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- Publisher: OTK Publications (November 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 14, 2014
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Freier, a skillful author whose ability to create a compelling scene, a word-picture, if you will, is among best that we have seen in the many authors whose work we have reviewed in the last couple of years, again uses the world of sexual play as the canvas on which she continues to paint the relationship of Kelly and Sam. It is a relationship that one would never expect to work but it does.
Why would Kelly, a beautiful young woman, who celebrates her 25th birthday in this volume of the series, even say the words “I love you” to a man old enough to be her father? Indeed, Kelly knows Sam's sons as she watched them play soccer when she was a child. A widower, Sam knows Kelly's parents as they are his friends and he knew her as a child. Now they are lovers and they plumb the depths of sexual fantasy and play using, among other things, the usual toolkit of paddles, flails, plugs and the many implements used in the world of BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism).
Are they true practitioners of BDSM? On the whole, they use it as a medium to explore not only the relationship that is developing but also in exploring themselves. Comfortable with their basic sexuality, the couple use the tools of BDSM to push their limits; to expand their life experience, and to just have some fun. Though Freier mentions the dom/domme relationship, many times, but always tangentially as it relates to Sam and Kelly, they are neither true practitioners of BDSM nor do they hide from it. They use the realm of BDSM to explore their fantasies and play out their fantasies. It is more like they are using BDSM as a GPS mapping device of their lives as a couple and their relationship.
That relationship expands in “Birthday Experiences,” as Sam invites Kelly's four best friends to her 25th birthday party. It is a party that is full of surprises for both Kelly and her friends. It is also a party full of surprises for the reader. Of course, there participants engage in the basics that are associated with the world of sex play and fantasy such as spanking, wild fantasy role-play, some paddling and the like and they like it. However, if you look beyond the trappings, if you will, of the world in which Sam, Kelly and now her friends travel, you will see that “Birthday Experiences” is about far more than just sexual play and fantasy.
At its basic level, the story of Kelly and Sam is as old as the hills. It is a dual story of a young woman, who, introduced to the world of sexual and fantasy play, begins to find herself. No it isn't a story about a young woman's travels to “find herself,” in the sense that she doesn't know who she is. Instead, it is a story about her growth as a person. Kelly, to be sure has her issues, but at heart, she is happy with the person that she has become as she has grown to become a woman. After meeting Sam and being pulled into the world of sexual play and fantasy, she begins to grow into not only a more sexually mature woman, but also a more aware woman, in general. The duality of their story is Sam's becoming.
Sam, married to Margaret for many years, lost her about 5 years before he met Kelly, by chance, when he attended a party at a couple's home. Sam and Margaret were friendly with them before her passing. After meeting Kelly, he takes a chance and asks her to lunch and is attracted to her. He then takes a chance to see if she is interested in his world of fantasy and role-playing. Oh, she is and more, much more. Indeed, they are on their way to becoming a pair of explorers, if you will, who not only explore the world of BDSM, but also themselves. Kelly's growth is explored as is Sam's coming out of his lonely existence, putting away his love for his late wife and finding that he could love again.
He becomes a bigger man as Kelly becomes a bigger woman. They click on many levels. The people they encounter in their search, Fiona and Alex, Julie, Kathy, Linda (Kelly's friends) not only become part of their lives but they also help them grow, especially Kelly's girlfriends at her birthday party.
It is quite a birthday party, too, as you will find out if you read Simone Freier's fourth installment of the “Experiences” series.
I have read many reviews of Freier's work and I believe that some of my colleagues in this world are missing the essential point of the author's work. They focus on the semi-pornographic nature that BDSM implies and the look at the work of the author with somewhat prurient eyes. They are like little children who, on finding a slightly racy or pornographic Blu-ray® disc in the video library of one of their parents, ogle at it while also going overboard about it.
If they would take a look at the whole series and view it as a tapestry upon which a very skillful author paints a compelling picture of not only Kelly's growth, but also that of Sam and their relationship then they would begin to see what seems to me to be the more meaningful level that Freier is writing about.
Though her topic might be somewhat offbeat, it is the medium she uses to create a skillfully written and powerful story whose characters are filled with life. Freier's characters have substance; they are three-dimensional, fully formed characters. It takes a talented author to create that type of character as well as a story that is larger than its plotline would suggest.
I believe if you take it from this angle you will see that Simone Freier is an excellent author who knows how to use a topic to create a real and enjoyable story. Freier is an author who gets you to suspend your belief and accept her reality, for the time you are between the covers of “Birthday Experiences” or while you are enjoying your tablet. I just wonder, after all this, how Freier will top the first four volumes she has written. She has given herself an incredible challenge. I hope I get the chance to see how she pulls this off.
Freier also kept with the back-and-forth narration style that I absolutely loved in the third book. It was so great to see each character's perspective, and compare them against their counterpart to see what was REALLY happening, not just the physical explanation. It helped continue to push the series past the superficial, surface level plot that many books of this genre fall into. I really appreciated the candid-ness about the fragility of such relationships, and it definitely made the book seem more real.
However, and maybe this is because I have read the past couple of books in the “Experiences” series, the plot gets a little repetitive. Just like the 50 Shades of Grey series that made this genre socially popular, the plot thinned out by this book. It is very difficult to keep an active reader into Book 4 of ANY genre, but especially so for this series since it talks about much of the same things throughout all of the books. Simone Freier tries really hard to combat this by introducing new characters and expanding on characters introduced in previous books, but I sometimes felt that I was re-reading scenes from the past books--it just seemed to be caught in a pattern that is hard for me to get fully engrossed in.
If you liked her other books in the series, then this falls right into place in terms of expectations and what the book delivers. Just be aware that it is hard for ANY author to move past the 3rd and 4th book slump, and Freier made a very solid attempt to keep it exciting.