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donotdisturbDo Not Disturb by various authors

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ASIN  B00ALKTXBQ

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Do Not Disturb is a collection surrounding erotica and sex with a theme location – hotel rooms. It is quite apropos this reader read the anthology on a business trip whilst staying in a lovely hotel room.  Every single story is a steamy erotic read. There is not a bad one in the bunch. 

The authors titillate a reader through their witty dialog or blast the reader with arousing imagery.  My favorite one is by Ms. de Fer. It ends right as it gets really good.

‘I’m sure you’ll have a lovely time,’ Emma said, her warmth as genuine as a prostitute’s orgasm. (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.86)

‘Someday I’m going to tie you down spread-eagled over a table in the kitchen with Jean-Michel,’ he said, his words punctuated by powerful thrusts. ‘We’ll take turns licking honey off your nipples and then he can have your pussy while I fuck your arse.’ (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.95)

‘No, you’re not,’ Lord Charnock said, and Emma caught the hint of a smile in his expression. He seated himself on the ottoman at the foot of the bed and rolled up his right sleeve. Then he patted his knee. (A Touch of Class, a Bit of Rough by Rose de Fer, p.98)

Reading through all these sexually explicit tales, it makes a reader wonder what goes on in a hotel room. When the do not disturb sign hangs off a hotel door knob, what is happening behind the closed doors?  Will it be like Ms. Kitten’s “Ssshh, No Speaking!” ? Will there be strangers enjoying a hard fucking without words? Or will there be a naughty student seducing a professor such as “Poisons” by Cèsar Sanchez Zapata? The one which is a completely guilty pleasure is Suite Surrender by Willow Sears. Generally, I avoid stories with this plot device. Ms. Sears does a spectacular job with mind fucking both the reader and poor husband. From hotel staff behaving badly to married couples kick starting their sex life again, all of it is a treat to read before bedtime. It also encourages a reader to act a bit more daring whilst staying in a hotel. Hotel sex seems to be more exciting. This erotic collection is recommended to kinky readers who want a guaranteed arousing time.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Best Sex Writing 2013 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel bestsexwriting

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ISBN-10: 1573448990

ISBN-13: 978-1573448994

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

This is filled with opinions and editorials rather than fictional erotic stories. Although some of these are questionable in their facts. My review is going to be a bit different than usual. These are my own opinions based on these sexually charged articles. I’m dividing them up into how I felt about each chapter. Instead of listing the best first, I’m going to start with the articles that I enjoyed and end with ones I thought were best. I’m going to stick the ones I loathed in the middle so that people will forget they even existed.

Good Vibrations

There are two in here which I read and just felt good while reading them. The book kicks off with Live Nude Models by Jonathan Lethem. It’s a sweet trip down memory lane for the writer who started early on as an artist. Oh Baby! Baby Talk by Rachel Kramer Bussel deals with a much disparaged ageplay fetish. Since I adore ageplay, I appreciated this one. Ms. Bussel, will you my Mommy?

Much to do about nothing

Holy Fuck: The Fourth-and-Long Virgin by Jon Pressick just makes me shake my head. I agree with Mr. Pressick. Tim Tebow is an athlete who is a virgin. So what? Mr. Pressick makes good points about the sexual expectations of a star athlete. When did we become a society where hypocrisy is the acceptable norm? We don’t want people telling us what to do yet we want to force our stereotypes upon others. Really, who the fuck cares if Tebow is a virgin? People with too much time on their hands.

Why is this illegal?

These two stories probably lead me down the path of damnation. In Rest Stop Confidential by Conner Habib, it exposes the allure of anonymous sex in public men’s restrooms. I never understood the problem with having sex in a bathroom. What’s the issue here again? It’s not like the men are exchanging money. Okay, I get that we shouldn’t push “our” kinks upon others in public. I guess I wonder why people are riveted watching animals having sex at the zoo yet we can’t have sex in public restrooms. Not that I would want to have sex in a public bathroom, because they are filthy germ ridden and potentially spider infested nastiness rooms.

