NSFW Book Review: Edge Play by Jane Boon

Title: Edge Play

Author: Jane Boon

Publisher: Regan Arts

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

Genres: Erotica

Shelves: Female-authored, Female-fronted, Female-dominant

Empowering, edgy, and erotic, Edge Play is one of those reads that get both your mind and your heart racing. It understands that the power exchange goes far beyond the dungeon walls, and recognizes that the skills of a dominatrix have as much to do with reading a person or a situation as tying knots or wielding implements of pain.

At its heart, this is the story of a woman who lost her sense of self when a man chose to discard her as a pawn in his office, and then found a deeper, more dynamic sense of self through the men who chose to become pawns in her dungeon. There are wonderful contrasts explored in the story, including the nature of power, the psychology of control, and the morality of choices. In pitting the world of professional finance against that of professional domination, Jane Boon exposes both, revealing them both to be something other than what polite, decent, respectable society would have us believe.

At the end of the day, there’s a lot more to be ashamed of in the corridors of Wall Street than in the dungeons of Chelsea.

While those dungeons and the practice of BDSM are key to Amy’s journey of self-discovery, there are only a handful of chapters that explore a full-on scene. They are exceptionally well done, however, with the right instruments and environment, a realistic power exchange dynamic that flows from individuals outside the scene to roles within it, and an understanding of the necessity of aftercare. They’re not just about kink and fetish either, they’re scenes that explore why the men choose to be dominated, and why they choose the scenes that they do. Anybody who thinks BDSM is just about costumed sex and physical gratification would do well to read this and understand the psychology behind submission and just how much of a scene happens in your head.

As for Amy’s journey, we see her become a better person and a better businesswoman through her role as Mistress Catherine, coming to see men in general, and the men in her life, in a new light. She becomes empowered against toxic masculinity, and the way Boon works the question of professional diversity into a dungeon scene is a surprisingly pivotal moment on which the entire story turns, setting up two choices later in the book that put the latex shine on her empowerment. We see her struggle to define the lines between fetish, sex, and romance, and watch as she becomes a woman who can comfortably blur such lines, bringing the best of both worlds together.

Edge Play was so much more than I expected. It’s smart, sexy, and sophisticated, offering insights into the psychology of powerful women that is as exhilarating as it is empowering. Watching Mistress Catherine bring slaves to their knees with whip and tawse is just as rewarding as watching Amy bring colleagues to heel with a look or a word. Fantastic stuff.

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

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