21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Plot Summary: Twenty writers contribute to this collection of contemporary erotica with a heavy emphasis on romance, long-time lovers, and new couples. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (who is also a contributor), "Passion" is a collection that will appeal to romance fans who believe that true passion can only be found where the heart follows.
"When you're together long enough, sometimes even the hottest sex starts to seem rote. Your body might respond, get wet, hard, perk up, but your mind starts to drift and once it does, it's a goner. To be honest, I never that thought that would happen to me, or rather, us."
That opening from Rachel Kramer Bussel's story, "Five Senses," sums up the spirit behind many of the stories within Passion: Erotic Romance for Women. It will speak to women who have been with their partners, lovers, and husbands for many years, past the point where the hunger for each other is automatic, but it's also far from forgotten. Speaking as a woman coming up on a ten-year anniversary myself, I found these stories inspirational, touching, and deeply sensual. It definitely qualifies as erotica for women, because the love they're expressing in a physical sense feels real and heartwarming. It warms other body parts as well, but to me, the success of this collection is in the emotional intent intertwined with the passion. True romance fans should find themselves quite at home here.
"Autumn Suite" by Suzanne V. Slate was absolutely beautiful, with a wife who is overcome when she hears her husband play their favorite piece on his cello, and they make love on a bright Sunday morning. It's such an intimate scene and the ending made me sigh. The collection is filled with stories of long-married couples who reconnect in new and old ways, in hotels with big beds, on picnic tables, and on car hoods. The setting is usually special for the couple and brings back memories while making some new ones at the same time.
So that covers roughly half of the stories, but what about the others? Well, they're just as yummy, because there's nothing like falling in bed, and falling in love in the process. There are several excellent `new encounter' type stories, and two that stood out for me were commuter romances. There's something about being stuffed into a small space with an attractive stranger that works magic. "An Easy Guy To Fall On" by Annabeth Leong was practically a mini-romance novel within the length of a short story, and I savored the conflict that was part of the journey. "The Morning Ride" by Delilah Devlin is for anyone who has entertained dirty thoughts about someone across from them on a subway car, and wished that their fantasies would lead somewhere real.
Passion is a great collection for readers who don't find their inspiration in anonymous, one-night-stand encounters, but in long-time love, new passion, and couples who know that they're meant to be together.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Robert T Bakie
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Passion, the emotion, is a double-edged sword. When I think of that aspect of it, the danger and the power, I think of the lyric from the Ella Fitzgerald song `Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered' that goes "Couldn't sleep, wouldn't sleep, when love came and told me I shouldn't sleep". Passion wakes us from and keeps us from sleep. It makes us do stupid things; it makes us do brave things. So, what about the anthology "Passion: Erotic Romance for Women" edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel? Does it keep us from sleep? Does it evoke that double-edged emotion?
Why, yes, it does, and very nicely at that. It contains spicy stories that ran a gamut of passionate experiences. And I, for one, passionately disagree with the title. It's a marketing thing, I realize, but women aren't the only ones who like strong writing and characterization in their erotica. Marketing issues aside, it's another solid collection from Bussel, so let's give some highlights, shall we?
In "Big-Bed Sex" by Donna George Storey, a ritzy hotel with a giant bed provide a "grander canvas" for a wife and her husband the role-playing fun that ensues.
In "My Dark Knight" by Jacqueline Applebee, a café-goer learns that chivalry is not dead when the manager takes a special interest in her well being after a scary encounter with a dog, and invites her to his place - an apartment replete with armor and swords and, now, a princess to serve.
In "Dear In The Headlights" by Angela Caperton, even a car accident will not keep a woman from an anticipated tryst, as she provides her own auto club service for her stranded husband.
In "Autumn Suite" by Suzanne V. Slate, a cello player rouses the passions of his woman with a memory and some well-played Bach.
In "The Silver Belt" by Lana Fox, a woman finds that the right accessory makes the outfit and ignites a torrid affair.
In "Five Senses" by editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, a woman takes us on a tour of the sensory during a sexy night in.
"Crave You Close" by A. M. Hartnett shows a couple hit hard by the recession, but rich with each other.
"An Easy Guy To Fall On" by Annabeth Leong, is a slow-burning tale of a bumpy bus ride and an ignited spark that has to cross cultural barriers before it can fully be a flame.
In "Third Time's The Charm" by Charlene Teglia, a broken elevator forces an overdue conversation, encourages an explosive tryst, and helps reboot a relationship.
In "If" by Emerald, our wedding-party heroine is tormented by fantasies of a groomsman. But, then, what of her boyfriend, whom she loves so deeply?
In "Getting It Right" by Theresa Noelle Roberts, a couple gets a do-over on a caning scene gone wrong, and this time gets it very, very right.