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Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
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Zoftig, curvy, fat, voluptuous, all words for the state of being when we hold more weight on our bodies than is possibly good for us ( some would debate this) but is often the way we are. Sometimes even the way we want to be.

For some weight is something we struggle with and feel some shame about. But for some others the generous expanses of delight held in our breasts, bellies and on our backsides is the stuff of sexual liberation and celebration. Like a gorgeous old master painting come to sensual life.

Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women is for those who feel both ways and there is something in this book for all women. The book is equal opportunity in it's treament of all women, there is no shame in this book. Nor is there sexism, ageism or any of the other "isims" that you might come up with. There are stories of younger women and older, women of color and Latin decent, blondes brunettes and redheads. Best of all there are men ( and other women) who truly love and get off on the idea of begin with a woman who embraces her size and lives life to the fullest.

One other thing that is not missing from this book is hot sex ( erotica without hot sex would be...?). Proving the point that size has nothing to do with the ability to have mind blowing sex of all types. And yes, all types of sex are ventured with nothing lost to say the least! Nineteen short stories spanning multiple unique and refreshing scenarios make this a book that will have a place on my nightstand for a very long time to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
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Beautiful book, with a great variety of stories dealing with almost every possible aspect of being a curvy girl. what i found endearing is the embracing or the "curviness" by the characters. So often now we have an ideal body image that is impossible to live up to, and we forget the very real beauty that can be found in curves. The 19 stories themselves are varied and i feel balanced well enough with colorful and relatable characters and very steamy, sensual sex. This book is not about any specific kink or fetish rather it is an appreciation of curvy girls and those who love them, and in that is is different than other anthologies out there. is is a very sweet and loving tribute to women of all sizes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 20, 2012
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This book is a collection of erotica with bigger girls. This book has 19 different stories by various erotica authors. It is edited and co-authored by Rachel Kramer Busssel and includes a forward by April Flores. All of the characters have curves and "a little extra padding" I think there was a need for an erotica book like this. I hate that these are not the sort of characters you see in every book. I could love some of these women and see the allure of the bigger girl.

I am happy to report that almost every story was a pleasant surprise. I didn't think I would be able to relate to most of this book. I may have a little extra, but I am not a curvy girl. I loved In the Early Morning Light by Kristina Wright. This story, about a new Mom with a new body full of extra padding, is something that struck so close to home.

One theme I noticed was that two of the stories were about women who had quit smoking and put a bit of extra pounds on since then. Albeit these stories were completely different, I could enjoy them both. Champagne and Cheesecake by A.M.Hartnett is about a woman who has a reunion with two men. She celebrates her "victory tits" and voluptuousness with two former playmates in a very sexy scene. While Decadence by Satia Welch was about a woman treating herself to a little food indulgence after quitting smoking. Both of the woman oozed confidence and relished in their bodies.

My favorite erotic story was Before the Autumn Queen by Angela Caperton. This erotic story about a painting in a museum was very well written. I wanted it to go on and find out how what happens after the show where the museum working and the painting's sexy fan hook-up. This is an author I have never heard of, but she wrote so exquisitely about being beautiful I am now scoring the internet for more of her work. This is why collections by various authors are awesome.

Although I think this book set out to break a stereotype, some of the stories were full of bad characters. The story Runners Calves by Sommer Marsden did a poor job of trying to represent the bigger girl. I think most bigger girls are not runners. The main character made too many excuses for the body she was suppose to be loving and was eventually lavished upon. The low self esteem of this character was just a damned shame.

Passing the Time by Gwen Masters was another story that I think derailed from the main message of the book. This girl was stood up and she even suspected her boyfriend was cheating. I could relate to this girl, but it did not make me feel good.I recommend this book even for those whose major turn on is not a Curvy Girl. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself and my kink in its pages, I think you will too. I loved the few stories about woman loving woman, they did a good job of not apologizing for their sexiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2012
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Curvy Girls is a steamy set of stories every voluptuous girl with curves will adore. (And I have no doubt that guys who like curves on their ladies will probably enjoy this anthology just as much.) Some of the tales burn fast and quick and other simmer at a deeper level. For me, personally, I could relate to several of the female main characters' "issues" and fantasies. It may seem that curves are not appreciated as much these days, but the authors of these stories prove a lack of love from the fashionably thin doesn't make the voluptuous any less sexy.

The anthology kicks off with a tale called "Runner's Calves" which brings up a problem I have *every* Fall season when I go to try on knee-high boots--they're just not built for tight, muscular calves. Darn you, shoe makers! But, never fear, our heroine finds a hunny who has the perfect pair for her, and can appreciate her strong legs in other ways as well. Nice. The tales don't lose any of their heat or curves past this, and the stories vary as much as the women themselves. A few of my other favorites in the collection included "First Date" and "Big Girls Do Cry," both of which took their main characters to a deeper level.

