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"From the objects of their desiring to how they want to be wanted, the collection offers a delicious array of women’s lust to choose from."
Sal & Tal Erotica

"Many of the stories showed the female characters really going exactly for what they lusted after, and the stories all were unique and individual from one another while still united by strong female characters. I definitely think Women In Lust has a story for everyone, and if you enjoy hot and pleasurable erotica that’s well-written and features a strong female character, this could be a great book of erotica for you. I definitely would rate this hot read above some of the other erotica books I’ve read."
–Pop My Cherry Reviews

"What I love about Women in Lust is that it's a mixed bag of delicious, sinful erotic stories. The title insinuates its a lesbian anthology, but it has all sorts of stories—straight, lesbian, couple, threesome, etc.—that all women will be sure to enjoy. Stories: I love their diversity! Not only in storyline, but also in heat level and theme. Some are sizzling, some are vanilla, some are intense—just reading them form bruises on my flesh—and some are heart-tingling. This book is a great collection of such a broad assortment of stories that you'll never get bored with, and one that certainly won't dissatisfy. Rachel Kramer Bussel is among my favorite Cleis authors/editors. She does a fabulous job picking the PERFECT stories for her anthologies, so of course Women in Lust didn't disappoint! The quality of the writing conventions-wise is also fantastic; typo count, zero, which is so hard to come by in erotica these days."
—Caffè Vitale

"It's wonderful to read about women in lust - women who are bold, free, shameless (in a good way), women who know how to reach satisfaction. It's nice to read a book full of heroines unburdened by guilt, with very few obstacles between them and their fondest desires."
—Pagan Spirits

"If you’re looking a totally sexy, so-hot-it’ll-burn-your-fingers book, then you should definitely add Women in Lust to your shopping list."
—Erotica for All

"Each tale is a snippet into a life or lives and each presents a titillating vision into perceptions of lust, so everyone can find something that will appeal."
—Fresh Fiction

"I was impressed with the overall quality of the writing, and I will certainly be reading more erotica from Cleis Press. I’m thrilled to see so much diversity in the stories – younger women’s lust and older women’s lust, leading to straight, gay and kinky sex, and in all cases to hot sex. Highly recommended."
—Whole Sex Life

"Erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel’s newest anthology Women in Lust is juicy and bursting with the passionate flavors of many voices...Fresh and wonderfully compiled, twenty erotica authors combine their literary gifts and mix it all up into a lusty book...gives the reader a bouquet of delights, all clamoring with lust, displaying its words, paragraphs, and letters in sinuous sentences and wanton descriptives."
—Erotica du Jour

"Wishes and thoughts, ideas and machinations of women in the throws of lust, for men or women, release or adventure, be it to take or be taken. It was an enjoyable and recommended read."
—The Eroticist

"These lusty women enjoy a rough and wild romp. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, the anthology Women in Lust plunges headfirst into spanking, multiple partners and switching genders. For me with erotic writing, it’s not about the gender of the individual but the overall person, and I enjoy anthologies that embrace this diversity."
—Louisa Bacio Blog


In praise of Passion, "Rachel is superb at selecting stories with a theme. Passion is at times touching and tender, naughty and hot, and completely true to its title: erotic, romantic and universally appealing to newbies and connoisseurs of lusty language, the sort of anthology that encourages sensual living." from Modern Love Musings by Tinamarie Bernard.

In praise of Smooth, "Unfulfilled just to let sex happen, these women are active participants and explore every sensory experience, especially those to do with that largest and most erotic organ: the skin. Sensuality exists alongside the animalistic, showing both sides, indeed many sides, of being bare." from the Sacramento Book Review.

From the Back Cover

Love, Lust and Desire

At its best, lust is intense, all-consuming, leaving you breathless, able only to focus on slaking that urgent need. The characters in Women in Lust give in to that pure, overpowering impulse for sex. Whether watching a lover playing guitar, using a webcam, going out for a smoke or simply embracing a chance encounter, these women seize the opportunities presented to them, and savor the lovers who teach them about themselves and help them open up to new sensual possibilities. These women embrace lust even when it makes them do things they might consider reckless. Sometimes the object of their lust is not the "right" person—a woman falls for her best friend's boyfriend, the ultimate taboo. Or desire itself may be maddening when it teases and taunts. Rachel Kramer Bussel has brought together top erotica authors who know exactly what to do with those burning desires.

With contributed stories by Portia Da Costa, Charlotte Stein, Aimee Pearl, Clancy Nacht, Elizabeth Coldwell, Lucy Hughes, Del Carmen, Jen Cross, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Brandy Fox, Amelia Thornton, Kin Fallon, Aimee Herman, Jacqueline Applebee, Kayar Silkenvoice, Olivia Archer, Justine Elyot, K.D. Grace, Shanna Germain, and Donna George Storey.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press (November 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573447242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573447249
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are some very funny moments in this collection of 20 stories; it's not just fodder for dithering, though of course it is that. There are quirky insights into varied womanly perspectives -- how they view male body parts (including the oft-underappreciated male rear); how they view their own bodies; how they experience desire and relationships and orgasms.

