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I'm in love with vampires again thanks to this fabulous collectionSept. 26 2010
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Plot Summary: This collection of short stories pays homage to sexy vampires, savage vampires, and even lonely, melancholy vampires. There is a full range of tempting scenarios to feast upon, from airport encounters to sacrificial fantasies; from 1920's flapper girls to squalid Craigslist sexscapades; from dominance to submission, it's all here.
I had a few doubts before I started The Sweetest Kiss, but it quickly put my fears to rest. My first worry was that I would find it boring to read nothing but vampire stories back-to-back, but the variety and breadth of the vampires here made it a treat. My second fear was that the quality of the stories would be lacking, but this is a spicy collection full of heat and hunger. I think the cover threw my expectations, because it doesn't do anything for me, but this is one of those cases where I can totally ignore the outside now that I know what's on the inside.
Every single one of the 19 stories inside is good, but there were a few that were downright amazing. The very first offering by Remittance Girl called "Midnight at Sheremetyevo" was such a complete package that it blew me away, and I loved the older woman, younger man mix. "Fair Play" by G. B. Kensington had one of those pounding, mind-melting sex scenes that scorched the back of my eyeballs, and then it made me smile with a surprise ending. "Fourth World" by Lisabet Sarai featured a ménage à trois between a female vampire and her two male victims that was so hot that it almost convinced me that it was a screw worth dying for.
Ironically, my favorite story of the collection isn't even a typical piece of erotica. It's closer to erotic noir, and it's by Thomas S. Roche (that's right, there's equal opportunity in erotica, unlike romance... dudes can play). The story is called "Wait Until Dark, Montresor," and it was simply brilliant. It's a five-star story, all the way, but I can't divulge any details because the way it unfolds is critical to the experience. Perhaps it's because it's written in the second-person point of view (the narrator is speaking directly to "you" throughout the story) that it sucked me in completely, but it was dirty, and sad, and tender all at the same time. That's quite a hat trick to pull off.
I highly recommend this anthology if you're interested in some shiver-inducing vampire stories. It is a truly high quality collection.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must for anyone who loves vampires maybe a bit too much!Dec 14 2009
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Vampires are sexy, and there's no mincing words about it. "The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica" is a collection of short fiction focusing on the sexiest undead creature. The combination of horror, fear, taboo, eternal beauty, and other elements have attracted many to vampires, and those people will love this collection and its erotic focus on the sharp teethed seductresses. "The Sweetest Kiss" is a must for anyone who loves vampires maybe a bit too much!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vampires and erotica? Sign me up!May 20 2010
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My husband picked up this book for me, knowing I love vampires. I'm not sure if he knew it was erotica, but that is beside the point.
Now, normally I am not one to do anthologies. It's kind of like buying a CD. There might be one maybe two songs you like and the rest you could do without hearing. The same applies to my reading. I prefer stories I choose, not the random mix. Even with that in mind, I am glad my husband bought this one for me.
The book is filled with bite sized tales written by a variety of authors. The length of each story is perfect for those of you with short attention spans or limited "quiet" time to read.
Unlike the current sparkly Twilight vamps, the creatures of the night in this collection are of a darker breed. A refreshing throwback to the older Anne Rice vampires and Bram Stoker's Dracula too.
The variety of stories span the range from pure porno with page after page of steamy vamp action, to softer more seductive plot driven stories that make you ached to be held in the arms of that vampire lover. There is plenty inside to get your motor running.
Needless to say, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to any vampire fan!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Rare Quality for a Vampire AnthologySept. 29 2011
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Vampires are hot. If you looked at recent incarnations of them in movies or on television you might think this was a new craze. Not true. Vampires have been capturing the imaginations of people for centuries. What you need to get noticed nowadays in publishing or by readers is some new twist or play into the tried and true that has always kept the living undead on our minds.
The Sweetest Kiss: ravishing vampire erotica collects nineteen stories that do both. Some retell the tried and true romantic vampire who sweeps women off their feet with a smothering look and makes men do their bidding with a few corrupting words. The twist with these stories is that the vampire may not always be male and their victim may not always be female even if the majority of the stories are heterosexual in orientation.
