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December 2015


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BROKEN by I. G. Frederick

Interesting.  I've read the book through twice but still can't locate what was broken.  Perhaps it was the penis beneath the Domme's boot?

Really, though, it was the pride of our character that was broken.  A child of privilege, Jessica was used to the pampered life--and author Frederick ensured that we knew that by dropping more names in a chapter than a dumb-i-nant does at an Event.  (If you get the joke, than kudos to you!)  However, the untimely death of her father puts Jessica onto the skids.  There is no inheritance.  Suddenly she was--horrors--a regular student.  You know the kind, the ones that work as well as hit the books?  Unfortunately, there was only one Prof who had the option of taking on a graduate student that late in the semester.

Oh, yeah, every female grad student's nightmare.  "I'll help you, dah-ling, if you get undressed," whispers the spider to the fly.  Rather, orders the Master to a potential slave girl.  Would Jessica do it?  She did, and begins her year(s) long journey as a pleasure slave for Professor Limp Dick.  Time and unforseen circumstances happen and Jessica finds herself on the other end of the whip and realizes that she likes being Top.  And thus, we are introduced to the new Jessica.  Or...do we call her Mistress Jessica?

Two nits that caught my attention.  First, there was an amazing amount of misandry.  (Like that word?  I just found it. Means "man-hating".)  Jessica made her choices and I fail to understand why she'd develop such a hatred of the male.  Dommes that I know--and maybe it's just me--don't hate the male. They simply enjoy subjugating them.  But, it's not my book and it's not for me to tell the author how to develop her story. 

My second nit to pick is the lack of background. There is a lack of any texture in the story.  People don't speak, act, or exist in a vaccuum.  We hear, smell, and touch things all the time, merely putting that data into the back of our minds.  Author Frederick's style of writing excises any landscape, bringing only the point to the reader's attention.  It was like watching leading actors play their roles against a Blue Screen.  I missed the landscape and that is the reason for the four moon score.  It is this reviewer's opinion that all five senses need to be incorporated into a scene in order to paint a truly vivid picture of events.

All things considered, BROKEN was for me a fascinating introduction to a new genera of literature.  I've not yet decided if the genus is to my taste, or if not, but the introduction was fascinating.  Fabulous work, I. G. Frederick!

Four Mystique Moons.  (Fabulous)
Class Five sensuality.  (Raging Carnality)

Brenda Thatcher, Co-Owner Mystique Books