This book is so hot. It is not for the faint of heart. But, being between a couple, it has a level of romance, which keeps it from being unwarranted gratuity. It's definitely a keeper. It'll keep you warm replaying it on those very cold nights.
For me, what made these stories so enjoyable was the degree of depth and poetic-type writing. I love erotica, and this book had it but in a different more poetic way. And I really enjoyed that. I think poetic erotica done in ways that most people can understand and relate to is hard to do. Of course, some stories were better than others. And some were very brief. But there wasn't one story that I thought was unenjoyable at the end of it. And none of the stories were over-the-top or unbelievable even though they were of "fast women." I thought the stories brought out the strength along with the vulnerablity that's the essence of all women, whether we know it or not. I rarely relisten to books again, but this book will be an exception.
The story is pure erotica. It starts off great. And then, near the end, it gets too unbelievable for me. But the author, rightly, fixes it before the story ends and does so very wisely and in a manner that redeems the more questionable or unbelievable aspects. The story has a little bit for everybody--anal, group/gang-bang, lesbian, cunnilingus, straight. But don't buy it if you don't like it pretty darn raw. It's a fast, good, erotic read with a story worth listening to if that's what you're into. There's only one thing that detracts from the story. And, for me, it's a biggie. But I'm sure it's not for others. The author--like too many authors--fails to treat a character who is a person of color like she treats characters that are not persons of color. She does this by indicating the race of a black cook when she doesn't indicate the race or ethnicity of anyone else in the story. This is too often done and indicates authors' normalizing one race while treating another race as "other." It shoes a lack of cultural competency at the least and a degree of racism that we're all so easily socialized to at the most. And to add fuel to the flame, the author makes a questionable "joke" by having the black character poke fun at her shade of skin when talking to her white bosses and their guest. Do better!
This is one sexy listen!
As in any collection of this nature, not all the stories in this multi-varied anthology will strike a chord with all listeners. Rachel Kramer Bussel has put together quite a diverse collection of stories here, each with its particular variation of the happy ending. Assembled as they are in rapid fire succession, the effect is akin to setting off a mat of fire-crackers. The cumulative effect is nothing short of explosive!
I don't think a better narrator could have been chosen for this collection than Rose Caraway. She adapts her sultry voice for each story perfectly, and as she does with her podcasts, provides for a wonderful listen. Nice choice, Audible!