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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 1 edition (March 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573442690
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573442695
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nola Summers on May 29 2007
Format: Paperback
Rachel Kramer Bussel's done it again; brought us a delightful collection of slightly twisted, but always hot little stories. These companion books delve into the shadows of dominance and submission, from a male and female point of view. Dominance and or submission are mind-sets; when want and desire meet the right amount of need and forcefulness it is indeed like "coming home." The stories in these two books speak also to the mental and emotional aspects that are involved in these types of relationships. We may not understand why we need to be caned, or to wield the whip ourselves, we just know that we do and that the resulting heated backside or stinging palm leaves us breathless with want. Even though release and orgasm is the expected end result, it is the controlled journey we take to get there that is the key.

M. Christian writes in "In Control" (He's on Top)

"I kept it on for a mental beat of ten. Not long, but long enough. I released it, keeping my hand on her shoulder. It always hurts so much worse coming off than it does coming on."

The protagonist adds a companion clip, and then beats a chopstick staccato between the two excruciatingly pinched nipples. He controls her pain, when she comes, and how she comes.

In N.T. Morely's "Room 2201" (She's on Top) Marshall returns to Mistress Caroline, seeking exactly what he says he does not want. He says that he can and will do anything, as long as Caroline does not arrange to have him taken; unfortunately for Marshall Armand is already waiting for him. It is not only the pending act itself that makes Marshall hard in anticipation; it is the anticipation of being forced to do something he doesn't want to do that keeps him that way.
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Format: Paperback
Having read a few books from Bussel, my expectations were high. This one exceeded them. Every short story covers different aspect of BDSM with a bit of fetish in them. If your couple enjoys some 'playing' at times, this book has several stories that could spice up your playtime. I am nearing the last third of the book and I am already sad it is not longer! I highly recommend it!
Be careful though. If you have a shoe or foot fetish the cover is misleading; so far not one shoe or foot worship story 2/3 into the book.
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Stories range from low grade dominance to more severe (some will cringe when they read or close the book). It is nice to see a range of stories, to show the levels of dominant behaviours... we are not all alike.

If teasing your lover, making him wait, tying his hands, or more extreme acts make your skin shiver, then there is a story for you in here.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
She's On Top sizzles! May 23 2007
By Matt Masterman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
She's On Top is a collection of stories showcasing women in a dominant erotic role with men as their subservients. Despite great advancements in

our social development, our culture is still permeated with sexism and misogyny. That being the case, a book of stories about women taking the lead in the bedroom (and elsewhere) is a refreshing treat. The collection sizzles with promise and potential and fulfills it all in a big way. Much credit to editor Rachel Kramer Bussel for assembling such a fantastic group of stories.

Among my favorites:

Saskia Walker's "The Inner Vixen" describes a very private encounter that unfolds in a very public place. A submissive man senses the

heroine's long to dominate even before she does, and guides her with himself as the offering on the altar of her superiority. With his help, she sheds her chrysalis of conventionality and becomes a radiant (and

whip-wielding) butterfly.

"Working Late" by Andrea Dale is an extremely hot story about sex over webcams that ends with a mind-blowing twist worthy of The Twilight Zone.

The editor's own "His Just Rewards" shows a heroine who can't physically

overpower her larger, stronger partner but more than compensates with

intelligence, erotic cunning and sheer force of will.

"Room 2201" by N.T. Morley explores just how far a man will go to prove

his subservience to his domme. He consents to being ravaged by another man purely so she can have the pleasure of watching.

Teresa Noelle Roberts' "Mark of Ownership" is a wistfully poignant tale of

two lovers who must part and never see each other again - and gives new erotic meaning to the phrase "something to remember me by".

Lovely "Waiting for Me" by MinaRose portrays a dominant wife and submissive husband team who use their sexual dynamic as a salve for the

frustrations of daily life.

My absolute favorite story in She's On Top is Lisette Ashton's "Victoria's

Hand." Set in London in 1890, the story is a small masterpiece of erotic

surprises in which a young woman is proposed to by an earnest young

gentleman. He finds the tables turned on him when this "proper" young

maid shows him exactly who will be in charge of their potential relationship. "Victoria's Hand" ends beautifully with a wicked

laugh-out-loud punch line.

