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Book Review: ‘One Bad Hand’ (Erotica) by Troy King

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Troy King’s first foray into femdom erotica, One Bad Hand, is essentially a fairly long vignette that details a couple’s sexual adventures during the two days following a lost poker bet in which the husband is required to submit to his wife’s every whim. As the story plays out the reader learns that John and Rebecca are happily married, sexually adventurous and sometimes dabble in BDSM, trading off the submissive and dominant roles as the mood suites them.

This particular female-dominated episode differs from their past ones in its length and by the introduction of enforced male chastity. Both of those features heighten John’s awareness of the extent of his submissive side, possibly opening him up to further exploring that aspect of his sexuality down the road.

The author does a good job of portraying the couple’s healthy and playful relationship, thankfully mostly by showing rather than telling. In addition to the near-marathon of sexual exploits during the spotlighted time period, there is a great deal of teasing and playful flirtation. Rebecca delights in tormenting her temporarily chaste husband by sending him salacious selfies that show her performing sexually graphic activities in naughty lingerie.

The story briefly follows the transition back to John and Rebecca’s normal sexual relationship, and even includes an epilogue of sorts to tie up loose ends with ancillary characters; but realistically, this book is a vehicle to showcase kinky sex scenes, not unlike a well-made x-rated film. One Bad Hand is highly recommended to readers who enjoy femdom and BDSM with medium intensity and absolutely no angst or manufactured conflict.

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About Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon began writing erotica in the mid 1990s and served as story editor for the now-defunct before his first femdom-themed erotic novellas, Uncharted Territory and The Accidental Domme, were published as e-books by Sizzler Editions. Jim is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He left high school in his senior year to live the bohemian life in New York City's Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Not being a big fan of cold weather and crowded tenements, Jim returned to the West Coast within six months and lived in Berkeley during the tumultuous mid to late 1960s and early 1970s. While there, his claims to fame include being folksinger Malvina Reynolds' neighbor/tenant and part owner of the Northside Theater, a repertory cinema of considerable renown. After leaving Berkeley, Jim put himself through college and earned a B.A. in Journalism from USC. His eclectic career since then has encompassed editing, writing, business management, social work, teaching, and web publishing, with stops in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Florida and Oregon.