- File Size: 516 KB
- Print Length: 124 pages
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- Publisher: Sexy Little Pages (September 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07579Q82W
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Symphony Amore: Erotic Stories of Love and Music Kindle Edition
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So I will focus my review on the short story, “Brass Trio,” by Jordan Monroe, who is also the collection’s editor, because I think Monroe’s approach captures the spirit of most of the other pieces in the collection and makes them… sing in harmony (as a good editor’s vision should).
The first few pages of the story are a description of the trio’s performance, and what Monroe does with language there is absolutely magnificent.
She’s describing… a concert, a performance. But really… it’s foreplay. But not… uncouth or unsubtle. It’s just… oh, you know, just read the damn thing. I mean, it’s easy to make blowing a trumpet sound suggestive or dirty. It takes skill to create a mood of seduction with sentences such as “it was easier to get lost during slow pieces than in faster ones” or “[he] maintained the steady pulse with low, warm tones…”
Eventually the story progresses into a hot mutual seduction scene (that involves the entire trio of course) and it is, again magnificent.
There’s this one exchange—
“She bit her lower lip, unsure of herself.
“Do you want this?” he whispered.”
—and, you know what? Consent is so sexy. And this is from the woman who has lines like “she only belongs to those who take” (I’m still conflicted about that one, btw) in her prose.
I’m a big fan of sex-positive, woman-positive (human positive!!) erotica that’s… what’s the word I’m looking for… f@cking hot. And this piece hits the mark here in so many ways. I won’t quote the really explicit bits—because when you come upon them, I want you to have that feeling of discovery that comes upon a reader when a perfect scene uncurls before her eyes (or a new, unexpected angle of a lover’s body is revealed to her exploring hands…). In between them are lines of emotional insight, tenderness—nervousness and power… I just really, really adored this story.
This little sentence. So… innocent…
“We have confirmed that brass players make excellent kissers.”
… so plain, really, or potentially cliche even, right? But the way Monroe places it, leads up to it, follows it… it made my toes curl.
And also, it made me want to seduce a brass player. I don’t think I currently know any. I need to make a list of local concerts to attend…
The other stories in the mix all hit a solid level of well-written, although they vary a bit in their… let’s say effectiveness and impact on this particular reader anyway. Sionna Fox’s “Etudes” is probably my other favourite, and I am now also fantasizing about pianist’s hands and that’s all I’m going to tell you about that one.
I was trying to figure out how to best give you taste of each of the stories, and I decided to give you the line from each that hooked me.
Rhythm of the Dishwasher by Rosalia Zizzio
“The dishwasher continues its percussion, drumming and clanging and banging and occasionally growling like a predatory animal, sounding like a concerto of sorts as well as if grunting in the throes of passion, as if it’s whispering sweet nothings into my ear.”
Crescendo by Charlotte French
This is the first sentence, and OMG:
“It was always about music between him and her, singing in their veins, this symphony of skin agains skin with the bass beat of their hearts drumming between the hitch of their ribs, fitted together like a bow to strings.”
(Also, there’s a cello player in this one. Cello. Like, the sexiest instrument in existence, is it not?)
Beautiful Destruction by Rebecca Chase
‘Yielding her control, she let the music guide everything she did, surrendering her body to the will of the beat.
“You came,” a mousy haired guy called out to her.’
LOL. Love it. She came… to the bar… Chase’s word play in this piece is just fabulous.
Harmonious Variation by Genevieve Chamblee
“Brody has written an amazing symphony, which happens to include several seductive passages. Everyone who has previewed it has gotten horny. … The audience is going to get so turned on that by the end, they won’t even notice you’re nude. Hell, they’ll probably all strip.”
Humour in erotica. It’s a thing, and we need more of it.
Brass Trio by Jordan Monroe
“Veronica focused her tongue into a tight point, landing the staccato notes precisely. Justin maintained the steady pulse with low, warm tones, while Angela’s fingers flew along the trumpet valves.”
OK, I’m already wet. Am I easy? Or is that this good?
Crescendo by Laura Callender
“My hands are insured. It’s quite unusual, but one of my mentors felt I was worth the investment. I have been told I have really great control of them, my fingers especially, which comes in useful at times.”
So you know what I’m waiting for now, right?
Etudes by Sionna Fox
This first sentence just played me:
“Esther was on her knees, ass in the air…”
because it continues with
“reaching into the bowels of the rickety copier to extract yet another jammed sheet when a throat cleared behind her.”
Does it not just set the mood for… well, something dirty? It’s brilliant. The lovers don’t get naked for another few pages, but you’re ready for anything…
Verlagen by Zliabeth Caldwell
“…her music practice seemed to taunt him, reminding him of what he wanted but couldn’t have: the pleasure of seeing her perform without a wall between the two of them.”
Her Fall From Power by Nanisi Barrett D’Arnuk
“She’s a professional dominatrix,” he tried to explain to me. “You should go to her. You’d find out a lot about yourself.”
So—if you’re looking for a gift for the music loving lover in your life… consider this collection.
If you don’t have a music loving lover in your life… get this collection for yourself. But be warned: after you read Symphony Amore, you will want a music loving lover… cellist… pianist… trombone player… collection of several…
DISCLOSURE: I was offered an ARC of this collection in exchange for an honest review.