Diary of a Submissive, by Sophie Morgan, is a definite page turner. It is honest, sexy, naughty and fascinating in a I-want-to-look-but-probably-shouldn’t kind of way. The tale also happens to be a true story about the author’s life as a submissive sex partner.
In the opening of the book Ms. Morgan states that she does not suffer from emotional baggage; her childhood was normal, her parents were/are loving and supportive. She went to college, found friends, started a journalism career.There is no dark past that would indicate a need to be hurt or degraded.
In college Sophie discovered the joys of spanking while exploring sexual boundaries with a temporary boyfriend. She states she could never look at a hairbrush in quite the same fashion after that first night. The experience was fun and eye opening to the blooming submissive within. Ms. Morgan writes about her years of exploration from the hairbrush to more serious encounters. Her relationships appear normal to the outward eye while going further into submissive/dominant roles behind the scenes.
This book will inevitably be compared to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. However, aside from the topic of submissive sexual roles, the books are completely different. Sophie Morgan’s book is honest, if not brutally so, whereas 50 Shades is a fantasy. I read all three 50 Shades books and found them poorly written, demeaning to women and lacking in substance. Diary of a Submissive is well written and true. I did, however, find the ending somewhat disturbing in its honesty. In our society of neat, packaged wrapped stories I expected Ms. Morgan to make a 180 degree change and leave her submissive lifestyle for something more mainstream. She doesn’t. She is entirely unapologetic and confident in her choices. I find Ms. Morgan’s approach refreshing and look forward to hearing more from her.
This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.”