Reviewed by Jim Lyon
The Mistress of Castle Rohmenstadt is the first of three novellas written circa mid 1990s now being re-released by Pink Flamingo Publishing as an anthology entitled The Classic Olivia Ravensworth. Although reasonably well-written, it is basically an erotic fantasy with very little plot but nearly non-stop sexual escapades. The story involves a twenty-year-old American woman who inherits the estate of her great-great uncle; the only condition of receiving her inheritance is that she resides in the family castle in Eastern Europe.
Although she is a chronic masturbator, Katherine is a virgin. Not out of prudishness mind you, she simply hasn’t found the right person or circumstance worthy of crossing that threshold. Upon waking after her first night in the castle, her twin French chambermaids subtly pleasure her to orgasm. This is the first time she has climaxed at the hands of anyone other than herself, and she has mixed feelings about enjoying lesbian sex despite being resolutely heterosexual.
That first Sapphic experience proves to be tame compared to what is to follow. Not only are there numerous increasingly intense sexual adventures between Katherine and the naughty twins, Katherine indulges in suckling the lactating breasts of the castle’s cook and presiding over a lesbian orgy orchestrated by her servants.
She immerses herself in her late uncle’s extensive collection of print and video pornography, and soon thereafter gradually begins openly masturbating in front of her staff and watching them while they engage in varied sexual activities with one another. She even starts inflicting light corporal punishment on her chambermaids, primarily because they refuse to reveal why her requests to have sex with a man are seemingly ignored.
To appease her somewhat, they arrange a heterosexual orgy for her to watch. Finally, she gets her wish when Hans, a hunk who has been genetically programmed for longevity by Katherine’s uncle, shows up and tells her of her uncle’s hope for them to become a couple, and “Oh, by the way, I love you.” They have sex and post haste the story wraps up with a grand wedding – HEA implied strongly.
Whereas this book has plenty of naughtiness – an important feature in an erotic book to be sure – it is lacking in substance. The story just drifts from one sexual scenario to another before ending suddenly. Many readers may find the somewhat florid language used to describe the details of the numerous sexual exploits a bit off-putting. To her credit, Ms. Ravensworth utilizes a vast array of euphemisms and metaphors with minimal repetitions. The bondage and corporal punishment kink is well done yet rather genteel. I opted not to read the remaining two novellas in this package after skimming them and determining that they appeared similar in quality to The Mistress of Castle Rohmenstadt, though with totally different themes.