The Sensual ScholarThe Sensual Scholar
An intelligent, and sometimes irreverent, review of all things sexy. Having reviewed toys, lingerie, and kinky tools or all descriptions on other sites for years, now they're gathered in one site, along with photos which might not meet the Google ra
Classy Glassy ~ Sasha Grey Glass Butt Plug
Wow, it's good to be back! Apologies for the unannounced holiday, my internet has been rather naughty and was not quite so keen to submit to my glowering as other bratty types. But I am back, and have a rather luverly item to talk about: the Doc Johnson Sasha Grey Glass Butt Plug in medium!Swanky, no? When Love honey first got this range in, I was dying to pick one up, but being the cash-strapped Babe that I am, I had to sit in lusty silence until I was lucky enough to have one wing its way to my doorstep. This is available in both Medium - insertable length 4", circumference 6.25" - and Large - insertable length 4.5", circumference 7.5" - and while I like to think of myself as well-trained in bum-play, and am always looking for ways to one-up myself, I had learned my lesson from previous eyes-bigger-than-bum scenarios and opted for the less extreme size. Even the medium size is billed as for more advanced anal aficianados, and to be honest I'm glad I listen...
Randy Reading #5: Carrie's Story
And we're back, after a rather crazy few weeks. It has been a while since I wrote about an erotic book, and this is one I found really enjoyable. From the intelligent-sexy people at Cleiss Press, Carrie's Story is a modern take on the classic Story of O written by Molly Weatherfield. She writes herself about how she struggled to harmonise her love of the de Sade style pornography she'd enjoyed in her youth with the Sex Wars era feminism developing around her. I've seen it a lot myself in people new to the fetish scene, women especially, feeling guilty for a presumed betrayal of their gender by letting a man control them, and while I find it quite easy to resolve such inner conflict thanks to way too much time spent reading philosophical texts dealing with the master and slave dynamic - in a non-sexual context, but it frequently applies - it's something that does rear its head often, and I'm glad to have been able to read something dealing with...
Pleasurists Edition #171
Courtesy of Dangerous LillyWelcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 170? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 173? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday March 25th @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists recently started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Win a custom dildo ? with anything you want inside it! Deadline: March 22nd @ 11:59pm Eastern.Rene Rofe Scandalous Teddy Black Lg Giveaway Deadline: March 23rd.Springtime Sex Toy Giveaway Deadline: March 23rd.Win a LELO Tor 2 Cockring Deadline: March 24th.LELO Siri Giveaway Deadline: March 26th.Win a $25 EdenFantasys Gift Card Deadline: March 29th.$25 The In...
For The Love of Spanking
Before I return to regularly scheduled reviewing, I tried my hand at some more prose-y writing and entered the Spanking.co.uk competition with a wee piece focused on what I love about spanking. Now, I'm under no illusion that I'll win, but it was a lot of fun mulling over what exactly I felt and thought about during a scene, and trying to translate that into words. You can see my piece here, and vote for it or any of the others over here. Only downside is that ever since I've been lusting after a decent session, and The Boy is far away and swamped in work! Boo-fucking-urns. Teasing myself into a lather, better get some appreciation for that!So, whether you vote for mine or one of the others, do head on over there and check out those entries. Voting ends on Sunday, so be sure to check back and see if your favourite won.BBx
Lubetastic! ~ Liquid Silk
I have a crazy exam coming up in college, so I'm afraid my reviewing has taken a back seat to quickies in a big ol' pile of books. And, while that image is intriguing in itself, a stressed and rather frazzled BB is not so fun. Anyway, as I've managed to be rather slacky of late, I didn't want to let a week go by without throwing something out there. So, quick and clean, much like the lube itself [cue drumroll] we have Liquid Silk.Now, this is one of those lubes that, every time a newcomer asks what they should try, several people cry out that this is literally the only lube they'll use. This in itself is the kind of thing to put me off, not just because I'm an awkward auld sod, but because I've frequently found that when it comes to things like lube, what's popular is not always what's good. Call me a hipster, but I'm rather unpopular with the popular stuff. Doesn't help that I have evil skin which actively seeks out things to...
