Wow, I hate to be the dissenter amongst what so far, has been very good reviews on this compilation of erotica shorts, but I was sorely disappointed.
The worst of my disappointment stems from the underlying "female empowerment" theme of more than half of the stories. This tone was so invasive to me that if it weren't for the title, I would have gone looking for it in the "women's studies" section. Don't get me wrong, this is erotica, but 1) it's VERY soft erotica (I'm talking cotton candy), 2) in my opinion it's geared more specifically towards women, and within that group, more specifically towards women with milder preferences, 3) the "erotica" component of most of the stories seem ancillary to the "I am woman here me roar" or "I am becoming woman, here me roar" theme. I'm not sure how to explain it better without spoiling the stories within, but suffice it say that there is something about the characters in most of the stories that not only turned me off, it made me feel like going out and burning all my bras. Yuck.
On the bright side, even though each of these stories is written by a different author, I was very pleasantly surprised to find that each story was fairly well written (albeit somewhat bland) and fairly well edited. Unfortunately, that's as much praise as I can lavish on this compilation.
For me, the door is wide open as far as what I can enjoy in the erotica genre, but I need to have at least ONE of these things to enjoy the story: 1) well-done erotic elements that elicit either a visceral or mental reaction, or 2) exciting elements that keep me turning the pages either for the sake of the story or because I love the characters, or 3) stellar writing talent. I didn't get any of those. Judging by the positive reviews here, there is clearly a market for this book, I'm just not a part of it.