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Discovering Leigh.

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  40 reviews
If you cannot respect the rules, do not engage with the game.

Introduced to the world of Dominance and submission, Leigh is torn between who she is, and who she desires to become.

Short and small with braces on her teeth, Leigh McCabe is no one’s idea of pretty. But somehow she still gets the sexy Scuba instructor Wayne Holmes into her life, and into her bed.

But even paradis
Paperback, 470 pages
Published May 30th 2018 by Independently Published
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Gerry Pelser
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Of course I read it, it's my book! :-P ...more
Lezzet Abbott
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gerry broke my virginity; the switch from paperback novel to digital e-book that is. Never ever thought I’d make that switch but when the opportunity arose, I selfishly snatched it! I wanted to write this before the world and its mundane obligations smeared the essence and the aftertaste of this book off my skin. Off my soul. I had no idea. But that is what ignorance ensures; renders you ignorant and I, in my voluntary unfamiliarity thought that BDSM was all bizarre sexual filth without an inch ...more
Dulaine Stander
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
** spoiler alert ** I’ve read this book at least three times, probably more over the last year. And I’ve been thinking about how to review this book for a couple of months. So here goes...

Gerry has taken me on a journey of discovery through this book, not only into the world of BDSM, but also on a journey of discovering oneself and, at the end of the day, finding love.

I fell in love with the leading lady - the beautifully-written Leigh. There were times that I cried for her, times that I wanted
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book with few expectations, except maybe to have new insights because I have never equated pain with pleasure or vice versa. I have completed my fourth reading of the book, simply because I wanted to understand it fully. And am I glad that I did. Being completely new to BDSM (and most naïve, I might add), I always knew there was something about it that I was drawn to. This book explained it beautifully. Not only, it is written well, and I must compliment the writer on the ...more
Ariail Heath
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, romance
What a story! What an amazing, intriguing, thorough story. I was pushing myself out of my normal genres and decided to jump in and see what this book could offer me from the "erotica" sense and I was not disappointed.

Leigh is a successful photographer, she seems to have the life with a handsome boyfriend, thriving business, and not lacking for anything. But a part of her feels off, not just in the sense she's finally battling with braces to adjust her lifelong over-formed bite but she doesn't fe
Juanina Oppel-Equiluz
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all discover ourselves as we travel through the nonfiction called life. We learn what we like and don't like by experience. Direct or indirect. Often per chance. We get to know people. People who turn out to be teachers or students, often both. Some become friends and/or lovers. Some we loose along the way. "Discovering Leigh" is a window into the life of (you guessed it) Leigh. Every character, however, is striking in his/her own turbulent history and deeply honest.

Judging from the cover I
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
EL James unleashed 50 Shades of Grey on the world. In an instant the world got the over-commercialized and popularized "Mommy Porn" idea of the concepts of BDSM. This is Pelser's second book, his first being a work of non-fiction, and his foray into the realm of fiction is pretty damn good for a debut. Pelser challenges the "50 shades" view with Discovering Leigh. This is a beautiful read. Leigh is described so beautifully that one can easily fall in love with her. A love story that is as kinky ...more
Debbie Tarrant
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be quite an unexpectedly 'tender' tale of a journey into the discovery of BDSM. I loved Gerry's character portrayals and had the impression, from the beginning that he knew the people in the book personally. I must say that writing & publishing in your second language is challenging and there were quite a few typos in the book. However, this did not detract from the story, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Looking forward to the next one, Gerry! P.S. If you're looking for material ...more
Monet Smith
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So honestly, this is not a book I'd normally read. at all.
But this is not a book you can classify in any type of genre, honestly. It's such a unique book, that it really is a one of its kind.

Discovering Leigh. is definitely a book that I really struggle to put into words. It’s NOT just about BDSM and the laws and theory behind it. It is a book full of emotional conflict, questioning the mold society sets for you, discovering yourself and understanding your world better.

Gerry creates a world wher
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading, I could not put this book down and was really disappointed that I finished reading it so quickly. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read and is interesting, funny, and educating. This is not your typical boy meets girl love story, but is a love story without the gushy, soppy clichés that we often find in romance novels. BDSM is woven into the story but does not overpower or become the main thread/topic and has educated me and changed the stereotypes I had of Dom's and BDSM. Th ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was at the same time a difficult read and yet unputdownable. Difficult, not in a bad way, but because there were times I had to digest it, give it great thought, challenge my own preconceptions and then move on. Human nature has always fascinated me and Gerry has gone a long way in opening up new perceptions to me in this book . If only we all, honestly, lived by those rules stipulated at the beginning of the book, hell, we'd be a way better species. I look forward to future writing from Ge ...more
Douglas Williamson
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Our heroine is shy and just not sure what she is looking for. So when she stumbles upon a shibari master willing to teach her, she discovers more than she expected.

