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Hot Daddies: Gay Erotic Fiction by Richard Labonte (Editor)

Hot Daddies: Gay Erotic Fiction by Richard Labonte (Editor)

Cleis Press, August 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447129

From hunky father figures to dominant leathermen, Hot Daddies collects stories capturing the erotic dynamic between younger and older men, their emotional connections, and the benefits of sexual mentorship. Contributors include storied master of the genre Jack Fritscher, writing about an 18-year-old’s sizzling summer camp romp with both a daddy and his boy; Doug Harrison, contemplating the arousing possibility of a boy with two daddies; and Jeff Mann, exploring the dilemma of a young man torn between the comfort of his long-time boyfriend and the excitement of consensual submission. Erotica veterans Mark Wildyr, Gavin Atlas and Dominic Santi as well as younger authors Xan West, Jamie Freeman and Kyle Lukoff all celebrate the erotic charge that age and experience imparts.

This unique collection of erotic stories reveals the sexual and emotional bonds between older and younger men: from boys falling for the charms of a beautiful bear, to twinks hankering for silver foxes, to world-weary men guiding spunky lads just coming out.

Available at: Amazon

The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women by Mikaya Heart

The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women by Mikaya Heart

Cleis Press, August 2011; ISBN-10: 1573447110

Owning our desires should be neither embarrassing nor uncomfortable. Nor should they be subject to anyone else’s moral judgment of what is right or wrong, good or bad, normal or abnormal. Combining communication and information is the key. By shrugging off the taboos against talking about our preferences and experiences when we’re being sexual, we will take the first and most important steps toward ensuring our own fulfillment.

The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women is an unflinchingly honest, responsible, and thoroughly comprehensive exploration of female sexuality. Topics include: The physical types of orgasm, such as electrical, flying, pounding, deep, waves, and blips; orgasm as an emotional release; the “elusive orgasm” and why some women have difficulty having one; how often we fake them and why; masturbation; multiple orgasms; the male-female dichotomy; penetration and the G-spot; defining the erotic; and the joy of sex toys.

Available at: Amazon

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

Cleis Press, July 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446637

Review by Ashley Lister: It is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen remains one of the most resilient of classical authors. If anything Austen defies Mark Twain’s tenet that a classic is something everyone wants to have read but no one wants to read. People still want to read Austen, despite her being burdened with the label ‘classic.’ Her writing style remains accessible. Her stories are populated by credible characters and she delivers narratives with a rewarding and satisfying sense of wit.

And so it’s understandable that contemporary authors would pay homage to Austen.

Mitzi Szereto’s latest release, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, retains the prim and proper diction of Austen’s original title, but with a contemporary approach to the erotic. There is a considered balance between the proper and the prurient that makes the erotic content seem surprisingly vivid, incredibly intense and coyly charming.

This is not the first title to revisit Austen’s work. Pride and Prejudice has proved a rich source of inspiration for such diverse titles as Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’ Diary and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. However, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts is certainly one of the most stylishly exciting and arousing appropriations of Jane Austen. And that’s a truth that every lucky reader will universally acknowledge.

Available at: Amazon | Amazon UK

Hot Jocks: Gay Erotic Stories by Richard Labonte (Editor)

Hot Jocks: Gay Erotic Stories by Richard Labonte (Editor)

Cleis Press, July 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446629

Who hasn’t been hot for a jock, or, for that matter, an entire team? Those sweat-drenched Lotharios induce lust in the heart of all and finally receive their due in Hot Jocks, erotic short stories with an athletic theme.

Trophy-winning master editor Richard Labonte has gathered a collection featuring tales of inter-athlete lust, the skinny nerd’s hots for a jock, and about unavoidable links between sports and sex. Wrestlers, quarterbacks, surfers, swimmers,boxers, soccer players, bowlers, divers, and martial artists: abound. We also venture outside the stereotypical jock box: cross-country runners, MMA fighters, badminton players, speed skaters, weightlifters, archers, rowers — even cricket players can be very sexy.

Available at: Amazon

Brief Encounters: 60 Hot Gay Shorts by Shane Allison (Ed)

Brief Encounters: 60 Hot Gay Shorts by Shane Allison (Ed)

Cleis Press, July 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446645

Shane Allison has gathered together, in one volume, what comprise the very best, hottest, most creative short short gay erotica for this collection. These are not the typical one night stand stories but tales that are intriguing, thrilling, unique and always surprising! When the lights go out, a couple decides to create a sex scene of their own in a movie theater in Logan Zachary’s “Back Row.”In Rob Rosen’s “Hot for Teacher,” a student will go the distance for an “A” including seducing his studly professor. Erotica veteren, M. Christian wastes no time in getting to the good parts in his raw and raunchy blow by blow tale in “Safe Sex.

Shane Allison is quickly (pun unintended) becoming one of the top writers and anthologists in gay erotica and his anthologies are always fresh, edgy, and bold. These sixty sexy gay quickies may be short in length but are extremely long on pleasure!

Available at: Amazon

Sweet Confessions: Erotic Fantasies for Couples by Violet Blue (Editor)

Sweet Confessions: Erotic Fantasies for Couples by Violet Blue (Editor)

Cleis Press, July 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446653

Violet Blue is simply the best in the business when it comes to erotica for couples. She edits with both a sharp eye and a knack for what lovers are looking for – sweet and surprising scenarios. In Sweet Confessions, the lust-inciting fantasies include spanking, exhibitionism, role-playing, three-ways, and sexy adventures that will inspire real couples to reach new heights of passion.

In Violet Blue’s own words, “The stories I’ve chosen are explicit, well thought-out, cleverly crafted, and arousing as hell. Trust me. I tried it at home.”

