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Playing With Fire: Taboo Erotica [Kindle Edition]

Alison Tyler
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Book Description

Why should you play hard to get when you can play with fire? The forbidden has never been so appealing as it is in Alison Tyler's latest collection. In these incendiary stories that explore the taboo side of erotica, couples go about setting their boundaries aflame. Committed to each other without question, they play out their naughtiest fantasies, pushing the limits of sex, lust, and the imagination as far as they can to please each other. Playing it a bit riskier and playing it a bit more daring will send readers and their partners steaming towards the next step in sexual exploration. Featuring new work from ADR Forte, Jolene Hui, Sommer Marsden, Shanna Germain, and others, Playing With Fire delivers enough heat to inspire readers to burn their own erotic bridges.

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  • File Size: 1170 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (April 7, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001T9N3KK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,138 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flaming May 2, 2009
By Jo
'Playing With Fire' opens with an explosive couple of pieces that prove the book true to its title: hot.

Nicky Magennis' humbling and beautifully poetic flash opening leads into 'Fire Woman' by Sommer Marsden, a story that is sublime in its energy, power and gorgeous dirtiness. It leaves you panting, scorched. To be honest, you could buy the book for these two stories alone. I was wowed before I'd hardly started.

I won't pretend all the stories are to my taste. Some are darker, like 'One Hot Slut' by NT Morley, or 'Burned' by Michael Hemmingson. But that means there is something for everyone, and the premise of the collection is an edgy one.

'Scorched' by Janine Ashbless balances on that edge perfectly, dealing with adultery, threesomes, jealousy. Shanna Germaine's 'White Heat White Light' is another poetic, raw piece, honest and emotional as it is erotic.

These pieces are, in the main, serious fiction. Ones to go back to.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scrumptious Literary Goodness September 9, 2009
If I was going to entrust anyone in the world to pick out what I read for five years my choice would immediately be Alison Tyler. She's done it yet again. This anthology captures every one of my (good) emotions as well as my senses. Reading it next to my husband while not touching him made it even more delightfully naughty, which I didn't even think possible! Putting it down to do "ahem", "other things" was hard, let alone fighting the urge to start it again the minute I'd finished! On my honeymoon!

Some of my favorites include, but are certainly not limited too: Sommer Marsden's Fire Woman the story of a distracted firefighter who has a hot piece of tail with a revealing, sexy writing fetish. Shanna Germain's White Heat, White Light for it's thought provoking, poetic lines of a intense, emotional scene that will keep me reading it again and again. P.S. Haven's Out of The Frying Pan with a riveting story that kept me in it's clutches until the bitter end when my turned-on melancholy made me lust while exploring my emotions. Micheal Hemmingson's Burned whose post modern twist on being a writer made me laugh and gasp at the same time.

The good thing about this book is you, as a reader, can do no wrong. Every story in this book is beauty, even if it's not your particular flavor of kink. The writing is exceptional. It's all sexy, scintillating, stimulating. Words burning on the page that will be seared into your retinas even when you put the book down. A few days later you'll find yourself picking it up again to re-read, re-ponder, and re-enjoy it's little gems of emotional wisdom. This smut is smoking!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10 hearts! July 16, 2011
Playing With Fire edited by Alison Tyler
Release Date: April 7th, 2009
Publisher: Cleis
Page Count: 162
Source: Naked Reader Book Club, via EdenFantasys, for review

Some Like It Hot

Bestselling erotica editor Alison Tyler pushes the limits of sex, lust, and the imagination to new heights in Playing With Fire, her incendiary new collection of erotic stories. In "Scorched", Janine Ashbless shares a three-way with two hot men and one lucky woman, while Thomas S. Roche's rollicking "Hot off the Press" revels in sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. In Tyler's own words, "Be it a flick of a BiC or the glowing embers of a bonfire, these stories will stoke anyone's fire."

