Publisher: eXcessica Publications
Date published: March 2010
Reviewed by T. Barringer
Obtained via: publisher
Simon Lowrie’s MARIANNE! ~ A JOURNEY ROUND A GOLDEN SUN is a twisted yet erotic journey into the world of dominance & submission.
Marianne and Simon have had an unusually friendly relationship for years, but when Marianne meets Mark, everything changes. Marianne is spoiled, head strong and very self-centered. Simon accepts Marianne just the way she is and if she likes to take her flirtations with him perhaps a bit too far, he knows she is just being Marianne. But now Marianne has met Mark. Simon and Mark may never be friends, but the one thing they agree on is that Marianne needs some taming.
This was an interesting story for this reader, as my knowledge of D/S comes entirely from books. Simon’s relationship with Marianne is platonic and yet they really do enjoy testing the boundaries of that relationship. Mark is just as dominant as Simon and is uncomfortable with Marianne & Simon’s relationship, even though he does end up benefiting from it. It is Simon that gives the difficult truths to Marianne about herself and shows her the peace and enjoyment she can get from a D/S relationship, which she then takes to her relationship with Mark. When Mark puts an end to Marianne and Simon’s fun, Simon is forced to find his own submissive and from there the dynamics drastically change. How these four individuals cope and adjust is surprising and somewhat off-putting, and yet still incredibly erotic.
Simon is an odd character. He comes across cold and even a bit creepy. His attitude toward women is somewhat disturbing, and yet both women in his life truly love him. Mark is what one might expect a dominant male to be, though it is obvious that he is new to the D/S scene and is learning along with Marianne. The four main characters are so very different from each other that it keeps the story from being “just like every other BDSM book out there”.
This reader found MARIANNE! to be an interesting and darkly erotic dip into dominance and submission that while somewhat unbelievable and even distasteful for someone unfamiliar with the lifestyle, still really held reader interest from first page to last. Author Simon Lowrie has a way of making the oddest of characters likable and believable. MARIANNE! definitely goes on this reader’s recommended reading list for being extremely original and one of a kind.
THIS IS NOT AN ENDORSEMENT OF THIS BOOK. THIS IS AN OBJECTIVE UNBIASED REVIEW