Gemstone by Anastasia Vitsky
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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5
For those who buy books simply from looking at the cover or reading the pre-story blurb may think to buy this book expecting hot, kinky lesbian sex in every other chapter. They will be sorely disappointed and complain about “Gemstone”. However, if you are looking for a multi leveled, slow build and burn (seems an appropriate analogy consider the figging talk), highly erotic love story, this is the right book to buy. There are no in intricately detailed major sex scenes in ‘Gemstone’. However, the entire book gives a feel of a slow boil taking place just below the surface, or perhaps just out of eyesight. Vitsky does a very good job of mixing narrative with “online chat” to flush out the hidden story of our two main characters. The chat parts ring especially true to anyone who has chatted online and wondered about the person at the other keyboard.
Gemma is the lead in this wonderful little story. She is a good church going lady who comes across to her friends in her small town as a little uptight. The fact she is a lesbian does not seem to garner even a raised eyebrow, from her friends or pastor, which is a welcome change. Add in her best friend, who spends time trying to fix her up with just the right girl, is also a lesbian, this seems like a very well- adjusted little town. Gemma though does have a secret life, which she lives out on “Kinklife”, a fictional web site for the BDSM crowd. There, Gemma is Mistress Lorelei, a BDSM Mistress who picks up and discards “baby girls” who want more than she is willing to give.
Enter Gemma’s neighbor, Celine, who accidentally discovers Gemma’s double life. Living just down the block from Gemma, Celine has discovered she has fallen in love with Gemma but can’t seem to find a way to get Gemma’s attention. Thus we end up with some good old fashioned “catfishing” done by Celine on Kinklife. Celine’s goal is to get to know Gemma better, and hopefully find a way in to her life. What she ends up with is way more than that.
While ‘Gemstone’ is most definitely a BDSM book, including punishment, spankings (with various items found around the house as well as hand), figging (If you don’t know, Google it, but be warned), at its core it is a love story. True, a love story for the 21st century; girl meets girl, virtual Mistress meets girl, girl loses girl, girl finds girl. It is a good, interesting read, that does not require a suspension of belief to believe in it.
The only negative about ‘Gemstone’ was the epilogue. It does not have the same feel as the rest of the book. It feels like the author wanted to recap the story, make sure it was obvious Gemma was a Christian woman, and that kink/BDSM and lesbianism can be accepted as good Christian values. It is understandable, in today’s environment to want to emphasis this fact, but the story all by itself does this wonderfully. The epilogue wasn’t needed. Is that enough to turn someone off from buying ‘Gemstone’? Not in the slightest. ‘Gemstone’ is worth the cost of admission and a great read. It is up to the reader whether they wish to read the epilogue as well as the book.
Reviewed by: Master Peter Raven