Awakening Kindle Edition
"Depth of Lies" by E. C. Diskin
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If anything, it goes very right, for him and the lovely ladies lucky enough to cross his path.
The main character's approach to his situation, and more or less ethical application of power makes this a fun blend of fantasy and real world sensibilities.
It's nice to see an old hackneyed theme (man gets wish, regrets it) neatly sidestepped, a sign you're in good hands.
David's wish is to have anyone whom he talks to while wearing a certain ring immediately obey his orders as if they were their own wishes. Figuring he's still dreaming, as soon as the genie vanishes he tests his power on a cute young hotel desk clerk. It works as advertised, and in a short time she's naked and doing very sexy things in his rooms, and enjoying it thoroughly, because that's the real crux of Awakening, it's a straight-up power fantasy as David uses the ring to have a lot of fun with women.
Cabot tells his story with verve and gusto, the writing is smooth and the scenes flow easily as you read. He also has great skill at putting the erotic in erotica, the sex scenes are steamy and very realistic, with the pleasure that both participants take in them well portrayed. I was kind of surprised at this, I haven't read a lot of power fantasy stories and I kind of expected the women he controls via the ring to be zombie-like and withdrawn.
But no, by using commands that drew the women into the erotic acts he gets them to perform, he draws them out as characters and creates a sense of two people sharing sexual escapades rather than a man using women as living blow-up dolls for his sexual pleasure.
There are a lot of moral issues with a power fantasy of this kind, and I figured that Cabot was going to use the old dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream dodge. Well don't want to get too spoilerish, but let me say that his protagonist wrestles with the moral dilemmas inherent in the power he's been given, at least a bit. Not enough to get in the way of the sex scenes, fortunately, but enough to make you feel the book isn't entirely superficial.
I personally would have liked for Cabot to come out with a cleaner way of dealing with the moral dilemmas posed by his power fantasy. I mean, the appeal of the dream-within-a-dream solution is that it does sweep the moral dilemmas out of the way ... when the protagonist wakes up to find himself disempowered, no harm has been done, it's just been his subconscious out on a romp. Which many people would say is a good description of erotica.
Point is, Cabot avoids cheap solutions to his dilemmas while keeping the steamy stuff going He's a writer worth watching ... and reading!
The description as "the first book" is a bit confusing as it appears to be a stand-alone story. It's not related to the next book in the series.