Kiss My Boots by Jennifer Learmont had me intrigued immediately from the front cover blurb “…I
was a dominatrix, yoga student singing in a gospel choir…” and I couldn’t wait to jump in.
The book is an autobiography of Jennifer’s life. It starts with a quick introduction to the present-day, which sets the scene of how the story comes about. Straight away I liked the short and sharp
writing that is straight to the point, and I knew I was going to enjoy this book.
In the first few chapters, you learn about Jennifer’s family history and what can only be described as
a dysfunctional childhood.
Jennifer’s family consist of her parents, 2 older brothers Chris and Craig, and her twin brother John. She mentions often how neglected they were and how difficult things were growing up.
This did make me wonder later on about some of her choices. Did her childhood cause this need to be loved and accepted? She does mention that her childhood did create resilience in her though, which is tested many times throughout the book.
Moving out of home at 14 with her older brother Craig, she revelled in her freedom, discovered
drugs and developed a deep love and respect for music during the years she lived with him. Also
during these years, she meets Evie who becomes her best friend and together they start to dream
and plan of heading over to America.
Finally, the day arrives when she heads to the States with Evie where they are young, completely
naïve and in her words “a disaster waiting to happen”! Straight away she tells of crazy adventures
that looking back on, she realises she is fortunate enough to be able to retell.
It’s absolutely incredible what this woman got up to and how she managed to survive, on many occasions. Becoming a dominatrix due to curiosity and the need to make good money is fascinating, however, I did feel left wanting a bit here. I would have loved more details!
Throughout the book, Jennifer talks about her many great loves as she falls in love quickly but
passionately which is sometimes to her undoing. She also talks about her many regrets which are
always stated very matter of factly but does show a lot of reflection.
Drug use is mentioned a lot but does not detract from the story. She doesn’t glorify or condone it, it was just how it was at the time.
All in all I loved the book and didn’t want it to end. Jennifer comes across as an incredibly positive, caring, family orientated and honest person that has had an almost unbelievable life. There is so much in this deceptively short looking book and I laughed, cried and shook my head in disbelief and wonder, many times over.
Thank you Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this fabulous book. But most of all, thank you Jennifer Learmont for not only living this life but being brave enough to write about it and share it with the world. What a story!
Copy courtesy of Shawline Publishing Group
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