This is the first of the "lesbian" pulps I've read that I've not liked. When I was reading books about queer pulp they talked about the ones that were read by lesbians and the ones that were read by men. This definitely fell into the ones aimed at men category. It was late 1968 so it was much more sexually explicit than the other books I read but it was also the straightest! Despite the title and the description of Kat as a "lesbian" she in fact only slept with three women and six men in the story! She spent the entire time in lust/love with a man and her exploits were all geared towards seducing a guy at the magazine that she wanted to work for. While I (obviously) have nothing against bisexual characters this really just had the feel of "A lesbian just needs a good hard man to convince her of her errors".
The book was a continuous stream of sexual encounters, most of which Kat didn't enjoy at all (only the men could make her orgasm) and she saw herself in a downward spiral of degredation and realised at the end that she was a "slut". There was none of the introspection or insight I've read in other pulp books. There were occasional moments but they were all about depressing things. It was a nice change to read a book where the woman was at home with her sexuality but when she was interacting with women she was written exactly as a male character, with other men referring to her with male pet names. (But then she slept with them anyway). I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend this one and am kinda confussed why it was reprinted. Surely there are much better pulps out there, I know all the others I've read have been brilliant...Continua