The second one which makes me scratch my head is Happy Hookers by Melissa Gira Grant. This essay is all about the “oldest professional” in the world. Why is this still illegal? I never understood why it’s bad to pay for sex.

Poly good, bad and ugly

These two essays deal with poly relationships. Sex by Numbers by Rachel Swan shows a working poly formation with ups and downs. It’s not perfect, but it’s possible. When on Fire Island A Polyamorous Disaster by Nicholas Garnett is not a flattering look at a married couple who try out swinging. It’s a train wreck which is uncomfortable to witness even second or third hand.

I hear you

These are ones which are just okay for me. I felt nothing. There were a couple of good points.  Such as Porn defends the money shot by Dennis Romero. This is the argument as to why condoms aren’t used in porn flicks. The porn addicts paying for it don’t want to see the love glove. With an abundance of free porn through internet, it’s difficult to sell porn with actors using prophylactics.

Very legal: sex and love in retirement by Alex Morris enlightens me on grandma sex and why they don’t get hitched again. Not too applicable for me now, but good to note when I’m old, alone and in a nursing home. Cherry Picking by Julia Serano is a little boy coming of age story as he turns into a sexually aware young lady.  It’s sweet.

Oddly enough, even though I’m submissive, Submissive a personal manifesto by Madison Young was just okay for me. I understand her different roles. The ending just seemed over the top.

Fail

If I went by the lowest ratings, this collection would be a 1 star based on these two articles. Sex by Any Other Name by Insiya Ansari can be summed up in one word – Cocktease.  I didn’t care for this one at all. The girl comes across pretentious.

Christian Conservatives vs. Sex The Long War over reproductive freedom by Rob Boston is a total fail for me. Here are some points which I’d like to have taken into consideration.

Arizona’s House Bill 2625 was a response to Obama mandating there should be no co-pay for women at all when it comes to birth control.  Arizona seems to have a knee jerk response against Obama and based upon Obama’s constant opposition with them, it’s not a surprise. Early on, Arizona made some legislations which they felt makes sense for their state. It’s the United States of America. Depending on a person’s personal leanings, they may agree with a Federal versus State legislation. However, each state is different and can have different needs. When Arizona was called out early on during the first term, this riled them up. Seriously, where is the common sense? You try to bully or bash a person or entity in the public, what would their response be?  Once, they get miffed. More than twice, they now consider you an enemy. Ever cross a person before? They will hold a grudge and next time you have something important, they’ll block it just for the sake of blocking. This is basic negotiation class 101 material.

Second, the law does NOT say women can’t have contraceptives. Somehow the article devolves into women dying of abortion because conservative Christians aren’t letting women get free contraceptives. So, contraceptives are no longer going to be made?  The Pill and other contraception will now be illegal? Do the pharmaceutical companies know this?  Do the manufactures know this? What the bill is saying is employers are not forced to keep it as something they must cover. It gives employers the choice to opt out of covering for it. Women and men can still buy it and pay for it themselves.

“Boo hoo hoo! The drugs costs too much! The mean company I work for SHOULD pay for it. It’s my constitutional right.” Let me get this straight, my premium now needs to go up due to a service I don’t use, because you want it for free?  There’s something called free will. If your employer doesn’t cover it and it’s a big deal for you, find a new employer. Or better yet, let’s ask the real question no one seems to be asking. This is the one which I find interestingly suppressed.

The problem is. the cost of the different birth control pills and devices are so expensive. Why? If the issue is that the drugs are not affordable, let’s determine the cause. Is it a monopoly? Is it a collusion? Why blame employers? Let’s look at the root of the problem – the drug companies selling it at these so called unaffordable prices. Or is it the insurance companies. Do we even know how much this costs?

