Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Meet Leah and Erica
Under Mr. Nolan's Bed is a steamy, engaging little tale of two Catholic school girls (of legal age, though the author doesn't remind us of that fact very often) and their erotic adventures, often with the title character. The book is about 80% erotica- mostly of the taboo, forbidden variety- and 20% "story", the latter actually sort of interesting for this type of genre. Make no mistake, though: in the end, you're getting a sex book here, and an explosively graphic one at that.
Despite its primary mission of delivering frequent sex scenes, I liked the effort the author also put forward to give us some sophistication, variety, and nuance on the story level. For example, Leah starts out as the innocent, babe-in-the-woods friend and Erica the more worldly, experienced one, but soon their roles somewhat reverse: Leah happily learns that she's a quick learner in the world of eros (as well as discovering quite an appetite for the various activities unfolding before her), while Erica displays a vulnerable, insecure side when certain plot developments occur.
Generally, the book was a smooth reading experience on my Kindle, with amateur-hour elements limited to only a few typos and awkward phrases, and an occasional lack of knowledge on the day-to-day details of the Catholic Church (one early scene depicted confessions being conducted during Mass, which doesn't occur). Other than those quibbles, the story is polished and well told. It's also of generous length.
In the end, if you're in the market for this type of material, Under Mr. Nolan's Bed might be a good bet, especially for its fairly inexpensive $3.99 price on Kindle. I wouldn't mind a sequel.