NSFW Book Review: Feeling Dottie by Regina Watts

Title: Feeling Dottie

Author: Regina Watts

Publisher: Painted Blue Publishing

Publication Date: June 9, 2020

Genres: Horror, Erotica

Shelves: Female-author

What would you do if your fantasies were so dark, so depraved, that friends and family would loathe you for them? What would you do if you found someone who shared those fantasies, who understood them like nobody else ever had? And what would you do if they wanted to explore them together, only for everything to go so very wrong before . . . well, I’m getting ahead of myself. No spoilers, I promise. You’ll just have to be patient and read it for yourself.

As much as I enjoyed First Warning, my first taste of Regina Watts’ unique brand of erotica, I was entirely unprepared for the bizarre beauty of Feeling Dottie. This is just about as guilty as guilty pleasures go, a work of horrotica that plays with fantasy, fetish, and fear, suggesting and teasing so much darkness and depravity, before throwing out a bat-shit crazy twist that completely transforms the story.

Harold is an over-the-hill billionaire whose sick fantasies of erotic torture, murder, and cannibalism leave him so paralyzed with fear and desire that he comes across as creepy and pathetic. His only friend is an online artist who shares those same sick fantasies and enjoys illustrating them for the world. When a chance discovery reveals that Dottie, the cute young secretary he’s been fantasizing about, is actually that artist friend, the entire power exchange of older/younger, boss/employee, predator/prey gets flipped upside down and turned inside out.

I’m almost tempted to describe this as a contemporary sequel to the works of Marquis DeSade, but that would be doing Watts a disservice. Yes, there are similarities in style and content, an alignment of violent fetishes, and a mutual appreciation of his work by the characters, but there’s a charm to those characters that’s missing from DeSade’s work – not to mention a sense of imagination that opens the story to less sadism-savvy readers while adding something new for sadism-aficionados.

The flirting of Harold and Dottie, the verbal cutting and slicing away at layers of anxious propriety to reveal the dark fetishes beneath, is exquisite. He’s pathetic and she’s adorable, their conversations are both cute and crude, and yet there’s something about them as a couple that draws us into our world. The more they open up to one another the darker this potentially gets, and yet we’re more disgusted with ourselves for liking them than we are disgusted with them. It’s a story that’s as quirky and entertaining as it is depraved and horrifying, with all the juxtapositions what make it so intriguing.

Squeamish readers can rest assured that it’s all talk, at least in this opening tale, with the only dark fetish explored on the page being erotic asphyxiation. That climactic scene is well-done, especially in how it plays with the ever-shifting exchange of power in their relationship, and the consequences of that act for the two of them . . . well, again, no spoilers, you’ll have to read Feeling Dottie for yourself (or, better yet, jump right into the first Prime Cuts bundle and enjoy the first 3 tales). So much more than I expected, and that twist . . . goddamn, holy hell, and WTF . . . I loved that twist!

Rating: ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀ ♀

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