Although it may not be talked about, spanking is a part of erotic play for many. Some like it light and playful while others want deep and hard that l...moreAlthough it may not be talked about, spanking is a part of erotic play for many. Some like it light and playful while others want deep and hard that leaves the skin burning and the body trembling. For some it’s simply a fantasy that has yet to be acted out while others must have it in order to fully enjoy sex. Whether giving or receiving, spanking incorporates power and control in the connection between two people. These twenty stories explore the endless possibilities of spanking from many different angles.
“A Thousand Words” by Donna George Storey ~ A man fantasizes about how to teach his naughty girlfriend a lesson after she leaves a pink envelope inside his suitcase. “The Hardest Part” by Alison Tyler ~ The anticipation, the fear, the yearning for a spanking that’s duly deserved thanks to naughty behavior and the changes when he finally begins. “A Firm Understanding” by Elizabeth Coldwell ~ A wife convinces her husband to act out her favorite fantasy by being punished by a male dominant while she watches. “Prime Time” by Teresa Noelle Roberts ~ A man ups the stakes when his lover has gotten too good at counting the smacks to her ass and uses prime numbers to keep her alert. “Ass Worship” by Jerry Arthur ~ A young man meets a woman at a friend’s art show who shows him just what it means to have one’s ass ‘worshipped.’ “The Purple Balloon” by Tess Danesi ~ Kate takes a break from her life to visit Mistress Madeline who helps her act out a secret fantasy. “Sorority Sister” by Dominique Dunbar ~ A run-in with a sorority sister reminds Lauren of her first experience with spanking. “Days” by Simon Sheppard ~ A man thanks Howard for the few days they spent together. “Bossy” by Sommer Marsden ~ A woman sees a man looking at spanking pictures on a computer at the library and yearns to know more about him. “Oscar and Holly” by Bill Kte’pi ~ Oscar gives young Holly what she needs when he discovers her with a man in his house. “Lonnie’s Licks” by Tenille Brown ~ Lonnie uses a unique method of aversion therapy to try to cure Stacey’s addiction to his dick. “The Swinging Spankers Club” by Stan Kent ~ A man accidentally discovers a way to add a new spark to the swinging lifestyle that has become boring. “Reenactment” by Zille Defeu ~ When they become part of a medieval reenactment group, two women act out a particularly rough ‘knight and maiden’ fantasy. “Confessor” by Craig J. Sorensen ~ A CEO has a Jayne at home who knows just what to do to get him to confess his transgressions. “The Spanking Machine” by Rachel Kramer Bussel ~ When a woman is at a loss to find a man who will commit to what she needs, she purchases a machine that can keep up with her. “Stuffing the Ballot Box” by Andrea Dale ~ A US Senate candidate relies on her husband to keep her relaxed by giving him total control in the bedroom. “Tease for Two” by Maddy Stuart ~ A woman and her good friend decide to take turns spanking her boyfriend, until the friend decides she needs a turn as well. “I’m Going to Grab Your Hair” by N.T. Morley ~ A man relays, in delicious detail, just how he plans to deal with his naughty girl. “Flaming” by Jean Roberta ~ Matthew gets sucked into helping Lorne who he’s been lusting after from afar, and a few spanks help get Matthew into character. “Helping Those in Need” by Gwen Masters ~ While helping out at the church to feed those in need, Chelsea ends up getting what she needs most from the new youth leader Andy.
"Bottoms Up" is an enticing collection of stories which all involve spanking. Some focus on the one doing the spanking, while many more are from the perspective of the one being spanked. There is a welcome range of trying out for the first time, admitting to fantasies that have never before been acted out, taking play to a new level, and glimpses of relationships where spanking plays a large role in a D/s lifestyle. The stories are all well written and the different approach each author takes to incorporating the theme is quite intriguing. At no time did the stories feel repetitious, which holds the reader’s attention and makes reading that much more enjoyable.
Several stories in this anthology stood out for me. Alison Tyler’s “The Hardest Part” is an exceptional telling from a sub’s point of view of the anticipation of waiting for a spanking that is deserved and the strength it takes to give control to another completely. Tyler taps into the emotions beautifully and the result is a captivating story. Sommer Marsden’s “Bossy” is fun and naughty while a women who is normally the one on the receiving end takes a turn as the spanker. It’s quite a ride as she taps into her dominant side and makes for an enticing story. “Reenactment” by Zille Defeu is one of my favorite tales with two women who like it rough and take things to a new level when acting out a medieval fantasy. It’s rough and a wild ride and yet it’s clear there is a strong bond between the women. Andrea Dale’s “Stuffing the Ballot Box” explores the dichotomy of a woman in complete control in her career who willingly gives that control over to her husband in the bedroom. This lends a balance to the woman’s life and their scene together is highly erotic. Finally, “Helping Those in Need” by Gwen Masters features a “nice” woman who has some naughty desires, and a youth leader who is willing to help her satisfy those needs. This was an intensely erotic story, with two characters who throw caution to the wind and is a story that is not easily forgotten.
From a GLBT standpoint, readers should be aware that the majority of these stories feature heterosexual couples. That makes them no less erotic and steamy, but those looking to specifically read about gay and lesbian characters and spanking should be warned. A few stories feature contact between two men or two women, although not in a sexual way, including “A Firm Understanding,” “The Purple Balloon,” “Sorority Sister,” and “Tease for Two.” Of the twenty stories, three feature gay or lesbian characters: “Days,” “Reenactment,” and “Flaming.” From my perspective, “Reenactment” makes this anthology worth buying, and though not GLBT in focus, the rest of the stories are enjoyable and explore many facets of spanking.
Overall this is a stimulating collection of stories that explore the eroticism of spanking in a variety of ways that will be sure to satisfy any reader.(less)