This collection from erotica aficionado Rachel Kramer Bussel could almost have been called "Skin". Nearly every story in this anthology delights in the touch, the sensuousness and the excitation of that largest organ of the body. But Smooth is more subtle--calling all-at-once to mind faces de-whiskered, legs denuded, bodies shorn of anything that would get in the way, and yet, also, an attitude, a confidence, a sure-handedness of thought and action. He was smooth. She was smooth. Your mind goes first to one set of connotations, then another. The ambiguity is delightful, and this collection then, rightly, does delight.
In Loyly, by Angela Caperton, a woman at a snowy resort finds a stranger who teaches her the true spirit of the sauna.
In Her Brand-New Skin, by Elizabeth Coldwell, a woman comes to accept her new skin (grafts after a horrible car accident) with the help of her husband and another couple.
In Eden, by Molly Slate, Adam and Eve discover their bodies and the amazing words that can describe them.
In Three Stops Away, by Heidi Champa, on a No Pants Subway Ride, an initially hesitant participant gets some assistance in undressing and a bit more.
In The Sushi Girl, by Anika Gupta, a woman is the not-quite-motionless platter for a sensual bite to eat on the eve of the Wall Street collapse.
In This Night, by Suzanne V. Slate, a sexy scenario involving an unsuspecting pizza boy is played out twice, with the woman first under control and then, delightfully turning the tables, in control.
In Ink, by Jennifer Peters, a woman shows her hidden, but extensive, tattoos to a more-than-appreciative partner, feeling something more than just naked in the process.
In Adornment Is Power, by Teresa Noelle Roberts, former lovers reunite via a website that exposes their mutual (but previously unexplored) kinky sides, and the woman discovers just how naked she can feel fully clothed when the man is encouraged to discover all the body jewelry she has hidden.
In Muscle Bound, by K.D. Grace, two women weight lifters discover the joys of a room with mirrored walls and ceilings and the artistic urges that follow.
In Shower Fitting, by Giselle Renarde, the lure of an exquisite and sexy shower leads to a little breaking and entering.
In Clean Slate, by Lisabet Sarai, a tattooed woman gets the ink from an old life removed by a woman who reminds her of the possibilities of a new start.
In Live Action, by Susan St. Aubin, a woman's fantasies take an exhibitionist bent after a lifetime of hiding herself and some encouragement from uninhibited strangers.
In Chilly Girl, by Rachel Kramer Bussel, a wife's chance discovery of her husband's snowy fetish leads to embracing her inner Ice Queen.
In Stripped, by Clancy Nacht, a woman is suspended by rope and gives herself over to the feel of the hemp against her skin and the man doing the tying.
In The Tea Party, by Charlotte Stein, a woman chances upon a naked man in an unexpected place, who's as polite as if it were a tea party, but there's nary a finger sandwich to be had and she soon finds herself just as naked as the man.
In Rapunzel, by Jacqueline Applebee, a woman loses her long, long hair, but gains a very special flogger in the process.
In Getting the Message, by Kay Jaybee, an online assignation is made hotter when the man asks the woman to be truly naked for him, and that includes shaving.
In Ivy League Associates, by Donna George Storey, an Ivy League prostitute, asked to arrive pantyless and raincoated, discovers her client is someone she already knows.
In True Colors, by Louisa Harte, a redhead with ample curves discovers the joys of being an artist's model, and of being the art itself in the body-painting session that ensues.