Zach and Kevin have been together for a year and they deeply love each other. But even with Kevin in his life, Zach still has feelings for women and iZach and Kevin have been together for a year and they deeply love each other. But even with Kevin in his life, Zach still has feelings for women and in particular their friend Abby. Zach and Abby have been best friends since college and Zach has hatched a plan to explore the possibilities of a three-way relationship. Kevin is the alpha male in their relationship but he has never been with a woman before. Although he likes Abby, he isn’t sure he can be with her sexually or share Zach with another person.
Abby talks a lot about doing wild things but usually doesn’t follow through. This Halloween things are a bit different. When Abby dresses up as a slutty convict for a party, Zach devises the perfect plan for his friend with a lead foot. He and Kevin dress up as sexy cops and pull over their friend for speeding. To avoid going to jail, Abby will be taken into custody and have to take part in their sexual fantasies. They are sure that Abby will be anxious to participate in the three-way thanks to all her teasing, but will Kevin be able to join them?
Arresting Abby is a fun story of one night when three friends explore the possibility of a relationship together. Zach and Kevin are wonderful together, and the love they share is powerful and encompassing. Their love is so strong that Kevin is willing to explore something new for the man he loves. The men go all out with Abby, teasing and torturing her in their role as cops. Underneath it all there is an ever-present respect and love for their friend along with hope that the feelings among them all can deepen into something more. This story is a playful wild ride with erotic sex at every turn as well as strong emotional connections....more
Eric Courtland is on his second marriage, to Allison Taylor-Courtland. She is the perfect wife for a man running a race to be a US senator. While he lEric Courtland is on his second marriage, to Allison Taylor-Courtland. She is the perfect wife for a man running a race to be a US senator. While he loves his wife, he cannot be completely available to her as he is also in love with another. Ever since college, Nick Thompson has been in love with Eric. Their on-again, off-again relationship is a series of secret trysts that must fit within the confines of Eric’s busy life. When Allison discovers the affair, she confronts Nick, and demands that he ends the relationship. Eric however proposes a different solution and the three embark on a journey to determine if there is a way for them to cultivate a relationship without sacrificing their own needs.
Eric truly loves Allison and Nick, and needs both of them in order to be happy. Although they each love Eric as well, that doesn’t necessarily mean that either one wants to accommodate a third person in their relationship. Initially Allison and Nick fight for Eric’s attention and affections, but they quickly learn that they both want the same thing and to share is better than to not have at all. However knowing that does not stop the natural jealousy that comes with sharing your lover. They both work to embrace their new relationship, and over time their emotions and sexual desires for each other deepen. They find that their bond together is as strong as the one they each share with Eric. Through various trials, Allison and Nick provide support for both each other and Eric while at the same time struggling with communication issues within their relationship.
The Arrangement is a powerful emotional journey which explores the very realistic issues that exist when three people decide to enter into a relationship together. It delves into the emotional challenges that both Allison and Nick face in their struggle to love Eric and accept each other. It is refreshing to read a story that does not gloss over the difficulties that come with any relationship. The foundation is hard work, and each character stumbles along the way, especially when it comes to communication. Eric has been so focused on a singular purpose regarding his political career that he often neglects those he loves and doesn’t allow them to be themselves. Allison and Nick, on the other hand, have become experts at making things easier for Eric, ignoring their own needs and careers. The characters are true to life and their tale is gripping and captivating.
The About the Author section at the end of The Arrangement describes how Cat Grant is “writing about the intimate relationships between men and women, and how love doesn’t always happen the way we expect.” This short statement encapsulates the core of this story. Love often enters our lives when we least expect it, in ways that we could never anticipate. We can only hope that when it happens, we are able to recognize it and embrace it before it is lost forever, as do the characters of the wonderful story....more
"Most people seem to think bisexual women have a magical ability to have their cake and eat it, too. This perception makes them sometimes the4.5 stars
"Most people seem to think bisexual women have a magical ability to have their cake and eat it, too. This perception makes them sometimes the most hated and other times the most lusted after sexual group under the rainbow." This sentence starts the introduction to this wonderful collection of erotic short stories that feature bisexual female characters in a variety of settings and situations. The stories are all alluringly erotic and there is truly something here for everyone.
