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"Passion delivers just what you would expect - super hot stories with sex that burns up the pages. Don't miss it!" — USA Today and Essence bestselling author Kayla Perrin

"Talk about a collection of stories to make you squirm in your seat! Chilly fall night or a quick pick-me-up to get in the mood—this is the one!" — Whipped Cream Reviews

"The only issue I take with the anthology is this: though it may be erotica for women, this should definitely be required reading for men. Definitely."
—Nine Naughty Novelists Blogspot

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Introduction: Getting Passionate

Passion. It can mean greed, desire, affection, love or simply, emotion. You will find all of those and more in the stories contained herein. As you read these twenty stories, you too will be swept away by passion as you travel to Paris and Greece (and Beverly Hills). You’ll get stuck in an elevator, take a bubble bath and a bus ride (not to mention some subway foreplay and flirting) and explore nature in some very intimate ways. You’ll find couples, and couplings by men and women looking (whether they know it or not) to spice things up in the bedroom.

Here, couples at all stages of their relationships (including the very beginning) kindle their passion in various ways, from exes who reunite to young marrieds on a naughty nature walk to those who mix business with pleasure. When Krista in “Crave You Close,” by A. M. Hartnett, tells Nicky, “I’m so used to having to hold my breath,” she is saying so much about their usual erotic m.o. At night, outdoors, she is free to make as much noise as she wants to.

These couples explore getting kinky, precisely because they feel intimately connected to each other. They go places, literally and figuratively, they wouldn’t dare without the other. They revisit old flames and nurture new ones; indeed, sometimes the men these women crave, such as Maya does in “The Silver Belt,” are not their husbands at all, but someone else, someone special, someone who is seeing them in an entirely new light. Those stories mingle with other tales of longtime lovers ignited to fiery scenes within these pages.

Passion can mean so many things, from the sexual submission of a caning to exploring new bodily territory–sexual experimentation, trying something you’ve fantasized about. It can mean makeup sex or role-play, a change of scenery or simply a change of thinking. It can mean looking at a lover, a husband, a boyfriend or a new boy toy with fresh eyes, sizing him up, baring yourself, daring him to come and get you.

Just as in real life, there are lovers’ quarrels within these pages, slights real and imagined, as couples find tender, erotic ways to heal their hurts and become even closer. There is an element of real, raw emotion in the way love and desire can as easily tear us down as build us up, that makes us appreciate each expression of romance all the more, because we know how truly special it is. I’m grateful these authors skip from playful romps to relationship-saving sex to tender memories to scorching sex scenes, together creating a book that will likely make you blush and make your heart swell.

As the narrator in one of my favorite pieces, “My Dark Knight” by Jacqueline Applebee, says, “I’m a not-so-hopeless romantic. I believe that chivalry still exists, I hope to find quiet nobility in the most random of places, and I believe that people who love each other can live happily ever after.” She finds a dark, very sexy knight who she rescues, seduces, and then...But you’ll have to read the story to find out.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573444154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573444156
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mrs. Baumann VINE VOICE on November 13, 2010
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Plot Summary: Twenty writers contribute to this collection of contemporary erotica with a heavy emphasis on romance, long-time lovers, and new couples. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (who is also a contributor), "Passion" is a collection that will appeal to romance fans who believe that true passion can only be found where the heart follows.

"When you're together long enough, sometimes even the hottest sex starts to seem rote. Your body might respond, get wet, hard, perk up, but your mind starts to drift and once it does, it's a goner. To be honest, I never that thought that would happen to me, or rather, us."

That opening from Rachel Kramer Bussel's story, "Five Senses," sums up the spirit behind many of the stories within Passion: Erotic Romance for Women. It will speak to women who have been with their partners, lovers, and husbands for many years, past the point where the hunger for each other is automatic, but it's also far from forgotten. Speaking as a woman coming up on a ten-year anniversary myself, I found these stories inspirational, touching, and deeply sensual. It definitely qualifies as erotica for women, because the love they're expressing in a physical sense feels real and heartwarming. It warms other body parts as well, but to me, the success of this collection is in the emotional intent intertwined with the passion. True romance fans should find themselves quite at home here.

