Tie and Tease (Nexus) - int'l BookRay
8 journalers for this copy...
I'm making a bookray out of it. The following bookcrosers read along:
"okyrhoe" from Athens, Greece (int'l)
"amberC" from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (int'l)
"jazzy7112" from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (int'l)
"R2" from Calgary, Alberta, Canada (int'l)
"penelopewanders" from Hasliberg, Switzerland (Europe)
"molekilby" from BRITHDIR, Wales, United Kingdom (int'ö)
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This "open minded adults only" bookray starts it's "around the wirld" trip with a first stop in Greece. Enjoy! ;-)
The opening sequence of Tie and Tease deftly introduces an engaging thematic premise –> Two characters, despite their physical attraction, find themselves on opposing ideological sides regarding human sexuality, specifically the question of what constitutes consensual play, versus emotional and/or physical exploitation.
The scene in which Beth meets Penny is quite a funny episode, and there follow a series of equally farcical situations. Penny wears many masks, both literal and figurative, and her playful nature leads her astray in more ways than one. Yet Penny is determined to prove the validity of her beliefs, and to get the better of her adversaries.
However the comedic elements begin to unravel halfway into the book, and I found myself wondering about the purpose of some of Penny’s adventures and how they were relevant to the theme or the main storyline. The rambling hypothetical situations being discussed at Henry’s dinner party bored me, and soon my reader’s mind began to drift…
Actually, Penny - the character - has this nasty habit of wandering off from her reality at her moment of climax; rather than focusing on her state at that moment, she tends to fantasize hypothetical variations which the other Penny - the narrator - is keen on informing us about. Sometimes it's just too confusing!
Fortunately my interest was restored with the ‘spit-roast’ episode. Indeed it is the ultimate come-uppance to Penny’s overactive mind and imagination -- a true test of Penny’s convictions regarding ‘mind over matter’ as well as her position regarding the limits (or more precisely, the lack of limits) in consensual play. I am glad I plodded on until this scene, because it is hot, in more ways than one. And it goads Penny into seeking revenge later on with another teasingly hilarious mask scene.
But again, I have to point out that there are several tenuous slapstick sequences squeezed in as filler material, and for me they weaken the experience of fully enjoying Tie and Tease.
Update: See my comparison/contrast with Penny Birch's Temper Tantrum.
I'm looking forward to this. I've read other Penny Birch stories, some better than others.
Overall a fun read.
It will be posted to jazzy7112 tomorrow.
I will start reading it tonight!
It took me a while to get through this, mostly because I only read it while I was at home. I had it with me at work a couple times to read on my lunch hour, but I didn't want to have to explain to the guys I work with what exactly I was reading.
Anyway, I liked it. The storyline was a little all over the place for me, and I feel like there were parts that could have been edited to better suit the story line. All in all, I enjoyed it, but I probably wouldn't read another book by this author. It was all a little... brutal for me. The instances involving food were a little too much for me, maybe I need something a little more vanilla. :)
This was put into the mail (finally) over the weekend and should reach R2 soon!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
sent in the mail to R2!
We will be mailing this book off this weekend.
Will try to get to this soon, but have a fair amount of work-related reading and another ring to tackle first. Thanks for making it available.
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A case of "different strokes for different folks"? I think I'd read one other Nexus title, and this was more accessible (and less misogynist) than that one, but this still seems so wildly excessive it's hard to believe this could ever be anything beyond pure fiction/fantasy. The sheer number of BSDM publications leads me to think there must be a large public out there for it, and that fact intrigues me, so thanks for making this so easily available, even if it left me a bit cold.
The book is now leaving the chilly Alps for a perhaps warmer reception in the UK?