Thomas is a Canadian who works hard in international development (and exploitainment). His first post is in Vietnam where he is tasked with contriving convincing planning and progress reports to ensure that his federally-funded company continues to bank coin through “infrastructure development”. All the while, he falls in love with Vietnam, the people and their ways. Unrequited and unfortunately, his hard work begets hard time(s) as he is dismissed from his creative writing job, and thereby Vietnam, on charges of “immoral behavior”. A victim of love, he rambles throughout Asia, from country to country, and girl to girl, fueled by one bottle after another, trying his worst to emulate the frivolous meanderings of his far more successful author friend, Grant. Along this journey, from Thailand, to South Korea, to Indonesia, to Vietnam with double-backs, he strives to re-realize his long-lost goal of finding the one woman with whom he can finally settle down; a life-partner who will not only allow for his perverse proclivities, but also finally put them to rest. Could a final jaunt, this one to China – a land of over half a billion women – partner him with that one woman who can finally contain his affections?
The dialogue sizzles as “You” travel to Southeast Asia in search of your girlfriend who is having bouts of smuttiness. You want to rescue her and re-unite with her. This book is a quest, a travelogue, a love story, a philosophical treatise, and a swaggering adventure in which to find your unrequited love you’re going to delve into a fragmentary tale inside a tale and find out things normally reserved for monks only. “My fucking god this is brilliant. That sounds so banal. I suck at blurbs. Fuck. This story drew me in immediately with its detailed viscera. I trust this voice because it reeks with reality. Life really fucking lived, love really fucking felt. Singular and vital and never boring.”
Misti Rainwater-Lites, author of Bullshit Rodeo”Chiaia is a unique, trip-hoppy, visionary of language” Lo Galluccio, author
A deeply felt and superbly written BDSM love story, Senta Holland’s ‘Out of the Shadows’ explores the beautiful darkness in seven bedrooms. You’ve been enthralled by ‘The Bride Stripped Bare’ and ‘The Secret Diary of a Submissive’, now prepare to devour ‘Out of the Shadows’.
Senta, a thirty something Londoner, travels around the planet looking for the man who can match her. The one she finds is her ‘Nai’, a high society American in Asia. Senta’s story is both complicated and made more exciting by the fact that it unfolds in the dark world of BDSM, a world that can be hostile to single, independent females. Highly erotic, deeply romantic and insightful this book shows the BDSM experience from the inside out, as reality, not just fantasy.
This is above all an intelligent, insightful and deeply sensitive love story that will take you to places beyond your wildest dreams and open up the most secret aspects of your erotic identity. It will make you lust, think, feel and cry. Senta’s message to her readers is passionate and clear: Never give up looking for your true sexuality.
Real romantic BDSM with all the thrills (and more…) of fantasy, plus a real life size relationship and a positive message to women: ‘you can go for your sexual dreams’.