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Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 (A Cleis Anthology) Paperback – December 13, 2016
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Jaybee's "Brick Dust" is another great bondage story that is a master class in pacing. Hot, visceral and perfectly crafted to draw out the tension between the two characters." Valerie Alexander
"Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 is a collection of erotic short stories by various authors from established to first time authors. The stories are a good mix of genre, writing style and "feel". One thing I notice about the characters and stories is they are empowering. It's a celebration of being a woman and enjoying physical pleasure because it is something that we deserve." --Warhawke's Vault Book Blog
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Introduction: Getting Naked
"What do you want from me?" Sarah asks Ollie in the opening line of Corrine A. Silver's beautiful and hot rope bondage story "Her Best." In a way, it's a question that's asked implicitly by all the protagonists in Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2--when they're not asking themselves what they want, and going after it. That's something that may sound easy--figuring out your desires, and staking a claim to them--but in the real world, it's not always so simple. There are so many ways we women hold ourselves back, allow ourselves to believe that what we might want is "too much," and that by extension, so are we.
But the women you'll meet in these twenty-one stories are curious and tenacious, allowing themselves to wander to distant lands, to explore new types of sex, with new lovers, even when they aren't totally sure where these missions will lead them. They take chances, get vulnerable, risk saying yes when it would be safer to say no, all because they sense that something greater will be in store for them if they dare.
I didn't set a formal theme for this anthology, because I like to give my authors as much leeway as possible to explore whatever corners of their minds their fiction takes them to. I did notice that travel and adventure predominated among the submissions writers sent me this time. You'll find many of those travelers within these pages, whether it's Jocelyn Bringas's heroine in "Taste" going about her daily commute only to be stopped by a particularly irresistible stranger whoshe wants to ignore, but simply can't; Lucie in "Passion in Peru," by Vierra Lai, who breaks off from her friends to let her new man visit a part of her body that's never been traversed before or Valentina in Dorianne's "Like Lights in the Northern Sky," where the aurora borealis illuminates a new relationship path along with the landscape. "At the End of the World," by Winter Blair, finds Jasmine extremely lucky to be alive--and luckier to find two sex-starved male survivors in this post-apocalyptic tale.
For other characters, taking the leap from fantasy to reality is the most powerful trip of all, as happens in Josie Jordan's "The Fight Club," where Suzie gathers the courage to confess her deepest desire, risking rejection but needing to voice it. In "On Some Maps, But Not on Others," by Annabeth Leong, gender is the course this creative body cartographer must explore.
I'm fully aware that no single book of erotic stories can cover the wide range of possibilities women erotica authors can cook up or all the infinite ways women get off--after all, there are countless ways we can connect with another human being. What I can offer you here are twenty-one tales that showcase heroines who are indeed heroic, whether they're in an opera house basement obeying orders from their kinky lover or offering the comfort of their body at the most challenging of moments, as in "Phone Call, Three a.m." by T.C. Mill. They're heroic because they are up for the challenge, even when they may risk getting caught, having their heart broken or being rejected. They're heroic because they allow themselves to grapple with uncertainty, jealousy, fear and nerves as those mix and mingle with their arousal, sometimes so closely it's hard to know where one starts and the other ends. I'd argue that each of these heroines is gutsy in her own way, and maybe, in or out of the bedroom, some of them will inspire you to be gutsy too.
What else is in store for you as you read on? In this book, you'll salivate right alongside Abby over the ultimate juicy girl talk in "Star Bright," by Cela Winter, find out what "Teacher Appreciation" is all about once the students have graduated, according to Stella Watts Kelley, and visit the after-hours life of a startup employee in "Serious Faces," by Ella Dawson. You'll meet a domme who exerts her power over her very willing sub via sign language in "Wordless Surrender," by Janelle Reston. In that story, Allie asks Marbeth, "Are you mine?" It's another question that's a through line of these stories, although whether the lovers in these tales belong to each other in the formal sense gets a different answer depending on who's asking the question. Whether that sense of "belonging" is formalized within BDSM, expressed through tenderness or teasing, or is simply ephemeral, lasting as long as the lovers need and no more, in each of these stories, through exploring what they want out of sex, these women discover what it means to belong--to themselves, to another person (or people), and to their bodies and desires.
