Passion - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by TacoODoom


Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Passion isn't just for women!

Passion is the best erotica anthology I've read in a long time. All the stories are carefully selected, each showing a different facet of all the elements and variations that make up the essence of passion. It's not your frustrated housewife's $4 supermarket romance novel, and I bet they'd do well with a copy of Passion!
Excellent all the way through, well written and well edited.
Only het (m/f) pairings.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

Content / Style / Audience

Passion: Erotic Romance for Women, is indeed a very female-centric erotica anthology, but this shouldn't dissuade male readers. The anthology features 20 tales, predominantly narrated from the female point of view and all with hetero pairings. All of the stories featured are extremely well written. The narrators musings in "The Autumn Suite" are so vivid you can almost hear the soulful notes of the cello rising from the pages. The steamy scenes of "Five Senses" make you wish you the character Kelly, experiencing the pure, molten sensuality the breaks the monotony of her marriage. You experience Valerie's turmoil in "If" when faced with the overwhelming attraction to a new man, while still being in love with her boyfriend.

Rachel Kramer Bussel did an excellent job editing this anthology. All the stories really do convey the fire, and want of Passion. Each story conveys a different aspect of passion; from a fiery first encounter, to a long standing love being reawakened, to forbidden desire, and the slow burning ache of a the unrequited.

Even if it's an anthology geared towards woman, the writing is so good, so real, that anyone with a pulse and a grasp of the English language could find pleasure in this book.
    • Erotica
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Hetero


There didn't seem to be a progression of the tales in the anthology, no two stories seemed to have the same theme. Each tale stands alone, a specific glimpse in the the lives, minds, and beds of the characters there in.

Personal comments

As an avid reader of erotica (and a half assed writer), I found this anthology to be very refreshing. The stories never jump straight into the sack, as it were, they build. They draw out the moment, they are all written in such a manner that when the stories climax (heh, pun) is reached you really understand what it means to the characters; regardless if for the character it's a stagnant marriage re-kindled, or a long unspoken attraction fulfilled, or the fear of intimacy overcome, the writers make you believe the characters, and the characters make you FEEL the moment.
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  • Jul!a
    I love books like that, wishlisted
  • leatherlover
    Great review, thanks.
  • Crystal1
    Adding this to the wishlist, thanks!
  • Waterfall
    Nice review! Have this one on my wish list, might have to get it soon.
  • Miss Madeline
    Sigh... wish I had more time to pick up books like this!

    Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the great review.
  • Jenny Smith
    Thank you for the review
  • Jenny Smith
    Thank you for the review
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