A Lady Pays Her Penalties

Rated 5.00/5 based on 12 reviews
Three stories about a woman who likes to play backgammon on the Internet. When she gets bored, she spices up the games by giving herself painful and humiliating penalties if she loses. These stories feature consensual bondage and masochistic activities. More
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Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Words: 61,010
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452369815
About Ashley Zacharias

I am a post-modern woman who lives a vanilla life but fantasizes about adventures in masochism. I appreciate readers who purchase my books but, more than money, I need your honest response to my writing. Review my books or contact me at ashleyzacharias.com and let me know what you think of my stories. Good or bad, as long as you are not indifferent, your honest response will help me to write more and better stories.
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Review by: Nicole Bush on Jan. 14, 2012 :
Thank you Ashley xxx
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Review by: co2van on Dec. 26, 2011 :
I read it twice! Fantastic! Wow! I cannot put enough exclamation marks in this review of your incredible book! You have put a bit more excitement in my marriage, both my wife and have read this and it's done some things! Wow!
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Review by: Mayo Kolamathy on Nov. 04, 2011 :
Really liked it. It avoided the trap that many books in this genre fall into - either the action is so mild that the protestations of pain seem pretentious and meaningless, or they seem abusive of the sub - to the point where it ceases to be amusing or even interesting. But the author has developed a brilliant device here, where the action is really quite extreme but the sub genuinely controls it too.

Well-paced, exciting, titillating and with a certain sense of lightness about it.

Great read.
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Sep. 13, 2011 : (no rating)
I couldn't finish reading it. Stupid!!!!
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Review by: Nathan Fisher on Sep. 04, 2011 :
Definitely on the extreme fantasy side as far as I'm concerned - I wouldn't dare to try anything like this! But even so, I couldn't help being fascinated and couldn't stop reading.
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Review by: phas diva on Sep. 01, 2011 :
this story was great i loved every moment of it i am ready for pt 2
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Review by: Risque Taker on April 03, 2011 :
I have personally been exploring the BDSM world for not quite a year yet, and while at times I thought the punishments to be extreme, as I continued through the entire book, I found myself more and more intrigued by what Leslie would cook up next.

Being an extremely analytical person by nature, I visualized all of these punishments, and looked for ways to use them in my own life, applying my own unique twist to the act.

Unlike some of the BDSM stories I've read, there was a certain fluidity in each of the stories, showing that the writing was well thought out from beginning to end. But I do need to agree with another review, in that the final story was a bit weak. The role changes were great, but it started off so...matter of fact.

I look forward to more work from this author.
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Review by: Penny Graves on Feb. 19, 2011 :
An excellent read. I found there were a few bumps to be expected in a free unedited book. about a dozen typos total in all four stories, (a few misspellings, an occasional word repeated, and one instance of a British spelling in a book that is otherwise all American English) not much worse than some books that are professionally edited.

The stories are not so much titillating as they are intellectually stimulating. The first three stories are a wonderful collection of an extreme control freak who after an accident, resigns herself to being supervised and assisted in sexual punishments she has predetermined as the penalty for losing online backgammon games.

The fourth story is some time later after she has married and begins to play a game with her husband, to spice up what he considered a marriage gone bland. The fourth story was not quite as good as the first three in my opinion but the previous easily carried the last story. The ending of the last story isn't a surprise but certainly makes you wonder.

This collection is by far the best free ebook of this genre I have read.
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Review by: John Holley on Nov. 27, 2010 : (no rating)
The first part was a little strange. Punishment for punishment's sake. There was little or no sexual tension or arousal. The "Whore-for-a day" with her husband was fantastic!

4.5 stars
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Review by: Wayne Zepp on Sep. 26, 2010 :
Best Book I have read in a long time.
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Review by: Ernest Winchester on Aug. 15, 2010 :
My God, where to start. If you ever assumed that a sadist was always on one end of a cane or torture device and a masochist had to be on the other, then this twisted story will certainly dispel that notion. In this case they both reside in the same sick mind. I can't elaborate on the array of pain inducing methods described in it, but I will say that at the end that I was relieved. I can't say more for fear of giving away something that troubled me until the end, so enough said.
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Review by: Francis W. Porretto on July 27, 2010 :
Well, well, well...

I lit into this collection a bit uneasily, as sadism and masochism aren't "my thing." However, as I'm another Smashwords author who turns out the occasional bit of erotica, I feel a moral obligation (don't laugh) to review others. And BDSM games have featured in an increasing percent of erotic writing as the years have rolled past, though I could never say why.

I must admit, Leslie's self-prescribed predicaments were...entertaining? Fascinating? Hm, I need a better word, and I can't find one. They were surely painful to read about. Are there really women of that sort? Whatever the case, your characterization of her made her mysterious and alluring; just why did she need all that discomfort, pain, and humiliation?

The writing was straightforward and competent; the mechanical and stylistic errors were very few. (NB: "discrete" was not the word you wanted; that should have been "discreet.") The scenarios were imaginative, although Leslie should really learn a few games other than backgammon. Perhaps she will now that she's married!

You'll notice I awarded you five stars. That's well deserved in comparison to some of the other erotic writing I've read, here and elsewhere. If I were to judge "A Lady Pays Her Penalties" on a purely objective basis, I'd deduct a half-star because the first three stories in the collection were essentially plotless, and because Craig, Leslie's foil, needed a bit more character development than he received. However, we must judge erotica according to erotica's standards. Therefore: Very well done!
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