Book review: Rope Bondage the Smart Way

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Although I’m far from the most experienced Rope Top / Rigger, I’ve recently had several people ask me about rope bondage. Because of this, I’ve decided to review what I consider to be the best book for beginners on the subject.

Rope Bondage the Smart Way by Pete Riggs

Rope Bondage the Smart Way

Along with clear instructions on tying, this book discusses the where, when and why of rope bondage. You know, all those things a beginner never considers when deciding to learn. Such as when to wait and all those other components necessary for a great experience.

Safety & consent

Let’s face it, safety and consent are usually the last things anyone new to rope bondage is considering. Usually the thought is: I’ll figure out how to tie, tie someone and have a great time. The reality is that there are a lot of variables with rope bondage… a lot that can go right and a lot that can go wrong. These issues are discussed so they won’t happen to you and if they do, the author covers what can be done about it so you won’t be caught off guard and make a bad situation worse. 

The Naughty Librarian wears a decorative leg tie

How to tie

In addition to clear instructions on how to tie in this book, the author also shares tips and tricks that you would normally have to learn the hard way… by struggling. Meanwhile the tutorials are well written with excellent reference photographs of real people. He begins with a simple and useful single column tie, building your skills as you progress to advanced ties. Plenty of techniques are covered for you to have a lot of fun and variety. You’ll learn how to bind someone to a chair, bed, or themselves, as well as several decorative (and functional) techniques.

The Naughty Librarian’s foot in a single column tie

How to choose, dye, clean & care for your rope

The information given on the care and selection of rope is worth the cost of this book by itself. I’d read information on website after website and still couldn’t make up my mind as to what type of rope to get. After reading Rope Bondage the Smart Way(kindle), I was not only confident of my choice in rope, but I knew its strengths, weaknesses and exactly how to care for it. Rope isn’t cheap and the information provided will help you invest your money wisely.

Rope marks from jute rope

Planning, preparation and aftercare

Rope bondage isn’t just tying up your partner, having sex and untying them. Rope tops and bottoms can experience drop, emergencies can happen and scenes (playtimes) need to be planned out. Pete Riggs gives plenty of information so you won’t just be a great Rope Top, you’ll be a confident Rope Top.

The Naughty Librarian’s feet in a double column tie

Case studies

My favorite parts of this book are the various case studies which give an in depth look of what can happen during a scene. From lighting and music, to techniques and locations, these short stories will give you plenty ideas to enhance your scenes so you and your partner(s) can enjoy the experience you’re expecting.

The Naughty Librarian wears her first chest harness

Whether you decide to purchase his Rope Bondage the Smart Way(eBook) or not, Pete Riggs also maintains a great website: RopeConnections.com that you should check out. I can assure you that it’s not one of those annoying sites with pop-ups every 30 seconds that tricks you onto the mailing list then fills your inbox or sells your information. It’s informative with great pictures – definitely worth checking out of you’re at all interested in rope bondage.

Note: All of the ties shown in this post can be learned from this book.