Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1 – Rachel Kramer Bussel
Pleasure Panel review by Horny Geek Girl
When Cara put out a call asking for someone to review this erotic anthology, Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1, I jumped at the chance. Previous books in the series have introduced me to some great writers, and I was eager to see what this latest edition would have to offer. This was Rachel Kramer Bussel’s first year taking the helm, and I was curious to see how she would put her stamp on this latest edition.
There is no underlying theme or sub-genre in this collection; just great stories which are well-written, and cover an assortment of situations, scenarios, and sexy times. In her introduction, Rachel Kramer Bussel says, “While no single book can represent every kind of woman, you’ll find women from a range of races, sexual orientations, and backgrounds, partnered and solo. You’ll find women going on sexual journeys from the past, present and future”. I think in this edition of Women’s Best Erotica she has managed to pull off a great deal.
All the stories in Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1 seem to feature strong, independent women, who know what they want and aren’t afraid to go get it, or if they are afraid they don’t let it stop them. The women in these stories are smart, sexy, kinky, curious, and feisty; they all have a gumption about them and it was a pleasure to read.
Date Night by D.R. Slaten is about two strangers making a connection in the toilets at a bar. You know a story is really good when you have to stop reading so you can relieve some tension. ;D
Flying Solo by Rachel Kramer Bussel gives threesomes a technological spin, and leaves you wanting to know what happened next.
Lazuli Jones speaks to the nerd in me with her story Starstruck about a fan who gets more than she could have hoped for when she meets the star she has fantasised about since her youth.
I love a good post-apocalyptic tale , and in The Altar of Lamented Toys Jessica Taylor manages to deliver a story that is sexy, and bittersweet all at once.
Scents & Sexuality by Doriana Chase manages to evoke memories of our own by tapping into how closely our turn-ons are tied to our senses, in this case smell. When she describes how the scent of her man arouses her heroine I was transported to a place in my memory.
Enter Me by Tabitha Rayne also tapped into the senses with her story about a woman who finds herself suddenly completely deaf, and feels cut off from the world. I loved this line: “He unlocked the memory of his voice. The beautiful memory of his sound.” Such a gorgeous line, really evocative.
In Restitution by Ria Restrepo a shoplifter gets more than she bargained for when she is punished. I loved not just the spanking in this but the idea that her punishment was being watched. So hot.
The collection finishes up with The Assistant by Tiffany Reisz, a steamy story about seducing your boss.
So many of the stories in this collection spoke to me; sometimes it was the story as a whole, sometimes it was a line that sparked my imagination , sometimes it was just the way it made me feel. Every story was different, and brought something new to the table, and they were all hot, hot, hot.
Overall, Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1 is a great anthology. Hot and sexy, with something to please everyone.
Would definitely recommend.
– Horny Geek Girl
Thanks to Pleasure Panel reviewer Horny Geek Girl for this guest review of the Best Women’s Erotica Of The Year Vol 1 edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (£11.99 – paperback, £7.99 digital format). This book will be available to purchase from 12 January 2016, although you can pre-order it through Amazon beforehand.
This erotic e-book was provided of charge, in exchange for a fair and honest review by the Pleasure Panel, by Rachel Kramer Bussel & the kind permission of Cleis Press.