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Enchanted by Janine Ashbless
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Oct 20, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: reviewed, short-stories

Utterly un-erotic and only dubiously aligned with fairy-tale tropes, this collection is a fail all the way around. How exactly does a writer go about making these topics dull? How exactly do three writers do this?

I am not in a habit of obtaining erotic fiction, but if this is a standard example of the work from Black Lace Publishers, yeeeah, I'll be never spending money there.

Bear Skin by Janine Ashbless
Beauty and the Beast/ Cupid and Psyche mashup. Female character associated with books and bookselling. These were the only positive aspects of the story. Also, strong theme of female submission.

The Three Riddles by Olivia Knight
Original fairy tale featuring politics, political marriage, sex outside of marriage, sex with more than one partner (aka "dating"), jewelry, humbled pride, sexual dominance (both genders), and quests. Oh and elves. All of these were significant plot points.

The People in the Garden by Leonie Martel
No relation at all to any kind of fairy tale. Kind of steampunk; Russian flair. Again with the dominance themes; mild sexual games this time. (That's three for three in this collection, if you're counting.)
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Jennifer I believe Black Lace is specific to such themes (sexual dominance).


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