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.)
Allen Dusk deserves your full attention, especially when read by Rose Caraway. If Rose is reading it, you know it will be deliciously arousing. If Allen is writing it, you know that you will be led down a safe path only to be knocked off by surprise and/or horror. When put together, it's a fun ride.
These stories work best if you have a chance to relax and focus on the words, mainly because Allen paints detailed scenes with careful words. He makes interesting choices in his style, making use of long sentences that can't be edited down because we would miss important elements. If you are a fan of descriptive prose (think Nicholson Baker) with an injection of danger, then this collection is made for you.
Not everyone survives. Not everyone gets off. Each story has a twist that you rarely see coming.
And, frankly, the clown sex alone makes it worth the price!
Alan Dusk's skill as a writer really comes through in this performance of Shady Palms. I am not a fan of thriller or horror novels, and the storyline certainly follows the intensity of those genres. However, it was written in a way that kept me listening. It helps that Rose Caraway was the narrator, as she was clearly engaged in the story and giving life to the characters. The graphic sexual scenarios also helped keep my attention, portraying a grimy world of lust, power exchange, danger, and heat.
Some of the scenarios start off predictably, but there are skillful twists that pay off. Some of the characters are squarely revealed in stereotypical fashion, but not so much that they are unbelievable. I'll admit that stereotypes exist because there are some people who have the qualities that spark them.
Shady Palms is a well executed escape. If you are a fan of explicit erotica, give this a try for an edgier thrill. If you are a fan of horror and crime novels, spice up the intensity with some sensual heat.
I think I would pay Lucy Malone to read the dictionary to me. She has a warm and sensuous voice that curls each word deliciously. Carl East's writing is very graphic and descriptive. I would have enjoyed the story more if there wasn't a "household" attachment between the characters. I understand that's a part of what some people are looking for, so I don't criticize that . . . just not my cup of tea. Lucy's voice, though . . . I'll be looking for more of her readings!
Warm holiday tales
The story, "Doing It in the Closet," read in the rich Scottish voice of John McIlwraith. This amusing tale of parents seeking a bit of privacy. It's rich and suggestive and, of course, not as naughty as it sounds at first!
Lynn acted as host, NPR style, introducing features by reporters and artists. Her personal description of making a Gingerbread home was useful and enjoyable.
Yes, my extreme reaction is one of warmth and joy. This is as comfortable as a cup of your favorite warm beverage while curled up by the fire.
I recommend this as a nice tradition, whether listening to it while traveling to visit relatives or alone by the fire after sundown.
This is the best produced audiobook I have heard in the erotic category. Fun and interesting stories are presented in a way that holds your attention. The format of the book lends itself to enjoying in tiny, yet satisfying, bites of time.
Being comprised of 69 short stories, there are characters and scenarios to fit everyone's interests.
Rose is a solid storyteller, and her voice inflection in dialogue is effective regardless of the speaker's gender. She has a sensual voice that isn't faked or exaggerated.
Now you can have it, again and again.
This is a good book for established fans of erotica as well as for those new to the genre. If listeners aren't sure about what variations spark their interest, this book is a good sampler. The book is very enjoyable for a solo listener, but it works well in a shared environment. Couples and friends can use chapters in a playful way to add fun or romance to their time together.
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