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Book Review: ‘Charade’ by Sabrina Luna

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charade The premise of this novella is a wealthy middle-age man taking on a younger female protégé to teach her the art of sensual submission by having her function as his live-in lover and acting out erotic charades with him. The narrative is told from the perspective of the protégé and often has a florid and breathless quality to it. Dixie vaguely refers to agreeing to this unorthodox relationship with Mitchell but doesn’t provide any real explanation of how or why it came to be.

Charade has very minimal plot to it, just enough to move the story from one sexual scenario to the next. There is some indication that both players are becoming emotionally attached, but that is left hanging when the story concludes. The erotic elements are somewhat varied and risqué without being particularly hard core. They range from first-time anal sex and bare hand spanking to exhibitionistic masturbation and a ménage a trois with Mitchell’s brother Alex.

Overall, this is a pleasant erotic read but not particularly noteworthy. It has the feel of a manuscript that needs a little more editing before it reaches its full potential. Author Sabrina Luna has the potential to become an excellent erotica writer. Keep an eye out for her.

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About Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon began writing erotica in the mid 1990s and served as story editor for the now-defunct Ownme.com before his first femdom-themed erotic novellas, Uncharted Territory and The Accidental Domme, were published as e-books by Sizzler Editions. Jim is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He left high school in his senior year to live the bohemian life in New York City's Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Not being a big fan of cold weather and crowded tenements, Jim returned to the West Coast within six months and lived in Berkeley during the tumultuous mid to late 1960s and early 1970s. While there, his claims to fame include being folksinger Malvina Reynolds' neighbor/tenant and part owner of the Northside Theater, a repertory cinema of considerable renown. After leaving Berkeley, Jim put himself through college and earned a B.A. in Journalism from USC. His eclectic career since then has encompassed editing, writing, business management, social work, teaching, and web publishing, with stops in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Florida and Oregon.