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BOOK REVIEW – WILLIAM DOUGHTY – AQUA DOMINATION 2006 Nexus Press.

 

An erotic novel combining water and sado-masochism sounds intriguing, but this book fails on so many levels. Its biggest problem is central characters, Mary and David, who are just too plain downright nasty and bitchy to really come across as attractive or sexy figures. Both are sadists, each trying to force the other into a masochistic and submissive role and declare love for one another through emotional and physical pain. Three innocent people, Jack, (Mary’s other lover), Carol & Faye, naïve lesbians from a house near to David’s, also get caught up in the maelstrom.

 

As the book starts, Mary has already left David due to his extreme sex-games in his weird bathroom getting too unpleasant and intense, and she seeks consolation with Jack, but sex with him seems too safe and nice after what she experienced as genuinely thrilling with David, so she works her way back into his life. David seems to be a reformed and depressive character until Mary gets to him, which takes far too long.

 

Though promising some wetlook, in having characters bathing and swimming (in a nearby pool), in corsets, and with various gloves, stockings, etc, the wetlook imagery is subdued by the endless use of gimp-masks, and dildoes and rubber tubing apparatus which gets rather repetitive ad masks any characterization or emotion. We are told that they wear wet garments, but this is never explained beyond that. The aqua elements are neglected for the relentless, repetitive, and ultimately tedious domination elements of the novel, so the weird bathroom becomes almost superfluous.

 

The lesbians are hoodwinked into using the bathroom on the pretence of a need to feed a conveniently borrowed cat while David and Mary go away for a week. David and Mary have set up hidden cameras to see if the couple will spontaneously use some of the bathroom toys, which they do.   There is now some genuine tension from whether the girls will discover whether or not they were filmed. However this is nullified when they are told while bound and gagged by David and Mary and trapped in the latest games. Even once released, they never refer to or object to the illegal filming. Nor is the sadistically pointed out observation that them getting close to the naked men involved threatens the stability of their lesbian relationship taken further. Everything is left in the air.

 

The pool scenes are the least convincing, given the open access pool’s proximity to other houses. The main characters indulge in their games there in one corner of the pool, supposedly away from prying eyes, but why no one else would either hear the noise made, or make use of the lovely weather to choose to go for a swim too is not clear.

 

Disappointing and dull, dry fare despite its efforts to treat its subject matter as new and innovative.

 

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