All in all, She's On Top is a fantastic collection. I am excited to read

its companion volume, HE'S ON TOP: Erotic Stories of Male Domination and

Female Submission, also edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (ISBN: 1573442704)
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Playful and downright nasty! March 21 2007
By Ally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yay! A collection of female domination stories that women (and men) can actually read without rolling their eyes! As a woman who likes to be "on top," I'm always in search of fresh reading material for entertainment as well as new ideas for playtime. Many women prefer stories that don't just cater to the usual male-centered cliche' Femme Domme fantasies, but are still every bit as nasty, and this book fits the bill. Rachel Kramer Bussel has chosen modern pieces that avoid the porno pitfalls, and that will appeal to both men and women, curious types and seasoned players alike. And since it's all about female dominance, no more skipping around from story to story looking for something of interest.

"She's on Top" is a fun and wild read with a variety of play styles and personalities represented. I especially enjoyed the dominatrix piece, and the cover photo is gorgeous - inspirational in and of itself! Now where did I put my 6" stilettos and male submissive again?
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Something to please all of her! April 9 2007
By Flora Fling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rachel Kramer Bussel uses her editor's talents (yet again) to piece together a great collection of stories about female dominance in "She's on Top." Its not the typical, obvious stories of dominance, there is something for everyone. Storylines range from food fetish domination to a story set in 1890's. Its hot!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Eye opening erotica Nov. 3 2007
By Andrea Bales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Fantastic stuff. I'm not a fully fledged practising exponent of the BDSM, more of an armchair enthusiast really, but I'm tempted to try some of these red hot ideas out on my husband. Loved the book and it deserves five stars. Have a look at Rachel's other sizzling book, He's on top. And Suzie Van Aartman's100 Percent Erotica will also get your underwear steaming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
7 out of 10 stars May 15 2011
By Karielle @ Books à la Mode - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From the Back Cover: Turning the tables on rigid gender roles, the stories in She's on Top honor the Amazon, the dominatrix, and other handcuff-toting, whip-wielding she-devils of the male bottom's deepest dreams. Employing every item in their bag of trips, from strap-ons to metal cinches, these hot dommes like nothing better than teasing and tormenting their devoted subjects. With stories by Stan Kent, Debra Hyde, Alison Tyler, and many more of the best writers in the field, She's on Top shows that pleasure's best when dispensed by a firm female hand.

What Stephanie Thought: Female dominance is a fresh, satisfying topic of the erotic genre that will surely have readers raising their eyebrows at the unconventional, yet delectable strength found in us women, as well as kneeling at our feet, begging for more pain...and for more pleasure.

She's on Top is a collection of eighteen short stories about dominance and submission. But unlike most wishful ponderings go, this book turns the tables by giving women the upperhand in relationships. Relationships that range from lovers -- intimate, monotonous partners -- to vacant acquaintances -- enemies and one-night stands. No two tales are alike in this hot, heavy -- definitely heavy -- anthology. Some are very hardcore, with chains, whips, batons, while others are actually quite romantic, emphasizing the fondness strong men have for the even stronger dominatrices. However, they all deliver the common puissant message: men may wear the pants in the relationship, but women are the ones who get to purchase them.

Though I love sinful reads, I'll admit this one was a little too gritty for me. Lots of whipping occurs, and in one story, blood is even drawn, and that kind of fetishism makes me wince. Not all of the stories are like this however, which is why I even remotely enjoyed the book. I like the idea of female dominance (what can I say; I'm a feminist), but that doesn't mean injuring or degrading men, even for the purpose of arousal, is very appealing to me.

Rachel Kramer Bussell's sexy, choosy selections are fun, intense reads that will stick with you, making you hope, whether you are a girl or a guy, some day, you can play out some of these femme fatale fantasies of your own.

Stephanie Loves: "'One can lounge over a good read, but one must work over a bad boy,' [Judith] claimed, setting her novel aside." -- from Debra Hyde's "By a Firm Hand".

Where Stephanie Got It: Received from Naked Reader Book Club via EdenFantasys for review.

Radical Rating: 7 hearts- A few flaws here and there, but wouldn't mind rereading.

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