Thursday, 6 August 2009

HNT: The Education of Joanna

When the lovely people at Xcite asked me to review this book, I really didn't want to like it.

I thought I was sexually excited enough without the need to indulge in additional stimulation. I firmly believed that it was going to be just another excuse for a load of titillation without any real character development or storyline. That was how I was left feeling after reading both the Story of O and the Story of the Eye.

But 'The Education of Victoria' turned into more than that. It has become almost a manual for me.

For instance, as part of her training, Victoria is advised that, when giving head, a woman should never envelop the man's cockhead with her mouth as a first introduction. Although, our male friends may not agree, I have learned that it is far better to tease and torment with the tip of the tongue at first. To put off the optimal moment until they are desperate for that delightful encasement.

The premise of the book itself is a series of increasingly dark sexual encounters that have been woven together to form an extremely enjoyable tale. It follows a young woman and her exposure to the curriculum at a very specific type of finishing school at an indeterminate period in history.

I have always loved historical novels and, in many ways, I prefer this format to the short story selections because you get more background and, as a woman, I do like detail, both emotional and physical scene setting. It just sits better with my commitment to the characters because I can empathise with them and start to inhabit their shoes which, in turn, leads to a more vivid arousal on my part.

And the cohesion of the narrative meant that I felt as if I, as a reader, was being educated along with Victoria and that we were both improving our sexual knowledge together as she went back for each successive term.

Thoroughly recommended.



Ben said...

Tease on!

Southern Sage said...

looks like fun fun fun to me!

Nolens Volens said...

That was an excellent illustration on blowjob techniques. ;) HHNT!

Fat Controller said...

What a superb picture! From the look of that technique I would say you could do some teaching yourself!

Osbasso said...

Guys don't have a clue what they really want! Teasing seems to be a great way to start out!

Hubman said...

Oh yeah! Lovin' the click-thru :-)

Happy HNT!

nitebyrd said...

I'm thinkin' you already have a Ph.D!

Thanks for the review, I prefer written erotica to visual.

tomvanallen said...

Golly, Ms. Cake!
*fans self*

Lady in red said...

it sounds like I should get stuck in and read it so I can write my review.

I like the idea of historical novel theme.

Ben said...

Next photo with the roles reversed?