Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Sammi

Best Lesbian Erotica 2011

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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The stories in Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 are all well-written and contain a wide variety of locations, couples, and steamy sex. Whether on a ski lift or in an alley, on a train or in a house, the sex is hot and erotic, even when it’s brutal. While all of the stories may not appeal to all, Lea DeLaria has done a great job gathering tales that are as varied as their authors.
Wide variety of settings, sex, and couples.
Not all stories or themes will appeal to all readers.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 was published in 2010 by Cleis press. It’s edited by Kathleen Warnock, an editor, writer, and playwright. Her writings, both erotica and fiction, have appeared in many magazines, including Bust, Gargoyle, and the American Book Review. Her plays have found audiences in the United Kingdom and New York and she has won several awards for drama and play writing.

Lea DeLaria, who selected the stories in this collection, is a comic, actor, writer, and jazz vocalist with several albums under her belt. The first openly gay comic to appear on national TV, Lea has also appeared in specials on Comedy Central, HBO, and Showtime.

All 20 of the featured authors have a small section about them at the end of the book. The authors have wide and varied backgrounds, and run the gamut from new erotica writers to veteran writers of the genre. Some of the names are fairly well known and include D. L. King, Sinclair Sexsmith, and Xan West.
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

All 20 stories in this collection are about women loving women and geared towards anyone who enjoys reading about the sexual escapades of lesbians, whatever their guise. The majority of the stories are told from one of the participant’s point of view. All of the stories are well written and the content is quite varied, with many of the tales featuring a butch character as one of the pair. Many of the authors spend some time developing their characters and making them much more than cutouts.

The sex here takes place in a variety of settings, both indoors and outdoors, and even over the computer (KiKi DeLovely’s “The Third Kiss”). Sometimes it happens in a club, like in Sinclair SexSmith’s “A Quick Fuck in a Shadowed Corner,” or in the alley behind a strip club, as in Renee Strider's "The Stripper and the Butch Wannabe." A car is the place for the lovers in D. L. King’s “Walk Like A Man,” while it’s a closed business for the women in Giselle Renarde’s “Painted Nails and Puppy Dog Tails.”

In Theda Hudson’s “Signs” sex happens in a maze, while in “Most Valuable Player” by Nairne Holtz, steamy locker room sex is where it’s at. The great outdoors is the location of choice in Catherine Lundoff’s “Tree Hugger”, while sex on the slopes is for the women in Sarah Ellen’s “Ann’s Adrenaline Rush.” A few stories are set in foreign contries, like Anamika’s “Ladies’ Coupe” and Betty Blue’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.”

The lovers are in many cases strangers, as in Heidi Champa’s “The Number 91,” while a few stories feature friends who take the next step (Charlotte Dare’s “Carried Away In Santa Fe”), and others feature current couples (Kenzie Mathews’ “Art School Confidential”) or couples who have recently split (Rachel Charman’s “Ice” and Erica Gimpelevich’s “The Sweet Tooth Never Fades”).

The sex varies wildly, from tender (Kirsty Logan’s “Witch”) to rough (Gala Fur’s “Little Lou”), from the sensuous (A.D R. Forte’s “Snapshot”) to the fairly brutal (Xan West’s “My Precious Whore”). Many stories feature a dominant/submissive theme with a degree of humiliation play, and some of the stories involve toy use. While not all of the stories will appeal to everyone, readers will likely find several to their liking.
    • Erotica
    • Good mix of styles and content


Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 is an over sized paperback with a glossy cover. Two female bodies are in semi-silhouette on the front. The book is 199 pages and set in easy to read type.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
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  • Darling Jen
    Books are so hard to do reviews on and this one is great!
  • Sammi
    Thank you!
  • Waterfall
    Very nice review! I have this one on my wish list.
  • ......
    Great review!
  • Sammi
    Waterfall - thank you! I think you'll enjoy it
  • Sammi
    NuMe - thank you!
  • I<3SexCreativeEy?
    Thanks for the review . I am a little hesitant to buy, since you mention there is a decent amount of humiliation play and rough stuff. But I'm very intrigued. Especially since it's received such great reviews. I think I'm just going to go ahead and purchase it. I love me some lesbian erotica lol .
  • I<3SexCreativeEy?
    Oh yeah, and thanks for all the detail in your review. That helped out a lot .
  • Sammi
    Thank you! I hope if you purchased it that you enjoyed it
  • Bzz
    I was definitely in the 'con' part of your thing - some of these stories aren't appealing at all...and it made me realize there's a huge difference between 'butch' and 'soft butch'. (I like soft butch stuff more) But I still enjoyed some of the stories! Just not as many as I would have liked...
  • Sammi
    Some aren't appealing, and some I enjoyed quite a bit. There's quite a variety in here, which I did find useful, as it gave me a better idea of what I liked to read about and what I didn't
    Thanks for reading!
  • Chris15461
    thanks for the review
  • Sammi
    thanks for reading!
  • Cinnyree
    thank you!
  • Sammi
    Thanks for reading!
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