Two women deal with modern themes of sex, relationships, and fetishism in this erotic romantic comedy. So beware all who enter, because, to quote a few hundred thousand readers on DeviantArt: “I’m not into BDSM…but this story…I get it.”
Sunstone is a gorgeous work of erotic fiction.
The art is sensational: digitally-painted, a blend of realism, Disney, and a dash of Anime for good measure. The skin of the characters glows with warmth, and the bondage gear is inventive and quite interestingly engineered. The costumes range from cute to weird to downright alien at times, but it can never be said they aren’t fascinating. The writing is good, and downright funny at times; I could even indulge the corny bits…c’est la Bodice-Ripper, non? What surprised me the most, however, was a harrowing sequence toward the middle of the story that had me on the edge of my seat, in which a character has a near-fatal accident…when a “fluffy” story like Sunstone manages to scare me, I have to applaud.
Of course, it’s not all heels and ball-gags. If Sunstone has a sin, it’s that the characters are – ironically – too wholesome: everybody’s so gag-inducingly happy and wonderful, and all the couples communicate well, and our protagonist spends a lot of time simply being agog at the wonderfulness of it all. To expand the critique, the whole story at times is little more than a PSA for its chosen fetish. I understand the need for this message, especially with such tripe as Fifty Shades of Grey muddying the waters…but I still couldn’t help sighing in exasperation after the twentieth contrived conversation.
On the whole, thought, Sunstone is a wonderful work: titillating, informative, and a very cute love story. If you’re in the mood for something a little spicier (and you’re over 18), I heartily recommend it.
Final Verdict: 4 out of 5.
Sunstone Volume 1 can be found at Top Cow
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.