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Product Details

  • Series: Brown Sugar (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; 1st Washington Square Press Trade Pbk. Ed edition (January 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743466861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743466868
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,564,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The third volume in Taylor's successful series of African-American erotica gathers 18 tales highlighting a lusty variety of sexual scenes and appetites, but focuses on titillating liaisons between socially mismatched partners. Third-time contributor Preston L. Allen offers the disturbing "Who I Chose to Love," about the vengeful seduction of a virtuous evangelist by a teenage hoodlum's damaged girlfriend. Husband-and-wife team Denene Miller and Nick Chiles choose a subway platform as the setting for a fetishy tryst between a professional woman and a beggar violinist in "Play It Again," while Michael Datcher pairs a staid librarian and a teenage jock with a bum heart in "Happiest Butterfly in the World." A public prosecutor and a gangster make an unlikely but passionate pair in Sharrif Simmon's edgy "Love and the Game," and the spirit of a comatose teenage boy discovers Eros with the help of a flesh-and-blood older woman in Leone Ross's haunting "The Contract." The sex is hot, and it's not just het: newlyweds grapple with the husband's bisexuality in Patricia Elam's "Scenes from a Marriage," while a gay artist and his new accountant indulge in fantasies in John Keene's "Sums." Refreshingly honest, unflinchingly explorative, wildly erotic and sometimes just dirty, this energetic anthology should find its way to plenty of bedside tables.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "rhimsky" on January 24, 2004
Format: Paperback
It is in short story collections such as these that we find the hint of A.A.'s greatest literary potential.
The shelves are glutted these days with black writers doing their very best Danielle Steele and John Grisham impersonations. More power to them. In the popular A.A. romance and mystery/thriller genres, black writers have found a niche that makes money, their writing is generally pretty decent mainstream scribbling, and their fans (the hundreds of thousands of college-educated, career-minded black women) seem happy enough with the product to make stars of the authors.
The problem is that these genres, though popular and therefore financially lucrative to black folk, are not examples of our "great" art. These Dickeys, McMillans, and Tyrees of today will not be passed down to our children as examples of great books; they will simply be replaced in the next decade by the new Dickeys, McMillans, and Tyrees writing about the "popular" A.A. romance culture of that new day. In fact, writers of the popular genres (in any American ethnic group) risk financial disenfranchisement if they dare to elevate their art to the level of literature, if they dare to take artistic risks in their work.
Not so with erotica. I have been following the Brown Sugar series from the beginning, and I must tell you that the editor has consistently chosen stories that are not just erotic, but "interesting." Brown Sugar 3 is no different. Yes, many of the stories do follow the predicatble patterns of today's urban romance scene, but the writing is a hundred times more polished, due I suppose to the editing skills of Carol Taylor. For example, I have long been a fan of Zane's, though critical of her somewhat pedestrian style. She sparkles in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Modern Muse on April 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I don't claim to be an erotica expert, I do own a few collections with various themes(fairy tales,water, and erotica for women). This was the first Brown Sugar collection I had read. I was happy to find first and foremost really sexy stories. Very little ick factor, some kink but not enough to alienate and fully realized characters. Maybe it is too vanilla for some, but I think too many erotic anthologies are weird for the sake of being weird. Unusual stories are great, but it is hard to relate to a jumble of esoteric and performance-artist queer erotica that is billed as a "Best of" collection.

"Brown Sugar 3: When Opposites Attract" is a well-edited, richly drawn selection of stories. I say without irony that it is soulful, as in humanistic. While it is Black Erotica, I found it highly relatable for anyone. That which is good is fantastic. Even the okay stories are pretty good. Maybe two stories really suck. That is still a much better average than my previous purchases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terrence on January 18, 2004
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Sexy and insightful. Whether it's a story to make you think, like Wanda Coleman's Harold and Popcorn or a story to turn you on like Shariff Simmons' Love and the Game, Brown Sugar 3 has something for everyone. Keep up the good work.
I'm ready for Brown Sugar 4!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Egwim on May 16, 2006
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I loved this book and the other 2 Brown Sugar installments. I plan on purchasing the 4th installment. If you like erotica, go for the Brown Sugar series. I enjoyed these more than anything Zane has written.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Euftis Emery author of Off the Chain on November 14, 2005
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Erot·ic - devoted to, or tending to arouse sexual love or desire. It was very difficult for me to read Brown Sugar 3 because the majority of the stories did not meet the dictionary definition of erotic. Although, I did enjoy the stories by Preston Allen, Denene Millner, Nick Chiles, and Lolita Files, there just were not enough bright spots for me to call this collection of so-called erotic stories good.

Based on my personal definition of erotic I would give this book one star. However, I realize that what I would find erotic others may view as pornographic. Hence, I must be fair and give this book three stars. People who have not graduated from the missionary position may find the stories exciting.

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