LA-CONTESSA-FINAL-SNANOLa Contessa, my third full length novel, was published on 26th January by eXcessica. It’s currently available as an e-book and a print version of the book will be available shortly.

Book blurb

La Contessa

The most decadent city…

The most perverted mistress…

Renowned for her beauty and cruelty, La Contessa’s reputation as a dominatrix is well established. And eighteenth century Venice has degenerated into a decadent and lascivious city, the perfect backdrop for her to play-out her debauched games and political ambitions.

She sends her maid, Julia, into the alleyways to search for a young man to act as her slave. Julia finds Roberto prostituting himself in the least salubrious district of Venice. He enters into La Contessa’s service to perform her bizarre and sadistic scenes.

From their first meeting there is a mutual attraction between maid and servant. The young couple engineer a series of sexual encounters, knowing the risks should their mistress discover them. Their situation is complicated when La Contessa rescues Becky and brings her to the palazzo as her submissive girl-slave. The interloper exposes Julia’s jealousies… and the feelings for her mistress.

How long can Roberto and Julia keep their love secret? Will Becky’s presence thwart their relationship? Will La Contessa’s scheming bring her the richest prize in all Venice?

All is resolved before the grand ball and masked, BDSM orgy held by La Contessa in her palazzo as the climax to Venice’s Carnivale.

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Extract

When I’m finally naked, she gets up from her chair and takes a few steps forward, casting her eyes over me. She circles me a few times inspecting me. I’m conscious of the curves of milky flesh close to my body. The feeling is disconcerting but also highly charged and erotic. I feel a surge of arousal through my cock under the concentrated inspection of my new mistress.

She turns to Julia, “You’ve chosen well. He’s an excellent specimen. He has the physique and physical attributes I need. I can see why you were drawn to him. You’ve done well to find such a young man in the alleyways of the Cannaregio. The question is… does he possess the right mental qualities to serve me?”

She walks another circuit as I stand pensively, small and insignificant. A painted fingernail drags down my back causing a tingle of arousal as it runs along the curves of my muscular backside. She comes back to face me, the flesh of her breasts, thrust up by the tight corsetry, heaves under my nose. Her hands explore my torso, brush underneath the sac of my balls and come to rest on the tip of my erect cock. She’s teasing me, testing me. I know it, but there’s nothing I can do to stop the blood surging through my cock.

“Ah, Julia, I see he has rather a beautiful cock. Did you inspect it for me before you chose to bring him back?”

“Yes, madam.”

She runs her finger along its length and my cock twitches and throbs in response. I say nothing.

“Look at it Julia. It’s splendid. I bet you’d like it inside you. I think you’d love to have it in your cunt, moving inside you, filling you, satisfying you, wouldn’t you?”

“I hadn’t really thought about it, madam.”

Julia’s face reddens.

“Oh no, really, it never crossed your mind when you were inspecting him for me… a hot-blooded girl like yourself,” she teases. “I bet he could give you a good fucking. Did you try him Julia? Did you have him inside you?”

“No madam!” is the indignant reply.

We exchange a furtive glance which I swear La Contessa notices. Julia is sweating and shifting uncomfortably from one foot to the other. She looks guilty. I can’t help but think La Contessa knows she’s lying and is toying with her.

“I don’t blame you, girl. I bet he could make you come. I think he could make you squeal in ecstasy when he thrusts inside you. But you know my rules don’t you? You know I don’t permit sex between my servants. You have to save yourself up for me and my perversions, don’t you?”

By now La Contessa’s hand has strayed under Julia’s skirt, seeking out her cunt. Julia lets out a small whimper and groan as La Contessa’s fingers find the spot. She smiles.

“It’s a shame isn’t it? The discipline I impose on those who serve me.”

She removes her fingers from Julia’s cunt and turns her attention to me. She holds them up to my nose.

“Can you smell her cunt juices? I bet you’d love to gorge on them wouldn’t you?”

I squirm in silence.

“Well?”

My discomfort is intense. What do I say? Yes I would of course, but surely that’s not the answer to give.

“No, mistress.”

“Liar!” she accuses, her voice sharp with reprimand. “Yet your cock tells a different story, doesn’t it? Look at it. Well it’s no matter. You will taste them for me.”