"Autumn Suite" by Suzanne V. Slate was absolutely beautiful, with a wife who is overcome when she hears her husband play their favorite piece on his cello, and they make love on a bright Sunday morning. It's such an intimate scene and the ending made me sigh.
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The stories in this collection achieve a perfect blend of detailed erotic exploration and uplifting emotional connection.

A number of the tales show us people who are already in love leading each other into joyous, lust-drenched--and truly intimate--abandon. Sometimes it's a matter of pushing buttons that the lovers have always known were there but have neglected awhile; sometimes it's a matter of discovering--or creating--new buttons to push. And in "Rekindle," for example, Kathleen Bradean treats us to all of the above.

Sometimes, as in Angela Caperton's "Dear in the Headlights," it's a matter of taking *mis*adventure by the horns and transforming into *erotic* adventure.

Style and tone in Passion cover a rich and impressive range, from the picturesque late-night giddiness of Monica Day's "Arch of Triumph" to the dreamlike, epic revelations of Justine Elyot's "Lingua Franca"--a piece that repeatedly stopped me in my tracks with its fresh, apt imagery.

Turning from style to content, the compelling psychological theater of each tale weds our feelings to the contributor's unique emotional landscape. From the context-driven roleplay of Donna George Storey's "Big-Bed Sex" to the exquisite erotic ambivalence of Emerald's "If," these are stories that really *tell* stories--about passion, in all its wonderful erotoromantic complexity.
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Passion, the emotion, is a double-edged sword. When I think of that aspect of it, the danger and the power, I think of the lyric from the Ella Fitzgerald song `Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered' that goes "Couldn't sleep, wouldn't sleep, when love came and told me I shouldn't sleep". Passion wakes us from and keeps us from sleep. It makes us do stupid things; it makes us do brave things. So, what about the anthology "Passion: Erotic Romance for Women" edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel? Does it keep us from sleep? Does it evoke that double-edged emotion?

Why, yes, it does, and very nicely at that. It contains spicy stories that ran a gamut of passionate experiences. And I, for one, passionately disagree with the title. It's a marketing thing, I realize, but women aren't the only ones who like strong writing and characterization in their erotica. Marketing issues aside, it's another solid collection from Bussel, so let's give some highlights, shall we?

In "Big-Bed Sex" by Donna George Storey, a ritzy hotel with a giant bed provide a "grander canvas" for a wife and her husband the role-playing fun that ensues.

In "My Dark Knight" by Jacqueline Applebee, a café-goer learns that chivalry is not dead when the manager takes a special interest in her well being after a scary encounter with a dog, and invites her to his place - an apartment replete with armor and swords and, now, a princess to serve.

In "Dear In The Headlights" by Angela Caperton, even a car accident will not keep a woman from an anticipated tryst, as she provides her own auto club service for her stranded husband.

In "Autumn Suite" by Suzanne V. Slate, a cello player rouses the passions of his woman with a memory and some well-played Bach.
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"Passion" is a good collection of erotica written for women. Honestly, I wouldn't say that it's for women-only. If you enjoy the idea of romance with your sex or enjoy the idea of flirting and seduction, it'd be a good collection of stories for either gender. The book is 224 pages long and includes 20 different erotic stories. The theme for this book ends up being "Passion and Romance".

This means that all of the stories follow a couple - whether they've been dating for years or haven't started dating yet - throughout some romantic or passionate seductive that one of the partners has been planning. This leads to quite a few different plots - one where a couple who is breaking up is stuck in an elevator, one where a woman is coming to "rescue" her man whose tire blew out, another is in Paris where she finds a man while trying to find the bar, and there's are so many other plots. The book is full on a variety of plots, locations for sex, and the sex itself.

Something worth mentioning: All of the stories in this collection are heterosexual. There are no threesomes, female/female pairings, or male/male pairings. All of the stories are between a male and female. The stories don't usually include much BDSM-type stuff in them. There is some kinky stuff like outdoor sex, but for the most part, it's usually non-kink related.

That's not to say that it isn't hot. All of the stories are at least mildly arousing with some of the stories being very arousing. It's hot to read about the seduction and romance - and sometimes "desperation" that goes along with the sex stories. There's a lot of sexy stuff included in this anthology, and I'd highly recommend it if you enjoy having a bit of romance thrown in with your sex.
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