I adore books of erotica – I have shelves filled with anthologies and stories and hot sexy imagery. And one of the reason I own so many erotica books is because there are so many sexy stories to be told, and in so many different ways.
(And, of course, because reading them turns me on, and gets me off!)
This book is edited by the lovely Rachel Kramer Bussel and features some names that made me bounce with happiness – because the names belong to authors who write damned hot stories, and I’m familiar with them from other works I own!
Which names? Well, for me personally I was very pleased to see Tess Danesi, Remittance Girl, Alison Tyler, Donna George Storey and Rachel KB herself. But I was also pleased, upon reading, to find new names that I’ll be looking out for in future…
Unsurprisingly, Please, Sir is what it claims to be: erotica stories of female submission. What’s missing from that description is the other side of that power exchange – and what it is is, without exception, male domination.
The introduction nicely sets up what the reader can expect:
The lesson … in all of these stories, is that there is risk involved in submission. I don’t mean the physical risks, but the emotional ones, the ones that require a leap of faith, a knowledge that what you are doing may unnerve you, confuse you and scare you, even while it makes you wet and eager and ready for more.
And if that’s not enough to get you curious? There’s even a video to wet whet your appetite:
As a book of erotica, Please, Sir meets the necessary criteria – I curled up in bed with it, and wanked to a lovely orgasm (on day 3 of the Wankfest 2010 challenge). I also read it in the car, on my break at work, and lying in Hylas’ toy pile. I read the whole thing, re-read various stories (I kept coming back to Tess Danesi’s I Breathe Your Name). I even bookmarked a quote that I want to keep:
Pain is pain, whether you want it or not; whether it soothes your soul, calms your needs, smooths out the roughness of your edges. Pain is still fucking pain. (From No Good Deed, by Alison Tyler.)
I like this book so much that I’m pretty sure it’s going to end up living on the floor next to the bed, for easy access, rather than actually on the shelf. And only a few books get that honour!
The only thing, for me, that’s less than perfect, is the heteronormativity of this book. But I have plenty of books with sissies, Syrs, and genderfuckery. Please, Sir has female subs and male doms, and is as advertised. So it still gets full marks in my book.
Verdict: Into D/s? Like great writing that’ll get your free hand inching into your knickers? Then this is one collection you need to be owning already.
Name: Please Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Published by: Cleis Press
Where to find: Amazon
Price: $14.95 US from Amazon
Worthy of note: I want to own the corset on the cover. Is that wrong of me?
See my other reviews here.