Porn icon Joanna Angel’s interactive erotic novel is a joyfully filthy ride to unexpected places.
In Club 42, Joanna Angel‘s new chose-your-own erotic fantasy, New Yorker Naomi, a former filmmaker and recently-fired waitress, wanders into strip club in Time Square and finds herself auditioning for a place on the pole. Inspired by her hero Cardi B, she decides to go with the flow, grabbing her new life by the stilettos and throwing herself into adventure after adventure.
“I felt like Miss America, waving and smiling and blowing kisses, picking up crumpled dollar bills instead of bouquets of roses.”
Depending on what the reader chooses, Naomi discovers new sides to her sexuality, finds love, and meets a colorful cast of characters. Will she fall for Rob, the frustratingly hot musician, enter the dungeon with Rachel the carrot-juice-serving bartender, or have a smoke with Ashey, the submissive human ashtray? It is up to the reader to decide.
The style is consistently upbeat and amusing, from the happy, generous customers to the supportive, sexy co-strippers. It’s also a love letter to the sexy underground of New York, Angel’s previous home and the origin place of Burning Angel, her alt-porn production company known for its tattooed performers and ludicrous plot-lines (check out Evil Tiki Babes and 3 Cheers for Satan for an ultra-entertaining, ridiculously fun time).
The choose-your-own-adventure genre has seen a resurgence in recent years with events like Black Mirror’s interactive episode Bandersnatch and erotic gaming apps like Eforia. An erotic novel works perfectly with the format, with options dependent on how dominant/submissive or playful/determined you want Naomi to be, and a few completely random choices (often the most fun). If you want a change of pace, you can always switch it up at the end of the chapter. It’s the perfect book to return to again and again, a multitude of naughty, silly, sexy stories in one.
Naomi’s anything-goes bi-sensuality is delightful and inspiring, as is her knowing, tongue-in-cheek, fourth-wall breaking style (“Sorry about that. My coffee table was clearly getting a boner”). Like us, she rarely seems to know what’s going to happen next, but enjoys the journey, wherever it goes.
Check out the Peepshow Podcast episode where we talk to Joanna Angel about the book: