on 29 July 2007
Erotic books require some suspension of disbelief, because fantasy requires a little displacement from the everyday. Mostly the erotic genre achieves this by either by constructing unusual power plays in present-day situations or by imagining historical settings in which presently unacceptable behaviour is acceptable. Scarlet Vice - a title that isn't a particularly useful indicator of the plot - adopts the other stratagem, of setting the story in an imaginary country (or time period) in which fantasies involving highly submissive females seem credible. That's not to say that current aspects of tribal behaviour and religious bigotry cannot be incorporated into the plot, and this book succeeds quite well in this, with concupiscent missionaries and slave-taking feuding tribes playing important roles in the travails of the headstrong main female character. This setting provides ample opportunity for the infliction of humiliation, bondage and chastisement on that character and the other female she encounters. Not everyone enjoys such raw animal behaviour, even in exotic settings, but those that do will find this a well-written, complex tale, replete with the eroticism hinted at above.