Review: Spanking for Lovers by Janet Hardy

spankingSpanking for Lovers by Janet W. Hardy, Barbara O’Toole (Illustrations)

I was a sex educator between 1998 and 2003, running a nonprofit called Sexline Information. When I was running Sexline, I bought every single sex instruction book that I could find….because you know, reference! After I quit the sex ed business, I stopped buying sex instruction books and moved on to other interests. This is one of the first ones that I’ve bought in a decade or so. I love sex and I love getting spanked, so I’m the appropriate audience for Spanking for Lovers. Yay!

The book was written in a conversational tone, overlaid with a veneer of smart-aleck. It was like being guided by your naughty, literate sophisticated aunt. This book is educational without being didactic. To my unexpected pleasure, I loved the scrawled side notes throughout the book; they worked well and added pertinent information. The chapters were well thought out, making it easy to search for a specific topic of interest. Need to find a nifty position for your new sweetie and you? Why, it’s right under Positions!

I would have appreciated an appendix….but then I would have also appreciated Library of Congress subject headings and a call number, so you might take that request with a grain of salt! The book did a great job addressing spanking different body types and levels of fitness and agility. I particularly liked the beautiful illustrations, however I would have liked to see more variety in body type and ages represented. We need a few more fat folks and older folks!

This book is a fine addition to anyone’s sex how-to-do-it-better library!

Spanking for Lovers by Janet W. Hardy, Barbara O’Toole (Illustrations)


About Avery Cassell

Avery Cassell is a genderqueer San Francisco writer, poet, cartoonist, and artist who grew up in Iran. They live with their Maine Coon cat, Lulu, and bake yeasted waffles every Sunday morning. Behrouz Gets Lucky is their first novel. You can find their erotic short stories sprinkled in various anthologies, including Best Lesbian Erotica 2015 and Sex Still Spoken Here. Avery is currently working on a book of more of Behrouz and Lucky's shenanigans, a memoir, and an illustrated early reader children's book about a eight year old transgender boy and his family.
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