Pain and Revenge by John Simpson
Story rating: 2 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 1 out of 5
Warning: male/male forced sex scene that is intricate to the plot.
Rookie CIA agent James Elliot is sent to his first assignment in London, where he finds out that not only does the CIA know that he’s gay, but that he’s been brought in on an assignment precisely for that reason. James is thrown into a situation where he must seduce a Russian GRU Agent and find out what he’s doing in England.
Spankings are the sadistic Russian’s specialty and the question is…Can James Elliot hold out to finish the job? The novella reaches a satisfactory conclusion as the answer to the question.
There are a few things about Pain and Revenge that are questionable. Would the government actually tell a CIA agent they know he is gay and they want him to go play sexually with a spy to get information? Would they tell their agent he might have to allow the target to beat his ass? And would the reaction be the same if their agent was raped til bleeding by that same target?
Pain and Revenge is undoubtedly a m/m story. Parts of it are violent and disturbing and sometimes unbelievable. While some male readers might get into it, this piece of work seems targeted at a small percentage of readers. The ending all conveniently comes together and even has a potential HEA outcome.
As far as BDSM and kink, one of the main characters is violent and prefers unsafe sex if possible. He hurts people and gets off on it. The sex here is not happy and doesn’t feel good at all. The whole purpose of this book seems cloudy and in the end the reader may wonder what ws this I just read, and why? If anyhting, it will leave you thinking in the end.
1. When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
I knew I would be writing in the GLBT genre and within that genre would be mainly books with themes of police drama, military stories, and politics. These are my main areas that I write in. But I have also written two stories already published that involved spanking, “The School of Discipline,” and “Spanking for Love.” I have just submitted a third spanking themed story entitled, “The Frat House,” to Silver Publishing.
I didn’t realize that I would be writing these stories, but I wanted to push the conventional, vanilla envelope some and “Pain and Revenge,” pushes it pretty far in some respects. I think if it went much further, it might pop the envelope.
2. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I am occasionally involved in BDSM and tend towards the Dom side, but have been known to switch. My main area of focus in this area is spanking of males which I find very erotic as the subs do as well.
3. Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?
As previously mentions, the act of spanking has become my focal point for BDSM mainly because I have experienced the pleasures involved in this area as a Dom and sparingly as a sub. It’s about power, the power to give and the power to withhold the pleasure involved in bare butt spanking. The release of the endorphins involved is a drug to many people and one that while it can become addictive, is at least non-harmful and legal.