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As Francesca

2.56  ·  Rating details ·  45 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Elaine, ambitious and hardworking, plays by the rules at the office so well that she's on the brink of an impressive promotion. But in the cyberspace world she visits every night as "Francesca," her daytime self disappears. On-line, her cool mastery gives way to abject obedience as the mysterious "Inez" seduces her into demeaning--and irresistible--sexual adventures. When ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 5th 1998 by Broadway Books (first published 1997)
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I almost didn't read this book. I was up to about page 40 when I decided to keep reading. I had told myself that if it didn't improve by page 50, I would stop. But it did improve, though not by much. My initial problem with the book was the feeling that it was going to be pages and pages of online S&M erotica, which I found rather ho hum. But then the intrigue started and there was less of that and more of the main character's 'real' world as she tried to work out who her online mistress was ...more
Ronald Wilcox
Elaine is a young woman who works during the day in an office in the budgeting division during the day who has ambitions to advance in her company. At night she enters a world of S & M chat rooms (remember these were big in the 1990's when this book was written) where she meets a dominant woman and becomes obsessed with her. As she gets more submissive at night, she excels at work. When the woman suddenly abandons her in the chat rooms, her obsession drives her to distraction at work, ruinin ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Hot and steamy for about 1/10th of the book, otherwise could be quite dull. I found myself really liking it about halfway through and then just got more and more frustrated and disappointed as it went on. The main character was so unlikeable. There was sex, but it was never descriptive enough. I'm not entirely sure I'd place this book in the erotica section. It was sexual, of course, but it wasn't like I ever felt the need to cover what I was reading or else I'd be considered delinquent.

2 stars
Well, let's see... as erotica, does it pass Dorothy Allison's "wet test"? Dunno, maybe?, for some? And it's not a huge part of the page count. The rest is a bit of a minor intrigue, though mostly about power dynamics and balance. Except, as reasonably skilled as the writing is, what I ultimately found was a just-barely-compelling-enough-to-continue story involving a frustratingly dysfunctional woman. And then they all lived happily ever after. The end.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
I paid 20 cents for this book at a library used book sale. I paid too much. I skip read hoping it would get better but it didn't. Even the porn was poorly done. It is one of those tortuous laments, feel y books where the lead character is full of self." How can I live?" "Woe is me!". Ick!
Liz DeMarco
Aug 18, 2012 rated it did not like it
I really mark a book "didn't like", yet this book left me feeling nothig except I wanted to put it down. Maybe it was the subject matter, maybe the writing, not sure what it was, but really disliked this one.
Dana Mccloskey
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kinda....weird? This pretty much read like a porno...a very predictable porno. There were aspects of it that I liked but overall it was more on the lame side. Good thing I only payed $1 for it.
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another book I received as part of my BOMC introductory set years ago... an internet sexual relationship goes awry and creates for some stimulating intrigue. A very engaging and quick read.
Apr 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: peacecorps
creepy dark twist.
Anna Lene
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't finish this book, ended up stopping about 100 pages in. I thought the premise of how a woman's sex life would affect her day to day life would be interesting, and the fact that it was a seemingly lesbian story piqued my interest even more. But Jesus this book was bland. The "erotic" bits were cringey as hell. And for a book about lesbians, there sure was a lot of dick involved. Maybe I'm wrong to assume that Inez is supposed to be a woman. Maybe she turns out to be a dude in the end I d ...more
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