This is a glorious book, and the first erotica I read which included illustrations. Now, I love watching porn from time to time, but I must admit, I was sceptical about the use of images in an erotic novella. I have always felt previously that porn had a primary function different to that of reading a book. However, they are sensual images. Graphic, yes, but also sublimely fitted to the story, rather like the figure-hugging outfits that our heroine wears throughout the story.
This was also one of the first BDSM stories that I ever read, and it interested me in the genre very much. I also loved the way the author sets his tale within a science-fiction and futuristic, almost fantasy setting. Some fantastic imagery, especially in the way he describes the first journey to the spaceship in something akin to an elevator. I imagined it to be like the capsules on the London Eye but instead of rising only a hundred or so feet above the ground, this is miles above the Earth’s surface. I bet the view was amazing!
Our heroine is a good, solid strong female lead, something which I admire very much. Her submissive role does not mean she is weak, something I am learning is generally true about the world of master-slave relationships. The sex scenes are well-described and use some beautiful language, which I find is rare and refreshing to see from a male author.
All in all, a good read. This is the first of a trilogy so, now I know it’s worth it, I shall certainly be looking out for the others so I can complete the story!