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The Big Book of Submission

The Big Book of Submission, August 2014
by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Cleis Press
364 pages
ISBN: 1627780378
EAN: 9781627780377
Kindle: B00KV1SKVE
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"From A to Z, THE BIG BOOK OF SUBMISSION delivers passion in bulk..."

Fresh Fiction Review

The Big Book of Submission
Rachel Kramer Bussel

Reviewed by Ashleigh Compton
Posted November 28, 2014

Erotica Anthology

The world of kink has many different avenues, but perhaps none is so popularized as BDSM. This wildly popular subset of the kink community has spawned numerous books and stories, especially in recent years. In THE BIG BOOK OF SUBMISSION, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, sixty nine authors showcase sixty nine BDSM short stories which run the gambit from dirty to sweet and back again. It is a book filled with different scenarios, and they may not all be your cup of tea, but if you're interested in good short erotic stories, this book collects some of the best moments to highlight.

Rachel Kramer Bussel has certainly picked a wide variety of stories which can present one or two different activities each of the BDSM community. In "Housebroken" by Laila Blake, a Domme watches her kitten sleep and wakes her with a gentle play session which shows the power dynamic very effectively without harshness. To contrast this is Angela R. Sargenti's "Help! My Wife's a Former Dominatrix!" which depicts a punishment scene that made me wince in sympathy for the sub while summarily cheering his wife on. This book also introduces the reader to brand new scenes; I had never considered the idea of "kinky exercise" until I read the two excellent pieces in this book dedicated to them.

On the whole, these authors seem to have a very good grasp of the way the community works, from private play to public and all areas in between. There's rarely a story in which consent is not expressed in some way, whether through negotiation or understanding of the various safe-word systems. I think each author brings something new to the table, but knows what is expected of dominants and submissives in each and every relationship. The collection is a very good read for someone who wants just a little spice in their collection. I highly recommend THE BIG BOOK OF SUBMISSION whether you are an amateur, a professional, a hobby-practitioner, or just someone who loves to read BDSM literature.

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Submission takes many forms in this collection of 69 short stories, from straining in bondage to taking a spanking, being put on display, and beyond. By turns bratty and worshipful, these submissives will go to great lengths to fulfill their naughtiest fantasies and are rewarded splendidly by their masters and mistresses. A student returns to show his former teacher who’s really in charge, a photo shoot becomes an opportunity for erotic games, and a man revels in his wife’s past as a former dominatrix. These brats, masochists, and hungry-for-sensation subs go above and beyond for the ones they adore, pushing themselves to new limits while their devious dominants put them through their paces. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, these short stories sizzle with the tension of erotic power play, commands followed, and service willingly performed.

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