Red Velvet and Absinthe
Red Velvet and Absinthe explores love and lust with otherworldly partners who, by their sheer fantastical nature, evoke passion and desire far beyond that which any normal human being can inspire. Although the greats such as Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier are long dead, these contemporary authors keep the Gothic spirit alive and well by interpreting it...more
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Haunting, Intriguing, Sensual, Curious, Lustful, Spellbinding, Hot. All words I could use to describe this collection of short stories.
Ok, so I didn’t get the chance to sit and read this one by candle light, with glass of wine. More or less, I was privileged to read it sitting in my car in the parent pick up line waiting for school to let out. A few times I wondered if I was blushing. At times I even had to set the Nook down, so I could let the s ...more
This book is full of short stories of wild monkey sex, each story around maybe 10 -15 pages long and each book filled with up to maybe 20 authors. Each book can have M/M, F/F, M/F, BDSM, cheaters etc.. because anything goes in these short stories. This is not a romance book, it’s a book full of erotica fun. I myself don’t too much connect with these type of books, basically I don’t like just sex I want a story and a romance connection between a couple but a few of these books leaves me ver ...more
Gothic Literature have never been this good!
Red Velvet and Anthology is a collection of supernatural, paranormal, gothic stories from awesome authors..Presented in celebration with Gothic Literature.
First and foremost the cover is stunning, it really pique my attention and urges me to request a review copy for it..well, I was not wrong, I was definitely engrossed with the book…
Plus a foreword by Kelly Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Bit ...more
Let me just start off by saying that this anthology most definitely lives up to the above blurb. Next to Fairy Tale Lust, this has to be one of my fave anthologies from Cl ...more
If I had to pick one word to define this collection, it would definitely be atmosphere. You can feel the condensation upon the cold, stone walls; you can smell th ...more
My favourites were Snowlight, Moonlight by Rose de Fer, La Belle Mort by Zander Vyne and The Persistence of Memory by Evan Mora.
For those of you that know me... and those that don't this is my little statement about short books.... I do not judge short stories on the rush of their relationships, because they are just that - short stories. So, yes the relationships always could have been drawn out more, yea it seems like they fall in love to fast and of course the story co ...more
So many I've read are weird, off, and the paranormal elements don't mesh well with the erotic elements- or there's not really enough sex to consider it erotica.
Most of these stories were spot on. Creepy, sexy, naughty, dark, dangerous...this collection had a little bit of everything. There were two stories that I found odd and questioned what exactly the paranormal element was- I mean it was clear there was something "Other" going on but n ...more
I had forgotten how much I love compilations and this one was no exception. Each short erotic tale will take you by the hand and lead you dreamily down the primrose path and the beauty of the journey is never knowing if you will come back alive.
I highly recommend this book to readers that revel in the lush prose of gothic and erotic romance and to those adventurous souls that enjoy a bittersweet story that doesn’t always end the way you would expect.
A few of my ...more
What I liked the most about this anthology is that none of the stories seemed like clones of each other. I was interested in each story, and never skimmed.
Originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 18 2012:
Wow! Just, freaking wow!! As you guys can see, this is my first time awarding the Bomy Award of Excellence – the bunch of butterflies that appears as a second rating under the 5 butterflies. If you guys haven’t had the chance to, take a looksie at my newly set rating system here. It’s like a 5++ sort of rating, the official fangirlism at large basically.
I debated with myself whether to award it or not, it’s a new rat ...more
"Cover Him With Darkness" - Janine Ashbless
"A Rose in the Willow Garden" - Elizabeth Daniels
"The Blood Moon Kiss" - Mitzi Szereto
"Painted" - Anna Meadows
"Dolly" - Charlotte Stein
"La Belle Mort" - Zander Vyne
"The Persistence of Memory" - Evan Mora
"Scratched" - Ashley Lister
"Bitter and Intoxicating" - Sharon Bidwell
"Tea for Two" - Claire Buckingham
"Milady's Bath" - Giselle Renarde
"The Way Home" - Carrie Williams
"The Queen" - Tahira Iqbal
I purchased the book originally because I'm a fan of Janine Ashbless, and her "Covered in Darkness" did not disappoint. It offered clear nods to its antecedents in world mythology, but was its own story. I felt the longing of the heroine through every page. My one disappointment was that it ended when it did, although to take the story further would have taken i ...more
Two introductions were completely unnecessary.
Look my lovelies in the world of Fanfiction (especially adult fanfiction)you are expected to tag your work to let your perspective reader know what they can expect. So they don't dive in and hit the shallow end of a squick factor. Adult Anthologies should do the same. Tag your work. M/F, F/F, M/M, ect. Warn a sister.
SNOWLIGHT MOONLIGHT BY ROSE DE FER
A good opening story.Lovely p ...more
A surprisingly well-put-together collection! It's always a gamble when you pick up a book like this. It's an erotic romance, for one (always risky) and it's also an anthology, which is also a gamble, at least for me. I am either extremely happy or horribly disappointed with both aspects of what I knew this book to be. And so I stepped into it with a healthy dollop of trepidation. I was very pleasantly surprised! Very pleasantly indeed ;)
Cover Him with Darkness by Janine Ashbless: An account of the seduction of the young, naïve Milja by an imprisoned fallen angel. Disturbing as it is tantalizing, this story takes place in a rustic faraway land and has biblical notes. I found it absolutely ...more
Otherwise, the book is pretty good and enticing.
Her books include ROTTEN PEACHES (THE THELONIOUS T. BEAR CHRONICLES)( http:/ ...more