are based in reality, you may not find them engaging or appealing to your sexual interests. Some of the tales are more extreme than others in the acts portrayed, although for me that didn’t affect the eroticism of them, and in fact enhanced it.
Some of the real standouts in this collection for me include:
“The Visit” by A. D. R. Forte She takes a bus to see him instead of a plane, so she can arrive uncluttered and the way she was when she last saw him. He picks her up and takes her to his workplace, a bowling alley, where she’ll find out if she’s still “his cunt.” This story was particularly arousing, and the sex rough and hot.
“A Campfire Story” by Kristina Wright She doesn’t camp. Hates it, in fact. He brings her on her first camping trip, and she’s tired, unhappy, and resentful when he falls asleep. She finds the sleeping bag a great way to restrain and tease him mercilessly, and she discovers that camping might not be so bad at all. I really enjoyed this story, as I really could relate to the characters. I don’t think anything could be much worse than camping, but if we ever go I intend to play out this scenario.
“Do I Look Like I’m Joking?” by Annette Miller With her husband being a lover of bondage, leather, and rope, a wife loves being restrained and having kinky sex at home. She’s only ever given him head at the theater, so the thought of being tied up in a theater and made to come scares her, but she goes along for a wet and erotic public experience. This story was truly hot, and something that would be fun to reenact, in a dangerous way.
“King of the Road” by Bella Dean Chad presents Donna with a motorcycle, and she knows this can’t be good. How bad it can be, and how exhilarating when she obeys is something Donna finds out. This is something I’d never have the guts to do, but the story is incredibly erotic and arousing.
“Tears of All Kinds” by Tess Danesi Tess visits Victor at a hotel, and he doesn’t waste any time tying her down to a table and bringing out the razor blades. It’s an encounter filled with fear, tension, and fucking, intererrupted by the inevitable. This story is probably the most tense, yet most arousing story in the book. It doesn’t involve Dar (a frequent character in Tess’s stories), but it’s incredibly well written and hot
If you haven’t read this type of erotica before or don’t practice a bit of bondage in your own life, you might find the milder stories in Pleasure Bound appealing. Or you may be surprised by how much the harder stories turn you on. For myself, I much preferred the ones where the woman was submissive rather than dominant, and there were a few that I though would be fun to play out.
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Publisher: Cleis Press Inc.
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