Sweet Danger describes this collection well, as Violet Blue continues in the spirit of her earlier collection, Sweet Heat. In these erotic short stories laws are broken, taboos are thrown aside, and characters get hot and messy. This is not garden-variety erotica. This is explicit. Yet, it is explicit with an underlying sweetness – the characters within are all willing participants. While the stories tip their toes over the edge of traditionally acceptable behavior, everyone is safe and consenting.
I’m lucky to have this book in audio format, read by Rose Caraway. Rose has a genuine and upbeat voice that is easy to listen to. She is particularly energetic in the graphic descriptions of sexual action. This is a performer who does not shy away from the most descriptive and extreme fantasies. Rose takes you there, and her voice has the right spark to match the temperature of the story.
Although they are short stories, they are not “quickies.” I recommend them one at a time, when you have a chance to kick back and lose yourself in the story. Some of the stories take a while to build up, but they are rooted in raw sexuality and most of the chapter will contain full on tension and action.
The book is promoted as being “for couples.” That is true, and the stories can certainly spark ideas if you read or listen with someone special. But they are satisfying trysts if you prefer to keep your arousal to yourself. You might find a chapter or two that you’d like to share, like a gift of candy. This book has several fun, naughty readings for those who want to spark inspiration in the mind of their partner.
The details are graphic; the sex can be messy. There might be themes that act as a turn-off. But, there is something in this book for everyone, regardless of gender. The stories are mainly heterosexual, although some new horizons get explored occasionally.
Each story highlights a different, dangerous scenario. Subjects run a wide range including bondage and pegging (Old Friends), happy ending massage parlors (Full Body), Skype sex for hire (Takes All Comers), S&M Clubs (House Rules), and humiliating public group sex (Dress Me Up). Give all 20 stories a listen, even if you’re not comfortable with the topic. At the least, you’ll learn a new perspective. At the best, you’ll find an enjoyable diversion in your day.
You can trust Violet’s editorial skills to give you explicit erotica that is also well written. A solid selection of authors are chosen, and it is particularly delicious to a man like me that some of the most raw and dangerous writing is done by the female writers (like in the unsettling “Dinner Out,” by Marie Sudac.)