She puts her fingers to my mouth and gently, enticingly, runs them along my lips, forcing them to part so she can ease them into my mouth. I suck on her fingers and drink in the salty juices from Julia’s cunt. My cock is throbbing with need, and I swear I could come any second.

She takes the fingers, wet with my saliva and Julia’s juices, out of my mouth and wraps them around my penis. She squeezes my cock tight.

“It’s still hard. So, what is turning you on? Is it my tits, slave?”

I’m in turmoil. I don’t know what to answer. If I say no, is it an insult? If I say yes?

“They’re beautiful mistress. I’d love to touch them, if I’m permitted.”

Out of the corner of my eye I catch Julia roll her eyes and shake her head. Wrong answer, I suspect.

“For such an impertinence on my personal honour, you must be punished. You see this object; it is an offence to me. It must be aroused only when I need it for my own amusement.”

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Reviews

Review by: Bob Milnes, Beauty In Ruins blog site Feb, 2018

A powerfully intense reads – works as well as a piece of historical fiction as it does erotica

La Contessa is a powerfully intense read, full of torment and pain, and yet still a pleasure to read. S. Nano has a flair for the genre that actually surpasses it, telling a story that works as well as a piece of historical fiction as it does erotica, driven by characters with whom we all too easily become attached.
Roberto, Julia, and Becky are the trio at the core of the story, but only in so much as their lives revolve around that of La Contessa herself. In a city as decadent as eighteenth-century Venice, the wealthy dominatrix is a masterful manipulator, equally adept at stringing up her slaves as she is at pulling the strings of the aristocracy. It takes a while for her wider-ranging plots to make themselves apparent, but the way Nano plays on the politics and social themes of the time is magnificent.It is Julia who brings Roberto into La Contessa’s service, and we know from the start that their romance is going to cause problems, but it’s the how and the way that drive much of the story’s romantic drama – especially once Becky is introduced as an erotic pawn, used to test the lovers and tempt their jealousies to spill over. Again, it’s all about manipulation, and sometimes it’s the strings that aren’t pulled (yet) that are more dangerous than the ones clenched tight.Speaking of strings, this story has some of the most innovative and historically accurate scenes of bondage and restraint imaginable, with the most memorable involving an olive press . . . but I’ll leave the rest of that to your imagination. The implements of pain themselves are fairly commonplace, but it’s in their use that Nano proves his erotic mastery. This is not just a story about pain, but about pain having a purpose. There’s a comment made by La Contessa late in the book that I think really defines it:“To be a true sadist, you must have the artistry of a painter, the perception of a mind reader and,” she lets out a wicked little laugh, “a cruel and twisted imagination. It is not brutal but subtle and refined. It takes a special person to possess it and a particular quality to receive it. Are you that girl Becky?”

While the story lacks the over-the-top humor that made Mistress of the Air one of my favorite reads of last year, there is still enough subtle humor to keep the overall tone balanced. For instance, Lucretia and Viola, the two transvestites who keep showing up at the most unexpected moments, slowly revealing their greater purpose in La Contessa’s schemes, are brilliantly executed to amuse and confound. Their duality and duplicity are largely illustrative of the story as a whole, and a reminder that this is a book consisting of multiple layers, some flagrantly on display, and others hidden and hinted at.

Review by: Candy Snatch; Cara Sutra.com blog and review site, Jun 2018

An accusation levied at erotica is it often lacks plot. Not so with La Contessa by S Nano. I was sent this book by Cara Sutra to review for Pleasure Panel and unusually for me I’ve taken my time reading it. This is by no means a poor reflection on La Contessa. I savoured every page.

Set in the opulent setting of Venice in the 18th Century the imagery is pure splendour. Roberto works as a prostitute in the back streets around the canals. He’s young, handsome and fit, enjoying bringing debauched sexual pleasure to his clients. Whilst servicing two particularly horny transvestites he realises he’s watched by a shadowy figure.

After one of the horniest threesomes I’ve read Roberto catches his voyeur who he uncovers as a young girl called Julia. Julia is the personal maid of La Contessa. La Contessa is notorious in Venice for her beauty and sexual exploits. A famed Dominatrix, she throws regular soirées full of people of high importance. Here her house slaves service their every sexual whim. Julia has been sent out into Venice to find a male slave for La Contessa to play with.