"Triptych" by Helena Settimana ~ An exploration of a woman's life and three stops on the path to her true sexuality. "Double Down" by Esther Haas ~ Karen and Greg have just been married in Las Vegas and nothing is as it seems when Karen supposedly is shopping and Greg is playing poker. "The Smell of It" by Thea Hillman ~ A woman helps her girlfriend, firefighter Casey, get off with dirty talk of a wet and sweaty fantasy of the guys watching Casey work out. "Scenes from Thailand" by Rachel Resnick ~ A woman visits Bangkok and Phuket with her male partner and spends a short time with a Laos whore. "Happy Loving Couple Makes It Look So Easy" by Susan Coss ~ A bisexual woman and her gay best friend enjoy the benefits of being "married" while on vacation in Cabo. "Night on Twelfth Street" by Marilyn Jaye Lewis ~ A woman who turns tricks with uptown men is trapped between the violent man in her bed and the woman that comes to see her when she's clean. "Surrender Dorothy" by Lisa Archer ~ A woman arranges to have her "straight" friend's fantasy come true, to help her come out once and for all. "Party of One" by Elisa Tanner ~ A lesbian's partner sets up the ultimate fantasy for her involving anonymous sex. "What She's Worth" by Michelle Scalise ~ Karen unknowingly plays a role in a woman's dangerous sexual game. "Hands" by Ariel Hart ~ A manicurist uses her hands to satisfy female and male clients with a special service. "Hilary's Swank on Billy the Kid" by Lana Gail Taylor ~ Cass is a singer and Keifer plays guitar and the two members of separate bands finally get together and share their sexual pasts. "Go" by Jen Collins ~ Murphy's girlfriend sees the look in her eyes and lets Murphy go to a gay bar to snag a boy for hot anonymous sex. "Extracurriculars" by Joy VanNuys ~ A culinary student sits and talks with her fellow students about men versus women while flashing to her past encounters with both. "Full Service" by Erica Dumas ~ A girl turning tricks catches sight of a man who makes her contemplate breaking the rules that Janice demands. "Thwack!" by Lynn A. Powers ~ A polyamorous phone sex operator has two relationships at one time and addresses some perceived infidelity by using one partner against the other. "Hair Club for Bisexuals" by Carol Queen ~ A bisexual swinger's sexual escapades in reference to hair. "The Devil Is a Squirrel" by Astrid Fox ~ A woman who hasn't had sex in six years, six months and six days meets the devil in an alley. "Leaving the Past" by Nine Declare ~ Meeting a woman named Lisa helps Terra to leave the past behind and focus on the future. "On the Care and Feeding of White Boys" by R. Gay ~ A lesbian couple decides to find a white boy to use as a sex toy. "The Year of Fucking Badly" by Susannah Indigo ~ A research librarian attempts to investigate whether "bad sex" is a reality or just an urban legend.
This is an excellent anthology of erotic stories, focusing on a spectrum on the gay rainbow that is so often overlooked. Here we have women with both women and men, some in relationships and some not, some at the same time and others not. This easily could have fallen into the typical stereotypes or misconceptions of bisexual women, but each story is fresh and unique. It is fascinating that with one central idea, these twenty authors have come up with sinfully sexy stories that cover a wide range of emotions. Several are quite funny ("The Devil Is a Squirrel," "On the Care and Feeding of White Boys" and "The Year of Fucking Badly") while a few are decided dark and disturbing ("Scenes from Thailand" and "Night on Twelfth Street"), but all have a wickedly erotic vein. This anthology offers some of the most erotic stories I have ever read, no matter the sexuality of the characters, including "Party of One," "Go," "Full Service," "Leaving the Past" and "The Year of Fucking Badly."
This is one of the best anthologies I've read and I highly recommend it for anyone who is open to all types of sexuality. The stories all include bisexual characters but the brilliance is that being bisexual isn't the focus of the stories. These tales aren't an analysis of what it is to be bisexual, they are simply well written short stories with solid characters that are sexually open and embracing of others. It begins with a fantastic introduction by editor Cara Bruce, who has done a phenomenal job selecting these stories, and just keeps getting better and better. Bruce says it best in her anthology when describing the collection, "In this book, as in the ideal world, anything goes."...more
It is the last day of Brenda’s surprise dream vacation from her fiancé Jacob. Their time together has been filled with enjoying one another to the fullest, and reveling in their deep and unwavering love for one another. Jacob has one final surprise for Brenda, and it will push her out of her comfort zone, but her love for Jacob opens her mind to enjoy his secret fantasies.
“To sexually adventurous individuals and couples, who seek to feed their sexual appetites. To those who live vicariously through fiction in order to drive their imaginations wild, to stoke their fiery libidos, and ultimately enrich their means of escapism from the real world.” This quote from author Jennifer Wren is provided as an opening to the tale and is a fitting description of this story. It is an exploration of sexual fantasy, of a woman discovering a new side of her fiancé and her own ability to embrace the fluidity of her own sexuality. It is pure fantasy, and not necessarily the most realistic of setups, yet can be enjoyed for what it is, a quick and sexually charged tale of a couple indulging in the forbidden.
With four participants, there are all combinations of partners represented here, but the most important is that between Brenda and Jacob. The other two characters are exceedingly attractive pawns to the playful encounter between the couple. The erotic content is not overdone and instead is tightly written, with the end result being arousing because of the overall situation and reactions from Brenda.
