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By first-time author Jean-Louis McMillan, “Desire and Prejudice” is a realistic, believable story of two wounded people. Both characters struggle with the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), albeit from different causes.
She is a divorced Muslim woman, mother of two; he is a separated French man, working for the DGSE France’s external intelligence agency.
Jean-Louis McMillan shows his dexterity as an author by his ability to recount the horror of a terrorist attack, and then to follow it with a sensuous and sensitive portrayal of Jasmine and Adam’s passionate romance.
The messages exchanged by the lovers are beautiful and alluring. McMillan offers proof of the characters’ deep physical and emotional attachment through compelling erotic prose that is beautifully poetic..; The erotic descriptions are vivid enough, but scarcely the right quantity of description to know precisely what is going on. McMillan was able to create a totally new atmosphere to an erotic read.
The ending is so packed full of surprises that this book will haunt you long after you’ve finished the last page. You’ll be left re-hashing the plot in your mind, wondering about everything you ever thought to be true about love and happy endings.
“Desire & Prejudice” is a believable and amazing love story that readers haven’t heard before, with psychological and sociological aspects that will draw you into its world and characters, and leave you questioning your own prejudices.
About the Author
JL McMillan is a retired freelance journalist and first-time author. He was born in Oran on the Mediterranean coast in Algeria, but left Algeria after a restless childhood and settled in Paris, France, where he earned a degree in Philosophy. Now, after a turbulent youth and a career that had thrown him into the heart of the hardest battles in the Middle East, Jean-Louis wanders between the Orient and the Occident. He writes as a means to explore, and to heal. “Desire & Prejudice” is his first published book.
See what readers had to say:
I’ve often wondered on the whole “love transcends boundaries” theory. How much are we willing to forego our own prejudices to cross the line and unite with the one we love. This book, in a small way explored that.
Jasmine and Adam find themself strongly attracted to each other and slowly start an illicit affair. It explored much about PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) but in my opinion, it didn’t feature centrally in the book. There wasn’t so much of focus on PTSD than the relationship between Adam and Jasmine.
The erotic scenes, some via email, made a good read. The author has vivid imagination and you could see that what was written was beyond just the physicality of sex, but somehow meant to be an emotional bond between two people.
When the lid gets blown off their affair, Adam and Jasmine must make some hard choices which do not pan out that well for their relationship. Things change and somehow, bias, prejudice and religion come between a perfect match. This small part at the very end made the book SHINE for me.
It made me ponder on how we let our own thoughts or the thoughts of perhaps a vested interest or thoughts of what the society wants us to think, ruin what we think is a special part of our life. There is no fighting this, it is prevalent in all societies and all countries. At some point I think Equality is Eutopia, never together, only afar. If it didn’t exist, racism wouldn’t exist. Yet it continues, stronger today.
On some levels this book explored deep questions. If you look out for them. Don’t pick this book up only for the sex. If you do, there are books dealing only with erotica. When a book gives you something to ponder about, maybe even change your own self, then let yourself be directed and explore a different train of thought.
A Good Read
What a fast, thrilling read! “Desire & Prejudice” is an erotic love story of social significance with a strong political bent. I was immediately drawn into the narrative through McMillan’s gentle prose, vivid imagery and emotions, and highly likable characters. It’s only 140 pages, but it could’ve been twice as long. I couldn’t put it down!
The setting of McMillan’s novella takes place in the late 20th century in the Middle East (Beirut, Lebanon), France (Paris) and Morocco. Through the lives and the love of his two main characters, Adam and Jasmine, McMillan explores the power and the effects of PTSD, a dangerous–and perhaps irrational–kind of love, and the inexplicable prejudice that plagues our world and our relationships.
The story begins when Adam and Jasmine meet, although that’s not the start of “their” stories. They have each experienced severe trauma before meeting each other, and both suffer from PTSD, or “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder”.
Through the events of their dangerous love affair, the reader is drawn in to the minds and the hearts of these two people. We root for them, although we know their love is impossible, and we wonder if they’ll ever heal–permanently–from their disorders.
Reminiscent of the provocatively impossible love between “Romeo and Juliet”, the reader is left on the edge of their seat, wondering if and when and how they will get caught, because it seems inevitable. But as it turns out, “getting caught” was never the real danger to their love. The most dangerous thing, we learn, is prejudice.
“Desire & Prejudice” is an exciting read that will draw you into its world and characters, and leave you questioning your own prejudices.
A highly recommended choice for the intelligent reader!