Released this summer from Cleis Press and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, one of my favorites, it admittedly took me a while to read and review The Big Book of Submission. Why? Well, it’s not really a book made for reading all in one sitting. With a mishmash of genders, D/s dynamics, and points of view, these 69 stories are perhaps best for grabbing on the go one at a time, skipping those that hit your triggers and flipping through for the stories that hit your own submissive buttons.
I was happy to see a pretty even balance of pairings and groups in the book, though there are certainly plenty of the more common male Dom, female sub erotica pieces. Some of the stories felt a little light on the consent, but this is fantasy territory–just proceed with caution if that’s a trigger for you. There’s a lot of sex with the kink, including stories of humiliation, orgasm control, and forced sexual scenarios. My favorite stories mix things up a little–Salome Wilde’s “Butch Unbound,” for example, tells the story of a butch Daddy submitting to his girl, while Giselle Renarde’s “Crush” starts with a male partner in his girlfriend’s panties, the female character voicing her desire to “fuck [him] with [her] clit.”
Though a lot of these stories linger in a submissive fantasy territory where desires are fairly quickly established and understood, there are some refreshing nods to dominant vulnerability and submissive communication needs within the volume. I also love that two male dom/female sub stories throw out a nerdy reference along with their discipline–one features reading a “Fifty Shades of Grey”-type story aloud while masturbating as punishment, while another starts with a girl reluctant to come to bed on time because someone is being wrong on the Internet. Who can blame her?