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Jun 23 2015 10:00am

10 BDSM Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Personal Geography by Tasmen Parker

While erotic romances with BDSM elements have been around for quite some time, they seem to be everywhere in our post-Fifty Shades of Grey world. But they are not all created equal and there are several that stand out from the rest and are must reads. Check out my list of 10 BDSM romances that everyone should read.

1. Light Switch by Lauren Gallagher is one of my all time favorite BDSM romance novels. Kristen and Scott have more than one committed relationship, but enter into a Dominant/submissive relationship when Kristen asks Scott to help her explore her submissive desires. Scott uses specific rituals to mark their play time. For example, he rolls up his shirt sleeves and swirls wine in a glass to mark to get Kristin into a submissive headspace. The sex is hot, and there are several scenes that will appeal to fans of both exhibitionism and voyeurism as well as BDSM.

2. Personal Geography by Tamsen Parker is a recent addition to this list. This is the first of a two-book series about high-powered businesswoman, India, and her Dominant lover Cris. India is an experienced submissive who sets strict rules and uses a broker to set her encounters. But Cris is different than most of her Dominants and pushes her for more. Personal Geography does have a cliffhanger ending, but it (and Intimate Geography, the sequel) is a stand out read. While several of the BDSM scenes are hardcore, Cris is not an alphahole Dom—in fact, he is actually a beta Dom, which is a rare thing in erotic romance.

Caught by Cassandra Carr

3. Caught by Cassandra Carr is an erotic romance with heavy BDSM elements and a Dominant, Jack,  who likes to exert control outside of the bedroom. It includes a heavy emphasis on disciplinary spanking, but this is something that works for Jack and Callie, his heroine. This short story is intense, emotional, and very sexy.

4. Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph features Nell, a professional submissive, as a heroine. Nell accepts a job as Jeremy Gray’s personal assistant and submissive. The relationship starts out as a business arrangement but slowly becomes something more. The story is very dark, often raw and even brutal at times. Jeremy is a difficult hero to like, but this story was impossible to put down.

5. Dark Garden by Eden Bradley is a BDSM romance with Rowan, a Mistress who discovers a need to submit when she meets Christopher, a Dominant who dares her to submit to him for 30 days. While this is one of my least favorite tropes in BDSM erotic romance, Bradley makes it work.

6. Out of Control by Teresa Noelle Roberts pits Drake, a Dominant math professor, against Jen, an artist who lives a very unorganized life. The two seem like polar opposites, but have an intense attraction. Submission is often hard for Jen who has a strong independent streak. The two must compromise to find happiness. The D/s play is intense and very hot.

This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair

7. This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair is an erotic romance with a sadist hero and a heroine who has been brutalized and has no desire to be kinky. Sam, the sadist, desperately wants to help Linda who suffered at the hands of slavers before she was rescued. Fortunately, Sam is very patient and determined to prove to Linda that they do fit together perfectly.

8. The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart is an erotic romance with an alpha billionaire hero who needs to be in control of everything but sex. Donovan Morgan tries to hire professional dominatrix, Lily Harrison, to master him, but Lily doesn’t like his terms. This one has a sexy and tense power struggle as Donovan makes Lily work for his submission.

9. Naughty Bits by Joey W. Hill was originally released as a serial, but can now be purchased in its entirety. This romance is the story of Madison, who inherits an adult-themed store when her sister dies. She meets the sexually dominant Logan who runs the neighboring hardware store. Madison is wary, but gets involved with Logan and even helps him train the submissive Troy—something that Logan does regularly.

10. The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames is a story where two friends discover that each has a kinky side. Robin, who blogs about her less than stellar submissive experiences, finds out that her friend Jon is a Dom who offers to help Robin discover what she needs from submission. The catch is that they aren’t supposed to have sex. Of course, that doesn’t last long. This story touches upon many aspects of BDSM including servitude, restraint, humiliation and denial rather than just the standard sadomasochism.

What are your favorite BDSM romances?

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Learn more about the books mentioned in this post: 

Light Switch by Lauren Gallagher  
Personal Geography by Tasmen Parker  
Caught by Cassandra Carr  
Comfort Object by Annabel Joseph  
Dark Garden by Eden Bradley  
Out of Control by Teresa Noelle Roberts  
This Is Who I Am by Cherise Sinclair  
The Billionaire Submissive by Joely Sue Burkhart  
Naughty Bits by Joey W. Hill  
The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jennifer Porter, a mild-mannered librarian by day, runs the review site Romance Novel News and is a compulsive romance reader. She has a tendency to live tweet her craziest reads as @JenniferRNN

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12 comments
Lizzie R
1. Lizzie R
I'm not really interested in BDSM because of the glut of badboy billionaire doms that are so prolific but I just saw the junction of 2 magic words "Billionaire" + "submissive" so I'll definitely be reading that.

I've always thought that if you were a billionaire who controlled all aspects of your life why the heck would you need to be a controlling dom in bed so this is definitely my catnip.
JenniferPorter
2. JenniferPorter
Lizzie, there have been several excellent femdomme stories of late. Joely Sue Burkhart has another one out The Billionaire's Ink Mistress. I think we might see more of this!
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
I'll throw in a mention of Olivia Cunning, as I think she did a dominatrix-for-hire in one of them. Their relationship soon turned unprofessional ;)
Lizzie R
4. TammyJo Eckhart, PhD
Have you seen this site with authors who not only write about kink but also do it?

http://beyond-50.com/
Lizzie R
5. Trish Bowers
I sat down one day and came up with a list of authors that write BDSM. I thought they all deserved accolades as much as any one author.
Several of these authors also live the life style and in my opinion the ones who don't did excellent research. Then I have my list to Tymbe Dalton who then posted on her blog. I love seeing articles recognizing these great writers.
http://tymberdalton.com/guest-post-bdsm-authors-by-trish/
Lizzie R
6. nikky987143
Joey Hill rocks and should be at the #1spot!! For really any of her books. :)
Lizzie R
7. Deborah Dove
Thanks for some new authors/books to check out! I love all of Cherise Sinclair's books. Some other great BDSM writers I enjoy are Sierra Cartwright, Brynley Bush, and Kallypso Masters.
Lizzie R
8. Cat L
I love Joey Hill, but you missed one22 of the most unique writers in the genre: MQ Barbee and the Neighborly Affection series. Fabulous, lyrical BDSM erotic romance - about a trio. Love!!
allyson55
9. allyson55
I've read all the 'Club Shadowlands' books and 'This Is Who I Am' was very good. The female lead was such a courageous character and so well written. I kept imagining the gorgeous Sam Elliot in the role of Sam and that really gave him extra life for me. If only the man in my life was as thoughtful and understanding as Sam ... except for the sado/masochism 'cause ... Yikes!
Lizzie R
10. thaliamoirai
Thanks for the book recommendations! I'm still on the quest for more multicultural BDSM romance. I read recently and enjoyed: Unbound by Cara McKenna; How to Train Your Dom In 5 Easy Steps by Josephine Myles; Shaken Up by Nicole Forcine; His Mistress by Monica Burns.
Lizzie R
11. Toria Lyons
I've always enjoyed Golden Angel's Venus Rising/Stronghold series. The latter books cover the multicultural aspect - Angel herself is mixed race, if it matters.

I have my own Domme heroine, but the novel hasn't officially been released yet - she only appears in short stories so far.
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