Erotica Book Reviews: Sunday Smutday #8

Erotica Book Reviews

Sunday Smutday is where we get naughty, nasty, and NSFW between the covers. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of thing, then you should most definitely stop reading now.

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Seriously.

    Still here?

        Great!

            Then let’s get kinky!


Author: Pearl O'Leslie
Publication Date: January 24th, 2021
Protagonist Gender: Female
Sexuality: Straight
Kink/Fetish: Femdom

There are so many little touches that made Rebecca Without A Cause: Good Boy / Bad Girl such a fabulous read, it's a story that teases you with its narration even as it charms you with its erotic twist on old-fashioned values. 

Pearl O'Leslie puts her Bad Girl front-and-center, talking to the reader as if we were her Good Boy. There's a self-confidence in her narration that sets expectations for us as readers, even as it subverts the cultural expectations of her date, whose relationship expectations are destined to be transformed.

On the surface it's a very traditional date, starting with dinner and a movie before finding its way to a back road Lover's Lane. There's all the awkward conversation and virginal anxieties you'd expect, but only from the Good Boy, who finds the night increasingly controlled by his Bad Girl date. It makes for a fantastic contrast, with all the talk of family values and church events placed against the thrills of feminine aggression. 

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀



Author: Leina Kedi 
Publication Date: July 23, 2020
Protagonist Gender: Female
Sexuality: Lesbian
Kink/Fetish: Femdom

Far more than the erotic tale of disciplinary sadomasochism it seems on the surface, Lead Gilded Delights is also a cautionary tale of how "talk of family values and tradition came in suffocating waves" to drown women's role in society. The story, at least as Leina Kedi begins to tell it, is suggestively odd - we're given a sense of a different time, with different expectations, but no exposition to explain. 

Emily Grey seems a rather ordinary young woman, overwhelmed by college life and granted a free placement in a summer tutoring program that includes "a new system" of corporal punishment. She's not happy about it, but never questions it too strongly. In fact, she's more upset about the informal dress code that sneaks onto campus than the regimental spankings.

As for those spankings, they're probably not what you'd expect either, being purely disciplinary from the older women's POV, and only erotic to Emily after-the-fact. It makes for an interesting dynamic, one that becomes even more intriguing as she discovers the pleasures of a warm bottom and the floating freedom of subspace. It's her sexual self-awareness that really drives the story, though, opening up the possibility for tender romance with another woman, external to the harsh discipline.

The whole story, in many ways, hinges on a compulsory class called Our Approach to Life, which pushes a return to traditional family, bemoans the harm of promiscuity, and preaches the evils of abortion. It's there that the cautionary tale comes to the surface, and it's through Emily's disdain for the subject matter that the suggestively odd becomes oddly suggestive. I wondered for a while where it was all headed, but I loved how the final scenario played out, and the self-reflective epilogue does a wonderful job of forcing us to confront the perils of acquiescence.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ 1/2



Author: Eli Wray
Publication Date: February 1st, 2021
Protagonist Gender: Nonbinary
Sexuality: Bisexual
Kink/Fetish: BDSM

Oh, my, I absolutely adored this story! It's a wonderful exploration of gender identity and sexuality expression, as told through two entirely delightful queer protagonists. Kai is a nonbinary woman with a butch expression, while Esther is a nonbinary lesbian who identifies as  he/him. Their discussion of pronouns as cues and symbols is as delightful as it is accessible, and I loved how casually pronouns are offered up at the queen-friendly swinger's club.

As for that swinger's club, Eli Wray leads her characters through a tastefully erotic tour of its delights, starting with dance floor exhibitionism before moving onto bedroom voyeurism and orgiastic hedonism, before ending with dungeon kink. Kai and Esther's curious excitement is contagious. I loved how thoughtfully they considered the experiences around them, never one passing judgment on the participants, but seeking understanding.

For the most part, this is a story of friends who find that understanding together, but there is a wonderfully sweet sort of budding romance that underlies the story. In the end, Principled Perversions is an absolutely perfect title, and I for one am eager to read more of Kai and Esther.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ 


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