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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580052517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580052511
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Finally a book about what girls REALLY think about. Well, maybe not
every one, but the dirty ones…and those are the ones who really
count.” &mdash Joanna Angel, CEO, Burning Angel Entertainment

Dirty Girls is the post-feminist generation’s answer to Nancy Friday’s My Secret Garden, a collection of erotically charged short stories that reveal that, in the 21st century, good girls are dead and dirty girls are the new black.” &mdash Susannah Breslin, author of You’re a Bad Man, Aren’t You?

“A spanking good collection of smart erotica assembled by always exciting ringleader Rachel Kramer Bussel, Dirty Girls begs the question ‘What are those dirty girls thinking?’ and answers with insight not just to how women want it, but why.”
&mdash Lisa Beth Kovetz, author of The Tuesday Erotica Club

“This is an outstanding collection of hot women’s stories. That’s hot stories by women and stories by hot women. The table of contents reads like a who’s who in the best erotica writers around, an All Star team who deliver the raunch and punch the reader deserves. Rawr.”
&mdash Cecilia Tan, author of Black Feathers and White Flames: Erotic Dreams

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Dirty and Sweet Wrapped Up in One

1. Fucking Around by Marie Lyn Bernard
2. Live Tonight by Saskia Walker
3. Just Another Girl on the Train by Catherine Lundoff
4. Beautiful Creature by Kristina Wright
5. In the Name Of… by Isabelle Gray
6. Cheesy Boots by L. Elise Bland
7. Truck Stop Cinderella by Lillian Ann Slugocki
8. The Dream of Life by Tenille Brown
9. The Mile High Club by Kate Dominic
10. Like a Good Girl by Alison Tyler
11. The Garden of Sinn by Darklady
12. Bag and Baggage by Teresa Noelle Roberts
13. Icy Hot by Rachel Kramer Bussel
14. Dreams by Marilyn Jaye Lewis
15. Shocking Expose! Secrets Revealed! by Carol Queen
16. To Dance at the Fair by Donna George Storey
17. The First Deadly Sin by Gwen Masters
18. El Mar de Encanto by Sofia Quintero
19. Flight by Suki Bishop
20. Lily by Tsaurah Litzky
21. Opera Gloves by Maddy Stuart
22. Party Favor by Andrea Dale
23. Carn Euny by Madelynne Ellis
24. A Prayer to Be Made Cocksure by Melissa Gira
25. All About Hearts by Sage Vivant
26. The Next Thing by Gina de Vries
27. Until It’s Gone by Shanna Germain

Introduction: Dirty and Sweet Wrapped Up in One

“I can be dirty and sweet at the same time” reads my self-proclaimed motto on my MySpace page. When I wrote that, I meant that not so deep inside me lurks the soul of a highly perverted, kinky, dirty girl who can get aroused often by a single word whispered in my ear or a solid smack across my ass. Once someone gets me into that zone, I’ll do anything, no matter how depraved, to be with them. I’ll find myself fantasizing about all the wicked things we can do together throughout the day and night, waking from wild dreams with the wish that they were beside me. I’ll see their name in my inbox and get instantly wet. I’ll tell them in public exactly what I want them to do to me, and vice versa. Yes, that’s what I mean by “dirty.”

Yet I don’t think my sexual interests make me any less of a well-rounded, kind-hearted intelligent person. I’m “sweet” in the sense that I care about my friends and family, like sending cards and random gifts, strive to be a good person (also, I run a blog about cupcakes). I’m as likely to kiss a lover’s forehead tenderly and offer to tuck them into bed as I am to throw them down on the floor and strip them naked. For me, the sweet and tender and down-and-dirty go hand in hand; I’m most turned on, and most slutty, when I’m partnered with someone who brings out my sweet side. Once, I visited a boyfriend who was sick with a fever, and did the one thing I could think of to make him feel better: sank down on his bed and took his cock in my mouth. Playing the slutty nurse, horny yet doting, is another aspect to my dirty/sweet motto.

I’d originally meant the phrase as a throwaway line, but more and more I’m realizing that everyone (or almost everyone) has a dirty and a sweet side. All too often we denigrate the dirty girls the ones who dare to publicly show their naughty sides as incorrigible sluts, rather than realizing just how much exciting it is to tap into our lustiest selves. Once you crack the surface of those who are seemingly prim and proper (the demure suburban housewife, the suited-up banker, the quiet secretary, the curious bookworm, the shy computer nerd), you’ll very likely find that the simplicity of the word “dirty” doesn’t go anywhere near far enough to describe the kinks that lurk within them.

The women writing here don’t apologize for being dirty. They know who and what they want and they go after the objects of their affection in all kinds of different ways. Reading this collection whether from start to finish or skipping around to your favorite authors or the most eye-catching titles will give you a glimpse into what makes women wet, what makes us feel and act dirty, what makes us slick our lips and spread our legs. Maybe, just maybe, their stories attempt to answer Freud’s infamously infuriating query: “What do women want?” To judge by the twenty-seven tales you hold in your hand, they want to be worshiped, they want to be ordered around, they want to be sent spinning into ecstasy and then come crashing back down. They want strangers bearing ice cubes on a hot day, and to be a party favor passed around among guests. They want hot vacation sex, visits to peep shows, and a man who’ll lick stinky cheese off their boots. They want power, and they want to give up power. They want sex at the office and in the great outdoors and on trains and airplanes. They want sex with the whole United States of America (or, at least, part of it). They want to be wooed, seduced, flirted with, taken. They want men, women, and sometimes both at the same time.