There are moments of rip-your-clothes-off passion as well as tenderness and connection, of sex as both a scorching physical encounter and a healing emotional balm, often within the very same story. There's humor (the corny pick-up lines in "Taste" are wonderfully absurd) mixed with heartache, life's highs and lows explored as these women get completely naked, body and soul. I hope you'll share with me your favorite stories--and what you'd like to see in future volumes--at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit bweoftheyear.com to find out more about the series and where it's going next.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Atlantic City, New Jersey
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I didn't know what to expect when I received this book. Reading the introduction, it seemed like the stories would be about sex, love, and lust while traveling. Admittedly, there are several stories that take place on vacation or en route to a foreign place. I don't think the "theme", if you can call it that, is strictly about wanderlust. As I read each story, the prevalent theme I picked up was about exploration. It could be a physical exploration. Some characters, while exploring other places, discovered someone (or some people) to scratch an itch, if you know what I mean. More often than not, these characters were discovering, or exploring, what boundaries to push.
This collection brought me back to my college years when I used to have to read collections of short stories from authors like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway. The BEST WOMEN'S EROTICA OF THE YEAR - VOLUME 2 reminds me of a dirty version of those collections. Every story was well written. All authors - published or not - should read this with the expectation of learning more about their craft.
Out of the 20+ stories, I didn't really connect with two of them, which is not bad. All the others, I truly enjoyed. As a author who writes BDSM, of course I had an affinity to those stories, like the opening story called "Performance" by Jordan Monroe. "Wordless Surrender" by Janelle Reston reminded me of a story I'm currently working on about a Dom who doesn't speak. The story that stuck in my mind had to be "On His Knees" by Eve Pendle. I hate when reviewers say this, and I swore I would never be one of those reviewers, but I normally do not read historical romances. Not sure why, but those stories aren't my thing. However, reading this naughty historical tale had me changing my mind.
From the first story to the last, with a couple of exceptions for me, this collection is a winner. I couldn't wait to read a story or two each day. And it made me want to be a better writer.
If you get a chance, you need to pick up this collection and read it. Then reread it again. Then recommend it to others. You won't regret it.
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My favorite story is “Wordless Surrender” by Janelle Reston, which explores the intersection of deafness and kink. A deaf domme doesn’t like her submissive to be on her knees because she can’t read the sub’s lips that way. The sub learns to sign as a symbol of her devotion. The domme gives her sub a large jingle bell to throw on the floor as a substitution for a safeword. For me it was a mind-expanding tale.
In another fascinating story, “At the End of the World,” Jasmine discovers she is not the last living being when she hears the voices of two men. “We’re not infected,” Paul and Max tell her as she brandishes her pocket knife. Soon, however, they all become very, well, close.
There’s something very special and important in erotica that privileges a woman’s point of view and foregrounds women in a sex-positive way. As a reader, it is the hottest perspective, especially in this outstanding collection with its high quality of writing. Anyone who is curious to know what other women want, what we really really want, can certainly find out in these pages.
I received this book from the editor in exchange for an honest review.
This volume took me a little longer to get through. Unfortunately, it's because I didn't connect with the majority of the stories. I failed to lose myself in the fantasy of these women's erotic adventures. I did like a few stories; actually more like loved completely. My favorites were:
On His Knees by Eve Pendle
Mind Control by Violet R. Jones
Serious Faces by Ella Dawson
Cigarro Tarde by Abigail Ekue
Volcano Nights by Josie Jordan
I found the other stories to be silly or down right uninteresting. The diverse themes and writing styles were amazing though. This collection of erotica is not badly written at all. I just personally didn't like it as much as the first volume.
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This volume is a constellation of pleasure, lust, fear, and giddy exploration, all in an eager embrace of beautiful words, explicit needs, and...Read more