The editor did a wonderful job of pacing this collection, and authors did an equally wonderful job of giving her material to work with. I'd definitely recommend this one to both those looking for hot tales and those simply looking for great stories where a little weight in all the right places is much appreciated.

--Ariyana
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2012
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Curvy Girls Erotica for Women was my first experience with erotica, and it was a pleasure from start to finish. A good read transports the reader into the story, its characters, and excites the reader as if it were happening to her. This is the great fun of Curvy Girls. Decadence took me through the kitchen door of that restaurant after hours, and behind the record store counter in Small Packages... I felt the cool leather and the daring silence of the museum in Before the Autumn Queen...
The heroines of these stories seem to know who they are. And while the self- portraits they paint ("Ample", "Wide", "Full-figured") risk isolation and judgment, their insecurities, desires, and responses are so universal, few will fail to relate. We know their curves because we know our own. Their adjectives describe us too, and we are given the choice to love our shapes and ourselves. In their pursuit of pleasure, these women embrace everything they are, broad, ample, and full-filled, and are rewarded for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2012
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Curvy Girls exceeded even my high expectations to a striking degree. Since I thought the theme was marvelous, I expected to enjoy the book, but as far as I'm concerned, Curvy Girls is truly an exceptional anthology.

There is no question that the lovers in this book find the protagonists sexy--breathtakingly so in many cases. The overt and often verbal appreciation the protagonists' admirers have for their beauty mesmerized me in story after story. As I saw it, these stories tended to come either from the angle of a larger woman who experiences comfort and contentment about that or from one who struggles with the standards postulated by an abstract society, bringing us as readers face to face with those unconscious judgments and compelling us to confront them from the inside out--all of which I see as of great value.

While this book may be fiction, it seems to me that as with much fiction, it is reflective of some part of reality. Despite various media's constant bombardment to the contrary, there are obviously individuals who perceive this way, who see non-supermodel-shaped bodies as individually beautiful and unique, and to whom it would make no more sense to fetishize such than it would captivating eyes or luxurious hair (not that those things can't be experienced as fetishes, but fetishization has not commonly been perceived as their only potential attractiveness, which has sometimes seemed the nonsensical case with larger-sized women).

I highly recommend this book for all who are at all interested in the theme or simply in discerning, thoughtful (and very hot!) erotica.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2012
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Curvy Girls is exactly what erotica should be: exciting, enticing, sensual, and steamy. The writers in this collection took their stories right to the edge without ever becoming unnecessarily graphic. All the stories are well written, and women of all sizes, and throughout the sexuality spectrum, will find something to relate to in this book.

For me, the story that really hit home was "In The Morning Light", a story about a woman who had recently given birth and was dealing with how her body had changed during her pregnancy, along with her feelings about her body. This was something that I went through myself during and after my pregnancy, so see it written about so skillfully made me ecstatic. I have to admit that I kept this book near my bath tub, so I could read it while relaxing before bed.

Being a newly minted big girl (I spent a good part of my life fairly thin, until about 5 or 6 years ago), finding erotica that represented women with sizes beyond 5 or 6 who were sexy and confident seemed impossible. Some of the stories even feature women who aren't as confident in their appearance as they may want to be. None of the writers make this out to be a bad thing, just a part of each woman's personality; and something that they almost always got over by the end of the story.

I am grateful to Rachel and all the wonderful writers in this collection for putting this book together. I love that they acknowledged that big girls are sexual beings as well and that we can be, and often are, sexy, confident women. Most erotica and porn I had come across that featured larger women fetishized them in a way that I found to be almost insulting, focusing more on the "fat" than the woman. I plan on sharing this book with a few friends who are also big girls.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
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I could not wait to read the newest tome by Rachel Kramer Bussel. It has a wonderful variety of stories where the heroines are large and beautiful and men make them queens. In some of the stories the vivid details of every curve was inspiring. Thanks again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2014
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Being an extra curvy girl myself, I both looked forward to reading this book and felt anxious about it at the same time. I wanted to read about women like me doing extra naughty things, not a book filled with little or no self-esteem filled women hiding in corners until the one Prince Charming who can see their worth drags them out. Luckily, this book wasn't about that. It was filled with women like me having lots of smoking hot sex in a high variety of ways. P.S. Read Justine Elyot's "Wenching" first. Damn!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
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Who is "overweight?" Who is "plus-sized?" These loaded terms are more culturally-specific than many people seem to realize. This anthology contains no precise definition of "curvy," but the fact that women's clothing in Size 14 and up is usually only available in "plus-size" stores (at least in North America) neatly serves to divide women on the basis of size in much the same way that apartheid once divided people on the basis of skin colour. Despite famous paintings of full-figured women and even famous centrefolds of the likes of Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s, the current belief that gorgeous equals painfully thin seems to permeate Western culture.

