32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Plot Summary: "Orgasmic: Erotica for Women" has twenty-five stories in a little over 200 pages, and they all focus on one thing - orgasm from the female perspective. With infinite variety and endless creativity, the women in these stories find THE ultimate satisfaction with their long-time lovers, new partners, or illicit assignations. Some women like to be dominated, and some like to be in the saddle (literally). It's a stunning collection that lavishes all of its attention on women and the ways they come.
It's "Orgasmic" indeed. Some of these stories sent me straight to the moon, and then I drifted back down to earth only to take off again on the next page. After I finished this book it occurred to me that I've never read anything that focuses so wholly on female satisfaction. I think men tend to steal the limelight since they express arousal and orgasm in such a visual fashion. Women know how to hide it and fake it like pros, and sometimes that works against us, because our bodies are not simple to decipher, and oh! the frustration when we desperately want someone to break our code and read us like a book. That happens in "Orgasmic," and it's a glorious experience.
"Chemistry" by Velvet Moore starts with the line, "The smell of science makes me horny." After reading about what happens to a hospital administrator in a laboratory, I can certainly understand why. The heroine in "Seeing Stars" by Louisa Harte suffers on a camping trip until she learns that exposing herself in nature can draw forth her primitive side, and every soft breeze or cool drop of rain is a sensory explosion while making love under the stars. Another couple has stealth sex in a public place while watching a lunar eclipse in "Moon Tantra" by Teresa Noelle Roberts.
As hot as I found the outdoor action, I was just as tantalized when things moved inside. "Making Shapes" by Lily Harlem portrayed a woman who is my kind of artisan, and she makes functional art based on molds of her client's most intimate parts. Who ever heard of falling in love with a penis at first sight? Well, it happens here. "Animal Inside" by Neve Black is a voyeur's dream, with a hole in the wall and two strangers enjoying their separate, yet shared, experiences. In "The London O" by Justine Elyot, a woman teases her lover with tales of past escapades, only to have him top them all with the help of a special pair of knickers.
These were just some of my favorites from this "Orgasmic" collection. Ladies, enjoy yourselves.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2012
I usually enjoy the anthologies that Bussel edits, but this one is too generic for its own good. Out of twenty-five stories, nine were noteworthy; many of the rest were lesser works by authors who, in the past, have wowed me with their work. . . but not here. (Every writer, inevitably, has an `off' story/book or two, so it's not a big deal.)
A large part of why I don't like this anthology that much is that many of the stories are written in an off-putting combination of present tense/first person point of view [POV], which reads too much like stage direction for me - generally speaking, if I wanted to read a play, I would seek out a play, not an erotic story anthology.
I write that last criticism with the understanding that my outlook is a personal preference - a preference likely not shared by (many?) other readers, who will be purchasing this anthology for different reasons. (I read them as research - I'm a writer.)
If you, as a reader, fall into that don't-care-about-present-tense/first-person-POV camp, check this out. If not, check out Bussel's other anthologies, which are better than this one - which contain works from some of the same worthwhile authors.
1.) "Fixing the Pipes" - Susie Hara: Humorous role play story about a married couple, with some surprising darkness.
2.) "Paying It Forward" - Kendra Wayne: A tale with edutainment value (for some, no doubt) - a woman, focused on a-sex, reminisces about an ex-lover.
3.) "The Big O" - Donna George Storey: A woman discovers how to improve her sex life.
4.) "Feet on the Dashboard" - Rachel Green: Fun lesbian tryst piece.
5.) "All She Wanted" - Andrea Dale: A pregnant woman engages in a ménage à trois BDSM scene. Interesting, different.
6.) "Making Shapes" - Lily Harlem: An especially well-written story about an aritist who specializes in body molds getting seduced by a "bad boy" customer.
7.) "Rapture" - Angela Caperton: Two cultists, during a supposedly holy hour, have sex. Unique (for the genre) set-up and tone; solid writing.
8.) "Rise and Shine" - Heidi Champa: Interesting mix of a woman's dreamtime and wake-up sex.
