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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (December 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1627780068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1627780063
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,854,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Well-composed vignettes with just enough setup provide a little inspiration for the reader who is hopping into bed alone, or for lovers reading aloud to one another to kick off a night together."
Publishers Weekly

"These tales of sweet sexiness depict a wonderful range of encounters."
—Geeky Nymph

"Perfect for an afternoon delight, these are bite-size short stories, with several coming from the genre’s best-known writers."
—Retail Me Not

"The bite size stories make for a fun pleasurable bedtime story foreplay for kinky readers to get into the mood."
—La Crimson Femme

"The stories are a great length for sharing with a partner as an aperitif to some sexy fun. One or two and you’ll be ready and raring to go!"
—Cara Sutra, reviewed by Victoria Blisse

"This collection of 38 short and sweet stories will both light your heart up and light it on fire."
—Books a la Mode

"xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance is another fantastic anthology from Cleis Press. Thirty-eight contributions promise something for everyone: Married couples, friends to lovers, reunited lovers, lesbian couples, May-December, interracial couples, kinky sex, and exhibitionism, just to name a few."
—Ms. Romantic Reads

"xoxo is the perfect book to share with that special someone."
—Networking Witches

"xoxo: Sweet and Sexy Romance is the perfect gift for your lover or even yourself. Packed full of romantic stories with a spicy twist, xoxo is an anthology that’s sure to get you in the mood for a romantic evening."
—Kink Etc.

"If you want to skip past the soap-opera stories and get right to the juicy stuff, then you should probably pick up Best Erotic Romance, the first anthology to offer stories where the sexual and the romantic are entwined. ... All the stories have an optimistic ending that will leave a song in your heart and a smile on your lips—the passionate, emotional encounters will leave you breathless."
—Erotic Readers and Writers Association

"A thought-provoking and entertaining gamut of tales that encompass all stages of romance. A wonderful range of stories that tell erotic tales of new love, the fears accompanying the start of a marriage, pregnancy, stolen moments from child-rearing, the antidote to stagnation in a relationship, the pain of broken dreams and the fear of commitment. A enjoyable reminder that romance and eroticism are synergistic and healthy elements of a relationship."
—Night Owl Reviews

"They don't come much more wicked than Kristina Wright." (Erotica
Revealed)

"Kristina is a phenomenal writer... she has the enviable ability to tell a story and simultaneously excite her readers." (Erotica Readers and Writers Association)

"Kristina Wright knows how to spin a yarn that keeps the readercaptivated." (Coffee Time Romance)

"Kristina Wright is a gifted writer... [who] shows her talents to tell a powerful story with deft subtlety." (Erotica Readers and Writers)

"A budding force to be reckoned with." (The Romance Reader)

"She shows how sexy the simple exchange of words can be when in the hands of an accomplished author." (Erotica Readers and Writers Association)

"Kristina Wright delivers taut, breakneck pacing with snappy dialogue." (Book Page)

From the Back Cover

The Ultimate Romance Reader

Sensual, sweet and a little bit spicy, this collection of amorous stories is a romance treasure, filled with fun surprises and unusual twists. Award-winning editor Kristina Wright explains, “I love a good love story, especially when it’s one wrapped up in a sexy red bow. Erotic love, the kind that makes your heart beat faster and does exciting things a bit farther south, is what xoxo is all about.” With over thirty top erotic romance writers, including Sommer Marsden, Kathleen Tudor, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Elizabeth Coldwell, Saskia Walker and Cheyenne Blue, these lustfully literary short stories are meant to tease you and please you. xoxo is a veritable candy sampler of delectable delights and inspired ideas to share at home with your sweetie.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By QuixoticOrchid on January 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
The introduction to this book described the stories as sweet and romantic like candy hearts on Valentine's Day. Mmm... After reading them, I'm not sure if I totally agree. Yes, they are all that, but they're more than that, too. The sweet can be captured by candy hearts, but it fails the sexy bits. How would I describe the stories in this anthology? Like the bottle of flavored spray lubricant I once bought in an adult novelty store that heated up on contact with skin. Yeah, that's it! The stories in this book are a sweet, cherry-flavored naughty lube that warms you up and makes you hungry for more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bettysunflower on January 11, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a delightfully wonderful compilation of erotic, sexy, romantic, love stories. The editor compares them to the candy hearts that you get on Valentine's Day. Each is a different color and carries a different messages, but they are all sweet and worth savoring. So are the stories in this book. I loved them all. I plan on reading this book again, but much, much slower this time in order to savor each and every story. I loved the book.

**A Library Thing win.
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Format: Paperback
I personally appreciated how short the stories in this anthology are. Sometimes, you don't have time to read a long, drawn-out "short story" when that story is actually 20 pages long. With xoxo, it's possible to read any of the stories in one sitting; it only took me about an hour to get through half the book! Concision makes a story all the sexier; the subpar stories don't seem to drag on, while the magnificent ones leave a quick, cutting mark.

Below, I've spotlighted four exceptional stories that stood out to me. It was hard picking just a few to feature, but I hope they give you a sense of what this anthology is like!

"Anniversary Wrappings" by Kathleen Tudor
A couple's one-year anniversary starts out with a sweet gift that ends in kinky pleasure. The simplicity of this story really made me connect with each of the characters, and the writing is fluid, readable. The scenario isn't outlandish and ridiculous like a porn plot (which isn't uncommon in erotic anthologies), and is a situation you could totally find yourself in in everyday life.

"Dirty Laundry" by Martha Davis
This one is on the more extreme end because of how aggressive the sex is, but it's SUPER hot. It features ultimate alpha male Josh Moran, whom, even when domesticated, has the ability to start a five-alarm fire. Comforting story not only about spontaneous sex, but also about cohabitation, about making even daily household chores like laundry mind-blowing, as long it's with the one you love.

"Night Moves" by Christine d'Abo
When plagued by incomprehensible night terrors, the protagonist turns to the solace of her husband's arms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Burton on May 6, 2014
Format: Paperback
Despite its title, this book has not been sugar coated. The stories are steamy and succeed in exciting the senses. There is enough content within each story to get you where you want to be. Or, you can read on, keep the fires simmering, savoring the tingle until the last page is turned. Either way, I highly recommend the read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon Pressick on April 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Kristina Wright has got a great eye for putting collections together. My personal tastes run more to the erotica end but I had a great time with this romance anthology. Some stories pulled me in with their steam, others had me there rooting for the characters and hoping for what was to come. The writers collected here are some of the best in the business (Rachel Kramer Bussel, Giselle Renard, Anya M. Wassenberg) and I was delighted to see so many stand-out names listed. But I also found new favourites (A.J. Lyle, Emerald), writers I'd never heard of who I will now seek out to enjoy.
A great collection with a great balance between "sweet" and "sexy"!
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