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Playing Darlene: The True Double Life of a Public School Teacher & Professional Dominatrix

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  • Posted December 22, 2012

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    "Playing Darlene", a nice fast read, is an autobiograp

    "Playing Darlene", a nice fast read, is an autobiography of Darlene's secret life as a Dominatrix while working as a school teacher. The plot was written understandable words and most likely relateable to some. I look forward to more of Darlene's books as I was totally satisfied with this one.

    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    Playing Darlene...

    On the heels of the Fifty Shades trilogy is Playing Darlene: The True Double Life of a Public School Teacher & Professional Dominatrix , in which “Darlene” tells the true story of her double life beginning with a dysfunctional childhood and her need for control of her own emotions and destiny. As a child and young woman, she found dance to be a vehicle of self-expression that allowed her to receive the kind of attention she craved from men rather than the psychopathic abuse she received from her older brother. Unable to find a well paying job using her dance skills, Darlene worked at a few unfulfilling jobs before becoming a teacher to immigrant adults. She never lost the urge to perform and teaching satisfied that need…for a while. As time passed, she found ways to express herself through role playing of a different sort as a dominatrix. For eighteen years, she assisted men in living out their wildest and most erotic fantasies all while living a double life as a teacher. This book is a quick read for adults. The author uses a conversational tone that is both familiar and straightforward. We are all shaped by our past experiences and we can never be sure in which direction life will lead us. While I have not had the unusual experiences “Darlene” has had, I can relate to her need for acceptance as she willingly shares details of her double life without being overly graphic. She expresses her emotions clearly and is able to reconcile her actions with her need for acceptance, while not expecting sympathy or pity from others. I found “Darlene’s” story to be interesting and disturbing at the same time. While it saddened me to learn of her brother’s abusive behaviors, I would have liked to have learned what became of him and the other members of “Darlene’s” family. For better or worse, they were ultimately integral in shaping her into the woman she has become.

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