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Sexy Shinies! ~ NippleCharms Nipple Embracers
I'm a klutz. I've always fancied body piercing, but given my skill at breaking myself without any sharp implements in range, I'd wind up being that person who gets a piercing ripped out. So, my lust for standard body jewelry denied, I was intrigued when I spotted a picture on FetLife a few years ago of someone who had no-pierce shields that were every bit as pretty. But, foiled again, I could only find them at horrific prices, or sold by people who thought that shipping from the US to the UK should cost three times as much as the product did. Curses and such! Then, the lovely TruePleasures hosted a competition to win a pair of Claddagh-style embracers, but had to be restricted to US only. However, she'd included some links to the NippleCharms site, and after having a browse around, I spotted that their prices were reasonable, and not only that, but so was their international shipping rates! Bingo!I managed to resist for......
Latest Goodies What I'm Liking
I'm a big fan of the pretty Icicles range of glass dildos, and this is one I'm desperate to get myself, especially when SexToys have it for a mind-blowingly stupid price. Fingers crossed it's still at this insanely silly price when I get some cash in later in the week. Seriously, a third of the usual price for such a stunning piece of pretty, I'll be kicking myself if I let this get past.Meanwhile, Lovehoney have the Minna Ola, which I recently reviewed, for sale with a free pleasure-enhancing gel. While I may not have fallen in love with it, I'll happily agree that it's a quality toy and a stupid amount of fun to play with.And while we're on the subject of free stuff, there's just over three days left to enter Karen Blue's giveaway for Tantus' Anaconda Dildo.Awright, that's about all the swank I have to share for today, I'm off back to bed to nurse my lurgy. BBx
Pleasurists Edition #169
Courtesy of Penny*Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 168? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 170? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday February 26th @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists recently started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Awesome Alumina Dildo Giveaway Deadline: February 21st @ 11:59pm Central.Sex Toy Giveaway Deadline: February 25th.Win a $50 EdenFantasys Gift Card Deadline: February 29th.Tantus Giveaway! Get your hands on the Anaconda or the Bend Over kit! Deadline: February 29th.Tantus Anaconda Giveaway! Deadline: March 1st.Pick Your Lingerie Giveaway Deadline: March 1st.Giveawa...
Alo, Ola! ~ Minna Ola Review
Ever had that moment where you want a pattern to speed up or slow down, get harder or be a little more gentle, so you cycle it through a bit and find that nope! next setting is too little/much? And, frustrated, you dither between the two closest until you settle on the least 'wrong' and try to suppress that urge to yell at the toy manufacturer for not being psychic enough to anticipate this exact level of need? Only me then? Clearly not, since that's exactly the problem the Minna Ola seeks to address! Now, aside from my rather unreasonably high expectations of toys at times, it appealed to me as a gadget geek precisely because of the utterly unique feature that the whole shebang is centred around: user-controlled patterns and speeds. Literally programming in your own pattern, or just 'free-handing' and letting your touch dictate the pace of things. Pretty nifty! However, that's a lot of hype to live up to, and when you get right down t...
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Pleasurists Edition #167
Courtesy of Nymphomaniac Ness*Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 166? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 168? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday February 12th @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists recently started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Win a Crystal Kiss butt plug Deadline: February 8th @ Noon Eastern.Giveaway: Onye Gallerie Petite Deadline: February 8th.Heart Wand Glass Dildo Giveaway Deadline: February 8th.Win a Silky Vibration Deadline: February 9th.Win a We-VIbe 3 for Valentine?s Day! Deadline: February 13th.Win a LELO Mia! Deadline: February 14th @ 12:05am.Win a $30 Silky Vibrat...
Screw you guys, I'm gettin' busy with a boy!
My boy's got some holiday time, so I've been too busy having fun with him to work on reviews and junkitude. Next week, cross my heart, I'll have the Minna Ola review ready to go!Meantime, giggle at one of my favs, the "my guy's such a geek, when he scratches my back he doodles the symbol for pi" piccie, and try to forgive my slackitude; it's all in the name of good, sexy fun.
EdenFantasy's Discount codes & Valentine's Guide
Oh yes, with but a few meager days remaining as a buffer between us and That Day?, you best be getting your shopping on! For those in the US, the lovely folk at EdenFantasy have been kind enough to give a quick 'n' easy guide to buying the perfect cheeky pressie for your lover, your friend, or yourself! Throw in the discount codes in the image up yonder, and you have yourself a pretty nifty situation, indeed.Their Leaf competition is also drawing to a close, with but a single day left until it ends. Give it a gander, and perhaps you'll even get out of buying a gift when you win one of these gorgeous green gizmos! But I hope not, 'cause I want it.