9.) "The London O" - Justine Elyot: A competitive lover uses a special sex toy top his girlfriend's previous amours. Especially good blend of familiar scenarios.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2010
It took me some time to properly absorb this one. With most of the books Rachel edits, I tend to run pell-mell through them, mentally bookmarking my favorite stories and then impatiently drumming my fingers, waiting for the next collection. This one was a bit slower to take in. Is it less visceral? No, not really. Is it that I'm a guy and the collection is ostensibly aimed toward women? Maybe a little, as each story is told from the woman's perspective, but I don't think that that makes it any less powerful as a collection. I guess this collection just lends itself to savoring and slow-burn more than pell-mell running, and that's just fine.
As always with Rachel's collections, it's easy to pull some favorite stories out:
In "Frosting First," by Lana Fox, an encounter that turns into a mixture of culinary delights and secretive(?) exhibitionism sets the stage (table) for future fun.
In "All She Wanted," by Andrea Dale, a pregnant sub and her dom husband find a way to safely and delightedly get their kink on, when they add a friend and switch the roles around.
In "The Waiting Game," by Elizabeth Coldwell, a holiday cottage, terrible weather and an unreliable deck of cards create a "perfect storm" of erotic anticipation.
In "The Chair," by Lolita Lopez, a submissive woman finds delight in a specialized chair and the ministrations and "punishment" of her inventive lover.
And, as you might expect form one who edits so many great collections, Rachel's own "The Belt," about a woman and her need for a worn leather belt and the man who skillfully wields it, is also a standout of this anthology.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2010
Stolen moments, voyeurism and fantasies galore.. Orgasmic, has it all. From a fifties era vacuum cleaner salesman to a sculpture artist to equestrian analogies, Rachel even surprises us by including a bit of religious piety in the virginal story of finding god within the joy and passion of first time sex.
The Chair by Lolita Lopez is an exquisitely detailed look into the world of D/s.
Share by Dusty Horn.. This testosterone filled story is so hot in the way only a female could describe!
Paying it Forward by Kendra Wayne comes across as a most lovely bit of tutorial written as a dreamy reminiscence.
All she Wanted ... Oh, how the intense cravings of need the main character felt, jumped right off the page and into my loins. We've all felt desires for something forbidden to us and the story telling by Andrea Dale painted her crystal clear yearnings. This was my favorite of the anthology.
Then we have Rachel's own Belted. An intimately detailed, take you along for the ride emotional description of S/M needs. Dark feelings brazenly revealed for all to bear witness. Bravo, Rachel ... bravo!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
In Orgasmic, the reader will find twenty-five hand-picked stories of "o", and not the kind in Cheerios. Orgasmic explores the depth and range of the female orgasm as never before, acting as homage to all things o-worthy. It's a toe-curling, shudder-inducing, must-read-with-a-lover-close-by kind of fiction. No reader of this book will leave disappointed, and if they do, it's their own dang fault. Ripe words that hang on the tongue, stories ride that verge, suspending the reader there for as long as possible and pushing them over the edge. The stories aren't meant to underline the orgasm-centric nature of societal attitudes, but instead slow down and act as a "fictional showcase" for the times when the reader finds their pump needs primed and they need to remember to admire the quality of feelings and sensations before, and after, the o-event. No holds are barred as the women in Orgasmic seek pleasure in the common and the unique, acting as bold, shy, or anything in between as they desire. For more on Orgasmic, check out [...]
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2010
This book is amazingly well-written, and Rachel Kramer Bussel did a great job collecting stories that really fit the theme of this one. If you couldn't guess, the theme is actually women receiving and having orgasms. All of the stories are written from the female's point of view, so this further leads to this being "erotica for women". The book is 209 pages long and includes 25 stories - that equals out to be about 8 pages per story. The cover and the back cover aren't very discreet, so I honestly wouldn't recommend taking this out in public.
