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Peek-a-boo - I see you!
on September 9, 2013
I really loved the theme of this anthology. I'm terribly nosy - seriously, I'm that neighbor who is always staring out of the window watching everybody's business (hey, you shouldn't put it out there if you don't want people to watch or listen and that's it - take it in the house, people)- and if I had stumbled across the scenes some of the people in this story have, I wouldn't play coy for a second and probably would watch.
The stories in here range from those who do the watching to those who want to be watched. The co-editors of this anthology, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Alison Tyler, were right in their element in picking these stories as well as contributing to the anthology themselves with a story of their own.
On the subject, Rachel's contribution called "Like This" was probably my favorite in the book because it was a very intense, intimate scene between a husband and wife of long standing and not some superficial fling or hook-up that would only last as long as the night itself. There were plenty of those kinds of stories in here and they were pretty good, too, but being that I'm married myself I like to read about people who don't always have to look for outside help to spice up things in the bedroom (although the woman in the story had used the image of a fantasy threesome between herself, her husband, and best friend to help herself orgasm through her intense masturbation performance for her husband who was watching - but the point was, it was only those two present and that was only one of many erotic images she used to spur herself along).
Anyway, all of the stories were good in their own right. However, I only have one complaint about these anthologies in general and not just this one but many of the ones I've read by these two editors and even the ones by Ms. Violet Blue, who I absolutely adore and that is that there seems to be an unfair shortage of gay stories in here between men when compared to the ones about lesbians.
I happen to be a lover of yaoi - that genre is a whole new ballgame altogether- and because I do, I happen to like reading erotic scenes between two men even as a straight woman. It is a guilty pleasure of sorts for me. So I was very miffed to see there was only one story that fit the criteria in the entire anthology (I can't remember the title). I guess maybe there was two if you wanted to count the one about a young woman who goes in search of kinky sex in a park where after hours gay men carouse. Either way, compared to the many stories in these overall anthologies - no matter the theme - that is a bit unfair when I'd say as many as one out of every three stories in these anthology caters to lesbians if not women who are at least inclined to bisexuality.
Now that I'm thinking about it, it's probably because most of these anthologies are geared toward women of all sexual orientations and, thus, they must assume that just as many lesbians read these books as straight women. Either way, most women may not relate to reading about two guys together as easily as they could reading about two women. Either way, however unbalanced it is, these books always do cater to the people who read them. I've said it in my other reviews of this editor and Ms. Violet Blue - you will find something to relate to, something that you feel calls to you individually and you never have to read anything in these books that does not.
I enjoyed this one and as I have read everything Ms. Violet Blue has put out as editor, I hope to do the same for Rachel Kramer Bussel and Alison Tyler.