Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee: A Go Deeper Press Review

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Courtesy of Mischief Books

Here are a few confessions of my own: (1) This book is a sign of what’s to come, and I am so stoked about the future of erotica. (2) I thought Confessions was far too short. Really, I wanted it to go on and on. That’s how crisp and compelling it is–so vivid in Fox’s every detail. (3) Lana Fox is my partner, but there is not one falsehood or stretched truth below, because that would be bogus. (4) I like referring to her as “Fox.”

In Confessions, we read over the shoulder of Debs as she journals every detail of her day: some saddening (that’s where the “divorcee” part comes in), others hilarious, and most intensely erotic and obsessive in the sexiest way possible. And it’s this combination—of heartbreak, humor, and desire—that makes Debs incredibly likeable and identifiable. You are on her side from the first line she writes. And in the end? Well, there could be no better outcome.

The sex is hot, inventive, and masterfully written. And Debs has lots of it, with both men and women. But what was most surprising was the way Fox subtly spun Debs’ coming-out story, and not once did it feel contrived or overbearing or cliché. And Confessions is a story that’s about much more than coming out as queer. Debs comes out as a feminist, as a woman who’s sexually political, and as someone who no longer “laughs her opinions away,” who no longer feels the need to please, but, instead, to speak her mind, regardless of how her words are received. We watch Debs evolve both in her sexuality and in her person, discovering who she is experience by experience. And even when she’s faced with uncertainty and a whole lot of condescension, courtesy of her ex trying his best to get her back (“Oh, Debs, you’re adorable, but you’re not a lesbian”), she doesn’t stir or fall back on old ways. This is one of the novel’s triumphant moments, Debs’ true moment of transformation.

There is an important message here from Fox, and she delivers it with rich, sexy precision: Erotica can make you feel good in myriad ways, and, if it’s done like this, it can help you learn exactly who you are.

You can buy Confessions of a Kinky Divorcee at AmazonBarnes & NobleGoogle Play, and many other places. You can also buy Lana’s short stories in the Go Deeper Press anthologies Femme Fatale and As the Bishop Said to the Actress in our own online store.

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