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Studs: Gay Erotic Fiction Paperback – August 12, 2014
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"These are some of the hottest stories that I have read in a long time."
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From the Back Cover
Rough and ready, smooth and sultry, or quick and raw—however you like it, you’ll find it in Studs, a collection of the hottest and best-written man-to-man sex stories to ever hit print. Wayne Courtois provides a behind-the-scenes peek into into a Downton Abbey-like world as a gardener sets out to seduce the estate manager in “Capturing the King.” Truth drips off the page in Shane Allison’s shockingly sexy “Confession Angel.” In Andrew McCarthy’s “Underground Operator,” a sweaty subway platform is the stage for rough, anonymous sex. With his new stable of Studs, editor Richard Labonte´ stuns us with exhilaratingly explicit gay erotica.
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For original review see The Prism Book Alliance Blog online
This collection included an introduction by Emanuel Xavier where he described his process for selecting the stories included in this anthology. He explained what he looked for in erotica. His criteria put into words exactly what I have been struggling to explain about my feeling towards erotica, things I have always been unable to express well.
“Erotica should excite the reader with its imagination, besides providing pleasure.”
“…it can be said that at the root of all good erotica is love. Even the most provocative erotics, if read carefully, reveals the need to connect on a deeper level.”
He expressed my desire for erotic stories that are more than just thrilling, shocking, or taboo. Stories that are about more than just pushing the edge of respectability. Stories that have a layer of emotion or connection that brings out hidden desires and fantasies in the reader. I was so excited to read this anthology because after that intro, I just knew I was going to enjoy myself.
Well, I was wrong. This was a collection of 17 short stories that Mr. Xavier says he chose because they “made me close my eyes and jerk off until I stained them.” I have to admit, I do not understand Mr. Xavier’s preferences because some of these stories left me far from lustful. In fact, a few of them just plain left me creeped out or confused.
I enjoyed “My Boy Tuesday” By Arden Hill as it was a slow burn that gave the reader insight into Tristan’s kinks. This was a really good start to this collection. But then things just got weird with tickle torture and desires for “victims to be tickled to death.Read more ›
Normally with these anthologies, there are a few that I think are mediocre and a few that stand out better than the rest. But honestly, looking back on these stories, I can't name you one specifically. They all just kind of blended together. They weren't altogether bad, but I didn't take away anything from this collection either. For the first time I feel like maybe I'm just not an intended audience for it (which is weird, considering that I normally really enjoy male/male stories). So don't let my opinions deter you too much- if you're a hardcore fan of gay erotica, you might absolutely love it.
I think part of what caused this misclick for me was the audiobook format. When you're listening to erotica, you need that voice to have that special something, otherwise it just feels a bit weird. This narrator didn't do it for me so to speak. There's a good chance that if I read this on my own from a paperback, I would feel differently about the anthology as a whole.
I will admit though, I do love the cover art. I know that's not really pertinent to the discussion of the stories, but I mean look at it. So pretty.
I think that this collection will be up some people's alleys, but unfortunately it fell a bit flat for me. It was an okay read, but it's not something I'm likely to recommend or reread in the future. If you're a fan of m/m erotica, you may enjoy it, and if you end up reading it let me know what you think about it.
Thanks to Cleis Press for my copy in exchange for my honest review.