Dyphia Blount’s Dicmatized is volume one of a trilogy that chronicles the sexual adventures of Lenese, a marriage/sex therapist with a complicated past. It’s a longer erotic novel, but it definitely falls into the romance category as well. This book was found on The Book Club Reading List, a reading list from Novel Finds.
The narrative follows Lenese, who dominates in her field and in the bedroom as she struggles to unpack her own conflicting feelings about romance and intimacy. She is definitely a pining heroine, but she’s tough too.
I enjoyed following characters who were not “all or nothing” people; there weren’t any clear villains or victims. This general sense of ambiguity in the characters made the narrative more believable for me, which is a common issue in erotica.
I also liked that Lenese and some of the other characters had checkered pasts; it laid groundwork for character motivation, and it kept the plot moving forward.
The language was also quite evocative as well as humorous (in a good way) at times. This was especially the case in some of the self-pleasuring scenes…which leads into another thing I liked about this book: the female protagonist was believable in terms of her motivations and desires.
The intimate scenes were fun – they were quite descriptive and sexy. They weren’t particularly kinky, but they were…vigorous, and there was a lot of well-described wetness experienced by multiple characters, which I found enjoyable.
While I was engaged by the story and the characters for the most part, a couple things (more on the technical side) detracted from my overall impression of the book.
There were a lot of similes and awkward turns of phrase I could have done without; for me, they didn’t enhance the scenes in which they were included. Instead, I found them a bit jarring – they distracted me from the overall high quality of writing. The editing process could have been more exhaustive (but it was fairly good, comparatively speaking).
I felt that the shifts in perspective – particularly towards the end – were also problematic at times. I found myself wanting to continue reading the story from Lenese’s point of view, but new perspectives from other characters were added in the later chapters.
Lastly, there were some confusing shifts between past and present tense throughout the narrative, though this was not a problem in every area; Blount did a fantastic job transitioning to and from a number of flashbacks.
I enjoyed this book, and I’m excited to read the sequel! However, I do wish that it had ended a little less abruptly; I couldn’t shake the feeling that the ending introduced more questions than it answered.
If you like erotica combined with interesting characters and compelling romance, then Dicmatized is for you. I am quite a character-driven reader, and I liked that the characters were complex and conflicted. Overall, it was fun to read, and I will definitely be looking up Blount’s other works. I’m glad to have found an author who brings interesting, flawed, and like-able characters to the genre.
★ ★ ★
Dicmatized by Dyphia Blount 187 pages