- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 3, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1452805563
- ISBN-13: 978-1452805566
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,219,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Journey Round a Darker Sun Paperback – May 3, 2010
About the Author
Simon Lowrie is the pen name of a quiet and retiring Englishman who sometimes feels the need to write erotica-though his friends and family would all be most surprised if they knew! His first novel, A Journey Round a Darker Sun, came out to much critical aclaim in 2001, with the Editor of the Erotica Readers Association calling it "A lovely spiral into the depths of submission. Better than Story of O." Lowrie's second novel Marianne!-a Journey Round a Golden Sun was published in 2009, with noted author and publisher Jean Marie Stine hailing it as, "One of the best books I have read in years." Although Marianne! is a much happier story than his first, Marianne! carries the same trademark of alpha male dominance and feminine submission in an entirely plausible and everyday setting. Visit him online at simonlowrie.com
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There's no way around it. Claire is a spoiled girl, who thinks she can get her way by whining, screaming and throwing temper tantrums. This petulance was typical of her behavior for greater than two-thirds of the story, making her incredibly difficult to like. There are two young men in her life, Gary and Tristan, who treat her like a queen and in turn she speaks to them condescendingly all under the guise of being loving. It's clear she needs a dominant to put her in her place. Either that, or a good spanking. The latter is what Paul provides.
Paul seems to be more into Domestic Discipline rather than BDSM. It's clear that he is dominant, but whether he should be considered as A Dominant may be debatable among some readers, even though BDSM is said to contain many behaviors along the kink spectrum. If readers are seeking toys, bondage or dungeons, this story does not provide such accessories. Instead, Paul concerns himself with liberal corporal punishment sprinkled with a heavy dose of sex. Keeping the upper hand in the relationship seems to be more his goal than a true romantic pursuit.
To be honest, it may not even be appropriate to consider this an erotic romance novel, for the HEA of the story is rather cloudy. I had such high hopes for this story and was left a bit disappointed. Some readers may revel in Mr. Lowrie's storytelling. Unfortunately, Journey Round A Darker Sun did not deliver for me.
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Claire is a breathtakingly beautiful & shapely young woman, good job, young son, many friends, she is popular with both women and men. Only 22, Claire is somewhat of an airhead and a real tease, used to having men worship her, some like Tristan even willing to clean her house and do her shopping in return for just a glimpse of her bare upper thigh. She meets Paul, handsome, rich, well traveled & well dressed, impressive car, Claire is the envy of all her friends for having caught such a man. Privately, Paul is a sexual dominant, demanding and bossy, who introduces her to a thrilling world of discipline and intense sex such as she's never imagined possible. As Claire submits to Paul, perhaps to seek a sense of balance, her domination of Tristan becomes more overt, and he is trained to serve her needs and those of her friend Bev who participates in Tristan's humiliations.
A rare find in the Erotica selections.
In retrospect, after finishing this book, I discovered that the ed comments and the reviews are more eloquent than the book for goodness sake.
There are basically three characters here, the heroine, Claire, Tristran, a doting dork that would lick Claire's feet if she ever gave him the chance, and Paul, the obligatory alpha male. Tristran and Calire are childhood friends and he became obsessed with her after another girl, like in grade 3, told him she didn't like him because he was such a whimp. Darn was that girl right because Tris never was able to recover from that childhood rebuff. ...
Claire, of course, was very flighty and really should be considered as the poster girl for superficiality as she goes out to the local pub for the 'hunt'. .... Now that would have at least been one erotic scene mixed up with all the Saturday night, slightly drunk, wondering if he'll still like me, ... scenes that the author serves up like corned beef & hash.
Sorry, hard as I tried to like this book, I mean it ain't cheap, I want eroticism not the life story ....
The characters were all extremely annoying. Paul, the Dom, was just obnoxious and I couldn't see what Claire (or anyone else for that matter) would see in him, Claire was completely self-absorbed, Tristin was pitiful and Beth was the worst excuse for a best friend I've ever read about. I didn't care what happened to any of them and only kept reading hoping for some kind of happy ending. The ending kind of drifted off and a "Thelma and Louise" might have served these characters better!
If you want to read some great D/s fiction, I would suggest Laura Antoniou's Marketplace series, Claire Thompson's Sarah's Awakening (a romantic bdsm story) or Anastasia Day's Bodice Rippers (three excellent novellas).