Well, another WTF Friday is upon us, which means we once again turn the Ruins over to my dark half. As regular visitors will know, Foster Medina has a passion for messed up literary diversions - books that are bizarre, twisted, grotesque, and kinky - and he's only too happy to splatter them across the page..
In the Arms of Love is, first and foremost, a story about outcasts and monsters. Yes, it's explicitly sexual, and it's highly fetishistic, but it's the characters who make it so memorable. Bryce Calderwood weaves a tale that crosses genres to create something truly memorable.
Jaelyn is futanari in an America that is scientifically responsible for the mutation that has made her kind possible, but still too stubbornly puritanical to accept any sort of moral accountability for her kind. Liana is an octogirl, a mysterious creature from the deeps, who is on the run from the religious tyranny of her own kind. Cruelly expelled from 'normal' society, they will prove to be each other's salvation.
The romance that develops between the two women is actually quite sweet, and the sexual exploration that fuels it may be some of the most imaginative I've come across in a very long time. Really, the level of detail here is exquisite for both women - the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the sensations are all explored in intimate detail.
If you're looking for something of a more familiar fetish, then the latex-clad, sadomasochistic, futanari nurse should fit the bill nicely. Her more-than-clinical obsession with Jaelyn not only serves to remind us of the darkness of their island prison, but it provides the challenge needed to test and strengthen the bond between Futanari and Octogirl.
A great story, plenty of imagination, strong characters, and a distinct passion for the most extreme fetishes make this a must-read . . . and the sequel (Song of the Siren) hotly anticipated.
Kindle Edition, 121 pages
Published June 19th 2015 by Bryce Calderwood