Sweet Confessions - erotic fiction by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Ryuson

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Sweet and sexy

While this isn't the best book I've ever read, it is a very nice compilation on a very interesting (and dear to my heart) subject. With lots of themes to pick from, I feel like everyone will find something to dig their teeth into with this one. While it's not a 'must read' or a high recommendation, this is still a solid book.
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Pros:
Lots of kinks, nonjudgmental characters, lots of writing styles, fun read
Cons:
Mainly heterosexual encounters, some unrealistic
Rating by reviewer:
4
extremely useful review

About author

Edited by Violet Blue, this compilation contains stories by a number or wonderful authors. The styles differ between stories which is good, because I feel like the different styles cater to different people. An example would be that some authors use profanity (Pussy, dick, ect.) and some use less intense language (Labia, penis, sex). If one has a language or style that bothers you, you can just skip right along to the next one.

The forward by Violet Blue is very engaging and does a wonderful job at introducing the book. It gives a brief look at the different stores within and about what part they play in the theme of couples confessions and fantasies.
    • Engaging
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

This book has something for everyone, and I feel like most people will be able to empathize at least a little bit with at least one fantasy in here. Be it cute or heavy, there are also lots of different relationships in this book, but none are condescending. What I appreciated about this book was that all of the partners were very understanding and, at the end of the day, none of them were disappointed in fulfilling the kink that their partner revealed.

Just to give you a brief overview of the kinks and themes, I'm going to make a list of them in the order that they appear;
Smelling panties
Anal play (for a man, by a woman)
Public sex
Restroom sex
Anonymous sex (With a stranger)
Adult movie theaters
Sex with a boyfriend's friend
Boxing/muscles
Monks
Sacred places
Sacred rituals
Watching porn during sex
Corsets (and feeling restrained in public)
Large... Underpants (Granny panties?)
Red Riding Hood (The fable)
A stranger being picked up by a couple
Shaving
A couple picking up a stranger
A large difference in age
Older women showing a younger man how to perform
Very heavy restraint and BDSM
Water play (urine)
And a woman watching man on man sex (her husband be feminized?)

What I was thrilled about was, though there is a lot of having sex with the person you're not dating or seeing in this book, their is only one account of someone cheating on their significant other. In all other stories the people had at least permission (if not encouraged) to have sex with someone who wasn't their significant other.

All characters in this book are over 18, which is also a plus. I personally found some stories more believable than others, but they all introduced the kinks in a respectful and attractive manner. Even if I didn't quite understand some of them, I now have more of an understanding of where they are coming from.

As can be expected because of the different fetishes, some focused more on the act of sex and some summed it up to "He pushed into her a few times, and then they fell exhausted." or "The rest of the night was quite fun." (Not exact quotes.) Overall, I really enjoyed this book.
    • Erotica
    • Fetish
    • Good mix of styles and content

Design

While not discreet, this is a very pretty book. It is a bit taller than some of my novels, but it is slim and will fit in all bookshelves. It isn't shy about what it is, so you may not want to keep it on a desk if you're having company over. The pages, printing, and binding are all very high quality.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Personal comments

Even though all of the couples in this story are heterosexual, the people that they pick up usually interact with someone of the same gender. It is very homosexual friendly, but is targeted towards couples revealing secrets, and so tends to lean towards heterosexuality.

Experience

This novel isn't mindblowing, but many of the stories are very cute and sexy. I really liked reading this and seeing what others considered to be a kink or a fantasy. If you're interested in this at all, it is a great buy. I especially enjoyed the story where the kink wasn't revealed right away, but slowly came into light as the story progressed.

Not high on my list, but I may pass it on for my boyfriend to read.
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Comments
  • Subbi
    Subbi  
    Thanks for the review!
  • jedent
    jedent  
    monks? really? yeah i'm not really a fan of violet blue after i read one of the other books she edited.
  • Elnoa
    Elnoa  
    Thanks for the review!
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