When I received this Black Lace book to review I was not really looking forward to reading it. It deals with domination and submission featuring erotic humiliation. Humiliation is the biggest possible turnoff I can think of. Having tried to read Anne Rice’s Beauty Series, I concluded that humiliation is just not my bent.
However in the hands of this skilled author, I encountered an interesting peek into the mind of those who dwell in a different world than my own. Sex is really just sex; it is the psychology and feelings behind the act that provide the interest to me. Martel is able to provide a complex psychological view of Kirsten the lead female Dom and Simon Charlesworth the Sub using their own unique voices.
Simon Charlesworth, a 53 year old high level political figure has a chance meeting with a beautiful sexy woman in a bar. The woman, Kirsten Caine has been giving him come on signals all night and he decides that she would be a great diversion from his career and married life. Little does he know that he is being swept not into a vanilla affair but into a deviant culture that is beyond anything he has ever encountered. Kirsten does unspeakable things to his body and mind, yet he is fascinated beyond his understanding. This fascination leads to his ultimate downfall when Kirsten discovers his involvement in a political issue that is close to her. She in my opinion pulls a boiled bunny and violates the trust formed by their deviant relationship. But was his fall from grace at the hands of this skilled, potential psycho a disaster or blessing?
I can say I am still not into the whole dom/sub scene, but with this wonderfully written book I was entertained and highly enlightened. This is a very deep book (and I am not referring to penetration).