- File Size: 1523 KB
- Print Length: 456 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Visconti Press (May 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01EQLUDB4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm sure I'm not the only reader who wants to find out what happens next to Laura and Kenneth....
The fact that it was inspired by The Story of O bothered me a little however, I decided to give it a try and I don’t regret the decision. While The Story of O is a classic erotica that inspired many contemporary writers I could never really get into it and felt a huge distance between myself and the characters.
I had no such problem with Blue. I was invested in the emotional and sexual journey of both Janet and Ken, the two main narrators the story revolves around. I was experiencing their joy, pain, illusions, self-discoveries, especially their mistakes. Many times while flipping through the pages on my reader I found myself screaming mentally ‘No, what the hell are you doing, are you insane?’ but I kept on reading, hungrily waiting for the next encounter, next stage of the journey and the inevitable next mess up.
That is another thing that surprised me about the book. I never expected it to be so funny, even at its cringe worthy moments. The dialogue was witty, even the most embarrassing situations our heroine was putting herself into were somehow endearing.
Also, in spite of my initial expectations it would be more a book of disappointing experiences and crush with reality, there was some smoking hot erotic content, as well as intense build up. The characters were deliciously flawed people and a pleasure to read, even the particular one we were meant to hate.
I was happy that the author has decided to make her central character a woman in her early thirties, with a failed marriage, the kind who has heard of BDSM rather than the starry-eyed innocent virgin. That is not to say that Janet was the peak of maturity. At times her behavior struck me as that of an insecure teenager, desperate to please and find her place among the popular kids. On the other hand, it was difficult to blame her given she was thrown in at the deep end of the pool by a group of complete narcissists with very little preparation. At times the group of ‘cruel mother*******’ made me seriously angry for expecting Janet to be able to perform brain surgery after being given a few vague articles on medicine. However, that also made it so fun as we watched Janet grow from the bodice ripper aficionado into someone aware of her own inclinations and grows fully comfortable with her position and role.
While Janet was still in a process of self-discovery poor Ken knew exactly what he wanted, he followed the Rules and was fully dedicated to the service of his Mistress. My heart was breaking for him most of the time and I was constantly debating with myself if he was weak or strong for putting up with her, for suffering beautifully through his punishment and not leaving until the breaking point. That leads me to the most controversial character of the whole bunch. Yes, Carolyn. There were many hints in the book that in spite of being a naturally narcissistic, self-obsessed person she had another side to herself. Just when I have given up on the hope I’d stop hating her so passionately the story completely turned the tables on me and left me unsure of what the hell just happened.
That is another thing you should be prepared for if you choose to read the book. Nothing is what it seems in LN Bey’s suburban world of hidden kink. Prepare to have your expectations completely turned around. As a matter of fact, just drop your expectations at the door of your hostess just like your shoes and go along for the ride.
The writing was beautifully done, especially the scenes of collaboration between Janet and the mysterious Dimitri and his progress as a film director. For a book that was all about realism these were unexpected plunges into the land of fantasy, not the bodice rippers and the usual erotic fantasies, but intense experiences in the heart of pleasure and pain, in the eye of the storm.
I immensely enjoyed LN Bey’s debut novel and hope to see more of her future writing. I recommend it to everyone who isn’t afraid of truly dirty erotica with intriguing characters, great development and a lot of humor mixed with the darkness. 5 Filthy Stars!
Few writers concentrating on BDSM do the lifestyle justice or have experience living it. To these writers, it’s a fantasy. And that’s fine if you, the reader, are looking for fluffy sexual exploits. But anyone who has been involved in any type of BDSM relationship, or wants a glimpse into what really goes on, usually wants—demands—more. Because there is so much more to explore than the shallow fantasyland most authors give us.
In “Blue”, the author does a fine job introducing us to Janet, a recently divorced suburban woman who enjoys the types of BDSM fantasy novels I just described. When she learns a friend belongs to an exclusive club of kinksters (surprisingly, right in the neighborhood), she jumps at the chance to try what she’s only read about before.
At her kinky and demeaning “initiation” into the club, Janet learns reality isn’t fantasy and fluctuates between enjoyment, fear, worry, arousal, and disappointment. Yet, she sees glimpses of what might be, if only she can learn and give herself over in ways she’s never done before but longs to do. She struggles with the unsettling realization that she was turned on despite the humiliation she did not expect and did not enjoy, contrasted with delight as she feels—for the first time in her life—that she belongs. That she may find her place in this strange, new world she’s only dreamed of before.
In some ways, “Blue” reminded me of “The Story of O” (if reset in American suburbia), yet the players seem less experienced and not as concerned with Janet’s “shaping” or wellbeing. They are far more focused on their own pleasures. And Janet is much less sure of herself than O as she hops from scene to scene, experience to experience, never quite knowing what to expect. Sometimes enjoying it, sometimes not so much.
Soon, she’s in the thick of things, sometimes in ways that are difficult to read (like the time she’s beaten so badly, she cannot go to work for days) or is treated poorly by a sadistic woman whose only goal seems to be to hurt Janet as much as she can. While these interactions were not pleasant to read, they did show a side to the lifestyle that does exist and serves as a caution for anyone picking play partners.
When Janet meets the mysterious Dimitri, a filmmaker noted for avant-garde BDSM movies, she is intrigued after months of playing with average Joes (at one point staying in a cheap motel with another submissive, awaiting the pleasure of a man who, for the most part, ignores her...far from the romantic portrayals she’s read about and longed for). I admired the author for including many elements like this one—the not-so arousing and glamorous side and people who use the lifestyle and title of Dom/Domme as a lure to get people to have sex with them or for purely psychotic reasons. In Dimitri, Janet sees something more and agrees to star in one of his films. Like most of the book, she isn’t told what will happen, so the reader gets to experience it right along with Janet. A very effective way to keep one reading.
Janet’s interactions with Dimitri were the most satisfying for me. The writer seemed to lose herself in this world of a man I imaged as a David Lynch type of visionary. The descriptions were lush and mind-bending. I longed for more as it was a welcome respite from the sometimes predictable patterns of power exchanges, sex play, and repetitious inner dialog as Janet continues to question and rehash her self-doubt and feelings of non-worth.
There are parallel stories I could have done without, though they do add different viewpoints and enable the book to wrap in a satisfying way. Though there could be a sequel, none is needed. The story stands alone.
Readers should know “Blue” contains explicit material and very adult situations throughout.
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