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Book Review: ‘Nothing Ventured: A Twisted Tale of High Tech and High Heels’ by Salome Verdad

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Nothing Ventured: A Twisted Tale of High Tech and High Heels primarily chronicles the budding romance between a venture capital executive, who is arguably a sociopath with domme leanings, and an entrepreneurial software geek/reformed bad boy. Much of the story is told in a humorous manner, which takes the edge off the devious and sadistic machinations of Amanda as she ensnares the heretofore vanilla Ed into becoming a submissive sex toy through trickery and surreptitiously administering drugs that make him more compliant and sexually potent. I found myself laughing at the outcome of her wicked scheming even while simultaneously thinking that many BDSM lifestyle readers would probably cringe at how the nonconsensual power exchanges depicted misrepresent the sensibilities of most of the leather community.

Ultimately, Amanda reveals the majority of her deceptions and the relationship continues because Ed finds himself drawn to the intensity of their sexual exploits, and he genuinely likes and respects Amanda. Without going into the minutiae of the storyline, Amanda gets carried away with her games and manipulations when she attempts to get Ed and her former lesbian lover jealous of one another while Ed is at a convention in Las Vegas (locked in a chastity device). Things really go south, and the lovers nearly become the featured victims in a snuff movie. Drawing upon skills learned during his misspent youth, Ed extricates them from peril in a fashion that seems to give him leverage to steer their relationship toward normalcy, although that definition of normalcy is loose enough to encompass a ménage a trios with a pretty bisexual woman who was instrumental in their escape from disaster

I enjoyed this relatively short book despite its politically incorrect elements. The kink was well written and imaginative, and the characters were interestingly developed. The abrupt change in the direction of the plot was a little confusing, but this is an erotic book so I really didn’t expect an impeccably crafted story arc. I look forward to reading more from Salome Verdad.

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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.