There isn't much of masturbation included in this book. Almost all of the orgasms take place in the context of heterosexual relationships where the woman is forced to, or the male gives her, orgasms. Many times, the woman receives multiple orgasms, and the book's writing really does focus on the orgasm more than any other part of the sex. All of the stories have interesting plots that I enjoyed reading, but none of them really "jumped" at me. They're all stories that were hot and enjoyable on the first run-through, but not something that I remembered past the reading of it.
Not all of the stories are so predictable. In fact, I loved this book just because most of the stories weren't. Even though you knew the woman was going to orgasm in every story, you really had no idea how it was going to happen. For example, a submissive woman meets up with her Dominant in the middle of a crowded city street. They start making out, then he orders her to rub herself up against his clothed crotch in the middle of the street until she orgasms. Or in another story, a couple chooses to go visit some famous public places while she's wearing a vibrator in her panties in which he controls the remote. Or in another, a woman is caught peeking in a shady hotel room in which the two bathrooms share a hole. The male calls her on it then starts to pleasure himself in the shower for her to watch.
Overall? If you want to check out some hot erotica that'll last you for awhile (It took me 2 1/2 hours to read), check out the Orgasmic: Erotica for Women book - especially if you just want to find a reason to read some erotica.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2010
If I could, I'd give this one 4.5 stars. It was full of every permutation of the female orgasm you can imagine, from a couple experimenting with D/S to the zen of orgasms, and from sleepy morning sex to a secret lesbian affair to vibrating panties on the London Tube. I loved the variations, and although a couple of the stories weren't my style (a horseback riding story that skated too close to bestiality for my taste) many, many more were fantastic. Think orgasms outdoors in the rain, wild kink, and sex in public. Whatever gets you off, you're definitely going to find it in this book. Some are sweet, some are spicy, but all of them live up to the Orgasmic promise.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
Though most erotica certainly features orgasms, this collection is full of stories that all, in one way or another, focus on them. This doesn't seem like a particularly original or dynamic idea for a collection, but it is pulled off extremely well. Every story has a different look on the topic, and makes you excited to read the next one. The stories are also varied in tone, approach and content, and even though they're all hot, some of them really make you think, too. All in all, it's a great collection, and I would recommend it to anyone, not just women.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2010
The title of this book is an adjective that applies to most good erotica; and yet, with the present collection, Rachel Kramer Bussel brings a special focus to this large-looming aspect of the erotic experience. Whether climax is at the forefront of the protagonist's mind or is simply a magnificent force that arrives without discussion, each of these intensely enrapturing stories gives itself over, in its own way, to a crescendo that not only takes center stage but engulfs the audience.
Sylvia Lowry's "Old Faithful" is an intricately evocative period piece in which details such as a postcard and an album cover are masterfully used to help ratchet up the tension and then propel the situation toward release. In "The Big O," by Donna George Storey, a lonely exploration of technique becomes a transcendent, empowering, revelatory experience that straddles fantasy and reality, self-pleasure and shared pleasure. "Moon Tantra" celebrates the potential in self-paced, eked out, slow-motion sex; author Teresa Noelle Roberts drives the lesson home with beautiful sensuality. Louisa Harte's "Seeing Stars" and Heidi Champa's "Rise and Shine" most definitely live up to the promise of their titles, and erotic imaginations like those of Neve Black, Justine Elyot, and Charlotte Stein show us, in their individual palettes of fireworks colors, how women find their fulfillment in countless ways, and claim it in countless voices.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2010
While this book is billed as being for women, I think it's also great for couples to enjoy and learn about all kinds of ways to come and for some bedtime reading. Some of the stories are very intense and others are more light-hearted, but they all focus on female pleasure and what gets the woman off, something that men also like to read about. It's a hot collection and one that features everything from sex toys to internet dates. In some of the stories, women have had trouble climaxing and have either mental or physical issues reaching that point, and the way this is treated is both arousing and realistic. This is an excellent collection that can be enjoyed one story at a time or all at once and will likely give you ideas you might want to try or simply imagine trying. My favorites were Share by Dusty Horn, Chemistry by Velvet Moore and the last story, Switch by Jade Melisande.