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Many people dream of being at work or school only to realize that they are naked. For university student Danielle Keaton, this dream is about to become her reality. Facing the consequences of a severe lack of judgement, she is forced to make a choice: either give up her scholarships and her plan for graduating from college debt-free, or volunteer to be the test subject in ...more
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Published June 22nd 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Ariana Paige
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The “Volunteer” is a really fun read. A college student facing suspension finds herself facing a seemingly impossible challenge if she wants to stay in school – to spend the next two month on campus completely naked. In the name of science, of course.

This book by D.H. Jonathan is a seemingly light read that leads the reader into heavier topics like body image, sexual discovery, campus politics, public exploitation and all sorts of other intriguing stuff. None of these issues are treated with kid
D.H. Jonathan
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I started this just for fun, while I was stuck on my "serious" novel, but I really like how it developed. It is, at the moment, my favorite thing that I've written. So, of course I'm going to give it five stars. ...more
Mary Devereaux
This book is not for the faint at heart - or for those (like myself) that like to put themselves into the POV of the protagonist. Because, unless you have the desire to be naked all the time, the thought of it here will give you the willies.

Or perhaps that's my own body image issues shining through?
The book does make you think...

This was my first book ever in the "forced to be naked" realm. It was interesting to see how the characters worked this out. I have to say that I felt like Danielle was
Rodger Whitney
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and thought provoking

A very entertaining and we'll written look at the idea of nudity in everyday circumstances. I hope this and similar stories will bring about the changes that will free people from the slavery textile ideas have produced.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Volunteer” goes down a fairly well-trodden, albeit far-fetched path—that of the goody-two-shoes college student who, in a deplorable lapse of judgment, commits some academic felony, gets caught, and is given the opportunity to expunge the stain from her record if she’ll agree to become a naked exhibitionist. Most ENF (i.e., Embarrassed Nude Female) stories require a significant suspension of disbelief, as does this one. But, once you get past your “Oh, not in a million years!” reflex, the a ...more
John Thomas Branscum
Compelled to go Nude

Compelled to go or face Suspension , loss of scholarship, Danielle Keaton decides to cooperate
with a Dr. Slater I in a crazy project on people's reaction to a nude female . It's a fairly good book with the exception of a passage were she loses her virginity.
Bill Anderson
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Riveting naturist novel

We are born naked and then taught that being naked is wrong. Being a young woman who never was naked in front of another person to being naked 24/7 was a big jump. A reluctant 'volunteer' to a sociology project, Dani tells her story. The ending has an interesting twist. A great book well worth reading.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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P.A. Choi
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Should be required reading for everyone.

I've spent many long sessions searching for good erotica and nudism stories (which are not always the same thing), to little avail on Amazon, where I can browse for days through works penned by a thousand different authors, all of them being not quite my style, or horribly written, or both. I am glad to say that D.H. Jonathan's "The Volunteer" is both well-written and precisely my style. A great find.

I have a distaste for overtly sexual erotica that clini
E. Hopkins
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. It had a flowing, engaging, storyline that kept me going. At the end, I was left feeling not sure who the real "bad guy" was: Dr. Slater, who used Dani as a lab rat, or Dani's father: a conservative Christian repulsed by Dr. Slater's study, and this ambiguity is a good thing; it made me think, and I commend the author for that.
Unfortunately, I felt that D.H. Jonathan uses too many instances and details of Dani's sexual feelings and masturbation scenes. If this book i
Gary D
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An Excellent Tale!

When I finish a book and find that I truly care what happened to the characters- that’s a great story!!
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected

I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this, but I ended up loving it. Dani is very relateable and likeable and the situation she's in, how she deals with it, is fascinating.
Highly recommended!
Jen Hawkins
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The "Volunteer" is the story of a college student who choses to participate in a sociological study on people's reactions to nudity in order to avoid explusion from college. The catch is, she has to live her life naked in public for two months in order to save her college career. As crazy as that premise sounds, this book really drew me into her story. I felt her struggle with both the emotions and the physical sensations of being naked around the people she has known for a while. The fact that ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
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David Leemon
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has an, um, interesting premise. But it also has interesting, well-developed characters, and a nice amount of suspense. The one problem is that Dani's basic predicament is described over and over again. I'll have to report the author to the Department of Redundancy Department.