RKB writes in her introduction, "we embrace our lusts even when they are maddening, even when they make us do things we might otherwise consider reckless." There is recklessness in this book -- encounters with strangers and with duct-tape and with nettles (brrr) -- though there are also prophylactics and conversations and solicitations of consent. There are "zipless" encounters as per Erica Jong, and hilarious self-aware interior monologues akin to Jong's own prose.

It's hard to *review* erotica; I didn't love every story, and some of that was due to the It's Not You, It's Me factor (Lucy Hughes' "Bite Me": it doesn't matter to Flightless what else happens once there is a naked razor blade in the unnegotiated bdsm scene; she is shielding her eyes and waiting for someone to tell her it's safe to look again. It turned out it was safe for most folks to look all along, but I had to go for a walk). There is also a knife-play story, "Beneath My Skin." Unlike "Bite Me," "Beneath My Skin" is female-submissive, as are about half the stories in the collection. Oh and it also has spanking in it, as do at least 1/4 of them. (Did we mention that RKB likes spanking?) Let's see, approx. 1.5 lesbian tales, one male masochist, one hot strap-on pegging scene, and three threesomes (all M-F-M). Several protagonists are over 40 and several of their lovers are younger men, which our aged Collective members quite liked.
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What is Lust?

Lust is one of the Deadly Sins.

Lust is one of the precepts that Buddhist practices abjures.

Lust is an intense longing, not necessarily sexual, but often categorized as such.

Lust is one of the most powerful of the emotions. Women in Lust is an anthology of erotic stories edited by Erotica anthology impresario Rachel Kramer Bussel exploring the idea, consequences, motivations and geography of lust, specifically from a woman's point of view.

Lust makes people do dangerous, reckless, even trangressive things.

Women in Lust is an anthology that embodies those principles in 20 stories, many of them veterans of Bussel's anthologies before. Bussel herself has a tasty story, anthologist's privilege, you bet, in "Hot for teacher". No laws are broken in this story, but it does play with that very classic trope and plays with it well.
Speaking of tropes and themes, while the overarching theme of lust might not give you a clue as to what truly is in store, I discovered a variety of scenarios, kinks, motifs and interpretations of the theme. The stories range from a pretend interrogation ("The Hard Way" to a dominance and submission themed threesome ("Her, Him and Them") , There is even, much to my surprise, a knifeplay story, "Beneath my skin".

What was the strongest story for me, you might ask? Besides Hot for Teacher, which pushed my buttons in all the right ways? Probably the "anchor story", Donna George Storey's "Comfort food". Yes, the story involves food, but nothing as simple or straightforward as using food in kinky ways.
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As I have several Rachel Kramer Bussel edited, Cleis Press released erotic anthologies on my bookshelf I know them to reliable sources of well written erotica with literary value that appeal to a variety of sexual palates. Women in Lust is similar to the prior releases as most of the stories are well written, showing writers that certainly know their craft. However, there is less character development and variety in this anthology. As many of the stories were written from the perspective of submissive heterosexual women I didn't find many of the stories to be arousing. "Strapped" (the story of a woman who has sex with a man while pretending to be man and then later, after revealing her true identity, has a sort of unusual three some) was my favorite, not because it was arousing so much as because it was unusual and different from the rest of the mix. (There is also one sapphic story in the collection, centering on a Japanese geisha). If you're a woman who has very submissive heterosexual fantasies you will most likely enjoy this anthology. If however that isn't your cup of tea, or if you prefer a variety of sexual roles and tales then perhaps a different Bussel edited, Cleis Press released anthology would be more suited for you. For me personally, this collection didn't quite rev my engine, but past collections from these collaborators have.
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Women in Lust is an anthology I really enjoyed and that I'd recommend wholeheartedly. First off, it's well-written and well-edited. It's evident that that the authors care about the craft of writing and the editor clearly took the time to select good stories and craft them into a compelling collection. Also, the stories are all written by women about women; it's not only fun but gratifying to see women take charge of their own desire and sexuality. Finally, the stories are often a little tongue-in-cheek; the authors obviously enjoyed writing them and aren't afraid to be a little mischievous and poke a little fun. One of my favorite stories in the anthology is Donna George Storey's "Comfort Food." Not only is the story, like the title, playful, but the sheer sensory detail is amazing and the characters well-developed. My favorite line is "my desire made me more interesting to myself." In a way, this line captures the spirit of the whole anthology, which is ultimately about how desire enriches women's lives and gives us permission to live as authentically as possible. Other stories I especially liked are "Smoke"--for its dauntless, irreverent heroine-- and "Unbidden"--for the way it challenged my expectations of the ending. Really, though, the whole collection is great. Definitely buy it!
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