Please, Sir

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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This anthology of female submission covers a broad range of topics, and provides a balanced combination of vignettes exploring both the physical and mental aspects of that submission. "Please, Sir" is arranged well, and the twenty-two stories will entertain a broad swath of readers.
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Pros:
Excellent mix of stories exploring mental and physical submission.
Cons:
Shortest stories were clustered at the front of the volume.
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review
"Please, Sir" is a well-compiled anthology, holding 22 stories of submission in its 206 paperback pages. Each vignette but one focuses on a female submitting to a male, but beyond that they're quite varied. The stories range from spankings to service to bondage—assertions of dominance are handed down in response to brattyness or as ritual—some characters are husband and wife, others are dating, and others have just met. Because the stories in "Please, Sir" give attention to the mental states of the subs as well as the physical actions taking place, the book will be appealing to all levels of kinksters, from those just budding (like me) to those in full bloom.

In "No Good Deed," Alison Tyler weaves an intimate game of "Punish the Slut" played by an established couple. The story is told in an erotically straightforward tone—the sub is brought home from a compromising situation, put through her paces, and given her release. Though the content is classic, Tyler's writing is so simple and so exciting that this story was a favorite of mine.

The subject of Aimee Pearl's "Masochist on Vacation" was different from most of the other vignettes, and featured a genderqueer protagonist's mental journey as he prepares for and spends a weekend in pure service of his (occasional) master. The weekend culminates in the protagonist fucking the master, and I can't wrap my head around how this was pulled off while maintaining the sub/Dom theme of the book, but it was. The story takes the form of a journal, written to the master. I learned a lot from the protagonist's thoughts, and was very turned on, too.

Another slightly mold-breaking story was "Mommy's Boy" by Doug Harrison, which, despite its awkward title, is well-told. A pro domme and her male accomplice have just finished a dual-topping session with a client, and before long he is topping her, as well, with canes and words and cock.

"Stroke" held my attention—a night nurse is caring for a new patient who seems to read her mind. He knows her as-yet-untapped fantasies, and his strong voice carries her through them, creating a world in which his body is whole and she is his prize. Lisabet Sarai finishes the story well, with strong orgasms for both (Spoiler alert! But it's erotica, really, there can't be *too* much of a surprise), and the characters were so good that I was wishing I could read more about their next meeting.

I enjoyed Justine Elyot's "Sunday in the Study" because of the ritualistic setting. The protagonist and her husband have replaced the submissive religious rites of her youth and the dominating sports captaining of his with a weekly impact session. Recorded in a log book, carried out over an antique desk, and with time for her to reflect on the transgressions of her week, the story showcases the peace that the couple finds in the rhythm of their ritual.

In "Because He Can," Elizabeth Coldwell's heroine has been flirting with a vanilla man from work behind her husband's back. He discovers her crush, and gives his permission for her to act on it—only if the crush will dominate her. The crush is invited to dinner, which evolves into a threesome in which her husband demonstrates for the crush how the heroine needs to be treated.

The book is clearly chock full of arousing stories, and you'll easily get several hours' worth of reading. "Please, Sir" also has a very high-quality binding, and my copy looks as though it will hold up to the many thumbing-throughs it's sure to receive. The cover girl, whose anticipation and breasts overflow her fuchsia corset, is featured on the front and back of the book, so plan to wrap "Please, Sir" in a book cover if you want to read it in public.
Experience
This is the first book of erotica that I've cover-to-covered, and I'm definitely hooked and coming back for more. I was glad that there was a good mixture of stories focusing on physical sensations and stories focusing on the submissive's mental state. I found that, for me, the headspace stories were some of the most arousing in the book, but the physical stories could be quite hot as a change of pace.

The only thing I would have changed about "Please, Sir" is the order of the stories. In the beginning of the anthology, short (~5 to 6 page) stories were mixed in with longer (~10 to 15 page) stories. Toward the middle and end of the book, though, there were only longer stories. Personally, because I didn't want to read a 200-page book in one sitting, I would have liked it if some of the shorter stories had been interspersed throughout the book, providing changes of pace when I would have enjoyed them, and letting me read just a little bit longer when I needed to.

Of the twenty-two stories, the overwhelming majority were well-written. There was only one that was too heavy on the adjectives for me to enjoy, and only one other that was written a bit awkwardly. In terms of kink, I think the great majority of these stories should appeal to most people, whether they're just branching out from vanilla, or are solidly established kinksters. The only story that was too much to turn me on was Walking the Sub, and I'm just waking up to my submissive side. Especially, most of the stories that dwell in the sub's headspace can be arousing to people no matter their level of kink, because the journeys the characters take can be hot even when the reader has already traveled that way before.
Follow-up commentary
Still a quality book of erotica, and I'll love it forever for being my introduction to edited erotica---once you read a book that's been gone over by an editor, you'll finally be able to leave all the typo-riddled, predictable, poorly written stuff on the internet behind!

I loved all the submissive headspace that Please, Sir delved into---I learned a lot about myself at the same time as I was turned on. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to anyone interested in erotic tales of female submission.
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  • Antipova
    Antipova  
    Aw thanks, FemmeFlo! I actually did read this while waiting for some warrantee work on my mom's car... empty waiting room, so why not?

    Anyway, I definitely appreciated the mental side of the story being told. For just raw sex, it's the physical acts that turn me on, but for d/s sort of things, most of the hotness is in the mental environment.
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