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Book Review: The Perfect Dom by Lucy Felthouse

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The Perfect Dom, a collection of four stories with D/s themes, is the latest creation from the self-proclaimed “smutty pen” of Lucy Felthouse, a prolific eroticist based in the UK (and frequent Blogcritics contributor). The stories in this anthology all belong to a sort of sub-genre that could well be labeled BDSM-lite. Basically this means that they have elements of BDSM in them that are erotic but relatively tame compared to what hardcore BDSM practitioners typically engage in.

Judging by the sheer volume of such books, publishers must believe BDSM-lite appeals to the sensibilities of a significant percentage of erotica readers. So while purists may dismiss it as the equivalent of fluff, its significance in the naughty book market can’t be ignored. Indeed, BDSM-lite may very well serve as a gateway drug for those readers with a propensity to seek out more intense D/s literary stimulation.

The stories in Ms. Felthouse’s latest erotic offering are certainly accessible to a broad audience. None of the characters are bigger than life or dwell in the upper reaches of society. And because they are not overly graphic and coarse, the scenarios are such that readers can relate to them and possibly imagine themselves engaging in them without venturing too far onto the dark side. The farthest extreme that they explore is vigorous erotic paddling, which is just a little edgy but not quite outré.

The themes of three of The Perfect Dom’s vignettes deal with varying levels of male dominance and female submission. Two of them are unplanned encounters and emerge organically from ordinary situations and/or serendipity, and the other involves a woman with submissive leanings orchestrating a hook-up via a dating site with a male who has complementary dominant needs. The final tale chronicles a budding femdom relationship between a bookshop owner and her new bookkeeper, previously unaware of his submissive proclivities. All in all, these stories provide a couple hours of harmless naughty reading and nobody gets hurt in the process.

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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.