If you're looking for something a little bit different, this might be worth looking into.
Diana Artis-hood
I think that D.H. Jonathon did an awesome job at tapping into a young woman's feelings during an embarrassing moment in her life. I've never heard of an author writing about nudism. Great job! I'm looking forward to reading more of your books. ...more
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This is one of those books where you have to have a strong interest in the subject matter, because the plot, characters and prose style aren’t enough on their own. There are a lot of novels in this category, about things like baseball, spaceships or Regency England. This one happens to be about public nudity.

Not that it’s porn. I had to skim the first chapters on Amazon before buying, to make sure of that, because there’s a lot of terribly-written amateur porn on the topic of young women coerced
Cody Enos
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Overall I liked what this book was going for and trying to do, however there were a lot of smaller problems that added up making this an alright at best attempt.

For starters, the premise is interesting and I really enjoyed the confusion the body goes through while trying to unlearn and re-learn certain societal aspects. Like understanding that being naked does not mean sexual even though society has trained us to think that and how our bodies respond to being naked the first few times.

A.D. Rowen
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nudity-fiction
'The "Volunteer"' was almost my first encounter with a story of forced, reluctant public nudity (the quotation marks in the title are there for a reason - while Dani is always given a choice, the story presents a period of public nudity as the least worst option compared to losing out on her scholarship and education). But why this worked for me is that it's never presented as a punishment (I've since read other stories in the same vein where the point is to humiliate the protagonist and teach t ...more
R. Wellvyne
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The “Volunteer” is a wonderful book told from the point of view of a young woman who spends several months naked 24/7 and watches the impact it has on society- as well as on herself.
It is ENF (embarrassed naked female) at its best and you can tell the author understands the feeling of public nudity and the way it impacts people differently. Danielle runs the emotional gamut and all of the feelings and reactions feel genuine and earned. I loved watching her growth and hope there is more of her s
Thomas G
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm torn. The book was well written, and fairly realistic for a common nudist/naturist plot. The story was fun and actually delved deep into complex themes and into the main characters motivations. Overall a fun story, that had some well written examinations of nudism, with some naturist ideas.
However, it stuck with the ENF (embarrassed nude female) theme, and focused on exhibitionism elements that drove the story a bit too sexual for me. Not a story for someone who doesn't understand naturism (
Thomas Dryer-Beers
A great story and an introduction to the world of Naturism.

A wonderful, heart warming and thought provoking story that accurately and sensitively captures the joy inherent in the experience of public nudity. All naturists will recognise the mix of exhilaration and trepidation felt by the heroine Danielle Keaton and will likely envy her opportunity as she ‘gets to be naked’ in public. Highly recommended.
Larssa Andin
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Naked Dani

A story hard to put down after starting to read it. A story mainly about the freedom of nudity, but without falling into erotica it doesn't shy away from the sexual side of exhibitionism. Great story, we'll worth a read if the subject interests you!
Marty Scott
Interesting premise

I thought the underlying premise of the story was worth pursuing, but I'm not sure the potential is fully realized. I also found it hard to accept the ending.
Sohang Chopra
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An interesting story about a woman who is forced to town nude in her college campus, and the reactions of people to her nudity.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Original, engaging, thought-provoking story, written with a fun and approachable style. Very well done, D.H. :)
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I am the author of the recently published novels The "Volunteer", about a college student who reluctantly agrees to be the central figure in a sociology experiment in public nudity in order to avoid the loss of her scholarships, and Life Models, a love story about two people who first meet when they have to model nude together for an art class.

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