As a last thought on this one. Is Viagra covered? If it is, then I can just as easily make the supposition that these lawmakers are really against women’s equality for allowing Viagra or any sexual enhancing drug to be covered for free or co-pay. Because this means heterosexual males using this will be sexing up their females which results in pregnancy. It’s clear the purpose of covering Viagra is oppression of women through getting them knocked up. Women will be stuck at home pumping out kids and squirting out milk to feed them. This is just as ludicrous as equating allowing employers to opt out resulting in women dying from using hangers to scrape out a baby they don’t want.

Slit my wrists now

These articles just depressed me. They are moving and one can feel the pain emanating off the pages. The title Ghosts: All my men are dead by Carol Queen says it all. Lost boys by Kristen Hinman is a deeper look at young boys selling their bodies for various reasons. Dear John by Lori Selke is just sad. The divergence between her kinky style and the current Leatherman culture is just depressing.

Notes from a Unicorn by Seth Fischer hits home for me. His struggle is aggravating because  I find it’s unnecessary to force people into roles and labels. His experience is heartbreaking. I think bi-sexual males are worse off than bi-sexual females.

The Original Blonde by Neal Gabler is a lovely tribute to Jean Harlow. It’s also a tragic look at the rise and fall of a young sassy woman. In ten years, she lived a live more drama ridden then most people who live twice her age.

Thought Provoking

There are several articles which I found myself musing over for days after reading it. I want my friends to read this book so I can discuss these particular ones with them. Can a better vibrator inspire an Age of Great American Sex? by Andy Isaacson falls into this category. This article makes good points about removing the stigma of with selling and buying sexual aids. With vibrators moving into stores other than dingy back alley sex stores, it’s no longer a dirty secret.  Having spent several hundreds of dollars on different sex toys, I can agree that better vibrators will inspire greater American sex. My orgasms have shown great improvement with my purchase.

Enhancing Masochism: How to Expand Limits and Increase Desire by Patrick Califia is by far, the best one for me. 5 star material all the way. He spends time distinguishing between abuse and non-abuse.

Is there any objective proof that people who get wet during a spanking are also getting ripped off financially, intimidated by bullies, anorexic, being battered, or likely to engage in self-mutilation? No. And there never will be, because we are conflating two separate categories of human experience. One is a sexual identity or experience; the other is a state of disenfranchisement, oppression, traumatization or self-hatred. People consent to the former; they wish they could escape the latter(p. 119).

The one which captures my submissive essence is Mr. Califia’s point below.

The submissive wants to be possessed and yield to another person; they want to be of service. They will take pain if you make it their job to take it. The pain becomes one item on a menu of conduct or sacrifices that you, the master or mistress, demand because it pleases you. Pain becomes a way to demonstrate your control over him or her (p. 119).

This collection of writings is for kinky readers who want a book they can think about and discuss with others.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Serving Him: Sexy Stories of Submission edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel servinghim

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ASIN B00BAHA0WK

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Serving Him definitely delivers in the sexy stories of submission. This collection of twenty-one maledom tidbits is smoking hawt! It’s an erotic feast designed to satiate horny submissive females. The kinks involved span from light spanking to intense breathplay. Including orgasm control gives the book an added sharp edge.

Most of the stories in here are well written with explicit sex scenes. The erotic pairings with a male dominant and female submissive is particularly appealing. Several of the stories involve tantalizing threesomes. One of them involves a mouthwatering M/F/f.  For kinisters who enjoy it all, this is a collection to read. There are five standout tales in this compilation.

Lovers of ageplay will enjoy In I Always Do by Kiki DeLovely and Subbing by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Both contain the taboo theme of Daddy and little girl. DeLovely and Bussel come at it from different perspectives. The differences show how a fetish can be catered to suit the couple involved. Both are smoldering hot in the way the relationships play out.

Ménage enthusiasts will enjoy Pinky by Kissa Starling and Duo by J. Sinclaire. These two authors describe in detail, sexual combinations guaranteed to wet the reader’s panties.  Showcasing two types of ménage combinations, it doesn’t get much better than this. Both involve blindfolding and a surprise third party. While one is a masturbation fantasy come true, another is a sensitive loving with a deeper meaning. Pinky’s underlying theme is beautiful and moving.  Duo’s plot is what many women dream about. Who doesn’t feature a sexy client in their fantasizes? It is a dream come true when the sexy strange manifest in real life.

