February 12, 2014

A Woman with the Morals of a Man: a review of Selena Kitt's "Hussy"


by Selena Kitt

Excessica Publishing (2013)

176 pages


"Don't worry, dear--a hussy is just a woman with the morals of a man."

With the words of her grandmother ringing in her ears, Lindsey shows no shame with her attitude towards sex. "Hussy" is a bit of an old-fashioned word, but it's Lindsey's favorite and she plays it to the hilt. And if you don't believe me, just read the first chapter of this Selena Kitt novella.

Lindsey is introduced to us as she leaves her house for the night, lying to her parents about her true destination: a treehouse full of male classmates. What starts out as a drunken romp turns into a pretty intense sex scene with multiple partners, and it doesn't appear to be all that consensual. A gang-rape scene, to put it bluntly. Only it's a sex game, we find out when everyone is spent, orchestrated by Lindsey who revels in the experience after she gets back home.

And that's Lindsey's life apparently, until she meets a young army lietenant named Zachary Davis. Unlike the other men in her life, Zachary actually treats her with respect and develops genuine emotions for her, which throws Lindsey for a loop, because she soon develops feelings for him too that go beyond a primal lust. But as she explores this new relationship with Zachary, old habits die hard, and a bit of a reckoning ensues with Lindsey's life, both sexual and personal.

After the whole bru-ha-ha that happened last fall with self-published erotica authors, I figured I ought to try a book out and see where the controversy was coming from. Hussy doesn't strike me as the run-of-the-mill erotica book, taking what is apparently a longheld sexual fantasy and almost deconstructing it while simultaneously putting it on full display for the reader. For as much titillation, there is also a disturbing undercurrent. I think if someone picked up this book purely for the salaciousness of reading about a promiscuous young woman and her extreme sexual appetite, that reader would have their escapism thrown right back in their face.

Extremes is what this book is all about, though. Lindsey and Zachary start out as such polar opposites that their mutual attraction is nearly as unbelievable as their personalities. Amid the sex and the violence, there is a romance at its heart, which I think is the real draw for the book. It just doesn't resonate quite as well as I think the author intended.

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