The 'You say no, and I don't care (unless you use your safe-word)' edition
By Marie on Jan 23rd, 2015
Trigger Warning: This article deals with sexual assault fantasies which may be triggering to survivors.
At Romance & Smut we delight in exploring daring fiction of the romantic kind. In fact, when we say 'romance' half of the time we actually mean 'smut'. Because our pirate fantasies do not stop at the cabin door is what I'm saying. On that note, I'd like to present another edition of our 'Deviant sex acts I only ever come across in romance novels. Pinky Swear!' series.
This time, let's talk about non-consent fantasies. 'Hold on', you might think, 'every second bloody vintage romance novel is full of this nonsense already, do we really need to give it yet another article treatment?'. Quite right, dear reader, but this is not the topic at hand. Instead, I'd like to discuss stories which deal with consensual non-consent. Or less delicately expressed: rape fantasies acted out in a safe environment.
A sub-genre of BDSM - which is any sexual practice that requires a safe-word really - non-con fantasies are much less popular than the prevalent 'tie me up and carress me with feathers' kind of stories that are categorised as BDSM these days. It's definitely more kink than vanilla, and it is actually not at all easy to find books which tickle this particular fancy.
Cara McKenna's 'Willing Victim' is the first book I personally came across dealing with this. In the book, Lauren hooks up with Flynn, a builder by day and underground fighter by night, and as it turns out quite the kinkster very late at night. Flynn introduces Laurel to rough sex and even rougher role-playing. The book is not only littered with very explicit sex scenes, but also conversations around Lauren's emotional responses to this kind of play.
This particular fantasy is definitely not for everyone - but then, which is?! It can get rough, for sure, and readers sensitive to degradation through language and actions should probably stay clear.
I would be interested to hear what your take is on this particular kink? You like, or not? And for those of you for which this topic is an old hat, what are your book recommendations