In Deep Waters 2: Cruising the Strip Paperback – Apr 22 2008
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About the Author
Radclyffe is a penname of a devoted fan of lesbian fiction who lives and writes in the Northeastern United States. She is a surgeon.
Karin Kallmaker's searing novel of innocent first love and dangerous seduction joins as unparalleled string of critically-acclaimed bestsellers that earned her the title of Undisputed Mistress of Lesbian Romance. Substitute for Love, Embrace in Motion, Painted Moon, Frosting on the Cake and more than a dozen other titles, including the fantasy Tunnel of Light Trilogy writing as Laura Adams, have left readers worldwide pleading for more.
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If you really enjoy something, I recommend doing it at least twice, especially if it involves partnering up with someone whose love of the results matches your own.
Working with Radclyffe is like finding the perfect partner for tennis--one challenging enough to get you out of your own zone, leading to the mutual goal of a fantastic volley based on complementary strengths. For this anthology, she lobbed balls over the net and waited patiently to see if I could return service. When I did, ooo, baby, did we have fun!
Having collaborated before on In Deep Waters 1, we spent less time making sure we were in sync and more time just plain playing. I hope readers are as amused and excited as I am by the results. Any resemblance of our characters to persons living are purely coincidental. Let's just say that I suspected Radclyffe of having a twisted and inspired sense of humor, and I wasn't wrong.
Speaking of characters, several of mine from previous works make an appearance in this volume. With a librarian's convention in town, "Twenty-One" of course makes Marian and Liddy from One Degree of Separation a natural choice. Brandy and Tess of "Lucky 7" first appeared in All the Wrong Places. "Lucky 7" continues the storyline from "Cruising Solo" in the first In Deep Waters. Author Carolyn and her agent Alison, from Paperback Romance, are attending the romance writer's convention, reaping the rewards of fifteen years' pride in "Payout."
Though I want to say that such stories, and the few other affectionate jokes in this volume, are all for the readers, honesty demands that I admit that I love revisiting my old friends. I truly hope that readers enjoy the results as much as I do.
Gambling is often compared to the risks of love and relationships. I'm not sure why, since inherently gambling means someone loses and someone wins, and the odds are always lopsided. So while we play with the metaphor, it is flawed. In practice, writing with Radclyffe about gambling, love, and sex defies the metaphor completely, because everyone comes out a winner.
-- Karin, January 2008
The little touches that wove the stories together really succeeded in creating a cohesive whole and, once again, the frequent use of characters familiar from other books and stories lent the proceedings a bit of extra depth and romance. But I think the organizational spreadsheet was perhaps less necessary here than with the previous book. Fewer "tools" were used, or perhaps it just feels like there was less variety.
All of these are minor comments, however. The book was still delightful to devour, and so full of good-natured optimism about women, loving women, and optimism about connecting with others that this reader couldn't help but finish with a smile on her face.
In their second erotic project together, these two magicians of erotica will have you breathing heavily, your heart racing, as you dash to a cold shower.
Both bring back some of their (our) favourite characters to satisfy our appetite for more.
The stories are hot, hot, hot.
Dont miss this book, stories like this can be read over and over...
Kallmaker and Radclyffe are a perfect match as far as erotic writing is concerned. After reading 100's of their stories, I am still unable to declare a winner. All this leads to an exciting time for us readers.
*a cold shower
*a hot and willing partner
don't read in public unless you just don't give a damn
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