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- Publisher: Erotic Mayberry Publishing; 2 edition (September 5, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2016
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- Language: English
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The Trouble with Three Husbands (A Reverse Harem Novella): Daughters of Venus 1 Kindle Edition
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
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There were a lot of things I admired about this story. Lauren and her husbands were likeable characters. The author achieved sensuality without resorting to the obscenities, degradations and misogyny many authors employ in erotica. Sex and violence sells and many writers use this fact to pimp their books. I feel it takes real talent to illicit desire in literature without taking cheap, offensive shots to pedal sex. Furthermore, this is a well written book without the typos and grammatical errors often found in the stories of this genre.
Even though I am an egalitarian feminist of long standing (I lobbied for the ERA in the 70's; I'm now in my 60's), I have never wanted to see men or anyone put in a subservient role. As a woman married to my best friend for 30 years and mother of a wonderful young adult man, I can say that I love men or really people in general. As a feminist, I just want the Webster's definition of feminism, "the theory of political, economic, and social equality of the sexes". That doesn't seem unreasonable to me. In time, but oh so slowly, we have seen positive changes as described in your book, i.e. women as leaders, men taking on the role of a father as a caretaker not just paternalistic provider and men doing housework not by "helping out" but as a acknowledged part of their fair share, for a few examples. Conversely, we have also seen the development of angry, sometimes militant feminists as well as men's rights activists (MRA's). Although I understand the their anger (change is so frustratingly slow, imbalanced and divisive), I don't see taking on of the less desirable traits considered to be traditionally masculine to be the answer. Extreme fringe groups of any polarizing issue is common including in women, black, and gay efforts for equality. Sexual abuse of not only women but also of men is rising. The single parent home is in ascendancy. Infidelity, always statistically high among men, is now increasing among women. While I would not participate in but make no judgment of an agreed upon open relationship between a couple, I think the dishonesty and resultant harm to spouses and families of hiding a "cheating" relationship is of different concern. Meanwhile, the double standard of males is alive and well. A woman is called a sl*t (or worse) if she is sexually expressive while a man is considered a player in adulatary awe for the same act. Does a man have a "Walk of shame"? Why do people use the put down, "Don't act like a p*ssy/sissy" (the feminine traits used as a negative) when as a health care provider I can attest that women face pain as well as if not better than men. Why is the expression "man up" (the male trait rising to positive power) used. Weakness is sometimes present in us all and not defined by gender. Then there is the resultant backlash of men's right groups (MRA's); something my husband and I laugh about in our incredulity. However, I do think there are some legitimate male gripes. The Amazon documentary, "The Mask You live In" is a good example of the sometimes unreasonable expectations of males in our society and the problems resultant of that socialization. But as MLK said in his " Letters from a Birmingham Jail", "History is the long and tragic story of the fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily". Ergo, we have the MRA, the Neo Nazis and the KKK because they don't want to share their oppressive power.
Why go into this long discourse of my views (OK, yes, you could say soapbox)? Well, it sets the background for the few criticisms I have of this story. I am not comfortable with the reverse discrimination of the fact that the governing group of this community allow only women. Likewise, I don't like the rule that "any MAN will be banished for violence". I think that should be any PERSON. If men can be banished from the community for breaking rules then so should women but no daughter can be banished in this story. I don't think special emphasis should be given for a newborn daughter's birth that is not also given to the birth of a son. They are equally important. I don't have to state that being raised as a second class citizen in my home and listening to my grandmother say ad nauseum, "Your father was happy when you 2 girls were born, BUT when your brother was born...blah, blah, blah" to know the damage gender bias does to a child. I also took issue with the women being the "head of the household" (hoh) with the final say. My husband and I share that role equally and congenially even though we have opposite views on many issues.
In closing, I liked the story and felt the premise was unusual. It was obviously very thought provoking on my part. I look forward to reading any writings of this author in the future! Kudos!
C.C. Genovese caught my attention right away starting with his Author Note and Dedication explaining how he started writing erotica on a dare. His writing style flows easily keeping his readers entertained and wanting more. I kept thinking, just one more chapter which would turn into three more. It was a late night.
I had a very hard time putting this very erotic story down. Mr. Genovese has new view on a possible future existence of the human race that raises questions as to what would you do if it happened. I thoroughly enjoyed not only the hot and steamy parts but the storyline as well. I fell in love with the four main characters Lauren, Bentley, Connor and Ale quite quickly and enjoyed reading how they interacted with one another.
Lauren lives in a time where the female population has become scarce with fewer girls born into the world every generation. Because of this many men have turned violent in finding a woman in which to claim as their own and many woman have been killed in this quest to be taken. Lauren, along with others left the outside behind and formed their own community in which to live peacefully and without fear from the Venenum. The Venenum are the worst of the worst when it comes to hunting down and capturing unwilling women.
Lauren is one of the Original Seven that started a new community called The Daughters of Venus. She is part of a religious sect where woman, or Doves, are worshipped and seen as goddesses to be loved, cherished and looked after (if only that happened in this day and age, right?) by the men in the community and more specifically those who are chosen as their fellows and become their husbands.
One of their main goals is to produce more female children in which to help keep the population growing. A unique idea in this group is having multiple husbands who not only have specific jobs within the community but also help in trying to create more daughters. These Daughters set up strict rules in which the entire community must follow in order to remain in this community.
One of which is that there is no violence towards anyone or you'll be banished. Another code in which Lauren has trouble with is only having three husbands to try to help her produce a female child. She desperately wants a daughter even though she loves her two sons. But how far is she willing to go to get what she wants? She loves her three husbands. What happens when more men are introduced into the community? Can their peace and tranquility last forever? For this you must read the book.
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