Middle Men - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Librarian

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This is a terrific little gift for the gay or bi-man in your life who enjoys erotic literature or who has fantasized about threesomes.
fun writing, thematic, easy-to-read, short stories to read in bed solo or with a partner
themed threesomes got to be a bit much, some stories were darker or more fetishistic than I liked
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I'm not a gay man (or a man at all), so this product may not exactly have been up my alley (wink wink), but I enjoyed reading Middle Men.

With the stories using a first person narrator, many times, as a woman, I can slip into the character. I liked the descriptions of the male bodies. And I found it rather useful as a writer to read the different adjectives used to describe the penis--who knew there were so many?

There were tender stories to rough stories that made me cringe--two men anally penetrating me sounds horrific--and stories that simply were not arousing at all because I'm not a foot fetishist nor want to smell a man's jockstrap. There were some very fun and sexy stories. The first is about two Native American men stranded and out of luck who find a kind stranger. The descriptions in this short tale about the men's bodies made me hot! The last story terrified me: *spoiler alert* A young man fulfills racist fantasies with two rednecks; even though the story is softened at the end (when we discover that the young man paid these two rednecks to defile him) I still had a hard time stomaching the extremes of the humiliation. *spoiler ended*

The titles and the authors who contributed are:
Those Red Hawk Boys by Mark Wildyr
Double or Nothing by Andrew Cheney-Feid
Middle Man for Madam Blavatsky by Barry Lowe
Jersey Shore Hit by Jay Starre
Lacrossed by Gregory L. Norris
Escorts by Bob Vickery
Dogging It by H.L. Champa
Grip by Sleepy Lopez
Ball Hawks by Landon Dixon
The One in the Middle by Dominic Santi
Security-Guard Sandwich by Christopher Pierce
The Seduction of Father James by Morgan Honeyman
Shibuya Lights for Shinjuku Futons by Derek Della Giorgia
Fox Goldman and the Three Bears by Jamie Freeman
Ex Spots the Mark by Eric Del Carlo
Trucker Fucker by Bobby Starr
Balls by T. Hitman
Neck of the Woods by Shane Allison

The stories are easy to read and quick reading material--there's always a consummation, sometimes there's more build up, and other times the story goes straight to the point. This would be great for any men in your life who are gay or bi-sexual and like erotic stories or have never tried them. This is a great little addition to a bedtime bookshelf. For those men who are straight, I don't know that they'd appreciate this collection, but if they are open-minded and enjoy erotic reading then they might get something out of this.

As for women, women who want to be erotic writers, or women who like erotic stories, it certainly doesn't hurt to read outside your normal genre and learn a new perspective. You may get sexy ideas that could involve another man or woman just based on the writing.

The writing overall was well edited and the stories had enough character that I could envision who was being spoken about or who was speaking. Initially, the stories were unique and fascinating with men involving a third partner in a different way (position or luring them in somehow), but ultimately it began to read like the same fantasy over and over again. A collection of stories about threesomes can get wearisome to read straight through. This would be an ideal book to flip open and read a tale rather than read story after story like I did.
I loved the descriptions of the male bodies and I liked learning a new perspective--it made me appreciate my man a bit more and made me curious to see if some of the techniques described in the stories would be enjoyable for him (so far, no complaints!). While these stories weren't really overly arousing for me (I read them while on the treadmill some days) the descriptions could raise my blood pressure a bit (or maybe that was the treadmill?).
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    Who might this product be best for? How is it best used? What are the best circumstances or situations for using this product?
    • Couples
    • Mood enhancer
    • Solo
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
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    What kind of features does this product offer?
    • Travel friendly
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    Thanks for the review.
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