• Last updatedLast updated: Dec 07, 2020

5 Best BDSM Books — Get Ready for Your Most Seducing Read

A good BDSM story is able to arouse you way more than just another porn video. Seems too optimistic to you? This probably means you’ve never read a decent one. If this is the case, just give this review a few minutes to convince you. Here, I’ve compiled a list of the best BDSM books I read myself and ready to recommend, mentioning the strengths and weak points of each.

Editor's Choice

The BDSM classics, this story will not simply arouse you but also put in a submissive’s shoes with all the details of her physical and ethical evolution

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9.8
Bestseller of the Decade

This rating would be incomplete without the 10’s bestseller; the book might pleasantly surprise even if you hate the movie

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8.7
Best Plot

A story of life-changing slavery when both the sub and the dom evolve as they get to know each other’s desires, fears, and limits

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8.7
Best for Beginners

A must-read for those just starting to practice BDSM (no matter if you’re a sub or a dom) or just anyone interested in the topic

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8.3
Best Step-by-Step Guide

A descriptive handbook for beginners and experts alike; contains everything from role-play scenario ideas to ethical aspects of BDSM

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8.2

Top 5 BDSM Books Review 2020

1.

The Story of OEditor's Choice

Features
  • Plot rating: 10
  • Writing style rating: 8.7
  • Sexual tension rating: 9.5
  • Publication date: 1954

 

If you think that writing about dominant sex frankly is what typical nowadays mostly, my first choice might surprise you. There’re classics in this category, and The Story of O is a beautiful example. Written in 1954, the novel doesn’t seem old-fashioned at all, on the contrary, it’s straightforward, and filled with pornographic details all the way through its plot.

A young photographer, her name is O – that’s all we know about her – is taken to a chateau where she’s taught to be a submissive. My favorite detail here is that it was done by her lover, René, who turns out to be a member of an elite men’s club. What are a woman’s limits when it comes to following the man she loves?

If you’re a fan of unconcealed sex scenes descriptions, you’ll love the first, say, 50 pages especially. That’s the part where O is put through her intense training, learning how to serve men through an oral, vaginal, and anal intercourse.

The storyline doesn’t end up here; O starts her practice as a submissive, serving various men of the club, including her lover’s stepbrother who she later falls for. I won’t reveal all the plot’s details, of course; however, rest assured that this book keeps its arousing BDSM vibe till the end without turning into another romantic story that would ruin all the initial impression.

The book is highly recommended to the fans of the genre, nevertheless might be too rough for some readers who expect it to end with a wedding ceremony and the characters to live-happily-ever-after.

Pros
  • Beautiful plot
  • Turns on
  • Gives some food for thought
  • Fictional presentation of different BDSM aspects and practices
Cons
  • Not for those expecting a romantic happy end
2.

Fifty Shades of GreyBestseller of the Decade

Features
  • Plot rating: 8.8
  • Writing style rating: 7.9
  • Sexual tension rating: 9.5
  • Publication date: 2011

I hate the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. The acting is simply horrible, not convincing, nothing’s so special about it. The plot looks rushed, I wish there was more cohesiveness in it. If you watched the movie, and have similar thoughts, don’t, however, overlook the book it’s based on.

I’d read the book long before the movie came out. It seemed rather, well, different. I’m not a fan of love stories, though, I must confess, I read a couple of them, and this thing seemed something completely new. The storyline is a typical Cinderella fairy tale unexpectedly wrapped into a hard-cased BDSM package. Not even erotic, but BDSM indeed. I mean, when you read it, Mr. Grey appears a rough, dominant lover, a man who knows what he wants and he will take it, no doubt. That was one of the things that later disappointed me in the movie – too sweet Mr. Grey, too delicate at times, not the one I imagined when reading the book.

Many scenes were simply not included into the adaptation (unexpectedly, I loved the one with the tampon – how cool, dominant was it, but where it was in the movie, where, I ask?). Come on, it’s a story that became popular because of its BDSM vibes going through the whole plot, why ruin it this way… The scenes are described in detail, but not vulgarly, which is, to me, the most important. You should feel aroused, not embarrassed. That’s what E.L. James coped with perfectly if you ask me.

In a word, give this book a chance no matter what you think about the movie. Forget the movie. Forget the bland Dakota Johnson, forget the teddy-bear Jamie Dornan. Let your imagination create all the characters and scenes. The story is not that long, easy to read and is filled with erotic scenes that won’t let you get bored.

Pros
  • High sex scenes frequency
  • Nicely described kinky actions and thoughts
  • Classical Cinderella plot in an erotic package
Cons
  • Too light reading for those who like it rough
3.

