Fairy Tales and Leather: My Review of Leather Ever After by Sassafras Lowrey

Fairy Tales and Leather: My Review of Leather Ever After by Sassafras LowreyLeather Ever After by Sassafras Lowrey
Published: July 25, 2018
Genres: Erotica
Format: ARC, eBook
Pages: 206
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Once upon a time, in a dungeon far, far away, the kinkiest writers in the land were summoned to pervert beloved fairy tales with dominance, submission, bondage, and surrender. In these stories twisted princesses take control of their submissive princes, witches play with power exchange, and fairies come to visit our dungeons. Erotic retellings of fairy tales for adults have been popular for decades; in Leather Ever After they get decidedly kinky twists. The Circlet Press edition of this anthology includes includes a new foreword by Laura Antoniou and 18 delicious stories by award-winning and lauded writers including DL King, Lee Harrington, Raven Kaldera, Mollena Williams, and editor Sassafras Lowrey. Introduction - Sassafras Lowrey Foreword - Laura Antoniou Each Step For Him - Lee Harrington Blue Beards Ghost - Ariel Dalziel House of Sweets - Miss Lola Sunshine The Suitor - Miel Rose Hair Like Gold - Nalu Kalani The Mistress and the Pea - Cynthia Hamilton The Red Shoes - Hosha The Seven Swan Princes-- DL King The Good Witch - Ali Oh Snow Fight - Rob Rosen Down Under - Raven Kaldera Golden Twink and the Three Bears - Elizabeth "Jake" Hart Iron Henry - Karen Taylor The Wolf and little red - Alysia Angel Not Enough Storms - Goldie Dartmouth Cinderfella - Sossity Chiricuzio Lady Leporine - Mollena Williams The Little Boot Black - Sassafras Lowrey About the Authors

When I stumbled across Sassafras Lowrey’s call for reviewers of “Leather Ever After” on Twitter, I thought, “this could be super cool!” I also thought, “these are probably wicked hot and I like that!” I may have also thought, “Wow, Sassafras Lowrey?! I’m basically DMing with a superstar!”

The title, “Leather Ever After,” immediately made me smile. I mean, the leather community and a play on words…who saw that coming?! When I first received my review copy I loosely went through it to get an idea of the layout. I quickly recognized names like Lee Harrington and Laura Antoniou and I knew I was in for a treat. Now at the beginning I thought I’d easily and quickly be able to identify which traditional fairy tale each of the sexy new ones is based on. That ended up not being the case. I think partially because some of the authors were inspired by tales that I’d not heard and also because they really put their own sauce on these well known tales.

There are 18 exceptional stories in this anthology. I’m going to share my thoughts on two that stayed with me days after! This in no way should take away from the others. They are all remarkable pieces.

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My First Taste of Erotica

Recently my friend and I were discussing an erotic novel I had recommended to her. The conversation was quite funny. There was a lot of “what the hell…,” “can you believe she…,” and “I thought I would die when…!” I loved how excited she was about the book, and I was proud that I had helped her find it. Listening to her explain how scenes affected her allowed me to relive my reading experience all over again. It was like reading it for the first time.

This same friend is completely new to the genre, so I have been happily introducing her to all the sexy delights available to her via erotic books! Her enthusiasm, excitement, and sometimes shock has brought to mind my first taste of erotica.

Now, let me be clear. I started reading romance novels in 9th or 10th grade. If it had a pirate or viking on the cover, I was sold! I remember carrying a bent up copy of Pirate by Fabio (yes THAT Fabio) everywhere with me. I was obsessed! These were the sexiest things I could imagine…fast forward a few years, and, y’all, my imagination was pushed to new limits!

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Am I Obsessed with Sociopath’s Obsession?

Am I Obsessed with Sociopath’s Obsession?Sociopath's Obsession by V.F. Mason
Series: Sociopath Duet #1
Published: May 17, 2016
Genres: Dark Romance, Erotic Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 194
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Sapphire
Life, as I knew it, was over one year ago.I lost my family, my home and any support that came with it.Living in a crappy apartment with my roommate and working two jobs was not how I envisioned my future.However, that was one of the things my family had taught me.Dreams and illusions held no power in the real world.All this was worth it though as long as I knew I was safe.Until he showed up, shattering any peace I had.
Sociopath
Violence towards those who wronged me was my only salvation and revenge.Nothing brought me greater pleasure than the pain and suffering I inflicted on my victims.Until I met her.She became my obsession.Sapphire.My Sapphire.If I were a better man, I would have left her alone and never made her part of my life.But I was a monster.And monsters didn't have hearts.
Warning: 18+ due to sexual content, profanity, abuse, graphic violence, and adult subject matter.Sociopath is a two part series.

This is the first review I’m choosing to post, and, let me tell you, it was not an easy decision!

Let me explain why…

One of the major reasons I have for writing this blog is a desire to destigmatize the romance genre, especially erotica and erotic romance.

I often worry people will judge me because I read romance. I’ve listened to people dismiss and degrade it for years. On top of that, erotica and erotic romance seem to attract even more judgment and scorn.

So, when I recently read and reviewed Sociopath’s Obsession (which is definitely a dark erotic romance), I immediately became nervous. Is it too dark to lead with? Will my readers (hopefully I have some) be turned off when my blog is just a baby? Will I get angry comments from people who do not appreciate the sub-genre? Should I start out with something a bit “lighter?”

I even acknowledged in my inaugural blog post that I would be reviewing Rebel Wolf, which is a fine read, but not the one I originally wanted to review first.

Then it occurred to me, I’m letting this fear dictate what I do with my own creative outlet.

Well, that’ll not do! So, here I am posting my first review, Sociopath’s Obsession By V.F. Mason.

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And We’re Off

I’ve been going back and forth wondering what to write for my inaugural post. Do I explain why and how I’m doing this? Do I share quirky details about myself? Do I share some interesting facts about the romance genre? Do I ramble on about what to write? It looks like the answer is all of the above.

The why is easy. I love getting lost in a book. There is nothing like that feeling of sitting at work or on the train and wondering what your current characters will do next. For me, they become friends, family, and sometimes enemies. I also have a habit of becoming so excited about the things I enjoy that I feel compelled to tell everyone; it doesn’t matter if it’s a coworker, a neighbor, my hair stylist, or the cashier at my coffee shop. I’m a compulsive recommender! So, one evening it occurred to me that I love reading sexy books, love talking about sexy books, and love sharing my opinions. BAM! Mercy Me What Did I Read was born.

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