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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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
Paperback, 222 pages
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
Shelves: books-i-wrote
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.
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
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.
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 really 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
Lucie Novak
Aug 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This was interesting. A student caught cheating who gets an offer to save her scholarship and grade by volunteering to participate in an unusual research.
It follows the main character spending 2 months on the campus completely naked with the sociology department recording the reaction of people to her nudity.
What was interesting for me was the whole concept of what losing clothes means to the character, and the roller-coaster of feeling of humiliation, embarrassment, pride and exhibitionism, sh
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
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.
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
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.
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 novel 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.

I grew up in Arkansas and Texas, and except for short stints living in New York City and the Denver, CO area, have spent my adult life in north Texas. I earned a master's deg
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