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Nov 28 2012 12:00pm

First Look: O Come All Ye Kinky Anthology (December 3, 2012)

O Come All Ye Kinky by Sarah Frantz, ed.Sarah Frantz, Ed.; Joey W. Hill, Ava March, Kim Dare, et al.
O Come All Ye Kinky Anthology
Riptide / December 3, 2012 / $16.99 print, $8.99 digital

20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International.

Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.

From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love among men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of love lost and regained will lead you home.

Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.

This anthology is sure to put some extra naughty in your nice this holiday season. Eight erotic authors showcase their talents in stories that feature M/M, M/M/F, and F/F romances during the Christmas season. Sadomasochism features predominantly throughout the anthology, ranging from the lightest BDSM to explicit details.

What I enjoyed most about the stories was the realism of the characters and the exploration of their emotional arcs in each story. Too often erotic romances are heavy on the erotic but light on the romance and the emotional bonding that occurs between lovers. This is not a mashup of titillating stories designed for maximum erotic benefit. This is a celebration of love and the need for communication between between couples who just happen to enjoy kink in the bedroom.

In Ava March’s “Twas The Night” we meet Matthew and Percival, two 18th century gentlemen whose relationship deepens when they give voice to their wants and needs. In L.A. Witt’s “Candy Caning” we get a humorous tale of love, submission, and a new use for a favorite Christmas treat—the candy cane. Nate and Stephan are once again gearing up to go to Nate’s parents for Christmas Eve and the impending stress that Nate’s mother causes has both men on edge. Stephan gives Nate a special gift as a treat for a week of teasing.

I remove the paper, and Stephan takes the box and lid, setting them aside

while I glare at the thing and wondered just how much he snickered to himself when he realized what a pain in the ass it would be to do this while my wrists were bound. It’s like backwards origami, damn it, and I suck at origami.

Which in turn gives Nate a revelation about his relationship with Stephan.

...Spend my evening who cuts under my skin with biting criticism and disapproval, or spend it with someone who knows exactly when and how to push buttons only he knows how to find?

Katie Porter’s “Fireworks” shows us the harm of silence in a woman’s fear of rejection, while Kim Dare’s “His Very Last Chance” shows us that romance isn’t in the props but in the person who uses them. I enjoyed Dare’s story immensely because it delicately but firmly exposes the need for communication in a relationship between a Dom and his sub. When Drew, a very proper submissive, makes an offhand comment that his master knows nothing of romance, his master, Kingsley, finds himself at a loss on how to show his true feelings for Drew. He calls Drew to the city for what Drew assumes is punishment for his comment, but what Drew finds is a scene that apologises in the most delicious of ways.

A man doesn't have to be a genius to see that even the staple of romantic notions have great potential, in the right hands.

Though each story is only about 30 pages long, each one offers a unique full bodied look at romance and the characters involved.

 


Tori Benson, Smexybooks and at Twitter.

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