Interesting concept not often seen

Interesting concept not often seen

Nov. 12, 2015 by Heather Osborne for Readers’ Favorite | 4 stars out of 5

Wayne Clark’s he & She is a curious exploration of one man’s adventure into BDSM as a submissive. Kit Cayman works as a translator from home, making his own hours, and generally avoiding the 9-to-5 rush around. He prefers his life that way, and it suits his needs. An amateur musician as well, Kit often connects with his upstairs neighbor to have ‘jam sessions.’ However, Kit, also known as K, feels his life is missing something. K begins to message dominatrices about his submissive fantasies of being spanked. As the novel progresses, we bounce around from K’s past and present as he narrates how he came to this point in his life.

It isn’t often you come across a novel chronicling the life of a male submissive. Initially, I was reminded of Charlotte Gainsbourg telling Stellan Skarsgard of her behavior in the film Nymphomaniac. We see various sexual experiences of K, none described too explicitly, with his submissive tendencies coming into play. He attempts to analyze himself, figuring out why he feels the way he does, and why he cannot be happy with a vanilla relationship. I felt there were parts of the text that were unnecessary to K’s exploration of his submissiveness, and more there to describe his background. Overall though, he & She by Wayne Clark presented an interesting concept not often seen in today’s female submissive dominated romance scene.

Wayne is a Montreal based writer, editor and translator.

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