Serving Him pays homage to those irresistible men who control their partners with a glance, a pair of handcuffs, or a firm smack on the bottom.
As true tops, the bossy hunks in these stories understand that erotic BDSM is about exulting in power that is freely yielded. Rachel and her coterie of contributors cover the full range of the male dom’s brand of sensual sadism, from spanking and bondage to public sex and power exchange.
“I have a few favorite stories in this collection, but one of my absolute favorites is Shining In the Dark by Bex vanKoot. I’m not sure why this touched me so deeply but the basic synopsis for this short is that the female sub becomes a piece of art work. Perhaps its the images that the author so skillfully created in my mind as I read, or maybe I love the idea of submission as a form of art in it’s own right, or maybe it just appealed to some part off me that could identify with the female character who is the reluctant center of attention. Whatever the reason, if you get the chance to read this particular story, I highly recommend it.”
“Bex vanKoot, in “Shining in the Dark,” shows us how the dom cherishes his sub, often training and nurturing her to shape her into a masterpiece, a shining star. The art theme makes this a favorite tale for me, seeing the beauty of the woman in the artistic vision of her dom. ”
“Bussel sought out stories emphasizing the necessity of communication and calibration among partners. Even in a situation that looks, on the outside, as non-consensual, there is an effort by the writer to give us the context within the submissive’s head — to demonstrate that she still retains her ability to say No, and to fight for her own desires, even when she feels at a loss for words. The first story, “What You Deserve” by Lori Selke, has a great example of how a shy submissive is supported and nurtured by her dominant — and how the S/M trope of dominants mind-reading their subs actually involves sensitivity, expert reading of body language, and patience.
Of course, those wanting rougher scenes will find them (“Shining in the Dark” by Bex vanKoot, “Room #3” by Emily Bingham, “Duo” by J. Sinclaire and “Breath” by Mollena Williams), but even these stories involve characters who act not out of impulsiveness or selfishness, but out of intelligent, calculated passion, with states of consent still articulated.”
“Serving Him, stories selected and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel is an anthology that focuses on sexual submission. As stated on the back of the book this collection focuses on women submitting to men, whether they are their partner or a stranger.
I really enjoyed reading this collection of stories due to the fact that there was a lot of variety and I found most of the stories highly arousing. I liked that this anthology had some stories where the submission was physical, mental or even focused on submitting in a way to combat certain fears and insecurities. It was really easy for me to imagine myself in the position of many of the main characters and this simply made the reading experience even better. There are 22 stories in all and in my opinion there is something for everyone.
Of course I had some stories that I liked better than others either because they were so well written, presented a fantasy that I had never thought of, or because they turned me on more than others.
Here are my favorites:
Coffee Break by Kristina Wright
Under Direction by Teresa Noelle Roberts
Safe Sane and Consensual by Ariel Graham
I Always Do by Kiki Delovely
Pinky by Kissa Starling
Shining in the Dark by Bex vanKoot
Room #3 by Emily Bingham
Paper Doll by Joy
Subbing by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Overall I give this anthology 5 stars and I was very happy to read it. I know that I will definitely come back to reread many of the stories in this book.”