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If you didn‘t like „Fifty shades of Grey“... maybe try this one.
am 25. August 2017
Abigail Barnette (alias Jenny Trout) read „Fifty shades of Grey“ and found it… not so good.
She has said - amongst other things - that it especially fails describing a healthy BDSM-relationship.
The author then wrote a novel on her own, very loosely inspired by FSOG. Yetwith two main characters, Sophie and Neil, who are really into BDSM (he as a Dom and she as a Sub) AND respect each other and each other boundaries. They completely consent in what they do.
There is a scene early in their relationship where he takes her too far with the Dom/Sub thing, yet they actually talk about it and he apologizes like a dozen times.
There are conversations in this novel you seldomly find at all in the romance genre. For instance, they talk about health issues and contraception and not just in three sentences.
Both characters are nice and kind to each other and they have arguments like any other couple, too. Neil, who is not only a very sensual person but also a true gentleman, explains his fascination of dominance to Sophie in a way that even people like me – people who are not into BDSM – can understand it better. As this is an erotic novel, there are several hot scenes in there, and I mean really hot.
What I also liked was the fact that this book has quite a range of diverse characters. Some of them are bisexual, Sophie‘s roommate starts a lesbian relationship and there are people of colour, too.
At one point even object sexuality is mentioned which I have never read about in a novel, so far.
Both Sophie and Neil are complex, interesting characters which also applies to the minor characters, especially Sophie‘s roommate.
At Sophie‘s workplace there is a network of intrigues evolving and the plot is driven by that as well as the romantic story. The novel ends with an open end, yet there is a sequel. As I have gotten quite fond of the characters, I‘ll read that too.
The only thing I didn‘t like about the story was that Neil has too many skills. He isn‘t just super rich and a nice guy, he also speaks half a dozen languages, is extremely well endowed (if you catch my drift), an excellent cook, a magnificent lover and I‘m sure I‘ve forgotten another skill of his. I didn‘t find any flaw in him – unless you count tenacity or bad singing in the shower as one.
Yet apart from that, I really enjoyed the read and I‘m happy for the author that her novel has become a bestseller.