Piggy for Porking ~ J&D's Baconlube
I usually say that I hate flavoured lubes because usually flavoured lubes are rank fake berry cloying sugary liquid death. The only time my partner and myself have struck upon one that appealed to us both was the - sadly discontinued - cake flavoured versions, as they weren't quite so sickly. As a dedicated lover of bacon in all its forms, I was determined to give this a try as soon as I saw it was being released for real. Unfortunately, at the time it could only be bought from America with extortionate shipping costs. Lucky for me, Love honey have picked it up so that those of us on this side of the customs barrier can revel in the meaty debauchery that is J&D's Baconlube.Bring on the rasher-flasher!The bottle is simple with just a single sliver of bacon to make it stand out. I did find that the flip-top was a little stiff, as was the bottle itself when trying to squeeze some out - although this latter flaw actually works out well because it does have a tendency to flow out ra...
RSTR - January 2012
Those hard-working lovelies over at Real Sex Toy Reviews have compiled another list of real reviews by real people for the month just gone, January 2012. Head on over and give them some love, and have a peep at some of the other genuine reviews on the 'net. Sex toy reviews by real reviewers who take the time to include photos or video along with actual opinions of the products they are reviewing. Participating & Proud
Housekeeping! Time to spring clean the blog.
Having spent the entire day working on other peoples' websites (yes, I know it's shocking given the slack-arse way this has been looked after, but I do that), I finally decided enough was enough, and had a twiddle about with templates and junk.It's still quite basic, and in desperate need of a header - the other one neither fit the colour scheme nor the width - but at least it's clean and doesn't want to make me vomit when I look at it on my weenie mobile screen. Given I've already been distracted fiddling with barely visible borders and making the impossible decision between #EDEDEF and #EDEDED (there is a difference, I swear!) for long enough that I've burnt my dinner, I might have to leave the rest for another time. In the meantime, any suggestions on how to suck less are always appreciated.Back tomorrow with another review!BBx
Valentine's Specials from Lovehoney!
Lovehoney are a personal favourite of mine, not only because of their insanely good deals, but they have amazing customer service. And I'm not just saying that because they've been so generous with review products: I spend far more money there than I should as a plain old customer, and there's a reason for all that repeat business. So, here's a few of the amazing deals on offer this lovin' season, and remember if you purchase anything through my affiliate links here, I get a little bit more money to splurge on more toys and books and sexy accouterments that I'll come back here and share the judgement with you, so it's win-win-win unto infinity!Remember, Lovehoney are more than happy to go that extra step towards making your love-fest as special as possible. Take advantage of their gift wrapping service to turn your sexy Valentine's shopping into an exciting gift with unique Lovehoney gift boxes. For just £3.50 you can take the hassle out...
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Pleasurists Edition #166
Courtesy of Epiphora*Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 165? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 167? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday February 5th @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists recently started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Shiny twisty swanky glass dildo giveaway! Deadline: February 1st @ 11:59pm Eastern.Dildo Giveaway! Deadline: February 1st.Eden Fantasys $25 Giveaway! Deadline: February 2nd.Giveaway Contest ? The Heeldo Deadline: February 2nd.FunWares Valentine?s Giveaway Deadline: February 4th.Anniversary Giveaway Deadline: February 6th @ 12:01am Eastern.Giveaway: Onye Gallerie...
Randy Reading Re-scheduled
Given I'm reviewing books faster than I can read them, and I have way too much college work on the horizon to guarantee I'll keep to the bi-weekly schedule, I'm now returning to regular haphazard reviews, published once a week on a Friday. However, I've enjoyed sharing some works of erotic fiction - and hopefully encouraging a smattering of folk to try it themselves at least - and I definitely intend to keep that up. Therefore, I'm declaring the last Friday of every month to be the scheduled next installment of my Randy Reading focus. If anyone has any recommendations, I'm always open to suggestions, especially when it comes to word-porn.BBx
Randy Reading #4: Teasing The Devil
My first review of an Xcite book, and the first in my Randy Reading focus to be a full-length novel, Teasing The Devil by Monica Bell is a rather clever little tale of supernatural horror that could still just be shadows and an easily-influenced imagination.There is a hint of the wicked about Julian d'Alveda, a darkness that fascinates pretty student Chloe Anthony. Keen to learn more about his scandalous activities, she joins him at Candle Street Hall in Norfolk, a house with a reputation darker still. Once there, she quickly finds herself drawn like a moth to a flame, first as his lover, then more deeply as the full scope of his strange obsessions and desires become clear.I've always had that fear when some kids say "lets try a ouije board, it'll be a laugh!", since just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it doesn't believe in you. So, when Julin d'Alveda and Chloe Anthony begin re-enacting ancient Devil-summoning ri...
