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

The book

The book

The Dare… to Try Bondage book is a small book, only 7″ x 4.25″ x 0.25″ and could easily tuck into a drawer or even between your mattress if you really don’t want someone to find it.  It could also be slide behind other books on your shelf without notice.  The front cover is not very discreet as it has a cartoon man carrying a woman who is bound by rope.  There’s also a chair with rope, handcuffs, and a roll of duck tape on the floor on the image.  It has the title in large print across the top and a little not that says “sauce sex advice from France”.  The spine of the book also has the book title across it.  The back of the book lists some about the book and about the series.

The book itself is fairly short, but covers a lot of information.  Here’s a peak at the table of contest:

Foreword to the U.S. Edition
Introduction
1.  Are You Ready?
2.  Supplies and Basic Techniques
3.  The Session
4.  The Sensations
5.  The Session May Be Over… but Not the Pleasure
6.  Scenarios
Conclusion
Glossary of Bondage
Bibliography
Resources

As far as the information goes, I have mixed feelings.  I’m not sure if it’s how it’s written, or if because it’s translated, but some of the suggestions seem… off to me.  It starts with an intro and some light history and then goes into some safety aspects.  Most of them I agree with, but then they state things like to not hurt your partner or hurt their feelings.  Maybe that’s what the partner wants?  It does talk about having a safe-word and having scissors, though it doesn’t specify safety shears.  It also has a diagram and explains the areas that should never be restricted and explains how to avoid blocking circulation in the extremities.

Where I start to have issues, is where they talk about suggesting bondage to your partner.  The author says if it’s a new relationship, it will be easier to suggest something because you will both be more open to ideas.  For a more established couple is is suggested “try hiding your bondage materials close by the bed (under the mattress, behind the dresser, etc) and wait for the moment.  When the time seems right, reach for your secret treasure and suggest trying something new.”  Uh.. what?  No!  You don’t spring something like bondage on your partner!  This is something you need to ask about before hand and discuss all aspects of it fully.  Even being slightly interested in bondage, this would freak me out if a partner did it to me.  Later the author says that it may seem like they are trying to get you convince your partner but that that isn’t the case.  Which fine, he realizes it, but still, probably not the best way to suggest bondage to a partner.

Next they talk about types of rope and supplies and a few basic techniques.  This is where it comes in handy for me more, because it does show examples of some of the common knots and the benefits and such of each type.  They also show two basic ways to bind wrists and ankles.  The next chapter has five different styles of how to do some basic rope work.  The only problem I had is that the drawings are a little hard to follow and the directions are a bit confusing.  There are written directions too, but they are not positioned with all of the pictures, so it may involve some flipping back and forth to really follow along, which I don’t like.  After that, it was mostly a sort of erotica that detailed a position or scenario, which didn’t interest me as much.  I suppose if you are brand new to bondage, it would allow you to see some of the things you could do, but I would have liked more detail on the actual ties they show as well as more ties to do.

Overall, I am not sure how I feel about Dare… To Try Bondage.  It’s small and fairly inexpensive and it’s not a bad place to start, as long as you don’t take all the suggestions to heart (please don’t surprise your significant other with a bag full of rope and ask to tie them up without talking about it first!).  I like that it shows some knots and it’s much more of a beginner book than the Midori book that I reviewed.  Though if you like more artwork, I would suggest going with the Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage instead.

product picture
Book by Axterdam
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Hunter House Publishers
This product was provided free of charge to the reviewer.

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