Exemplary anthology, with a few stories that didn't grab me - but that's to be expected in any anthology, whether it's a poetry or a mixed-author smut collection: with so many ideas flying around, not all of them will "connect" with every reader.
Bussel does a great job of mixing variable voices and points of views, most of them engaging and interesting on one level or another (for this reader, anyway).
Worth owning, this.
1.) "Pretty Dull" - Charlotte Stein: An out-of-the-blue extramarital affair with an unbelievably handsome man (Mitchell Webber) shocks a woman (Marilyn) on multiple, beyond-sex levels.
Stein's story, with its intense immediacy, is sometimes edgy and romantic at the same time. This is a grab-the-reader-and-don't-let-go read.
2.) "Milk Mustache" - Jacqueline Applebee: Great blend of licentious sex and love in this story - a co-worker's unwelcome come-on spurs a woman (Phoebe) to explore new, dirtier carnal avenues with her boyfriend (Hamish), with exciting results.
3.) "Stacked" - Zachary Logan: A gay grad assistant-researcher (Wade Reynolds) discovers the finer points a particular library, via the attentions of a summer-hot librarian (Troy).
Tight writing, succinct characterizations and a believable scenario elevate this tale above the usual 'strangers meet and immediately fantasy frak' bullcrap.
4.) "Sucking Casey's C***" - Shanna Germain: Excellent, entertaining and sex-informative tale about a lesbian (Alice), her longtime friend (Danny) and Alice's female-to-male lover (Casey), with an ending that inherently lends itself to a character-progressive sequel.
5.) "Getting Something Out of It" - Annabeth Leong: Paige, having difficulties with oral sex, works through it with her lover. Good, emotive, "hot" read.
6.) "Shuck It" - Dusty Horn: Tightly-written, excellent piece that links food and sex, but rises above that overused device/connection.
7.) "Trimming" - Tenille Brown: A yard man (Jefferson) finds that his good deeds are rewarded and (possibly) punished.
Good story, whose characters grow more interesting near the end of the story.
8.) "New Additions" - Rachel Kramer Bussel: Three friends get together. Bussel's succinct set-up, cut-to-it action and an ending naturally invites - but doesn't demand, a delicate balance - a possibly edgier sequel.
9.) "Snow Job" - A.M. Hartnett: A road worker and his attractive, flash-happy neighbor engage in a mood-mixed sex play. Overall solid writing sets this apart from the usual frak pieces.