Readers who can appreciate all spectrums of sex will be able to enjoy this short story, which drives to its climax almost too quickly. This is a tale meant to arouse and spark the imagination and it hits the mark. There is no need to ponder the sexuality of each character, and it’s enough to accept that there is a fluid range and these characters are willing to blur the dividing lines to enjoy themselves and each other....more
Fingers sticking out from under a door. Tiny, little fingers. This book opens with Jenni standing on the porch of her house staring at fingers that belong to her infant son. She stands outside the house as the entirety of her family ~ husband Lloyd, sons Mikey and Benjamin ~ try desperately to reach her. To eat her. Her family has been turned into zombies after Lloyd came home with a bite and, as all zombies do, they have one desire, to eat human flesh.
Jenni almost joins her family's fate when they finally begin to break through the barriers, but suddenly Katie comes along in an old, white truck to rescue her. And so begins the first days of zombie infestation. Katie and Jenni bond immediately both as survivors and as women who have lost their families. Katie discovered her wife Lydia was a zombie and was forced to leave for her own safety, an action that continues to haunt Katie.
The women are desperate to survive and that means constantly running from bloodthirsty zombies. But they also want to hold on to some shred of their humanity and set out to rescue Jenni's stepson Jason and find other survivors. Neither an easy task when there are walking dead around every corner, sometimes a few and sometimes a few thousand.
As the World Dies is a thrilling and gripping horror story that starts off at a heart-pounding pace and never lets up. It very much reminded me of some of my favorite zombie movies and makes several, often quite humorous, references to Dawn of the Dead. If you enjoy bloody, gory action that doesn't pull any punches you'll thoroughly enjoy this story. The zombies are violent to a level that is rarely seen in novels, and they aren't just covered in bite marks when they become the walking dead. They have whole sections missing, intestines hanging out, limbs annihilated ~ if any of that grosses you out be careful reading this book as it's quite graphic in the best possible way. I really respect Frater for going all out, for making the zombies as gross and nasty as they should be.
Being a horror novel, and one that is the beginning of the world dying as it is overtaken by zombies, there is a lot of violence. There is a lot of killing and a lot of blood and at times it's not pretty, but it's very necessary. Underneath the bloody zombie surface, this book is about the will to survive. Katie and Jenni are survivors in many ways, determined to evade and outthink the zombies. As Katie thinks to herself, "She couldn't give up without a fight. She would do whatever it took to survive." This is the truth for many of the characters that we meet while following Katie and Jenni on their journey.
Along with everything else, this novel has an emotional core that is gut-wrenching and heart-breaking. Katie has lost the love of her life, and struggles with the knowledge that Lydia is out there in the world, like one of the zombies Katie encounters. Jenni fights hard to rescue her stepson, to hold on to some shred of evidence that she is a good mother. The women become deeply attached to one another, convinced that they will only survive if they are together. They deal with the moral dilemma of whether it's killing to end a person's life when knowing they will become a zombie otherwise. All of these are just some of the examples of that provide depth to the characters.
With all of these aspects to the story, with zombies galore and action packed scenes and emotional turmoil, my absolute favorite part of the story comes down to one simple fact. Katie is bisexual. This is one of the most unexpected aspects of this story. The other survivors are under the impression that Katie is lesbian as they all know she lost her wife, but the fact is she has been bisexual since school, loving both men and women. After losing Lydia, she can't imagine ever being drawn to another person, especially another woman, and is surprised when there is an immediate connection to fellow survivor Travis. They have the kind of connection that neither can deny from the moment they meet, although Katie tries hard to hide it.
In one part of the book Katie is explaining to Jason about being bisexual and why she has often told others she is a lesbian. What she says to the young man rings so true and many readers will find themselves nodding along in agreement. There's an honesty to Katie's character that makes her easy to identify with and creates a solid connection with the reader.
'"I often tell people I'm a lesbian just so they're comfortable.'
'I don't get it.'
'Well, people like absolutes. And it blows most of their minds to try to think that I could find men and women equally attractive and possible mates. It just freaks them out. They want me to be one or the other. So, since I was with Lydia, it was just easier to say I was a lesbian.' Katie held the cell phone against her chest and tried not to cry.'"
As the World Dies: The First Days is a phenomenal beginning to a zombie trilogy. It is filled with great characters and constant action that never disappoints. The only complaint is that the story could definitely benefit from another editing pass as I noticed numerous grammatical errors and typos, but overall it did not dampen my enjoyment of the story. From the moment I started reading I could not put this book down and I am anxious to read the next story in the trilogy. I can't wait to find out what is in story for these characters and what will happen next in their world....more