This anthology not only aims to restore the self-esteem of "plus-sized" women, it aims to show why they are and always have been sexy. In these stories, fat-phobia is unpacked as a form of prejudice that is no more rational than racism or sexism. In fact, the equation of "overweight" with poor health is deliberately overturned on the first page of "Champagne and Cheesecake" by A.M. Hartnett:
"She called them her `victory tits.'

A whole year without smoking, and Sylvia had packed on thirty pounds, but she was no longer sorry for a single ounce of the blubber. In fact, now that she was staring at her reflection in the full-length mirror of the luxurious hotel room, she was feeling pretty good about the added girth."

Of course the hotel room where Sylvia has planned a tryst with two of her men friends is luxurious. Effective descriptions of sex, including scenes of mutual attraction and sexual tension, have always included delicious excess: extravagant settings, luxury items, feasts, multiple partners, extreme sensations (including pain so intense that it transmutes into pleasure and vice versa), explosive orgasms. The message of this anthology that fat can be beautiful is consistent with the traditional exaggerations in much erotic fiction.

Several of these stories combine esthetic excess with references to past periods when the ideal woman was imagined as plumper than the models of today. In "Wenching" by Justine Elyot, Ginny is dressed as a peasant wench of the 13th century to serve at a medieval feast, where she meets her modern-day prince, and he explains to her why she should never feel ashamed of her body:

"'Think of all the words associated with a bit of extra flesh. Generous. Ample. Voluptuous. Bountiful. Beautiful, sensual words. Contrast them with their opposites. Mean. Insufficient. Meager. Miserly.'"

Ginny and her admirer sneak off to a hideaway where he shows her in the most convincing ways that he adores her generous flesh.

"Before the Autumn Queen" by Angela Caperton focuses on a nineteenth-century painting of "Autumn" as a majestic woman who seems to be offering herself to a lover. A modern-day male art-lover notices the resemblance of a woman who works in the art gallery to the painting that graces one of its walls. The resulting seduction seems like a threesome which involves the man, the woman, and the eerily life-like image.

Most of the couplings in these stories are heterosexual, and the man's admiration for a woman with ample curves enables her to see herself through his eyes instead of through the self-punishing lens of the fat-phobic media. Two of these stories ("Cheesecake and Champagne" and "Appetite" by Elizabeth Coldwell) involve threesome scenes in which the woman shows her generosity and her appetite for pleasure by taking on two men. In at least one story ("Excuses"), the man-woman relationship is interracial, and the white man shows that he admires the beauty of a woman who is neither blonde nor skinny.

Three of these stories feature f/f sex between women who have defined themselves as lesbian for some time, and therefore their relationship with mainstream culture is different from that of women who have never lived anywhere else. In "Recognition" by Salome Wilde and Talon Rihai, two women exchange glances in an airport and recognize each other as having something important in common despite their differences in race, culture, occupation, relationship status and home city (one lives in Atlanta, one New York). Their brief hookup in the cramped space of a lavatory is not meant to be repeated, but it seems likely to affect them both for a long time. In "At Last" by Jessica Lennox, a pair of long-term friends finally act on the attraction which has been simmering for years. "What Girls Are Made Of" by Evan Mora is more of a prose-poem than a narrative, and it sings the praises of a "dapper butch woman with a little substance to her." These stories encourage me to hope that lesbian culture will never adopt the degree of fat-phobia which causes too many heterosexual women to see their bodies as asexual and repulsive.

The two male-Dominant BDSM stories, "Big Girls Do Cry" by Rachel Kramer Bussel and "Marked" by Isabelle Gray, make a necessary distinction between desire and contempt. In these stories, a man goes to extreme measures to take ownership of a curvy woman while assuring her that he is not punishing her for any "flaws" of body or character.

The story which moved me the most, "In the Early Morning Light" by Kristina Wright, is told from the viewpoint of an exhausted mother of a newborn baby, not her first. The narrator dreads the thought of having to satisfy her husband's sexual needs while she feels that her body is bloated and hideous. His gentle touch is miraculously effective at reawakening her old desire for him. By the end of the story, their relationship has shifted profoundly for the better.

While some of these stories are predictable, some challenge conventional assumptions with confidence and wit. In general, this is a collection of well-told tales that would especially appeal to women who have been bullied because of their size, and the ones who love them.
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