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Rachel Kramer Bussel

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573444081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573444088
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Amazing Nov. 11 2010
By Erotic Elf - Published on
I've been reading Rachel Kramer Bussel's anthologies for some time now. With each volume, I love discovering how the familiar authors will amaze me in new ways, and the new-to-me authors will seduce me with their various captivating voices.

Among the menu of delights in this book is Heidi Champa's "Three Stops Away," which gloriously fulfills the sort of fantasy that I, for one, find irresistible when I hear about "No Pants Subway Rides." Then we have Charlotte Stein, who, as always, provides a vivid, delectable slice of off-kilter sexual adventure that I never could have dreamed of.

In "Ivy League Associates," master of the paradigm shift Donna George Storey once again blows my mind by taking me on an unforgettable interpersonal journey.

K. D. Grace is a dazzling writer whose work I've learned of relatively recently, and her "Muscle Bound" is one of the most arresting portrayals of the body as living erotic art that it's ever been my pleasure to read. The visual arts also feature in "True Colors," by Louisa Harte. Again, I've only recently become familiar with Harte's work, and the sweetness-kissed sensuality of this piece is a fine example of why she's quickly become a name I look for.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vulnerability in risks can be very sexy Oct. 10 2010
By D. Zalewski - Published on
Smooth contains a collection of 19 short stories from a woman's perspective about being "naked." Sometimes that meant being without clothes, other times it was about being emotionally naked - vulnerable - in front of someone else. All of the stories were sex positive and contained a nice mix of heterosexual and lesbian encounters.

There were a variety of encounters as well: committed relationships, going to a new level, strangers, and even those that didn't involve actual sex between the two parties.

Certainly there were stories that I enjoyed more than others based upon my own turn-ons and ability to identify with the characters. But even the ones that didn't leave me wanting more were enjoyable to read. I thought all of them were well written and thought provoking. I think it's a safe bet that the majority of women that choose to indulge in this anthology will find at least one, if not several, story they'll want to reread again and again. Miss Rachel Kramer Bussel (editor) certainly knows how to put together a collection of sensational erotic stories.

This was the first time I'd read a complete story by most of these authors, and I look forward to more of their work. It takes talent to convey such emotional depth to characters in a relatively short amount of words and have a hot, (even when using ice!) sexy scene.

If you enjoy erotica that takes you through the emotional journey of exploration and how to be comfortable in your own skin - even when taking a risk - then I highly recommend this book.

My favorites included "Ink" by Jennifer Peters; "Chilly Girl" by Rachel Kramer Bussel; "The Tea Party" by Charlotte Stein; and "Rapunzel" by Jacqueline Applebee.

I'd give away my copy now that I've finished it, except... I want to keep it. And reread it. Feel free to get your own though!

Disclaimers: I received a free copy of Smooth from the editor in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very smooth indeed, and red-hot! Oct. 5 2010
By Peter Bloch - Published on
The latest cornucopia of erotic stories edited by Rachel Bussel is one of her best yet! How she gets the time to publish so many first-rate books, as well as writing some of the best sex stories around, is a mystery, but her fans will be delighted with this 'celebration of the body beautiful.' All 19 stories are steaming hot, but Heidi Champa's "Three stops away" and Jennifer Peters's "Ink"--among other standouts--set new standards for literate erotica.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It gets under the skin Oct. 31 2010
By Robert T Bakie - Published on
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goes Down Smooth Oct. 30 2010
By Akron Reader - Published on
Compared to other collections, this was a bit more hit and miss for me. Some of the stories were really hot. I particularly enjoyed two of the tattoo-related ones, "Ink" and "Clean Slate." Then again, I have a thing for tattoos anyway (even though one of those stories involves laser removal). "The Sushi Girl" was another good one, all anticipation. But a few, including "Shower Fittings," just didn't click. The variety of situations in general was good though and I would definitely recommend the collection to others.

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