I've been on the lookout for some historical lesbian fiction (recommendations welcome!)since that's what I've been working on writing lately, and I fiI've been on the lookout for some historical lesbian fiction (recommendations welcome!)since that's what I've been working on writing lately, and I find the Tudors fascinating so I couldn't resist this book. Overall I thought it was quite good, but I had one or two issues with the language.
I found it really off-putting that throughout the story vaginal juices are referred to as 'cream'. The mental picture that conjures up is just icky. I mean, it sounds like it's white and thick, which it's not (well, maybe the author's is for all that I know) and that's just...ewww. I know it's a just a small thing, but for some reason I couldn't get past it.
I'm kind of curious now whether women really did wax their pussies during that era. Must look it up. ...more
I got the audiobook version which is split into two volumes, of which I only have volume one which has ten stories.
As with any anthology there were soI got the audiobook version which is split into two volumes, of which I only have volume one which has ten stories.
As with any anthology there were some stories I liked more than others. The first one, Toy Story, was good except that I found the use of the word 'cunny' jarring. I thought that word went out of fashion somewhere around 1790. That made it hard to take the rest of the story seriously.
The second story, Come Dressed Up was my favourite, hands down. It was just plain sexy.
The last one, Summer Camp, was probably my least favourite. The sex scene itself was fine, I just found the lack of buildup to it made it less erotic and less plausible (but what do I know, I didn't go to camp ;)). It read a bit like a men's mag 'true confession' letter.
I will probably check out Volume 2 at some stage....more
This anthology is comprised of four short stories by four talented authors. My personal favourite from this collection was the first story, Double DecThis anthology is comprised of four short stories by four talented authors. My personal favourite from this collection was the first story, Double Decker by Alessia Brio. It's the story of a young butch lesbian named Tess who is seeking to win not only a Kareoke Contest but the heart of the woman of her dreams. This one had me flicking through my cd collection to listen to some old favourites. I felt immersed in Tess's world and was anxious when she was anxious and excited when she was excited, and found myself sorry when the story ended. I think I'll check out some more of Alessia's work soon and I am going to have to remember the term "SOL day".
I Know What I Want by Jolie DuPre is about a beautiful young waitress who is trying to break into modelling and is intrigued to find herself hired by a wealthy older lady to act as a 'centrepiece' at a party. The story didn't go where I expected it to, which was a pleasant surprise, but I felt that it ended a bit abruptly, leaving me wondering what happened next.
Better With Age by Beth Wylde was a heartwarming story about Olivia, a single mother who is reunited with her first love, Aleesha, after decades apart. Olivia's relationship with her college age daughter, and the way she deals with an awkward situation many teenagers and parents of teens will surely relate to, is touching.
Finally, Drawn by Yeva Wiest is the tale of manga artist Sydney, who finds herself attracted to her own creation, the buxom, two-headed Kisha. At the same time Sydney finds herself attracted to two very different real women; the BBW Alice and the slim, athletic Beth. Her attempts to get to know them both lead her to finally question her assumptions about beauty and what is truly sexy. The use of toys in this one was different from anything I have read before, and the fantasy element was intriguing....more