Lust: Erotic Fantasies For Women Book Erotica AnthologyI love to read, and sometimes I need material that’s a little more explicit and titillating than my usual literary fiction. I think erotica is often best enjoyed in short story format, which is why I requested a copy of Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women from to review. Edited by Violet Blue and published by Cleis Press, the stories in this paperback showcase various sexy scenarios all keeping with the lust theme.

Lust contains an introduction by the editor, 17 erotic short stories, as well as “About the Authors” and “About the Editor” sections. All of the stories are well written and have convincing characters, with a variety of personalities and perspectives. Many of the stories focus on heterosexual couples, and there are some featuring lesbian, bisexual, and group sex. If you’re looking for anything more extreme than some spanking and BDSM then most of the stories might be too tame for you, but the sex is consistently hot throughout.

Lust: Erotic Fantasies For Women Book Erotica AnthologyRather than summarize each story, I’d rather highlight my favorites.

“Golden Hand” is the first story in the book, and it’s about an anonymous encounter between a horny female pickpocket and her target. When she slips her hand down his pocket to grab what she thought was a wallet, they both get a thrill on the subway ride. I loved this one because it’s a scenario I never would have considered, and the author does a great job of giving us a glimpse into each character’s mind.

Following that is “Ripe Fruit” about some juicy summer fun between a college student and the hot actor who visits the produce stand she’s running. It took me a few pages to get into this one because it involves overripe fruit, and I don’t think sticky sweet goo is all that sexy. But, the characters have such chemistry, and I could appreciate the whole literary symbolism of ripe fruit and sex. It is a fantasy, after all, and once I realized that worrying about the possibility of her getting a raging yeast infection was pointless, I was able to really enjoy the story.

“Coffee Shop Boy” is another favorite, about two coffee shop regulars, and it appeals to my romantic side. Thanks to the author writing from both perspectives, we know what the characters think and their desire for each other, which helps to build up the anticipation and sexual tension. This one ends just a touch on the sappy side, which isn’t what I was expecting, but the sex in it is still dang hot.

I loved “Moving” because the characters were so real, and there’s a lot going on in such a brief story. I also love it because not just twenty-somethings have hot sex, and as this one proves, erotic stories don’t have to be about young people. It focused on a mature man and woman in the process of moving, both literally and figuratively, and desire brings them together. It’s also a moving story (sorry, but it is, and I couldn’t resist).

Of course “Satisfaction Guaranteed” would make my list of favorites because it takes place in a sex toy shop! A shy customer gets some hands-on help from a forward salesman. I found his sex toy knowledge and ability very sexy, and I’m all for women exploring their sexuality in as many ways as they wish. This story reminded me of that hot scene in One Size Fits All when the shop assistant goes above and beyond the call of duty when he “helps” a customer in the dressing room.

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