21 Sins by Lizbeth Dusseau
Girls in her position give up their names and their lives... they're sold as lots. This story is about Lot 21...
The former Melinda duBois is brought to the State Detention Center upon the death of her 'guardian' her owner, lover and sexual master, Samuel Janes. Will she be reassigned - sold to another guardian in a lifetime contract of indentured servitude? Or will her counselor, Sydney Wingate, choose to release her to a mainstream life that she knows nothing about.
'Service contracts' to guardian overseers were once meant to alleviate a problem with prison overcrowding, but have become a way to coerce young females into contractual service arrangements - another kind of prostitution. Sydney despises the devious twist that makes the sexual usage of women virtually institutionalized by law. And yet, as she interviews her client, Lot 21, in the dank burrows of the ominous Transfer Sector, she becomes intrigued, even aroused, by the curious naked girl who has been ordered to seek her counsel. The girl's wild and stunning tales of sexual debauchery and sadomasochistic sex lure Sydney into this despised world, and to the Underground Market for research purposes. And when her boyfriend takes her to this 'meat market' a strange transformation occurs. While they play-act the roles of Master and slave, Sydney discovers the reason why this life might be appealing and the best place for a young innocent like Melinda duBois. The deeper Sydney delves into this exhilarating darkness, the more she fears that her mission of mercy to save the dutiful Lot 21 will only delay the inevitable transfer of her ownership to the charming, wily sadist who intends to buy her.
This story of sadism and masochistic longing explores the eroticism of humiliation, bondage, discipline, piercing, anal fisting, and graphic sex - including oral, anal, girl/girl sex, and multiple partners... "a breathtaking Bdsm masterpiece!" Wm Sage
Posted by John Velder on 23rd Apr 2010
21 Sins by Lizbeth Dusseau
Reviewed by John Velder, Copyright (c) 2005
Someone once wrote that there were only a few really good plots for novels, and these plots fell into certain thematic categories. I’m willing to concede that; after many thousands of years of written human history it’s difficult to come up with something original. No, the issue with a novel these days is not the writer’s originality. It’s her game—is her art well crafted, well executed, well thought out—does it have a message although perhaps a subtle one?
21 Sins is a book that is well crafted, well executed, well thought out, with a not so subtle message. It’s also hot as Hell.
Melinda Janes, nee DuBois, is a “voluntary” – a voluntary slave, that is. Her Mother was Samuel Janes’ favored concubine, and when her Mother died she simply stayed with Mr. Janes. Formal papers of voluntary slavery were drawn up, and signed.
But now Mr. Janes has died of cancer, and the problem of what to do with Melinda has fallen to the idealistic and fresh faced social worker Sydney Wingate. Ms. Wingate is determined to believe that Melinda has been coerced into a life of voluntary slavery, and sets about questioning the girl. Her reactions to the stories Melinda tells her of her life of slavery lead her on her own journey of exploration—into herself, into the life and world of a woman who would want to be a slave, and the joys, pain, and rewards of slavery. She finds that women who want to relax and allow someone else to be in control, women who enjoy the feelings of not having to worry about things are not “forced” and are not as uncommon or deviant as she originally believed.
I also must point out that the ending of the book, while not entirely a surprise, is interesting. It indicates that Melinda has learned as much from Sydney as Sydney has learned from her. But there is a constant back and forth between the two of them that is simply fascinating. You could almost take a lot of the hard sex out of this book and it would still be a good story. The interplay between the two female leads is just that strong.
And of course, the sex. Like Baskin Robbins, the sex in this book comes in many flavors, all of them thoroughly enjoyable. From Melinda’s 12-gauge pierced labia (“Samuel liked to hang weights from them, to stretch them or for punishment. Or for his own enjoyment”) to the anal “taking” of a young girl Melinda’s would-be owner has seduced into a life of voluntary slavery—this scene in particular is rendered so well and with such skill and attention to detail, complete with ice at the end of it—that it’s hard to forget. Other scenes that stick in my mind are the scenes with the guards, which are powerfully erotic because of the guards’ thuggishness and Melinda’s desire for the the treatment they give. Melinda’s meeting with Samuel Janes’ friend, the man who wants to own her is also strong. (“And yet you sit like a free woman. Are you a free woman? You know what I will do with you when I own you, don’t you?”). Interestingly enough, the scenes with Sydney as submissive are not as strong, barring the caning scene near the end, which, again is well rendered. I could almost touch Sydney’s soft skin, hear the crack of the cane as it left welts on her pretty, untouched ass, see her face and her reactions.
There’s a lot of strong description in this story, erotic description that is not a description of any sex act. Mr. Janes’ friend’s description of his view of Sydney at the Slave Market, what she looked like to him...I’ve read very few better descriptions of a new slave, a slave for whom everything they think and feel is written on their face and in their body language. Lizbeth is very good at setting an erotic scene.
This is a good story, a bit on the hard side, but I like O-ish stories, stories that are not necessarily soft and lovey dovey and romantic. I suspect any lover of books like that will enjoy this one.