I wonder how a lesbian author felt having to, for marketing and legal reasons, have “Two women sharing a love that was unnatural” and “forbidden love in the twilight world of the third sex” on the cover of her novel, especially when she was also her own editor.
Unnatural is the story of Allison’s wandering maze through the lesbian world, and her love for Lydia, a woman who has made Allison her submissive in a D/s relationship.
Is this the same Allison in These Curious Pleasures? Do the events in this novel take place before the other? Britain doesn’t say, but it’s possible. The Allison in Pleasures is hesitant to get into a serious gay relationship with another woman because of past bad experiences, and Unnatural is all about Allison’s bad sexual experiences.
The first is a rape by her boss at her first job in New York. She has come to the Big Apple with Big Dreams. She does secretarial work and her boss had taken notice of her. He calls her into his office, plies her with booze, and then makes his move on her…she is frozen, not knowing what to do. She’s a virgin. She lets him fuck her. When he sees the blood on the couch, he freaks out, saying he would never have done it had he known. Worried about repercussions, he gives her $100 and tells her to go home and look for another job…