I'm currently taking a break from writing. Not a long one, just two weeks. The book I'm working on hasn't been the easiest to write. The kink is on the harder side and the characters are kind of a mess. Working through some of the scenes has proved to be a bit draining. Summer isn't the best time for me to work on a book that takes a lot out of me. My kids are home with me all day and for some reason my laptop has turned into a kid magnet. The minute it's open I have two little faces poking in, trying to check out what I'm up to. Not exactly conducive to writing hard kink.
So, I've been indulging myself and reading as much as I'd like. Usually, I would be combing the net for new books, but I haven't been. I've been spending time with the books on my keeper shelf, mostly the bdsm fiction, and I thought I'd share the list of books that have earned a space on that shelf.
Nine and a Half Weeks by Elizabeth McNeill - This was the very first book I'd read that portrayed any type of kink. I can't tell you how many times I've read it because honestly, I have lost count. The prose is simple, but the feelings it stirred in me were not. The movie is a sad comparison to the book.
As She's Told by Anneke Jacob - What can I even say about this book that does it justice? I've read it four times so far and that number is sure to increase. Every time I read it I get something different out of it. It's such an intense and thought-provoking book. The extreme relationship Maia and Anders share is completely unique, one that draws me back time and time again.
Carrie's Story by Molly Weatherfield - A modern bdsm classic. I loved it from first page to last. Carrie's voice was so refreshing and honest. Reading her thoughts was like reading about myself.
Mercy by Annabel Joseph - Oh my gosh, this is my favorite love story. It's my fairytale. I know that may sound twisted to some of you, but it's true. It's a book that leaves me emotionally wrung out when I finish the last page, but in a good way.
Obsession by Claire Thompson - The one that hits all my kink buttons, my dirty fantasy. I like non-consent stories, force is a huge kink of mine, but this one that stayed with me.
Now that you've had a small glimpse of my favorites I want to know what BDSM books are on your keeper shelf if you have one.