PASSION: Erotic Romance For Women
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
A collection of twenty short stories by some of the most talented authors in the genre meant to titillate and inflame.
One of my favorite stories was Lingua Franca by Justine Elyot. Although, I expected it would be. I first encountered Justine's work at The Masque with her wonderfully hedonistic story of choir girls, libertines and The Ripper in 1888 . She has such an amazing gift for language and her erotica is always literary. Her work never fails to stimulate my brain. Or give me hot flashes. *grin*
In Lingua Franca, our hero is a Polish immigrant to the UK and I can actually hear his accent in my head while I'm reading. Sometimes, when authors do this, it detracts from the story, but Elyot's writing is so vivid, it did exactly what it was supposed to and made me blush. The tension that's maintained throughout is delicious and the ending is almost an HEA, but it's realistic. Although, still full of hope and promise. I would by this book for this story alone.
Another of my favorites was Crave You Close by A.M. Hartnett. Which was also expected. What I love best about her work is that it never fails to ring true. Her characters are always real to me. They behave in ways that make sense. That seems like a small thing, but it's no mean feat. She puts them through their paces and manages to still end in a place that's real, but still has that payoff.
In Crave You Close, the characters are down on their luck, it seems things are stacked against them and it doesn't matter because they are in love. The sex is still hot, even though their relationship is established and their blazing need for each other leaps off the pages. She too ends her story on a high note and you can't help but hope their whole "Us Against the World" pays off.
Another delicious morsel to be found within these pages was The Morning Ride by Delilah Devlin. I don't want to say too much about it, I don't want to ruin it. But it was a sweet, yet still spicy read that stayed with me long after I put the book down.
This book was a definite treat!
***In the interest of full disclosure, I do know some of these authors personally, but I wouldn't rec them if I didn't love their work more than cheesecake and Rosa Regale. I'd just sit quietly in the corner with my mouth shut. :) Or mostly shut.