When I moved to the UK several years ago I was given a copy of 50 Shades of Grey, at the time it was all the rage. I managed to get halfway through before I gave in & was left wondering why anyone would think it was erotic, fun, well written or an insight into the fetish community. It failed on all accounts, it was badly thought out & in my limited knowledge of fetish Christian Grey is more likely to have been the submissive given his day to day position of power & wealth.
A couple of weeks later one of the friends that had recommended 50 Shades asked me what I thought & I was honest, a big smile stretched her face & she wrote down the title of a book along with the author. It felt like I was being let in on some British secret, something you guys have been keeping to yourself for generations.
Swansong written by GM Jordan professes to be based on a true story & it is the book 50 Shades should have been. It is well written, erotic, thought provoking. You are literally pulled into the story, wishing to know everything you can about these people & that includes the characters on the fringe.
Jordan is telling us about a love story that just happens to be on the edges of the fetish world, we can see that it is no different to our own. There is love, respect, heartache & bullying, but it is safe & consensual which is how the fetish community is. They are just as appalled by domestic violence as the rest of us & they hate abusive relationships.
My opinion of the D/s world has changed greatly after reading this book, at the hart is a very moving personal journey, at times bittersweet. Jordan doesn’t pull his punches but at the same time he doesn’t fall into the trap of using titillation to enthral the reader.
Until recently Swansong was only available on the Kindle but this year my husband surprised me with a hardback copy which had been published by Markosia. Where once I could settle down with my reader I now have a gorgeous physical copy, instead of the gordy sometimes tacky covers we can usually expect Markosia have elected to dispense with the color & gone matt black with the lettering just a shade lighter. They have also made the cover tactile giving the whole book a wonderful feeling when you hold it. I still use my ebook edition, the hardback is safely out of reach of little sticky fingers on the top shelf of the bookcase.