Lastly, for those who indulge in edgeplay, Breath is the one to read by Mollena Williams. This one captures this fetish perfectly. From the first gasping grey out to the final exhaustion after repeated play, the submissive’s experience both mental and physical are spot on. It makes this reader yearn for another round of breathplay at the large hands of an intense Dom.

This seductive anthology is recommended for kinksters who love submitting to dominant males.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Twice The Pleasure: bisexual Women’s Erotica by Rachel Kramer Bussel twicethe

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ISBN-10: 1573449245

ISBN-13: 978-1573449243

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

Twice the pleasure is twice the fun! In this anthology, there are twenty-two tasty tidbits of erotic goodness. Ms. Bussel is always good at bringing together some hawt kinky sex. She does it again with this collection. There are threesomes, infidelity and bisexual switching. The focus of most of these stories revolves around bisexual women and sometimes bisexual or cross dressing men.

As a bisexual, these collection is of great interest. How will bisexuals be portrayed? Negatively or maybe as wanton sluts humping anything insight? There are several stories which addresses the opposition bisexuals face. Many believe there is nothing such as a bisexual. The woman is either a lesbian or not. Sometimes they feel the same about a guy. It’s not that black and white. It’s good to see a collection which devotes a few stories incorporating this negative perception and then exposes how the bisexual feels by this slight and overcome it. The best part is all of this is delivered in a smexy easily relatable manner. This anthology is more than just heavy material, it’s also filled with kinky erotic fantasies.

The most notable tale is “The Wife” by Kay Jaybee. The reader is treated to a mistress confronting the wife and it goes down a way unexpected. It looks as if it the wife is going to hurt the mistress only to reveal some unexpected twists. These depraved twists are so delicious. It makes a reader yearn to learn what will happen next. What will happen that night? Will the mistress submit? Ms. Jaybee is a total cock tease.

Another one which is quite memorable is “Regretable Circumstances” by Lane. This is a fanciful story about movie stars and what could have happened back in the day. This erotic dream is hawt with a bit of a grudge fuck involved. It is smoking with a great f/f/f ménage. This is definite one not to miss.

The most amusing one is “What I want, what I need” by Jacqueline Applebee. This is the one which slightly pokes fun at a woman falling off the lesbian wagon by doing the “nasty” with a man. The woman’s next morning regrets causes her to go into a slightly crazed drama tirade. Fortunately, her friend slaps some sense into her.

This erotic anthology is recommended for kinky romantics who enjoy bisexuals.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Best Bondage Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

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ISBN-10:1573448974

ISBN-13: 978-1573448970

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

This is a must read bondage collection. Each short story in this book is a winner. They can all be hot standalones but when bound together, it’s a five star sizzling book. There are so many different varieties of how people are restrained; it’s fabulous. There are even a couple of non-consensual ones which kicked this erotic book up a notch. This book will gave a taste of several different authors’ writing style. It’s all titillating. Every single one of them helped make this the best collection for this year. It will be hard to top this bondage book.

There are some popular and well known authors as well as a few lesser known ones. It’s really difficult to pick a favorite tale in this book because they are all unique and well written. Each is tightly woven with concise storylines, hot arousing scenes and concluding with a beautiful afterglow. The one to pick for the most surprising and new to me author would be Logan Zachary and his Passion Party Purgatory. This deviant m/m non-con story explores what happens to the husbands who accompany their wives to a Passion Party. It makes one wonder what happens to the wives during the sales pitch.

What is really appealing about this book is the creative ways people are bound. The ones where there is a treat of exposure outside are exhilarating. The reader can feel both the excitement and the anxiety of being caught. One of the bondage stories includes walking through a hotel where others could see their sexy restraints before the Domme and her female submissive retires to a lush hotel room. Each one of these stories will appeal to many reader’s fantasies.

