In The Dark

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Captured and bound then plied with an aphrodisiac – a sexy young philosophy student is tested on reality. In the dark he experiences such highs and lows, incredible pleasure and hideous pain. Using sensory deprivation to further sharpen his responsiveness, his notion of sexuality is teasingly challenged during a night that will change his life forever. More

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Published by Firm Hand Books
Words: 31,390
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458017765
About Jack Brighton

Jack Brighton is a British author who specialises in M/M erotica - most of which, but by no means all, falls into the category of BDSM - a way of life that he has rich experience of. There are romantic overtones in some of his work, but you tend to get what it says on the label. All the books fall under the banner 'Flaming Hot Gay BDSM' or 'Flaming Hot Gay Erotica', so don't expect anything else. But do expect them to be flaming hot, with plenty of storyline and character development. A dry sense of humour also features, and a very vivid imagination. He is best known for his 'Tales from The Wild Side' series, where that imagination runs riot.
Jack was brought up in a mining community in the west of Scotland, took his degree at Stirling, did a year's post- graduate in Edinburgh, then moved south to London, where he taught for a few years before moving into the finance sector, based in The City. Many of his stories draw on this background - as a gay man trying to find himself in what was more often than not a hostile environment.
Having given up the rat race, Jack became a full time writer in 2010. He now lives in Brighton with his long term partner.
Jack also writes M/M erotica under the pen name Tom Farrell.
He has also written mainstream fiction under the pen name J. K. Brighton.

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Review by: Michael Joseph on Nov. 05, 2011 :
In broad strokes, this is a pretty disturbing story, effectively involving kidnap and rape. You'll need to be able to get past that to read this novella - hey, it's fiction, right?

We never learn the name of the kidnapper. The kidnapped is Duncan, a 19 year old straight-identified young man. Personally, I don't really get the fixation some of my gay brothers have for straight guys. I have hard enough a time getting a second look from gay guys, I don't need the added rejection of pursuing straights. Not to mention that it feeds homophobic fears about trying to 'convert' people.

Anyhoo, the whole story recounts one night in a pitch black room where a restrained Duncan is alternatively coerced with pain and seduced with sexual stimulation until he begs to be penetrated. It's all recounted in great detail, as Duncan slowly convinces himself to give in to the pleasure the kidnapper gives him. Once you get past the improbability of the setup - how did the kidnapper manage to get into Duncan's room and transport him without being seen? - the story unfolds realistically.

I didn't put this on my BDSM shelf because it's not consensual. The text was very badly proofed and had a lot of typos.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)

Review by: DarkSunshine on Jan. 28, 2011 :
Short and very effective story ! I liked it, very well written and detailed, but don't expect any plot behind vivid and fascinating descriptions of this dark experience...
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)

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