**REVIEW** ~ Perilous Play: The Real Fifty Shades, by Suz deMello

Adult/18+ Read

With the boom in erotic BDSM themed fiction reaching new heights many of us are now indulging in reads which explore themes of dominance and submission. We may be reading about practices which are unfamiliar to us and some may wish to go a step further and experiment ourselves. Perilous Play by Suz deMello, which chronicles her own experiences of BDSM, is an essential read for those who wish to find out more about the realities of the world. It is also a cracking good read! Tina 🙂

perilous play

 Blurb

One woman’s journey into the contemporary kink underworld, Perilous Play is Suz deMello’s explosive personal account of her experiences with BDSM. Engaging and honest, this groundbreaking memoir will grab you and never let you go.

 

My Review *****

Candid Memoir

Perilous Play is a candid and page-turning account of the author’s first-hand experience of BDSM. It is most definitely a recommended read for anyone thinking about delving into the lifestyle as it pulls back the curtains on this world and sets out its pitfalls, dilemmas and joys, through the author’s own eyes. It will also be of interest to those like myself who enjoy reading BDSM themed erotica/erotic romance, as it gives a deeper understanding of the many issues, physical and emotional which participants face.

The book reads as a memoir, rather than a textbook, and sets out the author’s journey into BDSM, from her very first experience through to her current level of interest. I found that this format made for a highly entertaining and frank read, where few stones were left unturned. A number of key themes are addressed including the importance of negotiation; factors which make a good and bad dominant; polygamy and ménage and role play. Throughout there is much stress on the importance of good communication and the emphasis on play being safe, sane and consensual.

I really enjoyed the author’s open style of writing, which tells it like it is. There are plenty of detailed descriptions of various BDSM themed scenes which she uses to illustrate her journey and we get to know a number of individuals who have partnered her over the years.

I recommend the read to those who are curious about BDSM or are thinking about dipping their toes in the water.

Reviewed by Tina Williams

A copy of this book was given to me by the author for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

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3 thoughts on “**REVIEW** ~ Perilous Play: The Real Fifty Shades, by Suz deMello

  1. I have been astonished by the hoohaa over 50 Shades of Grey, both positive and negative. Many take it as a cheery romp through unusual horizontal experiences and others as the writings of the devil written to celebrate the subjugation of women. Its not really my area of expertise, ( cough splutter ) but I respect those who have the courage to write about what interests them without being cowed.

    • Thank you for your comment Peter. I’m definitely with the former category of readers with regards to what I think of FSOG (no surprise there) and would put forward the view that such works can empower, rather than subjugate. A lot of erotica is written by women for women for example.

  2. Suz DeMello says:

    Thank you for an exxtremely kind review.
    Here is my take of FSOG, FWIW:

    http://thevelvetlair.blogspot.com/2015/02/50shades-of-professional-jealousy.html

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