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Vice/Virtues: #bookreview

Vices/Virtues

Where do dominatrixes work? I asked Google and they aren’t sure either. What’s the correct way to write about more than one dominatrix or what the dominatrix possesses? I asked Merriam-Webster. They know some things but not everything. They did know that the term dominatrix was first used in 1971.

Part of the book Vices/Virtues by Beatrice DeSoprontu is set in a dominatrix dungeon in New York City. It was interesting and awkward to read about a dominatrix but not awkward enough to stop reading.

Cristela has been raised by a mother who lies about some pretty important things like who Cristela’s father is and her marital status. Are the lies what led Cristela to become Mistress Clara? The lies made it easier for her to lie about her secret life in the dungeon.

So Daisy is also a dominatrix. She is also a heroin addict. The people around her are enabling her to keep using drugs. She seems to have this addiction under control. If you know any real addicts, you know that addiction is not really ever under control unless you’ve been to rehab and been sober for awhile. Even then it’s not something that goes away. I like Daisy but she’s from a fantasy land. The only thing that I wish happened in the book was that Daisy quit using drugs.

Cristela has a normal 9-5 job. She’s searching for something but what – truth? She could be searching for what her truth is. So she starts working as a dominatrix. I don’t think she tells too many people about her job in the dungeon. Her life isn’t very honest. Eventually, she decides that whatever she’s searching for is not in the dungeon. She develops some friendships with her dominatrix co-workers but none of them really know each other. They don’t use their real names or know about their life outside of the dominatrix world.

There are some very funny parts of this book. People like some weird kinky sh*#. One client likes to have snack cakes thrown at him among other things. I just want to eat the Swiss Cake rolls so it’s very boring in comparison.

If you don’t like books with a strong sexual content, then you should look for another book. Vice/Virtues is a book about dominatrixes so it’s not for the faint of heart.

Interview with . . . Beatrice DeSoprontu

Beatrice DeSoprontu

One of the next books on the TBR list is Vices/Virtues by Beatrice DeSoprontu. It sounds like a great book for the beach or anywhere that you can steal a few moments of alone time. It be a little bit naughty. Anyone who is not opposed to a more risque, then you can find the book at the link above.

If you would like to know more about Ms. DeSoprontu then the following interview might be for you.

Where would you like to travel next?

India, though that is a pretty big subcontinent, so perhaps I should narrow that down. Maybe Mumbai, I could change careers and become a Bollywood star. (see question #4)

What was the first thing that you remember writing?

Like all small children I wrote pictorial books, aka graffiti on my living room walls. It wasn’t my late teens that I tried writing short stories. One called “The Kaleidoscope Hurts My Eyes” is about three different mixed-race people living intersecting lives.

Do you have a bucket list?

No, I like to live without thinking about death too much. 

Should there be an age limit on changing careers?

Absolutely not! People are always growing and in doing so are apt to follow new careers.

What are the top 5 things people should do when visiting New York City?

Go to the Bronx to the more authentic “Little Italy” (and “Little Albania”) on Arthur Ave.

Go to Queens to feast on the best Chinese food in New York in Flushing Queens.

Go to Brooklyn, check out Grand Army Plaza and Lebanese cuisine on Atlantic

Go to Staten Island to visit the Richmond Town Village.

Go to Manhattan and check out a little known place called Times Square

Is there a secret to writing good erotica?

Avoid the word “throbbing” at all costs!

How did you decide to write erotica?

VICES/VIRTUES is literary fiction, that delves into issues of race, class and religion, like all literary fiction the story is character driven. Of course, there is quite a bit of the erotic thrown in mix (the main character is a professional dominatrix after all) but that is just the icing on the cake, so to speak. (See chapter 1 “Gluttony”)

What is your favorite movie?

Lawrence of Arabia – that man liked to put out fires with his fingers, very odd!

What do you want people to know about you?

My artistic goal is to write entertaining stories that leave the reader pondering issues in new ways.