The Story of M chronicles the first year of Missa's training as a submissive under her Master, Stinger. I bought this in paperback but Beauty & SuThe Story of M chronicles the first year of Missa's training as a submissive under her Master, Stinger. I bought this in paperback but Beauty & Submission (Year 2 of her traning) I bought in e-format as the print books were going at crazy prices.
I found Maria's story riveting and could hardly put it down. Re-named Missa by her Master, Maria's account instills both excitement and abhorrence at the same time. I liked her honesty as she shared her insecurity over Stinger's sexual encounters with other women and though she is somewhat mollified by his reminder that he never fucks another woman unless it's in her presence, I found myself wincing at the thought nonetheless. Still, it was a relief for me who's never found the BDSM lifestyle appealing, to find Missa is no different from us vanilla girls when it comes to love and the green-eyed monster.
Despite Missa's honesty about her ambivalence with regards to the swinging scene, I couldn't help but feel she is less than totally honest about Stinger. The man comes across as a veritable paragon despite his sexual tastes - which I find nothing objectionable except for the icky practice of sharing partners. There's the realistic part of me that reacts to having sex with strangers - hygiene, STDs etc. I can't get away from this since it's not fiction. In my romantic fiction, I can ignore such realities and escape to fantasy but to live out the fantasy is a completely different story altogether!
I found Missa's account erotic and thrilling as I followed her from one scene to the next. What I missed, though, was more depth where Stinger was concerned. All I know about him is that he's in his thirties and is a biologist. He's pretty hunky for a lab rat, wears a ponytail and there're a couple of photos of him in MIP's website http://www.mariaisabelpita.com/
Overall, I enjoyed Missa's two-part memoir very much and if Beauty and Submission ever gets reprinted, I'll buy it to complete Part 1....more
The second part of Pita's memoir. I had to buy in e-book format as only it's available only through second-hand booksellers and Amazon won't ship inteThe second part of Pita's memoir. I had to buy in e-book format as only it's available only through second-hand booksellers and Amazon won't ship internationally for these sellers despite what the site says.
Anyway, the second year of Missa's training is no less riveting but I found myself wanting a normal, romantic relationship for her simply because I see that's what she wants despite the kinky sex. I grew to trust Stinger myself as I saw he didn't even try to coerce Missa into doing anything she didn't want. Nor did he insist on doing something that she was unhappy about - like fucking another woman or giving her to another man to play with.
At the end of Missa's account, I found myself wanting, needing even, to know - is she and Stinger still with each other? Do people like them tire of the lifestyle and revert to vanilla? I suspect they don't change much, as least not the man if he's the Master. Why would he? He gets a live-in maid with sex-on-call and is able to order up whatever sexual menu he feels like having that day! I suppose the same goes for a Mistress. Hmmm...
2008 note: I've just bought a used print copy from Ebay so this completes the memoir....more
Entertaining, easy read. Covers Hoare's mission with 4-Commando in the early 60s. I'm not into modern history, much less politics but that's inevitablEntertaining, easy read. Covers Hoare's mission with 4-Commando in the early 60s. I'm not into modern history, much less politics but that's inevitable if one wants to find out about mercenary soldiers. Thankfully, Hoare's personable style was able to get me to keep reading to the end. Not a long book and you can finish it in one reading.
I don't doubt a book written today about a mission would be vastly different from Hoare's and I'd probably have to find something written in the 90s and later. Hoare and many of his men possess integrity and a value system that isn't found in many these days, much less mercenaries and I couldn't help feeling that he lived in a vastly different era that no longer exists.
I still have a number of books about Mercenaries in Africa to get through and after reading Hoare's account of what those African tribes did to their captured enemies, I'm downright apprehensive of reading the other books as they are newer ones (written this century) whereas Hoare's still displays the restraint of men from his generation when recounting the nasty stuff....more