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- Print Length: 36 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: June 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HNBY392
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No doubt there is an underrepresentation of older women in modern erotica. The genre has become saturated with precocious nineteen year olds pursued by wealthy, older men who require their innocence for some kind of spiritual awakening. The setting changes- sometimes it’s a school or an ad agency, a magazine or a law firm- but it’s the same story nonetheless. Well I’m almost forty. Am I no longer allowed to be someone’s fantasy? Am I not desirable enough to induce this ‘awakening’ in a man? It is so refreshing that Smith’s heroines are often in their forties, fifties, and beyond! And the sex is HOT! Watching Jeannie and “Master” explore their desires, and ultimately, redefine themselves through the encounter, is electrifying. But again, in this new genre of 'Intelligent Erotica', there is always real life to contend with which makes things so much more interesting. So what happens next? Hopefully Smith will continue on with this one because I’d love to know more about these characters. If you haven’t already read his other book Entropy, do that now. It’s a mind EFFE.
As with his other works, Mr. Smith gives us hot, dirty, D/s scenes, as well as smart, insightful dialogue and characters. I loved it, and now I'll have this wicked little story in my head every time I'm alone in a hotel traveling for work. Such a tease - I wish there were more!
Jeannie is bored at her high school reunion (people go to those?) and meets a stranger. She takes him up on an offer, and spends a few hours in a dalliance she doesn't know if she'll regret or not. Hmmmm, not cheating on your jerk of a husband, or hot sex with a stranger? Jeannie chooses... wisely? We don't know, because the story doesn't go there, but I wish it did. That's the mark of a brilliant story, don't you think? When you don't want it to end? I wanted to keep reading this brilliant piece of work, and I couldn't. You will feel the same way.
Regrets is a novella, which I typically do not enjoy because I feel they either lack in plot or characterization--or worse, both. However, Mr. Smith does an amazing job of allowing the situation and the actions of the scene define the characters for you. They feel incredibly natural and it is easy to picture them as people you know.
The way this gifted author utilizes multiple POVs for this story seems effortless. In doing so, he shows us the psychology for both the Dom and the sub, but at no point does the switch in POV ever seem clunky or forced. We experience exactly what we are meant to in order to truly appreciate what is going on.
By the end, you're completely invested in finding out what happens next, only to realize it has ended--which may seem frustrating at first, but then you realize it's just the author's way of doling out some delicious delayed satisfaction until you pick up his next read... which you will.
This novella is an interesting body of work from author Joshua Edward Smith. Without spoiling things, the story sidesteps some of the author's mainstay plot devices and becomes a better read for it. Faster, more suspenseful, more dangerous, riskier. Even incorporates short changes in POV, but it is done brilliantly as a way to experience the psychology of both people (and genders) without being filler or repetitive.
If you've read any of the author's other work, then yes, this is also filthy and shocking, but perhaps for the first time, there's an air of fearless romance that reads like instinctual actions instead of carefully-planned debauchery. Captivating and dark, "Regrets" will stick with you for quite some time, just like that hotel key card you forgot to return.