In her erotic novella Bonding on a Whole New Level, Kristin Kula presents a series of short vignettes describing the intimate relationship between Clare and Molly, a married lesbian couple, as they strive to make their exploits more adventurous.
The story unfolds over multiple nights. Each night, Clare and Molly indulge in a new sexual fantasy. I chose this story because I was curious to see how Kula would fuse kink and romance in such a short piece. I liked how she did it!
A number of elements of this story absolutely stood apart from other erotic fiction I have read recently.
First, I liked the intimacy factor. Molly and Clare are extremely vulnerable, curious, and open with each other – they really have a lovely relationship – which sets up the subsequent fun, kinky explorations well.
I also liked how the author worked with power dynamics; both Molly and Clare “get a turn” to express their desires, but they both do it quite…differently (I won’t spoil it!).
One thing that did take me out of the story was grammar and sentence structure. A bit more editing would have enhanced the quality of my reading experience quite a bit.
Also – and this might be more of a personal thing – because Kula explored a wide range of kink in the piece, there are some sexual acts described that may not be for everybody. One in particular took me out of the story fairly quickly, but I’m quite an avid erotica reader, and it’s pretty easy for me to shake it off and dive back in.
This wide-ranging exploration of kink actually has me sitting on the fence. I can see how it would be enjoyable for people who want a little bit of everything, but because it is short, it isn’t for readers who want to explore a couple of kinks or fetishes in depth. Think of it as a survey course that will probably get you going “yeah…yeah…yes…yes…oh. No thank you. Nope…oh…okay…yeah….yeah…
…unless you like everything, there is a chance that something in this story may make you uncomfortable.
I mean, if a kinky story only elicits one “nope” from me, then I’m happy. This might not be the case for everybody.
The stuff I liked about this campy, kinky story I really liked, but the stuff that took me out of the story had a pretty big impact on my reading experience. If you can look past the editing issues, Bonding on a Whole New Level can offer a fun, whirlwind tour through the land of kink.
Bonding on a Whole New Level by Kristin Kula 24 pages
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