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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573444081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573444088
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #321,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Rachel Kramer Bussel previously edited the best-selling erotica collection Up All Night. She is the coauthor of The Lesbian Sex Book and a sex columnist for The Village Voice. She lives in New York City. Visit her Web site at

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99517bd0) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9951c264) out of 5 stars Always Amazing Nov. 11 2010
By Erotic Elf - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb56a05a4) out of 5 stars Soft and Sensual Oct. 13 2010
By Miss Kay - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Smooth" is an amazing collection of erotic stories for women published by Cleis Press and edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. here are 204 pages, and in those 204 pages, 19 different erotic stories directed towards a woman's pleasure. That isn't to say that men won't enjoy this collection - they easily can. The theme of this collection is "the female body" which means that all of the stories focus on something on the female body whether it be tattoos, public nudity, muscle training, piercings, sex with food, playing with ice cubes, shaving body hair, body painting, and other plot twists. All of the plots are different in their own way, and it makes an interesting read since each plot is so unique.

I was a bit disappointed by the language. I've read other "erotic for women" compilations before, and I feel like Smooth had a lot more stories that were vague on the sexual action compared to other "woman's" erotica. I was a bit disappointed since some of the stories seemed a bit lacking in details. While I didn't expect crass language, I was expecting a bit more in terms of specific details.

A lot of the stories focused on seduction. The male of the story (though there were a couple homosexual stories) seduces the female of the story. This makes the entire story seem erotic, but the action itself usually isn't too descriptive. If you enjoy some good seduction, this is a great collection of stories. I just wish there was a bit more in terms of specific details.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994584b0) out of 5 stars Vulnerability in risks can be very sexy Oct. 10 2010
By D. Zalewski - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99363cb4) out of 5 stars Sexy, erotica, yet different... Oct. 15 2010
By Jason Frost - Published on
Format: Paperback
Unlike her last erotic book for women (which I loved) this one is truly for women. It was VERY sexual as all her books are, but it wasn't... raw. Something about this one didn't quite do it for me and I was trying to figure out what. I think I've narrowed it down to two reasons. 1. Different authors, which you would expect in collections and 2. It was a little tame for my taste. So why did I give it 5 stars? Because I can make the difference between good short stories, bad short stories, bad short stories that are just BAD, and good short stories that just weren't my cup of tea but were good nonetheless. Most of the stories in this collection fall in the "good-but-not-my-cup-of-tea-but-still-good" category.

It just seemed that a lot of these short stories were very moderate compared to her other erotic "for women" books. Could be just me, and if so, I'm OK with that. Here are a few of my favorites:

`Eden' - this was a VERY interesting take on Adam & Eve.
`This Night' - my absolute FAVORITE!
`Muscle Bound'
`The Tea Party'
HASH(0x9935c7bc) out of 5 stars I bought 2 or 3 books compiled by this lady and have been disappointed with every one Sept. 10 2014
By P - Published on
Format: Paperback
A bit too descriptive and profane to be called erotic. I bought 2 or 3 books compiled by this lady and have been disappointed with every one. The stories are all very similar in their descriptions of the actual act and only 1 or 2 are what I would call original concepts and new. There seems to be no difference between lust and erotic no matter what the titles imply....