Pleasurists Edition #165
Courtesy of the bedroom bloggerWelcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 164? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 166? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 29th @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists just started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Win an Icicles No. 8 Glass Toy! Deadline: January 27th.Shiny twisty swanky glass dildo giveaway! Deadline: February 1st @ 11:59pm Eastern.Dildo Giveaway! Deadline: February 1st.Eden Fantasys $25 Giveaway! Deadline: February 2nd.Giveaway Contest ? The Heeldo Deadline: February 2nd.FunWares Valentine?s Giveaway Deadline: February 4th.Anniversary Giveaway...
Randy Reading #3: Enchanted: Erotic Fairy Tales
After last week's short story double-up, I thought it was time to look at something of a gateway-book to the more lengthy novels. This one I picked up a couple of years ago, back when I was still getting to grips with erotic literature myself, and I found it much more fulfilling than some of the shorter Black Lace collections, as well as being slightly more in tune with my own draw to the paranormal-slash-supernatural style of fiction. Black Lace's Enchanted: Erotic Fairy Tales is a trilogy of not-so-short stories focusing on the concept of adult fairy tales. Now, as I mentioned in Randy Reading #1, I find Black Lace stories to be a little too eager to find the happy ending and have every couple ride into the sunset (take that how you wish!). That failing is probably exactly why I find these stories to work so well: that fairy tale mentality is exactly what's needed in a genuine fairy tale.Be Careful What You Wish For.Three writers from the ...
Randy Reading #2: Yes, Ma'am - Erotic Stories of Male Submission
Following on from my review of the newbie-friendly collection of short stories, Black Lace Quickies 6, I thought I'd explore a collection that I personally found more appealing: Yes, Ma'am - Erotic Tales of Male Submission. I do enjoy short stories, not least because, once something whets my literary appetite, I find it impossible to do anything until I've devoured the book whole, and short stories allow me to live a normal life despite how good they are. Why, just the other night I stayed up until 5am to finish a novel, when I then had to get up two hours later. Not fun. So, yes, short stories are a thumbs up as a format. I do also like a bit of spice to my erotic fiction, preferably either a bit of kink or the supernatural (or both), depending on my mood.But, not all short story collections have the same umph. Yes, Ma'am is published by the impressively elegant Cleis Press, who, to me, stand out even just by their Twitter bio as a ...
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Randy Reading #1: Black Lace Quickies 6
"Inaugurated in July 1993, Black Lace has emerged as the leading imprint of erotic fiction for women, selling over four million books worldwide. It has without question been an enormous success, and the success looks set to continue. In publishing a series of attractive, strongly branded books aimed at women, we have created a new genre."Whether or not you agree with how big an impact Black Lace have had on the erotic fiction market, they certainly are a household name (depending on your household, clearly!). Even though they've taken a back seat in the past year, with their publishing house, Virgin Books, making the decision to focus more on their non-fiction texts, the vast BL catalog means most, if not all, erotic literature stockists will still carry a decent selection.The main selling point of Black Lace books is that they're 100% written by women, for women. Th...
Welcome to Randy Reading Review Focus!
I love myself some erotic fiction. I don't love all of it, and even the books I've re-read until the spine cracks merged together into one tattered fray of overuse, I've found myself distracted by some niggling little quirk. Right now, I've just finished yet another book, and have two more sitting on my bedside table calling out to me. As soon as I see an online retailer start a sale, I'm right into the erotic fiction section, seeing what gems I can winkle out to keep my imagination-fires well stoked. But I'm relatively new to these kind of books, which is why I thought I should do something to convince others to take that first toe-dip into the rich world of erotic fiction.I'm exceptionally stingy when it comes to books. I've always loved reading, even as a child when I took my teacher's command to read a certain book until we knew it "upside down and inside out" to heart, and, since I found it too difficult to follow when the book w...
Pleasurists Edition #164
Photo courtesy of Pixel*Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 163? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 165? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 22nd @ 11:59pm Pacific.*Pleasurists just started accepting photo submissions for the art at the top of editions! For more information click here.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Giveaway: Ashley Vibe Deadline: January 21st.Pop Plug Giveaway Deadline: January 22nd.Couples Game Giveaway! Winners choice! Deadline: January 23rd.Win an Icicles No. 8 Glass Toy! Deadline: January 27th.Dildo Giveaway! Deadline: February 1st.FunWares Valentine?s Giveaway Deadline: February 4th.EditorScarlet LotusOn to the reviews:VibratorsVibratex Mystic Wand...
