Book Review: Silke Ming “Three Degrees East of Bliss.”
My Review: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Jason Porter and Gabrielle Parker are modern day lovers. Author Silke Ming wastes no time introducing the insecurity felt by Jason Porter when night after night, for weeks at a time, his partners’ dreams cause him to call out the name of ‘Nicholas’. This causes intense jealousy and insecurity on Jason’s part and an unwillingness to believe Gabriel’s cries of innocence as he denies any knowledge of anyone with that name.
Jason is so distraught he enlists the aid of his business partner, a fellow psychologist, to hypnotize Gabriel and discover the truth. The sessions themselves are not divulged, we see only the outcome.
Whilst under hypnosis Gabriel returns to a different place in time. The author introduces two pivotal characters almost immediately, they meet on the ‘Merciless’ a ship bound for Barbados from Ireland in 1914.
Young priest Damian Fassnidge, is under punishment for breaking his vow of celibacy with another man. He has been sent to the place considered by the church in Ireland to be the worst and most punishing post of all … in Barbados. Damian is afforded courtesy because of his position as a priest, and his journey on board is not a severe as others.
His first night on board ship, he meets up with a likeable rogue by the name of Nicholas Duffy.
Afraid because of his immediate and overwhelming attraction towards the young man, Damien does everything he can to ensure his personal barriers stay in place. The chapters that follow show how over a period of months on the island that barrier is broken down and the two men become lovers whilst Damien still attempts to maintain his post as priest.
Suffice it to say the sexual content is explicit; and not unexpected, as the book is clearly categorized as erotica.
The sexual content is well written and not employed purely for shock value. The love between these two men will be tested and tested again in the three years that follow.
They use sex both as a reward and as punishment. With BDSM used by mutual consent.
The ending came a little unexpectedly and for me it was too abrupt. I would like to have seen much more of the reaction to the remarkable journey revealed by the hypnotherapy on the present day lovers.
However; the ending does open the book up for a sequel. I do hope there is one.
The title of this book is drawn from the name of an alcoholic cocktail that is very popular on the island. This book is due for release shortly.