Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Science of Submission by Justine Elyot

Where do sex and science meet? Ailish finds out the answer—and it's yes. Yes. Yes, Sir.

Ailish's fascination with the shadowy figure known to her friends as The Scientist leads her to discover their mutual interest in some of the lesser-travelled roads of human sexuality. So when Rod suggests she assist him in researching some of the enduring questions of kink, she is too intrigued to resist.

They work together to establish the precise truth of the axiom that the brain is the largest human sex organ. What will they conclude? Will they be able to establish, together, a science of submission? And will that research partnership lead to a more intimate relationship?

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the Subspace anthology by Total-E-Bound.

Geeks fall in love too!

After meeting at a pub quiz, where the atmosphere is very well shown, as is the competitive air, Ailish and Rod get together to explore how the mind is possibly the greatest factor in how a body responds to sex and stimuli. Ailish learns a lot, has her eyes opened—and her mind and…ahem, yes, well…—when she puts on a scientific show with Rod.

What I liked about this book was the reality that Ailish felt she had to hide her relationship with Rod from her friends. It was a little to do with wanting something just for herself, I think, and a lot to do with their reactions because he’s not the usual hunk people expect someone to hook up with. He’s a geek, plain and simple, but it doesn’t mean he isn’t full of emotion and unable to fall in love, because, after all, he’s only human.

Their journey is a lovely one, where they do a delicate dance around one another until the can’t hold back any longer. Ailish discovers it doesn’t matter in the end what her friends think, and is surprised to find they’re not as appalled by her seeing Rod as she had imagined.

Verdict: A lovely tale that deals with everyday people with everyday emotions. Well written, hot sex, and a theme that we all really ought to open our minds…in more ways than one.

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