D.L. King's lesbian erotica anthology is so very well edited. Each and every selection is carefully chosen and placed and clearly I'm not the only one who feels that way. My book came with a shiny gold "finalist" award sticker from the Lambda Literary Awards. Narrowing the focus to urban lesbians, this collection has something for everyone from some of the finest names in erotica. I spied stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel, Lisabet Sarai, Sophie Mouette and Kathleen Bradean, among others. D.L. encourages us to "...lie back, relax, get nice and comfy, and enjoy [our] trip to the big city" in the introduction and I concur (wholeheartedly!).
Cari Z.'s "Not in Kansas Anymore" was a particular pleaser with developed, interesting characters and great interplay between the women. Plus costuming! I do so love dress-up. Also with excellent character interplay, Stella Sandberg's "You're the Boss' taps into the dominant/submissive relationship a boss and her underling can experience, especially when both women are at the top of their respective fields. Firecrackers go off when they meet and play.
Victoria Oldham's "A Window to the City" delights with two women who might not have met under other circumstances coming together (!) over coffee, in a very sexy manner to boot. And possibly my favorite story in the book, Sophie Mouette's "On Display." So hot! An art gallery manager tries her best to gain approval (and funding) from a married philanthropist, and ends up with so much more. Descriptive writing and a setting replete with erotic art make this a wonderful sexy tale.
The back book cover says some of the tales are true and some are fiction. I fantasized about which were which, but mostly I just enjoyed, and I think others will too. The only thing that gave me pause was the glossy cover photo, which shows intertwined hands that appear to show a woman with extra digits. I didn't think the shot was up to the usual standards that Cleis Press produces, but it's no reason not to pick up the collection. What's between the covers is a keeper!