All in the name of research. That's what DH said when he dragged me to our local purveyor of perversions. You see, I've recently started writing some super hot short stories and novellas. My darling, sweet hubby was kind and giving enough to sacrifice his precious time to enlighten me about what sort of costumes, devices, furniture (!) and literature were out there. And guess what? Aside from making an interesting evening's entertainment, I actually got some ideas for my Work In Progress. And you know what? I even learned a thing or two. I had no idea what some of the items were to be used for. We read packages, tried things on (don't ask, because I'll never tell), and even bought a couple of items (purely for the research).
But here's what I learned: There's only so much you can find out online. Sometimes research is best done by going and doing. Obviously, that's not always possible. But I'll tell you one thing -- it can be a whole lot of fun!