For those who think it’s all about the maledom, think again. This does include a good share of M/f, yet it covers ménage, M/m, F/f and F/m to my delight. Even better, every orifice is explored willing and deliciously unwillingly. This kinky book is highly recommended to erotic readers who want their senses stimulated and their bondage desires satiated.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Cheeky Spanking Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

http://www.amazon.com/Cheeky-Spanking-Stories-Rachel-Kramer/dp/1573448184/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358774990&sr=1-1&keywords=cheeky+spanking+stories

ISBN-10:1573448184

ISBN-13: 978-1573448185

Story Rating: 3.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5

If you are looking for some quick hot reads this spanking anthology may be just what you are looking for. With over twenty stories from just as many authors one would be hard pressed not to find at least one engaging story.

I enjoyed seeing so many different variations to spanking stories, not just bend over and take it. From new adventures to old practices these characters all enjoyed themselves. The trust is evident in all that they do. From those who want to be punished to those who want to try new things this anthology has it all. Each story is fast paced and pulls the reader into its world. The characters and their worlds are brought vividly to life  and some stories are so short that they leave you wanting to return for more. These stories are fun and engaging reads meant to entertain the reader. It was nice to be able to try out so many new authors finding new favorites along side the old ones.

Reviewed by Gabrielle

Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I don’t really love labels, although I will happily cop to being kinky. It depends on the context and who I’m with, though I’m probably more naturally inclined toward the sub/bottom side. I am also pretty particular about who I play with, so there are some people I have done more with in terms of BDSM exploration than others, and some activities I would only do with certain people.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

I probably focus more on the psychological and emotional side of BDSM than the physical. They are both present in my stories, but to me if you don’t have the former, the latter won’t hold up so I like to get into the mindset of the characters, especially some of the seemingly opposing feelings that can take place within a scene, like fear, and being turned on by fear. I try my best to differentiate my stories from each other and one way to do that is to get into the mindset of the characters. For instance, I wrote a story called “Stranded,” about a kinky couple where a woman is left alone at a restaurant without a phone or money to “work off” her meal, all by arrangement of her dominant lover, and was inspired by a real-life non-kinky story of someone getting stiffed for a check.

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

I write primarily out of my own self-interest, but I do try to write stories that audiences will appreciate. I hope that, even if you’re not into whatever kink or activity is in the story, if it’s told well, you can still appreciate the writing. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy editing erotica anthologies, because I can offer a range of writing styles and scenarios, and especially a range of more light-hearted to rougher BDSM scenes. I don’t think you need to be into a given activity to write or read about it, and often when I’ve pushed myself to write about something that isn’t my personal kink, I find a way in by figuring out how my experiences as a person and sexual being can be portrayed via that particular character.

What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?

Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples offers a range of scenarios and types of couples, so there’s a lot of variety in terms of their experience with BDSM and how they approach it. My anthologies Please, Sir and Yes, Sir (on female submission/male dominance) and Please, Ma’am and Yes, Ma’am (on male submission/female dominance) are more strictly themed, so if you want to focus on just those types of stories, check those out. My story “Your Hand on My Neck” in Please, Sir is a favorite of mine because choking is something I think a lot of vanilla people don’t understand or are scared of and I try to get into the connection and explain why I find it erotic.

What is your favorite fetish? Why?

I don’t know if I’d call this a fetish, exactly, but I love spanking, both giving and receiving. I like that it can be sensuous or playful but also extremely intense physically and emotionally. I like that it starts even before the actual spanking takes place because usually someone has to turn or bend over to get into a position where they can be spanked. That’s the moment that I adore. I also like that you can spank or be spanked with a hand or any number of instruments, traditional sex toys as well as household items. It’s so versatile, but most of all I love the way it makes me feel and the headspace it puts me in. I sometimes get so lost in giving or getting a spanking, I feel like I could keep doing it for hours.

