Erotica with some depth of character

4stars

Southern Medley and a Sordid Affair – by P T Borden – Review

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The author not only makes you horny (although the sex scenes do get a tad monotonous and repetitive after a while) but also makes you really feel for the characters involved. For example, I am yet to find a character like

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Part of the blurb reads like stuff soft-core porn films of yore were made of:

“It is here she meets a building maintenance man named Dick, and, in indulging in an erotic affair, becomes trapped in a sick web of manipulation and lies”

What separates the two of course is the depth of character – this book is not just erotica and the characters are not mere sex devices – there is more than goes on this book which makes it a worthwhile read for someone like me who prefers to read quality fiction. The author not only makes you horny (although the sex scenes do get a tad monotonous and repetitive after a while) but also makes you really feel for the characters involved. For example, I am yet to find a character like Dick in any erotica book I have read so far – “Dick was a great deal uglier, and his sexual habits were not really to my liking”.

The first half of the book indeed paves the way for the ‘infidelity’ that happens in the book so I was not surprised in the least; when a couple starts fighting for something as simple as this, you know damn well that there is little if anything left to be savored in the relationship:

“It turned out that it was just an ordinary American house cat who had almost starved to death. The cat looked scruffy, so that is what we called him, Scruffy, and he liked it in our home. Being a male cat, he started to mark everything. Consequently, it smelled everywhere of cat pee. Bertram was not very happy about it, though he liked the cat. When Bertram said we had to do something about the pee smell, I immediately went to an aggressive defense stance and implied that we were always only doing what Bertram wanted. It was an unnecessary confrontation. “

As much, much later, the heroine herself acknowledges:

“Because I had not reestablished any sexual relationship with Bertram, they were of the opinion that I exhibited an ongoing rejection of him, which created an ever-increasing emotional gap between Bertram and myself. Rainer wrote it was not that we did not have sex, but rather that I made no attempts at getting closer to Bertram at all. I did not even make an effort with small expressions such as touching or kissing; not passionately, just as an expression of love.”

There was less amount of tension in the overall plot than I had expected; things could have been better, situations could have been more complex, and the characters and their motivations could have been more subtle and intriguing. But in spite of its flaws, it makes for a pretty good read on an airplane journey! At the end of it all, my feelings really resonate with that of the heroine: “There remained a lingering liking of Dick within me.”

Conclusion Rating
4 stars

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