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Book Review: Men Can’t Cry by Dimitra Ekmektsis

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Purportedly Men Can’t Cry is based on a true story, which would explain why, although it is essentially an erotic book that deals with BDSM, it reads more like an autobiographical snippet from the life of a professional dominatrix. The narrative begins with the arrival of Lady Crescent at Maison de Sade, a full-service dungeon in Zurich that caters to the wealthiest one percent of society, where for many kink is a secret passion.

While Lady Crescent has plied her trade in the States, Maison de Sade is definitely the big leagues and she is somewhat intimidated at first by the variety and sophistication of the services and specialized facilities it offers. Her new employer, Madame Diamond, helps her acclimate and soon she is dominating her clients with zeal and confidence. Most of the femdom scenarios she engages in with her submissive clientele are alluded to, but there are three fairly graphic and erotic scenes that are described in great detail.

Concurrent with her settling in as the new attraction at Maison de Sade, Lady Crescent is reconnecting with her elderly grandmother in nearby Greece, where she herself was born. She is angered to find that the psychiatrist at an expensive assisted living facility has prescribed her grandmother antidepressants. Ultimately she devises a plan to get him to wean her grandmother off what she considers harmful and unnecessary medication by exploiting his latent submissiveness and proposing to pay him to let her be his domme. At the book’s end it is up in the air whether or not he will succumb to her machinations.

Author Dimitra Ekmektsis has written a unique story that offers an inside peek into the life of a contemporary dominatrix. Men Can’t Cry may put off some fans of BDSM fiction because it doesn’t deal with “lifestyle” BDSM situations. To them I would suggest that it does indeed deal with lifestyle BDSM situations, just not the ones that they are comfortable with.

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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.