I’m lucky. I read a lot of good erotic literature because I do what I do and Go Deeper does what it does. But I have to confess: It’s been a really long time since a collection stopped me in my tracks, and an even longer time since I’ve reread the first story before moving on to the second.
Enter Greta Christina’s Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, which came out in April of this year, courtesy of Dirty Heathen Publishing, and how I missed it for so long, I don’t know. But, hey, many thanks go to In Bed With Susie Bright for the tip. “These are not nice stories,” Christina writes in her introduction. Of course, we all know that “not nice” is subjective. I, for one, think that her stories are incredibly nice or, more accurately, dirty in a way that makes me wish I’d written them. All of them. Her warning is a good one, though, for the folks whose experiences with erotica begin and end with Fifty Shades of Grey.
But, oh, that’s not you guys!
Bending is good sex writing. Period. Christina has a solid, literary voice; Bataille-style bravery and honesty (we’re talking fearlessness that is stunning and sometimes too hard to find in this genre); and the wildest, most beautiful imagination, which leads to the most stunningly sexy scenes starring some broken, but beautiful, players.
Just a tip: You should buy this book. You should especially buy this book if you’re a fan of a good spanking. There are lots of spankings. I’d say a spanking for every story, but that might not be true, and I’d hate to falsely advertise. You should also buy this book if you’re a fan of “taboo” topics. As a very huge fan of what typically falls under this category–in Bending’s case, the best ever buildup between an uncle and a niece; a sex worker as nun, who offers a woman, in true Catholic fashion, opportunity after opportunity to relive moments of guilt and shame; and, my personal favorite, a professor/student scenario that is…oh. You just have to read.
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