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I love to read and curl up most nights with a book in bed, however something that is extremely hard to find, are books or fiction writings in the realm of Kittenplay. I have searched the web high and low to find erotica for us Kittens and have finally compiled a short reading list. I aim to review each story or series and share my thoughts with you all in order to help you find titles which you might enjoy. All titles listed are strictly 18+. 

First on my list is the Kittenplay, BDSM series by independent author Kelly Ambers. Her first collar was Ambers’ debut as a writer and the two further stories in this series were published in quick succession. All three books are available on Amazon, in digital format only. Each book in this series is a fairly short story and so I have reviewed the series as a whole. 

Her first collar. 

Book 1. Feb 2020, 32 pages 

Would Master hold Milly’s Leash? Milly has always wanted an owner to take care of her.” 

We are introduced to Emily and Michael before their exploration of petplay together. They initially have a professional, working relationship as model and photographer, until Emily seeks more. 

 ‘’There’s something especially flattering about a man taking great care to keep his pictures risqué rather than explicit when he has access to your every inch.’’ 

Emily uses the guise of a Kitten themed, cosplay photo shoot, in order to attempt to attract Michael and draw his attention to Kittenplay. Emily takes on her new Kitten name Milly for the purposes of the shoot, however eventually takes a more direct approach and asks if Michael would be her owner.  Milly and Michael’s journey begins and a new relationship commences. We see their first scene together in a Dom/Sub dynamic and how their power exchange starts to form. 

This first book is a great introduction to the series and I found Milly to be quite an endearing protagonist. Written from Milly’s point of view, we are given an insight into her thoughts, feelings and desires. I enjoyed the way that the scene is set and the authors use of descriptive language to immerse you into the story. Both of the characters are new to Kittenplay and it is interesting to see how they explore it together for the first time. I will praise that some aspect of consent is approached, as Milly is made to promise that she will speak up in any instance that she is uncomfortable. 

I have just two critiques of this book. Before Milly takes a direct approach in asking Michael to be her master, she is already putting herself into Kittenspace and Michael is unknowingly involved without his consent. There are also some parts where Milly is confused and does not know exactly what is wanted of her as there is no discussion of each other’s wants, expectations or limits prior to play. 

 

Training his pet  

Book 2. March 2020, 37 pages 

‘’My hands on his thigh, reaching up to expose my neck up before him. He came in and clasped the collar around me.’’

This is great sequel to book one and the story follows on seamlessly. I felt pulled in from the start and there were no moments which feel like fillers in the story line. ‘Training his pet’ focuses on one scene between Milly and Michael as they play for a second time and further delve into their new dynamic. The author describes the scenario in great detail, highlighting some very intimate and amative parts of play from a Kitten’s perspective; including having ears and a collar put on. 

I appreciate that the subject of consent is once again revisited by the author as Milly is mindful of her promise to make it known when she is uncomfortable. 

 ’…I’d have broken our play if I needed to be clear too. I promised him I’d speak up if I needed to.’’ 

The story ends in such a way that I was keen to begin the next book immediately. The scene descriptions are certainly written to titillate and keep the reader wanting to know what happens next.   

Unfortunately, there is still an absence of any conversation regarding limits or expectations and again Milly finds herself confused at times because of this. There is also an instance in which an outsider to the relationship is involved without consent when Michael and Milly knowingly conduct part of their play while she is present. 

 

Begging for attention 

Book 3. May 2020, 42 pages 

‘’I needed him to know how he made me feel; that with only a little teasing of his fingers against my chest, he had me wet and ready for him.’’ 

This is currently the last book of the series; however, the ending is left open and the author has teased additional books. In this story, Milly spends her first overnight stay with her Master and we see how their dynamic plays out beyond the bedroom. Milly and Michael also consummate their relationship as Master and Kitten for the first time. It is hinted that there is potential for another new Kitten to be bought into their dynamic, however Milly cannot seem to conclude exactly how that would make her feel.  

‘’Her smile looked innocent, but I knew there was deviancy hidden in those lustful eyes.’’ 

The book ends on a cliff-hanger where we wonder where exactly this suggestion goes as this appears to be where the next book could take the story line. Could this other woman find herself side by side with Milly serving Master Michael as sister-subs? 

It is very interesting to see Milly and Michael interact as Master and Kitten outside of sexual activity, however I do feel that this could be explored much further. It is important to note that BDSM is a power exchange which is not inherently sexual and there is huge scope for this to be examined through writings such as this series. 