This is first and foremost a romance, and perhaps a coming of age story, with BDSM as an element, but not the focus. The focus is on our heroine and her journey. This is not really what I was expecting, but I found myself drawn into the story and the more I read, the more I liked it. There is a bit more angst and introspection than I
Albert Kruger
This was simply one of the best books I have read in a long time. Once I started reading I simply had to make time to carry on reading. Thank you for allowing me to peak into this unknown world of bdsm.
Angela Schurink
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the most riveting books I have read in the last few years. It drew me in and made me want to explore this alternative lifestyle. Very well written. I await the sequel.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am impressed by the way this book is written. It makes you want to continue reading. Love this book very much so far. Well done!
Kathy Mccalmon
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an unexpected story. This is not your typical BDSM story. the characters Were interesting and the story line was fun

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kirsten Rolston
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A whole new world was revealed to me when I read "Discovering Leigh". The culture of BDSM is not just about whips & nipple clamps or billionaires with kinky upbringings - it is a twilight theatre of beauty, freedom, respect, creativity, self expression and even love!
Mickey and Leigh are exceptionally accessible and believable characters and their journey to discover themselves and ultimately each other is a road the reader will enjoy taking with them.
I was sad when I finished this book and can't
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a great read.

I have to say i truly enjoyed this book. Its not your typical BDMS story and that is what I love about it. I also really loved Leigh and Mikey.
Michelle Ryall
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the local feel of the book! Leigh is a character that many women can relate to. Very interesting read and well written.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Discovering Leigh expecting a mommy porn novel. Having never read a mommy porn I wasn't sure what to expect but I was so pleasantly surprised.

I struggled to get into the book at first but after the 5th chapter I was hooked, I was drawn deeper in into the world of each character, it was quite difficult to put down.

This book is most definitely not mommy porn, or any kind of porn for that matter, it spoke to a number of personal inner demons and was spot on with relating to a lot of "taboo
Denise Smith
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was very different to what I thought is was going to be. To say that I loved it would be an understatement.
For a first time Fiction author I think that Gerry has done really well. This novel is written from the heart, his characters are very real.
I thought that I would read this novel and then move on to the next book on my "To be read" list. I have not been able to do that and have a strong suspicion that I'll be re-reading this book again shortly.
The story flows and the highs and lows ar
Olive Smith
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a friend of the author I was asked to just “read through for me and give me some feedback please”. On the very first page I found a spelling mistake ..... and the rest is history ... I honestly could not put the book down .. it is a compelling read - but written with a very international flair - Gerry takes one into a world totally new to many readers - and familiar to others .. the attention to detail is amazing, the references to photography obviously from a very well accomplished photograp ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gerry has an extraordinary mind. With attention to detail which most people overlook, his ability to turn “ordinary” people’s lives into riveting stories with great care, detail, comfort, context, character and texture is truly amazing. You read a page, and before you know it you are captivated and transported to the deepest pleasures of the mind. He makes you want more, see more and discover more than you could have imagined you could imagine. You discover a lot more than Leigh. A fantastic rea ...more
Grethe Van Zyl
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Compliments to Gerry Pelser who authored this book. Easy to read writing style and well executed descriptions that sets the stage for this book. Discovering Leigh was a treat to read. I enjoyed the non-cliche and surprise characteristics of the two main characters and the excellent character development that took place. The book gives an informative yet fascinating glimpse into a world that was not known to me and challenged many preconceived ideas that I had about it. Finished the book in one d
Veronica Venter Schmitt
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has excellent character development. The story line is immersive and whisks you to a world of BDSM. This story has a unique way to tantalize all the senses and visualise the scene taking place. This book had me laughing, angry, crying and the effects remained with me days later. The author has a unique attention to detail a definite read.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is not just a "tie her up and have your way with her book". There is so much more to it. Such a beautiful, honest, real story with relateable characters. Honestly, I couldn't put it down. This is an absolute must read! ...more
Deborah Du
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feb 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Discovering Leigh follows the story of Leigh and Sir Michael’s budding friendship, mentorship and eventual relationship within the bounds of BDSM. Leigh, a talented photographer finds herself in The Asylum, where she witnesses a display of rope suspension and Shibari conducted by Micheal who then offers to teach her the ways of bondage, dominance and submission.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, it’s incredibly rare to find a kinky novel that is realistic without giving up any of the excitement o
Æiden Swan
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
although I thoroughly enjoyed Discovering Leigh and found it to definitely be many steps up in both story and writing quality from traditional romantic or erotic fiction, (neither of which are generally on my reading list) it was a difficult read that hit a number of personal ticks.
As someone who comes from a sexual abuse background that includes the bdsm scene, it made me stop a number of times and rethink and contextualise my history against something that is to many many people a fun and posi
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is by far one of the best BDSM novels I’ve ever read. Gerry Pelser goes beyond your typical tie me up and spank my story that we so often see by delving into the intricacies of the BDSM lifestyle. The characters are captivating. I loved watching Leigh discover her true self and grow as a submissive. And Sir Michael was the perfect combination of gentle, loving, strict when needed, and fun Dominant. I also like how we were shown how the line between BDSM and abuse can be crossed by those who ...more
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Gerry Pelser is a photographer and writer living in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa, with his wife, Andrea, (who he adores, and who is always right), two super-cool Hungarian Puli puppies, and a stuffed baby petite hippo named Felicity.

He is passionate about story-telling, teaching, and absolutely infatuated with photographic lighting. He spends way too much time on social media, and ha

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