I love BDSM.
Which, if you’ve read my books, is probably not that much of a surprise. In both of our books, Jenny and I have included various kink aspects as character aspects as well as sex play; not with whips and chains (although there are cuffs involved at one point in Winner Takes All), but in much more subtle ways. I love the emotional and psychological click of BDSM, how a person makes that shift to Dom/me or sub, depending on the situation or scene, and that breathless, gorgeous moment when the rest of the world falls away and it’s just them.
With BDSM fiction, I get to be a voyeur, a part of that moment. I get to be the sub, dropping into subspace, or the Dom/me in complete control of every aspect surrounding them. I love that freedom that’s afforded to me just from reading and writing about it.
Or at least that’s the idea.
The problem is, I run into the same things Cat mentioned in her post the other day, time and again, especially the complete lack of semblance of SSC, and it throws me out of the story almost every time. And don’t even get me started on rape fantasy books that are just vaguely labeled BDSM and not marked at all for rape fantasy; suffice it to say that if you surprise me with that kind of shit, I will not trust you or your books ever again. And that’s if I’m feeling generous.
But, being as I’ve had a hella long week and if I start ranting I might not stop, I think I’ll just avoid talking about my pet peeves any more this go-round. Instead, I want to celebrate the ones who do it right. Because it’s a lot of damn work, and people deserve to be recognized for it so they can cuddle the happy-making words (when Jenny and I sent in the MS for Where the Heart Is, our first round of edits included a note that was the editorial equivalent of the Happy Dance because of how we handled the BDSM theme, and we both pull out our copies of that when we have days that make us wonder if we’re really doing the right thing by keeping at this writing thing).
Besides, I’m looking for book recs. Because reading four books at once and working on multiple writing projects and blogging clearly isn’t enough to keep me off the streets.
So. Tell me. What are some of the best BDSM books you’ve read? I’ll start: my most recently read and adored BDSM book is Seven Day Loan by my fellow Dirty Bird, Tiffany Reisz. Is it cheating to use that? Maybe. But it’s an excellent book, with hot as hell sex and BDSM scenes and fantastic dynamics, so I stand behind it.
Okay. Now it’s your turn.
Gimme a shopping list. Spill.