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Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples Paperback – November 9, 2001
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"This is a we-did-it-you-can-too anthology of real couples playing out their fantasies." Lou Paget, author, The Big O -- From the book cover
From the Author
Who hasnt fantasized about living the sweet lifeor yearned for a life filled with pleasure and satisfaction? We, too, are always searching for that spark of excitement in lifeand when it comes to sex, we want that spark to ignite fires.
Between these covers, you will meet many couples who have embraced the sweet life as more than a lovely phrase. They have made their fantasies into realityeven if only for a delicious moment. Some of these fantasies will be delightfully familiar while others emerge as new and inviting. Each offers up a taste of forbidden need, finally unleashed.
These stories are addictive, hot little reads. Girlfriends and wives try on schoolgirl outfits and strap-ons to discover what theyve been missing. Boyfriends and husbands become doctors, headmasters, daddiesor simply do as theyre told and emerge more satisfied than ever. Lovers confess dark desires and inspire their partners to act on them; sweethearts scheme and take the upper hand. Couples add a woman, a man, or both to their already hot sexual encounters. Passion consistently takes precedent over taboo. There is nothing these lovers wont try for each other, and its all here in twenty-one expertly crafted, arousingly explicit tales.
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However, based on the writing style, the stories are well written. We gave this 3 stars because the fantasies are just not our type, but the writing style is VERY well done.
Just not for us.
We gave it an earnest attempt at first: the wife and I got comfortable together and I read aloud the first five stories or so to her. Interest waned as it became apparent that certain phrases would be repeated throughout each tale. Phrases such as 'already erect', 'thrusting repeatedly', 'cries of pleasure' became commonplace, predictable. Every paragraph featured at least one superlative adjective.
Maybe if we'd built a drinking game around our reading-time ('Wet and slippery', take a drink!; 'So darn hard', take two drinks!), we could've made it work. But the inspiration wasn't there, so the inspiration wasn't there.
Besides droll repetition of stock erotica vocabulary, Sweet Life lacked the sophistication that I've come to desire in my fiction. I can't boast a collegiate background in literature, but I do appreciate it when my books can adroitly turn a phrase. I can count on Chuck Palahniuk's novels to titillate. Terry Pratchett does things with his sentences I didn't know were possible. And Stephen King, while getting on in years, still can work his prose into a frenzy, with a long-enough running start.
But Sweet Life's stories (with one exception, a doozy by Hanne Blank that has almost no sex in it) are, without fail, contrived, formulaic and cliché. Some examples:
'Although my internet-whiz husband spent his days in front of a computer screen, he kept in shape by by swimming laps at lunchtime at the health club next door to where he worked.'
'Negotiation has always been the hallmark of our relationship.'
'...it had literally been years...'
At 'literally', I nearly slammed the cover on Sweet Life, thinking, "There's just no excuse for this abuse of language in our relationship." But I kept my calm and just laughed it off, and let the distance grow naturally.
One day soon, I'll nonchalantly move the book to the cardboard box in the closet and the next thing it'll know, someone will be shelving it for purchase at the local thrift shop. And then I'll have completely moved on.
These stories are the kind I like: reasonably literate, very explicit, and basically about people being happy with each other. The stories don't rush into the physical coupling - they always give a few pages to set their scenes end engage the imagination. There's no [almost] sub/dom theme here. Almost all of the stories are affectionate and mutual. That suits my tastes just fine, and doesn't interfere a bit with a juicy story. Quite the opposite, it encourages unhurried, detailed descriptions of the players and their play.
These stories really are what erotica should be. The stories are brief but fulfilling, come across without the dark edge that puts people off. By yourself or in company, Enjoy!
Although I was only familiar with the writings of a couple of the contributors the stroies were well chosen to provide the reader with a smorgesbourg of fantasies. Erotic Massages, rape fantasies, having sex in public, erotic spankings, daddy fantasies, bad student fantasy, multiple parters stories are all included.
If it's everyman's dream to watch two girls getting it on this book has a sizzling little story for the girls watching two guys getting it on. When you see the title of Erotic Fantaies for 'Couples' one should easliy read that to mean 'Women' since I think the book is defintely geared towards the gentler sex getting their husband or boyfriend in the sack rather than the other way around.....