Of course, there’s more to what women want out of sex than any one book could possibly capture. What I’ve done with this anthology is highlight some of the best erotic writing I’ve found from authors who show you exactly what makes their hearts beat and their clits stand at attention. What they’re up to is, as Marie Lyn Bernard so aptly puts it, “Fucking Around” (which I briefly considered as a very fitting alternative title to this book). When I first heard Bernard read this story tag-team style at my reading series “In The Flesh,” I was blown away. She captures so much of the drama of sex; the high highs, the low lows, the awkwardness and the intensity in a playful yet totally hot way. And when she writes about the Big Apple, it’ll make you want to hop the first plane or train to get here: “New York fucks me. New York fucks me so hard that I cry. My pussy opens like the long throat of a flame-swallower. Her fingers make love to the inside of my bellybutton. I am sweating so much that our bodies glide against each other like fish underwater.” You’ll find yourself drawing a map of your own sexual conquests, marking your territory right along with Bernard.

But for every feisty babe here, there’s another just in the process of discovering what turns her on. “Dirty” can be a state of mind just as much as it can be a description of one’s bedroom antics. Carol Queen’s peepshow virgin protagonist Abby doesn’t quite know what she’s getting into with her new friends Daniel and Lila, but she desperately wants to find out. “Lila’s lips covered hers right away, soft and wet, licking and nibbling in one of the most arousing kisses Abby had ever experienced,” writes Queen. “Dirty” doesn’t always mean depraved, either; these stories aren’t all wham-bam-thank-you-sir (or ma’am) quickies. Many of them evoke the intensity of emotion sex can bring with it, the ways having a lover know you literally inside and out can throw your life completely off balance, as if they can read your soul like a map, using fingers, toys, tongues, and cocks to navigate you until they own your internal compass. The thrill of giving yourself over to someone, of giving up control for that deliciously delirious sensation of pure erotic adrenaline, surfaces throughout this collection.

The women you’ll find here are complex; they’re by turns playful and bashful, horny and haughty. They want to share much more with you than just the details of their latest screw. They want you to know what makes them tick, who haunts their dreams, why they can’t quite forget the man who fucked them senseless, even when they’re with someone new. They like to watch and be watched, to take risks, to live out their long-held fantasies. Some are in loving, committed relationships, ones that allow them room to get their freak on with the person who knows just how to push their every button. Others, like my “Icy Hot” protagonist, don’t even want to know their bedmate’s name: “I forgot about the fact that I didn’t really know him at all. Sometimes, in a city of millions of strangers, you just have to take a chance and let your body make the decisions for you, as I’ve learned over the years. And my body was saying yes, please, more, harder.”

“Dirty” doesn’t preclude poetry, the kind where the words roll off the page, roll from your tongue, so beautifully it’s like they themselves are making love to you. Writers like Marilyn Jaye Lewis, Suki Bishop, and Melissa Gira probe the twisted places women go in search of sex and themselves. In “A Prayer to Be Made Cocksure,” Gira elevates the art of the blowjob to new heights: “I sucked your cock as if it was the last cock. I trusted you to let me keep breathing, to never take that final bit from me, to tell me that getting any air at all was your choice just by reaching your hand down the length of your chest to me, to cradle the back of my neck, to run your fingers across my lips, softly, as you plunged suddenly and held me at the edge.” She takes you right into that moment, where this intimate act is dissected, treasured, hoarded, and missed.

You’ll find a range of motivations here, from women looking to spice up a lackluster relationship to single girls on the prowl to kinky couples, daring dommes, and sultry sirens intent on performing on a sexual stage of their own creation. You may read their stories and ask yourself: Would you ever write your name across your lover’s cock? What about pick up a stranger at a rock concert or screw a doctor in a hospital? Get fingered at the opera? Go to a bondage club? These characters do all this and more, always making sure their wanting, lusting, panting, and perversions are met with equal fervor.

Take a hot and steamy trip with these writers as they unlock your deepest desires, or perhaps give you some new ideas to try out next time you shut your eyes and part your legs. From tender to tempting, sweet to sadis...

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"Like a Good Girl" - Alison Tyler: Imaginative BDSM tale, excellent.
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Very often I felt the writers were trying too hard, either (or both) to be erotic and to be well written.
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Nonetheless, I thought that it was a good collection of erotica, and enjoyed reading it.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Cheeke Maroo on December 20, 2008
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This is a mediocre book, which, for being titled "Dirty Girls," seems to be borderline romance-novel, and as one reviewer stated, the writers seemed to be trying too hard to get you off, rather than just enjoying the flow.

