Red Velvet and Absinthe - book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by KrissyNovacaine

Red Velvet and Absinthe Made Me Purr.

This book contains nothing shocking or super kinky - although there is most definitely kink in this book - but it is a very, very hot read.
Good amount of variety, but stayed well within its theme.
Rating by reviewer:
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About author

This book had multiple authors, none of which were upstaged. Too often I read anthologies that have a few strong authors that overwhelm the weaker ones. I did not feel that way about this book. Each author had a unique style that still fit well within the overall theme of the book.
    • Engaging
    • Multiple contributoring authors

Content / Style / Audience

This book walked a fine line very well. I have read a pretty good amount of erotica, good and very bad, and I find that in an attempt to please all audiences, the editors try to make it into a metaphorical buffet. Unfortunately, more often than not, I find myself speeding through a story that I just can't get into because it is a kink I am definitely not a fan of. This book does NOT have that problem. I wasn't turned off by any story, but I also didn't feel that they were completely vanilla either. Some pieces were more romantic than sexy, but there was nothing that was at all boring.

I enjoyed that all the men in this book were very masculine, but that may just be my personal style of what I like. I am not a fan of man on man sex, so I was relieved when I didn't find any in here.
    • Erotica
    • Fiction
    • Good mix of styles and content


I didn't think that this book was cheaply made at all, but I wasn't vastly impressed by it either. It was a soft cover with normal weight pages. The binding was tight and didn't break easily, which I do appreciate because I absolutely plan on rereading this and loaning it out.
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
    • Well made

Personal comments

I have to say that this is a book I plan on enjoying over and over again...with toy in hand.


There were several stories, including the first, that made me have to stop to take care of myself. I think the price is more than worth the pleasure I got.
Follow-up commentary
I love this collection. I re-read a few stories, but I end up not keeping erotica for long because I get bored with it no matter how good it was. The fact that it was reread was a statement about how good this was.

I would highly recommend this still.
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  • All His
    thnx for the great review, u have me wanting to get my hands on a copy!
  • humblepie
    Thanks for sharing!
  • Zombirella it freaky at all? And I don't mean that in the kinky way.
  • KrissyNovacaine
    It isn't a thriller or horror book at all. It is far more romantic than freaky.
  • travelnurse
    Thanks for the review, now I need to read it
  • xOhxSoxScandalousx
    Great review!
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