Passion - erotic book by Cleis Press Inc. - review by Champagne and Benzedrine (Roland Hulme)


Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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Vanilla with a Hint of Spice

This is definitely an anthology for romantic couples, or the more cerebral consumer who is looking to stimulate their brain as well as all their other erogenous zones.
Surprisingly intense and erotic, with stories that are better written than average anthologies.
Lacks a clearly defined 'kink.' Some stories are clearly better than others.
Rating by reviewer:
useful review
Rachel Kramer Bussel and the guys at Cleis do a grand job packaging together beautifully written stories that orbit a particular theme, or kink - which makes Passion something of an exception.

This collection of 20 stories don't have a 'selling point' - they're romantic sexual adventures focused on loving couples getting intimate in what might seem like - on the surface - the most pedestrian like ways. But don't let the lack of a kink turn you off the anthology; because it's fortunately full of surprises.

These twenty stories might not have a kink or fetish to 'sell' them to sexual consumers, but they make up for that by being some of the best written and most emotionally (and sensually) visceral stories I've ever read from Cleis. The lack of an erotic angle gives leeway for an emotional one; and that brings an eroticism and intensity all of it's own.

My particular favorite stories included No Risk, No Reward, by Saskia Walker, which evoked memories of my own sexual awakenings. I also enjoyed the Arch of Triumph by Monica Day, because it brought back vivid thoughts of my own romances in Paris. A lot of the stories were set abroad - so many that Rachel might have been able to angle the book as 'erotica overseas' if she hadn't focused on the emotional and relationship angle instead.

Like with all anthologies, some stories are better than others. The improbably-named Wickham Boyle contributed a story that was a bit too ripe with literary cheese for my liking; with more metaphors and literary references than an English Lit. dissertation - yet it remained taut and well written, despite coming across as being written by somebody who so desperately wanted to communicate to you how intelligent and cultured they were.

Ultimately, Passion falls into somewhat of a gray area when it comes to erotica. It doesn't quite deliver the kinkster angle that makes it a 'dip into' when you want a little sexual frisson; but, likewise, the stories are a little too explicit and saucy to be considered mainstream (even if the writing is top notch.)
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    Thanks for the review
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    Thanks for the review. Maybe this one will come out of the wish list.
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    Great Review.
  • Xavier7
    This book's in my assignment cart. I am so close to buying/requesting it with points. Thank you so much for the review.
  • BadgersRose
    Good review. I love reading erotica and I may check this one out.
  • Beck
    Thanks for the review I want this book even more now.
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    Thanks for the review, made me more interested in this one
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