Sexual Mischief by Lizbeth Dusseau
On a sultry day in June, Sausony walks away from a patronizing husband and her life of affluent leisure, seeking a cure for terminal boredom, hitchhiking with anyone who’ll have her. Blonde, beautiful and foolish, she has no clue what risks she takes. Sexual fantasies turn real, when she’s crudely fucked by a trucker in the back of a tavern, and later spanked before a cheering audience at a highway reststop. When her naïve friendliness is mistaken for sexual solicitation in a one-horse town with a backwoods sense of justice, her sixty-day sentence takes twisted turns she’s not ready for. Her stint behind bars begins with a vulgar jailer taking advantage of his pretty inmate, followed by a degrading physical exam. When she briefly manages to escape, she’s brought back to face tough lessons in obedience. Tied to the bars of her jail cell, she endures a ‘night from hell’.
When she finally freed, it’s clear that Sausony’s jail time wasn’t enough abuse to satisfy her driving need. Landing in LA, she’s quickly lured by the leather and dungeon crowd, exploring submissive desires she yearns to experience. Her sensuous innocence attracts plenty of attention and the sex she craves. But she’s dangerously out of control, until a concerned black Dom, an accomplished master, halts her downward spiral. If she wants to play in his world, she’ll first learn the true meaning of submission. Then, under his guidance and protection, he’ll take her to the depths of her shameless masochistic craving. While she may fight his methods, she knows he’s exactly what she needs. And when he orders her to do the unthinkable, she’d be wise to muster the courage to obey.
Posted by Lancelot Knight on 23rd Apr 2010
Review of Sexual Mischief by Lizbeth Dusseau
Reviewed by Lancelot Knight (c) 2004
Sexual Mischief is the story of Sausony Danvers Kimball, a young woman who is a heady combination of alluring innocence and lust. Young and beautiful, rich and pampered, yet she finds her marriage dull and unfulfilling. She sets out on an odyssey, exploring not just the erotic, lusty countryside of America, but also the territory of her own psyche, her deepest needs and desires.
The writing reminds me a bit of Anais Nin, in the sweep of the poetry that is often used to describe not only the sex scenes, but the astute the probing of Sausony’s states of mind.
Sausony descends—no, “descends” isn’t the right word, for there is a connotation in that word of a lowering, and this book does more than suggest quite the contrary. Sausony, rather, flowers, blossoms like an orchid in a hothouse. She explores the world of sm/bd, gradually discovering within herself a powerful craving for submission. Her journey goes through a public fuck in a bar, proceeds to being spanked by a truck driver in front of several other truckers. Soon, Sausony finds herself in jail, the helpless prey of the lust of the town’s men that eventually erupts (quite literally) in a jailhouse gangbang that Sausony revels in. During her odyssey, Sausony discovers the world of leather, of bondage and submission and SM in North Hollywood. Eventually, she comes under the control of a wise, kind, but nonetheless demanding Master.
An erotic and extraordinarily feminine version of Holden Caufield, Sausony seems to float on the surface of a world of eroticism, when she wants to plumb the depths of experience. That is where she will locate the needs of her real self. But her needs are far from straightforward. She wants a man who will control her, but paradoxically will allow her the freedom to express herself; as she puts it, “a man who will know how to shape the raw lust in me so I won’t self-destruct.”
In her new-found liberation, Sausony discovers that she is treading “the dangerous waters of love.”
Her new Master, however, insists that she confront her past, and when she does there are still more amazing discoveries to be made. Ultimately, Sausony discovers, as all submissives discover, that you can be “conquered, but strangely free” at the same time, which is a powerful message of a powerful book.