Reviewing fiction is always tricky, this reviewer believes, because I must separate my own interests or turn-ons in the case of erotica from the target audience for the book. Just because a story doesn't thrill me doesn't necessarily mean it isn't well written. All of these stories are well written with engaging characters that capture our imagination from at least the second page, build up to an interesting climax, pun intended in this case, and then resolve the conflict in some fashion that makes sense for that particular story. Let me very briefly tell you about each of these tales
Most of these tales are told through the third person, a common practice that is easily understood by almost every reader. Some are told from the first person such as Remittance Girl's "Midnight at Sheremetyevo" that reveals the rules for a vamipiric family or Sommer Marsden's "The Student" which combines the latest ghost hunting craze with our living undead. Other stand out first person stories are Ciara Finn's "Advantage" where a mortal consciously fights her survival instincts for the thrill of her monstrous lover and "Devouring Heart" a tale of love's sacrifices from Andrea Dale.
In general, vampires are the powerful seducer that cannot be resisted but this is inverted several times in this anthology. "Red by Any Other Name" from Kathleen Bradlean inverts the normal paradigm wonderfully while "Enlightenment" from Amber Hipple gives us a victim who is more the hunter. Maxim Jakubowski's "The Communion of Blood and Semen" gives us the fragile vampire that is increasingly common in some teen literature but with a realistic sense of suffering and addiction that a mortal lover must control. Hunting for vampires takes on a desperate edge in a perfectly mundane setting in "Turn" from Nikki Magennis" but as good as the story is, I'd have to see it is the weakest in the collection since the plot seemed to move a bit too quickly for me to firmly grasp the viewpoint character.
Don't worry if you like your vampires the ones in control because they show up in several stories as well. "Fourth World" by Lisabet Sarai is a clash of cultures that results in orgasmic horror while G.B. Kensington's "Fair Play" gives us a vampire with a dark sense of humor about his latest meal. A true romantic lady of the night enjoys her evening in "Nightlife" from Madeleine Oh. An entire cult is created in Michelle Belanger's "Wicked Kisses" though the erotic edge here is more removed from vampires than in any other story. And we even have heroic vampires from Kristina Wright's story "Cutter" who gives a young woman more than she can give herself and A.D.R. Forte in "Once An Addict" though that vampire might see herself as more dealer than savior.
Given a vampire's potentially eternal life, authors can be free to set them during any time period. While none of these stories go into the science fiction genre, a few take us back to earlier periods. Anna Black's "The Temptation of Mlle. Marielle Doucette" takes corruption to a deeper level during the Reign of Terror. Post World War I fear compete with overwhelming sorrow in Teresa Noelle Roberts' "Blood and Bootleg". While wallow in the past though when you can embrace the latest in technology like Evan Mora's wily hunter in "Takeout or Delivery?".
My favorite story in the collection though is "Wait Until Dark, Montresor" from Thomas S. Roche, a widely published erotica author who not only gives us the unusually vampire and the mortal seeking her pleasures but does it all in second person that pulls you into the story. The runner up for my vote of best in this anthology is a wonderful dark twist on Dracula himself in Lisette Ashton's "Kiss and Make Up" where the victim isn't one of us mere mortals.
It is rare for me to review an anthology that has such good writing in every story. Cleis Press has done an excellent job of sorting through the horde of vampire erotica being written today and produced a book well worth your notice. With an array of characters that go beyond the common stereotypes for the undead and even greater variety among the mortals who encounter them, I feel confident that everyone who likes erotica or vampires will find something to enjoy in this collection.
Nothing could be sweeter-The Sweetest Kiss - edited by DL KingApril 28 2010
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I've gotten a bit behind in my reading due to my writing but I took some time for myself this past week to catch up on a book I have been dying to crack open. I'm talking about the ravishing vampie erotica anthology, The Sweetest Kiss. DL King has another hit on her hands and truthfully I expected no less from one of the masters of the genre. Now most of you know I'm a sucker for a hot paranormal story. Well if you like your vamps HOT then this is a must read for you. If death is as fun and stimulating as the stories in this book then I can't wait to go. Seriously, DL has once again managed to bring together some of the most talented erotica writers between these covers as well as some newbies that are definitely on my must buy radar now. Just look at the line up: Kathleen Bradean, Maxim Jakubowski, Madeline Oh, Lisabet Sarai, and more. This is a book you'll really want to sink your teeth into. My attention was caught at the first story, A delightful romp in a dark airport at midnight, given to us by Remittance Girl, and it wasn't let go until the end, when we ride off into forever with a story of an egotist and an addict by A.D.R. Forte. The stories range in theme and naughtiness but the vampires are consistent in their sex appeal and what they have to offer to us mere mortals. I've raved long enough. Get your copy now and get that blood pumping.