What might a week at a "lifestyle" resort be like?
Cooper S. Beckett is co-host of the "Life on the Swingset" podcast and website devoted to the many aspects of ethical non-monogamy. Several years ago he and his co-hosts began organizing annual fan pilgrimages to Desire, a "lifestyle" resort in Cancun. More recently, Cooper has begun publishing novels. Having favorably reviewed an earlier novel, I was offered preprint access to "Approaching the Swingularity".
"Write what you know" is standard advice to beginning authors, and Cooper knows this subject inside and out. The names are changed, but I imagine this novel to be a pretty accurate journal from a dozen points of view of a Swingset week at Desire. That subject was especially interesting to me. A faithful Swingset podcast fan, I have long wondered whether we should make the Desire pilgrimage some year. This book offers a lot of insights about what that might be like. For example, in a speed dating game among lifestylists, what's the most effective way to introduce yourself in two minutes? I still don't know whether to make the pilgrimage, but I feel a lot closer to knowing than I was before I read the book.
I enjoy Cooper's writing. His dialog feels authentic, there's plenty of hot sex, and Cooper's sometimes charmingly nerdy turns of phrase hold my attention. For example, I had never considered that "I less than three you" could mean "I love you". (<3)
Don't expect the great American novel, but if you're looking a light summer read well seasoned with sex, and especially if you're curious about open relationships or lifestyle resorts, this book might be for you. For what it's worth, after reading the preprint I paid full price for the final version.
Interested in Approaching The Swingularity: Tales of Swinging & Polyamory in Paradise (Books of The Swingularity Book 2)?