While meandering from website to website during an episode of insomnia, Jody ends up on an esoteric blog describing virtual reality software and accoutrements, where an ad for an intriguing product catches his attention. A stunning femme fatale boldly proclaims that Jody can live out all his sexual fantasies in the privacy and safety of his own home by purchasing the Virtual Reality Mistress. To the sleep deprived Jody that sounds like a pretty good idea, so he places an order—and a few days later, a Fedex package arrives that will change his life forever.
Using information gathered from a battery of assessments and questionnaires filled out by Jody, this product provides him with customized virtual reality fantasies based on his core sexuality. The only trouble is, he is not aware of how dark some of his true desires are. Jody embarks on an always erotic—but sometimes unsettling—journey, determined to make peace with his demons.
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Jim Lyon began writing erotica in the mid 1990s and served as story editor for the now-defunct Ownme.com before his first femdom-themed erotic novellas, Uncharted Territory and The Accidental Domme, were published as e-books by Sizzler Editions.
Jim is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He left high school in his senior year to live the bohemian life in New York City's Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Soon realizing he wasn't a big fan of cold weather and crowded tenements, Jim returned to the West Coast and lived in Berkeley during the tumultuous mid-to-late 1960s and early 1970s. While there, his claims to fame include being folksinger Malvina Reynolds' neighbor/tenant and part owner of the Northside Theater, a repertory cinema of considerable renown.
After leaving Berkeley, Jim put himself through college and earned a B.A. in Journalism from USC. His eclectic career since then has encompassed editing, writing, business management, social work, teaching, and web publishing, with stops in northern and southern California, Hawaii, Florida and Oregon.
Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
What would happen if every secret, subconscious desire was brought out and fulfilled? When Jody buys a Virtual Mistress, his deepest sexual needs are revealed and the journey brings him to his knees.
If you’re looking for tender, loving connections between characters, this is not the book for you. If you want a brilliant portrayal of a man discovering his true sexual nature, this is perfect. Jody is intrigued by the Virtual Mistress and purchases the item with the intention of titillation and relief of boredom. He has no idea that the results would take him further into his own kink than he ever knew.
I love how Jody processes one experience after another. The story is in first person and I liked Jody as a character. He’s a complex guy who is aware of his submissive side, but not how deep that submission goes. The book is a series of fantasies with various virtual women who lead him, step by step, to his ultimate sexual discovery. The sex scenes are damn good. I missed the more emotional flavor that comes from a couple discovering love, but Jody’s adventure is about finding out who he is and what he needs. That emotion gives the sex scenes the punch they need.
Virtual Reality Mistress isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed the ride and none of it felt dirty or written for shock value. The emotions that Jody felt rang true and made the book one I’d recommend.
—Jennifer Leeland, BDSM Book Reviews
4 of 5 stars
Fantasizing taken to a virtual reality world is the best BDSM SSC option I've seen. This is a 4.5 star book and definitely enjoyable from beginning to end. Mr. Lyon pens a smooth and increasingly erotic book. Jody is a male who explores his submission through a device I wish existed. If this existed for real, Amazon would never be able to keep it in stock. And, I'm thinking there would be less people going out because the virtual reality submission is fabulous. Each session increases in length and intensity. By the end, Jody's fantasies culminate in a taboo darkness which mirrors my own experiences in increasing desires.
This is a well written piece which is also spank bank worthy. Each session's intensity makes my panties wetter and wetter. This is my favorite book by Mr. Lyon to date. Maybe there will be a return to this world. What I like most is that the BDSM scenes aren't repetitive. They are increasing in depravity and taboo. They build upon the one before. Masterfully done and deliciously erotic. Highly recommended to femdom lovers.
—♆ BookAddict La Crimson Femme, Goodreads