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Good Sex: A Physics Lesson
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by Portia Da Costa

Book Review by Ashley Lister

HotbedI have to be honest and say I've never really taken to the idea of village life. I'm happiest with twenty-four hour shopping facilities, electricity and neighbours that don't look like they've stepped from the set of Deliverance. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against people from villages – what they do with their sheep is their own business. I simply prefer the company of people who don't dismiss me as an untrustworthy "townie" simply because I have access to modern technology such as a mobile phone, a vehicle that is not a tractor and deodorant.

That said, I shall be phoning an estate agent tomorrow to see if there are any properties currently available in Portia Da Costa's skilfully realised village of Redwych. I suppose, technically, Redwych isn't really a village. It's more accurately described as a small university town but we all know that "university town" is simply a euphemism for a village with a big school and a train station. And there is a village-like conservatism to the exterior of Redwych that conceals its seething underbelly of corruption and vice. Redwych is only a slow train ride from London and is the background to Portia Da Costa's recently republished title: Hotbed.

As anyone familiar with Portia Da Costa's writing will anticipate, Hotbed is a passionate tale that twists and turns like a hyperactive anaconda with St Vitus Dance. Natalie, the story's journalist heroine, takes the slow train from London to visit her half-sister in Redwych and dig a little dirt on the reclusive Whitelaw Daumery. It's been a while since Natalie escaped from the city to Redwych and she soon discovers that a lot of things have changed since she was last there.

One of the main changes is the presence of the divine transvestite: Stella Fontayne. Stella rules Redwych with an iron fist (an iron fist with sculpted, scarlet nails) and a weakness only for life's kinkiest pleasures. Controlling the parochial media, controlling Natalie's half-sister, and owning the local cabaret club (Fontayne's) Stella manipulates the characters in Redwych like a puppeteer tugging on the strings of a collection of marionettes.

And this is all done with some intensely hot and erotic scenes of masked S&M.

Above anything else, Hotbed is a story of conflicting dualities. The male/female dichotomy at the heart of Stella's cruelly likeable character; Natalie's love and loathing for her half-sister; the conservatism and corruption that epitomises Redwych; and the need for exposure that governs some characters balanced against the fear of exposure that controls others.

Hotbed is a perfect showcase for Portia Da Costa's inestimable talent. The characters are filled with verve and wit and they respond to the unlikeliness of their situations with a self-deprecatory depth of honesty that makes them all the more plausible and credible. The sex scenes are wicked, innovative and deliciously kinky. The story races along with far more pace than the slow train ride from London. And Hotbed shows why Portia Da Costa is known as one of the UK's top erotic writing talents.

Ashley Lister
October 2007

Hotbed by Portia Da Costa
(Virgin Black Lace; October 30, 2007; ISBN-10: 0352341505)
Available at:  / Amazon UK

© 2007 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

About the Author:
Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms.His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
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