I love reading erotica, particularly when the nights are long and dark. There’s not much better than snuggling up on the sofa with a good, steamy story. I was sent Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body by William Quincy Belle to review and unusually it was in paperback form.
Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body is a funny, engaging story about Alan Maitland, a city high flyer who wakes up in the body of Hana Toussaint. Unfortunately for Alan, Hana is an escort and as his mind wakes up in its new home he finds himself mid blowjob.
Utilising his detective skills Alan locates Hana in his own apartment and between them they realise there must have been an accident resulting in the body swap. Both had volunteered for a test program of a new brain-computer interface at the local Neuroscience Establishment. They figure out somehow the procedure they underwent is to blame for their current situation.
As Hana and Alan begin the process of trying to regain their own bodies they experience life as another gender and all the pros and cons this brings. Hana notices how much more authority she commands in Alans body. And he in turn see’s the frustrations of being under estimated because of being a woman.
Learning to be a Woman
I really enjoyed Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body, especially Alan learning to negotiate being in Hana’s body. Experiencing a walk across town in high heels, with all the catcalls and harassment that comes with being a woman in a city.
The two main characters are opposites. Alan is uptight and obsessed with his work and success and Hana is much more open minded and people orientated. Alan’s initial reaction to Hana’s career choice is negative to say the least but as he spends time with her and realises the complexities of a career in sex work he begins to change his mind.
Once in a Lifetime Experience
Hana is by far my favourite of the two characters. She’s such a warm, free spirit and for every bit as mortified as Alan is by the situation they find themselves in. She embraces it and wants to explore her new body to the full. She gently encourages Alan to make the most of his time as a woman. Pointing out it’s a unique and once in a lifetime experience.
Alan is reluctant to explore his new body, despite curiosity when alone he refrains from taking full advantage and tries to temper Hana’s enthusiasm. However, Hana is determined to know what it’s like to be a man sexually. I’ve always wondered myself what it feels like to masturbate for men and so I’m fully nodding my head when Alan catches Hana in the act.
Lack of Sex
I’d have liked to see the erotica aspect explored more. It’s touched on very briefly in Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body, but I feel it could have been used to much greater effect. I was feeling the anticipation of Hana and Alan eventually taking the plunge and sleeping together. So you can imagine my disappointment when this was skimmed over.
It felt almost as though an entire chapter was missing. Going from Hana getting into bed with Alan and kissing him. Alan not pushing her away and suddenly its next morning. Alan is going “so that’s what it feels like to be a woman.” What? I don’t want implied filth! I want erotica, graphic descriptions of him being penetrated and how that feels when you used to be the penetrator. How Hana feels finally getting her prize.
This was a complete let down. I checked the chapter list to see if I was missing something. There was so much scope for fun here. William Quincy Belle has glossed over the part which most of us would want to experience first. It’s a real shame.
I thoroughly enjoyed the female empowerment aspects to Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body, there is a feminist subtext which resonates with me. Alan’s prejudices are broken by the clever and talented Hana. Again, I’d have loved to see this explored a little more. It feels a little like Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body should have been twice the length. This would have enabled some of the issues covered to be more in depth.
I’d have liked to see the romance between Alan and Hana develop more. As again it feels a bit like its dropped in at the end. Although it’s clear to see Alan is probably becoming enamoured by Hana. I’d like to have seen more interaction between the two to this effect.
The ending Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body is dramatic to say the least and I found the last few chapters hard to put down. I’m not going to spoil the ending, but it was an enjoyable way to end the book.
I did enjoy reading Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body, but I don’t think its erotica and I felt let down by the lack of sex in the book. That aside it was an interesting, at times funny story and would make great light reading for the commute or something.
You can buy Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body from Amazon for £7.97 for paperback or £5.63 for Kindle edition.
Thank you so much to William Quincy Belle for sending me Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body to review. I was sent this book free of charge and in exchange for an honest and impartial review.