Best Women's Erotica 2010 - erotic fiction by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Dragon

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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This is a collection of erotic short stories by a wide variety of well known authors. They include sexual situations that would be considered beyond traditional boundaries such as sex with a stranger, inappropriate locations and group sex.
Excellent stories.
Limited BDSM and same sex.
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

If you haven't heard of Violet Blue by now, you should look her up! Violet Blue She's written books, done podcasts, web shows, and works on the San Francisco Chronicle. She's written for Forbes and Oprah and taught at Berkeley.

Content / Style / Audience

With 18 short stories written by different authors, collected and edited by Violet Blue and published by Cleis press you know that it's going to be good. Short stories have a minimum of development, but these are short and sweet. I loved them, and I'd actually agree that it deserves the label for "Best Women's Erotica 2010." This is an absolutely superb collection covering a wide range of erotic fiction and sexuality.

Do you wonder about the games that cops play? Do you ever think of them in a line up as the bad guy? In Prime Suspect by Louisa Harte, the new rookie takes control of one of the guys who she overheard saying that she needed a "good fucking." She makes him drop his boxers and...

Petra does transcriptions. She's not afraid to work hard and fast to get the job done. "I could speak and write three foreign languages and could translate "fuck off" in six more." Her latest job is local. "Follow me. It was a command. Every muscle in my body constricted as I listened." In this tape she realizes the woman is being hit with something leather. It's only the first tape though, and she wants more. I won't tell you where this one ends. (Timbre by Angela Caperton)

Do you fancy sex with a stranger? The woman who works at the lingerie shop does. They call them "Larks" when they offer to try on the lingerie for a male customer. In Straight Laced by Carrie Cannon, it's not just any customer though, but one who truly enjoys only the finest of the lingerie. He was all set to make those purchases when she insists that he needs to see them on her.

In "On my Knees in Barcelona by Kristina LLoyd is also about a meeting with a stranger, and about heat. " 'Cuatro miles,' he repeated, nodding toward the basement room. Then in Spanish he added. 'Take it, go on. It is a good price. You know you want it.' And I understood at once that I was to pay; that I was the punter not the whore. I didn't know whether to be more or less insulted. I stared at him, incredulous. He actually thought I was so desperate for cock I would pay to suck off a stranger in a sleazy, back street bar!"

The stories in this collection aren't all simple sex or desire though. One women who needs her Apple computer fixed offers to fuck all three of the young men that's she's talking to in the back alley where they take their cigarette break. She deadpans her entire plan of how she has figured out how she'll fuck them one at a time, with only one of them listening completely.

In Man about Town by Amie Evans it's a little complicated to even figure out the gender of one of the characters. Wrap your head around this. "Joe was only a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man so he could date a woman who only dated women. Trans wasn't the right term for how he felt either." In Still Life by Sommer Marsden she pretends to a plastic model while her love fucks someone else so that she feels pain like a real woman. Don't be fooled though - that story has some incredibly hot and descriptive sex.

There are many more. With names like "Shoe Shine at Liverpool Street Station," "Vegging," "Fuck the Fantasy," "Thin Walls," "Stable Manners" and "Secret Service" I'm sure that you'll find a favorite!


A paperback book that is just a bit larger than a novel. It fits well in one hand when you want to cuddle in the couch, lay in bed or carry it just about anywhere. At about 200 pages it's small enough to be easily tucked into a bag or the bag or a car seat. There is a table of contents of all of these delicious stories, and a section about the authors and Violet Blue.

Personal comments

This is an excellent book with some fantastic stories. It is however, not a collection with anything that might be considered to have a strong BDSM element. It also does not feature a lot of same sex couples although some of the stories imply that they are same sex. There is imagination, twosomes, and moresomes. It's hot, but no book of this size can have everything. If you're a guy and want a lot of stories about guys only - this isn't the right book, but then it is called Women's Erotica.


I realized that I also read Best Woman's Erotica 2008. This book held my attention and kept me away from work much more! I think that I've read the entire book in under a week.
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  • LicentiouslyYours
    This sounds really good! I've added this and the 2008 Best Women's Erotica to my wish list. Thanks for the review.Smile
  • Sammi
    Great review!
  • Kayla
    Never been too fond of vanilla erotica, but the cover does make it look nice without looking trashy. Thanks for the review. Smile
  • ......
    Very nice review, thanks!
  • Dragon
    Thanks everyone. I see some minor corrections in the review that I'll make as soon as my internet is stable!
  • Dragon
    By the way - If you want something a little less "Vanilla", than be sure to look at the Best Bondage Erotica and Best Bondage Erotica 2. I've reviewed both and they are YUMMY.
  • Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
    Sounds interesting for sure, I might have to pick up a copy of this! Big smile

    Very very good review! Big smile
  • C4ss
    This sounds very interesting. I can't wait to be able to read it.
  • Jenny Smith
    Thanks for the review
  • misterazor
    my wife is looking for good erotica. i have no idea where to, thanks for the help!
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