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Hurts So Good: Unrestrained Erotica

by Alison Tyler

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I generally expect an anthology of stories to be fairly varied--even with a theme within a genre, this usually holds true. Here, though, the stories started to bleed together pretty quickly. For erotica, it isn't badly written, but with the exception of a few stories that stood out creatively in regard to style or psychology, there's just not much depth to the collection as a whole. Obviously, this already isn't meant as a collection for everyone...but I really expected more, in terms of variety especially.

Nearly all of the stories here deal with a man and a woman in a committed relationship (or on their way to one) where, in nearly all cases, the woman is the dominant force within the relationship and the characters are flat at best, stereotypical at worst. Over and over, the characters in different stories do the same things and think the same things, nearly identical in psychology and class and temperament. Simply? Even reading it occasionally over a period of many weeks, I got bored each time I picked it up.

In the end, I was fairly disappointed with this collection, and of the numerous authors included, there's really only one who I'd potentially bother to look up in the future. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Mar 12, 2014 |
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Craving a little painful love? The sting of a hand or paddle upon flesh? In Hurts So Good, Alison Tyler concocts a cornucopia of kink with tantalizing, taboo tales of lovers and partners paying the price with their bodies. For readers who dream about turning on, turning over, and taking their punishment or about exploring the dark fantasies of S/M, this heart-pounding, welt-inducing collection delivers all the pleasure pain can bring.

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