The Erotic Edge: 22 Erotic Stories for Couples
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 1999
My husband and I did not bother finishing this book. We skipped around to different chapters, as the editors suggest, in hopes of finding something erotic. The editors clearly had lofty aspirations for this book, but their intentions fell short of what they managed to achieve. Unfortunately, most of the stories were poorly written and laughably ridiculous; a bad combination. You can get mediocre erotica on the 'net for free. Don't waste your money.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2003
This book is midly amusing and not at all sexy. It contains lines such as "Hi my name is Bob and I will be picking your pubic hair out of the filter..." I couldn't even begin to enjoy it.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 1999
We found the stories a joke. Lisa and I LOL ed at the ha haaaa, see, twist in the 5 or 6 stories we read. I believe a person could buy any of the romance novels at the supermarket and get the same thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I don't know who this book is for, but the stories are NOT erotic at all. The first story is the story of a woman escaping from her cocaine-addicted, abusive husband. A ghost seduces her, but the sex scenes are three-sentence paragraphs, and the most explicit thing is the phrase "hot center." Is this a joke? I figured that was an exception, so I kept reading: the second story was the story of a woman who prepares a lot to see her boyfriend and then is disappointed that they don't have sex. You read it right: they DON'T have sex. It's basically a story of a woman shaving her legs and curling her hair. Are you hot yet?

The rest of the book was more of the same. This disappointed me, because in the introduction the editor says "too many erotic stories are objectifying, violent," etc. And then she chose stories that are not about sex, but are about either total turn-offs or completely mundane things. What gives? They say these stories are for couples, or for women, but I've never had a woman friend, girlfriend, or my wife say "I read this really great story about a couple discussing their boring pasts and I got so hot I had to change my panties."

I don't know who enjoys this sort of "erotica," but it was disappointing to find another book that doesn't live up to its description. For once I'd like to read a story that is just about two people who love each other getting it on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2006
I found this book to be somewhat erotic although I've read better stories in the past.. My boyfriend did enjoy me reading it to him and he got pretty aroused by it..
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 1998
We had a really good time with this last weekend! Blindfold + Erotic Edge on audio = FUN! Erotic audio is becoming a little bit of a fetish with me (my husband doesn't seem to mind). The Erotic Edge audio is very well done, readers seem really into it, and the stories are imaginitive and sexy. I reccommend it. If you like this one, you should also check out the Herotica series on audio, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
These stories as a collection, whilst well written, are quite long and not what you would call light quick reading. As a shared reading experience with my partner it was quite cumbersome.
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The most important sexual organ is your brain. In The Erotic Edge: Erotica for Couples by Lonnie Barbach you are given a potpourri of collection of stories from both men and women. They cover love connections, tawdry affairs, and long term love stories. Barbach has written several other erotic books and this book is the first collection that has stories from both men and women. Its intent is to bring better intimacy understanding between the sexes.
I enjoyed this book because it has a good mix and is one you can read alone or share with a lover to get ideas or begin to warm up the engines. As Barbach notes in the prologue she was curious in what people would submit as their own erotica. She makes some anecdotal observation on the difference between men and women writers. Men tend to center their attention to the act, whereas women tend to focus more on the seduction and the emotional thrill.
This book is sure to have something that will appeal to everyone; we are sexual creatures and can spice up anyone's sexual nature.
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on October 30, 2010
This is a delicious book for those who savor or those who want to try reading erotic short stories. I will check out Barbach's other books with hopes they are as pleasurable.
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on January 25, 2013
These are very well written erotic stories that will keep your interest and yet you can read with your wife without being branded as a male chauvinist.
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