After testing Roberto’s suitability for the household it’s clear there is chemistry between Roberto and Julia. Roberto decides the opportunity to become part of La Contessa’s court is too good to miss. Especially if he gets to spend time with Julia into the bargain. Julia warns him that La Contessa doesn’t allow sexual dalliances between her staff and their relationship would have to be secret.

Roberto is enchanted by La Contessa, her almost regal opulence and how she exudes power and sexuality. Straight away La Contessa makes it clear she requires submission from her slaves. Total submission. Roberto is put through a baptism of fire. His submission is tested to extreme levels which he passes thanks to his experience on the streets. He quickly finds his place in the household as her male slave, her possession.

Julia and Roberto’s relationship begins to deepen and it’s clear they have feelings for each other. This becomes complicated when La Contessa rescues a young girl from a trafficker. The beautiful Becky joins the household as the female counterpart to Roberto. La Contessa enjoys thrusting them together in sexual scenarios and watching Julia squirm. The couple begin to suspect La Contessa may know about their relationship. The household has factions at work, these envy the influence and affection the couple hold in La Contessa’s presence.

La Contessa has political ambitions and considerable power and wealth, it soon becomes clear she’s playing a game at the highest political levels in Venice. Will she succeed in this risky gamble? Will Roberto and Julia get caught?

I loved the plot in this book. S Nano has managed to keep it sexy enough to make me almost permanently turned on whilst reading it but there is actual story and emotion to it as well. The writing is good, long descriptive passages transform me to 18th century Venice. I can picture the art and architecture as well as the gorgeous attire worn by La Contessa.

The sex in La Contessa is graphic. From a pornographic marionette show using human puppets to a huge BDSM masked ball La Contessa’s tastes are strong and the pain she likes to inflict on her subs is extreme. If submission and Domination aren’t your thing then you probably won’t enjoy this book. For me there were a couple of scenes which bordered on uncomfortable. The moment when La Contessa punishes Roberto for being captured during a human hunt by literally putting him on a spit roast had me wincing.

Nano’s well written sex scenes leave me tingling in anticipation and wanting to play myself. Reading the well-structured, thought out scenes of prediction bondage and humiliation turns me on with ease.

There is less extreme sex within La Contessa, Julia and Roberto’s relationship doesn’t seem to involve BDSM and their interactions are almost gentle. However, the play within the story is very universal, lots of MM, FF, and a fair bit of group play peppers the many varied sexual scenes played out in the Palazzo. The descriptions are detailed and explicit.

The characters are the best part of La Contessa. Despite being the name sake of the book, I feel like La Contessa is a supporting role to Julia and Roberto’s story of their time in her household. She is formidably written but you don’t learn much about her as a person, apart from what she gives away in her sexual games. Despite her cruelty as a Domme she is kind and considerate of her staff and people in general. She shows a contempt for people who misuse their power.

Julia seems to go on a journey to find herself in La Contessa, as the plot unfolds she discovers layers to her character that aren’t necessarily apparent during that first scene in the canals with Roberto. She has Dominant tendencies which she isn’t aware of and harbours a deep love for her employer which also leans towards submission. She develops from a maid to a player in La Contessa’s sexual games.

Roberto has the most well-rounded character for me. He’s the stories narrator and so obviously this gives us the best insight into his thoughts about the developing situations. He is intelligent and likeable with a tendency towards a charming cockiness and slight arrogance.

Becky is a bit of a mystery. She doesn’t have much in the way of opportunities to show her personality outside of La Contessa’s games. She has a connection with La Contessa’s friend Mademoiselle La Tour and appears to be Mademoiselles favourite toy in La Contessa’s household. Despite Julia’s jealousy and mistrust of Becky to start with she becomes a close friend and helps Julia and Roberto to continue with their relationship.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading La Contessa. Nano has created a portal into the debauched world of the Venetian aristocracy which both entranced me and turned me on. If you are looking for a bit of escapism and enjoy BDSM, La Contessa by S Nano is the perfect way to achieve this.

I’d rate La Contessa 8/10. My only real complaint was I would have liked it to have been a bit longer.

Thank you so much to Cara Sutra and S Nano for sending me La Contessa to review. I was sent this item free of charge in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

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