What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

I love to travel, and in 2012 alone have been to Honolulu, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Martha’s Vineyard, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Dubai, Long Beach, Houston, Austin and Scottsdale. I get so many ideas when I travel and any excuse to stay in a hotel is wonderful by me. I find hotels both erotic and relaxing and great places to get story ideas, whether from eavesdropping or people watching. I was inspired by a sketchy come-on in a Milwaukee hotel bar to write a story in which the woman being propositioned is rescued by a hot couple! I’ve edited two books of hotel erotica, and Suite Encounters, and hope to edit more, because hotels are such rich settings for sex and erotic stories.

At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

Definitely! I think BDSM and kinky erotica offer so many premises for stories, and the inherent power dynamic and often mix of emotions it can bring about from the top and the bottom make it ripe for all sorts of stories. I especially want to write more from the top’s perspective, because it can be more challenging to explain sadism than masochism in erotica. I find that’s true in the submissions I get for my anthologies and in my writing, because if you’re describing the submissive or bottom’s point of view, you can accurately share why and how they experience the pain or humiliation or whatever the topic is. You can go into detail about how they eroticize things we’re not taught are “erotic,” but to explore how sadism works psychologically can be trickier. BDSM erotica also allows you to use so many senses and get particularly creative with planning and setup and outrageousness.

If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

I like “Belted,” which is in my anthologies Orgasmic (orgasm-themed female erotica) and Surrender, a book of female submissive/male dominant erotica. It’s an extremely intense story of a beating with a belt, but also has a poetic quality that I enjoy, which I’ve noticed when I’ve done readings from it. It’s about the physical pain and sensation but also the trust, and it’s as much about the wearer and owner of the belt in question as the belt itself, because in the context of that story, I don’t think they can be separated. There’s a level of intimacy in that story that I strive for in all my erotic writing and one of my favorites. I may be cheating here, but another story I love, because it’s told in the third person and offers both parties’ perspectives, is “A Slap in the Face,” which is in Sinclair Sexsmith’s anthology Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica. It started with a single scene of a fantasy I actually told a lover about, involving wanting them to walk into a bar and slap me across the face (something we’d done in private), and grew from there.

Bio:

Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) is an author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She has edited over 40 anthologies, including Cheeky Spanking Stories, Bottoms Up, Spanked, Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples, Please, Sir, Please, Ma’am, Yes, Sir, Yes, Ma’am, He’s on Top, She’s on Top, Orgasmic and others. She is the Best Bondage Erotica and Best Sex Writing series editor and her anthology Surrender: Erotic Tales of Female Pleasure and Submissionwon the 2012 National Leather Association Samois Anthology Award. She writes widely about sex, dating, books and pop culture, edits the weekly sex diaries at New York magazine’s Daily Intel blog, teaches erotic writing workshops, and has written for Buzzfeed Shift, Inked, The Frisky, Glamour, Penthouse, Salon, xoJane, The Village Voice, and other publications. Find her online @raquelita on Twitter and http://lustylady.blogspot.com.

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Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

http://www.amazon.com/Suite-Encounters-Hotel-Sex-Stories/dp/1573447900/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347079067&sr=1-1&keywords=suite+encounters+hotel+sex+stories 

ISBN-10:1573447900

ISBN-13: 978-1573447904

Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Traveling for work every week, staying at hotels becomes boring after a while.  Somehow, when the hotel is for a vacation or with a stranger, it changes.  Why is hotel sex hotter than having sex at home?  In Suite Encounters, the reader is treated to twenty short steamy stories.  Some are kinky; some are sweet.  The editing is done by Ms. Kramer Bussel.  She also holds the pimp spot with her story, Special Request. 

Since this is a Ms. Kramer Bussel edited book, the expectation is high for the story quality.  She meets expectations with each story tightly written and well edited.  Many of the stories were four paddles quality.  It averages out to three paddles because a few of them were just bizarre.  One in particular felt completely non sequitur.  There was no beginning or meaning to one of the stories.  All the reader knows is a man and a woman are in a room together and we don’t know why, other than the man needs to masturbate and she regrets asking him since she knows him.  The reader doesn’t know the why and the result of the encounter leaves the reader confused and dissatisfied.  What is the purpose of that story?

