The Story of O: a BDSM Erotic Romance Review

The Story of O

Yes, I called that classic of BDSM Romance. Why? Well it’s not tame by any stretch of the imagination and certainly has the heroine on a journey of sexual discovery. It’s romantic in ways The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty isn’t and begins from a place of love instead of lust like Fifty Shades. And neither of those books would exist without The Story of O.

In a concrete way, this book inspired both of the later works I already reviewed about practitioners of similar proclivities. It’s also a true classic of the middle Twentieth Century. And O’s story transcends them both in terms of building her romantic relationships.

The Good

Fifty Shades has an inaccurate account of BDSM. In contrast, The Story of O is practically the foundation of modern BDSM culture. Some of the terminology is taken directly from its pages. If you want a real sense of what a Dom-sub relationship is about and how it works, this is the place to read about it.

The Bad

Descriptions of more day-to-day events tend to drag in this book. It’s part of what the writing style was like back in the 1950s. It’s not tedious enough to make a modern reader put the book down but I felt it worth mentioning. This book is also still controversial amongst women because of O’s desire to give up her own will.

The Naughty

The Story of O was written in the middle of the twentieth century and it shows in a good way. The explicit descriptions focus on sensual aspects, letting extreme situations feel polished instead of crass.

The acts themselves are erotic but in O’s perspective, they’re all about love. She literally does anything for Sir Stephen and the devotion there is unquestionable and final.

Heat: 5

Characters: 4

Plot: 4

You can find The Story of O here or you can click the cover image at the beginning of this review.

Read racy, and free your sexy side!

Sadie

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Author: Sadie Saxon

Sadie reads and reviews steamy and erotic romance and erotica. She's posting her reviews here and categorizing the books with tags so they're easy to find.

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