 

Overall thoughts on the series 

While I understand that this series is a work of fiction and therefore fantasy, I feel that writers of BDSM fiction have a duty to consider how they approach consent as not all readers will be familiar with BDSM and therefor may take works of fiction as part of their education. Perhaps a short disclaimer that advises that the scenes are not an accurate reflection of safe BDSM relationships or best practice would be appropriate at the start of each book. Not fully addressing the subject of consent or safety can be detrimental for new people to the community and to the community’s overall reputation. Milly and Michael do not broach a conversation regarding their personal wants or limits throughout these 1st, three books. 

Amber’s is very good and creating curiosity and an eagerness to read on as each story ends with a clear indication that there is more to come and I was left keenly wanting to find out what happens next. Reading from Millie’s perspective is fun as a fellow Kitten and I found that I was fully immersed, invested in the story line and have some of the same desires. I would say that these books are well worth a read, especially if you are a Kitten yourself, just bear in mind my previous points regarding discussion ahead of play. 

 

 

My overall Rating for this book series is a 4.

1 – I do not recommend, don’t pick this up.

2 – I Did not enjoy, this needs a lot of improvement.

3 –  This was OK but did not grab my attention enough.

4 – I really enjoyed this and it is worth a read.

5 –  I loved this! A recommended read.

Purchase these titles here: https://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Ambers/e/B084Q5YR66?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1590466807&sr=8-1

Upcoming title reviews are: 

  • Kitten and the Sir – Callie Bennett 
  • Owned and Protected – Measha Stone (6 book series) 
  • Purr-fect Portrait – Emma Cole 
  • Bending to His Will – Poppy Hart 
  • Serving His Friends – Maggie Autumn
  • Nyano Needs ItNyano’s New Futa FriendNyano and Her Futa Friend: Versus the Gang – Penny Prize
  • Xavier’s Pet – Danielle La Belle
  • Black: MM Kitty Play Romance – Quin Perin
  • The Collar and The Contract – Amanda McCoy 

 

*Please note that all publications listed are 18+ 

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32 thoughts on “Erotica review: The Kitten Play BDSM Series by Kelly Ambers”

  1. Tygerheart Tygerheart says:

    I love how in depth you went with this and how knowledgeable you are about the subject, I too get frustrated with incomplete or inaccurate portrayals of BDSM in media as I have seen it end up either misleading well intentioned folk, or being used not so well intentioned folk as license for misbehaviour. I am excited to read some saucy kitten play books and hope to find one with a truly fulfilling portrayal!

    1. VioletNeko VioletNeko says:

      It’s so frustrating isn’t it? I really struggle with erotica for this reason and I often find the language a bit cringe. I’m trying though, this endeavor to read all the kitten play erotica will perhaps will be fruitful! I enjoyed this series but still not in love with erotica… The quest continues

      1. Tygerheart Tygerheart says:

        Same! My first erotica was the Sleeping Beauty series by Anne Rice and there is SO MUCH violation of consent in those books! My favorite erotica series is definitely the Dragon Kin series by GA Aiken

  2. Toxic Toxic says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Also thank you for going in depth. Its always great to learn more about something before you read it. I agree there needs to be more accurate portrayals of bdsm if someone is going to make a book about it. At least add this is fiction and in no way to be used to help you learn kind of thing. Again thank you for sharing. I might check these out.

    1. VioletNeko VioletNeko says:

      I wish some kind of disclaimer about everything being fictional and not representative of safe practice was the done thing. I don’t think I’ve ever read erotica that was safe, sane and consensual

      1. Toxic Toxic says:

        Agree. I don’t understand why we don’t . I mean we put warning labels on things.

        1. VioletNeko VioletNeko says:

          When you think about it that way it’s so baffling. Even game shows with small physical challenges have ‘don’t try this at home’ disclaimers

          1. Neko.Eira Neko.Eira says:

            Very interesting read. I didn’t realise there were kitten play books out there so this has made me want to pop into Amazon to buy them

            1. VioletNeko VioletNeko says:

              There’s not an abundance but with some digging you’ll find them. I’m currently trying to work my way through the list. I submit the next review when articles are back tk being reviewed. I can’t wait 🙂

  3. DrusilaV DrusilaV says:

    I really need to get back to reading erotica. Thank you for your diligent research and honest review. I can’t wait to give it a read

  4. KeeTeaKat KeeTeaKat says:

    I have to check these out. 🙂

  5. KikiLolita KikiLolita says:

    I really appreciate the thoughtful reviews and honest critique of ethical BDSM practices and proper communication. I do agree that authors of these types of books do have an obligation to make sure they do research so as not to portray unsafe or unethical behavior as the norm. I’m very interested in your future book reviews.

    1. VioletNeko VioletNeko says:

      It is something that really bothers me when they seemingly don’t do alot of research. I feel like I will be making similar comments because this far I have read very little that doesn’t portray BDSM in an iffy light

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