Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys Blog Tour

The cover

So my first big post back in the game is for a blog tour! I’ve never done a blog tour before, but it seems kind of neat.  This blog tour is for the new book, The Adventurous Couple’s Guide to Sex Toys by Violet Blue and Charlie Glickman.  Unfortunately due to moving and the like, I do not yet have my hard copy of the book, but I have been able to skim through a digital copy I was sent.

I was a little hesitant about the book, being as I have so many toys and I don’t feel like there is a ton left for me to learn.  In scanning through the chapters, two chapters stood out to me and I skipped straight to them:  Teledildonic Toys:  Online Sex for Two and Sex Machines.  I really enjoyed the discussion on Teledildonics and it’s given me some new things to look into and this seems like an important topic for couples, especially in long distance relationships.  I did notice that the OhMiBod toy that works with skype was not mentioned in my quick read through.  I do also like that this goes into just using a webcam and that area.

The sex machine chapter was very informative.  I’ve never used one and have only seen the attachments that you use to convert a handheld saw into a fucksaw and a Synbian.  This is probably where I learned the most and want to really dig into the chapter more.

I was really glad to see that this book includes more than just toys, including how to take care of your toys “Care and Feeding) and how to talk about using toys as a couple and just how to use them as a couple.  There is even a section on kinkier toys, such as handcuffs and “more ouchy fun”.  And don’t worry guys, there are some toys for you and a whole section on strap-ons.

Throughout the book there are grey scale sketch images that show what some of the toys and machines actually look like.  However, it is not an image heavy book.  The focus with the book is by far the information, not what the toys look like, etc.  I think it could be helpful two versions of this book (or a series) where one is for beginners with actual pictures and another is for more advanced.  This could also work well with a DVD showing couples using the toys as in each chapter.  But perhaps I am just more of a visual creature than most.

 

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Review: Dare… to Try Bondage

I’ve seen the Dare… series for quite a while, but I’ve never been able to get my hands on them.  Recently, Eden Fantasys started carrying them and I was able to request Dare… to Try Bondage to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Adult Information Book
  • Editor:  Yvonne K. Fullbright
  • Publisher:  Hunter House
  • Pages:  86
  • Size:  7″ x 4.25″ x 0.25″
  • Price:  $10.95
  • Pros:  Details on how to tie knots; Good information on safety; Provides lots of erotica type scenarios
  • Cons:  Some odd/bad advise; Some ties are a bit hard to follow
  • Overall Rating: 2.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you are an absolute complete beginner

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Review: The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage

Since I’ve been on FetLife, I’ve marveled a bit at all of the rope work.  It’s so pretty and sexy looking.  While I don’t want to be bound, I do like the look of the harnesses and such.  When The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage popped up for review from Good Vibrations, I had to nab it.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Adult Information Book
  • Author:  Midori
  • Publisher:  Greenery Press
  • Pages:  163
  • Size:  8.5″ x 11″ x 0.5″
  • Price:  $27.95
  • Pros:  Great art work; Good images; Easy to follow instructions;
  • Cons:  No information on how to tie basic knots (for those of us that can barely tie our shoes)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if have some basic knowledge of knots and rope

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Review: Seal It With a Kiss

I’m just going to come out and say it, I’m not a big fan of kissing.  I just never have been.  Tongues kind of gross me out and they’re usually involved so I’m just not a fan overall.  When I saw Seal it with a Kiss, I thought it might make it a little more interesting and MyPleasure sent it to me to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Adult Information Book
  • Editor:  Violet Blue
  • Publisher:  Cleis Press
  • Pages:  193
  • Size:  7″ x 5″ x 0.5″
  • Price:  $12.95
  • Pros:  Not obscene; Easy to read; Some good tips; Small
  • Cons:  Language is generally cheesy; Very hetero-normative
  • Overall Rating: 3/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you want to pick up some kissing tips

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Review: Best Women’s Erotica 2012

I haven’t had good experiences with erotica in the past; it has never really given me what I wanted to get out of it and some of it just just plain bad *coughWetcough*.  I thought I would try again with the Best Women’s Erotica 2012 from Babeland.  I figured Violet Blue would only put the most awesome stories in the anthology.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:  Erotica
  • Editor:  Violet Blue
  • Publisher:  Cleis Press
  • Pages:  193
  • Size:  8″ x 5.5″ x 0.5″
  • Price:  $15.95
  • Pros:  Normal sized book; Lots of stories; Lots of diversity in fetishes and kinks
  • Cons:  Some of the language is romance novel-esque; Some stories had elements that bothered me (lack of female domination, etc)
  • Overall Rating: 3.75/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you like erotica

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Review: Ride ‘Em Cowgirl!

