Published: July 25, 2018
Format: ARC, eBook
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.
The first story “Each Step for Him” by Lee Harrington punched me directly in the stomach. I found the author’s writing style to be lyrical and almost lulling. I could truly feel the desire and devotion the boy had for his Prince. As the story progressed I found myself holding my breath and hanging onto every smile the Prince gave the boy. I was very surprised by my own reaction to the final scene. It honestly brought me to tears. I found it to be almost painfully romantic…which is interesting given the fact it involved a leather club and a hobble skirt. I guess that’s why it’s such a special thing to have these authors writing such unique and vulnerable pieces. It took me till the very end of the story to realize it was inspired by “The Little Mermaid“. I’d pay to see a movie of this version any day!
“Iron Henry” by Karen Taylor also stirred my naughty little soul. Mistress Madeline is the femme domme of dreams. She’s strong and fierce. I’d love a bottle of her vibe! I’d wear it every day! Henry’s desire to provide service was beautifully described. I instantly felt like I understood the depth of his need. I loved the moment when Henry first became aware of Mistress Madeline. My heart jumped and was hoping Henry would finally find what he was looking for. The first intimate moment between Henry and Mistress Madeline blew my mind! Mistress Madeline’s power and grace combined with Henry’s strength through submission was intoxicating.
This anthology is a gift! It’s beautifully done and I highly recommend it!
Read on with your sexy self!