This is the first erotic book I’ve read for a long time and I’m so glad I did, it’s also one of my ‘Out of Comfort Zone’ reads and not knowing any erotica authors, either good or bad, I had a troll around online booksellers. There were loads with creamed this, hard that and stretched the other but most were either not rated or only one or two star rated. I also decided that a kinky looking cover was not the best way to ensure a well written gripping story of passion, so I took my chances with this one – The Gentlemen’s Club by Emmanuelle de Maupassant.
Emmanuelle’s creation is more literary in style than most erotic books, giving an irresistible story of eroticism mixed with Victorian life, and was a real pleasure to devour. The Gentlemen’s Club is a beautifully written noire novella set in Victorian London. It has been well researched, has exquisite descriptions using a rich and varied vocabulary.
Maud lives with her Great Aunt, playing the convincing role of quite a lady by day but, come evening, she dons a lace mask and becomes a wondrous seductress at an elite gentlemen’s club. This is not dirty, base sex, this is theatre, an art form, where the audience participates as much as the seducing actresses. This is a clever story of Henry becoming obsessed with Maud. She debases him, ridicules him, taunts and tantalises him, yet he still goes back for more.
If this book had little or no sexual content it would still be a compelling and clever story (there are few modern erotic books you could say that of.) The sex, however, is varied and original and so very erotic. I think I could go so far as to say that this is probably the most erotic book I’ve ever read and certainly the one with a first-rate storyline. I can thoroughly recommend and I look forward to reading Volume II of this noire series.