Straight Guys: Gay Erotic Fantasies - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Recalcitrantem

Straight Guys: Gay Erotic Fantasies

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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A Little Bit of Everything

Some stories were better than others; all of the writing was better than most of the erotica to be found online.
Good writing, sexy scenes
Character use of slang, pacing
Rating by reviewer:
useful review

About author

I'd never heard of any of the authors included in this anthology before. They all have some amount of experience writing erotica. That was obvious while reading.
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

Each story in this book was well-written. I'm a stickler for grammar, and bad spelling can turn me off really quickly, but I only saw one error in the whole book. Some of the stories use slang that I found a bit offputting: piss slit was probably the worst of them. Also, if sweaty balls turn you off? There are three or four stories that feature them.

The pacing of the stories was a little jarring. They took places in different time periods, and shifted between retro and current quickly. I think I would have preferred them to be chronological. Over the course of three stories, we go from World War II in Europe to a story that might be current but doesn't have any indicators to age it that takes place in a boarding house, to the early 90s slums of Cleveland, Ohio.

Nonconsent/reluctance is generally not a problem for me - I like it - but there are a few cases in this book of what I'd call rape, except that the recipient came back for more. There is one story that involves watersports, and several that feature "poppers," a recreational drug.
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere you don't mind people seeing the cover!
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Erotica
    • Fiction
    • Queer


After a single reading, the book is in good shape. The binding is solid, there are no formatting errors, and the font size is appropriate and easy to read.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Personal comments

I'm not sure I had a favorite story in this anthology. I liked the writing in the first story, "Family Affair," the best. I liked "Redneck Revision" for its BDSM flavor - until the watersports. Each story had its pros and cons.

My least favorite was "On a Plane," the last story in the book. The author painstakingly wrote everything, especially dialogue, in the accent his characters spoke in. It barely worked for Mark Twain - for erotica, it was just distracting.

A few of the stories had just the barest hint of plots, while a couple others took a little too long to get to the point - no pun intended.
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