3.5 Star and 3 Star Review for A Turbulent Affair by Sarah Doebereiner #FF #BDSM @SarahDoeberiner

CoverTitle: A Turbulent Affair
Author Name & Publisher: Sarah Doebereiner (Black Opal Books)
Publication Date & Length: January 12, 2016 – 142 pgs

Synopsis

hey each have a secret that could destroy their relationship… Crystal and Sylvia are best friends, each the only one the other one trusts. But they each have a dark secret, and neither one knows how to tell the other. Crystal’s secret is that she’s gay and strongly attracted to Sylvia. She wants more than friendship, but she’s afraid to destroy what they already have by letting Sylvia know. And after all, friendship is better than nothing, isn’t it? But Sylvia’s secret is more sinister. It could not only destroy their friendship, it could also hurt Crystal-in more ways than one.

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ThreeandHalfStars

I’ll preface this review by saying I don’t think this is quite my genre.  This is dark erotica, and not quite my preference. I think this is actually my first f/f dark erotica and I found it strangely disturbing. Which, from reading the author’s bio, is exactly how I’m supposed to feel, so mission accomplished. First of all, this isn’t really BDSM in my opinion. Sylvia could be considered a sadist, but not exactly in aBDSM context. Plus, I’m not sure she actually gets sexually excited from causing the pain that she causes. It seems more like it’s an anger or a boredom issue. I like that Crystal got a little more assertive about what she wanted, and I liked that Sylvia became a little softer as she realized that there was something she actually wanted to give, or do for, Crystal. But truthfully, especially when the two are in the woods listening to the other people nearby, I would not have been surprised to read that this was the start of a serial killer duo, with Sylvia being asociopath who needed to kill but was unable to after her self-inflicted wounds, and Crystal being the subordinate in the relationship who carries out the will of the dominant personality out of love. I’m glad it ended the way it did, but if it was Doebereiner’s desire to shock the reader with a kind of functional relationship formed between two dysfunctional people, it worked. The result is compelling and fascinating and altogether disturbing. I’m just not sure I liked it.

Amy P.

ThreeStar

This is an interesting short story. It is emotional and a times very gentle. Telling the story of two women each with their own secrets, each with their own fears.
The author takes us on a gentle journey between the two of them finding each other, becoming secure with one another and eventually cementing their relationship.
I would have likes more detail and more background on both women and at times the narrative became a little slow and disjointed. I feel more appreciation of the women’s fears could have added more depth to the novel.
Ms Doebereiner gives a different outlook and describes relationship which at times is both deep and profound.
Chris

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