A Princess Bound: Naughty Fairy Tales for Women
Edited by Kristina Wright
Genre: Erotic Romance
Categories: Anthology, M/F, F/F
Published: June 16th, 2014
Publisher: Cleis Press
Format: eBook, Paperback
Length: 240 Pages
Source: ARC from publisher
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Once Upon a Bedtime
Why is it that Goldilocks climbed into so many beds? Face it, fairy tales have always been kinky—from beautiful queens tied up in knots to the wolf that makes Red Riding Hood blush. In this distinctive collection of racy romances, Kristina Wright seduces us with tales that are playful, supernaturally sensual and very, very naughty. The beauty in “The Seven Ravens,” by Ariel Graham, uses a series of magic keys to finally unlock the door to her secret wish. A lonely maiden sneaks into the Winter Ball in Valerie Alexander’s “Mine Until Dawn,” and binds her new love in a devastatingly erotic story of dominance. A brawny beast of a man sweeps an aristocrat off her feet and right into his bed in “Black of Knight,” by Victoria Blisse. Submit to the spell of A Princess Bound.
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Seventeen naughty tales of submission, otherworldly pleasure and a little pain. I recognized the inspirations behind some of the tales, and the naughty twists were done very well. As for the rest, they were completely new to me but still managed to capture my interest. There is an excerpt below of one such tale, and it was also the first story in this collection. If you love the classics, old folklore or just want some new stories written the old way but with a very sexy twist, then this is a lovely collection to lose yourself in. The majority of the stories were M/F, but there were also two F/F.
My top favorites (5 stars):
The Seven Ravens by Ariel Graham
Cecily breaks a curse her father had placed on his once best friend's family. Whoa, hot, hot, hot!
Black of Knight by Victoria Blisse A fair maiden with snark, a bit of a tom boy, BBW, a handsome Black Knight who yells “Cheerio”. This was funny and sexy!
“What is this torturous contraption?” he muttered as he pulled cords and swore under his breath.
“It is to capture fair maidens, to cut off blood flow to the brain and keep them easy to control.”
Need and Permission by Benjamin Creek
Beauty and the Beast – the adult version, and boy did this deliver! Marienne misses Andray's wild side. To distract herself from the stale bedroom activities, she writes all her dark desires in her private journal. Then he finds it. Dun dun dun. Loved it!
Locks by Tahira Iqbal Cara, is a descendant of Rapunzel. An ounce of her hair is highly coveted. Her hair is used in sex rituals, and she feels whatever the “users” feel. Something her newly hired bodyguard is bound to notice. So hot!
Out of the Waves by Rose de Fer
The mermaid Naiae is fascinated by a fisherman; it's love at first sight. She allows herself to be captured by him in the hopes that he'll keep her. A mermaid and a sexy mortal. Need I say more?
Mine Until Dawn by Valerie Alexander
A Cinderella type story. Cynthia works as a janitor in a corporate building and she's in lust with the CEO, Justin. She uses a spell that will make her beautiful enough to make him notice her. All she wants is to control him for just one night. This was so sweet and sexy. I loved the twist at the end with the photo replacing the "glass slipper".
In the Palace of Gods and Monsters by Michelle Augello-Page
Beauty and the Beast-esque. In order to help her family restore their fortune, a princess was married off to a king from a faraway castle, sight unseen. She was never allowed to look upon her new husband's face. He never came to her unless she followed his rules of waiting for him blindfolded. Over time she had come to love him and the wicked pleasures he bestowed upon her. But one night, her curiosity got the better of her. Who doesn't love a twist on that particular tale? This story was probably the hottest one and blended pain and pleasure very well.
Sealed by Laila Blake
This was interesting as I'd never heard anything similar before. A little online research brought up The Seal Wife, The Seal Woman, and/or The Seal Pelt. According to legend, a selkie can only make contact with one human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. They are unable to make contact with that human again for seven years, unless the human steals their selkie skin and hides it or burns it. Sealed is the tale of James and Mairead. This romantic tragedy left me with tears by the end of it. Heartachingly beautiful.
The Smith Under the Hill by Kathleen Tudor
A sister journies into the realm of the Fae to rescue her brother. Seduced by the Fae Prince until she turns the tables on him. This was hot, and I loved the heroine taking control of the Fae Prince.
Thorn King by Jane Gilbert
A woman stumbles in the woods and is met by a dominating man who brings her painful pleasure. I loved this dark, mysterious, and very hot tale. But be warned, there's blood play involved.
Red and the Big Bad Wolf by Poetic Desires
Red is a spitfire - hot-tempered, strong, untameable. Her parents fear she'll never be able to find a future King with that attitude. They turn to the Grandmother of the forest, a powerful mage, for help. At the same time, Wolfe was sent to kill the mage, but she had other plans for him.
"If you do not leave. If you do not now push me out of this cabin and bar the door and windows, I will take you. All of you. Until I am sweaty and exhausted. Until the sun comes through the glass and shines on our writhing bodies. I want you, need you, Red. All of you. And if you do not feel as I do, tell me now while I still have the power to stop myself, while I still have the power to love you more than my desire to be inside you."
The Last Duchess by Kristina Wright
Esmerelda fakes her death to escape from her sadistic husband. With the help of a wizard, she lives in subterfuge. But she's lonely and starving for a man's rough touch once more. She dreams of the wizard and confesses her darkest desires. Upon awakening, there seems to be more to her feline gift from the wizard than meets the eye.
The Silence of Swans by Kannan Feng
The identity of the narrator was a bit vague. I gathered she was a Princess who was captured by the King, yet she lived in his castle and was treated like a maid who sewed shirts made of asters that were supposed to release her brothers from a curse and return them to their human form from a swan state. She couldn't speak, but loved the pleasure the King bestowed upon her.
The Dancing Princess by Elizabeth L. Brooks
Witches or Fairies? I didn't fully understand what was going on in this one, and at the time of writing this, I don't remember it.
The King's Cousin by Catherine Paulssen
F/F Not something that interests me, but I did like the vast differences between the two women. One was delicate and strong-willed, the other was fierce (warrior type). I liked the hard vs soft, but their intimacy did nothing for me. It was still a very well-written story.
Your Wish by L.C. Spoering
Aladdin type story. A man finds a bottle with a female genie who grants him three wishes. She hopes the last one he makes will be about her.
The Witch's Servant by Michael M. Jones
F/F. Lost in the woods, the spoiled and bratty Princess Emmaline came upon an old crone in a cottage. Her ungratefulness despite the old woman's help was punished with seven months of subservience. When the time came for the witch to release her, Emma made a bold decision. Another well-written F/F story.
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