I really like books almost as much as I like sex toys.  Okay, I probably actually like books more than sex toys, what can I say, I’m a nerd.  I always enjoy reading and even with the most basic instructional sensual book there is still something new to learn, so I requested Ride ‘Em Cowgirl! from MyPleasure to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Information Book
  • Author:   Dr. Sadie Allison
  • Publisher:   Tickle Kitty Inc.
  • Pages:   217
  • Size:   7″ x 5″ x 0.5″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:  Small and easy to store; Very good for a beginner; Covers a lot of topics; Good images; Overall cute drawings and such; Encourages safer sex and opens discussion for sex toys
  • Cons:  Language is a bit immature; Not very detailed on any one subject; Heteronormative; Some images weren’t tasteful (to me)
  • Overall Rating:   4/5
  • Recommended: Yes, if you’re looking for a broad beginner book

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Review: Sextrology – The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes

I’m not a big believer in Astrology, but it’s something I’ve always found fun to read about.  I’m a Pisces and generally descriptions are kinda close to my personality, so I thought Sextrology from Eden Fantasys would be a fun book to read.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Information Book
  • Author:   Starsky and Cox
  • Publisher:   Collins
  • Pages:   553
  • Size:   9″ x 7″ x 1.5″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:   Well organized;  Serious book; Very detailed; Good sidebar tidbits
  • Cons:   Book is very large, not discreet or easy to hide; Text is small; Language is a bit too whimsical; My sign did not fit me at all
  • Overall Rating:   4/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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Review: Sex Toys 101

Even though I’m fairly well versed in sex toys now, I was very interested to see what Sex Toys 101: A Playfully Uninhibited Guide had to say and FunWares was kind enough to send it to me to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Instructional Book
  • Author:   Rachael Venning and Claire Cavanah
  • Publisher:   Fireside
  • Pages:   176
  • Size:   8″ x 8″ x 0.5″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:    Fairly small size; Bright, colorful and fun; Lots of pictures; Applies to all genders and orientations
  • Cons:   Not discreet to leave laying out; Information is a little dated; A bit cheesy at times
  • Overall Rating:   3.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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Review: Opening Up

I have a few poly friends and to me it’s never seemed that appealing.  Many of them have suggested a book called Opening Up, by Tristan Taormino.  Good Vibrations was kind enough to send it to me to review.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Instructional Book
  • Author:   Tristan Taormino
  • Publisher:   Cleis Press
  • Pages:   346
  • Size:   8.5″ x 5.5″ x 1″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:    Fairly discreet cover; Well organized and written;  Covers everything I could think about; Very detailed and has interviewee experiences
  • Cons:   Very long (but makes up for it by being very detailed)
  • Overall Rating:   5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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Review: The Mistress Manual

Many of you know that I learn towards the Dom/Domme side of the spectra in BDSM.  I know very little about it and have never been in a relationship that involved it, but it’s something I was interested in learning more about which is why I requested The Mistress Manual from FunWares.

The Run Down:

  • Toy Type:   Adult Instructional Book
  • Author:   Mistress Lorelei
  • Publisher:   Greenery Press
  • Pages:   169
  • Size:   9″ x 6″ x 3/8″
  • Price:   $16.95
  • Pros:    Classy cover; Doesn’t need to be read cover to cover; The parts are well organized and detailed;   Good information;  Great for a beginner and still useful to more advanced Mistresses
  • Cons:   Not discreet if you need a vanilla bookshelf
  • Overall Rating:   4.5/5
  • Recommended: Yes

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