WARNING: This post may contain spoilers.
Title: Body Electric
Author: Lisabet Sarai
Publisher: Books We Love Publishing Partners
Author's Note: These are my opinions. No, I don't do this for every novel I read. I just felt like doing it for this one.
A vampire ménage. A Victorian scandal. Crossdressing, spanking and electric play. Body Electric presents eight supremely erotic short stories that explore the many facets of desire from a wide range of orientations. The book includes acclaimed favorites as well as several previously unpublished tales.
My Stunning Opinion:
Since this novel is comprised of seven short stories I'm going to talk about each one individually.
"Opening Night": This is the second shortie in the book and one of my favorites by far. The author did a fantastic job of portraying the very straight laced playwright and his flamboyant lover during a time when people didn't even whisper the words sex. I also loved the ending. The author flipped forward a couple hundred years, to present day where homosexually is celebrated.
"Rush Hour": Once again the author really did a marvelous job bringing the two protagonists to life. I could see, smell, taste the Goth girl, but I also experienced the straight-laced business executive. I really enjoyed how honestly the author portrayed people in stressed 'rush hour' traffic. Not to mention, the emotional and sexual content were blended masterfully.
"Beefeater": This story was the hottest in the collection. It features an incestual couple and the heroine's longing to wear her Uncle's uniform. I loved the characterization, and her partner was equally as complex. All in all, this one soaked my panties the most. Oh, and the ending is so damn cute.
"Never Too Late": This was my favorite story in the collection. It is about a middle aged woman who meets her soul mate a conference. She's married, but that hardly matters when compared to her and Mark's connection. The story really delves into the emotional connection of a natural submissive and her dom. Towards the end, the hero asks her to come with him, to abandon her husband after twenty seven years of marriage, and to be his. It was truly touching; as a matter of fact here is the quote that touched my heart.
Do I really believe this? When I'm with Mark, anything seems possible. I feel like one of the Apostles. Drop your nets and tools and follow me, Jesus told them. I will be your mother, your father, your children. How old were they when they abandoned their lives for the Light? This feels like the same sort of revelation, demanding the same kind of sacrifice. Or am I deluding myself?
"Mark, you have to understand…"
"Nobody understands you better than I do." His dominant streak reasserts itself briefly. The power in his voice makes me damp and helpless. Then he allows it to slip away. I see the raw emotion in his face. "Do you want me to beg?"
"Something Borrowed": The heroine jumped off the pages. The author did a marvelous job of telling this character's story in a light, humorous, Bridget Jones' Diary kind of way. Both male protagonists are so damn sexy I was a little ticked and disappointed that the story ended. I mean there was nothing profound about the story but it was a delicious empty calorie.
"The Fourth World": The author did a fantastic job of description. I really "saw" Thailand through the main character's eyes. However, the erotic portion of the story was ridiculous and wooden. By wooden I mean, I didn't "feel" anything other than annoyance. I'm not sure whether it was her use of language or perhaps the pacing, but it seemed extremely childlike and elementary. That being said, this was the first story in the novel and if I hadn't indulged my curiosity and skipped ahead to another story, I probably would've put the book down.
"Body Electric": The characters were very well developed and portrayed. The BDSM was not. I can't understand the 'mad scientist' behavior of a lot of literary doms. I couldn't wait for it to end. It sounded dreadfully painful, and don't get me wrong I like painful. I'm a pain slut. However, there was nothing remotely titillating about this story. I think it was the lack of connection between the two characters. He was torturing her; it seemed, just to torture her—not necessarily because he got any enjoyment from it.
"A Quiet Night at Home": This was the worse one. Frankly, this one wasn't worth the time I spent reading it. Nothing about the situation was even remotely enticing or interesting. It concerns two women who discover they're sleeping with the same man. As interesting as that premise is, the story feel short. Both characters didn't really go through any actual deep impacting emotions about being lied to. If anything they took the opportunity to exact revenge and fuck each other. Um…okay. If I was to find out my partner, especially my dom, was cheating on me I would be…PISSED THE FUCK OFF…to say the least. These characters took it in stride and just kept…rolling their tongues all over each other's twats. It was a waste of space.
All in all, the good outweighed the bad, and I would recommend this novel to anyone looking to learn more about the genre. The author wrote quality erotica, and that is SOOOO hard to find.
I'd give this book: 4 out of 5.