Simon Lowrie’s “Marianne!” is a tale reminiscent of years gone by. His prose and descriptive elements impact this work magnificently. “Marianne” revolves around four characters: Simon, Marianne, Mark and Sophie. A tale of dominance and submission, deftly and aptly written, draws the reader in to four very different and complex lives struggling to find the perfect balance.

Simon and Marianne have been together for years. Not necessarily on a ‘friends only’ basis, they rely upon one another. Marianne meets Mark after she broke up with an abusive boyfriend. Both Simon and Mark can agree on one thing: Marianne’s wild side must be curbed for her own protection. However, Mark is not content with Simon’s inclusion.

Sophie is a nineteen year old quintessential perfect submissive. She completes Simon in a way that Marianne does not. She is self-possessed enough to know that she will never be first for Simon and that position is relegated to Marianne.

“Marianne!” exhibits light dominance practices and Lowrie’s prose is subjective but the detail and beauty of his writing draws the reader along. The first chapters were onerous but once the story was fully fleshed out, it was impossible to set the book aside.

Book Blurb for Marianne!

Length: Super Novel (89,042 words)
Category: BDSM
Firebolt Level: 4
Excess Level: 3
Ending: HFN
Marianne and Simon have been more than friends since they were kids, but when she meets Mark her whole life changes. It's not easy being spanked when you're not used to it, but although the two men in her life are rivals the one thing they agree on firmly is that Marianne needs her wild side taming. And once she's had a taste of what that kind of life can offer, she's no longer sure she wants to argue. She loves them both and means to have it all, but Mark is not the kind of man to share. He breaks the triangle and makes her choose, but at a cost to everyone - himself included. Can Sophie save the day? She isn't beautiful and dazzling like Marianne, and the special qualities she has aren't on the surface. Sophie is a quiet girl who accepts Simon's discipline with absolute humility and never one word of complaint. It's how she wants her world to be, and her love for him goes past all limits. Shy and gentle though she is, perhaps her resolve to heal two broken hearts will prove to be more powerful than all Mark's dominance and strength...

Warnings: This title contains bdsm, explicit sex, and a small amount of graphic language. 

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.25