Genre: Gay Contemporary Romance
I READ this book last year, and it was so cerebral, I haven’t been able to write a review about it until now. Seriously, it’s that deep. The writing was fantastic. The point of view and characters were terrific. To write a proper review, I’d have to write pages and pages, but let me just focus on a couple aspects which caught my attention.
I’d like to unofficially title this review, King Perry by Edmond Manning, or Edge Play for Sociopathic Doms. It’s essentially about this dude, Perry Mangin, who catches the eye of a sociopath, Vin Vanbly. Yes, I said sociopath. No, Vanbly isn’t your normal sociopath, because unlike a lot of unempathic crazies, he tries to make people’s lives better. Huh. Go figure. However, in order to make their lives better, he has to convince them to agree to do anything he says for a few days, and then scare the shit out of them in order to do it. Ah–there’s the crazy you were waiting for. And the craziest part? Mangin agrees to it.
I actually had a conversation with Manning about his book, and even though I enjoyed the novel immensely, I was pretty straight up with him on how crazy I found Vanbly. Manning admits he’d never go anywhere with a stranger like Mangin did with Vanbly. Folks, you heard it from the author–don’t try this at home.
So, Vanbly has Mangin in the proverbial palm of his hand for the weekend (literally later on). My theory is Vanbly’s a high functioning sociopath, and although he can’t relate to others’ feelings, he can easily see a person’s inner workings, and instead of using that power for evil or to further his own self-interests, he uses it for the good of the person he’s trying to help. An altruistic outlet for his crazy, if you will. I haven’t read the rest of the books in the series yet, and this is obviously just my personal theory, but let me go a bit further and theorize that Vanbly gets off on breaking down mental barriers, and reconstructing people into something stronger, and frankly into something more in his image. And he does a lot of this deconstructing with edge play.
I can’t go into details without spoilers, but there’s an edge play scene where the two of them could get caught in their frisky gropings, and Mangin gets off on it, big time.
If you’ve ever had public sex, where there’s a risk of getting caught, your experience can go one of three ways. It can be normal sex. Ho hum. Having sex in public. That’s a slow Tuesday for you. Or you can be too distracted over getting caught, that you don’t really enjoy yourself. What if a stranger sees my O face! *gasp* Or you can get into the anticipation and fear of getting caught, that it enhances your experience, and you come so hard you probably broke something. It’s definitely transcendental, and psychologists may want to start incorporating this into their practices. Okay, not really.
Human brains are fascinating in all their twists and turns, and edge play is a tool that Vanbly uses, in various forms, to address some of Mangin’s mental blocks, and help him find new pathways. I can’t deny its effectiveness in this case. However, I can label Vanbly a sociopathic Dom. Enjoy.
Manning is hilarious, so if you don’t follow his blog, you should. You can also find his work at: http://edmondmanning.com/
Dreamspinner Press–Where Dreams Come True… International publishers of quality gay romantic fiction since 2007. http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com
DSP Publications–Off the Beaten Path. Worth the Journey. http://www.dsppublications.com
Harmony Ink Press–LGBTQ+ Young Adult Fiction. http://www.harmonyinkpress.com