Title: The Art of Mutual Pleasure
Author: K.A. Merikan
Release Date: March 29th 2017
Page Count: 153
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
— The path to debauchery is strewn with good intentions. —
Benjamin Snowley is trapped in a most distressing predicament. He’s been feeling poorly and after having recently recovered from influenza, he knows that the fault for his declining health lies in a vice he wouldn’t dare mention in polite conversation.
Onanism, self-pollution, masturbation. All names for the same sinful affliction.
For Benjamin, it all started back at school, where he first encountered the immoral Frederick Cory. Ever since then, the man has been plaguing Benjamin’s dreams and causing most unnatural urges.
Now is the time for all the infatuation nonsense to stop. With the help of an unorthodox doctor and an indecent proposition to a young stablehand, Benjamin will rid himself of the vile addiction.
But can the experimental treatment be enough to make him forget his feelings for Frederick?
Warning: Contains a clueless young man on a futile quest for chastity and a libertine artist eager to rid him of that goal
Themes: masturbation, historical attitudes to sexuality, medicine, doctor, guilt, unorthodox treatment, master/servant, groom, superstition, moral failure, enemies to lovers
Genre: M/M Regency romantic erotica
Erotic content: explicit language, inappropriate medical examination, cum swallowing, bareback, sex toys, body worship, multiple partners
Length: ~45,000 words
After reading this blurb, you might wonder “What is this fresh hell? What is K.A.Merikan up to this time?”. You might even find it silly. I assure you, it is not. The whole idea behind “The Art of Mutual Pleasure” is based on Dr. Samuel-Auguste Tissot’s theory that masturbation can lead to mental and physical illness. In Regency era, this was a very common perception of masturbation, which was treated as a debilitating disease by medicine in the two following centuries.
The reason I’m telling you all this (no, this isn’t a history lesson on fapping) is because no matter how naive Benjamin is, his struggle with his “vice”, his willingness to torture himself, the way he allowed himself to get deceived by the fake doctor, can be perfectly understood when judged by the era’s standards.
What I loved the most about this story is that through his ordeal, Ben found his true self, and embraced not only his sexuality but his special tastes as well. And Frederick played such an integral role to it. Throughout the story I could tell that behind the sarcasm, Freddie was crushing so hard on Ben. In the epilogue, it’s obvious that he doesn’t only love him, but he’s almost worshipping him.
I expected this to be scorching hot, but it’s actually hotter than I thought. It’s actually a volcano that goes off, and off, and BOOM! Exhibitionism, cum play, multiple partners, humiliation kink…you name it, it’s here.
I consider the ending to be a strong HEA, very unique and fitting for the couple. It’s the beginning of an amazing adventure. I’d definitely read more about these two.