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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (March 9 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443838
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
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"An assortment of authors promises and delivers a new and refreshing tale in each story the reader begins. Focusing on African American characters and sexuality, as a reader, I found myself putting myself in the characters experiences and emotions. A perfect read for any consenting adult of any nationality and color." --Night Owl Reviews "Sexuality is raw, primal, and can speak of much that words won't allow to be said. "Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul" is a collection of stories edited by Cole Riley as he presents many stories of black sexuality, showing raw emotion and thought in its many forms, as the writings range from passionate to erotica and everything in between. "Making the Hook-Up" is a choice addition to any collection focusing on black sexuality." --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Cole Riley, an innovative voice in urban literature, produced several early street classics: Hot Snake Nights, Rough Trade, The Devil To Pay, The Killing Kind, Dark Blood Moon, and more recently, Harlem Confidential and Guilty As Sin. His erotica has been featured in many anthologies, including Intimacy and Maxim Jakubowski's The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. In literary legend Ishmael Reed's newest book, Mixing It Up, Riley is cited as one of the influences on top-notch crime scribes Richard Price, George Pelacanos, and others. He lives and writes in New York City.

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HASH(0xa384adf8) out of 5 stars A sensual treat... March 8 2010
By Jason Frost - Published on
Format: Paperback
Delicious. Like warm caramel on a taunt, yet supple body. The first two minutes after a tsunami orgasm. Beads of sweat on parts of your body that you didn't know that COULD sweat. Emotional fornication. If sex, lust, and words had a ménage a trios that produced child, this book would be it. I read a lot of erotic collections and it's darn near impossible to find one where every story is one to savor. This one, however, comes tantalizing close.

The first story sets the tone because it is, quite simply, the best* in this book. From the set-up, to the story, to the negotiated sex, to the finish. Oh to be a strobe light in THAT van! I put an "*" next to 'best' because there is another story in here that is absolutely extraordinary! 'Stranger in the Water' is one of those special short stories that you wish would go on forever. And surprisingly it's not about the sex. Oh it's in there all right, but this story... this story... you feel. This story, you crave. If there was a better way for me to describe it, I would. But I can't. 'Dangerous Comfort' is one of those 'oh why can't that ever happen to me' stories. Loved it. 'Lonnie's Licks' made me squirm and 'Irresistible' made me fidget.

'All Day' had me thinking there was NO WAY I could do that, no way I would even try. 'A Taste of Tyrell' was just plain sexy! Yes, there were a couple stories that I skipped because, while being sexually free, I'm not into EVERYTHING :-) Cole Riley has done a magnificent job of putting together a truly hot erotic collection.
HASH(0xa384ae4c) out of 5 stars Hot, well-crafted stories for all ethnicities & tastes Aug. 16 2011
By Simone Corday - Published on
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A choice collection of hot new stories by an array of talented writers, edited by versatile author Cole Riley, who also contributes a story. The settings vary from America to all over the world, including Haiti, the Bahamas, Chicago, an Indian casino, Kansas. Along the way there are new writers to watch, and stories that prod us to re-examine our thoughts and patterns of behavior. Altogether a surprising array of characters and story lines, and no matter your ethnicity or taste, will not fail to intrigue and arouse.

--Simone Corday is the author of 9 1/2 YEARS BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR, A Memoir: A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers Her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Killing that Rocked San Francisco
HASH(0xa384c144) out of 5 stars Deliciously hot anthology! March 23 2015
By Vanessa Clark - Published on
Format: Paperback
The theme of this anthology is all about the hook up, and it sure is hot and steamy! Not every story nails it (no pun intended), some are not as good as others or I just didn't care for them at all, but the ones that really turned me on were FANTASTIC. My top 3 favorites were Preston Allen's Three Kisses, Tenille Brown's Lonnie's Licks, and Cole Riley's Irresistable. The hot sex aside, I also appreciated the writing style of the stories that are soulful and full of character, which made these stories and this anthology stand out as being about more than just hooking up, but showcasing black beauty and sensuality sans stereotypes. The anthology as a whole is a winner, and worth having in any erotic anthology collection.
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HASH(0xa384c660) out of 5 stars Good stories, but a little different March 29 2010
By TexasGurl08 - Published on
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I enjoyed this book for the most part. It had a variety of stories. No two were alike so you could get a different scene and feeling from each one. None of the stories were flat out raunchy like a few other books that I have read before. Each story is quite detailed but never boring! I am not a fan of some of the stories in here (BDSM is not my style). Other than that, the book was great. All of the authors did an excellent job!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa384af0c) out of 5 stars Enjoyable from Start to Finish March 5 2010
By Shakir Rashaan, Author - Published on
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I wanted to share this review from my publisher, Kemi-Ka Publishing:

"We enjoyed this anthology, all of the authors' short stories were excellent, including our author's short story. It was a very well put together work, our kudos to Mr. Riley and Cleis for including Mr. Rashaan in such a quality project...."

From the staff at Kemi-Ka Publishing

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