Caution, mild spoilers ahead.
I got a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The opinions included in this review are my own and are in no way affected by the exchange.
This is not my favorite type of books. It is also far from being my favorite genre to read. But when the book is good the honor is due.
Vices/virtues has everything a good book needs. There is a good story, interesting characters, and a hook that kept me turning the pages.
From the first pages of the book you will delve into a story that is told as it is, no embellishment needed, no filter applied.
And that is what makes the story so interesting and the characters so attractive. These could be real people with real problems. These are the characters that have their flaws and their strengths, that evolve on each page and have interactions with each other in a way that we can understand and relate to.
Each chapter of the book is named after a virtue or a vice and some of the chapters allow us to see through other character’s eyes, see their past and present, understand why are they working as dominatrices and what made them who they are.
The whole point of the environment and genes making you who you are is brought up constantly in the book and mixed with the philosophical musing on how we end up doing what we do makes for an interesting read and food for thought. From time to time it did feel as too much, but at the same time, it kept me turning the pages.
And of course, I must say, I love a writer who doesn’t fear to talk about taboo’s, might it be BDSM-culture, illegal immigration, poverty in a rich country, non-classic relationships, drug consume, rape, and others. This might be the main reason I give this book 5-stars (not that it doesn’t merit it due to an amusing story and refreshing characters). To talk about all these subjects and still make an engaging story is no small feat.
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