Best Lesbian Romance 2011 - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Emma (Girl With Fire)

Best Lesbian Romance 2011

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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The Title Doesn't Lie, This Book Rocks.

If you love romance, or even if you think you will hate it, if you are a woman who loves women you NEED to read this book. It is a window into the moments in women's lives, that may not appear to be much from the outside, but are intimate, heartwarming, and totally worthy of envy.
Great variety of character personality and scenario
Totally endearing characters
It ended.
I don't know any of the people depicted in the stories
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

This book is composed of 17 short stories by 17 fabulous authors. Some in first person, some in third person narrative, all fantastic.

The book includes
Theda Hudson - Hearts and Flowers
Rachel Kramer Bussel - Mother Knows Best
Catherine Lundoff - Twelfth Night
Clifford Henderson - Boiled Peas
Rebecca S. Buck - I Think I Will Love You
Anne Meadows - Camellias
Colette Moody - The Panacea
Andrea Dale - Lost and Found
Merina Canyon - A Witchy Woman Called My Name
Jamie Schaffner - Get the Girl
Charlotte Dare - Rebound
Kathleen Warnock - Things I Missed
Cheyenne Blue - Dirty Laundry
Elaine Burns - The Game
Sacchi Green - The Gift
Miel Rose - Rock Palace
Radclyffe writing as L.L.Rand - When Hearts Run Free

From world travelers to Spiritual advisors, housewives, and activists the authors of Best Lesbian Romance 2011 are as varied as the characters in their romance. They have accomplished everything from winning the Lambda Literary Award (Colette Moody), to silver medalist of the IPPY (Radclyffe), running an improv and solo performance studio (Clifford Henderson), and editing over 30 anthologies including Spanked, Fast Girls, and Bottoms UP (Rachel Kramer Bussel). One thing is for sure, these women will not leave you wanting for content or context.
    • Engaging
    • Very personal approach
    • Well known author

Content / Style / Audience

The content of the book is based around romantic encounters between lesbians. The scenarios range from blind dates to friends discovering love for each other, and encounters between couples. The romance in some involves erotica, where in others it is more cerebral than physical. The characters are well developed for short stories, and are all over the spectrum in terms of personality. The writing styles of the authors also help to make it easy for just about everybody to find a story to love in this book.

Though this book is geared towards the lesbian and bisexual female crowd, the content would be great for anybody who loves romance and doesn't mind reading from the female perspective. However, if you are looking for a ton of hardcore erotica this is not the place to find it. The scenarios are fairly personal, and in a lot of cases very cute.
  • Who / How / What
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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?
    • Lesbians and bisexual women
  • Where
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    Where / what types of places can this product be used?
    • Anywhere
  • General
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    Other tags that are useful and descriptive for this product.
    • Good mix of styles and content
    • Queer


The book is a well constructed paperback and the design is attractive. The cover and pages are neither flimsy nor indestructible and it is easy to read without creasing the spine which I LOVE. The back of the book includes a list of authors, an excerpt from one of the 17 short stories included, and a description of the content; I was actually very impressed by the amount of information and the organization of it.
The book also includes an introduction to the content, an About the Authors section, and an About the Editor section. These include websites and reading selections in case you would like to find more of the authors work.

I would say that there is nothing wrong with leaving the book lying around, unless you are concerned the people around you will have a problem with the content. The cover and title make the subject matter obvious, so if you are at all concerned, it might be best left at the bedside (possibly in a drawer).
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Small size
    • Soft cover


I absolutely loved this book, and I didn't go into it expecting to. I though that AT MOST I would like it because I am not really a romancey kind of a girl. The best thing about the book in my opinion, is that neither are a good number of the characters. I found many of the women in the book to be incredibly endearing, and for me that makes a story much easier to enjoy.
Follow-up commentary
I loved this book so much I gave my copy to a friend demanding that she MUST read it. I also made sure to promptly add a copy of it to my wishlist so that I do not forget to replace this little treasure. Some of these stories were just so fantastic that they renewed in me a sense of romance that has been lost for a long long time (if it was ever there to begin with). My favorite story of the book was Clifford Henderson's Boiled Peas, which was just so cute and surprising that it made me feel warm and fuzzy all over.(I realize that for those of you who despise the idea of cuteness this may not be what you want to hear, but I assure you that this is somewhat of a heartwarming story, and the warm fuzziness is rather pleasant.) I definitely suggest picking up a copy of this book.
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  • Purpleladybug
    Thanks for the review!!
  • ~LaUr3n~
    Nothing missing, awesome review!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thanks guys! Who wouldn't love reviewing for folks like you?
  • Kayla
    Hmmm. Now I'm really excited to read this one.
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    You should be!
  • Airekah
    I was I liked anthologies of short stories more.
  • Shayna!
    thanks for reviewing!
  • kelaaa33wish
    Thanks for the review
  • Eden C.
    Amazing review!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    Thank you
  • Sakura Mahal
    I'm a lesbian and I really have to get this!
  • Emma (Girl With Fire)
    It is so sweet. I am in love with it.
  • zracer
    Great review
  • xoxo
    thank you for telling me what you thought about it (:
  • ViVix
    It sounds like a good read, and I leave my erotica on the shelf even with family over! I think of books as art more than porn (except for magazines). Great review!
  • darkkitty
    Thank you!
  • Arren
    Looking forward to reading this one.
  • jessi2
    You really make me want to read this one so much!
  • ShinySuicide
    Thanks for the review. Sounds like a sweet book.
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