What Stephanie Thinks: Is it just me, or is it burning in this room? I may be perverse, and I may be rotten, because taboo erotica certainly ignites my fire. You're probably wondering what exactly "taboo" is. It has nothing to do with fire, although the blurb may suggest it to be so. Rather, it's the fantasies we all have, just don't have the balls to admit: adultery, ménage, sex with a stranger, you name it.

I'm assuredly not saying adultery and having sex with a stranger is okay (I'm indifferent to ménage; never tried it, never plan to), but I've got to admit there's a bit of a thrill out of reading about those topics. It's so forbidden, so titillating, so risqué.

When it comes down to erotica involving cheating on a partner, the last thing you'd expect is for it to be arousing. But each and every one of us has had their extramarital fancies. Whether it be having an affair, or hooking up with someone that isn't your other, there's something so sexy about engaging in something so off limits, something so taboo.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Singed August 31, 2013
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(3.4 stars)

I first saw this cover three-odd years ago, and it struck a chord. A hot chick with a black point d'esprit veil; that's all it took. The hot makeup and the smoke were secondary. And the title promised me it was going to be a bit more far afield than the traditional adult erotic fiction. The cover sub-title--not an actual, official sub-title of the book, mind you--promised taboo subjects. Yes, I checked, thinking maybe "Taboo Erotica" was some sort of specialty imprint of Cleis Press. Nope. It's just promotional copy, something the boys downstairs came up with to catch your eye and move the product, something to get you to past contemplation to buy.

And I bought. It took me a few years to work my way to it, but I bought.

And sadly, there is nothing even close to taboo in this book. The "fire" is metaphorical, playing with danger, playing with loss, playing with fidelity, risk of exposure, embarrassment, etc. I get that, and more or less expected it. There is even some true fire here--no branding or burning, nothing like that--but none of the adventurous and truly bold content I imagined when I saw that cover, title and sub-title.

So, what do you get? Including Alison Tyler's introduction, you get 22 stories in 162 pages. That's less than nine pages per story, so things get up and move out quickly, and resolve themselves just as quickly. Some stories are real shorties (the opener and "Texas Hot" at one page), while a couple of them do go on a bit.

There's a bit of bondage and power-transfer, some gay/lesbian, and spanking, of course. Lots of extramarital action, but then again, this is more or less the theme.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Playing With Fire: Taboo Erotica
This book was a bit low key and not as erotic as I expected. I simply got bored and did not finish it.
Published 9 months ago by Alexandra
1.0 out of 5 stars playing with marshmallow
I persevered with this thinking the good bits are coming, even though the writing style is pedestrian - I ended up literally hurling it across the room in disgust - not because it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by pictures in one's mind
5.0 out of 5 stars Fuego
Erotica and its diverse manifestations are to be found in this collection from Alison Tyler. The style is what is alluring here. Read more
Published 12 months ago by gobirds2
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
You can find better and more well written Erotica with many different types of fetishes and fantasies on the net at Literioca,com. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gary J. Chenett
3.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
I enjoyed some of the stories in this collection, but I wouldn't necessarily call this "taboo". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Kathryn
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and cheesy
Just not as interesting or stimulating as I expected. I got bored with t pretty quickly,skimming through for better stories.
Published 22 months ago by Martha Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Teasing the Taboo
This collection from Cleis Press is sure to set your mind afire. With stories ranging from literal flames to physical desire, there's something to appeal to everyone. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Kimberly Lynn Workman
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking Hot Stories!
I really enjoyed every single story in this book. Some are from a dark place, all the writers know how to keep sexy scandalous sex smoking hot! Read more
Published on December 25, 2011 by Karen Blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Flaming inferno
Get ready for a flaming inferno between the bedsheets, for this can't leave you cold. The stories are unusual and creative, the very thing if you feel a bit bored with the usual... Read more
Published on June 5, 2011 by Brian Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Times!
Sexy short stories for sexy times! Not really what I had imagined, but I'm pretty pleased with my purchase :)
Published on June 3, 2011 by Mars
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