Review: 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM

9781627780308_5A few months back, the wonderful people at Clies Press sent me 50 Shades of Kink: An Intoduction to BDSM by Tristan Taormino in exchange to give it a fair and honest review. As always, I have enjoyed many of the books published by Clies Press, and this one was no different.

When I saw that it was written by Tristan Taormino, I had very high hopes that this book would be excellent. This is not the first instructional book about kink that she has written, as she also wrote The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge. Which I would certainly consider that book the big sister to 50 Shades of Kink.

The biggest reason I dove into this book the moment I could was due to its title. Of course it shares part of the first half of its title with a certain popular erotica novel. And has caused a surge of people who are looking to branch out in the bedroom, but have no idea where to start or jump in quickly without looking how deep the pool is. This book is the answer to those issues.

Tristan Taormino has given to the reading world a book that perfect for those who are just starting to dip a toe into the world of BDSM or even are perfectly vanilla that are curious. From the beginning it doesn’t assume that the reader already knows much of the terminology and makes sure to define every phrase or word that may need it. But most of all the book has so much good advice. Taormino makes sure to break everything down into simple terms that anyone can understand. There are also samples provided of contracts and even a limits chart. The latter of which was my favorite, while I have seen ones that are longer and very detailed this one was simple and kept to what more seasoned kinksters might see as the first steps of kink. I approve of this because I know when I started and looked at limit lists I got over whelmed by some of the things that can be listed. Also the simple system of Yes-No-Maybe is easy for any one to follow. This book walks you through it all from just talking to your partner about the feelings you have to rough sex.

When it comes down to it, this is the beginners book that I would point people towards if they came to me now asking questions, much like people did for me in the past. The scene has changed so much since then, but I believe that if I had this book it would have saved me a lot of questions and time in not getting in over my head or going down paths I shouldn’t have. At the end, there is a great list of recommended books some I have read and even some that I have not (but are SO now on my list), that gives puts the reader on the paths that they may want to follow-up on.

So for everyone who has enjoyed reading about BDSM in fiction but has no idea where to begin when it comes to applying it to real life, this one is the book for you. I know this is one that I will be keeping in my rotation to be my friends fairy kink mother.

About scarletrosefox

A late 20's kinky geek. Submissive. Bisexual. Writer. Lover of Corsets. Reviewer.
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One Response to Review: 50 Shades of Kink: An Introduction to BDSM

  1. Heaven says:

    I have heard good things about this book. I am glad you enjoyed reading it and would point it to beginners into BDSM.

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