Per the author’s bio, Ariana Page is a lifestyle dominant who actively “lives and breathes” the BDSM lifestyle. When offered the chance to review her new book I gladly accepted. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
BDSM kink is all the rage these days and is a frequent star of romance and erotica stories. This was a nice change because it came from the perspective of an experienced female dominant. It also felt like a slice of life from BDSM practitioners. Another aspect that was SO refreshing is that there was clear informed consent every step of the way. It wasn’t like many of the so-called BDSM romances where one more powerful partner pressures or tricks a less powerful and less experienced person into BDSM activity without the weaker person having full information and freedom to decline. It showed autonomous adults making clear decisions to give or receive power and shows a healthy model for how consent can work. Bravo!
But I don’t mean to make it sound like Two In Hand is a clinical tome….As a story it was engaging and HOT.
As an experienced dominant, the main character exudes power and control. After being heckled by 3 young professional men in a bar, Lisa bets that she can bring one young man to his knees in under 30 seconds. And she does. Even more surprising is that the young man begins to awaken to the thrill of being dominated and receiving pain from a powerful woman. And once his desire is awakened he begins the road fully submit to her control.
This was a fascinating read and felt like a very realistic portrayal of how one might enter and practice the pain and pleasure of consensual BDSM play. I know I said this already but it’s pretty HOT! ; ). Has F/F, F/M & FFM pairings.
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Well written bundle of erotica stories and novellas. In terms of the quality level of each story these are consistently well written, unique and interesting. A few were shocking. A few stories contain some very gritty or… ahem *messy* elements and some explore the outer limits of how far a love relationship or a partner’s emotions can be pushed and still spring back relatively unharmed. Every story tried to explore difficult aspects of open relationships or encounters- many the result of careful planning by one or both partner’s in the core relationship. I didn’t read any that were here for the titillation alone.
I appreciated that these stories were very creative and complex. Almost all of the stories are either from the woman’s point of view or if from her partner’s POV they still concentrate on the woman’s needs, desires, thoughts and satisfaction. I would say this is very female-centered erotica.
There is one story which *appears* to have dubious consent- “Obsessed with Tori,” even though it is the woman’s husband who is the apparent victim. Coincidentally, “Obsessed with Tori” was the only story containing noticeable editing flaws- the type where the author forgets the names of the characters involved mid-tryst, which is pretty jarring! The story was very good, so I will overlook those errors but I recommend the author or editor fix those details!
All of these stories were new to me except for Selena Kitt’s Bluebeard’s Wife. I will admit that I had never read Bluebeard’s Wife prior to this because when I have seen it offered as a single the cover art was dated and not attractive and the brief excerpt didn’t make sense to me! I was therefore VERY pleasantly surprised to read Bluebeard’s Wife was far better than I expected. I am glad I finally sat down and read it.
Altogether, the stories boast a high literary quality so if you like thoughtful erotica you will find it here and will see some intense intimacy explored beyond the level I have seen in other “Hotwife” stories. This went way beyond “wife-swapping.”