Book Review: The Kinky Neighborhood (FemDom Wives In Control) by Mistress Benay

Title: The Kinky Neighborhood: FemDom Wives In Control

Author: Mistress Benay

Publisher: DSC Publishing

Publication Date: June 28, 2015

Genres: Erotica

Shelves: Female-dominant, Female-led, Female-author

A legend in the female domination community, an icon in female-led relationships, and a wonderfully kind woman (in the few interactions I was fortunate enough to enjoy before her sudden passing), Mistress Benay was an author who not only believed in her stories, but who lived them as well.

In deciding where to start with her literary legacy, I chose The Kinky Neighborhood: FemDom Wives In Control over any of her real-life accounts because it has that introductory feel, welcoming the characters and the reader into her realm of chastity, tease-and-denial, and female-led relationships.

What really struck me about the whole story is the fact that it’s not only female-led, but female-focused and female-driven. This is a woman’s fantasy, written by a woman, told by a woman, and centered on women seeking out greater physical and psychological pleasures in their relationships. For a genre that is so often marked by stories of men begging or pressuring their wives into fulfilling their own fantasies of female domination (topping from the bottom, as the case may be), it’s refreshing to read a story where it’s the women who have the fantasies and the men who are led into a new reality. It’s even more exciting to read a story where love and devotion are what drives the fetish, not degradation and humiliation.

Personally, I love the idea of the female-led neighborhood where all the husbands are in permanent chastity, with their focus being entirely on serving and pleasing their wives. Introducing Ann and Joe to that neighborhood lifestyle allows us to learn alongside them, to witness how tease-and-denial can transform a relationship, and to appreciate the way in which chastity can deepen the emotional bond between spouses. This does serve very much as a how-to guide, with the other wives speaking for Mistress Benay (and sharing her Male Chastity guidebook as a primer for new wives).

From a literary standpoint, the narrative is a little stilted at times, and the dialogue doesn’t always sound natural, but I’d argue that’s almost part of its charm. It lends FemDom Wives In Control an authoritarian voice that fits the characters and makes their story feel genuine, and it certainly has me curious to read Part II: Another Domme Joins The FemDom Club.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

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