Why must I be so poor?
People who've been following my links will know that a) I'm a bit of a fan of Love honey, and b) they do mental deals now and then, including a daily Deal of the Day. Today, their DotD has blown me away: get the We-Vibe Tango for only £35 with free UK shipping and a no quibble 365 day returns policy. I'm so tempted, despite my impoverished state! But if anyone wanted to be a dear... *wiggley eyebrows of suggestiveness*Ah, I kid (half!), I'm spoilt enough. Seriously though, I rarely like the idea of plugging something I've not tried myself, but the Tango has had such positive reviews from people whose opinions I'd trust - including the one by Laveila on the product's own page - and is at such a crazy price for only 24 hours (well, 22.5 now), that I must urge anyone who has been lusting after this to go-go-go before it go-go-goes. And it will.Much love!BB x
Given I have a few erotic books that I've half-written reviews for and never published here, and two-and-a-half sitting on my bedside unit awaiting some love, and with a metric assload of college assessments due in the next couple of weeks, I'm going to declare the next fortnight or so Randy Reading R-season! Yeah, maybe I'll work on the name a bit. Anyway! Beginning next Tuesday 17th, I'll be publishing an erotic fiction review every Tuesday and Friday until I run out or get distracted by something too shiny to not post about.I'll announce each as it goes live on Twitter, so if like me you're not so great on the checking in thing, follow along and I'll yell at you to go read. Sexercise your brain! Yeah, I'll work on the tagline, too...
Simple Elegance ~ Fun Factory's G4 Elegance
If there's one thing that makes me happy, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink. And if there's two things, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink and leave me a quivvering heap. And if there's three things, it's pretty toys that come in colours other than pink and leave me a quivvering heap, made by people who genuinely care about providing the best and most innovative products they can whilst also being as eco-conscious and health-conscious as possible. Drumroll please, here comes the G4 Elegance from Fun Factory, and me with a great, sloppy grin. ?? All things should be waterproof!The PrettyBetween the odd angularity of the shape, the vivid colouring, the fancy "Loop of Love " handle and "Magic Touch" controls, and the almost coarse texturing, it is a thing of modernistic beauty. The word "funky" would not be far off the mark. The G4 Elegance is available in both Candy Green and Blackberry, and although only Blackberry is currently in stock at ...
Beware of low-flying trampolines!
My internet access has been curtailed, since a rogue trampoline, aided by some pretty severe winds, decided to take a shortcut right through my phone cable. Unfortunately, here in the UK these lines are all owned by BT, meaning a) my supplier isn't allowed to touch them, and b) the people who are allowed to fix it tend to be slow at best and deathly allergic to sticking to appointments. Thus, I have been exiled from cyberland for almost a week, connected only via my phone, which has an auto-correct made of pure liquid evil, and a browser window that likes to sgcurry away at random. This in itself has been painful to type.In short, this sucks too much to post anything worthwhile. However, I had been in the process of finalising a couple of reviews, which are now being super-edited into oblivion, so there shall be some make up posting - not as fun as make up sex, but just as enthusiastic - upon my return! It remains to be seen whether my over-zealous revisions will make them bet...
Pleasurists Edition #162
the eyes say it all by cub69Welcome to Pleasurists, a round-up of the adult product and sex toy reviews that came out in the last seven days. If you like what you see and want more of it be sure to follow the RSS Feed and Twitter for updates.Did you miss Pleasurists 161? Read it all here. Do you have a review for Pleasurists 163? Be sure to read the submission guidelines and then use the submission form to submit before Sunday January 1st, 2012 @ 11:59pm Pacific.Want a shiny new toy? All you?ve got to do is enter.Win Your Choice of a LELO Insignia SenseMotion Toy or a Picobong Toy! Deadline: January 9th.Dildo Giveaway! Deadline: February 1st.EditorScarlet LotusOn to the reviews:VibratorsThe Cone by Mistress KayLELO Siri by Evil PoptartBendable Touch by Karen BlueShiri Zinn Minx by Midnight BoudoirLovehoney Deluxe Magic Wand by Midnight BoudoirNomi Tang Better than Chocolate by BeanfiddlerLady Calston Y-Bullet by EpiphoraBound by Diamonds by Key4BelleLove Bunnies by Alan & Mi...