Tears of TessBest Plot

Features
  • Plot rating: 10
  • Writing style rating: 8.1
  • Sexual tension rating: 8.0
  • Publication date: 2013

If you’re tired of the girlish pseudo pornographic stories (well, like Fifty Shades of Grey, frankly speaking – too light reading for some), but want the story to have a plot, and, preferably, some food for thought, my next pick might tick all your boxes. “Tears of Tess” starts as a typical romantic story: a young, promising student, Tess Snow, is looking forward to starting an overwhelming career in property development, has a handsome, loving boyfriend who (surprise) she’s crazy about, and hopes to marry in the nearest future. Well, at least, everything leads to that. The only thing she was worried about – their intimate life. Her demons kept her wanting more while Brax, the boyfriend, turned out to be too gentle and conservative in terms of sex.

Soon comes the moment the romance ends (thank God, where’s my BDSM hardcore?!). During their holiday, Tess is drugged and kidnapped by an unknown man who turns her Barbie life into never-ending terror.

Till the end of the story, we see Tess evolving and turning into a strong, will-of-iron woman as being tortured physically and mentally. The book (four of them, actually) is not all about Tess and her turnover, sometimes it seems to be more dedicated to her owner who’s haunted by the pain of his past. His passion to tortures rose in him for a good reason and his evolution becomes no less interesting to watch.

The book is filled with dark, untypical romance you might have never come across before. It’s psychological, arousing, and has an interesting plot – all at once. However, it might seem a bit too harsh for those who’s used to read about BDSM preferring not to focus on the top’s and sub’s personalities, dramas, and mental issues.

Pros
  • Great dark romance
  • Awesome psychological insights
  • Not just about sex scenes
Cons
  • Might seem too heavy reading (psychologically)
4.

The New Bottoming BookBest for Beginners

Features
  • Educating: 8.9
  • Practical use: 6.3
  • Encouraging: 9.8
  • Publication date: 2001

In case the world of BDSM is still new to you, or you want some more insight into the psychological aspects of bottoming, this book must be on your shelf. Don’t expect it, however, to be a How-To guide to the actual process. Instead, it’s a nice collection of thoughts about how to be a good bottom, what it is actually about, safety issues, rewards, pain (in a good, healthy way), all written in a clear, positive manner.

Despite of not being a step-by-step guide to submission, the whole Part Two: Scenes is dedicated to the particular ideas about the preparation, appearance, language, body modifications, etc. More than enough for beginners and those just interested in the topic.

The overall intention of The New Bottoming Book is to show that there’s nothing wrong, dirty or pathetic in submission. Rather than providing you with detailed scenarios, it teaches you adequate perception of this role, the ability to enjoy it no less than your top. By the way, there’s also a no less enlightening The New Topping Book written in the same style. So, if BDSM interests you as the art of mutual satisfaction through owning, obeying, and pain, you just must read them both.

A nice intro into the world of BDSM from the sub’s perspective. The book leaves a positive impression, and is filled with mature, well-thought ideas about how to truly accept and enjoy this role together with your dom partner. However, might be too dull for already experienced subs and has not so many step-by-step tutorials on the actual process.

Pros
  • Describes all the aspects of bottoming in a positive way
  • Easy to read
  • Filled with humor
Cons
  • Not a step-by-step guide
Features
  • Educating: 9.2
  • Practical use: 9.8
  • Encouraging: 5.7
  • Publication date: couldn’t find

Unlike my previous pick, this book can be called a guide for sure. It’s written by Ms Morgan Thorne, a BDSM educator, professional Dominant, LGBTQIA activist, in a word, an experienced person in the topic you’re interested in.

I was impressed by the structure of it in the first place. It does look like an actual textbook, like the ones I had at uni: step-by-step, starting with an introduction, it gradually walks you through each aspect of the basics, giving you not just the general idea of how sub/dom relationships work, but more in-detail guidelines to giving a consent, safewords, roles, warmups, punishment, safety, scene creation, bondage, and so much more. It even has a descriptive list of terms, which is an absolute must-read if you’re a newbie.

The book is a beautifully structured guideline to kink. You’ll learn all the basics with ease, plus will get an understanding of ethical and psychological sides of BDSM. What is more, the book doesn’t focus on typical heterosexual relationships only which speaks volume of its versatility. It also covers non-monogamous relationship styles, aspects of cheating and jealousy.  

Pros
  • Contains everything needed to start practicing
  • Wisely structured
  • Handy glossary
Cons
  • Nothing fictional or lyrical for additional encouragement
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