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5.0 out of 5 starsSome Reality
Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
Usually, erotica is the usual absurdities about A guy with a huge cock, washboard abs, and a strong jaw, Reading this gave me a feeling of being back when I was a kid -- the bus terminal, meeting and making love to a beautiful girl. But not washing my mom's hair. In fact, I never saw my mother naked and had no desire to see her breasts or her ass. I worked two jobs and was tired all the time. You get the feeling writers are laughing at you, reading their lurid prose about women with bald pussies, common sluts. Kitt's stories make you feel part of what's happening, not as a perv or a voyeur but one who appreciates good writing.
Normally when a book has a prologue written by the author to preface the work, I tend to skim through it, but I found myself incredibly engrossed in what Selena Kitt had to say in the preface to this boxed set as it was all about why the set was labeled "Revised."
Selena Kitt talks a lot about how Amazon censors independent authors against publishing biological incest, deleting their works with no warnings or explanations beyond that it's "against policy" or how they "reserve the right to refuse to sell any product." She is very up-front that she agrees that Amazon has the right to refuse to sell anything. It's their company. They can stock whatever they want on their shelves. The point she tries to make the reader think about is that they aren't outright saying "We won't publish this because it has biological incest" while that's clearly the factor of the works which had resulted in them being removed from sale before.
She had to self-censor her work to protect her product when Amazon has plenty of other works done by large-scale publication houses which feature biological incest. I mean, I know I'm not the only person in the world to have ever read George RR Martin, Anne Rice, VC Andrews, or, for that matter, Tolkein (Yes. There is incest in Tolkein and I'm not just talking about the fact that Arwen is Aragorn's first-cousin ridiculous times removed.), yet their works are never removed. So why target indie writers for this particular taboo topic?
Taboos are exciting. They're thrilling purely because they are "forbidden" fantasies, but Selena Kitt never strays from the concept that her work is pure fantasy.
The works in these feature characters who are all of legal age, all consenting adults, and no one is biologically related though they are step-parent/step-child fantasy stories.
I do find it offensive to say that her work is "porn" when she is an erotica writer, by the way, as these stories? They're short, but the characters are all fully-developed, fully-realized individuals whose scenarios are all three-dimensional. These aren't stories where the pizza delivery man stays for a quickie. They're stories where the characters are conflicted over their supposedly forbidden desires and succumb only because of some push in that direction. It never fails to fascinate me what impetus she uses to tip the scales for any given pairing; these were all amazing. My favorite work was the step-mother/step-son piece that was a period piece set during WWII. It's a time period I greatly enjoy and I loved how very old-fashioned the tale felt, every moment was as if the recounting were more a memoir than anything else. It was a beautiful piece. I enjoyed the Puritanical step-father/step-daughter story since it had a hint of dark religious territory which I always find fascinating. Two taboos in one writing? Yes, please, and thank you. The step-father/step-daughter piece from which this all seems to take its name featured a nudist colony with these beautiful ideals of living a shame-free life. I really enjoyed that one since it's true that the worst feelings people tend to have come from giving credence to the judgments of others. I got a good, warm feeling of pure joy reading the step-mother/step-son story where they're celebrating the holidays together while watching It's a Wonderful Life. That one is a classic in my life, too. It brings a lot of fond memories for me of that time of year which is why I think the story read more sensual than smutty.
It baffles me to think that Selena Kitt is a porn writer when there are things out there that are literally lacking in any humanity whatsoever and her work reads as if she's tried to infuse it with as much individuality in the short spans she has to make it all happen.
This boxed set was a steal on sale for me. I do wish it hadn't been censored though I understand now why it was and even censored it is still well-deserving of a five-star rating.
Thanks for sharing your work, lady. I never get tired of reading it!
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2016
This is another winner by Selena Kitt. She excels at short stories just as she does with longer works. Every tale was well-written, evoking strong emotional and physical responses. Ms. Kitt has a creative gift, and I'm glad she's not afraid to give it free reign.
I am so happy with this book. Although the author had to defend the book by altering it, the original sentiment which is to enjoy fantasy knowing it is JUST THAT and NOTHING MORE certainly came through.
3.0 out of 5 starsShe's a good writer where sex scenes are concerned but I think ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 13, 2017
She's a good writer where sex scenes are concerned but I think there should be a warning *contsins incest*? Would have enjoyed it much more if there were no sex between father & daughter. I think this is the reason why there are not more positive reviews, who wants to admit to reading about incest?
I can't understand why Selina has so few reviews. She is a fantastic writer of erotica and has the dirtiest and sexiest of minds. Thank God. Selina's work has certainly kept me well entertained. Only problem is I am now worn out.