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Diary of a Submissive: A Modern True Tale of Sexual Awakening (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Sophie Morgan

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Title:Diary of a Submissive: A Modern True Tale of Sexual Awakening
Authors:Sophie Morgan
Info:Gotham Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 324 pages
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Definitely not my cup of tea. While well written, I got quite tired of reading how much the author enjoyed the abuse, being spanked, licking her partner, being debased and how much it all turned her on. The ending disappointed further but I guess that leaves room for the sequel. Will I read the sequel? Not likely. ( )
  Neverwithoutabook | Apr 18, 2015 |
This is the first time I read a book like that. And I don't mean erotica/kink.

This has basically been a monologue given by a submissive, and having been written in First person is not easy to read. At some point after a few chapters you forget about that, and are so into her self discovery and the way she builds relationships - the First person thing is a non-issue.

I'm not sure how to review this book. It's not exactly fiction, not at all, actually, so I wasn't able to put myself in Sophie's shoes or try to imagine how and what she's going through. But I did feel like I wanted to know that she's okay with her journey, and that she's not harmed along the way. So when I hit about 90% of the story, I kind of wanted to bitchslap James. A lot. And maybe cane his dick a little. Ok, a lot.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in reading into a submissive's mind. It's very telling where the considerations, logic and motives when living this life is concerned. Might enlighten some people.

Well done, Sophie! ( )
  TheBookHammock | Sep 24, 2013 |
Well this book was sure disappointing. My whole reason for wanting to read it was that it was billed as a "memoir" but I kept thinking it sure didn't read like non-fiction, and I come to find out it was PUBLISHED AS FICTION a year previously and apparently nobody cared about it and so they re-published it as non (how are they even allowed to do that??) I wanted to read psychological insight into kink stuff but it turned out to be a mixture of porn, stuff about her job, and relationship drama, and only the first of those was interesting. As porn goes some of it was pretty hot, but I can read plenty of hot porn online without having to wade through all the other dumb stuff. Not at all what I was expecting. ( )
  selfcallednowhere | Apr 30, 2013 |
Disappointing.

Okay, first let me say that reading this book was stimulating to put it mildly. The scene descriptions range from soft to hardcore, from psychological dominance vs submission to agonizing physical sadomasochism, and all of it is hot if you're into heavy duty bdsm.
Also, the writing is good. Excellent even.
So based on these points alone the book deserves 5 stars.
But I feel completely ripped off and am giving it only 1 star, would not recommend it on any point other than mentioned above and I'll explain why.

The cover of a book usually tells you what you can expect from a book. In this case the back cover tells us that we're supposed to be looking at a memoir, a true story. The front cover tells us that we can expect a real-life Fifty Shades of Grey. The back cover tells us that Fifty's real name is James.
But the book does not live up to these claims in any way.

The plot of this book has no similarities whatsoever with EL James' FSoG plot. This is not a story about a trembling virgin who can't stand pain and is not submissive and consequently does not enter into a bdsm relationship with a highly successfull fifty shades of fucked-up dominant sadist who she is desperately in love with and agrees with because of strong mutual attraction to enter into a vanilla with maybe a chocolate sprinkling romantic marriage. (take a breath here)
This is a story about a girl with kinky fantasies from early childhood on and how she fully explores these in subsequent relationships with dominant and/or sadistic partners achieving happiness and fullfillment along the way.

James is one of the partners Sophie explores her kinky fantasies with. James is a stockbroker. James is described as having more (bdsm) experience than Sophie although this experience is claimed to stem from "a few long-term, albeit vanilla, relationships and some D/s-tinged flings". Nothing like the experience Christian Grey is portrayed to have accumulated from 15 contractual subs and extensive bdsm playing with Mrs. Robinson and in bdsm clubs in the greater Seattle area. I'm not sure what a stockmaker takes home but I don't generally get the impression that they make 100.000 by the hour as we are told Christian Grey does. There seems to be one similarity only, and it lies in an explanation James gives Sophie about the reason he has ended all contact between them: "The more I like you, the more time we spend together, the harder it is for me to dominate you, Sophie. To hurt you." He seems to tell her that - like Christian - he cannot hurt (as in sadistically hurt) a woman he loves.

Now these two issues I could possibly forgive as being publisher's blurb. They're not the reason I bought this book.
My main objection to the book lies with the claims that the story is a memoir, a true story. This is why I wanted to read the book and it does not (fully) meet these claims in my view. This is my main disappointment and the issue I can't forgive.

To start with the memoir claim. In my view the book stops being a memoir half way through the text. Whereas Sophie up to that moment has described her insights connected with her life events, from a certain point onwards the descriptions of the events only remain, and the book than becomes no different from any bdsm erotica book with raunchy sex scenes that does not claim to be a memoir. Although there is lots of text surrounding the final scenes leading up to the breakup between Sophie and James we never get to see why it is not "odd that such cruelty and humiliation inspired the thought, but by the end of our weekend I knew I loved this twisted, clever, tender man". The chapter ends with the statement that "no one could understand my nature, my personality, better than him". Just before the epilogue we are told that "I knew what I was looking for now. And I knew it was worth waiting for." But unfortunately all this knowledge seems to remain with James and Sophie, for she gives us no further insights as to the what and why and how as I would have hoped to get from a memoir.

I am going to be blunt as to the next claim, that it is a true story. I just don't believe it.
I just don't believe the odds of finding as many compatible bdsm partners, in the wild, the way Sophie does. She seems to be tripping over them. Being a journalist, she meets James through interviewing him. Thomas she meets in a queue in front of a cinema. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt there are many many kinky men and women about. Vanilla is just one flavour, although it does seem to be the most widely available one. But stepping away from the vanilla flavour the saying goes: My Kink Is Not Your Kink. Based on this I just don't believe that it is so easy as she makes it out to be to find the ones compatible with her specific type of kink every single time. With odds as lucky as hers she should try the lottery more often.
Even luckier than that: once she has found these compatible bdsm partners nothing ever goes wrong in any of the interactions. She can handle everything, never doubts, never has to use a safeword to stop play when it gets too challenging, never a crossed limit, nothing that she is more vulnerable with at any time, never any influence stemming from life's ups and downs, never ever anything but bliss from here to eternity. Nothing of the kind, just sobbing all the while how degrading and humiliating and painful it is. Really? How realistic does that sound?

No. I don't believe it. This is not a real life story. This is not a memoir. This is fiction. ( )
1 vote Bluerabella | Apr 3, 2013 |
I got an ARC of this--obviously the latest in what will probably be an avalanche of 50 Shades of Grey-alikes...
It's MUCH better written than 50SOG, for sure, and there are actually moments that are kinda hot. However, she is REALLY REALLY into spanking! And, you know, her kink is OK, but it is not my kink. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
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