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Single Syllable Steve 
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The Contract
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Enslaved by love and fate

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Coming Together: In Vein by Lisabet Sarai (Ed)Coming Together: In Vein by Lisabet Sarai (Ed)
Coming Together (eBook), December 2012; ISBN-10: 1479125555

Let's face it. Vampires are sexy. Something about the undead stirs up our juices. Perhaps it's their irresistible power. Even when we know the danger, we're so very tempted to surrender to their all-consuming lust. Maybe we want to comfort them, to save them a lonely, bloody eternity. Maybe we secretly crave immortality ourselves.

Vampires are frequently portrayed as evil or at least amoral, viewing humanity from the jaded perspective of centuries. Now, though, vampires are doing their part to save the world. Coming Together: In Vein is a brand new collection of vampire-themed erotica and erotic romance edited by Lisabet Sarai. All sales of this novel-length volume support Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). The list of contributors includes erotica and erotic romance luminaries,  every one of whom authors has provided his or her work free of charge, to support the charitable aims of the project.

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Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Ed) Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Ed)
Cleis Press, November 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448230

The only thing stronger than the call of duty is the call of desire! This anthology of military erotic romance serves up a team of hot-blooded men (and women) from every branch of the military who serve their country and follow their hearts wherever they might be stationed. When the mission is done, the unit is recalled or the ship pulls into port, they set their sights on a new target—the pursuit of passion and love. In and out of uniform, stateside and abroad, these military warriors meet passion and danger head on. All’s fair in love and war—in and out of uniform.

Edited and with stories by Kristina Wright, wife of a Lieutenant in the US Navy, Duty and Desire includes stories of U.S. soldiers, sailors, aviators, Marines and Special Forces (Navy SEALs, Army Rangers, and many more. Uniforms have never been sexier!

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Like a Breath of Flame: Erotic Tales of Dragons by Cosmin Alexander (Ed)Like a Breath of Flame: Erotic Tales of Dragons by Cosmin Alexander (Ed)
Circlet Press, November 2012; ISBN: 978-1-61390-065-9

Dragons are present across almost all human culture: from the classic fire-breathing and princess-coveting dragons of Western Europe to the wise and noble dragons of East Asia to the great monstrous lizards of Greek mythology to the feathered serpents of South America. But what of the sexual side of the dragon? What of sensuality at the border between earth and sky, what of the myths of kings and emperors being literally descended from dragons, what of dragons who take on human shape to learn mankind's ways? Humans and dragons have existed side by side since nearly the beginning of time—surely their desires must have crossed at some point.

Like a Breath of Flame: Erotic Tales of Dragons contains nine short stories that explore the theme of scaled sensuality from a variety of different perspectives. In this anthology are stories of lonely mountain dragons with exotic tastes, dragons with the power to slip into their lover's dreams, shapechanger dragons, unusual interpretations of the term "dragon rider," dragon-as-devil and dragon-as-god... and, yes, no less than two versions of the virgin-sacrificed-to-dragon story, each with their own unique twist on the tale. These stories of serpentine sexuality are certain to delight the senses.

This anthology includes stories by KJ Kabza, Julian Oliver-Fenn, Dean Scarborough, Kannang Feng, Steven Schwartz, Dominic Santi, David Hubbard, Kimber Camacho, and Nobilis Reed.

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Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire by D. L. King (Ed) Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire by D. L. King (Ed)
Cleis Press, October 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448192

She’s beautiful. She’s enchanting. She’s mysterious and unfathomable. She’s your fondest dream and your worst nightmare. She’s sweet and sublimely submissive. She’s dark and fully in charge. She’s flirty yet mysterious. She promises safety in her arms but there’s danger in her eyes. One look, one scent, one taste, one sigh and you’re rock hard or dripping wet. She’s sex incarnate.

Succub are sexual vampires, women who steal the life force from their victim, but what a way to go! Some say succubi visit their victims in dreams; others say they seduce them in the flesh. Whether your succubus is a shape shifter, has permanent bat wings or wears a mini skirt ; whether her victims are taken unawares, follow her with glee or scream bloody murder as they come, these stories are hot. As hell. 

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f Fantastic Erotica: The Best of Circlet Press 2008-2012 by Cecilia Tan & Bethany Zaiatz (Eds)
Circlet Press, October 2012

Review by Ashley Lister: Circlet Press are renowned for producing high quality erotic fiction. Any anthology which includes the subtitle The Best of Circlet Press 2008 – 2012 is one that definitely needs to be considered.
In the introduction to this title, the editors explain that the stories in this collection have been harvested and selected from Circlet’s most successful publications, and then vot4ed for through Circlet’s website. Tan and Zaiatz say:

The unique process we used to narrow down the finalists published here makes Fantastic Erotica the first collaborative effort between Circlet authors, editors, and readers. So it is with great pleasure that we share this book that you and others like you, helped create. Enjoy!

