The Delicious Torment
A Story of Submission
By Alison Tyler
(Cleis Press, Paperback, 9781627780070, 288pp.)
Publication Date: January 2014
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The second in a series of novels by bondage connoisseur Alison Tyler features heroine Samantha progressing with her predilections and exploring the deepest recesses of her master's dungeon and her heart. The Delicious Torment is a Story of O meets 9 1/2 Weeks coming-of-age tale fueled by lust, longing, and based on the author's personal diaries. The Delicious Torment takes readers to Sunset Strip, way up in the sky in a penthouse apartment overlooking Los Angeles with a love affair ensconced in an S&M relationship filled with corsets, crops, and plenty of kink. In the introduction Tyler notes, "This is a novel with me at the center. That is, my heroine is based on me. I’ve sketched her with broad strokes, but at our core we are the same. She’s gotten herself entwined with an older man nothing new there. But now she has to learn how to maneuver a 24/7 relationship."
Alison Tyler is a prolific author of erotic fiction and is the editor of Three-Way, Heat Wave, Best Bondage Erotica, Love at First Sting, and Naughty or Nice. She lives in San Francisco.
"Finally, we have an erotic novel that steers clear of the ingenue-to-goddess trope in a delightful return to old-school erotica."
"An excellent read for anyone looking to discover the intensity of a full-time kinky relationship that goes beyond the bedroom, beyond the body, even, into the heart and soul of submission."
Heroes and Heartbreakers, Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor of The Big Book of Orgasms)
"The Delicious Torment is aptly named, a terrific and tasty mix of female-submissive BDSM served with literary panache."
"The intense sensuality of Sam's experiences is only heightened by her raw and honest emotion, and it's this marriage of heat and heart that makes Delicious Torment such a compelling read."
"A superbly written, highly erotic story I couldn’t put down."
"There are plenty of S/M books out there now, but nobody does it with as much style and skill as Alison Tyler."
Sacchi Green, editor of Wild Girls, Wild Nights
"If you love Dom/Sub fiction, this is the series for you. If you are a newbie to the genre and want somewhere to start, this is the series for you."
"Between this character-who-is-somewhat-real and Alison’s fluent prose, this book is imbued with a feeling of reality that is lacking in many erotic stories [...] The Delicious Torment is a fine novel first, and erotica second."
Cheyenne Blue, author of False Creek Ferry
"Sam is flawed, believable, passionate, and sexy enough to sizzle, and this book is perfect for anyone who likes their kink real, hardcore, and in your face."
"Alison writes in a way that makes me want the kind of sex that her heroine is having."
Sex Blog (of Sorts)
"Ultimately, that's what this series is about in my view: Samantha is on a journey to find the most honest way to live out her sexual desires."
"Highly entertaining plot lines, characters to fall in love with, and an insatiable appetite for the next one. As always, when it comes to Alison's books, I am on the edge of my seat, eagerly anticipating the rest of the journey."
The Mizadventurez of Miz Angell
"Hot sex, writing with meaning, and feeling are what make this book a true erotic classic."
"A brilliantly crafted and well-written story. I love the honesty in this series, the lack of frills to dress it up in order to make it more accessibleit is what it is, and I love it!"
Alison’s characters are fully fleshed out, real people, with desires ranging all over the placetop, bottom, dom, sub, rough, tender, heavy, light. Doesn’t matter. It’s all super hot!
Jade A Waters
"Welcome to the second book of Alison's adventures in kinkland. This one is a treat for me, because I just adored, loved, delighted at the love triangle, as it were, this book hinges on."
Suffused with Heat
"The doms are human, the scenes are realistic, and instead of acting like a brainless twit who lives to please her master, Samantha negotiate her submission from a position of inner strength. Best of all, the scenes are hot, literate and aesthetically appealingthere are no clinical descriptions or purple paragraphs here."
"Ms. Tyler lays her BDSM lifestyle wide open for anyone sneak a peek."
Spanking Romance Reviews
"This book truly lives up to its name it is a delicious torment reading once more about Alison’s alter ego, Sam, and her developing relationship with Jack, a dom who truly gives Christian Grey a run for his money."
"Alison Tyler's writing is raw: full of emotions, sensory descriptions and sexy scenarios. When reading her work it is like you are there with her, sharing her experiences alongside her. Her words resonate in my memories and to a deep part of myself few have ever known. It often feels like she is writing her stories from within my head and every new element she adds becomes something I crave.
Rei Pardieu, Thoughts of a Growing Sub
Alison Tyler’s name will be known to anyone who has read more than one piece of erotic fiction. An accomplished editor, authoress and now publisher with Pretty Things Press, she writes with a fun-loving style that is instantly recognizable and easy to enjoy. And, although she’s been writing prolifically for more than a decade, there is no trace of any weariness in her work. Each line reflects the cheerful anticipation of a yearned for promise.” Ashley Lister, ERWA
If the mercury hasn’t already popped out the top of your thermometer, veteran erotica novelist, short story writer, and editor Alison Tyler (Bad Girl, Bondage on a Budget, and many more) has rounded up a cadre of talented authors to pet your sweaty things until you’ve melted into a small, but highly satisfied puddle. Their nineteen brief, get-right-down-to-business tales are just the ticket for brain-fried beach reading when trying to digest anything heavy is out of the question.” Gary Meyer, On the Bookshelf Reviews
Heat Wave is another collection of sexy shorts penned mainly by American writers, only this time the stories are all inspired by the summer. The warm weather may be fading fast, but this book might just inspire you to jump on the first plane out of here for a bit of sex, sun, sea and more sex.” Desire, issue 53
What could be sexier or more seductive than tanning oil on bare, sun-warmed skin? Tyler gathers explicit stories of summer sex bursting with the sweet raunchiness of swimsuits, sprinklers and ripe strawberries. The very definition of hot erotica, Heat Wave calls for a long icy drink, fresh towels, a salty sea breeze and a wide open window.”Erotic Review