Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Male Bridesmaid by Sabrina Jen Mountford

While mere chastity and humiliation really isn't my thing, and I was hoping Sabrina Jen Mountford might push things a little bit further, there's no doubt that The Male Bridesmaid was really quite a clever read.

Gary and his wife are stalled in a loving, but nearly sexless marriage, and his addiction to Kindle erotica isn't really helping things. When she discovers his secret fetishes, it forces a conversation that's as intellectually fascinating as it is emotionally embarrassing. Mountford does a good job of exploring how a couple deals with long-buried secrets, and how they approach even the idea of breaking their own taboos and experimenting which each other's.

It's also really interesting to watch a man gets precisely what he wants (chastity and forced feminization), and to have to deal with his fantasy becoming a reality. There's a lot of uncertainty and reluctance involved, as well as the frustration that arises from not being able to put the fantasy on pause. Alison is a fantastic character, a wife who only seems to be reluctantly playing along with her husband, determined to cure him of his perversions by so completely immersing him in them. She comes to enjoy both the power and the pleasure, however, and it turns out her motives are entirely so pure.

The titular scene in which Gary is forced to serve as a bridesmaid for his sister-in-law's wedding is fun, but it's the climactic scene in which Gary and Alison strip down after their own wedding to reveal matching bridal lingerie that I found most delicious.

More sensual than erotic, The Male Bridesmaid is a story that really gets inside your head and makes you think about being careful what we wish for. I quite enjoyed it.

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