Coach House. May 2019. 180p. ISBN 9781552453803. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781770565814. EROTICA
DEBUT As a young girl, Echo Logan would hear the call of the lovers in the sea. It terrified her as it rose from the cliffs, and her father coached her on toeing the edge so she would not be afraid. Ever since her father disappeared into the waves, Echo has been trapped in freefall, living with her dispassionate mother as she watches her nascent acting career crumble. She's brought back down to earth by Orly, an enigmatic neighbor who turns out to be a Dominatrix. Amid Echo's unfulfilling encounters with men who don't really know her or how intensely she's suffering, Orly opens the young woman up to owning what she's been taught to suppress—her fear, her anger, and her desire for women. As the women's relationship evolves, readers waft in and out of the life of Lonnie (aka Piggy), Orly's middle-aged houseboy who has been searching in the shadows for the perfect woman to worship. Chasing a rhythm of submission and humiliation with tenderness to match, Lonnie believe his deep attachment to Orly is threatened by the presence of a new playmate. Though light on overt sex scenes in the early half of the novel, this erotic debut drips with a sensuality that will enthrall readers while they follow both Echo's and Lonnie's very different quests for healing. Heady scenes of bondage, submission, and prolonged sexual tension complement an absorbing narrative on the inexplicable process of grief and Echo's musings on her absent father's imperfections.
VERDICT Highly recommended for fans of weighty, emotionally raw erotica reminiscent of Anaïs Nin.
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