SatisFaction: Erotic Fantasies for the Advanced & Adventurous Couple is the latest offering from the Vixen series of tomes from author Karrine Steffans. Yes, that Karrine Steffans who is also known by another moniker that I refuse to perpetuate.
First, and most importantly, this book is not for the faint of heart. Don’t overlook the subtitle. This self-help book is most definitely geared for experienced couples looking to spice up their romantic routines. Divided into twelve chapters, Steffans gives readers a 1-2-3 punch: the fantasy, the reality and hypothetical scenarios.
Each chapter begins with the fantasy. The fantasies are highly charged erotic stories with none of the flowery prose found in most mass-market romance novels. Steffans calls a spade a spade and aggressively sets the tone for the entire chapter. If your sensibilities are easily offended, I would suggest skipping the fantasy section altogether. If they aren’t, then get ready for a pretty wild ride. You’ve been warned.
The reality section follows the fantasy. It is in this section that Steffans’s writing voice shines. At times as equally as charged as the fantasy, her conversational tone is reminiscent of a best friend lunch date, the kind of no-holds-barred approach to topics that usually only good friends discuss with one another. The reality section also has useful points to remember when incorporating the fantasy into one’s sex life.
The scenario sections are called Vixen Logs or V-Logs for short and are a further extension of the reality section. In these sections, the author paints a full picture of a couple as they make the decision to play out the fantasy, their feelings during the fantasy and the after effects. Per Steffans, these are cautionary tales of what can go horribly wrong if the fantasies are not completely thought through by the couple.
Many may question Steffans’s ability to offer relationship advice. While she may not have a PHD behind her name, she clearly shows that she has experience and a boatload of common sense to guide her. At their base, isn’t that what most self-help/advice books consist of? Experience coupled with common sense? I also like the fact that Steffans targets this book towards consenting, married couples. Couples who have been together a while and have built a trust level that is essential to successfully acting out these fantasies.
Given that this subject matter is a bit, well, advanced, I can’t recommend it to everyone. However, if you and your partner want to add a little va-va-voom to your relationship, this book is a good place to start. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.