And there’s a lot to enjoy in this collection. With the help of Circlet readers, Cecilia Tan and Bethany Zaiatz have collected nineteen fantastic shorts that are outstanding on a variety of levels. Written by such celebrated professionals as Sacchi Green, Angela Caperton, Clarice Clique, Nobillis Reed and Shanna Germain, Fantastic Erotica is written to excite, arouse and entertain.

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Lips Like Sugar: Women's Erotic Fantasies by Violet Blue (Ed) Lips Like Sugar: Women's Erotic Fantasies by Violet Blue (Ed)
Cleis Press (2nd edition), October 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448206

Read Lips Like Sugar in private or aloud to your favorite bedmate. Or turn down the corner of your favorite story's opening page and slip the book into just the right spot, where someone is sure to discover it...

Violet Blue is known for erotica anthologies depicting joyful, unabashed sex dished up without qualifiers or apologies. The stories in this volume, written by both veterans and new voices, feature women on top, bottom, and everyplace in between. Running the gamut from sweet to scintillating to downright raw, they cover just about every conceivable sexual scenario. Debra Hyde’s “Accidental Exhibitionist” explores the thoughts of corseted slavegirl Cara as she models her new fetish gear and services her master in public. Teresa Lamai’s “Idyll” finds poetry and passion in a scorching three-way set in Croatia. And Carolina John’s “The 9:30 to Edinburgh” shows just how accommodating a British train compartment can be to a group of sexually charged strangers. 

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Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women by Delilah Devlin (Ed)Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women by Delilah Devlin (Ed)
Cleis Press, August 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448141

There's a reason Western romance novels never go out of fashion. The cowboy is an iconic figure embodying the dichotomy of the fiercely independent, earthy alpha male crossed with the male as a nurturer and protector. Cowboys take care of their women in every possible way. Wild and wayward women are gentled by the scent of horse and cow and the sight of sun-kissed skin, the feel of work-hardened thighs and arms, and the sound of a deep-voiced Texas drawl.

Contributors at the top of the Western romance genre, including Charlene Teglia, Randi Alexander, Cat Johnson, and editor, Delilah Devlin, have corralled strong and memorable characters ranging from ranch hands to cattle barons, to a rodeo star and a feisty female gunslinger. Traversing romantic settings from Montana, Texas, California, Mexico, and the Outback of Australia, the stories in Cowboy Lust are risky and risqué, full of studs in spurs hot enough to send you to a vacation on a dude ranch!

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Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire by Mitzi Szereto (Ed)Thrones of Desire: Erotic Tales of Swords, Mist and Fire by Mitzi Szereto (Ed)
Cleis Press, September 2012; ISBN-10: 157344815X

Thrones of Desire is a place where lust and legend abound, and adventure, passion and danger entwine. Think mystical lands and creatures, kings and queens, knights and renegades, heroes and villains, warlords, maidens and princesses. Think battles and danger, honor and dishonor, good and evil. Most of all, think hearts filled with passion and secret desire. This is a place where romantic chivalry is alive and well, but so too is romantic wickedness. This is a place where the good do not always win, and the bad are often more captivating and desirable than their altruistic counterparts.

In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Intrigue, sorcery, revenge, lawlessness, dark secrets and mysterious elixirs; entanglements with supernatural beings — everything is possible in these magical mythical landscapes. Inspired by Game of Thrones these imaginative steamy tales transport the reader to fantastical realms.

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The Mammoth Book of Erotica presents: The Best of Donna George StoreyThe Mammoth Book of Erotica presents: The Best of Donna George Storey
Robinson UK, July 2012

Maxim Jakubowski released a series of ebooks called "Mammoth Presents the Best of…." which are collected stories from his excellent Mammoth Book of New Erotica series. The volumns explore the extraordinary variety of the erotic experience and explicit sexual drama in all its forms from some of the best writers in the field.

There are are nine volumes released in July, including collections by Maxim himself, Donna George Storey, Alison Tyler, Kristina Wright, M. Christian, Thomas Roche, Lucy Taylor, Michael Hemmingson, and Marilyn Jaye Lewis.

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Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Ed) Anything for You: Erotica for Kinky Couples by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Ed)
Cleis Press, August 2012; ISBN-10: 1573448133

Rachel Kramer Bussel is at the top of her game in BDSM erotica and now shares the pleasure in a one-of-a-kind book, custom-made for couples. Anything for You is stimulating reading, both for experienced players and those just discovering the joy of tying up your lover or bending over for the one you love These explicit stories of obsessive desire unlock the door to a world of obsessive desires, the passion that lies just beneath the skin.

