Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women Paperback – Oct 1 2010
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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 www.rachelkramerbussel.com.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
`The Tea Party'