Today I’m going to talk about a BDSM book. Because sometimes we need a good erotica to get the kinks out.
Why isn’t there more tickling?
by Verity Ant
As I pondered what to write for Book Travels, I considered some rather serious topics: masochism, permanent ménage relationships, the nature of submission in a D/s relationship. But these ideas seemed so deep and dark for this particular venue that I felt I had to come up with something a little more light-hearted. Although Master’s Hunt is edgy, and in some ways deals with dark topics, it also has its lighter moments. Which got me thinking: what about levity in BDSM romance novels? Where’s the fun?
I read a lot of romantic fiction, with a certain concentration on BDSM romance—that’s what I write, after all–and one of the things I see all too often is that the humor is missing. It sometimes seems like a book is so focused on the methods and the deep, dark psychology of BDSM that they lose something that’s a very important component of any human relationship. Where’s the tickling? Where are the puns? Why isn’t there more double-entendre and jocular wit?
When a comic writes a joke, they examine the absurd and startling and point that out to us. Non-humorists don’t usually think in those terms; it’s a very unique way to look at the world. So, while every novelist has her/his own methods for achieving the goal of a compelling published work, for me, even in an adventurous and edgy BDSM romance like Master’s Hunt, I try to plug real people into the various roles. For example, I know a guy like the book’s hero Kevin. He has a stunning wit. I remembered all the surprising and funny things he’s said and his incredible timing and peppered the fictional character’s dialog with bit of that. And I know a pair of submissives like Renee and Amiko. They tickle and giggle together, share girlish moments even while under the watchful eyes of their Dominant. That went into the book too.
No one expects a BDSM romance writer to be George Carlin or Ellen DeGeneres (thank goodness), but humorous elements make the characters more fulsome and real. When I read a book that doesn’t forget the fact that people can be funny, I am pulled in deeply. There has to be balance in the characters in any novel—BDSM romance, thriller, murder mystery, etc.—and without that balance, including the humor, the book is more two-dimensional and less absorbing. I hope you can find the humor in Master’s Hunt and in any book you read. Reality is funny sometimes. Fiction ought to be, too.
by Verity Ant
Kevin, Renee, and Amiko love each other. Like the triangle—the strongest geometric configuration—their love is both simple and complex, made more complex, perhaps, by the BDSM nature of their sexuality. Kevin is the apex of their union, a sexual sadist and dominant personality. His women, both intelligent and attractive, are submissive, but only to him. He would never harm them, but Kevin, driven by the narrow focus of his sexuality, finds pleasure in inflicting sexual pain in a controlled manner, rewarding good behavior with pleasure.
When Amiko is stolen from their triad, kidnapped by a crazy woman who fancies herself in love with the Asian beauty, both Kevin and Renee are beside themselves with concern for her welfare. They need to find Amiko before something ugly happens to her. From captivity, Amiko tries to help them, but her trail of “breadcrumbs” might just get her into more trouble than she is already in.
Kevin’s forceful nature demands that he take charge of the search and rescue operation. Renee’s love for her sister-in-spirit compels her to accept danger. Amiko must be saved. Any other outcome, the ruin of their carefully nurtured triad, simply cannot be borne.
Verity Ant is part of the writing team of Derek and Verity Ant. We write contemporary, very edgy, BDSM, erotic, romance fiction. Our books include heavy SM and ménage (M/f/f) as well as exploring D/s relationships in depth. They are all love stories.
Verity was educated in literature and social sciences and is a long-time member of a large, metropolitan BDSM community. She writes from experience with a sense of adventure and deeply erotic fantasies.
D.V. Ant writes non-traditional erotic love stories involving dominant male characters and submissive female ones. These books are not politically correct. The men are handsome, powerful and potent. The women are beautiful, graceful, sparky and submissive–not doormats.
There is a distinct element of pain inherent in these people’s pleasure. He likes to give it, and she likes to receive it. This is the point of Sado-Masochism (SM).
Make no mistake about D.V. Ant’s books: they are hard-edged. At the same time, they are ultimately love stories, even when that love is enjoyed by three people (always, in D.V. Ant’s stories, one man and two women). These are stories with happy endings. Yes, it’s romantic, but the idea is that good guys win (even sadistic good guys) and bad guys lose. The good guy gets the girl(s) and the bad guy goes to jail.
Someone always grows in these stories. They grow in character, tolerance, compassion and sometimes pain-threshold.