- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461129788
- ISBN-13: 978-1461129783
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
Her first book, "What Happens to Naughty Girls," is a compilation of M/F (male spanks female) stories, a blend of romance and discipline with plenty of Ms. Scott's trademark sass.
Her second book, "Late Bloomer," is an autobiography.
Her third book, "Correspondence Hall of Shame," is a collection of real messages she has received over her years on the Internet (with identifiers deleted), with the pithy responses she fantasized about writing back.
She lives in Southern California and has never married, but has been with the same boyfriend since 1996. Yes, he's kinky too.
Top Customer Reviews
Throughout Late Bloomer Ms Scott maintains a well-paced and witty narrative. She has a knack for presenting to us the Big Picture and then zooming in to explore specific moments in time, fleshing out the details. Then we're pulled back again to look at how the Big Picture all fits together. It's a well organized pattern and it keeps the story flowing.
Often times the first half of Late Bloomer covers serious, dark subject matter. Ms Scott tells us that she did not lead a happy and balanced youth and she doesn't pull any punches. To her credit she doesn't let the story get bogged down either. The reader isn't asked to feel sadness or to pity the writer, facts are simply presented and then we move on, all the while treated to Ms Scott's singular wit.
The story takes a sudden turn in the second half and we're treated to a brighter version of Erica, one in which she is full of adventure, humour and, yes, more wit. Fans of Ms Scott's other works will know she's a fan spanking, of being spanked, and we get to experience her introduction into that pastime, into that world. Her descriptions are engrossing, amusing and detailed.Read more ›
The first half of the book deals with deeply dysfunctional family dynamics and Erica's assorted eating disorders. Dark matter, indeed. This reader experienced outrage at the cruelty that she endured from the very people who should have been her protectors. The second half of the book is a joyous ride as Erica experiences the fulfillment of her spanking fantasies and achieves celebrity on a small scale as she is featured in a series of spanking videos. The average person is likely to be unfamiliar with the world of "spankos," but Erica shines a light on this aspect of her sexuality with nary a blush--a fascinating look at the softer side of bdsm.
Late Bloomer is an intensely personal work that should appeal to spankos and non-spankos alike. Erica Scott emerges as a complex woman, irascible yet lovable, passionate, caring and bursting with mischief.
While coming from a successful family, Ms. Scott nevertheless faced many personal challenges. Through her determination she was able to overcome those obstacles. In the process, she became a truly self actualized person.
Ms. Scott's writing style is most effective. She writes in a highly personal style. The reader feels that she is speaking directly to them.
I give this book my highest recommendation.
I'll add that I've read other autobiographies, and they all seemed dull and self-indulgent to some degree. Not "Late Bloomer." Even aside from my feeling personal empathy with the author, this is a good book. It's going to have a place on my shelf for many, many years.
I've read a few spanking memoir books and honestly, this one is my favorite. Not just because Erica is a very fine writer with a good memory for detail, but because she wrote in depth about her childhood, family (especially her fraught relationship with her idolized yet distant and emotionally abusive father) and life before spanking. The book is an honest retelling of a woman's life and I enjoyed it for that, even apart from the spanking action.
In fact, my only criticism of the book is from my own desire to have more detail of how early Erica began having spanking fantasies and how she feels they shaped her early sexuality. She doesn't get into an analysis of where her desire to be spanked came from and I did wonder about her thoughts on this topic. But it's a smal thing and, in part an effect of how much of herself she does give the reader.
So what does a reader get from this book? A story of a woman's life lived by halves, in the darkness of depression and anxiety and her overcoming them. It's about her efforts to understand and undo damage done in childhood, her claiming of self (sexual and otherwise) and her successful battle to do things that matter to her, even in the face of fears. There's also frank accounts of her experiences as a spanking model, working on a variety of projects. Thoughout the story, what shines through is Erica's wit, humor and unflinching honesty. I love reading Late Bloomer, and found I was staying up long into the night to finish it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Erica's story. She's a witty, engaging and fascinating story-teller, and hearing the "behind the scenes" tidbits about her modeling shoots... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alexis A.
This book put into words how I have felt for years. My journey started much later in life than Erica's but I am taking to heart her words of wisdom to go for it; that life is too... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Roxanne R. Reynolds
Total great book she is so honest there is people like her out there or men that this book will help.
it did me. Read more
I'm a fan of her blog, and her story is just as interesting. An interesting journey that takes the reader into the world of spanking.Published on April 11, 2013 by Pierrepoint
A well-written look at the author's life, sometimes sad, sometimes funny. She came to terms with living life outside the mainstream and relates experiences that most of us can... Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Lily
Late Bloomer probably isn't a book for everyone, although I think it should be, especially if you've ever felt like the odd person out and needed to know you aren't so odd after... Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Randall Cleveland
This book really grabs you and holds on tight from the first page to the last. It's not often that an autobiography is written with that perfect mix of joy and sadness, openness... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by LadyLawyer
I devoured this story. Thank you Erica for sharing your good and bad times. You are a profound writer with great wit. To me you are an ICON. Read morePublished on November 5, 2011 by P
Previous reviews pretty much have it right, so just buy it. Erica's writing is very readable, revealing and accurate, and Late Bloomer is hard to put down. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Danny Chrighton