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 🙂
My Review *****
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.