Bondage is the stuff of fantasy for a shockingly large segment of the population and true happiness is discovering what makes your partner tick. In this case, it might well be the tickle of rope on naked skin, or a firm paddling. Rachel Kramer Bussel's is a guidebook to great sex, told story by delicious story of uninhibited, adventurous sex sure to keep the home fires burning Each boldly wrought tale shared with your lover is another door opened into the erotic mindscape.

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Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)Suite Encounters: Hotel Sex Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
Cleis Press, June 2012; ISBN-10: 1573447900

Suite Encounters features hotel erotica in all its forms, from honeymooners having sex on the beach to loving couples on vacation to coworkers heading downtown for secret quickies, not to mention exhibitionist thrills (and chills) of getting it on in the pool on the roof at The Standard Hotel in front of everyone! The award-winning editor of the Best Sex Writing series, among many others, Rachel Kramer Bussel knows the winning formula of stories of sex in every possible setting — luxury hotels, seedy motels, spas, SRO's and everything in between.

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Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright Lustfully Ever After: Fairy Tale Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Editor)
Cleis Press, May 2012; ISBN-10: 1573447870

In Lustfully Ever After, classic fairy tales are reimagined for an adult audience with twists (and kinks) to keep readers entertained. In Michelle Augello-Page's romantically charged BDSM tale "Wolf Moon," Little Red Riding Hood is the big bad wolf, while Kristina Lloyd rewrites "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" as a scorching hot MFM threesome in "The Shoes That Were Danced to Pieces." Shanna Germain's "Mirror Mirror" shows the sensual Sapphic side of Snow White's stepmother and Andrea Dale pens a contemporary version of "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" in the poignantly erotic "Steadfast."

This delightful collection of fairy tales will lead you down a magical path into forbidden romance and erotic love. You won’t need those bread crumbs to find your way home—for home is where the heart is and the authors of Lustfully Ever After know your heart’s most wicked and secret desires.

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Going Down: Oral Sex Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)Going Down: Oral Sex Stories by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
Cleis Press, May 2012; ISBN-10: 1573447897

When you look back on the best sex you ever had, oral sex will be a part if the picture. Rachel Kramer Bussell, editor of the award-winning oral sex collections Tasting Him and Tasting Her is back with more lip-smackingly superb oral sex erotica for ALL with Going Down. The primal sense of taking in the essence, taste, smell and sexy up-closeness of a lover is a powerful aphrodisiac that affects one physically, mentally and emotionally. Once you have your lover in your mouth, the heat of desire, passion, and lust focus before your eyes and tie your arousal directly to them. These fictive fellatio stories, sizzling sixty-ninings, and talented tonguings will give readers lots of new ideas to try at home.

In Going Down, lovers both give, receive and explore the many ways oral sex can be an act of love, tenderness, devotion or pure sexual act that lets readers revel in the emotion and sensuality of it all. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy this sexy read of explicit stories to get you hot and bothered with more than a mouthful. Giving head never read so good until now!

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Bound by Lust: Romantic Stories of Submission and Sensuality by Shanna Germain (Editor)Bound by Lust: Romantic Stories of Submission and Sensuality by Shanna Germain (Editor)
Cleis Press, April 2012; ISBN-10: 1573447927

Imagine finding a partner who is just as naughty, kinky and dark as you are, a lover who wanders the hardware store with you in search of new ‘toys,’ a man who can wrangle both you and the dishes into submission, a woman who accompanies you to office parties and play parties. Think that heady combination of: sweet and sexy, dirty and romantic, love and leather.Bound By Lust is a romantic, couples-focused erotica with a BDSM slant. The couples range from newly blossoming relationships, lont-time loves and reunited flames. BDSM aspect of this is both naughty and nice — bondage, spanking, domination, submission, power-play, pain and pleasure, or whatever your dirty mind can think of. Bring on the rope and rough stuff, the dens and dungeons, the corsets and clamps and cuffs. Romance can be a little rough and still have VERY happy endings!
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The Mammoth Book of The Best of Best New Erotica by Maxim JakubowskiThe Mammoth Book of The Best of Best New Erotica by Maxim Jakubowski (Editor)
Running Press, April 24, 2012; ISBN-10: 0762444355

The very best of over ten years of the Best New Erotica series and other erotica titles compiled by Maxim Jakubowski. Stories have been taken from all volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica with the exception of recent volumes 8 and 9. They have also been drawn from the Mammoth Book of International Erotica, Mammoth Book of Historical Erotica, Mammoth Book of Erotica, Mammoth Book of New Erotica and Mammoth Book of Short Erotic Novels.

The anthology is likely to include stories by Thomas S. Roche; Poppy Z. Brite; Alison Tyler; Lucy Taylor; Matt Thorne; M. Christian; Michael Hemmingson; Mike Kimera; Tara Alton; Marilyn Jaye-Lewis; Savannah Lee; Heather Corinna; Carol Queen; Donna George Storey; Lauren Henderson; Vicki Hendricks; O'Neil De Noux; Cara Bruce; Mark Timlin; Graham Joyce; Conrad Williams; Claude Lalumière; Kristina Lloyd; and Mitzi Szereto.

