Bound to Love

Author: Maria Isabel Pita (editor)

Publisher: Magic Carpet Books

Release Date: September 1, 2006

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: PRINT

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Edited by Maria Isabel Pita, BOUND TO LOVE is a unique look at those involved in BDSM relationships. BDSM is a term that includes bondage, domination/submission, sadism, and masochism. For some, BDSM sounds scary, deviant, or wrong. BOUND TO LOVE shows BDSM in the context of long-term relationships. Each story is about a couple who incorporates some aspect of BDSM in their love life.

BOUND TO LOVE describes itself as a "collection of Romantic BDSM erotic stories." This is the perfect way to describe the nine stories. We see couples who are madly in love or falling in love. We read about their kinky and extremely hot sex lives. We learn about how they use BDSM in their lives. The characters in each story are well-developed and genuine. They aren't the type of people you would find at a darkly-lit fetish club. They're average people: working professionals, young couples, married couples.

This collection is rich with intriguing characters and burning hot erotic writing. (With graphic language, this book is for adults only.) My favorite story "Pony Penning Days" shows real-life cowgirls who ride together and play together. "Summerhouse" takes a look at a new relationship between a female lawyer and the architect she hired. "Staying Present" shows a scientist couple who experiment with domination and control. "What it Means" is about a young couple and how they feel about adding erotic spankings to their relationships.

"Necessary to Her Good" explores the games that a woman plays with her married lover. In "Comfy," a twenty-year-old submissive man finds comfort in the arms of an older woman. "Janice and Kyle" describes the interaction between a husband and wife involved in a Master-slave relationship. The most graphic tale in this collection may be "A Night Without A Moon," a story about a woman who lives out her fantasies of surrender and control. Finally, "Natural Bondage" is a literary confessional of a submissive woman.

BOUND TO LOVE is a great collection for anyone who has been curious about the BDSM lifestyles. The stories present a wide spectrum of interesting adult relationships. The stories are very erotic, and some of the sex scenes are quite graphic. BOUND TO LOVE shows that BDSM relationships aren't that much different from so-called normal relationships. Those involved in BDSM relationships experience the same ups and downs of anyone else. For the men and women in these stories, BDSM is way to enhance their romantic lives.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Hana K.

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