A few which are notable are Selfish by Donna George Storey, Business Expenses by Elizabeth Silver and Special Request by Rachel Kramer Bussel.  Each of these stories contains something in common.  They let the kinky flag fly.  The kinky role playing in Selfish is engaging and easily realistic.  This could be any woman trying to spice up her life and take a little pleasure for herself.  It’s sexy, sensual and believable.  The characters are engaging and the story flows smoothly.

In Business Expenses this is yet another plausible scenario.  This is more fun with a Domme taking on an inexperienced male who takes a bite of the forbidden fruit and wants another taste.  The naïve male escort learning about submission is a voyeur’s wet dream.  The ending leaves it teasingly open for future sexy encounters. 

The last story is a hard working submissive’s wish come true.  To be the one who is always fulfilling requests and taking care of others, for it to be flipped around is a heady sensation.  Ms. Kramer Bussel creates a swinging party yet only reveals the first hour of fun.  The bondage, blindfold, multiple partners are all an overload of sensations.  If only the reader could join in for the rest of the evening and through to the next morning.  It is a fitting end to a book filled with hot hotel confessions.  This collection of erotic stories is recommended for kinky readers who enjoy clandestine hotel sex.

 Reviewed by Book Addict

Irrestible edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

http://www.amazon.com/Irresistible-Romance-Rachel-Kramer-Bussel/dp/1573447625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344400016&sr=8-1&keywords=irresistible+cleis+press 

ISBN-10:1573447625

ISBN-13: 978-1573447621

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

This book is a compilation of 16 very short stories, some more erotic than others, and as expected in such an anthology, some much better than others. Since there are fewer than 200 pages in the book, it is obvious how short these pieces really are.

Because there are so many stories, I’m not going to review each separate story, but will pick out of a few that represent the whole.

The only two stories with BDSM content are Renewal by Delilah Night and The Netherlands by Justine Elyot.  Renewal involves a woman who has found her husband estranged after her two children are born, and takes steps to reignite the passion in their marriage.  The Netherlands is about a sub who ventures out into activities with people other than her master for the first time. The problem with both these stories, as with most of the stories in the book, is that there is no time for character development.  We don’t know these people and the brevity of the works keeps us from knowing them.  It is more like reading letters to one of the pornographic magazines than erotica.

There are a few exceptions.  Warrior, by Kate Pearce, gives us a peak into the life of a female soldier fighting in the dessert. And The Pact, by Elizabeth Coldwell, provides much more detail about the two people involved and much less detail about their sexual activity. These are the two  most “feel good” stories in the bunch.

On the other hand, Hypocrites, by Alyssa Turner is distinctly unsatisfying either in character development or sexual heat as it presents a politician’s wife’s view of her husband’s  (and her) indiscretions. Six Eyes, Two Ears by Kris Adams is a bizarre tale of an African tribal leader, his wives and his lovers. 

While there were some hot stories in the mix, overall, I found the book lacking in character development, in audience connection, and in plot details.  

Reviewed by Karen

Going Down: Oral Sex Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

http://www.amazon.com/Going-Down-Oral-Sex-Stories/dp/1573447897/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1342736467&sr=1-1&keywords=Going+Down+by+Rachel+Kramer 

ISBN-10:1573447897

ISBN-13: 978-1573447898

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5

There are 21 separate chapters  in Going Down and they all deal with oral sex between men and women and combinations thereof.  The pieces are shorter than a typical short story and are more of  “little snapshots” of people’s lives. 

All of the stories are  well written and the theme of oral sex is presented in different ways. The editor of this anthology has put together a book that is much better than what was anticipated.  

The one thing to note is the presence or lack of BDSM activity.  

 Is this book buying? My answer is if one wants a book both to stimulate oneself and possibly a partner as a form of fore-play, then yes it is. It could also possibly be used a type of “how to” guide as well.  There was a great deal of variety and  a few ideas can be sparked while reading this book. 

Reviewed by Ronni