This was the book that got me into S&M Erotica. It is very informative and Townsend's vignettes are quite hot. He does manage to mix the educational with the erotica.
As a young man, I read this cover to cover numerous times. I was disappointed when I would go out and it wasn't like what I read. But then that's reflective of the lack of commitment of the men to the culture.
This book has been a favorite of mine. I have read it at least 5 times and it never tires. I was coming out when I first read it. I identified with Jamie so much that I wish I could be him. I sought out men just like Mr. Benson, but never seemed to find one. But I keep going back to the story. The first two thirds is the best. When the plot kicks in, it does wobble. But that's a minor issue.
One of the best kinky books I have ever read. To call this erotica is to completely undervalue the story. This is one intense read. I got taken to places I never thought I would read. I went through just about every emotion possible. I even cried in parts. These characters struck a chord with me.