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Curvy Girls: Erotica for Women by Rachel Kramer BusselCurvy Girls: Erotica for Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
Seal Press, April 2012; ISBN-10: 1580054080

From the editor of Dirty Girls comes a new anthology of steamy stories for women who don’t fit into a size zero—or two, or four—and the men and women who love them.

In this voluptuously erotic collection, editor and best-selling author Rachel Kramer Bussel showcases the sensual side of having “more to love,” from the sexiness of big butts and plus-size corsets to the irresistible allure of pregnant bellies. No aspect of full-figured female sexuality is left unexplored, whether heterosexual or same-sex, raunchy or romantic, femme or butch. Bussel also includes seductive stories featuring characters of varying ethnic and racial backgrounds, exploring how different cultures approach size and eroticism. From trysts between long-time partners to one-night stands, from vanilla encounters to kinky romps, Curvy Girls is an all-inclusive celebration of the sensuality of larger women—in all their curvy glory.

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Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women by Rachel Kramer BusselObsessed: Erotic Romance for Women by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
Cleis Press, August 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447188

Review by Ashley Lister:  Obsessed is a strong word. It implies an unhealthy emotional state that is driven more by compulsion than considered opinion. Not a particularly pleasant or desirable mentality – but one with which the majority of us can sympathise to some extent.

And it’s an ideal and appropriate state of mentality for the majority of characters in these exciting stories presented by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Obsessed is an anthology of short stories written by some of the genres most respected and celebrated erotic romance writers. Favourite authors include Donna George Storey, Justine Elyot, Emerald, Charlotte Stein, Kristina Wright, K D Grace, and many other wonderful writers whom I can’t name here for lack of space.

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Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Editor)
Cleis Press, February 2012; ISBN-10: 1573447625

Review by Ashley Lister: I have to admit I almost shrieked with delight when a copy of this book landed on my desk. It ticks so many boxes for my personal preferences that I’m surprised my name wasn’t in the dedication.

Primarily, the book is a collection of erotic short stories concerning couples in established relationships. As innovations go, this is something seldom approached by erotica publishers who tend to focus on the dynamics of new relationships rather than existing ones. And yet, for those of us who are already in relationships, this approach to fiction is a reminder that sex continues after the initial thrill of first meeting.

In addition, the book is edited by the wonderful Rachel Kramer Bussel – a name synonymous with quality collections of erotica.

And, finally, the book genuinely contains fiction from some of my favourite erotic storytellers in the whole world.  It’s fair to say that this whole collection is genuinely Irresistible
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Red Velvet & Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance by Mitzi SzeretoRed Velvet & Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance by Mitzi Szereto (Editor)
Cleis Press, September 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447161

Review by Kristina Wright:  Keeping the tradition of Gothic literature alive, perennial editor Mitzi Szereto gives us Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. As Szereto states in the introduction, her goal was to not only offer readers an anthology that was reminiscent of the Gothic classics, “but take things further by adding to the brew a generous portion of eroticism that’s far less restrained than what transpired between Cathy and Heathcliff.” And so she does! This scrumptious collection will thrill the fans of Gothic literature with a titillating collection of stories that inspire shivers of both desire and dread.

The best word to describe Red Velvet and Absinthe is atmospheric.  These stories are written to draw you into a world unlike any you’ve ever known and make you believe in the things that lurk in the shadows. The authors have done an admirable job of paying tribute to the Gothic masters and mistresses of old, putting a new spin on familiar Gothic tropes. In most of the tales, things are not always as they seem and the reader is left breathless with anticipation right up until thFe end. All of the stories are sensual treats and the level of eroticism varies from what you might find in a more traditional Gothic story to contemporary literary erotic explorations.

As is befitting the subtitle, Paranormal Erotic Romance, there are number of paranormal elements to be found in the stories. Shape-shifters, werewolves, vampires and otherworldly creatures are well-represented with interesting interpretations and twists.  My favorite stories in this collection include Janine Ashbless’s poignant “Cover Him With Darkness,” Charlotte Stein’s creepy “Dolly” and Zander Vyne’s shocking “La Belle Mort.” Each story is so well-written and so delicious that it’s enough to make you put the book down and contemplate what you’ve just read—and then reread it all over again.

Despite the short format, each author in Red Velvet and Absinthe delivers a complete and complex erotic tale. Mitzi Szereto is known for choosing the very best of literary erotica for her anthologies, and this book is representative of the very best of the genre. With fifteen unique stories (as well as an introduction by Szereto and a foreword by paranormal author Kelley Armstrong), gans of paranormal and Gothic stories will find a few favorites among this collection—and be eager to share their opinions (and maybe copies of the book) with friends.
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