Strictly Pleasure is an apt title for Nadine Wilder’s erotic e-book. It is a story about a young libertine who drifts into diverse sexual adventures, many of which involve some variation of D/s. As the book begins, Cordelia is balancing relationships with two men, Ralph, a submissive house slave, and her boss, Nigel, an alpha male who incorporates bondage and discipline into her daily office routine.
Cordelia’s relationship with Ralph, while not exactly mainstream, certainly seems authentic. Readers can easily buy into this particular manifestation of a femdom relationship. That is not the case, however, with the dynamic between Cordelia and Nigel. Although it makes for a fun and sexy fantasy, the whole set up is totally over the top. Unless labor laws are very different or nonexistent in the U.K., it is highly unlikely that an employer could or would require his employee to submit to corporal punishment and sexual humiliation as a condition of employment. Great fantasy, but improbable as hell.
The delicate balance between Cordelia’s dual lives begins to unravel after she agrees to be the entertainment at a gala event held by Nigel’s friends and fellow kinksters. Absolutely, this segment of the book is the best written and most fun. In addition to experiencing her first public sexual humiliation, Cordelia is introduced to the pleasures of Sapphic sex at the hands of Inez, Nigel’s lover and… domme. Indeed, Nigel too has been switching between the top and bottom in his sexual roles.
From this point on Cordelia and her lovers undergo a great deal of angst as she adjusts to these developments as well as a new and persistent suitor, Lucien. Relatively soon after Lucien arrives on the scene, the story winds down to a messy and unlikely end, which includes a presumptive HEA plus a little moralizing about Cordelia’s past ritualistic relationships with Ralph and Nigel holding her back from the mostly normal and loving relationship that she really wants.
Whether or not they are entirely plausible, the erotic elements of this book are fairly well done. No doubt different scenarios will resonate with some and not with others. For me at least, the storyline was a little weak. I found my interest waning after about a half-hour of reading and consequently getting through the story took much longer than normal for a book of this length.