Blue, Violet (editor). “Best Women’s Erotica 2015”, Cleis Press, 2015.
Women and Desire
I always look forward to this time of year when Cleis publishes its “Best” books and each is a winner in its own class. Violet Blue once again (10 years) has edited this year’s “Best Women’s Erotica 2015” that focuses on desire and women as seen in 18 stories. Once thing I noticed and editor Blue mentions in her introduction, “Diamonds are Better” is that erotica really never gets old or stale and we certainly see that in the stories we have here. Those included this time are Valerie Alexander, Tasmin Flowers, Annabeth Leong, Malin James, Rachel Woe, Gwendolyn Kansen, Beatrix Ellroy, Lana Fox, Giselle Renard, Sue Lenee, Cix, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Alison Tyler, Lydia Hill, JT Louder, Dani Butler, Evey Brett, Laila Blake and Ariel Graham.
Once again I come upon what I refer to as literary erotica in that the stories are wonderfully written and extremely seductive and hot. There is also great diversity in subjects here and the themes include first time sex, revenge, re-exciting the partner, getting what one wants and so much more. I can only imagine how much fun it was to select the stories that are included.