The thing that kills this book isn't that there are only 3-4 well-written stories, it's that this book is poorly edited. There are numerous grammatical errors that abrasively snap the reader out of the story. Here are some excerpts:

"Or maybe he's a cowboy, and he's going to whisk me away to his ranch in the mountains and [f..k] me in a field of wildflowers til every muscle is my body aches."

That's right: "is my body aches." But when the hell did "dirty" and getting "whisked away" ever meet each other? Oh, in this book. I thought we were trying to get away from being "WHISKED AWAY." Ugh.

Here's another for you:

"When all her clothes lay in a heap at her feet except her high heels, he pulled off his boots, stripped out of his jeans, walked up to her, and lovingly put her brassier back on. He said, 'Gracie Angelique DuBois, what am I doing[sic] to do with you?"

- Lillian Ann Slugocki "Truck Stop Cinderella"

"What am I doing to do with you?" Are you kidding me?

I became increasingly disappointed as I got into the book; "Truck Stop Cinderella" was the final irritant (merely 7 stories in), and I skimmed through the rest. I started story after story, but repeatedly encountered long-winded, romance-y, over-development.

Different strokes for different folks, but this book didn't stimulate my imagination; as a whole it was an intellectual let-down.

With that said, there were 3 excellent writers. High marks to Marie Lyn Bernard, Isabella Gray, and Andrea Dale. I will look for more from these particular authors. However, this book is very much like buying a CD and only liking 3 songs on the entire album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Wonderland TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 2, 2010
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Dirty Girls is a collection of erotic short stories written by women and for women. The stories are all well written, and quite enjoyable. As for the dirtiness, well, admittedly the book does take a bit of a hit there. The stories are steamy, but few of them really get red hot. Nonetheless, I thought that it was a good collection of erotica, and enjoyed reading it.

(Review of Dirty Girls: Erotica for Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel)
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28 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kris Madison on April 10, 2008
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I've loved reading erotica ever since I discovered my older sister's well-worn copy of Penthouse Letters as a teenager. The stories in Dirty Girls are certainly as hardcore and dirty, maybe more so, than anything I ever read in Penthouse, but without any of the awful descriptors that make me cringe (and snap me back to reality).

Written by some very talented female writers, the collection of stories in Dirty Girls is incredibly diverse. Some stories gave me ideas I'd like to incorporate in my own bedroom activities, some pushed my boundaries and made me feel a little uncomfortable. There are no hearts and flowers or Harlequin romance story lines here, which is fine by me. I tend to avoid erotica designated specifically "for women" because it focuses too much on that stuff - romance, long drawn-out story lines or extraneous details that I don't need. The stories in this collection strike the perfect balance of hot sex with a dash of character development and emotion.

The only reason I can think of that this book would be designated as "erotica for women" is because nearly all of the stories have a female protagonist and are told from her point of view - her pleasure, her orgasm(s). This, to me, is a welcome change from the cock-centric porn industry.

It's truly a joy to read such hot, well-written material, particularly if you're curled up in bed with someone reading aloud.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erotic Elf on June 9, 2008
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An expert editor has gathered a brilliantly eclectic assortment of striking, breathtaking, inventively conceived and sexually supercharged work from some of the most talented and acclaimed female erotica authors ... and the anthology that has resulted is everything one would hope: in short, a collection of erotic masterpieces that is itself a masterpiece.

And speaking as a heterosexual male reader, I say to others in my demographic: Do NOT let the tagline "Erotica for Women" cause you to miss out on this.
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By Reviewer on November 14, 2013
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Entertaining anthology, with a well-blended mix of themes/styles, and some excellent stories. All but three of the stories had something to recommend them - and even then, that could be due to personal preferences about writing style.

Standout stories:

1.) "Live Tonight" - Saskia Walker: Naomi, turned on by sex in a live music setting, finally meets a stranger to fulfill her fantasy.

Adroit/theme-centric title, good writing, great end-lines.

2.) "Beautiful Creatures" - Kristina Wright: Normally, I'm not a fan of spouses-cheat-without-punishment works, but this is an exceptional, hot-from-the-get-go, focused piece, with a finish that wraps up the tale with a go-back-to-the-beginning effect.

3.) "In The Name Of. . ." - Isabella Gray: Clever, sometimes funny, reads-like-real-life and emotionally-veracious story about a woman (Isabella), her husband (Theo), Sharpee pens and a Isabella's friend, Francesca.

This story has a perfect balance of romance, relationship- and fantasy-based trepidation, effective sex writing and engaging characterization.

4.) "Cheesy Boots" - L. Elise Bland: A laugh-out-loud, off-beat BDSM "scene" with an strange foodie submissive and an exotic cheese-loving Domme.

5.) "Like a Good Girl" - Alison Tyler: Imaginative BDSM tale, excellent.

6.) "Bag and Baggage" - Teresa Noelle Roberts: A couple (Jillian and Michael) work through Jillian's memories of a dead lover with whom she once visited the City of Lights, while creating new memories. Natural, exemplary weaving of past/present, plot and sex, and characterization (particularly the incredibly patient Michael).

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