Available at:  Amazon

Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex in the Garden of Evil Ecstasy

Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex in the Garden of Evil Ecstasy

Erotic Evolution, June 2011

Torture Me! A Dark Depraved Tale of Sin and Sex in the Garden of Evil Ecstasy is a deliciously disturbing erotic novel, recognised as a cult classic of Sadomasochism. The portrayal of ancient methods of torture as an art form — is both beautiful and horrifically shocking.

The story begins with a philosophical discussion about the role of murder in society. Many of the ideas are confronting and unpopular, but potent with the horrible truth of human nature behind them. The writer, Octave Mirbeau, (an atheist and anarchist) constantly challenges the reader through out the novel — with his scathing view of humanity, the hypocrisy, corruption, evil of the world and human condition. He explores the dual nature of life — love is death, beauty is pain, and torture is ecstasy.

This is the twisted tale of a young Frenchman (a corrupted politician) who meets the beautiful (on the outside) aristocratic Clara, who invites him to China. Clara has a fetishistic desire of death and torture — she sees it as beautiful and wildly sexually arousing. She seduces the Frenchman with her wicked enchanting web and takes him to the Torture Garden. This is an unreal place of beauty and death, which grows amazing exotic flowers in soil fertile from the blood and bones of the executed. The man wants to leave but is too weak, he is captivated by Clara’s physical beauty but is sickened her dark nature. He begins to see the ‘civilised’ world as a thinly disguised veil of the Torture Garden (thus the garden serves as an allegory to the brutal, cruel tendencies of humanity and corrupt decay of the modern world).

Sexually explicit, with hardcore sexual torture, violence and bondage – this book shocked the world when first published 100 years ago. Intelligently written, with great artistic and philosophical merit, Torture Me! is an unique experience — intended to both arouse and disturb.

This Kindle version is beautifully illustrated with unique vintage erotica pictures.

Available at: Amazon

Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Editor)

Dream Lover: Paranormal Tales of Erotic Romance by Kristina Wright (Editor)

Cleis Press, May 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446556

Review by Victoria Blisse: I love anthologies because you get a pick and mix of stories and Dream Lover certainly offers a great deal of variety. It is filled with paranormal creatures, those you only dream of and believe you me when you read this collection of sexy stories  pulled together by Kristina Wright you’ll find some of the characters invading your dreams.

I was instantly impressed with the very first story by Justine Elyot. “Love Resurrection” set the tone for the rest of the book and showed me the kind of excellent writing I could expect. I was pulled in by the clever plot, the endearing characters and the steamy action it contained.  I was not let down by the stories that followed either. I loved how many different imagined beings were included in the pages, some I would never have thought of, especially not in an erotic way.

I have to say I enjoyed all sixteen stories and that is rare, usually I find a few stories in an anthology to be not to my tastes, but all these are winners.  I especially loved the raw sexuality of Saskia Walker’s “Where the Heart Is.”  It is a tale of hot, animal lust out of the wild, windy moors that has you breathless with excitement from the first line.  I really enjoyed the quirky humour and hot sex in “Succubus Comes Home” by Lucy Felthouse. She seems to specialise in writing rough and wild men you just want to dig your teeth into and Antony is by no means a disappointment!

You get a bit of everything here, which can be a plus and a minus. If you like one particular kind of paranormal creature or type of story you might find this collection to be too broad for your liking but if you’re open to all kinds of dark, erotic, fantastical beings then you will be spoilt with the wonderful range of expertly written erotic tales in this collection.

Available at:  Amazon

Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica by D.L. King (Editor)

Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica by D.L. King (Editor)

Cleis Press, May 2011; ISBN-10: 1573446548

Review by Ashley Listers:  Steampunk is that delightful blend of contemporary science-fiction with the discipline of Victorian values.  As a genre it lends itself to being erotic. The heroines are corseted and delightfully proper (or delightfully improper). The heroes are overtly formal and the technology is pure imagination.

Which is why I would say Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, is a title that should have any sane reader champing at the bit in eager anticipation of good, saucy erotic fun. And, when you consider the glamorous cover, possibly one of the most striking to come from Cleis (and Cleis have produced some remarkable covers) that’s another good reason to consider making this purchase.

However, if you’re only interested in the quality of the writing, you still won’t be disappointed. D L King has selected some of the finest erotic fiction authors on the current market to produce steampunk that is worthy of this collection. The quality of the writing is superb.

Seriously, if you enjoy the imagination of steampunk this title will not disappoint.

Available at:  Amazon

The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda: Forbidden Historical Classics of Chinese Erotica

The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda: Forbidden Historical Classics of Chinese Erotica

Erotic Evolution, April 2011

The Golden Lotus Love Pagoda (Jin Ping Mei) is a classic work of Chinese eroticism. Composed during the late Ming Dynasty (1600’s), this famous erotic novel was forbidden and banned for hundreds of years due to its graphic sexually explicit nature. It has become a highly recognised and regarded work of Chinese erotic literature, as Fanny Hill, Lady Chatterley’s Lover and The Decameron are to the Western world.

This epic erotic novel is a fictional account of harem life during the Sung dynasty (AD 1101-26). It follows the life of Hsi-Men Ching, a corrupt wealthy man living a lustful life of debauchery with his six wives and concubines. When he meets a beautiful married woman, Golden Lotus (Chin P’ing Mei) he schemes to kill her husband, then seduces and marries her. This act ultimately brings about his downfall — and that of his clan, as the women within his harem struggle for prestige and influence.

This Kindle digital book is beautifully illustrated with unique vintage erotic art and has a linked table of contents. Also included are three excellent essays on The Art of Sex – On the biological and cultural evolution of human sexuality and how we can use this knowledge to enhance our sexual relationships.

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