[Book Review] First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology

First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology / Lori Perkins (ed)

This was an interesting book to read. The stories explore a variety of flavors of sexual encounters and life styles, varying in style from realistic, paranormal, to fantasy. Additionally, there is a non-fiction essay exploring and defining areas of BDSM sexuality. Some of the stories seem designed to showcase aspects of differing sexuality as realized by eager, consenting adults. Other stories are clearly erotic fantasy. One of the stories I could barely read and I still feel unsettled by, I can't see how the scene within involved any sort of consent but instead seemed overwhelmingly the story of a woman fighting (and failing) to get away from a man beating her in anger.

If your interests to not run towards BDSM, I would tread carefully with the book. I can see some of the stories acting as triggers for some. The non-fiction essay will likely read as familiar subject matter to people in the scene, but would likely be a good write up for those curious (be it academic or active interest). The stories are well written and edited, with some good plot twists worked in. The tones range from playful to intense, and if you read the book it is worth it to finish a short story before you decide if you like it or not, the end may change your mind.

Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.

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