This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.
Okay, kids. PORNY BOOK REIVEW.
Let's be honest with ourselves here -- I believe most of us here have read that Fifty Shades book or at least know what it's about, amirite? If you'd like to pretend you live in a hole, basically Fifty Shades is a sexed-up Twilight, if, you know, you took out all the supernatural teenagers and replaced them with BDSM-enjoying mid-to-late twenties adults. A lot of the same swooning and googly eyes and "Oh my goodness, how could this perfect yet broken man love lil' ol' me so much?" You know, guilty pleasure (ZING!) reading.
The book I'm actually supposed to be talking about is Diary of a Submissive by Sophie Morgan (which is in no way her real name) and it's memoir, people. Sexy memoir.
Basically, without getting into the nitty gritty of the subject matter, I'd say this book is on par with Fifty Shades in sexy-times material, except this woman, Sophie, reads a bit more real. She has a bit of wit and humor about her, and she gives you more of a peek into her past and her life with light dissection of why she may have come to enjoy the BDSM lifestyle, if you will. Her partners read more realistic, too -- they're still dudes with their problems and communication failures, just with a bit more ... control issues, if you will.
The puns, I could make them all night.
To be honest, this was a quick, fun read for me. Thanks to gems like her deciding breaking grammar rules in online chat rooms were a "hard limit" for her (because DUH) and maybe partly because I read the whole book in Kate Winslet's voice in my head (because Sophie is British) which made the whole thing much more hilarious and relatable. Don't question me, it's just the truth.
So as far as erotica goes, I'm fairly confident this book is tame, so don't be frightened if you find yourself curious -- you won't read anything here that E.L. James hasn't already spelled out for you in painstaking detail. But if you're looking for something that maybe reads a little less pie-in-the-sky sado-masochism and does things like incorporate actual real feelings and humorous side-thoughts, I'd give this a try.
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