Cover page for book review best bondage erotica volume 2.of the year

Best Bondage Erotica of the Year Volume 2: Book Review

Cover page for book review best bondage erotica of the year volume 2.As a long time bondage fan I was so excited to receive a copy of this book to review. Best Bondage Erotica of the Year Volume 2 did not disappoint. I devoured each and every story. Sucked into worlds that paint new and exciting images of familiar places. Rachel Kramer Bussel is an experienced and passionate editor and with 19 expertly curated authors to choose from there is a piece of bondage erotica for every taste. whether you are experienced in the scene or just starting to explore.

So, what did I think of the Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, volume 2?

Sadly I can’t share my favourite bits from each story, so I have chosen one to inspire you to make a purchase: Dark Dreams, by Posy Churchgate. As a reader I like to be able to immerse myself in a story where I can build rapport with the main character. With this in mind I have chosen the story that feels like it could be relatable to any reader. Even the most experienced kinkster among us started somewhere! 

Posy Churchgate takes us on the journey of a woman, Gail. Following the end of her six year relationship Gail finds comfort in reading. Not just any reading, it is the lesbian erotica penned by a friend that captures her attention. Gail’s friend suggests she check out another writer, “Her Master’s Voice” and she finds herself falling down a rabbit hole she didn’t even realise existed. 

“Gail’s earlier sex life had been vanilla, which didn’t mean it wasn’t fun. What became clear, as she devoured the stories, was that there were things she was curious to try.”

This is where Posy takes me back to the early days of my return to kink.

The images she paints with her words gradually build a picture of new and exciting desires being discovered.

“The fictional action was so compellingly erotic that she almost immediately strummed herself into a starburst of orgasmic fireworks. The power dynamic of surrendering one’s needs and desires to another’s control had tapped into her sexual core.” 

I certainly found it intoxicating to join Gail on a journey of discovery, initially through the written word. To be with her as she discovered more about herself, and a world that made her ache.

“Gail felt a sympathetic throb of arousal in her depths. She reached inside her pencil skirt while she read, dragging her panties down and completely off.” 

But it doesn’t stop there. Part of the allure of this tale is the way Gail takes the plunge and finds herself at her first fetish event. Posy conveys the nerves that I think anyone feels, when experiencing new places and people. I still remember my first event, and held my breath as Gail took that leap. I can feel her fear and excitement emanating from the page. That, I think, is the fear that greets each of us. As we face new and exciting opportunities, pushing against the edges of our comfort zone. 

I don’t want to tell you what happens, spoilers are not fun.

So I shall try to sum up what kept me returning to Gail without giving anything away…

The way that Gail’s hopes, fears and energy are conveyed through the story drew me in, but the scene descriptions that were on the page for us to devour gave life to the words in another way. There is enough detail to show us what is going on, giving us the outline and important points within scenes. But there is space for the reader to colour in with their own experiences, hopes and desires. For me, this is the joy of a well written story. And by giving us (OK-me) the freedom to do this Posy hasn’t just written a story that is authentic, she has made a place where I can return to feel that giddy excitement of my early explorations in this wonderful world. 

If you want to find out what happens for Gail you’ll need to get your hands on a copy. And with a further 18 stories to take your pleasure from, there really is a one handed read for everyone! 

Where can you get your hands on the book?

Available at Amazon.co.uk in both kindle and paperback format.

It is also available through bookshop.org

This book was sent to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. Full disclosure: I have used my bookshop.org affiliate link here. Not only will I earn a small commission if you make a purchase, but the independent bookshop you buy from will get a lockdown boost!

Cover used with permission from the editor.

2 comments

  1. Thanks Barefoot, It’s Marvellous that you enjoyed my story so much. It’s fabulous to hear how the story worked for you – I’m glad my first time had you remembering your first time. You’re right there are a myriad of other bondage experiences contained within the covers of the anthology, I’m treating myself to them 1 bite at a time.

    1. There is so much talent between the covers.

      For all the different kinks and scenarios we are all united by one thing- we have all started at the beginning. You captured it so well Posy! I hope you enjoy the other treats.

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