“Will he stay quiet? Or can I break the noise from him?” – Shanna Germain, “Perfect Bound”
This collection is composed of twenty short stories, averaging nine pages each, written by different authors, including Elizabeth Coldwell, Thomas Roche, Alison Tyler, and Sage Vivant.
Each of the stories are set up rather differently, not only managing to keep the reader’s interest, but also making it possible to read multiple stories in one sitting. Ranging from kidnap play, to meeting with a past bully, to simply punishing a naughty lover, the stories tend to be on the lighter side of kinkiness, though the closing story is heavier because of mental play. While most of the stories center on a male-female couple, the partner of either gender could be the top. Two stories have central female-female pairings, and there are some groups with mixed genders. The anthology itself is put together well in terms of story quality and variety.
I thought the stories were just long enough to tantalize with some gripping plot, yet short enough so the actions didn’t become repetitive or dull. The stories all felt very realistic and plausible, and seemed to tap into the emotions of the characters. Not only did the stories vividly describe the spankings themselves, but they also delved deeply into the relationship between the participants.
I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in or turned-on by light kink.